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House Session - May 23, 2018

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:17 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Evan H. Jenkins to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:00:19 AM

      THE SPEAKER PROPRO TEMPORE

      ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 23, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE EVAN…

      ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 23, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE EVAN H. JENKINS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 10:00:26 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM…

      THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL

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    • 10:00:41 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND…

      DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:00:43 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:01:17 AM

      MR. MR. THOMPSON

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:05:17 AM

      MS. BONAMICI

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:06:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:06:54 AM

      MR. NORMAN

      COLONEL STABBINS. JUST AFTER HE TURNED 20 YEARS OLD GRADUATED FROM WEST…

      COLONEL STABBINS. JUST AFTER HE TURNED 20 YEARS OLD GRADUATED FROM WEST POINT IN 1945. HE SERVED AS A PILOT IN THE ARMY AIR CORPS AND UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FOR 28 YEARS. DURING THAT TIME, BUZZ PILOTED SCORES OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT, INCLUDING THE HONOR OF TAKING DELIVERY FROM LOCKHEED ONE OF THE FIRST C-5-A GALAXY CARGO AIRCRAFT, WHICH WAS THE LARGEST CARGO AIRCRAFT IN THE WORLD. HE FLEW 70 MISSIONS TO VIETNAM IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS ENGAGED IN THE WAR. WHILE STATIONED IN GERMANY HE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE CATERPILLAR CLUB WHOSE MEMBERSHIP IS RESTRICTED TO THOSE WHO HAD TO BAIL OUT OF A DISABLED AIRCRAFT. DURING HIS MILITARY CAREER, COLONEL STABBINS WAS A PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS AT BOTH WEST POINT AND UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY. RETIRING IN 1973, COLONEL CHOSE TO RESIDE IN THE GREAT CITY OF TEA CASE, SOUTH CAROLINA, WHICH IS IN MY DISTRICT. HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BEING INCORPORATED AS A CITY IN 1982. HE'S BEEN HONORED BY A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING CITIZEN OF THE YEAR, GRAND MARSHAL OF THE INDEPENDENT STATE PARADE AND MANY MORE. COLONEL STABBINS EXEMPLIFIES THE MOTTO OF THE MILITARY SCHOOL, THE GREAT SCHOOL OF WEST POINT, DUTY, HONOR AND COUNTRY. BUZZ, HAPPY 93RD BIRTHDAY ON MAY 31. WE LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE YEARS OF DOING WHAT YOU CONTINUE TO DO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:08:53 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      GARAMENDI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF AN…

      GARAMENDI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY GROUP OF PEOPLE.

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    • 10:09:01 AM

      MR. GARAMENDI

      YESTERDAY WAS NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, AND I BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE…

      YESTERDAY WAS NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, AND I BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE HOUSE LEGISLATION THAT I RECENTLY INTRODUCED, H.R. 5879, THE WARLED WAR II MERCHANT MARINE -- WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDALS. I HEAR THE CHEERS FROM ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FLOOR AS THEY LINE UP TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. LAST YEAR MY COLLEAGUE SUSAN BROOKS, MY GOOD REPUBLICAN FRIEND, INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION, AND I'M GRATEFUL TO HER AND TO CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG OF ALASKA FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION THIS YEAR. THIS BILL HAS OBVIOUS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND BICAMERAL SUPPORT. SENATOR MURKOWSKI OF ALASKA IS LEADING THIS BILL IN WHAT SOME CALL THE UPPER CHAMBER. WE SIMPLY CALL IT THE SENATE. DURING WORLD WAR II, OUR ARMED FORCES RELIED UPON THE MERCHANT MARINE TO FERRY SUPPLIES, CARGO, AND MANPOWER AND WOMANPOWER INTO BOTH THEATERS OF OPERATION, THE PACIFIC AND THE ATLANTIC. THEY PAID A HEAVY PRICE FOR THEIR SERVICE. THE MERCHANT MARINE CASUALTY RATE WAS THE HIGHEST AMONG ALL BRANCHES OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES. AN ESTIMATED 8,300 MERCHANT MARINERS LOST THEIR LIFE DURING THE WAR AND AROUND 12,000 WERE WOUNDED. BUT THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO SUSTAIN OUR ARMED FORCES WERE NOT EVEN GIVEN VETERAN STATUS UNTIL 1988. MUCH LESS PUBLIC RECOGNITION FOR THEIR INVALUABLE SERVICES. TODAY, I'M GOING TO MEET WITH A GROUP OF WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINE VETERANS, CHARLES MILLS OF TEXAS, AGE 97, EUGENE BARNER FROM KANSAS, AGE 92, AND ROBERT REGANT FROM ILLINOIS, AGE 92. I ALSO WILL BE MEETING WITH FAMILIES OF OTHER VETERANS WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US. I'M MEETING THEM TO HEAR FIRSTHAND THEIR STORIES OF BRAVERY AND PERIL IN THE SERVICE OF OUR ARMED FORCES. THEY DESERVE THE RECOGNITION OF A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL DO. I URGE YOU, ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, AND THE SENATE TO GIVE OUR MERCHANT MARINE VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES THE HONOR THEY DESERVE. I'LL ALSO BE DISCUSSING WITH THESE GENTLEMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE INTRODUCED A DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY. WE CALL IT THE ENERGIZING THE AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY, TAKING A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE OIL AND NATURAL GAS THAT WE ARE NOW EXPORTING AND REQUIRING THAT THAT BE ON AMERICAN-BUILT SHIPS WITH AMERICAN MARINERS SO WE CAN MAINTAIN THE EXTRAORDINARY TRADITION OF BRAVERY AND SERVICE THAT THE WORLD WAR II MARINERS SHOWED THIS NATION. IF WE WERE SUCCESSFUL IN PASSING THIS LEGISLATION, WE WOULD BE BUILDING SOME 50 SHIPS OR MORE IN OUR SHIPYARDS ALL ACROSS AMERICA, PROVIDING JOBS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST WHERE THEY BUILD THE GREAT ENGINES FOR THESE SHIPS, THE PUMPS, THE PIPES, AND THE ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS. WE'D ALSO BE PROVIDING SOME 1,800 JOBS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF MARINERS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES NOT ONLY TO SUPPORT THE GOLD MEDAL, THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL FOR THE WORLD WAR II MARINERS BUT SUPPORT OUR EFFORT TO CREATE MARINERS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL NOT BE A WAR BUT IF IT IS WE KNOW WE CAN RELY ON THEM JUST AS WE DID IN WORLD WAR II. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:12:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      ABRAHAM: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF MONROE, LOUISIANA. THE MONROE ROTARY CLUB STARTED ON JUNE 1, 1918, AND ITS CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY MARKS 100 YEARS OF SERVICE, CHARITY, AND DEDICATION FROM THE MEMBERS OVER THESE MANY, MANY YEARS. TODAY, THE CLUB HAS GROWN TO OVER 140 MEMBERS AND IT'S INVOLVED IN SERVICE PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE MONROE AREA.

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    • 10:12:58 AM

      MR. ABRAHAM

      THE MONROE ROTARY CLUB PROMOTES EDUCATION, LOCAL ECONOMIC GROWTH, CLEAN…

      THE MONROE ROTARY CLUB PROMOTES EDUCATION, LOCAL ECONOMIC GROWTH, CLEAN WATER AVAILABILITY LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, AND AROUND THE WORLD FOR JUST TO PROMOTE THE ABILITY TO DRINK CLEAN WATER. MEMBERS OF THIS CLUB ARE THE PROBLEM SOLVERS THAT COLLABORATE WITH THE COMMUNITY LEADERS, MANY OF WHOM ARE MEMBERS THEMSELVES, TO LEAD AND CONTINUE TO LEAD ISSUES THAT ARE FACING THE MONROE AREA. IN THIS YEAR ALONE, THE CLUB HAS DONATED OVER 1,000 BOOKS TO INMATES AT THE CORRECTIONAL CENTER, AWARDED 11, $250 SCHOLARSHIPS TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS, AND DONATED 95 BICYCLES TO CHILDREN TO BE USED AND THAT HAVE NEED IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. THEIR ANNUAL EVENT IS A GUMBO FUNDRAISER WHERE THEY RAISE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THEIR SERVICE PROJECTS, AND THIS YEAR ALONE THEY RAISED OVER $8,000. THEY WILL BE USED TO -- IT WILL BE USED TO BUY NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, SEND CHILDREN TO CAMP AND SPONSOR SOFTBALL TEAMS. I'M ALWAYS VERY PROUD OF THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR ORGANIZATION LIKE THESE IN THE MONROE AREA AND IN MY ENTIRE DISTRICT IN LOUISIANA. OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS, THE MONROE ROTARY CLUB HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO IMPROVE THE CITY AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WHO LIVE THERE. THEY INSPIRE ME AND OTHERS BY THE CHANGES THAT THEY DIRECT, THAT THEY MAKE, AND THE POSITIVE IMPACT THAT THEY BRING TO THE MONROE AREA. TODAY, NOT ONLY DO I CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY, BUT STAND IN RECOGNITION AND CERTAINLY THANKS FOR THEIR CENTURY OF SERVICE TO THE CITY OF MONROE AND THE STATE OF LOUISIANA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. .

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    • 10:15:28 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:15:34 AM

      MS. MS. WATERSWATERS

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PAYNE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:21:56 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:22:01 AM

      MR. PAYNE

    • 10:22:05 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:22:07 AM

      MR. MR. MR. PAYNE

      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 PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:26:53 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      BARLETTA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY ONCE AGAIN WE'RE GOING TO DEBATE…

      BARLETTA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY ONCE AGAIN WE'RE GOING TO DEBATE WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO STOP THESE SENSELESS ATTACKS ON OUR

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    • 10:27:00 AM

      MR. MR. BARLET

    • 10:27:03 AM

      MR. BARLETTA

      SCHOOLS. OUR SCHOOLS ARE A PLACE OF MEMORIES. THINK ABOUT IT, WE CAN ALL,…

      SCHOOLS. OUR SCHOOLS ARE A PLACE OF MEMORIES. THINK ABOUT IT, WE CAN ALL, EVERY ONE OF US, CAN RECITE STORIES WHEN WE WERE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE KNOW ABOUT FRIENDS AND THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND IN HIGH SCHOOL, OUR LIVE'S MEMORIES ARE FILLED BACK IN THOSE SCHOOL DAYS, THOSE MEMORIES. THE CHILDREN TODAY, THE KIDS TODAY, HAVE DIFFERENT MEMORIES OF SCHOOL. NO CHILD IN AMERICA, NO CHILD IN AMERICA SHOULD GO TO SCHOOL AFRAID. AND NO PARENT IN AMERICA SHOULD WORRY ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN IF THEY ARE GOING TO COME HOME GOING TO COME HOME SAFELY WHEN THEY SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. AS I STAND HERE RIGHT NOW, OUTSIDE THESE, OUTSIDE THESE DOORS, THERE ARE ARMED GUARDS WITH MACHINE GUNS, GUARD DOGS, METAL DETECTORS. TO KEEP US SAFE. BUT TODAY, BUT TODAY ONCE AGAIN CHILDREN WILL GO TO SCHOOL ACROSS AMERICA AND SIT LIKE SITTING DUCKS IN A CLASSROOM. YOU KNOW, WHEN A CRAZED MADMAN ATTACKED MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS AT BASEBALL PRACTICE, OUR RESPONSE WAS INSTANT. IT WAS IMMEDIATE. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WE ALL AGREED, WE NEED MORE SECURITY FOR CONGRESS. WE NEED MORE MONEY TO SECURE OUR OFFICES, TO SECURE OUR STAFF, IT MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE. WE EVEN FOUND MONEY TO PROVIDE SECURITY FOR US AT HOME. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE MOVE PRETTY FAST HERE WHEN IT'S ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHY DO WE THINK THAT OUR LIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LIVES OF ANY PARENTS' CHILD IN AMERICA? WHY DO WE THINK WE'RE MORE IMPORTANT, THAT WE CAN FIND SECURITY FOR OURSELVES SO QUICKLY? YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD TAKE EVERY METAL DETECTOR IN THIS BUILDING AND SEND IT TO SOME SCHOOL TOMORROW UNTIL WE FIND THE MONEY TO SECURE OUR SCHOOLS LIKE WE DID FOR OURSELVES. I READ AN ARTICLE WHERE ROOT CANALS AND COLONOSCOPIES HAVE A HIGHER APPROVAL RATING THAN CONGRESS. MAYBE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL THINK DIFFERENTLY IF WE PUT OUR KIDS BEFORE CONGRESS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CURTIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:29:31 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      CHAIR

    • 10:29:47 AM

      MR. CURTIS

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:34:21 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      SPEAKER. FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AT THE RISK OF LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND…

      SPEAKER. FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AT THE RISK OF LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY, THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT BEGIN EVERY MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION, OUR NATION'S HIGHEST AND PLOAST PRESTIGIOUS DECLARATION. IT IS UNCOMMON BUT NOT UNCOMMON OF THOSE DETAILED IN THE NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF THOSE AWARDS.

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    • 10:34:25 AM

      MR. MR. TAYLOR

      OF THE ESTIMATED 50 MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE WORN A MILITARY UNIFORM,…

      OF THE ESTIMATED 50 MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE WORN A MILITARY UNIFORM, 3,440 HAVE RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR. THE CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD IS PROFOUND, CLEAR, AND ALWAYS DEADLY. INDEED, ALMOST ALL RECIPIENTS SACRIFICING THEIR LIVES TO EARN THEM. AND THEIR SERVICE IS MEMORIALIZED AT MILITARY INSTALLATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. YOU CAN READ OF THEIR BRAVERY ON WALLS, MONUMENTS, AND HEADSTONES, BUILDINGS, STREETS, SHIPS, AND FORWARD OPERATING BASES BEAR THEIR NAMES IN AN ATTEMPT TO HONOR, TO INSPIRE, AND TO REMEMBER. IF YOU WEAR A UNIFORM, YOU WALK IN THE DARK SHADOWS OF HEROES EVERY DAY. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE 71 LIVING RECIPIENTS. TOMORROW THERE WILL BE 72. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF MARCH 4, 2002, A HELICOPTER ATTEMPTED A LANDING ON A MOUNTAIN PEAK HIGH IN THE RANGE OF AFGHANISTAN. THE MISSION WAS RECON SAUNS BUT, MR. SPEAKER, -- RECONNAISSANCE BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WAR HAS NO REGARD FOR THE PLANS OF MEN. WAR IS VIOLENT. WAR IS CHAOTIC. WAR IS UNFORGIVING. IT WAS ENGULFED IN LED AND ROCKET PREPAILED GRENADES. ONE MAN REMAINED. CHIEF PETTY OFFICER SEAL NEAL ROBERTS. HE WAS ALONE, HE WAS ISOLATED AND HE WAS SURROUNDED. IN A LETTORY HIS FAMILY, ROBERTS WOULD WRITE, QUOTE, ALL THE TIME SPENT IN THE COMPANY OF MY TEAMMATES WAS WHEN I FELT THE CLOSEST TO THE MEN I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH. I LOVED BEING A SEAL. IF I DIED DOING SOMETHING FOR THE TEAM, THEN I DIED DOING WHAT MADE ME HAPPY. VERY FEW PEOPLE HAD THE LUXURY OF THAT, UNQUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, MEN AND WOMEN JOIN THE MILITARY FOR MANY REASONS, BUT THEY DO NOT JOIN WITH A DESIRE TO DIE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE MOMENTS OF UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR AND HESITATION. MOMENTS WHEN FEAR TURNS THE THOUGHTS TO YOUR OWN SAFETY, WELL-BEING, AND SURVIVAL. EVERY SERVICE ISSUES A UNIFORM. NONE OF THEM ISSUE COURAGE. IN THOSE MOMENTS WHERE BELIEFS AND RESOLVE ARE TESTED, LEADERSHIP ILLUMINATES THE PATH. ON MARCH 4, 2002, MASTER CHIEF SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR SEAL RETIRED BRIT SLOVINSKI CHOSE TO LEAD. HE LED HIS MEN BACK INTO THE FIGHT AND TO OVERWHELM -- INTO OVERWHELMING ODDS AND SUPERIOR ENEMY FIRE. THERE WILL BE NO ELEMENT OF SURPRISE. THERE WOULD BE NO TACTICAL ADVANTAGE. AND DESPITE THE ODDS AND DESPITE THE RISK, HE CHOSE TO LEAD. THEY ASSAULTED TRENCHES AND BUNKERS AND HARDENED MACHINE GUN NESTS. THEY TOOK THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY. THEY DID NOT RUN. THEY DID NOT HIDE. THEY FOUGHT. MR. SPEAKER, BRAVERY IS NOT MOTIVATED BY FEAR, RAGE, HATE, OR THE DESIRE FOR AWARDS OR RECOGNITION. BRAVERY IS MOTIVATED BY LOVE. LOVE FOR AN IDEAL, LOVE FOR A COUNTRY, AND LOVE FOR A TEAMMATE. BRAVERY IS NOT A CERTAINTY. IT IS A CHOICE. MASTER CHIEF SLOVINSKI AND HIS MEN CHOSE TO BE BRAVE. HIS ACTIONS, HIS PERSONAL COURAGE, AND HIS LEADERSHIP ARE AN EXAMPLE, NOT JUST TO EVERY SAILOR, SOLDIER, AIRMEN, MARINE, BUT TO EVERY AMERICAN. HIS CITATION HAS EARNED ITS PLACE AMONGST THE OTHER HEROES WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR. ITS OWNERSHIP, ITS MEANING, AND ITS PROMISE BELONGS NOT JUST ON THE WALLS OF EVERY MILITARY INSTALLATION, BUT ON THE WALLS OF EVERY HOME IN AMERICA. MASTER CHIEF SLOVINSKI'S ACTIONS SERVE AS A BEACON, AS A REMINDER OF WHO WE CAN BECOME, WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHEN WE, INSTEAD OF RUNNING AWAY, RISE UP AND CHALLENGE OUR DARKEST FEARS, OUR WORST ENEMIES, OUR OVERWHELMING ODDS. LONG LIVE THE BROTHERHOOD. AND I YOU YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:39:10 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

      FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, WE RECENTLY CONCLUDED TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK…

      FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, WE RECENTLY CONCLUDED TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK AND I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH THE TEACHERS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY IN BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES. IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE WE RECOGNIZE THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE FOR ALL OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

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    • 10:39:15 AM

      MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. FITZPATRICK

      RECENTLY, THIS HAS CULMINATED IN OUR DISTRICT HAVING SEVERAL SCHOOLS THAT…

      RECENTLY, THIS HAS CULMINATED IN OUR DISTRICT HAVING SEVERAL SCHOOLS THAT RANK TOP 100 IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR BOTH STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES AND GRADUATION RATES AND I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. THE NEW HOPE SUL BURRY HIGH SCHOOL, CENTRAL BUCKS HIGH SCHOOL EAST, BE AINGTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, COUNCIL ROCK HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH, CENTRAL BUCKS HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH AND THE QUAKERTOWN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL. I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT A COMMUNITY THAT PRODUCES SUCH HIGH-ACHIEVING YOUNG ADULTS AND I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR EDUCATORS FOR THE WORK THEY DO IN MOLDING OUR FUTURE GENERATION. MR. SPEAKER, MAY IS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, AND I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO HAVE SERVED OUR NATION VALIANTLY. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE I AM IN AWE OF THE SACRIFICES MADE AND RISKS TAKEN BY OUR ARMED FORCES EVERY SINGLE DAY TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE AND I SPEAK FOR ALL MY CONSTITUENTS IN BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES WHEN WE TRULY SAY THAT WE VALUE THE TROOP SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AND WE OWE THEM A TREMENDOUS DEBT OF GRATITUDE AND PROUD OF THE 75 GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WHO WERE HONORED THIS MONTH AT SPRING MILL MANOR NORTH HAMPTON BY OUR COMMUNITY SALUTES, TO RECOGNIZE THEIR ENLISTMENT IN OUR ARMED FORCES. THESS EXEMPLARY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN -- THESE EXEMPLARY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN RECEIVED OUR FIRST MILITARY COIN. MR. SPEAKER, AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, WE MUST CONTINUE TO ENACT POLICIES THAT ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF OUR ALL OUR WOMEN AND MEN IN THE MILITARY. THERE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY THAN SERVING THOSE WHO HAVE SO BRAVELY STEPPED UP IN TIMES OF CRISIS. I WILL CONTINUE TO STAND UP FOR OUR MILITARY THIS MONTH AND EVERY MONTH, AND TO ALL THOSE WHO SERVE, WE SAY THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEKEND IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WAS THE 15TH ANNUAL NEW HOPE PRIDE PARADE. THIS PARADE SERVED AS A CULMINATION OF A WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION OF LGBT CULTURE AND ACHIEVEMENTS AND I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THIS EVENT AND OUR LGBT COMMUNITY IN BUCKS COUNTY AND THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT. CURRENTLY THE NEW HOPE PRIDE PARADE STANDS AS THE ONLY RECOGNIZED EVENT THAT CROSS STATES LINES BETWEEN NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA AND I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE BOARD MEMBER UNDER WHOSE GUIDANCE THE ATTENDANCE OF THIS EVENT GREW FROM 1,000 IN 2003 TO 15,000 LAST YEAR. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE PRESIDENT OF NEW HOPE CELEBRATES, MATTHEW HANSON, FOR HIS WORK IN ADVANTAGES EQUALITY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND ACROSS OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE ADVOCATE FOR MEASURES THAT WILL SUPPORT EQUALITY FOR ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS A MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO DO THE SAME WITH EVERY SINGLE ACTION WE TAKE ON THIS FLOOR. WE VALUE THEM, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:42:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    Recess

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

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      LEAVE THIS NOW. THE U.S. GAVELING BACK. FATHER CONROY.

  • 12:00:07 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 23.

    • 12:00:09 PM

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

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        CHAPLAIN CONROY

        MOST ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SERVE IN UNIFORM IN THE ARMED FORCES. MAY THEY…

        MOST ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SERVE IN UNIFORM IN THE ARMED FORCES. MAY THEY BE SAFE IN THE EXECUTION OF THEIR DUTIES AND THEIR FAMILIES BLESSED WITH YOUR COMFORTING PRESENCE IN THEIR LIVES. THANK YOU, O GOD, FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO SERVE . AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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      • 12:01:18 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        STEWART.

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

    • 12:01:25 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

      • 12:01:34 PM

        MR. STEWART

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

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:01:49 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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    • 12:02:15 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        WORKERS.

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        THIS WEEK IS E.M.S. RECOGNIZE RIGS WEEK ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. NOBODY BECOMES…

        THIS WEEK IS E.M.S. RECOGNIZE RIGS WEEK ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. NOBODY BECOMES EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER, EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN, OR A PARAMEDIC TO GET RICH. IT'S HARD WORK, PHYSICALLY STRENUOUS, STRESSFUL, AND CAN INVOLVE LIFE OR DEATH SITUATIONS IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

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        MR. GREEN

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MODERNIZING THE TRAINING WING OF F-22'S IS ANOTHER STEP IN THAT PROCESS…

        MODERNIZING THE TRAINING WING OF F-22'S IS ANOTHER STEP IN THAT PROCESS AND IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE AIRMEN WE ASK TO ACHIEVE AIR SUPERIORITY OVER BATTLEFIELDS ALL AROUND THE GLOBE. WE'RE GIVING CERTAINTY TO OUR WAR FIGHTERS WITH THIS NDAA, AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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        MR. DUNN

        HIGGINS: MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE 54,000 STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES IN…

        HIGGINS: MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE 54,000 STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES IN AMERICA. EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY, SEVEN CARS DRIVE ON A BRIDGE THAT IS STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HIGGINS

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

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

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        MR. WILSON

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

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

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        MR.

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        SCHRADER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IS FACING AN…

        SCHRADER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IS FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED AND GROWING PROBLEM OF SEA LIONS WHO ARE DECIMATING OUR ENDANGERED SALMON AND STEELHEAD RUNS. RIGHT NOW IN FRONT OF MY DISTRICT OFFICE IN OREGON CITY, THERE ARE 24 SEA LIONS SIT REALLY AT THE BASE GORGING THEMSELVES ON THE SALMON SPRINGS RUN. THIS IS 127 MILES FROM THE PACIFIC OCEAN, THEIR NATURAL HABITAT. THE SALMON ENDANGERED FISH HAVE COST RATEPAYERS NEARLY $1 BILLION, A THIRD OF OUR ELECTRIC BILL. WE NEED TO PASS H.R.

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        MR. SCHRADER

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        IT'S MY HONOR TO THE YEARS OF SERVICE TO COLONEL BROWN THAT HE'S GIVEN TO…

        IT'S MY HONOR TO THE YEARS OF SERVICE TO COLONEL BROWN THAT HE'S GIVEN TO OUR NATION AND PRIOR TO THE UPCOMING CHANGE OF COMMAND.

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        MR. STEWART

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

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

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        MR. TAKANO

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. TAKANO

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

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

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        ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE SECONDARY BORNE MISSION AND PAIR ATROOPERS WHO UPHOLD IT.

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        IN FORT BRAGG, THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION IS OUR NATION'S GLOBAL RESPONSE…

        IN FORT BRAGG, THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION IS OUR NATION'S GLOBAL RESPONSE FORCE. THESE RAPID REACTION FORCE KS MOBILIZE, LOAD, DEPLOY AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE. IT'S TRULY INCREDIBLE. THERE'S READY AND THEN THERE'S AIRBORNE READY. AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, WHEN THE PRESIDENT DIALS 911, THE PHONE RINGS AT FORT BRAGG. THE 82ND AIRBORNE HAS TIME AND AGAIN ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY WHEN OUR NATION NEEDS IT MOST.

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        MR. HUDSON

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FORT BRAGG YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FORT BRAGG YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MCNERNEY: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH, A TIME TO…

        MCNERNEY: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH, A TIME TO RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN OUR NATION'S FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL YOUTH FOSTER CAUCUS WHICH IS DEDICATED TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM.

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        MR. MCNERNEY

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMTEMPORE

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        MR. MCNERNEY

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        SMITH: A RECENT EXAMPLE OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. BEING ALLOWED…

        SMITH: A RECENT EXAMPLE OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. BEING ALLOWED TO SENSOR CONTENT THAT THEY DEEM HATE SPEECH. THEY HAVE A HATE MAP THAT LISTS OVER 900 ORGANIZATIONS. THESE INCLUDE PRO-LIFE, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND BORDER SECURITY GROUPS, ALL POPULAR WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND ALL ARE UNFAIRLY

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        MR. SMITH

        TARGETED BY THE SPLC. WHY DO ONLINE PLATFORMS EMPOWER THE SPLC TO SUPPRESS…

        TARGETED BY THE SPLC. WHY DO ONLINE PLATFORMS EMPOWER THE SPLC TO SUPPRESS CONSERVATIVE VIEWS? THERE'S ONLY ONE ANSWER. THEY WANT TO PROMOTE THEIR LIBERAL AGENDA, EVEN IF IT MEANS STIFLING FREE SPEECH. THIS IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO DEMOCRACY. AND IT REPRESENTS ANOTHER EFFORT TO CONTROL WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HEAR AND SEE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        A TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY TO COME TOGETHER TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HALF MILLION…

        A TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY TO COME TOGETHER TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HALF MILLION PEOPLE IN OUR CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM. NO ONE KNOWS THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM LIKE THE FOSTER YOUTH WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THE SYSTEM AND NO ONE CAN RAISE THEIR VOICES LIKE FOSTER YOUTH VOICES.

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        BUT IN ADDITION TO SHARE --

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        MR. BASS

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        MS. BASS

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        HOST

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

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

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        MRS. HARTZLER

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SCHAKOWSKY: MR. SPEAKER, TOO MANY AMERICANS FEEL THAT WASHINGTON IS OUT OF…

        SCHAKOWSKY: MR. SPEAKER, TOO MANY AMERICANS FEEL THAT WASHINGTON IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH THEIR PRIORITIES. THEY FEEL THAT TOO FEW PEOPLE HAVE TOO MUCH INFLUENCE.

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        MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO PRO TEMPORE

        SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARDSHIPS THAT MANY FOSTER YOUTH…

        SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARDSHIPS THAT MANY FOSTER YOUTH HAVE HAD TO ENDURE AND HIGHLIGHT THE PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION THAT THEY EMBODY AS THEY DEVELOP AND TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD.

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        HE'S ALSO A PART OF IMMERSE ARKANSAS, A VITAL PROGRAM DEDICATED TO HELPING…

        HE'S ALSO A PART OF IMMERSE ARKANSAS, A VITAL PROGRAM DEDICATED TO HELPING FOSTER YOUTH WITH THE DIFFICULT TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD. THIS PROGRAM WAS A CRITICAL PART OF THE CHANGING POINT IN STEPHEN'S LIFE AND GIVING HIM A PLACE TO BELONG. MANY FOSTER YOUTH ARE NOT PROVIDED WITH PROGRAMS LIKE IMMERSE O A COMMUNITY TO HELP SUPPORT -- IMMERSE, OR A COMMUNITY TO HELP SUPPORT THEM IN FINDING A COMMUNITY AND HOME -- CAREER AND HOME AFTER THEY EXIT THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. I'M PROUD TO BE IN THIS CAUCUS AND SUPPORT OUR SHADOW DAY HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        MR. HILL

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        MR. POLIPOLIS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. POLIS

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. THOMPSON

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. THOMPSON

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

        PLASKETT: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE…

        PLASKETT: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE RECENT GRADUATES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. UNFORTUNATELY I COULD NOT ATTEND THE GRADUATIONS LAST WEEK DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER UP HERE AND THE DEBATE ON THE FARM BILL.

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        MS. PLASKETT

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. PLASKETT

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THAT SAME YEAR REUTERS SAID THAT SECRET EXEMPTIONS HAD BEEN CREATED FOR…

        THAT SAME YEAR REUTERS SAID THAT SECRET EXEMPTIONS HAD BEEN CREATED FOR IRAN, ALLOWING THEM TO EVADE SOME RESTRICTIONS AND GET RELIEF FROM OUR SANCTIONS EVEN FASTER. MONTHS AFTER, ANOTHER LOOPHOLE IN THE AGREEMENT WAS EXPLOITED WHEN IRAN PLANNED TO BUY 950 TUBBS -- TONS OF URANIUM TO MAKE NUCLEAR FUEL. SINCE THE AGREEMENT NEVER PLACED A LIMIT ON HOW MUCH URANIUM THEY COULD HAVE. ALL OF THIS MORE THAN DEMONSTRATES THE INEFFECTIVENESS OF THIS DEAL AND THE POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC EFFECTS OF TRUSTING IRAN. WHICH HAS A LONG AND DETAILED HISTORY OF BLATANTLY BEING DISHONEST.

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        MR. LAHOOD

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

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        MR. LAHOOD

        SPEAKER, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND…

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORETEMPORE

        YODER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE NATIONAL…

        YODER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, WHICH WOULD ADD THE FULL TEXT OF MY BILL, H.R.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORETEMPORE

        387, THE EMAIL PRIVACY ACT. I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS BILL…

        387, THE EMAIL PRIVACY ACT. I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS BILL HAS BEEN PASSED TWICE BY THE HOUSE, ONCE ON APRIL 27, 2016, BY A ROLL CALL OF 419-0, AND AGAIN BY VOICE VOTE UNANIMOUSLY IN THE HOUSE ON FEBRUARY 6, 2017. MY LEGISLATION HAS A SIMPLE CONCEPT BEHIND IT. IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTS ACCESS TO CONTENT STORED IN OUR PRIVATE EMAIL ACCOUNTS, THEY SHOULD GET A WARRANT.

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        MR. YODER

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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

        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 STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE CLERK

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 908 — "Providing for further 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, and providing for proceedings during the period from May 25, 2018, through June 4, 2018."

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        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 908.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMTEMPORE

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          MR. BYRNE

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

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS .

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          BYRNE: MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 908 PROVIDES FOR COMPLETE…

          BYRNE: MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 908 PROVIDES FOR COMPLETE CONSIDERATION OF H.R.

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          MR. BYRNE

          5515, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS, AND I YIELD…

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. MCGOVMCGOVERN

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

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          >>

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          MR. BYRNE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. MITCHELL

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, IT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS…

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, IT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TTEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA, I SUPPORT THE INCREASE OF…

          AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA, I SUPPORT THE INCREASE OF NAVY SHIP BUILDING IN THE NDAA. BUT WHILE WE CONSIDER NATIONAL DEFENSE, WE MUST ALSO CONSIDER SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.

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        • 12:57:01 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. SCOTT

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. BYRNE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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          MR. DUNCAN

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA…

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES, AND THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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          THE SPEAKER PROPRO TEMPORE

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          MR. MCGOVERN

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on May 23, 2018 at 9:54 a.m.: That the Senate agreed to return the papers for H.R. 4743 to the House of Representatives at their request.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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            MS. LEE

            I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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        DEBATE

        The House continued debate on H. Res. 908.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MS. LEE

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

          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 01:07:44 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

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          MR. BYRNE

          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE BIPARTISAN WORK OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT'S GONE INTO CRAFTING THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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        • 01:08:33 PM

          MS. CHENEY

          THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA…

          THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES HIS TIME, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 01:13:24 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MS. LEE

          YEARS.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE DOCUMENT WILL BE MADE PART OF THE RECORD.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA. MR.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          BYRNE: MR. SPEAKER, THE UNDERLYING BILL AUTHORIZES WHAT -- WHAT IT…

          BYRNE: MR. SPEAKER, THE UNDERLYING BILL AUTHORIZES WHAT -- WHAT IT AUTHORIZES TO GUARD THE SMALLER NUCLEAR WEAPONS BECAUSE WE FIND OUR ADVERSARIES DEVELOPING SUCH NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. BYRNE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MORE. WE HEARD FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, TALK ABOUT THE…

          MORE. WE HEARD FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, TALK ABOUT THE AMENDMENT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MADE IN ORDER TO HELP REINFORCE OUR SCHOOLS. I THINK MOST PEOPLE WATCHING ALSO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE INCLUDES THINGS LIKE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE QUALITY OF OUR SCHOOLS.

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        • 01:17:14 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. BYRNE

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          MR. MCGOVERN

        • 01:18:17 PM

          MR. BYRNE

        • 01:18:22 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 01:18:24 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

        • 01:26:51 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 01:26:57 PM

          MR. BYRNE

          DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE TWO YEARS…

          DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE TWO YEARS AGO AT THE END OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. ISIS STILL CONTROLLED VAST SWATHS OF WESTERN IRAQ AND EASTERN SYRIA. IRAN HAD JUST GOTTEN ITS HANDS ON TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT HAD BEEN FROZEN. MONEY THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO GET BECAUSE OF THE DEAL THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA CUT WITH THEM. AND WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN THAT MONEY AND INCREASED DEFENSE SPENDING, MILITARY SPENDING IN IRAN BY 40%. 40%. TWO YEARS AGO WE HAD CUT TROOP LEVELS DOWN TO LEVELS WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN DECADES. IN FACT, WE CUT THE AIR FORCE TO THE POINT IT HAD NEVER BEEN SINCE THE FOUNDING OF THE AIR FORCE. OUR FLEET HAD BEEN CUT DOWN TO LESS THAN 280 SHIPS AFTER IT HAD BEEN AT LEAST TO 400 UNDER THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. WE HAD 50% OF THE NAVY SHIPS COULDN'T FLY. OUR ADVERSARIES DIDN'T FEAR US AND OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES DIDN'T KNOW IF THEY COULD COUNT ON US. WELL, WE HAVE BEGUN TO TURN THAT AROUND. ISIS IS LARGELY GONE FROM IRAQ. IT'S LARGELY GONE FROM SYRIA. IT'S OBLITERATED AS A CONVENTIONAL FORCE AFTER BECOMING A CONVENTIONAL TERRORIST ARMY THAT CONTROLLED A BIG CHUNK OF THE MIDDLE EAST. GONE. SLIPPED OVER INTO NORTH AFRICA. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. SO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE WHAT WE'RE DOING TO FIGHT AGAINST THEM AND THOSE -- IN THOSE PLACES. YES WE NEED AN AUMF TO DO THAT. WE HAVE ALSO DONE SOMETHING THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT IN REBUILDING OUR MILITARY. WE HAVE TOLD OUR MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE VALUE YOU BY GIVING THEM PAY INCREASES. AND THIS BILL CALLS FOR ANOTHER PAY INCREASE ON TOP OF THE ONE WE GAVE THEM LAST YEAR. THEY HAVE GONE TOO LONG WITHOUT REAL PAY INCREASES. WE'RE BEGINNING TO GIVE THEM THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY NEED TO DO THE MISSION THAT IS WE HAVE THEM TO DO. MORE SHIPS, MORE JETS, MORE AMMUNITION, MORE MISSILES, MORE MISSILE DEFENSE. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE OUR JETS CAN FLY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE THE TRAINING AND PREPARATION AND SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE ANOTHER YEAR THAT GOES BY WHERE WE HAVE MORE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO LOSE THEIR LIVES IN TRAINING EXERCISES THAN THEY DO IN COMBAT. WE'RE TURNING THAT AROUND. WE'RE LEAVING THE SORRY LEGACY OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SO THAT WE CAN PUT IN PLACE A DEFENSE STRATEGY FOR THIS COUNTRY THAT WILL DEFEND OUR COUNTRY AT THE SAME TIME PROTECT THE SAFETY OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. SO THAT'S WHAT THAT WILL DEFEND WE'RE HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT. I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL VOTE ON THIS BILL, THE UNDERLYING BILL, IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. BECAUSE GOING BACK TO THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION, THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE DONE, EVE-E YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. . THAT'S THE MESSAGE WE SEND TO OUR FOES, TO OUR FRIENDS ABROAD AND, YES, TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, THAT WE COME TOGETHER, THIS CONGRESS COMES TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO IN OUR JOB TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 908 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS RESOLUTION.

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        • 01:30:47 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

        • 01:30:57 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

        • 01:30:59 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 01:31:00 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

        • 01:31:02 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9…

          MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. RATHER, FIVE MINUTES. AND THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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        • 01:31:10 PM

          On ordering the previous question Roll Call 217 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

          • 01:56:39 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MR. SPEAKER.

      • 01:56:40 PM

        House Vote 217 - On Ordering the Previous Question

        Providing for further 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, and providing for proceedings during the period from May 25, 2018, through June 4, 2018.

        Passed (222 - 189)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 222
        Republican - 222

        Vote Details: Nay - 189
        Democratic - 189

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
        Democratic - 4
        Republican - 12

        • 01:56:41 PM

          On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 218 - Recorded vote pending.

          • 01:56:53 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

          • 01:56:57 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS…

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

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          • 01:57:03 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

          • 01:57:04 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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          • 02:03:24 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ] THE

          • 02:04:22 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.…

            ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT THOUSAND RESOLUTION 905, AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER RECONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5515. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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      • 02:04:27 PM

        House Vote 218 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

        Providing for further 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, and providing for proceedings during the period from May 25, 2018, through June 4, 2018.

        Passed (229 - 183)
        Aye
        No

        Vote Details: Aye - 229
        Republican - 223
        Democratic - 6

        Vote Details: No - 183
        Democratic - 182
        Republican - 1

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 15
        Republican - 10
        Democratic - 5

        • 02:04:29 PM

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

          • 02:04:45 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."

            • 02:04:56 PM

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

              • 02:05:25 PM

                THE CHAIR

              • 02:05:34 PM

                THE CLERK

              • 02:05:48 PM

                THE CHAIR

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MR. NOLAN OF…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MR. NOLAN OF MINNESOTA.

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          • 02:05:52 PM

            UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

            • 02:06:59 PM

              THE CLERK

              A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS

            • 02:07:07 PM

              THE CHAIR

              ORDERED. THIS VOTE AND ALL FURTHER AMENDMENT VOTES WILL BE TWO-MINUTE…

              ORDERED. THIS VOTE AND ALL FURTHER AMENDMENT VOTES WILL BE TWO-MINUTE VOTES. MEMBERS WILL NOW RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO STAY ON THE FLOOR FOR FURTHER VOTES. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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            • 02:08:13 PM

              On agreeing to the Nolan amendment (A002) Roll Call 219 - Recorded vote pending.

              • 02:11:18 PM

                THE CHAIR

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MS. GABBARD…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MS. GABBARD OF HAWAII.

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          • 02:11:22 PM

            House Vote 219 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

            Failed (62 - 351)
            No

            Vote Details: Aye - 62
            Republican - 7
            Democratic - 55

            Vote Details: No - 351
            Republican - 217
            Democratic - 134

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 14
            Republican - 10
            Democratic - 4

            • 02:11:43 PM

              THE CLERK

            • 02:11:50 PM

              THE CHAIR

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-698, OFFERED BY MR.…

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-698, OFFERED BY MR. AGUILAR OF CALIFORNIA.

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            • 02:11:54 PM

              On agreeing to the Gabbard amendment (A003) Roll Call 220 - Recorded vote pending.

            • 02:16:05 PM

              House Vote 220 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

              Failed (60 - 355)
              No

              Vote Details: Aye - 60
              Republican - 8
              Democratic - 52

              Vote Details: No - 355
              Republican - 217
              Democratic - 138

              Vote Details: Not Voting - 12
              Republican - 9
              Democratic - 3

              • 02:16:25 PM

                On agreeing to the Aguilar amendment (A004) Roll Call 221 - Recorded vote pending.

                • 02:16:27 PM

                  THE CLERK

                • 02:16:34 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 02:20:47 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 5, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-6698, OFFERED BY…

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 5, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-6698, OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA.

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            • 02:20:57 PM

              House Vote 221 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

              Failed (198 - 217)
              Aye
              No

              Vote Details: Aye - 198
              Democratic - 189
              Republican - 9

              Vote Details: No - 217
              Republican - 216
              Democratic - 1

              Vote Details: Not Voting - 12
              Republican - 9
              Democratic - 3

              • 02:21:02 PM

                On agreeing to the Garamendi amendment (A005) Roll Call 222 - Recorded vote pending.

                • 02:21:16 PM

                  THE CLERK

                • 02:21:25 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                • 02:26:20 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  ] THE ADOPTED. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENT, PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

                  ] THE ADOPTED. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENT, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 905, UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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            • 02:26:29 PM

              House Vote 222 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

              Failed (188 - 226)
              Aye
              No

              Vote Details: Aye - 188
              Democratic - 183
              Republican - 5

              Vote Details: No - 226
              Republican - 219
              Democratic - 7

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

              • 02:26:42 PM

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

                • 02:27:02 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."

                  • 02:27:16 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5515…

                    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5515 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                • 02:28:10 PM

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

                  • 02:28:26 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:28:38 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 02:29:02 PM

                    >>

                  • 02:29:10 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 02:29:16 PM

                    MR. THORNBERRY

                  • 02:29:30 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 02:31:11 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 02:31:37 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:31:47 PM

                    THE CLERK

                  • 02:32:00 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:33:37 PM

                    >>

                • 02:33:37 PM

                  Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 1: Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, as modified, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60.

                  • 02:33:43 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:33:45 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35,…

                    14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 AND 60. PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

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                • 02:33:45 PM

                  Thornberry amendment; modified by unanimous consent. Modification to amendment No. 53 printed in House Report 115-702 and modification striking amendment No. 55 from the En Bloc.

                  • 02:34:32 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THORNBERRY.

                  • 02:34:47 PM

                    MR. THORNBERRY

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATION.

                  • 02:34:58 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:35:00 PM

                    THE CLERK

                  • 02:35:03 PM

                    MR. THORNBERRY

                  • 02:35:09 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS POINT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD…

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS POINT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL.

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                  • 02:35:24 PM

                    MR. THORNBERRY

                    MCCAUL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MAC THORNBERRY.…

                    MCCAUL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MAC THORNBERRY. PROTECTING U.S.

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                  • 02:35:32 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION NETWORKS FROM FOREIGN ADVERSARIES SUCH AS CHINA…

                    GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION NETWORKS FROM FOREIGN ADVERSARIES SUCH AS CHINA IS VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.

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                  • 02:35:35 PM

                    MR. MCCAUL

                    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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 02:35:45 PM

                DEBATE

                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Thornberry En Bloc amendment No. 1, as modified.

                • 02:37:22 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:37:27 PM

                  MR. GGARAMENDI

                  TWO MINUTES.

                • 02:37:33 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:37:40 PM

                  MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

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

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

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                • 02:38:55 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:39:00 PM

                  MR. THORNBERRY

                • 02:39:03 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:39:06 PM

                  MR. POLIQUIN

                  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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                • 02:40:24 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:40:29 PM

                  MR. GARAMENDI

                  SOUZZI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. GARAMENDI,…

                  SOUZZI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. GARAMENDI, FOR YIELDING THIS TIME TO ME.

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                • 02:40:34 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  I'M PLEASED THAT MY AMENDMENT, MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT, HAS BEEN INCLUDED…

                  I'M PLEASED THAT MY AMENDMENT, MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT, HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE EN BLOC PACKAGE. THERE'S A MAJOR PROBLEM IN OUR COUNTRY THAT AMERICANS WANT TO US ADDRESS, IT'S A BIPARTISAN ISSUE RELATED TO CONTAMINATION RELATED FROM DEFENSE-RELATED ACTIVITIES. AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE FOR HIS ASSISTANCE IN WORKING ON THIS, AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN COOK AND CONGRESSWOMAN HANABUSA, FOR THEIR WORK IN HELPING TO GET THIS DONE.

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                • 02:40:37 PM

                  MR. SOUZZI

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

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

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                • 02:42:01 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  HARTZLER: THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE. THIS…

                  HARTZLER: THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE. THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO ENSURE THAT VIDEO SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT IS INCLUDED IN THE SCOPE OF THE NDAA'S PROHIBITION ON USING CERTAIN CHINESE TECHNOLOGY IN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.

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                • 02:42:05 PM

                  MR. THORNBERRY

                • 02:42:10 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:42:12 PM

                  MRS. HARTZLER

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

                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON WISH TO CONTROL THE TIME FOR THE MINORITY?

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                • 02:43:14 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SNYDER.

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                • 02:43:25 PM

                  MR. SMITH

                • 02:43:27 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:43:29 PM

                  MR. SMITH

                • 02:43:37 PM

                  MR. SCHNEIDER

                  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 RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                • 02:44:46 PM

                  MR. THORNBERRY

                  THE MODIFICATION.

                • 02:44:52 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THORNBERRY OF TEXAS. STRIKE AMENDMENT NUMBER 55.

                • 02:44:59 PM

                  THE CLERK

                • 02:45:07 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:45:14 PM

                  MR. THORNBERRY

                • 02:45:16 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:45:18 PM

                  MR. SMITH

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 02:45:30 PM

                  MR. AT THAT KANGO

                • 02:45:31 PM

                  MR. AT THAT KANKANGO

                • 02:45:33 PM

                  MR. TAKANO

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

                • 02:46:16 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:46:20 PM

                  MR. MR. SMITH

                  ONE MINUTE.

                • 02:46:28 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:46:33 PM

                  MR. MR. LIPINSKI

                  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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                • 02:47:40 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  SMITH: WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, EITHER. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE…

                  SMITH: WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, EITHER. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                • 02:47:44 PM

                  MR. THORNBERRY

                • 02:47:49 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THORNBERRY: I YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME AS WELL.

                • 02:47:51 PM

                  MR. SMITH

                • 02:47:56 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  OFFERED

                • 02:47:57 PM

                  MR. THORNBERRY

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT.

              • 02:47:58 PM

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

                • 02:48:23 PM

                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Guthrie, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-702 to authorize the Secretary of the Army to continue to provide for the production, treatment, management, and use of natural gas located under Fort Knox, Kentucky.

                • 02:48:27 PM

                  DEBATE

                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Guthrie amendment No. 3.

                  • 02:48:30 PM

                    >>

                  • 02:48:38 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:48:40 PM

                    THE CLERK

                  • 02:48:43 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                  • 02:48:50 PM

                    MR. GUTHRIE

                  • 02:48:53 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY CONGRESS' INTENT WITH ENERGY…

                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY CONGRESS' INTENT WITH ENERGY SECURITY AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS AT FORT KNOX.

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                  • 02:48:56 PM

                    MR. GUTHRIE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

                  • 02:51:53 PM

                    >>

                  • 02:51:58 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    MR.

                  • 02:51:59 PM

                    MR. LOWENTHAL

                  • 02:52:03 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. LOWENTHAL

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. GUTHRIE

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                    THE CHAIR

                    I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

                  • 02:54:46 PM

                    MR. LOWENTHAL

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                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. GUTHRIE

                    IT CONTRIBUTES WITH THE FEDERAL HARDWORKING TAX DOLLARS THAT COMES TO FORT…

                    IT CONTRIBUTES WITH THE FEDERAL HARDWORKING TAX DOLLARS THAT COMES TO FORT KNOX TO SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN CONTRIBUTES GREATLY TO THAT COMMUNITY. BEING ENERGY SECURE IS A VITAL COMPONENT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE OVERALL NEEDS OF THE ARMY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EVERY ARMY POST.

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                  • 02:54:50 PM

                    MR. MR. LOWENTHAL

                    FORT KNOX CERTAINLY MAKE A GREAT CLAIM BEING OFF THE GRID. BEING ABLE TO…

                    FORT KNOX CERTAINLY MAKE A GREAT CLAIM BEING OFF THE GRID. BEING ABLE TO OPERATE IN TIMES OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY. I DO THINK THIS HAS BEEN THOUGHT THROUGH. INSTEAD OF GOING THROUGH THE OTHER PROCESS, WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD AND LET THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DO WHAT THE PENTAGON HAD SET FORT KNOX TO DO. I APPRECIATE MY COMMENTS FROM CRA. THIS IS THE RIGHT POLICY TO MOVE FORWARD AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                  • 02:55:38 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Amodei, numbered 8 printed in House Report 115-702 to address mine permitting issues in relationship to minerals deemed critical for national security and the nation's infrastructure. The amendment is consistent with EO 13604 and EO 13817 from 2012 and 2017 respectively which ordered federal agencies to reduce the time required to make permitting and review decisions for critical mineral projects.

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                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Amodei amendment No. 8.

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                      NUMBER

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                      THE CHAIR

                    • 02:56:14 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      115-702, OFFERED BY MR. AMODEI OF NEVADA.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      MEMBER AMODEI, AND THE -- A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.…

                      MEMBER AMODEI, AND THE -- A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA.

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                    • 02:56:42 PM

                      MR. AMODEI

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

                    • 02:57:42 PM

                      MR. MR. LOWENTHAL

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY AN ATTEMPT TO WAVE -- WAIVE PORTIONS OF…

                      CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY AN ATTEMPT TO WAVE -- WAIVE PORTIONS OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, FOR ALL, I USE THE WORD ALL NEW MINES BY PRETENDING THAT THESE MINES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR NATIONAL SECURITY.

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                    • 02:57:52 PM

                      MR. LOWENTHAL

                    • 02:57:55 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      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 NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 03:02:05 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE CHAIR

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                      A NONCLASSIFIED DEFENSE STUDY RECENTLY FOUND THAT FAILURE TO HAVE A…

                      A NONCLASSIFIED DEFENSE STUDY RECENTLY FOUND THAT FAILURE TO HAVE A RELIABLE SUPPLY CHAIN FOR AT LEAST 16 OF THE 35 CRITICAL MINERALS HAS ALREADY CAUSED SIGNIFICANT WEAPONS SYSTEM PRODUCTION DELAYS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. A RECENT REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY FOUND THAT THE U.S. IS 100% NET IMPORT-RELIANT, LET'S GET THAT AGAIN, IS 100% NET IMPORT-RELIANT ON FOREIGN COUNTRIES, INCLUDING CHINA, FOR 20 DIFFERENT CRITICAL MINERALS.

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                    • 03:03:11 PM

                      MR. GOSAR

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                      THE CHAIR

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                      MR. AMODEI

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                      THE CHAIR

                      AMODEI: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, IT'S GOOD TO HEAR THAT MY…

                      AMODEI: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, IT'S GOOD TO HEAR THAT MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE GOLDEN STATE THINK THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS DOING A GOOD JOB IN THIS AREA IN SOME RESPECTS. AND IT'S GOOD TO HEAR ABOUT CONCERNS ABOUT THE STATE OF KENTUCKY.

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                    • 03:03:36 PM

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                      THE CHAIR

                    • 03:03:39 PM

                      MR. AMODEI

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

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

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                    • 03:05:59 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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                      >>

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                      THE CHAIR

                      ARD RECORDED VOTE -- A RECORDED VOTE.

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                      THE CHAIR

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

                  • 03:06:42 PM

                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                    • 03:06:48 PM

                      MR. MCGOVERN

                      MCGOVERN OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                      THE CHAIR

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                      THE CLERK

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR.

                    • 03:06:59 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      MCGOVERN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT THAT I'M OFFERING…

                      MCGOVERN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT THAT I'M OFFERING ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD VERY SIMPLY CREATE A SERVICE MEDAL TO BE AWARDED TO VETERANS OR THEIR SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS IN HONOR OF THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO OUR NATION.

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                    • 03:07:09 PM

                      MR. MCGOVERN

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYBODY SEEK TIME IN SUPPORT OR IN OPPOSITION?

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                    • 03:07:15 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. McGovern, numbered 10 printed in House Report 115-702 to require the Secretary of Defense to design and produce a military service medal to honor retired and former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation- exposed veterans (Atomic Veterans).

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                      DEBATE

                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the McGovern amendment No. 10.

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                        MR. MCGOVERN

                        DISTINCTION. AND WHEN THEY LEFT THE SERVICE, THEY RAISED THEIR FAMILIES,…

                        DISTINCTION. AND WHEN THEY LEFT THE SERVICE, THEY RAISED THEIR FAMILIES, THEY WORKED IN FACTORIES, THEY CONTRIBUTED TO OUR COMMUNITIES. THEY ARE GETTING OLDER. LET US NOT WAIT UNTIL THERE ARE NO SURVIVING ATOMIC VETERANS BEFORE WE DO THE RIGHT THING. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN HONORING OUR ATOMIC VETERANS. THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND IT'S SHAMEFUL THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS SOONER. BUT I'M CONFIDENT THAT MAYBE THIS IS THE MOMENT WHERE WE'LL DO THE RIGHT THING. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                      • 03:10:28 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        MCGOVERN: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                        MR. MCGOVERN

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                        THE CHAIR

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

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                      POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                      At the conclusion of debate on the McGovern amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McGovern 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. MR. MCKINLEY

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                        THE CLERK

                        MCKINLEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY…

                        MCKINLEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5515. BUT LET'S PUT THIS IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT.

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                      • 03:11:17 PM

                        An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, numbered 13 printed in House Report 115-702 to institute domestic sourcing requirements for dinner ware within the Department of Defense.

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                          MR. MR. MCKINLEY

                          IN 1941, CONGRESS PASSED THE BARRY AMENDMENT. WHICH REQUIRES THE…

                          IN 1941, CONGRESS PASSED THE BARRY AMENDMENT. WHICH REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO PURCHASE CERTAIN ITEMS ONLY FROM AMERICAN COMPANIES. THAT LIST INCLUDES AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS WHICH ALREADY INCLUDES TEXTILES, CLOTHING, SHOES, FOOD AND CERTAIN TOOLS. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY ADD DINNERWARE. AMERICA HAS SOME OF THE BEST, MOST TALENTED PRODUCERS OF NONTOXIC, LEAD-FREE DINNERWARE ON THE GLOBE. COMPANIES LIKE COORS IN TUCSON, ARIZONA, EMERSON CREEK IN BEDFORD, VIRGINIA. HOMER LOCKLAND IN WEST VIRGINIA. IT MAKES COMMON SENSE THAT WHEN WE PURCHASE EQUIPMENT FOR OUR MILITARY, WHETHER IT'S WEAPONS, FOOD OR SUPPLIES, IT'S INCUMBENT ON US TO CONSIDER AMERICAN JOBS AS WELL. THIS AMENDMENT SOLIDIFIES THAT BELIEF AND SHOWS OUR STRONG SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING, AND ALREADY HAS BASKETBALL SUPPORTED AN ENDORSED BY THE ALLIANCE FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. BUT IMPORTANTLY, IT WOULD ENSURE ACCESS TO SAFE DINNERWARE FOR OUR MILITARY. FREE FROM LEAD OR OTHER CARS GENIC MATERIALS. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS INVOLVING LEAD AND OTHER CONTAMINATES IN DINNERWARE COMING FROM CHINA AND MEXICO AND OTHER SUPPLIERS AROUND THE WORLD . LEADING TO CONCERNS FOR THEIR USE BY AMERICAN TROOPS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS, SAFETY AND HEALTH CONCERNS, AND THE JOBS THAT ARE CREATED IN OUR COMMUNITIES BY SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      DEBATE

                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment No. 13.

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                        THE CHAIR

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                        MR. THORNBERRY

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                        THE CHAIR

                        THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND ALL MEMBERS' DESIRE…

                        THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND ALL MEMBERS' DESIRE TO NOT ONLY SUPPORT JOBS IN THEIR DISTRICT, BUT TO SUPPORT AMERICAN MANUFACTURING.

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                      • 03:13:48 PM

                        MR. THORNBERRY

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                        THE CHAIR

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                        MR. MR. THORNBERRY

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                        THE CHAIR

                        AS FAR AS IT RELATES TO NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR HOSPITALS…

                        AS FAR AS IT RELATES TO NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR HOSPITALS ALL ACROSS

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                        AMERICA CONSIDER IT A SERIOUS ENOUGH SITUATION ON THEIR CHINA WARE BECAUSE…

                        AMERICA CONSIDER IT A SERIOUS ENOUGH SITUATION ON THEIR CHINA WARE BECAUSE OF THE LEAD CONTENT AND OTHER CARCINOGENIC MATERIALS THAT THEY'VE MADE THIS MANDATED FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA THAT THEY MUST HAVE LEAD-FREE CHINAWARE.

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                      • 03:17:54 PM

                        MR. MCKINLEY

                        THE GENTLEMAN CALLS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                        THE GENTLEMAN CALLS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WISH THE FINAL WORD?

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                      • 03:19:25 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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                        MR. THORNBERRY

                        MUGS. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE A SENSE OF PRIORITIES WHERE THE REAL -- A SENSE…

                        MUGS. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE A SENSE OF PRIORITIES WHERE THE REAL -- A SENSE OF EVIDENCE OF WHERE THE REAL PROBLEMS ARE. THEREFORE I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:20:06 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                      POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                      • 03:20:27 PM

                        MR. MCKINLEY

                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                      • 03:20:48 PM

                        An amendment, offered by Ms. Tenney, numbered 19 printed in House Report 115-702 to reinstate the Berry Amendment's longstanding domestic sourcing requirement for stainless steel flatware and provides a one year phase-in period.

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                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:21:06 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      DEBATE

                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Tenney amendment No. 19.

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                        THE CHAIR

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                        MS. TENNEY

                        WE SUPPLIED OUR MILITARY WITH FIREARMS. THESE TWO ICONIC COMPANIES WE MAIN…

                        WE SUPPLIED OUR MILITARY WITH FIREARMS. THESE TWO ICONIC COMPANIES WE MAIN -- REMAIN BUT MANY MORE HAVE LEFT. THROUGHOUT OUR NATION AND THE REGION THAT I REPRESENT, FACTORIES THAT ONCE BOOMED WITH ACTIVITY AND PRODUCTION ARE NOW SHUTTERED AND EMPTY. MEANWHILE THE ENTIRE SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION HAS BEEN PUSHED OUT OF THE WORK FORCE. PRESIDENT TRUMP DESCRIBED THE AMERICA WE NOW KNOW IN CENTRAL NEW YORK IN HIS FIRST INAUGURAL SPEECH. OUR MANUFACTURING PLANTS ARE NOW RUSTED OUT FACTORIES SCATTERED LIKE TOMBSTONES ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE. IN THE 22ND DISTRICT, THE RUST BELT OF NEW YORK AND MANY REGIONS ACROSS THIS NATION, ECONOMIC ACTIVITY HAS BEEN A CONSISTENT DOWNTURN. WELL-PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS HAVE BEEN INCREASINGLY HARD TO COME BY, LEAVING FORMER INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITIES LIKE OURS EMPTY AS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES FLEE IN DROVES. IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK WE'VE LOST ONE MILLION RESIDENTS IN SINCE 2010 ALONE. HERE IN WASHINGTON, IN STATE CAPITALS -- CAPITOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SPECIAL INTERESTS HAVE BEEN PLACED BEFORE THE AMERICAN WORKER. IT'S TIME TO PUT OUR CITIZENS AND OUR WORK FORCE FIRST. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT THAT I HAVE INTRODUCED WILL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES AND IT WILL SHOW OUR AMERICAN WORK FORCE THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN AND IMPORTANTLY IT WILL REDUCE OUR MILITARY'S DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN GOODS. IT'S TIME TO PUT OUR -- FOR 30 YEARS THE BARRY AMENDMENT INCLUDED A DOMESTIC SOURCING REQUIREMENT FOR STAINLESS STEEL FLAT WARE. HOWEVER IN 2006, THE PROVISION WAS REMOVE WHEN ONIGH TA LIMITED WHICH ONCE WAS IN OUR REGION, THE SOLE COMPLIANT MANUFACTURER IN THE U.S. , CLOSED ITS U.S. FACTORIES AND MOVED TO CHINA WHERE ALMOST ALL FLAT WARE IS NOW MANUFACTURED. IN A TRUE AMERICAN COMEBACK STORY WORTHY OF A HOLLYWOOD CINDERELLA STORY, TWO FORMER ONEIDA LIMITED EMPLOYEES OPENED A NEW COMPANY, SHERYL MANUFACTURING. GREG OWENS AND MATT ROBERTS PURCHASED ONEIDA'S CLOSED FACTORY AND ELLED EQUIPMENT. THEY REFURBISHED THE OLD EQUIPMENT AND OPENED SHEFRL MANUFACTURING, HIRED MANY FORMER ONEIDA LIMITED MES AND HAVE A WORK FORCE OF NEARLY 8024E678 PRODUCT LINE THEY CREATE -- CREATE IS KNOWN AS LIBERTY TABLE TOP THIS FORMER FACTORY TOMBSTONE ON OUR LANDSCAPE IS NOW A SYMBOL OF AMERICAN INGENUITY, CRAFTSMANSHIP, HARD WORK AND FREEDOM. THE STORY OF REBIRTH HAS GIVEN HOPE TO MY DISTRICT. SHERYL MANUFACTURING HAS A STRONG AND PROVEN RECORD OF SELLING HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS AT MARKET PRICES. SINCE 2008 THEY'VE BEEN AMONG THE TOP PROVIDERS OF FLAT PAIRE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FULFILLING MORE THAN $6.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL CONTRACTS OVER THE SUBSEQUENT YEARS. WHILE I UNDERSTAND THERE MAY BE CONCERNS THAT THIS DOMESTIC SOURCING PROVISION WILL INCREASE COSTS, G.S.A. HAS ALREADY FOUND THE FLAT WARE TO BE OFFEREDED A A FAIR AND REASONABLE PRICE WHICH IS A MAJOR REASON WHY THIS FACTORY, WHY THE AGENCY ALREADY PURCHASES FLAT WARE FROM SHERYL. MOST IMPORTANTLY, MY AMENDMENT RETAINS ALL EXISTING WAIVERS UNDER THE BARRY AMENDMENT, UNLIKE SOME OTHER BARRY AMENDMENTS. IN THE CASE OF NEGATIVE CHANGES TO PRICE OR QUALITY, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CAN USE OTHER SOURCES OF FLAT WARE INCLUDING IN OTHER COUNTRIES. IT DOESN'T COST THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANYTHING TO USE SHERYL UNDER THIS AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME IT IS TRUE THAT THE ONLY CURRENT BARRY COMPLIANT MANUFACTURER IS LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT. IT IS SHERYL. HOWEVER THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT OTHERS WHO SUPPORT DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING CANNOT BEGIN PRODUCTION AND COMPLY WITH THIS AMENDMENT. OPENING A DOOR FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS CAN ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURS ACROSS THE CRUNT TOY START AN OPERATION OF THEIR OWN. MY AMENDMENT ENCOURAGES THE AMERICAN FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES OF COMPETITION AND INGENUITY. AGAIN THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT COST THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. PASSING THIS AMENDMENT WILL PROVE TO AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS AND VISIONARIES THAT CONGRESS STATED SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN JOBS AND AMERICAN MANUFACTURING IS NOT MERELY LIP SERVICE. IT SHOWS THAT CONGRESS IS COMMITTED TO PUTTING OUR NATION BACK ON THE PATH OF PROSPERITY. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO CO-SPONSORED THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT , MY FELLOW NEW YORKER, REPRESENTATIVE KATKO WHO HAS 15 BUSINESSES IN THE NEIGHBORING NEW YORK DISTRICT HE REPRESENTS THAT ARE PART OF THE SHERYL MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN. REPRESENTATIVES POLIQUIN AND LIPINSKI, BOTH GREAT SUPPORTERS OF BUY AMERICA, REPRESENTATIVE WALTER JONES, A DEDICATED MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, AND REPRESENTATIVE TIM RYAN, AN OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING MY AMENDMENT SUPPORTS AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. HELPS THE DOMESTIC SUPPLY CHAIN THAT SPANS 40 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS FROM NEW YORK TO CALIFORNIA.

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                      • 03:26:27 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

                        I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK TO FINISH HER STATEMENT.

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                      • 03:26:38 PM

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                        THE CHAIR

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                        MS. TENNEY

                        PROCUREMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

                      • 03:27:26 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        BUT I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION BEFORE THE…

                        BUT I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION BEFORE THE HOUSE IS ARE WE GOING TO INFLICT HIGHER COSTS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH A MANDATE THAT REQUIRES WHERE THE DEPARTMENT BUYS ITS FORKS AND SPOONS AND KNIVES AND PLATES AND MUGS. THAT'S THE QUESTION. IF ANY OF THESE SUPPLIERS PROVIDE THE BEST PRICE, THAT'S WHERE D.O.D. IS GOING TO GO BUY THEM. THESE AMENDMENTS, BOTH THE LAST ONE AND THIS ONE, ONLY BECOME RELEVANT IF THE COSTS ARE HIGHER AND WE ARE MAKING D.O.D. BUY THE HIGHER PRICED ITEMS ANYWAY. NOW AS I MENTIONED, THERE MAY BE SOME JUSTIFICATION FOR THAT WHEN THERE'S A VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO FORKS AND PLATES, I DON'T THINK THAT EXISTS. AND SO, THE ONLY WAY THESE AMENDMENTS MATTER IS IF IT FORCES D.O.D. TO PAY MORE AND WHEN IT FORCES D.O.D. TO PAY MORE FOR PLATES AND BOWLS AND FORKS AND KNIVES THEN YOU'RE TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM BULLETS AND FUEL AND GUNS AND SHIPS AND THE THINGS THAT HELP KEEP AMERICA SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, CREATING DOMESTIC JOBS IS NOT THE PRIMARY MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. OUR FOCUS, THE DEPARTMENT'S FOCUS AND OUR FOCUS IN THIS BILL AND WHEN IT COMES TO THIS CONGRESS, IS TO PROTECT THE NATION AND TO SUPPORT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR US. WE'VE GOT TO GIVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB. WE SHOULD NOT DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD DIVERT FROM THAT. SO I AGAIN WITH ALL ADMIRATION FOR THE GENTLELADY AND FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, I JUST SAY IF WE'RE GOING TO TELL D.O.D. WHERE THEY HAVE TO BUY THEIR FORKS AND KNIVES AND PLATES, WHERE DOES IT END? I HAVE A MANUFACTURER, I'M SURE, IN MY DISTRICT THAT WOULD LOVE TOO SUPPLY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH SOMETHING OR ANOTHER. WE CANNOT GO DOWN THIS ROAD. WE MUST LET THE DEPARTMENT BUY THE BEST VALUE. THAT'S WHAT I THINK ALL MEMBERS SHOULD SUPPORT. I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:30:05 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THE DESK.

                    • 03:30:22 PM

                      POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                      • 03:31:12 PM

                        MR. ENGEL

                        REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF NEW YORK.

                      • 03:31:15 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 03:31:17 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MR.

                      • 03:31:20 PM

                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Engel, numbered 43 printed in House Report 115-702 to authorize financial and visa sanctions against perpetrators of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya by the Burmese military and security forces; limit U.S. military and security assistance with Burma until reforms take place; incentivize reform of the Burmese gemstone sector which is notoriously dominated by the military; and require a determination of what crimes the Burmese military committed, including genocide.

                        • 03:31:24 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          ENGEL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME SAY THAT SINCE AUGUST OF…

                          ENGEL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME SAY THAT SINCE AUGUST OF 2017, THE BURMESE MILITARY HAS INFLICTED HORRIFIC VIOLENCE AGAINST THE

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                        • 03:31:34 PM

                          MR. ENGEL

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

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION? SEEING NONE, DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WISH TO CLOSE?

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                    • 03:31:45 PM

                      DEBATE

                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Engel amendment No. 43.

                      • 03:33:28 PM

                        MR. ENGEL

                      • 03:33:36 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                      • 03:33:49 PM

                        MR. ENGEL

                      • 03:33:54 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                    • 03:34:21 PM

                      POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                      • 03:34:25 PM

                        MR. POLIS

                      • 03:34:27 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 03:34:29 PM

                        THE CLERK

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                        THE CHAIR

                        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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                      • 03:34:36 PM

                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis, numbered 50 printed in House Report 115-702 to reduce the amount authorized for the National Nuclear Security Administration's Weapons Account to the amount in the budget request.

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                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis amendment No. 50.

                        • 03:36:44 PM

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                          THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT ABOUT STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, GOOD…

                          THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT ABOUT STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, GOOD GOVERNMENT OR SETTING PRIORITIES.

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                        • 03:36:48 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:36:48 PM

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                          INSTEAD THIS AMENDMENT'S PART OF A BROADER ANTI-NUCLEAR AGENDA THAT WE SEE…

                          INSTEAD THIS AMENDMENT'S PART OF A BROADER ANTI-NUCLEAR AGENDA THAT WE SEE YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. IT CUTS $145 MILLION IN DESPERATELY NEEDED FUNDING FOR RECAPITALIZING NUCLEAR WEAPONS PRODUCTION BUILDINGS DATING BACK TO THE 1940'S AND 1950'S.

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                        • 03:37:16 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 COLORADO.

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                        • 03:39:06 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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                          MR. POLIS

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                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:39:12 PM

                          MR. POLIS

                          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.

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                        • 03:39:45 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:39:50 PM

                          MR. ROGERS

                          RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                          THE CHAIR

                          DESJARLAIS: THE NNSA'S MISSION IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL…

                          DESJARLAIS: THE NNSA'S MISSION IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY ROLES FROM ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT AND AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA POINTED OUT, AFTER YEARS OF INSUFFICIENT FUNDING, OUR NUCLEAR SECURITY ENTERPRISE IS NOW FACING A MYRIAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEMS AND POTENTIAL FAILURES.

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                        • 03:40:04 PM

                          MR. DESJARLAIS

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                          THE CHAIR

                          THORNBERRY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR.

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                          MR. ROGERS

                          CHAIRMAN, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF NNSA ARE LIKE THE MILITARY. THEY'RE GOING…

                          CHAIRMAN, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF NNSA ARE LIKE THE MILITARY. THEY'RE GOING TO GET THE JOB DONE. UNDER WHATEVER CONDITIONS ARE REQUIRED.

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                        • 03:41:24 PM

                          MR. THORNBERRY

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THE QUESTION IS ON -- OH, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THE QUESTION IS ON -- OH, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                        • 03:42:02 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:42:07 PM

                          MR. ROGERS

                        • 03:42:11 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          POLIS: ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                      • 03:42:20 PM

                        POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                        At the conclusion of debate on the Polis amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Polis 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. POLIS

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                          THE CHAIR

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

                        • 03:42:46 PM

                          MR. GALLAGHER

                          GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN.

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                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:42:50 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. MR.

                        • 03:42:54 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Gallagher, numbered 55 printed in House Report 115-702 to add the use of immigration programs and visas by the Chinese Communist Party to enter the United States for the purposes of political, academic, or social influence efforts to the strategy required in Section 1252.

                          • 03:42:57 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. GALLAGHER

                          • 03:43:10 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            INDIVIDUALS SEEKING TO OBSERVE AND PARTICIPATE IN OUR WAY OF LIFE. INDEED…

                            INDIVIDUALS SEEKING TO OBSERVE AND PARTICIPATE IN OUR WAY OF LIFE. INDEED WE BENEFIT FROM THESE VISITORS WHEN THEY TAKE ON OUR VALUES AND GO HOME WITH THEM. HOWEVER, WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL COMES TO STUDY AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES, WE MUST TAKE CARE OF BOTH THAT THEY ARE HERE FOR THEIR STATED PURPOSE, AND THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO FULFILL THEIR LEGITIMATE GOAL WITHOUT DISRUPTION.

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                          • 03:43:12 PM

                            MR. GALLAGHER

                            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 SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 03:43:15 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeed with 10 minutes of debate on the Gallagher amendment No. 55.

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                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:45:12 PM

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                        • 03:45:15 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN FOR…

                          I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN FOR CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING ONE OF THE STRATEGIC CHALLENGES CHINA POSES. I'M CONCERNED THAT THIS EFFORT WILL MAKE FLAWED LANGUAGE EVEN WORSE. THE BILL CURRENTLY REQUIRES THE -- A REPORT TO CONGRESS TO RESPOND TO COMPETITIVE AND MALICIOUS ACTIONS. MY FRIEND OUTLINED SEVERAL TIMES WHEN WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN FERRETING OUT THESE ACTIONS WITHOUT HIS AMENDMENT BEING LOGGED. LET ME BE CLEAR ON THE STRATEGY.

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                        • 03:46:01 PM

                          MR. LARSEN

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                          MR. GAL FWERGER

                          THIS INCLUDES TARGETING U.S.

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                          ACCORDING TO D.O.D. , ALMOST A QUARTER OF FOREIGN EFFORTS TO STEAL…

                          ACCORDING TO D.O.D. , ALMOST A QUARTER OF FOREIGN EFFORTS TO STEAL SENSITIVE INFORMATION HAPPEN THROUGH ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS. WHAT'S MORE ALARMING IS UNDER CHINESE LAW, CITIZENS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE DATA, INFORMATION, AND TECHNOLOGICAL SUPPORT OR ASSISTANCE TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT UPON REQUEST. THIS MEANS THAT CHINA CAN INTIMIDATE AND COERCE CITIZENS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION. THE AMENDMENT OFFERED TODAY WILL ENSURE THIS FORM OF ESPIONAGE IS THOROUGHLY CONSIDERED AS WE DEVELOP OUR WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT CHINA STRATEGY. I SUPPORT WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID THAT WE NEED TO GO ON THE OFFENSIVE AS WELL BUT THAT COULDN'T MEAN WE GIVE UP THE DEFENSE AND WE NEED TO BE SMART IN THAT STRATEGY AS. WE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 03:49:21 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN. MR.

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                          LARSEN: I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE FINAL TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                          LARSEN: I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE FINAL TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        • 03:49:31 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:49:37 PM

                          MR. LARSEN

                          CHU: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO MR. GALLAGHER'S AMENDMENT…

                          CHU: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO MR. GALLAGHER'S AMENDMENT TO THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT.

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                        • 03:49:43 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THIS HARMFUL AMENDMENT WOULD ADD LANGUAGE TO THE NDAA THAT SPECIFICALLY…

                          THIS HARMFUL AMENDMENT WOULD ADD LANGUAGE TO THE NDAA THAT SPECIFICALLY TARGETS CHINESE FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO RECEIVE U.S.

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                        • 03:49:45 PM

                          MS. CHU

                          I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 90 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA,…

                          I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 90 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, CHAIRMAN WILSON.

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                        • 03:51:53 PM

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                          WILSON: I'M GRATE TO FEEL SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF CONGRESSMAN GALLAGHER'S…

                          WILSON: I'M GRATE TO FEEL SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF CONGRESSMAN GALLAGHER'S AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO CREATE A STRATEGY TO DEAL WITH ABUSE OF VITA PROGRAMS

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                        • 03:51:58 PM

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                        • 03:52:03 PM

                          MR. WILSON

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

                        • 03:53:20 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:53:23 PM

                          MR. LARSEN

                          FWALGER: I WOULD SAY, TO EXTEND THE FOOTBALL METAPHOR PERHAPS TO THE POINT…

                          FWALGER: I WOULD SAY, TO EXTEND THE FOOTBALL METAPHOR PERHAPS TO THE POINT OF ABSURDITY, OUR DEFENSE DOESN'T EVEN GET ON THE FIELD.

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                        • 03:53:34 PM

                          MR. FWALGER

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                          THE CHAIR

                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. AMODEI…

                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. AMODEI OF NEVADA.

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                      • 03:53:57 PM

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

                        • 03:54:58 PM

                          UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

                          • 03:55:19 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL…

                            A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE.

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                          • 03:55:26 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            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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                          • 03:55:55 PM

                            On agreeing to the Amodei amendment (A014) Roll Call 223 - Recorded vote pending.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR.…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. MCGOVERN OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                        • 04:23:55 PM

                          House Vote 223 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                          Agreed to (229 - 183)
                          Aye
                          No

                          Vote Details: Aye - 229
                          Republican - 224
                          Democratic - 5

                          Vote Details: No - 183
                          Democratic - 182
                          Republican - 1

                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 15
                          Democratic - 6
                          Republican - 9

                          • 04:24:02 PM

                            On agreeing to the McGovern amendment (A015) Roll Call 224 - Recorded vote pending.

                            • 04:24:17 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS…

                              A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE.

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                            • 04:24:20 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 04:29:05 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR.…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. MCKINLEY OF WEST VIRGINIA.

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                        • 04:29:10 PM

                          House Vote 224 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                          Agreed to (408 - 1)
                          Aye

                          Vote Details: Aye - 408
                          Republican - 221
                          Democratic - 187

                          Vote Details: No - 1
                          Republican - 1

                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 18
                          Democratic - 6
                          Republican - 12

                          • 04:29:27 PM

                            THE CLERK

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

                            THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                          • 04:29:43 PM

                            On agreeing to the McKinley amendment (A016) Roll Call 225 - Recorded vote pending.

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                            House Vote 225 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                            Failed (160 - 252)
                            Aye
                            No

                            Vote Details: Aye - 160
                            Democratic - 124
                            Republican - 36

                            Vote Details: No - 252
                            Republican - 188
                            Democratic - 64

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 15
                            Democratic - 5
                            Republican - 10

                            • 04:35:42 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              REPORT 115-702 BY MS. TENNEY ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

                            • 04:35:47 PM

                              On agreeing to the Tenney amendment (A017) Roll Call 226 - Recorded vote pending.

                              • 04:36:00 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                TENNEY OF NOORK.

                              • 04:36:10 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                              • 04:40:13 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF…

                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF NEW YORK.

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                          • 04:40:23 PM

                            House Vote 226 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                            Failed (174 - 239)
                            Aye
                            No

                            Vote Details: Aye - 174
                            Democratic - 127
                            Republican - 47

                            Vote Details: No - 239
                            Republican - 177
                            Democratic - 62

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 14
                            Republican - 10
                            Democratic - 4

                            • 04:40:31 PM

                              THE CLERK

                            • 04:40:37 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO.

                          • 04:44:46 PM

                            House Vote 227 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                            Agreed to (382 - 30)
                            Aye

                            Vote Details: Aye - 382
                            Democratic - 188
                            Republican - 194

                            Vote Details: No - 30
                            Republican - 30

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 15
                            Republican - 10
                            Democratic - 5

                            • 04:44:52 PM

                              On agreeing to the Polis amendment (A019) Roll Call 228 - Recorded vote pending.

                              • 04:45:11 PM

                                THE CLERK

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

                                SNOW [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC. , IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 174 AND THE NAYS ARE 239. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT

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                              • 04:50:36 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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

                          • 04:50:36 PM

                            House Vote 228 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                            Failed (174 - 239)
                            Aye
                            No

                            Vote Details: Aye - 174
                            Democratic - 166
                            Republican - 8

                            Vote Details: No - 239
                            Republican - 216
                            Democratic - 23

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 14
                            Republican - 10
                            Democratic - 4

                            • 04:51:28 PM

                              Mr. Thornberry moved that the committee rise.

                              • 04:51:31 PM

                                MR. THORNBERRY

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

                              • 04:51:37 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                MR. CHAIRMAN.

                          • 04:51:39 PM

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

                            • 04:51:49 PM

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

                              • 04:52:04 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 04:52:06 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THEREON.

                          • 04:52:12 PM

                            ORDER OF PROCEDURE

                            Mr. Thornberry asked unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 5515 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to H. Res. 908, the fourth set of amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry of Texas pursuant to section 3 of H. Res. 905 be considered to have been adopted with the modification at the desk. Agreed to without objection.

                            • 04:52:16 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MR. SPEAKER.

                            • 04:52:32 PM

                              MR. THORNBERRY

                              SUSPEND. CONTINUE.

                            • 04:52:34 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5515 IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 908, THE FOURTH SET OF AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED BY MYSELF PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE BEEN ADOPTED WITH THE MODIFICATION I PLACED AT THE DESK.

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                            • 04:52:43 PM

                              MR. THORNBERRY

                              THORNBERRY OF TEXAS. STRIKE AMENDMENT NUMBER 69 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

                              THORNBERRY OF TEXAS. STRIKE AMENDMENT NUMBER 69 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-

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                            • 04:52:57 PM

                              Thornberry amendment en bloc No. 4; modified by unanimous consent. Modification strikes amendment No. 69 printed in House Report 115-698.

                              • 04:53:04 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 04:53:07 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                698.

                              • 04:53:22 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5515 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                            • 04:53:29 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."

                              • 04:53:41 PM

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

                                • 04:53:57 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 04:54:19 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 908 I OFFERED AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 2.

                                • 04:54:41 PM

                                  MR. THORNBERRTHORNBERRY

                                • 04:54:49 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

                              • 04:54:58 PM

                                Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 2: Nos. 31, 32, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 and 76.

                              • 04:55:08 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 908, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Thornberry En Bloc amendment No. 2.

                                • 04:55:17 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:55:29 PM

                                  MR. THORNBERRY

                                • 04:55:34 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 04:55:36 PM

                                  MRS. HARTZLER

                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:56:43 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  WILSON.

                                • 04:56:47 PM

                                  MR. SMITH

                                  WILSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF

                                • 04:56:54 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 04:56:57 PM

                                  MS. WILSON

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

                                • 04:59:52 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 04:59:57 PM

                                  MR. THORNBERRY

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 05:00:05 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                                  IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD.

                                • 05:01:51 PM

                                  MR. THORNBERRY

                                • 05:01:53 PM

                                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                                • 05:01:55 PM

                                  MR. THORNBERRY

                                  I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                  I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 05:03:20 PM

                                  MR. MR. NEWHOUSE

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

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

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                                • 05:03:26 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 05:03:39 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 05:03:40 PM

                                  MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

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

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

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                                • 05:05:05 PM

                                  MR. THORNBERRY

                                • 05:05:09 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. LANCE

                                  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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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  CARBAJAL: MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND…

                                  CARBAJAL: MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH -- FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP, THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING MY AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. MR. CARBAJAL

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

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

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. THORNBERRY

                                  STEFANIK: THANK YOU. I RISE TO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT TO CREATE…

                                  STEFANIK: THANK YOU. I RISE TO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT TO CREATE AN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL SECURITY COMMISSION ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. MR.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MS. STEFANIK

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

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

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  CARDENAS: THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MAC…

                                  CARDENAS: THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY AND ALSO RANKING MEMBER ADAM SMITH FOR THEIR FINE WORK ON THIS AND ALLOWING KNOW BRING MY AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. MY MINDFULNESS AMENDMENT WOULD CREATE A PILOT PROGRAM TO TRAIN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES IN MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION TECHNIQUES, BEFORE DEPLOYING TO COMBAT ZONES. ACCORDING TO THE V.A., MINDFULNESS PRACTICE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT INDIVIDUALS WITH PTSD.

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                                • 05:09:04 PM

                                  MR. CARDENAS

                                  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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                                • 05:10:15 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. THORNBERRY

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, RANKING MEMBER ON THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. ENGEL.

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                                • 05:10:24 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  ENGEL: I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN…

                                  ENGEL: I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AN AMENDMENT I JOIN WITH RANKING MEMBER SMITH TO OFFER ON NIGER. LAST OCTOBER FOUR AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS WERE KILLED IN AN AMBUSH IN NIGER. WE STILL DON'T FULL YND WHAT HAPPENED AND FOR SOME -- FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED AND FOR SOME REASON THE ZEAL FOR OVERSIGHT SEEMS TO HAVE DRIED UP.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. ENGEL

                                  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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                                • 05:11:55 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. SCHNEIDER

                                  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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                                • 05:13:17 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. SMITH

                                  THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I ALSO YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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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.

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                                • 05:13:31 PM

                                  MR. THORNBERRY

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

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 908, I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 3.

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

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                                  MR. THORNBERRY

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                  Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-702 as En Bloc No. 3: Nos. 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91 and 92.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    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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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    TIME.

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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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                                  • 05:14:57 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                  Mr. Thornberry moved that the committee rise.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MR. SPEAKER.

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                                    THORNBERRY: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE…

                                    THORNBERRY: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT RECONVENE AT 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MY NAME AS A CO-SPONSOR OF…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MY NAME AS A CO-SPONSOR OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 774.

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                                  Mr. Thornberry asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on May 24. Agreed to without objection.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

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                                  ORDERED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. LAMALFA

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  FROM ESPAILLAT: DR. GOMEZ WILL BE RECORDED IN HISTORY AS A CIVIL RIGHTS…

                                  FROM ESPAILLAT: DR. GOMEZ WILL BE RECORDED IN HISTORY AS A CIVIL RIGHTS ICON TO THE MARGINALLY AFTER ROW LATINO COMMUNITY AND ADVOCATE FOR THE -- AFRO LATINO COMMUNITY AND ADVOCATE FOR THE COMMUNITY. SERVED AS THE MAYOR OF SANTO DOMINGO, PART OF THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, TWICE NOMINATED FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. DR. PENA GOMEZ WAS A FIERCE PROPONENT OF FREE SPEECH, DENOUNCED UNFAIR ELECTION PRACTICES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND AROUND THE GLOBE. HE WAS -- THE LARGEST AIRPORT IN SANTO DOMINGO BEARS HIS NAME AND WELCOMES PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. IT'S MY GREAT -- FOR THOSE WHO FINALLY REMEMBER HIS MOTTO AND STANDARD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 05:21:53 PM

                                  MR. KIHUEN

                                  HE'S A MAN WHO'S REMEMBERED AS BEING SPONTANEOUS FUN. I WOULD LIKE TO…

                                  HE'S A MAN WHO'S REMEMBERED AS BEING SPONTANEOUS FUN. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO CAMERON'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE KNOW THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA, AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  REQUEST.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  TODAY.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  GRANTED. UNDER -- UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. KHANNA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MEMBERS AS DESIGNEE OF THE MY IN ORDER LEADER.

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                                SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                  MR. KHANNA

                                  THE ISSUE OF OUR TIME IS ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AND A CHALLENGE OF THE MIDDLE…

                                  THE ISSUE OF OUR TIME IS ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AND A CHALLENGE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS BEING LEFT BEHIND. WE KNOW THAT 81%, 81% OF AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS BETWEEN 2005 TO 2015 HAVE NOT HAD A RAISE. THEY HAVE ACTUALLY EITHER HAD THEIR WAGES STAGNATE OR THEIR WAGES DECLINE. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT GOES TO THE CORE PRINCIPLES OF OUR NATION. AS EVERY AMERICAN KNOWS, IN 1968, DR. KING MARCHED WITH SANITATION WORKERS IN MEMPHIS, WITH LOCAL 1733. AND THE MARCH WAS NOT JUST ABOUT RACIAL JUSTICE. THE MARCH WAS ABOUT ECONOMIC JUSTICE. THE MARCH WAS ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF SANITATION WORKERS TO EARN WHAT DR. KING CALLED A DECENT LIVING. IT WAS ABOUT THE DIGNITY OF WORK. IT WAS ABOUT THE RIGHT TO JOIN A UNION. THEY FOUGHT AGAINST SO-CALLED RIGHT TO WORK LEGISLATION. THEY FOUGHT FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SO THAT PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD, WHO RODE ON TRUCKS AND PICKED UP THE TRASH AND DID HARD LABOR EARNED A DECENT WAGE. AND DR. KING TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ECONOMIC JUSTICE MUCH AS HE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF RACIAL JUSTICE. HERE ARE THE FACTS THAT WE KNOW. UNIONIZED AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN EARN ABOUT $21.90 AN HOUR. THAT'S NOT A BAD WAGE. NONUNION AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN EARN ALMOST $4 LESS ON AVERAGE. $4 PER HOUR IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNIONIZED AND NONUNIONIZED WORK FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN. 72% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN UNIONS HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. GUESS WHAT, LESS THAN 50% OF NONUNION AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. SOME OF US HAVE READ THE HORRIFIC STUDIES ABOUT HOW PREGNANT AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN STILL FACE HUGE ISSUES WITH INFANT MORTALITY AND PROBLEMS WITH CHILD LABOR. PART OF IT IS BECAUSE THEY LACK HEALTH INSURANCE. WELL, IF THEY HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH A UNION, THAT IS NOT AS MUCH OF AN ISSUE. LATINOS THAT JOIN A UNION WILL SEE THEIR WEEKLY INCOME INCREASE BY ALMOST 38%. THEY'RE 41% MORE LIKELY TO HAVE EMPLOYER-PROVIDED HEALTH INSURANCE. AND CAUCASIAN, WORKING CLASS FAMILIES HAVE SEEN A RAISE OF NEARLY 20% WHEN THEY ARE IN UNION JOBS COMPARED TO NONUNION JOBS. UNIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER BECAUSE THE QUESTION IS WHEN 81% OF THIS COUNTRY HASN'T HAD A RAISE FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS, DO WE NEED TO HAVE MORE POLICIES FAVORING CORPORATIONS AND EXECUTIVES, OR DO WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GIVE AMERICANS A RAISE? THE ONE INSTITUTION THAT GIVES AMERICANS A RAISE ARE UNIONS. NOW, WE DIDN'T INVENT THIS. WE KNOW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WORKS IN OTHER NATIONS. WE KNOW THAT COOKS IN GERMANY MAKE ALMOST $25 AN HOUR. I WAS THE DANISH AMBASSADOR WAS VISITING ME AND I SAID, HOW MUCH WOULD SOMEONE MAKE AT STARBUCKS IN DENMARK? HE SAID, ALMOST $20 TO $22 AN HOUR. MY JAW DROPPED. I SAID, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? IS IT GOVERNMENT PRESCRIBED? SAID, NO. IT'S UNIONS, STRONG UNION MOVEMENTS ACROSS OTHER COUNTRIES. IT'S NOT THEY DISCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP OR INNOVATION. IT'S THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT WORKING FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE THE DIGNITY TO EARN AN HONEST LIVING, THAT THEY CAN AFFORD RENT, THAT THEY CAN AFFORD FOOD, THAT THEY CAN AFFORD HEALTH CARE, THAT THEY CAN AFFORD A JOB. THIS IS WHAT F.D.R. TALKED ABOUT WITH THE RIGHTS TO HAVE A JOB AND HEALTH CARE AND HOUSING, THAT THE POSITIVE RIGHTS WERE NECESSARY TO TRULY HAVE FREEDOM IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. COLLECTIVE ACTION RAISES THE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR EVERYONE. AND GUESS WHAT, HENRY FORD KNEW IT AND IT LED TO ECONOMIC GROWTH. THAT'S WHY HE PAID WORKERS MORE. BECAUSE HE SAID SOMEONE'S GOT TO EARN A LIVING TO BUY THE CARS. IF WE DON'T HAVE A MIDDLE CLASS THAT CAN EARN, THEN WHO'S GOING TO BUY THE IPHONES? WHO'S GOING TO BUY THE NEW CARS AND THE TESLAS? WHO'S GOING TO BUY AND HAVE THE MONEY TO SET UP NEW BANK ACCOUNTS? OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IS DEPENDENT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. THAT'S WHAT AMERICA HAS GOTTEN AND CHINA HAS NEVER UNDERSTOOD. CHINA DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THEIR MIDDLE CLASS. THEY CARE ABOUT THE ELITES. WE BELIEVED IN THE MIDDLE CLASS FROM F.D.R. TO DWIGHT EISENHOWER. WE BELIEVE EVERY PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY IS EXTRAORDINARY, THAT OUR SUCCESS IS BASED ON ORDINARY AMERICANS EARNING ENOUGH TO BUY THINGS, THAT EVERY AMERICAN MATTERS, NOT JUST IN OUR DEMOCRACY, BUT TO OUR ECONOMY. IT'S WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT FROM THE CHINESE MODEL. AND IT'S WHY UNIONS MATTER SO MUCH, BECAUSE UNIONS ARE WHAT ALLOW ORDINARY AMERICANS TO GET THE WAGES THEY DESERVE. UNION WORKERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE HEALTH CARE AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS. AND WE KNOW THAT THE DECLINE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DIRECTLY CORRELATED TO A DECLINE IN UNION MEMBERSHIP. LET ME GIVE YOU THIS STAGGERING STATISTIC. IT USED TO BE IN OUR G.D.P. THAT 90% OF G.D.P. WENT TO INCOME OF OUR G.D.P. THAT STATISTIC HAS FALLEN TO THE HIGH 50'S OR LOW 60'S. MOST OF THE LOSS NOW GOES TO CAPITAL, TO AUTOMATION, TO MACHINERY. AND HERE'S THE IRONY. CORPORATIONS, INSTEAD -- YOU THINK THEY WOULD INVEST IN HUMAN CAPITAL. YOU THINK THEY'D INVEST MORE IN THE WORK FORCE, BUT THEIR INCENTIVES AREN'T TO DO THAT. THE TAX CODE INCENTIVIZES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IF THEY WANT TO OPEN UP PLANTS OR HAVE AUTOMATION, BUT THEY DON'T INCENTIVIZE THE INVESTMENT IN ACTUAL HUMAN CAPITAL SO THAT WORKERS AND HUMAN BEINGS GET MORE OF THE G.D.P. AND NOT LESS. AND THIS DECLINE OF INCOME IS CORRELATED POLARITY WITH AUTOMATION, BUT ALSO WITH THE DECLINE OF UNION MEMBERSHIP. GUESS WHAT, THE UNIONS ARE THE ONLY -- ONE OF THE ONLY INSTITUTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT IS INVESTING IN WORKINGER TRAINING, THAT IS IN-- WORKER TRAINING, THAT IS INVESTING IN IMPROVING HUMAN CAPITAL. I KNOW SO MANY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS IN MY OWN DISTRICT. YOU CAN GO IN WITH JUST A HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE, NO TEST, NO FEES REQUIRED, AND BECOME AN APPRENTICE, TO BECOME AN ELECTRICIAN, TO BECOME A DRYWALLER. A GLAZER. A PAINTER. THESE ARE TOUGH JOBS. THEY'RE NOT EASY JOBS. BUT ONCE YOU DO THE APPRENTICESHIP, YOU DON'T -- IT DOESN'T COST YOU ANYTHING. IT COMES OUT OF THE FEES OF JOURNEYMEN. AND OTHER UNION MEMBERS. AND YOU GO AND YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS AND THE UNIONS INVEST IN YOU. AND WHEN YOU TALK TO THESE APPRENTICESHIPS, THEY'RE SO PROUD OF THE WORK THEY'RE DOING. PROUD OF THE INVESTMENT THAT THE UNIONS ARE MAKING IN THEM AND THEY'RE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY WORK ETHIC. AND THAT IS THE INVESTMENT THAT THE UNIONS ARE MAKE -- MAKING IN OUR WORK FORCE. DON'T JUST THINK IT'S ABOUT THEM MAKING SURE THE PEOPLE GET THE WAGES THEY DESERVEMENT THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THE -- DESERVE. THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THE WORKERS WE NEED IN THIS COUNTRY TO BE PRODUCTIVE. THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE INVESTING IN THE HUMAN CAPITAL IN OUR SOCIETY. AND ARE THE ONES WHO ARE LOOKING AT THE INVESTMENTS NEEDED FOR THE FUTURE. UNION APPRENTICESHIPS ARE WHAT CLOSED THE SKILLS GAP. THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE TEACHING FOLKS ABOUT 3-D PRINTING. THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE TEACHING FOLKS THE TECH ZHAILS ARE NEEDED AS -- THE TECH SKILLS THAT ARE NEEDED AS AUTO REPAIR MECHANICS. THEY'RE TEACHING FOLKS THE BASIC WAYS THAT YOU NOW NEED TO OPERATE MACHINES AND ROBOTS. HIGH-QUALITY TRAINING IN OUR UNIONS IS WHY AMERICAN WORKERS ARE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE IN THE WORLD. SIX TIMES MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN CHINA. SIX TIMES MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN INDIA. 1 1/2 TIMES MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN GERMANY. 1 1/2 TIMES MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN JAPAN. THAT'S PARTLY BECAUSE OF OUR UNION EFFORTS AND TRAINING AND BECAUSE OF THE GRIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HERE'S WHAT THIS CASE IS ABOUT. THE CASE IS ABOUT CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTING SAYING YOU'VES SHOULDN'T HAVE THE WORK IN -- UNIONS SHOULDN'T HAVE WORK IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. EVERY PERSON CAN GO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. REALLY? WE TRIED THAT. BEFORE THE NEW DEAL. DURING THE ERA WHERE EVERY PERSON HAD TO GO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS THE TIME THAT F. SCOTT FITZGERALD WROTE ABOUT IF YGS THE GREAT GAS -- IN "THE GREAT GATSBY. " THE GILDED AGE. IT LED TO THE GREATEST STOCK MARKET CRASH. IT LED TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION. IT LED TO HUGE ECONOMIC INSTABILITY IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD. AND THEN WE SAID, THIS SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK. AND F.D.R. ANDUJARRY TRUMAN AND DWIGHT EYES -- AND HARRY TRUMAN AND DWIGHT EISENHOWER SAID, LET'S BUILD AN AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS WITH UNIONS, WHICH ORDINARY AMERICANS CAN GO GET A HIGHER EDUCATION. THEY CAN GO AND GET A WAGE WHERE THEY CAN AFFORD A HOUSE. AND THEY CAN AFFORD FOOD AND THEY CAN AFFORD TO HAVE A DECENT QUALITY OF LIFE. UNIONS ARE WHAT PROVIDED THAT. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IS WHAT ALLOWED FOR THAT. IT BALANCES THE CORPORATE INTERESTS. AND IT SAID, PEOPLE WHO DO WORK SHOULD BE REWARDED. THAT'S WHAT UNIONS HAVE DONE. AND SO I KNOW THERE ARE ALL THESE COMPLEX PHRASES, FEE SHARING AND RIGHT TO WORK AND ALL OF THAT. BUT CUT THROUGH ALL THE NOISE AND HERE'S THE BASIC QUESTION. DO YOU THINK COLLECTIVE BARGAINING HAS A ROLE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY? IF YOU THINK IT DOES, IF YOU THINK PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE AND BARGAIN AND THERE SHOULD BE SOME COUNTERWEIGHT TO CORPORATE POWER, THEN YOU SHOULD BE FOR THE UNION IN THE SUPREME COURT CASE. IF YOU THINK WORKERS ARE DOING FINE, WORKING FAMILIES ARE DOING FINE, THE PAINTERS AND THE FIREFIGHTERS AND THE MECHANICS AND THE TEACHERS AND THE NURSES, THAT THEY'RE ALL DOING GREAT, AND THE REAL PEOPLE WE NEED TO BE WORRIED ABOUT ARE THE CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, AND THE INVESTORS AND THE WALL STREET BANKERS, WELL, IF YOU HAVE THAT THEORY, THEN I SUPPOSE YOU'D BE FOR JANICE. YOU'D SAY, LET'S NOT HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. THE QUESTION IS, WHAT IS YOUR THEORY OF THE CASE? ARE YOU FOR WORKERS HAVING A GREATER SAY AND GREATER WAGES IN THIS COUNTRY? OR ARE YOU FOR CORPORATIONS HAVING EVEN GREATER POWER? THAT IS WHAT THIS CASE IS ABOUT. I KNOW THAT OUR PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS STANDS SO FIRMLY IN THE BELIEF THAT WE NEED TO BE ON THE SIDE OF THE WORKERS. IF THE SUPREME COURT DECIDES AGAINST COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, IT WILL BE ONE OF THE WORST DECISIONS IN AMERICAN RECENT HISTORY. A CATASTROPHE FOR THIS COURT TO STRIKE A BLOW TO WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA. TO STRIKE A BLOW TO THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE UNION MOVEMENT. WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN WORKING FAMILIES AND UNIONS, NOT WEAKEN THEM. BEFORE I TURN IT OVER TO ONE OF THE STRONGEST CHAMPIONS FOR WORKING FAMILIES, I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENT SAUNDERS, SCOTT FRAY, WHO HAVE DONE SO MUCH TO HELP NOT JUST MEMBER, NOT JUST HONOR THE TRADITION OF DR. KING, BUT TO HELP THE FIGHT FOR UNIONS. AND I WANT TO THANK DR. DAVID MADELINE AND KEVIN FOX ON MY TEAM FOR THEIR RESEARCH ABOUT THE ROLE OF UNIONS. AND THE LEADERS THE LEADERS OF N.E.A., MARY AND MARK. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND --

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  MR. KHANNA

                                  BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN ELECTED TO THE STATE SENATE, SHE'S BEEN A TIRELESS…

                                  BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN ELECTED TO THE STATE SENATE, SHE'S BEEN A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR UNIONS, FOR WORKING FAMILIES. SHE UNDERSTANDS THE WORKING FAMILIES AND UNIONS HAVE HELPED NOT JUST MINORITY COMMUNITIES, NOT JUST WOMEN, BUT ALL AMERICANS. SHE'S OUR VICE CHAIR OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS. SHE'S ONE OF THE STRONGEST PROGRESSIVE VOICES IN OUR NATION. SHE'S ON THE FRONT LINES, THE PICKET LINES, AND HAS TRAVELED ACROSS THE COUNTRY STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH UNION MEMBERS. IT'S A REAL HONOR NOW TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WOULD LIKE TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE JAYAPAL.

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                                  MS. JAYAPAL

                                  AND HOW PROUD I AM OF OUR PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, WHICH IS THE LARGEST…

                                  AND HOW PROUD I AM OF OUR PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, WHICH IS THE LARGEST VALUES-BASED CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE. WE ARE 78 MEMBERS STRONG. AND I BELIEVE WE'RE GOING TO HOPEFULLY HAVE MORE MEMBERS ADDED ON. BUT I THINK THE REALITY OF WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS THAT THE IDEAS THAT WE'RE PUTTING FORWARD ARE NOT REALLY PROGRESSIVE IDEAS. THEY ARE IDEAS THAT SERVE THE INTERESTS OF WORKING FAMILIES. AND LABOR UNIONS ARE AT THE CORE OF THAT. I'M PROUD TO COME FROM WASHINGTON STATE. WE ARE ONE OF THE MOST DENSE, LABOR-DENSE STATES IN THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST MINIMUM WAGES IN THE COUNTRY. THANKS TO THE LABOR MOVEMENT, WE HAVE MINIMUM WAGE THAT IS TIED TO INFLATION. WE'VE HAD THAT FOR MANY YEARS. IT'S PART OF THE REASON OUR MINIMUM WAGE HAS BEEN ABLE TO RISE IN WASHINGTON STATE, AND, YES, WE ARE THE PLACE WHERE $15 MINIMUM WAGE, WHICH I WAS PROUD TO BE ON THAT COMMITTEE TO PASS THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE IN SEATTLE, WE ARE ABLE TO SHOW THAT THESE POLICIES, LIKE HIGHER MINIMUM WAGES, LIKE PAID SAFE AND SICK DAYS, WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST PAID FAMILY LEAVE POLICIES IN THE COUNTRY, ALL OF THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD BY LABOR UNIONS REPRESENTING WORKERS. AND SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, WHAT IS THAT? FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON THAT MAY NOT BE AS FAMILIAR WITH TERMINOLOGY, REALLY ALL THAT MEANS IS THAT YOU GET TO TAKE IT THE POWER THAT COMES FROM HAVING MORE THAN ONE INDIVIDUAL TOGETHER TO BARGAIN FOR THINGS THAT ARE REALLY GOING TO HELP YOUR LIFE. THAT IS WHAT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IS ABOUT. BRINGING THE POWER OF MANY TO THE POLICIES AND PUTTING POLICIES FORWARD THAT REALLY HELP US. AND THE IDEA -- YOU SPOKE SO ELOQUENTLY ABOUT THE -- I THINK YOU SAID THE AMBASSADOR, THE DANISH AMBASSADOR VISITING YOU, THERE'S A GREAT TALK OUT THERE, THE TITLE OF IT IS SOMETHING LIKE, WHERE IN THE WORLD IS IT EASIEST TO GET RICH? AND IT'S A FANTASTIC TALK THAT REALLY PUTS BULLETS IN THE THEORY THAT SOMEHOW IN SOCIAL DEMOCRACIES, WHERE YOU PROVIDE HEALTH CARE, WHERE YOU HAVE STRONG LABOR MOVEMENTS, WHERE YOU PROVIDE FREE EDUCATION, THAT SOMEHOW YOU DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WELL IN THOSE COUNTRIES. IN FACT, WHAT THE STATISTICS SHOW ARE THAT SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF A STRONG LABOR MOVEMENT IN SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES, BECAUSE OF THE INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION, THOSE TWO FACTORS COMBINED MEAN THAT EVERYBODY DOES WELL. IT'S A REALLY SIMPLE THEORY THAT WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF WHEN WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF. AND THAT'S WHAT LABOR UNIONS HAVE PROVIDED TO US. I'M PROUD TO BE FROM A STRONG LABOR FAMILY. MY HUSBAND WAS ACTUALLY -- STARTED OFF HIS CAREER AS AN APPRENTICE -- APPRENTICE AS A BRICK LAYER. HE WORKED HIS WAY, WORKING UP LABOR UNIONS. HE WAS ELECTED BY 140,000 WORKERS ACROSS OUR COUNTY. AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING US TO WIN ON MANY OF THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES. AND THAT IS, I THINK, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THE JANICE DECISION, THIS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE. AN ISSUE OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE FOR ALL AMERICANS. THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION ON THIS CASE IS GOING TO HELP DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE REALLY HAVE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL WORKERS, WHETHER OR NOT LABOR UNIONS ARE ABLE TO DO THE WORK THAT THEY NEED TO DO TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN AND BRING THE VOICES OF MANY WORKERS TO BEAR. BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IN PARTICULARLY THESE WORKPLACES, GIANT CORPORATIONS, YOU KNOW THAT IF THERE IS A WRONG DONE TO ONE, IT IS DIFFICULT TO BRING IT FORWARD. JUST AS ONE. IF YOU HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, YOU HAVE A STRUCTURE WITHIN, WHERE THOSE ISSUES CAN COME FORWARD. WHAT SCOMBRANS I IS LOOKING AT IS -- WHAT JANICE IS LOOKING AT IS BLOO THE AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE THE -- IS WHETHER OR NOT THE AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE THE FREEDOM AND THE RIGHT TO BARGAIN. WHICH MEANS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THOSE CORPORATIONS WHO ARE EXPANDING INCOME INEQUALITY AND DECIMATING THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT FRANKLY BUILT THIS COUNTRY. LET ME BE CLEAR THAT I STAND STRONG WITH LABOR UNIONS IN OPPOSING CORPORATE EFFORTS TO DRAG WORKING PEOPLE TO THE BOTTOM. UNIONS MADE OUR COUNTRY STRONG. UNIONS MADE OUR COUNTRY STRONG. AND JANICE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR WORKING PEOPLE TO JOIN A UNION. UNION MEMBERS ARE US. THEY ARE OUR TEACHERS, IRON WORKERS, NURSES, GOVERNMENT WORKERS, BRICK LAYERS, FIREFIGHTERS, MACHINISTS. THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES. AND OUR COMMUNITIES ONLY THRIVE WHEN WE HELP WORKERS TO THRIVE. JANICE WOULD DO THE OPPOSITE. AND I WANT TO SHARE A STATISTIC WITH YOU. MY FRIEND JUST GAVE YOU SOME INCREDIBLE STATISTICS. LET ME REPEAT ONE. WHICH IS WORKERS ON AVERAGE IN 1973 EARNED $16.74 PER HOUR, ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION. SINCE THEN, OUR ECONOMY HAS DOUBLED. SO WE CAN ASSUME THAT WORKER SALARIES HAVE KEPT UP WITH THE PACE, RIGHT? NOT SO FAST. WRONG. WORKERS TODAY MAKE $17.86 PER HOUR, WHICH IS NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH TO KEEP PACE WITH GROWING INCOME INEQUALITY AND THE RISING COST OF LIVING. HERE'S ANOTHER STATISTIC THAT HAS CAPTURED MY ATTENTION, THAT I NOW USE IN EVERY SPEECH. AND THAT IS THAT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, 67% OF AMERICANS DO NOT EVEN HAVE $1,000 IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNT TO DEAL WITH AN EMERGENCY. 67%. IT IS A REMARKABLE STATISTIC. THAT MEANS THAT YOU HAVE A LEAK IN YOUR ROOF, YOUR CAR BREAKS DOWN, YOUR KID HAS AN EMERGENCY ILLNESS AND YOU HAVE TO TAKE OFF FROM WORK FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND YOU DON'T HAVE PAID FAMILY LEAVE LIKE WE DO IN WASHINGTON STATE, THANKS TO THE LABOR MOVEMENT, ALL OF THOSE THINGS MEAN THAT FAMILIES ARE NO LONGER THINKING ABOUT THRIVING, THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT SURVIVING. AND THAT DECLINE IS DIRECTLY TIED, IF YOU LOOK AT THE RESEARCH, TO THE DECLINE IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT. AND THE DECLINE IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. SO NOW WE ARE FACING AN ADMINISTRATION THAT DESPITE LOFTY CAMPAIGN PROMISES IS PUTTING CORPORATIONS AND AGREED FIRST, AND WORKERS SECOND. JUST LOOK AT THE TAX BILL THAT THE REPUBLICANS JUST PASSED. THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES GOING STRAIGHT TO CORPORATIONS AND THE 1%. THAT IS THE REALITY OF ALL OF THE RESEARCH. IS THAT THE MAJORITY OF THOSE TAX BREAKS WENT TO THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS, THE TOP 1%, WAS USED FOR STOCK BUYBACKS AND NOT FOR ANY KINDS OF INCREASES, PERMANENT INCREASES FOR WORKERS. . SO UNIONS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING BACK AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO MAKE SURE UNIONS REMAIN IN FIGHTING SHAPE BECAUSE THEY'RE FIGHTING FOR US. JANICE IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL ATTACK UNDERWRITTEN BY CORPORATIONS AND IT WILL NOT MAKE OUR ECONOMY STRONGER. IT FURTHER RIGS THE ECONOMY AGAINST WORKERS, AND IT'S FRANKLY A DISGRACE AND A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE UNION LEGACY THAT HAS HELPED OUR COUNTRY GROW. WE NEED TO BE WORKING TO MAKE IT EASIER AND NOT HARDER FOR WORKERS TO JOIN UNIONS, TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN FOR FAIR WAGES, SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS, AND HEALTH CARE. AND BEFORE I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIENDS IN LABOR, THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR WORKING AMERICANS, WINNING WORKER SAFETY PROTECTIONS, SICK LEAVE, THE 40-HOUR WORKWEEK. DON'T FORGET THE 40-HOUR WORKWEEK BROUGHT TO YOU BY LABOR UNIONS, THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. IT'S NOT HYPERBOLE TO SAY WE SIMPLY WON'T BE WHERE WE ARE WITHOUT SUNEONS. AND INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TEAR -- WITHOUT UNIONS. AND INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TEAR THEM APART PUSHING SO-CALLED RIGHT TO WORK LAWS -- I DON'T LIKE THE PHRASE. IT ISN'T RIGHT TO WORK. THE REALITY IS WE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE WORKERS COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN AND ORGANIZE. BUT BY FILING THESE HARMFUL LAWSUITS LIKE JANICE, WE ARE HURTING WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TO EDUCATE AND TO ENGAGE A NEW GENERATION OF UNION WORKERS AND LEADERS. IF HISTORY IS ANY INDICATION, OUR COUNTRY WILL BE BETTER OFF WHEN WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF. WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF WHEN WE HAVE UNIONS THAT REPRESENT THE VOICES OF WORKING PEOPLE AND CAN ACTUALLY BUILD THAT POWER, ORGANIZE TOGETHER TO TAKE ON THAT CORPORATE POWER WHICH FRANKLY HAS A LOT OF MONEY BEHIND IT BUT ISN'T LOOKING OUT FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR WORKERS. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK AND I THANK YOU, AGAIN, FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP.

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                                • 05:47:33 PM

                                  MR. KHANKHANNA

                                  SO I THINK TALKING ABOUT THESE FACTS AND WHAT THIS CASE MEANS TO REAL…

                                  SO I THINK TALKING ABOUT THESE FACTS AND WHAT THIS CASE MEANS TO REAL AMERICANS IS IMPORTANT. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. IT'S NOW MY REAL HONOR TO GIVE THE FLOOR TO SOMEONE WHO REALLY BUILT THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS. YOU KNOW, THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS USED TO BE A SOCIAL CLUB WHERE PEOPLE CHATTED BEFORE KEITH ELLISON TOOK OVER AND SAID, YOU KNOW, WE GOT TO DO MORE THAN JUST TALK. WE GOT TO ACTUALLY ACT ON OUR VALUES. AND IF YOU TALK TO ANYONE IN THIS CONGRESS, THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT HE TOOK A GROUP OF 15, 20 MEMBERS. USED TO GET TOGETHER. HAS TURNED THAT CAUCUS THROUGH HIS LEADERSHIP INTO THE LARGEST CAUCUS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, THE MOST EFFECTIVE CAUCUS AND ONE THAT HAS A BOLD AGENDA. AND THIS IS SOMETHING KEITH HAS BEEN AN ORGANIZER HIS WHOLE LIFE. HE UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING FAMILIES AND BELIEVES IN THESE ISSUES FROM HIS HEART AND HE'S BEEN A TRULY EFFECTIVE LEADER FOR OUR CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE. SO IT'S MY HONOR NOW TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE WOULD LIKE TO REPRESENTATIVE KEITH ELLISON.

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                                • 05:49:08 PM

                                  MR. ELLISON

                                  ASK ME BUT ACTUALLY THE LARGER QUESTION OF WHAT KIND OF SHAPE WILL AMERICA…

                                  ASK ME BUT ACTUALLY THE LARGER QUESTION OF WHAT KIND OF SHAPE WILL AMERICA BE IN IF THE SUPREME COURT MAKES THE WRONG DECISION. WE ENVISION IN THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AN AMERICA WHICH PARENTS CAN DREAM ABOUT THEIR KIDS BEING ABLE TO GO TO COLLEGE. WE BELIEVE THAT YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TOO -- TO GET A GOOD JOB AND HAVE A DECENT PAY. YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO TURN ON THE WATER FAUCET AND DRINK THE WATER. YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE DOWN THE ROAD. YOU OUGHT TO HAVE SAFE AFFORDABLE TRANSIT TO GET TO WHERE YOU NEED TO GO. WE DON'T THINK THIS IS TOO MUCH TO ASK. THIS IS SOMETHING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD HAVE. WE THINK YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO A DOCTOR IF YOU'RE SICK. THE GUARANTOR FOR ALL THESE YEARS IS PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER AND ORGANIZING THEMSELVES INTO A GROUP THAT ARGUED AND NEGOTIATED WITH THEIR EMPLOYER FOR A FAIR WAGE. THEY NEGOTIATED WITH THEIR EMPLOYER AND THEY SAID, LOOK, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT US TO SUPPLY LABOR. WE'LL DO IT. YOU GOT TO PAY US RIGHT. YOU GOT TO MAKE SURE THE BENEFIT PACKAGE IS RIGHT. YOU GOT TO MAKE SURE THIS THING IS MAKING SENSE, NOT JUST FOR YOU BUT FOR US TOO. AND FOR MANY YEARS, EMPLOYERS DIDN'T WANT TO SEE STRIKES AND DIDN'T WANT TO SEE LABOR SHUTDOWNS AND WANTED TO STOP THE TURNOVER YOU WOULD SEE AND WANTED TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS LABOR PEACE, CAME TO AN AGREEMENT THAT, OK, WE'LL WORK WITH YOU. AND FROM THE -- BETWEEN AFTER -- BETWEEN WORLD WAR II AND RIGHT UP UNTIL 1970, EVEN A LITTLE BEYOND, THAT BARGAIN HELPED CREATE THE WORLD'S GREATEST MIDDLE CLASS. IT WASN'T EASY TO GET A COHESIVE UNION MOVEMENT. IN FACT, THERE WAS A TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE BEING IN A UNION WAS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. THEY'D CALL THE PINKERTONS IN. THEY'D BEAT YOU DOWN. THERE IS A LOT OF LABOR BLOOD THAT'S BEEN SPILLED IN THIS COUNTRY TO GET A LABOR COUNTRY TO GET A LABOR MOVEMENT BUT WE GOT ONE. IN 1957, A YEAR THAT HAD RACISM AND SEGREGATION, SEXISM AND HOMOPHOBIA, HAD ONE THING GOING AND THAT WAS ABOUT 35% OF ALL AMERICANS WERE IN A UNION. AND ABOUT 35% MORE WERE PAID AS IF THEY WERE. SO THE UNIONS WERE SETTING THE WAGE SCALE AND THEY HELPED CREATE AN AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS IS SOMETHING WE THINK OF WHEN WE THINK AMERICA AT ITS BEST ECONOMICALLY. THE LABOR MOVEMENT DIDN'T STOP -- UNION MOVEMENT DIDN'T STOP AT LABOR ISSUES. IT WENT FURTHER THAN THAT. IT WAS THE U.A.W. THAT HELPED FUND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON. THE MARCH FOR JOBS AND JUSTICE WAS FUNDED BY ORGANIZED LABOR. IT WAS LABOR THAT STOOD WITH THOSE SANITATION WORKERS IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, WHEN THEY WERE ON STRIKE, AND MARTIN LUTHER KING CAME DOWN TO MARCH WITH THEM. IT WAS ASK ME, ASK ME, THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE AND LOCAL EMPLOYEES WHO GOT THE BACK OF THOSE WORKERS IN MEMPHIS. AND WHEN WE LOST THE GREAT MARTIN LUTHER KING JUST ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO, THEY WERE BY THE SIDE OF THOSE WORKERS AND THOSE WORKERS LITERALLY WON THAT STRIKE AND MANY OF THEM ARE STILL AROUND TO TALK ABOUT IT TODAY. THESE FOLKS MADE IT SO THAT IN 1968 YOU HAD A RATE OF POVERTY THAT WAS MUCH LOWER THAN IT IS TODAY. YOU HAD C.E.O. 'S THAT MADE ABOUT 20 TIMES MORE THAN THEIR AVERAGE WORKER. TODAY THAT'S 339-1. AND THAT'S JUST THE MEDIAN. IN FACT, YOU HAVE COMPANIES LIKE MATTEL THAT MAKE ALMOST 5,000 TIMES -- THE C.E.O. MAKES 5,000 TIMES THE AVERAGE WORKERS. MCDONALD'S, THE C.E.O. MAKES 3,100 TIMES THE AVERAGE WORKER. KHOL'S, THE C.E.O. MAKES 1,200 TIMES THE AVERAGE WORKER. WE HAD AN EMERGING CIVIL RIGHTS UNIT, WE HAD A MIDDLE WAGE THAT WAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD -- AS BEEN MENTIONED, THAT WAS LIVABLE AT THE TIME. IF YOU COMPARE TO INFLAKES. YOU HAVE PEOPLE IN POVERTY THAT WAS A LOWER RATE OF POVERTY. YOU HAD A C.E.O. RATIO THAT WAS RATIONAL. SOMETHING HAPPENED IN THE 1970'S. THERE CRAME AN -- THERE CAME AN ATTACK ON LABOR AND LABOR -- PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU THAT IN 1980 AFTER RONALD REAGAN WAS ELECTED, HE WENT OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL SAYING THAT HE WAS FOR WORKING PEOPLE BUT SHORTLY AFTER HE GOT IN OFFICE, HE DISMISSED THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AND WHEN HE BROKE THAT STRIKE AND THOSE WORKERS, IT SENT THE PEOPLE ON A TRAJECTORY TO WHERE WE ARE NOW WHICH IS STAGNATING WAGES FOR LITERALLY THREE, FOUR DECADES. THE C.E.O. 'S HAVE DONE GREAT. IF YOU ASK DONALD TRUMP, HE WILL TELL YOU, OH, YEAH, YOU KNOW, THE STOCK MARKET IS BOOMING OUT OF CONTROL. WE'RE DOING FINE. BUT YOU KNOW, IN THIS AMERICA, OUR AMERICA, THIS LARGESS IS NOT SHARED BY MOST PEOPLE. MY COLLEAGUE PRAMILA JAYAPAL, MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT 67% OF AMERICANS WOULD NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THEY WERE HIT WITH $1,000 BILL. THEY DON'T HAVE IT. THERE ARE OTHER STATISTICS THAT AS JARRING, AS ACTUALLY UPSETTING. OTHER STATISTICS WOULD SHOW JUST HOW DIFFICULT IT IS FOR AMERICANS TO PAY THEIR BILLS. NOW, I KNOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JANICE TODAY. I'M GETTING THERE. I WANT TO SHARE A STORY AND I WILL SUBMIT IT FOR THE RECORD. THE TITLE IS, MORE THAN 40% OF AMERICANS CAN'T PAY THEIR BILLS. THAT'S THE NAME OF THE STORY. IT SAYS, DONALD TRUMP THINKS THE ECONOMY IS DOING GREAT, WAY, WAY BETTER UNDER OBAMA. ACTUALLY OBAMA CREATED MORE JOBS ON HIS WAY OUT THE DOOR THAN TRUMP SO FAR. BUT THAT'S BESIDE THE POINT. THE STORY SAYS, BASED ON THIS RESEARCH, THE CONCLUSION OF THE RESEARCH, 43% OF US STRUGGLE TO PAY OUR BILLS AND 34% ARE SUFFERING MATERIAL HARDSHIPS, INCLUDING RUNNING OUT OF FOOD, NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD A PLACE TO LIVE, OR LACKING MONEY TO SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT. THE TRUTH IS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT WE LIVE IN A NATION THAT IS LURCHING TOWARD PLUTOCRACY. WE'RE LIVING IN A NATION THAT'S LURCHING TOWARD OLIGARCHS. THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE HAMBURGERS, THEY DON'T BENEFIT IN THE PROFITS OF THE COMPANY. THE C.E.O. DOES THAT. THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE THE CLOTHES AND WORK THEIR JOB, THEY DON'T BENEFIT. THEY JUST GET SURVIVAL WAGES AND THE EXECUTIVES TAKE IT ALL HOME FOR THEMSELVES. AND PART OF THE REASON IS, A CONSERVATIVE PHILOSOPHY WHICH SAYS THAT COMPANIES SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY ANY TAXES, THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO ABIDE BY ANY REGULATIONS, THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SLAM LABOR COSTS TO THE GROUND IF THEY CAN AND THEN THEY SHOULD BE ABLE -- THE C.E.O. SHOULD BE ABLE TO WALK AWAY WITH ALL THE MONEY AND THEN THE THEORY GOES THAT THEY'LL USE THAT MONEY TO INVEST IN PLANT AND EQUIPMENT AND THEN EVERYBODY WILL BE BETTER OFF. BUT THAT NEVER HAPPENS. THAT REPUBLICAN PHILOSOPHY, THE CONSERVATIVE PHILOSOPHY IS ABSOLUTELY AND UTTERLY BANKRUPT. IT DOESN'T WORK. IT'S NOT TRUE. AND YET WE KEEP ON DOING IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BUT PART OF THIS PHILOSOPHY IS THE UNION BUSTING. AND THEY HAVE BEEN ON A 40-YEAR TRAJECTORY OF TRYING TO BREAK THE UNION. I MENTIONED PAT COLE A LITTLE WHILE AGO WHEN REAGAN DID THAT. THAT WAS A SHOCK WAVE THAT REVERB VATED INTO A MOMENT -- REVERBERATED INTO A MOMENT WE ARE NOW. LET ME TELL YOU, THEY'VE BEEN TROLLING FOR A WORKER, A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE TO TRY TO BREAK PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR YEARS. A FEW YEARS AGO RIGHT BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA PASSED, THERE WAS A CASE BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT CALLED THE FREDERIC CASE. IN THAT CASE, IT'S EXACTLY LIKE THE JANICE CASE. WHY ARE THEY SIMILAR? BECAUSE RIGHT-WING LAW FIRMS TROLLING THE COUNTRY LOOKING FOR ANY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE TO TRY TO ATTACK THE UNION AND ATTACK FAIR SHARE. THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN DOING. THEY'VE BEEN GOING AROUND, WELL, WILL YOU TAKE THE CASE? CAN WE REPRESENT YOU? CAN WE REPRESENT YOU? THEY FINALLY FOUND A GUY NAMED JANICE AND HE MAKES THE OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM THAT HE WHO BENEFITS FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND WHO THE UNION EXPENDS MONEY TO MAKE SURE HE HAS A DECENT CONTRACT, HE'S SAYING, OH, THIS IS UNFAIR. MY FREE SPEECH RIGHTS ARE GOING INTO THIS UNION AND I DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. WELL, THEY'RE NOT, TUELINGLY. ALL THEY'RE DOING IS ASSESSING A REASONABLE FEE THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE COST OF ARGUING, NEGOTIATING ON HIS BEHALF TO HAVE A BETTER WAGE. BUT HE SAYS, NO. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THE WORK THAT THE UNION DOES BUT I DON'T WANT TO PAY ANYTHING. IT'S QUITE RIDICULOUS. BUT THAT'S THE CASE THAT'S IN THE SUPREME COURT RIGHT NOW. YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT? THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY. THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY IS IN THE CONSTITUTION. IF SOME WORKERS WANT TO ASSEMBLE TOGETHER AND NEGOTIATE FOR BETTER WAGES AND BETTER BENEFITS WITH THEIR EMPLOYEE, I BELIEVE THEY HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DO SO. WHAT I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DO IS TO BE A FREELOADER, WHICH IS WHAT JANUS IS ARGUING. HE'S SAYING, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM WHAT THE UNION NEGOTIATES ON MY BEHALF BUT I DON'T WANT TO PAY ANYTHING. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY INTO THE FUND THAT GOES TO POLITICAL STUFF. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT. THAT IS -- THAT ISSUE HAS BEEN DECIDED. IT'S NOT REQUIRED UNDER THE LAW THAT HE HELPED FUND CANDIDATES OR ISSUES HE DOESN'T WANT TO SUPPORT. BUT IT IS FAIR AND IT IS RIGHT AND IT IS REASONABLE AND THE SUPREME COURT HAS FOUND IN THE PAST THAT AN ASSESSESMENT ON EMPLOYEES FOR THE COST OF REPRESENTATION IS FAIR AND CONSTITUTIONAL. . THIS IS A CASE CALLED THE ABUSE CASE WHERE IT WAS FOUND TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL. WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IS FLIP ABUDE AND SAY, NO, YOU CAN BE A FREE LOADER. LET ME SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, OUR LAW HAS BEEN FAVORING THE EMPLOYER OVER THE WORKER FOR YEARS NOW. HERE'S THE LAW,S THE LAW RIGHT NOW. THAT IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER AND YOU FIRE A WORKER BECAUSE THEY'RE TRYING TO ORGANIZE A UNION, THAT'S NOT LEGAL TO DO. BUT GUESS WHAT? THAT WORKER CAN'T FILE A PRIVATE LAWSUIT, THEY'VE GOT TO FILE UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. THEY CAN'T GET PUNETRIFFABLE TREBLE DAMAGES, THEY'VE GOT TO GO THROUGH NLRB PROCESS WHICH TAKES QUITE A LONG TIME ACCORDING TO MOST WORKERS WHO GO THROUGH IT. AND WHEN THEY DO GO THROUGH IT, ALL THEY GET IS BACK PAY MINUS WHATEVER THEY EARNED AFTER THEY WERE FIRED. ILLEGALLY. THIS IS A VERY SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE EXERCISING WHAT I BELIEVE IS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND FREE TOM OF EXPRESSION BUT WHY SHOULDN'T YOU FIRE THEM, YOU KNOW? IT'S THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS FOR SOME EMPLOYERS WHO DON'T WANT A UNION. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW UNFAIR THE SITUATION IS. AN EMPLOYER CAN TELL THE WORKERS, YOU BETTER BE IN THE CALF TOPHERA TOMORROW BECAUSE THERE'S A UNION DRIVE AND I WANT TO THREATEN YOU AND SCARE YOU AND TELL YOU ALL THE REASONS WHY IT CAN'T -- IT'S A BAD IDEA. THIS IS CALLED CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. CAN THE UNION GO INTO THE SAME PLANT AND SAY, WELL, NOW WE WANT TO GIVE YOU OUR SIDE OF WHY YOU DO NEED A UNION? THEY CANNOT DO IT. IT'S NOT FAIR. SO IT'S LIKE HAVING AN ELECTION WHERE THE RIGHTS OF THE WORKERS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE ELECTION AND YET ONLY ONE SIDE GETS TO BE ABLE TO GO AND ARGUE WHY -- ARGUE INTO THE NEGATIVE. BY THE WAY IF THE EMPLOYER SAID, COME TO THE MEETING, WE'RE GOING TO TELL YOU WHY YOU DO NEED A UNION, THAT WOULD BE AN UNFAIR LABOR FRACKTIES. IT'S CRAZY, REALLY. BUT IT'S THE KIND OF WORLD THAT A GUY LIKE NEIL GORSUCH THINKS WOULD BE A GOOD ONE. THIS IS THE GUY WHO WAS IN MY VIEW ILLEGAL HE -- ILLEGALLY PUT ON THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE PRESIDENT GETS TO OFFER A REPLACEMENT FOR A VACANCY ON THE SUPREME COURT. BARACK OBAMA DID THAT AND THE HEAD OF THE SENATE REPUBLICANS WHO WAS IN THE MAJORITY SAID WE WILL NOT HEAR ANYONE, WE WILL NOT HEAR ANYBODY HE DIDN'T -- YOU KNOW WHAT, THE ROLE OF THE SENATE IS TO GIVE ADVISE AND CONSENT THAFLE CAN SAY WE THINK THIS GUY (music) QUALIFIED. THEY CAN SAY THIS GUY HAS A JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT THAT'S NOT PROPER THAFLE CAN CRITICIZE THE NOMINEE ANY WAY THEY WANT TO. ONE THING THEY CANNOT DO IS SAY, WE WILL NOT DISCHARGE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. BUT THAT'S WHAT THEY DID DO BECAUSE NOBODY CAN MAKE THEM DO OTHERWISE. THEY DID IT BECAUSE THEY COULD DO IT. BUT IT WAS WRONG. IT WAS ACTUALLY IMMORAL. AND IT WAS AN ABUSE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY AS MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE. BUT THEY DIDN'T CARE. THEY WANT POWER. RAW, NAKED POWER. AND THAT'S WHAT THEY DID. SOMEHOW THEY GOT AWAY WIT. BECAUSE THEY GOT NEIL GORSUCH ON THE SUPREME COURT AND THIS IS THE GUY WHO WAS THE DECIDING VOTE IN A CASE THAT I BELIEVE IS A FORESHADOWING OF WHAT WE'LL SEE IN JANUS, THE OTHER DAY A CASE CALLED MURPHY'S OIL WAS DECIDED ON MONDAY, NEIL GORSUCH CAST THE DECIDING VOTE IN A DECISION THAT RULED FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT BOSSES CAN FORBIDDER THAT WORKERS FROM JOINING TOGETHER IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS TO CHALLENGE VIOLATIONS OF THE FEDERAL LABOR LAWS. THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS USE OF -- AN OUTRAGEOUS. BRINGING A CASE AGAINST YOUR BOSS IS RISKY ESPECIALLY FOR WORKERS WHO HAVE NO SAFETY NET. AND CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL JUST GOT THROUGH TELLING YOU HOW STRESSED TO THE WALL AMERICAN WORKERS ARE. AND YET, THOSE WORKERS WHO DON'T HAVE MUCH MONEY ARE NOW TOLD THAT THEY CANNOT COME TOGETHER IN A CLASS ACTION TO CHALLENGE VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL LABOR LAW. THEY HAVE TO PURSUE THESE CLAIMS INDIVIDUALLY. THEY DON'T HAVE A CHANCE. THE BARGAINING POSITION POWER IS ABSOLUTELY UNEQUAL. YET THAT'S WHAT WE GOT. DECISIONS LIKE THIS ARE WHY MITCH MCDONELL AND REPUBLICANS ENGAGE IN THE HISTORIC OBSTRUCTION TO BLOCK PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM THE SUPREME COURT VACANCY FOR NEARLY A YEAR. THEY WANTED AN IDEOLOGUE LIKE NEIL GORSUCH TO TIP ANTI-WORKER CASES LIKE THIS. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN JANUS? I HATE TO ADMIT IT BUT EVEN I, WHO CONSIDER MYSELF QUITE OPTIMISTIC, BELIEVE THAT, LOOK, THEY'VE GOT -- THEY PUT NEIL GORSTHOIVEN SUPREME COURT TO DESTROY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BARGAINING. THAT'S WHY HE'S THERE. I HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT'S JUST LIKE OTHER UNJUST SUPREME COURT DECISIONS THAT HAVE HAPPENED ALONG THE LIVENSE SHELBY COUNTY, ALONG THE LINES OF -- WHICH DESTROYED THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. OR ALONG THE LINES OF CITIZENS UNITED WHICH BASICALLY SAID CORPORATIONS CAN DUMP MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY INTO ELECTIONS. WHO HAS MASSIVE AMOUNT OF MONEY? YOU KNOW. AMERICA'S CORPORATE ELITES. OH AND THEN, IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO UNJUST DECISIONS LIKE THE LOCK RAN CASES. HISTORY WILL LOOK VERY DIMLY ON THIS MOMENT IN TIME. I BELIEVE THAT WHEN YOU CRUSH DECENCY AND FAIRNESS TO EARTH IT DOES RISE. AND I BELIEVE THAT WORKERS IN THIS COUNTRY, IF THEY ARE PROHIBITED BY THE LAW AND THE SUPREME COURT FROM BEING TREATED FAIRLY, THEY'RE JUST GOING TO START GOING ON STRIKE ALL OVER THE PLACE, JUST LIKE THE TEACHERS SHOWED US THEY WOULD. THEY'RE GOING TO START GOING ON STRIKE. WE'LL JUST SETTLE IT OUT IN THE STREET. THIS IS UNFORTUNATE. WOULDN'T IT BE MUCH BETTER TO HAVE FAIR BARGAINING AND COME TO THE TABLE AND NEGOTIATE DECENT WAGES AND BENEFITS? OF COURSE IT WOULD BE. THOSE TEACHERS DIDN'T WANT TO GO ON STRIKE. THEY WANTED TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM TEACHING THOSE KIDS. BUT WHETHER IT'S ARIZONA, NORTH CAROLINA, WHAT ARE THE OTHER ONES I'M LEAVING OUT? OKLAHOMA. THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE -- WHO DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO YOUNG PEOPLE HAD TO GO OUT ON THE TRAIL, GO OUT ON THE STRIKE LINE, JUST SO THEY CAN GET A DECENT SITUATION FOR THOSE KIDS AND THEMSELVES. THESE TEACHERS SAID, THESE KIDS' LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IS OUR WORK ENVIRONMENT AND BOTH ARE BAD SO WE HAVE TO STRIKE. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN NO ALTERNATIVE TO DO SO. SO THEY DID AND THEY GOT SOME JUSTICE OUT OF IT. THIS IS WHAT THE LIKE OS NEIL GORSUCH AND JANUS VERSUS AFSCME ARE PUSHING THE AMERICAN LABOR PICTURE TOWARD. IT'S TOO BAD BUT I HAVE GREAT FAITH IN THE AMERICAN WORKER. THEY WILL NOT, THEY WILL NOT TAKE THIS LYING DOWN AND WE WILL BE ON THE PICKET LINE WITH THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  MR. KHANNA

                                  THANK YOU.

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                                  MR. SOTO

                                  TODAY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JANUSS -- ABILITY JANUS V. AFSCME. MR. JANUS A…

                                  TODAY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JANUSS -- ABILITY JANUS V. AFSCME. MR. JANUS A MAN WITH WANTS TO GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING. A MAN WHO WANTS TO GET THE BENEFIT OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY FOR IT. AND IS ASKING THE SUPREME COURT TO DISMANTLE UNIONS IN THE PROCESS OF THAT. ALL BECAUSE HE DOESN'T AGREE WITH SOME POLITICAL MESSAGING OF THE UNION. THIS CASE AFSCME. SO I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TAKE THIS LOGIC TO ITS END AND PERHAPS EVERY SHAREHOLDER SHOULD BE ABLE TO OBJECT TO FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES ACT POLITICAL MESSAGING THEY DISAGREE WITH. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. ONE SHARE, ONE MILLION SHARES. PERHAPS EVERY EMPLOYEE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT TO THEIR FORTUNE 500 COMPANY EMPLOYERS' POLITICAL MESSAGING IF THEY DISAGREE WITH IT. BUT OF COURSE THAT'S NOT WHAT'S HAPPENED. BECAUSE THIS IS A CONCERTED ATTACK ON AMERICA'S UNIONS. LEAVING CORPORATE DARK MONEY TO RAIN UNCHECKED IN OUR POLITICAL PROCESS. AND ULTIMATELY IT'S AN ATTACK ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. IMAGINE OUR COUNTRY WITHOUT A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS. IMAGINE A COUNTRY WITH JUST THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS. THERE'S PLENTY ACROSS THIS GLOBE. THERE'S PLENTY THAT AREN'T MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE THE RICH CONTROL ALL CAPITAL, ALL POLITICAL POWER, THAT'S WHEN THEY CONTROL US AND WE DON'T HAVE THE INNOVATION, WE DON'T HAVE THE INCENTIVE, WE DON'T HAVE THE PROGRESS THAT IS SO CRITICAL TO CAPITALISM WHICH I THINK IS BEING MISSED ON THIS. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A FAIR MARKET, YOU CAN'T HAVE SUCCESSFUL CAPITALISM. AND PART OF A FAIR MARKET INCLUDES HAVING STRONG VOICE FOR OUR MIDDLE CLASS, FOR OUR WORKING FOLKS. THROUGH OUR UNIONS. IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT A RISE TO GREATNESS IN THIS COUNTRY WAS TIED TO THE RISE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. THINK ABOUT IT. G.I. 'S RETURNING HOME FROM WORLD WAR II. FANNING OUT TO SUBURBS. EVEN BEFORE THAT. AROUND WORLD WAR I AND BEFORE THAT. WHEN YOU HAD ALL THESE MAJOR MILESTONES THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, 40-DAY WORKWEEK, OVERTIME, CHILD LABOR LAWS, OSHA, SO MANY THINGS THAT HAPPENED, THAT CREATED THE MODERN ECONOMY. AND WE SURGED AND PROSPERITY REIGN THROUGH THE MOST CORNERS OF THE UNITED STATES. SO I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT, AND I APPRECIATE MR. KHANNA FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD, TO URGE THE SUPREME COURT TO DO THE RIGHT THING. TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BAR GAUGE FROM BEING DRAGGED DOWN BY NONUNION FREE RIDERS. JUST BECAUSE THEY DIS AGREE WITH A POLITICAL MESSAGE. OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE, ALLOW EVERY EMPLOYEE, EVERY SHAREHOLDER TO OBJECT TO CORPORATE POLITICAL SPEECH THEY DISAGREE WITH. LET'S KEEP IT FAIR ON ALL SIDES THEN. IF I HAVE ONE SHARE, IF I'M A PART-TIME EMPLOYEE, OF A MAJOR FORTUNE 500 COMPANY AND I DISAGREE I SHOULD BE ABLE TO OBJECT JUST LIKE THIS MAN WANTS TO BE ABLE TO OBJECT. BECAUSE CORPORATIONS AREN'T PEOPLE. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, MR. KHANNA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, TO BE ABLE TO STAND WITH YOU ON BEHALF OF AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES.

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                                  MR. KHANNA

                                  WE NEED FAIRNESS. WE CERTAINLY SHOULDN'T BE PRIVILEGING SHAREHOLDERS. I…

                                  WE NEED FAIRNESS. WE CERTAINLY SHOULDN'T BE PRIVILEGING SHAREHOLDERS. I APPRECIATE YOUR ADVOCACY FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND SPEAKING OUT TO THAT. THANK YOU.

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                                  MR. SOTO

                                  AFSME AND WHAT HE SAYS DOESN'T WANT TO BE REPRESENTED HIM, I THINK OF JOHN…

                                  AFSME AND WHAT HE SAYS DOESN'T WANT TO BE REPRESENTED HIM, I THINK OF JOHN LEWIS AND WE WENT TO MEMPHIS A FEW MONTHS AGO AND MASON TEMPLE WE HEARD OVER THE LOUDSPEAKER, DRR KING'S VOICE AS HE SPOKE ABOUT SEEING THE PROMISED LAND AND AS THAT BOOMING VOICE CAME OVER THE BOWED SPEAKER, THERE ON STAGE WAS A MAN IN HIS 80'S WHO WAS A SANITATION WORKER AT THE TIME THAT DR. KING MARCHED IN MEMPHIS. AND HE TALKED ABOUT HOW HE STILL WAS OWED MONEY FOR HIS FAIR WORK AT THE AGE OF 80. MEMPHIS STILL HADN'T PAID HIM. THAT PERSON, THAT MAN, HE DIDN'T SHIRK FROM WORK. HE WAS WORKING STILL IN HIS 80'S AND BELIEVED IN THE DIGNITY OF WORK AND TALKED ABOUT THE DIGNITY OF WORK. HE JUST WANTED TO HAVE A FAIR SHOT AT BEING PAID FOR THAT WORK. THAT WAS AFSCME AND THAT IS WHAT IS AT STAKE IN THIS SUPREME COURT FIGHT. DO WE STAND FOR THE VALUES THAT DR. KING MARCHED FOR AND STAND FOR THE LABOR UNION IN THIS NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIVING US AND I NOW YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                • 06:17:53 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                  THE SPEAKER PPRO TEMPORE

                                  THE RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR 30…

                                  THE RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                  MS. FOXX

                                  MS. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF TROOPER SAM YOU ELL…

                                  MS. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF TROOPER SAM YOU ELL NEWTEN BULLARD. THE COMMUNITY IN NORTH CAROLINA LOST HIM ON THE LINE OF DUTY ON MONDAY IN MY DISTRICT. A THREE-YEAR STATE TROOPER VETERAN, TROOPER B UMP LLARD WAS HELPING OUR COMMUNITIES. AND HE PROTECTED OUR COMMUNITIES AND UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW THAT OUR SAFETY RESTS UPON. OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES. WHILE HIS ULTIMATE SACRIFICE CANNOT BE REPAID, I REMAIN GRATEFUL FOR HIS SACRIFICE AND REMEMBER HIM AND HIS LOVED ONES IN MY PRAYERS. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TONIGHT TO TALK ABOUT A SERIOUS SITUATION THAT EXISTS IN OUR COUNTRY. A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY HEARS EVERY DAY FROM EMPLOYERS IN OUR DISTRICTS THAT THEY HAVE JOBS THAT ARE GOING UNFILLED BECAUSE AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO FILL THOSE UNFILLED JOBS. SPECIFICALLY, THERE ARE OVER SIX MILLION UNFILLED JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY DUE TO THE SKILLS GAP. WE HAVE A SOLUTION TO THAT PROBLEM, MR. SPEAKER. AND IT HAS COME OUT OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. IT'S CALLED THE PROSPER ACT. TODAY, IN THE HILL, THERE WAS A TERRIFIC ARTICLE ENCOURAGING THIS BODY AND THIS CONGRESS TO PASS THE PROSPER ACT. AND I'M GOING TO QUOTE SOME OF THE ARTICLE. THE ARTICLE WAS ENTITLED "CONGRESS PASSED THE PROSPER ACT FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID REFORM." AND WRITTEN BY RACHEL PETERSON. IT HAS BEEN 5 YEARS SINCE PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIGNED THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT INTO LAW AND 10 YEARS SINCE IT WAS RE-AUTHORIZED SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA. THE LAW TOUCHES EVERY ASPECT OF HIGHER EDUCATION HAS TURNED INTO A SPECIAL INTEREST BOW NANSA AND SHIELDS COLLEGES FROM MARKETPLACE COMPETITION AND WEAVES STUPID AID AND TAX ON THE PORK AND SERVED AS A PRETEXT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HAVE REGULATIONS. THE PROSPER ACT WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE THE HIGHER ACT. THE BILL WOULD STREAMLINE FEDERAL PROGRAMS, RELAX BURDENSOME REGULATIONS AND FORBID THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION FRLING ACTING OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE LAW AND PROTECT THE PREMISES OF FREE SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOLARS RELEASED A TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW CONCLUDING THAT IT REPRESENTS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO REFORM HIGHER EDUCATION IN DECADES. WITH A FEW TWEAKS, THE PROSPER ACT SHOULD BE PASSED AT ONCE. TWO EMIMPORTANT AREAS, FEDERAL STUDENT AID REFORM AND PROTECTION OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH SHOWS WHY. CURRENTLY FEDERAL STUDENT AID IS A SYSTEM THAT ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO TAKE ON DEBT AND INCENTIVIZES COLLEGES TO RAISE HE TUITION. AND HAS FOUR DOZEN OPTIONS. THE PROSPER ACT SIMPLIFIES FEDERAL STUDENT AID AND MAKING IT EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO SEE THEIR OPTIONS AND CAPS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THEY CAN BORROW FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND STREAMLINES INTO A SINGLE GRANT PROGRAM AND SINGLE REPAYMENT PROGRAM AND ELIMINATES SPECIAL INTEREST PROJECTS SUCH AS LOAN FORGIVENESS WHICH PRIVILEGED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFTER 10 YEARS OF PAYMENTS, END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, MS. PETERSON REALLY ENCAPSULATES THE BEGINNING OF THIS ARTICLE, THE REASONS WHY WE SHOULD BE PASSING THE PROSPER ACT. IT PASSED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE IN DECEMBER AND WE ARE WORKING TO FIND TIME TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND BE ABLE TO HAVE THE HOUSE VOTE ON IT, SEND IT TO THE SENATE, HAVE THE SENATE VOTE ON IT AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. AGAIN, MS. PETERSON SAID CONGRESS PASSED THE PROSPER ACT. BUT AS SHE EXPLAINS IN HER QUOTE, SHE SAYS EVEN MORE ABOUT IT. LET ME EXPLAIN SOME ADDITIONAL REASONS WHY WE NEED TO PASS THE PROSPER ACT. 81% OF PARENTS SAY FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS CHARGE TOO MUCH. 54% OF PARENTS THINK THAT FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS ARE ACCESSIBLE TO MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY NOT JUST WITH SKILLS, BUT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN POVERTY. THE WAY FOR PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF POVERTY IS TO GAIN A GOOD EDUCATION THAT PROVIDES SKILLS FOR PEOPLE TO GET A JOB. MR. SPEAKER, ALL MY LIFE, I HAVE PROMOTED THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO GET A GREAT EDUCATION. I, MYSELF, AM A LIVING EXAMPLE OF WHAT AN EDUCATION CAN DO FOR A PERSON. I GUE UP IN A HOUSE WITH NO ELECTRICITY, NO RUNNING WATER. MY PARENTS HAD A SIXTH GRADE AND NINTH GRADE EDUCATION. I COME FROM NO PRIVILEGE WHATSOEVER. AND YET, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I AND MILLION MILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO CAME FROM SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES, WERE ABLE TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION AND USE THEIR TALENTS AND SKILLS TO LEAD SUCCESSFUL LIMBS. WHAT I WANT, MR. SPEAKER, IS FOR EVERY AMERICAN, WHO HAS THE DRIVE TO DO THE SAME THING. AND MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CREATE JOBS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN CREATE SITUATIONS WHERE JOBS CAN BE CREATED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND WE CAN HELP PEOPLE GAIN THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO TAKE THOSE JOBS. AND BEGIN MINGTL AGAIN, AS I SAID, WE HAVE OVER SIX MILLION UNFILLED JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY AND WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE BEGGING US FOR IS TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GAIN THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO FILL THOSE JOBS. AND THIS IS THE WAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RIGHT NOW AGAIN. 81% OF AMERICANS FEEL THAT SCHOOLS CHARGE TOO MUCH. WHAT WE DO WITH PROSPER IS GIVE INSENTTIVES. WE DON'T TELL THEM WHAT TO CHARGE. BUT WE PUT IN PLACE POLICIES THAT WE BELIEVE WILL CAUSE TWUSE NOT TO CONTINUE TO RISE AT SUCH A RY RATE AND STUDENTS WILL GET MORE INFORMATION SO THEY CHOOSE WELL THE PROGRAMS THEY GO INTO. ALSO, WE ARE CLOSING OUT THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT I HAD AND MILLIONS OF OTHER MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS HAVE HAD IN THE PASS BY PRICING POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION TOO HIGH AND MAKING PEOPLE FEEL IT IS NOT POSSIBLE. 13% IN THIS COUNTRY BELIEVE THAT COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE WELL PREPARED FOR SUCCESS IN THE WORKPLACE. SOMETHING IS WRONG, MR. SPEAKER. THAT WE HAVE THIS LOW A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO ARE GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE OR ATTENDING COLLEGE DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO TAKE THOSE JOBS THAT ARE OUT THERE AVAILABLE. AND WHAT -- THERE'S EVEN MORE NEGATIVITY COMING FROM THOSE WHO EMPLOY THOSE WHO GO TO COLLEGE. LET ME SHARE SOME OTHER INFORMATION. ONLY TWO IN FIVE MANAGERS BELIEVE THAT COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE WELL EQUIPPED FOR A JOB IN THEIR FIELD. AND MR. SPEAKER, EVEN THOSE WHO GO TO COLLEGE ARE NOT COMPLETING . WE HAVE A SIX-YEAR COMPLETION RATE OF 54.8%. AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO STUDENTS? IT MEANS $68,000 PER YEAR IN LOST WAGES AND THE COST OF ATTENDING. . THIS IS OCCURRING NOT JUST WITH THOSE WHO ATTEND WHAT ARE KNOWN AS FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES, WHICH ARE NOW REALLY SIX-YEAR COLLEGES, MOST OF THE ONES GRADUATING ARE ARE GRADUATING IN SIX YEARS. IT'S APPLYING TO STUDENT WHORS IN WHAT WE'VE ALWAYS CALLED TWO-YEAR COLLEGES. SO WE HAVE A TERRIBLE PROBLEM EVERY WAY YOU LOOK IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR NOT ONLY POOR PEOPLE, BUT MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE, FOR COMPLETING A DEGREE OR A PROGRAM OR A CERTIFICATE THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO GAIN THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED AND THE CREDENTIALS THEY NEED. WE'RE A CREDENTIALING SOCIETY, MR. SPEAKER. WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO PROVE WHAT THEY'VE DONE. THEREFORE, WE NEED TO HONOR PEOPLE WITH ALL KINDS OF CREDENTIALS AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO GAIN THOSE CREDENTIALS. NOT EVERYBODY NEEDS A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PERSON IN OUR COUNTRY. AND WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE ONLY 30% OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY DO HAVE A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE. AND YET WE HAVE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALREADY WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO SEEK CERTIFY SCATION -- CERTIFICATION AND PROGRAMS THAT I A -- ALLOW THEM TO BE CERTIFIED WITHOUT NECESSARILY COMPLETING A BACCALAUREATE. BUT MR. SPEAKER, PEOPLE WILL SAY, WELL YOU DON'T HONOR LIBERAL ARTS DEGREES IF YOU'RE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE GO ON AND JUST GET A CERTIFICATE. I WANT EVERYBODY TO GET A LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE. I GOT A LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE. I THINK THAT'S WONDERFUL. BUT PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT IMMEDIATELY OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO IT IN ORDER TO LEAD SUCCESSFUL LIVES. BUT ULTIMATELY, WE HOPE EVERYBODY WILL BE A LIFELONG LEARNER AND THE BEST WAY TO BE A LIFELONG LEARNER, I THINK, IS TO HELP PEOPLE BE SUCCESSFUL EARLY ON SO THEY'LL BE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE TO WANT TO LEARN AND DO THE THINGS THAT WILL MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL. SO WHAT DOES PROSPER DO? WE MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR MORE STUDENTS TO QUALIFY FOR PELL GRANTS FOR SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS. THIS IS WHAT WE DO, MR. SPEAKER. PELL GRANTS ARE THE GRANTS THAT UNDERGIRD MOST PEOPLE GOING TO COLLEGE. WHO DON'T COME FROM VERY AFFLUENT FAMILIES. THE AVERAGE PELL GRANT IN THIS COUNTRY NOW IS ABOUT $6,000. THAT'S THE MAXIMUM, EXCUSE ME. BUT STUDENTS CAN QUALIFY FOR THAT IF THEY'RE VERY, VERY POOR. WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO IS ALLOW PELL GRANTS TO BE USED FOR SHORTER TERM PROGRAMS AGAIN TO GET STUDENTS TO GET INTO A PROGRAM, HELP THEM GAIN CERTIFICATION, SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO EARN AND LEARN. SO THEY CAN GET A JOB, CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION. WE MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR SEVEN MILLION MORE PEOPLE TO QUALIFY FOR PELL GRANTS. MANY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, UNFORTUNATELY, HAVE COME OUT AGAINST THE PROSPER ACT. WHY IS THAT WHEN WE MAKE SEVEN MILLION MORE STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR PELL GRANTS? IT'S BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, WE ALSO ASK FOR MORE ACCOUNTABILITY ON THE PART OF THE SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES. I'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT IN A MINUTE. WHAT DO WE DO FOR THE SCHOOLS? WE SAY TO THEM, HELP THESE PELL GRANT STUBLETS GRADUATE ON TIME, MEANING FOUR YEARS, AND GUESS WHAT, WE WILL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BONUS FOR THIS RIGHT NOW, THE SCHOOLS GET NO REWARDS FOR HELPING THEIR STUDENTS GRADUATE ON TIME. IN FACT, THEY GET REWARDED IF THEY EXTEND THE AMOUNT OF TIME STUDENTS ARE IN SCHOOL. BUT THAT COSTS THE STUDENTS MONEY IN LOST WAGES. IT ALSO ENCOURAGES THEM TO BORROW MORE MONEY WHICH IS NOT A GOOD THING. WE KNOW RIGHT NOW THAT WE HAVE $1.4 TRILLION IN STUDENT DEBT IN THIS COUNTRY. WE SEE THE HEADLINES EVERY DAY. IN THE NEWSPAPERS. ABOUT THE PROBLEM WITH STUDENT DEBT. AND WE DON'T WANT TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO TAKE OUT MORE DEBT. WE WANT THE STUDENTS TO TAKE -- GET LESS DEBT. SO WE SIMPLIFY WHAT WE'RE DOING IN FINANCIAL AID, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S WHAT WE HEAR FROM SCHOOLS, PARENTS, STUDENTS. WE JUST HAD A MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BEFORE I CAME UP HERE AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ALL -- WHO HAVE HAD CHILDREN GO TO COLLEGE, ALL TALKED ABOUT HOW COMPLICATED THE FAFSA IS. HOW INVASIVE OF PRIVACY IT IS. AND HOW WE NEED TO DO BETTER WITH THE FAFSA, WHICH IS THE FINANCIAL AID FORM STUDENTS HAVE TO FILL OUT TO QUALIFY. BUT WE ALSO HAVE A COMPLICATED SET OF LOANS, GRANTS, AND CAMPUS-BASED PROGRAMS. SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH PROSPER? WE SIMPLIFY THINGS. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE SIX DIFFERENT LOAN PROGRAM, NINE REPAYMENT OPTIONS, 32 DEFERMENT FOREBEARANCE OPTIONS. THAT MEANS 32 WAYS TO NOT PAY BACK THE LOAN AND $1.4 TRILLION IN STUDENT DEBT. WHAT WE DO IS TURN THE SIX LOAN PROGRAMS INTO ONE LOAN PROGRAM. WE MAKE IT MUCH LESS COMPLICATED, STUDENTS AND PARAPHERNALIAS CAN UNDERSTAND. WE TAKE THE GRANT PROGRAMS AND TURN THEM INTO ONE GRANT PROGRAM. IT'LL ALL BE CALLED PELL GRANT. AND WE TAKE A COUPLE OF THE GRANT PROGRAMS AND PUT THEM IN WORK STUDY. WHY DO WE DO THAT? BECAUSE WE'VE KNOWN FOR 50 YEARS OR MORE THAT WORK-STUDY IS SUCCESSFUL. STUDENTS WHO WORK HAVE BEEN -- WE'VE DONE STUDIES TO SHOW THEY'RE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE. THEY DO BETTER ACADEMICALLY. THEY BECOME BETTER TIME MANAGERS. AND THEY'RE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO GET A JOB WHEN THEY GRADUATE. WHAT WE DO WITH WORK-STUDY IS WE MAKE IT AN EVEN BETTER PROGRAM THAN IT IS NOW. WE DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT'S IN WORK-STUDY. AND WE MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE SCHOOL TO ALLOCATE UP TO 50% OF THE MONEY INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHAT THAT WILL DO, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT WILL ALLOW THE STUDENTS TO WORK IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, DO AN INTERNSHIP A CO-OP, OR AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. AND WE KNOW MOST OF THE TIME THOSE PROGRAMS RESULT IN A JOB. AND THAT WILL START THE STUDENT ON A SUCCESSFUL CAREER, WE BELIEVE, IN THE INDUSTRY OR BUSINESS OR AREA THAT THE STUDENT WANTS TO GO INTO. IT'S BETTER THAN JUST WORKING ON CAMPUS. WORKING ON CAMPUS IS A PSTIVE THING AND HELPS THE STUDENTS A LOT. BUT WORKING IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS EVEN BETTER BECAUSE AGAIN THOSE OFTEN LEAD DIRECTLY INTO EMPLOYMENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. SO THIS IS WHAT WE DO. AND MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE RESPONDING TO THE PUBLIC. WE'RE RESPONDING TO THE SCHOOL SAYING FINANCIAL AID IS TOO COMPLICATED. PARENTS AND STUDENTS SAY FINANCIAL AID IS TOO COMPLICATED. WE'RE LISTENING TO BOTH OF THOSE FOLKS THE INSTITUTIONS HAVE SAID IT. AND THE STUDENTS AND PARENTS HAVE SAID IT. WHAT ELSE ARE WE DOING WITH THE FINANCIAL AID? WE ARE PUTTING $14.5 BILLION BACK IN THE POCKETS OF STUDENTS. HOW ARE WE DOING THAT? WE'RE ELIMINATING THE ORIGINATION FEE FOR LOANS. THIS WAS A HIDDEN FEE THAT MOST STUDENTS DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT. THEY HAD TO PAY THIS UP FRONT OUT OF THE LOANS THEY WERE GETTING AND VERY OFTEN IT MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO THE STUDENTS IN TERMS OF HAVING THE FUNDS THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. IN THEIR -- IN THEIR PROGRAMS. SO WE ELIMINATE THAT, MR. SPEAKER. WE THINK THAT IS A VERY, VERY POSITIVE THING WE'RE DOING. IN GENERAL WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH THE PROSPER ACT IS WE'RE RESPONDING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE RESPONDING TO EMPLOYERS WHO ARE SAYING TO US, PLEASE HELP US WITH CREATING THE PROGRAMS IN THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, OR SMOOTHING THE WAY FOR STUDENTS TO GO TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO BE ABLE TO GAIN THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO TAKE THESE SIX MILLION JOBS THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE OUT HERE. UNIVERSITIES ARE NOT DOING IT FOR US. THE COLLEGES ARE NOT DOING IT FOR US. THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE GRADUATING APPROXIMATELY 1. MILLION STUDENTS EVERY YEAR. AND YET WHAT'S HAPPENING IS, WE'VE GOT ALL THESE JOBS UNFILLED OUT HERE, AND WE'VE GOT GRADUATES BEING GRADUATED, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS THAT THE EMPLOYERS NEED. STUDY AFTER STUDY AFTER STUDY, POLL AFTER POLL AFTER POLL IS TELLING US THAT. WE'RE HEARING IT FROM EVERYBODY. THIS IS NOT A PANACEA. IT IS NOT GOING TO ANSWER EVERY SINGLE NEED THAT'S OUT THERE. WE NEVER SAID THAT IT WOULD. BUT IT'S A TRUE REFORM OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS SAY TO THE POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS, WE'VE HEARD YOU, WE'VE HEARD WHAT YOU SAID. YOU'VE SAID, REDUCE OR ELIMINATE A LOT OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WE HAVE. THAT'S WHAT'S DRIVING UP THE COST OF TUITION. GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER? WE HAVE REVISED OR ELIMINATING 59% OF THE 59 RULES THAT WERE PRESENTED TO US BY THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. BUT WHEN THEY TALK TO TO THE OUR COLLEAGUES HERE, WE NEVER HEAR THEM MENTION THAT TO THEM. BUT WE'RE DOING THAT. SO WE'RE RESPONDING TO THEM. THEY SAID SIMPLIFY FINANCIAL AID. WE'RE DOING THAT. SO WE'RE DOING WHAT THE SCHOOLS ASKED US TO DO. WE'RE DOING WHAT EMPLOYERS ASKED US TO DO. WE'RE PROVIDING FUNDS FOR SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS THAT WILL RESULT IN CERTIFICATES THAT WILL -- CERTIFICATES THAT WILL RESULT IN THE ABILITY FOR STUDENTS TO GAIN THE SKILLS THEY NEED AND GO TO WORK AFTER AS SHORT A PERIOD OF TIME AS 10 WEEKS. AND 300 HOURS. THIS IS A HUGE CHANGE IN THE WAY FINANCIAL AID HAS BEEN OFFERED IN THE PAST. AND WE'VE LISTENED TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS. WE'VE SIMPLIFIED FINANCIAL AID. WE'RE MAKING IT MUCH EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID. WE MAKE IT SIMPLER FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY THE AID THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE GETTING. WHAT THEIR OBLIGATIONS ARE GOING TO BE. AND WE KNOW THAT ULTIMATELY IT'S GOING TO BRING DOWN THE COST OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION BECAUSE WE REMOVE INCENTIVES FOR THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITYS TO KEEP RAISING TUITION AND FEES. BECAUSE WE'RE SAYING TO THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, WE WANT YOU TO HELP THESE STUDENTS SUCCEED, WE WANT YOU TO ENCOURAGE THESE STUDENTS TO TAKE OUT LESS DEBT, AND WE'RE PROVIDING YOU THE VEHICLE FOR DOING THAT. SO MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE RESPONDING TO ALL THE SEGMENTS OF THE POPULATION THAT HAVE ASKED US TO CHANGE THE WAY POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION IS DELIVED IN THIS COUNTRY. WE'RE GOING TO HELP FULFILL THESE SIX MILLION UNFILLED JOBS AND WE'RE GOING TO BRING DOWN THE COST OF TUITION AND FEES AND MAKE FINANCIAL AID LESS COMPLICATED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 06:44:48 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                  MR. SOTO

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                                  MR. SOTO

                                  HE HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES AND…

                                  HE HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS. HE IS AN OWNER OF AN TECH AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS, AMERICAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS, PRESIDENT OF CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND AND PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB. IN THE PAST, ANDREW WAS INVOLVED WITH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, SENIOR FIRST, THE ASIA YAP AMERICAN HERITAGE CROUM, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE AND AMERICAN VETERAN GROUPS. AS THE PRESIDENT OF CHINESE, HE SPOORTED THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WITH FACILITIES AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS SUPPORTING BUSINESSES THROUGH ADVOCATING FOR POSITIVE BUSINESS LEGISLATION AND HOSTING SEMINARS AND IMOUTREACH. HE RECEIVED THE AWARD OF ASIAN-AMERICAN FOR ORLANDO IN 2016 AND IN 2009, THE COMMUNITY SERVICE OF ASIAIAN-AMERICAN AND EARNED A BACHELOR OF LAWS AND CENTRAL POLICE AND MASTER AGREE OF COMPUTER FROM THE NEW YORK COMPUTER OF TECHNOLOGY. WE RECOGNIZE YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN MONTH, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE DR. SA HMP ID PROVIDES HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN KISSIMMEE IN 2004. HE GRADUATED FROM BROWN UNIVERSITY AND UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS. DR. IS ON FACULTY WITH THE U.C.F. TEACHING MEDICAL STUDENTS AND RESIDENT DOCTORS. HE HAS SERVED ON THE BOARD OF OSCEO LMP A AND PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PAKISTANI AMERICANS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA. HE HAS SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE AND NORTH AMERICA AND LAUNCHED PROJECTS OF FOUR MOBILE CLINICS TO HELP UNINSURED PEOPLE IN FOUR STATES IN THE UNITED STATES. HE IS VERY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH VOLUNTEERING AND RAISED FUNDS FOR THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE IRMA IN 2017. I JOINED THE DOCTOR IN THE OPENING OF A FREE HEALTH CARE CLINIC IN KISSIMMEE IN OUR DISTRICT IN WHICH HE WAS INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING AND FOR THAT, DOCTOR, WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN MONTH, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE JOSE IS CURRENTLY THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMERCE. HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE CHAMBER SINCE 2010 AND TAKEN MULTIPLE LEADERSHIP ROLES. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA'S IS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE BUSINESS EXUENT OF ORLANDO SO OUR MEMBERS OF THAT ORGANIZATION MAY PROSPER AND GROW. HE WORKS FOR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO AS AN SERGEANT AND WORKED IN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND HAS HAD AN IMPRESSIVE CAREER. HE IS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE ORLANDO ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP SINCE 2018 THIS YEAR. HIS FAMILY MOVED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1992 FROM THE PHILLIPINES AND CALLED FLORIDA HOME SINCE THEN. AND FOR THAT, JOSE, WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER MONTH, I RECOGNIZE RICKEY LEE. HE IS A PROFESSION ALLEGE. , THE SON OF BOAT VIETNAMESE BOAT REFUGEES AND HE SERVED IN THE PAST 15 YEARS. HE WAS CHOSEN BY ORLANDO WEEKLY AS ONE OF THE 10 PEOPLE OF MAKING ORLANDO THE BETTER PLACE TO BE. AS THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF WATER RESOUSES COMMITTEE, HE WORKED TO EDUCATE PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ABOUT RESOURCES AND CHALLENGES THAT FACE OUR STATE. MR. LEE SERVES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK AND BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE PARKS AND FAMILY RECREATION BOARD, CITY'S ACADEMY AND BOARD MEMBER FOR LOCAL M.P.R. AFFILIATE. MR. LEE LEADS CAMPAIGNS FOR THE LOCAL ASIAN COMMITTEE AND AWARDED. HE WORKED WITH LOCAL PBS ON THE DOCUMENTARY SERIES, VIETNAMESE ORLANDO HIGHLIGHTING THE HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY IN ORLANDO. THE GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, HE IS THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC AT U.C.F. AND SENATOR REPRESENTING THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE AND THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK THE FOOD LOVERS' GUIDE TO ORLANDO AND HIGHLIGHTING OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS, MARKETS AND GROWING FOOD SCENE. IN 2017, HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE CULL ANYARY HALL OF FAME AND IN THE CENTRAL FLORIDA 100, AN OPINION COLUMN. HE IS MOST THANKFUL FOR HIS PARENTS, AND LIFE PARTNER AND THEIR FIRST-BORN DAUGHTER WHO BRINGS MUCH HOPE NEW DREAMS. AND FOR THAT, RICKEY LEE, WE HONOR YOU. IN HORP OF ASIAN-AMERICAN MONTH, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE VALLIER EYE BIO AND IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE FLORIDA CHAPTER. SHE HAS BEEN IN TELEVISION NEWS AND WORKS FOR FOX 35 NEWS IN ORLANDO. AS AN AWARD WINNING TELEVISION REPORTER, SHE IS PROUD TO REPRESENT HER CHIBE EASE-AMERICAN HERITAGE. IN A WORLD WHERE CRIME DOMINATES HEADLINES, SHE FOCUSES ON FAITH ON THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED. VALERIE'S METROPOLITANORS AND METROPOLITANORS NOT ONLY ASIAN STUDENTS BUT STUDENTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AS WELL AS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND TEACHES THEM TO REPORT ALL SIDES OF THE STORY. SHE ENCOURAGES ALL STUDENTS TO BE THE BEST AND KNOWING HARD WORK PAYS OFF. FOR BEING DIFFERENT IS AN HONOR, NOT AN ENTITLEMENT. VALERIE ASSISTS THE BROADCASTERS AND APPLAUDING BROADCASTERS AROUND THE STATES AND TAKING PART. AND VOLUNTEERS HER TEAM WITH THE NEGRO GOLF TOWN METROPOLITAN BENEFITING YOUNG STUDENT. AS A MEMBER OF THE ORANGE COUNTY, SHE BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER RECOGNIZING THEIR TALENTS AND APPLAUDING THEIR EFFORTS TO MAKE THIS COMMUNITY BETTER. HER FATHER GREW UP IN HONG KONG. HER MOTHER WAS BORN IN NEW YORK. THEY BOTH INSPIED HER TO CARRY ON THE IMPORTANCE. SHE IS MARRIED TO JEFF RAM SAY WHERE HE HAS TAUGHT HER ABOUT HIS SOUTHERN ROUTES BUT SHE HAS TO TAUGHT HIM, TOO, AN APPRECIATION FOR DIM SUM. AND FOR THAT, WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE BORN IN PAKISTAN, MOVED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM IN 1961 AND GRADUATED FROM BIRMINGHAM. AFTER 17 YEARS INVESTMENT BANKING AND WORKING IN EIGHT COUNTRIES MOVED TO FLORIDA AND BUILT A SUCCESSFUL REAL ESTATE BUSINESS. HE DEVOTED HIS TIME FOR THE ASIAN COMMUNITY. HE HAS BEEN A LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY. HE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASIAN-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN 2016 AND WON THE INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION AWARD IN 12017 FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WAS IN THE TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL LIST. THIS YEAR, HE IS PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN MUSLIM LIST. HE IS A HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER AND HAS DEDICATED HIS WORK TO STRENGTHENING THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN FLORIDA. WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE NEAL ABID. HE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LARGEST COMMUNITY CENTER AND ADVOCATE FOR THE FLORIDA ARABIC. HE IS AN OUTREACH SINCE MR. HIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND HE HAS OVERSEEN THE EXPANSION IN ORLANDO, TAMPA AND JACKSONVILLE. THE A ARCH C FMPLMP CHARITY SERVICES HAVE ASSISTED OVER 15,000 COMMUNITY MEMBERS THROUGH ITS HEALTH CARE SERVICES, REFUGEE PROGRAMS AS WELL AS MANY OTHER SERVICES BASED OUT OF THE AACE HEADQUARTERS. MR. ABID IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL IN TAMPA. MR. AB INCH D IS KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE. HE IS AQUALITY AND MR. ABID IS AN AMERICAN PALESTINIAN WHO RESIDES IN TAMPA. WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN MONTH, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER THE IMAN CROUM SERVING. HE WORKS WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND THE COMMUNITY TO FOSTER PEACE, UNITY AND LOVE. HE HAS TRAVELED OVER 60 COUNTRIES AND BRINGS HIS UNDERSTANDING OF DIFFERENT CULTURES BY ADVOCATING ACROSS ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURE SFEERS. HIS LOVE FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS EX EMAPPLY FIDE. HE ESTABLISHED THE FIRST FREE HEALTH CARE CLINIC AND PROVIDED MUCH NEEDED RESOURCES TO THE VICTIMS SERVICE CENTER IN CENTRAL FLORIDA ENSURING THAT NO PERSON IS TURNED AWAY. IM ARCH NMP HAS JOINED FORCES WITH LOCAL SHELTERS WORKING TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY IN PROVIDING SUPPORT TO LOCAL SHELTERS BY HOSTING EVENTS AND MEALS IN SUPPORT. AS A MUSLIM-AMERICAN LEADER, HE STARTED SOME OF THE FIRST INSTITUTIONS FOR FOR TWO DECADES AND HAS BEEN DEVOTED TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND HOSTED TOWN HALL MEETINGS WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PROMOTE UNITY AFTER THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB TRAGEDY, HE AND WITH OTHER LEADERS THEY HONORED THE VICTIMS. SINCE THEN HE HAS WORKED WITH OTHER LEADERS TO REACH OUT AND EXPRESS REPORT FOR CENTRAL FLORIDIANS OF ALL BACK GROUND. AS A COMMUNITY LEADER AND FATHER OF EIGHT, HE HAS CHAMPIONED MANY CAUSES TO CHAMPION AND VOWING TO SPREAD LOVE WITHOUT LIMITATION, AND FOR THAT IM ARCH NMP, WE HONOR YOU. . THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE TIME. WE YIELD BACK.

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                                • 07:00:39 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW MOVE FOR THE HOUSE TO ADJOURN.

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                                  Mr. Soto moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                    MR. MR. SOTO

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ACCORDINGLY THE HOUSE STANDS

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                                On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                  Adjourned

                                  The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on May 24, 2018.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PROPRO TEMPORE

                                    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 23, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE EVAN…

                                    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 23, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE EVAN H. JENKINS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                  • 10:00:26 AM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM…

                                    THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL

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                                  • 10:00:41 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND…

                                    DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  • 10:01:17 AM

                                    MR. MR. THOMPSON

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE…

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  • 10:05:17 AM

                                    MS. BONAMICI

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN, FOR…

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  • 10:06:50 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. NORMAN

                                    COLONEL STABBINS. JUST AFTER HE TURNED 20 YEARS OLD GRADUATED FROM WEST…

                                    COLONEL STABBINS. JUST AFTER HE TURNED 20 YEARS OLD GRADUATED FROM WEST POINT IN 1945. HE SERVED AS A PILOT IN THE ARMY AIR CORPS AND UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FOR 28 YEARS. DURING THAT TIME, BUZZ PILOTED SCORES OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT, INCLUDING THE HONOR OF TAKING DELIVERY FROM LOCKHEED ONE OF THE FIRST C-5-A GALAXY CARGO AIRCRAFT, WHICH WAS THE LARGEST CARGO AIRCRAFT IN THE WORLD. HE FLEW 70 MISSIONS TO VIETNAM IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS ENGAGED IN THE WAR. WHILE STATIONED IN GERMANY HE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE CATERPILLAR CLUB WHOSE MEMBERSHIP IS RESTRICTED TO THOSE WHO HAD TO BAIL OUT OF A DISABLED AIRCRAFT. DURING HIS MILITARY CAREER, COLONEL STABBINS WAS A PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS AT BOTH WEST POINT AND UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY. RETIRING IN 1973, COLONEL CHOSE TO RESIDE IN THE GREAT CITY OF TEA CASE, SOUTH CAROLINA, WHICH IS IN MY DISTRICT. HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BEING INCORPORATED AS A CITY IN 1982. HE'S BEEN HONORED BY A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING CITIZEN OF THE YEAR, GRAND MARSHAL OF THE INDEPENDENT STATE PARADE AND MANY MORE. COLONEL STABBINS EXEMPLIFIES THE MOTTO OF THE MILITARY SCHOOL, THE GREAT SCHOOL OF WEST POINT, DUTY, HONOR AND COUNTRY. BUZZ, HAPPY 93RD BIRTHDAY ON MAY 31. WE LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE YEARS OF DOING WHAT YOU CONTINUE TO DO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 10:08:53 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    GARAMENDI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF AN…

                                    GARAMENDI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY GROUP OF PEOPLE.

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                                  • 10:09:01 AM

                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                    YESTERDAY WAS NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, AND I BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE…

                                    YESTERDAY WAS NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, AND I BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE HOUSE LEGISLATION THAT I RECENTLY INTRODUCED, H.R. 5879, THE WARLED WAR II MERCHANT MARINE -- WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDALS. I HEAR THE CHEERS FROM ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FLOOR AS THEY LINE UP TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. LAST YEAR MY COLLEAGUE SUSAN BROOKS, MY GOOD REPUBLICAN FRIEND, INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION, AND I'M GRATEFUL TO HER AND TO CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG OF ALASKA FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION THIS YEAR. THIS BILL HAS OBVIOUS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND BICAMERAL SUPPORT. SENATOR MURKOWSKI OF ALASKA IS LEADING THIS BILL IN WHAT SOME CALL THE UPPER CHAMBER. WE SIMPLY CALL IT THE SENATE. DURING WORLD WAR II, OUR ARMED FORCES RELIED UPON THE MERCHANT MARINE TO FERRY SUPPLIES, CARGO, AND MANPOWER AND WOMANPOWER INTO BOTH THEATERS OF OPERATION, THE PACIFIC AND THE ATLANTIC. THEY PAID A HEAVY PRICE FOR THEIR SERVICE. THE MERCHANT MARINE CASUALTY RATE WAS THE HIGHEST AMONG ALL BRANCHES OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES. AN ESTIMATED 8,300 MERCHANT MARINERS LOST THEIR LIFE DURING THE WAR AND AROUND 12,000 WERE WOUNDED. BUT THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO SUSTAIN OUR ARMED FORCES WERE NOT EVEN GIVEN VETERAN STATUS UNTIL 1988. MUCH LESS PUBLIC RECOGNITION FOR THEIR INVALUABLE SERVICES. TODAY, I'M GOING TO MEET WITH A GROUP OF WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINE VETERANS, CHARLES MILLS OF TEXAS, AGE 97, EUGENE BARNER FROM KANSAS, AGE 92, AND ROBERT REGANT FROM ILLINOIS, AGE 92. I ALSO WILL BE MEETING WITH FAMILIES OF OTHER VETERANS WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US. I'M MEETING THEM TO HEAR FIRSTHAND THEIR STORIES OF BRAVERY AND PERIL IN THE SERVICE OF OUR ARMED FORCES. THEY DESERVE THE RECOGNITION OF A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL DO. I URGE YOU, ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, AND THE SENATE TO GIVE OUR MERCHANT MARINE VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES THE HONOR THEY DESERVE. I'LL ALSO BE DISCUSSING WITH THESE GENTLEMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE INTRODUCED A DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY. WE CALL IT THE ENERGIZING THE AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY, TAKING A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE OIL AND NATURAL GAS THAT WE ARE NOW EXPORTING AND REQUIRING THAT THAT BE ON AMERICAN-BUILT SHIPS WITH AMERICAN MARINERS SO WE CAN MAINTAIN THE EXTRAORDINARY TRADITION OF BRAVERY AND SERVICE THAT THE WORLD WAR II MARINERS SHOWED THIS NATION. IF WE WERE SUCCESSFUL IN PASSING THIS LEGISLATION, WE WOULD BE BUILDING SOME 50 SHIPS OR MORE IN OUR SHIPYARDS ALL ACROSS AMERICA, PROVIDING JOBS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST WHERE THEY BUILD THE GREAT ENGINES FOR THESE SHIPS, THE PUMPS, THE PIPES, AND THE ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS. WE'D ALSO BE PROVIDING SOME 1,800 JOBS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF MARINERS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES NOT ONLY TO SUPPORT THE GOLD MEDAL, THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL FOR THE WORLD WAR II MARINERS BUT SUPPORT OUR EFFORT TO CREATE MARINERS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL NOT BE A WAR BUT IF IT IS WE KNOW WE CAN RELY ON THEM JUST AS WE DID IN WORLD WAR II. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 10:12:50 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    ABRAHAM: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF MONROE, LOUISIANA. THE MONROE ROTARY CLUB STARTED ON JUNE 1, 1918, AND ITS CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY MARKS 100 YEARS OF SERVICE, CHARITY, AND DEDICATION FROM THE MEMBERS OVER THESE MANY, MANY YEARS. TODAY, THE CLUB HAS GROWN TO OVER 140 MEMBERS AND IT'S INVOLVED IN SERVICE PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE MONROE AREA.

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                                    MR. ABRAHAM

                                    THE MONROE ROTARY CLUB PROMOTES EDUCATION, LOCAL ECONOMIC GROWTH, CLEAN…

                                    THE MONROE ROTARY CLUB PROMOTES EDUCATION, LOCAL ECONOMIC GROWTH, CLEAN WATER AVAILABILITY LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, AND AROUND THE WORLD FOR JUST TO PROMOTE THE ABILITY TO DRINK CLEAN WATER. MEMBERS OF THIS CLUB ARE THE PROBLEM SOLVERS THAT COLLABORATE WITH THE COMMUNITY LEADERS, MANY OF WHOM ARE MEMBERS THEMSELVES, TO LEAD AND CONTINUE TO LEAD ISSUES THAT ARE FACING THE MONROE AREA. IN THIS YEAR ALONE, THE CLUB HAS DONATED OVER 1,000 BOOKS TO INMATES AT THE CORRECTIONAL CENTER, AWARDED 11, $250 SCHOLARSHIPS TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS, AND DONATED 95 BICYCLES TO CHILDREN TO BE USED AND THAT HAVE NEED IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. THEIR ANNUAL EVENT IS A GUMBO FUNDRAISER WHERE THEY RAISE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THEIR SERVICE PROJECTS, AND THIS YEAR ALONE THEY RAISED OVER $8,000. THEY WILL BE USED TO -- IT WILL BE USED TO BUY NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, SEND CHILDREN TO CAMP AND SPONSOR SOFTBALL TEAMS. I'M ALWAYS VERY PROUD OF THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR ORGANIZATION LIKE THESE IN THE MONROE AREA AND IN MY ENTIRE DISTRICT IN LOUISIANA. OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS, THE MONROE ROTARY CLUB HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO IMPROVE THE CITY AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WHO LIVE THERE. THEY INSPIRE ME AND OTHERS BY THE CHANGES THAT THEY DIRECT, THAT THEY MAKE, AND THE POSITIVE IMPACT THAT THEY BRING TO THE MONROE AREA. TODAY, NOT ONLY DO I CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY, BUT STAND IN RECOGNITION AND CERTAINLY THANKS FOR THEIR CENTURY OF SERVICE TO THE CITY OF MONROE AND THE STATE OF LOUISIANA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. .

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                                  • 10:15:28 AM

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                                    MS. MS. WATERSWATERS

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PAYNE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. PAYNE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. MR. MR. PAYNE

                                    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 PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  • 10:26:53 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    BARLETTA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY ONCE AGAIN WE'RE GOING TO DEBATE…

                                    BARLETTA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY ONCE AGAIN WE'RE GOING TO DEBATE WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO STOP THESE SENSELESS ATTACKS ON OUR

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                                  • 10:27:00 AM

                                    MR. MR. BARLET

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                                    MR. BARLETTA

                                    SCHOOLS. OUR SCHOOLS ARE A PLACE OF MEMORIES. THINK ABOUT IT, WE CAN ALL,…

                                    SCHOOLS. OUR SCHOOLS ARE A PLACE OF MEMORIES. THINK ABOUT IT, WE CAN ALL, EVERY ONE OF US, CAN RECITE STORIES WHEN WE WERE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE KNOW ABOUT FRIENDS AND THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND IN HIGH SCHOOL, OUR LIVE'S MEMORIES ARE FILLED BACK IN THOSE SCHOOL DAYS, THOSE MEMORIES. THE CHILDREN TODAY, THE KIDS TODAY, HAVE DIFFERENT MEMORIES OF SCHOOL. NO CHILD IN AMERICA, NO CHILD IN AMERICA SHOULD GO TO SCHOOL AFRAID. AND NO PARENT IN AMERICA SHOULD WORRY ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN IF THEY ARE GOING TO COME HOME GOING TO COME HOME SAFELY WHEN THEY SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. AS I STAND HERE RIGHT NOW, OUTSIDE THESE, OUTSIDE THESE DOORS, THERE ARE ARMED GUARDS WITH MACHINE GUNS, GUARD DOGS, METAL DETECTORS. TO KEEP US SAFE. BUT TODAY, BUT TODAY ONCE AGAIN CHILDREN WILL GO TO SCHOOL ACROSS AMERICA AND SIT LIKE SITTING DUCKS IN A CLASSROOM. YOU KNOW, WHEN A CRAZED MADMAN ATTACKED MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS AT BASEBALL PRACTICE, OUR RESPONSE WAS INSTANT. IT WAS IMMEDIATE. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WE ALL AGREED, WE NEED MORE SECURITY FOR CONGRESS. WE NEED MORE MONEY TO SECURE OUR OFFICES, TO SECURE OUR STAFF, IT MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE. WE EVEN FOUND MONEY TO PROVIDE SECURITY FOR US AT HOME. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE MOVE PRETTY FAST HERE WHEN IT'S ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHY DO WE THINK THAT OUR LIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LIVES OF ANY PARENTS' CHILD IN AMERICA? WHY DO WE THINK WE'RE MORE IMPORTANT, THAT WE CAN FIND SECURITY FOR OURSELVES SO QUICKLY? YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD TAKE EVERY METAL DETECTOR IN THIS BUILDING AND SEND IT TO SOME SCHOOL TOMORROW UNTIL WE FIND THE MONEY TO SECURE OUR SCHOOLS LIKE WE DID FOR OURSELVES. I READ AN ARTICLE WHERE ROOT CANALS AND COLONOSCOPIES HAVE A HIGHER APPROVAL RATING THAN CONGRESS. MAYBE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL THINK DIFFERENTLY IF WE PUT OUR KIDS BEFORE CONGRESS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CURTIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. CURTIS

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR, FOR FIVE…

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    SPEAKER. FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AT THE RISK OF LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND…

                                    SPEAKER. FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AT THE RISK OF LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY, THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT BEGIN EVERY MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION, OUR NATION'S HIGHEST AND PLOAST PRESTIGIOUS DECLARATION. IT IS UNCOMMON BUT NOT UNCOMMON OF THOSE DETAILED IN THE NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF THOSE AWARDS.

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                                    MR. MR. TAYLOR

                                    OF THE ESTIMATED 50 MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE WORN A MILITARY UNIFORM,…

                                    OF THE ESTIMATED 50 MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE WORN A MILITARY UNIFORM, 3,440 HAVE RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR. THE CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD IS PROFOUND, CLEAR, AND ALWAYS DEADLY. INDEED, ALMOST ALL RECIPIENTS SACRIFICING THEIR LIVES TO EARN THEM. AND THEIR SERVICE IS MEMORIALIZED AT MILITARY INSTALLATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. YOU CAN READ OF THEIR BRAVERY ON WALLS, MONUMENTS, AND HEADSTONES, BUILDINGS, STREETS, SHIPS, AND FORWARD OPERATING BASES BEAR THEIR NAMES IN AN ATTEMPT TO HONOR, TO INSPIRE, AND TO REMEMBER. IF YOU WEAR A UNIFORM, YOU WALK IN THE DARK SHADOWS OF HEROES EVERY DAY. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE 71 LIVING RECIPIENTS. TOMORROW THERE WILL BE 72. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF MARCH 4, 2002, A HELICOPTER ATTEMPTED A LANDING ON A MOUNTAIN PEAK HIGH IN THE RANGE OF AFGHANISTAN. THE MISSION WAS RECON SAUNS BUT, MR. SPEAKER, -- RECONNAISSANCE BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WAR HAS NO REGARD FOR THE PLANS OF MEN. WAR IS VIOLENT. WAR IS CHAOTIC. WAR IS UNFORGIVING. IT WAS ENGULFED IN LED AND ROCKET PREPAILED GRENADES. ONE MAN REMAINED. CHIEF PETTY OFFICER SEAL NEAL ROBERTS. HE WAS ALONE, HE WAS ISOLATED AND HE WAS SURROUNDED. IN A LETTORY HIS FAMILY, ROBERTS WOULD WRITE, QUOTE, ALL THE TIME SPENT IN THE COMPANY OF MY TEAMMATES WAS WHEN I FELT THE CLOSEST TO THE MEN I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH. I LOVED BEING A SEAL. IF I DIED DOING SOMETHING FOR THE TEAM, THEN I DIED DOING WHAT MADE ME HAPPY. VERY FEW PEOPLE HAD THE LUXURY OF THAT, UNQUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, MEN AND WOMEN JOIN THE MILITARY FOR MANY REASONS, BUT THEY DO NOT JOIN WITH A DESIRE TO DIE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE MOMENTS OF UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR AND HESITATION. MOMENTS WHEN FEAR TURNS THE THOUGHTS TO YOUR OWN SAFETY, WELL-BEING, AND SURVIVAL. EVERY SERVICE ISSUES A UNIFORM. NONE OF THEM ISSUE COURAGE. IN THOSE MOMENTS WHERE BELIEFS AND RESOLVE ARE TESTED, LEADERSHIP ILLUMINATES THE PATH. ON MARCH 4, 2002, MASTER CHIEF SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR SEAL RETIRED BRIT SLOVINSKI CHOSE TO LEAD. HE LED HIS MEN BACK INTO THE FIGHT AND TO OVERWHELM -- INTO OVERWHELMING ODDS AND SUPERIOR ENEMY FIRE. THERE WILL BE NO ELEMENT OF SURPRISE. THERE WOULD BE NO TACTICAL ADVANTAGE. AND DESPITE THE ODDS AND DESPITE THE RISK, HE CHOSE TO LEAD. THEY ASSAULTED TRENCHES AND BUNKERS AND HARDENED MACHINE GUN NESTS. THEY TOOK THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY. THEY DID NOT RUN. THEY DID NOT HIDE. THEY FOUGHT. MR. SPEAKER, BRAVERY IS NOT MOTIVATED BY FEAR, RAGE, HATE, OR THE DESIRE FOR AWARDS OR RECOGNITION. BRAVERY IS MOTIVATED BY LOVE. LOVE FOR AN IDEAL, LOVE FOR A COUNTRY, AND LOVE FOR A TEAMMATE. BRAVERY IS NOT A CERTAINTY. IT IS A CHOICE. MASTER CHIEF SLOVINSKI AND HIS MEN CHOSE TO BE BRAVE. HIS ACTIONS, HIS PERSONAL COURAGE, AND HIS LEADERSHIP ARE AN EXAMPLE, NOT JUST TO EVERY SAILOR, SOLDIER, AIRMEN, MARINE, BUT TO EVERY AMERICAN. HIS CITATION HAS EARNED ITS PLACE AMONGST THE OTHER HEROES WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR. ITS OWNERSHIP, ITS MEANING, AND ITS PROMISE BELONGS NOT JUST ON THE WALLS OF EVERY MILITARY INSTALLATION, BUT ON THE WALLS OF EVERY HOME IN AMERICA. MASTER CHIEF SLOVINSKI'S ACTIONS SERVE AS A BEACON, AS A REMINDER OF WHO WE CAN BECOME, WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHEN WE, INSTEAD OF RUNNING AWAY, RISE UP AND CHALLENGE OUR DARKEST FEARS, OUR WORST ENEMIES, OUR OVERWHELMING ODDS. LONG LIVE THE BROTHERHOOD. AND I YOU YIELD BACK.

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                                    FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, WE RECENTLY CONCLUDED TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK…

                                    FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, WE RECENTLY CONCLUDED TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK AND I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH THE TEACHERS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY IN BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES. IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE WE RECOGNIZE THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE FOR ALL OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

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                                    MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. MR. FITZPATRICK

                                    RECENTLY, THIS HAS CULMINATED IN OUR DISTRICT HAVING SEVERAL SCHOOLS THAT…

                                    RECENTLY, THIS HAS CULMINATED IN OUR DISTRICT HAVING SEVERAL SCHOOLS THAT RANK TOP 100 IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR BOTH STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES AND GRADUATION RATES AND I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. THE NEW HOPE SUL BURRY HIGH SCHOOL, CENTRAL BUCKS HIGH SCHOOL EAST, BE AINGTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, COUNCIL ROCK HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH, CENTRAL BUCKS HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH AND THE QUAKERTOWN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL. I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT A COMMUNITY THAT PRODUCES SUCH HIGH-ACHIEVING YOUNG ADULTS AND I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR EDUCATORS FOR THE WORK THEY DO IN MOLDING OUR FUTURE GENERATION. MR. SPEAKER, MAY IS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, AND I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO HAVE SERVED OUR NATION VALIANTLY. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE I AM IN AWE OF THE SACRIFICES MADE AND RISKS TAKEN BY OUR ARMED FORCES EVERY SINGLE DAY TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE AND I SPEAK FOR ALL MY CONSTITUENTS IN BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES WHEN WE TRULY SAY THAT WE VALUE THE TROOP SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AND WE OWE THEM A TREMENDOUS DEBT OF GRATITUDE AND PROUD OF THE 75 GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WHO WERE HONORED THIS MONTH AT SPRING MILL MANOR NORTH HAMPTON BY OUR COMMUNITY SALUTES, TO RECOGNIZE THEIR ENLISTMENT IN OUR ARMED FORCES. THESS EXEMPLARY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN -- THESE EXEMPLARY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN RECEIVED OUR FIRST MILITARY COIN. MR. SPEAKER, AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, WE MUST CONTINUE TO ENACT POLICIES THAT ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF OUR ALL OUR WOMEN AND MEN IN THE MILITARY. THERE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY THAN SERVING THOSE WHO HAVE SO BRAVELY STEPPED UP IN TIMES OF CRISIS. I WILL CONTINUE TO STAND UP FOR OUR MILITARY THIS MONTH AND EVERY MONTH, AND TO ALL THOSE WHO SERVE, WE SAY THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEKEND IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WAS THE 15TH ANNUAL NEW HOPE PRIDE PARADE. THIS PARADE SERVED AS A CULMINATION OF A WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION OF LGBT CULTURE AND ACHIEVEMENTS AND I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THIS EVENT AND OUR LGBT COMMUNITY IN BUCKS COUNTY AND THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT. CURRENTLY THE NEW HOPE PRIDE PARADE STANDS AS THE ONLY RECOGNIZED EVENT THAT CROSS STATES LINES BETWEEN NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA AND I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE BOARD MEMBER UNDER WHOSE GUIDANCE THE ATTENDANCE OF THIS EVENT GREW FROM 1,000 IN 2003 TO 15,000 LAST YEAR. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE PRESIDENT OF NEW HOPE CELEBRATES, MATTHEW HANSON, FOR HIS WORK IN ADVANTAGES EQUALITY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND ACROSS OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE ADVOCATE FOR MEASURES THAT WILL SUPPORT EQUALITY FOR ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS A MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO DO THE SAME WITH EVERY SINGLE ACTION WE TAKE ON THIS FLOOR. WE VALUE THEM, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    LEAVE THIS NOW. THE U.S. GAVELING BACK. FATHER CONROY.

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                                    CHAPLAIN CONROY

                                    MOST ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SERVE IN UNIFORM IN THE ARMED FORCES. MAY THEY…

                                    MOST ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SERVE IN UNIFORM IN THE ARMED FORCES. MAY THEY BE SAFE IN THE EXECUTION OF THEIR DUTIES AND THEIR FAMILIES BLESSED WITH YOUR COMFORTING PRESENCE IN THEIR LIVES. THANK YOU, O GOD, FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO SERVE . AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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                                    STEWART.

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                                    MR. STEWART

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

                                    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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                                    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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                                    WORKERS.

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                                    THIS WEEK IS E.M.S. RECOGNIZE RIGS WEEK ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. NOBODY BECOMES…

                                    THIS WEEK IS E.M.S. RECOGNIZE RIGS WEEK ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. NOBODY BECOMES EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER, EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN, OR A PARAMEDIC TO GET RICH. IT'S HARD WORK, PHYSICALLY STRENUOUS, STRESSFUL, AND CAN INVOLVE LIFE OR DEATH SITUATIONS IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

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                                    MR. GREEN

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

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

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                                    MODERNIZING THE TRAINING WING OF F-22'S IS ANOTHER STEP IN THAT PROCESS…

                                    MODERNIZING THE TRAINING WING OF F-22'S IS ANOTHER STEP IN THAT PROCESS AND IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE AIRMEN WE ASK TO ACHIEVE AIR SUPERIORITY OVER BATTLEFIELDS ALL AROUND THE GLOBE. WE'RE GIVING CERTAINTY TO OUR WAR FIGHTERS WITH THIS NDAA, AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    MR. DUNN

                                    HIGGINS: MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE 54,000 STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES IN…

                                    HIGGINS: MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE 54,000 STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES IN AMERICA. EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY, SEVEN CARS DRIVE ON A BRIDGE THAT IS STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT.

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                                    MR. HIGGINS

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

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

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                                    MR. WILSON

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

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

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                                    MR.

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                                    SCHRADER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IS FACING AN…

                                    SCHRADER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IS FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED AND GROWING PROBLEM OF SEA LIONS WHO ARE DECIMATING OUR ENDANGERED SALMON AND STEELHEAD RUNS. RIGHT NOW IN FRONT OF MY DISTRICT OFFICE IN OREGON CITY, THERE ARE 24 SEA LIONS SIT REALLY AT THE BASE GORGING THEMSELVES ON THE SALMON SPRINGS RUN. THIS IS 127 MILES FROM THE PACIFIC OCEAN, THEIR NATURAL HABITAT. THE SALMON ENDANGERED FISH HAVE COST RATEPAYERS NEARLY $1 BILLION, A THIRD OF OUR ELECTRIC BILL. WE NEED TO PASS H.R.

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                                    MR. SCHRADER

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

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

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                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    IT'S MY HONOR TO THE YEARS OF SERVICE TO COLONEL BROWN THAT HE'S GIVEN TO…

                                    IT'S MY HONOR TO THE YEARS OF SERVICE TO COLONEL BROWN THAT HE'S GIVEN TO OUR NATION AND PRIOR TO THE UPCOMING CHANGE OF COMMAND.

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                                    MR. STEWART

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

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

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                                    MR. TAKANO

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                                    MR. TAKANO

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

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

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                                    ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF

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                                    THE SECONDARY BORNE MISSION AND PAIR ATROOPERS WHO UPHOLD IT.

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                                    IN FORT BRAGG, THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION IS OUR NATION'S GLOBAL RESPONSE…

                                    IN FORT BRAGG, THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION IS OUR NATION'S GLOBAL RESPONSE FORCE. THESE RAPID REACTION FORCE KS MOBILIZE, LOAD, DEPLOY AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE. IT'S TRULY INCREDIBLE. THERE'S READY AND THEN THERE'S AIRBORNE READY. AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, WHEN THE PRESIDENT DIALS 911, THE PHONE RINGS AT FORT BRAGG. THE 82ND AIRBORNE HAS TIME AND AGAIN ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY WHEN OUR NATION NEEDS IT MOST.

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                                    MR. HUDSON

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FORT BRAGG YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FORT BRAGG YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    MCNERNEY: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH, A TIME TO…

                                    MCNERNEY: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH, A TIME TO RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN OUR NATION'S FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL YOUTH FOSTER CAUCUS WHICH IS DEDICATED TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM.

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                                    MR. MCNERNEY

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                                    MR. MCNERNEY

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    SMITH: A RECENT EXAMPLE OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. BEING ALLOWED…

                                    SMITH: A RECENT EXAMPLE OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. BEING ALLOWED TO SENSOR CONTENT THAT THEY DEEM HATE SPEECH. THEY HAVE A HATE MAP THAT LISTS OVER 900 ORGANIZATIONS. THESE INCLUDE PRO-LIFE, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND BORDER SECURITY GROUPS, ALL POPULAR WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND ALL ARE UNFAIRLY

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    TARGETED BY THE SPLC. WHY DO ONLINE PLATFORMS EMPOWER THE SPLC TO SUPPRESS…

                                    TARGETED BY THE SPLC. WHY DO ONLINE PLATFORMS EMPOWER THE SPLC TO SUPPRESS CONSERVATIVE VIEWS? THERE'S ONLY ONE ANSWER. THEY WANT TO PROMOTE THEIR LIBERAL AGENDA, EVEN IF IT MEANS STIFLING FREE SPEECH. THIS IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO DEMOCRACY. AND IT REPRESENTS ANOTHER EFFORT TO CONTROL WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HEAR AND SEE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    A TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY TO COME TOGETHER TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HALF MILLION…

                                    A TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY TO COME TOGETHER TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HALF MILLION PEOPLE IN OUR CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM. NO ONE KNOWS THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM LIKE THE FOSTER YOUTH WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THE SYSTEM AND NO ONE CAN RAISE THEIR VOICES LIKE FOSTER YOUTH VOICES.

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                                    BUT IN ADDITION TO SHARE --

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                                    MR. BASS

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                                    HOST

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

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

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                                    MRS. HARTZLER

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

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

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                                    SCHAKOWSKY: MR. SPEAKER, TOO MANY AMERICANS FEEL THAT WASHINGTON IS OUT OF…

                                    SCHAKOWSKY: MR. SPEAKER, TOO MANY AMERICANS FEEL THAT WASHINGTON IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH THEIR PRIORITIES. THEY FEEL THAT TOO FEW PEOPLE HAVE TOO MUCH INFLUENCE.

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                                    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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                                    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARDSHIPS THAT MANY FOSTER YOUTH…

                                    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARDSHIPS THAT MANY FOSTER YOUTH HAVE HAD TO ENDURE AND HIGHLIGHT THE PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION THAT THEY EMBODY AS THEY DEVELOP AND TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD.

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                                    HE'S ALSO A PART OF IMMERSE ARKANSAS, A VITAL PROGRAM DEDICATED TO HELPING…

                                    HE'S ALSO A PART OF IMMERSE ARKANSAS, A VITAL PROGRAM DEDICATED TO HELPING FOSTER YOUTH WITH THE DIFFICULT TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD. THIS PROGRAM WAS A CRITICAL PART OF THE CHANGING POINT IN STEPHEN'S LIFE AND GIVING HIM A PLACE TO BELONG. MANY FOSTER YOUTH ARE NOT PROVIDED WITH PROGRAMS LIKE IMMERSE O A COMMUNITY TO HELP SUPPORT -- IMMERSE, OR A COMMUNITY TO HELP SUPPORT THEM IN FINDING A COMMUNITY AND HOME -- CAREER AND HOME AFTER THEY EXIT THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. I'M PROUD TO BE IN THIS CAUCUS AND SUPPORT OUR SHADOW DAY HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    MR. HILL

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                                    MR. POLIPOLIS

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. POLIS

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

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. THOMPSON

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  • 12:23:52 PM

                                    MR. THOMPSON

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

                                    PLASKETT: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE…

                                    PLASKETT: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE RECENT GRADUATES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. UNFORTUNATELY I COULD NOT ATTEND THE GRADUATIONS LAST WEEK DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER UP HERE AND THE DEBATE ON THE FARM BILL.

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                                    MS. PLASKETT

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MS. PLASKETT

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

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THAT SAME YEAR REUTERS SAID THAT SECRET EXEMPTIONS HAD BEEN CREATED FOR…

                                    THAT SAME YEAR REUTERS SAID THAT SECRET EXEMPTIONS HAD BEEN CREATED FOR IRAN, ALLOWING THEM TO EVADE SOME RESTRICTIONS AND GET RELIEF FROM OUR SANCTIONS EVEN FASTER. MONTHS AFTER, ANOTHER LOOPHOLE IN THE AGREEMENT WAS EXPLOITED WHEN IRAN PLANNED TO BUY 950 TUBBS -- TONS OF URANIUM TO MAKE NUCLEAR FUEL. SINCE THE AGREEMENT NEVER PLACED A LIMIT ON HOW MUCH URANIUM THEY COULD HAVE. ALL OF THIS MORE THAN DEMONSTRATES THE INEFFECTIVENESS OF THIS DEAL AND THE POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC EFFECTS OF TRUSTING IRAN. WHICH HAS A LONG AND DETAILED HISTORY OF BLATANTLY BEING DISHONEST.

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                                    MR. LAHOOD

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

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                                    MR. LAHOOD

                                    SPEAKER, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND…

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORETEMPORE

                                    YODER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE NATIONAL…

                                    YODER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, WHICH WOULD ADD THE FULL TEXT OF MY BILL, H.R.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORETEMPORE

                                    387, THE EMAIL PRIVACY ACT. I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS BILL…

                                    387, THE EMAIL PRIVACY ACT. I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS BILL HAS BEEN PASSED TWICE BY THE HOUSE, ONCE ON APRIL 27, 2016, BY A ROLL CALL OF 419-0, AND AGAIN BY VOICE VOTE UNANIMOUSLY IN THE HOUSE ON FEBRUARY 6, 2017. MY LEGISLATION HAS A SIMPLE CONCEPT BEHIND IT. IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTS ACCESS TO CONTENT STORED IN OUR PRIVATE EMAIL ACCOUNTS, THEY SHOULD GET A WARRANT.

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                                    MR. YODER

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

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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

                                    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 STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMTEMPORE

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                                    MR. BYRNE

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

                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS .

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    BYRNE: MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 908 PROVIDES FOR COMPLETE…

                                    BYRNE: MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 908 PROVIDES FOR COMPLETE CONSIDERATION OF H.R.

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                                    MR. BYRNE

                                    5515, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS, AND I YIELD…

                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. MCGOVMCGOVERN

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

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. BYRNE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. MITCHELL

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, IT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS…

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, IT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TTEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA, I SUPPORT THE INCREASE OF…

                                    AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA, I SUPPORT THE INCREASE OF NAVY SHIP BUILDING IN THE NDAA. BUT WHILE WE CONSIDER NATIONAL DEFENSE, WE MUST ALSO CONSIDER SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. SCOTT

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. BYRNE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                    MR. DUNCAN

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES, AND THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PROPRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MS. LEE

                                    I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MS. LEE

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

                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORTEMPORE

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                                    MR. BYRNE

                                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE BIPARTISAN WORK OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT'S GONE INTO CRAFTING THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA…

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES HIS TIME, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MS. LEE

                                    YEARS.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE DOCUMENT WILL BE MADE PART OF THE RECORD.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA. MR.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    BYRNE: MR. SPEAKER, THE UNDERLYING BILL AUTHORIZES WHAT -- WHAT IT…

                                    BYRNE: MR. SPEAKER, THE UNDERLYING BILL AUTHORIZES WHAT -- WHAT IT AUTHORIZES TO GUARD THE SMALLER NUCLEAR WEAPONS BECAUSE WE FIND OUR ADVERSARIES DEVELOPING SUCH NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. BYRNE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MORE. WE HEARD FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, TALK ABOUT THE…

                                    MORE. WE HEARD FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, TALK ABOUT THE AMENDMENT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MADE IN ORDER TO HELP REINFORCE OUR SCHOOLS. I THINK MOST PEOPLE WATCHING ALSO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE INCLUDES THINGS LIKE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE QUALITY OF OUR SCHOOLS.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. BYRNE

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

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                                    MR. BYRNE

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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. BYRNE

                                    DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE TWO YEARS…

                                    DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE TWO YEARS AGO AT THE END OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. ISIS STILL CONTROLLED VAST SWATHS OF WESTERN IRAQ AND EASTERN SYRIA. IRAN HAD JUST GOTTEN ITS HANDS ON TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT HAD BEEN FROZEN. MONEY THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO GET BECAUSE OF THE DEAL THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA CUT WITH THEM. AND WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN THAT MONEY AND INCREASED DEFENSE SPENDING, MILITARY SPENDING IN IRAN BY 40%. 40%. TWO YEARS AGO WE HAD CUT TROOP LEVELS DOWN TO LEVELS WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN DECADES. IN FACT, WE CUT THE AIR FORCE TO THE POINT IT HAD NEVER BEEN SINCE THE FOUNDING OF THE AIR FORCE. OUR FLEET HAD BEEN CUT DOWN TO LESS THAN 280 SHIPS AFTER IT HAD BEEN AT LEAST TO 400 UNDER THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. WE HAD 50% OF THE NAVY SHIPS COULDN'T FLY. OUR ADVERSARIES DIDN'T FEAR US AND OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES DIDN'T KNOW IF THEY COULD COUNT ON US. WELL, WE HAVE BEGUN TO TURN THAT AROUND. ISIS IS LARGELY GONE FROM IRAQ. IT'S LARGELY GONE FROM SYRIA. IT'S OBLITERATED AS A CONVENTIONAL FORCE AFTER BECOMING A CONVENTIONAL TERRORIST ARMY THAT CONTROLLED A BIG CHUNK OF THE MIDDLE EAST. GONE. SLIPPED OVER INTO NORTH AFRICA. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. SO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE WHAT WE'RE DOING TO FIGHT AGAINST THEM AND THOSE -- IN THOSE PLACES. YES WE NEED AN AUMF TO DO THAT. WE HAVE ALSO DONE SOMETHING THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT IN REBUILDING OUR MILITARY. WE HAVE TOLD OUR MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE VALUE YOU BY GIVING THEM PAY INCREASES. AND THIS BILL CALLS FOR ANOTHER PAY INCREASE ON TOP OF THE ONE WE GAVE THEM LAST YEAR. THEY HAVE GONE TOO LONG WITHOUT REAL PAY INCREASES. WE'RE BEGINNING TO GIVE THEM THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY NEED TO DO THE MISSION THAT IS WE HAVE THEM TO DO. MORE SHIPS, MORE JETS, MORE AMMUNITION, MORE MISSILES, MORE MISSILE DEFENSE. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE OUR JETS CAN FLY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE THE TRAINING AND PREPARATION AND SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE ANOTHER YEAR THAT GOES BY WHERE WE HAVE MORE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO LOSE THEIR LIVES IN TRAINING EXERCISES THAN THEY DO IN COMBAT. WE'RE TURNING THAT AROUND. WE'RE LEAVING THE SORRY LEGACY OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SO THAT WE CAN PUT IN PLACE A DEFENSE STRATEGY FOR THIS COUNTRY THAT WILL DEFEND OUR COUNTRY AT THE SAME TIME PROTECT THE SAFETY OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. SO THAT'S WHAT THAT WILL DEFEND WE'RE HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT. I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL VOTE ON THIS BILL, THE UNDERLYING BILL, IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. BECAUSE GOING BACK TO THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION, THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE DONE, EVE-E YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. . THAT'S THE MESSAGE WE SEND TO OUR FOES, TO OUR FRIENDS ABROAD AND, YES, TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, THAT WE COME TOGETHER, THIS CONGRESS COMES TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO IN OUR JOB TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 908 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS RESOLUTION.

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                                  • 01:30:47 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9…

                                    MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. RATHER, FIVE MINUTES. AND 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.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS…

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

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                                  • 01:57:03 PM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

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                                    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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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ] THE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.…

                                    ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT THOUSAND RESOLUTION 905, AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER RECONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5515. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MR. NOLAN OF…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MR. NOLAN OF MINNESOTA.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ORDERED. THIS VOTE AND ALL FURTHER AMENDMENT VOTES WILL BE TWO-MINUTE…

                                    ORDERED. THIS VOTE AND ALL FURTHER AMENDMENT VOTES WILL BE TWO-MINUTE VOTES. MEMBERS WILL NOW RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO STAY ON THE FLOOR FOR FURTHER VOTES. [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 CHAIR

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MS. GABBARD…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-698 OFFERED BY MS. GABBARD OF HAWAII.

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-698, OFFERED BY MR.…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-698, OFFERED BY MR. AGUILAR OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-6698, OFFERED BY…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-6698, OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                    ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ] THE ADOPTED. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENT, PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

                                    ] THE ADOPTED. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENT, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 905, UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5515…

                                    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5515 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35,…

                                    14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 AND 60. PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THORNBERRY.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATION.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS POINT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS POINT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    MCCAUL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MAC THORNBERRY.…

                                    MCCAUL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MAC THORNBERRY. PROTECTING U.S.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION NETWORKS FROM FOREIGN ADVERSARIES SUCH AS CHINA…

                                    GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION NETWORKS FROM FOREIGN ADVERSARIES SUCH AS CHINA IS VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.

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                                    MR. MCCAUL

                                    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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. GGARAMENDI

                                    TWO MINUTES.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. POLIQUIN

                                    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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                    SOUZZI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. GARAMENDI,…

                                    SOUZZI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. GARAMENDI, FOR YIELDING THIS TIME TO ME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I'M PLEASED THAT MY AMENDMENT, MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT, HAS BEEN INCLUDED…

                                    I'M PLEASED THAT MY AMENDMENT, MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT, HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE EN BLOC PACKAGE. THERE'S A MAJOR PROBLEM IN OUR COUNTRY THAT AMERICANS WANT TO US ADDRESS, IT'S A BIPARTISAN ISSUE RELATED TO CONTAMINATION RELATED FROM DEFENSE-RELATED ACTIVITIES. AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE FOR HIS ASSISTANCE IN WORKING ON THIS, AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN COOK AND CONGRESSWOMAN HANABUSA, FOR THEIR WORK IN HELPING TO GET THIS DONE.

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                                    MR. SOUZZI

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    HARTZLER: THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE. THIS…

                                    HARTZLER: THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE. THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO ENSURE THAT VIDEO SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT IS INCLUDED IN THE SCOPE OF THE NDAA'S PROHIBITION ON USING CERTAIN CHINESE TECHNOLOGY IN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MRS. HARTZLER

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

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON WISH TO CONTROL THE TIME FOR THE MINORITY?

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SNYDER.

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                                    MR. SMITH

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SMITH

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                                    MR. SCHNEIDER

                                    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 RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                  • 02:44:46 PM

                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    THE MODIFICATION.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THORNBERRY OF TEXAS. STRIKE AMENDMENT NUMBER 55.

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    MR. AT THAT KANGO

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                                    MR. AT THAT KANKANGO

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                                    MR. TAKANO

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. MR. SMITH

                                    ONE MINUTE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. MR. LIPINSKI

                                    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

                                    SMITH: WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, EITHER. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE…

                                    SMITH: WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, EITHER. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THORNBERRY: I YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME AS WELL.

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                                    MR. SMITH

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    OFFERED

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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                                    MR. GUTHRIE

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY CONGRESS' INTENT WITH ENERGY…

                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY CONGRESS' INTENT WITH ENERGY SECURITY AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS AT FORT KNOX.

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                                    MR. GUTHRIE

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR.

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                                    MR. LOWENTHAL

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. LOWENTHAL

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. GUTHRIE

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                                    MR. LOWENTHAL

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. GUTHRIE

                                    IT CONTRIBUTES WITH THE FEDERAL HARDWORKING TAX DOLLARS THAT COMES TO FORT…

                                    IT CONTRIBUTES WITH THE FEDERAL HARDWORKING TAX DOLLARS THAT COMES TO FORT KNOX TO SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN CONTRIBUTES GREATLY TO THAT COMMUNITY. BEING ENERGY SECURE IS A VITAL COMPONENT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE OVERALL NEEDS OF THE ARMY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EVERY ARMY POST.

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                                    MR. MR. LOWENTHAL

                                    FORT KNOX CERTAINLY MAKE A GREAT CLAIM BEING OFF THE GRID. BEING ABLE TO…

                                    FORT KNOX CERTAINLY MAKE A GREAT CLAIM BEING OFF THE GRID. BEING ABLE TO OPERATE IN TIMES OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY. I DO THINK THIS HAS BEEN THOUGHT THROUGH. INSTEAD OF GOING THROUGH THE OTHER PROCESS, WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD AND LET THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DO WHAT THE PENTAGON HAD SET FORT KNOX TO DO. I APPRECIATE MY COMMENTS FROM CRA. THIS IS THE RIGHT POLICY TO MOVE FORWARD AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                    NUMBER

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    115-702, OFFERED BY MR. AMODEI OF NEVADA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MEMBER AMODEI, AND THE -- A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.…

                                    MEMBER AMODEI, AND THE -- A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA.

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                                    MR. AMODEI

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                    MR. MR. LOWENTHAL

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY AN ATTEMPT TO WAVE -- WAIVE PORTIONS OF…

                                    CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY AN ATTEMPT TO WAVE -- WAIVE PORTIONS OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, FOR ALL, I USE THE WORD ALL NEW MINES BY PRETENDING THAT THESE MINES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR NATIONAL SECURITY.

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                                    MR. LOWENTHAL

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    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 NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    A NONCLASSIFIED DEFENSE STUDY RECENTLY FOUND THAT FAILURE TO HAVE A…

                                    A NONCLASSIFIED DEFENSE STUDY RECENTLY FOUND THAT FAILURE TO HAVE A RELIABLE SUPPLY CHAIN FOR AT LEAST 16 OF THE 35 CRITICAL MINERALS HAS ALREADY CAUSED SIGNIFICANT WEAPONS SYSTEM PRODUCTION DELAYS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. A RECENT REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY FOUND THAT THE U.S. IS 100% NET IMPORT-RELIANT, LET'S GET THAT AGAIN, IS 100% NET IMPORT-RELIANT ON FOREIGN COUNTRIES, INCLUDING CHINA, FOR 20 DIFFERENT CRITICAL MINERALS.

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                                    MR. GOSAR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. AMODEI

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AMODEI: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, IT'S GOOD TO HEAR THAT MY…

                                    AMODEI: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, IT'S GOOD TO HEAR THAT MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE GOLDEN STATE THINK THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS DOING A GOOD JOB IN THIS AREA IN SOME RESPECTS. AND IT'S GOOD TO HEAR ABOUT CONCERNS ABOUT THE STATE OF KENTUCKY.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. AMODEI

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ARD RECORDED VOTE -- A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    MCGOVERN OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MCGOVERN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT THAT I'M OFFERING…

                                    MCGOVERN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT THAT I'M OFFERING ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD VERY SIMPLY CREATE A SERVICE MEDAL TO BE AWARDED TO VETERANS OR THEIR SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS IN HONOR OF THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO OUR NATION.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYBODY SEEK TIME IN SUPPORT OR IN OPPOSITION?

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    DISTINCTION. AND WHEN THEY LEFT THE SERVICE, THEY RAISED THEIR FAMILIES,…

                                    DISTINCTION. AND WHEN THEY LEFT THE SERVICE, THEY RAISED THEIR FAMILIES, THEY WORKED IN FACTORIES, THEY CONTRIBUTED TO OUR COMMUNITIES. THEY ARE GETTING OLDER. LET US NOT WAIT UNTIL THERE ARE NO SURVIVING ATOMIC VETERANS BEFORE WE DO THE RIGHT THING. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN HONORING OUR ATOMIC VETERANS. THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND IT'S SHAMEFUL THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS SOONER. BUT I'M CONFIDENT THAT MAYBE THIS IS THE MOMENT WHERE WE'LL DO THE RIGHT THING. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MCGOVERN: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                    MR. MCGOVERN

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                    MR. MR. MCKINLEY

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    MCKINLEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY…

                                    MCKINLEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5515. BUT LET'S PUT THIS IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT.

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                                    MR. MR. MCKINLEY

                                    IN 1941, CONGRESS PASSED THE BARRY AMENDMENT. WHICH REQUIRES THE…

                                    IN 1941, CONGRESS PASSED THE BARRY AMENDMENT. WHICH REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO PURCHASE CERTAIN ITEMS ONLY FROM AMERICAN COMPANIES. THAT LIST INCLUDES AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS WHICH ALREADY INCLUDES TEXTILES, CLOTHING, SHOES, FOOD AND CERTAIN TOOLS. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY ADD DINNERWARE. AMERICA HAS SOME OF THE BEST, MOST TALENTED PRODUCERS OF NONTOXIC, LEAD-FREE DINNERWARE ON THE GLOBE. COMPANIES LIKE COORS IN TUCSON, ARIZONA, EMERSON CREEK IN BEDFORD, VIRGINIA. HOMER LOCKLAND IN WEST VIRGINIA. IT MAKES COMMON SENSE THAT WHEN WE PURCHASE EQUIPMENT FOR OUR MILITARY, WHETHER IT'S WEAPONS, FOOD OR SUPPLIES, IT'S INCUMBENT ON US TO CONSIDER AMERICAN JOBS AS WELL. THIS AMENDMENT SOLIDIFIES THAT BELIEF AND SHOWS OUR STRONG SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING, AND ALREADY HAS BASKETBALL SUPPORTED AN ENDORSED BY THE ALLIANCE FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. BUT IMPORTANTLY, IT WOULD ENSURE ACCESS TO SAFE DINNERWARE FOR OUR MILITARY. FREE FROM LEAD OR OTHER CARS GENIC MATERIALS. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS INVOLVING LEAD AND OTHER CONTAMINATES IN DINNERWARE COMING FROM CHINA AND MEXICO AND OTHER SUPPLIERS AROUND THE WORLD . LEADING TO CONCERNS FOR THEIR USE BY AMERICAN TROOPS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS, SAFETY AND HEALTH CONCERNS, AND THE JOBS THAT ARE CREATED IN OUR COMMUNITIES BY SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND ALL MEMBERS' DESIRE…

                                    THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND ALL MEMBERS' DESIRE TO NOT ONLY SUPPORT JOBS IN THEIR DISTRICT, BUT TO SUPPORT AMERICAN MANUFACTURING.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. MR. THORNBERRY

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AS FAR AS IT RELATES TO NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR HOSPITALS…

                                    AS FAR AS IT RELATES TO NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR HOSPITALS ALL ACROSS

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                                    AMERICA CONSIDER IT A SERIOUS ENOUGH SITUATION ON THEIR CHINA WARE BECAUSE…

                                    AMERICA CONSIDER IT A SERIOUS ENOUGH SITUATION ON THEIR CHINA WARE BECAUSE OF THE LEAD CONTENT AND OTHER CARCINOGENIC MATERIALS THAT THEY'VE MADE THIS MANDATED FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA THAT THEY MUST HAVE LEAD-FREE CHINAWARE.

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                                    MR. MCKINLEY

                                    THE GENTLEMAN CALLS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN CALLS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WISH THE FINAL WORD?

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    MUGS. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE A SENSE OF PRIORITIES WHERE THE REAL -- A SENSE…

                                    MUGS. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE A SENSE OF PRIORITIES WHERE THE REAL -- A SENSE OF EVIDENCE OF WHERE THE REAL PROBLEMS ARE. THEREFORE I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                    MR. MCKINLEY

                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MS. TENNEY

                                    WE SUPPLIED OUR MILITARY WITH FIREARMS. THESE TWO ICONIC COMPANIES WE MAIN…

                                    WE SUPPLIED OUR MILITARY WITH FIREARMS. THESE TWO ICONIC COMPANIES WE MAIN -- REMAIN BUT MANY MORE HAVE LEFT. THROUGHOUT OUR NATION AND THE REGION THAT I REPRESENT, FACTORIES THAT ONCE BOOMED WITH ACTIVITY AND PRODUCTION ARE NOW SHUTTERED AND EMPTY. MEANWHILE THE ENTIRE SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION HAS BEEN PUSHED OUT OF THE WORK FORCE. PRESIDENT TRUMP DESCRIBED THE AMERICA WE NOW KNOW IN CENTRAL NEW YORK IN HIS FIRST INAUGURAL SPEECH. OUR MANUFACTURING PLANTS ARE NOW RUSTED OUT FACTORIES SCATTERED LIKE TOMBSTONES ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE. IN THE 22ND DISTRICT, THE RUST BELT OF NEW YORK AND MANY REGIONS ACROSS THIS NATION, ECONOMIC ACTIVITY HAS BEEN A CONSISTENT DOWNTURN. WELL-PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS HAVE BEEN INCREASINGLY HARD TO COME BY, LEAVING FORMER INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITIES LIKE OURS EMPTY AS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES FLEE IN DROVES. IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK WE'VE LOST ONE MILLION RESIDENTS IN SINCE 2010 ALONE. HERE IN WASHINGTON, IN STATE CAPITALS -- CAPITOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SPECIAL INTERESTS HAVE BEEN PLACED BEFORE THE AMERICAN WORKER. IT'S TIME TO PUT OUR CITIZENS AND OUR WORK FORCE FIRST. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT THAT I HAVE INTRODUCED WILL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES AND IT WILL SHOW OUR AMERICAN WORK FORCE THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN AND IMPORTANTLY IT WILL REDUCE OUR MILITARY'S DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN GOODS. IT'S TIME TO PUT OUR -- FOR 30 YEARS THE BARRY AMENDMENT INCLUDED A DOMESTIC SOURCING REQUIREMENT FOR STAINLESS STEEL FLAT WARE. HOWEVER IN 2006, THE PROVISION WAS REMOVE WHEN ONIGH TA LIMITED WHICH ONCE WAS IN OUR REGION, THE SOLE COMPLIANT MANUFACTURER IN THE U.S. , CLOSED ITS U.S. FACTORIES AND MOVED TO CHINA WHERE ALMOST ALL FLAT WARE IS NOW MANUFACTURED. IN A TRUE AMERICAN COMEBACK STORY WORTHY OF A HOLLYWOOD CINDERELLA STORY, TWO FORMER ONEIDA LIMITED EMPLOYEES OPENED A NEW COMPANY, SHERYL MANUFACTURING. GREG OWENS AND MATT ROBERTS PURCHASED ONEIDA'S CLOSED FACTORY AND ELLED EQUIPMENT. THEY REFURBISHED THE OLD EQUIPMENT AND OPENED SHEFRL MANUFACTURING, HIRED MANY FORMER ONEIDA LIMITED MES AND HAVE A WORK FORCE OF NEARLY 8024E678 PRODUCT LINE THEY CREATE -- CREATE IS KNOWN AS LIBERTY TABLE TOP THIS FORMER FACTORY TOMBSTONE ON OUR LANDSCAPE IS NOW A SYMBOL OF AMERICAN INGENUITY, CRAFTSMANSHIP, HARD WORK AND FREEDOM. THE STORY OF REBIRTH HAS GIVEN HOPE TO MY DISTRICT. SHERYL MANUFACTURING HAS A STRONG AND PROVEN RECORD OF SELLING HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS AT MARKET PRICES. SINCE 2008 THEY'VE BEEN AMONG THE TOP PROVIDERS OF FLAT PAIRE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FULFILLING MORE THAN $6.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL CONTRACTS OVER THE SUBSEQUENT YEARS. WHILE I UNDERSTAND THERE MAY BE CONCERNS THAT THIS DOMESTIC SOURCING PROVISION WILL INCREASE COSTS, G.S.A. HAS ALREADY FOUND THE FLAT WARE TO BE OFFEREDED A A FAIR AND REASONABLE PRICE WHICH IS A MAJOR REASON WHY THIS FACTORY, WHY THE AGENCY ALREADY PURCHASES FLAT WARE FROM SHERYL. MOST IMPORTANTLY, MY AMENDMENT RETAINS ALL EXISTING WAIVERS UNDER THE BARRY AMENDMENT, UNLIKE SOME OTHER BARRY AMENDMENTS. IN THE CASE OF NEGATIVE CHANGES TO PRICE OR QUALITY, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CAN USE OTHER SOURCES OF FLAT WARE INCLUDING IN OTHER COUNTRIES. IT DOESN'T COST THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANYTHING TO USE SHERYL UNDER THIS AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME IT IS TRUE THAT THE ONLY CURRENT BARRY COMPLIANT MANUFACTURER IS LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT. IT IS SHERYL. HOWEVER THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT OTHERS WHO SUPPORT DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING CANNOT BEGIN PRODUCTION AND COMPLY WITH THIS AMENDMENT. OPENING A DOOR FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS CAN ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURS ACROSS THE CRUNT TOY START AN OPERATION OF THEIR OWN. MY AMENDMENT ENCOURAGES THE AMERICAN FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES OF COMPETITION AND INGENUITY. AGAIN THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT COST THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. PASSING THIS AMENDMENT WILL PROVE TO AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS AND VISIONARIES THAT CONGRESS STATED SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN JOBS AND AMERICAN MANUFACTURING IS NOT MERELY LIP SERVICE. IT SHOWS THAT CONGRESS IS COMMITTED TO PUTTING OUR NATION BACK ON THE PATH OF PROSPERITY. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO CO-SPONSORED THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT , MY FELLOW NEW YORKER, REPRESENTATIVE KATKO WHO HAS 15 BUSINESSES IN THE NEIGHBORING NEW YORK DISTRICT HE REPRESENTS THAT ARE PART OF THE SHERYL MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN. REPRESENTATIVES POLIQUIN AND LIPINSKI, BOTH GREAT SUPPORTERS OF BUY AMERICA, REPRESENTATIVE WALTER JONES, A DEDICATED MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, AND REPRESENTATIVE TIM RYAN, AN OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING MY AMENDMENT SUPPORTS AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. HELPS THE DOMESTIC SUPPLY CHAIN THAT SPANS 40 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS FROM NEW YORK TO CALIFORNIA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

                                    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK TO FINISH HER STATEMENT.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MS. TENNEY

                                    PROCUREMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    BUT I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION BEFORE THE…

                                    BUT I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION BEFORE THE HOUSE IS ARE WE GOING TO INFLICT HIGHER COSTS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH A MANDATE THAT REQUIRES WHERE THE DEPARTMENT BUYS ITS FORKS AND SPOONS AND KNIVES AND PLATES AND MUGS. THAT'S THE QUESTION. IF ANY OF THESE SUPPLIERS PROVIDE THE BEST PRICE, THAT'S WHERE D.O.D. IS GOING TO GO BUY THEM. THESE AMENDMENTS, BOTH THE LAST ONE AND THIS ONE, ONLY BECOME RELEVANT IF THE COSTS ARE HIGHER AND WE ARE MAKING D.O.D. BUY THE HIGHER PRICED ITEMS ANYWAY. NOW AS I MENTIONED, THERE MAY BE SOME JUSTIFICATION FOR THAT WHEN THERE'S A VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO FORKS AND PLATES, I DON'T THINK THAT EXISTS. AND SO, THE ONLY WAY THESE AMENDMENTS MATTER IS IF IT FORCES D.O.D. TO PAY MORE AND WHEN IT FORCES D.O.D. TO PAY MORE FOR PLATES AND BOWLS AND FORKS AND KNIVES THEN YOU'RE TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM BULLETS AND FUEL AND GUNS AND SHIPS AND THE THINGS THAT HELP KEEP AMERICA SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, CREATING DOMESTIC JOBS IS NOT THE PRIMARY MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. OUR FOCUS, THE DEPARTMENT'S FOCUS AND OUR FOCUS IN THIS BILL AND WHEN IT COMES TO THIS CONGRESS, IS TO PROTECT THE NATION AND TO SUPPORT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR US. WE'VE GOT TO GIVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB. WE SHOULD NOT DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD DIVERT FROM THAT. SO I AGAIN WITH ALL ADMIRATION FOR THE GENTLELADY AND FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, I JUST SAY IF WE'RE GOING TO TELL D.O.D. WHERE THEY HAVE TO BUY THEIR FORKS AND KNIVES AND PLATES, WHERE DOES IT END? I HAVE A MANUFACTURER, I'M SURE, IN MY DISTRICT THAT WOULD LOVE TOO SUPPLY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH SOMETHING OR ANOTHER. WE CANNOT GO DOWN THIS ROAD. WE MUST LET THE DEPARTMENT BUY THE BEST VALUE. THAT'S WHAT I THINK ALL MEMBERS SHOULD SUPPORT. I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 03:30:05 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THE DESK.

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                                    MR. ENGEL

                                    REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF NEW YORK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ENGEL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME SAY THAT SINCE AUGUST OF…

                                    ENGEL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME SAY THAT SINCE AUGUST OF 2017, THE BURMESE MILITARY HAS INFLICTED HORRIFIC VIOLENCE AGAINST THE

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                                    MR. ENGEL

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION? SEEING NONE, DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WISH TO CLOSE?

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                                  • 03:33:28 PM

                                    MR. ENGEL

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                    MR. ENGEL

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                    MR. POLIS

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    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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                                    THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT ABOUT STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, GOOD…

                                    THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT ABOUT STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, GOOD GOVERNMENT OR SETTING PRIORITIES.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    INSTEAD THIS AMENDMENT'S PART OF A BROADER ANTI-NUCLEAR AGENDA THAT WE SEE…

                                    INSTEAD THIS AMENDMENT'S PART OF A BROADER ANTI-NUCLEAR AGENDA THAT WE SEE YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. IT CUTS $145 MILLION IN DESPERATELY NEEDED FUNDING FOR RECAPITALIZING NUCLEAR WEAPONS PRODUCTION BUILDINGS DATING BACK TO THE 1940'S AND 1950'S.

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                                    MR. ROGERS

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. POLIS

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. POLIS

                                    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.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. ROGERS

                                    RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    DESJARLAIS: THE NNSA'S MISSION IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL…

                                    DESJARLAIS: THE NNSA'S MISSION IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY ROLES FROM ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT AND AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA POINTED OUT, AFTER YEARS OF INSUFFICIENT FUNDING, OUR NUCLEAR SECURITY ENTERPRISE IS NOW FACING A MYRIAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEMS AND POTENTIAL FAILURES.

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                                    MR. DESJARLAIS

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THORNBERRY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR.

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                                    MR. ROGERS

                                    CHAIRMAN, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF NNSA ARE LIKE THE MILITARY. THEY'RE GOING…

                                    CHAIRMAN, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF NNSA ARE LIKE THE MILITARY. THEY'RE GOING TO GET THE JOB DONE. UNDER WHATEVER CONDITIONS ARE REQUIRED.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THE QUESTION IS ON -- OH, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THE QUESTION IS ON -- OH, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. ROGERS

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    POLIS: ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                    MR. POLIS

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                    MR. GALLAGHER

                                    GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                    MR. GALLAGHER

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    INDIVIDUALS SEEKING TO OBSERVE AND PARTICIPATE IN OUR WAY OF LIFE. INDEED…

                                    INDIVIDUALS SEEKING TO OBSERVE AND PARTICIPATE IN OUR WAY OF LIFE. INDEED WE BENEFIT FROM THESE VISITORS WHEN THEY TAKE ON OUR VALUES AND GO HOME WITH THEM. HOWEVER, WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL COMES TO STUDY AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES, WE MUST TAKE CARE OF BOTH THAT THEY ARE HERE FOR THEIR STATED PURPOSE, AND THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO FULFILL THEIR LEGITIMATE GOAL WITHOUT DISRUPTION.

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                                  • 03:43:12 PM

                                    MR. GALLAGHER

                                    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 SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 03:45:07 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN FOR…

                                    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN FOR CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING ONE OF THE STRATEGIC CHALLENGES CHINA POSES. I'M CONCERNED THAT THIS EFFORT WILL MAKE FLAWED LANGUAGE EVEN WORSE. THE BILL CURRENTLY REQUIRES THE -- A REPORT TO CONGRESS TO RESPOND TO COMPETITIVE AND MALICIOUS ACTIONS. MY FRIEND OUTLINED SEVERAL TIMES WHEN WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN FERRETING OUT THESE ACTIONS WITHOUT HIS AMENDMENT BEING LOGGED. LET ME BE CLEAR ON THE STRATEGY.

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                                    MR. LARSEN

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                                    MR. GAL FWERGER

                                    THIS INCLUDES TARGETING U.S.

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                                    ACCORDING TO D.O.D. , ALMOST A QUARTER OF FOREIGN EFFORTS TO STEAL…

                                    ACCORDING TO D.O.D. , ALMOST A QUARTER OF FOREIGN EFFORTS TO STEAL SENSITIVE INFORMATION HAPPEN THROUGH ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS. WHAT'S MORE ALARMING IS UNDER CHINESE LAW, CITIZENS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE DATA, INFORMATION, AND TECHNOLOGICAL SUPPORT OR ASSISTANCE TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT UPON REQUEST. THIS MEANS THAT CHINA CAN INTIMIDATE AND COERCE CITIZENS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION. THE AMENDMENT OFFERED TODAY WILL ENSURE THIS FORM OF ESPIONAGE IS THOROUGHLY CONSIDERED AS WE DEVELOP OUR WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT CHINA STRATEGY. I SUPPORT WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID THAT WE NEED TO GO ON THE OFFENSIVE AS WELL BUT THAT COULDN'T MEAN WE GIVE UP THE DEFENSE AND WE NEED TO BE SMART IN THAT STRATEGY AS. WE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 03:49:21 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN. MR.

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                                    LARSEN: I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE FINAL TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                                    LARSEN: I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE FINAL TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. LARSEN

                                    CHU: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO MR. GALLAGHER'S AMENDMENT…

                                    CHU: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO MR. GALLAGHER'S AMENDMENT TO THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT.

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                                  • 03:49:43 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THIS HARMFUL AMENDMENT WOULD ADD LANGUAGE TO THE NDAA THAT SPECIFICALLY…

                                    THIS HARMFUL AMENDMENT WOULD ADD LANGUAGE TO THE NDAA THAT SPECIFICALLY TARGETS CHINESE FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO RECEIVE U.S.

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                                  • 03:49:45 PM

                                    MS. CHU

                                    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 90 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA,…

                                    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 90 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, CHAIRMAN WILSON.

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                                    WILSON: I'M GRATE TO FEEL SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF CONGRESSMAN GALLAGHER'S…

                                    WILSON: I'M GRATE TO FEEL SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF CONGRESSMAN GALLAGHER'S AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO CREATE A STRATEGY TO DEAL WITH ABUSE OF VITA PROGRAMS

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                                    MR. WILSON

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. LARSEN

                                    FWALGER: I WOULD SAY, TO EXTEND THE FOOTBALL METAPHOR PERHAPS TO THE POINT…

                                    FWALGER: I WOULD SAY, TO EXTEND THE FOOTBALL METAPHOR PERHAPS TO THE POINT OF ABSURDITY, OUR DEFENSE DOESN'T EVEN GET ON THE FIELD.

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                                    MR. FWALGER

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. AMODEI…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. AMODEI OF NEVADA.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL…

                                    A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                    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 CHAIR

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. MCGOVERN OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS…

                                    A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. MCKINLEY OF WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                    THE CLERK

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

                                    THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    REPORT 115-702 BY MS. TENNEY ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    TENNEY OF NOORK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-702 OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF NEW YORK.

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                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO.

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                                    THE CLERK

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

                                    SNOW [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC. , IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 174 AND THE NAYS ARE 239. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THEREON.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MR. SPEAKER.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    SUSPEND. CONTINUE.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5515 IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 908, THE FOURTH SET OF AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED BY MYSELF PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 905 BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE BEEN ADOPTED WITH THE MODIFICATION I PLACED AT THE DESK.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    THORNBERRY OF TEXAS. STRIKE AMENDMENT NUMBER 69 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

                                    THORNBERRY OF TEXAS. STRIKE AMENDMENT NUMBER 69 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    698.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5515 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 908 I OFFERED AMENDMENTS EN BLOC NUMBER 2.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRTHORNBERRY

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    THORNBERRY OF TEXAS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MRS. HARTZLER

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WILSON.

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    WILSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MS. WILSON

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. NEWHOUSE

                                    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    MR. NEWHOUSE

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    MR. MR. NEWHOUSE

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

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

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

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                                  • 05:05:05 PM

                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. LANCE

                                    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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                                  • 05:06:14 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    CARBAJAL: MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND…

                                    CARBAJAL: MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH -- FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP, THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING MY AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. MR. CARBAJAL

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    STEFANIK: THANK YOU. I RISE TO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT TO CREATE…

                                    STEFANIK: THANK YOU. I RISE TO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT TO CREATE AN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL SECURITY COMMISSION ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MS. STEFANIK

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

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

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    CARDENAS: THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MAC…

                                    CARDENAS: THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY AND ALSO RANKING MEMBER ADAM SMITH FOR THEIR FINE WORK ON THIS AND ALLOWING KNOW BRING MY AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. MY MINDFULNESS AMENDMENT WOULD CREATE A PILOT PROGRAM TO TRAIN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES IN MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION TECHNIQUES, BEFORE DEPLOYING TO COMBAT ZONES. ACCORDING TO THE V.A., MINDFULNESS PRACTICE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT INDIVIDUALS WITH PTSD.

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                                    MR. CARDENAS

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, RANKING MEMBER ON THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. ENGEL.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    ENGEL: I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN…

                                    ENGEL: I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AN AMENDMENT I JOIN WITH RANKING MEMBER SMITH TO OFFER ON NIGER. LAST OCTOBER FOUR AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS WERE KILLED IN AN AMBUSH IN NIGER. WE STILL DON'T FULL YND WHAT HAPPENED AND FOR SOME -- FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED AND FOR SOME REASON THE ZEAL FOR OVERSIGHT SEEMS TO HAVE DRIED UP.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. ENGEL

                                    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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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SCHNEIDER

                                    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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                                  • 05:13:17 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    THORNBERRY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I ALSO YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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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.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.RES. 908, 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

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

                                    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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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    TIME.

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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, I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MR. SPEAKER.

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                                    THORNBERRY: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE…

                                    THORNBERRY: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT RECONVENE AT 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. THORNBERRY

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MY NAME AS A CO-SPONSOR OF…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MY NAME AS A CO-SPONSOR OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 774.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    ORDERED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. LAMALFA

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    FROM ESPAILLAT: DR. GOMEZ WILL BE RECORDED IN HISTORY AS A CIVIL RIGHTS…

                                    FROM ESPAILLAT: DR. GOMEZ WILL BE RECORDED IN HISTORY AS A CIVIL RIGHTS ICON TO THE MARGINALLY AFTER ROW LATINO COMMUNITY AND ADVOCATE FOR THE -- AFRO LATINO COMMUNITY AND ADVOCATE FOR THE COMMUNITY. SERVED AS THE MAYOR OF SANTO DOMINGO, PART OF THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, TWICE NOMINATED FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. DR. PENA GOMEZ WAS A FIERCE PROPONENT OF FREE SPEECH, DENOUNCED UNFAIR ELECTION PRACTICES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND AROUND THE GLOBE. HE WAS -- THE LARGEST AIRPORT IN SANTO DOMINGO BEARS HIS NAME AND WELCOMES PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. IT'S MY GREAT -- FOR THOSE WHO FINALLY REMEMBER HIS MOTTO AND STANDARD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    MR. KIHUEN

                                    HE'S A MAN WHO'S REMEMBERED AS BEING SPONTANEOUS FUN. I WOULD LIKE TO…

                                    HE'S A MAN WHO'S REMEMBERED AS BEING SPONTANEOUS FUN. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO CAMERON'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE KNOW THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA, AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    REQUEST.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    TODAY.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    GRANTED. UNDER -- UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. KHANNA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MEMBERS AS DESIGNEE OF THE MY IN ORDER LEADER.

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                                    MR. KHANNA

                                    THE ISSUE OF OUR TIME IS ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AND A CHALLENGE OF THE MIDDLE…

                                    THE ISSUE OF OUR TIME IS ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AND A CHALLENGE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS BEING LEFT BEHIND. WE KNOW THAT 81%, 81% OF AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS BETWEEN 2005 TO 2015 HAVE NOT HAD A RAISE. THEY HAVE ACTUALLY EITHER HAD THEIR WAGES STAGNATE OR THEIR WAGES DECLINE. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT GOES TO THE CORE PRINCIPLES OF OUR NATION. AS EVERY AMERICAN KNOWS, IN 1968, DR. KING MARCHED WITH SANITATION WORKERS IN MEMPHIS, WITH LOCAL 1733. AND THE MARCH WAS NOT JUST ABOUT RACIAL JUSTICE. THE MARCH WAS ABOUT ECONOMIC JUSTICE. THE MARCH WAS ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF SANITATION WORKERS TO EARN WHAT DR. KING CALLED A DECENT LIVING. IT WAS ABOUT THE DIGNITY OF WORK. IT WAS ABOUT THE RIGHT TO JOIN A UNION. THEY FOUGHT AGAINST SO-CALLED RIGHT TO WORK LEGISLATION. THEY FOUGHT FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SO THAT PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD, WHO RODE ON TRUCKS AND PICKED UP THE TRASH AND DID HARD LABOR EARNED A DECENT WAGE. AND DR. KING TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ECONOMIC JUSTICE MUCH AS HE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF RACIAL JUSTICE. HERE ARE THE FACTS THAT WE KNOW. UNIONIZED AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN EARN ABOUT $21.90 AN HOUR. THAT'S NOT A BAD WAGE. NONUNION AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN EARN ALMOST $4 LESS ON AVERAGE. $4 PER HOUR IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNIONIZED AND NONUNIONIZED WORK FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN. 72% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN UNIONS HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. GUESS WHAT, LESS THAN 50% OF NONUNION AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. SOME OF US HAVE READ THE HORRIFIC STUDIES ABOUT HOW PREGNANT AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN STILL FACE HUGE ISSUES WITH INFANT MORTALITY AND PROBLEMS WITH CHILD LABOR. PART OF IT IS BECAUSE THEY LACK HEALTH INSURANCE. WELL, IF THEY HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH A UNION, THAT IS NOT AS MUCH OF AN ISSUE. LATINOS THAT JOIN A UNION WILL SEE THEIR WEEKLY INCOME INCREASE BY ALMOST 38%. THEY'RE 41% MORE LIKELY TO HAVE EMPLOYER-PROVIDED HEALTH INSURANCE. AND CAUCASIAN, WORKING CLASS FAMILIES HAVE SEEN A RAISE OF NEARLY 20% WHEN THEY ARE IN UNION JOBS COMPARED TO NONUNION JOBS. UNIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER BECAUSE THE QUESTION IS WHEN 81% OF THIS COUNTRY HASN'T HAD A RAISE FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS, DO WE NEED TO HAVE MORE POLICIES FAVORING CORPORATIONS AND EXECUTIVES, OR DO WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GIVE AMERICANS A RAISE? THE ONE INSTITUTION THAT GIVES AMERICANS A RAISE ARE UNIONS. NOW, WE DIDN'T INVENT THIS. WE KNOW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WORKS IN OTHER NATIONS. WE KNOW THAT COOKS IN GERMANY MAKE ALMOST $25 AN HOUR. I WAS THE DANISH AMBASSADOR WAS VISITING ME AND I SAID, HOW MUCH WOULD SOMEONE MAKE AT STARBUCKS IN DENMARK? HE SAID, ALMOST $20 TO $22 AN HOUR. MY JAW DROPPED. I SAID, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? IS IT GOVERNMENT PRESCRIBED? SAID, NO. IT'S UNIONS, STRONG UNION MOVEMENTS ACROSS OTHER COUNTRIES. IT'S NOT THEY DISCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP OR INNOVATION. IT'S THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT WORKING FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE THE DIGNITY TO EARN AN HONEST LIVING, THAT THEY CAN AFFORD RENT, THAT THEY CAN AFFORD FOOD, THAT THEY CAN AFFORD HEALTH CARE, THAT THEY CAN AFFORD A JOB. THIS IS WHAT F.D.R. TALKED ABOUT WITH THE RIGHTS TO HAVE A JOB AND HEALTH CARE AND HOUSING, THAT THE POSITIVE RIGHTS WERE NECESSARY TO TRULY HAVE FREEDOM IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. COLLECTIVE ACTION RAISES THE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR EVERYONE. AND GUESS WHAT, HENRY FORD KNEW IT AND IT LED TO ECONOMIC GROWTH. THAT'S WHY HE PAID WORKERS MORE. BECAUSE HE SAID SOMEONE'S GOT TO EARN A LIVING TO BUY THE CARS. IF WE DON'T HAVE A MIDDLE CLASS THAT CAN EARN, THEN WHO'S GOING TO BUY THE IPHONES? WHO'S GOING TO BUY THE NEW CARS AND THE TESLAS? WHO'S GOING TO BUY AND HAVE THE MONEY TO SET UP NEW BANK ACCOUNTS? OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IS DEPENDENT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. THAT'S WHAT AMERICA HAS GOTTEN AND CHINA HAS NEVER UNDERSTOOD. CHINA DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THEIR MIDDLE CLASS. THEY CARE ABOUT THE ELITES. WE BELIEVED IN THE MIDDLE CLASS FROM F.D.R. TO DWIGHT EISENHOWER. WE BELIEVE EVERY PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY IS EXTRAORDINARY, THAT OUR SUCCESS IS BASED ON ORDINARY AMERICANS EARNING ENOUGH TO BUY THINGS, THAT EVERY AMERICAN MATTERS, NOT JUST IN OUR DEMOCRACY, BUT TO OUR ECONOMY. IT'S WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT FROM THE CHINESE MODEL. AND IT'S WHY UNIONS MATTER SO MUCH, BECAUSE UNIONS ARE WHAT ALLOW ORDINARY AMERICANS TO GET THE WAGES THEY DESERVE. UNION WORKERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE HEALTH CARE AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS. AND WE KNOW THAT THE DECLINE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DIRECTLY CORRELATED TO A DECLINE IN UNION MEMBERSHIP. LET ME GIVE YOU THIS STAGGERING STATISTIC. IT USED TO BE IN OUR G.D.P. THAT 90% OF G.D.P. WENT TO INCOME OF OUR G.D.P. THAT STATISTIC HAS FALLEN TO THE HIGH 50'S OR LOW 60'S. MOST OF THE LOSS NOW GOES TO CAPITAL, TO AUTOMATION, TO MACHINERY. AND HERE'S THE IRONY. CORPORATIONS, INSTEAD -- YOU THINK THEY WOULD INVEST IN HUMAN CAPITAL. YOU THINK THEY'D INVEST MORE IN THE WORK FORCE, BUT THEIR INCENTIVES AREN'T TO DO THAT. THE TAX CODE INCENTIVIZES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IF THEY WANT TO OPEN UP PLANTS OR HAVE AUTOMATION, BUT THEY DON'T INCENTIVIZE THE INVESTMENT IN ACTUAL HUMAN CAPITAL SO THAT WORKERS AND HUMAN BEINGS GET MORE OF THE G.D.P. AND NOT LESS. AND THIS DECLINE OF INCOME IS CORRELATED POLARITY WITH AUTOMATION, BUT ALSO WITH THE DECLINE OF UNION MEMBERSHIP. GUESS WHAT, THE UNIONS ARE THE ONLY -- ONE OF THE ONLY INSTITUTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT IS INVESTING IN WORKINGER TRAINING, THAT IS IN-- WORKER TRAINING, THAT IS INVESTING IN IMPROVING HUMAN CAPITAL. I KNOW SO MANY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS IN MY OWN DISTRICT. YOU CAN GO IN WITH JUST A HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE, NO TEST, NO FEES REQUIRED, AND BECOME AN APPRENTICE, TO BECOME AN ELECTRICIAN, TO BECOME A DRYWALLER. A GLAZER. A PAINTER. THESE ARE TOUGH JOBS. THEY'RE NOT EASY JOBS. BUT ONCE YOU DO THE APPRENTICESHIP, YOU DON'T -- IT DOESN'T COST YOU ANYTHING. IT COMES OUT OF THE FEES OF JOURNEYMEN. AND OTHER UNION MEMBERS. AND YOU GO AND YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS AND THE UNIONS INVEST IN YOU. AND WHEN YOU TALK TO THESE APPRENTICESHIPS, THEY'RE SO PROUD OF THE WORK THEY'RE DOING. PROUD OF THE INVESTMENT THAT THE UNIONS ARE MAKING IN THEM AND THEY'RE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY WORK ETHIC. AND THAT IS THE INVESTMENT THAT THE UNIONS ARE MAKE -- MAKING IN OUR WORK FORCE. DON'T JUST THINK IT'S ABOUT THEM MAKING SURE THE PEOPLE GET THE WAGES THEY DESERVEMENT THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THE -- DESERVE. THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THE WORKERS WE NEED IN THIS COUNTRY TO BE PRODUCTIVE. THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE INVESTING IN THE HUMAN CAPITAL IN OUR SOCIETY. AND ARE THE ONES WHO ARE LOOKING AT THE INVESTMENTS NEEDED FOR THE FUTURE. UNION APPRENTICESHIPS ARE WHAT CLOSED THE SKILLS GAP. THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE TEACHING FOLKS ABOUT 3-D PRINTING. THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE TEACHING FOLKS THE TECH ZHAILS ARE NEEDED AS -- THE TECH SKILLS THAT ARE NEEDED AS AUTO REPAIR MECHANICS. THEY'RE TEACHING FOLKS THE BASIC WAYS THAT YOU NOW NEED TO OPERATE MACHINES AND ROBOTS. HIGH-QUALITY TRAINING IN OUR UNIONS IS WHY AMERICAN WORKERS ARE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE IN THE WORLD. SIX TIMES MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN CHINA. SIX TIMES MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN INDIA. 1 1/2 TIMES MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN GERMANY. 1 1/2 TIMES MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN JAPAN. THAT'S PARTLY BECAUSE OF OUR UNION EFFORTS AND TRAINING AND BECAUSE OF THE GRIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HERE'S WHAT THIS CASE IS ABOUT. THE CASE IS ABOUT CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTING SAYING YOU'VES SHOULDN'T HAVE THE WORK IN -- UNIONS SHOULDN'T HAVE WORK IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. EVERY PERSON CAN GO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. REALLY? WE TRIED THAT. BEFORE THE NEW DEAL. DURING THE ERA WHERE EVERY PERSON HAD TO GO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS THE TIME THAT F. SCOTT FITZGERALD WROTE ABOUT IF YGS THE GREAT GAS -- IN "THE GREAT GATSBY. " THE GILDED AGE. IT LED TO THE GREATEST STOCK MARKET CRASH. IT LED TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION. IT LED TO HUGE ECONOMIC INSTABILITY IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD. AND THEN WE SAID, THIS SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK. AND F.D.R. ANDUJARRY TRUMAN AND DWIGHT EYES -- AND HARRY TRUMAN AND DWIGHT EISENHOWER SAID, LET'S BUILD AN AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS WITH UNIONS, WHICH ORDINARY AMERICANS CAN GO GET A HIGHER EDUCATION. THEY CAN GO AND GET A WAGE WHERE THEY CAN AFFORD A HOUSE. AND THEY CAN AFFORD FOOD AND THEY CAN AFFORD TO HAVE A DECENT QUALITY OF LIFE. UNIONS ARE WHAT PROVIDED THAT. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IS WHAT ALLOWED FOR THAT. IT BALANCES THE CORPORATE INTERESTS. AND IT SAID, PEOPLE WHO DO WORK SHOULD BE REWARDED. THAT'S WHAT UNIONS HAVE DONE. AND SO I KNOW THERE ARE ALL THESE COMPLEX PHRASES, FEE SHARING AND RIGHT TO WORK AND ALL OF THAT. BUT CUT THROUGH ALL THE NOISE AND HERE'S THE BASIC QUESTION. DO YOU THINK COLLECTIVE BARGAINING HAS A ROLE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY? IF YOU THINK IT DOES, IF YOU THINK PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE AND BARGAIN AND THERE SHOULD BE SOME COUNTERWEIGHT TO CORPORATE POWER, THEN YOU SHOULD BE FOR THE UNION IN THE SUPREME COURT CASE. IF YOU THINK WORKERS ARE DOING FINE, WORKING FAMILIES ARE DOING FINE, THE PAINTERS AND THE FIREFIGHTERS AND THE MECHANICS AND THE TEACHERS AND THE NURSES, THAT THEY'RE ALL DOING GREAT, AND THE REAL PEOPLE WE NEED TO BE WORRIED ABOUT ARE THE CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, AND THE INVESTORS AND THE WALL STREET BANKERS, WELL, IF YOU HAVE THAT THEORY, THEN I SUPPOSE YOU'D BE FOR JANICE. YOU'D SAY, LET'S NOT HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. THE QUESTION IS, WHAT IS YOUR THEORY OF THE CASE? ARE YOU FOR WORKERS HAVING A GREATER SAY AND GREATER WAGES IN THIS COUNTRY? OR ARE YOU FOR CORPORATIONS HAVING EVEN GREATER POWER? THAT IS WHAT THIS CASE IS ABOUT. I KNOW THAT OUR PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS STANDS SO FIRMLY IN THE BELIEF THAT WE NEED TO BE ON THE SIDE OF THE WORKERS. IF THE SUPREME COURT DECIDES AGAINST COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, IT WILL BE ONE OF THE WORST DECISIONS IN AMERICAN RECENT HISTORY. A CATASTROPHE FOR THIS COURT TO STRIKE A BLOW TO WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA. TO STRIKE A BLOW TO THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE UNION MOVEMENT. WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN WORKING FAMILIES AND UNIONS, NOT WEAKEN THEM. BEFORE I TURN IT OVER TO ONE OF THE STRONGEST CHAMPIONS FOR WORKING FAMILIES, I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENT SAUNDERS, SCOTT FRAY, WHO HAVE DONE SO MUCH TO HELP NOT JUST MEMBER, NOT JUST HONOR THE TRADITION OF DR. KING, BUT TO HELP THE FIGHT FOR UNIONS. AND I WANT TO THANK DR. DAVID MADELINE AND KEVIN FOX ON MY TEAM FOR THEIR RESEARCH ABOUT THE ROLE OF UNIONS. AND THE LEADERS THE LEADERS OF N.E.A., MARY AND MARK. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND --

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                                  • 05:36:50 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. KHANNA

                                    BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN ELECTED TO THE STATE SENATE, SHE'S BEEN A TIRELESS…

                                    BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN ELECTED TO THE STATE SENATE, SHE'S BEEN A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR UNIONS, FOR WORKING FAMILIES. SHE UNDERSTANDS THE WORKING FAMILIES AND UNIONS HAVE HELPED NOT JUST MINORITY COMMUNITIES, NOT JUST WOMEN, BUT ALL AMERICANS. SHE'S OUR VICE CHAIR OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS. SHE'S ONE OF THE STRONGEST PROGRESSIVE VOICES IN OUR NATION. SHE'S ON THE FRONT LINES, THE PICKET LINES, AND HAS TRAVELED ACROSS THE COUNTRY STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH UNION MEMBERS. IT'S A REAL HONOR NOW TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WOULD LIKE TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE JAYAPAL.

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                                  • 05:37:50 PM

                                    MS. JAYAPAL

                                    AND HOW PROUD I AM OF OUR PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, WHICH IS THE LARGEST…

                                    AND HOW PROUD I AM OF OUR PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, WHICH IS THE LARGEST VALUES-BASED CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE. WE ARE 78 MEMBERS STRONG. AND I BELIEVE WE'RE GOING TO HOPEFULLY HAVE MORE MEMBERS ADDED ON. BUT I THINK THE REALITY OF WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS THAT THE IDEAS THAT WE'RE PUTTING FORWARD ARE NOT REALLY PROGRESSIVE IDEAS. THEY ARE IDEAS THAT SERVE THE INTERESTS OF WORKING FAMILIES. AND LABOR UNIONS ARE AT THE CORE OF THAT. I'M PROUD TO COME FROM WASHINGTON STATE. WE ARE ONE OF THE MOST DENSE, LABOR-DENSE STATES IN THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST MINIMUM WAGES IN THE COUNTRY. THANKS TO THE LABOR MOVEMENT, WE HAVE MINIMUM WAGE THAT IS TIED TO INFLATION. WE'VE HAD THAT FOR MANY YEARS. IT'S PART OF THE REASON OUR MINIMUM WAGE HAS BEEN ABLE TO RISE IN WASHINGTON STATE, AND, YES, WE ARE THE PLACE WHERE $15 MINIMUM WAGE, WHICH I WAS PROUD TO BE ON THAT COMMITTEE TO PASS THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE IN SEATTLE, WE ARE ABLE TO SHOW THAT THESE POLICIES, LIKE HIGHER MINIMUM WAGES, LIKE PAID SAFE AND SICK DAYS, WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST PAID FAMILY LEAVE POLICIES IN THE COUNTRY, ALL OF THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD BY LABOR UNIONS REPRESENTING WORKERS. AND SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, WHAT IS THAT? FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON THAT MAY NOT BE AS FAMILIAR WITH TERMINOLOGY, REALLY ALL THAT MEANS IS THAT YOU GET TO TAKE IT THE POWER THAT COMES FROM HAVING MORE THAN ONE INDIVIDUAL TOGETHER TO BARGAIN FOR THINGS THAT ARE REALLY GOING TO HELP YOUR LIFE. THAT IS WHAT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IS ABOUT. BRINGING THE POWER OF MANY TO THE POLICIES AND PUTTING POLICIES FORWARD THAT REALLY HELP US. AND THE IDEA -- YOU SPOKE SO ELOQUENTLY ABOUT THE -- I THINK YOU SAID THE AMBASSADOR, THE DANISH AMBASSADOR VISITING YOU, THERE'S A GREAT TALK OUT THERE, THE TITLE OF IT IS SOMETHING LIKE, WHERE IN THE WORLD IS IT EASIEST TO GET RICH? AND IT'S A FANTASTIC TALK THAT REALLY PUTS BULLETS IN THE THEORY THAT SOMEHOW IN SOCIAL DEMOCRACIES, WHERE YOU PROVIDE HEALTH CARE, WHERE YOU HAVE STRONG LABOR MOVEMENTS, WHERE YOU PROVIDE FREE EDUCATION, THAT SOMEHOW YOU DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WELL IN THOSE COUNTRIES. IN FACT, WHAT THE STATISTICS SHOW ARE THAT SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF A STRONG LABOR MOVEMENT IN SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES, BECAUSE OF THE INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION, THOSE TWO FACTORS COMBINED MEAN THAT EVERYBODY DOES WELL. IT'S A REALLY SIMPLE THEORY THAT WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF WHEN WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF. AND THAT'S WHAT LABOR UNIONS HAVE PROVIDED TO US. I'M PROUD TO BE FROM A STRONG LABOR FAMILY. MY HUSBAND WAS ACTUALLY -- STARTED OFF HIS CAREER AS AN APPRENTICE -- APPRENTICE AS A BRICK LAYER. HE WORKED HIS WAY, WORKING UP LABOR UNIONS. HE WAS ELECTED BY 140,000 WORKERS ACROSS OUR COUNTY. AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING US TO WIN ON MANY OF THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES. AND THAT IS, I THINK, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THE JANICE DECISION, THIS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE. AN ISSUE OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE FOR ALL AMERICANS. THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION ON THIS CASE IS GOING TO HELP DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE REALLY HAVE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL WORKERS, WHETHER OR NOT LABOR UNIONS ARE ABLE TO DO THE WORK THAT THEY NEED TO DO TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN AND BRING THE VOICES OF MANY WORKERS TO BEAR. BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IN PARTICULARLY THESE WORKPLACES, GIANT CORPORATIONS, YOU KNOW THAT IF THERE IS A WRONG DONE TO ONE, IT IS DIFFICULT TO BRING IT FORWARD. JUST AS ONE. IF YOU HAVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, YOU HAVE A STRUCTURE WITHIN, WHERE THOSE ISSUES CAN COME FORWARD. WHAT SCOMBRANS I IS LOOKING AT IS -- WHAT JANICE IS LOOKING AT IS BLOO THE AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE THE -- IS WHETHER OR NOT THE AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE THE FREEDOM AND THE RIGHT TO BARGAIN. WHICH MEANS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THOSE CORPORATIONS WHO ARE EXPANDING INCOME INEQUALITY AND DECIMATING THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT FRANKLY BUILT THIS COUNTRY. LET ME BE CLEAR THAT I STAND STRONG WITH LABOR UNIONS IN OPPOSING CORPORATE EFFORTS TO DRAG WORKING PEOPLE TO THE BOTTOM. UNIONS MADE OUR COUNTRY STRONG. UNIONS MADE OUR COUNTRY STRONG. AND JANICE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR WORKING PEOPLE TO JOIN A UNION. UNION MEMBERS ARE US. THEY ARE OUR TEACHERS, IRON WORKERS, NURSES, GOVERNMENT WORKERS, BRICK LAYERS, FIREFIGHTERS, MACHINISTS. THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES. AND OUR COMMUNITIES ONLY THRIVE WHEN WE HELP WORKERS TO THRIVE. JANICE WOULD DO THE OPPOSITE. AND I WANT TO SHARE A STATISTIC WITH YOU. MY FRIEND JUST GAVE YOU SOME INCREDIBLE STATISTICS. LET ME REPEAT ONE. WHICH IS WORKERS ON AVERAGE IN 1973 EARNED $16.74 PER HOUR, ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION. SINCE THEN, OUR ECONOMY HAS DOUBLED. SO WE CAN ASSUME THAT WORKER SALARIES HAVE KEPT UP WITH THE PACE, RIGHT? NOT SO FAST. WRONG. WORKERS TODAY MAKE $17.86 PER HOUR, WHICH IS NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH TO KEEP PACE WITH GROWING INCOME INEQUALITY AND THE RISING COST OF LIVING. HERE'S ANOTHER STATISTIC THAT HAS CAPTURED MY ATTENTION, THAT I NOW USE IN EVERY SPEECH. AND THAT IS THAT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, 67% OF AMERICANS DO NOT EVEN HAVE $1,000 IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNT TO DEAL WITH AN EMERGENCY. 67%. IT IS A REMARKABLE STATISTIC. THAT MEANS THAT YOU HAVE A LEAK IN YOUR ROOF, YOUR CAR BREAKS DOWN, YOUR KID HAS AN EMERGENCY ILLNESS AND YOU HAVE TO TAKE OFF FROM WORK FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND YOU DON'T HAVE PAID FAMILY LEAVE LIKE WE DO IN WASHINGTON STATE, THANKS TO THE LABOR MOVEMENT, ALL OF THOSE THINGS MEAN THAT FAMILIES ARE NO LONGER THINKING ABOUT THRIVING, THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT SURVIVING. AND THAT DECLINE IS DIRECTLY TIED, IF YOU LOOK AT THE RESEARCH, TO THE DECLINE IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT. AND THE DECLINE IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. SO NOW WE ARE FACING AN ADMINISTRATION THAT DESPITE LOFTY CAMPAIGN PROMISES IS PUTTING CORPORATIONS AND AGREED FIRST, AND WORKERS SECOND. JUST LOOK AT THE TAX BILL THAT THE REPUBLICANS JUST PASSED. THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES GOING STRAIGHT TO CORPORATIONS AND THE 1%. THAT IS THE REALITY OF ALL OF THE RESEARCH. IS THAT THE MAJORITY OF THOSE TAX BREAKS WENT TO THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS, THE TOP 1%, WAS USED FOR STOCK BUYBACKS AND NOT FOR ANY KINDS OF INCREASES, PERMANENT INCREASES FOR WORKERS. . SO UNIONS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING BACK AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO MAKE SURE UNIONS REMAIN IN FIGHTING SHAPE BECAUSE THEY'RE FIGHTING FOR US. JANICE IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL ATTACK UNDERWRITTEN BY CORPORATIONS AND IT WILL NOT MAKE OUR ECONOMY STRONGER. IT FURTHER RIGS THE ECONOMY AGAINST WORKERS, AND IT'S FRANKLY A DISGRACE AND A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE UNION LEGACY THAT HAS HELPED OUR COUNTRY GROW. WE NEED TO BE WORKING TO MAKE IT EASIER AND NOT HARDER FOR WORKERS TO JOIN UNIONS, TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN FOR FAIR WAGES, SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS, AND HEALTH CARE. AND BEFORE I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIENDS IN LABOR, THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR WORKING AMERICANS, WINNING WORKER SAFETY PROTECTIONS, SICK LEAVE, THE 40-HOUR WORKWEEK. DON'T FORGET THE 40-HOUR WORKWEEK BROUGHT TO YOU BY LABOR UNIONS, THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. IT'S NOT HYPERBOLE TO SAY WE SIMPLY WON'T BE WHERE WE ARE WITHOUT SUNEONS. AND INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TEAR -- WITHOUT UNIONS. AND INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TEAR THEM APART PUSHING SO-CALLED RIGHT TO WORK LAWS -- I DON'T LIKE THE PHRASE. IT ISN'T RIGHT TO WORK. THE REALITY IS WE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE WORKERS COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN AND ORGANIZE. BUT BY FILING THESE HARMFUL LAWSUITS LIKE JANICE, WE ARE HURTING WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TO EDUCATE AND TO ENGAGE A NEW GENERATION OF UNION WORKERS AND LEADERS. IF HISTORY IS ANY INDICATION, OUR COUNTRY WILL BE BETTER OFF WHEN WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF. WE'RE ALL BETTER OFF WHEN WE HAVE UNIONS THAT REPRESENT THE VOICES OF WORKING PEOPLE AND CAN ACTUALLY BUILD THAT POWER, ORGANIZE TOGETHER TO TAKE ON THAT CORPORATE POWER WHICH FRANKLY HAS A LOT OF MONEY BEHIND IT BUT ISN'T LOOKING OUT FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR WORKERS. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK AND I THANK YOU, AGAIN, FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP.

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                                  • 05:47:33 PM

                                    MR. KHANKHANNA

                                    SO I THINK TALKING ABOUT THESE FACTS AND WHAT THIS CASE MEANS TO REAL…

                                    SO I THINK TALKING ABOUT THESE FACTS AND WHAT THIS CASE MEANS TO REAL AMERICANS IS IMPORTANT. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. IT'S NOW MY REAL HONOR TO GIVE THE FLOOR TO SOMEONE WHO REALLY BUILT THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS. YOU KNOW, THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS USED TO BE A SOCIAL CLUB WHERE PEOPLE CHATTED BEFORE KEITH ELLISON TOOK OVER AND SAID, YOU KNOW, WE GOT TO DO MORE THAN JUST TALK. WE GOT TO ACTUALLY ACT ON OUR VALUES. AND IF YOU TALK TO ANYONE IN THIS CONGRESS, THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT HE TOOK A GROUP OF 15, 20 MEMBERS. USED TO GET TOGETHER. HAS TURNED THAT CAUCUS THROUGH HIS LEADERSHIP INTO THE LARGEST CAUCUS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, THE MOST EFFECTIVE CAUCUS AND ONE THAT HAS A BOLD AGENDA. AND THIS IS SOMETHING KEITH HAS BEEN AN ORGANIZER HIS WHOLE LIFE. HE UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING FAMILIES AND BELIEVES IN THESE ISSUES FROM HIS HEART AND HE'S BEEN A TRULY EFFECTIVE LEADER FOR OUR CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE. SO IT'S MY HONOR NOW TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE WOULD LIKE TO REPRESENTATIVE KEITH ELLISON.

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                                  • 05:49:08 PM

                                    MR. ELLISON

                                    ASK ME BUT ACTUALLY THE LARGER QUESTION OF WHAT KIND OF SHAPE WILL AMERICA…

                                    ASK ME BUT ACTUALLY THE LARGER QUESTION OF WHAT KIND OF SHAPE WILL AMERICA BE IN IF THE SUPREME COURT MAKES THE WRONG DECISION. WE ENVISION IN THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AN AMERICA WHICH PARENTS CAN DREAM ABOUT THEIR KIDS BEING ABLE TO GO TO COLLEGE. WE BELIEVE THAT YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TOO -- TO GET A GOOD JOB AND HAVE A DECENT PAY. YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO TURN ON THE WATER FAUCET AND DRINK THE WATER. YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE DOWN THE ROAD. YOU OUGHT TO HAVE SAFE AFFORDABLE TRANSIT TO GET TO WHERE YOU NEED TO GO. WE DON'T THINK THIS IS TOO MUCH TO ASK. THIS IS SOMETHING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD HAVE. WE THINK YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO A DOCTOR IF YOU'RE SICK. THE GUARANTOR FOR ALL THESE YEARS IS PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER AND ORGANIZING THEMSELVES INTO A GROUP THAT ARGUED AND NEGOTIATED WITH THEIR EMPLOYER FOR A FAIR WAGE. THEY NEGOTIATED WITH THEIR EMPLOYER AND THEY SAID, LOOK, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT US TO SUPPLY LABOR. WE'LL DO IT. YOU GOT TO PAY US RIGHT. YOU GOT TO MAKE SURE THE BENEFIT PACKAGE IS RIGHT. YOU GOT TO MAKE SURE THIS THING IS MAKING SENSE, NOT JUST FOR YOU BUT FOR US TOO. AND FOR MANY YEARS, EMPLOYERS DIDN'T WANT TO SEE STRIKES AND DIDN'T WANT TO SEE LABOR SHUTDOWNS AND WANTED TO STOP THE TURNOVER YOU WOULD SEE AND WANTED TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS LABOR PEACE, CAME TO AN AGREEMENT THAT, OK, WE'LL WORK WITH YOU. AND FROM THE -- BETWEEN AFTER -- BETWEEN WORLD WAR II AND RIGHT UP UNTIL 1970, EVEN A LITTLE BEYOND, THAT BARGAIN HELPED CREATE THE WORLD'S GREATEST MIDDLE CLASS. IT WASN'T EASY TO GET A COHESIVE UNION MOVEMENT. IN FACT, THERE WAS A TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE BEING IN A UNION WAS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. THEY'D CALL THE PINKERTONS IN. THEY'D BEAT YOU DOWN. THERE IS A LOT OF LABOR BLOOD THAT'S BEEN SPILLED IN THIS COUNTRY TO GET A LABOR COUNTRY TO GET A LABOR MOVEMENT BUT WE GOT ONE. IN 1957, A YEAR THAT HAD RACISM AND SEGREGATION, SEXISM AND HOMOPHOBIA, HAD ONE THING GOING AND THAT WAS ABOUT 35% OF ALL AMERICANS WERE IN A UNION. AND ABOUT 35% MORE WERE PAID AS IF THEY WERE. SO THE UNIONS WERE SETTING THE WAGE SCALE AND THEY HELPED CREATE AN AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS IS SOMETHING WE THINK OF WHEN WE THINK AMERICA AT ITS BEST ECONOMICALLY. THE LABOR MOVEMENT DIDN'T STOP -- UNION MOVEMENT DIDN'T STOP AT LABOR ISSUES. IT WENT FURTHER THAN THAT. IT WAS THE U.A.W. THAT HELPED FUND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON. THE MARCH FOR JOBS AND JUSTICE WAS FUNDED BY ORGANIZED LABOR. IT WAS LABOR THAT STOOD WITH THOSE SANITATION WORKERS IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, WHEN THEY WERE ON STRIKE, AND MARTIN LUTHER KING CAME DOWN TO MARCH WITH THEM. IT WAS ASK ME, ASK ME, THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE AND LOCAL EMPLOYEES WHO GOT THE BACK OF THOSE WORKERS IN MEMPHIS. AND WHEN WE LOST THE GREAT MARTIN LUTHER KING JUST ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO, THEY WERE BY THE SIDE OF THOSE WORKERS AND THOSE WORKERS LITERALLY WON THAT STRIKE AND MANY OF THEM ARE STILL AROUND TO TALK ABOUT IT TODAY. THESE FOLKS MADE IT SO THAT IN 1968 YOU HAD A RATE OF POVERTY THAT WAS MUCH LOWER THAN IT IS TODAY. YOU HAD C.E.O. 'S THAT MADE ABOUT 20 TIMES MORE THAN THEIR AVERAGE WORKER. TODAY THAT'S 339-1. AND THAT'S JUST THE MEDIAN. IN FACT, YOU HAVE COMPANIES LIKE MATTEL THAT MAKE ALMOST 5,000 TIMES -- THE C.E.O. MAKES 5,000 TIMES THE AVERAGE WORKERS. MCDONALD'S, THE C.E.O. MAKES 3,100 TIMES THE AVERAGE WORKER. KHOL'S, THE C.E.O. MAKES 1,200 TIMES THE AVERAGE WORKER. WE HAD AN EMERGING CIVIL RIGHTS UNIT, WE HAD A MIDDLE WAGE THAT WAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD -- AS BEEN MENTIONED, THAT WAS LIVABLE AT THE TIME. IF YOU COMPARE TO INFLAKES. YOU HAVE PEOPLE IN POVERTY THAT WAS A LOWER RATE OF POVERTY. YOU HAD A C.E.O. RATIO THAT WAS RATIONAL. SOMETHING HAPPENED IN THE 1970'S. THERE CRAME AN -- THERE CAME AN ATTACK ON LABOR AND LABOR -- PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU THAT IN 1980 AFTER RONALD REAGAN WAS ELECTED, HE WENT OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL SAYING THAT HE WAS FOR WORKING PEOPLE BUT SHORTLY AFTER HE GOT IN OFFICE, HE DISMISSED THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AND WHEN HE BROKE THAT STRIKE AND THOSE WORKERS, IT SENT THE PEOPLE ON A TRAJECTORY TO WHERE WE ARE NOW WHICH IS STAGNATING WAGES FOR LITERALLY THREE, FOUR DECADES. THE C.E.O. 'S HAVE DONE GREAT. IF YOU ASK DONALD TRUMP, HE WILL TELL YOU, OH, YEAH, YOU KNOW, THE STOCK MARKET IS BOOMING OUT OF CONTROL. WE'RE DOING FINE. BUT YOU KNOW, IN THIS AMERICA, OUR AMERICA, THIS LARGESS IS NOT SHARED BY MOST PEOPLE. MY COLLEAGUE PRAMILA JAYAPAL, MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT 67% OF AMERICANS WOULD NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THEY WERE HIT WITH $1,000 BILL. THEY DON'T HAVE IT. THERE ARE OTHER STATISTICS THAT AS JARRING, AS ACTUALLY UPSETTING. OTHER STATISTICS WOULD SHOW JUST HOW DIFFICULT IT IS FOR AMERICANS TO PAY THEIR BILLS. NOW, I KNOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JANICE TODAY. I'M GETTING THERE. I WANT TO SHARE A STORY AND I WILL SUBMIT IT FOR THE RECORD. THE TITLE IS, MORE THAN 40% OF AMERICANS CAN'T PAY THEIR BILLS. THAT'S THE NAME OF THE STORY. IT SAYS, DONALD TRUMP THINKS THE ECONOMY IS DOING GREAT, WAY, WAY BETTER UNDER OBAMA. ACTUALLY OBAMA CREATED MORE JOBS ON HIS WAY OUT THE DOOR THAN TRUMP SO FAR. BUT THAT'S BESIDE THE POINT. THE STORY SAYS, BASED ON THIS RESEARCH, THE CONCLUSION OF THE RESEARCH, 43% OF US STRUGGLE TO PAY OUR BILLS AND 34% ARE SUFFERING MATERIAL HARDSHIPS, INCLUDING RUNNING OUT OF FOOD, NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD A PLACE TO LIVE, OR LACKING MONEY TO SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT. THE TRUTH IS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT WE LIVE IN A NATION THAT IS LURCHING TOWARD PLUTOCRACY. WE'RE LIVING IN A NATION THAT'S LURCHING TOWARD OLIGARCHS. THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE HAMBURGERS, THEY DON'T BENEFIT IN THE PROFITS OF THE COMPANY. THE C.E.O. DOES THAT. THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE THE CLOTHES AND WORK THEIR JOB, THEY DON'T BENEFIT. THEY JUST GET SURVIVAL WAGES AND THE EXECUTIVES TAKE IT ALL HOME FOR THEMSELVES. AND PART OF THE REASON IS, A CONSERVATIVE PHILOSOPHY WHICH SAYS THAT COMPANIES SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY ANY TAXES, THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO ABIDE BY ANY REGULATIONS, THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SLAM LABOR COSTS TO THE GROUND IF THEY CAN AND THEN THEY SHOULD BE ABLE -- THE C.E.O. SHOULD BE ABLE TO WALK AWAY WITH ALL THE MONEY AND THEN THE THEORY GOES THAT THEY'LL USE THAT MONEY TO INVEST IN PLANT AND EQUIPMENT AND THEN EVERYBODY WILL BE BETTER OFF. BUT THAT NEVER HAPPENS. THAT REPUBLICAN PHILOSOPHY, THE CONSERVATIVE PHILOSOPHY IS ABSOLUTELY AND UTTERLY BANKRUPT. IT DOESN'T WORK. IT'S NOT TRUE. AND YET WE KEEP ON DOING IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BUT PART OF THIS PHILOSOPHY IS THE UNION BUSTING. AND THEY HAVE BEEN ON A 40-YEAR TRAJECTORY OF TRYING TO BREAK THE UNION. I MENTIONED PAT COLE A LITTLE WHILE AGO WHEN REAGAN DID THAT. THAT WAS A SHOCK WAVE THAT REVERB VATED INTO A MOMENT -- REVERBERATED INTO A MOMENT WE ARE NOW. LET ME TELL YOU, THEY'VE BEEN TROLLING FOR A WORKER, A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE TO TRY TO BREAK PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR YEARS. A FEW YEARS AGO RIGHT BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA PASSED, THERE WAS A CASE BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT CALLED THE FREDERIC CASE. IN THAT CASE, IT'S EXACTLY LIKE THE JANICE CASE. WHY ARE THEY SIMILAR? BECAUSE RIGHT-WING LAW FIRMS TROLLING THE COUNTRY LOOKING FOR ANY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE TO TRY TO ATTACK THE UNION AND ATTACK FAIR SHARE. THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN DOING. THEY'VE BEEN GOING AROUND, WELL, WILL YOU TAKE THE CASE? CAN WE REPRESENT YOU? CAN WE REPRESENT YOU? THEY FINALLY FOUND A GUY NAMED JANICE AND HE MAKES THE OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM THAT HE WHO BENEFITS FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND WHO THE UNION EXPENDS MONEY TO MAKE SURE HE HAS A DECENT CONTRACT, HE'S SAYING, OH, THIS IS UNFAIR. MY FREE SPEECH RIGHTS ARE GOING INTO THIS UNION AND I DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. WELL, THEY'RE NOT, TUELINGLY. ALL THEY'RE DOING IS ASSESSING A REASONABLE FEE THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE COST OF ARGUING, NEGOTIATING ON HIS BEHALF TO HAVE A BETTER WAGE. BUT HE SAYS, NO. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THE WORK THAT THE UNION DOES BUT I DON'T WANT TO PAY ANYTHING. IT'S QUITE RIDICULOUS. BUT THAT'S THE CASE THAT'S IN THE SUPREME COURT RIGHT NOW. YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT? THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY. THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY IS IN THE CONSTITUTION. IF SOME WORKERS WANT TO ASSEMBLE TOGETHER AND NEGOTIATE FOR BETTER WAGES AND BETTER BENEFITS WITH THEIR EMPLOYEE, I BELIEVE THEY HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DO SO. WHAT I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DO IS TO BE A FREELOADER, WHICH IS WHAT JANUS IS ARGUING. HE'S SAYING, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM WHAT THE UNION NEGOTIATES ON MY BEHALF BUT I DON'T WANT TO PAY ANYTHING. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY INTO THE FUND THAT GOES TO POLITICAL STUFF. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT. THAT IS -- THAT ISSUE HAS BEEN DECIDED. IT'S NOT REQUIRED UNDER THE LAW THAT HE HELPED FUND CANDIDATES OR ISSUES HE DOESN'T WANT TO SUPPORT. BUT IT IS FAIR AND IT IS RIGHT AND IT IS REASONABLE AND THE SUPREME COURT HAS FOUND IN THE PAST THAT AN ASSESSESMENT ON EMPLOYEES FOR THE COST OF REPRESENTATION IS FAIR AND CONSTITUTIONAL. . THIS IS A CASE CALLED THE ABUSE CASE WHERE IT WAS FOUND TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL. WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IS FLIP ABUDE AND SAY, NO, YOU CAN BE A FREE LOADER. LET ME SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, OUR LAW HAS BEEN FAVORING THE EMPLOYER OVER THE WORKER FOR YEARS NOW. HERE'S THE LAW,S THE LAW RIGHT NOW. THAT IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER AND YOU FIRE A WORKER BECAUSE THEY'RE TRYING TO ORGANIZE A UNION, THAT'S NOT LEGAL TO DO. BUT GUESS WHAT? THAT WORKER CAN'T FILE A PRIVATE LAWSUIT, THEY'VE GOT TO FILE UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. THEY CAN'T GET PUNETRIFFABLE TREBLE DAMAGES, THEY'VE GOT TO GO THROUGH NLRB PROCESS WHICH TAKES QUITE A LONG TIME ACCORDING TO MOST WORKERS WHO GO THROUGH IT. AND WHEN THEY DO GO THROUGH IT, ALL THEY GET IS BACK PAY MINUS WHATEVER THEY EARNED AFTER THEY WERE FIRED. ILLEGALLY. THIS IS A VERY SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE EXERCISING WHAT I BELIEVE IS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND FREE TOM OF EXPRESSION BUT WHY SHOULDN'T YOU FIRE THEM, YOU KNOW? IT'S THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS FOR SOME EMPLOYERS WHO DON'T WANT A UNION. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW UNFAIR THE SITUATION IS. AN EMPLOYER CAN TELL THE WORKERS, YOU BETTER BE IN THE CALF TOPHERA TOMORROW BECAUSE THERE'S A UNION DRIVE AND I WANT TO THREATEN YOU AND SCARE YOU AND TELL YOU ALL THE REASONS WHY IT CAN'T -- IT'S A BAD IDEA. THIS IS CALLED CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. CAN THE UNION GO INTO THE SAME PLANT AND SAY, WELL, NOW WE WANT TO GIVE YOU OUR SIDE OF WHY YOU DO NEED A UNION? THEY CANNOT DO IT. IT'S NOT FAIR. SO IT'S LIKE HAVING AN ELECTION WHERE THE RIGHTS OF THE WORKERS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE ELECTION AND YET ONLY ONE SIDE GETS TO BE ABLE TO GO AND ARGUE WHY -- ARGUE INTO THE NEGATIVE. BY THE WAY IF THE EMPLOYER SAID, COME TO THE MEETING, WE'RE GOING TO TELL YOU WHY YOU DO NEED A UNION, THAT WOULD BE AN UNFAIR LABOR FRACKTIES. IT'S CRAZY, REALLY. BUT IT'S THE KIND OF WORLD THAT A GUY LIKE NEIL GORSUCH THINKS WOULD BE A GOOD ONE. THIS IS THE GUY WHO WAS IN MY VIEW ILLEGAL HE -- ILLEGALLY PUT ON THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE PRESIDENT GETS TO OFFER A REPLACEMENT FOR A VACANCY ON THE SUPREME COURT. BARACK OBAMA DID THAT AND THE HEAD OF THE SENATE REPUBLICANS WHO WAS IN THE MAJORITY SAID WE WILL NOT HEAR ANYONE, WE WILL NOT HEAR ANYBODY HE DIDN'T -- YOU KNOW WHAT, THE ROLE OF THE SENATE IS TO GIVE ADVISE AND CONSENT THAFLE CAN SAY WE THINK THIS GUY (music) QUALIFIED. THEY CAN SAY THIS GUY HAS A JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT THAT'S NOT PROPER THAFLE CAN CRITICIZE THE NOMINEE ANY WAY THEY WANT TO. ONE THING THEY CANNOT DO IS SAY, WE WILL NOT DISCHARGE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. BUT THAT'S WHAT THEY DID DO BECAUSE NOBODY CAN MAKE THEM DO OTHERWISE. THEY DID IT BECAUSE THEY COULD DO IT. BUT IT WAS WRONG. IT WAS ACTUALLY IMMORAL. AND IT WAS AN ABUSE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY AS MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE. BUT THEY DIDN'T CARE. THEY WANT POWER. RAW, NAKED POWER. AND THAT'S WHAT THEY DID. SOMEHOW THEY GOT AWAY WIT. BECAUSE THEY GOT NEIL GORSUCH ON THE SUPREME COURT AND THIS IS THE GUY WHO WAS THE DECIDING VOTE IN A CASE THAT I BELIEVE IS A FORESHADOWING OF WHAT WE'LL SEE IN JANUS, THE OTHER DAY A CASE CALLED MURPHY'S OIL WAS DECIDED ON MONDAY, NEIL GORSUCH CAST THE DECIDING VOTE IN A DECISION THAT RULED FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT BOSSES CAN FORBIDDER THAT WORKERS FROM JOINING TOGETHER IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS TO CHALLENGE VIOLATIONS OF THE FEDERAL LABOR LAWS. THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS USE OF -- AN OUTRAGEOUS. BRINGING A CASE AGAINST YOUR BOSS IS RISKY ESPECIALLY FOR WORKERS WHO HAVE NO SAFETY NET. AND CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL JUST GOT THROUGH TELLING YOU HOW STRESSED TO THE WALL AMERICAN WORKERS ARE. AND YET, THOSE WORKERS WHO DON'T HAVE MUCH MONEY ARE NOW TOLD THAT THEY CANNOT COME TOGETHER IN A CLASS ACTION TO CHALLENGE VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL LABOR LAW. THEY HAVE TO PURSUE THESE CLAIMS INDIVIDUALLY. THEY DON'T HAVE A CHANCE. THE BARGAINING POSITION POWER IS ABSOLUTELY UNEQUAL. YET THAT'S WHAT WE GOT. DECISIONS LIKE THIS ARE WHY MITCH MCDONELL AND REPUBLICANS ENGAGE IN THE HISTORIC OBSTRUCTION TO BLOCK PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM THE SUPREME COURT VACANCY FOR NEARLY A YEAR. THEY WANTED AN IDEOLOGUE LIKE NEIL GORSUCH TO TIP ANTI-WORKER CASES LIKE THIS. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN JANUS? I HATE TO ADMIT IT BUT EVEN I, WHO CONSIDER MYSELF QUITE OPTIMISTIC, BELIEVE THAT, LOOK, THEY'VE GOT -- THEY PUT NEIL GORSTHOIVEN SUPREME COURT TO DESTROY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BARGAINING. THAT'S WHY HE'S THERE. I HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT'S JUST LIKE OTHER UNJUST SUPREME COURT DECISIONS THAT HAVE HAPPENED ALONG THE LIVENSE SHELBY COUNTY, ALONG THE LINES OF -- WHICH DESTROYED THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. OR ALONG THE LINES OF CITIZENS UNITED WHICH BASICALLY SAID CORPORATIONS CAN DUMP MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY INTO ELECTIONS. WHO HAS MASSIVE AMOUNT OF MONEY? YOU KNOW. AMERICA'S CORPORATE ELITES. OH AND THEN, IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO UNJUST DECISIONS LIKE THE LOCK RAN CASES. HISTORY WILL LOOK VERY DIMLY ON THIS MOMENT IN TIME. I BELIEVE THAT WHEN YOU CRUSH DECENCY AND FAIRNESS TO EARTH IT DOES RISE. AND I BELIEVE THAT WORKERS IN THIS COUNTRY, IF THEY ARE PROHIBITED BY THE LAW AND THE SUPREME COURT FROM BEING TREATED FAIRLY, THEY'RE JUST GOING TO START GOING ON STRIKE ALL OVER THE PLACE, JUST LIKE THE TEACHERS SHOWED US THEY WOULD. THEY'RE GOING TO START GOING ON STRIKE. WE'LL JUST SETTLE IT OUT IN THE STREET. THIS IS UNFORTUNATE. WOULDN'T IT BE MUCH BETTER TO HAVE FAIR BARGAINING AND COME TO THE TABLE AND NEGOTIATE DECENT WAGES AND BENEFITS? OF COURSE IT WOULD BE. THOSE TEACHERS DIDN'T WANT TO GO ON STRIKE. THEY WANTED TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM TEACHING THOSE KIDS. BUT WHETHER IT'S ARIZONA, NORTH CAROLINA, WHAT ARE THE OTHER ONES I'M LEAVING OUT? OKLAHOMA. THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE -- WHO DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO YOUNG PEOPLE HAD TO GO OUT ON THE TRAIL, GO OUT ON THE STRIKE LINE, JUST SO THEY CAN GET A DECENT SITUATION FOR THOSE KIDS AND THEMSELVES. THESE TEACHERS SAID, THESE KIDS' LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IS OUR WORK ENVIRONMENT AND BOTH ARE BAD SO WE HAVE TO STRIKE. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN NO ALTERNATIVE TO DO SO. SO THEY DID AND THEY GOT SOME JUSTICE OUT OF IT. THIS IS WHAT THE LIKE OS NEIL GORSUCH AND JANUS VERSUS AFSCME ARE PUSHING THE AMERICAN LABOR PICTURE TOWARD. IT'S TOO BAD BUT I HAVE GREAT FAITH IN THE AMERICAN WORKER. THEY WILL NOT, THEY WILL NOT TAKE THIS LYING DOWN AND WE WILL BE ON THE PICKET LINE WITH THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 06:08:05 PM

                                    MR. KHANNA

                                    THANK YOU.

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                                    MR. SOTO

                                    TODAY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JANUSS -- ABILITY JANUS V. AFSCME. MR. JANUS A…

                                    TODAY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JANUSS -- ABILITY JANUS V. AFSCME. MR. JANUS A MAN WITH WANTS TO GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING. A MAN WHO WANTS TO GET THE BENEFIT OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY FOR IT. AND IS ASKING THE SUPREME COURT TO DISMANTLE UNIONS IN THE PROCESS OF THAT. ALL BECAUSE HE DOESN'T AGREE WITH SOME POLITICAL MESSAGING OF THE UNION. THIS CASE AFSCME. SO I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TAKE THIS LOGIC TO ITS END AND PERHAPS EVERY SHAREHOLDER SHOULD BE ABLE TO OBJECT TO FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES ACT POLITICAL MESSAGING THEY DISAGREE WITH. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. ONE SHARE, ONE MILLION SHARES. PERHAPS EVERY EMPLOYEE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT TO THEIR FORTUNE 500 COMPANY EMPLOYERS' POLITICAL MESSAGING IF THEY DISAGREE WITH IT. BUT OF COURSE THAT'S NOT WHAT'S HAPPENED. BECAUSE THIS IS A CONCERTED ATTACK ON AMERICA'S UNIONS. LEAVING CORPORATE DARK MONEY TO RAIN UNCHECKED IN OUR POLITICAL PROCESS. AND ULTIMATELY IT'S AN ATTACK ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. IMAGINE OUR COUNTRY WITHOUT A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS. IMAGINE A COUNTRY WITH JUST THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS. THERE'S PLENTY ACROSS THIS GLOBE. THERE'S PLENTY THAT AREN'T MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE THE RICH CONTROL ALL CAPITAL, ALL POLITICAL POWER, THAT'S WHEN THEY CONTROL US AND WE DON'T HAVE THE INNOVATION, WE DON'T HAVE THE INCENTIVE, WE DON'T HAVE THE PROGRESS THAT IS SO CRITICAL TO CAPITALISM WHICH I THINK IS BEING MISSED ON THIS. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A FAIR MARKET, YOU CAN'T HAVE SUCCESSFUL CAPITALISM. AND PART OF A FAIR MARKET INCLUDES HAVING STRONG VOICE FOR OUR MIDDLE CLASS, FOR OUR WORKING FOLKS. THROUGH OUR UNIONS. IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT A RISE TO GREATNESS IN THIS COUNTRY WAS TIED TO THE RISE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. THINK ABOUT IT. G.I. 'S RETURNING HOME FROM WORLD WAR II. FANNING OUT TO SUBURBS. EVEN BEFORE THAT. AROUND WORLD WAR I AND BEFORE THAT. WHEN YOU HAD ALL THESE MAJOR MILESTONES THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, 40-DAY WORKWEEK, OVERTIME, CHILD LABOR LAWS, OSHA, SO MANY THINGS THAT HAPPENED, THAT CREATED THE MODERN ECONOMY. AND WE SURGED AND PROSPERITY REIGN THROUGH THE MOST CORNERS OF THE UNITED STATES. SO I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT, AND I APPRECIATE MR. KHANNA FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD, TO URGE THE SUPREME COURT TO DO THE RIGHT THING. TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BAR GAUGE FROM BEING DRAGGED DOWN BY NONUNION FREE RIDERS. JUST BECAUSE THEY DIS AGREE WITH A POLITICAL MESSAGE. OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE, ALLOW EVERY EMPLOYEE, EVERY SHAREHOLDER TO OBJECT TO CORPORATE POLITICAL SPEECH THEY DISAGREE WITH. LET'S KEEP IT FAIR ON ALL SIDES THEN. IF I HAVE ONE SHARE, IF I'M A PART-TIME EMPLOYEE, OF A MAJOR FORTUNE 500 COMPANY AND I DISAGREE I SHOULD BE ABLE TO OBJECT JUST LIKE THIS MAN WANTS TO BE ABLE TO OBJECT. BECAUSE CORPORATIONS AREN'T PEOPLE. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, MR. KHANNA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, TO BE ABLE TO STAND WITH YOU ON BEHALF OF AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES.

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                                    MR. KHANNA

                                    WE NEED FAIRNESS. WE CERTAINLY SHOULDN'T BE PRIVILEGING SHAREHOLDERS. I…

                                    WE NEED FAIRNESS. WE CERTAINLY SHOULDN'T BE PRIVILEGING SHAREHOLDERS. I APPRECIATE YOUR ADVOCACY FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND SPEAKING OUT TO THAT. THANK YOU.

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                                    MR. SOTO

                                    AFSME AND WHAT HE SAYS DOESN'T WANT TO BE REPRESENTED HIM, I THINK OF JOHN…

                                    AFSME AND WHAT HE SAYS DOESN'T WANT TO BE REPRESENTED HIM, I THINK OF JOHN LEWIS AND WE WENT TO MEMPHIS A FEW MONTHS AGO AND MASON TEMPLE WE HEARD OVER THE LOUDSPEAKER, DRR KING'S VOICE AS HE SPOKE ABOUT SEEING THE PROMISED LAND AND AS THAT BOOMING VOICE CAME OVER THE BOWED SPEAKER, THERE ON STAGE WAS A MAN IN HIS 80'S WHO WAS A SANITATION WORKER AT THE TIME THAT DR. KING MARCHED IN MEMPHIS. AND HE TALKED ABOUT HOW HE STILL WAS OWED MONEY FOR HIS FAIR WORK AT THE AGE OF 80. MEMPHIS STILL HADN'T PAID HIM. THAT PERSON, THAT MAN, HE DIDN'T SHIRK FROM WORK. HE WAS WORKING STILL IN HIS 80'S AND BELIEVED IN THE DIGNITY OF WORK AND TALKED ABOUT THE DIGNITY OF WORK. HE JUST WANTED TO HAVE A FAIR SHOT AT BEING PAID FOR THAT WORK. THAT WAS AFSCME AND THAT IS WHAT IS AT STAKE IN THIS SUPREME COURT FIGHT. DO WE STAND FOR THE VALUES THAT DR. KING MARCHED FOR AND STAND FOR THE LABOR UNION IN THIS NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIVING US AND I NOW YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 06:17:53 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PPRO TEMPORE

                                    THE RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR 30…

                                    THE RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                    MS. FOXX

                                    MS. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF TROOPER SAM YOU ELL…

                                    MS. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF TROOPER SAM YOU ELL NEWTEN BULLARD. THE COMMUNITY IN NORTH CAROLINA LOST HIM ON THE LINE OF DUTY ON MONDAY IN MY DISTRICT. A THREE-YEAR STATE TROOPER VETERAN, TROOPER B UMP LLARD WAS HELPING OUR COMMUNITIES. AND HE PROTECTED OUR COMMUNITIES AND UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW THAT OUR SAFETY RESTS UPON. OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES. WHILE HIS ULTIMATE SACRIFICE CANNOT BE REPAID, I REMAIN GRATEFUL FOR HIS SACRIFICE AND REMEMBER HIM AND HIS LOVED ONES IN MY PRAYERS. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TONIGHT TO TALK ABOUT A SERIOUS SITUATION THAT EXISTS IN OUR COUNTRY. A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY HEARS EVERY DAY FROM EMPLOYERS IN OUR DISTRICTS THAT THEY HAVE JOBS THAT ARE GOING UNFILLED BECAUSE AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO FILL THOSE UNFILLED JOBS. SPECIFICALLY, THERE ARE OVER SIX MILLION UNFILLED JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY DUE TO THE SKILLS GAP. WE HAVE A SOLUTION TO THAT PROBLEM, MR. SPEAKER. AND IT HAS COME OUT OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. IT'S CALLED THE PROSPER ACT. TODAY, IN THE HILL, THERE WAS A TERRIFIC ARTICLE ENCOURAGING THIS BODY AND THIS CONGRESS TO PASS THE PROSPER ACT. AND I'M GOING TO QUOTE SOME OF THE ARTICLE. THE ARTICLE WAS ENTITLED "CONGRESS PASSED THE PROSPER ACT FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID REFORM." AND WRITTEN BY RACHEL PETERSON. IT HAS BEEN 5 YEARS SINCE PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIGNED THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT INTO LAW AND 10 YEARS SINCE IT WAS RE-AUTHORIZED SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA. THE LAW TOUCHES EVERY ASPECT OF HIGHER EDUCATION HAS TURNED INTO A SPECIAL INTEREST BOW NANSA AND SHIELDS COLLEGES FROM MARKETPLACE COMPETITION AND WEAVES STUPID AID AND TAX ON THE PORK AND SERVED AS A PRETEXT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HAVE REGULATIONS. THE PROSPER ACT WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE THE HIGHER ACT. THE BILL WOULD STREAMLINE FEDERAL PROGRAMS, RELAX BURDENSOME REGULATIONS AND FORBID THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION FRLING ACTING OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE LAW AND PROTECT THE PREMISES OF FREE SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOLARS RELEASED A TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW CONCLUDING THAT IT REPRESENTS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO REFORM HIGHER EDUCATION IN DECADES. WITH A FEW TWEAKS, THE PROSPER ACT SHOULD BE PASSED AT ONCE. TWO EMIMPORTANT AREAS, FEDERAL STUDENT AID REFORM AND PROTECTION OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH SHOWS WHY. CURRENTLY FEDERAL STUDENT AID IS A SYSTEM THAT ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO TAKE ON DEBT AND INCENTIVIZES COLLEGES TO RAISE HE TUITION. AND HAS FOUR DOZEN OPTIONS. THE PROSPER ACT SIMPLIFIES FEDERAL STUDENT AID AND MAKING IT EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO SEE THEIR OPTIONS AND CAPS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THEY CAN BORROW FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND STREAMLINES INTO A SINGLE GRANT PROGRAM AND SINGLE REPAYMENT PROGRAM AND ELIMINATES SPECIAL INTEREST PROJECTS SUCH AS LOAN FORGIVENESS WHICH PRIVILEGED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFTER 10 YEARS OF PAYMENTS, END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, MS. PETERSON REALLY ENCAPSULATES THE BEGINNING OF THIS ARTICLE, THE REASONS WHY WE SHOULD BE PASSING THE PROSPER ACT. IT PASSED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE IN DECEMBER AND WE ARE WORKING TO FIND TIME TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND BE ABLE TO HAVE THE HOUSE VOTE ON IT, SEND IT TO THE SENATE, HAVE THE SENATE VOTE ON IT AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. AGAIN, MS. PETERSON SAID CONGRESS PASSED THE PROSPER ACT. BUT AS SHE EXPLAINS IN HER QUOTE, SHE SAYS EVEN MORE ABOUT IT. LET ME EXPLAIN SOME ADDITIONAL REASONS WHY WE NEED TO PASS THE PROSPER ACT. 81% OF PARENTS SAY FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS CHARGE TOO MUCH. 54% OF PARENTS THINK THAT FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS ARE ACCESSIBLE TO MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY NOT JUST WITH SKILLS, BUT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN POVERTY. THE WAY FOR PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF POVERTY IS TO GAIN A GOOD EDUCATION THAT PROVIDES SKILLS FOR PEOPLE TO GET A JOB. MR. SPEAKER, ALL MY LIFE, I HAVE PROMOTED THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO GET A GREAT EDUCATION. I, MYSELF, AM A LIVING EXAMPLE OF WHAT AN EDUCATION CAN DO FOR A PERSON. I GUE UP IN A HOUSE WITH NO ELECTRICITY, NO RUNNING WATER. MY PARENTS HAD A SIXTH GRADE AND NINTH GRADE EDUCATION. I COME FROM NO PRIVILEGE WHATSOEVER. AND YET, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I AND MILLION MILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO CAME FROM SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES, WERE ABLE TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION AND USE THEIR TALENTS AND SKILLS TO LEAD SUCCESSFUL LIMBS. WHAT I WANT, MR. SPEAKER, IS FOR EVERY AMERICAN, WHO HAS THE DRIVE TO DO THE SAME THING. AND MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CREATE JOBS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN CREATE SITUATIONS WHERE JOBS CAN BE CREATED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND WE CAN HELP PEOPLE GAIN THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO TAKE THOSE JOBS. AND BEGIN MINGTL AGAIN, AS I SAID, WE HAVE OVER SIX MILLION UNFILLED JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY AND WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE BEGGING US FOR IS TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GAIN THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO FILL THOSE JOBS. AND THIS IS THE WAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RIGHT NOW AGAIN. 81% OF AMERICANS FEEL THAT SCHOOLS CHARGE TOO MUCH. WHAT WE DO WITH PROSPER IS GIVE INSENTTIVES. WE DON'T TELL THEM WHAT TO CHARGE. BUT WE PUT IN PLACE POLICIES THAT WE BELIEVE WILL CAUSE TWUSE NOT TO CONTINUE TO RISE AT SUCH A RY RATE AND STUDENTS WILL GET MORE INFORMATION SO THEY CHOOSE WELL THE PROGRAMS THEY GO INTO. ALSO, WE ARE CLOSING OUT THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT I HAD AND MILLIONS OF OTHER MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS HAVE HAD IN THE PASS BY PRICING POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION TOO HIGH AND MAKING PEOPLE FEEL IT IS NOT POSSIBLE. 13% IN THIS COUNTRY BELIEVE THAT COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE WELL PREPARED FOR SUCCESS IN THE WORKPLACE. SOMETHING IS WRONG, MR. SPEAKER. THAT WE HAVE THIS LOW A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO ARE GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE OR ATTENDING COLLEGE DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO TAKE THOSE JOBS THAT ARE OUT THERE AVAILABLE. AND WHAT -- THERE'S EVEN MORE NEGATIVITY COMING FROM THOSE WHO EMPLOY THOSE WHO GO TO COLLEGE. LET ME SHARE SOME OTHER INFORMATION. ONLY TWO IN FIVE MANAGERS BELIEVE THAT COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE WELL EQUIPPED FOR A JOB IN THEIR FIELD. AND MR. SPEAKER, EVEN THOSE WHO GO TO COLLEGE ARE NOT COMPLETING . WE HAVE A SIX-YEAR COMPLETION RATE OF 54.8%. AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO STUDENTS? IT MEANS $68,000 PER YEAR IN LOST WAGES AND THE COST OF ATTENDING. . THIS IS OCCURRING NOT JUST WITH THOSE WHO ATTEND WHAT ARE KNOWN AS FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES, WHICH ARE NOW REALLY SIX-YEAR COLLEGES, MOST OF THE ONES GRADUATING ARE ARE GRADUATING IN SIX YEARS. IT'S APPLYING TO STUDENT WHORS IN WHAT WE'VE ALWAYS CALLED TWO-YEAR COLLEGES. SO WE HAVE A TERRIBLE PROBLEM EVERY WAY YOU LOOK IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR NOT ONLY POOR PEOPLE, BUT MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE, FOR COMPLETING A DEGREE OR A PROGRAM OR A CERTIFICATE THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO GAIN THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED AND THE CREDENTIALS THEY NEED. WE'RE A CREDENTIALING SOCIETY, MR. SPEAKER. WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO PROVE WHAT THEY'VE DONE. THEREFORE, WE NEED TO HONOR PEOPLE WITH ALL KINDS OF CREDENTIALS AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO GAIN THOSE CREDENTIALS. NOT EVERYBODY NEEDS A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PERSON IN OUR COUNTRY. AND WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE ONLY 30% OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY DO HAVE A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE. AND YET WE HAVE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALREADY WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO SEEK CERTIFY SCATION -- CERTIFICATION AND PROGRAMS THAT I A -- ALLOW THEM TO BE CERTIFIED WITHOUT NECESSARILY COMPLETING A BACCALAUREATE. BUT MR. SPEAKER, PEOPLE WILL SAY, WELL YOU DON'T HONOR LIBERAL ARTS DEGREES IF YOU'RE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE GO ON AND JUST GET A CERTIFICATE. I WANT EVERYBODY TO GET A LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE. I GOT A LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE. I THINK THAT'S WONDERFUL. BUT PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT IMMEDIATELY OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO IT IN ORDER TO LEAD SUCCESSFUL LIVES. BUT ULTIMATELY, WE HOPE EVERYBODY WILL BE A LIFELONG LEARNER AND THE BEST WAY TO BE A LIFELONG LEARNER, I THINK, IS TO HELP PEOPLE BE SUCCESSFUL EARLY ON SO THEY'LL BE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE TO WANT TO LEARN AND DO THE THINGS THAT WILL MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL. SO WHAT DOES PROSPER DO? WE MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR MORE STUDENTS TO QUALIFY FOR PELL GRANTS FOR SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS. THIS IS WHAT WE DO, MR. SPEAKER. PELL GRANTS ARE THE GRANTS THAT UNDERGIRD MOST PEOPLE GOING TO COLLEGE. WHO DON'T COME FROM VERY AFFLUENT FAMILIES. THE AVERAGE PELL GRANT IN THIS COUNTRY NOW IS ABOUT $6,000. THAT'S THE MAXIMUM, EXCUSE ME. BUT STUDENTS CAN QUALIFY FOR THAT IF THEY'RE VERY, VERY POOR. WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO IS ALLOW PELL GRANTS TO BE USED FOR SHORTER TERM PROGRAMS AGAIN TO GET STUDENTS TO GET INTO A PROGRAM, HELP THEM GAIN CERTIFICATION, SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO EARN AND LEARN. SO THEY CAN GET A JOB, CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION. WE MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR SEVEN MILLION MORE PEOPLE TO QUALIFY FOR PELL GRANTS. MANY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, UNFORTUNATELY, HAVE COME OUT AGAINST THE PROSPER ACT. WHY IS THAT WHEN WE MAKE SEVEN MILLION MORE STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR PELL GRANTS? IT'S BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, WE ALSO ASK FOR MORE ACCOUNTABILITY ON THE PART OF THE SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES. I'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT IN A MINUTE. WHAT DO WE DO FOR THE SCHOOLS? WE SAY TO THEM, HELP THESE PELL GRANT STUBLETS GRADUATE ON TIME, MEANING FOUR YEARS, AND GUESS WHAT, WE WILL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BONUS FOR THIS RIGHT NOW, THE SCHOOLS GET NO REWARDS FOR HELPING THEIR STUDENTS GRADUATE ON TIME. IN FACT, THEY GET REWARDED IF THEY EXTEND THE AMOUNT OF TIME STUDENTS ARE IN SCHOOL. BUT THAT COSTS THE STUDENTS MONEY IN LOST WAGES. IT ALSO ENCOURAGES THEM TO BORROW MORE MONEY WHICH IS NOT A GOOD THING. WE KNOW RIGHT NOW THAT WE HAVE $1.4 TRILLION IN STUDENT DEBT IN THIS COUNTRY. WE SEE THE HEADLINES EVERY DAY. IN THE NEWSPAPERS. ABOUT THE PROBLEM WITH STUDENT DEBT. AND WE DON'T WANT TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO TAKE OUT MORE DEBT. WE WANT THE STUDENTS TO TAKE -- GET LESS DEBT. SO WE SIMPLIFY WHAT WE'RE DOING IN FINANCIAL AID, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S WHAT WE HEAR FROM SCHOOLS, PARENTS, STUDENTS. WE JUST HAD A MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BEFORE I CAME UP HERE AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ALL -- WHO HAVE HAD CHILDREN GO TO COLLEGE, ALL TALKED ABOUT HOW COMPLICATED THE FAFSA IS. HOW INVASIVE OF PRIVACY IT IS. AND HOW WE NEED TO DO BETTER WITH THE FAFSA, WHICH IS THE FINANCIAL AID FORM STUDENTS HAVE TO FILL OUT TO QUALIFY. BUT WE ALSO HAVE A COMPLICATED SET OF LOANS, GRANTS, AND CAMPUS-BASED PROGRAMS. SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH PROSPER? WE SIMPLIFY THINGS. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE SIX DIFFERENT LOAN PROGRAM, NINE REPAYMENT OPTIONS, 32 DEFERMENT FOREBEARANCE OPTIONS. THAT MEANS 32 WAYS TO NOT PAY BACK THE LOAN AND $1.4 TRILLION IN STUDENT DEBT. WHAT WE DO IS TURN THE SIX LOAN PROGRAMS INTO ONE LOAN PROGRAM. WE MAKE IT MUCH LESS COMPLICATED, STUDENTS AND PARAPHERNALIAS CAN UNDERSTAND. WE TAKE THE GRANT PROGRAMS AND TURN THEM INTO ONE GRANT PROGRAM. IT'LL ALL BE CALLED PELL GRANT. AND WE TAKE A COUPLE OF THE GRANT PROGRAMS AND PUT THEM IN WORK STUDY. WHY DO WE DO THAT? BECAUSE WE'VE KNOWN FOR 50 YEARS OR MORE THAT WORK-STUDY IS SUCCESSFUL. STUDENTS WHO WORK HAVE BEEN -- WE'VE DONE STUDIES TO SHOW THEY'RE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE. THEY DO BETTER ACADEMICALLY. THEY BECOME BETTER TIME MANAGERS. AND THEY'RE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO GET A JOB WHEN THEY GRADUATE. WHAT WE DO WITH WORK-STUDY IS WE MAKE IT AN EVEN BETTER PROGRAM THAN IT IS NOW. WE DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT'S IN WORK-STUDY. AND WE MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE SCHOOL TO ALLOCATE UP TO 50% OF THE MONEY INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHAT THAT WILL DO, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT WILL ALLOW THE STUDENTS TO WORK IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, DO AN INTERNSHIP A CO-OP, OR AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. AND WE KNOW MOST OF THE TIME THOSE PROGRAMS RESULT IN A JOB. AND THAT WILL START THE STUDENT ON A SUCCESSFUL CAREER, WE BELIEVE, IN THE INDUSTRY OR BUSINESS OR AREA THAT THE STUDENT WANTS TO GO INTO. IT'S BETTER THAN JUST WORKING ON CAMPUS. WORKING ON CAMPUS IS A PSTIVE THING AND HELPS THE STUDENTS A LOT. BUT WORKING IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS EVEN BETTER BECAUSE AGAIN THOSE OFTEN LEAD DIRECTLY INTO EMPLOYMENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. SO THIS IS WHAT WE DO. AND MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE RESPONDING TO THE PUBLIC. WE'RE RESPONDING TO THE SCHOOL SAYING FINANCIAL AID IS TOO COMPLICATED. PARENTS AND STUDENTS SAY FINANCIAL AID IS TOO COMPLICATED. WE'RE LISTENING TO BOTH OF THOSE FOLKS THE INSTITUTIONS HAVE SAID IT. AND THE STUDENTS AND PARENTS HAVE SAID IT. WHAT ELSE ARE WE DOING WITH THE FINANCIAL AID? WE ARE PUTTING $14.5 BILLION BACK IN THE POCKETS OF STUDENTS. HOW ARE WE DOING THAT? WE'RE ELIMINATING THE ORIGINATION FEE FOR LOANS. THIS WAS A HIDDEN FEE THAT MOST STUDENTS DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT. THEY HAD TO PAY THIS UP FRONT OUT OF THE LOANS THEY WERE GETTING AND VERY OFTEN IT MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO THE STUDENTS IN TERMS OF HAVING THE FUNDS THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. IN THEIR -- IN THEIR PROGRAMS. SO WE ELIMINATE THAT, MR. SPEAKER. WE THINK THAT IS A VERY, VERY POSITIVE THING WE'RE DOING. IN GENERAL WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH THE PROSPER ACT IS WE'RE RESPONDING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE RESPONDING TO EMPLOYERS WHO ARE SAYING TO US, PLEASE HELP US WITH CREATING THE PROGRAMS IN THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, OR SMOOTHING THE WAY FOR STUDENTS TO GO TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO BE ABLE TO GAIN THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO TAKE THESE SIX MILLION JOBS THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE OUT HERE. UNIVERSITIES ARE NOT DOING IT FOR US. THE COLLEGES ARE NOT DOING IT FOR US. THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE GRADUATING APPROXIMATELY 1. MILLION STUDENTS EVERY YEAR. AND YET WHAT'S HAPPENING IS, WE'VE GOT ALL THESE JOBS UNFILLED OUT HERE, AND WE'VE GOT GRADUATES BEING GRADUATED, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS THAT THE EMPLOYERS NEED. STUDY AFTER STUDY AFTER STUDY, POLL AFTER POLL AFTER POLL IS TELLING US THAT. WE'RE HEARING IT FROM EVERYBODY. THIS IS NOT A PANACEA. IT IS NOT GOING TO ANSWER EVERY SINGLE NEED THAT'S OUT THERE. WE NEVER SAID THAT IT WOULD. BUT IT'S A TRUE REFORM OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS SAY TO THE POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS, WE'VE HEARD YOU, WE'VE HEARD WHAT YOU SAID. YOU'VE SAID, REDUCE OR ELIMINATE A LOT OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WE HAVE. THAT'S WHAT'S DRIVING UP THE COST OF TUITION. GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER? WE HAVE REVISED OR ELIMINATING 59% OF THE 59 RULES THAT WERE PRESENTED TO US BY THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. BUT WHEN THEY TALK TO TO THE OUR COLLEAGUES HERE, WE NEVER HEAR THEM MENTION THAT TO THEM. BUT WE'RE DOING THAT. SO WE'RE RESPONDING TO THEM. THEY SAID SIMPLIFY FINANCIAL AID. WE'RE DOING THAT. SO WE'RE DOING WHAT THE SCHOOLS ASKED US TO DO. WE'RE DOING WHAT EMPLOYERS ASKED US TO DO. WE'RE PROVIDING FUNDS FOR SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS THAT WILL RESULT IN CERTIFICATES THAT WILL -- CERTIFICATES THAT WILL RESULT IN THE ABILITY FOR STUDENTS TO GAIN THE SKILLS THEY NEED AND GO TO WORK AFTER AS SHORT A PERIOD OF TIME AS 10 WEEKS. AND 300 HOURS. THIS IS A HUGE CHANGE IN THE WAY FINANCIAL AID HAS BEEN OFFERED IN THE PAST. AND WE'VE LISTENED TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS. WE'VE SIMPLIFIED FINANCIAL AID. WE'RE MAKING IT MUCH EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID. WE MAKE IT SIMPLER FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY THE AID THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE GETTING. WHAT THEIR OBLIGATIONS ARE GOING TO BE. AND WE KNOW THAT ULTIMATELY IT'S GOING TO BRING DOWN THE COST OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION BECAUSE WE REMOVE INCENTIVES FOR THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITYS TO KEEP RAISING TUITION AND FEES. BECAUSE WE'RE SAYING TO THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, WE WANT YOU TO HELP THESE STUDENTS SUCCEED, WE WANT YOU TO ENCOURAGE THESE STUDENTS TO TAKE OUT LESS DEBT, AND WE'RE PROVIDING YOU THE VEHICLE FOR DOING THAT. SO MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE RESPONDING TO ALL THE SEGMENTS OF THE POPULATION THAT HAVE ASKED US TO CHANGE THE WAY POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION IS DELIVED IN THIS COUNTRY. WE'RE GOING TO HELP FULFILL THESE SIX MILLION UNFILLED JOBS AND WE'RE GOING TO BRING DOWN THE COST OF TUITION AND FEES AND MAKE FINANCIAL AID LESS COMPLICATED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                    HE HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES AND…

                                    HE HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS. HE IS AN OWNER OF AN TECH AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS, AMERICAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS, PRESIDENT OF CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND AND PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB. IN THE PAST, ANDREW WAS INVOLVED WITH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, SENIOR FIRST, THE ASIA YAP AMERICAN HERITAGE CROUM, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE AND AMERICAN VETERAN GROUPS. AS THE PRESIDENT OF CHINESE, HE SPOORTED THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WITH FACILITIES AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS SUPPORTING BUSINESSES THROUGH ADVOCATING FOR POSITIVE BUSINESS LEGISLATION AND HOSTING SEMINARS AND IMOUTREACH. HE RECEIVED THE AWARD OF ASIAN-AMERICAN FOR ORLANDO IN 2016 AND IN 2009, THE COMMUNITY SERVICE OF ASIAIAN-AMERICAN AND EARNED A BACHELOR OF LAWS AND CENTRAL POLICE AND MASTER AGREE OF COMPUTER FROM THE NEW YORK COMPUTER OF TECHNOLOGY. WE RECOGNIZE YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN MONTH, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE DR. SA HMP ID PROVIDES HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN KISSIMMEE IN 2004. HE GRADUATED FROM BROWN UNIVERSITY AND UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS. DR. IS ON FACULTY WITH THE U.C.F. TEACHING MEDICAL STUDENTS AND RESIDENT DOCTORS. HE HAS SERVED ON THE BOARD OF OSCEO LMP A AND PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PAKISTANI AMERICANS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA. HE HAS SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE AND NORTH AMERICA AND LAUNCHED PROJECTS OF FOUR MOBILE CLINICS TO HELP UNINSURED PEOPLE IN FOUR STATES IN THE UNITED STATES. HE IS VERY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH VOLUNTEERING AND RAISED FUNDS FOR THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE IRMA IN 2017. I JOINED THE DOCTOR IN THE OPENING OF A FREE HEALTH CARE CLINIC IN KISSIMMEE IN OUR DISTRICT IN WHICH HE WAS INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING AND FOR THAT, DOCTOR, WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN MONTH, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE JOSE IS CURRENTLY THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMERCE. HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE CHAMBER SINCE 2010 AND TAKEN MULTIPLE LEADERSHIP ROLES. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA'S IS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE BUSINESS EXUENT OF ORLANDO SO OUR MEMBERS OF THAT ORGANIZATION MAY PROSPER AND GROW. HE WORKS FOR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO AS AN SERGEANT AND WORKED IN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND HAS HAD AN IMPRESSIVE CAREER. HE IS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE ORLANDO ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP SINCE 2018 THIS YEAR. HIS FAMILY MOVED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1992 FROM THE PHILLIPINES AND CALLED FLORIDA HOME SINCE THEN. AND FOR THAT, JOSE, WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER MONTH, I RECOGNIZE RICKEY LEE. HE IS A PROFESSION ALLEGE. , THE SON OF BOAT VIETNAMESE BOAT REFUGEES AND HE SERVED IN THE PAST 15 YEARS. HE WAS CHOSEN BY ORLANDO WEEKLY AS ONE OF THE 10 PEOPLE OF MAKING ORLANDO THE BETTER PLACE TO BE. AS THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF WATER RESOUSES COMMITTEE, HE WORKED TO EDUCATE PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ABOUT RESOURCES AND CHALLENGES THAT FACE OUR STATE. MR. LEE SERVES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK AND BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE PARKS AND FAMILY RECREATION BOARD, CITY'S ACADEMY AND BOARD MEMBER FOR LOCAL M.P.R. AFFILIATE. MR. LEE LEADS CAMPAIGNS FOR THE LOCAL ASIAN COMMITTEE AND AWARDED. HE WORKED WITH LOCAL PBS ON THE DOCUMENTARY SERIES, VIETNAMESE ORLANDO HIGHLIGHTING THE HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY IN ORLANDO. THE GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, HE IS THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC AT U.C.F. AND SENATOR REPRESENTING THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE AND THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK THE FOOD LOVERS' GUIDE TO ORLANDO AND HIGHLIGHTING OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS, MARKETS AND GROWING FOOD SCENE. IN 2017, HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE CULL ANYARY HALL OF FAME AND IN THE CENTRAL FLORIDA 100, AN OPINION COLUMN. HE IS MOST THANKFUL FOR HIS PARENTS, AND LIFE PARTNER AND THEIR FIRST-BORN DAUGHTER WHO BRINGS MUCH HOPE NEW DREAMS. AND FOR THAT, RICKEY LEE, WE HONOR YOU. IN HORP OF ASIAN-AMERICAN MONTH, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE VALLIER EYE BIO AND IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE FLORIDA CHAPTER. SHE HAS BEEN IN TELEVISION NEWS AND WORKS FOR FOX 35 NEWS IN ORLANDO. AS AN AWARD WINNING TELEVISION REPORTER, SHE IS PROUD TO REPRESENT HER CHIBE EASE-AMERICAN HERITAGE. IN A WORLD WHERE CRIME DOMINATES HEADLINES, SHE FOCUSES ON FAITH ON THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED. VALERIE'S METROPOLITANORS AND METROPOLITANORS NOT ONLY ASIAN STUDENTS BUT STUDENTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AS WELL AS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND TEACHES THEM TO REPORT ALL SIDES OF THE STORY. SHE ENCOURAGES ALL STUDENTS TO BE THE BEST AND KNOWING HARD WORK PAYS OFF. FOR BEING DIFFERENT IS AN HONOR, NOT AN ENTITLEMENT. VALERIE ASSISTS THE BROADCASTERS AND APPLAUDING BROADCASTERS AROUND THE STATES AND TAKING PART. AND VOLUNTEERS HER TEAM WITH THE NEGRO GOLF TOWN METROPOLITAN BENEFITING YOUNG STUDENT. AS A MEMBER OF THE ORANGE COUNTY, SHE BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER RECOGNIZING THEIR TALENTS AND APPLAUDING THEIR EFFORTS TO MAKE THIS COMMUNITY BETTER. HER FATHER GREW UP IN HONG KONG. HER MOTHER WAS BORN IN NEW YORK. THEY BOTH INSPIED HER TO CARRY ON THE IMPORTANCE. SHE IS MARRIED TO JEFF RAM SAY WHERE HE HAS TAUGHT HER ABOUT HIS SOUTHERN ROUTES BUT SHE HAS TO TAUGHT HIM, TOO, AN APPRECIATION FOR DIM SUM. AND FOR THAT, WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE BORN IN PAKISTAN, MOVED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM IN 1961 AND GRADUATED FROM BIRMINGHAM. AFTER 17 YEARS INVESTMENT BANKING AND WORKING IN EIGHT COUNTRIES MOVED TO FLORIDA AND BUILT A SUCCESSFUL REAL ESTATE BUSINESS. HE DEVOTED HIS TIME FOR THE ASIAN COMMUNITY. HE HAS BEEN A LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY. HE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASIAN-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN 2016 AND WON THE INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION AWARD IN 12017 FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WAS IN THE TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL LIST. THIS YEAR, HE IS PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN MUSLIM LIST. HE IS A HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER AND HAS DEDICATED HIS WORK TO STRENGTHENING THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN FLORIDA. WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE NEAL ABID. HE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LARGEST COMMUNITY CENTER AND ADVOCATE FOR THE FLORIDA ARABIC. HE IS AN OUTREACH SINCE MR. HIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND HE HAS OVERSEEN THE EXPANSION IN ORLANDO, TAMPA AND JACKSONVILLE. THE A ARCH C FMPLMP CHARITY SERVICES HAVE ASSISTED OVER 15,000 COMMUNITY MEMBERS THROUGH ITS HEALTH CARE SERVICES, REFUGEE PROGRAMS AS WELL AS MANY OTHER SERVICES BASED OUT OF THE AACE HEADQUARTERS. MR. ABID IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL IN TAMPA. MR. AB INCH D IS KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE. HE IS AQUALITY AND MR. ABID IS AN AMERICAN PALESTINIAN WHO RESIDES IN TAMPA. WE HONOR YOU. IN HONOR OF ASIAN-AMERICAN MONTH, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER THE IMAN CROUM SERVING. HE WORKS WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND THE COMMUNITY TO FOSTER PEACE, UNITY AND LOVE. HE HAS TRAVELED OVER 60 COUNTRIES AND BRINGS HIS UNDERSTANDING OF DIFFERENT CULTURES BY ADVOCATING ACROSS ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURE SFEERS. HIS LOVE FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS EX EMAPPLY FIDE. HE ESTABLISHED THE FIRST FREE HEALTH CARE CLINIC AND PROVIDED MUCH NEEDED RESOURCES TO THE VICTIMS SERVICE CENTER IN CENTRAL FLORIDA ENSURING THAT NO PERSON IS TURNED AWAY. IM ARCH NMP HAS JOINED FORCES WITH LOCAL SHELTERS WORKING TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY IN PROVIDING SUPPORT TO LOCAL SHELTERS BY HOSTING EVENTS AND MEALS IN SUPPORT. AS A MUSLIM-AMERICAN LEADER, HE STARTED SOME OF THE FIRST INSTITUTIONS FOR FOR TWO DECADES AND HAS BEEN DEVOTED TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND HOSTED TOWN HALL MEETINGS WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PROMOTE UNITY AFTER THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB TRAGEDY, HE AND WITH OTHER LEADERS THEY HONORED THE VICTIMS. SINCE THEN HE HAS WORKED WITH OTHER LEADERS TO REACH OUT AND EXPRESS REPORT FOR CENTRAL FLORIDIANS OF ALL BACK GROUND. AS A COMMUNITY LEADER AND FATHER OF EIGHT, HE HAS CHAMPIONED MANY CAUSES TO CHAMPION AND VOWING TO SPREAD LOVE WITHOUT LIMITATION, AND FOR THAT IM ARCH NMP, WE HONOR YOU. . THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE TIME. WE YIELD BACK.

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW MOVE FOR THE HOUSE TO ADJOURN.

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