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House Session - June 6, 2018

The House passed two bills. One gives federal grants to states and local communities to deal with gang violence. The second funds Army Corps of Engineers water projects for fiscal year 2019.

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  • 10:00:08 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:21 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Darrell E. Issa to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:28 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER. A MESSAGE…

        THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER. A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 10:00:46 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:00:48 AM

      The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 2333, and H.R. 4743. Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 113.

      • 10:00:51 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        DERBY.

      • 10:01:03 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:01:12 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.

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      MR. BOST

      THE 126TH AIR REFUELING WING HAS MORE THAN 1,000 AIR NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVE…

      THE 126TH AIR REFUELING WING HAS MORE THAN 1,000 AIR NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVE DUTY UNITED STATES AIR FORCE PERSONNEL WHO RECENTLY RECEIVED ITS EIGHTH AIR FORCE OUTSTANDING UNIT AWARD FOR SERVICE PROVIDED FROM DECEMBER, 2014, THROUGH DECEMBER, 2016. THE SERVICE MEMBERS OF THE 126TH AIR REFUELING WING RETEENLY DEMONSTRATE THEIR EXCELLENCE IN PERFECT -- ROUTINELY DEMONSTRATE THEIR EXCELLENCE IN WHILE SUPPORTING THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE OPERATIONS. THE AWARD AND RECOGNITION, THE 126TH AIR NATIONAL GUARD HAS RECEIVED, SETS THE FOUNDATION FRAMEWORK FOR BEING A STRONG CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR MILITARY AIRCRAFT. I'M PROUD OF THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO ENSURING THE BEST AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORK IS DONE AT SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE. OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE DEPENDS ON AT SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE. OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE DEPENDS ON HAVING OUR MILITARY AIRCRAFT ABLE TO FLY IN A MOMENT'S NOTICE SO THE WORK THAT THEY DO EVERY DAY IS CRITICAL IN KEEPING ALL OF US SAFE AT HOME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE WILBUR WEBB HETTERSBURG OF MACY TOWN, ILLINOIS, WHO WILL TURN 100 YEARS OLD ON JUNE 24. HE WORKED FOR A. AND P FOOD STORES FOR MANY YEARS, WAS A TEAMSTER, AND SERVED IN THE ARMY FOR FOUR YEARS. HE LIKES TO CAMP, GARDEN AND DO WORD SEARCHES. HE CAN ALSO STILL BE SEEN DRIVING AROUND TOWN SLOWLY, IT IS REPORTED. FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS SAY HE'S LOVED BY EVERYONE. EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT, HE CONTINUES TO HOST A FAMILY DINNER AT HIS HOUSE WITH SOME OF HIS FIVE CHILDREN, 17 GRANDCHILDREN, 24 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. THIS YEAR WHIP WILL BE HONORED AS THE GRAND MARSHALL OF MAY'S TOWN HOMECOMING CELEBRATION ON JUNE 15 AND 16. WHIP, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WISHES YOU A HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY AND FEEL IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE AND REMEMBER THAT TODAY IS D-DAY, BUT ALSO THAT 100 YEARS AGO TODAY WAS THE BATTLE ON THE FIRST WORLD WAR OF BELA WOODS, WHERE THE MARINES EARNED THE TITLE OF, DEVIL DOGS. IT WAS A VERY, VERY HARD FOUGHT BATTLE THAT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. SO WHEN WE RECOGNIZE NOT ONLY D-DAY BUT 100 YEARS SINCE THAT TIME ON THAT DAY WE LOST 1,086 MARINES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER -- ONE MORE, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE TODAY SOMEONE WHO WORKS IN MY OFFICE THAT EVERYONE LOOKS UP TO, BECAUSE HE'S SO TALL, IS MY CHIEF OF STAFF, AND IT IS HIS BIRTHDAY. MATT, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:05:29 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      CASTOR: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN APRIL I FILED

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      MS. CASTOR

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

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:10:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THIS CONGRESS AND THIS PRESIDENT MADE

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      MR. MARSHALL

      PRO-GROWTH POLICIES A TOP PRIORITY SINCE DAY ONE. MY COLLEAGUES AND I…

      PRO-GROWTH POLICIES A TOP PRIORITY SINCE DAY ONE. MY COLLEAGUES AND I SHOULD BE VERY PROUD THAT DUE IN PART TO THE POLICIES OF THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IS AT POLICIES A TOP PRIORITY SINCE DAY ONE. MY COLLEAGUES AN ALL-TIME HIGH. BUSINESSES ARE OPTIMISTIC. AND OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING. EVEN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" HAS RAN OUT OF WORDS TO EXPLAIN AND DESCRIBE HOW GREAT THIS ECONOMY IS. AS FAMILIES ACROSS KANSAS RECEIVE AN AVERAGE TAX BREAK OF MORE THAN $2,000 A YEAR, AS WELL AS SEEING RECORD WAGE GROWTH AND BONUS, I SEE AN THE EXCITEMENT GROWING FIRST HAND THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT. HOWEVER, TODAY IN PARTICULAR, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ONE SPECIFIC ASPECT OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. FEDERAL OPPORTUNITY ZONES. WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION IN COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THIS IS WHERE GOVERNMENT MEETS PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESS IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT RECENTLY SELECTED 22 OPPORTUNITY ZONES IN 17 DIFFERENT COUNTIES ACROSS THE FIRST DISTRICTS OF KANSAS. WHEN A TRACT IS DEEMED AN OPPORTUNITY ZONE, IT ALLOWS TAXPAYERS TO DEFER CAPITAL GAINS TAX IF THEY INVEST AND PRIORITIZE LOCAL PROJECTS. THIS IS A WIN-WIN SCENARIO FOR BOTH INVESTORS AND COMMUNITIES THAT WILL SPUR GROWTH AND EXPANSION. MY GOOD FRIEND, ASHLEY HUTCHISON, IN CLOUD COUNTY, KANSAS, SAID HER COMMUNITY HOPES TO USE THESE OPPORTUNITY ZONES TO RECRUIT NEW BUSINESSES TO AREAS IN COUNTIES LIKE HERS THAT ARE IN GREAT NEED OF INVESTMENTS INCENTIVES. IN MANHATTAN, KANSAS HOME OF THE KANSAS CITY UNIVERSITY WILDCATS, THE LOCAL CHAMBER SUESING THESE OPPORTUNITY ZONE PROGRAMS TO REVITALIZE AND ENHANCING A JACKSONVILLE, AND BELOVED AND HISTORIC SOCIAL DISTRICT NEAR AND DEAR IT MY HEART. IN SOUTHWEST KANSAS, MUNICIPALITIES ARE USING THE PROGRAM FOR JOB GROWTH BY UPDATING EXISTING BUILDINGS FOR NEW RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL SPACE AND ATTRACTING HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE REGION'S GROWING WORK FORCE. EXPANSION OF THE GROWING PET INDUSTRY UPDATING EXISTING BUILDINGS FOR NEW RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL SPACE IS BEING ALLOWED BY THESE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ZONES AS WELL. ACROSS MY DISTRICT, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE EXCITED BY THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES THESE ZONES WILL DELIVER TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. AS THE TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT CONTINUES TO HELP EXISTING BUSINESSES GROW AND EXPAND, OPPORTUNITIES ARE STARTING TO RISE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN KANSAS, WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT'S TO COME. AS A CONGRESSMAN I'M OFTEN ASKED WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN CONGRESS? WHAT IS THIS CONGRESS DOING TO HELP SAVE RURAL AMERICA? THESE FEDERAL OPPORTUNITY ZONES AS WELL AS THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS BILLS ARE ONE SUCH EXAMPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:13:21 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN,…

      TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:13:33 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:15:03 AM

      MISS ROINT

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      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      WEST PALM BEACH IN 1927 TO A FAMILY OF LIMITED MEANS, LARRY UNDERSTOOD…

      WEST PALM BEACH IN 1927 TO A FAMILY OF LIMITED MEANS, LARRY UNDERSTOOD FROM A YOUNG AGE THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING AN EDUCATION. LARRY ALSO POSSESSED A STRONG DESIRE TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY DURING WORLD WAR II. THE. HE ENROLLED IN PERDUE UNIVERSITY AS AN AIR FORCE CADET AND SERVED IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE IN GERMANY FROM 1945 TO 1946. . HE ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. GO, CANES. HE PITCHED FOR OUR UNIVERSITY'S BASEBALL TEAM. IN 1949, LARRY BEGAN A 42-YEAR CAREER AT FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY. 42 YEARS. STARTING FROM THE BOTTOM, HE WORKED HIS WAY FROM BEING A LINE MAN DIGGING DITCHES AND CLIMBING POWER POLES TO BEING A VICE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE'S LARGEST ELECTRIC UTILITY. WHILE EXCELLING AT THIS DIFFICULT JOB DOUBTIES, LARRY RE-ENROLLED IN SCHOOL WHILE WORKING FOR THE COMPANY AND EARNED A DEGREE FROM HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL, BUSINESS SCHOOL ADVANCED MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR EXECUTIVES. NEVER ONE TO LIMIT HIMSELF, LARRY DEVOTED EXTRAORDINARY TIME AND EFFORT TO HIS COMMUNITY, SERVING IN OVER 36 LOCAL, REGIONAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS WHICH EARNED HIM MANY ACCOLADES. LARRY ALSO PLAYED A FOUNDING AND INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND COST OF GOODS AND SERVICES PRODUCED THROUGHOUT OUR GREAT NATION. IN 1987, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN REQUESTED THAT CERTAIN U.S. CORPORATIONS PROVIDE A TEAM OF QUALITY MANAGEMENT EXPERTS WHOSE MISSION WAS TO CREATE AN AMERICAN QUALITY MANAGEMENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE PROGRAM. FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT ASSIGNED LARRY TO WORK UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY WHERE LARRY CO-CHAIRED ONE OF THE FOUR TEAMS OF PROFESSIONAL QUALITY IMPROVEMENT MANAGEMENT EXPERTS PROVIDED BY AMERICAN BUSINESSES. TOGETHER THEY DEVELOPED AND SECURED PRESIDENTIAL AND CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL TO CREATE THE MALCOLM BALD RLS RIDGE FOUNDATION -- BALDRIDGE FOUNDATION. TODAY, THE NOW POPULAR STERLING MANAGEMENT PROGRAM IS A DERIVATIVE OF THE BALDRIDGE PROGRAM AND MANAGED BY THE GOVERNORS OF EACH OF OUR 50 STATES. AT THE AGE OF 89, LARRY BECAME THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 FLORIDA GOVERNORS STERLING AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR SUCCESSFULLY COACHING BUSINESSES, CHARITABLE AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO LEARN AND DEPLOY STERLING AND MALCOLM BALDRIDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS DURING THE PAST 25 YEARS. LARRY HAS HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE WHICH HE'S ENJOYED WITH HIS WIFE OF OVER 65 YEARS, BETSY GREG ADAMS. TOGETHER THEY HAVE THREE SONS, LARRY JR. , AN ARCHITECT, RON, A TRIAL ATTORNEY, AND THAD, A COMMERCIAL REALTOR. CONGRATULATIONS TO MY FRIEND, LARRY ADAMS, FOR A REMARKABLE LIFE WELL LIVED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:18:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      EMMER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A LOCAL HERO IN MY DISTRICT.…

      EMMER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A LOCAL HERO IN MY DISTRICT. VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER BRUCE PRICE. COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICERS ARE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS. WHEN OUR VETERANS NEED HELP FILING A CLAIM FOR DISABILITY OR ARRANGING TRANSPORTATION TO THEIR V.A.

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    • 10:18:47 AM

      MR. EMMER

      HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS, SERVICE OFFICERS LIKE BRUCE ARE ALWAYS THERE TO…

      HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS, SERVICE OFFICERS LIKE BRUCE ARE ALWAYS THERE TO SERVE. BRUCE AND HIS STAFF GO BEYOND THEIR CALL OF DUTYY. THEY SEE 3,000 INDIVIDUALS EVERY YEAR AND FIELD NEARLY 25,000 CALLS FROM VETERANS EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTY OR SEEKING RESOURCES. WHILE IT WAS NO SECRET TO OUR COMMUNITY THAT BRUCE IS A HERO, HIS EFFORTS ARE NOW FINALLY BEING RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY. BRUCE RECEIVED THE LIFE WELL-RUN COMMUNITY HERO AWARD FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO OTHERS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CITY COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO HAVE SUCH AN OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVANT IN MINNESOTA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. CONGRATULATIONS, BRUCE, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF ONE OF MINNESOTA'S MOST INCREDIBLE AND MOST SUCCESSFUL SPORTS TEAMS. THE FOUR-TIME WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION CHAMPION, MINNESOTA LYNX. THE MINNESOTA LYNX STARTED THEIR INAUGURAL SEASON IN 1999 WITH ONLY 10,000 FANS TO WATCH IN ATTENDANCE. THIS YEAR AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR 20TH SEASON, THE STANDS ARE PACKED. THAT'S BECAUSE WITH FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, THE LYNX ARE A DYNASTY, ONE THAT CONTINUES TO GROFMENTE WHILE THEY HAVE MANY IN-- GROW. WHILE THEY HAVE MANY INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUALS, THEY ARE A TRUE TEAM ON AND OFF THE COURT. THEY ARE ACTIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY IN THE LAND OF 10,000 LAKES, BUT THEY TAKE THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE EVEN BEYOND OUR STATE'S LINES. THIS WEEK I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING THE TEAM AT PAYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN AN EVENT WITH THE SAMARITANS FEET SHOES OF HOPE DISTRIBUTION. I ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO MANY WINNING SEASONS FROM THIS GROUP OF TALENTED AND DEDICATED ATHLETES. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LYNX ON 20 SEASONS, FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE MANY MORE VICTORIES THAT SURELY LIE AHEAD. YOU MAKE MINNESOTA PROUD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN INCREDIBLE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IN MY DISTRICT, 21ST CENTURY BANK. BEGINNING AS A FARMER STATE BANK OF SEEDER IN 1917, IT SERVED THE -- CEDAR IN 1917, IT SERVED THE RURAL COMMUNITY AND ONE OF THE FEW BANKS TO COME THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION. OVER 100 YEARS LATER, THE BANK HAS OPENED LOCATION IT'S ALL OVER OUR STATE, INCLUDING FOUR BANKS IN MINNESOTA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. AT THE HELM IS THOMAS P. DOLPHIN WHO SAID, QUOTE, IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS A HANDSHAKE THAT SEALED THE DEAL AND THAT IS STILL TRUE TODAY AT 21ST CENTURY BANK. HAVING BEEN AT THE BANK FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, TOM HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF TURNING TREVERT BANK FROM A SMALL RURAL -- 21ST CENTURY BANK WITH A SMALL RURAL BANK TO NOW WITH MORE THAN $240 MILLION IN ASSETS ALLOWING THEM TO SERVE MORE FAMILIES ACROSS MINNESOTA. IT -- AND MOST BUSINESSES THAT WORK WITH THEM ARE SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES MAKING 21ST CENTURY BANK PART OF THE FOUNDATION OF OUR LOCAL ECONOMY. AFTER CELEBRATING THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY, THEY CONTINUE BRINGING FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES THE SERVICES THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. WITH RESPECT AND GRATITUDE, THANK YOU TO THE DOLPHIN FAMILY AND TO EVERYONE AT 21ST CENTURY BANK TO YOUR LOCAL CONTRIBUTIONS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT 100 YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR THE BODY. WHETHER IT'S WALKING, BIKING, OR PLAYING HOCKEY ON A FROZEN LAKE, EXERCISE REDUCES YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING HEART DISEASE, HELPS MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT, IMPROVES MOOD AND MENTAL FUNCTIONING AND SO MUCH MORE. IN MY STATE, NO PLACE DOES IT BETTER THAN CARVER COUNTY IN MINNESOTA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. IT WAS NAMED THE HEALTHIEST COUNTY BY THE ROBERT WOOD FOUNDATION FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. IT IS BASED ON HOW PEOPLE FEEL AND HOW LONG THEY'VE LIVED. THE WALK ABILITY OF CITIES AND TOWNS IN CARVER ALLOW THEIR RESIDENTS TO SKIP THE CAR RIDE AND USE THEIR OWN TWO FEET TO GET TO THE GROCERY STORE SHOP AND WITH COUNTLESS PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, TRAILS, THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLACES FOR MINNESOTANS TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RESIDENTS OF CARVER COUNTY FOR GRABBING THE TOP SPOT ONCE AGAIN AND SETTING A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF OUR STATE TO GET OUT AND GET ACTIVE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:23:27 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:23:35 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THOSE IN BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THOSE IN BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES WHO SERVE IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES. JUST RECENTLY WE CELEBRATED NATIONAL E.M.S. WEEK, A TIME TO HONOR THE CONTRIBUTION AND SERVICE OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS. ALL TOO OFTEN, THE SERVICE OF E.M.T. 'S GO UNNOTICE. DESPITE THE RISKS OF THEIR PROFESSION AND THE LIFESAVING ACTIONS THEY PERFORM. LATE LAST MONTH, THE MIDDLETOWN EMERGENCY SQUAD HOSTED AN EVENT WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL E.M.S. WEEK AND TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT ISSUES FACING OUR COMMUNITY. AS AN E.M.T. MYSELF I CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT THIS PROFESSION TRULY EMBODIES PUBLIC SERVICE AND I THANK THOSE FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE TO SAVING LIVES. I'D ESPECIALLY LIKE TO EXTEND MY GRATITUDE TO THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR TO THE PINDALE AND TO THE SQUAD CHIEF, ANDREW FOLEY, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE CENTRAL BUCKS ROTARY CLUB WHO WILL HOST ITS NINTH ANNUAL RIDE FOR THE HEROES WHERE MOTORCYCLISTS FROM ACROSS BUCKS COUNTY RIDE TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS. ORGANIZED BY THE ROTARY MEMBER MARK GLIDON, THIS HAS GROWN FROM 200 BIKERS IN THE INITIAL YEAR TO ANYWHERE BETWEEN 500 TO 700 PARTICIPANTS ORIGINALLY. ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO NONPROFITS IN THE COMMUNITY, RIDE FOR THE HEROES BECAME FOCUSED ON HELPING MILITARY FAMILIES AT THE INSPIRATION OF THE TRAVIS MANON FOUNDATION IN DOYLESTOWN. FOUNDED BY TOM MANNION AND HIS LATE WIFE JANET IN HONOR OF THEIR SON, THEIR MISSION IS TO EMPOWER VETERANS AND FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES TO DEVELOP CHARACTER AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. IN DOING THIS, THE TRAVIS MANNION FOUNDATION SEEKS ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN VETERANS AND FAMILIES OF FALLEN SOLDIERS WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THE FOUNDATION BRINGS YOUNG PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH VETERANS SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN OUR NATION'S VALUES FROM HEROES WHO HAVE PUT THOSE VALUES INTO ACTION IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. I APPLAUD THE VISION OF THE TRAVIS MANNION FOUNDATION AND APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE CENTRAL BUCKS ROTARY CLUB AND THOSE WHO WILL RIDE FOR THOSE WHO SERVED. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A GROUP OF STUDENTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHO RECENTLY COLLECTED 2,150 POUNDS OF FOOD, PAPER PRODUCTS, AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS FOR THOSE IN NEED. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT COMPRISED OF NEARLY 6,500 STUDENTS RECENTLY HELD ITS ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE AND QUARTER COLLECTION. THIS EVENT COLLECTS ITEMS WHICH OPERATES A HOMELESS SHELTER AND OFFERS LITERARY EDUCATION CLASSES IN MONTGOMERY AND BUCKS COUNTIES. TO DIVERSIFY THE GOODS DONATED, EACH SCHOOL WAS ASSIGNED FROM PEANUT BUTTER AT THE INDIAN CREST MIDDLE SCHOOL TO SOAP AT THE OAK RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. VERNFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THOUGHTFULLY DONATED CROPS FROM THEIR COMMUNITY GARDENS TO THE KEYSTONE FOOD PANTRY. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THESE STUDENTS ALONG WITH THEIR TEACHERS AND PARENTS FOR TEACHING THEM THE VIRTUES OF CHARITY AND GENEROSITY. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AT KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY CENTER FOR THEIR SERVICE, ESPECIALLY PRESIDENT ARLENE DALEY, FOR HER OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:27:31 AM

    Recess

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

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      IS GAVELING IN NEXT TO WORK ON TWO BILLS DEALING WITH LOCAL AND STATE…

      IS GAVELING IN NEXT TO WORK ON TWO BILLS DEALING WITH LOCAL AND STATE ANTI-GANG EFFORTS. AND FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS FOR NEXT YEAR. MORE THAN 50 AMENDMENTS MAY BE ALLOWED FOR THE WATER PROJECT BILL. THE LAST VOTE ISN'T EXPECTED UNTIL LATE TONIGHT. LIVE COVERAGE HERE ON C-SPAN.

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  • 12:00:09 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 6.

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      Today's prayer was offered by Rabbi Aaron Krupnick, Congregation Beth El, Voorhees, New Jersey

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        THE SPEAKER

        AARON KRUPNIK, CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL, VOORHEES, NEW JERSEY.

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        THE CHAPLAIN

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER

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        THE SPEAKER

        THE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE SPEAKER

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        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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        THE SPEAKER

        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE…

        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. STEFANIK.

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  • 12:02:29 PM

    SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

    The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Schneider demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Schneider demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.

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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

      The Chair designated Ms. Stefanik to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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        MS. STEFANIK

        ALL.

    • 12:02:57 PM

      MOMENT OF SILENCE

      The House observed a moment of silence in honor of those who have been killed or wounded in service to our country and all those who serve and their families.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THOSE WHO SERVE, AND THEIR FAMILIES. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        THOSE WHO SERVE, AND THEIR FAMILIES. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. NORCROSS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:03:37 PM

        MR. NORCROSS

        THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

        THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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      • 12:05:00 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MCHENRY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE…

        MCHENRY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE ONGOING PLIGHT OF PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON, A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY FROM MY DISTRICT IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. WHO HAS BEEN HELD AS A PRISONER OF THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT FOR THE LAST 20 MONTHS. PART OF BEING ARRESTED -- PRIOR TO BEING ARRESTED BY THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT IN 2016, HE HAS LIVED PEACEFULLY IN TURKEY FOR DECADES.

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    • 12:05:10 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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        MR. MCHENRY

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MR.

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        SCHNEIDER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP…

        SCHNEIDER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S SHAMEFUL NEW POLICY SEPARATING PARENTS AND CHILDREN SAT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER.

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        MR. SCHNEIDER

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

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        MS. STEFANIK

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        HE SERVED AS THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDER AND SENIOR COMMANDER AT…

        HE SERVED AS THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDER AND SENIOR COMMANDER AT FORT DRUM IN MY DISTRICT.

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        MS. STEFANIK

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

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        MR.

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        MR. CICILLINE

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        MR. CICILLINE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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        FIRST MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

        FIRST MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. RERNED.

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION -- REVISE AND EXTEND.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. POE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        VEASEY: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE

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        OUR IMMIGRANTS' HERITAGE. OVER A THIRD OF NORTH TEXANS IN THE DALLAS-FORT…

        OUR IMMIGRANTS' HERITAGE. OVER A THIRD OF NORTH TEXANS IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA WERE BORN OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY LIVE AND WORK IN MY DISTRICT. HONDURANS IN SOUTH IRVING.

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        MR. VEASEY

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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        MR. THOMPSON

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        MR. THOMPSON

        ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH. FOR…

        KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH. FOR GENERATIONS AND ACROSS INDUSTRIES LGBTQ AMERICANS HAVE DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTED TO AMERICA'S GREATNESS. CHICAGOLAND IS HOME TO MANY OF THESE LEADERS LIKE CAROL JOHNSON, A UNE AON AND H.I.V.

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        MS. KELLY

        ACTIVIST. KIM HUNT, A POLICY EXPERT. THE LATE VERNITA GRAY. BUSINESS…

        ACTIVIST. KIM HUNT, A POLICY EXPERT. THE LATE VERNITA GRAY. BUSINESS LEADERS. IN THE LAST FEW YEARS WE HAVE MADE REMARKABLE PROGRESS TOWARD EQUALITY. ON JUNE 26, WE WILL CELEBRATE THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR ALL AMERICANS. YET MUCH WORK STILL REMAINS. . TRANSAMERICANS ARE STILL TOO OFTEN THE VICTIMS OF -- TRANS AMERICANS ARE STILL SUBJECTED TO HARASSMENT. TOO MANY RESORT TO SELF-HARM. AND UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE SOMEONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHO REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE JUNE AS NATIONAL PRIDE MONTH. DESPITE THESE CHALLENGES WE STAND AS UNITED AS EVER AND WILL KEEP PUSHING UNTIL REAL, TRUE AND LASTING EQUALITY ISN'T JUST ENCODE IN LAW BUT IS ENCODED IN OUR HEARTS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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        MR. WILSON

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

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        THEY'VE SERVED MILLION OFFS PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE AZE THAT WORD -- WORK…

        THEY'VE SERVED MILLION OFFS PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE AZE THAT WORD -- WORK TOWARD THE IMPORTANT GOAL OF ENDING GLOBAL HUNGER BY 2030. I ALSO APPLAUD THE WORK OF KRAFT-HEINZ FOR THEIR LAUDABLE GOAL OF DELIVERING MEALS TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER. THE C.E.O. AND BOARD MEMBERS TRAVELED TO D.C. TO LEAD THE EVENT AND I'M GRATEFUL TO THEIR COMMITMENT TO ENDING HUNGER ONCE AND FOR ALL. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        WITH OTHER 110 NIKE RAG WANS KILLED INCLUDE ONE U.S. CITIZEN, THE U.S.…

        WITH OTHER 110 NIKE RAG WANS KILLED INCLUDE ONE U.S. CITIZEN, THE U.S. MUST TAKE SWIFT ACTION TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BLOOD SHED. THOUGH I APPRECIATE THE ADMINISTRATION'S REMARKS CONDEMNING THE VIOLENT ATTACK, ACTIONS MUST FOLLOW. I SENT A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL LETTER URGING THE ADMINISTRATION TO SANCTION TWO KEY REGIME OPERATIVES, FRANCIS KE LOPEZ, HEAD OF ALBANISA, FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND CORRUPTION AND FRANCISCO DIAZ, WHO LEADS THE NATIONAL POLICE, FOR OR STRATING THE REPRESSION AND KILLING OF NICARAGUANS. ILES ALSO URGE OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES TO PASS MY NIKA ACT TO CONDITION OUR VOTE AT INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS UNTIL NICARAGUA TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO RESTORE DEMOCRATIC ORDER. THE U.S. HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THE WAY, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S DO THAT. THANK YOU.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        918 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 918 — "Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 3249) to authorize the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8) to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5895) making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes."

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          THE CLERK

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF…

          I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          MR. WOODALL

          I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WIFE -- THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY…

          I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WIFE -- THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 918.

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        MR. WOODALL

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        MR. WOODALL

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WOODALL: I DIDN'T COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO TELL ANYBODY THAT THE PROCESS…

        WOODALL: I DIDN'T COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO TELL ANYBODY THAT THE PROCESS WAS PERFECT AND I DIDN'T COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO TELL ANYBODY THAT THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION BEFORE US ARE PERFECT. I'M CERTAIN THEY'RE NOT PERFECT, MR. SPEAKER. BECAUSE I DIDN'T WRITE EVERY LINE OR EVERY ONE OF THEM. THAT'S MY INDICATION THEY DIDN'T TURN OUT EXACTLY RIGHT. WHAT I DID DO, HOWEVER, BECAUSE I SERVE ON THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION, IS AWORKED WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TO GET TO A BILL WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF.

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        MR. WOODALL

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. WOODALL

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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        MR. LUE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE YET TO TAKE UP AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE YET TO TAKE UP AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND WE NEED THAT. THE NEXT 10 YEARS WE NEED $10.4 TRILLION OF TRAIN STRUCTURE SPENDING TO KEEP PACE AND OVER $2 TRILLION OF THAT IS NOT FUNDED. SO FOR EXAMPLE, 53% OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEED FUNDING TO MAKE REPAIRS. MORE THAN 18 MILLION MESHES DRINK FROM WATER SYSTEMS THAT FAIL TO MEET FEDERAL LEAD TESTS. 40% OF RURAL AMERICA AND THOSE IN TRIBAL LANDS LACK BROADBAND ACCESS. THE PRESIDENT HAS DESIGNATED WEEK AFTER WEEK AS INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK BUT THIS HOUSE MAJORITY HAS YET TO CONSIDER A SERIOUS INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL AND WHEN IT COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE THE PRESIDENT AND THIS G.O.P. MAJORITY HAS BEEN ALL TALK, NO ACTION. WE HAVE TO ADDRESS INFRASTRUCTURE. WE HAVE TO HAVE KEY PRINCIPLES FOR THIS INFRASTRUCTURE. FIRST, WE HAVE TO CREATE MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS THROUGH INVESTMENTS IN 21ST CENTURY PROJECTS. WE ALSO NEED TO EMPHASIZE PUBLIC INVESTMENT OVER CORPORATE GIVEAWAYS AND SELLING OF PUBLIC GOODS. WE NEED TO EMBRACE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS INCLUDING PROMOTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND MODERNIZING THE ENERGY GRID. WE NEED TO ENSURE INVESTMENTS ARE NOT PAID FOR AT THE EXPENSE OF SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, OR MEDICAID AND WE NEED TO NOT WEAKEN OR REPEAL EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. H.CON.RES. 63 WHICH EMBODIES THESE PRINCIPLES IS SUPPORTED BY A THIRD OF THE HOUSE, 157 CO-SPONSORS. WE NEED TO BRING THIS PROPOSAL UP RATHER THAN CONSIDERING BIPARTISAN APPROPRIATION BILLS THAT CUT FUNDING FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY WITHOUT OFFERING A MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR DEBATE. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WELCH.

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        MR. WOODALL

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        RECOGNIZED

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        MR. WELCH

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

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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        WOODALL: I APPRECIATE THE WORDS OF MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT. HE'S ABSOLUTELY…

        WOODALL: I APPRECIATE THE WORDS OF MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT. HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

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        MR. WOODALL

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FISCAL CONSERVATIVES, AS A RULE, ARE OUT THERE TRYING TO SAVE MONEY AND…

        FISCAL CONSERVATIVES, AS A RULE, ARE OUT THERE TRYING TO SAVE MONEY AND OCCASIONALLY WE FIND OURSELVES IN THOSE SPACES WHERE WE END UP BEING PENNY-WISE AND POUND FOOLISH. THE FLOOD MITIGATION PROJECTS THAT MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT REFERENCED SAVED COUNTLESS DOLLARS BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY COUNTLESS LIVES AND SOME OF THESE AGING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS LOOK TO BE ON THE BRINK OF FAILURE, THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW, NOT LATER. I'M GLAD TO SEE WE WERE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER TO INVEST NEEDED RESOURCES TODAY IN OUR WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL SO WE'RE NOT SPENDING DOLLARS TOMORROW IN A DISASTER RELIEF BILL. THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DO IT, AND I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT MAKING THAT POINT.

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        MR. WOODALL

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WOODALL: I'D ADVISE MY FRIEND THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN HE IS. MR.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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        MR. WOODALL

        MCGOVERN: SO, MR. SPEAKER, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS THE MOST…

        MCGOVERN: SO, MR. SPEAKER, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, I BELIEVE IN GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. YOU KNOW, THIS WRDA BILL SAR BILL THAT IS THE PRODUCT OF -- IS A BILL THAT IS THE PRODUCT OF A BIPARTISAN PROCESS.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST THING'S FIRST. I MENTIONED, THESE BILLS ARE…

        SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST THING'S FIRST. I MENTIONED, THESE BILLS ARE NOT PERFECT BILLS.

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        MR. WOODALL

        THIS IS THE BEST. IN THE RULES COMMITTEE REPORT, IN THE SUMMARY OF MR.…

        THIS IS THE BEST. IN THE RULES COMMITTEE REPORT, IN THE SUMMARY OF MR. NOLAN'S AMENDMENT, WE DID DESCRIBE THAT AMENDMENT INCORRECTLY. WE NOW CORRECTED THAT FOR THE RECORD. THAT'S BEEN SUBMITTED, BUT I JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THERE FOR THE PURPOSES OF TRANSPARENCY. I THINK MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS EXACTLY RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S TIME FOR US TO DECIDE HOW WE WANT TO RUN THIS INSTITUTION , AND MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS EXACTLY RIGHT. I DON'T QUESTION HIS NUMBERS. HE'S VERY GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES, WHEN HE SAYS THIS IS THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, I'M SURE HE HAS SOME SET OF NUMBERS THAT BACKS UP THAT ATTESTATION. BUT WHAT I KNOW IS, WHEN I WAS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS, WHEN I WAS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS AND DEMOCRATS WERE LEADING THIS INSTITUTION AT THAT TIME, FOR THE ENTIRE CYCLE THAT I WAS RUNNING, DEMOCRATS ALLOWED LESS THAN 1,000 AMENDMENTS, TOTAL, FOR THE ENTIRE SESSION OF CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONGRESS, WE'VE CONSIDERED MORE THAN 1,000 AMENDMENTS BEFORE THE MONTH OF MAY GOT OUT. WE HAVEN'T EVEN GOTTEN INTO THE APPROPRIATIONS CYCLE YET. THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE 30 AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER ON THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TODAY. IT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE 54 AMENDMENTS -- THE 50-PLUS AMENDMENTS MADE ON WRDA TODAY. WE HAVE ALREADY DONE MORE TO ALLOW MEMBERS TO BE HEARD IN THIS CONGRESS THAN WAS HAPPENING WHEN THE OTHER SIDE LED THIS INSTITUTION. I DON'T THINK THAT SHOULD BE THE MURPH SUCCESS, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T THINK THAT SHOULD BE THE MEASURE OF SUCCESS. MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID WE'RE GOING TO GET BIGGER VOTES AND BETTER VOTES WHEN WE BRING BETTER BILLS AND BETTER PROCESS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I BROUGHT TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL TELL YOU WHAT I BROUGHT TODAY. I BROUGHT A BILL THAT PASSED THIS HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY BEFORE IT WENT TO THE SENATE TO BE PASSED UNANIMOUSLY AFTER A FEW AMENDMENTS AND I BROUGHT IT BACK HERE SO THAT WE CAN AGAIN PASS IT UNANIMOUSLY, A BILL TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES, TO EMPOWER LAW ENFORCEMENT TO FIGHT GANG VIOLENCE ON THE FRONT LINES. I WANT TO SEND THAT BILL TO THE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER. AND IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEND THAT UNANIMOUSLY AGREED UPON LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT. THAT'S IN THIS RULE. ALSO IN THIS RULE, THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT, WHICH PASSED THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. UNANIMOUSLY. DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, LIBERALS, EVERYONE WORKING TOGETHER TO BRING A BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE. WE BROUGHT IT OUT OF COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. RULES COMMITTEE STILL MADE ANOTHER 50 AMENDMENTS IN ORDER, IN CASE FOLKS WANT TO IMPROVE UPON IT, 50-PLUS, BUT WE MADE THOSE AMENDMENTS IN ORDER TO A BILL THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN AGREED UPON UNANIMOUSLY. WHAT ELSE DOES THIS RULE DO? IT BRINGS A THIRD PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR AS A PART OF OUR APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE, THE LEG BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IT PASSED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WORKING TOGETHER TO BRING THAT BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE. WE INCLUDE THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION-VETERANS AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE. IT CAME OUT OF THE COMMITTEE HOW? DON'T TELL ME. UNANIMOUSLY AS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER TO MOVE THAT LEGISLATION FORWARD. AND THEN WE HAVE A FIFTH PART OF THIS PACKAGE, THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WHICH I CONFESS, I WANT TO BE CLEAR, I WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT, DID NOT PASS UNANIMOUSLY. IT JUST RECEIVED A SIMPLE BIPARTISAN VOTE TO COME OUT OF COMMITTEE. SO I CHALLENGE MY COLLEAGUES WHO WANT A BETTER PROCESS, WHO WANT TO SEE BETTER BILLS COME TO THE FLOOR. WE ARE ALREADY MAKING MORE AMENDMENTS IN ORDER THAN MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE EVER DREAMED OF DOING. WE'RE ALREADY BRINGING BILLS TO THE FLOOR THAT HAVE PASSED IN A COLLABORATIVE, IN FACT, UNANIMOUS WAY. AND IF YOU SUPPORT THIS RULE, YOU'LL BE SUPPORTING FIVE THINGS. FOUR OF THEM THAT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY, AND ONE THAT PASSED WITH A BIPARTISAN VOTE. IS THAT GOING TO GET EVERYBODY THAT WANTS HERE TODAY? I DOUBT IT. IT'S A TALL ORDER. BUT IS IT WORTH SUPPORTING, MR. SPEAKER? IS IT WORTH SAYING IT'S A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? IS IT WORTH CELEBRATING BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT COULD HAVE GONE A DIFFERENT WAY BUT WE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO THE EXCELLENCE THAT WE HAVE HERE? IT IS. . I'LL FINISH WHERE WE BEGAN. I'M PROUD TO BE HERE. I'M THE LUCKIEST GUY IN THE WORLD TO BE ABLE TO COME DOWN HERE AND TALK ABOUT, BECAUSE FOLKS DON'T GET TO READ IT, THEY DON'T GET THAT AROUND THE WATER COOLER BACK HOME THAT WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER. THAT WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER NOT ON THE EASY PROBLEMS, BUT ON THE HARD PROBLEMS. THAT WE'RE DOING THINGS HERE TOGETHER THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE BEFORE, BUT WE'RE DOING THEM NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE SERIOUS MEN AND WOMEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO WANT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. SUPPORT THIS RULE. SUPPORT THIS RULE. BUT SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE WORK PRODUCT THAT'S GONE INTO THIS LEGISLATION. THE RULE AND THOSE FIVE UNDERLYING PROVISIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES. VOTE YES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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        I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION IF ORDERED AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. 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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      • 01:17:22 PM

        On ordering the previous question Roll Call 234 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MR. SPEAKER.

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      House Vote 234 - On Ordering the Previous Question

      Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 3249) to authorize the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8) to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5895) making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

      Passed (224 - 176)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 224
      Republican - 224

      Vote Details: Nay - 176
      Democratic - 176

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 27
      Democratic - 17
      Republican - 10

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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

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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 SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE…

        ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 01:51:49 PM

      House Vote 235 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

      Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 3249) to authorize the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8) to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5895) making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

      Passed (223 - 175)
      Aye
      No

      Vote Details: Aye - 223
      Republican - 220
      Democratic - 3

      Vote Details: No - 175
      Democratic - 172
      Republican - 3

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 29
      Democratic - 18
      Republican - 11

      • 01:51:51 PM

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

      • 01:51:52 PM

        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

        • 01:52:15 PM

          On approving the Journal Roll Call 236 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

          • 01:58:32 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ] THE SPEAKER PRO APPROVED.

      • 01:58:33 PM

        House Vote 236 - On Approving the Journal

        Passed (219 - 177)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 219
        Republican - 141
        Democratic - 78

        Vote Details: Nay - 177
        Democratic - 98
        Republican - 79

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 30
        Democratic - 16
        Republican - 14

        Vote Details: Present - 1
        Democratic - 1

        • 01:59:41 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        • 02:00:06 PM

          MR. WOODALL

          MOLLTON OF MASSACHUSETTS THAT IS NOW AT THE DESK BE CONSIDERED AS THOUGH…

          MOLLTON OF MASSACHUSETTS THAT IS NOW AT THE DESK BE CONSIDERED AS THOUGH PRINTED AS THE LAST AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 AND BE DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES.

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        • 02:00:32 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ADD AT THE END OF TITLE 1 THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, CORPS OF ENGINEERS --

        • 02:00:44 PM

          THE CLERK

        • 02:00:48 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 02:00:50 PM

          MR. WOODALL

        • 02:00:53 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MR.

        • 02:01:02 PM

          MR. WOODALL

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

        • 02:04:35 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          3249, THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION ACT OF…

          3249, THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, AND I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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        • 02:04:38 PM

          MR. GOODLATTE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL, DESIGNATE THE DESIGNATE…

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL, DESIGNATE THE DESIGNATE AMENDMENT AND MOTION.

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        • 02:04:56 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 02:05:02 PM

          THE CLERK

          3249, A BILL -- MR. GOODLATTE SAYS THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE DESIGNATE…

          3249, A BILL -- MR. GOODLATTE SAYS THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE DESIGNATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3249.

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        • 02:05:18 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL S ON H.R. 3249.

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        • 02:05:54 PM

          MR. GOODLATTE

          CONSUME.

        • 02:06:04 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 02:06:06 PM

          MR. GOODLATTE

        • 02:06:12 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 02:06:14 PM

          MR. GOODLATTE

          GANGS TEAR APART FAMILIES BY PREMA TURRILL TAKING THE LIVES -- PREMATURELY…

          GANGS TEAR APART FAMILIES BY PREMA TURRILL TAKING THE LIVES -- PREMATURELY TAKING THE LIVES OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN. SOME OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BEEN OVERRUN BY GANG VIOLENCE. HOMICIDE RATES SKYROCKET IN BALTIMORE, CHICAGO, IN 2016. COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS, 2016 REPRESENTED A 15.8% INCREASE IN HOMICIDES IN ST. LOUIS. 12. 7% INCREASE IN BALTIMORE. 11. 4% INCREASE IN CHICAGO. WE MUST STAND UP TO VIOLENT GANGS AND PROVIDE AN ANTIDOTE TO THEIR POISON. H.R. 3249 IS A VITAL PART OF THE ANTIDOTE. THIS LEGISLATION REFORMS AND RE-AUTHORIZES THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM OPERATES UNDER FOUR KEY PRINCIPLES -- PARTNERSHIPS, STRATEGIC PLANNING, TRAINING, AND OUTREACH. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE PROGRAM BRINGS ALL THE IMPORTANT ACTORS TOGETHER. THIS LEGISLATION WILL FOSTER AND IMPROVE EXISTING PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL AGENCIES, COMMUNITY GROUPS, AND RESEARCHERS. STRATEGIC PLANNING IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM. MOREOVER, H.R. 3249 PROMOTES THE ROBUST ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING CRIMINAL LAWS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS, SUCH AS JUVENILE JUSTICE PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING STREET LEVEL OUTREACH, CONFLICT MEDIATION, AND SOCIAL SERVICES. INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS PROVIDE EXTENSIVE TRAINING AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH. FURTHERMORE, IN RELYING ON LOCALIZED AND CONTEMPORANEOUS DATA, THIS BILL STRATEGICALLY PRIORITIZES A FOCUS ON INDIVIDUALS OR ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR INCREASING VIOLENCE IN A PARTICULAR GEOGRAPHIC AREA. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE THAT 30% OF PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS FUNDING IS ALLOCATED TO GANG TASK FORCES IN REGIONS EXPERIENCING A SIGNIFICANT OR INCREASED PRESENCE OF VIOLENT CRIME, FIREARM OFFENSES, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND DRUG TRAFFICKING. AS A RESULT, CRITICAL RESOURCES SUCH AS THE DEPLOYMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FUNDING, ARE PUT TO THEIR BEST USE. ALL TOGETHER, THIS LEGISLATION TAKES A BALANCED APPROACH BY COMBINING ENFORCEMENT WITH PREVENTION TO COMBAT GANG VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE COMPREHENSIVE, COORDINATE NATED AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED -- COORDINATED AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED PART WILL SERVE AS A KEY PART OF THE ANTIDOTE OF THE POISONOUS EFFECTS GANGS HAVE ON OUR COUNTRY. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA COMSTOCK, FOR TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 02:08:35 PM

        ORDER OF PROCEDURE

        Mr. Woodall asked unanimous consent that during consideration of H.R. 8 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to H. Res. 918, the amendment by Mr. Moulton now at the desk be considered as though printed as the last amendment printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 and be debatable for 10 minutes. Agreed to without objection.

        • 02:08:36 PM

          ORDER OF PROCEDURE

          Mr. Woodall asked unanimous consent that during consideration of H.R. 8 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to H. Res. 918, the amendment by Mr. Moulton now at the desk be considered as though printed as the last amendment printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 and be debatable for 10 minutes. Agreed to without objection.

          • 02:09:21 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT…

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME.

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          • 02:09:33 PM

            MS. JACKSON LEE

          • 02:09:37 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:09:40 PM

            MS. JACKSON LEE

            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:13:47 PM

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, Mr. Goodlatte brought up H.R. 3249 and offered a motion.

            • 02:13:49 PM

              Mr. Goodlatte moved that the House agree to the Senate amendment.

            • 02:14:00 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3249.

              • 02:16:22 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:16:26 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

              • 02:16:37 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:16:40 PM

                MRS. COMSTOCK

                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:26:39 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:26:43 PM

                MS. JACKSON LEE

                YOU HAVE THE TIME AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO RESPOND.

              • 02:28:15 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

              • 02:28:18 PM

                MS. JACKSON LEE

                THAT ALL OF THE TALK OF FIGHTING GANG VIOLENCE MAY BE BEYOND THIS AUGUST…

                THAT ALL OF THE TALK OF FIGHTING GANG VIOLENCE MAY BE BEYOND THIS AUGUST HALL LACED WITH BIAS, RACIAL BIAS, ETHNICITY, ETC. THE SENATE AMENDMENT INCLUDES A REFERENCE TO FOCUSING ON IDENTIFIED SUBSETS OF INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR INCREASING VIOLENCE IN A PARTICULAR GEOGRAPHIC AREA. I MIGHT INDICATE THAT THAT MAY BE SOME BAD BEHAVIOR KIDS. WILL YOU ASSURE ME THAT THE INTENT OF THIS PROVISION, REFERRING TO SUBSETS OF INDIVIDUALS, IS NOT TO ENCOURAGE OR CONDONE THE TARGETING OF ANYONE BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE OR NATIONAL ORIGIN, AND THAT THEY HAPPEN TO BE IN GROUPS?

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              • 02:29:16 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

              • 02:29:32 PM

                MS. JACKSON LEE

                WOULD YOU ALSO SAY THAT INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS ARE A…

                WOULD YOU ALSO SAY THAT INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS ARE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE STAY AWAY FROM VIOLENCE?

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              • 02:29:49 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

              • 02:30:11 PM

                MS. JACKSON LEE

                MRS. COMSTOCK WANTS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR A BRIEF COMMENT AND THEN I'LL BE…

                MRS. COMSTOCK WANTS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR A BRIEF COMMENT AND THEN I'LL BE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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              • 02:30:25 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

                I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM VIRGINIA SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

              • 02:30:30 PM

                MS. JACKSON LEE

              • 02:30:31 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:30:35 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

                I RESERVE.

              • 02:31:01 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

              • 02:31:02 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:31:06 PM

                MS. JACKSON LEE

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

              • 02:34:14 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:34:17 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

                I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK, AGAIN, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MRS.…

                I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK, AGAIN, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MRS. COMSTOCK, FOR HER LONG DEDICATED WORK TO FIGHTING GANG VIOLENCE AND HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FUTURE, NOT ONLY IN VIRGINIA, BUT ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:35:08 PM

                The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                • 02:35:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  MR. SPEAKER.

                • 02:35:29 PM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

            • 02:35:29 PM

              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

              At the conclusion of debate on the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3249, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion and by voice vote announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Goodlatte demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion until later in the legislative day.

              • 02:35:30 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:35:32 PM

                MR. GOODLATTE

              • 02:35:34 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                POSTPONED.

              • 02:37:11 PM

                Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 918. H.R. 8 — "To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes."

                • 02:37:13 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 8.

              • 02:37:16 PM

                Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. The resolution provides for consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 3249 in addition to providing for consideration of H.R. 8 and H.R. 5895. Each measure will be debatable for 1 hour. For H.R. 8, the resolution makes in order only those amendments printed in part A of the report. For H.R. 5895, the resolution makes in order only those amendments printed in part B of the report.

                • 02:37:17 PM

                  MR. SHUSTER

                • 02:37:27 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 8 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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              • 02:37:44 PM

                House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 918 and Rule XVIII.

                • 02:37:45 PM

                  The Speaker designated the Honorable Gary J. Palmer to act as Chairman of the Committee.

                • 02:37:52 PM

                  GENERAL DEBATE

                  The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 8.

                  • 02:37:57 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:38:03 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    PURPOSES.

                  • 02:38:13 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                  • 02:38:26 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                    THIS MARKS THE THIRD CONGRESS IN A ROW THAT THE TRANSPORTATION AND…

                    THIS MARKS THE THIRD CONGRESS IN A ROW THAT THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER A WATER RESOURCES BILL, SO WE ARE BACK TO REGULAR ORDER WHEN IT COMES TO WRDA, SO I HOPE WE BRING IT TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND I HOPE WE PASS A WRDA BILL.

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                  • 02:38:30 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:38:31 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO.

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                  • 02:41:34 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:41:38 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

                  • 02:41:40 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    8, THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2018. THIS IS THE PROCESS

                  • 02:41:42 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

                  • 02:41:44 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:41:45 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:49:08 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:49:12 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:49:20 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    I WANT IT THANK MY FRIEND FROM OREGON AND MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR…

                    I WANT IT THANK MY FRIEND FROM OREGON AND MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS.

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                  • 02:49:24 PM

                    MR. GRAVES

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:54:30 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:54:35 PM

                    MRS. NAPOLITANO

                  • 02:54:38 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    MEMBER, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND MY CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE,…

                    MEMBER, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND MY CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. GRAVES.

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                  • 02:54:40 PM

                    MRS. NAPOLITANO

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:59:13 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE SUBCOMMITTEE…

                    TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF THE HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT, THE OTHER MR.

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                  • 02:59:18 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:59:31 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:59:33 PM

                    MR. GRAVES

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:01:32 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:01:37 PM

                    MRS. NAPOLITANO

                    MINUTES.

                  • 03:01:44 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS IMPORTANT TO THE HEALTH OF OUR ECONOMY AND JOB…

                    OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS IMPORTANT TO THE HEALTH OF OUR ECONOMY AND JOB GROWTH, INCLUDING INFRASTRUCTURE JOB OPPORTUNITY AND THE SKILLED TRADES.

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                  • 03:01:49 PM

                    MRS. LAWRENCE

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:03:20 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    DAVIS.

                  • 03:03:28 PM

                    >>

                  • 03:03:36 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:03:38 PM

                    MR. DAIS

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:06:20 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:06:26 PM

                    MRS. NAPOLITANO

                  • 03:06:32 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. ONE OF THE MOST…

                    I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN IS THE SAGINAW

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                  • 03:06:35 PM

                    MR. KILDEE

                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:08:33 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:08:36 PM

                    >>

                    SANFORD: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RISE AS A CONSERVATIVE IN SUPPORT OF…

                    SANFORD: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RISE AS A CONSERVATIVE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. AS CONSERVATIVES WE WANT LESS GOVERNMENT BUT THE GOVERNMENT WE HAVE, WE WANT TO WORK BETTER.

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                  • 03:08:42 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:08:44 PM

                    MR. SANFORD

                    I THINK THAT WRDA DOES THAT. I THINK THAT ONE THING WE LOOK AT IS HOW DO…

                    I THINK THAT WRDA DOES THAT. I THINK THAT ONE THING WE LOOK AT IS HOW DO WE BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE AS A SOCIETY RELATIVE TO ALL THE OTHER PLACES AROUND THE GLOBE IN THE WAY WE DELIVER GOODS WHETHER BY LAND BY AIR, BY SEA, AGAIN, THIS BILL DOES THAT I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS WORK ON IT. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY SINGLE HIM OUT FOR WHAT HE'S DONE WITH THE -- WITH REGARD TO PROCESS. AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, IT WAS A SEVEN-YEAR SKIP BETWEEN WRDA BILLS BUT THERE WAS A BILL IN 2014, A BILL IN 2016, A BILL IN 2018 THAT KIND OF PREDICTABILITY IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IF YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MARINE AND OTHER INVESTMENT AS WE'VE SEEN IN A PLACE LIKE CHARLESTON. TOO, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH REGARD TO NONFEDERAL SPONSORS. THIS IDEA OF ADDING NEW FLEXIBILITY IN THE WAY THAT WE ORIGINATE PROGRAMS I THINK MAKES A LOT OF SENSE. ONE AUTHORIZATION MEANS A BOTTLENECK. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS FREES UP BOTTLENECKS IN THE WAY THAT THINGS GET FUNDED. THIRD, I WANT TO SINGLE OUT GARRETT GRAVERS AND AGAIN THE CHAIRMAN FOR THIS STUDY WITH REGARD TO WHETHER OR NOT CIVIL WORKS CAN BE DONE BY NONMILITARY ACTORS. I THINK THIS IS VITAL IN MOVING THE BACKLOG THROUGH THE THAT NOW EXISTS ON THE WRDA FRONT. FINALLY I WANT TO SAY THANKS FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING ON COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS. A PLACE LIKE CHARLESTON HAS BEEN HAMPERED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THEIR THROWING IN LOCAL MONEY AND WHAT WE WANT TO REWARD AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL IS MORE IN THE WAY OF STATE AND LOCAL MONEY AS WE LEVERAGE FEDERAL INVESTMENT. THANKS AGAIN FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE ON THIS MEASURE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 8.

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                  • 03:10:29 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    MR. -- MR. WELCH: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN, MS.

                  • 03:10:44 PM

                    MR. WELCH

                    GABARD.

                  • 03:10:52 PM

                    MS. GABBARD

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:12:33 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:12:37 PM

                    >>

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:12:47 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:12:48 PM

                    >>

                    AND LONG-TERM STUDY. OUR PORTS, BEACHES, INLETS AND WATERWAYS ARE THE…

                    AND LONG-TERM STUDY. OUR PORTS, BEACHES, INLETS AND WATERWAYS ARE THE LIFELINE OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND JOB GROWTH FOR OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND THEY ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR THE NATION AS A WHOLE. I THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO AND THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND TRAIN STRUCTURE COMMITTEE FOR PUTTING FORTH A STRONG BILL THAT ADDRESSES THE UNIQUE COASTAL NEEDS OF NORTH CAROLINA'S SEVENTH DISTRICT AND MAKES GREAT IMPROVEMENTS TO CURRENT LAW ENABLING CRITICAL CRITICAL PROJECTS TO MOVE FORWARD WHILE SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN MULTIPLE WAYS. A JOB WELL DONE. I URGE EVERYONE'S SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 03:14:16 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    I RESERVE.

                  • 03:14:31 PM

                    >>

                  • 03:14:33 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:14:35 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                  • 03:14:45 PM

                    MR. LAMALFA

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                  • 03:16:19 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:16:21 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                    I HAVE AN AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                  • 03:17:33 PM

                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Shuster, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to make technical changes to the bill, as well as additional provisions relating to Corps of Engineers projects and reports. Additionally, it addresses a direct spending issue in sec. 306.

                    • 03:17:45 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                      SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

                    • 03:17:49 PM

                      THE CLERK

                    • 03:17:57 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                    • 03:18:09 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                      I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

                • 03:18:44 PM

                  DEBATE

                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded 10 with minutes of debate on the Shuster Part A Amendment No. 1.

                  • 03:19:01 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

                    BACK.

                  • 03:19:05 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:19:08 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                  • 03:19:13 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT…

                    THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 1-711

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                • 03:19:17 PM

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

                  • 03:20:19 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

                    PEOPLE AREN'T RESPONSIBLE TO BE HERE.

                  • 03:20:29 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    2. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF…

                    2. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3. THE CHAIR WILL MOVE ONTO THE NEXT AMENDMENT. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TORE CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711.

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                  • 03:23:00 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    YES, I DO.

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                  • 03:23:20 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    SHOESER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

                  • 03:23:23 PM

                    THE CLERK

                  • 03:23:32 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 03:23:47 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                    POSEY, MR. MAST, MR. HASINGS. AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD AMENDMENT AND…

                    POSEY, MR. MAST, MR. HASINGS. AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD AMENDMENT AND RESERVE.

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                  • 03:23:51 PM

                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Shuster, numbered 6 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the Secretary to provide technical assistance on construction to a state agency that is carrying out congressionally authorized projects.

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                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shuster Part A Amendment No. 1.

                    • 03:24:03 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      I SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK.

                  • 03:24:17 PM

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

                    • 03:24:18 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                    • 03:24:20 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT…

                      THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711.

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                    • 03:25:39 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      REPORT 115-711.

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                      MR. SHUSTER

                      THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOWL HOUSE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION DIRECTS ME…

                      THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOWL HOUSE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION.

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                    • 03:26:26 PM

                      Mr. Shuster moved that the Committee rise.

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

                      • 03:27:13 PM

                        Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 8 as unfinished business.

                        • 03:27:20 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:27:29 PM

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                          THEREON.

                    • 03:29:47 PM

                      ORDER OF PROCEDURE

                      Mr. Shuster asked unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 8 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to H. Res. 918, the following amendments printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 may be considered out of sequence: Amendments numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8. Agreed to without objection.

                      • 03:30:01 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE SPEAKER PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918 THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS…

                        THE SPEAKER PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918 THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711, MAY BE CONSIDERED OUT OF SEQUENCE, AMENDMENTS NUMBER TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SEVEN, AND EIGHT.

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                      • 03:30:05 PM

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                      • 03:30:11 PM

                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 8 — "To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes."

                        • 03:30:23 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. 8.

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                      • 03:30:38 PM

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

                      • 03:30:46 PM

                        ORDER OF PROCEDURE

                        Mr. Shuster asked unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 8 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to H. Res. 918, the following amendments printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 may be considered out of sequence: Amendments numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8. Agreed to without objection.

                        • 03:31:00 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:31:06 PM

                          THE CLERK

                        • 03:31:13 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                        • 03:31:50 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Gibbs, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to amend language to ensure all factors are considered in order for the mitigation bank to provide sufficient financial assurances.

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                          • 03:31:56 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            GIBBS OF OHIO.

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                            THE CLERK

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:32:16 PM

                            MR. GIBBS

                            THE ARMY CORPS CURRENTLY HAS CONSIDERABLE DISCRETION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL…

                            THE ARMY CORPS CURRENTLY HAS CONSIDERABLE DISCRETION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL WHETHER TO REQUIRE FINANCIAL ASSURANCE OR A BOND ON A PROJECT THIS INCLUDES AN AFFIRMED SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR A PROJECT. THE EXCLUSION OF THIS RELEVANT DATA IN DETERMINING SUITABILITY HAS LED TO UNEVEN WORK AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL. MY AMENDMENT WILL GIVE A MORE UNIFORM FRAMEWORK WITH A WIDER SCOPE OF FACTORS USED IN DETERMINING THE FINANCIAL MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A 404 PROJECT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND -- FOR REGULATORY CERTAINTY AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:32:39 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gibbs Amendment No. 3.

                        • 03:33:26 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                        • 03:33:34 PM

                          MR. DEFAZIO

                        • 03:33:36 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          GRAVES: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS AN…

                          GRAVES: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS AN IMPORTANT AMENDMENT IN THAT IT TRIES TO ENSURE THAT MITIGATION BANKS AND OTHER TYPES OF MITIGATION MECHANISMS ARE VIABLE OPTIONS TO BE ABLE TO BUILD PROJECTS. IN SOME CASES YOU HAVE UNAVOIDABLE IMPACTS. WE NEED TO HAVE OPTIONS TO MITIGATE FOR THOSE IMPACTS SO WE CAN TRULY BUILD PROJECTS. I WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE, FOR BRINGING THIS UP. I DO THINK WE NEED TO CONTINUE WORKING ON REFINING THE TEXT A LITTLE BIT IN WORKING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER WITH OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO GET THIS TO A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE CAN AGREE. AGAIN, I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR US TO ADDRESS, TO ENSURE THAT MITIGATION CREDITS ARE ACCESSIBLE AND I WANT TO SEE IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD BE WILLING TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT AND WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH HIM TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN ADDRESS THIS ISSUE MOVING FORWARD THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. I YIELD

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                        • 03:33:39 PM

                          MR. DEFAZIO

                        • 03:33:43 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:34:47 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:34:49 PM

                          By unanimous consent, the Gibbs amendment was withdrawn.

                          • 03:34:51 PM

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                            WITHDRAWN. -- THE AMENDMENT IS

                          • 03:35:00 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                          • 03:35:20 PM

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                        • 03:35:22 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the Secretary to expand the areas of consideration to include water storage.

                          • 03:35:24 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:35:27 PM

                            THE CLERK

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

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

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                          • 03:35:35 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF THE…

                            SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO CONSIDER WATER STORAGE WHEN CARRYING OUT WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT FEASIBILITY STUDY. SECTION 109 REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO CON SUMMIT WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND INTEGRATE THEIR WATER MANAGEMENT PLANS WHEN DEVELOPING A WATER RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FEASIBILITY STUDY MY AMENDMENT WOULD INCLUDE CONSIDERATION OF WATER STORAGE WHEN DEVELOPING THESE STORIES -- STUDIES.

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                          • 03:35:45 PM

                            MR. SOTO

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

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

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                      • 03:35:54 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Soto Amendment No. 2.

                        • 03:36:55 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:37:01 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          IT OFFERS CLARIFICATION AND WILL HELP COMMUNITIES AND THE CORPS WORK IN…

                          IT OFFERS CLARIFICATION AND WILL HELP COMMUNITIES AND THE CORPS WORK IN PARTNERSHIP AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:37:07 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:37:08 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          RECOGNIZED. MR.

                        • 03:37:19 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                        • 03:37:27 PM

                          MR. SOTO

                        • 03:37:29 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

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

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                        • 03:37:33 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                        • 03:37:36 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                      • 03:37:37 PM

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

                        • 03:38:00 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Royce (CA), numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to add flexibility in Section 120 so that future projects can also qualify for the pilot program.

                          • 03:38:03 PM

                            >>

                          • 03:38:06 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:38:08 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR.

                          • 03:38:14 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            ROYCE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START BY JUST THANKING THE CHAIRMAN…

                            ROYCE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START BY JUST THANKING THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE AND I THANK HIS COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH ME ON MY PROPOSED CHANGES AND FOR INCLUDING AN ADDITIONAL AMENDMENT IN THE MANAGER'S PACKAGE. THE AMENDMENT BEFORE US EXPANDS THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS ELIGIBLE UNDER THE NONFEDERAL IMPLEMENTATION PILOT PROGRAM AND AS YOU KNOW, THE PILOT PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED BY WRDA IN 2014. WHAT IT DOES IS IT ALLOWS PROJECTS THAT CAN DEMONSTRATE GREATER COST EFFECTIVE VENS, GREATER EFFICIENCY, TO RECEIVE DIRECT FUNDING.

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                          • 03:38:25 PM

                            MR. ROYCE

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

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

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                      • 03:38:54 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Royce Amendment No. 4.

                        • 03:39:36 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:39:40 PM

                          >>

                        • 03:39:46 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:39:48 PM

                          >>

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS THE ONLY TIME REMAINING.

                        • 03:40:09 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

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

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                        • 03:40:12 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                        • 03:40:13 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE --

                      • 03:40:15 PM

                        On agreeing to the Royce (CA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                        • 03:40:31 PM

                          >>

                        • 03:40:34 PM

                          MR. ROYCE

                        • 03:40:40 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          I JUST RISE AS EA THE DESIGNEE OF MR. KEATING AND THE PURPOSE IS TO OFFER…

                          I JUST RISE AS EA THE DESIGNEE OF MR. KEATING AND THE PURPOSE IS TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT.

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                        • 03:40:42 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Royce (CA), numbered 5 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to authorize Army Corps to give technical assistance to regional coalitions as they prepare for water resources development projects with potential connections to Army Corps projects or properties.

                          • 03:40:53 PM

                            MR. ROYCE

                          • 03:41:02 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            CALIFORNIA.

                          • 03:41:05 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                          • 03:41:13 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:41:22 PM

                            MR. ROYCE

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

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

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                      • 03:41:35 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Royce Amendment No. 5.

                        • 03:42:16 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:42:20 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                        • 03:42:26 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:42:30 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          S THAT GOOD FIX FOR THE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE…

                          S THAT GOOD FIX FOR THE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:42:43 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                        • 03:42:53 PM

                          MR. ROYCE

                        • 03:42:55 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                      • 03:42:56 PM

                        On agreeing to the Royce (CA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                        • 03:43:22 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Denham, numbered 7 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to extend authority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enter into cost recovery agreements for evaluation and processing of permits.

                          • 03:43:25 PM

                            >>

                          • 03:43:29 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:43:32 PM

                            THE CLERK

                          • 03:43:38 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            MR. DEN HAK --

                          • 03:43:50 PM

                            MR. DENHAM

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:44:04 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Denham Amendment No. 7.

                        • 03:44:33 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:44:36 PM

                          MR. COSTA

                        • 03:45:36 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          DENHAM: I YIELD BACK.

                        • 03:45:40 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:45:43 PM

                          MR. DENHAM

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

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

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                        • 03:45:44 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                      • 03:45:44 PM

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

                        • 03:46:13 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Ms. Esty (CT), numbered 8 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to add t o a National Academy of Sciences report consideration of an analysis on whether the Corps considers cumulative benefits of locally developed projects, including Master Plans, and if the Corps uses these benefits for purposes of benefit-cost analysis for potential projects within such Master Plans.

                          • 03:46:18 PM

                            MS. ESTY

                          • 03:46:20 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:46:23 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL…

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 03:46:35 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:46:40 PM

                            MS. ESTY

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

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

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                      • 03:46:59 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Esty Amendment No. 8.

                        • 03:49:52 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:49:58 PM

                          >>

                        • 03:50:04 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:50:08 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

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

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

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                        • 03:50:48 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                      • 03:50:51 PM

                        On agreeing to the Esty (CT) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                        • 03:50:53 PM

                          MS. ESTY

                        • 03:50:58 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                        • 03:51:15 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 9 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to add universities to the list of entities that the Secretary of the Army Corps should consider when submitting a report to Congress on the use of innovative materials in water resource development projects.

                          • 03:51:25 PM

                            MR. SOTO

                          • 03:51:28 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:51:30 PM

                            THE CLERK

                          • 03:51:39 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            SOTO: MY AMENDMENT ADDS UNIVERSITIES TO THE LIST OF ENTITIES THE SECRETARY…

                            SOTO: MY AMENDMENT ADDS UNIVERSITIES TO THE LIST OF ENTITIES THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY CORPS SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN SUBMITTING THEIR REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE USE OF INNOVATIVE MATERIALS AND WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS.

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                          • 03:51:48 PM

                            MR. SOTO

                            DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

                      • 03:51:53 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Soto Amendment No. 9.

                        • 03:53:07 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:53:09 PM

                          >>

                        • 03:53:13 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:53:16 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                        • 03:53:27 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:53:31 PM

                          MR. SOTO

                        • 03:53:34 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART A OF…

                          IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711.

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                      • 03:53:35 PM

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

                        • 03:53:58 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Krishnamoorthi, numbered 10 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to require the Comptroller of the United States to provide recommendations to improve the capacity and preparedness of the Corp of Engineers workforce.

                          • 03:54:00 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:54:10 PM

                            MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                          • 03:54:14 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            REPORT 115-711.

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                            THE CLERK

                          • 03:54:24 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            KRISHNAMOORTHI: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN ORDER TO…

                            KRISHNAMOORTHI: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE MANY WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS AUTHORIZED UNDER THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT AMERICANS RELY ON THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. THEY HAVE DEDICATED CIVILIANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL.

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                          • 03:54:35 PM

                            MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                      • 03:54:40 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Krishnamoorthi Amendment No. 10.

                        • 03:56:59 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MR.

                        • 03:57:01 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                        • 03:57:06 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:57:09 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                        • 03:57:19 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE B.L.S. REPORTED THERE ARE MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN PEOPLE LOOKING FOR…

                          THE B.L.S. REPORTED THERE ARE MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN PEOPLE LOOKING FOR WORK.

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                        • 03:57:24 PM

                          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                          THIS AMENDMENT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP. AND I URGE…

                          THIS AMENDMENT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:57:39 PM

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

                        • 03:57:40 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                        • 03:58:05 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Ms. Jayapal, numbered 11 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to add to a GAO study consideration of how changes to the navigation industry workforce with which the Army Corps of Engineers collaborates may affect safety and operations within the navigation industry.

                          • 03:58:14 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:58:16 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            JAYAPAL OF WASHINGTON.

                          • 03:58:27 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            JAYAPAL: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH ADDS AN ASPECT TO A…

                            JAYAPAL: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH ADDS AN ASPECT TO A G.A.O. STEWED THAT IS ALREADY IN THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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                          • 03:58:36 PM

                            MS. JAYAPAL

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:58:53 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jayapal Amendment No. 11.

                        • 04:00:34 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THIS AMENDMENT ADDS CONSIDERATIONS TO A G.A.O. STUDY THAT WE HAVE INCLUDED…

                          THIS AMENDMENT ADDS CONSIDERATIONS TO A G.A.O. STUDY THAT WE HAVE INCLUDED IN OUR BILL. MR.

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                        • 04:00:37 PM

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                          SHUSTER: I BELIEVE LOOKING AT NAVIGATION SAVESINGS IS AN IMPORTANT…

                          SHUSTER: I BELIEVE LOOKING AT NAVIGATION SAVESINGS IS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION -- SAVINGS IS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. MS.

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                        • 04:00:45 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          JAYAPAL: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ACCEPTING THE AMENDMENT. I URGE SUPPORT…

                          JAYAPAL: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ACCEPTING THE AMENDMENT. I URGE SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:00:53 PM

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

                        • 04:00:54 PM

                          MS. JAYAPAL

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

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

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                        • 04:00:58 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                        • 04:01:19 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 12 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the GAO to specifically consider trough bars, coastal wetlands and barrier coral reefs for their study on the feasibility of projects for flood risk management, hurricane and storm damage reduction, and ecosystem restoration.

                          • 04:01:28 PM

                            MR. SOTO

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:01:32 PM

                            THE CLERK

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

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

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                          • 04:01:38 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY AMENDMENT…

                            SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY AMENDMENT BE MODIFIED BY STRIKING LINE 3 AND INSERTING LINE 2.

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                          • 04:01:47 PM

                            MR. SOTO

                            I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

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                            THE CHAIR

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                            >>

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                            THE CHAIR

                            RECOGNITION?

                          • 04:02:19 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 04:02:41 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            STUDY IN SECTION 130 TO SPECIFICALLY

                          • 04:02:44 PM

                            MR. SOTO

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

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

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                      • 04:02:47 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Soto Amendment No. 12.

                        • 04:05:25 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT AS HE ORIGINALLY…

                          SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT AS HE ORIGINALLY INTENDED.

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                        • 04:05:29 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE SOME CONFORMING AND TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS YOU'D LIKE…

                          I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE SOME CONFORMING AND TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE. WE WANT TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO MOVE FORWARD.

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                        • 04:05:33 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:05:35 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                        • 04:05:53 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:05:57 PM

                          MR. SOTO

                        • 04:06:06 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          HE THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I HAVE -- I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT…

                          HE THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I HAVE -- I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                      • 04:06:07 PM

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

                        • 04:06:31 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Sanford, numbered 13 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to ensure timely payback for advanced funds paid for by a non-federal sponsor.

                          • 04:06:38 PM

                            MR. SANFORD

                            SANFORD OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

                          • 04:06:43 PM

                            THE CLERK

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:06:59 PM

                            MR. SANFORD

                            AND ONE OF THE THINGS MOST CRITICAL TO IMPROVING OUR WATER RESOURCES IS…

                            AND ONE OF THE THINGS MOST CRITICAL TO IMPROVING OUR WATER RESOURCES IS TIMELY COMPLETION OF THESE PROJECTS. SO THIS IS ULTIMATELY ABOUT RECOGNIZING THAT TIME IS MONEY, RECOGNIZING THAT -- TO BE COMPETITIVE WE HAVE TO SPEED THE PROGRESS THAT WE SEE ON THESE KINDS OF PROJECTS. AND IN FACT IT TIES TO WHAT WE ALL KNOW ABOUT COMPETITIVENESS. I MEAN, GETTING THINGS DONE MEANS A BIAS FOR ACTION, IT MEANS NOT WAITING ON OTHERS, IT MEANS SHOWING INITIATIVE. IT MEANS IF YOU GO THE EXTRA MILE YOU GET REWARDED FOR IT. LET ME GIVE YOU ONE QUICK CHAMPLE. IN THE A PORT IN CHARLESTON, IT'S A $558 MILLION PROJECT. THE FEDERAL SHARE IS $287 MILLION. THE NONFEDERAL SHARE IS $271 MILLION. IN THE CASE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THEY'VE GONE AHEAD AND SAVED, IF YOU WILL, IN THE PIGGY BANK, $300 MILLION. IF THEY ADVANCE THE ENTIRE $300 MILLION, ARE THEY JUST OUT OF LUCK OR ARE THEY HELD TO THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT OF THIS IS THE FEDERAL SHARE AND THIS IS THE STATE SHARE AND THEREFORE EVEN IF YOU ADVANCE THAT MONEY, YOU'RE GOING TO GET THAT ADDITIONAL $29 MILLION BACK? THAT TO ME MAKES IMMINENT COMMON SENSE BECAUSE MOST OF ALL WHAT IT DOES IS IT RECOGNIZES THAT TIME IS MONEY AND ALLOWING LOCAL ACTORS TO MOVE MORE QUICKLY AND NOT WAIT ON FEDERAL ACTIVITY IS SOMETHING IN ALL OF OUR RESPOPT -- RESPECTIVE BEST INTERESTS. WITH THAT, I'D RETAIN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 04:07:05 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sanford Amendment No. 13.

                        • 04:09:12 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 04:09:23 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          THIS AMENDMENT CLARIFIES REPAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING ADVANCED BY…

                          THIS AMENDMENT CLARIFIES REPAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING ADVANCED BY NONFEDERAL SPONSORS.

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                        • 04:09:26 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THIS IS A GOOD, BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT…

                          THIS IS A GOOD, BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 04:09:28 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

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

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. SARICH SAVEN I THANK THE CHAIR --

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                      • 04:09:38 PM

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

                        • 04:09:39 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE…

                          THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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                        • 04:09:44 PM

                          MR. SANFORD

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                          THE CHAIR

                          MR. CHAIRMAN, TO --

                        • 04:10:04 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Nolan, numbered 14 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to require the Secretary to conduct a study of the status of the project for flood damage reduction and environmental restoration for the Muddy River authorized by WRDA 2000. The Secretary is required to submit a report to Congress describing the study and reasons for deauthorizing the project.

                          • 04:10:06 PM

                            MR. KNOLLENBERG

                          • 04:10:09 PM

                            MR. NOLAN

                          • 04:10:11 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. MR.

                          • 04:10:18 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            NOLAN: MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T THANK…

                            NOLAN: MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN NAPOLITANO, AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE STAFF AS WELL. MY AMENDMENT IS PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT SIMPLY EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF THE CONGRESS THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SIOUX LOCK AT SIOUX ST.

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                          • 04:10:26 PM

                            MR. NOLAN

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. OR YIELD BACK? NEIL

                      • 04:10:47 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nolan Amendment No. 14.

                        • 04:11:57 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:12:00 PM

                          MR. NOLAN

                        • 04:12:02 PM

                          MR. NOLAN

                          THE AMENDMENT EXPRESS THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT -- EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF…

                          THE AMENDMENT EXPRESS THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT -- EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW LOCKS IS VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND NATIONAL NEED FOR NEW CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 04:12:04 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:12:09 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                      • 04:12:26 PM

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

                        • 04:12:28 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

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

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                        • 04:12:31 PM

                          MR. NOLAN

                        • 04:12:33 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT HE IS -- I HAVE AN AMENDMENT.

                        • 04:12:48 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Ms. Moore, numbered 15 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to require the Corps to take steps to better engage with and meaningfully consult with communities of color, low-income communities, tribes, and rural communities.

                          • 04:13:00 PM

                            MS. MOORE

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                            THE CLERK

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN. MS.

                          • 04:13:09 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            MOORE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU, MADAM RANKING MEMBER. I…

                            MOORE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU, MADAM RANKING MEMBER. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO THIS CRITICAL BILL ON WHICH AUTHORIZES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CORPS PROJECTS. MY AMENDMENT IS VERY SIMPLE. I CAN KEEP IT SHORT.

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                          • 04:13:17 PM

                            MS. MOORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 04:13:24 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Moore Amendment No. 15.

                        • 04:15:17 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:15:20 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          MOORE: MR. CHAIR, I JUST WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

                        • 04:15:38 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:15:42 PM

                          MS. MOORE

                        • 04:15:45 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                      • 04:15:47 PM

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

                        • 04:16:01 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Meadows, numbered 16 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to prioritize the operation, maintenance, and improvement of existing infrastructure.

                          • 04:16:11 PM

                            MR. MEADOWS

                            MEADOWS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

                          • 04:16:14 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:16:15 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

                          • 04:16:23 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            CHAIRMAN, THE WRDA BILL IS AN IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION…

                            CHAIRMAN, THE WRDA BILL IS AN IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR NATION'S WATER RESOURCE INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING PORTS AND INLAND WATERWAYS, LOCKS, DAMS, FLOOD PROTECTION, ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION. I WANT TO APPLAUD MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON MOVING FORWARD WITH YET ANOTHER WRDA BILL THROUGH THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE. I'M SO PROUD TO SERVE ON THAT COMMITTEE UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, BUT SELDOM IN CONGRESS DO THINGS ACTUALLY EVER END UP BEING LIKE THEY WERE PROMISED, AND I CAN TELL YOU AFTER THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS CHAIRMAN, NOT ONLY ARE WE VOTING ON YET ANOTHER WRDA BILL BUT WE'RE DOING IT IN A

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                          • 04:16:29 PM

                            MR. MEADOWS

                            TRANSPARENT POLICY-FOCUSED MANNER. IT'S THIS RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER THAT…

                            TRANSPARENT POLICY-FOCUSED MANNER. IT'S THIS RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS TRULY ENCOURAGED SO MANY OF HIS MEMBERS NOT ONLY ON THE COMMITTEE BUT OFF THE COMMITTEE. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT ADDS ONE PROVISION TO THIS IMPORTANT BILL. IT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO PRIORITIZE THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND IMPROVE THEIR RELYABILITY -- RELIABILITY. THE LAST THING THE TAXPAYERS WANT TO DO IS SPEND NEEDLESSLY MONEY ON EXPENSIVE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE IF THE EXISTING ROADWAYS, HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES, PORTS, AIRPORTS, WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS ARE AGING AND IN DISREPAIR. WE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS AND ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, IF AMERICA FAILS TO INVEST IN EXISTING AILING INFRASTRUCTURE BY 2025, THE U.S. ECONOMY CAN BE EXPECTED TO LOSE ALMOST $4 TRILLION IN GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, RESULTING IN A LOSS OF SOME 2.5 MILLION JOBS. THEREFORE, AS WE LOOK AT THIS LEGISLATION, IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE REPAIR, REBUILD, AND MODERNIZE THE INFRASTRUCTURE WE HAVE. SO I'M GOING TO YIELD BACK MY TIME AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND ACKNOWLEDGING THAT AND I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT.

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                      • 04:17:03 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meadows Amendment No. 16.

                        • 04:18:45 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          SHUSTER: I RISE BUT DO NOT OPPOSE. CYBER THREATS ARE A MAJOR CONCERN TO…

                          SHUSTER: I RISE BUT DO NOT OPPOSE. CYBER THREATS ARE A MAJOR CONCERN TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS WILL HELP ENSURE IT IS PROTECTED.

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                        • 04:18:54 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          SO WITH THAT I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE…

                          SO WITH THAT I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 04:19:05 PM

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

                        • 04:19:07 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                        • 04:19:29 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Mast, numbered 17 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to clarify the Secretary's authority under WRDA 2000 to provide credit for Comprehensive Everglades Restoration in-kind work completed during design or construction, including work after a partnership agreement is signed. The Secretary and non-Federal sponsor must agree to the terms and conditions for in-kind work not expressly defined in the partnership agreement and the Secretary must determine the work is integral to the project.

                          • 04:19:33 PM

                            MR. MAST

                          • 04:19:36 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:19:38 PM

                            THE CLERK

                          • 04:19:44 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            MAST: MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN…

                            MAST: MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, AND THE COMMITTEE FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK ON WRDA.

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                      • 04:19:44 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mast Amendment No. 17.

                        • 04:19:52 PM

                          MR. MAST

                          THE GENTLEMANRY SERVES. -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                          THE GENTLEMANRY SERVES. -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                        • 04:21:28 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                        • 04:21:32 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          THE GENTLEMAN I YIELD TOED BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 04:21:40 PM

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

                        • 04:21:41 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:21:45 PM

                          MR. MAST

                        • 04:21:47 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                        • 04:22:04 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Pearce, numbered 18 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pay back the Federal cost share for projects carried out under section 593 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 in the next fiscal year.

                          • 04:22:11 PM

                            MR. PEARCE

                          • 04:22:14 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:22:15 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO. MR.

                          • 04:22:21 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PEARCE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I START I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN MY…

                            PEARCE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I START I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA IN RECOGNIZING THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN SHUSTER ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND THE MANNER IN WHICH IT'S BROUGHT FORWARD WITH FULL AMENDMENT PROCESS ALLOWED.

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                          • 04:22:30 PM

                            MR. PEARCE

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

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

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                      • 04:22:47 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pearce Amendment No. 18.

                        • 04:23:57 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          SHUSTER: THIS REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO PAY COST SHARE FOR PROJECTS IN NEW…

                          SHUSTER: THIS REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO PAY COST SHARE FOR PROJECTS IN NEW MEXICO. I AM PREPARED TO ACCEPT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 04:24:02 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                        • 04:24:04 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:24:05 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          PEARCE: I YIELD BACK.

                      • 04:24:14 PM

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

                        • 04:24:16 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

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

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                        • 04:24:18 PM

                          MR. PEARCE

                        • 04:24:19 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                        • 04:24:38 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Kelly (PA), numbered 19 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to state that in regards to WRDA funding determinations, the Corps of Engineers may consider operation and maintenance of the locks on Allegheny River for purposes of recreational boat traffic levels and related economic benefits.

                          • 04:24:44 PM

                            MR. KELLY

                            KELLY OF PENNSYLVANIA.

                          • 04:24:48 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:24:50 PM

                            THE CLERK

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

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

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                          • 04:24:55 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            KELLY: FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER'S…

                            KELLY: FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER'S LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE AND ALL THE STAFF. SURE APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK. THIS AMENDMENT ALLOWS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO STRONGLY CONSIDER THE LARGE NUMBER OF RECREATIONAL BOATS THAT USE THE LOCKS ON THE ALLEGANY RIVER IN MY DISTRICT WHEN PRIORITIZING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE PROJECTS.

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                          • 04:25:03 PM

                            MR. KELLY

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

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

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                      • 04:25:21 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kelly (PA) Amendment No. 19.

                        • 04:26:28 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:26:32 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                        • 04:26:35 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:26:37 PM

                          MR. SHUSTER

                          THE CORPS SHOULD TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION. THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT.…

                          THE CORPS SHOULD TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION. THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT. I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 04:26:51 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          KELLY: I YIELD BACK.

                      • 04:26:58 PM

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

                        • 04:26:59 PM

                          MR. KELLY

                        • 04:27:00 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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

                        • 04:27:18 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Schrader, numbered 20 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to provide the Army Corps of Engineers with the authority to help mitigate any detrimental impacts to municipal water supply resulting from a Corps construction project.

                          • 04:27:27 PM

                            MR. SCHRADER

                          • 04:27:29 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:27:31 PM

                            THE CLERK

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

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

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                            THE CHAIR

                            SCHRADER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN…

                            SCHRADER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO, AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN GRAVES, RANKING MEMBER NAPOLITANO, AND THEIR STAFF FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT PROVIDES COMMUNITIES WITH THE CERTAINTY THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS THE AUTHORITY TO HELP THEM MITIGATE ANY DETRIMENTAL IMPACTS TO MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY RESULTING FROM A CORPS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. IT'S A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT. I AM GLAD TO OFFER IT.

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                            MR. SCHRADER

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

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

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                      • 04:27:55 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schrader Amendment No. 20.

                        • 04:28:12 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:28:17 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                        • 04:28:23 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:28:24 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

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

                        • 04:28:41 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                      • 04:28:41 PM

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

                        • 04:28:44 PM

                          MR. SCHRADER

                        • 04:28:44 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                        • 04:29:06 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Ms. Jayapal, numbered 21 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to request from the Army Corps of Engineers a report to Congress on the potential opportunity for integrating noise abatement and noise mitigation technologies and practices into improvements and operations in harbors and inland harbors.

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                            MS. JAYAPAL

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:29:15 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            JAYAPAL OF WASHINGTON.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH…

                            JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH SIMPLY ASKS THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO EXPLORE WHAT OPPORTUNITIES EXIST TO INCORPORATE NOISE ABATEMENT AND NOISE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES AND PRACTICES INTO THE WORK OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS. NOISE HAS A BEARING BOTH ON LAND AND IN WATER AND AS MARITIME TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL INCREASE AND AS VESSELS INCREASE IN SIZE, COMMUNITIES ALONG OUR NATION'S WATERWAYS STAND TO BE AFFECTED THE MOST.

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                          • 04:29:31 PM

                            MS. JAYAPAL

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

                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      • 04:29:55 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jayapal Amendment No. 21.

                        • 04:31:22 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:31:26 PM

                          >>

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

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

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                        • 04:31:37 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:31:41 PM

                          MS. JAYAPAL

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

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

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                      • 04:31:43 PM

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

                        • 04:31:44 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESS --

                        • 04:32:34 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Higgins (LA), numbered 22 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the Secretary to prefer acquiring the minimum interest necessary in real property needed to support a project or action. Requires consideration of the use of a temporary easement estate or other interests designed to reduce overall costs, reduce project time, and minimize conflict with property owners related to such project or action.

                          • 04:32:43 PM

                            MR. CLAY

                          • 04:32:47 PM

                            MR. HIGGINS

                            HIGGINS OF

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                            THE CLERK

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT --

                          • 04:33:03 PM

                            MR. HIGGINS

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:33:18 PM

                            MR. HIGGINS

                            2018. MY AMENDMENT IS A COMMONSENSE AND COST-SAVEGS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD…

                            2018. MY AMENDMENT IS A COMMONSENSE AND COST-SAVEGS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUCH-NEEDED FLEXIBILITY WHEN ACQUIRING CERTAIN RIGHTS TO THE PROCUREMENT OF LAND. SPECIFICALLY IT WOULD DIRECT THE SECRETARY TO PREFER ACQUIRING THE MINIMUM INTEREST NECESSARY IN REAL PROPERTY NEEDED TO SUPPORT A PROJECT OR AN ACTION. THIS ALLOWS FLEXIBILITIES FOR THE CORPS TO CONSIDER THE USE OF A TEMPORARY EASEMENT OF ESTATES OR OTHER INTERESTS TO FACILITATE A REDUCTION IN OVERALL PROJECT COSTS, TO REDUCE PROJECT TIME, AND MINIMIZE CONFLICT WITH PROPERTY OWNERS RELATED TO THE PROJECT OR ACTION. THIS APPROACH WILL ALLOW THE CORPS TO TAKE A MORE SENSIBLE APPROACH TO PROJECTS AND NOT FORCE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PURCHASE MORE PROPERTY IN ORDER TO UNDERTAKE CRITICALLY NEEDED PROJECTS. HISTORICALLY IN MY HOME STATE OF LOUISIANA, MANY OF THE PROJECTS ARE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND STATE AND PRIVATE LANDOWNERS WHO OFTEN CAN OFFER MORE FAVORABLE AND ECONOMICAL TERMS THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S OUTRIGHT PURCHASING OF PROPERTY. AS WE HAVE HEARD THROUGHOUT DEBATE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL, THERE ARE COUNTLESS AND WIDELY KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN THE WAY BUSINESSES CONDUCTED BY -- BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY THE CORPS. MANY OF THESE ISSUES ARE CAUSED BY BUREAUCRACY REGULATIONS -- BUREAUCRATIC REGULATIONS THAT GET IN THE WAY OF REAL PROGRESS BEING MADE IN A MANNER THAT IS RESPONSIBLE TO THE TAXPAYERS WE REPRESENT. MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 04:33:24 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Higgins (LA) Amendment No. 22.

                        • 04:35:03 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          GRAVES: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CONTROL THE TIME IN OPPOSITION,…

                          GRAVES: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CONTROL THE TIME IN OPPOSITION, ALTHOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT -- I DO NOT PLAN TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA, COLLEAGUE, FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                        • 04:35:11 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

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

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

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                        • 04:36:27 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:36:32 PM

                          MR. HIGGINS

                          THE CHAIRMAN'S BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

                      • 04:36:49 PM

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

                        • 04:36:51 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                        • 04:37:14 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Babin, numbered 23 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to express the sense of Congress stating the importance and benefits of projects to improve 2-way traffic safety on high volume, deep draft navigation channels.

                          • 04:37:21 PM

                            MR. BABIN

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:37:26 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            TEXAS.

                          • 04:37:36 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            BABIN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AS A MEMBER…

                            BABIN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AS A MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE WHO HAS THE GREAT PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT FOUR TEXAS PORTS IN MY DISTRICT IN TEXAS, IT IS TRULY AN HONOR TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TODAY ON THEIR BEHALF. RIGHT NOW THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS IN THE MIDST OF A STUDY OF THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL, TO EVALUATE POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS.

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                            MR. BABIN

                            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 LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 04:37:51 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Babin Amendment No. 23.

                        • 04:40:17 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:40:22 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                        • 04:40:28 PM

                          THE CLERK

                        • 04:40:29 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                          BABIN: YES. I ALSO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT NUMBER 8, BY MS.

                        • 04:40:56 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:41:02 PM

                          MR. BABIN

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

                        • 04:42:24 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:42:28 PM

                          MR. BABIN

                          WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                        • 04:42:56 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MADAM CHAIR, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                      • 04:43:02 PM

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

                        • 04:43:19 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Bost, numbered 24 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to permit a non-federal flood control project sponsor to pay, or contribute to, the difference between the cost of repairing a damaged flood control project and its projected economic benefits.

                          • 04:43:32 PM

                            MR. BOST

                          • 04:43:34 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:43:37 PM

                            THE CLERK

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

                            BOST, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                          • 04:43:43 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. BOST

                            THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES RECOVER FROM…

                            THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES RECOVER FROM FLOOD DISASTERS. UNDER CURRENT LAW, THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CAN ONLY REPAIR A NONFEDERAL LEVEE IF THE FLOOD PROTECTION BENEFIT OUTWEIGHS THE COST. HOWEVER, THE STANDARD CAN'T ALWAYS BE MET, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, WITH SPECIFIC ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES. A SMALL LEVEE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE. THE LEVEE BREACHED IN THE WINTER FLOODS OF JANUARY, 2016. SEVERAL THOUSAND ACRES OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND AGRICULTURAL LAND WERE DESTROYED WHEN THE LEVEE GAVE WAY. THE CROPS ESTIMATE AND THE COST OF REPAIRING THE LEAVEE WOULD BE HIGHER THAN THE FLOOD PROTECTION BENEFIT, LEAVING LOCAL RESIDENTS WITH NO RESOURCES. OR NO RECOURSE. MY AMENDMENT PROVIDES NEW HOPE IN MY DISTRICT AND WRELLS. IT ALSO ALLOWS LOCAL -- ELSEWHERE. IT ALSO ALLOWS LOCAL SPONSORS TO PAY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COST OF PAYING THE -- REPAIRING THE LEAVEE AND ITS PROJECTED FLOOD PROTECTION BENEFITS. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT INCREASE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SHARE OF THE COST FOR REPAIRS. LET ME REPEAT THAT. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT INCREASE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SHARE OF THE COST OF THE REPAIRS. THIS IS A FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY TO GIVE A LIFE LINE TO RURAL COMMUNITIES STRUGGLING TO REBUILD AFTER A DISASTER. THE AMENDMENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL WATERWAYS CONFERENCE AND THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                      • 04:43:58 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bost Amendment No. 24.

                        • 04:45:34 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          GRAVES: MADAM CHAIR, TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DON'T OPPOSE IT.

                        • 04:45:39 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                        • 04:45:44 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:45:46 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

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

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

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                        • 04:46:28 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:46:31 PM

                          MR. BOST

                          THOSE OPPOSED,

                        • 04:46:38 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                      • 04:46:41 PM

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

                        • 04:47:03 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Heck, numbered 25 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct GAO to conduct a study on USACE's ability to comply with Federal stormwater runoff requirements.

                          • 04:47:13 PM

                            MR. HECK

                          • 04:47:16 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:47:17 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            RESOLUTION 918, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HECK, AND A MEMBER…

                            RESOLUTION 918, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HECK, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. MR.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            HECK: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY ABOUT MAKING SURE…

                            HECK: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SETTING THE EXAMPLE IN LEADING THE WAY IN ADDRESSING THE SINGLE WORSE OF WATER POLLUTION IN AMERICA WHICH IS STORMWATER RUNOFF.

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                            MR. HECK

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

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

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                      • 04:47:41 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Heck Amendment No. 25.

                        • 04:50:59 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          GRAVES: MADAM CHAIR, THIS AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO…

                          GRAVES: MADAM CHAIR, THIS AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY AND REPORT ON THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' ABILITY TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL STORMWATER REQUIREMENTS.

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                        • 04:51:04 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                        • 04:51:09 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:51:11 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                          THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS DISTRICTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I WANT…

                          THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS DISTRICTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT UP, FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE, AND WE ARE PREPARED TO ACCEPT. YIELD BACK.

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                        • 04:51:31 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MADAM CHAIR, I HAVE AMENDMENT NUMBER 26 AT THE DESK.

                      • 04:51:35 PM

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

                        • 04:52:02 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Miss Gonzalez-Colon (PR), numbered 26 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to express the sense of Congress that the Corps of Engineers should consider urgently and favorably projects and proposals pending before them for flood control, dam repair, beach erosion, harbor navigation in Puerto Rico, as well as for repair and mitigation required by natural disasters in 2017-2018; and that the Secretary should advance the project for ecosystem restoration at Caño Martin Peña, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

                          • 04:52:12 PM

                            MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:52:17 PM

                            THE CLERK

                          • 04:52:26 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                      • 04:52:30 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gonzalez-Colon (PR) Amendment No. 26.

                        • 04:52:38 PM

                          MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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

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

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                        • 04:55:47 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:55:52 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                          MADAM CHAIR, THIS AMENDMENT EX--

                        • 04:55:57 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 04:56:01 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                          ENGINEERS CONSIDER THESE PROJECTS A PRIORITY AND THEY ADVANCE THESE…

                          ENGINEERS CONSIDER THESE PROJECTS A PRIORITY AND THEY ADVANCE THESE PROJECTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PUERTO RICO HOSTED MYSELF AND CHAIRMAN JUSTERS AND OTHERS DURING THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORMS AND THE DEVASTATION IS EXTRAORDINARY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO ADVANCE PROJECTS LIKE THIS BECAUSE AS FOLKS ARE LOOKING AT WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO REINVEST BACK IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, THEY'RE GOING TO STAY IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, THEY ARE GOING TO REBUILD NAIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES KNOWING THAT THINGS WON'T BE IN THE SAME DEGREE OF VULNERABILITY, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. WE GOT TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THESE VICTIMS OF HURRICANES IN 2017 THAT THESE COMMUNITIES WILL BE BUILT BACK SMARTER, THEY WILL BE SAFER, AND THE INVESTMENTS THEY ARE PUTTING BACK IN THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES ARE WISE INVESTMENTS. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER TIRELESS WORK AND RECOVERY PUERTO RICO. WE ARE PREPARED TO ACCEPT AND URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. YIELD BACK.

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                        • 04:57:05 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MADAM CHAIR, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                      • 04:57:11 PM

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

                        • 04:57:30 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Gibbs, numbered 27 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to instruct the Secretary to expedite the DMMP process in order that studies reach completion within two years of their initiation and shall make maximum use of existing information and studies and avoid all redundant information collection and studies for purposes of Dredged Material Management Plans initiated in fiscal year 2018 and afterward.

                          • 04:57:36 PM

                            MR. GIBBS

                          • 04:57:39 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 04:57:41 PM

                            THE CLERK

                      • 04:57:47 PM

                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gibbs Amendment No. 27.

                        • 04:57:48 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          GIBBS: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXPEDITE THE PROCESS THE…

                          GIBBS: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXPEDITE THE PROCESS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CONDUCTS TO STUDY AND IMPLEMENT THE DREDGE MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PLANS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS DMMP'S. IN MY HOME OF OHIO, THE PORT OF CLEVELAND HAS HAD A DIFFICULTY IN RECENT YEARS COMING TO A RESOLUTION WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS OVER THE DISPOSAL OF DREDGED MATERIAL FROM THE CUYAHOGA RIVERS FEDERAL NAVIGATION CHANNEL. WHILE THE CHANNEL DEPTH IS MAINTAINED EACH YEAR, THE UNCERTAINTY FROM YEAR TO YEAR DUSS NOT PROVIDE THE CONFIDENCE NECESSARY TO NORTHEAST OHIO'S COMMUNITIES AND IT DOES NOT GIVE THE PORT OF CLEVELAND THE ABILITY TO CONDUCT LONG-TERM PLANNING WITHOUT CONSIDERABLE AND AVOIDABLE RISK. TO HELP PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ENTITIES WORK WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ON DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PLANS, MY AMENDMENT ENSURES THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WORKS DILIGENTLY WITH LOCAL PARTNERS TO CONDUCT DMMP'S IN AN EFFICIENT MANNER.

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                        • 04:57:56 PM

                          MR. GIBBS

                          MY AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE…

                          MY AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE USES FOR TOOLS TO COLLECT DREDGED MATERIAL, LIGHTENING THE LOAD ON CONTAINED DISPOSAL FACILITIES AND INCREASING THEIR LIFE SPANS. THE PORT OF CLEVELAND AND MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY RELY ON THESE DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PLANS. THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT AS LONG AS FOUR YEARS FOR THESE STUDIES AND PLANS TO BE COMPLETED. IN THE WATER RESOURCE AND REFORM DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2014, WE IMPLEMENTED A THREE-BY-THREE-BY-THREE RULE WOULD TAKE NO LONGER THAN YEARS AND TAKE STAFF CONCURRENTLY. WHEN DMMP'S ARE DEVELOPED, THEY SHOULD BE HELD TO THE THREE-BY-THREE RULE. I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE A TIMELY PROCESS FOR DMMP'S PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 04:59:45 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION,…

                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION, ALTHOUGH I DON'T PLAN TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                        • 04:59:56 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

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                          THE CHAIR

                        • 05:00:05 PM

                          MR. GRAVES

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

                        • 05:00:46 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 05:00:48 PM

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                      • 05:00:53 PM

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

                        • 05:01:02 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                        • 05:01:54 PM

                          MR. DAVIS

                        • 05:01:56 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 05:01:59 PM

                          THE CLERK

                        • 05:01:59 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Davis, Rodney, numbered 29 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to clarifiy that operation and maintenance of any project authorized under the Chief's Report for the Brandon Road Study is done at an 80/20 Federal/non-Federal cost share. Also requires the Corps, following construction of any project authorized under the Chief's Report for the Brandon Road Study, to consult with the governor of the state where the project is located and seek Congressional approval prior to implementing any additional technologies at the project. Also, it adds to the list of feasibility studies in the base bill the USACE must expedite completion of the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study Brandon Road Study.

                        • 05:02:05 PM

                          DEBATE

                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rodney Daivs Amendment No. 29.

                          • 05:02:07 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

                          • 05:02:18 PM

                            MR. DAVIS

                          • 05:02:22 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 05:02:24 PM

                            MR. DAVIS

                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

                          • 05:04:36 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT IS THE RESULT OF A LOT OF WORK…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT IS THE RESULT OF A LOT OF WORK BETWEEN A NUMBER OF GREAT LAKE MEMBERS. I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S WORK AND CONSENSUS ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE, I'M PREFIRE DEPARTMENT ACCEPT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 05:04:50 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            DAVIS: I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND PARTNER ON THIS…

                            DAVIS: I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND PARTNER ON THIS AMENDMENT, THE GENTLEMAN, MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. PAUL MITCHELL.

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                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. DAVIS

                            MITCHELL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANKS TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

                            MITCHELL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANKS TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS. I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS. WE WORKED HARD ON THIS AMENDMENT, IT'S A RESULT OF HARD WORK AND AGREEMENTS BY ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, GOVERNORS ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THROUGHOUT THE GREAT LAKES BASIN. THE BRANDON ROAD PROJECT IS A PROJECT ON THE RIVER IN JOLIET. IT'S ONE OF THE LAST STOPS ON THE WATERWAY BEFORE THE GREAT LAKES SYSTEM.

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                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. MITCHELL

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. DAVIS

                          • 05:07:46 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT NUMBER 30 AT THE DESK.

                        • 05:08:07 PM

                          On agreeing to the Davis, Rodney amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                          • 05:08:25 PM

                            An amendment, offered by Miss Gonzalez-Colon (PR), numbered 30 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the secretary to expedite reports for the navigation project for San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, per the study authorized by resolution of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on September 20, 2006.

                            • 05:08:26 PM

                              MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                        • 05:08:27 PM

                          DEBATE

                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gonzalez-Colon Amendment No. 30.

                          • 05:08:29 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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                            THE CLERK

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 05:08:51 PM

                            MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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                          • 05:11:55 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 05:12:00 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S WORK ON THIS ISSUE. I BELIEVE ALL OF US…

                            I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S WORK ON THIS ISSUE. I BELIEVE ALL OF US UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF RESTORING PUERTO RICO. I'M PREPARE T.D. ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 05:12:05 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 05:12:09 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                          • 05:12:18 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                        • 05:12:29 PM

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

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                          • 05:12:50 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            LANCE OF NEW JERSEY.

                          • 05:12:52 PM

                            THE CLERK

                          • 05:12:58 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            LANCE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE LANCE-GOTTHEIMER AMENDMENT AND TO THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2018. I THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND HIS COMMITTEE FOR THE TREMENDOUS WORK THEY HAVE DONE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Lance, numbered 31 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the Secretary to expedite the completion of a feasibility study for the Warren Glen Dam Removal Project in the Musconetcong River, New Jersey.

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                            DEBATE

                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lance Amendment No. 31.

                            • 05:13:07 PM

                              MR. LANCE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 05:15:10 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                            • 05:15:17 PM

                              MR. SHUSTER

                            • 05:15:23 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                            • 05:15:29 PM

                              MR. SHUSTER

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

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE QUESTION IS NOW OCCURS ON THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                              THE QUESTION IS NOW OCCURS ON THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY

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                            • 05:15:42 PM

                              MR. LANCE

                              AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE…

                              AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED

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                            • 05:15:46 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                          • 05:15:55 PM

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

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                              MR. LANCE

                            • 05:16:21 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Lujan, Ben Ray, numbered 32 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to authorize the expansion of the Abiquiu Reservoir.

                              • 05:16:22 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                          • 05:16:23 PM

                            DEBATE

                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ben Ray Lujan Amendment No. 32.

                            • 05:16:24 PM

                              THE CLERK

                            • 05:16:32 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                            • 05:16:41 PM

                              MR. LUJAN

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

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

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                            • 05:18:19 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT.

                            • 05:18:25 PM

                              MR. SHUSTER

                              THIS DISTRICTS THE SECRETARY, AS HE EXPLAINED, TO EXPEDITE THE REPORTS FOR…

                              THIS DISTRICTS THE SECRETARY, AS HE EXPLAINED, TO EXPEDITE THE REPORTS FOR THE ABIQUIU RESERVOIR.

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                            • 05:18:28 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              I KNOW THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PROJECT TO NEW MEXICO AND I AM PREPARED TO…

                              I KNOW THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PROJECT TO NEW MEXICO AND I AM PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. SHUSTER

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT SO THESE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT SO THESE COMMUNITIES CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS CRITICAL PROJECT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 05:18:44 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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                              MR. LUJAN

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                          • 05:19:04 PM

                            On agreeing to the Lujan, Ben Ray amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                            • 05:19:26 PM

                              MR. LARSEN

                            • 05:19:26 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Larsen (WA), numbered 33 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to increase the per project funding cap for Section 544 Puget Sound and Adjacent Waters Restoration (PSAW) to $10 million--which is consistent with Section 206 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration projects and raises the overall authorization level for PSAW.

                              • 05:19:28 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                          • 05:19:28 PM

                            DEBATE

                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Larsen (WA) Amendment No. 33.

                            • 05:19:30 PM

                              THE CLERK

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

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

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                            • 05:19:36 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT…

                              LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT NUMBER 33 TO H.R. 8 TO IMPROVE AVAILABLE RESOURCES FOR THE PUGET SOUND AND ADJACENT WATERS RESTORATION, ALSO KNOWN AS PSAW.

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                            • 05:19:47 PM

                              MR. LARSEN

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

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

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                            • 05:22:13 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                            • 05:22:17 PM

                              MR. SHUSTER

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                              THE CHAIR

                            • 05:22:25 PM

                              MR. SHUSTER

                              SO I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME AND YIELD BACK.

                          • 05:22:55 PM

                            On agreeing to the Larsen (WA) amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

                            • 05:22:58 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                            • 05:23:25 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Keating, numbered 34 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the Army Corps to expedite and complete dredging in Plymouth Harbor, Massachusetts as authorized.

                            • 05:23:27 PM

                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Keating Amendment No. 34.

                              • 05:23:28 PM

                                MR. KEATING

                                KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS.

                              • 05:23:31 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 05:23:34 PM

                                THE CLERK

                              • 05:23:41 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 05:23:52 PM

                                MR. KEATING

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 05:26:14 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN OFFERING THIS…

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT THAT DOES DIRECT THE ARMY CORPS TO EXPEDITE THE COMPLETE DREDGING IN PLYMOUTH HARBOR, MASSACHUSETTS. I KNOW THIS PROJECT IS IMPORTANT TO THE GENTLEMAN AND TO THE STATE AND SO I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 05:26:19 PM

                                MR. SHUSTER

                              • 05:26:22 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 05:26:26 PM

                                MR. SHUSTER

                                KEATING: I JUST WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HELP WORKING WITH THIS…

                                KEATING: I JUST WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HELP WORKING WITH THIS AND I WANT TO SAY YOU'RE

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                              • 05:26:39 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 05:26:41 PM

                                MR. KEATING

                                WELCOME IN 2020, BE PART OF THE CELEBRATION. IT'S INTEGRAL TO OUR COUNTRY.…

                                WELCOME IN 2020, BE PART OF THE CELEBRATION. IT'S INTEGRAL TO OUR COUNTRY. I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL BE A GREAT REVENUE PRODUCER AS WELL. THANK YOU, AGAIN, AND I YIELD.

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                              • 05:27:01 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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

                            • 05:27:15 PM

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

                              • 05:27:30 PM

                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Joyce (OH), numbered 35 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete its Chief's Report for the Brandon Road Study by February 2019.

                              • 05:27:31 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Joyce (OH) Amendment No. 35.

                                • 05:27:32 PM

                                  MR. JOYCE

                                  OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY MR. JOYCE OF OHIO.

                                • 05:27:34 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 05:27:36 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                • 05:27:44 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  JOYCE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSE D, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR…

                                  JOYCE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSE D, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                • 05:27:59 PM

                                  MR. JOYCE

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

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

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                                • 05:29:21 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  MR.

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                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                • 05:29:31 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 05:29:34 PM

                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

                                • 05:29:57 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 05:29:59 PM

                                  MR. JOYCE

                                • 05:30:01 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                              • 05:30:23 PM

                                On agreeing to the Joyce (OH) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                                • 05:30:28 PM

                                  MR. BISHOP

                                • 05:30:30 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 05:30:33 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                • 05:30:39 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                                • 05:30:39 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Bishop (GA), numbered 36 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to convey three parcels of land, known as the Earle May Recreational Area, from the Army Corps of Engineers to the City of Bainbridge.

                                • 05:30:41 PM

                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bishop (GA) Amendment No. 36.

                                  • 05:30:49 PM

                                    MR. BISHOP

                                    CONSIDERATION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CONVEY THREE PARCELS OF LAND, THE…

                                    CONSIDERATION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CONVEY THREE PARCELS OF LAND, THE EARLE MAY RECREATIONAL AREA, FROM THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE, GEORGIA. THE EARLE MAY RECREATIONAL AREA IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE, GEORGIA. BUT THE CITY HAS HAD A LONG-TERM LEASE FROM THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND IT HAS INVESTED NEARLY $150 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS AREA FOR PUBLIC USE. THESE INVESTMENTS INCLUDE A $25 MILLION WATER CONTROL PLANT, SEVERAL SPORTING COMPLEXES AND MANY OTHER FACILITIES THAT ATTRACT VISITORS. IT IS A DESTINATION FOR PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST FOR ITS UNIQUE BEAUTY AND THE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE OFFERED BY THE FLINT RIVER. CONTINUED IMPROVEMENTS, HOWEVER, COULD BE DONE MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY IF THE LAND WERE CONVEYED FROM THE ARMY CORPS TO THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE. SINCE THE ORIGINAL LEASE WAS INITIATED IN 1980, MANY IMPROVEMENTS THAT THE CITY ATTEMPTED TO MAKE HAD TO UNDERGO THE VERY LONG AND ARDUOUS PROCESS THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS UTILIZES AND THEREFORE IT INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY THE COST TO THE CITY AS WELL AS THE BUREAUCRATIC DELAYS THAT OCCURRED. BY TRANSFERING THIS LAND TO THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE, I'M CONFIDENT THAT A PROPER BALANCE CAN BE STRUCK BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE ARMY CORPS AND IT WILL FACILITATE THE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ON THE FLINT RIVER AS WELL AS NAVIGATION AND FLOOD CONTROL. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS ASSISTANCE AND FOR AGREING TO ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 05:32:48 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    SHUSTER: I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSED THE AMENDMENT.

                                  • 05:32:56 PM

                                    MR. SHUSTER

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AMENDMENT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES…

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AMENDMENT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 05:32:59 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                • 05:33:02 PM

                                  On agreeing to the Bishop (GA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                                  • 05:33:03 PM

                                    MR. SHUSTER

                                    I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

                                  • 05:33:09 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:33:11 PM

                                    MR. BISHOP

                                  • 05:33:15 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                  • 05:33:47 PM

                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Blum, numbered 37 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to expedite the completion of the Cedar River flood risk management project authorized in 2014.

                                  • 05:33:49 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Blum Amendment No. 37.

                                    • 05:33:50 PM

                                      MR. BLUM

                                    • 05:33:51 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                    • 05:33:53 PM

                                      THE CLERK

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

                                      BLUM AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                    • 05:34:05 PM

                                      MR. BLUM

                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                    • 05:35:24 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                    • 05:35:29 PM

                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                    • 05:35:33 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      I'M PREPARED TO SKEPSE -- ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I BACK.

                                    • 05:35:36 PM

                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                    • 05:35:48 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                  • 05:35:55 PM

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

                                    • 05:36:09 PM

                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Keating, numbered 38 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to grant the Army Corps the authority to repair or replace bridges in New England that serve as emergency evacuation routes.

                                    • 05:36:11 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Keating Amendment No. 38.

                                      • 05:36:13 PM

                                        MR. KEATING

                                        AURM 38, OFFERED BY MR.

                                      • 05:36:16 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                      • 05:36:17 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS.

                                      • 05:36:19 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        KEATING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD GRANT THE ARMY…

                                        KEATING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD GRANT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS THE AUTHORITY TO REPAIR OR REPLACE ANY ARMY CORPS BRIDGE NECESSARY FOR EVACUATION DURING EXTREME WEATHER OR NATURAL DISASTER IN NEW ENGLAND.

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                                      • 05:36:26 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 05:36:31 PM

                                        MR. KEATING

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 05:38:18 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CHAIRMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                      • 05:38:27 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

                                      • 05:38:31 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 05:38:33 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

                                        KEATING: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AGAIN FOR HIS COOPERATION. S THAT…

                                        KEATING: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AGAIN FOR HIS COOPERATION. S THAT VITAL MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY GOING FORWARD AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:38:50 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 05:38:52 PM

                                        MR. KEATING

                                        THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS' AMENDMENT,…

                                        THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS' AMENDMENT, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT IS AGREED

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                                    • 05:38:57 PM

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

                                      • 05:39:00 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                      • 05:39:24 PM

                                        An amendment, offered by Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, numbered 39 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to authorize a land transfer between the Port of Whitman and the Army Corps of Engineers.

                                      • 05:39:26 PM

                                        DEBATE

                                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McMorris Rodgers Amendment No. 39.

                                        • 05:39:27 PM

                                          MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

                                        • 05:39:30 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          115-711, OFFERED BY MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS OF WASHINGTON.

                                        • 05:39:32 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                        • 05:39:41 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZING THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

                                        • 05:39:54 PM

                                          MS. MCMORRIS RGERS

                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED…

                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 05:40:55 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                        • 05:41:01 PM

                                          MR. SHUSTER

                                        • 05:41:05 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 05:41:08 PM

                                          MR. SHUSTER

                                        • 05:41:17 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                      • 05:41:20 PM

                                        On agreeing to the McMorris Rodgers amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                                        • 05:41:40 PM

                                          An amendment, offered by Ms. Shea-Porter, numbered 40 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the Secretary to use existing authority to mitigate severe shoaling at Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire.

                                        • 05:41:42 PM

                                          DEBATE

                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shea-Porter Amendment No. 40.

                                          • 05:41:46 PM

                                            MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                            SHEA-PORTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

                                          • 05:41:48 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 05:41:51 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                          • 05:41:54 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHEA-PORTER: MY AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD, IT DIRECTS THE ARMY CORPS OF…

                                            SHEA-PORTER: MY AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD, IT DIRECTS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO USE ITS EXISTING AUTHORITY TO DREDGE HAMPTON HARBOR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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                                          • 05:42:07 PM

                                            MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR THE AMENDMENT, I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE…

                                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR THE AMENDMENT, I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 05:43:32 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            SHEA-PORTER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MS. SHEA-PORTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                          On agreeing to the Shea-Porter amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                            An amendment, offered by Ms. Shea-Porter, numbered 41 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the Secretary to expedite the navigation project for Portsmouth Harbor and the Piscataqua River.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shea-Porter Amendment No. 41.

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                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              THE CLERK

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTIDGE WISHED…

                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTIDGE WISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SHUSTER SPRK CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THIS EXAT THE INDICTS THE NAVIGATION PROJECT FOR PORTSMOUTH HARBOR AND

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                            On agreeing to the Shea-Porter amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Lewis (MN), numbered 41 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to encourage the Secretary to consider reasonable alternative agreements between state or local entities, private partners, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering to dispose of dredged material.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                LEWIS OF MINNESOTA.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lewis (MN) Amendment No. 42.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. LEWIS,…

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. LEWIS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE U.S.

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                                              MR. LEWIS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT THAT DOES ENCOURAGE THE CORPS TO CONSIDER REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN STATE AND LOCAL ENTITIES AND PRIVATE PARTNERS. THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TO ME, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, AGAIN, FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE COMMITTEE'S ATTENTION, THE BILL'S ATTENTION, AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                              LEWIS: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. CHOPE THE CLERK WILL…

                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. CHOPE THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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

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                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Olson, numbered 43 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to look to expedite already authorized U.S. Army Corp of Engineers projects in the declared disaster areas of Texas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Olson Amendment No. 43.

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                                                MR. OLSON

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                                                THE CLERK

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                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                THE CLERK

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                OLSON: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS YOU KNOW, THE GREAT HOUSTON AREA, MY…

                                                OLSON: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS YOU KNOW, THE GREAT HOUSTON AREA, MY HOME, WAS DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE

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                                                MR. OLSON

                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I STAND IN --

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                                                MR. GREEN

                                                OLSON. IT IS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT, BUT IT'S ALSO AN EFFORT TO SAVE LIVES…

                                                OLSON. IT IS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT, BUT IT'S ALSO AN EFFORT TO SAVE LIVES BECAUSE IN 2015, WITH THE MEMORIAL DAY FLOOD, WE HAD NINE -- SEVEN PEOPLE TO DIE. IN 2016, WITH THE TAX DAY FLOOD, WE HAD EIGHT PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR LIVES. OF COURSE, HURRICANE HARVEY CLAIMED 68 LIVES ACROSS THE STATE OF TEXAS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT DOLLARS AND CENTS. IT'S ABOUT SAVING LIVES, AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                MR. GREEN

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                MR. OLSON

                                                SHUSTER: I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT I DO NOT OPPOSE THE…

                                                SHUSTER: I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT I DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                MR.

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                                                MR. SHUSTER

                                                I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. GIVEN…

                                                I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. GIVEN THAT HE SAID THE HISTORIC HURRICANE OF 2017, THIS AMENDMENT IS CRITICAL TO THAT RECOVERY, SO I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                MR. SHUSTER

                                                OLSON: THANK YOU, MR.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZZ I-, FOR…

                                                SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZZ I-, FOR CLEARING THE WAY -- DEFAZIO, FOR CLEARING THE WAY FOR THIS AMENDMENT TO BE VOTED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS AMENDMENT AND I WANT TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS FLOOD-PROTECTION AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 05:54:38 PM

                                                MR. OLSON

                                                I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                BACK.

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                                                MR. SHUSTER

                                                THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                            • 05:55:10 PM

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

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                                                MR. WEBER

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Culberson, numbered 44 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out flood and storm damage reduction studies expeditiously in order to reduce the risk of damage from future floods and hurricanes in the Houston and Coastal Texas areas.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Culberson Amendment No. 44.

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                                                MR. WEBER

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                115-711 OFFERED BY MR. CULBERSON OF TEXAS.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                CULBERSON, -- MR.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                MCCAUL -- A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR…

                                                MCCAUL -- A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CULBERSON.

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                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                IT WAS THE FIRST CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE TO MAKE LAWFUL IN THE CONTINENTAL…

                                                IT WAS THE FIRST CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE TO MAKE LAWFUL IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES SINCE -- LANDFALL IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES SINCE 2004. IT LED TO THE LARGEST HOUSING DISASTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. 1. 4 MILLION TEXANS HAD TO EVACUATE THEIR HOMES AND 300 HOUSE -- 300,000 HOUSEHOLDS WERE LEFT WITHOUT POWER. OVER $160 BILLION IN DAMAGE. THIS IS THE SECOND AND MOST -- SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE STORM, MR. CHAIRMAN, IN AMERICAN HISTORY, AND THE MOST EXPENSIVE STORM IN TEXAS HISTORY. HURRICANE HARVEY WAS THE THIRD MAJOR FLOOD TO IMPACT THE PEOPLE OF HOUSTON IN MY DISTRICT SINCE 2015. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. GREEN. WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER IN THE HOUSTON AREA IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, BOTH AL AND GENE, SHEILA, ALL OF US, TED, MICHAEL MCCAUL, WHO WAS ALSO WORKING WITH US ON THIS AMENDMENT AND PUT PUT THIS FORWARD, ALL OF US IN THE HOUSTON AREA HAS WORKED TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF HOUSTON RECOVER. WE WERE PROUD TO WORK TOGETHER WITH THE FLORIDA DELEGATION TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA TO RECOVER FROM IRMA AND MARIA AND PUERTO RICO. AS THE ONLY APPROPRIATOR FROM SOUTHEAST TEXAS, I WAS PROUD TO SPEARHEAD THAT EFFORT AND PUTTING TOGETHER THREE EMERGENCY HURRICANE SUPPLEMENTAL BILLS FOR A TOTAL OF $174 BILLION THE LARGEST THE CORPS COMMANDER TOLD ME HE'S SEEN IN HIS 40 YEARS OF SERVICE AT THE CORPS. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, MR. SHUSTER. HE AND I WERE ELECTED TOGETHER IN 2000. FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS IMPORTANT RECOVERY EFFORT. WE ARE APPROACHING THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HARVEY AND WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THE DEVASTATION THAT IT BROUGHT TO THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT -- AFTER WE PASSED THAT EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION BILL, AFTER THOSE AGENCIES THAT RECEIVED THAT MONEY, ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT AND FRANKLY FRUSTRATING JOBS IS GETTING THE AGENCIES TO RELEASE THE MONEY, TO GET IT IN THE HANDS OF THE HOMEOWNERS WHO SUFFERED, THE BUSINESS OWNERS WHO SUFFERED, AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS SPEEDYLY CARRYING OUT THE STUDIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS THAT THEY HAVE TO DO TO BUILD THE FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURES WE NEED IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS. SO THIS AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT MR. MCCAUL AND I ARE PUTTING FORWARD TODAY, IS -- SAYS VERY CLEARLY THAT THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY SHALL EXPEDITIOUSLY CARRY OUT THESE FLOOD CONTROL STUDIES AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE BUILT AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE. I CAN TELL YOU FROM MY POSITION ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, AS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPRESENTING SOUTHEAST TEXAS, I WILL USE ALL THE TOOLS THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS AVAILABLE TO US, WORKING WITH CHAIRMAN MIKE SIMPSON OF IDAHO, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, TO MAKE SURE THE CORPS MOVES RAPIDLY. SO I THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT, AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, AL GREEN, WHO I'VE LOOKED -- WE WORKED TOGETHER ARM IN ARM IN HELPING PEOPLE RECOVER FROM THESE THREE DISASTROUS FLOODS OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS AND I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WILL MAKE SURE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS COMPLETES THESE STUDIES RAPIDLY, THAT THEY EXECUTE QUICKLY, AND BUILDING WHATEVER IS RECOMMENDED TO HELP PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF HOUSTON AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS FROM THE NEXT STORM AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE AS THE PEOPLE'S ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS' VERY SCARCE, HARD-EARNED AND PRECIOUS TAX DOLLARS ARE WISELY AND CAREFULLY SPENT IN AN EXPEDITIOUS WAY TO REBUILD AND TO PROTECT US AGAINST THE NEXT GIANT STORM. AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                SHUSTER: I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I

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                                                MR. SHUSTER

                                                CHAIRMAN. THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                MR. SHUSTER

                                                THIS IS IMPORTANT DUE TO THE HISTORIC HURRICANE SEASON FROM LAST YEAR. I…

                                                THIS IS IMPORTANT DUE TO THE HISTORIC HURRICANE SEASON FROM LAST YEAR. I THANK CHAIRMAN CULBERSON AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL FOR OFFERING THIS AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT. AND I RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                GREEN?

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                                                MR. GREEN

                                                MR. CULBERSON AND I HAVE WORKED TOGETHER NOT ONLY ON THIS EFFORT BUT TO…

                                                MR. CULBERSON AND I HAVE WORKED TOGETHER NOT ONLY ON THIS EFFORT BUT TO SERVE PEOPLE. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL LIVING IN TEMPORARY SHELTERS IN HOUSTON AND PEOPLE AWAITING FEMA ASSISTANCE WITH 4.7 MILLION PEOPLE HAVING BEEN IMPACTED, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THIS AMENDMENT BE ADOPTED. AND I'M APPRECIATIVE THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS INDICATED HIS SUPPORT OF IT. AND I THANK MR. CULBERSON AND MR. MCCAUL AND OTHER COLLEAGUES FOR BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:01:48 PM

                                                MR. CULBERSON

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA?

                                              • 06:02:12 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                BACK.

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                                                MR. SHUSTER

                                                TO.

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                                              On agreeing to the Culberson amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Weber (TX), numbered 45 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to enhance the Levee Safety Action Classification (LSAC) risk categorization tool, developed internally by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It also supplements current duties by ensuring that individual levee system LSAC ratings are transparent.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Weber Amendment No. 45.

                                                • 06:02:41 PM

                                                  MR. WEBER

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  WEBER AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL HAVE 10 MINUTES.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:03:04 PM

                                                  MR. WEBER

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MRS. NAPOLITANO

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                  I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN, MR. GRAVES, FOR ANY COMMENTS HE MAY HAVE.

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                                                  MR. GRAVES

                                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  WITH THAT IN MIND, IF WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON THIS IN ATTEMPTING TO…

                                                  WITH THAT IN MIND, IF WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON THIS IN ATTEMPTING TO ADDRESS THIS, THEN I WILL WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT. AND I DO YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MRS. NAPOLITANO

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. WEBER

                                                • 06:08:36 PM

                                                  By unanimous consent, the Weber (TX) amendment was withdrawn.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT.

                                                • 06:08:57 PM

                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Meeks, numbered 46 printed in Part A in House Report 115-711 to expedite the Army Corps of Engineers reformulation project in certain Sandy Superstorm affected areas of Queens, NY.

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                                                    MR. MEEKS

                                                    REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY MR. MEEKS OF NEW YORK.

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                                                    THE CLERK

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

                                                    MEEKS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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                                                    MR. MEEKS

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meeks Amendment No. 46.

                                                • 06:12:07 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  AND THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF SANDY ON QUEENS, NEW YORK. I UNDERSTAND HIS…

                                                  AND THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF SANDY ON QUEENS, NEW YORK. I UNDERSTAND HIS CONCERN AND THE IMPORTANT -- GIVEN THE IMPACT OF THIS STORM AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                • 06:12:13 PM

                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                                                • 06:12:34 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MEEKS

                                                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.…

                                                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

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                                              • 06:12:42 PM

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 47 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON HE SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Schrader, numbered 47 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to require the Army Corps of Engineers to include in future workplans, to the maximum extent practicable, any project or facility for disposition for which the Corps has a final report from the Director of Civil Works.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                    EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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                                                    MR. SCHRADER

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

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

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schrader Amendment No. 47.

                                                • 06:14:07 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR.

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                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN WHICH REQUIRES THE CORPS TO INCLUDE FUTURE STUDIES…

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN WHICH REQUIRES THE CORPS TO INCLUDE FUTURE STUDIES AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                  SCHRADER: I YIELD

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  BACK.

                                                • 06:14:34 PM

                                                  MR. SCHRADER

                                                • 06:14:39 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                              • 06:14:39 PM

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

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (MO), numbered 48 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to ensure prompt restoration and rebuilding in the event of an activation of any floodway or backwater feature within the Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries system.

                                                  • 06:15:02 PM

                                                    MR. SMITH

                                                    SMITH OF MISSOURI.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                  • 06:15:12 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

                                                  • 06:15:23 PM

                                                    MR. SMITH

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECK --

                                              • 06:15:31 PM

                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Smith (MO) Amendment No. 48.

                                                • 06:17:49 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  GRAVES: THERE'S SOMETHING YOU NOTED IN THE END AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE…

                                                  GRAVES: THERE'S SOMETHING YOU NOTED IN THE END AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE LEGISLATIVE INTENT IS PRESERVED HERE, MR.

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                                                  CHAIRMAN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI STATED THAT THE AMENDMENT IS…

                                                  CHAIRMAN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI STATED THAT THE AMENDMENT IS INTENDED TO RESTORE FLOODWAYS.

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                                                  MR. GRAVES

                                                  AFTER THEY'RE OPENED UP. AS OPPOSED TO PERHAPS IN SOUTH LOUISIANA, WHERE A…

                                                  AFTER THEY'RE OPENED UP. AS OPPOSED TO PERHAPS IN SOUTH LOUISIANA, WHERE A CREVAS COULD OPEN UP THAT WOULD PROVIDE FRESHWATER AND SORT OF MIMIC THAT NATURAL PROCESS THAT CREATED COASTAL LOUISIANA AND WOULD CURRENTLY RESTORE COASTAL LOUISIANA WETLANDS. I WANT TO ENSURE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THAT WE HAVE -- AND THAT WE HAVE A LEGISLATIVE HISTORY HERE, MEMORIALIZE THE FACT THAT THIS IS INTENDED TO ADDRESS THE RESTORATION OF FLOODWAYS AS OPPOSED TO CREVASSES THAT MAY OPEN IN THE AFTERMATH OF A FLOOD. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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                                                • 06:18:52 PM

                                                  MR. SMITH

                                                  THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

                                                • 06:19:01 PM

                                                  MR. GRAVES

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

                                                • 06:19:04 PM

                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                  SMITH: THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. I YIELD BACK, I CLOSE.

                                                • 06:19:08 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:19:08 PM

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

                                                • 06:19:11 PM

                                                  MR. SMITH

                                                  THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

                                                • 06:19:14 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. YOUNG 49.

                                                • 06:19:34 PM

                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Young (AK), numbered 49 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to Requires the Secretary to conduct an assessment of dams classified as Class III under the Dam Safety Action Classification of the Corps of Engineers. This amendment requires the Secretary to provide a report to Congress describing anticipated impacts on the local communities if the Secretary no longer assumes responsibility of the Class III dam, or what the effects would be if the Secretary continues to assume responsibility of the dams over a period of 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act.

                                                  • 06:19:42 PM

                                                    MR. YOUNG

                                                  • 06:19:45 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                  • 06:19:47 PM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA. MR.

                                                  • 06:19:55 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    YOUNG: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR RECOGNIZING ME TO DISCUSS THIS REVIVED…

                                                    YOUNG: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR RECOGNIZING ME TO DISCUSS THIS REVIVED YOUNG AMERICAN 49. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANK -- AMENDMENT 49. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO'S HELP, THE STAFF THEY HAVE GIVEN US FOR THE ASSISTANCE TO GET THIS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR.

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                                                    MR. YOUNG

                                                    THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO CONDUCT AN ASSESSMENT OF DAMS…

                                                    THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO CONDUCT AN ASSESSMENT OF DAMS CLASSIFIED AS CLASS 3 UNDER THE DAM SAFETY ACTION CLASSIFICATION OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS. ONCE THE ASSESSMENT IS COMPLETE, THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO PROVIDE A REPORT TO CONGRESS DESCRIBING TWO THINGS. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES SHOULD THE CORPS TAKE UP CONTROL -- GIVE UP THE CONTROL OF DAM VERSUS WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE CORPS CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN THE DAM. THIS AMENDMENT WILL SHOW THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCURATE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. THERE'S A HOLE THE SIZE OF A FAMILIAR SEDAN IN A TUNNEL THAT SERVES THE CITY OF STEWART, ALASKA. THE CORPS' ASSUMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS DAM SYSTEM AND THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION FLAW WILL ONLY GET WORSE UNTIL THE CORPS FIXES IT. WHICH THEY ARE COMMITTED TO DO. THE CURRENT STUDY FOR THE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION WILL NOT BE COMPLETED UNTIL 2019. THIS AMENDMENT IS CRITICAL TO THE ALASKA COMMUNITY BECAUSE IT PREVENTS STEWART FROM BEARING UNDUE HARDSHIPS FROM FREQUENT FLOODING AND CONTINUOUS DAMAGE TO THE OUTFLOW DUE TO THE UNFORESEEN DESIGN OF PULSE. THIS WOULD CONTINUE TO REQUIRE THE COURSE TO EXPEDITE THE STUDY AND PLACE A CRITICAL IMPORTANCE ON THE FIXING THE DAM SYSTEM FOR MY CONSTITUENTS IN STEWART. I WANT TO THANK, AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO, AND THEIR STAFFS FOR WORKING WITH ME AND MY STAFF ON THIS AMENDMENT AND FOR SUPPORTING MY AMENDMENTS HERE. WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK FURTHER ON THIS ISSUE IN CONFERENCE AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT, NUMBER 49. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:20:24 PM

                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young (AK) Amendment No. 49.

                                                • 06:21:54 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  SHUSTER: CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.…

                                                  SHUSTER: CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN IS LOOKING OUT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA AND ALSO SMALL AND RURAL TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA.

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                                                • 06:22:02 PM

                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                  SO, THIS ISN'T -- THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR…

                                                  SO, THIS ISN'T -- THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR WORKING ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 06:22:19 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                              • 06:22:23 PM

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

                                                • 06:22:41 PM

                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Costa, numbered 50 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to authorize the Army Corps to accept contributed funds from the owners of non-federal Section 7 reservoirs for the purpose of reviewing/revising operational documents, including flood control manuals and rule curves.

                                                  • 06:22:45 PM

                                                    MR. COSTA

                                                  • 06:22:47 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                  • 06:22:50 PM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                  • 06:22:57 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    COSTA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE…

                                                    COSTA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND ALL OF THE STAFF FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT.

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                                                    MR. COSTA

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

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

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                                              • 06:23:29 PM

                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Costa Amendment No. 50.

                                                • 06:27:22 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  SHUSTER: AT THIS TIME I YIELD THREE NOINS THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

                                                • 06:27:28 PM

                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                  GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                  GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                • 06:27:33 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:27:34 PM

                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                • 06:27:37 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR.

                                                • 06:27:39 PM

                                                  MR. GRAVES

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 06:29:58 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I APPRECIATE ALL HIS EFFORTS AND HIS KNOWLEDGE HE PUT INTO MAKING SURE…

                                                  I APPRECIATE ALL HIS EFFORTS AND HIS KNOWLEDGE HE PUT INTO MAKING SURE THIS BILL IS A GOOD PRODUCT. CONCERNING MR.

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                                                • 06:30:00 PM

                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                  COSTA'S AMENDMENT, AGAIN, I BELIEVE IT'S A GOOD AMENDMENT. IT BUILDS ON…

                                                  COSTA'S AMENDMENT, AGAIN, I BELIEVE IT'S A GOOD AMENDMENT. IT BUILDS ON WRDA 2016. CORPS OWNED AND OPERATED DAMS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT IT. I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 06:30:27 PM

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

                                                • 06:30:32 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  NO.

                                                • 06:30:45 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                • 06:30:52 PM

                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 51 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to direct the Secretary, to the maximum extent practicable, to endeavor to provide information to all adjoining residential property stakeholders, next to property which the Army Corps of Engineers holds an interest.

                                                  • 06:31:03 PM

                                                    MR. SOTO

                                                  • 06:31:06 PM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    SOTO: MY AMENDMENT WOULD DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO ENDEAVOR TO…

                                                    SOTO: MY AMENDMENT WOULD DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO ENDEAVOR TO INFORM ALL RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY STAKEHOLDERS OF ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' INTEREST IN THEIR PROPERTY. SECTION 137 WOULD EXPAND PUBLIC ACCESS TO RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE DATA BY PLACING INFORMATION TO ALL REAL PROPERTY DATA THAT ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HOLDS AN INTEREST IN. NOT ALL CONSTITUENTS HAVE EASY ACCESS. ELDERLY CONSTITUENTS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEARCH INFORMATION.

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                                                  • 06:31:17 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                  • 06:31:24 PM

                                                    MR. SOTO

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

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

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                                              • 06:31:38 PM

                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Soto Amendment No. 51.

                                                • 06:32:35 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:32:41 PM

                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                  SOTO: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND I YIELD BACK.

                                                • 06:32:59 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:33:02 PM

                                                  MR. SOTO

                                                • 06:33:07 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                              • 06:33:09 PM

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

                                                • 06:33:28 PM

                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Paulsen, numbered 52 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to expedite the completion of a disposition study and requires the Secretary to report on the feasibility of preserving and uenhancing recreational opportunities and the health of the ecosystem of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam.

                                                  • 06:33:34 PM

                                                    MR. PAULSEN

                                                  • 06:33:36 PM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                  • 06:33:43 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    PAULSEN: LET ME START AND LET FOLKS I'M OFFERING THIS WITH CONGRESSMAN…

                                                    PAULSEN: LET ME START AND LET FOLKS I'M OFFERING THIS WITH CONGRESSMAN ELLISON.

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                                                  • 06:33:53 PM

                                                    MR. PAULSEN

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESEVERS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES?

                                              • 06:34:21 PM

                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Paulsen Amendment No. 52.

                                                • 06:36:20 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:36:25 PM

                                                  >>

                                                  THESE ARE CHANGES ARE BIPARTISAN.

                                                • 06:36:32 PM

                                                  MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                                                • 06:36:48 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:36:51 PM

                                                  MR. PAULSEN

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

                                                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. . THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED

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                                              • 06:36:51 PM

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

                                                • 06:36:57 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                                • 06:37:25 PM

                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Moulton, numbered 53 printed in Part A of House Report 115-711 to add at the end of title I the following section entitled: Corps of Engineers Continuing Authorities Program.

                                                  • 06:37:31 PM

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                                                    MOULTON OF MASSACHUSETTS.

                                                  • 06:37:37 PM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                  • 06:37:46 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                  • 06:38:01 PM

                                                    MR. MOULTON

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

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESEVERS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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                                              • 06:38:21 PM

                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to a previous special order of the House, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Moulton Amendment No. 53.

                                                • 06:40:28 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:40:34 PM

                                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                                  MOULTON: I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HELP AND USHERING US…

                                                  MOULTON: I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HELP AND USHERING US THROUGH THE PROCESS.

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                                                • 06:40:57 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I'M PROUD TO HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR IT. AND I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE…

                                                  I'M PROUD TO HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR IT. AND I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM

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                                                • 06:41:00 PM

                                                  MR. MOULTON

                                                  ARE YOU YIELDING? MOUTH

                                                • 06:41:24 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:41:27 PM

                                                  MR. MOULTON

                                                • 06:41:30 PM

                                                  MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                  I YIELD BACK.

                                                • 06:42:20 PM

                                                  MR. MOULTON

                                                • 06:42:22 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS UNDER THE…

                                                  THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                              • 06:42:27 PM

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

                                                • 06:43:06 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  WHOLE.

                                                • 06:43:20 PM

                                                  The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 8.

                                                  • 06:43:30 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY FURTHER DEMANDED? IF NOT THE COMMITTEE…

                                                    IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY FURTHER DEMANDED? IF NOT THE COMMITTEE WILL PUT THEM. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AMENDMENTS ARE ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                                                • 06:43:41 PM

                                                  The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                                                  • 06:43:50 PM

                                                    The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

                                                    • 06:44:19 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                    • 06:44:30 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                                                  • 06:44:32 PM

                                                    Ms. Velazquez moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

                                                    • 06:44:40 PM

                                                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                    • 06:44:44 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FORM.

                                                    • 06:44:50 PM

                                                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                      VELAZQUEZ MOVES TO --

                                                    • 06:44:57 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                    • 06:45:00 PM

                                                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS…

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    • 06:45:15 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    • 06:45:20 PM

                                                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                      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 PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                • 06:45:26 PM

                                                  DEBATE

                                                  The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add the end of title I, a section entitled: Post-Hurricane Recovery and Resiliency.

                                                  • 06:50:34 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN HAS FIVE MINUTES.

                                                  • 06:50:40 PM

                                                    MR. SHUSTER

                                                    THIS BILL, H.R. 8, HAS MANY BENEFITS TO ALL 50 STATES, THE TERRITORIES,…

                                                    THIS BILL, H.R. 8, HAS MANY BENEFITS TO ALL 50 STATES, THE TERRITORIES, INCLUDING PUERTO RICO. TEMPERATURES PUT -- IT WAS PUT TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. WE JUST HERE TODAY ADOPTED OVER 50 AMENDMENTS IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. THIS BILL ASSERTS CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY, CONTINUES REGULAR

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                                                  • 06:50:43 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  • 06:50:45 PM

                                                    MR. SHUSTER

                                                    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

                                                  • 06:53:56 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    TIME.

                                                  • 06:53:57 PM

                                                    MR. SHUSTER

                                                  • 06:53:59 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    CORRECT?

                                                  • 06:54:03 PM

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

                                                    • 06:54:06 PM

                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                    • 06:54:09 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN. I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                                    • 06:54:26 PM

                                                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

                                                      A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE

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                                                    • 06:54:30 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS FOR A PERIOD OF LESS THAN 15 MINUTES.

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                                                • 06:54:37 PM

                                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                                  At the conclusion of debate on the Velazquez motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair put the question on the motiont and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Velazquez demanded a the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.

                                                  • 06:54:55 PM

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                                                • 06:54:55 PM

                                                  Recess

                                                  The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.

                                                  • 07:08:20 PM

                                                    Reconvened

                                                    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 6.

                                                    • 07:08:24 PM

                                                      Mr. Burgess filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 923.

                                                      • 07:08:31 PM

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                                                        TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 923, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR FURTHER…

                                                        TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 923, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R.

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                                                      • 07:08:36 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      • 07:08:38 PM

                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1,…

                                                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS

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                                                      • 07:09:18 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  • 07:09:19 PM

                                                    Recess

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

                                                    • 07:09:27 PM

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                                                  • 09:00:18 PM

                                                    Reconvened

                                                    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 6.

                                                    • 09:00:19 PM

                                                      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                                      The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on passage of H.R. 8, if ordered and on the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3249.

                                                      • 09:00:47 PM

                                                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 8 — "To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes."

                                                        • 09:00:50 PM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          VELAZQUEZ.

                                                        • 09:00:58 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          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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                                                      • 09:01:12 PM

                                                        On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 237 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                                      • 09:26:40 PM

                                                        House Vote 237 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                                                        Water Resources Development Act of 2018

                                                        Failed (180 - 227)
                                                        Yea
                                                        Nay

                                                        Vote Details: Yea - 180
                                                        Democratic - 179
                                                        Republican - 1

                                                        Vote Details: Nay - 227
                                                        Republican - 227

                                                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 20
                                                        Democratic - 14
                                                        Republican - 6

                                                        • 09:26:43 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                                                        • 09:26:44 PM

                                                          On passage Roll Call 238 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                          • 09:26:57 PM

                                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                                          • 09:26:59 PM

                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      • 09:33:50 PM

                                                        House Vote 238 - On Passage

                                                        Water Resources Development Act of 2018

                                                        Passed (408 - 2)
                                                        Aye

                                                        Vote Details: Aye - 408
                                                        Republican - 227
                                                        Democratic - 181

                                                        Vote Details: No - 2
                                                        Republican - 2

                                                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 17
                                                        Democratic - 12
                                                        Republican - 5

                                                        • 09:33:51 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          MOTION OFFERED BY MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA.

                                                        • 09:33:52 PM

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

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                          On motion to agree to the Senate amendment Roll Call 239 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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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 SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            ] THE SPEAKER PRO IS ADOPTED. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO…

                                                            ] THE SPEAKER PRO IS ADOPTED. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        House Vote 239 - On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment

                                                        Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017

                                                        Passed (394 - 13)
                                                        Yea

                                                        Vote Details: Yea - 394
                                                        Republican - 216
                                                        Democratic - 178

                                                        Vote Details: Nay - 13
                                                        Republican - 13

                                                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 18
                                                        Democratic - 13
                                                        Republican - 5

                                                        Vote Details: Present - 2
                                                        Democratic - 2

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

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                                                            The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 8.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              MAKE TECHNICAL CONFORMING CHANGES TO REFLECT THE ACTIONS OF THE HOUSE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TONIGHT TO REMEMBER AND HONOR THE MEN WHO…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TONIGHT TO REMEMBER AND HONOR THE MEN WHO STORMED THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY, JUNE 6, 1944, KNOWN AS D-DAY.

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                                                          ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                          The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

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                                                            BY THE END OF THE DAY 10,000 ALLIED SOLDIERS KILLED OR WOUNDED. WITH THAT,

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                                                            MR. LAMALFA

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

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS. . .

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            THE CLERK

                                                            GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                                                            RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW

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                                                            Mr. LaMalfa moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                                            On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                              Adjourned

                                                              The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on June 7, 2018.

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                                                                TOMORROW, MEMBERS START DEBATE ON 2019 SPENDING WITH A BILL THAT COVERS…

                                                                TOMORROW, MEMBERS START DEBATE ON 2019 SPENDING WITH A BILL THAT COVERS THE VETERANS DEPARTMENT, MILITARY SPENDING, AND WATER PROGRAMS. ALSO ADDED TO THE AGENDA, A REPUBLICAN PACKAGE. APPROPRIATED IN PREVIOUS YEARS. THE MOVE SIGNIFIES LEADERS ARE LIKELY TO HAVE ENOUGH SUPPORT TO PASS THAT MEASURE. LIVE COVERAGE WHEN THE HOUSE RETURNS HERE ON C-SPAN.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER. A MESSAGE…

                                                              THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER. A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              DERBY.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                              MR. BOST

                                                              THE 126TH AIR REFUELING WING HAS MORE THAN 1,000 AIR NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVE…

                                                              THE 126TH AIR REFUELING WING HAS MORE THAN 1,000 AIR NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVE DUTY UNITED STATES AIR FORCE PERSONNEL WHO RECENTLY RECEIVED ITS EIGHTH AIR FORCE OUTSTANDING UNIT AWARD FOR SERVICE PROVIDED FROM DECEMBER, 2014, THROUGH DECEMBER, 2016. THE SERVICE MEMBERS OF THE 126TH AIR REFUELING WING RETEENLY DEMONSTRATE THEIR EXCELLENCE IN PERFECT -- ROUTINELY DEMONSTRATE THEIR EXCELLENCE IN WHILE SUPPORTING THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE OPERATIONS. THE AWARD AND RECOGNITION, THE 126TH AIR NATIONAL GUARD HAS RECEIVED, SETS THE FOUNDATION FRAMEWORK FOR BEING A STRONG CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR MILITARY AIRCRAFT. I'M PROUD OF THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO ENSURING THE BEST AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORK IS DONE AT SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE. OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE DEPENDS ON AT SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE. OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE DEPENDS ON HAVING OUR MILITARY AIRCRAFT ABLE TO FLY IN A MOMENT'S NOTICE SO THE WORK THAT THEY DO EVERY DAY IS CRITICAL IN KEEPING ALL OF US SAFE AT HOME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE WILBUR WEBB HETTERSBURG OF MACY TOWN, ILLINOIS, WHO WILL TURN 100 YEARS OLD ON JUNE 24. HE WORKED FOR A. AND P FOOD STORES FOR MANY YEARS, WAS A TEAMSTER, AND SERVED IN THE ARMY FOR FOUR YEARS. HE LIKES TO CAMP, GARDEN AND DO WORD SEARCHES. HE CAN ALSO STILL BE SEEN DRIVING AROUND TOWN SLOWLY, IT IS REPORTED. FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS SAY HE'S LOVED BY EVERYONE. EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT, HE CONTINUES TO HOST A FAMILY DINNER AT HIS HOUSE WITH SOME OF HIS FIVE CHILDREN, 17 GRANDCHILDREN, 24 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. THIS YEAR WHIP WILL BE HONORED AS THE GRAND MARSHALL OF MAY'S TOWN HOMECOMING CELEBRATION ON JUNE 15 AND 16. WHIP, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WISHES YOU A HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY AND FEEL IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE AND REMEMBER THAT TODAY IS D-DAY, BUT ALSO THAT 100 YEARS AGO TODAY WAS THE BATTLE ON THE FIRST WORLD WAR OF BELA WOODS, WHERE THE MARINES EARNED THE TITLE OF, DEVIL DOGS. IT WAS A VERY, VERY HARD FOUGHT BATTLE THAT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. SO WHEN WE RECOGNIZE NOT ONLY D-DAY BUT 100 YEARS SINCE THAT TIME ON THAT DAY WE LOST 1,086 MARINES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER -- ONE MORE, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE TODAY SOMEONE WHO WORKS IN MY OFFICE THAT EVERYONE LOOKS UP TO, BECAUSE HE'S SO TALL, IS MY CHIEF OF STAFF, AND IT IS HIS BIRTHDAY. MATT, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              CASTOR: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN APRIL I FILED

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                                                              MS. CASTOR

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

                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THIS CONGRESS AND THIS PRESIDENT MADE

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                                                              MR. MARSHALL

                                                              PRO-GROWTH POLICIES A TOP PRIORITY SINCE DAY ONE. MY COLLEAGUES AND I…

                                                              PRO-GROWTH POLICIES A TOP PRIORITY SINCE DAY ONE. MY COLLEAGUES AND I SHOULD BE VERY PROUD THAT DUE IN PART TO THE POLICIES OF THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IS AT POLICIES A TOP PRIORITY SINCE DAY ONE. MY COLLEAGUES AN ALL-TIME HIGH. BUSINESSES ARE OPTIMISTIC. AND OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING. EVEN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" HAS RAN OUT OF WORDS TO EXPLAIN AND DESCRIBE HOW GREAT THIS ECONOMY IS. AS FAMILIES ACROSS KANSAS RECEIVE AN AVERAGE TAX BREAK OF MORE THAN $2,000 A YEAR, AS WELL AS SEEING RECORD WAGE GROWTH AND BONUS, I SEE AN THE EXCITEMENT GROWING FIRST HAND THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT. HOWEVER, TODAY IN PARTICULAR, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ONE SPECIFIC ASPECT OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. FEDERAL OPPORTUNITY ZONES. WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION IN COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THIS IS WHERE GOVERNMENT MEETS PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESS IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT RECENTLY SELECTED 22 OPPORTUNITY ZONES IN 17 DIFFERENT COUNTIES ACROSS THE FIRST DISTRICTS OF KANSAS. WHEN A TRACT IS DEEMED AN OPPORTUNITY ZONE, IT ALLOWS TAXPAYERS TO DEFER CAPITAL GAINS TAX IF THEY INVEST AND PRIORITIZE LOCAL PROJECTS. THIS IS A WIN-WIN SCENARIO FOR BOTH INVESTORS AND COMMUNITIES THAT WILL SPUR GROWTH AND EXPANSION. MY GOOD FRIEND, ASHLEY HUTCHISON, IN CLOUD COUNTY, KANSAS, SAID HER COMMUNITY HOPES TO USE THESE OPPORTUNITY ZONES TO RECRUIT NEW BUSINESSES TO AREAS IN COUNTIES LIKE HERS THAT ARE IN GREAT NEED OF INVESTMENTS INCENTIVES. IN MANHATTAN, KANSAS HOME OF THE KANSAS CITY UNIVERSITY WILDCATS, THE LOCAL CHAMBER SUESING THESE OPPORTUNITY ZONE PROGRAMS TO REVITALIZE AND ENHANCING A JACKSONVILLE, AND BELOVED AND HISTORIC SOCIAL DISTRICT NEAR AND DEAR IT MY HEART. IN SOUTHWEST KANSAS, MUNICIPALITIES ARE USING THE PROGRAM FOR JOB GROWTH BY UPDATING EXISTING BUILDINGS FOR NEW RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL SPACE AND ATTRACTING HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE REGION'S GROWING WORK FORCE. EXPANSION OF THE GROWING PET INDUSTRY UPDATING EXISTING BUILDINGS FOR NEW RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL SPACE IS BEING ALLOWED BY THESE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ZONES AS WELL. ACROSS MY DISTRICT, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE EXCITED BY THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES THESE ZONES WILL DELIVER TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. AS THE TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT CONTINUES TO HELP EXISTING BUSINESSES GROW AND EXPAND, OPPORTUNITIES ARE STARTING TO RISE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN KANSAS, WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT'S TO COME. AS A CONGRESSMAN I'M OFTEN ASKED WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN CONGRESS? WHAT IS THIS CONGRESS DOING TO HELP SAVE RURAL AMERICA? THESE FEDERAL OPPORTUNITY ZONES AS WELL AS THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS BILLS ARE ONE SUCH EXAMPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN,…

                                                              TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK.

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                                                              MISS ROINT

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                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                              WEST PALM BEACH IN 1927 TO A FAMILY OF LIMITED MEANS, LARRY UNDERSTOOD…

                                                              WEST PALM BEACH IN 1927 TO A FAMILY OF LIMITED MEANS, LARRY UNDERSTOOD FROM A YOUNG AGE THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING AN EDUCATION. LARRY ALSO POSSESSED A STRONG DESIRE TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY DURING WORLD WAR II. THE. HE ENROLLED IN PERDUE UNIVERSITY AS AN AIR FORCE CADET AND SERVED IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE IN GERMANY FROM 1945 TO 1946. . HE ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. GO, CANES. HE PITCHED FOR OUR UNIVERSITY'S BASEBALL TEAM. IN 1949, LARRY BEGAN A 42-YEAR CAREER AT FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY. 42 YEARS. STARTING FROM THE BOTTOM, HE WORKED HIS WAY FROM BEING A LINE MAN DIGGING DITCHES AND CLIMBING POWER POLES TO BEING A VICE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE'S LARGEST ELECTRIC UTILITY. WHILE EXCELLING AT THIS DIFFICULT JOB DOUBTIES, LARRY RE-ENROLLED IN SCHOOL WHILE WORKING FOR THE COMPANY AND EARNED A DEGREE FROM HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL, BUSINESS SCHOOL ADVANCED MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR EXECUTIVES. NEVER ONE TO LIMIT HIMSELF, LARRY DEVOTED EXTRAORDINARY TIME AND EFFORT TO HIS COMMUNITY, SERVING IN OVER 36 LOCAL, REGIONAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS WHICH EARNED HIM MANY ACCOLADES. LARRY ALSO PLAYED A FOUNDING AND INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND COST OF GOODS AND SERVICES PRODUCED THROUGHOUT OUR GREAT NATION. IN 1987, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN REQUESTED THAT CERTAIN U.S. CORPORATIONS PROVIDE A TEAM OF QUALITY MANAGEMENT EXPERTS WHOSE MISSION WAS TO CREATE AN AMERICAN QUALITY MANAGEMENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE PROGRAM. FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT ASSIGNED LARRY TO WORK UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY WHERE LARRY CO-CHAIRED ONE OF THE FOUR TEAMS OF PROFESSIONAL QUALITY IMPROVEMENT MANAGEMENT EXPERTS PROVIDED BY AMERICAN BUSINESSES. TOGETHER THEY DEVELOPED AND SECURED PRESIDENTIAL AND CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL TO CREATE THE MALCOLM BALD RLS RIDGE FOUNDATION -- BALDRIDGE FOUNDATION. TODAY, THE NOW POPULAR STERLING MANAGEMENT PROGRAM IS A DERIVATIVE OF THE BALDRIDGE PROGRAM AND MANAGED BY THE GOVERNORS OF EACH OF OUR 50 STATES. AT THE AGE OF 89, LARRY BECAME THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 FLORIDA GOVERNORS STERLING AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR SUCCESSFULLY COACHING BUSINESSES, CHARITABLE AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO LEARN AND DEPLOY STERLING AND MALCOLM BALDRIDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS DURING THE PAST 25 YEARS. LARRY HAS HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE WHICH HE'S ENJOYED WITH HIS WIFE OF OVER 65 YEARS, BETSY GREG ADAMS. TOGETHER THEY HAVE THREE SONS, LARRY JR. , AN ARCHITECT, RON, A TRIAL ATTORNEY, AND THAD, A COMMERCIAL REALTOR. CONGRATULATIONS TO MY FRIEND, LARRY ADAMS, FOR A REMARKABLE LIFE WELL LIVED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              EMMER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A LOCAL HERO IN MY DISTRICT.…

                                                              EMMER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A LOCAL HERO IN MY DISTRICT. VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER BRUCE PRICE. COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICERS ARE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS. WHEN OUR VETERANS NEED HELP FILING A CLAIM FOR DISABILITY OR ARRANGING TRANSPORTATION TO THEIR V.A.

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                                                              MR. EMMER

                                                              HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS, SERVICE OFFICERS LIKE BRUCE ARE ALWAYS THERE TO…

                                                              HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS, SERVICE OFFICERS LIKE BRUCE ARE ALWAYS THERE TO SERVE. BRUCE AND HIS STAFF GO BEYOND THEIR CALL OF DUTYY. THEY SEE 3,000 INDIVIDUALS EVERY YEAR AND FIELD NEARLY 25,000 CALLS FROM VETERANS EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTY OR SEEKING RESOURCES. WHILE IT WAS NO SECRET TO OUR COMMUNITY THAT BRUCE IS A HERO, HIS EFFORTS ARE NOW FINALLY BEING RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY. BRUCE RECEIVED THE LIFE WELL-RUN COMMUNITY HERO AWARD FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO OTHERS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CITY COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO HAVE SUCH AN OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVANT IN MINNESOTA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. CONGRATULATIONS, BRUCE, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF ONE OF MINNESOTA'S MOST INCREDIBLE AND MOST SUCCESSFUL SPORTS TEAMS. THE FOUR-TIME WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION CHAMPION, MINNESOTA LYNX. THE MINNESOTA LYNX STARTED THEIR INAUGURAL SEASON IN 1999 WITH ONLY 10,000 FANS TO WATCH IN ATTENDANCE. THIS YEAR AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR 20TH SEASON, THE STANDS ARE PACKED. THAT'S BECAUSE WITH FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, THE LYNX ARE A DYNASTY, ONE THAT CONTINUES TO GROFMENTE WHILE THEY HAVE MANY IN-- GROW. WHILE THEY HAVE MANY INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUALS, THEY ARE A TRUE TEAM ON AND OFF THE COURT. THEY ARE ACTIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY IN THE LAND OF 10,000 LAKES, BUT THEY TAKE THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE EVEN BEYOND OUR STATE'S LINES. THIS WEEK I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING THE TEAM AT PAYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN AN EVENT WITH THE SAMARITANS FEET SHOES OF HOPE DISTRIBUTION. I ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO MANY WINNING SEASONS FROM THIS GROUP OF TALENTED AND DEDICATED ATHLETES. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LYNX ON 20 SEASONS, FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE MANY MORE VICTORIES THAT SURELY LIE AHEAD. YOU MAKE MINNESOTA PROUD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN INCREDIBLE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IN MY DISTRICT, 21ST CENTURY BANK. BEGINNING AS A FARMER STATE BANK OF SEEDER IN 1917, IT SERVED THE -- CEDAR IN 1917, IT SERVED THE RURAL COMMUNITY AND ONE OF THE FEW BANKS TO COME THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION. OVER 100 YEARS LATER, THE BANK HAS OPENED LOCATION IT'S ALL OVER OUR STATE, INCLUDING FOUR BANKS IN MINNESOTA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. AT THE HELM IS THOMAS P. DOLPHIN WHO SAID, QUOTE, IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS A HANDSHAKE THAT SEALED THE DEAL AND THAT IS STILL TRUE TODAY AT 21ST CENTURY BANK. HAVING BEEN AT THE BANK FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, TOM HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF TURNING TREVERT BANK FROM A SMALL RURAL -- 21ST CENTURY BANK WITH A SMALL RURAL BANK TO NOW WITH MORE THAN $240 MILLION IN ASSETS ALLOWING THEM TO SERVE MORE FAMILIES ACROSS MINNESOTA. IT -- AND MOST BUSINESSES THAT WORK WITH THEM ARE SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES MAKING 21ST CENTURY BANK PART OF THE FOUNDATION OF OUR LOCAL ECONOMY. AFTER CELEBRATING THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY, THEY CONTINUE BRINGING FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES THE SERVICES THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. WITH RESPECT AND GRATITUDE, THANK YOU TO THE DOLPHIN FAMILY AND TO EVERYONE AT 21ST CENTURY BANK TO YOUR LOCAL CONTRIBUTIONS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT 100 YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR THE BODY. WHETHER IT'S WALKING, BIKING, OR PLAYING HOCKEY ON A FROZEN LAKE, EXERCISE REDUCES YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING HEART DISEASE, HELPS MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT, IMPROVES MOOD AND MENTAL FUNCTIONING AND SO MUCH MORE. IN MY STATE, NO PLACE DOES IT BETTER THAN CARVER COUNTY IN MINNESOTA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. IT WAS NAMED THE HEALTHIEST COUNTY BY THE ROBERT WOOD FOUNDATION FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. IT IS BASED ON HOW PEOPLE FEEL AND HOW LONG THEY'VE LIVED. THE WALK ABILITY OF CITIES AND TOWNS IN CARVER ALLOW THEIR RESIDENTS TO SKIP THE CAR RIDE AND USE THEIR OWN TWO FEET TO GET TO THE GROCERY STORE SHOP AND WITH COUNTLESS PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, TRAILS, THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLACES FOR MINNESOTANS TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RESIDENTS OF CARVER COUNTY FOR GRABBING THE TOP SPOT ONCE AGAIN AND SETTING A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF OUR STATE TO GET OUT AND GET ACTIVE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              MR. FITZPATRICK

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THOSE IN BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY…

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THOSE IN BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES WHO SERVE IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES. JUST RECENTLY WE CELEBRATED NATIONAL E.M.S. WEEK, A TIME TO HONOR THE CONTRIBUTION AND SERVICE OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS. ALL TOO OFTEN, THE SERVICE OF E.M.T. 'S GO UNNOTICE. DESPITE THE RISKS OF THEIR PROFESSION AND THE LIFESAVING ACTIONS THEY PERFORM. LATE LAST MONTH, THE MIDDLETOWN EMERGENCY SQUAD HOSTED AN EVENT WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL E.M.S. WEEK AND TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT ISSUES FACING OUR COMMUNITY. AS AN E.M.T. MYSELF I CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT THIS PROFESSION TRULY EMBODIES PUBLIC SERVICE AND I THANK THOSE FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE TO SAVING LIVES. I'D ESPECIALLY LIKE TO EXTEND MY GRATITUDE TO THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR TO THE PINDALE AND TO THE SQUAD CHIEF, ANDREW FOLEY, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE CENTRAL BUCKS ROTARY CLUB WHO WILL HOST ITS NINTH ANNUAL RIDE FOR THE HEROES WHERE MOTORCYCLISTS FROM ACROSS BUCKS COUNTY RIDE TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS. ORGANIZED BY THE ROTARY MEMBER MARK GLIDON, THIS HAS GROWN FROM 200 BIKERS IN THE INITIAL YEAR TO ANYWHERE BETWEEN 500 TO 700 PARTICIPANTS ORIGINALLY. ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO NONPROFITS IN THE COMMUNITY, RIDE FOR THE HEROES BECAME FOCUSED ON HELPING MILITARY FAMILIES AT THE INSPIRATION OF THE TRAVIS MANON FOUNDATION IN DOYLESTOWN. FOUNDED BY TOM MANNION AND HIS LATE WIFE JANET IN HONOR OF THEIR SON, THEIR MISSION IS TO EMPOWER VETERANS AND FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES TO DEVELOP CHARACTER AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. IN DOING THIS, THE TRAVIS MANNION FOUNDATION SEEKS ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN VETERANS AND FAMILIES OF FALLEN SOLDIERS WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THE FOUNDATION BRINGS YOUNG PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH VETERANS SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN OUR NATION'S VALUES FROM HEROES WHO HAVE PUT THOSE VALUES INTO ACTION IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. I APPLAUD THE VISION OF THE TRAVIS MANNION FOUNDATION AND APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE CENTRAL BUCKS ROTARY CLUB AND THOSE WHO WILL RIDE FOR THOSE WHO SERVED. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A GROUP OF STUDENTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHO RECENTLY COLLECTED 2,150 POUNDS OF FOOD, PAPER PRODUCTS, AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS FOR THOSE IN NEED. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT COMPRISED OF NEARLY 6,500 STUDENTS RECENTLY HELD ITS ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE AND QUARTER COLLECTION. THIS EVENT COLLECTS ITEMS WHICH OPERATES A HOMELESS SHELTER AND OFFERS LITERARY EDUCATION CLASSES IN MONTGOMERY AND BUCKS COUNTIES. TO DIVERSIFY THE GOODS DONATED, EACH SCHOOL WAS ASSIGNED FROM PEANUT BUTTER AT THE INDIAN CREST MIDDLE SCHOOL TO SOAP AT THE OAK RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. VERNFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THOUGHTFULLY DONATED CROPS FROM THEIR COMMUNITY GARDENS TO THE KEYSTONE FOOD PANTRY. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THESE STUDENTS ALONG WITH THEIR TEACHERS AND PARENTS FOR TEACHING THEM THE VIRTUES OF CHARITY AND GENEROSITY. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AT KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY CENTER FOR THEIR SERVICE, ESPECIALLY PRESIDENT ARLENE DALEY, FOR HER OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              IS GAVELING IN NEXT TO WORK ON TWO BILLS DEALING WITH LOCAL AND STATE…

                                                              IS GAVELING IN NEXT TO WORK ON TWO BILLS DEALING WITH LOCAL AND STATE ANTI-GANG EFFORTS. AND FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS FOR NEXT YEAR. MORE THAN 50 AMENDMENTS MAY BE ALLOWED FOR THE WATER PROJECT BILL. THE LAST VOTE ISN'T EXPECTED UNTIL LATE TONIGHT. LIVE COVERAGE HERE ON C-SPAN.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER

                                                              AARON KRUPNIK, CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL, VOORHEES, NEW JERSEY.

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                                                              THE CHAPLAIN

                                                              THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

                                                              THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER

                                                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE…

                                                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. STEFANIK.

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                                                              MS. STEFANIK

                                                              ALL.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THOSE WHO SERVE, AND THEIR FAMILIES. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                              THOSE WHO SERVE, AND THEIR FAMILIES. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. NORCROSS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                              MR. NORCROSS

                                                              THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

                                                              THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                                              MCHENRY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE…

                                                              MCHENRY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE ONGOING PLIGHT OF PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON, A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY FROM MY DISTRICT IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. WHO HAS BEEN HELD AS A PRISONER OF THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT FOR THE LAST 20 MONTHS. PART OF BEING ARRESTED -- PRIOR TO BEING ARRESTED BY THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT IN 2016, HE HAS LIVED PEACEFULLY IN TURKEY FOR DECADES.

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                                                              MR. MCHENRY

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                                              SCHNEIDER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP…

                                                              SCHNEIDER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S SHAMEFUL NEW POLICY SEPARATING PARENTS AND CHILDREN SAT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER.

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                                                              MR. SCHNEIDER

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

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                                                              MS. STEFANIK

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                                                              HE SERVED AS THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDER AND SENIOR COMMANDER AT…

                                                              HE SERVED AS THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDER AND SENIOR COMMANDER AT FORT DRUM IN MY DISTRICT.

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                                                              MS. STEFANIK

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

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                                                              MR.

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                                                              MR. CICILLINE

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                                                              MR. CICILLINE

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                                              FIRST MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

                                                              FIRST MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. RERNED.

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                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION -- REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                                              MR. POE

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                                              VEASEY: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE

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                                                              OUR IMMIGRANTS' HERITAGE. OVER A THIRD OF NORTH TEXANS IN THE DALLAS-FORT…

                                                              OUR IMMIGRANTS' HERITAGE. OVER A THIRD OF NORTH TEXANS IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA WERE BORN OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY LIVE AND WORK IN MY DISTRICT. HONDURANS IN SOUTH IRVING.

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                                                              MR. VEASEY

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                                              MR. THOMPSON

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                                                              MR. THOMPSON

                                                              ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                              KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH. FOR…

                                                              KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH. FOR GENERATIONS AND ACROSS INDUSTRIES LGBTQ AMERICANS HAVE DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTED TO AMERICA'S GREATNESS. CHICAGOLAND IS HOME TO MANY OF THESE LEADERS LIKE CAROL JOHNSON, A UNE AON AND H.I.V.

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                                                              MS. KELLY

                                                              ACTIVIST. KIM HUNT, A POLICY EXPERT. THE LATE VERNITA GRAY. BUSINESS…

                                                              ACTIVIST. KIM HUNT, A POLICY EXPERT. THE LATE VERNITA GRAY. BUSINESS LEADERS. IN THE LAST FEW YEARS WE HAVE MADE REMARKABLE PROGRESS TOWARD EQUALITY. ON JUNE 26, WE WILL CELEBRATE THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR ALL AMERICANS. YET MUCH WORK STILL REMAINS. . TRANSAMERICANS ARE STILL TOO OFTEN THE VICTIMS OF -- TRANS AMERICANS ARE STILL SUBJECTED TO HARASSMENT. TOO MANY RESORT TO SELF-HARM. AND UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE SOMEONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHO REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE JUNE AS NATIONAL PRIDE MONTH. DESPITE THESE CHALLENGES WE STAND AS UNITED AS EVER AND WILL KEEP PUSHING UNTIL REAL, TRUE AND LASTING EQUALITY ISN'T JUST ENCODE IN LAW BUT IS ENCODED IN OUR HEARTS.

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

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                                                              MR. WILSON

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

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THEY'VE SERVED MILLION OFFS PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE AZE THAT WORD -- WORK…

                                                              THEY'VE SERVED MILLION OFFS PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE AZE THAT WORD -- WORK TOWARD THE IMPORTANT GOAL OF ENDING GLOBAL HUNGER BY 2030. I ALSO APPLAUD THE WORK OF KRAFT-HEINZ FOR THEIR LAUDABLE GOAL OF DELIVERING MEALS TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER. THE C.E.O. AND BOARD MEMBERS TRAVELED TO D.C. TO LEAD THE EVENT AND I'M GRATEFUL TO THEIR COMMITMENT TO ENDING HUNGER ONCE AND FOR ALL. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                              RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                              WITH OTHER 110 NIKE RAG WANS KILLED INCLUDE ONE U.S. CITIZEN, THE U.S.…

                                                              WITH OTHER 110 NIKE RAG WANS KILLED INCLUDE ONE U.S. CITIZEN, THE U.S. MUST TAKE SWIFT ACTION TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BLOOD SHED. THOUGH I APPRECIATE THE ADMINISTRATION'S REMARKS CONDEMNING THE VIOLENT ATTACK, ACTIONS MUST FOLLOW. I SENT A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL LETTER URGING THE ADMINISTRATION TO SANCTION TWO KEY REGIME OPERATIVES, FRANCIS KE LOPEZ, HEAD OF ALBANISA, FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND CORRUPTION AND FRANCISCO DIAZ, WHO LEADS THE NATIONAL POLICE, FOR OR STRATING THE REPRESSION AND KILLING OF NICARAGUANS. ILES ALSO URGE OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES TO PASS MY NIKA ACT TO CONDITION OUR VOTE AT INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS UNTIL NICARAGUA TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO RESTORE DEMOCRATIC ORDER. THE U.S. HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THE WAY, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S DO THAT. THANK YOU.

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                                                              918 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                                              I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF…

                                                              I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WIFE -- THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY…

                                                              I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WIFE -- THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              WOODALL: I DIDN'T COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO TELL ANYBODY THAT THE PROCESS…

                                                              WOODALL: I DIDN'T COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO TELL ANYBODY THAT THE PROCESS WAS PERFECT AND I DIDN'T COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO TELL ANYBODY THAT THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION BEFORE US ARE PERFECT. I'M CERTAIN THEY'RE NOT PERFECT, MR. SPEAKER. BECAUSE I DIDN'T WRITE EVERY LINE OR EVERY ONE OF THEM. THAT'S MY INDICATION THEY DIDN'T TURN OUT EXACTLY RIGHT. WHAT I DID DO, HOWEVER, BECAUSE I SERVE ON THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION, IS AWORKED WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TO GET TO A BILL WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. LUE

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE YET TO TAKE UP AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE YET TO TAKE UP AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND WE NEED THAT. THE NEXT 10 YEARS WE NEED $10.4 TRILLION OF TRAIN STRUCTURE SPENDING TO KEEP PACE AND OVER $2 TRILLION OF THAT IS NOT FUNDED. SO FOR EXAMPLE, 53% OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEED FUNDING TO MAKE REPAIRS. MORE THAN 18 MILLION MESHES DRINK FROM WATER SYSTEMS THAT FAIL TO MEET FEDERAL LEAD TESTS. 40% OF RURAL AMERICA AND THOSE IN TRIBAL LANDS LACK BROADBAND ACCESS. THE PRESIDENT HAS DESIGNATED WEEK AFTER WEEK AS INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK BUT THIS HOUSE MAJORITY HAS YET TO CONSIDER A SERIOUS INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL AND WHEN IT COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE THE PRESIDENT AND THIS G.O.P. MAJORITY HAS BEEN ALL TALK, NO ACTION. WE HAVE TO ADDRESS INFRASTRUCTURE. WE HAVE TO HAVE KEY PRINCIPLES FOR THIS INFRASTRUCTURE. FIRST, WE HAVE TO CREATE MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS THROUGH INVESTMENTS IN 21ST CENTURY PROJECTS. WE ALSO NEED TO EMPHASIZE PUBLIC INVESTMENT OVER CORPORATE GIVEAWAYS AND SELLING OF PUBLIC GOODS. WE NEED TO EMBRACE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS INCLUDING PROMOTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND MODERNIZING THE ENERGY GRID. WE NEED TO ENSURE INVESTMENTS ARE NOT PAID FOR AT THE EXPENSE OF SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, OR MEDICAID AND WE NEED TO NOT WEAKEN OR REPEAL EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. H.CON.RES. 63 WHICH EMBODIES THESE PRINCIPLES IS SUPPORTED BY A THIRD OF THE HOUSE, 157 CO-SPONSORS. WE NEED TO BRING THIS PROPOSAL UP RATHER THAN CONSIDERING BIPARTISAN APPROPRIATION BILLS THAT CUT FUNDING FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY WITHOUT OFFERING A MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR DEBATE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              WELCH.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              RECOGNIZED

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                                                              MR. WELCH

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

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                              WOODALL: I APPRECIATE THE WORDS OF MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT. HE'S ABSOLUTELY…

                                                              WOODALL: I APPRECIATE THE WORDS OF MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT. HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              FISCAL CONSERVATIVES, AS A RULE, ARE OUT THERE TRYING TO SAVE MONEY AND…

                                                              FISCAL CONSERVATIVES, AS A RULE, ARE OUT THERE TRYING TO SAVE MONEY AND OCCASIONALLY WE FIND OURSELVES IN THOSE SPACES WHERE WE END UP BEING PENNY-WISE AND POUND FOOLISH. THE FLOOD MITIGATION PROJECTS THAT MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT REFERENCED SAVED COUNTLESS DOLLARS BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY COUNTLESS LIVES AND SOME OF THESE AGING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS LOOK TO BE ON THE BRINK OF FAILURE, THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW, NOT LATER. I'M GLAD TO SEE WE WERE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER TO INVEST NEEDED RESOURCES TODAY IN OUR WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL SO WE'RE NOT SPENDING DOLLARS TOMORROW IN A DISASTER RELIEF BILL. THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DO IT, AND I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT MAKING THAT POINT.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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

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

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                                                              WOODALL: I'D ADVISE MY FRIEND THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN HE IS. MR.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              MCGOVERN: SO, MR. SPEAKER, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS THE MOST…

                                                              MCGOVERN: SO, MR. SPEAKER, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, I BELIEVE IN GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. YOU KNOW, THIS WRDA BILL SAR BILL THAT IS THE PRODUCT OF -- IS A BILL THAT IS THE PRODUCT OF A BIPARTISAN PROCESS.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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                                                              SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST THING'S FIRST. I MENTIONED, THESE BILLS ARE…

                                                              SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST THING'S FIRST. I MENTIONED, THESE BILLS ARE NOT PERFECT BILLS.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              THIS IS THE BEST. IN THE RULES COMMITTEE REPORT, IN THE SUMMARY OF MR.…

                                                              THIS IS THE BEST. IN THE RULES COMMITTEE REPORT, IN THE SUMMARY OF MR. NOLAN'S AMENDMENT, WE DID DESCRIBE THAT AMENDMENT INCORRECTLY. WE NOW CORRECTED THAT FOR THE RECORD. THAT'S BEEN SUBMITTED, BUT I JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THERE FOR THE PURPOSES OF TRANSPARENCY. I THINK MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS EXACTLY RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S TIME FOR US TO DECIDE HOW WE WANT TO RUN THIS INSTITUTION , AND MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS EXACTLY RIGHT. I DON'T QUESTION HIS NUMBERS. HE'S VERY GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES, WHEN HE SAYS THIS IS THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, I'M SURE HE HAS SOME SET OF NUMBERS THAT BACKS UP THAT ATTESTATION. BUT WHAT I KNOW IS, WHEN I WAS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS, WHEN I WAS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS AND DEMOCRATS WERE LEADING THIS INSTITUTION AT THAT TIME, FOR THE ENTIRE CYCLE THAT I WAS RUNNING, DEMOCRATS ALLOWED LESS THAN 1,000 AMENDMENTS, TOTAL, FOR THE ENTIRE SESSION OF CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONGRESS, WE'VE CONSIDERED MORE THAN 1,000 AMENDMENTS BEFORE THE MONTH OF MAY GOT OUT. WE HAVEN'T EVEN GOTTEN INTO THE APPROPRIATIONS CYCLE YET. THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE 30 AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER ON THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TODAY. IT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE 54 AMENDMENTS -- THE 50-PLUS AMENDMENTS MADE ON WRDA TODAY. WE HAVE ALREADY DONE MORE TO ALLOW MEMBERS TO BE HEARD IN THIS CONGRESS THAN WAS HAPPENING WHEN THE OTHER SIDE LED THIS INSTITUTION. I DON'T THINK THAT SHOULD BE THE MURPH SUCCESS, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T THINK THAT SHOULD BE THE MEASURE OF SUCCESS. MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID WE'RE GOING TO GET BIGGER VOTES AND BETTER VOTES WHEN WE BRING BETTER BILLS AND BETTER PROCESS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I BROUGHT TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL TELL YOU WHAT I BROUGHT TODAY. I BROUGHT A BILL THAT PASSED THIS HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY BEFORE IT WENT TO THE SENATE TO BE PASSED UNANIMOUSLY AFTER A FEW AMENDMENTS AND I BROUGHT IT BACK HERE SO THAT WE CAN AGAIN PASS IT UNANIMOUSLY, A BILL TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES, TO EMPOWER LAW ENFORCEMENT TO FIGHT GANG VIOLENCE ON THE FRONT LINES. I WANT TO SEND THAT BILL TO THE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER. AND IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEND THAT UNANIMOUSLY AGREED UPON LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT. THAT'S IN THIS RULE. ALSO IN THIS RULE, THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT, WHICH PASSED THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. UNANIMOUSLY. DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, LIBERALS, EVERYONE WORKING TOGETHER TO BRING A BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE. WE BROUGHT IT OUT OF COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. RULES COMMITTEE STILL MADE ANOTHER 50 AMENDMENTS IN ORDER, IN CASE FOLKS WANT TO IMPROVE UPON IT, 50-PLUS, BUT WE MADE THOSE AMENDMENTS IN ORDER TO A BILL THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN AGREED UPON UNANIMOUSLY. WHAT ELSE DOES THIS RULE DO? IT BRINGS A THIRD PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR AS A PART OF OUR APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE, THE LEG BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IT PASSED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WORKING TOGETHER TO BRING THAT BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE. WE INCLUDE THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION-VETERANS AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE. IT CAME OUT OF THE COMMITTEE HOW? DON'T TELL ME. UNANIMOUSLY AS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER TO MOVE THAT LEGISLATION FORWARD. AND THEN WE HAVE A FIFTH PART OF THIS PACKAGE, THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WHICH I CONFESS, I WANT TO BE CLEAR, I WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT, DID NOT PASS UNANIMOUSLY. IT JUST RECEIVED A SIMPLE BIPARTISAN VOTE TO COME OUT OF COMMITTEE. SO I CHALLENGE MY COLLEAGUES WHO WANT A BETTER PROCESS, WHO WANT TO SEE BETTER BILLS COME TO THE FLOOR. WE ARE ALREADY MAKING MORE AMENDMENTS IN ORDER THAN MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE EVER DREAMED OF DOING. WE'RE ALREADY BRINGING BILLS TO THE FLOOR THAT HAVE PASSED IN A COLLABORATIVE, IN FACT, UNANIMOUS WAY. AND IF YOU SUPPORT THIS RULE, YOU'LL BE SUPPORTING FIVE THINGS. FOUR OF THEM THAT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY, AND ONE THAT PASSED WITH A BIPARTISAN VOTE. IS THAT GOING TO GET EVERYBODY THAT WANTS HERE TODAY? I DOUBT IT. IT'S A TALL ORDER. BUT IS IT WORTH SUPPORTING, MR. SPEAKER? IS IT WORTH SAYING IT'S A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? IS IT WORTH CELEBRATING BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT COULD HAVE GONE A DIFFERENT WAY BUT WE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO THE EXCELLENCE THAT WE HAVE HERE? IT IS. . I'LL FINISH WHERE WE BEGAN. I'M PROUD TO BE HERE. I'M THE LUCKIEST GUY IN THE WORLD TO BE ABLE TO COME DOWN HERE AND TALK ABOUT, BECAUSE FOLKS DON'T GET TO READ IT, THEY DON'T GET THAT AROUND THE WATER COOLER BACK HOME THAT WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER. THAT WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER NOT ON THE EASY PROBLEMS, BUT ON THE HARD PROBLEMS. THAT WE'RE DOING THINGS HERE TOGETHER THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE BEFORE, BUT WE'RE DOING THEM NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE SERIOUS MEN AND WOMEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO WANT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. SUPPORT THIS RULE. SUPPORT THIS RULE. BUT SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE WORK PRODUCT THAT'S GONE INTO THIS LEGISLATION. THE RULE AND THOSE FIVE UNDERLYING PROVISIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES. VOTE YES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION IF ORDERED AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. 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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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

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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 SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE…

                                                              ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              ] THE SPEAKER PRO APPROVED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              MOLLTON OF MASSACHUSETTS THAT IS NOW AT THE DESK BE CONSIDERED AS THOUGH…

                                                              MOLLTON OF MASSACHUSETTS THAT IS NOW AT THE DESK BE CONSIDERED AS THOUGH PRINTED AS THE LAST AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 AND BE DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              ADD AT THE END OF TITLE 1 THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, CORPS OF ENGINEERS --

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              3249, THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION ACT OF…

                                                              3249, THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, AND I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL, DESIGNATE THE DESIGNATE…

                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL, DESIGNATE THE DESIGNATE AMENDMENT AND MOTION.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              3249, A BILL -- MR. GOODLATTE SAYS THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE DESIGNATE…

                                                              3249, A BILL -- MR. GOODLATTE SAYS THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE DESIGNATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3249.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL S ON H.R. 3249.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              CONSUME.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              GANGS TEAR APART FAMILIES BY PREMA TURRILL TAKING THE LIVES -- PREMATURELY…

                                                              GANGS TEAR APART FAMILIES BY PREMA TURRILL TAKING THE LIVES -- PREMATURELY TAKING THE LIVES OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN. SOME OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BEEN OVERRUN BY GANG VIOLENCE. HOMICIDE RATES SKYROCKET IN BALTIMORE, CHICAGO, IN 2016. COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS, 2016 REPRESENTED A 15.8% INCREASE IN HOMICIDES IN ST. LOUIS. 12. 7% INCREASE IN BALTIMORE. 11. 4% INCREASE IN CHICAGO. WE MUST STAND UP TO VIOLENT GANGS AND PROVIDE AN ANTIDOTE TO THEIR POISON. H.R. 3249 IS A VITAL PART OF THE ANTIDOTE. THIS LEGISLATION REFORMS AND RE-AUTHORIZES THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM OPERATES UNDER FOUR KEY PRINCIPLES -- PARTNERSHIPS, STRATEGIC PLANNING, TRAINING, AND OUTREACH. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE PROGRAM BRINGS ALL THE IMPORTANT ACTORS TOGETHER. THIS LEGISLATION WILL FOSTER AND IMPROVE EXISTING PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL AGENCIES, COMMUNITY GROUPS, AND RESEARCHERS. STRATEGIC PLANNING IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM. MOREOVER, H.R. 3249 PROMOTES THE ROBUST ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING CRIMINAL LAWS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS, SUCH AS JUVENILE JUSTICE PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING STREET LEVEL OUTREACH, CONFLICT MEDIATION, AND SOCIAL SERVICES. INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS PROVIDE EXTENSIVE TRAINING AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH. FURTHERMORE, IN RELYING ON LOCALIZED AND CONTEMPORANEOUS DATA, THIS BILL STRATEGICALLY PRIORITIZES A FOCUS ON INDIVIDUALS OR ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR INCREASING VIOLENCE IN A PARTICULAR GEOGRAPHIC AREA. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE THAT 30% OF PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS FUNDING IS ALLOCATED TO GANG TASK FORCES IN REGIONS EXPERIENCING A SIGNIFICANT OR INCREASED PRESENCE OF VIOLENT CRIME, FIREARM OFFENSES, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND DRUG TRAFFICKING. AS A RESULT, CRITICAL RESOURCES SUCH AS THE DEPLOYMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FUNDING, ARE PUT TO THEIR BEST USE. ALL TOGETHER, THIS LEGISLATION TAKES A BALANCED APPROACH BY COMBINING ENFORCEMENT WITH PREVENTION TO COMBAT GANG VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE COMPREHENSIVE, COORDINATE NATED AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED -- COORDINATED AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED PART WILL SERVE AS A KEY PART OF THE ANTIDOTE OF THE POISONOUS EFFECTS GANGS HAVE ON OUR COUNTRY. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA COMSTOCK, FOR TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT…

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME.

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MRS. COMSTOCK

                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                              YOU HAVE THE TIME AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO RESPOND.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                              THAT ALL OF THE TALK OF FIGHTING GANG VIOLENCE MAY BE BEYOND THIS AUGUST…

                                                              THAT ALL OF THE TALK OF FIGHTING GANG VIOLENCE MAY BE BEYOND THIS AUGUST HALL LACED WITH BIAS, RACIAL BIAS, ETHNICITY, ETC. THE SENATE AMENDMENT INCLUDES A REFERENCE TO FOCUSING ON IDENTIFIED SUBSETS OF INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR INCREASING VIOLENCE IN A PARTICULAR GEOGRAPHIC AREA. I MIGHT INDICATE THAT THAT MAY BE SOME BAD BEHAVIOR KIDS. WILL YOU ASSURE ME THAT THE INTENT OF THIS PROVISION, REFERRING TO SUBSETS OF INDIVIDUALS, IS NOT TO ENCOURAGE OR CONDONE THE TARGETING OF ANYONE BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE OR NATIONAL ORIGIN, AND THAT THEY HAPPEN TO BE IN GROUPS?

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                              WOULD YOU ALSO SAY THAT INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS ARE A…

                                                              WOULD YOU ALSO SAY THAT INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS ARE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE STAY AWAY FROM VIOLENCE?

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                              MRS. COMSTOCK WANTS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR A BRIEF COMMENT AND THEN I'LL BE…

                                                              MRS. COMSTOCK WANTS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR A BRIEF COMMENT AND THEN I'LL BE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM VIRGINIA SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              I RESERVE.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK, AGAIN, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MRS.…

                                                              I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK, AGAIN, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MRS. COMSTOCK, FOR HER LONG DEDICATED WORK TO FIGHTING GANG VIOLENCE AND HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FUTURE, NOT ONLY IN VIRGINIA, BUT ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              POSTPONED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 8.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                              THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 8 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              PURPOSES.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THIS MARKS THE THIRD CONGRESS IN A ROW THAT THE TRANSPORTATION AND…

                                                              THIS MARKS THE THIRD CONGRESS IN A ROW THAT THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER A WATER RESOURCES BILL, SO WE ARE BACK TO REGULAR ORDER WHEN IT COMES TO WRDA, SO I HOPE WE BRING IT TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND I HOPE WE PASS A WRDA BILL.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. DEFAZIO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              8, THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2018. THIS IS THE PROCESS

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                                                              MR. DEFAZIO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. DEFAZIO

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I WANT IT THANK MY FRIEND FROM OREGON AND MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR…

                                                              I WANT IT THANK MY FRIEND FROM OREGON AND MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS.

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MRS. NAPOLITANO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MEMBER, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND MY CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE,…

                                                              MEMBER, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND MY CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. GRAVES.

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                                                              MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE SUBCOMMITTEE…

                                                              TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF THE HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT, THE OTHER MR.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                              MINUTES.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS IMPORTANT TO THE HEALTH OF OUR ECONOMY AND JOB…

                                                              OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS IMPORTANT TO THE HEALTH OF OUR ECONOMY AND JOB GROWTH, INCLUDING INFRASTRUCTURE JOB OPPORTUNITY AND THE SKILLED TRADES.

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                                                              MRS. LAWRENCE

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              DAVIS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. DAIS

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MRS. NAPOLITANO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. ONE OF THE MOST…

                                                              I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN IS THE SAGINAW

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                                                              MR. KILDEE

                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              SANFORD: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RISE AS A CONSERVATIVE IN SUPPORT OF…

                                                              SANFORD: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RISE AS A CONSERVATIVE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. AS CONSERVATIVES WE WANT LESS GOVERNMENT BUT THE GOVERNMENT WE HAVE, WE WANT TO WORK BETTER.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SANFORD

                                                              I THINK THAT WRDA DOES THAT. I THINK THAT ONE THING WE LOOK AT IS HOW DO…

                                                              I THINK THAT WRDA DOES THAT. I THINK THAT ONE THING WE LOOK AT IS HOW DO WE BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE AS A SOCIETY RELATIVE TO ALL THE OTHER PLACES AROUND THE GLOBE IN THE WAY WE DELIVER GOODS WHETHER BY LAND BY AIR, BY SEA, AGAIN, THIS BILL DOES THAT I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS WORK ON IT. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY SINGLE HIM OUT FOR WHAT HE'S DONE WITH THE -- WITH REGARD TO PROCESS. AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, IT WAS A SEVEN-YEAR SKIP BETWEEN WRDA BILLS BUT THERE WAS A BILL IN 2014, A BILL IN 2016, A BILL IN 2018 THAT KIND OF PREDICTABILITY IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IF YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MARINE AND OTHER INVESTMENT AS WE'VE SEEN IN A PLACE LIKE CHARLESTON. TOO, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH REGARD TO NONFEDERAL SPONSORS. THIS IDEA OF ADDING NEW FLEXIBILITY IN THE WAY THAT WE ORIGINATE PROGRAMS I THINK MAKES A LOT OF SENSE. ONE AUTHORIZATION MEANS A BOTTLENECK. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS FREES UP BOTTLENECKS IN THE WAY THAT THINGS GET FUNDED. THIRD, I WANT TO SINGLE OUT GARRETT GRAVERS AND AGAIN THE CHAIRMAN FOR THIS STUDY WITH REGARD TO WHETHER OR NOT CIVIL WORKS CAN BE DONE BY NONMILITARY ACTORS. I THINK THIS IS VITAL IN MOVING THE BACKLOG THROUGH THE THAT NOW EXISTS ON THE WRDA FRONT. FINALLY I WANT TO SAY THANKS FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING ON COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS. A PLACE LIKE CHARLESTON HAS BEEN HAMPERED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THEIR THROWING IN LOCAL MONEY AND WHAT WE WANT TO REWARD AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL IS MORE IN THE WAY OF STATE AND LOCAL MONEY AS WE LEVERAGE FEDERAL INVESTMENT. THANKS AGAIN FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE ON THIS MEASURE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 8.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR. -- MR. WELCH: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN, MS.

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                                                              MR. WELCH

                                                              GABARD.

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                                                              MS. GABBARD

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              AND LONG-TERM STUDY. OUR PORTS, BEACHES, INLETS AND WATERWAYS ARE THE…

                                                              AND LONG-TERM STUDY. OUR PORTS, BEACHES, INLETS AND WATERWAYS ARE THE LIFELINE OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND JOB GROWTH FOR OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND THEY ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR THE NATION AS A WHOLE. I THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO AND THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND TRAIN STRUCTURE COMMITTEE FOR PUTTING FORTH A STRONG BILL THAT ADDRESSES THE UNIQUE COASTAL NEEDS OF NORTH CAROLINA'S SEVENTH DISTRICT AND MAKES GREAT IMPROVEMENTS TO CURRENT LAW ENABLING CRITICAL CRITICAL PROJECTS TO MOVE FORWARD WHILE SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN MULTIPLE WAYS. A JOB WELL DONE. I URGE EVERYONE'S SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I RESERVE.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              MR. LAMALFA

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              I HAVE AN AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              MR. DEFAZIO

                                                              BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT…

                                                              THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 1-711

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                                                              MR. DEFAZIO

                                                              PEOPLE AREN'T RESPONSIBLE TO BE HERE.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              2. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF…

                                                              2. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3. THE CHAIR WILL MOVE ONTO THE NEXT AMENDMENT. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TORE CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              YES, I DO.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SHOESER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              POSEY, MR. MAST, MR. HASINGS. AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD AMENDMENT AND…

                                                              POSEY, MR. MAST, MR. HASINGS. AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD AMENDMENT AND RESERVE.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT…

                                                              THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              REPORT 115-711.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOWL HOUSE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION DIRECTS ME…

                                                              THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOWL HOUSE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THEREON.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE SPEAKER PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918 THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS…

                                                              THE SPEAKER PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918 THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711, MAY BE CONSIDERED OUT OF SEQUENCE, AMENDMENTS NUMBER TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SEVEN, AND EIGHT.

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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. 8.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              GIBBS OF OHIO.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GIBBS

                                                              THE ARMY CORPS CURRENTLY HAS CONSIDERABLE DISCRETION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL…

                                                              THE ARMY CORPS CURRENTLY HAS CONSIDERABLE DISCRETION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL WHETHER TO REQUIRE FINANCIAL ASSURANCE OR A BOND ON A PROJECT THIS INCLUDES AN AFFIRMED SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR A PROJECT. THE EXCLUSION OF THIS RELEVANT DATA IN DETERMINING SUITABILITY HAS LED TO UNEVEN WORK AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL. MY AMENDMENT WILL GIVE A MORE UNIFORM FRAMEWORK WITH A WIDER SCOPE OF FACTORS USED IN DETERMINING THE FINANCIAL MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A 404 PROJECT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND -- FOR REGULATORY CERTAINTY AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                              MR. DEFAZIO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              GRAVES: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS AN…

                                                              GRAVES: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS AN IMPORTANT AMENDMENT IN THAT IT TRIES TO ENSURE THAT MITIGATION BANKS AND OTHER TYPES OF MITIGATION MECHANISMS ARE VIABLE OPTIONS TO BE ABLE TO BUILD PROJECTS. IN SOME CASES YOU HAVE UNAVOIDABLE IMPACTS. WE NEED TO HAVE OPTIONS TO MITIGATE FOR THOSE IMPACTS SO WE CAN TRULY BUILD PROJECTS. I WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE, FOR BRINGING THIS UP. I DO THINK WE NEED TO CONTINUE WORKING ON REFINING THE TEXT A LITTLE BIT IN WORKING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER WITH OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO GET THIS TO A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE CAN AGREE. AGAIN, I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR US TO ADDRESS, TO ENSURE THAT MITIGATION CREDITS ARE ACCESSIBLE AND I WANT TO SEE IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD BE WILLING TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT AND WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH HIM TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN ADDRESS THIS ISSUE MOVING FORWARD THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. I YIELD

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                                                              MR. DEFAZIO

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              WITHDRAWN. -- THE AMENDMENT IS

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF THE…

                                                              SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO CONSIDER WATER STORAGE WHEN CARRYING OUT WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT FEASIBILITY STUDY. SECTION 109 REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO CON SUMMIT WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND INTEGRATE THEIR WATER MANAGEMENT PLANS WHEN DEVELOPING A WATER RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FEASIBILITY STUDY MY AMENDMENT WOULD INCLUDE CONSIDERATION OF WATER STORAGE WHEN DEVELOPING THESE STORIES -- STUDIES.

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                                                              MR. SOTO

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              IT OFFERS CLARIFICATION AND WILL HELP COMMUNITIES AND THE CORPS WORK IN…

                                                              IT OFFERS CLARIFICATION AND WILL HELP COMMUNITIES AND THE CORPS WORK IN PARTNERSHIP AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                              MR. SOTO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              ROYCE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START BY JUST THANKING THE CHAIRMAN…

                                                              ROYCE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START BY JUST THANKING THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE AND I THANK HIS COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH ME ON MY PROPOSED CHANGES AND FOR INCLUDING AN ADDITIONAL AMENDMENT IN THE MANAGER'S PACKAGE. THE AMENDMENT BEFORE US EXPANDS THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS ELIGIBLE UNDER THE NONFEDERAL IMPLEMENTATION PILOT PROGRAM AND AS YOU KNOW, THE PILOT PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED BY WRDA IN 2014. WHAT IT DOES IS IT ALLOWS PROJECTS THAT CAN DEMONSTRATE GREATER COST EFFECTIVE VENS, GREATER EFFICIENCY, TO RECEIVE DIRECT FUNDING.

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                                                              MR. ROYCE

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS THE ONLY TIME REMAINING.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE --

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                                                              MR. ROYCE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I JUST RISE AS EA THE DESIGNEE OF MR. KEATING AND THE PURPOSE IS TO OFFER…

                                                              I JUST RISE AS EA THE DESIGNEE OF MR. KEATING AND THE PURPOSE IS TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                              MR. ROYCE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              CALIFORNIA.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. ROYCE

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              S THAT GOOD FIX FOR THE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE…

                                                              S THAT GOOD FIX FOR THE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              MR. ROYCE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR. DEN HAK --

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                                                              MR. DENHAM

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. COSTA

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              DENHAM: I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. DENHAM

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MS. ESTY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL…

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MS. ESTY

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MS. ESTY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. SOTO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SOTO: MY AMENDMENT ADDS UNIVERSITIES TO THE LIST OF ENTITIES THE SECRETARY…

                                                              SOTO: MY AMENDMENT ADDS UNIVERSITIES TO THE LIST OF ENTITIES THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY CORPS SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN SUBMITTING THEIR REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE USE OF INNOVATIVE MATERIALS AND WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS.

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                                                              MR. SOTO

                                                              DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SOTO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART A OF…

                                                              IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              REPORT 115-711.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              KRISHNAMOORTHI: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN ORDER TO…

                                                              KRISHNAMOORTHI: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE MANY WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS AUTHORIZED UNDER THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT AMERICANS RELY ON THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. THEY HAVE DEDICATED CIVILIANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL.

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                                                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE B.L.S. REPORTED THERE ARE MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN PEOPLE LOOKING FOR…

                                                              THE B.L.S. REPORTED THERE ARE MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN PEOPLE LOOKING FOR WORK.

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                                                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                                                              THIS AMENDMENT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP. AND I URGE…

                                                              THIS AMENDMENT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              JAYAPAL OF WASHINGTON.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              JAYAPAL: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH ADDS AN ASPECT TO A…

                                                              JAYAPAL: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH ADDS AN ASPECT TO A G.A.O. STEWED THAT IS ALREADY IN THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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                                                              MS. JAYAPAL

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THIS AMENDMENT ADDS CONSIDERATIONS TO A G.A.O. STUDY THAT WE HAVE INCLUDED…

                                                              THIS AMENDMENT ADDS CONSIDERATIONS TO A G.A.O. STUDY THAT WE HAVE INCLUDED IN OUR BILL. MR.

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                                                              SHUSTER: I BELIEVE LOOKING AT NAVIGATION SAVESINGS IS AN IMPORTANT…

                                                              SHUSTER: I BELIEVE LOOKING AT NAVIGATION SAVESINGS IS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION -- SAVINGS IS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. MS.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              JAYAPAL: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ACCEPTING THE AMENDMENT. I URGE SUPPORT…

                                                              JAYAPAL: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ACCEPTING THE AMENDMENT. I URGE SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              MS. JAYAPAL

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. SOTO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY AMENDMENT…

                                                              SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY AMENDMENT BE MODIFIED BY STRIKING LINE 3 AND INSERTING LINE 2.

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                                                              MR. SOTO

                                                              I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              RECOGNITION?

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              STUDY IN SECTION 130 TO SPECIFICALLY

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                                                              MR. SOTO

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT AS HE ORIGINALLY…

                                                              SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT AS HE ORIGINALLY INTENDED.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE SOME CONFORMING AND TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS YOU'D LIKE…

                                                              I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE SOME CONFORMING AND TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE. WE WANT TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO MOVE FORWARD.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SOTO

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              HE THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I HAVE -- I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT…

                                                              HE THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I HAVE -- I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. SANFORD

                                                              SANFORD OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SANFORD

                                                              AND ONE OF THE THINGS MOST CRITICAL TO IMPROVING OUR WATER RESOURCES IS…

                                                              AND ONE OF THE THINGS MOST CRITICAL TO IMPROVING OUR WATER RESOURCES IS TIMELY COMPLETION OF THESE PROJECTS. SO THIS IS ULTIMATELY ABOUT RECOGNIZING THAT TIME IS MONEY, RECOGNIZING THAT -- TO BE COMPETITIVE WE HAVE TO SPEED THE PROGRESS THAT WE SEE ON THESE KINDS OF PROJECTS. AND IN FACT IT TIES TO WHAT WE ALL KNOW ABOUT COMPETITIVENESS. I MEAN, GETTING THINGS DONE MEANS A BIAS FOR ACTION, IT MEANS NOT WAITING ON OTHERS, IT MEANS SHOWING INITIATIVE. IT MEANS IF YOU GO THE EXTRA MILE YOU GET REWARDED FOR IT. LET ME GIVE YOU ONE QUICK CHAMPLE. IN THE A PORT IN CHARLESTON, IT'S A $558 MILLION PROJECT. THE FEDERAL SHARE IS $287 MILLION. THE NONFEDERAL SHARE IS $271 MILLION. IN THE CASE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THEY'VE GONE AHEAD AND SAVED, IF YOU WILL, IN THE PIGGY BANK, $300 MILLION. IF THEY ADVANCE THE ENTIRE $300 MILLION, ARE THEY JUST OUT OF LUCK OR ARE THEY HELD TO THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT OF THIS IS THE FEDERAL SHARE AND THIS IS THE STATE SHARE AND THEREFORE EVEN IF YOU ADVANCE THAT MONEY, YOU'RE GOING TO GET THAT ADDITIONAL $29 MILLION BACK? THAT TO ME MAKES IMMINENT COMMON SENSE BECAUSE MOST OF ALL WHAT IT DOES IS IT RECOGNIZES THAT TIME IS MONEY AND ALLOWING LOCAL ACTORS TO MOVE MORE QUICKLY AND NOT WAIT ON FEDERAL ACTIVITY IS SOMETHING IN ALL OF OUR RESPOPT -- RESPECTIVE BEST INTERESTS. WITH THAT, I'D RETAIN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            • 04:09:12 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THIS AMENDMENT CLARIFIES REPAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING ADVANCED BY…

                                                              THIS AMENDMENT CLARIFIES REPAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING ADVANCED BY NONFEDERAL SPONSORS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THIS IS A GOOD, BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT…

                                                              THIS IS A GOOD, BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. SARICH SAVEN I THANK THE CHAIR --

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE…

                                                              THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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                                                              MR. SANFORD

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, TO --

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                                                              MR. KNOLLENBERG

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                                                              MR. NOLAN

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              NOLAN: MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T THANK…

                                                              NOLAN: MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN NAPOLITANO, AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE STAFF AS WELL. MY AMENDMENT IS PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT SIMPLY EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF THE CONGRESS THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SIOUX LOCK AT SIOUX ST.

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                                                              MR. NOLAN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. OR YIELD BACK? NEIL

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. NOLAN

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                                                              MR. NOLAN

                                                              THE AMENDMENT EXPRESS THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT -- EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF…

                                                              THE AMENDMENT EXPRESS THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT -- EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW LOCKS IS VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND NATIONAL NEED FOR NEW CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                              MR. NOLAN

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT HE IS -- I HAVE AN AMENDMENT.

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                                                              MS. MOORE

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN. MS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MOORE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU, MADAM RANKING MEMBER. I…

                                                              MOORE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU, MADAM RANKING MEMBER. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO THIS CRITICAL BILL ON WHICH AUTHORIZES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CORPS PROJECTS. MY AMENDMENT IS VERY SIMPLE. I CAN KEEP IT SHORT.

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                                                              MS. MOORE

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              MOORE: MR. CHAIR, I JUST WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MS. MOORE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                              MR. MEADOWS

                                                              MEADOWS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              CHAIRMAN, THE WRDA BILL IS AN IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION…

                                                              CHAIRMAN, THE WRDA BILL IS AN IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR NATION'S WATER RESOURCE INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING PORTS AND INLAND WATERWAYS, LOCKS, DAMS, FLOOD PROTECTION, ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION. I WANT TO APPLAUD MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON MOVING FORWARD WITH YET ANOTHER WRDA BILL THROUGH THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE. I'M SO PROUD TO SERVE ON THAT COMMITTEE UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, BUT SELDOM IN CONGRESS DO THINGS ACTUALLY EVER END UP BEING LIKE THEY WERE PROMISED, AND I CAN TELL YOU AFTER THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS CHAIRMAN, NOT ONLY ARE WE VOTING ON YET ANOTHER WRDA BILL BUT WE'RE DOING IT IN A

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                                                              MR. MEADOWS

                                                              TRANSPARENT POLICY-FOCUSED MANNER. IT'S THIS RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER THAT…

                                                              TRANSPARENT POLICY-FOCUSED MANNER. IT'S THIS RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS TRULY ENCOURAGED SO MANY OF HIS MEMBERS NOT ONLY ON THE COMMITTEE BUT OFF THE COMMITTEE. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT ADDS ONE PROVISION TO THIS IMPORTANT BILL. IT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO PRIORITIZE THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND IMPROVE THEIR RELYABILITY -- RELIABILITY. THE LAST THING THE TAXPAYERS WANT TO DO IS SPEND NEEDLESSLY MONEY ON EXPENSIVE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE IF THE EXISTING ROADWAYS, HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES, PORTS, AIRPORTS, WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS ARE AGING AND IN DISREPAIR. WE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS AND ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, IF AMERICA FAILS TO INVEST IN EXISTING AILING INFRASTRUCTURE BY 2025, THE U.S. ECONOMY CAN BE EXPECTED TO LOSE ALMOST $4 TRILLION IN GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, RESULTING IN A LOSS OF SOME 2.5 MILLION JOBS. THEREFORE, AS WE LOOK AT THIS LEGISLATION, IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE REPAIR, REBUILD, AND MODERNIZE THE INFRASTRUCTURE WE HAVE. SO I'M GOING TO YIELD BACK MY TIME AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND ACKNOWLEDGING THAT AND I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SHUSTER: I RISE BUT DO NOT OPPOSE. CYBER THREATS ARE A MAJOR CONCERN TO…

                                                              SHUSTER: I RISE BUT DO NOT OPPOSE. CYBER THREATS ARE A MAJOR CONCERN TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS WILL HELP ENSURE IT IS PROTECTED.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              SO WITH THAT I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE…

                                                              SO WITH THAT I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. MAST

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MAST: MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN…

                                                              MAST: MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, AND THE COMMITTEE FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK ON WRDA.

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                                                              MR. MAST

                                                              THE GENTLEMANRY SERVES. -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                              THE GENTLEMANRY SERVES. -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN I YIELD TOED BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. MAST

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. PEARCE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              PEARCE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I START I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN MY…

                                                              PEARCE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I START I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA IN RECOGNIZING THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN SHUSTER ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND THE MANNER IN WHICH IT'S BROUGHT FORWARD WITH FULL AMENDMENT PROCESS ALLOWED.

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                                                              MR. PEARCE

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SHUSTER: THIS REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO PAY COST SHARE FOR PROJECTS IN NEW…

                                                              SHUSTER: THIS REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO PAY COST SHARE FOR PROJECTS IN NEW MEXICO. I AM PREPARED TO ACCEPT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              PEARCE: I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                              MR. PEARCE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. KELLY

                                                              KELLY OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              KELLY: FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER'S…

                                                              KELLY: FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER'S LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE AND ALL THE STAFF. SURE APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK. THIS AMENDMENT ALLOWS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO STRONGLY CONSIDER THE LARGE NUMBER OF RECREATIONAL BOATS THAT USE THE LOCKS ON THE ALLEGANY RIVER IN MY DISTRICT WHEN PRIORITIZING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE PROJECTS.

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                                                              MR. KELLY

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THE CORPS SHOULD TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION. THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT.…

                                                              THE CORPS SHOULD TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION. THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT. I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              KELLY: I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              MR. KELLY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. SCHRADER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SCHRADER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN…

                                                              SCHRADER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO, AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN GRAVES, RANKING MEMBER NAPOLITANO, AND THEIR STAFF FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT PROVIDES COMMUNITIES WITH THE CERTAINTY THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS THE AUTHORITY TO HELP THEM MITIGATE ANY DETRIMENTAL IMPACTS TO MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY RESULTING FROM A CORPS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. IT'S A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT. I AM GLAD TO OFFER IT.

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                                                              MR. SCHRADER

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SCHRADER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MS. JAYAPAL

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              JAYAPAL OF WASHINGTON.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH…

                                                              JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH SIMPLY ASKS THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO EXPLORE WHAT OPPORTUNITIES EXIST TO INCORPORATE NOISE ABATEMENT AND NOISE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES AND PRACTICES INTO THE WORK OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS. NOISE HAS A BEARING BOTH ON LAND AND IN WATER AND AS MARITIME TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL INCREASE AND AS VESSELS INCREASE IN SIZE, COMMUNITIES ALONG OUR NATION'S WATERWAYS STAND TO BE AFFECTED THE MOST.

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                                                              MS. JAYAPAL

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

                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MS. JAYAPAL

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESS --

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                                                              MR. CLAY

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                                                              MR. HIGGINS

                                                              HIGGINS OF

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT --

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                                                              MR. HIGGINS

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. HIGGINS

                                                              2018. MY AMENDMENT IS A COMMONSENSE AND COST-SAVEGS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD…

                                                              2018. MY AMENDMENT IS A COMMONSENSE AND COST-SAVEGS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUCH-NEEDED FLEXIBILITY WHEN ACQUIRING CERTAIN RIGHTS TO THE PROCUREMENT OF LAND. SPECIFICALLY IT WOULD DIRECT THE SECRETARY TO PREFER ACQUIRING THE MINIMUM INTEREST NECESSARY IN REAL PROPERTY NEEDED TO SUPPORT A PROJECT OR AN ACTION. THIS ALLOWS FLEXIBILITIES FOR THE CORPS TO CONSIDER THE USE OF A TEMPORARY EASEMENT OF ESTATES OR OTHER INTERESTS TO FACILITATE A REDUCTION IN OVERALL PROJECT COSTS, TO REDUCE PROJECT TIME, AND MINIMIZE CONFLICT WITH PROPERTY OWNERS RELATED TO THE PROJECT OR ACTION. THIS APPROACH WILL ALLOW THE CORPS TO TAKE A MORE SENSIBLE APPROACH TO PROJECTS AND NOT FORCE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PURCHASE MORE PROPERTY IN ORDER TO UNDERTAKE CRITICALLY NEEDED PROJECTS. HISTORICALLY IN MY HOME STATE OF LOUISIANA, MANY OF THE PROJECTS ARE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND STATE AND PRIVATE LANDOWNERS WHO OFTEN CAN OFFER MORE FAVORABLE AND ECONOMICAL TERMS THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S OUTRIGHT PURCHASING OF PROPERTY. AS WE HAVE HEARD THROUGHOUT DEBATE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL, THERE ARE COUNTLESS AND WIDELY KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN THE WAY BUSINESSES CONDUCTED BY -- BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY THE CORPS. MANY OF THESE ISSUES ARE CAUSED BY BUREAUCRACY REGULATIONS -- BUREAUCRATIC REGULATIONS THAT GET IN THE WAY OF REAL PROGRESS BEING MADE IN A MANNER THAT IS RESPONSIBLE TO THE TAXPAYERS WE REPRESENT. MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              GRAVES: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CONTROL THE TIME IN OPPOSITION,…

                                                              GRAVES: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CONTROL THE TIME IN OPPOSITION, ALTHOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT -- I DO NOT PLAN TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA, COLLEAGUE, FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. HIGGINS

                                                              THE CHAIRMAN'S BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. BABIN

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              TEXAS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              BABIN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AS A MEMBER…

                                                              BABIN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AS A MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE WHO HAS THE GREAT PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT FOUR TEXAS PORTS IN MY DISTRICT IN TEXAS, IT IS TRULY AN HONOR TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TODAY ON THEIR BEHALF. RIGHT NOW THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS IN THE MIDST OF A STUDY OF THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL, TO EVALUATE POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS.

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                                                              MR. BABIN

                                                              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 LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

                                                              BABIN: YES. I ALSO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT NUMBER 8, BY MS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. BABIN

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. BABIN

                                                              WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MADAM CHAIR, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. BOST

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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

                                                              BOST, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. BOST

                                                              THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES RECOVER FROM…

                                                              THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES RECOVER FROM FLOOD DISASTERS. UNDER CURRENT LAW, THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CAN ONLY REPAIR A NONFEDERAL LEVEE IF THE FLOOD PROTECTION BENEFIT OUTWEIGHS THE COST. HOWEVER, THE STANDARD CAN'T ALWAYS BE MET, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, WITH SPECIFIC ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES. A SMALL LEVEE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE. THE LEVEE BREACHED IN THE WINTER FLOODS OF JANUARY, 2016. SEVERAL THOUSAND ACRES OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND AGRICULTURAL LAND WERE DESTROYED WHEN THE LEVEE GAVE WAY. THE CROPS ESTIMATE AND THE COST OF REPAIRING THE LEAVEE WOULD BE HIGHER THAN THE FLOOD PROTECTION BENEFIT, LEAVING LOCAL RESIDENTS WITH NO RESOURCES. OR NO RECOURSE. MY AMENDMENT PROVIDES NEW HOPE IN MY DISTRICT AND WRELLS. IT ALSO ALLOWS LOCAL -- ELSEWHERE. IT ALSO ALLOWS LOCAL SPONSORS TO PAY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COST OF PAYING THE -- REPAIRING THE LEAVEE AND ITS PROJECTED FLOOD PROTECTION BENEFITS. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT INCREASE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SHARE OF THE COST FOR REPAIRS. LET ME REPEAT THAT. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT INCREASE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SHARE OF THE COST OF THE REPAIRS. THIS IS A FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY TO GIVE A LIFE LINE TO RURAL COMMUNITIES STRUGGLING TO REBUILD AFTER A DISASTER. THE AMENDMENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL WATERWAYS CONFERENCE AND THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              GRAVES: MADAM CHAIR, TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DON'T OPPOSE IT.

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. BOST

                                                              THOSE OPPOSED,

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. HECK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              RESOLUTION 918, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HECK, AND A MEMBER…

                                                              RESOLUTION 918, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HECK, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              HECK: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY ABOUT MAKING SURE…

                                                              HECK: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SETTING THE EXAMPLE IN LEADING THE WAY IN ADDRESSING THE SINGLE WORSE OF WATER POLLUTION IN AMERICA WHICH IS STORMWATER RUNOFF.

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                                                              MR. HECK

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              GRAVES: MADAM CHAIR, THIS AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO…

                                                              GRAVES: MADAM CHAIR, THIS AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY AND REPORT ON THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' ABILITY TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL STORMWATER REQUIREMENTS.

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

                                                              THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS DISTRICTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I WANT…

                                                              THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS DISTRICTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT UP, FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE, AND WE ARE PREPARED TO ACCEPT. YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MADAM CHAIR, I HAVE AMENDMENT NUMBER 26 AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

                                                              MADAM CHAIR, THIS AMENDMENT EX--

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

                                                              ENGINEERS CONSIDER THESE PROJECTS A PRIORITY AND THEY ADVANCE THESE…

                                                              ENGINEERS CONSIDER THESE PROJECTS A PRIORITY AND THEY ADVANCE THESE PROJECTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PUERTO RICO HOSTED MYSELF AND CHAIRMAN JUSTERS AND OTHERS DURING THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORMS AND THE DEVASTATION IS EXTRAORDINARY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO ADVANCE PROJECTS LIKE THIS BECAUSE AS FOLKS ARE LOOKING AT WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO REINVEST BACK IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, THEY'RE GOING TO STAY IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, THEY ARE GOING TO REBUILD NAIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES KNOWING THAT THINGS WON'T BE IN THE SAME DEGREE OF VULNERABILITY, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. WE GOT TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THESE VICTIMS OF HURRICANES IN 2017 THAT THESE COMMUNITIES WILL BE BUILT BACK SMARTER, THEY WILL BE SAFER, AND THE INVESTMENTS THEY ARE PUTTING BACK IN THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES ARE WISE INVESTMENTS. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER TIRELESS WORK AND RECOVERY PUERTO RICO. WE ARE PREPARED TO ACCEPT AND URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MADAM CHAIR, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. GIBBS

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              GIBBS: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXPEDITE THE PROCESS THE…

                                                              GIBBS: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXPEDITE THE PROCESS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CONDUCTS TO STUDY AND IMPLEMENT THE DREDGE MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PLANS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS DMMP'S. IN MY HOME OF OHIO, THE PORT OF CLEVELAND HAS HAD A DIFFICULTY IN RECENT YEARS COMING TO A RESOLUTION WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS OVER THE DISPOSAL OF DREDGED MATERIAL FROM THE CUYAHOGA RIVERS FEDERAL NAVIGATION CHANNEL. WHILE THE CHANNEL DEPTH IS MAINTAINED EACH YEAR, THE UNCERTAINTY FROM YEAR TO YEAR DUSS NOT PROVIDE THE CONFIDENCE NECESSARY TO NORTHEAST OHIO'S COMMUNITIES AND IT DOES NOT GIVE THE PORT OF CLEVELAND THE ABILITY TO CONDUCT LONG-TERM PLANNING WITHOUT CONSIDERABLE AND AVOIDABLE RISK. TO HELP PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ENTITIES WORK WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ON DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PLANS, MY AMENDMENT ENSURES THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WORKS DILIGENTLY WITH LOCAL PARTNERS TO CONDUCT DMMP'S IN AN EFFICIENT MANNER.

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                                                              MR. GIBBS

                                                              MY AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE…

                                                              MY AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE USES FOR TOOLS TO COLLECT DREDGED MATERIAL, LIGHTENING THE LOAD ON CONTAINED DISPOSAL FACILITIES AND INCREASING THEIR LIFE SPANS. THE PORT OF CLEVELAND AND MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY RELY ON THESE DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PLANS. THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT AS LONG AS FOUR YEARS FOR THESE STUDIES AND PLANS TO BE COMPLETED. IN THE WATER RESOURCE AND REFORM DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2014, WE IMPLEMENTED A THREE-BY-THREE-BY-THREE RULE WOULD TAKE NO LONGER THAN YEARS AND TAKE STAFF CONCURRENTLY. WHEN DMMP'S ARE DEVELOPED, THEY SHOULD BE HELD TO THE THREE-BY-THREE RULE. I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE A TIMELY PROCESS FOR DMMP'S PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION,…

                                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION, ALTHOUGH I DON'T PLAN TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GRAVES

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. DAVIS

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. DAVIS

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. DAVIS

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT IS THE RESULT OF A LOT OF WORK…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT IS THE RESULT OF A LOT OF WORK BETWEEN A NUMBER OF GREAT LAKE MEMBERS. I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S WORK AND CONSENSUS ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE, I'M PREFIRE DEPARTMENT ACCEPT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              DAVIS: I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND PARTNER ON THIS…

                                                              DAVIS: I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND PARTNER ON THIS AMENDMENT, THE GENTLEMAN, MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. PAUL MITCHELL.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. DAVIS

                                                              MITCHELL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANKS TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

                                                              MITCHELL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANKS TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS. I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS. WE WORKED HARD ON THIS AMENDMENT, IT'S A RESULT OF HARD WORK AND AGREEMENTS BY ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, GOVERNORS ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THROUGHOUT THE GREAT LAKES BASIN. THE BRANDON ROAD PROJECT IS A PROJECT ON THE RIVER IN JOLIET. IT'S ONE OF THE LAST STOPS ON THE WATERWAY BEFORE THE GREAT LAKES SYSTEM.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. MITCHELL

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. DAVIS

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT NUMBER 30 AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S WORK ON THIS ISSUE. I BELIEVE ALL OF US…

                                                              I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S WORK ON THIS ISSUE. I BELIEVE ALL OF US UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF RESTORING PUERTO RICO. I'M PREPARE T.D. ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              LANCE OF NEW JERSEY.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                                              LANCE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE LANCE-GOTTHEIMER AMENDMENT AND TO THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2018. I THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND HIS COMMITTEE FOR THE TREMENDOUS WORK THEY HAVE DONE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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                                                              MR. LANCE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE QUESTION IS NOW OCCURS ON THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                                              THE QUESTION IS NOW OCCURS ON THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY

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                                                              MR. LANCE

                                                              AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE…

                                                              AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. LANCE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. LUJAN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THIS DISTRICTS THE SECRETARY, AS HE EXPLAINED, TO EXPEDITE THE REPORTS FOR…

                                                              THIS DISTRICTS THE SECRETARY, AS HE EXPLAINED, TO EXPEDITE THE REPORTS FOR THE ABIQUIU RESERVOIR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I KNOW THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PROJECT TO NEW MEXICO AND I AM PREPARED TO…

                                                              I KNOW THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PROJECT TO NEW MEXICO AND I AM PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT SO THESE…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT SO THESE COMMUNITIES CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS CRITICAL PROJECT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. LUJAN

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. LARSEN

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT…

                                                              LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT NUMBER 33 TO H.R. 8 TO IMPROVE AVAILABLE RESOURCES FOR THE PUGET SOUND AND ADJACENT WATERS RESTORATION, ALSO KNOWN AS PSAW.

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                                                              MR. LARSEN

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              SO I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. KEATING

                                                              KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. KEATING

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN OFFERING THIS…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT THAT DOES DIRECT THE ARMY CORPS TO EXPEDITE THE COMPLETE DREDGING IN PLYMOUTH HARBOR, MASSACHUSETTS. I KNOW THIS PROJECT IS IMPORTANT TO THE GENTLEMAN AND TO THE STATE AND SO I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              KEATING: I JUST WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HELP WORKING WITH THIS…

                                                              KEATING: I JUST WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HELP WORKING WITH THIS AND I WANT TO SAY YOU'RE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. KEATING

                                                              WELCOME IN 2020, BE PART OF THE CELEBRATION. IT'S INTEGRAL TO OUR COUNTRY.…

                                                              WELCOME IN 2020, BE PART OF THE CELEBRATION. IT'S INTEGRAL TO OUR COUNTRY. I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL BE A GREAT REVENUE PRODUCER AS WELL. THANK YOU, AGAIN, AND I YIELD.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. JOYCE

                                                              OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY MR. JOYCE OF OHIO.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              JOYCE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSE D, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR…

                                                              JOYCE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSE D, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                              MR. JOYCE

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. JOYCE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. BISHOP

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                              MR. BISHOP

                                                              CONSIDERATION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CONVEY THREE PARCELS OF LAND, THE…

                                                              CONSIDERATION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CONVEY THREE PARCELS OF LAND, THE EARLE MAY RECREATIONAL AREA, FROM THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE, GEORGIA. THE EARLE MAY RECREATIONAL AREA IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE, GEORGIA. BUT THE CITY HAS HAD A LONG-TERM LEASE FROM THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND IT HAS INVESTED NEARLY $150 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS AREA FOR PUBLIC USE. THESE INVESTMENTS INCLUDE A $25 MILLION WATER CONTROL PLANT, SEVERAL SPORTING COMPLEXES AND MANY OTHER FACILITIES THAT ATTRACT VISITORS. IT IS A DESTINATION FOR PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST FOR ITS UNIQUE BEAUTY AND THE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE OFFERED BY THE FLINT RIVER. CONTINUED IMPROVEMENTS, HOWEVER, COULD BE DONE MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY IF THE LAND WERE CONVEYED FROM THE ARMY CORPS TO THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE. SINCE THE ORIGINAL LEASE WAS INITIATED IN 1980, MANY IMPROVEMENTS THAT THE CITY ATTEMPTED TO MAKE HAD TO UNDERGO THE VERY LONG AND ARDUOUS PROCESS THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS UTILIZES AND THEREFORE IT INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY THE COST TO THE CITY AS WELL AS THE BUREAUCRATIC DELAYS THAT OCCURRED. BY TRANSFERING THIS LAND TO THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF BAINBRIDGE, I'M CONFIDENT THAT A PROPER BALANCE CAN BE STRUCK BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE ARMY CORPS AND IT WILL FACILITATE THE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ON THE FLINT RIVER AS WELL AS NAVIGATION AND FLOOD CONTROL. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS ASSISTANCE AND FOR AGREING TO ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SHUSTER: I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSED THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AMENDMENT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES…

                                                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AMENDMENT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. BISHOP

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. BLUM

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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

                                                              BLUM AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. BLUM

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I'M PREPARED TO SKEPSE -- ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I BACK.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. KEATING

                                                              AURM 38, OFFERED BY MR.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              KEATING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD GRANT THE ARMY…

                                                              KEATING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD GRANT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS THE AUTHORITY TO REPAIR OR REPLACE ANY ARMY CORPS BRIDGE NECESSARY FOR EVACUATION DURING EXTREME WEATHER OR NATURAL DISASTER IN NEW ENGLAND.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. KEATING

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE CHAIRMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              KEATING: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AGAIN FOR HIS COOPERATION. S THAT…

                                                              KEATING: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AGAIN FOR HIS COOPERATION. S THAT VITAL MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY GOING FORWARD AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. KEATING

                                                              THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS' AMENDMENT,…

                                                              THE QUESTION NOW OCCURS ON THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS' AMENDMENT, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT IS AGREED

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              115-711, OFFERED BY MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS OF WASHINGTON.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZING THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                                              MS. MCMORRIS RGERS

                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED…

                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                                              SHEA-PORTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SHEA-PORTER: MY AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD, IT DIRECTS THE ARMY CORPS OF…

                                                              SHEA-PORTER: MY AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD, IT DIRECTS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO USE ITS EXISTING AUTHORITY TO DREDGE HAMPTON HARBOR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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                                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR THE AMENDMENT, I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE…

                                                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR THE AMENDMENT, I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SHUSTER

                                                              SHEA-PORTER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTIDGE WISHED…

                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTIDGE WISHED CHAIRMAN SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SHUSTER SPRK CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THIS EXAT THE INDICTS THE NAVIGATION PROJECT FOR PORTSMOUTH HARBOR AND

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              LEWIS OF MINNESOTA.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. LEWIS,…

                                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. LEWIS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE U.S.

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                                                              MR. LEWIS

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                                              SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT THAT DOES ENCOURAGE THE CORPS TO CONSIDER REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN STATE AND LOCAL ENTITIES AND PRIVATE PARTNERS. THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TO ME, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, AGAIN, FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE COMMITTEE'S ATTENTION, THE BILL'S ATTENTION, AND I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY T