House Session - May 22, 2018

The House approved several bills. One would change the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations reform law. Another would allow terminally-ill patients to use experimental that do not yet have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:01 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:08 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable John R. Curtis to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:18 AM

        THE CLERK

        HONORABLE JOHN R. JOHN R. CURTIS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS…

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

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  • 10:00:33 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 11:00 a.m. p.m. for the start of legislative business.

    • 10:00:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

      ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT…

      ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 10:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. CHAIR MR. BLUMENAUER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 10:01:09 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      SHOOTING, SWIMMING CARIBOU FROM A MOTOR BOAT, BEAR BAITING, DOG S FOR…

      SHOOTING, SWIMMING CARIBOU FROM A MOTOR BOAT, BEAR BAITING, DOG S FOR BLACK BEARS, USING ARTIFICIAL LIGHT. SHOOTING WOLF PUPS AND BEAR CUBS IN THEIR DENS. OUTRAGEOUS PRACTICES THAT WERE BANNED UNDER A 2015 RULE FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, WHICH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ANNOUNCED IT SEEKS TO REVERSE. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS. OUR NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES HAVE ALWAYS HAD SPECIAL STATUS. AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO ROLL THAT BACK ESSENTIALLY MAKING THEM INTO GAME PARKS. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO REFLECT ON WHAT THIS MEANS. THINK ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN YOSEMITE OR YELLOWSTONE PARK. WOULD THAT EXPERIENCE BE ENRICHED BY HAVING THESE EXTREME HUNTING TACTICS TO ELIMINATE SOME OF THE TOP LINE PREDATORS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE MORE THINGS TO HUNT? ABSOLUTELY NOT. 300 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR VISIT THESE NATIONAL PARKS. AND THE DRAW IS THE WILDLIFE. NATIONAL PARKS WITHOUT ANIMALS IS JUST SCENERY. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE FOCUS ON WHY THIS IS SUCH AN OUTRAGEOUS POLICY. THESE ARE LOW DENSITY ANIMALS WITH LOW REPRODUCTION RATES. AND IN ALASKA THERE IS NO CONFLICT WITH LIVESTOCK, VERY LITTLE INTERACTION WITH PEOPLE OTHER THAN THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE THEM. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WRONG ON THREE FUNDAMENTAL LEVELS. FIRST OF ALL, IT IS JUST WRONG. ALL ANIMALS SUFFER. AND HUNTING THEM DOWN WITH THESE EXTREME METHODS IS CRUEL AND IS REPUGNANT TO VIRTUALLY ALL AMERICANS. IT IS WRONG ECOLOGICALLY. FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS WE HAVE SEEN THESE ANIMALS COEXIST, AND THE NATIONAL PARKS LIKE YOSEMITE OR WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ALASKA ARE SOME OF THE FEW REPUGNANT TO PLACES WHERE THAT ECOLOGICAL BILLION CONTINUES TO WORK. AND HUMAN BEINGS CANNOT IMPROVE UPON IT. THEY CAN ONLY DAMAGE THAT DELICATE BALANCE. IT IS ALSO WRONG ECONOMICALLY. THE ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR GATEWAY COMMUNITIES FOR THESE 300 MILLION TOURISTS IS PROFOUND. AND IF WE'RE GOING TO TURN THESE NATIONAL TREASURES SIMPLY INTO GAME PARKS, HUNTING PRESERVES, THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR ALLURE, THE ECONOMIC IMPACT WILL BE DRAMATICALLY DIMINISHED. AS WELL AS UPSETTING THE ECOLOGICAL BALANCE AND THE FACT THAT IT IS MORALLY WRONG. WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IN THIS CONGRESS IS RAISING OUR VOICES IN OUTRAGE FACT THAT IT IS MORALLY WRONG. OVER THE LATEST ATTEMPT BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO ROLL BACK SENSIBLE, COMMONLY SUPPORTED PROTECTIONS. WHILE WE'RE AT IT, NOT JUST RAISING OUR VOICES, BUT MAYBE TAKING SOME ACTION ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE ON ANIMAL PROTECTION. WE HAVE THE ANIMAL CRUELTY PACK ACT THAT HAS 282 CO-SPONSORS, WHICH COULD BE ON THE FLOOR MONDAY. THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS RAE FUSED TO ACT ON O THE PACE ACT, THE PARITY AND ANIMAL CRUELTY WHICH JUST GOT 359 VOTES ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT. DOG AND CAT MEET PROHIBITION, 246 CO-SPONSORS. THE PET AND WOMEN SAFETY ACT, 248. SHARK FINING, 238 CO-SPONSORS. PROTECTING ANIMALS -- RATHER SERVICE ANIMALS FOR OUR VETERANS HAS A MAJORITY OF SPONSORS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WHY CAN'T THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ALLOW US TO DEBATE AND PASS THESE PROVISIONS TO IMPROVE ANIMAL WELFARE AND ADD OUR VOICES TO THE LATEST OUTRAGE AT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND ITS ASSAULT ON OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:06:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      BROOKS: MR.

    • 10:06:09 AM

      MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR.

      SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DEFEND ALABAMA CITIZENS' RIGHT TO FAIR…

      SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DEFEND ALABAMA CITIZENS' RIGHT TO FAIR REPRESENTATION AND EQUAL APPORTIONMENT UNDER THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. IN SOME RECENT CENSUSES, THEY COUNTED ILLEGAL ALIENS AND INDICATIONS ARE THEY'LL COUNT ILLEGAL ALIENS AGAIN IN THE 2020 CENSUS. THIS POTENTIALLY ILLEGAL PRACTICE PUTS ALABAMA AT SIGNIFICANT RISK OF LOSING A CONGRESSIONAL SEAT WHEN THE 2020 CENSUS REAPPORTIONMENT OCCURS FOR THE 2022 ELECTIONS. FOR THIS REASON THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND I HAVE FILED SUIT IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA AGAINST THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS TO REQUIRE THEM TO EXCLUDE ILLEGAL ALIENS WHEN THEY CONDUCT THE 2020 CENSUS. SPECIFICALLY, THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND I CHALLENGE THE LEGALITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S RESIDENCE RULE WHICH COUNTS EVERYONE, INCLUDING ILLEGAL ALIENS, IN AMERICA'S POPULATION COUNT. IF THE ROUGHLY 15 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS IN AMERICA, NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE HOW MANY THERE ARE, WERE DISBURSED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES IN EQUAL PROPORTION TO EACH STATE'S POPULATION, THEN NO STATE WOULD BE DISADVANTAGED IN CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION, AND THIS DISCRIMINATION ISSUES WOULD BE MOOT. HOWEVER, THE DIFFERENCE IN ILLEGAL ALIEN POPULATION BETWEEN STATES IS DRAMATIC. ACCORDING TO DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY 2014 ESTIMATES, 46%, 46% OF AMERICA'S ILLEGAL ALIENS LIVE IN JUST THREE, JUST THREE STATES. CALIFORNIA WITH THE GREATEST CONCENTRATION OF ILLEGAL ALIENS ESTIMATED AT 2. 9 MILLION, HAS ROUGHLY FOUR MORE CONGRESSMEN DUE TO REAPPORTIONMENT -- DUE TO APPORTIONMENT THAT COUNTS ILLEGAL ALIENS. REAPPORTIONMENT OF HOUSE SEATS AND ELECTORAL VOTES IS A ZERO SUM PROPOSITION. APPORTIONMENT THAT ONE STATE'S GAIN IS ANOTHER STATE'S LOSS. WITH AN ESTIMATED 65,000 ILLEGAL ALIENS, ALABAMA CITIZENS AND CITIZENS OF MANY OTHER STATES AS WELL LOSE PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION BECAUSE OF VARIOUS OPEN BORDERS POLICIES OF SOME STATES. THE EXACT EFFECT OF THE ILLEGAL ALIEN POPULATION ON THE APPORTIONMENT OF CONGRESSMEN IS COMPLEX BASED ON THE, QUOTE, METHOD OF EQUAL PROPORTIONS, END QUOTE FORMULA THAT IS USED TO MINIMIZE THE PERCENTAGE DIFFERENCE IN POPULATION PER CONGRESSMAN. ONE THING IS CLEAR. SIMULATIONS OF THE APPORTIONMENT PROCESS USING CURRENT POPULATION PROJECTIONS SUGGESTS ALABAMA A IS AT GREAT RISK OF LOSING A CONGRESSIONAL SEET WITH IF THE CENSUS BUREAU COUNTS ILLEGAL CLEAR. SIMULATIONS ALIENS. AS WITH ANYTHING IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, THE CENSUS SHOULD BE READ, UNDER STOOD, AND STRICTLY ADMINISTERED ACCORDING TO ITS ORIGINAL INTENT. THE 14TH AMENDMENT PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS TO FAIR AND A -- EQUAL REPRESENTATION. ANY DEVIATION IN THIS PROCESS THREATENS THE RIGHT OF EACH AMERICAN CITIZEN TO FAIR AND EQUAL REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS. AND EQUAL REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS. WE CANNOT ALLOW A SMALL NUMBER OF STATES TO CHEAT THE REST OF AMERICA BY PROMOTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND THEN AS A REWARD FOR THEIR LAWLESS CONDUCT TO RECEIVE GREATER PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS AND ELECTORAL COLLEGE. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION IS CLEAR. SHOULD CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION BE BASED ON THE NUMBER OF AMERICAN CITIZENS OR EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL ALIENS? AS FOR I I -- ME I SIDE WITH AMERICAN CITIZENS NOT ILLEGAL ALIENS OR CONDUCT. AMERICA IS RAUP AND THE ESSENCE OF BEING A REPUBLIC IS RESPECT FOR THE RIGHT OF AMERICAN CITIZENS TO EQUAL PROTECTION AND EQUAL INFLUENCE OVER CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS. ANY ATTEMPT BY THE CENSUS BUREAU TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN CITIZENS' EQUAL PROTECTION AND EQUAL INFLUENCE OVER CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS MUST BE OPPOSED. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND I ARE DOING BY FILING THIS ACTION ON BEHALF OF ALABAMA CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:11:02 AM

      THE SPEAKER SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      GUTIERREZ: MR. SPEAKER, GLENDA PERKINS, CYNTHIA TISDALE, KIMBERLY VAUGHN,…

      GUTIERREZ: MR. SPEAKER, GLENDA PERKINS, CYNTHIA TISDALE, KIMBERLY VAUGHN, SHAWNA, ANGELICA RAMIREZ, CHRISTIAN GARCIA, JARED

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    • 10:11:08 AM

      MR. MR. MR. GUTIERREZ

      BLACK, CHRISTOPHER JAKE, AND AARON MCCLOUD. THOSE ARE THE NAMES OF THE…

      BLACK, CHRISTOPHER JAKE, AND AARON MCCLOUD. THOSE ARE THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE KILLED AT SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL IN TEXAS LAST FRIDAY. TWO WERE TEACHERS, EIGHT STUDENTS, ALL WERE VIOLENTLY TORN AWAY FROM THEIR LOVED ONES TO BRIGHT FUTURES WAY TOO SOON. AS USUAL OUR ELECTED OFFICIAL EXPRESSED THEIR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES. WE KNOW MORE IS NEED THAN SILENCE BECAUSE THE SILENCE OF LAWMAKERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, KILLS. 58 KILLED IN LAS VEGAS, 27 KILLED IN NEWTOWN, ACCOUNT, 14 IN SAN BERNARDINO, 17 AT THE SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. 26 AT A CHURCH IN TEXAS. 49 IN A NIGHTCLUB IN FLORIDA. SIX AT THE CRACKER BARREL IN MICHIGAN. NINE AT MOTHER MANUAL CHURCH, SOUTH CAROLINA. THE BEGUNMEN, AND THEY WERE ALWAYS ALL MEN OR BOYS, HAD DIFFERENT MOTIVATIONS INCLUDING CRIME, RACISM, REVENGE, AND SEEKING NOTORIETY, WHICH THEY GOT. THEY ALL HAD ACCESS TO WEAPONS OF BULLETS THAT COULD KILL SCORES OF HUMANS IN MOMENTS. FOR THE MOST PART THE ONLY THING THE VICTIMS HAD IN COMMON IS THEY WERE KILLED BY BULLETS. "THE WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED IN SCHOOLS IN 2018, THIS YEAR, IS ALMOST DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN KILLED IN OUR MILITARY IN BOTH COMBAT AND NONCOMBAT FATALITIES. AND THIS COMING WEEKEND JUST LIKE CLOCKWORK, AS AMERICA HONORS SERVICE MEN ON MINIMUM MORIAL DAY. CHICAGO, IN MY CITY, WILL SEE A DEADLY TOLL. 52 PEOPLE WERE SHOT OVER THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND LAST YEAR. THAT WAS DOWN FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR, 2016, WHEN 71 PEOPLE WERE SHOT IN MY CITY. THERE WILL PROBABLY BE NO NATIONAL SPECIAL REPORTS OR NEWS COVERAGE BECAUSE WHEN 50 OR O 75 PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE SHOT OVER AN AMERICAN CITY IN THE WEEKEND, BARELY MAKES THE NEWS. UNLESS THE N.R.A. AND FOX NEWS USES CHICAGO AS A WAY TO GIVE POLITICAL COVERAGE TO POLITICIANS. WHILE FAILING TO POINT OUT THE LOOPHOLES AND WEAK GUN LAWS IN INDIANA, VIRGINIA, AND OTHER STATES FEED ILLEGAL GUNS INTO MY CITY. WE SHOULD NOTE THAT THE N.R.A. IS NOW RUN BY SOMEONE WHOSE CLAIM TO FAME IS THAT HE LIED TO CONGRESS CAN, PERJURED HIMSELF, SOLD GUNS TO OUR COUNTRY'S ENEMIES, AND THEY CLAIM TO BE ON THE SIDE OF LAW AND ORDER. SO, THE RESULT IS POLITICAL PARALYSIS, SOCIETAL PARALYSIS, AND ACTUAL PERMANENT PARALYSIS AS THE BUCHERS FIELD OF DEAD AND WOUNDED GROWS AND GROWS. WHEN I CAME HERE IN 1993 WE HAD HOPE AND OPTIMISM WE COULD CUT CRIME AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF GUNS ON OUR STREETS. DESPITE THE DROP, ALL OF OUR EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF GUNS ON OUR STREETS AND HOUSES AND SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES HAVE BEEN THWARTED BY THE GUN MANUFACTURERS. THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN I VOTED FOR AND WORKED FOR WAS HERE UNTIL IT WAS KILLED BY POLITICS. THE CRIME GUN BILL I WROTE WOULD WORK BY REDUCING THE AVAILABILITY AND MANUFACTURE OF CHEAP CONCEALABLE HANDGUNS MOST OFTEN USED IN GUN CRIMES. BUT IT WILL NEVER GET A VOTE IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SEE, WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A SCHOOL TO CORNER PIPELINE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WILL PERSISTENT TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARM THEIR POLITICIANS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. BUT I FEAR THE PROFIT MOWIVE -- MOTIVE OF THE GUN MANUFACTURERS AND THE POLITICIANS THEY OWN GOT IN THEIR POCK SET GREATER THAN THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TAKE ON AND TAME OUR RUN AWAY LOVE AFFAIR WITH BULLETS. IT TAKES GOOD PEOPLE WITHOUT GUNS WORKING WITH GOOD PEOPLE WHO OWN GUNS TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WILL USE THEM TO KILL OTHER PEOPLE. . IT IS INTO THE WE DOBT KNOW WHAT WORKS BECAUSE WE DO. WAITING PERIODS, BACKGROUND CHECKS, RESTRICTIONS ON THE SEAFLS GUNS CAN ALL BE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING SUICIDE, MURDER AND ACCIDENTAL DEATH BY FIREARMS. WE ARE NOT LACKING THE WAY, WE ARE ONLY LACKING THE WILL TO OVERCOME THE DEEPLY ENTRENCHED, HIGHLY PROFITABLE INDUSTRY THAT THRIVES ON FEAR, MISTRUST, INEQUALITY, RACISM, MISOGYNY AND TRIBALISM. WE CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE BECAUSE SILENCE KILLS. WHAT WE NEED IS A MOMENT OF ACTION TO SAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM KILLING THEMSELVES WITH AMERICAN GUNS AND AMERICAN BULLETS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THIS LIST OF MOMENTS OF SILENCE OBSERVED IN THE HOUSE SINCE THE NEWTOWN SHOOTING. IT IS COMPILED BY THE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TASK FORCE. THERE'S 43 OF THEM. MOMENTS OF SILENCE. AND NOTHING DONE TO SAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE GUN LOBBIES AND THE N.R.A.

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    • 10:16:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOTEMPORE

    • 10:16:41 AM

      MR. MR. THOMPSON

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

    • 10:19:42 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TETEMPORE

      SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I RISE AS A PERSON WHO LOVES HIS COUNTRY. MR.

    • 10:19:48 AM

      MR. GREEN

      SPEAKER, I RISE AS A PERSON WHO REFUSES TO GO ALONG TO GET ALONG. I RISE…

      SPEAKER, I RISE AS A PERSON WHO REFUSES TO GO ALONG TO GET ALONG. I RISE AS A PERSON WHO WILL SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER AND TRUTH ABOUT POWER. I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE IN OUR COUNTRY OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING MURDERED IN SCHOOLS. OUR CHILDREN ARE SAYING THAT EVENTUALLY IT WILL COME TO THE SCHOOL THAT THEY HAPPEN TO ATTEND. OUR CHILDREN ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY AND WHAT SHOULD BE ONE OF THE SAFEST PLACES FOR THEM ON EARTH. THE SCHOOLS THAT THEY ATTEND. I RISE, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THERE ARE PARENTS WHO HAVE SENT THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL AND NEVER HAVE HAD THEM COME HOME AGAIN. I RISE BECAUSE THESE PARENTS ARE SUFFERING. BECAUSE OUR NATION IS SUFFERING. THERE IS GREAT PAIN WITHIN THE POPULATION. PEOPLE OF GOODWILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST DO MORE THAN HAVE MOMENTS OF SILENCE, WORDS OF PRAYER, EXPRESSIONS OF CONDOLENCES. PEOPLE EXPECT THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO DO WHAT THEY SENT US HERE TO DO. THAT IS, HAVE LEGISLATION BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR, ALLOW FOR SOME DEBATE, AND THEN TAKE A VOTE. IT IS EXPECTED THAT WE WOULD VOTE ON THE LEGISLATION THAT'S PENDING. WE HAVE MORE THAN 100 PIECESES OF LEGISLATION DEALING WITH GUN -- PIECES OF LEGISLATION DEALING WITH GUN SAFETY PENDING BEFORE THE HOUSE. AND IT IS NOT BEING ACTED UPON. I RISE TO ASK, MR. SPEAKER, THAT YOU BRING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SO THAT THE PEOPLE CAN EXPRESS THEIR VOICES, CAN EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS, CAN TAKE THEIR POSITIONS, BY AND THROUGH THEIR LEGITIMATELY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. IT IS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YOU TO ACT, FOR YOU TO BRING THE LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR SO THAT WE MAY VOTE ON IT. AND IF THERE IS SOMEONE WHO TRULY BELIEVES THAT THE SOLUTION TO THIS VIOLENCE, TO THIS KILLING, TO THESE MURDERS, IF THERE'S SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES THAT THE SOLUTION IS A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN, PUT THAT SOLUTION INTO LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER. AND LET'S VOTE ON WHETHER THE SOLUTION IS A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL NOT GO ALONG TO GET ALONG. MR. SPEAKER, YOU HAVE INDICATED THAT YOU WON'T BE RETURNING TO CONGRESS. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DO YOUR JOB, IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BRING LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR -- BY THE WAY, ALL OF IT, NOT DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATION, NOT REPUBLICAN LEGISLATION, THIS IS NOT ABOUT DEMOCRATS, THIS IS NOT ABOUT REPUBLICANS. THIS IS ABOUT OUR CHILDREN WHO ARE BEING MURDERED IN SCHOOLS. AND IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BRING THAT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR, YOU OUGHT TO JUST STEP ASIDE. THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU. IT'S BIGGER THAN ALL OF US. IT'S ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND HOW THEY'RE BEING MURDERED IN SCHOOLS. IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE COURAGE THAT HAS BEEN IMBEDDED WITHIN YOUR SOUL AND YOUR CONSTITUTION AND BRING THAT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. I SPEAK TRUTH ABOUT POWER. THERE IS A PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:23:49 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

      MINUTES.

    • 10:24:01 AM

      MR. RUTHERFORD

      OUTSIDE OF WORK, OFFICER WHITAKER WAS KNOWN AS A PROUD FATHER AND FAMILY…

      OUTSIDE OF WORK, OFFICER WHITAKER WAS KNOWN AS A PROUD FATHER AND FAMILY MAN. HE IS IS YOU VIVED BY HIS 14-YEAR-OLD SON, CADEN -- HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS 14-YEAR-OLD SON, CADEN WHITAKER. JUST THREE WEEKS AGO I ATTENDED THE REDEDICATION OF THE FALLEN OFFICERS' MEMORIAL WALL IN JACKSONVILLE, WHERE WE HAD THE CHANCE TO REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF 61 MEN WHO HAVE DIED PROTECTING OUR CITY. TRAGICALLY ANOTHER NAME NOW MUST BE ADDED TO THAT WALL. TODAY I JOIN THE NORTHEAST FLORIDA COMMUNITY TO MOURN THE LOSS OF OFFICER WHITAKER. HIS SERVICE TO THE FIRST COAST WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ALL OF THE J.S.O. FAMILY AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR SACRIFICE ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL CITY. RALPH WALDO EMERSON ONCE SAID, THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS NOT TO BE HAPPY. IT'S TO BE USEFUL. TO BE HONORABLE. TO BE COMPASSIONATE. TO HAVE IT MAKE SOME DIFFERENCE THAT YOU LIVED AND LIVED WELL. OFFICER WHITAKER LIVED WELL. HE DID HIS JOB HONORABLY AND COMPASSIONATELY. HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND HE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF MANY. OFFICER WHITAKER LIVED HIS LIFE WELL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE RIVER CITY SCIENCE ACADEMY OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FOR WINNING THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD AND FOR THEIR EXCELLENT REPRESENTATION IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION THAT TOOK PLACE IN FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, ON MAY 19, 2018. THIS REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT WAS THE FIRST TIME A SCHOOL FROM DUVALL COUNTY HAS WON THE STATE COMPETITION AND I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF THE STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS THAT CAME TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THIS OUTSTANDING VICTORY. MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST STUDENTS IN THE COUNTRY AND THE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE OF THE RIVER CITY SCIENCE ACADEMY IS JUST MORE PROOF OF THE ROBUST STEM PROGRAMS THAT WE FACILITATE BACK HOME. STEM EDUCATION IS SO IMPORTANT IN A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE, TECHNOLOGICALLY DRIVEN ECONOMY, AND I'M THANKFUL FOR THE EDUCATERS WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO TRAINING THE NEXT SCIENTISTS, MATHEMATICIANS AND ENGINEERS. CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN TO THE RIVER CITY SCIENCE ACADEMY FOR LEADING THE WAY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING OF THEIR MANY SUCCESSES IN THE YEARS TO COME. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:27:08 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOTEMPORE

      WOMEWOME MR. SPEAKER, --

    • 10:27:19 AM

      MR. WOMACK

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

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

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    • 10:29:03 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      SELFLESSLY PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE ON A REGULAR BASIS. RECENTLY…

      SELFLESSLY PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE ON A REGULAR BASIS. RECENTLY FIREFIGHTER TIM RAN INTO A BURNING HOUSE IN LOWER SOUTHAMPTON TO LOOK FOR VICTIMS. AND WITH THE COMPROMISED STRUCTURE OF THE HOUSE, THE SECOND FLOOR COLLAPSED AND TIM FELL THROUGH. DESPITE THE ODDS, TIM SUFFERED NO INJURIES THANKFULLY AND HE'S BACK SERVING ON THE FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S CRUCIAL THAT WE HONOR OUR FIREFIGHTERS LIKE TIM FOR THE BRAVE WORK THEY DO IN PROTECTING THE LIVES OF OUR LOVED ONES AND OUR OWN. WE TRULY OWE THEM A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A RESIDENT OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHOSE DEDICATION TO SERVICE HAS BEEN A CENTERPIECE OF HIS LIFE AND CAREER. BOB DWAYNE OF MIDDLE TOWNTOWN SHIP, WILL RECEIVE THE GIVE LIFE HERO AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS LATER THIS MONTH. SINCE 1972 HE HAS DONATED BLOOD 360 TIMES. OVER THE PAST DECADE HAS FREQUENTLY DONATED THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TIMES PERMITTED BY LAW ANNUALLY. A RETIRED COUNCIL ROCK HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, HE TRULY UNDERSTANDS THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADING BY EXAMPLE. HE'S THE CO-FOUNDER AND TREASURER OF CAMP DISCOVERY, A CAMP FOR CHILD VICTIMS OF ABUSE. AND HE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE HOMELESS CERTAINTY, AND LANG HORN OPEN SPACE INC. . IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SUMMARIZE HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY IN THE SPEECH HERE TODAY. I APPLAUD HIM FOR HIS GOOD WORKS AND ENCOURAGE MY CONSTITUENTS TO FOLLOW HIS LEAD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE MUMS LYNN COMMUNITY WHO ARE CURRENTLY OBSERVING RAMADAN, THE HOLIEST MONTH IN THE ISLAMIC FAITH. I MUMS WISH THEM PEACE AN RENEWAL AS THEY TAKE ON THE VIRTUES OF CHARITY AND SACRIFICE. IN THIS SPIRIT, I'D LIKE TO HONOR AND ORGANIZATION IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT SEEKS TO PROVIDE CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT SEEKS TO PROVIDE CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN WOMEN IN THE ISLAMIC AND JEWISH FAITHS. A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION RECENTLY ESTABLISHED A CHAPTER IN BUCKS COUNTY. FOUNDED BY AMA, THIS SEEKS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN YOUNG WOMEN OF SEPARATE CREEDS WHO ARE BOTH DEVOTED TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND FAITH. DESPITE STILL BEING IN HIGH SCHOOL, AMA HAS MADE A LAST AING DIFFERENCE. I CALL ON MY CONSTITUENTS TO FOLLOW HER LEAD AND THANK HER FOR HER ADVOCACY OF PASSION AND UNDERSTANDING. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1RKS THE CHAIR TEA CLARES

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    • 10:32:29 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:32:48 AM

    Recess

    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. today.

    • 11:00:16 AM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 22.

      • 11:00:19 AM

        Today's prayer was offered by Rev. Mark Goeglein, Harrisonville Community Church, Harrisonville, Missouri

        • 11:00:31 AM

          THE CHAPLAIN

          WORLD NEVER ENDS. WE BOW IN HUMBLE RECOGNITION OF YOUR HOLINESS AND…

          WORLD NEVER ENDS. WE BOW IN HUMBLE RECOGNITION OF YOUR HOLINESS AND MAJESTY, ASKING YOU BE OPEN AND ATTENTIVE TO THE PRAYER OF YOUR SERVANTS. MAY WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER JUST AS YOU HAVE LOVED US. WE THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER DAY TO DO WHAT IS GOOD, TO TO JUSTICE, AND TO LOVE KINDNESS, AND TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THIS GREAT NATION. BLESS THOSE WHO SERVE IN CONGRESS AND ASSIST THEM FAITHFULLY. GRANT EACH OF THEM WISDOM TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION, PROVIDE STRENGTH FOR THOSE WHO ARE TIRED, AND ALLOW COURAGE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THIS GREAT NATION. HELP US TO REALIZE WE'RE BETTER TOGETHER, TEAR DOWN THE DIVIDING WALL'S HOSTILITY, RECONCILE US AND RESTORE US TO PURSUE LIFE AND LIBERTY TOGETHER. AMEN.

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          THE SPEAKER

          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. SOIP

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          MRS. HARTZLER

          I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE…

          I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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      SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

      The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Ms. Hartzler 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. Ms. Hartzler objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker's approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.

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        MRS. HARTZLER

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        THE SPEAKER

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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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        MR. SCHNEIDER

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MRS. HARTZLER

        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF FAITHFUL…

        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE TO THE LORD AND TO OTHERS. IT'S A BLESSING TO HAVE HIM HERE OFFERING THE OPENING PRAYER FOR TODAY'S LEGISLATIVE SESSION. HE GREW UP FAMILIAR WITH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AS HIS MOTHER WAS A LONG TIME STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM INDIANA. I'M THRILLED TO HAVE HIM HERE TODAY AND APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT OF ME AND HIS LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY. MARK HAS SERVED IN MINISTRY FOR 25 YEARS IN CHURCHES IN HIS HOME STATE OF INDIANA, TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, AND NOW AS PASTOR OF THE HARRISONVILLE COMMUNITY CHURCH IN MISSOURI. I APPRECIATE HIS PASSION FOR SHARING GOD'S WORD WITH HIS CONGREGATION AND HOW HIS LOVE OF SCRIPTURE SHOWS IN HIS PREACHING AND IN THE FADED THUMB PRINT ON HIS BIBLE TESTIFYING TO THE MANY YEARS HE'S HELD THAT BIBLE PREACHING, STUDYING, AND PRAYING. BESIDES A LOVE OF THE WORD, HE LOVES THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS, BASKET, AND HIS FAMILY. HE IS BLESSED TO HAVE HIS WIFE HERE TODAY ALONG HIS DAUGHTER AND SONS. THIS FAMILY IS AN INSPIRATION TO OUR CONGREGATION AND A TESTIMONY OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS AND GOODNESS. I WISH PASTOR MARK GOD'S CONTINUED BLESSINGS AND KNOW HIS FAITHFULNESS WILL BE RICHLY REWARDED. I YIELD BACK.

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      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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        THE SPEAKER PROPRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        MR. SCHNEIDER

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. SCHNEIDER

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MRS.

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        >>

        LOVE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT…

        LOVE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT MATERNAL DEATHS. I RISE TODAY

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MRS. LOVE

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        >>

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        CRAMER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

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        MR. CRAMER

        SPEAKER, DURING ONE OF MY RECENT WEEKLY TALK RADIO TOWN HALLS, I SPOKE TO…

        SPEAKER, DURING ONE OF MY RECENT WEEKLY TALK RADIO TOWN HALLS, I SPOKE TO A FAMILY MEMBER OF A VETERAN WHO SERVED ABOARD THE DESTROYER, U.S.S. FRANKIE EVANS, DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. THE VIETNAM VETERAN, RICHARD, ADVOCATES FOR SERVICE MEMBERS WHO DIED DURING THE VIETNAM WAR BUT NOT PRESENTLY RECOGNIZED ON THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL HERE IN WASHINGTON.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. CRAMER

        THE U.S.S. FRANKIE EVANS PROVIDED NAVAL GUNFIRE OFF THE COAST THE VIETNAM,…

        THE U.S.S. FRANKIE EVANS PROVIDED NAVAL GUNFIRE OFF THE COAST THE VIETNAM, INCLUDING DURING THE TET OFFENSIVE. WHILE CONDUCTSING FRIENDLY MANEUVERS OUTSIDE THE STONE T. COLLIDED WITH A FRIENDLY AUSTRALIAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, KILLING 74 CREW MEMBERS. I INTRODUCED AN AMENDMENT TO THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TO ENGRAVE THE NAMES OF THE 74 CREW MEMBERS WHO DIED THAT DAY ON THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL. THEIR SACRIFICE AND THAT OF THEIR FAMILIES IS WORTHY NOT ONLY OUR MENTION BUT THE HIGH HONOR OF BEING MEMORIALIZED FOREVER ON THE WALL. I'M HONORED TO LEAD THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT T AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY THE WALL SEN GRAVED WITH THE 74 NAMES OF THE HEROES OF THE U.S.S. FRANKIE EVANS. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:10:46 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 AND…

        BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 905 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5515) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (S. 204) to authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (S. 2155) to promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, and for other purposes."

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          MR. BURGESS

          905. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE…

          905. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 5515, TO AUTHORIZE RECOGNITION. APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          THE CLERK

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS NOW RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 905.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMTEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOTEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. BURGESS

        SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE F.Y. 2019 NATIONAL DEFENSE…

        SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE F.Y. 2019 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR ALL HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. PROVIDING FOR OUR NATION'S COMMON DEFENSE IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY. AS A RETIRED LIEUTENANT GENERAL IN THE MARINE CORPS, I KNOW THAT CERTAINTY FROM WASHINGTON, ESPECIALLY ON THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER, IS CRITICAL FOR THE MILITARY TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSIONS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        >>

        OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM NEED CONSISTENCY AND RELIABILITY OVER THE…

        OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM NEED CONSISTENCY AND RELIABILITY OVER THE LONG TERM TO MEET COMPLEX THREATS, CHANGING THREATS IN ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD.

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        MR. BERGMAN

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        TO DISCUSS THE COMMONSENSE ISSUES WE ALL CARE ABOUT BUT HAVE BEEN BLOCKED…

        TO DISCUSS THE COMMONSENSE ISSUES WE ALL CARE ABOUT BUT HAVE BEEN BLOCKED DURING THIS CLOSED CONGRESS,

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        MR. HASHASTINGS

        I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

        I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LIEU, A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. LIEU

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

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

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        MR. BURGESS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MESSER

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

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

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      • 11:47:58 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

        RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. CICICILLINE

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        BUDD OF NORTH CAROLINA. AS A POINT OF SITUATIONAL AWARENESS, AS OF LAST…

        BUDD OF NORTH CAROLINA. AS A POINT OF SITUATIONAL AWARENESS, AS OF LAST WEEK IN THIS CONGRESS, OVER 1,000 AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN HEARD ON THE HOUSE

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      • 11:50:18 AM

        MR. BURGESS

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BUDD

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. DELAURO

        THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. MS. DELAURO

        LOUDERMILK, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. LOUDELOUDERMILK

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTIHASTINGS

        HASTINGS: 10 1/2? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 13.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

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        THE SPEAKER SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. KILDEE

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

        SPEAKER, I RISE IN --

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. DAVIDSON

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

        SARBANES.

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        MR. HASTINGS

        SARBANES: THANK YOU, SMARS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. NO MATTER…

        SARBANES: THANK YOU, SMARS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OF S.

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      • 12:00:52 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        2155, ONE OF THE UNDERLYING BILLS BEING CONSIDERED TODAY, IT IS NOT WHAT A…

        2155, ONE OF THE UNDERLYING BILLS BEING CONSIDERED TODAY, IT IS NOT WHAT A CLEAR MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT CONGRESS TO BE DOING.

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        MR. SARBANES

        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE…

        THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. KUSTOFF, FOR ONE MINUTES.

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      • 12:03:35 PM

        MR. BURGESS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THIS PRO-GROWTH PACKAGE PROVIDES THE DESPERATELY NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF…

        THIS PRO-GROWTH PACKAGE PROVIDES THE DESPERATELY NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF TO OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WHILE PROVIDING CONSUMERS WITH GREATER OPTIONS FOR ACCESSING CREDIT.

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      • 12:03:42 PM

        MR. KUSTOFF

        FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE SEEN MANY OF THE ONEROUS REGULATORY BURDENS RESTRICT…

        FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE SEEN MANY OF THE ONEROUS REGULATORY BURDENS RESTRICT BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS FROM SERVING THE NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES, WHICH LED TO THE SLOWEST, WEAKEST RECOVERY IN THE MODERN ERA, THE ECONOMY IS FINALLY STARTING TO TAKE OFF AND CONSUMER OPTIMISM IS INCREASING EACH AND EVERY DAY. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, WE HAVE REMAINED COMMITTED IN PASSING LEGISLATION DESIGNED TO ROLL BACK SOME OF THE MOST BURDENSOME PROVISIONS IN THE DODD-FRANK ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WAS INTENDED TO REIGN IN LARGE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WHILE HARMING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. THESE INCREASED REGULATIONS CREATE ADD HIRE COST OF BUSINESS AND DIMINISHED CREDIT AVAILABILITY. FRANKLY THE ECONOMIC GROWTH REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT TAILORS THE RULES TO THE SIZE AND RISK PROVIAL RATHER THAN IMPOSING SWEEPING DAMAGING CHANGES TO OUR CONSUMER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. URGE PASSAGE ON THE RULE AND FINAL VOTE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMTEMPORE

        TO CONTINUE THE DISCUSS WE ALL CARE ABOUT BUT BLOCKED DURING THIS CLOSED…

        TO CONTINUE THE DISCUSS WE ALL CARE ABOUT BUT BLOCKED DURING THIS CLOSED CONGRESS, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GONZALEZ, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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        MR. HASTINGS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. GONZALEZ

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. WELCH

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORETEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE DREAMERS IN A NANOSECOND IF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WOULD ALLOW US TO…

        THE DREAMERS IN A NANOSECOND IF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WOULD ALLOW US TO BRING AN AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. BUT THEY WON'T. WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID WE WOULD WIN. THEY DON'T WANT A FAIR FIGHT. THEY WANT A SYSTEM THAT'S ALWAYS RIGGED IN THEIR FAVOR. THAT'S NOT DEMOCRATCY. THAT'S NOT THE WAY THIS PLACE IS SUPPOSED TO BE RUN. IF WE HAVE A MORE ACCOMMODATING APPROACH TO LEGISLATING, THEN I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE POLARIZATION WILL BE LESS. YOU'LL HAVE MORE BILLS THAT WILL PASS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. AND BY THE WAY, IT'S NOT JUST DEMOCRATS.

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      • 12:11:22 PM

        MR. MCGOVERN

        180 REPUBLICANS --

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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. MCGOVERN

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        BURGESS: LET ME YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE AND A HALF FOR PURPOSES OF RESPONSE.…

        BURGESS: LET ME YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE AND A HALF FOR PURPOSES OF RESPONSE. I WOULD OF COURSE LEAD WITH THE OBSERVATION THAT THOSE WHO DO NOT

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        HOW ANYBODY CAN CAN DEFEND THAT WITH A STRAIGHT FACE IS BEYOND ME. .

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I ASK HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING.

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        MR. BURGESS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        HASTINGS: I'M ADVISE MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF HE

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        MR. HASTINGS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MR. HASTINGS

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

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        MR. BURGESS

        THE REQUEST SEWN THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON…

        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 095 IF ORDERED APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE

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      • 12:18:46 PM

        MR. HASTINHASTINGS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        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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      • 12:19:02 PM

        On ordering the previous question Roll Call 210 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

        • 12:45:23 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

    • 12:45:24 PM

      House Vote 210 - On Ordering the Previous Question

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5515) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (S. 204) to authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (S. 2155) to promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, and for other purposes.

      Passed (222 - 184)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 222
      Republican - 222

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

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 21
      Republican - 11
      Democratic - 10

      • 12:45:26 PM

        On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 211 - Recorded vote pending.

        • 12:45:39 PM

          >>

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

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

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        • 12:45:43 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:53:45 PM

      House Vote 211 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5515) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (S. 204) to authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (S. 2155) to promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, and for other purposes.

      Passed (227 - 180)
      Aye
      No

      Vote Details: Aye - 227
      Republican - 222
      Democratic - 5

      Vote Details: No - 180
      Democratic - 178
      Republican - 2

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 20
      Republican - 10
      Democratic - 10

      • 12:53:47 PM

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

      • 12:53:48 PM

        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

        The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the Speaker's Approval of the Journal, which further proceedings were postponed earlier today.

        • 12:54:01 PM

          On approving the Journal Roll Call 212 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

          • 12:54:19 PM

            MR. BURGESS

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 12:54:24 PM

            MR. BURGESS

          • 12:54:27 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            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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          • 01:00:32 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ] THE SPEAKER

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            STANDS APPROVED.

      • 01:02:45 PM

        House Vote 212 - On Approving the Journal

        Passed (219 - 179)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 219
        Republican - 142
        Democratic - 77

        Vote Details: Nay - 179
        Democratic - 101
        Republican - 78

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 28
        Republican - 14
        Democratic - 14

        Vote Details: Present - 1
        Democratic - 1

        • 01:05:18 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

        • 01:05:39 PM

          MR. GOODLATTE

          A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK THAT PRISONERS WILL…

          A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK THAT PRISONERS WILL RECIDIVATE UPON RELEASE FROM PRISON AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 01:05:45 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 01:05:49 PM

          THE CLERK

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 01:06:09 PM

          MR. GOODLATTE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. GOODLATTE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 01:06:27 PM

          MR. GOODLATTE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 01:06:40 PM

          MR. GOODGOODLATTE

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

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

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        • 01:06:46 PM

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

          • 01:07:23 PM

            Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5682 — "To provide for programs to help reduce the risk that prisoners will recidivate upon release from prison, and for other purposes."

            • 01:07:43 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

            • 01:07:44 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5682.

              • 01:10:06 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:10:13 PM

                MR. NADLER

                ON PRINCIPLE I CANNOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION WHICH FAILS TO ADDRESS THE…

                ON PRINCIPLE I CANNOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION WHICH FAILS TO ADDRESS THE LARGER ISSUES OF SENTENCING REFORM, AND THE -- THIS MAKES MODEST IMPROVEMENTS, IT ACTUALLY DOES MORE HARM BY CEMENTING INTO OUR SYSTEM NEW AREAS OF RACIAL BIASES AND DISADVANTAGE THAT MAKE WORSE A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM DESPERATELY IN NEED OF REFORM. DESPITE THE BILL'S GOOD INTENTIONS, THE NEW INCENTIVE SYSTEM FOR PRE-RELEASE CUSTODY CREDITS COULD EXACERBATE RACIAL BIASES AND UNLIKE PREVIOUS CRIMINAL JUSTICE EFFORTS, IT'S NOT BALANCED WITH THE NECESSARY REFORMS TO OUR FEDERAL SENTENCING SYSTEM. AS MONDAY'S "NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL OBSERVED, A PARTIAL BILL COULD END UP BEING WORSE THAN NOTHING. THE BILL EXCLUDES LARGE CATEGORIES OF INMATES BASED ON CONVICTS FOR VARIOUS OFFENSES AND ON IMMIGRATION STATUS FROM BEING ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRE-RELEASE CUSTODY INCENTIVES ESTABLISHED BY THE BILL. SECOND, CERTAIN PRISONERS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INCENTIVES SYSTEM AND WHO SUCCESSFULLY PARTICIPATE IN RECIDIVISM REDUCTION PROGRAMS WOULD FACE BEING RELIED EARLY ENTRY TO PRE-RELEASE CUSTODY IF SUCH INMATES ARE JUDGED TO HAVE A HEYER THAN LOW RECIDIVISM RISK UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM. IT WOULD BE UNFAIR TO DENY THESE PRISONERS WHAT THEY HAVE EARNED AND IT IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE FOR ALL OF US TO IN EFFECT CREATE A DISINCENTIVE FOR PRISONERS WHO NEED RECIDIVISM PROGRAMMING FROM ENGAGING IN IT. THIRD, THE COMBINATION OF THESE FACTORS IMPLEMENTED THROUGH A PROBLEMATIC RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL COULD OPERATE TO EXACERBATE RACIAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC DISPARITIES ALREADY PRESENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. AS THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS, THE ACLU, -- ACLU, THE NAACP, THE NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER AND DOZENS OF OTHER ADVOCACY GROUPS WARN, THE EXCLUSIONS COULD HAVE A DISPARATE IMPACT ON RACIAL MINORITIES, CLOSED QUOTE. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TREMENDOUS WORK OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVES JEFFRIES, RICHMOND AND BASKET, PARTICULARLY FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE LEGISLATION. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT CERTAIN PROVISIONS IN THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE BILL, SUCH AS EXPANDING TIME CREDITS FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR, BANNING THE SHACKLING OF WOMEN PRISONERS AND THE ENHANCED COMPASSIONATE RELEASE. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THESE GOOD PROVISIONS DO NOT OUTWEIGH THE POTENTIALLY HARMFUL PROVISIONS CONTAINED ELSEWHERE IN THE BILL. PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY IT IS CLEAR THAT PRISON REFORM ALONE WILL NOT AMELIORATE THE CRISIS OF MASS INCARCERATION UNLESS WE ADDRESS THE PRINCIPLE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM. UNDER SENTENCING LAWS.

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              • 01:10:15 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:10:17 PM

                MR. NADLER

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

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

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              • 01:14:16 PM

                MR. GGOODLATTE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON.

              • 01:14:26 PM

                MR. NADLER

                RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:14:30 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:14:37 PM

                MR. ELLISON

                I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS FIRST STEP ACT. I SPENT MANY…

                I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS FIRST STEP ACT. I SPENT MANY YEARS DEFENDING PEOPLE ACCUSED OF CRIMES, SOME OF WHOM I'LL NEVER FORGET. ONE IS A WOMAN NAMED DANIELA, SHE GOT CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CRACK COCAINE, SHE WAS LOOKING AT ABOUT 60 MONTHS BASED ON HER AMOUNT. SHE HAD A SMALL CHILD, THERE WERE NO WEAPON THE PROSECUTORS TOLD HER IF YOU TELL ON YOUR BOYFRIEND, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO STATE COURT. IF YOU DON'T, WE'RE TAKING YOU TO FEDERAL COURT. THEY TOOK HER TO FEDERAL COURT AND TRY AS I DID, SHE ENDED UP GETTING 60 MONTHS IN PRISON, GOT TAKEN AWAY FROM HER CHILD. I REMEMBER THE SCREAMS OF THAT LITTLE BOY AS THEY WALKED HIS MOTHER INTO CUSTODY. KY NOT IMAGINE ASKING HER TO STAY IN PRISON LONGER THAN SHE NEEDED TO. I CANNOT IMAGINE NOT GIVING EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE HER LIFE AND HER SKILLS. SO I URGE A YES VOTE AND I DO SO WITH A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM TODAY.

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              • 01:15:55 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

              • 01:16:03 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                CICILLINE: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE FIRST STEP ACT. I SUPPORTED…

                CICILLINE: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE FIRST STEP ACT. I SUPPORTED THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IN COMMITTEE BECAUSE IT WILL HELP MORE EX-OFFENDERS RE-ENTER THE WORK FORCE, REDUCE RECIDIVISM. THIS IS JUST THE FIRST STEP IN FIXING OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. WE RECOGNIZE THERE'S A LOT MORE TO DO A LOT MORE WE MUST DO, BUT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT START. I REMIND FOLKS THAT THIS BILL ALLOWS FOLKS TO -- PRISONERS TO EARN SEVEN DAYS OFF THEIR SENTENCE FOR EVERY YEAR OF GOOD BEHAVIOR, IT

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              • 01:16:08 PM

                MR. NADLER

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:16:14 PM

                MR. CICILLINE

                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

              • 01:17:23 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:17:27 PM

                MR. GOGOODLATTE

                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS.

              • 01:17:29 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                DAVIS: THANK YOU, MR.

              • 01:17:36 PM

                MR. NADLER

                CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I COMMEND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR ITS…

                CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I COMMEND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR ITS TREMENDOUS WORK TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR.

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              • 01:17:39 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:17:42 PM

                MR. DAVIS

                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 01:19:31 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:19:36 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:19:52 PM

                MR. COLLINS

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 01:28:05 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:28:11 PM

                MR. NADLER

                BASS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE FIRST STEP…

                BASS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE FIRST STEP ACT. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF WOMEN WHO ARE INCARCERATED WHILE PREGNANT.

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              • 01:28:16 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MY LANGUAGE IN THE FIRST STEP ACT ADDRESSES THE TREATMENT OF PREGNANT…

                MY LANGUAGE IN THE FIRST STEP ACT ADDRESSES THE TREATMENT OF PREGNANT INMATES AND THE USE OF SHACKLES.

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              • 01:28:19 PM

                MS. BASS

                THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

                THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 01:30:11 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:30:17 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

              • 01:30:18 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, A…

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE,

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              • 01:30:35 PM

                MR. NADLER

                RICHARDSON: THANK YOU TO MY RANKING EAB --

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:30:44 PM

                MS. RICHARDSON

                DOES IT GO AS FAR AS I WOULD WANT IT TO GO? IT DOESN'T. BUT IS IT'S A…

                DOES IT GO AS FAR AS I WOULD WANT IT TO GO? IT DOESN'T. BUT IS IT'S A SUBSTANTIAL STEP -- BUT IT'S A STUB STANGS STEP IN THE RIGHT -- SUBSTANTIAL STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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              • 01:30:47 PM

                MR. RICHMOND

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

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

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              • 01:32:06 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                NADLER: MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                NADLER: MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. JEFFRIES.

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              • 01:32:10 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MR.

              • 01:32:15 PM

                MR. NADLER

                JEFFRIES: LET ME FIRST JUST THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, AS WELL AS SEVERAL…

                JEFFRIES: LET ME FIRST JUST THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, AS WELL AS SEVERAL DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. IN PARTICULAR, CEDRIC RICHMOND AND KAREN BASS, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE.

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              • 01:32:20 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                AND OF COURSE MY GOOD FRIEND, DOUG COLLINS, FOR BEING A PHENOMENAL…

                AND OF COURSE MY GOOD FRIEND, DOUG COLLINS, FOR BEING A PHENOMENAL CHAMPION OF IMPROVING THE LIVES OF CURRENTLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS. FOLKS WHO HAVE NO TIME FOR POLITICAL GAMES. THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN THE SYSTEM RIGHT NOW, WITHOUT HOPE, WITHOUT OPPORTUNITY, WITHOUT A MEANINGFUL CHANCE AT TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES. AND THE FIRST STEP ACT WILL PROVIDE THAT. IT WILL GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET EDUCATED NOW. GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET VOCATIONAL TRAINING NOW.

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              • 01:32:23 PM

                MR. JEFFRIES

                MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY…

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL.

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              • 01:34:39 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. NADLER

                JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS ONE THING EVERYBODY AGREES ON…

                JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS ONE THING EVERYBODY AGREES ON AND THAT IS, IT IS PAST TIME THAT WE FACE THE INSTITUTIONALIZED RACIAL INEQUITY THAT IS BUILT INTO EVERY SINGLE STEP OF OUR MASS INCARCERATION SYSTEM.

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              • 01:34:51 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MS. JAYAPAL

                THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

                THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 01:37:08 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:37:12 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

                NADLER: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE ONE FURTHER SPEAKER AND THEN I'LL BE PREPARED…

                NADLER: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE ONE FURTHER SPEAKER AND THEN I'LL BE PREPARED TO

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              • 01:37:16 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE

              • 01:37:20 PM

                MR. NADLER

                DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME, THE GENTLELADY…

                DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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              • 01:37:40 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MINUTES.

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                MS. JACKSON LEE

                THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MS. JACKSON LEE

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                MR. NADLER

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                MS. JACKSON LEE

                THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MS. JACKSON LEE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                IS.

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                MR. NADLER

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:43:31 PM

                MR. NADLENADLER

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

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

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              • 01:44:28 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:44:32 PM

                MR. GOODLATTEGOODLATTE

                IN FACT, MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL ARE THERE BECAUSE THEY…

                IN FACT, MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL ARE THERE BECAUSE THEY SPECIFICALLY ASKED FOR THEM. FOR EXAMPLE, DEMOCRATS ASKED FOR A FIX TO THE WAY THE BUREAU OF PRISONS CALCULATES GOOD TIME CREDIT. WE MADE CHANGES TO CLARIFY CONGRESSIONAL INTENT ON THAT SECTION. THEY ALSO ASKED FOR LANGUAGE ON THE RISK SAYSMENTS TO ENSURE THAT DYNAMIC FACTORS WERE USED TO EVALUATE A PRISONER'S RISK OF RECIDIVATING. THAT REQUEST WAS HONORED. VARIOUS PILOT PROGRAMS AND A PROHIBITION OF SHACKLING PREGNANT INMATES WERE ALSO PLACED IN THE LEGISLATION AT THE REQUEST OF DEMOCRATS. GOOD REQUESTS, GOOD CHANGES. AND THESE ARE ONLY A FEW OF THE MANY REQUESTS THAT WE'RE ON -- THAT WERE HONORED. VOTING AGAINST THIS MEANINGFUL AND IMPORTANT BILL IS A DISSERVICE TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN CURRENTLY INCARCERATED AND THEIR FAMILIES. . IT'S A DISSERVICE TO THE GREAT MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK IN OUR PRISON SYSTEM. AND IT'S A DISSERVICE TO THE AMERICAN NEESM VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE INCARCERATED WILL GET OUT ONE DAY. LET'S MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO SUCCESSFULLY RE-ENTER SOCIETY. H.R. 5682 DOES JUST THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE FIRST STEP ACT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                >>

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:46:38 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT…

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 113.

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              • 01:46:48 PM

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

                • 01:48:02 PM

                  Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Con. Res. 113 — "Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby."

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                    >>

                  • 01:48:14 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 01:48:18 PM

                    THE CLERK

                • 01:48:23 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                • 01:48:26 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Con. Res. 113.

                  • 01:48:29 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 01:48:40 PM

                    MR. BARLETTA

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                    MR. BARLETTA

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 01:48:58 PM

                    MR. BARLETTA

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA.

                  • 01:49:45 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    MS. TITUS

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 01:49:57 PM

                    MS. TITUS

                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    RECOGNIZED.

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                    MR. BARLETTA

                    MS.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    TITUS: THANK YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO…

                    TITUS: THANK YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE AND LEADER MR. HOYER.

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                  • 01:51:26 PM

                    MS. TITUS

                    HOYER: THANK YOU, I THANK MS. TITUS, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THE…

                    HOYER: THANK YOU, I THANK MS. TITUS, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT. MR.

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                  • 01:51:31 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT HONOR EVERY YEAR THAT I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO…

                    SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT HONOR EVERY YEAR THAT I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THIS RESOLUTION AND TO SUPPORT IT ON THE FLOOR.

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                  • 01:51:35 PM

                    MR. HOYER

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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                  • 01:54:19 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW, I REPRESENT LAS VEGAS. I'M NOT SURE…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW, I REPRESENT LAS VEGAS. I'M NOT SURE WE CAN TAKE BETS ON THE SOAPBOX DERBY IN LAS VEGAS BUT I WOULD SAY THE ODDS ARE IN FAVOR SOMEBODY FROM YOUR DISTRICT WINNING IF IT DOES OCCUR. WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND SO I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR AND YIELD BACK.

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                  • 01:54:23 PM

                    MR. BARLETTA

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                    MS. TITUS

                    BARLETTA: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                  • 01:54:47 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 01:54:51 PM

                    MR. BARLETTA

                  • 01:54:54 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                • 01:55:18 PM

                  On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

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

                    • 01:57:15 PM

                      Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 905. S. 2155 — "To promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, and for other purposes."

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                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                    • 01:57:20 PM

                      Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for consideration of S. 2155 and S. 204 under a closed rule. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 5515 under a structured rule and makes an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-70 considered as adopted.

                      • 01:57:33 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      • 01:57:36 PM

                        THE CLERK

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 2155.

                    • 01:58:09 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      HENSARLING: MR. SPEAKER, FOR FAR TOO LONG, FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR…

                      HENSARLING: MR. SPEAKER, FOR FAR TOO LONG, FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE STRUGGLED TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

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                    • 01:58:23 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THEY'VE STRUGGLED TO BUY A CAR.

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      THEY'VE STRUGGLED TO BUY A HOME. THEY'VE STRUGGLED -- THEY'VE STRUGGLED…

                      THEY'VE STRUGGLED TO BUY A HOME. THEY'VE STRUGGLED -- THEY'VE STRUGGLED FOR THEIR VERSION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. I HEAR FROM THESE PEOPLE FREQUENTLY, MR. SPEAKER. I HEAR FROM COLTON IN TERRELL, TEXAS WHO SAID HE AND HIS WIFE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET A MORTGAGE DUE TO CREDIT AND THEY WERE 25, 30 YEARS OLD, THEY HAD GOOD CREDIT BUT WERE GETTING DENIED AND THEY NEEDED A HOME TO PROVIDE A SENSE OF STABILITY. BUT THEY COULDN'T GET IT DUE TO WASHINGTON'S BUREAUCRATIC REGULATIONS. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I HEARD FROM DIRK, IN DALLAS HE SAID HE USED TO HAVE A $100,000 LINE OF CREDIT FROM HIS BANK. HE HAD AN ENSE -- UNSECURED SIGNATURE LINE OF CREDIT THAT HE USED FOR WORKING CAPITAL FOR HIS SMALL BUSINESS HE OFTEN PAID IT DOWN TO ZERO WHEN CASH FLOW WAS AMPLE BUT THE BANK CANCELED, CANCELED IT BECAUSE OF BUREAUCRATIC GOVERNMENT BURDEN ON THE BANKING SYSTEM. I HEARD FROM SHERRY IN USE IT'S A WHO SAID AFTER A DIVORCE FOUR YEARS AGO, I NEEDED TO BUY A CAR BECAUSE MY CAR WAS OVER 10 YEARS OLD. I HAD A CHECKING ACCOUNT IN MY NAME AT MY CREDIT UNION BUT THEY DIDN'T LOAN ME MONEY FOR THE CAR. MR. SPEAKER, WE HEAR THESE STORIES FAR TOO OFTEN. THE MAIN STREET BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS THAT THESE PEOPLE DEPEND UPON, THEY'VE BEEN SUFFERING. THEY'VE BEEN SUFFERING FOR YEARS UNDER THE WEIGHT, THE LOAD, THE VOLUME, THE COMPLEXITY AND COST OF HEAVY WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO SERVE THESE PEOPLE, TO HELP GET THEM INTO HOME, HELP GET THEM INTO CARS. AS ONE WEST TEXAS BANKER TOLD ME, MR. SPEAKER, QUOTE, MY MAJOR RISKS ARE NOT CREDIT RISKS, RISK OF THEFT, RISK OF SOME ROBBER COMING IN WITH A GUN IN MY OFFICE, MY NUMBER ONE RISK IS REGULATORY RISK. WE HAVE BEEN LOSING A COMMUNITY BANK OR CREDIT UNION EVERY OTHER DAY IN AMERICA AND WITH IT, THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF MILLIONS. BUT TODAY, THAT CHANGES. HELP ISEN THE WAY WITH THE ECONOMIC GROWTH THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE MOST PRO-GROWTH BANKING TPWHILL A GENERATION. YOU'D HAVE TO GO BACK TO 1999 TO GRAMM-LEECH-BIDEN. THOUGH WE DIDN'T HAVE A FORMAL CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE I'M PROUD, PROUD THAT OVER HALF THE BILLS IN THIS PACKAGE INCLUDING THREE QUARTERS OF THE REGULATORY RELIEF PROVISIONS, CAME FROM THE HOUSE. THESE ARE THE PROVISIONS TO HELP HARDWORKING, STRUGGLING TAXPAYERS GET INTO HOME MORTGAGE, GET INTO CAR LOANS, GET INTO THEIR SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS IS WHAT WILL HELP DRIVE 3% ECONOMIC GROWTH, WHICH IS THE BIRTH RIGHT OF ALL AMERICANS. TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT DAY IN THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND -- IN AMERICA AND I ENCOURAGE ALL OF US, ALL OF US, TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMIC GROWTH, REGULATORY RELIEF, AND CONSUME BROTHER TEXT ACT. .

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                    • 02:01:47 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      MR. SPEAKER, I AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

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

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                      MR. HENSARLING

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. LUETKEMEYER

                      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 VOICES -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. NO.

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                      MS. WATERS

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:10:27 PM

                      MR. HUIZENGA

                      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 RESERVES.

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                    • 02:12:49 PM

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                      MS. WATERS

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      I WANTED TO WORK WITH ALL OF YOU TO ENSHRINE THE GOOD THINGS AND GET RID…

                      I WANTED TO WORK WITH ALL OF YOU TO ENSHRINE THE GOOD THINGS AND GET RID OF THE BAD THINGS. WE ALL DID. WE ALL HAVE OFFERED IT FOR YEARS. BECAUSE DODD-FRANK IS A GOOD LAW, BUT IT NEEDS AMENDING.

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                      MR. CAPUANO

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR…

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:15:10 PM

                      MR. CAPUANO

                      MEMBERS ARE AGAIN REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE…

                      MEMBERS ARE AGAIN REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:16:06 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      DUFFY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL…

                      DUFFY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK ON DODD-FRANK REFORM. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE LOOK BACK. WHEN DODD-FRANK PASSED, IT WAS PASSED WITH A BLINDFOLD OVER OUR EYES BECAUSE THE STUDIES WEREN'T EVEN DONE ABOUT WHAT THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE CRISIS EVEN WAS.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:16:21 PM

                      MR. DUFFY

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:18:23 PM

                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

                      I YIELD 20 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:20:12 PM

                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:20:36 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:21:04 PM

                      MR. MCHENRY

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA BILL. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE OUTCOME OF TODAY'S VOTE. I URGE MY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOTEMPORE

                      GREEN: THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. I AM AMAZED THAT…

                      GREEN: THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. I AM AMAZED THAT WHAT I'M HEARING TODAY BECAUSE I WAS THERE AND I UNDERSTAND THAT AT THE TIME WE ENTERED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, THE BANKS WERE NOT LENDING TO EACH OTHER.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:23:02 PM

                      MR. GREEN

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 02:24:17 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TTEMPORE

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                      MR. HENSARLING

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:24:37 PM

                      MR. LUCAS

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. AND THE…

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:26:17 PM

                      MS. PELOSI

                      YIELDING SO THAT I COULD STAY ON SCHEDULE. THANK YOU, MR. HOYER, GROUR --…

                      YIELDING SO THAT I COULD STAY ON SCHEDULE. THANK YOU, MR. HOYER, GROUR -- FOR YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND DO I SO ON BEHALF OF HARDWORKING AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S A BAD BILL UNDER THE GUISE OF HELPING COMMUNITY BANKS. IT ROLLS BACK KEY CAN SAFEGUARDS FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS. IT OPENS THE DOOR TO LENDING DISCRIMINATION, AND IT POTENTIALLY THREATENS THE STABILITY OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND OUR ECONOMY. THE BILL WOULD TAKE US BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN UNCHECKED RECKLESSNESS ON WALL STREET IGNITED IN HISTORIC FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. WALL STREET GAMBLED WITH THE LIVELIHOOD OF CONSUMERS AND THEN IT WAS THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT LOST ITS SHIRT. I JUST WANT TO SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHY I HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE FLOOR TODAY. IT'S YET AGAIN ANOTHER, ANOTHER WEAKENING OF DODD-FRANK. HERE'S WHAT I WANT TO CALL TO YOUR MIND. BECAUSE YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER THIS OR YOU MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FULLY AWARE OF IT, BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW IT. ON THE NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2008, I CALLED THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY AND SAID, WHAT IS HAPPENING THAT WE HAVE HAD IN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS LEHMAN, MERRILL LYNCH, AND THAT VERY -- IN THAT 24-HOUR PERIOD A.I.G. , CAN YOU COME TO THE CAPITOL TO EXPLAIN TOMORROW MORNING WHAT IS -- WHAT'S HAPPENING SO THAT WE CAN HELP RESTORE CONFIDENCE TO THE MARKETS AND NOT SAY ANYTHING THAT WOULD DO ANYTHING LESS THAN THAT. HE SAID, MADAM SPEAKER, I WAS SPEAKER AT THE TIME, TOMORROW MORNING WILL BE TOO LATE. TOMORROW MORNING WILL BE TOO LATE. WHY AM I CALLING YOU? IN ANY EVENT THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY CAME TO THE CAPITOL FOR AN EMERGENCY MEETING, BIPARTISAN, HOUSE AND SENATE, TO INFORM US THAT A MELTDOWN WAS IMMINENT. BUT HE DESCRIBED TO US THAT NIGHT WAS SO STUNNING. HE TOOK US DOWN TO THE GATES OF HELL TO A PLACE SO DEEP THAT EVEN DANTE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A NAME FOR THAT CIRCLE IN HELL BECAUSE IT WAS SO STUNNING US DOWN TO THE GATES OF HELL TO A PLACE SO DEEP IN TERMS OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING, THE MELTDOWN THAT WAS HAPPENING TO OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. WHEN I ASKED THE FED CHAIRMAN, ALSO AT THE MEETING, BEN BERNANKE, WHAT HE THOUGHT, HE SAID, IF WE DO NOT ACT IMMEDIATELY, WE WILL NOT HAVE AN ECONOMY BY MONDAY. AN ECONOMY BY MONDAY. WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE ONE OR THE OTHER. WE WILL NOT HAVE AN ECONOMY BY MONDAY. TO STOP THE MELTDOWN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED AND CONGRESS PASSED THE BILL YOU MAY BE FAMILIAR W TO PREVENT THIS FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN, WE PASSED THE DODD-FRANK, MOSTENCE TENSIVE BANKING AND FINANCIAL REFORM MARKETS -- REFORMS IN DECADES AND STRONGEST SET OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTIONS IN HISTORY. SINCE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN THE MAJORITY IN THE CONGRESS, AND NOW IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THEY HAVE A SERIES OF WEAKENING OF DODD-FRANK. SO YOU CANNOT JUST VIEW THIS BILL AS THIS BILL TODAY. BAD ENOUGH AS IT IS, WORTHY OF A NO, UNWORTHY OF SUPPORT. BUT TO SEE IT IN LIGHT OF A SERIES OF WEAKENING OF DODD-FRANK. . THE DESPITE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE ROUTINELY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. ALL YEAR THE G.O.P. HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO DISCRIMINATION IN OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER DISCRIMINATORY PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THEY PUSHED A C.R.A. TO ROLL BACK PROTECTIONS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION IN AUTO LENDING. THEY VOTED TO REPEAL AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING FEDERAL CONTRACTORS TO COMPLY WITH BASIC NONDISCRIMINATION LAWS. THE BANKS ARE ALSO USING THE GUISE OF PROTECTING COMMUNITY BANKS TO HELP OUT THE LARGEST BANKS ON WALL STREET. THE BILL EXEMPTS 26 OF THE LARGEST BANKS FROM DODD-FRANK'S ACT'S HEIGHTENED OVERSIGHT. SINCE 2007, THESE SAMEBACKS HAVE BEEN SUED OR CITED -- SAME BANKS HAVE BEEN SUED OR CITED BY THE REGULATORS AND PAID SETTLEMENTS OF $40 BILLION. SOME OF WHICH THEY CAN DEDUCT FROM THEIR TAXES. REPUBLICANS ARE ALSO USING RELIEF FOR COMMUNITY BANKS, AS THEIR GUISE, AS A WAY OF UNDERMINING THE VOLCKER RULE, THREATENING THE STABILITY OF THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND THE ENTIRE ECONOMY. REPUBLICANS' WILLINGNESS TO ABANDON VULNERABLE AMERICANS AND JEOPARDIZE OUR ENTIRE FINANCIAL SYSTEM TO FURTHER ENRICH WEALTHY WALL STREET BANKS IS ASTOUNDING. TODAY THE FDIC REPORTED THAT BANKS HELPED BY A MASSIVE TAX CUT EARNED RECORD PROFIT NOTICE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR -- PROFITS IN THE QUARTER OF THIS YEAR. THEY'VE DONE THAT OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS AS WELL. TIME AND TIME REPUBLICANS PUT THE WALL STREET AND RICH FIRST AND FAMILIES LAST. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A CONGRESS THAT LOOKS AFTER THEM. NOT ONE THAT SELLS OUT AND LEAVES THEM HIGH AND DRY. THIS IS A RAW DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AMERICANS DESERVE A BETTER DEAL, BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES AND BETTER FUTURE. DEMOCRATS ARE FIGHTING TO PUT THAT ECONOMIC POWER BACK. WHO HAS THE LEVERAGE? PUT THE LEVERAGE BACK IN THE HANDS OF AMERICA'S GREAT MIDDLE CLASS, AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. SO JUST REMEMBER WHAT THEY WERE WILLING TO DO LEADING UP TO 2008. THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN, OR MAYBE THEY DON'T CARE, BUT THEY WANT TO TAKE US RIGHT BACK DOWN THEIR PATH, THAT PATH, IT ONE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AT A TIME -- THAT PATH, ONE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AT A TIME. AND IF I KNOW MR. HENSARLING, THERE'S PROBABLY MORE TO COME. BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND HE DOESN'T THINK THIS BILL GOES FAR ENOUGH IN THE WRONG DIRECTION AND HE PROBABLY WANTS MORE. WHATEVER THAT IS, TODAY IS THE JUDGMENT WE HAVE TO MAKE ABOUT THIS BILL, ABOUT OUR COMMITMENT. AND BY THE WAY, SOME OF THE THINGS THEY WANT TO ROLL BACK ARE VERY HARMFUL TO OUR VETERANS AS WELL. AND THEY WANT TO BE SURE TO MAKE THAT POINT WITH YOU. IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THE OTHER CONCERNS. IT'S A THREAT TO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM, $250 BILLION. I THINK THAT NUMBER IS TOO LARGE. THE EXPLOITATION OF THE CUSTODY BANKS, THAT SOME OF THE BANKS ALREADY TOLD ME THEY WERE GOING TO TRY TO PASS THEMSELVES OFF AS. THE DISCRIMINATION IN LENDING THAT IS IN THE BILL. THE LACK OF -- REVEALING THE INFORMATION, WHICH IS SO ESSENTIAL TO KNOWING WHAT THE FACTS ARE. FOR THESE AND SO MANY OTHER REASONS, I URGE A NO VOTE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:34:07 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:34:16 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:34:31 PM

                      MRS. WAGNER

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

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 02:36:01 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

                      RECOGNIZED. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:36:16 PM

                      MR. HOYER

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                    • 02:38:29 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      HOYER: I THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE RANKING MEMBER. MR.

                    • 02:38:31 PM

                      MR. HOYER

                      SPEAKER, BECAUSE OF THAT, AND BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A TRULY…

                      SPEAKER, BECAUSE OF THAT, AND BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A TRULY BIPARTISAN BILL, SUPPORTED OVERWHELMINGLY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR COMMUNITY BANKS ARE NOT IMPACTED IN A WAY THAT WAS NEVER INTENDED, NOR SHOULD IT BE INTENDED BY THE CONGRESS.

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                    • 02:38:34 PM

                      MS. WATERS

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                      MR. HOYER

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

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

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                    • 02:39:12 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. HHENSARLING

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BABARR

                      -- OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. I --

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BARR

                      PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS --

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      MR. ELLISON

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:42:12 PM

                      MR. ELLISON

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:43:50 PM

                      MR. ELLISON

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                      MS. WATERS

                      REMEMBER ALAN GREENSPAN TELLING ALL OF US, LET THEM DO WHAT THEY WANT TO…

                      REMEMBER ALAN GREENSPAN TELLING ALL OF US, LET THEM DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. IT DOESN'T MATTER. YOU CAN'T INTERFERE WITH THE MARKET. THE MARKET HAS ALL THE ANSWERS. WE FOUND OUT WHO HAD THE ANSWERS WHEN IT CAME OUT TO BAILING WALL STREET. IT WAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE URGING OUR COLLEAGUES TO NOT VOTE FOR THIS. BECAUSE IT WILL BE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO PAY. NOT TO MENTION PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN MANUFACTURING HOMES, WHO ARE GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO BE CHARGED MORE FOR THEIR HOME CHOICES, AND IT WILL OPEN THE DOOR TO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, WHICH HAS BEEN PROVED TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

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                      MR. ELLISON

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. HENSARLING

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. HILL

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                    • 02:46:42 PM

                      MR. HILL

                      I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER…

                      I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKETS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MRS. MALONEY.

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                      MS. WATERS

                      MALONEY: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO S.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      2155. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHY WE PASSED DODD-FRANK IN THE FIRST…

                      2155. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHY WE PASSED DODD-FRANK IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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                      MRS. MALONEY

                      WE WERE SUFFERING FROM THE WORST FINANCIAL DOWN TURN IN OUR COUNTRY. 15…

                      WE WERE SUFFERING FROM THE WORST FINANCIAL DOWN TURN IN OUR COUNTRY. 15 MILLION PEOPLE LOST -- THIS COUNTRY SUFFERED $15 TRILLION IN HOUSEHOLD WEALTH THAT WAS LOST. WE LOST EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOBS, AND SIX MILLION PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOMES DUE TO THE PRACTICES OF UNFAIR AND DECEPTIVE BANKING PRACTICES. DODD-FRANK PUT IN PLACE PROTECTIONS FOR CONSUMERS. PRIOR TO THE CRISIS, PREDATORY LENDERS SADDLED UNSUSPECTING BORROWERS WITH TOXIC MORTGAGES THAT THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND AND CAN COULD NOT AFFORD. TOO OFTEN THESE PREDATORY LENDERS TARGETED COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. AND WHEN THESE TOXIC MORTGAGES BLEW UP, IT DEVASTATED THESE COMMUNITIES. IN RESPONSE, WE PASSED DODD-FRANK, WHICH IMPOSED TOUGH NEW RULES ON MORTGAGE LENDERS AND BEEFED UP OUR EFFORTS TO CRACK DOWN ON LENDING DISCRIMINATION. BUT THIS BILL WOULD ROLL BACK SOME OF THESE IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS. THE BILL WOULD UNDERMINE FAIR LENDING LAWS BY EXEMPTING THE MAJORITY OF LENDERS ON LENDING SCRAMINGS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      BUYERS.

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                      MRS. MALONEY

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      MRS. MALONEY

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 02:49:33 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE AND ONE HALF.

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                      THE SPEAKERSPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE VERY BIPARTISAN S.

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                      MR. HULTGREN

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WILL REGRETTABLY VOTE NO ON 2155. IT'S REGRETTABLE BECAUSE I BELIEVE OUR…

                      WILL REGRETTABLY VOTE NO ON 2155. IT'S REGRETTABLE BECAUSE I BELIEVE OUR LOCAL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS ARE STRUGGLING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF REGULATIONS.

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                    • 02:52:00 PM

                      MR. HECK

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ROTHFUS, THE AUTHOR OF TWO DIFFERENT PROVISIONS IN S.

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      2155 TO BRING CLARITY TO THE COMPLEX CAPITAL RULES AND FLEXIBILITY TO OUR…

                      2155 TO BRING CLARITY TO THE COMPLEX CAPITAL RULES AND FLEXIBILITY TO OUR SAVINGS ASSOCIATIONS.

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                    • 02:53:42 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ROTHFUS: OUR ECONOMY HAS STRUGGLED FOR YEARS UNDER THE WEIGHT OF MISGUIDED…

                      ROTHFUS: OUR ECONOMY HAS STRUGGLED FOR YEARS UNDER THE WEIGHT OF MISGUIDED WASHINGTON POLICIES. BANKS HAVE CLOSED AND CONSOLIDATED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY HAVE LOST THEIR LOCAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

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                    • 02:53:50 PM

                      MR. ROTHFUS

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

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

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                    • 02:55:15 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMTEMPORE

                      JAYAPAL: THIS BILL WILL ROAD BACK MANY CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, INCLUDING…

                      JAYAPAL: THIS BILL WILL ROAD BACK MANY CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, INCLUDING PROTECTIONS THAT ARE CRITICAL FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. THIS BILL WILL PERMIT 85% OF DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS TO AVOID PUBLIC REPORTING ON THEIR MORTGAGE LENDING ACTIVITIES.

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                      MS. JAYAPAL

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TTEMPORE

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      TIPTON: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR TOO LONG THERE'S BEEN A…

                      TIPTON: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR TOO LONG THERE'S BEEN A CULTURE OF DISREGARD FOUR OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS OUT OF WASHINGTON, D.C. REGULATIONS THAT WERE INTENDED TO BRING DISCIPLINE TO THE NATION'S LARGEST INSTITUTIONS HAVE INSTEAD SUFFOCATED MAIN STREET AND PREVENTED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM FINDING THEIR FOOTING

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. TIPTON

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

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

                      CICILLINE: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG…

                      CICILLINE: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BANK LOBBYIST ACT WHICH REVERSES THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE SINCE WALL STREET BROUGHT OUR ECONOMY TO THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE IN 2008. THIS IS YET ANOTHER GIVEAWAY FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO THE WEALTHY DONORS WHO BANKROLL THEIR CAMPAIGNS. AND ONCE AGAIN WORKING PEOPLE WILL GET SCREWED. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS FROM THE BIG BANKS AND CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. CICILLINE

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE ECONOMIC GROWTH REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECT ACT IS THE MOST…

                      THE ECONOMIC GROWTH REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECT ACT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PRO-GROWTH DEREGULATION BILL THIS CHAMBER HAS CONSIDERED IN YEARS. .

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                      MR. EMMER

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. MR. HENSARLING

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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                      MR. POLIQUIN

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                      MS. WATERS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      MINUTE.

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                      MR. WWILLIAMS

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      HENSARLING: I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH,…

                      HENSARLING: I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH, MS. LOVE, THE AUTHOR OF A KEY REGULATORY RELIEF PROVISION TO PROVIDE SMALL BANKS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO

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                    • 03:05:57 PM

                      MS. WATERS

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      I'M URGING A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL BECAUSE I WANT TO KEEP THE GOOD NEWS…

                      I'M URGING A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL BECAUSE I WANT TO KEEP THE GOOD NEWS COMING. AMERICA NEEDS A FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT'S STRONG, RESILIENT AND INNOVATE I. AS A FORMER MAYOR I KNOW THAT ACCESS TO CREDIT IS CRUCIAL FOR CITIES TO BUILD SCHOOL, ROADS, FOR FAMILIES TO BUY A HOME AND FOR FARMERS TO BUY TRACTORS.

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                      MS. LLOVE

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                      MS. WATERS

                      TEXAS.

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                      THE SPEAKERSPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      TENNEY, THE AUTHOR OF TWO KEY PROVISIONS IN S.

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TTEMPORE

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                      MS. TENNEY

                      FINALLY. HOWEVER, IN ORDER FOR MAIN STREET TO TRULY PRODUCE, WE MUST…

                      FINALLY. HOWEVER, IN ORDER FOR MAIN STREET TO TRULY PRODUCE, WE MUST ENSURE OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE HEALTHY, SAFE, AND NOT OVERBURDENED TO THE POINT OF CLOSURE. IN MY DISTRICT IN NEW YORK, SMALL BUSINESS CREDIT UNIONS ARE NECESSARY. WHETHER IT'S A FAMILY BUYING A FIRST HOME OR SOMEONE BUYING A CAR, NEW YORKERS RELY ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE TWO PIECES OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT PROMOTE RELATIONSHIP BANKING AND REGULATORY RELIEF IN THIS PACKAGE TODAY. TWO OF MY BIPARTISAN BILLS INCLUDED ARE THE SMALL BANK CYCLE IMPROVEMENT ACT THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT WHICH OFFER SMALL, LOCAL COMMUNITY AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS A LITTLE MUCH-NEEDED HELP TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. I'M PROUD OF THE HARD WORK MY COLLEAGUES HAVE DONE TO CRAFT THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND THANK TO FEEL CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR MAKING SURE THIS BILL BECOMES A REALITY FOR AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, S. 2155 WILL HELP FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT ACHIEVE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS, INCLUDING MY CO-SPONSORS MR. SHERMAN AND MR. CHRIS WHO I HOPE WILL BE JOINING US IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:09:26 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      MAY I INQUIRE HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS YOU HAVE?

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                      MS. WATERS

                      AND MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE?

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      WATERS: LET ME AGAIN SHARE WITH YOU WHAT SHOULD BE BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT,…

                      WATERS: LET ME AGAIN SHARE WITH YOU WHAT SHOULD BE BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT, THE FDIC RELEASED ITS QUARTERLY BANKING PROFILE TODAY FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2018 AND REPORTED THAT BANKS MADE MORE MONEY THAN THEY EVER HAVE. $56 BILLION IN PROFITS IN A SINGLE

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                    • 03:09:49 PM

                      MS. WATERS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. WATERS

                      QUARTER. REPRESENTS 27. 5% SERVED COMPARED TO 2017. SOME OF THESE PROFITS…

                      QUARTER. REPRESENTS 27. 5% SERVED COMPARED TO 2017. SOME OF THESE PROFITS CAME FROM THE REPUBLICAN TAX REFORM BILL THAT WE HAVE CALLED A TAX SCAM LAW. THE COMMUNITY BANKS, CREDIT UNIONS AND THE ECONOMY ARE DOING GREAT WITH DODD-FRANK REFORMS IN PLACE. BANKING INDUSTRY KEEPS MAKING RECORD PROFITS, AN AVERAGE OF $167 BILLION IN ANNUAL PROFITS THE LAST THREE YEARS. BANKS HAVE INCREASED LENDING TO BUSINESSES BY 80% SINCE 20 10. COMMUNITY BANKS ARE OUTPERFORMING LARGER BANKS IN INCREASED LENDING AND THE CREDIT UNIONS ARE GROWING AND HAVE INCREASED LENDING BY MORE THAN 10% IN 2014. 20% -- 10% RATHER IN 2014. 2015, 2016, AND 2017. DESPITE ALL OF THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE C.E.O. 'S OF BANKS THAT REPRESENT SO MANY TIMES MORE THAN THE MEDIAN SALARY IN THEIR BANK. SPECIFICALLY, WELLS FARGO C.E.O. MADE $17.4 MILLION IN 2017, 291 TIMES THE COMPANY'S MEDIAN SALARY. AND THIS IS IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT WELLS FAR GE HAS A TRACK RECORD OF CONSUMER ABUSES WHILE DEMONSTRATING THAT THE NUMEROUS FINES IMPOSED ON THE BANK HAVE NOT BEEN A SUFFICIENT DETERRENT TO STOP ITS PATTERN OF APPALLING PRACTICES. LET ME JUST IDENTIFY SOME OF THOSE PRACTICES. OPENING 3. 5 MILLION FRAUDULENT CREDIT CARD AND DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS FOR WHICH THEY WERE FINED $185 MILLION AND IT WAS SO BAD THAT THE FORMER CHAIR, YELLEN, CAPPED THE BANK'S SIZE UNTIL THEY CLEANED UP THEIR ACT. THEY WERE FOUND TO HAVE ILLEGAL STUDENT LOAN PRACTICES, INAPPROPRIATE CHECKING ACCOUNT FEES, UNLAWFUL MORTGAGE LENDING PRACTICES SUCH AS OVERCHARGING VETERANS FOR REFINANCE LOANS AND CHARGING CUSTOMERS FOR AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE POLICIES THEY DID NOT NEED WHICH RESULTED IN SOME CUSTOMERS LOSING THEIR VEHICLES AND THEY WERE FINED $1 BILLION BUT IT REALLY DOESN'T MAKE THEM ANY DIFFERENT. IT IS JUST THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS. AND YET WE HAVE MY FRIENDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO COME AND ASK US TO BE LENIENT ON THE BANKS. TO DO AWAY WITH THE DODD FRANK REFORMS. FORGET ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2008. SOMEHOW, IT'S ALL RIGHT FOR THESE GREEDY BANKS TO CONTINUE NOT ONLY IN THE PRACTICES THAT THEY HAVE, DESPITE, DESPITE THE FACT THAT DODD FRANK REINED THEM IN. THEY'RE DOING VERY WELL. 2155 AGAIN IS NOT A COMMUNITY BANK BILL. AND IT CERTAINLY DOES NOT HELP CONSUMERS. WE SHOULD NOT PRETEND THAT'S THE CASE. INSTEAD, CONSIDERING IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS SENATE BILL ARE ADVANCING NARROWLY TAILOR RED LEAF, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE RUBBER STAMPING S. 2155 AND ADVANCING A WALL STREET WISH LIST THAT COULD JEOPARDIZE THE SFABBLET STABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY'S FINANCIAL SYSTEM. SO INSTEAD OF CONSIDERING A BILL TO ADDRESS CONCERNS RAISED BY COMMUNITY BANKS, ONE THAT I'M SURE COULD EASILY PASS BOTH BODIES WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE INSTEAD DECIDED TO TAKE UP A BILL THAT IS LARGELY DESIGNED TO FULFILL THE AGENDA OF WALL STREET'S MEGA BANKS. PASSING THIS BILL WITH BROAD SUPPORT WOULD SEND THE WRONG MESSAGE TO REGULATORS TO ACCELERATE THEIR DEREGULATORY EFFORTS FOR WALL STREET. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT MEGA BANKS HAVE ONCE AGAIN PIGGYBACKED ON TO THE SUBSTANTIAL GOOD WILL AND SUPPORT EXISTS TO HELP EASE THE REGULATORY BURDENS FOR COMMUNITY BANKS. S. 2155 IS A DANGEROUS MEASURE THAT WE KEAKENS KEY CONSUME BROTHER TEXTS AND WILL MAKE IT HARDER, NOT EASIER, TO COMBAT UNFAIR MARKET PRACTICES. THE BILL TAKES ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE JUST TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LARGEST BANKS WHO ARE MAKING RECORD PROFITS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, I SUPPORT OUR NATION'S COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS, I SUPPORT TAILORED REGULATORY RELIEF FOR THOSE INSTITUTIONS THAT IS A FACT THAT I HAVE MADE CLEAR THROUGH MY SUPPORT OF NUMEROUS INDIVIDUAL MEASURES WHICH HAVE ADVANCED THROUGH THIS CONGRESS AS WELL AS THROUGH MY COMMUNITY BANK REGULATORY RELIEF BILL FROM LAST CONGRESS. BUT I WILL CONTINUE TO OPPOSE ANY EFFORTS TO USE REGULATORY RELIEF FOR COMMUNITY BANKS AS A VEHICLE TO RAM THROUGH DEREGULATION FOR BAD ACTORS AND MEGA BANKS AND IF MY WORDS AND THE WORDS OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE TODAY ARE NOT ENOUGH OF A WARNING, THEN I WOULD URGE MEMBERS TO LISTEN TO THE PLEAS OF HUNDREDS OF CONSUMERS, CIVIL RIGHTS, VETERANS, RELIGIOUS AND LABOR GROUPS THAT STRONGLY OPPOSE 2155. AND THOUGH SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS MAY HAVE SHORT MEMORY THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO LOST THEIR HOMES, THEIR JOBS, AND THEIR WEALTH DURING THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS CERTAINLY DO NOT. SO I OPPOSE THIS BILL. I WANT THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO STAND UP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND SAY TO THE GREEDY BANKS AND THE MEGA BANKS, NO, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET AWAY WITH THESE KINDS OF ACTIONS ANYMORE. EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE DONE TO TRY TO UNDERMINE THE DODD-FRANK REFORM HAVE RESULTED IN MORE GROUPS COMING OUT TO SAY CONGRESS, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO STOP THESE BANKS? THEY'RE MAKING -- THEY'RE MAKING PLENTY OF MONEY, INCREASING THEIR PROFIT, THEY C.E.O. 'S ARE MAKING HIGH SALARY WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM THEM? I THINK OUR CONSUMERS DESERVE BETTER THAN ANY ATTEMPT TO TRY AND RELIEVE THEM OF THOSE REGULATORY ACTIONS THAT WOULD PROFIT OR BETTER SUPPORT OUR CONSUMERS. I ASK FOR A RESOUNDING NO VOTE ON THIS BILL THAT WOULD ONLY FEED INTO THE GREEDINESS OF THE MAJOR BANKS OF AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:16:49 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      TIME. THE GENTLEMAN HAS THREE MINUTES REMAINING.

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      SINCE DODD-FRANK WAS PASSED, THE BIG BANKS HAVE BECOME BIGGER AND THE…

                      SINCE DODD-FRANK WAS PASSED, THE BIG BANKS HAVE BECOME BIGGER AND THE SMALL BANKS HAVE BECOME FEWER. FREE CHECKING AT BANKS HAVE DODD-FRANK WAS PASSED, BEEN CUT IN HALF. CREDIT CARDS, 200 BASIS POINTS MORE, 15% FEWER. MANY CREDITWORTHY BORROWERS HAVING TO PAY ALMOST $00 MORE FOR THEIR AUTO LOANS. BEEN CUT IN HALF. THE AMERICAN -- $600 MORE FOR THEIR AUTO LOANS. THE MESH DREAM SHRINKING. MR. SPEAKER 1. 5 A% ECONOMIC GROWTH, STAGNANT PAYCHECKS, DECIMATED SAVINGS, DIMINISHED AMERICAN DREAM, THAT'S THE LEGACY OF DODD-FRANK. MR. SPEAKER, I WISH I COULD BELIEVE 10% OF WHAT I HEARD FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I WISH IT DID GUT DODD-FRANK. IT DIDN'T. YOU CAN'T FIND SOMETHING IN HERE. IT IS HARD. CHALLENGING TO FIND ANYTHING IN THIS BILL THAT HELPS WHAT THE RANKING MEMBER CALLS THE SO-CALLED WALL STREET MEGABANKS. MR. SPEAKER, LISTENING VERY CAREFULLY TO THIS DEBATE, IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE ARE SOME VOICES THAT APPEAR TO BE DRIVEN, DRIVEN BY THEIR LOATHING OF BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS AND THERE ARE OTHER VOICE THAT IS ARE DRIVEN FOR OUR LOVE AND RESPECT OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS, HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS LIKE DIRK IN COLTON, AND SHERRY THAT I MENTIONED IN MY OPENING STATEMENT. WHO ARE TRYING TO CAPITALIZE A SMALL BUSINESS. WHO IS TRYING TO BUY A CAR THAT'S 10 YEARS OLD. WHO ARE TRYING TO BUY THAT HOME . THEIR AMERICAN DREAM. THEY ARE BEING CHALLENGED DUE TO THIS LAW. I HAVE HEARD SO MANY OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, OH, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE IN TAKING AWAY BUREAUCRACY AND RED TAPE FROM COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, AND I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE IN BIPARTISANSHIP. WELL, THEY MAY BELIEVE IN T. BUT THEY ARE NOT VOTING FOR IT. THE OPPORTUNITY IS RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US WITH WITH S. 2155. A STRONG BIPARTISAN BILL THAT HAS COME OVER FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE. AND SO AGAIN THEY CLAIM THEY BELIEVE IT IN THEORY, THEY JUST DON'T BELIEVE IT IN PRACTICE. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE END OF THE DAY 3% ECONOMIC GROWTH COUNTS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF OUR REPUBLIC, 3% GROWTH IS WHERE ALL THE JOB CREATION TAKES PLACE. IT'S WHERE THE PAYCHECK INCREASES TAKE PLACE. IT'S WHERE THE POVERTY REDUCTIONS TAKE PLACE. IT IS THE BIRTHRIGHT OF THE MESH AMERICAN -- OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANKFULLY DUE TO THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR PRESIDENT AND THIS CONGRESS, WE NOW HAVE 3% TAX POLICY. WE NEED 3% REGULATORY POLICY. ESPECIALLY FOR OUR COMMUNITY BANKS AND OUR CREDIT UNIONS WHO HELP FINANCE THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENS. WE SHOULD JOIN IN UNISON ON THIS HISTORIC DAY TO PASS S. 2155, THE ECONOMIC GROWTH REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT FOR THE HELP OF ALL OF OUR CITIZENS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      AN ACT TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH, PROVIDE TAILORED REGULATORY LEAF, AND…

                      AN ACT TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH, PROVIDE TAILORED REGULATORY LEAF, AND ENHANCE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 03:20:26 PM

                      The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                        THE CLERK

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                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                    At the conclusion of debate on S. 2155, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hensarling demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                      MR. HENSARLING

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      POSTPONED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 03:22:34 PM

                      Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 292 — "To maximize discovery, and accelerate development and availability, of promising childhood cancer treatments, and for other purposes."

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                        THE CLERK

                        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL INTO THE RECORD.

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                    • 03:22:50 PM

                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                        MR. BURGESS

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

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                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 292.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      BURGESS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE'RE HERE TO DEBATE THE CHILDHOOD…

                      BURGESS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE'RE HERE TO DEBATE THE CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORSHIP TREATMENT ACCESS AND RESEARCH ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT.

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TTEMPORE

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                      MR. BURGESS

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                      MR. PALLONE

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 03:28:32 PM

                      MR. PALLONE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BURGESS

                      WALDEN: I RISE TO OFFER MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR SENATE BILL 292, THE…

                      WALDEN: I RISE TO OFFER MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR SENATE BILL 292, THE CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORSHIP TREATMENT ACCESS ACT OF 018, OR SIMPLY KNOWN AS THE CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. THE HOUSE VOFERINGSE THE IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WAS SPEARHEADED BY SEVERAL INCLUDING MY COLLEAGUE

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. WALDEN

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      >>

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      MINUTES.

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                      MR. BUTTERFIELD

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 03:37:02 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BURGESS

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. LANCE

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                      MS. CASTOR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      BURGESS FOR SHEPHERDING THIS BILL THROUGH AND TAKING US TO THE POINT WHERE…

                      BURGESS FOR SHEPHERDING THIS BILL THROUGH AND TAKING US TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THE FLOOR.

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                      MR. MCCAUL

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. THE BILL…

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. THE BILL ADDRESSES FOUR MAJOR CONCERNS FACING THE PEDIATRIC CANCER COMMUNITY. SURVIVORSHIP, TREATMENT, ACCESS, AND RESEARCH. I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE THIS BILL WITH MS. JACKIE SPEIER, G.K. BUTTERFIELD AND MR. MIKE KELLY OF PENNSYLVANIA. THIS IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE CHILDHOOD CANCER BILL EVER CONSIDERED BEFORE THIS HOUSE. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE IN 2016 AND I ENCOURAGE THE SUPPORT OF ALL MEMBERS TODAY SO WE CAN FINALLY SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE -- SIGNATURE. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT TODAY IS THE DAY. I KNOW A LOT OF ADVOCATES HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR DAY FOR QUITE SOME TIME. CHILDHOOD CANCER UNFORTUNATELY REMAINS THE DEADLIEST KILLER OF OUR CHILDREN. AND AT SOME POINT, WE AS A CONGRESS AND AS A NATION MUST SAY, ENOUGH. -- MUST SAY, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IN SHORT THE STAR ACT ELEVATES AND PRIORITIZES THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER AT THE N.I.H. SPECIFICALLY, STAR PLACES A PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGIST ON THE BOARD AT THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE. SO CHILDHOOD CANCER WILL NOW HAVE A VOICE AT THE TABLE WHEN FUNDING DECISIONS ARE MADE. IT ALSO EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES TO CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH, ALLOWING DOCTORS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND TRACK HOW CANCER DEVELOPS IN CHILDREN. FINALLY, WE MUST ALSO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE NEARLY 550,000 SURVIVORS OF CHILD -- OF THE NEARLY 500,000 SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER. 2/3 OTHEY HAVE SURVIVORS WILL FACE SERIOUS LIFELONG MEDICAL CONDITIONS. WHEN I THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS, I THINK OF MY FRIEND, SADIE KELL. SHE'S PERHAPS THE STRONGEST PERSON I KNOW. SAIDIE UNDERWENT OVER TWO YEARS CHEMOTHERAPY AT THE AGE OF 7 BEFORE BEING -- AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA. AND SHE'S BEEN, AT HER YOUNG AGE, PERHAPS THE MOST RELENTLESS ADVOCATE FOR THIS CAUSE IN THIS -- AND THIS BILL HERE ON CAPITOL HILL AND THROUGHOUT THE CHILD HAD CANCER COMMUNITY. I JUST WANT TO REFER TO THIS PICTURE OF LITTLE SAIDIE AND MYSELF WHEN SHE WAS GOING THROUGH REMISSION ON THE SPEAKER'S BALCONY, LOOKING OUT OVER THE MALL WITH A VISION TOWARD THE FUTURE. A FUTURE WHERE CHILDREN WILL NO LONG VER TO GO THROUGH THIS DISEASE. AND LOOKING AT THE DARBLING CLOUDS, THE SUNLIGHT COMING THROUGH. THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL REPRESENTS, SUNLIGHT FOR THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN AFFLICTED WITH THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. WHILE NOW HER CANCER IS IN REMISSION, THAT DOES NOT MEAN HER MEDICAL CHALLENGES ARE OVER. WE MUST DO MORE AS A NATION TO CARE FOR THESE SURVIVORS. TO THAT END, THE STAR ACT WILL IMPROVE COLLABORATION AMONG PROVIDERS SO DOCTORS ARE BETTER ABLE TO CARE FOR SURVIVORS AS THEY AGE. I WANT TO CLOSE WITH -- IN PASSING, I WANT TO THANK SAIDIE BUT I ALSO WANT TO THANK PEOPLE LIKE DANIELLE LEECH AND THE ALLIANCE FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER TEAM FOR THEIR RELENTLESS ADVOCACY ON THE HILL AND WORK ON THIS BILL. I WANT TO THANK NANCY GOODMAN AND KIDS VS. CANCER AND THE ENTIRE CHILDHOOD CANCER ADVOCACY COMMUNITY FOR STANDING UP AND GETTING US TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE TODAY. YOU ARE THE VOICE OF THESE CHILDREN. YOU MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE. HERE TODAY. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. I URGE PASSING OF THIS LIFE ALTERING PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      PALLONE: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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                      MR. PALLONE

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                      MR. CONNOLLY

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

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. PALLONE

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                      MR. BURGESS

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 03:48:30 PM

                      >>

                      FAR TOO MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. WELL OVER THREE…

                      FAR TOO MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. WELL OVER THREE YEARS AGO MY BELOVED WIFE, WHO WAS A NURSE, DIED OF STAGE 4 COLON CANCER FIVE WEEKS TO THE DAY AFTER SHE WAS OPERATED ON.

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                      MR. ROE

                      PAM WOULD HAVE LIKED THE RIGHT TO TRY. LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER THAT,…

                      PAM WOULD HAVE LIKED THE RIGHT TO TRY. LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER THAT, ONE OF THE BEST FRIENDS I WILL EVER HAVE IN MY LIFE, PHIL STREET, A VIETNAM VET NAN, AIR FORCE VETERAN, DIED OF CANCER RELATED TO AGENT ORANGE. PHIL WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HAD THE RIGHT TO TRY. BEST FRIENDS I WILL EVER HAVE IN MY MY SENIOR PARTNER IN MEDICAL PRACTICE A YEAR LATER, GOOD FRIEND, DR. BILLON, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN CANCER. BILL DIED. HE WOULD WOULD LIKED TO HAVE HAD THE RIGHT TO TRY. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, LINDA BAYNES, A SCRUB NURSE THAT I OPERATED WITH HUNDREDS OF TIMES IN MY MEDICAL PRACTICE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN CANCER AND DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT. LINDA WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HAD THE RIGHT TO TRY. CURRENTLY I HAVE THREE FRIENDS AT THIS MOMENT BEING TREATED WITH STAGE FOUR CANCER. THOSE TREATMENTS DON'T WORK, THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO TRY. MR. SPEAKER, MY FIRST PEDIATRIC ROTATION IN MEDICAL SCHOOL WAS AT ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WHERE AT THAT TIME 80% OF CHILDREN DIED OF THEIR DISEASE. I CAN STILL SEE MANY OF THOSE CHILDREN'S FACES TODAY. THAT'S BEEN ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO. THOSE CHILDREN TODAY HAVE AN 80% CHANCE OF LIVING. BUT 16,000 PARENTS HAVE TO FACE THAT THIS YEAR. I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU, AND I HAVE HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF HAVING TO LOOK PATIENTS IN THE EYE AND SAY YOUR LIFE IS NOT IN MY HANDS ANYMORE, IT'S IN GOD'S HANDS. AND THAT MOMENT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, ALL THESE PATIENTS WANT AND DESERVE IS A RIGHT TO TRY. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION.

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                    • 03:50:29 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      MINORITY.

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                      MR. PALLONE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      292, THE CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORSHIP TREATMENT ACCESS AND RESEARCH ACT OF

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                      MR. BURGESS

                      2018. CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. ONCE AGAIN I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

                      2018. CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. ONCE AGAIN I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE MIKE MCCAUL, CHAIRMAN MIKE MCCAUL, FOR SPEARHEADING THIS EFFORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:51:18 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

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

                      NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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                  • 03:51:37 PM

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

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

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE SPEAKER THE BILL S. 204 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE…

                        THE SPEAKER THE BILL S. 204 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                      • 03:52:11 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

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                      Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 905. S. 204 — "To authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes."

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH TERMINAL ILLNESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW AND…

                        PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH TERMINAL ILLNESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 03:52:20 PM

                      Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for consideration of S. 2155 and S. 204 under a closed rule. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 5515 under a structured rule and makes an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-70 considered as adopted.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FWUR GUESS -- BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FWUR GUESS -- BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                  • 03:52:52 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 204.

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                      MR. BURGESS

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      BURGESS: MR. SPEAKER, HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WE REFLECT THE WILL OF…

                      BURGESS: MR. SPEAKER, HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WE REFLECT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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                    • 03:53:15 PM

                      MR. BURGESS

                      WHEN THIS BILL, WHEN THE RIGHT TO TRY IS LAW IN 40 STATES, IT MAY NO…

                      WHEN THIS BILL, WHEN THE RIGHT TO TRY IS LAW IN 40 STATES, IT MAY NO LONGER JUST BE A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT, IT'S CALL TO ACTION FOR AMERICANS FROM COAST TO

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                    • 03:53:21 PM

                      MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                    • 03:59:19 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      PALLONE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO S.

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                      MR. PALLONE

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      204, THE FEDERAL RIGHT TO TRY ACT. THIS IS DANGEROUS LEGISLATION THAT…

                      204, THE FEDERAL RIGHT TO TRY ACT. THIS IS DANGEROUS LEGISLATION THAT THREATENS F.D.A.'S AUTHORITY OVER ENSURING THAT MEDICAL TREATMENTS ARE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. THIS BILL NEEDLESSLY EXPOSES VULNERABLE PATIENTS TO THE RISKS OF UNPROVEN MEDICATIONS.

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                    • 03:59:30 PM

                      MR. PALLONE

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

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 04:05:54 PM

                      MR. BURGESS

                      WALDEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY REPRESENTS THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR…

                      WALDEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY REPRESENTS THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR THE HOUSE HAS CONSIDERED LEGISLATION TO DELIVER HOPE TO PATIENTS WHO ARE BATTING -- BATTLING TERMINAL DISEASES.

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                    • 04:05:59 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 04:06:01 PM

                      MR. WALDEN

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. I'D ASK THE HOUSE TO BE…

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. I'D ASK THE HOUSE TO BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                    • 04:10:33 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. PALLONE

                      CASTOR: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS…

                      CASTOR: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MR.

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                    • 04:10:45 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      SPEAKER, THIS BILL, SENATE BILL 204, IS HALLER. -- HARMFUL LEGISLATION.

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                      MS. CASTOR

                      THAT OFFERS A FALSE HOPE. A FALSE HOPE OF ACCESS TO INVESTIGATIONAL…

                      THAT OFFERS A FALSE HOPE. A FALSE HOPE OF ACCESS TO INVESTIGATIONAL THERAPIES AND IT WILL ENDANGER PATIENTS WHO HAVE SERIOUS AND LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES. THE BILL ESTABLISHES A DANGEROUS AND UNNECESSARY ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY THAT IS VOID OF ANY F.D.A. REVIEW OR OVERSIGHT. AND IT IS OPPOSED OVERWHELMINGLY BY THE PATIENT COMMUNITY. IN FACT, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LETTER TO THE SPEAKER AND MINORITY LEADER FROM 104 PATIENT ADVOCACY GROUPS.

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                    • 04:11:36 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      CASTOR: THANKS. AND I'M ASKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS LETTER BE…

                      CASTOR: THANKS. AND I'M ASKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS LETTER BE PLACED INTO THE RECORD. IT INCLUDES SUCH GROUPS AS THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, CANCER ACTION NETWORK, THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION, THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION, ALL OPPOSED TO THIS BILL.

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                    • 04:11:45 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORETEMPORE

                      BURGESS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE…

                      BURGESS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. BARTON OF TEXAS, FOR THREE MINUTES, PLEASE.

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                    • 04:14:15 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 04:14:21 PM

                      MR. BURGESS

                      BARTON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

                      BARTON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                      THE SPEAKER PPRO TEMPORE

                      BARTON: YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY, I USED TO READ…

                      BARTON: YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY, I USED TO READ COMIC BOOKS .

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                    • 04:14:35 PM

                      MR. BARTON

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                      THE SPEAKER SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      AND ONE OF THEM I READ

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                      MR. BARTON

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 04:18:30 PM

                      MR. PALLONE

                      MCNERNEY: I THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TALK BINGE THIS ISSUE. I RISE…

                      MCNERNEY: I THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TALK BINGE THIS ISSUE. I RISE IN OPPOSITION THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT. AND I DON'T GEE WITH MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE AND I'LL GO OVER THAT HERE IN THESE TWO MINUTES. THE HOUSE TOOK UP THIS ISSUE BEFORE AND I VOTED AGAINST IT THEN AND THIS VERSION IS WORSE. SO I'M GOING TO OPPOSE IT. IT WOULD PROVIDE BROAD ACCESS TO UNPROVEN TREATMENTS.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. MCNERNEY

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

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BURGESS

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 04:20:57 PM

                      MR. CARTER

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                    • 04:22:24 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      TONKO.

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                      MR. PALLONE

                      TONKO: I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SO-CALLED RIGHT TO TRY ACT.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THIS IDEALOGICALLY DRIVEN LEGISLATION IS TRYING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT…

                      THIS IDEALOGICALLY DRIVEN LEGISLATION IS TRYING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT SIMPLY DOESN'T EXIST.

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                    • 04:22:36 PM

                      MR. TONKO

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                    • 04:23:55 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      MR. BIGGS

                      YIELD.

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      MR. BIGGS

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                      THE SPEAKER SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. PALLONE

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

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

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                    • 04:29:57 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FITZPATRICK, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      FITZPATRICK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IS LONG OVERDUE. I WANT TO…

                      FITZPATRICK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IS LONG OVERDUE. I WANT TO THANK LEADER MCCARTHY, DR. BURGESS, MR. GRIFFITH, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, ANDY BIGGS, SENATOR RON JOHNSON, AND ALL OF THE ADVOCATES THAT HAVE HAD A RELENTLESS FIGHT TO SEE RIGHT TO TRY DEBATED, PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW. ONCE AND FOR ALL.

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                    • 04:30:16 PM

                      MR. FITZPATRICK

                      I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. FITZPATRICK

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                      MR. PALLONE

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

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

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                    • 04:35:43 PM

                      MR. BURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. BBURGESS

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

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

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                    • 04:36:38 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. PALLONE

                      ALL RIGHT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME FOR CLOSING REMARKS.

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                      MR. BURGESS

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                      MR. PALLONE

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. PALLONE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 04:42:06 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      SPEAKER, ON JANUARY 30 OF THIS YEAR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES…

                      SPEAKER, ON JANUARY 30 OF THIS YEAR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CAME TO THIS HOUSE AND ADDRESSED A JOINT SESSION OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS AND HE SAID RIGHT FROM THAT PODIUM, PEOPLE WHO ARE TERMINALLY ILL SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GO FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY TO SEEK A CURE. I WANT TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE RIGHT HERE AT HOME, IT IS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO GIVE THESE WONDERFUL AMERICANS THE RIGHT TO TRY.

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                    • 04:42:10 PM

                      MR. BURGESS

                      MR. SPEAKER, I COULDN'T SAY IT ANY BETTER THAN THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I COULDN'T SAY IT ANY BETTER THAN THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY PUT IT. THE RIGHT TO TRY IS BEFORE US. IT'S A GOOD BILL. HOUSE NEEDS TO SUPPORT IT. AND IT WILL GO TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:42:53 PM

                      The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                      • 04:42:56 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

                      • 04:43:11 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        MR. SPEAKER.

                      • 04:43:25 PM

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                      • 04:43:27 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                      • 04:43:29 PM

                        MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                    • 04:43:31 PM

                      Ms. Schakowsky moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

                      • 04:43:32 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      • 04:43:35 PM

                        MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                      • 04:43:36 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        SCHAKOWSKY: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

                      • 04:43:39 PM

                        THE CLERK

                  • 04:43:45 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to strike everything after section 1 and insert a completely new text.

                    • 04:43:46 PM

                      MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                    • 04:43:49 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PROPRO TEMPORE

                      WITH. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED. FOR FIVE MINUTES IN…

                      WITH. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED. FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION.

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                    • 04:44:06 PM

                      MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                    • 04:49:51 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      BURGESS: MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT MIGHT BE WELL…

                      BURGESS: MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT MIGHT BE WELL INTENTIONED BUT HAS A PRACTICAL EFFECT OF KILLING THIS BILL BECAUSE THE SENATE HAS REJECTED HOUSE ATTEMPTS TO REFINE THE SENATE BILL THAT WAS PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT LAST AUGUST. SO IF YOU WANT TO PROVIDE THAT RIGHT TO TRY FOR PATIENTS, THIS IS THE VEHICLE.

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                    • 04:49:54 PM

                      MR. BBURGESS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 04:50:01 PM

                      MR. BURGESS

                      NOW, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION --…

                      NOW, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION -- ADMINISTRATOR THIS MORNING, PUT OUT A STATEMENT AND SAID HE IS READY TO IMPLEMENT LEGISLATION IN A WAY THAT ACHIEVES CONGRESS' INTENT TO PROMOTE ACCESS AND PROTECT PATIENTS AND BUILD ON THE F.D.A. 'S COMMITMENT TO THESE IMPORTANT GOALS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PEOPLE TO VOTE AGAINST THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND VOTE FOR THE UNDERLYING BILL. LET'S GIVE PATIENTS THAT EXPANDED ACCESS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:50:56 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      I CALL FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                    • 04:50:56 PM

                      The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

                      • 04:51:06 PM

                        On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 213 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                        • 04:51:11 PM

                          MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                          THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE.

                        • 04:51:17 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. L PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 ON RULE 20, THE VOTE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY VOTES ON PASSAGE OF S. 204 AND MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASSAGE OF S. 2155. 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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                        • 05:18:56 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                    • 05:19:02 PM

                      House Vote 213 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                      Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2017

                      Failed (187 - 231)
                      Yea
                      Nay

                      Vote Details: Yea - 187
                      Democratic - 187

                      Vote Details: Nay - 231
                      Republican - 227
                      Democratic - 4

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
                      Republican - 7
                      Democratic - 2

                      • 05:19:06 PM

                        On passage Roll Call 214 - Recorded vote pending.

                        • 05:19:22 PM

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                        • 05:19:26 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 05:26:46 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          H.R. 5682, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK THAT…

                          H.R. 5682, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK THAT PRISONERS WILL RESIDE VATE UPON RELEASE FROM PRISON AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 05:26:52 PM

                      House Vote 214 - On Passage

                      Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2017

                      Passed (250 - 169)
                      Aye
                      No

                      Vote Details: Aye - 250
                      Republican - 228
                      Democratic - 22

                      Vote Details: No - 169
                      Democratic - 169

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 8
                      Republican - 6
                      Democratic - 2

                      • 05:26:54 PM

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

                      • 05:26:55 PM

                        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                        The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on a motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 5682, as amended and passage of S. 2155 both of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                        • 05:27:15 PM

                          Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5682 — "To provide for programs to help reduce the risk that prisoners will recidivate upon release from prison, and for other purposes."

                          • 05:27:32 PM

                            On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 215 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                            • 05:27:39 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 05:33:38 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ] THE SPEAKER OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECAN IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE…

                              ] THE SPEAKER OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECAN IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON SENATE 2511 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                        • 05:33:38 PM

                          House Vote 215 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                          Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act of 2018

                          Passed (360 - 59)
                          Yea

                          Vote Details: Yea - 360
                          Republican - 226
                          Democratic - 134

                          Vote Details: Nay - 59
                          Democratic - 57
                          Republican - 2

                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 8
                          Republican - 6
                          Democratic - 2

                          • 05:33:39 PM

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

                            • 05:33:52 PM

                              Considered as unfinished business. S. 2155 — "To promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, and for other purposes."

                              • 05:33:56 PM

                                THE CLERK

                            • 05:34:00 PM

                              On passage Roll Call 216 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                              • 05:34:06 PM

                                THE SPEAKERSPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 258, THE NAYS ARE 159. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                          • 05:42:51 PM

                            House Vote 216 - House Passes Dodd-Frank Rollback Bill, 258-159

                            Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act

                            Passed (258 - 159)
                            Yea
                            Nay

                            Vote Details: Yea - 258
                            Republican - 225
                            Democratic - 33

                            Vote Details: Nay - 159
                            Democratic - 158
                            Republican - 1

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                            Republican - 8
                            Democratic - 2

                            • 05:42:52 PM

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

                              • 05:43:17 PM

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                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 AND RULE…

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5515. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. HARPER, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                            • 05:43:24 PM

                              Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 905. H.R. 5515 — "To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes."

                              • 05:43:29 PM

                                Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for consideration of S. 2155 and S. 204 under a closed rule. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 5515 under a structured rule and makes an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-70 considered as adopted.

                                • 05:43:39 PM

                                  The Speaker designated the Honorable Gregg Harper to act as Chairman of the Committee.

                                  • 05:43:39 PM

                                    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 905 and Rule XVIII.

                                    • 05:43:54 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. FOR MILITARY…

                                      BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION. TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR. AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                    • 05:44:08 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE

                                    • 05:44:22 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER.

                                    • 05:44:51 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                • 05:45:18 PM

                                  GENERAL DEBATE

                                  The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 5515.

                                  • 05:45:26 PM

                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                  • 05:45:33 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:45:37 PM

                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    5515 --

                                  • 05:45:46 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:45:58 PM

                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    60-1. AND IF SIGNED INTO LAW, THIS WOULD BE THE 58TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN…

                                    60-1. AND IF SIGNED INTO LAW, THIS WOULD BE THE 58TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN WHICH A NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW. I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, BECAUSE EACH OF THEM HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE WORK PRODUCT THAT WE BRING BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. I PARTICULARLY WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SMITH FROM WASHINGTON, FOR NOT ONLY HIS COOPERATIVE APPROACH TO MATTERS OF NATIONAL SECURITY, BUT FOR ALL OF THE INPUT, ALL OF THE GOOD HUMOR, ALL OF THE PARTNERSHIP THAT HE BRINGS INTO MAKING THIS TRULY A BIPARTISAN BILL, WHICH WE BRING BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR INCREDIBLE HOURS, INCREDIBLE WORK, NOT ONLY IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, BUT THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS AS WE HAVE CONDUCTED OUR HEARINGS, OUR BRIEFINGS AND TRAVELED AND DONE ALL SORTS OF WORK THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THIS BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, I ALSO WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK THE LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL. WE HAVE HAD HUNDREDS OF AMENDMENTS CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE. WE HAVE HAD HUNDREDS OF AMENDMENTS, WHICH HAVE BEEN DRAFTED FOR FLOOR CONSIDERATION. THAT IS A LOT OF WORK ON A VERY FEW INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE HAD TO MAKE SURE IT WAS IN THE APPROPRIATE LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE. AND I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL WORKING WITH OUR STAFFS FOR GETTING THIS MEASURE READY FOR FLOOR CONSIDERATION. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE BEST WAY TO SUMMARIZE THIS BILL IS THAT IT TAKES THE NEXT STEPS, THE NEXT STEPS TO REBUILDING OUR MILITARY AND REFORMING THE PENTAGON, THE NEXT STEPS TOWARDS STRENGTHENING OUR COUNTRY'S NATIONAL SECURITY. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR A LOT MORE ABOUT THE DETAILS IN THE DAYS TO COME. I JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT NO ONE BILL CAN DO CAN DO EVERYTHING FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN ESPECIALLY IN REPAIRING THEIR EQUIPMENT AND READINESS AND GIVING THEM THE BEST EQUIPMENT, SUPPORT AND TRAINING THAT OUR NATION CAN PROVIDE. NO ONE BILL CAN DO ALL THOSE THINGS. BUT THIS BILL TAKES IMPORTANT NEXT STEPS BUILDING ON WHAT WAS DONE IN THE 2018 BILL. FINALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST WANT TO MAKE THIS POINT. WE LIVE IN A VOLATILE AND DANGEROUS WORLD. OUR COUNTRY HAS A NUMBER OF TOOLS AT ITS DISPOSAL, DIPLOMACY, ECONOMICS AND TRADE, SOFT POWER AND INFLUENCE, A VARIETY OF TOOLS. BUT IN MY VIEW, THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL IS OUR MILITARY STRENGTH. AND I BELIEVE OUR MILITARY STRENGTH ENHANCES ALL OF THOSE OTHER TOOLS. SO THAT WHEN OUR MILITARY IS STRONG, OUR DIPLOMACY IS MORE EFFECTIVE. WHEN OUR MILITARY IS STRONG, OUR ECONOMIC TOOLS AND SANCTIONS ARE MORE EFFECTIVE. WHEN OUR MILITARY IS STRONG, OUR SOFT POWER SOMEHOW BECOMES MORE PERSUASIVE. JUST TO TAKE ONE EXAMPLE, THERE IS LOTS IN THE NEWS THESE DAYS, WHETHER OR NOT THERE WILL BE SOME SORT OF NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH NORTH KOREA. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT WILL COME OUT. WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT A STRONG MILITARY IMPROVES OUR NEGOTIATING POSITION AND A STRONG MILITARY MAKES SURE WE CAN DEFEND THIS COUNTRY IF NEGOTIATIONS DO NOT BEAR FRUIT. WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ADVANCE IN THIS BILL ALONG WITH THE APPROPRIATION BILL WHICH WILL COME, IS TO PUT THE UNITED STATES IN A STRONGER POSITION HOPEFULLY TO GET A NEGOTIATED RESULT WITH IRAN, NORTH KOREA, A VARIETY OF OTHER SITUATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, BUT ABOVE ALL TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY AND DEFEND OUR WAY OF LIFE AND DEFEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND BY WAY OF SUPPORTING THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT RISK THEIR LIVES FOR US. THIS IS WHAT THIS BILL TRIES TO DO AND WHAT ALL OF THESE THOUSANDS OF PAGES AND HUNDREDS OF AMENDMENTS ARE DESIGNED TO DO WITH THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THIS HOUSE. I BELIEVE IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. I RESERVE.

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                                  • 05:51:03 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    SMITH.

                                  • 05:51:11 PM

                                    MR. SMITH

                                    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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                                  • 05:56:29 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WILSON: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

                                  • 05:56:32 PM

                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    5515, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 2019. I APPRECIATE…

                                    5515, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 2019. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY ACHIEVING A BIPARTISAN SUCCESS IN THE COMMITTEE WITH 60 YES VOTES AND ONE NO VOTE.

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                                  • 05:56:38 PM

                                    MR. WILSON

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

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

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                                  • 05:58:56 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:59:00 PM

                                    MR. SMITH

                                    LANGEVIN.

                                  • 05:59:14 PM

                                    MR. LANGEVIN

                                    OUR COMMITTEE'S LEGISLATION ADDRESSES ISSUES VITAL TO OUR NATION AND THEIR…

                                    OUR COMMITTEE'S LEGISLATION ADDRESSES ISSUES VITAL TO OUR NATION AND THEIR LEADERSHIP WAS KEY IN CRAFTING THIS BILL. I THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND LINDSAY AND STEVE, JAMIE, ERIC, KATIE, MARK AND NEVADA. AS WELL AS MY PERSONAL STAFF, KATHERINE AND MY TWO FELLOWS, BRIAN AND DAVID. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL CONTAINS MANY CRITICAL PROVISIONS THAT ENABLE AND ENHANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE ADDED A BILLION DOLLARS BEYOND THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR VIRGINIA CLASS AND COLUMBIA SUBMARINES. WE ALSO INCORPORATED MY PROVISION TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO INCLUDE RESILIENCEY EFFORTS AS A FACTOR FOR CONSIDERATION IN MAJOR MILITARY INSTALLATION MASTER PLANS TO GO AFTER CLIMATE CHANGE. WE ARE READY FOR FUTURE THREATS BY INCREASING PREPAREDNESS FOR ENCOUNTING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. IT BOLSTERS CAPABILITY AT THE OFFICER WHEN IT COMES TO SUPPORTING OUR SPECIAL OPERATIONS TO EXECUTE OUR NATION'S MOST DIFFICULT MISSIONS. WE BOLSTER THIS CAPABILITY BY EMBRACING RISK AND IMPROVING OVERSIGHT. AND NEAR PEER ADVERSARIES WE INVEST IN EDUCATION. . IT INCLUDES MONEY FOR THE PROGRAM AND FOR FUTURE CYBER WARRIORS THIS EBILL GUIDES THE DEPARTMENT AS WE CONFRONT NEW THREATS ACROSS THE GLOBE BY EXPANDING ON PREVIOUS INITIATIVES. FOR INSTANCE, ENCOURAGING THE USE OF INITIATIVES MODELS ON THE SUCCESSFUL HACK THE PENTAGON PROGRAM TO EXPLORE WAYS TO SAFEGUARD THE INTEGRITY OF INCREASINGLY GLOBALIZED SUPPLY CHAINS THAT SUPPORT CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES. AS WE LOOK TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY FROM THREATS BEYOND THIS -- THE NEXT RIDGELINE IT'S ESSENTIAL THESE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES REMAIN PRIORITIES. WE WON'T DEFEAT NEXT GENERATION THREATS REST THING SUCCESS OF OUR PAST. I WANT TO THANK AND CONGRATULATE CHAIRWOMAN STEPH NICK -- STEFANIK. WITH THAT I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND AGAIN BOTH THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE. I LOOK FORWARD TO VOTING IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 06:02:37 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I YIELD TWO --

                                  • 06:02:46 PM

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                                    GENTLEMAN FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                  • 06:02:51 PM

                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                  • 06:02:58 PM

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                                  • 06:03:08 PM

                                    MR. TURNER

                                    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE WRELT FROM…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE WRELT FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                  • 06:05:57 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    BORDALLO, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE READINESS

                                  • 06:06:03 PM

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                                    SUBCOMMITTEE.

                                  • 06:06:15 PM

                                    MS. BORDALLO

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                  • 06:08:56 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 06:08:59 PM

                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    ROGERS: I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR…

                                    ROGERS: I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THEIR WORK IN BRINGING THIS YEAR'S NK; -- NDAA TO THE FLOOR WITH A BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 60-1 OUT OF THE COMMITTEE.

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                                  • 06:09:07 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 06:09:09 PM

                                    MR. ROGERS

                                    THE --

                                  • 06:11:53 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  • 06:11:54 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 06:11:58 PM

                                    MR. SMITH

                                  • 06:12:02 PM

                                    THE CHAIRCHAIR

                                  • 06:12:04 PM

                                    MR. COURTNEY

                                    DAVE, BRUCE, FILL AND NONE OF THIS IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE COUNTLESS HOURS…

                                    DAVE, BRUCE, FILL AND NONE OF THIS IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE COUNTLESS HOURS THEY PUT IN AND THE EXPERTISE THEY PROVIDE US. THANK YOU FOR A PRODUCTIVE AND COLLABORATIVE PROCESS THAT HAS LED TO AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT HERE TODAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 06:15:19 PM

                                    MR. COURTNEY

                                    THORNBERRY: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF SEA POWER AND…

                                    THORNBERRY: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF SEA POWER AND PROJECTION FORCES, MR.

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                                  • 06:15:39 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WHITMAN.

                                  • 06:15:43 PM

                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    WHY DO WE NEED TO --

                                  • 06:15:51 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 06:15:55 PM

                                    MR. WHITFIELD

                                  • 06:15:56 PM

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                                    I CHOOSE A MILITARY THAT CAN PROVIDE FOR OUR DOMESTIC SECURITY AND CAPABLE…

                                    I CHOOSE A MILITARY THAT CAN PROVIDE FOR OUR DOMESTIC SECURITY AND CAPABLE OF PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS ABROAD. THE CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY THAT WERE PROVIDED DURING THE REAGAN ERA IS COMING TO AN END. WE HAVE 11 AIRCRAFT CARRIERS. OUR ATTACK SUBMARINE FORCE STRUCTURE WILL BE REDUCED BY 20%. OUR FAIR PORES IS THE OLDEST, SMALLEST AND LEAST READY FORCE IN ITS HISTORY. THE AXIOM OF QUALITY VERSUS -- QUANTITY HAS QUALITY WILL BE SORELY TESTED. OUR MILITARY READINESS CONTINUES TO AT TROPHY. AND LOST 25 AIRMEN. WE CONTINUALLY SEE THE IMPACTS OF THE LACK OF READINESS ATTENTION. AS WE REVIEW THE FORCE STRUCTURE, IT IS CLEAR THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS BOTH CURRENT READINESS AND FUTURE CONCERNS IN THIS BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK OUR COMMITTEE DOES A GOOD JOB OF PRIORITIZING AND EFFICIENTLY ACQUIRING SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT. H.R. 5515 AUTHORIZES 13 SHIPS WHICH INCLUDES THE ORIGINAL 10 SHIPS IN THE 2018 BUDGET REQUEST AND ONE FOUR-CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER. THE BILL AUTHORIZES TWO VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINES AND AUTHORIZED MULTI YEAR PROCUREMENT FOR THE NEXT CLASS, FLIGHT 2. AND CONTINUES THE CRITICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INTO THE B-22 RADAR PROGRAM. THESE INVESTMENTS CONTINUES PRIORITIES THAT WILL SERVE TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S FUTURE READINESS. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE MR. JOE COURTNEY FOR HIS CONTINUED ADVOCACY AND BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO REBUILD OUR NAVY. HE HAS BEEN A PROPONENT FOR INCREASED NAVY PRESENCE. HIS INSIGHT HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL. I THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AS HE AND-A-HALF DEPATES THE TWISTS AND TURNS OF THE BUDGET PROCESS. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY DIMINISHED WITHOUT HIS EXEMPLARY EFFORTS. I THANK RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR HIS CONTINUED COOPERATION IN THIS BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO MAKE SURE WE PRODUCE THE BEST BILL POSSIBLE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS. AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 2019 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 06:19:42 PM

                                    MR. SMITH

                                    STRONG AS. -- TSONGAS.

                                  • 06:19:55 PM

                                    MS. TSONGAS

                                    I HAD GREATLY APPRECIATED THE BIPARTISAN TRADITION THAT ALLOWS US TO COME…

                                    I HAD GREATLY APPRECIATED THE BIPARTISAN TRADITION THAT ALLOWS US TO COME TOGETHER TO BEST PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO SERVE ON OUR BEHALF. THE TACTICAL AIR AND LAND SUBCOMMITTEE HAS EMBODIED THAT AND I THANK CONGRESSMAN MIKE TURNER FOR ALL THE WORK WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER. I'M ESPECIALLY PLEASED THAT THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY INCLUDES PROPOSALS RELATED TO BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND REDUCING EPISODES IN NAVY, MARINE CORPS AIRCRAFT. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP CALLING ON D.O.D. TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM WHEREVER IT OCCURS. THE BILL ALSO APPROPRIATELY DIRECTS THE AIR FORCE TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM WHILE THE SERVICE WORKS TO DEVELOP THE J-STARS TO ENSURE THIS CAPABILITY REMAINS AVAILABLE. THE PROPOSAL MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AIMED AT USING INCREASED PROTECTION AND REDUCE THE WEIGHT OF EQUIPMENT OF THOSE WE ISSUE TO THOSE. WITH THESE PROVISIONS IN MIND, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO SEE WE PROVIDE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THEIR MISSION. I THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS FOR THEIR DEDICATED WORK TO HELP PRODUCE THIS MARK. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 06:21:46 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THORNBERRY: I YIELD TO THE CHAIR OF MILITARY PERSONNEL,

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    MR. COFFMAN

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    BROWN: I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR…

                                    BROWN: I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR BRINGING A SOLID BIPARTISAN DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR. AS WE CONSIDER ONE OF THE LARGEST DEFENSE AUTHORIZATIONS SINCE WORLD WAR II WE MUST DEMAND LEADERSHIP FROM THE PENTAGON AND COMMANDER OF CHIEF. A LARGER BUDGET DOESN'T GUARANTEE A MORE CAPABLE FORCE. WE MUST SPEND MONEY WISELY.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. BROWN

                                    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

                                    CHAIR MRS. HARTZLER. MRS.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    HARTZLER: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR…

                                    HARTZLER: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR.

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                                    MRS. HARTZLER

                                    FOR YEARS, THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FIGHTING TO INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING TO…

                                    FOR YEARS, THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FIGHTING TO INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING TO ENSURE OUR TROOPS HAVE THE CAPABILITIES, CAPACITY AND TRAINING TO FACE THE GROWING THREATS OF TODAY. THANKS TO CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, WE PASSED A TWO-YEAR AGREEMENT TO DRAFT THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. AS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT AND SUBCOMMITTEE THIS RELATES TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S WORK AND I THANK SETH MOULTON'S WORK INCLUDING SEVERAL AMENDMENTS WHERE THERE ARE HIGHLY SENSITIVE MILITARY TECHNOLOGY. COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA ARE USING A WHOLE OF NATION TO STEAL AND EXPLOIT U.S. MILITARY INFORMATION. THIS BILL ADDS AN EXTRA LEVEL FOR DUAL NATIONALS WHO WISH TO WORK AT THE D.O.D. THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS CONDUCTED OVERSIGHT ON THE TRANSITION OF SECURITY CLEARANCES. THE BILL SEEKS TO TACKLE RECIPROCITY ISSUES BY DIRECTING D.O.D. TO ENSURE SEAMLESS TRANSITION BETWEEN AGENCIES. THIS BILL IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE WAR FIGHTER. IT FUNDS CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW B-21 BOMBER. THIS IS THE FOUNDATION OF NATIONAL SECURITY FOR THE UNITED STATES AND IS FUNDAMENTAL TO PRESERVING INTERNATIONAL STABILITY. THE BOMBER FLEET IS THE MOST FLEXIBILITY WAY AND IT IS VITAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO INVEST. AS WE INVEST IN THE B-21, WE MUST ENSURE OUR CURRENT BOMBER FLEET IS EFFECTIVE. THE NDAA SUPPORTS THE MODERNIZATION PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE B-2 TO MAKE SURE WE MAINTAIN OUR LONG RANGE STRIKE CAPABILITY AND ADDRESSES MODERNIZATION NEEDS BY AUTHORIZING 24 F-18 SUPERHORNETS AND INVESTING IN MODERNSIZATIONS. THESE INVESTMENTS ALONG WITH MANY IMPORTANT PROVISIONS WILL ENSURE OUR NATION WILL REMAIN SAFE AND SECURE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. I'M PROUD OF THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 06:29:53 PM

                                    MR. SMITH

                                    GARAMENDI.

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                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I'M PROUD OF OUR PORTION OF THE BILL WHICH ENERGIZES OUR SCIENTIST…

                                    I'M PROUD OF OUR PORTION OF THE BILL WHICH ENERGIZES OUR SCIENTIST TECHNOLOGY ENTERPRISE, STRENGTHEN OURS CYBER WARFARE CAPABILITIES, ENABLES OUR SPECIAL FORCES AROUND THE GLOBE, PROVIDES RESOURCES AND AUTHORITIES TO COUNTER TERRORISM AND UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE THREATS AND ADVANCES PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES THAT COUNTER THE SPREAD OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

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                                    MS. STEFANIK

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES

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                                    MR. SMITH

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    REMAINING.

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                                    MR. SMITH

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    CHAIRMAN, I WOULD PICK UP ON A COUPLE OF POINTS THE RAKING -- RANKING…

                                    CHAIRMAN, I WOULD PICK UP ON A COUPLE OF POINTS THE RAKING -- RANKING MEMBER MADE. LARGELY IN AGREEMENT WITH HEM. WE DO HAVE FISCAL CHALLENGES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THAT IS EVEN MORE REASON THAT, TOGETHER, WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO SEE THAT THE TAXPAYERS GET MORE VALUE FOR THE MONEY THAT IS SPENT BY THE PENTAGON. THAT IS PART OF THE REASON THAT WE HAVE PUT SUCH AN EFFORT AGAINEN A BIPARTISAN BASIS, ON DEFENSE REFORM. ON BUYING THINGS AND SERVICES SMARTER.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    SO THAT WE CAN GET MORE VALUE FOR THE TAXPAYER. BUT ALSO SO WE CAN MAKE…

                                    SO THAT WE CAN GET MORE VALUE FOR THE TAXPAYER. BUT ALSO SO WE CAN MAKE DECISIONS FASTER. WITH THE WORLD MOVING SO QUICKLY AROUND US, WE HAVE TO BE TABLE BE MORE AGILE AND OUR REFORM EFFORTS ARE A PART OF THAT GOAL. BUT I DO THINK SECRETARY MATTIS HAS CUT TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER WHEN HE SAYS WE CAN AFFORD SURVIVAL. CURRENTLY, DEFENSE IS ROUGHLY 15% OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET. NOT MUCH FOR ALL THAT IT PROVIDES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FOR THE COUNTRY, YES, THE COUNTRY CAN AFFORD TO SURVIVE. LASTLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST WANT TO MAKE THE POINT THAT OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS, WE'RE GOING TO HEAR, WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER A -- MANY AMENDMENTS. WE'RE GOING TO HEAR DEBATE ABOUT SOME OF THEM. WE GOT A TASTE OF THAT TONIGHT WITH THE DIFFERENCE, FOR EXAMPLE, ON SOME OF THE POLICIES IN THE NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW. BUT -- AND WE'LL HAVE TO VOTE ON SOME OF THOSE AMENDMENTS. THERE WILL BE PEOPLE PRO AND CON. SOME MEMBERS INCLUDING ME MAY NOT HAVE OUR POSITION PREVAIL ON ALL OF THOSE AMENDMENTS. BUT NONE OF THAT SHOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THE FACT THAT THERE IS FAR MORE IN THIS BILL UPON WHICH WE AGREE THAN UPON WHICH WE DISAGREE. AND I THINK THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE. FOR FRIENDS AND ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD TO HEAR. FOR ADVERSARIES OR POTENTIAL ADVERSARIES AROUND THE WORLD TO HEAR. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE VERY TIERED TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO SERVE OUR NATION, TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS, DEFEND OUR COUNTRY, THEY NEED TO HEAR THAT THERE IS FAR MORE IN THIS BILL -- UPON WHICH THERE IS AGREEMENT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, THAN ANY OF THE DISAGREEMENTS THAT WE MAY DISCUSS AND ULTIMATELY VOTE ON. THE COUNTRY HAS TO BE DEFENDED. I AM VERY PROUD ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IN A VOTE OF 60-1 THIS BILL HAS BEEN REPORTED FAVORABLY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. I LOOK TPWHARD TO ITS CONSIDERATION OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 06:43:44 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Thornberry, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-698 to state that the Secretary of Defense shall establish an innovators database within the Department of Defense. The database will focus on small business innovators that receive funds under the SBIR/SBTR program.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. THORNBERRY

                                      THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      CHAMENTEPURN TO RESOLUTION 905, MR. THORNBERRY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH…

                                      CHAMENTEPURN TO RESOLUTION 905, MR. THORNBERRY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES.

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 905, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Thornberry amendment No. 1.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    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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                                  • 06:49:31 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

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                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Nolan, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-698 to strike the authorization of funds made available under the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

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                                      MR. NOLAN

                                      NOLAN OF MINNESOTA.

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                                      THE CLERK

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 905, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Nolan amendment No. 2.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    NOLAN: MY AMENDMENT WOULD TRIP ALL FUNDING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE OVERSEAS…

                                    NOLAN: MY AMENDMENT WOULD TRIP ALL FUNDING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY FUND FOR FISCAL 2019 SAVING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS $69 BILLION.

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                                    MR. NOLAN

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MINUTES. I WAS INTERESTED TO HEAR THE GENTLEMAN'S REASONING BEHIND HIS…

                                    MINUTES. I WAS INTERESTED TO HEAR THE GENTLEMAN'S REASONING BEHIND HIS AMENDMENT. JUST TO CLARIFY FOR ALL MEMBERS, THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY ACCOUNT EXISTED BEFORE THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. THE REASON IT WAS CREATED IS BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A VOLATILE AND DYNAMIC WORLD AND NEEDED TO BE SOME ACCOUNTING MECHANISM THAT WOULD BE RESPONSIVE TO PARTICULAR KINDS OF CONFLICTS SO IF WE NEEDED MORE PEOPLE, MORE WEAPONS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, FOR EXAMPLE, FIGHTING A TERRORIST IN A PARTICULAR LOCATION, YOU WOULD HAVE THAT FLEXIBILITY.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    BUT THOSE FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED. SO THE ASSERTION THAT ONE…

                                    BUT THOSE FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED. SO THE ASSERTION THAT ONE SOMETIMES READS THAT THESE ARE SLUSH FUNDS THAT CAN BE SPENT AS WANTED BY THE PENTAGON IS, OF COURSE, ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS TRUE THAT OUR FORCES ARE ENGAGED IN MORE COUNTRIES WHERE THERE ARE CONFLICTS GOING ON, NOT THAT WE ARE IN ALL THOSE CONFLICTS, BUT WE ARE ENGAGED WITH LOCAL MILITARIES IN MORE COUNTRIES THAN WE HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST. PART OF THE REASON IS TERRORISM HAS SPREAD TO MORE COUNTRIES THAN IT HAS IN THE PAST AND MOST OF US THINK IT IS BETTER TO ENGAGE TERRORISTS OVER THERE ARE RATHER THAN JUST STICK OUR HEADS IN THE STAND AND WAIT FOR THEM TO COME ATTACK US OVER HERE. SO THAT HAS BEEN PART OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED THE PAST 17 YEARS AS WE TRIED TO PREVENT TERRORIST ATTACKS HERE AT HOME. AND THANKS TO OUR MILITARY, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY HAVE BEEN REMARKABLY SUCCESSFUL. I WOULD JUST FINALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, 15, 15 OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET IS SPENT TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY. THE REST, 85% IS SPENT ON OTHER THINGS. WHEN JOHN KENNEDY WAS PRESIDENT, IT WAS 50% OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET AS SECRETARY MATTIS SAYS, I THINK WE CAN AFFORD SURVIVAL. SO I UNDERSTAND THE SENTIMENT THAT WE WISH ALL THIS CONFLICT WOULD GO AWAY AND THE WORLD WOULD BE A PEACEFUL PLACE. IT HASN'T QUITE HAPPENED YET. AND UNTIL IT DOES, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE UNITED STATES TO BE STRONG TO KEEP TERRORISTS ENGAGED OVERSEAS RATHER THAN HERE AND THAT IS WHAT THE OVERSEAS' CONTINGENCY ACCOUNT TRIES TO ACCOMPLISH. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD YIELD AR MINUTE OR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE RANKING MEMBER.

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                                  • 06:59:09 PM

                                    MR. SMITH

                                    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT, NUMBER 106.

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                                    AMENDMENT.

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                                    An amendment, offered by Ms. Gabbard, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-698 to strike section 1225, a required strategy to counter destabilizing activities of Iran.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      GABARD OF HAWAII.

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                                      THE CLERK

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      GABBARD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAKE NO MISTAKE, AUTHORIZATION IN SECTION…

                                      GABBARD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAKE NO MISTAKE, AUTHORIZATION IN SECTION 1225 OF THE UNDERLYING BILL AUTHORIZES THE U.S. MILITARY TO GO TO WAR WITH IRAN. THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS I VOTED AGAINST THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE IS SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF THIS PROVISION THAT AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE THAT, QUOTE, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENT A STRATEGY TO COUNTER THE DESTABIZING ACTIVITIES OF IRAN, END OF QUOTE. THE PROVISION DOES NOT DEFINE WHAT DESTABILIZIZATION ACTS OUR -- THEY WANT OUR TROOPS AND TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO FIGHT. IT DOES NOT DEFINE A CLEAR END STATE TO ACHIEVE.

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 905, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Gabbard amendment No. 3.

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                                    MS. GABBARD

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSMAN KA IN

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                                    MS. GABBARD

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I DON'T UNDERSTAND OUR FOREIGN POLICY. IT SEEMS THE QUALIFICATION IN JOHN…

                                    I DON'T UNDERSTAND OUR FOREIGN POLICY. IT SEEMS THE QUALIFICATION IN JOHN BOLTON'S CASE IS TO BE WRONG FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS AND THAT MAKES YOU AN EXPERT.

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                                  • 07:06:17 PM

                                    MR. KHANA

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA NEW YORK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    2019 NDAA.

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                                    IRAN IS A SIGNIFICANT THREAT NOT ONLY TO ISRAEL BUT TO THE STABILITY OF…

                                    IRAN IS A SIGNIFICANT THREAT NOT ONLY TO ISRAEL BUT TO THE STABILITY OF THE ENTIRE REGION AND THIS PROVISION PROVIDES AN EFFECTIVE PLAN TO COUNTER THEIR DESTABILIZING EFFORT. IRAN HAS SUPPORTED MILITIAS IN SYRIA, PROVIDED WEAPONS IN HEZBOLLAH IN LEBANON AND HELPED THE HUTTI MILITIA TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT IN YEMEN. THEY CONTINUE TO BUILD UP FORCES NEAR THE NORTHERN BORDER. THIS POSITION EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF MULTILATERAL COOPERATION BUT INIT ENCOURAGES THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO ESTABLISH A FRAMEWORK FOR CRITICAL INVESTMENT IN I.S.R. AND CYBER SECURITY AN CYBER DEFENSE.

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                                    MS. STEFANIK

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS THE ONLY TIME REMAINING.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MS. STEFANIK

                                    RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 07:08:40 PM

                                    MR. KINZINGER

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 07:10:37 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 07:10:40 PM

                                    MS. STEFANIK

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                  • 07:10:54 PM

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AGUILAR OF CALIFORNIA.

                                  • 07:11:21 PM

                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Aguilar, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-698 to add to an already-mandated annual report, this amendment would require DoD to include a 20-year estimate of the projected life cycle costs of each type of nuclear weapon and delivery platform in its text.

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      AGUILAR: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE FULL…

                                      AGUILAR: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR HARD WORK IN DEVELOPING THIS PRODUCT. MR.

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 905, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Aguilar amendment No. 4.

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                                    MR. AGUILAR

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    CONSUME. THIS EALT IS -- THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMILAR TO AMENDMENT THAT WAS…

                                    CONSUME. THIS EALT IS -- THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMILAR TO AMENDMENT THAT WAS BEEN PRESENTED TO AND REJECTED BY THIS HOUSE EACH OF THE LAST FOUR YEARS IN A ROW.

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                                  • 07:14:05 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 07:14:07 PM

                                    >>

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WE'VE HAD THIS DISCUSSION A NUMBER OF TIMES. I SERVED ON HIS COMMITTEE AND…

                                    WE'VE HAD THIS DISCUSSION A NUMBER OF TIMES. I SERVED ON HIS COMMITTEE AND HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR HIM. BUT HE CALLED THIS A BAD IDEA.

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                                  • 07:16:31 PM

                                    MR. AGUILAR

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

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

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                                  • 07:17:57 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                  • 07:18:00 PM

                                    MR. ROGERS

                                    I DO AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA. YES, WE NEED TO DO…

                                    I DO AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA. YES, WE NEED TO DO MODERNIZATION. IF YOU'LL REMEMBER, PRESIDENT OBAMA PLEDGED TO MODERNIZE A NUCLEAR -- OUR NUCLEAR FORCES IN RETURN FOR THE SENATE PASSING THE NEW START TREATY. THE CURRENT NATIONAL POSTURE REVIEW, WHICH HAS BEEN ENDORSED

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                                  • 07:18:05 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 07:18:07 PM

                                    MR. LAMBORN

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                    MR. AGUILAR

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

                                  • 07:20:43 PM

                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                    GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

                                  • 07:20:50 PM

                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Garamendi, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-698 to limit 50% of the funding for the W76-2 warhead modification program until the Secretary of Defense submits a report assessing the program's impacts on strategic stability and options to reduce the risk of miscalculation.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. GARAMENDI

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. GARAMENDI

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

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

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 905, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi amendment No. 5.

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                                    MR. ROGERS

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 07:24:39 PM

                                    MR. ROGERS

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

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

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                                  • 07:26:59 PM

                                    MR. GARAMENDI

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                  • 07:27:10 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AND RUSSIA IS PRIMARILY THE FOCUS OF THAT. BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY THE FOCUS…

                                    AND RUSSIA IS PRIMARILY THE FOCUS OF THAT. BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY THE FOCUS OF THAT. CHINA HAD NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NORTH KOREA HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

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                                    IRAN ASPIRES TO HAVE THEM. WITHOUT QUESTION WE NEED A STRONG DETERRENT. MY…

                                    IRAN ASPIRES TO HAVE THEM. WITHOUT QUESTION WE NEED A STRONG DETERRENT. MY ARGUMENT IS THAT WE HAVE ONE. WE HAVE OVER 4,000 NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE DO HAVE SOME LOW-YIELD NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE DON'T HAVE THEM IN THE STANDOFF CAPACITY. BUT MORE THAN THAT, WHAT WE NEED TO COMMUNICATE TO RUSSIA IS NOT THAT NUCLEAR WAR IS SOMETHING OF DEGREE.

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    LAMBORN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE GREAT…

                                    LAMBORN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE GREAT WORK HE'S DOING ON THIS. WE ALL AGREE WE WANT A STRONG NUCLEAR DETERRENT AND WE AGREE WE WANT THAT DETERRENT TO BE AS STABILIZING AS POSSIBLE. WE DON'T WANT DESTABILIZING TRENDS. WE ALL AGREE WITH THAT.

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                                    MR. ROGERS

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 07:29:27 PM

                                    MR. LAMBORN

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                • 07:31:41 PM

                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                  At the conclusion of debate on the Garamendi amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Smith (WA) demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 07:31:44 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    RISE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE MOTION IS ADOPTED, ACCORDINGLY THE COMMITTEE…

                                    NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE MOTION IS ADOPTED, ACCORDINGLY THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                    Mr. Thornberry moved that the committee rise.

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

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                    • 07:32:28 PM

                                      Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 5515 as unfinished business.

                                      • 07:32:30 PM

                                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5515 — "To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes."

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY BE PERMITTED TO REVISE MY…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY BE PERMITTED TO REVISE MY REMARKS MADE DURING GENERAL DEBATE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE EARLIER TODAY BEYOND TECHNICAL, GRAMMATICAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL CORRECTIONS.

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                                        • 07:33:05 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          5515. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JOHNSON, KINDLY RESUME THE…

                                          5515. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JOHNSON, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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                                      • 07:33:18 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

                                        • 07:33:39 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                        • 07:33:52 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MR. CHRMAN, PURSUNT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER AMENDMENTED EN BLOC NUMBER ONE.

                                      • 07:34:06 PM

                                        Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 1: Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 07:34:18 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

                                        • 07:34:39 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 07:34:57 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 07:34:58 PM

                                          MR. SMUCKER

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

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                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 905, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Thornberry En Bloc amendment No. 1.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 07:36:59 PM

                                        MR. SMITH

                                      • 07:37:03 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

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                                        MR. RUIZ

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

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                                        MR. SMITH

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                                        THE CHAIR

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                                        MR. SCHNEIDER

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

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 07:40:20 PM

                                        MR. THORNBERRY

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 07:40:29 PM

                                        MISS MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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

                                      • 07:41:26 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        MR.

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                                        MR. SMITH

                                        RUIZ: I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF MY…

                                        RUIZ: I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF MY EFFORTS TO HELP VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO BURN PITS. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND VETERANS FROM THE HARMFUL HEALTH EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS AND WE CAN START TO DO SO BY FIRST STOP OUR TROOPS. -- TROOPS' EXPOSURE TO DANGEROUS BURN PITS ON THE BATTLEFIELD.

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                                        THE CHAIR

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                                        MR. RUIZ

                                        SECOND, CONDUCT EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH TO VETERANS AND THEIR…

                                        SECOND, CONDUCT EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH TO VETERANS AND THEIR DOCTORS. THIRD GET VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS THE MEDICAL CARE THEY NEED QUICKLY AN ENSURE IT'S COVERED BY THE V.A. OR D.O.D. EARLIER WE DISCUSSED MY AMENDMENT THAT WILL ADDRESS STEP ONE AND PUT AN END TO THE USE OF DANGEROUS BURN PITS ON THE BATTLEFIELD MY SECOND AMENDMENT WILL TACKLE STEP TWO, REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO CONDUCT AN ANNUAL EDUCATION AND OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TO VETERANS EXPOSED TO BURN PITS AND WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO ENROLL IN THE BURN PITS REGISTRY. THIS WILL IMPROVE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIFFERENT HEALTH EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS AND HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR OUR VETERANS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SUBTLE CHANGES IN THEIR HEALTH THAT COULD BE EARLY SIGNS OF CANCER. AGAIN, I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 07:42:52 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        MR. THORNBERRY

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                                        THE CHAIR

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                                        MR. SMITH

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 07:43:14 PM

                                        MR. SCHNEIDER

                                        MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE A -- ADD A REQUIREMENT THAT FOLLOW THE…

                                        MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE A -- ADD A REQUIREMENT THAT FOLLOW THE SUBMISSION OF N.I.E. THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WILL REPORT ON SPECIFIC EFFORTS TO DETER SUCH INTERFERENCE BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. PROTECTING OUR ELECTIONS, THE FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY, AND THOSE OF OUR ALLIES FROM OUTSIDE INFLUENCE BY MALIGNED FOREIGN ACTORS IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR INCLUDING MY AMENDMENT IN THIS EN BLOC PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 07:44:12 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                        MR. MR. THORNBERRY

                                        TIME. MR.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THORNBERRY: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE SUPPORT FOR EN…

                                        THORNBERRY: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE SUPPORT FOR EN BLOC NUMBER 1. CHIP THE --

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                                        MR. SMITH

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                                        MR. THORNBERRY

                                      • 07:44:35 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER EN BLOC AMENDMENTS --…

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER EN BLOC AMENDMENTS -- AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 2.

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

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                                        Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 2: Nos. 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 38.

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                                          >>

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                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 905, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Thornberry En Bloc amendment No. 2.

                                      • 07:45:09 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MR. THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THORNBERRY: I'M PLEASED IT YIELD ONE 911 THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        THORNBERRY: I'M PLEASED IT YIELD ONE 911 THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA,

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                                        MR. THORNBERRY

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. RECENTLY A VETERAN BATTLING PARKINSON'S DISEASE…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. RECENTLY A VETERAN BATTLING PARKINSON'S DISEASE CONTACTED MY OFFICE IN A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO MODIFY THE BENEFICIARY FOR HIS SURVIVOR BENEFITS PLAN. IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, THE VETERAN IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE AND BECAUSE ONE CURRENTLY CAN ONLY MAKE CHANGES DURING OPEN SEASON, HE IS UNABLE TO CHANGE THE BENEFICIARY OF HIS PLAN. MY AMENDMENT WILL PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY VIA WAIVER TO VETERANS SUCH AS THIS GENTLEMAN WHO DESIRE TO CHANGE BENEFICIARIES. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES' SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT SO THAT TERMINALLY ILL VETERANS ARE GIVEN THE ABILITY TO UPDATE THEIR SURVIVOR BENEFIT PLAN AS THEY WISH, WHEN THEY WISH. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 07:45:59 PM

                                        MR. ROUZER

                                        RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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                                      • 07:46:47 PM

                                        MR. MR. SMITH

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 07:46:52 PM

                                        MR. THORNBERRY

                                      • 07:46:56 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        MCCAIN COLLIDED WITH A COMMERCIAL TANKER OFF THE COAST OF SINGAPORE. ONE…

                                        MCCAIN COLLIDED WITH A COMMERCIAL TANKER OFF THE COAST OF SINGAPORE. ONE OF THOSE SAILORS WAS PETTY OFFICER LOGAN PALMER OF HARRISTOWN, ILLINOIS. LOGAN'S DEATH WAS THE FIRST CASUALTY FROM MY DISTRICT SINCE I BECAME A MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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                                        MR. DDAVIS

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

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

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                                      • 07:48:13 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS EN BLOC…

                                        THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 07:48:18 PM

                                        MR. SMITH

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 07:48:23 PM

                                        MR. THORNBERRY

                                        SMITH: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT.

                                      • 07:48:29 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED

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                                      • 07:48:32 PM

                                        MR. SMITH

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 3.

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

                                      • 07:48:52 PM

                                        MR. THORNBERRY

                                      • 07:48:58 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 07:49:00 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

                                      • 07:49:11 PM

                                        Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 3: Nos. 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, and 54.

                                        • 07:49:19 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE ADOPTION OF…

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          SAME HERE. WE HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND I URGE ADOPTION. I YIELD BACK THE…

                                          SAME HERE. WE HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND I URGE ADOPTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SMITH

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

                                          THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 905 I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 4.

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

                                      • 07:50:01 PM

                                        MR. THORNBERRY

                                      • 07:50:09 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

                                      • 07:50:19 PM

                                        Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 4: Nos. 55, as modified, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69 and 70.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 55…

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 55 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-698 BE MODIFIED IN THE FORM I HAVE PLACED AT THE DESK.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          THE CLERK WILL RAINSTORM THE MODIFICATION.

                                        • 07:50:51 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 07:50:53 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                        • 07:50:55 PM

                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                        • 07:50:59 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR TIME FOR THIS EN BLOC…

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR TIME FOR THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE. I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 07:51:12 PM

                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          I TOO HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME,…

                                          I TOO HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                                        • 07:51:21 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 07:51:25 PM

                                          MR. SMITH

                                          OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                                          OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                        • 07:51:30 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 5.

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                                        Thornberry amendment; modified by unanimous consent. Modification to amendment No. 55 printed in House Report 115-698.

                                      • 07:51:49 PM

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

                                        • 07:52:00 PM

                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                        • 07:52:05 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 07:52:06 PM

                                          Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 5: Nos. 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85 and 86.

                                          • 07:52:07 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

                                          • 07:52:27 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE AND I…

                                            THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            MR. THORNBERRY

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAVE NO SPEAKERS ON THESE AMENDMENTS, URGE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAVE NO SPEAKERS ON THESE AMENDMENTS, URGE ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 07:52:41 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SMITH

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

                                            THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 6.

                                      • 07:52:57 PM

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

                                        • 07:53:13 PM

                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                        • 07:53:19 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 07:53:21 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          THOSHBERRY OF TEXAS -- THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

                                        • 07:53:23 PM

                                          Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 6: Nos. 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102 amd 103.

                                          • 07:53:44 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS FOR THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE. I URGE ITS…

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS FOR THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE. I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 07:53:53 PM

                                            MR. THORNBERRY

                                            SMITH: I TOO URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                          • 07:53:59 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 07:54:03 PM

                                            MR. SMITH

                                          • 07:54:05 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECK FLIGS?

                                      • 07:54:13 PM

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

                                        • 07:55:28 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 07:55:31 PM

                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                        • 07:55:33 PM

                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                        • 07:55:35 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                        • 07:55:52 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 07:55:52 PM

                                          Mr. Thornberry moved that the committee rise.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 07:56:04 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. STIVERS OF OHIO FOR TODAY AND THE…

                                            LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. STIVERS OF OHIO FOR TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE VEHICLE -- AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK.

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                                      • 07:56:05 PM

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

                                        • 07:56:12 PM

                                          Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 5515 as unfinished business.

                                          • 07:56:51 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                          • 07:56:58 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                          • 07:57:57 PM

                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                            THE $708 BILLION THAT ARE GOING TO BE SPENT IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE…

                                            THE $708 BILLION THAT ARE GOING TO BE SPENT IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND THERE ARE MANY PARTS OF THAT NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT THAT ARE WORTHY OF DISCUSSION. ONE THING THAT WAS NOT DISCUSSED HERE ON THE FLOOR, BUT WAS TAKEN UP IN COMMITTEE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL HEARINGS, WAS THE ABILITY OF THE MILITARY TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO DELIVER MATERIAL, SUPPLIES, IN THE CASE OF A MAJOR CONFLICT. DO WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DELIVER THE FOLLOW-ON EQUIPMENT NECESSARY SHOULD A MAJOR CONFLICT BREAK OUT? SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD? THE ANSWER IS, NO, WE DON'T. AND THE REASON IS THAT THE AMERICAN MARITIME INDUSTRY HAS DWINDLED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES. IN THE 1980'S WE HAD ABOUT 240 AMERICAN-BUILT AND AMERICAN FLAGSHIPS WITH MARINERS, CAPTAINS AND ENGINEERS AND SEAMEN AND SEAWOMEN ON THOSE SHIPS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING THE NECESSARY SUPPORT FOR THE MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND. TODAY WE HAVE ABOUT 80 AMERICAN FLAGGED SHIPS WITH AMERICAN SEA MEN ON THOSE SHIPS. THE MARINERS ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY. TRANSCOM, RESPONSIBLE FOR MOVING THE PERSONNEL, AS WELL AS THE EQUIPMENT THAT THE MILITARY NEEDS SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD, ESTIMATES -- WELL, TRANSCOM, AS WELL AS THE MARAD, INDICATE THAT WE ARE SOME 1,800 MARINERS SHORT OF THE MINIMUM NECESSARY TO MAN AND PERSONNEL THE SHIPS TO MOVE THE EQUIPMENT SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD. . THIS IS A MAJOR NATIONAL DEFENSE ISSUE. NOT REALLY TAKEN UP AND DISCUSSED IN THE NDAA. SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? CAN OUR SHIPYARDS ACTUALLY PRODUCE THE NECESSARY SHIPS FOR THE AMERICAN MILITARY? THE ANSWER IS NOT NOW, BUT THEY NEED TO. IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, THERE'S A SECTION THAT CALLS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHIPS. ACTUALLY CONSTRUCTION BY FOREIGN SHIPYARDS. SEEMS STRANGE THAT WE WOULD FIND THE WHAT WAS ONCE ONE OF THE GREAT MARITIME NATIONS, THE UNITED STATES, IN SUCH A QUANDARY, THAT WE DO NOT HAVE THE PERSONNEL OR THE SHIPS TO MOVE OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO ABOUT THIS, AND IT IS NOT DIRECTLY IN THE AREA OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, ALTHOUGH, IT IS IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. IT SEEMS THAT OVER THE LAST DECADE, WE HAVE BECOME AN ENERGY-PRODUCING NATION, BUT WITH THE PRACKING AND OTHER TECHNIQUES, WE ARE NOW AN EXPORTER OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS. THIS IS PART OF THE ENERGY REVOLUTION THAT IS TAKING LACE PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT OIL AND NATURAL GAS IS A STRATEGIC NATIONAL ASSET, AS IS THE UNITED STATES' DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, THE NAVY, THE ARMY, THE AIR FORCE AND THE MARINES. AS WELL AS THE COAST GUARD. NOW, IF WE ARE TO MAINTAIN OUR ABILITY TO DEFEND THIS NATION AND TO CONDUCT MILITARY OPERATIONS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WE HAVE TO HAVE A STRONG MARITIME INDUSTRY. IF WE CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT THE COMBINATION OF THAT STRATEGIC NECESSITY OF THE MARITIME INDUSTRY AND THE STRATEGIC BENEFIT THAT COMES FROM THE PRODUCTION OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL AND THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF EXPORTING NATURAL GAS AND OIL, WE CAN COME TO WHAT WE CALL A SOLUTION. THE SOLUTION IS TO TAKE A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE PRODUCTION OR THE EXPORT OF NATURAL GAS, L.N.G. AND OIL AND REQUIRE THAT IT BE EXPORTED, TRANSPORTED ON AMERICAN-BUILT SHIPS, AMERICAN-FLAGGED WITH AMERICAN MARINNERS. WE CALL THIS THE ENERGIZING AMERICAN SHIP BUILDING ACT. IT WAS INTRODUCED TODAY -- ACTUALLY YESTERDAY, AND WE ANNOUNCED IT IN A PRESS CONFERENCE EARLIER TODAY. JOINING ME AT THAT PRESS CONFERENCE WAS SENATOR ROGER WICKER, WHO WILL BE CARRIERING THE BILL ON THE SENATE SIDE, CHAIRMAN OF THE COAST GUARD AND MARITIME SKY OF THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, DUNCAN HUNTER, MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, DONALD NORCROSS AND MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE OF COAST GUARD AND MARITIME REPRESENTATIVE LOWENTHAL, TOGETHER WITH MEMBERS OF THE INDUSTRY, THE SHIPBUILDERS COUNCIL, H.B. HALTER OUT OF MISSISSIPPI, THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MARITIME UNIONS THAT WORK IN THE SHIPYARDS -- WORK ON THE SHIPS AND UNIONS THAT WORK IN THE SHIPWARDS YARDS. WE ARE PREPARED TO MOVE THIS BILL AND LET ME TELL YOU IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL IN ENERGIZING THE MARITIME SHIPBUILDING ACT. IT WILL BUILD SHIPS ONCE AGAIN. IF WE START WITH 1% OF THE L.N.G. THAT IS EXPORTED OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS, WE WILL BUILD SOME 23 L.N.G. SHIPS. AND IF WE RAMP THAT UP TO FULL 15%, WE WILL BE BUILDING THOSE CARRIERS. SIMILARLY, IF WE BEGIN AT THE SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE OIL THAT IS EXPORTED, WE WILL BUILD ANOTHER 30 L.N.G. TANKERS. SO THAT IN THE COURSE OF SOME 15 TO 20 YEARS, WE WILL BE ABLE TO BUILD SOME 50 SHIPS IN AMERICAN SHIPYARD, PROVIDING THOUSANDS OF JOBS NOT ONLY IN THE SHIPYARDS BUT IN THE SUPPLY OF ENGINES AND PUMPS AND PIPES AND ELECTRONIC FITTINGS AND THE STEEL INDUSTRY THAT WOULD BE PROVIDING THE STEEL FOR THESE SHIPS WOULD ALSO BE PLAYING A MAJOR PART. DO KEEP IN MIND THIS IS A VERY SMALL PART OF THE TOTAL PART OF L.N.G. VESSELS THAT WILL BE NEEDED. JUST TO SUPPLY THE NECESSARY TRANSPORT FOR AMERICAN L.N.G. , SOME 225 L.N.G. VESSELS WOULD BE BUILT. WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THOSE THAT WOULD BE BUILT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT NONETHELESS, THAT WOULD REPRESENT A MAJOR OPPORTUNITY FOR THE AMERICAN SHIP BUILDING INDUSTRY. SIMILARLY FOR THE EXPORT OF OIL, THAT WOULD SIMILARLY BUILD SHIPS HERE THROUGHOUT THE SHIPYARDS OF THE UNITED STATES. EXACTLY HOW MANY? WELL, WE'LL HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT AS IT GOES OUT IF WE RAMP UP THE AMOUNT OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS, PERHAPS WE WILL BUILD MORE THAN 50. BUT PERHAPS THE MARINERS WILL WORK ON THESE SHIPS. AS THEY WORK ON THESE PARTICULAR SHIPS, THEY WILL BE DEVELOPING THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO TRANSFER OVER TO PROVIDE THE PERSONNEL NECESSARY FOR THE MILITARY ON THE CARGO SHIPS, THE ROLL-ON AND ROLLOFFS AND THE OIL TANKERS THAT THE MILITARY WILL NEED AS IT TRANSPORTS THE PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT AROUND THE WORLD. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO. WE ARE TRYING TO ENERGIZE THE AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY BY REQUIRING THAT THE SMALL AMOUNT OF L.N.G. THAT WILL BE EXPORTED FROM THE UNITED STATES AND WILL BE ON AMERICAN SHIPS WITH AMERICAN MARINNERS. THAT'S OUR GOAL. AND I BELIEVE WE WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS ON THE DAYS AHEAD AS WE MOVE THIS THING THROUGH THE PROCESS AND GET IT UNDER WAY. WE HAVE STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS SUPPORTING THE BILL AND WE ALSO HAVE STRONG BICAMERAL SUPPORT WITH THE BILL BEING INTRODUCED BY SENATOR WICKER AND HERE IN THE HOUSE BY MYSELF AND CHAIRMAN DUNCAN HUNTER. SO WE BRING THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT IT IS OUR GOAL TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA, THAT IN AMERICA THERE IS A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA THAT WE PASS A LAW THAT REQUIRES THIS STRA TEAGUE PARTICULAR NATIONAL ASSET BE ON ON AN IMPORTANT ASSET, AMERICAN SHIPS, AND THAT THOSE SHIPS BE MANNED BY AMERICAN SAILORS AND OFFICERS. THAT'S OUR GOAL. AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 08:00:55 PM

                                        SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                                        • 08:09:30 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN…

                                          TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO

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                                      • 08:09:32 PM

                                        Recess

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

                                        • 10:00:18 AM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          HONORABLE JOHN R. JOHN R. CURTIS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS…

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

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                                        • 10:00:37 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

                                          ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT…

                                          ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 10:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. CHAIR MR. BLUMENAUER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                        • 10:01:09 AM

                                          MR. BLUMENAUER

                                          SHOOTING, SWIMMING CARIBOU FROM A MOTOR BOAT, BEAR BAITING, DOG S FOR…

                                          SHOOTING, SWIMMING CARIBOU FROM A MOTOR BOAT, BEAR BAITING, DOG S FOR BLACK BEARS, USING ARTIFICIAL LIGHT. SHOOTING WOLF PUPS AND BEAR CUBS IN THEIR DENS. OUTRAGEOUS PRACTICES THAT WERE BANNED UNDER A 2015 RULE FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, WHICH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ANNOUNCED IT SEEKS TO REVERSE. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS. OUR NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES HAVE ALWAYS HAD SPECIAL STATUS. AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO ROLL THAT BACK ESSENTIALLY MAKING THEM INTO GAME PARKS. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO REFLECT ON WHAT THIS MEANS. THINK ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN YOSEMITE OR YELLOWSTONE PARK. WOULD THAT EXPERIENCE BE ENRICHED BY HAVING THESE EXTREME HUNTING TACTICS TO ELIMINATE SOME OF THE TOP LINE PREDATORS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE MORE THINGS TO HUNT? ABSOLUTELY NOT. 300 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR VISIT THESE NATIONAL PARKS. AND THE DRAW IS THE WILDLIFE. NATIONAL PARKS WITHOUT ANIMALS IS JUST SCENERY. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE FOCUS ON WHY THIS IS SUCH AN OUTRAGEOUS POLICY. THESE ARE LOW DENSITY ANIMALS WITH LOW REPRODUCTION RATES. AND IN ALASKA THERE IS NO CONFLICT WITH LIVESTOCK, VERY LITTLE INTERACTION WITH PEOPLE OTHER THAN THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE THEM. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WRONG ON THREE FUNDAMENTAL LEVELS. FIRST OF ALL, IT IS JUST WRONG. ALL ANIMALS SUFFER. AND HUNTING THEM DOWN WITH THESE EXTREME METHODS IS CRUEL AND IS REPUGNANT TO VIRTUALLY ALL AMERICANS. IT IS WRONG ECOLOGICALLY. FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS WE HAVE SEEN THESE ANIMALS COEXIST, AND THE NATIONAL PARKS LIKE YOSEMITE OR WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ALASKA ARE SOME OF THE FEW REPUGNANT TO PLACES WHERE THAT ECOLOGICAL BILLION CONTINUES TO WORK. AND HUMAN BEINGS CANNOT IMPROVE UPON IT. THEY CAN ONLY DAMAGE THAT DELICATE BALANCE. IT IS ALSO WRONG ECONOMICALLY. THE ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR GATEWAY COMMUNITIES FOR THESE 300 MILLION TOURISTS IS PROFOUND. AND IF WE'RE GOING TO TURN THESE NATIONAL TREASURES SIMPLY INTO GAME PARKS, HUNTING PRESERVES, THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR ALLURE, THE ECONOMIC IMPACT WILL BE DRAMATICALLY DIMINISHED. AS WELL AS UPSETTING THE ECOLOGICAL BALANCE AND THE FACT THAT IT IS MORALLY WRONG. WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IN THIS CONGRESS IS RAISING OUR VOICES IN OUTRAGE FACT THAT IT IS MORALLY WRONG. OVER THE LATEST ATTEMPT BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO ROLL BACK SENSIBLE, COMMONLY SUPPORTED PROTECTIONS. WHILE WE'RE AT IT, NOT JUST RAISING OUR VOICES, BUT MAYBE TAKING SOME ACTION ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE ON ANIMAL PROTECTION. WE HAVE THE ANIMAL CRUELTY PACK ACT THAT HAS 282 CO-SPONSORS, WHICH COULD BE ON THE FLOOR MONDAY. THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS RAE FUSED TO ACT ON O THE PACE ACT, THE PARITY AND ANIMAL CRUELTY WHICH JUST GOT 359 VOTES ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT. DOG AND CAT MEET PROHIBITION, 246 CO-SPONSORS. THE PET AND WOMEN SAFETY ACT, 248. SHARK FINING, 238 CO-SPONSORS. PROTECTING ANIMALS -- RATHER SERVICE ANIMALS FOR OUR VETERANS HAS A MAJORITY OF SPONSORS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WHY CAN'T THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ALLOW US TO DEBATE AND PASS THESE PROVISIONS TO IMPROVE ANIMAL WELFARE AND ADD OUR VOICES TO THE LATEST OUTRAGE AT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND ITS ASSAULT ON OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 10:06:03 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          BROOKS: MR.

                                        • 10:06:09 AM

                                          MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR.

                                          SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DEFEND ALABAMA CITIZENS' RIGHT TO FAIR…

                                          SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DEFEND ALABAMA CITIZENS' RIGHT TO FAIR REPRESENTATION AND EQUAL APPORTIONMENT UNDER THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. IN SOME RECENT CENSUSES, THEY COUNTED ILLEGAL ALIENS AND INDICATIONS ARE THEY'LL COUNT ILLEGAL ALIENS AGAIN IN THE 2020 CENSUS. THIS POTENTIALLY ILLEGAL PRACTICE PUTS ALABAMA AT SIGNIFICANT RISK OF LOSING A CONGRESSIONAL SEAT WHEN THE 2020 CENSUS REAPPORTIONMENT OCCURS FOR THE 2022 ELECTIONS. FOR THIS REASON THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND I HAVE FILED SUIT IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA AGAINST THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND THE BUREAU OF THE CENSUS TO REQUIRE THEM TO EXCLUDE ILLEGAL ALIENS WHEN THEY CONDUCT THE 2020 CENSUS. SPECIFICALLY, THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND I CHALLENGE THE LEGALITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S RESIDENCE RULE WHICH COUNTS EVERYONE, INCLUDING ILLEGAL ALIENS, IN AMERICA'S POPULATION COUNT. IF THE ROUGHLY 15 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS IN AMERICA, NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE HOW MANY THERE ARE, WERE DISBURSED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES IN EQUAL PROPORTION TO EACH STATE'S POPULATION, THEN NO STATE WOULD BE DISADVANTAGED IN CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION, AND THIS DISCRIMINATION ISSUES WOULD BE MOOT. HOWEVER, THE DIFFERENCE IN ILLEGAL ALIEN POPULATION BETWEEN STATES IS DRAMATIC. ACCORDING TO DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY 2014 ESTIMATES, 46%, 46% OF AMERICA'S ILLEGAL ALIENS LIVE IN JUST THREE, JUST THREE STATES. CALIFORNIA WITH THE GREATEST CONCENTRATION OF ILLEGAL ALIENS ESTIMATED AT 2. 9 MILLION, HAS ROUGHLY FOUR MORE CONGRESSMEN DUE TO REAPPORTIONMENT -- DUE TO APPORTIONMENT THAT COUNTS ILLEGAL ALIENS. REAPPORTIONMENT OF HOUSE SEATS AND ELECTORAL VOTES IS A ZERO SUM PROPOSITION. APPORTIONMENT THAT ONE STATE'S GAIN IS ANOTHER STATE'S LOSS. WITH AN ESTIMATED 65,000 ILLEGAL ALIENS, ALABAMA CITIZENS AND CITIZENS OF MANY OTHER STATES AS WELL LOSE PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION BECAUSE OF VARIOUS OPEN BORDERS POLICIES OF SOME STATES. THE EXACT EFFECT OF THE ILLEGAL ALIEN POPULATION ON THE APPORTIONMENT OF CONGRESSMEN IS COMPLEX BASED ON THE, QUOTE, METHOD OF EQUAL PROPORTIONS, END QUOTE FORMULA THAT IS USED TO MINIMIZE THE PERCENTAGE DIFFERENCE IN POPULATION PER CONGRESSMAN. ONE THING IS CLEAR. SIMULATIONS OF THE APPORTIONMENT PROCESS USING CURRENT POPULATION PROJECTIONS SUGGESTS ALABAMA A IS AT GREAT RISK OF LOSING A CONGRESSIONAL SEET WITH IF THE CENSUS BUREAU COUNTS ILLEGAL CLEAR. SIMULATIONS ALIENS. AS WITH ANYTHING IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, THE CENSUS SHOULD BE READ, UNDER STOOD, AND STRICTLY ADMINISTERED ACCORDING TO ITS ORIGINAL INTENT. THE 14TH AMENDMENT PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS TO FAIR AND A -- EQUAL REPRESENTATION. ANY DEVIATION IN THIS PROCESS THREATENS THE RIGHT OF EACH AMERICAN CITIZEN TO FAIR AND EQUAL REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS. AND EQUAL REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS. WE CANNOT ALLOW A SMALL NUMBER OF STATES TO CHEAT THE REST OF AMERICA BY PROMOTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND THEN AS A REWARD FOR THEIR LAWLESS CONDUCT TO RECEIVE GREATER PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS AND ELECTORAL COLLEGE. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION IS CLEAR. SHOULD CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION BE BASED ON THE NUMBER OF AMERICAN CITIZENS OR EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL ALIENS? AS FOR I I -- ME I SIDE WITH AMERICAN CITIZENS NOT ILLEGAL ALIENS OR CONDUCT. AMERICA IS RAUP AND THE ESSENCE OF BEING A REPUBLIC IS RESPECT FOR THE RIGHT OF AMERICAN CITIZENS TO EQUAL PROTECTION AND EQUAL INFLUENCE OVER CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS. ANY ATTEMPT BY THE CENSUS BUREAU TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN CITIZENS' EQUAL PROTECTION AND EQUAL INFLUENCE OVER CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS MUST BE OPPOSED. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND I ARE DOING BY FILING THIS ACTION ON BEHALF OF ALABAMA CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 10:11:02 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          GUTIERREZ: MR. SPEAKER, GLENDA PERKINS, CYNTHIA TISDALE, KIMBERLY VAUGHN,…

                                          GUTIERREZ: MR. SPEAKER, GLENDA PERKINS, CYNTHIA TISDALE, KIMBERLY VAUGHN, SHAWNA, ANGELICA RAMIREZ, CHRISTIAN GARCIA, JARED

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                                        • 10:11:08 AM

                                          MR. MR. MR. GUTIERREZ

                                          BLACK, CHRISTOPHER JAKE, AND AARON MCCLOUD. THOSE ARE THE NAMES OF THE…

                                          BLACK, CHRISTOPHER JAKE, AND AARON MCCLOUD. THOSE ARE THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE KILLED AT SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL IN TEXAS LAST FRIDAY. TWO WERE TEACHERS, EIGHT STUDENTS, ALL WERE VIOLENTLY TORN AWAY FROM THEIR LOVED ONES TO BRIGHT FUTURES WAY TOO SOON. AS USUAL OUR ELECTED OFFICIAL EXPRESSED THEIR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES. WE KNOW MORE IS NEED THAN SILENCE BECAUSE THE SILENCE OF LAWMAKERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, KILLS. 58 KILLED IN LAS VEGAS, 27 KILLED IN NEWTOWN, ACCOUNT, 14 IN SAN BERNARDINO, 17 AT THE SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. 26 AT A CHURCH IN TEXAS. 49 IN A NIGHTCLUB IN FLORIDA. SIX AT THE CRACKER BARREL IN MICHIGAN. NINE AT MOTHER MANUAL CHURCH, SOUTH CAROLINA. THE BEGUNMEN, AND THEY WERE ALWAYS ALL MEN OR BOYS, HAD DIFFERENT MOTIVATIONS INCLUDING CRIME, RACISM, REVENGE, AND SEEKING NOTORIETY, WHICH THEY GOT. THEY ALL HAD ACCESS TO WEAPONS OF BULLETS THAT COULD KILL SCORES OF HUMANS IN MOMENTS. FOR THE MOST PART THE ONLY THING THE VICTIMS HAD IN COMMON IS THEY WERE KILLED BY BULLETS. "THE WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED IN SCHOOLS IN 2018, THIS YEAR, IS ALMOST DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN KILLED IN OUR MILITARY IN BOTH COMBAT AND NONCOMBAT FATALITIES. AND THIS COMING WEEKEND JUST LIKE CLOCKWORK, AS AMERICA HONORS SERVICE MEN ON MINIMUM MORIAL DAY. CHICAGO, IN MY CITY, WILL SEE A DEADLY TOLL. 52 PEOPLE WERE SHOT OVER THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND LAST YEAR. THAT WAS DOWN FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR, 2016, WHEN 71 PEOPLE WERE SHOT IN MY CITY. THERE WILL PROBABLY BE NO NATIONAL SPECIAL REPORTS OR NEWS COVERAGE BECAUSE WHEN 50 OR O 75 PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE SHOT OVER AN AMERICAN CITY IN THE WEEKEND, BARELY MAKES THE NEWS. UNLESS THE N.R.A. AND FOX NEWS USES CHICAGO AS A WAY TO GIVE POLITICAL COVERAGE TO POLITICIANS. WHILE FAILING TO POINT OUT THE LOOPHOLES AND WEAK GUN LAWS IN INDIANA, VIRGINIA, AND OTHER STATES FEED ILLEGAL GUNS INTO MY CITY. WE SHOULD NOTE THAT THE N.R.A. IS NOW RUN BY SOMEONE WHOSE CLAIM TO FAME IS THAT HE LIED TO CONGRESS CAN, PERJURED HIMSELF, SOLD GUNS TO OUR COUNTRY'S ENEMIES, AND THEY CLAIM TO BE ON THE SIDE OF LAW AND ORDER. SO, THE RESULT IS POLITICAL PARALYSIS, SOCIETAL PARALYSIS, AND ACTUAL PERMANENT PARALYSIS AS THE BUCHERS FIELD OF DEAD AND WOUNDED GROWS AND GROWS. WHEN I CAME HERE IN 1993 WE HAD HOPE AND OPTIMISM WE COULD CUT CRIME AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF GUNS ON OUR STREETS. DESPITE THE DROP, ALL OF OUR EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF GUNS ON OUR STREETS AND HOUSES AND SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES HAVE BEEN THWARTED BY THE GUN MANUFACTURERS. THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN I VOTED FOR AND WORKED FOR WAS HERE UNTIL IT WAS KILLED BY POLITICS. THE CRIME GUN BILL I WROTE WOULD WORK BY REDUCING THE AVAILABILITY AND MANUFACTURE OF CHEAP CONCEALABLE HANDGUNS MOST OFTEN USED IN GUN CRIMES. BUT IT WILL NEVER GET A VOTE IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SEE, WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A SCHOOL TO CORNER PIPELINE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WILL PERSISTENT TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARM THEIR POLITICIANS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. BUT I FEAR THE PROFIT MOWIVE -- MOTIVE OF THE GUN MANUFACTURERS AND THE POLITICIANS THEY OWN GOT IN THEIR POCK SET GREATER THAN THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TAKE ON AND TAME OUR RUN AWAY LOVE AFFAIR WITH BULLETS. IT TAKES GOOD PEOPLE WITHOUT GUNS WORKING WITH GOOD PEOPLE WHO OWN GUNS TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WILL USE THEM TO KILL OTHER PEOPLE. . IT IS INTO THE WE DOBT KNOW WHAT WORKS BECAUSE WE DO. WAITING PERIODS, BACKGROUND CHECKS, RESTRICTIONS ON THE SEAFLS GUNS CAN ALL BE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING SUICIDE, MURDER AND ACCIDENTAL DEATH BY FIREARMS. WE ARE NOT LACKING THE WAY, WE ARE ONLY LACKING THE WILL TO OVERCOME THE DEEPLY ENTRENCHED, HIGHLY PROFITABLE INDUSTRY THAT THRIVES ON FEAR, MISTRUST, INEQUALITY, RACISM, MISOGYNY AND TRIBALISM. WE CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE BECAUSE SILENCE KILLS. WHAT WE NEED IS A MOMENT OF ACTION TO SAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM KILLING THEMSELVES WITH AMERICAN GUNS AND AMERICAN BULLETS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THIS LIST OF MOMENTS OF SILENCE OBSERVED IN THE HOUSE SINCE THE NEWTOWN SHOOTING. IT IS COMPILED BY THE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TASK FORCE. THERE'S 43 OF THEM. MOMENTS OF SILENCE. AND NOTHING DONE TO SAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE GUN LOBBIES AND THE N.R.A.

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                                        • 10:16:30 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOTEMPORE

                                        • 10:16:41 AM

                                          MR. MR. THOMPSON

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

                                        • 10:19:42 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TETEMPORE

                                          SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I RISE AS A PERSON WHO LOVES HIS COUNTRY. MR.

                                        • 10:19:48 AM

                                          MR. GREEN

                                          SPEAKER, I RISE AS A PERSON WHO REFUSES TO GO ALONG TO GET ALONG. I RISE…

                                          SPEAKER, I RISE AS A PERSON WHO REFUSES TO GO ALONG TO GET ALONG. I RISE AS A PERSON WHO WILL SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER AND TRUTH ABOUT POWER. I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE IN OUR COUNTRY OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING MURDERED IN SCHOOLS. OUR CHILDREN ARE SAYING THAT EVENTUALLY IT WILL COME TO THE SCHOOL THAT THEY HAPPEN TO ATTEND. OUR CHILDREN ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY AND WHAT SHOULD BE ONE OF THE SAFEST PLACES FOR THEM ON EARTH. THE SCHOOLS THAT THEY ATTEND. I RISE, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THERE ARE PARENTS WHO HAVE SENT THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL AND NEVER HAVE HAD THEM COME HOME AGAIN. I RISE BECAUSE THESE PARENTS ARE SUFFERING. BECAUSE OUR NATION IS SUFFERING. THERE IS GREAT PAIN WITHIN THE POPULATION. PEOPLE OF GOODWILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST DO MORE THAN HAVE MOMENTS OF SILENCE, WORDS OF PRAYER, EXPRESSIONS OF CONDOLENCES. PEOPLE EXPECT THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO DO WHAT THEY SENT US HERE TO DO. THAT IS, HAVE LEGISLATION BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR, ALLOW FOR SOME DEBATE, AND THEN TAKE A VOTE. IT IS EXPECTED THAT WE WOULD VOTE ON THE LEGISLATION THAT'S PENDING. WE HAVE MORE THAN 100 PIECESES OF LEGISLATION DEALING WITH GUN -- PIECES OF LEGISLATION DEALING WITH GUN SAFETY PENDING BEFORE THE HOUSE. AND IT IS NOT BEING ACTED UPON. I RISE TO ASK, MR. SPEAKER, THAT YOU BRING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SO THAT THE PEOPLE CAN EXPRESS THEIR VOICES, CAN EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS, CAN TAKE THEIR POSITIONS, BY AND THROUGH THEIR LEGITIMATELY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. IT IS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YOU TO ACT, FOR YOU TO BRING THE LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR SO THAT WE MAY VOTE ON IT. AND IF THERE IS SOMEONE WHO TRULY BELIEVES THAT THE SOLUTION TO THIS VIOLENCE, TO THIS KILLING, TO THESE MURDERS, IF THERE'S SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES THAT THE SOLUTION IS A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN, PUT THAT SOLUTION INTO LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER. AND LET'S VOTE ON WHETHER THE SOLUTION IS A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL NOT GO ALONG TO GET ALONG. MR. SPEAKER, YOU HAVE INDICATED THAT YOU WON'T BE RETURNING TO CONGRESS. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DO YOUR JOB, IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BRING LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR -- BY THE WAY, ALL OF IT, NOT DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATION, NOT REPUBLICAN LEGISLATION, THIS IS NOT ABOUT DEMOCRATS, THIS IS NOT ABOUT REPUBLICANS. THIS IS ABOUT OUR CHILDREN WHO ARE BEING MURDERED IN SCHOOLS. AND IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BRING THAT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR, YOU OUGHT TO JUST STEP ASIDE. THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU. IT'S BIGGER THAN ALL OF US. IT'S ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND HOW THEY'RE BEING MURDERED IN SCHOOLS. IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE COURAGE THAT HAS BEEN IMBEDDED WITHIN YOUR SOUL AND YOUR CONSTITUTION AND BRING THAT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. I SPEAK TRUTH ABOUT POWER. THERE IS A PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          MINUTES.

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                                          MR. RUTHERFORD

                                          OUTSIDE OF WORK, OFFICER WHITAKER WAS KNOWN AS A PROUD FATHER AND FAMILY…

                                          OUTSIDE OF WORK, OFFICER WHITAKER WAS KNOWN AS A PROUD FATHER AND FAMILY MAN. HE IS IS YOU VIVED BY HIS 14-YEAR-OLD SON, CADEN -- HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS 14-YEAR-OLD SON, CADEN WHITAKER. JUST THREE WEEKS AGO I ATTENDED THE REDEDICATION OF THE FALLEN OFFICERS' MEMORIAL WALL IN JACKSONVILLE, WHERE WE HAD THE CHANCE TO REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF 61 MEN WHO HAVE DIED PROTECTING OUR CITY. TRAGICALLY ANOTHER NAME NOW MUST BE ADDED TO THAT WALL. TODAY I JOIN THE NORTHEAST FLORIDA COMMUNITY TO MOURN THE LOSS OF OFFICER WHITAKER. HIS SERVICE TO THE FIRST COAST WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ALL OF THE J.S.O. FAMILY AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR SACRIFICE ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL CITY. RALPH WALDO EMERSON ONCE SAID, THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS NOT TO BE HAPPY. IT'S TO BE USEFUL. TO BE HONORABLE. TO BE COMPASSIONATE. TO HAVE IT MAKE SOME DIFFERENCE THAT YOU LIVED AND LIVED WELL. OFFICER WHITAKER LIVED WELL. HE DID HIS JOB HONORABLY AND COMPASSIONATELY. HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND HE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF MANY. OFFICER WHITAKER LIVED HIS LIFE WELL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE RIVER CITY SCIENCE ACADEMY OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FOR WINNING THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD AND FOR THEIR EXCELLENT REPRESENTATION IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION THAT TOOK PLACE IN FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, ON MAY 19, 2018. THIS REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT WAS THE FIRST TIME A SCHOOL FROM DUVALL COUNTY HAS WON THE STATE COMPETITION AND I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF THE STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS THAT CAME TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THIS OUTSTANDING VICTORY. MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST STUDENTS IN THE COUNTRY AND THE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE OF THE RIVER CITY SCIENCE ACADEMY IS JUST MORE PROOF OF THE ROBUST STEM PROGRAMS THAT WE FACILITATE BACK HOME. STEM EDUCATION IS SO IMPORTANT IN A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE, TECHNOLOGICALLY DRIVEN ECONOMY, AND I'M THANKFUL FOR THE EDUCATERS WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO TRAINING THE NEXT SCIENTISTS, MATHEMATICIANS AND ENGINEERS. CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN TO THE RIVER CITY SCIENCE ACADEMY FOR LEADING THE WAY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING OF THEIR MANY SUCCESSES IN THE YEARS TO COME. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          WOMEWOME MR. SPEAKER, --

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                                          MR. WOMACK

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

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

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                                        • 10:29:03 AM

                                          MR. FITZPATRICK

                                          SELFLESSLY PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE ON A REGULAR BASIS. RECENTLY…

                                          SELFLESSLY PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE ON A REGULAR BASIS. RECENTLY FIREFIGHTER TIM RAN INTO A BURNING HOUSE IN LOWER SOUTHAMPTON TO LOOK FOR VICTIMS. AND WITH THE COMPROMISED STRUCTURE OF THE HOUSE, THE SECOND FLOOR COLLAPSED AND TIM FELL THROUGH. DESPITE THE ODDS, TIM SUFFERED NO INJURIES THANKFULLY AND HE'S BACK SERVING ON THE FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S CRUCIAL THAT WE HONOR OUR FIREFIGHTERS LIKE TIM FOR THE BRAVE WORK THEY DO IN PROTECTING THE LIVES OF OUR LOVED ONES AND OUR OWN. WE TRULY OWE THEM A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A RESIDENT OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHOSE DEDICATION TO SERVICE HAS BEEN A CENTERPIECE OF HIS LIFE AND CAREER. BOB DWAYNE OF MIDDLE TOWNTOWN SHIP, WILL RECEIVE THE GIVE LIFE HERO AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS LATER THIS MONTH. SINCE 1972 HE HAS DONATED BLOOD 360 TIMES. OVER THE PAST DECADE HAS FREQUENTLY DONATED THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TIMES PERMITTED BY LAW ANNUALLY. A RETIRED COUNCIL ROCK HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, HE TRULY UNDERSTANDS THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADING BY EXAMPLE. HE'S THE CO-FOUNDER AND TREASURER OF CAMP DISCOVERY, A CAMP FOR CHILD VICTIMS OF ABUSE. AND HE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE HOMELESS CERTAINTY, AND LANG HORN OPEN SPACE INC. . IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SUMMARIZE HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY IN THE SPEECH HERE TODAY. I APPLAUD HIM FOR HIS GOOD WORKS AND ENCOURAGE MY CONSTITUENTS TO FOLLOW HIS LEAD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE MUMS LYNN COMMUNITY WHO ARE CURRENTLY OBSERVING RAMADAN, THE HOLIEST MONTH IN THE ISLAMIC FAITH. I MUMS WISH THEM PEACE AN RENEWAL AS THEY TAKE ON THE VIRTUES OF CHARITY AND SACRIFICE. IN THIS SPIRIT, I'D LIKE TO HONOR AND ORGANIZATION IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT SEEKS TO PROVIDE CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT SEEKS TO PROVIDE CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN WOMEN IN THE ISLAMIC AND JEWISH FAITHS. A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION RECENTLY ESTABLISHED A CHAPTER IN BUCKS COUNTY. FOUNDED BY AMA, THIS SEEKS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN YOUNG WOMEN OF SEPARATE CREEDS WHO ARE BOTH DEVOTED TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND FAITH. DESPITE STILL BEING IN HIGH SCHOOL, AMA HAS MADE A LAST AING DIFFERENCE. I CALL ON MY CONSTITUENTS TO FOLLOW HER LEAD AND THANK HER FOR HER ADVOCACY OF PASSION AND UNDERSTANDING. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1RKS THE CHAIR TEA CLARES

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                                          THE CHAPLAIN

                                          WORLD NEVER ENDS. WE BOW IN HUMBLE RECOGNITION OF YOUR HOLINESS AND…

                                          WORLD NEVER ENDS. WE BOW IN HUMBLE RECOGNITION OF YOUR HOLINESS AND MAJESTY, ASKING YOU BE OPEN AND ATTENTIVE TO THE PRAYER OF YOUR SERVANTS. MAY WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER JUST AS YOU HAVE LOVED US. WE THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER DAY TO DO WHAT IS GOOD, TO TO JUSTICE, AND TO LOVE KINDNESS, AND TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THIS GREAT NATION. BLESS THOSE WHO SERVE IN CONGRESS AND ASSIST THEM FAITHFULLY. GRANT EACH OF THEM WISDOM TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION, PROVIDE STRENGTH FOR THOSE WHO ARE TIRED, AND ALLOW COURAGE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THIS GREAT NATION. HELP US TO REALIZE WE'RE BETTER TOGETHER, TEAR DOWN THE DIVIDING WALL'S HOSTILITY, RECONCILE US AND RESTORE US TO PURSUE LIFE AND LIBERTY TOGETHER. AMEN.

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                                          THE SPEAKER

                                          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. SOIP

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                                          MRS. HARTZLER

                                          I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE…

                                          I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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                                        • 11:01:58 AM

                                          MRS. HARTZLER

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                                          THE SPEAKER

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                                          MR. SCHNEIDER

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS…

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        • 11:02:32 AM

                                          MRS. HARTZLER

                                          HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF FAITHFUL…

                                          HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE TO THE LORD AND TO OTHERS. IT'S A BLESSING TO HAVE HIM HERE OFFERING THE OPENING PRAYER FOR TODAY'S LEGISLATIVE SESSION. HE GREW UP FAMILIAR WITH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AS HIS MOTHER WAS A LONG TIME STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM INDIANA. I'M THRILLED TO HAVE HIM HERE TODAY AND APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT OF ME AND HIS LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY. MARK HAS SERVED IN MINISTRY FOR 25 YEARS IN CHURCHES IN HIS HOME STATE OF INDIANA, TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, AND NOW AS PASTOR OF THE HARRISONVILLE COMMUNITY CHURCH IN MISSOURI. I APPRECIATE HIS PASSION FOR SHARING GOD'S WORD WITH HIS CONGREGATION AND HOW HIS LOVE OF SCRIPTURE SHOWS IN HIS PREACHING AND IN THE FADED THUMB PRINT ON HIS BIBLE TESTIFYING TO THE MANY YEARS HE'S HELD THAT BIBLE PREACHING, STUDYING, AND PRAYING. BESIDES A LOVE OF THE WORD, HE LOVES THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS, BASKET, AND HIS FAMILY. HE IS BLESSED TO HAVE HIS WIFE HERE TODAY ALONG HIS DAUGHTER AND SONS. THIS FAMILY IS AN INSPIRATION TO OUR CONGREGATION AND A TESTIMONY OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS AND GOODNESS. I WISH PASTOR MARK GOD'S CONTINUED BLESSINGS AND KNOW HIS FAITHFULNESS WILL BE RICHLY REWARDED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PROPRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                        • 11:04:12 AM

                                          MR. SCHNEIDER

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 11:04:20 AM

                                          MR. SCHNEIDER

                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                          MRS.

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                                          LOVE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT…

                                          LOVE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT MATERNAL DEATHS. I RISE TODAY

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                                        • 11:05:47 AM

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                                        • 11:05:51 AM

                                          MRS. LOVE

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

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

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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                                          CRAMER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

                                        • 11:09:27 AM

                                          MR. CRAMER

                                          SPEAKER, DURING ONE OF MY RECENT WEEKLY TALK RADIO TOWN HALLS, I SPOKE TO…

                                          SPEAKER, DURING ONE OF MY RECENT WEEKLY TALK RADIO TOWN HALLS, I SPOKE TO A FAMILY MEMBER OF A VETERAN WHO SERVED ABOARD THE DESTROYER, U.S.S. FRANKIE EVANS, DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. THE VIETNAM VETERAN, RICHARD, ADVOCATES FOR SERVICE MEMBERS WHO DIED DURING THE VIETNAM WAR BUT NOT PRESENTLY RECOGNIZED ON THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL HERE IN WASHINGTON.

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                                        • 11:09:33 AM

                                          MR. CRAMER

                                          THE U.S.S. FRANKIE EVANS PROVIDED NAVAL GUNFIRE OFF THE COAST THE VIETNAM,…

                                          THE U.S.S. FRANKIE EVANS PROVIDED NAVAL GUNFIRE OFF THE COAST THE VIETNAM, INCLUDING DURING THE TET OFFENSIVE. WHILE CONDUCTSING FRIENDLY MANEUVERS OUTSIDE THE STONE T. COLLIDED WITH A FRIENDLY AUSTRALIAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, KILLING 74 CREW MEMBERS. I INTRODUCED AN AMENDMENT TO THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TO ENGRAVE THE NAMES OF THE 74 CREW MEMBERS WHO DIED THAT DAY ON THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL. THEIR SACRIFICE AND THAT OF THEIR FAMILIES IS WORTHY NOT ONLY OUR MENTION BUT THE HIGH HONOR OF BEING MEMORIALIZED FOREVER ON THE WALL. I'M HONORED TO LEAD THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT T AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY THE WALL SEN GRAVED WITH THE 74 NAMES OF THE HEROES OF THE U.S.S. FRANKIE EVANS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 11:10:46 AM

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                                          BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 AND…

                                          BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          905. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE…

                                          905. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 5515, TO AUTHORIZE RECOGNITION. APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS NOW RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 11:16:03 AM

                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMTEMPORE

                                        • 11:16:26 AM

                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 11:28:37 AM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 11:28:51 AM

                                          MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOTEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 11:43:20 AM

                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE F.Y. 2019 NATIONAL DEFENSE…

                                          SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE F.Y. 2019 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR ALL HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. PROVIDING FOR OUR NATION'S COMMON DEFENSE IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY. AS A RETIRED LIEUTENANT GENERAL IN THE MARINE CORPS, I KNOW THAT CERTAINTY FROM WASHINGTON, ESPECIALLY ON THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER, IS CRITICAL FOR THE MILITARY TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSIONS.

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                                          OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM NEED CONSISTENCY AND RELIABILITY OVER THE…

                                          OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM NEED CONSISTENCY AND RELIABILITY OVER THE LONG TERM TO MEET COMPLEX THREATS, CHANGING THREATS IN ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD.

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                                          MR. BERGMAN

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

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          TO DISCUSS THE COMMONSENSE ISSUES WE ALL CARE ABOUT BUT HAVE BEEN BLOCKED…

                                          TO DISCUSS THE COMMONSENSE ISSUES WE ALL CARE ABOUT BUT HAVE BEEN BLOCKED DURING THIS CLOSED CONGRESS,

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                                          MR. HASHASTINGS

                                          I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                          I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LIEU, A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES.

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                                        • 11:45:35 AM

                                          MR. LIEU

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

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

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          MR. MESSER

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

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

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

                                          RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. CICICILLINE

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          BUDD OF NORTH CAROLINA. AS A POINT OF SITUATIONAL AWARENESS, AS OF LAST…

                                          BUDD OF NORTH CAROLINA. AS A POINT OF SITUATIONAL AWARENESS, AS OF LAST WEEK IN THIS CONGRESS, OVER 1,000 AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN HEARD ON THE HOUSE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BUDD

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

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

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. DELAURO

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. MS. DELAURO

                                          LOUDERMILK, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. LOUDELOUDERMILK

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

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

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                                          MR. HASTIHASTINGS

                                          HASTINGS: 10 1/2? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 13.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

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                                          THE SPEAKER SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. KILDEE

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          SPEAKER, I RISE IN --

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 11:59:17 AM

                                          MR. DAVIDSON

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

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

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

                                          SARBANES.

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

                                          SARBANES: THANK YOU, SMARS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. NO MATTER…

                                          SARBANES: THANK YOU, SMARS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OF S.

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                                          2155, ONE OF THE UNDERLYING BILLS BEING CONSIDERED TODAY, IT IS NOT WHAT A…

                                          2155, ONE OF THE UNDERLYING BILLS BEING CONSIDERED TODAY, IT IS NOT WHAT A CLEAR MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT CONGRESS TO BE DOING.

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                                          MR. SARBANES

                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE…

                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. KUSTOFF, FOR ONE MINUTES.

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                                        • 12:03:35 PM

                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THIS PRO-GROWTH PACKAGE PROVIDES THE DESPERATELY NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF…

                                          THIS PRO-GROWTH PACKAGE PROVIDES THE DESPERATELY NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF TO OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WHILE PROVIDING CONSUMERS WITH GREATER OPTIONS FOR ACCESSING CREDIT.

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                                          MR. KUSTOFF

                                          FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE SEEN MANY OF THE ONEROUS REGULATORY BURDENS RESTRICT…

                                          FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE SEEN MANY OF THE ONEROUS REGULATORY BURDENS RESTRICT BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS FROM SERVING THE NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES, WHICH LED TO THE SLOWEST, WEAKEST RECOVERY IN THE MODERN ERA, THE ECONOMY IS FINALLY STARTING TO TAKE OFF AND CONSUMER OPTIMISM IS INCREASING EACH AND EVERY DAY. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, WE HAVE REMAINED COMMITTED IN PASSING LEGISLATION DESIGNED TO ROLL BACK SOME OF THE MOST BURDENSOME PROVISIONS IN THE DODD-FRANK ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WAS INTENDED TO REIGN IN LARGE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WHILE HARMING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. THESE INCREASED REGULATIONS CREATE ADD HIRE COST OF BUSINESS AND DIMINISHED CREDIT AVAILABILITY. FRANKLY THE ECONOMIC GROWTH REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT TAILORS THE RULES TO THE SIZE AND RISK PROVIAL RATHER THAN IMPOSING SWEEPING DAMAGING CHANGES TO OUR CONSUMER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. URGE PASSAGE ON THE RULE AND FINAL VOTE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          TO CONTINUE THE DISCUSS WE ALL CARE ABOUT BUT BLOCKED DURING THIS CLOSED…

                                          TO CONTINUE THE DISCUSS WE ALL CARE ABOUT BUT BLOCKED DURING THIS CLOSED CONGRESS, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GONZALEZ, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

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                                          MR. GONZALEZ

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 12:07:23 PM

                                          MR. WELCH

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

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

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE DREAMERS IN A NANOSECOND IF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WOULD ALLOW US TO…

                                          THE DREAMERS IN A NANOSECOND IF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WOULD ALLOW US TO BRING AN AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. BUT THEY WON'T. WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID WE WOULD WIN. THEY DON'T WANT A FAIR FIGHT. THEY WANT A SYSTEM THAT'S ALWAYS RIGGED IN THEIR FAVOR. THAT'S NOT DEMOCRATCY. THAT'S NOT THE WAY THIS PLACE IS SUPPOSED TO BE RUN. IF WE HAVE A MORE ACCOMMODATING APPROACH TO LEGISLATING, THEN I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE POLARIZATION WILL BE LESS. YOU'LL HAVE MORE BILLS THAT WILL PASS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. AND BY THE WAY, IT'S NOT JUST DEMOCRATS.

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

                                          180 REPUBLICANS --

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

                                          BURGESS: LET ME YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE AND A HALF FOR PURPOSES OF RESPONSE.…

                                          BURGESS: LET ME YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE AND A HALF FOR PURPOSES OF RESPONSE. I WOULD OF COURSE LEAD WITH THE OBSERVATION THAT THOSE WHO DO NOT

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                        • 12:14:27 PM

                                          MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

                                          HOW ANYBODY CAN CAN DEFEND THAT WITH A STRAIGHT FACE IS BEYOND ME. .

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                                          I ASK HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          HASTINGS: I'M ADVISE MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF HE

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                                          MR. HASTINGS

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                                        • 12:15:46 PM

                                          MR. MR. HASTINGS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          THE REQUEST SEWN THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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                                          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON…

                                          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 095 IF ORDERED APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE

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                                          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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                                          I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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

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

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          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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                                          ] THE SPEAKER

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                                          STANDS APPROVED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                        • 01:05:39 PM

                                          MR. GOODLATTE

                                          A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK THAT PRISONERS WILL…

                                          A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK THAT PRISONERS WILL RECIDIVATE UPON RELEASE FROM PRISON AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                          THE CLERK

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

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

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                                          MR. GOODLATTE

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. GOODLATTE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. GOODLATTE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 01:06:40 PM

                                          MR. GOODGOODLATTE

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

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

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                                          MR. NADLER

                                          ON PRINCIPLE I CANNOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION WHICH FAILS TO ADDRESS THE…

                                          ON PRINCIPLE I CANNOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION WHICH FAILS TO ADDRESS THE LARGER ISSUES OF SENTENCING REFORM, AND THE -- THIS MAKES MODEST IMPROVEMENTS, IT ACTUALLY DOES MORE HARM BY CEMENTING INTO OUR SYSTEM NEW AREAS OF RACIAL BIASES AND DISADVANTAGE THAT MAKE WORSE A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM DESPERATELY IN NEED OF REFORM. DESPITE THE BILL'S GOOD INTENTIONS, THE NEW INCENTIVE SYSTEM FOR PRE-RELEASE CUSTODY CREDITS COULD EXACERBATE RACIAL BIASES AND UNLIKE PREVIOUS CRIMINAL JUSTICE EFFORTS, IT'S NOT BALANCED WITH THE NECESSARY REFORMS TO OUR FEDERAL SENTENCING SYSTEM. AS MONDAY'S "NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL OBSERVED, A PARTIAL BILL COULD END UP BEING WORSE THAN NOTHING. THE BILL EXCLUDES LARGE CATEGORIES OF INMATES BASED ON CONVICTS FOR VARIOUS OFFENSES AND ON IMMIGRATION STATUS FROM BEING ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRE-RELEASE CUSTODY INCENTIVES ESTABLISHED BY THE BILL. SECOND, CERTAIN PRISONERS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INCENTIVES SYSTEM AND WHO SUCCESSFULLY PARTICIPATE IN RECIDIVISM REDUCTION PROGRAMS WOULD FACE BEING RELIED EARLY ENTRY TO PRE-RELEASE CUSTODY IF SUCH INMATES ARE JUDGED TO HAVE A HEYER THAN LOW RECIDIVISM RISK UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM. IT WOULD BE UNFAIR TO DENY THESE PRISONERS WHAT THEY HAVE EARNED AND IT IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE FOR ALL OF US TO IN EFFECT CREATE A DISINCENTIVE FOR PRISONERS WHO NEED RECIDIVISM PROGRAMMING FROM ENGAGING IN IT. THIRD, THE COMBINATION OF THESE FACTORS IMPLEMENTED THROUGH A PROBLEMATIC RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL COULD OPERATE TO EXACERBATE RACIAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC DISPARITIES ALREADY PRESENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. AS THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS, THE ACLU, -- ACLU, THE NAACP, THE NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER AND DOZENS OF OTHER ADVOCACY GROUPS WARN, THE EXCLUSIONS COULD HAVE A DISPARATE IMPACT ON RACIAL MINORITIES, CLOSED QUOTE. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TREMENDOUS WORK OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVES JEFFRIES, RICHMOND AND BASKET, PARTICULARLY FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE LEGISLATION. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT CERTAIN PROVISIONS IN THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE BILL, SUCH AS EXPANDING TIME CREDITS FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR, BANNING THE SHACKLING OF WOMEN PRISONERS AND THE ENHANCED COMPASSIONATE RELEASE. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THESE GOOD PROVISIONS DO NOT OUTWEIGH THE POTENTIALLY HARMFUL PROVISIONS CONTAINED ELSEWHERE IN THE BILL. PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY IT IS CLEAR THAT PRISON REFORM ALONE WILL NOT AMELIORATE THE CRISIS OF MASS INCARCERATION UNLESS WE ADDRESS THE PRINCIPLE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM. UNDER SENTENCING LAWS.

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                                          MR. NADLER

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

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

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                                        • 01:14:16 PM

                                          MR. GGOODLATTE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON.

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                                          MR. NADLER

                                          RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 01:14:37 PM

                                          MR. ELLISON

                                          I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS FIRST STEP ACT. I SPENT MANY…

                                          I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS FIRST STEP ACT. I SPENT MANY YEARS DEFENDING PEOPLE ACCUSED OF CRIMES, SOME OF WHOM I'LL NEVER FORGET. ONE IS A WOMAN NAMED DANIELA, SHE GOT CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CRACK COCAINE, SHE WAS LOOKING AT ABOUT 60 MONTHS BASED ON HER AMOUNT. SHE HAD A SMALL CHILD, THERE WERE NO WEAPON THE PROSECUTORS TOLD HER IF YOU TELL ON YOUR BOYFRIEND, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO STATE COURT. IF YOU DON'T, WE'RE TAKING YOU TO FEDERAL COURT. THEY TOOK HER TO FEDERAL COURT AND TRY AS I DID, SHE ENDED UP GETTING 60 MONTHS IN PRISON, GOT TAKEN AWAY FROM HER CHILD. I REMEMBER THE SCREAMS OF THAT LITTLE BOY AS THEY WALKED HIS MOTHER INTO CUSTODY. KY NOT IMAGINE ASKING HER TO STAY IN PRISON LONGER THAN SHE NEEDED TO. I CANNOT IMAGINE NOT GIVING EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE HER LIFE AND HER SKILLS. SO I URGE A YES VOTE AND I DO SO WITH A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM TODAY.

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                                          I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                          MR. GOODLATTE

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                                          CICILLINE: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE FIRST STEP ACT. I SUPPORTED…

                                          CICILLINE: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE FIRST STEP ACT. I SUPPORTED THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IN COMMITTEE BECAUSE IT WILL HELP MORE EX-OFFENDERS RE-ENTER THE WORK FORCE, REDUCE RECIDIVISM. THIS IS JUST THE FIRST STEP IN FIXING OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. WE RECOGNIZE THERE'S A LOT MORE TO DO A LOT MORE WE MUST DO, BUT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT START. I REMIND FOLKS THAT THIS BILL ALLOWS FOLKS TO -- PRISONERS TO EARN SEVEN DAYS OFF THEIR SENTENCE FOR EVERY YEAR OF GOOD BEHAVIOR, IT

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                                          MR. CICILLINE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          MR. GOGOODLATTE

                                          I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS.

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                                          DAVIS: THANK YOU, MR.

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                                          MR. NADLER

                                          CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I COMMEND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR ITS…

                                          CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I COMMEND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR ITS TREMENDOUS WORK TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR.

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                                          MR. DAVIS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. GOODLATTE

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                                          MR. COLLINS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. NADLER

                                          BASS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE FIRST STEP…

                                          BASS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE FIRST STEP ACT. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF WOMEN WHO ARE INCARCERATED WHILE PREGNANT.

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                                          MY LANGUAGE IN THE FIRST STEP ACT ADDRESSES THE TREATMENT OF PREGNANT…

                                          MY LANGUAGE IN THE FIRST STEP ACT ADDRESSES THE TREATMENT OF PREGNANT INMATES AND THE USE OF SHACKLES.

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                                          MS. BASS

                                          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

                                          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. GOODLATTE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, A…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE,

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                                        • 01:30:35 PM

                                          MR. NADLER

                                          RICHARDSON: THANK YOU TO MY RANKING EAB --

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                                          MS. RICHARDSON

                                          DOES IT GO AS FAR AS I WOULD WANT IT TO GO? IT DOESN'T. BUT IS IT'S A…

                                          DOES IT GO AS FAR AS I WOULD WANT IT TO GO? IT DOESN'T. BUT IS IT'S A SUBSTANTIAL STEP -- BUT IT'S A STUB STANGS STEP IN THE RIGHT -- SUBSTANTIAL STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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                                          MR. RICHMOND

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

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

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                                          NADLER: MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                          NADLER: MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. JEFFRIES.

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                                        • 01:32:10 PM

                                          MR. GOODLATTE

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                                          MR.

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                                          MR. NADLER

                                          JEFFRIES: LET ME FIRST JUST THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, AS WELL AS SEVERAL…

                                          JEFFRIES: LET ME FIRST JUST THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, AS WELL AS SEVERAL DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. IN PARTICULAR, CEDRIC RICHMOND AND KAREN BASS, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE.

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                                          AND OF COURSE MY GOOD FRIEND, DOUG COLLINS, FOR BEING A PHENOMENAL…

                                          AND OF COURSE MY GOOD FRIEND, DOUG COLLINS, FOR BEING A PHENOMENAL CHAMPION OF IMPROVING THE LIVES OF CURRENTLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS. FOLKS WHO HAVE NO TIME FOR POLITICAL GAMES. THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN THE SYSTEM RIGHT NOW, WITHOUT HOPE, WITHOUT OPPORTUNITY, WITHOUT A MEANINGFUL CHANCE AT TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES. AND THE FIRST STEP ACT WILL PROVIDE THAT. IT WILL GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET EDUCATED NOW. GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET VOCATIONAL TRAINING NOW.

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                                        • 01:32:23 PM

                                          MR. JEFFRIES

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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                                          MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL.

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                                        • 01:34:39 PM

                                          MR. GOODLATTE

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                                          MR. NADLER

                                          JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS ONE THING EVERYBODY AGREES ON…

                                          JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS ONE THING EVERYBODY AGREES ON AND THAT IS, IT IS PAST TIME THAT WE FACE THE INSTITUTIONALIZED RACIAL INEQUITY THAT IS BUILT INTO EVERY SINGLE STEP OF OUR MASS INCARCERATION SYSTEM.

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                                          MS. JAYAPAL

                                          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

                                          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. GOODLATTE

                                          NADLER: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE ONE FURTHER SPEAKER AND THEN I'LL BE PREPARED…

                                          NADLER: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE ONE FURTHER SPEAKER AND THEN I'LL BE PREPARED TO

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                                          CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE

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                                          MR. NADLER

                                          DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME, THE GENTLELADY…

                                          DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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                                          MINUTES.

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                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                          MR. NADLER

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                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          IS.

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                                          MR. NADLER

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. NADLENADLER

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

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

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                                          MR. GOODLATTEGOODLATTE

                                          IN FACT, MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL ARE THERE BECAUSE THEY…

                                          IN FACT, MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL ARE THERE BECAUSE THEY SPECIFICALLY ASKED FOR THEM. FOR EXAMPLE, DEMOCRATS ASKED FOR A FIX TO THE WAY THE BUREAU OF PRISONS CALCULATES GOOD TIME CREDIT. WE MADE CHANGES TO CLARIFY CONGRESSIONAL INTENT ON THAT SECTION. THEY ALSO ASKED FOR LANGUAGE ON THE RISK SAYSMENTS TO ENSURE THAT DYNAMIC FACTORS WERE USED TO EVALUATE A PRISONER'S RISK OF RECIDIVATING. THAT REQUEST WAS HONORED. VARIOUS PILOT PROGRAMS AND A PROHIBITION OF SHACKLING PREGNANT INMATES WERE ALSO PLACED IN THE LEGISLATION AT THE REQUEST OF DEMOCRATS. GOOD REQUESTS, GOOD CHANGES. AND THESE ARE ONLY A FEW OF THE MANY REQUESTS THAT WE'RE ON -- THAT WERE HONORED. VOTING AGAINST THIS MEANINGFUL AND IMPORTANT BILL IS A DISSERVICE TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN CURRENTLY INCARCERATED AND THEIR FAMILIES. . IT'S A DISSERVICE TO THE GREAT MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK IN OUR PRISON SYSTEM. AND IT'S A DISSERVICE TO THE AMERICAN NEESM VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE INCARCERATED WILL GET OUT ONE DAY. LET'S MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO SUCCESSFULLY RE-ENTER SOCIETY. H.R. 5682 DOES JUST THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE FIRST STEP ACT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. GOODLATTE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 113.

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                                          THE CLERK

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BARLETTA

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BARLETTA

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                                          MR. BARLETTA

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA.

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                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MS. TITUS

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                                          MS. TITUS

                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. BARLETTA

                                          MS.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          TITUS: THANK YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO…

                                          TITUS: THANK YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE AND LEADER MR. HOYER.

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                                          MS. TITUS

                                          HOYER: THANK YOU, I THANK MS. TITUS, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THE…

                                          HOYER: THANK YOU, I THANK MS. TITUS, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT. MR.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT HONOR EVERY YEAR THAT I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO…

                                          SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT HONOR EVERY YEAR THAT I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THIS RESOLUTION AND TO SUPPORT IT ON THE FLOOR.

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                                        • 01:51:35 PM

                                          MR. HOYER

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW, I REPRESENT LAS VEGAS. I'M NOT SURE…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW, I REPRESENT LAS VEGAS. I'M NOT SURE WE CAN TAKE BETS ON THE SOAPBOX DERBY IN LAS VEGAS BUT I WOULD SAY THE ODDS ARE IN FAVOR SOMEBODY FROM YOUR DISTRICT WINNING IF IT DOES OCCUR. WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND SO I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR AND YIELD BACK.

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                                          MR. BARLETTA

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. TITUS

                                          BARLETTA: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BARLETTA

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          THE CLERK

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          HENSARLING: MR. SPEAKER, FOR FAR TOO LONG, FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR…

                                          HENSARLING: MR. SPEAKER, FOR FAR TOO LONG, FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE STRUGGLED TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THEY'VE STRUGGLED TO BUY A CAR.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          THEY'VE STRUGGLED TO BUY A HOME. THEY'VE STRUGGLED -- THEY'VE STRUGGLED…

                                          THEY'VE STRUGGLED TO BUY A HOME. THEY'VE STRUGGLED -- THEY'VE STRUGGLED FOR THEIR VERSION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. I HEAR FROM THESE PEOPLE FREQUENTLY, MR. SPEAKER. I HEAR FROM COLTON IN TERRELL, TEXAS WHO SAID HE AND HIS WIFE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET A MORTGAGE DUE TO CREDIT AND THEY WERE 25, 30 YEARS OLD, THEY HAD GOOD CREDIT BUT WERE GETTING DENIED AND THEY NEEDED A HOME TO PROVIDE A SENSE OF STABILITY. BUT THEY COULDN'T GET IT DUE TO WASHINGTON'S BUREAUCRATIC REGULATIONS. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I HEARD FROM DIRK, IN DALLAS HE SAID HE USED TO HAVE A $100,000 LINE OF CREDIT FROM HIS BANK. HE HAD AN ENSE -- UNSECURED SIGNATURE LINE OF CREDIT THAT HE USED FOR WORKING CAPITAL FOR HIS SMALL BUSINESS HE OFTEN PAID IT DOWN TO ZERO WHEN CASH FLOW WAS AMPLE BUT THE BANK CANCELED, CANCELED IT BECAUSE OF BUREAUCRATIC GOVERNMENT BURDEN ON THE BANKING SYSTEM. I HEARD FROM SHERRY IN USE IT'S A WHO SAID AFTER A DIVORCE FOUR YEARS AGO, I NEEDED TO BUY A CAR BECAUSE MY CAR WAS OVER 10 YEARS OLD. I HAD A CHECKING ACCOUNT IN MY NAME AT MY CREDIT UNION BUT THEY DIDN'T LOAN ME MONEY FOR THE CAR. MR. SPEAKER, WE HEAR THESE STORIES FAR TOO OFTEN. THE MAIN STREET BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS THAT THESE PEOPLE DEPEND UPON, THEY'VE BEEN SUFFERING. THEY'VE BEEN SUFFERING FOR YEARS UNDER THE WEIGHT, THE LOAD, THE VOLUME, THE COMPLEXITY AND COST OF HEAVY WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO SERVE THESE PEOPLE, TO HELP GET THEM INTO HOME, HELP GET THEM INTO CARS. AS ONE WEST TEXAS BANKER TOLD ME, MR. SPEAKER, QUOTE, MY MAJOR RISKS ARE NOT CREDIT RISKS, RISK OF THEFT, RISK OF SOME ROBBER COMING IN WITH A GUN IN MY OFFICE, MY NUMBER ONE RISK IS REGULATORY RISK. WE HAVE BEEN LOSING A COMMUNITY BANK OR CREDIT UNION EVERY OTHER DAY IN AMERICA AND WITH IT, THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF MILLIONS. BUT TODAY, THAT CHANGES. HELP ISEN THE WAY WITH THE ECONOMIC GROWTH THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE MOST PRO-GROWTH BANKING TPWHILL A GENERATION. YOU'D HAVE TO GO BACK TO 1999 TO GRAMM-LEECH-BIDEN. THOUGH WE DIDN'T HAVE A FORMAL CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE I'M PROUD, PROUD THAT OVER HALF THE BILLS IN THIS PACKAGE INCLUDING THREE QUARTERS OF THE REGULATORY RELIEF PROVISIONS, CAME FROM THE HOUSE. THESE ARE THE PROVISIONS TO HELP HARDWORKING, STRUGGLING TAXPAYERS GET INTO HOME MORTGAGE, GET INTO CAR LOANS, GET INTO THEIR SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS IS WHAT WILL HELP DRIVE 3% ECONOMIC GROWTH, WHICH IS THE BIRTH RIGHT OF ALL AMERICANS. TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT DAY IN THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND -- IN AMERICA AND I ENCOURAGE ALL OF US, ALL OF US, TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMIC GROWTH, REGULATORY RELIEF, AND CONSUME BROTHER TEXT ACT. .

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                                          MR. SPEAKER, I AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                          MS. WATERS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

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

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. LUETKEMEYER

                                          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 VOICES -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. NO.

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

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

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 02:10:27 PM

                                          MR. HUIZENGA

                                          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 RESERVES.

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          I WANTED TO WORK WITH ALL OF YOU TO ENSHRINE THE GOOD THINGS AND GET RID…

                                          I WANTED TO WORK WITH ALL OF YOU TO ENSHRINE THE GOOD THINGS AND GET RID OF THE BAD THINGS. WE ALL DID. WE ALL HAVE OFFERED IT FOR YEARS. BECAUSE DODD-FRANK IS A GOOD LAW, BUT IT NEEDS AMENDING.

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                                          MR. CAPUANO

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR.

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                                          MS. WATERS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. WATERS

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                                          MR. CAPUANO

                                          MEMBERS ARE AGAIN REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE…

                                          MEMBERS ARE AGAIN REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          DUFFY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL…

                                          DUFFY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK ON DODD-FRANK REFORM. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE LOOK BACK. WHEN DODD-FRANK PASSED, IT WAS PASSED WITH A BLINDFOLD OVER OUR EYES BECAUSE THE STUDIES WEREN'T EVEN DONE ABOUT WHAT THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE CRISIS EVEN WAS.

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                                          MR. DUFFY

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                          I YIELD 20 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. MCHENRY

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA BILL. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE OUTCOME OF TODAY'S VOTE. I URGE MY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          GREEN: THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. I AM AMAZED THAT…

                                          GREEN: THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. I AM AMAZED THAT WHAT I'M HEARING TODAY BECAUSE I WAS THERE AND I UNDERSTAND THAT AT THE TIME WE ENTERED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, THE BANKS WERE NOT LENDING TO EACH OTHER.

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                                          MR. GREEN

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. LUCAS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. AND THE…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MS. PELOSI

                                          YIELDING SO THAT I COULD STAY ON SCHEDULE. THANK YOU, MR. HOYER, GROUR --…

                                          YIELDING SO THAT I COULD STAY ON SCHEDULE. THANK YOU, MR. HOYER, GROUR -- FOR YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND DO I SO ON BEHALF OF HARDWORKING AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S A BAD BILL UNDER THE GUISE OF HELPING COMMUNITY BANKS. IT ROLLS BACK KEY CAN SAFEGUARDS FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS. IT OPENS THE DOOR TO LENDING DISCRIMINATION, AND IT POTENTIALLY THREATENS THE STABILITY OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND OUR ECONOMY. THE BILL WOULD TAKE US BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN UNCHECKED RECKLESSNESS ON WALL STREET IGNITED IN HISTORIC FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. WALL STREET GAMBLED WITH THE LIVELIHOOD OF CONSUMERS AND THEN IT WAS THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT LOST ITS SHIRT. I JUST WANT TO SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHY I HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE FLOOR TODAY. IT'S YET AGAIN ANOTHER, ANOTHER WEAKENING OF DODD-FRANK. HERE'S WHAT I WANT TO CALL TO YOUR MIND. BECAUSE YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER THIS OR YOU MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FULLY AWARE OF IT, BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW IT. ON THE NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2008, I CALLED THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY AND SAID, WHAT IS HAPPENING THAT WE HAVE HAD IN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS LEHMAN, MERRILL LYNCH, AND THAT VERY -- IN THAT 24-HOUR PERIOD A.I.G. , CAN YOU COME TO THE CAPITOL TO EXPLAIN TOMORROW MORNING WHAT IS -- WHAT'S HAPPENING SO THAT WE CAN HELP RESTORE CONFIDENCE TO THE MARKETS AND NOT SAY ANYTHING THAT WOULD DO ANYTHING LESS THAN THAT. HE SAID, MADAM SPEAKER, I WAS SPEAKER AT THE TIME, TOMORROW MORNING WILL BE TOO LATE. TOMORROW MORNING WILL BE TOO LATE. WHY AM I CALLING YOU? IN ANY EVENT THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY CAME TO THE CAPITOL FOR AN EMERGENCY MEETING, BIPARTISAN, HOUSE AND SENATE, TO INFORM US THAT A MELTDOWN WAS IMMINENT. BUT HE DESCRIBED TO US THAT NIGHT WAS SO STUNNING. HE TOOK US DOWN TO THE GATES OF HELL TO A PLACE SO DEEP THAT EVEN DANTE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A NAME FOR THAT CIRCLE IN HELL BECAUSE IT WAS SO STUNNING US DOWN TO THE GATES OF HELL TO A PLACE SO DEEP IN TERMS OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING, THE MELTDOWN THAT WAS HAPPENING TO OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. WHEN I ASKED THE FED CHAIRMAN, ALSO AT THE MEETING, BEN BERNANKE, WHAT HE THOUGHT, HE SAID, IF WE DO NOT ACT IMMEDIATELY, WE WILL NOT HAVE AN ECONOMY BY MONDAY. AN ECONOMY BY MONDAY. WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE ONE OR THE OTHER. WE WILL NOT HAVE AN ECONOMY BY MONDAY. TO STOP THE MELTDOWN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED AND CONGRESS PASSED THE BILL YOU MAY BE FAMILIAR W TO PREVENT THIS FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN, WE PASSED THE DODD-FRANK, MOSTENCE TENSIVE BANKING AND FINANCIAL REFORM MARKETS -- REFORMS IN DECADES AND STRONGEST SET OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTIONS IN HISTORY. SINCE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN THE MAJORITY IN THE CONGRESS, AND NOW IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THEY HAVE A SERIES OF WEAKENING OF DODD-FRANK. SO YOU CANNOT JUST VIEW THIS BILL AS THIS BILL TODAY. BAD ENOUGH AS IT IS, WORTHY OF A NO, UNWORTHY OF SUPPORT. BUT TO SEE IT IN LIGHT OF A SERIES OF WEAKENING OF DODD-FRANK. . THE DESPITE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE ROUTINELY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. ALL YEAR THE G.O.P. HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO DISCRIMINATION IN OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER DISCRIMINATORY PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THEY PUSHED A C.R.A. TO ROLL BACK PROTECTIONS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION IN AUTO LENDING. THEY VOTED TO REPEAL AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING FEDERAL CONTRACTORS TO COMPLY WITH BASIC NONDISCRIMINATION LAWS. THE BANKS ARE ALSO USING THE GUISE OF PROTECTING COMMUNITY BANKS TO HELP OUT THE LARGEST BANKS ON WALL STREET. THE BILL EXEMPTS 26 OF THE LARGEST BANKS FROM DODD-FRANK'S ACT'S HEIGHTENED OVERSIGHT. SINCE 2007, THESE SAMEBACKS HAVE BEEN SUED OR CITED -- SAME BANKS HAVE BEEN SUED OR CITED BY THE REGULATORS AND PAID SETTLEMENTS OF $40 BILLION. SOME OF WHICH THEY CAN DEDUCT FROM THEIR TAXES. REPUBLICANS ARE ALSO USING RELIEF FOR COMMUNITY BANKS, AS THEIR GUISE, AS A WAY OF UNDERMINING THE VOLCKER RULE, THREATENING THE STABILITY OF THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND THE ENTIRE ECONOMY. REPUBLICANS' WILLINGNESS TO ABANDON VULNERABLE AMERICANS AND JEOPARDIZE OUR ENTIRE FINANCIAL SYSTEM TO FURTHER ENRICH WEALTHY WALL STREET BANKS IS ASTOUNDING. TODAY THE FDIC REPORTED THAT BANKS HELPED BY A MASSIVE TAX CUT EARNED RECORD PROFIT NOTICE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR -- PROFITS IN THE QUARTER OF THIS YEAR. THEY'VE DONE THAT OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS AS WELL. TIME AND TIME REPUBLICANS PUT THE WALL STREET AND RICH FIRST AND FAMILIES LAST. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A CONGRESS THAT LOOKS AFTER THEM. NOT ONE THAT SELLS OUT AND LEAVES THEM HIGH AND DRY. THIS IS A RAW DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AMERICANS DESERVE A BETTER DEAL, BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES AND BETTER FUTURE. DEMOCRATS ARE FIGHTING TO PUT THAT ECONOMIC POWER BACK. WHO HAS THE LEVERAGE? PUT THE LEVERAGE BACK IN THE HANDS OF AMERICA'S GREAT MIDDLE CLASS, AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. SO JUST REMEMBER WHAT THEY WERE WILLING TO DO LEADING UP TO 2008. THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN, OR MAYBE THEY DON'T CARE, BUT THEY WANT TO TAKE US RIGHT BACK DOWN THEIR PATH, THAT PATH, IT ONE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AT A TIME -- THAT PATH, ONE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AT A TIME. AND IF I KNOW MR. HENSARLING, THERE'S PROBABLY MORE TO COME. BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND HE DOESN'T THINK THIS BILL GOES FAR ENOUGH IN THE WRONG DIRECTION AND HE PROBABLY WANTS MORE. WHATEVER THAT IS, TODAY IS THE JUDGMENT WE HAVE TO MAKE ABOUT THIS BILL, ABOUT OUR COMMITMENT. AND BY THE WAY, SOME OF THE THINGS THEY WANT TO ROLL BACK ARE VERY HARMFUL TO OUR VETERANS AS WELL. AND THEY WANT TO BE SURE TO MAKE THAT POINT WITH YOU. IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THE OTHER CONCERNS. IT'S A THREAT TO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM, $250 BILLION. I THINK THAT NUMBER IS TOO LARGE. THE EXPLOITATION OF THE CUSTODY BANKS, THAT SOME OF THE BANKS ALREADY TOLD ME THEY WERE GOING TO TRY TO PASS THEMSELVES OFF AS. THE DISCRIMINATION IN LENDING THAT IS IN THE BILL. THE LACK OF -- REVEALING THE INFORMATION, WHICH IS SO ESSENTIAL TO KNOWING WHAT THE FACTS ARE. FOR THESE AND SO MANY OTHER REASONS, I URGE A NO VOTE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MRS. WAGNER

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

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          RECOGNIZED. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          MR. HOYER

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          HOYER: I THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE RANKING MEMBER. MR.

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                                          MR. HOYER

                                          SPEAKER, BECAUSE OF THAT, AND BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A TRULY…

                                          SPEAKER, BECAUSE OF THAT, AND BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A TRULY BIPARTISAN BILL, SUPPORTED OVERWHELMINGLY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR COMMUNITY BANKS ARE NOT IMPACTED IN A WAY THAT WAS NEVER INTENDED, NOR SHOULD IT BE INTENDED BY THE CONGRESS.

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                                          MR. HOYER

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

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

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                                          MR. HHENSARLING

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. BABARR

                                          -- OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. I --

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                                          PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS --

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                                          MR. ELLISON

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. ELLISON

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          MR. ELLISON

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          REMEMBER ALAN GREENSPAN TELLING ALL OF US, LET THEM DO WHAT THEY WANT TO…

                                          REMEMBER ALAN GREENSPAN TELLING ALL OF US, LET THEM DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. IT DOESN'T MATTER. YOU CAN'T INTERFERE WITH THE MARKET. THE MARKET HAS ALL THE ANSWERS. WE FOUND OUT WHO HAD THE ANSWERS WHEN IT CAME OUT TO BAILING WALL STREET. IT WAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE URGING OUR COLLEAGUES TO NOT VOTE FOR THIS. BECAUSE IT WILL BE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO PAY. NOT TO MENTION PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN MANUFACTURING HOMES, WHO ARE GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO BE CHARGED MORE FOR THEIR HOME CHOICES, AND IT WILL OPEN THE DOOR TO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, WHICH HAS BEEN PROVED TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

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                                          MR. ELLISON

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

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

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

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                                          MR. HILL

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          MR. HILL

                                          I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER…

                                          I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKETS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MRS. MALONEY.

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          MALONEY: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO S.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          2155. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHY WE PASSED DODD-FRANK IN THE FIRST…

                                          2155. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHY WE PASSED DODD-FRANK IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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                                          MRS. MALONEY

                                          WE WERE SUFFERING FROM THE WORST FINANCIAL DOWN TURN IN OUR COUNTRY. 15…

                                          WE WERE SUFFERING FROM THE WORST FINANCIAL DOWN TURN IN OUR COUNTRY. 15 MILLION PEOPLE LOST -- THIS COUNTRY SUFFERED $15 TRILLION IN HOUSEHOLD WEALTH THAT WAS LOST. WE LOST EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOBS, AND SIX MILLION PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOMES DUE TO THE PRACTICES OF UNFAIR AND DECEPTIVE BANKING PRACTICES. DODD-FRANK PUT IN PLACE PROTECTIONS FOR CONSUMERS. PRIOR TO THE CRISIS, PREDATORY LENDERS SADDLED UNSUSPECTING BORROWERS WITH TOXIC MORTGAGES THAT THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND AND CAN COULD NOT AFFORD. TOO OFTEN THESE PREDATORY LENDERS TARGETED COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. AND WHEN THESE TOXIC MORTGAGES BLEW UP, IT DEVASTATED THESE COMMUNITIES. IN RESPONSE, WE PASSED DODD-FRANK, WHICH IMPOSED TOUGH NEW RULES ON MORTGAGE LENDERS AND BEEFED UP OUR EFFORTS TO CRACK DOWN ON LENDING DISCRIMINATION. BUT THIS BILL WOULD ROLL BACK SOME OF THESE IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS. THE BILL WOULD UNDERMINE FAIR LENDING LAWS BY EXEMPTING THE MAJORITY OF LENDERS ON LENDING SCRAMINGS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          BUYERS.

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                                          MRS. MALONEY

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                                          MS. WATERS

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                                          MRS. MALONEY

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

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE AND ONE HALF.

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                                          I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE VERY BIPARTISAN S.

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                                          MR. HULTGREN

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MS. WATERS

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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                                          WILL REGRETTABLY VOTE NO ON 2155. IT'S REGRETTABLE BECAUSE I BELIEVE OUR…

                                          WILL REGRETTABLY VOTE NO ON 2155. IT'S REGRETTABLE BECAUSE I BELIEVE OUR LOCAL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS ARE STRUGGLING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF REGULATIONS.

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                                          MR. HECK

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          ROTHFUS, THE AUTHOR OF TWO DIFFERENT PROVISIONS IN S.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          2155 TO BRING CLARITY TO THE COMPLEX CAPITAL RULES AND FLEXIBILITY TO OUR…

                                          2155 TO BRING CLARITY TO THE COMPLEX CAPITAL RULES AND FLEXIBILITY TO OUR SAVINGS ASSOCIATIONS.

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                                          ROTHFUS: OUR ECONOMY HAS STRUGGLED FOR YEARS UNDER THE WEIGHT OF MISGUIDED…

                                          ROTHFUS: OUR ECONOMY HAS STRUGGLED FOR YEARS UNDER THE WEIGHT OF MISGUIDED WASHINGTON POLICIES. BANKS HAVE CLOSED AND CONSOLIDATED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY HAVE LOST THEIR LOCAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

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                                          MR. ROTHFUS

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

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

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                                          MS. WATERS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMTEMPORE

                                          JAYAPAL: THIS BILL WILL ROAD BACK MANY CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, INCLUDING…

                                          JAYAPAL: THIS BILL WILL ROAD BACK MANY CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, INCLUDING PROTECTIONS THAT ARE CRITICAL FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. THIS BILL WILL PERMIT 85% OF DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS TO AVOID PUBLIC REPORTING ON THEIR MORTGAGE LENDING ACTIVITIES.

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                                          MS. JAYAPAL

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

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          TIPTON: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR TOO LONG THERE'S BEEN A…

                                          TIPTON: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR TOO LONG THERE'S BEEN A CULTURE OF DISREGARD FOUR OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS OUT OF WASHINGTON, D.C. REGULATIONS THAT WERE INTENDED TO BRING DISCIPLINE TO THE NATION'S LARGEST INSTITUTIONS HAVE INSTEAD SUFFOCATED MAIN STREET AND PREVENTED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM FINDING THEIR FOOTING

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                                          MR. TIPTON

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

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

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          CICILLINE: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG…

                                          CICILLINE: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BANK LOBBYIST ACT WHICH REVERSES THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE SINCE WALL STREET BROUGHT OUR ECONOMY TO THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE IN 2008. THIS IS YET ANOTHER GIVEAWAY FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO THE WEALTHY DONORS WHO BANKROLL THEIR CAMPAIGNS. AND ONCE AGAIN WORKING PEOPLE WILL GET SCREWED. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS FROM THE BIG BANKS AND CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS.

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                                          MR. CICILLINE

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

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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                                          THE ECONOMIC GROWTH REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECT ACT IS THE MOST…

                                          THE ECONOMIC GROWTH REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECT ACT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PRO-GROWTH DEREGULATION BILL THIS CHAMBER HAS CONSIDERED IN YEARS. .

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                                          MR. EMMER

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

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                                          MS. WATERS

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                                          MR. MR. HENSARLING

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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                                          MR. POLIQUIN

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          MS. WATERS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          MINUTE.

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                                          MR. WWILLIAMS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                          HENSARLING: I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH,…

                                          HENSARLING: I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH, MS. LOVE, THE AUTHOR OF A KEY REGULATORY RELIEF PROVISION TO PROVIDE SMALL BANKS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          I'M URGING A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL BECAUSE I WANT TO KEEP THE GOOD NEWS…

                                          I'M URGING A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL BECAUSE I WANT TO KEEP THE GOOD NEWS COMING. AMERICA NEEDS A FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT'S STRONG, RESILIENT AND INNOVATE I. AS A FORMER MAYOR I KNOW THAT ACCESS TO CREDIT IS CRUCIAL FOR CITIES TO BUILD SCHOOL, ROADS, FOR FAMILIES TO BUY A HOME AND FOR FARMERS TO BUY TRACTORS.

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                                          MS. LLOVE

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

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          TEXAS.

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                                          THE SPEAKERSPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          TENNEY, THE AUTHOR OF TWO KEY PROVISIONS IN S.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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                                          MS. TENNEY

                                          FINALLY. HOWEVER, IN ORDER FOR MAIN STREET TO TRULY PRODUCE, WE MUST…

                                          FINALLY. HOWEVER, IN ORDER FOR MAIN STREET TO TRULY PRODUCE, WE MUST ENSURE OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE HEALTHY, SAFE, AND NOT OVERBURDENED TO THE POINT OF CLOSURE. IN MY DISTRICT IN NEW YORK, SMALL BUSINESS CREDIT UNIONS ARE NECESSARY. WHETHER IT'S A FAMILY BUYING A FIRST HOME OR SOMEONE BUYING A CAR, NEW YORKERS RELY ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE TWO PIECES OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT PROMOTE RELATIONSHIP BANKING AND REGULATORY RELIEF IN THIS PACKAGE TODAY. TWO OF MY BIPARTISAN BILLS INCLUDED ARE THE SMALL BANK CYCLE IMPROVEMENT ACT THE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION MORTGAGE RELIEF ACT WHICH OFFER SMALL, LOCAL COMMUNITY AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS A LITTLE MUCH-NEEDED HELP TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. I'M PROUD OF THE HARD WORK MY COLLEAGUES HAVE DONE TO CRAFT THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND THANK TO FEEL CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR MAKING SURE THIS BILL BECOMES A REALITY FOR AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, S. 2155 WILL HELP FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT ACHIEVE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS, INCLUDING MY CO-SPONSORS MR. SHERMAN AND MR. CHRIS WHO I HOPE WILL BE JOINING US IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MAY I INQUIRE HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS YOU HAVE?

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          AND MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE?

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          WATERS: LET ME AGAIN SHARE WITH YOU WHAT SHOULD BE BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT,…

                                          WATERS: LET ME AGAIN SHARE WITH YOU WHAT SHOULD BE BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT, THE FDIC RELEASED ITS QUARTERLY BANKING PROFILE TODAY FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2018 AND REPORTED THAT BANKS MADE MORE MONEY THAN THEY EVER HAVE. $56 BILLION IN PROFITS IN A SINGLE

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                                          MS. WATERS

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                                          MS. WATERS

                                          QUARTER. REPRESENTS 27. 5% SERVED COMPARED TO 2017. SOME OF THESE PROFITS…

                                          QUARTER. REPRESENTS 27. 5% SERVED COMPARED TO 2017. SOME OF THESE PROFITS CAME FROM THE REPUBLICAN TAX REFORM BILL THAT WE HAVE CALLED A TAX SCAM LAW. THE COMMUNITY BANKS, CREDIT UNIONS AND THE ECONOMY ARE DOING GREAT WITH DODD-FRANK REFORMS IN PLACE. BANKING INDUSTRY KEEPS MAKING RECORD PROFITS, AN AVERAGE OF $167 BILLION IN ANNUAL PROFITS THE LAST THREE YEARS. BANKS HAVE INCREASED LENDING TO BUSINESSES BY 80% SINCE 20 10. COMMUNITY BANKS ARE OUTPERFORMING LARGER BANKS IN INCREASED LENDING AND THE CREDIT UNIONS ARE GROWING AND HAVE INCREASED LENDING BY MORE THAN 10% IN 2014. 20% -- 10% RATHER IN 2014. 2015, 2016, AND 2017. DESPITE ALL OF THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE C.E.O. 'S OF BANKS THAT REPRESENT SO MANY TIMES MORE THAN THE MEDIAN SALARY IN THEIR BANK. SPECIFICALLY, WELLS FARGO C.E.O. MADE $17.4 MILLION IN 2017, 291 TIMES THE COMPANY'S MEDIAN SALARY. AND THIS IS IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT WELLS FAR GE HAS A TRACK RECORD OF CONSUMER ABUSES WHILE DEMONSTRATING THAT THE NUMEROUS FINES IMPOSED ON THE BANK HAVE NOT BEEN A SUFFICIENT DETERRENT TO STOP ITS PATTERN OF APPALLING PRACTICES. LET ME JUST IDENTIFY SOME OF THOSE PRACTICES. OPENING 3. 5 MILLION FRAUDULENT CREDIT CARD AND DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS FOR WHICH THEY WERE FINED $185 MILLION AND IT WAS SO BAD THAT THE FORMER CHAIR, YELLEN, CAPPED THE BANK'S SIZE UNTIL THEY CLEANED UP THEIR ACT. THEY WERE FOUND TO HAVE ILLEGAL STUDENT LOAN PRACTICES, INAPPROPRIATE CHECKING ACCOUNT FEES, UNLAWFUL MORTGAGE LENDING PRACTICES SUCH AS OVERCHARGING VETERANS FOR REFINANCE LOANS AND CHARGING CUSTOMERS FOR AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE POLICIES THEY DID NOT NEED WHICH RESULTED IN SOME CUSTOMERS LOSING THEIR VEHICLES AND THEY WERE FINED $1 BILLION BUT IT REALLY DOESN'T MAKE THEM ANY DIFFERENT. IT IS JUST THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS. AND YET WE HAVE MY FRIENDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO COME AND ASK US TO BE LENIENT ON THE BANKS. TO DO AWAY WITH THE DODD FRANK REFORMS. FORGET ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2008. SOMEHOW, IT'S ALL RIGHT FOR THESE GREEDY BANKS TO CONTINUE NOT ONLY IN THE PRACTICES THAT THEY HAVE, DESPITE, DESPITE THE FACT THAT DODD FRANK REINED THEM IN. THEY'RE DOING VERY WELL. 2155 AGAIN IS NOT A COMMUNITY BANK BILL. AND IT CERTAINLY DOES NOT HELP CONSUMERS. WE SHOULD NOT PRETEND THAT'S THE CASE. INSTEAD, CONSIDERING IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS SENATE BILL ARE ADVANCING NARROWLY TAILOR RED LEAF, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE RUBBER STAMPING S. 2155 AND ADVANCING A WALL STREET WISH LIST THAT COULD JEOPARDIZE THE SFABBLET STABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY'S FINANCIAL SYSTEM. SO INSTEAD OF CONSIDERING A BILL TO ADDRESS CONCERNS RAISED BY COMMUNITY BANKS, ONE THAT I'M SURE COULD EASILY PASS BOTH BODIES WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE INSTEAD DECIDED TO TAKE UP A BILL THAT IS LARGELY DESIGNED TO FULFILL THE AGENDA OF WALL STREET'S MEGA BANKS. PASSING THIS BILL WITH BROAD SUPPORT WOULD SEND THE WRONG MESSAGE TO REGULATORS TO ACCELERATE THEIR DEREGULATORY EFFORTS FOR WALL STREET. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT MEGA BANKS HAVE ONCE AGAIN PIGGYBACKED ON TO THE SUBSTANTIAL GOOD WILL AND SUPPORT EXISTS TO HELP EASE THE REGULATORY BURDENS FOR COMMUNITY BANKS. S. 2155 IS A DANGEROUS MEASURE THAT WE KEAKENS KEY CONSUME BROTHER TEXTS AND WILL MAKE IT HARDER, NOT EASIER, TO COMBAT UNFAIR MARKET PRACTICES. THE BILL TAKES ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE JUST TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LARGEST BANKS WHO ARE MAKING RECORD PROFITS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, I SUPPORT OUR NATION'S COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS, I SUPPORT TAILORED REGULATORY RELIEF FOR THOSE INSTITUTIONS THAT IS A FACT THAT I HAVE MADE CLEAR THROUGH MY SUPPORT OF NUMEROUS INDIVIDUAL MEASURES WHICH HAVE ADVANCED THROUGH THIS CONGRESS AS WELL AS THROUGH MY COMMUNITY BANK REGULATORY RELIEF BILL FROM LAST CONGRESS. BUT I WILL CONTINUE TO OPPOSE ANY EFFORTS TO USE REGULATORY RELIEF FOR COMMUNITY BANKS AS A VEHICLE TO RAM THROUGH DEREGULATION FOR BAD ACTORS AND MEGA BANKS AND IF MY WORDS AND THE WORDS OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE TODAY ARE NOT ENOUGH OF A WARNING, THEN I WOULD URGE MEMBERS TO LISTEN TO THE PLEAS OF HUNDREDS OF CONSUMERS, CIVIL RIGHTS, VETERANS, RELIGIOUS AND LABOR GROUPS THAT STRONGLY OPPOSE 2155. AND THOUGH SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS MAY HAVE SHORT MEMORY THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO LOST THEIR HOMES, THEIR JOBS, AND THEIR WEALTH DURING THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS CERTAINLY DO NOT. SO I OPPOSE THIS BILL. I WANT THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO STAND UP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND SAY TO THE GREEDY BANKS AND THE MEGA BANKS, NO, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET AWAY WITH THESE KINDS OF ACTIONS ANYMORE. EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE DONE TO TRY TO UNDERMINE THE DODD-FRANK REFORM HAVE RESULTED IN MORE GROUPS COMING OUT TO SAY CONGRESS, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO STOP THESE BANKS? THEY'RE MAKING -- THEY'RE MAKING PLENTY OF MONEY, INCREASING THEIR PROFIT, THEY C.E.O. 'S ARE MAKING HIGH SALARY WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM THEM? I THINK OUR CONSUMERS DESERVE BETTER THAN ANY ATTEMPT TO TRY AND RELIEVE THEM OF THOSE REGULATORY ACTIONS THAT WOULD PROFIT OR BETTER SUPPORT OUR CONSUMERS. I ASK FOR A RESOUNDING NO VOTE ON THIS BILL THAT WOULD ONLY FEED INTO THE GREEDINESS OF THE MAJOR BANKS OF AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          TIME. THE GENTLEMAN HAS THREE MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

                                          SINCE DODD-FRANK WAS PASSED, THE BIG BANKS HAVE BECOME BIGGER AND THE…

                                          SINCE DODD-FRANK WAS PASSED, THE BIG BANKS HAVE BECOME BIGGER AND THE SMALL BANKS HAVE BECOME FEWER. FREE CHECKING AT BANKS HAVE DODD-FRANK WAS PASSED, BEEN CUT IN HALF. CREDIT CARDS, 200 BASIS POINTS MORE, 15% FEWER. MANY CREDITWORTHY BORROWERS HAVING TO PAY ALMOST $00 MORE FOR THEIR AUTO LOANS. BEEN CUT IN HALF. THE AMERICAN -- $600 MORE FOR THEIR AUTO LOANS. THE MESH DREAM SHRINKING. MR. SPEAKER 1. 5 A% ECONOMIC GROWTH, STAGNANT PAYCHECKS, DECIMATED SAVINGS, DIMINISHED AMERICAN DREAM, THAT'S THE LEGACY OF DODD-FRANK. MR. SPEAKER, I WISH I COULD BELIEVE 10% OF WHAT I HEARD FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I WISH IT DID GUT DODD-FRANK. IT DIDN'T. YOU CAN'T FIND SOMETHING IN HERE. IT IS HARD. CHALLENGING TO FIND ANYTHING IN THIS BILL THAT HELPS WHAT THE RANKING MEMBER CALLS THE SO-CALLED WALL STREET MEGABANKS. MR. SPEAKER, LISTENING VERY CAREFULLY TO THIS DEBATE, IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE ARE SOME VOICES THAT APPEAR TO BE DRIVEN, DRIVEN BY THEIR LOATHING OF BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS AND THERE ARE OTHER VOICE THAT IS ARE DRIVEN FOR OUR LOVE AND RESPECT OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS, HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS LIKE DIRK IN COLTON, AND SHERRY THAT I MENTIONED IN MY OPENING STATEMENT. WHO ARE TRYING TO CAPITALIZE A SMALL BUSINESS. WHO IS TRYING TO BUY A CAR THAT'S 10 YEARS OLD. WHO ARE TRYING TO BUY THAT HOME . THEIR AMERICAN DREAM. THEY ARE BEING CHALLENGED DUE TO THIS LAW. I HAVE HEARD SO MANY OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, OH, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE IN TAKING AWAY BUREAUCRACY AND RED TAPE FROM COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, AND I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE IN BIPARTISANSHIP. WELL, THEY MAY BELIEVE IN T. BUT THEY ARE NOT VOTING FOR IT. THE OPPORTUNITY IS RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US WITH WITH S. 2155. A STRONG BIPARTISAN BILL THAT HAS COME OVER FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE. AND SO AGAIN THEY CLAIM THEY BELIEVE IT IN THEORY, THEY JUST DON'T BELIEVE IT IN PRACTICE. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE END OF THE DAY 3% ECONOMIC GROWTH COUNTS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF OUR REPUBLIC, 3% GROWTH IS WHERE ALL THE JOB CREATION TAKES PLACE. IT'S WHERE THE PAYCHECK INCREASES TAKE PLACE. IT'S WHERE THE POVERTY REDUCTIONS TAKE PLACE. IT IS THE BIRTHRIGHT OF THE MESH AMERICAN -- OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANKFULLY DUE TO THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR PRESIDENT AND THIS CONGRESS, WE NOW HAVE 3% TAX POLICY. WE NEED 3% REGULATORY POLICY. ESPECIALLY FOR OUR COMMUNITY BANKS AND OUR CREDIT UNIONS WHO HELP FINANCE THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENS. WE SHOULD JOIN IN UNISON ON THIS HISTORIC DAY TO PASS S. 2155, THE ECONOMIC GROWTH REGULATORY RELIEF AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT FOR THE HELP OF ALL OF OUR CITIZENS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          AN ACT TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH, PROVIDE TAILORED REGULATORY LEAF, AND…

                                          AN ACT TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH, PROVIDE TAILORED REGULATORY LEAF, AND ENHANCE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                          THE CLERK

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                          MR. HENSARLING

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          POSTPONED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL INTO THE RECORD.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          BURGESS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE'RE HERE TO DEBATE THE CHILDHOOD…

                                          BURGESS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE'RE HERE TO DEBATE THE CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORSHIP TREATMENT ACCESS AND RESEARCH ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TTEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                          MR. PALLONE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. PALLONE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          WALDEN: I RISE TO OFFER MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR SENATE BILL 292, THE…

                                          WALDEN: I RISE TO OFFER MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR SENATE BILL 292, THE CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORSHIP TREATMENT ACCESS ACT OF 018, OR SIMPLY KNOWN AS THE CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. THE HOUSE VOFERINGSE THE IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WAS SPEARHEADED BY SEVERAL INCLUDING MY COLLEAGUE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. WALDEN

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MINUTES.

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                                          MR. BUTTERFIELD

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. LANCE

                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                          MS. CASTOR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          BURGESS FOR SHEPHERDING THIS BILL THROUGH AND TAKING US TO THE POINT WHERE…

                                          BURGESS FOR SHEPHERDING THIS BILL THROUGH AND TAKING US TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THE FLOOR.

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                                        • 03:41:59 PM

                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. THE BILL…

                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. THE BILL ADDRESSES FOUR MAJOR CONCERNS FACING THE PEDIATRIC CANCER COMMUNITY. SURVIVORSHIP, TREATMENT, ACCESS, AND RESEARCH. I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE THIS BILL WITH MS. JACKIE SPEIER, G.K. BUTTERFIELD AND MR. MIKE KELLY OF PENNSYLVANIA. THIS IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE CHILDHOOD CANCER BILL EVER CONSIDERED BEFORE THIS HOUSE. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE IN 2016 AND I ENCOURAGE THE SUPPORT OF ALL MEMBERS TODAY SO WE CAN FINALLY SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE -- SIGNATURE. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT TODAY IS THE DAY. I KNOW A LOT OF ADVOCATES HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR DAY FOR QUITE SOME TIME. CHILDHOOD CANCER UNFORTUNATELY REMAINS THE DEADLIEST KILLER OF OUR CHILDREN. AND AT SOME POINT, WE AS A CONGRESS AND AS A NATION MUST SAY, ENOUGH. -- MUST SAY, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IN SHORT THE STAR ACT ELEVATES AND PRIORITIZES THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER AT THE N.I.H. SPECIFICALLY, STAR PLACES A PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGIST ON THE BOARD AT THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE. SO CHILDHOOD CANCER WILL NOW HAVE A VOICE AT THE TABLE WHEN FUNDING DECISIONS ARE MADE. IT ALSO EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES TO CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH, ALLOWING DOCTORS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND TRACK HOW CANCER DEVELOPS IN CHILDREN. FINALLY, WE MUST ALSO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE NEARLY 550,000 SURVIVORS OF CHILD -- OF THE NEARLY 500,000 SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER. 2/3 OTHEY HAVE SURVIVORS WILL FACE SERIOUS LIFELONG MEDICAL CONDITIONS. WHEN I THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS, I THINK OF MY FRIEND, SADIE KELL. SHE'S PERHAPS THE STRONGEST PERSON I KNOW. SAIDIE UNDERWENT OVER TWO YEARS CHEMOTHERAPY AT THE AGE OF 7 BEFORE BEING -- AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA. AND SHE'S BEEN, AT HER YOUNG AGE, PERHAPS THE MOST RELENTLESS ADVOCATE FOR THIS CAUSE IN THIS -- AND THIS BILL HERE ON CAPITOL HILL AND THROUGHOUT THE CHILD HAD CANCER COMMUNITY. I JUST WANT TO REFER TO THIS PICTURE OF LITTLE SAIDIE AND MYSELF WHEN SHE WAS GOING THROUGH REMISSION ON THE SPEAKER'S BALCONY, LOOKING OUT OVER THE MALL WITH A VISION TOWARD THE FUTURE. A FUTURE WHERE CHILDREN WILL NO LONG VER TO GO THROUGH THIS DISEASE. AND LOOKING AT THE DARBLING CLOUDS, THE SUNLIGHT COMING THROUGH. THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL REPRESENTS, SUNLIGHT FOR THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN AFFLICTED WITH THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. WHILE NOW HER CANCER IS IN REMISSION, THAT DOES NOT MEAN HER MEDICAL CHALLENGES ARE OVER. WE MUST DO MORE AS A NATION TO CARE FOR THESE SURVIVORS. TO THAT END, THE STAR ACT WILL IMPROVE COLLABORATION AMONG PROVIDERS SO DOCTORS ARE BETTER ABLE TO CARE FOR SURVIVORS AS THEY AGE. I WANT TO CLOSE WITH -- IN PASSING, I WANT TO THANK SAIDIE BUT I ALSO WANT TO THANK PEOPLE LIKE DANIELLE LEECH AND THE ALLIANCE FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER TEAM FOR THEIR RELENTLESS ADVOCACY ON THE HILL AND WORK ON THIS BILL. I WANT TO THANK NANCY GOODMAN AND KIDS VS. CANCER AND THE ENTIRE CHILDHOOD CANCER ADVOCACY COMMUNITY FOR STANDING UP AND GETTING US TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE TODAY. YOU ARE THE VOICE OF THESE CHILDREN. YOU MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE. HERE TODAY. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. I URGE PASSING OF THIS LIFE ALTERING PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          PALLONE: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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                                          MR. PALLONE

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                                          MR. CONNOLLY

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

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. PALLONE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          FAR TOO MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. WELL OVER THREE…

                                          FAR TOO MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. WELL OVER THREE YEARS AGO MY BELOVED WIFE, WHO WAS A NURSE, DIED OF STAGE 4 COLON CANCER FIVE WEEKS TO THE DAY AFTER SHE WAS OPERATED ON.

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                                          MR. ROE

                                          PAM WOULD HAVE LIKED THE RIGHT TO TRY. LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER THAT,…

                                          PAM WOULD HAVE LIKED THE RIGHT TO TRY. LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER THAT, ONE OF THE BEST FRIENDS I WILL EVER HAVE IN MY LIFE, PHIL STREET, A VIETNAM VET NAN, AIR FORCE VETERAN, DIED OF CANCER RELATED TO AGENT ORANGE. PHIL WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HAD THE RIGHT TO TRY. BEST FRIENDS I WILL EVER HAVE IN MY MY SENIOR PARTNER IN MEDICAL PRACTICE A YEAR LATER, GOOD FRIEND, DR. BILLON, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN CANCER. BILL DIED. HE WOULD WOULD LIKED TO HAVE HAD THE RIGHT TO TRY. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, LINDA BAYNES, A SCRUB NURSE THAT I OPERATED WITH HUNDREDS OF TIMES IN MY MEDICAL PRACTICE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN CANCER AND DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT. LINDA WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HAD THE RIGHT TO TRY. CURRENTLY I HAVE THREE FRIENDS AT THIS MOMENT BEING TREATED WITH STAGE FOUR CANCER. THOSE TREATMENTS DON'T WORK, THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO TRY. MR. SPEAKER, MY FIRST PEDIATRIC ROTATION IN MEDICAL SCHOOL WAS AT ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WHERE AT THAT TIME 80% OF CHILDREN DIED OF THEIR DISEASE. I CAN STILL SEE MANY OF THOSE CHILDREN'S FACES TODAY. THAT'S BEEN ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO. THOSE CHILDREN TODAY HAVE AN 80% CHANCE OF LIVING. BUT 16,000 PARENTS HAVE TO FACE THAT THIS YEAR. I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU, AND I HAVE HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF HAVING TO LOOK PATIENTS IN THE EYE AND SAY YOUR LIFE IS NOT IN MY HANDS ANYMORE, IT'S IN GOD'S HANDS. AND THAT MOMENT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, ALL THESE PATIENTS WANT AND DESERVE IS A RIGHT TO TRY. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION.

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                                        • 03:50:29 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MINORITY.

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                                          MR. PALLONE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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                                        • 03:50:49 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          292, THE CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORSHIP TREATMENT ACCESS AND RESEARCH ACT OF

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          2018. CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. ONCE AGAIN I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

                                          2018. CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT. ONCE AGAIN I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE MIKE MCCAUL, CHAIRMAN MIKE MCCAUL, FOR SPEARHEADING THIS EFFORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

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

                                          NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE SPEAKER THE BILL S. 204 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE…

                                          THE SPEAKER THE BILL S. 204 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                        • 03:52:11 PM

                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH TERMINAL ILLNESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW AND…

                                          PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH TERMINAL ILLNESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FWUR GUESS -- BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FWUR GUESS -- BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                        • 03:52:59 PM

                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          BURGESS: MR. SPEAKER, HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WE REFLECT THE WILL OF…

                                          BURGESS: MR. SPEAKER, HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WE REFLECT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          WHEN THIS BILL, WHEN THE RIGHT TO TRY IS LAW IN 40 STATES, IT MAY NO…

                                          WHEN THIS BILL, WHEN THE RIGHT TO TRY IS LAW IN 40 STATES, IT MAY NO LONGER JUST BE A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT, IT'S CALL TO ACTION FOR AMERICANS FROM COAST TO

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          PALLONE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO S.

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                                          MR. PALLONE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          204, THE FEDERAL RIGHT TO TRY ACT. THIS IS DANGEROUS LEGISLATION THAT…

                                          204, THE FEDERAL RIGHT TO TRY ACT. THIS IS DANGEROUS LEGISLATION THAT THREATENS F.D.A.'S AUTHORITY OVER ENSURING THAT MEDICAL TREATMENTS ARE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. THIS BILL NEEDLESSLY EXPOSES VULNERABLE PATIENTS TO THE RISKS OF UNPROVEN MEDICATIONS.

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                                          MR. PALLONE

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

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          WALDEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY REPRESENTS THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR…

                                          WALDEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY REPRESENTS THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR THE HOUSE HAS CONSIDERED LEGISLATION TO DELIVER HOPE TO PATIENTS WHO ARE BATTING -- BATTLING TERMINAL DISEASES.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. WALDEN

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. I'D ASK THE HOUSE TO BE…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. I'D ASK THE HOUSE TO BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. PALLONE

                                          CASTOR: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS…

                                          CASTOR: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MR.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          SPEAKER, THIS BILL, SENATE BILL 204, IS HALLER. -- HARMFUL LEGISLATION.

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                                          MS. CASTOR

                                          THAT OFFERS A FALSE HOPE. A FALSE HOPE OF ACCESS TO INVESTIGATIONAL…

                                          THAT OFFERS A FALSE HOPE. A FALSE HOPE OF ACCESS TO INVESTIGATIONAL THERAPIES AND IT WILL ENDANGER PATIENTS WHO HAVE SERIOUS AND LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES. THE BILL ESTABLISHES A DANGEROUS AND UNNECESSARY ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY THAT IS VOID OF ANY F.D.A. REVIEW OR OVERSIGHT. AND IT IS OPPOSED OVERWHELMINGLY BY THE PATIENT COMMUNITY. IN FACT, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LETTER TO THE SPEAKER AND MINORITY LEADER FROM 104 PATIENT ADVOCACY GROUPS.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          CASTOR: THANKS. AND I'M ASKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS LETTER BE…

                                          CASTOR: THANKS. AND I'M ASKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS LETTER BE PLACED INTO THE RECORD. IT INCLUDES SUCH GROUPS AS THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, CANCER ACTION NETWORK, THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION, THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION, ALL OPPOSED TO THIS BILL.

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                                        • 04:11:45 PM

                                          MS. CASTOR

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORETEMPORE

                                          BURGESS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE…

                                          BURGESS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. BARTON OF TEXAS, FOR THREE MINUTES, PLEASE.

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                                          MS. CASTOR

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          BARTON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

                                          BARTON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PPRO TEMPORE

                                          BARTON: YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY, I USED TO READ…

                                          BARTON: YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY, I USED TO READ COMIC BOOKS .

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                                          MR. BARTON

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                                          THE SPEAKER SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          AND ONE OF THEM I READ

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                                          MR. BARTON

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                        • 04:18:30 PM

                                          MR. PALLONE

                                          MCNERNEY: I THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TALK BINGE THIS ISSUE. I RISE…

                                          MCNERNEY: I THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TALK BINGE THIS ISSUE. I RISE IN OPPOSITION THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT. AND I DON'T GEE WITH MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE AND I'LL GO OVER THAT HERE IN THESE TWO MINUTES. THE HOUSE TOOK UP THIS ISSUE BEFORE AND I VOTED AGAINST IT THEN AND THIS VERSION IS WORSE. SO I'M GOING TO OPPOSE IT. IT WOULD PROVIDE BROAD ACCESS TO UNPROVEN TREATMENTS.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. MCNERNEY

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

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

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                                        • 04:20:41 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. CARTER

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                        • 04:22:24 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          TONKO.

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                                          MR. PALLONE

                                          TONKO: I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SO-CALLED RIGHT TO TRY ACT.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THIS IDEALOGICALLY DRIVEN LEGISLATION IS TRYING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT…

                                          THIS IDEALOGICALLY DRIVEN LEGISLATION IS TRYING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT SIMPLY DOESN'T EXIST.

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                                          MR. TONKO

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                        • 04:23:55 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          MR. BIGGS

                                          YIELD.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          MR. BIGGS

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                        • 04:27:03 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. PALLONE

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

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

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                                        • 04:29:57 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          FITZPATRICK, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          FITZPATRICK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IS LONG OVERDUE. I WANT TO…

                                          FITZPATRICK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IS LONG OVERDUE. I WANT TO THANK LEADER MCCARTHY, DR. BURGESS, MR. GRIFFITH, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, ANDY BIGGS, SENATOR RON JOHNSON, AND ALL OF THE ADVOCATES THAT HAVE HAD A RELENTLESS FIGHT TO SEE RIGHT TO TRY DEBATED, PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW. ONCE AND FOR ALL.

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                                          MR. FITZPATRICK

                                          I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. FITZPATRICK

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                                          MR. PALLONE

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

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

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                                        • 04:35:43 PM

                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 04:35:48 PM

                                          MR. BBURGESS

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

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

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                                        • 04:36:38 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. PALLONE

                                          ALL RIGHT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME FOR CLOSING REMARKS.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

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                                          MR. PALLONE

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 04:36:58 PM

                                          MR. PALLONE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 04:42:06 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          SPEAKER, ON JANUARY 30 OF THIS YEAR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES…

                                          SPEAKER, ON JANUARY 30 OF THIS YEAR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CAME TO THIS HOUSE AND ADDRESSED A JOINT SESSION OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS AND HE SAID RIGHT FROM THAT PODIUM, PEOPLE WHO ARE TERMINALLY ILL SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GO FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY TO SEEK A CURE. I WANT TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE RIGHT HERE AT HOME, IT IS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO GIVE THESE WONDERFUL AMERICANS THE RIGHT TO TRY.

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I COULDN'T SAY IT ANY BETTER THAN THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I COULDN'T SAY IT ANY BETTER THAN THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY PUT IT. THE RIGHT TO TRY IS BEFORE US. IT'S A GOOD BILL. HOUSE NEEDS TO SUPPORT IT. AND IT WILL GO TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 04:42:56 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          MR. SPEAKER.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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                                          MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          SCHAKOWSKY: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

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                                          THE CLERK

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                                          MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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                                          THE SPEAKER PROPRO TEMPORE

                                          WITH. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED. FOR FIVE MINUTES IN…

                                          WITH. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED. FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION.

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                                        • 04:44:06 PM

                                          MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          BURGESS: MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT MIGHT BE WELL…

                                          BURGESS: MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT MIGHT BE WELL INTENTIONED BUT HAS A PRACTICAL EFFECT OF KILLING THIS BILL BECAUSE THE SENATE HAS REJECTED HOUSE ATTEMPTS TO REFINE THE SENATE BILL THAT WAS PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT LAST AUGUST. SO IF YOU WANT TO PROVIDE THAT RIGHT TO TRY FOR PATIENTS, THIS IS THE VEHICLE.

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                                          MR. BBURGESS

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          NOW, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION --…

                                          NOW, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION -- ADMINISTRATOR THIS MORNING, PUT OUT A STATEMENT AND SAID HE IS READY TO IMPLEMENT LEGISLATION IN A WAY THAT ACHIEVES CONGRESS' INTENT TO PROMOTE ACCESS AND PROTECT PATIENTS AND BUILD ON THE F.D.A. 'S COMMITMENT TO THESE IMPORTANT GOALS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PEOPLE TO VOTE AGAINST THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND VOTE FOR THE UNDERLYING BILL. LET'S GIVE PATIENTS THAT EXPANDED ACCESS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 04:50:56 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          I CALL FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                          MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                                          THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. L PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 ON RULE 20, THE VOTE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY VOTES ON PASSAGE OF S. 204 AND MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASSAGE OF S. 2155. 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

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          H.R. 5682, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK THAT…

                                          H.R. 5682, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK THAT PRISONERS WILL RESIDE VATE UPON RELEASE FROM PRISON AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          ] THE SPEAKER OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECAN IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE…

                                          ] THE SPEAKER OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECAN IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON SENATE 2511 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                          THE CLERK

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                                          THE SPEAKERSPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 258, THE NAYS ARE 159. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 AND RULE…

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5515. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. HARPER, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. FOR MILITARY…

                                          BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION. TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR. AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        • 05:44:08 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          5515 --

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          60-1. AND IF SIGNED INTO LAW, THIS WOULD BE THE 58TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN…

                                          60-1. AND IF SIGNED INTO LAW, THIS WOULD BE THE 58TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN WHICH A NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW. I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, BECAUSE EACH OF THEM HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE WORK PRODUCT THAT WE BRING BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. I PARTICULARLY WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SMITH FROM WASHINGTON, FOR NOT ONLY HIS COOPERATIVE APPROACH TO MATTERS OF NATIONAL SECURITY, BUT FOR ALL OF THE INPUT, ALL OF THE GOOD HUMOR, ALL OF THE PARTNERSHIP THAT HE BRINGS INTO MAKING THIS TRULY A BIPARTISAN BILL, WHICH WE BRING BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR INCREDIBLE HOURS, INCREDIBLE WORK, NOT ONLY IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, BUT THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS AS WE HAVE CONDUCTED OUR HEARINGS, OUR BRIEFINGS AND TRAVELED AND DONE ALL SORTS OF WORK THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THIS BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, I ALSO WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK THE LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL. WE HAVE HAD HUNDREDS OF AMENDMENTS CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE. WE HAVE HAD HUNDREDS OF AMENDMENTS, WHICH HAVE BEEN DRAFTED FOR FLOOR CONSIDERATION. THAT IS A LOT OF WORK ON A VERY FEW INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE HAD TO MAKE SURE IT WAS IN THE APPROPRIATE LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE. AND I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL WORKING WITH OUR STAFFS FOR GETTING THIS MEASURE READY FOR FLOOR CONSIDERATION. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE BEST WAY TO SUMMARIZE THIS BILL IS THAT IT TAKES THE NEXT STEPS, THE NEXT STEPS TO REBUILDING OUR MILITARY AND REFORMING THE PENTAGON, THE NEXT STEPS TOWARDS STRENGTHENING OUR COUNTRY'S NATIONAL SECURITY. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR A LOT MORE ABOUT THE DETAILS IN THE DAYS TO COME. I JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT NO ONE BILL CAN DO CAN DO EVERYTHING FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN ESPECIALLY IN REPAIRING THEIR EQUIPMENT AND READINESS AND GIVING THEM THE BEST EQUIPMENT, SUPPORT AND TRAINING THAT OUR NATION CAN PROVIDE. NO ONE BILL CAN DO ALL THOSE THINGS. BUT THIS BILL TAKES IMPORTANT NEXT STEPS BUILDING ON WHAT WAS DONE IN THE 2018 BILL. FINALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST WANT TO MAKE THIS POINT. WE LIVE IN A VOLATILE AND DANGEROUS WORLD. OUR COUNTRY HAS A NUMBER OF TOOLS AT ITS DISPOSAL, DIPLOMACY, ECONOMICS AND TRADE, SOFT POWER AND INFLUENCE, A VARIETY OF TOOLS. BUT IN MY VIEW, THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL IS OUR MILITARY STRENGTH. AND I BELIEVE OUR MILITARY STRENGTH ENHANCES ALL OF THOSE OTHER TOOLS. SO THAT WHEN OUR MILITARY IS STRONG, OUR DIPLOMACY IS MORE EFFECTIVE. WHEN OUR MILITARY IS STRONG, OUR ECONOMIC TOOLS AND SANCTIONS ARE MORE EFFECTIVE. WHEN OUR MILITARY IS STRONG, OUR SOFT POWER SOMEHOW BECOMES MORE PERSUASIVE. JUST TO TAKE ONE EXAMPLE, THERE IS LOTS IN THE NEWS THESE DAYS, WHETHER OR NOT THERE WILL BE SOME SORT OF NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH NORTH KOREA. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT WILL COME OUT. WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT A STRONG MILITARY IMPROVES OUR NEGOTIATING POSITION AND A STRONG MILITARY MAKES SURE WE CAN DEFEND THIS COUNTRY IF NEGOTIATIONS DO NOT BEAR FRUIT. WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ADVANCE IN THIS BILL ALONG WITH THE APPROPRIATION BILL WHICH WILL COME, IS TO PUT THE UNITED STATES IN A STRONGER POSITION HOPEFULLY TO GET A NEGOTIATED RESULT WITH IRAN, NORTH KOREA, A VARIETY OF OTHER SITUATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, BUT ABOVE ALL TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY AND DEFEND OUR WAY OF LIFE AND DEFEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND BY WAY OF SUPPORTING THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT RISK THEIR LIVES FOR US. THIS IS WHAT THIS BILL TRIES TO DO AND WHAT ALL OF THESE THOUSANDS OF PAGES AND HUNDREDS OF AMENDMENTS ARE DESIGNED TO DO WITH THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THIS HOUSE. I BELIEVE IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. I RESERVE.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          SMITH.

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                                          MR. SMITH

                                          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

                                          WILSON: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          5515, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 2019. I APPRECIATE…

                                          5515, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 2019. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY ACHIEVING A BIPARTISAN SUCCESS IN THE COMMITTEE WITH 60 YES VOTES AND ONE NO VOTE.

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                                          MR. WILSON

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

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

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SMITH

                                          LANGEVIN.

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                                          MR. LANGEVIN

                                          OUR COMMITTEE'S LEGISLATION ADDRESSES ISSUES VITAL TO OUR NATION AND THEIR…

                                          OUR COMMITTEE'S LEGISLATION ADDRESSES ISSUES VITAL TO OUR NATION AND THEIR LEADERSHIP WAS KEY IN CRAFTING THIS BILL. I THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND LINDSAY AND STEVE, JAMIE, ERIC, KATIE, MARK AND NEVADA. AS WELL AS MY PERSONAL STAFF, KATHERINE AND MY TWO FELLOWS, BRIAN AND DAVID. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL CONTAINS MANY CRITICAL PROVISIONS THAT ENABLE AND ENHANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE ADDED A BILLION DOLLARS BEYOND THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR VIRGINIA CLASS AND COLUMBIA SUBMARINES. WE ALSO INCORPORATED MY PROVISION TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO INCLUDE RESILIENCEY EFFORTS AS A FACTOR FOR CONSIDERATION IN MAJOR MILITARY INSTALLATION MASTER PLANS TO GO AFTER CLIMATE CHANGE. WE ARE READY FOR FUTURE THREATS BY INCREASING PREPAREDNESS FOR ENCOUNTING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. IT BOLSTERS CAPABILITY AT THE OFFICER WHEN IT COMES TO SUPPORTING OUR SPECIAL OPERATIONS TO EXECUTE OUR NATION'S MOST DIFFICULT MISSIONS. WE BOLSTER THIS CAPABILITY BY EMBRACING RISK AND IMPROVING OVERSIGHT. AND NEAR PEER ADVERSARIES WE INVEST IN EDUCATION. . IT INCLUDES MONEY FOR THE PROGRAM AND FOR FUTURE CYBER WARRIORS THIS EBILL GUIDES THE DEPARTMENT AS WE CONFRONT NEW THREATS ACROSS THE GLOBE BY EXPANDING ON PREVIOUS INITIATIVES. FOR INSTANCE, ENCOURAGING THE USE OF INITIATIVES MODELS ON THE SUCCESSFUL HACK THE PENTAGON PROGRAM TO EXPLORE WAYS TO SAFEGUARD THE INTEGRITY OF INCREASINGLY GLOBALIZED SUPPLY CHAINS THAT SUPPORT CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES. AS WE LOOK TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY FROM THREATS BEYOND THIS -- THE NEXT RIDGELINE IT'S ESSENTIAL THESE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES REMAIN PRIORITIES. WE WON'T DEFEAT NEXT GENERATION THREATS REST THING SUCCESS OF OUR PAST. I WANT TO THANK AND CONGRATULATE CHAIRWOMAN STEPH NICK -- STEFANIK. WITH THAT I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND AGAIN BOTH THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE. I LOOK FORWARD TO VOTING IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          I YIELD TWO --

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                                          GENTLEMAN FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          MR. TURNER

                                          THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE WRELT FROM…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE WRELT FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          BORDALLO, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE READINESS

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                                          SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                                          MS. BORDALLO

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          ROGERS: I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR…

                                          ROGERS: I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THEIR WORK IN BRINGING THIS YEAR'S NK; -- NDAA TO THE FLOOR WITH A BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 60-1 OUT OF THE COMMITTEE.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. ROGERS

                                          THE --

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SMITH

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                                          THE CHAIRCHAIR

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                                          MR. COURTNEY

                                          DAVE, BRUCE, FILL AND NONE OF THIS IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE COUNTLESS HOURS…

                                          DAVE, BRUCE, FILL AND NONE OF THIS IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE COUNTLESS HOURS THEY PUT IN AND THE EXPERTISE THEY PROVIDE US. THANK YOU FOR A PRODUCTIVE AND COLLABORATIVE PROCESS THAT HAS LED TO AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT HERE TODAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          MR. COURTNEY

                                          THORNBERRY: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF SEA POWER AND…

                                          THORNBERRY: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF SEA POWER AND PROJECTION FORCES, MR.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          WHITMAN.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          WHY DO WE NEED TO --

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. WHITFIELD

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                                          I CHOOSE A MILITARY THAT CAN PROVIDE FOR OUR DOMESTIC SECURITY AND CAPABLE…

                                          I CHOOSE A MILITARY THAT CAN PROVIDE FOR OUR DOMESTIC SECURITY AND CAPABLE OF PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS ABROAD. THE CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY THAT WERE PROVIDED DURING THE REAGAN ERA IS COMING TO AN END. WE HAVE 11 AIRCRAFT CARRIERS. OUR ATTACK SUBMARINE FORCE STRUCTURE WILL BE REDUCED BY 20%. OUR FAIR PORES IS THE OLDEST, SMALLEST AND LEAST READY FORCE IN ITS HISTORY. THE AXIOM OF QUALITY VERSUS -- QUANTITY HAS QUALITY WILL BE SORELY TESTED. OUR MILITARY READINESS CONTINUES TO AT TROPHY. AND LOST 25 AIRMEN. WE CONTINUALLY SEE THE IMPACTS OF THE LACK OF READINESS ATTENTION. AS WE REVIEW THE FORCE STRUCTURE, IT IS CLEAR THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS BOTH CURRENT READINESS AND FUTURE CONCERNS IN THIS BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK OUR COMMITTEE DOES A GOOD JOB OF PRIORITIZING AND EFFICIENTLY ACQUIRING SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT. H.R. 5515 AUTHORIZES 13 SHIPS WHICH INCLUDES THE ORIGINAL 10 SHIPS IN THE 2018 BUDGET REQUEST AND ONE FOUR-CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER. THE BILL AUTHORIZES TWO VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINES AND AUTHORIZED MULTI YEAR PROCUREMENT FOR THE NEXT CLASS, FLIGHT 2. AND CONTINUES THE CRITICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INTO THE B-22 RADAR PROGRAM. THESE INVESTMENTS CONTINUES PRIORITIES THAT WILL SERVE TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S FUTURE READINESS. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE MR. JOE COURTNEY FOR HIS CONTINUED ADVOCACY AND BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO REBUILD OUR NAVY. HE HAS BEEN A PROPONENT FOR INCREASED NAVY PRESENCE. HIS INSIGHT HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL. I THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AS HE AND-A-HALF DEPATES THE TWISTS AND TURNS OF THE BUDGET PROCESS. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY DIMINISHED WITHOUT HIS EXEMPLARY EFFORTS. I THANK RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR HIS CONTINUED COOPERATION IN THIS BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO MAKE SURE WE PRODUCE THE BEST BILL POSSIBLE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS. AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 2019 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          MR. SMITH

                                          STRONG AS. -- TSONGAS.

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                                          MS. TSONGAS

                                          I HAD GREATLY APPRECIATED THE BIPARTISAN TRADITION THAT ALLOWS US TO COME…

                                          I HAD GREATLY APPRECIATED THE BIPARTISAN TRADITION THAT ALLOWS US TO COME TOGETHER TO BEST PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO SERVE ON OUR BEHALF. THE TACTICAL AIR AND LAND SUBCOMMITTEE HAS EMBODIED THAT AND I THANK CONGRESSMAN MIKE TURNER FOR ALL THE WORK WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER. I'M ESPECIALLY PLEASED THAT THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY INCLUDES PROPOSALS RELATED TO BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND REDUCING EPISODES IN NAVY, MARINE CORPS AIRCRAFT. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP CALLING ON D.O.D. TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM WHEREVER IT OCCURS. THE BILL ALSO APPROPRIATELY DIRECTS THE AIR FORCE TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM WHILE THE SERVICE WORKS TO DEVELOP THE J-STARS TO ENSURE THIS CAPABILITY REMAINS AVAILABLE. THE PROPOSAL MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AIMED AT USING INCREASED PROTECTION AND REDUCE THE WEIGHT OF EQUIPMENT OF THOSE WE ISSUE TO THOSE. WITH THESE PROVISIONS IN MIND, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO SEE WE PROVIDE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THEIR MISSION. I THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS FOR THEIR DEDICATED WORK TO HELP PRODUCE THIS MARK. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THORNBERRY: I YIELD TO THE CHAIR OF MILITARY PERSONNEL,

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          MR. COFFMAN

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SMITH

                                          BROWN: I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR…

                                          BROWN: I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR BRINGING A SOLID BIPARTISAN DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR. AS WE CONSIDER ONE OF THE LARGEST DEFENSE AUTHORIZATIONS SINCE WORLD WAR II WE MUST DEMAND LEADERSHIP FROM THE PENTAGON AND COMMANDER OF CHIEF. A LARGER BUDGET DOESN'T GUARANTEE A MORE CAPABLE FORCE. WE MUST SPEND MONEY WISELY.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. BROWN

                                          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

                                          CHAIR MRS. HARTZLER. MRS.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          HARTZLER: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR…

                                          HARTZLER: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR.

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                                          MRS. HARTZLER

                                          FOR YEARS, THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FIGHTING TO INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING TO…

                                          FOR YEARS, THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FIGHTING TO INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING TO ENSURE OUR TROOPS HAVE THE CAPABILITIES, CAPACITY AND TRAINING TO FACE THE GROWING THREATS OF TODAY. THANKS TO CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, WE PASSED A TWO-YEAR AGREEMENT TO DRAFT THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. AS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT AND SUBCOMMITTEE THIS RELATES TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S WORK AND I THANK SETH MOULTON'S WORK INCLUDING SEVERAL AMENDMENTS WHERE THERE ARE HIGHLY SENSITIVE MILITARY TECHNOLOGY. COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA ARE USING A WHOLE OF NATION TO STEAL AND EXPLOIT U.S. MILITARY INFORMATION. THIS BILL ADDS AN EXTRA LEVEL FOR DUAL NATIONALS WHO WISH TO WORK AT THE D.O.D. THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS CONDUCTED OVERSIGHT ON THE TRANSITION OF SECURITY CLEARANCES. THE BILL SEEKS TO TACKLE RECIPROCITY ISSUES BY DIRECTING D.O.D. TO ENSURE SEAMLESS TRANSITION BETWEEN AGENCIES. THIS BILL IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE WAR FIGHTER. IT FUNDS CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW B-21 BOMBER. THIS IS THE FOUNDATION OF NATIONAL SECURITY FOR THE UNITED STATES AND IS FUNDAMENTAL TO PRESERVING INTERNATIONAL STABILITY. THE BOMBER FLEET IS THE MOST FLEXIBILITY WAY AND IT IS VITAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO INVEST. AS WE INVEST IN THE B-21, WE MUST ENSURE OUR CURRENT BOMBER FLEET IS EFFECTIVE. THE NDAA SUPPORTS THE MODERNIZATION PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE B-2 TO MAKE SURE WE MAINTAIN OUR LONG RANGE STRIKE CAPABILITY AND ADDRESSES MODERNIZATION NEEDS BY AUTHORIZING 24 F-18 SUPERHORNETS AND INVESTING IN MODERNSIZATIONS. THESE INVESTMENTS ALONG WITH MANY IMPORTANT PROVISIONS WILL ENSURE OUR NATION WILL REMAIN SAFE AND SECURE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. I'M PROUD OF THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          MR. SMITH

                                          GARAMENDI.

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                                          MR. GARAMENDI

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          I'M PROUD OF OUR PORTION OF THE BILL WHICH ENERGIZES OUR SCIENTIST…

                                          I'M PROUD OF OUR PORTION OF THE BILL WHICH ENERGIZES OUR SCIENTIST TECHNOLOGY ENTERPRISE, STRENGTHEN OURS CYBER WARFARE CAPABILITIES, ENABLES OUR SPECIAL FORCES AROUND THE GLOBE, PROVIDES RESOURCES AND AUTHORITIES TO COUNTER TERRORISM AND UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE THREATS AND ADVANCES PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES THAT COUNTER THE SPREAD OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

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                                          MS. STEFANIK

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES

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                                          MR. SMITH

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          REMAINING.

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                                          MR. SMITH

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

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          CHAIRMAN, I WOULD PICK UP ON A COUPLE OF POINTS THE RAKING -- RANKING…

                                          CHAIRMAN, I WOULD PICK UP ON A COUPLE OF POINTS THE RAKING -- RANKING MEMBER MADE. LARGELY IN AGREEMENT WITH HEM. WE DO HAVE FISCAL CHALLENGES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THAT IS EVEN MORE REASON THAT, TOGETHER, WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO SEE THAT THE TAXPAYERS GET MORE VALUE FOR THE MONEY THAT IS SPENT BY THE PENTAGON. THAT IS PART OF THE REASON THAT WE HAVE PUT SUCH AN EFFORT AGAINEN A BIPARTISAN BASIS, ON DEFENSE REFORM. ON BUYING THINGS AND SERVICES SMARTER.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          SO THAT WE CAN GET MORE VALUE FOR THE TAXPAYER. BUT ALSO SO WE CAN MAKE…

                                          SO THAT WE CAN GET MORE VALUE FOR THE TAXPAYER. BUT ALSO SO WE CAN MAKE DECISIONS FASTER. WITH THE WORLD MOVING SO QUICKLY AROUND US, WE HAVE TO BE TABLE BE MORE AGILE AND OUR REFORM EFFORTS ARE A PART OF THAT GOAL. BUT I DO THINK SECRETARY MATTIS HAS CUT TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER WHEN HE SAYS WE CAN AFFORD SURVIVAL. CURRENTLY, DEFENSE IS ROUGHLY 15% OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET. NOT MUCH FOR ALL THAT IT PROVIDES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FOR THE COUNTRY, YES, THE COUNTRY CAN AFFORD TO SURVIVE. LASTLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST WANT TO MAKE THE POINT THAT OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS, WE'RE GOING TO HEAR, WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER A -- MANY AMENDMENTS. WE'RE GOING TO HEAR DEBATE ABOUT SOME OF THEM. WE GOT A TASTE OF THAT TONIGHT WITH THE DIFFERENCE, FOR EXAMPLE, ON SOME OF THE POLICIES IN THE NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW. BUT -- AND WE'LL HAVE TO VOTE ON SOME OF THOSE AMENDMENTS. THERE WILL BE PEOPLE PRO AND CON. SOME MEMBERS INCLUDING ME MAY NOT HAVE OUR POSITION PREVAIL ON ALL OF THOSE AMENDMENTS. BUT NONE OF THAT SHOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THE FACT THAT THERE IS FAR MORE IN THIS BILL UPON WHICH WE AGREE THAN UPON WHICH WE DISAGREE. AND I THINK THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE. FOR FRIENDS AND ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD TO HEAR. FOR ADVERSARIES OR POTENTIAL ADVERSARIES AROUND THE WORLD TO HEAR. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE VERY TIERED TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO SERVE OUR NATION, TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS, DEFEND OUR COUNTRY, THEY NEED TO HEAR THAT THERE IS FAR MORE IN THIS BILL -- UPON WHICH THERE IS AGREEMENT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, THAN ANY OF THE DISAGREEMENTS THAT WE MAY DISCUSS AND ULTIMATELY VOTE ON. THE COUNTRY HAS TO BE DEFENDED. I AM VERY PROUD ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IN A VOTE OF 60-1 THIS BILL HAS BEEN REPORTED FAVORABLY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. I LOOK TPWHARD TO ITS CONSIDERATION OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          CHAMENTEPURN TO RESOLUTION 905, MR. THORNBERRY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH…

                                          CHAMENTEPURN TO RESOLUTION 905, MR. THORNBERRY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                          MR. SMITH

                                          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. THORNBERRY

                                          I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                          MR. NOLAN

                                          NOLAN OF MINNESOTA.

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                                          THE CLERK

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          NOLAN: MY AMENDMENT WOULD TRIP ALL FUNDING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE OVERSEAS…

                                          NOLAN: MY AMENDMENT WOULD TRIP ALL FUNDING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY FUND FOR FISCAL 2019 SAVING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS $69 BILLION.

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                                          MR. NOLAN

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MINUTES. I WAS INTERESTED TO HEAR THE GENTLEMAN'S REASONING BEHIND HIS…

                                          MINUTES. I WAS INTERESTED TO HEAR THE GENTLEMAN'S REASONING BEHIND HIS AMENDMENT. JUST TO CLARIFY FOR ALL MEMBERS, THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY ACCOUNT EXISTED BEFORE THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. THE REASON IT WAS CREATED IS BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A VOLATILE AND DYNAMIC WORLD AND NEEDED TO BE SOME ACCOUNTING MECHANISM THAT WOULD BE RESPONSIVE TO PARTICULAR KINDS OF CONFLICTS SO IF WE NEEDED MORE PEOPLE, MORE WEAPONS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, FOR EXAMPLE, FIGHTING A TERRORIST IN A PARTICULAR LOCATION, YOU WOULD HAVE THAT FLEXIBILITY.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          BUT THOSE FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED. SO THE ASSERTION THAT ONE…

                                          BUT THOSE FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED. SO THE ASSERTION THAT ONE SOMETIMES READS THAT THESE ARE SLUSH FUNDS THAT CAN BE SPENT AS WANTED BY THE PENTAGON IS, OF COURSE, ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS TRUE THAT OUR FORCES ARE ENGAGED IN MORE COUNTRIES WHERE THERE ARE CONFLICTS GOING ON, NOT THAT WE ARE IN ALL THOSE CONFLICTS, BUT WE ARE ENGAGED WITH LOCAL MILITARIES IN MORE COUNTRIES THAN WE HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST. PART OF THE REASON IS TERRORISM HAS SPREAD TO MORE COUNTRIES THAN IT HAS IN THE PAST AND MOST OF US THINK IT IS BETTER TO ENGAGE TERRORISTS OVER THERE ARE RATHER THAN JUST STICK OUR HEADS IN THE STAND AND WAIT FOR THEM TO COME ATTACK US OVER HERE. SO THAT HAS BEEN PART OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED THE PAST 17 YEARS AS WE TRIED TO PREVENT TERRORIST ATTACKS HERE AT HOME. AND THANKS TO OUR MILITARY, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY HAVE BEEN REMARKABLY SUCCESSFUL. I WOULD JUST FINALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, 15, 15 OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET IS SPENT TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY. THE REST, 85% IS SPENT ON OTHER THINGS. WHEN JOHN KENNEDY WAS PRESIDENT, IT WAS 50% OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET AS SECRETARY MATTIS SAYS, I THINK WE CAN AFFORD SURVIVAL. SO I UNDERSTAND THE SENTIMENT THAT WE WISH ALL THIS CONFLICT WOULD GO AWAY AND THE WORLD WOULD BE A PEACEFUL PLACE. IT HASN'T QUITE HAPPENED YET. AND UNTIL IT DOES, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE UNITED STATES TO BE STRONG TO KEEP TERRORISTS ENGAGED OVERSEAS RATHER THAN HERE AND THAT IS WHAT THE OVERSEAS' CONTINGENCY ACCOUNT TRIES TO ACCOMPLISH. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD YIELD AR MINUTE OR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE RANKING MEMBER.

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                                        • 06:59:09 PM

                                          MR. SMITH

                                          I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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

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

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                                        • 07:00:38 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

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

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT, NUMBER 106.

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                                          AMENDMENT.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          GABARD OF HAWAII.

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                                          THE CLERK

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          GABBARD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAKE NO MISTAKE, AUTHORIZATION IN SECTION…

                                          GABBARD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAKE NO MISTAKE, AUTHORIZATION IN SECTION 1225 OF THE UNDERLYING BILL AUTHORIZES THE U.S. MILITARY TO GO TO WAR WITH IRAN. THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS I VOTED AGAINST THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE IS SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF THIS PROVISION THAT AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE THAT, QUOTE, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENT A STRATEGY TO COUNTER THE DESTABIZING ACTIVITIES OF IRAN, END OF QUOTE. THE PROVISION DOES NOT DEFINE WHAT DESTABILIZIZATION ACTS OUR -- THEY WANT OUR TROOPS AND TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO FIGHT. IT DOES NOT DEFINE A CLEAR END STATE TO ACHIEVE.

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                                          MS. GABBARD

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSMAN KA IN

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                                          MS. GABBARD

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          I DON'T UNDERSTAND OUR FOREIGN POLICY. IT SEEMS THE QUALIFICATION IN JOHN…

                                          I DON'T UNDERSTAND OUR FOREIGN POLICY. IT SEEMS THE QUALIFICATION IN JOHN BOLTON'S CASE IS TO BE WRONG FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS AND THAT MAKES YOU AN EXPERT.

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                                          MR. KHANA

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA…

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA NEW YORK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          2019 NDAA.

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                                          IRAN IS A SIGNIFICANT THREAT NOT ONLY TO ISRAEL BUT TO THE STABILITY OF…

                                          IRAN IS A SIGNIFICANT THREAT NOT ONLY TO ISRAEL BUT TO THE STABILITY OF THE ENTIRE REGION AND THIS PROVISION PROVIDES AN EFFECTIVE PLAN TO COUNTER THEIR DESTABILIZING EFFORT. IRAN HAS SUPPORTED MILITIAS IN SYRIA, PROVIDED WEAPONS IN HEZBOLLAH IN LEBANON AND HELPED THE HUTTI MILITIA TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT IN YEMEN. THEY CONTINUE TO BUILD UP FORCES NEAR THE NORTHERN BORDER. THIS POSITION EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF MULTILATERAL COOPERATION BUT INIT ENCOURAGES THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO ESTABLISH A FRAMEWORK FOR CRITICAL INVESTMENT IN I.S.R. AND CYBER SECURITY AN CYBER DEFENSE.

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                                          MS. STEFANIK

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS THE ONLY TIME REMAINING.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MS. STEFANIK

                                          RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. KINZINGER

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MS. STEFANIK

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          AGUILAR OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          AGUILAR: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE FULL…

                                          AGUILAR: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR HARD WORK IN DEVELOPING THIS PRODUCT. MR.

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                                          MR. AGUILAR

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

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

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                                        • 07:13:57 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          CONSUME. THIS EALT IS -- THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMILAR TO AMENDMENT THAT WAS…

                                          CONSUME. THIS EALT IS -- THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMILAR TO AMENDMENT THAT WAS BEEN PRESENTED TO AND REJECTED BY THIS HOUSE EACH OF THE LAST FOUR YEARS IN A ROW.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                        • 07:16:27 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          WE'VE HAD THIS DISCUSSION A NUMBER OF TIMES. I SERVED ON HIS COMMITTEE AND…

                                          WE'VE HAD THIS DISCUSSION A NUMBER OF TIMES. I SERVED ON HIS COMMITTEE AND HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR HIM. BUT HE CALLED THIS A BAD IDEA.

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                                        • 07:16:31 PM

                                          MR. AGUILAR

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

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

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                                        • 07:17:57 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                          MR. ROGERS

                                          I DO AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA. YES, WE NEED TO DO…

                                          I DO AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA. YES, WE NEED TO DO MODERNIZATION. IF YOU'LL REMEMBER, PRESIDENT OBAMA PLEDGED TO MODERNIZE A NUCLEAR -- OUR NUCLEAR FORCES IN RETURN FOR THE SENATE PASSING THE NEW START TREATY. THE CURRENT NATIONAL POSTURE REVIEW, WHICH HAS BEEN ENDORSED

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                                        • 07:18:05 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. LAMBORN

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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                                        • 07:20:19 PM

                                          MR. AGUILAR

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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                                          MR. GARAMENDI

                                          GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA.

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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. GARAMENDI

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. GARAMENDI

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

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

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                                        • 07:24:35 PM

                                          MR. ROGERS

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 07:24:39 PM

                                          MR. ROGERS

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

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

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                                        • 07:26:59 PM

                                          MR. GARAMENDI

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. GARAMENDI

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          AND RUSSIA IS PRIMARILY THE FOCUS OF THAT. BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY THE FOCUS…

                                          AND RUSSIA IS PRIMARILY THE FOCUS OF THAT. BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY THE FOCUS OF THAT. CHINA HAD NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NORTH KOREA HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

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                                          IRAN ASPIRES TO HAVE THEM. WITHOUT QUESTION WE NEED A STRONG DETERRENT. MY…

                                          IRAN ASPIRES TO HAVE THEM. WITHOUT QUESTION WE NEED A STRONG DETERRENT. MY ARGUMENT IS THAT WE HAVE ONE. WE HAVE OVER 4,000 NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE DO HAVE SOME LOW-YIELD NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE DON'T HAVE THEM IN THE STANDOFF CAPACITY. BUT MORE THAN THAT, WHAT WE NEED TO COMMUNICATE TO RUSSIA IS NOT THAT NUCLEAR WAR IS SOMETHING OF DEGREE.

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                                          MR. SMITH

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          LAMBORN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE GREAT…

                                          LAMBORN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE GREAT WORK HE'S DOING ON THIS. WE ALL AGREE WE WANT A STRONG NUCLEAR DETERRENT AND WE AGREE WE WANT THAT DETERRENT TO BE AS STABILIZING AS POSSIBLE. WE DON'T WANT DESTABILIZING TRENDS. WE ALL AGREE WITH THAT.

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                                        • 07:29:21 PM

                                          MR. ROGERS

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. LAMBORN

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                        • 07:31:27 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          RISE.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE MOTION IS ADOPTED, ACCORDINGLY THE COMMITTEE…

                                          NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE MOTION IS ADOPTED, ACCORDINGLY THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                        • 07:32:24 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY BE PERMITTED TO REVISE MY…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY BE PERMITTED TO REVISE MY REMARKS MADE DURING GENERAL DEBATE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE EARLIER TODAY BEYOND TECHNICAL, GRAMMATICAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL CORRECTIONS.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          5515. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JOHNSON, KINDLY RESUME THE…

                                          5515. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JOHNSON, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          THE CLERK

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MR. CHRMAN, PURSUNT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER AMENDMENTED EN BLOC NUMBER ONE.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SMUCKER

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

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SMITH

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. RUIZ

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

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                                          MR. SMITH

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SCHNEIDER

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

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MISS MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MR.

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                                          MR. SMITH

                                          RUIZ: I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF MY…

                                          RUIZ: I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF MY EFFORTS TO HELP VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO BURN PITS. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND VETERANS FROM THE HARMFUL HEALTH EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS AND WE CAN START TO DO SO BY FIRST STOP OUR TROOPS. -- TROOPS' EXPOSURE TO DANGEROUS BURN PITS ON THE BATTLEFIELD.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. RUIZ

                                          SECOND, CONDUCT EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH TO VETERANS AND THEIR…

                                          SECOND, CONDUCT EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH TO VETERANS AND THEIR DOCTORS. THIRD GET VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS THE MEDICAL CARE THEY NEED QUICKLY AN ENSURE IT'S COVERED BY THE V.A. OR D.O.D. EARLIER WE DISCUSSED MY AMENDMENT THAT WILL ADDRESS STEP ONE AND PUT AN END TO THE USE OF DANGEROUS BURN PITS ON THE BATTLEFIELD MY SECOND AMENDMENT WILL TACKLE STEP TWO, REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO CONDUCT AN ANNUAL EDUCATION AND OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TO VETERANS EXPOSED TO BURN PITS AND WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO ENROLL IN THE BURN PITS REGISTRY. THIS WILL IMPROVE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIFFERENT HEALTH EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS AND HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR OUR VETERANS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SUBTLE CHANGES IN THEIR HEALTH THAT COULD BE EARLY SIGNS OF CANCER. AGAIN, I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SMITH

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SCHNEIDER

                                          MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE A -- ADD A REQUIREMENT THAT FOLLOW THE…

                                          MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE A -- ADD A REQUIREMENT THAT FOLLOW THE SUBMISSION OF N.I.E. THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WILL REPORT ON SPECIFIC EFFORTS TO DETER SUCH INTERFERENCE BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. PROTECTING OUR ELECTIONS, THE FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY, AND THOSE OF OUR ALLIES FROM OUTSIDE INFLUENCE BY MALIGNED FOREIGN ACTORS IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR INCLUDING MY AMENDMENT IN THIS EN BLOC PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 07:44:12 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                          MR. MR. THORNBERRY

                                          TIME. MR.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THORNBERRY: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE SUPPORT FOR EN…

                                          THORNBERRY: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE SUPPORT FOR EN BLOC NUMBER 1. CHIP THE --

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                                        • 07:44:24 PM

                                          MR. SMITH

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER EN BLOC AMENDMENTS --…

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER EN BLOC AMENDMENTS -- AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 2.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MR. THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THORNBERRY: I'M PLEASED IT YIELD ONE 911 THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                          THORNBERRY: I'M PLEASED IT YIELD ONE 911 THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA,

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                                        • 07:45:39 PM

                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. RECENTLY A VETERAN BATTLING PARKINSON'S DISEASE…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. RECENTLY A VETERAN BATTLING PARKINSON'S DISEASE CONTACTED MY OFFICE IN A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO MODIFY THE BENEFICIARY FOR HIS SURVIVOR BENEFITS PLAN. IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, THE VETERAN IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE AND BECAUSE ONE CURRENTLY CAN ONLY MAKE CHANGES DURING OPEN SEASON, HE IS UNABLE TO CHANGE THE BENEFICIARY OF HIS PLAN. MY AMENDMENT WILL PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY VIA WAIVER TO VETERANS SUCH AS THIS GENTLEMAN WHO DESIRE TO CHANGE BENEFICIARIES. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES' SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT SO THAT TERMINALLY ILL VETERANS ARE GIVEN THE ABILITY TO UPDATE THEIR SURVIVOR BENEFIT PLAN AS THEY WISH, WHEN THEY WISH. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 07:45:59 PM

                                          MR. ROUZER

                                          RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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                                        • 07:46:47 PM

                                          MR. MR. SMITH

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MCCAIN COLLIDED WITH A COMMERCIAL TANKER OFF THE COAST OF SINGAPORE. ONE…

                                          MCCAIN COLLIDED WITH A COMMERCIAL TANKER OFF THE COAST OF SINGAPORE. ONE OF THOSE SAILORS WAS PETTY OFFICER LOGAN PALMER OF HARRISTOWN, ILLINOIS. LOGAN'S DEATH WAS THE FIRST CASUALTY FROM MY DISTRICT SINCE I BECAME A MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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                                          MR. DDAVIS

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

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

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                                        • 07:48:13 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS EN BLOC…

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 07:48:18 PM

                                          MR. SMITH

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

                                          SMITH: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                          THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED

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                                          MR. SMITH

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 905, I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 3.

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                                          MR. THORNBERRY

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE ADOPTION OF…

                                          THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR TIME.