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House Session - June 14, 2018

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

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  • 10:00:16 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Randy K. Weber Sr. to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:00:34 AM

      MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

      • 10:00:46 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

        PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:01:18 AM

        MR. GUTIERREZ

        YESTERDAY, A GROUP OF ABOUT 30 OF US, INCLUDING 10 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS,…

        YESTERDAY, A GROUP OF ABOUT 30 OF US, INCLUDING 10 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, DECIDED WE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS ADMINISTRATION POLICY TO SCAR CHILDREN FOR LIFE BY TAKING THEM AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS WHEN THEY TURN THEMSELVES IN TO AMERICAN AUTHORITIES AND ASK FOR ASYLUM. WE WENT DOWN TO THE RONALD REAGAN BUILDING ON THEIR PARENTS WHEN THEY TURN 14TH STREET BECAUSE WE CABINET MEMBERS WE HAD WRITTEN LAST WEEK TO GIVE US ANSWER ABOUTS WHERE THE CHILDREN AT THE BORDER HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO, AND WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO DO TO REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR PARENTS. JOHN LEWIS, JOE CROWLEY, JAN SHA COULD YOU SKIRKS AL GREEN, JOINED BY HAD NOT HEARD FROM THE THREE ALLIES WENT DOWN TO THE C.P.B. HUNDREDS OF -- C.B.P. HEADQUARTERS -- THE BUILDING OF THE MAN WHO GAVE THE FAMOUS SHINING CITY N OTT HILL SPEECH WHO SPOKE SO ELOQUENTLY ABOUT IMMIGRANTS AND WAS NO FAN OF WALLS, AS WE BLOCKED THE ENTRANCE TO THE RONALD REAGAN BUILDING, THE BORDER PATROL DID NOT ARREST US. NOPE, THEY FELT COMFORTABLE ARRESTING 10-YEAR-OLDS AND TAKING 10-MONTHS-OLD BABIES FROM THEIR MOMS AND DADS, BUT WHEN 10 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOW UP TO DEMAND ANSWERS, THEY GET A LITTLE CAMERA SHY. A LITTLE WEAK-KNEED. BUT WE WILL BE BACK AND WE WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN IF WE HAVE TO. RIGHT NOW TODAY THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO LAWFULLY ENTER THE UNITED STATES AND ASK FOR ASYLUM UNDER OUR LAWS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW AND TAKEN STRAIGHT TO JAIL TWITHE FEDERAL PROSECUTION. AND IF THEY HAVE CHILDREN THE OFFICERS THINK OF PRETEXT, MAYBE TELLING THE PARENTS THEY ARE TAKING THE CHILD FOR FOOD OR FOR A BATH AND THEN THE KIDS NEVER RETURN. SIMPLY DISAPPEAR. KIDNAPPED. AND MANY ARE TAKEN TO FACILITIES THAT ARE HUNDREDS FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, AND THE PARENT IS GIVEN A MASS TRIAL SO THEIR INDIVIDUAL CASE MAY NEVER BE HEARD OR EVALUATED. AND MOST ARE DEPORTED BACK TO THE COUNTRY THEY FLED TO FACE CONTINUING VIOLENCE AND RAPE AGAIN AND AGAIN. AND, ARE THEIR CHILDREN GIVEN BACK TO THEM? WE DON'T KNOW. WE CAN'T GET ANSWERS, WHICH IS WHY WE WENT YESTERDAY. THEN ON MONDAY, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS HAD ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING NEWS SPEAK 1984 MIND CONTROL MOMENTS WE HAVE EVER HEARD. HE SAID THAT IF A MAN BEATS A WOMAN OR IF A FAMILY IS SYSTEMATICALLY DIS20R9ED, THREATENED, TARGETED BY A GANG, THAT THAT IS A PRIVATE MATTER AND CANNOT BE BASIS OF AN ASYLUM CLAIM. RAPE AND ABUSE, THAT'S JUST A PRIVATE MATTER, ACCORDING TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN. ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF OUR COUNTRY. THAT'S JUST A PRIVATE MATTER BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN. BETWEEN THE FAMILY AND THE GANG OF TERRORS THEY ARE FACING. ONLY IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CAN SOMEONE SAY SOMETHING SO THOROUGHLY AND UTTERLY WRONG, DANGEROUS, RIDICULOUS. MY FRIEND, TREY GOWDY, IS A REPUBLICAN WHO IS KNOWN AROUND HERE NO THE OVERSIGHT AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AS A PRETTY NO NONE SENSE FORMER PROSECUTOR. I WENT TO HIS WEBSITE TO LOOK AT HIS BIOGRAPHY, YOU CAN GOOGLE IT. IT SAYS IT RIGHT THERE. QUOTE, AS THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT SOLICITOR, HE LED AN OFFICE OF 25 ATTORNEYS AND 65 TOTAL EMPLOYEES. DURING HIS TENURE, HE STARTED A VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN TASK FORCE. RIGHT THERE IN HIS OFFICIAL BIO . SO WIFE BEATING ISN'T A PRIVATE MATTER IN SOUTH CAROLINA. IF YOU ARE BEING BEATEN, RAPED, OR TORTURED BY YOUR DOMESTIC PARTNER, YOUR HUSBAND, THE POLICE, THE PROSECUTOR, AND THE JUDGE WILL GET INVOLVED BECAUSE IT ISN'T A PRIVATE MATTER IN SOUTH CAROLINA, OR ANY WHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. GO LISTEN TO TREY GOWDY'S SPEECHES ON THE U TUBE CHANNEL OR FACEBOOK. WATCH THE VIDEO OF HIS SPEECH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. TREY GOWDY WILL MOVE TO YOU TEARS NO MATTER WHAT YOUR POLITICAL PARTY OR IDEOLOGICAL PERSUASION. ACCORDING TO THE ATTORNEY IT'S A PRIVATE -- ATTORNEY GENERAL IT'S A PRIVATE MATTER BETWEEN A MAN PRIVATE MATTER BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN. HE EXPECTS EVERY VIOLENCE VICTIM TO HIRE THEIR OWN LAWYER AND SUE THEIR HUSBAND TO GET A COURT ORDER AND BE PROTECTED. WE HAVE A PROSECUTOR FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN COOK COUNTY, AND PROBABLY EVERY COUNTY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS IS MATTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND COME ON, THIS IS A MATTER OF GOOD MEN AND WOMEN LIVING BY A MORAL CODE THAT SAYS WE SHOULD HELP THOSE IN DANGER WHEN THE WEAK ARE BEING PREYED UPON BY THE STRONG. BUT APPARENTLY NOT TO OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL OR PRESIDENT. TO THEM, THOSE ARE PRIVATE MATTERS. THAT IS JUST WRONG. SLEEPING WITH AN ADULT FILM STAR AND PAYING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO KEEP IT QUIET, THAT'S A PRIVATE MATTER TO BE WORKED OUT BETWEEN PRIVATE ATTORNEYS. FLEEING DEATH AND VIOLENCE AND RAPE AND TORTURE, THAT'S A PUBLIC MATTER AND OUR LEADERS SHOULD NO BETTER. -- SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

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      • 10:06:22 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE…

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

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      • 10:06:26 AM

        MR. BOST

        MINUTES.

      • 10:09:15 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

        BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:09:22 AM

        MS. BONAMICI

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S ALMOST FATHER'S DAY. A GOOD TIME TO THINK…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S ALMOST FATHER'S DAY. A GOOD TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE FATHERS IN OUR LIVES AND IN THE FAMILIES WE'RE HONORED TO REPRESENT. I THINK ABOUT THE FAMILIES IN NORTHWEST OREGON AND I KNOW THAT TOO MANY ARE STILL FACING CHALLENGES. TOO MANY ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THEIR PAYCHECK, IF THEY ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE ONE, JUST ISN'T ENOUGH TO PAY THE BILLS AND IT'S HARD FOR THEM TO EVEN THINK ABOUT SAVING FOR THE FUTURE. ONE POLICY THAT CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF FAMILIES IS PAID LEAVE. IT'S AN ECONOMIC ISSUE FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT BOTH WOMEN AND MEN NEED TO BE ABLE TO TAKE PAID TIME OFF WHEN A CHILD IS BORN, OR TO CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN OR OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WHEN THEY NEED THEM. IN OREGON, OUR PARENTAL AND FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE LAWS COVER MORE PEOPLE AND HAVE STRONGER PROTECTIONS THAN CURRENT FEDERAL LAW, AND I APPLAUD THOSE EFFORTS. BUT THERE ARE STILL FAR TOO MANY WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO CARE FOR A SICK CHILD OR AGING PARENTS BECAUSE THEY CAN CANNOT PAY THEIR RENT OR BUY GROCERIES IF THEY LOSE A DAY OF WORK. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ONLY 15% OF WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE ACCESS TO PAID FAMILY LEAVE THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYERS. AND ALTHOUGH SOME EMPLOYERS RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING PAID LEAVE FOR ALL WORKING PEOPLE, MOST STILL DO NOT. OUTDATED GENDER NORMS AND TOO MANY WORKPLACES OFTEN PRESSURE MEN, ESPECIALLY IN THOSE IN JOBS WITHOUT PAID LEAVE, TO LIMIT THEIR TIME AWAY FROM WORK FOR CARE GIVING. WE NEED TO SEE A CULTURAL SHIFT IN OUR SOCIETAL EXPECTATIONS ABOUT MEN AS CAREGIVERS, AND WE NEED TO DISMANTLE THE STIGMA BEING A CAREGIVER IS IMPATTABLE OF SUCCESS IN THE WORK SOURCE. CONGRESS SHOULD GET SERIOUS ABOUT WORKING FAMILIES AND ENACT MEANINGFUL PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW. WE SHOULD PASS THE FAMILY ACT, LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED FINANCIAL SECURITY TO WORKING PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND PROVIDE CERTAINTY FOR BUSINESSES. A NATIONAL PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM WOULD HELP TO FOSTER A HEALTHIER AND MORE EQUITABLE SOCIETY. IT WOULD HELP TO BRING OUR NATION'S POLICIES MORE IN LINE WITH THE NEEDS OF OUR FAMILIES AND OUR WORK FORCE. AND IT WOULD BE A VERY MEANINGFUL WAY TO SAY HAPPY FATHER'S DAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:11:51 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        BACK.

      • 10:11:57 AM

        MR. THOMPSON

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE EFFORTS…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE EFFORTS OF THE HOUSE'S UNDERTAKING THIS WEEK TO COMBAT OUR NATION'S OPIOID CRISIS. WE'LL CONSIDER DOZENS OF BILLS THIS WEEK AIMED AT FIGHTING THE CRISIS NEXT DOOR THAT AFFECTS OUR FAMILIES, OUR FRIENDS, AND OUR LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, THERE IS A NATIONWIDE EPIDEMIC OF HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE. IT IS RESULTING IN DRASTIC INCREASES AND ADDICTION RATES, OVERDOSE DEATHS, AND INCARCERATION. NO ZIP CODE IN THIS COUNTRY IS IMMUNE FROM THIS CRY SIFMENTS HEROIN AND PAIN PILL ADDICTION DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON AGE, RACE, GENDER, OR SOCIAL ECONOMIC CLASS. YOUR NEIGHBOR COULD BE USING HEROIN OR SO COULD THEIR HIGH HONORS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. IT IS THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS OF THIS GENERATION. AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE TO HELP COMBAT THIS PANDEMIC. THE COMMITTEE HAS COLLABORATIVELY WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO INTRODUCE AND SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING BILLS. H.R. 5889, WHICH REQUIRES HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE IT IS PROVIDE RESOURCES TO EARLY CHILDHOOD SUPPORT THE CARE AND EDUCATION PROVIDERS, AS WELL AS PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, ON WAYS TO PROPERLY RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO CHILDREN IMPACTED BY TRAUMA RELATED TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE. H.R. 5890 WHICH CALLS ON H.H.S. TO RE-EVALUATE PLANS UNDER THE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT TO ENSURE THE SAFE CARE OF INFANTS AFFECTED BY PRENATAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE. H.R. 5891 ESTABLISHES INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE TO EFFECTIVELY AND OFFICIALLY ASSIST FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS. H.R. 5892 ESTABLISHES AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON OPIOIDS AND THE WORK FORCE TO ADVISE THE SECRETARY OF LABOR ON ACTIONS THE DEPARTMENT CAN TAKE TO ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF OPIOID ABUSE ON THE WORKPLACE. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS ALL THESE BILLS AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THEM AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS WORKING TO NOT ONLY ADDRESS THIS CRISIS, BUT COMBAT IT AND OVERCOME IT. WE WILL DO SO THROUGH TREATMENT RECOVERY, THROUGH PREVENTION, BY PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES, AND BY FIGHTING FENTANYL AND OTHER EVER CHANGING SYNTHETIC FOREIGN ILLICIT DRUGS. NO PERSON CAN BEAT ADDICTION OF ALONE. AND THE -- OVERCOMING THIS EPIDEMIC WILL NOT ONLY TAKE A COMMUNITYWIDE EFFORT BUT A NATIONWIDE EFFORT. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE PREPARED TO DO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:14:46 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, FOR FIVE…

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:14:52 AM

        MR. TIPTON

      • 10:14:55 AM

        MR. TIPTON

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE OPIOID AND HEROIN CRISIS,…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE OPIOID AND HEROIN CRISIS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY FACING ONE OF THE WORST DRUG EPIDEMICS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. IN MY STATE OF COLORADO, IT'S CERTAINLY NOT IMMUNE. IN MY TRAVELS THROUGHOUT THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, FROM PUEBLO TO MOFFITT COUNTY, UP AND DOWN THE SAN LUIS VALLEY, I HEAR OF MORE LIVES LOST WITH EACH PASSING YEAR. OPIOID ADDICTION KNOWS NO BOUNDS, AND EVEN THE MOST INNOCENT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED. THIS LAST YEAR WHEN I TOURED PARKVIEW HOSPITAL IN PUEBLO, COLORADO, AND VISITED THE UNIT THAT TREATS BABIES BORN WITH NEO NATAL ABSTINENCE SYNDROME, WHICH MEANS THEY SUFFER WITHDRAWAL AT THE MOMENT OF BIRTH, YOU SEE A TRULY HEARTBREAKING SITUATION. TO SEE THE MOST VULNERABLE SUFFERING FROM WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS IS SOMETHING THAT TOUCHES THE HEART OF EVERY AMERICAN. BUT IT ALSO SERVED AS A REMINDER THAT WE MUST BE MORE AGGRESSIVE, MORE INVENTIVE IN OUR EFFORTS TO BE ABLE TO END THIS EPIDEMIC. OPIOID ABUSE IS MULTIFACETED. AND THERE'S JUST NOT ONE SOLUTION THAT WILL SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY I HELD MORE THAN 30 OPIOID ROUNDTABLES IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO HEAR FROM HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, AND FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT AGAINST ADDICTION. TO LEARN HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PLAY A BETTER ROLE IN SUPPORTING THEIR EFFORTS. IN THESE ROUNDTABLES, I'VE LEARNED THAT OPIOID ABUSE OFTEN BEGINS IN THE LAST PLACE THAT YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO -- THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE OR A HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM. FOR EXAMPLE, A PERSON WHO SPRAINED THEIR ANKLE WHILE SKIING MAY GO TO THEIR DOCTOR TO RECEIVE PAIN MEDICATION FOR THEIR INJURY. THIS MEDICATION MAY PROVIDE RELIEF FROM THE PAIN BUT CAN ALSO PROVIDE AN INTENSE SENSE OF EUPHORIA. FROM THERE THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT AN ADDICTION IS BORN. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, OF THOSE WHO BEGAN USING OPIOIDS IN THE 2000'S, A WHOOPING 75% REPORTED THAT THEIR FIRST OPIOID WAS A PRESCRIPTION DRUG. COLORADO HAS THE 12TH HIGHEST RATE OF ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS ACROSS THE NATION. IN RESPONSE TO THE RISING NUMBER OF COLORADANS BECOMING ADDICTED THROUGH PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS, THE COLORADO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED A PILOT PROGRAM IN 10 HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE STATE. WITH THE GOAL OF REDUCING PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS BY 15%. THIS PROGRAM WAS SO SUCCESSFUL THAT IT ACTUALLY ACHIEVED A 36% REDUCTION. I'M GLAD THAT THIS WEEK THE HOUSE PASSED A SERIES OF MORE THAN 20 BILLS IN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO CUREB OPIOID ADDICTION. -- CURB OPIOID ADDICTION. MY BILL WOULD ALLOW PROGRAMS SIMILAR TO THE ONE IN COLORADO TO BE TESTED IN HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE NATION, HELPING TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WHO DO NOT NEED OPIOIDS ARE NEVER EXPOSED TO THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE PROUD OF THE COLLECTIVE WORK ACCOMPLISHED IN THE HOUSE THIS WEEK BUT RECOGNIZING THIS CRISIS WILL NOT BE SOLVED OVERNIGHT AND WE STILL HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD. IT'S NOT AN ISSUE THAT IS GOING TO BE SOLVED SOLELY BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT'S GOING TO TAKE A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH OUR STATES, OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OUR FAMILIES AS WELL IN ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO END THE STIGMA SURROUNDING OPIOID ABUSE AND FIND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL END THIS CRISIS FOR GOOD. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:18:51 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, JUDGE…

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, JUDGE POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:18:57 AM

        MR. POE

        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

      • 10:19:00 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 10:19:01 AM

        MR. POE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICA'S PEACE CORPS AND THOSE VOLUNTEERS ARE OUR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICA'S PEACE CORPS AND THOSE VOLUNTEERS ARE OUR ANGELS ABROAD. THEY REPRESENT THE VERY BEST IN AMERICA. HERE WITH US TODAY IN THE GALLERY WE HAVE ONE OF THOSE BRAVE VOLUNTEERS, MS. SARAH THOMPSON. SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SARAH DREAMED OF HELPING RURAL COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA. WHEN SHE GREW UP, THE PEACE CORPS GAVE HER THAT PERFECT OPPORTUNITY. SHE SERVED TO KEEP GIRLS IN SCHOOL. UNFORTUNATELY, HER DREAM TURNED INTO A TRAGEDY WHEN THE PEACE CORPS PRESCRIBED MEDICATION TO PROTECT HER FROM MALARIA. DURING HER SERVICE SHE BEGAN TO HAVE HORRIFIC NIGHTMARES AND STRUGGLED WITH MENTAL HEALTH. WHEN SHE TURNED TO THE PEACE CORPS FOR HELP, THE MEDICAL OFFICER EXCUSED HER SYMPTOMS AS SIMPLY NOT ADJUSTING WELL. ONE NIGHT SARAH WOKE UP DIZZY, NAUSEA, AND THREW UP THE ENTIRE NIGHT. SO SHE WENT TO THE DOCTOR AND THE DOCTOR TOLD HER IT WAS AN EAR INFECTION. MONTHS LATER, STILL SARAH STRUGGLED WITH NAUSEA AND NIGHTMARES. AND WITH NO SUPPORT FROM THE PEACE CORPS, SHE TOOK MATTERS INTO HER OWN HANDS AND STARTED TO RESEARCH THOSE MEDICAL PROBLEMS. IT WAS THEN SHE REALIZED THE MALARIA MEDICINE THE PEACE CORPS HAD GIVEN HER WAS MAKING HER SICK. AS IT TURNS OUT, THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE SO TERRIBLE, SPECIAL OPERATION FORCES IN THE ARMY WON'T EVEN TAKE THAT MEDICATION. SARAH WAS NEVER WARNED ABOUT THESE HORRIFIC SIDE EFFECTS BY THE PEACE CORPS, AND THE DOCTOR DIDN'T SEEM TO RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS EITHER. OUR PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS DESERVE BETTER. THEY DESERVE BETTER CARE THAN THIS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE HEARD TOO MANY STORIES ABOUT PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS LIKE SARAH'S. YOUNG, ENTHUSIASTIC VOLUNTEERS, EAGER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD ARE LET DOWN BY THE ORGANIZATION THAT THEY ONCE HELD IN SUCH HIGH ESTEEM. PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS SELFLESSLY SACRIFICE YEARS OF THEIR LIVES TO HELP PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE NEVER EVEN MET. OFTEN IN SOME OF THE MOST DESOLATE, DANGEROUS PLACES ON THE GLOBE. THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY SHOULD NOT TURN INTO A NIGHTMARE THAT RUINS OR EVEN ENDS NAIR LIVES BECAUSE WE DON'T TAKE -- THEIR LIVES BECAUSE WE DON'T TAKE CARE OF THEM. SMALL, COMMONSENSE CHANGES COULD PROTECT OUR PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS ABROAD. THAT'S WHY REPRESENTATIVE KENNEDY AND I HAS A BILL, THE SAM FAR PEACE CORPS ACT. THIS TAKES IMPORTANT -- SAM FARR PEACE CORPS ACT. THIS TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TO IMPROVE TRAINING ON THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MALARIA MEDICATIONS AND ALLOWS THE PEACE CORPS TO BETTER PRESCRIBE OTHER TYPES OF MALARIA MEDICATION. IN ADDITION, THIS BILL BETTER PROTECTS OUR VOLUNTEERS FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT WHEN THEY ARE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES. WHEN THEY RETURN, IT EXTENDS THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE SO THEY CAN GET THE CARE THEY NEED RATHER THAN STOP TAKING CARE OF THEM AS HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST. BUT THERE IS STILL MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THOSE WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS. THEY DESERVE TO BE PROTECTED BY THE UNITED STATES AND OUR LAW WHEN WE SEND THEM TO FAR REACHES OF THE WORLD. WHEN THEY RETURN FROM SERVICE WITH INJURIES AND SICKNESS, VOLUNTEERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET WITH THE DISABILITY PAYMENT THAT THEY RECEIVE. WHICH IS NOT THE CASE NOW. I HOPE TO SEE THESE PROVISIONS IN LAW SOMEDAY, BUT UNTIL THEN, THE SAM FARR AND NICK CASTLER PEACE CORPS REFORM ACT MAKES CRITICAL IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS. IT'S ESSENTIAL TO SEE IT BECOME LAW. PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS LIKE SARAH ARE THE FACES OF OUR COUNTRY IN PLACES WHERE AMERICA'S SHINING BEACON OF HOPE AND LIBERTY TO OTHER PEOPLE MAY NOT ALWAYS SHINE SO BRIGHT WITHOUT PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS. THESE INDIVIDUALS PROMOTE GOOD WILL, BEATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNITED STATES, AND THIS HELPS US SECURE ENDURING PARTNERSHIPS WITH THESE NATIONS. IT ALSO DOES GOOD IN THE COUNTRY THAT THEY ARE IN. THEY CHANGE LIVES EVERY DAY IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES THAT THEY SERVE, AND THEY DO THIS MANY TIMES WHEN THEY ARE ALONE. WE MUST ENSURE THEY ARE DOING -- WE ARE DOING ALL WE CAN TO MINIMIZE UNNECESSARY DANGERS FOR OUR PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS. BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. THE SAM FARR AND NICK CASTLE PEACE CORPS REFORM ACT IS THE FIRST STEP AND I URGE LEADERSHIP TO BRING THIS BILL TO A VOTE SOON. AS A JUDGE I CAN TELL YOU IT'S OUR DUTY TO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO PROTECT THESE ANGELS ABROAD. THESE GOODWILL AMBASSADORS LIKE SARAH THOMPSON ARE SOME OF AMERICA'S BEST AND AMERICA MUST TAKE CARE OF THEM WHEN THEY SERVE OVERSEAS, WHEN THEY ARE HELPING PEOPLE OVERSEAS, AND WHEN THEY RETURN HOME TO AMERICA FROM BEING OVERSEAS, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:24:12 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS THAT THE RULES DO NOT ALLOW REFERENCE TO…

        THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS THAT THE RULES DO NOT ALLOW REFERENCE TO PERSONS IN THE GALLERY, AND THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:24:22 AM

        MR. VARGAS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY --

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      • 10:24:37 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 10:24:39 AM

        MR. VARGAS

        I RAISE AWARENESS OF OF THE THREAT OF JESUS BY READING INTO THE…

        I RAISE AWARENESS OF OF THE THREAT OF JESUS BY READING INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD A DECLARATION FROM JESUIT WEST PROVINCE OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS. IT'S A LETTER BY THE FATHER PROVINCIAL FOR THE WEST PROVINCE AND IT READS LIKE THIS. BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY WILL BE CALLED CHILDREN OF CALLED. MATTHEW, CHAPTER, FIVE, VERSE NINE. AS YOU KNOW, NICARAGUA WITH A IS EXPERIENCING AN INCREASINGLY POLITICAL CRISIS. THE PEOPLE THAT DEMAND JUSTICE ARE FIRMLY LOOKING FOR PEACEFUL SOLUTION. THERE ARE ALREADY MORE THAN 153 NICARAGUAANS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES IN JUST OVER A MONTH OF STRUGGLING TOWARD A RESOLUTION. THE SOCIETY OF JESUS, PRESIDENT OF NICARAGUA, HAS JOINED THIS. OUR CONVICTION REQUIRES US TO SHARE SUPPORT AND DEFEND A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT. WE HAVE STILL TIME TO AVOID MORE POLARIZATION, MORE BLOODSHED, AND MORE PAIN. HONEST DIALOGUE AND SERIOUS NEGOTIATIONS ARE VITAL IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE IT. FOR WHOEVER WANTS PEACE DOES NOT ASSAULT, PERSECUTE, MISTREAT OR INTIMIDATE. WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY A RELIABLE SOURCE THAT THE LIFE OF FATHER JOSE ALBERTO, S.J., DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF NICARAGUA IS IN SERIOUS DANGER. THE FATHER HAS BEEN THREATENED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE CONVENED BY THE BISHOPS CONFERENCE FOR STANDING ALONGSIDE THE STUDENTS WHO ARE DEFENDING THE HUMAN RIGHTS, FOR THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, FOR MAKING CONTINUOUS CALLS TO THE NICARAGUAN GOVERNMENT, TO SEE SIGNS THEY ARE -- AND FOR INVOLVING THE UNIVERSITY IN THE EFFORTS OF THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE. ONE HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THIS THREAT. WITH HIS SUPPORT AND ON BEHALF OF ALL THE JESUITS, COLLABORATORS IN JESUIT WEST, WE STAND WITH THE JESUITS OF CENTRAL AMERICA AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE, LAY PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP THE 40 JESUIT INSTITUTIONS WHICH SERVE THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL AMERICA. WE JOIN FATHER ALVARADO IN HOLDING THE JICK RAGN GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR -- THE NICARAGUAN GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE. I CALL ON THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES, THE U.N., THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, AND ALL JESUIT UNIVERSITIES OF THE WORLD, THE DIFFERENT CHURCHES, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, AND ALL OF THOSE COMMITTED TO BASIC HUMAN DIGNITY TO STRONGLY SUPPORT THE PEACEFUL NEGOTIATIONS OF THE SOLUTION TO THE TRAGIC SITUATION THAT THE COUNTRY IS EXPERIENCING AND DEMAND RESPECT FOR THE PHYSICAL SAFETY OF ALL NICARAGUANS, WHO LIKE THE FATHER AND THE BISHOP CONFERENCE STUDENTS AND THOSE PART OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE ARE WORKING FOR A LASTING PEACE THAT IS BORN FROM JUSTICE. IT'S SIGNED BY FATHER SCOTT SANTA ROSA, J.S., HE IS THE PROVINCIAL OF THE WESTERN PROVINCE. AS MANY OF YOU RECALL BACK IN 1989, A VERY SIMILAR THREAT WAS MADE AGAINST A FATHER FROM EL SALVADOR. THAT THREATENEDED IN THE DEATH OF THE FATHER ALONG WITH FIVE OTHER JESUITS AT THE UCA, THE CENTRAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, AS WELL AS TWO LAY PEOPLE. I THINK THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS THREAT THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS TO TAKE A LOOK AT AND DEMAND THAT STEPS BE TAKEN TO PROTECT THE LIFE OF ALL NICARAGUANS AND PARTICULARLY THE STUDENTS AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, THE JESUIT INSTITUTION THERE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:28:40 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. JENKINS, FOR…

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

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      • 10:28:43 AM

        MR. JENKINS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE OPIOID CRISIS TOUCHES NEARLY…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE OPIOID CRISIS TOUCHES NEARLY EVERY FAMILY IN WEST VIRGINIA. WITH TOO MANY LIVES LOST TO THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION. IT'S AN ISSUE I HEAR ABOUT EVERY DAY. AS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC FORCES INCREASING NUMBERS OF CHILDREN INTO FOSTER CARE, WE SEE MORE AND MORE GRANDPARENTS BEING LEFT TO RAISE THEIR GRANDCHILDREN. THESE GRANDPARENTS FACE THE TASK OF CARING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WHILE NAVIGATING A COMPLEX CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM. MANY HAVE LITTLE SUPPORT AND ARE ALSO COPING EVEN WITH THEIR ADULT CHILD'S ADDICTION. WE MUST MAKE IT EASIER FOR GRANDPARENTS WHO LOVE AND CARE FOR THEIR GRANDCHILDREN TO NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM. BILLS LIKE THE ASSISTING STATES' IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANS OF SAFE CARE ACT AIMED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR FAMILIES TO GAIN CUSTODY OF KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THEIR PARENTS DUE TO DRUG ABUSE. ALLOWING THESE FAMILY MEMBERS TO PROVIDE CRITICAL, EMOTIONAL SUPPORT, AND STABILITY TO KIDS WHO HAVE HAD THEIR WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN SEEMS LIKE COMMON SENSE. ONCE IN A STABLE HOME, SUPPORT IS STILL NEEDED. MANY OF THESE GRANDPARENTS NEVER THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE RAISING ANOTHER YOUNG CHILD. . THE SUPPORTING GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN ACT WOULD PROVIDE THEM WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES TO HELP THEM MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CHILD AND THE CHILDREN THAT THEY ARE CARING FOR. THE OPIOID CRISIS CANNOT BE SOLVED OVERNIGHT. BUT WE MUST KEEP FIGHTING. WE MUST ENABLE FAMILIES TO COME TOGETHER TO DO WHAT FAMILIES DO BEST AND THAT IS HELP ONE ANOTHER. WE NEED TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE UNEXPECTEDLY CARING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND PROVIDE THEM WITH THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO RAISE HEALTHY AND HAPPY KIDS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:31:25 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, FOR FIVE…

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:31:29 AM

        MR. MAST

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A GREAT FIVE-MINUTE SPEECH…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A GREAT FIVE-MINUTE SPEECH PREPARED HERE. I'M GOING TO TELL YOU THE WAY IT IS. FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS BEEN USING MY COMMUNITY AS THEIR OWN PERSONAL SEPTIC TANK. THAT'S NOT HYPERBOLE. THAT'S THE TRUTH. NOW, IT HASN'T JUST HAPPENED THIS WAY FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS. THEY JUST STARTED DISCHARGING WATER NOT HYPERBOLE. INTO MY ENGINEERS DECIDES THAT IT'S OK TO ENGINEERS DECIDES THAT IT'S OK TO DISCHARGE WATER THAT THEY KNOW IS TOXIC INTO AN EPICENTER OF COMMUNITY TWO WEEKS AGO. THIS HAS ACTUALLY BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES WHERE YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR THE CORPS OF HUMAN POPULATION. HOW DO THEY KNOW THIS WATER IS TOXIC? BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUED THE STATE OF FLORIDA AT ONE POINT IN HISTORY SAYING WE DON'T YOU TO SEND THIS WATER DOWN SOUTH TOWARD THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES BECAUSE IT'S KILLING THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES, IT'S TOO TOXIC FOR WHAT NEEDS TO GO IN THERE. NOW THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS SENDS IT TO PEOPLE. THEY SEND IT TO THE KIDS THAT ARE OUT AT FISHING CAMP. THEY SEND IT TO THE FISHERMEN WHO ARE TRYING TO PULL FISH OUT OF THE WATER. THEY SEND TO THE BEACHES WHERE INSTEAD THEY HAVE TO PUT UP SIGNS THAT SAY NO SWIMMING. DON'T TOUCH THE WATER, HAZARD TO HUMAN LIFE. WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY IS THIS WHERE THIS IS SENT TO? THIS IS A COMMUNITY, THE TREASURE COAST OF FLORIDA, IT'S AN AREA WHERE BEAUTIFUL WATERS FROM THE ATLANTIC FLOW IN. THEY MAKE THE WATER CRYSTAL CLEAR. IT USED TO BE LADEN WITH SEA GRASS AND SEA LIFE AND WITH WATERFOWL, AND NOW YOU CAN FIND NEXT TO NONE OF THAT. BECAUSE THE WATER'S NO LONGER BLUE. THE WATER NO LONGER HAS SEA GRASS. AND THRIVING FISH BEDS IN IT BECAUSE THE WATER IS BLACK. IT'S BLACK BECAUSE THE FLOWING WATERS IN FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN CAN'T KEEP UP WITH THE TOXIC WATERS THAT ARE DISCHARGED INTO THAT ESTUARY, INTO THAT NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ESTUARY BY THE HAND OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BY THE HAND OF THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. WHERE THE WATER ISN'T BLACK, THE WATER IS GREEN. LIKE THIS. WITH TOXIC ALGAE ENGINEERS. WHERE, BACTERIA. THINGS THAT NO PERSON SHOULD EVER HAVE TO COME IN CONTACT WITH. I'LL TELL YOU, THIS BODY RECENTLY DID A GOOD JOB FOR WHAT HAS TO OCCUR TO FIX THIS ISSUE IN THE LONG TERM. WE PASSED THE WATER RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT ACT WHERE WE WENT OUT THERE AND PUT A PLACEHOLDER INTO THAT BILL FOR A SOUTHERN RESERVOIR, SOUTH OF OUR AREA, TO SEND THIS WATER SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO SEND THIS WATER TO THE EPICENTER OF HUMAN POPULATION IN BILL FOR A OUR AREA. WE DID A GOOD JOB OF DOING SOMETHING KNOWN AS ASKING FOR A REVIEW, OF THE SCHEDULE AT WHICH LEVEL WE CAN KEEP LAKE OKEECHOBEE WATTER IN THAT LAKE SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO DISCHARGE THAT WATER INTO OUR COMMUNITY. WE DID A GOOD JOB IN MAKING SURE THAT WE PUT RESOURCES TOWARDS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO HOW YOU CAN CLEAN UP ALGAL BLOOMS. THOSE WERE GOOD THINGS FOR THE LONG TERM. IT DOESN'T HELP THE PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY TODAY AND TOMORROW. THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN COMING IN CONTACT WITH THE WATER BECAUSE OF THE HUMAN HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH IT. IT DOESN'T HELP THE BUSINESS OWNERS WHO I HAVE TO SAY DAY AFTER DAY WITH TEARS IN THEIR EYES BECAUSE THEIR CLOTHES AND -- THEY ARE CLOSING THEIR DOORS FOR THE LAST TIME BECAUSE THEY CAN'T SURVIVE BECAUSE OF THE WAY THIS DEVASTATES OUR ECONOMY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. WHEN YOU DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY, YOU DESTROY US. YOU DESTROY EVERY ONE OF US IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS CANNOT CONTINUE. THIS HAS TO STOP. AND I CALL ON THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS THAT UNTIL THE MOMENT COMES WHERE YOU CAN SAY THE WATER YOU'RE SENDING IN A OUR AREA IS NOT TOXIC WHATSOEVER, UNTIL THAT DAY COMES WHERE YOU WOULD GO INTO YOU CAN SAY THAT WATER YOURSELF OR BRING YOUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS FOR A VACATION FOR A SWIM IN OUR WATERWAYS, THEN DON'T SEND ONE MORE DROP OF THAT WATER INTO MY COMMUNITY. I PUT ON THE SAME UNIFORM AS THE MEMBERS OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS. WE WORE THE SAME ARMY UNIFORM. AND I KNOW THAT WE CARRY THE SAME PASSION FOR HOW WE DO THINGS. WE HAD AN ETHOS, YOU ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION FIRST. YOU NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT, YOU NEVER QUIT, AND NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE. RIGHT NOW MY COMMUNITY IS BEING LEFT BEHIND. BY THE CORPS OF QUIT, AND NEVER ENGINEERS AND IT'S NOT RIGHT. I CAN SAY THAT NOT ONE MOMENT DURING MY TIME IN THE MILITARY WOULD I HAVE EVER CONSIDERED RISKING THE LIFE OF ONE COMMUNITY IN THE NAME OF SOMETHING THAT MAY POTENTIALLY HAPPEN IN THE FUHR. IT'S NOT RIGHT. IT CAN'T OCCUR IN OUR COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHY I CALLED ON THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO STOP THEIR DISCHARGING OF TOXIC WATER IMMEDIATELY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:36:50 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 10:37:04 AM

        MR. SMUCKER

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE MANHEIM TOWNSHIP…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE MANHEIM TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE TEAM WHO RECENTLY WON THE PROGRAM'S FIRST EVER PIAA STATE TITLE. THEY DEFEATED LA SALLE 6-4 IN THE CLASS 3-A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME THIS PAST SATURDAY TO BRING THE TITLE TO LANCASTER COUNTY. MANHEIM TOWNSHIP OF DISTRICT THREE BECAME THE FIRST SCHOOL FROM OUTSIDE DISTRICTS ONE OR 12 TO WIN THE BOY'S LACROSSE TITLE SINCE THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN. THIS HISTORIC CHAMPIONSHIP IS A FITTING END TO AN EXCELLENT SEASON THAT ALSO INCLUDE ADD PROGRAM BEST 26-1 RECORD, AND BOTH THE LANCASTER LEAGUE AND DISTRICTS THREE TITLES. THESE YOUNG MEN HAVE PUT IN COUNTLESS HOURS OF HARD WORK TO ACHIEVE THIS INCREDIBLE RESULT. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ARE MORE THAN JUST WINNING, THEY ARE ABOUT MORE THAN JUST WINNING. THEY ARE ABOUT TEACHING OUR CHILDREN VALUABLE SKILLS SUCH AS TEAMWORK, COMMITMENT, AND PERSEVERANCE. THEY BUILD CHARACTER AND CREATE MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME. THESE YOUNG MEN HAVE DISPLAYED THESE VALUABLE SKILLS THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE SEASON AND I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THEM. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE TEAM'S FUTURE SUCCESSES. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MANHEIM TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE TEAM, THE COACHES, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THE FACULTY STAFF -- FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS THAT ENABLED THIS HISTORIC TITLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ADDRESS ANOTHER TOPIC THIS MORNING. I WANT TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE'S EFFORT TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC THAT HAS SWEPT ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA AND ACROSS THE NATION. THIS WEEK THE HOUSE IS VOTING ON MORE THAN 30 OPIOID RELATED BILLS WITH MANY MORE TO COME NEXT WEEK AS WELL. SADLY, YOU WOULD BE HARD-PRESSED TODAY TO FIND SOMEONE WHO HASN'T BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS EPIDEMIC. OR WHO KNOWS SOMEONE WHO HASN'T -- OR WHO HAS. IT TRANSCENDS SOCIOECONOMIC AND GEOGRAPHIC LINES AND MAKES NO DIS CONTINUATION BETWEEN AGE -- NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN AGE, INCOME, GENDER, OR POLITICS. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES HAVE BEEN CUT SHORT BY DRUG ABUSE THE. IN MY -- ABUSE. IN MY REGION OF PENNSYLVANIA, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, HEROIN, AND FENTANYL ARE THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN SEVERAL COMMUNITIES. IN FACT, OUR REGION HAS EXPERIENCED A 23% INCREASE IN OPIOID RELATED DEATHS IN 2018 AS COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME PERIOD IN 2017. TOO MANY FAMILIES FEEL BROKEN AND FEEL LOST. THOSE THAT WE KNOW PERSONALLY, OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR FAMILY, AND OUR FRIENDS ARE WORKING TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THOSE THAT THEY LOVE. OUR CONSTITUENTS SHOULD KNOW THAT WE HERE IN CONGRESS HAVE THEIR BACKS. THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT WE'RE WORKING TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO PREVENT ADDICTION, TO TREAT ABUSE, AND TO HELP FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS RECOVER. THIS WEEK AND NEXT, THE HOUSE IS PASSING LEGISLATION THAT CHANGES THE WAY OPIOIDS ARE WORKING TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THOSE THAT THEY LOVE. ARE PRESCRIBED. AND ENCOURAGES ALTERNATIVE METHODS AND MEDICATIONS TO TREAT PAIN. WE'RE CRACKING DOWN ON DEADLY SYNTHETIC DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL. WE'RE GIVING LAW ENFORCEMENT TOOLS TO GET DANGEROUS MEDICATIONS TO TREAT PAIN. DRUGS OFF OUR STREETS AND OUT OF OUR COMMUNITIES. AND WE'RE IMPROVING DATA USED TO HELP AT-RISK PATIENTS AND FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY STRUGGLING COMMUNITIES. AND WE'RE WITH ADDICTION. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE COMING TOGETHER, STANDING SIDE BY SIDE, TO HELP EACH OTHER THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME. THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION AND THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE GETTING SOME MUCH NEEDED ASSISTANCE FROM CONGRESS. BOTH IN WASHINGTON AND IN PENNSYLVANIA WE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES, COMMUNITY LEADERS, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PRIORITIZE AN IMMEDIATE AND EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THOSE WE LOVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:41:28 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, FOR…

        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:41:34 AM

        MR. SMITH

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE FOUR EXCEPTIONAL…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE FOUR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS FROM NEW JERSEY'S POINT PLEASANT BUREAU HIGH SCHOOL, LUKE, THERESA, JEFF, AND ADRIAN FOR THEIR AMAZING APP DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR CLASSMATES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS HAVE A LUNCH BUDDY TO BUILD FRIENDSHIPS, SHARE CONVERSATION, LAUGH, OR TALK ABOUT EACH OTHER'S HOPES AND DREAMS. LUNCH BUDDY APP HELPS MAKE ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS MORE UNDERSTANDING, KNOWLEDGEABLE, KIND, AND EMPATHETIC. IT HELPS ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS SEE THE WORLD FROM EACH OTHER'S EYES. EVERYONE HAS GOOD DAYS AND BAD, STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES, AND THINGS WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT TO A FRIEND. FOR MANY, HIGH SCHOOL CAN BE DIFFICULT AND LONELY. LUNCH BUDDY APP RECOGNIZES THIS AND ENABLES PARTICIPATING STUDENTS A BETTER GRASP THE GOD GIVEN WORTH AND INHERENT VALUE AND INNATE GOODNESS OF EVERYONE AND SAYS WITH NEON LIGHTS, YOU'RE WELCOMED AND CHERISHED HERE. WORKING TOGETHER UNDER THE INCREDIBLE GUIDANCE OF THEIR ADVANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING TEACHER, LUKE, THERESA, AND ADRIAN CREATED THE APP WHICH EARNED THEM THE TOP PRIZE IN THE NEW JERSEY FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT'S APP CHALLENGE. SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, THE TEAM CAME TO THE CAPITOL WHERE THEY WERE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED. MR. SPEAKER, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SEEING THE APP IN ACTION WHEN I VISITED THE HIGH SCHOOL IN FEBRUARY AND WAS STRUCK BY THE EXTRAORDINARY CARE AND KINDNESS OF THE WINNERS AND FRANKLY ALL THE STUDENTS IN THAT CLASS. THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TRULY AMAZING. ALLOW ME TO SAY A BRIEF WORD ABOUT THE TEACHERS NICK. AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF 9/11, HE WAS SO INSPIRED BY THE SELFLESSNESS OF SO MANY THAT HE LEFT A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CAREER AT BELL LABS AND THE SELFLESSNESS OF SO MANY THAT HE LEFT A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CAREER AT BELL LABS AND TOOK AN EARLY RETIREMENT AND HUGE PAY CUT TO TEACH BECAUSE HE SAID HE JUST WANTED TO GIVE BACK TOERS O. HE SAID HE WAS TOO OLD TO BE A FIRE FIRE, TOO OLD TO BE A COP, BUT CHOSE THE NOBLE PROFESSION OF TEACHER. TODAY WITH GREAT SKILL, ENERGY, AND PASSION HE TEACHES HIS STUDENTS IN HIS WORDS, HOW TO USE THEIR PROGRAMMING ENGINEERING AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS FOR GOOD. LUNCH BUDDY APP EPITOMIZES THAT GOOD. LUNCH BUDDY APP SPRANG OUT OF A GRODDER INITIATIVE TO CREATE A BETTER LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. IN 2012, POINT BLESSIAN BORROUGH HIGH SCHOOL ESTABLISHED THE PANTHER ASSISTED LEARNING SOFTWARE OR PALS, WITH THE GOAL OF PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH MILL MUL TIPPLE DISABILITIES DIFFERENTIATED ASSISTIVE LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES AND PROMOTE INCREASED INDEPENDENCE AND VOCATIONAL SUFFICIENCY. ADDITIONALLY, PALS WAS CREATED TO O OVERCOME SPECIFIC BARRIERS TO LEARNING AND FACILITATE INCREASED INTERACTION BETWEEN SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS AND THEIR NONDISABLED PEERS. IT IS WEERNEDFUL PROGRAM THAT TEACHERS -- WONDERFUL PROGRAM THAT TEACHES IMPORTANT LESSONS THAT LAST A LIFETIME. I BELIEVE THIS PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE REPLICATED IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY. LUNCH BUDDY APP SOMEONE OF SEVERAL REAL WORLD OPERATIONAL APPS ENHANCING THE LEARNING AND COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT AT POINT PLEASANT. OTHER APPS ASSIST STUDENTS WITH THEIR CLASS SCHEDULES, MONEY MANAGEMENT, AND RESUME BUILDING, AND ARE DEVELOPED IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS IN THE LIFE SKILLS CLASS. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE ITSELF WAS CREATED TO A ALLOW STUDENTS IN STEM FIELDS WHO ALSO BUILDING, AND ARE DEVELOPED IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS IN THE LIFE WORK IN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE THEIR SOFTWARE APPLICATION ACHIEVEMENTS. . ER IN ESSENTIAL TO THE GLOBAL WORK FORCE OF THE FUTURE AND CRITICAL FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE STUDENTS LIKE THIS TO CHALLENGE -- TO FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR EXPERTISE IN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND WORK WITH TEAMMATES TO ENHANCE THEIR COLLECTIVE CREATIVITY. WE ALL KNOW INTEGRATING INTO THE ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT IN SCHOOL CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR MANY STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY AND INCLUDING THOSE WITH A DISABILITY. AS THE FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL AUTISM CAUCUS, I HAVE HEARD STORIES FROM COUNTLESS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH AUTISM WHO STRUGGLE. SO I AM ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL TO OUR FOUR DESIGNERS OF LUNCH BUDDY APP WHO SHOWED GREAT TECHNICAL SKILL AND GREAT COMPASSION. THEY PUT THEIR EXPERTISE TO THE SERVICE OF OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT THEY AND OTHER STUDENTS IN THAT CLASS HAVE TO OFFER, THE WORLD AWAITS.

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      • 10:46:46 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN, FOR FIVE…

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:46:50 AM

        MR. SHERMAN

        MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR 22 YEARS, I SERVED ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND…

        MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR 22 YEARS, I SERVED ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND FOCUSED ON NORTH KOREA. FOR TWO DECADES I HAVE URGED THE TOUGHEST POSSIBLE PRESSURE, NOT ONLY ON NORTH KOREA, BUT ON CHINA, NORTH KOREA'S LIFELINE. NOW I JOINED JUST LAST MONTH CHAIRMAN YOHO OF THE ASIA SUBCOMMITTEE WHERE I SERVE AS RANKING MEMBER IN SENDING A LETTER INSISTING WE HAVE TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT OF OUR SANCTIONS ON LARGE CHINESE BANKS AND OTHER ENTITIES THAT SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY SERVICES TO KIM JONG UN. SO WHEN THE POSSIBILITY OF A SUMMIT WAS ANNOUNCED, THE FOREIGN POLICY COMMUNITY CAME FORWARD WITH A UNIFIED MESSAGE -- NO CONCESSIONS UNTIL WE GET THE COMPLETE VERIFIABLE, IRREVERSIBLE DISARMAMENT OF NORTH KOREA. AND I FOUND MYSELF ON THE EDGE OF A FOREIGN POLICY COMMUNITY BECAUSE WHILE I SUPPORTED TOUGHER SANCTIONS, I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD SETTLE FOR A VERIFIABLE LIMIT, A FREEZE IN MONITORING, A SYSTEM WHERE THERE IS NO CHEATING AND WHERE WE CAN BE SURE THAT THEY ARE NOT SELLING THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO OTHER EVEN MORE DANGEROUS PARTIES. AND SO I EAGERLY AWAITED SINGAPORE, AND WHAT WE SAW WAS A PRESIDENT THAT PUT INTO PRACTICE WHAT HE WROTE ABOUT WHEN HE WROTE HIS FAMOUS BOOK NEWLY ISSUED AND TITLED, TRUMP: THE ART OF THE CAN PIP LAKES. WHAT ARE THE STEPS OF CAPITULATION, FIRST, GIVE THE OTHER SIDE JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. SECOND, ACCEPT AND RETURN VAGUE PLATITUDES. AND THIRD, GO ON TV AND ANNOUNCE YOU GOT THE BEST DEAL EVER. WHAT DID WE GET FROM NORTH KOREA? A TEMPORARY SUSPENSION IN THEIR MOST EXTREME BARBARISM. THEY AGREED TO RELEASE AND DID RELEASE THREE HOSTAGES. THEY'VE SAID THEY'LL ALLOW US TO LOOK FOR THE BODIES OF OUR FALLEN HEROES FROM THE KOREAN WAR. THEY DID NOT RELEASE THE JAPANESE HOSTAGES. THEY DID RELEASE THREE AMERICAN HOSTAGES. THEY IMPLICITLY AGREED, THOUGH NOT EXPLICITLY, TO AN END OF TESTING, BUT TESTING IS HARDLY NECESSARY ONCE YOU'VE ALREADY PROVEN YOUR CAPACITY. RUSSIA HAS THE CAPACITY TO DESTROY ALL OF THE AMERICAN CITIES, BUT THEY HAVEN'T TESTED A NUCLEAR WEAPON SINCE 1990. WHY? BECAUSE THEY PROVED IT LONG AGO. LIKEWISE, NORTH KOREA HAS PROVEN THE CAPACITY OF ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THEY DON'T NEED FURTHER TESTING. THEY HAVE MISSILES THAT CAN KILL TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AND MILLIONS OF OUR ALLIES IN TOKYO, SOWELL, AND ELSEWHERE IN -- SEOUL, AND ELSEWHERE IN ASIA. THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY TO SMUGGLE THEIR WEAPONS IN OUR WEST COAST CITIES. THEY HAVE CAPACITY. THEY DON'T NEED FURTHER TESTING. THEY DID GIVE THING. THEY PRONOUNCED THE WORD DENUCLEARIZATION. THIS IS THE EPITOME OF VAGUE PLATITUDE FOR WHEN NORTH KOREA SAYS DENUCLEARIZATION THEY SAY THEY'LL GIVE UP OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD GIVES UP ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND WHEN IN THE WORDS OF THE GOOD BOOK, SWORDS ARE BEATEN INTO PLOW SHEARS. WHAT DID WE GIVE THEM? WE GAVE THEM WHAT THE KIM DYNASTY WANTED, A FACE TO FACE WITH AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT. NO, THE STATUTES HAVEN'T CHANGED, BUT THOSE BIG BANKS THAT CHAIRMAN YOHO AND MYSELF AS RANKING MEMBER SANCTIONED, NO WAY THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. NO ONE KNOWS IN BEIJING, -- AND HE DECLARED OUR MILITARY EXERCISES TO BE PROVOCATIVE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN WORLDWIDE WHEN AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT SAYS, WE BETTER NOT TRAIN OUR TROOPS, THAT'S WAR-LIKE? IT MEANS IN THE WORDS OF ADMIRAL STRAVIS, WHO WROTE IN "TIME" MAGAZINE JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, THESE ARE OPERATIONAL MILITARY EXERCISES IN WHICH SHIPS, AIRCRAFT, AND GROUND FORCES PRACTICE EXECUTING OR PLANS, TO HAVE OUR FORCES FORWARD DEPLOYED WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF THAT KIND OF PRACTICE WOULD BE NEGLECT IN THE EXTREME AND -- NEGLIGENT IN THE EXTREME AND LEAD TO MAJOR COMBAT LOSSES IN A REAL FIGHT. WE GAVE UP. NOW, TRUMP IS SAYING THESE EXERCISES ARE EXPENSIVE. HARDLY IS IT EXPENSIVE TO TRAIN OUR TROOPS. WE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO. WE NEED TO ENFORCE THE SANCTIONS AND MAKE THEM TOUGHER. WE HAVE TO SHOW A WILLINGNESS TO SANCTION MAJOR CHINESE BANKS, AND WE NEED TO DO THIS UNTIL WE GET A COMPLETE DECLARATION OF THEIR NUCLEAR MATERIALS, A VERIFICATION AND A FREEZE. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:52:29 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 10:52:37 AM

        MR. FITZPATRICK

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A FAITH LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAS…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A FAITH LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAS MADE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON INDIVIDUALS IN OUR HOME IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. RABBI JOEL SIMON OF THE SYNAGOGUE IN NEWTOWN HAS BEEN A FORCE IN PROVIDING SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE TO HIS CONGRESS REGANTS. DURING HIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, AT THE REFORM CONGREGATION, JOEL HAS MADE GREAT STRIDES TO ENHANCE THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT FOR THE OVER 700 FAMILIES WHO ATTEND THE SYNAGOGUE. A STRONG PROPONENT OF STRENGTHENING JEWISH IDENTITY, RABBI SIMON OVERSEES COMMUNITY BUILDING EXERCISES SUCH AS YOGA, YOUTH GROUPS, AND THEATER TRIPS. RABBI SIMON WILL BE DEPARTING TO RETURN TO HIS HOME IN FLORIDA. AND WHILE HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BY OUR COMMUNITY, WE ARE SURE THAT HE WILL FLOURISH IN THIS NEXT CHAPTER. WE WISH HIM, HIS WIFE, AND HIS FAMILY ALL THE BEST GOING FORWARD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS FROM OUR COMMUNITY IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHO ADMINISTERED FIRST AID THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY SAVE THE LIFE OF A BELOVED SCHOOL BUS DRIVER. IN JANUARY, JANET SUFFERED A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY. DISCOVERED UNCONSCIOUS BY FELLOW BUS DRIVER, JANET WAS FOUND TO BE LACKING A PULSE. WITH THE HELP OF BOB AND OTHER DRIVERS, JANET SOON RECEIVED C.P.R. AND OXYGEN. WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SCHOOL NURSE, DAWN, AND ATHLETIC TRAINER, KATIE, JANET RECEIVED ADDITIONAL TREATMENT SHE NEEDED TO SURVIVE WHILE THE FIRST RESPONDERS WERE ON THE WAY. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO SAVED JANET'S LIFE. THEY ARE FIRE CHIEF, DEPUTY CHIEF,IFY FIGHTER AND AN E.M.T., JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER. THE WEEKEND FOLLOWING THIS HEALTH SCARE, JANET'S BRAIN ACTIVITY HOVERED BETWEEN 3% AND 5%. HOWEVER, WITH THE HELP OF THE TEAM OF DOCTORS, AND MANY PRAYERS, JANET SLOWLY RECOVERED AND IS NOW WORKING AS A MONITOR ON BUS 97, CONTINUING TO ASSIST THE CHILDREN SHE CARES SO DEEPLY ABOUT. I'D LIKE TO THANK BOB, BRENT, DANNY, DAWN, JAMES, JEFF, EVELYN, FOR THEIR COURAGEOUS ACTIONS. THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND QUICK THINKING SAVED THE LIFE OF A DEDICATED SERVANT. AS AN E.M.T., EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON THE POWER OF FIRST AID TECHNIQUES TO SAVE LIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A TEACHER IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHO IS WORKING TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASS RADIO. MARK, A BIOLOGY TEACHER AND A SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER WAS RECENTLY A RECIPIENT OF THE TEACHER AS HERO AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM AND STATE FARM INSURANCE SHURNS. HE WAS HONORED FOR HIS WORK TEACHING A SCIENCE CLASS FOR STUDENTS WHICH DOUBLES AS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS. ADDITIONALLY, MARK HAS TEAMED UP WITH FELLOW TEACHER, JOAN, TO ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY GROUP THAT SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE LATINO COMMUNITY IN THE DISTRICT. I APPLAUD MARK AND JOAN FOR THEIR WORK IN BRIDGING THE LANGUAGE GAP AND LEARNING GAP FOR STUDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY. BY GIVING THEM THE TOOLS TO SUCCEED, MARK AND JOAN ARE PAVING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:56:48 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        BACK.

      • 10:56:52 AM

        MS. STEFANIK

        MR. SPEAKER, MY DISTRICT AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR NATION ARE BEING…

        MR. SPEAKER, MY DISTRICT AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR NATION ARE BEING RAVAGED BY THE HEROIN AND OPIOID EPIDEMIC. THIS CRISIS TOUCHES OUR HOMES, OUR FRIENDS, AND OUR FAMILIES IN WAYS THAT HAVE GRAVE EFFECTS ON EVERYDAY PEOPLE AND EVERYDAY LIVES. OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS, HEROIN-RELATED DEATHS HAVE QUADRUPLED ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, AND IN 2016, OVER 3,600 NEW YORKERS DIED OF AN OPIOID OVERDOSE WITH FATALITIES IN SOME COUNTIES IN MY DISTRICT DOUBLING AND TRIPLING. THIS IS WHY SINCE ARRIVING IN CONGRESS I'VE WORKED WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE BIPARTISAN HEROIN TASK FORCE TO PASS THE COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, AND TO PROVIDE OVER $4 BILLION IN FUNDING TO FIGHT THIS EPIDEMIC. BUT WE MUST CONTINUE TO ATTACK THIS EPIDEMIC HEAD-ON, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE PASSING A PACKAGE OF BILLS THIS WEEK TO PREVENT ADDICTION, ENCOURAGE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY, AND IMPROVE LAW ENFORCEMENT TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONTINUE THIS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN WORK SO THAT THE FAMILIES WE REPRESENT CAN GET THE RELIEF THEY NEED. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:58:09 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:58:28 AM

      Recess

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

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        DEALING WITH THE NATION'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC. VODSE MID AFTERNOON AS THE…

        DEALING WITH THE NATION'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC. VODSE MID AFTERNOON AS THE MEMBERS ARE HEADING THIS EVENING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME. LIVE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR HERE ON C-SPAN.

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    • 12:00:27 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 14.

      • 12:00:37 PM

        THE SPEAKER

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN,…

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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      • 12:00:39 PM

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

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          CHAPLAIN CONROY

          LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY AND OUR…

          LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY AND OUR CREATURES CAN COME BEFORE YOU AND ASK FOR GUIDANCE FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THERE ARE MANY ISSUES FACING CONGRESS. SOME ARE QUITE CONTENTIOUS. ALL ARE OF IMPORTANCE TO SO MANY OF OUR CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS. BLESS EACH MEMBER WITH WISDOM AND INSIGHT INTO THE IMPLICATIONS OF THEIR LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS SO THAT YOUR SPIRIT IS AT WORK IN THE BUSINESS OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. BLESS US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE HERE BE FOR YOUR DEBATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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        • 12:01:33 PM

          THE SPEAKER

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

          THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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      • 12:01:41 PM

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

      • 12:01:43 PM

        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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          MS. MATSUI

          I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

          I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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      • 12:02:00 PM

        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

        • 12:02:01 PM

          ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP

          Ms. Matsui asked unanimous consent that she may hereafter be considered as the primary sponsor of H.R. 3828, a bill originally introduced by Representative Slaughter, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings under clause 7 of rule XII.

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            THE SPEAKER

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

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

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

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

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          • 12:02:19 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:02:22 PM

            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF ALZHEIMER'S…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS MONTH. SADLY, ALZHEIMER'S IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING, COSTLIEST, AND DEADLIEST EPIDEMICS FACING OUR NATION. I'M ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH THE PAIN AND HEARTBREAK SURROUNDING THIS DREADFUL DISEASE BECAUSE MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY IN 2011 DUE TO THE COMPLICATIONS FROM ALZHEIMER'S. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MY EXPERIENCE IS NOT UNIQUE. OVER 5.7 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH THIS DISEASE, INCLUDING HALF A MILLION FLORIDIANS. THAT IS WHY I AM A STAUNCH ADVOCATE FOR ALZHEIMER'S, RESEARCH FUNDING. AND I'M ALSO PROUD TO HAVE RECENTLY CO-SPONSORED H.R. ADVOCATE FOR 4256, THE BOLD INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALZHEIMER'S ACT. THIS BILL WOULD CREATE A MODERN HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS OUR NATION DESIGNED TO INCREASE EARLY DETECTION AND DIAGNOSIS OF ALZHEIMER'S. IT WOULD ALSO FOCUS ON SUPPORTING THE NEEDS OF CAREGIVERS WHO OFTEN BEAR THE LASTING IMPACT OF THIS DISEASE. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS, WITH THEIR FAMILIES, AND WITH THEIR CAREGIVERS AND SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:03:02 PM

          ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

          The House resumed with one minute speeches.

          • 12:03:36 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO -- [INAUDIBLE] GENDER EQUITY AND…

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO -- [INAUDIBLE] GENDER EQUITY AND EDUCATION ACT OF 2017. A BILL ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE LUIS SLAUGHTER OF NEW YORK FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 12.

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          • 12:04:05 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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            TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS IS MISSING NEARLY A DOZEN KEY, VERY IMPORTANT LEADERS WHICH IS A GRAVE DISSERVICE TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS.

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          • 12:04:31 PM

            MS. BROWNLEY

            IT'S BEEN FOUR WEEKS SINCE THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED HIS LATEST V.A.…

            IT'S BEEN FOUR WEEKS SINCE THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED HIS LATEST V.A. SECRETARY NOMINEE, BUT HE HAS YET TO FORMALLY SUBMIT THE NOMINATION TO THE SENATE. THE V.A. HAS BEEN WITHOUT A PERMANENT UNDERSECRETARY FOR HEALTH SINCE FEBRUARY OF 2017, AND THERE ARE AT LEAST NINE DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARIES AND ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY POSITIONS WITHOUT A PERMANENT APPOINTEE. SUBMIT THE NOMINATION WITHOUT STRONG, STEADY LEADERSHIP HOW WILL THE V.A. PROVIDE THE BEST HEALTH CARE AND TIMELY BENEFITS OUR NATION'S VETERANS DESERVE? THE PRESIDENT MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THESE FAILURES OF LEADERSHIP AND IMMEDIATELY PRIORITIZE, IDENTIFYING, PROPERLY VETTING, AND APPOINTING THE QUALIFIED LEADERS THE V.A. NEEDS BECAUSE THIS VACANT V.A. IS AN INSULT TO OUR HEROES. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 12:05:26 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            REQUEST PERMISSION REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT ONE OF THE EASIEST THINGS IN THE WORLD TO DO IS…

            MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT ONE OF THE EASIEST THINGS IN THE WORLD TO DO IS SPEND OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.

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          • 12:05:45 PM

            MR. DUNCAN

            FOR AT LEAST 50 YEARS OR MORE, WE HAVE BEEN READING AND HEARING ABOUT…

            FOR AT LEAST 50 YEARS OR MORE, WE HAVE BEEN READING AND HEARING ABOUT UNBELIEVABLE WASTE BY THE PENTAGON AND EXCESSIVE CHARGES BY DEFENSE CONTRACTORS WHO HIRE SO MANY RETIRED ADMIRALS AND GENERALS. BUT IN TODAY'S AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE, THERE IS AN ARTICLE ABOUT AIR FORCE SPENDING THAT REALLY TAKES BY DEFENSE THE CAKE. THE ARTICLE IS ENTITLED, WHY DO AIR FORCE PLANES NEED $10,000 TOILET SEAT COVERS? THE STORY IS BY DAN, A FORMER MARINE CAPTAIN. HE WROTE THE FOLLOWING, QUOTE, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONTRACTOR TOLD AIR FORCE THAT EACH NEW TOILET SEAT COVER FOR THE C-17 CARGO PLANE WILL COST $10,000. THE AIR FORCE'S CHIEF ACQUISITION OFFICIAL RATHER THAN POOH-POOHING THE COST DEFENDED IT BY CLAIMING THE COMPANY WOULD HAVE TO SWITCH PRODUCTION FROM OTHER PRODUCTS TO MAKE A LIMITED NUMBER OF TOILET COVERS, THUS DRIVING UP THE EXPENSE. IT IS UNPATRIOTIC, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ANY FEDERAL DEPARTMENT, BUT ESPECIALLY THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO SPEND TAXPAYERS' MONEY SO RECKLESSLY. I WISH SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY WE COULD GET A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE IN CHARGE AT THE PENTAGON. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 12:06:47 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 12:06:54 PM

            MR. PALLONE

            UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

          • 12:06:59 PM

            MR. PALLONE

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN THEIR APPALLING…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN THEIR APPALLING ASSAULT ON NEW JERSEY TO NEW LOWS. THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE IS CONSIDERING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PENALIZE STATES LIKE NEW JERSEY WHERE GOVERNOR MURPHY AND OUR PEOPLE HAVE HAD THE COURAGE AND FORESIGHT TO BLOCK DRILLING IN STATE WATERS. WHAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS DON'T REALIZE IS NEW JERSEYANS WILL NEVER BE BLACKMAILED INTO ACCEPTING DRILLING MILES AWAY FROM OUR $38 BILLION A YEAR TOURISM INDUSTRY. WE KNOW THE DAMAGE THAT THE B.P. OIL SPILL DID TO COMMUNITIES ON THE GULF COAST AND WE'LL STOP AT NOTHING TO PREVENT IT OFF NEW JERSEY'S WATERS. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFERED THE LARGEST OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN WE HAVE EVER SEEN LAST YEAR. BUT EVEN THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS THE TRUE DANGERS OF DRILLING. WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE HE EXCLUDED DRILLING OFF FLORIDA WATERS AT THE REQUEST OF HIS POLITICAL ALLIES THERE. REPUBLICANS UNDERSTAND THE RISKS OF OFFSHORE DRILLING THEY ARE ALL TOO HAPPY TO SUBJECT COASTAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY TO THE RISKS. SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, FOR STATE RIGHTS. MR. SPEAKER, NEW JERSEYAN HAVE A LONG MEMORY AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET THIS ASSAULT ON OUR ECONOMY AND WAY OF LIFE. I YIELD BACK.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE WORK THE HOUSE IS DOING TO…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE WORK THE HOUSE IS DOING TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC SWEEPING OUR NATION. SADLY, IN 2006 OUR NATION LOST MORE PEOPLE TO OVERDOSE DEATHS THAN WERE LOST DURING THE ENTIRE VIETNAM WAR. ONE ONE OF THOSE LIVES LOST WAS SAMANTHA HUNTLY, WHOSE PICTURE I HAVE HERE.

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          • 12:08:51 PM

            MRS. HARTZLER

            SAMANTHA WAS AN OUTGOING CHEERLEADER IN SPRING FIELD, MOVEMENT. WHEN SHE…

            SAMANTHA WAS AN OUTGOING CHEERLEADER IN SPRING FIELD, MOVEMENT. WHEN SHE WAS 16 SHE WAS IN A CAR WRECK AND BROKE HER BACK. HER DOCTOR PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS TO DEAL WITH THE PAIN, WHEN THEY RAN OUT, SAM TURNED TO HEROIN. AT AGE 18, SHE CONFESSED TO HER MOM SHE NEEDED HELP BUT SHE WAS NEVER ABLE TO BEAT HER ADDICTION. TRAGICALLY SAM SUCCUMBED TO AN OVERDOSE LAST YEAR AT AGE 20. THIS EPIDEMIC MUST NOT TAKE ANY MORE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY WE'RE PASSING OVER 70 BILLS THIS WEEK TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. NOW IS THE TIME TO PREVENT OTHER TRAGEDIES SO BEAUTIFUL AMAZING YOUTH LIKE SAMANTHA CAN LIVE. I YIELD BACK.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            ONE MINUTE.

          • 12:09:54 PM

            MR. KENNEDY

            YES, THE BRUTALITY BEING PERPETRATED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS…

            YES, THE BRUTALITY BEING PERPETRATED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS ABOUT WHO WE'RE AS A COUNTRY. IT'S ABOUT MORALITY. IT'S ABOUT HUMANITY. BUT FIRST IT'S ABOUT THOSE KIDS. THE 5-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM HONDURAS WHO COLLAPSED ON A KITCHEN FLOOR IN MICHIGAN SOBBING FOR HIS PARENTS. THE MOTHER WHO HAD TO LISTEN TO HER 7-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER FRANTICALLY SCREAMING IN A DETENTION ROOM NEXT DOOR AS SHE WAS HAULED AWAY. THE 3-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WAS PUT INCONSOLABLE, ON A FLIGHT TO THE MIDWEST AFTER HIS MOTHER WAS LEFT BEHIND. A FOUR-MONTH-OLD BABY RIPPED FROM HIS FATHER'S ARMS. I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE, I DON'T CARE WHO YOU VOTE FOR, OR WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE NUANCES OF IMMIGRATION REFORM, THESE CHILDREN, BABIES, NEED TO BE WITH THEIR PARENTS JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER CHILD IN THIS COUNTRY. ANYTHING LESS IS CRUELTY IN ITS PUREST FORM. YIELD BACK.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE LIEUTENANT ERIC OF THE COLLINSVILLE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE LIEUTENANT ERIC OF THE COLLINSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND CONGRATULATE HIM ON BEING AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR AWARD FROM THE FIREFIGHTING MEDAL OF HONOR AWARD CEREMONY THIS PAST MAY.

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            MR. DAVIS

            HE WAS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS ACTIONS IN RESPONDING TO FIRE IN AN APARTMENT…

            HE WAS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS ACTIONS IN RESPONDING TO FIRE IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING WHILE DRIVING HIS OWN PERSONAL VEHICLE LAST SEPTEMBER. AFTER LIEUTENANT ASSESSED THE SITUATION AND DETERMINED THE RESIDENTS WERE TRAPPED, HE TOOK MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS. WITHOUT REGARD FOR HIS OWN SAFETY, HE WAS ABLE TO ENTER THE BUILDING AND RESCUE A SEMICONSCIOUS WOMAN TRAPPED IN HER APARTMENT, REMOVE HER FROM THE COMPLEX, AND REMAIN WITH HER UNTIL MEDICAL ATTENTION ARRIVED. AFTER RESCUING THE WOMAN, HE TOOK ACTIONS TO PREVENTS THE FIRE FROM SPREADING TO OTHER PARTS OF THE APARTMENT. HIS QUICK ACTIONS HELP PREVENTS FURTHER DAMAGE AND LOSS OF LIFE IN THE SURROUNDING APARTMENTS. I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE LIEUTENANT FOR HIS COURAGE AND SELFLESS ACTION THAT IS SAVE ADD WOMAN'S LIFE. THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT, AND ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO TO PROTECT US AND KEEP US SAFE EVERY DAY. YIELD BACK.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. WOMAN'S LIFE. THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT, AND ALL THE FOR…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. WOMAN'S LIFE. THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT, AND ALL THE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. VEASEY

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN TODAY TO BRING…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN TODAY TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORT TO GUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. LAST FRIDAY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FAILED TO DEFEND A KEY PROVISION OF THE A.C.A. THAT PROTECTS PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THE DECISION JEOPARDIZES MILLIONS OF PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE IN TEXAS. THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH METROPLEX HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST UNINSURED RATES IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT I REPRESENT ALONE HAS THE HIGHEST UNINSURED RATE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. RIGHT NOW REPUBLICANS ARE COMPLICIT IN ALLOWING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST OVER 10 MILLION TEXANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS BAD AND WE'RE ASKING FOR BASIC EMPATHY. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN A CONSTANT STATE OF PANIC AND PRAYING FOR THE DAY THAT THEIR HEALTH IS IN JEOPARDY AND KNOW THAT THEIR INSURANCE WON'T BE THERE FOR THEM. LET'S SAVE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. LET'S MAKE IT STRONGER. THESE INSURANCE PLANS SUPPORT HARDWORKING FAMILIES. WERE PUT IN PLACE FOR REASON. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR LOVED ONES WITH PREEX-ISING CONDITIONS -- PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND THAT'S WHAT WE DEMAND. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:14:01 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            MR. POLIQUIN

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. POLIQUIN

            MR. SPEAKER, MAINE IS A BIG SMALL TOWN. OUR POPULATION IS ONLY 1.3 MILLION…

            MR. SPEAKER, MAINE IS A BIG SMALL TOWN. OUR POPULATION IS ONLY 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY, MR. SPEAKER, KNOWS EVERYBODY ELSE. BUT THIS OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS DEVASTATED SO MANY OF OUR FAMILIES IN THE GREAT STATE OF MAINE, INCLUDING HAVING A BIG IMPACT ON MY OWN. EVERY DAY ONE MAINER DIE FROM AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC UP IN OUR GREAT STATE. WE MUST CONTINUE TO BATTLE THIS DEVASTATING SCOURGE IN OUR POPULATION, AND IT MUST BE ALL HANDS ON DECK. SEVERAL MONTHS AGO CONGRESS APPROPRIATED $4 BILLION BACK TO THE STATES FOR INCREASED LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EARLY EDUCATION AND FOR RECOVERY PROGRAMS, BUT THERE'S SO MUCH MORE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. THAT'S WHY THIS WEEK I AM SO PROUD THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED WITH A BIG BIPARTISAN VOTE THE SAFE DISPOSAL OF UNUSED MEDICATION ACT. THIS ALLOWS HOSPICE WORKERS TO SAFELY DISPOSE OF UNUSED OPIOID AND OTHER POWERFUL MEDICATIONS SO THEY DON'T FALL INTO THE WRONG HANDS. I AM GRATEFUL, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALL DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HERE IN D.C. AND BACK IN MAINE TO HELP GIVE OUR FAMILIES MORE SECURITY. WE'VE GOT TO STAY ON OFFENSE AND BATTLE THIS EPIDEMIC AND TELL -- UNTIL WE HAVE WON. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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            I RISE TODAY TO SHARE A SAD STORY OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DO NOT VALUE OUR…

            I RISE TODAY TO SHARE A SAD STORY OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DO NOT VALUE OUR WORKERS' SAFETY. CYNTHIA PALAMOTTA WAS A NURSE WAS A NURSE AND COMPLANDE TO HER SUPERVISORS THAT HER WORK AREA HAD INSUFFICIENT LIGHTING. RATHER THAN UPDATING THE LIGHTING SYSTEM OR PROVIDING HER WITH A SECURE LIGHT FIXTURE, SHE WAS GIVEN A COMMON DESK LAMP. ON THE DAY SHE WAS TREATING A PATIENT AND WHEN HER BACK WAS TURNED, THE PATIENT GABBED THIS LAMP AND HIT HER OVER THE HEAD KNOCKING HER INTO A COMA. SHE NEVER WOKE UP. EVERY YEAR, THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE KILLED WHILE AT WORK. MORE THAN 4,000 IN 2015 ALONE. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE INTRODUCED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THE HEALTH CARE WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT TO STOP TRAGEDIES LIKE CYNTHIA'S FROM TAKING PLACE AGAIN. IT IS BIPARTISAN AND IT'S COMMON SENSE. THE BILL REQUIRES FACILITIES TO CREATE VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLANS THAT ADDRESS ALL LEVELS OF SAFETY. HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SERVICE WORKERS FACE HIGH RISK. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            MR. THOMPSON

            REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. THOMPSON

            I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE FLAG DAY AND CELEBRATE THE ARMY'S BIRTHDAY.…

            I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE FLAG DAY AND CELEBRATE THE ARMY'S BIRTHDAY. EACH YEAR ON JUNE 14, WE SELL BAIT THE STARS AND STIPES, WHICH THE SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS DESIGNATED AS A SYMBOL OF OUR NATION ON THIS DAY IN 1777. OUR FLAG HAS FLOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WORLD AND FLOWN DURING OUR MOST TRAGIC MOMENTS AND GREATEST TRIUMPHS AND GREAT SYMBOL OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND IT AND SERVE IT AND SOME CASES DIE FOR IT. I JOINED SECRETARY OF ARMY, ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF AND SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE ARMY TO CELEBRATE THE RICH HISTORY OF OUR ARMY. WITHOUT THE ARMY, 243 YEARS AGO, WE WOULDN'T BE THE DEBATE NATION THAT WE ARE TODAY. TODAY WE CELEBRATE TWO GREAT SYMBOLS OF FREEDOM, OUR ARMY AND FLAG BEING THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THE HOUSE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE RECENT RETIREMENT OF THE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE RECENT RETIREMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, HE SERVED AS THE STANDARD OF TENNESSEE LAW AMENDMENT. HE JOINED THE T.B.I. AS A SPECIAL AGENT WHERE HE SHOWED INVESTIGATIVE LIBERTY, LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND WORK ETHIC. HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OVERSEEING THE FORENS SIX DIVISION AND THEN DIRECTOR IN 2004. SERVING LONGER, HE IMPLEMENTED MANY POLICIES AND PROGRAMS THAT HELPED THE BUREAU EVOLVE. HE FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF METHAMPHETAMINE PRODUCTION IN THE STATE AND TOOK STEPS IN COMBATTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND OVERSAW THE FUSION CENTER WHICH PROVIDES SERVICES THAT LINK LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF ALL TENNESSEE RESIDENTS. THERE WILL BE CHALLENGES THAT THE BUREAU WILL FACE AND FUTURE LEADERS WILL HAVE TO OVERCOME. WITH THE FOUNDATION BUILT DURING HIS TENURE, THEY WILL FACE THESE CHALLENGES WITH THE SAME PROFESSIONALISM, EFFICIENCY AND GRACE THAT THE DIRECTOR HAS EXHIBITED. MARK, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND WISH YOU WELL ON YOUR RETIREMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            MR. REICHERT

            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, I CALL UP H.R. 5788, THE SYNTHETICS…

            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, I CALL UP H.R. 5788, THE SYNTHETICS TRAFFICKING AND OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT OF 2018 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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            Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 934. H.R. 5788 — "To provide for the processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of certain international mail shipments and to require the provision of advance electronic information on international mail shipments of mail, and for other purposes."

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              Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2851, H.R. 5735 and H.R. 5788 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.

              • 12:20:25 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                THE CLERK

                H.R. 5788 A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER…

                H.R. 5788 A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS AND TO REQUIRE THE PROVISION OF ADVANCED ELECTRONIC INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS OF MAIL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 12:20:46 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS PRINTED IN THE BILL, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751, MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART D OF THE REPORT IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BRILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR AND WITH THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT.

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          • 12:21:07 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 5788.

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              MR. REICHERT

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5788 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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            • 12:21:44 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. REICHERT

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I AM PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO…

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I AM PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788 THE SYNTHETICS TRAFFICKING AND OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT, WHICH IS SHORT, STOP ACT. BY PASSING THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN BILL TODAY, WE ARE STANDING UP FOR THE HEALTH AND STATE OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES AND CLOSING AN IMPORTANT LOOPHOLE ALLOWING CONTRABAND TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES THROUGH INTERNATIONAL MAIL. IN MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON, THERE'S BEEN A 134% INCREASE IN OPIOID-RELATED CASES BETWEEN 2004 AND 2016 AND OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS INCREASED BY 33%. THIS INCREASE SHOCKINGLY EXCEEDS OUR STATE'S POPULATION GROWTH AND WHY THE WORK WE ARE DOING IN CONGRESS AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE IS SO IMPORTANT. IN APRIL, WE HELD A HEARING IN THE TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE WITH WITNESSES FROM CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL AND THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. THEY DISCUSSED HOW SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS ARE ENTERING THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM AND HOW WE CAN HELP THEM PUT A STOP TO THIS. THE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WE WILL VOTE ON TODAY SUPPORTS THEIR WORK BY REQUIRING ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA AND INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS IN ALLOWING THE BORDER PATROL TO TARGET FOR OPIOID SHIPMENTS. IT ALSO HOLDS THESE AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE TO DO SO MUCH MORE THAN THEY HAVE BEEN DOING, BY USING HARD LINE DEADLINES AND MANDATES AS WELL ASPENIALITIES. ULTIMATELY, THE BILL WILL REQUIRE THE POSTAL SERVICE TO REFUSE PACKAGES FOR WHICH THIS INFORMATION IS NOT PROVIDED UNLESS THERE IS COMPELLING REASON. THE OPIOID CRISIS MUST BE ADDRESSED FROM EVERY ANGLE, AND THAT INCLUDES STOPPING ILLICIT SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS FROM ENTERING OUR COUNTRY. WE MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES THAN THIS BILL WOULD DO JUST THAT. I THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY, RANKING MEMBER PASCRELL, REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BISHOP, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN FASO AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON THIS BILL AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF OF EACH ONE OF THESE MEMBERS THAT WORKED SO HARD AND DEDICATED SO MUCH TIME ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE STOP ACT. AND MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT AT THIS TIME THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BISHOP, BE PERMITTED TO CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME ON OUR SIDE.

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            • 12:24:36 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              MR. REICHERT

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 12:24:46 PM

              MR. NEAL

              MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING AN EPIDEMIC OF…

              MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING AN EPIDEMIC OF OPIOID-RELATED OVERDOSES AND FATALITIES. MY COMMUNITY ARE NOT STRANGERS TO THE HEARTBREAK THAT WE RECOGNIZE ON THIS OCCASION. THERE IS A LOT WE CAN AND SHOULD BE DOING AND I'M EAGER TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE ON COMPREHENSIVE AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS. TODAY, THE BILL WE ARE TO CONSIDER IS A GOOD START. THE STOP ACT OF 2018 SHORES UP THE ABILITY OF U.S. CUSTOMS SHIPMENTS OF LIKE FENTANYL IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE MAIL. IT REQUIRES THE POSTAL SERVICE TO COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONTENTS AND SENDERS OF PACKAGES FROM FOREIGN POSTAL SERVICES. I SUPPORTED THE EARLIER EDITION OF THIS BILL WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED IN 2017 BECAUSE I RECOGNIZE THE ENORMITY OF THE DEVASTATION. I KNOW THAT THERE WERE SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH EARLIER VERSIONS OF THE BILL WITH RESPECT TO THE SEVERITY OF THE PENALTIES IT IMPOSED ON THE POSTAL SERVICE. I'M GLAD THAT THE STOP ACT WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY MAKES IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ORIGINAL BILL AND TO THOSE PENALTIES AND PROVISIONS. LET ME ESPECIALLY EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR WAYS AND MEANS TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER BILL PASCRELL WHO HAS WORKED TOGETHER WITH THE DEMOCRATS ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE AND THE SENATE WITH THE MAJORITY OBVIOUSLY TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS. I UNDERSTAND THERE WAS SOME CONTINUED CONCERNS WITH THE BILL AND WE WANT TO WORK WITH INTERESTED PARTIES TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS. GIVEN THE URGENCY OF THE EPIDEMIC AT HAND, I'M GLAD WE ARE ABLE TO SUPPORT WHAT IS IN FRONT OF US TODAY WHICH IS A STRONG AND ACHIEVABLE MEASURE IN THIS LEGISLATION TO AT LEAST ADDRESS PART OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, TO MANAGE THE MINORITY'S POSITION.

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            • 12:26:57 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              MR. PASCRELL

              I RESERVE.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 12:27:02 PM

              MR. BISHOP

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. BISHOP

              THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION H.R. 5788, THE STOP…

              THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION H.R. 5788, THE STOP ACT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS FOCUSED ON STOPPING SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS LIKE FENTANYL THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM. THESE SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS CAN BE 50 TO 500 TIMES MORE POTENT THAN A REGULAR STREET DOSE OF HERNAN THE EVER GROSSING PRESENCE OF THESE THAT ARE CAUSING OVERDOSE DEATH TO SKYROCKET. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRUG ABUSE, THERE ARE OVER 115 DEATHS EACH AND EVERY DAY FROM OPIOID OVERDOSE. TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS, I HAVE BEEN TRAVELING ACROSS MY DISTRICT IN MICHIGAN HOSTING TOWN HALLS WHERE I HEARD ABOUT THE DEVASTATING IMPACT THIS KICE IS IS HAVING IN OUR COMMUNITIES. AND I MET WITH OFFICIALS WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINES, INCLUDING FIRE AND POLICE AND EDUCATORS, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND OTHERS, ALL OF WHOM ARE PLEADING FOR COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. JUST LIKE THE BILL WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY. AND I WANT TO BE CANDID, I GEE, CURRENTLY OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT DOING ENOUGH TO STOP OPIOIDS COMING IN THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM. CURRENT LAW TREATS PACKAGES COMING IN THROUGH PRIVATE CARRIERS LIKE FED EX AND U.P.S. DIFFERENTLY THAN IT DOES THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM. PRIVATE CARRIERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA ON ALL IN-BOUND PACKAGES WHILE THE SAME IS NOT TRUE FOR SHIPMENTS HANDLED BY THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE IN THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM. THIS DATA INCLUDES THREE PRIMARY PIECES OF INFORMATION WHERE THE PACKAGE IS FROM, WHERE IT'S GOING TO AND WHAT'S IN IT. THIS IS ACTIONABLE DATA THATENING ENABLES TO TARGET HIGH-RISK SHIPMENTS FOR SEIZURE. OFFICIALS WILL TELL YOU THIS IS ALL ABOUT FINDING A NEEDLE IN A HEYSTACK AND THIS INFORMATION PROVIDES THE LAW ENFORCEMENT THE TOOLS THEY NEED, THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO INTERDICT AND SEIZE THESE ILLEGAL PACKAGES. THIS IS WHAT MY BILL WOULD DO. IT WOULD REQUIRE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO OBTAIN A.E.D. ON ALL INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS BY 2020 SO THE UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION CAN TARGET SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES AND OTHER DANGEROUS SHIPMENTS AND REQUIRES THE POSTAL SERVICE TO RAMP UP 70% COMPLIANCE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND WOULD REQUIRE THE POSTAL SERVICE TO REFUSE SHIPMENT OF ANY FOREIGN PACKAGE THAT DOESN'T HAVE A.E.D. AFTER 2020. THIS BILL INCLUDES STRONG ENFORCEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY PROVISIONS THAT WILL IMPOSE CIVIL PENALTIES IF THEY ACCEPT PACKAGES WITHOUT A.E.D. AFTER 2020. LASTLY AND I THINK MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL GIVES CONGRESS STRONG OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY WHICH INCLUDES REPORTING BY THE G.A.O. TO UPDATE US ON THE AGENCY'S PROGRESS. IN THE END, IT'S THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE AGENCIES ARE COMPLYING WITH THE LAW. . I' LIKE TO THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES NO THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK SENATORS HATCH, WIDEN, AND PORTMAN FOR ALL THEIR CONSTRUCTIVE IMPORT IN THIS PROCESS. THIS IS ABOUT STOPPING DANGEROUS OPIOIDS ENTERING THE COUNTRY. TOO MANY AMERICANS HAVE DIED FROM THE OPIOID CRY SINCE HIGH TIME WE TAKE ACTION TO PUT A STOP TO THE INFLOW OF FOREIGN SYNTHETIC OPEN YACHTS -- OPIATES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 12:31:04 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. PASCRELL

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

            • 12:31:10 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 12:31:12 PM

              MR. PASCRELL

              THANK YOU. I'M PLEASED TO BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY REGARDING A BILL THAT WE…

              THANK YOU. I'M PLEASED TO BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY REGARDING A BILL THAT WE HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING FOR MANY MONTHS AND THAT DEALS WITH INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TOPIC, THE OPIATE ON THE FLOOR TODAY EPIDEMIC THAT IS HAVING A DEVASTATING IMPACT ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. DESPITE CURRENT EFFORTS, THIS OPIATE EPIDEMIC CONTINUES TO RAVAGE OUR COMMUNITIES. EVERY DAY IN THIS COUNTRY 115 AMERICANS LOSE THEIR LIVES TO OPIATES. PAINKILLERS. IN 2016, MY HOME STATE OF NEW JERSEY ALONE EXPERIENCED 2,056 LIVES LOST TO THIS EPIDEMIC. IN NEW JERSEY, ATTORNEY PREDICT IT WILL BE 3,000 THIS YEAR. THIS LEGISLATION ADDRESSES ONE ASPECT OF THE CRISIS. SYNTHETIC OPIATES MAKING THE WAY INTO HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THROUGH THE MAIL. ACCORDING TO THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, CHINA IS THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF THE FENTANYL THAT ENTERS THIS COUNTRY. FENTANYL IS OFTEN SOLD ONLINE, THEN SHIPPED TO THE UNITED STATES IN SMALL QUANTITIES, MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT TO DETECT. I SAW FIRSTHAND THE WAY THAT THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE AND CUSTOMS IS WORKING TOGETHER TO STOP THE FLOW OF SYNTHETIC OPIATES COMING IN THROUGH INTERNATIONAL MAIL. I VISITED A MAIL FACILITY IN NEW JERSEY WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THESE AGENCIES AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. I KNOW THAT THE POSTAL SERVICE RECEIVES AN OVERWHELMING VOLUME OF MAIL AND THEY ARE WORKING HARD WITH LIMITED RESOURCES TO SCREEN SHIPMENTS. BUT WE HAVE SOME CLEAR STRATEGIES THAT WE CAN EMPLOY TO CREATE AN EFFECTIVE SYSTEM FOR TARGETING SHIPMENTS THAT HAVE A RISK OF CONTAINING THESE OPIATES. NAMELY COLLECTING ADVANCE ELECTRONIC DATA, A.E.D., ON PACKAGE THAT IS EPTER THE UNITED STATES. -- PACKAGES THAT ENTER THE UNITED STATES, ALL PACKAGE THAT IS ENTER THE UNITED STATES. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ADVANCE ELECTRONIC DATA TYPICALLY INCLUDES THE NAME, ADDRESS OF THE SHIPPER AND RECIPIENT, AS WELL AS THE CONTENTS OF THE PACKAGE. C.B.P., CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL, USES THIS INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY PACKAGES THAT MAY POSE A RISK. CUSTOMS CAN THEN -- CAN PLACE A HOLD ON A SHIPMENT, NOTIFY CARRIERS THAT PACKAGE MUST BE PRESENTED FOR EXAMINATION. PRIVATE CARRIERS HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO COLLECT THIS INFORMATION SINCE 2002. BUT THE POSTAL SERVICE MAY MADE EXEMPT FROM THIS REQUIREMENT, AND AS A RESULT HAS BECOME THE PREFERRED METHOD FOR SHIPPING ILLICIT MATERIALS, INCLUDING OPIATES, INTO THE UNITED STATES. THE VERSION OF THE STOP ACT THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY IS AN AMENDED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL ACT WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BACK IN 2017. WE HAD 271 SPONSORS ON THAT LEGISLATION. AMENDED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL ACT WHICH WAS THE OLD STOP ACT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED THE USPS, UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, TO COLLECT 100% OF THAT INFORMATION. WITHIN ONE YEAR OR FACE PENALTIES UP TO $5,000 FOR EVERY PACKAGE FOR WHICH YOU FAILED TO DO SO. A NUMBER OF STAKEHOLDERS RAISED CONCERNS WITH THIS APPROACH SO WE WORKED THEM OUT. AND WE WORKED WITH THEM, INCLUDING THE POSTAL SERVICE AND THEIR UNIONS TO TRY TO ARRIVE AT A WORKABLE SOLUTION. AS A RESULT OF THESE DISCUSSIONS IN CONSULTATIONS, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT CHANGES. THE LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TODAY MAKES A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES THAT ADDRESS THE CONCERNS RAISED BY STAKEHOLDERS. FIRST, THIS BILL ALLOWS MORE TIME FOR UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE. THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE WILL HAVE UNTIL THE END OF 2020 TO TRANSMIT THE A.E.D. ON ALL INTERNATIONAL MAIL DELIVERED TO THE UNITED STATES. THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES A WAIVER THAT EXCLUDES COUNTRIES THAT LACK CAPACITY TO COLLECT THAT INFORMATION AND POSE A LOW RICK OF VIOLATING U.S. LAWS 100% REQUIREMENT. AS A RESULT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE WILL NOT BE PENALIZED FOR ISSUES THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF ITS CONTROL AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO COMPLY WITH ITS INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS. SECOND, THE AMENDED LEGISLATION REMOVES THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE HIRE A BROKER FOR EVERY PACKAGE THAT ENTERS INTO THE UNITED STATES. SAVING COSTS, ENSURING THEY CAN CAN RECEIVE INBOUND MAIL UNDER ITS CURRENT PRACTICES. FINALLY, THE LEGISLATION PROVIDES FOR A MORE NUANCED APPROACH TO THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE PENALTIES. CUSTOMS IS REQUIRED TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE PENALTIES IF THE POSTAL SERVICE DOES ONE OF THREE THINGS. IT COOPERATES WITH CUSTOMS, IT HAS A HIGH COMPLIANCE RATE, OR IT TAKES REMEDIAL MEASURES. THESE CHANGES ARE PROPOSED -- WERE PROPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO ADDRESS ITS CONCERNS REGARDING THE PENALTIES PROVISION. SO AS A PRACTICAL MATTER THESE CHANGES MEAN THAT IF THE POSTAL SERVICE CONTINUES ITS CURRENT WORK, PENALTIES WILL LIKELY NEVER BE IMPOSED. FURTHER, THE LEGISLATION DOES NOT ALLOW PENALTIES TO BE CONSIDERED UNTIL 2021. I'D ALSO LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT LANGUAGE IN THE BILL DIRECTING THE CUSTOM AND BORDER PATROL TO PROVIDE AN ANNUAL REPORT ON THE INDIVIDUALS AND THE COMPANIES, AND THE COMPANIES THAT ARE NOT PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION AND THE MANNER IN WHICH IT IMPOSES PENALTIES BY REQUIRING THE C.B.P., CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL, TO REPORT THIS USEFUL INFORMATION ON VIOLATORS AND VIOLATOR PENALTY ASSESSMENTS I BELIEVE WILL ENHANCE THE INTERDICTION OF PROHIBITED ITEMS FROM ENTERING THE UNITED STATES TO EXPRESS CONSIGNMENT OPERATORS. THIS REVISED BILL HAS SUPPORT FROM A VARIETY OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND A PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS, AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES. JUST BEFORE WE STARTED TODAY, THE FRATERNITY -- FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SENT A SUPPORTING LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THIS. THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THIS REVISED BILL HAS SUPPORT FROM A VARIETY OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS. DESPITE THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF THE STAKEHOLDERS REMAIN OPPOSED. AND WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT. WE TRY TO WORK WITH THOSE WHO HAVE OPPOSED. I RESPECT AND CONTINUE CONCERNS 245 THESE -- THAT THESE STAKEHOLDERS HAVE ARTICULATED AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM GOING FORWARD. HOWEVER WITH THE CHANGES THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO THIS LEGISLATION, ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, I BELIEVE THAT THE CURRENT LEGISLATION PROVIDES AN AGGRESSIVE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE BUT WORKABLE AA PROACH TO THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. -- WORKABLE APPROACH TO THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TODAY AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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            • 12:39:02 PM

              MR. BISHOP

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM.

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              MR. ROSS CAN

              THANK YOU, MR. BISHOP. EVERYONE THAT WE KNOW HAS A LOT OF THINGS THEY ARE…

              THANK YOU, MR. BISHOP. EVERYONE THAT WE KNOW HAS A LOT OF THINGS THEY ARE DEALING WITH ON A DAILY BASIS AND THERE ARE CHALLENGES AND ISSUES AND LITTLE MINI CRISES. UNTIL SOMEBODY GETS A PHONE CALL THAT SAYS THAT THEIR CHILD IS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM WITH AN OPIOID OVERDOSE, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU'VE GOT ONE CRISIS. THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN MY CONSTITUENCY, AND I KNOW THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE FIRST TIME THIS ISSUE WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION, IT WAS FROM A FRIEND OF MINE, THE CORONER IN DUE PAGE COUNTY IN ILLINOIS, MY DISTRICT, WHO SAID, PETER, THERE ARE KIDS WHO ARE DYING OF THIS CRISIS. HE KEPT BEING A VOICE ON THIS AND BRINGING IT TO ATTENTION. HE AND OTHERS IN MY HOME COUNTY, THE HOPE TASK FORCE, HAVE BEEN JOINING TOGETHER. I HAVE MET WITH THEM. THEY HAVE GIVEN ME FEEDBACK. SIMILARLY THERE IS ANOTHER TASK FORCE, THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE COALITION IN COUNTY, THE HOPE TASK FORCE, HAVE MCHENRY COUNTS COUNT -- COUNTY, ILLINOIS I, IS DOING SIMILAR WORK. THEY SAID ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IS, THIS FENTANYL COMES IN THROUGH THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SYSTEM. WHEN YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT THIS YOU ARE INCREDULOUS ABOUT IT. THAT CAN'T BE. THE MORE YOU LEARN, THE MORE YOU REALIZE THAT THIS IS A MAJOR PROBLEM. IN FACT, IN TERMS OF IMPORTING THIS OR CROSSING OUR BORDER, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THIS IS AT THE TOP OF THE HEAP. TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE AND SCIENCE AND MEDICINE BEHIND FENTANYL IS TO MEAN THAT IT SCARES THE LIVING DAY LIGHTS OUT OF YOU. THIS MOLECULE GETS IN YOUR BODY, AND THE POWER OF IT IS OVERWHELMING. I WANT TO THANK MR. BISHOP. I WANT TO THANK MR. PASCRELL FOR THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, TO WORK THROUGH THIS, AND TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS. NOW, THIS IS NOT THE ONLY THING THAT'S GOING TO BE HAPPENING HERE. THIS IS IN THE CONTEXT OF OTHER PIECES OF LEGISLATION. THIS IS IN THE COP TEXT OF LOOKING AT TREATMENT OF RE-- THIS IS IN OTHER PIECES THE CONTEXT OF LOOKING AT TREATMENT, SCREENING, EDUCATION, THIS INBOUND FLOW IS SOMETHING IS THIS CONGRESS CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT. IN A NUTSHELL, BY BRINGING TOGETHER THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, THE BORDER PATROL, AND ALSO THE UNITED STATES STATE DEPARTMENT TO WORK THE CONTEXT OF LOOKING AT TOGETHER IN A COORDINATED FASHION IS SOMETHING THAT MY DISTRICT IS REALLY PLEASED ABOUT. I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE TO ADVOCATE ON ITS BEHALF AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, THE BALANCE OF MY TOOFMENT

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            • 12:41:40 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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              MR. PASCRELL

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 12:41:50 PM

              MR. DAVIS

              I THANK MR. PASCRELL FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER FOR…

              I THANK MR. PASCRELL FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER FOR THE RECORD TWO DOCUMENTS. ONE, AN ARTICLE FROM THE "CHICAGO SUN-TIMES" ON TODAY, STATING A FOUR BLOCK RADIUS ON THE THE WEST SIDE IS AT THE HEART OF CHICAGO'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC. AND -- THANK YOU. AND THE OPIOID CRISIS IN ILLINOIS BY THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, THE PURPOSE OF THE STOP ACT IS TO ADDRESS THE INFLUX OF SYNTHETIC OPIATES ARRIVING THROUGH INTERNATIONAL MAIL. GIVEN THE GROWING HARM TO OUR COMMUNITIES FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE, I, TOO, WANT TO THANK AND COMMEND THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR ITS HARD WORK ON DEVELOPING THIS LEGISLATION. ESPECIALLY I WANT TO POINT OUT THE EFFORTS OF MR. PASCRELL AND MR. BISHOP. I'M STRONGLY COMMITTED TO PREVENTING THE SHIPMENT OF DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL OPIATES INTO THE UNITED STATES. I SUPPORT THE I TENT -- THE INTENT OF THIS BILL TO LIMIT THE ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING OF DRUGS AND I VOTED IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. HOWEVER, AFTER THE LAST MINUTE VOTED IN SUPPORT CHANGES MADE TO THIS BILL IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, I, UNFORTUNATELY, CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 5788. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP INSISTED ON LAST-MINUTE CHANGES TO IMPOSE CIVIL PENALTIES ON THE POSTAL SERVICE FOR ANY ACCEPTED SHIPMENT LIKE AN ADVANCE ELECTRONIC DATA WITHOUT ALLOWING ENOUGH TIME TO FULLY VET THE IMPACT OF THE CHANGES WITH CRITICAL STAKEHOLDERS. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE FAIRNESS OF IMPOSING CIVIL LIBERTIES FOR INDIVIDUAL SHIPMENTS LIKE ELECTRONIC DATA WHEN THE POSTAL SERVICE LAX DIRECT CONTROL OVER WHETHER FOREIGN POSTAL OPERATORS PROVIDE THIS DATA. I AM CONCERNED CONCERNED THAT HAVING EXECUTIVE BRANCH IMPOSE PENALTIES ON ANOTHER WOULD SET UP AN ADVERSARIAL RELATIONSHIP IN ADDRESSING ILLEGAL DRUG TRAFFICKING RATHER THAN A COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP. I'M ALSO CONCERNED THAT PENALTIES ARE IMPOSED BASED ON INDIVIDUAL SHIPMENTS RATHER THAN SYSTEMATIC VIOLATIONS. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF MY DEMOCRAT -- DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TO LIT MYTH GATE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THESE CIVIL PENALTIESES. HOWEVER DUE TO THE CONCERNS OF U.S. POSTAL SERVICE AND THE POSTAL UNIONS ABOUT THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF THESE LAST-MINUTE CHANGES BY REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS BILL AT THIS TIME. I AM COMMITTED TO STOPPING THE SHIPMENT OF DANGEROUS DRUGS AND TO WORKING TO RESOLVE THESE PROBLEMS AS THIS LEGISLATION CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD. I URGE THAT WE CONTINUE TO WORK TO IMPROVE IT AND MAKE IT THE VERY BEST THAT IT COULD BE WITHOUT THREATENING IN ANY WAY THE VIBLINGT -- VIABILITY OF POSTAL OPERATIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 12:45:12 PM

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

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

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            • 12:45:17 PM

              MR. BISHOP

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. FASO.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 12:45:26 PM

              MR. FASO

              THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF…

              THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788. ONCE SIGNED INTO LAW, THE LEGISLATION WILL HELP COMBAT OUR NATION'S GROWING OPIOID CRISIS BY PREVENTING ITS EASY IMPORTATION THROUGH THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. UNDER CURRENT LAW PRIVATE SHIPPING COMPANIES ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WITH ELECTRONIC DATA FOR PACKAGES INBOUND INTO THE UNITED STATES. THIS CAN BE EASIER TO TRACK AND LOATHE. THIS STANDARD IS NOT IMPOSED ON OUR POSTAL SERVICE EVEN THOUGH THEY BROUGHT IN MORE THAN FOUR TIMES THE NUMBER OF PACKAGES INTO THE U.S. THAN ALL PRIVATE CARRIERS LIKE U.P.S. DID IN 2016. THIS BILL WILL BRING THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE UP TO THE INDUSTRY STANDARDS BY REQUIRING ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA FOR 100% OF PACKAGES BY 2020 AND A STRONG GOAL OF 70% BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. THERE IS A 2019 STUDY REQUIRED BY THE G.A.O. BY REQUIRING THIS DATA OF FOREIGN SHIPPERS, WE CAN HELP KEEP DANGEROUS OPIOIDS AWAY AND OFF OUR STREETS. THE ABUNDANCE OF NIL WITHIN OUR BORDERS IS INCREASING JOW DOSE DEATHS. A RECENT STUDY INDICATED THAT FENTANYL IS THE MOST COMMON FATAL OVERDOSE DRUG IN THE UNITED STATES, ROUGHLY 42,000 OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2016. MR. SPEAKER, JUST HOW DANGEROUS IS FENTANYL? I CAN RELATE TO YOU A RECENT INCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED IN OUR STATE OF NEW YORK, SEIZURE OF FEPT NIL IN NEW YORK SPIKED BY OVER 1,000% BETWEEN 2016 AND 2017. IN 2016, IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE J.F.K. AIRPORT IS A MAJOR SHIPPING POINT, 64 POUNDS OF FENTANYL WERE SEIZED. 217, 216 POUNDS. IN ONE BUST, THEY SEIZED 100 POUND OF FENTANYL WHICH IS ENOUGH TO KILL THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF NEW YORK CITY AND NEW JERSEY COMBINED. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO PHYSICAL THE PROBLEM. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN PRAYEDY, MR. REICHERT, MR. BISHOP, MR. PASCRELL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS VITALLY SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE PASSING NUMEROUS BILLS THIS WEEK DEALING WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS. PERHAPS NONE IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE STOP ACT. AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            • 12:48:32 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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              MR. PASCRELL

              I RESERVE.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

            • 12:48:40 PM

              MR. BISHOP

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE…

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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            • 12:48:47 PM

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              MR. BRADY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE AREN'T MANY TODAY WHO HAVEN'T BEEN TOUCHED…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE AREN'T MANY TODAY WHO HAVEN'T BEEN TOUCHED BY THE OPIOID CRISIS IN AMERICA. THIS SWIFT AND DEVASTATING EPIDEMIC HAS EVERY COMMUNITY IN AMERICA ROB COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS OF THEIR HOPES AND ADDICTIONS. THIS IS DIFFICULT TO WITNESS. AND ONLY TAKES FIVE DAYS FOR A SON, DAUGHTER OR A PARENT TO BECOME ADDICTED. THE SAD TRUTH, MANY BECOME ADDICTED AFTER TAKING AN OPIOID FOR A LEGITIMATE REASON. THIS HAS TORN APART FAMILIES AND LEFT A GENERATION OF CHILDREN WITHOUT PARENTS. MOST -- WE SEE MORE NEWS STORIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVING NEAR FATAL ENCOUNTERS. ONE CASE, A SMALL PACKAGE ALMOST KILLED A POLICE OFFICER IN OHIO. THIS IS A REMINDER HOW DANGEROUS THESE OPIOIDS ARE. IN 2016, MORE AMERICANS DIED DUE TO OPIOID OVERDOSES THAN WERE LOST OVER THE ENTIRE VIETNAM WAR. THE SCALE OF THE CRISIS IS IMMENSE AND LOSS OF SO MANY POTENTIAL FOR SO MANY THAT IS HARD TO COMPREHEND BUT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ARE COMING TOGETHER AND FIGHTING WITH EVERY TOOL IN OUR ARSENAL. TODAY, I RISE IN SUPPORT, STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788 KNOWN AS THE STOP ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL ADDRESSES A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT HAS HELPED FUEL THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC TO AND SHIPMENTS FROM FOREIGN NATIONS. FROM OUR SPEAKERS TODAY, YOU HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THE PROVEN TECHNIQUES TO STOP THIS DRUG SMUGGLING. BUT I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERS WHO BROUGHT THIS SOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN BISHOP OF MICHIGAN, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS WELL AS THE RANKING MEMBER PASCRELL FROM NEW JERSEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE, DAVID REICHERT OF WASHINGTON, CONGRESSMAN JOHN FASO OF NEW YORK AND SENATOR PORTMAN FROM OHIO FOR THEIR DILIGENT WORK TO DELIVER A HARD-HITTING SOLUTION TO THIS VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM. I'M CONFIDENT THAT THIS BILL SHAPED BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WORKING TOGETHER WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE OPIOID CRISIS AND HELP PROTECT MANY AMERICANS. BYPASSING THIS BILL WE CAN TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTIONS TO HELP SLOW THE FLOW OF OPIOIDS IN THIS NATION. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL.

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            • 12:51:51 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 12:51:56 PM

              MR. PASCRELL

              WE HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS.

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              MR. BISHOP

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN.

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              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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              MR. PAULSEN

              WE KNOW THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS UNFORTUNATELY TEARING APART COMMUNITIES…

              WE KNOW THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS UNFORTUNATELY TEARING APART COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY AND I WANT TO SHARE A STORY IN PARTICULAR THAT IS SIMILAR TO THE HEARTBREAK WE HAVE HEARD FROM OTHERS AGO. KEYING AND DUFFY WAS 30 YEARS OLD WHEN HE DIED IN JANUARY OF LAST YEAR. HE JUST RECEIVED HIS MASTER'S DEGREE AND PROMISING CAREER IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND DONATED A LOT OF HIS VOLUNTEER TIME TO HELPING THE POOR. HIS ADDICTION STARTED LIKE SO MANY OTHERS. HE WAS PRESCRIBED 120 PILLS AFTER SUFFERING CHRONIC BACK PAIN. AFTER THE FIRST PILL, HE WAS HOOKED. AND DESPITE HIS ATTEMPTS TO BREAK FREE, HE COULD NEVER QUITE DO IT AND HE DIED OF AN OVERDOSE THAT CAME FROM FENTANYL WHICH IS MADE IN ASIAN BOUGHT ONLINE AND SMUGGLED INTO THE UNITED STATES. KEYING AND'S STORY WAS TOLD TO ME BY HIS MOTHER. IT WAS HEARTBREAKING AND NOW HIS MOTHER AND FATHER, DAVID, HAVE WRITTEN TO ME A VERY LOVING TRIBUTE TO THEIR SON. WITHOUT OBJECTION, I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER THEIR STATEMENT IN THE RECORD.

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            • 12:53:24 PM

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              MR. PAULSEN

              THIS LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT. INTERNATIONAL MAIL IS THE VERY EASY…

              THIS LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT. INTERNATIONAL MAIL IS THE VERY EASY ROUTE THAT WE HAVE SEEN IMPORTATION OF FENTANYL INTO THE UNITED STATES. WHILE PRIVATE CARRIERS HAVE TO SUBMIT ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA ABOUT PACKAGES THAT COME IN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS BEEN EXEMPT. A LOOPHOLE. GIVING TRAFFICKERS AN EASY OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE FENTANYL COME INTO AMERICA. THE STOP ACT CLOSES THAT LOOPHOLE. IT'S BIPARTISANLY SUPPORTED AND WILL MAKE IT HARDER AND MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO SMUGGLE IN FEPT NIL THAT MURDERED KEYING AND AND INFLICTED PAIN THROUGH TRAGIC DEATH TO FAMILIES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. WE CAN SAVE OTHER AMERICAN LIVES. I WANT TO THANK MR. BISHOP AND MR. PASCRELL FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS LEGISLATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING IT PASSED LATER TODAY BECAUSE WE ARE FINDING SOLUTIONS TO THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 12:54:28 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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              MR. BISHOP

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HARRIS.

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              MR. HARRIS

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788. THERE ARE MANY FACETS OF OPIOID ABUSE AND…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788. THERE ARE MANY FACETS OF OPIOID ABUSE AND OVERDOSES AND WE ARE GOING TO NEED MANY PIECES OF LEGISLATION, BUT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT DEALS WITH THE USE OF THE U.S. MAIL SYSTEM TO IMPORT SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS. I HAVE USED SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS FOR 30 YEARS EMFENTANYL. AFTER IT WAS DISCOVERED IT WAS WIDELY USED AND VERY IMPORTANT DRUG TO TREAT OUR SICKEST PATIENTS. BUT NOW IT'S A KILLER DRUG FREQUENTLY USED ILLEGALLY, MIXED WITH HERNAN BECAUSE OF ITS VERY SPECIFIC ACTION, HIGHLY LETHAL WHEN MISUSED AND TO ADD TO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A DEER I HAVE I HAVE, 100 MORE TIMES MORE POE ENT. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT WE SECURE OUR MAIL SYSTEM? A GRAIN OF RICE IS 29 MILLIGRAMS. THAT'S THE WEIGHT OF A GRAIN OF RICE. FENTANYL, THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF RICE, WILL KILL 29 PEOPLE, THAT'S HOW LETHAL IT IS. AND THAT GRAIN OF RICE-SIZE WILL KILL 2,900 PEOPLE. THE MAIL SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO TRANSPORT THESE DRUGS AND BECAUSE THEY ARE HIGHLY LETHAL. IN MARYLAND, IT INVOLVES FENTANYL BECAUSE THEY ARE SO CON SEALABLE AND LETHAL, WE HAVE TO SECURE THE MECHANISMS BY WHICH THESE DRUGS CAN BE TRANSMITTED AND THE MAIL SYSTEM RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF LOOPHOLES THAT EXIST IN IT THAT WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT TODAY CAN BE USED TO TRANSPORT THOSE DRUGS TO KILL OUR YOUTH. IMPORTED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHERE WITHOUT ANY REMORSE, THESE DRUGS ARE SHIPPED TO THE UNITED STATES AND RESULT IN OVERDOSE DEATHS HERE. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO PASS 5788. WE HAVE TO SECURE OUR MAIL SYSTEM AND TAKE THE SCOURGE OF THESE FENTANYL AND OTHER SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS OFF OUR STREETS WHERE THEY ARE KILLING YOUNG AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 12:57:07 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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              MR. BISHOP

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL.

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              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 12:57:21 PM

              MR. HILL

              I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788, THE…

              I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788, THE STOP ACT SPONSORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND, MIKE BISHOP. THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WILL SECURE OUR MAIL FROM FENTANYL AND OTHER OPIOIDS THAT ARE FLOODING INTO THE UNITED STATES FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES, NAMELY CHINA AND MEXICO. THE OPIOID CRISIS KILLS MORE THAN 100 AMERICANS EACH DAY AND CAUSED MORE THAN 45,000 DEATHS LAST YEAR ALONE. IN 2016, MORE AMERICANS DIED FROM A DRUG OVERDOSE THAN WE LOST IN VIETNAM. A THIRD OF THOSE DEATHS ARE ATTRIBUTEABLE TO FENTANYL. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, I WITNESSED MY KIDS LOSING THEIR PEERS TO THIS CRISIS. YESTERDAY, I SPOKE TO THE MOTHER OF A YOUNG MAN FROM MY DISTRICT WHO LOST HIS LIFE DUE TO A FENTANYL-LACED OVERDOSE. NATE'S MOTHER AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY ARE HEART BROKEN. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO STEM THE TIDE OF THIS CRISIS AND PREVENT FAMILIES FROM SUFFERING THE TRAGIC LOSS OF ONE WHO IS LOVED TO OPIOID ADDICTION. A VITAL COMPONENT OF THIS EFFORT IS PLUGGING THE HOLES IN OUR MAIL SYSTEM AND STOP ILLICIT SUBSTANCES FROM ENTERING THE UNITED STATES. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL HAVE SEIZED MORE THAN 790 POUNDS OF FENT NIL. THAT IS ENOUGH TO KILL 179 MILLION PEOPLE. HALF OUR POPULATION. MR. HARRIS TALKED ABOUT THE SIZE OF GRAIN OF RICE, HOW ABOUT ONE GRAM, MR. SPEAKER? SWEET AND LOW PACKET, SOMETHING WE USE EVERY DAY, ENOUGH TO KILL 500 BILL. THE STOP ACT IS A TERRIFIC BILL THAT PROVIDES THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICES TO SCREEN INTERNATIONAL MAIL TO STOP THESE INSANE AMOUNTS OF DRUGS COMING INTO OUR COUNTRY. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL WORK TO IMPLEMENT THIS MUCH NEEDED POLICY CHANGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 12:59:44 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

            • 12:59:47 PM

              MR. BISHOP

              WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 12:59:51 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

            • 12:59:52 PM

              MR. PASCRELL

              MR. SPEAKER, I PLEAD WITH YOU AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON THE OTHER…

              MR. SPEAKER, I PLEAD WITH YOU AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, I THINK WE ARE MAKING A BIG STEP TODAY IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER PIECES. BUT I WOULD RECOMMEND, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE APPROACH THIS DEADLY EPIDEMIC, AND IT IS DEADLY, IN -- THE SAME WAY THAT WE APPROACHED THE EPIDEMIC IN THE END OF THE 1980'S AND 1990'S AND THAT WAS THE EPIDEMIC OF THE H.I.V. VIRUS. NO ONE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IT, MR. SPEAKER. SO PEOPLE DIED WHEN THEY COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED IF WE HAD KNOWLEDGE OF PREVENTION AND HAD KNOWLEDGE OF HOW WE TAKE CARE OF THOSE FOLKS. . IT TOOK US UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF THE 1990'S WHEN WE OPENED UP LOCAL CLINICS, UNTIL PEOPLE FELT LESS INVOLVED IN A STIGMA THAT THEY HAD TO COME OUT FROM THE SHADOWS TO PROTECT THE REST OF THE POPULATION, INCLUDING THEMSELVES. THEN, WE CAME TOGETHER AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PASSED RYAN WHITE LEGISLATION, WHICH HAS BEEN A BIG HELP ON H.I.V. VIRUS . THEN WE CAME TOGETHER. UNFORTUNATELY, MALADIES BRING AMERICANS TOGETHER. WELL, THAT'S GOOD THAT WE COME TOGETHER, THOUGH. I ASK AND PLEAD THAT WE HAVE THE SAME VIGOR IN APPROACHING OPIOIDS AND APPROACHING THE FENTANYL, WHICH IS COMING IN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. IF WE DO THAT, WE NOT ONLY SURVIVE, WE'LL HELP THOSE, AND WE WILL PREVENT MANY FROM FALLING INTO A TRAP. YOU HEARD SOME PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THAT TRAP TODAY. STARTING WITH PAINKILLERS AND MOVING ON TO EVEN MORE DANGEROUS DRUGS. WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS. WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS. YESTERDAY, WE PASSED BY VOICE VOTE LEGISLATION TO CHANGE THE PROTOCOL ON HOW WE APPROACH THE PATIENTS, NOT ONLY IN THE EMERGENCY ROOMS OF AMERICA, BUT INTO MANY DEPARTMENTS AND HOSPITALS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WE NEED TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO THE VERY OPIOIDS THAT ARE MAKING FOOLS OF US, AND THOSE ALTERNATIVES SHALL BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, PART OF THE SOLUTION TO GETTING TO THE PROMISE LAND, AS BRUCE SAYS. SO I WANT TO THANK MR. BISHOP. I WANTED TO THANK MR. BRADY. I WANTED TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, RICHIE NEAL, AND TO ALL THOSE THAT WORKED ON THIS LEGISLATION , DAVID REICHERT AND MANY MORE, AND I CONGRATULATE OUR PERSISTENCE IN GETTING THROUGH A LOT OF HURDLES. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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            • 01:03:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 01:03:39 PM

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              MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I CLOSE, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER IN THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I CLOSE, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER IN THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION.

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            • 01:03:48 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              JURISDICTION.

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              TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 01:03:53 PM

              MR. BISHOP

              I WANT TO THANK MR. PASCRELL AND THOSE THAT WORKED ON THIS PROCESS. THIS…

              I WANT TO THANK MR. PASCRELL AND THOSE THAT WORKED ON THIS PROCESS. THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT'S NOT A REPUBLICAN ISSUE. THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRAT ISSUE. THIS IS OUR ISSUE. IT'S HAPPENING EVERY DAY. 115 AMERICANS ARE DYING EACH AND EVERY DAY DUE TO OPIOID OVERDOSE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MOTHERS, FATHERS, CHILDREN. TOO MANY CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITIES. WE KNOW THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS FAILING AMERICANS. WE'RE ALLOWING THESE FOREIGN CRIMINALS AND DRUG DEALERS TO EXPLOIT THE VERY OBVIOUS LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW, AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS SO IMPORTANT. THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO COME TOGETHER AND GET SOMETHING DONE. IT SETS HARD DEADLINES THAT WILL REQUIRE ALL PACKAGES COMING INTO OUR COUNTRY TO HAVE THIS ACTIONABLE DATA THAT WILL ENABLE THE U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION TO INTERDICT AND SEIZE DANGEROUS SHIPMENTS OF THESE DANGEROUS PACKAGES AND KEEP THEM OFF THE STREETS, THE AMERICAN STREETS. IN CLOSING, I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY TO ALL PACKAGES AND KEEP THOSE HERE TODAY -- I KNOW WE ALL HAVE A STORY, BUT I WANT TO REITERATE THAT WE ALL HAVE A STORY AND WE HAVE NOW A MORAL OBLIGATION TO CLOSE THIS OBVIOUS LOOPHOLE. I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:05:17 PM

              The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. AYES HAVE. THIRD READING.

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              • 01:05:35 PM

                THE CLERK

                A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION…

                A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS AND TO REQUIRE THE PROVISION OF ADVANCED ELECTRONIC INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS OF MAIL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 01:05:49 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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          • 01:05:51 PM

            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

            At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 5788, the Chair put the question on passage, and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Bishop (MI) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until a time to be announced.

            • 01:05:57 PM

              MR. BISHOP

              MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

            • 01:05:59 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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            • 01:06:50 PM

              Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 934. H.R. 5735 — "To amend the United States Housing Act of 1937 to establish a demonstration program to set aside section 8 housing vouchers for supportive and transitional housing for individuals recovering from opioid use disorders or other substance use disorders, and for other purposes."

              • 01:06:52 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 01:06:55 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND SUBMIT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL, H.R. 5735.

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            • 01:06:55 PM

              Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2851, H.R. 5735 and H.R. 5788 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.

              • 01:07:09 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

              • 01:08:49 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE…

                THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5735. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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            • 01:08:57 PM

              The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.

              • 01:08:57 PM

                House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 934 and Rule XVIII.

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                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5735 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                • 01:09:16 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A…

                  A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO SET ASIDE SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS FOR SUPPORTIVE AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS RECOVERING FROM OPIOID USE DISORDERS OR OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 01:09:34 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE…

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 01:09:38 PM

              GENERAL DEBATE

              The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 5735.

              • 01:09:44 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

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

              • 01:09:47 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:09:49 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RECEIVED A LETTER NOT LONG AGO FROM A…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RECEIVED A LETTER NOT LONG AGO FROM A CONSTITUENT, JIM FROM DALLAS COUNTY, AND THE FIRST THREE WORDS WERE, I NEED HELP, AND THE LETTER TALKS ABOUT HIS GRANDSON, JOSHUA. HE WAS A GOOD KID AND JIM BECAME HIS GUARDIAN AT AGE 6. HE TOOK A BAD TURN AT AGE 16. IT WAS AT AGE 16 HE STARTED USING OPIOIDS. HIS LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME. AND JIM WRITES, AT FIRST HIS GRANDSON STARTED OUT WITH PILLS AND THEN LATER STREET DRUGS AND ENDED UP ON HEROIN. NO SURPRISE HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN. HIS USAGE ESCALATED AND HE ENDED UP DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL IN THE LAST SEMESTER OF HIGH SCHOOL. ALONG THE WAY, HE FOUND A MENIAL JOB HERE, A MENIAL JOB THERE, BUT HE COULDN'T HOLD ONE DOWN BECAUSE OF THE DRUG USAGE. JIM TRIED TO HELP HIM EVERY WAY HE COULD, AND HE SAID, IN THE SUMMER OF 2014, HIS OPIOID USAGE BROUGHT HIM ALMOST TO DEATH. AND I WON'T SAY THE STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING, BUT AT LEAST -- AT LEAST HE'S NOW TRYING TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND. HE'S OFF OF OPIOIDS, AND HE'S ON OTHER MEDICATIONS, METHADONE , ZACK AX. HE'S -- XANAX. HE'S ACTUALLY GOTTEN BACK AND GOT HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. HE'S ABLE TO OPERATE A FORKLIFT, BUT BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE THAT'S BEEN DONE, HE CAN'T HOLD DOWN A JOB. HIS DRUG COSTS ARE EXPENSIVE. AND HE STILL NEEDS HELP. SO MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU KNOW WHAT'S UNUSUAL ABOUT THIS STORY ? REGRETTABLY, NOTHING. NOTHING IS UNUSUAL ABOUT THIS STORY. AND, AGAIN, ALTHOUGH IT DOESN'T HAVE A HAPPY END, AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW THIS STORY IS GOING TO END, AT LEAST IT DOESN'T HAVE A TRAGIC END. BECAUSE FAR TOO MANY STORIES LIKE IT END IN THE TRAGEDY OF DEATH, AND MY GUESS IS, MR. CHAIRMAN, EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THIS BODY COULD READ A SIMILAR LETTER AS I READ FROM JIM FROM DALLAS. I'VE BEEN IN THIS HOUSE NOW FOR EIGHT TERMS. RARELY, RARELY DOES A WEEK GO BY THAT SOMEBODY DOESN'T USE THE TERM CRISIS, AND MOST OF THE TIME I DON'T GIVE IT MUCH THOUGHT BUT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN SOMEBODY SAYS THERE IS A CRISIS OF OPIOID USE IN AMERICA, I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. HOW NEGLECT THIS BODY WOULD BE IF WE DIDN'T DECLARE WAR ON THIS CRISIS AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS SMART TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. SO TODAY, OUT OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, WE'RE BRINGING UP A BILL BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, A MEMBER OF OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP BECAUSE I KNOW HOW HEART-FELT THE PAIN HE KNOWS FROM HIS DISTRICT IS. AND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS BRINGING BEFORE US IS THAT WE HAVE SEEN EVIDENCE THAT TRANSITIONAL HOUSING CAN BE A PROVEN METHOD TO REALLY HELP THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS LIKE JOSHUA THAT I DESCRIBED, AMERICANS TO HELP THEM MAINTAIN THEIR SOBRIETY AFTER COMPLETING REHAB, AND AS THEY'RE GAINING SKILLS AND TRAINING AND TRYING TO GET BACK INTO BEING INDEPENDENT, PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. AND SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SAYS, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT IS TIME FOR A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME EVIDENCE. WE HAVE EVIDENCE ALREADY. OUT OF THE 2.2 MILLION SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS, THE GOVERNMENT'S LARGEST MEANS-TESTED HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, LET'S TAKE LESS THAN 1%. IN FACT, HALF A PERCENT OF THEM, AND ON A TEMPORARY BASIS, LET'S ALLOCATE SOME OF THESE SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE LITERALLY DYING OF OPIOID ADDICTION EVERY DAY AND NEED TRANSITIONAL HOUSING OPTIONS IN A RECOVERY EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAM. I REALLY THINK, MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO TODAY. . I'M SORRY THIS IS NOT ON THE HOUSE'S SUSPENSION CALENDAR. AGAIN, I WOULD HOPE THAT THIS IS SOMETHING WE COULD JOIN OVERWHELMINGLY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO DO. APPARENTLY, THAT IS NOT THE CASE. BUT I DON'T THINK THIS HOUSE WILL BE DETERRED. I DO NOT THINK THIS HOUSE WILL BE DETERRED. AND I THINK VERY SOON PEOPLE LIKE JOSHUA CAN HAVE AT LEAST TRANSITIONAL HOUSING OPTIONS TO SUPPORT THEIR RECOVERY. AND WHEN WE DO, WE WILL THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR. AND I RESERVE.

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              • 01:16:04 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:16:07 PM

                MS. WATERS

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

                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, AS I SAT HERE AND I LISTENED CONGRESSMAN HENSARLING, THE CHAIR OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WHERE I SERVE AS RANKING MEMBER, I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, HE WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ON MANY OF THE ISSUES THAT HE SURFACED WHEN HE HELD THE LETTER UP IN THE AIR AND HE SAID THAT THERE ARE MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO COULD TELL SIMILAR STORIES OR MAYBE HAVE GOTTEN SIMILAR LETTERS. HE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT THERE ARE MANY OF US WHO HAVE WATCHED THE DEVASTATION OF COMMUNITIES THAT WE REPRESENT BECAUSE OF DRUG ADDICTION OVER THE YEARS FOR A LONG TIME. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF THESE STORIES ENDED IN TRAGEDY. AND I AM PLEASED THAT WE ARE FOCUSING TIME AND ATTENTION ON OPIOID ADDICTION AND ABUSE. I AM SO ABSOLUTELY THRILLED THAT WE ARE PAYING ATTENTION AND WE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT THIS IS LITERALLY A DISEASE AND THAT WE CAN HELP PEOPLE, THAT WE CAN DO REHABILITATION, THAT WE CAN PROVIDE RESOURCES TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM DYING AND BEING IMPRISONED AND TREATED IN WAYS THAT WILL NOT HELP DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM IN ANY REAL WAY. I'M PLEASED ABOUT ALL OF THAT. AND I THINK THE INTENTIONS OF MANY OF OUR MEMBERS ARE VERY GOOD, THAT THEY REALLY WANT TO DO SOMETHING, BECAUSE MANY OF THEM ARE SEEING THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME, BUT LET ME TELL YOU HOW MANY YEARS I HAVE BEEN SEEING THIS. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT HOW MANY DEATHS I KNOW ABOUT. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE IMPRISONMENT OF THOSE WHO WERE BOTH ADDICTED AND DEALING DRUGS. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE DIED NOT ONLY FROM HEROIN, BUT CRACK COCAINE AND OTHER KINDS OF DRUGS AND THE MIXTURES THAT WE DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THAT HAVE CAUSED SO MANY DEATHS, SO MUCH DEVASTATION. SO I WANT TO DO EVERYTHING THAT I CAN TO SHARE MY KNOWLEDGE WITH YOU, TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCES WITH YOU, TO HELP IN EVERY WAY THAT I POSSIBLY CAN MOVE TO CREDIBLE, REASONABLE, SENSIBLE REHABILITATION AND SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED. WE ARE TRYING, AS I CAN SEE IN MANY OF THE BILLS THAT ARE BEING PRODUCED, TO DO WHAT WE THINK IS BEST, BUT MUCH OF IT NEEDS MUCH MORE CONSIDERATION. IT NEEDS BETTER UNDERSTANDING. TODAY, WE'RE HERE TALKING ABOUT A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT I THINK THE AUTHOR OF THE LEGISLATION IS ABSOLUTELY SINCERE IN WHAT HE WOULD LIKE TO DO. HE IS SEEING DRUG-ADDICTED PERSONS WHO HAVE ABUSED NOT ONLY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, BUT ALL THE WAY TO HEROIN, ON THE STREETS, WITHOUT JOBS, LAYING IN THE ALLEYS WITHOUT SUPPORT, WITHOUT HOUSING, NO PLACE TO GO. AND THAT'S WHAT HE IS ATTEMPTING TO DO. HE IS ATTEMPTING TO DO EVERYTHING HE POSSIBLY CAN TO GET THEM SAFE AND SECURE PLACES TO LIVE WITH THE OTHER RESOURCES THAT GO ALONG WITH IT, SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES IN ORDER TO HELP THEM TO BECOME THE PERSONS THAT THEY CAN BE. BUT YOU CANNOT DO THIS ON THE CHEAP, BUT YOU CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THAT REHABILITATION COSTS MONEY. AND SO WHILE I ABSOLUTELY APPLAUD THE ATTEMPT, I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT TAKING 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING IN LINE FOR YEARS, I'M TALKING ABOUT SINGLE-FAMILY PARENTS WITH THEIR CHILDREN WHO SIMPLY ARE PRAYING AND HOPING THAT THEY CAN GET A VOUCHER, SO THEY CAN GET A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT DRUG-ADDICTED PEOPLE NECESSARILY, I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WORK EVERY DAY ON MINIMUM WAGES WHO CANNOT AFFORD THE LAST MONTH'S RENT TO GET INTO A PLACE. I'M TALKING ABOUT THOSE THAT EVEN IF THEY COULD FIND IF THEY COULD FIND A PLACE, THEY WOULD BE PAYING MORE THAN 30% OF THEIR INCOME TO HAVE A SAFE AND DECENT PLACE AND I'M TALKING ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING IN RENTAL UNITS THAT REALLY NEED MORE THAN JUST REHABILITATION. THERE ARE PLACES THAT ARE NOT PROTECTED FROM WIND AND RAIN AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO EXPERIENCE TRYING TO LIVE IN A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE. I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN APARTMENTS THAT THE CEILINGS ARE FALLING IN WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A DECENT PLACE, I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO CALL EVERY DAY TO CHECK TO SEE IF, IN FACT, THEY ARE GOING TO BE THE NEXT PERSON WHO IS GOING TO BE ALLOWED A VOUCHER. I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING TWO, THREE YEARS AND ON AND ON AND ON. AND SO, I SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT THE NEW POPULATION OF OPIOID ABUSERS CAN HAVE A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE AND RESOURCES, BUT LET'S NOT DENY THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE, WHO HAVE BEEN PRAYING AND HOPING FOR A DECENT PLACE, LET'S NOT TAKE 10,000 VOUCHERS IN A SO-CALLED DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. WE DON'T NEED A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. I CAN TELL YOU MANY FOLKS IN THIS HOUSE CAN TELL YOU WHAT THEY KNOW AND HAVE EXPERIENCED SO WE CAN PUT TOGETHER GOOD CREDIBLE, SENSIBLE LEGISLATION, BUT IT WILL COST SOME MONEY. AND IT'S NOT ABOUT TAKING FROM ONE AND GIVING TO THE OTHER. THE OLDER PEOPLE CALLING THAT ROBBING PETER TO PAUL AND WE DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. WE DON'T WANT TO SAY TO MS. JONES WAITING FOUR YEARS, SORRY, WE'VE GOT A NEW POPULATION THAT WE ARE GOING TO SERVE. NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR MORE MONEY, FOR MORE RESOURCES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU -- SORRY, YOU HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE ALL THIS LONG. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I WANT TO BE HELPFUL TO ALL OF THE FOLKS WHO NEED OUR HELP. I UNDERSTAND THE SHOCK THAT MANY ARE GOING THROUGH WHO ARE EXPERIENCING THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THE MANY NIGHTS I HAVE GONE TO BED WHEN I HAVE HEARD OF ANOTHER DEATH OF WHO HAS BEEN ON SOMEBODY'S DOORSTEP OR IN AN ALLEY, I WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT I UNDERSTAND ABOUT THAT MOTHER WHO HAS BEGGED ME TO HELP HER FIND A BED IN A UNIT, REHABILITATIVE UNIT THAT COULD BE USED. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. AND THIS IS NOT ABOUT CREATING NEW NONPROFITS WITH NO EXPERIENCE, NO BACKGROUND TO BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THIS PROGRAM. THIS IS ABOUT UNDERSTANDING ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THESE NONPROFITS, WHO BEGGED FOR MONEY, WHO BEGGED FOR RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH THE POPULATION THAT ARE BASICALLY DYING FROM THIS ADDICTION. AND SO WHETHER IT IS ABOUT THE FACT THAT THERE ISN'T ENOUGH MONEY HERE OR WE SHOULD NOT BE DEVELOPING NEW NONPROFITS TO DO THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH OUR PUBLIC HOUSING, ENTITIES THAT KNOW HOW TO DO THIS, THIS IS ABOUT US SAYING YES, WE HAVE A PROBLEM AND WE ARE GOING TO SPEND THE MONEY AND PUT THE TIME IN ON IT TO DEVELOP THE GOOD, CREDIBLE LEGISLATION. WE ARE GOING TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT IT. WE JUST DON'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE WE ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE ARE GOING TO BE COMMITTED AND DO WHAT IT TAKES IN ORDER TO HELP THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING AND LOOKING FOR JUST ANOTHER CHANCE IN LIFE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:25:11 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

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

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              • 01:25:16 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THE TRANSITIONAL…

                I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR RECOVERY AND VIABLE ENVIRONMENTS DEMONSTRATE PROGRAM OR THRIVE ACT. MR. BARR, WHO HAPPENS TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE, THREE MINUTES.

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              • 01:25:38 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 01:25:40 PM

                MS. BARRAGAN

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY --

              • 01:25:43 PM

                MR. BARR

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, THE THRIVE ACT. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN…

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, THE THRIVE ACT. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND CHAIRMAN DUFFY AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK. I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR SHARING THAT COMPELLING STORY OF HIS CONSTITUENT. UNFORM, WE HAVE CONSTITUENTS WITH SIMILAR STORIES AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS HERE TODAY. WE KNOW THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS A MAJOR HEALTH CRISIS THAT HAS IMPACTED EVERY COMMUNITY AND EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, 116 AMERICANS DIE EVERY DAY FROM OPIOID OVERDOSES. KENTUCKY HAS THE THIRD HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE IN THE COUNTRY. WE ARE CONSIDERING SEVERAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION. AND IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MEANINGFUL PROGRESS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST OPIOIDS IN OUR NATION, CONGRESS CAN NO LONGER FOCUS ON PREVENTION AND TREATMENT BUT IMPLEMENT POLICIES THAT FOCUS ON LONG-TERM RECOVERY. OUR FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAMS ARE UNDERUTILIZED RESOURCE IN THESE EFFORTS. THE THRIVE ACT WOULD MAKE HOUSING MORE ACCESS I WILL TO THOSE MOST IN NEED BY ALLOCATING A LIMITED NUMBER OF SECTION 8 VOUCHERS TO NONPROFITS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCE. THEY HAVE JOB PLACEMENT, FINANCIAL LITERACY AND CONTINUED ADDICTION RECOVERY SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS TRANSITIONING OUT OF REHAB AND BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE. THIS WOULD ALLOCATE 10,000 OR .5% OF VOUCHERS, WHICHEVER IS LESS TO NONPROFITS SERVING PEOPLE WHO ARE DYING EACH AND EVERY DAY OF OPIOID ADDICTION. AND THE DEMONSTRATION IS LIMITED TO FIVE YEARS. NO ONE WOULD HAVE A VOUCHER TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM, DESPITE WHAT THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS SAYING. NO ONE COULD HAVE A VOUCHER TAKEN AWAY. 198,000 VOUCHERS ARE RETURNED TO H.U.D. AND IT IS FROM THIS AMOUNT THAT THE DEMONSTRATION WOULD SET ASIDE 10,000 TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. ADDITIONALLY, WE HAVE MADE A COMMITMENT TO WORKING WITH OUR COLLEAGUES INCLUDING CONGRESSWOMAN SINEMA WHO HAS SIGNED A LETTER WITH ME TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THIS DEMONSTRATION BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR FEDERAL INVESTMENT TO SAVE LIVES. THE RANKING MEMBER'S ARGUMENT DOESN'T APPLY. THE THRIVE ACT HAS RECEIVED ENDORSEMENT FROM 140 ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING ADDICTION POLICY FORUM, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, FACES AND VOICES OF RECOVERY. AND OVER 100 OTHERS THAT ARE THE FRONT LINES OF ADDICTION RECOVERY. AND H.U.D. SECRETARY VISITED SEVERAL NONPROFITS IN MY DISTRICT EARLIER THIS YEAR WHERE HE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND --

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              • 01:28:52 PM

                THE CHAIR

                ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS. BAR

              • 01:28:55 PM

                MR. BARR

                WHERE H.U.D. SECRETARY VISITED AND HE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE SUCCESS OF…

                WHERE H.U.D. SECRETARY VISITED AND HE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE SUCCESS OF THESE EVIDENCE-BASED MODELS OF RECOVERY. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ST. JAMES PLACE, THE HOPE CENTER, AND CHRISTOPHER'S HOUSE FOR THEIR CRITICAL WORK THAT INSPIRED THIS LEGISLATION. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE THRIVE ACT WOULD SAVE AMERICAN LIVES AS WELL AS TAXPAYER FUNDS IN THE LONG RUN BY HELPING MORE INDIVIDUALS RISE ABOVE ADDICTION AND POVERTY. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 01:29:27 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

              • 01:29:32 PM

                MS. WATERS

                MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A LITTLE CLARITY IN WHAT…

                MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A LITTLE CLARITY IN WHAT IS BEING PRESENTED BY MY COLLEAGUE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT VOUCHERS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM ANYBODY. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS NOBODY THINKS THAT VOUCHERS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM ANYBODY. THEY WILL NEVER GET THE VOUCHER. THEY ARE STANDING IN LINE WAITING FOR YEARS TO GET SECTION 8 VOUCHERS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE. THAT MEANS THAT YOU TAKE 10,000 VOUCHERS AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE AND THE FAMILIES AND THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING IN LINE ALL OF THIS TIME AND YOU GIVE IT TO A NEW POPULATION OF PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. THAT CANNOT BE DENIED. THAT IS THE FACT, AND I'M SURE THAT MY COLLEAGUE WHO IS PROPOSING THIS LEGISLATION WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THAT PERSON WHO HAD BEEN WAITING TORSO LONG WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WAIT BECAUSE THE VOUCHER THAT HE OR SHE COULD HAVE GOTTEN IS GOING TO GO TO SOMEONE ELSE. . LET ME TALK ABOUT MR. BARR'S LETTER THAT HE SENT TO THE APPROPRIATORS. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR OFFERING TO SEND THE LETTER, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR COMING TO ME AND ASKING ME IF I WOULD SIGN ONTO THE LETTER. BECAUSE WHAT MR. BARR IS DOING IS, IF I MAY CORRECTLY DESCRIBE THIS, IS HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU NEED SOME MONEY, YOU NEED SOME RESOURCES IN THIS PROGRAM. SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY'S LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS IS BASICALLY MEANINGLESS BECAUSE HIS OWN BILL DIRECTLY CONTRADICTS IT. AND I POINTED THIS OUT TO HIM AS WE HAD THIS DISCUSSION. THE PLAIN TEXT OF H.R. 5735 STATES, AND I QUOTE, NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED TO CARRY OUT THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS ACT AND THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THIS ACT. SUCH REQUIREMENTS SHALL BE CARRIED OUT USING AMOUNTS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED. MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU CAN'T SUPPORT LANGUAGE THAT SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITS APPROPRIATORS FROM FUNDING YOUR DEMONSTRATION AND THEN TURN AROUND AND ASK THE APPROPRIATORS TO PROVIDE FUNDING. THIS JUST DOESN'T MAKE GOOD SENSE, AND THAT'S WHY I HAD TO SAY THAT I COULD NOT SIGN ON WITH YOU ON THAT LETTER KNOWING WHAT THE LANGUAGE WAS IN THE LEGISLATION. SO IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY WANTS FUNDING FOR THIS DEMONSTRATION, HE NEEDS TO BE CONSISTENT IN HIS ADVOCACY FOR THAT FUNDING, AND THAT INCLUDES PETITIONING HIS OWN LEADERSHIP FOR A WAIVER OF THEIR RULES PREVENTING BILLS THAT COST MONEY FROM BEING CONSIDERED. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO JOIN THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IN REQUESTING FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL VOUCHERS TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, BUT I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS UNWORKABLE DEMONSTRATION, AND I CANNOT LEND CREDIBILITY TO HIS EFFORTS TO DISTRACT US FROM THE FACT THAT HIS BILL WOULD TAKE VOUCHERS AWAY FROM FAMILIES IN NEED WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE BEGGING, WAITING, PRAYING FOR A DECENT, SAFE, AND SECURE PLACE FOR THEIR FAMILIES TO LIVE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:33:17 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

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

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              • 01:33:20 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED NOW TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED NOW TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY, THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE.

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              • 01:33:30 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

              • 01:33:32 PM

                MR. DUFFY

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, THANK YOU…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS FANTASTIC BILL THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED BY MR. BARR. THIS IS PRETTY SIMPLE STUFF. THERE ARE 2.2 MILLION VOUCHERS. 2.2 MILLION VOUCHERS, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT OF 10,000. 2.2 MILLION TOTAL, 10,000 IN A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SMALL SLIVER OF VOUCHERS THAT CAN GO TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS OR EVEN OTHER DRUGS TO SAY LET'S HELP USE THE VOUCHERS TO MOVE PEOPLE INTO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING THAT ARE NONPROFIT. SO PEOPLE MAKING MONEY OFF THIS, IT'S COMMUNITY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. HELP THEM MAINTAIN SOBRIETY. TEACH THEM VALUABLE JOB TRAINING KILLS. HELP THEM GET EMPLOYMENT. THIS IS JUST SIMPLE COMMON SENSE. FOR PEOPLE SAY, I CAN'T SUPPORT IT BECAUSE I AM TAKING VOUCHERS AWAY FROM OTHERS, THAT'S BOGUS. THERE'S 79% TURNOVER IN THE VOUCHER PROGRAM OF THE 2. MILLION, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SMALL SLIVER TO HELP -- 2.2 MILLION, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SMULL SLIVER TO HELP PEOPLE. THIS -- SMALL SLIVER TO HELP PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT PARTISAN. THE RANKING MEMBER HAS BEEN WONDERFUL TO WORK WITH ON A LOT OF ISSUES AND I APPRECIATE HER BIPARTISANSHIP. THIS IS ONE THAT I WOULD ASK HER TO TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND IF SHE DID I THINK SHE WOULD SAY IT'S A SMALL NUMBER AND IF IT WORKS, WE CAN EXPAND IT. WE CAN GROW IT, AND WE CAN HELP MORE PEOPLE GET OFF OF DEVASTATING DRUGS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE SIDE COMMENT. ON THESE DRUGS IN MY COMMUNITIES, IT'S NOT JUST THE INDIVIDUAL, IT'S CRUSHING FAMILIES. WE HAVE LITTLE KIDS THAT ARE BEING TAKEN OUT OF HOMES AND OUT OF HOME PLACEMENT, CRUSHING BUDGETS OF OUR COUNTIES.

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              • 01:35:43 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30.

              • 01:35:46 PM

                MR. DUFFY

                IF WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS DONE, THIS IS THE THOUGHT PROCESS THAT MR.…

                IF WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS DONE, THIS IS THE THOUGHT PROCESS THAT MR. BARR HAS PUT IN THIS BILL OF CREATIVE THINKING, USING RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE GETTING CRUSHED BY THESE DEVASTATING DRUGS. I KNOW THE RANKING MEMBER CARES ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE DEEPLY, AND I KNOW SHE'S FOUGHT FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO HAVE BEEN INFLICTED WITH DRUG ABUSE AND I JUST ASK HER TO JOIN US AND SAY LET'S DO A SMALL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, JUST 10,000, LET'S WORK TOGETHER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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              • 01:36:18 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 01:36:22 PM

                MS. WATERS

                YES, MR. DUFFY, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE VERY…

                YES, MR. DUFFY, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE VERY DEEPLY, AND I WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW, WHILE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE 2.8 -- WHAT IS IT -- MILLION -- 2.8 MILLION VOUCHERS, DO YOU KNOW THERE ARE FIVE MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED OF THESE VOUCHERS? IF SO, YOU CANNOT MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT THERE'S MORE THAN ENOUGH TO GO AROUND WITH ALL OF THESE PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE. WHEN THEY OPENED UP THE WAITING LIST RECENTLY JUST IN LOS ANGELES ALONE, IT WAS HOW MANY? 600,000 PEOPLE WHO ATTEMPTED TO HAVE -- GET ACCESS TO THESE VOUCHERS. SO THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU'RE WILLING TO PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS. EITHER YOU'RE WILLING TO PAY FOR YOUR DEMONSTRATION PROJECT OR YOU WANT TO TAKE AWAY THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AND YOU DON'T TELL ME WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM BECAUSE YOU WON'T INCREASE THE NUMBER OF VOUCHERS. YOU DON'T WANT TO PUT ANY MONEY INTO IT, SO YOU'VE GOT TO SHOW HOW YOU CARE. IT'S ONE THING FOR US TO GET UP ON THIS FLOOR AND TALK AND DEBATE AND EXPLAIN WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN, BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING WHEN WE SAY WE'RE WILLING TO PUT THE RESOURCES THAT ARE NEEDED TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. AND SO I WILL JUST SAY THAT OF THE 2.8 MILLION PEOPLE WAITING, FIVE MILLION PEOPLE ARE IN NEED. THE AVERAGE WAITING TIME IS ALMOST TWO YEARS. AND SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? YOU DON'T NEED A DEMONSTRATION. WE HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION, WE HAVE ENOUGH RESEARCH, WE HAVE ENOUGH STORIES ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED FOR SO MANY YEARS AND HOW SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT HAD RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THEM TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. AND, AGAIN, I AM WILLING TO SPEND AS MANY HOURS AS IT TAKES TO HELP YOU KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF THIS PROBLEM. IT DIDN'T JUST START WITH OPIOID ABUSE. IT DIDN'T JUST START WITH COMMUNITIES WHO NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS BEFORE. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS. I JOIN WITH YOU IN WANTING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, BUT, MR. BARR, IT'S GOING TO COST SOME MONEY AND WE SHOULD NOT ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL. WE SHOULD NOT TAKE FROM THOSE IN NEED. WE SHOULD NOT TELL THE PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE, TOO BAD, STAND IN LINE A LITTLE BIT LONGER, BECAUSE WE HAVE A NEW EPISODE WE HAVE GOT TO DEAL WITH. LET'S TAKE CARE OF EVERYBODY WHO WANTS TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES, EVERYBODY WHO WANTS TO PUT BEHIND THEM THIS ADDICTION, EVERYBODY WHO'S BEGGING FOR JUST A SECOND CHANCE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:39:27 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

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

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              • 01:39:30 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, CHAIRMAN OF OUR CAPITAL MARKETS COMMITTEE.

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              • 01:39:38 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 01:39:41 PM

                MR. HUIZENGA

                I APPRECIATE THIS FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND…

                I APPRECIATE THIS FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM KENTUCKY FOR TACKLING THIS DIFFICULT AND VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MUCH-NEEDED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD EXPAND HOUSING OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING OUT OF ADDICTION TREATMENT AND REQUIRE CONTINUED SUPPORT. THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT EXHAUSTED ALL OF THEIR RESOURCES ALREADY. WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE ADDICTED. THAT'S WHY THEY ARE IN THIS. THAT'S WHY THEY QUALIFY FOR THESE HOUSING ASSISTANCE VOUCHERS, AND THIS IS RIGHT ON TARGET FOR HELPING THEM. SO THE THRIVE ACT IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT CAME OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE THAT WOULD CREATE A PILOT PROGRAM TO ALLOCATE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS TO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING NONPROFITS WITH EVIDENCE-BASED MODELS OF RECOVERY AND LIFE SKILLS TRAINING. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THIS IS 10,000 TOTAL VOUCHERS OUT OF THE 2.2 MILLION THAT ARE AVAILABLE, OR.5% OF ALL OF THOSE VOUCHERS, WHICHEVER IS LESS. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A PORTION, A SMALL PORTION OF ALL THE TOTAL VOUCHERS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. BUT HERE'S WHAT WE DO KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN. OUR COUNTRY, OUR STATES, OUR COMMUNITIES ARE IN CRISIS RIGHT NOW. OVER THE LAST DECADE, THERE'S BEEN THIS DRAMATIC RISE IN OPIOID ABUSE, WHETHER IT'S THE NONMEDICAL USE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AS WELL AS ILLICITLY MANUFACTURED HEROIN. WE NEED ENGAGEMENT AT EVERY LEVEL. IN LIGHT OF THIS MEDICAL EMERGENCY, THERE'S AN EXTREMELY PRESSING NEED FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR OPIOID RECOVERY. THEY MUST FOLLOW A PROVEN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH THAT'S HELPED THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS TO MAINTAIN SOBRIETY AFTER COMPLETING REHAB, GAIN THESE VALUABLE JOB SKILLS, OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT, AND EVENTUALLY TRANSITION BACK INTO SOCIETY TO LEAD INDEPENDENT LIVES. TIME AND TIME AGAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO JUST COMPLETED IN-PATIENT REHAB PROGRAMS ARE FORCED TO LIVE IN HOUSING SITUATION WHERE IS THEY'RE SURROUNDED BY THE PEOPLE THAT ARE USING THE SAME ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES THAT SENT THEM INTO REHAB. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. WHILE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY PLANS SHOULD COVER A SPAN OF THREE TO FIVE YEARS FOR AN INDIVIDUAL BASED ON THEIR NEEDS AND SEVERITY, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO PROPERLY PRIORITIZE AND FUND THE RECOVERY SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES THAT INDIVIDUALS NEED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. 23 MILLION AMERICANS ARE IN RECOVERY TODAY. LET ME REPEAT THAT. 23 MILLION PEOPLE ARE IN RECOVERY TODAY FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE. A SOBER, SAFE, HEALTHY LIVING ENVIRONMENT THAT PROMOTES RECOVERY FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE IS ESSENTIAL IN PROVIDING QUALITY RECOVERY SUPPORT. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO QUALIFY, AS I HAD SAID BEFORE, FOR THESE SECTION 8 VOUCHERS. BECAUSE THEY HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR RESOURCES, LET'S THROW THEM A LIFELINE. LET'S THROW THEM SOME HELP. LET'S ALLOW THEM TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO AND SUCCEED. SO THAT'S WHY I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE THRIVE ACT WHICH ALSO HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE MICHIGAN HEROIN AND OPIOID PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM, WHICH IS KNOWN AS MY HOPE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:42:59 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:43:01 PM

                MS. WATERS

                MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, AGAIN, I AM SO PLEASED THAT MEMBERS ON THE…

                MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, AGAIN, I AM SO PLEASED THAT MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE JUST BEING INTRODUCED TO THIS CRISIS. I AM SO PLEASED THAT THEY ARE JUST LEARNING ABOUT ADDICTION. I AM SO PLEASED THAT THEY'RE WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT, BUT I'M NOT SO PLEASED THAT THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO SPEND ANY RESOURCES ON IT. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE AVERAGE COST OF A VOUCHER ANNUALLY IS $9,500. WHY CAN'T YOU SUPPORT THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY TO DEAL WITH CREDIBLE, DECENT HOUSING FOR THE VERY INDIVIDUALS THAT YOU SAY THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO GIVE SOME SUPPORT TO? I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH YOU KNOW ABOUT ADDICTION. I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE WAR ON DRUGS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT -- HAVE ANY OF YOU EVER VISITED A DRUG REHABILITATION PROJECT? LET ME COMMEND YOU TO ONE THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT. IT IS RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IT IS KNOWN AS N STREET VILLAGE. PLEASE GO SO THAT YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT WHAT THEY DO, WHAT THE COSTS ARE, HOW THEY STRUGGLE FOR MORE AND MORE RESOURCES TO HELP MORE AND MORE PEOPLE. YOU CANNOT LEGISLATE. YOU CANNOT COME UP WITH PROGRAMS WITHOUT HAVING AN UNDERSTANDING OF AND AN APPRECIATION OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED AND THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE SUFFERED. IT DIDN'T JUST START NOW. THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE TALKED ABOUT IT IS NOW A CRISIS. NO, IT'S BEEN A CRISIS FOR A LONG TIME, AND SO WITH THAT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:45:00 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

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

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              • 01:45:03 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, VICE CHAIRMAN OF OUR CAPITAL MARKETS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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              • 01:45:11 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. .

              • 01:45:18 PM

                MR. HULTGREN

                I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED…

                I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES HAS AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC THAT IS CLAIMING 115 LIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE FACES AND THE STORIES FROM FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, DEMAND SOME SOLUTIONS FROM US. OVER FOUR YEARS AGO, ON OF IN MARCH OF 2014, I LAUNCHED OUR COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN ON OPIOIDS. SINCE THEN I HAVE WORKED WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS IN MY DISTRICT TO UPDATE OUR ACTION PLAN WITH LOCAL, FEDERAL AND POLICY OBJECTIVES. THIS IS KEY FOR SOBER LIVING INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED SUPPORT AS THEY NAVIGATE THEIR RECOVERY. AND ALLOW INDIVIDUALS IN RECOVERY TO HAVE ACCESS TO FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAMS. TRANSITIONAL HOUSING IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF RECOVERY THAT GET JOB TRAINING. I HAVE MET INDIVIDUALS WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN CHANGED BY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. CHRIS REED FROM MCHENRY, ILLINOIS, HAS BEEN SOBER SINCE 2009. HE WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER THAT OPENED A SOBER LIVING HOUSE IN OCTOBER, 2016 AND OPENED A HOUSE FOR WOMEN AND A THIRD HOME. ACCORDING TO CHRIS, HE SAID SOBER LIVING PROVIDES STRUCTURE, SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAT GREATLY IP CREASES THE CHANCES OF A PERSON WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER WILL ACHIEVE LONG-TERM SOMEBODY BRIGHT. BY PROVIDING HOUSING STABILITY SUCH AS JOB PLACEMENT PEER RECOVERY SUPPORT, SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES TO OTHERS, PEOPLE WITH S.U.D.'S CONNECT WITH A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY. I'M PROUD TO EXPAND ACCESS TO THESE TRANSITIONAL RECOVERY HOMES. THIS IS SOMETHING CONGRESS CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO PREVENT OPIOID OVERDOSES. LET'S MAKE A STATEMENT AND OFFER RESOURCES TO INDIVIDUALS FOR WHOM A TRANSITIONAL HOME COULD BE LIFE SAVING. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 01:47:41 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 01:47:45 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER…

                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE AND A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MS. VELAZQUEZ.

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              • 01:48:00 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:48:03 PM

                MS. VELAZQUEZ

                I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. CHAIRMAN,…

                I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 5735, THE THRIVE ACT. H.R. 5735 HAS A WORTHY GOAL, HELPING INDIVIDUALS STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION TO ACCESS TREATMENT AND RECOVERY SERVICES IS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT. BUT DESPITE THIS INTENTION, H.R. 5735 HAS SIGNIFICANT FLAWS, WHICH IN THE END, MAKE THE BILL UNWORKABLE. MY PRIMARY CONCERN IS THAT H.R. 5735 CARVES OUT 10,000 EXISTING SECTION 8 VOUCHERS FOR USE IN THIS PILOT PROGRAM WITHOUT AUTHORIZING NEW FUNDING FOR ANY ADDITIONAL VOUCHERS. THIS ESSENTIALLY DECREASES THE NUMBER OF SECTION 8 VOUCHERS IN CIRCULATION AND INCREASES WAIT TIMES FOR MILLIONS OF OTHER HOUSEHOLDS ALREADY SEEKING A VOUCHER. THOSE FORCED TO WAIT WILL INCLUDE LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, VETERANS AND THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS. YOU CANNOT JUST CHANGE WORDS IN THE LAW. YOU NEED TO OPEN YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT. CURRENTLY, ONLY ONE IN FOUR HOUSEHOLDS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING ASSISTANCE RECEIVE IT. AND IN NEW YORK CITY, WE HAVE MORE THAN 150,000 PEOPLE WAITING FOR A VOUCHER. WHILE I FULLY SUPPORT HELPING PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS AND RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT ROLE HOUSING PLAYS IN AN INDIVIDUAL'S PROCESS, PROVIDING VOUCHERS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE SHOULD NOT COME AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS IN NEED. AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND SECTION 8 PROGRAMS ARE WOEFULLY UNDERFUNDED. INSTEAD OF PROVIDING SECTION 8 VOUCHERS WITH JUST THOSE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS WE SHOULD BE PROVIDING MORE RESOURCES AND EXPANDING THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM TO HELP ALL THOSE IN NEED. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL PLACES ARBITRARY TIME LIMITS ON THE INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. THIS IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND OUT OF STEP WITH OTHER HOUSING PROGRAMS. FINALLY WHILE H.R. 5735 SEEKS TO HELP INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, IT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE FACT THAT MANY PEOPLE WITH THESE DISORDERS LOSE THEIR HOUSING BECAUSE OF THE HARSH AVICK -- EVICTION PROBLEMS. I SUPPORT THE RANKING MEMBER IN HER SUPPORT TO ENSURE THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS FACE EVICTION PROCEDURES AND --

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              • 01:51:23 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE.

              • 01:51:27 PM

                MS. VELAZQUEZ

                AND TENANTS COULD LOSE THEIR RESIDENCE. H.R. 5735 HAS A WORTHY GOAL.…

                AND TENANTS COULD LOSE THEIR RESIDENCE. H.R. 5735 HAS A WORTHY GOAL. HOWEVER, THIS BILL IS PLAGUED WITH A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT UNLESS YOU PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO MAKE THIS LEGISLATION WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 01:51:54 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE…

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

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              • 01:52:01 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER.

              • 01:52:09 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:52:13 PM

                MR. EMMER

                WE TALK OFTEN OF THE VICTIMS BUT THERE IS AN IMPORTANT GROUP WE ARE…

                WE TALK OFTEN OF THE VICTIMS BUT THERE IS AN IMPORTANT GROUP WE ARE LEAVING OUT, SURVIVORS. INDIVIDUALS WHO COMPLETE REHABILITATION AND OTHER TREATMENT PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN AND LEFT BEHIND WITHOUT A WAY TO BEGIN A NEW LIFE. IN PARTICULAR, FINDING A SUITABLE PLACE TO CALL HOME CAN BE ESPECIALLY CHALLENGING. RESEARCH HAS PROVEN THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SUBSTANCE USE AND HOMELESSNESS. IT'S TIME THAT CONGRESS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. 110,000 AMERICANS ARE HOMELESS WITH APPROXIMATELY HALF SUFFERING CHRONIC ADDICTIONS TO DRUGS, ALCOHOL OR BOTH. 70% OF HOMELESS VETERANS ARE ESTIMATED TO SUFFER FROM SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER. WE CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON TREATMENT AND PREVENTION BUT UNLESS WE LOOK TOWARD ASSISTING THOSE WHO NEED SUPPORT AFTER TREATMENT, THIS TERRIBLE CRISIS WILL CONTINUE. THAT'S WHY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5735 INTRODUCED BY ANDY BAR R WHOSE HOME STATE IS NO STRANGER. CALLED THE THRIVE ACT, THIS BILL WILL KICK OFF A FIVE-YEAR DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO SUPPORT TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. SPECIFICALLY, 10,000 SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR PEOPLE WITH AN OPIOID USE DISORDER. TRANSITIONAL HOUSING TAKES A WRAP-AROUND APPROACH BY PROVIDING RESIDENTS WITH A STABLE, SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT TO ADDRESS THEIR ADDICTION, MENTAL HEALTH AND/OR HOMELESSNESS. REQUIRED PARTICIPATION IN RECOVERY CLASSES, LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION CLASSES, MANDATORY SAVINGS PLANS AND PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT WILL IMPROVE THEIR LIMBS. THIS IS A VICIOUS CYCLE AND THESE AMERICANS NEED HELP TO BREAK IT. CONGRESS CAN STEP IN AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR THEIR NEXT STEP OF RECOVERY. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5735. AND I YIELD BACK.

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              • 01:54:25 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

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

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              • 01:54:32 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. IT IS INTERESTING MY…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. IT IS INTERESTING MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE CAN COME INTO THIS CHAMBER AND TALK ABOUT HOMELESSNESS AND TALK ABOUT REHABILITATION AND TALK ABOUT THE NEED FOR HOUSING, I AM THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH EVERY WISH AND EVERY HOPE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS COMMITTEE TAKE UP A BILL ON HOMELESSNESS. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET THAT DONE. WE HAVE TAKEN UP OVER 100 BILLS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, BUT NOT ONCE HAVE WE DEALT WITH THE ISSUE OF HOMELESSNESS. THIS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA WHO TALKED ABOUT HOMELESSNESS AND THE FACT THAT VETERANS ARE HOMELESS, HE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. BUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? ARE YOU GOING TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND TRY AND CONVINCE THE MEMBER -- THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE THAT SOMEHOW A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT WHERE YOU TAKE 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM THE EXISTING VOUCHERS THAT PEOPLE ARE STANDING IN LINE FOR IS GOING TO MAKE A DENT IN THIS PROBLEM? I DON'T THINK SO. THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. AND I REALLY DO WANT THE MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAS NOT BEEN DONE TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEEDED A LOT OF ASSISTANCE AND A LOT OF HELP. I CAN RECALL, GOD BLESS HER SOUL, WHEN NANCY REAGAN SAID TO DRUG ABUSERS, JUST SAY NO. THIS IS ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT FALLS IN THAT CATEGORY. 10,000 VOUCHERS IN A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. YOU'VE BEEN HEARING HOW HUGE THIS PROBLEM IS. WE DON'T NEED A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT FOR A FEW PEOPLE, TAKING 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE. WE NEED TO APPROPRIATE THE DOLLARS THAT ARE NECESSARY, NUMBER ONE, TO HELP FUND THOSE ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PROBLEM FOR YEARS WHO NEED MORE MONEY, WHO NEED MORE BEDS, WHO NEED MORE RESOURCES. WE NEED MORE MONEY, NOT ONLY TO DEAL WITH THE HOUSING ISSUE THAT IS ATTEMPTING TO BE ADDRESSED IN THIS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, WHETHER IT IS HELPING TO EQUIP POLICE DEPARTMENTS WITH THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT TO SAVE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE ON THE STREET THAT ARE OVERDOSED, THAT THEY ENCOUNTER IN THEIR DAILY WORK. SOME COMMUNITIES HAVE THAT. A FEW COMMUNITIES HAVE THAT, BUT EVERY COMMUNITY EXPERIENCING THIS PROBLEM NEEDS TO HAVE THAT. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE NEED MORE BEDS FOR REHABILITATION. YOU CAN'T GET TO SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNTIL YOU DEAL WITH THE ADDICTION SO THAT WHEN PEOPLE ARE READY TO GO INTO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, THEY NEED THE SUPPORT THAT GOES ALONG WITH THAT. IT'S NOT JUST A BED AND A ROOF, BUT THE SOCIAL SERVICES THAT GO ALONG WITH IT. IT WILL COST MONEY. AND UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO PUT UP THE DOLLARS, UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH OUR APPROPRIATORS TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO HONESTLY AND FORCEFULLY DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE, WE'RE JUST TALKING ABOUT IT OR WE'RE JUST PONTIFICATING, WE ARE JUST SAYING THINGS THAT WE DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:58:39 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

              • 01:58:44 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, A…

                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, A VERY HARD-WORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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              • 01:58:53 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 01:58:55 PM

                MR. BUDD

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY. THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY. THE THRIVE ACT IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR IT. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRUG ABUSE FOUND WE LOSE 115 AMERICANS TO THE OPIOID CRISIS. THESE ARE BROTHERS, SISTERS, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS. THIS IS A NATIONAL CRISIS AND AN ACTION WON'T CHANGE A SINGLE THING. I MET A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO TOLD ME WE NEED TO THINK MORE THAN JUST THE TREATMENT STAGE AND THEY ARE EXACTLY RIGHT. IT REMINDS ME OF A CONVERSATION I HAD RECENTLY WITH DAVID KESSLER WHO LIVES IN MY DISTRICT. GROUP CLASSES, COACHING AND ASSISTANCE WITH DETOX PROGRAMS ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HIS GROUP OFFERS. HE HAS FOUND THAT A CULTURAL METHOD THAT WORKS AND GOES TO SHOW US THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT THINGS WE COULD BE TRYING. THIS BRINGS ME TO THE BILL WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY. THE THRIVE ACT WHICH IS PART AND PARCEL OF THIS APPROACH AND EXPAND HOUSING OPTIONS AND REQUIRE CONTINUED SUPPORT. THIS IS THE KIND OF POLICY WE NEED TO BE CONSIDERING. HOUSING IS PART OF THE FOUNDATION THAT HELPS FORMER ADDICTS OFF THE STREETS AND INTO A PLACE TO RISE ABOVE POVERTY AND ADDICTION. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO MAKE A LARGER POINT BEFORE I CLOSE. THERE HAS BEEN AND THERE ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND STILL IS A STIGMA AROUND DRUG ADDICTION. IF WE WANT TO MAKE REAL PROGRESS, WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE LOOK AT THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING RATHER THAN SEEING THEM AS LIABILITIES AND NEED TO SEE THEM AS ASSETS. THE THRIVE ACT BY HELPING PEOPLE WILL DO JUST THAT. AND WHEN THEY HAVE A HOME, THEY WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO GET A JOB AND GET BACK TO BEING A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF SOCIETY. BOLD IDEAS ARE NEEDED AND THERE IS NO DOUBT MR. BARR R'S BILL. RONALD ALED REAGAN SAID WHAT IS RIGHT WILL EVENTUALLY TRIUMPH AND THERE IS PURPOSE AND WORTH TO EACH AND EVERY LIFE. I YIELD BACK. . .

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              • 02:01:18 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

              • 02:01:22 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL REFER TO MY BILL ON HOMELESSNESS, AGAIN. MY…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL REFER TO MY BILL ON HOMELESSNESS, AGAIN. MY BILL IS A BILL THAT WILL END HOMELESSNESS, WILL END HOMELESSNESS. IT COSTS $13 BILLION, AND I WOULD DARE SAY, WE COULD HAVE FUNDED THIS EFFORT WHEN WE WERE THINKING ABOUT THE TAX CUTS. SOME OF THOSE TAX CUTS BENEFIT THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. WHILE WE WERE REDUCING THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FROM 35% TO 21%, WE COULD HAVE EASILY SPENT $13 BILLION TO DEAL WITH ENDING HOMELESSNESS. THAT TAX CUT WAS WORTH $1.8 TRILLION. WHAT WOULD $13 BILLION FROM THAT $1.8 TRILLION, WHAT WOULD THAT HAVE DONE FOR HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA? WE COULD HAVE BEEN ON THE ROAD TO ENDING HOMELESSNESS. AND SO THE BILL NUMBER IS H.R. 2096 -- 2076, EXCUSE ME, CORRECTION. 2076. I AM HOPEFUL THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THIS LEGISLATION SO THAT THEY KNOW THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN A LOT OF ATTENTION, THAT HAS A LOT OF RESEARCH, THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT TAKES TO GET RID OF HOMELESSNESS. SO MY BILL H.R. 2076 IS A BILL I WOULD ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO IMMEDIATELY SUPPORT. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, WHILE, AGAIN, WE HAVE MANY MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHO WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT PROVIDING HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WHO ARE THE VICTIMS OF OPIOID ABUSE AND DRUGS, I JOIN WITH THEM AND I, TOO, AM VERY CONCERNED AND I KNOW THAT WE CAN DO SOMETHING SUBSTANTIVE ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF PROVIDING HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES. BUT, AGAIN, I WILL SAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN, IT SHOULD NOT BE DONE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE HAVE A LITTLE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT THAT WILL TAKE AWAY 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM THE NEEDIEST OF PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN STANDING IN LINE IN ORDER TO SAY, THINK, OR HAVE ANYONE BELIEVE THAT WE ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS CRISIS IN AMERICA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:04:05 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:04:07 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, ANOTHER HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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              • 02:04:17 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 02:04:19 PM

                MS. TENNEY

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO STATE MY STRONG SUPPORT OF…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO STATE MY STRONG SUPPORT OF THE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR RECOVERY IN VIABLE ENVIRONMENTS, OR THE THRIVE ACT . THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS RAVAGED COMMUNITIES, TORN APART FAMILIES, AND DESTROYED THE LIVES OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS. OPIOID ABUSE AND DRUG-RELATED DEATHS ARE RISING AT ALARMING RATES. IN MY RURAL NEW YORK DISTRICT, DRUG-RELATED DEATHS ROSE OVER 350% IN THE SHORTT PERIOD OF 2012 AND 20 -- SHORT PERIOD OF 2012 AND 2016. I HEAR FROM FAMILIES ACROSS MY DISTRICT. THEY SHARE THEIR LOSS. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND ANYONE IN OUR COMMUNITIES WHO HASN'T BEEN AFFECTED BY ADDICTION WITH EITHER A FAMILY MEMBER OR A FRIEND. THIS WEEK WE'RE DELIVERING ON THE PROMISES WE MADE TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH THE PAIN OF ADDICTION. DURING A RECENT OPIOID ROUNDTABLE THAT I HOSTED IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK, A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED JESSICA SHARED HER STORY OF OPIOID ADDICTION AND RECOVERY. JESSICA'S STORY IS A STORY OF LOSS, RECOVERY, RESILIENCE, AND SURVIVAL. AT THE END, JESSICA STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF POSTTREATMENT PROGRAMS TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO REMAIN IN RECOVERY PROGRAMS AND TO AVOID POTENTIAL RELAPSES. THE THRIVE ACT BEGINS THE PROCESS OF DELIVERING ON THIS IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF ADDICTION RECOVERY BY EXPANDING TRANSITIONAL HOUSING OPTIONS TO THOSE MOST IN NEED. FURTHERMORE, THE THRIVE ACT FOCUSES ON EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMS, ENSURING THOSE IN RECOVERY ARE GIVEN ACCESS TO PROVEN, HIGH-QUALITY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING OPTIONS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN BARR FROM KENTUCKY, FOR HIS HARD WORK IN CRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE BEATER FUTURE FOR THOSE SUFFERING ADIRKS. MR. SPEAKER, -- SUFFERING ADDICTION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL EMPOWER COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS IN MY DISTRICT TO BREAK FREE FROM THE GRIPS OF DRUG ADDICTION. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR PROVIDING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:06:17 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

              • 02:06:20 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

              • 02:06:22 PM

                THE CHAIR

                OF MY TIME.

              • 02:06:26 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY HAPPY TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY HAPPY TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GEORGIA, MRS. HANDEL, A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE.

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              • 02:06:40 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

              • 02:06:43 PM

                MRS. HANDEL

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE THRIVE ACT. IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT, FULTON AND…

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE THRIVE ACT. IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT, FULTON AND COBB COUNTIES HAVE THE HIGHEST OPIOID AND HEROIN OVERDOSE RATES. THOSE THAT MAKE THAT HARD COMMITMENT TO RECOVERY, CARE AND STABILITY IS IMPORTANT TO REMAIN DRUG-FREE. TOO OFTEN THEY RETURN TO THE SAME ENVIRONMENT INCREASING RISK OF RELAPSE. WORSE, MANY FIND THEMSELVES HOMELESS WITH NO RESOURCES AND NO JOB. THE THRIVE ACT WOULD CREATE A FIVE-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM THAT EXPANDS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS TRANSITIONING OUT OF TREATMENT PROGRAMS BUT STILL NEED HELP. THE PROGRAMS THAT SET -- THE PROGRAM SETS ASIDE FOR SECTION 8 VOUCHERS FOR HOUSING NONPROFITS. ONE SHARED WITH US THE INCREDIBLE OUTCOMES FROM THE RECOVERY KENTUCKY INITIATIVE LAUNCHED DURING HIS ADMINISTRATION. THIS LEGISLATION DRAWS ON THE PROGRAM AND ITS SUCCESS. I COMMEND GOVERNOR FLETCHER AND IN PARTICULAR MY COLLEAGUE, ANDY BARR FROM KENTUCKY, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS BILL WILL GIVE RECOVERING ADDICTS ADDED HELP THEY NEED TO RISE ABOVE THEIR ADDICTIONS AND FULFILL THEIR REAL POTENTIAL IN LIFE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE THRIVE ACT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:08:04 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

              • 02:08:08 PM

                MS. WATERS

                MAY I INQUIRE OF MR. HENSARLING HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS DOES HE HAVE?

              • 02:08:18 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I ANTICIPATE NO MORE SPEAKERS. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

              • 02:08:21 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:08:26 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:08:27 PM

                MS. WATERS

                MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE ARE SEEING MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF…

                MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE ARE SEEING MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ADVANCE LEGISLATION FOCUSED ON INDIVIDUALS WITH OPIOID USE DISORDERS. WE ARE REALLY TALKING ABOUT DRUG ADDICTION. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THEY USED TO DRUG ADDICTS, AND I DON'T WANT US TO HIDE BEHIND ANY NEW LANGUAGE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A SERIOUS PROBLEM OF ADDICTION HERE. SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT IS MISSING FROM THESE BILLS. AND THAT IS NEW RESOURCES AND FUNDING NECESSARY TO ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS. H.R. 5735 IS A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF THIS PROBLEMATIC APPROACH. RATHER THAN PROVIDING FUNDING FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE VOUCHERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH THESE DISORDERS, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ADDICTED, THIS BILL TAKES AWAY 10,000 EXISTING VOUCHERS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE GO TO PEOPLE IN NEED, MANY OF WHOM HAVE BEEN WAITING AND WAITING FOR YEARS. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON WAITING LISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, SENIORS, VETERANS, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, PERSONS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, AND OTHERS IN NEED. REDISTRIBUTING THESE VOUCHERS AWAY FROM OTHERS WHO NEED HOUSING IS SIMPLY NOT A FAIR OR REASONABLE STEP. WHAT WE NEED IS BOLD ACTION TO COMMIT REAL DOLLARS TO TACKLING THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND ALSO TO ADDRESS THE SHORTAGE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THIS COUNTRY. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL FALLS SHORT AND COMMITS NO NEW FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL VOUCHERS. WHILE H.R. 5735 HAS AN IMPORTANT GOAL, THE WAY IT TRIES TO GET THERE IS ULTIMATELY HARMFUL AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. FOR THESE REASONS, I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. THIS WILL NOT BEGIN TO MAKE A DENT IN THE CRISIS. WE DON'T NEED A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A COMMITTED PROJECT, WITH THE FUNDING THAT'S NECESSARY IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH DRUG ADDICTION. WE HAVE DRUG ADDICTS WHO ARE IN THE ALLEYS AND ON THE STREETS IN COMMUNITIES WHO NEVER SAW THIS BEFORE, WHO NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS BEFORE. LISTEN TO SOMEONE WHO HAS SEEN IT, WHO KNOWS ABOUT IT, WHO UNDERSTANDS HOW MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST BECAUSE OF IT, AND LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING. IT IS NOT ABOUT A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. IT IS NOT ABOUT JUST A FEW VOUCHERS. THIS IS ABOUT REAL ACTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:10:58 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 02:11:02 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MIGHT I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

              • 02:11:05 PM

                THE CHAIR

                FOUR MINUTES.

              • 02:11:07 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

              • 02:11:09 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:11:11 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                MR. CHAIRMAN, IN MY CONGRESSIONAL CAREER, I EXPERIENCED A NUMBER OF…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, IN MY CONGRESSIONAL CAREER, I EXPERIENCED A NUMBER OF SURREAL MOMENTS. I THINK PERHAPS I AM EXPERIENCING ANOTHER ONE. AND THAT IS TYPICALLY WITHIN MY CAREER WITHIN MY CAREER NEXT -- NEXT TO A STUDY, I THINK THE LEAST, LEAST CONTROVERSIAL PROVISIONS WE TAKE UP IN THIS BODY ARE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS. AND WE DO IT ALL THE TIME. AND IT'S GOOD THAT WE DO IT ALL THE TIME SO WE CAN FIND OUT IF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN A SMALL SUBSET WITHIN OUR SOCIETY IS GOING TO WORK AND SO WE'LL ROLL OUT THE PROGRAM THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. AND TYPICALLY, THESE RECEIVE VERY STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I COULDN'T HELP BUT NOTICE THERE ARE ONLY TWO, TWO MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO ARE AGAINST THIS OPIOID HOUSING RECOVERY PROGRAM. AND WE HAD ALMOST A DOZEN REPUBLICANS ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE COME TO SUPPORT IT. I LISTENED VERY CAREFUL TO THE RANKING MEMBER WHO ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION SAID WE SHOULD NOT ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL. WELL, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SHE OR OTHER MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DECIDE TO SUBMIT BUDGETS THAT AREN'T BALANCED? WE JUST HAD A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT COME TO THIS FLOOR, AND IF MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT, IT WAS NOT, NOT SUPPORTED BY THE RANKING MEMBER. SO THUS, SHE APPEARS TO BE ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL. IS THAT OF GREAT CONCERN, I WILL CERTAINLY BE HAPPY TO GO TO OUR LEADERSHIP AND SEE IF WE CAN BRING THAT VOTE BACK TO THE HOUSE FLOOR SO THAT WE MIGHT BALANCE THE BUDGET. I HEARD IT SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW, THIS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT MAY TAKE AWAY A VOUCHER FROM A VETERAN, SOMEBODY HOMELESS, SOMEBODY DISABLED. WHO DO YOU THINK THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING WITH OPIOID ADDICTION ARE? THEY ARE VETERANS. THEY ARE HOMELESS. THEY ARE DISABLED, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THAT'S WHY IT'S SO CRITICAL THAT WE REACH OUT AND WE HELP THEM. I CONTINUE TO HEAR FROM THE RANKING MEMBER, WELL, THIS DOESN'T MAKE A DENT. THIS DOESN'T MAKE A DENT IN THE PROBLEM. SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT. IF WE CAN'T HELP EVERYBODY WE OUGHT TO HELP NOBODY I THINK IS THE LOGIC OF THAT ARGUMENT. WELL, WE REJECT THAT. WE REJECT THAT ARGUMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND SO, AGAIN, I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE ON OUR SUSPENSION CALENDAR, SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE RECEIVING OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT APPARENTLY HAS TO COME WITH WHAT WE CALL A RULE BILL. BUT WE KNOW THAT 42,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE LAST CALENDAR YEAR TO WHERE WE HAVE THE DATE DUE TO OPIOID ABUSE. UP TREMENDOUSLY. UP TREMENDOUSLY. AND SO THERE'S JUST AN URGENT NEED TO TARGET RESOURCES FOR SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT SERVICES TO MAKE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY RIGHT HERE IN THIS HOUSE, RIGHT NOW TODAY TO SAY THAT WE HAVE THE EVIDENCE. LET'S TAKE SOME SECTION 8 VOUCHERS AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION. AND SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. WHAT A WONDERFUL LEADER HE IS ON OUR COMMITTEE. . WE'RE NOT HELPING EVERYBODY, I ADMIT T BUT TO BEGIN TO PUT PEOPLE IN TRANSITIONAL HOUSING I. URGE ALL MEMBERS TO -- HOUSING, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE THRIVE ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:15:27 PM

                THE CHAIR

                ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL…

                ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES PRIPTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-73. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751. EACH SUCH TIME MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT. SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AN AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-71. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION.

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              • 02:16:25 PM

                An amendment, offered by Mr. Barr, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-751 to clarify selection requirements for eligible entities, removes recovery treatment time limits, and makes additional technical changes.

                • 02:16:31 PM

                  MR. BARR

                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                • 02:16:33 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT I

                • 02:16:35 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  AMENDMENTED NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-751, OFFERED BY…

                  AMENDMENTED NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-751, OFFERED BY MR. BARR OF CONTRACT C

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                • 02:16:42 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, AND A…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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            • 02:16:50 PM

              DEBATE

              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 934, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Barr amendment No. 1.

              • 02:16:52 PM

                MR. BARR

                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

              • 02:16:55 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:16:56 PM

                MR. BARR

                I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO THE LEGISLATION AT…

                I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO THE LEGISLATION AT ISSUE TODAY, H.R. 5735, THE THRIVE ACT, WHICH AGAIN WOULD MAKE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THOSE MOST IN NEED BY ALLOCATING A LIMITED NUMBER OF HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS TO NONPROFITS THAT PROVIDE HOUSING, WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT JOB, PLACEMENT, AND CONTINUED ADDICTION RECOVERY SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING OUT OF REHAB AND BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE. THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT INTRODUCES IMPROVEMENTS TO THE THRIVE ACT BASED ON FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED FROM VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS IN THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND RECOVERY COMMUNITIES. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS TECHNICAL DRAFTING ASSISTANCE FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. AMONG THESE CHANGES INCLUDE CLARIFYING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN ILLICIT DRUG USE AND MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT. REQUIRING NONPROFITS TO SHOW THAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCE ADMINISTERING HOUSING PROGRAMS AND ARE IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE FAIR HOUSING AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964. REQUIRING H.U.D. AND ELIGIBLE ENTITIES TO COORDINATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND LOCAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARDS. ELIMINATING TIME LIMITS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN THE PROGRAM, AUTHORIZING WAIVER AUTHORITY ALLOWING H.U.D. GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM WHILE STILL REQUIRING FULL COMPLIANCE WITH STATUTES AND REGULATIONS RELATED TO FAIR HOUSING NONDISCRIMINATION, LABOR STANDARDS, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS. AND OTHER TECHNICAL CHANGES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, INCLUDING CONGRESSWOMAN SINEMA, FOR SUGGESTING SEVERAL OF THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BILL INCLUDED IN THIS AMENDMENT. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EMPHASIZE ONCE AGAIN MY COMMITMENT TO WORKING WITH MS. SINEMA AND OTHER COLLEAGUES TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL ESTIMATES THAT THE TOTAL ECONOMIC BURDEN OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOID MISUSE ALONE IN THE UNITED STATES IS 7.5 BD A YEAR. OUR PROGRAMS ARE AN UNDERUTILIZED SOURCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THIS NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. THE THRIVE ACT IS A SMALL INVESTMENT OF ONLY 10,000 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS OUT OF A TOTAL OF OVER TWO MILLION, TO PEOPLE WHO ARE LITERALLY DYING EVERY DAY. IT HAS EARNED THE SUPPORT OF OVER 140 RECOVERY ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE ON THE FRONTLINES OF THIS EPIDEMIC. ONCE AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS NOT A REASON TO VOTE AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT IS EPIDEMIC. USING EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO ARE OBJECTING TO THIS LEGISLATION ARE MAKING THE WRONG-HEADED AND MISGUIDED ARGUMENT, THE CLAIM THAT THIS IS SOMEHOW TAKING AWAY FROM OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PROGRAM. THERE ARE 198,000 VOUCHERS THAT COME UP EACH AND EVERY YEAR. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT NOT TAKING VOUCHERS AWAY FROM ANYONE. BUT USING THOSE DOCTORS THAT BECOME AVAILABLE FOR NEW RECIPIENTS, AND THESE RECIPIENTS ARE OFTENTIMES ELIGIBLE FOR THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM ANYWAY BECAUSE THEY COME OUT OF REHAB WITHOUT NEW RECIPIENTS, AND THESE RESOURCES. THEY ARE STATUTORILY ELIGIBLE. WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT TAKING AWAY FROM VETERANS, WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT TAKE AG WAY FROM THE DISABLED, OR FROM THE HOMELESS, THAT'S WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE. THESE PEOPLE TYPICALLY ARE WITHOUT HOMES. THEY ARE IN MANY CASES VETERANS. THE ST. JAMES PLACE, WHICH IS ONE OF THESE RECOVERY CENTERS IN MY DISTRICT, FOCUSES EXCLUSIVELY ON VETERANS WHO ARE ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS. THESE PEOPLE ARE OBVIOUSLY ALSO STRUGGLING WITH A DISABILITY. SO THE THRIVE ACT DESERVES EVERY ONE OF OUR -- SO EVERY ONE OF THESE MEMBERS SUPPORT. THESE ORGANIZATIONS AND THESE FOLKS WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION ARE LITERALLY CRYING OUT FOR CONGRESS TO HELP, AND WE NEED TO ANSWER THAT CALL. I URGE SUPPORT FROM MY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION SO WE CAN WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO IMPROVE HOUSING OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS RECOVERING FROM OPIOID ADDICTION AND OTHER SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:21:13 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY --

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              • 02:21:18 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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              • 02:21:22 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

              • 02:21:25 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:21:26 PM

                MS. WATERS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH . MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT IS…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH . MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY A LAST-DIDGE ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS SIGNIFICANT ADMINISTRATIVE CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DIRECT INTERPRETATION OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE FACT THAT THIS AMENDMENT HAD TO BE REVISED THREE TIMES BEFORE A FINAL VERSION WAS SUBMITTED PAST THE DEADLINE FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE RULES COMMITTEE IS INDICATIVE OF THE HASTY AND HAPHAZARD NATURE IN WHICH THIS BILL HAS BEEN COBBLED TOGETHER. FOR EXAMPLE, IN RESPONSE TO A CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SCORE THAT INTERPRETED THE BILL TO CREATE UP TO 50,000 NEW VOUCHERS RESULTING IN A COST OF $1.2 BILL, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CLARIFY THAT THE INTENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY WAS NOT TO PROVIDE NEW FUNDING BUT INSTEAD TO TAKE VOUCHERS AWAY FROM PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT RESOLVES FEW TECHNICAL ISSUES, IT ALSO CREATES NEW PROBLEMS, IN PARTICULAR THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ADD BROAD AUTHORITY FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, TO WAIVE REQUIREMENTS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM. THIS INCLUDES BEING ABLE TO WAIVE BASIC TENET PROTECTIONS, AS WELL AS THE REQUIREMENT THAT RENT OR AFFORDABLE TO RESIDENTS AT 30% OF THEIR ADJUSTED INCOME, WHICH IS KNOWN AS BROOK RULE. IN SUM, THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES WITH THIS BILL, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT IT PROHIBITS NEW FUNDING. MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, I REALLY DO NEED TO POINT OUT THAT PERHAPS IT WAS NOT CLEAR IN MR. BARR'S PRESENTATION ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT THAT THIS AMENDMENT ADDITIONALLY REINFORCES HIS POINT THAT NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS WOULD BE AUTHORIZED. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IF YOU LOOK AT SECTION 5 OF THE BILL, OF THE AMENDMENT, WHERE IT SAYS NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS AUTHORIZED, I'LL READ IT, IT SAYS NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED TO CARRY OUT THEIR REQUIREMENTS OF THIS ACT AND THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THIS ACT. SUCH REQUIREMENT SHALL BE CARRIED OUT USING AMOUNT OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED, WHICH SIMPLY MEANS TAKING 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING IN LINE, WHO ARE DESPERATE FOR THE NEED FOR SAFE AND SECURE HOUSING, AND IT MAKES SURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT HE DOES NOT WANT ANY MORE FUNDS APPROPRIATED, EXCEPT THERE'S SOME KIND OF CONTRADICTION THAT COULD BE CONFUSING. WHEN HE FIRST INTRODUCED THE BILL, AND I TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE HAD NOT ONLY ASKED ME TO SIGN ON TO A LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS ASKING FOR MORE MONEY, AND I DECIDED NOT TO DO THAT BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT HE STILL HAD THIS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD SAY THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS SPENT ON THIS. WHAT IS MY FRIEND DOING? WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT? HOW CAN HE SEND A LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS ASKING FOR MORE MONEY WHEN NOT ONLY DOES HE HAVE IN THE BILL, BUT IN THE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL VERY CLEAR LANGUAGE THAT SAYS THERE SHOULD BE NO ADDITION AM FUNDS -- ADDITIONAL FUNDS APPROPRIATED. OF COURSE THAT'S CONFUSING AND I'M NOT SO SURE WHY THE CONTRADICTION IS THERE. BUT I DO KNOW THIS. I BELIEVE THAT THE INTENT OF MY KWLEEG IS A GOOD INTENT. THAT HE REALLY WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION. I BELIEVE THAT MOST OF THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE GOTTEN INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE AND LEARNING ABOUT IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE'S A CRISIS FOR THE FIRST TIME WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS ISSUE. BUT WHAT THEY HAVE NOT DONE IS, THEY HAVE NOT TAKEN THE TIME TO CONSTRUCT LEGISLATION TO TRULY DEAL WITH THE ISSUE, AND SPEND THE MONEY. ASK FOR THE MONEY, ASK FOR THE RESOURCES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH WHAT THEY SAY IS A CRISIS. THEY COME HERE AND THEY TALK ABOUT HOMELESSNESS AND THEY TALK ABOUT THE OPIOID ABUSERS WHO ARE ON THE THE MONEY. ASK FOR THE MONEY, ASK FOR THE RESOURCES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH WHAT STREETS WHO NEED HOUSING. YES, THEY DO. JUST AS ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE WAITING FOR SECTION 8 HOUSING NEED HOUSING. THEY TALK ABOUT VETERANS WHO ARE HOMELESS. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. SOME OF THOSE VETERANS HAVE DRUG PROBLEMS. OTHERS DON'T HAVE DRUG PROBLEMS. THEY HAVE COME BACK FROM THEIR SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY WITHOUT JOBS, WITHOUT A PLACE TO LIVE, AND HERE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ROBBING THE FOLKS WHO HAVE PLACE TO LIVE, BEEN STANDING IN LINE AND WHO ARE IN NEED, INCLUDING THE VETERANS ON THE STREET, ROBBING THEM OF THEIR OPPORTUNITY, BECAUSE WE WANT TO TAKE AWAY 10,000 HOUSING VOUCHERS FROM THEM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:26:46 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. JUST TO RESPOND BRIEFLY TO SOME OF THOSE CLAIMS.

              • 02:26:52 PM

                MR. BARR

                OUR EFFORTS TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, OUR OVERTURE TO THE RANKING…

                OUR EFFORTS TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, OUR OVERTURE TO THE RANKING MEMBER TO ACTUALLY MEET HER HALFWAY SHOULD BE ACTUALLY WELCOMED. IT SHOULDN'T BE REJECTED. IF SHE'S CONCERNED ABOUT MORE FUNDING, GUESS WHAT? THAT'S NOT WHAT THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES DO. THAT'S WHAT THE APPROPRIATORS DO. IF THE RANKING MEMBER WERE SINCERE, SHE WOULD SIGN ON TO THE LETTER, A LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS WITH RESPECT TO PROVIDING ADDITIONAL FUNDS. IN ANY EVENT, THIS IS NOT HASTILY PUT TOGETHER. THIS IS THE RESULT OF A LOT OF FEEDBACK, OF HEARINGS, OF MANY YEARS OF ACTUALLY TALKING AND LISTENING TO NOT-FOR-PROFITS IN THIS LINE OF WORK AND THEY ARE BEGGING US, ALONG WITH 144 OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND ADDICTION RECOVERY, TO PASS THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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              • 02:27:46 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN OR TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 117-71. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            • 02:27:55 PM

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

              • 02:28:05 PM

                An amendment, offered by Mr. Rohrabacher, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 115-751 to alter the application section to require eligible entities to provide proof to the Secretary that the supportive housing facilities to which they provide financial assistance have authorization to operate by the local government with jurisdiction over that zone.

                • 02:28:11 PM

                  MR. ROHRABACHER

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OFFER A SIMPLE BUT CRUCIAL AMENDMENT TO THE THRIVE…

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OFFER A SIMPLE BUT CRUCIAL AMENDMENT TO THE THRIVE ACT TO ENSURE --

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                • 02:28:18 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                • 02:28:21 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-751,…

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-751, OFFERED BY MR. ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA.

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            • 02:28:23 PM

              DEBATE

              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 934, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rohrabacher amendment No. 2.

              • 02:28:33 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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              • 02:28:40 PM

                MR. ROHRABACHER

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER A SIMPLE BUT CRUCIAL…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER A SIMPLE BUT CRUCIAL AMENDMENT TO THE THRIVE ACT TO ENSURE THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE A SAY IN WHICH SOBER LIVING HOMES ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE NONPROFITS WHO APPLY FOR FUNDING UNDER THIS BILL TO PROVE THAT THE FEDERAL DOLLARS THEY RECEIVE ARE ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. MY AMENDMENT DISTRIBUTED ONLY TO FACILITIES THAT HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE RELEVANT LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO OPERATE IN THAT LOCATION. THE PROLIFERATION OF UNLICENSED SOBER LIVING HOMES IN RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES IN MY DISTRICT AND THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY HAS HAD A DILL TEAROUS IMPACT ON LOCAL RESIDENTS AND NOT WELL SERVED THE DRUG AND ALCOHOLIC ADDICTS THE PROGRAM IS SUPPOSED TO HELP. MANY, NOT ALL, BUT MANY OF THESE FACILITIES, ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY UNSCRUPULOUS ACTORS. THESE BAD ACTORS TOTALLY DISREGARD THE IMPACT ON LOCAL RESIDENTS OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO RESIDE IN THE SOBER LIVING HOMES THEMSELVES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST NOT SUBSIDIZE THIS. IT IS NOT ONLY THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD THAT SUFFERS IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT RESIDENTS OF THE ALSO RECOVERING ADDICTS WHOSE TREATMENT FACILITY HAS NO OVERSIGHT AND SOMETIMES NO ACTUAL PERSONAL PROGRAM FOR RECOVERY. THIS BILL WITH MY AMENDMENT PRODUCES A BALANCED STEP TOWARD HELPING VICTIMS OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC WHILE SAFEGUARDING THE RIGHTS OF FAMILIES, HOMEOWNERS, AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN BARR, HAS AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT. I URGE THE REST HOMEOWNERS, AND LOCAL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN US AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS AMENDMENT. I WOULD ALSO NOTE THAT IT IS THE FEDERAL FAIR HOUSING ACT THAT SHIELDS BAD ACTORS AND PREVENTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM DOING ANYTHING MEANINGFUL ABOUT THE PROBLEM ASSOCIATED WITH SOBER LIVING HOMES. MUNICIPALITIES FACE COSTLY LITIGATION FOR TRYING TO ADDRESS THEIR TRANSIENT NATURE. LOCAL RESIDENTS, AND OFTEN EXPERIENCED INCREASE CRIME IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, NOT TO MENTION THE OTHER THREATS TO THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. . THE THRIVE ACT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE FAIR HOUSING ACT BUT I HAVE A BILL THAT WILL DO THAT. I URGE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5724, THE RESTORING COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT TO SOBER LIVING HOMES ACT. MY BILL WOULD NARROWLY AMEND THE FAIR HOUSING ACT TO RETURN TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THEIR PROPER ZONING AUTHORITY TO MANAGE SOBER LIVING HOMES IN A MANNER ACCEPTABLE TO THE LOCAL PEOPLE AND SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP THOSE DRUG ADDICTS AS WELL AS THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. SO I GLADLY SUPPORT -- OFFER THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER BOTH THIS AMENDMENT AS WELL AS THE BILL THAT I WILL SUBMIT ON THIS ISSUE.

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              • 02:31:43 PM

                THE CHAIR

                DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

              • 02:31:46 PM

                MR. ROHRABACHER

                YIELD BACK. I RESERVE.

              • 02:31:49 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 02:31:53 PM

                MS. WATERS

                TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I DON'T THINK THE AMENDMENT DOES WHAT HE…

                TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I DON'T THINK THE AMENDMENT DOES WHAT HE WOULD LIKE IT TO BUT I AM NOT OPPOSED. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:32:00 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

              • 02:32:04 PM

                MR. ROHRABACHER

                I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

              • 02:32:08 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

                THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-71. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 02:32:12 PM

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

              • 02:32:28 PM

                An amendment, offered by Ms. Moore, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 115-751 to address the devastating opioid crisis in tribal communities by ensuring that tribal housing authorities are designated as eligible entities to receive vouchers and ensuring that the selection criteria for awarding vouchers reflects the impact that opioids is having in tribal communities.

                • 02:32:33 PM

                  MS. MOORE

                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                • 02:32:35 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                • 02:32:37 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751 OFFERED BY…

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751 OFFERED BY MS. MOORE OF WISCONSIN.

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                • 02:32:45 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS.…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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            • 02:32:47 PM

              DEBATE

              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 934, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Moore amendment No. 3.

              • 02:32:54 PM

                MS. MOORE

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY MAKES NONPROFIT…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY MAKES NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT VOUCHERS TO HOUSE PEOPLE IN RECOVERY FOR DRUG ADDICTION. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY MAKES TRIBAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES ALSO ELIGIBLE TO APPLY AND RECEIVE THE VOUCHERS. I, LIKE THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, AM CONCERNED THAT THIS BILL, WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FUNDING, HOW THE WELL INTENDED, REALLY ROBS PETER TO PAY PAUL AND CANNIBALIZE FUNDS AND PRIORITIZE SEEKING HOUSING SOLUTIONS WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALS WITH ADDICTION PROBLEMS OVER OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WHO ARE LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, WHO'VE BEEN WAITING IN LINE IN NEED OF SUBSIDY IN ORDER TO MAKE ENDS MEET, OTHER HOMELESS POPULATIONS. AGAIN, I THINK THIS IS A LAUDABLE GOAL, BUT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT WHETHER -- ABOUT THIS BILL HAVING ANY APPROPRIATIONS CONNECTED TO IT. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE IN FACT ARE GOING TO TAKE THIS APPROACH, I'M SURE WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT TRIBAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES SHOULD ALSO BE ELIGIBLE. INDIAN COUNTRY HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY DRUG ADDICTION AND TRIBES FROM ACROSS THE NATION HAVE STRUGGLED TO KEEP PACE WITH TREATING THEIR ADDICTED POPULATIONS AND ALL THE TIRTIARY PROBLEMS INVOLVED WITH ADDICTION, INCLUDING HOUSING PROBLEMS. AND THE REALITY IS THAT NONPROFITS ARE REALLY OPERATING IN INDIAN COUNTRY NOW, AND THE UNIQUE GEOGRAPHIC AND CULTURAL CHALLENGES MAKES IT VERY UNLIKELY THAT ANY NONPROFIT WILL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SERVE INDIAN COUNTRY EVEN IF THE PROGRAM IS SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER AREAS. INDIAN TRIBES ARE MAKING DUE. THERE ARE SOME SUCCESS STORIES LIKE THE POTTAWATOMIE IN MILWAUKEE. I STRONGLY BELIEVE OUR SACRED TRUST OBLIGATIONS TO INDIAN COUNTRY MAKE IT NECESSARY TO INCLUDE TRIBES IN THIS LEGISLATION. AND I'D RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:35:20 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 02:35:24 PM

                MR. BARR

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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              • 02:35:30 PM

                THE CHAIR

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:35:32 PM

                MR. BARR

                MR. CHAIRMAN, FIRST, I WANT TO MAKE AN OBSERVATION THAT IN THE COURSE OF…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, FIRST, I WANT TO MAKE AN OBSERVATION THAT IN THE COURSE OF THIS DEBATE, NOT ONE OF THE MEMBERS SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION HAS MADE THE ARGUMENT THAT TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, THESE TRANSITIONING HOUSING MODELS WON'T WORK. NONE THEY WON'T WORK, WON'T ACHIEVE LONG-TERM RECOVERY, SO WHY WOULD ANYONE OPPOSE THE LEGISLATION? I WILL ACCEPT MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN'S AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE THE CONTRIBUTION SHE'S MAKING TO MAKE SURE THAT NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES AND THEIR TRIBAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES ARE DESIGNATED AS ELIGIBLE ENTITIES TO RECEIVE VOUCHERS. THIS AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY -- COMMUNITIES RESIDING IN TRIBAL AREAS WILL HAVE RAN OPPORTUNITY TO -- WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. AND IT WILL HELP THOSE IN NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES TO MAKE SURE VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE SHOULD AN ELIGIBLE NONPROFIT NOT BE AVAILABLE. BECAUSE SOME OF THE TRIBAL AREAS ARE LOCATED IN VERY REMOTE AREAS, THE NONPROFIT ENTITIES ENVISIONED UNDER THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM MAY NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO REACH ONTO THOSE RESERVATIONS. THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES TRANSITIONAL HOUSING WHEN SUCH NONPROFIT PARTICIPATION COULD BE LOW. THIS AMENDMENT ENSURES THAT TRIBAL COMMUNITIES ARE NOT DISADVANTAGED BY A LACK OF NONPROFIT ACCESS SO THAT THEY HAVE AN ADEQUATE VOUCHER DISBERGS ENTITY TO COMMUNITY INDIVIDUALS AS THEY RECOVER FROM ADDICTION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:37:25 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

              • 02:37:27 PM

                MS. MOORE

                THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU KNOW, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT…

                THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU KNOW, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT AT ALL ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMITMENT AND HIS SINCERITY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HOUSING CHALLENGES FOR THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED. I WOULD JUST NOTE THAT MY OWN EXPERIENCE IN MY COMMUNITY, AS SIMILAR TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA'S, WE'VE SEEN PEOPLE BE ON THE WAITING LIST FOR 10 YEARS TO GET IN HOUSING. AS WE APPEAR TO BE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THERE BEING ENOUGH HOUSING RESOURCES, IT'S ONLY BECAUSE OF THAT EXPERIENCE WHERE WE'VE SEEN PEOPLE ON THE WAIT LIST FOR 10 YEARS. SO WITH THAT I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AGAIN, THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS CONSIDERATION.

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              • 02:38:12 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:38:16 PM

                MR. BARR

                IN CONCLUSION, I ACCEPT AND SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AND I'LL…

                IN CONCLUSION, I ACCEPT AND SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AND I'LL JUST REMIND ALL MEMBERS AND ESPECIALLY MEMBERS WHO MIGHT BE CONSIDERING WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO VOTE FOR THE LEGISLATION, IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS, THE PROPER CHANNEL IS TO REQUEST THAT FROM THE APPROPRIATORS. ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS CONSIDERING VOTING ON THIS LEGISLATION CAN SIGN THIS BIPARTISAN LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THIS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. BUT IT IS NOT A REASON TO NOT VOTE YES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:38:48 PM

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

              • 02:38:50 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-71. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 02:39:08 PM

                An amendment, offered by Mr. Biggs, numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 115-751 to remove a requirement to include recommendations for further continuation and expansion of the voucher program in a report to Congress.

                • 02:39:15 PM

                  MR. BIGGS

                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                • 02:39:16 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                • 02:39:18 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751 OFFERED BY…

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751 OFFERED BY MR. BIGGS OF ARIZONA.

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                • 02:39:23 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS,…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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            • 02:39:31 PM

              DEBATE

              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 934, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Biggs amendment No. 4.

              • 02:39:33 PM

                MR. BIGGS

                THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

              • 02:39:35 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:39:36 PM

                MR. BIGGS

                THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I COMMEND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND THE GENTLEMAN…

                THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I COMMEND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON THIS BILL. THOUGHTFUL EFFORTS TO PUT TOGETHER A PILOT PROGRAM THAT IS DESIGNED TO HELP PEOPLE WHO SUFFER THIS OPIOID ADDICTION. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THEM FOR THEIR THOUGHTFUL EFFORTS. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY NARROWS THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE IMPOSED ON THE SECRETARY. THIS DOES NOT PROSCRIBE OR NECESSARILY LIMIT THE PARAMETERS OF THE REPORT BUT PREVENTS UNNECESSARY PROGNOSTICATION ON THE PART OF THE SECRETARY, WHICH I BELIEVE WILL ALLOW FOR AN ACCURATE AND VALUABLE ASSESSMENT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PILOT PROGRAM'S TESTING PERIOD. WITH THAT I RESERVE.

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              • 02:40:16 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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              • 02:40:26 PM

                MS. WATERS

                I HAVE NO --

              • 02:40:29 PM

                THE CHAIR

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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              • 02:40:34 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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              • 02:40:40 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:40:41 PM

                MR. HENSARLING

                THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR COMING AND OFFERING THIS VERY SIMPLE…

                THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR COMING AND OFFERING THIS VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT. I THANK HIM FOR HIS KIND WORDS FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY WHO, AGAIN, HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING LEADER IN THIS EFFORT. THE AMENDMENT WILL SIMPLY ALLOW CONGRESS TO WORK ITS WILL ON THE REPORT FROM THE SECRETARY, ALLOW US TO HAVE OUR OWN FULL ANALYSIS. I THINK IT'S A HELPFUL AMENDMENT. I WOULD URGE ITS ADOPTION. FINALLY, I WOULD JUST ECHO WHAT MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY, THE LEADER OF THIS EFFORT, HAS SAID. WE ARE AN AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE, NOT AN APPROPRIATING COMMITTEE. UNDER THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. AND WE AUTHORIZE PROGRAMS BASED UPON PRIORITIES. WE DO DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ALL THE TIME. IF THERE WAS EVER A WORTHY ONE THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THIS BODY IN THE MIDST OF, AGAIN, A LEGITIMATE CRISIS ON OPIOID ADDICTION, IT OUGHT TO BE THIS PROGRAM. WE'VE HAD SEVERAL AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN AGREED TO BY THE MAJORITY. I THINK ALL HAVE PROBABLY IMPROVED THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. BUT, AGAIN, SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE HAVE TO TAKE SO MUCH FLOOR TIME ON THIS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE ARGUMENT THAT IF YOU CAN'T HELP EVERYBODY DON'T HELP ANYBODY. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE ARGUMENT THAT SINCE YOU'RE NOT AN APPROPRIATING COMMITTEE DON'T AUTHORIZE THE HELP. I SIMPLY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT. AGAIN, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY IN THIS CONGRESS ON THIS FLOOR AT THIS MOMENT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE ROAD TO RECOVERY FOR THOUSANDS OF OPIOID ADDICTS WHO ARE TRYING, TRYING TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER. IF WE BELIEVE IN THEIR HOPE, IF WE BELIEVE IN THEIR CAUSE, WE SHOULD SUPPORT, WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE THRIVE ACT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:42:51 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. :…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. : THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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            • 02:42:53 PM

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

              • 02:42:58 PM

                MR. BIGGS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

              • 02:43:01 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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              • 02:43:32 PM

                The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 5735.

                • 02:43:48 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  MR. CHAIRMAN.

                • 02:43:50 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5735 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                • 02:44:03 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                  THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 5735 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. 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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              • 02:44:16 PM

                The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                • 02:44:20 PM

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

                  • 02:44:46 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A…

                    A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO SET ASIDE SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS FOR SUPPORT OF TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS RECOVERING FROM OPIOID USE DISORDERS OR OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  • 02:45:05 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

                  • 02:45:09 PM

                    MR. HENSARLING

                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                  • 02:45:13 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                  • 02:45:19 PM

                    MR. HENSARLING

                    NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. HOPE DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK…

                    NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. HOPE DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE --

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                  • 02:45:25 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

                  • 02:45:27 PM

                    MR. HENSARLING

                    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

              • 02:45:28 PM

                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 5735, the Chair put the question on passage, and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hensarling demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until a time to be announced.

                • 02:45:29 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. . PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1RK THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE I

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              • 02:45:55 PM

                Recess

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

                • 02:46:29 PM

                  >>

                  I

                • 04:00:14 PM

                  >>

                  WE TAKE YOU LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE, THEY'RE RETURNING FOR VOTES ON A…

                  WE TAKE YOU LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE, THEY'RE RETURNING FOR VOTES ON A COUPLE OF BILL DECEMBER BAITED EARLIER. WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 5788 AND THE QUESTION ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 5735. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. THE REMAINING VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 5788 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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              • 04:00:19 PM

                Reconvened

                The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 14.

                • 04:00:22 PM

                  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                  The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on passage of both H.R. 5788, and H.R. 5735, which were debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                  • 04:01:05 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 557, H.R. 5788, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING…

                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 557, H.R. 5788, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS AND TO REQUIRE THE PROVISION OF ADVANCED ELECTRONIC INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS OF MAIL, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  • 04:01:11 PM

                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5788 — "To provide for the processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of certain international mail shipments and to require the provision of advance electronic information on international mail shipments of mail, and for other purposes."

                    • 04:01:18 PM

                      On passage Roll Call 265 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                      • 04:01:25 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                      • 04:28:47 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 353. THE NAYS ARE 52. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 353. THE NAYS ARE 52. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 5735 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                  • 04:28:48 PM

                    House Vote 265 - On Passage

                    Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act of 2018

                    Passed (353 - 52)
                    Yea

                    Vote Details: Yea - 353
                    Republican - 222
                    Democratic - 131

                    Vote Details: Nay - 52
                    Republican - 3
                    Democratic - 49

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 22
                    Democratic - 13
                    Republican - 9

                    • 04:28:49 PM

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

                      • 04:29:01 PM

                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5735 — "To amend the United States Housing Act of 1937 to establish a demonstration program to set aside section 8 housing vouchers for supportive and transitional housing for individuals recovering from opioid use disorders or other substance use disorders, and for other purposes."

                        • 04:29:11 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 554, H.R. 5735, A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES…

                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 554, H.R. 5735, A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO SET ASIDE SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS FOR SUPPORTIVE AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS RECOVERING FROM OPIOID USE DISORDERS OR OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 04:29:11 PM

                        On passage Roll Call 266 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                        • 04:29:34 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

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

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                        • 04:37:19 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 230 AND THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED…

                          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 230 AND THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                    • 04:37:20 PM

                      House Vote 266 - On Passage

                      Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program Act

                      Passed (230 - 173)
                      Yea
                      Nay

                      Vote Details: Yea - 230
                      Republican - 218
                      Democratic - 12

                      Vote Details: Nay - 173
                      Democratic - 166
                      Republican - 7

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 24
                      Democratic - 15
                      Republican - 9

                      • 04:37:21 PM

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

                        • 04:39:07 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER.

                        • 04:39:08 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          PLEASE REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

                        • 04:39:15 PM

                          >>

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE --…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE -- AND SACRIFICE OF U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT --

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                        • 04:39:33 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE…

                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                        • 04:40:01 PM

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                          WE RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SACRIFICE OF U.S. STAFF SERGEANT…

                          WE RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SACRIFICE OF U.S. STAFF SERGEANT ALEXANDER W. CONRAD FROM CHANDLER, ARIZONA, WHO WAS RECENTLY KILLED BY INDIRECT ENEMY FIRE WHILE IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION SHIELD IN SO MALL QUA. HE WAS A HUMAN INTELLIGENCE NONCOMMISSION OFFICER ASIGNED TO THE FIRST BATTALION THIRD SPECIAL FORCES GROUP. SERGEANT CONDITION RAD'S DECORATED SERVICE INCLUDED TWO TOURS IN AFGHANISTAN IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. HE WAS AWARD THE PURPLE HEART AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL. MR. SPEAKER, SERGEANT CONRAD WAS ONE OF ARIZONA'S FINEST HE FOUGHT TO FREE THE OPPRESSED AND ENSURE ALL AMERICANS LIVE OUT THEIR DAYS IN LIBERTY. PLEASE KEEP HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COMRADES IN YOUR PRAYERS AND NOW I ASK THAT YOU PLEASE JOIN ME AND MY ARIZONA COLLEAGUES FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT ALEXANDER W. CONRAD.

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                    • 04:40:22 PM

                      MOMENT OF SILENCE

                      The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the soldier who lost his life in Somalia last week.

                      • 04:40:59 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        MEMBERS WILL OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

                      • 04:41:30 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT…

                        THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE -- WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      • 04:41:50 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE BRAND OPENING OF THE WICHITA…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE BRAND OPENING OF THE WICHITA ADVANCED LEARNING LIBRARY.

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                      • 04:41:57 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS…

                        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                      • 04:42:12 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE GRAND OPENING OF THE WICHITA…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE GRAND OPENING OF THE WICHITA ADVANCED LEARNING LIBRARY ON JUNE 16, 2018. THE WICHITA ADVANCED LEARNING LIBRARY HAS BEEN A CENTRAL PROJECT OF WICHITA'S LARGEST CITY SINCE 2006. AFTER BREAKING GROUND ON THE PROJECT TWO WEEKS AGO, IT WILL BE AN HONOR TO ATTEND THE GRAND OPENING THIS SATURDAY.

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                      • 04:42:33 PM

                        MR. ESTES

                        THE OLD LIBRARY WAS BUILT MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO. AT THAT TIME THERE WAS…

                        THE OLD LIBRARY WAS BUILT MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO. AT THAT TIME THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS PERSONAL COMPUTER, PHONES WERE USED FOR FEN CALLS AND WICHITA HAD A POPULATION OF LESS THAN 250,000. WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW LIBRARY, WICHITA AND THE SURROUNDING REGION WILL HAVE A LIBRARY READY TO SERVE OUR GROWING POPULATION. THESE ADVANCEMENTS WILL PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN ALL AREAS, INCLUDING STEM, INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR WORK FORCE OF THE FUTURE. AS A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND I'M PROUD OF THE CITY OF WICHITA FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH THE ADVANCED LEARNING LIBRARY TO CONTINUE THE PATHWAY TO A LIFETIME OF LEARNING. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:43:00 PM

                      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                      The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                      • 04:43:21 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WEATHER, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 04:43:41 PM

                        MR. PAYNE

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF TWO…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF TWO YOUNG WOMEN FROM MY DISTRICT, APRIL VASSEL AND NAVIA PARKER WERE EACH SELECTED TO ATTEND THE UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION 2018 WOMEN IN SCIENCE OR WISCI GIRLS CAMP IN NAMIBIA. THE CAMP WILL BRING TOGETHER 100 HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT AND THE UNITED STATES FOR A TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE LEARNING PROGRAM. THIS AMAZING CAMP IS CO-HOSTED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND PRIVATE PARTNERS. IT BRINGS GIRLS TOGETHER TO HELP CLOSE THE GENDER GAP IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, AND MATHEMATICS. APRIL AND NAVIA WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AS YOUNG LEADERS AND DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR SISTERS FROM AFRICA. THESE TWO YOUNG WOMEN AND THE OTHER CAMPERS HAVE A LOT TO BE PROUD OF. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AND THEIR POTENTIAL AND SUCCESS. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:45:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 04:45:16 PM

                        MR. POE

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

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

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                      • 04:45:20 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 04:45:23 PM

                        MR. POE

                        MR. SPEAKER, OUR SUPPOSED TURKISH ALLIES ARE HOLDING AMERICANS HOSTAGE. AT…

                        MR. SPEAKER, OUR SUPPOSED TURKISH ALLIES ARE HOLDING AMERICANS HOSTAGE. AT LEAST TWO AMERICANS, ANDREW BRUNSON, AND SIRKAN, ARE BEING HELD BY THE TURKISH REGIME. THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES HE CAN USE IMPRISONED AMERICANS AS BARGAINING CHIPS. HE HOPES HE CAN TRADE AMERICAN HOSTAGES FOR POLITICAL OPPONENTS THAT HAVE FLED TURKEY'S DICTATORSHIP. EVEN IF THE INDIVIDUALS THE PRESIDENT WANTED HAD CLEARLY COMMITTED CRIMES, WHICH THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE THEY HAVE, WE SHOULD NEVER ENGAGE IN REWARDING TURKEY FOR TAKING HOSTAGES. HE'S PROVEN HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW AND INSTEAD RULES BY FEAR. WE MUST NOT ASSIST HIM IN HIS DESTRUCTION OF DEMOCRACY IN TURKEY. AMERICAN HOSTAGES LIKE PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON, WHO HAVE BEEN HELD FOR MORE THAN 600 DAYS, MUST BE RETURNED. UNTIL THEN, THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO RE-EVALUATE WHETHER TURKEY WANTS TO BE CONSIDERED A FRIEND OR A FOE, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                      • 04:46:34 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 04:46:43 PM

                        MR. LANGEVIN

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

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

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                      • 04:46:48 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 04:46:51 PM

                        MR. LANGEVIN

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DECRY LAST WEEK'S SUPREME COURT DECISION IN…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DECRY LAST WEEK'S SUPREME COURT DECISION IN THE OHIO VOTING CASE. MR. SPEAKER, THE RULING APPEARS TO HAVE WILLFULLY MISINTERPRET THE NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION ACT OF 1993. IT LAYS WAYS TO CONGRESSIONAL INTENT AND SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT OF BEING PERMISSIVE OF VOTER SUPPRESSION ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE NVRA WAS ENACTED WITH THE EXPRESSED PURPOSE OF INCREASING VOTER REGISTRATION AND PROTECTING AGAINST VOTER PURGES AND PROHIBITS STATES FROM REMOVING VOTERS BY THE ROLLS. YET, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE STATE OF OHIO IS DOING. OHIO OFFICIALS ARE PURGING VOTERS IF THEY DO NOT VOTE IN THREE CONSECUTIVE FEDERAL ELECTIONS. I BELIEVE THAT EVERY PERSON SHOULD VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION, BUT THEY MAY BE REASONS WHY THEY HAVE NOT, FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND WE SHOULD BE ERRING ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION. OUR DEMOCRACY IS BUILT ON EACH PERSON HAVING A VOICE YET THE SUPREME COURT HAS AFFIRMED OHIO'S RIGHT TO SILENCE THOSE VOICES. CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW TO CORRECT THIS INJUSTICE AND RESORT THE RIGHTS -- THE COURTS HAVE SO CARELESSLY CAST ASIDE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:48:03 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 04:48:08 PM

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                        TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

                      • 04:48:11 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 04:48:14 PM

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                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE A NEW INTERNSHIP PROGRAM MY DISTRICT…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE A NEW INTERNSHIP PROGRAM MY DISTRICT OFFICE HAS STARTED. MY PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HELP INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN LONG-TERM SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY MEET THEIR PROGRAMMING REQUIREMENTS OF OBTAINING JOB READINESS SKILLS. ALONG WITH THE BILL'S WE'RE PASSING THIS WEEK TO FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, MY OFFICE HAS PARTNERED WITH RECOVERY POINT IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE DECIDED TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK ON TRACK.

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                      • 04:48:46 PM

                        MR. MOONEY

                        WEST VIRGINIA HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO OF THE DRUG EPIDEMIC AND IT'S IMPORTANT…

                        WEST VIRGINIA HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO OF THE DRUG EPIDEMIC AND IT'S IMPORTANT SUPPORT THAT CRUCIAL RECOVERY PROGRAMS THAT ARE CHANGING THE LIVES OF SO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE WHO HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES. THIS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY WILL HELP PREPARE THESE INDIVIDUALS TO RE-ENTER THE WORK FORCE. IT'S IMPORTANT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE AND HELP THOSE WHO HAVE DECIDED TO TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS TO PARTNER WITH RECOVERY PROGRAMS IN THEIR DISTRICTS TO CREATE SIMILAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECOVERING ADDICTS. THE INTERNS IN MY CHARLESTON OFFICE HAVE ALREADY MADE A POSITIVE IMPACT AND ARE A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR TEAM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 04:49:26 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 04:49:36 PM

                        MR. KILMER

                        THANKS, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF THIS JOB IS GETTING TO…

                        THANKS, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF THIS JOB IS GETTING TO DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUTSTANDING PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENCE MAKERS IN THE BEST SENSE OF THE WORD. ONE PART OF WASHINGTON IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF NATALIE BRYSON. OUR SCHOOLS ARE PROVIDING MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE ALL SHE'S DONE FOR THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE PAUL LINDER FOUNDATION. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE MORE WELCOMING PLACES WITH NATALIE'S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE H.I.V. FOUNDATION. MORE DOORS ARE OPEN FOR WOMEN BECAUSE SHE'S BEEN A TRAILBLAZER IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND SHE LET ME HAVE LUNCH WITH HER AT THE ROTRY CLUB. WHETHER SHE'S PARTICIPATING AT THE COUNCIL OR GIVING LOVING ADVICE TO HER MEMBER OF CONGRESS, NATALIE HAS BEEN SUCH AN IMPACTFUL PERSON. A FIERCEST ADVOCATE, AN AMAZING FRIEND. MR. SPEAKER, SOMETIMES IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US JUST TO EXPRESS SOME GRATITUDE, TO SAY THANK YOU, AND THAT'S SOMETHING I WANT US TO DO TODAY FOR SOMEONE WHO'S DONE SO MUCH FOR SO MANY. SO THANK YOU, NATALIE. YOU ARE SO APPRECIATED. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:50:44 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 04:50:51 PM

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

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

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                      • 04:50:54 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 04:50:58 PM

                        MR. BLUM

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LIKE THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES, YOU KNOW, WE GO…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LIKE THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES, YOU KNOW, WE GO HOME ON THE WEEKENDS WHEN WE'RE NOT VOTING AND WHEN WE'RE NOT VOTING DURING THE WEEK WE ARE IN OUR DISTRICTS AND IT'S WONDERFUL TO VISIT WITH OUR BOSSES AND I WAS IN BRIDGEWATER, IN ADAIR COUNTY, ON MONDAY AND IT'S A LOVELY TOWN.

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                      • 04:51:18 PM

                        MR. YOUNG

                        STRONG PEOPLE. A LOT OF GRIT. A LOT OF LOVE AND COMPASSION. BUT IN A WAY I…

                        STRONG PEOPLE. A LOT OF GRIT. A LOT OF LOVE AND COMPASSION. BUT IN A WAY I WISH I WASN'T IN BRIDGEWATER THAT DAY BECAUSE WE WERE MEETING, HAVING AN OPIOID ROUNDTABLE BECAUSE OPIOIDS AND THIS ADDICTION HAS REALLY TAKEN A TOLL ON THIS COMMUNITY. BUT THE PEOPLE OF BRIDGEWATER ARE STRONG. AND TAKE BACK BRIDGEWATER IS THE MANTRA, AND TAKE BACK BRIDGEWATER IN OUR OF OUR COMMUNITIES IS A MUST. I AM GLAD TO BE WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT THE HUMAN ISSUE, CARING ONE ANOTHER, TAKING CARE OF THOSE WE REPRESENT. AND GOD BLESS MY COLLEAGUES AND THOSE IN BRIDGEWATER, AND ALL THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO HAVE SUFFERED UNDER THIS AFFLICTION, THESE ADDICTIONS AND I AM GLAD WE ARE GOING TO COME TOGETHER AND ADDRESS THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:52:14 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 04:52:18 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

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

                      • 04:52:21 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 04:52:24 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS LOVE SPORTS, AND THEY LOVE HONEST SPORTS. THEY LOVE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS LOVE SPORTS, AND THEY LOVE HONEST SPORTS. THEY LOVE THE WIN OF THE STANLEY CUP, BY THE GREAT TEAM HERE IN WASHINGTON. WE LOVE WINNING THE WORLD SERIES, THE HOUSTON ASTROS. AND WE LOVE OUR OLYMPICS. TODAY I STAND BECAUSE I RECENTLY INTRODUCED H.R. 6067, RODA, BECAUSE IN THE REALM OF INTERNATIONAL SPORTS, IT HAS BECOME ALMOST COMMONPLACE FOR TOO MANY ATHLETES TO YIELD TO THE TEMPTATION OF BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THEIR OWN SKILL AND THE PINNACLE OF ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT BY RESORTING TO PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS AND TO CONCEAL THIS FALL FROM GRACE, CHEERTS ARE EMPLOYING MODES OF MASKING THE USE OF ANY PRESCRIBED DRUGS. THIS PRACTICE, SOME OF IT STATE SANCTIONED, UNDERMINES INTERNATIONAL ATHLETIC COMPETITION. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED THIS BILL AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL WITH MS. GWEN MOORE AND DR. BURGESS AND SHEILA JACKSON LEE. AND OUR NUMBERS ARE GROWING. THE LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED IS BIPARTISAN AND AS WELL WE SALUTE THE VALIANT MAN WHO REVEALED THE TRUEX TENT OF A COMPLEX STATE-RUN DOPING SCHEME THERE IN RUSSIA. -- TRUE EXTENT BY A COMPLEX STATE-RUN DOPING SCHEME THERE IN RUSSIA. ONE LOST A RACE TO RUSSIANS WHO HAD BEEN PART OF ANTI-DOPING. SHE LOST THE MEDAL AND SHE LOST MILLIONS BUT SHE MAY HAVE LOST SOMETIMES HER SPIRIT. JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE RADA BILL, AND I SUBMIT IN THE RECORD THE U.S. LAWMAKERS ARTICLE, THE U.S. LAWMAKERS SEEK TO CRIMINALIZE DOPING.

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                      • 04:54:10 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                      • 04:54:13 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        I THANK YOU AND I THANK ISABELLA AND THE STAFF. I YIELD BACK.

                      • 04:54:20 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 04:54:23 PM

                        MR. CICILLINE

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

                      • 04:54:27 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 04:54:30 PM

                        MR. CICILLINE

                        MR. SPEAKER, IN MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA,…

                        MR. SPEAKER, IN MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA, PEOPLE ARE WORKING HARDER THAN EVER JUST TO GET BY. WAGES ARE FLAT AND COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE. IN FACT, JUST LAST MONTH, GAS PRICES HIT A THREE-YEAR HIGH. IT'S OBSCENE. WORKING PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GETTING RIPPED OFF AT THE PUMP FOR YEARS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST REASONS IS THAT COUNTRIES IN OPEC AND OTHER FOREIGN OIL CARTELS WORK TOGETHER TO INFLATE THE COST OF GAS. SOME FOLKS THINKS THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT THIS. THAT'S WHY LAST MONTH, ALONG WITH STEVE CHABOT, I INTRODUCED THE NO IMPORTING OIL AND GAS BY CARTELS ACT. THIS WILL MAKE THEM SUBJECT TO U.S. ANTITRUST LAWS AND PREVENT THEM FROM PRICE GOUGING AND COMPANIES WITHHOLDING THEIR SUPPLY OF OIL IN ORDER TO RAISE PRICES. EARLIER THIS WEEK OUR BILL WAS APPROVED BY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS BILL COMING TO THE FLOOR AND ITS SWIFT PASSAGE. IT'S LONG PAST TIME WE DELIVER SOME MUCH-NEEDED RELIEF TO WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:55:35 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 04:55:49 PM

                        MS. NORTON

                        MR. SPEAKER, WHEN MEMBERS ATTACK ONE ANOTHER ON THIS FLOOR WE SOMETIMES…

                        MR. SPEAKER, WHEN MEMBERS ATTACK ONE ANOTHER ON THIS FLOOR WE SOMETIMES HAVE TO APOLOGIZE PUBLICLY. WHAT IS THE PENALTY WHEN A PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION ATTACKS CHILDREN IN OUR COUNTRY? THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW AT THE BORDER AS CHILDREN ARE FORCIBLY TAKEN FROM THEIR PARENTS. EVEN IF THESE CHILDREN WERE BEING HELD IN PLARBLEE SPLENDOR, NOTHING -- PALACIAL SPLENDOR, NOTHING COULD MAKE UP FOR BEING TAKEN FROM THE PERSON THEY HAVE KNOWN SINCE BIRTH. OUR COUNTRY HAS ALWAYS BEEN FAMILY REUNIFICATION. BREAKING WITH THAT POLICY AND DECENCY, DONALD TRUMP AND JEFF SESSIONS HAVE ADVISED A NEW DETERRENT FROM CROSSING THE BORDER AND SEEKING ASYLUM. SAYS INVESTIGATION -- SAYS SESSIONS, IF YOU SMUGGLE A CHILD, THEN WE'RE GOING TO PROSECUTE YOU AND THAT CHILD WILL BE SEPARATED FROM YOU. IF THEY WANT TO ATTACK BORDER CROSSERS, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHOULD PICK ON SOMEBODY THEIR OWN SIZE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:56:59 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? SORRY. NEVADA.

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                      • 04:57:09 PM

                        MR. KIHUEN

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

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

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                      • 04:57:13 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 04:57:16 PM

                        MR. KIHUEN

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER ROBBALD. HE SURVIVED TWO SHOOTOUTS IN AFGHANISTAN. HE ATTENDED THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL ON OCTOBER 1. HE SERVED IN THE NAVY SEVEN YEARS BEFORE HE LEFT ON A MEDICAL DISCHARGE AFTER HE HAD BECOME MOSTLY DEAF IN HIS LEFT EAR FROM ALL THE EXPLOSIONS THAT HAPPENED NEAR HIM. AFTER LEAVING THE NAVY, CHRISTOPHER BEGAN WORKING IN CRUNCH FITNESS GYMS WHERE HE MANAGED NEW FACILITIES AS THEY OPENED AROUND THE COUNTRY. CHRISTOPHER WENT TO THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO CELEBRATE HIS UPCOMING 29TH BIRTHDAY. EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM REMEMBERS HIM AS A MAN WHO COULD ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON ANYONE'S FACE. HIS FAVORITE THING WAS TO DO WAS SARINATING HIS FRIENDS WITH SPANISH BALANCED AS AND SINGING KARAOKE. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY COL DOLENSES TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY. PLEASE KNOW THAT THE WHOLE GRIEVE CUN GRIEVE WITH YOU. -- WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 04:58:26 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 1238-B-3…

                        THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 1238-B-3 OF THE FLOYD SPENCE NATIONAL AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001, 22 U.S.C. 7002, AS AMENDED, AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, OF THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE OF THE UNITED STATES -CHINA ECONOMIC SECURITY AND REVIEW COMMISSION FOR A TERM EXPIRING ON DECEMBER 31, 2019.

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                    • 04:58:31 PM

                      United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission

                      Pursuant to section 1238(b)(3) of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (22 U.S.C. 7002), as amended, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, U.S. Navy, Retired, Arlington, VA.

                      • 04:59:00 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        REAR ADMIRAL MICHAEL MCDEVITT, RETIRED, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. AFTER 2:30…

                        REAR ADMIRAL MICHAEL MCDEVITT, RETIRED, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. AFTER 2:30 P.M. TODAY AND TOMORROW. MR. DONOVAN OF NEW YORK FOR TODAY. MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW.

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                      • 04:59:24 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                      • 04:59:45 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

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

                        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL THAT THEY WOULD BRING ON THE SUBJECT OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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                      • 05:00:01 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:00:03 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

                        I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. I'M DELIGHTED TO TAKE THIS HOUR WITH SEVERAL…

                        I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. I'M DELIGHTED TO TAKE THIS HOUR WITH SEVERAL OF MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES TO TALK ABOUT A MATTER OF MORAL, SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC URGENCY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHICH IS THE VAST GROUP OF AMERICANS WHO ARE LIVING IN POVERTY TODAY. AND WE ARE OBSERVING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING'S POOR PEOPLE'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON. REACHING OUT TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WORKING IN MORE THAN 35 STATES ACROSS AMERICA IN ORDER TO PUT IN THE VERY FOREFRONT OF THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS THE FACT THAT TENS OF MILLIONS OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS SIMPLY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO MEET THE BASIC NEEDS OF LIFE. THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN HAS MET WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AND WITNESSED THE COURAGE AND STRENGTH OF A LOT OF POOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THEY'VE GATHERED TESTIMONY FROM HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS IN A NUMBER OF THE TESTIMONIALS WILL BE READ THIS EVENING BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER. THE TESTIMONY WE ARE GOING TO READ REINFORCES THE ASSESSMENT CONDUCTED BY THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN AND INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES ABOUT THE EFFECT OF POVERTY, RACISM, ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION. THE SOULS OF POOR FOLK REPORT REVEALS THAT THESE INTERRELATED PROBLEMS ARE PERPETRATED BY A MORAL NARRATIVE THAT MUST BE CHALLENGED TODAY. WE BELIEVE WHEN AMERICANS SEE THE FACES AND THE FACTS THAT ARE REPRESENTED IN THIS TESTIMONY AND BY THIS REPORT, AMERICA WILL BE MOVED DEEPLY TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CONFRONTED WITH UNDENIABLE TRUTH OF THE INDIGNITY AND CRUELTY OF POOR CIRCUMSTANCES THAT SO MANY OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS ARE LIVING UNDER, WE BELIEVE THAT MILLIONS MORE AMERICANS WILL JOIN THE RANKS OF THOSE DETERMINED TO SEE AN END TO POVERTY IN OUR LIFETIME. I'M JOINED BY A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES THIS EVENING, WHO WILL COME UP AND READ SOME OF THE TESTIMONIALS AS WELL AS GIVE THOUGHTS OF THEIR OWN AND I WILL BE GIVING COMMENTARY OF MY OWN. AND I'M BEGINNING FIRST WITH MY COLLEAGUE GWEN MOORE FROM WISCONSIN. PLEASE WELCOME CONGRESSWOMAN MOORE, WHO IS A GREAT LEADER FOR THE PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN AND A SPOKES PERSON FOR POOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

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                    • 05:00:05 PM

                      SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                      • 05:03:23 PM

                        MS. MOORE

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YIELDING TO ME. AS YOU MENTIONED, THE POOR PEOPLE'S…

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YIELDING TO ME. AS YOU MENTIONED, THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN WAS A NATIONAL CALL FOR A MORAL REVIVAL AND WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE NOW, WE ARE RE-ENGAGING THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN FOR THE NONVIOLENT ECONOMIC REFORM MOVEMENT THAT THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS ORGANIZING WHEN HE WAS ASSASSINATED IN 198. THIS RESURGENS IS BEING CALLED THE MOST EXTENSIVE WAVE OF NONVIOLENT RESURGENCE IN OUR HISTORY. AND WHAT IT RECOGNIZES IS THAT DR. KING WAS RIGHT, THAT THE TRIFECTA IS INTERCONNECTED AND TODAY THEY ARE TRACKING 140 MILLION AMERICANS IN POVERTY AND LOW WEALTH AND MANY OF THEM ARE CHILDREN AND VETERANS. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT ONE OF DR. KING'S TRIPLE EVILS. AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT, BECAUSE THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE A TOTAL VOLUNTEER ARMY NOW, WE DON'T HAVE THE DRAFT. AND SO THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING RECRUITED INTO OUR MILITARY TODAY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE OFTEN FROM LOW-INCOME HOUSE HOLDS WHO ARE SEEKING AN OPPORTUNITY AND THEY ARE BEING SEDUCED INTO THE MILITARY WITH PROMISES OF TECHNICAL TRAINING, BONUSES AND COLLEGE. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU A LETTER FROM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. MR. BROCK MCINTOSH OF ILLINOIS. AND HE SAYS, QUOTE, THIS WAY OF INJECTING POISONOUS -- THE POISONOUS DRUGS OF HATE INTO VEINS OF PEOPLE NORMALLY HUMANE CANNOT BE RECOGNIZED WITH JUSTICE AND LOVE. I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE PRECISE MOMENT THAT THERE WAS POISON IN ME. I'M THE CHILD OF A NURSE AND A FACTORY WORKER IN THE HEARTLAND OF ILLINOIS, THE FAMILY OF BLUE COLLAR AND SERVICE WORKERS. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE IRAQ WAR, MILITARY RECRUITERS AT MY HIGH SCHOOL A TRACTED ME WITH SIGN-UP BONUSES THAT SOME SOUGHT AS THEIR TICKET OUT. FOR ME, I THOUGHT IT WAS MY TICKET UP PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES THAT I ONCE FELT WERE OUT OF REACH. TWO YEARS LATER, WHEN I WAS 20 YEARS OLD, I WAS STANDING OVER THE BODY OF A 16-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN BOY, A ROADSIDE BOMB HE WAS BUILDING, PREMATURELY DETONATED, HE WAS COVERED IN SHRAPNEL AND BURNED AND ONE OF HIS HANDS AMPUTATED AND HIS OTHER HAND HAD THE CALLOUS ROUGHNESS AS A FARMER OR A SHEPARD. AS HE LAY THERE, I STUDIED THE DETAILS OF HIS FACE AND CAUGHT MYSELF ROOTING FOR HIM. IF THIS BOY KNEW ME, I THOUGHT, HE WOULDN'T WANT TO KILL ME. AND HERE I AM THAT I'M SUPPOSED TO WANT TO KILL HIM AND I FEEL BAD THAT I WANTED HIM TO LIVE. NOW THAT'S THE POISON MIND. THAT IS THE MILITARIZED MIND AND ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES AFFORDED ME BY THE MILITARY CAN'T REPAY THE COST OF WAR ON MY SOUL. IT IS THOSE WHO CARRY. A WORKING CLASS BOY FROM ILLINOIS SENT HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO KILL A YOUNG FARMER, HOW DID WE GET HERE? HOW DID THIS CRAZY WAR ECONOMY COME TO BE? FIRST, THERE IS THE DEMAND, A SOCIETY THAT FEELS THREATENED AND PREPARES FOR WAR EVEN IN A TIME OF PEACE. TO DO THIS REQUIRES A MILITARY, INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, A VAST WAR ECONOMY WHOSE CHARTERS PROFIT, STOCK AND JOBS DEPENDS ON PERMANENT MILL TARIZZATION AND WHO PROS PERCENT MOST IN TIMES OF WAR. SECONDLY, THERE IS A SUPPLY. A NATION WHO WANTS TO ATTRACT VOLUNTEERS AND CARE FOR VETERANS PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY THAT ALIEU RECRUITS FROM PREDOMINANTLY WORKING CLASS FOLKS WITH LIMITED OPPORTUNITY. WE NEED A POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO AMPLIFY THE VOICES LIKE THIS OF REGULAR FOLKS ABOVE THE LOBBY OF THE MILITARIZED ECONOMY, A POISONNED ECONOMY, TO DEMAND JOBS AND DEMAND WORKING CLASS FOLKS THAT DON'T DEMAND KILLING. WE NEED A POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO DEMAND FOR JUSTICE WHERE PEOPLE OF COLOR KILLED BY POLICE FORCES ARE POISONNED LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE NEED A POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO TRANSFORM A MILITARIZED A POISONNED WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS THAT PROVES THEIR TOUGHNESS WITH CHEST AND UNITS THEIR BASE. WAR ALWAYS HAS A WAY OF DISTRACTING OUR ATTENTION AND PERVERTING OUR PRIORITIES. WE NEED A POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO HAVE ECONOMIC AND ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE TO BRING THESE ISSUES TO THE FOREFRONT. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                      • 05:09:43 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

                        THANK YOU FOR THAT POWERFUL TESTIMONY. I'M GOING TO CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUE…

                        THANK YOU FOR THAT POWERFUL TESTIMONY. I'M GOING TO CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MS. JAYAPAL. PLEASE COME UP. I YIELD TO HER AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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                      • 05:10:05 PM

                        MS. JAYAPAL

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND TO ALL MY…

                        THANK YOU SO MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE DEEP DEVOTION THAT YOU HAVE SHOWN OVER THE YEARS TO ADDRESSING RACISM, POVERTY, INEQUALITY. AND IT IS MY HONOR TO HELP BRING A LIGHT, SHINE A LIGHT ON THE STORIES OF MEN AND WOMEN AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO ARE FIGHTING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THESE ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR BROTHERS, OUR CHILDREN, OUR PARENTS, OUR FRIENDS AND THEY ARE STRUGGLING. HERE'S AN INCREDIBLE STATISTIC. ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TODAY, 67% OF ALL AMERICANS DO NOT EVEN HAVE $1,000 IN THEIR SAVINGS ACCOUNT. THAT MEANS THEY CAN'T TAKE CARE OF A LEAK IN THE ROOF OR TAKE CARE OF A SICK CHILD. IF THEY DON'T GET PAID SICK DAYS, THEY CAN'T TAKE CARE OF AN AGING PARENT. THEY ARE FOCUSED ON SURVIVING AND NOT THRIVING AND THAT IS OUTRAGEOUS. IT IS TIME FOR US TO LIFT UP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE THE BEDROCK, THE NATIONAL BEDROCK OF OUR COUNTRY, THE TEACHER WHO SPENDS MORE TIME WITH OUR CHILDREN THAN ANY OTHER, BUT HASN'T YET BEEN COMPENSATED FOR THAT. THE DOMESTIC WORKERS AND CAREGIVERS THAT TAKE CARE OF OUR ELDERLY AND OUR HOMES AND OUR LIVES WITH THEIR GREAT STRENGTH, COMPASSION AND EFFICIENCY. THE LABORERS WHO BUILD THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE HOMES AND THE WORKPLACES THAT WE STAND ON, LIVE AND WORK IN. THE WOMEN IN EVERY SINGLE INDUSTRY WHO HAVE FACED DISRESPECT, UNEQUAL PAY AND THEY ARE THE GLUE THAT HOLD OUR SOCIETY AND FAMILIES TOGETHER, THE FARMWORKERS WHO PICK THE FOOD WE EAT, THE NURSES WHO LISTEN TO OUR HEARTS AND BRING US BACK TO WELLNESS, THE SANITATION WORKERS, THE PARKS PEOPLE, THE SERVERS, THE ARTISTS, THE ADVOCATES WHO SHINE A LIGHT ON THE MOST VULNERABLE, THE POOREST AMONGST US. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME TOGETHER AS THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN UNDER THE INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP, THE VISIONARY LEADERSHIP OF REVEREND WILLIAM BARBER AND A HUGE COALITION TO FIGHT AGAINST RACISM, POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION THAT CONTINUE TO PLAGUE OUR COUNTRY STILL TODAY. AND I AM PROUD TO JOIN YOU, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN AND OTHERS, AS WE TELL THEIR STORIES TODAY. I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH THESE COURAGEOUS SOLDIERS FOR PEACE AND FOR JUSTICE AS WE FIGHT FOR EQUITY. AND I THANK THEM FOR LEADING WITH LOVE, WITH GENEROSITY AND WITH ABUNDANCE. ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE IS REVEREND SARAH MONROE FROM MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON AND I WANT TO READ HER TESTIMONY. I WANTED TO START BY SPEAKING TO THE CONTEXT I'M IN. I'M SPEAKING AS A CHRISTIAN THEOLOGIAN AND WORKING IN ONE OF THE LEAST RELIGIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AND SPEAKING AS A PASTOR AND EPISCOPAL PRIEST. THIS IS A RURAL COMMUNITY ON THE PACIFIC COASTLINE OF WASHINGTON STATE AND I GREW UP IN THIS COUNTY. WE FACE A POST-INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY. TIMBER WAS OUR MAIN INDUSTRY AND TODAY IT'S GONE. WE LIVE IN A CONTEXT WHERE 46% OF OUR PEOPLE ARE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND ONE OUT OF 25 PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS. WE ARE A MAJORITY WHITE COMMUNITY SOUTH OF AN INDIAN NATION. WE HAVE VERY LITTLE LEGAL INDUSTRY TO EMPLOY OUR PEOPLE WHICH MEANS OUR PEOPLE TURN TO A BLACK MARKET ECONOMY THAT MOST OFFENSE SELLS AND TRADES DRUGS AND SEX AND BRINGS OUR YOUNG PEOPLE INTO EXTENSIVE GANG INVOLVEMENT. SO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE, BOTH WHITE AND NATIVE ARE VERY YOUNG, THEY ARE MILLENIALS AND TEENAGERS, MANY OF WHOM HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED AS YOUNG AS EIGHT. AND SO IN THIS CONTEXT, MORALLY, WE FACE A LOT OF ISSUES AND THREE OF THOSE THAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT RIGHT NOW. FIRST, WE AS AN ORGANIZATION ARE COMMITTED TO LIFTING UP THE LEADERSHIP AND THE AGENCY OF POOR AND STRUGGLING PEOPLE. WE BELIEVE THAT GOD TAKES THE SIDE OF THE POOR AND WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS BUILT THE POOR PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT. WE BELIEVE IN RAISING UP YOUNG LEADERS FROM THE STREETS, FROM THE JAILS, FROM THE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS AND FROM THE TRAILER PARKS AND WE BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE THE ONLY MORAL VOICES THAT CAN SAVE US AND LEAD US TO LIBERATION. WE BELIEVE THAT THE OUTCASTS AND THE SK WORKERS AND DRUG ADDICTED WILL FIND THAT HEALING. WE BELIEVE THAT NO POOR PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT OR CAMPAIGN CAN BE CAN BE BUILT WITHOUT THIS FUNDAMENTAL COMMITMENT. AS ONE EXAMPLE OF THAT, WE HAD A GROUP OVER THIS PAST EASTER OF YOUNG MEN IN JAIL AND ORGANIZED THEIR OWN BIBLE STUDY AND FASTED AND PRAYED AND CAME TO US AND SAID FROM ISAIAH 58 THAT THEY WERE CALLED TO BE THE RESTORERS OF THE STREETS WITH DWELLINGS. . . WE FACE THE MORAL ISSUE OF STATE VIOLENCE. WHAT I MEAN BY THIS IS THAT POOR PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE SYSTEMATICALLY DISENFRANCHISED AT EVERY TURN. THAT MEANS THAT THE COUNTY HAS MONEY FOR MILITARIZED POLICE EQUIPMENT BUT NOT FOR HOUSING. THE COUNTY AND THE CITIES IN THIS COUNTY HAVE RESOURCES FOR CONSULTANTS TO BUILD THE TOURIST INDUSTRY BUT NOT FOR PROVIDING A PATH OUT OF POVERTY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. BUT WHAT I ALSO MEAN IS THAT OUR PEOPLE ACROSS LINES OF RACE FACE EXTENSIVE POLICE BRUTALITY , DEATH, BEATINGS, SHAKEDOWNS, AND THE USE AND REALLY THE EXTENSIVE USE OF A BENCH WARRANT SYSTEM THAT ENSURES THAT IF YOU ARE YOUNG AND YOU ARE POOR, YOU ARE LIKELY TO HAVE A WARRANT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO BE STOPPED OR CHASED AT ANY TIME. MOST OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE GO FROM THE JUVENILE SYSTEM TO AN EARLY FELONY FOR DRUG POSSESSION OR PROPERTY CRIME AND SPEND MOST OF THEIR LIVES IN AND OUT OF JAIL AND PRISON WHERE THEY ALSO EXPERIENCE EXTENSIVE AND INSTITUTIONALIZED VIOLENCE. STATE POWER NOW, AS IN THE TIME OF JESUS, IS USE TO VIOLENTLY REPRESS PEOPLE AND TO DEPRIVE THEM OF THEIR RIGHTS. BUT LAST, WE ARE THEOLOGICALLY COMMITTED TO HOPE, AND FOR US, HOPE IS NOT A FEELING BECAUSE WE FACED POWERS LARGER THAN US AT EVERY TURN. WE FACE A STAGGERING AMOUNT OF PERSONAL AND COMMUNAL TRAUMA. WE OPENLY STAND AGAINST THE NARRATIVE OF WHITE SUPREMACY THAT HAS OFTEN BEEN FED TO OUR PEOPLE AND WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL. WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE MORAL VOICE OF THE PEOPLE WAKING UP AND CLAIMING THEIR OWN DIGNITY, EVEN WHEN THEY'RE TAUGHT TO DENY IT, AT EVERY TURN. CLAIMING THEIR OWN POWER WHEN THEY ARE TAUGHT THEY ARE POWERLESS. WE BELIEVE THAT WE ARE A RESURRECTION PEOPLE, EVEN WHEN JESUS WAS MURDERED BY EMPIRE -- AND I SAID THIS IN A SERMON A COUPLE YEARS AGO FOR EASTER -- HE ROSE AGAIN AND IN RISING GOD GAVE THE FINGER TO EVERY POWER IN THIS WORLD THAT SEEKS TO OPPRESS THE WORLD AND KEEP US DOWN. I THANK THE REVEREND FROM OUR COMMUNITY FOR THAT TESTIMONY AND THAT STORY, AND I YIELD BACK TO YOU, MR. RASKIN. WE HAVE OTHER STORIES BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE OTHER MEMBERS HAVE A CHANCE TO TELL THEIRS AS WELL.

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                      • 05:18:31 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

                        WELL.

                      • 05:21:08 PM

                        MR. KHANNA

                        THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN, ON PUTTING THE FOCUS ON THE POOR…

                        THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN, ON PUTTING THE FOCUS ON THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN AND YOUR ADVOCACY FOR SO MANY ISSUES OF ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND RACIAL JUSTICE. I WANT TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN RECOGNIZING THE ISSUES THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN HAS HAD. THERE WAS A PANEL SENATOR WARREN HAD A FEW DAYS AGO WHERE REVEREND BARBER WAS THERE AND ORDINARY INDIVIDUALS WERE TESTIFYING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES. THE PEOPLE WE SHOULD BE HEARING IN CONGRESS. I WANT TO SHARE TWO QUOTES AND THEN SHARE SOME TESTIMONY. ONE IS WHAT REVEREND BARBER SAID WHICH IN MY VIEW MAKES HIM THE GREAT -- ONE OF THE GREAT CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY. HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, I WOULD RATHER JOIN WITH YOU AND DIE TO TRY TO CHANGE THE MORALS OF THIS COUNTRY THAN LIVE IN THE TIME WHEN MORAL DISSENT WAS NECESSARY AND HE AND THEY SAID NOTHING. THAT REQUIRES SUCH COURAGE AND IT'S SO BELIEVABLE WHEN DR. BARBER WAS WITH A NUMBER OF OTHERS AT THE HEARING. THEY HAD THIS CHANT THAT BEFORE THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN WILL FAIL THEY WILL GO TO JAIL. AND THAT SENSE OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TO -- FOR A MORAL CAUSE IS PART OF THE GREAT TRADITION OF OUR NATION AND WHAT HAS BROUGHT CHANGE. SO I WANT TO THANK REVEREND BARBER FOR BEING SUCH A MORAL LEADER AND EVERYONE WHO IS RISKING ARREST, RISKING THEIR LIFE FOR JUSTICE. NOW, I'M HONORED TO READ THE TESTIMONY OF PAUL BODEN, WHO'S THE WESTERN REGIONAL ADVOCACY PROJECT LEAD IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. HE WRITES -- MY NAME IS PAUL BODEN AND I'M THE WESTERN REGIONAL ADVOCACY PROJECT LEAD. WE'RE BASED OUT OF CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, AND OREGON WITH CORE MEMBERS DOING LOCAL ORGANIZING AROUND POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS ISSUES IN 10 COMMUNITIES. I'M TESTIFYING TODAY ABOUT THE ADVENT OF CONTEMPORARY HOMELESSNESS IN THE EARLY 1980'S AND THE CONNECTION TO NEOLIBERAL ECONOMICS AND HOW THAT'S PAID OUT OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS. -- PLAYED OUT OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS. IN DOING THIS RESEARCH WE FOUND THAT TWO LESS ATTACKED SUBMARINES, TWO LESS COMBAT SHIPS, WE WOULD MORE THAN TRIPLE ALL OF THE FUNDING THAT IS CURRENTLY DEDICATED TO PUBLIC HOUSING CAPITAL INVESTMENTS, PUBLIC HOUSING MAINTENANCE, AND ALL OF THE FEDERAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS. CLEARLY THESE SPENDING PRIORITIES HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SECURITY OR THE NEED FOR AN INVESTMENT IN OUR MILITARY COMPLEX. AS PART OF THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE ADVENT OF HOMELESSNESS THAT THIS KIND OF APPROACH TO GOVERNANCE CREATED, WE HAVE SPOKEN TO 1,600 HOMELESS COMMUNITIES. AND 82% OF THEM HAVE REPORTED THAT THEY'RE GETTING ARRESTED, HARASSED, AND TICKETED. WE KNOW THE FINES AND FEE GAMES THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PLAY. 77% OF THESE PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE SAME KIND OF POLICING ACTIVITY FOR SITTING DOWN OR LAYING DOWN ON A SIDEWALK. 75% FOR LOITERING. SLEEPING, STANDING, AND SITTING ARE CRIMINAL OFFENSES WHEN YOU ARE THE POPULATION THAT'S BEING TARGETED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR REMOVAL FROM THOSE COMMUNITIES. AND THIS IS HAPPENING, UNFORTUNATELY, IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. MY RESEARCH ALSO BROUGHT OUT VERY CLEARLY AND UNDENIABLY, THESE ARE THE SAME UNFORTUNATELY, IN POLICING PROGRAMS, THESE ARE THE SAME LAWS, THE SAME RACIST AND CLASSIST POLICING PROGRAMS THAT WERE USED WITH THE ANTI-OKIE LAWS, WITH THE SUNDOWN TOWNS, THE JAPANESE AMERICAN EXCLUSION ACTS, THE UGLY LAWS, AND WITH THE JIM CROW LAWS. THE DARKER YOUR SKIN COLOR, THE GREATER YOUR DISABILITY, THE POORER YOU ARE, YOU ARE WAY MORE LIKELY TO BE A TARGET OF THESE POLICING PROGRAMS AND THAT'S THE WAY IT'S BEEN PLAYING OUT FOR YEARS. WE'VE WRITTEN LEGISLATION AND GOTTEN IT INTRODUCED IN CALIFORNIA, OREGON, AND COLORADO. WE HAD INTRODUCED IT EIGHT TIMES. WE GOT CRUSHED EIGHT TIMES. BUT WE'RE GOING TO KEEP BRINGING IT BACK UNTIL THE FINAL ANSWER IS YES. OUR LAW, OUR LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO CRIMINALIZE LIFE-SUSTAINING ACTIVITIES AND ACTIVITIES WE ALL COMMIT -- EATING, SLEEPING, SITTING, STANDING STILL. WE ALL DO THAT. TO CRIMINALIZE DOING IT IS TO PURPOSELY AND MALICIOUSLY CREATE LEGISLATION SPECIFICALLY AIMED AT ENFORCEMENT ONLY APPLYING TO SOME PEOPLE. THAT'S US, ALL OF US. PAUL BODEN'S WORDS ARE ONES I HOPE THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY WILL HEAR. AND AS WE ARE LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF SO MANY PEOPLE MARCHING IN OUR STREETS IN WASHINGTON, I HOPE WE WILL TAKE SOME INSPIRATION FROM THEIR COURAGE, THEIR COURAGE FAR EXCEEDING ANY AFARS IN THIS BODY, AND BE INSPIRED TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND FIGHT FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND THE POLICIES THAT THEY RECOMMEND THAT WOULD HELP ALLEVIATE POVERTY AND HELP THE WORKING POOR AND POOR PEOPLE ACROSS THIS NATION. THANK YOU,

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                      • 05:27:22 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THANK YOU, MR. KHANNA, FOR YOUR VERY MOVING…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THANK YOU, MR. KHANNA, FOR YOUR VERY MOVING STATEMENT THAT YOU MADE. AND I WILL YIELD NOW TO MY COLLEAGUE, SHEILA JACKSON LEE. I BELIEVE SHE'S HERE. MS. JACKSON LEE, WHO'S BEEN A TERRIFIC CHAMPION FOR ECONOMIC EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN OUR COUNTRY AND I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD TO HER NOW.

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                      • 05:27:53 PM

                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN RASKIN. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR…

                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN RASKIN. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, CONSISTENT LEADERSHIP ON THESE ISSUES, AND CERTAINLY, I THINK, THE RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT THE POOR OF THIS NATION, BOTH IN THE BIBLICAL SENSE OF OUR FAITH OR THE DOCUMENT OF YOUR FAITH, THE POOR HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED AND IN A CERTAIN SENSE, THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE HONORED. AND IT IS A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS FOR US TO COME TO THIS POINT IN THE NATION TO REALIZE THAT OUR POOR ARE SUFFERING AT LARGE NUMBERS AND THAT THERE IS NO RELIEF. I KNOW THAT DR. KING SOME 50 YEARS AGO, AS HE WAS PLANNING THE POOR PEOPLE'S MARCH, AND MANY OF US REALIZED THAT HE WAS NOT ABLE TO FULFILL IT FOR HE WAS SHOT BY AN ASSASSIN'S BULLET ON APRIL 4, 1968. BUT THE VALIANT PEOPLE WENT FORWARD WITH HIS DREAM OF ELIMINATING POVERTY AND I'M REMINDED OF HIS WORDS INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE. AND SO I SPEAK TODAY OF THE SPRINKLING, THE HARSH SPRINKLING OF POVERTY AND INJUSTICES IN THIS NATION TODAY . AND I MAKE IT A VERY SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD WHO HAS EVERY POWER TO COLLABORATE WITH THIS IMPORTANT BODY TO MAKE COMMITMENTS TO END THE VERY CONDITIONS THAT DR. KING SOME 50 YEARS AGO SOUGHT TO COME TO WASHINGTON THAT WAS ULTIMATELY PROCEEDED WITH WITH LEADERS FROM THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE AND POOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION. THEY MAY NOT HAVE SUCCEEDED SPECIFICALLY, BUT THEY DID BRING TO THE NATIONS EYES AND HEARTS, THE VIOLENCE OF POVERTY AMONG NATIVE AMERICANS, LATINOS, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, POOR CAUCASIANS IN PLACES BEYOND THE SOUTH AND BEYOND. . AND INTERESTING LITTLE ENOUGH, THAT POVERTY CONTINUES. SO I SPEAK IN PARTICULAR OF CERTAIN ELEMENTS THAT SHOW OUR LACK OF CONCERN AND WHERE WE MUST GET STEADY AND BACK ON TRACK. AND SO, FIRST, WHAT ALL OF US HAVE BEEN SPEAKING ABOUT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AND WEEKS IS THE UNTOWARD AND THE IMPOSSIBLE THOUGHT OF TAKING CHILDREN AWAY FROM PARENTS WHO ARE FLEEING POVERTY, VIOLENCE AND DESPERATION. AND WE KNOW IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, A MIGRANT COMMITTED SUICIDE WHILE IN FEDERAL DETENTION. AND A MOTHER WHO WHILE BREASTFEEDING HER CHILD, HAD HER CHILD RIPPED AWAY FROM HER ARMS. SO THAT MUST STOP. THAT IS THE POVERTY OF MIND, A POVERTY OF HEART AND SPIRIT. I THANK REVEREND BARBER WHO WILL BE HEADED TO WASHINGTON JUNE 23 WITH THE EXPRESSION OF THOSE WHO STILL UNFORTUNATELY LIVE IN THE SHADOWS, NOT OF THEIR OWN MAKING. THEY ARE NOT IN THE SHADOWS. THEY ARE THERE. AND IN THE SHADOW WITH RESPECT TO THE POLICIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. THE TERRIBLE ROBIN HOOD TAX BILL THAT HAS CREATED NOTHING BUT A BALLOON OF WEALTH FOR THE TOP 1%, SO MUCH SO THAT THE WAGES OF AMERICANS HAVE NOT GONE UP. AND WHEN YOU TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND MY DISTRICT, WORKING AMERICANS HAVE NO IDEA ANY A TAX BILL WAS SUPPOSED TO IMPACT THEM BUT HASN'T IMPACTED THEM. THERE IS A FLUSH OF CORPORATE PROFITS. NOW IT WOULD SEEM THAT ONE IS CRITICIZING THAT SUCCESS. WE ARE CRITICIZING THE UNEQUALNESS OF WORKING FAMILIES AND NOT HAD A WAGE INCREASE. AND OUT OF THAT COMES THE IMPLOSION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BRICK BY BRICK BEING TAKEN AWAY. I KNOW PEOPLE WHO TOLD ME THAT THEIR LOVED ONE WAS PUT IN A WHEELCHAIR AND POINTED TOWARD THE DOOR, GET OUT. AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROVIDED THAT THERE WERE NO CAPS ON ONE'S INSURANCE UNTIL YOU GOT BETTER IN THE HOSPITAL. BUT BECAUSE OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE CLIMATE AND THE CONSTANT ATTACK ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, HOSPITALS ARE FEELING THE BURDEN AND SENDING PEOPLE OUT THE DOOR WHO ARE NOT WELL. EVEN MORE FRIGHTENING FOR PEOPLE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. ONE OF THE GLARING PARTS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ONE WHERE PEOPLE WERE WAVING THE FLAG, THEY WERE EXCITED THAT IF THEY HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, WHICH BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, IT COULD HAVE BEEN ACNE OR PRESENTING NARNSSI, BUT NOW THAT COVERAGE AND PROTECTION OF OUR LOVED ONES WHO MAY HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, LOVED ONES WHO COULD FUNCTION WITH HEALTH CARE AND NOT BE RELEGATED TO BE HOME BOUND BECAUSE THEY WERE SO SICK, THEY COULD NOT WORK. THIS IS A TERRIBLE APPROACH TO HOW YOU RUN A COUNTRY. AND SO IN THESE TWO POINTS, I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO RECOGNIZE THAT POVERTY STILL IS. AND NOT ONLY DR. KING, BUT WE RECOGNIZE THAT ROBERT KENNEDY STRUCK DOWN BY AN ASSASSIN'S BULLET, WORKED IN HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT IN 1968 TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF AMERICANS, TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF AMERICANS THE FACT THAT IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO REALIZE POVERTY EXISTS IN THE WORST WAY, IN THE MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS AND URBAN CENTERS AND AMERICANS SHOULD STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY. POVERTY IMPACTS THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. IN 1968, AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE ABOUT FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY AS WHITES TO BE IN PRISON OR IN JAIL COMPARED TODAY. AND THIS IS ESPECIALLY TROUBLING GIVEN THE POPULATION DIFFERENCE. AS JUDGE HAND OBSERVED, IF WE ARE TO KEEP OUR DEMOCRACY, THERE MUST BE ONE COMMANDMENT, THOU SHALL NOT RATIONON -- RATION JUSTICE. WE MUST MATCH IT WITH MEANINGFUL SENTENCING REDUCTION. WE MUST STOP THE TIDE OF POVERTY BY ENDING MASS INCARCERATION. AND WE MUST, IN FACT, RECOGNIZE THAT WE MUST FIGHT AGAINST RECIDIVISM AND OPEN THE DOORS FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR EX-FELONS AND REDUCING THE MANDATORY MINIMUMS THAT HAVE KEPT PEOPLE IN JAIL 10, 15, 20, 25 YEARS. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT POVERTY ATTACKS AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. AND IT MOVES PEOPLE TOWARDS THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. AND IT ONLY CAUSES THEM TO BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY THING THEY CAN ENGAGE IN. I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO GIVE HOPE TO THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. NO MORE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT OR ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT AND AS THEY REHABILITATE, WE BAN THE BOX BY SAYING THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE JUVENILE SYSTEM. I WANT TO STOP HOMELESSNESS. AND DR. KING KNEW TO END THAT ASPECT OF POVERTY AND END IT AMONG OUR VETERANS. I WANT TO END THE IDEA OF $23 BILLION OUT OF SNAP'S PROGRAM AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN WE HAVE THESE DEVASTATING STORMS, THE AMOUNT OF HOMELESSNESS GOES UP. IT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE HARVEY AND MAKE A COMMITMENT AFTER EVERY DISASTER, WE MAKE THOSE COMMUNITIES WHOLE, VOLCANOS, FIRES, TORNADOS, FLOODING. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR ALLOWING US TO BE HERE TONIGHT AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW HOW THIS ROBIN HOOD TAX BILL, STEALING FROM THE POOR. THIS YEAR, THE ADMINISTRATION, MR. TRUMP, PROPOSED TO SLASH HOUSING BENEFITS BY $11 BILLION BECAUSE HE HAD TO PAY FOR THE TAX CUT. WEEKS AFTER THAT TAX CUT WAS PASSED, THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED TO PAY FOR THE BILL BY SLASHING HOUSING BENEFITS AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AND HERE WE STAND WITH THE $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT. SO WHAT IS OUR MESSAGE MANY? WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP IN THIS FIGHT. STAND IN THE TRADITION OF DR. KING, WE MUST BE REMINDED OF THOSE WHO ARE COMING TO WASHINGTON IN THE COMING DAYS AND WE MUST SAY TO HAVE MERCY ON THEM, AND TO, OF COURSE, AS REVEREND BARBER WOULD SAY, THEY WOULD BE BLESSED WITH MERCY AND SUCCESS AS THEY STAND AGAINST POVERTY AND STAND FOR THE ENDING AND ELIMINATION OF POVERTY. I THANK YOU FOR YIELDING, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:38:36 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

                        THANK YOU CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE FOR YOUR ELOQUENT WORDS. YOU KNOW…

                        THANK YOU CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE FOR YOUR ELOQUENT WORDS. YOU KNOW THERE IS A DISTINCTION BETWEEN MISFORTUNE AND INJUSTICE. I'M A CANCER SURVIVOR. AND IF YOU WAKE UP ONE DAY AND A DOCTOR TELLS YOU THAT YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM STAGE THREE COLON CANCER AND YOU HAVE NOT ONE BUT TWO JOBS THAT YOU LOVE AND CONSTITUENTS THAT YOU LOVE AND WORK THAT YOU'RE ENGAGED WITH AND A GREAT FAMILY AND YOU'RE TOLD THAT YOU'VE GOT THIS TERRIBLE DIAGNOSIS, IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY AND THAT IS A MISFORTUNE. IT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD EVERY DAY. BUT IF YOU GET A DIAGNOSIS LIKE THAT AND YOU CAN'T GET HEALTH CARE BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO POOR OR BECAUSE YOU LOST YOUR JOB OR BECAUSE AS IT WAS YOU LOVED THE WRONG PERSON, THAT IS NOT JUST THE MISFORTUNE, THAT IS AN INJUSTICE, BECAUSE WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. WE KNOW HOW TO ORGANIZE IN SUCH A WAY THAT EVERYBODY GETS HEALTH CARE AND EVERYBODY GETS THE ATTENTION THEY NEED IN THE EVENT OF A CATASTROPHIC DIAGNOSIS. AND LIFE IS HARD ENOUGH WITH ALL THE SICKNESS, THE ILLNESS, MISFORTUNES, THE ACCIDENTS, THAT WE DON'T NEED TO COMPOUND THE MISFORTUNES OF LIFE WITH GOVERNMENT TALE IMPOSED INJUSTICE ON PEOPLE. THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT HAS TO LIBERATE PEOPLE FROM INJUSTICE AND ALLEVIATE THE MISFORTUNES OF LIFE. SO NOW WE'VE GOT HERE IN WASHINGTON, A WHOLE NEW PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY WHICH IS GOVERNMENT IS A MONEY-MAKING OPERATION FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT'S FRIENDS AND THE PRESIDENT'S BUSINESS ASSOCIATES AND THE PEOPLE WHO SURROUND HIM. THAT'S THE NEW LOYALIST VISION OF GOVERNMENT THAT WE'VE GOT. IT'S A BETRAYAL OF THE ORIGINAL CONCEPTION IS THAT GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ADVANCING THE COMMON GOOD OF EVERYBODY, NOT JUST THE PEOPLE WHO HAPPEN TO USE THEIR WEALTH AND THEIR POWER TO GET INTO PUBLIC OFFICE. IF YOU ARE POOR IN AMERICA TODAY , YOU GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS. YOU GOT PROBLEMS WITH HEALTH CARE. WE KNOW THAT HEALTH CRISES REMAIN THE SINGLE DOMINANT CAUSE OF PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY. NOT BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY, THE KIND THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FILED FOR FIVE DIFFERENT TIMES. BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY IS NOT CAUSED BY SICKNESS OR ILLNESS. DONALD TRUMP WAS PERFECTLY COVERED IN HEALTH CARE WHILE HIS BUSINESSES WENT BANKRUPT AND GOT COVERED. BUT WE HAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WERE FORCED INTO BANKRUPTCY BECAUSE SOMEONE GOT SICK AND WE DIDN'T HAVE A NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT THEY NEEDED. CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL SAYS 2/3 OF AMERICANS DON'T HAVE $1,000 TO DEAL WITH A PERSONAL CRISIS. THEY DON'T HAVE $1,000 TO DEAL WITH. AND FOR A SERIOUS KIND OF DIAGNOSIS, THE BILLS CAN RUN INTO TENS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. IF YOU GOT TO MOVE A LOT THE WAY POOR PEOPLE DO, IT'S DISRUPTIVE OF THE CONTINUITY THAT THE EDUCATORS TELL US THAT IS NECESSARY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE PROGRESS IN SCHOOL. IF YOU ARE CONSTANTLY BEING UPROOTED AND SHIFTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL AND DEAL WITH THE VARIOUS CRISES AND AGONIES. WHAT ABOUT VOTING? HERE'S SOMEONE WHO PROVIDED SOME TESTIMONY ABOUT VOTING, FROM KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. HER NAME IS LATEEFA, STAND UP KANSAS CITY. SHE WRITES THIS. I WORK AT BURGER KING AND MAKE $9.50. I'M A LEADER WITH LEADUP KANSAS CITY. I DON'T HAVE PAID SICK LEAVE AND DON'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO AFFORD MY BASIC NEEDS. AND NOW MISSOURI LAWMAKERS WANT TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO VOTE. WE WEREN'T ABLE TO AFFORD OUR RENT AND HAD TO MOVE OUT. IN THE RUSH TO FIND SOME PLACE, I LOST MY I.D. SO I HAD TO GET A NEW STATE-ISSUED I.D. I GOT TO THE D.M.V. OFFICE. AS I WALK TO THE WINDOW, I TELL THE LADY I NEED A NEW I.D. AND I SHOW HER MY DEBIT CARD STATEMENT AND TELLS ME THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO WITH YOU FOR THAT. AND GAVE ME PAPERS, A UTILITY BILL BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE WHICH I'M HOMELESS. A PAYCHECK. I DON'T HAVE A PAYCHECK, I HAD TO LEAVE MY LAST JOB WHEN I COULDN'T AFFORD RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION. A GOVERNMENT CHECK, I DON'T HAVE ANY OF THOSE. A MORTGAGE STATEMENT, I DON'T HAVE THAT BECAUSE I'M A LOW-WAGE WORKER. PROPERTY TAX, NO. HOUSING RENTAL CONTRACT. A BANK STATEMENT. I DON'T HAVE A BANK ACCOUNT. I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT. SO HERE I AM LOOKING AT THIS LONG LIST OF THINGS I DON'T HAVE. I'M SO UPSET AND LOOKING AT THIS LIST. BUT THERE IS ONE MORE WAY I'M A VOTER REGISTRATION CARD. I HAVE THAT BECAUSE I PLAN ON VOTING THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME. I HAD TO REGISTER BACK IN MARCH. I GO TO THE BOARD AND GET A VOTER FORM TO GO BACK TO THE D.M.V. I GET MY I.D. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN MY SHOES, UNPAID WORKERS, ELDERLY PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE A STATE-ISSUED I.D. IF MISSOURI PASSES AMENDMENT 6, WHICH IS AN ATTEMPT TO RESTRICT WHO COULD ACTUALLY REGISTER TO VOTE, OVER 220,000 PEOPLE MAY LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE IN OUR STATE. THE PEOPLE WOULD WOULD BE DISENFRANCHISED WOULD BE ELDERLY, STUDENTS AND PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF. PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO BE FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUAL RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE. MY GRANDFATHER USED TO SAY TO US, IT'S VERY EXPENSIVE TO BE POOR. AND A LOT OF THESE STATEMENTS THAT I READ DEALT WITH THE WAY THAT PEOPLE ARE ESSENTIALLY CHARGED OR TAXED FOR BEING POOR. SO HERE'S ONE THAT COMES FROM SO HERE'S ONE THAT COMES FROM KENTUCKY. MY NAME IS MARY LOVE. AND I'VE TESTIFIED IN FRANKFURT, KENTUCKY, AND OTHER PLACES ABOUT THE PAYDAY LENDING TRAP. 14 YEARS AGO I CAME UP SHORT ONE MONTH WHEN THE RENT WAS DUE. I SAW AN AD FOR THE PAYDAY LENDER AND THOUGHT, THIS WOULD BE A GOOD DAY TO COVER THE RENT UNTIL I GET TO PAYDAY. SO I APPLIED FOR THEIR $200 LOAN, I GAVE THEM A CHECK FOR $230 AND I WALKED AWAY WITH THE CASH THAT I NEEDED. WHEN PAYDAY CAME AROUND, I WENT IN THEIR OFFICE AND GAVE THEM $230 IN CASH AND GOT MY CHECK BACK BUT I WANTED TO PAY OFF FOR A FEW MORE BILLS SO I WROTE THEM ANOTHER CHECK THAT SAME DAY FOR $400 PLUS $60 INTEREST AND I WALKED AWAY WITH $400 CASH. NEXT PAYDAY I DID THE SAME THEN AND THE NEXT AND NEXT AND ON AND ON FOR TWO YEARS. BECAUSE I WAS PAYING THEM AN EXORBITANT AMOUNT OF INTEREST, $60 EVERY TWO WEEKS, I COULD NEVER CATCH UP. SOMEONE TOLD ME I PAID OVER $1,400 IN INTEREST OVER TWO YEARS. BUT I SAT DOWN WITH MY COMPUTER AND RECALCULATED THAT AND I ENDED UP PAYING THEM ALMOST $2,880 IN INTEREST CHARGES OVER TWO YEARS. PAYDAY LENDING IS ADVERTISED AS A ONE-TIME SOLUTION FOR EMERGENCY FINANCIAL NEEDS BUT ALL TOO OFTEN THE STORY DOESN'T END THERE. MANY PEOPLE LIKE ME GET LOAN AFTER LOAN AND PAY AN EXORBITANT AMOUNT OF INTEREST. I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO PAY MY OUTSTANDING DEBTS BUT IT TOOK ME TWO YEARS TO DO IT. THE PAYDAY LOAN INDUSTRY IS MAKING MILLIONS EVERY YEAR BY CHARGING EXORBITANT RATES AND DRIVING PEOPLE DEEPER INTO DEBT. I BELIEVE IT'S PASTIME POLITICIANS LET THEM -- THAT POLITICIANS STOP THEM. MS. JAYAPAL.

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                      • 05:47:27 PM

                        MS. JAYAPAL

                        YOU KNOW, THAT STORY OF PAYDAY LENDING REMINDED ME HOW IN THE STATE SENATE…

                        YOU KNOW, THAT STORY OF PAYDAY LENDING REMINDED ME HOW IN THE STATE SENATE RIGHT BEFORE I CAME HERE WE HAD TO FIGHT BACK BEFORE WE STOPPED THE ROLLBACK BECAUSE WE WERE ABLE TO WITH ACTIVISTS AROUND OUR COMMUNITY, WE WERE ABLE TO PASS SOME OF THE STRONGEST LAWS THAT PREVENTED PAYDAY LENDERS FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE WITH GREAT OFFRAMPS AND UNFORTUNATELY THERE WERE OVER AND OVER AGAIN ATTEMPTS TO ROLL THOSE BACK. WE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL NEEDS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IS STRONG SO WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT THESE FOLKS ARE NOT GETTING, YOU KNOW, TRAPPED IN PAYDAY LENDING. I KNOW WE'RE RUNNING SHORT ON TIME. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET SOME OF THESE READ. I WANT TO READ ONE FROM MY HOME STATE. THIS IS TESTIMONY FROM MIESH BUCKMASTER. I'M 28 YEARS OLD AND PROUD A SINGLE MOM OF A BEAUTIFUL 1-YEAR-OLD GIRL NAMED ELLA. I LIVE IN WEST PORT, IN GRACE HARBOR COUNTY, WASHINGTON. I SPENT FIVE YEARS OF MY LIFE HOMELESS. ONCE DURING MY HOMELESSNESS, A NEIGHBOR TRIED TO ASSAULT ME BY THROWING A LOG THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE EMPTY BUILDING WHERE I WAS SQUATING BECAUSE HE WAS SO ENRAVED THAT -- ENRAGED THAT HOMELESS PEOPLE WERE LIVING ON THEIR BLOCK. I GOT SECTION 8 HOUSING BEFORE MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN. FOR 110 DAYS LAST WINTER, CHAPLAINS ON THE HARBOR HOSTED ABOUT 20 PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH. MOST OF THEM MILLENNIALS WHO CAUGHT A RECORD TRYING TO SURVIVE IN A COUNTY WITH NO GOOD JOBS, NO DECENT, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HORRIBLE HEALTH CARE, AND PLENTY OF HEROIN. BUSINESS AND PROPERTY OWNERS WERE OUTRAGED BY OUR COLD WEATHER SHELTER. OUR HOMELESS MEMBERS WERE STALKED BY POLICE. OUR PASTOR WAS THREATENED WITH VIGILANTE VIOLENCE. THE SAME MAN WHO TRIED TO ATTACK ME DURING MY SQUATING, ALSO ASSAULTED A 19-YEAR-OLD HOMELESS MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY ON CHURCH PROPERTY AND LATER ATTEMPTED TO RUN HIM OVER WITH A TRUCK. I VOLUNTEERED TO STAY OVERNIGHT AT OUR CHURCH AND KEEP PEOPLE SAFE WHILE THEY SLEPT. I STAYED THERE THROUGH THE NIGHT WHILE THE THREATS CONTINUED TO POUR IN. I STAYED BECAUSE MY COMMUNITY STEPPED UP TO SAVE MY LIFE WHEN THE REST OF SOCIETY DIDN'T CARE WHETHER I LIVED OR DIED AND NOW IT WAS MY TURN TO PROTECT MY COMMUNITY. I'M JOINING THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN BECAUSE I NEED A MOVEMENT THAT'S AS TOUGH AS I AM. POOR AND HOMELESS PEOPLE GET STEREOTYPED LIKE WE'RE TOO STUPID OR LAZY TO SOLVE OUR OWN PROBLEMS. I WASN'T HOMELESS BECAUSE I WAS STUPID AND LAZY. I WAS HOMELESS BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY HAS NO PROBLEM WITH PREGNANT MOTHERS BEING HOMELESS IN THE DEAD OF THE WINTER WITH JUST -- WHILE JUST TWO HOURS AWAY IN SEATTLE THE FOUNDERS OF MICROSOFT AND AMAZON HAVE MADE THEMSELVES THE RICHEST INDIVIDUALS ON THE PLANET. YOU TELL ME WHO'S MESSED UP IN THIS SITUATION? SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE SUSPICIOUS ABOUT A GRACE HARBOR COUNTY PERSON GETTING UP IN FRONT OF THIS CROWD THINKING, AREN'T THEY JUST A BUNCH OF RED NECKS OUT THERE? HELL, YES, WE'RE RED NEXT. WE'RE RADICAL RED NIX. WE'RE HILLBILLIES. WE'RE THE LIVING REMINDER WHEN THEY THREW OUT THE WHITE TRASH WE WITHSTOOD IT. ANYBODY TAKING UP THIS CAMPAIGN, TRUST ME, WE ARE THE KIND OF SCRAPPY YOU WANT ON YOUR SIDE IN A FIGHT. MR. RASKIN, THAT TESTIMONY RESONATES FOR ME BECAUSE I REPRESENT SEATTLE WHERE WE DO HAVE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS. I TELL YOU WHAT, WE HAVE 11,500 HOMELESS PEOPLE IN SEATTLE AND IT HAS BEEN BREAKING MY HEART THAT MY COMMUNITY, SO TOLERANT, SO INCLUSIVE HAS BEEN TURNING ANGER OF INEQUALITY IN OUR SYSTEM AGAINST PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS JUST LIKE THE TESTIMONY I JUST READ. I WANT TO READ ANOTHER ONE THAT ALSO STRIKES HOME FOR ME BECAUSE IT'S A TESTIMONY FROM THE FIGHT FOR 15 IN MASSACHUSETTS. AS YOU KNOW, I WAS PROUD TO BE ON THE COMMITTEE THAT PASSED THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE IN SEATTLE, PROUD TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST CITIES IN THE FIGHT FOR 15. THIS IS TESTIMONY FROM DEI ANNA BUTLER, AND -- DEANNA BUTLER, AND THIS IS FROM AUGUST, 2016. AND SHE'S IN MASSACHUSETTS. I THINK I SAID THAT. I'M A 31-YEAR-OLD RESIDENT OF THE DORCHESTER AREA. I'M A FAST FOOD WORKER AND FIGHT FOR THE -- FIGHT FOR 15. I WORK AT THE SHAKE SHACK AND MAKE $11 AN HOUR AS A CASHIER. I'M MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN AGES 8, 14, 15. MY CHECK IS THE ONLY INCOME FOR MY FAMILY BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS DISABLED AND BATTLING WITH SEVERAL HEALTH CONDITIONS. $11 AN HOUR ISN'T MUCH. I WORKED OTHER JOBS TOO. I WORKED IN THE RETAIL INDUSTRY AND AT THE YMCA, BUT THE ONE THING I FOUND IN ANY OF THOSE JOBS, ANYTHING LESS THAN $15 AN HOUR JUST ISN'T ENOUGH. IT PREVENTS FAMILIES LIKE MINE FROM THRIVING TO OUR FULL POTENTIAL. MY FAMILY RECEIVES FOOD STAMPS AND I'M STILL LEFT TO FIGURE OUT HOW I'M GOING TO MAKE MY $350 PAYCHECK STRETCH FOR FIVE PEOPLE. SCHOOL'S ABOUT TO START AGAIN, AND I HAVE THREE KIDS GETTING READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. I HAVE STUDENT LOANS THAT I HAVE TO PAY BACK, BUT I'M ALSO BEHIND IN BILLS SO I'M LEFT TO PRIORITIZE WHICH BILL I CAN AFFORD TO PAY THIS MONTH. ME AND MY FAMILY HAVE BEEN LIVING IN THE SHELTER FOR SIX YEARS. YES, SIX YEARS BECAUSE I DON'T MAKE ENOUGH TO AFFORD MARKET RATE RENT ANYWHERE IN THE GREATER BOSTON AREA. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THESE MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR CORPORATIONS ARE ABLE TO BUILD AN EMPIRE ON THE BACKS OF LOW-WAGE WORKERS AND GET AWAY WITH MAKING MILLIONS IN PROFITS WHILE WE HAVE NOWHERE TO LIVE AND HAVE TO DEPEND ON BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO HELP US MAKE IT THROUGH. MY KIDS DESERVE SO MUCH MORE, AND I DESERVE SO MUCH MORE. AND THAT'S WHY I'M FIGHTING FOR $15 AN HOUR SO THAT ONE DAY SOON I'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR MY KIDS THE WAY I ALWAYS HOPED TO. I WILL BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND FINISH MY MEDICAL BILLING PROGRAM THAT I HAD TO PUT ON HOLD BECAUSE MAKING POVERTY WAGES AND TAKING CARE OF MY FAMILY MADE IT CHALLENGING FOR ME. WE WORK HARD. WE DESERVE MORE. AND PEOPLE HAVE STARTED TO REALIZE THAT $15 AN HOUR IS THE NEW MINIMUM WAGE STANDARD. WE'VE BEEN WINNING IN CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND I HOPE THROUGH THIS MORAL REVIVEL WE CAN BUILD A TOMORROW WHERE NOT ONLY THE RICH MATTER BUT -- REVIVAL WE CAN BUILD A TOMORROW WHERE NOT ONLY THE RICH MATTER BUT WE ALL MATTER. I YIELD BACK TO YOU.

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                      • 05:54:06 PM

                        MR. RASKIN

                        THANK YOU, MS. JAYAPAL. WHAT DOES CLIMATE CHANGE HAVE TO DEAL WITH…

                        THANK YOU, MS. JAYAPAL. WHAT DOES CLIMATE CHANGE HAVE TO DEAL WITH POVERTY? WELL, TODAY WE FACE ACCELERATING EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS SUCH AS THE INTENSIFYING HURRICANES THAT DISPLACED AND IMPOVERISHED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS IN LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, PUERTO RICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, NEW JERSEY. WELL, HERE'S ANOTHER WAY THAT CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS PEOPLE IN POVERTY. THROUGH HEALTH CARE EVENTS THAT TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORK FORCE. HERE'S A TESTIMONY FROM LIZ BETTY OWENS FROM VERMONT. SHE WRITES, I'M 26, A HOME CARE PROVIDER AND BARTENDER. JUST OVER A YEAR AGO I WAS DIAGNOSISED WITH LYME DISEASE AND BEGAN A LIFE-LONG BATTLE NOT ONLY WITH THIS CRIPPLING DISEASE BUT THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY AND MY STRUGGLE TO ACCESS THE CARE I NEED. AT 25 I WAS INCREDIBLY ILL. ATTEMPTING TO CONTINUE MY WORK AS A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND MAKING ALL OF MY HEALTH CARE DECISIONS, NOT BASED ON A DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION, BUT BASED ON WHAT MY HEALTH INSURANCE AT THE TIME WOULD COVER AND WHAT I COULD AFFORD WITH MY MEAGER OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES. I REALIZED BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT HAD MORE POWER OF THE HEALTH AND MY WELL-BEING THAN MY DOCTOR. I ACCUMULATED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT. I WAS BOOTED OFF MY MOM'S PLAN BECAUSE I TURNED 26. I WAS UNABLE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR FOR MONTHS WHILE I WAS STILL SHOWING SYMPTOMS AND RECOVERING FROM INITIAL TREATMENT. I WAS HELD UP IN THE PROCESS TRYING TO PROVE I MADE SUCH A SMALL YEARLY INCOME THAT I WAS IN FACT ELIGIBLE FOR THE STATE'S GREEN MOUNTAIN HEALTH PLAN. AND EVER SINCE I WAS FINALLY ACCEPTED, I'VE HAD TO TRY AND THREAD A CAREFUL LINE MAKING SURE I DON'T MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY AND GET BOOTED OFF THE STATE FINE, RISKING FINES FROM LACK OF HEALTH INSURANCE AND AGAIN NOT HAVING ACCESS TO THE CARE I NEED AS I FIGHT THIS DEBILITATING DISEASE. IT'S DEVASTATING TO EXPERIENCE THE EXHAUSTING AND HARMFUL APPROACH OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM CONTROLLED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES, BIG PHARMA, AND HOSPITAL MONTROSSITIES THAT CARE MORE ABOUT THE BOTTOM LINE THAN THE NEEDS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND PATIENTS. RATHER THAN LIVING IN A SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE CAN GET THE CARE THEY NEED AND HAVE IT BE SOLELY BASED ON DECISIONS BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE DOCTOR. IT'S EXHAUSTING TO KNOW I'M ALREADY STRUGGLING WITH THIS AT THE AGE OF 26 AND THAT I LIVE IN A RAPIDLY AGING STATE WHERE AN ENTIRE GENERATION WILL HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET THE CARE THEY NEED. AND HOME CARE PROVIDERS LIKE MYSELF WILL BE CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRE OF PROVIDING CARE SERVICES WITH WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ALLOWED THE RESOURCES TO COMPENSATE FOR THE CARE THAT THEY ACTUALLY NEED. IT'S ALSO TERRIFYING BEING DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE WHICH IS TRANSMITTED BY A TIC BUG THAT IS INFECTED BY A BACTERIA. AS WEATHER PATTERNS CONTINUES TO HIT NEW EXTREMES BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE, AND THE NORTHEAST CONTINUES TO WARM, THE NUMBER OF INFECTED TICK BUGS IS EXPECTED TO GROW. THOSE WHO WORK OUTDOORS GROWING FOOD, WORKING ON FARMS, MAINTAINING STATE AND FEDERAL LANDS ARE AT HEIGHTENED RISK. IT IS MADE MORE TERRIFYING BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUED THREAT OF OUR ALREADY LIMITED ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. WE NEED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE AS A HUMAN RIGHT AND PUBLIC GOOD AND NOT A COMMODITY TO BUY AND SELL. WE NEED THIS POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO UNITE THE POOR AND INDICT THE MORAL STATUS QUO THAT PRODUCES POVERTY AND IS RAVAGING OUR COMMUNITIES. WITH THOSE WORDS I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                      • 05:57:46 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        MUCH.

                      • 05:58:07 PM

                        MS. KAPTUR

                        THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TONIGHT AND HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO…

                        THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TONIGHT AND HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO ATTEND THE CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME BECAUSE I THINK I HAVE AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE WHICH NEEDS TO BE HEARD. AND I RISE TO ELEVATE AN ECONOMIC AND HUMANITARIAN ISSUE THAT IS MANIFESTING ITSELF ACROSS OHIO, OUR NATION, AND OUR CONTINENT. MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF WORKERS, MANY LANDLESS WORKERS, ESSENTIAL TO GETTING AMERICA'S WORK DONE IN AGRICULTURE AND OTHER SECTORS, LIVE IN TOIL IN AN EERIE SHADOW EXISTENCE. THESE WORKERS OFTEN ARE EXPLOITED DUE TO OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION AND LEGAL SYSTEMS WHICH AFFORDS THEM AND THEIR WORK NO RESPECT. OUR BELOVED FATHER, STEVEN, WOULD SAY THEY ARE CAUGHT BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. LET'S TAKE A PEEK INSIDE WHO SOME OF THESE WORKERS REALLY ARE. THESE WORKERS DARE TO CLIMB SKYSCRAPERS AND INSTALL THE STEEL BEAMS AND POUR CONCRETE ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. ONE SLIP AWAY FROM DEATH. THEY EMBRACE HARSH WORK CIRCUMSTANCES, GOING INTO THE BRUTALLY HOT SUN IN THE SOUTH AND WEST, PICKING YOUR VEGETABLES AND FRUITS FOR 12 TO 16 HOURS A DAY AT HIGH SEASON. IN OUR VAST TOBACCO FIELDS, THEY WORK FROM SUN UP TO SUN DOWN PICKING OFF FLOWERS FROM TOBACCO PLANTS IN THE BLISTERING 110-DEGREE HEAT AS THEIR FINGERS AND HANDS NUMB FROM THE NICOTINE. AND THEIR SWEATY SUN-BURNED BODIES TURN RIPE FOR MELANOMA SKIN CANCER. AND THEY HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. . THEY WORK IN HOT STEAM CHAMBERS CLEANING OUR LAUNDRY IN THE BIG CITIES. AND IN THE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT ENVIRONMENTS OF SLAUGHTER HOUSES, USING ELECTRIC CUTTING EQUIPMENT AND THEY'RE COVERED IN BLOOD IN THOSE SLAUGHTER HOUSES. FOR THE MEAT THAT WE EAT. THEY TRUDGE THROUGH MANURE IN DAIRY FARMS AND THEY HARVEST MUSHROOMS SOLD IN EVERY STORE, ANY GROCERY STORES AROUND THIS COUNTRY. IN COLD, DAMP, DARK, UNDERGROUND CAVES, WALKING THROUGH HORSE DUNG. THEY CATCH BY HAND THOUSANDS OF CHICKENS EVERY NIGHT IN THE DARK, HOT COOPS THAT GENERALLY HAVE 25,000 OR MORE CHICKENS EACH, WHERE THE STENCH AND THE DUST ARE LIFE-THREATENING. THEY CLEAN BATHROOMS IN AMUSEMENT PARKS, ALONG STATE TURNPIKES, AND IN AIRPORTS. AND WHY DO THEY DO THIS WORK? TO SURVIVE. WHILE HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE FOR THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES. WITHOUT THESE WORKERS, OUR TABLES WOULD BE BEREST OF THE FOOD WE -- BEREFT OF THE FOOD WE DEPEND UPON. AMERICA COULD NOT FEED ITSELF. WITHOUT THESE WORKERS, COMPANIES WOULD HAVE TO PAY HIGHER WAGES AND OFFER HEALTH INSURANCE TO DO THE WORK. INDEED, MANY, MANY, MANY MILLIONS OF THESE WORKERS ARE UPROOTED, ACTUALLY CONTINENTAL LABOR REFUGEES SPIT OUT OF VICIOUS AND VIOLENT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SYSTEMS ACROSS THE AMERICAS. YET CONTINENTAL TRADE COMPACTS LIKE NAFTA AND CAFTA WERE DESIGNED PURPOSEFULLY TO CREATE THIS LANDLESS CLASS OF LABORERS , TO PURPOSEFULLY UNDERVALUE THEM AND THEIR WORK. NAFTA CAUSED MILLIONS OF THESE WORKERS TO BE UPENDED AND LOSE THEIR SMALL FARM STEADIES IN MEXICO -- FARMSTEADS IN MEXICO, PRECIPITATING THE LARGEST EXODUS IN MODERN HISTORY, AND IN OUR COUNTRY, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOST THEIR JOBS IN FACTORIES AND FARMS ACROSS THE NATION AS OUR JOBS WERE SHIPPED SOUTH. TRADE AGREEMENTS HAVE FAILED WORKERS ON THIS CONTINENT IN THEIR HOMELANDS, AND MANY OF THOSE SOUTH OF OUR BORDER FLED, FLED TO FIND WAYS TO MAKE A LIVING, DRAWN BY WORKER SHORTAGES AND MANY -- IN MANY COUNTRIES, INCLUDING OUR OWN, FINDING WORK IN THE MOST UNAPPEALING JOBS, JOBS OUR CITIZENS WON'T TAKE. NOW, FOR THOSE WHO CAME HERE TO WORK, THEY FACE EVEN MORE CRUELTY BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND MANY MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TOO, AS THEIR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE BEING RIPPED APART. I'M GOING TO TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THAT IN A SECOND. NEWS REPORTS ARE BEGINNING TO REVEAL THE EDGES OF THIS UGLY SYSTEM OF DE FACTO HUMAN BONDAGE. OUR NATION, FOUNDED IN SLAVERY, FOUGHT A BLOODY CIVIL WAR. OVER WHETHER THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM OF THE SOUTH WOULD BE EXTENDED WEST, AND WE HAVE NOT COMPLETELY HEALED FROM THAT WAR, EVEN UNTIL TODAY. SADLY, AMERICAN HISTORY HAS NOT BEEN IMMUNE FROM SUBJUGATING AND INDENTURING WORKERS. THIS SITUATION OF PENNYLESS WORKERS IN BONDAGE IS THE MODERN-DAY VERSION OF A CONTINUING CONTINENTAL EXPLOITATION OF LABOR. IT IS AN OLD STORY, REPEATING ITSELF IN A NEW CHAPTER. LAST TUESDAY IN A VERY WELL-KNOWN GREENHOUSE OPERATION IN MY DISTRICT, IN ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, NEAR SANDUSKY, THE HOME OF THE ROLLER COAST AT CEDAR FAIR, THIS WELL-REGARDED GREENHOUSE OPERATION WAS RAIDED AT THE HEIGHT OF THIS SPRING SEASON BY DOZENS AND DOZENS AND DOZENS OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION, BORDER PATROL AND I.R.S. OFFICIALS. AT LEAST 114 MALE AND FEMALE WORKERS WERE DETAINED, REMOVED TO JAILS, AND ARE BEING QUESTIONED SOMEWHERE. BUT WHERE? THOSE WHO ARE PARENTS HAVE BEEN CRUELLY SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN WITH NO PROVISION MADE FOR THE CHILDREN. THIS IS A PHOTO, I'LL SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THAT IN A SECOND, OF WHAT WAS GOING ON LAST WEEK IN OHIO. THE REVERB RATIONS OF THIS RAID IN OHIO WILL BE FELT ACROSS A GREENHOUSE -- THE GREENHOUSE AND NURSERY INDUSTRY AT HIGH SEASON WHEN THESE COMPANIES MUST HAVE WORKERS. THEY ARE HIGHLY DEPENDENT ON THOUSANDS OF SEASONAL LABORERS TO PERFORM THE NECESSARY WORK. AND I'M TALKING JUST IN OHIO, TENSES OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS -- TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS. THE SAME IS TRUE IN THE BORDER STATE OF MICHIGAN. I WORRY ABOUT THESE WORKERS AND I WORRY ABOUT WHETHER THESE FIRMS WILL FIND THE WORKERS TO PERFORM THE WORK AT SUCH A KEY TIME OF THE YEAR. THERE SIMPLY AREN'T ENOUGH HANDS LEFT TO DO THE WORK. MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS, SOME OF WHOM HAD WORKED FOR THIS FIRM FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, WERE SURROUNDED BY I.C.E. OFFICERS WHO CAME OUT OF ANOTHER STATE, DETROIT, MICHIGAN, HEAVILY ARMED WITH RIFLES. THEY EVEN TIED THE HANDS OF CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY BEHIND THEIR HANDS -- BACKS BEFORE QUESTIONING THEM. BORDER PATROL HELICOPTERS WHIRRED OVERHEAD AS WORKERS WERE HANDCUFFED AND MADE TO LIE DOWN ON THEIR BELLIES BEFORE BEING TAKEN BY BUS TO DETENTION CENTERS HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM ERIE COUNTY, WHERE THIS RAID OCCURRED. AS FAR AS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO DETERMINE, THE WOMEN WORKERS, MOST OF WHOM ARE MOTHERS, HAVE BEEN PLACED IN THE CALHOUN COUNTY JAIL NEAR BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN, AND THE MEN IN A FACILITY IN NORTHEAST CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO. I TOOK PARTICULAR NOTE THAT IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT MUST HAVE NOTIFIED THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT TOOK THIS PICTURE OF THE IMPENDING RAID, AS A REPORTER TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM MICHIGAN TO TAKE THIS PARTICULAR PHOTO AND REPORT ON THE RAID. BUT THE SAME NOTIFICATION WAS NOT EXTENDED TO THE LOCAL PRESS, NOR FOR THAT MATTER TO LOCAL OHIO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS RAID. IT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEMS INTENT ON STAGING A BIG SHOW ON IMMIGRATION. BUT WHERE IS ITS INTEREST IN REAL SOLUTIONS? WAS THIS RAID REALLY ABOUT SECURITY? OR IS IT MORE ABOUT INTIMIDATION? OR IS IT TRYING TO DIVIDE AMERICANS ALONG ECONOMIC AND RACIAL LINES? I WAS TOLD THE GREENHOUSE WORKERS PUT UP NO RESISTANCE. THEY WERE PEACEFUL. WHEN I ASKED I.C.E. IF I COULD VISIT THE WORKERS IN ONE OF THE DETENTION CENTERS THIS PAST WEEKEND, I WAS TOLD ARRANGEMENTS COULD NOT BE MADE, EVEN THOUGH THESE WORKERS WORK IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT. THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. I.C.E., WHICH REPORTS TO THE SUPERLORDS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, HAVE BEEN OVER A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT IN THEIR ANSWERS BACK TO US IN THEIR COMMUNICATIONS. YET PEOPLE'S LIVES AND THEIR CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING ARE AT STAKE. STONEWALLING IS SIMPLY NOT AN OPTION. SO I INTEND TO HEAD TO MICHIGAN IN A FEW DAYS TO TRY TO FIND THE DETENTION CENTER AND HOPEFULLY SPEAK TO SOME OF THE WOMEN. I UNDERSTAND IF I DO SO, WE HAVE TO DO IT OVER A VIDEO PHONE OR SOMETHING. AND I WILL SAY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, I EXPECT A FULL REPORT ON THE STATUS OF EACH OF THESE WORKERS, AS WELL AS EVIDENCE THEY ARE BEING TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT IN THE COUNTY JAIL. I HOPE TO SHARE MORE PUBLICLY ABOUT WHAT I LEARN WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE, AS WELL AS PEOPLE OF OHIO'S NINTH DISTRICT. I WANT A FULL EFFORT AND REPORT ON WHAT IS AT ISSUE WITH EACH OF THE PERSONS APPREHENDED. I WANT TO KNOW WHERE EACH IS LOCATED, AS WELL AS WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MINIMIZE THE TRAUMA FOR THEIR CHILDREN BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. SO HOW DID AMERICA GET TO A POINT WHERE PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD WITH THEIR HANDS FOR A LIVING ARE ROUNDED UP LIKE CATTLE? AND THEIR CHILDREN TAKEN FROM THEM TO PLACES THEY KNOW NOT WHERE? SOME OF THESE CHILDREN MAY BE DREAMERS, AMERICANS WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THE UNITED STATES, WHOSE IMMIGRATION STATUS NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. SO, LET'S DO IT. TODAY WE LEARNED THAT NEXT WEEK THIS HOUSE APPARENTLY WILL VOTE ON TWO COMPETING MEASURES THAT RELATE TO IMMIGRATION. ONE IS FROM MR. BOB GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA, H.R. 4760, CALLED SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT OF 2018. THAT BILL ONLY GIVES TEMPORARY STATUS TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THIS COUNTRY. IT MAKES DEEP CUTS TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION. IT PREVENTS LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM SPONSORING THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES, AND OF COURSE IT BOOSTS ENFORCEMENT. IT IS A PUNITIVE BILL. CERTAINLY NOT A VERY HOPEFUL BILL. AND EVEN IF IT COULD PASS THIS HOUSE, IT'S NOT GOING TO PASS THE SENATE. THEN THERE IS THIS MYSTERIOUS NEW BILL THAT SPEAKER RYAN CALLS A COMPROMISE BILL. AND THE COMPROMISE BILL WE MAY VOTE ON NEXT WEEK STILL ISN'T WRITTEN. BUT IT FOLLOWS THE FRAMEWORK, WE'RE TOLD, SET FORWARD BY THE WHITE HOUSE. LEGAL STATUS FOR DREAMERS, INCREASED BORDER SECURITY, INCLUDING FUNDING FOR A WASTEFUL, INEFFECTIVE BORDER WALL, AN END TO THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY, AND CURBING FAMILY-BASED LEGAL IMMIGRATION. WOW. THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME TO OUR OFFICE WHO WANT TO MARRY SOMEONE WHO'S WAITING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, HOW MANY DECADES ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT? JUST AN HOUR AGO A SUMMARY PROVIDED SAID THIS. THE SECOND MEASURE WOULD AUTHORIZE FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A BORDER WALL SOUGHT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND GIVE A PATH FOR SO-CALLED DACA POPULATION TO APPLY FOR A SIX-YEAR INDEFINITELY RENEWABLE, NONIMMIGRANT LEGAL STATUS AFTER WHICH THEY CAN APPLY FOR NEWLY ALLOCATED GREEN CARDS. WE'LL SEE. COUNT ME AS A SKEPTIC. TO DATE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO HELP YOUNG DREAMERS WHO HAVE BEEN HERE THEIR WHOLE LIVES. TO DATE THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY FOR THESE DREAMERS. THE MAJORITY HAS FAILED TO ACT ON COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, WHICH WE REALLY NEED. YEARS OF INACTION BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO HOLD THE MAJORITY HAVE BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT. AND WE HAD A MEASURE DOWN HERE ON THE FLOOR THAT HAD GARNERED 216 SIGNATURES, TO BRING A SET OF VOTES TO THE FLOOR THAT COULD REALLY HAVE ADDRESSED THIS PROBLEM AND THE MAJORITY JERKED IT OFF THE LEDGER THE OTHER DAY. RATHER THAN BLAMING WORKERS AND HARMING U.S. COMPANIES, LET'S PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS. ON THE TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN PASSING SINCE THE 1990'S, THAT SET US ON A TREACHEROUS AND GREEDY PATH OF BAD TRADE DEALS LIKE NAFTA AND CAFTA, THAT THREW MILLIONS OF WORKERS OUT OF WORK IN OUR COUNTRY, AND MILLIONS OF WORKERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES IN COUNTRIES LIKE MEXICO LOST THEIR WORK, TREATED LIKE CHATTEL ON THIS CONTINENT. WE NEED A RENEGOTIATED NAFTA. THESE BAD DEALS HAVE NEVER RESULTED IN A POSITIVE TRADE BALANCE FOR OUR COUNTRY. INSTEAD THEY DISPLACED MILLIONS OF WORKERS IN NORTH AMERICA. U.S. PLANTS SHUT DOWN HERE AND TRADE DEALS LIKE NAFTA THRUST CHEAP LABOR INTO THE MARKET, FORCING WAGES DOWN ACROSS THE CONTINENT. INCLUDING IN MEXICO. BORDER CROSSINGS DOUBLED INTO OUR COUNTRY AFTER NAFTA'S PASSAGE. INCLUDING ILLEGAL ENTRIES OF DESPERATE PEOPLE UNDER DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES. THOSE TRADE DEALS DITH DISRUPTED THE MARKET -- DEALS DISRUPTED THE MARKETS THAT SMALL FARMERS IN MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA RELIED ON TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES. WHO WOULD NOT FLEE DESPERATION? YOU WOULD TOO IF YOUR LIVELIHOOD DISAPPEARED. THINK ABOUT IT. THE BEST ESTIMATES SUGGEST 11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS HAVE ASSUMED SOME OF THE HARDEST, LOWEST PAYING JOBS INSIDE OUR ECONOMY. SINCE NAFTA'S PASSAGE, AND 10 YEARS AFTER THAT, CAFTA'S PASSAGE. EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ARE TRANSFIXED BY A RIGGED GLOBAL ECONOMY THAT PITS BUSINESSES AND WORKERS ACROSS THIS CONTINENT AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. WHO BENEFITED FROM THAT? ASK YOURSELF THAT QUESTION. ANSWER THE QUESTION. MANY WORKERS HAVE ENDURED LONG JOURNEYS BY FOOT, TRAIN, BOAT, AS LABOR TRAFFICKERS INDEBTED THEM TO MAKE IT ACROSS OUR BORDER. OTHERS WHO WORK HERE SIMPLY STAYED BEYOND THE EXPIRATION OF THEIR TEMPORARY VISITOR PERMITS . THE SITUATION IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN MANY PEOPLE REALIZE. THE REALITY IS ABOUT 60% OF THE UNAUTHORIZED POPULATION OF WORKERS HERE HAS BEEN HERE FOR AT LEAST A DECADE. 1/3 OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, 15 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER, LIVE WITH AT LEAST ONE CHILD WHO IS A U.S. CITIZEN BY BIRTH. SO DO WE CLOSE OUR EYES TO ALL OF THIS? AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED ON THIS CONTINENT? OR DO WE FIX IT? THE RENEGOTIATION OF NAFTA PRESENTS A PRECIOUS MOMENT, AND I'M WITH THE PRESIDENT ON RENEGOTIATING NAFTA. BUT WITH WHAT PROVISIONS? . A CHANCE TO CREATE AN ECONOMIC MODEL FOR ALL OF NORTH AMERICA THAT RECOGNIZES EMPLOYER NEEDS AND LABOR RIGHTS SHOULD BE IN A TRADE AGREEMENT. IT COULD HAVE A MONUMENTAL IMPACT ON MILLIONS AND CORRECT DISTORTED MIGRATORY PATTERNS MADE SO MUCH WORSE BY NAFTA. INSTOFEDE LIFTING UP WORKERS AND IMPROVING THEIR PLIGHT, ACHIEVING GOOD JOBS WITH LIVING WAGES, THE CURRENT NAFTA-CAFTA SYSTEM FORCES WORKERS INTO A HARSH SYSTEM THAT EQUATES TO A MODERN DAY VERSION, YES, OF SLAVERY. WORKERS UNDERSTAND THAT STANDING UP AND COMPLAINING ABOUT ABUSIVE CONDITIONS WILL MEAN TERMINATION BECAUSE AN EMPLOYER CAN REPORT THEM TO IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES. SO THE GUILLOTINE ALWAYS HANGS OVER THEIR HEADS. A RENEGOTIATED NAFTA CAN BRING WORKERS OUT FROM UNDER THE SHADOWS. WHO WILL BENEFIT? BUSINESS. IT WILL BENEFIT WORKERS. IT WILL BENEFIT COMMUNITIES AND OUR CANT INNOCENT. WHEN WORKERS ARE ASKED WHY DO THEY ENDURE ALL THIS, ALMOST ALL HAD THE SAME REASON. SURVIVAL. AND A HOPE FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM. FOR THOSE THAT HAVE COME PEER FROM OTHER PLACES AND WORK HERE, THEY'RE PERFORMING THE JOBS THE REST OF AMERICA CHOOSES NOT TO DO. RATHER THAN END THIS MISERABLE UNDERGROUND SYSTEM OF INDENTURED SERVITUDE, REPUBLICANS HAVE CHOSEN INACTION TIME AND TIME AGAIN. NAFTA AND CAFTA NEED TO BE RENEGOTIATED TO INSTITUTE A LEGAL SYSTEM THAT GIVES WORKERS STANDING IN THE LAW, NOT EXPLOITATION, WHATEVER SIDE OF THE BORDER THEY LIVE ON. NOW REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS FAIL TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE VAST ROLE AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICIES HAS PLAYED IN CREATING THE CONDITIONS IN NORTH AMERICA THAT PUSHED AND PULLED WORKERS ON THEIR PERILOUS TREK, DESTABILIZING THEIR WAY OF LIFE. YOU CANNOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEM WITHOUT SOLVING THE NAFTA AND CAFTA PROBLEM. RECALL PRESIDENT REAGAN WORKED WITH CONGRESS TO PASS THE LAST COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL IN THE 1980'S AND AT THE SAME TIME, UNFORTUNATELY, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATED WITH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS TO DEVELOP NEW POLICIES THAT FAVORED LARGE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS BUT UNDERCUT WORKERS, INCLUDING THE SMALLER FARMS AND BUSINESSES THAT CREATED ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITIES IN OUR COUNTRY AND SOUTH OF OUR BORDER. IN 1994, THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, BOY IS THAT A MISNOMER, WAS SOLD TO CONGRESS AS A WAY TO KEEP MEXICANS HOME AND TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICAN WORKERS WERE CARED FOR. GUESS WHAT? NAFTA ACTUALLY THREW MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OUT OF WORK AND ALSO MILLIONS OF MEXICAN FARMERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES WERE DISPLACED. THESE UPENDED WORKERS SOUGHT OPPORTUNITY WHEREVER THEY COULD FIND IT. INDEED, IMMIGRATION TORTE UNITED STATES FROM MEXICO DOUBLED POST-NAFTA AS MILLIONS OF U.S. CITIZENS SAW THEIR JOBS SHIPPED SOUTH OF THE BORDER AND THOSE SOUTH OF THE BORDER WHO COULDN'T EVEN AFFORD FOOD AT THAT POINT, A DESPERATE EXODUS BEGAN, AND PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO WORK FOR PENNY WAGES. A DECADE LATER, CONGRESS PASSED CALF THEARK CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, FURTHER UNDERCUTTING AGRICULTURAL WORKERS AND SMALL ENTREPRENEURS THROUGH THE THE REST OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF NORTH AMERICA. THESE POLICIES TRAPPED LATIN AMERICAN WORKERS BETWEEN A FOREIGN POLICY THAT DROVE THEM FROM HOME AND A U.S. DOMESTIC POLICY THAT KEPT THEM IN THE SHADOWS WHILE DRIVING GOOD JOBS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES TO LOW WAGE ENVIRONMENTS. ASK YOURSELF, WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THAT KIND OF SYSTEM? LOOK AT THE PROFITS OF SOME OF THE COMPANIES AND THE C.E.O.'S OF THOSE COMPANIES THAT DID THAT. WE ALSO KNOW FAR TOO MANY EMPLOYERS TAKE ON UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS AND EXPLOIT THEM FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO WORK LONG HOURS FOR NO PAY. PRESIDENT TRUMP, PLEASE KNOW, WALLS WILL NOT SOLVE THESE MASSIVE ECONOMIC INEQUITIES. OUR TRADE POLICIES CREATED. ONLY FIXING NAFTA AND CAFTA WILL. OUR NATION NEEDS COMPREHENSIVE CONTINENTAL IMMIGRATION REFORM THAT SHOULD INCLUDE AN E-VERIFY EMPLOYEE SYSTEM TO TAKE THE NUSS OFF THE EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY A WORKER'S STATUS. AND TO GIVE WORKERS STANDING ON THIS CONTINENT NO BORDER WALL CAN SUCCEED AGAINST THE ENORMOUS PULL OF OUR VAST ECONOMY'S NEEDS INCLUDING FOR LABOR. AS EMPLOYERS COMPLAIN EVERY DAY TO ME, THEY CANNOT FIND THE WORKERS THEY NEED. LET ME CONCLUDE IN MY REMAINING MINUTES WITH A FEW STORIES THAT CAME OUT OF THIS HORRENDOUS RAID THAT OCCURRED IN NORTHERN OHIO. MARIA SANDRA WORKS AT THIS GREENHOUSE AND WAS PRESENT THE DAY OF THE RAID. SHE RECALLS CLOCKING IN AT 7:00 A.M. THESE FOLKS WORK HARD. SHE WALKED TO HER VAN TO GET HER SUNSCREEN AND GLOVES WHEN SHE HEARD VEHICLES SLAMMING ON THE BRAKES IN THE GRAVEL. THE OFFICERS GOT DOWN WITH LARGE WEAPONS SO SHE FIGURED THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A DANGEROUS CRIMINAL. THEN SHE SAYS I REALIZED IT WAS IMMIGRATION. TWO MEN CAME UP BEHIND ME SCREAMING AT ME TO WALK. I TOLD THEM I HAD MY I.D. AND MY SOCIAL SECURITY CARD. THEY SCREAMED LOUDER, WALK! I PICKED UP MY PHONE AND THEY TOLD ME TO PUT IT AWAY, THAT I COULDN'T USE IT. I WAS SO SCARED. SEEING HOW THEY PUSHED PEOPLE AND PUT US TOGETHER LIKE ANIMALS ON THEIR WAY TO A SLAUGHTER HOUSE. THE OFFICERS TIED EVERYBODY UP. I KEPT SAYING I HAVE MY DOCUMENT, I'LL SHOW THEM TO YOU, BUT THEY IGNORED ME. THEY BEGAN SEPARATING US INTO TWO LINES. EVERYBODY THAT WAS WHITE WAS LET GO. I WAS THERE SO LONG THAT I HAD TO USE THE BATHROOM. THEY REFUSED TO LET ME GO UNTIL MANY OTHERS HAD TO GO. WE WERE TAKEN, TIED, TO THE RESTROOM, ACCOMPANIED BY AN OFFICER WITH A BIG GUN. I KEPT ASKING WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? I HAVE ALL MY DOCUMENTATION IN MY VAN. THEY ASKED ME, ARE YOU A CITIZEN? AND I SAID YES. THEY LAUGHED AT ME. I HAD NEVER FELT SO HUMILIATED. I CAN STILL HEAR EVERYBODY CRYING. WHEN THEY FINALLY RAN MY SOCIAL THEY ESCORTED ME TO MY VAN, STILL TIED, THEY TOLD ME TO LEAVE AND I SAID HOW CAN I DRIVE WITH MY HANDS TIED? ANOTHER OFFICER CAME WITH SOME SCISSORS TO UNTIE ME AND ACTUALLY CUT MY WRIST. I PULLED AWAY IN PAIN AND HE GOT ANGRY AND SAID WHY DID YOU MOVE? I SAID BECAUSE YOU CUT ME. I STORMED OUT OF THERE IN FEAR. I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN MY WHOLE LIFE. I WAS TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL. WITH NO VOICE OR RIGHTS. GLORIA WORKS THERE AND WAS THERE THE DIOF THE RAID. A CO-WORKER ASKED GLORIA TO DROP OFF HER LUNCH BAG AT HOME AND CHECK ON HER CHILDREN. HER CO-WORKER, WHOSE NAME SHE PREFERS NOT TO GIVE OUT OUT BECAUSE OF FEAR TO THE CHILDREN. GLORIA WENT TO THE HOUSE AND WHEN SHE KNOCKED SHE COULD HEAR THEM BEHIND THE DOOR SHUSHING EACH OTHER. GLORIA SAYS, I KNOCKED FOR A WHILE AND JUST KEPT SAYING, SON, OPEN UP, I WON'T HURT YOU, I CAME TO DROP OFF YOUR MOM'S LUNCH. THE ELDEST FINALLY OPENED THE DOOR BUT WOULDN'T LET ME IN THE BROKE DOWN CRYING. AND ASKING QUESTIONS I COULDN'T ANSWER BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE ANY OF THEM WERE. I TRIED TO CALM HIM DOWN AND SAID EVERYTHING WOULD BE OK. I WENT BACK TO TAKE THE CHILDREN FOOD BUT NOBODY ANSWERED THE DOOR. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY'RE OK. THOSE CHILDREN ONLY HAVE THEIR MOTHER. I HAVE BEEN HERE IN THIS COMMUNITY 42 YEARS AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. FAMILIES ARE BEING BROKEN WITHOUT CARING OF WHAT WOULD BE OF THE CHILDREN. WORKING IS NOT A SIN. AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE JUST WANTED TO BETTER THEMSELVES. WE WORK HARD. SOMETIMES TAKING SHIFTS FROM 7:00 A.M. UNTIL MIDNIGHT. BUT THE -- WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING IS WRONG. PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. THE AMERICAN CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING. ANOTHER WOMAN WRITES, AT CORSO'S, THAT SHE ESCAPED THE RAID AND WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS BECAUSE SHE SNEERS MIGHT BE HUNTED DOWN. SHE SAID I NEVER EXPECTED ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN, WHEN I SAW THEM COMING, I RAN AND I RAN AND RAN UNTIL I HID UNDER A BED OF FLOWERS AND BURIED MYSELF UNDER THE DIRT AND CRIED IN SILENCE. ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS MY KIDS. I HAVE THREE. A LOT OF US HAVE SMALL CHILDREN WHO NEED US MY SKIN ITCHED OF THE MUD STUCK TO MY BODY DRIED. IS THIS AMERICA? IS THIS AMERICA? I PRAYED TO GOTH FOR STRENGTH. I HID THERE FOR EIGHT HOURS IN FEAR OF BEING TAKEN OR THAT MAYBE SOMEONE WOULD COME BACK. I STILL FEEL LIKE I'M SUFFOCATING THERE, WHEN I CAME OUT I ASKED SOMEONE WHO ALSO WORKS THERE FOR A RIDE. THE ENTIRE COMPLEX WAS SILENT. LUNCH BOXES WERE LEFT EVERYWHERE. THERE WAS A VOID. AS I GOT HOME I WAS SCARED TO GET OUT OF THE CAR. I LOOKED AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO MAKE SURE THERE WERE NO OFFICERS AROUND. WALKING THROUGH THE DOOR AND HUGGING MY SON WAS A RELIEF HOWEVER, I HURT WHEN HE ASKED ME WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW? I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. ALL I KNOW IS, I HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR THEM. I'M ALONE. I DON'T HAVE A DIME TO MY NAME. IF I HAD A VOICE, I'D TELL THE GOVERNMENT THAT WE DON'T HURT ANYMORE, WE ARE HUMBLE PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST WORKING TO BETTER OUR LIVES. I TELL THEM TO PUT THEIR HANDS ON OUR HEARTS AND REALIZE THEY'RE HURTING PEOPLE. CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING. PLEASE, STOP. A YOUNG GIRL AGE 13 WHO RESIDES IN A PLACE NAMED WILLARD, HER MOTHER WAS TAKEN IN THE RAID. SHE SAID I WAS STILL IN BED WHEN I COULD HEAR SOMEONE BANGING ON THE DOOR. RIGHT AFTER THERE WAS BANGING ON MY BEDROOM WINDOW SO I GOT UP TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON. AS I OPENED THE DOOR MY NEIGHBOR IN PANIC AND TEARS ASKED WHERE MOM WAS? I SAID SHE'S WORK, WHY. SHE ASKED HAD I SPOKEN TO HER. GYNE SAY NO WHEN SHE INTERRUPTED ME TO SAY SHE'D BEEN ARRESTED AT HER JOB ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS FROM OUR TOWN. MY NEIGHBOR SAID CALL YOUR DAD. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO I COULDN'T REMEMBER MY DAD'S PHONE NUMBER. MY DAD DIDN'T ANSWER SO I PANICKED. I CRIED ON THE FLOOR HUGGING A PICTURE OF MY MOM. ALL I COULD DO WAS CRY AND HOPE IT WASN'T TRUE. NOT HER. MY FATHER EVENTUALLY WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR AND JUST HUGGED ME TIGHT AND WE CRIED. I HAVE LITTLE SISTERS AND THEY KEPT ASKING, MOMMY, MOMMY? I JUST SAY SHE'S AT WORK. IT WAS EVEN HARDER TO TELL MY LITTLE BROTHER, I PLAYED A SONG "I'M NOT ALONE" AND I PRAYED AND PRAYED. THAT NIGHT MY SISTERS WOULDN'T GO TO BED, INSITHSING TO WAIT FOR MOM. I WENT TO SLEEP AT 4:00 A.M. THINKING EVERY TIME MY MOM GAVE ME ADVICE AND HOW I WISHED I HAD LISTENED EVERY TIME MY DAD DIDN'T GO TO WORK THE NEXT DAY. I THINK EVERYBODY IS SCARE. EVERYONE SAYS BE STRONG. IT'S GOING TO BE OK. BUT ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS, WHEN WILL I SEE MY MOM AGAIN? WHEN WILL I HUG HER AGAIN. NOW I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF MY SISTERS. BUT LOOKING AT MOM'S EMPTY CHAIR AT THE TABLE JUST DOESN'T SEEM FAIR. I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE LISTENING TONIGHT THINK ABOUT THESE HUMAN BEINGS THAT HONESTLY DON'T DESERVE TO BE CAUGHT BETWEEN OUR GOVERNMENT, THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF NORTH AMERICA, NAFTA AND CAFTA HAVE TO BE RENEGOTIATED. AND WORKERS OF THIS CONTINENT HAVE TO BE RESPECTED. WE HAVE TO TREAT PEOPLE LIKE HUMAN BEINGS AND THERE MUST BE A LEGAL SYSTEM THAT PROTECTS THEM ALL. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS THIS CONTINENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 06:28:21 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO…

                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE FLOOR -- TO THE CHAIR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 06:28:35 PM

                        MS. KAPTUR

                        I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE NOW ADJOURN.

                      • 06:28:38 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        NOW ADJOURN.

                      • 06:28:44 PM

                        Ms. Kaptur moved that the House do now adjourn.

                      • 06:28:50 PM

                        On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                        • 06:28:51 PM

                          Adjourned

                          The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 15, 2018.

                          • 10:00:46 AM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

                            PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:01:18 AM

                            MR. GUTIERREZ

                            YESTERDAY, A GROUP OF ABOUT 30 OF US, INCLUDING 10 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS,…

                            YESTERDAY, A GROUP OF ABOUT 30 OF US, INCLUDING 10 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, DECIDED WE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS ADMINISTRATION POLICY TO SCAR CHILDREN FOR LIFE BY TAKING THEM AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS WHEN THEY TURN THEMSELVES IN TO AMERICAN AUTHORITIES AND ASK FOR ASYLUM. WE WENT DOWN TO THE RONALD REAGAN BUILDING ON THEIR PARENTS WHEN THEY TURN 14TH STREET BECAUSE WE CABINET MEMBERS WE HAD WRITTEN LAST WEEK TO GIVE US ANSWER ABOUTS WHERE THE CHILDREN AT THE BORDER HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO, AND WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO DO TO REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR PARENTS. JOHN LEWIS, JOE CROWLEY, JAN SHA COULD YOU SKIRKS AL GREEN, JOINED BY HAD NOT HEARD FROM THE THREE ALLIES WENT DOWN TO THE C.P.B. HUNDREDS OF -- C.B.P. HEADQUARTERS -- THE BUILDING OF THE MAN WHO GAVE THE FAMOUS SHINING CITY N OTT HILL SPEECH WHO SPOKE SO ELOQUENTLY ABOUT IMMIGRANTS AND WAS NO FAN OF WALLS, AS WE BLOCKED THE ENTRANCE TO THE RONALD REAGAN BUILDING, THE BORDER PATROL DID NOT ARREST US. NOPE, THEY FELT COMFORTABLE ARRESTING 10-YEAR-OLDS AND TAKING 10-MONTHS-OLD BABIES FROM THEIR MOMS AND DADS, BUT WHEN 10 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOW UP TO DEMAND ANSWERS, THEY GET A LITTLE CAMERA SHY. A LITTLE WEAK-KNEED. BUT WE WILL BE BACK AND WE WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN IF WE HAVE TO. RIGHT NOW TODAY THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO LAWFULLY ENTER THE UNITED STATES AND ASK FOR ASYLUM UNDER OUR LAWS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW AND TAKEN STRAIGHT TO JAIL TWITHE FEDERAL PROSECUTION. AND IF THEY HAVE CHILDREN THE OFFICERS THINK OF PRETEXT, MAYBE TELLING THE PARENTS THEY ARE TAKING THE CHILD FOR FOOD OR FOR A BATH AND THEN THE KIDS NEVER RETURN. SIMPLY DISAPPEAR. KIDNAPPED. AND MANY ARE TAKEN TO FACILITIES THAT ARE HUNDREDS FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, AND THE PARENT IS GIVEN A MASS TRIAL SO THEIR INDIVIDUAL CASE MAY NEVER BE HEARD OR EVALUATED. AND MOST ARE DEPORTED BACK TO THE COUNTRY THEY FLED TO FACE CONTINUING VIOLENCE AND RAPE AGAIN AND AGAIN. AND, ARE THEIR CHILDREN GIVEN BACK TO THEM? WE DON'T KNOW. WE CAN'T GET ANSWERS, WHICH IS WHY WE WENT YESTERDAY. THEN ON MONDAY, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS HAD ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING NEWS SPEAK 1984 MIND CONTROL MOMENTS WE HAVE EVER HEARD. HE SAID THAT IF A MAN BEATS A WOMAN OR IF A FAMILY IS SYSTEMATICALLY DIS20R9ED, THREATENED, TARGETED BY A GANG, THAT THAT IS A PRIVATE MATTER AND CANNOT BE BASIS OF AN ASYLUM CLAIM. RAPE AND ABUSE, THAT'S JUST A PRIVATE MATTER, ACCORDING TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN. ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF OUR COUNTRY. THAT'S JUST A PRIVATE MATTER BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN. BETWEEN THE FAMILY AND THE GANG OF TERRORS THEY ARE FACING. ONLY IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CAN SOMEONE SAY SOMETHING SO THOROUGHLY AND UTTERLY WRONG, DANGEROUS, RIDICULOUS. MY FRIEND, TREY GOWDY, IS A REPUBLICAN WHO IS KNOWN AROUND HERE NO THE OVERSIGHT AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AS A PRETTY NO NONE SENSE FORMER PROSECUTOR. I WENT TO HIS WEBSITE TO LOOK AT HIS BIOGRAPHY, YOU CAN GOOGLE IT. IT SAYS IT RIGHT THERE. QUOTE, AS THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT SOLICITOR, HE LED AN OFFICE OF 25 ATTORNEYS AND 65 TOTAL EMPLOYEES. DURING HIS TENURE, HE STARTED A VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN TASK FORCE. RIGHT THERE IN HIS OFFICIAL BIO . SO WIFE BEATING ISN'T A PRIVATE MATTER IN SOUTH CAROLINA. IF YOU ARE BEING BEATEN, RAPED, OR TORTURED BY YOUR DOMESTIC PARTNER, YOUR HUSBAND, THE POLICE, THE PROSECUTOR, AND THE JUDGE WILL GET INVOLVED BECAUSE IT ISN'T A PRIVATE MATTER IN SOUTH CAROLINA, OR ANY WHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. GO LISTEN TO TREY GOWDY'S SPEECHES ON THE U TUBE CHANNEL OR FACEBOOK. WATCH THE VIDEO OF HIS SPEECH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. TREY GOWDY WILL MOVE TO YOU TEARS NO MATTER WHAT YOUR POLITICAL PARTY OR IDEOLOGICAL PERSUASION. ACCORDING TO THE ATTORNEY IT'S A PRIVATE -- ATTORNEY GENERAL IT'S A PRIVATE MATTER BETWEEN A MAN PRIVATE MATTER BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN. HE EXPECTS EVERY VIOLENCE VICTIM TO HIRE THEIR OWN LAWYER AND SUE THEIR HUSBAND TO GET A COURT ORDER AND BE PROTECTED. WE HAVE A PROSECUTOR FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN COOK COUNTY, AND PROBABLY EVERY COUNTY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS IS MATTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND COME ON, THIS IS A MATTER OF GOOD MEN AND WOMEN LIVING BY A MORAL CODE THAT SAYS WE SHOULD HELP THOSE IN DANGER WHEN THE WEAK ARE BEING PREYED UPON BY THE STRONG. BUT APPARENTLY NOT TO OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL OR PRESIDENT. TO THEM, THOSE ARE PRIVATE MATTERS. THAT IS JUST WRONG. SLEEPING WITH AN ADULT FILM STAR AND PAYING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO KEEP IT QUIET, THAT'S A PRIVATE MATTER TO BE WORKED OUT BETWEEN PRIVATE ATTORNEYS. FLEEING DEATH AND VIOLENCE AND RAPE AND TORTURE, THAT'S A PUBLIC MATTER AND OUR LEADERS SHOULD NO BETTER. -- SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE…

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

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                            MR. BOST

                            MINUTES.

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                            BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                            BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MS. BONAMICI

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S ALMOST FATHER'S DAY. A GOOD TIME TO THINK…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S ALMOST FATHER'S DAY. A GOOD TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE FATHERS IN OUR LIVES AND IN THE FAMILIES WE'RE HONORED TO REPRESENT. I THINK ABOUT THE FAMILIES IN NORTHWEST OREGON AND I KNOW THAT TOO MANY ARE STILL FACING CHALLENGES. TOO MANY ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THEIR PAYCHECK, IF THEY ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE ONE, JUST ISN'T ENOUGH TO PAY THE BILLS AND IT'S HARD FOR THEM TO EVEN THINK ABOUT SAVING FOR THE FUTURE. ONE POLICY THAT CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF FAMILIES IS PAID LEAVE. IT'S AN ECONOMIC ISSUE FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT BOTH WOMEN AND MEN NEED TO BE ABLE TO TAKE PAID TIME OFF WHEN A CHILD IS BORN, OR TO CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN OR OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WHEN THEY NEED THEM. IN OREGON, OUR PARENTAL AND FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE LAWS COVER MORE PEOPLE AND HAVE STRONGER PROTECTIONS THAN CURRENT FEDERAL LAW, AND I APPLAUD THOSE EFFORTS. BUT THERE ARE STILL FAR TOO MANY WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO CARE FOR A SICK CHILD OR AGING PARENTS BECAUSE THEY CAN CANNOT PAY THEIR RENT OR BUY GROCERIES IF THEY LOSE A DAY OF WORK. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ONLY 15% OF WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE ACCESS TO PAID FAMILY LEAVE THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYERS. AND ALTHOUGH SOME EMPLOYERS RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING PAID LEAVE FOR ALL WORKING PEOPLE, MOST STILL DO NOT. OUTDATED GENDER NORMS AND TOO MANY WORKPLACES OFTEN PRESSURE MEN, ESPECIALLY IN THOSE IN JOBS WITHOUT PAID LEAVE, TO LIMIT THEIR TIME AWAY FROM WORK FOR CARE GIVING. WE NEED TO SEE A CULTURAL SHIFT IN OUR SOCIETAL EXPECTATIONS ABOUT MEN AS CAREGIVERS, AND WE NEED TO DISMANTLE THE STIGMA BEING A CAREGIVER IS IMPATTABLE OF SUCCESS IN THE WORK SOURCE. CONGRESS SHOULD GET SERIOUS ABOUT WORKING FAMILIES AND ENACT MEANINGFUL PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW. WE SHOULD PASS THE FAMILY ACT, LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED FINANCIAL SECURITY TO WORKING PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND PROVIDE CERTAINTY FOR BUSINESSES. A NATIONAL PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM WOULD HELP TO FOSTER A HEALTHIER AND MORE EQUITABLE SOCIETY. IT WOULD HELP TO BRING OUR NATION'S POLICIES MORE IN LINE WITH THE NEEDS OF OUR FAMILIES AND OUR WORK FORCE. AND IT WOULD BE A VERY MEANINGFUL WAY TO SAY HAPPY FATHER'S DAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                            MR. THOMPSON

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE EFFORTS…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE EFFORTS OF THE HOUSE'S UNDERTAKING THIS WEEK TO COMBAT OUR NATION'S OPIOID CRISIS. WE'LL CONSIDER DOZENS OF BILLS THIS WEEK AIMED AT FIGHTING THE CRISIS NEXT DOOR THAT AFFECTS OUR FAMILIES, OUR FRIENDS, AND OUR LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, THERE IS A NATIONWIDE EPIDEMIC OF HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE. IT IS RESULTING IN DRASTIC INCREASES AND ADDICTION RATES, OVERDOSE DEATHS, AND INCARCERATION. NO ZIP CODE IN THIS COUNTRY IS IMMUNE FROM THIS CRY SIFMENTS HEROIN AND PAIN PILL ADDICTION DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON AGE, RACE, GENDER, OR SOCIAL ECONOMIC CLASS. YOUR NEIGHBOR COULD BE USING HEROIN OR SO COULD THEIR HIGH HONORS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. IT IS THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS OF THIS GENERATION. AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE TO HELP COMBAT THIS PANDEMIC. THE COMMITTEE HAS COLLABORATIVELY WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO INTRODUCE AND SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING BILLS. H.R. 5889, WHICH REQUIRES HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE IT IS PROVIDE RESOURCES TO EARLY CHILDHOOD SUPPORT THE CARE AND EDUCATION PROVIDERS, AS WELL AS PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, ON WAYS TO PROPERLY RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO CHILDREN IMPACTED BY TRAUMA RELATED TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE. H.R. 5890 WHICH CALLS ON H.H.S. TO RE-EVALUATE PLANS UNDER THE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT TO ENSURE THE SAFE CARE OF INFANTS AFFECTED BY PRENATAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE. H.R. 5891 ESTABLISHES INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE TO EFFECTIVELY AND OFFICIALLY ASSIST FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS. H.R. 5892 ESTABLISHES AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON OPIOIDS AND THE WORK FORCE TO ADVISE THE SECRETARY OF LABOR ON ACTIONS THE DEPARTMENT CAN TAKE TO ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF OPIOID ABUSE ON THE WORKPLACE. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS ALL THESE BILLS AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THEM AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS WORKING TO NOT ONLY ADDRESS THIS CRISIS, BUT COMBAT IT AND OVERCOME IT. WE WILL DO SO THROUGH TREATMENT RECOVERY, THROUGH PREVENTION, BY PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES, AND BY FIGHTING FENTANYL AND OTHER EVER CHANGING SYNTHETIC FOREIGN ILLICIT DRUGS. NO PERSON CAN BEAT ADDICTION OF ALONE. AND THE -- OVERCOMING THIS EPIDEMIC WILL NOT ONLY TAKE A COMMUNITYWIDE EFFORT BUT A NATIONWIDE EFFORT. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE PREPARED TO DO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. TIPTON

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                            MR. TIPTON

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE OPIOID AND HEROIN CRISIS,…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE OPIOID AND HEROIN CRISIS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY FACING ONE OF THE WORST DRUG EPIDEMICS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. IN MY STATE OF COLORADO, IT'S CERTAINLY NOT IMMUNE. IN MY TRAVELS THROUGHOUT THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, FROM PUEBLO TO MOFFITT COUNTY, UP AND DOWN THE SAN LUIS VALLEY, I HEAR OF MORE LIVES LOST WITH EACH PASSING YEAR. OPIOID ADDICTION KNOWS NO BOUNDS, AND EVEN THE MOST INNOCENT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED. THIS LAST YEAR WHEN I TOURED PARKVIEW HOSPITAL IN PUEBLO, COLORADO, AND VISITED THE UNIT THAT TREATS BABIES BORN WITH NEO NATAL ABSTINENCE SYNDROME, WHICH MEANS THEY SUFFER WITHDRAWAL AT THE MOMENT OF BIRTH, YOU SEE A TRULY HEARTBREAKING SITUATION. TO SEE THE MOST VULNERABLE SUFFERING FROM WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS IS SOMETHING THAT TOUCHES THE HEART OF EVERY AMERICAN. BUT IT ALSO SERVED AS A REMINDER THAT WE MUST BE MORE AGGRESSIVE, MORE INVENTIVE IN OUR EFFORTS TO BE ABLE TO END THIS EPIDEMIC. OPIOID ABUSE IS MULTIFACETED. AND THERE'S JUST NOT ONE SOLUTION THAT WILL SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY I HELD MORE THAN 30 OPIOID ROUNDTABLES IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO HEAR FROM HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, AND FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT AGAINST ADDICTION. TO LEARN HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PLAY A BETTER ROLE IN SUPPORTING THEIR EFFORTS. IN THESE ROUNDTABLES, I'VE LEARNED THAT OPIOID ABUSE OFTEN BEGINS IN THE LAST PLACE THAT YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO -- THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE OR A HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM. FOR EXAMPLE, A PERSON WHO SPRAINED THEIR ANKLE WHILE SKIING MAY GO TO THEIR DOCTOR TO RECEIVE PAIN MEDICATION FOR THEIR INJURY. THIS MEDICATION MAY PROVIDE RELIEF FROM THE PAIN BUT CAN ALSO PROVIDE AN INTENSE SENSE OF EUPHORIA. FROM THERE THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT AN ADDICTION IS BORN. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, OF THOSE WHO BEGAN USING OPIOIDS IN THE 2000'S, A WHOOPING 75% REPORTED THAT THEIR FIRST OPIOID WAS A PRESCRIPTION DRUG. COLORADO HAS THE 12TH HIGHEST RATE OF ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS ACROSS THE NATION. IN RESPONSE TO THE RISING NUMBER OF COLORADANS BECOMING ADDICTED THROUGH PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS, THE COLORADO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED A PILOT PROGRAM IN 10 HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE STATE. WITH THE GOAL OF REDUCING PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS BY 15%. THIS PROGRAM WAS SO SUCCESSFUL THAT IT ACTUALLY ACHIEVED A 36% REDUCTION. I'M GLAD THAT THIS WEEK THE HOUSE PASSED A SERIES OF MORE THAN 20 BILLS IN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO CUREB OPIOID ADDICTION. -- CURB OPIOID ADDICTION. MY BILL WOULD ALLOW PROGRAMS SIMILAR TO THE ONE IN COLORADO TO BE TESTED IN HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE NATION, HELPING TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WHO DO NOT NEED OPIOIDS ARE NEVER EXPOSED TO THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE PROUD OF THE COLLECTIVE WORK ACCOMPLISHED IN THE HOUSE THIS WEEK BUT RECOGNIZING THIS CRISIS WILL NOT BE SOLVED OVERNIGHT AND WE STILL HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD. IT'S NOT AN ISSUE THAT IS GOING TO BE SOLVED SOLELY BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT'S GOING TO TAKE A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH OUR STATES, OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OUR FAMILIES AS WELL IN ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO END THE STIGMA SURROUNDING OPIOID ABUSE AND FIND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL END THIS CRISIS FOR GOOD. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:18:51 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, JUDGE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, JUDGE POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. POE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                            MR. POE

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICA'S PEACE CORPS AND THOSE VOLUNTEERS ARE OUR…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICA'S PEACE CORPS AND THOSE VOLUNTEERS ARE OUR ANGELS ABROAD. THEY REPRESENT THE VERY BEST IN AMERICA. HERE WITH US TODAY IN THE GALLERY WE HAVE ONE OF THOSE BRAVE VOLUNTEERS, MS. SARAH THOMPSON. SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SARAH DREAMED OF HELPING RURAL COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA. WHEN SHE GREW UP, THE PEACE CORPS GAVE HER THAT PERFECT OPPORTUNITY. SHE SERVED TO KEEP GIRLS IN SCHOOL. UNFORTUNATELY, HER DREAM TURNED INTO A TRAGEDY WHEN THE PEACE CORPS PRESCRIBED MEDICATION TO PROTECT HER FROM MALARIA. DURING HER SERVICE SHE BEGAN TO HAVE HORRIFIC NIGHTMARES AND STRUGGLED WITH MENTAL HEALTH. WHEN SHE TURNED TO THE PEACE CORPS FOR HELP, THE MEDICAL OFFICER EXCUSED HER SYMPTOMS AS SIMPLY NOT ADJUSTING WELL. ONE NIGHT SARAH WOKE UP DIZZY, NAUSEA, AND THREW UP THE ENTIRE NIGHT. SO SHE WENT TO THE DOCTOR AND THE DOCTOR TOLD HER IT WAS AN EAR INFECTION. MONTHS LATER, STILL SARAH STRUGGLED WITH NAUSEA AND NIGHTMARES. AND WITH NO SUPPORT FROM THE PEACE CORPS, SHE TOOK MATTERS INTO HER OWN HANDS AND STARTED TO RESEARCH THOSE MEDICAL PROBLEMS. IT WAS THEN SHE REALIZED THE MALARIA MEDICINE THE PEACE CORPS HAD GIVEN HER WAS MAKING HER SICK. AS IT TURNS OUT, THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE SO TERRIBLE, SPECIAL OPERATION FORCES IN THE ARMY WON'T EVEN TAKE THAT MEDICATION. SARAH WAS NEVER WARNED ABOUT THESE HORRIFIC SIDE EFFECTS BY THE PEACE CORPS, AND THE DOCTOR DIDN'T SEEM TO RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS EITHER. OUR PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS DESERVE BETTER. THEY DESERVE BETTER CARE THAN THIS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE HEARD TOO MANY STORIES ABOUT PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS LIKE SARAH'S. YOUNG, ENTHUSIASTIC VOLUNTEERS, EAGER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD ARE LET DOWN BY THE ORGANIZATION THAT THEY ONCE HELD IN SUCH HIGH ESTEEM. PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS SELFLESSLY SACRIFICE YEARS OF THEIR LIVES TO HELP PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE NEVER EVEN MET. OFTEN IN SOME OF THE MOST DESOLATE, DANGEROUS PLACES ON THE GLOBE. THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY SHOULD NOT TURN INTO A NIGHTMARE THAT RUINS OR EVEN ENDS NAIR LIVES BECAUSE WE DON'T TAKE -- THEIR LIVES BECAUSE WE DON'T TAKE CARE OF THEM. SMALL, COMMONSENSE CHANGES COULD PROTECT OUR PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS ABROAD. THAT'S WHY REPRESENTATIVE KENNEDY AND I HAS A BILL, THE SAM FAR PEACE CORPS ACT. THIS TAKES IMPORTANT -- SAM FARR PEACE CORPS ACT. THIS TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TO IMPROVE TRAINING ON THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MALARIA MEDICATIONS AND ALLOWS THE PEACE CORPS TO BETTER PRESCRIBE OTHER TYPES OF MALARIA MEDICATION. IN ADDITION, THIS BILL BETTER PROTECTS OUR VOLUNTEERS FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT WHEN THEY ARE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES. WHEN THEY RETURN, IT EXTENDS THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE SO THEY CAN GET THE CARE THEY NEED RATHER THAN STOP TAKING CARE OF THEM AS HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST. BUT THERE IS STILL MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THOSE WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS. THEY DESERVE TO BE PROTECTED BY THE UNITED STATES AND OUR LAW WHEN WE SEND THEM TO FAR REACHES OF THE WORLD. WHEN THEY RETURN FROM SERVICE WITH INJURIES AND SICKNESS, VOLUNTEERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET WITH THE DISABILITY PAYMENT THAT THEY RECEIVE. WHICH IS NOT THE CASE NOW. I HOPE TO SEE THESE PROVISIONS IN LAW SOMEDAY, BUT UNTIL THEN, THE SAM FARR AND NICK CASTLER PEACE CORPS REFORM ACT MAKES CRITICAL IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS. IT'S ESSENTIAL TO SEE IT BECOME LAW. PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS LIKE SARAH ARE THE FACES OF OUR COUNTRY IN PLACES WHERE AMERICA'S SHINING BEACON OF HOPE AND LIBERTY TO OTHER PEOPLE MAY NOT ALWAYS SHINE SO BRIGHT WITHOUT PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS. THESE INDIVIDUALS PROMOTE GOOD WILL, BEATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNITED STATES, AND THIS HELPS US SECURE ENDURING PARTNERSHIPS WITH THESE NATIONS. IT ALSO DOES GOOD IN THE COUNTRY THAT THEY ARE IN. THEY CHANGE LIVES EVERY DAY IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES THAT THEY SERVE, AND THEY DO THIS MANY TIMES WHEN THEY ARE ALONE. WE MUST ENSURE THEY ARE DOING -- WE ARE DOING ALL WE CAN TO MINIMIZE UNNECESSARY DANGERS FOR OUR PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS. BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. THE SAM FARR AND NICK CASTLE PEACE CORPS REFORM ACT IS THE FIRST STEP AND I URGE LEADERSHIP TO BRING THIS BILL TO A VOTE SOON. AS A JUDGE I CAN TELL YOU IT'S OUR DUTY TO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO PROTECT THESE ANGELS ABROAD. THESE GOODWILL AMBASSADORS LIKE SARAH THOMPSON ARE SOME OF AMERICA'S BEST AND AMERICA MUST TAKE CARE OF THEM WHEN THEY SERVE OVERSEAS, WHEN THEY ARE HELPING PEOPLE OVERSEAS, AND WHEN THEY RETURN HOME TO AMERICA FROM BEING OVERSEAS, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                            THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS THAT THE RULES DO NOT ALLOW REFERENCE TO…

                            THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS THAT THE RULES DO NOT ALLOW REFERENCE TO PERSONS IN THE GALLERY, AND THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. VARGAS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY --

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 10:24:39 AM

                            MR. VARGAS

                            I RAISE AWARENESS OF OF THE THREAT OF JESUS BY READING INTO THE…

                            I RAISE AWARENESS OF OF THE THREAT OF JESUS BY READING INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD A DECLARATION FROM JESUIT WEST PROVINCE OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS. IT'S A LETTER BY THE FATHER PROVINCIAL FOR THE WEST PROVINCE AND IT READS LIKE THIS. BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY WILL BE CALLED CHILDREN OF CALLED. MATTHEW, CHAPTER, FIVE, VERSE NINE. AS YOU KNOW, NICARAGUA WITH A IS EXPERIENCING AN INCREASINGLY POLITICAL CRISIS. THE PEOPLE THAT DEMAND JUSTICE ARE FIRMLY LOOKING FOR PEACEFUL SOLUTION. THERE ARE ALREADY MORE THAN 153 NICARAGUAANS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES IN JUST OVER A MONTH OF STRUGGLING TOWARD A RESOLUTION. THE SOCIETY OF JESUS, PRESIDENT OF NICARAGUA, HAS JOINED THIS. OUR CONVICTION REQUIRES US TO SHARE SUPPORT AND DEFEND A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT. WE HAVE STILL TIME TO AVOID MORE POLARIZATION, MORE BLOODSHED, AND MORE PAIN. HONEST DIALOGUE AND SERIOUS NEGOTIATIONS ARE VITAL IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE IT. FOR WHOEVER WANTS PEACE DOES NOT ASSAULT, PERSECUTE, MISTREAT OR INTIMIDATE. WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY A RELIABLE SOURCE THAT THE LIFE OF FATHER JOSE ALBERTO, S.J., DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF NICARAGUA IS IN SERIOUS DANGER. THE FATHER HAS BEEN THREATENED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE CONVENED BY THE BISHOPS CONFERENCE FOR STANDING ALONGSIDE THE STUDENTS WHO ARE DEFENDING THE HUMAN RIGHTS, FOR THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, FOR MAKING CONTINUOUS CALLS TO THE NICARAGUAN GOVERNMENT, TO SEE SIGNS THEY ARE -- AND FOR INVOLVING THE UNIVERSITY IN THE EFFORTS OF THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE. ONE HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THIS THREAT. WITH HIS SUPPORT AND ON BEHALF OF ALL THE JESUITS, COLLABORATORS IN JESUIT WEST, WE STAND WITH THE JESUITS OF CENTRAL AMERICA AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE, LAY PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP THE 40 JESUIT INSTITUTIONS WHICH SERVE THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL AMERICA. WE JOIN FATHER ALVARADO IN HOLDING THE JICK RAGN GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR -- THE NICARAGUAN GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE. I CALL ON THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES, THE U.N., THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, AND ALL JESUIT UNIVERSITIES OF THE WORLD, THE DIFFERENT CHURCHES, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, AND ALL OF THOSE COMMITTED TO BASIC HUMAN DIGNITY TO STRONGLY SUPPORT THE PEACEFUL NEGOTIATIONS OF THE SOLUTION TO THE TRAGIC SITUATION THAT THE COUNTRY IS EXPERIENCING AND DEMAND RESPECT FOR THE PHYSICAL SAFETY OF ALL NICARAGUANS, WHO LIKE THE FATHER AND THE BISHOP CONFERENCE STUDENTS AND THOSE PART OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE ARE WORKING FOR A LASTING PEACE THAT IS BORN FROM JUSTICE. IT'S SIGNED BY FATHER SCOTT SANTA ROSA, J.S., HE IS THE PROVINCIAL OF THE WESTERN PROVINCE. AS MANY OF YOU RECALL BACK IN 1989, A VERY SIMILAR THREAT WAS MADE AGAINST A FATHER FROM EL SALVADOR. THAT THREATENEDED IN THE DEATH OF THE FATHER ALONG WITH FIVE OTHER JESUITS AT THE UCA, THE CENTRAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, AS WELL AS TWO LAY PEOPLE. I THINK THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS THREAT THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS TO TAKE A LOOK AT AND DEMAND THAT STEPS BE TAKEN TO PROTECT THE LIFE OF ALL NICARAGUANS AND PARTICULARLY THE STUDENTS AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, THE JESUIT INSTITUTION THERE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:28:40 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. JENKINS, FOR…

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

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                          • 10:28:43 AM

                            MR. JENKINS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE OPIOID CRISIS TOUCHES NEARLY…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE OPIOID CRISIS TOUCHES NEARLY EVERY FAMILY IN WEST VIRGINIA. WITH TOO MANY LIVES LOST TO THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION. IT'S AN ISSUE I HEAR ABOUT EVERY DAY. AS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC FORCES INCREASING NUMBERS OF CHILDREN INTO FOSTER CARE, WE SEE MORE AND MORE GRANDPARENTS BEING LEFT TO RAISE THEIR GRANDCHILDREN. THESE GRANDPARENTS FACE THE TASK OF CARING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WHILE NAVIGATING A COMPLEX CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM. MANY HAVE LITTLE SUPPORT AND ARE ALSO COPING EVEN WITH THEIR ADULT CHILD'S ADDICTION. WE MUST MAKE IT EASIER FOR GRANDPARENTS WHO LOVE AND CARE FOR THEIR GRANDCHILDREN TO NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM. BILLS LIKE THE ASSISTING STATES' IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANS OF SAFE CARE ACT AIMED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR FAMILIES TO GAIN CUSTODY OF KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THEIR PARENTS DUE TO DRUG ABUSE. ALLOWING THESE FAMILY MEMBERS TO PROVIDE CRITICAL, EMOTIONAL SUPPORT, AND STABILITY TO KIDS WHO HAVE HAD THEIR WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN SEEMS LIKE COMMON SENSE. ONCE IN A STABLE HOME, SUPPORT IS STILL NEEDED. MANY OF THESE GRANDPARENTS NEVER THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE RAISING ANOTHER YOUNG CHILD. . THE SUPPORTING GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN ACT WOULD PROVIDE THEM WITH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES TO HELP THEM MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CHILD AND THE CHILDREN THAT THEY ARE CARING FOR. THE OPIOID CRISIS CANNOT BE SOLVED OVERNIGHT. BUT WE MUST KEEP FIGHTING. WE MUST ENABLE FAMILIES TO COME TOGETHER TO DO WHAT FAMILIES DO BEST AND THAT IS HELP ONE ANOTHER. WE NEED TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE UNEXPECTEDLY CARING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND PROVIDE THEM WITH THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO RAISE HEALTHY AND HAPPY KIDS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:31:25 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:31:29 AM

                            MR. MAST

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A GREAT FIVE-MINUTE SPEECH…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A GREAT FIVE-MINUTE SPEECH PREPARED HERE. I'M GOING TO TELL YOU THE WAY IT IS. FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS BEEN USING MY COMMUNITY AS THEIR OWN PERSONAL SEPTIC TANK. THAT'S NOT HYPERBOLE. THAT'S THE TRUTH. NOW, IT HASN'T JUST HAPPENED THIS WAY FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS. THEY JUST STARTED DISCHARGING WATER NOT HYPERBOLE. INTO MY ENGINEERS DECIDES THAT IT'S OK TO ENGINEERS DECIDES THAT IT'S OK TO DISCHARGE WATER THAT THEY KNOW IS TOXIC INTO AN EPICENTER OF COMMUNITY TWO WEEKS AGO. THIS HAS ACTUALLY BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES WHERE YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR THE CORPS OF HUMAN POPULATION. HOW DO THEY KNOW THIS WATER IS TOXIC? BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUED THE STATE OF FLORIDA AT ONE POINT IN HISTORY SAYING WE DON'T YOU TO SEND THIS WATER DOWN SOUTH TOWARD THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES BECAUSE IT'S KILLING THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES, IT'S TOO TOXIC FOR WHAT NEEDS TO GO IN THERE. NOW THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS SENDS IT TO PEOPLE. THEY SEND IT TO THE KIDS THAT ARE OUT AT FISHING CAMP. THEY SEND IT TO THE FISHERMEN WHO ARE TRYING TO PULL FISH OUT OF THE WATER. THEY SEND TO THE BEACHES WHERE INSTEAD THEY HAVE TO PUT UP SIGNS THAT SAY NO SWIMMING. DON'T TOUCH THE WATER, HAZARD TO HUMAN LIFE. WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY IS THIS WHERE THIS IS SENT TO? THIS IS A COMMUNITY, THE TREASURE COAST OF FLORIDA, IT'S AN AREA WHERE BEAUTIFUL WATERS FROM THE ATLANTIC FLOW IN. THEY MAKE THE WATER CRYSTAL CLEAR. IT USED TO BE LADEN WITH SEA GRASS AND SEA LIFE AND WITH WATERFOWL, AND NOW YOU CAN FIND NEXT TO NONE OF THAT. BECAUSE THE WATER'S NO LONGER BLUE. THE WATER NO LONGER HAS SEA GRASS. AND THRIVING FISH BEDS IN IT BECAUSE THE WATER IS BLACK. IT'S BLACK BECAUSE THE FLOWING WATERS IN FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN CAN'T KEEP UP WITH THE TOXIC WATERS THAT ARE DISCHARGED INTO THAT ESTUARY, INTO THAT NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ESTUARY BY THE HAND OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BY THE HAND OF THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. WHERE THE WATER ISN'T BLACK, THE WATER IS GREEN. LIKE THIS. WITH TOXIC ALGAE ENGINEERS. WHERE, BACTERIA. THINGS THAT NO PERSON SHOULD EVER HAVE TO COME IN CONTACT WITH. I'LL TELL YOU, THIS BODY RECENTLY DID A GOOD JOB FOR WHAT HAS TO OCCUR TO FIX THIS ISSUE IN THE LONG TERM. WE PASSED THE WATER RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT ACT WHERE WE WENT OUT THERE AND PUT A PLACEHOLDER INTO THAT BILL FOR A SOUTHERN RESERVOIR, SOUTH OF OUR AREA, TO SEND THIS WATER SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO SEND THIS WATER TO THE EPICENTER OF HUMAN POPULATION IN BILL FOR A OUR AREA. WE DID A GOOD JOB OF DOING SOMETHING KNOWN AS ASKING FOR A REVIEW, OF THE SCHEDULE AT WHICH LEVEL WE CAN KEEP LAKE OKEECHOBEE WATTER IN THAT LAKE SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO DISCHARGE THAT WATER INTO OUR COMMUNITY. WE DID A GOOD JOB IN MAKING SURE THAT WE PUT RESOURCES TOWARDS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO HOW YOU CAN CLEAN UP ALGAL BLOOMS. THOSE WERE GOOD THINGS FOR THE LONG TERM. IT DOESN'T HELP THE PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY TODAY AND TOMORROW. THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN COMING IN CONTACT WITH THE WATER BECAUSE OF THE HUMAN HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH IT. IT DOESN'T HELP THE BUSINESS OWNERS WHO I HAVE TO SAY DAY AFTER DAY WITH TEARS IN THEIR EYES BECAUSE THEIR CLOTHES AND -- THEY ARE CLOSING THEIR DOORS FOR THE LAST TIME BECAUSE THEY CAN'T SURVIVE BECAUSE OF THE WAY THIS DEVASTATES OUR ECONOMY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. WHEN YOU DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY, YOU DESTROY US. YOU DESTROY EVERY ONE OF US IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS CANNOT CONTINUE. THIS HAS TO STOP. AND I CALL ON THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS THAT UNTIL THE MOMENT COMES WHERE YOU CAN SAY THE WATER YOU'RE SENDING IN A OUR AREA IS NOT TOXIC WHATSOEVER, UNTIL THAT DAY COMES WHERE YOU WOULD GO INTO YOU CAN SAY THAT WATER YOURSELF OR BRING YOUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS FOR A VACATION FOR A SWIM IN OUR WATERWAYS, THEN DON'T SEND ONE MORE DROP OF THAT WATER INTO MY COMMUNITY. I PUT ON THE SAME UNIFORM AS THE MEMBERS OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS. WE WORE THE SAME ARMY UNIFORM. AND I KNOW THAT WE CARRY THE SAME PASSION FOR HOW WE DO THINGS. WE HAD AN ETHOS, YOU ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION FIRST. YOU NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT, YOU NEVER QUIT, AND NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE. RIGHT NOW MY COMMUNITY IS BEING LEFT BEHIND. BY THE CORPS OF QUIT, AND NEVER ENGINEERS AND IT'S NOT RIGHT. I CAN SAY THAT NOT ONE MOMENT DURING MY TIME IN THE MILITARY WOULD I HAVE EVER CONSIDERED RISKING THE LIFE OF ONE COMMUNITY IN THE NAME OF SOMETHING THAT MAY POTENTIALLY HAPPEN IN THE FUHR. IT'S NOT RIGHT. IT CAN'T OCCUR IN OUR COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHY I CALLED ON THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO STOP THEIR DISCHARGING OF TOXIC WATER IMMEDIATELY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:36:50 AM

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

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

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                          • 10:37:04 AM

                            MR. SMUCKER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE MANHEIM TOWNSHIP…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE MANHEIM TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE TEAM WHO RECENTLY WON THE PROGRAM'S FIRST EVER PIAA STATE TITLE. THEY DEFEATED LA SALLE 6-4 IN THE CLASS 3-A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME THIS PAST SATURDAY TO BRING THE TITLE TO LANCASTER COUNTY. MANHEIM TOWNSHIP OF DISTRICT THREE BECAME THE FIRST SCHOOL FROM OUTSIDE DISTRICTS ONE OR 12 TO WIN THE BOY'S LACROSSE TITLE SINCE THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN. THIS HISTORIC CHAMPIONSHIP IS A FITTING END TO AN EXCELLENT SEASON THAT ALSO INCLUDE ADD PROGRAM BEST 26-1 RECORD, AND BOTH THE LANCASTER LEAGUE AND DISTRICTS THREE TITLES. THESE YOUNG MEN HAVE PUT IN COUNTLESS HOURS OF HARD WORK TO ACHIEVE THIS INCREDIBLE RESULT. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ARE MORE THAN JUST WINNING, THEY ARE ABOUT MORE THAN JUST WINNING. THEY ARE ABOUT TEACHING OUR CHILDREN VALUABLE SKILLS SUCH AS TEAMWORK, COMMITMENT, AND PERSEVERANCE. THEY BUILD CHARACTER AND CREATE MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME. THESE YOUNG MEN HAVE DISPLAYED THESE VALUABLE SKILLS THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE SEASON AND I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THEM. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE TEAM'S FUTURE SUCCESSES. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MANHEIM TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE TEAM, THE COACHES, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THE FACULTY STAFF -- FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS THAT ENABLED THIS HISTORIC TITLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ADDRESS ANOTHER TOPIC THIS MORNING. I WANT TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE'S EFFORT TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC THAT HAS SWEPT ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA AND ACROSS THE NATION. THIS WEEK THE HOUSE IS VOTING ON MORE THAN 30 OPIOID RELATED BILLS WITH MANY MORE TO COME NEXT WEEK AS WELL. SADLY, YOU WOULD BE HARD-PRESSED TODAY TO FIND SOMEONE WHO HASN'T BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS EPIDEMIC. OR WHO KNOWS SOMEONE WHO HASN'T -- OR WHO HAS. IT TRANSCENDS SOCIOECONOMIC AND GEOGRAPHIC LINES AND MAKES NO DIS CONTINUATION BETWEEN AGE -- NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN AGE, INCOME, GENDER, OR POLITICS. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES HAVE BEEN CUT SHORT BY DRUG ABUSE THE. IN MY -- ABUSE. IN MY REGION OF PENNSYLVANIA, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, HEROIN, AND FENTANYL ARE THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN SEVERAL COMMUNITIES. IN FACT, OUR REGION HAS EXPERIENCED A 23% INCREASE IN OPIOID RELATED DEATHS IN 2018 AS COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME PERIOD IN 2017. TOO MANY FAMILIES FEEL BROKEN AND FEEL LOST. THOSE THAT WE KNOW PERSONALLY, OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR FAMILY, AND OUR FRIENDS ARE WORKING TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THOSE THAT THEY LOVE. OUR CONSTITUENTS SHOULD KNOW THAT WE HERE IN CONGRESS HAVE THEIR BACKS. THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT WE'RE WORKING TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO PREVENT ADDICTION, TO TREAT ABUSE, AND TO HELP FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS RECOVER. THIS WEEK AND NEXT, THE HOUSE IS PASSING LEGISLATION THAT CHANGES THE WAY OPIOIDS ARE WORKING TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THOSE THAT THEY LOVE. ARE PRESCRIBED. AND ENCOURAGES ALTERNATIVE METHODS AND MEDICATIONS TO TREAT PAIN. WE'RE CRACKING DOWN ON DEADLY SYNTHETIC DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL. WE'RE GIVING LAW ENFORCEMENT TOOLS TO GET DANGEROUS MEDICATIONS TO TREAT PAIN. DRUGS OFF OUR STREETS AND OUT OF OUR COMMUNITIES. AND WE'RE IMPROVING DATA USED TO HELP AT-RISK PATIENTS AND FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY STRUGGLING COMMUNITIES. AND WE'RE WITH ADDICTION. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE COMING TOGETHER, STANDING SIDE BY SIDE, TO HELP EACH OTHER THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME. THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION AND THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE GETTING SOME MUCH NEEDED ASSISTANCE FROM CONGRESS. BOTH IN WASHINGTON AND IN PENNSYLVANIA WE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES, COMMUNITY LEADERS, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PRIORITIZE AN IMMEDIATE AND EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THOSE WE LOVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:41:28 AM

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                            THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, FOR…

                            THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:41:34 AM

                            MR. SMITH

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE FOUR EXCEPTIONAL…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE FOUR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS FROM NEW JERSEY'S POINT PLEASANT BUREAU HIGH SCHOOL, LUKE, THERESA, JEFF, AND ADRIAN FOR THEIR AMAZING APP DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR CLASSMATES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS HAVE A LUNCH BUDDY TO BUILD FRIENDSHIPS, SHARE CONVERSATION, LAUGH, OR TALK ABOUT EACH OTHER'S HOPES AND DREAMS. LUNCH BUDDY APP HELPS MAKE ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS MORE UNDERSTANDING, KNOWLEDGEABLE, KIND, AND EMPATHETIC. IT HELPS ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS SEE THE WORLD FROM EACH OTHER'S EYES. EVERYONE HAS GOOD DAYS AND BAD, STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES, AND THINGS WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT TO A FRIEND. FOR MANY, HIGH SCHOOL CAN BE DIFFICULT AND LONELY. LUNCH BUDDY APP RECOGNIZES THIS AND ENABLES PARTICIPATING STUDENTS A BETTER GRASP THE GOD GIVEN WORTH AND INHERENT VALUE AND INNATE GOODNESS OF EVERYONE AND SAYS WITH NEON LIGHTS, YOU'RE WELCOMED AND CHERISHED HERE. WORKING TOGETHER UNDER THE INCREDIBLE GUIDANCE OF THEIR ADVANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING TEACHER, LUKE, THERESA, AND ADRIAN CREATED THE APP WHICH EARNED THEM THE TOP PRIZE IN THE NEW JERSEY FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT'S APP CHALLENGE. SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, THE TEAM CAME TO THE CAPITOL WHERE THEY WERE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED. MR. SPEAKER, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SEEING THE APP IN ACTION WHEN I VISITED THE HIGH SCHOOL IN FEBRUARY AND WAS STRUCK BY THE EXTRAORDINARY CARE AND KINDNESS OF THE WINNERS AND FRANKLY ALL THE STUDENTS IN THAT CLASS. THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TRULY AMAZING. ALLOW ME TO SAY A BRIEF WORD ABOUT THE TEACHERS NICK. AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF 9/11, HE WAS SO INSPIRED BY THE SELFLESSNESS OF SO MANY THAT HE LEFT A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CAREER AT BELL LABS AND THE SELFLESSNESS OF SO MANY THAT HE LEFT A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CAREER AT BELL LABS AND TOOK AN EARLY RETIREMENT AND HUGE PAY CUT TO TEACH BECAUSE HE SAID HE JUST WANTED TO GIVE BACK TOERS O. HE SAID HE WAS TOO OLD TO BE A FIRE FIRE, TOO OLD TO BE A COP, BUT CHOSE THE NOBLE PROFESSION OF TEACHER. TODAY WITH GREAT SKILL, ENERGY, AND PASSION HE TEACHES HIS STUDENTS IN HIS WORDS, HOW TO USE THEIR PROGRAMMING ENGINEERING AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS FOR GOOD. LUNCH BUDDY APP EPITOMIZES THAT GOOD. LUNCH BUDDY APP SPRANG OUT OF A GRODDER INITIATIVE TO CREATE A BETTER LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. IN 2012, POINT BLESSIAN BORROUGH HIGH SCHOOL ESTABLISHED THE PANTHER ASSISTED LEARNING SOFTWARE OR PALS, WITH THE GOAL OF PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH MILL MUL TIPPLE DISABILITIES DIFFERENTIATED ASSISTIVE LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES AND PROMOTE INCREASED INDEPENDENCE AND VOCATIONAL SUFFICIENCY. ADDITIONALLY, PALS WAS CREATED TO O OVERCOME SPECIFIC BARRIERS TO LEARNING AND FACILITATE INCREASED INTERACTION BETWEEN SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS AND THEIR NONDISABLED PEERS. IT IS WEERNEDFUL PROGRAM THAT TEACHERS -- WONDERFUL PROGRAM THAT TEACHES IMPORTANT LESSONS THAT LAST A LIFETIME. I BELIEVE THIS PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE REPLICATED IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY. LUNCH BUDDY APP SOMEONE OF SEVERAL REAL WORLD OPERATIONAL APPS ENHANCING THE LEARNING AND COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT AT POINT PLEASANT. OTHER APPS ASSIST STUDENTS WITH THEIR CLASS SCHEDULES, MONEY MANAGEMENT, AND RESUME BUILDING, AND ARE DEVELOPED IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS IN THE LIFE SKILLS CLASS. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE ITSELF WAS CREATED TO A ALLOW STUDENTS IN STEM FIELDS WHO ALSO BUILDING, AND ARE DEVELOPED IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS IN THE LIFE WORK IN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE THEIR SOFTWARE APPLICATION ACHIEVEMENTS. . ER IN ESSENTIAL TO THE GLOBAL WORK FORCE OF THE FUTURE AND CRITICAL FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE STUDENTS LIKE THIS TO CHALLENGE -- TO FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR EXPERTISE IN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND WORK WITH TEAMMATES TO ENHANCE THEIR COLLECTIVE CREATIVITY. WE ALL KNOW INTEGRATING INTO THE ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT IN SCHOOL CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR MANY STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY AND INCLUDING THOSE WITH A DISABILITY. AS THE FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL AUTISM CAUCUS, I HAVE HEARD STORIES FROM COUNTLESS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH AUTISM WHO STRUGGLE. SO I AM ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL TO OUR FOUR DESIGNERS OF LUNCH BUDDY APP WHO SHOWED GREAT TECHNICAL SKILL AND GREAT COMPASSION. THEY PUT THEIR EXPERTISE TO THE SERVICE OF OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT THEY AND OTHER STUDENTS IN THAT CLASS HAVE TO OFFER, THE WORLD AWAITS.

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                          • 10:46:46 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:46:50 AM

                            MR. SHERMAN

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR 22 YEARS, I SERVED ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR 22 YEARS, I SERVED ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND FOCUSED ON NORTH KOREA. FOR TWO DECADES I HAVE URGED THE TOUGHEST POSSIBLE PRESSURE, NOT ONLY ON NORTH KOREA, BUT ON CHINA, NORTH KOREA'S LIFELINE. NOW I JOINED JUST LAST MONTH CHAIRMAN YOHO OF THE ASIA SUBCOMMITTEE WHERE I SERVE AS RANKING MEMBER IN SENDING A LETTER INSISTING WE HAVE TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT OF OUR SANCTIONS ON LARGE CHINESE BANKS AND OTHER ENTITIES THAT SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY SERVICES TO KIM JONG UN. SO WHEN THE POSSIBILITY OF A SUMMIT WAS ANNOUNCED, THE FOREIGN POLICY COMMUNITY CAME FORWARD WITH A UNIFIED MESSAGE -- NO CONCESSIONS UNTIL WE GET THE COMPLETE VERIFIABLE, IRREVERSIBLE DISARMAMENT OF NORTH KOREA. AND I FOUND MYSELF ON THE EDGE OF A FOREIGN POLICY COMMUNITY BECAUSE WHILE I SUPPORTED TOUGHER SANCTIONS, I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD SETTLE FOR A VERIFIABLE LIMIT, A FREEZE IN MONITORING, A SYSTEM WHERE THERE IS NO CHEATING AND WHERE WE CAN BE SURE THAT THEY ARE NOT SELLING THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO OTHER EVEN MORE DANGEROUS PARTIES. AND SO I EAGERLY AWAITED SINGAPORE, AND WHAT WE SAW WAS A PRESIDENT THAT PUT INTO PRACTICE WHAT HE WROTE ABOUT WHEN HE WROTE HIS FAMOUS BOOK NEWLY ISSUED AND TITLED, TRUMP: THE ART OF THE CAN PIP LAKES. WHAT ARE THE STEPS OF CAPITULATION, FIRST, GIVE THE OTHER SIDE JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. SECOND, ACCEPT AND RETURN VAGUE PLATITUDES. AND THIRD, GO ON TV AND ANNOUNCE YOU GOT THE BEST DEAL EVER. WHAT DID WE GET FROM NORTH KOREA? A TEMPORARY SUSPENSION IN THEIR MOST EXTREME BARBARISM. THEY AGREED TO RELEASE AND DID RELEASE THREE HOSTAGES. THEY'VE SAID THEY'LL ALLOW US TO LOOK FOR THE BODIES OF OUR FALLEN HEROES FROM THE KOREAN WAR. THEY DID NOT RELEASE THE JAPANESE HOSTAGES. THEY DID RELEASE THREE AMERICAN HOSTAGES. THEY IMPLICITLY AGREED, THOUGH NOT EXPLICITLY, TO AN END OF TESTING, BUT TESTING IS HARDLY NECESSARY ONCE YOU'VE ALREADY PROVEN YOUR CAPACITY. RUSSIA HAS THE CAPACITY TO DESTROY ALL OF THE AMERICAN CITIES, BUT THEY HAVEN'T TESTED A NUCLEAR WEAPON SINCE 1990. WHY? BECAUSE THEY PROVED IT LONG AGO. LIKEWISE, NORTH KOREA HAS PROVEN THE CAPACITY OF ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THEY DON'T NEED FURTHER TESTING. THEY HAVE MISSILES THAT CAN KILL TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AND MILLIONS OF OUR ALLIES IN TOKYO, SOWELL, AND ELSEWHERE IN -- SEOUL, AND ELSEWHERE IN ASIA. THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY TO SMUGGLE THEIR WEAPONS IN OUR WEST COAST CITIES. THEY HAVE CAPACITY. THEY DON'T NEED FURTHER TESTING. THEY DID GIVE THING. THEY PRONOUNCED THE WORD DENUCLEARIZATION. THIS IS THE EPITOME OF VAGUE PLATITUDE FOR WHEN NORTH KOREA SAYS DENUCLEARIZATION THEY SAY THEY'LL GIVE UP OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD GIVES UP ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND WHEN IN THE WORDS OF THE GOOD BOOK, SWORDS ARE BEATEN INTO PLOW SHEARS. WHAT DID WE GIVE THEM? WE GAVE THEM WHAT THE KIM DYNASTY WANTED, A FACE TO FACE WITH AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT. NO, THE STATUTES HAVEN'T CHANGED, BUT THOSE BIG BANKS THAT CHAIRMAN YOHO AND MYSELF AS RANKING MEMBER SANCTIONED, NO WAY THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. NO ONE KNOWS IN BEIJING, -- AND HE DECLARED OUR MILITARY EXERCISES TO BE PROVOCATIVE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN WORLDWIDE WHEN AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT SAYS, WE BETTER NOT TRAIN OUR TROOPS, THAT'S WAR-LIKE? IT MEANS IN THE WORDS OF ADMIRAL STRAVIS, WHO WROTE IN "TIME" MAGAZINE JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, THESE ARE OPERATIONAL MILITARY EXERCISES IN WHICH SHIPS, AIRCRAFT, AND GROUND FORCES PRACTICE EXECUTING OR PLANS, TO HAVE OUR FORCES FORWARD DEPLOYED WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF THAT KIND OF PRACTICE WOULD BE NEGLECT IN THE EXTREME AND -- NEGLIGENT IN THE EXTREME AND LEAD TO MAJOR COMBAT LOSSES IN A REAL FIGHT. WE GAVE UP. NOW, TRUMP IS SAYING THESE EXERCISES ARE EXPENSIVE. HARDLY IS IT EXPENSIVE TO TRAIN OUR TROOPS. WE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO. WE NEED TO ENFORCE THE SANCTIONS AND MAKE THEM TOUGHER. WE HAVE TO SHOW A WILLINGNESS TO SANCTION MAJOR CHINESE BANKS, AND WE NEED TO DO THIS UNTIL WE GET A COMPLETE DECLARATION OF THEIR NUCLEAR MATERIALS, A VERIFICATION AND A FREEZE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            MR. FITZPATRICK

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A FAITH LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A FAITH LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAS MADE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON INDIVIDUALS IN OUR HOME IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. RABBI JOEL SIMON OF THE SYNAGOGUE IN NEWTOWN HAS BEEN A FORCE IN PROVIDING SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE TO HIS CONGRESS REGANTS. DURING HIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, AT THE REFORM CONGREGATION, JOEL HAS MADE GREAT STRIDES TO ENHANCE THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT FOR THE OVER 700 FAMILIES WHO ATTEND THE SYNAGOGUE. A STRONG PROPONENT OF STRENGTHENING JEWISH IDENTITY, RABBI SIMON OVERSEES COMMUNITY BUILDING EXERCISES SUCH AS YOGA, YOUTH GROUPS, AND THEATER TRIPS. RABBI SIMON WILL BE DEPARTING TO RETURN TO HIS HOME IN FLORIDA. AND WHILE HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BY OUR COMMUNITY, WE ARE SURE THAT HE WILL FLOURISH IN THIS NEXT CHAPTER. WE WISH HIM, HIS WIFE, AND HIS FAMILY ALL THE BEST GOING FORWARD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS FROM OUR COMMUNITY IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHO ADMINISTERED FIRST AID THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY SAVE THE LIFE OF A BELOVED SCHOOL BUS DRIVER. IN JANUARY, JANET SUFFERED A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY. DISCOVERED UNCONSCIOUS BY FELLOW BUS DRIVER, JANET WAS FOUND TO BE LACKING A PULSE. WITH THE HELP OF BOB AND OTHER DRIVERS, JANET SOON RECEIVED C.P.R. AND OXYGEN. WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SCHOOL NURSE, DAWN, AND ATHLETIC TRAINER, KATIE, JANET RECEIVED ADDITIONAL TREATMENT SHE NEEDED TO SURVIVE WHILE THE FIRST RESPONDERS WERE ON THE WAY. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO SAVED JANET'S LIFE. THEY ARE FIRE CHIEF, DEPUTY CHIEF,IFY FIGHTER AND AN E.M.T., JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER. THE WEEKEND FOLLOWING THIS HEALTH SCARE, JANET'S BRAIN ACTIVITY HOVERED BETWEEN 3% AND 5%. HOWEVER, WITH THE HELP OF THE TEAM OF DOCTORS, AND MANY PRAYERS, JANET SLOWLY RECOVERED AND IS NOW WORKING AS A MONITOR ON BUS 97, CONTINUING TO ASSIST THE CHILDREN SHE CARES SO DEEPLY ABOUT. I'D LIKE TO THANK BOB, BRENT, DANNY, DAWN, JAMES, JEFF, EVELYN, FOR THEIR COURAGEOUS ACTIONS. THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND QUICK THINKING SAVED THE LIFE OF A DEDICATED SERVANT. AS AN E.M.T., EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON THE POWER OF FIRST AID TECHNIQUES TO SAVE LIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A TEACHER IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHO IS WORKING TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASS RADIO. MARK, A BIOLOGY TEACHER AND A SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER WAS RECENTLY A RECIPIENT OF THE TEACHER AS HERO AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM AND STATE FARM INSURANCE SHURNS. HE WAS HONORED FOR HIS WORK TEACHING A SCIENCE CLASS FOR STUDENTS WHICH DOUBLES AS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS. ADDITIONALLY, MARK HAS TEAMED UP WITH FELLOW TEACHER, JOAN, TO ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY GROUP THAT SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE LATINO COMMUNITY IN THE DISTRICT. I APPLAUD MARK AND JOAN FOR THEIR WORK IN BRIDGING THE LANGUAGE GAP AND LEARNING GAP FOR STUDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY. BY GIVING THEM THE TOOLS TO SUCCEED, MARK AND JOAN ARE PAVING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                            MS. STEFANIK

                            MR. SPEAKER, MY DISTRICT AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR NATION ARE BEING…

                            MR. SPEAKER, MY DISTRICT AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR NATION ARE BEING RAVAGED BY THE HEROIN AND OPIOID EPIDEMIC. THIS CRISIS TOUCHES OUR HOMES, OUR FRIENDS, AND OUR FAMILIES IN WAYS THAT HAVE GRAVE EFFECTS ON EVERYDAY PEOPLE AND EVERYDAY LIVES. OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS, HEROIN-RELATED DEATHS HAVE QUADRUPLED ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, AND IN 2016, OVER 3,600 NEW YORKERS DIED OF AN OPIOID OVERDOSE WITH FATALITIES IN SOME COUNTIES IN MY DISTRICT DOUBLING AND TRIPLING. THIS IS WHY SINCE ARRIVING IN CONGRESS I'VE WORKED WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE BIPARTISAN HEROIN TASK FORCE TO PASS THE COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, AND TO PROVIDE OVER $4 BILLION IN FUNDING TO FIGHT THIS EPIDEMIC. BUT WE MUST CONTINUE TO ATTACK THIS EPIDEMIC HEAD-ON, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE PASSING A PACKAGE OF BILLS THIS WEEK TO PREVENT ADDICTION, ENCOURAGE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY, AND IMPROVE LAW ENFORCEMENT TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONTINUE THIS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN WORK SO THAT THE FAMILIES WE REPRESENT CAN GET THE RELIEF THEY NEED. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            DEALING WITH THE NATION'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC. VODSE MID AFTERNOON AS THE…

                            DEALING WITH THE NATION'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC. VODSE MID AFTERNOON AS THE MEMBERS ARE HEADING THIS EVENING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME. LIVE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR HERE ON C-SPAN.

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                            THE SPEAKER

                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN,…

                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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                            CHAPLAIN CONROY

                            LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY AND OUR…

                            LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY AND OUR CREATURES CAN COME BEFORE YOU AND ASK FOR GUIDANCE FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THERE ARE MANY ISSUES FACING CONGRESS. SOME ARE QUITE CONTENTIOUS. ALL ARE OF IMPORTANCE TO SO MANY OF OUR CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS. BLESS EACH MEMBER WITH WISDOM AND INSIGHT INTO THE IMPLICATIONS OF THEIR LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS SO THAT YOUR SPIRIT IS AT WORK IN THE BUSINESS OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. BLESS US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE HERE BE FOR YOUR DEBATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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                            THE SPEAKER

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

                            THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                            MS. MATSUI

                            I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

                            I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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                            THE SPEAKER

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

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

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

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

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                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF ALZHEIMER'S…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS MONTH. SADLY, ALZHEIMER'S IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING, COSTLIEST, AND DEADLIEST EPIDEMICS FACING OUR NATION. I'M ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH THE PAIN AND HEARTBREAK SURROUNDING THIS DREADFUL DISEASE BECAUSE MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY IN 2011 DUE TO THE COMPLICATIONS FROM ALZHEIMER'S. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MY EXPERIENCE IS NOT UNIQUE. OVER 5.7 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH THIS DISEASE, INCLUDING HALF A MILLION FLORIDIANS. THAT IS WHY I AM A STAUNCH ADVOCATE FOR ALZHEIMER'S, RESEARCH FUNDING. AND I'M ALSO PROUD TO HAVE RECENTLY CO-SPONSORED H.R. ADVOCATE FOR 4256, THE BOLD INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALZHEIMER'S ACT. THIS BILL WOULD CREATE A MODERN HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS OUR NATION DESIGNED TO INCREASE EARLY DETECTION AND DIAGNOSIS OF ALZHEIMER'S. IT WOULD ALSO FOCUS ON SUPPORTING THE NEEDS OF CAREGIVERS WHO OFTEN BEAR THE LASTING IMPACT OF THIS DISEASE. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS, WITH THEIR FAMILIES, AND WITH THEIR CAREGIVERS AND SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO -- [INAUDIBLE] GENDER EQUITY AND…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO -- [INAUDIBLE] GENDER EQUITY AND EDUCATION ACT OF 2017. A BILL ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE LUIS SLAUGHTER OF NEW YORK FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 12.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS IS MISSING NEARLY A DOZEN KEY, VERY IMPORTANT LEADERS WHICH IS A GRAVE DISSERVICE TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS.

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                            MS. BROWNLEY

                            IT'S BEEN FOUR WEEKS SINCE THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED HIS LATEST V.A.…

                            IT'S BEEN FOUR WEEKS SINCE THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED HIS LATEST V.A. SECRETARY NOMINEE, BUT HE HAS YET TO FORMALLY SUBMIT THE NOMINATION TO THE SENATE. THE V.A. HAS BEEN WITHOUT A PERMANENT UNDERSECRETARY FOR HEALTH SINCE FEBRUARY OF 2017, AND THERE ARE AT LEAST NINE DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARIES AND ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY POSITIONS WITHOUT A PERMANENT APPOINTEE. SUBMIT THE NOMINATION WITHOUT STRONG, STEADY LEADERSHIP HOW WILL THE V.A. PROVIDE THE BEST HEALTH CARE AND TIMELY BENEFITS OUR NATION'S VETERANS DESERVE? THE PRESIDENT MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THESE FAILURES OF LEADERSHIP AND IMMEDIATELY PRIORITIZE, IDENTIFYING, PROPERLY VETTING, AND APPOINTING THE QUALIFIED LEADERS THE V.A. NEEDS BECAUSE THIS VACANT V.A. IS AN INSULT TO OUR HEROES. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT ONE OF THE EASIEST THINGS IN THE WORLD TO DO IS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT ONE OF THE EASIEST THINGS IN THE WORLD TO DO IS SPEND OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.

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                            MR. DUNCAN

                            FOR AT LEAST 50 YEARS OR MORE, WE HAVE BEEN READING AND HEARING ABOUT…

                            FOR AT LEAST 50 YEARS OR MORE, WE HAVE BEEN READING AND HEARING ABOUT UNBELIEVABLE WASTE BY THE PENTAGON AND EXCESSIVE CHARGES BY DEFENSE CONTRACTORS WHO HIRE SO MANY RETIRED ADMIRALS AND GENERALS. BUT IN TODAY'S AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE, THERE IS AN ARTICLE ABOUT AIR FORCE SPENDING THAT REALLY TAKES BY DEFENSE THE CAKE. THE ARTICLE IS ENTITLED, WHY DO AIR FORCE PLANES NEED $10,000 TOILET SEAT COVERS? THE STORY IS BY DAN, A FORMER MARINE CAPTAIN. HE WROTE THE FOLLOWING, QUOTE, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONTRACTOR TOLD AIR FORCE THAT EACH NEW TOILET SEAT COVER FOR THE C-17 CARGO PLANE WILL COST $10,000. THE AIR FORCE'S CHIEF ACQUISITION OFFICIAL RATHER THAN POOH-POOHING THE COST DEFENDED IT BY CLAIMING THE COMPANY WOULD HAVE TO SWITCH PRODUCTION FROM OTHER PRODUCTS TO MAKE A LIMITED NUMBER OF TOILET COVERS, THUS DRIVING UP THE EXPENSE. IT IS UNPATRIOTIC, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ANY FEDERAL DEPARTMENT, BUT ESPECIALLY THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO SPEND TAXPAYERS' MONEY SO RECKLESSLY. I WISH SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY WE COULD GET A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE IN CHARGE AT THE PENTAGON. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            MR. PALLONE

                            UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. PALLONE

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN THEIR APPALLING…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN THEIR APPALLING ASSAULT ON NEW JERSEY TO NEW LOWS. THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE IS CONSIDERING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PENALIZE STATES LIKE NEW JERSEY WHERE GOVERNOR MURPHY AND OUR PEOPLE HAVE HAD THE COURAGE AND FORESIGHT TO BLOCK DRILLING IN STATE WATERS. WHAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS DON'T REALIZE IS NEW JERSEYANS WILL NEVER BE BLACKMAILED INTO ACCEPTING DRILLING MILES AWAY FROM OUR $38 BILLION A YEAR TOURISM INDUSTRY. WE KNOW THE DAMAGE THAT THE B.P. OIL SPILL DID TO COMMUNITIES ON THE GULF COAST AND WE'LL STOP AT NOTHING TO PREVENT IT OFF NEW JERSEY'S WATERS. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFERED THE LARGEST OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN WE HAVE EVER SEEN LAST YEAR. BUT EVEN THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS THE TRUE DANGERS OF DRILLING. WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE HE EXCLUDED DRILLING OFF FLORIDA WATERS AT THE REQUEST OF HIS POLITICAL ALLIES THERE. REPUBLICANS UNDERSTAND THE RISKS OF OFFSHORE DRILLING THEY ARE ALL TOO HAPPY TO SUBJECT COASTAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY TO THE RISKS. SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, FOR STATE RIGHTS. MR. SPEAKER, NEW JERSEYAN HAVE A LONG MEMORY AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET THIS ASSAULT ON OUR ECONOMY AND WAY OF LIFE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE WORK THE HOUSE IS DOING TO…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE WORK THE HOUSE IS DOING TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC SWEEPING OUR NATION. SADLY, IN 2006 OUR NATION LOST MORE PEOPLE TO OVERDOSE DEATHS THAN WERE LOST DURING THE ENTIRE VIETNAM WAR. ONE ONE OF THOSE LIVES LOST WAS SAMANTHA HUNTLY, WHOSE PICTURE I HAVE HERE.

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                            MRS. HARTZLER

                            SAMANTHA WAS AN OUTGOING CHEERLEADER IN SPRING FIELD, MOVEMENT. WHEN SHE…

                            SAMANTHA WAS AN OUTGOING CHEERLEADER IN SPRING FIELD, MOVEMENT. WHEN SHE WAS 16 SHE WAS IN A CAR WRECK AND BROKE HER BACK. HER DOCTOR PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS TO DEAL WITH THE PAIN, WHEN THEY RAN OUT, SAM TURNED TO HEROIN. AT AGE 18, SHE CONFESSED TO HER MOM SHE NEEDED HELP BUT SHE WAS NEVER ABLE TO BEAT HER ADDICTION. TRAGICALLY SAM SUCCUMBED TO AN OVERDOSE LAST YEAR AT AGE 20. THIS EPIDEMIC MUST NOT TAKE ANY MORE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY WE'RE PASSING OVER 70 BILLS THIS WEEK TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. NOW IS THE TIME TO PREVENT OTHER TRAGEDIES SO BEAUTIFUL AMAZING YOUTH LIKE SAMANTHA CAN LIVE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            MR. KENNEDY

                            YES, THE BRUTALITY BEING PERPETRATED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS…

                            YES, THE BRUTALITY BEING PERPETRATED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS ABOUT WHO WE'RE AS A COUNTRY. IT'S ABOUT MORALITY. IT'S ABOUT HUMANITY. BUT FIRST IT'S ABOUT THOSE KIDS. THE 5-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM HONDURAS WHO COLLAPSED ON A KITCHEN FLOOR IN MICHIGAN SOBBING FOR HIS PARENTS. THE MOTHER WHO HAD TO LISTEN TO HER 7-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER FRANTICALLY SCREAMING IN A DETENTION ROOM NEXT DOOR AS SHE WAS HAULED AWAY. THE 3-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WAS PUT INCONSOLABLE, ON A FLIGHT TO THE MIDWEST AFTER HIS MOTHER WAS LEFT BEHIND. A FOUR-MONTH-OLD BABY RIPPED FROM HIS FATHER'S ARMS. I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE, I DON'T CARE WHO YOU VOTE FOR, OR WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE NUANCES OF IMMIGRATION REFORM, THESE CHILDREN, BABIES, NEED TO BE WITH THEIR PARENTS JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER CHILD IN THIS COUNTRY. ANYTHING LESS IS CRUELTY IN ITS PUREST FORM. YIELD BACK.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE LIEUTENANT ERIC OF THE COLLINSVILLE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE LIEUTENANT ERIC OF THE COLLINSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND CONGRATULATE HIM ON BEING AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR AWARD FROM THE FIREFIGHTING MEDAL OF HONOR AWARD CEREMONY THIS PAST MAY.

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                            MR. DAVIS

                            HE WAS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS ACTIONS IN RESPONDING TO FIRE IN AN APARTMENT…

                            HE WAS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS ACTIONS IN RESPONDING TO FIRE IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING WHILE DRIVING HIS OWN PERSONAL VEHICLE LAST SEPTEMBER. AFTER LIEUTENANT ASSESSED THE SITUATION AND DETERMINED THE RESIDENTS WERE TRAPPED, HE TOOK MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS. WITHOUT REGARD FOR HIS OWN SAFETY, HE WAS ABLE TO ENTER THE BUILDING AND RESCUE A SEMICONSCIOUS WOMAN TRAPPED IN HER APARTMENT, REMOVE HER FROM THE COMPLEX, AND REMAIN WITH HER UNTIL MEDICAL ATTENTION ARRIVED. AFTER RESCUING THE WOMAN, HE TOOK ACTIONS TO PREVENTS THE FIRE FROM SPREADING TO OTHER PARTS OF THE APARTMENT. HIS QUICK ACTIONS HELP PREVENTS FURTHER DAMAGE AND LOSS OF LIFE IN THE SURROUNDING APARTMENTS. I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE LIEUTENANT FOR HIS COURAGE AND SELFLESS ACTION THAT IS SAVE ADD WOMAN'S LIFE. THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT, AND ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO TO PROTECT US AND KEEP US SAFE EVERY DAY. YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. WOMAN'S LIFE. THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT, AND ALL THE FOR…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. WOMAN'S LIFE. THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT, AND ALL THE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                            UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                          • 12:12:47 PM

                            MR. VEASEY

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN TODAY TO BRING…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN TODAY TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORT TO GUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. LAST FRIDAY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FAILED TO DEFEND A KEY PROVISION OF THE A.C.A. THAT PROTECTS PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THE DECISION JEOPARDIZES MILLIONS OF PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE IN TEXAS. THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH METROPLEX HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST UNINSURED RATES IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT I REPRESENT ALONE HAS THE HIGHEST UNINSURED RATE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. RIGHT NOW REPUBLICANS ARE COMPLICIT IN ALLOWING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST OVER 10 MILLION TEXANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS BAD AND WE'RE ASKING FOR BASIC EMPATHY. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN A CONSTANT STATE OF PANIC AND PRAYING FOR THE DAY THAT THEIR HEALTH IS IN JEOPARDY AND KNOW THAT THEIR INSURANCE WON'T BE THERE FOR THEM. LET'S SAVE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. LET'S MAKE IT STRONGER. THESE INSURANCE PLANS SUPPORT HARDWORKING FAMILIES. WERE PUT IN PLACE FOR REASON. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR LOVED ONES WITH PREEX-ISING CONDITIONS -- PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND THAT'S WHAT WE DEMAND. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 12:14:01 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                            MR. POLIQUIN

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                          • 12:14:12 PM

                            MR. POLIQUIN

                            MR. SPEAKER, MAINE IS A BIG SMALL TOWN. OUR POPULATION IS ONLY 1.3 MILLION…

                            MR. SPEAKER, MAINE IS A BIG SMALL TOWN. OUR POPULATION IS ONLY 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY, MR. SPEAKER, KNOWS EVERYBODY ELSE. BUT THIS OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS DEVASTATED SO MANY OF OUR FAMILIES IN THE GREAT STATE OF MAINE, INCLUDING HAVING A BIG IMPACT ON MY OWN. EVERY DAY ONE MAINER DIE FROM AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC UP IN OUR GREAT STATE. WE MUST CONTINUE TO BATTLE THIS DEVASTATING SCOURGE IN OUR POPULATION, AND IT MUST BE ALL HANDS ON DECK. SEVERAL MONTHS AGO CONGRESS APPROPRIATED $4 BILLION BACK TO THE STATES FOR INCREASED LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EARLY EDUCATION AND FOR RECOVERY PROGRAMS, BUT THERE'S SO MUCH MORE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. THAT'S WHY THIS WEEK I AM SO PROUD THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED WITH A BIG BIPARTISAN VOTE THE SAFE DISPOSAL OF UNUSED MEDICATION ACT. THIS ALLOWS HOSPICE WORKERS TO SAFELY DISPOSE OF UNUSED OPIOID AND OTHER POWERFUL MEDICATIONS SO THEY DON'T FALL INTO THE WRONG HANDS. I AM GRATEFUL, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALL DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HERE IN D.C. AND BACK IN MAINE TO HELP GIVE OUR FAMILIES MORE SECURITY. WE'VE GOT TO STAY ON OFFENSE AND BATTLE THIS EPIDEMIC AND TELL -- UNTIL WE HAVE WON. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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

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

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                            I RISE TODAY TO SHARE A SAD STORY OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DO NOT VALUE OUR…

                            I RISE TODAY TO SHARE A SAD STORY OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DO NOT VALUE OUR WORKERS' SAFETY. CYNTHIA PALAMOTTA WAS A NURSE WAS A NURSE AND COMPLANDE TO HER SUPERVISORS THAT HER WORK AREA HAD INSUFFICIENT LIGHTING. RATHER THAN UPDATING THE LIGHTING SYSTEM OR PROVIDING HER WITH A SECURE LIGHT FIXTURE, SHE WAS GIVEN A COMMON DESK LAMP. ON THE DAY SHE WAS TREATING A PATIENT AND WHEN HER BACK WAS TURNED, THE PATIENT GABBED THIS LAMP AND HIT HER OVER THE HEAD KNOCKING HER INTO A COMA. SHE NEVER WOKE UP. EVERY YEAR, THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE KILLED WHILE AT WORK. MORE THAN 4,000 IN 2015 ALONE. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE INTRODUCED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THE HEALTH CARE WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT TO STOP TRAGEDIES LIKE CYNTHIA'S FROM TAKING PLACE AGAIN. IT IS BIPARTISAN AND IT'S COMMON SENSE. THE BILL REQUIRES FACILITIES TO CREATE VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLANS THAT ADDRESS ALL LEVELS OF SAFETY. HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SERVICE WORKERS FACE HIGH RISK. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                          • 12:17:09 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 12:17:17 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                            REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. THOMPSON

                            I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE FLAG DAY AND CELEBRATE THE ARMY'S BIRTHDAY.…

                            I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE FLAG DAY AND CELEBRATE THE ARMY'S BIRTHDAY. EACH YEAR ON JUNE 14, WE SELL BAIT THE STARS AND STIPES, WHICH THE SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS DESIGNATED AS A SYMBOL OF OUR NATION ON THIS DAY IN 1777. OUR FLAG HAS FLOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WORLD AND FLOWN DURING OUR MOST TRAGIC MOMENTS AND GREATEST TRIUMPHS AND GREAT SYMBOL OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND IT AND SERVE IT AND SOME CASES DIE FOR IT. I JOINED SECRETARY OF ARMY, ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF AND SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE ARMY TO CELEBRATE THE RICH HISTORY OF OUR ARMY. WITHOUT THE ARMY, 243 YEARS AGO, WE WOULDN'T BE THE DEBATE NATION THAT WE ARE TODAY. TODAY WE CELEBRATE TWO GREAT SYMBOLS OF FREEDOM, OUR ARMY AND FLAG BEING THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THE HOUSE.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE RECENT RETIREMENT OF THE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE RECENT RETIREMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, HE SERVED AS THE STANDARD OF TENNESSEE LAW AMENDMENT. HE JOINED THE T.B.I. AS A SPECIAL AGENT WHERE HE SHOWED INVESTIGATIVE LIBERTY, LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND WORK ETHIC. HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OVERSEEING THE FORENS SIX DIVISION AND THEN DIRECTOR IN 2004. SERVING LONGER, HE IMPLEMENTED MANY POLICIES AND PROGRAMS THAT HELPED THE BUREAU EVOLVE. HE FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF METHAMPHETAMINE PRODUCTION IN THE STATE AND TOOK STEPS IN COMBATTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND OVERSAW THE FUSION CENTER WHICH PROVIDES SERVICES THAT LINK LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF ALL TENNESSEE RESIDENTS. THERE WILL BE CHALLENGES THAT THE BUREAU WILL FACE AND FUTURE LEADERS WILL HAVE TO OVERCOME. WITH THE FOUNDATION BUILT DURING HIS TENURE, THEY WILL FACE THESE CHALLENGES WITH THE SAME PROFESSIONALISM, EFFICIENCY AND GRACE THAT THE DIRECTOR HAS EXHIBITED. MARK, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND WISH YOU WELL ON YOUR RETIREMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 12:20:03 PM

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. REICHERT

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, I CALL UP H.R. 5788, THE SYNTHETICS…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, I CALL UP H.R. 5788, THE SYNTHETICS TRAFFICKING AND OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT OF 2018 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                            THE CLERK

                            H.R. 5788 A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER…

                            H.R. 5788 A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS AND TO REQUIRE THE PROVISION OF ADVANCED ELECTRONIC INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS OF MAIL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                          • 12:20:46 PM

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                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS PRINTED IN THE BILL, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751, MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART D OF THE REPORT IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BRILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR AND WITH THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT.

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                          • 12:21:24 PM

                            MR. REICHERT

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5788 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 12:21:46 PM

                            MR. REICHERT

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I AM PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO…

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I AM PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788 THE SYNTHETICS TRAFFICKING AND OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT, WHICH IS SHORT, STOP ACT. BY PASSING THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN BILL TODAY, WE ARE STANDING UP FOR THE HEALTH AND STATE OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES AND CLOSING AN IMPORTANT LOOPHOLE ALLOWING CONTRABAND TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES THROUGH INTERNATIONAL MAIL. IN MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON, THERE'S BEEN A 134% INCREASE IN OPIOID-RELATED CASES BETWEEN 2004 AND 2016 AND OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS INCREASED BY 33%. THIS INCREASE SHOCKINGLY EXCEEDS OUR STATE'S POPULATION GROWTH AND WHY THE WORK WE ARE DOING IN CONGRESS AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE IS SO IMPORTANT. IN APRIL, WE HELD A HEARING IN THE TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE WITH WITNESSES FROM CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL AND THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. THEY DISCUSSED HOW SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS ARE ENTERING THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM AND HOW WE CAN HELP THEM PUT A STOP TO THIS. THE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WE WILL VOTE ON TODAY SUPPORTS THEIR WORK BY REQUIRING ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA AND INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS IN ALLOWING THE BORDER PATROL TO TARGET FOR OPIOID SHIPMENTS. IT ALSO HOLDS THESE AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE TO DO SO MUCH MORE THAN THEY HAVE BEEN DOING, BY USING HARD LINE DEADLINES AND MANDATES AS WELL ASPENIALITIES. ULTIMATELY, THE BILL WILL REQUIRE THE POSTAL SERVICE TO REFUSE PACKAGES FOR WHICH THIS INFORMATION IS NOT PROVIDED UNLESS THERE IS COMPELLING REASON. THE OPIOID CRISIS MUST BE ADDRESSED FROM EVERY ANGLE, AND THAT INCLUDES STOPPING ILLICIT SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS FROM ENTERING OUR COUNTRY. WE MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES THAN THIS BILL WOULD DO JUST THAT. I THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY, RANKING MEMBER PASCRELL, REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BISHOP, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN FASO AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON THIS BILL AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF OF EACH ONE OF THESE MEMBERS THAT WORKED SO HARD AND DEDICATED SO MUCH TIME ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE STOP ACT. AND MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT AT THIS TIME THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BISHOP, BE PERMITTED TO CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME ON OUR SIDE.

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                          • 12:24:36 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. REICHERT

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 12:24:42 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 12:24:46 PM

                            MR. NEAL

                            MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING AN EPIDEMIC OF…

                            MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING AN EPIDEMIC OF OPIOID-RELATED OVERDOSES AND FATALITIES. MY COMMUNITY ARE NOT STRANGERS TO THE HEARTBREAK THAT WE RECOGNIZE ON THIS OCCASION. THERE IS A LOT WE CAN AND SHOULD BE DOING AND I'M EAGER TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE ON COMPREHENSIVE AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS. TODAY, THE BILL WE ARE TO CONSIDER IS A GOOD START. THE STOP ACT OF 2018 SHORES UP THE ABILITY OF U.S. CUSTOMS SHIPMENTS OF LIKE FENTANYL IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE MAIL. IT REQUIRES THE POSTAL SERVICE TO COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONTENTS AND SENDERS OF PACKAGES FROM FOREIGN POSTAL SERVICES. I SUPPORTED THE EARLIER EDITION OF THIS BILL WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED IN 2017 BECAUSE I RECOGNIZE THE ENORMITY OF THE DEVASTATION. I KNOW THAT THERE WERE SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH EARLIER VERSIONS OF THE BILL WITH RESPECT TO THE SEVERITY OF THE PENALTIES IT IMPOSED ON THE POSTAL SERVICE. I'M GLAD THAT THE STOP ACT WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY MAKES IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ORIGINAL BILL AND TO THOSE PENALTIES AND PROVISIONS. LET ME ESPECIALLY EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR WAYS AND MEANS TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER BILL PASCRELL WHO HAS WORKED TOGETHER WITH THE DEMOCRATS ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE AND THE SENATE WITH THE MAJORITY OBVIOUSLY TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS. I UNDERSTAND THERE WAS SOME CONTINUED CONCERNS WITH THE BILL AND WE WANT TO WORK WITH INTERESTED PARTIES TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS. GIVEN THE URGENCY OF THE EPIDEMIC AT HAND, I'M GLAD WE ARE ABLE TO SUPPORT WHAT IS IN FRONT OF US TODAY WHICH IS A STRONG AND ACHIEVABLE MEASURE IN THIS LEGISLATION TO AT LEAST ADDRESS PART OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, TO MANAGE THE MINORITY'S POSITION.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. PASCRELL

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 12:27:02 PM

                            MR. BISHOP

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 12:27:08 PM

                            MR. BISHOP

                            THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION H.R. 5788, THE STOP…

                            THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION H.R. 5788, THE STOP ACT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS FOCUSED ON STOPPING SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS LIKE FENTANYL THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM. THESE SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS CAN BE 50 TO 500 TIMES MORE POTENT THAN A REGULAR STREET DOSE OF HERNAN THE EVER GROSSING PRESENCE OF THESE THAT ARE CAUSING OVERDOSE DEATH TO SKYROCKET. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRUG ABUSE, THERE ARE OVER 115 DEATHS EACH AND EVERY DAY FROM OPIOID OVERDOSE. TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS, I HAVE BEEN TRAVELING ACROSS MY DISTRICT IN MICHIGAN HOSTING TOWN HALLS WHERE I HEARD ABOUT THE DEVASTATING IMPACT THIS KICE IS IS HAVING IN OUR COMMUNITIES. AND I MET WITH OFFICIALS WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINES, INCLUDING FIRE AND POLICE AND EDUCATORS, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND OTHERS, ALL OF WHOM ARE PLEADING FOR COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. JUST LIKE THE BILL WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY. AND I WANT TO BE CANDID, I GEE, CURRENTLY OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT DOING ENOUGH TO STOP OPIOIDS COMING IN THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM. CURRENT LAW TREATS PACKAGES COMING IN THROUGH PRIVATE CARRIERS LIKE FED EX AND U.P.S. DIFFERENTLY THAN IT DOES THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM. PRIVATE CARRIERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA ON ALL IN-BOUND PACKAGES WHILE THE SAME IS NOT TRUE FOR SHIPMENTS HANDLED BY THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE IN THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL SYSTEM. THIS DATA INCLUDES THREE PRIMARY PIECES OF INFORMATION WHERE THE PACKAGE IS FROM, WHERE IT'S GOING TO AND WHAT'S IN IT. THIS IS ACTIONABLE DATA THATENING ENABLES TO TARGET HIGH-RISK SHIPMENTS FOR SEIZURE. OFFICIALS WILL TELL YOU THIS IS ALL ABOUT FINDING A NEEDLE IN A HEYSTACK AND THIS INFORMATION PROVIDES THE LAW ENFORCEMENT THE TOOLS THEY NEED, THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO INTERDICT AND SEIZE THESE ILLEGAL PACKAGES. THIS IS WHAT MY BILL WOULD DO. IT WOULD REQUIRE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO OBTAIN A.E.D. ON ALL INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS BY 2020 SO THE UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION CAN TARGET SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES AND OTHER DANGEROUS SHIPMENTS AND REQUIRES THE POSTAL SERVICE TO RAMP UP 70% COMPLIANCE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND WOULD REQUIRE THE POSTAL SERVICE TO REFUSE SHIPMENT OF ANY FOREIGN PACKAGE THAT DOESN'T HAVE A.E.D. AFTER 2020. THIS BILL INCLUDES STRONG ENFORCEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY PROVISIONS THAT WILL IMPOSE CIVIL PENALTIES IF THEY ACCEPT PACKAGES WITHOUT A.E.D. AFTER 2020. LASTLY AND I THINK MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL GIVES CONGRESS STRONG OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY WHICH INCLUDES REPORTING BY THE G.A.O. TO UPDATE US ON THE AGENCY'S PROGRESS. IN THE END, IT'S THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE AGENCIES ARE COMPLYING WITH THE LAW. . I' LIKE TO THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES NO THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK SENATORS HATCH, WIDEN, AND PORTMAN FOR ALL THEIR CONSTRUCTIVE IMPORT IN THIS PROCESS. THIS IS ABOUT STOPPING DANGEROUS OPIOIDS ENTERING THE COUNTRY. TOO MANY AMERICANS HAVE DIED FROM THE OPIOID CRY SINCE HIGH TIME WE TAKE ACTION TO PUT A STOP TO THE INFLOW OF FOREIGN SYNTHETIC OPEN YACHTS -- OPIATES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 12:31:04 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            MR. PASCRELL

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 12:31:12 PM

                            MR. PASCRELL

                            THANK YOU. I'M PLEASED TO BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY REGARDING A BILL THAT WE…

                            THANK YOU. I'M PLEASED TO BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY REGARDING A BILL THAT WE HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING FOR MANY MONTHS AND THAT DEALS WITH INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TOPIC, THE OPIATE ON THE FLOOR TODAY EPIDEMIC THAT IS HAVING A DEVASTATING IMPACT ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. DESPITE CURRENT EFFORTS, THIS OPIATE EPIDEMIC CONTINUES TO RAVAGE OUR COMMUNITIES. EVERY DAY IN THIS COUNTRY 115 AMERICANS LOSE THEIR LIVES TO OPIATES. PAINKILLERS. IN 2016, MY HOME STATE OF NEW JERSEY ALONE EXPERIENCED 2,056 LIVES LOST TO THIS EPIDEMIC. IN NEW JERSEY, ATTORNEY PREDICT IT WILL BE 3,000 THIS YEAR. THIS LEGISLATION ADDRESSES ONE ASPECT OF THE CRISIS. SYNTHETIC OPIATES MAKING THE WAY INTO HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THROUGH THE MAIL. ACCORDING TO THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, CHINA IS THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF THE FENTANYL THAT ENTERS THIS COUNTRY. FENTANYL IS OFTEN SOLD ONLINE, THEN SHIPPED TO THE UNITED STATES IN SMALL QUANTITIES, MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT TO DETECT. I SAW FIRSTHAND THE WAY THAT THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE AND CUSTOMS IS WORKING TOGETHER TO STOP THE FLOW OF SYNTHETIC OPIATES COMING IN THROUGH INTERNATIONAL MAIL. I VISITED A MAIL FACILITY IN NEW JERSEY WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THESE AGENCIES AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. I KNOW THAT THE POSTAL SERVICE RECEIVES AN OVERWHELMING VOLUME OF MAIL AND THEY ARE WORKING HARD WITH LIMITED RESOURCES TO SCREEN SHIPMENTS. BUT WE HAVE SOME CLEAR STRATEGIES THAT WE CAN EMPLOY TO CREATE AN EFFECTIVE SYSTEM FOR TARGETING SHIPMENTS THAT HAVE A RISK OF CONTAINING THESE OPIATES. NAMELY COLLECTING ADVANCE ELECTRONIC DATA, A.E.D., ON PACKAGE THAT IS EPTER THE UNITED STATES. -- PACKAGES THAT ENTER THE UNITED STATES, ALL PACKAGE THAT IS ENTER THE UNITED STATES. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ADVANCE ELECTRONIC DATA TYPICALLY INCLUDES THE NAME, ADDRESS OF THE SHIPPER AND RECIPIENT, AS WELL AS THE CONTENTS OF THE PACKAGE. C.B.P., CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL, USES THIS INFORMATION TO IDENTIFY PACKAGES THAT MAY POSE A RISK. CUSTOMS CAN THEN -- CAN PLACE A HOLD ON A SHIPMENT, NOTIFY CARRIERS THAT PACKAGE MUST BE PRESENTED FOR EXAMINATION. PRIVATE CARRIERS HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO COLLECT THIS INFORMATION SINCE 2002. BUT THE POSTAL SERVICE MAY MADE EXEMPT FROM THIS REQUIREMENT, AND AS A RESULT HAS BECOME THE PREFERRED METHOD FOR SHIPPING ILLICIT MATERIALS, INCLUDING OPIATES, INTO THE UNITED STATES. THE VERSION OF THE STOP ACT THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY IS AN AMENDED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL ACT WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BACK IN 2017. WE HAD 271 SPONSORS ON THAT LEGISLATION. AMENDED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL ACT WHICH WAS THE OLD STOP ACT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED THE USPS, UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, TO COLLECT 100% OF THAT INFORMATION. WITHIN ONE YEAR OR FACE PENALTIES UP TO $5,000 FOR EVERY PACKAGE FOR WHICH YOU FAILED TO DO SO. A NUMBER OF STAKEHOLDERS RAISED CONCERNS WITH THIS APPROACH SO WE WORKED THEM OUT. AND WE WORKED WITH THEM, INCLUDING THE POSTAL SERVICE AND THEIR UNIONS TO TRY TO ARRIVE AT A WORKABLE SOLUTION. AS A RESULT OF THESE DISCUSSIONS IN CONSULTATIONS, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT CHANGES. THE LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TODAY MAKES A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES THAT ADDRESS THE CONCERNS RAISED BY STAKEHOLDERS. FIRST, THIS BILL ALLOWS MORE TIME FOR UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE. THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE WILL HAVE UNTIL THE END OF 2020 TO TRANSMIT THE A.E.D. ON ALL INTERNATIONAL MAIL DELIVERED TO THE UNITED STATES. THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES A WAIVER THAT EXCLUDES COUNTRIES THAT LACK CAPACITY TO COLLECT THAT INFORMATION AND POSE A LOW RICK OF VIOLATING U.S. LAWS 100% REQUIREMENT. AS A RESULT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE WILL NOT BE PENALIZED FOR ISSUES THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF ITS CONTROL AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO COMPLY WITH ITS INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS. SECOND, THE AMENDED LEGISLATION REMOVES THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE HIRE A BROKER FOR EVERY PACKAGE THAT ENTERS INTO THE UNITED STATES. SAVING COSTS, ENSURING THEY CAN CAN RECEIVE INBOUND MAIL UNDER ITS CURRENT PRACTICES. FINALLY, THE LEGISLATION PROVIDES FOR A MORE NUANCED APPROACH TO THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE PENALTIES. CUSTOMS IS REQUIRED TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE PENALTIES IF THE POSTAL SERVICE DOES ONE OF THREE THINGS. IT COOPERATES WITH CUSTOMS, IT HAS A HIGH COMPLIANCE RATE, OR IT TAKES REMEDIAL MEASURES. THESE CHANGES ARE PROPOSED -- WERE PROPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO ADDRESS ITS CONCERNS REGARDING THE PENALTIES PROVISION. SO AS A PRACTICAL MATTER THESE CHANGES MEAN THAT IF THE POSTAL SERVICE CONTINUES ITS CURRENT WORK, PENALTIES WILL LIKELY NEVER BE IMPOSED. FURTHER, THE LEGISLATION DOES NOT ALLOW PENALTIES TO BE CONSIDERED UNTIL 2021. I'D ALSO LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT LANGUAGE IN THE BILL DIRECTING THE CUSTOM AND BORDER PATROL TO PROVIDE AN ANNUAL REPORT ON THE INDIVIDUALS AND THE COMPANIES, AND THE COMPANIES THAT ARE NOT PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION AND THE MANNER IN WHICH IT IMPOSES PENALTIES BY REQUIRING THE C.B.P., CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL, TO REPORT THIS USEFUL INFORMATION ON VIOLATORS AND VIOLATOR PENALTY ASSESSMENTS I BELIEVE WILL ENHANCE THE INTERDICTION OF PROHIBITED ITEMS FROM ENTERING THE UNITED STATES TO EXPRESS CONSIGNMENT OPERATORS. THIS REVISED BILL HAS SUPPORT FROM A VARIETY OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND A PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS, AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES. JUST BEFORE WE STARTED TODAY, THE FRATERNITY -- FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SENT A SUPPORTING LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THIS. THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THIS REVISED BILL HAS SUPPORT FROM A VARIETY OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS. DESPITE THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF THE STAKEHOLDERS REMAIN OPPOSED. AND WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT. WE TRY TO WORK WITH THOSE WHO HAVE OPPOSED. I RESPECT AND CONTINUE CONCERNS 245 THESE -- THAT THESE STAKEHOLDERS HAVE ARTICULATED AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM GOING FORWARD. HOWEVER WITH THE CHANGES THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO THIS LEGISLATION, ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, I BELIEVE THAT THE CURRENT LEGISLATION PROVIDES AN AGGRESSIVE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE BUT WORKABLE AA PROACH TO THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. -- WORKABLE APPROACH TO THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TODAY AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                            MR. BISHOP

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM.

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                            MR. ROSS CAN

                            THANK YOU, MR. BISHOP. EVERYONE THAT WE KNOW HAS A LOT OF THINGS THEY ARE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. BISHOP. EVERYONE THAT WE KNOW HAS A LOT OF THINGS THEY ARE DEALING WITH ON A DAILY BASIS AND THERE ARE CHALLENGES AND ISSUES AND LITTLE MINI CRISES. UNTIL SOMEBODY GETS A PHONE CALL THAT SAYS THAT THEIR CHILD IS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM WITH AN OPIOID OVERDOSE, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU'VE GOT ONE CRISIS. THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN MY CONSTITUENCY, AND I KNOW THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE FIRST TIME THIS ISSUE WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION, IT WAS FROM A FRIEND OF MINE, THE CORONER IN DUE PAGE COUNTY IN ILLINOIS, MY DISTRICT, WHO SAID, PETER, THERE ARE KIDS WHO ARE DYING OF THIS CRISIS. HE KEPT BEING A VOICE ON THIS AND BRINGING IT TO ATTENTION. HE AND OTHERS IN MY HOME COUNTY, THE HOPE TASK FORCE, HAVE BEEN JOINING TOGETHER. I HAVE MET WITH THEM. THEY HAVE GIVEN ME FEEDBACK. SIMILARLY THERE IS ANOTHER TASK FORCE, THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE COALITION IN COUNTY, THE HOPE TASK FORCE, HAVE MCHENRY COUNTS COUNT -- COUNTY, ILLINOIS I, IS DOING SIMILAR WORK. THEY SAID ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IS, THIS FENTANYL COMES IN THROUGH THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SYSTEM. WHEN YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT THIS YOU ARE INCREDULOUS ABOUT IT. THAT CAN'T BE. THE MORE YOU LEARN, THE MORE YOU REALIZE THAT THIS IS A MAJOR PROBLEM. IN FACT, IN TERMS OF IMPORTING THIS OR CROSSING OUR BORDER, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THIS IS AT THE TOP OF THE HEAP. TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE AND SCIENCE AND MEDICINE BEHIND FENTANYL IS TO MEAN THAT IT SCARES THE LIVING DAY LIGHTS OUT OF YOU. THIS MOLECULE GETS IN YOUR BODY, AND THE POWER OF IT IS OVERWHELMING. I WANT TO THANK MR. BISHOP. I WANT TO THANK MR. PASCRELL FOR THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, TO WORK THROUGH THIS, AND TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS. NOW, THIS IS NOT THE ONLY THING THAT'S GOING TO BE HAPPENING HERE. THIS IS IN THE CONTEXT OF OTHER PIECES OF LEGISLATION. THIS IS IN THE COP TEXT OF LOOKING AT TREATMENT OF RE-- THIS IS IN OTHER PIECES THE CONTEXT OF LOOKING AT TREATMENT, SCREENING, EDUCATION, THIS INBOUND FLOW IS SOMETHING IS THIS CONGRESS CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT. IN A NUTSHELL, BY BRINGING TOGETHER THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, THE BORDER PATROL, AND ALSO THE UNITED STATES STATE DEPARTMENT TO WORK THE CONTEXT OF LOOKING AT TOGETHER IN A COORDINATED FASHION IS SOMETHING THAT MY DISTRICT IS REALLY PLEASED ABOUT. I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE TO ADVOCATE ON ITS BEHALF AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, THE BALANCE OF MY TOOFMENT

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                          • 12:41:40 PM

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                            MR. PASCRELL

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                            MR. DAVIS

                            I THANK MR. PASCRELL FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER FOR…

                            I THANK MR. PASCRELL FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER FOR THE RECORD TWO DOCUMENTS. ONE, AN ARTICLE FROM THE "CHICAGO SUN-TIMES" ON TODAY, STATING A FOUR BLOCK RADIUS ON THE THE WEST SIDE IS AT THE HEART OF CHICAGO'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC. AND -- THANK YOU. AND THE OPIOID CRISIS IN ILLINOIS BY THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, THE PURPOSE OF THE STOP ACT IS TO ADDRESS THE INFLUX OF SYNTHETIC OPIATES ARRIVING THROUGH INTERNATIONAL MAIL. GIVEN THE GROWING HARM TO OUR COMMUNITIES FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE, I, TOO, WANT TO THANK AND COMMEND THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR ITS HARD WORK ON DEVELOPING THIS LEGISLATION. ESPECIALLY I WANT TO POINT OUT THE EFFORTS OF MR. PASCRELL AND MR. BISHOP. I'M STRONGLY COMMITTED TO PREVENTING THE SHIPMENT OF DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL OPIATES INTO THE UNITED STATES. I SUPPORT THE I TENT -- THE INTENT OF THIS BILL TO LIMIT THE ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING OF DRUGS AND I VOTED IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. HOWEVER, AFTER THE LAST MINUTE VOTED IN SUPPORT CHANGES MADE TO THIS BILL IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, I, UNFORTUNATELY, CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 5788. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP INSISTED ON LAST-MINUTE CHANGES TO IMPOSE CIVIL PENALTIES ON THE POSTAL SERVICE FOR ANY ACCEPTED SHIPMENT LIKE AN ADVANCE ELECTRONIC DATA WITHOUT ALLOWING ENOUGH TIME TO FULLY VET THE IMPACT OF THE CHANGES WITH CRITICAL STAKEHOLDERS. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE FAIRNESS OF IMPOSING CIVIL LIBERTIES FOR INDIVIDUAL SHIPMENTS LIKE ELECTRONIC DATA WHEN THE POSTAL SERVICE LAX DIRECT CONTROL OVER WHETHER FOREIGN POSTAL OPERATORS PROVIDE THIS DATA. I AM CONCERNED CONCERNED THAT HAVING EXECUTIVE BRANCH IMPOSE PENALTIES ON ANOTHER WOULD SET UP AN ADVERSARIAL RELATIONSHIP IN ADDRESSING ILLEGAL DRUG TRAFFICKING RATHER THAN A COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP. I'M ALSO CONCERNED THAT PENALTIES ARE IMPOSED BASED ON INDIVIDUAL SHIPMENTS RATHER THAN SYSTEMATIC VIOLATIONS. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF MY DEMOCRAT -- DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TO LIT MYTH GATE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THESE CIVIL PENALTIESES. HOWEVER DUE TO THE CONCERNS OF U.S. POSTAL SERVICE AND THE POSTAL UNIONS ABOUT THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF THESE LAST-MINUTE CHANGES BY REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS BILL AT THIS TIME. I AM COMMITTED TO STOPPING THE SHIPMENT OF DANGEROUS DRUGS AND TO WORKING TO RESOLVE THESE PROBLEMS AS THIS LEGISLATION CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD. I URGE THAT WE CONTINUE TO WORK TO IMPROVE IT AND MAKE IT THE VERY BEST THAT IT COULD BE WITHOUT THREATENING IN ANY WAY THE VIBLINGT -- VIABILITY OF POSTAL OPERATIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                          • 12:45:17 PM

                            MR. BISHOP

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. FASO.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MR. FASO

                            THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF…

                            THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788. ONCE SIGNED INTO LAW, THE LEGISLATION WILL HELP COMBAT OUR NATION'S GROWING OPIOID CRISIS BY PREVENTING ITS EASY IMPORTATION THROUGH THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. UNDER CURRENT LAW PRIVATE SHIPPING COMPANIES ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WITH ELECTRONIC DATA FOR PACKAGES INBOUND INTO THE UNITED STATES. THIS CAN BE EASIER TO TRACK AND LOATHE. THIS STANDARD IS NOT IMPOSED ON OUR POSTAL SERVICE EVEN THOUGH THEY BROUGHT IN MORE THAN FOUR TIMES THE NUMBER OF PACKAGES INTO THE U.S. THAN ALL PRIVATE CARRIERS LIKE U.P.S. DID IN 2016. THIS BILL WILL BRING THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE UP TO THE INDUSTRY STANDARDS BY REQUIRING ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA FOR 100% OF PACKAGES BY 2020 AND A STRONG GOAL OF 70% BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. THERE IS A 2019 STUDY REQUIRED BY THE G.A.O. BY REQUIRING THIS DATA OF FOREIGN SHIPPERS, WE CAN HELP KEEP DANGEROUS OPIOIDS AWAY AND OFF OUR STREETS. THE ABUNDANCE OF NIL WITHIN OUR BORDERS IS INCREASING JOW DOSE DEATHS. A RECENT STUDY INDICATED THAT FENTANYL IS THE MOST COMMON FATAL OVERDOSE DRUG IN THE UNITED STATES, ROUGHLY 42,000 OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2016. MR. SPEAKER, JUST HOW DANGEROUS IS FENTANYL? I CAN RELATE TO YOU A RECENT INCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED IN OUR STATE OF NEW YORK, SEIZURE OF FEPT NIL IN NEW YORK SPIKED BY OVER 1,000% BETWEEN 2016 AND 2017. IN 2016, IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE J.F.K. AIRPORT IS A MAJOR SHIPPING POINT, 64 POUNDS OF FENTANYL WERE SEIZED. 217, 216 POUNDS. IN ONE BUST, THEY SEIZED 100 POUND OF FENTANYL WHICH IS ENOUGH TO KILL THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF NEW YORK CITY AND NEW JERSEY COMBINED. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO PHYSICAL THE PROBLEM. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN PRAYEDY, MR. REICHERT, MR. BISHOP, MR. PASCRELL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS VITALLY SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE PASSING NUMEROUS BILLS THIS WEEK DEALING WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS. PERHAPS NONE IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE STOP ACT. AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                            MR. PASCRELL

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                            MR. BISHOP

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE…

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                            MR. BRADY

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE AREN'T MANY TODAY WHO HAVEN'T BEEN TOUCHED…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE AREN'T MANY TODAY WHO HAVEN'T BEEN TOUCHED BY THE OPIOID CRISIS IN AMERICA. THIS SWIFT AND DEVASTATING EPIDEMIC HAS EVERY COMMUNITY IN AMERICA ROB COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS OF THEIR HOPES AND ADDICTIONS. THIS IS DIFFICULT TO WITNESS. AND ONLY TAKES FIVE DAYS FOR A SON, DAUGHTER OR A PARENT TO BECOME ADDICTED. THE SAD TRUTH, MANY BECOME ADDICTED AFTER TAKING AN OPIOID FOR A LEGITIMATE REASON. THIS HAS TORN APART FAMILIES AND LEFT A GENERATION OF CHILDREN WITHOUT PARENTS. MOST -- WE SEE MORE NEWS STORIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVING NEAR FATAL ENCOUNTERS. ONE CASE, A SMALL PACKAGE ALMOST KILLED A POLICE OFFICER IN OHIO. THIS IS A REMINDER HOW DANGEROUS THESE OPIOIDS ARE. IN 2016, MORE AMERICANS DIED DUE TO OPIOID OVERDOSES THAN WERE LOST OVER THE ENTIRE VIETNAM WAR. THE SCALE OF THE CRISIS IS IMMENSE AND LOSS OF SO MANY POTENTIAL FOR SO MANY THAT IS HARD TO COMPREHEND BUT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ARE COMING TOGETHER AND FIGHTING WITH EVERY TOOL IN OUR ARSENAL. TODAY, I RISE IN SUPPORT, STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788 KNOWN AS THE STOP ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL ADDRESSES A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT HAS HELPED FUEL THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC TO AND SHIPMENTS FROM FOREIGN NATIONS. FROM OUR SPEAKERS TODAY, YOU HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THE PROVEN TECHNIQUES TO STOP THIS DRUG SMUGGLING. BUT I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERS WHO BROUGHT THIS SOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN BISHOP OF MICHIGAN, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS WELL AS THE RANKING MEMBER PASCRELL FROM NEW JERSEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE, DAVID REICHERT OF WASHINGTON, CONGRESSMAN JOHN FASO OF NEW YORK AND SENATOR PORTMAN FROM OHIO FOR THEIR DILIGENT WORK TO DELIVER A HARD-HITTING SOLUTION TO THIS VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM. I'M CONFIDENT THAT THIS BILL SHAPED BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WORKING TOGETHER WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE OPIOID CRISIS AND HELP PROTECT MANY AMERICANS. BYPASSING THIS BILL WE CAN TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTIONS TO HELP SLOW THE FLOW OF OPIOIDS IN THIS NATION. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL.

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

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

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                            MR. PASCRELL

                            WE HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS.

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                            MR. BISHOP

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                            MR. PAULSEN

                            WE KNOW THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS UNFORTUNATELY TEARING APART COMMUNITIES…

                            WE KNOW THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS UNFORTUNATELY TEARING APART COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY AND I WANT TO SHARE A STORY IN PARTICULAR THAT IS SIMILAR TO THE HEARTBREAK WE HAVE HEARD FROM OTHERS AGO. KEYING AND DUFFY WAS 30 YEARS OLD WHEN HE DIED IN JANUARY OF LAST YEAR. HE JUST RECEIVED HIS MASTER'S DEGREE AND PROMISING CAREER IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND DONATED A LOT OF HIS VOLUNTEER TIME TO HELPING THE POOR. HIS ADDICTION STARTED LIKE SO MANY OTHERS. HE WAS PRESCRIBED 120 PILLS AFTER SUFFERING CHRONIC BACK PAIN. AFTER THE FIRST PILL, HE WAS HOOKED. AND DESPITE HIS ATTEMPTS TO BREAK FREE, HE COULD NEVER QUITE DO IT AND HE DIED OF AN OVERDOSE THAT CAME FROM FENTANYL WHICH IS MADE IN ASIAN BOUGHT ONLINE AND SMUGGLED INTO THE UNITED STATES. KEYING AND'S STORY WAS TOLD TO ME BY HIS MOTHER. IT WAS HEARTBREAKING AND NOW HIS MOTHER AND FATHER, DAVID, HAVE WRITTEN TO ME A VERY LOVING TRIBUTE TO THEIR SON. WITHOUT OBJECTION, I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER THEIR STATEMENT IN THE RECORD.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. PAULSEN

                            THIS LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT. INTERNATIONAL MAIL IS THE VERY EASY…

                            THIS LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT. INTERNATIONAL MAIL IS THE VERY EASY ROUTE THAT WE HAVE SEEN IMPORTATION OF FENTANYL INTO THE UNITED STATES. WHILE PRIVATE CARRIERS HAVE TO SUBMIT ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA ABOUT PACKAGES THAT COME IN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS BEEN EXEMPT. A LOOPHOLE. GIVING TRAFFICKERS AN EASY OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE FENTANYL COME INTO AMERICA. THE STOP ACT CLOSES THAT LOOPHOLE. IT'S BIPARTISANLY SUPPORTED AND WILL MAKE IT HARDER AND MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO SMUGGLE IN FEPT NIL THAT MURDERED KEYING AND AND INFLICTED PAIN THROUGH TRAGIC DEATH TO FAMILIES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. WE CAN SAVE OTHER AMERICAN LIVES. I WANT TO THANK MR. BISHOP AND MR. PASCRELL FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS LEGISLATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING IT PASSED LATER TODAY BECAUSE WE ARE FINDING SOLUTIONS TO THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 12:54:28 PM

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                            MR. BISHOP

                            I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HARRIS.

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                            MR. HARRIS

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788. THERE ARE MANY FACETS OF OPIOID ABUSE AND…

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788. THERE ARE MANY FACETS OF OPIOID ABUSE AND OVERDOSES AND WE ARE GOING TO NEED MANY PIECES OF LEGISLATION, BUT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT DEALS WITH THE USE OF THE U.S. MAIL SYSTEM TO IMPORT SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS. I HAVE USED SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS FOR 30 YEARS EMFENTANYL. AFTER IT WAS DISCOVERED IT WAS WIDELY USED AND VERY IMPORTANT DRUG TO TREAT OUR SICKEST PATIENTS. BUT NOW IT'S A KILLER DRUG FREQUENTLY USED ILLEGALLY, MIXED WITH HERNAN BECAUSE OF ITS VERY SPECIFIC ACTION, HIGHLY LETHAL WHEN MISUSED AND TO ADD TO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A DEER I HAVE I HAVE, 100 MORE TIMES MORE POE ENT. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT WE SECURE OUR MAIL SYSTEM? A GRAIN OF RICE IS 29 MILLIGRAMS. THAT'S THE WEIGHT OF A GRAIN OF RICE. FENTANYL, THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF RICE, WILL KILL 29 PEOPLE, THAT'S HOW LETHAL IT IS. AND THAT GRAIN OF RICE-SIZE WILL KILL 2,900 PEOPLE. THE MAIL SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO TRANSPORT THESE DRUGS AND BECAUSE THEY ARE HIGHLY LETHAL. IN MARYLAND, IT INVOLVES FENTANYL BECAUSE THEY ARE SO CON SEALABLE AND LETHAL, WE HAVE TO SECURE THE MECHANISMS BY WHICH THESE DRUGS CAN BE TRANSMITTED AND THE MAIL SYSTEM RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF LOOPHOLES THAT EXIST IN IT THAT WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT TODAY CAN BE USED TO TRANSPORT THOSE DRUGS TO KILL OUR YOUTH. IMPORTED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHERE WITHOUT ANY REMORSE, THESE DRUGS ARE SHIPPED TO THE UNITED STATES AND RESULT IN OVERDOSE DEATHS HERE. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO PASS 5788. WE HAVE TO SECURE OUR MAIL SYSTEM AND TAKE THE SCOURGE OF THESE FENTANYL AND OTHER SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS OFF OUR STREETS WHERE THEY ARE KILLING YOUNG AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                            MR. BISHOP

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                          • 12:57:21 PM

                            MR. HILL

                            I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788, THE…

                            I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5788, THE STOP ACT SPONSORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND, MIKE BISHOP. THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WILL SECURE OUR MAIL FROM FENTANYL AND OTHER OPIOIDS THAT ARE FLOODING INTO THE UNITED STATES FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES, NAMELY CHINA AND MEXICO. THE OPIOID CRISIS KILLS MORE THAN 100 AMERICANS EACH DAY AND CAUSED MORE THAN 45,000 DEATHS LAST YEAR ALONE. IN 2016, MORE AMERICANS DIED FROM A DRUG OVERDOSE THAN WE LOST IN VIETNAM. A THIRD OF THOSE DEATHS ARE ATTRIBUTEABLE TO FENTANYL. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, I WITNESSED MY KIDS LOSING THEIR PEERS TO THIS CRISIS. YESTERDAY, I SPOKE TO THE MOTHER OF A YOUNG MAN FROM MY DISTRICT WHO LOST HIS LIFE DUE TO A FENTANYL-LACED OVERDOSE. NATE'S MOTHER AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY ARE HEART BROKEN. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO STEM THE TIDE OF THIS CRISIS AND PREVENT FAMILIES FROM SUFFERING THE TRAGIC LOSS OF ONE WHO IS LOVED TO OPIOID ADDICTION. A VITAL COMPONENT OF THIS EFFORT IS PLUGGING THE HOLES IN OUR MAIL SYSTEM AND STOP ILLICIT SUBSTANCES FROM ENTERING THE UNITED STATES. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL HAVE SEIZED MORE THAN 790 POUNDS OF FENT NIL. THAT IS ENOUGH TO KILL 179 MILLION PEOPLE. HALF OUR POPULATION. MR. HARRIS TALKED ABOUT THE SIZE OF GRAIN OF RICE, HOW ABOUT ONE GRAM, MR. SPEAKER? SWEET AND LOW PACKET, SOMETHING WE USE EVERY DAY, ENOUGH TO KILL 500 BILL. THE STOP ACT IS A TERRIFIC BILL THAT PROVIDES THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICES TO SCREEN INTERNATIONAL MAIL TO STOP THESE INSANE AMOUNTS OF DRUGS COMING INTO OUR COUNTRY. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL WORK TO IMPLEMENT THIS MUCH NEEDED POLICY CHANGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 12:59:44 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                            MR. BISHOP

                            WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                            MR. PASCRELL

                            MR. SPEAKER, I PLEAD WITH YOU AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON THE OTHER…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I PLEAD WITH YOU AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, I THINK WE ARE MAKING A BIG STEP TODAY IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER PIECES. BUT I WOULD RECOMMEND, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE APPROACH THIS DEADLY EPIDEMIC, AND IT IS DEADLY, IN -- THE SAME WAY THAT WE APPROACHED THE EPIDEMIC IN THE END OF THE 1980'S AND 1990'S AND THAT WAS THE EPIDEMIC OF THE H.I.V. VIRUS. NO ONE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IT, MR. SPEAKER. SO PEOPLE DIED WHEN THEY COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED IF WE HAD KNOWLEDGE OF PREVENTION AND HAD KNOWLEDGE OF HOW WE TAKE CARE OF THOSE FOLKS. . IT TOOK US UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF THE 1990'S WHEN WE OPENED UP LOCAL CLINICS, UNTIL PEOPLE FELT LESS INVOLVED IN A STIGMA THAT THEY HAD TO COME OUT FROM THE SHADOWS TO PROTECT THE REST OF THE POPULATION, INCLUDING THEMSELVES. THEN, WE CAME TOGETHER AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PASSED RYAN WHITE LEGISLATION, WHICH HAS BEEN A BIG HELP ON H.I.V. VIRUS . THEN WE CAME TOGETHER. UNFORTUNATELY, MALADIES BRING AMERICANS TOGETHER. WELL, THAT'S GOOD THAT WE COME TOGETHER, THOUGH. I ASK AND PLEAD THAT WE HAVE THE SAME VIGOR IN APPROACHING OPIOIDS AND APPROACHING THE FENTANYL, WHICH IS COMING IN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. IF WE DO THAT, WE NOT ONLY SURVIVE, WE'LL HELP THOSE, AND WE WILL PREVENT MANY FROM FALLING INTO A TRAP. YOU HEARD SOME PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THAT TRAP TODAY. STARTING WITH PAINKILLERS AND MOVING ON TO EVEN MORE DANGEROUS DRUGS. WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS. WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS. YESTERDAY, WE PASSED BY VOICE VOTE LEGISLATION TO CHANGE THE PROTOCOL ON HOW WE APPROACH THE PATIENTS, NOT ONLY IN THE EMERGENCY ROOMS OF AMERICA, BUT INTO MANY DEPARTMENTS AND HOSPITALS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WE NEED TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO THE VERY OPIOIDS THAT ARE MAKING FOOLS OF US, AND THOSE ALTERNATIVES SHALL BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, PART OF THE SOLUTION TO GETTING TO THE PROMISE LAND, AS BRUCE SAYS. SO I WANT TO THANK MR. BISHOP. I WANTED TO THANK MR. BRADY. I WANTED TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, RICHIE NEAL, AND TO ALL THOSE THAT WORKED ON THIS LEGISLATION , DAVID REICHERT AND MANY MORE, AND I CONGRATULATE OUR PERSISTENCE IN GETTING THROUGH A LOT OF HURDLES. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                          • 01:03:33 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I CLOSE, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER IN THE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I CLOSE, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER IN THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            JURISDICTION.

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                            TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. BISHOP

                            I WANT TO THANK MR. PASCRELL AND THOSE THAT WORKED ON THIS PROCESS. THIS…

                            I WANT TO THANK MR. PASCRELL AND THOSE THAT WORKED ON THIS PROCESS. THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT'S NOT A REPUBLICAN ISSUE. THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRAT ISSUE. THIS IS OUR ISSUE. IT'S HAPPENING EVERY DAY. 115 AMERICANS ARE DYING EACH AND EVERY DAY DUE TO OPIOID OVERDOSE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MOTHERS, FATHERS, CHILDREN. TOO MANY CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITIES. WE KNOW THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS FAILING AMERICANS. WE'RE ALLOWING THESE FOREIGN CRIMINALS AND DRUG DEALERS TO EXPLOIT THE VERY OBVIOUS LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW, AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS SO IMPORTANT. THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO COME TOGETHER AND GET SOMETHING DONE. IT SETS HARD DEADLINES THAT WILL REQUIRE ALL PACKAGES COMING INTO OUR COUNTRY TO HAVE THIS ACTIONABLE DATA THAT WILL ENABLE THE U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION TO INTERDICT AND SEIZE DANGEROUS SHIPMENTS OF THESE DANGEROUS PACKAGES AND KEEP THEM OFF THE STREETS, THE AMERICAN STREETS. IN CLOSING, I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY TO ALL PACKAGES AND KEEP THOSE HERE TODAY -- I KNOW WE ALL HAVE A STORY, BUT I WANT TO REITERATE THAT WE ALL HAVE A STORY AND WE HAVE NOW A MORAL OBLIGATION TO CLOSE THIS OBVIOUS LOOPHOLE. I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:05:21 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. AYES HAVE. THIRD READING.

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                            THE CLERK

                            A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION…

                            A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS AND TO REQUIRE THE PROVISION OF ADVANCED ELECTRONIC INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS OF MAIL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                          • 01:05:57 PM

                            MR. BISHOP

                            MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

                            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                          • 01:06:52 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. HENSARLING

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

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND SUBMIT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL, H.R. 5735.

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                          • 01:07:09 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE…

                            THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5735. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                          • 01:09:09 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5735 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                          • 01:09:16 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A…

                            A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO SET ASIDE SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS FOR SUPPORTIVE AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS RECOVERING FROM OPIOID USE DISORDERS OR OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE…

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                          • 01:09:44 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

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

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. HENSARLING

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RECEIVED A LETTER NOT LONG AGO FROM A…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RECEIVED A LETTER NOT LONG AGO FROM A CONSTITUENT, JIM FROM DALLAS COUNTY, AND THE FIRST THREE WORDS WERE, I NEED HELP, AND THE LETTER TALKS ABOUT HIS GRANDSON, JOSHUA. HE WAS A GOOD KID AND JIM BECAME HIS GUARDIAN AT AGE 6. HE TOOK A BAD TURN AT AGE 16. IT WAS AT AGE 16 HE STARTED USING OPIOIDS. HIS LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME. AND JIM WRITES, AT FIRST HIS GRANDSON STARTED OUT WITH PILLS AND THEN LATER STREET DRUGS AND ENDED UP ON HEROIN. NO SURPRISE HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN. HIS USAGE ESCALATED AND HE ENDED UP DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL IN THE LAST SEMESTER OF HIGH SCHOOL. ALONG THE WAY, HE FOUND A MENIAL JOB HERE, A MENIAL JOB THERE, BUT HE COULDN'T HOLD ONE DOWN BECAUSE OF THE DRUG USAGE. JIM TRIED TO HELP HIM EVERY WAY HE COULD, AND HE SAID, IN THE SUMMER OF 2014, HIS OPIOID USAGE BROUGHT HIM ALMOST TO DEATH. AND I WON'T SAY THE STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING, BUT AT LEAST -- AT LEAST HE'S NOW TRYING TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND. HE'S OFF OF OPIOIDS, AND HE'S ON OTHER MEDICATIONS, METHADONE , ZACK AX. HE'S -- XANAX. HE'S ACTUALLY GOTTEN BACK AND GOT HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. HE'S ABLE TO OPERATE A FORKLIFT, BUT BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE THAT'S BEEN DONE, HE CAN'T HOLD DOWN A JOB. HIS DRUG COSTS ARE EXPENSIVE. AND HE STILL NEEDS HELP. SO MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU KNOW WHAT'S UNUSUAL ABOUT THIS STORY ? REGRETTABLY, NOTHING. NOTHING IS UNUSUAL ABOUT THIS STORY. AND, AGAIN, ALTHOUGH IT DOESN'T HAVE A HAPPY END, AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW THIS STORY IS GOING TO END, AT LEAST IT DOESN'T HAVE A TRAGIC END. BECAUSE FAR TOO MANY STORIES LIKE IT END IN THE TRAGEDY OF DEATH, AND MY GUESS IS, MR. CHAIRMAN, EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THIS BODY COULD READ A SIMILAR LETTER AS I READ FROM JIM FROM DALLAS. I'VE BEEN IN THIS HOUSE NOW FOR EIGHT TERMS. RARELY, RARELY DOES A WEEK GO BY THAT SOMEBODY DOESN'T USE THE TERM CRISIS, AND MOST OF THE TIME I DON'T GIVE IT MUCH THOUGHT BUT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN SOMEBODY SAYS THERE IS A CRISIS OF OPIOID USE IN AMERICA, I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. HOW NEGLECT THIS BODY WOULD BE IF WE DIDN'T DECLARE WAR ON THIS CRISIS AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS SMART TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. SO TODAY, OUT OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, WE'RE BRINGING UP A BILL BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, A MEMBER OF OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP BECAUSE I KNOW HOW HEART-FELT THE PAIN HE KNOWS FROM HIS DISTRICT IS. AND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS BRINGING BEFORE US IS THAT WE HAVE SEEN EVIDENCE THAT TRANSITIONAL HOUSING CAN BE A PROVEN METHOD TO REALLY HELP THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS LIKE JOSHUA THAT I DESCRIBED, AMERICANS TO HELP THEM MAINTAIN THEIR SOBRIETY AFTER COMPLETING REHAB, AND AS THEY'RE GAINING SKILLS AND TRAINING AND TRYING TO GET BACK INTO BEING INDEPENDENT, PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. AND SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SAYS, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT IS TIME FOR A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME EVIDENCE. WE HAVE EVIDENCE ALREADY. OUT OF THE 2.2 MILLION SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS, THE GOVERNMENT'S LARGEST MEANS-TESTED HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, LET'S TAKE LESS THAN 1%. IN FACT, HALF A PERCENT OF THEM, AND ON A TEMPORARY BASIS, LET'S ALLOCATE SOME OF THESE SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE LITERALLY DYING OF OPIOID ADDICTION EVERY DAY AND NEED TRANSITIONAL HOUSING OPTIONS IN A RECOVERY EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAM. I REALLY THINK, MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO TODAY. . I'M SORRY THIS IS NOT ON THE HOUSE'S SUSPENSION CALENDAR. AGAIN, I WOULD HOPE THAT THIS IS SOMETHING WE COULD JOIN OVERWHELMINGLY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO DO. APPARENTLY, THAT IS NOT THE CASE. BUT I DON'T THINK THIS HOUSE WILL BE DETERRED. I DO NOT THINK THIS HOUSE WILL BE DETERRED. AND I THINK VERY SOON PEOPLE LIKE JOSHUA CAN HAVE AT LEAST TRANSITIONAL HOUSING OPTIONS TO SUPPORT THEIR RECOVERY. AND WHEN WE DO, WE WILL THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR. AND I RESERVE.

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                          • 01:16:04 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MS. WATERS

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

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, AS I SAT HERE AND I LISTENED CONGRESSMAN HENSARLING, THE CHAIR OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WHERE I SERVE AS RANKING MEMBER, I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, HE WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ON MANY OF THE ISSUES THAT HE SURFACED WHEN HE HELD THE LETTER UP IN THE AIR AND HE SAID THAT THERE ARE MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO COULD TELL SIMILAR STORIES OR MAYBE HAVE GOTTEN SIMILAR LETTERS. HE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT THERE ARE MANY OF US WHO HAVE WATCHED THE DEVASTATION OF COMMUNITIES THAT WE REPRESENT BECAUSE OF DRUG ADDICTION OVER THE YEARS FOR A LONG TIME. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF THESE STORIES ENDED IN TRAGEDY. AND I AM PLEASED THAT WE ARE FOCUSING TIME AND ATTENTION ON OPIOID ADDICTION AND ABUSE. I AM SO ABSOLUTELY THRILLED THAT WE ARE PAYING ATTENTION AND WE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT THIS IS LITERALLY A DISEASE AND THAT WE CAN HELP PEOPLE, THAT WE CAN DO REHABILITATION, THAT WE CAN PROVIDE RESOURCES TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM DYING AND BEING IMPRISONED AND TREATED IN WAYS THAT WILL NOT HELP DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM IN ANY REAL WAY. I'M PLEASED ABOUT ALL OF THAT. AND I THINK THE INTENTIONS OF MANY OF OUR MEMBERS ARE VERY GOOD, THAT THEY REALLY WANT TO DO SOMETHING, BECAUSE MANY OF THEM ARE SEEING THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME, BUT LET ME TELL YOU HOW MANY YEARS I HAVE BEEN SEEING THIS. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT HOW MANY DEATHS I KNOW ABOUT. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE IMPRISONMENT OF THOSE WHO WERE BOTH ADDICTED AND DEALING DRUGS. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE DIED NOT ONLY FROM HEROIN, BUT CRACK COCAINE AND OTHER KINDS OF DRUGS AND THE MIXTURES THAT WE DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THAT HAVE CAUSED SO MANY DEATHS, SO MUCH DEVASTATION. SO I WANT TO DO EVERYTHING THAT I CAN TO SHARE MY KNOWLEDGE WITH YOU, TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCES WITH YOU, TO HELP IN EVERY WAY THAT I POSSIBLY CAN MOVE TO CREDIBLE, REASONABLE, SENSIBLE REHABILITATION AND SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED. WE ARE TRYING, AS I CAN SEE IN MANY OF THE BILLS THAT ARE BEING PRODUCED, TO DO WHAT WE THINK IS BEST, BUT MUCH OF IT NEEDS MUCH MORE CONSIDERATION. IT NEEDS BETTER UNDERSTANDING. TODAY, WE'RE HERE TALKING ABOUT A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT I THINK THE AUTHOR OF THE LEGISLATION IS ABSOLUTELY SINCERE IN WHAT HE WOULD LIKE TO DO. HE IS SEEING DRUG-ADDICTED PERSONS WHO HAVE ABUSED NOT ONLY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, BUT ALL THE WAY TO HEROIN, ON THE STREETS, WITHOUT JOBS, LAYING IN THE ALLEYS WITHOUT SUPPORT, WITHOUT HOUSING, NO PLACE TO GO. AND THAT'S WHAT HE IS ATTEMPTING TO DO. HE IS ATTEMPTING TO DO EVERYTHING HE POSSIBLY CAN TO GET THEM SAFE AND SECURE PLACES TO LIVE WITH THE OTHER RESOURCES THAT GO ALONG WITH IT, SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES IN ORDER TO HELP THEM TO BECOME THE PERSONS THAT THEY CAN BE. BUT YOU CANNOT DO THIS ON THE CHEAP, BUT YOU CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THAT REHABILITATION COSTS MONEY. AND SO WHILE I ABSOLUTELY APPLAUD THE ATTEMPT, I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT TAKING 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING IN LINE FOR YEARS, I'M TALKING ABOUT SINGLE-FAMILY PARENTS WITH THEIR CHILDREN WHO SIMPLY ARE PRAYING AND HOPING THAT THEY CAN GET A VOUCHER, SO THEY CAN GET A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT DRUG-ADDICTED PEOPLE NECESSARILY, I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WORK EVERY DAY ON MINIMUM WAGES WHO CANNOT AFFORD THE LAST MONTH'S RENT TO GET INTO A PLACE. I'M TALKING ABOUT THOSE THAT EVEN IF THEY COULD FIND IF THEY COULD FIND A PLACE, THEY WOULD BE PAYING MORE THAN 30% OF THEIR INCOME TO HAVE A SAFE AND DECENT PLACE AND I'M TALKING ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING IN RENTAL UNITS THAT REALLY NEED MORE THAN JUST REHABILITATION. THERE ARE PLACES THAT ARE NOT PROTECTED FROM WIND AND RAIN AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO EXPERIENCE TRYING TO LIVE IN A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE. I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN APARTMENTS THAT THE CEILINGS ARE FALLING IN WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A DECENT PLACE, I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO CALL EVERY DAY TO CHECK TO SEE IF, IN FACT, THEY ARE GOING TO BE THE NEXT PERSON WHO IS GOING TO BE ALLOWED A VOUCHER. I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING TWO, THREE YEARS AND ON AND ON AND ON. AND SO, I SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT THE NEW POPULATION OF OPIOID ABUSERS CAN HAVE A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE AND RESOURCES, BUT LET'S NOT DENY THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE, WHO HAVE BEEN PRAYING AND HOPING FOR A DECENT PLACE, LET'S NOT TAKE 10,000 VOUCHERS IN A SO-CALLED DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. WE DON'T NEED A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. I CAN TELL YOU MANY FOLKS IN THIS HOUSE CAN TELL YOU WHAT THEY KNOW AND HAVE EXPERIENCED SO WE CAN PUT TOGETHER GOOD CREDIBLE, SENSIBLE LEGISLATION, BUT IT WILL COST SOME MONEY. AND IT'S NOT ABOUT TAKING FROM ONE AND GIVING TO THE OTHER. THE OLDER PEOPLE CALLING THAT ROBBING PETER TO PAUL AND WE DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. WE DON'T WANT TO SAY TO MS. JONES WAITING FOUR YEARS, SORRY, WE'VE GOT A NEW POPULATION THAT WE ARE GOING TO SERVE. NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR MORE MONEY, FOR MORE RESOURCES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU -- SORRY, YOU HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE ALL THIS LONG. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I WANT TO BE HELPFUL TO ALL OF THE FOLKS WHO NEED OUR HELP. I UNDERSTAND THE SHOCK THAT MANY ARE GOING THROUGH WHO ARE EXPERIENCING THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THE MANY NIGHTS I HAVE GONE TO BED WHEN I HAVE HEARD OF ANOTHER DEATH OF WHO HAS BEEN ON SOMEBODY'S DOORSTEP OR IN AN ALLEY, I WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT I UNDERSTAND ABOUT THAT MOTHER WHO HAS BEGGED ME TO HELP HER FIND A BED IN A UNIT, REHABILITATIVE UNIT THAT COULD BE USED. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. AND THIS IS NOT ABOUT CREATING NEW NONPROFITS WITH NO EXPERIENCE, NO BACKGROUND TO BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THIS PROGRAM. THIS IS ABOUT UNDERSTANDING ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THESE NONPROFITS, WHO BEGGED FOR MONEY, WHO BEGGED FOR RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH THE POPULATION THAT ARE BASICALLY DYING FROM THIS ADDICTION. AND SO WHETHER IT IS ABOUT THE FACT THAT THERE ISN'T ENOUGH MONEY HERE OR WE SHOULD NOT BE DEVELOPING NEW NONPROFITS TO DO THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH OUR PUBLIC HOUSING, ENTITIES THAT KNOW HOW TO DO THIS, THIS IS ABOUT US SAYING YES, WE HAVE A PROBLEM AND WE ARE GOING TO SPEND THE MONEY AND PUT THE TIME IN ON IT TO DEVELOP THE GOOD, CREDIBLE LEGISLATION. WE ARE GOING TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT IT. WE JUST DON'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE WE ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE ARE GOING TO BE COMMITTED AND DO WHAT IT TAKES IN ORDER TO HELP THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING AND LOOKING FOR JUST ANOTHER CHANCE IN LIFE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:25:11 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

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

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                          • 01:25:16 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THE TRANSITIONAL…

                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR RECOVERY AND VIABLE ENVIRONMENTS DEMONSTRATE PROGRAM OR THRIVE ACT. MR. BARR, WHO HAPPENS TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE, THREE MINUTES.

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                          • 01:25:38 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                            MS. BARRAGAN

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY --

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                            MR. BARR

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, THE THRIVE ACT. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN…

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, THE THRIVE ACT. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND CHAIRMAN DUFFY AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK. I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR SHARING THAT COMPELLING STORY OF HIS CONSTITUENT. UNFORM, WE HAVE CONSTITUENTS WITH SIMILAR STORIES AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS HERE TODAY. WE KNOW THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS A MAJOR HEALTH CRISIS THAT HAS IMPACTED EVERY COMMUNITY AND EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, 116 AMERICANS DIE EVERY DAY FROM OPIOID OVERDOSES. KENTUCKY HAS THE THIRD HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE IN THE COUNTRY. WE ARE CONSIDERING SEVERAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION. AND IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MEANINGFUL PROGRESS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST OPIOIDS IN OUR NATION, CONGRESS CAN NO LONGER FOCUS ON PREVENTION AND TREATMENT BUT IMPLEMENT POLICIES THAT FOCUS ON LONG-TERM RECOVERY. OUR FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAMS ARE UNDERUTILIZED RESOURCE IN THESE EFFORTS. THE THRIVE ACT WOULD MAKE HOUSING MORE ACCESS I WILL TO THOSE MOST IN NEED BY ALLOCATING A LIMITED NUMBER OF SECTION 8 VOUCHERS TO NONPROFITS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCE. THEY HAVE JOB PLACEMENT, FINANCIAL LITERACY AND CONTINUED ADDICTION RECOVERY SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS TRANSITIONING OUT OF REHAB AND BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE. THIS WOULD ALLOCATE 10,000 OR .5% OF VOUCHERS, WHICHEVER IS LESS TO NONPROFITS SERVING PEOPLE WHO ARE DYING EACH AND EVERY DAY OF OPIOID ADDICTION. AND THE DEMONSTRATION IS LIMITED TO FIVE YEARS. NO ONE WOULD HAVE A VOUCHER TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM, DESPITE WHAT THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS SAYING. NO ONE COULD HAVE A VOUCHER TAKEN AWAY. 198,000 VOUCHERS ARE RETURNED TO H.U.D. AND IT IS FROM THIS AMOUNT THAT THE DEMONSTRATION WOULD SET ASIDE 10,000 TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. ADDITIONALLY, WE HAVE MADE A COMMITMENT TO WORKING WITH OUR COLLEAGUES INCLUDING CONGRESSWOMAN SINEMA WHO HAS SIGNED A LETTER WITH ME TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THIS DEMONSTRATION BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR FEDERAL INVESTMENT TO SAVE LIVES. THE RANKING MEMBER'S ARGUMENT DOESN'T APPLY. THE THRIVE ACT HAS RECEIVED ENDORSEMENT FROM 140 ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING ADDICTION POLICY FORUM, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, FACES AND VOICES OF RECOVERY. AND OVER 100 OTHERS THAT ARE THE FRONT LINES OF ADDICTION RECOVERY. AND H.U.D. SECRETARY VISITED SEVERAL NONPROFITS IN MY DISTRICT EARLIER THIS YEAR WHERE HE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND --

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                          • 01:28:52 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS. BAR

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                            MR. BARR

                            WHERE H.U.D. SECRETARY VISITED AND HE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE SUCCESS OF…

                            WHERE H.U.D. SECRETARY VISITED AND HE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE SUCCESS OF THESE EVIDENCE-BASED MODELS OF RECOVERY. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ST. JAMES PLACE, THE HOPE CENTER, AND CHRISTOPHER'S HOUSE FOR THEIR CRITICAL WORK THAT INSPIRED THIS LEGISLATION. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE THRIVE ACT WOULD SAVE AMERICAN LIVES AS WELL AS TAXPAYER FUNDS IN THE LONG RUN BY HELPING MORE INDIVIDUALS RISE ABOVE ADDICTION AND POVERTY. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:29:27 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            MS. WATERS

                            MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A LITTLE CLARITY IN WHAT…

                            MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A LITTLE CLARITY IN WHAT IS BEING PRESENTED BY MY COLLEAGUE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT VOUCHERS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM ANYBODY. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS NOBODY THINKS THAT VOUCHERS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM ANYBODY. THEY WILL NEVER GET THE VOUCHER. THEY ARE STANDING IN LINE WAITING FOR YEARS TO GET SECTION 8 VOUCHERS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE. THAT MEANS THAT YOU TAKE 10,000 VOUCHERS AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE AND THE FAMILIES AND THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING IN LINE ALL OF THIS TIME AND YOU GIVE IT TO A NEW POPULATION OF PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. THAT CANNOT BE DENIED. THAT IS THE FACT, AND I'M SURE THAT MY COLLEAGUE WHO IS PROPOSING THIS LEGISLATION WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THAT PERSON WHO HAD BEEN WAITING TORSO LONG WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WAIT BECAUSE THE VOUCHER THAT HE OR SHE COULD HAVE GOTTEN IS GOING TO GO TO SOMEONE ELSE. . LET ME TALK ABOUT MR. BARR'S LETTER THAT HE SENT TO THE APPROPRIATORS. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR OFFERING TO SEND THE LETTER, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR COMING TO ME AND ASKING ME IF I WOULD SIGN ONTO THE LETTER. BECAUSE WHAT MR. BARR IS DOING IS, IF I MAY CORRECTLY DESCRIBE THIS, IS HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU NEED SOME MONEY, YOU NEED SOME RESOURCES IN THIS PROGRAM. SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY'S LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS IS BASICALLY MEANINGLESS BECAUSE HIS OWN BILL DIRECTLY CONTRADICTS IT. AND I POINTED THIS OUT TO HIM AS WE HAD THIS DISCUSSION. THE PLAIN TEXT OF H.R. 5735 STATES, AND I QUOTE, NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED TO CARRY OUT THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS ACT AND THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THIS ACT. SUCH REQUIREMENTS SHALL BE CARRIED OUT USING AMOUNTS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED. MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU CAN'T SUPPORT LANGUAGE THAT SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITS APPROPRIATORS FROM FUNDING YOUR DEMONSTRATION AND THEN TURN AROUND AND ASK THE APPROPRIATORS TO PROVIDE FUNDING. THIS JUST DOESN'T MAKE GOOD SENSE, AND THAT'S WHY I HAD TO SAY THAT I COULD NOT SIGN ON WITH YOU ON THAT LETTER KNOWING WHAT THE LANGUAGE WAS IN THE LEGISLATION. SO IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY WANTS FUNDING FOR THIS DEMONSTRATION, HE NEEDS TO BE CONSISTENT IN HIS ADVOCACY FOR THAT FUNDING, AND THAT INCLUDES PETITIONING HIS OWN LEADERSHIP FOR A WAIVER OF THEIR RULES PREVENTING BILLS THAT COST MONEY FROM BEING CONSIDERED. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO JOIN THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IN REQUESTING FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL VOUCHERS TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, BUT I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS UNWORKABLE DEMONSTRATION, AND I CANNOT LEND CREDIBILITY TO HIS EFFORTS TO DISTRACT US FROM THE FACT THAT HIS BILL WOULD TAKE VOUCHERS AWAY FROM FAMILIES IN NEED WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE BEGGING, WAITING, PRAYING FOR A DECENT, SAFE, AND SECURE PLACE FOR THEIR FAMILIES TO LIVE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:33:17 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

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

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                          • 01:33:20 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED NOW TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED NOW TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY, THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                          • 01:33:30 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                          • 01:33:32 PM

                            MR. DUFFY

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, THANK YOU…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS FANTASTIC BILL THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED BY MR. BARR. THIS IS PRETTY SIMPLE STUFF. THERE ARE 2.2 MILLION VOUCHERS. 2.2 MILLION VOUCHERS, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT OF 10,000. 2.2 MILLION TOTAL, 10,000 IN A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SMALL SLIVER OF VOUCHERS THAT CAN GO TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS OR EVEN OTHER DRUGS TO SAY LET'S HELP USE THE VOUCHERS TO MOVE PEOPLE INTO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING THAT ARE NONPROFIT. SO PEOPLE MAKING MONEY OFF THIS, IT'S COMMUNITY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. HELP THEM MAINTAIN SOBRIETY. TEACH THEM VALUABLE JOB TRAINING KILLS. HELP THEM GET EMPLOYMENT. THIS IS JUST SIMPLE COMMON SENSE. FOR PEOPLE SAY, I CAN'T SUPPORT IT BECAUSE I AM TAKING VOUCHERS AWAY FROM OTHERS, THAT'S BOGUS. THERE'S 79% TURNOVER IN THE VOUCHER PROGRAM OF THE 2. MILLION, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SMALL SLIVER TO HELP -- 2.2 MILLION, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SMULL SLIVER TO HELP PEOPLE. THIS -- SMALL SLIVER TO HELP PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT PARTISAN. THE RANKING MEMBER HAS BEEN WONDERFUL TO WORK WITH ON A LOT OF ISSUES AND I APPRECIATE HER BIPARTISANSHIP. THIS IS ONE THAT I WOULD ASK HER TO TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND IF SHE DID I THINK SHE WOULD SAY IT'S A SMALL NUMBER AND IF IT WORKS, WE CAN EXPAND IT. WE CAN GROW IT, AND WE CAN HELP MORE PEOPLE GET OFF OF DEVASTATING DRUGS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE SIDE COMMENT. ON THESE DRUGS IN MY COMMUNITIES, IT'S NOT JUST THE INDIVIDUAL, IT'S CRUSHING FAMILIES. WE HAVE LITTLE KIDS THAT ARE BEING TAKEN OUT OF HOMES AND OUT OF HOME PLACEMENT, CRUSHING BUDGETS OF OUR COUNTIES.

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                          • 01:35:43 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30.

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                            MR. DUFFY

                            IF WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS DONE, THIS IS THE THOUGHT PROCESS THAT MR.…

                            IF WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS DONE, THIS IS THE THOUGHT PROCESS THAT MR. BARR HAS PUT IN THIS BILL OF CREATIVE THINKING, USING RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE GETTING CRUSHED BY THESE DEVASTATING DRUGS. I KNOW THE RANKING MEMBER CARES ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE DEEPLY, AND I KNOW SHE'S FOUGHT FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO HAVE BEEN INFLICTED WITH DRUG ABUSE AND I JUST ASK HER TO JOIN US AND SAY LET'S DO A SMALL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, JUST 10,000, LET'S WORK TOGETHER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:36:18 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                          • 01:36:22 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            YES, MR. DUFFY, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE VERY…

                            YES, MR. DUFFY, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE VERY DEEPLY, AND I WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW, WHILE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE 2.8 -- WHAT IS IT -- MILLION -- 2.8 MILLION VOUCHERS, DO YOU KNOW THERE ARE FIVE MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED OF THESE VOUCHERS? IF SO, YOU CANNOT MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT THERE'S MORE THAN ENOUGH TO GO AROUND WITH ALL OF THESE PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE. WHEN THEY OPENED UP THE WAITING LIST RECENTLY JUST IN LOS ANGELES ALONE, IT WAS HOW MANY? 600,000 PEOPLE WHO ATTEMPTED TO HAVE -- GET ACCESS TO THESE VOUCHERS. SO THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU'RE WILLING TO PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS. EITHER YOU'RE WILLING TO PAY FOR YOUR DEMONSTRATION PROJECT OR YOU WANT TO TAKE AWAY THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AND YOU DON'T TELL ME WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM BECAUSE YOU WON'T INCREASE THE NUMBER OF VOUCHERS. YOU DON'T WANT TO PUT ANY MONEY INTO IT, SO YOU'VE GOT TO SHOW HOW YOU CARE. IT'S ONE THING FOR US TO GET UP ON THIS FLOOR AND TALK AND DEBATE AND EXPLAIN WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN, BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING WHEN WE SAY WE'RE WILLING TO PUT THE RESOURCES THAT ARE NEEDED TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. AND SO I WILL JUST SAY THAT OF THE 2.8 MILLION PEOPLE WAITING, FIVE MILLION PEOPLE ARE IN NEED. THE AVERAGE WAITING TIME IS ALMOST TWO YEARS. AND SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? YOU DON'T NEED A DEMONSTRATION. WE HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION, WE HAVE ENOUGH RESEARCH, WE HAVE ENOUGH STORIES ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED FOR SO MANY YEARS AND HOW SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT HAD RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THEM TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. AND, AGAIN, I AM WILLING TO SPEND AS MANY HOURS AS IT TAKES TO HELP YOU KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF THIS PROBLEM. IT DIDN'T JUST START WITH OPIOID ABUSE. IT DIDN'T JUST START WITH COMMUNITIES WHO NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS BEFORE. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS. I JOIN WITH YOU IN WANTING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, BUT, MR. BARR, IT'S GOING TO COST SOME MONEY AND WE SHOULD NOT ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL. WE SHOULD NOT TAKE FROM THOSE IN NEED. WE SHOULD NOT TELL THE PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE, TOO BAD, STAND IN LINE A LITTLE BIT LONGER, BECAUSE WE HAVE A NEW EPISODE WE HAVE GOT TO DEAL WITH. LET'S TAKE CARE OF EVERYBODY WHO WANTS TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES, EVERYBODY WHO WANTS TO PUT BEHIND THEM THIS ADDICTION, EVERYBODY WHO'S BEGGING FOR JUST A SECOND CHANCE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:39:27 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

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

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                          • 01:39:30 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, CHAIRMAN OF OUR CAPITAL MARKETS COMMITTEE.

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                          • 01:39:38 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                          • 01:39:41 PM

                            MR. HUIZENGA

                            I APPRECIATE THIS FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND…

                            I APPRECIATE THIS FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM KENTUCKY FOR TACKLING THIS DIFFICULT AND VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MUCH-NEEDED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD EXPAND HOUSING OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING OUT OF ADDICTION TREATMENT AND REQUIRE CONTINUED SUPPORT. THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT EXHAUSTED ALL OF THEIR RESOURCES ALREADY. WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE ADDICTED. THAT'S WHY THEY ARE IN THIS. THAT'S WHY THEY QUALIFY FOR THESE HOUSING ASSISTANCE VOUCHERS, AND THIS IS RIGHT ON TARGET FOR HELPING THEM. SO THE THRIVE ACT IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT CAME OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE THAT WOULD CREATE A PILOT PROGRAM TO ALLOCATE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS TO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING NONPROFITS WITH EVIDENCE-BASED MODELS OF RECOVERY AND LIFE SKILLS TRAINING. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THIS IS 10,000 TOTAL VOUCHERS OUT OF THE 2.2 MILLION THAT ARE AVAILABLE, OR.5% OF ALL OF THOSE VOUCHERS, WHICHEVER IS LESS. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A PORTION, A SMALL PORTION OF ALL THE TOTAL VOUCHERS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. BUT HERE'S WHAT WE DO KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN. OUR COUNTRY, OUR STATES, OUR COMMUNITIES ARE IN CRISIS RIGHT NOW. OVER THE LAST DECADE, THERE'S BEEN THIS DRAMATIC RISE IN OPIOID ABUSE, WHETHER IT'S THE NONMEDICAL USE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AS WELL AS ILLICITLY MANUFACTURED HEROIN. WE NEED ENGAGEMENT AT EVERY LEVEL. IN LIGHT OF THIS MEDICAL EMERGENCY, THERE'S AN EXTREMELY PRESSING NEED FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR OPIOID RECOVERY. THEY MUST FOLLOW A PROVEN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH THAT'S HELPED THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS TO MAINTAIN SOBRIETY AFTER COMPLETING REHAB, GAIN THESE VALUABLE JOB SKILLS, OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT, AND EVENTUALLY TRANSITION BACK INTO SOCIETY TO LEAD INDEPENDENT LIVES. TIME AND TIME AGAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO JUST COMPLETED IN-PATIENT REHAB PROGRAMS ARE FORCED TO LIVE IN HOUSING SITUATION WHERE IS THEY'RE SURROUNDED BY THE PEOPLE THAT ARE USING THE SAME ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES THAT SENT THEM INTO REHAB. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. WHILE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY PLANS SHOULD COVER A SPAN OF THREE TO FIVE YEARS FOR AN INDIVIDUAL BASED ON THEIR NEEDS AND SEVERITY, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO PROPERLY PRIORITIZE AND FUND THE RECOVERY SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES THAT INDIVIDUALS NEED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. 23 MILLION AMERICANS ARE IN RECOVERY TODAY. LET ME REPEAT THAT. 23 MILLION PEOPLE ARE IN RECOVERY TODAY FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE. A SOBER, SAFE, HEALTHY LIVING ENVIRONMENT THAT PROMOTES RECOVERY FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE IS ESSENTIAL IN PROVIDING QUALITY RECOVERY SUPPORT. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO QUALIFY, AS I HAD SAID BEFORE, FOR THESE SECTION 8 VOUCHERS. BECAUSE THEY HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR RESOURCES, LET'S THROW THEM A LIFELINE. LET'S THROW THEM SOME HELP. LET'S ALLOW THEM TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO AND SUCCEED. SO THAT'S WHY I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE THRIVE ACT WHICH ALSO HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE MICHIGAN HEROIN AND OPIOID PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM, WHICH IS KNOWN AS MY HOPE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:42:59 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:43:01 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, AGAIN, I AM SO PLEASED THAT MEMBERS ON THE…

                            MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, AGAIN, I AM SO PLEASED THAT MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE JUST BEING INTRODUCED TO THIS CRISIS. I AM SO PLEASED THAT THEY ARE JUST LEARNING ABOUT ADDICTION. I AM SO PLEASED THAT THEY'RE WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT, BUT I'M NOT SO PLEASED THAT THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO SPEND ANY RESOURCES ON IT. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE AVERAGE COST OF A VOUCHER ANNUALLY IS $9,500. WHY CAN'T YOU SUPPORT THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY TO DEAL WITH CREDIBLE, DECENT HOUSING FOR THE VERY INDIVIDUALS THAT YOU SAY THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO GIVE SOME SUPPORT TO? I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH YOU KNOW ABOUT ADDICTION. I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE WAR ON DRUGS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT -- HAVE ANY OF YOU EVER VISITED A DRUG REHABILITATION PROJECT? LET ME COMMEND YOU TO ONE THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT. IT IS RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IT IS KNOWN AS N STREET VILLAGE. PLEASE GO SO THAT YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT WHAT THEY DO, WHAT THE COSTS ARE, HOW THEY STRUGGLE FOR MORE AND MORE RESOURCES TO HELP MORE AND MORE PEOPLE. YOU CANNOT LEGISLATE. YOU CANNOT COME UP WITH PROGRAMS WITHOUT HAVING AN UNDERSTANDING OF AND AN APPRECIATION OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED AND THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE SUFFERED. IT DIDN'T JUST START NOW. THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE TALKED ABOUT IT IS NOW A CRISIS. NO, IT'S BEEN A CRISIS FOR A LONG TIME, AND SO WITH THAT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:45:00 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

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

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                          • 01:45:03 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, VICE CHAIRMAN OF OUR CAPITAL MARKETS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                          • 01:45:11 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. .

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                            MR. HULTGREN

                            I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED…

                            I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES HAS AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC THAT IS CLAIMING 115 LIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE FACES AND THE STORIES FROM FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, DEMAND SOME SOLUTIONS FROM US. OVER FOUR YEARS AGO, ON OF IN MARCH OF 2014, I LAUNCHED OUR COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN ON OPIOIDS. SINCE THEN I HAVE WORKED WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS IN MY DISTRICT TO UPDATE OUR ACTION PLAN WITH LOCAL, FEDERAL AND POLICY OBJECTIVES. THIS IS KEY FOR SOBER LIVING INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED SUPPORT AS THEY NAVIGATE THEIR RECOVERY. AND ALLOW INDIVIDUALS IN RECOVERY TO HAVE ACCESS TO FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAMS. TRANSITIONAL HOUSING IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF RECOVERY THAT GET JOB TRAINING. I HAVE MET INDIVIDUALS WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN CHANGED BY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. CHRIS REED FROM MCHENRY, ILLINOIS, HAS BEEN SOBER SINCE 2009. HE WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER THAT OPENED A SOBER LIVING HOUSE IN OCTOBER, 2016 AND OPENED A HOUSE FOR WOMEN AND A THIRD HOME. ACCORDING TO CHRIS, HE SAID SOBER LIVING PROVIDES STRUCTURE, SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAT GREATLY IP CREASES THE CHANCES OF A PERSON WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER WILL ACHIEVE LONG-TERM SOMEBODY BRIGHT. BY PROVIDING HOUSING STABILITY SUCH AS JOB PLACEMENT PEER RECOVERY SUPPORT, SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES TO OTHERS, PEOPLE WITH S.U.D.'S CONNECT WITH A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY. I'M PROUD TO EXPAND ACCESS TO THESE TRANSITIONAL RECOVERY HOMES. THIS IS SOMETHING CONGRESS CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO PREVENT OPIOID OVERDOSES. LET'S MAKE A STATEMENT AND OFFER RESOURCES TO INDIVIDUALS FOR WHOM A TRANSITIONAL HOME COULD BE LIFE SAVING. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:47:41 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                          • 01:47:45 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER…

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE AND A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MS. VELAZQUEZ.

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                          • 01:48:00 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:48:03 PM

                            MS. VELAZQUEZ

                            I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. CHAIRMAN,…

                            I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 5735, THE THRIVE ACT. H.R. 5735 HAS A WORTHY GOAL, HELPING INDIVIDUALS STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION TO ACCESS TREATMENT AND RECOVERY SERVICES IS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT. BUT DESPITE THIS INTENTION, H.R. 5735 HAS SIGNIFICANT FLAWS, WHICH IN THE END, MAKE THE BILL UNWORKABLE. MY PRIMARY CONCERN IS THAT H.R. 5735 CARVES OUT 10,000 EXISTING SECTION 8 VOUCHERS FOR USE IN THIS PILOT PROGRAM WITHOUT AUTHORIZING NEW FUNDING FOR ANY ADDITIONAL VOUCHERS. THIS ESSENTIALLY DECREASES THE NUMBER OF SECTION 8 VOUCHERS IN CIRCULATION AND INCREASES WAIT TIMES FOR MILLIONS OF OTHER HOUSEHOLDS ALREADY SEEKING A VOUCHER. THOSE FORCED TO WAIT WILL INCLUDE LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, VETERANS AND THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS. YOU CANNOT JUST CHANGE WORDS IN THE LAW. YOU NEED TO OPEN YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT. CURRENTLY, ONLY ONE IN FOUR HOUSEHOLDS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING ASSISTANCE RECEIVE IT. AND IN NEW YORK CITY, WE HAVE MORE THAN 150,000 PEOPLE WAITING FOR A VOUCHER. WHILE I FULLY SUPPORT HELPING PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS AND RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT ROLE HOUSING PLAYS IN AN INDIVIDUAL'S PROCESS, PROVIDING VOUCHERS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE SHOULD NOT COME AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS IN NEED. AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND SECTION 8 PROGRAMS ARE WOEFULLY UNDERFUNDED. INSTEAD OF PROVIDING SECTION 8 VOUCHERS WITH JUST THOSE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS WE SHOULD BE PROVIDING MORE RESOURCES AND EXPANDING THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM TO HELP ALL THOSE IN NEED. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL PLACES ARBITRARY TIME LIMITS ON THE INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. THIS IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND OUT OF STEP WITH OTHER HOUSING PROGRAMS. FINALLY WHILE H.R. 5735 SEEKS TO HELP INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, IT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE FACT THAT MANY PEOPLE WITH THESE DISORDERS LOSE THEIR HOUSING BECAUSE OF THE HARSH AVICK -- EVICTION PROBLEMS. I SUPPORT THE RANKING MEMBER IN HER SUPPORT TO ENSURE THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS FACE EVICTION PROCEDURES AND --

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                          • 01:51:23 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE.

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                            MS. VELAZQUEZ

                            AND TENANTS COULD LOSE THEIR RESIDENCE. H.R. 5735 HAS A WORTHY GOAL.…

                            AND TENANTS COULD LOSE THEIR RESIDENCE. H.R. 5735 HAS A WORTHY GOAL. HOWEVER, THIS BILL IS PLAGUED WITH A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT UNLESS YOU PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO MAKE THIS LEGISLATION WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:51:54 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE…

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

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                          • 01:52:01 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. EMMER

                            WE TALK OFTEN OF THE VICTIMS BUT THERE IS AN IMPORTANT GROUP WE ARE…

                            WE TALK OFTEN OF THE VICTIMS BUT THERE IS AN IMPORTANT GROUP WE ARE LEAVING OUT, SURVIVORS. INDIVIDUALS WHO COMPLETE REHABILITATION AND OTHER TREATMENT PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN AND LEFT BEHIND WITHOUT A WAY TO BEGIN A NEW LIFE. IN PARTICULAR, FINDING A SUITABLE PLACE TO CALL HOME CAN BE ESPECIALLY CHALLENGING. RESEARCH HAS PROVEN THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SUBSTANCE USE AND HOMELESSNESS. IT'S TIME THAT CONGRESS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. 110,000 AMERICANS ARE HOMELESS WITH APPROXIMATELY HALF SUFFERING CHRONIC ADDICTIONS TO DRUGS, ALCOHOL OR BOTH. 70% OF HOMELESS VETERANS ARE ESTIMATED TO SUFFER FROM SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER. WE CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON TREATMENT AND PREVENTION BUT UNLESS WE LOOK TOWARD ASSISTING THOSE WHO NEED SUPPORT AFTER TREATMENT, THIS TERRIBLE CRISIS WILL CONTINUE. THAT'S WHY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5735 INTRODUCED BY ANDY BAR R WHOSE HOME STATE IS NO STRANGER. CALLED THE THRIVE ACT, THIS BILL WILL KICK OFF A FIVE-YEAR DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO SUPPORT TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. SPECIFICALLY, 10,000 SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR PEOPLE WITH AN OPIOID USE DISORDER. TRANSITIONAL HOUSING TAKES A WRAP-AROUND APPROACH BY PROVIDING RESIDENTS WITH A STABLE, SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT TO ADDRESS THEIR ADDICTION, MENTAL HEALTH AND/OR HOMELESSNESS. REQUIRED PARTICIPATION IN RECOVERY CLASSES, LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION CLASSES, MANDATORY SAVINGS PLANS AND PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT WILL IMPROVE THEIR LIMBS. THIS IS A VICIOUS CYCLE AND THESE AMERICANS NEED HELP TO BREAK IT. CONGRESS CAN STEP IN AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR THEIR NEXT STEP OF RECOVERY. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5735. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:54:25 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

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

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                          • 01:54:32 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. IT IS INTERESTING MY…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. IT IS INTERESTING MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE CAN COME INTO THIS CHAMBER AND TALK ABOUT HOMELESSNESS AND TALK ABOUT REHABILITATION AND TALK ABOUT THE NEED FOR HOUSING, I AM THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH EVERY WISH AND EVERY HOPE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS COMMITTEE TAKE UP A BILL ON HOMELESSNESS. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET THAT DONE. WE HAVE TAKEN UP OVER 100 BILLS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, BUT NOT ONCE HAVE WE DEALT WITH THE ISSUE OF HOMELESSNESS. THIS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA WHO TALKED ABOUT HOMELESSNESS AND THE FACT THAT VETERANS ARE HOMELESS, HE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. BUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? ARE YOU GOING TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND TRY AND CONVINCE THE MEMBER -- THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE THAT SOMEHOW A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT WHERE YOU TAKE 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM THE EXISTING VOUCHERS THAT PEOPLE ARE STANDING IN LINE FOR IS GOING TO MAKE A DENT IN THIS PROBLEM? I DON'T THINK SO. THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. AND I REALLY DO WANT THE MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAS NOT BEEN DONE TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEEDED A LOT OF ASSISTANCE AND A LOT OF HELP. I CAN RECALL, GOD BLESS HER SOUL, WHEN NANCY REAGAN SAID TO DRUG ABUSERS, JUST SAY NO. THIS IS ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT FALLS IN THAT CATEGORY. 10,000 VOUCHERS IN A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. YOU'VE BEEN HEARING HOW HUGE THIS PROBLEM IS. WE DON'T NEED A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT FOR A FEW PEOPLE, TAKING 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE. WE NEED TO APPROPRIATE THE DOLLARS THAT ARE NECESSARY, NUMBER ONE, TO HELP FUND THOSE ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PROBLEM FOR YEARS WHO NEED MORE MONEY, WHO NEED MORE BEDS, WHO NEED MORE RESOURCES. WE NEED MORE MONEY, NOT ONLY TO DEAL WITH THE HOUSING ISSUE THAT IS ATTEMPTING TO BE ADDRESSED IN THIS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, WHETHER IT IS HELPING TO EQUIP POLICE DEPARTMENTS WITH THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT TO SAVE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE ON THE STREET THAT ARE OVERDOSED, THAT THEY ENCOUNTER IN THEIR DAILY WORK. SOME COMMUNITIES HAVE THAT. A FEW COMMUNITIES HAVE THAT, BUT EVERY COMMUNITY EXPERIENCING THIS PROBLEM NEEDS TO HAVE THAT. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE NEED MORE BEDS FOR REHABILITATION. YOU CAN'T GET TO SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNTIL YOU DEAL WITH THE ADDICTION SO THAT WHEN PEOPLE ARE READY TO GO INTO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, THEY NEED THE SUPPORT THAT GOES ALONG WITH THAT. IT'S NOT JUST A BED AND A ROOF, BUT THE SOCIAL SERVICES THAT GO ALONG WITH IT. IT WILL COST MONEY. AND UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO PUT UP THE DOLLARS, UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH OUR APPROPRIATORS TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO HONESTLY AND FORCEFULLY DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE, WE'RE JUST TALKING ABOUT IT OR WE'RE JUST PONTIFICATING, WE ARE JUST SAYING THINGS THAT WE DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:58:39 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                          • 01:58:44 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, A…

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, A VERY HARD-WORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                            MR. BUDD

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY. THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY. THE THRIVE ACT IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR IT. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRUG ABUSE FOUND WE LOSE 115 AMERICANS TO THE OPIOID CRISIS. THESE ARE BROTHERS, SISTERS, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS. THIS IS A NATIONAL CRISIS AND AN ACTION WON'T CHANGE A SINGLE THING. I MET A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO TOLD ME WE NEED TO THINK MORE THAN JUST THE TREATMENT STAGE AND THEY ARE EXACTLY RIGHT. IT REMINDS ME OF A CONVERSATION I HAD RECENTLY WITH DAVID KESSLER WHO LIVES IN MY DISTRICT. GROUP CLASSES, COACHING AND ASSISTANCE WITH DETOX PROGRAMS ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HIS GROUP OFFERS. HE HAS FOUND THAT A CULTURAL METHOD THAT WORKS AND GOES TO SHOW US THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT THINGS WE COULD BE TRYING. THIS BRINGS ME TO THE BILL WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY. THE THRIVE ACT WHICH IS PART AND PARCEL OF THIS APPROACH AND EXPAND HOUSING OPTIONS AND REQUIRE CONTINUED SUPPORT. THIS IS THE KIND OF POLICY WE NEED TO BE CONSIDERING. HOUSING IS PART OF THE FOUNDATION THAT HELPS FORMER ADDICTS OFF THE STREETS AND INTO A PLACE TO RISE ABOVE POVERTY AND ADDICTION. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO MAKE A LARGER POINT BEFORE I CLOSE. THERE HAS BEEN AND THERE ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND STILL IS A STIGMA AROUND DRUG ADDICTION. IF WE WANT TO MAKE REAL PROGRESS, WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE LOOK AT THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING RATHER THAN SEEING THEM AS LIABILITIES AND NEED TO SEE THEM AS ASSETS. THE THRIVE ACT BY HELPING PEOPLE WILL DO JUST THAT. AND WHEN THEY HAVE A HOME, THEY WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO GET A JOB AND GET BACK TO BEING A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF SOCIETY. BOLD IDEAS ARE NEEDED AND THERE IS NO DOUBT MR. BARR R'S BILL. RONALD ALED REAGAN SAID WHAT IS RIGHT WILL EVENTUALLY TRIUMPH AND THERE IS PURPOSE AND WORTH TO EACH AND EVERY LIFE. I YIELD BACK. . .

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                          • 02:01:18 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                          • 02:01:22 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL REFER TO MY BILL ON HOMELESSNESS, AGAIN. MY…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL REFER TO MY BILL ON HOMELESSNESS, AGAIN. MY BILL IS A BILL THAT WILL END HOMELESSNESS, WILL END HOMELESSNESS. IT COSTS $13 BILLION, AND I WOULD DARE SAY, WE COULD HAVE FUNDED THIS EFFORT WHEN WE WERE THINKING ABOUT THE TAX CUTS. SOME OF THOSE TAX CUTS BENEFIT THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. WHILE WE WERE REDUCING THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FROM 35% TO 21%, WE COULD HAVE EASILY SPENT $13 BILLION TO DEAL WITH ENDING HOMELESSNESS. THAT TAX CUT WAS WORTH $1.8 TRILLION. WHAT WOULD $13 BILLION FROM THAT $1.8 TRILLION, WHAT WOULD THAT HAVE DONE FOR HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA? WE COULD HAVE BEEN ON THE ROAD TO ENDING HOMELESSNESS. AND SO THE BILL NUMBER IS H.R. 2096 -- 2076, EXCUSE ME, CORRECTION. 2076. I AM HOPEFUL THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THIS LEGISLATION SO THAT THEY KNOW THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN A LOT OF ATTENTION, THAT HAS A LOT OF RESEARCH, THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT TAKES TO GET RID OF HOMELESSNESS. SO MY BILL H.R. 2076 IS A BILL I WOULD ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO IMMEDIATELY SUPPORT. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, WHILE, AGAIN, WE HAVE MANY MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHO WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT PROVIDING HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WHO ARE THE VICTIMS OF OPIOID ABUSE AND DRUGS, I JOIN WITH THEM AND I, TOO, AM VERY CONCERNED AND I KNOW THAT WE CAN DO SOMETHING SUBSTANTIVE ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF PROVIDING HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES. BUT, AGAIN, I WILL SAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN, IT SHOULD NOT BE DONE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE HAVE A LITTLE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT THAT WILL TAKE AWAY 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM THE NEEDIEST OF PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN STANDING IN LINE IN ORDER TO SAY, THINK, OR HAVE ANYONE BELIEVE THAT WE ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS CRISIS IN AMERICA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:04:05 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:04:07 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, ANOTHER HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                          • 02:04:17 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                          • 02:04:19 PM

                            MS. TENNEY

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO STATE MY STRONG SUPPORT OF…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO STATE MY STRONG SUPPORT OF THE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR RECOVERY IN VIABLE ENVIRONMENTS, OR THE THRIVE ACT . THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS RAVAGED COMMUNITIES, TORN APART FAMILIES, AND DESTROYED THE LIVES OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS. OPIOID ABUSE AND DRUG-RELATED DEATHS ARE RISING AT ALARMING RATES. IN MY RURAL NEW YORK DISTRICT, DRUG-RELATED DEATHS ROSE OVER 350% IN THE SHORTT PERIOD OF 2012 AND 20 -- SHORT PERIOD OF 2012 AND 2016. I HEAR FROM FAMILIES ACROSS MY DISTRICT. THEY SHARE THEIR LOSS. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND ANYONE IN OUR COMMUNITIES WHO HASN'T BEEN AFFECTED BY ADDICTION WITH EITHER A FAMILY MEMBER OR A FRIEND. THIS WEEK WE'RE DELIVERING ON THE PROMISES WE MADE TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH THE PAIN OF ADDICTION. DURING A RECENT OPIOID ROUNDTABLE THAT I HOSTED IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK, A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED JESSICA SHARED HER STORY OF OPIOID ADDICTION AND RECOVERY. JESSICA'S STORY IS A STORY OF LOSS, RECOVERY, RESILIENCE, AND SURVIVAL. AT THE END, JESSICA STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF POSTTREATMENT PROGRAMS TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO REMAIN IN RECOVERY PROGRAMS AND TO AVOID POTENTIAL RELAPSES. THE THRIVE ACT BEGINS THE PROCESS OF DELIVERING ON THIS IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF ADDICTION RECOVERY BY EXPANDING TRANSITIONAL HOUSING OPTIONS TO THOSE MOST IN NEED. FURTHERMORE, THE THRIVE ACT FOCUSES ON EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMS, ENSURING THOSE IN RECOVERY ARE GIVEN ACCESS TO PROVEN, HIGH-QUALITY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING OPTIONS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN BARR FROM KENTUCKY, FOR HIS HARD WORK IN CRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE BEATER FUTURE FOR THOSE SUFFERING ADIRKS. MR. SPEAKER, -- SUFFERING ADDICTION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL EMPOWER COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS IN MY DISTRICT TO BREAK FREE FROM THE GRIPS OF DRUG ADDICTION. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR PROVIDING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:06:17 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                          • 02:06:20 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                          • 02:06:22 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            OF MY TIME.

                          • 02:06:26 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY HAPPY TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY HAPPY TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GEORGIA, MRS. HANDEL, A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE.

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                          • 02:06:40 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

                          • 02:06:43 PM

                            MRS. HANDEL

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE THRIVE ACT. IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT, FULTON AND…

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE THRIVE ACT. IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT, FULTON AND COBB COUNTIES HAVE THE HIGHEST OPIOID AND HEROIN OVERDOSE RATES. THOSE THAT MAKE THAT HARD COMMITMENT TO RECOVERY, CARE AND STABILITY IS IMPORTANT TO REMAIN DRUG-FREE. TOO OFTEN THEY RETURN TO THE SAME ENVIRONMENT INCREASING RISK OF RELAPSE. WORSE, MANY FIND THEMSELVES HOMELESS WITH NO RESOURCES AND NO JOB. THE THRIVE ACT WOULD CREATE A FIVE-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM THAT EXPANDS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS TRANSITIONING OUT OF TREATMENT PROGRAMS BUT STILL NEED HELP. THE PROGRAMS THAT SET -- THE PROGRAM SETS ASIDE FOR SECTION 8 VOUCHERS FOR HOUSING NONPROFITS. ONE SHARED WITH US THE INCREDIBLE OUTCOMES FROM THE RECOVERY KENTUCKY INITIATIVE LAUNCHED DURING HIS ADMINISTRATION. THIS LEGISLATION DRAWS ON THE PROGRAM AND ITS SUCCESS. I COMMEND GOVERNOR FLETCHER AND IN PARTICULAR MY COLLEAGUE, ANDY BARR FROM KENTUCKY, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS BILL WILL GIVE RECOVERING ADDICTS ADDED HELP THEY NEED TO RISE ABOVE THEIR ADDICTIONS AND FULFILL THEIR REAL POTENTIAL IN LIFE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE THRIVE ACT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 02:08:04 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                          • 02:08:08 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            MAY I INQUIRE OF MR. HENSARLING HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS DOES HE HAVE?

                          • 02:08:18 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            I ANTICIPATE NO MORE SPEAKERS. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            MS. WATERS

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:08:26 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:08:27 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE ARE SEEING MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF…

                            MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE ARE SEEING MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ADVANCE LEGISLATION FOCUSED ON INDIVIDUALS WITH OPIOID USE DISORDERS. WE ARE REALLY TALKING ABOUT DRUG ADDICTION. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THEY USED TO DRUG ADDICTS, AND I DON'T WANT US TO HIDE BEHIND ANY NEW LANGUAGE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A SERIOUS PROBLEM OF ADDICTION HERE. SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT IS MISSING FROM THESE BILLS. AND THAT IS NEW RESOURCES AND FUNDING NECESSARY TO ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS. H.R. 5735 IS A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF THIS PROBLEMATIC APPROACH. RATHER THAN PROVIDING FUNDING FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE VOUCHERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH THESE DISORDERS, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ADDICTED, THIS BILL TAKES AWAY 10,000 EXISTING VOUCHERS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE GO TO PEOPLE IN NEED, MANY OF WHOM HAVE BEEN WAITING AND WAITING FOR YEARS. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON WAITING LISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, SENIORS, VETERANS, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, PERSONS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, AND OTHERS IN NEED. REDISTRIBUTING THESE VOUCHERS AWAY FROM OTHERS WHO NEED HOUSING IS SIMPLY NOT A FAIR OR REASONABLE STEP. WHAT WE NEED IS BOLD ACTION TO COMMIT REAL DOLLARS TO TACKLING THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND ALSO TO ADDRESS THE SHORTAGE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THIS COUNTRY. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL FALLS SHORT AND COMMITS NO NEW FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL VOUCHERS. WHILE H.R. 5735 HAS AN IMPORTANT GOAL, THE WAY IT TRIES TO GET THERE IS ULTIMATELY HARMFUL AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. FOR THESE REASONS, I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. THIS WILL NOT BEGIN TO MAKE A DENT IN THE CRISIS. WE DON'T NEED A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A COMMITTED PROJECT, WITH THE FUNDING THAT'S NECESSARY IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH DRUG ADDICTION. WE HAVE DRUG ADDICTS WHO ARE IN THE ALLEYS AND ON THE STREETS IN COMMUNITIES WHO NEVER SAW THIS BEFORE, WHO NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS BEFORE. LISTEN TO SOMEONE WHO HAS SEEN IT, WHO KNOWS ABOUT IT, WHO UNDERSTANDS HOW MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST BECAUSE OF IT, AND LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING. IT IS NOT ABOUT A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. IT IS NOT ABOUT JUST A FEW VOUCHERS. THIS IS ABOUT REAL ACTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:10:58 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                            THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 02:11:02 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            MIGHT I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

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                            THE CHAIR

                            FOUR MINUTES.

                          • 02:11:07 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

                          • 02:11:09 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:11:11 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, IN MY CONGRESSIONAL CAREER, I EXPERIENCED A NUMBER OF…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, IN MY CONGRESSIONAL CAREER, I EXPERIENCED A NUMBER OF SURREAL MOMENTS. I THINK PERHAPS I AM EXPERIENCING ANOTHER ONE. AND THAT IS TYPICALLY WITHIN MY CAREER WITHIN MY CAREER NEXT -- NEXT TO A STUDY, I THINK THE LEAST, LEAST CONTROVERSIAL PROVISIONS WE TAKE UP IN THIS BODY ARE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS. AND WE DO IT ALL THE TIME. AND IT'S GOOD THAT WE DO IT ALL THE TIME SO WE CAN FIND OUT IF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN A SMALL SUBSET WITHIN OUR SOCIETY IS GOING TO WORK AND SO WE'LL ROLL OUT THE PROGRAM THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. AND TYPICALLY, THESE RECEIVE VERY STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I COULDN'T HELP BUT NOTICE THERE ARE ONLY TWO, TWO MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO ARE AGAINST THIS OPIOID HOUSING RECOVERY PROGRAM. AND WE HAD ALMOST A DOZEN REPUBLICANS ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE COME TO SUPPORT IT. I LISTENED VERY CAREFUL TO THE RANKING MEMBER WHO ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION SAID WE SHOULD NOT ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL. WELL, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SHE OR OTHER MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DECIDE TO SUBMIT BUDGETS THAT AREN'T BALANCED? WE JUST HAD A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT COME TO THIS FLOOR, AND IF MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT, IT WAS NOT, NOT SUPPORTED BY THE RANKING MEMBER. SO THUS, SHE APPEARS TO BE ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL. IS THAT OF GREAT CONCERN, I WILL CERTAINLY BE HAPPY TO GO TO OUR LEADERSHIP AND SEE IF WE CAN BRING THAT VOTE BACK TO THE HOUSE FLOOR SO THAT WE MIGHT BALANCE THE BUDGET. I HEARD IT SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW, THIS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT MAY TAKE AWAY A VOUCHER FROM A VETERAN, SOMEBODY HOMELESS, SOMEBODY DISABLED. WHO DO YOU THINK THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING WITH OPIOID ADDICTION ARE? THEY ARE VETERANS. THEY ARE HOMELESS. THEY ARE DISABLED, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THAT'S WHY IT'S SO CRITICAL THAT WE REACH OUT AND WE HELP THEM. I CONTINUE TO HEAR FROM THE RANKING MEMBER, WELL, THIS DOESN'T MAKE A DENT. THIS DOESN'T MAKE A DENT IN THE PROBLEM. SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT. IF WE CAN'T HELP EVERYBODY WE OUGHT TO HELP NOBODY I THINK IS THE LOGIC OF THAT ARGUMENT. WELL, WE REJECT THAT. WE REJECT THAT ARGUMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND SO, AGAIN, I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE ON OUR SUSPENSION CALENDAR, SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE RECEIVING OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT APPARENTLY HAS TO COME WITH WHAT WE CALL A RULE BILL. BUT WE KNOW THAT 42,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE LAST CALENDAR YEAR TO WHERE WE HAVE THE DATE DUE TO OPIOID ABUSE. UP TREMENDOUSLY. UP TREMENDOUSLY. AND SO THERE'S JUST AN URGENT NEED TO TARGET RESOURCES FOR SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT SERVICES TO MAKE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY RIGHT HERE IN THIS HOUSE, RIGHT NOW TODAY TO SAY THAT WE HAVE THE EVIDENCE. LET'S TAKE SOME SECTION 8 VOUCHERS AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION. AND SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. WHAT A WONDERFUL LEADER HE IS ON OUR COMMITTEE. . WE'RE NOT HELPING EVERYBODY, I ADMIT T BUT TO BEGIN TO PUT PEOPLE IN TRANSITIONAL HOUSING I. URGE ALL MEMBERS TO -- HOUSING, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE THRIVE ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:15:27 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL…

                            ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES PRIPTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-73. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751. EACH SUCH TIME MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT. SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AN AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-71. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                          • 02:16:31 PM

                            MR. BARR

                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT I

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                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENTED NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-751, OFFERED BY…

                            AMENDMENTED NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-751, OFFERED BY MR. BARR OF CONTRACT C

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                          • 02:16:42 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, AND A…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                          • 02:16:52 PM

                            MR. BARR

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. BARR

                            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO THE LEGISLATION AT…

                            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO THE LEGISLATION AT ISSUE TODAY, H.R. 5735, THE THRIVE ACT, WHICH AGAIN WOULD MAKE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THOSE MOST IN NEED BY ALLOCATING A LIMITED NUMBER OF HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS TO NONPROFITS THAT PROVIDE HOUSING, WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT JOB, PLACEMENT, AND CONTINUED ADDICTION RECOVERY SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING OUT OF REHAB AND BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE. THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT INTRODUCES IMPROVEMENTS TO THE THRIVE ACT BASED ON FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED FROM VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS IN THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND RECOVERY COMMUNITIES. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS TECHNICAL DRAFTING ASSISTANCE FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. AMONG THESE CHANGES INCLUDE CLARIFYING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN ILLICIT DRUG USE AND MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT. REQUIRING NONPROFITS TO SHOW THAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCE ADMINISTERING HOUSING PROGRAMS AND ARE IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE FAIR HOUSING AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964. REQUIRING H.U.D. AND ELIGIBLE ENTITIES TO COORDINATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND LOCAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARDS. ELIMINATING TIME LIMITS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN THE PROGRAM, AUTHORIZING WAIVER AUTHORITY ALLOWING H.U.D. GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM WHILE STILL REQUIRING FULL COMPLIANCE WITH STATUTES AND REGULATIONS RELATED TO FAIR HOUSING NONDISCRIMINATION, LABOR STANDARDS, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS. AND OTHER TECHNICAL CHANGES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, INCLUDING CONGRESSWOMAN SINEMA, FOR SUGGESTING SEVERAL OF THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BILL INCLUDED IN THIS AMENDMENT. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EMPHASIZE ONCE AGAIN MY COMMITMENT TO WORKING WITH MS. SINEMA AND OTHER COLLEAGUES TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL ESTIMATES THAT THE TOTAL ECONOMIC BURDEN OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOID MISUSE ALONE IN THE UNITED STATES IS 7.5 BD A YEAR. OUR PROGRAMS ARE AN UNDERUTILIZED SOURCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THIS NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. THE THRIVE ACT IS A SMALL INVESTMENT OF ONLY 10,000 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS OUT OF A TOTAL OF OVER TWO MILLION, TO PEOPLE WHO ARE LITERALLY DYING EVERY DAY. IT HAS EARNED THE SUPPORT OF OVER 140 RECOVERY ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE ON THE FRONTLINES OF THIS EPIDEMIC. ONCE AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS NOT A REASON TO VOTE AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT IS EPIDEMIC. USING EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO ARE OBJECTING TO THIS LEGISLATION ARE MAKING THE WRONG-HEADED AND MISGUIDED ARGUMENT, THE CLAIM THAT THIS IS SOMEHOW TAKING AWAY FROM OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PROGRAM. THERE ARE 198,000 VOUCHERS THAT COME UP EACH AND EVERY YEAR. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT NOT TAKING VOUCHERS AWAY FROM ANYONE. BUT USING THOSE DOCTORS THAT BECOME AVAILABLE FOR NEW RECIPIENTS, AND THESE RECIPIENTS ARE OFTENTIMES ELIGIBLE FOR THE SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM ANYWAY BECAUSE THEY COME OUT OF REHAB WITHOUT NEW RECIPIENTS, AND THESE RESOURCES. THEY ARE STATUTORILY ELIGIBLE. WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT TAKING AWAY FROM VETERANS, WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT TAKE AG WAY FROM THE DISABLED, OR FROM THE HOMELESS, THAT'S WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE. THESE PEOPLE TYPICALLY ARE WITHOUT HOMES. THEY ARE IN MANY CASES VETERANS. THE ST. JAMES PLACE, WHICH IS ONE OF THESE RECOVERY CENTERS IN MY DISTRICT, FOCUSES EXCLUSIVELY ON VETERANS WHO ARE ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS. THESE PEOPLE ARE OBVIOUSLY ALSO STRUGGLING WITH A DISABILITY. SO THE THRIVE ACT DESERVES EVERY ONE OF OUR -- SO EVERY ONE OF THESE MEMBERS SUPPORT. THESE ORGANIZATIONS AND THESE FOLKS WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION ARE LITERALLY CRYING OUT FOR CONGRESS TO HELP, AND WE NEED TO ANSWER THAT CALL. I URGE SUPPORT FROM MY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION SO WE CAN WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO IMPROVE HOUSING OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS RECOVERING FROM OPIOID ADDICTION AND OTHER SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 02:21:13 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY --

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                          • 02:21:18 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                          • 02:21:22 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MS. WATERS

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH . MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT IS…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH . MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY A LAST-DIDGE ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS SIGNIFICANT ADMINISTRATIVE CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DIRECT INTERPRETATION OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE FACT THAT THIS AMENDMENT HAD TO BE REVISED THREE TIMES BEFORE A FINAL VERSION WAS SUBMITTED PAST THE DEADLINE FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE RULES COMMITTEE IS INDICATIVE OF THE HASTY AND HAPHAZARD NATURE IN WHICH THIS BILL HAS BEEN COBBLED TOGETHER. FOR EXAMPLE, IN RESPONSE TO A CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SCORE THAT INTERPRETED THE BILL TO CREATE UP TO 50,000 NEW VOUCHERS RESULTING IN A COST OF $1.2 BILL, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CLARIFY THAT THE INTENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY WAS NOT TO PROVIDE NEW FUNDING BUT INSTEAD TO TAKE VOUCHERS AWAY FROM PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT RESOLVES FEW TECHNICAL ISSUES, IT ALSO CREATES NEW PROBLEMS, IN PARTICULAR THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ADD BROAD AUTHORITY FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, TO WAIVE REQUIREMENTS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM. THIS INCLUDES BEING ABLE TO WAIVE BASIC TENET PROTECTIONS, AS WELL AS THE REQUIREMENT THAT RENT OR AFFORDABLE TO RESIDENTS AT 30% OF THEIR ADJUSTED INCOME, WHICH IS KNOWN AS BROOK RULE. IN SUM, THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES WITH THIS BILL, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT IT PROHIBITS NEW FUNDING. MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, I REALLY DO NEED TO POINT OUT THAT PERHAPS IT WAS NOT CLEAR IN MR. BARR'S PRESENTATION ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT THAT THIS AMENDMENT ADDITIONALLY REINFORCES HIS POINT THAT NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS WOULD BE AUTHORIZED. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IF YOU LOOK AT SECTION 5 OF THE BILL, OF THE AMENDMENT, WHERE IT SAYS NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS AUTHORIZED, I'LL READ IT, IT SAYS NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED TO CARRY OUT THEIR REQUIREMENTS OF THIS ACT AND THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THIS ACT. SUCH REQUIREMENT SHALL BE CARRIED OUT USING AMOUNT OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED, WHICH SIMPLY MEANS TAKING 10,000 VOUCHERS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING IN LINE, WHO ARE DESPERATE FOR THE NEED FOR SAFE AND SECURE HOUSING, AND IT MAKES SURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT HE DOES NOT WANT ANY MORE FUNDS APPROPRIATED, EXCEPT THERE'S SOME KIND OF CONTRADICTION THAT COULD BE CONFUSING. WHEN HE FIRST INTRODUCED THE BILL, AND I TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE HAD NOT ONLY ASKED ME TO SIGN ON TO A LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS ASKING FOR MORE MONEY, AND I DECIDED NOT TO DO THAT BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT HE STILL HAD THIS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD SAY THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS SPENT ON THIS. WHAT IS MY FRIEND DOING? WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT? HOW CAN HE SEND A LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS ASKING FOR MORE MONEY WHEN NOT ONLY DOES HE HAVE IN THE BILL, BUT IN THE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL VERY CLEAR LANGUAGE THAT SAYS THERE SHOULD BE NO ADDITION AM FUNDS -- ADDITIONAL FUNDS APPROPRIATED. OF COURSE THAT'S CONFUSING AND I'M NOT SO SURE WHY THE CONTRADICTION IS THERE. BUT I DO KNOW THIS. I BELIEVE THAT THE INTENT OF MY KWLEEG IS A GOOD INTENT. THAT HE REALLY WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION. I BELIEVE THAT MOST OF THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE GOTTEN INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE AND LEARNING ABOUT IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE'S A CRISIS FOR THE FIRST TIME WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS ISSUE. BUT WHAT THEY HAVE NOT DONE IS, THEY HAVE NOT TAKEN THE TIME TO CONSTRUCT LEGISLATION TO TRULY DEAL WITH THE ISSUE, AND SPEND THE MONEY. ASK FOR THE MONEY, ASK FOR THE RESOURCES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH WHAT THEY SAY IS A CRISIS. THEY COME HERE AND THEY TALK ABOUT HOMELESSNESS AND THEY TALK ABOUT THE OPIOID ABUSERS WHO ARE ON THE THE MONEY. ASK FOR THE MONEY, ASK FOR THE RESOURCES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH WHAT STREETS WHO NEED HOUSING. YES, THEY DO. JUST AS ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN STANDING IN LINE WAITING FOR SECTION 8 HOUSING NEED HOUSING. THEY TALK ABOUT VETERANS WHO ARE HOMELESS. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. SOME OF THOSE VETERANS HAVE DRUG PROBLEMS. OTHERS DON'T HAVE DRUG PROBLEMS. THEY HAVE COME BACK FROM THEIR SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY WITHOUT JOBS, WITHOUT A PLACE TO LIVE, AND HERE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ROBBING THE FOLKS WHO HAVE PLACE TO LIVE, BEEN STANDING IN LINE AND WHO ARE IN NEED, INCLUDING THE VETERANS ON THE STREET, ROBBING THEM OF THEIR OPPORTUNITY, BECAUSE WE WANT TO TAKE AWAY 10,000 HOUSING VOUCHERS FROM THEM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:26:46 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. JUST TO RESPOND BRIEFLY TO SOME OF THOSE CLAIMS.

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                            MR. BARR

                            OUR EFFORTS TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, OUR OVERTURE TO THE RANKING…

                            OUR EFFORTS TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, OUR OVERTURE TO THE RANKING MEMBER TO ACTUALLY MEET HER HALFWAY SHOULD BE ACTUALLY WELCOMED. IT SHOULDN'T BE REJECTED. IF SHE'S CONCERNED ABOUT MORE FUNDING, GUESS WHAT? THAT'S NOT WHAT THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES DO. THAT'S WHAT THE APPROPRIATORS DO. IF THE RANKING MEMBER WERE SINCERE, SHE WOULD SIGN ON TO THE LETTER, A LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS WITH RESPECT TO PROVIDING ADDITIONAL FUNDS. IN ANY EVENT, THIS IS NOT HASTILY PUT TOGETHER. THIS IS THE RESULT OF A LOT OF FEEDBACK, OF HEARINGS, OF MANY YEARS OF ACTUALLY TALKING AND LISTENING TO NOT-FOR-PROFITS IN THIS LINE OF WORK AND THEY ARE BEGGING US, ALONG WITH 144 OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND ADDICTION RECOVERY, TO PASS THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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                          • 02:27:46 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                            THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN OR TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 117-71. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                          • 02:28:11 PM

                            MR. ROHRABACHER

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OFFER A SIMPLE BUT CRUCIAL AMENDMENT TO THE THRIVE…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OFFER A SIMPLE BUT CRUCIAL AMENDMENT TO THE THRIVE ACT TO ENSURE --

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                          • 02:28:18 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-751,…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-751, OFFERED BY MR. ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA.

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                          • 02:28:33 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 02:28:40 PM

                            MR. ROHRABACHER

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER A SIMPLE BUT CRUCIAL…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER A SIMPLE BUT CRUCIAL AMENDMENT TO THE THRIVE ACT TO ENSURE THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE A SAY IN WHICH SOBER LIVING HOMES ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE NONPROFITS WHO APPLY FOR FUNDING UNDER THIS BILL TO PROVE THAT THE FEDERAL DOLLARS THEY RECEIVE ARE ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. MY AMENDMENT DISTRIBUTED ONLY TO FACILITIES THAT HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE RELEVANT LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO OPERATE IN THAT LOCATION. THE PROLIFERATION OF UNLICENSED SOBER LIVING HOMES IN RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES IN MY DISTRICT AND THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY HAS HAD A DILL TEAROUS IMPACT ON LOCAL RESIDENTS AND NOT WELL SERVED THE DRUG AND ALCOHOLIC ADDICTS THE PROGRAM IS SUPPOSED TO HELP. MANY, NOT ALL, BUT MANY OF THESE FACILITIES, ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY UNSCRUPULOUS ACTORS. THESE BAD ACTORS TOTALLY DISREGARD THE IMPACT ON LOCAL RESIDENTS OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO RESIDE IN THE SOBER LIVING HOMES THEMSELVES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST NOT SUBSIDIZE THIS. IT IS NOT ONLY THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD THAT SUFFERS IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT RESIDENTS OF THE ALSO RECOVERING ADDICTS WHOSE TREATMENT FACILITY HAS NO OVERSIGHT AND SOMETIMES NO ACTUAL PERSONAL PROGRAM FOR RECOVERY. THIS BILL WITH MY AMENDMENT PRODUCES A BALANCED STEP TOWARD HELPING VICTIMS OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC WHILE SAFEGUARDING THE RIGHTS OF FAMILIES, HOMEOWNERS, AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN BARR, HAS AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT. I URGE THE REST HOMEOWNERS, AND LOCAL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN US AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS AMENDMENT. I WOULD ALSO NOTE THAT IT IS THE FEDERAL FAIR HOUSING ACT THAT SHIELDS BAD ACTORS AND PREVENTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM DOING ANYTHING MEANINGFUL ABOUT THE PROBLEM ASSOCIATED WITH SOBER LIVING HOMES. MUNICIPALITIES FACE COSTLY LITIGATION FOR TRYING TO ADDRESS THEIR TRANSIENT NATURE. LOCAL RESIDENTS, AND OFTEN EXPERIENCED INCREASE CRIME IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, NOT TO MENTION THE OTHER THREATS TO THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. . THE THRIVE ACT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE FAIR HOUSING ACT BUT I HAVE A BILL THAT WILL DO THAT. I URGE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5724, THE RESTORING COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT TO SOBER LIVING HOMES ACT. MY BILL WOULD NARROWLY AMEND THE FAIR HOUSING ACT TO RETURN TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THEIR PROPER ZONING AUTHORITY TO MANAGE SOBER LIVING HOMES IN A MANNER ACCEPTABLE TO THE LOCAL PEOPLE AND SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP THOSE DRUG ADDICTS AS WELL AS THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. SO I GLADLY SUPPORT -- OFFER THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER BOTH THIS AMENDMENT AS WELL AS THE BILL THAT I WILL SUBMIT ON THIS ISSUE.

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                          • 02:31:43 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                            MR. ROHRABACHER

                            YIELD BACK. I RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                          • 02:31:53 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I DON'T THINK THE AMENDMENT DOES WHAT HE…

                            TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I DON'T THINK THE AMENDMENT DOES WHAT HE WOULD LIKE IT TO BUT I AM NOT OPPOSED. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 02:32:00 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

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                            MR. ROHRABACHER

                            I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

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

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-71. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 02:32:33 PM

                            MS. MOORE

                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751 OFFERED BY…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751 OFFERED BY MS. MOORE OF WISCONSIN.

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                          • 02:32:45 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS.…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                          • 02:32:54 PM

                            MS. MOORE

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY MAKES NONPROFIT…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY MAKES NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT VOUCHERS TO HOUSE PEOPLE IN RECOVERY FOR DRUG ADDICTION. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY MAKES TRIBAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES ALSO ELIGIBLE TO APPLY AND RECEIVE THE VOUCHERS. I, LIKE THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, AM CONCERNED THAT THIS BILL, WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FUNDING, HOW THE WELL INTENDED, REALLY ROBS PETER TO PAY PAUL AND CANNIBALIZE FUNDS AND PRIORITIZE SEEKING HOUSING SOLUTIONS WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALS WITH ADDICTION PROBLEMS OVER OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WHO ARE LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, WHO'VE BEEN WAITING IN LINE IN NEED OF SUBSIDY IN ORDER TO MAKE ENDS MEET, OTHER HOMELESS POPULATIONS. AGAIN, I THINK THIS IS A LAUDABLE GOAL, BUT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT WHETHER -- ABOUT THIS BILL HAVING ANY APPROPRIATIONS CONNECTED TO IT. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE IN FACT ARE GOING TO TAKE THIS APPROACH, I'M SURE WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT TRIBAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES SHOULD ALSO BE ELIGIBLE. INDIAN COUNTRY HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY DRUG ADDICTION AND TRIBES FROM ACROSS THE NATION HAVE STRUGGLED TO KEEP PACE WITH TREATING THEIR ADDICTED POPULATIONS AND ALL THE TIRTIARY PROBLEMS INVOLVED WITH ADDICTION, INCLUDING HOUSING PROBLEMS. AND THE REALITY IS THAT NONPROFITS ARE REALLY OPERATING IN INDIAN COUNTRY NOW, AND THE UNIQUE GEOGRAPHIC AND CULTURAL CHALLENGES MAKES IT VERY UNLIKELY THAT ANY NONPROFIT WILL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SERVE INDIAN COUNTRY EVEN IF THE PROGRAM IS SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER AREAS. INDIAN TRIBES ARE MAKING DUE. THERE ARE SOME SUCCESS STORIES LIKE THE POTTAWATOMIE IN MILWAUKEE. I STRONGLY BELIEVE OUR SACRED TRUST OBLIGATIONS TO INDIAN COUNTRY MAKE IT NECESSARY TO INCLUDE TRIBES IN THIS LEGISLATION. AND I'D RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:35:20 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                          • 02:35:24 PM

                            MR. BARR

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

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. BARR

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, FIRST, I WANT TO MAKE AN OBSERVATION THAT IN THE COURSE OF…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, FIRST, I WANT TO MAKE AN OBSERVATION THAT IN THE COURSE OF THIS DEBATE, NOT ONE OF THE MEMBERS SPEAKING IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION HAS MADE THE ARGUMENT THAT TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, THESE TRANSITIONING HOUSING MODELS WON'T WORK. NONE THEY WON'T WORK, WON'T ACHIEVE LONG-TERM RECOVERY, SO WHY WOULD ANYONE OPPOSE THE LEGISLATION? I WILL ACCEPT MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN'S AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE THE CONTRIBUTION SHE'S MAKING TO MAKE SURE THAT NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES AND THEIR TRIBAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES ARE DESIGNATED AS ELIGIBLE ENTITIES TO RECEIVE VOUCHERS. THIS AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY -- COMMUNITIES RESIDING IN TRIBAL AREAS WILL HAVE RAN OPPORTUNITY TO -- WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. AND IT WILL HELP THOSE IN NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES TO MAKE SURE VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE SHOULD AN ELIGIBLE NONPROFIT NOT BE AVAILABLE. BECAUSE SOME OF THE TRIBAL AREAS ARE LOCATED IN VERY REMOTE AREAS, THE NONPROFIT ENTITIES ENVISIONED UNDER THIS DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM MAY NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO REACH ONTO THOSE RESERVATIONS. THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES TRANSITIONAL HOUSING WHEN SUCH NONPROFIT PARTICIPATION COULD BE LOW. THIS AMENDMENT ENSURES THAT TRIBAL COMMUNITIES ARE NOT DISADVANTAGED BY A LACK OF NONPROFIT ACCESS SO THAT THEY HAVE AN ADEQUATE VOUCHER DISBERGS ENTITY TO COMMUNITY INDIVIDUALS AS THEY RECOVER FROM ADDICTION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                            MS. MOORE

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU KNOW, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT…

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU KNOW, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT AT ALL ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMITMENT AND HIS SINCERITY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HOUSING CHALLENGES FOR THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED. I WOULD JUST NOTE THAT MY OWN EXPERIENCE IN MY COMMUNITY, AS SIMILAR TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA'S, WE'VE SEEN PEOPLE BE ON THE WAITING LIST FOR 10 YEARS TO GET IN HOUSING. AS WE APPEAR TO BE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THERE BEING ENOUGH HOUSING RESOURCES, IT'S ONLY BECAUSE OF THAT EXPERIENCE WHERE WE'VE SEEN PEOPLE ON THE WAIT LIST FOR 10 YEARS. SO WITH THAT I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AGAIN, THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS CONSIDERATION.

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                          • 02:38:12 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. BARR

                            IN CONCLUSION, I ACCEPT AND SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AND I'LL…

                            IN CONCLUSION, I ACCEPT AND SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT AND I'LL JUST REMIND ALL MEMBERS AND ESPECIALLY MEMBERS WHO MIGHT BE CONSIDERING WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO VOTE FOR THE LEGISLATION, IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS, THE PROPER CHANNEL IS TO REQUEST THAT FROM THE APPROPRIATORS. ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS CONSIDERING VOTING ON THIS LEGISLATION CAN SIGN THIS BIPARTISAN LETTER TO THE APPROPRIATORS ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THIS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. BUT IT IS NOT A REASON TO NOT VOTE YES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-71. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. BIGGS

                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751 OFFERED BY…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-751 OFFERED BY MR. BIGGS OF ARIZONA.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS,…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. BIGGS

                            THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. BIGGS

                            THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I COMMEND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND THE GENTLEMAN…

                            THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I COMMEND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON THIS BILL. THOUGHTFUL EFFORTS TO PUT TOGETHER A PILOT PROGRAM THAT IS DESIGNED TO HELP PEOPLE WHO SUFFER THIS OPIOID ADDICTION. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THEM FOR THEIR THOUGHTFUL EFFORTS. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY NARROWS THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE IMPOSED ON THE SECRETARY. THIS DOES NOT PROSCRIBE OR NECESSARILY LIMIT THE PARAMETERS OF THE REPORT BUT PREVENTS UNNECESSARY PROGNOSTICATION ON THE PART OF THE SECRETARY, WHICH I BELIEVE WILL ALLOW FOR AN ACCURATE AND VALUABLE ASSESSMENT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PILOT PROGRAM'S TESTING PERIOD. WITH THAT I RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                          • 02:40:26 PM

                            MS. WATERS

                            I HAVE NO --

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                            THE CHAIR

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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                          • 02:40:34 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

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

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. HENSARLING

                            THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR COMING AND OFFERING THIS VERY SIMPLE…

                            THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR COMING AND OFFERING THIS VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT. I THANK HIM FOR HIS KIND WORDS FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY WHO, AGAIN, HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING LEADER IN THIS EFFORT. THE AMENDMENT WILL SIMPLY ALLOW CONGRESS TO WORK ITS WILL ON THE REPORT FROM THE SECRETARY, ALLOW US TO HAVE OUR OWN FULL ANALYSIS. I THINK IT'S A HELPFUL AMENDMENT. I WOULD URGE ITS ADOPTION. FINALLY, I WOULD JUST ECHO WHAT MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY, THE LEADER OF THIS EFFORT, HAS SAID. WE ARE AN AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE, NOT AN APPROPRIATING COMMITTEE. UNDER THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. AND WE AUTHORIZE PROGRAMS BASED UPON PRIORITIES. WE DO DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ALL THE TIME. IF THERE WAS EVER A WORTHY ONE THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THIS BODY IN THE MIDST OF, AGAIN, A LEGITIMATE CRISIS ON OPIOID ADDICTION, IT OUGHT TO BE THIS PROGRAM. WE'VE HAD SEVERAL AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN AGREED TO BY THE MAJORITY. I THINK ALL HAVE PROBABLY IMPROVED THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. BUT, AGAIN, SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE HAVE TO TAKE SO MUCH FLOOR TIME ON THIS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE ARGUMENT THAT IF YOU CAN'T HELP EVERYBODY DON'T HELP ANYBODY. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE ARGUMENT THAT SINCE YOU'RE NOT AN APPROPRIATING COMMITTEE DON'T AUTHORIZE THE HELP. I SIMPLY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT. AGAIN, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY IN THIS CONGRESS ON THIS FLOOR AT THIS MOMENT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE ROAD TO RECOVERY FOR THOUSANDS OF OPIOID ADDICTS WHO ARE TRYING, TRYING TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER. IF WE BELIEVE IN THEIR HOPE, IF WE BELIEVE IN THEIR CAUSE, WE SHOULD SUPPORT, WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE THRIVE ACT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:42:51 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. :…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. : THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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                          • 02:42:58 PM

                            MR. BIGGS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                          • 02:43:48 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                            THE CHAIR

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

                            MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5735 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                            THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 5735 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. 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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                            THE CLERK

                            A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A…

                            A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO SET ASIDE SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS FOR SUPPORT OF TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS RECOVERING FROM OPIOID USE DISORDERS OR OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

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                            MR. HENSARLING

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                          • 02:45:19 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. HOPE DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK…

                            NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. HOPE DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE --

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                          • 02:45:25 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

                          • 02:45:27 PM

                            MR. HENSARLING

                            I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. . PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1RK THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE I

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                            WE TAKE YOU LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE, THEY'RE RETURNING FOR VOTES ON A…

                            WE TAKE YOU LIVE NOW TO THE U.S. HOUSE, THEY'RE RETURNING FOR VOTES ON A COUPLE OF BILL DECEMBER BAITED EARLIER. WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 5788 AND THE QUESTION ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 5735. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. THE REMAINING VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 5788 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                          • 04:01:05 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 557, H.R. 5788, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING…

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 557, H.R. 5788, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCESSING BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS AND TO REQUIRE THE PROVISION OF ADVANCED ELECTRONIC INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL MAIL SHIPMENTS OF MAIL, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

                            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                          • 04:28:47 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 353. THE NAYS ARE 52. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 353. THE NAYS ARE 52. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 5735 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                          • 04:29:11 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 554, H.R. 5735, A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES…

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 554, H.R. 5735, A BILL TO AMEND THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937 TO ESTABLISH A DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO SET ASIDE SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS FOR SUPPORTIVE AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS RECOVERING FROM OPIOID USE DISORDERS OR OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

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

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                          • 04:37:19 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 230 AND THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED…

                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 230 AND THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                            MR. SPEAKER.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            PLEASE REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE --…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE -- AND SACRIFICE OF U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT --

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                          • 04:39:33 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                            WE RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SACRIFICE OF U.S. STAFF SERGEANT…

                            WE RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SACRIFICE OF U.S. STAFF SERGEANT ALEXANDER W. CONRAD FROM CHANDLER, ARIZONA, WHO WAS RECENTLY KILLED BY INDIRECT ENEMY FIRE WHILE IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION SHIELD IN SO MALL QUA. HE WAS A HUMAN INTELLIGENCE NONCOMMISSION OFFICER ASIGNED TO THE FIRST BATTALION THIRD SPECIAL FORCES GROUP. SERGEANT CONDITION RAD'S DECORATED SERVICE INCLUDED TWO TOURS IN AFGHANISTAN IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. HE WAS AWARD THE PURPLE HEART AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL. MR. SPEAKER, SERGEANT CONRAD WAS ONE OF ARIZONA'S FINEST HE FOUGHT TO FREE THE OPPRESSED AND ENSURE ALL AMERICANS LIVE OUT THEIR DAYS IN LIBERTY. PLEASE KEEP HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COMRADES IN YOUR PRAYERS AND NOW I ASK THAT YOU PLEASE JOIN ME AND MY ARIZONA COLLEAGUES FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT ALEXANDER W. CONRAD.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            MEMBERS WILL OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT…

                            THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE -- WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE BRAND OPENING OF THE WICHITA…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE BRAND OPENING OF THE WICHITA ADVANCED LEARNING LIBRARY.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS…

                            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE GRAND OPENING OF THE WICHITA…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE GRAND OPENING OF THE WICHITA ADVANCED LEARNING LIBRARY ON JUNE 16, 2018. THE WICHITA ADVANCED LEARNING LIBRARY HAS BEEN A CENTRAL PROJECT OF WICHITA'S LARGEST CITY SINCE 2006. AFTER BREAKING GROUND ON THE PROJECT TWO WEEKS AGO, IT WILL BE AN HONOR TO ATTEND THE GRAND OPENING THIS SATURDAY.

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                            MR. ESTES

                            THE OLD LIBRARY WAS BUILT MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO. AT THAT TIME THERE WAS…

                            THE OLD LIBRARY WAS BUILT MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO. AT THAT TIME THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS PERSONAL COMPUTER, PHONES WERE USED FOR FEN CALLS AND WICHITA HAD A POPULATION OF LESS THAN 250,000. WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW LIBRARY, WICHITA AND THE SURROUNDING REGION WILL HAVE A LIBRARY READY TO SERVE OUR GROWING POPULATION. THESE ADVANCEMENTS WILL PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN ALL AREAS, INCLUDING STEM, INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR WORK FORCE OF THE FUTURE. AS A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND I'M PROUD OF THE CITY OF WICHITA FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH THE ADVANCED LEARNING LIBRARY TO CONTINUE THE PATHWAY TO A LIFETIME OF LEARNING. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WEATHER, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. PAYNE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF TWO…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF TWO YOUNG WOMEN FROM MY DISTRICT, APRIL VASSEL AND NAVIA PARKER WERE EACH SELECTED TO ATTEND THE UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION 2018 WOMEN IN SCIENCE OR WISCI GIRLS CAMP IN NAMIBIA. THE CAMP WILL BRING TOGETHER 100 HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT AND THE UNITED STATES FOR A TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE LEARNING PROGRAM. THIS AMAZING CAMP IS CO-HOSTED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND PRIVATE PARTNERS. IT BRINGS GIRLS TOGETHER TO HELP CLOSE THE GENDER GAP IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, AND MATHEMATICS. APRIL AND NAVIA WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AS YOUNG LEADERS AND DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR SISTERS FROM AFRICA. THESE TWO YOUNG WOMEN AND THE OTHER CAMPERS HAVE A LOT TO BE PROUD OF. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AND THEIR POTENTIAL AND SUCCESS. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 04:45:09 PM

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

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                            MR. POE

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

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

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                          • 04:45:23 PM

                            MR. POE

                            MR. SPEAKER, OUR SUPPOSED TURKISH ALLIES ARE HOLDING AMERICANS HOSTAGE. AT…

                            MR. SPEAKER, OUR SUPPOSED TURKISH ALLIES ARE HOLDING AMERICANS HOSTAGE. AT LEAST TWO AMERICANS, ANDREW BRUNSON, AND SIRKAN, ARE BEING HELD BY THE TURKISH REGIME. THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES HE CAN USE IMPRISONED AMERICANS AS BARGAINING CHIPS. HE HOPES HE CAN TRADE AMERICAN HOSTAGES FOR POLITICAL OPPONENTS THAT HAVE FLED TURKEY'S DICTATORSHIP. EVEN IF THE INDIVIDUALS THE PRESIDENT WANTED HAD CLEARLY COMMITTED CRIMES, WHICH THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE THEY HAVE, WE SHOULD NEVER ENGAGE IN REWARDING TURKEY FOR TAKING HOSTAGES. HE'S PROVEN HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW AND INSTEAD RULES BY FEAR. WE MUST NOT ASSIST HIM IN HIS DESTRUCTION OF DEMOCRACY IN TURKEY. AMERICAN HOSTAGES LIKE PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON, WHO HAVE BEEN HELD FOR MORE THAN 600 DAYS, MUST BE RETURNED. UNTIL THEN, THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO RE-EVALUATE WHETHER TURKEY WANTS TO BE CONSIDERED A FRIEND OR A FOE, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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

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                            MR. LANGEVIN

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

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

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                          • 04:46:51 PM

                            MR. LANGEVIN

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DECRY LAST WEEK'S SUPREME COURT DECISION IN…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DECRY LAST WEEK'S SUPREME COURT DECISION IN THE OHIO VOTING CASE. MR. SPEAKER, THE RULING APPEARS TO HAVE WILLFULLY MISINTERPRET THE NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION ACT OF 1993. IT LAYS WAYS TO CONGRESSIONAL INTENT AND SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT OF BEING PERMISSIVE OF VOTER SUPPRESSION ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE NVRA WAS ENACTED WITH THE EXPRESSED PURPOSE OF INCREASING VOTER REGISTRATION AND PROTECTING AGAINST VOTER PURGES AND PROHIBITS STATES FROM REMOVING VOTERS BY THE ROLLS. YET, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE STATE OF OHIO IS DOING. OHIO OFFICIALS ARE PURGING VOTERS IF THEY DO NOT VOTE IN THREE CONSECUTIVE FEDERAL ELECTIONS. I BELIEVE THAT EVERY PERSON SHOULD VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION, BUT THEY MAY BE REASONS WHY THEY HAVE NOT, FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND WE SHOULD BE ERRING ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION. OUR DEMOCRACY IS BUILT ON EACH PERSON HAVING A VOICE YET THE SUPREME COURT HAS AFFIRMED OHIO'S RIGHT TO SILENCE THOSE VOICES. CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW TO CORRECT THIS INJUSTICE AND RESORT THE RIGHTS -- THE COURTS HAVE SO CARELESSLY CAST ASIDE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                            TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE A NEW INTERNSHIP PROGRAM MY DISTRICT…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE A NEW INTERNSHIP PROGRAM MY DISTRICT OFFICE HAS STARTED. MY PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HELP INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN LONG-TERM SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY MEET THEIR PROGRAMMING REQUIREMENTS OF OBTAINING JOB READINESS SKILLS. ALONG WITH THE BILL'S WE'RE PASSING THIS WEEK TO FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, MY OFFICE HAS PARTNERED WITH RECOVERY POINT IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE DECIDED TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK ON TRACK.

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                            MR. MOONEY

                            WEST VIRGINIA HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO OF THE DRUG EPIDEMIC AND IT'S IMPORTANT…

                            WEST VIRGINIA HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO OF THE DRUG EPIDEMIC AND IT'S IMPORTANT SUPPORT THAT CRUCIAL RECOVERY PROGRAMS THAT ARE CHANGING THE LIVES OF SO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE WHO HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES. THIS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY WILL HELP PREPARE THESE INDIVIDUALS TO RE-ENTER THE WORK FORCE. IT'S IMPORTANT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE AND HELP THOSE WHO HAVE DECIDED TO TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS TO PARTNER WITH RECOVERY PROGRAMS IN THEIR DISTRICTS TO CREATE SIMILAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECOVERING ADDICTS. THE INTERNS IN MY CHARLESTON OFFICE HAVE ALREADY MADE A POSITIVE IMPACT AND ARE A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR TEAM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 04:49:26 PM

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

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

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                          • 04:49:36 PM

                            MR. KILMER

                            THANKS, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF THIS JOB IS GETTING TO…

                            THANKS, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF THIS JOB IS GETTING TO DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUTSTANDING PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENCE MAKERS IN THE BEST SENSE OF THE WORD. ONE PART OF WASHINGTON IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF NATALIE BRYSON. OUR SCHOOLS ARE PROVIDING MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE ALL SHE'S DONE FOR THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE PAUL LINDER FOUNDATION. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE MORE WELCOMING PLACES WITH NATALIE'S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE H.I.V. FOUNDATION. MORE DOORS ARE OPEN FOR WOMEN BECAUSE SHE'S BEEN A TRAILBLAZER IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND SHE LET ME HAVE LUNCH WITH HER AT THE ROTRY CLUB. WHETHER SHE'S PARTICIPATING AT THE COUNCIL OR GIVING LOVING ADVICE TO HER MEMBER OF CONGRESS, NATALIE HAS BEEN SUCH AN IMPACTFUL PERSON. A FIERCEST ADVOCATE, AN AMAZING FRIEND. MR. SPEAKER, SOMETIMES IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US JUST TO EXPRESS SOME GRATITUDE, TO SAY THANK YOU, AND THAT'S SOMETHING I WANT US TO DO TODAY FOR SOMEONE WHO'S DONE SO MUCH FOR SO MANY. SO THANK YOU, NATALIE. YOU ARE SO APPRECIATED. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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                          • 04:50:58 PM

                            MR. BLUM

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LIKE THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES, YOU KNOW, WE GO…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LIKE THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES, YOU KNOW, WE GO HOME ON THE WEEKENDS WHEN WE'RE NOT VOTING AND WHEN WE'RE NOT VOTING DURING THE WEEK WE ARE IN OUR DISTRICTS AND IT'S WONDERFUL TO VISIT WITH OUR BOSSES AND I WAS IN BRIDGEWATER, IN ADAIR COUNTY, ON MONDAY AND IT'S A LOVELY TOWN.

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                            MR. YOUNG

                            STRONG PEOPLE. A LOT OF GRIT. A LOT OF LOVE AND COMPASSION. BUT IN A WAY I…

                            STRONG PEOPLE. A LOT OF GRIT. A LOT OF LOVE AND COMPASSION. BUT IN A WAY I WISH I WASN'T IN BRIDGEWATER THAT DAY BECAUSE WE WERE MEETING, HAVING AN OPIOID ROUNDTABLE BECAUSE OPIOIDS AND THIS ADDICTION HAS REALLY TAKEN A TOLL ON THIS COMMUNITY. BUT THE PEOPLE OF BRIDGEWATER ARE STRONG. AND TAKE BACK BRIDGEWATER IS THE MANTRA, AND TAKE BACK BRIDGEWATER IN OUR OF OUR COMMUNITIES IS A MUST. I AM GLAD TO BE WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT THE HUMAN ISSUE, CARING ONE ANOTHER, TAKING CARE OF THOSE WE REPRESENT. AND GOD BLESS MY COLLEAGUES AND THOSE IN BRIDGEWATER, AND ALL THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO HAVE SUFFERED UNDER THIS AFFLICTION, THESE ADDICTIONS AND I AM GLAD WE ARE GOING TO COME TOGETHER AND ADDRESS THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 04:52:14 PM

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

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

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                          • 04:52:18 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

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

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                          • 04:52:24 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS LOVE SPORTS, AND THEY LOVE HONEST SPORTS. THEY LOVE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS LOVE SPORTS, AND THEY LOVE HONEST SPORTS. THEY LOVE THE WIN OF THE STANLEY CUP, BY THE GREAT TEAM HERE IN WASHINGTON. WE LOVE WINNING THE WORLD SERIES, THE HOUSTON ASTROS. AND WE LOVE OUR OLYMPICS. TODAY I STAND BECAUSE I RECENTLY INTRODUCED H.R. 6067, RODA, BECAUSE IN THE REALM OF INTERNATIONAL SPORTS, IT HAS BECOME ALMOST COMMONPLACE FOR TOO MANY ATHLETES TO YIELD TO THE TEMPTATION OF BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THEIR OWN SKILL AND THE PINNACLE OF ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT BY RESORTING TO PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS AND TO CONCEAL THIS FALL FROM GRACE, CHEERTS ARE EMPLOYING MODES OF MASKING THE USE OF ANY PRESCRIBED DRUGS. THIS PRACTICE, SOME OF IT STATE SANCTIONED, UNDERMINES INTERNATIONAL ATHLETIC COMPETITION. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED THIS BILL AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL WITH MS. GWEN MOORE AND DR. BURGESS AND SHEILA JACKSON LEE. AND OUR NUMBERS ARE GROWING. THE LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED IS BIPARTISAN AND AS WELL WE SALUTE THE VALIANT MAN WHO REVEALED THE TRUEX TENT OF A COMPLEX STATE-RUN DOPING SCHEME THERE IN RUSSIA. -- TRUE EXTENT BY A COMPLEX STATE-RUN DOPING SCHEME THERE IN RUSSIA. ONE LOST A RACE TO RUSSIANS WHO HAD BEEN PART OF ANTI-DOPING. SHE LOST THE MEDAL AND SHE LOST MILLIONS BUT SHE MAY HAVE LOST SOMETIMES HER SPIRIT. JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE RADA BILL, AND I SUBMIT IN THE RECORD THE U.S. LAWMAKERS ARTICLE, THE U.S. LAWMAKERS SEEK TO CRIMINALIZE DOPING.

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                          • 04:54:10 PM

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                          • 04:54:13 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            I THANK YOU AND I THANK ISABELLA AND THE STAFF. I YIELD BACK.

                          • 04:54:20 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          • 04:54:23 PM

                            MR. CICILLINE

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

                          • 04:54:27 PM

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                          • 04:54:30 PM

                            MR. CICILLINE

                            MR. SPEAKER, IN MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA,…

                            MR. SPEAKER, IN MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA, PEOPLE ARE WORKING HARDER THAN EVER JUST TO GET BY. WAGES ARE FLAT AND COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE. IN FACT, JUST LAST MONTH, GAS PRICES HIT A THREE-YEAR HIGH. IT'S OBSCENE. WORKING PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GETTING RIPPED OFF AT THE PUMP FOR YEARS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST REASONS IS THAT COUNTRIES IN OPEC AND OTHER FOREIGN OIL CARTELS WORK TOGETHER TO INFLATE THE COST OF GAS. SOME FOLKS THINKS THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT THIS. THAT'S WHY LAST MONTH, ALONG WITH STEVE CHABOT, I INTRODUCED THE NO IMPORTING OIL AND GAS BY CARTELS ACT. THIS WILL MAKE THEM SUBJECT TO U.S. ANTITRUST LAWS AND PREVENT THEM FROM PRICE GOUGING AND COMPANIES WITHHOLDING THEIR SUPPLY OF OIL IN ORDER TO RAISE PRICES. EARLIER THIS WEEK OUR BILL WAS APPROVED BY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS BILL COMING TO THE FLOOR AND ITS SWIFT PASSAGE. IT'S LONG PAST TIME WE DELIVER SOME MUCH-NEEDED RELIEF TO WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 04:55:35 PM

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          • 04:55:49 PM

                            MS. NORTON

                            MR. SPEAKER, WHEN MEMBERS ATTACK ONE ANOTHER ON THIS FLOOR WE SOMETIMES…

                            MR. SPEAKER, WHEN MEMBERS ATTACK ONE ANOTHER ON THIS FLOOR WE SOMETIMES HAVE TO APOLOGIZE PUBLICLY. WHAT IS THE PENALTY WHEN A PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION ATTACKS CHILDREN IN OUR COUNTRY? THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW AT THE BORDER AS CHILDREN ARE FORCIBLY TAKEN FROM THEIR PARENTS. EVEN IF THESE CHILDREN WERE BEING HELD IN PLARBLEE SPLENDOR, NOTHING -- PALACIAL SPLENDOR, NOTHING COULD MAKE UP FOR BEING TAKEN FROM THE PERSON THEY HAVE KNOWN SINCE BIRTH. OUR COUNTRY HAS ALWAYS BEEN FAMILY REUNIFICATION. BREAKING WITH THAT POLICY AND DECENCY, DONALD TRUMP AND JEFF SESSIONS HAVE ADVISED A NEW DETERRENT FROM CROSSING THE BORDER AND SEEKING ASYLUM. SAYS INVESTIGATION -- SAYS SESSIONS, IF YOU SMUGGLE A CHILD, THEN WE'RE GOING TO PROSECUTE YOU AND THAT CHILD WILL BE SEPARATED FROM YOU. IF THEY WANT TO ATTACK BORDER CROSSERS, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHOULD PICK ON SOMEBODY THEIR OWN SIZE. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 04:56:59 PM

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

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? SORRY. NEVADA.

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                          • 04:57:09 PM

                            MR. KIHUEN

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

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

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                          • 04:57:16 PM

                            MR. KIHUEN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER ROBBALD. HE SURVIVED TWO SHOOTOUTS IN AFGHANISTAN. HE ATTENDED THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL ON OCTOBER 1. HE SERVED IN THE NAVY SEVEN YEARS BEFORE HE LEFT ON A MEDICAL DISCHARGE AFTER HE HAD BECOME MOSTLY DEAF IN HIS LEFT EAR FROM ALL THE EXPLOSIONS THAT HAPPENED NEAR HIM. AFTER LEAVING THE NAVY, CHRISTOPHER BEGAN WORKING IN CRUNCH FITNESS GYMS WHERE HE MANAGED NEW FACILITIES AS THEY OPENED AROUND THE COUNTRY. CHRISTOPHER WENT TO THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO CELEBRATE HIS UPCOMING 29TH BIRTHDAY. EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM REMEMBERS HIM AS A MAN WHO COULD ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON ANYONE'S FACE. HIS FAVORITE THING WAS TO DO WAS SARINATING HIS FRIENDS WITH SPANISH BALANCED AS AND SINGING KARAOKE. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY COL DOLENSES TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY. PLEASE KNOW THAT THE WHOLE GRIEVE CUN GRIEVE WITH YOU. -- WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 04:58:26 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 1238-B-3…

                            THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 1238-B-3 OF THE FLOYD SPENCE NATIONAL AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001, 22 U.S.C. 7002, AS AMENDED, AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, OF THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE OF THE UNITED STATES -CHINA ECONOMIC SECURITY AND REVIEW COMMISSION FOR A TERM EXPIRING ON DECEMBER 31, 2019.

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                          • 04:59:00 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            REAR ADMIRAL MICHAEL MCDEVITT, RETIRED, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. AFTER 2:30…

                            REAR ADMIRAL MICHAEL MCDEVITT, RETIRED, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. AFTER 2:30 P.M. TODAY AND TOMORROW. MR. DONOVAN OF NEW YORK FOR TODAY. MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW.

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                          • 04:59:24 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                          • 04:59:45 PM

                            MR. RASKIN

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

                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL THAT THEY WOULD BRING ON THE SUBJECT OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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                          • 05:00:01 PM

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 05:00:03 PM

                            MR. RASKIN

                            I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. I'M DELIGHTED TO TAKE THIS HOUR WITH SEVERAL…

                            I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. I'M DELIGHTED TO TAKE THIS HOUR WITH SEVERAL OF MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES TO TALK ABOUT A MATTER OF MORAL, SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC URGENCY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHICH IS THE VAST GROUP OF AMERICANS WHO ARE LIVING IN POVERTY TODAY. AND WE ARE OBSERVING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING'S POOR PEOPLE'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON. REACHING OUT TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WORKING IN MORE THAN 35 STATES ACROSS AMERICA IN ORDER TO PUT IN THE VERY FOREFRONT OF THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS THE FACT THAT TENS OF MILLIONS OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS SIMPLY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO MEET THE BASIC NEEDS OF LIFE. THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN HAS MET WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AND WITNESSED THE COURAGE AND STRENGTH OF A LOT OF POOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THEY'VE GATHERED TESTIMONY FROM HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS IN A NUMBER OF THE TESTIMONIALS WILL BE READ THIS EVENING BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER. THE TESTIMONY WE ARE GOING TO READ REINFORCES THE ASSESSMENT CONDUCTED BY THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN AND INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES ABOUT THE EFFECT OF POVERTY, RACISM, ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION. THE SOULS OF POOR FOLK REPORT REVEALS THAT THESE INTERRELATED PROBLEMS ARE PERPETRATED BY A MORAL NARRATIVE THAT MUST BE CHALLENGED TODAY. WE BELIEVE WHEN AMERICANS SEE THE FACES AND THE FACTS THAT ARE REPRESENTED IN THIS TESTIMONY AND BY THIS REPORT, AMERICA WILL BE MOVED DEEPLY TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CONFRONTED WITH UNDENIABLE TRUTH OF THE INDIGNITY AND CRUELTY OF POOR CIRCUMSTANCES THAT SO MANY OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS ARE LIVING UNDER, WE BELIEVE THAT MILLIONS MORE AMERICANS WILL JOIN THE RANKS OF THOSE DETERMINED TO SEE AN END TO POVERTY IN OUR LIFETIME. I'M JOINED BY A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES THIS EVENING, WHO WILL COME UP AND READ SOME OF THE TESTIMONIALS AS WELL AS GIVE THOUGHTS OF THEIR OWN AND I WILL BE GIVING COMMENTARY OF MY OWN. AND I'M BEGINNING FIRST WITH MY COLLEAGUE GWEN MOORE FROM WISCONSIN. PLEASE WELCOME CONGRESSWOMAN MOORE, WHO IS A GREAT LEADER FOR THE PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN AND A SPOKES PERSON FOR POOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

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                          • 05:03:23 PM

                            MS. MOORE

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YIELDING TO ME. AS YOU MENTIONED, THE POOR PEOPLE'S…

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YIELDING TO ME. AS YOU MENTIONED, THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN WAS A NATIONAL CALL FOR A MORAL REVIVAL AND WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE NOW, WE ARE RE-ENGAGING THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN FOR THE NONVIOLENT ECONOMIC REFORM MOVEMENT THAT THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS ORGANIZING WHEN HE WAS ASSASSINATED IN 198. THIS RESURGENS IS BEING CALLED THE MOST EXTENSIVE WAVE OF NONVIOLENT RESURGENCE IN OUR HISTORY. AND WHAT IT RECOGNIZES IS THAT DR. KING WAS RIGHT, THAT THE TRIFECTA IS INTERCONNECTED AND TODAY THEY ARE TRACKING 140 MILLION AMERICANS IN POVERTY AND LOW WEALTH AND MANY OF THEM ARE CHILDREN AND VETERANS. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT ONE OF DR. KING'S TRIPLE EVILS. AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT, BECAUSE THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE A TOTAL VOLUNTEER ARMY NOW, WE DON'T HAVE THE DRAFT. AND SO THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING RECRUITED INTO OUR MILITARY TODAY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE OFTEN FROM LOW-INCOME HOUSE HOLDS WHO ARE SEEKING AN OPPORTUNITY AND THEY ARE BEING SEDUCED INTO THE MILITARY WITH PROMISES OF TECHNICAL TRAINING, BONUSES AND COLLEGE. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU A LETTER FROM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. MR. BROCK MCINTOSH OF ILLINOIS. AND HE SAYS, QUOTE, THIS WAY OF INJECTING POISONOUS -- THE POISONOUS DRUGS OF HATE INTO VEINS OF PEOPLE NORMALLY HUMANE CANNOT BE RECOGNIZED WITH JUSTICE AND LOVE. I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE PRECISE MOMENT THAT THERE WAS POISON IN ME. I'M THE CHILD OF A NURSE AND A FACTORY WORKER IN THE HEARTLAND OF ILLINOIS, THE FAMILY OF BLUE COLLAR AND SERVICE WORKERS. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE IRAQ WAR, MILITARY RECRUITERS AT MY HIGH SCHOOL A TRACTED ME WITH SIGN-UP BONUSES THAT SOME SOUGHT AS THEIR TICKET OUT. FOR ME, I THOUGHT IT WAS MY TICKET UP PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES THAT I ONCE FELT WERE OUT OF REACH. TWO YEARS LATER, WHEN I WAS 20 YEARS OLD, I WAS STANDING OVER THE BODY OF A 16-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN BOY, A ROADSIDE BOMB HE WAS BUILDING, PREMATURELY DETONATED, HE WAS COVERED IN SHRAPNEL AND BURNED AND ONE OF HIS HANDS AMPUTATED AND HIS OTHER HAND HAD THE CALLOUS ROUGHNESS AS A FARMER OR A SHEPARD. AS HE LAY THERE, I STUDIED THE DETAILS OF HIS FACE AND CAUGHT MYSELF ROOTING FOR HIM. IF THIS BOY KNEW ME, I THOUGHT, HE WOULDN'T WANT TO KILL ME. AND HERE I AM THAT I'M SUPPOSED TO WANT TO KILL HIM AND I FEEL BAD THAT I WANTED HIM TO LIVE. NOW THAT'S THE POISON MIND. THAT IS THE MILITARIZED MIND AND ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES AFFORDED ME BY THE MILITARY CAN'T REPAY THE COST OF WAR ON MY SOUL. IT IS THOSE WHO CARRY. A WORKING CLASS BOY FROM ILLINOIS SENT HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO KILL A YOUNG FARMER, HOW DID WE GET HERE? HOW DID THIS CRAZY WAR ECONOMY COME TO BE? FIRST, THERE IS THE DEMAND, A SOCIETY THAT FEELS THREATENED AND PREPARES FOR WAR EVEN IN A TIME OF PEACE. TO DO THIS REQUIRES A MILITARY, INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, A VAST WAR ECONOMY WHOSE CHARTERS PROFIT, STOCK AND JOBS DEPENDS ON PERMANENT MILL TARIZZATION AND WHO PROS PERCENT MOST IN TIMES OF WAR. SECONDLY, THERE IS A SUPPLY. A NATION WHO WANTS TO ATTRACT VOLUNTEERS AND CARE FOR VETERANS PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY THAT ALIEU RECRUITS FROM PREDOMINANTLY WORKING CLASS FOLKS WITH LIMITED OPPORTUNITY. WE NEED A POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO AMPLIFY THE VOICES LIKE THIS OF REGULAR FOLKS ABOVE THE LOBBY OF THE MILITARIZED ECONOMY, A POISONNED ECONOMY, TO DEMAND JOBS AND DEMAND WORKING CLASS FOLKS THAT DON'T DEMAND KILLING. WE NEED A POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO DEMAND FOR JUSTICE WHERE PEOPLE OF COLOR KILLED BY POLICE FORCES ARE POISONNED LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE NEED A POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO TRANSFORM A MILITARIZED A POISONNED WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS THAT PROVES THEIR TOUGHNESS WITH CHEST AND UNITS THEIR BASE. WAR ALWAYS HAS A WAY OF DISTRACTING OUR ATTENTION AND PERVERTING OUR PRIORITIES. WE NEED A POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO HAVE ECONOMIC AND ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE TO BRING THESE ISSUES TO THE FOREFRONT. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                          • 05:09:43 PM

                            MR. RASKIN

                            THANK YOU FOR THAT POWERFUL TESTIMONY. I'M GOING TO CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUE…

                            THANK YOU FOR THAT POWERFUL TESTIMONY. I'M GOING TO CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MS. JAYAPAL. PLEASE COME UP. I YIELD TO HER AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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                          • 05:10:05 PM

                            MS. JAYAPAL

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND TO ALL MY…

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE DEEP DEVOTION THAT YOU HAVE SHOWN OVER THE YEARS TO ADDRESSING RACISM, POVERTY, INEQUALITY. AND IT IS MY HONOR TO HELP BRING A LIGHT, SHINE A LIGHT ON THE STORIES OF MEN AND WOMEN AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO ARE FIGHTING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THESE ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR BROTHERS, OUR CHILDREN, OUR PARENTS, OUR FRIENDS AND THEY ARE STRUGGLING. HERE'S AN INCREDIBLE STATISTIC. ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TODAY, 67% OF ALL AMERICANS DO NOT EVEN HAVE $1,000 IN THEIR SAVINGS ACCOUNT. THAT MEANS THEY CAN'T TAKE CARE OF A LEAK IN THE ROOF OR TAKE CARE OF A SICK CHILD. IF THEY DON'T GET PAID SICK DAYS, THEY CAN'T TAKE CARE OF AN AGING PARENT. THEY ARE FOCUSED ON SURVIVING AND NOT THRIVING AND THAT IS OUTRAGEOUS. IT IS TIME FOR US TO LIFT UP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE THE BEDROCK, THE NATIONAL BEDROCK OF OUR COUNTRY, THE TEACHER WHO SPENDS MORE TIME WITH OUR CHILDREN THAN ANY OTHER, BUT HASN'T YET BEEN COMPENSATED FOR THAT. THE DOMESTIC WORKERS AND CAREGIVERS THAT TAKE CARE OF OUR ELDERLY AND OUR HOMES AND OUR LIVES WITH THEIR GREAT STRENGTH, COMPASSION AND EFFICIENCY. THE LABORERS WHO BUILD THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE HOMES AND THE WORKPLACES THAT WE STAND ON, LIVE AND WORK IN. THE WOMEN IN EVERY SINGLE INDUSTRY WHO HAVE FACED DISRESPECT, UNEQUAL PAY AND THEY ARE THE GLUE THAT HOLD OUR SOCIETY AND FAMILIES TOGETHER, THE FARMWORKERS WHO PICK THE FOOD WE EAT, THE NURSES WHO LISTEN TO OUR HEARTS AND BRING US BACK TO WELLNESS, THE SANITATION WORKERS, THE PARKS PEOPLE, THE SERVERS, THE ARTISTS, THE ADVOCATES WHO SHINE A LIGHT ON THE MOST VULNERABLE, THE POOREST AMONGST US. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME TOGETHER AS THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN UNDER THE INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP, THE VISIONARY LEADERSHIP OF REVEREND WILLIAM BARBER AND A HUGE COALITION TO FIGHT AGAINST RACISM, POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION THAT CONTINUE TO PLAGUE OUR COUNTRY STILL TODAY. AND I AM PROUD TO JOIN YOU, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN AND OTHERS, AS WE TELL THEIR STORIES TODAY. I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH THESE COURAGEOUS SOLDIERS FOR PEACE AND FOR JUSTICE AS WE FIGHT FOR EQUITY. AND I THANK THEM FOR LEADING WITH LOVE, WITH GENEROSITY AND WITH ABUNDANCE. ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE IS REVEREND SARAH MONROE FROM MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON AND I WANT TO READ HER TESTIMONY. I WANTED TO START BY SPEAKING TO THE CONTEXT I'M IN. I'M SPEAKING AS A CHRISTIAN THEOLOGIAN AND WORKING IN ONE OF THE LEAST RELIGIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AND SPEAKING AS A PASTOR AND EPISCOPAL PRIEST. THIS IS A RURAL COMMUNITY ON THE PACIFIC COASTLINE OF WASHINGTON STATE AND I GREW UP IN THIS COUNTY. WE FACE A POST-INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY. TIMBER WAS OUR MAIN INDUSTRY AND TODAY IT'S GONE. WE LIVE IN A CONTEXT WHERE 46% OF OUR PEOPLE ARE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND ONE OUT OF 25 PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS. WE ARE A MAJORITY WHITE COMMUNITY SOUTH OF AN INDIAN NATION. WE HAVE VERY LITTLE LEGAL INDUSTRY TO EMPLOY OUR PEOPLE WHICH MEANS OUR PEOPLE TURN TO A BLACK MARKET ECONOMY THAT MOST OFFENSE SELLS AND TRADES DRUGS AND SEX AND BRINGS OUR YOUNG PEOPLE INTO EXTENSIVE GANG INVOLVEMENT. SO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE, BOTH WHITE AND NATIVE ARE VERY YOUNG, THEY ARE MILLENIALS AND TEENAGERS, MANY OF WHOM HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED AS YOUNG AS EIGHT. AND SO IN THIS CONTEXT, MORALLY, WE FACE A LOT OF ISSUES AND THREE OF THOSE THAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT RIGHT NOW. FIRST, WE AS AN ORGANIZATION ARE COMMITTED TO LIFTING UP THE LEADERSHIP AND THE AGENCY OF POOR AND STRUGGLING PEOPLE. WE BELIEVE THAT GOD TAKES THE SIDE OF THE POOR AND WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS BUILT THE POOR PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT. WE BELIEVE IN RAISING UP YOUNG LEADERS FROM THE STREETS, FROM THE JAILS, FROM THE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS AND FROM THE TRAILER PARKS AND WE BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE THE ONLY MORAL VOICES THAT CAN SAVE US AND LEAD US TO LIBERATION. WE BELIEVE THAT THE OUTCASTS AND THE SK WORKERS AND DRUG ADDICTED WILL FIND THAT HEALING. WE BELIEVE THAT NO POOR PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT OR CAMPAIGN CAN BE CAN BE BUILT WITHOUT THIS FUNDAMENTAL COMMITMENT. AS ONE EXAMPLE OF THAT, WE HAD A GROUP OVER THIS PAST EASTER OF YOUNG MEN IN JAIL AND ORGANIZED THEIR OWN BIBLE STUDY AND FASTED AND PRAYED AND CAME TO US AND SAID FROM ISAIAH 58 THAT THEY WERE CALLED TO BE THE RESTORERS OF THE STREETS WITH DWELLINGS. . . WE FACE THE MORAL ISSUE OF STATE VIOLENCE. WHAT I MEAN BY THIS IS THAT POOR PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE SYSTEMATICALLY DISENFRANCHISED AT EVERY TURN. THAT MEANS THAT THE COUNTY HAS MONEY FOR MILITARIZED POLICE EQUIPMENT BUT NOT FOR HOUSING. THE COUNTY AND THE CITIES IN THIS COUNTY HAVE RESOURCES FOR CONSULTANTS TO BUILD THE TOURIST INDUSTRY BUT NOT FOR PROVIDING A PATH OUT OF POVERTY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. BUT WHAT I ALSO MEAN IS THAT OUR PEOPLE ACROSS LINES OF RACE FACE EXTENSIVE POLICE BRUTALITY , DEATH, BEATINGS, SHAKEDOWNS, AND THE USE AND REALLY THE EXTENSIVE USE OF A BENCH WARRANT SYSTEM THAT ENSURES THAT IF YOU ARE YOUNG AND YOU ARE POOR, YOU ARE LIKELY TO HAVE A WARRANT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO BE STOPPED OR CHASED AT ANY TIME. MOST OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE GO FROM THE JUVENILE SYSTEM TO AN EARLY FELONY FOR DRUG POSSESSION OR PROPERTY CRIME AND SPEND MOST OF THEIR LIVES IN AND OUT OF JAIL AND PRISON WHERE THEY ALSO EXPERIENCE EXTENSIVE AND INSTITUTIONALIZED VIOLENCE. STATE POWER NOW, AS IN THE TIME OF JESUS, IS USE TO VIOLENTLY REPRESS PEOPLE AND TO DEPRIVE THEM OF THEIR RIGHTS. BUT LAST, WE ARE THEOLOGICALLY COMMITTED TO HOPE, AND FOR US, HOPE IS NOT A FEELING BECAUSE WE FACED POWERS LARGER THAN US AT EVERY TURN. WE FACE A STAGGERING AMOUNT OF PERSONAL AND COMMUNAL TRAUMA. WE OPENLY STAND AGAINST THE NARRATIVE OF WHITE SUPREMACY THAT HAS OFTEN BEEN FED TO OUR PEOPLE AND WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL. WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE MORAL VOICE OF THE PEOPLE WAKING UP AND CLAIMING THEIR OWN DIGNITY, EVEN WHEN THEY'RE TAUGHT TO DENY IT, AT EVERY TURN. CLAIMING THEIR OWN POWER WHEN THEY ARE TAUGHT THEY ARE POWERLESS. WE BELIEVE THAT WE ARE A RESURRECTION PEOPLE, EVEN WHEN JESUS WAS MURDERED BY EMPIRE -- AND I SAID THIS IN A SERMON A COUPLE YEARS AGO FOR EASTER -- HE ROSE AGAIN AND IN RISING GOD GAVE THE FINGER TO EVERY POWER IN THIS WORLD THAT SEEKS TO OPPRESS THE WORLD AND KEEP US DOWN. I THANK THE REVEREND FROM OUR COMMUNITY FOR THAT TESTIMONY AND THAT STORY, AND I YIELD BACK TO YOU, MR. RASKIN. WE HAVE OTHER STORIES BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE OTHER MEMBERS HAVE A CHANCE TO TELL THEIRS AS WELL.

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                          • 05:18:31 PM

                            MR. RASKIN

                            WELL.

                          • 05:21:08 PM

                            MR. KHANNA

                            THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN, ON PUTTING THE FOCUS ON THE POOR…

                            THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN, ON PUTTING THE FOCUS ON THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN AND YOUR ADVOCACY FOR SO MANY ISSUES OF ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND RACIAL JUSTICE. I WANT TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN RECOGNIZING THE ISSUES THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN HAS HAD. THERE WAS A PANEL SENATOR WARREN HAD A FEW DAYS AGO WHERE REVEREND BARBER WAS THERE AND ORDINARY INDIVIDUALS WERE TESTIFYING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES. THE PEOPLE WE SHOULD BE HEARING IN CONGRESS. I WANT TO SHARE TWO QUOTES AND THEN SHARE SOME TESTIMONY. ONE IS WHAT REVEREND BARBER SAID WHICH IN MY VIEW MAKES HIM THE GREAT -- ONE OF THE GREAT CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY. HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, I WOULD RATHER JOIN WITH YOU AND DIE TO TRY TO CHANGE THE MORALS OF THIS COUNTRY THAN LIVE IN THE TIME WHEN MORAL DISSENT WAS NECESSARY AND HE AND THEY SAID NOTHING. THAT REQUIRES SUCH COURAGE AND IT'S SO BELIEVABLE WHEN DR. BARBER WAS WITH A NUMBER OF OTHERS AT THE HEARING. THEY HAD THIS CHANT THAT BEFORE THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN WILL FAIL THEY WILL GO TO JAIL. AND THAT SENSE OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TO -- FOR A MORAL CAUSE IS PART OF THE GREAT TRADITION OF OUR NATION AND WHAT HAS BROUGHT CHANGE. SO I WANT TO THANK REVEREND BARBER FOR BEING SUCH A MORAL LEADER AND EVERYONE WHO IS RISKING ARREST, RISKING THEIR LIFE FOR JUSTICE. NOW, I'M HONORED TO READ THE TESTIMONY OF PAUL BODEN, WHO'S THE WESTERN REGIONAL ADVOCACY PROJECT LEAD IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. HE WRITES -- MY NAME IS PAUL BODEN AND I'M THE WESTERN REGIONAL ADVOCACY PROJECT LEAD. WE'RE BASED OUT OF CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, AND OREGON WITH CORE MEMBERS DOING LOCAL ORGANIZING AROUND POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS ISSUES IN 10 COMMUNITIES. I'M TESTIFYING TODAY ABOUT THE ADVENT OF CONTEMPORARY HOMELESSNESS IN THE EARLY 1980'S AND THE CONNECTION TO NEOLIBERAL ECONOMICS AND HOW THAT'S PAID OUT OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS. -- PLAYED OUT OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS. IN DOING THIS RESEARCH WE FOUND THAT TWO LESS ATTACKED SUBMARINES, TWO LESS COMBAT SHIPS, WE WOULD MORE THAN TRIPLE ALL OF THE FUNDING THAT IS CURRENTLY DEDICATED TO PUBLIC HOUSING CAPITAL INVESTMENTS, PUBLIC HOUSING MAINTENANCE, AND ALL OF THE FEDERAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS. CLEARLY THESE SPENDING PRIORITIES HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SECURITY OR THE NEED FOR AN INVESTMENT IN OUR MILITARY COMPLEX. AS PART OF THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE ADVENT OF HOMELESSNESS THAT THIS KIND OF APPROACH TO GOVERNANCE CREATED, WE HAVE SPOKEN TO 1,600 HOMELESS COMMUNITIES. AND 82% OF THEM HAVE REPORTED THAT THEY'RE GETTING ARRESTED, HARASSED, AND TICKETED. WE KNOW THE FINES AND FEE GAMES THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PLAY. 77% OF THESE PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE SAME KIND OF POLICING ACTIVITY FOR SITTING DOWN OR LAYING DOWN ON A SIDEWALK. 75% FOR LOITERING. SLEEPING, STANDING, AND SITTING ARE CRIMINAL OFFENSES WHEN YOU ARE THE POPULATION THAT'S BEING TARGETED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR REMOVAL FROM THOSE COMMUNITIES. AND THIS IS HAPPENING, UNFORTUNATELY, IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. MY RESEARCH ALSO BROUGHT OUT VERY CLEARLY AND UNDENIABLY, THESE ARE THE SAME UNFORTUNATELY, IN POLICING PROGRAMS, THESE ARE THE SAME LAWS, THE SAME RACIST AND CLASSIST POLICING PROGRAMS THAT WERE USED WITH THE ANTI-OKIE LAWS, WITH THE SUNDOWN TOWNS, THE JAPANESE AMERICAN EXCLUSION ACTS, THE UGLY LAWS, AND WITH THE JIM CROW LAWS. THE DARKER YOUR SKIN COLOR, THE GREATER YOUR DISABILITY, THE POORER YOU ARE, YOU ARE WAY MORE LIKELY TO BE A TARGET OF THESE POLICING PROGRAMS AND THAT'S THE WAY IT'S BEEN PLAYING OUT FOR YEARS. WE'VE WRITTEN LEGISLATION AND GOTTEN IT INTRODUCED IN CALIFORNIA, OREGON, AND COLORADO. WE HAD INTRODUCED IT EIGHT TIMES. WE GOT CRUSHED EIGHT TIMES. BUT WE'RE GOING TO KEEP BRINGING IT BACK UNTIL THE FINAL ANSWER IS YES. OUR LAW, OUR LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO CRIMINALIZE LIFE-SUSTAINING ACTIVITIES AND ACTIVITIES WE ALL COMMIT -- EATING, SLEEPING, SITTING, STANDING STILL. WE ALL DO THAT. TO CRIMINALIZE DOING IT IS TO PURPOSELY AND MALICIOUSLY CREATE LEGISLATION SPECIFICALLY AIMED AT ENFORCEMENT ONLY APPLYING TO SOME PEOPLE. THAT'S US, ALL OF US. PAUL BODEN'S WORDS ARE ONES I HOPE THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY WILL HEAR. AND AS WE ARE LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF SO MANY PEOPLE MARCHING IN OUR STREETS IN WASHINGTON, I HOPE WE WILL TAKE SOME INSPIRATION FROM THEIR COURAGE, THEIR COURAGE FAR EXCEEDING ANY AFARS IN THIS BODY, AND BE INSPIRED TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND FIGHT FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND THE POLICIES THAT THEY RECOMMEND THAT WOULD HELP ALLEVIATE POVERTY AND HELP THE WORKING POOR AND POOR PEOPLE ACROSS THIS NATION. THANK YOU,

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                          • 05:27:22 PM

                            MR. RASKIN

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THANK YOU, MR. KHANNA, FOR YOUR VERY MOVING…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THANK YOU, MR. KHANNA, FOR YOUR VERY MOVING STATEMENT THAT YOU MADE. AND I WILL YIELD NOW TO MY COLLEAGUE, SHEILA JACKSON LEE. I BELIEVE SHE'S HERE. MS. JACKSON LEE, WHO'S BEEN A TERRIFIC CHAMPION FOR ECONOMIC EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN OUR COUNTRY AND I'M DELIGHTED TO YIELD TO HER NOW.

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                          • 05:27:53 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN RASKIN. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN RASKIN. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, CONSISTENT LEADERSHIP ON THESE ISSUES, AND CERTAINLY, I THINK, THE RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT THE POOR OF THIS NATION, BOTH IN THE BIBLICAL SENSE OF OUR FAITH OR THE DOCUMENT OF YOUR FAITH, THE POOR HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED AND IN A CERTAIN SENSE, THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE HONORED. AND IT IS A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS FOR US TO COME TO THIS POINT IN THE NATION TO REALIZE THAT OUR POOR ARE SUFFERING AT LARGE NUMBERS AND THAT THERE IS NO RELIEF. I KNOW THAT DR. KING SOME 50 YEARS AGO, AS HE WAS PLANNING THE POOR PEOPLE'S MARCH, AND MANY OF US REALIZED THAT HE WAS NOT ABLE TO FULFILL IT FOR HE WAS SHOT BY AN ASSASSIN'S BULLET ON APRIL 4, 1968. BUT THE VALIANT PEOPLE WENT FORWARD WITH HIS DREAM OF ELIMINATING POVERTY AND I'M REMINDED OF HIS WORDS INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE. AND SO I SPEAK TODAY OF THE SPRINKLING, THE HARSH SPRINKLING OF POVERTY AND INJUSTICES IN THIS NATION TODAY . AND I MAKE IT A VERY SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD WHO HAS EVERY POWER TO COLLABORATE WITH THIS IMPORTANT BODY TO MAKE COMMITMENTS TO END THE VERY CONDITIONS THAT DR. KING SOME 50 YEARS AGO SOUGHT TO COME TO WASHINGTON THAT WAS ULTIMATELY PROCEEDED WITH WITH LEADERS FROM THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE AND POOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION. THEY MAY NOT HAVE SUCCEEDED SPECIFICALLY, BUT THEY DID BRING TO THE NATIONS EYES AND HEARTS, THE VIOLENCE OF POVERTY AMONG NATIVE AMERICANS, LATINOS, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, POOR CAUCASIANS IN PLACES BEYOND THE SOUTH AND BEYOND. . AND INTERESTING LITTLE ENOUGH, THAT POVERTY CONTINUES. SO I SPEAK IN PARTICULAR OF CERTAIN ELEMENTS THAT SHOW OUR LACK OF CONCERN AND WHERE WE MUST GET STEADY AND BACK ON TRACK. AND SO, FIRST, WHAT ALL OF US HAVE BEEN SPEAKING ABOUT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AND WEEKS IS THE UNTOWARD AND THE IMPOSSIBLE THOUGHT OF TAKING CHILDREN AWAY FROM PARENTS WHO ARE FLEEING POVERTY, VIOLENCE AND DESPERATION. AND WE KNOW IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, A MIGRANT COMMITTED SUICIDE WHILE IN FEDERAL DETENTION. AND A MOTHER WHO WHILE BREASTFEEDING HER CHILD, HAD HER CHILD RIPPED AWAY FROM HER ARMS. SO THAT MUST STOP. THAT IS THE POVERTY OF MIND, A POVERTY OF HEART AND SPIRIT. I THANK REVEREND BARBER WHO WILL BE HEADED TO WASHINGTON JUNE 23 WITH THE EXPRESSION OF THOSE WHO STILL UNFORTUNATELY LIVE IN THE SHADOWS, NOT OF THEIR OWN MAKING. THEY ARE NOT IN THE SHADOWS. THEY ARE THERE. AND IN THE SHADOW WITH RESPECT TO THE POLICIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. THE TERRIBLE ROBIN HOOD TAX BILL THAT HAS CREATED NOTHING BUT A BALLOON OF WEALTH FOR THE TOP 1%, SO MUCH SO THAT THE WAGES OF AMERICANS HAVE NOT GONE UP. AND WHEN YOU TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND MY DISTRICT, WORKING AMERICANS HAVE NO IDEA ANY A TAX BILL WAS SUPPOSED TO IMPACT THEM BUT HASN'T IMPACTED THEM. THERE IS A FLUSH OF CORPORATE PROFITS. NOW IT WOULD SEEM THAT ONE IS CRITICIZING THAT SUCCESS. WE ARE CRITICIZING THE UNEQUALNESS OF WORKING FAMILIES AND NOT HAD A WAGE INCREASE. AND OUT OF THAT COMES THE IMPLOSION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BRICK BY BRICK BEING TAKEN AWAY. I KNOW PEOPLE WHO TOLD ME THAT THEIR LOVED ONE WAS PUT IN A WHEELCHAIR AND POINTED TOWARD THE DOOR, GET OUT. AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROVIDED THAT THERE WERE NO CAPS ON ONE'S INSURANCE UNTIL YOU GOT BETTER IN THE HOSPITAL. BUT BECAUSE OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE CLIMATE AND THE CONSTANT ATTACK ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, HOSPITALS ARE FEELING THE BURDEN AND SENDING PEOPLE OUT THE DOOR WHO ARE NOT WELL. EVEN MORE FRIGHTENING FOR PEOPLE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. ONE OF THE GLARING PARTS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ONE WHERE PEOPLE WERE WAVING THE FLAG, THEY WERE EXCITED THAT IF THEY HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, WHICH BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, IT COULD HAVE BEEN ACNE OR PRESENTING NARNSSI, BUT NOW THAT COVERAGE AND PROTECTION OF OUR LOVED ONES WHO MAY HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, LOVED ONES WHO COULD FUNCTION WITH HEALTH CARE AND NOT BE RELEGATED TO BE HOME BOUND BECAUSE THEY WERE SO SICK, THEY COULD NOT WORK. THIS IS A TERRIBLE APPROACH TO HOW YOU RUN A COUNTRY. AND SO IN THESE TWO POINTS, I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO RECOGNIZE THAT POVERTY STILL IS. AND NOT ONLY DR. KING, BUT WE RECOGNIZE THAT ROBERT KENNEDY STRUCK DOWN BY AN ASSASSIN'S BULLET, WORKED IN HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT IN 1968 TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF AMERICANS, TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF AMERICANS THE FACT THAT IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO REALIZE POVERTY EXISTS IN THE WORST WAY, IN THE MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS AND URBAN CENTERS AND AMERICANS SHOULD STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY. POVERTY IMPACTS THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. IN 1968, AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE ABOUT FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY AS WHITES TO BE IN PRISON OR IN JAIL COMPARED TODAY. AND THIS IS ESPECIALLY TROUBLING GIVEN THE POPULATION DIFFERENCE. AS JUDGE HAND OBSERVED, IF WE ARE TO KEEP OUR DEMOCRACY, THERE MUST BE ONE COMMANDMENT, THOU SHALL NOT RATIONON -- RATION JUSTICE. WE MUST MATCH IT WITH MEANINGFUL SENTENCING REDUCTION. WE MUST STOP THE TIDE OF POVERTY BY ENDING MASS INCARCERATION. AND WE MUST, IN FACT, RECOGNIZE THAT WE MUST FIGHT AGAINST RECIDIVISM AND OPEN THE DOORS FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR EX-FELONS AND REDUCING THE MANDATORY MINIMUMS THAT HAVE KEPT PEOPLE IN JAIL 10, 15, 20, 25 YEARS. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT POVERTY ATTACKS AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. AND IT MOVES PEOPLE TOWARDS THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. AND IT ONLY CAUSES THEM TO BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY THING THEY CAN ENGAGE IN. I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO GIVE HOPE TO THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. NO MORE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT OR ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT AND AS THEY REHABILITATE, WE BAN THE BOX BY SAYING THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE JUVENILE SYSTEM. I WANT TO STOP HOMELESSNESS. AND DR. KING KNEW TO END THAT ASPECT OF POVERTY AND END IT AMONG OUR VETERANS. I WANT TO END THE IDEA OF $23 BILLION OUT OF SNAP'S PROGRAM AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN WE HAVE THESE DEVASTATING STORMS, THE AMOUNT OF HOMELESSNESS GOES UP. IT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE HARVEY AND MAKE A COMMITMENT AFTER EVERY DISASTER, WE MAKE THOSE COMMUNITIES WHOLE, VOLCANOS, FIRES, TORNADOS, FLOODING. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR ALLOWING US TO BE HERE TONIGHT AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW HOW THIS ROBIN HOOD TAX BILL, STEALING FROM THE POOR. THIS YEAR, THE ADMINISTRATION, MR. TRUMP, PROPOSED TO SLASH HOUSING BENEFITS BY $11 BILLION BECAUSE HE HAD TO PAY FOR THE TAX CUT. WEEKS AFTER THAT TAX CUT WAS PASSED, THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED TO PAY FOR THE BILL BY SLASHING HOUSING BENEFITS AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AND HERE WE STAND WITH THE $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT. SO WHAT IS OUR MESSAGE MANY? WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP IN THIS FIGHT. STAND IN THE TRADITION OF DR. KING, WE MUST BE REMINDED OF THOSE WHO ARE COMING TO WASHINGTON IN THE COMING DAYS AND WE MUST SAY TO HAVE MERCY ON THEM, AND TO, OF COURSE, AS REVEREND BARBER WOULD SAY, THEY WOULD BE BLESSED WITH MERCY AND SUCCESS AS THEY STAND AGAINST POVERTY AND STAND FOR THE ENDING AND ELIMINATION OF POVERTY. I THANK YOU FOR YIELDING, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 05:38:36 PM

                            MR. RASKIN

                            THANK YOU CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE FOR YOUR ELOQUENT WORDS. YOU KNOW…

                            THANK YOU CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE FOR YOUR ELOQUENT WORDS. YOU KNOW THERE IS A DISTINCTION BETWEEN MISFORTUNE AND INJUSTICE. I'M A CANCER SURVIVOR. AND IF YOU WAKE UP ONE DAY AND A DOCTOR TELLS YOU THAT YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM STAGE THREE COLON CANCER AND YOU HAVE NOT ONE BUT TWO JOBS THAT YOU LOVE AND CONSTITUENTS THAT YOU LOVE AND WORK THAT YOU'RE ENGAGED WITH AND A GREAT FAMILY AND YOU'RE TOLD THAT YOU'VE GOT THIS TERRIBLE DIAGNOSIS, IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY AND THAT IS A MISFORTUNE. IT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD EVERY DAY. BUT IF YOU GET A DIAGNOSIS LIKE THAT AND YOU CAN'T GET HEALTH CARE BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO POOR OR BECAUSE YOU LOST YOUR JOB OR BECAUSE AS IT WAS YOU LOVED THE WRONG PERSON, THAT IS NOT JUST THE MISFORTUNE, THAT IS AN INJUSTICE, BECAUSE WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. WE KNOW HOW TO ORGANIZE IN SUCH A WAY THAT EVERYBODY GETS HEALTH CARE AND EVERYBODY GETS THE ATTENTION THEY NEED IN THE EVENT OF A CATASTROPHIC DIAGNOSIS. AND LIFE IS HARD ENOUGH WITH ALL THE SICKNESS, THE ILLNESS, MISFORTUNES, THE ACCIDENTS, THAT WE DON'T NEED TO COMPOUND THE MISFORTUNES OF LIFE WITH GOVERNMENT TALE IMPOSED INJUSTICE ON PEOPLE. THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT HAS TO LIBERATE PEOPLE FROM INJUSTICE AND ALLEVIATE THE MISFORTUNES OF LIFE. SO NOW WE'VE GOT HERE IN WASHINGTON, A WHOLE NEW PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY WHICH IS GOVERNMENT IS A MONEY-MAKING OPERATION FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT'S FRIENDS AND THE PRESIDENT'S BUSINESS ASSOCIATES AND THE PEOPLE WHO SURROUND HIM. THAT'S THE NEW LOYALIST VISION OF GOVERNMENT THAT WE'VE GOT. IT'S A BETRAYAL OF THE ORIGINAL CONCEPTION IS THAT GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ADVANCING THE COMMON GOOD OF EVERYBODY, NOT JUST THE PEOPLE WHO HAPPEN TO USE THEIR WEALTH AND THEIR POWER TO GET INTO PUBLIC OFFICE. IF YOU ARE POOR IN AMERICA TODAY , YOU GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS. YOU GOT PROBLEMS WITH HEALTH CARE. WE KNOW THAT HEALTH CRISES REMAIN THE SINGLE DOMINANT CAUSE OF PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY. NOT BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY, THE KIND THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FILED FOR FIVE DIFFERENT TIMES. BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY IS NOT CAUSED BY SICKNESS OR ILLNESS. DONALD TRUMP WAS PERFECTLY COVERED IN HEALTH CARE WHILE HIS BUSINESSES WENT BANKRUPT AND GOT COVERED. BUT WE HAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WERE FORCED INTO BANKRUPTCY BECAUSE SOMEONE GOT SICK AND WE DIDN'T HAVE A NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT THEY NEEDED. CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL SAYS 2/3 OF AMERICANS DON'T HAVE $1,000 TO DEAL WITH A PERSONAL CRISIS. THEY DON'T HAVE $1,000 TO DEAL WITH. AND FOR A SERIOUS KIND OF DIAGNOSIS, THE BILLS CAN RUN INTO TENS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. IF YOU GOT TO MOVE A LOT THE WAY POOR PEOPLE DO, IT'S DISRUPTIVE OF THE CONTINUITY THAT THE EDUCATORS TELL US THAT IS NECESSARY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE PROGRESS IN SCHOOL. IF YOU ARE CONSTANTLY BEING UPROOTED AND SHIFTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL AND DEAL WITH THE VARIOUS CRISES AND AGONIES. WHAT ABOUT VOTING? HERE'S SOMEONE WHO PROVIDED SOME TESTIMONY ABOUT VOTING, FROM KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. HER NAME IS LATEEFA, STAND UP KANSAS CITY. SHE WRITES THIS. I WORK AT BURGER KING AND MAKE $9.50. I'M A LEADER WITH LEADUP KANSAS CITY. I DON'T HAVE PAID SICK LEAVE AND DON'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO AFFORD MY BASIC NEEDS. AND NOW MISSOURI LAWMAKERS WANT TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO VOTE. WE WEREN'T ABLE TO AFFORD OUR RENT AND HAD TO MOVE OUT. IN THE RUSH TO FIND SOME PLACE, I LOST MY I.D. SO I HAD TO GET A NEW STATE-ISSUED I.D. I GOT TO THE D.M.V. OFFICE. AS I WALK TO THE WINDOW, I TELL THE LADY I NEED A NEW I.D. AND I SHOW HER MY DEBIT CARD STATEMENT AND TELLS ME THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO WITH YOU FOR THAT. AND GAVE ME PAPERS, A UTILITY BILL BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE WHICH I'M HOMELESS. A PAYCHECK. I DON'T HAVE A PAYCHECK, I HAD TO LEAVE MY LAST JOB WHEN I COULDN'T AFFORD RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION. A GOVERNMENT CHECK, I DON'T HAVE ANY OF THOSE. A MORTGAGE STATEMENT, I DON'T HAVE THAT BECAUSE I'M A LOW-WAGE WORKER. PROPERTY TAX, NO. HOUSING RENTAL CONTRACT. A BANK STATEMENT. I DON'T HAVE A BANK ACCOUNT. I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT. SO HERE I AM LOOKING AT THIS LONG LIST OF THINGS I DON'T HAVE. I'M SO UPSET AND LOOKING AT THIS LIST. BUT THERE IS ONE MORE WAY I'M A VOTER REGISTRATION CARD. I HAVE THAT BECAUSE I PLAN ON VOTING THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME. I HAD TO REGISTER BACK IN MARCH. I GO TO THE BOARD AND GET A VOTER FORM TO GO BACK TO THE D.M.V. I GET MY I.D. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN MY SHOES, UNPAID WORKERS, ELDERLY PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE A STATE-ISSUED I.D. IF MISSOURI PASSES AMENDMENT 6, WHICH IS AN ATTEMPT TO RESTRICT WHO COULD ACTUALLY REGISTER TO VOTE, OVER 220,000 PEOPLE MAY LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE IN OUR STATE. THE PEOPLE WOULD WOULD BE DISENFRANCHISED WOULD BE ELDERLY, STUDENTS AND PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF. PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO BE FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUAL RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE. MY GRANDFATHER USED TO SAY TO US, IT'S VERY EXPENSIVE TO BE POOR. AND A LOT OF THESE STATEMENTS THAT I READ DEALT WITH THE WAY THAT PEOPLE ARE ESSENTIALLY CHARGED OR TAXED FOR BEING POOR. SO HERE'S ONE THAT COMES FROM SO HERE'S ONE THAT COMES FROM KENTUCKY. MY NAME IS MARY LOVE. AND I'VE TESTIFIED IN FRANKFURT, KENTUCKY, AND OTHER PLACES ABOUT THE PAYDAY LENDING TRAP. 14 YEARS AGO I CAME UP SHORT ONE MONTH WHEN THE RENT WAS DUE. I SAW AN AD FOR THE PAYDAY LENDER AND THOUGHT, THIS WOULD BE A GOOD DAY TO COVER THE RENT UNTIL I GET TO PAYDAY. SO I APPLIED FOR THEIR $200 LOAN, I GAVE THEM A CHECK FOR $230 AND I WALKED AWAY WITH THE CASH THAT I NEEDED. WHEN PAYDAY CAME AROUND, I WENT IN THEIR OFFICE AND GAVE THEM $230 IN CASH AND GOT MY CHECK BACK BUT I WANTED TO PAY OFF FOR A FEW MORE BILLS SO I WROTE THEM ANOTHER CHECK THAT SAME DAY FOR $400 PLUS $60 INTEREST AND I WALKED AWAY WITH $400 CASH. NEXT PAYDAY I DID THE SAME THEN AND THE NEXT AND NEXT AND ON AND ON FOR TWO YEARS. BECAUSE I WAS PAYING THEM AN EXORBITANT AMOUNT OF INTEREST, $60 EVERY TWO WEEKS, I COULD NEVER CATCH UP. SOMEONE TOLD ME I PAID OVER $1,400 IN INTEREST OVER TWO YEARS. BUT I SAT DOWN WITH MY COMPUTER AND RECALCULATED THAT AND I ENDED UP PAYING THEM ALMOST $2,880 IN INTEREST CHARGES OVER TWO YEARS. PAYDAY LENDING IS ADVERTISED AS A ONE-TIME SOLUTION FOR EMERGENCY FINANCIAL NEEDS BUT ALL TOO OFTEN THE STORY DOESN'T END THERE. MANY PEOPLE LIKE ME GET LOAN AFTER LOAN AND PAY AN EXORBITANT AMOUNT OF INTEREST. I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO PAY MY OUTSTANDING DEBTS BUT IT TOOK ME TWO YEARS TO DO IT. THE PAYDAY LOAN INDUSTRY IS MAKING MILLIONS EVERY YEAR BY CHARGING EXORBITANT RATES AND DRIVING PEOPLE DEEPER INTO DEBT. I BELIEVE IT'S PASTIME POLITICIANS LET THEM -- THAT POLITICIANS STOP THEM. MS. JAYAPAL.

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                            MS. JAYAPAL

                            YOU KNOW, THAT STORY OF PAYDAY LENDING REMINDED ME HOW IN THE STATE SENATE…

                            YOU KNOW, THAT STORY OF PAYDAY LENDING REMINDED ME HOW IN THE STATE SENATE RIGHT BEFORE I CAME HERE WE HAD TO FIGHT BACK BEFORE WE STOPPED THE ROLLBACK BECAUSE WE WERE ABLE TO WITH ACTIVISTS AROUND OUR COMMUNITY, WE WERE ABLE TO PASS SOME OF THE STRONGEST LAWS THAT PREVENTED PAYDAY LENDERS FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE WITH GREAT OFFRAMPS AND UNFORTUNATELY THERE WERE OVER AND OVER AGAIN ATTEMPTS TO ROLL THOSE BACK. WE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL NEEDS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IS STRONG SO WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT THESE FOLKS ARE NOT GETTING, YOU KNOW, TRAPPED IN PAYDAY LENDING. I KNOW WE'RE RUNNING SHORT ON TIME. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET SOME OF THESE READ. I WANT TO READ ONE FROM MY HOME STATE. THIS IS TESTIMONY FROM MIESH BUCKMASTER. I'M 28 YEARS OLD AND PROUD A SINGLE MOM OF A BEAUTIFUL 1-YEAR-OLD GIRL NAMED ELLA. I LIVE IN WEST PORT, IN GRACE HARBOR COUNTY, WASHINGTON. I SPENT FIVE YEARS OF MY LIFE HOMELESS. ONCE DURING MY HOMELESSNESS, A NEIGHBOR TRIED TO ASSAULT ME BY THROWING A LOG THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE EMPTY BUILDING WHERE I WAS SQUATING BECAUSE HE WAS SO ENRAVED THAT -- ENRAGED THAT HOMELESS PEOPLE WERE LIVING ON THEIR BLOCK. I GOT SECTION 8 HOUSING BEFORE MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN. FOR 110 DAYS LAST WINTER, CHAPLAINS ON THE HARBOR HOSTED ABOUT 20 PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH. MOST OF THEM MILLENNIALS WHO CAUGHT A RECORD TRYING TO SURVIVE IN A COUNTY WITH NO GOOD JOBS, NO DECENT, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HORRIBLE HEALTH CARE, AND PLENTY OF HEROIN. BUSINESS AND PROPERTY OWNERS WERE OUTRAGED BY OUR COLD WEATHER SHELTER. OUR HOMELESS MEMBERS WERE STALKED BY POLICE. OUR PASTOR WAS THREATENED WITH VIGILANTE VIOLENCE. THE SAME MAN WHO TRIED TO ATTACK ME DURING MY SQUATING, ALSO ASSAULTED A 19-YEAR-OLD HOMELESS MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY ON CHURCH PROPERTY AND LATER ATTEMPTED TO RUN HIM OVER WITH A TRUCK. I VOLUNTEERED TO STAY OVERNIGHT AT OUR CHURCH AND KEEP PEOPLE SAFE WHILE THEY SLEPT. I STAYED THERE THROUGH THE NIGHT WHILE THE THREATS CONTINUED TO POUR IN. I STAYED BECAUSE MY COMMUNITY STEPPED UP TO SAVE MY LIFE WHEN THE REST OF SOCIETY DIDN'T CARE WHETHER I LIVED OR DIED AND NOW IT WAS MY TURN TO PROTECT MY COMMUNITY. I'M JOINING THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN BECAUSE I NEED A MOVEMENT THAT'S AS TOUGH AS I AM. POOR AND HOMELESS PEOPLE GET STEREOTYPED LIKE WE'RE TOO STUPID OR LAZY TO SOLVE OUR OWN PROBLEMS. I WASN'T HOMELESS BECAUSE I WAS STUPID AND LAZY. I WAS HOMELESS BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY HAS NO PROBLEM WITH PREGNANT MOTHERS BEING HOMELESS IN THE DEAD OF THE WINTER WITH JUST -- WHILE JUST TWO HOURS AWAY IN SEATTLE THE FOUNDERS OF MICROSOFT AND AMAZON HAVE MADE THEMSELVES THE RICHEST INDIVIDUALS ON THE PLANET. YOU TELL ME WHO'S MESSED UP IN THIS SITUATION? SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE SUSPICIOUS ABOUT A GRACE HARBOR COUNTY PERSON GETTING UP IN FRONT OF THIS CROWD THINKING, AREN'T THEY JUST A BUNCH OF RED NECKS OUT THERE? HELL, YES, WE'RE RED NEXT. WE'RE RADICAL RED NIX. WE'RE HILLBILLIES. WE'RE THE LIVING REMINDER WHEN THEY THREW OUT THE WHITE TRASH WE WITHSTOOD IT. ANYBODY TAKING UP THIS CAMPAIGN, TRUST ME, WE ARE THE KIND OF SCRAPPY YOU WANT ON YOUR SIDE IN A FIGHT. MR. RASKIN, THAT TESTIMONY RESONATES FOR ME BECAUSE I REPRESENT SEATTLE WHERE WE DO HAVE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS. I TELL YOU WHAT, WE HAVE 11,500 HOMELESS PEOPLE IN SEATTLE AND IT HAS BEEN BREAKING MY HEART THAT MY COMMUNITY, SO TOLERANT, SO INCLUSIVE HAS BEEN TURNING ANGER OF INEQUALITY IN OUR SYSTEM AGAINST PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS JUST LIKE THE TESTIMONY I JUST READ. I WANT TO READ ANOTHER ONE THAT ALSO STRIKES HOME FOR ME BECAUSE IT'S A TESTIMONY FROM THE FIGHT FOR 15 IN MASSACHUSETTS. AS YOU KNOW, I WAS PROUD TO BE ON THE COMMITTEE THAT PASSED THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE IN SEATTLE, PROUD TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST CITIES IN THE FIGHT FOR 15. THIS IS TESTIMONY FROM DEI ANNA BUTLER, AND -- DEANNA BUTLER, AND THIS IS FROM AUGUST, 2016. AND SHE'S IN MASSACHUSETTS. I THINK I SAID THAT. I'M A 31-YEAR-OLD RESIDENT OF THE DORCHESTER AREA. I'M A FAST FOOD WORKER AND FIGHT FOR THE -- FIGHT FOR 15. I WORK AT THE SHAKE SHACK AND MAKE $11 AN HOUR AS A CASHIER. I'M MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN AGES 8, 14, 15. MY CHECK IS THE ONLY INCOME FOR MY FAMILY BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS DISABLED AND BATTLING WITH SEVERAL HEALTH CONDITIONS. $11 AN HOUR ISN'T MUCH. I WORKED OTHER JOBS TOO. I WORKED IN THE RETAIL INDUSTRY AND AT THE YMCA, BUT THE ONE THING I FOUND IN ANY OF THOSE JOBS, ANYTHING LESS THAN $15 AN HOUR JUST ISN'T ENOUGH. IT PREVENTS FAMILIES LIKE MINE FROM THRIVING TO OUR FULL POTENTIAL. MY FAMILY RECEIVES FOOD STAMPS AND I'M STILL LEFT TO FIGURE OUT HOW I'M GOING TO MAKE MY $350 PAYCHECK STRETCH FOR FIVE PEOPLE. SCHOOL'S ABOUT TO START AGAIN, AND I HAVE THREE KIDS GETTING READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. I HAVE STUDENT LOANS THAT I HAVE TO PAY BACK, BUT I'M ALSO BEHIND IN BILLS SO I'M LEFT TO PRIORITIZE WHICH BILL I CAN AFFORD TO PAY THIS MONTH. ME AND MY FAMILY HAVE BEEN LIVING IN THE SHELTER FOR SIX YEARS. YES, SIX YEARS BECAUSE I DON'T MAKE ENOUGH TO AFFORD MARKET RATE RENT ANYWHERE IN THE GREATER BOSTON AREA. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THESE MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR CORPORATIONS ARE ABLE TO BUILD AN EMPIRE ON THE BACKS OF LOW-WAGE WORKERS AND GET AWAY WITH MAKING MILLIONS IN PROFITS WHILE WE HAVE NOWHERE TO LIVE AND HAVE TO DEPEND ON BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO HELP US MAKE IT THROUGH. MY KIDS DESERVE SO MUCH MORE, AND I DESERVE SO MUCH MORE. AND THAT'S WHY I'M FIGHTING FOR $15 AN HOUR SO THAT ONE DAY SOON I'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR MY KIDS THE WAY I ALWAYS HOPED TO. I WILL BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND FINISH MY MEDICAL BILLING PROGRAM THAT I HAD TO PUT ON HOLD BECAUSE MAKING POVERTY WAGES AND TAKING CARE OF MY FAMILY MADE IT CHALLENGING FOR ME. WE WORK HARD. WE DESERVE MORE. AND PEOPLE HAVE STARTED TO REALIZE THAT $15 AN HOUR IS THE NEW MINIMUM WAGE STANDARD. WE'VE BEEN WINNING IN CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND I HOPE THROUGH THIS MORAL REVIVEL WE CAN BUILD A TOMORROW WHERE NOT ONLY THE RICH MATTER BUT -- REVIVAL WE CAN BUILD A TOMORROW WHERE NOT ONLY THE RICH MATTER BUT WE ALL MATTER. I YIELD BACK TO YOU.

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                          • 05:54:06 PM

                            MR. RASKIN

                            THANK YOU, MS. JAYAPAL. WHAT DOES CLIMATE CHANGE HAVE TO DEAL WITH…

                            THANK YOU, MS. JAYAPAL. WHAT DOES CLIMATE CHANGE HAVE TO DEAL WITH POVERTY? WELL, TODAY WE FACE ACCELERATING EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS SUCH AS THE INTENSIFYING HURRICANES THAT DISPLACED AND IMPOVERISHED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS IN LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, PUERTO RICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, NEW JERSEY. WELL, HERE'S ANOTHER WAY THAT CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS PEOPLE IN POVERTY. THROUGH HEALTH CARE EVENTS THAT TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORK FORCE. HERE'S A TESTIMONY FROM LIZ BETTY OWENS FROM VERMONT. SHE WRITES, I'M 26, A HOME CARE PROVIDER AND BARTENDER. JUST OVER A YEAR AGO I WAS DIAGNOSISED WITH LYME DISEASE AND BEGAN A LIFE-LONG BATTLE NOT ONLY WITH THIS CRIPPLING DISEASE BUT THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY AND MY STRUGGLE TO ACCESS THE CARE I NEED. AT 25 I WAS INCREDIBLY ILL. ATTEMPTING TO CONTINUE MY WORK AS A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND MAKING ALL OF MY HEALTH CARE DECISIONS, NOT BASED ON A DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION, BUT BASED ON WHAT MY HEALTH INSURANCE AT THE TIME WOULD COVER AND WHAT I COULD AFFORD WITH MY MEAGER OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES. I REALIZED BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT HAD MORE POWER OF THE HEALTH AND MY WELL-BEING THAN MY DOCTOR. I ACCUMULATED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT. I WAS BOOTED OFF MY MOM'S PLAN BECAUSE I TURNED 26. I WAS UNABLE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR FOR MONTHS WHILE I WAS STILL SHOWING SYMPTOMS AND RECOVERING FROM INITIAL TREATMENT. I WAS HELD UP IN THE PROCESS TRYING TO PROVE I MADE SUCH A SMALL YEARLY INCOME THAT I WAS IN FACT ELIGIBLE FOR THE STATE'S GREEN MOUNTAIN HEALTH PLAN. AND EVER SINCE I WAS FINALLY ACCEPTED, I'VE HAD TO TRY AND THREAD A CAREFUL LINE MAKING SURE I DON'T MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY AND GET BOOTED OFF THE STATE FINE, RISKING FINES FROM LACK OF HEALTH INSURANCE AND AGAIN NOT HAVING ACCESS TO THE CARE I NEED AS I FIGHT THIS DEBILITATING DISEASE. IT'S DEVASTATING TO EXPERIENCE THE EXHAUSTING AND HARMFUL APPROACH OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM CONTROLLED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES, BIG PHARMA, AND HOSPITAL MONTROSSITIES THAT CARE MORE ABOUT THE BOTTOM LINE THAN THE NEEDS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND PATIENTS. RATHER THAN LIVING IN A SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE CAN GET THE CARE THEY NEED AND HAVE IT BE SOLELY BASED ON DECISIONS BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE DOCTOR. IT'S EXHAUSTING TO KNOW I'M ALREADY STRUGGLING WITH THIS AT THE AGE OF 26 AND THAT I LIVE IN A RAPIDLY AGING STATE WHERE AN ENTIRE GENERATION WILL HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET THE CARE THEY NEED. AND HOME CARE PROVIDERS LIKE MYSELF WILL BE CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRE OF PROVIDING CARE SERVICES WITH WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ALLOWED THE RESOURCES TO COMPENSATE FOR THE CARE THAT THEY ACTUALLY NEED. IT'S ALSO TERRIFYING BEING DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE WHICH IS TRANSMITTED BY A TIC BUG THAT IS INFECTED BY A BACTERIA. AS WEATHER PATTERNS CONTINUES TO HIT NEW EXTREMES BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE, AND THE NORTHEAST CONTINUES TO WARM, THE NUMBER OF INFECTED TICK BUGS IS EXPECTED TO GROW. THOSE WHO WORK OUTDOORS GROWING FOOD, WORKING ON FARMS, MAINTAINING STATE AND FEDERAL LANDS ARE AT HEIGHTENED RISK. IT IS MADE MORE TERRIFYING BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUED THREAT OF OUR ALREADY LIMITED ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. WE NEED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE AS A HUMAN RIGHT AND PUBLIC GOOD AND NOT A COMMODITY TO BUY AND SELL. WE NEED THIS POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN TO UNITE THE POOR AND INDICT THE MORAL STATUS QUO THAT PRODUCES POVERTY AND IS RAVAGING OUR COMMUNITIES. WITH THOSE WORDS I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                          • 05:57:46 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            MUCH.

                          • 05:58:07 PM

                            MS. KAPTUR

                            THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TONIGHT AND HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO…

                            THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TONIGHT AND HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO ATTEND THE CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME BECAUSE I THINK I HAVE AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE WHICH NEEDS TO BE HEARD. AND I RISE TO ELEVATE AN ECONOMIC AND HUMANITARIAN ISSUE THAT IS MANIFESTING ITSELF ACROSS OHIO, OUR NATION, AND OUR CONTINENT. MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF WORKERS, MANY LANDLESS WORKERS, ESSENTIAL TO GETTING AMERICA'S WORK DONE IN AGRICULTURE AND OTHER SECTORS, LIVE IN TOIL IN AN EERIE SHADOW EXISTENCE. THESE WORKERS OFTEN ARE EXPLOITED DUE TO OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION AND LEGAL SYSTEMS WHICH AFFORDS THEM AND THEIR WORK NO RESPECT. OUR BELOVED FATHER, STEVEN, WOULD SAY THEY ARE CAUGHT BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. LET'S TAKE A PEEK INSIDE WHO SOME OF THESE WORKERS REALLY ARE. THESE WORKERS DARE TO CLIMB SKYSCRAPERS AND INSTALL THE STEEL BEAMS AND POUR CONCRETE ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. ONE SLIP AWAY FROM DEATH. THEY EMBRACE HARSH WORK CIRCUMSTANCES, GOING INTO THE BRUTALLY HOT SUN IN THE SOUTH AND WEST, PICKING YOUR VEGETABLES AND FRUITS FOR 12 TO 16 HOURS A DAY AT HIGH SEASON. IN OUR VAST TOBACCO FIELDS, THEY WORK FROM SUN UP TO SUN DOWN PICKING OFF FLOWERS FROM TOBACCO PLANTS IN THE BLISTERING 110-DEGREE HEAT AS THEIR FINGERS AND HANDS NUMB FROM THE NICOTINE. AND THEIR SWEATY SUN-BURNED BODIES TURN RIPE FOR MELANOMA SKIN CANCER. AND THEY HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. . THEY WORK IN HOT STEAM CHAMBERS CLEANING OUR LAUNDRY IN THE BIG CITIES. AND IN THE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT ENVIRONMENTS OF SLAUGHTER HOUSES, USING ELECTRIC CUTTING EQUIPMENT AND THEY'RE COVERED IN BLOOD IN THOSE SLAUGHTER HOUSES. FOR THE MEAT THAT WE EAT. THEY TRUDGE THROUGH MANURE IN DAIRY FARMS AND THEY HARVEST MUSHROOMS SOLD IN EVERY STORE, ANY GROCERY STORES AROUND THIS COUNTRY. IN COLD, DAMP, DARK, UNDERGROUND CAVES, WALKING THROUGH HORSE DUNG. THEY CATCH BY HAND THOUSANDS OF CHICKENS EVERY NIGHT IN THE DARK, HOT COOPS THAT GENERALLY HAVE 25,000 OR MORE CHICKENS EACH, WHERE THE STENCH AND THE DUST ARE LIFE-THREATENING. THEY CLEAN BATHROOMS IN AMUSEMENT PARKS, ALONG STATE TURNPIKES, AND IN AIRPORTS. AND WHY DO THEY DO THIS WORK? TO SURVIVE. WHILE HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE FOR THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES. WITHOUT THESE WORKERS, OUR TABLES WOULD BE BEREST OF THE FOOD WE -- BEREFT OF THE FOOD WE DEPEND UPON. AMERICA COULD NOT FEED ITSELF. WITHOUT THESE WORKERS, COMPANIES WOULD HAVE TO PAY HIGHER WAGES AND OFFER HEALTH INSURANCE TO DO THE WORK. INDEED, MANY, MANY, MANY MILLIONS OF THESE WORKERS ARE UPROOTED, ACTUALLY CONTINENTAL LABOR REFUGEES SPIT OUT OF VICIOUS AND VIOLENT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SYSTEMS ACROSS THE AMERICAS. YET CONTINENTAL TRADE COMPACTS LIKE NAFTA AND CAFTA WERE DESIGNED PURPOSEFULLY TO CREATE THIS LANDLESS CLASS OF LABORERS , TO PURPOSEFULLY UNDERVALUE THEM AND THEIR WORK. NAFTA CAUSED MILLIONS OF THESE WORKERS TO BE UPENDED AND LOSE THEIR SMALL FARM STEADIES IN MEXICO -- FARMSTEADS IN MEXICO, PRECIPITATING THE LARGEST EXODUS IN MODERN HISTORY, AND IN OUR COUNTRY, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOST THEIR JOBS IN FACTORIES AND FARMS ACROSS THE NATION AS OUR JOBS WERE SHIPPED SOUTH. TRADE AGREEMENTS HAVE FAILED WORKERS ON THIS CONTINENT IN THEIR HOMELANDS, AND MANY OF THOSE SOUTH OF OUR BORDER FLED, FLED TO FIND WAYS TO MAKE A LIVING, DRAWN BY WORKER SHORTAGES AND MANY -- IN MANY COUNTRIES, INCLUDING OUR OWN, FINDING WORK IN THE MOST UNAPPEALING JOBS, JOBS OUR CITIZENS WON'T TAKE. NOW, FOR THOSE WHO CAME HERE TO WORK, THEY FACE EVEN MORE CRUELTY BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND MANY MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TOO, AS THEIR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE BEING RIPPED APART. I'M GOING TO TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THAT IN A SECOND. NEWS REPORTS ARE BEGINNING TO REVEAL THE EDGES OF THIS UGLY SYSTEM OF DE FACTO HUMAN BONDAGE. OUR NATION, FOUNDED IN SLAVERY, FOUGHT A BLOODY CIVIL WAR. OVER WHETHER THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM OF THE SOUTH WOULD BE EXTENDED WEST, AND WE HAVE NOT COMPLETELY HEALED FROM THAT WAR, EVEN UNTIL TODAY. SADLY, AMERICAN HISTORY HAS NOT BEEN IMMUNE FROM SUBJUGATING AND INDENTURING WORKERS. THIS SITUATION OF PENNYLESS WORKERS IN BONDAGE IS THE MODERN-DAY VERSION OF A CONTINUING CONTINENTAL EXPLOITATION OF LABOR. IT IS AN OLD STORY, REPEATING ITSELF IN A NEW CHAPTER. LAST TUESDAY IN A VERY WELL-KNOWN GREENHOUSE OPERATION IN MY DISTRICT, IN ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, NEAR SANDUSKY, THE HOME OF THE ROLLER COAST AT CEDAR FAIR, THIS WELL-REGARDED GREENHOUSE OPERATION WAS RAIDED AT THE HEIGHT OF THIS SPRING SEASON BY DOZENS AND DOZENS AND DOZENS OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION, BORDER PATROL AND I.R.S. OFFICIALS. AT LEAST 114 MALE AND FEMALE WORKERS WERE DETAINED, REMOVED TO JAILS, AND ARE BEING QUESTIONED SOMEWHERE. BUT WHERE? THOSE WHO ARE PARENTS HAVE BEEN CRUELLY SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN WITH NO PROVISION MADE FOR THE CHILDREN. THIS IS A PHOTO, I'LL SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THAT IN A SECOND, OF WHAT WAS GOING ON LAST WEEK IN OHIO. THE REVERB RATIONS OF THIS RAID IN OHIO WILL BE FELT ACROSS A GREENHOUSE -- THE GREENHOUSE AND NURSERY INDUSTRY AT HIGH SEASON WHEN THESE COMPANIES MUST HAVE WORKERS. THEY ARE HIGHLY DEPENDENT ON THOUSANDS OF SEASONAL LABORERS TO PERFORM THE NECESSARY WORK. AND I'M TALKING JUST IN OHIO, TENSES OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS -- TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS. THE SAME IS TRUE IN THE BORDER STATE OF MICHIGAN. I WORRY ABOUT THESE WORKERS AND I WORRY ABOUT WHETHER THESE FIRMS WILL FIND THE WORKERS TO PERFORM THE WORK AT SUCH A KEY TIME OF THE YEAR. THERE SIMPLY AREN'T ENOUGH HANDS LEFT TO DO THE WORK. MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS, SOME OF WHOM HAD WORKED FOR THIS FIRM FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, WERE SURROUNDED BY I.C.E. OFFICERS WHO CAME OUT OF ANOTHER STATE, DETROIT, MICHIGAN, HEAVILY ARMED WITH RIFLES. THEY EVEN TIED THE HANDS OF CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY BEHIND THEIR HANDS -- BACKS BEFORE QUESTIONING THEM. BORDER PATROL HELICOPTERS WHIRRED OVERHEAD AS WORKERS WERE HANDCUFFED AND MADE TO LIE DOWN ON THEIR BELLIES BEFORE BEING TAKEN BY BUS TO DETENTION CENTERS HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM ERIE COUNTY, WHERE THIS RAID OCCURRED. AS FAR AS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO DETERMINE, THE WOMEN WORKERS, MOST OF WHOM ARE MOTHERS, HAVE BEEN PLACED IN THE CALHOUN COUNTY JAIL NEAR BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN, AND THE MEN IN A FACILITY IN NORTHEAST CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO. I TOOK PARTICULAR NOTE THAT IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT MUST HAVE NOTIFIED THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT TOOK THIS PICTURE OF THE IMPENDING RAID, AS A REPORTER TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM MICHIGAN TO TAKE THIS PARTICULAR PHOTO AND REPORT ON THE RAID. BUT THE SAME NOTIFICATION WAS NOT EXTENDED TO THE LOCAL PRESS, NOR FOR THAT MATTER TO LOCAL OHIO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS RAID. IT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEMS INTENT ON STAGING A BIG SHOW ON IMMIGRATION. BUT WHERE IS ITS INTEREST IN REAL SOLUTIONS? WAS THIS RAID REALLY ABOUT SECURITY? OR IS IT MORE ABOUT INTIMIDATION? OR IS IT TRYING TO DIVIDE AMERICANS ALONG ECONOMIC AND RACIAL LINES? I WAS TOLD THE GREENHOUSE WORKERS PUT UP NO RESISTANCE. THEY WERE PEACEFUL. WHEN I ASKED I.C.E. IF I COULD VISIT THE WORKERS IN ONE OF THE DETENTION CENTERS THIS PAST WEEKEND, I WAS TOLD ARRANGEMENTS COULD NOT BE MADE, EVEN THOUGH THESE WORKERS WORK IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT. THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. I.C.E., WHICH REPORTS TO THE SUPERLORDS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, HAVE BEEN OVER A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT IN THEIR ANSWERS BACK TO US IN THEIR COMMUNICATIONS. YET PEOPLE'S LIVES AND THEIR CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING ARE AT STAKE. STONEWALLING IS SIMPLY NOT AN OPTION. SO I INTEND TO HEAD TO MICHIGAN IN A FEW DAYS TO TRY TO FIND THE DETENTION CENTER AND HOPEFULLY SPEAK TO SOME OF THE WOMEN. I UNDERSTAND IF I DO SO, WE HAVE TO DO IT OVER A VIDEO PHONE OR SOMETHING. AND I WILL SAY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, I EXPECT A FULL REPORT ON THE STATUS OF EACH OF THESE WORKERS, AS WELL AS EVIDENCE THEY ARE BEING TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT IN THE COUNTY JAIL. I HOPE TO SHARE MORE PUBLICLY ABOUT WHAT I LEARN WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE, AS WELL AS PEOPLE OF OHIO'S NINTH DISTRICT. I WANT A FULL EFFORT AND REPORT ON WHAT IS AT ISSUE WITH EACH OF THE PERSONS APPREHENDED. I WANT TO KNOW WHERE EACH IS LOCATED, AS WELL AS WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MINIMIZE THE TRAUMA FOR THEIR CHILDREN BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. SO HOW DID AMERICA GET TO A POINT WHERE PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD WITH THEIR HANDS FOR A LIVING ARE ROUNDED UP LIKE CATTLE? AND THEIR CHILDREN TAKEN FROM THEM TO PLACES THEY KNOW NOT WHERE? SOME OF THESE CHILDREN MAY BE DREAMERS, AMERICANS WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THE UNITED STATES, WHOSE IMMIGRATION STATUS NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. SO, LET'S DO IT. TODAY WE LEARNED THAT NEXT WEEK THIS HOUSE APPARENTLY WILL VOTE ON TWO COMPETING MEASURES THAT RELATE TO IMMIGRATION. ONE IS FROM MR. BOB GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA, H.R. 4760, CALLED SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT OF 2018. THAT BILL ONLY GIVES TEMPORARY STATUS TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THIS COUNTRY. IT MAKES DEEP CUTS TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION. IT PREVENTS LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM SPONSORING THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES, AND OF COURSE IT BOOSTS ENFORCEMENT. IT IS A PUNITIVE BILL. CERTAINLY NOT A VERY HOPEFUL BILL. AND EVEN IF IT COULD PASS THIS HOUSE, IT'S NOT GOING TO PASS THE SENATE. THEN THERE IS THIS MYSTERIOUS NEW BILL THAT SPEAKER RYAN CALLS A COMPROMISE BILL. AND THE COMPROMISE BILL WE MAY VOTE ON NEXT WEEK STILL ISN'T WRITTEN. BUT IT FOLLOWS THE FRAMEWORK, WE'RE TOLD, SET FORWARD BY THE WHITE HOUSE. LEGAL STATUS FOR DREAMERS, INCREASED BORDER SECURITY, INCLUDING FUNDING FOR A WASTEFUL, INEFFECTIVE BORDER WALL, AN END TO THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY, AND CURBING FAMILY-BASED LEGAL IMMIGRATION. WOW. THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME TO OUR OFFICE WHO WANT TO MARRY SOMEONE WHO'S WAITING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, HOW MANY DECADES ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT? JUST AN HOUR AGO A SUMMARY PROVIDED SAID THIS. THE SECOND MEASURE WOULD AUTHORIZE FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A BORDER WALL SOUGHT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND GIVE A PATH FOR SO-CALLED DACA POPULATION TO APPLY FOR A SIX-YEAR INDEFINITELY RENEWABLE, NONIMMIGRANT LEGAL STATUS AFTER WHICH THEY CAN APPLY FOR NEWLY ALLOCATED GREEN CARDS. WE'LL SEE. COUNT ME AS A SKEPTIC. TO DATE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO HELP YOUNG DREAMERS WHO HAVE BEEN HERE THEIR WHOLE LIVES. TO DATE THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY FOR THESE DREAMERS. THE MAJORITY HAS FAILED TO ACT ON COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, WHICH WE REALLY NEED. YEARS OF INACTION BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO HOLD THE MAJORITY HAVE BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT. AND WE HAD A MEASURE DOWN HERE ON THE FLOOR THAT HAD GARNERED 216 SIGNATURES, TO BRING A SET OF VOTES TO THE FLOOR THAT COULD REALLY HAVE ADDRESSED THIS PROBLEM AND THE MAJORITY JERKED IT OFF THE LEDGER THE OTHER DAY. RATHER THAN BLAMING WORKERS AND HARMING U.S. COMPANIES, LET'S PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS. ON THE TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN PASSING SINCE THE 1990'S, THAT SET US ON A TREACHEROUS AND GREEDY PATH OF BAD TRADE DEALS LIKE NAFTA AND CAFTA, THAT THREW MILLIONS OF WORKERS OUT OF WORK IN OUR COUNTRY, AND MILLIONS OF WORKERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES IN COUNTRIES LIKE MEXICO LOST THEIR WORK, TREATED LIKE CHATTEL ON THIS CONTINENT. WE NEED A RENEGOTIATED NAFTA. THESE BAD DEALS HAVE NEVER RESULTED IN A POSITIVE TRADE BALANCE FOR OUR COUNTRY. INSTEAD THEY DISPLACED MILLIONS OF WORKERS IN NORTH AMERICA. U.S. PLANTS SHUT DOWN HERE AND TRADE DEALS LIKE NAFTA THRUST CHEAP LABOR INTO THE MARKET, FORCING WAGES DOWN ACROSS THE CONTINENT. INCLUDING IN MEXICO. BORDER CROSSINGS DOUBLED INTO OUR COUNTRY AFTER NAFTA'S PASSAGE. INCLUDING ILLEGAL ENTRIES OF DESPERATE PEOPLE UNDER DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES. THOSE TRADE DEALS DITH DISRUPTED THE MARKET -- DEALS DISRUPTED THE MARKETS THAT SMALL FARMERS IN MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA RELIED ON TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES. WHO WOULD NOT FLEE DESPERATION? YOU WOULD TOO IF YOUR LIVELIHOOD DISAPPEARED. THINK ABOUT IT. THE BEST ESTIMATES SUGGEST 11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS HAVE ASSUMED SOME OF THE HARDEST, LOWEST PAYING JOBS INSIDE OUR ECONOMY. SINCE NAFTA'S PASSAGE, AND 10 YEARS AFTER THAT, CAFTA'S PASSAGE. EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ARE TRANSFIXED BY A RIGGED GLOBAL ECONOMY THAT PITS BUSINESSES AND WORKERS ACROSS THIS CONTINENT AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. WHO BENEFITED FROM THAT? ASK YOURSELF THAT QUESTION. ANSWER THE QUESTION. MANY WORKERS HAVE ENDURED LONG JOURNEYS BY FOOT, TRAIN, BOAT, AS LABOR TRAFFICKERS INDEBTED THEM TO MAKE IT ACROSS OUR BORDER. OTHERS WHO WORK HERE SIMPLY STAYED BEYOND THE EXPIRATION OF THEIR TEMPORARY VISITOR PERMITS . THE SITUATION IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN MANY PEOPLE REALIZE. THE REALITY IS ABOUT 60% OF THE UNAUTHORIZED POPULATION OF WORKERS HERE HAS BEEN HERE FOR AT LEAST A DECADE. 1/3 OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, 15 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER, LIVE WITH AT LEAST ONE CHILD WHO IS A U.S. CITIZEN BY BIRTH. SO DO WE CLOSE OUR EYES TO ALL OF THIS? AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED ON THIS CONTINENT? OR DO WE FIX IT? THE RENEGOTIATION OF NAFTA PRESENTS A PRECIOUS MOMENT, AND I'M WITH THE PRESIDENT ON RENEGOTIATING NAFTA. BUT WITH WHAT PROVISIONS? . A CHANCE TO CREATE AN ECONOMIC MODEL FOR ALL OF NORTH AMERICA THAT RECOGNIZES EMPLOYER NEEDS AND LABOR RIGHTS SHOULD BE IN A TRADE AGREEMENT. IT COULD HAVE A MONUMENTAL IMPACT ON MILLIONS AND CORRECT DISTORTED MIGRATORY PATTERNS MADE SO MUCH WORSE BY NAFTA. INSTOFEDE LIFTING UP WORKERS AND IMPROVING THEIR PLIGHT, ACHIEVING GOOD JOBS WITH LIVING WAGES, THE CURRENT NAFTA-CAFTA SYSTEM FORCES WORKERS INTO A HARSH SYSTEM THAT EQUATES TO A MODERN DAY VERSION, YES, OF SLAVERY. WORKERS UNDERSTAND THAT STANDING UP AND COMPLAINING ABOUT ABUSIVE CONDITIONS WILL MEAN TERMINATION BECAUSE AN EMPLOYER CAN REPORT THEM TO IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES. SO THE GUILLOTINE ALWAYS HANGS OVER THEIR HEADS. A RENEGOTIATED NAFTA CAN BRING WORKERS OUT FROM UNDER THE SHADOWS. WHO WILL BENEFIT? BUSINESS. IT WILL BENEFIT WORKERS. IT WILL BENEFIT COMMUNITIES AND OUR CANT INNOCENT. WHEN WORKERS ARE ASKED WHY DO THEY ENDURE ALL THIS, ALMOST ALL HAD THE SAME REASON. SURVIVAL. AND A HOPE FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM. FOR THOSE THAT HAVE COME PEER FROM OTHER PLACES AND WORK HERE, THEY'RE PERFORMING THE JOBS THE REST OF AMERICA CHOOSES NOT TO DO. RATHER THAN END THIS MISERABLE UNDERGROUND SYSTEM OF INDENTURED SERVITUDE, REPUBLICANS HAVE CHOSEN INACTION TIME AND TIME AGAIN. NAFTA AND CAFTA NEED TO BE RENEGOTIATED TO INSTITUTE A LEGAL SYSTEM THAT GIVES WORKERS STANDING IN THE LAW, NOT EXPLOITATION, WHATEVER SIDE OF THE BORDER THEY LIVE ON. NOW REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS FAIL TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE VAST ROLE AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICIES HAS PLAYED IN CREATING THE CONDITIONS IN NORTH AMERICA THAT PUSHED AND PULLED WORKERS ON THEIR PERILOUS TREK, DESTABILIZING THEIR WAY OF LIFE. YOU CANNOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEM WITHOUT SOLVING THE NAFTA AND CAFTA PROBLEM. RECALL PRESIDENT REAGAN WORKED WITH CONGRESS TO PASS THE LAST COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL IN THE 1980'S AND AT THE SAME TIME, UNFORTUNATELY, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATED WITH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS TO DEVELOP NEW POLICIES THAT FAVORED LARGE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS BUT UNDERCUT WORKERS, INCLUDING THE SMALLER FARMS AND BUSINESSES THAT CREATED ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITIES IN OUR COUNTRY AND SOUTH OF OUR BORDER. IN 1994, THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, BOY IS THAT A MISNOMER, WAS SOLD TO CONGRESS AS A WAY TO KEEP MEXICANS HOME AND TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICAN WORKERS WERE CARED FOR. GUESS WHAT? NAFTA ACTUALLY THREW MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OUT OF WORK AND ALSO MILLIONS OF MEXICAN FARMERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES WERE DISPLACED. THESE UPENDED WORKERS SOUGHT OPPORTUNITY WHEREVER THEY COULD FIND IT. INDEED, IMMIGRATION TORTE UNITED STATES FROM MEXICO DOUBLED POST-NAFTA AS MILLIONS OF U.S. CITIZENS SAW THEIR JOBS SHIPPED SOUTH OF THE BORDER AND THOSE SOUTH OF THE BORDER WHO COULDN'T EVEN AFFORD FOOD AT THAT POINT, A DESPERATE EXODUS BEGAN, AND PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO WORK FOR PENNY WAGES. A DECADE LATER, CONGRESS PASSED CALF THEARK CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, FURTHER UNDERCUTTING AGRICULTURAL WORKERS AND SMALL ENTREPRENEURS THROUGH THE THE REST OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF NORTH AMERICA. THESE POLICIES TRAPPED LATIN AMERICAN WORKERS BETWEEN A FOREIGN POLICY THAT DROVE THEM FROM HOME AND A U.S. DOMESTIC POLICY THAT KEPT THEM IN THE SHADOWS WHILE DRIVING GOOD JOBS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES TO LOW WAGE ENVIRONMENTS. ASK YOURSELF, WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THAT KIND OF SYSTEM? LOOK AT THE PROFITS OF SOME OF THE COMPANIES AND THE C.E.O.'S OF THOSE COMPANIES THAT DID THAT. WE ALSO KNOW FAR TOO MANY EMPLOYERS TAKE ON UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS AND EXPLOIT THEM FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO WORK LONG HOURS FOR NO PAY. PRESIDENT TRUMP, PLEASE KNOW, WALLS WILL NOT SOLVE THESE MASSIVE ECONOMIC INEQUITIES. OUR TRADE POLICIES CREATED. ONLY FIXING NAFTA AND CAFTA WILL. OUR NATION NEEDS COMPREHENSIVE CONTINENTAL IMMIGRATION REFORM THAT SHOULD INCLUDE AN E-VERIFY EMPLOYEE SYSTEM TO TAKE THE NUSS OFF THE EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY A WORKER'S STATUS. AND TO GIVE WORKERS STANDING ON THIS CONTINENT NO BORDER WALL CAN SUCCEED AGAINST THE ENORMOUS PULL OF OUR VAST ECONOMY'S NEEDS INCLUDING FOR LABOR. AS EMPLOYERS COMPLAIN EVERY DAY TO ME, THEY CANNOT FIND THE WORKERS THEY NEED. LET ME CONCLUDE IN MY REMAINING MINUTES WITH A FEW STORIES THAT CAME OUT OF THIS HORRENDOUS RAID THAT OCCURRED IN NORTHERN OHIO. MARIA SANDRA WORKS AT THIS GREENHOUSE AND WAS PRESENT THE DAY OF THE RAID. SHE RECALLS CLOCKING IN AT 7:00 A.M. THESE FOLKS WORK HARD. SHE WALKED TO HER VAN TO GET HER SUNSCREEN AND GLOVES WHEN SHE HEARD VEHICLES SLAMMING ON THE BRAKES IN THE GRAVEL. THE OFFICERS GOT DOWN WITH LARGE WEAPONS SO SHE FIGURED THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A DANGEROUS CRIMINAL. THEN SHE SAYS I REALIZED IT WAS IMMIGRATION. TWO MEN CAME UP BEHIND ME SCREAMING AT ME TO WALK. I TOLD THEM I HAD MY I.D. AND MY SOCIAL SECURITY CARD. THEY SCREAMED LOUDER, WALK! I PICKED UP MY PHONE AND THEY TOLD ME TO PUT IT AWAY, THAT I COULDN'T USE IT. I WAS SO SCARED. SEEING HOW THEY PUSHED PEOPLE AND PUT US TOGETHER LIKE ANIMALS ON THEIR WAY TO A SLAUGHTER HOUSE. THE OFFICERS TIED EVERYBODY UP. I KEPT SAYING I HAVE MY DOCUMENT, I'LL SHOW THEM TO YOU, BUT THEY IGNORED ME. THEY BEGAN SEPARATING US INTO TWO LINES. EVERYBODY THAT WAS WHITE WAS LET GO. I WAS THERE SO LONG THAT I HAD TO USE THE BATHROOM. THEY REFUSED TO LET ME GO UNTIL MANY OTHERS HAD TO GO. WE WERE TAKEN, TIED, TO THE RESTROOM, ACCOMPANIED BY AN OFFICER WITH A BIG GUN. I KEPT ASKING WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? I HAVE ALL MY DOCUMENTATION IN MY VAN. THEY ASKED ME, ARE YOU A CITIZEN? AND I SAID YES. THEY LAUGHED AT ME. I HAD NEVER FELT SO HUMILIATED. I CAN STILL HEAR EVERYBODY CRYING. WHEN THEY FINALLY RAN MY SOCIAL THEY ESCORTED ME TO MY VAN, STILL TIED, THEY TOLD ME TO LEAVE AND I SAID HOW CAN I DRIVE WITH MY HANDS TIED? ANOTHER OFFICER CAME WITH SOME SCISSORS TO UNTIE ME AND ACTUALLY CUT MY WRIST. I PULLED AWAY IN PAIN AND HE GOT ANGRY AND SAID WHY DID YOU MOVE? I SAID BECAUSE YOU CUT ME. I STORMED OUT OF THERE IN FEAR. I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN MY WHOLE LIFE. I WAS TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL. WITH NO VOICE OR RIGHTS. GLORIA WORKS THERE AND WAS THERE THE DIOF THE RAID. A CO-WORKER ASKED GLORIA TO DROP OFF HER LUNCH BAG AT HOME AND CHECK ON HER CHILDREN. HER CO-WORKER, WHOSE NAME SHE PREFERS NOT TO GIVE OUT OUT BECAUSE OF FEAR TO THE CHILDREN. GLORIA WENT TO THE HOUSE AND WHEN SHE KNOCKED SHE COULD HEAR THEM BEHIND THE DOOR SHUSHING EACH OTHER. GLORIA SAYS, I KNOCKED FOR A WHILE AND JUST KEPT SAYING, SON, OPEN UP, I WON'T HURT YOU, I CAME TO DROP OFF YOUR MOM'S LUNCH. THE ELDEST FINALLY OPENED THE DOOR BUT WOULDN'T LET ME IN THE BROKE DOWN CRYING. AND ASKING QUESTIONS I COULDN'T ANSWER BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE ANY OF THEM WERE. I TRIED TO CALM HIM DOWN AND SAID EVERYTHING WOULD BE OK. I WENT BACK TO TAKE THE CHILDREN FOOD BUT NOBODY ANSWERED THE DOOR. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY'RE OK. THOSE CHILDREN ONLY HAVE THEIR MOTHER. I HAVE BEEN HERE IN THIS COMMUNITY 42 YEARS AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. FAMILIES ARE BEING BROKEN WITHOUT CARING OF WHAT WOULD BE OF THE CHILDREN. WORKING IS NOT A SIN. AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE JUST WANTED TO BETTER THEMSELVES. WE WORK HARD. SOMETIMES TAKING SHIFTS FROM 7:00 A.M. UNTIL MIDNIGHT. BUT THE -- WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING IS WRONG. PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. THE AMERICAN CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING. ANOTHER WOMAN WRITES, AT CORSO'S, THAT SHE ESCAPED THE RAID AND WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS BECAUSE SHE SNEERS MIGHT BE HUNTED DOWN. SHE SAID I NEVER EXPECTED ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN, WHEN I SAW THEM COMING, I RAN AND I RAN AND RAN UNTIL I HID UNDER A BED OF FLOWERS AND BURIED MYSELF UNDER THE DIRT AND CRIED IN SILENCE. ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS MY KIDS. I HAVE THREE. A LOT OF US HAVE SMALL CHILDREN WHO NEED US MY SKIN ITCHED OF THE MUD STUCK TO MY BODY DRIED. IS THIS AMERICA? IS THIS AMERICA? I PRAYED TO GOTH FOR STRENGTH. I HID THERE FOR EIGHT HOURS IN FEAR OF BEING TAKEN OR THAT MAYBE SOMEONE WOULD COME BACK. I STILL FEEL LIKE I'M SUFFOCATING THERE, WHEN I CAME OUT I ASKED SOMEONE WHO ALSO WORKS THERE FOR A RIDE. THE ENTIRE COMPLEX WAS SILENT. LUNCH BOXES WERE LEFT EVERYWHERE. THERE WAS A VOID. AS I GOT HOME I WAS SCARED TO GET OUT OF THE CAR. I LOOKED AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO MAKE SURE THERE WERE NO OFFICERS AROUND. WALKING THROUGH THE DOOR AND HUGGING MY SON WAS A RELIEF HOWEVER, I HURT WHEN HE ASKED ME WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW? I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. ALL I KNOW IS, I HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR THEM. I'M ALONE. I DON'T HAVE A DIME TO MY NAME. IF I HAD A VOICE, I'D TELL THE GOVERNMENT THAT WE DON'T HURT ANYMORE, WE ARE HUMBLE PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST WORKING TO BETTER OUR LIVES. I TELL THEM TO PUT THEIR HANDS ON OUR HEARTS AND REALIZE THEY'RE HURTING PEOPLE. CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING. PLEASE, STOP. A YOUNG GIRL AGE 13 WHO RESIDES IN A PLACE NAMED WILLARD, HER MOTHER WAS TAKEN IN THE RAID. SHE SAID I WAS STILL IN BED WHEN I COULD HEAR SOMEONE BANGING ON THE DOOR. RIGHT AFTER THERE WAS BANGING ON MY BEDROOM WINDOW SO I GOT UP TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON. AS I OPENED THE DOOR MY NEIGHBOR IN PANIC AND TEARS ASKED WHERE MOM WAS? I SAID SHE'S WORK, WHY. SHE ASKED HAD I SPOKEN TO HER. GYNE SAY NO WHEN SHE INTERRUPTED ME TO SAY SHE'D BEEN ARRESTED AT HER JOB ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS FROM OUR TOWN. MY NEIGHBOR SAID CALL YOUR DAD. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO I COULDN'T REMEMBER MY DAD'S PHONE NUMBER. MY DAD DIDN'T ANSWER SO I PANICKED. I CRIED ON THE FLOOR HUGGING A PICTURE OF MY MOM. ALL I COULD DO WAS CRY AND HOPE IT WASN'T TRUE. NOT HER. MY FATHER EVENTUALLY WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR AND JUST HUGGED ME TIGHT AND WE CRIED. I HAVE LITTLE SISTERS AND THEY KEPT ASKING, MOMMY, MOMMY? I JUST SAY SHE'S AT WORK. IT WAS EVEN HARDER TO TELL MY LITTLE BROTHER, I PLAYED A SONG "I'M NOT ALONE" AND I PRAYED AND PRAYED. THAT NIGHT MY SISTERS WOULDN'T GO TO BED, INSITHSING TO WAIT FOR MOM. I WENT TO SLEEP AT 4:00 A.M. THINKING EVERY TIME MY MOM GAVE ME ADVICE AND HOW I WISHED I HAD LISTENED EVERY TIME MY DAD DIDN'T GO TO WORK THE NEXT DAY. I THINK EVERYBODY IS SCARE. EVERYONE SAYS BE STRONG. IT'S GOING TO BE OK. BUT ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS, WHEN WILL I SEE MY MOM AGAIN? WHEN WILL I HUG HER AGAIN. NOW I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF MY SISTERS. BUT LOOKING AT MOM'S EMPTY CHAIR AT THE TABLE JUST DOESN'T SEEM FAIR. I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE LISTENING TONIGHT THINK ABOUT THESE HUMAN BEINGS THAT HONESTLY DON'T DESERVE TO BE CAUGHT BETWEEN OUR GOVERNMENT, THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF NORTH AMERICA, NAFTA AND CAFTA HAVE TO BE RENEGOTIATED. AND WORKERS OF THIS CONTINENT HAVE TO BE RESPECTED. WE HAVE TO TREAT PEOPLE LIKE HUMAN BEINGS AND THERE MUST BE A LEGAL SYSTEM THAT PROTECTS THEM ALL. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS THIS CONTINENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO…

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE FLOOR -- TO THE CHAIR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MS. KAPTUR

                            I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE NOW ADJOURN.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            NOW ADJOURN.

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