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House Session - June 7, 2018

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:42 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:47 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Brian K. Fitzpatrick to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:01:17 AM

      MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

      • 10:01:22 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE…

        MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE PAST 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE

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      • 10:01:23 AM

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        MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ,…

        MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:02:03 AM

        MR. GUTIERREZ

        HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN IN THE CARE OF BORDER PATROL, MOST OF THEM UNDER THE…

        HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN IN THE CARE OF BORDER PATROL, MOST OF THEM UNDER THE AGE OF 12, AND 11,000 TOTAL IN THE SYSTEM. THE WHITE HOUSE THINKS LATINOS ARE NOT REALLY HUMAN BEINGS, SO WE CAN TREAT THEM HOWEVER WE WANT AND IT DOESN'T MATTER, AFTER ALL. IT'S NOT LIKE THEY'RE COMING FROM NORWAY. THE PRESIDENT AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAY THEY ARE ILLEGALS, WHICH IS ALSO A LIE, AND THEY KNOW IT. PEOPLE FLEEING VIOLENCE AND SYSTEMATIC RAPE AND MURDER CAN COME TO THE U.S. , CAN ASK FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM, AND IT'S 100% LEGAL UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES. EVERY ONE OF US KNOWS THAT TAKING A CHILD FROM A MOTHER IS MORALLY WRONG, EXCEPT IN THE CASE, MOST EXTREME CASES. IN THIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY, WE SOLD MILLIONS OF BLACK CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY WERE CONSIDERED PROPERTY DURING SLAVERY, AND WE STOLE NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES TO STRIP THEM OF THEIR CULTURE AND HERITAGE BECAUSE WE LABELED THEM AS SAVAGES. MOST PEOPLE THINK THESE ARE AMONG THE MOST SHAMEFUL CHAPTERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. MOST PEOPLE. BUT WE ALL KNOW HOW THE PRESIDENT FEELS ABOUT LATINO CHILDREN. HE SAYS THEY ARE, QUOTE, NOT SO INNOCENT. SO I GUESS HE THINKS THEY ARE A PROGRAM TO TURN INTO THE PEOPLE HE CALLS ANIMALS AND RAPISTS BECAUSE OF WHERE THEY WERE BORN. ACCORDING TO THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF, THE PEOPLE AT THE BORDER WILL BE, QUOTE, PUT IN FOSTER CARE OR WHATEVER. AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS HE BELIEVES THE CHILDREN WILL BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF, FOR THE MOST PART. FORGIVE ME IF I DON'T PUT MUCH STOCK IN NATIONAL LEADERS WHOSE CONCERN FOR CHILDREN INCLUDES THE TERMS, OR WHATEVER, OR FOR THE MOST PART. SO REPUBLICANS, DO NOT EVER COME TO THIS FLOOR AND CLAIM THAT YOUR PARTY SUPPORTS FAMILIES AND DEFENDS CHILDREN. YOU HAVE LOST ALL YOUR FAMILY VALUES PRIVILEGES. THIS AFTERNOON, I WILL MEET WITH FAMILIES THAT WERE BROKEN UP BECAUSE THE MEATPACKING PLANT WHERE THEIR PARENTS WORKED WERE RAIDED IN APRIL BY I.C.E. AND THE TENNESSEE STATE TROOPERS. PLEASE TELL THEM ABOUT YOUR FAMILY VALUES. WE DON'T PROVIDE LEGAL WAYS FOR THEIR PARENTS TO COME HERE BECAUSE REPUBLICANS OPPOSE LEGAL IMMIGRATION. BUT EMPLOYERS NEED THE WORKERS, AND THOSE PARENTS ARE UNDER CONSTANT THREAT OF ARREST, DEPORTATION, AND NEVER SEEING THEIR CHILDREN AGAIN. THE OWNERS OF THE PLANT THAT EMPLOYED THE WORKERS, AS FAR AS WE KNOW, NOTHING'S HAPPENED TO THEM AND THEY'RE PROBABLY GOING TO ENJOY DINNER WITH THEIR FAMILIES AGAIN TODAY. LAST WEEK IN CHICAGO AND THIS MORNING IN OHIO, A FEW HUNDRED MORE WORKING PEOPLE WERE ROUNDED UP AND THEIR CHILDREN, MOST OF WHOM ARE U.S. CITIZENS, ARE LEFT WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. IN PENNSYLVANIA, IT WAS RESTAURANT WORKERS. IN IOWA, IT WAS CONCRETE PLANT WORKERS. TEARING APART LATINO FAMILIES IS AN ELECTION YEAR STRATEGY FOR THIS WHITE HOUSE DESIGNED TO ENERGIZE REPUBLICAN VOTERS FOR PRIMARIES AND MID TERMS THIS YEAR TO RE-ELECT REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. AND LET'S NOT FORGET, THAT WHILE ALMOST 5,000 PUERTO RICANS WERE DYING, YES DYING, AND ARE STILL DYING TODAY, YOUR PRESIDENT WAS GIVING HIMSELF AN A-PLUS AND SAYING, THERE HAD BEEN NO REAL CATASTROPHE, ALL THE WHILE FAMILIES WERE TELLING US OF THE LOVED ONES THEY WERE LOVED ONES THEY WERE LOSING BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE ELECTRICITY OR MEDICINE OR A HOSPITAL. SO TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, SOME OF WHOM I LOVE DEARLY, PLEASE DON'T YOU EVER COME TO THE WELL OF THE HOUSE AND TELL THE COUNTRY YOU SUPPORT FAMILY VALUES. DON'T YOU DARE. YOUR TIME TALKING ABOUT FAMILY VALUES IS OVER.

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      • 10:07:02 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 10:07:15 AM

        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        THEY REPRESENT THE VOICE OF THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE, OLD AND NEW…

        THEY REPRESENT THE VOICE OF THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE, OLD AND NEW GENERATIONS, WHO DESIRE NOTHING MORE THAN A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY WHERE ONE CAN BE PROSPEROUS AND LIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF REPRESSION. WHAT A CONCEPT. AND WE MUST LISTEN TO THEIR PLEAS, MR. SPEAKER. COUNTLESS OF NICARAGUANS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES, AS YOU CAN SEE ON THIS POSTER, CONFRONTING THE BRUTALITY OF THE ORTEGA REGIME DAY AFTER DAY. OVER 120 NICARAGUANS AND ONE U.S. CITIZEN HAVE BEEN KILLED AT THE HANDS OF THIS MURDEROUS REGIME IN JUST THE PAST WEEKS. OVER 1,000 NICARAGUANS HAVE BEEN INJURED, HUNDREDS CONTINUE TO DISAPPEAR. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS ON THE FLOOR YESTERDAY, AND HERE I AM AGAIN FOR THE FOURTH TIME SINCE THE REGIME'S CRACKDOWN ON THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE BEGAN ON APRIL 18 BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT IS VITAL, NOW MORE THAN EVER, FOR THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF NICARAGUA WITH A AND ITS FIGHT TO RE-ESTABLISH DEMOCRATIC ORDER. WE MUST LET THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE. EARLIER THIS WEEK, I WAS JOINED BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS IN URGING THE ADMINISTRATION TO SANCTION TWO OF ORTEGA'S MANY THUGS. FRANCISCO LOPEZ FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND CORRUPTION. FRANCISCO DEEZ, WHO HEADS THE NATIONAL -- DIAZ, WHO HEADS THE NATIONAL POLICE WHO ORCHESTRATES KILLINGS OF NICARAGUANS. BUT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHERS THAT MUST BE SANCTIONED, INCLUDING GUSTAVO, HEAD OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. SONIA CASTRO, MINISTER OF HEALTH. ROBERTO LOPEZ, PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE. AND TIRO, A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER PROFITING FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE. EACH OF THESE INDIVIDUALS IS PART OF ORTEGA'S INNER CIRCLE AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE ACTS OF CORRUPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN WIDELY REPORTED. I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO NOT DELAY ANY LONGER AND TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION TO FREEZE ASSETS, TO CANCEL VISAS, AND TO SANCTION TO THE FULL EXTENT OF OUR LAWS THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SO MUCH CORRUPTION AND SO MANY MURDERS IN NICARAGUA WITH A. WE HAVE A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD THE WAY AND HELP BRING TO JUSTICE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATROCITIES THAT WE SEE HAPPENING IN THAT COUNTRY. WE NEED TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS PAYING ATTENTION AND THAT THOSE TERRIBLE ACTS WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS CHAMBER HAS KNOWN FOR A WHILE ABOUT HOW TROUBLESOME THE ORTEGA REGIME IS, TO SAY THE LEAST, AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEAD ON THIS ISSUE AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THAT. IN OCTOBER, 2017, THIS HOUSE PASSED MY NICA ACT, WHICH SEEKS TO LEVERAGE AMERICA'S INFLUENCE BY CONDITIONING OUR VOTE AT ANY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS UNTIL NICARAGUA WITH A TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW AND STRENGTHEN DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE HAVE BEEN SILENT, SILENT. I URGE THEM TO QUIT STALLING AND TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION BY FINALLY PASSING THE NICA ACT SO WE CAN KEEP THE PRESSURE ON THAT AWFUL REGIME AND UNTIL DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM, PROSPERITY RETURN TO BEAUTIFUL NICARAGUA WITH A AND THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE FREE ONCE AGAIN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 10:11:48 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        KENNEDY: MR. SPEAKER, A FEW YEARS AGO MASSACHUSETTS WAS BRACING FOR A…

        KENNEDY: MR. SPEAKER, A FEW YEARS AGO MASSACHUSETTS WAS BRACING FOR A BRUTAL BLIZZARD, BRINGING EXTREME, LIFE-THREATENING WEATHER. FAMILIES WERE BUNDLING UP.

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      • 10:11:52 AM

        MR. KENNEDY

        SCHOOLS CANCELLED CLASS. FIRST RESPONDERS PREPARED FOR A LONG, LONG NIGHT…

        SCHOOLS CANCELLED CLASS. FIRST RESPONDERS PREPARED FOR A LONG, LONG NIGHT OF CALLS. AND ONE WOMAN, SUE SMITH, WAS OPENING THE DOORS AT THE FAITH AND LIONS CHURCH IN ATLE BORROW TO WELCOME THE -- ATTLEBORO TO WELCOME THE CITY'S HOMELESS POPULATION. IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY ACT OF COMPASSION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE. BUT FOR SUE, IT WASN'T. IT WAS JUST ONE MORE DAY OF FIERCELY PROTECTING HER NEIGHBORS. ONE MORE NIGHT OF CARING FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. ONE MORE FAMILY GIVEN A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS. ONE MORE LIFE SAVED FROM HYPOTHERMIA. A FEW MONTHS AFTER THAT SNOWY, FREEZING NIGHT, I WAS HUMBLED TO INVITE SUE TO BE MY GUEST TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. SUE WAS NEVER ASKED FOR RECOGNITION OR PRAISE, BUT FEW ARE MORE DESERVING THAN SHE IS. SHE HAS NEVER ASKED FOR A HELPING HAND WHEN FACING HER OWN PERSONAL BATTLES, BUT THIS WEEK I LEARNED THAT SUE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PANCREATIC CANCER. AND ALTHOUGH I KNOW SHE WOULD NEVER ASK HER NEIGHBORS TO RETURN HER IMMENSE GRATITUDE, WE DO HAVE A MESSAGE FOR HER. SUE, WE ARE BY YOUR SIDE IN YOUR FIGHT. WE KNOW THIS CANCER WON'T STOP YOU OR EVEN SLOW YOU, BUT WE ARE HERE WITH YOU FOR WHATEVER YOU NEED. THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR BETTER ANGEL. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:14:15 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MONDAY MARKED THE LAST DAY…

        THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MONDAY MARKED THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS AT

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      • 10:14:23 AM

        MR. THOMPSON

        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA.

      • 10:17:40 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 10:17:46 AM

        MR. COSTA

      • 10:17:49 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 10:17:50 AM

        MR. COSTA

        AND THE PAIN THAT WE'RE ALREADY FEELING DUE TO THE SHORTSIGHTED AND POORLY…

        AND THE PAIN THAT WE'RE ALREADY FEELING DUE TO THE SHORTSIGHTED AND POORLY CONSIDERED DECISION THAT IS HAVE BEEN MADE. SINCE THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED ITS PLANS IN MARCH TO USE WIDE RANGING TARIFFS TO ADDRESS TRADE IMBALANCES, I HAVE BEEN WARNING THE PRESIDENT AND NATION THAT THIS IS A WRONG-HEADED APPROACH. SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE I BELIEVE AGREE. WE ALL WANT TO SEE AMERICAN JOBS SECURE AND INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR ECONOMY. THAT IS WITHOUT DOUBT. BUT RAISING BROADLY DEFINED TARIFFS WILL DO, I BELIEVE, THE OPPOSITE. WE ALL KNOW OR AT LEAST MOST OF US KNOW THAT THE MOST LIKELY EFFECT OF RAISING TARIFFS WILL BE OTHER COUNTRIES ADJUSTING THEIR TRADE MEASURES TO PROTECT THEIR ECONOMIES AND THEIR INDUSTRIES AND WORKERS. LET'S REALIZE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY WE LIVE IN TODAY MOST COUNTRIES HAVE LEVERAGE. I HOPE THE PRESIDENT REALIZES THIS. LIVE IN TODAY AND WHAT HAPPENS AS A RESULT? WE HAVE A TRADE WAR. THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING. AND I HAVE BEEN SAYING SINCE MARCH, NO ONE, MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE WINS IN A TRADE WAR. WHICH IS WHY BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS PUBLICLY EXPRESSED GRAVE CONCERNS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION'S TARIFF-BASED APPROACH TO TRADE. BEYOND THE WARNINGS AND CONCERNS, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE NOW FEELING THE NECKIVE IMPACTS OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S APPROACH OF THE WITHOUT A DOUBT OUR COUNTRY'S BEGINNING TO ENGAGE IN THESE STAGES OF A TRADE WAR. TARIFFS, FOR EXAMPLE, IN CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE, PRODUCTS, ARE ALREADY IN PLACE. 44% OF CALIFORNIA'S AGRICULTURE ECONOMY, WHICH IS THE NUMBER ONE AGRICULTURAL STATE IN THE NATION, 44% OF IT IS BASED UPON INTERNATIONAL TRADE. ALMONDS, WINES, PISTACHIOS, CITRUS ALL FACED INCREASED TARIFFS ON EXPORTS TO CHINA. THAT'S JUST THE START. IT'S ALSO TAKING PLACE IN MEXICO AND CANADA. I MET WITH CALIFORNIA ALMOND PROCESSOR YESTERDAY WHO TOLD ME AS A RESULT OF THESE TARIFFS, THE CHINESE PLACE IN MEXICO AND CANADA. I MET BUYERS ARE STAYING AWAY FROM THE TABLE. HE TOLD ME THAT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR HE USUALLY HAS SOLD A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF HIS HARVEST TO CHINESE BUYERS. BUT BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAINTY OF THESE TARIFFS, HE HASN'T SOLD A SINGLE POUND. MR. SPEAKER, THE RETAL TORREY TARIFFS IMPOSED IN REACTION TO THIS ADMINISTRATION'S STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS ARE ALREADY IMPACTING THE CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE ECONOMY, WHICH AGAIN, 44% OF IT IS BASED UPON INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND IT'S HURTING OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH MANY OF OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE, AS WELL AS OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH. YES, THERE ARE TRADE IMBALANCES IN THE GLOBAL MARKET WE LIVE IN, WE SHOULD ADDRESS THEM. THERE ARE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT WE SHOULD ADDRESS THEM. BUT THE WAY TO ADDRESS THESE TRADE IMBALANCES IS THROUGH SUCCESSFUL RENEGOTIATEATION OF NAFTA. NEGOTIATING TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH OUR EUROPEAN AND PACIFIC RISM ALLIES. THAT'S THE WAY TO DEAL -- PACIFIC RIM ALLIES. THAT'S THE WAY TO DEAL WITH IT. WE CAN'T DO IT THROUGH TRADE WARS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WHAT'S MORE, THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS MUST WORK TOGETHER ON TRADE AGREEMENTS. BASED UPON WHERE WE'RE TODAY, IT LOOKS LIKE WE'LL REQUIRE US AND CONGRESS TO REASSERT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO REGULATE INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS. THAT'S PART OF OUR JOB. THIS WILL TAKE HARD WORK, BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS, AND SERIOUS POLICY DELIBERATIONS. WHICH IN TURN REQUIRES THAT WE OVERCOME OUR PARTISAN DIVISION AND COME TOGETHER AS AMERICANS -- AMERICA'S CONGRESS. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN REAL NEGOTIATIONS AND THE TYPE OF POLICY AMERICA'S CONGRESS. I CALL ON MY DELIBERATIONS THAT OUR NATION NEEDS AND DESERVES. WE CAN DO THIS AND WE MUST DO THIS. OUR COUNTRY CURRENTLY IS BEING LED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION INTO A VERY REAL TRADE WAR. BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO STOP IT. AND IT'S CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY, FRANKLY, TO SAY, TO STOP TIME-OUT. LET'S SIT DOWN AND WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE, OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH OF US, AND IN THE PACIFIC RIM TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT. AND THAT IS TO ENSURE THAT WE PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS, AMERICAN TIME-OUT. LET'S INDUSTRIES, AMERICAN AGRICULTURE, AND, YES, THAT WE DON'T ENGAGE IN A TRADE WAR THAT WILL LEAD TO NO GOOD END. WE CAN FAKES THIS TRADE IMBALANCE, AND WE SHOULD. AND WE MUST ASSERT OURSELVES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:22:46 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        ABRAHAM: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE INCREDIBLE CAREER OF CENTURY LINK C.E.O.

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      • 10:22:52 AM

        MR. ABRAHAM

        THE CHAIR NOW NORTH LOUISIANA. I WISH GLENN A VERY HAPPY AND RECOGNIZES…

        THE CHAIR NOW NORTH LOUISIANA. I WISH GLENN A VERY HAPPY AND RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:26:42 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 10:26:47 AM

        MR. GALLEGO

        WE HAVE ALL HEARD DEMRAINTS ABOUT THE THEFT OF TRADE SECRETS BY Z.T.E. AND…

        WE HAVE ALL HEARD DEMRAINTS ABOUT THE THEFT OF TRADE SECRETS BY Z.T.E. AND OTHER CHINESE COMPANIES. WHEN AMERICAN COMPANIES ARE FORCED INTO LICENSING AND DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS WITH CHINESE STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISE AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY IS AS GOOD AS STOLEN. WE ALL SAT THROUGH HEARINGS AND BRIEFINGS ON A SIGNIFICANT THREAT THAT Z.T.E. AND HITS BROTHER POSED TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT'S WHY IT'S CONCERNING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DECIDED TO LET Z.T.E. OFF THE HOOK FOR SECRETLY DOING BUSINESS WITH IRAN AND NORTH KOREA. OF COURSE THIS DECISION WASN'T THE ONLY ONE AFFECTING INTERNATIONAL TRADE THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE IN RECENT WEEKS. HE'S IMPOSING TARIFFS ON OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE, CANADA, AND MEXICO. HIS AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY HAS DISGRACED HIMSELF IN THE CAPITAL OF OUR BIGGEST EUROPEAN PARTNER. HE CONTINUES TO INSULT OUR BEST TRADING PARTNERS BY LABELING THEM AS SECURITY THREATS. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. DONALD TRUMP IS GIVING AID AND COMFORT TO Z.T.E. , A KNOWN CORPORATE ENEMY OF AMERICA, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME GOING OUT OF HIS WAY TO ALIENATE OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS AND ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD. BUT WHY? I'M SURE IT'S JUST A FLUKE THAT TRUMP IS ALLOWING Z.T.E. TO RESUME ITS PURCHASES OF U.S. TECHNOLOGY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING CHINA'S DECISION TO AWARD IVANKA SEVEN NEW TRADEMARKS. I'M POSITIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP COULD DEAL WITH Z.T.E. RIGHT AWAY AFTER VARIOUS ENTITIES OFFERED AWARD $1 BILLION IN FINANCING TO RESORTS WITH TIES TO THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION. THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE HERE, SAYS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. DON'T ASK ANY QUESTIONS. DON'T DEMAND INFORMATION. JUST LOOK THE OTHER WAY. HOW DO WE GET HERE, MR. SPEAKER? WHERE IS THE GRAND OLD PARTY AS DONALD TRUMP ERODES OUR ALLIANCES, MAKES NICE WITH OUR ENEMIES, AND IGNITES A GLOBAL TRADE WAR. WE NEED TO GET TO THE BOTTOM WHETHER THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO WITH CHINA OVER Z.T.E. WE NEED TO GET TO WORK ON TOUGH LEGISLATION TO KEEP CHINA FROM ARETIRING AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY SPEPS THAT WITH DEFENSE CAPABILITIES. WITH BROTHE SUPPORT FROM BOTH PARTIES THERE HAVE BEEN BILLS INTRODUCED. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BRING THOSE BIPARTISAN BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. THAT IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT. THEY WANT THIS BODY TO STAND UP TO AMERICA'S ADVERSARIES AND STAND UP FOR AMERICA'S LAWS AND VALUES. THEY WANT TO US REASSERT OUR POWER AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. TRUMP IS TEARING DOWN AMERICA'S ALLIANCES. WE MUST PRESERVE THEM. TRUMP IS SUCKING UP TO DICTATORS AND REGRESSIVE REGIMES AROUND THE WORLD. WE MUST CONDEMN THEM. MORE IMPORTANTLY, TRUMP AND HIS CRONIES ARE USING THE PRESIDENCY TO ENRICH THEMSELVES AND WE MUST STOP THEM. LET'S PUT AN END TO THE TRUMP BUSINESS MODEL, QUID PRO QUO, PLAY TO -- PAY TO PLAY, THIS FOR THAT. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO SAY OUT LOUD WHAT MANY WHISPER HERE IN THESE HALLWAYS. CODDLING CHINESE COMPANIES LIKE Z.T.E. IS RECKLESS AND BAD FOR AMERICA. THEY ARE USING HIGH OFFICE FOR PERSONAL GAIN IS FLAT OUT WRONG. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:30:25 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.…

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

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      • 10:30:40 AM

        MR. FITZPATRICK

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

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

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      • 10:34:27 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 10:34:31 AM

        MR. CROWLEY

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

      • 10:39:41 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 10:39:43 AM

        MR. CROWLEY

        MR.

      • 10:39:48 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICA'S WINNING AGAIN. EARLIER IN WEEK…

        KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICA'S WINNING AGAIN. EARLIER IN WEEK MARKED THE 500TH DAY OF THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION.

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      • 10:39:55 AM

        MR. KELLY

        LAST FRIDAY'S NEW JOBS REPORT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WAS A REMINDER OF…

        LAST FRIDAY'S NEW JOBS REPORT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WAS A REMINDER OF JUST HOW POSITIVE THESE FIRST 500 DAYS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN FOR AMERICA. THIS IS NOT JUST GOOD NEWS. THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR ALL AMERICANS. A "NEW YORK TIMES" HEADLINE PROCLAIMED, WE RAN OUT OF WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW GOOD THE JOBS NUMBERS ARE. ACCORDING TO CNBC, THE HEADLINE WAS, THERE ARE MORE JOBS THAN PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. SOMETHING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE. THE FRONT PAGE OF "THE NEW YORK POST" WAS MORE SUCCINCT. IT SAID, WE'RE IN THE MONEY. NOW, HERE'S JUST A FEW SNAPSHOTS. THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO JUST 3.8% IS NOW MATCHING ITS LOWEST RATE SINCE 1969. MORE THAN ONE MILLION NEW JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IN DECEMBER. MORE THAN 3. 4 MILLION NEW JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED SINCE THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE, INCLUDING 322,000 NEW JOBS IN MANUFACTURING. MORE THAN 6. 6 MILLION JOB OPENINGS NOW EXIST THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS AN ALL-TIME HIGH. IN THAT SAME "NEW YORK POST" EDITION, LET ME READ TO YOU SOME STATS THAT I THINK ARE JUST OUTSTANDING. LET'S LOOK AT UNEMPLOYMENT IN 2010 VERSUS 2018. WE'LL LOOK AT IT BY GENDER AND BY RACE. IN 2010, 9. 6% OF MEN WERE IN UNEMPLOYMENT. 3. 5%. IN 2010, 8.6% OF WOMEN WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 3.3%. FOR BLACKS IN 2010, 16.6% UNEMPLOYMENT. TODAY, 5. 9% UNEMPLOYMENT. FOR HISPANICS IN 2010, 12.9% UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 4.9%. FOR ASIAN AMERICANS IN 2010, 8. 6% WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 2.1%. BY AGE, IN THE 16-19 CATEGORY, IN 2010, 26. 2% WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY IN 2018, 12.8%. IN THE 20-24 RANGE, IN 2010, 17.2% WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 7.1%. IN THE 25-54 RANGE, 8.9% IN 2010 WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 3.1%. 55 AND OVER YOU'RE LOOKING AT, IN 2010, 7. 6% UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 2.8%. WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE ALSO STEADILY GROWN. ALMOST 3% OVER THE PAST YEAR. THEY CONTINUE TO CLIMB. FURTHERMORE, ACCORDING TO THE I.M.D. , WORLD COMPETITOR CENTER'S 2018 RANKING, THE UNITED STATES HAS ALREADY OVERTAKEN HONG KONG AS THE NUMBER ONE MOST COMPETITIVE ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. THANKS TO FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THE SUPPORT OF ATMOSPHERE FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION. ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY, THE UNITED STATES WILL BE THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL PRODUCER BY 2023. NONE OF THIS GOOD NEWS WAS INEVITABLE. NONE OF OUR COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC MOMENTUM IS ACCIDENTAL. NOTHING ABOUT THIS HISTORICALLY STRONG ECONOMY AND ITS BENEFITS FOR EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN ARE GUARANTEED TO BE PERMANENT. ALL OF THIS GREAT NEWS WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE CONSERVATIVE PRO-GROWTH POLICIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS CONGRESS. FROM LOWERING TAXES TO CUTTING RED TAPE TO EXPANDING ENERGY PRODUCTION. AS WE EMBARK ON THE NEXT 500 DAYS OF THIS PRESIDENCY, THE FACTS CANNOT BE DENIED, BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD, AMERICA IS WINNING AGAIN, AND I THINK SOMETIMES WHEN YOU SIT AND YOU LISTEN TO THE TALK ON THIS FLOOR, YOU WOULD THINK THAT WE'RE NOT ALSO FROM A DIFFERENT UNIVERSE, WE'RE FROM DIFFERENT GALAXY. ONE SIDE PAINTS AMERICA ALL DOOM AND GLOOM AND HOW HORRIBLE IT IS. THE OTHER SIDE TALKS ABOUT OPPORTUNITY, TALKS ABOUT JOB GROWTH, TALKS ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND TALKS ABOUT HOW AMERICA IS WINNING AGAIN. I WOULD ASK MY FELLOW AMERICANS TO REMEMBER THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S FLOOR. IT DOES NOT BELONG TO REPUBLICANS. IT DOES NOT BELONG TO DEMOCRATS. IT BELONGS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE WINNING AGAIN AS A COUNTRY, AS BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS. WE ARE WINNING AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WIN. AS I SAID EARLIER, NOTHING ABOUT THIS HAS BEEN ACCIDENTAL. NOTHING ABOUT THIS HAS BEEN CASUAL. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED BY CHANCE. IT IS PRO-GROWTH POLICY THAT CONTINUES TO MAKE SURE AMERICA WINS AGAIN FOR EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. I YIELD BACK. .

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      • 10:45:32 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        GREEN: MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN

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        MR. GREEN

        I'M PROUD TO RICE AND STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

        I'M PROUD TO RICE AND STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES --RISE AND STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. MR. SPEAKER, I PROUD TO SALUTE THE FLAG. I SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. AND I BELIEVE IN WHAT THE FLAG STANDS FOR, LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I FIND NOW THAT THE FLAG IS BEING USED AS A TOOL TO SUPPRESS WHAT IT STANDS FOR. LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. MR. SPEAKER, PEACEFUL PROTEST IS HOW I ARRIVED IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IF NOT BUT FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST, I PROBABLY, MOST LIKELY, AND BELIEVE IN THE SINCEREST CORNERS OF MY HEART THAT I WOULD NOT BE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. PEACEFUL PROTEST HAS BROUGHT ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT PEACEFUL PROTEST IS NOW UNDER ASSAULT FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND. THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY. PEACEFUL PROTEST IS UNDER ATTACK , AND I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO DEFEND PEACEFUL PROTEST. I RISE ESPECIALLY TO DEFEND IT AS IT UNDER ASSAULT FROM THE HIGHEST RELATES TO THE FLAG, BECAUSE THE FLAG STANDS FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. PEACEFUL PROTEST IS ABOUT LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SHARE A FOR ALL. PEACEFUL PROTEST VERY SHOCKING PIECE OF INFORMATION, PERHAPS NOT SHOCKING TO SOME, BUT IT SHOULD SHOCK OUR CONSCIOUS. THIS WAS COMPILED BY THE GUARDIAN AND REPORTED BY FOX. THE INFORMATION IS AS FOLLOWS. RACIAL MINORITIES MAKE UP 37. 4% OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. SOME THINGS BEAR REPEATING. 34. 7% --37.4% OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. AND 62. 7% OF THE UNARMED PEOPLE KILLED BY POLICE. 37. 4% OF THE POPULATION. 62. 7% OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNARMED AND KILLED BY WHO ARE UNARMED AND KILLED BY THE POLICE. WHY WOULDN'T WE PROTEST THIS? WHY WOULDN'T SOMEBODY DECIDE THAT THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND I WILL PEACEFULLY PROTEST IT? WHY WOULDN'T SOMEONE TAKE A KNEE AT A FOOTBALL IS GAME TO PROTEST THIS? WHY WOULD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FIND REASON TO LINK THAT PEACEFUL PROTEST TO DISRESPECT FOR THE FLAG. WHEN THE FLAG STANDS FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. THAT'S GOT TO INCLUDE THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY THE POLICE. AND BY THE WAY, DOESN'T MATTER HOW GREAT THE ECONOMY IS. THEIR LIVES WILL NOT BE BROUGHT BACK. DOESN'T MATTER HOW MANY JOBS PEOPLE HAVE. THOSE LIVES WILL NEVER RETURN. SO BEING COMFORTABLE AND BEING ABLE TO SAY I GOT A GREAT JOB WON'T BRING BACK PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SAD COMMENTARY WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BRINGS PEACEFUL PROTEST MR. SPEAKER, INTO DISPUTE AS IT RELATES TO THE FLAG. I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A DUTY AND OBLIGATION TO PROTEST WRONG WHEN WE SEE IT. IT IS AS OLD AS THE PILGRIMS LANDING AT PLYMOUTH ROCK. IT'S AS OLD AS THE BOSTON TEA PARTY. IT'S AS OLD AS THE NATURALERS COMING TO WASHINGTON, D.C. IN THEIR TRACTORS TO PROTEST. PEACEFUL PROTEST IS AT THE FOUNDATION OF THIS NATION. FOR US TO ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO ASSAULT AND ATTACK PEACEFUL PROTEST BY AND THROUGH THE FLAG, WHICH STANDS FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, IS AN INSULT TO THE COUNTRY. SO I -- HERE'S WHAT I PROPOSE TO DO BY WAY OF STANDING AGAINST WHAT THE PRESIDENT SEEMS TO STAND FOR. HE HAS BROUGHT MR. KAEPERNICK INTO DISREPUTE. THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD DO. I PLAN TO SALUTE HIM. I WILL HAVE A FLAG FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO SALUTE HIM FOR HIS COURAGE, FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER THE SLINGS AND ARROWS THAT HAVE BEEN THROWN AT HIM FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND TO PROTECT LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, WHICH IS WHAT THE FLAG STANDS FOR. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:50:54 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        NORMAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TELL THIS BODY ABOUT A TREMENDOUS…

        NORMAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TELL THIS BODY ABOUT A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS STORY WITH HEALTH CARE IN MY DISTRICT. THE STORY OF MY FREE MEDICAL CLINICS AND MEMBERSHIP IN AND LONG TIME ASSOCIATION THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA FREE CLINIC ASSOCIATION. FOUNDED IN 2001 UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, THE SOUTH SOUTH CAROLINA FREE CLINIC ASSOCIATION IS AN INDEPENDENT, NONPROFIT MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES TRAINING, RESEARCH, RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, AND ADVOCACY TO MEMBER-FREE CLINICS.

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        MR. NORMAN

        THE CHAIR IS PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR.…

        THE CHAIR IS PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLEAVER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MR.

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        MR. CLEAVER

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        AND, OF COURSE, FOR HIS 17 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO HIS FELLOW MAN.…

        AND, OF COURSE, FOR HIS 17 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO HIS FELLOW MAN. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN OUR NORTHEAST TEXAS COMMUNITY FOR HIS BRAVE AND SELFLESS SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ON BEHALF OF THE 3/4 OF A MILLION TEXANS THAT I REPRESENT ACROSS THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF TEXAS, I OFFER MY MOST SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND LOVED ONES AND I WISH GOD SPEED TO YOU, VERY SPECIAL AGENT SCOTT RATIONDALE. I YIELD BACK. -- RAGSDALE. I YIELD BACK.

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        MR. RATCLIFFE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      Recess

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

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        MS. PELOSI

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      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 7.

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        WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, PASTOR EDDIE BEVILL, PARKRIDGE…

        WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, PASTOR EDDIE BEVILL, PARKRIDGE CHURCH, CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA.

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        Today's prayer was offered by Pastor Eddie Bevill, Parkridge Church, Coral Springs, Florida

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          THE CHAPLAIN

          YOUR OMNISCIENCE, OMNIPOTENCE. THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS ROOM HAVE BEEN…

          YOUR OMNISCIENCE, OMNIPOTENCE. THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS ROOM HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK BUT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH YOU. I PRAY FOR THEIR HEALTH, THEIR FAMILY, THEIR STAFF, AND THEIR WISDOM. PLEASE GUIDE THEM SO THEY MAY BH ABLE TO LEAD FOR THE GOOD OF ALL PEOPLE. WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU BUT TO DO JUSTICE, LOVE KINDNESS AND WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD. MAY THIS SCRIPTURE BE THE MARCHING ORDERS FOR THOSE WHO SERVE IN THIS IMPORTANT POSITION, MAY THEIR DECISIONS PROMOTE HARMONY IN THE U.S. AND THE WORLD. IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, I PRAY, AMEN.

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        • 12:01:27 PM

          THE SPEAKER

          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE…

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

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

          THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APROVED.

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    • 12:01:44 PM

      SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

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

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        THE SPEAKER

        I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS A RECORDED VOTE.

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        MR. WILSON

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        THE SPEAKER

        PINGREE.

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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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        MS. PINGREE

        ALL PLUG THE SPEAKER: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

        ALL PLUG THE SPEAKER: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:02:36 PM

        MR. DEUTCH

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:03:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR IRIS LUNDINE, FIRST LIEUTENANT IN THE…

        SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR IRIS LUNDINE, FIRST LIEUTENANT IN THE MARINE CORPS WHO ENLISTED IN THE MARINE CORPS IN 1943.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        SHE EARNED HER TEACHING DEGREE AND WAS ONLY TWO YEARS OUT OF COLLEGE…

        SHE EARNED HER TEACHING DEGREE AND WAS ONLY TWO YEARS OUT OF COLLEGE WORKING AT A SUMMER JOB WHEN SHE HEARD THE CALL TO SERVE HER COUNTRY. SHE HEARD IT THROUGH SLOGANS LIKE UNCLE SAM NEEDS YOU, AND, FREE A MAN TO FIGHT.

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    • 12:04:09 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 House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on June 7, 2018, at 9:04 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 1692, S. 2857, H.R. 88, as amended, H.R. 1397, H.R. 1719 and H.R. 1900.

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          MR. DAVIS

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

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

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        • 12:05:23 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          HIGGINS: MR. SPEAKER, THE ADMINISTRATION'S RECKLESS USE OF TERRORISTS ARE…

          HIGGINS: MR. SPEAKER, THE ADMINISTRATION'S RECKLESS USE OF TERRORISTS ARE INFLICTING HARM IN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING MINE IN WESTERN NEW YORK. THE HARM IS REAL IN THE MEDIA.

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          MR. HIGGINS

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. HIGGINS

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          THE 2007 -- 2017 HURRICANE SEASON BROUGHT WITH IT 17 NAMED STORMS OF WHICH…

          THE 2007 -- 2017 HURRICANE SEASON BROUGHT WITH IT 17 NAMED STORMS OF WHICH SIX WERE MAJOR HURRICANES. THESE STORMS CAUSED HAVE TO EVER ENDURE THAT AGAIN. AS A RESIDENT OF STATEN ISLAND WHERE SUPERSTORM SANDY CAN BE FAULT, MY DISTRICT HAS SEEN THIS WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTION.

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        • 12:07:36 PM

          MR. DORN VAN

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

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

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        • 12:08:11 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          GREEN: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S 50 MILLION SENIORS WHO RELY ON

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MEDICARE. MEDICARE INSURES AMERICANS, PROTECTING FAMILIES FROM…

          MEDICARE. MEDICARE INSURES AMERICANS, PROTECTING FAMILIES FROM BANKRUPTING, ENSURING OUR SENIORS CAN ENJOY RETIREMENT AND PASS ON LIFE LESSONS TO THEIR GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. THE MEDICARE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY THE PROGRAM'S TRUST FUND WILL BE EXHAUSTED BY 2026.

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        • 12:08:26 PM

          MR. GREEN

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

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

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        • 12:09:28 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. WILSON

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. WILSON

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

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

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        • 12:10:55 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          SEWELL: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS A CRISIS FACING RURAL…

          SEWELL: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS A CRISIS FACING RURAL AMERICA, THE DETERIORATION OF WATER AND WASTE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES.

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        • 12:10:59 PM

          MS. SEWELL

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MS. SEWELL

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

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES FACES NO GREATER MENACE THAN OUR INABILITY TO…

          SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES FACES NO GREATER MENACE THAN OUR INABILITY TO LIMIT OUR DEBT AND BALANCE OUR BUDGET. OUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL PAY FOR THE PRICE OR OUR DERELICTION OF DUTY AND WE WILL SEE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE FUNDS DEPLETED.

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          MR. BIGGS

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE SEEK…

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

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        • 12:13:31 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          PINGREE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE PASSED…

          PINGREE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 8, THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT, WHICH I PROUDLY VOTED FOR. I WANT TO LEND MY VOICE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND ITS IMPORTANT IMPORTANCE TO THE STATE OF -- ITS IMPORTANCE TO THE STATE OF MAINE WHICH HAS PORTS UP AND DOWN OUR COASTLINE. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED WRDA IN CAMPO, MAINE. THIS IS A REMEDIATION FROM THE JETTY THAT WAS BUILT IN THE 1800'S. IT HAS CAUSED EROSION AND RECEDING COASTLINE THAT YEAR BEFORE YEAR, STORM BY STORM, HAS NEARLY WASHED OUT THE HOMES OF NEARLY 40. THE ARMY CORPS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR YEARS TO GET THIS PROJECT OFF THE GROUND AND WE ARE FINALLY SEEING PROGRESS. IN THE PAST YEAR THERE HAS BEEN NEW ENERGY AROUND THIS AND I WANT TO COMMEND ALL THE PARTIES FOR THEIR PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION IN GETTING THIS DONE.

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        • 12:13:36 PM

          MS. PINGREE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MS. PINGREE

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

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

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        • 12:14:57 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. GENE FORTE

          GIANFORTE: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE HOUSE TO TAKE UP THE FOREST REFORM THAT…

          GIANFORTE: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE HOUSE TO TAKE UP THE FOREST REFORM THAT THIS CHAMBER PASSED MORE THAN SEVEN MONTHS AGO. LAST YEAR, WILDFIRES BURNED MORE THAN 1.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. GIANFORTE

          2 MILLION ACRES IN MONTANA, AN AREA THE SIZE OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE. . I…

          2 MILLION ACRES IN MONTANA, AN AREA THE SIZE OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE. . I MET WITH FIREFIGHTERS ON THE GROUND AND SAW THE DEVASTATIONISM MET WITH FAMILIES AND HEARD ABOUT THEIR ANXIETY ABOUT THE AIR QUALITY FOR THEIR KIDS. I MET WITH MONTANANS WORRIED THAT THEIR LIVELIHOOD WOULD GO UP IN FLAMES. OUR COMMUNITIES PULLED TOGETHER, HELPING NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR, JUST AS MONTANANS DO. THE BAD NEWS IS THAT FORECASTERS PROJECT ANOTHER SEVERE FIRE SEASON THIS YEAR. WE NEED TO START MANAGING OUR FORESTS AGAIN. WHILE THERE'S BEEN SOME PROGRESS, MORE WORK REMAINS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR FORESTS AND REDUCE THE SEVERITY OF WILDFIRES. I CALL ON THE SENATE TO END THE OBSTRUCTION AND PASS FOREST MANAGEMENT REFORMS. MONTANANS NEED THEM TO ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:16:21 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MINUTE.

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          SPEAKER. THE TRUMP IMPACT HAS INSTITUTED A CRUEL POLICY, CRUEL ON THE…

          SPEAKER. THE TRUMP IMPACT HAS INSTITUTED A CRUEL POLICY, CRUEL ON THE CHILDREN, CRUEL ON MOTHERS SEEKING RELIEF FROM VIOLENCE AND RAPE. THE CRUEL PRACTICE OF SEPARATING A CHILD FROM HER MOTHER WHEN THE MOTHER PRESENTS HERSELF AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SEEKING SAFETY. THE CRUEL POLICY IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION, WILLFUL, VOLUNTARY, CALCULATED DECISION TO MAKE IT A CRIME FOR A MOTHER TO DO WHAT MOTHERS DO EVERYWHERE AND ALWAYS, PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN.

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        • 12:17:23 PM

          MR. WELCH

          SENDING A CHILD TO ONE PLACE, STRANGE, UNKNOWN, UNFAMILIAR. AND THE PARENT…

          SENDING A CHILD TO ONE PLACE, STRANGE, UNKNOWN, UNFAMILIAR. AND THE PARENT TO ANOTHER. NEITHER KNOWING WHEN, IF EVER, THEY WILL BE REUNITED. THIS POLICY IS NOT ONLY CRUEL, IT'S UNNECESSARY AND INEFFECTIVE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT MUST END THIS UN-AMERICAN CRUELTY NOW AND FOREVER. I YIELD BACK.

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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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          AS A COMMUNITY WE'RE GRATEFUL TO HAVE THEM IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT'S AN HONOR…

          AS A COMMUNITY WE'RE GRATEFUL TO HAVE THEM IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT'S AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THE COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO PLAYED SUCH A VITAL ROLE IN THE ECONOMY OF NORTHERN INDIANA FOR DECADES. ON BEHALF OF HOOSIER, I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE AT JACO FOR AN AMAZING 50 YEARS AND LOOK FWARS TO MORE TO COME.

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          MS. WHAT HORSEKY

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          MS. WALORSKI

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:20:34 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          SPEAKER, SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY IS A CHRISTIAN LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE…

          SPEAKER, SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY IS A CHRISTIAN LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE LOCATED IN MY HOMETOWN IN FLORIDA. THE UNIVERSITY IS KNOWN FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING STUDENT WITH A SPIRIT-EMPOWERED, CHRIST-CENTERED EDUCATION WITH AN INTEGRATION OF FAITH, LEARNING AND SERVICE. TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE AN IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY.

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

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

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        • 12:21:53 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          SPEAKER FBLET TODAY I'M -- MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I'M PROUD TO RECK NICE…

          SPEAKER FBLET TODAY I'M -- MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I'M PROUD TO RECK NICE DENNIS WILLIAMS AS HE RETIRES FROM THE UNITED AUTO WORKERS AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE UNION AND TO OUR COUNTRY. I'VE KNOWN DENNIS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER HE HAS LED THE FIGHT TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BAR GAINING AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL WORKERS, NOT JUST THOSE IN THE UNION HAVE FAIR PAY AND SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS. LIKE THE AUMPLET W. ITSELF, DENNIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN COMMITTED TO SECURING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR WORKERS. HIS EXPERIENCE HAS CARRIED HIM THROUGH THE DIVERSE SECTORS OF THE U.A.W.

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          , GIVING HIM EXPERTISE ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. HE STARTED AT U.A.W. LOCAL 806…

          , GIVING HIM EXPERTISE ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. HE STARTED AT U.A.W. LOCAL 806 AS A SALVAGE WELDER. SERVED IN MANY POSITIONS, BAR GAINING CHAIRMAN, INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, REGION 4 DIRECTOR, BEFORE BECOMING INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT IN 2016. DENNIS WILLIAMS' SERVICE AND SUCCESS AT THE BARGAINING TABLE LED TO A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE U.A.W. 'S MORE THAN 400,000 WORKERS IN 580,000 RETIREES, MANY OF WHOM I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT IN MY HOME DISTRICT. I'M GRATEFUL TO WORK WITH LEADERS LIKE DENNIS WHO CHANGED OUR COMMUNITIES FOR THE BETTER AND WE WILL MISS DENNIS WILLIAMS' VOICE AND HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE UNION BUT WE KNOW IT WON'T BE LOST TO THE COUNTRY AS HE BEGIN THIS IS NEXT CHAPTER IN HIS LIFE. CONGRATULATIONS, DENNIS, ON WORK WELL DONE. I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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          MR. YOHO

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

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

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        • 12:25:02 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I JOIN HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND SERVICE TO THE…

          I JOIN HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND SERVICE TO THE RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, COMMUNITY. RAFAEL WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE BAY AREA WHERE HE ATTENDED STANFORD UNIVERSITY. HE WENT ON TO SERVE AS EDITOR FOR DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS AND COVERED A VARIETY OF TOOPICS RELATING TO THE WORLD WAR II HOME FRONT NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, ROSIE THE RIVETER PARK IN RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA. IN 2007 HE BEGAN VOLUNTEERING WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AT ROSIE THE RIVETER, EDITING EXHIBITS, CONDUCTING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPING INTERACTIVE YOUTH

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          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW…

          THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW THE V.A.

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          MISSION ACT WHICH TAKES A NUMBER OF STEPS TOWARD GIVING OUR VETERANS THE…

          MISSION ACT WHICH TAKES A NUMBER OF STEPS TOWARD GIVING OUR VETERANS THE CARE THEY KE SERVE. -- THEY DESERVE. THINK BILL, THE VETS ACT, WAS INCLUDED IN THIS LARGER PACKAGE AND WILL ALLOW V.A. EMPLOYEE DOCTORS TO PRACTICE TELEMEDICINE ACROSS STATE LINES THIS EV.A.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. THOMPSON

          HAS AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL TELEMEDICINE PROGRAM, BOOSTING AN -- BOASTING…

          HAS AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL TELEMEDICINE PROGRAM, BOOSTING AN -- BOASTING AN 88% SATISFACTION RATING BUT OUTDATED REGULATIONS RESTRICTED THE PROGRAM FROM GROWING TO ACHIEVE ITS FULL POTENTIAL. THE ACT WILL NOW ALLOW V.A. DOCTORS TO USE TELEMEDICINE TO SEE PATIENTS IN ANY STATE OR LOCATION INCLUDING THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOMES. THIS IS ESPECIALLY HELPFUL FOR VETERANS BATTLING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, WHO HAVE HAD A HARD TIME TRAVELING TO A V.A. FACILITY OR LIVE IN RURAL AREAS. OUR VETERAN DECEMBER SERVE THE BEST CARE AVAILABLE TO THEM AND THE VETS ACT IS ONE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE V.A. MISSION ACT THAT WILL ADVANCE THIS CARE. I COMMEND THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGNING THIS BILL INTO LAW. TELEMEDICINE IS BETTER ACCESS, BETTER CARE AND TRUE HEALTH CARE REFORM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MINUTE.

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          MR. VEASEY

          FROM OBSERVING LOCAL TARRANT COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RACES TO STATEWIDE…

          FROM OBSERVING LOCAL TARRANT COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RACES TO STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN, PAULINE KNEW HER CALLING WAS ACTIVISM AND SHE BECAME A FIERCE LEADER FOR THE LATINO COMMUNITY AND FOR WOMEN. WHEN HAW PAU LEAN GOT TOLD TO DIAL IT DOWN THAT MEANT FOR PAULINE SHE NEEDED TO DIAL IT UP. SHE WON THE RESPECT OF MINORITY GROUPS ACROSS TEXAS AS SHE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUAILITY. AS A PRECINCT CHAIR AND ELECTION JUDGE SHE BECAME AN ICON IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY FOR GIVING VOICE TO THOSE WHO FELT SILENCED. SHE CANVASSED FOR JOHN KENNEDY AND MARCH AID LONGSIDE CAESAR CHAVEZ. SHE SPOKE ABOUT RAISING THE LEVEL OF DISCOURSE IN THE COUNTRY AND NATURAL IN 016 WHEN THE FIRST FEMALE CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT WAS ON THE BALLOT SHE TEAMED UP WITH LOCAL GROUPS TO GET OUT THE VOTE. THE CITY OF FORTH FWREEFS HER LOS. I SAW PAULINE, THE LAST TIME I SAY HER WAS AT A CINCO DEMAYO EVENT SHE CAME UP AND GAVE ME A BIG HUG. THAT'S THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS. SO INSPIRING, SO ENCOURAGE, WE'RE GOING TO MISS HER VERY MUCH. HER WORK AND LEGACY WILL LIVE ON IN FORT WORTH FOR DECADES AN YEARS AND YEARS TO COME. EVERYONE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU, MY FRIEND, PAULINE, I KNOW THAT YOU'RE LOOKING DOWN AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAD ABOUT YOUR LOSS BUT KNOW THAT YOU'VE MADE -- HELPED MAKE FORT WORTH A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE FOR ALL OF US. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MS. CHINA

          MS. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MS. CHENEY

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MS. CHENEY

          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK…

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MINUTE.

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          MR.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          SPEAKER, I RISE TOO HONOR THE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY LOCATED IN MY…

          SPEAKER, I RISE TOO HONOR THE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT FOR 75 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO OUR

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          NATION. THE ACTA NON VERBA, THAT'S DEEDS, NOT WORDS, SOMETHING WE ALL NEED…

          NATION. THE ACTA NON VERBA, THAT'S DEEDS, NOT WORDS, SOMETHING WE ALL NEED TO STRIVE FOR. THE MID SHIPMEN AND FWRAD WITS -- GRADUATES OF THE ACADEMY HAVE FAITHFULLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN TIMES OF WAR AND PEACE AND FOR THAT WE ARE ALL ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1943, THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY HAS DEVELOPED A RICH HISTORY OF MILITARY AND MARITIME SERVICE. IT'S THE ONLY SERVICE ACADEMY WHOSE STUDENTS ENGAGE IN COMBAT DURING TIMES OF WAR. IN FACT, 142 OF ITS STUDENTS GAVE THEIR LIVES ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY DURING WORLD WAR II. IN 1974, THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY BECAME THE FIRST SERVICE ACADEMY TO ADMIT WOMEN. AFTER THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS, STAFF AND MID SHIPMEN EVACUATED CIVILIANS FROM LOWER MAN MATAN AND TRANSPORTED FIRST RESPONDERS AND SUPPLIES TO GROUND ZERO.

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          MR. SUOZZI

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE U.S.…

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 12:33:51 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MS. PLASKETT

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE HOMES, BUSINESSES, AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE…

          THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE HOMES, BUSINESSES, AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE HAVE YET TO BE REPAIRED. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT ANY FUNDS AUTHORIZED AND INTENDED TO BE ALLOCATED FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS BE RELEASED TO THE TERRITORY IMMEDIATELY.

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          MS. PLASKETT

          WHILE THE FEDERAL FUNDING DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FULL AMOUNT OR ALL OF THE…

          WHILE THE FEDERAL FUNDING DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FULL AMOUNT OR ALL OF THE REQUESTS OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, IT WILL HELP SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE REBUILDING EFFORTS TO CREATE BETTER HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES, TO HELP BUILD A RESILIENT UTILITY SYSTEM, BEARING LINES, CREATING MICROGRIDS, AND RENEWABLES IN OUR ENERGY PORTFOLIO. DUE TO THE POSITION OF THE U.S. TERRITORIES, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS HAS BEEN ABLE TO PAY CONTRACTORS UPFRONT FOR CRITICAL REPAIRS. WE DON'T HAVE THE MILLIONS TO PAY UPFRONT AND SEEK REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT. TREASURY AND ITS SECRETARY HAS BEEN UNWILLING TO LEND US OR LOAN US UNDER REASONABLE TERMS THE MONEY THAT CONGRESS ALLOCATED FOR US TO BE LOANED. I'M REQUESTING THAT THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY EXPEDITE THE RELEASE FOR THE ESSENTIAL POWER PROGRAM IMMEDIATELY SO THAT PROJECT CONTRACTS -- SUBCONTRACTORS MAY BE PAID AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN CONTRACTORS LAY OFF WORKERS, OUR ECONOMY FALTERS. AS HURRICANE SEASON IS BEGINNING, THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:35:36 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          THE CLERK

          THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          3249, AN A COUNTY TO AUTHORIZE THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT…

          3249, AN A COUNTY TO AUTHORIZE THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER

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        • 12:36:36 PM

          THE CLERK

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

      • 12:36:52 PM

        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 923 — "Providing for further 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, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3) to rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974."

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          MR. BURGESS

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R.

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        • 12:37:03 PM

          THE CLERK

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 923.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM…

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THIS RULE MAKES 39 AMENDMENTS IN ORDER TO THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL.

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        MRS. TORRES

        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, FEBRUARY 9 OF THIS YEAR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

        SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, FEBRUARY 9 OF THIS YEAR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED THE MOST GENEROUS EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1996.

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      • 01:05:52 PM

        MR. BURGESS

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. GIBBS

        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE THE…

        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MRS. TORRES

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        THAT'S TRILLION WITH A T. NOW THEY ARE ACTING LIKE THEY ARE GREAT DEFICIT…

        THAT'S TRILLION WITH A T. NOW THEY ARE ACTING LIKE THEY ARE GREAT DEFICIT HAWKS FOR BRINGING FORWARD A BILL THAT RESCINDS $15 BILLION IN FEDERAL SPENDING, THAT'S BILLION WITH A B. A TINY FRACTION OF THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS THEY SPENT ON TAX CUTS. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE SOME GREAT SCHOLAR TO SEE THIS DISPARITY. IT'S RIGHT HERE ON THIS CHART. THIS REALLY BIG RED BAR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT PLUNGES DOWN TO NEARLY $2 TRILLION, THAT REPRESENTS THE IMPACT THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL AND THE DEFICIT. IT'S ACTUALLY $1.9 TRILLION. IT'S NOT GOOD. THAT REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY TINY SMALL BAR ON THE RIGHT, THAT REPRESENTS THE SO-CALLED SAVINGS THAT THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE. FOR THOSE IN THE GALLERY, YOU ARE GOING TO NEED BIKNOCK CUE LARS TO SEE THAT LINE. TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, I'M HAPPY TO LEND YOU MY BIFOCALS SO YOU CAN SEE HOW INCONSEQUENTIAL THIS RESCISSION PACKAGE IS IN TERMS OF DEALING WITH OUR DEFICIT. DON'T GET ME WRONG. $15 BILLION IS A LOT OF MONEY. BUT IN THE CONTEXT OF WHAT THIS REPUBLICAN HOUSE HAS DONE TO OUR DEFICIT, BLOWING A HOLE IN IT TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO THE MEGARICH, IN THAT CONTEXT IT ISN'T EVEN A DOWN PAYMENT ON FIXING THE DEFICIT. THIS BILL ISN'T THE RESULT OF SOME GREAT PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE WAS NO PROCESS. THERE WAS NO HEARING ON THIS BILL. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE DIDN'T GO OVER THESE PROPOSED CUTS ONE BY ONE, WEIGHING WHETHER THEY MADE SENSE OR NOT. THIS IS THE RESULT OF THE WHIMS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. HE SEEMS TO CHANGE HIS MIND ABOUT AS OFTEN AS HE LOGS ON TO TWITTER. HOW ELSE CAN THE MAJORITY EXPLAIN SPLASHING BY ONE, WEIGHING WHETHER FUNDS TO FIGHT EBOLA THE SAME DAY THERE IS AN EBOLA OUTBREAK IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO? YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP. IT TOOK LANGUAGE IN A MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO REVERSE THIS. JUST LIKE THE MAJORITY WAS FORCED TO REVERSE CUTS TO FUNDS DESIGNED TO HELP NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY RECOVER FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY. PERHAPS IF YOU DID A HEARING AND YOU LISTENED TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, YOU LISTEN TO THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION, YOU MIGHT AVOID THESE EMBARRASSMENTS. THIS BILL IS ALSO BEING CONSIDERED UNDER YET ANOTHER RECORD BREAKING CLOSED RULE. THAT MEANS NO MEMBER CAN OFFER AN AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR TO IMPROVE IT. LAST MONTH, REPUBLICANS OFFICIALLY TURNED THIS CONGRESS INTO THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. IT WAS ONLY MAY. WE STILL HAVE SIX MONTHS TO GO BEFORE THE END OF THIS CONGRESS. APPARENTLY THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT FOR THE MAJORITY'S RESTRICTIVE PROCESS. IT WOULD MAKE PUTIN JEALOUS. THIS IS NOT A PROCESS TO BE PROUD OF. THIS IS A PROCESS THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF. AND THE CUTS IN THIS BILL AREN'T HARMLESS. THEY WILL HURT REAL PEOPLE. ALMOST HALF THE CUTS IN THIS PACKAGE ARE TO THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THIS BILL ALSO HURTS FARMERS BY CUTTING FUNDING THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT IMPORTANT CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. THIS BILL CUTS FUNDING FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION, AN AGENCY FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION. AT A TIME WHEN THEY HAVE A PROJECT BACKLOG NATIONWIDE. IN MY OWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT I HAVE VISITED AT LEAST 10 HIGH QUALITY PROJECTS SEEKING INVESTMENT FROM E.D.A. THESE PROJECTS AND COUNTLESS OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE NOW IN JEOPARDY IF THIS RESCISSIONS PACKAGE BECOMES LAW. THESE ARE NOT UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS, AS THE BILL TITLE SUGGESTS. THIS FUNDING WAS APPROPRIATED UNDER THE F.Y. 2017 OMNIBUS, NORKTED JUST OVER A YEAR AGO, BOTH -- NEGOTIATED JUST OVER A YEAR AGO, BOTH PARTIES AGREED TO IT. THE PRESIDENT SIGNED IT INTO LAW. NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SUDDENLY CHANGED HIS MIND. MAYBE IT WAS SOMETHING HE SAW ON FOX NEWS SINCE HE TAKES MOST OF HIS MARCHING ORDERS FROM THEM. BUT AFTER SPENDING NEARLY $2 TRILLION ON TAX CUTS FOR THE SUPER RICH AND BLOWING UP THE DEFICIT, THE MAJORITY'S BILL IS LIKE PUTTING A BAND-AID ON A GAPING WOUND. REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO TRICK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INTO THINKING THAT SOMEHOW THEY CARE ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. WELL, THEY ARE NOT FOOLING ANYONE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BURGESS

        WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        KNIGHT: THAN YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE. I WANT TO…

        KNIGHT: THAN YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, RANKING MEMBER FOR THE INCLUSION OF LANGUAGE IN THE REPORT THAT WOULD LAUNCH A NEW INITIATIVE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO AGGRESSIVELY DRIVE DOWN COSTS AND IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF GRID SCALE ENERGY STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES. .

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        MR. BURGESS

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        THE CHAIR

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        MR. KNIGHT

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

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

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      • 01:16:46 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE MAJORITY HAS BLOCKED OVER 2,000 AMENDMENTS AND IT IS ONLY JUNE.

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        MRS. TORRES

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        LAMB: I RISE TODAY SO WE CAN THIS INTO LAW. THE WORDS ON THAT PIECE OF…

        LAMB: I RISE TODAY SO WE CAN THIS INTO LAW. THE WORDS ON THAT PIECE OF PAINERER NOT WHAT TAKE CARES OF OUR VETERANS THEMSELVES DOCTORS AN NURSES IN OUR V.A.

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      • 01:18:07 PM

        MR. BAM

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        MR. LAMB

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SPEAKER, CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I…

        SPEAKER, CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I WOULD POINT OUT I WORKED AS A PHYSICIAN IN A V.A.

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      • 01:20:56 PM

        MR. BURGESS

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MRS. TORRES

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MRS. TORRES

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        MS. PIN FWREE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      • 01:25:01 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS

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        MR. BURGESS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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        MS. JACKSON LEE

        3, WHICH IS A DANGER TO CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT, PELL GRANTS AND ELECTION…

        3, WHICH IS A DANGER TO CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT, PELL GRANTS AND ELECTION SECURITY. MEANING, MR. SPEAKER, THEY ARE CUTTING THOSE DOLLARS. BUT THE MAIN ELEMENT OF MY OPPOSITION IS THE CRISIS ON THE BORDER. I WANT TO HOUSE TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU HAVE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE CROSSED FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS WHO ARE BEING TREATED AND VIOLATED LIKE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY THAT WOULD BE INHUMANE. YOU HAVE GAUT MA LANS, SOME OF WHOM NOW ARE FACING THE TRAGEDY OF THE VOLCANO, COMING WHO SPEAK AN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE, THEY ARE LUMPED TOGETHER 50RK, 100 AT A TIME, THEIR CHILDREN ARE SNATCH AID WAY FROM THEM AND THIS IS A POLICY THAT'S GOING TO BE FURTHER FUNDED BY THE RESCISSIONS IN THIS BILL. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ANYONE WITH A HUMANE BONE IN THEIR BDY STAND UP AGAINST RIPPING CHILDREN AWAY FROM INDIVIDUALS. AS A MEMBER THEY HAVE HOMELAND SECURITY JUDICIARY, THAT WAS NOT THE POLICY. THE POLICY WAS FOR CHILDREN WHO COME WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. IN ADDITION YOU HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT SEEN THEIR MOTHER, WHO ARE 4 YEARS OLD, WHO ARE INFANTS WHO ARE CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH, FOR WEEKS AT A TIME. YOU HAVE GAUT MA LANS WHO DON'T SPEAK SPANISH OR ENGLISH OR ANY LANGUAGE TRANSLATED IN COURT, AN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE AND DON'T KNOW THE RULING AGAINST THEM. THIS WILL GIVE MORE DOLLARS TO SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. FOR GOD'S SAKE, THIS IS NOT AMERICA. AND WE MUST STOP IT NOW. I YIELD BACK. OPPOSE THIS BILL.

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      • 01:27:15 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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        MRS. TORRES

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 01:27:30 PM

        MR. BURGESS

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 01:28:15 PM

        MRS. TORRES

        THE GENTLEWOMAN WILL STATE HER INQUIRY.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 01:29:59 PM

        MRS. TORRES

        THE CHAIR DOES

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 01:30:13 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        UNFORTUNATELY, THIS ISN'T WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE. NO, INSTEAD, WE'RE TAKING…

        UNFORTUNATELY, THIS ISN'T WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE. NO, INSTEAD, WE'RE TAKING UP A BILL TO PUT MORE GUNS ON PUBLIC LANDS AND CUT FUNDING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY RESEARCH. FOR THIS REASON AND MANY OTHER CONCERNS I HAVE, WITH THE NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS WHICH WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER, I MUST OPPOSE THIS RULE.

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      • 01:30:19 PM

        MRS. TORRES

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SPEAKER, AS OF JUNE 7, 2018, REPUBLICANS IN THE 115TH CONGRESS HAVE…

        SPEAKER, AS OF JUNE 7, 2018, REPUBLICANS IN THE 115TH CONGRESS HAVE PROVIDED FOR CONSIDERATION OF OVER 1,200 AMENDMENTS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. OVER 570 OF THOSE AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED BY DEMOCRATS. 480 PROPOSED BY REPUBLICANS.

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      • 01:31:35 PM

        MR. BURGESS

        AND 190 WERE BIPARTISAN. THAT'S 46% DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS. 39% REPUBLICAN…

        AND 190 WERE BIPARTISAN. THAT'S 46% DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS. 39% REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS. 16% WERE BIPARTISAN. BY CONTRAST, DURING THE ENTIRE 111TH CONGRESS, THAT WAS THE LAST CONGRESS WHERE SPEAKER PELOSI WAS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, DEMOCRATS WERE IN THE MAJORITY, DURING THE ENTIRE 111TH CONGRESS, SPEAKER PELOSI ALLOWED LESS THAN 1,000 AMENDMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND IN FACT DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY BLOCKED 3,000 AMENDMENTS WITH ROUGHLY 2,400 DURING THE FIRST SESSION, FIRST YEAR OF THAT CONGRESS. THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE MEASURES WHERE THE SUMMARIES OF AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED WERE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. AT THAT TIME DUE TO THE LACK OF MAJORITY'S TRANSPARENCY, THE NUMBERS LIKE -- NUMBER'S LIKELY MUCH HIGHER THAT WAS BLOCKED. CHAIRMAN SESSIONS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE HAS MADE IT A POINT TO ENSURE THAT EVERY SINGLE MEMBER HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT THEIR AMENDMENTS AND COME TO THE COMMITTEE ON RULES AND SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS AND CONCERNS. AS THE GENTLELADY KNOWS WELL, THERE IS NO CLOCK IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. ANY MEMBER CAN COME AND SPEND AS MUCH TIME WITH US AS THEY WISH. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF TWO IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION. H.R. 5895, THE ENERGY AND WATER LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS OF 2019, AND H.R. 3, THE SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT ARE BOTH RESPONSIBLE MEASURES THAT TAKE SERIOUSLY OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE VIGILANT STEWARDS OF THE FEDERAL TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN ELIMINATING UNUSED AND UNNECESSARY FUNDING FROM PAST YEARS. A RESPONSIBLE APPROACH THAT UNTIL THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN UNDER UTILIZED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TODAY TO SUPPORT THE RULES AND TWO UNDERLYING PIECES OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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      • 01:33:59 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        QUI THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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        MRS. TORRES

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

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

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      • 01:34:18 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON 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. ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION 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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      • 01:34:21 PM

        On ordering the previous question Roll Call 240 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

        The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on agreeing to H. Res. 923, if ordered and on agreeing to the Speaker's Approval of the Journal which further proceedings were postponed earlier today.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ] THE SPEAKER

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR…

          ON ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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      • 01:59:09 PM

        House Vote 240 - On Ordering the Previous Question

        Providing for further 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, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3) to rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974.

        Passed (227 - 185)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 227
        Republican - 227

        Vote Details: Nay - 185
        Democratic - 184
        Republican - 1

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

        • 01:59:10 PM

          On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 241 - Recorded vote pending.

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            >>

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 01:59:29 PM

            MRS. TORRES

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 02:06:44 PM

        House Vote 241 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

        Providing for further 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, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3) to rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974.

        Passed (225 - 187)
        Aye
        No

        Vote Details: Aye - 225
        Republican - 225

        Vote Details: No - 187
        Democratic - 184
        Republican - 3

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION ACOPTED. --…

          ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION ACOPTED. -- ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE BUSINESS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. -- ADOPTED. THIS IS AN ELECTRONIC VOTE. MEMBERS HAVE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC. , IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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        • 02:06:46 PM

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

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            On approving the Journal Roll Call 242 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL S. 1869, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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        • 02:13:15 PM

          House Vote 242 - On Approving the Journal

          Passed (213 - 197)
          Yea
          Nay

          Vote Details: Yea - 213
          Republican - 133
          Democratic - 80

          Vote Details: Nay - 197
          Democratic - 104
          Republican - 93

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
          Democratic - 8
          Republican - 8

          Vote Details: Present - 1
          Democratic - 1

          • 02:13:53 PM

            >>

            SENATE 1869, AN ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND RENAME THE POSITION OF…

            SENATE 1869, AN ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND RENAME THE POSITION OF WHISTLEBLOWER OMBUDSMAN TO BE THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION COORDINATOR.

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          • 02:13:57 PM

            Considered by unanimous consent. S. 1869 — "To reauthorize and rename the position of Whistleblower Ombudsman to be the Whistleblower Protection Coordinator."

            • 02:13:57 PM

              Mr. Blum asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:14:06 PM

                THE CLERK

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                2772, WITH A SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                >>

                THE CLERK WILL READ THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ROE: I ASK THE CLERK TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING --

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                THE CLERK

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                MR. ROE

                SENATE AMENDMENT. STRIKE ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE -- MR.

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                THE CLERK

                ROE: I ASK TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                MR. ROE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MR.

          • 02:15:08 PM

            On passage Passed without objection.

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

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                MR. ROE

                I ASK UNANIMOUS AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:15:37 PM

                MR. ROE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                YES.

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                MR. ROE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK TO GENERAL LEAVE REQUEST?

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                DO.

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3, THE SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND…

                I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3, THE SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT.

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            • 02:17:02 PM

              Mr. Roe (TN) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's Table and agree to the Senate amendment.

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              On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection.

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

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                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  CERTAIN BUDGETARY AUTHORITY TO BE

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                Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 923. H.R. 3 — "To rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974."

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:17:28 PM

                Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5895 and H.R. 3. The resolution provides for further consideration of H.R. 5895 under a structured rule. Also, the rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3 under a closed rule with one hour of debate. The resolution provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions for both bills.

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                  THE CLERK

                  RESCINDED TO BE RESCINDED IN SPECIAL MESSAGES TRANSMITTED TO THE CONGRESS…

                  RESCINDED TO BE RESCINDED IN SPECIAL MESSAGES TRANSMITTED TO THE CONGRESS BY THE PRESIDENT ON MAY 8, 2018, IN IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 10 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET AND IMPOUNDMENT CONTROL ACT OF 1974.

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            • 02:17:58 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FRELINGHUYSEN: --

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FRELINGHUYSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3,…

                FRELINGHUYSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3, THE SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT. THIS PACKAGE OF RECISIONS WITHDRAWS NEARLY $15 BILLION IN FUNDS PREVIOUSLY APPROPRIATED TO VARIOUS FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND AGENCIES. THESE FUNDS ARE RESCINDED FROM PROGRAMS AND AGENCIES THAT HAVE -- THAT NO LONGER NEED, CANNOT SPEND THE MONEY OR FROM PROGRAMS THAT NO LONGER EXIST. WHEN SUCH FUNDING GOES UNUSED FOR YEARS, THOSE FUNDS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY AS

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              • 02:18:21 PM

                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                DELAURO: I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS REPUBLICAN RECISION PACKAGE.

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                MS. DELAURO

                PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE TRYING TO…

                PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE TRYING TO TAKE DECONSTRUCTING GOVERNMENT TO A NEW LEVEL.

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              • 02:20:05 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:20:07 PM

                MS. DELAURO

                MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

              • 02:20:19 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THANK YOU. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE…

                THANK YOU. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE TRYING TO TAKE DECONSTRUCTING GOVERNMENT TO A NEW LEVEL. THEY ARE PROPOSING TO TAKE $15 BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS AWAY FROM THE CITIZENRY AND INVESTMENTS IN OUR ECONOMY. BUDGETED FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, MEDICAL INNOVATION, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, AND THE LIST --

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              • 02:20:33 PM

                MS. DELAURO

                CHAMBER. THE GENTLELADY WILL PROCEED. MS.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                DELAURO: THANK YOU. BUDGETED FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM,…

                DELAURO: THANK YOU. BUDGETED FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, MEDICAL INNOVATION, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, AND THE LIST GOES ON.

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              • 02:21:06 PM

                MS. DELAURO

                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:26:17 PM

                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                SCALISE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                SCALISE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT, MR. SPEAKER, OF THIS RECISIONS PACKAGE. I WANT TO COMMEND PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO CONGRESS, A BILL THAT WOULD ONCE PASSED BE THE LARGEST RECISIONS PACKAGE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. THIS WAS A PROCESS THAT'S BEEN USED BY REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTS ALIKE OVER DECADES, AND IT'S AN IMPORTANT PROCESS TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. MR.

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              • 02:26:23 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:26:26 PM

                MR. SCALISE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:27:31 PM

                MR. SCALISE

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

              • 02:28:47 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:28:50 PM

                MS. DELAURO

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

              • 02:29:14 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:29:17 PM

                MRS. LOWEY

                NEEDLESS PARTISANSHIP INTO CONGRESS' IMPORTANT APPROPRIATIONS WORK. FIRST…

                NEEDLESS PARTISANSHIP INTO CONGRESS' IMPORTANT APPROPRIATIONS WORK. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS BILL FAILS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY ELIMINATING FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. JUST MONTHS AFTER EXPLODING ANNUAL DEFICITS TO THE TUNE OF $1.5 TRILLION AND LAVISHING MASSIVE TAX BREAKS TO BIG CORPORATIONS WITH THEIR TAX SCAM, REPUBLICANS ARE NOW PROPOSING TO MAKE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PAY WITH A $7 BILLION CUT FROM CHIP. . TARGETING CHIP FOR A RESCISSION, PREVENTS CONGRESS FROM RE-INVESTING IN OTHER PRIORITIES LIKE CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH, AND OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. ADDITIONALLY, THE NEARLY $15 BILLION IN RESCISSIONS CUT NUMEROUS EFFORTS TO CREATE JOBS, GROW OUR ECONOMY, AND STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES. IT CUTS FUNDING FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION, AND FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. BOTH OF WHICH CREATE JOBS IN RURAL AREAS AND DISTRESS COMMUNITIES. TREASURY WAS PREPARED TO ANNOUNCE 114 AWARDS FROM CDFI'S BANK ENTERPRISE AWARD PROGRAM. THIS ISN'T MERELY SPRING CLEANING BY SWEEPING OLD FUNDING UP UNDER THE RUG THAT WOULD NEVER BE SPENT, IT IS TAKING INVESTMENTS AWAY FROM LOCAL COMMUNITIES. IT SLASHES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM FEDERAL LOAN PROGRAMS THAT FOSTER INNOVATION, CREATE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS, EIGHT PROJECTS ARE IN THE PIPELINE THROUGH THE ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY VEHICLES MANUFACTURING LOAN PROGRAM. TWO OF WHICH WOULD CREATE 2,400 MANUFACTURING JOBS AND AN $890 MILLION INVESTMENT IN OHIO, INDIANA, AND ILLINOIS. THE REPUBLICAN RAW DEAL WOULD RESCIND THESE FUNDS AND PREVENT ECONOMIC GROWTH. I AM ALSO PROFOUNDLY DISAPPOINTED THAT REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO BRING FORWARD LEGISLATION THAT WILL UNDERMINES TWO YEARS OF BIPARTISAN SPENDING AGREEMENTS. THIS BILL INCLUDES CUTS TO FUNDING THAT WAS APPROPRIATED INTO THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 OMNIBUS, WHICH WAS NEGOTIATED JUST OVER A YEAR AGO. AND IT RENEGES ON THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT FROM FEBRUARY BY FURTHER RESTRICTING CHIP AMOUNTS THAT COULD BE REINVESTED IN FUTURE YEARS. UPENDING BIPARTISAN AGREEMENTS, POISONING THE WELL, AND MAKES FUTURE NEGOTIATEATIONS MORE DIFFICULT -- NEGOTIATIONS MORE DIFFICULT. FINALLY I MUST EXPRESS MY STRONG OBJECTION TO THE RUSHED PROCESS BY WHICH REPUBLICANS HAVE CONSIDERED THIS RESCISSIONS BILL. THE WHITE HOUSE SUBMITTED ITS FINAL VERSION OF THE RESCISSIONS PROPOSAL LESS THAN 48 HOURS AGO. WE HAVE HAD NO HEARINGS, NO MARKUPS, OR EVEN ANY BILL. THE DEBATE AT ALL ON THIS BILL IN THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE. AND WE'RE CONSIDERING IT WITH NO OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THE MERITS OF EACH OF THESE RESCISSIONS ON THEIR OWN. MY FRIENDS, THIS IS NOT REGULAR ORDER. AND FRANKLY, IT'S NO WAY TO MAKE SUCH A CONSEQUENTIAL DECISION. INSTEAD OF RUBBER-STAMPING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RESCISSIONS PACKAGE, CONGRESS SHOULD CONDUCT RIGOROUS OVERSIGHT TO DETERMINE WHY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT SPENT THESE FUNDS EVEN AS THEY MISSPEND TAX DOLLARS ON FIRST CLASS FIGHTS, FOUNTAIN PENS --

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              • 02:34:23 PM

                MS. DELAURO

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ANOTHER MINUTE.

              • 02:34:36 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:34:38 PM

                MRS. LOWEY

              • 02:34:42 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:34:44 PM

                MRS. LOWEY

                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

              • 02:34:58 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:35:01 PM

                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                THE GENTLELADY FROM FORT WORTH IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

              • 02:35:10 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 02:35:13 PM

                MS. GRANGER

                SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT. WE MUST ALWAYS BE…

                SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT. WE MUST ALWAYS BE CAREFUL STEWARDS OF THE TAXPAYERS' HARD-EARNED MONEY, THAT'S WHY I WAS PROUD TO SIGN ON AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RESCISSION PACKAGE. AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, I UNDERSTAND MORE THAN MOST THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROPOSAL RESCINDING NEARLY $15 BILLION IS NECESSARY. IT'S COMMON SENSE THAT MONEY SITTING FEDERAL COFFERS AND NOT BEING SPENT SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE TREASURY. THIS BILL IS A WELCOMED STEP TO CUT WASTEFUL SPENDING AND RESTORE FISCAL SANITY TO WASHINGTON. IMPORTANTLY, THE RESCISSIONS PACKAGE ON THE FLOOR TODAY NO LONGER RESCINDS EBOLA FUNDING. SADLY THAT HORRIBLE DISEASE HAS RECENTLY RETURNED TO THE DEMOCRAT REPUBLIC OF CONGO. IT'S ALSO NO LONGER RESCINDS FUND FOR HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS. I HOPE THE SENATE WILL PASS THIS BILL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THE PRESIDENT CAN SIGN THESE HISTORIC SPENDING CUTS INTO LAW. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:36:25 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                PACKAGE BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                MS. DELAURO

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW MUCH THIS BILL WILL HURT OUR FARMERS, OUR…

                I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW MUCH THIS BILL WILL HURT OUR FARMERS, OUR RANCHERS, AND ALL THOSE WHO LIVE IN RURAL AMERICA. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN STANDING UP FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES BY REJECTING THIS UNCONSCIONABLE RESCISSION BILL.

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                MR. BISHOP

                --

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                COLE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR…

                COLE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. ORIGINALLY I HAVE TO SAY I WAS SKEPTICAL WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION RAISED THE IDEA OF RESCISSIONS.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. COLE

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

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

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MS. DELAURO

                RYAN: I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUES ON…

                RYAN: I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I DO WONDER SOMETIMES IF

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. RYAN

                I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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                MS. DELAURO

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                MR. RYAN

                FRELINGHUYSEN: I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL…

                FRELINGHUYSEN: I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, MR. GRAVES FROM GEORGIA.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. AND, MR. SPEAKER,…

                GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN SHEPHERDING THE LARGEST SPENDING CUT PACKAGE THROUGH THE HOUSE ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. THIS IS A REMARKABLE PACKAGE. GETTING BACK BE TO THE TOPIC AT HAND -- GETTING BACK TO THE TOPIC AT HAND THIS IS TAKING BACK MONEY, RESCINDING MONEY THAT WON'T BE SPENT. $15 BILLION OF UNNECESSARY SPENDING. AND THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO GETTING OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. NOW, I NOTE THAT EVERY DOLLAR IN THIS PACKAGE EITHER CAN'T, WILL NOT, OR WON'T BE SPENT AT ALL. REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU MIGHT HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THIS IS MONEY THAT JUST WILL NOT BE SPENT FOR THE PURPOSES IN WHICH IT WAS ORIGINALLY BUDGETED. NOW, WHEN I THINK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE TODAY AND I THINK ABOUT THIS PACKAGE, AND I HEAR THE ARGUMENTS THAT JUST PRECEDED MINE, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WOULDN'T SUPPORT SAVING SOME ADDITIONAL MONEY AND PUTTING A DOWN PAYMENT HERE ON OUR DEFICIT.

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. GRAVES

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MR. HOYER.

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                MS. DELAURO

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. HOYER

                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FRELINGHUYSEN: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MR.

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                MR. HOYER

                WOMACK FROM ARKANSAS.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                WOMAN -- MR.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WOMACK: THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE REQUEST FROM MR.…

                WOMACK: THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE REQUEST FROM MR. TRUMP TO REIN IN WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING. WHILE THE BUDGETARY RECISIONS TOOL HAS NOT BEEN UTILIZED BY THE WHITE HOUSE FOR SOME TIME, THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO USE THIS APPROACH TODAY SHOULD BE COMMENDED. IT IMPORTANTLY SHEDS LIGHT ON THE NEED FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. THE AMOUNT OF THIS PROPOSED RECISION SHOULD ALSO HELP US SCALE THE CHALLENGE THAT IS BEFORE US. TODAY, MR.

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                MR. WOMACK

                I GIVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. WOMACK

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MS. DELAURO

                THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                WALDEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU…

                WALDEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU KNOW, I WAS IN SMALL BUSINESS FOR 21 YEARS. MY WIFE AND I WERE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATORS AND HAD TO MEET A BOTTOM LINE AND PAY THE BILLS AND ALL.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. WALDEN

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                POCAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I RISE TO SPEAK ON…

                POCAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I RISE TO SPEAK ON THE CUTS TO PROGRAMS FOR WORKING FAMILIES THAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS SEEK TO PASS TODAY. EARLIER THIS YEAR, CONGRESS DID SOMETHING RESPONSIBLE WHEN IT REJECTED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET REQUEST TO MAKE DEVASTATING CUTS TO PROGRAMS IN WHICH MANY AMERICANS RELY. CONGRESS CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES AND SOLVE SOME PRESSING ISSUES WITH AN AGREEMENT BY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.

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                MS. DELAURO

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. POCAN

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. MCCARTHY

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. SCOTT

                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THIS GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                THE CHAIR

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                MR. ADERHOLT

                OVER IN AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH ACCOUNT SHOULD NOT BE RESCINDED BUT CONGRESS…

                OVER IN AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH ACCOUNT SHOULD NOT BE RESCINDED BUT CONGRESS SHOULD FIND A WAY TO SPEND IT. THIS IS INDICATIVE OF THE PROBLEM OF OVERSPENDING WE HAVE, A PROBLEM SO MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS SENT US HERE TO ADDRESS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RUNS AN ANNUAL DEFICIT. I THINK MOST PEOPLE KNOW THAT. THESE REPEATED ANNUAL DEFICITS HAVE COMBINED TO CREATE A STAGGERING NATIONAL DEBT WHICH STANDS MORE THAN $ 1 TRILLION. THESE DEFICITS ARE NOT FREE, BUT COSTLY, BECAUSE THE INTEREST OUR COUNTRY HAS TO PAY ON THESE BORROWED DOLLARS. TODAY WITH THIS LEGISLATION WE MARK A RETURN TO A LEGISLATIVE TOOL TA BOTH REPUBLICANS AN DEMOCRATS IALIKE HAVE UTILIZED TO CLEAN UP ACCOUNTS THAT WENT UNDERUTILIZED. THE RESCISSION TOOL THAT'S BEING USED IN THIS LEGISLATION WAS COMMONLY USED IN THE 1970'S WHEN IT WAS ESTABLISHED ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE 1980'S AND 1990'S AS A WAY TO RETURN UNUSED, UNOBLIGATED TAX DOLLARS TO THE U.S. TREASURY. TO RECOUNT THE RESCISSION BILL WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY RETURNS UNSPENT DOLLARS TO THE TREASURY. EVERY DOLLAR RETURNED IS A DOLLAR WE DON'T HAVE TO BE BOAR RE. AND EVERY DOLLAR THAT DOES NOT NEED TO BE BORROWED DOES NOT INCUR INTEREST PAYMENTS. WHILE I UNDERSTAND THERE'S NO PERFECT BILL THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN RESTORING A MEASURE OF FISCAL RESTRAINT. I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH THE PRESIDENT TO CLEAN UP SOME OLD ACCOUNTS AND PREVENT WASTE AS WELL AS ABUSE. LET ME ADD THAT SOME OF THESE ACCOUNTS WITH WORTHWHILE BUT THIS IS NOT A DEBATE ABOUT INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS. THIS IS ABOUT DOING THE NECESSARY STEPS TO CLEAN UP THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH BALANCE SHEETS. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THIS LINE ITEM OR THAT LINE ITEM THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE.

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                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                NEAL: THE MAJORITY LEADER SAID $15 BILLION WAS SPARE CHANGE. LET ME TELL…

                NEAL: THE MAJORITY LEADER SAID $15 BILLION WAS SPARE CHANGE. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT HE MEANS BY SPARE CHANGE. CUTTING FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR WORKING FAMILIES. AND NOW TAKING $7 BILLION FROM THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM.

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                MR. NEAL

                I GUESS THAT IS SPARE CHANGE. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER JUST SAID HE WAS…

                I GUESS THAT IS SPARE CHANGE. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER JUST SAID HE WAS ALARMED AT THE PROSPECT THAT ON THE PRECIPICE OF BORROWING THAT WE WERE NOW GOING TO CUT BACK ON OUR BORROWING CAPACITY AS IT RELATES TO SAVINGS. AFTER THE SAME POLITICAL PARTY BORROWED $2.3 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS TO PAY FOR A TAX CUT FOR PEOPLE AT THE TOP. THOSE ARE THE PRIORITY. THE PRIORITY IS LET LET'S CUT TAXERS IN STRONGEST AND WEALTH JETS AND PAY FOR IT BY TAKING MONEY FROM PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE MOST IN AMERICA. WE'VE SEEN TIME AND AGAIN THEY ARE MORE FOCUS THOND NEEDS OF THEY HAVE WEALTHIEST AND WELL CONNECTED. WE SHOULD BE ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES OF THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THIS SESSION AND MAKING SURE THEY HAVE AMPLE ASSISTANCE. NOW THEY'RE AFTER HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN. NOW THEY WANT TO PROPOSE $7 BILLION FOR THE HEALTH CARE PLAN. LET'S BE CLEAR, THEIR PRIORITY IS ONE -- AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN IN THE CONGRESS HAS BEEN TAKING CARE OF THE STRONGEST AND THE MOST POWERFUL AT THE VERY TOP. IN 2001, JANUARY 19, BILL CLINTON SAID GOOD-BYE TO THE COUNTRY. THERE WAS A $5.6 TRILLION SURPLUS. CUT TAXES BY $1.3 TRILLION IN 2001, CUT TAXES BY ANOTHER TRILLION IN 2003. THERE WAS $2.3 TRILLION OF TAX CUTS, TWO WARS, 1.5 MILLION NEW VETERANS AND THINK ANSWER TO THAT OF COURSE WAS LET'S HAVE MORE TAX CUTS. AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT THEY DID WITH THEIR TAX CUT PLAN. $2.3 TRILLION BORROWED TO PROVIDE FOR A TAX CUT FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP THAFLE CALL THEMSELVES CONSERVATIVES. THEY PRONOUNCE THEY ARE DISCIPLES OF BALANCED BUDGETS. IT IS THEIR RECKLESS SPENDING WE WATCHED THEM EMBRACE TIME AND AGAIN. THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THAT ENDEAVOR.

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              • 03:13:51 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. ESTES

                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIR OF THE…

                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, MR. CROWLEY.

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              • 03:16:02 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MS. DELAURO

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

                CROWLEY: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT. THIS BILL STRIPS $7 BILLION FROM THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. $7 BILLION FOR SICK KIDS. IT IS UNBELIEVABLE IF YOU STOP AND CONSIDER IT. THE REPUBLICANS ARE ASKING CHILDREN TO PAY FOR THEIR TAX BREAK TO THE RICH.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. CROWLEY

                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                IS RECOGNIZED, WITH 30 -- MINUTE AND A HALF REMAINING. MS.

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                DELAURO: THANK YOU, MR.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                SPEAKER. THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO TALK ABOUT SPENDING. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE…

                SPEAKER. THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO TALK ABOUT SPENDING. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN TAX CUT. IT WAS RIGID FOR THE RICH AND 83% OF THE TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% TO RAISE TAXES ON MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND COST $1.5 TRILLION. WE HAVE A STAGGERING NATIONAL DEBT.

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              • 03:17:49 PM

                MS. DELAURO

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

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN…

                  THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                • 03:19:20 PM

                  MR. BILIRAKIS

                  AND --.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  DELAURO: I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

              At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 3, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. DeLauro demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.

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                MS. DELAURO

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                POSTPONED.

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                Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 918. 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 SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                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.

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                  THE CHAIR

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                  THE CLERK

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                  THE CHAIR

                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN AND.

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                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  THE REQUEST WILL HAVE TOSH MADE IN THE FULL HOUSE.

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

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

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                    THE CHAIR

                    5895, FIRST SET OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, ENERGY AND…

                    5895, FIRST SET OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, ENERGY AND WATER, LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS. I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING THREE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THIS AFTERNOON. THESE BILLS PROVIDE FUNDING TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY STRURK, SUPPORT MILITARY FAMILIES, IMPROVE NUCLEAR SECURITY, SUPPORT OUR NATION'S ENERGY AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENSURE THE SMOOTH AND SAFE OPERATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH.

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                    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                    TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW OF THESE IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS. THE ENERGY AND WATER…

                    TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW OF THESE IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS. THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL UNDER CHAIRMAN SIMPSON'S DIRECTION FUNDS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND SUPPORTS THE ENERGY AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND KEEPS OUR ECONOMY MOVING AND AMERICA OPEN FOR BUSINESS. IN TOTAL HIS BILL PROVIDES 44.7 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDING TO SUPPORT A STRONG NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY IN TIMES OF RAPIDLY SHIFTING GLOBAL DYNAMICS. HE HAS INCREASES AND MAINTAIN AN EFFECTIVE NUCLEAR ARSENAL AND MAINTAIN OUR NUCLEAR-POWERED FLEET AND KEPS WEAPONS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO WOULD MIS USE THEM. THE BILL DIRECTS $7.28 BILLION TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FOR PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES THAT WILL IMPROVE AMERICA'S PORTS AND WATERWAYS TO PRO PROMOTE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. IT INVESTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S PROGRAMS TO ADVANCE THE GOAL OF ALL THE ABOVE SOLUTION TO END ENERGY DEPENDENCE AND INCLUDES FUNDING TO CONGRESSIONAL EFFORTS FOR THE SAFE AND SECURE STORAGE OF NUCLEAR WASTE AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL UNDER CHAMPLEEYODDER'S LEAD PROVIDES $3. BILLION FOR THE OPERATION OF CONGRESS AND SUPPORT AGENCY EXCLUDING SENATE-ONLY ITEMS. IT MAY BE THE SMALLEST 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS BUT IMPORTANT FOR THE OPERATION OF OUR GREAT DEMOCRACY. THIS TOTAL REPRESENTS A SMALL INCREASE ABOVE CURRENT ENACTED LEVELS. THESE INCREASES ARE DIRECTED TO CRITICAL PROGRAMS THAT MAKE OUR CAPITOL COMPLEX MORE SECURE AND SUFFICIENT AND THIS SUPPORTS OUR DEDICATED POLICE FORCE AND KEEPS THE COMPLEX SAFE FOR MEMBERS AND VISITORS. THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION LED INITIALLY BY FORMER CHAIRMAN DENT AND NOW BY CHAIRMAN JUDGE CARTER, PROVIDES A TOTAL OF $96.9 BILLION DISCRETIONARY FUNDING AT A CRUCIAL TIME FOR OUR ARMED FORCES AND THE V.A. THIS INCLUDES $11.3 BILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND 3. 8% ABOVE FISCAL YEAR 2018 LEVELS RECOGNIZING THE NEED TO REBUILD OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. WE WILL FIGHT CURRENT AND EMERGING THREATS AROUND THE GLOBE AND PROVIDE THEM WITH PEACE AND MIND AND CARE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THIS BILL INCLUDES, $83.5 BILLION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, LARGEST AMOUNT FOR THE V.A. THESE FUNDS WILL BE DIRECTED TO CRITICAL PRIORITIES AND IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, QUICKER CLAIMS PROCESSING AND SUPPORT FOR CRUCIAL HEALTH PROGRAMS LIKE SUICIDE PREVENTION, MENTAL HEALTH AND OPEN YOID PREVENTION. THIS INCLUDES MONEY FOR V.A. ELECTRONIC HEALTH SYSTEM TO ACCELERATE THE PROGRESS ON THIS LONG AWAITED PROJECT. ACCOMPANYING THESE FUNDING INCREASES ARE PROVISIONS THAT WOULD INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY AT BOTH THE PENTAGON AND VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION AND DOLLARS GO WHERE THEY ARE MOST NEEDED. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRS AND RANKING MEMBERS AND ALL THE STAFF WHO WORKED ON THESE BILLS, THAT ALL MEMBERS SHOULD BE PROUD TO SUPPORT. THESE BILLS RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN COMMITTEE BECAUSE THEY FOCUSED ON UNIVERSAL PRIORITY, NATIONAL SECURITY CARE FOR OUR VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES IN ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE. I'M EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED TO READ AND HEAR THE MINORITY HAS DIRECTED ITS MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS APPROPRIATIONS PRACTICE DESPITE THE FACT THAT ALL OF THESE BILLS WERE CONSTRUCTED AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. IF THERE IS NO MINORITY SUPPORT FOR THIS PACKAGE, THOSE MEMBERS WILL BE TURNING THEIR BACKS ON THIS HOUSE'S HISTORIC SUPPORT FOR OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FOR MODERNIZING OUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, WHICH INCLUDE MEDICAL FACILITIES, NEW BARRACKS, MESS HALLS, PLAYGROUNDS, SCHOOLS AND FAMILY HOUSING. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, TORMER CHAIRMAN DENT AND NOW CHAIRMAN JUDGE CARTER AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR AND DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULZ AND TIM RYAN FROM OHIO FOR THEIR WORK ON THESE BILLS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF WHO HELPED BRING THESE BILLS, GENERALEY AND FILM, SUE, SARAH, TYLER AND TRACY. ANGEY, LORRAINE, TERRY AND AMY FROM ENERGYP AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE AND FRONT OFFICE STAFF AND PERSONAL STAFF. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND VOTE YES ON 5895 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:23:59 PM

                GENERAL DEBATE

                The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 5895.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  LOWEY: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE THREE-BILL PACKAGE THAT REPUBLICANS ARE…

                  LOWEY: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE THREE-BILL PACKAGE THAT REPUBLICANS ARE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR TODAY.

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                • 03:30:01 PM

                  MRS. LOWEY

                  THE --

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  THE CHAIR

                  SIMPSON OF IDAHO.

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                  SIMPSON: I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT THE -- TO THE HOUSE THE FISCAL YEAR 2019…

                  SIMPSON: I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT THE -- TO THE HOUSE THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION ACT. BEFORE I REVIEW THE DETAILS OF THE BILL, I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN FREE I THINK HISEN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO THE PROPINGS PROCESS. OUR COMMITTEE IS BACK ON TRACK TO BRING 12 BILLS THROUGH THE COMMITTEE MARKUP AND BEFORE THE FULL HOUSE FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.

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                • 03:36:32 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:36:34 PM

                  MR. SIMPSON

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:40:36 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:40:41 PM

                  MRS. LOWEY

                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:40:51 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:40:55 PM

                  MS. KAPTUR

                  THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  KAPTUR: WE NEED TO HAVE A FULL DISCUSSION AND PATH BEFORE GOING DOWN THE…

                  KAPTUR: WE NEED TO HAVE A FULL DISCUSSION AND PATH BEFORE GOING DOWN THE PATH OF NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

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                • 03:46:08 PM

                  MRS. LOWEY

                  THE BILL INCLUDES SEVERAL UNNECESSARY AND CONTROVERSIAL POLICY RIDERS…

                  THE BILL INCLUDES SEVERAL UNNECESSARY AND CONTROVERSIAL POLICY RIDERS INCLUDING WATERS FROM THE UNITED STATES AND LEGISLATING AN ONGOING COURT CASE.

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                • 03:46:12 PM

                  MS. KAPTUR

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES.

                • 03:47:00 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:47:03 PM

                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  CARTER: I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE AS THE NEWLY APINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                  CARTER: I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE AS THE NEWLY APINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION-VETERANS AFFAIRS AND RELATED AGENCIES SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                • 03:47:18 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:47:21 PM

                  MR. CARTER

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

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

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                • 03:50:28 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:50:31 PM

                  MRS. LOWEY

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                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:50:44 PM

                  MR. RYAN

                  30 SECONDS.

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                  MRS. LOWEY

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                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:56:05 PM

                  MR. RYAN

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES.

                • 03:56:48 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:56:52 PM

                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  CALVERT: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THESE APPROPRIATION BILLS ON THE…

                  CALVERT: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THESE APPROPRIATION BILLS ON THE FLOOR. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS DEDICATION TO REGULAR ORDER. WE ARE COMMITTED TO FULFILLING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PASS THESE BILLS BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR AND I THANK THE RELEVANT CHAIRMEN AND HARD WORK ON THESE BILLS. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DUTIES IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERAN AFFAIRS BILL DOES JUST THAT.

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                • 03:57:11 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 03:57:13 PM

                  MR. CALVERT

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

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

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                • 04:00:02 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:00:06 PM

                  MRS. LOWEY

                  WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. .

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                  MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES WITH 7 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES WITH 7 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED WITH 14 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                • 04:05:23 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  FLISHEFLISHE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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                  THE CHAIR

                  5895. BUT BEFORE I DO THAT, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR HIS…

                  5895. BUT BEFORE I DO THAT, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR HIS TREMENDOUS HARD WORK AND EFFORTS AND ALSO THE RANKING MEMBER, MRS. LOWEY, FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS BILL AS

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                • 04:05:40 PM

                  MR. FLEISCHMANN

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

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

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                • 04:08:14 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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                  MRS. LOWEY

                  MINUTES.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  LOWEY, FOR YIELDING. I RISE TWICE -- I RISE TWICE TODAY IN SADNESS.

                • 04:08:32 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 04:12:53 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:12:55 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 04:13:08 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  MR.

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                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR…

                  RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL, WITH SCORES OF AMENDMENTS THROUGH COMMITTEE. AND THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THAT. MR.

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                • 04:13:17 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:13:19 PM

                  MR. RUTHERFORD

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

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

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                • 04:14:45 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:14:51 PM

                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:15:00 PM

                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:18:19 PM

                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                • 04:18:21 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:18:23 PM

                  MR. NEWHOUSE

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

                • 04:18:44 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  ON APPROPRIATIONS, IF I MAY, MR.

                • 04:18:49 PM

                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 04:19:08 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  2019 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. THIS COMBINED BILL THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT…

                  2019 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. THIS COMBINED BILL THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS THE START OF THE PROCESS, AND IT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE HOUSE DOING ITS JOB. WE HAD A LOT OF HEARINGS AND WE'VE HAD A LOT OF MEETINGS WITH OWE MFERINGS OFFICIALS OVER THE LAST -- ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS AND WE TALKED ABOUT THEIR BUDGET AND HOW THEY JUSTIFIED IT AND NOW WE'RE MOVING THROUGH THE PROCESS. THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HAS NOW TAKEN -- COMMITTEE HAS NOW TAKEN ACTION.

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                • 04:19:09 PM

                  MR. ADERHOLT

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

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

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                • 04:20:49 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  VALADAO FROM CALIFORNIA, GREAT MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.

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                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  VALADAO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, AS A MEMBER OF THE…

                  VALADAO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION, I AM PROUD TO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE 2019 MILITARY CONSTRUCTION-VETERANS' AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. OUR SERVICE MEMBERS MADE SACRIFICES FOR OUR NATION AND WE ARE INDEBTED TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED. PROVIDING ACCESS TO BENEFITS FROM EDUCATION, MEDICAL CARE IS A SMALL YET IMPORTANT SYMBOL OF GRATITUDE FOR THEIR SERVICE.

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                • 04:21:00 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:21:02 PM

                  MR. VALADAO

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

                • 04:22:57 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  SIMPSON, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN KURT CISOF UTAH FOR PURPOSE OF THEIR COLLOQUY.

                • 04:23:02 PM

                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                • 04:23:13 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:23:16 PM

                  MR. SIMPSON

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES…

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES REMAINING.

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                • 04:23:24 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:23:28 PM

                  MR. CURTIS

                  I APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN SIMPSON ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL AS…

                  I APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN SIMPSON ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL AS HIS SUPPORT OF OTHER PROGRAMS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE WESTERN -- WEST WITHIN HIS SUBCOMMITTEE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT FUNDING FOR THE MOAB UMPRA PROJECT.

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                • 04:24:16 PM

                  MR. SIMPSON

                  NONDEFENSE SMALL SITES. $71 MILLION ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST. FUNDING FOR…

                  NONDEFENSE SMALL SITES. $71 MILLION ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST. FUNDING FOR THE SITE IS AVAILABLE AT $42 MILLION. WE WOULD BE PLEASED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH ON EXPEDITING CLEANUP OF THE SITE AND APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT FOR THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION.

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                • 04:24:40 PM

                  MR. CURTIS

                  I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                • 04:24:56 PM

                  MR. SIMPSON

                  CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO CLOSE.

                • 04:24:58 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:25:03 PM

                  MRS. LOWEY

                • 04:25:09 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:25:12 PM

                  MRS. LOWEY

                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

                • 04:25:46 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 04:25:50 PM

                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                  I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE DELIVER THIS PACKAGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND…

                  I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE DELIVER THIS PACKAGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 04:26:04 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  ARE THERE ANY POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE BILL? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                  ARE THERE ANY POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE BILL? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 04:26:33 PM

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                  HARPER: MR. CHAIRMAN, THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION IS RESPONSIBLE…

                  HARPER: MR. CHAIRMAN, THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING FUNDING FOR HOUSE COMMITTEES OTHER THAN FOR THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION. SECTIONS 5 AND 7 OF H.RES.

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                • 04:26:46 PM

                  Mr. Harper raised a point of order against the content of the measure. Mr. Harper stated the provision contained in H.R. 5895 violates clause 2 of House rule XXI. The provision on page 66, line 14 through page 66, line 20, states an appropriation may not be reported in a general appropriation bill for an expenditure not previously authorized by law. The Chair sustained the point of order.

                  • 04:27:05 PM

                    MR. HARPER

                    1451 OF THE COMMISSION'S ENABLING RESOLUTION, WHICH IS CARRIED FORWARD…

                    1451 OF THE COMMISSION'S ENABLING RESOLUTION, WHICH IS CARRIED FORWARD THROUGH H.RES. 5, MAKE CLEAR THE COMMISSION IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE A DIRECT APPROPRIATION. THE COMMISSION'S ENABLING RESOLUTIONS SPESSFIES THE ROLE OF COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN PROVIDING STAFF AND RESOURCES FOR THE COMMISSION AS WELL AS FUNDING FOR THE COMMISSION. IN FACT, CONSISTENT WITH H.RES. 1451 AT THE REQUEST OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION ADOPTED COMMITTEE RESOLUTION 115-9 EARLIER THIS YEAR AUTHORIZING $200,000 FROM THE COMMITTEE'S RESERVE FUND TO PROVIDE FOR SUPPORT FOR COMMISSION PERSONNEL. IN SUMMARY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS NO AUTHORIZATION FOR THE COMMISSION TO RECEIVE A DIRECT APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS, AND I REITERATE MY POINT OF ORDER AND I ASK FOR A RULING OF THE CHAIR.

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                  • 04:28:12 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                • 04:29:43 PM

                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Collins (NY), numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase funding for Army Corps Investigations account by $1.2 million, for a total of $129.2 million, offset by a reduction of $1.2 million in the Army Corps Expenses account.

                • 04:29:45 PM

                  DEBATE

                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Collins (NY) Amendment No. 1.

                  • 04:29:46 PM

                    MR. COLLINS

                    COLLINS OF NEW YORK.

                  • 04:29:49 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 04:29:50 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MR.

                  • 04:29:56 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    COLLINS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE AMENDMENT WILL INCREASE THE ARMY CORPS…

                    COLLINS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE AMENDMENT WILL INCREASE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INVESTIGATIONS ACCOUNT BY $1.2 MILLION.

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                  • 04:30:04 PM

                    MR. COLLINS

                    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 IDAHO RISE?

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                  • 04:31:19 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 04:31:34 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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                    SIMPSON: I'D ALSO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE AMENDMENT INCREASES THE…

                    SIMPSON: I'D ALSO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE AMENDMENT INCREASES THE FUNDING LEVEL OF AN ACCOUNT. IT DOES NOT DIRECT FUNDING TO ANY PARTICULAR ACTIVITY. FOR THAT REASON AND BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A MAJOR SHIFT IN FUNDING BETWEEN ACCOUNTS, I WOULD NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I WOULD YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, IF SHE HAS ANY COMMENTS TO MAKE.

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                  • 04:31:47 PM

                    MR. SIMPSON

                    KAPTUR: THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

                    KAPTUR: THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY FELLOW GREAT LAKES COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT AND THANK HIM FOR RAISING THE ISSUE.

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                  • 04:32:08 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    I THINK THE GREAT LAKES HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED.

                  • 04:32:09 PM

                    MS. KAPTUR

                    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                  • 04:33:19 PM

                    MR. SIMPSON

                  • 04:33:21 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                  • 04:33:22 PM

                    MR. COLLINS

                  • 04:33:23 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                  • 04:33:54 PM

                    MR. ABRAHAM

                    ABRAHAM OF LOUISIANA.

                  • 04:33:57 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 04:33:59 PM

                    THE CLERK

                • 04:33:59 PM

                  On agreeing to the Collins (NY) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                  • 04:34:04 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 04:34:12 PM

                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Abraham, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase Corps of Engineers Construction by $17,410,000 and reduce DOE Departmental Administration by the same amount.

                  • 04:34:13 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Abraham Amendment No. 2.

                    • 04:34:15 PM

                      MR. ABRAHAM

                      MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO -- OFFSET THIS INCREASE BY REDUCING THE DEPARTMENT…

                      MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO -- OFFSET THIS INCREASE BY REDUCING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S DEVELOPMENTAL ADMINISTRATION AND BRINGING IT CLOSER IN LINE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST. OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS AGING AND DETERIORATING AND THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS FAILED TO KEEP UP WITH THESE PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BECAUSE OF THE GROWING BUREAUCRATIC MORES A THAT DELAYS CONSTRUCTION AND LEADS TO WASTEFUL COST OVERRUNS. WHILE THE CORPS NEEDS REFORMS TO EXPEDITE PROJECT DELIVERY, WE IN CONGRESS SHOULD ALSO PRIORITIZE SPENDING AND PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES TO WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. PROJECTS IN LOUISIANA WOULD GREATLY BENEFIT FROM INCREASED CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE FUNDING, ESPECIALLY PROJECTS LIKE THE J. BENNETT JOHNSON WATERWAY, THE BLACK RIVER'S NAVIGATIONAL PROJECT, AND THE MADISON PARISH AND LAKE PROVIDENCE PORTS. THESE PROJECTS ARE CRITICAL FOR THE ECONOMY IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN INCREASING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING, SINCE HE HAS BEEN CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND WATER. THIS BILL PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING POTS FOR BOTH CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE. THIS ADDITIONAL FUNDING WILL INCREASE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORTHY PROJECTS TO COMPETE FOR LIMITED DOLLARS. ALTHOUGH I INTEND TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT, CONGRESS SHOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE MORE FUNDING TO PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT IMPROVE COMMERCE, GROW THE ECONOMY, AND THAT PROTECT HOME AND BUSINESSES FROM -- HOMES AND BUSINESSES FROM FLOODING. HARVEY: TO WORK WITH CHAIRMAN SIMP -- I HOPE TO WORK WITH CHAIRMAN SITCHSON AND HIS COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE -- SIMPSON AND HIS COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE MOVING FORWARD.

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                    • 04:35:54 PM

                      HARVEY

                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                    • 04:36:08 PM

                      MR. SIMPSON

                    • 04:36:10 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 04:36:12 PM

                      MR. SIMPSON

                      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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                    • 04:37:12 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 04:37:16 PM

                      MR. ABRAHAM

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

                    • 04:37:20 PM

                      By unanimous consent, the Abraham amendment was withdrawn.

                      • 04:37:22 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                    • 04:37:39 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Keating, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to ensure funds for additionally considering the historic and national significance of dredging projects in allocating Army Corps additional funding.

                      • 04:37:40 PM

                        MR. KEATING

                        KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS.

                  • 04:37:40 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. 3.

                    • 04:37:42 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 04:37:44 PM

                      THE CLERK

                    • 04:37:51 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 04:38:00 PM

                      MR. KEATING

                      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 IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 04:40:31 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      SIMPSON: I CAN UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUE'S INTEREST IN THIS ISSUE AND I…

                      SIMPSON: I CAN UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUE'S INTEREST IN THIS ISSUE AND I AGREE THERE ARE CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE THE CORPS SHOULD CONSIDER MORE THAN JUST COMMERCIAL TONNAGE USING A WATERWAY, WHEN COLLECTING -- WHEN ALLOCATING FUNDING. IN FACT, THE REPORT ACCOMPANYING THE BILL DIRECTS THE CORPS TO CONSIDER SEVERAL CRITERIA OTHER THAN JUST TON ODGE.

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                    • 04:40:36 PM

                      MR. SIMPSON

                    • 04:40:40 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 04:40:41 PM

                      MR. SIMPSON

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

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

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                    • 04:41:08 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 04:41:12 PM

                      MR. KEATING

                      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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                    • 04:41:29 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                  • 04:41:35 PM

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

                    • 04:41:52 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Beyer, numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to strike Sec. 107, which prohibits funds from being used to require a permit for the discharge of dredged or fill material under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

                    • 04:41:54 PM

                      DEBATE

                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Beyer Amendment No. 4.

                      • 04:41:55 PM

                        MR. BEYER

                        BEYER OF VIRGINIA.

                      • 04:41:57 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 04:41:59 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. MR.

                      • 04:42:06 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        BEYER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO…

                        BEYER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO PRESERVE OUR -- MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO PRESERVE OUR CURRENT CLEAN WATER ACT PROTECTIONS OCCUR OVER OUR RIVERS, STREAMS AND WETLANDS.

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                      • 04:42:16 PM

                        MR. BEYER

                        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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 04:45:11 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 04:45:16 PM

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                      • 04:45:18 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 04:45:21 PM

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                        LAMALFA: THE RECAPTURE PROVISION OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT WAS NEVER MEANT TO…

                        LAMALFA: THE RECAPTURE PROVISION OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT WAS NEVER MEANT TO ALLOW AND TO SWALLOW UP THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE AGRICULTURAL EXEMPTIONS. CLEAR AG EXEMPTIONS IN THE LAW. THAT'S WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING AND THIS AMENDMENT PASSES, IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE. THE AG INDUSTRY'S ALREADY ONE OF THE MOST OVERREGULATED IN THE COUNTRY, THERE'S LITTLE CLARITY FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS ABOUT WHAT THOSE REGULATIONS ARE AND HOW THEY APPLY TO THEIR OPERATIONS. .

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                        MR. LAMALFA

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        THE CHAIR

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                        MR. BEYER

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        THE CHAIR

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                        MR. LAMALFA

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        THE CHAIR

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                        MR. SIMPSON

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        THE CHAIR

                        MR.

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                        MR. LAMALFA

                        BEYER: MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY IN CLOSING, WHILE I RESPECT THE CONCERN…

                        BEYER: MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY IN CLOSING, WHILE I RESPECT THE CONCERN ABOUT AN OVERINTERPRETATION OF,ISTING LAW, IT'S BEEN ON THE LAW FOR 40 YEARS. IT THROWS OUT THE ENTIRE EXEMPTION PROCESS AND MAKES EVERYTHING ILLEGAL.

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                        THE CHAIR

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                        MR. LAMALFA

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                        THE CHAIR

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                        MR. BEYER

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

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                        THE CHAIR

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                        MR. LAMALFA

                        INDEED, IF THESE ACTIVITIES WERE APPLIED EVEN MORE AGGRESSIVELY, NORMAL…

                        INDEED, IF THESE ACTIVITIES WERE APPLIED EVEN MORE AGGRESSIVELY, NORMAL YEAR-TO-YEAR CROPS COULD FIND THEMSELVES UNABLE TO BE PLANTED BECAUSE OF PLOWING OR DISKING OR LAND PLAINING, THINGS THAT ARE CONSIDERED NORMAL IN THE MILLIONS OF ACRES WE HAVE IN NORTHERN CRAR THAT ARE UNDER -- CALIFORNIA THAT ARE UNDER AGRICULTURE. THIS GOES ABOVE THE LAW TO IMPOSE THESE REQUIREMENTS AND THEY CERTAINLY EXPAND THE JURISDICTION OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT WELL BEYOND WHAT CONGRESS HAD EVER INTENDED 40-PLUS YEARS AGO. SO I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        THE CHAIR

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

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                      On agreeing to the Beyer amendment; Failed by voice vote.

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                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Ruiz, numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to redirect $2 million within the Water and Related Resources Account toward projects with a public health benefit.

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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 Ruiz Amendment No. 5.

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                          MR. RUIZ

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                          THE CHAIR

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                          THE CLERK

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                          THE CHAIR

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                          MR. RUIZ

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

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

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                        • 04:57:17 PM

                          THE CHAIR

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                          MR. SIMPSON

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

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                          THE CHAIR

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                          MR. RUIZ

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                          THE CHAIR

                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

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                          An amendment, offered by Ms. Lujan Grisham, M., numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to prioritize funding for Bureau of Reclamation research and development projects.

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                            MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                            MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM -- MRS. MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM OF NEW MEXICO.

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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 Lujan Grisham Amendment No. 6.

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                          THE CHAIR

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                          THE CLERK

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                          THE CHAIR

                          LUJAN GRISHAM: 99% OF NEW MEXICO IS UNDER DROUGHT CONDITIONS, INCLUDING…

                          LUJAN GRISHAM: 99% OF NEW MEXICO IS UNDER DROUGHT CONDITIONS, INCLUDING OVER 60% OF THE STATE THAT IS SUFFERING FROM EXTREME DROUGHT OR WORSE. IT IS SO DRY THAT MORE THAN HALF THE STATE IS AT SIGNIFICANT RISK FOR DANGEROUS AND DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES AND LONG STRETCHES OF THE RIO GRANDE RIVERBED ARE ALREADY DRY AS A BONE. AND AS I SPEAK, THERE ARE WILDFIRES RAGING ACROSS THE STATE, INCLUDING A MASSIVE FIRE IN UTE PARK, WHICH IS THREATENING MULTIPLE COMMUNITIES AND HUNDREDS OF BUILDINGS. ON TOP OF THAT, LAST WINTER'S MOUNTAIN SNOWPACK WAS THE SECOND LOWEST ON RECORD, CREATING SIGNIFICANT ISSUES FOR NEW MEXICO'S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. FARMERS ARE LEAVING FIELDS UNPLANTED AND RANCHERS ARE DOWNSIZING THEIR HERDS. MANY FARMERS AND RANCHERS, INCLUDING FAMILIES WHO HAVE WORKED THEIR LAND FOR GENERATIONS, ARE WORRIED THEY WILL NOT HAVE THE WATER TO GROW THEIR CROPS OR THE HAY TO FEED THEIR LIVESTOCK IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD. EXTREME DROUGHT IS THE NEW NORMAL IN LARGE PARTS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST AND WE HAVE TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO BOTH PRESERVE THE WATER RESOURCES WE HAVE AND INCREASE ACCESS TO PREVIOUSLY UNUSABLE WATER. .

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                          MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

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

                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECK ANYTHING?

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                          THE CHAIR

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          MR. SIMPSON

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                          THE CHAIR

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                          MR. SIMPSON

                          WATER RESEARCH IMPORTANT TO HER DISTRICT. IT DOES NOT UPSET THE GLANCE OF…

                          WATER RESEARCH IMPORTANT TO HER DISTRICT. IT DOES NOT UPSET THE GLANCE OF THE BILL AND I DO NOT OPPOSE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:02:39 PM

                        On agreeing to the Lujan Grisham, M. amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                          THE CHAIR

                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                          MR. DESAULNIER

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                          THE CHAIR

                          DESAULNIER OF CALIFORNIA.

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                          An amendment, offered by Mr. DeSaulnier, numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase the Anadromous Fish Screen Program by $5 million for the purposes of making repairs to existing equipment.

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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 DeSaulnier Amendment No. 7.

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                            THE CLERK

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR.

                          • 05:03:16 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            DESAULNIER: THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS A MODEST AMOUNT OF FUNDING FOR THE REPAIR…

                            DESAULNIER: THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS A MODEST AMOUNT OF FUNDING FOR THE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT IN FISH SCREEN PROGRAM. FISH SCREENINGS ARE -- SCREENS ARE AN PARENT PORT OF THE SAN JOAQUIN DELTA THAT HELP PROTECT FISH.

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                            MR. DESAULNIER

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

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

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                          • 05:04:42 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. SIMPSON

                            I APPRECIATE THAT. I YIELD BACK.

                        • 05:05:22 PM

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

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                            MR. DESAULNIER

                            TO. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 WILL NOT BE

                          • 05:05:29 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                          • 05:05:53 PM

                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, numbered 9 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase funding for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $2 million for the SuperTruck II program.

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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 Cohen Amendment No. 9.

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                              MR. COHEN

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                              THE CHAIR

                              TENNESSEE.

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                              THE CLERK

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                              THE CHAIR

                              COHEN: THANK YOU, SIR. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AZE MAY CONSUME. I RISE…

                              COHEN: THANK YOU, SIR. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AZE MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY ACCOUNT BY $2 MILLION SPECIFICALLY FOR USE IN THE SUPER TRUCK 2 PROGRAM. THE SUPER TRUCK PROGRAM WAS STARTED DIBITHE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA.

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                              MR. COHEN

                              AND FORMER SECRETARY OF ENERGY STEVEN TCHU TO IMPROVE FREIGHT AND HEAVY…

                              AND FORMER SECRETARY OF ENERGY STEVEN TCHU TO IMPROVE FREIGHT AND HEAVY DUTY VEHICLE EFFICIENCY. THEY REPORT THE SUCCESS OF THE SUPER TRUCK 2 PROGRAM, THESE FUNDS WILL HELP SUPER TRUCK 2 CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE FUEL EFFICIENCY AND FREIGHT EFFICIENT SOIF HEAVY DUTY CLASS 8 LONG HAUL AND REGIONAL HAUL VEHICLES, SAVE MANAGER FUEL WHILE IDLING, SOMETHING I SAW IN A FIELD DEMONSTRATION, IT'S AMAZING HOW THEY TURN OFF AND HOLD AT INTERSECTIONS WITH LIGHTS ETC. OR ENGINEERING HIGH EFFICIENCY HVAC TECHNOLOGIES AND MORE THIS AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR SUPER TRUCK 2 PROGRAM WILL ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO BETTER ACHIEVE ITS FRASHTE EFFICIENCY GOAL AND THE AMENDMENT IS OFFSET BY A DECREASE IN THE ACCOUNT. I THANK RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR AND CHAIRMAN SIMPSON FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 05:07:45 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                          • 05:07:52 PM

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

                            • 05:08:09 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Keating, numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to allocate funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to support marine and hydrokinetic energy research and technologies.

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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 Keating Amendment No. 10.

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 05:08:18 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN IF MASSACHUSETTS. MR.

                              • 05:08:25 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                KEATING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT SEEKS TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE…

                                KEATING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT SEEKS TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE RESOURCES TO THE MARINE AND HYDROCONNECTIC -- KINETIC ENERGY RESOURCE. RENEWABLE POWER OFFERS EXCITING AND IMPORTANT SECURITY OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR ENERGY FUTURE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                              • 05:08:34 PM

                                MR. KEATING

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE?

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                              • 05:11:36 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. SIMPSON

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

                              • 05:12:04 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. KEATING

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

                                THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK -- GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 05:12:27 PM

                                By unanimous consent, the Keating amendment was withdrawn.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                An amendment, offered by Ms. Bonamici, numbered 11 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase funding for the EERE Water Power Technologies Office by $10 million.

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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 Bonamici Amendment No. 11.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  THE CLERK

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MS. BONAMICI

                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  SIMPSON: SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT, I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S…

                                  SIMPSON: SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT, I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S PASSION FOR THIS IMPORTANT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WORK DONE IN THE WATER POWER OFFICE. THEY ARE EACH STRONG ADVOCATES AND I RECOGNIZE THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THE -- IN THEIR STATES FOR THIS IMPORTANT WORK AND ALTHOUGH I COULD NOT SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, I WOULD AGAIN MAKE THE OFFER THAT IF THE GENTLELADY IS WILLING TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT I WOULD WORK WITH HER AND OTHERS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDING FOR THE WATER AND POWER OFFICE WHEN WE GO TO CONFERENCE. I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 05:15:28 PM

                                  MR. SIMPSON

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                  RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MS. BEEN MECHE

                                  CHAIRMAN, WE DO NEED TO BE MAKING STRONGER INVESTMENTS IN CLEAN AND…

                                  CHAIRMAN, WE DO NEED TO BE MAKING STRONGER INVESTMENTS IN CLEAN AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOURCES LIKE WATER POWER AND WITH THAT OFFER TO WORK TOGETHER I WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT BUT DO HOPE THAT WE WILL WORK TOGETHER GOING FORWARD TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 05:16:30 PM

                                  By unanimous consent, the Bonamici amendment was withdrawn.

                                  • 05:16:34 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                  • 05:16:48 PM

                                    MS. ESTY

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MS. ESTY OF CONNECTICUT.

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                                  An amendment, offered by Ms. Esty (CT), numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to restore $15 million in funding to the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE).

                                • 05:16:51 PM

                                  DEBATE

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

                                  • 05:16:52 PM

                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:17:10 PM

                                    MS. ESTY

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    SIMPSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S ADVOCACY FOR

                                  • 05:19:42 PM

                                    MR. SIMPSON

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SIMPSON

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

                                  • 05:20:25 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MS. ESTY

                                    THEREFORE, I RESPECTFULLY ASKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY…

                                    THEREFORE, I RESPECTFULLY ASKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT TO RESTORE $15 MILLION TO THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING OFFICE IN FISCAL YEAR 2019. THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- AND I GIVE BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 05:20:50 PM

                                    By unanimous consent, the Esty (CT) amendment was withdrawn.

                                    • 05:20:56 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                  • 05:21:06 PM

                                    An amendment, offered by Ms. Tsongas, numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase funding to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the purposes of offshore wind job training grants.

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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 Tsongas Amendment No. 13.

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                                      MS. TSONGAS

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      THE CLERK

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      TSONGAS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT INCREASES FUNDING BY $5…

                                      TSONGAS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MY AMENDMENT INCREASES FUNDING BY $5 MILLION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE PURPOSES OF OFF-SHORE WIND JOB TRAINING GRANTS. THE AMENDMENT IS PAID FOR BY USING AN EQUAL OFFSET FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTS. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL RENEWABLE LABORATORY, OUR NATION'S OFF-SHORE WIND ENERGY POTENTIAL IS NEARLY DOUBLE OUR TOTAL ELECTRICITY NEED.

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                                      MS. TSONGAS

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

                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RICK ANYTHING?

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                                    • 05:24:33 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                    • 05:24:39 PM

                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                    • 05:24:42 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE WIND OFFICE WAS TARGETED TO SUPPORT OUR…

                                      RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE WIND OFFICE WAS TARGETED TO SUPPORT OUR NATION'S WIND TOUCH IAN TESTING, INFRASTRUCTURE --

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                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                      THE GENTLEMAN ARE THE SERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN ARE THE SERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 05:25:30 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MS. TSONGAS

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS 15 SECONDS REMAINING.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MS. TSONGAS

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 15 SECONDS.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      WE ALSO HAVE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY WHERE OUR COUNTRY AND THOSE JOBS ARE…

                                      WE ALSO HAVE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY WHERE OUR COUNTRY AND THOSE JOBS ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE. SO THIS MATCHES UP THAT. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IS IMPORTANT.

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                                    • 05:27:38 PM

                                      MR. KEATING

                                      I WOULD YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE IF HE WISHES.

                                    • 05:28:06 PM

                                      MR. SIMPSON

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. KEATING

                                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. SIMPSON SUMPS I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN AND THE GENTLEWOMAN'S --

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. SIMPSON

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      MR. CHAIR, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                      MS. SEUNGAS

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                                      MS. TSONGAS

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                  • 05:30:06 PM

                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                    • 05:30:15 PM

                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 14 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase funding to the Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response program by $1,000,000 to further facilitate the Department of Energy's effort to secure the nation's energy infrastructure against all hazards, reduce the risks of and impacts from cyber events, and assist with restoration activities.

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                                        MR. SOTO

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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 Soto Amendment No. 14.

                                    • 05:30:19 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      THE CLERK

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR…

                                      SOTO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR CYBER SECURITY, ENERGY SECURITY, AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM BY $1

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                                    • 05:30:35 PM

                                      MR. SOTO

                                      MILLION AND DECREASE THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION FUND WITHIN THE…

                                      MILLION AND DECREASE THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION FUND WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BY AN EQUAL AMOUNT. THE NEW OFFICE OF CYBER SECURITY, ENERGY SECURITY, AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE ADDRESSES THE EMERGING THREATS OF TOMORROW WHILE PROTECTING THE RELIABLE FLOW OF ENERGY TO AMERICA'S BROAD POPULATION TODAY BY IMPROVING ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AND SUPPORTING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S NATIONAL SECURITY MISSION. BEING PREPARED AND READY TO RESPOND QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO ALL HAZARDS IS CRUCIAL. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE CAN IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF ENERGY SECTOR STAKE HOLDERS TO PREVENT, PREPARE FOR, AND RESPOND TO THREATS, HAZARDS, NATURAL DISASTER AND OTHER SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS. ADDITIONALLY IN TODAY'S HIGHLY INTERCONNECTED WORLD, RELIABLE ENERGY DELIVERY REQUIRES CYBER RESILIENT ENERGY DELIVERY SYSTEMS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDS TO PROFAUX CUS ON PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE ACTIVITIES TO NATURAL AND MANMADE THREATS, ENSURING A STRONGER, MORE PROSPEROUS AND SECURE FUTURE FOR THE NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY EALT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      SOTO: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

                                      SOTO: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      MR. SOTO

                                      THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE NONCHE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS…

                                      THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE NONCHE CHAIR 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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                                    On agreeing to the Soto amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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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: MY AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNTING FOR THE ELECTRIC DELIVERY…

                                      SOTO: MY AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNTING FOR THE ELECTRIC DELIVERY PROGRAMLY $1 MILLION AND DECREASE THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATIVE FUND IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BY AN EQUAL AMOUNT THIS IS INTENDED TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE NEW ELECTRIC DELIVERY PROGRAMS ACTIVITIES TO SERT -- ACCELERATE DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION IN ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES AND CREATE NEXT GENERATION DEVICES, SOFTWARE, TOOL, AND TECHNIQUES TO HELP MODERNIZE THE ELECTRIC GRID.

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                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Soto, numbered 15 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase funding to the Electricity Delivery program by $1,000,000 to further facilitate the programs aim to develop a modern power grid by advancing resilient power distribution systems, intelligent and high-efficiency grid components, and energy storage systems.

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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 Soto Amendment No. 15.

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                                        MR. SOTO

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        THE CHAIR

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                                        MR. SOTO

                                        THOSE OPPOSED, NO. 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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                                      On agreeing to the Soto amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Weber (TX), numbered 16 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to provide for $35 million from within funds appropriated to the Office of Nuclear Energy to meet the House-passed authorization level for the Versatile Neutron Source, a fast test reactor user facility.

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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 (TX) Amendment No. 16.

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                                          MR. WEBER

                                          WEBER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          MR.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          WEBER: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO REPRESENTATIVE MIKE…

                                          WEBER: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO REPRESENTATIVE MIKE SIMPSON, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, FOR BRINGING A PROSCIENCE BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT SUPPORTS NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION.

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                                          MR. WEBER

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

                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. SIMPSON

                                          ME. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO MAKE SURE THERE'S…

                                          ME. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN TO MAKE SURE THERE'S SUFFICIENT FUNDING IN THE FINAL LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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

                                          THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 PRINTED IN PARSE B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-177. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN RISE?

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

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          An amendment, offered by Ms. Esty (CT), numbered 17 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase and decrease funding to Solid Oxide Fuel Cells by $20 million.

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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 Esty (CT) Amendment No. 17.

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                                            MS. ESTY

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            115-711.

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                                            MS. ESTY

                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLELADY…

                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MS. ESTY

                                            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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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE AMENDMENT.

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

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                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Beyer, numbered 18 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase ARPA-E to its FY18 enacted level and reduces Fossil Energy R&D by the same amount.

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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 Beyer Amendment No. 18.

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                                              MR. BEYER

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              THE CLERK

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

                                              BEYER AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MR. BEYER

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

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

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MINUTES.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              THE ENERGY INFORMATION AGENCY ESTIMATES THAT IN 2040, FOSSIL ENERGY WILL…

                                              THE ENERGY INFORMATION AGENCY ESTIMATES THAT IN 2040, FOSSIL ENERGY WILL STILL MAKE UP 78% OF THE ENERGY USE IN THE WORLD. SO LET'S LOOK AT TWO EXAMPLES OF WHAT AMERICA STANDS TO LOSE IF THIS AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.

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                                              MR. MCKINLEY

                                              IT'S AMAZING WHAT THEY WERE DOING, USING CO-2 TO SPIN THE TURBINE INSTEAD…

                                              IT'S AMAZING WHAT THEY WERE DOING, USING CO-2 TO SPIN THE TURBINE INSTEAD OF AS AN EMISSION. TO THIS END, CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE -- SHOULD BE PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO THIS PROGRAM RESEARCH, NOT REDUCING IT. SECONDLY THE FOSSIL R&D PROGRAM HAS HAD TREMENDOUS SUCCESS AT EXTRACTING RARE EARTH ELEMENTS FROM COAL AND MINE DRAYAGEAGE. CURRENTLY CHINA CONTROLS OVER 90% OF THE WORLD'S RARE EARTH ELEMENTS. THESE MINERALS ARE CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND USE IN HYBRID VEHICLES, WIND TURBINES, AND PORTABLE ELECTRONICS. BY ADOPTING THIS AMENDMENT WE'D PUT THE ENVIRONMENT AT RISK AND LOSE THE POTENTIAL KEY SUPPLY OF RARE EARTH MINERALS. FOSSIL FUELS WILL BE AROUND FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. WE SHOULD BE UTILIZING THEM IN THE CLEANEST, MOST EFFICIENT MANNER THROUGH RESEARCH AND ALL OF THAT REQUIRES MORE RESEARCH AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. THE HOUSE IS SOUNDLY DEFEATED A SIMILAR AMENDMENT IN THE PAST AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO AS WELL. I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE. .

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                                              MR. BEYER

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MS. ESHOO

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

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

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              WEST VIRGINIA HELPED FORGE THE STEEL THAT BUILT SKYSCRAPERS AND WON WORLD…

                                              WEST VIRGINIA HELPED FORGE THE STEEL THAT BUILT SKYSCRAPERS AND WON WORLD WARS.

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                                              MS. JENKINS

                                              THE D.O.E. FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT HELPS OUR NATION, OUR NATION DEVELOP THE…

                                              THE D.O.E. FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT HELPS OUR NATION, OUR NATION DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF FOSSIL TECHNOLOGIES. IF WE DON'T DEVELOP IT, OTHER NATIONS WILL. AMERICA MUST CONTINUE ITS ENERGY DOMINANCE AND INDEPENDENCE AND FOSSIL FUELS MUST PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN OUR ENERGY STRATEGY. THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT INVESTS IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR COAL, OIL AND NATURAL GAS WHICH PRODUCES, AS YOU HEARD, MORE THAN 60% OF OUR ELECTRICITY. THIS WORK IS PAYING OFF. WE'RE SEEING BREAKTHROUGHS IN COAL USE FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION AS WELL AS CARBON CAPTURED AND STORAGE TECHNOLOGY. THESE BREAKTHROUGHS MEAN THAT WEST VIRGINIA AND THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT NEED TO RELY ON UNFRIENDLY NATIONS FOR ENERGY ANYMORE. WITHIN FIVE YEARS, THE UNITED STATES WILL BECOME THE LARGEST PRODUCER IN THE WORLD OF CRUDE OIL, BIGGER THAN RUSSIA OR SAUDI ARABIA. INVESTING IN FOSSIL ENERGY PROGRAMS WILL FUEL THE NEXT GENERATION OF INNOVATION AND DO SO RESPONSEABLY. CUTTING THIS -- RESPONSIBLY. CUTTING THIS FUNDING WILL SET AMERICA BACK. WE HAVE RELIABLE DOMESTIC ENERGY RESOURCES AND ABANDONING THIS RESEARCH WILL PUT OUR ENERGY FUTURE IN SEVERE JEOPARDY. PRESIDENT TRUMP, THANK YOU. PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST LAST WEEK TOOK ACTION TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND GRID RELIABILITY. CUTTING THIS FUNDING IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND JEOPARDIZES OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. THEREFORE, I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD IMPOSE SIGNIFICANT CUTS TO R&D FUNDING FOR FOSSIL ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              KAPTUR: I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF RANKING MEMBER LOWEY TO STRIKE THE LAST…

                                              KAPTUR: I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF RANKING MEMBER LOWEY TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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                                              MS. KAPTUR

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MS. KAPTUR

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

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MR. BEYER

                                              ARPA-E DOES NOT DISCLUED FOSSIL FUEL RESEARCH.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 19 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                              MR. BEYER

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MR. SMITH

                                              SMITH OF TEXAS.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              THE CLERK

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                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (TX), numbered 19 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to provide for $126.8 million from within funds appropriated to the Office of Science to meet House-passed authorization levels for the LINAC Coherent Light Source II High Energy Upgrade, the Proton Power Upgrade to the Spallation Neutron Source, the construction of the Spallation Neutron Source Second Target Station, and the construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams; provides for full funding for the U.S. contribution to the construction of the ITER project.

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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 Smith (TX) Amendment No. 19.

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                SMITH: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5895, THE…

                                                SMITH: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5895, THE ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2019.

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                                              • 05:56:48 PM

                                                MR. SMITH

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                MR. SMITH

                                                I RECOGNIZED THE HOUSE -- I RECOGNIZE THE HOUSE-PASSED AUTHORIZATIONS FOR

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                                                MR. SIMPSON

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                MR. SMITH

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Keating, numbered 20 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to allocate funding to support research and grants to further innovation in the safe and secure storage, treatment, transportation, and disposal of spent nuclear fuel from civilian nuclear reactors.

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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 Keating Amendment No. 20.

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                                                  MR. KEATING

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  KEATING: MY AMENDMENT ALLOCATES FOR ADDITIONAL RESEARCH IN INNOVATIVE…

                                                  KEATING: MY AMENDMENT ALLOCATES FOR ADDITIONAL RESEARCH IN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR SAFE AND SECURE STORAGE, TREATMENT, TRANSPORTATION AND DISPOSAL OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL FROM CIVILIAN NUCLEAR REACTORS. FIVE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS HAVE RETIRED SINCE 2013. SIX MORE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN MY DISTRICT, ARE SLATED TO RETIRE IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

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                                                  MR. KEATING

                                                  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 GENTLELADY FROM OHIO?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I SUPPORT CONGRESSMAN KEATING AND HIS AMENDMENT HERE DEALING WITH SPENT…

                                                  I SUPPORT CONGRESSMAN KEATING AND HIS AMENDMENT HERE DEALING WITH SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL. WE NEED A SOLUTION ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY TO SPENT NUCLEAR FUELS STORED ON DOZENS AND DOZZYEPS OF SITES.

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                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. KEATING

                                                  RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  KEATING: I'LL JUST YIELD.

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                                                  MR. KEATING

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

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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 21 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? AMENDMENT AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND.

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Langevin, numbered 22 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase funding by $3 million to be used for divertor test tokamak research and development.

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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 Langevin Amendment No. 22.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    MR. LANGEVIN

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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                                                    MR. LANGEVIN

                                                    THE NEED FOR THIS FOR DIVERTED TESTING FOR A NECESSARY RESEARCH FACILITY.…

                                                    THE NEED FOR THIS FOR DIVERTED TESTING FOR A NECESSARY RESEARCH FACILITY. FUSION SCIENCE, MR. CHAIRMAN, IS THE FUTURE OF ENERGY PRODUCTION OFFERING UNIQUE AND SUBSTANTIAL ADVANTAGES COMPARED TO OTHER ADVANTAGES. IT IS SAFE, CLEAN AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOURCE THAT CAN PROVIDE THE UNITED STATES WITH LIMITLESS ENERGY SUPPLY. AND THE FUTURE IS CLOSER THAN WE THINK. THE PRODUCTION IS A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY WITHIN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. HOWEVER, THERE ARE OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ISSUES THAT MUST BE SOLVED BEFORE WE HARNESS FUSION. AMONG THEM IS DEALING WITH EXTREME TEMPERATURES GENERATED THROUGH THE PROCESS, OVER ONE MILLION DEGREES. THE DESIGN COULD TEST SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM. THESE FUNDS HAVE THE IMMEDIATE NEED WHICH WILL HELP KEEP THE UNITED STATES AS A LEADER. WE MUST PURSUE THIS RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENT WORK. THIS WORK MAY HAVE CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS. THE HOUSE REPORT, THE F.Y. 2019 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT CONTAINS LANGUAGE ASKING THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO EXPLORE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INITIATIVES. HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT RESEARCH FUNDING FORCES INNOVATIVE IDEAS THAT CAN PRODUCE IMPROVEMENTS OVER THOSE PRESENTLY EMPLOYED. THE CURRENT SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM HAS PLASMA IN MATERIAL SCIENCE WHICH COULD SUPPORT DEFENSE INITIATIVES. TO ENSURE THIS WORK CONTINUES AND WE CAPITALIZE ON ITS FINDINGS, CONGRESS MUST ACT TO FUND THIS IMPORTANT WORK. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KAPTUR FOR TAKING MY REQUEST IN CONSIDERATION. THIS REQUESTIONS IS IMPORTANT FOR PROVIDING OUR ENERGY SECURITY AND I URGE ITS ADOPTION. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    NONE -- RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                                                    MR. LANGEVIN

                                                    WITH THAT, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 23. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

                                                    TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 23. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                • 06:11:31 PM

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

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Kihuen, numbered 23 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to strike $190 million for the licensing of the nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain.

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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 Kihuen Amendment No. 23.

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                                                      AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. KIHUEN OF NEVADA.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      KIKI I COME TO THE FLOOR TO DISCUSS THE STATE OF NEVADA'S FIERCE…

                                                      KIKI I COME TO THE FLOOR TO DISCUSS THE STATE OF NEVADA'S FIERCE OPPOSITION TO USE YACKA AS A NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      WHILE I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY, I'M FRUSTRATED WITH…

                                                      WHILE I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY, I'M FRUSTRATED WITH THE RECENT ACTION CONGRESS HAS TAKEN. YUCCA MOUNTAIN LIES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. IN THE 30 YEARS PASSED THE SCREW NEVADA BILL, THEY HAVE WASTED TAXPAYERS' MONEY ON A PROJECT THAT NEVADA HAS REPEATEDLY SAID WILL NOT HAPPEN. AND NOW, THIS CONGRESS WANTS TO CONTINUE TO SPEND MONEY ON THIS FAILED PROJECT IN FISCAL YEAR 2019 APPROPRIATIONS. I'M TRYING TO FIGHT TO PREVENT NUCLEAR WASTE COMING TO MY HOME STATE. I INTRODUCED THE ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED ACT. MY EAKT WOULD STRIKE $190 MILL FOR THE LICENSING FOR THE DEPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN. I HAVE TO HEAR TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT AND DEBT. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT WASTE ANOTHER $190 MILLION OF TAXPAYER MONEY ON A PROJECT THAT WILL NOT COME TO FRUITION. BUT YOU SHOULD SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT NOT ON THE FISCAL BASIS. MY HOME STATE OF NEVADA WHICH HAS NO NUCLEAR PRODUCING FACILITIES SHOULDN'T BE THE DUMPING GROUND OF THE NUCLEAR WASTE. AND THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IMPACTS 329 DISTRICTS IN 44 STATES AND WASHINGTON, D.C.,. PUTTING A NUCLEAR REPOSITORY MEANS THIS HIGH LIVE LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE MUST TRAVEL THROUGH YOUR BACK YARDS. YOU WILL SEE IT TRANSPORTED ON RAIL AND BY TRUCK. A SIMPLE CAR CRASH OR TRAIN DERAILMENT WHILE LEAVE YOUR CONSTITUENTS MORE AT RISK AND WILL COST MORE MONEY TO CLEAN IT UP. OPENING YUCCA MOUNTAIN PRESENTS THRELTS TO PEOPLE AND UNWANTED BY THE PEOPLE OF NEVADA. THAT IS WHY I ENCOURAGE YOU TO PREVENT YUCCA MOUNTAIN EVER COMING TO NEVADA. I RESERVE TO MY COLLEAGUE, JACKIE ROSEN.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                      MS. ROSEN

                                                      IT WOULD THREATEN MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN 44 STATES. THIS ILL-CONCEIVED…

                                                      IT WOULD THREATEN MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN 44 STATES. THIS ILL-CONCEIVED PLAN WOULD MEAN TRANSPORTING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF METRIC TONS OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND THOSE SHIPMENTS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WOULD TRAVEL ON OUR HIGHWAYS AND RAILWAYS TO NEVADA, OVER 329 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS. ON A WEEKLY BASIS FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. FINALLY, PROVIDING YUCCA MOUNTAIN WOULD JEOPARDIZE MILITARY TESTING AND TRAINING IN OUR DEFENSE FACILITIES. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE $190 MILLION FOR THE LICENSING FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION'S PLAN TO TURN NEVADA INTO A DUMPING GROUND. THAT'S THE BULK OF THE FUNDING FOR THIS DANGIOUS FAILURE OF A PROJECT. WE SHOULDN'T WASTE ANOTHER DIME OF TAXPAYER MONEY ON FAILED EFFORTS TO TRY TO SEND NUCLEAR WASTE TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN. IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON FROM THIS RECKLESS AND COSTLY PROJECT. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT OUR AMENDMENT, TO REMOVE THIS LICENSING FUNDING, AND INSTEAD WORK WITH US ON ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT REPURPOSE YUCCA MOUNTAIN INTO SOMETHING THAT CAN CREATE JOBS AND KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      SHIMKUS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

                                                      SHIMKUS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                      MR. SHIMKUS

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. SHIMKUS

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

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      SHIMKUS: I'LL JUST CLOSE, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.

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                                                      MR. KIHUEN

                                                      I'M GLAD THIS AMENDMENT CAME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      BECAUSE OUR JOB NOW IS TO EDUCATE NOT ONLY THE STATE OF NEVADA, BUT IT'S…

                                                      BECAUSE OUR JOB NOW IS TO EDUCATE NOT ONLY THE STATE OF NEVADA, BUT IT'S ALSO TO EDUCATE OUR COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THAT THE SCIENCE DEBATE, THE FINAL DECISION NEEDS TO BE THROUGH THE LICENSING, THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION, THE INDEPENDENT -- OUR INDEPENDENT FEDERAL NUCLEAR SAFETY AGENCY SAYS IT WILL BE SAFE FORMAL YEARS. NEVADA SAYS, NOT SO. LET'S HAVE THE DEBATE. LET'S NOT STRIP THE MONEY. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      MR. SHIMKUS

                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD THE REMAINING BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA.

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                                                      MR. KIHUEN

                                                      THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE…

                                                      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSAGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                    On agreeing to the Kihuen amendment; Failed by voice vote.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      2377, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FEDERAL BUILDING IN THE UNITED STATES…

                                                      2377, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FEDERAL BUILDING IN THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 200 WEST SECOND STREET IN DAYTON, OHIO, AS THE WALTER H.

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                                                    • 06:22:36 PM

                                                      The Committee rose informally to receive a message.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        RICE FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. IN WHICH THE…

                                                        RICE FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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                                                    • 06:22:54 PM

                                                      The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 2377 and S. 2734.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        SITTING.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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

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                                                        MR. GOSAR

                                                        GOSAR OF ARIZONA.

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                                                      The Committee resumed its sitting.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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                                                        THE CLERK

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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                                                        MR. GOSAR

                                                        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 IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, numbered 22 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to eliminate funding for the ARPA-E program as recommended by the administration.

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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 Gosar Amendment No. 24.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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                                                        MR. SIMPSON

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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                                                        MR. SIMPSON

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

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

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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                                                        MR. GOSAR

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        KAPTUR: I RISE TO STRONGLY OPPOSE THE GOSAR AMENDMENT TO

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                                                        MR. SIMPSON

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                                                        MS. KAPTUR

                                                        I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        MR. SIMPSON

                                                        MR.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        GOSAR: THIS IS AN UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAM AND IT'S A PROGRAM IN SEARCH OF…

                                                        GOSAR: THIS IS AN UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAM AND IT'S A PROGRAM IN SEARCH OF JUSTIFICATION. LET'S TAKE SILL INDRA, PRIVATE SECTOR COULDN'T DO IT?

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                                                        MR. GOSAR

                                                        I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE ON THIS.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

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                                                        MR. GOSAR

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                                                      POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        GOSAR: RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                        MR. GOSAR

                                                        IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF…

                                                        IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF HOUSE

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        REPORT 115-711. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK…

                                                        REPORT 115-711. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? QUEEL JACKSON LEE I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                        An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 25 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to increase Administration account by $1 million to address environmental concerns in both urban and rural settings.

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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 Jackson Lee Amendment No. 25.

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                                                          THE CLERK

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                                                          THE CHAIR

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                                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES.

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                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                          AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          MR. SIMPSON

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                                                          THE CHAIR

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                                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                          WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE STATEMENT OF THE CHAIRMAN. AND WITH THAT IN MIND,…

                                                          WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE STATEMENT OF THE CHAIRMAN. AND WITH THAT IN MIND, WE WANT TO REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES THAT STEM PROGRAMS, THE PROGRAM THAT WILL HELPS IN LEADERSHIP IN PARTICULAR THAT WILL HELP YOUNG PEOPLE LEARN MORE ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, THE ISSUES THAT WE SEE, CLEAN WATER, CLEAN AIR AND ZIKA VIRUS AND OTHER ISSUES THAT IMPACT, THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROGRAM CAN BE USEFUL AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 06:39:21 PM

                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                          JACKSON LEE: THANK YOU.

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                                                        On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. LEE AMENDMENT NUMBER 45.

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                                                          MS. LEE

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                                                          An amendment, offered by Ms. Lee, numbered 26 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to strike $65 million for the W76-2 warhead and transfer it to Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account.

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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 Lee Amendment No. 26.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            LEE OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                            THE CLERK

                                                            FIRST --

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                                                            MS. LEE

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MS. LEE

                                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. SIMPSON

                                                            I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                                            MS. LEE

                                                            BLUMENAUER: I I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY. WE DON'T NEED TO GO DOWN THIS

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. BLUMENAUER

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

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MS. LEE

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. SIMPSON

                                                            THORNBERRY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE VOTED ON A SIMILAR AMENDMENT ON…

                                                            THORNBERRY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE VOTED ON A SIMILAR AMENDMENT ON THIS TOPIC A WEEK BEFORE LAST.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. IT WAS DEFEATED THEN AND IT…

                                                            IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. IT WAS DEFEATED THEN AND IT SHOULD BE DEFEATED NOW.

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                                                            MR. THORNBERRY

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

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

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            LEE: I'D LIKE TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND,…

                                                            LEE: I'D LIKE TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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                                                            MS. LEE

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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                                                            MS. LEE

                                                            SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD STRIKE $55…

                                                            SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD STRIKE $55 MILLION FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE W-76-2 OR LOW-YIELD NUCLEAR WARHEAD AND MOVING THAT TO THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION ACCOUNT. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE WARHEADS IS BASED ON THE FALLACY THAT NUCLEAR WAR CAN BE SMALL AND CONTAINED USER SMALLER, LOW-YIELD WEAPONRY. THE IDEA THAT A NUCLEAR WAR CAN BE DETAINED IS TERRIFYINGLY DANGEROUS.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR.

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                                                            MS. LEE

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            MS.

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                                                            MS. LEE

                                                            KAPTUR: I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN LEE, MY COLLEAGUE ON APPROPRIATIONS, FOR…

                                                            KAPTUR: I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN LEE, MY COLLEAGUE ON APPROPRIATIONS, FOR OFFERING THIS VERY IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF IT.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            PLEASE LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES WHO MAY NOT AGREE WITH OUR POSITION…

                                                            PLEASE LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES WHO MAY NOT AGREE WITH OUR POSITION THAT IF

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                                                            MS. KAPTUR

                                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. TO THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MS. LEE

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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                                                            MR. GARAMENDI

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

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MS.

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                                                            MR. GARAMENDI

                                                            LEE: MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME JUST SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS. OUR COUNTRY SHOULD…

                                                            LEE: MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME JUST SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS. OUR COUNTRY SHOULD NOT EXPAND THE NUMBER OF SCENARIOS UNDER WHICH THE UNITED STATES MIGHT CONSIDER THE USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE SHOULD NEVER BE IN A POSITION THAT THE U.S.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. SIMPSON

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MS. LEE

                                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            MINUTES?

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                                                            MR. SIMPSON

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. SIMPSON

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. SIMPSON

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. SIMPSON

                                                            WE'RE DOING REFURBISHMENT OF THE CURRENT WEAPONS AND 50 OF THEM WOULD NOT…

                                                            WE'RE DOING REFURBISHMENT OF THE CURRENT WEAPONS AND 50 OF THEM WOULD NOT BE HIGH-LEVEL, THEY WOULD BE LOW-LEVEL. LOW-YIELD. NUCLEAR WEAPONS. IT DOESN'T INCREASE THE NUMBERS. ALL OF THIS IS COMPLIANT WITH ALL OF OUR NUCLEAR TREATIES. COMPLIANT WITH ALL OF OUR NUCLEAR TREATIES. WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THIS I ACTUALLY HAD THE SAME CONCERNS I'M HEARING FROM OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. HOW DOES THIS INCREASE OUR SAFETY? DOESN'T IT MAKE IT MORE LIKELY THAT IT WOULD BE USED IF IT WAS A LOW-YIELD RATHER THAN A HIGH-YIELD? THEN I WENT TO SOME BRIEFINGS AND TALKED TO SOME PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WHO WROTE THE N.P.R. AND A FEW THINGS LIKE THAT, AND I FOUND OUT THAT RUSSIA IS -- ALREADY HAS HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS, AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE SAID, HAS HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF LOW-YIELD NUCLEAR WAR HEADS. WHY ARE THEY DOING THAT? WHY WOULD THEY POSSIBLY DO THAT? BECAUSE THEY THINK IT WILL GIVE THEM A STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE IN A TRADITIONAL WAR. IF OUR ONLY RESPONSE TO THEIR USE OF A LOW-YIELD NUCLEAR WEAPON IS ARMAGEDDON, THEIR BET IS THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO TO THAT LEVEL. FOR DETERRENCE TO WORK, IT HAS TO BE CREDIBLE. THEY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF THEY EVEN USE A LOW-YIELD NUCLEAR WEAPON, WE WILL RESPOND. AND WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO DO IT IN PROPORTION, WITHOUT DESTROYING THE WORLD. BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT FIRST-USE -- FIRST USE BY US. THIS IS MEANT TO THIS IS TO DECREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF A NUCLEAR EXCHANGE. IF WE DON'T DO THIS, WE WILL INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF A NUCLEAR EXCHANGE, OTHERWISE, WHY ARE THEY CREATING HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS AND CREATING LOW-YIELD NUCLEAR WEAPONS. STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT. I WOULD LIKE TORE YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN.

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

                                                            THREATS. AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT, RUSSIA HAS HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS,…

                                                            THREATS. AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT, RUSSIA HAS HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS, ACTUALLY THOUSANDS OF LOW-YIELD NUCLEAR WEAPONS, INCLUDING NUCLEAR WEAPON ARTILLERY SHELLS, LAND MINES AND NUCLEAR TORPEDOS AND OTHERS THEY HAVE ANNOUNCED AND RUSSIA TRAINS WITH ITS ESCALATE-TO-DE-ESCALATE POSTURE. THE REVIEW SAYS CORRECTING THIS MISTAKE IS A STRATEGIC IMPERATIVE. AND ALSO, DOZENS OF CURRENT AND FORMER DEFENSE FIRST AND MILITARY OFFICERS HAVE CONFIRMED THM WEAPON IS NECESSARY TO ENHANCE DETERRENCE. HERE'S PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LAST SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, ASHTON CARTER, QUOLET, MY VIEWS ARE REFLECTED IN THE LATEST NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW WHERE HE AGREES WITH THIS DOCTRINE. THAT IS THE LAST TWO SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE FROM TWO DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES, FROM TWO DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIONS, VERY DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIONS, I MIGHT ADD. AND THEY ARE IN FULL AGREEMENT THAT WE NEED TO DO THIS FOR U.S. CAPABILITY TO STOP RUSSIAN POTENTIAL AGGRESSION. THE AMENDMENT SHOULD BE REJECTED. THE AGENDA IS OUTSIDE THE BIPARTISAN MAINSTREAM OF SERIOUS NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERS LIKE SECRETARY JAMES MATTIS AND SECRETARY ASHTON CARTER. AND AS HAS BEEN SAID, THIS HOUSE HAS DEBATED THIS ISSUE AND IN THE FISCAL YEAR NDAA, WE PASSED THAT BILL TWO WEEKS AGO BY A VOTE OF 351-66, ABOUT A 6-1 RATIO AND WE REJECTED SIMILAR AMENDMENTS AT THAT TIME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            LEE: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                          POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                                            MS. LEE

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, numbered 27 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to restore the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account to the FY2018 funding level by giving the Weapons Activities account a $404 million increase.

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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 Connolly Amendment No. 27.

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                                                              MR. CONNOLLY

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                            • 07:04:02 PM

                                                              MR. CONNOLLY

                                                              DEFENSE NUCLEAR NONPROFFERINGS PROGRAM BY $97 MILLION TO OFFSET HIS…

                                                              DEFENSE NUCLEAR NONPROFFERINGS PROGRAM BY $97 MILLION TO OFFSET HIS INCREASE, MY AMENDMENT FUNDS THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACTIVITY PROGRAM AT $6460 MILLION ABOVE ITS 2018 APPROPRIATION. THAT'S RIGHT. THIS AMENDMENT RETURNS THE NONPROFFERINGS ACCOUNT TO ITS F.Y. 2018 ENACTED LEVEL OF FUNDING AND STILL PROVIDES THE NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES PROGRAM NEARLY A HALF A BILLION INCREASE. THIS AMENDMENT IS A SIMPLE TRADEOFF, SUPPORT THE NUCLEAR PROFFERINGS AT THE EXPENSE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. BUT THE NUMBERS REVEAL THAT THIS AMENDMENT OFFERS US NOT SUCH A TRADE BUT A WIN I-WIN SITUATION WHILE SACRIFICING LITTLE IN TERMS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS SPENDING. THAT'S BECAUSE THIS UNDERLYING BILL INCLUDES MORE THAN 180 MILLION ABOVE WHAT THE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP, IS REQUESTING FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACTIVITIES. AND $55 MILLION ABOVE THE F.Y. 2018 APPROPRIATION. THAT MAKES THIS A WIN-WIN AMENDMENT. BOTH OF THESE ACCOUNTS FUND NONPROFERINGSE AND STOCKPILE PROTECTION PROGRAMS THAT WE CAN SUPPORT. BUT I FEAR WE ARE UNDERFUNDING NONPROFFERINGS IN A MANNER INCONSISTENT WITH OUR STATED PRIORITIES. IN THE 2018 NUCLEAR POSTURE RESUE, THE ADMINISTRATION STATED, QUOTE, NUCLEAR TERRORISM REMAINS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THREATS TO THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES, OUR ALLIES AND PARTNERS, UNQUOTE. THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM WORKS GLOBALLY TO PREVENT STATE AND NONSTATE ACTORS FROM ACQUIRING WEAPONS NUCLEAR OR RADIOLOGICAL MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT, TECHNOLOGY AND EXPERTISE. THIS IS REMOVAL, INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY, NUCLEAR STRUGGLING AND DETERRENCE AND SAFEGUARDS AND NUCLEAR DEATH NATION DETECTION AND INCLUDES THE NUCLEAR COUNTERTERRORISM INCIDENT RESPONSE PROGRAM. HOWEVER, THE ADMINISTRATION'S CONCERN IS NOT MATCHED BY ITS BUDGET REQUEST WHERE THE FUNDINGS LEVEL. ADDITIONALLY I'M CONCERNED THAT THE CURRENT FUNDING LEVEL DOES NOT LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE CHALLENGE NOW POSED BY A POSSIBLE DENUCLEARIZATION AGREEMENT THAT ALL OF US HOPE WILL OCCUR. THE ADMINISTRATION'S NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW DECLARED NORTH KOREA'S PROGRAM MUST BE COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. I SHARE THAT GOAL. IF YOU WANT TO ENSURE THE AGENCY HAVE THE TRAINING AND EXPERTISE THEY NEED TO IMPLEMENT A COMPLETE IRREVERSIBLE DENUCLEARIZATION, THEN YOU MUST REPORT THE PROGRAM AND DO NOT WANT TO SEE IT CUT BY $97 BILLION. THERE ARE NUCLEAR PROGRAMS FUNDED IN THIS BILL THAT ARE UNNECESSARY. AND ELIMINATING BOTH OF THESE PROGRAMS WOULD HELP THE NONPROLIFERATION PROGRAM RETURN TO ITS 2018 LEVEL. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            • 07:08:00 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SIMPSON: I RISE IN OPPOSITION. THIS BILL SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE…

                                                              SIMPSON: I RISE IN OPPOSITION. THIS BILL SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE NONPROLIFERATION PROGRAMS.

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                                                            • 07:08:08 PM

                                                              MR. SIMPSON

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

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

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                                                            • 07:10:28 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              CONNOLLY: I YIELD TO MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. MS.

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                                                              MR. CONNOLLY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              KAPTUR: I THANK CONGRESSMAN FOR YIELDING ME AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS…

                                                              KAPTUR: I THANK CONGRESSMAN FOR YIELDING ME AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT AMENDMENT TO MOVE $97 MILLION TO THE NONPROFERINGSE ACCOUNT. WITHOUT QUESTION WE ARE GOING TO UNDERGO MODERNIZATION OF OUR ENTIRE NUCLEAR STOCKPILE IN THIS COUNTRY AND SPEND WELL OVER $1 TRILLION. WE HAD DISCUSSIONS THIS AFTERNOON AND DEBATE ABOUT THIS LOW-YIELD NUCLEARWHIC, MANY PEOPLE HAVE MISGIVINGS ABOUT. AND THERE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT TIME IN RMSRLN TE LOOK AT UNSTABLE REGIMES.

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                                                            • 07:10:37 PM

                                                              MR. CONNOLLY

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                                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                                              REGIMES THAT HOLD NUCLEAR WEAPONS. FOR US TO HAVE THE MOST CAPABLE PEOPLE…

                                                              REGIMES THAT HOLD NUCLEAR WEAPONS. FOR US TO HAVE THE MOST CAPABLE PEOPLE WITH THE MOST TECHNICAL EXPERTISE TO ADVISE NOT JUS T PEOPLE HERE IN THENITEDTESTA BUT OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNED ABOUT NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT CREASES OUR ABILITY AND DOESN'T HARM OUR ABILITY TO MONITOR AND VERIFY ARM CONTROL. SO I SUPPORT THE AGREEMENT. AND WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH OUR OWN ARSENAL AND WHAT IT ISNG GLOBALLY. I YIELD BACK. HAE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. SIMPSO ONLN

                                                              AIN EY CAN'T SPEND IT. WEAV HE E AGREEMENTS WITH FOIGN REUNTRIES TO DO…

                                                              AIN EY CAN'T SPEND IT. WEAV HE E AGREEMENTS WITH FOIGN REUNTRIES TO DO NONPROLIFERATION WORK. WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO SPEND IT? I HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING, NOT COMPLAINING, BUT ARGUING WITH MEMBERS FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS THAT WANT TO PUT MONEY TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT INTO NONPROLIFERATION. I ASK, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH IT? THEY CAN'T TELL YOU. BY SAYING WE INCREASE THE NONPROLIFERATION ACCOUNT, IT SHOWS WE SUPPORT NONPROLIFERATION. YOU HAVE TO SHOW SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO WITH IT.

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                                                            • 07:12:55 PM

                                                              MR. CONNOLLY

                                                              NORTH

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                                                              MR. SIMPSON

                                                              BY AGREENTS. YOU JUST CAN'T SAY, I WANT TO SPEN THE MONEY. AND IF THAT IS…

                                                              BY AGREENTS. YOU JUST CAN'T SAY, I WANT TO SPEN THE MONEY. AND IF THAT IS ACCURATE AT $190 MILL, YOU HAVE $733 MILLION TO DO WH IT RIGHT NOW. WHY NOT THROW ANOTHER $97 MILLION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            • 07:14:05 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                                              MR. CONNOLLY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              O'HALLERAN: MR.

                                                            • 07:14:38 PM

                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. O'Halleran, numbered 28 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to provide funding to expedite the work of the Department of Energy's Defense-Related Uranium Mines Program's work on Native American Reservations in the west.

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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 O'Halleran Amendment No. 28.

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                                                                MR. O'HALLERAN

                                                                CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                                THE CLERK

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

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

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                                                              On agreeing to the O'Halleran amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                                                              • 07:18:58 PM

                                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, numbered 29 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to use the Holman Rule to reduce the salary of Mark Gabriel, the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration, to $1.

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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 Gosar Amendment No. 29.

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                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MR. SIMPSON

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                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                • 07:23:30 PM

                                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                              • 07:29:36 PM

                                                                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                                                • 07:30:03 PM

                                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Keating, numbered 30 printed in House Report 115-711 to provide resources for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure safe and effective decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

                                                                • 07:30:41 PM

                                                                  DEBATE

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

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

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                                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Lowenthal, numbered 31 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to strike Sec.505, which prohibits funds from being used for further implementation of the coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management components of the National Ocean Policy

                                                                    • 07:35:20 PM

                                                                      DEBATE

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

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                                                                        POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                                                        • 07:46:55 PM

                                                                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Kihuen, numbered 32 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to strike language that would prohibit closure of the Yucca Mountain project.

                                                                        • 07:47:30 PM

                                                                          DEBATE

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

                                                                          • 07:56:49 PM

                                                                            On agreeing to the Kihuen amendment; Failed by voice vote.

                                                                            • 07:57:08 PM

                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Newhouse, numbered 33 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to prohibit the use of funds to sell the transmission assets of three Power Marketing Administrations and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

                                                                            • 07:57:45 PM

                                                                              DEBATE

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

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

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                                                                                  An amendment, offered by Mrs. Blackburn, numbered 34 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to provide for a one percent across the board cut to the discretionary spending levels in Division A of the bill.

                                                                                • 08:02:57 PM

                                                                                  DEBATE

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

                                                                                  • 08:13:17 PM

                                                                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                                                                      An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 35 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to allocate an additional $3 million for post-disaster watershed assessment studies.

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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 Jackson Lee Amendment No. 35.

                                                                                      • 08:20:08 PM

                                                                                        On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                                                          An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 36 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to prohibit the use of funds in contravention of the Department of Energy Organization Act and addresses the need to increase programs that educate minorities in science, technology, engineering and math.

                                                                                        • 08:21:10 PM

                                                                                          DEBATE

                                                                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 918, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee Amendment No. 36.

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                                                                                            On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                                                                                            • 08:25:04 PM

                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. DeSantis, numbered 38 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to prohibit funds from being used to purchase heavy water from Iran.

                                                                                            • 08:25:38 PM

                                                                                              DEBATE

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

                                                                                              • 08:28:58 PM

                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                              • 08:29:00 PM

                                                                                                MR. DESANTIS

                                                                                                I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

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                                                                                                MR. DESANTIS

                                                                                                THOSE OPPOSED,

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                TO ADDRESS THE BODY AND TO EXTEND MY REMARKS AS NEEDED.

                                                                                            • 08:29:32 PM

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

                                                                                              • 08:30:34 PM

                                                                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Norman, numbered 39 printed in Part B of House Report 115-711 to reduce the total amount of appropriations made available by $1.5 billion to match the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.

                                                                                                • 08:30:39 PM

                                                                                                  MR. NORMAN

                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                • 08:30:48 PM

                                                                                                  MR. NORMAN

                                                                                                  NORMAN OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. MR.

                                                                                                • 08:30:59 PM

                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                  NORMAN: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. WITH THE PASSAGE OF…

                                                                                                  NORMAN: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT BACK IN FEBRUARY, CONGRESS ESSENTIALLY GAVE THEMSELVES A BLANK CHECK TO SPEND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT TWO FISCAL YEARS. OUR NATIONAL DEBT STANDS AT OVER $21 TRILLION AND WOULD SIGN TO SPEND MORE. HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE? PEOPLE BACK HOME ASK ME WHY OUR GOVERNMENT KEEPS SPENDING AND SPENDING. YOU KNOW WHAT I TELL THEM, I HAVE NO IDEA. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WILLINGLY GO ALONG WITH THIS ABYSMAL CONTINUED SPENDING. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY WE WOULD CUT TAXES FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, GROW OUR ECONOMY EXPONENTIALLY AND THEN DECIDE TO SPEND MORE. IF ANYTHING, NOW'S THE TIME TO GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. NOW'S THE TIME TO REIN IN RECKLESS SPENDING HABITS. MR.

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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 Norman Amendment No. 39.

                                                                                              • 08:31:11 PM

                                                                                                MR. NORMAN

                                                                                                SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT SHOULD NOT EVEN BE CONTROVERSIAL. IT SIMPLY CUTS…

                                                                                                SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT SHOULD NOT EVEN BE CONTROVERSIAL. IT SIMPLY CUTS SPENDING BACK TO WHAT THEY WERE LAST YEAR. $1.5 BILLION IS A DROP IN THE BUCKET COMPARED TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. WE NEED TO START SOMEWHERE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                                MR. SIMPSON

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                              • 08:32:29 PM

                                                                                                MR. SIMPSON

                                                                                                THE BILL PRIORITIZES FUNDING FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND CRITICAL…

                                                                                                THE BILL PRIORITIZES FUNDING FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. AND REDUCES FUNDING FOR CERTAIN ACTIVITIES THAT DID NOT NEED SUSTAINED FUNDING AT PRIOR-YEAR LEVELS TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR MISSION IN FISCAL YEAR 2019. THESE TRADEOFFS WERE CAREFULLY WEIGHED FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE IMPACTS AND THE INCREASES PROPOSED ARE RESPONSIBLE AND IN SOME CASES ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. APPROXIMATELY HALF OF THE FUNDING IN THIS BILL IS FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE ACTIVITIES. THIS BILL INCLUDES $15.3 BILLION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS SECURITY PROGRAM , WHICH PROVIDES FUNDING TO MAINTAIN OUR NATION'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE. AND FOR THE NAVY'S NUCLEAR PROPULSION PROGRAM THAT SUPPORTS OUR NAVY'S FLEET OF SUBMARINES AND AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND FOR NONPROLIFERATION ACTIVITIES THAT ARE REDUCING GLOBAL NUCLEAR THREATS. IN FEBRUARY THE ADMINISTRATION RELEASED A NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW THAT DESCRIBED A SOBERING VIEW OF THE CURRENT GLOBAL NUCLEAR THREAT SITUATION. RUSSIA IS MODERNIZING ITS FULL RANGE OF NUCLEAR SYSTEMS. CHINA IS MODERNIZING AND EXPANDING ITS ALREADY CONSIDERABLE NUCLEAR FORCES, PURSUING ENTIRELY NEW CAPABILITIES. NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROVOCATIONS THREATEN REGIONAL AND GLOBAL PEACE. IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS REMAIN AN UNRESOLVED CONCERN. GLOBAL NUCLEAR TERRORISM REMAINS A TANGIBLE THREAT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SLASH FUNDING FOR THE ACTIVITIES IN THIS BILL THAT ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE UNITED STATES' NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THESE NUCLEAR THREATS. FOR THAT AND MANY OTHER REASONS I WOULD OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND SUGGEST THAT MAYBE WE OUGHT TO LOOK AT WHAT'S CAUSING THE DEBT TO GO UP AND THAT'S THE MANDATORY SPENDING AND NOT THE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING THAT WE HAVE. AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                MR. SIMPSON

                                                                                                MR. FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. I JUST WANTED TO SAY, THE GENTLEMAN WHO'S…

                                                                                                MR. FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. I JUST WANTED TO SAY, THE GENTLEMAN WHO'S OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT, I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND YOU AND I VIEW THE WORLD VERY DIFFERENTLY. I VIEW THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AS A BULWARK FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC STABILITY IN THIS COUNTRY. IF I LOOK AT WHY WE HAVE A DEFICIT, GOING BACK, ONE OF THE REASONS IS OIL WARS. THIS DEPARTMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DEPARTMENTS IN THE COUNTRY TO LEAD US TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AS A COUNTRY. I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD DO WHAT YOU'RE ASKING US TO DO HERE. IF WE LOOK AT OUR TRADE DEFICIT, WE HAVEN'T HAD BALANCED TRADE ACCOUNTS SINCE THE MID 1970'S. ADDING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO OUR TRADE DEFICIT EVERY YEAR, MAKING IT HARDER TO FUND SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, PROGRAMS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO SOCIAL STABILITY IN THIS COUNTRY. IF WE LOOK AT

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                MS. KAPTUR

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

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

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                MR. SIMPSON

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                                                              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                                                                                MR. NORMAN

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

                                                                                              • 08:37:54 PM

                                                                                                Mr. Simpson moved that the Committee rise.

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                                                                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                                                                  THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                  MADAM CHAIR.

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

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                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                              • 08:38:37 PM

                                                                                                Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 5895 as unfinished business.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. SIMPSON

                                                                                                  5895, AND THAT I MAY INCLUDE TABULAR MATERIAL ON THE SAME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 5895, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                                                                Considered as unfinished business. 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 CHAIR

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                • 08:39:59 PM

                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

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                                                                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Nolan, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to boost the Army Corps' Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program by $1 million.

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                                                                                                    MR. NOLAN

                                                                                                    NOLAN OF MINNESOTA.

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                                                                                                    THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                    THE CLERK

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                                                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                                                                                    MR. NOLAN

                                                                                                    I WISH THE WHOLE COUNTRY COULD BE HERE TO WATCH HOW HARD YOU HAVE WORKED.…

                                                                                                    I WISH THE WHOLE COUNTRY COULD BE HERE TO WATCH HOW HARD YOU HAVE WORKED. NOT JUST TONIGHT, BUT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION BEFORE US. IT WOULD GIVE THEM GREAT HOPE AND FAITH IN THE PROCESS. AND I COMMEND BOTH OF YOU, YOUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND YOUR STAFF FOR THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING HERE. I'LL BE BRIEF. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ADD $1 MILLION TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' AQUATIC NUISANCE PROGRAM. IN FACT IT WOULD DOUBLE THE ANNUAL FUNDING TO $2 MILLION. FOR THE IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL RESEARCH THAT'S NEEDED TO COMBAT SOME 1,500 TERRIBLY DESTRUCTIVE INVASIVE SPECIES IN OUR LAKES AND IN OUR WATERWAYS. INCLUDING, BY THE WAY, SIX NEW INVASIVE SPECIES THAT WERE JUST DISCOVERED IN LAKE SUPERIOR. SOME ZOO PLANKTON. NOOTH NOT SURE WHERE IT CAME FROM AND -- NOT SURE WHERE IT CAME FROM AND WHAT DAMAGE IT WILL DO. A LITTLE QUICK HISTORY HERE. MY AMENDMENT TO THE 2014 WATER RESOURCES BILL ADDED FISH AND OTHER AQUATIC CREATURES TO THE OFFICIAL DEFINITION OF INVASIVE SPECIES, A DEFINITION THAT HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY RESERVED ONLY TO PLANTS. SO THAT OPENED THE DOOR FOR US TO HAVE A WAY TO COMBAT THESE AQUATIC SPECIES. AND IN SO DOING THE CONGRESS GAVE THE ARMY CORPS THE AUTHORITY TO DO THE RESEARCH, TO ERADICATE INVASIVE SPECIES LIKE ASIAN CARP AND ZEBRA MUSSELS AND SO MANY HUNDREDS OF OTHERS THAT ARE CAUSING SO MUCH DAMAGE TO SPORT AND COMMERCIAL FISHING, TO SHIPPING, NAVIGATION, TO HARBOR MAINTENANCE. THE AQUATIC NUISANCE CONTROL PROGRAM IS SUPPOSED TO BE LEADING THE WAY WITH CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH. AND IT'S DOING A GOOD JOB. BUT THE FACT IS, IT'S TERRIBLY UNDERFUNDED. LEAVING LITTLE RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THE INFLUX OF THE AQUATIC SPECIES. AS A RESULT, THE AQUATIC INVASIVES LIKE ZEBRA MUSSELS HAVE INFESTED MORE THAN 130 LAKES IN MY OWN STATE AND THOUSANDS OF LAKES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW FAST THESE ZEBRA MUSSELS, FOR EXAMPLE, SPREAD. A FEMALE ZEBRA MUSSEL CAN PRODUCE A HALF A MILLION OFFSPRING EACH YEAR. AND THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THESE ZEBRA MUSSELS ARE JUST CHOKING OFF ALL KINDS OF SNAILS AND CLAMS AND OTHER NATIVE FISHES. EVEN BIRD SPECIES. IN FACT, THEY'VE KILLED OVER 10,000 LOONS IN LAKE ERIE ALONE, BECAUSE THEY ATE SOMETHING THAT HAD ZEBRA MUSSELS IN THEM AND THE ZEBRA MUSSELS HAD A BOTULISM THAT KILLED 10,000 LOONS. THAT'S HOW DEVASTATING THESE THINGS CAN BE. FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION, OUR PEOPLE ARE GETTING THEIR FEET CUT AND GETTING ALL KINDS OF INJURIES BY STEPPING ON THESE ZEBRA MUSSELS. THOUSANDS OF GOOD JOBS, SLOWDOWNS OFOR OUR ECONOMY ARE CAUSED, -- SLOWDOWNS OF OUR ECONOMY ARE CAUSED, SLOWING DOWN SHIPS AS THEY'RE PAINSTAKINGLY HAVE HAVING TO REMOVE THESE ZEEB -- HAVING TO REMOVE THESE ZEBRA MUSSELS. IT'S JUST ONE OF MORE THAN 1,500 INVASIVE SPECIES. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO APPROVE THIS AMENDMENT SO THE ARPA-E CORPS CAN GET TO WORM -- SO THE ARMY CORPS CAN GET TO WORK CLEANING UP OUR LAKES AND WATERWAYS AND PUTTING AN END TO THE INVASIVE SPECIES THAT ARE CAUSING SO MUCH COSTLY DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION TO OUR LAKES AND WATERWAYS. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. . I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                DEBATE

                                                                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nolan Amendment No. 1.

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                                                                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                                                                  I SUPPORT YOUR AMENDMENT, I PERSONALLY REPRESENT ABOUT 200 MILES OF LAKE…

                                                                                                  I SUPPORT YOUR AMENDMENT, I PERSONALLY REPRESENT ABOUT 200 MILES OF LAKE ERIE'S COAST, THE SHALLOWEST AND MOST ECOLOGICALLY DIVERSE OF THE GREAT LAKES. WE KNOW WHAT ZEBRA MUSSELS AND AND ABOUT AQUATIC PLANTS THAT ARE INVADING AND CAUSING PROBLEMS ALONG OUR SHORES. AND THE AQUATIC NUISANCE LAW WORKS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. IN OUR AREA WE HAVE A FISHERY AND ZEBRA MUSSELS ARE SPREADING RAPIDLY. THERE'S AN EXPLOSION, THERE'S NO WAY TO FIX IT. THEY CAME IN IN BALL LAST WATER. WE TRIED BALL LAST WATER REGULATION SO IT HAS TO BE DUMPED FURTHER UP THE ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY, NOW WE HAVE THIS TO CONTEND WITH. WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP INVASIVE SPECIES OUT OF OUR LAKE. WE ARE THREATENED BY ASIAN CARP AND TRYING TO FISH THOSE OUT TEMPORARILY WHILE WE FIND A MORE GENETICALLY IMPACTFUL SOLUTION. BUT I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR TRANSFERING A MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE CORPS' OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT TO REDUCE, TO INCREASE THE CORP. 'S AQUATIC NUISANCE SPECIES PROGRAM. I COMMEND YOU FOR THAT AND THANK YOU FOR WORKING SO LATE INTO THE NIGHT. YOUR CONSTITUENTS ARE LUCKY YOU'RE HERE, CONGRESSMAN NOLAN. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK ANY REMAINING TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                  I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

                                                                                              • 08:47:23 PM

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

                                                                                                • 08:48:00 PM

                                                                                                  Mr. Simpson moved that the Committee rise.

                                                                                                  • 08:48:02 PM

                                                                                                    MR. SIMPSON

                                                                                                    NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.

                                                                                                  • 08:48:05 PM

                                                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                                                    MADAM CHAIR.

                                                                                              • 08:48:10 PM

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

                                                                                                • 08:48:21 PM

                                                                                                  Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 5895 as unfinished business.

                                                                                                  • 08:48:29 PM

                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  • 08:48:33 PM

                                                                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                                                                    H.R. 5885 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

                                                                                                  • 08:48:48 PM

                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    THEREON. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

                                                                                                  • 08:49:08 PM

                                                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                                                    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3.

                                                                                              • 08:49:23 PM

                                                                                                UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                                                                                The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on passage of H.R. 3, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                                                                                                • 08:49:27 PM

                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                • 08:49:32 PM

                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                • 08:49:49 PM

                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                  Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3 — "To rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974."

                                                                                                  • 08:50:04 PM

                                                                                                    On passage Roll Call 243 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                                                                                    • 09:18:53 PM

                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      ] THE SPEAKER TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918 AND RULE 18, THE…

                                                                                                      ] THE SPEAKER TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 918 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5895.

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                                                                                                  House Vote 243 - On Passage

                                                                                                  Passed (210 - 206)
                                                                                                  Yea
                                                                                                  Nay

                                                                                                  Vote Details: Yea - 210
                                                                                                  Republican - 210

                                                                                                  Vote Details: Nay - 206
                                                                                                  Democratic - 187
                                                                                                  Republican - 19

                                                                                                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 11
                                                                                                  Democratic - 6
                                                                                                  Republican - 5

                                                                                                  • 09:18:55 PM

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

                                                                                                    • 09:19:05 PM

                                                                                                      Considered as unfinished business. 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."

                                                                                                      • 09:19:18 PM

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

                                                                                                        • 09:19:30 PM

                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                        • 09:19:39 PM

                                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                                        • 09:19:51 PM

                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY…

                                                                                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY MISTSONGAS OF MASSACHUSETTS -- BY MS. TSONGAS OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                                                                      • 09:21:03 PM

                                                                                                        On agreeing to the Tsongas amendment (A012) Roll Call 244 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                                                                        • 09:21:30 PM

                                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                                          REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE…

                                                                                                          REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE.

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                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

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

                                                                                                          THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC. , IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 201, THE NAYS ARE 217. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BEYER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY…

                                                                                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY MR. BEYER OF VIRGINIA.

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                                                                                                      House Vote 244 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                                                                      Failed (201 - 217)
                                                                                                      Aye
                                                                                                      No

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Aye - 201
                                                                                                      Democratic - 178
                                                                                                      Republican - 23

                                                                                                      Vote Details: No - 217
                                                                                                      Republican - 208
                                                                                                      Democratic - 9

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
                                                                                                      Democratic - 6
                                                                                                      Republican - 3

                                                                                                      • 09:25:16 PM

                                                                                                        On agreeing to the Beyer amendment (A017) Roll Call 245 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                                                                        • 09:25:19 PM

                                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                                        • 09:25:24 PM

                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY…

                                                                                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA.

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                                                                                                      House Vote 245 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                                                                      Failed (204 - 214)
                                                                                                      Aye
                                                                                                      No

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Aye - 204
                                                                                                      Democratic - 180
                                                                                                      Republican - 24

                                                                                                      Vote Details: No - 214
                                                                                                      Republican - 207
                                                                                                      Democratic - 7

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
                                                                                                      Democratic - 6
                                                                                                      Republican - 3

                                                                                                      • 09:28:38 PM

                                                                                                        On agreeing to the Gosar amendment (A022) Roll Call 246 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                                                                        • 09:28:44 PM

                                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                                        • 09:28:51 PM

                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. MEMBERS BE REMINDED,…

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

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                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA.

                                                                                                    • 09:31:26 PM

                                                                                                      House Vote 246 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                                                                      Failed (123 - 295)
                                                                                                      Aye
                                                                                                      No

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Aye - 123
                                                                                                      Republican - 123

                                                                                                      Vote Details: No - 295
                                                                                                      Democratic - 187
                                                                                                      Republican - 108

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
                                                                                                      Democratic - 6
                                                                                                      Republican - 3

                                                                                                      • 09:31:42 PM

                                                                                                        On agreeing to the Lee amendment (A024) Roll Call 247 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                                                                        • 09:31:43 PM

                                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                                        • 09:31:48 PM

                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                                                                      House Vote 247 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                                                                      Failed (177 - 241)
                                                                                                      Aye
                                                                                                      No

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Aye - 177
                                                                                                      Democratic - 172
                                                                                                      Republican - 5

                                                                                                      Vote Details: No - 241
                                                                                                      Republican - 226
                                                                                                      Democratic - 15

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
                                                                                                      Democratic - 6
                                                                                                      Republican - 3

                                                                                                      • 09:34:40 PM

                                                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                                                        ] THE CHAIR: ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                                                                                      • 09:34:56 PM

                                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                                      • 09:34:57 PM

                                                                                                        On agreeing to the Connolly amendment (A025) Roll Call 248 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                                                                        • 09:35:04 PM

                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          MEMBERS, THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE…

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

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                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          ] THE CHAIR: ON ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-711 AND…

                                                                                                          ] THE CHAIR: ON ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-711 AND THE KNOWS PREVAILED.

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                                                                                                    • 09:37:31 PM

                                                                                                      House Vote 248 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                                                                      Failed (179 - 239)
                                                                                                      Aye
                                                                                                      No

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Aye - 179
                                                                                                      Democratic - 174
                                                                                                      Republican - 5

                                                                                                      Vote Details: No - 239
                                                                                                      Republican - 226
                                                                                                      Democratic - 13

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
                                                                                                      Democratic - 6
                                                                                                      Republican - 3

                                                                                                      • 09:37:46 PM

                                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                                      • 09:37:47 PM

                                                                                                        On agreeing to the Gosar amendment (A027) Roll Call 249 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                                                                        • 09:37:55 PM

                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          MEMBERS, YOU ARE REMINDED THAT THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE…

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

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                                                                                                      House Vote 249 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                                                                      Failed (139 - 276)
                                                                                                      Aye
                                                                                                      No

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Aye - 139
                                                                                                      Republican - 138
                                                                                                      Democratic - 1

                                                                                                      Vote Details: No - 276
                                                                                                      Democratic - 186
                                                                                                      Republican - 90

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                                                                                                      Democratic - 6
                                                                                                      Republican - 4

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Present - 2
                                                                                                      Republican - 2

                                                                                                      • 09:40:50 PM

                                                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY…

                                                                                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 PRINTED IN PART BMP OF HOUSE REPORT 115-711 OFFERED BY MR. LOWENTHAL OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                      • 09:41:07 PM

                                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                                        MEMBERS WILL RECORD BY A ELECTRONIC DEVICE.

                                                                                                      • 09:41:12 PM

                                                                                                        On agreeing to the Lowenthal amendment (A029) Roll Call 250 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                                                                        • 09:41:16 PM

                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED, THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE…

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

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                                                                                                      House Vote 250 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                                                                      Failed (195 - 223)
                                                                                                      Aye
                                                                                                      No

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Aye - 195
                                                                                                      Democratic - 186
                                                                                                      Republican - 9

                                                                                                      Vote Details: No - 223
                                                                                                      Republican - 222
                                                                                                      Democratic - 1

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
                                                                                                      Democratic - 6
                                                                                                      Republican - 3

                                                                                                      • 09:43:48 PM

                                                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 OFFERED BY MRS. BLACKBURN OF TENNESSEE.

                                                                                                      • 09:44:03 PM

                                                                                                        On agreeing to the Blackburn amendment (A032) Roll Call 251 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                                                                        • 09:44:06 PM

                                                                                                          THE CLERK

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

                                                                                                          A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS, YOU ARE REMINDED THAT THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE

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                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          ] THE CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE

                                                                                                    • 09:47:33 PM

                                                                                                      House Vote 251 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                                                                      Failed (155 - 262)
                                                                                                      Aye
                                                                                                      No

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Aye - 155
                                                                                                      Republican - 154
                                                                                                      Democratic - 1

                                                                                                      Vote Details: No - 262
                                                                                                      Democratic - 185
                                                                                                      Republican - 77

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

                                                                                                      • 09:47:34 PM

                                                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                                                        NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON…

                                                                                                        NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 35 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                                        On agreeing to the Norman amendment (A036) Roll Call 252 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                                                                        • 09:47:51 PM

                                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                                          A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED -- THOSE IN…

                                                                                                          A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED -- THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. .

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                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                                                                          MR. CHAIR.

                                                                                                    • 09:51:49 PM

                                                                                                      House Vote 252 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                                                                      Failed (128 - 289)
                                                                                                      Aye
                                                                                                      No

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Aye - 128
                                                                                                      Republican - 127
                                                                                                      Democratic - 1

                                                                                                      Vote Details: No - 289
                                                                                                      Democratic - 186
                                                                                                      Republican - 103

                                                                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                                                                                                      Democratic - 6
                                                                                                      Republican - 4

                                                                                                      • 09:51:56 PM

                                                                                                        Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 5895 as unfinished business.

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                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                          THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                          THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK…

                                                                                                          THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                      • 09:52:39 PM

                                                                                                        Considered by unanimous consent. S. 2246 — "To designate the health care center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tallahassee, Florida, as the Sergeant Ernest I. "Boots" Thomas VA Clinic, and for other purposes."

                                                                                                        • 09:52:39 PM

                                                                                                          Mr. Roe (TN) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

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                                                                                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                            THE CLERK

                                                                                                            BOOTS THOMAS V.A. CLINIC AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

                                                                                                      • 09:53:12 PM

                                                                                                        On passage Passed without objection.

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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. 5895 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                                                                        • 09:53:15 PM

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

                                                                                                          • 09:53:33 PM

                                                                                                            Considered as unfinished business. 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."

                                                                                                            • 09:53:44 PM

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

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                                                                            • 09:56:26 PM

                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Ms. Eshoo, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to increase funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $1,000,000, with the increase intended to support the development and deployment of high-efficiency linear generator power plant technology which, for purposes of stationary electric power production, is equivalent to fuel cell power plant technology; and to decrease funding for Departmental Administration by $1,000,000.

                                                                                                              • 09:56:32 PM

                                                                                                                MS. ESHOO

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Eshoo Amendment No. 3.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              ESHOO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, I WANT THE HOUSE TO KNOW THAT IT IS…

                                                                                                              ESHOO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST, I WANT THE HOUSE TO KNOW THAT IT IS A -- THIS IS A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. AND I DON'T THINK THE HOUSE IS IN ORDER, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                                                                              MS. ESHOO

                                                                                                              THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS,…

                                                                                                              THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE

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                                                                                                            • 09:56:59 PM

                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                                                                                              FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                            • 09:57:22 PM

                                                                                                              MS. ESHOO

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. .

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              IT'S NICE NOT TO HAVE ANY OPPOSITION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE…

                                                                                                              IT'S NICE NOT TO HAVE ANY OPPOSITION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES AND VOTE YES, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                            • 10:00:34 PM

                                                                                                              MS. ESHOO

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                                                                                          • 10:00:46 PM

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

                                                                                                            • 10:01:03 PM

                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Perlmutter, numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to increase funding for EERE's Facilities and Infrastructure account by $5 million offset by a $5 million reduction to DOE's Departmental Administration account.

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                                                                                                                MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                                                                                PERLMUTTER OF COLORADO.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                PERLMUTTER: I OFFER A SIMPLE AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR D.O.E. 'S…

                                                                                                                PERLMUTTER: I OFFER A SIMPLE AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR D.O.E. 'S RENEWABLE FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE ACCOUNT BY $5 MILLION SM I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE TORE THEIR SUPPORT OF THE FACILITIES ACCOUNT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. AS CHAIRMAN HULTDEPREN KNOWS I REPRESENT GOLDEN COLORADO IN

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                                                                                                              • 10:01:29 PM

                                                                                                                MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                                                                                                          • 10:01:41 PM

                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Perlmutter Amendment No. 4.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. SIMPSON

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

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

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                                                                                                            • 10:04:33 PM

                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              WE NEED TO BOOST AND IMPROVE SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT THIS.

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                                                                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                                                                              THIS IS A NEEDED AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5.

                                                                                                          • 10:05:05 PM

                                                                                                            On agreeing to the Perlmutter amendment; Failed by voice vote.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. HASTINGS

                                                                                                              HASTINGS OF FLORIDA

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                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Hastings, numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to increase funding for cybersecurity of the electric power grid, offset by funding for fossil energy research and development.

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                HASTINGS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                MR. HASTINGS

                                                                                                                I THOUGHT EARLIER TODAY THAT I WOULD WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT, BUT IN LIGHT…

                                                                                                                I THOUGHT EARLIER TODAY THAT I WOULD WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT, BUT IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, I DECIDED I MAY AS WELL MAKE MY POINT. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR CYBERSECURITY OF THE ELECTRIC POWER GRID BY $5 MILLION OFFSET BY REDUCTION IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. LIKE ALMOST EVERYONE IN THIS BODY, I'M DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE CYBERSECURITY OF OUR NATION'S ELECTRIC POWER DEPRID. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT YESTERDAY, THERE WAS A MAJOR OUTAGE THAT HADN'T REACHED THE NEWS FOR SOME REASON OF THE COMCAST TELEPHONE NETWORK AND I DON'T THINK THERE WAS ANYTHING UNTOWARD WITH REFERENCE TO IT. BUT THE MERE FACT IS WE ARE MORE RELIANT THAN EVER ON THIS NATION'S POWER GRID TO PROVIDE ELECTRICITY TO THE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COUNTRY EVERY SINGLE SECOND, CELLULAR, HEATING AND COOLING TO OUR WORKPLACES AND COOLING IN THIS PARTICULAR WORKPLACE THAT SEEMS TO BE OVERUSED, IN MY OPINION. AND HOMES. LIGHTS THAT GUIDE US AT NIGHT ON HIGHWAYS AND ON AND ON. WHILE WE HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE DEPENDENT, OUR ELECTRIC GRID HAS NEVER BEEN MORE VULNERABLE THAN IT IS TODAY. HACKERS IN COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA AND THE ROGUE HACKERS, THE COMPUTERS THAT CONTROL OUR POWER NETWORKS ARE SEEN AS THE MOST IMPACTFUL TARGETS FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO DO US HARM. OUTAGES WILL CAUSE HARM NOT ONLY TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, BUT OUR ECONOMIC STABILITY AS WELL. THEY WILL HURT TO NAME JUST A FEW, HOSPITALS, BANKS, FACTORIES, FINANCIAL NETWORKS, WATER SYSTEMS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND THE MILITARY BASES. I BELIEVE WE MUST WORK WITH THOSE WHO OPERATE OUR GRID TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DETECT AND PREVENT MALICIOUS ACTORS FROM CAUSING DAMAGE TO OUR ELECTRIC SYSTEM AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS FUNDING THAT I WOULD REQUEST AND WELL AGAIN SOMEWHERE IS JUST A FRACTION OF WHAT IS NEEDED. BUT IT SENDS A SIGNAL THAT WE ARE SERIOUS OF ADDRESSING THIS VULNERABILITY AND THAT'S MY PURPOSE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD PACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings Amendment No. 5.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              EVERYTHING YOU SAID IS ABSOLUTELY ACCURATE. MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT WOULD…

                                                                                                              EVERYTHING YOU SAID IS ABSOLUTELY ACCURATE. MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FOR THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACCOUNT BY USING THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNT AS AN OFFSET AND I APPRECIATE THE WORK BY THE UNDERLYING BILL REFLECTS THAT REPORT. THE ACCOUNT WAS PROVIDED AN INCREASE OF $50 MILLION. THAT IS A 52% INCREASE IN THIS BILL. THAT IS THE SINGLE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN ANY ACCOUNT IN THIS BILL. I SUPPORT THE ACCOUNT AND EFFORTS TO ENHANCE THE RESILIENCE OF OUR ELECTRICAL GRID. AND THESE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES HAVE EVER HAD. IT WOULD TAKE AWAY FUNDS FROM OTHER ACTIVITIES AND THE FOSSIL ENERGY ACCOUNTS AND FOCUS ON ACTIVITIES THAT ENSURE THE NATION IS USING NATURAL RESOURCES. TARGETED INCREASES TO ACCOUNTS AND CARBON CAPTURE AND ADVANCED GENERATION TECHNOLOGY. CUTS TO THE ACCOUNT THREATENS THESE INNOVATIONS. IN LIGHT OF THE SUPPORT AND THE UNINTINDFER TENDED CONSEQUENCES. I WILL TELL MY COLLEAGUE, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM TO ADDRESS THIS CONCERN THAT OUGHT TO CONCERN ALL OF US. IT WILL BE ONE OF THE THINGS WE FACE IN COMING YEARS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                                                                                              THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT DEPREED TO. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-172.

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                                                                                                          • 10:10:41 PM

                                                                                                            On agreeing to the Hastings amendment; Failed by voice vote.

                                                                                                            • 10:11:08 PM

                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Rogers (AL), numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to provide $24 million for construction of critical infrastructure in NNSA, with an offset from NNSA Federal Salaries and Expenses.

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                ROGERS OF BLAME.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                ROGERS: I THANK ALL THE SUBCOMMITTEE COLLEAGUES FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A…

                                                                                                                ROGERS: I THANK ALL THE SUBCOMMITTEE COLLEAGUES FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A STRONG ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL THIS YEAR. AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, I KNOW HOW CRUCIAL THIS BILL IS TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. THIS IS AUTHORIZED BY THE NDAA ARE CRITICAL TO OUR NUCLEAR DETERRENT.

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                                                                                                                MR. ROGERS

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rogers (AL) Amendment No. 7.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. SIMPSON

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

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

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                                                                                          • 10:13:42 PM

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

                                                                                                            • 10:13:52 PM

                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to allocate an additional $100 million for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects related to flood control.

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                                                                                                                MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                                JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS.

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 8.

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                                                                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                              IT IS A -- AN AMENDMENT THAT INCREASES AND DECREASES WITH THE FOCUS ON THE…

                                                                                                              IT IS A -- AN AMENDMENT THAT INCREASES AND DECREASES WITH THE FOCUS ON THE CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT. AND I HOLD UP EXAMPLES OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ARE NECESSARY NOT ONLY IN THE GULF REGION BUT NECESSARY ACROSS PT REGION. BUT DAMS, RESERVOIRS, RESERVOIR POOLS AND OTHER AREAS THAT CAN BE DEVASTATED BY DISASTER. THIS AMENDMENT IS TO EMPHASIZE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT PARTICULARLY DEALING WITH THE NEED FOR REPAIR TO RIVER AND HARBOR, FLOOD AND STORM DAMAGE AND RESTORATION AS WELL TO INCLUDE THE NEED TO DEAL WITH OUR PORTS. AND SO, MY AMENDMENT IS AGAIN TO REFLECT ON THE DEVASTATION OF STORM THAT OCCURRED OVER THE LAST YEAR WITH THE PREDICTION OF 14 STORMS COMING IN 2018, APPROXIMATELY FIVE OR SO TO BE OF MONUMENTAL IMPACT AND HITTING THE GULF REGION. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MOVES ON THEIR CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTS AND PROJECTS TO AVOID SOME OF THE DISASTERS THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                              THE PORT OF HOUSTON TODAY IS OPERATING WITH DRAFT RESTRICTIONS THAT MAY…

                                                                                                              THE PORT OF HOUSTON TODAY IS OPERATING WITH DRAFT RESTRICTIONS THAT MAY LAST A YEAR OR LONGER. DRAFT RESTRICTIONS ARE ADDING COSTS TO OIL AND GAS AND PETRO CHEMICAL OPERATIONS WHICH ARE PASSED ON TO WHOLESALERS WHO PASS THESE COSTS TO CONSUMERS AT THE PUMP. IT IS ALSO WELL KNOWN THAT THE WORK THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DOES WITH RESPECT TO REPAIR HELPS THE ENVIRONMENT. SO, AGAIN, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. WHAT IS A FOCUS ON THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT, BUT I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE ADDITIONAL POINT THAT WE IN THE REGION NEED AN EXPEDITED UTILIZATION OF THOSE DOLLARS TO FIX THE REPAIRS FOR ONCOMING POTENTIAL DISASTERS, NOT ONLY IN MY PARTICULAR STATE, BUT ACROSS THE REGION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                                                                                          • 10:17:13 PM

                                                                                                            On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                                                                              MR. LAMALFA

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                                                            • 10:17:41 PM

                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. LaMalfa, numbered 9 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to prohibit the use of funds for enforcing the EPA's abandonment criteria for prior converted cropland.

                                                                                                              • 10:17:44 PM

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                LAMALFA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT TODAY AIMS TO PROTECT…

                                                                                                                LAMALFA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT TODAY AIMS TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS BY UPHOLDING THE LONGSTANDING POLICY OF ONCE A P.C.C.

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                                                                                                                MR. LAMALFA

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY…

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the LaMalfa amendment No. 9.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                              MS. KAPTUR

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                                                                                              DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK?

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              LAMALFA: THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY REITERATES…

                                                                                                              LAMALFA: THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY REITERATES THAT THE LONG-HELD POLICY THAT PRIOR CONVERTED -- THERE'S THE KEY WORDS. PRIOR CONVERTED CROP LANDS.

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                                                                                                              MS. KAPTUR

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. LAMALFA

                                                                                                              THIS IS ALWAYS PRIOR CONVERTED CROP LANDS WERE DONE OVER 30 YEARS AGO,…

                                                                                                              THIS IS ALWAYS PRIOR CONVERTED CROP LANDS WERE DONE OVER 30 YEARS AGO, BEFORE LAWS WERE CHANGED TO PREVENT SUCH ACTIVITY, OF CONVERTING WETLANDS. EVERY INTENT OF CONGRESS AND EVEN IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WERE TO CLARIFY THAT YOU CANNOT USE THE CLEAN WATER ACT, INDEED, YOU TALK ABOUT 40 YEARS WORTH OF POLICY, IT'S ONLY BEEN IN RECENT YEARS THAT A MORE AGGRESSIVE REINTERPRETATION OF POLICY BY ARMY CORPS AND E.P.A. HAS STARTED COMING AFTER PEOPLE, REQUIRING 404 PERMITS IF THEY CHOOSE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH THEIR OWN PRIVATE LAND AFTER FIVE YEARS. THIS IS EFFECTING PEOPLE MY OWN DISTRICT AND THEY'RE LOSING MILLION-DOLLAR LAWSUITS BECAUSE OF THIS REINTERPRETATION. NOT ONE SET UP BY CONGRESS WHEN THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION WAS PASSED. I'D LIKE TO RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              KAPTUR: I'LL JUST YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                                                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                                                                                              LAMALFA: OK, THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT PREVENT…

                                                                                                              LAMALFA: OK, THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT PREVENT ANY CURRENT REGULATIONS ON CURRENT WETLANDS. AGAIN, IT GOES AFTER THE AGGRESSIVE RULEMAKING THAT E.P.A.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. LAMALFA

                                                                                                              , WITH THEIR COULD HE HORTS IN THE ARMY CORPS, HAVE PUT -- COHORTS IN THE…

                                                                                                              , WITH THEIR COULD HE HORTS IN THE ARMY CORPS, HAVE PUT -- COHORTS IN THE ARMY CORPS, HAVE PUT UPON FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN RECENT YEARS. IF WE SIT BACK AND WATCH BUREAUCRATS ATTEMPT TO GAIN CONTROL OVER EVERY DITCH, PUDDLE AND POND THEY CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON, THEN WE'RE IN A BAD WAY IN AGRICULTURE AND AS WELL THE SAKE RECEIPT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS OUR NATION IS FOUNDED ON. AGAIN, THE INTENT HERE IS NOT TO ROLL BACK ANY CURRENT -- ROLLBACK ANY CURRENT WETLANDS BUT SIMPLY ALLOW PEOPLE, THEY WANT TO MAKE CROP CHANGES, THEY WANT TO MAKE DECISIONS ON THEIR LAND, THAT THEY'RE PAYING THE PROPERTY TAXES ON, THEY'RE PAYING THE MORTGAGE ON, IF SOMETHING -- THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE USE OF THEIR LAND, THEY SHOULD HAVE THAT RIGHT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND NOT HAVE TO GET PERMISSION FOR SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN, KEY WORDS HERE, PRIOR CONVERTED UNDER THE LAW. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FORAY VOTES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                            • 10:27:17 PM

                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                                                                                          • 10:27:21 PM

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

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                                                                                                              MR. GOHMERT

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                                                            • 10:27:51 PM

                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                            • 10:27:52 PM

                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Gohmert, numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to prohibit the use of funds to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance related to the social cost of carbon.

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                                                                                                                MR. GOHMERT

                                                                                                                THEY SUPPOSEDLY TARGETED AMBIGUOUS, VEGAS AND UNVERIFIABLE COSTS -- VAGUE…

                                                                                                                THEY SUPPOSEDLY TARGETED AMBIGUOUS, VEGAS AND UNVERIFIABLE COSTS -- VAGUE AND UNVERIFIABLE COSTS. AN ARTICLE THIS WEEK IN THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" POINTS OUT THAT BY INTRODUCING, QUOTE, SOCIAL COSTS, UNQUOTE, AND, QUOTE, SOCIAL BENEFIT, UNQUOTE, THE E.P.A. BEGAN FACTORING IN SPECULATION ABOUT HOW REGULATORY INACTION WOULD EFFECT EVERYTHING FROM RISING SEA LEVELS TO PEDIATRIC ASTHMA. E.P.A. OPTIMISTS EVEN INCLUDED THEIR GUESSES ABOUT HOW DOMESTIC RELATIONSHIPS COULD HAVE A GLOBAL IMPACT. MEANWHILE, THE AGENCY IGNORED THE BEST PRACTICES FROM THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, JUKING THE NUMBERS TO RAISE THE COST OF CARBON EMISSIONS. THIS PROVED AS POLITICALLY USEFUL, AS IT WAS SCIENTIFICALLY IMPRECISE. MONTHS BEFORE INTRODUCING THE CLEAN POWER PLAN, THE E.P.A. SUDDENLY RAISED THESE SOCIAL COSTS OF A TON OF CARBON EMISSIONS TO AN AVERAGE OF $36 FROM $21. COMPLETELY UNVERIFIABLE. NOW, THE REGULATORY SPECIFICS WILL BE HASHED OUT IN COMING MONTH, BUT THERE'S REAL POTENTIAL HERE TO CURB THE DISTORTIONS THAT MASK BAD POLICY. IF MR. PRUITT SUCCEEDS, FUTURE COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS WILL BE MORE CONSISTENT AND TRANSPARENT. THE REFORM WOULD HELP TO ENSURE REGULATION IS BASED ON SOUND SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS INSTEAD OF WISHFUL BUREAUCRATIC THINKING. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gohmert amendment No. 10.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              AMENDMENT?

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                                                                                                              MR. GOHMERT

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

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

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                                                                                              NO ONE WAS SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION, I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                              MR. GOHMERT

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                                                                                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              I REALLY HAVE SUCH GREAT RESPECT FOR MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE AND I…

                                                                                                              I REALLY HAVE SUCH GREAT RESPECT FOR MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE AND I TRULY DO MEAN THAT, BUT WHEN I HEAR TALK ABOUT WHAT REPUBLICANS DID TO OUR NATION'S POOR AND OUR SENIORS, I KEEP COMING BACK TO THE OBAMACARE VOTE WITHOUT A SINGLE ONE OF THE REPUBLICANS VOTING FOR THAT BILL , DEMOCRATS HAVE TO TAKE FULL CREDIT. THEY PASSED IT WITHOUT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN VOTE AND

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                                                                                                              MR. GOHMERT

                                                                                                              CUT $716 BILLION OUT OF THE HEALTH CARE OF SENIORS. $716 BILLION FROM…

                                                                                                              CUT $716 BILLION OUT OF THE HEALTH CARE OF SENIORS. $716 BILLION FROM SENIORS. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID SENIORS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY. IT WILL COME OUT OF THE POCKET OF THE RICH AND GREEDY DOCTORS. THAT'S NOT THE CASE AT ALL. IT DOESN'T -- IT HAS AFFECTED THE ELDERLY COMPLETELY. IT HAS BEEN A REAL PROBLEM FOR THEM BECAUSE WHAT THEY HAVE SEEN IS THAT LIKE IF THEIR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER DON'T GET PAID, THEY DON'T GET THEIR HEALTH CARE. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY AGAIN, I NEED TO URGE PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT, MAKING OUR NATION'S POOR PAY FOR COSTS AND SAY WE ARE MAKING THE WORLD BETTER AND MAKING THE POOR POORER IS UNSTANGESABLE AND I WOULD URGE A YES VOTE.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              TO. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                                                                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                                                                                              OFFERED. NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 OF HOUSE REPORT…

                                                                                                              OFFERED. NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 OF HOUSE REPORT 115-712. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to increase funding by $250,000 for the U.S. House of Representatives' Wounded Warrior Program, which provides employment opportunities within the U.S. House for veterans with service-connected disabilities. Decreases funding for the Architect of the Capitol, Capital Construction and Operations account by an equivalent amount.

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                                                                                                                MR. KILDEE

                                                                                                                THE VETERANS THAT I HAVE HIRED IN MY OFFICE HAVE GIVEN ME SUPPORT AND…

                                                                                                                THE VETERANS THAT I HAVE HIRED IN MY OFFICE HAVE GIVEN ME SUPPORT AND ALLOW ME TO CONSIDER ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO VETERANS IN A MORE ENLIGHTENED FASHION AND THEIR VOICES ARE IMPORTANT. BY INVESTING IN THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT. EXPANDING THIS PROGRAM WILL ENHANCE THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE FELLOWS. WE IN CONGRESS DO TALK ABOUT WAYS TO HELP VETERANS TRANSITION FOLLOWING THEIR SERVICE IN THE MILITARY. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ACTUALLY FOR US TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT AND MODEL WHAT WE THINK ALL EMPLOYERS OUGHT TO BE DOING. THE SIMPLE WAY TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS AND INCREASE THE NUMBER OF VETERANS IN PUBLIC SERVICE. AGAIN IN MY OFFICE, I VALUE THIS PROGRAM. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS AMENDMENT. WE SAY THANKS TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH FOR THE FREEDOM WE ALL ENJOY. I WILL YIELD.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 12.

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                                                                                                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                                              KILDEE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                              MR. KILDEE

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Ms. Esty (CT), numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to increase funding by $500,000 for the Office of Employee Assistance under the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives to be pulled from the Architect of the Capitol, Capitol Grounds.

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                                                                                                                MS. ESTY

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                                                                                                                MS. ESTY

                                                                                                                OFFICER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THIS PROVIDES VALUABLE SERVICES FOR…

                                                                                                                OFFICER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THIS PROVIDES VALUABLE SERVICES FOR MEMBERS, CONGRESS AND THEIR STAFF. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS OFFICE IS GROSSLY UNDERSTAFFED. CURRENTLY, THERE ARE SIX STAFF IN THE OFFICE OF EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE TO SERVE THE 435 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THEIR STAFF. A TOTAL OF OVER 9,000 HOUSE EMPLOYEES. HOW COULD A STAFF OF SIX POSSIBLY MEET THE NEEDS OF OVER 9,000 EMPLOYEES? NO COMPANY, NO STATE OR FEDERAL AGENCY WOULD HAVE AN EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE STAFF OF SIX TO SERVE 9,000 EMPLOYEES. NEITHER SHOULD THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. MANAGING A TEAM OF PEOPLE AND CREATING A POSITIVE WORK FORCE CULTURE IS A UNIQUE CULTURE. MANAGING PEOPLE REQUIRES LEADERSHIP, GOOD COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS, HUMILITY AND A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SUCH AS CHIEFS OF STAFF AND LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORS NEED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS TO LEAD THEIR TEAMS AND ESTABLISH A STRONG OFFICE CULTURE AND MAKE THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A BETTER PLACE TO WORK. MEMBERS OF COMING HAVE DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS, LEVELS OF EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS VARYING LEVELS. WE ARE ELECTED TO BE GREAT LEADERS, BUT IN ORDER TO BE EFFECTIVE AND TO BE ROLE MODELS, WE MUST ALSO BE GREAT BOSSES. NEW AND TENURED MEMBERS WOULD BENEFIT FROM KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT WHEN IT COMES TO ORGANIZING THEIR TEAMS, HIRING THEIR TEAMS DISCIPLINING STAFF AND HANDLING EMPLOYMENT COMPLAINTS INCLUDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT. THE OFFICE OF EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE CAN AND SHOULD BE EMPOWERED TO PROVIDE THE SUPPORT. CHIEFS OF STAFF AND LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORS NEED THE RESOURCES TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND TO SUCCEED AS MANAGERS. CHIEFS OF STAFF AND LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORS ARE KEY TO MAINTAINING A POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE. THE QUALITY OF THEIR TRAINING SHAPES THE CULTURE OF OUR OFFICES. I DON'T CLAIM TO BE AN EXPERT IN THIS AREA. BEFORE I BECAME A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I HAD VERY LITTLE EXPERIENCE MUCH LESS AS A MANAGER OF 20 EMPLOYEES AND TWO SEPARATE OFFICES IN TWO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. I WAS FOCUSED ON DOING WHAT I WAS ELECTED TO DO, HELPING THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT. I KNOW NOW THAT I WOULD HAVE BENEFITED AS A NEW MEMBER FOR MORE TRAINING AND AWARENESS OF RESOURCES TO ASSIST ME AND MY SENIOR STAFF IN RUNNING A SUPPORTIVE OFFICE. . AT A TIME WHEN THIS CONGRESS IS BEING CALLED ON TO SERIOUSLY ADDRESS LONGSTANDING ISSUES OF SWAURM IN OUR WORK -- SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN OUR WORKPLACE, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE BETTER RESOURCES TO OUR COLLEAGUES AND TO OUR STAFF. MAKING MORE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE OFFICE OF EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR US TO TAKE IN THAT EFFORT. OUR DEDICATED STAFF DESERVE BETTER. ABSOLUTELY.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Esty amendment No. 13.

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                                                                                                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                                                                                                              MS. ESTY

                                                                                                              DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELD BACK OR RESERVE?

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                            • 10:47:44 PM

                                                                                                              MS. ESTY

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

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                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Meadows, numbered 15 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to reestablish a semiannual Government Accountability Office financial review of obligated expenditures from the Independent Counsel permanent indefinite appropriation, and requires the report's findings to be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate, the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary of the House, and the Committees on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Judiciary of the Senate

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                                                                                                                MR. MEADOWS

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                MR. MEADOWS

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meadows amendment No. 15.

                                                                                                            • 10:50:27 PM

                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. SHIMKUS

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                                                                                                              MR. RYAN

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

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                            • 10:52:39 PM

                                                                                                              MR. MEADOWS

                                                                                                              SO INDEED, IF IT DOES NOTHING, THEN I CAN'T FIND ANY REASON WHY HE…

                                                                                                              SO INDEED, IF IT DOES NOTHING, THEN I CAN'T FIND ANY REASON WHY HE WOULDN'T SUPPORT IT. SO IN THAT I WOULD CERTAINLY URGE THE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT AND, BEING THE LATE HOUR THAT IT IS, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE, PLEASE. THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                                                                              MR. RYAN

                                                                                                              POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN…

                                                                                                              POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                                                                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                                                                                            • 10:53:43 PM

                                                                                                              MR. TAKANO

                                                                                                              TAKANO OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              THE CLERK

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

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

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                                                                                            • 10:53:55 PM

                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Takano, numbered 16 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to appropriate $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) to help Congress understand emerging technologies and their policy implications. Offset by funds from an administrative account within the Architect of the Capitol.

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                                                                                                                MR. TAKANO

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                MR. TAKANO

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment No. 16.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              MR.

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                                                                                                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

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

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. TAKANO

                                                                                                              FOSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU, MR. TAKANO. AND MY COLLEAGUES,…

                                                                                                              FOSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU, MR. TAKANO. AND MY COLLEAGUES, FOR HELPING ME BRING THIS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. WE NOW LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE TECHNOLOGY HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES, IN OUR ECONOMY, AND OUR DEMOCRACY.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. FOSTER

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              DOES MOST OF WHAT THESE GENTLEMEN ARE SEEKING. I THINK

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                                                                                                              MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

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

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              TO LIKE TO

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                                                                                                              MR. TAKANO

                                                                                                              THE MR. RYAN.

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                                                                                                              MR. RYAN

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. TAKANO

                                                                                                              WAS NEVER ELIMINATED BUT JUST DEFUNDED AND I BELIEVE IT'S TIME TO FUND IT…

                                                                                                              WAS NEVER ELIMINATED BUT JUST DEFUNDED AND I BELIEVE IT'S TIME TO FUND IT AGAIN. I THINK I REFER BACK TO THE FACEBOOK HEARINGS IN THE SENATE, AND I THINK PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE, THINK TANKS, OBSERVED THAT THE FIRST BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, NEEDS TO HAVE THE RESOURCES AND THE CAPACITY TO DO ITS OWN INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS. AND THAT'S WHY I BELIEVE SO MANY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT THIS TOMORROW AND I HOPE THOSE LISTENING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, I URGE THEM TO SUPPORT, TO EVERYONE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              TAKANO: MR. CHAIR, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                                                                              MR. TAKANO

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              COHEN: I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                                                                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                                                                                            • 11:02:10 PM

                                                                                                              MR. COHEN

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                                                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, numbered 17 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to prohibit the use of funds to purchase plastic drinking straws.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                THIS AMENDMENT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THE HOUSE TO…

                                                                                                                THIS AMENDMENT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THE HOUSE TO PROHIBIT PLASTIC DRINKING STRAUSS. THEY

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                                                                                                                MR. COHEN

                                                                                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS CONCERN AND WE ALSO SHARE.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cohen amendment No. 17.

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                                                                                                              MR. COHEN

                                                                                                              AND I ASK FOR THE AYES AND THE CAPS TO WIN.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

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                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, numbered 19 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to increase funding in the BRAC account to ensure there is suffici ent funding to prevent further contamination of PFAS at former-Wurtsmith AFB

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                                                                                                                MR. KILDEE

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                OF MICHIGAN.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                KILDEE: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS INTENDED TO HIGHLIGHT THE LACK OF…

                                                                                                                KILDEE: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS INTENDED TO HIGHLIGHT THE LACK OF URGENCY BY THE AIR FORCE TO ADDRESS

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 19.

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                                                                                                              MR. KILDEE

                                                                                                              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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              SCHULTZ SCHULTZ I'M SYMPATHETIC TO THE GENTLEMAN'S PLIGHT. THESE CHEMICALS…

                                                                                                              SCHULTZ SCHULTZ I'M SYMPATHETIC TO THE GENTLEMAN'S PLIGHT. THESE CHEMICALS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN GROUND WATER DUE TO TOO FIREFIGHTING FOAM.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZEDED.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. KILDEE

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                                                                              By unanimous consent, the Kildee amendment was withdrawn.

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                                                                                                                TORRES OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

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                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mrs. Torres, numbered 20 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to direct the Secretary to use the DOD Base Closure Account to make funding available for the purposes of demolishing facilities closed by prior BRAC rounds.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                MRS. TORRES

                                                                                                                IN THEIR OWN DISTRICTS AT SOME POINT. I REFERRED TO THIS AMENDMENT AS…

                                                                                                                IN THEIR OWN DISTRICTS AT SOME POINT. I REFERRED TO THIS AMENDMENT AS GIVING THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE ABILITY TO FINISH THE JOB. AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT WE SHOULD EXPECT FROM OUR SERVICE BRANCHES WHEN THEY CLOSE MILITARY BASES DURING BRAC ROUNDS. AT ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THAT WAS THE GUARD STATION, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1949. THIS FACILITY REMAINED IN OPERATION FOR DECADES, ASSISTING, TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR THE KOREAN, VIETNAM AND COUNTLESS OTHER WARS AND CONFLICTS. IN 1997, THE FACILITY WAS CLOSED AS PART OF THE LATEST BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE. OUR ARMED SERVICES MOVED OUT. INSTEAD OF THE AIRPORT BEING ABLE TO USE THE LAND, THE OLD SITE HAS SAT LARGELY UNCHANGED FOR 20 YEARS DUE TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL HAS ARIZONA OF DEMOLITION. IT CAN BE DEVASTATING TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. AT THE VERY LEAST, WE SHOULD EXPECT OUR SERVICE BRANCHES TO LEAVE OUR COMMUNITIES IN BETTER SHAPE. IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA, OLD AIR FORCE FACILITIES HAVE BEEN LEFT STANDING AT THE ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THESE ABANDONED BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY NATURE WITH TREES AND ANIMALS ROAMING FREE. THIS UNUSABLE SPACE IS HINDERING THE GROWTH OF THE AIRPORT AND COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING ONTARIO DEPEND ON THE AIRPORT. MY AMENDMENT WOULD DIRECT THE SECRETARY TO MAKE AVAILABLE FUNDS FROM THE EXISTING BRAC FUNDING TO BE MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS LEGISLATION TO REMOVE THESE OLD FACILITIES. AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Torres amendment No. 20.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              CARTER: I RISE TIME TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE…

                                                                                                              CARTER: I RISE TIME TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. IT DOES NOT REQUIRE D.O.D. TO FUND ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE F.Y.

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                                                                                                              MR. CARTER

                                                                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. CARTER

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                                                                                                              MRS. TORRES

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

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                                                                              MR. KILDEE

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                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, numbered 21 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to create a funding carve-out for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment account.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

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

                                                                                                                KILDEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                KILDEE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE JUST OVER $2…

                                                                                                                KILDEE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE JUST OVER $2 BILLION TO THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT ACCOUNT. THIS ACCOUNT INVESTS IN PROGRAMS TO HELP VETERANS SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE. OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN AT WAR FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES.

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                                                                                                                MR. KILDEE

                                                                                                                WHILE THESE CONFLICTS ARE STILL ONGOING, A NUMBER OF VETERANS IN THIS…

                                                                                                                WHILE THESE CONFLICTS ARE STILL ONGOING, A NUMBER OF VETERANS IN THIS COUNTRY -- THE NUMBER OF VETERANS IN THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO GROW. WE HAVE TO INVEST IN PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT THIS GENERATION OF VETERANS AS THEY SEEK TO REINTEGRATE INTO THE CIVILIAN WORK FORCE. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF IMPORTANT PROGRAMS IN THIS ACCOUNT. THE SPECIAL EMPLOYER INCENTIVES PROGRAM CONNECTS VETERANS WITH OPPORTUNITIES WHERE THE V.A. REIMBURSES THE EMPLOYER FOR UP TO HALF OF A VETERAN'S SALARY. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT MATCHES VETERANS WITH APPRENTICESHIP, WITH THE EXPECTATION OF BEING HIRED UPON COMPLETION. I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT OUR VETERANS BRING UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE AND SKILLS TO THE WORKPLACE. I'VE HIRED, AS I'VE SAID IN PREVIOUS CONVERSATIONS, MULTIPLE VETERANS WORKING IN MY OFFICE, INCLUDING A WOUNDED WARRIOR, FELLOW AND A HILL VETS FELLOW. WE SHOULD ENSURE WE'RE SUPPORTING PROGRAMS THAT CONNECT VETERANS WITH EMPLOYERS. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO ENSURE FUNDING FOR THE V.A. TO EXPAND ITS VETERANS ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE, A PROGRAM IN WHICH NONPROFITS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS BUILD SUPPORTIVE NETWORKS FOR VETERANS. THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF LONG-TERM SUPPORT THAT WE SHOULD HAVE HAD IN PLACE YEARS AGO, BEFORE LAUNCHING INTO THESE CONFLICTS. FOR MANY AMERICANS, THE AMERICAN DREAM IS OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND BEING YOUR OWN BOSS. THE VOCATION REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT ACCOUNT INCLUDES PROGRAMS THAT HELP VETERANS DO JUST THAT. THIS PROGRAM PLACES QUALIFIED VOCATIONAL REHAB COUNSELORS, I'M SORRY, THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT ACCOUNT ALSO INCLUDES THE VET SUCCESS ON CAMPUS PROGRAM WHICH PLACES VOC REHAB COUNSELORS IN SCHOOLS. THIS WOULD GIVE THE V.A. THE OPPORTUNITY TOKESPAND THESE PROGRAMS, REACHING EVEN MORE VETERANS. UNFORTUNATELY, AS THIS PROCESS HAS MOVED FORWARD, WE'VE COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE V.A. WOULD INTEND TO REDUCE THE ACCOUNT FOR DIRECT SUPPORT FOR TUITION AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR VETERANS UNDER THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE G.I. BILL. I ASK THAT THIS AMENDMENT BE WITHDRAWN, BUT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE TO MAKE THE POINT THAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE A SPECIFIC CARVE-OUT FOR THESE VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR THESE TRANSITION -- PROGRAMS, FOR THESE TRANSITION PROGRAMS. IT'S MY HOPE AS WE MOVE FORWARD WE'LL BE ABLE TO WORK WITH THE V.A. TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY A SOURCE THAT WOULD NOT REDUCE THE OTHER BENEFITS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO VETERANS SEEKING TO BETTER THEMSELVES. SO WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 21.

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                                                                                                              By unanimous consent, the Kildee amendment was withdrawn.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 OFFERED BY MR. RUIZ OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                MR. RUIZ

                                                                                                            • 11:19:13 PM

                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Ruiz, numbered 22 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to increase funding to VA Medical Services account from VA Medical Services account to conduct educational outreach to veterans to enroll in the burn pits registry, additional research using the registry, and other activities concerning the maintenance of registry.

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

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

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

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                MR. RUIZ

                                                                                                                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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ruiz amendment No. 22.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                                                              WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SAID, SOME VETERANS HAVE REPORTED RESPIRATORY AND OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS THAT THEY BELIEVE ARE RELATED TO THEIR EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS. THERE ARE STUDIES THAT PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HEALTH EFFECTS RELATED TO EXPOSURE BUT NOT ENOUGH TO DETERMINE THE LONG-TERM IMPACTS. IN RESPONSE, THE V.A.

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                                                                                                              MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                                                                              SCOMBROT RESERVE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE…

                                                                                                              SCOMBROT RESERVE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MR. RUIZ

                                                                                                              WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THIS REGISTRY IS A TOOL THAT CAN…

                                                                                                              WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THIS REGISTRY IS A TOOL THAT CAN BE USED TO IDENTIFY HEALTH CONCERNS, GUIDE DISCUSSIONS WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, AND DOCUMENT EMPLOYMENT-REPRESENTED --

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                              MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                                                                              DEPLOYMENT-RELATED EXPOSURES. IT COULD LITERALLY, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                                                              DEPLOYMENT-RELATED EXPOSURES. IT COULD LITERALLY, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA POINTED OUT, BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                                                                              MR. JOHNSON

                                                                                                              115-712 OFFERED BY MR. JOHNSON OF OHIO.

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                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                            • 11:26:06 PM

                                                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                                                            • 11:26:12 PM

                                                                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              JOHNSON: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT CALLS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF…

                                                                                                              JOHNSON: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT CALLS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO DEVELOP HOSPICE CARE STANDARDS TAILORED TO UNIQUE NEEDS OF VIETNAM-ERA COMBAT VETERANS. AS VIETNAM VETERANS GROW OLDER, IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT THE V.A. HAS CLEAR STANDARDS IN PLACE TO CARE FOR THIS GROUP, AND FUTURE VETERANS' POPULATIONS. BY THE V.A.

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                                                                                                              MR. JOHNSON

                                                                                                              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 TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. Johnson (OH), numbered 23 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to call on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a standard of hospice care tailored to the unique needs of combat veterans, including Vietnam-era veterans.

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                                                                                                              DEBATE

                                                                                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (OH) amendment No. 23.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                MR. JOHNSON

                                                                                                              • 11:29:24 PM

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                                                                                            • 11:29:30 PM

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

                                                                                                              • 11:29:45 PM

                                                                                                                MR. CARBAJAL

                                                                                                              • 11:29:47 PM

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              • 11:29:49 PM

                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                              • 11:30:02 PM

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                RUIZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WITH MY…

                                                                                                                RUIZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM SANTA BARBARA, CONGRESSMAN CARBAJAL, FROM CALIFORNIA, TO ADDRESS AN ISSUE IMPACTING VETERANS THAT PREVENTS THEM FROM ACCESSING HEALTH CARE SERVICES THEY HAVE EARNED AND DESERVE. .

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                                                                                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Ruiz, numbered 24 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to direct the Secretary to change the phone system to have local Community Based Outpatient Center answer calls rather than having all calls routed to the major VA Medical Centers in an effort to reduce wait times for veterans on the phone and to provide more timely health services.

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                                                                                                                  MR. RUIZ

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                                                              DEBATE

                                                                                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ruiz amendment No. 24.

                                                                                                              • 11:32:09 PM

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              • 11:32:12 PM

                                                                                                                MR. CARTER

                                                                                                                CARLT CART WE UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERNS AND KEEP THEM IN MIND.…

                                                                                                                CARLT CART WE UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERNS AND KEEP THEM IN MIND. WE WILL BE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THIS PROBLEM THAT HE IDENTIFIED AND I YIELD TO MS.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                MR. RUIZ

                                                                                                                AND HIS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF VETERANS IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS.…

                                                                                                                AND HIS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF VETERANS IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS. AND I URGE A YES VOTE TO ENSURE THAT VETERANS HAVE EASY ACCESS TO BENEFITS THAT THEY EARNED AND DESERVE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                TO.

                                                                                                            • 11:34:20 PM

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

                                                                                                              • 11:34:41 PM

                                                                                                                An amendment, offered by Ms. McSally, numbered 25 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to mandate that no less than $225,000,000 may be appropriated for VA mental health and suicide prevention programs.

                                                                                                                • 11:34:50 PM

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                  MS. MCSALLY

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

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                                              DEBATE

                                                                                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McSally amendment No. 25.

                                                                                                              • 11:37:30 PM

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              • 11:37:37 PM

                                                                                                                MR. CARTER

                                                                                                                PROVIDES $8.6 BILLION INCLUDING $196 MILLION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION…

                                                                                                                PROVIDES $8.6 BILLION INCLUDING $196 MILLION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION OUTREACH. WE WILL TRY TO MAINTAIN THESE SUBSTANTIAL LEVELS IN CONFERENCE. AND I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE. SCHULTZ SCHULTZ I THANK --

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                                                                                                                MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              • 11:39:34 PM

                                                                                                                MS. MCSALLY

                                                                                                              • 11:39:42 PM

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                115-712.

                                                                                                            • 11:39:44 PM

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

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                                                                                                                MR. WELCH

                                                                                                                WELCH OF VERMONT.

                                                                                                              • 11:40:12 PM

                                                                                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Welch, numbered 26 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to provide $5 million to better assist veterans exposed to burn pi ts by improving the existing registry and increasing clinical research on burn pit exposure. Decreases the Community Care account by the same amount.

                                                                                                                • 11:40:18 PM

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                • 11:40:26 PM

                                                                                                                  MR. WELCH

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

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

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                                                                                                              DEBATE

                                                                                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Welch amendment No. 26.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                MR. CARTER

                                                                                                              • 11:44:01 PM

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              • 11:44:02 PM

                                                                                                                MR. CARTER

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

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

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                MR. WELCH

                                                                                                              • 11:44:50 PM

                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                                                                                            • 11:44:58 PM

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

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                                                                                                                MR. BARR

                                                                                                                MR. BARR OF KENTUCKY.

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                              • 11:45:23 PM

                                                                                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Barr, numbered 27 printed in Part B of House Report 115-712 to transfer $5 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration's (VHA) Medical Community Care Account to the Medical Services Account for the explicit use for the Va's Adaptive Sports Grant (ASG) program, equine assisted therapy.

                                                                                                                • 11:45:29 PM

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                • 11:45:41 PM

                                                                                                                  MR. BARR

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

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

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                                                                                                              DEBATE

                                                                                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 923, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Barr (KY) amendment No. 27.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                CARTER: THE BILL PROVIDES $1 MILLION OVER THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST…

                                                                                                                CARTER: THE BILL PROVIDES $1 MILLION OVER THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE ADAPTIVE SPORTS GRANT, A.S.G.

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                                                                                                                MR. CARTER

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

                                                                                                              • 11:46:41 PM

                                                                                                                MR. CARTER

                                                                                                                PROGRAM, FOR EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY. AS OUR 2018 BILL DID ALSO. WE…

                                                                                                                PROGRAM, FOR EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY. AS OUR 2018 BILL DID ALSO. WE UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN AND FURTHER INCREASING THIS FUNDING, WE'LL KEEP IT IN MIND DURING CONFERENCE AND IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WE ALSO HAVE EQUINE THERAPY AND I'M VERY FAMILIAR WITH IT. I YIELD TIME TO MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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                                                                                                                MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                                                                                AS WELL AS MORE ADVANCED PARAOLYMPIC AND ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAMS AT THE…

                                                                                                                AS WELL AS MORE ADVANCED PARAOLYMPIC AND ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAMS AT THE REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEVELS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE COMMITTEE IS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THIS PROGRAM. IN FACT, THE BILL PROVIDES $17.8 MILLION FOR THE PROGRAM. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE TODAY. SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                THE CHAIR

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

                                                                                                            • 11:47:58 PM

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

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                                                                                                                MR. CARTER

                                                                                                                RISE.

                                                                                                              • 11:48:09 PM

                                                                                                                Mr. Carter (TX) moved that the committee rise.

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                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN.

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

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                                                                                                                Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 5895 as unfinished business.

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                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                                  THEREON.

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                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURNS.

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                                                                                                                  TOMORROW.

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                                                                                                                Mr. Hultgren moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                                                                                                On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                                                                                  Adjourned

                                                                                                                  The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 8, 2018.

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                                                                                                                    A FINAL VOTE EXPECTED TOMORROW. LIVE COVERAGE WHEN MEMBERS

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                                                                                                                  MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE…

                                                                                                                  MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE PAST 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE

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                                                                                                                  MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ,…

                                                                                                                  MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                  MR. GUTIERREZ

                                                                                                                  HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN IN THE CARE OF BORDER PATROL, MOST OF THEM UNDER THE…

                                                                                                                  HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN IN THE CARE OF BORDER PATROL, MOST OF THEM UNDER THE AGE OF 12, AND 11,000 TOTAL IN THE SYSTEM. THE WHITE HOUSE THINKS LATINOS ARE NOT REALLY HUMAN BEINGS, SO WE CAN TREAT THEM HOWEVER WE WANT AND IT DOESN'T MATTER, AFTER ALL. IT'S NOT LIKE THEY'RE COMING FROM NORWAY. THE PRESIDENT AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAY THEY ARE ILLEGALS, WHICH IS ALSO A LIE, AND THEY KNOW IT. PEOPLE FLEEING VIOLENCE AND SYSTEMATIC RAPE AND MURDER CAN COME TO THE U.S. , CAN ASK FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM, AND IT'S 100% LEGAL UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES. EVERY ONE OF US KNOWS THAT TAKING A CHILD FROM A MOTHER IS MORALLY WRONG, EXCEPT IN THE CASE, MOST EXTREME CASES. IN THIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY, WE SOLD MILLIONS OF BLACK CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY WERE CONSIDERED PROPERTY DURING SLAVERY, AND WE STOLE NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES TO STRIP THEM OF THEIR CULTURE AND HERITAGE BECAUSE WE LABELED THEM AS SAVAGES. MOST PEOPLE THINK THESE ARE AMONG THE MOST SHAMEFUL CHAPTERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. MOST PEOPLE. BUT WE ALL KNOW HOW THE PRESIDENT FEELS ABOUT LATINO CHILDREN. HE SAYS THEY ARE, QUOTE, NOT SO INNOCENT. SO I GUESS HE THINKS THEY ARE A PROGRAM TO TURN INTO THE PEOPLE HE CALLS ANIMALS AND RAPISTS BECAUSE OF WHERE THEY WERE BORN. ACCORDING TO THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF, THE PEOPLE AT THE BORDER WILL BE, QUOTE, PUT IN FOSTER CARE OR WHATEVER. AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS HE BELIEVES THE CHILDREN WILL BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF, FOR THE MOST PART. FORGIVE ME IF I DON'T PUT MUCH STOCK IN NATIONAL LEADERS WHOSE CONCERN FOR CHILDREN INCLUDES THE TERMS, OR WHATEVER, OR FOR THE MOST PART. SO REPUBLICANS, DO NOT EVER COME TO THIS FLOOR AND CLAIM THAT YOUR PARTY SUPPORTS FAMILIES AND DEFENDS CHILDREN. YOU HAVE LOST ALL YOUR FAMILY VALUES PRIVILEGES. THIS AFTERNOON, I WILL MEET WITH FAMILIES THAT WERE BROKEN UP BECAUSE THE MEATPACKING PLANT WHERE THEIR PARENTS WORKED WERE RAIDED IN APRIL BY I.C.E. AND THE TENNESSEE STATE TROOPERS. PLEASE TELL THEM ABOUT YOUR FAMILY VALUES. WE DON'T PROVIDE LEGAL WAYS FOR THEIR PARENTS TO COME HERE BECAUSE REPUBLICANS OPPOSE LEGAL IMMIGRATION. BUT EMPLOYERS NEED THE WORKERS, AND THOSE PARENTS ARE UNDER CONSTANT THREAT OF ARREST, DEPORTATION, AND NEVER SEEING THEIR CHILDREN AGAIN. THE OWNERS OF THE PLANT THAT EMPLOYED THE WORKERS, AS FAR AS WE KNOW, NOTHING'S HAPPENED TO THEM AND THEY'RE PROBABLY GOING TO ENJOY DINNER WITH THEIR FAMILIES AGAIN TODAY. LAST WEEK IN CHICAGO AND THIS MORNING IN OHIO, A FEW HUNDRED MORE WORKING PEOPLE WERE ROUNDED UP AND THEIR CHILDREN, MOST OF WHOM ARE U.S. CITIZENS, ARE LEFT WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. IN PENNSYLVANIA, IT WAS RESTAURANT WORKERS. IN IOWA, IT WAS CONCRETE PLANT WORKERS. TEARING APART LATINO FAMILIES IS AN ELECTION YEAR STRATEGY FOR THIS WHITE HOUSE DESIGNED TO ENERGIZE REPUBLICAN VOTERS FOR PRIMARIES AND MID TERMS THIS YEAR TO RE-ELECT REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. AND LET'S NOT FORGET, THAT WHILE ALMOST 5,000 PUERTO RICANS WERE DYING, YES DYING, AND ARE STILL DYING TODAY, YOUR PRESIDENT WAS GIVING HIMSELF AN A-PLUS AND SAYING, THERE HAD BEEN NO REAL CATASTROPHE, ALL THE WHILE FAMILIES WERE TELLING US OF THE LOVED ONES THEY WERE LOVED ONES THEY WERE LOSING BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE ELECTRICITY OR MEDICINE OR A HOSPITAL. SO TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, SOME OF WHOM I LOVE DEARLY, PLEASE DON'T YOU EVER COME TO THE WELL OF THE HOUSE AND TELL THE COUNTRY YOU SUPPORT FAMILY VALUES. DON'T YOU DARE. YOUR TIME TALKING ABOUT FAMILY VALUES IS OVER.

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                                                                                                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                  THEY REPRESENT THE VOICE OF THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE, OLD AND NEW…

                                                                                                                  THEY REPRESENT THE VOICE OF THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE, OLD AND NEW GENERATIONS, WHO DESIRE NOTHING MORE THAN A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY WHERE ONE CAN BE PROSPEROUS AND LIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF REPRESSION. WHAT A CONCEPT. AND WE MUST LISTEN TO THEIR PLEAS, MR. SPEAKER. COUNTLESS OF NICARAGUANS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES, AS YOU CAN SEE ON THIS POSTER, CONFRONTING THE BRUTALITY OF THE ORTEGA REGIME DAY AFTER DAY. OVER 120 NICARAGUANS AND ONE U.S. CITIZEN HAVE BEEN KILLED AT THE HANDS OF THIS MURDEROUS REGIME IN JUST THE PAST WEEKS. OVER 1,000 NICARAGUANS HAVE BEEN INJURED, HUNDREDS CONTINUE TO DISAPPEAR. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS ON THE FLOOR YESTERDAY, AND HERE I AM AGAIN FOR THE FOURTH TIME SINCE THE REGIME'S CRACKDOWN ON THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE BEGAN ON APRIL 18 BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT IS VITAL, NOW MORE THAN EVER, FOR THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF NICARAGUA WITH A AND ITS FIGHT TO RE-ESTABLISH DEMOCRATIC ORDER. WE MUST LET THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE. EARLIER THIS WEEK, I WAS JOINED BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS IN URGING THE ADMINISTRATION TO SANCTION TWO OF ORTEGA'S MANY THUGS. FRANCISCO LOPEZ FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND CORRUPTION. FRANCISCO DEEZ, WHO HEADS THE NATIONAL -- DIAZ, WHO HEADS THE NATIONAL POLICE WHO ORCHESTRATES KILLINGS OF NICARAGUANS. BUT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHERS THAT MUST BE SANCTIONED, INCLUDING GUSTAVO, HEAD OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. SONIA CASTRO, MINISTER OF HEALTH. ROBERTO LOPEZ, PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE. AND TIRO, A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER PROFITING FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE. EACH OF THESE INDIVIDUALS IS PART OF ORTEGA'S INNER CIRCLE AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE ACTS OF CORRUPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN WIDELY REPORTED. I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO NOT DELAY ANY LONGER AND TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION TO FREEZE ASSETS, TO CANCEL VISAS, AND TO SANCTION TO THE FULL EXTENT OF OUR LAWS THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SO MUCH CORRUPTION AND SO MANY MURDERS IN NICARAGUA WITH A. WE HAVE A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD THE WAY AND HELP BRING TO JUSTICE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATROCITIES THAT WE SEE HAPPENING IN THAT COUNTRY. WE NEED TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS PAYING ATTENTION AND THAT THOSE TERRIBLE ACTS WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS CHAMBER HAS KNOWN FOR A WHILE ABOUT HOW TROUBLESOME THE ORTEGA REGIME IS, TO SAY THE LEAST, AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEAD ON THIS ISSUE AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THAT. IN OCTOBER, 2017, THIS HOUSE PASSED MY NICA ACT, WHICH SEEKS TO LEVERAGE AMERICA'S INFLUENCE BY CONDITIONING OUR VOTE AT ANY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS UNTIL NICARAGUA WITH A TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW AND STRENGTHEN DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE HAVE BEEN SILENT, SILENT. I URGE THEM TO QUIT STALLING AND TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION BY FINALLY PASSING THE NICA ACT SO WE CAN KEEP THE PRESSURE ON THAT AWFUL REGIME AND UNTIL DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM, PROSPERITY RETURN TO BEAUTIFUL NICARAGUA WITH A AND THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE FREE ONCE AGAIN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                                                  KENNEDY: MR. SPEAKER, A FEW YEARS AGO MASSACHUSETTS WAS BRACING FOR A…

                                                                                                                  KENNEDY: MR. SPEAKER, A FEW YEARS AGO MASSACHUSETTS WAS BRACING FOR A BRUTAL BLIZZARD, BRINGING EXTREME, LIFE-THREATENING WEATHER. FAMILIES WERE BUNDLING UP.

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                                                                                                                  MR. KENNEDY

                                                                                                                  SCHOOLS CANCELLED CLASS. FIRST RESPONDERS PREPARED FOR A LONG, LONG NIGHT…

                                                                                                                  SCHOOLS CANCELLED CLASS. FIRST RESPONDERS PREPARED FOR A LONG, LONG NIGHT OF CALLS. AND ONE WOMAN, SUE SMITH, WAS OPENING THE DOORS AT THE FAITH AND LIONS CHURCH IN ATLE BORROW TO WELCOME THE -- ATTLEBORO TO WELCOME THE CITY'S HOMELESS POPULATION. IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY ACT OF COMPASSION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE. BUT FOR SUE, IT WASN'T. IT WAS JUST ONE MORE DAY OF FIERCELY PROTECTING HER NEIGHBORS. ONE MORE NIGHT OF CARING FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. ONE MORE FAMILY GIVEN A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS. ONE MORE LIFE SAVED FROM HYPOTHERMIA. A FEW MONTHS AFTER THAT SNOWY, FREEZING NIGHT, I WAS HUMBLED TO INVITE SUE TO BE MY GUEST TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. SUE WAS NEVER ASKED FOR RECOGNITION OR PRAISE, BUT FEW ARE MORE DESERVING THAN SHE IS. SHE HAS NEVER ASKED FOR A HELPING HAND WHEN FACING HER OWN PERSONAL BATTLES, BUT THIS WEEK I LEARNED THAT SUE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PANCREATIC CANCER. AND ALTHOUGH I KNOW SHE WOULD NEVER ASK HER NEIGHBORS TO RETURN HER IMMENSE GRATITUDE, WE DO HAVE A MESSAGE FOR HER. SUE, WE ARE BY YOUR SIDE IN YOUR FIGHT. WE KNOW THIS CANCER WON'T STOP YOU OR EVEN SLOW YOU, BUT WE ARE HERE WITH YOU FOR WHATEVER YOU NEED. THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR BETTER ANGEL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                  THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MONDAY MARKED THE LAST DAY…

                                                                                                                  THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MONDAY MARKED THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS AT

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                                                                                                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA.

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                                                                                                                  MR. COSTA

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                                                                                                                  MR. COSTA

                                                                                                                  AND THE PAIN THAT WE'RE ALREADY FEELING DUE TO THE SHORTSIGHTED AND POORLY…

                                                                                                                  AND THE PAIN THAT WE'RE ALREADY FEELING DUE TO THE SHORTSIGHTED AND POORLY CONSIDERED DECISION THAT IS HAVE BEEN MADE. SINCE THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED ITS PLANS IN MARCH TO USE WIDE RANGING TARIFFS TO ADDRESS TRADE IMBALANCES, I HAVE BEEN WARNING THE PRESIDENT AND NATION THAT THIS IS A WRONG-HEADED APPROACH. SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE I BELIEVE AGREE. WE ALL WANT TO SEE AMERICAN JOBS SECURE AND INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR ECONOMY. THAT IS WITHOUT DOUBT. BUT RAISING BROADLY DEFINED TARIFFS WILL DO, I BELIEVE, THE OPPOSITE. WE ALL KNOW OR AT LEAST MOST OF US KNOW THAT THE MOST LIKELY EFFECT OF RAISING TARIFFS WILL BE OTHER COUNTRIES ADJUSTING THEIR TRADE MEASURES TO PROTECT THEIR ECONOMIES AND THEIR INDUSTRIES AND WORKERS. LET'S REALIZE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY WE LIVE IN TODAY MOST COUNTRIES HAVE LEVERAGE. I HOPE THE PRESIDENT REALIZES THIS. LIVE IN TODAY AND WHAT HAPPENS AS A RESULT? WE HAVE A TRADE WAR. THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING. AND I HAVE BEEN SAYING SINCE MARCH, NO ONE, MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE WINS IN A TRADE WAR. WHICH IS WHY BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS PUBLICLY EXPRESSED GRAVE CONCERNS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION'S TARIFF-BASED APPROACH TO TRADE. BEYOND THE WARNINGS AND CONCERNS, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE NOW FEELING THE NECKIVE IMPACTS OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S APPROACH OF THE WITHOUT A DOUBT OUR COUNTRY'S BEGINNING TO ENGAGE IN THESE STAGES OF A TRADE WAR. TARIFFS, FOR EXAMPLE, IN CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE, PRODUCTS, ARE ALREADY IN PLACE. 44% OF CALIFORNIA'S AGRICULTURE ECONOMY, WHICH IS THE NUMBER ONE AGRICULTURAL STATE IN THE NATION, 44% OF IT IS BASED UPON INTERNATIONAL TRADE. ALMONDS, WINES, PISTACHIOS, CITRUS ALL FACED INCREASED TARIFFS ON EXPORTS TO CHINA. THAT'S JUST THE START. IT'S ALSO TAKING PLACE IN MEXICO AND CANADA. I MET WITH CALIFORNIA ALMOND PROCESSOR YESTERDAY WHO TOLD ME AS A RESULT OF THESE TARIFFS, THE CHINESE PLACE IN MEXICO AND CANADA. I MET BUYERS ARE STAYING AWAY FROM THE TABLE. HE TOLD ME THAT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR HE USUALLY HAS SOLD A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF HIS HARVEST TO CHINESE BUYERS. BUT BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAINTY OF THESE TARIFFS, HE HASN'T SOLD A SINGLE POUND. MR. SPEAKER, THE RETAL TORREY TARIFFS IMPOSED IN REACTION TO THIS ADMINISTRATION'S STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS ARE ALREADY IMPACTING THE CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE ECONOMY, WHICH AGAIN, 44% OF IT IS BASED UPON INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND IT'S HURTING OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH MANY OF OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE, AS WELL AS OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH. YES, THERE ARE TRADE IMBALANCES IN THE GLOBAL MARKET WE LIVE IN, WE SHOULD ADDRESS THEM. THERE ARE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT WE SHOULD ADDRESS THEM. BUT THE WAY TO ADDRESS THESE TRADE IMBALANCES IS THROUGH SUCCESSFUL RENEGOTIATEATION OF NAFTA. NEGOTIATING TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH OUR EUROPEAN AND PACIFIC RISM ALLIES. THAT'S THE WAY TO DEAL -- PACIFIC RIM ALLIES. THAT'S THE WAY TO DEAL WITH IT. WE CAN'T DO IT THROUGH TRADE WARS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WHAT'S MORE, THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS MUST WORK TOGETHER ON TRADE AGREEMENTS. BASED UPON WHERE WE'RE TODAY, IT LOOKS LIKE WE'LL REQUIRE US AND CONGRESS TO REASSERT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO REGULATE INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS. THAT'S PART OF OUR JOB. THIS WILL TAKE HARD WORK, BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS, AND SERIOUS POLICY DELIBERATIONS. WHICH IN TURN REQUIRES THAT WE OVERCOME OUR PARTISAN DIVISION AND COME TOGETHER AS AMERICANS -- AMERICA'S CONGRESS. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN REAL NEGOTIATIONS AND THE TYPE OF POLICY AMERICA'S CONGRESS. I CALL ON MY DELIBERATIONS THAT OUR NATION NEEDS AND DESERVES. WE CAN DO THIS AND WE MUST DO THIS. OUR COUNTRY CURRENTLY IS BEING LED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION INTO A VERY REAL TRADE WAR. BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO STOP IT. AND IT'S CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY, FRANKLY, TO SAY, TO STOP TIME-OUT. LET'S SIT DOWN AND WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE, OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH OF US, AND IN THE PACIFIC RIM TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT. AND THAT IS TO ENSURE THAT WE PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS, AMERICAN TIME-OUT. LET'S INDUSTRIES, AMERICAN AGRICULTURE, AND, YES, THAT WE DON'T ENGAGE IN A TRADE WAR THAT WILL LEAD TO NO GOOD END. WE CAN FAKES THIS TRADE IMBALANCE, AND WE SHOULD. AND WE MUST ASSERT OURSELVES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                                                  ABRAHAM: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE INCREDIBLE CAREER OF CENTURY LINK C.E.O.

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                                                                                                                  MR. ABRAHAM

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR NOW NORTH LOUISIANA. I WISH GLENN A VERY HAPPY AND RECOGNIZES…

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR NOW NORTH LOUISIANA. I WISH GLENN A VERY HAPPY AND RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                  MR. GALLEGO

                                                                                                                  WE HAVE ALL HEARD DEMRAINTS ABOUT THE THEFT OF TRADE SECRETS BY Z.T.E. AND…

                                                                                                                  WE HAVE ALL HEARD DEMRAINTS ABOUT THE THEFT OF TRADE SECRETS BY Z.T.E. AND OTHER CHINESE COMPANIES. WHEN AMERICAN COMPANIES ARE FORCED INTO LICENSING AND DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS WITH CHINESE STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISE AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY IS AS GOOD AS STOLEN. WE ALL SAT THROUGH HEARINGS AND BRIEFINGS ON A SIGNIFICANT THREAT THAT Z.T.E. AND HITS BROTHER POSED TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT'S WHY IT'S CONCERNING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DECIDED TO LET Z.T.E. OFF THE HOOK FOR SECRETLY DOING BUSINESS WITH IRAN AND NORTH KOREA. OF COURSE THIS DECISION WASN'T THE ONLY ONE AFFECTING INTERNATIONAL TRADE THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE IN RECENT WEEKS. HE'S IMPOSING TARIFFS ON OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE, CANADA, AND MEXICO. HIS AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY HAS DISGRACED HIMSELF IN THE CAPITAL OF OUR BIGGEST EUROPEAN PARTNER. HE CONTINUES TO INSULT OUR BEST TRADING PARTNERS BY LABELING THEM AS SECURITY THREATS. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. DONALD TRUMP IS GIVING AID AND COMFORT TO Z.T.E. , A KNOWN CORPORATE ENEMY OF AMERICA, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME GOING OUT OF HIS WAY TO ALIENATE OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS AND ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD. BUT WHY? I'M SURE IT'S JUST A FLUKE THAT TRUMP IS ALLOWING Z.T.E. TO RESUME ITS PURCHASES OF U.S. TECHNOLOGY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING CHINA'S DECISION TO AWARD IVANKA SEVEN NEW TRADEMARKS. I'M POSITIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP COULD DEAL WITH Z.T.E. RIGHT AWAY AFTER VARIOUS ENTITIES OFFERED AWARD $1 BILLION IN FINANCING TO RESORTS WITH TIES TO THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION. THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE HERE, SAYS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. DON'T ASK ANY QUESTIONS. DON'T DEMAND INFORMATION. JUST LOOK THE OTHER WAY. HOW DO WE GET HERE, MR. SPEAKER? WHERE IS THE GRAND OLD PARTY AS DONALD TRUMP ERODES OUR ALLIANCES, MAKES NICE WITH OUR ENEMIES, AND IGNITES A GLOBAL TRADE WAR. WE NEED TO GET TO THE BOTTOM WHETHER THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO WITH CHINA OVER Z.T.E. WE NEED TO GET TO WORK ON TOUGH LEGISLATION TO KEEP CHINA FROM ARETIRING AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY SPEPS THAT WITH DEFENSE CAPABILITIES. WITH BROTHE SUPPORT FROM BOTH PARTIES THERE HAVE BEEN BILLS INTRODUCED. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BRING THOSE BIPARTISAN BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. THAT IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT. THEY WANT THIS BODY TO STAND UP TO AMERICA'S ADVERSARIES AND STAND UP FOR AMERICA'S LAWS AND VALUES. THEY WANT TO US REASSERT OUR POWER AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. TRUMP IS TEARING DOWN AMERICA'S ALLIANCES. WE MUST PRESERVE THEM. TRUMP IS SUCKING UP TO DICTATORS AND REGRESSIVE REGIMES AROUND THE WORLD. WE MUST CONDEMN THEM. MORE IMPORTANTLY, TRUMP AND HIS CRONIES ARE USING THE PRESIDENCY TO ENRICH THEMSELVES AND WE MUST STOP THEM. LET'S PUT AN END TO THE TRUMP BUSINESS MODEL, QUID PRO QUO, PLAY TO -- PAY TO PLAY, THIS FOR THAT. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO SAY OUT LOUD WHAT MANY WHISPER HERE IN THESE HALLWAYS. CODDLING CHINESE COMPANIES LIKE Z.T.E. IS RECKLESS AND BAD FOR AMERICA. THEY ARE USING HIGH OFFICE FOR PERSONAL GAIN IS FLAT OUT WRONG. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                  PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.…

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

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                                                                                                                  MR. FITZPATRICK

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

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

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                                                                                                                  MR. CROWLEY

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                                                                                  MR. CROWLEY

                                                                                                                  MR.

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                                                                                                                  KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICA'S WINNING AGAIN. EARLIER IN WEEK…

                                                                                                                  KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICA'S WINNING AGAIN. EARLIER IN WEEK MARKED THE 500TH DAY OF THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION.

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                                                                                                                  MR. KELLY

                                                                                                                  LAST FRIDAY'S NEW JOBS REPORT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WAS A REMINDER OF…

                                                                                                                  LAST FRIDAY'S NEW JOBS REPORT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WAS A REMINDER OF JUST HOW POSITIVE THESE FIRST 500 DAYS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN FOR AMERICA. THIS IS NOT JUST GOOD NEWS. THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR ALL AMERICANS. A "NEW YORK TIMES" HEADLINE PROCLAIMED, WE RAN OUT OF WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW GOOD THE JOBS NUMBERS ARE. ACCORDING TO CNBC, THE HEADLINE WAS, THERE ARE MORE JOBS THAN PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. SOMETHING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE. THE FRONT PAGE OF "THE NEW YORK POST" WAS MORE SUCCINCT. IT SAID, WE'RE IN THE MONEY. NOW, HERE'S JUST A FEW SNAPSHOTS. THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO JUST 3.8% IS NOW MATCHING ITS LOWEST RATE SINCE 1969. MORE THAN ONE MILLION NEW JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IN DECEMBER. MORE THAN 3. 4 MILLION NEW JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED SINCE THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE, INCLUDING 322,000 NEW JOBS IN MANUFACTURING. MORE THAN 6. 6 MILLION JOB OPENINGS NOW EXIST THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS AN ALL-TIME HIGH. IN THAT SAME "NEW YORK POST" EDITION, LET ME READ TO YOU SOME STATS THAT I THINK ARE JUST OUTSTANDING. LET'S LOOK AT UNEMPLOYMENT IN 2010 VERSUS 2018. WE'LL LOOK AT IT BY GENDER AND BY RACE. IN 2010, 9. 6% OF MEN WERE IN UNEMPLOYMENT. 3. 5%. IN 2010, 8.6% OF WOMEN WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 3.3%. FOR BLACKS IN 2010, 16.6% UNEMPLOYMENT. TODAY, 5. 9% UNEMPLOYMENT. FOR HISPANICS IN 2010, 12.9% UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 4.9%. FOR ASIAN AMERICANS IN 2010, 8. 6% WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 2.1%. BY AGE, IN THE 16-19 CATEGORY, IN 2010, 26. 2% WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY IN 2018, 12.8%. IN THE 20-24 RANGE, IN 2010, 17.2% WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 7.1%. IN THE 25-54 RANGE, 8.9% IN 2010 WERE UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 3.1%. 55 AND OVER YOU'RE LOOKING AT, IN 2010, 7. 6% UNEMPLOYED. TODAY, 2.8%. WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE ALSO STEADILY GROWN. ALMOST 3% OVER THE PAST YEAR. THEY CONTINUE TO CLIMB. FURTHERMORE, ACCORDING TO THE I.M.D. , WORLD COMPETITOR CENTER'S 2018 RANKING, THE UNITED STATES HAS ALREADY OVERTAKEN HONG KONG AS THE NUMBER ONE MOST COMPETITIVE ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. THANKS TO FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THE SUPPORT OF ATMOSPHERE FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION. ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY, THE UNITED STATES WILL BE THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL PRODUCER BY 2023. NONE OF THIS GOOD NEWS WAS INEVITABLE. NONE OF OUR COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC MOMENTUM IS ACCIDENTAL. NOTHING ABOUT THIS HISTORICALLY STRONG ECONOMY AND ITS BENEFITS FOR EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN ARE GUARANTEED TO BE PERMANENT. ALL OF THIS GREAT NEWS WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE CONSERVATIVE PRO-GROWTH POLICIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS CONGRESS. FROM LOWERING TAXES TO CUTTING RED TAPE TO EXPANDING ENERGY PRODUCTION. AS WE EMBARK ON THE NEXT 500 DAYS OF THIS PRESIDENCY, THE FACTS CANNOT BE DENIED, BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD, AMERICA IS WINNING AGAIN, AND I THINK SOMETIMES WHEN YOU SIT AND YOU LISTEN TO THE TALK ON THIS FLOOR, YOU WOULD THINK THAT WE'RE NOT ALSO FROM A DIFFERENT UNIVERSE, WE'RE FROM DIFFERENT GALAXY. ONE SIDE PAINTS AMERICA ALL DOOM AND GLOOM AND HOW HORRIBLE IT IS. THE OTHER SIDE TALKS ABOUT OPPORTUNITY, TALKS ABOUT JOB GROWTH, TALKS ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND TALKS ABOUT HOW AMERICA IS WINNING AGAIN. I WOULD ASK MY FELLOW AMERICANS TO REMEMBER THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S FLOOR. IT DOES NOT BELONG TO REPUBLICANS. IT DOES NOT BELONG TO DEMOCRATS. IT BELONGS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE WINNING AGAIN AS A COUNTRY, AS BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS. WE ARE WINNING AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WIN. AS I SAID EARLIER, NOTHING ABOUT THIS HAS BEEN ACCIDENTAL. NOTHING ABOUT THIS HAS BEEN CASUAL. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED BY CHANCE. IT IS PRO-GROWTH POLICY THAT CONTINUES TO MAKE SURE AMERICA WINS AGAIN FOR EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. I YIELD BACK. .

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                                                                                                                  GREEN: MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN

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                                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                                  I'M PROUD TO RICE AND STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

                                                                                                                  I'M PROUD TO RICE AND STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES --RISE AND STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. MR. SPEAKER, I PROUD TO SALUTE THE FLAG. I SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. AND I BELIEVE IN WHAT THE FLAG STANDS FOR, LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I FIND NOW THAT THE FLAG IS BEING USED AS A TOOL TO SUPPRESS WHAT IT STANDS FOR. LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. MR. SPEAKER, PEACEFUL PROTEST IS HOW I ARRIVED IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IF NOT BUT FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST, I PROBABLY, MOST LIKELY, AND BELIEVE IN THE SINCEREST CORNERS OF MY HEART THAT I WOULD NOT BE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. PEACEFUL PROTEST HAS BROUGHT ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT PEACEFUL PROTEST IS NOW UNDER ASSAULT FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND. THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY. PEACEFUL PROTEST IS UNDER ATTACK , AND I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO DEFEND PEACEFUL PROTEST. I RISE ESPECIALLY TO DEFEND IT AS IT UNDER ASSAULT FROM THE HIGHEST RELATES TO THE FLAG, BECAUSE THE FLAG STANDS FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. PEACEFUL PROTEST IS ABOUT LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SHARE A FOR ALL. PEACEFUL PROTEST VERY SHOCKING PIECE OF INFORMATION, PERHAPS NOT SHOCKING TO SOME, BUT IT SHOULD SHOCK OUR CONSCIOUS. THIS WAS COMPILED BY THE GUARDIAN AND REPORTED BY FOX. THE INFORMATION IS AS FOLLOWS. RACIAL MINORITIES MAKE UP 37. 4% OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. SOME THINGS BEAR REPEATING. 34. 7% --37.4% OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. AND 62. 7% OF THE UNARMED PEOPLE KILLED BY POLICE. 37. 4% OF THE POPULATION. 62. 7% OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNARMED AND KILLED BY WHO ARE UNARMED AND KILLED BY THE POLICE. WHY WOULDN'T WE PROTEST THIS? WHY WOULDN'T SOMEBODY DECIDE THAT THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND I WILL PEACEFULLY PROTEST IT? WHY WOULDN'T SOMEONE TAKE A KNEE AT A FOOTBALL IS GAME TO PROTEST THIS? WHY WOULD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FIND REASON TO LINK THAT PEACEFUL PROTEST TO DISRESPECT FOR THE FLAG. WHEN THE FLAG STANDS FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. THAT'S GOT TO INCLUDE THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY THE POLICE. AND BY THE WAY, DOESN'T MATTER HOW GREAT THE ECONOMY IS. THEIR LIVES WILL NOT BE BROUGHT BACK. DOESN'T MATTER HOW MANY JOBS PEOPLE HAVE. THOSE LIVES WILL NEVER RETURN. SO BEING COMFORTABLE AND BEING ABLE TO SAY I GOT A GREAT JOB WON'T BRING BACK PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SAD COMMENTARY WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BRINGS PEACEFUL PROTEST MR. SPEAKER, INTO DISPUTE AS IT RELATES TO THE FLAG. I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A DUTY AND OBLIGATION TO PROTEST WRONG WHEN WE SEE IT. IT IS AS OLD AS THE PILGRIMS LANDING AT PLYMOUTH ROCK. IT'S AS OLD AS THE BOSTON TEA PARTY. IT'S AS OLD AS THE NATURALERS COMING TO WASHINGTON, D.C. IN THEIR TRACTORS TO PROTEST. PEACEFUL PROTEST IS AT THE FOUNDATION OF THIS NATION. FOR US TO ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO ASSAULT AND ATTACK PEACEFUL PROTEST BY AND THROUGH THE FLAG, WHICH STANDS FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, IS AN INSULT TO THE COUNTRY. SO I -- HERE'S WHAT I PROPOSE TO DO BY WAY OF STANDING AGAINST WHAT THE PRESIDENT SEEMS TO STAND FOR. HE HAS BROUGHT MR. KAEPERNICK INTO DISREPUTE. THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD DO. I PLAN TO SALUTE HIM. I WILL HAVE A FLAG FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO SALUTE HIM FOR HIS COURAGE, FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER THE SLINGS AND ARROWS THAT HAVE BEEN THROWN AT HIM FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND TO PROTECT LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, WHICH IS WHAT THE FLAG STANDS FOR. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                  NORMAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TELL THIS BODY ABOUT A TREMENDOUS…

                                                                                                                  NORMAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TELL THIS BODY ABOUT A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS STORY WITH HEALTH CARE IN MY DISTRICT. THE STORY OF MY FREE MEDICAL CLINICS AND MEMBERSHIP IN AND LONG TIME ASSOCIATION THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA FREE CLINIC ASSOCIATION. FOUNDED IN 2001 UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, THE SOUTH SOUTH CAROLINA FREE CLINIC ASSOCIATION IS AN INDEPENDENT, NONPROFIT MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES TRAINING, RESEARCH, RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, AND ADVOCACY TO MEMBER-FREE CLINICS.

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                                                                                                                  MR. NORMAN

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR IS PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR.…

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR IS PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLEAVER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                                                  AND, OF COURSE, FOR HIS 17 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO HIS FELLOW MAN.…

                                                                                                                  AND, OF COURSE, FOR HIS 17 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO HIS FELLOW MAN. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN OUR NORTHEAST TEXAS COMMUNITY FOR HIS BRAVE AND SELFLESS SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ON BEHALF OF THE 3/4 OF A MILLION TEXANS THAT I REPRESENT ACROSS THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF TEXAS, I OFFER MY MOST SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND LOVED ONES AND I WISH GOD SPEED TO YOU, VERY SPECIAL AGENT SCOTT RATIONDALE. I YIELD BACK. -- RAGSDALE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                  WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, PASTOR EDDIE BEVILL, PARKRIDGE…

                                                                                                                  WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, PASTOR EDDIE BEVILL, PARKRIDGE CHURCH, CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                                  THE CHAPLAIN

                                                                                                                  YOUR OMNISCIENCE, OMNIPOTENCE. THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS ROOM HAVE BEEN…

                                                                                                                  YOUR OMNISCIENCE, OMNIPOTENCE. THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS ROOM HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK BUT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH YOU. I PRAY FOR THEIR HEALTH, THEIR FAMILY, THEIR STAFF, AND THEIR WISDOM. PLEASE GUIDE THEM SO THEY MAY BH ABLE TO LEAD FOR THE GOOD OF ALL PEOPLE. WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU BUT TO DO JUSTICE, LOVE KINDNESS AND WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD. MAY THIS SCRIPTURE BE THE MARCHING ORDERS FOR THOSE WHO SERVE IN THIS IMPORTANT POSITION, MAY THEIR DECISIONS PROMOTE HARMONY IN THE U.S. AND THE WORLD. IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, I PRAY, AMEN.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER

                                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE…

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

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

                                                                                                                  THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APROVED.

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                                                                                                                  I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                                                                                  MR. WILSON

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                                                                                                                  PINGREE.

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                                                                                                                  ALL PLUG THE SPEAKER: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

                                                                                                                  ALL PLUG THE SPEAKER: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                                                  MR. DEUTCH

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE…

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR IRIS LUNDINE, FIRST LIEUTENANT IN THE…

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR IRIS LUNDINE, FIRST LIEUTENANT IN THE MARINE CORPS WHO ENLISTED IN THE MARINE CORPS IN 1943.

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                                                                                                                  SHE EARNED HER TEACHING DEGREE AND WAS ONLY TWO YEARS OUT OF COLLEGE…

                                                                                                                  SHE EARNED HER TEACHING DEGREE AND WAS ONLY TWO YEARS OUT OF COLLEGE WORKING AT A SUMMER JOB WHEN SHE HEARD THE CALL TO SERVE HER COUNTRY. SHE HEARD IT THROUGH SLOGANS LIKE UNCLE SAM NEEDS YOU, AND, FREE A MAN TO FIGHT.

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                                                                                                                  MR. DAVIS

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

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

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                                                                                                                  HIGGINS: MR. SPEAKER, THE ADMINISTRATION'S RECKLESS USE OF TERRORISTS ARE…

                                                                                                                  HIGGINS: MR. SPEAKER, THE ADMINISTRATION'S RECKLESS USE OF TERRORISTS ARE INFLICTING HARM IN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING MINE IN WESTERN NEW YORK. THE HARM IS REAL IN THE MEDIA.

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                                                                                                                  MR. HIGGINS

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                                                                                                                  MR. HIGGINS

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

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                                                                                                                  THE 2007 -- 2017 HURRICANE SEASON BROUGHT WITH IT 17 NAMED STORMS OF WHICH…

                                                                                                                  THE 2007 -- 2017 HURRICANE SEASON BROUGHT WITH IT 17 NAMED STORMS OF WHICH SIX WERE MAJOR HURRICANES. THESE STORMS CAUSED HAVE TO EVER ENDURE THAT AGAIN. AS A RESIDENT OF STATEN ISLAND WHERE SUPERSTORM SANDY CAN BE FAULT, MY DISTRICT HAS SEEN THIS WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTION.

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                                                                                                                  MR. DORN VAN

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

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

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                                                                                                                  GREEN: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S 50 MILLION SENIORS WHO RELY ON

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                                                                                                                  MEDICARE. MEDICARE INSURES AMERICANS, PROTECTING FAMILIES FROM…

                                                                                                                  MEDICARE. MEDICARE INSURES AMERICANS, PROTECTING FAMILIES FROM BANKRUPTING, ENSURING OUR SENIORS CAN ENJOY RETIREMENT AND PASS ON LIFE LESSONS TO THEIR GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. THE MEDICARE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY THE PROGRAM'S TRUST FUND WILL BE EXHAUSTED BY 2026.

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                                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

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

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

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                                                                                                                  MR. WILSON

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

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

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                                                                                                                  SEWELL: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS A CRISIS FACING RURAL…

                                                                                                                  SEWELL: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS A CRISIS FACING RURAL AMERICA, THE DETERIORATION OF WATER AND WASTE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES.

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

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

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                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES FACES NO GREATER MENACE THAN OUR INABILITY TO…

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES FACES NO GREATER MENACE THAN OUR INABILITY TO LIMIT OUR DEBT AND BALANCE OUR BUDGET. OUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL PAY FOR THE PRICE OR OUR DERELICTION OF DUTY AND WE WILL SEE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE FUNDS DEPLETED.

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                                                                                                                  MR. BIGGS

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE SEEK…

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

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                                                                                                                  PINGREE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE PASSED…

                                                                                                                  PINGREE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 8, THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT, WHICH I PROUDLY VOTED FOR. I WANT TO LEND MY VOICE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND ITS IMPORTANT IMPORTANCE TO THE STATE OF -- ITS IMPORTANCE TO THE STATE OF MAINE WHICH HAS PORTS UP AND DOWN OUR COASTLINE. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED WRDA IN CAMPO, MAINE. THIS IS A REMEDIATION FROM THE JETTY THAT WAS BUILT IN THE 1800'S. IT HAS CAUSED EROSION AND RECEDING COASTLINE THAT YEAR BEFORE YEAR, STORM BY STORM, HAS NEARLY WASHED OUT THE HOMES OF NEARLY 40. THE ARMY CORPS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR YEARS TO GET THIS PROJECT OFF THE GROUND AND WE ARE FINALLY SEEING PROGRESS. IN THE PAST YEAR THERE HAS BEEN NEW ENERGY AROUND THIS AND I WANT TO COMMEND ALL THE PARTIES FOR THEIR PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION IN GETTING THIS DONE.

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

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

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                                                                                                                  GIANFORTE: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE HOUSE TO TAKE UP THE FOREST REFORM THAT…

                                                                                                                  GIANFORTE: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE HOUSE TO TAKE UP THE FOREST REFORM THAT THIS CHAMBER PASSED MORE THAN SEVEN MONTHS AGO. LAST YEAR, WILDFIRES BURNED MORE THAN 1.

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                                                                                                                  2 MILLION ACRES IN MONTANA, AN AREA THE SIZE OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE. . I…

                                                                                                                  2 MILLION ACRES IN MONTANA, AN AREA THE SIZE OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE. . I MET WITH FIREFIGHTERS ON THE GROUND AND SAW THE DEVASTATIONISM MET WITH FAMILIES AND HEARD ABOUT THEIR ANXIETY ABOUT THE AIR QUALITY FOR THEIR KIDS. I MET WITH MONTANANS WORRIED THAT THEIR LIVELIHOOD WOULD GO UP IN FLAMES. OUR COMMUNITIES PULLED TOGETHER, HELPING NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR, JUST AS MONTANANS DO. THE BAD NEWS IS THAT FORECASTERS PROJECT ANOTHER SEVERE FIRE SEASON THIS YEAR. WE NEED TO START MANAGING OUR FORESTS AGAIN. WHILE THERE'S BEEN SOME PROGRESS, MORE WORK REMAINS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR FORESTS AND REDUCE THE SEVERITY OF WILDFIRES. I CALL ON THE SENATE TO END THE OBSTRUCTION AND PASS FOREST MANAGEMENT REFORMS. MONTANANS NEED THEM TO ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                  SPEAKER. THE TRUMP IMPACT HAS INSTITUTED A CRUEL POLICY, CRUEL ON THE…

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER. THE TRUMP IMPACT HAS INSTITUTED A CRUEL POLICY, CRUEL ON THE CHILDREN, CRUEL ON MOTHERS SEEKING RELIEF FROM VIOLENCE AND RAPE. THE CRUEL PRACTICE OF SEPARATING A CHILD FROM HER MOTHER WHEN THE MOTHER PRESENTS HERSELF AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SEEKING SAFETY. THE CRUEL POLICY IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION, WILLFUL, VOLUNTARY, CALCULATED DECISION TO MAKE IT A CRIME FOR A MOTHER TO DO WHAT MOTHERS DO EVERYWHERE AND ALWAYS, PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN.

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                                                                                                                  MR. WELCH

                                                                                                                  SENDING A CHILD TO ONE PLACE, STRANGE, UNKNOWN, UNFAMILIAR. AND THE PARENT…

                                                                                                                  SENDING A CHILD TO ONE PLACE, STRANGE, UNKNOWN, UNFAMILIAR. AND THE PARENT TO ANOTHER. NEITHER KNOWING WHEN, IF EVER, THEY WILL BE REUNITED. THIS POLICY IS NOT ONLY CRUEL, IT'S UNNECESSARY AND INEFFECTIVE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT MUST END THIS UN-AMERICAN CRUELTY NOW AND FOREVER. I YIELD BACK.

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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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                                                                                                                  AS A COMMUNITY WE'RE GRATEFUL TO HAVE THEM IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT'S AN HONOR…

                                                                                                                  AS A COMMUNITY WE'RE GRATEFUL TO HAVE THEM IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT'S AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THE COUNTRY AND THOSE WHO PLAYED SUCH A VITAL ROLE IN THE ECONOMY OF NORTHERN INDIANA FOR DECADES. ON BEHALF OF HOOSIER, I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE AT JACO FOR AN AMAZING 50 YEARS AND LOOK FWARS TO MORE TO COME.

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                                                                                                                  MS. WHAT HORSEKY

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

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

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                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY IS A CHRISTIAN LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE…

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY IS A CHRISTIAN LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE LOCATED IN MY HOMETOWN IN FLORIDA. THE UNIVERSITY IS KNOWN FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING STUDENT WITH A SPIRIT-EMPOWERED, CHRIST-CENTERED EDUCATION WITH AN INTEGRATION OF FAITH, LEARNING AND SERVICE. TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE AN IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY.

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

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

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                                                                                                                  SPEAKER FBLET TODAY I'M -- MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I'M PROUD TO RECK NICE…

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER FBLET TODAY I'M -- MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I'M PROUD TO RECK NICE DENNIS WILLIAMS AS HE RETIRES FROM THE UNITED AUTO WORKERS AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE UNION AND TO OUR COUNTRY. I'VE KNOWN DENNIS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER HE HAS LED THE FIGHT TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BAR GAINING AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL WORKERS, NOT JUST THOSE IN THE UNION HAVE FAIR PAY AND SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS. LIKE THE AUMPLET W. ITSELF, DENNIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN COMMITTED TO SECURING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR WORKERS. HIS EXPERIENCE HAS CARRIED HIM THROUGH THE DIVERSE SECTORS OF THE U.A.W.

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                                                                                                                  , GIVING HIM EXPERTISE ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. HE STARTED AT U.A.W. LOCAL 806…

                                                                                                                  , GIVING HIM EXPERTISE ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. HE STARTED AT U.A.W. LOCAL 806 AS A SALVAGE WELDER. SERVED IN MANY POSITIONS, BAR GAINING CHAIRMAN, INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, REGION 4 DIRECTOR, BEFORE BECOMING INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT IN 2016. DENNIS WILLIAMS' SERVICE AND SUCCESS AT THE BARGAINING TABLE LED TO A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE U.A.W. 'S MORE THAN 400,000 WORKERS IN 580,000 RETIREES, MANY OF WHOM I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT IN MY HOME DISTRICT. I'M GRATEFUL TO WORK WITH LEADERS LIKE DENNIS WHO CHANGED OUR COMMUNITIES FOR THE BETTER AND WE WILL MISS DENNIS WILLIAMS' VOICE AND HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE UNION BUT WE KNOW IT WON'T BE LOST TO THE COUNTRY AS HE BEGIN THIS IS NEXT CHAPTER IN HIS LIFE. CONGRATULATIONS, DENNIS, ON WORK WELL DONE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                                                                                                  MR. YOHO

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

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

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                                                                                                                  I JOIN HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND SERVICE TO THE…

                                                                                                                  I JOIN HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND SERVICE TO THE RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, COMMUNITY. RAFAEL WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE BAY AREA WHERE HE ATTENDED STANFORD UNIVERSITY. HE WENT ON TO SERVE AS EDITOR FOR DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS AND COVERED A VARIETY OF TOOPICS RELATING TO THE WORLD WAR II HOME FRONT NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, ROSIE THE RIVETER PARK IN RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA. IN 2007 HE BEGAN VOLUNTEERING WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AT ROSIE THE RIVETER, EDITING EXHIBITS, CONDUCTING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPING INTERACTIVE YOUTH

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                                                                                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                                  THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW…

                                                                                                                  THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW THE V.A.

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                                                                                                                  MISSION ACT WHICH TAKES A NUMBER OF STEPS TOWARD GIVING OUR VETERANS THE…

                                                                                                                  MISSION ACT WHICH TAKES A NUMBER OF STEPS TOWARD GIVING OUR VETERANS THE CARE THEY KE SERVE. -- THEY DESERVE. THINK BILL, THE VETS ACT, WAS INCLUDED IN THIS LARGER PACKAGE AND WILL ALLOW V.A. EMPLOYEE DOCTORS TO PRACTICE TELEMEDICINE ACROSS STATE LINES THIS EV.A.

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                                                                                                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                                                                                                  HAS AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL TELEMEDICINE PROGRAM, BOOSTING AN -- BOASTING…

                                                                                                                  HAS AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL TELEMEDICINE PROGRAM, BOOSTING AN -- BOASTING AN 88% SATISFACTION RATING BUT OUTDATED REGULATIONS RESTRICTED THE PROGRAM FROM GROWING TO ACHIEVE ITS FULL POTENTIAL. THE ACT WILL NOW ALLOW V.A. DOCTORS TO USE TELEMEDICINE TO SEE PATIENTS IN ANY STATE OR LOCATION INCLUDING THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOMES. THIS IS ESPECIALLY HELPFUL FOR VETERANS BATTLING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, WHO HAVE HAD A HARD TIME TRAVELING TO A V.A. FACILITY OR LIVE IN RURAL AREAS. OUR VETERAN DECEMBER SERVE THE BEST CARE AVAILABLE TO THEM AND THE VETS ACT IS ONE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE V.A. MISSION ACT THAT WILL ADVANCE THIS CARE. I COMMEND THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGNING THIS BILL INTO LAW. TELEMEDICINE IS BETTER ACCESS, BETTER CARE AND TRUE HEALTH CARE REFORM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                  MR. VEASEY

                                                                                                                  FROM OBSERVING LOCAL TARRANT COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RACES TO STATEWIDE…

                                                                                                                  FROM OBSERVING LOCAL TARRANT COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RACES TO STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN, PAULINE KNEW HER CALLING WAS ACTIVISM AND SHE BECAME A FIERCE LEADER FOR THE LATINO COMMUNITY AND FOR WOMEN. WHEN HAW PAU LEAN GOT TOLD TO DIAL IT DOWN THAT MEANT FOR PAULINE SHE NEEDED TO DIAL IT UP. SHE WON THE RESPECT OF MINORITY GROUPS ACROSS TEXAS AS SHE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUAILITY. AS A PRECINCT CHAIR AND ELECTION JUDGE SHE BECAME AN ICON IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY FOR GIVING VOICE TO THOSE WHO FELT SILENCED. SHE CANVASSED FOR JOHN KENNEDY AND MARCH AID LONGSIDE CAESAR CHAVEZ. SHE SPOKE ABOUT RAISING THE LEVEL OF DISCOURSE IN THE COUNTRY AND NATURAL IN 016 WHEN THE FIRST FEMALE CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT WAS ON THE BALLOT SHE TEAMED UP WITH LOCAL GROUPS TO GET OUT THE VOTE. THE CITY OF FORTH FWREEFS HER LOS. I SAW PAULINE, THE LAST TIME I SAY HER WAS AT A CINCO DEMAYO EVENT SHE CAME UP AND GAVE ME A BIG HUG. THAT'S THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS. SO INSPIRING, SO ENCOURAGE, WE'RE GOING TO MISS HER VERY MUCH. HER WORK AND LEGACY WILL LIVE ON IN FORT WORTH FOR DECADES AN YEARS AND YEARS TO COME. EVERYONE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU, MY FRIEND, PAULINE, I KNOW THAT YOU'RE LOOKING DOWN AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAD ABOUT YOUR LOSS BUT KNOW THAT YOU'VE MADE -- HELPED MAKE FORT WORTH A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE FOR ALL OF US. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                  MS. CHINA

                                                                                                                  MS. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                  MS. CHENEY

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                                                                                                                  MS. CHENEY

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK…

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

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                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TOO HONOR THE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY LOCATED IN MY…

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TOO HONOR THE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT FOR 75 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO OUR

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                                                                                                                  NATION. THE ACTA NON VERBA, THAT'S DEEDS, NOT WORDS, SOMETHING WE ALL NEED…

                                                                                                                  NATION. THE ACTA NON VERBA, THAT'S DEEDS, NOT WORDS, SOMETHING WE ALL NEED TO STRIVE FOR. THE MID SHIPMEN AND FWRAD WITS -- GRADUATES OF THE ACADEMY HAVE FAITHFULLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN TIMES OF WAR AND PEACE AND FOR THAT WE ARE ALL ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1943, THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY HAS DEVELOPED A RICH HISTORY OF MILITARY AND MARITIME SERVICE. IT'S THE ONLY SERVICE ACADEMY WHOSE STUDENTS ENGAGE IN COMBAT DURING TIMES OF WAR. IN FACT, 142 OF ITS STUDENTS GAVE THEIR LIVES ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY DURING WORLD WAR II. IN 1974, THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY BECAME THE FIRST SERVICE ACADEMY TO ADMIT WOMEN. AFTER THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS, STAFF AND MID SHIPMEN EVACUATED CIVILIANS FROM LOWER MAN MATAN AND TRANSPORTED FIRST RESPONDERS AND SUPPLIES TO GROUND ZERO.

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                                                                                                                  MR. SUOZZI

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE U.S.…

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                                  MS. PLASKETT

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                                                                                                                  THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE HOMES, BUSINESSES, AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE…

                                                                                                                  THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE HOMES, BUSINESSES, AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE HAVE YET TO BE REPAIRED. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT ANY FUNDS AUTHORIZED AND INTENDED TO BE ALLOCATED FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS BE RELEASED TO THE TERRITORY IMMEDIATELY.

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                                                                                                                  MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                                                  WHILE THE FEDERAL FUNDING DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FULL AMOUNT OR ALL OF THE…

                                                                                                                  WHILE THE FEDERAL FUNDING DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FULL AMOUNT OR ALL OF THE REQUESTS OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, IT WILL HELP SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE REBUILDING EFFORTS TO CREATE BETTER HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES, TO HELP BUILD A RESILIENT UTILITY SYSTEM, BEARING LINES, CREATING MICROGRIDS, AND RENEWABLES IN OUR ENERGY PORTFOLIO. DUE TO THE POSITION OF THE U.S. TERRITORIES, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS HAS BEEN ABLE TO PAY CONTRACTORS UPFRONT FOR CRITICAL REPAIRS. WE DON'T HAVE THE MILLIONS TO PAY UPFRONT AND SEEK REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT. TREASURY AND ITS SECRETARY HAS BEEN UNWILLING TO LEND US OR LOAN US UNDER REASONABLE TERMS THE MONEY THAT CONGRESS ALLOCATED FOR US TO BE LOANED. I'M REQUESTING THAT THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY EXPEDITE THE RELEASE FOR THE ESSENTIAL POWER PROGRAM IMMEDIATELY SO THAT PROJECT CONTRACTS -- SUBCONTRACTORS MAY BE PAID AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN CONTRACTORS LAY OFF WORKERS, OUR ECONOMY FALTERS. AS HURRICANE SEASON IS BEGINNING, THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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                                                                                                                  3249, AN A COUNTY TO AUTHORIZE THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT…

                                                                                                                  3249, AN A COUNTY TO AUTHORIZE THE PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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

                                                                                                                  RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R.

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM…

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

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                                                                                                                  THIS RULE MAKES 39 AMENDMENTS IN ORDER TO THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL.

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                                                  SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, FEBRUARY 9 OF THIS YEAR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

                                                                                                                  SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, FEBRUARY 9 OF THIS YEAR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED THE MOST GENEROUS EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1996.

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                  MR. GIBBS

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE THE…

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

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                                                                                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                                                                                  THAT'S TRILLION WITH A T. NOW THEY ARE ACTING LIKE THEY ARE GREAT DEFICIT…

                                                                                                                  THAT'S TRILLION WITH A T. NOW THEY ARE ACTING LIKE THEY ARE GREAT DEFICIT HAWKS FOR BRINGING FORWARD A BILL THAT RESCINDS $15 BILLION IN FEDERAL SPENDING, THAT'S BILLION WITH A B. A TINY FRACTION OF THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS THEY SPENT ON TAX CUTS. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE SOME GREAT SCHOLAR TO SEE THIS DISPARITY. IT'S RIGHT HERE ON THIS CHART. THIS REALLY BIG RED BAR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT PLUNGES DOWN TO NEARLY $2 TRILLION, THAT REPRESENTS THE IMPACT THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL AND THE DEFICIT. IT'S ACTUALLY $1.9 TRILLION. IT'S NOT GOOD. THAT REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY TINY SMALL BAR ON THE RIGHT, THAT REPRESENTS THE SO-CALLED SAVINGS THAT THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE. FOR THOSE IN THE GALLERY, YOU ARE GOING TO NEED BIKNOCK CUE LARS TO SEE THAT LINE. TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, I'M HAPPY TO LEND YOU MY BIFOCALS SO YOU CAN SEE HOW INCONSEQUENTIAL THIS RESCISSION PACKAGE IS IN TERMS OF DEALING WITH OUR DEFICIT. DON'T GET ME WRONG. $15 BILLION IS A LOT OF MONEY. BUT IN THE CONTEXT OF WHAT THIS REPUBLICAN HOUSE HAS DONE TO OUR DEFICIT, BLOWING A HOLE IN IT TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO THE MEGARICH, IN THAT CONTEXT IT ISN'T EVEN A DOWN PAYMENT ON FIXING THE DEFICIT. THIS BILL ISN'T THE RESULT OF SOME GREAT PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE WAS NO PROCESS. THERE WAS NO HEARING ON THIS BILL. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE DIDN'T GO OVER THESE PROPOSED CUTS ONE BY ONE, WEIGHING WHETHER THEY MADE SENSE OR NOT. THIS IS THE RESULT OF THE WHIMS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. HE SEEMS TO CHANGE HIS MIND ABOUT AS OFTEN AS HE LOGS ON TO TWITTER. HOW ELSE CAN THE MAJORITY EXPLAIN SPLASHING BY ONE, WEIGHING WHETHER FUNDS TO FIGHT EBOLA THE SAME DAY THERE IS AN EBOLA OUTBREAK IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO? YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP. IT TOOK LANGUAGE IN A MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO REVERSE THIS. JUST LIKE THE MAJORITY WAS FORCED TO REVERSE CUTS TO FUNDS DESIGNED TO HELP NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY RECOVER FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY. PERHAPS IF YOU DID A HEARING AND YOU LISTENED TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, YOU LISTEN TO THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION, YOU MIGHT AVOID THESE EMBARRASSMENTS. THIS BILL IS ALSO BEING CONSIDERED UNDER YET ANOTHER RECORD BREAKING CLOSED RULE. THAT MEANS NO MEMBER CAN OFFER AN AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR TO IMPROVE IT. LAST MONTH, REPUBLICANS OFFICIALLY TURNED THIS CONGRESS INTO THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. IT WAS ONLY MAY. WE STILL HAVE SIX MONTHS TO GO BEFORE THE END OF THIS CONGRESS. APPARENTLY THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT FOR THE MAJORITY'S RESTRICTIVE PROCESS. IT WOULD MAKE PUTIN JEALOUS. THIS IS NOT A PROCESS TO BE PROUD OF. THIS IS A PROCESS THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF. AND THE CUTS IN THIS BILL AREN'T HARMLESS. THEY WILL HURT REAL PEOPLE. ALMOST HALF THE CUTS IN THIS PACKAGE ARE TO THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THIS BILL ALSO HURTS FARMERS BY CUTTING FUNDING THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT IMPORTANT CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. THIS BILL CUTS FUNDING FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION, AN AGENCY FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION. AT A TIME WHEN THEY HAVE A PROJECT BACKLOG NATIONWIDE. IN MY OWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT I HAVE VISITED AT LEAST 10 HIGH QUALITY PROJECTS SEEKING INVESTMENT FROM E.D.A. THESE PROJECTS AND COUNTLESS OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE NOW IN JEOPARDY IF THIS RESCISSIONS PACKAGE BECOMES LAW. THESE ARE NOT UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS, AS THE BILL TITLE SUGGESTS. THIS FUNDING WAS APPROPRIATED UNDER THE F.Y. 2017 OMNIBUS, NORKTED JUST OVER A YEAR AGO, BOTH -- NEGOTIATED JUST OVER A YEAR AGO, BOTH PARTIES AGREED TO IT. THE PRESIDENT SIGNED IT INTO LAW. NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SUDDENLY CHANGED HIS MIND. MAYBE IT WAS SOMETHING HE SAW ON FOX NEWS SINCE HE TAKES MOST OF HIS MARCHING ORDERS FROM THEM. BUT AFTER SPENDING NEARLY $2 TRILLION ON TAX CUTS FOR THE SUPER RICH AND BLOWING UP THE DEFICIT, THE MAJORITY'S BILL IS LIKE PUTTING A BAND-AID ON A GAPING WOUND. REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO TRICK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INTO THINKING THAT SOMEHOW THEY CARE ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. WELL, THEY ARE NOT FOOLING ANYONE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                                  WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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                                                                                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                                                                                  KNIGHT: THAN YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE. I WANT TO…

                                                                                                                  KNIGHT: THAN YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, RANKING MEMBER FOR THE INCLUSION OF LANGUAGE IN THE REPORT THAT WOULD LAUNCH A NEW INITIATIVE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO AGGRESSIVELY DRIVE DOWN COSTS AND IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF GRID SCALE ENERGY STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES. .

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

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                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                                  MR. KNIGHT

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

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

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  THE MAJORITY HAS BLOCKED OVER 2,000 AMENDMENTS AND IT IS ONLY JUNE.

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  LAMB: I RISE TODAY SO WE CAN THIS INTO LAW. THE WORDS ON THAT PIECE OF…

                                                                                                                  LAMB: I RISE TODAY SO WE CAN THIS INTO LAW. THE WORDS ON THAT PIECE OF PAINERER NOT WHAT TAKE CARES OF OUR VETERANS THEMSELVES DOCTORS AN NURSES IN OUR V.A.

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                                                                                                                  MR. BAM

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                                                                                                                  MR. LAMB

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I…

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I WOULD POINT OUT I WORKED AS A PHYSICIAN IN A V.A.

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

                                                                                                                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

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                                                                                                                  MS. PIN FWREE

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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                                                                                                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                                  3, WHICH IS A DANGER TO CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT, PELL GRANTS AND ELECTION…

                                                                                                                  3, WHICH IS A DANGER TO CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT, PELL GRANTS AND ELECTION SECURITY. MEANING, MR. SPEAKER, THEY ARE CUTTING THOSE DOLLARS. BUT THE MAIN ELEMENT OF MY OPPOSITION IS THE CRISIS ON THE BORDER. I WANT TO HOUSE TO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU HAVE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE CROSSED FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS WHO ARE BEING TREATED AND VIOLATED LIKE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY THAT WOULD BE INHUMANE. YOU HAVE GAUT MA LANS, SOME OF WHOM NOW ARE FACING THE TRAGEDY OF THE VOLCANO, COMING WHO SPEAK AN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE, THEY ARE LUMPED TOGETHER 50RK, 100 AT A TIME, THEIR CHILDREN ARE SNATCH AID WAY FROM THEM AND THIS IS A POLICY THAT'S GOING TO BE FURTHER FUNDED BY THE RESCISSIONS IN THIS BILL. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ANYONE WITH A HUMANE BONE IN THEIR BDY STAND UP AGAINST RIPPING CHILDREN AWAY FROM INDIVIDUALS. AS A MEMBER THEY HAVE HOMELAND SECURITY JUDICIARY, THAT WAS NOT THE POLICY. THE POLICY WAS FOR CHILDREN WHO COME WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. IN ADDITION YOU HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT SEEN THEIR MOTHER, WHO ARE 4 YEARS OLD, WHO ARE INFANTS WHO ARE CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH, FOR WEEKS AT A TIME. YOU HAVE GAUT MA LANS WHO DON'T SPEAK SPANISH OR ENGLISH OR ANY LANGUAGE TRANSLATED IN COURT, AN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE AND DON'T KNOW THE RULING AGAINST THEM. THIS WILL GIVE MORE DOLLARS TO SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. FOR GOD'S SAKE, THIS IS NOT AMERICA. AND WE MUST STOP IT NOW. I YIELD BACK. OPPOSE THIS BILL.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN WILL STATE HER INQUIRY.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR DOES

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  UNFORTUNATELY, THIS ISN'T WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE. NO, INSTEAD, WE'RE TAKING…

                                                                                                                  UNFORTUNATELY, THIS ISN'T WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE. NO, INSTEAD, WE'RE TAKING UP A BILL TO PUT MORE GUNS ON PUBLIC LANDS AND CUT FUNDING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY RESEARCH. FOR THIS REASON AND MANY OTHER CONCERNS I HAVE, WITH THE NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS WHICH WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER, I MUST OPPOSE THIS RULE.

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

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

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, AS OF JUNE 7, 2018, REPUBLICANS IN THE 115TH CONGRESS HAVE…

                                                                                                                  SPEAKER, AS OF JUNE 7, 2018, REPUBLICANS IN THE 115TH CONGRESS HAVE PROVIDED FOR CONSIDERATION OF OVER 1,200 AMENDMENTS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. OVER 570 OF THOSE AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED BY DEMOCRATS. 480 PROPOSED BY REPUBLICANS.

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                                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                                  AND 190 WERE BIPARTISAN. THAT'S 46% DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS. 39% REPUBLICAN…

                                                                                                                  AND 190 WERE BIPARTISAN. THAT'S 46% DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS. 39% REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS. 16% WERE BIPARTISAN. BY CONTRAST, DURING THE ENTIRE 111TH CONGRESS, THAT WAS THE LAST CONGRESS WHERE SPEAKER PELOSI WAS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, DEMOCRATS WERE IN THE MAJORITY, DURING THE ENTIRE 111TH CONGRESS, SPEAKER PELOSI ALLOWED LESS THAN 1,000 AMENDMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND IN FACT DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY BLOCKED 3,000 AMENDMENTS WITH ROUGHLY 2,400 DURING THE FIRST SESSION, FIRST YEAR OF THAT CONGRESS. THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE MEASURES WHERE THE SUMMARIES OF AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED WERE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. AT THAT TIME DUE TO THE LACK OF MAJORITY'S TRANSPARENCY, THE NUMBERS LIKE -- NUMBER'S LIKELY MUCH HIGHER THAT WAS BLOCKED. CHAIRMAN SESSIONS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE HAS MADE IT A POINT TO ENSURE THAT EVERY SINGLE MEMBER HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT THEIR AMENDMENTS AND COME TO THE COMMITTEE ON RULES AND SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS AND CONCERNS. AS THE GENTLELADY KNOWS WELL, THERE IS NO CLOCK IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. ANY MEMBER CAN COME AND SPEND AS MUCH TIME WITH US AS THEY WISH. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF TWO IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION. H.R. 5895, THE ENERGY AND WATER LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS OF 2019, AND H.R. 3, THE SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT ARE BOTH RESPONSIBLE MEASURES THAT TAKE SERIOUSLY OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE VIGILANT STEWARDS OF THE FEDERAL TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN ELIMINATING UNUSED AND UNNECESSARY FUNDING FROM PAST YEARS. A RESPONSIBLE APPROACH THAT UNTIL THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN UNDER UTILIZED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TODAY TO SUPPORT THE RULES AND TWO UNDERLYING PIECES OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  QUI THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

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

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

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                                  DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON 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. ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION 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

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  ON ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR…

                                                                                                                  ON ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                                  MRS. TORRES

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION ACOPTED. --…

                                                                                                                  ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION ACOPTED. -- ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE BUSINESS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. -- ADOPTED. THIS IS AN ELECTRONIC VOTE. MEMBERS HAVE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC. , IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE…

                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL S. 1869, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                                                  SENATE 1869, AN ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND RENAME THE POSITION OF…

                                                                                                                  SENATE 1869, AN ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND RENAME THE POSITION OF WHISTLEBLOWER OMBUDSMAN TO BE THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION COORDINATOR.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  2772, WITH A SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL READ THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  ROE: I ASK THE CLERK TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING --

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                                                                                  MR. ROE

                                                                                                                  SENATE AMENDMENT. STRIKE ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE -- MR.

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                                  ROE: I ASK TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                                                  MR. ROE

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  MR.

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                                                                                                                  MR. ROE

                                                                                                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MR. ROE

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  YES.

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                                                                                                                  MR. ROE

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK TO GENERAL LEAVE REQUEST?

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                                                                                                                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  DO.

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                                                                                                                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3, THE SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND…

                                                                                                                  I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3, THE SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT.

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                                                                                                                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                                                  CERTAIN BUDGETARY AUTHORITY TO BE

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                                  RESCINDED TO BE RESCINDED IN SPECIAL MESSAGES TRANSMITTED TO THE CONGRESS…

                                                                                                                  RESCINDED TO BE RESCINDED IN SPECIAL MESSAGES TRANSMITTED TO THE CONGRESS BY THE PRESIDENT ON MAY 8, 2018, IN IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 10 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET AND IMPOUNDMENT CONTROL ACT OF 1974.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  FRELINGHUYSEN: --

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                                                                                                                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  FRELINGHUYSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3,…

                                                                                                                  FRELINGHUYSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.R. 3, THE SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT. THIS PACKAGE OF RECISIONS WITHDRAWS NEARLY $15 BILLION IN FUNDS PREVIOUSLY APPROPRIATED TO VARIOUS FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND AGENCIES. THESE FUNDS ARE RESCINDED FROM PROGRAMS AND AGENCIES THAT HAVE -- THAT NO LONGER NEED, CANNOT SPEND THE MONEY OR FROM PROGRAMS THAT NO LONGER EXIST. WHEN SUCH FUNDING GOES UNUSED FOR YEARS, THOSE FUNDS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY AS

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                                                                                                                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  DELAURO: I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS REPUBLICAN RECISION PACKAGE.

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                                                                                                                  MS. DELAURO

                                                                                                                  PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE TRYING TO…

                                                                                                                  PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE TRYING TO TAKE DECONSTRUCTING GOVERNMENT TO A NEW LEVEL.

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                                                                                                                  MS. DELAURO

                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  THANK YOU. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE…

                                                                                                                  THANK YOU. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE TRYING TO TAKE DECONSTRUCTING GOVERNMENT TO A NEW LEVEL. THEY ARE PROPOSING TO TAKE $15 BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS AWAY FROM THE CITIZENRY AND INVESTMENTS IN OUR ECONOMY. BUDGETED FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, MEDICAL INNOVATION, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, AND THE LIST --

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                                                                                                                  MS. DELAURO

                                                                                                                  CHAMBER. THE GENTLELADY WILL PROCEED. MS.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  DELAURO: THANK YOU. BUDGETED FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM,…

                                                                                                                  DELAURO: THANK YOU. BUDGETED FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, MEDICAL INNOVATION, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, AND THE LIST GOES ON.

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                                                                                                                  MS. DELAURO

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                                                  SCALISE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                                                                                                                  SCALISE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT, MR. SPEAKER, OF THIS RECISIONS PACKAGE. I WANT TO COMMEND PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO CONGRESS, A BILL THAT WOULD ONCE PASSED BE THE LARGEST RECISIONS PACKAGE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. THIS WAS A PROCESS THAT'S BEEN USED BY REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTS ALIKE OVER DECADES, AND IT'S AN IMPORTANT PROCESS TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. MR.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MR. SCALISE

                                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MR. SCALISE

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MS. DELAURO

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                  MRS. LOWEY

                                                                                                                  NEEDLESS PARTISANSHIP INTO CONGRESS' IMPORTANT APPROPRIATIONS WORK. FIRST…

                                                                                                                  NEEDLESS PARTISANSHIP INTO CONGRESS' IMPORTANT APPROPRIATIONS WORK. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS BILL FAILS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY ELIMINATING FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. JUST MONTHS AFTER EXPLODING ANNUAL DEFICITS TO THE TUNE OF $1.5 TRILLION AND LAVISHING MASSIVE TAX BREAKS TO BIG CORPORATIONS WITH THEIR TAX SCAM, REPUBLICANS ARE NOW PROPOSING TO MAKE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PAY WITH A $7 BILLION CUT FROM CHIP. . TARGETING CHIP FOR A RESCISSION, PREVENTS CONGRESS FROM RE-INVESTING IN OTHER PRIORITIES LIKE CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH, AND OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. ADDITIONALLY, THE NEARLY $15 BILLION IN RESCISSIONS CUT NUMEROUS EFFORTS TO CREATE JOBS, GROW OUR ECONOMY, AND STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES. IT CUTS FUNDING FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION, AND FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. BOTH OF WHICH CREATE JOBS IN RURAL AREAS AND DISTRESS COMMUNITIES. TREASURY WAS PREPARED TO ANNOUNCE 114 AWARDS FROM CDFI'S BANK ENTERPRISE AWARD PROGRAM. THIS ISN'T MERELY SPRING CLEANING BY SWEEPING OLD FUNDING UP UNDER THE RUG THAT WOULD NEVER BE SPENT, IT IS TAKING INVESTMENTS AWAY FROM LOCAL COMMUNITIES. IT SLASHES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM FEDERAL LOAN PROGRAMS THAT FOSTER INNOVATION, CREATE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS, EIGHT PROJECTS ARE IN THE PIPELINE THROUGH THE ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY VEHICLES MANUFACTURING LOAN PROGRAM. TWO OF WHICH WOULD CREATE 2,400 MANUFACTURING JOBS AND AN $890 MILLION INVESTMENT IN OHIO, INDIANA, AND ILLINOIS. THE REPUBLICAN RAW DEAL WOULD RESCIND THESE FUNDS AND PREVENT ECONOMIC GROWTH. I AM ALSO PROFOUNDLY DISAPPOINTED THAT REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO BRING FORWARD LEGISLATION THAT WILL UNDERMINES TWO YEARS OF BIPARTISAN SPENDING AGREEMENTS. THIS BILL INCLUDES CUTS TO FUNDING THAT WAS APPROPRIATED INTO THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 OMNIBUS, WHICH WAS NEGOTIATED JUST OVER A YEAR AGO. AND IT RENEGES ON THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT FROM FEBRUARY BY FURTHER RESTRICTING CHIP AMOUNTS THAT COULD BE REINVESTED IN FUTURE YEARS. UPENDING BIPARTISAN AGREEMENTS, POISONING THE WELL, AND MAKES FUTURE NEGOTIATEATIONS MORE DIFFICULT -- NEGOTIATIONS MORE DIFFICULT. FINALLY I MUST EXPRESS MY STRONG OBJECTION TO THE RUSHED PROCESS BY WHICH REPUBLICANS HAVE CONSIDERED THIS RESCISSIONS BILL. THE WHITE HOUSE SUBMITTED ITS FINAL VERSION OF THE RESCISSIONS PROPOSAL LESS THAN 48 HOURS AGO. WE HAVE HAD NO HEARINGS, NO MARKUPS, OR EVEN ANY BILL. THE DEBATE AT ALL ON THIS BILL IN THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE. AND WE'RE CONSIDERING IT WITH NO OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THE MERITS OF EACH OF THESE RESCISSIONS ON THEIR OWN. MY FRIENDS, THIS IS NOT REGULAR ORDER. AND FRANKLY, IT'S NO WAY TO MAKE SUCH A CONSEQUENTIAL DECISION. INSTEAD OF RUBBER-STAMPING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RESCISSIONS PACKAGE, CONGRESS SHOULD CONDUCT RIGOROUS OVERSIGHT TO DETERMINE WHY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT SPENT THESE FUNDS EVEN AS THEY MISSPEND TAX DOLLARS ON FIRST CLASS FI