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House Session - June 28, 2018

The House passed the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill. Members also approved a resolution insisting that the Justice Department provide House investigators access to documents subpoenaed by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

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  • 09:00:23 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Carlos Curbelo to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 09:00:33 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 28, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 28, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE CARLOS CURBELO TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 09:00:43 AM

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

      • 09:00:48 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 09:00:53 AM

        CHAPLAIN CONROY

        LET US PRAY. ETERNAL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE…

        LET US PRAY. ETERNAL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE PAUSE IN YOUR PRESENCE AND ASK GUIDANCE FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. ENABLE THEM, O GOD, TO ACT ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT AND JUST AND ASK TO DO SO IN WAYS THAT SHOW RESPECT FOR THOSE WITH WHOM THEY DISAGREE. IN THIS MAY THEY GROW TO BE MODELS AND GOOD EXAMPLES IN A TIME WHEN SO MANY IN OUR WORLD ARE UNABLE TO ENGAGE GRACEFULLY WITH THOSE WITH WHOM THEY ARE AT ODDS. AS A PROACH THIS NEXT RECESS -- APPROACH THE THIS NEXT RECESS AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF OUR NATION, BLESS OUR GREAT NATION AND KEEP IT FAITHFUL TO ITS IDEALS, ITS HOPES, AND ITS PROMISE OF FREEDOM IN OUR WORLD. BLESS US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY NATION, BLESS OUR AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE WITHIN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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    • 09:01:59 AM

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

      • 09:02:01 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        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 GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DUNN.

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  • 09:02:01 AM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

    • 09:02:10 AM

      MR. DUNN

      PLEASE JOIN ME. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF…

      PLEASE JOIN ME. 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. ALL THAT IS DONE WITHIN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND

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  • 09:02:20 AM

    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

    The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.

    • 09:02:25 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 09:02:38 AM

      MR. DUNN

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

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

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    • 09:02:44 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 09:02:47 AM

      MR. DUNN

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HEROIC EFFORTS OF SWANEE COUNTY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HEROIC EFFORTS OF SWANEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY, TROY WATTFORD, EARLIER THIS MONTH. ON JUNE FOR THE THE DEPUTY WAS OFF DUTY TRAVELING WITH HIS FAMILY AND WITNESSED A HORRIBLE CAR ACCIDENT. HE IMMEDIATELY TOOK ACTION AND ADMINISTERED AID TO ONE OF THE DRIVERS THE DEPUTY PINNED IN AN OVERTURNED CAR. HIS QUICK THINKING AND RESPONSE SAVED DESTINY THAT DAY. AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, DESTINY IS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY BECAUSE OF DEPUTY WATTFORD. EVEN WHEN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL ARE OFF DUTY, THEY CARRY OUT THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROTECT AND SERVE. THEY JUMP INTO ACTION AND PUT THEIR PINNED IN LIVES ON THE LINE TO KEEP US SAFE, AND FOR THAT WE WILL ALL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL. THANK YOU, DEPUTY, AND TO ALL OF THOSE WHO WEAR THE BADGE YOUR ACTIONS REFLECT GREAT CREDIT ON THE SWANEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND EXEMPLIFY THE BEST IN AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:03:43 AM

      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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    • 09:03:50 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

      MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    • 09:04:00 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO

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    • 09:04:04 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF MY DISTRICT'S…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF MY DISTRICT'S MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES, K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES, IT IS AN EMPLOYEE OWNED TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LOCATED IN STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA. THEIR PASSION IN USING TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE THE THINGS WE LIVE AND WORK WITH SMARTER. PART OF THE WORK FOCUSES ON IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS THROUGH SELF-POWERED PROSTHETIC DEVICES. THESE LIMBS CAPTURED ENERGY WHEN THE INDIVIDUAL IS WALKING AND USE THAT IS ENERGY TO RECHARGE THE PROSTHESIS. THE K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES HAS CREATED MANY OF THESE INNOVATIVE DEVICES THANKS TO RESEARCH FUNDED BY THE U.S. ARMY, TELEMEDICINE, AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER AND THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. TODAY K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES ARE AT WALTER REED NATIONAL MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER TO DEMONSTRATE ITS NEWEST TECHNOLOGY. THESE ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES MAKE LIFE BERT FOR NOT JUST OUR WOUNDED SERVICE MEMBERS BUT FOR AM PEW IT'S OF EVERY AGE AND WALK OF LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD OF THIS COMPANY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEW INNOVATIONS K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES WILL PRODUCE IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:05:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      TIME.

    • 09:05:27 AM

      MR. CURBELO

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

    • 09:05:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 09:05:33 AM

      MR. CURBELO

      MR. SPEAKER, SATURDAY MARKS THE END OF IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH. AN ANNUAL…

      MR. SPEAKER, SATURDAY MARKS THE END OF IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH. AN ANNUAL TRADITION DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS IMMIGRANTS HAVE MADE TO COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED BY IMMIGRANTS. THE VERY EXISTENCE OF OUR ENTIRE DEMOCRACY, THIS INSTITUTION IS THE RESULT OF COMPROMISE AND CONSENSUS BY THE DESENDANTS OF IMMIGRANTS. AND TODAY OUR NATION CONTINUES TO OWE A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE A TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MORE RECENT ARRIVALS WHO ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF DAILY LIFE, OUR ECONOMY, AND OUR SOCIETY. I HAD HOPED WE WOULD BE ABLE TO CLOSE OUT THIS CELEBRATION WITH THE NEWS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME CONGRESS HAD COME TOGETHER TO FIX OUR BROKEN, INEFFICIENT, UNFAIR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. INSTEAD, A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY DECIDED TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THE STATUS QUO. POUROUS BORDER, UNCERTAINTY FOR THE VICTIMS OF A BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, AND CONTINUED DIVISION BETWEEN AMERICANS OVER THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION. DESPITE THIS SETBACK, I'M HOPEFUL THAT WORKING WITH ANY COLLEAGUE THAT IS WILLING TO DO SO IN THIS HOUSE, I AND OTHER MEMBERS CAN FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. AND IN DOING SO, HELP HEAL OUR COUNTRY'S POLITICS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:06:58 AM

      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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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    • 09:07:03 AM

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

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

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    • 09:07:08 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 09:07:11 AM

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      MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK MARKS THE 49TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STONE WALL RIOTS…

      MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK MARKS THE 49TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STONE WALL RIOTS IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE ON JUNE 28, 1969, A GROUP OF BAR PATRONS LED BY TRANSGENDER WOMEN OF COLOR BEGAN TO FIGHT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY. OVER NEARLY 50 YEARS THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY HAS CELEBRATED MANY HISTORIC VICTORIES. JUST YESTERDAY WE CELEBRATED THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY BECOMING THE LAW OF THE LAND NATIONWIDE. HOWEVER, WHILE WE CELEBRATE THE LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. IN MOST STATES, LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS CAN STILL GET KICKED OUT OF THEIR HOUSING, BE REFUSED SERVICE FROM RESTAURANTS AND OTHER BUSINESSES, OR LOSE THEIR JOBS SIMPLY FOR BEING WHO

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    • 09:08:11 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 09:08:14 AM

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

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

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    • 09:08:18 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 09:08:23 AM

      MR. ROTHFUS

      MR. SPEAKER, 242 YEARS AGO OUR FOUNDERS GATHERED IN PHILADELPHIA TO LAUNCH…

      MR. SPEAKER, 242 YEARS AGO OUR FOUNDERS GATHERED IN PHILADELPHIA TO LAUNCH AN EXPERIMENT IN SELF-RULE THAT HAS LED TO THE GREATEST COUNTRY THE EARTH HAS EVER SEEN. OUR FOUNDING HAPPENED IN A TIME OF HISTORY IN WHICH THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE OF THE HUMAN PERSON AND THE SOURCE OF THE HUMAN PERSON'S RIGHTS REACHED A NEW LEVEL. WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT. THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. GOD GIVEN RIGHTS THAT NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY. THIS IS A TRANZENDANT PRINCIPLE THAT APPLIES TO ALL PEOPLE FUNDRAISE ALL TIME. IT IS A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE ON WHICH ABRAHAM LINCOLN RELIED AS HE FOUGHT TO END SLAVERY. THE NOTION OF GOD-GIVEN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS THAT NO GOVERNMENT OR MAJORITY CAN TAKE AWAY IS AS TRUE TODAY AS IT WAS IN 1776 AND 1861. THIS FOURTH OF JULY LET US RECOMMIT TO THE PRINCIPLES OF OUR FOUNDING AND CONTINUE TO WORK TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS REALIZE THE VISION OF OUR FOUNDERS. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN IDEA THAT CAN LEAD TO GREATER UNITY IN OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:09:34 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 09:09:37 AM

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

    • 09:09:42 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 09:09:44 AM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN INSPIRING GROUP OF MIDDLE SCHOOL…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN INSPIRING GROUP OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM HEATH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND CALLOWAY COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY WAS WELL REPRESENTED AT THE FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING PROBLEMS 2018 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LACROSSE AS TEAMS FROM THESE TWO SCHOOLS COMPETED AGAINST THEIR PEERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE. BOTH TEAMS PLACED IN THE TOP 10 INTERNATIONALLY. WITH THE TEAM FROM HEATH MIDDLE SCHOOL PLACING EIGHTH AND THE ALL GIRLS TEAM FROM CALLOWAY COUNTY PLACE AING NINTH.

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    • 09:10:20 AM

      MR. COMER

      THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE THE STUDENTS EXPERIENCED NEW CULTURES, ENJOYED…

      THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE THE STUDENTS EXPERIENCED NEW CULTURES, ENJOYED TRADING KEEP SAKES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, AND SOCIALIZED WITH STUDENTS FROM MANY COUNTRIES AND STATES. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE EFFORTS OF ALL INVOLVED IN HELPING THESE STUDENTS ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO PURSUE INTERACTIVE, HOLISTIC LEARNING TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE FUTURE. I JOIN WITH THEIR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND TEACHERS TO CONGRATULATE THESE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS ON THEIR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS AND LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR CONTINUED CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:10:55 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 09:10:55 AM

      Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 971 — "Providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 970) insisting that the Department of Justice fully comply with the requests, including subpoenas, of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the subpoena issued by the Committee on the Judiciary relating to potential violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by personnel of the Department of Justice and related matters."

      • 09:11:02 AM

        MR. COLLINS

        BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 971 AND…

        BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 971 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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      • 09:11:08 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

      • 09:11:10 AM

        THE CLERK

        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 161, HOUSE RESOLUTION 971. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 161, HOUSE RESOLUTION 971. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER OF ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE RESOLUTION, HOUSE RESOLUTION 970, INSISTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FULLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUEST, INCLUDING SUBPOENAS, OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, AND THE SUBPOENA ISSUED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY RELATING TO POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT BY PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND RELATED MATTERS. THE RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AND PREAMBLE TO ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION OR DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION EXCEPT ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEE.

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  • 09:11:58 AM

    DEBATE

    The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 971.

    • 09:12:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

    • 09:12:05 AM

      MR. COLLINS

      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE…

      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 971 UNDER CURRENT CONSIDERATION.

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    • 09:12:29 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

    • 09:12:31 AM

      MR. COLLINS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD MORNING, THIS MORNING I'M PLEASED TO BRING…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD MORNING, THIS MORNING I'M PLEASED TO BRING FORWARD THE RULE ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 970 WHICH INSIST THAT IS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COMPLY WITH THE REQUEST OF THE JUDICIARY AND INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM THE -- FROM CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN AND FELLOW JUDICIARY MEMBER COMMITTEE MEMBER AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER JERRY NADLER. ALSO HEARD FROM CONGRESSMAN MARK MEADOWS AND SCOTT PERRY ENGAGE IN A VIGOROUS DISCUSSION THAT LASTED A WHILE IN RULES YESTERDAY. OVERSIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SWUVENT HOUSE'S MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES. AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHICH HAS OVERSIGHT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND F.B.I. IS A RESPONSIBILITY I TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY. I BELIEVE THE AT MCMORRIS RODGERS HAS AN OBLIGATION TO COMPLY WITH THE COMMITTEE'S LEGITIMATE OVERSIGHT REQUEST AND SUBPOENAS. UNFORTUNATELY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS NOT ECONOMY COMPLIED WITH THESE REQUESTS. LET ME LAY OUT A TIME LINE FOR YOU. ON NOVEMBER 3, 2017, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND CHAIRMAN GOWDY, ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL LETTERS, SENT A LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DEPP ATTORNEY ROSEN STEIN REQUESTING FIVE SPECIFIC CAD GORERIES OF LETTERS, SENT A DOCUMENTS. THE DEADLINE WAS NOVEMBER 17, 2017. THAT DEADLINE WAS NOT MET. ON DECEMBER 12, 2017, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND CHAIRMAN GOWDY AND ADDITIONAL MEMBERS SENT A LETTER REITERATING EXPECTATIONS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PROVIDE THE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS. THE DEADLINE IN THAT LETTER WAS DECEMBER 19, 2017, AGAIN THE DEADLINE ARRIVED AND AGAIN THE DEADLINE WAS NOT MET. ON FEBRUARY 1, 2018, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE SENT GOODLATTE AND CHAIRMAN A THIRD LETTER REQUESTING DOCUMENTS RELATED TO POTENTIAL ABUSES UNDER THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. ON MARCH 22, 2018, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ISSUED A SUBPOENA TO DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSEN STEIN COMPELLING HIM TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS REFERRING TO INTERNAL D.O.J. OR F.B.I. MANAGEMENT REQUESTS TO REVIEW, SCRUB, REPORT ON, OR ANALYZE ANY FISA COLLECTION INVOLVING THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN OR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. IT IS ALSO COMPELLED THE PRODUCTION OF COMMUNICATIONS RELAY ATING -- RELATING TO THE DEFENSIVE BRIEFINGS PROVIDED BY THE D.O.J. OR F.B.I. TO THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS OF HILLARY CLINTON OR DONALD TRUMP. FINALLY, IT COMPELLED PROIGS OF ALL DOCUMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS REFERRED TO -- REFERRING TO POSTPONED OR -- PROPOSED, RECOMMENDED, OR ACTUAL FISA COVERAGE ON THE CLINTON FOUNDATION OR PERSONS ASSOCIATED OR IN COMMUNICATION WITH THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. THE DEADLINE FOR THIS SUBPOENA WAS APRIL 5, 201. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS IN THE PROCESS OF COMPLYING WITH THIS SUBPOENA BUT COMPLETE COMPLIANCE HAS NOT OCCURRED. I BELIEVE IN REGARD TO THE SUBPOENA THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS TRYING TO COMPLY AND IN THE PROCESS OF DOING SO, BUT YET HAS NOT AT THIS POINT. I ALSO SHARE THE FRUSTRATION OF MY COLLEAGUES ANTI-AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS PROCESS IS TAKING WAY TOO LONG AND WE NEED THE ANSWERS, WE NEED TRANSPARENCY, AND IT IS OUR DUTY TO CONO DUCT OVERSIGHT. . THE LAW CHARGES US WITH SHINING LIGHT. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PRODUCE THESE DOCUMENTS AND HAS YET TO MAKE THEM AVAILABLE. THE RESOLUTION PROVIDED FOR ON THIS BILL SPEAKS TO THE INHERENT INTENTIONS BETWEEN THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT THAT OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED. OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT UPON THE CHECK AMONG THE OTHERS. COULD THIS DEBATE HAPPEN AT A MORE APPROPRIATE TIME AS WE LOOK AT THE FOURTH OF JULY AND THE COUNTRY'S FOUNDING? THIS IS WHY WE WERE SET UP THE WAY WE WERE. THE INHERENT INTENTION HAS ARISEN MOST RECENTLY OUT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. SOME OF THE DOCUMENTS SEEKS IS ALMOST LINKED TO THE 115TH CONGRESS. THEY DEAL WITH THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES. HAS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ABUSED THE FIDSEA AUTHORITY? WAS IT AFFECTED BY BIAS? I BELIEVE THESE INVESTIGATIONS NEED TO PLAY OUT BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THEY CAN'T LAST FOREVER. I ALSO BELIEVE THE EVIDENCE OF BIAS, KEY PERSONNEL REMOVALS AT THE F.B.I. NEEDS HEIGHTENED CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. AN ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ON THE SUPREME COURT SO ELOQUENTLY STATED, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FORMED THE GRAND INQUEST OF THE STATE. THEY WILL DILIGENTLY INQUIRE OF GRIEVANCES BOTH FROM MEN AND THINGS. AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE I WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE THAT CHARGE SERIOUSLY. YESTERDAY, THE JEWISH CONSIDERED A SIMILAR LEGISLATION. THE HOUSE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO REITERATE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THE NEED TO FULLY COMPLY WITH OUR LEGITIMATE REQUEST. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN STYMIED BY DELAYS OF REQUEST OF CERTAIN INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE TO SELECT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NEEDS TO GIVE US DOCUMENTS SO WE CAN EXERCISE OUR PROPER CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMANDED ANSWERS AND THAT'S WHY CONGRESS, REPRESENTATIVES ARE DEMANDING THAT THE D.O.J. ANSWER TO US. LET US SERVE AS A REMINDER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THAT THE U.S. CONGRESS WAS CREATED BY OUR FOUNDERS AND ITS AUTHORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IS DIRECTLY FROM ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WAS GIVEN THE POWERS BY CONGRESS. IT'S CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE NOT ABUSED. IF NECESSARY, IT IS CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO LIMIT THOSE POWERS. WOODROW WILSON, AMONG THE FIRST TO USE THE TERM OVERSIGHT IN REFERENCE OF THE INVESTIGATION OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SAID, QUITE AS IMPORTANT AS LEGISLATION IS THE VIGILANT OVERSIGHT OF THE ADMINISTRATION. TODAY WE SHOW WE ARE TAKING OVERSIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SERIOUSLY, PARTICULARLY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND WE'RE WORKING TO PREVENT BIAS IN THE GOVERNMENT. WE DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAS DESERVED NO LESS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:18:45 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 09:18:49 AM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR…

      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    • 09:18:57 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 09:19:01 AM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      MR. SPEAKER, I HARDLY KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. WITH ALL THIS GOING ON IN THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I HARDLY KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. WITH ALL THIS GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY, IN THE WORLD, WE HAVE CHILDREN BEING RIPPED APART FROM THEIR FAMILIES AT THE BORDER, WE HAVE REPUBLICANS WORKING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO SEEMS UNHINGED, WITH ALL THAT'S HAPPENING, THIS IS WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH TODAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS MORNING. YOU KNOW, BASICALLY A RESOLUTION TO TRY TO UNDERMINE THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION, WHICH IS INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT AND COLLUSION IN HAD OUR ELECTION. THAT'S A BIG DEAL. WE SHOULD ALL WANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. WE SHOULD ALL WANT THE TRUTH. AND INSTEAD OF WANTING TO GET TO THE TRUTH, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS THROW ROADBLOCKS IN THE WAY ONE AFTER ANOTHER AFTER ANOTHER TO TRY TO GET PEOPLE TO -- TO TRY TO DISCREDIT THE INVESTIGATION, TO TRY TO DERAIL THE INVESTIGATION. I MEAN, IT IS UNBELIEVABLE TO ME. THE PRESIDENT THIS MORNING TWEETED, RUSSIA CONTINUES TO INSIST THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTION. I CAN'T BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS TWEETING THAT. WHAT'S WRONG WITH HIM? EVERY SINGLE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT SAYS THE RUSSIANS MEDLED IN OUR ELECTION. AND WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THIS MORNING TWEETING THAT RUSSIA SAYS THEY DIDN'T DO IT SO WE'RE GOING TO BELIEVE RUSSIA. I DON'T KNOW HOW MY FRIENDS CAN DEFEND THIS. AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO SAY ENOUGH. I GET IT. YOU KNOW, THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO CONSTANTLY CIRCLE THE WAGONS AROUND THE PRESIDENT WITH EVERY OUTRAGEOUS THING HE SAYS AND DOES. BUT THIS IS ABOUT A FOREIGN POWER AND ADVERSARY MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTIONS. AND WHAT'S THE RESPONSE? LET'S TRY TO -- LET'S TRY TO DISPARAGE THE INVESTIGATION. LET'S TRY TO UNDERMINE THE INVESTIGATION. I MEAN, IT IS UNREAL THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH THIS EXERCISE TODAY. BUT I GUESS WE'VE COME TO EXPECT THIS. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST SAY ALSO, THAT THE PROCESS IN THIS HOUSE THAT GOT US HERE TODAY TO DEBATE THIS RESOLUTION WAS A DISGRACE, AN AFFRONT TO THE WAY THIS CHAMBER IS SUPPOSED TO CONDUCT BUSINESS. IN ALL MY TIME HERE, I HAVEN'T SEEN A COMMITTEE MINORITY OF EITHER PARTY TREATED AS DISRESPECTFULLY AS DEMOCRATS WERE ON TUESDAY. THAT'S WHEN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONSIDERED THIS RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY. DEMOCRATS SHOWED UP ON TIME AND SAT PATIENTLY WAITING FOR THIS HEARING TO BEGIN AND THEY WAITED AND THEY WAITED AND THEY WAITED. BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY GAVELED A HEARING TO ORDER MORE THAN AN HOUR AFTER IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BEGIN. THEY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE THE COURTESY TO TELL THE MINORITY ABOUT THE DELAY. AND THINGS GOT ONLY WORSE FROM THERE. WHEN THE HEARING ACTUALLY GOT UNDER WAY, DEMOCRATS WERE CUT OFF AT EVERY TURN. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY MOVED THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, CUTTING OFF DEBATE AND PREVENTING CONSIDERATION OF DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS. THEY BLOCKED PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRIES AND UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUESTS. COMMITTEE REPUBLICANS EVEN TOOK THE EXTRAORDINARY STEP OF OVERRULING THEIR CHAIRMAN AFTER AN AMENDMENT WAS RULED OUT OF ORDER. IT WAS HEAVY-HANDED AND IT WAS UN-DEMOCRATIC. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THE WAY THEY CONDUCTED THEMSELVES. MAYBE THEY ARE BECAUSE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE APPEARED TO HIDE IN THE HALLWAY DURING THE VOTE UNTIL HE WAS CALLED BY ANOTHER MEMBER AND WHEN HE DID VOTE, HE VOTED PRESENT. SO DID THE ACTING CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER, WERE THEY UNWILLING TO STAND UP TO THE MORE CONSERVATIVE ELEMENTS OF THEIR CAUCUS? OR DO THEY CONDONE WHAT WENT ON? I DON'T SEE HOW ANYBODY, ANYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER COULD ENDORSE SUCH AN EMBARRASSING PROCESS. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE RULES COMMITTEE ESSENTIALLY ENABLED IT BY USING EMERGENCY PROCEDURES TO QUICKLY MOVE THIS RESOLUTION. THIS IS A NEW LOW FOR A MAJORITY THAT HAS ALREADY TURNED THIS CONGRESS INTO THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. THERE HAS ALREADY BEEN 89 CLOSED RULES THIS CONGRESS, AND IT'S ONLY JUNE. NOT A SINGLE OPEN RULE UNDER SPEAKER RYAN. NOT ONE. IT'S FITTING THAT THIS MEASURE FROM THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS BEING CONSIDERED UNDER THE MAJORITY'S 90TH CLOSED RULE, BECAUSE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS NOW THE SECOND MOST CLOSED COMMITTEE IN THIS CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT DOES THE MAJORITY HAVE TO SHOW FOR THIS BAD PROCESS? WELL, WE HAVE ANOTHER BAD PRODUCT HERE. THIS TIME A PARTISAN MEASURE MEANT TO UNDERMINE THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. NOW, WE KNOW IN IS NOT A SERIOUS ATTEMPT AT OVERSIGHT BECAUSE THE MAJORITY DOESN'T BELIEVE IN FULFILLING ITS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES TO BEGIN WITH. THE REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO EXAMINE FOREIGN PAYMENTS TO THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION. THEY REFUSED TO EXAMINE EXTRAFFIC GET TRAVEL BY MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION -- EXTRAVAGANT TRAVEL BY MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION. AND REFUSED TO INVESTIGATION SECRETARY OF H.U.D.'S $31,000 DINING SET. WHERE DO YOU FIND THAT? THEY REFUSED TO INVESTIGATION PRIVATE EMAILS FROM JARED KUSHNER AND OTHERS. I MEAN, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. WE ACTUALLY HAVE A LONG LIST HERE, MR. SPEAKER OF WHAT SHOULD BE -- MR. SPEAKER, OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING. IF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WOULD LIKE A COPY I WOULD BE HAPPY TO GIVE IT TO THEM. SUFFICE IT TO SAY, THERE IS NO OVERSIGHT OF THE MISDEEDS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REPUBLICANS' ZEAL FOR OVERSIGHT? FORMER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ISSA SUBPOENAED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MORE THAN 100 TIMES IN JUST A FOUR-YEAR SPAN. I DIDN'T ALWAYS AGREE WITH HIM ON HIS INVESTIGATIONS, BUT AT LEAST THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WAS PERFORMING SOME OVERSIGHT. REPUBLICANS TODAY ARE COMPLETELY MISSING IN ACTION UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP. IN IS AN ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS BEEN EMBROILED IN ONE SCANDAL AFTER THE NEXT. IT IS AN ADMINISTRATION DRIPPING WITH CORRUPTION. THIS MAKES THE NIXON ADMINISTRATION LOOK LIKE COMMON CAUSE. I MEAN, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. APPARENTLY THE REPUBLICANS ONLY BELIEVE IN OVERSIGHT WHEN IT COMES TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON. THERE WASN'T A SINGLE SCANDAL IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OFFICE. NO SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL HAD TO LEAVE IN THE FACE OF WRONGDOING. ONLY WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CAN YOU HAVE ONE SCANDAL START AT BREAKFAST ONLY TO HAVE ANOTHER ONE BY THE TIME YOU SIT DOWN FOR DINNER. WE SHOULD BE DOING OUR JOB, GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT'S HAPPENING AND HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE. BUT INSTEAD WE'RE THROWING SAND IN THE GEARS OF RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. THIS IS CRAZY. NOW, LET ME REMIND EVERYONE OF WHAT SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION HAS YIELDED SO FAR. 20 PEOPLE AND THREE COMPANIES HAVE EITHER BEEN INDICTED OR PLEAD GUILTY. THAT INCLUDES GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, THE FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN. MICHAEL FLYNN, THE PRESIDENT'S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, WHO ALSO PLED GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO THE F.B.I. PAUL MANAFORT, WAS INDICTED ON CHARGES OF CONSPIRACY, MONEY LAUNDERING, MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS. HE WAS LATER ALSO CHARGED WITH TAX FINANCIAL AND BANK FRAUD CHARGES AND HE'S SITTING IN JAIL TODAY. AS WE HAVE THIS DEBATE RIGHT NOW, PAUL IS IN JAIL. RICK YATES, THE PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN AIDE, WHO ALSO -- WAS ALSO INDICTED ON SIMILAR CHARGES. THAT'S JUST A SMALL SAMPLE BASED ON WHAT WE KNOW TODAY. WE'LL SEE WHAT ELSE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION FINDS. SO THIS GOES BEYOND YOUR BASIC POLICY DISAGREEMENTS. THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER THE MINORITY IN THIS CONGRESS IS ALLOWED -- THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER -- WHETHER OR NOT THE MINORITY IN THIS CONGRESS IS ALLOWED TO DO THE JOB THEY WERE ELECTED TO DO, NOT JUST THIS DEMOCRATIC MINORITY BUT ANY MINORITY. BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN AND WE COULD SEE AGAIN THIS YEAR JUST HOW QUICKLY POWERS SHIFT IN CONGRESS. AND THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER THIS CONGRESS IS GOING TO FULFILL ITS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OR SWEEP POSSIBLE WRONGDOING UNDER THE RUG. NOW, WE HAVE A CHANCE TODAY TO DEMAND BETTER FROM THIS MAJORITY. SO WE SHOULD VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE AND DEMAND A BETTER PROCESS. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE A BETTER PRODUCT. JUST ONE FINAL THING BEFORE I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I SAY TO MY TIME, LOOK AT WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO THIS INSTITUTION. YOU'RE DESTROYING IT. I MEAN, NOT ONLY THE CLOSED PROCESS, THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY, BUT THE WAY YOU MOVE LEGISLATION FORWARD, THE WAY DEMOCRATS IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WERE TREATED ON THIS RESOLUTION, ALL MY YEARS HERE, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. YOU KNOW, I GET IT. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO, YOU KNOW, WANTS TO BEHAVE LIKE A KING. THINKS WHEN HE SPEAKS EVERYBODY SHOULD SIT UP TO ATTENTION JUST LIKE THEY DO WHEN KIM JONG UN SPEAKS. BUT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, AND, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE DIMINISHING THIS INSTITUTION. THIS HAS TO STOP. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:29:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN…

      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 09:29:10 AM

      MR. COLLINS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LOOK, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THE GENTLEMAN HAS HIS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LOOK, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THE GENTLEMAN HAS HIS -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND I HAVE DISCUSSED MANY TIMES AND HE HAS HIS OPINION ON THINGS AND PROCESS, I HAVE MINE AS WELL. WE CAN AGREE AND DISAGREE. LET'S TAKE A STEP FORWARD TODAY. THIS IS A PROCESS OF WHAT WE'RE DOING. WE ARE WANTING AND REQUIRING FROM ARTICLE 1 TO AN ARTICLE 2 AGENCY, LET'S DO THAT AND CONTINUE THIS PROCESS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:29:35 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 09:29:38 AM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, IT IS A WHOLE BUNCH OF TROUBLING…

      MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, IT IS A WHOLE BUNCH OF TROUBLING THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY. AND THE SUPREME COURT'S JANUS DECISION WAS JUST YET ANOTHER DISTURBING DEVELOPMENT THAT REALLY ATTACKS WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, UNION'S ABILITY TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN BENEFITS BOTH ITS MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS ALIKE, UNIONS ARE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MANY OF THE WORKER PROTECTIONS AMERICANS ENJOY TODAY AND THEY CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR FAIR PAY AND GOOD WORKING CONTINUES, INCLUDING FOR 17.3 MILLION PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. WE HAVE UNIONS TO THANK FOR OUR WEEKENDS, FOR PAID VACATIONS, FOR OVERTIME PAY, FOR THE EIGHT-HOUR WORK DAY, FOR CHILD LABOR LAWS, FOR PENSIONS, FOR THE MINIMUM WAGE, FOR SICK LEAVE, FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, FOR PARENTAL LEAVE, FOR HOLIDAY PAY AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON. HOWEVER, YESTERDAY THE SUPREME COURT DEALT A DEVASTATING BLOW TO HARDWORKING EMPLOYEES. THE UNIONS THAT REPRESENT THEM AND THE PROTECTIONS THEY PROVIDE US IN A 5-4 IDEOLOGICAL DECISION, THE COURT INVALIDATED THE LAWS OF 22 STATES AND UNDERMINED PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS. THIS ENABLES FREE RIDING BY THOSE WHO BENEFIT FROM UNION AGREEMENTS BUT DO NOT WANT TO HELP COVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND UNIONS FIGHT FOR EVERY SINGLE WORKER. THEREFORE, EVERY WORKER SHOULD PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE CARTWRIGHT'S LEGISLATION, H.R. 6238, THE PUBLIC SERVICE FREEDOM TO NEGOTIATE ACT. THIS BILL PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO JOIN UNIONS WHO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    • 09:31:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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    • 09:31:44 AM

      MR. CARTWRIGHT

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REPRESENT A DISTRICT IN NORTHEASTERN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REPRESENT A DISTRICT IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA WHERE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS ARE TIME HONORED AND HIGHLY VALUED. THE THE WORK OUR UNIONS HAVE DONE OVER THE PAST 100-PLUS YEARS HAS CHANGED OUR LAWS AND PRACTICES THAT HELPED CREATE OUR STRONG AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. OUR MIDDLE CLASS IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY MAKES US THE ENVY OF THE FREE WORLD AND AMERICAN UNIONS KEEP THEM --THE MIDDLE CLASS STRONG. TODAY, PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS REPRESENT ABOUT 17.3 MILLION WORKERS IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS KEEP US SAFE AND TEACH AND NURTURE OUR CHILDREN, CARE FOR OUR FAMILIES. AS UNION MEMBERS THEY ARE EMPOWERED THROUGH COLLECTIVE ACTION TO FIGHT FOR FAIR WAGES AND WORK CONDITIONS AS MR. MCGOVERN MENTIONED. BUT YESTERDAY IN A 5-4 DECISION, THE SUPREME COURT RULED AGAINST UNIONS IN THE CASE OF JANICE VS. ASFSCME. THEY OVERTURNED FOUR DECADES, 40 YEARS OF LEGAL PRECEDENT TO UNDERMINE THE RIGHTS OF CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS, STATE AND LOCAL POLICEMEN, FIREFIGHTERS, SNOWPLOW DRIVERS, TEACHERS. ALL OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES THAT WORK HARD FOR US AND MAKE US SAVOR EVERY DAY, COURT'S DECISION INVALIDATE THE LAWS OF 22 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THESE ARE STATES THAT DECIDED IT ALLOW UNIONS AND STATE EMPLOYEES MUTUALLY AGREE ON ENSURING THAT EMPLOYEES PAY A FAIR SHARE FEE TO COVER THE COST OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND ENFORCEMENT. THIS COURT'S DECISION IS NOTHING BUT BARE-KNUCKLED POLITICS. IN FACT, PROMINENT REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS HAVE ALREADY DESCRIBED IT AND PRAISED IT AS A DEVASTATING BLOW TO DEMOCRATS. IT'S NOT JURISPRUDENCE, IT'S JUST POLITICS. WHEN YOU OVERTURN 40 YEARS OF AMERICAN LEGAL PRECEDENT, WHEN YOU RIP UP 40 YEARS OF THE FABRIC OF AMERICAN LAW, IT'S A BIG DEAL. ASSOCIATE JUSTICE KAGEN DESCRIBED IT YESTERDAY AS A WEAPONIZATION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT THAT'S BEEN GOING ON. AND SHE'S RIGHT. THIS DECISION COMES AT A TIME WHEN HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE FIGHTING EVERY DAY JUST TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. LABOR UNIONS ARE WORKING HARD TO GIVE WORKERS A COLLECTIVE VOICE TO GAIN HIGHER WAGES, BETTER HEALTH CARE, AND A SECURE RETIREMENT. AND MAKE NO MISTAKE. A TAX ON PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS ARE THE CAMPBELL'S NOSE UNDER THE TENT FLAP. THEY ARE COME -- CAMEL'S NOSE UNDER THE TENT FLAP. THEY ARE COMING AFTER PRIVATE SECTOR UNIONS NEXT. THEY SHAPE THE LIFE OF EVERY AMERICAN BY NEGOTIATING FOR LABOR RIGHTS, INCLUDING MINIMUM WAGE, EIGHT HOUR WORK DAYS, WEEKEND, EMPLOYER HEALTH INSURANCE. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TURN OUR BACK ON AMERICAN WORKERS AND LABOR UNIONS. NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND WITH EMPLOYEES WHO SERVE THE PUBLIC ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND FOR THAT REASON IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP MY BILL, H.R. 6238, THE PUBLIC SERVICE FREEDOM TO NEGOTIATE ACT, A BILL TO DEFEND THE RIGHT OF EVERY PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEE TO JOIN A UNION AND BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY. IT EMPOWERS THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY TO ENSURE THAT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND THAT WORKPLACE CONDITIONS MEET A PROPER STANDARD. EVERY EMPLOYEE DESERVES THESE BASIC STANDARDS WHETHER THEY CHOOSE TO JOIN UNION OR NOT. THE JANUARYOUS -- JANOUS DECISION IS AN ATTACK ON THE CAUSE THAT IS WE HERE IN CONGRESS, HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, REFIGHT FOR EVERY DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND THE RULE SO THAT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION BE CONSIDERED IMMEDIATELY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:36:15 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    • 09:36:18 AM

      MR. COLLINS

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 09:36:22 AM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      COULD I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLEMAN HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS HE HAS ON HIS…

      COULD I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLEMAN HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS HE HAS ON HIS SIDE?

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    • 09:36:31 AM

      MR. COLLINS

      I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF YOU'RE READY TO CLOSE, I WILL BE AS WELL.

    • 09:36:34 AM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLEMAN MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING…

      I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLEMAN MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

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    • 09:36:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 09:36:39 AM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET, THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS THAT WE…

      MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET, THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING OVERSIGHT ON. AND THEY WERE NOT. THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS CHOSEN NOT TO LOOK INTO ALL THE SCANDALS THE IN THIS WHITE HOUSE. THEY HAVE CHOSEN INSTEAD TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY. I MENTIONED E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT. HE DEMONSTRATED OVER AND OVER HE HAS NO RECORD FOR TAXPAYER MONEY. HE'S LIVING LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS AT E.P.A. HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR HIS POSITION AND NO DESIRE TO FOLLOW OUR ETHICS LAWS. HIS MANY ABUSES OF HIS POSITION DEMAND WE FULLY INVESTIGATE HIS ACTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, HE SPENT -- I LOVE THIS, HE SPENT $43,000 ON INSTALLING A SOUNDPROOF BOOTH IN HIS OFFICE. LIKE WHO DOES THAT? G.A.O. STATED THAT HE WAS REQUIRED TO NOTIFY CONGRESS BEFORE SPENDING MORE THAN $5,000 ON OFFICE IMPROVEMENTS. HE GOES AHEAD AND SPENDS $43,000 ON A SOUNDPROOF BOOTH TO MAKE PRIVATE PHONE CALLS. HE WRACKED UP NEARLY $200,000 FLYING FIRST CLASS ON LUXURY AIRCRAFT ON TAXPAYERS' DIME. ONE OF THOSE TRIPS WAS TO ITALY. IT COST $30,000. HE RENTED AN APARTMENT FROM AN ENERGY LOBBYIST FOR $50 A NIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON. HE ENLISTED AN AIDE TO HELP HIS WIFE FIND A JOB. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. CONGRESS NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE THE ALARMING DRUG PRICE TRENDS IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. A LIFE OR DEATH ISSUE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. BECAUSE OF HIGH DRUG PRICES ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS CAN NOT AFFORD TO FILL A PRESCRIPTION. THESE HIGH DRUG PRICES ARE NOT DUE TO FOREIGN MARKETS BUT THEY ARE DUE TO OUR UNFAIR PRICING SYSTEM. WE ISSUE PATENTS TO DRUG COMPANIES ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS ON DRUGS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, PATENTS ARE IMPORTANT FOR INCENTIVIZING AND REWARDING INNOVATION. HOWEVER, DRUG COMPANIES FIND WAYS TO GAME THE SYSTEM BY PROLONGING THEIR PATENTS AND CONTINUING THEIR TIGHT HOLD ON LIFESAVING MEDICATIONS. A STUDY BY UCLA FOUND 74% OF NEW PATENTS FROM 2005 TO 2015 WENT TO DRUGS THAT ALREADY EXISTED. PATENTS ALLOW THESE DRUG COMPANIES TO CHARGE PATIENTS UNFAIR PRICES WITHOUT FACING COMPETITION. THAT'S JUST UNACCEPTABLE. I GUESS WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED THERE IS NO INVESTIGATION BECAUSE MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE WORKING WITH THIS WHITE HOUSE TO UNDO PATIENT PROTECTIONS IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THEY ARE EVEN TRYING TO TAKE AWAY PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PROTECTIONS. RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF THE LAW IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, AN INSURANCE COMPANY CANNOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST YOU AND DEMAND YOU PAY MORE OR NOT OFFER YOU INSURANCE. THEY HAVE TO GIVE YOU THE INSURANCE. THEY WANT TO TAKE THAT AWAY. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. WE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATION G INVESTIGATING THIS STUFF. I -- WE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING THIS STUFF. I COULD GO ON AND ON AN ON. WE'RE NOT DOING THAT. WHAT WE'RE DOING IS BRINGING A RESOLUTION THAT HAS BEEN PUT FORWARD BY SOME WHO ARE TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. WHO DO NOT WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FOCUS ON THE INVOLVEMENT BETWEEN THE -- BETWEEN TRUMP OPERATIVES AND THE RUSSIANS. IT USED TO BE WHEN I WOULD GO UP TO MASSACHUSETTS FOR THE WEEKENDS PEOPLE WOULD ASK ME WHO IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MET WITH THE RUSSIANS. NOW THE QUESTION IS, WHO IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DIDN'T MEET WITH THE RUSSIANS? WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TESTIFYING BEFORE THE MUELLER COMMITTEE AND THEY ARE NOW GETTING IN TROUBLE BECAUSE THEY ARE REALIZING IF YOU LIE, THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE, THEY ALL HAVE AMNESIA. THEY MET WITH RUSSIAN OPERATIVES TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND THEY FORGET. THEN THEY MYSTERIOUSLY REMEMBER WHEN THEY ARE CONFRONTED WITH THE EVIDENCE. WE ALL SHOULD BE SHOCKED BY THIS. A FOREIGN ADVERSARY INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTION. EVERY SINGLE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS THAT. AND YET YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TODAY TWEETING, RUSSIA INSISTS IT DIDN'T MEDDLE IN OUR ELECTION. OH, MY GOD. CAN'T BELIEVE THIS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS TWEETING THAT TODAY. IT'S SHAMEFUL. STOP DEFENDING THIS UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR. AND STOP DEFENDING A PROCESS THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE AS WELL. THIS IS BEING BROUGHT UP -- I MENTIONED THE TERRIBLE TREATMENT DEMOCRATS RECEIVED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHEN THIS THING WAS REPORTED OUT. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN MY LIFE. DEMOCRATS WAITED FOR AN HOUR AND THEY WERE SHUT OUT OF ANY OPPORTUNITY TO AMEND THE MEASURE OR EVEN SPEAK. WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE SHINING EXAMPLE OF DEMOCRACY AND YOU GET PEOPLE WHO HAVE QUESTIONS OR WHO HAVE IDEAS WHO ARE SHUT DOWN IN COMMITTEE. AND THEN WE BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. AFTER GOING THROUGH THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT. AND IT COMES TO THE FLOOR UNDER A CLOSED PROCESS. THIS IS THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. THIS IS THE 90TH CLOSED RULE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT THIS LEGISLATION CANNOT BE AMENDED. LIMITED DEBATE. YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR IT, UP OR DOWN. MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. EVERYBODY, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, ARE BLOCKED FROM OFFERING ANY OF THEIR IDEAS OR ANY OF THEIR POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS BILL. NOTHING. THIS IS THE 90TH CLOSED RULE, COMPLETELY CLOSED RULE IN THIS CONGRESS. THE 90TH BILL THAT HAS COME BEFORE US WHERE NEITHER DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS CAN OFFER ANYTHING. SO I -- IT IS FRUSTRATING BEYOND WORDS TO BE HERE TODAY. I MEAN THIS IS THE SYSTEM HERE IS RIGGED. THIS IS GOING TO PASS ON A PARTY-LINE VOTE, I GUESS. BUT THIS IS NOT THE WAY THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE SHOULD BE RUN. THIS IS DISGRACEFUL. AT SOME POINT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WHO CARE ABOUT THIS INSTITUTION HAVE TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THEY HAVE TO DEMAND A MORE OPEN, MORE TRANSPARENT SYSTEM HERE. THIS CANNOT STAND. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN ADDRESS THE TERRIBLE IMPACTS OF THIS SUPREME COURT DECISION IN THE JANUS CASE. AND VOTE NO ON THE RULE. WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING THIS TODAY. WE SHOULD NOT BE ENGAGED IN AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE OR UNDERMINE AN IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIA'S MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    • 09:43:24 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING -- SORRY.

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    • 09:43:31 AM

      MR. COLLINS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LOOK, WE CAN DISCUSS THIS AND CONTINUE TO DISCUSS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LOOK, WE CAN DISCUSS THIS AND CONTINUE TO DISCUSS IT AS WE HAVE. I RESPECT MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS'S OPINION. THE ISSUES OF TRANSPARENCY, I WANT TO SEE THAT SAME TRANSPARENCY. I WANT TO SEE US WORK. I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. BY SAYING WE BRING THIS RULE AND RESOLUTION HERE TODAY TO DESSPARGEE THIS INSTITUTION WHO ARE ASKING FOR WHAT WE ARE REQUIRED AND CAN GET, I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT IS. WE CAN CAN DISCUSS OTHER ISSUES YOU WANT TO INVESTIGATE AND OTHER AREAS YOU WANT TO GO TO. WE CAN DISCUSS -- THERE IS NOTHING UNDERMINING THE INVESTIGATION. THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS STILL GOING ON. THE F.B.I. INVESTIGATION -- ALL THAT IS STILL GOING ON. NOTHING IS UNDERMINING IT EXCEPT THE D.O.J. THAT HAS HAD OBVIOUS ISSUES OF TELLING THE TRUTH AND OBVIOUS ISSUES OF NOT GIVING US THEIR DOCUMENTS WE REQUESTED. THIS IS ARTICLE 1, ARTICLE 2. WE CAN HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE. I KNOW IF I WAS IN A POSITION ON THE OTHER SIDE I WOULD WANT EVERYTHING INVESTIGATED BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE SEEN WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF WITH THE ECONOMY, WITH JOBS, WITH REGULATIONS, WITH SMALL BUSINESS, WHEN YOU START LOOKING AT THAT I WOULD YELL AT EVERYTHING ELSE, TOO, MR. SPEAKER. BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE WHAT HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO DO AND OUR ECONOMY IS BETTER. OUR JOBS ARE BETTER. WE'RE WORKING 20RD A SYSTEM WHICH AMERICA IS SAFER. I WOULD ALSO WANT TO INVESTIGATE EVERYTHING ELSE, TOO, IF I WAS GOING INTO A CYCLE I WOULD WANT TO LOOK OTHER PLACES AND TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINGS AREN'T RIGHT WHEN THEY KNOW THAT IT IS. BUT ALSO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHEN I GO BACK HOME TO GEORGIA, THEY ALSO WANT TO KNOW IF THE CONGRESS ASKING AN AGENCY FOR DOCUMENTS WHY DO THEY NOT GET TO PRODUCE THEM? AND DON'T GO TO THE FACT IT'S CLASSIFIED. WE GOT CLASSIFIED AREAS UP HERE. DON'T HIDE BEHIND THAT. WHAT IS PROBLEMATIC HERE IS WE'RE HIDING BEHIND THE FACT OF THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE AFTER THEY ARE PRODUCED, AFTER THEY ARE COMPELLED TO PRODUCE, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE TRYING TO JUST KEEP IT FROM US TO HIDE EMBARRASSMENT. AND THAT IS NOT A REASON TO HIDE DOCUMENTS. . WE HAVE A SIMPLE PROPOSAL HERE. DO WHAT YOU'RE REQUIRED TO DO. LET CONGRESS BE THE OVERSIGHT IT'S SUPPOSED TO AND YOU CAN DISCUSS WHATEVER YOU WANT TO OVERSIGHT. THAT'S TWO PARTIES WORKING. IN THIS ONE, THIS IS PRETTY SIMPLE. YOU CAN VOTE NO AND SAY, NOPE, CONGRESS SHOULDN'T DO THAT, IN AN AREA WHICH WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITY AND OVERSIGHT PROTECTION. IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, GO RIGHT AHEAD. AGAIN, WHEN YOU WANT TO THROW OFF EVERYTHING, YOU LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT, YOU LOOK AT THE ADMINISTRATION, YOU LOOK WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE LAST 18 1/2 MONTHS, YOU SEE A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. YOU SEE A GOOD THING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. PEOPLE DON'T CARE WHAT HAPPENS ON THIS FLOOR. THEY WANT TO GET UP IN THE MORNING, GET THEIR FAMILIES READY, PAY THEIR BILLS, HAVE A POSSIBILITY OF A PROMOTION, GO START THAT BUSINESS THEY WANT TO HAVE. WE PROVIDED THAT. NOW UP HERE IN THE INTERNAL WORKINGS OF GOVERNMENT, IN THE MESH OF WEB THAT'S INSIDE THIS BELTWAY, WHEN YOU GOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY AND GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WHO DO NOT WANT TO DO WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO, IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY. JOHN STEWART MILL STATED THE PROPER OFFICE OF AN ASSEMBLY IS TO THROW LIGHT ON THE PUBLICITY OF ITS ACT AND HAVE JUSTIFICATION OF ALL OF THEM WHICH ANY ONE OF THEM CONSIDERS CONSIDERABLE. TODAY, REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE ARE DOING THAT, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE TAKING OUR OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES SERIOUSLY. WE'RE ABIDING BY THE CHECKS AND BALANCES OF THE INSTITUTION TO ENSURE THE GOVERNMENT IS ACTING APPROPRIATELY TO ENSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHO BY THE WAY, WE REPRESENT, HAVE THE ANSWERS THAT THEY DESERVE. ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    • 09:47:26 AM

      On ordering the previous question Roll Call 304 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        MR. SPEAKER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    • 10:12:31 AM

      On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 305 - Recorded vote pending.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE.…

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS…

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 10:20:23 AM

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

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        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 5895 WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERE TO, DISAGREE TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE THEREON.

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    • 10:20:39 AM

      Mr. Frelinghuysen asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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        THE CLERK

        H.R. 5895, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT…

        H.R. 5895, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENT.

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    On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference Agreed to without objection.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A PRIVILEGED REPORT AT THE DESK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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      THE CLERK

      REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6258, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FINANCIAL…

      REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6258, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES.

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    • 10:21:29 AM

      Mr. Graves (GA) filed a report from the Committee on Appropriations on H.R. 6258.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. POINTS OF ORDER ARE…

        REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. POINTS OF ORDER ARE RESERVED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 21. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE FOLLOWING CONFEREES ON H.R. 5895.

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      • 10:21:51 AM

        THE CLERK

        MESSRS. FRELINGHUYSEN, CALVERT, FORTENBERRY. MS. HERRERA BEUTLER, MR.…

        MESSRS. FRELINGHUYSEN, CALVERT, FORTENBERRY. MS. HERRERA BEUTLER, MR. TAYLOR, MRS. LOWEY, MS. KAPTUR, MR. VISCLOSKY, MR. RYAN OF OHIO, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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    The Speaker appointed conferees

    from the Committee on Appropriations: Frelinghuysen, Simpson, Carter of Texas, Calvert, Fortenberry, Fleischmann, Herrera Beutler, Taylor, Lowey, Kaptur, Visclosky, Ryan of Ohio, and Wasserman Schultz.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER SO WE CAN…

      THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER SO WE CAN PROCEED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 10:23:21 AM

      MR. JORDAN

      MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, I ASK THAT THE --

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR…

      THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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      MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, I ASK AS THE DESIGNEE OF…

      MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, I ASK AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE CHAIRMAN TO CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 970 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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    • 10:23:45 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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      THE CLERK

      HOUSE RESOLUTION 970, RESOLUTION INSISTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE…

      HOUSE RESOLUTION 970, RESOLUTION INSISTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FULLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUESTS INCLUDING SUBPOENAS OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND THE SUBPOENA ISSUED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY RELATING TO POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT BY PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND RELATED MATTERS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: --

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    • 10:23:51 AM

      Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 971. H. Res. 970 — "Insisting that the Department of Justice fully comply with the requests, including subpoenas, of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the subpoena issued by the Committee on the Judiciary relating to potential violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by personnel of the Department of Justice and related matters."

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        Rule provides for consideration of H. Res. 970 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          RELATED MATTERS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: --

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ.…

          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS.

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    • 10:24:23 AM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 970.

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        MR. MEADOWS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT --

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. ORDER IN THE…

        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. ORDER IN THE HOUSE, PLEASE. PLEASE REMOVE ALL CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. WE WILL WAIT UNTIL IT'S QUIET. ORDER IN THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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      • 10:24:52 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

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

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

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      • 10:24:59 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        MR. MEADOWS

        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A…

        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A RESOLUTION THAT LITERALLY IS ABOUT THIS INSTITUTION. AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS, IT'S ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE F.B.I. GIVING DOCUMENTS TO THIS INSTITUTION SO THEY CAN CONDUCT PROPER OVERSIGHT. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE HAD MONTHS AND MONTHS GO BY WITH MULTIPLE REQUESTS WHERE THOSE REQUESTS HAVE BEEN LARGELY IGNORED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AND IF IS TIME THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACTUALLY HAVE THE TRANSPARENCY THAT THEY DESERVE AND BEING ABLE TO SEE THESE DOCUMENTS AND LET THEM JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT DID OR DID NOT GO ON WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND F.B.I. MR. SPEAKER, LADY JUSTICE SHOULD HAVE A BLINDFOLD, AND THAT MEANS THAT JUSTICE SHOULD NOT BE METED OUT TO THOSE WELL-CONNECTED OR WELL-FINANCED. IT SHOULD BE IN ALL REGARDS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT I GET TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO TO SPEAK ON THIS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE HOUSE CONTINUES TO NOT BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE…

        THE HOUSE CONTINUES TO NOT BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THAT INCLUDES THE BACK OF THE CHAMBERS. WE WILL NOT CONTINUE UNTIL IT'S IN ORDER.

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        MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THANK YOU FOR THE OBSERVATION. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

      • 10:26:35 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JORDAN.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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        MR. JORDAN

        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MORE…

        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR THIS RESOLUTION. THIS IS REAL SIMPLE. REAL SIMPLE. IT'S ABOUT OUR BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH GETTING THE INFORMATION WE ARE ENTITLED TO GET AS A SEPARATE AND EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO DO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY OF OVERSIGHT. WE HAVE REQUESTED INFORMATION FROM D.O.J. THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN TO US. WE ISSUED SUBPOENAS. THEY HAVE NOT COMPLIED WITH SUBPOENAS. WE HAVE CAUGHT THEM HIDING INFORMATION. THEY REDACTED THE FACT, PETER STRUCK, A KEY PLAYER IN BOTH THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION, RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, WAS ONE OF THE FRIENDS OF THE FISA COURT JUDGES. IT WAS REDACTED. TO NO OTHER REASON THAN IT WAS EMBARRASSING. WE KNOW THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL THREATENED STAFF MEMBERS ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. SO IT'S -- THIS IS REAL SIMPLE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. GIVE US THE DOCUMENTS WE ARE ENTITLED TO HAVE. LET'S HAVE THE FULL WEIGHT OF THE HOUSE BEHIND A RESOLUTION SAYING YOU GOT SEVEN DAYS TO GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER. LET ME JUST SAY ONE OTHER THING. WHEN HAVE YOU EVER SEEN, WHEN HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN AGENCY WHERE THE TOP PEOPLE WHO RAN THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION, THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION HAVE HAD THIS HAPPEN TO THEM? JAMES COMEY HAS BEEN FIRED. ANDREW MCCABE FIRED. LIED THREE TIMES UNDER OATH. GENERAL COUNSEL JIM BAKER DEMOTED. THEN LEFT THE F.B.I. LISA PAIGE, DEMOTED. LEFT THE F.B.I. JIM STRUCK, DEPUTY, DEMOTED. ESCORTED OUT OF THE F.B.I. JUST DAYS AGO. WHEN HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THAT HAPPEN? AND NOW WE KNOW THEY WON'T -- AND THEY WON'T GIVE US THE INFORMATION WE'RE ASKING FOR. SOMETHING'S GONE ON OVER THERE, AND THIS IS A RESOLUTION THAT IS NEEDED BECAUSE, AGAIN, WILL BE THE FULL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SAYING, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, GIVE US THE INFORMATION SO WE CAN DO OUR JOB AND GET ANSWERS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY I APPLAUD THE GENTLEMAN'S EFFORTS AND SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND ENCOURAGE EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THIS BODY AS AN INSTITUTION TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:28:48 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, IS…

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 10:28:54 AM

        MR. NADLER

        MR. SPEAKER, 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. NADLER

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS SO-CALLED RESOLUTION OF INSISTENCE IS BEING RUSHED TO…

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS SO-CALLED RESOLUTION OF INSISTENCE IS BEING RUSHED TO THE FLOOR AS AN EMERGENCY MEASURE. THERE ARE MANY EMERGENCIES FACING THE UNITED STATES AT THIS HOUR. THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS RESOLUTION IS NOT AMONG THEM. THIS RESOLUTION IS WRONG ON THE FACTS, WRONG ON THE LAW, WRONG ON THE RULES, AND A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT TO SET FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. FIRST, THE RESOLUTION IS RIDDLED WITH INACCURACIES. TAKING THIS DOCUMENT AT FACE VALUE, YOU MIGHT THINK THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAD NOT ALREADY SENT US HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS. MANY OF WHICH THE SPONSORS OF THIS RESOLUTION DELIGHT IN LEAKING TO THE PUBLIC. IT ALSO RELIES HEAVILY ON THE MARCH 2 SUBPOENA ISSUED -- 22 SUBPOENA ISSUED BY CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, A SUBPOENA THAT WAS NOT ISSUED IN COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULES AND THAT, ACCORDING TO THE HOUSE PAST COUNSELORS WITH WHOM WE CONSULTED, LIKELY CANNOT BEIN ENFORCED. SECOND, THIS PREMISE A DEMAND FOR DOCUMENTS TO WHICH CONGRESS IS NOT ENTITLED AND WHICH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CANNOT GIVE US. . TO BE CLEAR, I FIRMLY BELIEVE, WHEN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ASKED THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH FOR INFORMATION, HOUR COMMITTEE'S ENTITLED TO THAT INFORMATION IN ALMOST EVERY CASE. BUT WE ARE NOT ENTITLED TO INFORMATION THAT GOES TO THE CORE OF AN ONGOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. . THIS PROHIBITION IS BOTH A MATTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. IT FALLS TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO ENFORCE THE LAW. AND BASIC BEARNESS IT IS WRONG TO INJECT POLITICS INTO CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS. I SUSPECT THAT THE SPONSORS OF THIS RESOLUTION ALREADY KNOW THIS. THEY ARE ASKING FOR DOCUMENTS THEY KNOW THEY WILL PROBABLY NEVER RECEIVE. AND THEY LIKELY VIEW THIS IMPOSSIBLE REQUEST AS A WIN-WIN PROPOSITION. IF THEY SOMEHOW BULLY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INTO TURNING OVER MATERIALS THAT GO TO THE CORE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION, THAT INFORMATION COULD BE AND PROBABLY WOULD BE SHARED WITH THE SUBJECT OF THE INVESTIGATION. MAINLY PRESIDENT TRUMP. INDEED, MAYOR GIULIANI HAS HINTED EXACTLY THAT. BASED ON PAST PRECEDENT, THAT INFORMATION WOULD NEXT BE SHARED WITH ANYBODY WATCHING FOX NEWS. AND IF THEY DO NOT PRY THESE DOCUMENTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT, THEY WILL USE THAT FACT TO FURTHER SMEAR THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND ANYONE ELSE INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT. THEY HAVE EVEN SUGGESTED IMPEACHING THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, A PROPOSAL THAT IS BOTH WITHOUT HISTORICAL PRECEDENT AND RIDICULOUS. THE REAL PURPOSE OF THIS RESOLUTION AND WHOLE ATTEMPT IS TO CAST ASPERSIONS, IS TO DEFAME THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, SPECIAL COUNSEL, AND THE PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH HIM, THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL. FINALLY, VOTING ON THIS RESOLUTION TODAY SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. THE MAJORITY WILL IN EFFECT HAVE SHOWN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT PURE POLITICS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE FANTHS. AND -- FACTS. AND MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LAW. AND FOR WHAT? YOU CAN FORCE THIS FIGHT WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. YOU CAN DEMAND DOCUMENTS THAT THE DEPARTMENT CANNOT GIVE US AND TO WHICHUARY NOT ENTITLED. YOU CAN CAN A -- AND TO WHICH WE'RE NOT ENTITLED. YOU CAN ENTITLED. YOU CAN ATTACK DEPUTY GENERAL ROSEN STEIN AND SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER. YOU CAN BURN BRIDGES WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES TO SPEED THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. BUT YOU CANNOT STOP THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION. BEFORE MEMBERS VOTE TODAY, WE MUST ASK WHEN THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S WORK IS COMPLETE, WHEN THE ENORMITY OF WHAT HE HAS FOUND HAS BEEN LAID BARE, HOW WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUDGE THE HOUSE'S ACTIONS HERE TODAY? I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RECKLESS, DANGEROUS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:33:09 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD MAKE ONE COMMENT. IT'S INTERESTING WHEN…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD MAKE ONE COMMENT. IT'S INTERESTING WHEN THE GENTLEMAN OPTS, MR. SPEAKER, IS TALKING ABOUT MOTIVES AND WHAT IS DESIGNED BY THIS WHEN WE HAVE NOT HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT. IT'S ALSO INTERESTING WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THOSE VERY MOTIVES ABOUT AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION, PART OF THIS REQUEST IS ASKING FOR 10,000 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS ON AN INVESTIGATION THAT'S ALREADY COMPLETE. I WOULD THINK WE WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET THOSE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. WITH THAT I WOULD RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGS, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      • 10:33:47 AM

        MR. BIGGS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. AN OLD ARIZONA FARMER TOLD ME WHEN YOU PUT UP A FENCE, THE COW ALMOST ALWAYS GOES OVER AND LEANS ON THE FENCE TO SEE HOW STRONG THAT FENCE IS BECAUSE THE COW WANTS TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE. IF THE FENCE IS STRONG, IT MOVES AWAY AND YOU DON'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM. IF YOUR FENCE IS A LITTLE LOOSE, IN THE WIRING, IT'S GOING TO GO OVER AND THAT COW WILL GET OUT. THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE. WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE IS WE HAVE HAD A LOOSE FENCE. WE HAVE FAILED TO DEMAND THE REQUIREMENTS BE MET AS WE HAVE REQUESTED. IT'S NOT BULLYING. IT'S NOT BULLYING TO REQUEST DOCUMENTS. IT'S NOT BULLYING TO SUBPOENA AND USE THE RIGHT THAT WE HAVE TO SUBPOENA. THAT'S NOT BULLYING ANYBODY. BUT I TELL YOU WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. THIS RESOLUTION GETS AT THE HEART OF IT. IT SAYS WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU AN EXTRA TWO WEEKS. THAT'S REBUILDING THE FENCE A LITTLE BIT. THAT'S REBUILDING THAT FENCE A LITTLE BIT AND SAYING, WE HAVE OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY. YOU NEED TO COMPLY WITH THAT OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY. SO WE'RE GOING TO REBUILD THE FENCE. AND I FULLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, MR. SPEAKER. BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I WOULD ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT A RESOLUTION FOR CONTEMPT BECAUSE THERE HAS NOT BEEN COMPLIANCE, NOR HAS THERE BEEN ADEQUATE REASON GIVEN FOR NONCOMPLIANCE. SO I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION 100%. I'M GOING TO BE VOTING FOR IT. I CO-SPONSORED IT. I TELL YOU WHAT, WE NEED TO BE HOLDING A RESOLUTION OF CONTEMPT BECAUSE THIS BODY AND ITS AUTHORITY HAS BEEN HELD IN CONTEMPT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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        MR. MEADOWS

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. WITH…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        MR. NADLER

        MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER…

        MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE CRIME SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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      • 10:35:59 AM

        MS. JACKSON LEE

        LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND CERTAINLY LET ME THANK MY GOOD…

        LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND CERTAINLY LET ME THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I THINK THE NATION SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE THESE STARK POLITICAL DIFFERENCES. WE HAVE THESE STARK LEGAL DIFFERENCES, BUT THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN UNDERMINE THE RULE OF LAW AND THE TRUTH. MY GOOD FRIEND WHO JUST SPOKE EARLIER WANTS TO GO TO THE EXTREME OF HOLDING THE NATION'S PROFESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN CONTEMPT. FOR DOING THEIR JOB. I HOLD IN MY HAND THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ISSUED IN JUNE, 2018. BESIDES THESE PAGES, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE EONS AND EONS OF DOCUMENTS. RIGHT NOW THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENSTEIN IS THERE VOLUNTARILY. WE HAVE DIRECTOR RAY THERE. EVEN IF THERE WAS A SUBPOENA, THEY HAVE COME. BOTH OF THEM INDICATED THAT THEY CANCELED IMPORTANT TRIPS TO BE HERE BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. I ASKED IN THAT HEARING WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR THE EMERGENCY HEARING? WHAT WAS THE GOOD CAUSE? I DON'T KNOW IF MY COLLEAGUES HEARD IT, I COULD NOT DECIPHER ANY GOOD CAUSE OF WHY WE'RE NOW THROWN INTO THIS HEARING ROOM. THE REASON I SAY THAT, WHICH SPEAKS TO THIS PARTICULAR RESOLUTION, AND THAT IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE HAD NOW UNDER THE PRESIDENCY OF MR. TRUMP ALMOST TWO YEARS. AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS NOT ANSWERED ONE SINGLE INQUIRY OFFERED BY THE DEMOCRATS. WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE LEGITIMATE HEARING ON THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION TO HAVE VIOLATED AND MADE VIAL THE 2016 ELECTION. I DO NOT SPEAK TO THE RESULTS. I SPEAK TO THE IMPACT ON THE INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTION BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE HEARING. NOW WE'RE IN A RUSH TO CONTINUE TO REINVESTIGATE AND REINVESTIGATE THE FINDINGS OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AND THE INVESTIGATORS WHO INDICATED THAT THEY INVESTIGATED THIS AND IN ESSENCE FOUND NO CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. THAT THIS IS SECRETARY CLINTON'S EMAIL. I THINK IT IS PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE THAT THE ITEM THAT SHE WAS BEING LOOKED AT FOR WAS THE MISUSE OF CLASSIFIED DATA A. MEMO AT BEST. -- DATA. MEMO AT BEST. WE DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. SHE DID NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. SHE WAS CLEARED OF ANY CRIMINAL INTENT OR CRIMINAL ACTIONS BY PEOPLE THAT WE WOULD NORMALLY TRUST. I BELIEVE IN OVERSIGHT. I DON'T WANT SCANDALS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. I WANT THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION TO WORK WELL. MAYBE SOMEBODY SHOULD ASK THE QUESTION WHY THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION IS UNDERSTAFFED AND BARELY WORKING. MAYBE SOMEBODY SHOULD ASK THE QUESTION WHY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SWITCHED FROM BEING SUPPORTIVE OF ANTI-VOTER I.D. LAWS THAT WERE DISCRIMINATORY, BUT DID NOT. THIS RESOLUTION IS REDUNDANT.

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      • 10:39:16 AM

        MS. JACKSON LEE

        IT GOES IN THE FACE OF THOSE WHO ARE --

      • 10:39:17 AM

        MR. NADLER

        I GRANT THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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        MS. JACKSON LEE

        IT GOES IN THE FACE OF THOSE ALREADY PERFORMING. MR. SPEAKER, THE…

        IT GOES IN THE FACE OF THOSE ALREADY PERFORMING. MR. SPEAKER, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS ALREADY PRODUCED ABOUT 850,000 DOCUMENTS. THE REQUEST OF THIS GROUP OF FOLK FROM OVERSIGHT AND JUDICIARY. THEY ARE COMPLYING. WHY ARE WE ON THE FLOOR TAKING A HAMMER TO A FLEA OF FOLK FROM OVERSIGHT AND JUDICIARY. THAT IS UNNECESSARY? WHY ARE WE NOT IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PROBING THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOW APPEARING? I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS A RESOLUTION THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CRUX OF PROTECTING THE NOVEMBER 18, 2018 ELECTION.

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        MS. JACKSON LEE

        IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REALITY. WE FINISHED OUR WORK AND NEED TO GO ON…

        IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REALITY. WE FINISHED OUR WORK AND NEED TO GO ON TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST BOGUS ELECTIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES.…

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 10:40:14 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE REALITY OF THIS IS THE VERY DOCUMENT THAT…

        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE REALITY OF THIS IS THE VERY DOCUMENT THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS PUT UP. THAT 500-PAGE REPORT IS ACTUALLY INVESTIGATIVE CONCLUSIONS BASED ON 1.2 MILLION DOCUMENTS. OF WHICH THIS BODY, THIS BODY HAS RECEIVED LESS THAN 24,000 DOCUMENTS, PAGES OF THE SAME DOCUMENTS THAT SHE MENTIONS. AND SO ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR IS FOR US, THE LEGISLATIVE BODY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO GET THE VERY SAME DOCUMENTS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS. WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MY GOOD FRIEND, DR. GOSAR, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      • 10:40:57 AM

        MR. GOSAR

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY IN INSISTING THE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY IN INSISTING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FULLY COMPLY WITH CONGRESS AND PROVIDE THE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING SUBPOENAS RELATED TO THE POTENTIAL FISA ABUSE. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS DONE NOTHING BUT DIVERT AND BLOCK CONGRESS FROM DOCUMENTS THAT ARE WELL WITHIN OUR RIGHTS TO RECEIVE. THEY HAVE REPEATEDLY INSISTED THEY HAVE COMPLIED WITH THE DOCUMENT REQUESTS WHEN THEY CLEARLY HAVE NOT. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSEN STEIN HAS BEEN THE MAJOR PLAYER IN STONE WALLING CONGRESS. THE LONGER THEY STALL THIS PROCESS, THE IMPORTANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LOSE FAITH IN OUR SWRISSTISS SYSTEM THAT IS A THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. I STAND HERE TODAY CALLING FOR TRANSPARENCY, ANSWERS, AND ACCOUNTABILITY SO THAT WE CAN GET TO THE TRUTH. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE ACCOUNTABILITY. THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. IF THE D.O.J. FAILS TO COMPLY, THEN WE'LL BE FORCED TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. TO HOLD TEPPUTE ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENSTEIN IN CONTEMPT. OR EVEN IMPEACH WHICH WOULD BE MY PREFERRED COURSE OF ACTION RIGHT NOW. IT IS VERY SIMPLE. COMPLY WITH THE LAW, DO YOUR JOB, OR GET OUT. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:42:10 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND TENACIOUS SPIRIT ON THIS. I…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND TENACIOUS SPIRIT ON THIS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        MR. NADLER

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        MR. NADLER

        H.RES. 970 WHICH IS BEFORE US NOW INCLUDES A REFERENCE TO A DOCUMENT…

        H.RES. 970 WHICH IS BEFORE US NOW INCLUDES A REFERENCE TO A DOCUMENT UNILATERALLY ISSUED BY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON MARCH 22, 2018. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE ISSUANCE OF THIS PURPORTED SUBPOENA IS DEFECTIVE BECAUSE IT DID NOT COMPLY WITH COMMITTEE RULES PROVIDING, QUOTE, AT LEAST TWO BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE ISSUING ANY BUSINESS SUBPOENA THE CHAIR SHALL CONSULT WITH THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIR SHALL PROVIDE A FULL COPY OF THE FULL SUBPOENA, CLOSED QUOTE. WHILE IN THIS INSTANCE THE CHAIR DID PROVIDE ME AS RANKING MEMBER WITH A COPY OF A PROPOSED SUBPOENA ON MARCH 19, THE DOCUMENT THE CHAIRMAN ISSUED ON MARCH 22 WAS SUBSTANTIVELY AND MATERIALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE DOCUMENT SHARED ON MARCH 19 IN ABERRATION OF COMMITTEE RULES. MY PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY IS WHETHER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD HAVE ANY BEARING ON CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, H.RES. 970, AND ABSENT THAT, WHETHER THE DEFECTIVE NATURE WOULD HAVE ANY BEARING ON ANY FUTURE ATTEMPTS BY THE HOUSE TO ENFORCE THE SUPPOSED SUBPOENA.

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        THE HOUSE IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING HOUSE RESOLUTION 970. THE CHAIR CANNOT…

        THE HOUSE IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING HOUSE RESOLUTION 970. THE CHAIR CANNOT SEPARATELY COMMENT ON COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS AS A MATTER FOR DEBATE ON THE RESOLUTION.

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        MR. NADLER

        I COULDN'T HEAR.

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        THE HOUSE IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING HOUSE RESOLUTION 970. THE CHAIR CANNOT SEPARATELY COMMENT ON COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS. THAT IS A MATTER FOR DEBATE ON THE RESOLUTION.

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        MR. NADLER

        IN THAT CASE I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A COPY OF A…

        IN THAT CASE I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A COPY OF A LETTER I SENT TO THE CHAIR DATED JUNE 21, 2018, DETAILING THE FACTS AND BACKGROUND CONCERNING THE DEFECTIVE NATURE OF THE SUBPOENA PURPORTEDLY ISSUED ON MARCH 22.

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        MR. NADLER

        I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,…

        I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE CONSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. COHEN.

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        MR. COHEN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE TIME. WE'RE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE TIME. WE'RE EXPERIENCING HERE IN THIS MOMENT, THIS CHAMBER IS THE GREATEST TRIBUTE TO FELINI THAT COULD EVER BE PRODUCED IN THIS HOUSE. IT IS A IS THEATER OF THE ABSURD. IT IS A RUSE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND AN ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT JUSTICE THAT WILL GO BACK AND EXPOSE ACTIVITIES INVOLVING RUSSIA AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2016 ELECTION THAT RESULTED IN THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP. THEATER OF THE ABSURD. THE FACT IS THERE IS A SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATING THAT. ONE OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS EVER. A PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT WHO WENT IN THE MARINES BECAUSE ONE OF HIS FRIENDS WAS KILLED AND VOLUNTEERED TO GO TO VIETNAM, RECEIVED A PURPLE HEART, AND OTHER COMMENDATIONS. AND THEN CAME BACK HERE AND DIDN'T PRACTICE LAW AND MAKE MONEY AND GET GREEDY ON FIFTH AVENUE. BUT HE PURSUED JUSTICE AND PUT GOTTI AWAY AND NORIEGA AWAY. HE'S DEALT WITH SOME OF THE WORST PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. AND IT'S A PERFECT CALLING FOR HIM TO STAND FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND FOR OUR COUNTRY AND THE RULE OF LAW AND INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA AND OUR 2016 ELECTION. . AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. THE CAMPAIGN MANAGER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IN JAIL RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WHILE ON BOND HE DID ACTS THAT JUDGE COULDN'T COUNT ON HIM TO ENGAGE IN AGAIN. SO SHE HAD TO PUT HIM IN JAIL. THERE HAVE BEEN INDICTMENTS, THERE HAVE BEEN GUILTY PLEAS BY PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT'S FEELING THE HEAT AND HIS ACK LIGHTS HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RATHER THAN OPERATING AS A CHECK AND BALANCE ON THE ADMINISTRATION AND INSTEAD OF DOING THEIR DUTY IS PRODUCING THIS REUSS TO MAKE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THINK THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE F.B.I. AND THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. GOING AFTER MR. MUELLER, MR. ROSENSTEIN, MR. WRAY AT THE F.B.I., A REPUBLICAN APPOINTED BY TRUMP. AS WE'RE HERE ON THIS FLOOR, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS HAVING A SHAM HEARING WITH ROSENSTEIN AND WRAY. REPUBLICANS FIGHTING REPUBLICANS TO GET INFORMATION BECAUSE IT'S NOT REPUBLICANS FIGHTING REPUBLICANS. IT'S REPUBLICANS FIGHTING FOR TRUMP WHO HAS TAKEN OFFER THIS PARTY, A PARTY THAT ONCE PROUDLY STOOD FOR PEOPLE LIKE RONALD REAGAN AND DWIGHT EISENHOWER AND GEORGE W. BUSH AND GEORGE H.W. BUSH AND EVEN ABRAHAM LINCOLN THAT MOST PEOPLE KNOW IS A REPUBLICAN. WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS A TAKEOVER OF OUR DEMOCRACY, AND THIS IS THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD. THESE DOCUMENTS SHOULD NOT BE TURNED OVER, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DOESN'T TURN THEM OVER BECAUSE IT WOULD REVEAL SOURCES AND IT WOULD IMPERIL AN INVESTIGATION. GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES AND MAY WE PROTECT ROBERT MUELLER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I REITERATE MY OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION.

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        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 10:47:52 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT.

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      • 10:47:57 AM

        MR. GOHMERT

        I THANK MY FRIEND. THE VERY THINGS THAT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE…

        I THANK MY FRIEND. THE VERY THINGS THAT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE ARGUING COULD HAVE BEEN ARGUED BACK IN WATERGATE DAYS AND IT WOULD HAVE -- THEY WOULD HAVE KEPT RICHARD NIXON IN OFFICE. SOME OF US ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T CARE ABOUT PARTY AS MUCH AS WE DO ABOUT JUSTICE AND THE TRUTH, AND WHAT WE HAVE FOUND IS THAT LEADING INTELLIGENCE PEOPLE AND JUSTICE PEOPLE WERE LYING. CLAPPER HAS FOUND TO BE A LIAR, PERJURED HIMSELF, SO HAS BRENNAN. NOW WE HAVE INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN OBJECTED TO, REDACTED AND WE FIND OUT, WHOA, THESE GUYS SAID THIS WAS FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND IT TURNS OUT WHEN WE GET THE INFORMATION ACTUALLY IT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS EMBARRASSING TO THE PEOPLE OBJECTING. OVERSIGHT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL, AND THE LAST ADMINISTRATION DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH OVERSIGHT AND IN FACT THEY OBSTRUCTED, THEY WERE ABLE TO DRAG THINGS OUT SO WE NEVER GOT TO THE BOTTOM OF THINGS LIKE FAST AND FURIOUS WHEN ONE OF OUR OWN PRECIOUS AMERICAN AGENTS WAS KILLED. THERE WERE NO ANSWERS AND THEY'RE TRYING IT AGAIN, BUT NOW WE HAVE THIS OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN HIDDEN ARE BROUGHT FORWARD. AND, YES, WE HAVE MR. ROSENSTEIN, WHO ACTUALLY WAS INVOLVED IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIA TRYING TO GET ILLEGALLY GET U.S. URANIUM AND HE WORKED WITH A GUY NAMED MUELLER WHO HIRED A GUY NAMED WISEMAN IN THAT INVESTIGATION AND THEY HAVE HIDDEN WHAT WENT ON THERE AND EVEN FORCED A WITNESS TO SIGN A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT. UNHEARD OF IN THAT SITUATION. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE BRING THESE THINGS OUT. WE HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. I WATCHED ONE OF THEM YESTERDAY. I CAN'T GO INTO WHAT HE SAID BUT I WAS GOING, WOW, WE KNOW THAT'S A LIE WHAT HE JUST SAID. HE'S SO GOOD. THEN I REALIZED HE MUST HAVE SAID STRAIGHT FACE TO HIS WIFE 100 TIMES ABOUT, OH, NO, THERE'S NOTHING GOING ON WITH ME AND MS. PAIGE. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT HAVE GOTTEN TOO GOOD AT LYING. WE NEED THESE DOCUMENTS TO SEE WHAT IS THE TRUTH. I YIELD BACK.

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        MR. MEADOWS

        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        MR. NADLER

        MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

        MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, THE RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. JOHNSON, THREE MINUTES.

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      • 10:50:33 AM

        MR. JOHNSON

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION WHICH IS A…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION WHICH IS A REPUBLICAN ATTEMPT TO DELAY AND DERAIL THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHAT WE HAVE TODAY IS A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT WHO IS UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. WE HAVE A REPUBLICAN-LED HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT IS DO ITS BEST TO HAVE HIM THWART THE INVESTIGATION, HELP HIM STOP THE INVESTIGATION. SO WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT TODAY IS TO PASS A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD RESULT IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS CONDUCTING THE INVESTIGATION OF THE PRESIDENT TO TURN OVER DOCUMENTS THAT GO TO THE HEART OF THE INVESTIGATION. NOW, WHY DO THEY WANT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO TURN THAT DOCUMENTATION OVER TO THEM? WELL, SO THAT IT CAN BE LEAKED, LEAKED TO FOX NEWS, GET BACK TO THE PRESIDENT, AND THEN THE PRESIDENT WILL BE IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION TO DO WHAT HE DOES WHEN IT COMES TO BEING INVESTIGATED CRIMINALLY. AND WHAT IT ALL ADDS UP TO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS POLITICS TRUMPING JUSTICE. YOU NEVER INVESTIGATE AN INVESTIGATION THAT'S ONGOING. YOU WAIT UNTIL THAT INVESTIGATION IS OVER. THEN YOU JUDGE THE INVESTIGATION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS FAIR. SO EVERYTHING THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING HERE TODAY IS AGAINST JUSTICE, IT'S AGAINST THE RULE OF LAW, IT'S AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION, IT'S AGAINST THE AMERICA THAT WE ALL HOLD DEAR. THIS IS A STRETCHING, A WARPING OF THE POWER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. THEY'RE SEEKING TO USE THEIR POWER TO PUT THEIR HEAVY THUMB AND HAND ON THE SCALE OF JUSTICE. I HEARD ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY THAT JUSTICE SHOULD BE BLIND AND, YES, LADY JUSTICE DOES HAVE A BLINDFOLD ON SO THAT SHE CANNOT SEE. WHAT THESE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO DO TODAY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS TO REMOVE THE BLINDFOLD ON LADY JUSTICE TO LET LADY JUSTICE REVEAL AN INJUSTICE, TO LET THIS PRESIDENT USE LADY JUSTICE AS HE HAS USED WOMEN IN THE PAST TO TAKE AWAY THE SANCTITY OF THIS NATION. THIS IS HURTFUL TO OUR NATION. I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TO PLEASE THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

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      • 10:53:39 AM

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      • 10:53:41 AM

        MR. JOHNSON

        AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD BACK.

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        MEMBERS ARE REMINDED FROM REFRAIN IN ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE…

        MEMBERS ARE REMINDED FROM REFRAIN IN ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 10:53:51 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MIGHT REMIND THE SPEAKER AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MIGHT REMIND THE SPEAKER AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE IN THIS CHAMBER TODAY THAT THIS IS ABOUT THIS VERY INSTITUTION -- VERY FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE OF THIS INSTITUTION BEING ABLE TO DO OVERSIGHT. SINCE WHEN IS IT NOT A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE THE DOCUMENTS FROM ALL AGENCIES BROUGHT FORTH TO THIS BODY SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES? AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT.

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      • 10:54:23 AM

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      • 10:54:26 AM

        MR. GARRETT

        MY THANKS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.…

        MY THANKS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S ONE OF MY GREAT PLEASURES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. I FIND MYSELF IN AN INTERESTING POSITION TODAY BECAUSE THE PEOPLE I'M EDUCATING AREN'T THAT YOUNG. ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES SAID WE'RE REQUESTING DOCUMENTS TO WHICH WE ARE NOT ENTITLED. CHECKS AND BALANCES, ANYONE? WE ARE ENTITLED TO WHATEVER WE ASK FOR FROM AGENCIES WE ESTABLISHED AND FUND AND OVERSEE. SOMEONE ALSO SAID WE'RE SHOWING POLITICS IS BIGGER THAN THE LAW. MR. SPEAKER, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IS THE LAW. THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER COME TO THIS POINT, THAT WE SHOULD NEED A RESOLUTION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO INDICATE THAT AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH ENTITY THAT'S FUNDED BY, ESTABLISHED BY, OVERSEEN BY THIS VERY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE COMPELLED TO GIVE TO US THAT TO WHICH WE ARE ENTITLED? THE NEXT VOTE IS A SYMPTOM OF A MUCH GREATER DISEASE. WE HAVE A PET LENT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DEFENDED BY A PET ATLANTA AUTHORITY. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, IT'S THE POWER OF THE LEGISLATURE TO OVERSEE SUCH EXECUTIVE ENTITIES AND TO FUND SUCH EXECUTIVE ENTITIES. WE WITNESSED A VOTE WHERE 224 PEOPLE ALONG PARTY LINES VOTED TO COMPEL AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH ENTITY ESTABLISHED AND FUNDED BY THIS BODY TO DO ITS JOB AND 182, LONG PARTY LINES, VOTED AGAINST HAVING THEM RESPONSIVE TO THE CHECKS AND BALANCES ESTABLISHED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THERE SHOULDN'T EVEN HAVE A VOTE. HAD THE NAYS NOT READ THE CONSTITUTION OR DO THEY NOT CARE? WE ESTABLISHED THE D.O.J. THEY REFUSE THE SUBPOENA. PERHAPS THE TIME HAS COME TO LOOK AT OUR THIRD RESPONSIBILITY AND THAT IS THE MONEY. IF PRESIDENT TRUMP WON'T COMPEL DISCLOSURE, IF D.O.J. WON'T COMPLY WITH THE INSTRUCTION OF THE BODY THAT ESTABLISHED THEM AND FUNDS THEM, PERHAPS IT'S TIME TO DOC THIS CHILD'S ALLOWANCE. THE POWER OF THE PURSE IS OURS. BUT AS THE VOTE WE WITNESSED JUST INDICATED, WE DON'T LIVE IN A PERFECT WORLD. SO AS I SEE IT, THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS. D.O.J. CAN DO THEIR JOB AND TURN OVER THE DOCUMENTS OR I AND OTHERS OF LIKE MIND CAN DEMAND THAT WE BEGIN TO STOP FUNDING THIS PETULANT CHILD WHO FLAUNTS ITS UNISSUED POWER. IT'S IGNOREANT. AND THAT'S DELIGHTFULLY TAP DANCED ON THOSE WHO USE THE CONSTITUTION WHEN IT SUITS AND THEN PERVERT IT WHEN IT DOES NOT IS NOT THE DIRECTION THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO GO IF OUR TOMORROW IS AS PROSPEROUS AS OUR YESTERDAYS.

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      • 10:57:18 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:57:23 AM

        MR. NADLER

        MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

        MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE VICE -- THE VICE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. RASKIN.

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      • 10:57:36 AM

        MR. RASKIN

        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND A…

        MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND A PROFESSOR OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, I RISE AGAINST THIS UNCOMMONLY SILLY AND UNPRECEDENTED SO-CALLED RESOLUTION OF INSISTENCE. WE'VE ALREADY RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS YET NOW THEY WANT TO SUBPOENA INFORMATION RELATING DIRECTLY TO AN ONGOING CRIMINAL AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATION WHICH THE MAJORITY KNOWS FULL WELL THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANNOT AND WILL NOT RELEASE TO US. AND WHY ARE THEY DOING IT? WELL, PRESUMABLY IT'S ALL TO MANUFACTURE A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS SO SOMEBODY CAN GET FIRED OVER THERE, SO THEY CAN IMPEACH ROSENSTEIN AS THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, SO THEY CAN SACK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, SO THEY CAN GET RID OF MULE IR. WHATEVER. DO YOUR JOBS. LOOK WHAT'S GOING ON IN AMERICA. WE HAVE MORE THAN 2,000 KIDS THAT ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES. THEIR PARENTS DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE. LET'S DO OUR JOB. LET'S REUNIFY THOSE KIDS WITH THEIR PARENTS. WE SAW THE PARKLAND MASSACRE, WE SAW THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE, WE SAW THE MASSACRE IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE HEARING ON THE UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL AND MENTAL BACKGROUND CHECK THAT'S DESIRED BY 97% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOT ONE HEARING. AND INSTEAD WE'RE CAUGHT UP IN THIS NONSENSE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET OVER HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS. ENOUGH. GET OVER IT. DO YOUR JOBS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ONE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SAID THERE'S A LOOSE FENCE IN AMERICA. THERE IS A LOOSE FENCE. 15 U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TOLD US IN JANUARY OF 2017 THAT RUSSIAN AGENTS HAD ENGAGED IN THE ACTIVE MURPH CAMPAIGNS TO UN-- MEASURE OF CAMPAIGNS TO UNDERMINE THE ELECTION. THEY HAD A PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN TO PUT POISON ON THE INTERNET THROUGH FACEBOOK AND THROUGH OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA. THEY DIRECTLY CONDUCTED A CAMPAIGN OF CYBERESPIONAGE AND SABOTAGE AGAINST THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND THEY TRIED TO BREAK INTO OUR ELECTION SYSTEMS IN MORE THAN 20 STATES. AND WHAT HAVE THEY DONE WITH THE LOOSE FENCE? NOTHING. THEY HELPED TO OPEN THE GATES. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, NOT THIS LUDICROUS, ABSURD RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:59:48 AM

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        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 10:59:52 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ASK THE SPEAKER IF HE WOULD REMIND OTHERS…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ASK THE SPEAKER IF HE WOULD REMIND OTHERS THAT ARE IN THIS WELL THAT IF THEY'RE REAL CONCERNED ABOUT FAMILY REUNIFICATION, I HAVE A BILL, AND THE GENTLEMAN IS CERTAINLY WELCOMED TO COME IN AND CO-SPONSOR THAT BILL TO REUNIFY, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GRIFFITH, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      • 11:00:21 AM

        MR. GRIFFITH

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, MR. SPEAKER, AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME. I WOULD SAY…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, MR. SPEAKER, AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME. I WOULD SAY THAT IS A GOOD BILL AND I AM GLAD TO HAVE BEEN AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA ON THE BILL RELATED TO MAKING SURE THAT FAMILIES ARE NOT SEPARATED. . THE PREVIOUS GENTLEMAN ALSO SAID DO OUR JOBS. IT'S CURIOUS BECAUSE AS I UNDERSTAND IT PART OF OUR JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE OVERSEEING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS CREATED SOMETHING THAT HAD NEVER BEEN CREATED BEFORE, A CHECKS AND BALANCE SYSTEM. THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A NATURAL TENSION BETWEEN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES. AND CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EQUAL BRANCH WITH THE POWER OF OVERSIGHT OVER THE ADMINISTRATIVE BRANCH TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE LAWS AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE METING OUT JUSTICE EVENHANDEDLY. THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION IS ABOUT. BUT CONGRESS TOO OFTEN SITS BACK AND DOES NOT DO ANYTHING. IT JUST SAYS, OH WELL, WE CAN'T GET THAT INFORMATION. WE'RE SO SORRY. THIS RESOLUTION POINTS OUT WE HAVE BEEN PATIENTLY WAITING FOR SOME OF THESE DOCUMENTS FOR YEARS. FOR MONTHS, FOR WEEKS, FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO RESPOND TO ITS CO-EQUAL BRANCH, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. AND THEY HAVE REFUSED TO DO SO. AND I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THIS IS A VERY MEASURED RESOLUTION. THAT IT DOES NOT IMMEDIATELY CALL FOR HOLDING SOMEBODY IN CONTEMPT OR HOLDING -- FIND SOMEBODY SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. IT SAYS, INSTEAD, HERE'S THE DEADLINE. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO SEEK HERE ARE THE FACTS. IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF THE FACTS, THEN, YEAH, YOU STAND UP ON THE FLOOR AND YOU RAIL ABOUT ALL KINDS OF OTHER ISSUES. BUT THE FACTS, THE TRUTH NEEDS TO COME OUT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND SO I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THIS RESOLUTION IS VERY REASONABLE. IT OUGHT TO BE PASSED A BECAUSE IF THERE IS NOT A RESPONSE -- PASSED BECAUSE IF THERE IS NOT A RESPONSE IT IS OUR DUTY TO HOLD THOSE WHO DO NOT RESPOND PROPERLY IN CONTEMPT.

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      • 11:02:34 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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      • 11:02:39 AM

        MR. GRIFFITH

        IT IS OUR DUTY TO FIND AND HOLD THIS CONGRESS THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT…

        IT IS OUR DUTY TO FIND AND HOLD THIS CONGRESS THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT RESPOND IN CONTEMPT. AND THEN TO TAKE THEIR PERSONS INTO POSSESSION AND HAVE THEM EXPLAIN TO A JUDGE HOW IT IS THEY PLAN TO PURGE THEMSELVES OF THAT CONTEMPT. IT IS REASONABLE THAT WE GIVE THEM NOTICE BEFORE SUCH ACTION IS TAKEN. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:03:01 AM

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        BACK.

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        MR. NADLER

        MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER…

        MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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      • 11:03:15 AM

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      • 11:03:19 AM

        MR. SCHIFF

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. IF THIS WAS…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. IF THIS WAS OVERSIGHT, I WOULD BE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF ANY EFFORT TO SEEK PRODUCTION, BUT IT IS NOT. THIS IS NOT OVERSIGHT. IT IS COLLABORATION WITH THE EXECUTIVE MASQUERADING AS OVERSIGHT. OR IF THIS IS OVERSIGHT, IT IS OVERSIGHT OF THE MOST OBSEQUIOUS KIND. IT IS OVERSIGHT OF HOW MAY WE SERVE YOU, DEAR PRESIDENT. IT IS OVERSIGHT THAT ASKS, WHAT IS YOUR WILL, DEAR PRESIDENT? OVERSIGHT THAT SAYS, WE'RE NOT WORTHY, DEAR PRESIDENT. IT IS OVERSIGHT THAT SAYS, WE SHALL SEEK BUT YOU SHALL FIND, MR. PRESIDENT, BECAUSE WHAT WE OBTAIN WE SHALL PROVIDE TO YOUR LEGAL DEFENSE TEAM OR WE SHALL SELECTIVELY LEAK OR MISREPRESENT IN YOUR SERVICE. IT IS OVERSIGHT IN THE NATURE OF NOT DESIRING AN OUTCOME, NOT DESIRING THE PRODUCTION OF THAT SAYS, WE'RE NOT WORTHY, DEAR DOCUMENTS BUT RATHER THE PRODUCTION OF A FIGHT, THE PRODUCTION OF A PRETEXT TO GIVE THE DEAR PRESIDENT A PRETEXT TO FIRE ROD ROSENSTEIN OR BOB MUELLER. I HAVE SERVED ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE NOW FOR ALMOST A DECADE. AND WHILE I CANNOT DISCLOSE THE NUMBER OF FISA APPLICATIONS DURING THE COURSE OF THOSE 10 YEARS, I CAN CAN TELL YOU THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE SOUGHT THE UNDERLYING INVESTIGATEOR MATERIALS BEHIND A SPECIFIC FISA APPLICATION. AND THAT NUMBER IS ONE. THAT CASE IS THIS CASE. AND THAT CASE JUST HAPPENS, JUST HAPPENS TO IMPLICATE OUR DEAR PRESIDENT. IT IS NOT THAT THERE ARE NO AREAS THAT CALL OUT FOR OVERSIGHT RIGHT NOW. THERE ARE TOO MANY TO COUNT. WHY IS IT THAT AFTER SANCTIONING Z.T.E. FOR VIOLATING IRAN SANCTIONS AND SLIGHTING NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS, THE PRESIDENT ABRUPTLY CHANGED COURSE OUT OF AN OSTENSIBLE CONCERN FOR CHINESE JOBS? IS IT BECAUSE THE CHINESE INVESTED $500 MILLION IN A TRUMP BRANDED PROPERTY? THAT IS WORTHY OF OVERSIGHT. IS THE FIRST FAMILY SEEKING TO DO BUSINESS WITH GULF OR OTHER ALLIES WHILE MAKING U.S. POLICY, IS U.S. POLICY FOR SALE? THAT IS WORTHY OF OVERSIGHT? IS THE PRESIDENT SEEKING TO RAISE POSTAL RATES ON AMAZON TO PUNISH "THE WASHINGTON POST" AND SUPPRESS THE FREEDOM OF PRESS? THAT IS WORTHY OF OVERSIGHT. BUT NONE OF THIS IS OVERSIGHT. SPEAKER BOEHNER RECENTLY SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS OFF TAKING A NAP SOMEWHERE. IF THAT IS SO, THEN DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF OUR CAPABLE RANKING MEMBER, ELIJAH CUMMINGS, THE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE THAT SHOULD BE DOING THIS OVERSIGHT IS IN THE MIDST OF THE DEEPEST SLUMBER. WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES, AND DO YOUR JOBS. WAKE UP AND END THIS DUPLICITY ATTACK ON THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE F.B.I. AND OUR SPECIAL COUNSEL BECAUSE THIS IS SURELY NOT OVERSIGHT. IT IS NOT WHAT OVERSIGHT LOOKS LIKE. BUT IT IS WHAT AN ATTACK ON THE RULE OF LAW LOOKS LIKE. IT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE WHITTLE AWAY OUR DEMOCRACY ONE PIECE BY TERRIBLE PIECE. WHEN THIS CHAPTER OF OUR HISTORY IS WRITTEN, IT WILL CONDEMN THE ACTIONS OF A PRESIDENT WHO LITTLE UNDERSTANDS OR RESPECTS THE INSTITUTIONS OF OUR DEMOCRACY. BUT IT WILL RESERVE SOME OF THE HARSHEST CRITICISM FOR THIS CONGRESS THAT ENABLED HIM. THIS CONGRESS THAT NEW ITS -- KNEW ITS RESPONSIBILITY BUT FAILED TO LIVE UP TO IT. WAKE UP REPUBLICAN PARTY, WAKE UP MY COLLEAGUES. THE COUNTRY NEEDS YOU. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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      • 11:07:28 AM

        MR. NADLER

        AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

      • 11:07:29 AM

        MR. SCHIFF

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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      • 11:07:41 AM

        MR. SCHIFF

        WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES. TRUE OVERSIGHT WHEN THE PRESIDENT OCCUPIES THE…

        WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES. TRUE OVERSIGHT WHEN THE PRESIDENT OCCUPIES THE SAME PARTY AS THE

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      • 11:07:45 AM

        MR. SCHIFF

        WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES. MAJORITY IN CONGRESS REQUIRES THAT MAJORITY TO PUT…

        WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES. MAJORITY IN CONGRESS REQUIRES THAT MAJORITY TO PUT COUNTRY OVER PARTY. IT IS INCAN'TIBLE OF PRINCIPLE OF PARTY OVER EVERYTHING ELSE. WAKE UP MY COLLEAGUES AND DO YOUR JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:08:03 AM

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 11:08:09 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. WE'RE TRYING TO DO…

        MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. WE'RE TRYING TO DO OUR JOB. AND THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSITE MAKES AN ELOQUENT SPEECH ABOUT DOING OUR JOB OF PROPER OVERSIGHT. I CAN TELL YOU I HAVE SERVED ON THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR SIX YEARS. AND IN THAT SIX YEARS NOT ONLY HAVE WE BEEN TENACIOUS IN GETTING DOCUMENTS, BUT WE HAVE ALSO HAD A RESPONSIVE DIALOGUE BACK AND FORTH WITH MANY IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. AT WHAT POINT DO YOU DO OVERSIGHT IF YOU CAN'T GET THE VERY DOCUMENTS THAT WE REQUEST? MY FRIENDS OPPOSITE MANY TIMES WILL TALK ABOUT GETTING DOCUMENTS WHEN IT SERVES A PARTICULAR POLITICAL PURPOSE THAT THEY WANT TO ESPOUSE. AND YET WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THIS COUNTRY, LADY JUSTICE AND METING OUT JUSTICE WITHOUT ANY FAVORITISM, INDEED, THAT'S WHY WE NEED THE DOCUMENTS. THAT'S WHY WE'RE TRYING TO DO OUR JOB. AND THAT'S WHY THIS RESOLUTION IS SO CRITICAL. WITH THAT I WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HICE, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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      • 11:09:17 AM

        MR. HIGHS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DEEPLY --

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        MR. HICE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROMAR FORWARDING ME…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROMAR FORWARDING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE AN EMPTY ARGUMENT, THEIR ANSWER IS TO YELL LOUD AND RAIL ON MR. SPEAKER. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE MY FRIEND ISSUES UNRELATED TO THAT WHICH WE'RE CURRENTLY DISCUSSING. MR. SPEAKER, OUR FOUNDERS MADE IT VERY CLEAR WHEN THEY DRAFTED THE CONSTITUTION THAT WE HAVE A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT THAT KEEPS EACH BRANCH ACCOUNTABLE. -- ACCOUNTABLE TO THE CONSTITUTION AND RULE OF LAW. FOR NEARLY 18 MONTHS NOW THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS ATTEMPTED TO SHIELD ITSELF FROM THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, OUR DUTY TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT. THAT IS AND OUGHT TO BE BOTH ALARMING AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW CLEARLY FROM THE I.G. REPORT HERE CREE RENTLY TEXT AFTER TEXT, EMAIL AFTER EMAIL THAT THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF OF -- EMAIL THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF F.B.I. AGENTS WHO WERE EXTREMELY BIASED AGAINST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THE TRUMP CANDIDACY, AND IN FAVOR OF HILLARY CLINTON. WE KNOW THAT BIAS EXISTED. WE ALSO KNOW MANY OF THEM WERE WILLING TO USE THEIR POSITION, THEIR STATUS TO TRY TO INFLUENCE THE ELECTION. THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE KNOW. AND WE AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY HAVE NOT ONLY THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO OVERSIGHT, BUT WE'VE GOT TO HAVE THE INFORMATION IN ORDER TO DO THAT OVERSIGHT. THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION IS ALL ABOUT. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US TO COME BACK TO THE UNDERSTANDING, REALIZATION THAT OVERSIGHT IS NECESSARY TO PREVENT CORRUPTION. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT JUST THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE BEFORE US. THIS IS ALL FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREVENTING CORRUPTION THAT MAY EXIST AND TO PREVENT IT FROM GOING FURTHER. THIS RESOLUTION IS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THAT THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WE'RE DETERMINED TO GET THE DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. EVEN A SINGLE PAGE FROM THESE MISSING DOCUMENTS COULD BE CRITICAL TO THE OVERALL CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION THAT'S UNDER WAY. IT'S ALL NECESSARY. THERE ARE IRREFUTABLE FACTS, MR. SPEAKER. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS ACCOUNTABLE TO CONGRESS. ANOTHER FACT, THEY ARE HIDING DOCUMENTS. THEY ARE REFUSING TO COOPERATE. WE HAVE EVEN BEYOND THAT NOW THE CHILLING REPORTS THAT THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL PERSONALLY THREATENED STAFF MEMBERS ON THE INTEL COMMITTEE. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. SO UNDER THIS RESOLUTION THE FULL HOUSE --FULL FORCE OF THE HOUSE IS BEING BROUGHT TO LIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE GOT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 11:12:31 AM

        MR. NADLER

        I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF THE…

        I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF THE HOUSE, MS. PELOSI.

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      • 11:12:40 AM

        MS. PELOSI

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP AND ARTICULATING WHAT IS RIGHT, WHAT HONORS OUR OATH OF OFFICE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, THE SEPARATE -- SEPARATION OF POWER CONTAINED THEREIN, AND THE INTEGRITY OF OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM. I THANK OUR DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, MR. SCHIFF, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, HIS COURAGE, AND HIS BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRATIONAL STATEMENT THIS MORNING. FULL FACT BUT ALSO FULL OF VALUES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY NOT ONLY AS LEADER BUT ALSO AS ONE WHO HAS SERVED ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AS A MEMBER, AS A RANKING MEMBER, AND AS EX-AFISHO SINCE THE EARLY 1990'S. CAN I CAN SAY WHILE I HAVE SEEN A LOT IN THAT TIME I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING THAT HAS STOOPED SO LOW ON THE PART OF THE REPUBLICANS AS WHAT THEY ARE DOING TODAY. IT IS -- IT'S AS IF THEY SAID, YOU TAKE AN OATH OF OFFICE TO THE CONSTITUTION, WE TOOK AN OATH OF OFFICE TO DONALD TRUMP. IT'S SHOCKING. AND MANY OF THEM ARE LAWYERS, I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY JUSTIFY OR RECONCILE THAT. SO IT IS WITH GREAT DISMAY THAT I SEE THIS -- THEM DOING VIOLENCE TO THIS BODY, TO THIS CONSTITUTION, TO THIS JUDICIAL SYSTEM -- JUDICIARY SYSTEM AND THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE SO CURIOUS ABOUT PRIING INTO A LEGAL CASE, BUT -- PRYING INTO A LEGAL CASE, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THE FAINTEST INTEREST IN LOOKING INTO WHAT RUSSIANS DID TO DISRUPT OUR ELECTIONS. NOT ONE HEARING, NOTHING. NO OVERSIGHT, NOTHING. WHY IS THAT? WHY IS THAT? AND NOW THEY ARE SAYING THEY MUST -- THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW THIS, THAT, AND THE OTHER THING. THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO THAT. SO I'M GOING TO NOT TAKE UP ANY MORE TIME. I SAID MY PEACE ON THIS. BUT I DO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT MR. SCHUMER AND I, AS WELL AS MR. SCHIFF AND SENATOR WARNER, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SENATE SIDE, SENT A LETTER TO HONORABLE ROSENSTEIN, THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND CHRISTOPHER WRAY, THE DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I., SAYING TO IT THEM, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT YIELD ON ANY OF THIS. YOUR ROLE IN PRESERVING THE INTEGRITY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS BECOME EVER MORE VITAL. I YIELD BACK MY TIME -- FIRST OF ALL, I URGE A NO VOTE. I HOPE THAT SOME REPUBLICANS WILL TO WHAT IS RIGHT AND URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS. THIS IS TAKING US INTO VERY DANGEROUS TERRITORY. . IF THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN POWER I'D SAY THE SAME THING. WE WOULDN'T WANT TO HAVE THIS ACCESS, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE THIS ACCESS. IF YOU'RE HONORING YOUR OATH OF OFFICE TO DONALD TRUMP, VOTE YES. IF YOU'RE HONORING YOUR OATH OF OFFICE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, VOTE NO

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      • 11:15:57 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RICK NICED.

      • 11:16:00 AM

        >>

        OBVIOUSLY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA LAYS OUT AN UNBELIEVABLE CLAIM…

        OBVIOUSLY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA LAYS OUT AN UNBELIEVABLE CLAIM THAT THIS IS THE HEST OF LOW THAT'S EVER BEEN SEEN IN THIS BODY. I FIND THAT JUST REMARKABLE THAT THAT STATEMENT COULD EVEN BE MADE. THE OTHER ISSUE IS, WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR ANY SPECIAL COUNSEL DOCUMENTS.

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      • 11:16:18 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR SOURCES AND METHODS. WE'RE ASKING FOR THE DISTRICT OF…

        WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR SOURCES AND METHODS. WE'RE ASKING FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA YUMES THAT WE HAVE A RIGHT AS THIS BODY TO SEE, TRANSPARENCY IS A GOOD THING. MR. SPEAKER. TRANSPARENCY IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. AND WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT IT WILL DO AND WHAT IT WILL NOT DO, YES, WHEN WE GET THESE DOCUMENTS, WE BELIEVE THAT IT WILL DO AWAY WITH THIS WHOLE FIASCO OF WHAT THEY CALL THE RUSSIAN TRUMP COLLUSION BECAUSE THERE WASN'T ANY. MR. SPEAKER, I AM GLAD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. DAVIS.

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      • 11:16:58 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

      • 11:17:01 AM

        MR. DAVIS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL APPLAUD FORMER SPEAKER PELOSI FOR HER…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL APPLAUD FORMER SPEAKER PELOSI FOR HER CONSISTENCY. SHE SEEMS TO UNIFORMLY SUPPORTED THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, IGNORING SUBPOENAS, PERHAPS DESTROYING EVIDENCE AND FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE OF THE HOUSE. WITH THE SUBPOENA BEING ISSUED BY THE HOUSE WITH THE IMPORTANT PRECEDENT OF THE CONSTITUTION. SO THIS REALLY ISN'T ABOUT THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION OR THE SPECIFICS OF THIS CASE.

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      • 11:17:31 AM

        MR. DAVIDSON

        FRANKLY, I FIND IT APPALLING THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS WOULD IGNORE…

        FRANKLY, I FIND IT APPALLING THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS WOULD IGNORE THESE ACTIVITIES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE REALITY IS, THIS IS A QUESTION OF SHALL THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH COMPLY WITH A LEGISLATIVE FROM THE -- FROM THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. THE CONTENT WELL, DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CONTENTS ARE, THEY'VE BEEN REDACTED, THEY'RE BEING WITHHELD. THIS HAS GONE ON FOR A LONG TIME. IF WE ARE TO KEEP OUR REPUBLIC, THE PRINCIPLE HAS TO BE RESOLVED WHERE THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BEING CO-EQUAL SHALL HAVE ACT STOSE THIS INFORMATION. NOT JUST A PRI LEDGED FEW, NOT A FEW THAT KEEP IT WITHHELD FROM THE REST OF THE BODY, BUT THE WHOLE BODY. SINCE LAST YEAR, THE PERM NEVENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE HAS INVESTIGATED POTENTIAL ABUSES OF THE FISA SYSTEM, THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEYANCE ACT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AND OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. PREVIOUSLY, OUR COLLEAGUE, MR. SCHIFF, WAS A STRONG SUPPORTER FOR FISA REFORM AND PROPOSED NUMEROUS BILLS. THAT'S WHERE OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE NOT CONSISTENT. FISA HAS BEEN ABUSED. WE'VE SEEN ONE OF THE MOST PLAY BLAYTANT EXAMPLES OF THAT WITH THE ACTIVITIES AND THINGS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE PUBLIC. WHICH HAS LED TO THIS LINE OF INQUIRY. AMERICANS SHOULD BE CONCERNED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY ABUSE ITS CAPACITY TO GATHER FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE BY SPYING ON OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. WITHOUT SERIOUS REFORMS TO FISA, THE FOURTH AMENDMENT WILL EXIST AS NOTHING MORE THAN A DISTANT MEMORY OR A NOTATION WITH AN AST RISK EXCEPT IN THESE CASES. THE RESOLUTION INSISTS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FULLY COMPLY WITH REQUESTS, INCLUDING SUBPOENAS OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES RELATING TO POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. UNLESS WE SUPPORT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION, WE WILL NOT KEEP OUR REPUBLIC. WE WILL FURTHER EMBOLDEN AND EMBOWER -- EMPOWER THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND WEAKEN OUR COUNTRY. THIS WILL WILL HELP REFORM FISA, HELP DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD.

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      • 11:19:38 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 11:19:48 AM

        MR. ENGEL

        I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE OTHER SIDE IS.

      • 11:19:52 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 11:19:56 AM

        MR. NADLER

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT GOING TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID BEFORE. I WILL SUMMARIZE,…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT GOING TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID BEFORE. I WILL SUMMARIZE, THE REQUEST BEING MADE HERE IS FOR INFORMATION THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANNOT PROVIDE BECAUSE IT RELATES TO AN ON FWOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND BECAUSE SOME OF IT WOULD IDENTIFY INFORMANTS. THE MOTIVE IS PROBABLY SIMPLY TO PROVIDE A MEANS OF EMBARRASSING AND DEFAMING THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR AND THE PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH HIM IN THE DEPARTMENT. I'LL READ FROM A LETTER THAT THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL SENT TO SENATOR GRASSLEY AND TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. YESTERDAY. HE QUOTES THE FOLLOWING, QUOTE, THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY, WISE LEGISLATORS HAVE WORKED WITH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO LIMIT OVERSIGHT REQUESTS IN ORDER TO RESPECT THE DEPARTMENT'S DUTY TO PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY, PRESERVE PERSONAL PRIVACY AND INSULATE INVESTIGATIONS FROM THE APPEARANCE OF INTERFERENCE. FOR INSTANCE, THE DEPARTMENT SENT A LETTER TO A HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIR IN 2000 DESCRIBING THE DEPARTMENT'S POLICIES ON RESPONDING TO CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT REQUESTS. THE LETTER EXPLAINED, I'M NOW QUOTING FROM THE 2000 LETTER, SUCH INQUIRIES INESCAPABLY CREATE THE RISK OF THE PUBLIC AND COURTS TO PERCEIVE UNDUE INFLUENCE OVER LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LITIGATION DECISIONS. SUCH INQUISHRIES ALSO SEEK INFORMATION IN OTHER. THE END OF THE QUOTE FROM THE 2000 LETTER THIS ELETTER QUOTES PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN WHO WROTE THAT, QUOTE A TRADITION OF ACCOMMODATION SHOULD CONTINUE AS THE PRIMARY MEANS OF RESAN FRANCISCOING -- RESOLVING CONFLICT TWEENS THE BRANCHES. REGARDLESS OF WHETHER A REQUEST IS MADE BY LETTER OR SUBPOENA, IT GIVES A MANDATE TO REACH AN AGREEMENT. IT IS NOT REQUIRED THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO RISK DAMAGE TO REPUTATION, PUT CASES AND LIVES AND RISK AND INVITE POLITICAL INTERFERENCE BY OPENING SENSITIVE FILES TO CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WITHOUT RESTRICTION. CLOSE QUOTE FROM THE LETTER FROM DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENSTEIN. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THESE REQUESTS WOULD DO. THEY WOULD RISK DAMAGE TO REPUTATION. PUT LIVES -- CASES AND LIVES AT RISK. ALREADY TWO PEOPLE TWO INFORMANTS HAVE HAD THEIR IDENTITIES OUTED. AND INVITE POLITICAL INTERFERENCE BY OPENING SENSITIVE FILES TO CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WITHOUT RESTRICTION. WE OUGHT TO LET THE SPECIAL COUNSEL COMPLETE HIS WORK WITHOUT HINDRANCE. WE OUGHT TO SEE WHATEVER THE SPECIAL COUNSEL FINDS RESM ACT TO IT AS APPROPRIATE. PERHAPS HOLD HEARINGS INTO THE FINDINGS. WHEN WE SEE THAT. ALL WE KNOW ABOUT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL SO FAR, UNLIKE ALL THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM AND HIS INVESTIGATION, IT'S A WITCH HUNT, IT'S THIS, IT'S THAT. ALL WE EALY KNOW IS THERE ARE 20 INDICTMENTS, FIVE GUILTY PLEAS AND THERE HAVE BEEN NO LEAKS SO YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEN INVESTIGATION OTHER THAN IN THIS TIME PERIOD THEY'VE ALREADY GOTTEN 20 INDICTMENTS, FIVE GUILTY PLEAS, INCLUDING SOME OF THE CLOSEST PEOPLE TO THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION AND HIS CAMPAIGN. WE'LL SEE WHERE IT GOS FROM THERE THESE REQUESTS ARE AN INTENT TO -- AN ATTEMPT TO SABOTAGE THE INVESTIGATION AND WE SHOULD NOT GO ALONG WITH IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 11:23:48 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 11:23:52 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN.

      • 11:23:55 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 11:23:58 AM

        MR. ZELDIN

        I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 970. I'D LIKE -- I'D LIKE TO THANK MY…

        I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 970. I'D LIKE -- I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS AND JIM JORDAN FROM CONVERSATIONS WITH MEMBERS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT I'VE BEEN IMPRESSED WITH THEIR FEEDBACK OF HOW HIGH MORALE HAS GONE OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF BECAUSE THEY'RE ABLE TO DO THEIR JOBS AGAIN. YOU WERE SEEING PROSECUTION NUMBERS AND CERTAIN METRICS IN DIFFERENT U.S. ATTORNEY OFFICES GOING DOWN. THEIR HANDS WITH WERE BEING TIED BEHIND THEIR BACK. WE TALKED ABOUT THE MILITARY HANDS TIED BEHIND THEIR BACKS. WE SAW OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, F.B.I., WITH THEIR HANDS TIED BEHIND THEIR BACKS, THEIR MORALE IS GOING UP. I'M NOT GOING TO SUBSCRIBE TO THOSE IN THIS CHAMBER TO THOSE IN THIS CHAMBER AND THIS COUNTRY WHO WANT TO RESTRICT AND OPPOSE THIS PRESIDENT ON ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. MY TOP PRIORITY, WHEN I SEE MISCONDUCT AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND F.B.I., I, AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, TAKING MY OATH SERIOUSLY, I DEMAND ANSWERS. IT'S ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. I HAVE A 12-PAGE RESOLUTION THAT WE INTRODUCED, HOUSE RESOLUTION 907. IT'S UP TO 33 CO-SPONSORS. WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS RESOLUTION IS 12 PAGES, OUTLINING AND DETAILING MISCONDUCT, CALLING FOR A SECOND SPECIAL COUNSEL. NOT ONE PERSON HAS BEEN ABLE TO POKE ANY HOLE IN A SINGLE BULLET IN THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT. WHY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT WHEN THOSE IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAY THEY CAN'T PROVIDE A DOCUMENT BECAUSE IT RISKS NATIONAL SECURITY. YOU READ THE DOCUMENT AND IT DOESN'T RISK NATIONAL SECURITY BUT IT MIGHT CAUSE EMBARRASSMENT TO SOMEBODY IN THE D.O.J. OR F.B.I. I DON'T LIKE IT WHEN YOU SEE A FISA COURT RESULTING IN AN AMERICAN BEING SPIED ON. IT'S ABOUT JUSTICE. TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY. MARK MEADOWS HAVE BEEN LEADING THE FIGHT TO TO THE GET MORE DOCUMENTS. WE HAVE AN OVERSIGHT FUNCTION AND I DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THOSE IN THIS CHAMBER WHO WANT TO OPPOSE, OBSTRUCT, IMPEACH. THAT'S NOT THE PATH FORWARD.

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      • 11:26:07 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 11:26:15 AM

        MR. NADLER

        I THINK I'VE MADE THE CASE CLEAR. I THINK MR. ZELDIN HAS ADDED NOTHING TO…

        I THINK I'VE MADE THE CASE CLEAR. I THINK MR. ZELDIN HAS ADDED NOTHING TO THE DEBATE I HAVE TO REFUTE, I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:26:22 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 11:26:26 AM

        MR. MEADOWS

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSITE FOR HIS IMPASSIONED ARGUMENTS AND DEBATE ON…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSITE FOR HIS IMPASSIONED ARGUMENTS AND DEBATE ON THIS ISSUE. I THANK ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO STAND UP FOR THIS INSTITUTION. THIS INSTITUTION'S RIGHT TO PROVIDE PROPER OVERSIGHT AND CONDUCT IT ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, FOR GOOD TRANSPARENCY. TRANSPARENCY IS A GOOD THING AND I THINK IT IS HIGH TIME THAT WE DO IT. FOR EIGHT MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE MADE A REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THEY HAVE NOT FULLY COMPLIED. ON MARCH 22, 99 DAYS AGO, WE SENT A SUBPOENA GIVING THEM 14 DAYS, THEY DID NOT COMPLY. TWO WEEKS AGO, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE ACTUALLY REACHED OUT AND SAID YOU HAVE ANOTHER WEEK. THEY DID NOT COMPLY. THIS IS OUR LAST ATTEMPT TO GIVE THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT THAT THEY HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. THEY NEED TO START ACTING LIKE IT, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I ENCOURAGE A YES VOTE.

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      • 11:27:23 AM

        The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

        • 11:27:28 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO…

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AND ON THE PREAMBLE THIS EQUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE PONCH THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RESOLUTION IS -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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      • 11:27:30 AM

        On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 306 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

        • 11:27:47 AM

          MR. NADLER

          I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

        • 11:27:50 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. 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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        • 11:54:12 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 225, THE NAYS ARE --

        • 11:55:21 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226 THIS ENAYS ARE 183, WITH ONE ANSWERING…

          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226 THIS ENAYS ARE 183, WITH ONE ANSWERING PRESENT. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 964 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6157. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, PLEASE KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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    • 11:55:23 AM
      • 11:55:24 AM

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

        • 11:55:32 AM

          Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 6157 — "Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes."

          • 11:55:41 AM

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

            • 11:55:58 AM

              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 FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6157 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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            • 11:56:06 AM

              THE CLERK

              A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL…

              A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 11:56:12 AM

              THE CHAIR

              WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018, A…

              WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018, A REQUEST FOR A VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT MR. COURTNEY, HAD BEEN POSTPONE. PURR SUVENTE TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTED PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 AN WHICH FURTHER PROCEED WRGS POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 BY MR. GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN, AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 BY MR. GAL BEHR OF WISCONSIN, AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 BY MS. CLARK ON MASSACHUSETTS, AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 OF BY MR. COURTNEY OF CONNECTICUT. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO-MINUTES -- TO TWO MINES THE TIME FOR ANY VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, ON WHICH NOES PREVAILED THE VOICE VOTE.

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            • 11:57:03 AM

              THE CLERK

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785. OFFERED BY MR.…

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785. OFFERED BY MR. GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN.

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          • 11:57:03 AM

            On agreeing to the Gallagher amendment (A020) Roll Call 307 - Recorded vote pending.

            • 11:57:10 AM

              THE CHAIR

              A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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            • 12:01:18 PM

              THE CHAIR

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 116 AND THE NAYS ARE 296. THE UNFINISHED…

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 116 AND THE NAYS ARE 296. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. GALLAGHER ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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        • 12:01:18 PM

          House Vote 307 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

          Failed (116 - 296)
          Aye
          No

          Vote Details: Aye - 116
          Republican - 90
          Democratic - 26

          Vote Details: No - 296
          Democratic - 158
          Republican - 138

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

          • 12:01:39 PM

            THE CLERK

            AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR.…

            AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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          • 12:01:40 PM

            On agreeing to the Gallagher amendment (A021) Roll Call 308 - Recorded vote pending.

          • 12:04:47 PM

            House Vote 308 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

            Failed (115 - 296)
            Aye
            No

            Vote Details: Aye - 115
            Republican - 90
            Democratic - 25

            Vote Details: No - 296
            Democratic - 159
            Republican - 137

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
            Republican - 7
            Democratic - 9

            • 12:04:48 PM

              THE CHAIR

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 115 AND THE NAYS ARE 296. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 115 AND THE NAYS ARE 296. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MS. CLARKE ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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            • 12:05:06 PM

              On agreeing to the Clark (MA) amendment (A028) Roll Call 309 - Recorded vote pending.

              • 12:05:09 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MS. CLARK…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MS. CLARK OF MASSACHUSETTS. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. NUMBER, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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          • 12:08:40 PM

            House Vote 309 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

            Agreed to (252 - 157)
            Aye
            No

            Vote Details: Aye - 252
            Republican - 96
            Democratic - 156

            Vote Details: No - 157
            Republican - 132
            Democratic - 25

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

            • 12:08:42 PM

              THE CHAIR

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 252 AND THE NAYS ARE 157. THE AMENDMENT IS…

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 252 AND THE NAYS ARE 157. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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            • 12:09:07 PM

              THE CLERK

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER…

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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            • 12:09:09 PM

              On agreeing to the Foster amendment (A033) Roll Call 310 - Recorded vote pending.

              • 12:12:49 PM

                THE CHAIR

                ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 160 AND THE NAYS ARE 251. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 160 AND THE NAYS ARE 251. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED.

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          • 12:12:49 PM

            House Vote 310 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

            Failed (160 - 251)
            Aye
            No

            Vote Details: Aye - 160
            Democratic - 160

            Vote Details: No - 251
            Republican - 227
            Democratic - 24

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
            Republican - 7
            Democratic - 9

            • 12:13:10 PM

              THE CLERK

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR.…

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. COURTNEY OF CONNECTICUT. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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            • 12:13:10 PM

              On agreeing to the Courtney amendment (A037) Roll Call 311 - Recorded vote pending.

            • 12:17:04 PM

              House Vote 311 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

              Failed (144 - 267)
              Aye
              No

              Vote Details: Aye - 144
              Democratic - 94
              Republican - 50

              Vote Details: No - 267
              Republican - 177
              Democratic - 90

              Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
              Republican - 7
              Democratic - 9

              • 12:17:06 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 144, THE NAYS ARE 267. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 144, THE NAYS ARE 267. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENT, UNDER HOUSE RESOLUTION 964, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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              • 12:17:14 PM

                The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 6157.

                • 12:17:29 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  MR. CHAIRMAN.

                • 12:17:31 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 HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 615 AND PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 964, I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY FURTHER AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                • 12:17:48 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. 615 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 964 REPORTS THE BILL AS AMENDED BY HOUSE RESOLUTION 961 BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY FURTHER AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE CHAIR WILL PUT THEM ENGROSS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENTS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS -- THE AMENDMENTS ARE ADOPT THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING. CLIP A BILL MAKING PROPINGERS IN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 12:17:59 PM

                The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                • 12:18:11 PM

                  The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

                  • 12:18:54 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FRURN DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                  • 12:18:58 PM

                    >>

                    I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                  • 12:19:00 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                  • 12:19:03 PM

                    >>

                    I AM OPPOSED IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

                  • 12:19:06 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                  • 12:19:12 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    MR. TED LIEU MOVES TO RE-- RECOMMIT THE BILL BACK TO THE COMMITTEE AND…

                    MR. TED LIEU MOVES TO RE-- RECOMMIT THE BILL BACK TO THE COMMITTEE AND REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BE$25 MILLION. PAGE 34, LINE 13, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $25 MILLION. PAGE 34, LINE 21, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $25 MILLION.

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                • 12:19:25 PM

                  Mr. Lieu, Ted moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Appropriations.

                • 12:19:39 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to increase the Defense Health Program by $25 million and reduce the Defense-Wide Operation and Maintenance Account by the same amount.

                  • 12:19:42 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL…

                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                  • 12:20:06 PM

                    MR. LUE

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

                  • 12:20:09 PM

                    MR. LIEU

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED IT WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. AS A VET REASON I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT WHICH INCREASES FUNDING FOR PEER REVIEWED TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY TO $1250 MILLION TSMS IMPORTANT THAT WE PRIORITIZE AND COMMIT TO ADDRESSING BATTLEFIELD WOUNDS. RESEARCH ON PMBING TSD AND OTHER CONDITIONS RESULTING FROM MILITARY SERVICE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM AND PRIOR FUNDING LEVELS HAVE REFLECTED THIS. BY INCREASING RESEARCH FUND BIG $25 MILLION THIS WILL ENSURE THIS PROGRAM REMAINS THE DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM'S HIGHEST PRIORITY. LAST WEEK, THE V.A. RELEASED ITS NATIONAL SUICIDE DATA REPORT. IT'S DEPRESSING. THE TRAGIC FIGURES REMAIN UNCHANGED. 20 VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS COMMIT SUICIDE EVERY DAY. THESE SUICIDES CAN RESULT FROM UNTREATED HEALTH CONDITIONS OR CAN BE CAUSED BY TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. SINCE 2000, 280,000 SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH T.B.I. MANY WILL NEED LIFELONG HEALTH CARE BECAUSE OF THESE AND THESE NUMBERS DON'T SUSTAIN -- DON'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THOSE WHO SUSTAINED MULTIPLE T.B.I.'S THAT CAN LEAD TO PERMANENT INJURIES AND EVEN SUICIDE. THIS WILL ADDRESS THE SEIZURE INJURIES OF THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE RESULTS OF THE RESEARCH. IT'S RESULTED IN DIAGNOSTICS AND TESTIFY SIGSES CAN USE TO TREATER IS VESSMENS. CLINICIANS NODE FROM THE -- KNOW FROM THE RESEARCH PROGRAM THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO TEST AND TREAT T.B.I. WHEN IT OCCURS. CLINICIANS NOW KNOW IT'S IMPORTANT TO PREVENT THE CHANCE THAT A SERVICE MEMBER WILL SUSTAIN ANOTHER T.B.I. BEFORE THEY RISK -- BEFORE THEY HAVE HEALED FROM THE FIRST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON MAKING T.B.I. RESEARCH A TOP PRIORITY. I'M GOING TO CONCLUDE BY NOTING THAT WE ARE SOON TO BE HEADING OFF INTO A JULY 4 RECESS. AS WE SIT HERE TODAY THERE'S STILL THOUSANDS OF BABIES AN KIDS RIPPED AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS BY THE TRUMP CHILD SEPARATION POLICY THAT HAVE NOT BEEN REUNITED. THAT IS EVIL AND SHAMEFUL. NO DEMOCRATIC BILL THAT WAS BEEN BROUGHT ON THE FLOOR TO RESOLVE THAT. HAVE A NICE VACATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 12:22:56 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                  • 12:22:59 PM

                    MS. GRANGER

                    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION.

                  • 12:23:01 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                  • 12:23:07 PM

                    MS. GRANGER

                    H.R. 6157 IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BILL, MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST…

                    H.R. 6157 IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BILL, MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT, MOST CONSEQUENTIAL BILLS CONGRESS WILL CONSIDER THIS YEAR. THE BILL BEFORE YOU REFLECTS THE GUIDANCE AND ADVICE WE RECEIVE THROUGH HEARINGS, BRIEFINGS, AND MEETINGS WITH THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, THE CHAIR OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE MILITARY SERVICES AND ALL OTHER NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES FUNDING TO MAINTAIN OUR MILITARY READINESS, PROTECT OUR NATION FROM THOSE WHO WOULD SEEK TO DO US HARM AND ENSURE OUR DEFENSE SUPERIORITY. AFTER YEARS OF DECLINE, THE REBUILDING OF OUR MILITARY BEGAN WITH THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 OMNIBUS. THIS BILL CONTINUES THAT PROGRESS AND MAKES MORE CRITICALLY -- CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MORE TROOPS, MORE BATTLE TRAINING, MORE EQUIPMENT, MORE MUNITIONS. THE SECURITY SITUATION AROUND THE WORLD IS RAPIDLY CHANGING. WE'RE REGULARLY REMINDED THAT WE ARE STILL A NATION AT WAR. AND NEW, UNFORESEEN THREATS ARISE DAILY. A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE IS OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITY. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE PRVIDE ONGOING STABILITY AND SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY. THIS THIS IS WHAT OUR MILITARY LEADERS HAVE ASKED FOR AND WE PROVIDE THAT TODAY WITH THIS BILL. NOT ONLY IS THE LEGISLATION CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BUT TO THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, ALL VOLUNTEERS, WE -- WHO SELFLESSLY SERVE. WE MUST SHOW OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES THEY HAVE THE FULL SUPPORT OF THIS CONGRESS THIS INCLUDES PROVIDING THEM WITH THEIR LARGEST PAY RAISE IN NEARLY A DECADE. THE BILL FULFILLS CONGRESS' MOST IMPORTANT CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. AND IT DOES THIS RESPONSE -- RESPONSIBLY BY FUNDING MILITARY NEEDS THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED NOW, PLANNING FOR THOSE OF THE FUTURE, AND RESPECTING THE TAXPAYER BY MAKING COMMONSENSE BUDGETING DECISIONS. THIS BILL PUT OURS NATION'S SECURITY STRATEGY ON A STRONGER COURSE, PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND KEEPING THE PEACE IN AN INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS AND UNSTABLE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND VOTE YES ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                  • 12:25:28 PM

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

                    • 12:25:31 PM

                      On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 312 - Recorded vote pending.

                      • 12:25:35 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ISED…

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ISED OFFERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NO HAVE IT.

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                      • 12:25:51 PM

                        MR. LIEU

                        I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                      • 12:25:53 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

                        A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS OFFERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20 THE FIVE-MINUTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. S THAT FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                  • 12:32:38 PM

                    House Vote 312 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                    Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019

                    Failed (186 - 224)
                    Aye
                    No

                    Vote Details: Aye - 186
                    Democratic - 184
                    Republican - 2

                    Vote Details: No - 224
                    Republican - 224

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 17
                    Republican - 8
                    Democratic - 9

                    • 12:32:39 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 186 AND THE NAYS ARE 224. THE QUESTION IS ON…

                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 186 AND THE NAYS ARE 224. THE QUESTION IS ON FASTAGE OF THE BILL. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                    • 12:32:41 PM

                      On passage Roll Call 313 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                    • 12:39:28 PM

                      House Vote 313 - House Approves Defense Spending Bill, 359-49

                      Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019

                      Passed (359 - 49)
                      Yea

                      Vote Details: Yea - 359
                      Republican - 222
                      Democratic - 137

                      Vote Details: Nay - 49
                      Republican - 3
                      Democratic - 46

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 19
                      Republican - 9
                      Democratic - 10

                      • 12:39:29 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 359 AND THE NAYS ARE 49. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 359 AND THE NAYS ARE 49. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE BILL IS PASSED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 12:39:30 PM

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

                        • 12:39:59 PM

                          Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 6160 — "To amend title 5, United States Code, to clarify the sources of the authority to issue regulations regarding certifications and other criteria applicable to legislative branch employees under Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act."

                          • 12:39:59 PM

                            Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                            • 12:40:11 PM

                              >>

                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION AND…

                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION AND OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6160 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                            • 12:40:25 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                            • 12:40:27 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE SOURCES OF THE…

                              A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE SOURCES OF THE AUTHORITY TO ISSUE REGULATIONS REGARDING CERTIFICATIONS TO LEGISLATIVE BRANCH EMPLOYEES UNDER WOUNDED WARRIORS FEDERAL LEAVE ACT.

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                        • 12:40:39 PM

                          On passage Passed without objection.

                          • 12:40:45 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION IS ENGROSSED. READ A THIRD A THIRD…

                            IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION IS ENGROSSED. READ A THIRD A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                          • 12:40:46 PM

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

                            • 12:40:49 PM

                              Considered by unanimous consent. S.J. Res. 60 — "Providing for the reappointment of Barbara M. Barrett as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution."

                              • 12:40:49 PM

                                Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                • 12:40:56 PM

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                                  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 INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 6160.

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                                • 12:41:08 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI…

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

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                                • 12:41:14 PM

                                  MR. HARPER

                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION BE…

                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 60 AND I ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                • 12:41:25 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

                                • 12:41:29 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  JOINT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE REAPPOINTMENT OF BARBARA M. BARRETT AS…

                                  JOINT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE REAPPOINTMENT OF BARBARA M. BARRETT AS A CITIZEN REGION OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.

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                            • 12:41:32 PM

                              On passage Passed without objection.

                              • 12:41:36 PM

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

                                • 12:41:39 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT…

                                  IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED. AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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                                • 12:42:00 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  THE HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, ON JUNE 27,…

                                  THE HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, ON JUNE 27, 2018, PUNT TO SECTION 3307 OF TITLE 40 UNITED STATES CODE THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MET IN OPEN SESSION TO CONSIDER 20 RESOLUTIONS INCLUDED IN THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION'S CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND LEASING PROGRAMS. THE COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO WORK TO REDUCE THE COST OF FEDERAL PROPERTY AND LEASES. THE 20 RESOLUTIONS CONSIDERED INCLUDE 13 ALTERATION PROJECTS, TWO CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, TWO ACQUISITIONS TO LEASES AND ONE DESIGN FOR ALTERATION AND REPRESENT $139 MILLION IN SAVINGS FROM AVOIDED LEASE COST AND SPACE REDUCTIONS. I HAVE ENCLOSED COPIES OF THE RESOLUTIONS ON JUNE 27, 2018. SIGNED SINCERELY, BILL SHUSTER, CHAIRMAN.

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                              • 12:42:22 PM

                                The House received a communication from the Honorable Bill Shuster, Chairman. Pursuant to section 3307 of Title 40, United States Code, Mr. Shuster notified the House that the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open session to consider 20 resolutions included in the General Services Administration's Capital Investment and Leasing Programs. Copies of the resolutions adopted by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure are enclosed. Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.

                              • 12:42:52 PM

                                ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                • 12:42:54 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE COMMUNICATION IS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE…

                                  THE COMMUNICATION IS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 12:43:06 PM

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                                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 12:43:10 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. JACKED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 12:43:15 PM

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                                  -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 12:43:20 PM

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                                  OUR INABILITY TO PASS EITHER OF THE IMMIGRATION BILLS YESTERDAY WAS A…

                                  OUR INABILITY TO PASS EITHER OF THE IMMIGRATION BILLS YESTERDAY WAS A DISAPPOINTING FAILURE TO SOLVE TWO OF THE LARGEST PROBLEMS WE FACE, ROUTINE ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSING AND ABUSE OF THE ASYLUM. I HAVE SPONSORED LEGISLATION TO GET THE WORKERS WE NEED CHANGE OUR SYSTEM OF IMMIGRATION FROM FAMILY-BASED TO SKILL-BASED. WE NEED LEGAL, VERIFIABLE AND SKILLED WORKERS COMING IN ALL RANGES OF SKILLS. THIS IS THE RAISE ACT. I INTRODUCED A BILL TO PREVENT CLAIMING AMNESTY. AMNESTY IS SUPPOSED TO DERIVE FROM CREDIBLE FEAR OF PERSECUTION NOT FLIGHT BECAUSE THE COUNTRY IS DANGEROUS, LAWLESS OR OFFERS LITTLE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. NOT OUR PROBLEM. THESE PROPOSALS WOULD GO A LONG WAY TO SOLVE THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS AND CREATEING A WORK FORCE TO DRIVE THE U.S. ECONOMY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 12:44:21 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                • 12:44:24 PM

                                  >>

                                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                • 12:44:28 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. . THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED

                                • 12:44:32 PM

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                                  I RISE TODAY TO MARK THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF CHARLES PAGE A PUBLIC SERVANT…

                                  I RISE TODAY TO MARK THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF CHARLES PAGE A PUBLIC SERVANT WHO CONSIDERED HIMSELF SO BLESSED HE WENT BY THE NICKNAME OF MR. LUCKY. ALL OF US BENEFITED FROM CHARLIE'S GENEROSITY AND WILLING TO GET BACK TO THE PLACE HE CALLS HOME. HE WAS A YOUNG AIRMEN AND BUILT HIS LIFE THERE AS A TWO-TERM CITY COUNCILMAN AND MONTEREY GOVERNMENT AND LEGAL AID SOCIETY AS WELL AS THE FOUNDER OF THE COLLEGE FOUNDATION. CHARLIE UNDERSTOOD THE VALUE OF COLLEGE EDUCATION NOT JUST FOR STUDENT BUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. HE INSPIRED PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED. I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL OUT OF THE BLUE ASKING ME WHEN I WAS GOING TO GET INVOLVED, WHEN I WAS GOING TO SERVE. I BELIEVE THAT CALL SPARKED THE BEGINNING OF MY CAREER IN SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THAT AND ALL OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY I RECOGNIZE CHARLIE PAGE WHERE WE ARE ALL PLEASED AND LUCKY TO KNOW HIM. I YIELD

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                                • 12:45:42 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                • 12:45:45 PM

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

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                                  MS. TENNEY

                                  THE AIR FORCE LABORATORY DIRECTORATE STANDS AT THE FOREFRONT OF ADVANCED…

                                  THE AIR FORCE LABORATORY DIRECTORATE STANDS AT THE FOREFRONT OF ADVANCED SIGN ERESEARCH WITHIN THE AIR FORCE AND PLAYS AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN ENSURING OUR MILITARY HAS THE 21ST CENTURY TOOLS TO DOMINATE IN CYBERSPACE AND ON THE BATTLEFIELD. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LAB IN NEW YORK STATE CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. THAT'S WHY I'VE CONTINUED TO WORK TO ACQUIRE RECORD LEVEL FUNDING FOR THE LAB. I'M GRATEFUL TO COMMITTEE CHAIR KAY GRANGER WHO ADVOCATED FOR AN INCREASE OF $10 MILLION INTO OUR SMALL, UNMANNED AERIAL MISSIONS, A MODERN TOOL -- AN ESSENTIAL TOOL OF MODERN WARFARE. ADDITIONALLY, THE OFFICE SECURED $200 MILLION REPRESENTING A 10% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR'S LEVEL AND ANOTHER $14.2 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR FENCING AROUND THE LAB TO SECURE THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND SENSITIVE ASSET. THE HUB OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE LAB HAS ALLOWED RESEARCH COMPANIES TO THRIVE IN THE AREA. IT'S ESTIMATED THEIR IMPACT WAS $392 MILLION IN THE SURROUNDING FIVE-COUNTY REGION. IT'S AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THE DEDICATED AND HARDWORKING WORK FORCE, IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT WE PROTECT THIS ASSET. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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                                  TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RHETT LET'S MY REMARKS.

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                                  IN THE 4 1/2 MONTHS SINCE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT MARGERY STONEMAN DOUGLAS…

                                  IN THE 4 1/2 MONTHS SINCE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT MARGERY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, THERE HAVE BEEN 15 SHOOTINGS AND COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS AROUND THE COUNTRY. IN THE ABSENCE OF CONGRESSIONAL ACTION, THE ONLY THING THAT STOPPED THE SHOOT SGS SUMMER RECESS.

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                                  MR. DEUTCH

                                  IN THE PAST 72 HOURS, 97 PEOPLE WERE KILL AND 10 PEOPLE INJURED BY GUN…

                                  IN THE PAST 72 HOURS, 97 PEOPLE WERE KILL AND 10 PEOPLE INJURED BY GUN VIOLENCE. SUMMER RESEARCH WON'T PROVIDE RELIEF TO THE FAMILY WHORS STILL GRIEVING THE LOSS OF THEIR CHILDREN. THEIR LOVED ONES. EARLIER THIS MONTH, FOUR STONEMAN DOUGLAS SENIORS WERE HONORED WITH DEGREES THEY EARNED BUT NEVER RECEIVED BECAUSE THEY WERE MURDERED IN THEIR SCHOOL. THEIR PARENTS AND SIBLINGS WALKED ON THAT STAGE INSTEAD. IT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THIS WAY. IT'S TIME FOR THIS HOUSE TO ACT ON GUN VIOLENCE. BRING UP THE BIPARTISAN BILLS ON UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. BANNING BUMP STOCKS. GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS. WE CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE SCHOOL BELL RINGS AGAIN. THIS FALL. WE HAVE TO ACT NOW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS ECKS PYRE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF A…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF A BRAVE CONSTITUENT OF MINE, METRO POLICE OFFICER MATTHEW MAZANY. THE OFFICER WAS A 14-YEAR VETERAN OFFICER KILLED IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT ON SUNDAY MORNING WHILE HELPING WITH A TRAFFIC STOP. HE ACHIEVED HIS DREAM FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEP HOFFS HIS FATHER WHO SERVED AS A POLICE OFFICER FOR 34 YEARS. HIS CO-WORKERS AND THOSE WHO KNEW HIM DESCRIBED HIM AS A HAPPY-GO-LUCKY GUY WHO KIND OF ENJOYED THE COMMUNITY. OFFICER MIZANY LEAVES BEHIND A SON, A BROTHER, A FATHER AND OTHERS WHO HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING HIM. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS, THE CITY OF MINTER AND THE MINTER POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY TOO MANY AMERICANS FEEL THAT THEIR OWN…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY TOO MANY AMERICANS FEEL THAT THEIR OWN DEMOCRACY DOESN'T RESPECT THEM. THAT THEY'RE LEFT OUT AND LOCKED OUT OF THEIR OWN DEMOCRACY. THAT'S WHY DEMOCRATS TODAY ARE INTRODUCING THE BY THE PEOPLE RESOLUTION. A BROAD SET OF REFORMS A DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES THAT WE NEED TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY AND GIVE PEEP THEIR VOICE BACK. IN THREE BROAD CATEGORIES OF REFORM. VOTER EMPOWERMENT. VOTING RIGHTS. MAKING SURE IT'S EASIER NOT HARDER TO ACCESS THE BALLOT BOX AND CAST YOUR VOTE. ETHICS AND ACCOUNTABILITY BECAUSE WE NEED TRANSPARENCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT. WE NEED TO OBEY THE RULES, OBSERVE THE NORMS, THAT'S CRITICAL TO HAVE TRUST IN GOVERNMENT ON THE PART OF THE PEOPLE. AND LASTLY, CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM BECAUSE BIG MONEY AND SPECIAL INTERESTS HAVE WAY TOO MUCH INFLUENCE UP HERE ON CAPITOL HILL AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE CAN DO THIS WITH A BOLD SOAST REFORMS. WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT AMERICANS FEEL RESPECTED AND WE CAN RETURN FINALLY TO A GOVERNMENT OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                  I RISE TO RECOGNIZE CAPTAIN RAYMOND SWEATT AND MR. MICHAEL SULLIVAN, THE…

                                  I RISE TO RECOGNIZE CAPTAIN RAYMOND SWEATT AND MR. MICHAEL SULLIVAN, THE CREW OF THE OCEANOGRAPHY SHIP THE SAVANNA. -- SAVANNAH.

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                                  MR. CARTER

                                  WHILE THEY WERE ON THE SAVANNAH CONDUCTING A FISH SURVEY, THEY WERE…

                                  WHILE THEY WERE ON THE SAVANNAH CONDUCTING A FISH SURVEY, THEY WERE CONTACTED BY THE COAST GUARD ABOUT A NEARBY SHIP IN DISTRESS. AFTER SEARCHING MULTIPLE LOCATION, THEY LOCATED AND SAVED TWO FLORIDA FISHERMEN STRUGGLING TO CLING TO THEIR LIVES. THE FISHERMEN HAD BEEN TAKING ON WATER FOR FIVE HOURS AND COULDN'T KEEP UP WITH THE WATER FLOWING INTO THE SHIP. IF THE SAVANNAH HAD NOT LOCATED AND RESCUED THE FISHERMEN IT'S POSSIBLE THEY WOULDN'T HAVE SURVIVED. I SINCERELY THANK THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA'S CAPTAIN SWEATT AND MR. SULLIVAN FOR THEIR BRAVERY AND HEROIC ACTIONS IN THIS EMERGENCY SITUATION TO SAVE THE LIVES OF TWO FELLOW AMERICANS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF THE BILL H.R. 6157, THE…

                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF THE BILL H.R. 6157, THE CLERK BE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS AND CONFORMING CHANGES INCLUDING INSERTING AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 AT THE END OF THE BILL.

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

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN VECK -- THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 6157.

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                                  ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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                                    MS. NORTON

                                    DONALD TRUMP'S CORRECTIVE ORDER NO LONGER SEPARATING CHILDREN PARENTS…

                                    DONALD TRUMP'S CORRECTIVE ORDER NO LONGER SEPARATING CHILDREN PARENTS TAKES THEM FROM THE FIRE AND THROWS THEM INTO THE INFERNO OF MILITARY BASES. COSTING THE GOVERNMENT FOR UNTOLD MILLIONS REQUIRED TO BE SPENT FOR MEALS, AIR-CONDITIONING, MEDICAL, DENTAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. THERE ARE NO GOOD OPTIONS WHEN FAMILIES ENTER THE COUNTRY SEEKING ASYLUM BUT HERDING THEM TOGETHER IN INTERNMENT CAMPS IS THE WORST OF THOSE AVAILABLE. THAT'S WHY PAST ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE RELEASED THE DETAINEES WITH ANKLE BRACELETS AND FREQUENT CONTACT WITH THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY REPORTING IN. THE COURTS ARE LIKELY TOED OR AEROSIMILAR REMEDY. IT'S TIME FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO LOOK AT PRACTICES THAT HAVE WORKED INSTEAD OF INVENTING INHUMANE ONES THAT DON'T. I YIELD BACK.

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

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE PEOPLE OF IRAN WHO ARE SICK AND TIRED OF…

                                    I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE PEOPLE OF IRAN WHO ARE SICK AND TIRED OF LIVING UNDER THE MOOLAH'S -- THE MULLAH'S RULE AND HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS ACROSS THEIR COUNTRY TO DEMAND FREEDOM AND SOUND GOVERNANCE.

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                                    MR. LAMBORN

                                    THE AYATOLLAH'S REGIME DUPED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THE PEOPLE OF IRAN…

                                    THE AYATOLLAH'S REGIME DUPED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THE PEOPLE OF IRAN EXPECTED TO BENEFIT FINANCIALLY FROM THE DEAL BUT THE GOVERNMENT SQUANDERED OVERALL ON -- EVERYTHING ON FOREIGN WARES. THEY FUND HA HAS -- HAMAS AND THE PALESTINIANS, FINANCES THE ONGOING WAR IN LEB YEMEN, AND I COULD GO ON AND ON. LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT SOFT HAPPINESS ARE IDEALS AMERICANS CHAMPION. THE SAME IDEALS IRANIAN PROTESTERS ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO ACHIEVE. TO THIS END, I SUPPORT THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AS DO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE FREE WORLD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

                                    I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RHETT RE-MY REMARKS.

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO BRING THIS BODY'S ATTENTION TO A WAR ON COAL…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO BRING THIS BODY'S ATTENTION TO A WAR ON COAL THAT JEOPARDIZES OUR MONTANA COMMUNITIES, JOBS, AND ECONOMY. ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMISTS WANT TO ELIMINATE THE DIVERSITY OF MONTANA'S ENERGY GENERATION.

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                                    MR. GIANFORTE

                                    THEIR RADICAL IDEALS THREATEN OUR WAY OF LIFE. TODAY MONTANA RELEASED A…

                                    THEIR RADICAL IDEALS THREATEN OUR WAY OF LIFE. TODAY MONTANA RELEASED A REPORT THAT SHOWS THE RESULT A WAR ON COAL WOULD HAVE ON MONTANA. IF COLSTRIP UNIT THERE'S AND FOUR WERE CLOSED PREMATURELY, THE IMPACT WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO MONTANA. MONTANA WOULD LOSE ABOUT 3RKS300 JOBS. -- ABOUT 3,300 JOBS. OUR STATE'S POPULATION WOULD SHRINK BY 7,000 INDIVIDUALS. MONTANANS WOULD LOSE INCOME, ALL MONTANANS WOULD FACE HIGHER ELECTRICITY PRICES, AND THE LOSS OF THE SOURCE OF RELIABLE BASE LOAD POWER WOULD STRETEN THE STABILITY OF OUR ELECTRIC GRID. IT'S TIME TO END THE WAR ON COAL ONCE AND FOR ALL. MONTANANS, OUR COMMUNITIES, AND OUR ECONOMY REQUIRE WE NOT RAISE THE WHITE FLAG. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                    MR. ROHRABACHER

                                    I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN THE BRUTAL PERSECUTION OF ETHE SINDHI PEOPLE IN…

                                    I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN THE BRUTAL PERSECUTION OF ETHE SINDHI PEOPLE IN PAKISTAN. MILLIONS OF SINDHI PEOPLE ARE VICTIMIZED BY THE PUNJABI REGIME IN ISLAMABAD. THIS GRAVE INJUSTICE AND MASSIVE HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS INVOLVES EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, FORCED DISAPPEARANCES AND TACTICS COMMON IN MANY TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIPS THIS OPPRESSION IS THE WORK OF THE INTERSERVICE INTELLIGENCE, THE I.S.I. OF PAKISTAN. AND THE CORRUPT PAKISTANI ARMY. MORE THAN 154 SINDHI PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REPORTED MISSING SINCE AUGUST OF 2017 AND AMONG THOSE, THAT INCLUDED DR. ANWR LA HAMBINGS RGI A PHYSICIAN WHO ACTUALLY LED THE SINDHI PEOPLE IN THE STALWART IN OPPOSITION TO VIOLENT ISLAMIC MILITARISM AND THAT IS WHY HE WAS TARGETED BY THE I.S.I. PAKISTAN HAS MADE THEIR CHOICE TO DROP ITS ALLIANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES AND SHOWN A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA AND RADICAL ISLAM. THEY ARE NOW MAKING WAR ON THEIR OWN PEOPLE. THE UNITED STATES SHOULD STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN, NOT THEIR OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. ADERHOLT OF ALABAMA FOR TODAY AFTER…

                                    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. ADERHOLT OF ALABAMA FOR TODAY AFTER 11:00 A.M. AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KINZINGER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                  SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                    MR. KINZINGER

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A TRAGIC SITUATION THAT'S BEEN UNFOLDING FOR…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A TRAGIC SITUATION THAT'S BEEN UNFOLDING FOR A LONG TIME IN SYRIA. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT'S AT STAKE AND WHAT'S HAPPENING. TO START THAT DISCUSSION I'M HAPPY TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE HONORABLE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND THE CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE OF FREE SYRIA. I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME HEAS MAY CONSUME MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                    MR. ROYCE

                                    I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE, MR. SPEAKER, THE TIME THAT'S BEEN SET ASIDE HERE.…

                                    I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE, MR. SPEAKER, THE TIME THAT'S BEEN SET ASIDE HERE. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDING. I'VE GOT TO SAY AT THE OUTSET, ONE OF THE GREAT TRAGEDIES OF THE HALF MILLION DEATHS IN SYRIA IS THAT I THINK IT WAS QUITE AVOIDABLE. IF WE THINK BACK TO SEVEN YEARS AGO, HOW IT STARTED, IT BEGAN WITH PEOPLE MARCHING IN THE STREETS OF DAMASCUS SAYING, PEACEFUL, PEACEFUL. THEIR GOAL WAS TO TRY TO GET SOME ELEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN A COUNTRY IN WHICH PEOPLE WERE BEING ABDUCTED AND DISAPPEARED IN THESE CHAMBERS WHERE THEY WERE TORTURED AND KILLED. WE KNOW A LOT MORE NOW THAN WE DID AT THE TIME BECAUSE OF A BRAVE MILITARY PHOTOGRAPHER BY THE NAME OF CAESAR. AND CAESAR BROUGHT THOSE PICTURES OUT TO THE WEST. 55,000 OF THEM. THE WAY THE REGIME CUGGETTED ITSELF DROVE THE POPULATION IN SYRIA TO ACT. AND NOW AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF WAR, THE ATROCITIES CONTINUES IN SYRIA AND IN MANY WAYS AFTER LISTENING THIS MORNING TO CAESAR AND SEEING HIS PHOTOGRAPHS AGAIN, THEY ARE WORSE THAN THEY WERE. I SAY THAT, BECAUSE AS WE SPEAK DESPITE A CEASEFIRE AGREED TO, THE ASSAD REGIME BACKED BY RUSSIAN WAR PLANES AND BACKED BY THE IRANIAN MILITIA FROM IRAN ON THE GROUND IS ENGAGED IN A BRUTAL ASSAULT IN SOUTHERN SYRIA AND ENGAGED AND MORE THAN 45,000 CIVILIANS HAVE FLED AS RUSSIAN AND REGIME FORCES HAVE INTENSIFIED THEIR SHELLING AND AIR RAIDS, AGAIN ON CIVILIAN POPULATIONS. SO YESTERDAY ALONE, THREE HOSPITALS WERE BOMBED. UNITED NATIONS HAS SAID MORE SYRIANS WERE DISPLACED IN THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF THIS YEAR THAN ANY PERIOD IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS OF WAR. THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF THIS YEAR. THIS IS HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK. THIS IS ONE OF THE CHILDREN AFFECTED BY THIS BRUTAL CAMPAIGN. THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING, AS I SHARED WITH YOU, THERE ARE OVER HALF A MILLION SYRIANS THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED. THINK FOR A MINUTE ABOUT THE FAMILIES OF THOSE ON THE MOVE TRYING TO ESCAPE. 14 MILLION SYRIANS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED. TENS OF THOUSANDS REMAIN IN THE REGIME'S DUNGEONS. AND THAT FOR ME IS THE MOST HORRIFYING ASPECT OF THIS. IT'S BECAUSE THE REGIME WILL NOT, DESPITE INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE, CHANGE WHAT IT DOES WITHIN THOSE DUNGEONS. THE SAME TORTURE THAT WAS EXPOSED TO THE WORLD IN THE CAESAR PHOTOS AND 55,000 PHOTOS AND THE HORRIFIC PART OF THIS, I DON'T KNOW WHY THESE REGIMES DO THAT, BUT IT'S THAT HABIT OF TAKING A PICTURE OF EVERY TORTURED AND MANGLED BODY YOU KILLED AND THEN NUMBING IT -- NUMBERERING IT. AND NOW IT IS A CIVIL SOCIETY TRYING TO TIE THESE FAMILIES TOGETHER. AND THE POPULATION THAT WAS MASSACRED, WHETHER IT IS SHIA, SUNNI OR CHRISTIAN, IT'S AS THOUGH THE REGIME KNOWS NO BOUNDS IN TERMS OF ITS SUSPICIONS. LIKE JOE STALIN'S RAMPAGE WHEN HE DECIDED IN THE 1930'S TO BEGIN HIS PROCESS OF ELIMINATING ANYONE WHO POTENTIALLY COULD BE AN OPPONENT, TAKE THEM IN AND PUT THEM TO THE TORTURE. THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK. AND IF THE REGIME RETAKES SOUTHERN SYRIA, THOUSANDS MORE WILL BE DETAINED AND MEET THE SAME FATE AS THOSE WHO ARE IN THOSE TORTURE CHAMBERS TODAY. SO THIS MORNING WE HAD THE HONOR OF WELCOMING CAESAR. ADAM AND I AND OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY ONCE MORE TO SPEAK TO THE SYRIAN MILITARY DEFECTOR WHO TOOK THOSE PHOTOS WITH HIM. FOUR YEARS AGO HE MET WITH OUR COMMITTEE IN HIS FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE. THOSE PHOTOS GAVE AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE ASSAD'S REGIME HORRIFIC BRUTALITY AND HE PROVIDED NEW CHILLING TESTIMONY ABOUT THE ASSAD REGIME'S ATTACKS AGAINST THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. INDUSTRIAL-SCALED TORTURE IS BEING COMMITTED AGAINST THOUSANDS OF DETAINEES. AND I WILL TELL YOU ONE PICTURE THAT ESPECIALLY MOVED ME. IT SHOWED A YOUNG WOMAN, AN ARCHITECT IN THE CITY, SHE HAD HER EYES GOUGED OUT. SHE WAS TORTURED TO DEATH AND HER CRIME WAS THAT SHE HAD DELIVERED FOOD AND HUMANITARIAN AID TO INDIVIDUALS TARGETED BY THE ASSAD REGIME. THE BLUE HELMETS IN SYRIA WHO RUN INTO COLLAPSING BUILDINGS IN ORDER TO PULL OUT VICTIMS, PULL OUT CIVILIANS AND THEY ARE NONDENOMINATIONAL. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER AND THEY ARE FREQUENTLY TARGETED AND OFTEN THOSE WHO ARE DOING THE RESCUEING. MR. SPEAKER, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, THERE CAN BE NO REAL PEACE IN SYRIA AS LONG THE ASSAD REGIME, AS LONG AS ASSAD HIMSELF REMAINS IN POWER. WE NEED A STRATEGY THAT IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY MOVES BEYOND ASSAD TO ACHIEVE A POLITICAL SOLUTION THAT WILL SECURE A LASTING PEACE AMONG ALL THE PARTIES THERE. THE HOUSE HAS TWICE PASSED LEGISLATION NAMED AFTER CAESAR, SPONSORED BY RANKING MEMBER ELLIOTT ENGEL AND ME TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON SUPPORTERS OF SYRIA'S ASSAD'S REGIME INCLUDING SANCTIONS ON IRAN AND RUSSIA. THAT'S WHERE THE BOMBS COME FROM. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP CUT OFF FUNDING THAT FUELS ASSAD'S WAR MACHINE AND GIVE OUR DIPLOMATS MUCH LEVERAGE IN THE MILL PROCESS. THE CAESAR BILL WILL SUPPORT THE PROSECUTION OF THE REGIME'S WAR CRIMINALS. THIS INCLUDES U.S. ASSISTANCE FOR CASES BEING TRIED AROUND THE WORLD, MANY BASED ON EVIDENCE IN THE CAESAR FILE, SUCH AS THE ONE RECENTLY FILED BY PROSECUTORS IN GERMANY. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THE SENATE STILL HAS NOT ACTED ON THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION. IT IS TIME TO SANCTION ASSAD. IT'S TIME TO SANCTION HIS BACKERS. IT'S TIME TO HOLD WAR CRIMINALS ACCOUNTABLE AND GIVE JUSTICE TO VICTIMS. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO QUICKLY MOVE FORWARD. PLEASE MOVE THIS LEGISLATION TO HELP PROTECT SYRIAN CIVILIANS. AND AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS EFFORTS, NOT JUST HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY, INCLUDING ON THE BATTLEFIELD, BUT HIS SERVICE HERE TODAY IN THE INTEREST OF HUMANITY. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME TO HIM.

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                                    MR. KINZINGER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND VERY ELOQUENTLY DELIVERED A SPEECH ON THE SERIOUSNESS OF WHAT'S HAPPENING. THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR IS NOW IN ITS EIGHTH YEAR AND APPROACHING A VERY SERIOUS CROSSROAD. AS THE MEDIA FOCUS GOES AWAY, THE WAR CRIMES BEING COMMITTED AND THE ATROCITIES ARE HAPPENING IN FULL FORCE RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE. FOR THE LAST NINE DAYS, THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF SYRIA HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTANT BOTTOM BARREDMENT FROM AIR STRIKES AND BARREL BOMB ATTACKS. DESPITE A CEASEFIRE PACT IN RUSSIA IN JULY OF 2017, SYRIA'S ALLY HAS CARRIED OUT ATTACKS ON BEHALF OF THE ASSAD REGIME. THIS WILL AFFECT THE FUTURE OF SYRIA, THE SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND STABILITY WITHIN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. SOY WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? SINCE WORLD WAR I WE HAVE SAID CHEMICAL WEAPONS HAVE NO WAY ON THE BATTLEFIELD. WE KNOW THE PRESIDENT OF SYRIA, BASHIR AL ASSAD HAVE CARRIED OUT COUNTLESS WAR CRIMES AND MURDERING HALF A MILLION SYRIANS. HE HAS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO ATTACK AND MURDER INNOCENT CIVILIANS. WE KNOW THAT RUSSIA AND IRANIAN REGIMES HAVE HELPED ASSAD ON THIS GENOCIDE INCLUDING AIR STRIKES AND ATTACKS THAT ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN 50,000 DEAD SYRIAN CHILDREN. WE HAVE SEEN THE ASSAD REGIME ALONG WITH IRANIAN AND RUSSIAN BACKERS STARVE PEOPLE LIKE IN ALEPPO BY USING FOOD AS A WELL. WE KNOW THE ASSAD REGIME HAS REFUSED U.N. AND OTHER HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS FROM DELIVERING CRITICAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE MOST RAVAGED CITIES IN SYRIA. BECAUSE WE KNOW THIS, WE CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE. WE CANNOT JUST SWEEP THIS UNDER THE RUG AND IGNORE THE HORRIFIC REALITY IN SYRIA RIGHT NOW. WE CANNOT ISOLATE OURSELVES FROM THIS CRISIS. WHAT HAPPENS IN SYRIA AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAS A VERY REAL IMPACT ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE SECURITY OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. AND IF WE FAIL TO ACT IN SYRIA AND FAIL TO INFLICT PUNISHMENT OVER THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, WE WILL SEE THE END OF THE NONPROLIFERATION TREATY OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND OPEN THE WORLD TO GHASTLY HORRORS, PERPETUAL INSECURITY AND EXTREME DANGER. I SUPPORT THE ENFORCEMENT OF THOSE RED LINES BUT WE MUST NOT BE NAIVE ENOUGH TO SHOW WEAKNESS ELSEWHERE IT WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. TO BE CLEAR, I'M NOT SUGGESTING THAT THE UNITED STATES INVADE SYRIA AND PUT 100,000 TROOPS IN AND START A REGIONAL WAR. ABOUT I AM SUGGESTING THAT WE TAKE A STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, WHAT IS JUST AND WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. WE NEED A LONG-TERM STRATEGY IN SYRIA THAT LEADS TO A SOLUTION OF PEACE AND AN END TO THE ONGOING, DEADLY AND HORRIFIC CONFLICT. THIS SHOULD INCLUDE THE END OF THE ASSAD REGIME AND A PLACE AT THE TABLE FOR ALL PEOPLE AT THE TABLE OF GOVERNMENT. FIRST, WE MUST MAINTAIN A PRESENCE IN SYRIA AND MUST HAVE A HOLD ON THE DE-ESCALATION ZONES THAT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED. BY MAKING IT KNOWN THAT THE UNITED STATES REMAINS IN THE REGION, WE CAN THWART THE STRONG MEN OF RUSSIA AND IRAN AND TARGETING CIVILIANS. BOTH RUSSIA AND IRAN ARE FRACTURED AND TIRED. THEY BOTH USE SYRIA AS A POWER GRAB OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ON THEIR ENEMIES, THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL. IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE AS WE KNOW THE TRUE INTENTIONS OF THESE BAD ACTORS ANY WAY. THAT BEING SAID, WE CANNOT ALLOW IRAN TO COMPLETE ITS LAND BRIDGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST THROUGH SYRIA AND CANNOT TRUST THE RUSSIANS EVER ON ANYTHING. RUSSIAN STRIKES HAVE OBLITERATED RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN SYRIA DISPLACING THOUSANDS. THE MAJOR HOSPITALS AND MAKE-SHIFT HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN TARGETED AND DESTROYED. THE REGION'S HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN TARGETED AND DESTROYED. WE MUST TAKE MEASURES TO PUNISH RUSSIA AND IRAN FOR THEIR CRIMES. NEXT, GIVEN THE DIRE SITUATION WE NEED TO ESTABLISH A NO-FLY ZONE AND ENSURE A PRESENCE BEING IN FORCE. THIS IS VITAL FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR COALITION EFFORTS, THE HUMANITARIAN AID VOLUNTEERS AND THE CIVILIAN CIVILIANS WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES. AND NEED TO HOLD THE SUPPORTERS ACCOUNTABLE. IN APRIL, I SPOKE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF A BILL I INTRODUCED WITH MY HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIR COLLEAGUES H.R. 4681, THE NO ASSISTANCE TO ASSAD ACT. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE AND SITS IN THE SENATE IS A STEP IN THE DIRECTION AND PUNISHING THE REGIME FOR ITS WAR CRIMES. IT NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED AS DO THE SANCTIONS PASSED LAST YEAR AGAINST THE SUPPORTERS OF THE ASSAD REGIME FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE GENOCIDE OF CIVILIANS. THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO REMIND PEOPLE OF SYRIA THAT WE STAND WITH THEM. WE STAND FOR FREEDOM. WE STANDARD AGAINST THE INHUMANE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THEM BY THIS BARBARIC REGIME AND RUSSIAN AND IRANIAN BACKERS. IF YOUR DAD WAS KILLED BY AN AIR STRIKE, YOU MIGHT SEE ISIS AS THE ONLY OPPONENT, THE BUTCHER OF DAMASCUS WHO DESTROYED YOUR HOME, BOMBED YOUR SCHOOL AND LEFT YOU WITHOUT AN EDUCATION OR OPPORTUNITY. IF YOU ARE THIS 10-YEAR-OLD KID IN SYRIA RIGHT NOW, YOU ARE LIKELY A RICH TARGET OF ISIS RECRUITMENT. SADLY, THE NEXT GENERATION OF TERRORISM WILL SPIN FROM THESE REGIONS THAT HAVE NO HOPE OR OPPORTUNITY. THAT FEEL COMPLETELY ABANDONED AND IGNORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. I SPOKE TO A SYRIAN REGIME DEFECTOR NAMED CAESAR. HE BROUGHT WITH HIM THOUSANDS OF PICTURES AND DOCUMENTS PROVEN THAT THE REGIME TORTURES, STARVES AND KILLS INNOCENT PEOPLE EVERY DAY. THEY DOCUMENT THESE ATROCITIES WITH A COLD PRECISION REMINISCENT OF THE ACTIONS OF NAZI GERMANY. IT'S CHILLING. CAESAR RISKED HIS LIFE BY SHARING HIS EXPERIENCES AND IN OUR MEETINGS HE FOCUSES ON OTHERS. HE EMPHASIZED HOW GRAVELY THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA ARE SUFFERING EVERY SINGLE DAY AND EVERY SINGLE DAY, THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA CLING TO THE HOPE THAT AMERICA WILL SPEAK UP AND STAND WITH THEM. I PRAY FOR PEACE. AND I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO POSITION THE UNITED STATES AS THE GLOBAL LEADER THAT THIS WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW. I ALSO IMPLORE THE SENATE TO PASS THE CAESAR ACT, SANKING INDIVIDUALS AND OPENING THE PATH TO THEIR KAPTUR AND TRIAL AS WAR CRIMINALS. THEY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. WE HAVE PASSED THIS BILL REPEATEDLY BUT THE SENATE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THIS LAW AND STAND WITH THE VALUES WE HOLD DEAR. . MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA NEED TO KNOW THERE IS HOPE. AND RIGHT NOW OUR LACK OF STRATEGY IN SYRIA IS LEAVING MANY WITH LITTLE HOPE OR FAITH IN THE UNITED STATES OR OUR ALLIES. I BELIEVE AMERICA HAS THE MISSION IN THIS WORLD AND IT'S TO BE AN EXAMPLE OF SELF-GOVERNANCE IN A WORLD DROWNING IN STRONGMEN, CRUELTY AND KAY OLS. AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY -- CHAOS. AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA AND THE WORLD THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM CONTINUES. WE ARE STILL THAT SHINING CITY ON A HILL AND A BEACON OF HOPE FOR PEACE AND PROSPERITY. WHEN THAT LIGHT DIMS, IT DOESN'T GIVE AMERICA AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK WITHIN AND RELAX. REGAIN OURSELVES, LOOK COLDLY AND DETACHED AT THE REST OF THE WORLD. HISTORY HAS SHOWN AGAIN AND AGAIN THAT A DIMMING LIGHT IN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ONLY GUARANTEES A FUTURE FIGHT. A FUTURE CALLING UP OF A GENERATION OF AMERICANS TO ONCE AGAIN DEFEAT AN ENEMY. BUT IF WE REMEMBER THIS GOD-GIVEN MISSION, AND THE LIGHT ON THE HILL CONTINUES TO BEAM BRIGHT, WE CAN CREATE A GENERATION WITHIN THE CAMPS OF OUR ENEMIES THAT REJECT THEIR IDEOLOGY AND IMPLEMENT CHANGE FROM WITHIN. BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN IT WASN'T AMERICA'S MILITARY ACTION THAT SLICED IT IF HALF. IT WAS PEOPLE BEHIND IT, SEEING OUR LIGHT PEERING OVER THE WALL, TEARING IT DOWN SO THEY TOO COULD ENJOY THOSE FREEDOMS. AS THE GREAT PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY SAID, LET EVERY NATION KNOW, WHETHER IT WISHES US WELL OR ILL, THAT WE SHALL PAY ANY PRICE, BEAR ANY BURDEN, MEET ANY HARDSHIP, SUPPORT ANY FRIEND, OPPOSE ANY FOE, TO ASSURE THE SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS OF LIBERTY. BASHAR AL-ASSAD WILL ULTIMATELY PAY AN AWFUL, ETERNAL PRICE WHEN HE MEETS HIS MAKER. LET'S MOVE THAT APPOINTMENT UP SO THAT JUSTICE HERE OR IN THE AFTERLIFE IS SWIFT AND SOON. LET'S SHINE OUR LIGHT ON THE ACTIONS OF IRAN AND RUSSIA, LET'S EXPOSE WHAT THAT BRIGHT -- WITH THAT BRIGHTNESS THE TORTURE, THE BOMBING OF AID CONVOYS AND HOSPITALS. LET'S SHINE THAT LIGHT ON THE PLIGHT OF PEOPLE SIMPLY TRYING TO LIVE THEIR LIVES, TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN TO BE POLICE OFFICERS, DOCTORS, FARMERS, FACTORY WORKERS, AND MOTHERS AND FATHERS. LET'S SPEAK OUT FOR THE FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE WHO SO DESPERATELY NEED OUR VOICE. LET'S SHINE OUR LIGHT ON THE OPPRESSIVE DARKNESS AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S SAVE SYRIA. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 01:18:07 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                  • 01:19:29 PM

                                    MR. RUSH

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH EXCITEMENT AND A SENSE OF PRIDE IN MY…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH EXCITEMENT AND A SENSE OF PRIDE IN MY HEART. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I AM HERE TO SHARE SOME GREAT NEWS COMING OUT OF MY HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. BECAUSE NEXT WEEK, ON MONDAY, A GROUP OF SMART AND DEDICATED AND HARDWORKING YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN FROM DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL, LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT, WILL START NEW JOBS IN THE SKILL-BASED INDUSTRY. THESE JOBS, MR. SPEAKER, AND THE YOUNG MENS' EMPLOYMENT IS A RESULT OF A ROBUST PARTNERSHIP AND A SINCERE COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY THAT BROUGHT THE CITY OF CHICAGO, THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THE LOCAL 134 TOGETHER TO FORM AN INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION TRADES PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, I AM EXTREMELY ENCOURAGED BY THESE MOTIVATED AND DILIGENT YOUNG MEN WHO NEVER GAVE UP AND WHO SAW THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE HOPE THAT WAS AVAILABLE TO THEM THAT EXTENDED BEYOND THEIR ENVIRONMENT. THIS PROGRAM, THIS PARTNERSHIP, AND THE HOPES THAT IT INSPIRES IS SPOT ON. IT'S EXACTLY -- SPOT-ON. IT'S EXACTLY THE TYPE OF INVESTMENT OUR MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES NEED, BECAUSE IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO YIELD LIFE-ALTERING RESULTS. PROGRAMS LIKE THIS ONE ONLY PROVIDE HOPE BY DECREASING JOBLESSNESS. THEY NOT ONLY PROVIDE THE HOPE, BUT THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN REDUCING THE PERVASIVE VIOLENCE THAT PLAGUES OUR NATION AND OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN IMPORTANT ENDEAVOR THAT OFFERS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION BY PROVIDING STUDENTS IN THEIR JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL THE CHANCE TO LEARN SKILLS, INCLUDING GENERAL CONSTRUCTION, CARPENTRY, HEATING , AIR CONDITIONING, PLUMBING, WELDING, ELECTRICAL WORK, AMONG MANY, MANY OTHERS. AFTER GRADUATION STUDENTS HAVE MULTIPLE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM. THEY CAN ENTER A PRE-ATEN TRISSHIP PROGRAM, -- PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM, THEY ARE PURSUE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, THEY CAN OBTAIN PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS THAT WILL LEAD TO IMMEDIATE EMPLOYMENT, AS IT HAS FOR THESE YOUNG MEN. MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND RECOGNIZE MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL'S COMMITMENT TO SEEING THIS PROGRAM INITIATION INAUGURATION, TO SEE IT GET OFF THE GROUND. ADDITIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN -- WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HARD WORK, WITHOUT THE DEVOTION OF SOME DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS. SO I WANT TO THANK THE LOCAL 134 AND ITS PRESIDENT AND THE CITY OF CHICAGO, THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE INSTRUCTORS AND THE MENTORS OF THESE YOUNG MEN, FOR THEIR PERSISTENT -- PERSISTENCE IN SEEING THAT THESE MEN EMERGE AND ENSURING THAT THE NEXT GENERATION THAT BUILDS AMERICA REPRESENTS THE DIVERSITY OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I SINCERELY WISH THAT HE'S IN YOUNG MEN, THAT THEY GET THE BEST AS THEY EMBARK ON THIS NEW CHAPTER IN THEIR LIVES. AND I WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT WITH THEIR PERSEVERANCE, THAT THEY HAVE MADE IT EASIER FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS, THOSE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN WHO WILL FOLLOW IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO.

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                                  • 01:26:08 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK.

                                  • 01:26:12 PM

                                    MR. RUSH

                                    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. GALLEGO. MR. SPEAKER, THAT SAID, I…

                                    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. GALLEGO. MR. SPEAKER, THAT SAID, I WANT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. GALLEGO.

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                                  • 01:26:36 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD HIS TIME TO THE CHAIR AND THE CHAIR WILL…

                                    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD HIS TIME TO THE CHAIR AND THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE MR. GALLEGO?

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                                  • 01:26:40 PM

                                    MR. RUSH

                                    I YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIR.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, -- UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, -- UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE HOUR.

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                                  • 01:27:06 PM

                                    MR. GALLEGO

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS AN HONOR TO FOLLOW MR. RUSH, WHO WAS MY…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS AN HONOR TO FOLLOW MR. RUSH, WHO WAS MY CONGRESSMAN GROWING UP ALL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND ACTUALLY INTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS VERY MOMENT HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE RACING OUT OF WASHINGTON. FAMILIES ARE BEING TORN APART. CHILDREN ARE BEING RIPPED FROM THE ARMS OF THEIR MOTHERS. WOMEN WHO HAVE FLED HORRIFIC VIOLENCE ARE BEING DEPORTED BACK TO THEIR ABUSERS. YET MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. WHERE ARE THEY, MR. SPEAKER? HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE FLEEING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT. THEY'RE RUNNING FROM THE SHAME AND EMBARRASSMENT OF YESTERDAY'S VOTE ON THE G.O.P. IMMIGRATION BILL. THEY ARE HEADED FOR THE EXITS WHILE THOUSANDS OF KIDS CRY IN CAGES AT OUR BORDERS TONIGHT. THAT'S RIGHT. WITH THE WORLD WATCHING AND WITH THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS UNFOLDING RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA, SPEAKER RYAN AND THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS SIMPLY JUST GAVE UP AND WENT HOME. THE OTHER PARTY FOUGHT FOR WEEKS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, THEY TRADED ACCUSATIONS AND INSULTS, MANY OF WHICH WERE QUICKLY LEAKED TO THE PRESS. YESTERDAY THEY FINALLY PUT AN IMMIGRATION BILL ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND IT FAILED. BY THE LARGEST MARGIN IN RECENT MEMORY. BUT INSTEAD OF ALLOWING A VOTE ON A TRUE COMPROMISE, LIKE THE AGUILAR-HURD LEGISLATION, SPEAKER RYAN AND HIS LEADERSHIP TEAM DECIDED TO CALL IT QUITS. THEY CHOSE TO PUT THEIR FINGERS IN THEIR EARS WHILE THOUSANDS OF KIDS ARE CRYING OUT FOR THEIR MOTHERS. 121-301. THAT WAS THE VOTE YESTERDAY. 121-301. TELLS THE STORY OF A REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE IN CRISIS. WHEN HE OFFICIALLY RETIRES, 121-301 SHOULD BE IN THE FIRST LINE OF ANY STORY WRITTEN ABOUT PAUL RYAN'S SPEAKERSHIP. IF REPUBLICANS AREN'T INTERESTED IN GORANNING, THEY SHOULD AT LEAST -- GOVERNING, THEY SHOULD AT LEAST STEP ASIDE AND LET DEMOCRATS TAKE OVER. SPEAKER RYAN ISN'T INTERESTED IN SOLVING PROBLEMS, HE SHOULD GET AN EARLY START ON HIS RETIREMENT. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW IT SURE LOOKS LIKE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE MORE INTERESTED IN FIGHTING EACH OTHER THAN FIGHTING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT CIVILITY AS OF LATE. REPUBLICANS ARE UPSET THAT MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE SAID MEAN THINGS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. REPUBLICANS WHINE ON FOX NEWS ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY BEING TURNED AWAY FROM A RESTAURANT. REPUBLICANS WRITING IN THE OPINION PAGES ARE RINGING THEIR HANDS ABOUT THE DETERIORATION OF OUR PUBLIC DISCOURSE. GIVE ME A BREAK ALREADY. ISN'T IT TIME THAT WE JUST WORRY LESS ABOUT THE LACK OF CIVILITY IN OUR POLITICS AND MORE ABOUT THE LACK OF OUR HUMANITY IN OUR GOVERNMENT? HERE'S ALL I ASK. WHEN MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE ENJOYING THEIR FIREWORKS AND BARBEQUES WITH THEIR LOVED ONES NEXT WEEK, I HOPE THEY'LL SPARE A THOUGHT FOR ALL THE MOTHERS SEPARATED FROM THEIR LOVED ONES BECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP'S OUTRAGEOUS CRUELTY. AND I HOPE JUST FOR ONE MINUTE THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WILL PAUSE TO THINK ABOUT THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS TRAGEDY. I HOPE JUST FOR A MOMENT THAT IT WILL STOP -- THAT THEY WILL STOP TO WONDER WHAT FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS WILL SAY ABOUT THE LEADERS OF TODAY WHO OPT FOR SILENCE OR -- OPTED FOR SILENCE OR CIVILITY IN THE FACE OF SO MUCH HUMAN SUFFERING. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                  • 01:30:28 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN IN ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE…

                                    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN IN ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT.

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                                  • 01:32:06 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                  • 01:32:19 PM

                                    MR. GREEN

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PROUD TO STAND IN THE HOUSE OF…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PROUD TO STAND IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY TO ANNOUNCE THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE LGBTQUE RESOLUTION. THIS ENCOURAGES THE MONTH OF JUNE AS LGBTQ MONTH. WE ARE INTRODUCING THIS MONTH BECAUSE WE WANT TO COMMEMORATE THE STONEWALL UPRISING THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE STONEWALL INN ON JUNE 28, 1969. THIS RESOLUTION HAS 95 ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS AND I WOULD LIKE TO CALL EACH NAME, BUT, OF COURSE, TIME DOESN'T PERMIT, AND I MIGHT OMIT A NAME. SO, MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE KNOW THAT IT IS WELL SUPPORTED. AND I AM PROUD TO HAVE TALKED TO A GOOD MANY OF THE CO-SPONSORS WHO ARE VERY PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS RESOLUTION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION CELEBRATES THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MANY PERSONS IN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. MAYOR PARKER WHO WAS THE FIRST ELECTED AS A MAYOR IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND CELEBRATES THE HARD WORK OF THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY. WHAT IT HAS DONE TO HELP US TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT TOLERANCE AND INCLUSION, TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL PERSONS ARE APPRECIATED AND CELEBRATED IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY. IT RECOGNIZES THE PROTESTORS WHO STOOD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIGNITY AT THE STONEWALL INN ON JUNE 28 OF 1969 AND RECOGNIZES THEM AS SOME OF THE PIONEERS OF THE MOVEMENT, CELEBRATES THE CREATION OF GAY RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS IN MAJOR CITIES IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STONEWALL UPRISING, HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC REMOVING HOMO SEXUALITY OF ITS LIST OF MENTAL ILLNESSES IN DECEMBER OF 1973. I WANT TO PAUSE AND SAY A WORD ABOUT THIS. BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WAS A SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT. MIGHT SEEM LIKE A SMALL THING TO A GOOD MANY PEOPLE, BUT WHEN YOUR VERY BEING IS DEFINED AS A MENTAL ILLNESS AND THAT IS REMOVED, IT MEANS SOMETHING TO PEOPLE. IT MEANS THAT PEOPLE CAN BE THEMSELVES AND NOT THOUGHT TO BE ILL. SO I'M VERY PROUD TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF IT. IT RECOGNIZES ELAINE NOBLE AS THE FIRST LGBTQ CANDIDATE ELECTED TO A STATE LEGISLATURE IN 1974 AND BARNEY FRANK WHOM I HAD THE HONOR OF SERVING WITH IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AS THE FIRST REPRESENTATIVE TO COME OUT AS AN OPENLY MEMBER GAY MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1987 AND HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION ELIMINATING THE BAN ON HIRING HOMO SEXALS IN MOST FEDERAL JOBS IN 1975. IMAGINE NOT BEING HIRED BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE. IT CELEBRATES HARVEY MILK, HIS HAVING MADE NATIONAL HEADLINES WHEN HE WAS SWORN IN AS AN OPENLY GAY MEMBER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. AND HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF 1980, THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION WHERE DEMOCRATS TOOK A STANCE IN SUPPORT OF GAY RIGHTS. IT CELEBRATES VERMONT, BECOMING THE FIRST STATE TO LEGALLY RECOGNIZE CIVIL UNIONS BETWEEN GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES IN THE YEAR 2000 AND HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING IN LAWRENCE VERSUS TEXAS IN JUNE OF 2003, WHICH HELD THAT UNDER THE 14TH AMENDMENT, STATES COULD NOT CRIMINALIZE THE PRIVATE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP OF SAME-SEX COUPLES AND HIGHLIGHTS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CONGRESS' APPROVING AND THE PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNING, THE REPEAL OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL. IT CELEBRATES 2012 AS THE FIRST YEAR IN WHICH ALL 50 STATES HAD AT LEAST ONE LGBTQ ELECTED OFFICIAL. IT CELEBRATES SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN, BEING THE FIRST OPENLY GAY UNITED STATES SENATOR IN JANUARY OF 2013. IT HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RULING IN THE UNITED STATES VERSUS WINDSOR, WHICH FOUND SECTION 3 OF THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT, DOMA, TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT HIGHLIGHTS THE EQUALITY ACT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED ON JULY 23, 2015 BY CONGRESSMAN DAVID CICILLINE, WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT I MIGHT ADD AS ITS FIRST COMPREHENSIVE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL WHICH AMENDS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 TO INCLUDE, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY AMONG THE PROHIBITED CATEGORIES OF DISCRIMINATION ON SEGREGATION IN PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION. IT CELEBRATES A ERIC FANNING BEING SWORN IN AS THE FIRST OPENLY GAY SECRETARY OF THE ARMY. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENTS HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THIS MONTH AS PROVIDED MONTH. PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS THE -- PRIDE MONTH. PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS THE FIRST PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS FOLLOWED. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT DONE SO. THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT HONORED THE MONTH OF JUNE AS PRIDE MONTH, ALTHOUGH HE HAS HONORED IT AS A REASON TO CELEBRATE MANY OTHER THINGS. WE HOPE THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART AND WILL RECOGNIZE JUNE AS PRIDE MONTH BECAUSE THERE IS GOOD REASON TO DO SO. ON JUNE 28 OF 1969, THE PATRONS OF THE STONEWALL INN DECIDED TO RISE UP. IT WAS A MOMENT IN TIME FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. THE MOVEMENT WAS BORN OUT OF THE NECESSITY TO LIVE AND STRIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE AT THE TIME IT WAS NEITHER ACCEPTED NOR SAFE IN MANY PLACES TO DO SO. STONEWALL IS RECOGNIZED BY MOST PEOPLE AS THE TIME, THE MOMENT IN TIME WHEN PERSONS DECIDED THEY HAD HAD ENOUGH. IT WAS NOT UNUSUAL FOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO COME IN AND IT WASN'T JUST IN STONEWALL IN NEW YORK BUT GO INTO PLACES WHERE LGBT Q PERSONS WOULD CONGREGATE AND HARRIS THEM. IT WAS NOT ACCEPTED BY THE COMMUNITY, BUT OFFICERS FOR WHATEVER REASON, THEY DID SO WITH IMPUNITY IN A GOOD MANY PLACES. ON THIS DATE, THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY DECIDED THEY WOULD NOT TAKE ANY MORE. THERE WAS A PUSHBACK IN THE COMMUNITY AS PERSONS REFUSING TO ALLOW TO TAKE PLACE. A RIOT TOOK PLACE. AND AS A RESULT, MANY CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ADOPTED LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS AND PRIDE CAN BE SOMETHING THAT PERSONS WANTED TO HIBT. THIS HAS COME FROM THAT MOMENT IN TIME TO TODAY WHEN WE HAVE PRIDE CELEBRATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN HOUSTON, WE HAD A SIGNIFICANT PRIDE PARADE, LITERALLY, SCORES OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE ASSEMBLED AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE WITH PRIDE THE FACT THAT THEY WERE MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY OR ALLIES OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. THE COMMUNITY HAS MANY ALLIES, ALLIES IN CONGRESS, ALLIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE VARIOUS STATE HOUSES, IN POLICE DEPARTMENTS, ALLIES THAT ARE WILLING TO STAND UP AND STAND WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. I COUNT MYSELF AS AN ALLY OF THE COMMUNITY AND WOULD HOPE THAT AS AN ALLY OF THE COMMUNITY, WHAT WE ARE DOING TONIGHT WILL FURTHER THE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE, REGARDLESS AS TO WHO WE ARE, SHOULD BE PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AND PROUD TO WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO ACQUIRE THE ADDITIONAL RIGHT THAT WE ALL ENJOY TO A CERTAIN EXTENT. I SAY WE ALL, BECAUSE THERE ARE STILL SOME THINGS THAT ARE BEING DENIED. BUT TO RECEIVE THE RIGHT THAT THE CONSTITUTION AFFORDS ALL PEOPLE. I WOULD USE AS AN EXAMPLE THE RIGHT TO SIMPLY HAVE A JOB. THERE ARE PLACES IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE PERSONS ARE STILL FIRED BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE. ONCE IT IS KNOWN THAT A PERSON IS A MEMBER OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY, THEY ARE TERMINATED WITH IMPUENT AND WE HAVE TO DO -- IMPUNITY AND AS SUCH WE OUGHT NOT TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYONE BECAUSE OF WHO THEY HAPPEN TO BE. HERE IN CONGRESS WE HAVE THE LGBTQ CAUCUS AND I'M PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CAUCUS. IT HAS TAKEN A STAND FOR RIGHTS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND RIGHTS OF MEMBERS OF OTHER COMMUNITIES. IT HAS TAKEN A STAND WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION, TAKEN A STAND WHEN IT COMES TO INTEGRATION. THE LGBTQ CAUCUS IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS A VERY BROAD REACH, A VERY GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE NOTION THAT HUMAN DIGNITY IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE ACCORDED ALL PEOPLE. HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT TO BE DENIED PEOPLE BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE OR WHO THEY HAPPEN TO LOVE. I'M HONORED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CAUCUS AND I'M A VERY PROUD AMERICAN WHO STANDS HERE TONIGHT TO SAY LET'S CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE JUNE AS LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH AND LET'S ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO DO WHAT OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE. THIS IS AN HONORABLE THING AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 01:44:37 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

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                                  • 01:44:37 PM

                                    Mr. Green, Al moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                      MR. GREEN

                                      I DO. I DO NOW MOVE THAT WE ADJOURN.

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                                  On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ADJOURN.

                                • 01:44:47 PM

                                  Adjourned

                                  The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 29, 2018.

                                  • 09:00:18 AM

                                    HOST

                                    TO GAVEL COVERAGE. WE WILL SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW MORNING. WILL BE IN…

                                    TO GAVEL COVERAGE. WE WILL SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW MORNING. WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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                                  • 09:00:33 AM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 28, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

                                    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 28, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE CARLOS CURBELO TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                  • 09:00:48 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  • 09:00:53 AM

                                    CHAPLAIN CONROY

                                    LET US PRAY. ETERNAL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE…

                                    LET US PRAY. ETERNAL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE PAUSE IN YOUR PRESENCE AND ASK GUIDANCE FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. ENABLE THEM, O GOD, TO ACT ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT AND JUST AND ASK TO DO SO IN WAYS THAT SHOW RESPECT FOR THOSE WITH WHOM THEY DISAGREE. IN THIS MAY THEY GROW TO BE MODELS AND GOOD EXAMPLES IN A TIME WHEN SO MANY IN OUR WORLD ARE UNABLE TO ENGAGE GRACEFULLY WITH THOSE WITH WHOM THEY ARE AT ODDS. AS A PROACH THIS NEXT RECESS -- APPROACH THE THIS NEXT RECESS AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF OUR NATION, BLESS OUR GREAT NATION AND KEEP IT FAITHFUL TO ITS IDEALS, ITS HOPES, AND ITS PROMISE OF FREEDOM IN OUR WORLD. BLESS US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY NATION, BLESS OUR AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE WITHIN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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                                  • 09:02:01 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    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 GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DUNN.

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                                    MR. DUNN

                                    PLEASE JOIN ME. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF…

                                    PLEASE JOIN ME. 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. ALL THAT IS DONE WITHIN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND

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                                  • 09:02:25 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 09:02:38 AM

                                    MR. DUNN

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

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

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                                  • 09:02:44 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                  • 09:02:47 AM

                                    MR. DUNN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HEROIC EFFORTS OF SWANEE COUNTY…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HEROIC EFFORTS OF SWANEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY, TROY WATTFORD, EARLIER THIS MONTH. ON JUNE FOR THE THE DEPUTY WAS OFF DUTY TRAVELING WITH HIS FAMILY AND WITNESSED A HORRIBLE CAR ACCIDENT. HE IMMEDIATELY TOOK ACTION AND ADMINISTERED AID TO ONE OF THE DRIVERS THE DEPUTY PINNED IN AN OVERTURNED CAR. HIS QUICK THINKING AND RESPONSE SAVED DESTINY THAT DAY. AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, DESTINY IS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY BECAUSE OF DEPUTY WATTFORD. EVEN WHEN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL ARE OFF DUTY, THEY CARRY OUT THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROTECT AND SERVE. THEY JUMP INTO ACTION AND PUT THEIR PINNED IN LIVES ON THE LINE TO KEEP US SAFE, AND FOR THAT WE WILL ALL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL. THANK YOU, DEPUTY, AND TO ALL OF THOSE WHO WEAR THE BADGE YOUR ACTIONS REFLECT GREAT CREDIT ON THE SWANEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND EXEMPLIFY THE BEST IN AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 09:03:43 AM

                                    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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                                  • 09:03:50 AM

                                    MR. THOMPSON

                                    MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                  • 09:04:00 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO

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                                  • 09:04:04 AM

                                    MR. THOMPSON

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF MY DISTRICT'S…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF MY DISTRICT'S MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES, K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES, IT IS AN EMPLOYEE OWNED TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LOCATED IN STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA. THEIR PASSION IN USING TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE THE THINGS WE LIVE AND WORK WITH SMARTER. PART OF THE WORK FOCUSES ON IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS THROUGH SELF-POWERED PROSTHETIC DEVICES. THESE LIMBS CAPTURED ENERGY WHEN THE INDIVIDUAL IS WALKING AND USE THAT IS ENERGY TO RECHARGE THE PROSTHESIS. THE K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES HAS CREATED MANY OF THESE INNOVATIVE DEVICES THANKS TO RESEARCH FUNDED BY THE U.S. ARMY, TELEMEDICINE, AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER AND THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. TODAY K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES ARE AT WALTER REED NATIONAL MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER TO DEMONSTRATE ITS NEWEST TECHNOLOGY. THESE ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES MAKE LIFE BERT FOR NOT JUST OUR WOUNDED SERVICE MEMBERS BUT FOR AM PEW IT'S OF EVERY AGE AND WALK OF LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD OF THIS COMPANY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEW INNOVATIONS K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES WILL PRODUCE IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 09:05:22 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    TIME.

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                                    MR. CURBELO

                                    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.

                                  • 09:05:33 AM

                                    MR. CURBELO

                                    MR. SPEAKER, SATURDAY MARKS THE END OF IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH. AN ANNUAL…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, SATURDAY MARKS THE END OF IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH. AN ANNUAL TRADITION DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS IMMIGRANTS HAVE MADE TO COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED BY IMMIGRANTS. THE VERY EXISTENCE OF OUR ENTIRE DEMOCRACY, THIS INSTITUTION IS THE RESULT OF COMPROMISE AND CONSENSUS BY THE DESENDANTS OF IMMIGRANTS. AND TODAY OUR NATION CONTINUES TO OWE A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE A TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MORE RECENT ARRIVALS WHO ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF DAILY LIFE, OUR ECONOMY, AND OUR SOCIETY. I HAD HOPED WE WOULD BE ABLE TO CLOSE OUT THIS CELEBRATION WITH THE NEWS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME CONGRESS HAD COME TOGETHER TO FIX OUR BROKEN, INEFFICIENT, UNFAIR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. INSTEAD, A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY DECIDED TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THE STATUS QUO. POUROUS BORDER, UNCERTAINTY FOR THE VICTIMS OF A BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, AND CONTINUED DIVISION BETWEEN AMERICANS OVER THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION. DESPITE THIS SETBACK, I'M HOPEFUL THAT WORKING WITH ANY COLLEAGUE THAT IS WILLING TO DO SO IN THIS HOUSE, I AND OTHER MEMBERS CAN FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. AND IN DOING SO, HELP HEAL OUR COUNTRY'S POLITICS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 09:06:58 AM

                                    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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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

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

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                                  • 09:07:08 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                  • 09:07:11 AM

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK MARKS THE 49TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STONE WALL RIOTS…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK MARKS THE 49TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STONE WALL RIOTS IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE ON JUNE 28, 1969, A GROUP OF BAR PATRONS LED BY TRANSGENDER WOMEN OF COLOR BEGAN TO FIGHT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY. OVER NEARLY 50 YEARS THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY HAS CELEBRATED MANY HISTORIC VICTORIES. JUST YESTERDAY WE CELEBRATED THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY BECOMING THE LAW OF THE LAND NATIONWIDE. HOWEVER, WHILE WE CELEBRATE THE LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. IN MOST STATES, LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS CAN STILL GET KICKED OUT OF THEIR HOUSING, BE REFUSED SERVICE FROM RESTAURANTS AND OTHER BUSINESSES, OR LOSE THEIR JOBS SIMPLY FOR BEING WHO

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                                  • 09:08:11 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 09:08:14 AM

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

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

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                                  • 09:08:18 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                  • 09:08:23 AM

                                    MR. ROTHFUS

                                    MR. SPEAKER, 242 YEARS AGO OUR FOUNDERS GATHERED IN PHILADELPHIA TO LAUNCH…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, 242 YEARS AGO OUR FOUNDERS GATHERED IN PHILADELPHIA TO LAUNCH AN EXPERIMENT IN SELF-RULE THAT HAS LED TO THE GREATEST COUNTRY THE EARTH HAS EVER SEEN. OUR FOUNDING HAPPENED IN A TIME OF HISTORY IN WHICH THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE OF THE HUMAN PERSON AND THE SOURCE OF THE HUMAN PERSON'S RIGHTS REACHED A NEW LEVEL. WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT. THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. GOD GIVEN RIGHTS THAT NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY. THIS IS A TRANZENDANT PRINCIPLE THAT APPLIES TO ALL PEOPLE FUNDRAISE ALL TIME. IT IS A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE ON WHICH ABRAHAM LINCOLN RELIED AS HE FOUGHT TO END SLAVERY. THE NOTION OF GOD-GIVEN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS THAT NO GOVERNMENT OR MAJORITY CAN TAKE AWAY IS AS TRUE TODAY AS IT WAS IN 1776 AND 1861. THIS FOURTH OF JULY LET US RECOMMIT TO THE PRINCIPLES OF OUR FOUNDING AND CONTINUE TO WORK TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS REALIZE THE VISION OF OUR FOUNDERS. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN IDEA THAT CAN LEAD TO GREATER UNITY IN OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 09:09:34 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 09:09:37 AM

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

                                  • 09:09:42 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN INSPIRING GROUP OF MIDDLE SCHOOL…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN INSPIRING GROUP OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM HEATH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND CALLOWAY COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY WAS WELL REPRESENTED AT THE FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING PROBLEMS 2018 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LACROSSE AS TEAMS FROM THESE TWO SCHOOLS COMPETED AGAINST THEIR PEERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE. BOTH TEAMS PLACED IN THE TOP 10 INTERNATIONALLY. WITH THE TEAM FROM HEATH MIDDLE SCHOOL PLACING EIGHTH AND THE ALL GIRLS TEAM FROM CALLOWAY COUNTY PLACE AING NINTH.

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                                  • 09:10:20 AM

                                    MR. COMER

                                    THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE THE STUDENTS EXPERIENCED NEW CULTURES, ENJOYED…

                                    THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE THE STUDENTS EXPERIENCED NEW CULTURES, ENJOYED TRADING KEEP SAKES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, AND SOCIALIZED WITH STUDENTS FROM MANY COUNTRIES AND STATES. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE EFFORTS OF ALL INVOLVED IN HELPING THESE STUDENTS ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO PURSUE INTERACTIVE, HOLISTIC LEARNING TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE FUTURE. I JOIN WITH THEIR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND TEACHERS TO CONGRATULATE THESE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS ON THEIR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS AND LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR CONTINUED CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 09:10:55 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 09:11:02 AM

                                    MR. COLLINS

                                    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 971 AND…

                                    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 971 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                  • 09:11:08 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

                                  • 09:11:10 AM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 161, HOUSE RESOLUTION 971. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

                                    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 161, HOUSE RESOLUTION 971. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER OF ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE RESOLUTION, HOUSE RESOLUTION 970, INSISTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FULLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUEST, INCLUDING SUBPOENAS, OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, AND THE SUBPOENA ISSUED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY RELATING TO POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT BY PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND RELATED MATTERS. THE RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AND PREAMBLE TO ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION OR DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION EXCEPT ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEE.

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                                  • 09:12:03 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

                                  • 09:12:05 AM

                                    MR. COLLINS

                                    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE…

                                    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 971 UNDER CURRENT CONSIDERATION.

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                                  • 09:12:29 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                                  • 09:12:31 AM

                                    MR. COLLINS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD MORNING, THIS MORNING I'M PLEASED TO BRING…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD MORNING, THIS MORNING I'M PLEASED TO BRING FORWARD THE RULE ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 970 WHICH INSIST THAT IS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COMPLY WITH THE REQUEST OF THE JUDICIARY AND INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM THE -- FROM CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN AND FELLOW JUDICIARY MEMBER COMMITTEE MEMBER AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER JERRY NADLER. ALSO HEARD FROM CONGRESSMAN MARK MEADOWS AND SCOTT PERRY ENGAGE IN A VIGOROUS DISCUSSION THAT LASTED A WHILE IN RULES YESTERDAY. OVERSIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SWUVENT HOUSE'S MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES. AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHICH HAS OVERSIGHT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND F.B.I. IS A RESPONSIBILITY I TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY. I BELIEVE THE AT MCMORRIS RODGERS HAS AN OBLIGATION TO COMPLY WITH THE COMMITTEE'S LEGITIMATE OVERSIGHT REQUEST AND SUBPOENAS. UNFORTUNATELY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS NOT ECONOMY COMPLIED WITH THESE REQUESTS. LET ME LAY OUT A TIME LINE FOR YOU. ON NOVEMBER 3, 2017, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND CHAIRMAN GOWDY, ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL LETTERS, SENT A LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DEPP ATTORNEY ROSEN STEIN REQUESTING FIVE SPECIFIC CAD GORERIES OF LETTERS, SENT A DOCUMENTS. THE DEADLINE WAS NOVEMBER 17, 2017. THAT DEADLINE WAS NOT MET. ON DECEMBER 12, 2017, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND CHAIRMAN GOWDY AND ADDITIONAL MEMBERS SENT A LETTER REITERATING EXPECTATIONS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PROVIDE THE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS. THE DEADLINE IN THAT LETTER WAS DECEMBER 19, 2017, AGAIN THE DEADLINE ARRIVED AND AGAIN THE DEADLINE WAS NOT MET. ON FEBRUARY 1, 2018, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE SENT GOODLATTE AND CHAIRMAN A THIRD LETTER REQUESTING DOCUMENTS RELATED TO POTENTIAL ABUSES UNDER THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. ON MARCH 22, 2018, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ISSUED A SUBPOENA TO DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSEN STEIN COMPELLING HIM TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS REFERRING TO INTERNAL D.O.J. OR F.B.I. MANAGEMENT REQUESTS TO REVIEW, SCRUB, REPORT ON, OR ANALYZE ANY FISA COLLECTION INVOLVING THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN OR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. IT IS ALSO COMPELLED THE PRODUCTION OF COMMUNICATIONS RELAY ATING -- RELATING TO THE DEFENSIVE BRIEFINGS PROVIDED BY THE D.O.J. OR F.B.I. TO THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS OF HILLARY CLINTON OR DONALD TRUMP. FINALLY, IT COMPELLED PROIGS OF ALL DOCUMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS REFERRED TO -- REFERRING TO POSTPONED OR -- PROPOSED, RECOMMENDED, OR ACTUAL FISA COVERAGE ON THE CLINTON FOUNDATION OR PERSONS ASSOCIATED OR IN COMMUNICATION WITH THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. THE DEADLINE FOR THIS SUBPOENA WAS APRIL 5, 201. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS IN THE PROCESS OF COMPLYING WITH THIS SUBPOENA BUT COMPLETE COMPLIANCE HAS NOT OCCURRED. I BELIEVE IN REGARD TO THE SUBPOENA THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS TRYING TO COMPLY AND IN THE PROCESS OF DOING SO, BUT YET HAS NOT AT THIS POINT. I ALSO SHARE THE FRUSTRATION OF MY COLLEAGUES ANTI-AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS PROCESS IS TAKING WAY TOO LONG AND WE NEED THE ANSWERS, WE NEED TRANSPARENCY, AND IT IS OUR DUTY TO CONO DUCT OVERSIGHT. . THE LAW CHARGES US WITH SHINING LIGHT. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PRODUCE THESE DOCUMENTS AND HAS YET TO MAKE THEM AVAILABLE. THE RESOLUTION PROVIDED FOR ON THIS BILL SPEAKS TO THE INHERENT INTENTIONS BETWEEN THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT THAT OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED. OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT UPON THE CHECK AMONG THE OTHERS. COULD THIS DEBATE HAPPEN AT A MORE APPROPRIATE TIME AS WE LOOK AT THE FOURTH OF JULY AND THE COUNTRY'S FOUNDING? THIS IS WHY WE WERE SET UP THE WAY WE WERE. THE INHERENT INTENTION HAS ARISEN MOST RECENTLY OUT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. SOME OF THE DOCUMENTS SEEKS IS ALMOST LINKED TO THE 115TH CONGRESS. THEY DEAL WITH THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES. HAS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ABUSED THE FIDSEA AUTHORITY? WAS IT AFFECTED BY BIAS? I BELIEVE THESE INVESTIGATIONS NEED TO PLAY OUT BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THEY CAN'T LAST FOREVER. I ALSO BELIEVE THE EVIDENCE OF BIAS, KEY PERSONNEL REMOVALS AT THE F.B.I. NEEDS HEIGHTENED CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. AN ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ON THE SUPREME COURT SO ELOQUENTLY STATED, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FORMED THE GRAND INQUEST OF THE STATE. THEY WILL DILIGENTLY INQUIRE OF GRIEVANCES BOTH FROM MEN AND THINGS. AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE I WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE THAT CHARGE SERIOUSLY. YESTERDAY, THE JEWISH CONSIDERED A SIMILAR LEGISLATION. THE HOUSE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO REITERATE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THE NEED TO FULLY COMPLY WITH OUR LEGITIMATE REQUEST. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN STYMIED BY DELAYS OF REQUEST OF CERTAIN INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE TO SELECT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NEEDS TO GIVE US DOCUMENTS SO WE CAN EXERCISE OUR PROPER CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMANDED ANSWERS AND THAT'S WHY CONGRESS, REPRESENTATIVES ARE DEMANDING THAT THE D.O.J. ANSWER TO US. LET US SERVE AS A REMINDER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THAT THE U.S. CONGRESS WAS CREATED BY OUR FOUNDERS AND ITS AUTHORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IS DIRECTLY FROM ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WAS GIVEN THE POWERS BY CONGRESS. IT'S CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE NOT ABUSED. IF NECESSARY, IT IS CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO LIMIT THOSE POWERS. WOODROW WILSON, AMONG THE FIRST TO USE THE TERM OVERSIGHT IN REFERENCE OF THE INVESTIGATION OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SAID, QUITE AS IMPORTANT AS LEGISLATION IS THE VIGILANT OVERSIGHT OF THE ADMINISTRATION. TODAY WE SHOW WE ARE TAKING OVERSIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SERIOUSLY, PARTICULARLY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND WE'RE WORKING TO PREVENT BIAS IN THE GOVERNMENT. WE DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAS DESERVED NO LESS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 09:18:45 AM

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

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

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                                  • 09:18:49 AM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  • 09:18:57 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 09:19:01 AM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I HARDLY KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. WITH ALL THIS GOING ON IN THE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I HARDLY KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. WITH ALL THIS GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY, IN THE WORLD, WE HAVE CHILDREN BEING RIPPED APART FROM THEIR FAMILIES AT THE BORDER, WE HAVE REPUBLICANS WORKING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO SEEMS UNHINGED, WITH ALL THAT'S HAPPENING, THIS IS WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH TODAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS MORNING. YOU KNOW, BASICALLY A RESOLUTION TO TRY TO UNDERMINE THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION, WHICH IS INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT AND COLLUSION IN HAD OUR ELECTION. THAT'S A BIG DEAL. WE SHOULD ALL WANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. WE SHOULD ALL WANT THE TRUTH. AND INSTEAD OF WANTING TO GET TO THE TRUTH, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS THROW ROADBLOCKS IN THE WAY ONE AFTER ANOTHER AFTER ANOTHER TO TRY TO GET PEOPLE TO -- TO TRY TO DISCREDIT THE INVESTIGATION, TO TRY TO DERAIL THE INVESTIGATION. I MEAN, IT IS UNBELIEVABLE TO ME. THE PRESIDENT THIS MORNING TWEETED, RUSSIA CONTINUES TO INSIST THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTION. I CAN'T BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS TWEETING THAT. WHAT'S WRONG WITH HIM? EVERY SINGLE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT SAYS THE RUSSIANS MEDLED IN OUR ELECTION. AND WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THIS MORNING TWEETING THAT RUSSIA SAYS THEY DIDN'T DO IT SO WE'RE GOING TO BELIEVE RUSSIA. I DON'T KNOW HOW MY FRIENDS CAN DEFEND THIS. AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO SAY ENOUGH. I GET IT. YOU KNOW, THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO CONSTANTLY CIRCLE THE WAGONS AROUND THE PRESIDENT WITH EVERY OUTRAGEOUS THING HE SAYS AND DOES. BUT THIS IS ABOUT A FOREIGN POWER AND ADVERSARY MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTIONS. AND WHAT'S THE RESPONSE? LET'S TRY TO -- LET'S TRY TO DISPARAGE THE INVESTIGATION. LET'S TRY TO UNDERMINE THE INVESTIGATION. I MEAN, IT IS UNREAL THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH THIS EXERCISE TODAY. BUT I GUESS WE'VE COME TO EXPECT THIS. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST SAY ALSO, THAT THE PROCESS IN THIS HOUSE THAT GOT US HERE TODAY TO DEBATE THIS RESOLUTION WAS A DISGRACE, AN AFFRONT TO THE WAY THIS CHAMBER IS SUPPOSED TO CONDUCT BUSINESS. IN ALL MY TIME HERE, I HAVEN'T SEEN A COMMITTEE MINORITY OF EITHER PARTY TREATED AS DISRESPECTFULLY AS DEMOCRATS WERE ON TUESDAY. THAT'S WHEN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONSIDERED THIS RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY. DEMOCRATS SHOWED UP ON TIME AND SAT PATIENTLY WAITING FOR THIS HEARING TO BEGIN AND THEY WAITED AND THEY WAITED AND THEY WAITED. BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY GAVELED A HEARING TO ORDER MORE THAN AN HOUR AFTER IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BEGIN. THEY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE THE COURTESY TO TELL THE MINORITY ABOUT THE DELAY. AND THINGS GOT ONLY WORSE FROM THERE. WHEN THE HEARING ACTUALLY GOT UNDER WAY, DEMOCRATS WERE CUT OFF AT EVERY TURN. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY MOVED THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, CUTTING OFF DEBATE AND PREVENTING CONSIDERATION OF DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS. THEY BLOCKED PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRIES AND UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUESTS. COMMITTEE REPUBLICANS EVEN TOOK THE EXTRAORDINARY STEP OF OVERRULING THEIR CHAIRMAN AFTER AN AMENDMENT WAS RULED OUT OF ORDER. IT WAS HEAVY-HANDED AND IT WAS UN-DEMOCRATIC. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THE WAY THEY CONDUCTED THEMSELVES. MAYBE THEY ARE BECAUSE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE APPEARED TO HIDE IN THE HALLWAY DURING THE VOTE UNTIL HE WAS CALLED BY ANOTHER MEMBER AND WHEN HE DID VOTE, HE VOTED PRESENT. SO DID THE ACTING CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER, WERE THEY UNWILLING TO STAND UP TO THE MORE CONSERVATIVE ELEMENTS OF THEIR CAUCUS? OR DO THEY CONDONE WHAT WENT ON? I DON'T SEE HOW ANYBODY, ANYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER COULD ENDORSE SUCH AN EMBARRASSING PROCESS. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE RULES COMMITTEE ESSENTIALLY ENABLED IT BY USING EMERGENCY PROCEDURES TO QUICKLY MOVE THIS RESOLUTION. THIS IS A NEW LOW FOR A MAJORITY THAT HAS ALREADY TURNED THIS CONGRESS INTO THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. THERE HAS ALREADY BEEN 89 CLOSED RULES THIS CONGRESS, AND IT'S ONLY JUNE. NOT A SINGLE OPEN RULE UNDER SPEAKER RYAN. NOT ONE. IT'S FITTING THAT THIS MEASURE FROM THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS BEING CONSIDERED UNDER THE MAJORITY'S 90TH CLOSED RULE, BECAUSE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS NOW THE SECOND MOST CLOSED COMMITTEE IN THIS CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT DOES THE MAJORITY HAVE TO SHOW FOR THIS BAD PROCESS? WELL, WE HAVE ANOTHER BAD PRODUCT HERE. THIS TIME A PARTISAN MEASURE MEANT TO UNDERMINE THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. NOW, WE KNOW IN IS NOT A SERIOUS ATTEMPT AT OVERSIGHT BECAUSE THE MAJORITY DOESN'T BELIEVE IN FULFILLING ITS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES TO BEGIN WITH. THE REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO EXAMINE FOREIGN PAYMENTS TO THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION. THEY REFUSED TO EXAMINE EXTRAFFIC GET TRAVEL BY MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION -- EXTRAVAGANT TRAVEL BY MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION. AND REFUSED TO INVESTIGATION SECRETARY OF H.U.D.'S $31,000 DINING SET. WHERE DO YOU FIND THAT? THEY REFUSED TO INVESTIGATION PRIVATE EMAILS FROM JARED KUSHNER AND OTHERS. I MEAN, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. WE ACTUALLY HAVE A LONG LIST HERE, MR. SPEAKER OF WHAT SHOULD BE -- MR. SPEAKER, OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING. IF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WOULD LIKE A COPY I WOULD BE HAPPY TO GIVE IT TO THEM. SUFFICE IT TO SAY, THERE IS NO OVERSIGHT OF THE MISDEEDS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REPUBLICANS' ZEAL FOR OVERSIGHT? FORMER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ISSA SUBPOENAED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MORE THAN 100 TIMES IN JUST A FOUR-YEAR SPAN. I DIDN'T ALWAYS AGREE WITH HIM ON HIS INVESTIGATIONS, BUT AT LEAST THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WAS PERFORMING SOME OVERSIGHT. REPUBLICANS TODAY ARE COMPLETELY MISSING IN ACTION UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP. IN IS AN ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS BEEN EMBROILED IN ONE SCANDAL AFTER THE NEXT. IT IS AN ADMINISTRATION DRIPPING WITH CORRUPTION. THIS MAKES THE NIXON ADMINISTRATION LOOK LIKE COMMON CAUSE. I MEAN, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. APPARENTLY THE REPUBLICANS ONLY BELIEVE IN OVERSIGHT WHEN IT COMES TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON. THERE WASN'T A SINGLE SCANDAL IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OFFICE. NO SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL HAD TO LEAVE IN THE FACE OF WRONGDOING. ONLY WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CAN YOU HAVE ONE SCANDAL START AT BREAKFAST ONLY TO HAVE ANOTHER ONE BY THE TIME YOU SIT DOWN FOR DINNER. WE SHOULD BE DOING OUR JOB, GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT'S HAPPENING AND HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE. BUT INSTEAD WE'RE THROWING SAND IN THE GEARS OF RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. THIS IS CRAZY. NOW, LET ME REMIND EVERYONE OF WHAT SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION HAS YIELDED SO FAR. 20 PEOPLE AND THREE COMPANIES HAVE EITHER BEEN INDICTED OR PLEAD GUILTY. THAT INCLUDES GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, THE FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN. MICHAEL FLYNN, THE PRESIDENT'S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, WHO ALSO PLED GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO THE F.B.I. PAUL MANAFORT, WAS INDICTED ON CHARGES OF CONSPIRACY, MONEY LAUNDERING, MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS. HE WAS LATER ALSO CHARGED WITH TAX FINANCIAL AND BANK FRAUD CHARGES AND HE'S SITTING IN JAIL TODAY. AS WE HAVE THIS DEBATE RIGHT NOW, PAUL IS IN JAIL. RICK YATES, THE PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN AIDE, WHO ALSO -- WAS ALSO INDICTED ON SIMILAR CHARGES. THAT'S JUST A SMALL SAMPLE BASED ON WHAT WE KNOW TODAY. WE'LL SEE WHAT ELSE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION FINDS. SO THIS GOES BEYOND YOUR BASIC POLICY DISAGREEMENTS. THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER THE MINORITY IN THIS CONGRESS IS ALLOWED -- THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER -- WHETHER OR NOT THE MINORITY IN THIS CONGRESS IS ALLOWED TO DO THE JOB THEY WERE ELECTED TO DO, NOT JUST THIS DEMOCRATIC MINORITY BUT ANY MINORITY. BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN AND WE COULD SEE AGAIN THIS YEAR JUST HOW QUICKLY POWERS SHIFT IN CONGRESS. AND THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER THIS CONGRESS IS GOING TO FULFILL ITS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OR SWEEP POSSIBLE WRONGDOING UNDER THE RUG. NOW, WE HAVE A CHANCE TODAY TO DEMAND BETTER FROM THIS MAJORITY. SO WE SHOULD VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE AND DEMAND A BETTER PROCESS. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE A BETTER PRODUCT. JUST ONE FINAL THING BEFORE I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I SAY TO MY TIME, LOOK AT WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO THIS INSTITUTION. YOU'RE DESTROYING IT. I MEAN, NOT ONLY THE CLOSED PROCESS, THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY, BUT THE WAY YOU MOVE LEGISLATION FORWARD, THE WAY DEMOCRATS IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WERE TREATED ON THIS RESOLUTION, ALL MY YEARS HERE, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. YOU KNOW, I GET IT. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO, YOU KNOW, WANTS TO BEHAVE LIKE A KING. THINKS WHEN HE SPEAKS EVERYBODY SHOULD SIT UP TO ATTENTION JUST LIKE THEY DO WHEN KIM JONG UN SPEAKS. BUT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, AND, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE DIMINISHING THIS INSTITUTION. THIS HAS TO STOP. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 09:29:03 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 09:29:10 AM

                                    MR. COLLINS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LOOK, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THE GENTLEMAN HAS HIS…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LOOK, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THE GENTLEMAN HAS HIS -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND I HAVE DISCUSSED MANY TIMES AND HE HAS HIS OPINION ON THINGS AND PROCESS, I HAVE MINE AS WELL. WE CAN AGREE AND DISAGREE. LET'S TAKE A STEP FORWARD TODAY. THIS IS A PROCESS OF WHAT WE'RE DOING. WE ARE WANTING AND REQUIRING FROM ARTICLE 1 TO AN ARTICLE 2 AGENCY, LET'S DO THAT AND CONTINUE THIS PROCESS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 09:29:35 AM

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 09:29:38 AM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, IT IS A WHOLE BUNCH OF TROUBLING…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, IT IS A WHOLE BUNCH OF TROUBLING THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY. AND THE SUPREME COURT'S JANUS DECISION WAS JUST YET ANOTHER DISTURBING DEVELOPMENT THAT REALLY ATTACKS WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, UNION'S ABILITY TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN BENEFITS BOTH ITS MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS ALIKE, UNIONS ARE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MANY OF THE WORKER PROTECTIONS AMERICANS ENJOY TODAY AND THEY CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR FAIR PAY AND GOOD WORKING CONTINUES, INCLUDING FOR 17.3 MILLION PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. WE HAVE UNIONS TO THANK FOR OUR WEEKENDS, FOR PAID VACATIONS, FOR OVERTIME PAY, FOR THE EIGHT-HOUR WORK DAY, FOR CHILD LABOR LAWS, FOR PENSIONS, FOR THE MINIMUM WAGE, FOR SICK LEAVE, FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, FOR PARENTAL LEAVE, FOR HOLIDAY PAY AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON. HOWEVER, YESTERDAY THE SUPREME COURT DEALT A DEVASTATING BLOW TO HARDWORKING EMPLOYEES. THE UNIONS THAT REPRESENT THEM AND THE PROTECTIONS THEY PROVIDE US IN A 5-4 IDEOLOGICAL DECISION, THE COURT INVALIDATED THE LAWS OF 22 STATES AND UNDERMINED PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS. THIS ENABLES FREE RIDING BY THOSE WHO BENEFIT FROM UNION AGREEMENTS BUT DO NOT WANT TO HELP COVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND UNIONS FIGHT FOR EVERY SINGLE WORKER. THEREFORE, EVERY WORKER SHOULD PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE CARTWRIGHT'S LEGISLATION, H.R. 6238, THE PUBLIC SERVICE FREEDOM TO NEGOTIATE ACT. THIS BILL PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO JOIN UNIONS WHO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                  • 09:31:37 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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                                  • 09:31:44 AM

                                    MR. CARTWRIGHT

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REPRESENT A DISTRICT IN NORTHEASTERN…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REPRESENT A DISTRICT IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA WHERE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS ARE TIME HONORED AND HIGHLY VALUED. THE THE WORK OUR UNIONS HAVE DONE OVER THE PAST 100-PLUS YEARS HAS CHANGED OUR LAWS AND PRACTICES THAT HELPED CREATE OUR STRONG AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. OUR MIDDLE CLASS IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY MAKES US THE ENVY OF THE FREE WORLD AND AMERICAN UNIONS KEEP THEM --THE MIDDLE CLASS STRONG. TODAY, PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS REPRESENT ABOUT 17.3 MILLION WORKERS IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS KEEP US SAFE AND TEACH AND NURTURE OUR CHILDREN, CARE FOR OUR FAMILIES. AS UNION MEMBERS THEY ARE EMPOWERED THROUGH COLLECTIVE ACTION TO FIGHT FOR FAIR WAGES AND WORK CONDITIONS AS MR. MCGOVERN MENTIONED. BUT YESTERDAY IN A 5-4 DECISION, THE SUPREME COURT RULED AGAINST UNIONS IN THE CASE OF JANICE VS. ASFSCME. THEY OVERTURNED FOUR DECADES, 40 YEARS OF LEGAL PRECEDENT TO UNDERMINE THE RIGHTS OF CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS, STATE AND LOCAL POLICEMEN, FIREFIGHTERS, SNOWPLOW DRIVERS, TEACHERS. ALL OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES THAT WORK HARD FOR US AND MAKE US SAVOR EVERY DAY, COURT'S DECISION INVALIDATE THE LAWS OF 22 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THESE ARE STATES THAT DECIDED IT ALLOW UNIONS AND STATE EMPLOYEES MUTUALLY AGREE ON ENSURING THAT EMPLOYEES PAY A FAIR SHARE FEE TO COVER THE COST OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND ENFORCEMENT. THIS COURT'S DECISION IS NOTHING BUT BARE-KNUCKLED POLITICS. IN FACT, PROMINENT REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS HAVE ALREADY DESCRIBED IT AND PRAISED IT AS A DEVASTATING BLOW TO DEMOCRATS. IT'S NOT JURISPRUDENCE, IT'S JUST POLITICS. WHEN YOU OVERTURN 40 YEARS OF AMERICAN LEGAL PRECEDENT, WHEN YOU RIP UP 40 YEARS OF THE FABRIC OF AMERICAN LAW, IT'S A BIG DEAL. ASSOCIATE JUSTICE KAGEN DESCRIBED IT YESTERDAY AS A WEAPONIZATION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT THAT'S BEEN GOING ON. AND SHE'S RIGHT. THIS DECISION COMES AT A TIME WHEN HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE FIGHTING EVERY DAY JUST TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. LABOR UNIONS ARE WORKING HARD TO GIVE WORKERS A COLLECTIVE VOICE TO GAIN HIGHER WAGES, BETTER HEALTH CARE, AND A SECURE RETIREMENT. AND MAKE NO MISTAKE. A TAX ON PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS ARE THE CAMPBELL'S NOSE UNDER THE TENT FLAP. THEY ARE COME -- CAMEL'S NOSE UNDER THE TENT FLAP. THEY ARE COMING AFTER PRIVATE SECTOR UNIONS NEXT. THEY SHAPE THE LIFE OF EVERY AMERICAN BY NEGOTIATING FOR LABOR RIGHTS, INCLUDING MINIMUM WAGE, EIGHT HOUR WORK DAYS, WEEKEND, EMPLOYER HEALTH INSURANCE. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TURN OUR BACK ON AMERICAN WORKERS AND LABOR UNIONS. NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND WITH EMPLOYEES WHO SERVE THE PUBLIC ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND FOR THAT REASON IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP MY BILL, H.R. 6238, THE PUBLIC SERVICE FREEDOM TO NEGOTIATE ACT, A BILL TO DEFEND THE RIGHT OF EVERY PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEE TO JOIN A UNION AND BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY. IT EMPOWERS THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY TO ENSURE THAT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND THAT WORKPLACE CONDITIONS MEET A PROPER STANDARD. EVERY EMPLOYEE DESERVES THESE BASIC STANDARDS WHETHER THEY CHOOSE TO JOIN UNION OR NOT. THE JANUARYOUS -- JANOUS DECISION IS AN ATTACK ON THE CAUSE THAT IS WE HERE IN CONGRESS, HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, REFIGHT FOR EVERY DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND THE RULE SO THAT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION BE CONSIDERED IMMEDIATELY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 09:36:15 AM

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 09:36:18 AM

                                    MR. COLLINS

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 09:36:22 AM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    COULD I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLEMAN HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS HE HAS ON HIS…

                                    COULD I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLEMAN HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS HE HAS ON HIS SIDE?

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                                  • 09:36:31 AM

                                    MR. COLLINS

                                    I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF YOU'RE READY TO CLOSE, I WILL BE AS WELL.

                                  • 09:36:34 AM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLEMAN MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING…

                                    I INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLEMAN MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

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                                  • 09:36:37 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 09:36:39 AM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET, THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS THAT WE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID AT THE OUTSET, THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING OVERSIGHT ON. AND THEY WERE NOT. THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS CHOSEN NOT TO LOOK INTO ALL THE SCANDALS THE IN THIS WHITE HOUSE. THEY HAVE CHOSEN INSTEAD TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY. I MENTIONED E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT. HE DEMONSTRATED OVER AND OVER HE HAS NO RECORD FOR TAXPAYER MONEY. HE'S LIVING LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS AT E.P.A. HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR HIS POSITION AND NO DESIRE TO FOLLOW OUR ETHICS LAWS. HIS MANY ABUSES OF HIS POSITION DEMAND WE FULLY INVESTIGATE HIS ACTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, HE SPENT -- I LOVE THIS, HE SPENT $43,000 ON INSTALLING A SOUNDPROOF BOOTH IN HIS OFFICE. LIKE WHO DOES THAT? G.A.O. STATED THAT HE WAS REQUIRED TO NOTIFY CONGRESS BEFORE SPENDING MORE THAN $5,000 ON OFFICE IMPROVEMENTS. HE GOES AHEAD AND SPENDS $43,000 ON A SOUNDPROOF BOOTH TO MAKE PRIVATE PHONE CALLS. HE WRACKED UP NEARLY $200,000 FLYING FIRST CLASS ON LUXURY AIRCRAFT ON TAXPAYERS' DIME. ONE OF THOSE TRIPS WAS TO ITALY. IT COST $30,000. HE RENTED AN APARTMENT FROM AN ENERGY LOBBYIST FOR $50 A NIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON. HE ENLISTED AN AIDE TO HELP HIS WIFE FIND A JOB. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. CONGRESS NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE THE ALARMING DRUG PRICE TRENDS IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. A LIFE OR DEATH ISSUE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. BECAUSE OF HIGH DRUG PRICES ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS CAN NOT AFFORD TO FILL A PRESCRIPTION. THESE HIGH DRUG PRICES ARE NOT DUE TO FOREIGN MARKETS BUT THEY ARE DUE TO OUR UNFAIR PRICING SYSTEM. WE ISSUE PATENTS TO DRUG COMPANIES ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS ON DRUGS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, PATENTS ARE IMPORTANT FOR INCENTIVIZING AND REWARDING INNOVATION. HOWEVER, DRUG COMPANIES FIND WAYS TO GAME THE SYSTEM BY PROLONGING THEIR PATENTS AND CONTINUING THEIR TIGHT HOLD ON LIFESAVING MEDICATIONS. A STUDY BY UCLA FOUND 74% OF NEW PATENTS FROM 2005 TO 2015 WENT TO DRUGS THAT ALREADY EXISTED. PATENTS ALLOW THESE DRUG COMPANIES TO CHARGE PATIENTS UNFAIR PRICES WITHOUT FACING COMPETITION. THAT'S JUST UNACCEPTABLE. I GUESS WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED THERE IS NO INVESTIGATION BECAUSE MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE WORKING WITH THIS WHITE HOUSE TO UNDO PATIENT PROTECTIONS IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THEY ARE EVEN TRYING TO TAKE AWAY PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PROTECTIONS. RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF THE LAW IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, AN INSURANCE COMPANY CANNOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST YOU AND DEMAND YOU PAY MORE OR NOT OFFER YOU INSURANCE. THEY HAVE TO GIVE YOU THE INSURANCE. THEY WANT TO TAKE THAT AWAY. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. WE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATION G INVESTIGATING THIS STUFF. I -- WE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING THIS STUFF. I COULD GO ON AND ON AN ON. WE'RE NOT DOING THAT. WHAT WE'RE DOING IS BRINGING A RESOLUTION THAT HAS BEEN PUT FORWARD BY SOME WHO ARE TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. WHO DO NOT WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FOCUS ON THE INVOLVEMENT BETWEEN THE -- BETWEEN TRUMP OPERATIVES AND THE RUSSIANS. IT USED TO BE WHEN I WOULD GO UP TO MASSACHUSETTS FOR THE WEEKENDS PEOPLE WOULD ASK ME WHO IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MET WITH THE RUSSIANS. NOW THE QUESTION IS, WHO IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DIDN'T MEET WITH THE RUSSIANS? WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TESTIFYING BEFORE THE MUELLER COMMITTEE AND THEY ARE NOW GETTING IN TROUBLE BECAUSE THEY ARE REALIZING IF YOU LIE, THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE, THEY ALL HAVE AMNESIA. THEY MET WITH RUSSIAN OPERATIVES TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND THEY FORGET. THEN THEY MYSTERIOUSLY REMEMBER WHEN THEY ARE CONFRONTED WITH THE EVIDENCE. WE ALL SHOULD BE SHOCKED BY THIS. A FOREIGN ADVERSARY INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTION. EVERY SINGLE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS THAT. AND YET YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TODAY TWEETING, RUSSIA INSISTS IT DIDN'T MEDDLE IN OUR ELECTION. OH, MY GOD. CAN'T BELIEVE THIS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS TWEETING THAT TODAY. IT'S SHAMEFUL. STOP DEFENDING THIS UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR. AND STOP DEFENDING A PROCESS THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE AS WELL. THIS IS BEING BROUGHT UP -- I MENTIONED THE TERRIBLE TREATMENT DEMOCRATS RECEIVED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHEN THIS THING WAS REPORTED OUT. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN MY LIFE. DEMOCRATS WAITED FOR AN HOUR AND THEY WERE SHUT OUT OF ANY OPPORTUNITY TO AMEND THE MEASURE OR EVEN SPEAK. WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE SHINING EXAMPLE OF DEMOCRACY AND YOU GET PEOPLE WHO HAVE QUESTIONS OR WHO HAVE IDEAS WHO ARE SHUT DOWN IN COMMITTEE. AND THEN WE BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. AFTER GOING THROUGH THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT. AND IT COMES TO THE FLOOR UNDER A CLOSED PROCESS. THIS IS THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. THIS IS THE 90TH CLOSED RULE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT THIS LEGISLATION CANNOT BE AMENDED. LIMITED DEBATE. YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR IT, UP OR DOWN. MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. EVERYBODY, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, ARE BLOCKED FROM OFFERING ANY OF THEIR IDEAS OR ANY OF THEIR POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS BILL. NOTHING. THIS IS THE 90TH CLOSED RULE, COMPLETELY CLOSED RULE IN THIS CONGRESS. THE 90TH BILL THAT HAS COME BEFORE US WHERE NEITHER DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS CAN OFFER ANYTHING. SO I -- IT IS FRUSTRATING BEYOND WORDS TO BE HERE TODAY. I MEAN THIS IS THE SYSTEM HERE IS RIGGED. THIS IS GOING TO PASS ON A PARTY-LINE VOTE, I GUESS. BUT THIS IS NOT THE WAY THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE SHOULD BE RUN. THIS IS DISGRACEFUL. AT SOME POINT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WHO CARE ABOUT THIS INSTITUTION HAVE TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THEY HAVE TO DEMAND A MORE OPEN, MORE TRANSPARENT SYSTEM HERE. THIS CANNOT STAND. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN ADDRESS THE TERRIBLE IMPACTS OF THIS SUPREME COURT DECISION IN THE JANUS CASE. AND VOTE NO ON THE RULE. WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING THIS TODAY. WE SHOULD NOT BE ENGAGED IN AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE OR UNDERMINE AN IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIA'S MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                  • 09:43:24 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING -- SORRY.

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                                  • 09:43:31 AM

                                    MR. COLLINS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LOOK, WE CAN DISCUSS THIS AND CONTINUE TO DISCUSS…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LOOK, WE CAN DISCUSS THIS AND CONTINUE TO DISCUSS IT AS WE HAVE. I RESPECT MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS'S OPINION. THE ISSUES OF TRANSPARENCY, I WANT TO SEE THAT SAME TRANSPARENCY. I WANT TO SEE US WORK. I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. BY SAYING WE BRING THIS RULE AND RESOLUTION HERE TODAY TO DESSPARGEE THIS INSTITUTION WHO ARE ASKING FOR WHAT WE ARE REQUIRED AND CAN GET, I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT IS. WE CAN CAN DISCUSS OTHER ISSUES YOU WANT TO INVESTIGATE AND OTHER AREAS YOU WANT TO GO TO. WE CAN DISCUSS -- THERE IS NOTHING UNDERMINING THE INVESTIGATION. THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS STILL GOING ON. THE F.B.I. INVESTIGATION -- ALL THAT IS STILL GOING ON. NOTHING IS UNDERMINING IT EXCEPT THE D.O.J. THAT HAS HAD OBVIOUS ISSUES OF TELLING THE TRUTH AND OBVIOUS ISSUES OF NOT GIVING US THEIR DOCUMENTS WE REQUESTED. THIS IS ARTICLE 1, ARTICLE 2. WE CAN HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE. I KNOW IF I WAS IN A POSITION ON THE OTHER SIDE I WOULD WANT EVERYTHING INVESTIGATED BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE SEEN WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF WITH THE ECONOMY, WITH JOBS, WITH REGULATIONS, WITH SMALL BUSINESS, WHEN YOU START LOOKING AT THAT I WOULD YELL AT EVERYTHING ELSE, TOO, MR. SPEAKER. BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE WHAT HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO DO AND OUR ECONOMY IS BETTER. OUR JOBS ARE BETTER. WE'RE WORKING 20RD A SYSTEM WHICH AMERICA IS SAFER. I WOULD ALSO WANT TO INVESTIGATE EVERYTHING ELSE, TOO, IF I WAS GOING INTO A CYCLE I WOULD WANT TO LOOK OTHER PLACES AND TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINGS AREN'T RIGHT WHEN THEY KNOW THAT IT IS. BUT ALSO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHEN I GO BACK HOME TO GEORGIA, THEY ALSO WANT TO KNOW IF THE CONGRESS ASKING AN AGENCY FOR DOCUMENTS WHY DO THEY NOT GET TO PRODUCE THEM? AND DON'T GO TO THE FACT IT'S CLASSIFIED. WE GOT CLASSIFIED AREAS UP HERE. DON'T HIDE BEHIND THAT. WHAT IS PROBLEMATIC HERE IS WE'RE HIDING BEHIND THE FACT OF THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE AFTER THEY ARE PRODUCED, AFTER THEY ARE COMPELLED TO PRODUCE, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE TRYING TO JUST KEEP IT FROM US TO HIDE EMBARRASSMENT. AND THAT IS NOT A REASON TO HIDE DOCUMENTS. . WE HAVE A SIMPLE PROPOSAL HERE. DO WHAT YOU'RE REQUIRED TO DO. LET CONGRESS BE THE OVERSIGHT IT'S SUPPOSED TO AND YOU CAN DISCUSS WHATEVER YOU WANT TO OVERSIGHT. THAT'S TWO PARTIES WORKING. IN THIS ONE, THIS IS PRETTY SIMPLE. YOU CAN VOTE NO AND SAY, NOPE, CONGRESS SHOULDN'T DO THAT, IN AN AREA WHICH WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITY AND OVERSIGHT PROTECTION. IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, GO RIGHT AHEAD. AGAIN, WHEN YOU WANT TO THROW OFF EVERYTHING, YOU LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT, YOU LOOK AT THE ADMINISTRATION, YOU LOOK WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE LAST 18 1/2 MONTHS, YOU SEE A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. YOU SEE A GOOD THING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. PEOPLE DON'T CARE WHAT HAPPENS ON THIS FLOOR. THEY WANT TO GET UP IN THE MORNING, GET THEIR FAMILIES READY, PAY THEIR BILLS, HAVE A POSSIBILITY OF A PROMOTION, GO START THAT BUSINESS THEY WANT TO HAVE. WE PROVIDED THAT. NOW UP HERE IN THE INTERNAL WORKINGS OF GOVERNMENT, IN THE MESH OF WEB THAT'S INSIDE THIS BELTWAY, WHEN YOU GOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY AND GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WHO DO NOT WANT TO DO WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO, IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY. JOHN STEWART MILL STATED THE PROPER OFFICE OF AN ASSEMBLY IS TO THROW LIGHT ON THE PUBLICITY OF ITS ACT AND HAVE JUSTIFICATION OF ALL OF THEM WHICH ANY ONE OF THEM CONSIDERS CONSIDERABLE. TODAY, REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE ARE DOING THAT, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE TAKING OUR OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES SERIOUSLY. WE'RE ABIDING BY THE CHECKS AND BALANCES OF THE INSTITUTION TO ENSURE THE GOVERNMENT IS ACTING APPROPRIATELY TO ENSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHO BY THE WAY, WE REPRESENT, HAVE THE ANSWERS THAT THEY DESERVE. ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                                  • 09:47:20 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                  • 09:47:30 AM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    MR. SPEAKER.

                                  • 09:47:31 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 09:47:33 AM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

                                    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. 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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                                  • 10:12:29 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                  • 10:12:46 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 10:12:47 AM

                                    MR. MCGOVERN

                                    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                                  • 10:12:50 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE.…

                                    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR 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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                                  • 10:20:19 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 10:20:38 AM

                                    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 5895 WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERE TO, DISAGREE TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE THEREON.

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                                  • 10:20:53 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

                                  • 10:20:55 AM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    H.R. 5895, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT…

                                    H.R. 5895, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                  • 10:21:07 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 10:21:14 AM

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A PRIVILEGED REPORT AT THE DESK.

                                  • 10:21:18 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                  • 10:21:20 AM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6258, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FINANCIAL…

                                    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6258, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES.

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                                  • 10:21:32 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. POINTS OF ORDER ARE…

                                    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. POINTS OF ORDER ARE RESERVED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 21. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE FOLLOWING CONFEREES ON H.R. 5895.

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                                  • 10:21:51 AM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    MESSRS. FRELINGHUYSEN, CALVERT, FORTENBERRY. MS. HERRERA BEUTLER, MR.…

                                    MESSRS. FRELINGHUYSEN, CALVERT, FORTENBERRY. MS. HERRERA BEUTLER, MR. TAYLOR, MRS. LOWEY, MS. KAPTUR, MR. VISCLOSKY, MR. RYAN OF OHIO, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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                                  • 10:22:58 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER SO WE CAN…

                                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER SO WE CAN PROCEED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 10:23:21 AM

                                    MR. JORDAN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, I ASK THAT THE --

                                  • 10:23:23 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, I ASK AS THE DESIGNEE OF…

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, I ASK AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE CHAIRMAN TO CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 970 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                  • 10:23:45 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                  • 10:23:48 AM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    HOUSE RESOLUTION 970, RESOLUTION INSISTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE…

                                    HOUSE RESOLUTION 970, RESOLUTION INSISTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FULLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUESTS INCLUDING SUBPOENAS OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND THE SUBPOENA ISSUED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY RELATING TO POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT BY PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND RELATED MATTERS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: --

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    RELATED MATTERS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: --

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ.…

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS.

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                                  • 10:24:27 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT --

                                  • 10:24:30 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. ORDER IN THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. ORDER IN THE HOUSE, PLEASE. PLEASE REMOVE ALL CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. WE WILL WAIT UNTIL IT'S QUIET. ORDER IN THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                                  • 10:24:52 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

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

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

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                                  • 10:24:59 AM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                  • 10:25:01 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A…

                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A RESOLUTION THAT LITERALLY IS ABOUT THIS INSTITUTION. AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS, IT'S ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE F.B.I. GIVING DOCUMENTS TO THIS INSTITUTION SO THEY CAN CONDUCT PROPER OVERSIGHT. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE HAD MONTHS AND MONTHS GO BY WITH MULTIPLE REQUESTS WHERE THOSE REQUESTS HAVE BEEN LARGELY IGNORED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AND IF IS TIME THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACTUALLY HAVE THE TRANSPARENCY THAT THEY DESERVE AND BEING ABLE TO SEE THESE DOCUMENTS AND LET THEM JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT DID OR DID NOT GO ON WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND F.B.I. MR. SPEAKER, LADY JUSTICE SHOULD HAVE A BLINDFOLD, AND THAT MEANS THAT JUSTICE SHOULD NOT BE METED OUT TO THOSE WELL-CONNECTED OR WELL-FINANCED. IT SHOULD BE IN ALL REGARDS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT I GET TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO TO SPEAK ON THIS.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE HOUSE CONTINUES TO NOT BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE…

                                    THE HOUSE CONTINUES TO NOT BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THAT INCLUDES THE BACK OF THE CHAMBERS. WE WILL NOT CONTINUE UNTIL IT'S IN ORDER.

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THANK YOU FOR THE OBSERVATION. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

                                  • 10:26:35 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JORDAN.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                  • 10:26:42 AM

                                    MR. JORDAN

                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MORE…

                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR THIS RESOLUTION. THIS IS REAL SIMPLE. REAL SIMPLE. IT'S ABOUT OUR BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH GETTING THE INFORMATION WE ARE ENTITLED TO GET AS A SEPARATE AND EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO DO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY OF OVERSIGHT. WE HAVE REQUESTED INFORMATION FROM D.O.J. THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN TO US. WE ISSUED SUBPOENAS. THEY HAVE NOT COMPLIED WITH SUBPOENAS. WE HAVE CAUGHT THEM HIDING INFORMATION. THEY REDACTED THE FACT, PETER STRUCK, A KEY PLAYER IN BOTH THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION, RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, WAS ONE OF THE FRIENDS OF THE FISA COURT JUDGES. IT WAS REDACTED. TO NO OTHER REASON THAN IT WAS EMBARRASSING. WE KNOW THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL THREATENED STAFF MEMBERS ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. SO IT'S -- THIS IS REAL SIMPLE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. GIVE US THE DOCUMENTS WE ARE ENTITLED TO HAVE. LET'S HAVE THE FULL WEIGHT OF THE HOUSE BEHIND A RESOLUTION SAYING YOU GOT SEVEN DAYS TO GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER. LET ME JUST SAY ONE OTHER THING. WHEN HAVE YOU EVER SEEN, WHEN HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN AGENCY WHERE THE TOP PEOPLE WHO RAN THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION, THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION HAVE HAD THIS HAPPEN TO THEM? JAMES COMEY HAS BEEN FIRED. ANDREW MCCABE FIRED. LIED THREE TIMES UNDER OATH. GENERAL COUNSEL JIM BAKER DEMOTED. THEN LEFT THE F.B.I. LISA PAIGE, DEMOTED. LEFT THE F.B.I. JIM STRUCK, DEPUTY, DEMOTED. ESCORTED OUT OF THE F.B.I. JUST DAYS AGO. WHEN HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THAT HAPPEN? AND NOW WE KNOW THEY WON'T -- AND THEY WON'T GIVE US THE INFORMATION WE'RE ASKING FOR. SOMETHING'S GONE ON OVER THERE, AND THIS IS A RESOLUTION THAT IS NEEDED BECAUSE, AGAIN, WILL BE THE FULL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SAYING, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, GIVE US THE INFORMATION SO WE CAN DO OUR JOB AND GET ANSWERS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY I APPLAUD THE GENTLEMAN'S EFFORTS AND SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND ENCOURAGE EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THIS BODY AS AN INSTITUTION TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 10:28:48 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, IS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 10:28:54 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

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

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                                  • 10:29:01 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THIS SO-CALLED RESOLUTION OF INSISTENCE IS BEING RUSHED TO…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THIS SO-CALLED RESOLUTION OF INSISTENCE IS BEING RUSHED TO THE FLOOR AS AN EMERGENCY MEASURE. THERE ARE MANY EMERGENCIES FACING THE UNITED STATES AT THIS HOUR. THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS RESOLUTION IS NOT AMONG THEM. THIS RESOLUTION IS WRONG ON THE FACTS, WRONG ON THE LAW, WRONG ON THE RULES, AND A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT TO SET FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. FIRST, THE RESOLUTION IS RIDDLED WITH INACCURACIES. TAKING THIS DOCUMENT AT FACE VALUE, YOU MIGHT THINK THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAD NOT ALREADY SENT US HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS. MANY OF WHICH THE SPONSORS OF THIS RESOLUTION DELIGHT IN LEAKING TO THE PUBLIC. IT ALSO RELIES HEAVILY ON THE MARCH 2 SUBPOENA ISSUED -- 22 SUBPOENA ISSUED BY CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, A SUBPOENA THAT WAS NOT ISSUED IN COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULES AND THAT, ACCORDING TO THE HOUSE PAST COUNSELORS WITH WHOM WE CONSULTED, LIKELY CANNOT BEIN ENFORCED. SECOND, THIS PREMISE A DEMAND FOR DOCUMENTS TO WHICH CONGRESS IS NOT ENTITLED AND WHICH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CANNOT GIVE US. . TO BE CLEAR, I FIRMLY BELIEVE, WHEN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ASKED THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH FOR INFORMATION, HOUR COMMITTEE'S ENTITLED TO THAT INFORMATION IN ALMOST EVERY CASE. BUT WE ARE NOT ENTITLED TO INFORMATION THAT GOES TO THE CORE OF AN ONGOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. . THIS PROHIBITION IS BOTH A MATTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. IT FALLS TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO ENFORCE THE LAW. AND BASIC BEARNESS IT IS WRONG TO INJECT POLITICS INTO CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS. I SUSPECT THAT THE SPONSORS OF THIS RESOLUTION ALREADY KNOW THIS. THEY ARE ASKING FOR DOCUMENTS THEY KNOW THEY WILL PROBABLY NEVER RECEIVE. AND THEY LIKELY VIEW THIS IMPOSSIBLE REQUEST AS A WIN-WIN PROPOSITION. IF THEY SOMEHOW BULLY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INTO TURNING OVER MATERIALS THAT GO TO THE CORE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION, THAT INFORMATION COULD BE AND PROBABLY WOULD BE SHARED WITH THE SUBJECT OF THE INVESTIGATION. MAINLY PRESIDENT TRUMP. INDEED, MAYOR GIULIANI HAS HINTED EXACTLY THAT. BASED ON PAST PRECEDENT, THAT INFORMATION WOULD NEXT BE SHARED WITH ANYBODY WATCHING FOX NEWS. AND IF THEY DO NOT PRY THESE DOCUMENTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT, THEY WILL USE THAT FACT TO FURTHER SMEAR THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND ANYONE ELSE INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT. THEY HAVE EVEN SUGGESTED IMPEACHING THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, A PROPOSAL THAT IS BOTH WITHOUT HISTORICAL PRECEDENT AND RIDICULOUS. THE REAL PURPOSE OF THIS RESOLUTION AND WHOLE ATTEMPT IS TO CAST ASPERSIONS, IS TO DEFAME THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, SPECIAL COUNSEL, AND THE PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH HIM, THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL. FINALLY, VOTING ON THIS RESOLUTION TODAY SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. THE MAJORITY WILL IN EFFECT HAVE SHOWN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT PURE POLITICS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE FANTHS. AND -- FACTS. AND MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LAW. AND FOR WHAT? YOU CAN FORCE THIS FIGHT WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. YOU CAN DEMAND DOCUMENTS THAT THE DEPARTMENT CANNOT GIVE US AND TO WHICHUARY NOT ENTITLED. YOU CAN CAN A -- AND TO WHICH WE'RE NOT ENTITLED. YOU CAN ENTITLED. YOU CAN ATTACK DEPUTY GENERAL ROSEN STEIN AND SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER. YOU CAN BURN BRIDGES WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES TO SPEED THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. BUT YOU CANNOT STOP THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION. BEFORE MEMBERS VOTE TODAY, WE MUST ASK WHEN THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S WORK IS COMPLETE, WHEN THE ENORMITY OF WHAT HE HAS FOUND HAS BEEN LAID BARE, HOW WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUDGE THE HOUSE'S ACTIONS HERE TODAY? I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RECKLESS, DANGEROUS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 10:33:05 AM

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                                  • 10:33:09 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD MAKE ONE COMMENT. IT'S INTERESTING WHEN…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD MAKE ONE COMMENT. IT'S INTERESTING WHEN THE GENTLEMAN OPTS, MR. SPEAKER, IS TALKING ABOUT MOTIVES AND WHAT IS DESIGNED BY THIS WHEN WE HAVE NOT HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT. IT'S ALSO INTERESTING WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THOSE VERY MOTIVES ABOUT AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION, PART OF THIS REQUEST IS ASKING FOR 10,000 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS ON AN INVESTIGATION THAT'S ALREADY COMPLETE. I WOULD THINK WE WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET THOSE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. WITH THAT I WOULD RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGS, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  • 10:33:45 AM

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                                  • 10:33:47 AM

                                    MR. BIGGS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. AN OLD ARIZONA FARMER TOLD ME WHEN YOU PUT UP A FENCE, THE COW ALMOST ALWAYS GOES OVER AND LEANS ON THE FENCE TO SEE HOW STRONG THAT FENCE IS BECAUSE THE COW WANTS TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE. IF THE FENCE IS STRONG, IT MOVES AWAY AND YOU DON'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM. IF YOUR FENCE IS A LITTLE LOOSE, IN THE WIRING, IT'S GOING TO GO OVER AND THAT COW WILL GET OUT. THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE. WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE IS WE HAVE HAD A LOOSE FENCE. WE HAVE FAILED TO DEMAND THE REQUIREMENTS BE MET AS WE HAVE REQUESTED. IT'S NOT BULLYING. IT'S NOT BULLYING TO REQUEST DOCUMENTS. IT'S NOT BULLYING TO SUBPOENA AND USE THE RIGHT THAT WE HAVE TO SUBPOENA. THAT'S NOT BULLYING ANYBODY. BUT I TELL YOU WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. THIS RESOLUTION GETS AT THE HEART OF IT. IT SAYS WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU AN EXTRA TWO WEEKS. THAT'S REBUILDING THE FENCE A LITTLE BIT. THAT'S REBUILDING THAT FENCE A LITTLE BIT AND SAYING, WE HAVE OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY. YOU NEED TO COMPLY WITH THAT OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY. SO WE'RE GOING TO REBUILD THE FENCE. AND I FULLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, MR. SPEAKER. BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I WOULD ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT A RESOLUTION FOR CONTEMPT BECAUSE THERE HAS NOT BEEN COMPLIANCE, NOR HAS THERE BEEN ADEQUATE REASON GIVEN FOR NONCOMPLIANCE. SO I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION 100%. I'M GOING TO BE VOTING FOR IT. I CO-SPONSORED IT. I TELL YOU WHAT, WE NEED TO BE HOLDING A RESOLUTION OF CONTEMPT BECAUSE THIS BODY AND ITS AUTHORITY HAS BEEN HELD IN CONTEMPT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 10:35:38 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. WITH…

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 10:35:43 AM

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                                  • 10:35:46 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE CRIME SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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                                  • 10:35:56 AM

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                                  • 10:35:59 AM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND CERTAINLY LET ME THANK MY GOOD…

                                    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND CERTAINLY LET ME THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I THINK THE NATION SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE THESE STARK POLITICAL DIFFERENCES. WE HAVE THESE STARK LEGAL DIFFERENCES, BUT THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN UNDERMINE THE RULE OF LAW AND THE TRUTH. MY GOOD FRIEND WHO JUST SPOKE EARLIER WANTS TO GO TO THE EXTREME OF HOLDING THE NATION'S PROFESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN CONTEMPT. FOR DOING THEIR JOB. I HOLD IN MY HAND THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ISSUED IN JUNE, 2018. BESIDES THESE PAGES, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE EONS AND EONS OF DOCUMENTS. RIGHT NOW THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENSTEIN IS THERE VOLUNTARILY. WE HAVE DIRECTOR RAY THERE. EVEN IF THERE WAS A SUBPOENA, THEY HAVE COME. BOTH OF THEM INDICATED THAT THEY CANCELED IMPORTANT TRIPS TO BE HERE BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. I ASKED IN THAT HEARING WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR THE EMERGENCY HEARING? WHAT WAS THE GOOD CAUSE? I DON'T KNOW IF MY COLLEAGUES HEARD IT, I COULD NOT DECIPHER ANY GOOD CAUSE OF WHY WE'RE NOW THROWN INTO THIS HEARING ROOM. THE REASON I SAY THAT, WHICH SPEAKS TO THIS PARTICULAR RESOLUTION, AND THAT IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE HAD NOW UNDER THE PRESIDENCY OF MR. TRUMP ALMOST TWO YEARS. AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS NOT ANSWERED ONE SINGLE INQUIRY OFFERED BY THE DEMOCRATS. WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE LEGITIMATE HEARING ON THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION TO HAVE VIOLATED AND MADE VIAL THE 2016 ELECTION. I DO NOT SPEAK TO THE RESULTS. I SPEAK TO THE IMPACT ON THE INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTION BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE HEARING. NOW WE'RE IN A RUSH TO CONTINUE TO REINVESTIGATE AND REINVESTIGATE THE FINDINGS OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AND THE INVESTIGATORS WHO INDICATED THAT THEY INVESTIGATED THIS AND IN ESSENCE FOUND NO CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. THAT THIS IS SECRETARY CLINTON'S EMAIL. I THINK IT IS PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE THAT THE ITEM THAT SHE WAS BEING LOOKED AT FOR WAS THE MISUSE OF CLASSIFIED DATA A. MEMO AT BEST. -- DATA. MEMO AT BEST. WE DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. SHE DID NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. SHE WAS CLEARED OF ANY CRIMINAL INTENT OR CRIMINAL ACTIONS BY PEOPLE THAT WE WOULD NORMALLY TRUST. I BELIEVE IN OVERSIGHT. I DON'T WANT SCANDALS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. I WANT THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION TO WORK WELL. MAYBE SOMEBODY SHOULD ASK THE QUESTION WHY THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION IS UNDERSTAFFED AND BARELY WORKING. MAYBE SOMEBODY SHOULD ASK THE QUESTION WHY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SWITCHED FROM BEING SUPPORTIVE OF ANTI-VOTER I.D. LAWS THAT WERE DISCRIMINATORY, BUT DID NOT. THIS RESOLUTION IS REDUNDANT.

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                                  • 10:39:12 AM

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                                  • 10:39:16 AM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    IT GOES IN THE FACE OF THOSE WHO ARE --

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                                    MR. NADLER

                                    I GRANT THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

                                  • 10:39:21 AM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    IT GOES IN THE FACE OF THOSE ALREADY PERFORMING. MR. SPEAKER, THE…

                                    IT GOES IN THE FACE OF THOSE ALREADY PERFORMING. MR. SPEAKER, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS ALREADY PRODUCED ABOUT 850,000 DOCUMENTS. THE REQUEST OF THIS GROUP OF FOLK FROM OVERSIGHT AND JUDICIARY. THEY ARE COMPLYING. WHY ARE WE ON THE FLOOR TAKING A HAMMER TO A FLEA OF FOLK FROM OVERSIGHT AND JUDICIARY. THAT IS UNNECESSARY? WHY ARE WE NOT IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PROBING THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOW APPEARING? I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS A RESOLUTION THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CRUX OF PROTECTING THE NOVEMBER 18, 2018 ELECTION.

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                                  • 10:39:58 AM

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                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                                  • 10:40:00 AM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REALITY. WE FINISHED OUR WORK AND NEED TO GO ON…

                                    IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REALITY. WE FINISHED OUR WORK AND NEED TO GO ON TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST BOGUS ELECTIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 10:40:08 AM

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                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES.…

                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 10:40:14 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE REALITY OF THIS IS THE VERY DOCUMENT THAT…

                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE REALITY OF THIS IS THE VERY DOCUMENT THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS PUT UP. THAT 500-PAGE REPORT IS ACTUALLY INVESTIGATIVE CONCLUSIONS BASED ON 1.2 MILLION DOCUMENTS. OF WHICH THIS BODY, THIS BODY HAS RECEIVED LESS THAN 24,000 DOCUMENTS, PAGES OF THE SAME DOCUMENTS THAT SHE MENTIONS. AND SO ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR IS FOR US, THE LEGISLATIVE BODY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO GET THE VERY SAME DOCUMENTS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS. WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MY GOOD FRIEND, DR. GOSAR, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  • 10:40:57 AM

                                    MR. GOSAR

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY IN INSISTING THE…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY IN INSISTING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FULLY COMPLY WITH CONGRESS AND PROVIDE THE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING SUBPOENAS RELATED TO THE POTENTIAL FISA ABUSE. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS DONE NOTHING BUT DIVERT AND BLOCK CONGRESS FROM DOCUMENTS THAT ARE WELL WITHIN OUR RIGHTS TO RECEIVE. THEY HAVE REPEATEDLY INSISTED THEY HAVE COMPLIED WITH THE DOCUMENT REQUESTS WHEN THEY CLEARLY HAVE NOT. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSEN STEIN HAS BEEN THE MAJOR PLAYER IN STONE WALLING CONGRESS. THE LONGER THEY STALL THIS PROCESS, THE IMPORTANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LOSE FAITH IN OUR SWRISSTISS SYSTEM THAT IS A THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. I STAND HERE TODAY CALLING FOR TRANSPARENCY, ANSWERS, AND ACCOUNTABILITY SO THAT WE CAN GET TO THE TRUTH. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE ACCOUNTABILITY. THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. IF THE D.O.J. FAILS TO COMPLY, THEN WE'LL BE FORCED TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. TO HOLD TEPPUTE ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENSTEIN IN CONTEMPT. OR EVEN IMPEACH WHICH WOULD BE MY PREFERRED COURSE OF ACTION RIGHT NOW. IT IS VERY SIMPLE. COMPLY WITH THE LAW, DO YOUR JOB, OR GET OUT. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 10:42:10 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND TENACIOUS SPIRIT ON THIS. I…

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND TENACIOUS SPIRIT ON THIS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 10:42:16 AM

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                                  • 10:42:19 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

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                                    INQUIRY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS INQUIRY.

                                  • 10:42:26 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    H.RES. 970 WHICH IS BEFORE US NOW INCLUDES A REFERENCE TO A DOCUMENT…

                                    H.RES. 970 WHICH IS BEFORE US NOW INCLUDES A REFERENCE TO A DOCUMENT UNILATERALLY ISSUED BY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON MARCH 22, 2018. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE ISSUANCE OF THIS PURPORTED SUBPOENA IS DEFECTIVE BECAUSE IT DID NOT COMPLY WITH COMMITTEE RULES PROVIDING, QUOTE, AT LEAST TWO BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE ISSUING ANY BUSINESS SUBPOENA THE CHAIR SHALL CONSULT WITH THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIR SHALL PROVIDE A FULL COPY OF THE FULL SUBPOENA, CLOSED QUOTE. WHILE IN THIS INSTANCE THE CHAIR DID PROVIDE ME AS RANKING MEMBER WITH A COPY OF A PROPOSED SUBPOENA ON MARCH 19, THE DOCUMENT THE CHAIRMAN ISSUED ON MARCH 22 WAS SUBSTANTIVELY AND MATERIALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE DOCUMENT SHARED ON MARCH 19 IN ABERRATION OF COMMITTEE RULES. MY PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY IS WHETHER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD HAVE ANY BEARING ON CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, H.RES. 970, AND ABSENT THAT, WHETHER THE DEFECTIVE NATURE WOULD HAVE ANY BEARING ON ANY FUTURE ATTEMPTS BY THE HOUSE TO ENFORCE THE SUPPOSED SUBPOENA.

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                                    THE HOUSE IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING HOUSE RESOLUTION 970. THE CHAIR CANNOT…

                                    THE HOUSE IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING HOUSE RESOLUTION 970. THE CHAIR CANNOT SEPARATELY COMMENT ON COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS AS A MATTER FOR DEBATE ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                                  • 10:43:37 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    I COULDN'T HEAR.

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                                    THE HOUSE IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING HOUSE RESOLUTION 970. THE CHAIR CANNOT…

                                    THE HOUSE IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING HOUSE RESOLUTION 970. THE CHAIR CANNOT SEPARATELY COMMENT ON COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS. THAT IS A MATTER FOR DEBATE ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                                  • 10:43:51 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    IN THAT CASE I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A COPY OF A…

                                    IN THAT CASE I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A COPY OF A LETTER I SENT TO THE CHAIR DATED JUNE 21, 2018, DETAILING THE FACTS AND BACKGROUND CONCERNING THE DEFECTIVE NATURE OF THE SUBPOENA PURPORTEDLY ISSUED ON MARCH 22.

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                                  • 10:44:09 AM

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                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                    MR. NADLER

                                    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,…

                                    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE CONSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. COHEN.

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                                  • 10:44:25 AM

                                    MR. COHEN

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE TIME. WE'RE…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE TIME. WE'RE EXPERIENCING HERE IN THIS MOMENT, THIS CHAMBER IS THE GREATEST TRIBUTE TO FELINI THAT COULD EVER BE PRODUCED IN THIS HOUSE. IT IS A IS THEATER OF THE ABSURD. IT IS A RUSE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND AN ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT JUSTICE THAT WILL GO BACK AND EXPOSE ACTIVITIES INVOLVING RUSSIA AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2016 ELECTION THAT RESULTED IN THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP. THEATER OF THE ABSURD. THE FACT IS THERE IS A SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATING THAT. ONE OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS EVER. A PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT WHO WENT IN THE MARINES BECAUSE ONE OF HIS FRIENDS WAS KILLED AND VOLUNTEERED TO GO TO VIETNAM, RECEIVED A PURPLE HEART, AND OTHER COMMENDATIONS. AND THEN CAME BACK HERE AND DIDN'T PRACTICE LAW AND MAKE MONEY AND GET GREEDY ON FIFTH AVENUE. BUT HE PURSUED JUSTICE AND PUT GOTTI AWAY AND NORIEGA AWAY. HE'S DEALT WITH SOME OF THE WORST PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. AND IT'S A PERFECT CALLING FOR HIM TO STAND FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND FOR OUR COUNTRY AND THE RULE OF LAW AND INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA AND OUR 2016 ELECTION. . AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. THE CAMPAIGN MANAGER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IN JAIL RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WHILE ON BOND HE DID ACTS THAT JUDGE COULDN'T COUNT ON HIM TO ENGAGE IN AGAIN. SO SHE HAD TO PUT HIM IN JAIL. THERE HAVE BEEN INDICTMENTS, THERE HAVE BEEN GUILTY PLEAS BY PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT'S FEELING THE HEAT AND HIS ACK LIGHTS HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RATHER THAN OPERATING AS A CHECK AND BALANCE ON THE ADMINISTRATION AND INSTEAD OF DOING THEIR DUTY IS PRODUCING THIS REUSS TO MAKE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THINK THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE F.B.I. AND THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. GOING AFTER MR. MUELLER, MR. ROSENSTEIN, MR. WRAY AT THE F.B.I., A REPUBLICAN APPOINTED BY TRUMP. AS WE'RE HERE ON THIS FLOOR, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS HAVING A SHAM HEARING WITH ROSENSTEIN AND WRAY. REPUBLICANS FIGHTING REPUBLICANS TO GET INFORMATION BECAUSE IT'S NOT REPUBLICANS FIGHTING REPUBLICANS. IT'S REPUBLICANS FIGHTING FOR TRUMP WHO HAS TAKEN OFFER THIS PARTY, A PARTY THAT ONCE PROUDLY STOOD FOR PEOPLE LIKE RONALD REAGAN AND DWIGHT EISENHOWER AND GEORGE W. BUSH AND GEORGE H.W. BUSH AND EVEN ABRAHAM LINCOLN THAT MOST PEOPLE KNOW IS A REPUBLICAN. WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS A TAKEOVER OF OUR DEMOCRACY, AND THIS IS THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD. THESE DOCUMENTS SHOULD NOT BE TURNED OVER, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DOESN'T TURN THEM OVER BECAUSE IT WOULD REVEAL SOURCES AND IT WOULD IMPERIL AN INVESTIGATION. GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES AND MAY WE PROTECT ROBERT MUELLER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I REITERATE MY OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 10:47:52 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                                    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT.

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                                  • 10:47:57 AM

                                    MR. GOHMERT

                                    I THANK MY FRIEND. THE VERY THINGS THAT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE…

                                    I THANK MY FRIEND. THE VERY THINGS THAT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE ARGUING COULD HAVE BEEN ARGUED BACK IN WATERGATE DAYS AND IT WOULD HAVE -- THEY WOULD HAVE KEPT RICHARD NIXON IN OFFICE. SOME OF US ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T CARE ABOUT PARTY AS MUCH AS WE DO ABOUT JUSTICE AND THE TRUTH, AND WHAT WE HAVE FOUND IS THAT LEADING INTELLIGENCE PEOPLE AND JUSTICE PEOPLE WERE LYING. CLAPPER HAS FOUND TO BE A LIAR, PERJURED HIMSELF, SO HAS BRENNAN. NOW WE HAVE INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN OBJECTED TO, REDACTED AND WE FIND OUT, WHOA, THESE GUYS SAID THIS WAS FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND IT TURNS OUT WHEN WE GET THE INFORMATION ACTUALLY IT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS EMBARRASSING TO THE PEOPLE OBJECTING. OVERSIGHT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL, AND THE LAST ADMINISTRATION DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH OVERSIGHT AND IN FACT THEY OBSTRUCTED, THEY WERE ABLE TO DRAG THINGS OUT SO WE NEVER GOT TO THE BOTTOM OF THINGS LIKE FAST AND FURIOUS WHEN ONE OF OUR OWN PRECIOUS AMERICAN AGENTS WAS KILLED. THERE WERE NO ANSWERS AND THEY'RE TRYING IT AGAIN, BUT NOW WE HAVE THIS OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN HIDDEN ARE BROUGHT FORWARD. AND, YES, WE HAVE MR. ROSENSTEIN, WHO ACTUALLY WAS INVOLVED IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIA TRYING TO GET ILLEGALLY GET U.S. URANIUM AND HE WORKED WITH A GUY NAMED MUELLER WHO HIRED A GUY NAMED WISEMAN IN THAT INVESTIGATION AND THEY HAVE HIDDEN WHAT WENT ON THERE AND EVEN FORCED A WITNESS TO SIGN A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT. UNHEARD OF IN THAT SITUATION. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE BRING THESE THINGS OUT. WE HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. I WATCHED ONE OF THEM YESTERDAY. I CAN'T GO INTO WHAT HE SAID BUT I WAS GOING, WOW, WE KNOW THAT'S A LIE WHAT HE JUST SAID. HE'S SO GOOD. THEN I REALIZED HE MUST HAVE SAID STRAIGHT FACE TO HIS WIFE 100 TIMES ABOUT, OH, NO, THERE'S NOTHING GOING ON WITH ME AND MS. PAIGE. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT HAVE GOTTEN TOO GOOD AT LYING. WE NEED THESE DOCUMENTS TO SEE WHAT IS THE TRUTH. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 10:50:13 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                  • 10:50:19 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, THE RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. JOHNSON, THREE MINUTES.

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                                  • 10:50:33 AM

                                    MR. JOHNSON

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION WHICH IS A…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION WHICH IS A REPUBLICAN ATTEMPT TO DELAY AND DERAIL THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHAT WE HAVE TODAY IS A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT WHO IS UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. WE HAVE A REPUBLICAN-LED HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT IS DO ITS BEST TO HAVE HIM THWART THE INVESTIGATION, HELP HIM STOP THE INVESTIGATION. SO WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT TODAY IS TO PASS A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD RESULT IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS CONDUCTING THE INVESTIGATION OF THE PRESIDENT TO TURN OVER DOCUMENTS THAT GO TO THE HEART OF THE INVESTIGATION. NOW, WHY DO THEY WANT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO TURN THAT DOCUMENTATION OVER TO THEM? WELL, SO THAT IT CAN BE LEAKED, LEAKED TO FOX NEWS, GET BACK TO THE PRESIDENT, AND THEN THE PRESIDENT WILL BE IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION TO DO WHAT HE DOES WHEN IT COMES TO BEING INVESTIGATED CRIMINALLY. AND WHAT IT ALL ADDS UP TO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS POLITICS TRUMPING JUSTICE. YOU NEVER INVESTIGATE AN INVESTIGATION THAT'S ONGOING. YOU WAIT UNTIL THAT INVESTIGATION IS OVER. THEN YOU JUDGE THE INVESTIGATION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS FAIR. SO EVERYTHING THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING HERE TODAY IS AGAINST JUSTICE, IT'S AGAINST THE RULE OF LAW, IT'S AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION, IT'S AGAINST THE AMERICA THAT WE ALL HOLD DEAR. THIS IS A STRETCHING, A WARPING OF THE POWER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. THEY'RE SEEKING TO USE THEIR POWER TO PUT THEIR HEAVY THUMB AND HAND ON THE SCALE OF JUSTICE. I HEARD ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY THAT JUSTICE SHOULD BE BLIND AND, YES, LADY JUSTICE DOES HAVE A BLINDFOLD ON SO THAT SHE CANNOT SEE. WHAT THESE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO DO TODAY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS TO REMOVE THE BLINDFOLD ON LADY JUSTICE TO LET LADY JUSTICE REVEAL AN INJUSTICE, TO LET THIS PRESIDENT USE LADY JUSTICE AS HE HAS USED WOMEN IN THE PAST TO TAKE AWAY THE SANCTITY OF THIS NATION. THIS IS HURTFUL TO OUR NATION. I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TO PLEASE THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

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                                  • 10:53:39 AM

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                                  • 10:53:41 AM

                                    MR. JOHNSON

                                    AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED FROM REFRAIN IN ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE…

                                    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED FROM REFRAIN IN ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 10:53:51 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MIGHT REMIND THE SPEAKER AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MIGHT REMIND THE SPEAKER AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE IN THIS CHAMBER TODAY THAT THIS IS ABOUT THIS VERY INSTITUTION -- VERY FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE OF THIS INSTITUTION BEING ABLE TO DO OVERSIGHT. SINCE WHEN IS IT NOT A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE THE DOCUMENTS FROM ALL AGENCIES BROUGHT FORTH TO THIS BODY SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES? AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT.

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                                  • 10:54:23 AM

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                                  • 10:54:26 AM

                                    MR. GARRETT

                                    MY THANKS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.…

                                    MY THANKS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S ONE OF MY GREAT PLEASURES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. I FIND MYSELF IN AN INTERESTING POSITION TODAY BECAUSE THE PEOPLE I'M EDUCATING AREN'T THAT YOUNG. ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES SAID WE'RE REQUESTING DOCUMENTS TO WHICH WE ARE NOT ENTITLED. CHECKS AND BALANCES, ANYONE? WE ARE ENTITLED TO WHATEVER WE ASK FOR FROM AGENCIES WE ESTABLISHED AND FUND AND OVERSEE. SOMEONE ALSO SAID WE'RE SHOWING POLITICS IS BIGGER THAN THE LAW. MR. SPEAKER, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IS THE LAW. THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER COME TO THIS POINT, THAT WE SHOULD NEED A RESOLUTION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO INDICATE THAT AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH ENTITY THAT'S FUNDED BY, ESTABLISHED BY, OVERSEEN BY THIS VERY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE COMPELLED TO GIVE TO US THAT TO WHICH WE ARE ENTITLED? THE NEXT VOTE IS A SYMPTOM OF A MUCH GREATER DISEASE. WE HAVE A PET LENT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DEFENDED BY A PET ATLANTA AUTHORITY. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, IT'S THE POWER OF THE LEGISLATURE TO OVERSEE SUCH EXECUTIVE ENTITIES AND TO FUND SUCH EXECUTIVE ENTITIES. WE WITNESSED A VOTE WHERE 224 PEOPLE ALONG PARTY LINES VOTED TO COMPEL AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH ENTITY ESTABLISHED AND FUNDED BY THIS BODY TO DO ITS JOB AND 182, LONG PARTY LINES, VOTED AGAINST HAVING THEM RESPONSIVE TO THE CHECKS AND BALANCES ESTABLISHED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THERE SHOULDN'T EVEN HAVE A VOTE. HAD THE NAYS NOT READ THE CONSTITUTION OR DO THEY NOT CARE? WE ESTABLISHED THE D.O.J. THEY REFUSE THE SUBPOENA. PERHAPS THE TIME HAS COME TO LOOK AT OUR THIRD RESPONSIBILITY AND THAT IS THE MONEY. IF PRESIDENT TRUMP WON'T COMPEL DISCLOSURE, IF D.O.J. WON'T COMPLY WITH THE INSTRUCTION OF THE BODY THAT ESTABLISHED THEM AND FUNDS THEM, PERHAPS IT'S TIME TO DOC THIS CHILD'S ALLOWANCE. THE POWER OF THE PURSE IS OURS. BUT AS THE VOTE WE WITNESSED JUST INDICATED, WE DON'T LIVE IN A PERFECT WORLD. SO AS I SEE IT, THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS. D.O.J. CAN DO THEIR JOB AND TURN OVER THE DOCUMENTS OR I AND OTHERS OF LIKE MIND CAN DEMAND THAT WE BEGIN TO STOP FUNDING THIS PETULANT CHILD WHO FLAUNTS ITS UNISSUED POWER. IT'S IGNOREANT. AND THAT'S DELIGHTFULLY TAP DANCED ON THOSE WHO USE THE CONSTITUTION WHEN IT SUITS AND THEN PERVERT IT WHEN IT DOES NOT IS NOT THE DIRECTION THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO GO IF OUR TOMORROW IS AS PROSPEROUS AS OUR YESTERDAYS.

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                                  • 10:57:18 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                  • 10:57:23 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE VICE -- THE VICE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. RASKIN.

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                                  • 10:57:33 AM

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                                  • 10:57:36 AM

                                    MR. RASKIN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND A…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND A PROFESSOR OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, I RISE AGAINST THIS UNCOMMONLY SILLY AND UNPRECEDENTED SO-CALLED RESOLUTION OF INSISTENCE. WE'VE ALREADY RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS YET NOW THEY WANT TO SUBPOENA INFORMATION RELATING DIRECTLY TO AN ONGOING CRIMINAL AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATION WHICH THE MAJORITY KNOWS FULL WELL THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANNOT AND WILL NOT RELEASE TO US. AND WHY ARE THEY DOING IT? WELL, PRESUMABLY IT'S ALL TO MANUFACTURE A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS SO SOMEBODY CAN GET FIRED OVER THERE, SO THEY CAN IMPEACH ROSENSTEIN AS THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, SO THEY CAN SACK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, SO THEY CAN GET RID OF MULE IR. WHATEVER. DO YOUR JOBS. LOOK WHAT'S GOING ON IN AMERICA. WE HAVE MORE THAN 2,000 KIDS THAT ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES. THEIR PARENTS DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE. LET'S DO OUR JOB. LET'S REUNIFY THOSE KIDS WITH THEIR PARENTS. WE SAW THE PARKLAND MASSACRE, WE SAW THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE, WE SAW THE MASSACRE IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE HEARING ON THE UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL AND MENTAL BACKGROUND CHECK THAT'S DESIRED BY 97% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOT ONE HEARING. AND INSTEAD WE'RE CAUGHT UP IN THIS NONSENSE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET OVER HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS. ENOUGH. GET OVER IT. DO YOUR JOBS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ONE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SAID THERE'S A LOOSE FENCE IN AMERICA. THERE IS A LOOSE FENCE. 15 U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TOLD US IN JANUARY OF 2017 THAT RUSSIAN AGENTS HAD ENGAGED IN THE ACTIVE MURPH CAMPAIGNS TO UN-- MEASURE OF CAMPAIGNS TO UNDERMINE THE ELECTION. THEY HAD A PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN TO PUT POISON ON THE INTERNET THROUGH FACEBOOK AND THROUGH OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA. THEY DIRECTLY CONDUCTED A CAMPAIGN OF CYBERESPIONAGE AND SABOTAGE AGAINST THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND THEY TRIED TO BREAK INTO OUR ELECTION SYSTEMS IN MORE THAN 20 STATES. AND WHAT HAVE THEY DONE WITH THE LOOSE FENCE? NOTHING. THEY HELPED TO OPEN THE GATES. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, NOT THIS LUDICROUS, ABSURD RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 10:59:48 AM

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 10:59:52 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ASK THE SPEAKER IF HE WOULD REMIND OTHERS…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ASK THE SPEAKER IF HE WOULD REMIND OTHERS THAT ARE IN THIS WELL THAT IF THEY'RE REAL CONCERNED ABOUT FAMILY REUNIFICATION, I HAVE A BILL, AND THE GENTLEMAN IS CERTAINLY WELCOMED TO COME IN AND CO-SPONSOR THAT BILL TO REUNIFY, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GRIFFITH, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  • 11:00:18 AM

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                                  • 11:00:21 AM

                                    MR. GRIFFITH

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, MR. SPEAKER, AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME. I WOULD SAY…

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, MR. SPEAKER, AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME. I WOULD SAY THAT IS A GOOD BILL AND I AM GLAD TO HAVE BEEN AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA ON THE BILL RELATED TO MAKING SURE THAT FAMILIES ARE NOT SEPARATED. . THE PREVIOUS GENTLEMAN ALSO SAID DO OUR JOBS. IT'S CURIOUS BECAUSE AS I UNDERSTAND IT PART OF OUR JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE OVERSEEING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS CREATED SOMETHING THAT HAD NEVER BEEN CREATED BEFORE, A CHECKS AND BALANCE SYSTEM. THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A NATURAL TENSION BETWEEN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES. AND CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EQUAL BRANCH WITH THE POWER OF OVERSIGHT OVER THE ADMINISTRATIVE BRANCH TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE LAWS AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE METING OUT JUSTICE EVENHANDEDLY. THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION IS ABOUT. BUT CONGRESS TOO OFTEN SITS BACK AND DOES NOT DO ANYTHING. IT JUST SAYS, OH WELL, WE CAN'T GET THAT INFORMATION. WE'RE SO SORRY. THIS RESOLUTION POINTS OUT WE HAVE BEEN PATIENTLY WAITING FOR SOME OF THESE DOCUMENTS FOR YEARS. FOR MONTHS, FOR WEEKS, FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO RESPOND TO ITS CO-EQUAL BRANCH, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. AND THEY HAVE REFUSED TO DO SO. AND I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THIS IS A VERY MEASURED RESOLUTION. THAT IT DOES NOT IMMEDIATELY CALL FOR HOLDING SOMEBODY IN CONTEMPT OR HOLDING -- FIND SOMEBODY SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. IT SAYS, INSTEAD, HERE'S THE DEADLINE. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO SEEK HERE ARE THE FACTS. IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF THE FACTS, THEN, YEAH, YOU STAND UP ON THE FLOOR AND YOU RAIL ABOUT ALL KINDS OF OTHER ISSUES. BUT THE FACTS, THE TRUTH NEEDS TO COME OUT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND SO I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THIS RESOLUTION IS VERY REASONABLE. IT OUGHT TO BE PASSED A BECAUSE IF THERE IS NOT A RESPONSE -- PASSED BECAUSE IF THERE IS NOT A RESPONSE IT IS OUR DUTY TO HOLD THOSE WHO DO NOT RESPOND PROPERLY IN CONTEMPT.

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                                  • 11:02:34 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

                                  • 11:02:39 AM

                                    MR. GRIFFITH

                                    IT IS OUR DUTY TO FIND AND HOLD THIS CONGRESS THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT…

                                    IT IS OUR DUTY TO FIND AND HOLD THIS CONGRESS THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT RESPOND IN CONTEMPT. AND THEN TO TAKE THEIR PERSONS INTO POSSESSION AND HAVE THEM EXPLAIN TO A JUDGE HOW IT IS THEY PLAN TO PURGE THEMSELVES OF THAT CONTEMPT. IT IS REASONABLE THAT WE GIVE THEM NOTICE BEFORE SUCH ACTION IS TAKEN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 11:03:01 AM

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                                    BACK.

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                                    MR. NADLER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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                                  • 11:03:15 AM

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                                  • 11:03:19 AM

                                    MR. SCHIFF

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. IF THIS WAS…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. IF THIS WAS OVERSIGHT, I WOULD BE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF ANY EFFORT TO SEEK PRODUCTION, BUT IT IS NOT. THIS IS NOT OVERSIGHT. IT IS COLLABORATION WITH THE EXECUTIVE MASQUERADING AS OVERSIGHT. OR IF THIS IS OVERSIGHT, IT IS OVERSIGHT OF THE MOST OBSEQUIOUS KIND. IT IS OVERSIGHT OF HOW MAY WE SERVE YOU, DEAR PRESIDENT. IT IS OVERSIGHT THAT ASKS, WHAT IS YOUR WILL, DEAR PRESIDENT? OVERSIGHT THAT SAYS, WE'RE NOT WORTHY, DEAR PRESIDENT. IT IS OVERSIGHT THAT SAYS, WE SHALL SEEK BUT YOU SHALL FIND, MR. PRESIDENT, BECAUSE WHAT WE OBTAIN WE SHALL PROVIDE TO YOUR LEGAL DEFENSE TEAM OR WE SHALL SELECTIVELY LEAK OR MISREPRESENT IN YOUR SERVICE. IT IS OVERSIGHT IN THE NATURE OF NOT DESIRING AN OUTCOME, NOT DESIRING THE PRODUCTION OF THAT SAYS, WE'RE NOT WORTHY, DEAR DOCUMENTS BUT RATHER THE PRODUCTION OF A FIGHT, THE PRODUCTION OF A PRETEXT TO GIVE THE DEAR PRESIDENT A PRETEXT TO FIRE ROD ROSENSTEIN OR BOB MUELLER. I HAVE SERVED ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE NOW FOR ALMOST A DECADE. AND WHILE I CANNOT DISCLOSE THE NUMBER OF FISA APPLICATIONS DURING THE COURSE OF THOSE 10 YEARS, I CAN CAN TELL YOU THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE SOUGHT THE UNDERLYING INVESTIGATEOR MATERIALS BEHIND A SPECIFIC FISA APPLICATION. AND THAT NUMBER IS ONE. THAT CASE IS THIS CASE. AND THAT CASE JUST HAPPENS, JUST HAPPENS TO IMPLICATE OUR DEAR PRESIDENT. IT IS NOT THAT THERE ARE NO AREAS THAT CALL OUT FOR OVERSIGHT RIGHT NOW. THERE ARE TOO MANY TO COUNT. WHY IS IT THAT AFTER SANCTIONING Z.T.E. FOR VIOLATING IRAN SANCTIONS AND SLIGHTING NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS, THE PRESIDENT ABRUPTLY CHANGED COURSE OUT OF AN OSTENSIBLE CONCERN FOR CHINESE JOBS? IS IT BECAUSE THE CHINESE INVESTED $500 MILLION IN A TRUMP BRANDED PROPERTY? THAT IS WORTHY OF OVERSIGHT. IS THE FIRST FAMILY SEEKING TO DO BUSINESS WITH GULF OR OTHER ALLIES WHILE MAKING U.S. POLICY, IS U.S. POLICY FOR SALE? THAT IS WORTHY OF OVERSIGHT? IS THE PRESIDENT SEEKING TO RAISE POSTAL RATES ON AMAZON TO PUNISH "THE WASHINGTON POST" AND SUPPRESS THE FREEDOM OF PRESS? THAT IS WORTHY OF OVERSIGHT. BUT NONE OF THIS IS OVERSIGHT. SPEAKER BOEHNER RECENTLY SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS OFF TAKING A NAP SOMEWHERE. IF THAT IS SO, THEN DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF OUR CAPABLE RANKING MEMBER, ELIJAH CUMMINGS, THE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE THAT SHOULD BE DOING THIS OVERSIGHT IS IN THE MIDST OF THE DEEPEST SLUMBER. WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES, AND DO YOUR JOBS. WAKE UP AND END THIS DUPLICITY ATTACK ON THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE F.B.I. AND OUR SPECIAL COUNSEL BECAUSE THIS IS SURELY NOT OVERSIGHT. IT IS NOT WHAT OVERSIGHT LOOKS LIKE. BUT IT IS WHAT AN ATTACK ON THE RULE OF LAW LOOKS LIKE. IT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE WHITTLE AWAY OUR DEMOCRACY ONE PIECE BY TERRIBLE PIECE. WHEN THIS CHAPTER OF OUR HISTORY IS WRITTEN, IT WILL CONDEMN THE ACTIONS OF A PRESIDENT WHO LITTLE UNDERSTANDS OR RESPECTS THE INSTITUTIONS OF OUR DEMOCRACY. BUT IT WILL RESERVE SOME OF THE HARSHEST CRITICISM FOR THIS CONGRESS THAT ENABLED HIM. THIS CONGRESS THAT NEW ITS -- KNEW ITS RESPONSIBILITY BUT FAILED TO LIVE UP TO IT. WAKE UP REPUBLICAN PARTY, WAKE UP MY COLLEAGUES. THE COUNTRY NEEDS YOU. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                  • 11:07:28 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

                                  • 11:07:29 AM

                                    MR. SCHIFF

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

                                  • 11:07:41 AM

                                    MR. SCHIFF

                                    WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES. TRUE OVERSIGHT WHEN THE PRESIDENT OCCUPIES THE…

                                    WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES. TRUE OVERSIGHT WHEN THE PRESIDENT OCCUPIES THE SAME PARTY AS THE

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                                  • 11:07:45 AM

                                    MR. SCHIFF

                                    WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES. MAJORITY IN CONGRESS REQUIRES THAT MAJORITY TO PUT…

                                    WAKE UP, MY COLLEAGUES. MAJORITY IN CONGRESS REQUIRES THAT MAJORITY TO PUT COUNTRY OVER PARTY. IT IS INCAN'TIBLE OF PRINCIPLE OF PARTY OVER EVERYTHING ELSE. WAKE UP MY COLLEAGUES AND DO YOUR JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 11:08:03 AM

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 11:08:09 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. WE'RE TRYING TO DO…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. WE'RE TRYING TO DO OUR JOB. AND THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSITE MAKES AN ELOQUENT SPEECH ABOUT DOING OUR JOB OF PROPER OVERSIGHT. I CAN TELL YOU I HAVE SERVED ON THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR SIX YEARS. AND IN THAT SIX YEARS NOT ONLY HAVE WE BEEN TENACIOUS IN GETTING DOCUMENTS, BUT WE HAVE ALSO HAD A RESPONSIVE DIALOGUE BACK AND FORTH WITH MANY IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. AT WHAT POINT DO YOU DO OVERSIGHT IF YOU CAN'T GET THE VERY DOCUMENTS THAT WE REQUEST? MY FRIENDS OPPOSITE MANY TIMES WILL TALK ABOUT GETTING DOCUMENTS WHEN IT SERVES A PARTICULAR POLITICAL PURPOSE THAT THEY WANT TO ESPOUSE. AND YET WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THIS COUNTRY, LADY JUSTICE AND METING OUT JUSTICE WITHOUT ANY FAVORITISM, INDEED, THAT'S WHY WE NEED THE DOCUMENTS. THAT'S WHY WE'RE TRYING TO DO OUR JOB. AND THAT'S WHY THIS RESOLUTION IS SO CRITICAL. WITH THAT I WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HICE, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                                  • 11:09:17 AM

                                    MR. HIGHS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DEEPLY --

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                                    MR. HICE

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROMAR FORWARDING ME…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROMAR FORWARDING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE AN EMPTY ARGUMENT, THEIR ANSWER IS TO YELL LOUD AND RAIL ON MR. SPEAKER. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE MY FRIEND ISSUES UNRELATED TO THAT WHICH WE'RE CURRENTLY DISCUSSING. MR. SPEAKER, OUR FOUNDERS MADE IT VERY CLEAR WHEN THEY DRAFTED THE CONSTITUTION THAT WE HAVE A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT THAT KEEPS EACH BRANCH ACCOUNTABLE. -- ACCOUNTABLE TO THE CONSTITUTION AND RULE OF LAW. FOR NEARLY 18 MONTHS NOW THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS ATTEMPTED TO SHIELD ITSELF FROM THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, OUR DUTY TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT. THAT IS AND OUGHT TO BE BOTH ALARMING AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW CLEARLY FROM THE I.G. REPORT HERE CREE RENTLY TEXT AFTER TEXT, EMAIL AFTER EMAIL THAT THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF OF -- EMAIL THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF F.B.I. AGENTS WHO WERE EXTREMELY BIASED AGAINST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THE TRUMP CANDIDACY, AND IN FAVOR OF HILLARY CLINTON. WE KNOW THAT BIAS EXISTED. WE ALSO KNOW MANY OF THEM WERE WILLING TO USE THEIR POSITION, THEIR STATUS TO TRY TO INFLUENCE THE ELECTION. THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE KNOW. AND WE AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY HAVE NOT ONLY THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO OVERSIGHT, BUT WE'VE GOT TO HAVE THE INFORMATION IN ORDER TO DO THAT OVERSIGHT. THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION IS ALL ABOUT. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US TO COME BACK TO THE UNDERSTANDING, REALIZATION THAT OVERSIGHT IS NECESSARY TO PREVENT CORRUPTION. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT JUST THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE BEFORE US. THIS IS ALL FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREVENTING CORRUPTION THAT MAY EXIST AND TO PREVENT IT FROM GOING FURTHER. THIS RESOLUTION IS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THAT THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WE'RE DETERMINED TO GET THE DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. EVEN A SINGLE PAGE FROM THESE MISSING DOCUMENTS COULD BE CRITICAL TO THE OVERALL CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION THAT'S UNDER WAY. IT'S ALL NECESSARY. THERE ARE IRREFUTABLE FACTS, MR. SPEAKER. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS ACCOUNTABLE TO CONGRESS. ANOTHER FACT, THEY ARE HIDING DOCUMENTS. THEY ARE REFUSING TO COOPERATE. WE HAVE EVEN BEYOND THAT NOW THE CHILLING REPORTS THAT THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL PERSONALLY THREATENED STAFF MEMBERS ON THE INTEL COMMITTEE. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. SO UNDER THIS RESOLUTION THE FULL HOUSE --FULL FORCE OF THE HOUSE IS BEING BROUGHT TO LIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE GOT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. NADLER

                                    I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF THE…

                                    I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF THE HOUSE, MS. PELOSI.

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                                    MS. PELOSI

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP AND ARTICULATING WHAT IS RIGHT, WHAT HONORS OUR OATH OF OFFICE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, THE SEPARATE -- SEPARATION OF POWER CONTAINED THEREIN, AND THE INTEGRITY OF OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM. I THANK OUR DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, MR. SCHIFF, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, HIS COURAGE, AND HIS BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRATIONAL STATEMENT THIS MORNING. FULL FACT BUT ALSO FULL OF VALUES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY NOT ONLY AS LEADER BUT ALSO AS ONE WHO HAS SERVED ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AS A MEMBER, AS A RANKING MEMBER, AND AS EX-AFISHO SINCE THE EARLY 1990'S. CAN I CAN SAY WHILE I HAVE SEEN A LOT IN THAT TIME I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING THAT HAS STOOPED SO LOW ON THE PART OF THE REPUBLICANS AS WHAT THEY ARE DOING TODAY. IT IS -- IT'S AS IF THEY SAID, YOU TAKE AN OATH OF OFFICE TO THE CONSTITUTION, WE TOOK AN OATH OF OFFICE TO DONALD TRUMP. IT'S SHOCKING. AND MANY OF THEM ARE LAWYERS, I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY JUSTIFY OR RECONCILE THAT. SO IT IS WITH GREAT DISMAY THAT I SEE THIS -- THEM DOING VIOLENCE TO THIS BODY, TO THIS CONSTITUTION, TO THIS JUDICIAL SYSTEM -- JUDICIARY SYSTEM AND THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE SO CURIOUS ABOUT PRIING INTO A LEGAL CASE, BUT -- PRYING INTO A LEGAL CASE, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THE FAINTEST INTEREST IN LOOKING INTO WHAT RUSSIANS DID TO DISRUPT OUR ELECTIONS. NOT ONE HEARING, NOTHING. NO OVERSIGHT, NOTHING. WHY IS THAT? WHY IS THAT? AND NOW THEY ARE SAYING THEY MUST -- THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW THIS, THAT, AND THE OTHER THING. THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO THAT. SO I'M GOING TO NOT TAKE UP ANY MORE TIME. I SAID MY PEACE ON THIS. BUT I DO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT MR. SCHUMER AND I, AS WELL AS MR. SCHIFF AND SENATOR WARNER, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SENATE SIDE, SENT A LETTER TO HONORABLE ROSENSTEIN, THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND CHRISTOPHER WRAY, THE DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I., SAYING TO IT THEM, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT YIELD ON ANY OF THIS. YOUR ROLE IN PRESERVING THE INTEGRITY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS BECOME EVER MORE VITAL. I YIELD BACK MY TIME -- FIRST OF ALL, I URGE A NO VOTE. I HOPE THAT SOME REPUBLICANS WILL TO WHAT IS RIGHT AND URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS. THIS IS TAKING US INTO VERY DANGEROUS TERRITORY. . IF THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN POWER I'D SAY THE SAME THING. WE WOULDN'T WANT TO HAVE THIS ACCESS, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE THIS ACCESS. IF YOU'RE HONORING YOUR OATH OF OFFICE TO DONALD TRUMP, VOTE YES. IF YOU'RE HONORING YOUR OATH OF OFFICE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, VOTE NO

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                                    OBVIOUSLY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA LAYS OUT AN UNBELIEVABLE CLAIM…

                                    OBVIOUSLY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA LAYS OUT AN UNBELIEVABLE CLAIM THAT THIS IS THE HEST OF LOW THAT'S EVER BEEN SEEN IN THIS BODY. I FIND THAT JUST REMARKABLE THAT THAT STATEMENT COULD EVEN BE MADE. THE OTHER ISSUE IS, WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR ANY SPECIAL COUNSEL DOCUMENTS.

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                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR SOURCES AND METHODS. WE'RE ASKING FOR THE DISTRICT OF…

                                    WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR SOURCES AND METHODS. WE'RE ASKING FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA YUMES THAT WE HAVE A RIGHT AS THIS BODY TO SEE, TRANSPARENCY IS A GOOD THING. MR. SPEAKER. TRANSPARENCY IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. AND WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT IT WILL DO AND WHAT IT WILL NOT DO, YES, WHEN WE GET THESE DOCUMENTS, WE BELIEVE THAT IT WILL DO AWAY WITH THIS WHOLE FIASCO OF WHAT THEY CALL THE RUSSIAN TRUMP COLLUSION BECAUSE THERE WASN'T ANY. MR. SPEAKER, I AM GLAD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. DAVIS.

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                                  • 11:17:01 AM

                                    MR. DAVIS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL APPLAUD FORMER SPEAKER PELOSI FOR HER…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL APPLAUD FORMER SPEAKER PELOSI FOR HER CONSISTENCY. SHE SEEMS TO UNIFORMLY SUPPORTED THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, IGNORING SUBPOENAS, PERHAPS DESTROYING EVIDENCE AND FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE OF THE HOUSE. WITH THE SUBPOENA BEING ISSUED BY THE HOUSE WITH THE IMPORTANT PRECEDENT OF THE CONSTITUTION. SO THIS REALLY ISN'T ABOUT THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION OR THE SPECIFICS OF THIS CASE.

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                                    MR. DAVIDSON

                                    FRANKLY, I FIND IT APPALLING THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS WOULD IGNORE…

                                    FRANKLY, I FIND IT APPALLING THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS WOULD IGNORE THESE ACTIVITIES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE REALITY IS, THIS IS A QUESTION OF SHALL THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH COMPLY WITH A LEGISLATIVE FROM THE -- FROM THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. THE CONTENT WELL, DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CONTENTS ARE, THEY'VE BEEN REDACTED, THEY'RE BEING WITHHELD. THIS HAS GONE ON FOR A LONG TIME. IF WE ARE TO KEEP OUR REPUBLIC, THE PRINCIPLE HAS TO BE RESOLVED WHERE THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BEING CO-EQUAL SHALL HAVE ACT STOSE THIS INFORMATION. NOT JUST A PRI LEDGED FEW, NOT A FEW THAT KEEP IT WITHHELD FROM THE REST OF THE BODY, BUT THE WHOLE BODY. SINCE LAST YEAR, THE PERM NEVENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE HAS INVESTIGATED POTENTIAL ABUSES OF THE FISA SYSTEM, THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEYANCE ACT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AND OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. PREVIOUSLY, OUR COLLEAGUE, MR. SCHIFF, WAS A STRONG SUPPORTER FOR FISA REFORM AND PROPOSED NUMEROUS BILLS. THAT'S WHERE OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE NOT CONSISTENT. FISA HAS BEEN ABUSED. WE'VE SEEN ONE OF THE MOST PLAY BLAYTANT EXAMPLES OF THAT WITH THE ACTIVITIES AND THINGS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE PUBLIC. WHICH HAS LED TO THIS LINE OF INQUIRY. AMERICANS SHOULD BE CONCERNED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY ABUSE ITS CAPACITY TO GATHER FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE BY SPYING ON OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. WITHOUT SERIOUS REFORMS TO FISA, THE FOURTH AMENDMENT WILL EXIST AS NOTHING MORE THAN A DISTANT MEMORY OR A NOTATION WITH AN AST RISK EXCEPT IN THESE CASES. THE RESOLUTION INSISTS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FULLY COMPLY WITH REQUESTS, INCLUDING SUBPOENAS OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES RELATING TO POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. UNLESS WE SUPPORT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION, WE WILL NOT KEEP OUR REPUBLIC. WE WILL FURTHER EMBOLDEN AND EMBOWER -- EMPOWER THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND WEAKEN OUR COUNTRY. THIS WILL WILL HELP REFORM FISA, HELP DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 11:19:48 AM

                                    MR. ENGEL

                                    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE OTHER SIDE IS.

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                                  • 11:19:56 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT GOING TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID BEFORE. I WILL SUMMARIZE,…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT GOING TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID BEFORE. I WILL SUMMARIZE, THE REQUEST BEING MADE HERE IS FOR INFORMATION THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANNOT PROVIDE BECAUSE IT RELATES TO AN ON FWOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND BECAUSE SOME OF IT WOULD IDENTIFY INFORMANTS. THE MOTIVE IS PROBABLY SIMPLY TO PROVIDE A MEANS OF EMBARRASSING AND DEFAMING THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR AND THE PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH HIM IN THE DEPARTMENT. I'LL READ FROM A LETTER THAT THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL SENT TO SENATOR GRASSLEY AND TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. YESTERDAY. HE QUOTES THE FOLLOWING, QUOTE, THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY, WISE LEGISLATORS HAVE WORKED WITH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO LIMIT OVERSIGHT REQUESTS IN ORDER TO RESPECT THE DEPARTMENT'S DUTY TO PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY, PRESERVE PERSONAL PRIVACY AND INSULATE INVESTIGATIONS FROM THE APPEARANCE OF INTERFERENCE. FOR INSTANCE, THE DEPARTMENT SENT A LETTER TO A HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIR IN 2000 DESCRIBING THE DEPARTMENT'S POLICIES ON RESPONDING TO CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT REQUESTS. THE LETTER EXPLAINED, I'M NOW QUOTING FROM THE 2000 LETTER, SUCH INQUIRIES INESCAPABLY CREATE THE RISK OF THE PUBLIC AND COURTS TO PERCEIVE UNDUE INFLUENCE OVER LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LITIGATION DECISIONS. SUCH INQUISHRIES ALSO SEEK INFORMATION IN OTHER. THE END OF THE QUOTE FROM THE 2000 LETTER THIS ELETTER QUOTES PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN WHO WROTE THAT, QUOTE A TRADITION OF ACCOMMODATION SHOULD CONTINUE AS THE PRIMARY MEANS OF RESAN FRANCISCOING -- RESOLVING CONFLICT TWEENS THE BRANCHES. REGARDLESS OF WHETHER A REQUEST IS MADE BY LETTER OR SUBPOENA, IT GIVES A MANDATE TO REACH AN AGREEMENT. IT IS NOT REQUIRED THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO RISK DAMAGE TO REPUTATION, PUT CASES AND LIVES AND RISK AND INVITE POLITICAL INTERFERENCE BY OPENING SENSITIVE FILES TO CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WITHOUT RESTRICTION. CLOSE QUOTE FROM THE LETTER FROM DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENSTEIN. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THESE REQUESTS WOULD DO. THEY WOULD RISK DAMAGE TO REPUTATION. PUT LIVES -- CASES AND LIVES AT RISK. ALREADY TWO PEOPLE TWO INFORMANTS HAVE HAD THEIR IDENTITIES OUTED. AND INVITE POLITICAL INTERFERENCE BY OPENING SENSITIVE FILES TO CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WITHOUT RESTRICTION. WE OUGHT TO LET THE SPECIAL COUNSEL COMPLETE HIS WORK WITHOUT HINDRANCE. WE OUGHT TO SEE WHATEVER THE SPECIAL COUNSEL FINDS RESM ACT TO IT AS APPROPRIATE. PERHAPS HOLD HEARINGS INTO THE FINDINGS. WHEN WE SEE THAT. ALL WE KNOW ABOUT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL SO FAR, UNLIKE ALL THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM AND HIS INVESTIGATION, IT'S A WITCH HUNT, IT'S THIS, IT'S THAT. ALL WE EALY KNOW IS THERE ARE 20 INDICTMENTS, FIVE GUILTY PLEAS AND THERE HAVE BEEN NO LEAKS SO YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEN INVESTIGATION OTHER THAN IN THIS TIME PERIOD THEY'VE ALREADY GOTTEN 20 INDICTMENTS, FIVE GUILTY PLEAS, INCLUDING SOME OF THE CLOSEST PEOPLE TO THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION AND HIS CAMPAIGN. WE'LL SEE WHERE IT GOS FROM THERE THESE REQUESTS ARE AN INTENT TO -- AN ATTEMPT TO SABOTAGE THE INVESTIGATION AND WE SHOULD NOT GO ALONG WITH IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 11:23:52 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN.

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                                  • 11:23:58 AM

                                    MR. ZELDIN

                                    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 970. I'D LIKE -- I'D LIKE TO THANK MY…

                                    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 970. I'D LIKE -- I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS AND JIM JORDAN FROM CONVERSATIONS WITH MEMBERS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT I'VE BEEN IMPRESSED WITH THEIR FEEDBACK OF HOW HIGH MORALE HAS GONE OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF BECAUSE THEY'RE ABLE TO DO THEIR JOBS AGAIN. YOU WERE SEEING PROSECUTION NUMBERS AND CERTAIN METRICS IN DIFFERENT U.S. ATTORNEY OFFICES GOING DOWN. THEIR HANDS WITH WERE BEING TIED BEHIND THEIR BACK. WE TALKED ABOUT THE MILITARY HANDS TIED BEHIND THEIR BACKS. WE SAW OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, F.B.I., WITH THEIR HANDS TIED BEHIND THEIR BACKS, THEIR MORALE IS GOING UP. I'M NOT GOING TO SUBSCRIBE TO THOSE IN THIS CHAMBER TO THOSE IN THIS CHAMBER AND THIS COUNTRY WHO WANT TO RESTRICT AND OPPOSE THIS PRESIDENT ON ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. MY TOP PRIORITY, WHEN I SEE MISCONDUCT AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND F.B.I., I, AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, TAKING MY OATH SERIOUSLY, I DEMAND ANSWERS. IT'S ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. I HAVE A 12-PAGE RESOLUTION THAT WE INTRODUCED, HOUSE RESOLUTION 907. IT'S UP TO 33 CO-SPONSORS. WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS RESOLUTION IS 12 PAGES, OUTLINING AND DETAILING MISCONDUCT, CALLING FOR A SECOND SPECIAL COUNSEL. NOT ONE PERSON HAS BEEN ABLE TO POKE ANY HOLE IN A SINGLE BULLET IN THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT. WHY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT WHEN THOSE IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAY THEY CAN'T PROVIDE A DOCUMENT BECAUSE IT RISKS NATIONAL SECURITY. YOU READ THE DOCUMENT AND IT DOESN'T RISK NATIONAL SECURITY BUT IT MIGHT CAUSE EMBARRASSMENT TO SOMEBODY IN THE D.O.J. OR F.B.I. I DON'T LIKE IT WHEN YOU SEE A FISA COURT RESULTING IN AN AMERICAN BEING SPIED ON. IT'S ABOUT JUSTICE. TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY. MARK MEADOWS HAVE BEEN LEADING THE FIGHT TO TO THE GET MORE DOCUMENTS. WE HAVE AN OVERSIGHT FUNCTION AND I DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THOSE IN THIS CHAMBER WHO WANT TO OPPOSE, OBSTRUCT, IMPEACH. THAT'S NOT THE PATH FORWARD.

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                                  • 11:26:07 AM

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 11:26:15 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    I THINK I'VE MADE THE CASE CLEAR. I THINK MR. ZELDIN HAS ADDED NOTHING TO…

                                    I THINK I'VE MADE THE CASE CLEAR. I THINK MR. ZELDIN HAS ADDED NOTHING TO THE DEBATE I HAVE TO REFUTE, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 11:26:22 AM

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

                                  • 11:26:26 AM

                                    MR. MEADOWS

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSITE FOR HIS IMPASSIONED ARGUMENTS AND DEBATE ON…

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSITE FOR HIS IMPASSIONED ARGUMENTS AND DEBATE ON THIS ISSUE. I THANK ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO STAND UP FOR THIS INSTITUTION. THIS INSTITUTION'S RIGHT TO PROVIDE PROPER OVERSIGHT AND CONDUCT IT ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, FOR GOOD TRANSPARENCY. TRANSPARENCY IS A GOOD THING AND I THINK IT IS HIGH TIME THAT WE DO IT. FOR EIGHT MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE MADE A REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THEY HAVE NOT FULLY COMPLIED. ON MARCH 22, 99 DAYS AGO, WE SENT A SUBPOENA GIVING THEM 14 DAYS, THEY DID NOT COMPLY. TWO WEEKS AGO, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE ACTUALLY REACHED OUT AND SAID YOU HAVE ANOTHER WEEK. THEY DID NOT COMPLY. THIS IS OUR LAST ATTEMPT TO GIVE THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT THAT THEY HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. THEY NEED TO START ACTING LIKE IT, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I ENCOURAGE A YES VOTE.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 971, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AND ON THE PREAMBLE THIS EQUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE PONCH THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RESOLUTION IS -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                  • 11:27:47 AM

                                    MR. NADLER

                                    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

                                    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. 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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                                  • 11:54:12 AM

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                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 225, THE NAYS ARE --

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226 THIS ENAYS ARE 183, WITH ONE ANSWERING…

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226 THIS ENAYS ARE 183, WITH ONE ANSWERING PRESENT. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 964 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6157. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, PLEASE KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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                                  • 11:55:58 AM

                                    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 FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6157 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                  • 11:56:06 AM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL…

                                    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  • 11:56:12 AM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018, A…

                                    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018, A REQUEST FOR A VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT MR. COURTNEY, HAD BEEN POSTPONE. PURR SUVENTE TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTED PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 AN WHICH FURTHER PROCEED WRGS POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 BY MR. GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN, AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 BY MR. GAL BEHR OF WISCONSIN, AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 BY MS. CLARK ON MASSACHUSETTS, AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 OF BY MR. COURTNEY OF CONNECTICUT. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO-MINUTES -- TO TWO MINES THE TIME FOR ANY VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, ON WHICH NOES PREVAILED THE VOICE VOTE.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785. OFFERED BY MR.…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785. OFFERED BY MR. GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN.

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                                  • 11:57:10 AM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 116 AND THE NAYS ARE 296. THE UNFINISHED…

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 116 AND THE NAYS ARE 296. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. GALLAGHER ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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                                  • 12:01:39 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                  • 12:04:48 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 115 AND THE NAYS ARE 296. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 115 AND THE NAYS ARE 296. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MS. CLARKE ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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                                  • 12:05:09 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MS. CLARK…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MS. CLARK OF MASSACHUSETTS. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. NUMBER, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                  • 12:08:42 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 252 AND THE NAYS ARE 157. THE AMENDMENT IS…

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 252 AND THE NAYS ARE 157. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                  • 12:09:07 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                  • 12:12:49 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 160 AND THE NAYS ARE 251. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 160 AND THE NAYS ARE 251. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED.

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                                  • 12:13:10 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 OFFERED BY MR. COURTNEY OF CONNECTICUT. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                  • 12:17:06 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 144, THE NAYS ARE 267. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 144, THE NAYS ARE 267. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENT, UNDER HOUSE RESOLUTION 964, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                  • 12:17:29 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                  • 12:17:31 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 HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 615 AND PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 964, I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY FURTHER AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                                  • 12:17:48 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. 615 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 964 REPORTS THE BILL AS AMENDED BY HOUSE RESOLUTION 961 BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY FURTHER AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE CHAIR WILL PUT THEM ENGROSS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENTS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS -- THE AMENDMENTS ARE ADOPT THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING. CLIP A BILL MAKING PROPINGERS IN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  • 12:18:54 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    FRURN DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                  • 12:18:58 PM

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                                    I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                                  • 12:19:00 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                                  • 12:19:03 PM

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                                    I AM OPPOSED IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

                                  • 12:19:06 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                                  • 12:19:12 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    MR. TED LIEU MOVES TO RE-- RECOMMIT THE BILL BACK TO THE COMMITTEE AND…

                                    MR. TED LIEU MOVES TO RE-- RECOMMIT THE BILL BACK TO THE COMMITTEE AND REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BE$25 MILLION. PAGE 34, LINE 13, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $25 MILLION. PAGE 34, LINE 21, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $25 MILLION.

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                                  • 12:19:42 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL…

                                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE AISLES AND REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  • 12:20:06 PM

                                    MR. LUE

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

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                                    MR. LIEU

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED IT WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. AS A VET REASON I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT WHICH INCREASES FUNDING FOR PEER REVIEWED TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY TO $1250 MILLION TSMS IMPORTANT THAT WE PRIORITIZE AND COMMIT TO ADDRESSING BATTLEFIELD WOUNDS. RESEARCH ON PMBING TSD AND OTHER CONDITIONS RESULTING FROM MILITARY SERVICE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM AND PRIOR FUNDING LEVELS HAVE REFLECTED THIS. BY INCREASING RESEARCH FUND BIG $25 MILLION THIS WILL ENSURE THIS PROGRAM REMAINS THE DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM'S HIGHEST PRIORITY. LAST WEEK, THE V.A. RELEASED ITS NATIONAL SUICIDE DATA REPORT. IT'S DEPRESSING. THE TRAGIC FIGURES REMAIN UNCHANGED. 20 VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS COMMIT SUICIDE EVERY DAY. THESE SUICIDES CAN RESULT FROM UNTREATED HEALTH CONDITIONS OR CAN BE CAUSED BY TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. SINCE 2000, 280,000 SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH T.B.I. MANY WILL NEED LIFELONG HEALTH CARE BECAUSE OF THESE AND THESE NUMBERS DON'T SUSTAIN -- DON'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THOSE WHO SUSTAINED MULTIPLE T.B.I.'S THAT CAN LEAD TO PERMANENT INJURIES AND EVEN SUICIDE. THIS WILL ADDRESS THE SEIZURE INJURIES OF THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE RESULTS OF THE RESEARCH. IT'S RESULTED IN DIAGNOSTICS AND TESTIFY SIGSES CAN USE TO TREATER IS VESSMENS. CLINICIANS NODE FROM THE -- KNOW FROM THE RESEARCH PROGRAM THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO TEST AND TREAT T.B.I. WHEN IT OCCURS. CLINICIANS NOW KNOW IT'S IMPORTANT TO PREVENT THE CHANCE THAT A SERVICE MEMBER WILL SUSTAIN ANOTHER T.B.I. BEFORE THEY RISK -- BEFORE THEY HAVE HEALED FROM THE FIRST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON MAKING T.B.I. RESEARCH A TOP PRIORITY. I'M GOING TO CONCLUDE BY NOTING THAT WE ARE SOON TO BE HEADING OFF INTO A JULY 4 RECESS. AS WE SIT HERE TODAY THERE'S STILL THOUSANDS OF BABIES AN KIDS RIPPED AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS BY THE TRUMP CHILD SEPARATION POLICY THAT HAVE NOT BEEN REUNITED. THAT IS EVIL AND SHAMEFUL. NO DEMOCRATIC BILL THAT WAS BEEN BROUGHT ON THE FLOOR TO RESOLVE THAT. HAVE A NICE VACATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 12:22:56 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                  • 12:22:59 PM

                                    MS. GRANGER

                                    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION.

                                  • 12:23:01 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

                                    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  • 12:23:07 PM

                                    MS. GRANGER

                                    H.R. 6157 IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BILL, MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST…

                                    H.R. 6157 IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BILL, MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT, MOST CONSEQUENTIAL BILLS CONGRESS WILL CONSIDER THIS YEAR. THE BILL BEFORE YOU REFLECTS THE GUIDANCE AND ADVICE WE RECEIVE THROUGH HEARINGS, BRIEFINGS, AND MEETINGS WITH THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, THE CHAIR OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE MILITARY SERVICES AND ALL OTHER NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES FUNDING TO MAINTAIN OUR MILITARY READINESS, PROTECT OUR NATION FROM THOSE WHO WOULD SEEK TO DO US HARM AND ENSURE OUR DEFENSE SUPERIORITY. AFTER YEARS OF DECLINE, THE REBUILDING OF OUR MILITARY BEGAN WITH THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 OMNIBUS. THIS BILL CONTINUES THAT PROGRESS AND MAKES MORE CRITICALLY -- CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MORE TROOPS, MORE BATTLE TRAINING, MORE EQUIPMENT, MORE MUNITIONS. THE SECURITY SITUATION AROUND THE WORLD IS RAPIDLY CHANGING. WE'RE REGULARLY REMINDED THAT WE ARE STILL A NATION AT WAR. AND NEW, UNFORESEEN THREATS ARISE DAILY. A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE IS OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITY. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE PRVIDE ONGOING STABILITY AND SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY. THIS THIS IS WHAT OUR MILITARY LEADERS HAVE ASKED FOR AND WE PROVIDE THAT TODAY WITH THIS BILL. NOT ONLY IS THE LEGISLATION CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BUT TO THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, ALL VOLUNTEERS, WE -- WHO SELFLESSLY SERVE. WE MUST SHOW OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES THEY HAVE THE FULL SUPPORT OF THIS CONGRESS THIS INCLUDES PROVIDING THEM WITH THEIR LARGEST PAY RAISE IN NEARLY A DECADE. THE BILL FULFILLS CONGRESS' MOST IMPORTANT CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. AND IT DOES THIS RESPONSE -- RESPONSIBLY BY FUNDING MILITARY NEEDS THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED NOW, PLANNING FOR THOSE OF THE FUTURE, AND RESPECTING THE TAXPAYER BY MAKING COMMONSENSE BUDGETING DECISIONS. THIS BILL PUT OURS NATION'S SECURITY STRATEGY ON A STRONGER COURSE, PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND KEEPING THE PEACE IN AN INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS AND UNSTABLE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND VOTE YES ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                  • 12:25:35 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ISED…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ISED OFFERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NO HAVE IT.

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                                  • 12:25:51 PM

                                    MR. LIEU

                                    I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

                                    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS OFFERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20 THE FIVE-MINUTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. S THAT FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                  • 12:32:39 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 186 AND THE NAYS ARE 224. THE QUESTION IS ON…

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 186 AND THE NAYS ARE 224. THE QUESTION IS ON FASTAGE OF THE BILL. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                  • 12:39:29 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 359 AND THE NAYS ARE 49. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 359 AND THE NAYS ARE 49. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE BILL IS PASSED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 12:40:11 PM

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                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION AND…

                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION AND OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6160 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                  • 12:40:25 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                  • 12:40:27 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE SOURCES OF THE…

                                    A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE SOURCES OF THE AUTHORITY TO ISSUE REGULATIONS REGARDING CERTIFICATIONS TO LEGISLATIVE BRANCH EMPLOYEES UNDER WOUNDED WARRIORS FEDERAL LEAVE ACT.

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                                  • 12:40:45 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION IS ENGROSSED. READ A THIRD A THIRD…

                                    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION IS ENGROSSED. READ A THIRD A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                  • 12:40:56 PM

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                                    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 INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 6160.

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                                  • 12:41:08 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI…

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

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                                  • 12:41:14 PM

                                    MR. HARPER

                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION BE…

                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 60 AND I ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                  • 12:41:25 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

                                  • 12:41:29 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    JOINT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE REAPPOINTMENT OF BARBARA M. BARRETT AS…

                                    JOINT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE REAPPOINTMENT OF BARBARA M. BARRETT AS A CITIZEN REGION OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.

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                                  • 12:41:39 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT…

                                    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED. AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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                                  • 12:42:00 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, ON JUNE 27,…

                                    THE HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, ON JUNE 27, 2018, PUNT TO SECTION 3307 OF TITLE 40 UNITED STATES CODE THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MET IN OPEN SESSION TO CONSIDER 20 RESOLUTIONS INCLUDED IN THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION'S CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND LEASING PROGRAMS. THE COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO WORK TO REDUCE THE COST OF FEDERAL PROPERTY AND LEASES. THE 20 RESOLUTIONS CONSIDERED INCLUDE 13 ALTERATION PROJECTS, TWO CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, TWO ACQUISITIONS TO LEASES AND ONE DESIGN FOR ALTERATION AND REPRESENT $139 MILLION IN SAVINGS FROM AVOIDED LEASE COST AND SPACE REDUCTIONS. I HAVE ENCLOSED COPIES OF THE RESOLUTIONS ON JUNE 27, 2018. SIGNED SINCERELY, BILL SHUSTER, CHAIRMAN.

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                                  • 12:42:54 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE COMMUNICATION IS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE…

                                    THE COMMUNICATION IS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 12:43:06 PM

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                                    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. JACKED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    OUR INABILITY TO PASS EITHER OF THE IMMIGRATION BILLS YESTERDAY WAS A…

                                    OUR INABILITY TO PASS EITHER OF THE IMMIGRATION BILLS YESTERDAY WAS A DISAPPOINTING FAILURE TO SOLVE TWO OF THE LARGEST PROBLEMS WE FACE, ROUTINE ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSING AND ABUSE OF THE ASYLUM. I HAVE SPONSORED LEGISLATION TO GET THE WORKERS WE NEED CHANGE OUR SYSTEM OF IMMIGRATION FROM FAMILY-BASED TO SKILL-BASED. WE NEED LEGAL, VERIFIABLE AND SKILLED WORKERS COMING IN ALL RANGES OF SKILLS. THIS IS THE RAISE ACT. I INTRODUCED A BILL TO PREVENT CLAIMING AMNESTY. AMNESTY IS SUPPOSED TO DERIVE FROM CREDIBLE FEAR OF PERSECUTION NOT FLIGHT BECAUSE THE COUNTRY IS DANGEROUS, LAWLESS OR OFFERS LITTLE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. NOT OUR PROBLEM. THESE PROPOSALS WOULD GO A LONG WAY TO SOLVE THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS AND CREATEING A WORK FORCE TO DRIVE THE U.S. ECONOMY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 12:44:21 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                  • 12:44:28 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. . THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED

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                                    I RISE TODAY TO MARK THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF CHARLES PAGE A PUBLIC SERVANT…

                                    I RISE TODAY TO MARK THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF CHARLES PAGE A PUBLIC SERVANT WHO CONSIDERED HIMSELF SO BLESSED HE WENT BY THE NICKNAME OF MR. LUCKY. ALL OF US BENEFITED FROM CHARLIE'S GENEROSITY AND WILLING TO GET BACK TO THE PLACE HE CALLS HOME. HE WAS A YOUNG AIRMEN AND BUILT HIS LIFE THERE AS A TWO-TERM CITY COUNCILMAN AND MONTEREY GOVERNMENT AND LEGAL AID SOCIETY AS WELL AS THE FOUNDER OF THE COLLEGE FOUNDATION. CHARLIE UNDERSTOOD THE VALUE OF COLLEGE EDUCATION NOT JUST FOR STUDENT BUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. HE INSPIRED PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED. I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL OUT OF THE BLUE ASKING ME WHEN I WAS GOING TO GET INVOLVED, WHEN I WAS GOING TO SERVE. I BELIEVE THAT CALL SPARKED THE BEGINNING OF MY CAREER IN SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THAT AND ALL OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY I RECOGNIZE CHARLIE PAGE WHERE WE ARE ALL PLEASED AND LUCKY TO KNOW HIM. I YIELD

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                                  • 12:45:42 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                  • 12:45:53 PM

                                    MS. TENNEY

                                    THE AIR FORCE LABORATORY DIRECTORATE STANDS AT THE FOREFRONT OF ADVANCED…

                                    THE AIR FORCE LABORATORY DIRECTORATE STANDS AT THE FOREFRONT OF ADVANCED SIGN ERESEARCH WITHIN THE AIR FORCE AND PLAYS AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN ENSURING OUR MILITARY HAS THE 21ST CENTURY TOOLS TO DOMINATE IN CYBERSPACE AND ON THE BATTLEFIELD. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LAB IN NEW YORK STATE CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. THAT'S WHY I'VE CONTINUED TO WORK TO ACQUIRE RECORD LEVEL FUNDING FOR THE LAB. I'M GRATEFUL TO COMMITTEE CHAIR KAY GRANGER WHO ADVOCATED FOR AN INCREASE OF $10 MILLION INTO OUR SMALL, UNMANNED AERIAL MISSIONS, A MODERN TOOL -- AN ESSENTIAL TOOL OF MODERN WARFARE. ADDITIONALLY, THE OFFICE SECURED $200 MILLION REPRESENTING A 10% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR'S LEVEL AND ANOTHER $14.2 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR FENCING AROUND THE LAB TO SECURE THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND SENSITIVE ASSET. THE HUB OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE LAB HAS ALLOWED RESEARCH COMPANIES TO THRIVE IN THE AREA. IT'S ESTIMATED THEIR IMPACT WAS $392 MILLION IN THE SURROUNDING FIVE-COUNTY REGION. IT'S AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THE DEDICATED AND HARDWORKING WORK FORCE, IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT WE PROTECT THIS ASSET. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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

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                                    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RHETT LET'S MY REMARKS.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    IN THE 4 1/2 MONTHS SINCE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT MARGERY STONEMAN DOUGLAS…

                                    IN THE 4 1/2 MONTHS SINCE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT MARGERY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, THERE HAVE BEEN 15 SHOOTINGS AND COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS AROUND THE COUNTRY. IN THE ABSENCE OF CONGRESSIONAL ACTION, THE ONLY THING THAT STOPPED THE SHOOT SGS SUMMER RECESS.

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                                    MR. DEUTCH

                                    IN THE PAST 72 HOURS, 97 PEOPLE WERE KILL AND 10 PEOPLE INJURED BY GUN…

                                    IN THE PAST 72 HOURS, 97 PEOPLE WERE KILL AND 10 PEOPLE INJURED BY GUN VIOLENCE. SUMMER RESEARCH WON'T PROVIDE RELIEF TO THE FAMILY WHORS STILL GRIEVING THE LOSS OF THEIR CHILDREN. THEIR LOVED ONES. EARLIER THIS MONTH, FOUR STONEMAN DOUGLAS SENIORS WERE HONORED WITH DEGREES THEY EARNED BUT NEVER RECEIVED BECAUSE THEY WERE MURDERED IN THEIR SCHOOL. THEIR PARENTS AND SIBLINGS WALKED ON THAT STAGE INSTEAD. IT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THIS WAY. IT'S TIME FOR THIS HOUSE TO ACT ON GUN VIOLENCE. BRING UP THE BIPARTISAN BILLS ON UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. BANNING BUMP STOCKS. GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS. WE CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE SCHOOL BELL RINGS AGAIN. THIS FALL. WE HAVE TO ACT NOW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS ECKS PYRE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS ECKS PYRE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE JELL IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF A…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF A BRAVE CONSTITUENT OF MINE, METRO POLICE OFFICER MATTHEW MAZANY. THE OFFICER WAS A 14-YEAR VETERAN OFFICER KILLED IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT ON SUNDAY MORNING WHILE HELPING WITH A TRAFFIC STOP. HE ACHIEVED HIS DREAM FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEP HOFFS HIS FATHER WHO SERVED AS A POLICE OFFICER FOR 34 YEARS. HIS CO-WORKERS AND THOSE WHO KNEW HIM DESCRIBED HIM AS A HAPPY-GO-LUCKY GUY WHO KIND OF ENJOYED THE COMMUNITY. OFFICER MIZANY LEAVES BEHIND A SON, A BROTHER, A FATHER AND OTHERS WHO HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING HIM. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS, THE CITY OF MINTER AND THE MINTER POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY TOO MANY AMERICANS FEEL THAT THEIR OWN…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY TOO MANY AMERICANS FEEL THAT THEIR OWN DEMOCRACY DOESN'T RESPECT THEM. THAT THEY'RE LEFT OUT AND LOCKED OUT OF THEIR OWN DEMOCRACY. THAT'S WHY DEMOCRATS TODAY ARE INTRODUCING THE BY THE PEOPLE RESOLUTION. A BROAD SET OF REFORMS A DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES THAT WE NEED TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY AND GIVE PEEP THEIR VOICE BACK. IN THREE BROAD CATEGORIES OF REFORM. VOTER EMPOWERMENT. VOTING RIGHTS. MAKING SURE IT'S EASIER NOT HARDER TO ACCESS THE BALLOT BOX AND CAST YOUR VOTE. ETHICS AND ACCOUNTABILITY BECAUSE WE NEED TRANSPARENCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT. WE NEED TO OBEY THE RULES, OBSERVE THE NORMS, THAT'S CRITICAL TO HAVE TRUST IN GOVERNMENT ON THE PART OF THE PEOPLE. AND LASTLY, CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM BECAUSE BIG MONEY AND SPECIAL INTERESTS HAVE WAY TOO MUCH INFLUENCE UP HERE ON CAPITOL HILL AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE CAN DO THIS WITH A BOLD SOAST REFORMS. WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT AMERICANS FEEL RESPECTED AND WE CAN RETURN FINALLY TO A GOVERNMENT OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    I RISE TO RECOGNIZE CAPTAIN RAYMOND SWEATT AND MR. MICHAEL SULLIVAN, THE…

                                    I RISE TO RECOGNIZE CAPTAIN RAYMOND SWEATT AND MR. MICHAEL SULLIVAN, THE CREW OF THE OCEANOGRAPHY SHIP THE SAVANNA. -- SAVANNAH.

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                                    MR. CARTER

                                    WHILE THEY WERE ON THE SAVANNAH CONDUCTING A FISH SURVEY, THEY WERE…

                                    WHILE THEY WERE ON THE SAVANNAH CONDUCTING A FISH SURVEY, THEY WERE CONTACTED BY THE COAST GUARD ABOUT A NEARBY SHIP IN DISTRESS. AFTER SEARCHING MULTIPLE LOCATION, THEY LOCATED AND SAVED TWO FLORIDA FISHERMEN STRUGGLING TO CLING TO THEIR LIVES. THE FISHERMEN HAD BEEN TAKING ON WATER FOR FIVE HOURS AND COULDN'T KEEP UP WITH THE WATER FLOWING INTO THE SHIP. IF THE SAVANNAH HAD NOT LOCATED AND RESCUED THE FISHERMEN IT'S POSSIBLE THEY WOULDN'T HAVE SURVIVED. I SINCERELY THANK THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA'S CAPTAIN SWEATT AND MR. SULLIVAN FOR THEIR BRAVERY AND HEROIC ACTIONS IN THIS EMERGENCY SITUATION TO SAVE THE LIVES OF TWO FELLOW AMERICANS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF THE BILL H.R. 6157, THE…

                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF THE BILL H.R. 6157, THE CLERK BE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS AND CONFORMING CHANGES INCLUDING INSERTING AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-785 AT THE END OF THE BILL.

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

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN VECK -- THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    MS. NORTON

                                    DONALD TRUMP'S CORRECTIVE ORDER NO LONGER SEPARATING CHILDREN PARENTS…

                                    DONALD TRUMP'S CORRECTIVE ORDER NO LONGER SEPARATING CHILDREN PARENTS TAKES THEM FROM THE FIRE AND THROWS THEM INTO THE INFERNO OF MILITARY BASES. COSTING THE GOVERNMENT FOR UNTOLD MILLIONS REQUIRED TO BE SPENT FOR MEALS, AIR-CONDITIONING, MEDICAL, DENTAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. THERE ARE NO GOOD OPTIONS WHEN FAMILIES ENTER THE COUNTRY SEEKING ASYLUM BUT HERDING THEM TOGETHER IN INTERNMENT CAMPS IS THE WORST OF THOSE AVAILABLE. THAT'S WHY PAST ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE RELEASED THE DETAINEES WITH ANKLE BRACELETS AND FREQUENT CONTACT WITH THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY REPORTING IN. THE COURTS ARE LIKELY TOED OR AEROSIMILAR REMEDY. IT'S TIME FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO LOOK AT PRACTICES THAT HAVE WORKED INSTEAD OF INVENTING INHUMANE ONES THAT DON'T. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE PEOPLE OF IRAN WHO ARE SICK AND TIRED OF…

                                    I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE PEOPLE OF IRAN WHO ARE SICK AND TIRED OF LIVING UNDER THE MOOLAH'S -- THE MULLAH'S RULE AND HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS ACROSS THEIR COUNTRY TO DEMAND FREEDOM AND SOUND GOVERNANCE.

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                                    MR. LAMBORN

                                    THE AYATOLLAH'S REGIME DUPED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THE PEOPLE OF IRAN…

                                    THE AYATOLLAH'S REGIME DUPED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THE PEOPLE OF IRAN EXPECTED TO BENEFIT FINANCIALLY FROM THE DEAL BUT THE GOVERNMENT SQUANDERED OVERALL ON -- EVERYTHING ON FOREIGN WARES. THEY FUND HA HAS -- HAMAS AND THE PALESTINIANS, FINANCES THE ONGOING WAR IN LEB YEMEN, AND I COULD GO ON AND ON. LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT SOFT HAPPINESS ARE IDEALS AMERICANS CHAMPION. THE SAME IDEALS IRANIAN PROTESTERS ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO ACHIEVE. TO THIS END, I SUPPORT THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AS DO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE FREE WORLD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

                                    I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RHETT RE-MY REMARKS.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO BRING THIS BODY'S ATTENTION TO A WAR ON COAL…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO BRING THIS BODY'S ATTENTION TO A WAR ON COAL THAT JEOPARDIZES OUR MONTANA COMMUNITIES, JOBS, AND ECONOMY. ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMISTS WANT TO ELIMINATE THE DIVERSITY OF MONTANA'S ENERGY GENERATION.

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                                    MR. GIANFORTE

                                    THEIR RADICAL IDEALS THREATEN OUR WAY OF LIFE. TODAY MONTANA RELEASED A…

                                    THEIR RADICAL IDEALS THREATEN OUR WAY OF LIFE. TODAY MONTANA RELEASED A REPORT THAT SHOWS THE RESULT A WAR ON COAL WOULD HAVE ON MONTANA. IF COLSTRIP UNIT THERE'S AND FOUR WERE CLOSED PREMATURELY, THE IMPACT WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO MONTANA. MONTANA WOULD LOSE ABOUT 3RKS300 JOBS. -- ABOUT 3,300 JOBS. OUR STATE'S POPULATION WOULD SHRINK BY 7,000 INDIVIDUALS. MONTANANS WOULD LOSE INCOME, ALL MONTANANS WOULD FACE HIGHER ELECTRICITY PRICES, AND THE LOSS OF THE SOURCE OF RELIABLE BASE LOAD POWER WOULD STRETEN THE STABILITY OF OUR ELECTRIC GRID. IT'S TIME TO END THE WAR ON COAL ONCE AND FOR ALL. MONTANANS, OUR COMMUNITIES, AND OUR ECONOMY REQUIRE WE NOT RAISE THE WHITE FLAG. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                    MR. ROHRABACHER

                                    I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN THE BRUTAL PERSECUTION OF ETHE SINDHI PEOPLE IN…

                                    I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN THE BRUTAL PERSECUTION OF ETHE SINDHI PEOPLE IN PAKISTAN. MILLIONS OF SINDHI PEOPLE ARE VICTIMIZED BY THE PUNJABI REGIME IN ISLAMABAD. THIS GRAVE INJUSTICE AND MASSIVE HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS INVOLVES EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, FORCED DISAPPEARANCES AND TACTICS COMMON IN MANY TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIPS THIS OPPRESSION IS THE WORK OF THE INTERSERVICE INTELLIGENCE, THE I.S.I. OF PAKISTAN. AND THE CORRUPT PAKISTANI ARMY. MORE THAN 154 SINDHI PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REPORTED MISSING SINCE AUGUST OF 2017 AND AMONG THOSE, THAT INCLUDED DR. ANWR LA HAMBINGS RGI A PHYSICIAN WHO ACTUALLY LED THE SINDHI PEOPLE IN THE STALWART IN OPPOSITION TO VIOLENT ISLAMIC MILITARISM AND THAT IS WHY HE WAS TARGETED BY THE I.S.I. PAKISTAN HAS MADE THEIR CHOICE TO DROP ITS ALLIANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES AND SHOWN A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA AND RADICAL ISLAM. THEY ARE NOW MAKING WAR ON THEIR OWN PEOPLE. THE UNITED STATES SHOULD STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN, NOT THEIR OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. ADERHOLT OF ALABAMA FOR TODAY AFTER…

                                    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. ADERHOLT OF ALABAMA FOR TODAY AFTER 11:00 A.M. AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KINZINGER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                    MR. KINZINGER

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A TRAGIC SITUATION THAT'S BEEN UNFOLDING FOR…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A TRAGIC SITUATION THAT'S BEEN UNFOLDING FOR A LONG TIME IN SYRIA. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT'S AT STAKE AND WHAT'S HAPPENING. TO START THAT DISCUSSION I'M HAPPY TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE HONORABLE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND THE CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE OF FREE SYRIA. I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME HEAS MAY CONSUME MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                    MR. ROYCE

                                    I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE, MR. SPEAKER, THE TIME THAT'S BEEN SET ASIDE HERE.…

                                    I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE, MR. SPEAKER, THE TIME THAT'S BEEN SET ASIDE HERE. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDING. I'VE GOT TO SAY AT THE OUTSET, ONE OF THE GREAT TRAGEDIES OF THE HALF MILLION DEATHS IN SYRIA IS THAT I THINK IT WAS QUITE AVOIDABLE. IF WE THINK BACK TO SEVEN YEARS AGO, HOW IT STARTED, IT BEGAN WITH PEOPLE MARCHING IN THE STREETS OF DAMASCUS SAYING, PEACEFUL, PEACEFUL. THEIR GOAL WAS TO TRY TO GET SOME ELEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN A COUNTRY IN WHICH PEOPLE WERE BEING ABDUCTED AND DISAPPEARED IN THESE CHAMBERS WHERE THEY WERE TORTURED AND KILLED. WE KNOW A LOT MORE NOW THAN WE DID AT THE TIME BECAUSE OF A BRAVE MILITARY PHOTOGRAPHER BY THE NAME OF CAESAR. AND CAESAR BROUGHT THOSE PICTURES OUT TO THE WEST. 55,000 OF THEM. THE WAY THE REGIME CUGGETTED ITSELF DROVE THE POPULATION IN SYRIA TO ACT. AND NOW AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF WAR, THE ATROCITIES CONTINUES IN SYRIA AND IN MANY WAYS AFTER LISTENING THIS MORNING TO CAESAR AND SEEING HIS PHOTOGRAPHS AGAIN, THEY ARE WORSE THAN THEY WERE. I SAY THAT, BECAUSE AS WE SPEAK DESPITE A CEASEFIRE AGREED TO, THE ASSAD REGIME BACKED BY RUSSIAN WAR PLANES AND BACKED BY THE IRANIAN MILITIA FROM IRAN ON THE GROUND IS ENGAGED IN A BRUTAL ASSAULT IN SOUTHERN SYRIA AND ENGAGED AND MORE THAN 45,000 CIVILIANS HAVE FLED AS RUSSIAN AND REGIME FORCES HAVE INTENSIFIED THEIR SHELLING AND AIR RAIDS, AGAIN ON CIVILIAN POPULATIONS. SO YESTERDAY ALONE, THREE HOSPITALS WERE BOMBED. UNITED NATIONS HAS SAID MORE SYRIANS WERE DISPLACED IN THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF THIS YEAR THAN ANY PERIOD IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS OF WAR. THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF THIS YEAR. THIS IS HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK. THIS IS ONE OF THE CHILDREN AFFECTED BY THIS BRUTAL CAMPAIGN. THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING, AS I SHARED WITH YOU, THERE ARE OVER HALF A MILLION SYRIANS THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED. THINK FOR A MINUTE ABOUT THE FAMILIES OF THOSE ON THE MOVE TRYING TO ESCAPE. 14 MILLION SYRIANS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED. TENS OF THOUSANDS REMAIN IN THE REGIME'S DUNGEONS. AND THAT FOR ME IS THE MOST HORRIFYING ASPECT OF THIS. IT'S BECAUSE THE REGIME WILL NOT, DESPITE INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE, CHANGE WHAT IT DOES WITHIN THOSE DUNGEONS. THE SAME TORTURE THAT WAS EXPOSED TO THE WORLD IN THE CAESAR PHOTOS AND 55,000 PHOTOS AND THE HORRIFIC PART OF THIS, I DON'T KNOW WHY THESE REGIMES DO THAT, BUT IT'S THAT HABIT OF TAKING A PICTURE OF EVERY TORTURED AND MANGLED BODY YOU KILLED AND THEN NUMBING IT -- NUMBERERING IT. AND NOW IT IS A CIVIL SOCIETY TRYING TO TIE THESE FAMILIES TOGETHER. AND THE POPULATION THAT WAS MASSACRED, WHETHER IT IS SHIA, SUNNI OR CHRISTIAN, IT'S AS THOUGH THE REGIME KNOWS NO BOUNDS IN TERMS OF ITS SUSPICIONS. LIKE JOE STALIN'S RAMPAGE WHEN HE DECIDED IN THE 1930'S TO BEGIN HIS PROCESS OF ELIMINATING ANYONE WHO POTENTIALLY COULD BE AN OPPONENT, TAKE THEM IN AND PUT THEM TO THE TORTURE. THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK. AND IF THE REGIME RETAKES SOUTHERN SYRIA, THOUSANDS MORE WILL BE DETAINED AND MEET THE SAME FATE AS THOSE WHO ARE IN THOSE TORTURE CHAMBERS TODAY. SO THIS MORNING WE HAD THE HONOR OF WELCOMING CAESAR. ADAM AND I AND OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY ONCE MORE TO SPEAK TO THE SYRIAN MILITARY DEFECTOR WHO TOOK THOSE PHOTOS WITH HIM. FOUR YEARS AGO HE MET WITH OUR COMMITTEE IN HIS FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE. THOSE PHOTOS GAVE AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE ASSAD'S REGIME HORRIFIC BRUTALITY AND HE PROVIDED NEW CHILLING TESTIMONY ABOUT THE ASSAD REGIME'S ATTACKS AGAINST THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. INDUSTRIAL-SCALED TORTURE IS BEING COMMITTED AGAINST THOUSANDS OF DETAINEES. AND I WILL TELL YOU ONE PICTURE THAT ESPECIALLY MOVED ME. IT SHOWED A YOUNG WOMAN, AN ARCHITECT IN THE CITY, SHE HAD HER EYES GOUGED OUT. SHE WAS TORTURED TO DEATH AND HER CRIME WAS THAT SHE HAD DELIVERED FOOD AND HUMANITARIAN AID TO INDIVIDUALS TARGETED BY THE ASSAD REGIME. THE BLUE HELMETS IN SYRIA WHO RUN INTO COLLAPSING BUILDINGS IN ORDER TO PULL OUT VICTIMS, PULL OUT CIVILIANS AND THEY ARE NONDENOMINATIONAL. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER AND THEY ARE FREQUENTLY TARGETED AND OFTEN THOSE WHO ARE DOING THE RESCUEING. MR. SPEAKER, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, THERE CAN BE NO REAL PEACE IN SYRIA AS LONG THE ASSAD REGIME, AS LONG AS ASSAD HIMSELF REMAINS IN POWER. WE NEED A STRATEGY THAT IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY MOVES BEYOND ASSAD TO ACHIEVE A POLITICAL SOLUTION THAT WILL SECURE A LASTING PEACE AMONG ALL THE PARTIES THERE. THE HOUSE HAS TWICE PASSED LEGISLATION NAMED AFTER CAESAR, SPONSORED BY RANKING MEMBER ELLIOTT ENGEL AND ME TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON SUPPORTERS OF SYRIA'S ASSAD'S REGIME INCLUDING SANCTIONS ON IRAN AND RUSSIA. THAT'S WHERE THE BOMBS COME FROM. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP CUT OFF FUNDING THAT FUELS ASSAD'S WAR MACHINE AND GIVE OUR DIPLOMATS MUCH LEVERAGE IN THE MILL PROCESS. THE CAESAR BILL WILL SUPPORT THE PROSECUTION OF THE REGIME'S WAR CRIMINALS. THIS INCLUDES U.S. ASSISTANCE FOR CASES BEING TRIED AROUND THE WORLD, MANY BASED ON EVIDENCE IN THE CAESAR FILE, SUCH AS THE ONE RECENTLY FILED BY PROSECUTORS IN GERMANY. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THE SENATE STILL HAS NOT ACTED ON THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION. IT IS TIME TO SANCTION ASSAD. IT'S TIME TO SANCTION HIS BACKERS. IT'S TIME TO HOLD WAR CRIMINALS ACCOUNTABLE AND GIVE JUSTICE TO VICTIMS. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO QUICKLY MOVE FORWARD. PLEASE MOVE THIS LEGISLATION TO HELP PROTECT SYRIAN CIVILIANS. AND AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS EFFORTS, NOT JUST HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY, INCLUDING ON THE BATTLEFIELD, BUT HIS SERVICE HERE TODAY IN THE INTEREST OF HUMANITY. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME TO HIM.

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                                    MR. KINZINGER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND VERY ELOQUENTLY DELIVERED A SPEECH ON THE SERIOUSNESS OF WHAT'S HAPPENING. THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR IS NOW IN ITS EIGHTH YEAR AND APPROACHING A VERY SERIOUS CROSSROAD. AS THE MEDIA FOCUS GOES AWAY, THE WAR CRIMES BEING COMMITTED AND THE ATROCITIES ARE HAPPENING IN FULL FORCE RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE. FOR THE LAST NINE DAYS, THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF SYRIA HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTANT BOTTOM BARREDMENT FROM AIR STRIKES AND BARREL BOMB ATTACKS. DESPITE A CEASEFIRE PACT IN RUSSIA IN JULY OF 2017, SYRIA'S ALLY HAS CARRIED OUT ATTACKS ON BEHALF OF THE ASSAD REGIME. THIS WILL AFFECT THE FUTURE OF SYRIA, THE SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND STABILITY WITHIN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. SOY WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? SINCE WORLD WAR I WE HAVE SAID CHEMICAL WEAPONS HAVE NO WAY ON THE BATTLEFIELD. WE KNOW THE PRESIDENT OF SYRIA, BASHIR AL ASSAD HAVE CARRIED OUT COUNTLESS WAR CRIMES AND MURDERING HALF A MILLION SYRIANS. HE HAS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO ATTACK AND MURDER INNOCENT CIVILIANS. WE KNOW THAT RUSSIA AND IRANIAN REGIMES HAVE HELPED ASSAD ON THIS GENOCIDE INCLUDING AIR STRIKES AND ATTACKS THAT ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN 50,000 DEAD SYRIAN CHILDREN. WE HAVE SEEN THE ASSAD REGIME ALONG WITH IRANIAN AND RUSSIAN BACKERS STARVE PEOPLE LIKE IN ALEPPO BY USING FOOD AS A WELL. WE KNOW THE ASSAD REGIME HAS REFUSED U.N. AND OTHER HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS FROM DELIVERING CRITICAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE MOST RAVAGED CITIES IN SYRIA. BECAUSE WE KNOW THIS, WE CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE. WE CANNOT JUST SWEEP THIS UNDER THE RUG AND IGNORE THE HORRIFIC REALITY IN SYRIA RIGHT NOW. WE CANNOT ISOLATE OURSELVES FROM THIS CRISIS. WHAT HAPPENS IN SYRIA AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAS A VERY REAL IMPACT ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE SECURITY OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. AND IF WE FAIL TO ACT IN SYRIA AND FAIL TO INFLICT PUNISHMENT OVER THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, WE WILL SEE THE END OF THE NONPROLIFERATION TREATY OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND OPEN THE WORLD TO GHASTLY HORRORS, PERPETUAL INSECURITY AND EXTREME DANGER. I SUPPORT THE ENFORCEMENT OF THOSE RED LINES BUT WE MUST NOT BE NAIVE ENOUGH TO SHOW WEAKNESS ELSEWHERE IT WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. TO BE CLEAR, I'M NOT SUGGESTING THAT THE UNITED STATES INVADE SYRIA AND PUT 100,000 TROOPS IN AND START A REGIONAL WAR. ABOUT I AM SUGGESTING THAT WE TAKE A STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, WHAT IS JUST AND WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. WE NEED A LONG-TERM STRATEGY IN SYRIA THAT LEADS TO A SOLUTION OF PEACE AND AN END TO THE ONGOING, DEADLY AND HORRIFIC CONFLICT. THIS SHOULD INCLUDE THE END OF THE ASSAD REGIME AND A PLACE AT THE TABLE FOR ALL PEOPLE AT THE TABLE OF GOVERNMENT. FIRST, WE MUST MAINTAIN A PRESENCE IN SYRIA AND MUST HAVE A HOLD ON THE DE-ESCALATION ZONES THAT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED. BY MAKING IT KNOWN THAT THE UNITED STATES REMAINS IN THE REGION, WE CAN THWART THE STRONG MEN OF RUSSIA AND IRAN AND TARGETING CIVILIANS. BOTH RUSSIA AND IRAN ARE FRACTURED AND TIRED. THEY BOTH USE SYRIA AS A POWER GRAB OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ON THEIR ENEMIES, THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL. IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE AS WE KNOW THE TRUE INTENTIONS OF THESE BAD ACTORS ANY WAY. THAT BEING SAID, WE CANNOT ALLOW IRAN TO COMPLETE ITS LAND BRIDGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST THROUGH SYRIA AND CANNOT TRUST THE RUSSIANS EVER ON ANYTHING. RUSSIAN STRIKES HAVE OBLITERATED RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN SYRIA DISPLACING THOUSANDS. THE MAJOR HOSPITALS AND MAKE-SHIFT HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN TARGETED AND DESTROYED. THE REGION'S HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN TARGETED AND DESTROYED. WE MUST TAKE MEASURES TO PUNISH RUSSIA AND IRAN FOR THEIR CRIMES. NEXT, GIVEN THE DIRE SITUATION WE NEED TO ESTABLISH A NO-FLY ZONE AND ENSURE A PRESENCE BEING IN FORCE. THIS IS VITAL FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR COALITION EFFORTS, THE HUMANITARIAN AID VOLUNTEERS AND THE CIVILIAN CIVILIANS WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES. AND NEED TO HOLD THE SUPPORTERS ACCOUNTABLE. IN APRIL, I SPOKE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF A BILL I INTRODUCED WITH MY HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIR COLLEAGUES H.R. 4681, THE NO ASSISTANCE TO ASSAD ACT. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE AND SITS IN THE SENATE IS A STEP IN THE DIRECTION AND PUNISHING THE REGIME FOR ITS WAR CRIMES. IT NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED AS DO THE SANCTIONS PASSED LAST YEAR AGAINST THE SUPPORTERS OF THE ASSAD REGIME FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE GENOCIDE OF CIVILIANS. THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO REMIND PEOPLE OF SYRIA THAT WE STAND WITH THEM. WE STAND FOR FREEDOM. WE STANDARD AGAINST THE INHUMANE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THEM BY THIS BARBARIC REGIME AND RUSSIAN AND IRANIAN BACKERS. IF YOUR DAD WAS KILLED BY AN AIR STRIKE, YOU MIGHT SEE ISIS AS THE ONLY OPPONENT, THE BUTCHER OF DAMASCUS WHO DESTROYED YOUR HOME, BOMBED YOUR SCHOOL AND LEFT YOU WITHOUT AN EDUCATION OR OPPORTUNITY. IF YOU ARE THIS 10-YEAR-OLD KID IN SYRIA RIGHT NOW, YOU ARE LIKELY A RICH TARGET OF ISIS RECRUITMENT. SADLY, THE NEXT GENERATION OF TERRORISM WILL SPIN FROM THESE REGIONS THAT HAVE NO HOPE OR OPPORTUNITY. THAT FEEL COMPLETELY ABANDONED AND IGNORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. I SPOKE TO A SYRIAN REGIME DEFECTOR NAMED CAESAR. HE BROUGHT WITH HIM THOUSANDS OF PICTURES AND DOCUMENTS PROVEN THAT THE REGIME TORTURES, STARVES AND KILLS INNOCENT PEOPLE EVERY DAY. THEY DOCUMENT THESE ATROCITIES WITH A COLD PRECISION REMINISCENT OF THE ACTIONS OF NAZI GERMANY. IT'S CHILLING. CAESAR RISKED HIS LIFE BY SHARING HIS EXPERIENCES AND IN OUR MEETINGS HE FOCUSES ON OTHERS. HE EMPHASIZED HOW GRAVELY THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA ARE SUFFERING EVERY SINGLE DAY AND EVERY SINGLE DAY, THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA CLING TO THE HOPE THAT AMERICA WILL SPEAK UP AND STAND WITH THEM. I PRAY FOR PEACE. AND I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO POSITION THE UNITED STATES AS THE GLOBAL LEADER THAT THIS WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW. I ALSO IMPLORE THE SENATE TO PASS THE CAESAR ACT, SANKING INDIVIDUALS AND OPENING THE PATH TO THEIR KAPTUR AND TRIAL AS WAR CRIMINALS. THEY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. WE HAVE PASSED THIS BILL REPEATEDLY BUT THE SENATE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THIS LAW AND STAND WITH THE VALUES WE HOLD DEAR. . MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA NEED TO KNOW THERE IS HOPE. AND RIGHT NOW OUR LACK OF STRATEGY IN SYRIA IS LEAVING MANY WITH LITTLE HOPE OR FAITH IN THE UNITED STATES OR OUR ALLIES. I BELIEVE AMERICA HAS THE MISSION IN THIS WORLD AND IT'S TO BE AN EXAMPLE OF SELF-GOVERNANCE IN A WORLD DROWNING IN STRONGMEN, CRUELTY AND KAY OLS. AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY -- CHAOS. AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA AND THE WORLD THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM CONTINUES. WE ARE STILL THAT SHINING CITY ON A HILL AND A BEACON OF HOPE FOR PEACE AND PROSPERITY. WHEN THAT LIGHT DIMS, IT DOESN'T GIVE AMERICA AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK WITHIN AND RELAX. REGAIN OURSELVES, LOOK COLDLY AND DETACHED AT THE REST OF THE WORLD. HISTORY HAS SHOWN AGAIN AND AGAIN THAT A DIMMING LIGHT IN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ONLY GUARANTEES A FUTURE FIGHT. A FUTURE CALLING UP OF A GENERATION OF AMERICANS TO ONCE AGAIN DEFEAT AN ENEMY. BUT IF WE REMEMBER THIS GOD-GIVEN MISSION, AND THE LIGHT ON THE HILL CONTINUES TO BEAM BRIGHT, WE CAN CREATE A GENERATION WITHIN THE CAMPS OF OUR ENEMIES THAT REJECT THEIR IDEOLOGY AND IMPLEMENT CHANGE FROM WITHIN. BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN IT WASN'T AMERICA'S MILITARY ACTION THAT SLICED IT IF HALF. IT WAS PEOPLE BEHIND IT, SEEING OUR LIGHT PEERING OVER THE WALL, TEARING IT DOWN SO THEY TOO COULD ENJOY THOSE FREEDOMS. AS THE GREAT PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY SAID, LET EVERY NATION KNOW, WHETHER IT WISHES US WELL OR ILL, THAT WE SHALL PAY ANY PRICE, BEAR ANY BURDEN, MEET ANY HARDSHIP, SUPPORT ANY FRIEND, OPPOSE ANY FOE, TO ASSURE THE SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS OF LIBERTY. BASHAR AL-ASSAD WILL ULTIMATELY PAY AN AWFUL, ETERNAL PRICE WHEN HE MEETS HIS MAKER. LET'S MOVE THAT APPOINTMENT UP SO THAT JUSTICE HERE OR IN THE AFTERLIFE IS SWIFT AND SOON. LET'S SHINE OUR LIGHT ON THE ACTIONS OF IRAN AND RUSSIA, LET'S EXPOSE WHAT THAT BRIGHT -- WITH THAT BRIGHTNESS THE TORTURE, THE BOMBING OF AID CONVOYS AND HOSPITALS. LET'S SHINE THAT LIGHT ON THE PLIGHT OF PEOPLE SIMPLY TRYING TO LIVE THEIR LIVES, TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN TO BE POLICE OFFICERS, DOCTORS, FARMERS, FACTORY WORKERS, AND MOTHERS AND FATHERS. LET'S SPEAK OUT FOR THE FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE WHO SO DESPERATELY NEED OUR VOICE. LET'S SHINE OUR LIGHT ON THE OPPRESSIVE DARKNESS AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S SAVE SYRIA. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 01:18:07 PM

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                  • 01:19:29 PM

                                    MR. RUSH

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH EXCITEMENT AND A SENSE OF PRIDE IN MY…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH EXCITEMENT AND A SENSE OF PRIDE IN MY HEART. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I AM HERE TO SHARE SOME GREAT NEWS COMING OUT OF MY HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. BECAUSE NEXT WEEK, ON MONDAY, A GROUP OF SMART AND DEDICATED AND HARDWORKING YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN FROM DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL, LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT, WILL START NEW JOBS IN THE SKILL-BASED INDUSTRY. THESE JOBS, MR. SPEAKER, AND THE YOUNG MENS' EMPLOYMENT IS A RESULT OF A ROBUST PARTNERSHIP AND A SINCERE COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY THAT BROUGHT THE CITY OF CHICAGO, THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THE LOCAL 134 TOGETHER TO FORM AN INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION TRADES PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, I AM EXTREMELY ENCOURAGED BY THESE MOTIVATED AND DILIGENT YOUNG MEN WHO NEVER GAVE UP AND WHO SAW THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE HOPE THAT WAS AVAILABLE TO THEM THAT EXTENDED BEYOND THEIR ENVIRONMENT. THIS PROGRAM, THIS PARTNERSHIP, AND THE HOPES THAT IT INSPIRES IS SPOT ON. IT'S EXACTLY -- SPOT-ON. IT'S EXACTLY THE TYPE OF INVESTMENT OUR MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES NEED, BECAUSE IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO YIELD LIFE-ALTERING RESULTS. PROGRAMS LIKE THIS ONE ONLY PROVIDE HOPE BY DECREASING JOBLESSNESS. THEY NOT ONLY PROVIDE THE HOPE, BUT THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN REDUCING THE PERVASIVE VIOLENCE THAT PLAGUES OUR NATION AND OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN IMPORTANT ENDEAVOR THAT OFFERS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION BY PROVIDING STUDENTS IN THEIR JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL THE CHANCE TO LEARN SKILLS, INCLUDING GENERAL CONSTRUCTION, CARPENTRY, HEATING , AIR CONDITIONING, PLUMBING, WELDING, ELECTRICAL WORK, AMONG MANY, MANY OTHERS. AFTER GRADUATION STUDENTS HAVE MULTIPLE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM. THEY CAN ENTER A PRE-ATEN TRISSHIP PROGRAM, -- PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM, THEY ARE PURSUE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, THEY CAN OBTAIN PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS THAT WILL LEAD TO IMMEDIATE EMPLOYMENT, AS IT HAS FOR THESE YOUNG MEN. MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND RECOGNIZE MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL'S COMMITMENT TO SEEING THIS PROGRAM INITIATION INAUGURATION, TO SEE IT GET OFF THE GROUND. ADDITIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN -- WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HARD WORK, WITHOUT THE DEVOTION OF SOME DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS. SO I WANT TO THANK THE LOCAL 134 AND ITS PRESIDENT AND THE CITY OF CHICAGO, THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE INSTRUCTORS AND THE MENTORS OF THESE YOUNG MEN, FOR THEIR PERSISTENT -- PERSISTENCE IN SEEING THAT THESE MEN EMERGE AND ENSURING THAT THE NEXT GENERATION THAT BUILDS AMERICA REPRESENTS THE DIVERSITY OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I SINCERELY WISH THAT HE'S IN YOUNG MEN, THAT THEY GET THE BEST AS THEY EMBARK ON THIS NEW CHAPTER IN THEIR LIVES. AND I WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT WITH THEIR PERSEVERANCE, THAT THEY HAVE MADE IT EASIER FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS, THOSE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN WHO WILL FOLLOW IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK.

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                                    MR. RUSH

                                    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. GALLEGO. MR. SPEAKER, THAT SAID, I…

                                    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. GALLEGO. MR. SPEAKER, THAT SAID, I WANT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. GALLEGO.

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                                  • 01:26:36 PM

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                                    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD HIS TIME TO THE CHAIR AND THE CHAIR WILL…

                                    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD HIS TIME TO THE CHAIR AND THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE MR. GALLEGO?

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                                  • 01:26:40 PM

                                    MR. RUSH

                                    I YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIR.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, -- UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, -- UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE HOUR.

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                                  • 01:27:06 PM

                                    MR. GALLEGO

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS AN HONOR TO FOLLOW MR. RUSH, WHO WAS MY…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS AN HONOR TO FOLLOW MR. RUSH, WHO WAS MY CONGRESSMAN GROWING UP ALL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND ACTUALLY INTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS VERY MOMENT HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE RACING OUT OF WASHINGTON. FAMILIES ARE BEING TORN APART. CHILDREN ARE BEING RIPPED FROM THE ARMS OF THEIR MOTHERS. WOMEN WHO HAVE FLED HORRIFIC VIOLENCE ARE BEING DEPORTED BACK TO THEIR ABUSERS. YET MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. WHERE ARE THEY, MR. SPEAKER? HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE FLEEING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT. THEY'RE RUNNING FROM THE SHAME AND EMBARRASSMENT OF YESTERDAY'S VOTE ON THE G.O.P. IMMIGRATION BILL. THEY ARE HEADED FOR THE EXITS WHILE THOUSANDS OF KIDS CRY IN CAGES AT OUR BORDERS TONIGHT. THAT'S RIGHT. WITH THE WORLD WATCHING AND WITH THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS UNFOLDING RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA, SPEAKER RYAN AND THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS SIMPLY JUST GAVE UP AND WENT HOME. THE OTHER PARTY FOUGHT FOR WEEKS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, THEY TRADED ACCUSATIONS AND INSULTS, MANY OF WHICH WERE QUICKLY LEAKED TO THE PRESS. YESTERDAY THEY FINALLY PUT AN IMMIGRATION BILL ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND IT FAILED. BY THE LARGEST MARGIN IN RECENT MEMORY. BUT INSTEAD OF ALLOWING A VOTE ON A TRUE COMPROMISE, LIKE THE AGUILAR-HURD LEGISLATION, SPEAKER RYAN AND HIS LEADERSHIP TEAM DECIDED TO CALL IT QUITS. THEY CHOSE TO PUT THEIR FINGERS IN THEIR EARS WHILE THOUSANDS OF KIDS ARE CRYING OUT FOR THEIR MOTHERS. 121-301. THAT WAS THE VOTE YESTERDAY. 121-301. TELLS THE STORY OF A REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE IN CRISIS. WHEN HE OFFICIALLY RETIRES, 121-301 SHOULD BE IN THE FIRST LINE OF ANY STORY WRITTEN ABOUT PAUL RYAN'S SPEAKERSHIP. IF REPUBLICANS AREN'T INTERESTED IN GORANNING, THEY SHOULD AT LEAST -- GOVERNING, THEY SHOULD AT LEAST STEP ASIDE AND LET DEMOCRATS TAKE OVER. SPEAKER RYAN ISN'T INTERESTED IN SOLVING PROBLEMS, HE SHOULD GET AN EARLY START ON HIS RETIREMENT. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW IT SURE LOOKS LIKE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE MORE INTERESTED IN FIGHTING EACH OTHER THAN FIGHTING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT CIVILITY AS OF LATE. REPUBLICANS ARE UPSET THAT MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE SAID MEAN THINGS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. REPUBLICANS WHINE ON FOX NEWS ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY BEING TURNED AWAY FROM A RESTAURANT. REPUBLICANS WRITING IN THE OPINION PAGES ARE RINGING THEIR HANDS ABOUT THE DETERIORATION OF OUR PUBLIC DISCOURSE. GIVE ME A BREAK ALREADY. ISN'T IT TIME THAT WE JUST WORRY LESS ABOUT THE LACK OF CIVILITY IN OUR POLITICS AND MORE ABOUT THE LACK OF OUR HUMANITY IN OUR GOVERNMENT? HERE'S ALL I ASK. WHEN MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE ENJOYING THEIR FIREWORKS AND BARBEQUES WITH THEIR LOVED ONES NEXT WEEK, I HOPE THEY'LL SPARE A THOUGHT FOR ALL THE MOTHERS SEPARATED FROM THEIR LOVED ONES BECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP'S OUTRAGEOUS CRUELTY. AND I HOPE JUST FOR ONE MINUTE THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WILL PAUSE TO THINK ABOUT THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS TRAGEDY. I HOPE JUST FOR A MOMENT THAT IT WILL STOP -- THAT THEY WILL STOP TO WONDER WHAT FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS WILL SAY ABOUT THE LEADERS OF TODAY WHO OPT FOR SILENCE OR -- OPTED FOR SILENCE OR CIVILITY IN THE FACE OF SO MUCH HUMAN SUFFERING. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                  • 01:30:28 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN IN ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE…

                                    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN IN ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT.

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

                                    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                    MR. GREEN

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PROUD TO STAND IN THE HOUSE OF…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PROUD TO STAND IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY TO ANNOUNCE THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE LGBTQUE RESOLUTION. THIS ENCOURAGES THE MONTH OF JUNE AS LGBTQ MONTH. WE ARE INTRODUCING THIS MONTH BECAUSE WE WANT TO COMMEMORATE THE STONEWALL UPRISING THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE STONEWALL INN ON JUNE 28, 1969. THIS RESOLUTION HAS 95 ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS AND I WOULD LIKE TO CALL EACH NAME, BUT, OF COURSE, TIME DOESN'T PERMIT, AND I MIGHT OMIT A NAME. SO, MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE KNOW THAT IT IS WELL SUPPORTED. AND I AM PROUD TO HAVE TALKED TO A GOOD MANY OF THE CO-SPONSORS WHO ARE VERY PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS RESOLUTION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION CELEBRATES THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MANY PERSONS IN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. MAYOR PARKER WHO WAS THE FIRST ELECTED AS A MAYOR IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND CELEBRATES THE HARD WORK OF THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY. WHAT IT HAS DONE TO HELP US TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT TOLERANCE AND INCLUSION, TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL PERSONS ARE APPRECIATED AND CELEBRATED IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY. IT RECOGNIZES THE PROTESTORS WHO STOOD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIGNITY AT THE STONEWALL INN ON JUNE 28 OF 1969 AND RECOGNIZES THEM AS SOME OF THE PIONEERS OF THE MOVEMENT, CELEBRATES THE CREATION OF GAY RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS IN MAJOR CITIES IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STONEWALL UPRISING, HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC REMOVING HOMO SEXUALITY OF ITS LIST OF MENTAL ILLNESSES IN DECEMBER OF 1973. I WANT TO PAUSE AND SAY A WORD ABOUT THIS. BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WAS A SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT. MIGHT SEEM LIKE A SMALL THING TO A GOOD MANY PEOPLE, BUT WHEN YOUR VERY BEING IS DEFINED AS A MENTAL ILLNESS AND THAT IS REMOVED, IT MEANS SOMETHING TO PEOPLE. IT MEANS THAT PEOPLE CAN BE THEMSELVES AND NOT THOUGHT TO BE ILL. SO I'M VERY PROUD TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF IT. IT RECOGNIZES ELAINE NOBLE AS THE FIRST LGBTQ CANDIDATE ELECTED TO A STATE LEGISLATURE IN 1974 AND BARNEY FRANK WHOM I HAD THE HONOR OF SERVING WITH IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AS THE FIRST REPRESENTATIVE TO COME OUT AS AN OPENLY MEMBER GAY MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1987 AND HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION ELIMINATING THE BAN ON HIRING HOMO SEXALS IN MOST FEDERAL JOBS IN 1975. IMAGINE NOT BEING HIRED BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE. IT CELEBRATES HARVEY MILK, HIS HAVING MADE NATIONAL HEADLINES WHEN HE WAS SWORN IN AS AN OPENLY GAY MEMBER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. AND HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF 1980, THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION WHERE DEMOCRATS TOOK A STANCE IN SUPPORT OF GAY RIGHTS. IT CELEBRATES VERMONT, BECOMING THE FIRST STATE TO LEGALLY RECOGNIZE CIVIL UNIONS BETWEEN GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES IN THE YEAR 2000 AND HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING IN LAWRENCE VERSUS TEXAS IN JUNE OF 2003, WHICH HELD THAT UNDER THE 14TH AMENDMENT, STATES COULD NOT CRIMINALIZE THE PRIVATE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP OF SAME-SEX COUPLES AND HIGHLIGHTS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CONGRESS' APPROVING AND THE PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNING, THE REPEAL OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL. IT CELEBRATES 2012 AS THE FIRST YEAR IN WHICH ALL 50 STATES HAD AT LEAST ONE LGBTQ ELECTED OFFICIAL. IT CELEBRATES SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN, BEING THE FIRST OPENLY GAY UNITED STATES SENATOR IN JANUARY OF 2013. IT HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RULING IN THE UNITED STATES VERSUS WINDSOR, WHICH FOUND SECTION 3 OF THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT, DOMA, TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT HIGHLIGHTS THE EQUALITY ACT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED ON JULY 23, 2015 BY CONGRESSMAN DAVID CICILLINE, WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT I MIGHT ADD AS ITS FIRST COMPREHENSIVE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL WHICH AMENDS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 TO INCLUDE, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY AMONG THE PROHIBITED CATEGORIES OF DISCRIMINATION ON SEGREGATION IN PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION. IT CELEBRATES A ERIC FANNING BEING SWORN IN AS THE FIRST OPENLY GAY SECRETARY OF THE ARMY. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENTS HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THIS MONTH AS PROVIDED MONTH. PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS THE -- PRIDE MONTH. PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS THE FIRST PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS FOLLOWED. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT DONE SO. THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT HONORED THE MONTH OF JUNE AS PRIDE MONTH, ALTHOUGH HE HAS HONORED IT AS A REASON TO CELEBRATE MANY OTHER THINGS. WE HOPE THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART AND WILL RECOGNIZE JUNE AS PRIDE MONTH BECAUSE THERE IS GOOD REASON TO DO SO. ON JUNE 28 OF 1969, THE PATRONS OF THE STONEWALL INN DECIDED TO RISE UP. IT WAS A MOMENT IN TIME FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. THE MOVEMENT WAS BORN OUT OF THE NECESSITY TO LIVE AND STRIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE AT THE TIME IT WAS NEITHER ACCEPTED NOR SAFE IN MANY PLACES TO DO SO. STONEWALL IS RECOGNIZED BY MOST PEOPLE AS THE TIME, THE MOMENT IN TIME WHEN PERSONS DECIDED THEY HAD HAD ENOUGH. IT WAS NOT UNUSUAL FOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO COME IN AND IT WASN'T JUST IN STONEWALL IN NEW YORK BUT GO INTO PLACES WHERE LGBT Q PERSONS WOULD CONGREGATE AND HARRIS THEM. IT WAS NOT ACCEPTED BY THE COMMUNITY, BUT OFFICERS FOR WHATEVER REASON, THEY DID SO WITH IMPUNITY IN A GOOD MANY PLACES. ON THIS DATE, THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY DECIDED THEY WOULD NOT TAKE ANY MORE. THERE WAS A PUSHBACK IN THE COMMUNITY AS PERSONS REFUSING TO ALLOW TO TAKE PLACE. A RIOT TOOK PLACE. AND AS A RESULT, MANY CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ADOPTED LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS AND PRIDE CAN BE SOMETHING THAT PERSONS WANTED TO HIBT. THIS HAS COME FROM THAT MOMENT IN TIME TO TODAY WHEN WE HAVE PRIDE CELEBRATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN HOUSTON, WE HAD A SIGNIFICANT PRIDE PARADE, LITERALLY, SCORES OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE ASSEMBLED AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE WITH PRIDE THE FACT THAT THEY WERE MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY OR ALLIES OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. THE COMMUNITY HAS MANY ALLIES, ALLIES IN CONGRESS, ALLIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE VARIOUS STATE HOUSES, IN POLICE DEPARTMENTS, ALLIES THAT ARE WILLING TO STAND UP AND STAND WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. I COUNT MYSELF AS AN ALLY OF THE COMMUNITY AND WOULD HOPE THAT AS AN ALLY OF THE COMMUNITY, WHAT WE ARE DOING TONIGHT WILL FURTHER THE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE, REGARDLESS AS TO WHO WE ARE, SHOULD BE PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AND PROUD TO WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO ACQUIRE THE ADDITIONAL RIGHT THAT WE ALL ENJOY TO A CERTAIN EXTENT. I SAY WE ALL, BECAUSE THERE ARE STILL SOME THINGS THAT ARE BEING DENIED. BUT TO RECEIVE THE RIGHT THAT THE CONSTITUTION AFFORDS ALL PEOPLE. I WOULD USE AS AN EXAMPLE THE RIGHT TO SIMPLY HAVE A JOB. THERE ARE PLACES IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE PERSONS ARE STILL FIRED BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE. ONCE IT IS KNOWN THAT A PERSON IS A MEMBER OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY, THEY ARE TERMINATED WITH IMPUENT AND WE HAVE TO DO -- IMPUNITY AND AS SUCH WE OUGHT NOT TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYONE BECAUSE OF WHO THEY HAPPEN TO BE. HERE IN CONGRESS WE HAVE THE LGBTQ CAUCUS AND I'M PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CAUCUS. IT HAS TAKEN A STAND FOR RIGHTS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND RIGHTS OF MEMBERS OF OTHER COMMUNITIES. IT HAS TAKEN A STAND WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION, TAKEN A STAND WHEN IT COMES TO INTEGRATION. THE LGBTQ CAUCUS IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS A VERY BROAD REACH, A VERY GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE NOTION THAT HUMAN DIGNITY IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE ACCORDED ALL PEOPLE. HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT TO BE DENIED PEOPLE BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE OR WHO THEY HAPPEN TO LOVE. I'M HONORED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CAUCUS AND I'M A VERY PROUD AMERICAN WHO STANDS HERE TONIGHT TO SAY LET'S CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE JUNE AS LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH AND LET'S ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO DO WHAT OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE. THIS IS AN HONORABLE THING AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

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                                  • 01:44:41 PM

                                    MR. GREEN

                                    I DO. I DO NOW MOVE THAT WE ADJOURN.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ADJOURN.

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                                  115th Congress - House
                                  Total Hours: 1491 (After 684 days)
                                  • Debate695 Hours
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