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House Session - July 11, 2018

The House debated a bill setting fishery conservation and management policy for the upcoming five years.

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:09 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Roger W. Marshall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:00:11 AM

      HOST

      OVER TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. HAVE A GREAT DAY. THE SPEAKER.

  • 10:00:21 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:00:23 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WA INGTON, D.C. JULY 11, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WA INGTON, D.C. JULY 11, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ROGER W. MARSHALL TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 10:00:38 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:01:10 AM

      MS. BONAMICI

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY WAS THE COURT ORDERED DEADLINE FOR THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY WAS THE COURT ORDERED DEADLINE FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO REUNITE MORE THAN 100 CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OLD WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO MEET THIS DEADLINE AND THAT IS SHAMEFUL. DOZENS OF BABIES AND TODDLERS REMAIN IN GOVERNMENT CUSTODY WITH NO IDEA OF WHEN THEY WILL SEE THEIR PARENTS AGAIN. AS A MOM I AM OUTRAGED. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS FAILING TO COMPLY WITH A COURT ORDERED DEADLINE, BUT WHAT IS THIS REALLY ABOUT? BABIES AND TODDLERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN. ASK ANY PEDIATRICIAN, THIS IS HARMFUL. AND EVERY DAY CREATES MORE HARM TO THESE INNOCENT CHILDREN. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS SAYING THEY WERE FORCED TO SEPARATE FAMILIES. , WHEN IN FACT, IT WAS THEIR DELIBERATE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. THEIR STRATEGY, THAT FORCIBLY TOOK CHILDREN OUT OF THEIR PARENTS' ARMS. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN WITHIN THEIR POWER TO STOP THIS COLD-HEARTED AND INHUMANE MADNESS. ON MONDAY I MET WITH LATINO AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY LEADERS IN OREGON TO HEAR FROM THEM FIRSTHAND ABOUT HOW THIS ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS ARE HARMING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. THEY SPOKE OF UNPRECEDENTED FEAR, OF FAMILIES TORN APART, OF CHILDREN AFRAID TO GO TO SCHOOL. AND THEY SPOKE ABOUT WHY PEOPLE COME TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE FIRST PLACE. TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. MIRIAM SAID THAT THERE IS NO GREATER GIFT OF LOVE THAN TO LEAVE THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. EVERYTHING YOU KNOW FOR YOUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. THAT'S WHY MY GRANDPARENTS GOT ON A BOAT IN 1921 AND CROSSED THE OCEAN FROM ITALY FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM. IT'S WHY MANY PEOPLE ARE NOW FLEEING TERRIBLE VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND IN MEXICO TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN, AND OFTENTIMES TO SAVE THEIR CHILDREN'S LIVES. THAT'S WHAT WE STAND FOR IN THIS COUNTRY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A BETTER LIFE. A PEACEFUL LIFE. FREE FROM VIOLENCE. A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. AS A PARENT, THAT'S WHAT I WANT FOR MY CHILDREN. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IT'S WHAT I WANT FOR EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS CONTRADICT THESE FUNDAMENTAL VALUES. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS. I CONTINUE TO DEMAND THAT THE ADMINISTRATION REUNITE ALL SEPARATED CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS, NOT LATER, NOW. THAN THIS. THIS IS A COURT ORDER. NOT A SUGGESTION. IF THE PROBLEM IS THAT THESE AGENCIES ARE UNSTAFFED, I'LL COME OVER TO THE AGENCY. I'LL GO OVER TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO HELP. I'M SURE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE FAMILIES ARE REUNITED, OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. WE MUST FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IT IS LONG PAST TIME TO VOTE ON A COMPREHENSIVE HUMANE, COMPASSIONATE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL. THAT'S WHAT OREGONIANS WANT AND IT'S WHAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WANT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:04:27 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR THAT'S WHAT RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST,…

      THE CHAIR THAT'S WHAT RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:04:30 AM

      MR. BOST

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE TOMMY FULFORD FOR WINNING THE NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR CENTRAL REGION. THIS PROJECT WAS A YEAR IN THE MAKING. TOMMY TOOK A DIRT-FILLED STORAGE ROOM GATE DATING BACK TO 1904 IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HISTORY MUSEUM AND CREATED AN EXHIBIT ILLUSTRATING THE LONG HISTORY OF COAL MINING IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. THE ROOM WAS DESIGNED TO GIVE VISITORS THE FEEL OF BEING IN AN ACTUAL MINE. I VISITED THE EXHIBIT LAST MONTH. COMING FROM THE MINING ROOTS MYSELF, I CAN TELL YOU TOMMY'S PROJECT HIT VERY CLOSE TO HOME. TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE, EAGLE SCOUTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, THEIR VOLUNTEERS, COMPLETE ALMOST 8.5 MILLION HOURS OF SERVICE TOWARDS THEIR EAGLE PROJECTS LAST YEAR. THIS WORKS OUT TO 150 HOURS PER PROJECT. TOMMY AND HIS 18 VOLUNTEERS DEDICATED 934 HOURS OF SERVICE TO COMPLETE HIS COAL MINING EXHIBIT. TOMMY, I APPLAUD YOU AND I APPRECIATE YOUR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK. I KNOW YOU HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF YOU. MR. SPEAKER, IN JANUARY, I CAME TO THIS WELL TO URGE THE SUPPORT FOR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED WITH MY ILLINOIS COLLEAGUE, MR. SCHNEIDER. OUR BILL PROPOSED A FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAM TO IMPROVE SECURITY AT OUR SCHOOLS AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. SINCE THEN OUR LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. BECAUSE OF YOUR BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, I'M PROUD TO SAY THESE GRANTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. PLEASE URGE YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS IN YOUR DISTRICTS TO VISIT GOPS.DOJ.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY FOR UP TO $500,000 IN GRANTS THROUGH THE SCHOOL VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM. HOWEVER, THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR IS JULY 30. SO TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. WE HAVE ADVANCED SAFETY TECHNOLOGY IN BANKS, OFFICE BUILDINGS, AND RETAIL LOCATIONS. THERE IS NO REASON WE SHOULDN'T HAVE THAT SAME TECHNOLOGY IN OUR SCHOOLS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:06:59 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

    • 10:07:08 AM

      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I'M PROUD TO STAND IN THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I'M PROUD TO STAND IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'M NOT PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY FOR THE REASONS THAT I SHALL ARTICULATE. MR. SPEAKER, WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR THINGS TO BE RIGHT. THEY MUST ALSO LOOK RIGHT. AND, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEPARATES CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS, INDEED IN A WORLD MOTHERS FROM THEIR BABIES, IT DOES NOT LOOK RIGHT. SOME MAY ARGUE THAT IT IS RIGHT BECAUSE OF VARIOUS LAWS AND LEGISLATION THAT MIGHT EXIST, BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY. THE COUNTRY THAT BELIEVES IN LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. IT DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. TO SEPARATE BABIES FROM THEIR MOTHERS. WHERE IS THE MORAL COMPASS? THERE OUGHT TO BE AN INNER VOICE WITHIN US THAT SAYS THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE. WE'RE TAKING A BABY FROM THE BABY'S MOTHER. AND WE'RE GOING TO PUT THE BABY IN A LOCATION, SEPARATE AND APART FROM THE MOTHER. THE BABY NEEDS THE MOTHER. THE MOTHER IS THERE TO NURTURE THE BABY. HOW CAN WE TO THIS IN GOOD CONSCIENCE? WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR THINGS TO BE RIGHT, THEY MUST ALSO LOOK RIGHT. AND THIS DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT TO THE WORLD. I HAVE GONE TO VISIT THESE CHILDREN. I WENT TO BROWNSVILLE. I SAW THE CHILDREN. THEY ARE CARING FOR THE CHILDREN, BUT THE MISSING ELEMENT, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT THESE CHILDREN NEED, WAS NOT THERE. THEIR PARENTS. I WENT TO THREE OTHER SITES BEFORE GOING TO BROWNSVILLE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WENT TO A SITE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WENT TO OTHER SITES. I COULD NOT SEE THE CHILDREN, AND I WAS ASKED TO LEAVE THE PREMISE AND I BEHAVED IN AN ORDERLY FASHION. I HAD TWO FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION. BUT NOT ONLY COULD I NOT SEE THE CHILDREN, I WAS ASKED TO LEAVE THE PROPERTY. THERE IS NO TRANSPARENTCY. THIS IS THE -- TRANSPARENCYCY. -- TRANSPARENCY. THIS IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HOLDING CHILDREN AND NOT ALLOWING OPEN ACCESS TO THESE CHILDREN BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR THINGS TO BE RIGHT. THEY MUST ALSO LOOK RIGHT. WHEN THE MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CANNOT SEE THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN SECRETED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY, SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS, NOT ONLY DOES THIS NOT LOOK RIGHT, IT ISN'T RIGHT. THAT HAVE BEEN SECRETED IN VARIOUS AT SOME POINT ON THIS INFINITE CONTINUUM WE CALL TIME, WE WILL ALL HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR OUR TIME. AT SOME POINT WHEN THE OVERWHELM PIP TENT --OMNIPOTENT ARE ONE WE WILL ALL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THESE CHILDREN TODAY. THESE CHILDREN BELONG TO ALL OF US IN THE SENSE AT SOME THAT THEY ARE CHILDREN OF OUR WORLD. AND WE MUST ANSWER AND ACCOUNT FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM. SO I STAND HERE IN THE WELL A PROUD MEMBER OF CONGRESS. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. BUT SAD TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE ENOUGH TO REUNITE THESE CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS, IF YOU TAKE BABIES FROM THEIR MOTHERS, SAD TO KNOW YOU MUST HAVE A PLAN TO REUNITE THEM. WHEN YOU TO NOT, YOU ARE FAILING NOT ONLY THOSE PARENTS BUT YOU ARE FAILING THE FUTURE OF A GREAT COUNTRY BECAUSE IT GIVES US THE APPEARANCE OF NOT CARING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN HARM'S WAY, WHO HAVE COME ASKING FOR HELP. IT GIVES US THE APPEARANCE OF NOT BEING THAT GOOD SAMARITAN WHO NOT ONLY HELPED THE PERSON WHO WAS IN HARM'S WAY, WHO HAD BEEN BESET UPON BY THIEVES. IT GIVES US THE APPEARANCE OF NOT BEING THAT GOOD SAMARITAN WHO SAID I'M GOING TO HELP YOU. I'M GOING TO TAKE YOU TO THE END.

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    • 10:12:15 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

    • 10:12:17 AM

      MR. GREEN

      AND I'M COMING BACK AND PAY MORE IF YOU NEED MORE. THIS IS THE UNITED…

      AND I'M COMING BACK AND PAY MORE IF YOU NEED MORE. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE CAN CAN DO BETTER.

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    • 10:12:23 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

    • 10:12:25 AM

      MR. GREEN

      I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    • 10:12:27 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:12:31 AM

      MR. MAST

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION OF THIS BODY. I WOULD LIKE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY TO THINK ABOUT THIS. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ONE OF YOUR NEIGHBORS, EACH AND EVERY DAY, WAS TAKING THEIR GARBAGE AND THROWING IT OVER YOUR FENCE INTO YOUR YARD? WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THAT WERE THE CASE? IN THE CASE OF MY COMMUNITY, IT'S NOT JUST THE GARBAGE OF NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES THAT ENTERS ITS WAY INTO OUR COMMUNITY, IT'S TOXIC WATER POLLUTION. SO IF SOMEBODY THROWING GARBAGE OVER YOUR FENCE WOULD INFURIATE YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL, THEN I WOULD ASK YOU TO IMAGINE HOW YOU WOULD FEEL IF YOUR NEIGHBOR WAS KNOWINGLY POISONING THE KIDS IN YOUR BACKYARD. YOUR CHILDREN. I DON'T THINK THAT I KNOW OF WORDS, I DON'T THINK I KNOW OF A FOUR-LETTER WORD THAT WOULD DESCRIBE THIS FOR ME. I DON'T KNOW OF AN EMOJI THAT I COULD TEXT ANYBODY, AN EMOTION I COULD USE TO ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE THE FEELING OF HAVING MY COMMUNITY POISONED, KNOWINGLY, WILLINGLY YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS THAT ANY AMOUNT GREATER THAN 10 PARTS PER BILLION ALGAE IS POISON FOR HUMANS, AND THAT IS CAUSES EVERYTHING FROM NAUSEA TO LIVER DISEASE. THAT'S PRETTY BROAD SPECTRUM. THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION JUST REPORTED THAT THE LEVEL RELEASED INTO OUR WATERS IS MORE THAN 150 PARTS PER BILLION. LET ME SAY THAT ONE MORE TIME. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAID, ANYTHING GREATER THAN 10 PARTS PER BILLION IS POISON. THE WATER BEING RELEASED INTO MY COMMUNITY THAT PLAYS NO ROLE IN PRODUCING THIS TOXIC WATER BILLION IS POISON. THE WATER BEING RELEASED IS BEING EXPOSED TO WATER THAT IS MORE THAN 150 PARTS PER BILLION, 15 TIMES WHAT IS CONSIDERED HARMFUL TO HUMAN HEALTH. THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS PLANNING TO RESUME ITS POISONING OPERATIONS LATER THIS WEEK. AS A RESULT OF THAT I'D LIKE TO ASK THREE THINGS. NUMBER ONE, TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THAT IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING A SYSTEMWIDE REVIEW OF ITS POLICIES, DO NOT RELEASE ONE MORE DROP OF THIS POISONED WATER INTO MY COMMUNITY, INTO FLORIDA'S TREASURE COAST, INTO THE EPY CERTAINTY OF POPULATION FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. OUR COMMUNITY DID NOT CREATE THE PROBLEM OR THE CONDITIONS LEADING TO THIS POISON, AND WE MUST NOT BE FORCED OF POPULATION FOR TO HAVE THE HEALTH OF EACH OF OUR CITIZENS PUT AT RISK AS A RESULT OF IT BY SOMEONE ELSE'S GARBAGE BEING THROWN INTO OUR YARD. OR RATHER BY THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS RELEASING IT INTO OUR BACKYARD. . NUMBER TWO. I'D ASK THIS OF OUR PRESIDENT. THE SITUATION HAS RESULTED IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN YEARS' PAST AND THE GOVERNOR HAS ALREADY DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR FLORIDA IN A NUMBER OF COUNTIES INCLUDING MARTIN AND ST. LUCIE COUNTIES. I ALSO ASK THIS, PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS HAD THIS REQUEST COME BEFORE THEM, AND THOSE ADMINISTRATIONS DID NOTHING. I WOULD ASK THIS OF OUR ADMINISTRATION, BRING IN THE CALVARY, BRING IN EVERY BIT OF WATER CLEANUP OPERATION THAT YOU CAN BE FIND THAT CAN BE YIELDED BY FEMA, BY FISH AND WILDLIFE, THAT CAN GO AND CLEAN THESE POISONS, THESE TOXINS OUT OF OUR WATERWAYS. TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, FEDERAL COURT CASES DO DEMAND THAT EVERYTHING, ALL THE WATER THAT GOES SOUTH OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE WHERE THIS TOXIC WATER STEMS FROM NOT BE EXPOSED TO ANYTHING GREATER THAN 10 PARTS PER BILLION OF PHOSPHORUS. THAT SLOWS THE RATE OF WATER FLOW TO THE SOUTH WHERE THAT WATER ACTUALLY BELONGS, WHERE GOD DESIGNED THAT WATER TO GO. YET, MY COMMUNITY IS GETTING TOXIC WATER WITH PARTS GREATER THAN 150 PARTS PER BILLION. AS I SAID, 15 TIMES GREATER THAN WHAT IS SAFE FOR HUMAN CONTACT. THAT'S NOT EQUITABLE. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. SO I'D ASK THAT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WHO HAS THE EMERGENCY AUTHORITY GRANTED TO THEM UNDER SECTION 7-13, WHEN THERE ARE POLLUTION EMERGENCIES, THAT THEY USE THAT AUTHORITY NOW TO STOP POISONING MY COMMUNITY, TO PROTECT THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ON THE TREASURE COAST OF FLORIDA AND SEND THAT DIRTY TOXIC WATER SOUTH. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 10:17:36 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

    • 10:17:48 AM

      MR. POE

      MR. SPEAKER, MILLIONS OF DATA SHEETS SPIT OUT OF THE PRINTER INSIDE A…

      MR. SPEAKER, MILLIONS OF DATA SHEETS SPIT OUT OF THE PRINTER INSIDE A THICK WALLED SECURED FACILITY. ACROSS THE TOP ARE AMERICANS' NAMES, A LIST OF PHONE NUMBERS DIALED, THE FREQUENCY WHICH THEY ARE CALLED OR TEXT A PERSON. WHO IS DOING THIS, YOU MIGHT ASK? A CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION, A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR? WHO IS INTENTIONALLY STALKING AND GATHERING DATA ON INNOCENT AMERICAN CITIZENS WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE? WELL, IT'S NOT A NEFARIOUS ORGANIZATION OPERATING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND IT'S NOT THE RUSSIANS. IT'S THE SPYING EYES OF THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AFTER THE AFTERMATH OF 9/11, THE GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZED ONCE SECRET PROGRAMS BY THE N.S.A. TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON BAD ACTORS, PRIMARILY TERRORISTS WHO WISHED TO CREATE MAYHEM, TERRORISTS THAT ARE OVERSEAS. AS A SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF TERRORISM, I AGREE THAT WE SHOULD GO AFTER TERRORISTS. OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD USE THE TECHNIQUES THAT THEY HAVE THAT THOSE PEOPLE WISH TO DESTROY AMERICA AND FIND OUT WHAT THE TERRORISTS ARE DOING. BUT DESPITE THE OVERALL INTENTION OF THE LAW, THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN CORRUPTED. NOT ONLY DOES THE N.S.A. COLLECT INFORMATION ON TERRORISTS -- WHICH ME SHOULD DO -- BUT IT COLLECTS DATA ON ORDINARY AMERICAN CITIZENS, INCLUDING COMMUNICATIONS, EMAILS, TEXT MESSAGES. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE A SPECIFIC FOURTH AMENDMENT WARRANT TO COLLECT AND SEARCH THIS DATA ON AMERICANS, BUT IT DOES IT ANYWAY. THE FOURTH AMENDMENT SAYS THE WARRANTLESS SEARCH AND SEIZURE ON AMERICANS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL WITHOUT A PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANT. BUT THE GOVERNMENT IGNORES THE CONSTITUTION. THIS SENSITIVE INFORMATION IS PLACED ON A DATABASE BY THE GOVERNMENT, A SECRET DATABASE. SOMETIMES THE GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO GO INTO THAT DATABASE THAT WAS SEIZED WITHOUT A FOURTH AMENDMENT WARRANT AND CHECKS TO SEE HOW MANY TIMES A NAME COMES UP. THEY TAKE THAT INFORMATION AND DO A REVERSE SEARCH, CHECK AND SEE IF THE CITIZEN'S IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IS IN THE DATABASE. REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS DONE BY OUR GOVERNMENT ON AMERICANS IN SECRET WITHOUT A FOURTH AMENDMENT WARRANT. FOR YEARS THE N.S.A. HAS REFUSED TO PROVIDE DATA ON THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS SWEPT UP IN THEIR SECRET SEARCHES. I HAVE ADVOCATED FOR YEARS THAT THE N.S.A. LEVEL WITH AMERICANS AND OUR GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESS AS TO HOW MUCH INFORMATION THEY ARE SEIZING. SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, THE HOUSE VOTED ON A FLAWED FISA BILL, FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, WHICH UNFORTUNATELY RE-AUTHORIZED THE WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THE ONLY GOOD THING TO COME OUT OF THIS SPYING BILL IS THE HARD-FOUGHT PROVISION RELEASING THE LONG-CALLED NUMBERS OF AMERICANS WRAPPED UP IN GOVERNMENT SPYING. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THEY PAINT A GRIM PICTURE FOR THE PRIVACY OF FOURTH AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS. IN 2017 ALONE, THE N.S.A. UNCONSTITUTIONALLY GATHERED DATA ON 7,512 U.S. PERSONS, A SEARCH WITHOUT A PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANT. THIS IS UP FROM 5,000 IN 2016. ACCORDING TO A PREVIOUS REPORT BY "THE WASHINGTON POST," 90% OF THE ACCOUNT HOLDERS WHOSE COMMUNICATIONS WERE COLLECTED WERE NOT TARGETS. THAT MEANS THE GOVERNMENT WAS JUST PHISHING AROUND IN THE DATA THEY HAD COLLECTED AND SEARCHING INFORMATION ON AMERICANS WITHOUT A WARRANT. PRIVACY MUST NOT BE FORE SAKEN ON THE FALSE ALTER OF SECURITY. AS A FORMER JUDGE, I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE LOSS OF OUR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHT OF PRIVACY IN THE UNITED STATES BASED ON THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTION BY THE N.S.A. THE FOURTH AMENDMENT IS SACRED TO THIS COUNTRY AND THE FOUNDERS WHO DRAFTED IT MEANT IT TO BE. IT'S UP TO CONGRESS TO UPHOLD AMERICANS' FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS. WE MUST REFORM AN ARTICLE CALLED 702 TO REQUIRE THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO LOOK AT THE DATA THAT WAS SEIZED ON AMERICANS, THAT THEY DO IT WITH A SEARCH WARRANT BASED ON THE FOURTH AMENDMENT. IF THEY DON'T HAVE A SEARCH WARRANT BASED ON THE FOURTH AMENDMENT, THEN THEY CANNOT SEIZE AND GO THROUGH THAT INFORMATION. IT'S VERY SIMPLE CONCEPT, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WOULD HOPE THAT CONGRESS WOULD ACT TO STOP THE SPYING BY OUR GOVERNMENT ON AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY BECAUSE IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:22:33 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:22:37 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN BUCKS COUNTY,…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, THAT RECENTLY CELEBRATED THEIR 15TH ANNIVERSARY. THE TWILIGHT WISH FOUNDATION, BASED IN DOYLESTOWN, SEEKS TO GRANT THE WISHES OF LOW-INCOME SENIOR CITIZENS. THESE WISHES CAN BE BIG OR SMALL, RANGING FROM MEETING PHILADELPHIA EAGLES PLAYERS TO PURCHASING A NEW PAIR OF EYEGLASSES. AS A SOCIETY, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S INCUMBENT UPON ALL OF US, BOTH AS PUBLIC SERVANTS AND CITIZENS, TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT POLICIES THAT PROTECT OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. I COMMEND THE WORK DONE BY THE TWILIGHT WISH FOUNDATION, AND I APPLAUD THE LEADERSHIP OF FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, CASS. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE VICE PRESIDENT, ROBIN. DIRECTOR OF COMMUNE RELATIONS, MARY, AND DIRECTOR OF WISH MANAGEMENT, MICHELLE, FOR ALL THEIR INCREDIBLE WORK FOR OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE A RESIDENT OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHO RECENTLY BROKE HIS FOURTH WORLD RECORD. BOB OF MORRISVILLE SUCCESSFULLY BROKE THE RECORD FOR THE MOST STANDING AT-WILL ROLLOUTS WHILE WEIGHING A 40-POUND VEST. BOB, A RETIRED MARINE, COMPLETE THIS HAD MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MENTAL ILLNESS. DIAGNOSED WITH POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND BIPOLAR DISORDER, BOB TURNED TO SPORTS AND PHYSICAL TRAINING TO BATTLE MENTAL ILLNESS. USING HIS ATHLETICISM TO GARNER ATTENTION TO THOSE WHO STRUGGLE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS, BOB HOPES TO END THE STIGMA WITH WHICH IT'S OFTEN ASSOCIATED IN ORDER TO PROMOTE TREATMENT FOR MILITARY VETERANS. I'M PROUD TO CALL BOB MY CONSTITUENT AND I'M THANKFUL FOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR TURNING CHALLENGING EXPERIENCES INTO POSITIVE AND EDUCATIONAL ENGAGEMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, THAT IS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO ASSIST THOSE STRUGGLING WITH DRUG ADDICTION. THE CATALIN MURPHY FOUNDATION, ESTABLISHED TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF CATALIN MURPHY OF DOYLESTOWN, PARTNERS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS WITH SIMILAR MISSIONS TO PROVIDE RESOURCES TO THOSE SUFFERING FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE, ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES. SOME OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE THE HEART PROGRAM, WHICH SERVES TO REHABILITATE FEMALES SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION AT THE BUCKS COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, THE MOYER FOUNDATION CAMP MARIPOSA, AND BUCKS COUNTY POLICE ASSISTING AND RECOVERY. FOR THEIR WORK, THE CATALIN MURPHY FOUNDATION RECENTLY RECEIVED A GRANT FROM WARRINGTON CARES, THE EMPLOYEE CHARITY OF WARINGTON TOWNSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT SUCH THOUGHTFUL AND GENEROUS PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND I APPLAUD THE WORK OF THE CATALIN MURPHY FOUNDATION AND WARINGTON CARES AND I'LL CONTINUE TO DO MY PART HERE IN WASHINGTON TO END THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. AND LASTLY, I'D LIKE TO EXTEND MY APPRECIATION TO CATALIN'S PARENTS, TIM AND PAT MURPHY OF DOYLESTOWN, CATALIN'S BROTHER, SHAWN, AND THE ORGANIZATION'S PRESIDENT, EMORY MURPHY, OF WARINGTON, FOR ALL THEIR WORK IN OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:26:17 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM POIRT REEK, -- PUERTO RICO, MISS…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM POIRT REEK, -- PUERTO RICO, MISS GONZALEZ-COLON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:26:29 AM

      MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

      ON JUNE 27, I WAS JOINED BY MORE THAN 40 MIBS MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE IN…

      ON JUNE 27, I WAS JOINED BY MORE THAN 40 MIBS MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE IN INTRODUCING H.R. 42 -- 6246, THE PUERTO RICO MISSION ACT OF 2018. THAT NUMBER HAS SINCE GROWN TO ALMOST 50 MEMBERS. THIS IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT SETS FORTH A PROCESS THAT WILL RESULT IN THE FORMAL -- INTO A PERMANENT UNION WITH THE REST OF THE STATES. H.R. 6 246 WILL HELP PUERTO RICO WHO TWICE IN THE PAST SIX YEARS HAVE OVERWHELMINGLY VOTED IN 97% AND 61% EXPRESSING THEIR POLITICAL WILL TO JOIN THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS AS EQUAL INURE UNION -- UNIYOFPBLET AFTER 101 YEARS AS AMERICAN CITIZENS, PUERTO RICO WAS DENIED THE SAME RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS OUR FELLOW CITIZENS IN THE STATES. PUERTO RICANS DID NOT ENJOY A DEMOCRATIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL BECAUSE WE CAN VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT AND WE CAN VOTE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE OF THE UNITED STATES. WE DON'T HAVE A VOTING REPRESENTATION HERE IN THIS CONGRESS THAT EVERY DAY PASSES LAWS THAT AFFECT US AND AFFECT OUR FUTURE. THE LACK OF A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL IS ALSO DUE TO THE CONGRESS PASSING PROMESA IN 2017. THIS LACK OF FULL PARTICIPATION IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT ENACTS THE LAWS AND RULES THAT PUERTO RICO LIVES UNDER COMBINED WITH THE ABSOLUTE POWER OF THE U.S. CONGRESS UNDER ARTICLE 4, SECTION 3, CLAUSE 2 OF OUR CONSTITUTION, TO TREAT US EQUALLY UNDER THOSE LAWS HAS PROVEN TO BE A FUNDAMENTAL LIMITATION ON THE FULFILLMENT OF OUR POTENTIAL AS PEOPLE. THE COMBINATION OF THESE INEQUITIES WHICH WERE FURTHER EXACERBATED BY LAST YEAR'S HISTORIC HURRICANES LED TO ARBITRARY FEDERAL POLICIES THAT LIMITED THE ISLAND'S OPPORTUNITIES TO MAXIMIZE OUR FULL ECONOMIC POTENTIAL. I'M CERTAIN THAT NOT EVEN ONE OF MY STATESIDE COLLEAGUES IN THIS CONGRESS WILL ACCEPT A TERRITORIAL STATUS LIKE PUERTO RICO FOR THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THEN ALL OF THEM WHO RECOGNIZE AND RESPECT THAT THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO ARE NO LONGER WILLING TO ACCEPT IT EITHER. I ALSO TRUST THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL CREDIT PUERTO RICO FOR ASPIRING TO HAVE THE FIRST-CLASS CITIZENSHIP AND EQUALITY THEY HAVE BEEN DENIED OVER A CENTURY. MY CONSTITUENTS MAY NOT HAVE A VOTE IN THE GOVERNMENT THAT MAKES THEIR NATIONAL LAWS BUT THEY HAVE A VOICE AND THEY HAVE -- THEY MADE THAT VOICE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR NOT JUST ONCE BUT TWICE. EVERY MEMBER WHO SUPPORTS H.R. 6246 WILL SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT HE OR SHE IS STANDING UP FOR A PRINCIPLE THAT THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO HAVE IN WAR AND PEACE MADE COUNTLESS CONTRIBUTIONS AND GREATLY ENRICHED THE LIFE OF THIS NATION FOR GENERATIONS. MORE THAN 250,000 PUERTO RICANS HAVE SERVED IN OUR MILITARY FORCES AND BRAVELY FOUGHT IN EVERY CONFLICT SINCE THE GREAT WAR. SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE CITIZENS OF OTHER STATES. DEFENDING OUR DEMOCRATIC VALUES ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND YET THEY'RE DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF. A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN BATTLE AND WHEN THEY DO, THEIR CASKETS ARE FLOWN BACK TO THIS COUNTRY DRAPED IN AN AMERICAN FLAG THAT CONTAINS JUST 50 STARS BUT NONE OF THOSE REPRESENT THEM AND REPRESENT PUERTO RICO. FURTHERMORE, THOSE RETURNING TO THE ISLAND AND JOIN THE RANKS OF OVER 100,000 VETERANS LIVING ON THE ISLAND AND -- DISCRIMINATES THEM AND TREATS THEM AS A SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN. THIS IS THE REASON I HOPE THAT THOSE INEQUITIES THAT HAS SHOWN MORE THAN 100,000 PUERTO RICANS HAVE GONE TO THE STATES FOR SEARCH OF EQUALITY. THIS TRULY BIPARTISAN BILL WILL LET PUERTO RICO BECOME THE 51ST STATE OF THE NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME ON THIS BILL AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE SITUATION IN PUERTO RICO AND LET US BECOME A FIRST-CLASS U.S. CITIZEN. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. .

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    • 10:31:39 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:31:44 AM

      MRS. WAGNER

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 REQUIRES…

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 REQUIRES MOST S.E.C. REGISTRANTS TO FILE A FORM 10-Q QUARTERLY REPORT WITH THE S.E.C. THE FORM 10-Q INCLUDES CONDENSED FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND OTHER DATA PREPARED BY A COMPANY AND REVIEWED BY INDEPENDENT AUDITORS. ALTHOUGH TECHNOLOGY HAS EVOLVED RAPIDLY OVER THE YEARS, THE FORM 10-Q USE AED TODAY WAS ADOPTED IN 1950. MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 5970, THE MODESH -- MODENDIZING DISCLOSURES FOR INVESTORS ACT REQUIRES THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, S.E.C., TO REPORT TO CONGRESS THE COST AND BENEFITS OF FORM 10-Q AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DECREASING COSTS WHILE INCREASING TRANSPARENCY AND EFFICIENCY OF QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REPORTING. SPECIFICALLY MY BILL REQUIRES THE S.E.C. TO LOOK AT EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES WHO ARE PARTICULARLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE BURDENS AND COMPLEXITIES ASSOCIATED WITH CURRENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. IN RECENT YEARS ANNUAL AND QUARTERLY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS HAVE GROWN IN SIZE AND COMPLEXITY. MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR INVESTORS TO DETERMINE RELEVANT INFORMATION. OFTEN LEAVING THEM OVERWHELMED AND UNABLE TO MAKE SOUND INVESTMENT DECISIONS. FURTHERMORE, SOME COMPANIES BELIEVE THAT CURRENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS HAVE BECOME A BARRIER TO REGISTERING AS PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES. AS NOTED BY A 2011 REPORT BY THE I.P.O. TASK FORCE. THE REPORT, WHICH WAS PROMPTED BY THE JOBS ACT OF 2012, FOUND THAT 92% OF PUBLIC COMPANY LEADERS SAID THAT THE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN OF PUBLIC REPORTING WAS A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO COME PLEATING I.P.O. AND BECOMING A PUBLIC COMPANY. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE THAT MY LEGISLATION IS TIMELY. AT A RECENT S.E.C. OVERSIGHT HEARING CHAIRMAN CLAYTON HIGHLIGHTED IN HIS TESTIMONY, AND I QUOTE, WE SHOULD REGULARLY REVIEW WHETHER WE SHOULD HAVE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE OUTDATED, DUPLICATIVE, OR CAN OTHERWISE BE IMPROVED. IN ADDITION, JUST LAST WEEK THE S.E.C. FINALIZED A RULE EXPANDING THE DEFINITION DUPLICATIVE, OR CAN OTHERWISE BE IMPROVED. OF SMALLER REPORTING COMPANIES, WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SCALED DISCLOSURES. BEFORE I CONCLUDE, I WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN GOTTHEIMER FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE AND TO GET THIS BILL TO THE FINISH LINE. WITH THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5970 JUST LAST EVENING, WE HAVE PROVIDED YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW CONGRESS CAN WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:34:44 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:34:49 AM

      MR. BUDD

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE IS ON THE MINDS OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE IS ON THE MINDS OF MANY AMERICANS THIS SUMMER. AND IT SHOULD BE. NEARLY HALF A MILLION PEOPLE IN NORTH CAROLINA BUY THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE ON THE OBAMACARE MARKETPLACE. AND THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR THESE PLANS CONTINUES TO GO UP EACH AND EVERY YEAR. THIS WOULDN'T BE AS MUCH OF AN ISSUE IF THERE WERE MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM, BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, THEY DON'T. BLUE CROSS, THE ONLY INSURER THAT'S STILL IN ALL 100 COUNTIES IN OUR STATE, ANNOUNCED THEY WERE RAISING RATES BY AN AVERAGE OF NEARLY 19% GOING INTO 2017. AND THEN THEY RAISED THEM AGAIN THIS YEAR BY OVER 14%. I EXPECT THEM TO DO THE SAME NEXT YEAR. AND THE YEAR AFTER THAT. AND IN COMING YEARS AFTER THAT. SO IT'S CLEAR TO ME THAT THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE DIDN'T ACTUALLY LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE. BAILING OUT BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES CERTAINLY DIDN'T HELP, EITHER. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW VERY WELL, WE NEED AN OFF-RAM FROM LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE. BAILING OBAMACARE. WE NEED A SOLUTION THAT ALLOWS FOR MORE COMPETITION BECAUSE COMPETITION DRIVES DOWN PRICES AND ALLOWS PEOPLE TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE WITHOUT GOING BANKRUPT. WHILE WE CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARDS GETTING A FULL REPEAL AND REPLACE ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, I BELIEVE WE SHOULD ALSO PASS A SIMPLE BILL RIGHT NOW THAT WOULD PROVIDE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS A WAY TO BUY MORE AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE. SHORT-TERM, LIMITED DURATION MEDICAL PLANS ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR A LIMITED TIME WHEN SOMEONE IS BETWEEN HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES. INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE BETWEEN JOBS, FOR EXAMPLE. BUT THESE PLANS ARE ALSO EXEMPT FROM HAVING TO ABIDE BY OBAMACARE'S REGULATORY REGIME. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS CONCERNED WITH THESE PLANS BECOMING ALTERNATE OR AA TRACTIVE ALTERNATIVES TO OBAMACARE. BEFORE THEY LEFT OFFICE IN 2016, THEY ISSUED A REGULATION THAT DEFINED THESE SHORT-TERM POLICIES AS THOSE LESS THAN THREE MONTHS LONG. I BELIEVE STRENGTHENING THESE TYPES OF PLANS WOULD BE A HUGE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT IS WHY LAST MONTH I INTRODUCED A SIMPLE BILL CALLED THE IMPROVING CHOICES IN HEALTH CARE COVERAGE ACT. THIS BILL WOULD DO TWO SIMPLE THINGS. IT WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO STAY ON THESE LESS EXPENSIVE, SHORT-TERM MEDICAL PLANS FOR AS LONG AS 364 DAYS, AND IT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO RENEW THESE PLANS FOR MULTIPLE YEARS. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACTION FORUM WHO LOOKED AT DIFFERENT FINDINGS FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE URBAN INSTITUTE, AND THE COMMONWEALTH FUND THERE SEEMS TO BE A CONSENSUS THAT THESE PLANS WOULD BE ATTRACTIVE TO CONSUMERS BECAUSE OF THEIR LOW PREMIUMS. AND THUS ENROLLMENT WOULD LIKELY BE INTO THE MILLIONS. I HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS EVERY TIME I GO BACK HOME THAT THEIR MONTHLY PREMIUMS ARE WAY TOO HIGH. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS ONE WAY WE CAN RELIEVE SOME OF THEIR FINANCIAL STRESS. WITH LOOMING ANNOUNCEMENTS BY BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT THEY ARE, AGAIN, GOING TO BE INCREASING PREMIUMS, THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:38:05 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:38:08 AM

      MR. DUNCAN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I VOTED FOR THE FIRST BELL FORUM MANY…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I VOTED FOR THE FIRST BELL FORUM MANY YEARS AGO BECAUSE OUR LEADERS AT THAT TIME SAID SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS THE GREATEST THREAT SINCE HITLER AND TOLD US TO BE INCREASING PREMIUMS, THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. ALL ABOUT HUSSEIN'S POWERFUL ELITE TROOPS. I THEN SAW THE SAME ELITE TROOPS SURRENDER TO CNN CAMERA CREWS AND EMPTY TANKS. I REALIZED THEN AND MANY TIMES SINCE THAT THE THREATS HAD BEEN AND CONTINUE TO BE GREATLY EXAGGERATED. FOR THIS AND MANY OTHER REASONS I VOTED AGAINST THE SECOND GULF WAR IN 2002. MOST OF THESE THREATS ARE MORE ABOUT MONEY AND POWER THAN THEY ARE ABOUT REAL DANGER TO THE U.S. THEY ALSO SEEM TO BE BECAUSE MANY OF OUR LEADERS SEEM TO BE A LITTLE TOO EAGLIER TO -- EAGER TO GO TO WAR AND WANT TO BE NEW WINSTON CHURCH HILLS, HOW TOUGH THEY ARE, HOW PATRIOTIC, HOW THEY ARE GREAT LEADERS. IT'S CERTAINLY NOT PATRIOTIC, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOT PATRIOTIC AT ALL TO SEND YOUNG AMERICANS TO FIGHT VERY UNNECESSARY WARS. WITH THESE THOUGHTS AS BACKGROUND, I WOULD LIKE TO READ PART OF CONSERVATIVE SYNDICATED COLUMNIST ERIC MARGOLIS MOST RECENT COLUMN. FIRST LET ME SAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CORRECT IN SAYING THAT NATO COUNTRIES SHOULD NOT CONTINUE TO EXPECT THE U.S. TO PAY FOR THEIR DEFENSE NEEDS. MR. MARGOLIS IN HIS COLUMN IN PART IS AS FOLLOWS. QUOTE, GERMANY IS REPORTED TO HAVE LESS THAN 20 OPERATIONAL TANKS. CANADA'S ARMED FORCES APPEAR TO BE SMALLER THAN THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT. BUT THEURE PEAIANS ASK DEFENSE AGAINST WHOM? THE SOVIET UNION WAS A HUGE BACSINSZKY IN THE COLD WAR WHEN THE MIGHTY RED ARMY HAD 55,000 TANKS POINTED WEST. TODAY RUSSIA'S LAND AND NAVAL POWER HAS EVAPORATED. RUSSIA HAS PERHAPS 5,500 MAIN BATTLE TANKS IN ACTIVE SERVICE AND A SIMILAR NUMBER IN STORAGE A FAR CRY FROM ITS ARMORED JUGGERNAUT OF THE COLD WAR. MORE IMPORTANT, RUSSIA'S MILITARY BUDGET FOR 2018 WAS ONLY $61 BILLION. ACTUALLY DOWN 17% FROM LAST YEAR. RUSSIA IS FACING HARD ECONOMIC TIMES. RUSSIA HAS SLIPPED TO FOURTH PLACE IN MILITARY SPENDING AFTER THE U.S., CHINA, AND SAUDI ARABIA. THE U.S. AND ITS WEALTHY ALLIES ACCOUNT FOR 2/3 OF WORLD MILITARY SPENDING. IN FACT, THE U.S. TOTAL MILITARY BUDGET INCLUDING FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND FOREIGN WARS IS ABOUT $1 TRILLION, 50% OF TOTAL U.S. GOVERNMENT DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. IN ADDITION, RUSSIA MUST DEFEND A VAST TERRITORY FROM THE BALTIC TO THE PACIFIC. THE U.S. IS NORTH GNAT -- FORTUNATE IN HAVING MEXICO AND CANADA AS NEIGHBORS. RUSSIA HAS NORTH KOREA, CHINA, MIDDLE EAST, AND NATO TO WATCH. AS WITH ITS NAVAL FORCE, RUSSIA'S ARMIES ARE FAR TOO APART TO LEND SUPPORT. TWO VULNERABLE RAIL LINES ARE RUSSIA'S MAIN LAND LINK BETWEEN EUROPEAN RUSSIA AND PACIFIC FAR EAST. TRUMP'S EXTRA SUPPLEMENTAL MILITARY BUDGET BOOST THIS YEAR $54 BILLION, IS ALMOST AS CHARGE AS RUSSIA'S ENTIRE 2018 MILITARY BUDGET. AS FOR TRUMP'S CLAIM THAT EUROPE IS NOT PAYING ITS FAIR SHARE OF NATO EXPENSES, NOTE THAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE COMBINED TOGETHER SPEND MORE ON THEIR MILITARY FORCES THAN RUSSIA. IN EUROPE, IT'S HARD TO FIND MANY PEOPLE WHO STILL CONSIDER RUSSIA A SERIOUS THREAT EXCEPT FOR SOME DIPSY DANES, RIGHT WING SWEDES, AND EAST EUROPEANS. THE MAIN FEAR OF RUSSIA SEEMS CONCENTRATED IN THE MINDS OF AMERICAN NEOCONSERVATIVES, MEDIA, AND VICTIMS OF THE BIZARRE ANTI-RUSSIAN HYSTERIA THAT HAS GRIPPED THE U.S. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S FROM THE MARGOLIS COLUMN. I HOPE THAT MEMBERS IN THIS CONGRESS WILL KEEP THOSE WORDS IN MIND. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:42:09 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. FERGUSON, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. FERGUSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:42:15 AM

      MR. FERGUSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR PRO-GROWTH POLICIES WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR I HAVE MET WITH SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, COLLEGE STUDENTS, SENIORS, AND FOLKS ALL ACROSS MY DISTRICT TO HEAR HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS IMPACTED THEM. TIME AND AGAIN, TIME AND AGAIN I HEAR THE SAME STORY. PEOPLE HAVE MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. THEIR BUSINESSES ARE DOING WELL. THEIR UTILITY BILLS ARE LOWER. THEIR SMALL BUSINESSES ARE EXPANDING. THEIR ECONOMIC OUTLOOK IS BETTER THAN IT USED TO BE. WE'RE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. EMPLOYERS ARE NOW INVESTING NOT ONLY IN THEIR BUSINESSES BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THEIR PEOPLE. THESE BENEFITS JUST AREN'T LIMITED TO MY DISTRICT IN GEORGIA. OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION. AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE REAPING THE BENEFITS OF COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM. THANKS TO OUR PRO-GROWTH POLICIES, WE'RE FINALLY SEEING TRUE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND AMERICA IS ON A PATH TO BEING THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS ONCE AGAIN. OUR WORK ISN'T DONE. WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER AND AMERICAN BUSINESS WHILE WE MAKE THIS THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO DO JUST THAT. AND IT IS MIND-BOGGLING TO ME THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND THIS GREAT NATION AND YOU SEE THE SUCCESS THAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY THAT WANT TO TAKE THAT SUCCESS AWAY FROM THIS COUNTRY AND THEY WANT TO TAKE THE MONEY OUT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S POCKET AND BRING IT RIGHT BACK HERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C. THAT IS A THOUGHT PROCESS THAT I THINK IS WRONG AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. WE NEED TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR THE AMERICAN FAMILY, THE AMERICAN WORKER, THE AMERICAN BUSINESS SO THAT THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS. TAX REFORM IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE GET THAT DONE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:44:15 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 10:44:23 AM

      MR. KELLY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE 80TH…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF A REPUTABLE BUSINESS THAT IS HEADQUARTERED IN MY HOMETOWN OF BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA. HUNTER TRUCK SALES. HUNTER TRUCK SALES IS A FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED AUTHORIZED DEALER OF PETERBILT, AN INTERNATIONAL HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, AND ONE OF THE LARGEST HEAVY DUTY TRUCK COMMERCIAL PROVIDERS IN THE NORTHEAST. HUNTER TRUCK IS A STAPLE OF THE COMMUNITY AND THEIR SUCCESS OVER THE LAST 80 YEARS CONFIRMS THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE AND THRIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE UNITED STATES. HUNTER TRUCK SALES IS A NAME THAT HAS BEEN SYNONYMOUS WITH RELIABILITY SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1938. . HOMER STARTED THIS IN EAU CLAIRE, PENNSYLVANIA, AND QUICKLY DEVELOPED A REPUTATION FOR HIS UNPARALLELED COMMITMENT TO TRUCKING SOLUTIONS WITH PERSONALIZED SALES AND SERVICE AND PARTS. WITH HARD WORK AND UNWAVERING DEDICATION, THE COMPANY HAS CONTINUOUSLY GROWN AND WAS EVENTUALLY AWARDED A NEW TRUCK SALES FRANCHISE FROM INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER FOLLOWED BY EARNING A PETER BUILT HEAVY DUTY TRUCK FRANCHISE. HOMER, ALONG WITH HIS BROTHERS, CREATED A CUSTOMER-CENTRIC BUSINESS FOCUSED ON TEAMWORK, TRUST, ACCOUNTABILITY AND INTEGRITY. THESE VERY VALUES LED THE COMPANY TO ITS MANY ACHIEVEMENTS AND REMAIN AT THE CORE OF THE HUNTER TRUCK SALES TODAY WHICH IS OWNED BY THE THIRD GENERATION OF THE HUNTER FAMILY. JEFF, DAVE, MICHAEL, NANCY HUNTER, HUNTER TRUCK CURRENTLY OPERATES 20 LOCATIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA, WEST VIRGINIA, NEW YORK, AND NEW JERSEY. AND PROUDLY EMPLOYEES NEARLY 1,000 PEOPLE. KEEP IN MIND ALL THIS STARTED WITH A SMALL SERVICE STATION AND A FAMILY WITH BIG DREAMS AND GREAT WORK ETHIC. IT'S FAMILIES LIKE THE HUNTERS WHO HELP LOCAL ECONOMIES FLOURISH BY ESTABLISHING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PRACTICES THAT CAN BE SUSTAINED FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS. WHILE THE SERVICES PROVIDED HAVE EVOLVED AND THE SCOPE OF THE BUSINESS HAS EXPANDED, HUNTER TRUCK REMAINS FULLY COMMITTED TO BOTH THEIR CUSTOMERS AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY CALL HOME. AS THE LEADER IN THE HEAVY DUTY TRUCK INDUSTRY, HUNTER TRUCK HAS INVESTED IN ITS WORK FORCE AND IN UNIQUE TECHNOLOGIES THAT ALIGN WITH THEIR MISSION WHICH IS TO BUILD LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS THAT REFLECT VALUE, INTEGRITY, AND TEAMWORK BY PROVIDING THEIR CUSTOMERS WITH EXCELLENT PARTS, SERVICE, AND PRODUCTS. IT'S TRULY AN HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE HUBTER FAMILY AND HUNTER TRUCK SALES -- HUNTER FAMILY AND HUNTER TRUCK SALES AND THE CORE OF AMERICAN VALUES AND I ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONTINUE ON WHAT THEY BUILT WITH ABSOLUTE PRIDE. NOT BOASTFUL PRIDE BUT PRIDE IN KNOWING WHAT MR. HUNTER STARTED IN 1938 HAS FLOURISHED AND HAS PROVIDED SO MANY JOBS FOR SO MANY PEOPLE FOR SO LONG IS AN INCREDIBLE TRIBUTE TO THE WAY AMERICANS THINK. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS COUNTRY AND HUNTER TRUCK SALES IS TRULY AN INSPIRATION TO ENTREPRENEURS EVERYWHERE. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 10:47:58 AM

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      SPEAKER.

    • 10:48:02 AM

      MR. CONNOLLY

      MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS ENGAGED IN A MASSIVE…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS ENGAGED IN A MASSIVE CAMPAIGN OF DECEPTION THAT THREATENS TO UPEND U.S. POLICY TOWARD CRIMEA, SHANK CONFIDENCE IN U.S. GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND OVERRIDE THE WILL OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THIS DANGEROUS PRECEDENT SET IN CRIMEA CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. PUTIN'S FORCIBLE AND ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA, THE FIRST FORSIBLE SEIZURE OF TERRITORY IN EUROPE SINCE WORLD WAR II, UNDERMINE'S UKRAINIAN SOVEREIGNTY AND THREATENS THE STABILITY OF EUROPEAN BORDERS. ACK WE ESSENCE -- THIS THREATENS THE SECURITY OF SOVEREIGN NATIONS. WHO'S NEXT? MULDOVA, GEORGIA, THE BALTIC STATES? IT'S THE LONG STANDING POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES NOT TO RECOGNIZE TERRITORIAL CHANGES ELECTED BY FORCE. AS DICTATED BY A DOCTRINE ESTABLISHED IN 1932 BY THEN REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF STATE HENRY STIMPSON. WE UPHELD THAT DOCTRINE WITH ADDITION OF THE WELLS DECLARATION IN 1940 WHICH STATED THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD NOT RECOGNIZE THE ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF THE BALLOTIN STATES BY THEN THE SOFE YEN -- BALTIC STATES BY THEN THE SOVIET UNION. THAT POLICY REMAINED IN EFFECT FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS WE STOOD BY THE BALTIC STATES SOMETIMES IN THE FACE OF RIDICULE. TODAY THEY'RE INDEPENDENT, SOVEREIGN STATES AND GOOD MEMBERS OF NATO. THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM OF THE PREVIOUS AND CURRENT ADMINISTRATIONS, CONGRESS, OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES IS THAT SIMILAR PRINCIPLES MUST BE ADOPTED WITH RESPECT TO CRIMEA. CRIMEA WAS PUTIN'S ORIGINAL VIOLATION IN THE UKRAINE AND WE HAVE LIMITED CREDIT INLT OF OBJECTING TO THE -- CREDIBILITY OF OBJECTING IF WE DO NOT STAND FIRM WITH RESPECT TO CRIMEA. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ESTABLISHED A NONRECOGNITION POLICY TOWARD RUSSIAN SOVEREIGNTY OVER CRIMEA AND LEVIED SANCTIONS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES ENABLING RUSSIA'S OCCUPATION. OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE STOOD WITH US SHOULDER TO SHOULDER IN EMPHASIZING AND ENFORCING THOSE SANCTIONS. CONGRESS CODIFIED PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CRIMEA SANCTIONS AND HAS REPEATEDLY USED THE POWER OF THE PURSE TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS FOR ANY ACTION THAT WOULD RECOGNIZE THAT ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF THE CRIMEA. ENCOUNTERING AMERICA'S ADVERSARIES THROUGH SANCTIONS ACT, CONGRESS REITERATED THE SUPPORT OF THE STIMPSON DOCTRINE FOR THE ILLEGAL INVASIONS BY RUSSIA, AND OCCUPATION OF GEORGIA, CRIMEA, EASTERN UKRAINE AND A REGION OF MULDOVA. EVEN THE STATE DEPARTMENT FOR THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION REITERATED OUR NONRECOGNITION POLICY AND FORCED CRIMEA SANCTIONS. THROUGH ALL THIS ONE MAN STANDS ALONE ATOP HIS BULLY PULPIT WITH OPAQUE INTENTIONS AND ARMED WITH A HANDFUL OF HALF TRUTHS, THAT'S THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD TRUMP. I DO NOT PARTICULARLY CARE THAT DONALD TRUMP PERSONALLY ADMIRES VLADIMIR PUTIN. EVERYONE NEEDS A ROLE MODEL. HOWEVER, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WILLFUL IGNORANCE OF THE CRISIS IN THE UKRAINE HAS HAD HIM REPEAT PROPAGANDA AND SUPPORT POLICIES THAT ARE SO FOREIGN THAT THEY WOULD MAKE MR. PUTIN VERY HAPPY. IT WAS CANDIDATE TRUMP THAT SAID BOTH CRIMEA HAS BEEN TAKEN AND PUTIN IS NOT GOING INTO THE UKRAINE. I WILL NOT ATTEMPT TO UNTANGLE THE CONTRADICTIONS THRIN. I TRUST PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS HAD -- THEREIN. I TRUST PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS HAD TIME TO STUDY WHY HIS COMMENTS HAD A GRASP OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND IN OUR INCREASINGLY GEOPOLITICAL CLIMATE. UNFORTUNATELY, HE'S LEARNED ALL THE WRONG LESSONS AND ADOPTED A CONFRONTATIONAL APPROACH TO CURRENT U.S. POLICY REGARDING CRIMEA. IN JUSTIFYING HIS POSITION, THE PRESIDENT'S REPEATED SEVERAL MYTHS, SOME WHICH WAS SAID BY THE KREMLIN'S PROPAGANDA MACHINE. THE PEOPLE OF CRIMEA SAID THEY PREFERRED RUSSIA ONLY IN AN REFERENDUM IN AN OCCUPIED CRIMEA WITH RUSSIAN TROOPS ALL OVER THE STATE. NO REFERENDUM HAS VALIDITY AT THE END OF A BARREL OF A GUN. MYTH NUMBER TWO, THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF CRIMEA DEMAND THEY BE PART OF RUSSIA BECAUSE MOST OF THEM SPEAK RUSSIAN. I'M SURE RUSSIAN-SPEAKING POPULATIONS IN THE BALTIC REPUBLICS REVOLT AT THAT KIND OF NOTION. THE CLAIM ALSO ERASES HISTORY BECAUSE THEY WERE FORCIBLY REMOVED FROM CRIMEA BY THE DICTATOR STALIN. THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S MOST INSIDIOUS MYTH, THE THIRD ONE. RECOGNIZING CRIMEA COULD HELP IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA. I DON'T THINK SO. RUSSIA HAS A MUCH MORE EXPANSIVE AGENDA. TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO RECOGNIZE THAT CRIMEA MUST BE RESISTED. I YIELD BACK.

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      TEMPORE

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

      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:53:34 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY ON MONDAY, I HOSTED A…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY ON MONDAY, I HOSTED A LISTENING -- CHAIR TO LISTENING SESSION ON ORGANIC AGRICULTURE AT OUR STATE CAPITAL IN HARRISBURG. AGRICULTURE IS A KEY ECONOMIC DRIVER IN PENNSYLVANIA AND REMAINS THE COMMONWEALTH'S NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY. ONE IN SEVEN JOBS IN PENNSYLVANIA'S CONNECTED TO MORE THAN AGRICULTURE, A FACT THAT'S IMPORTANT IN RURAL AREAS GENERATING SOME $7.4 BILLION IN SALES IN 2017. YET, AGRICULTURE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY GOES WELL BEYOND OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. OUR FARMERS NOT ONLY FEED, CLOTHE, PROVIDE ENERGY AND FIBER FOR ALL AMERICANS BUT ALSO TO MANY OTHER NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. PENNSYLVANIA AGRICULTURE'S DIVERSE AND ENCOMPASSES A WIDE ARRAY OF COMMODITIES AND PRODUCTION METHODS. MONDAY'S LISTENING SESSION WAS SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON THE ORGANIC AGRICULTURE SECTOR IN PENNSYLVANIA. I WAS PROUDLY JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN SCOTT PERRY AND CONGRESSMAN TOM MARINO AS WELL AS THE DEB UTE SECRETARY SHERYL COOK. WE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF EXPERT PANELISTS INCLUDING LESLIE OF THE PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFIED ORGANIC, DR. CHRISTIE, SCOTT OF BELL EVANS, KEN RICE, ORGANIC LIVESTOCK FEED SELLER, ANDREW KLINE, ORGANIC BEEF AND MILK PRODUCER AND ONE FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE ASSOCIATION. WE HEARD SOME TREMENDOUS TESTIMONY FROM THE ALL-STAR PANEL AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR INSIGHTS. OVER THE PAST DECADE, ORGANIC AGRICULTURE HAS FLOURISHED AROUND THE NATION. FROM 2015 TO 2016, THE NUMBER OF ORGANIZE ANIC -- CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMS INCREASED. AND THE ACRES INCREASED BY 15% ACCORDING TO THE USDA. PENNSYLVANIA'S BEEN A LEADING STATE IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE WITH 800 FARMS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. ORGANIC IS BEING SUPPORTED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS. THROUGH THE PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFIED ORGANIC, PENN STATE ACTIVITIES, STAKEHOLDER ORGANIZATIONS AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, MANY ARE HELPING THOSE WHO TRANSFER TO ORGANIC FARMING. AND TITLE 10 OF THE FARM BILL IS THE HORTICULTURE PORTION OF THE LAW WHICH COVERS SPECIALTY CROPS, LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOODS AND ORGANIC AGRICULTURE. IT INCLUDED $34 MILLION ANNUALLY TO ORGANIC PRODUCERS. THIS SUPPORTS THE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND EXTENSION INITIATIVE. THE NATIONAL ORGANIC CERTIFICATION COST SHARE PROGRAM AND NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM AND DATA INITIATIVE. THE FARM BILL ALSO AUTHORIZES THE BEGINNING FARMERS AND RANCHERS PROGRAM, THE FARMERS MARKET AND LOCAL FOODS PROMOTION PROGRAM, THE MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM, THE EQUIP ORGANIC INITIATIVE. AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAS BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY TO WRITE THE NEXT FARM BILL AS IT EXPIRES IN SEPTEMBER. RURAL AREAS HAVE BEEN HIT HARD BY FARM RECESSION IN RECENT YEARS AND THE AVERAGE FARM INCOME ROUGHLY HALF WHAT IT WAS JUST FIVE YEARS AGO. SINCE BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE PASSED VERSIONS OF THE FARM BILL, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING OUT THE DIFFERENCES IN CONFERENCE. THIS NEW LAW WILL SUPPORT BOTH TRADITIONAL AS WELL AS ORGANIC AGRICULTURE ON MANY FRONTS. I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING THE FINAL BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF TWO WORLD WAR I HEROES FROM CLINTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. PRIVATE FIRST CLASS IRA C KELLER AND CORPORAL BILL MARSHALL ARE THE HOMETOWN SOLDIERS FOR BY A MEMORIAL PARK IS NAMED. PRIVATE FIRST CLASS KELLER WAS 24 YEARS OLD AND THE FIRST ONE TO BE KILLED IN WORLD WAR I. CORPORAL DARBY WAS THE SECOND HOMETOWN HERO TO LOSE HIS LIFE IN THE GREAT WAR. THEIR FAMILIES DONATED LAND IN NORTH BEND TO BE USED AS A PUBLIC PARK FOREVER COMMEMORATING THEIR SACRIFICE FOR OUR FREEDOM. THIS SUNDAY THERE WILL BE A FORMAL MEMORIAL AND REDEDICATION CEREMONY. A WORLD WAR I SOLDIERS COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT WILL ALSO BE UNVEILED IN THE PARK. MR. SPEAKER, A CENTURY LATER, WE ARE CELEBRATING THE LIVES OF THESE TWO SOLDIERS AND HONORING THE SACRIFICE THAT THEY MADE TO THIS GREAT NATION. TO THIS DAY, THE PARK HONORS THESE NORTH BEND HEROES AS THEIR FAMILIES INTENDED. IT IS A PLACE WHERE WE WILL -- WHERE WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES THAT COME WITH OUR FREEDOM. AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:58:32 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      TIME.

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      MR. SWALWELL

      MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS IN THIS CHAMBER IN 1941 THAT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT TOLD…

      MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS IN THIS CHAMBER IN 1941 THAT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT TOLD THE WORLD THAT EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE GUARANTEED FOUR FREEDOMS. THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THE FREEDOM OF WORSHIP, THE FREEDOM FROM FEAR, AND THE FREEDOM FROM WANT. AND MR. SPEAKER, TODAY OUR PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN A WRECKING BALL TO ALL FOUR OF THOSE GUARANTEES. HE'S DECLARED THAT THE PRESS IS THE ENEMY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, GOING AFTER THAT TREASURED FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THE RIGHT FOR ME TO SPEAK HERE IN THIS WELL, FOR PEOPLE TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE, AND FOR THE JOURNALISTS BEHIND ME IN THE GALLERY TO REPORT ON IT. THE FREEDOM OF WORSHIP THAT EVERY MAN AND WOMAN AND CHILD COULD PRAY TO THE GOD OF THEIR CHOOSING AND NOT BE DISCRIMINATED BECAUSE OF IT. OUR COUNTRY AS WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW TODAY HAS A MUSLIM BAN IN PLACE. THE FREEDOM FROM FEAR. NEARLY DAILY THE PRESIDENT TWEETS OUT THAT THE IMMIGRANT FLEEING THE HARSHEST PLACES IN THE WORLD FROM VIOLENCE AND ABJECT POVERTY THAT THEY ARE THE PROBLEM, THAT THEY ARE MURDERERERS AND RAPISTS. AND FREEDOM FROM WANT. THE IDEA THAT IF YOU WORK HARD, IT WILL MEAN SOMETHING. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THIS CHAMBER PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED A TAX CUT WHERE 83% OF THE BENEFITS WENT TO THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US. NOT A TAX CUTS THAT TOLD BUSINESSES YOU CAN BE MORE COMPETITIVE BUT YOU HAVE TO SHARE THE PROFITS WITH THOSE WHO GENERATED YOUR PRODUCTIVITY. . THOSE FOUR FREEDOMS WE ALL RELIED UPON AND DEPEND UPON IN OUR COUNTRY, THEY ARE BEING KNOCKED DOWN. AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN THIS CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, TO UNITE AND A WORK TOGETHER AND RESTORE THOSE FREEDOMS AND REBUILD THEM. OUR FOUNDERS IN THEIR WISDOM ENVISIONED THAT YOU COULD HAVE A WRECKING BALL OUT-OF-CONTROL PRESIDENCY, AND THEY DID NOT LEAVE US HELPLESS. THEY ENVISIONED THAT THAT YOU THE ARTICLE 1 CHECK AND BALANCE OF THE CONGRESS, ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE, COULD BE A CHECK ON THE PRESIDENT. AS OUR PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW IS ABROAD INSULTING OUR ALLIES, DRAWING US CLOSER TO ADVERSARIES LIKE RUSSIA, WE CAN BE A CHECK. WE CAN SAY, WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE FAMILIES SEPARATED AT THE BORDER THE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT A SINGLE PRIORITY OF THE PRESIDENT FORWARD UNTIL HE REUNITES ALL OF THEM. WHEN IT COMES TO THE PRESS WHO ARE UNDER ATTACK IN SPEECH WHICH IS CONSTANTLY BEING SUPPRESSED, WE CAN PASS THE JOURNALIST PROTECTION ACT WHICH I RECENTLY INTRODUCED WHICH WOULD MAKE IT A FEDERAL CRIME TO COMMIT VIOLENCE AGAINST ANYONE IN THE NEWS GATHERING BUSINESS. THERE IS A LOT WE CAN CAN DO TOGETHER. AS IT COMES TO OUR DEMOCRACY, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE JUST FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM AN ELECTION. THE ADVERSARY OUR PRESIDENT IS MEETING WITH IS DETERMINED TO INTERFERE AGAIN. THE BEST ANECDOTE TO STOP THAT WOULD BE FOR US TO UNITE AND PASS LEGISLATION TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION. IT'S A BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT'S OUT THERE. WE CAN BE THE CHECK THAT OUR FOUNDERS ENVISIONED. WE CAN BE THE CHECK THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS REALLY NEED US TO BE DURING THESE TRYING TIMES. WE'RE CAN BE THE CHECK THAT OUR NOT HELPLESS, MR. SPEAKER. WE CAN CAN PICK UP THE PIECES AND WE CAN REBUILD AND RESTORE THOSE FREEDOMS THAT F.D.R. STOOD IN THIS CHAMBER AND GUARANTEED TO THE WORLD THAT WE WOULD HAVE. THAT SHOULD STILL BE TRUE TODAY IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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    Recess

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

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      ON C-SPAN'S "Q&A."

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    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 11.

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      THE U.S. HOUSE COMING IN TO BEGIN THEIR LEGISLATIVE DAY. WE TAKE YOU THERE…

      THE U.S. HOUSE COMING IN TO BEGIN THEIR LEGISLATIVE DAY. WE TAKE YOU THERE LIVE NOW. THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND JOHN HILL, FLINT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, ALEXANDER CITY, ALABAMA.

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    • 12:00:08 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by Rev. John Hill, Flint United Methodist Church, Alexander City, Alabama

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        THE CHAPLAIN

        GRACIOUS, MIGHTY AND WONDERFUL GOD. I PRAY FOR THIS HISTORIC CHAMBER AND I…

        GRACIOUS, MIGHTY AND WONDERFUL GOD. I PRAY FOR THIS HISTORIC CHAMBER AND I MOST HUMBLY ASK FOR YOUR WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT AND YOUR GRACE, TO BE SHOWERED UPON THESE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE. ALLOW THEIR DECISIONS TO BE MADE WITH SELFLESS INTEREST. KEEPING A KEEN EYE UPON THE GOOD OF OUR NATION AS A WHOLE. LET THEIR CLIEGALITY AND RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE STATESMANSHIP TO OUR NATION. AND GIVE THEM THE HUMBLENESS TO BRING DIFFERING OPINIONS AND WORK TOGETHER TOWARD THE BEST SOLUTION. ALLOW THEM TO DISAGREE WITHOUT VILIFYING AND MAY THEIR DIFFERENCES BE BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY SO THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MAY BE A SHINING BEACON OF HOPE AND LIBERTY TO THE WORLD. MAY THEY BE REMINDED OF THE SACRED TRUST THE PEOPLE HAVE PLACED IN THEM AND NOT SHRINK FROM THIS AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY THAT THEY HAVE ACCEPTED. IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN.

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    • 12:01:36 PM

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

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        THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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      MOMENT OF SILENCE

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

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        MS. ESTY

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER

        THE CHAIR ASKS THAT THE HOUSE NOW OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN HONOR OF…

        THE CHAIR ASKS THAT THE HOUSE NOW OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED OR WOUNDED IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND ALL THOSE WHO SERVE IN THEIR FAMILIES. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. ROGERS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND JOHN HILL. REVEREND HILL LIVES IN ALABAMA AND IS THE PASTOR OF THE FLINT HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. IN 2010, REVEREND HILL HAD HIS ORDER NATION AS AN ELDER IN THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND IN 2017 HE ACHIEVED SENIOR CHAPLAIN STATUS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF POLICE CHAPLAINS. CERTIFICATION IN CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT AND BECAME A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR FOR GROUP CRISIS INTERVENTION. REVEREND HILL HAS DONE CHAPLAIN WORK WITH SEVERAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE STATE, AS WELL AS THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. HE ALSO WAS SELECTED TO SERVE AS A VOLUNTEER CHAPLAIN FOR THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE. REVEREND HILL IS JOINED TODAY BY HIS WIFE, JILL, AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN, AND IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME HIM TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:03:36 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. THOMSON

        I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME MEMBERS OF THE PENN STATE 4-H PROGRAM TO THE…

        I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME MEMBERS OF THE PENN STATE 4-H PROGRAM TO THE NATION'S CAPITAL. STUDENTS WILL SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH ME AND DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE THE PROGRAM HAS HAD IN THEIR LIVES. 4-H IS OPENED TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY LIVE, WHAT THEIR BACKGROUNDS ARE, OR WHAT INTERESTS THEM. FROM TRA CONTIGUOUSAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH IN RURAL PLACES TO AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR CITY YOUTH, 4-H HAS IT ALL. LAST MOPT PENN STATE 4-H HOSTED THE FIRST PENNSYLVANIA 4-H SCIENCE AGRICULTURE CHALLENGE IN STATE COLLEGE. SCORES OF 4-H TEAMS COMPETED IN THE CHALLENGE BASED ON THE AMERICAN 4-H SCIENCE AGRICULTURE CHALLENGE IN STATE FARM BUREAUS -- BUREAU'S, PILLARS OF AGRICULTURE DIVERSITY LITERACY. THE MARKETSING TEAM FROM CLARION COUNTY CAME IN SECOND. THE THIRD PLACE WENT TO THE ARMSTRONG COUNTY IDEA MAKERS. TEAMS FROM ALLEGHENY COUNTIN AND WASHINGTON COUNTY ROUNDED OUT THE TOP FIVE WINNERS. 4-H PLAYS AN INCREDIBLE ROLE IN THE LIVES OF AMERICAN STUDENTS WHO ARE LEARNING LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, AND LIFE SKILLS. I'M PROUD 4-H HELP SO MANY REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. RENT MY REMARKS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. SCHNEIDER

        MR. SPEAKER, ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER TWO BLATANT ATTEMPTS BY THIS…

        MR. SPEAKER, ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER TWO BLATANT ATTEMPTS BY THIS ADMINISTRATION TO SABOTAGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ON SATURDAY, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED IT'S ENDING PAYMENTS THAT HELP INSURERS MEET THE REQUIREMENT TO COVER INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THESE RISK ADJUSTMENT PAYMENTS POOL RISK FOR INSURERS SO ALL AMERICANS CAN BE COVERED, NOT JUST THE HEALTHIEST FEW. JUST YESTERDAY, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED IT'S SLASHING FUNDS FOR HEALTH CARE NAVIGATORS BY 70%. 2450ES NAVIGATORS ARE INDIVIDUALS TRAINED TO HELP AMERICANS COMPARE AND ENROLL IN PLANS. WITHOUT NAVIGATOR ASSISTANCE, MORE AMERICANS WILL STRUGGLE TO ENROLL AND MORE PEOPLE WILL GO UNINSURED. THESE CHANGES AND OTHER ACTIONS ANNOUNCED WILL RESULT IN HIGHER PEOPLEUPS FOR MILLIONS OF INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. REMEMBER THIS, 130 MILLION AMERICANS, THOSE OF US WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, WILL PAY THE HEAVIEST PRICE. THIS CYNICAL EFFORT TO DIMINISH ACCESS TO QUALITY AFFORDABLE CARE HAS TO STOP. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO ABANDON ITS EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE THE A.C.A. AND START WORKING WITH THOSE OF US WHO WANT TO IMPROVE RATHER THAN TEAR DOWN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MIAMI BRIDGE…

        THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MIAMI BRIDGE ON ITS 33RD ANNIVERSARY. LOCATED IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MIAMI BRIDGE WORKS TO PROVIDE A SAFE HAVEN FOR TEENS WHO ARE ABANDONED, NEGLECTED, OR HOMELESS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. MIAMI BRIDGE IS THE ONLY EMERGENCY HOME IN SOUTH FLORIDA WHICH SHELTERS CHILDREN FROM AGES 10 TO 17. THIS ORGANIZATION PROVIDES AND PROMOTES POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND STRENGTHENS FAMILIES TO ENABLE CHILDREN AND TEENS TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. ANNUALLY, MIAMI BRIDGE HOUSES MORE THAN 600 CHILDREN AND TEENS AND PROVIDES COUNSELING TO MORE THAN 550 FAMILIES. FROM ASSISTING FAMILIES AND DEVELOPING THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO COMFORT AT-RISK CHILDREN, TO EMPOWERING YOUNGSTERS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE POSITIVE LIFE CHOICES, MIAMI BRIDGE'S MANY SERVICES HELP CHILDREN OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES THAT CONFRONT THEM AND REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. MR. SPEAKER, I AM SO PROUD TO REPRESENT MIAMI BRIDGE AND I CONGRATULATE ITS WONDERFUL STAFF, ITS BOARD MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS EFFORTS TO SAVE AT-RISK YOUTH FROM A LIFE OF VICTIMIZATION AND HOMELESSNESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        MR. CICILLINE

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. CICILLINE

        RHODE ISLAND'S COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY PROVIDES THOUSANDS OF…

        RHODE ISLAND'S COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY PROVIDES THOUSANDS OF GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY EVERY YEAR. BUT LATER TODAY THE HOUSE IS VOTING ON A BILL THAT RHODE ISLAND'S WILL JEOPARDIZE THIS CRITICAL SECTOR OF OUR STATE'S ECONOMY. H.R. 200 UNDERMINES THE SCIENCE-BASED CATCH LIMITS THAT WE HAVE USED IN RECENT DECADES TO KEEP FISHERIES SUSTAINABLE FOR THE LONG TERM. WE HAVE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE. IT WAS JUST A FEW DECADES AGO THAT CONGRESS FIRST PUT THESE SCIENCE-BASED CATCH LIMITS IN PLACE. CONGRESS HAD TO DO SO BECAUSE WILL OVERFISHING HAD BROUGHT AMERICA'S FISHERIES TO THE BRINK OF ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE. IT TURNS OUT, SCIENCE WORKS. SINCE CONGRESS PUTS THESE LIMITS IN PLACE, DOZENS OF FISH STOCKS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK TO SUSTAINABLE LEVELS AND OVERFISHING IBSDENTS HAVE BEEN -- INCIDENTS HAVE BEEN CUT SUBSTANTIALLY. GOOD-PAYING JOBS HAVE THRIVED. THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE GENERATES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY EVERY YEAR. H.R. 200 WILL REVERSE THIS PROGRESS. WE CANNOT LET IT PASS. IT'S A TERRIBLE BILL THAT WILL HARM FISHERMEN IN MY STATE AND ALL UP AND DOWN THE COAST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO REJECT THIS BILL. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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        MR. WILSON

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY PUBLISHED AN EDITORIAL…

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY PUBLISHED AN EDITORIAL TITLED, THE COLORBLIND BOOM IN JOBS. IT MAY BE A SURPRISE BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOWHERE AS UNPOPULAR AMONG MINORITY VOTERS AS THE BIASED MAINSTREAM MEDIA SUGGESTS. WHY IS THAT? IT'S ONE WORD, JOBS. TRUMP, IT TURNS OUT, HAS BEEN THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT IN HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO MINORITY EMPLOYMENT N JUNE, PRINCIPLE, THE UN-- FLINS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR HISPANIC AND AND BLACKS FELL TO 16%. AFRICAN-AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT AT 6.5% REPRESENTS THE SECOND LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT READING EVER FOR BLACK AMERICANS. THE TRUTH IS, THE RIPPLING JOB GROWTH THAT BEGAN WHEN TRUMP WAS ELECTED TO OFFICE PICKED UP STEAM AFTER HIS TAX CUTS HAVE MADE GOOD FOR EVERYONE IN AMERICA. EVEN LIBERAL MEDIA PUNDITS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. BEST WISHES, JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH, WITH AN IMPECCABLE RECORD OF SERVICE, TO BE ON THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES. -- SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU.

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        MANY AMERICANS HAVE WORKED THEIR LIVES PAYING INTO PENSION PROGRAMS WITH…

        MANY AMERICANS HAVE WORKED THEIR LIVES PAYING INTO PENSION PROGRAMS WITH THE PROMISE THAT AFTER A WORK OF HARD LABOR THAT THEY WOULD SECURE TRANSITION INTO RETIREMENT.

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        MR. HIGGINS

        OUR MULTIYEAR, MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION PLANS, OF WHICH THERE ARE 114,…

        OUR MULTIYEAR, MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION PLANS, OF WHICH THERE ARE 114, COVERING 1.3 MILLION WORKERS, ARE SEVERELY UNDERFUNDED AND ARE IN TROUBLE. THE BUTCH-LEWIS ACT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN RESPONSIBLY SECURING THE PENSIONS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN WORKERS THAT THEY HAVE EARNED THROUGHOUT THEIR YEARS OF HARD WORK. WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE PENSIONS OF AMERICAN UNION WORKERS THAT THEY HAVE EARNED OVER A LIFETIME OF WORK ARE PROTECTED WELL INTO THE FUTURE. THIS CONGRESS NEEDS TO TAKE ACTION NOW TO ENSURE AMERICAN UNION WORKERS THAT THEY HAVE EARNED OVER A LIFETIME THE PROMISE OF THOSE WHO WERE PROMISED AFTER A YEARS OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO HAVE A A PENSION IN THEIR RETIREMENT YEARS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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        MR. POE

        MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS AGO ON NOVEMBER 11RKS1918, THE WAR TO END ALL WARS…

        MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS AGO ON NOVEMBER 11RKS1918, THE WAR TO END ALL WARS CAME TO AN END. OVER FOUR MILLION AMERICAN DOUGHBOYS WENT TO FIGHT IN THE BATTLEFIELDS AND BRUTAL TRENCHES IN EUROPE. 116,000 OF AMERICA'S SONS AND DAUGHTERS WERE KILLED IN COMBAT. 200,000 MORE WERE WOUNDED. ALL THE SURVIVORS OF THE GREAT WORLD WAR ONE HAS SINCE DIED. THEY ARE NO MORE. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THEIR SELFLESS SACRIFICES TO MAKE THE WORLD A FREER PLACE. LAST YEAR OUR COUNTRY FINALLY BROKE GROUND IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ON A MEMORIAL TO HONOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I AM PRIVILEGED THAT REPRESENTATIVE CLEAVER AND I HELPED MAKE THIS MEMORIAL A REALITY. FOREVER THEIR SACRIFICE FOR THIS NATION AND WORLD WILL BE CAST IN BRONZE AND STONE. MAY OUR COUNTRY NEVER FORGET THE SACRED PLEDGE, WE'LL BE OVER. WE'RE COMING OVER. AND WE WON'T COME BACK TILL IT'S OVER, OVER THERE. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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        THANK YOU.

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        MRS. DAVIS

        I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH IN SAN DIEGO. AND HONOR OUR HARD…

        I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH IN SAN DIEGO. AND HONOR OUR HARD FOUGHT PROGRESS. IN 1974, A GROUP OF LGBTQ SAN DIEGANS WERE DENIED A A PERMIT TO HOST A PRIDE PARADE. AND DESPITE FACING GREAT DANGER, DOZENS BRAVELY MARCHED IN THE STREETS. SO THIS WEEKEND OVER 200,000 SAN DIEGANS ARE EXPECTED TO JOIN TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE HOW FAR WE HAVE COME AND SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF EQUALITY. THOUGH WE HAVE MADE GREAT PROGRESS, THIS MONTH ALSO MARKS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF A LAWSUIT THAT WAS ACTUALLY FILED AGAINST ME FOR DISPLAYING A PRIDE FLAG IN FRONT OF MY OFFICE. THIS FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT IS A GREAT REMINDER OF WHY PRIDE MONTH IS STILL NECESSARY AND WHY OUR WORK IS NEVER DONE. THE PRIDE FLAG SYMBOLIZES THE IDEALS OF LIBERTY, EQUALITY, AND LOVE THAT THIS MONTH CELEBRATES. NO LAWSUIT WILL DETER ME FROM DEFENDING THESE VALUES. I'M PROUD TO BE AN ALLY IN THIS FIGHT. AND WILL CONTINUE STANDING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH OUR LGBTQ COMMUNITY. HAPPY PRIDE, SAN DIEGO.

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

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        MR. OLSON

        MR. SPEAKER, THE HEART AND SOUL OF FORT BEN COUNTY IN SUGARLAND IS IN…

        MR. SPEAKER, THE HEART AND SOUL OF FORT BEN COUNTY IN SUGARLAND IS IN GREAT PAIN TODAY. HERB APPLE PULLED HIS ANGEL WINGS AND JOINED OUR LORD YESTERDAY. WE ARE THE MOST DIVERSE COUNTY IN AMERICA AND THE BEST PLACE TO START A FAMILY, RAISE A FAMILY, AND START A BUSINESS, BECAUSE OF HERB APPLE. HERB WAS A LONG-TIME C.E.O. OF THE FORT BEND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. DURING HIS TENURE, A HEADQUARTERS WAS MOVED TO SUGAR LAND. OTHERS MOVED TO SUGAR LAND. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. HERB WAS CALLED HOME ON A CRUISE WITH HIS WIFE, AMELIA, AND MOST OF HIS FIVE KIDS, 16 GRANDKIDS, AND TWO GREAT-GRANDKIDS. HE WAS AT SEA WITH A SEA OF LOVE AROUND HIM. WHEN HERB MET GOD YESTERDAY, GOD SAID, WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. GOD BLESS HERB APPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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        MR. SPEAKER, OUR SO-CALLED COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS OVER IN EUROPE WHERE HE…

        MR. SPEAKER, OUR SO-CALLED COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS OVER IN EUROPE WHERE HE CRITICIZED SOME OF OUR CLOSEST ALLIES AS BEING DELINQUENT. WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM? HYPOCRISY IS CLEARLY NOT A CONSTRAINT TO BEHAVIOR. TRUMPCARE, THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE PLAN, THAT WOULD STRIP AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND WILL CAUSE PREMIUMS, CO-PAYS AND DEDUCTIBLES TO GO UP, THAT'S DELINQUENT.

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        MR. JEFFRIES

        THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, WHERE 83% OF THE BENEFITS GO TO THE WEALTHIEST 1%…

        THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, WHERE 83% OF THE BENEFITS GO TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% IN AMERICA TO SUBSIDIZE THE LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND SHAMELESS, THAT'S DELINQUENT. THE FAKE REPUBLICAN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT WILL DO NOTHING TO FIX OUR NATION'S CRUMBLING BRIDGES, ROADS AND TUNNELS, THAT'S DELINQUENT. REPUBLICANS HAVE A RAW DEAL, DEMOCRATS HAVE A BETTER DEAL. AND WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR THE PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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        MR. SMITH

        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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        MR. SMITH

        MR. SPEAKER, GALLUP RECENTLY POLLED AMERICANS ON THEIR PERCEPTIONS OF BIAS…

        MR. SPEAKER, GALLUP RECENTLY POLLED AMERICANS ON THEIR PERCEPTIONS OF BIAS AND ACCURACY AND MISINFORMATION IN NEWS REPORTING. THE SURVEY FOUND 62% SAID THE NEWS THEY READ IN NEWSPAPERS, SEE ON TELEVISION, OR HEAR ON THE RADIO IS BIASED. 44% BELIEVE THE NEWS THEY READ IN NEWSPAPERS, SEE ON TELEVISION OR HEAR ON THE RADIO IS INACCURATE. MORE THAN 1/3 DESCRIBE THE NEWS THEY SEE IN THESE CHANNELS AS MISINFORMATION. FALSE OR INACCURATE INFORMATION THAT IS PRESENTED AS IF IT WERE TRUE. IN OTHER WORDS, FAKE NEWS. THE SAME POLL FOUND MISINFORMATION. EIGHT OUT OF 10 ADULTS FEEL ANGRY OR BOTHERED BY SEEING BIASED INFORMATION. IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THE NEWS MEDIA HAVE ABANDON OBJECTIVE, FACT-BASED REPORTING AND ARE INSTEAD PROMOTING A LIBERAL AGENDA. THEIR NEWS REPORTS ONLY TELL ONE SIDE OF THE STORY, THEIR SIDE. UNTIL THE NEWS MEDIA RETURN TO OBJECTIVE REPORTING, AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO VIEW THEM SCEPT -- SKEPTICALY. -- SKEPTICALLY.

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

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        MR. KIHUEN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER DAVID FRILING, A DEAR FRIEND AND…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER DAVID FRILING, A DEAR FRIEND AND DEDICATED PATRIOT WHO PASSED AWAY OVER THE WEEKEND. DAVE'S ENTIRE LIFE WAS ABOUT SERVING OTHERS. HE SERVED IN THE ARMY FROM 1956 TO 1966, WITH THE 82ND ASHE IN BERLIN DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BERLIN WALL AND WAS LATER STATIONED IN KOREA. WHERE HE HELPED BUILD ROADS, BRIDGES AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE. DAVE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO FELLOW VETERANS.

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        MR. DAVIS

        HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HELP FOR HEROES FUND AND THE VETERANS…

        HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HELP FOR HEROES FUND AND THE VETERANS ASSISTANCE COMMISSION OF MACON COUNTY FOR 13 YEARS, AND MANY KNOW HIM FOR HIS SELFLESSNESS IN GETTING VETERANS THE HELP THEY NEED. FOR MANY YEARS HE VOLUNTARILY DROVE VETERANS TO THE DANVILLE V.A. HOSPITAL, NEARLY 90 MILES AWAY. TAKING 389 TOTAL TRIPS AND RACKING UP OVER 70,000 MILES TO SHUTTLE HIS FELLOW VETERANS TO THE V.A. TO GET THE HEALTH CARE THEY DESERVED. HE WAS ACTIVE IN HIS CHURCH, VOLUNTEERED WITH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, AND WAS A PROMINENT MEMBER OF BOTH THE AMERICAN LEGION AND THE MACON COUNTY HONOR GUARD. HE SERVED ON THE DECATUR CIVICS CENTER BOARD AND WORKED TIRELESSLY FOR YEARS TO BRING TO LIFE THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL IN TOWN, WHICH WAS FINALLY COMPLETED IN 2012 THANKS TO DAVE'S HARD WORK. BY ALL ACCOUNTS, DAVE WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF PATRIOTISM AND SERVICE. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH HE WILL BE MISSED. HE MADE AN IMMEASURABLE IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF VETERANS AND THE ENTIRE DECATUR COMMUNITY. I EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS I HAVE WIFE AND ALL THOSE WHO -- HIS WIFE AND ALL THOSE WHO KNEW DAVE AND I'M SO GLAD DAVE GOT TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS BEFORE HE PASSED. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. LAMALFA

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO RESOLVE A MAJOR INJUSTICE. I'M SPEAKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT THE NEWS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS DECIDED TO PARDON OREGON RANCHERS, DWIGHT HAMMOND, AND HIS SON, STEVEN. THEY'VE ALREADY SERVED JAIL SENTENCES FOR A CONTROLLED BURN ON THEIR LAND, WHICH WAS ADJACENT TO FEDERAL LANDS, THAT WERE OUT OF CONTROL WITH THE FIRE ALREADY. THEY TRIED TO KEEP THE LAND FROM BEING OVERCOME BY POORLY MANAGED FEDERAL LANDS AND THE FIRES THAT FREQUENTLY OCCUR UPON THOSE. THEY SERVED A SENTENCE FOR THAT ALREADY. YET OVERZEALOUS PROSECUTORS, USING TERRORISM LEGISLATION AND LAW, CAME BACK AFTER THEM AGAIN TO SERVE EVEN MORE TIME. UNFAIRLY. TYPE OF LAW THAT WOULD BE USED IN THE CASE OF LIKE THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING. THIS OVER 139 ACRES, APPROXIMATELY, OF FEDERAL LAND BURNED ACCIDENTALLY TO TRY AND STOP FIRE. THE HAMMONDS AREN'T FROM MY DISTRICT, THEY'RE FROM MR. WALDEN'S DISTRICT IN OREGON, AND I COMMEND HIM FOR HIS HARD WORK TO MAKE SURE THIS CLEM EN-- CLEM ENSY HAPPENED FOR THESE PEOPLE -- CLEMENCY HAPPENED FOR THESE PEOPLE. GOOD CITIZENS WHO ARE WELL KNOWN, NOT ONLY IN OREGON, BUT THEY HAVE RELATIVES AND MANY FRIENDS IN MY NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT AS WELL. IT'S A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S OVERBEARING REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT ON THE USERS OF PUBLIC LANDS, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THEIR POOR STEWARDSHIP HAS CAUSED THESE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. IT'S TOO BAD THEY WILL NEVER GET THIS TIME BACK SERVED, BUT I'M INDEED GLAD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE CLEMENCY FOR THE HAMMOND FAMILY. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATIONS.

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        THE CLERK

        THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE…

        THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JULY 11, 2018, AT 9:13 A.M. THAT THE SENATE AGREES TO CONFERENCE WITH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, H.R. 5515. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS. THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF THE ARE -- HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JULY 11, 2018, AT 11:20 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 41, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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        The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on July 11, 2018, at 9:13 a.m.: that the Senate agreed to a Conference on H.R. 5515.

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          The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on July 11, 2018, at 11:20 a.m.: that the Senate passed S. Con. Res. 41.

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            Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 985 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 50) to provide for additional safeguards with respect to imposing Federal mandates, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3281) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities, and for other purposes."

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              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

            • 12:25:33 PM

              MR. COLLINS

              MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

              MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 985 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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              THE CLERK

              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 163. HOUSE RESOLUTION 985. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY…

              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 163. HOUSE RESOLUTION 985. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 50, TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS WITH RESPECT TO IMPOSING FEDERAL MANDATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE AMENDMENT RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. NO FURTHER AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL, AS AMENDED, TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 3281, TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE THE TRANSFER TO NON-FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF APPROPRIATE RECLAMATION PROJECTS OR FACILITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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        • 12:28:25 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 985.

          • 12:28:30 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

          • 12:28:32 PM

            MR. COLLINS

            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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          • 12:28:55 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

          • 12:28:57 PM

            MR. COLLINS

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO BRING THIS RULE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO BRING THIS RULE FORWARD ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 50, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT, AND ALSO H.R. 3281, THE RECLAMATION TITLE TRANSFER AND NON-FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE INTENT I HAVIZATION ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE FOR EACH BILL, EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, RESPECTIVELY. IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO RECOMMIT FOR EACH BILL. LAST NIGHT THE RULES COMMITTEE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM THE SPONSOR OF H.R. 3281, MR. LAMBORN FROM COLORADO, ABOUT HIS BILL AND THE IMPORTANCE FOR IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF WATER AND WATER-RELATED FACILITIES. WE ALSO HEARD FROM MY FRIEND AND FORMER RULES COMMITTEE MEMBER, CHAIRMAN VIRGINIA FOXX, ON H.R. 50, WHICH SHE INTRODUCED. MR. SPEAKER, BOTH OF THESE BILLS ARE AT THEIR CORE ABOUT PROMOTING EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT AND ENHANCING THE COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND NON-FEDERAL ENTITIES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ITS HANDS IN A LOT OF THINGS. THAT'S NOT ALWAYS A BAD THING. BUT WE SEE FAR TOO MANY INSTANCES WHERE THE FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD. THAT'S WHY REPUBLICANS IN THIS CHAMBER ARE COMMITTED TO REINING IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE REINED IN, TO INCREASE ITS EFFICIENCY AND TRANSPARENCY, AND GIVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A LOUDER VOICE IN THE DECISIONS THAT IMPACT THEM. . H.R. 3281, THIS BILL EMPOWERS WATER USERS AND SEEKS TO REDUCE THE ADMINISTRATIVE PAPERWORK AND LIABILITY OF FEDERAL TAXPAYERS BY STREAMLINING THE PROCESS TO WHICH SOME BUREAU OF WRECK LA CLATION PROJECTS ARE TRANSFERRED TO NONFEDERAL ACCESS. TODAY THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PROVIDES ONE OUT OF FIVE WESTERN FARMERS WITH IRRIGATION WATER AND DELIVERING TRILLIONS OF GALLONS OF PEOPLE TO ANNUALLY. UNDER THE CURRENT LAW, THE B.O.R. IS ALLOWED TO TRANSFER DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROJECT BENEFICIARIES. BUT THE BUREAU CANNOT TRANSFER TITLE OR OWNERSHIP OF ANY OF THESE FACILITIES UNLESS CONGRESS SPECIFICALLY ENACTS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING SUCH A TRANSFER. THIS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZES THAT FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY ISN'T DOING ANY FAVORS FOR WATER USERS OR AGE AING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IF HE CUSSES ON EMPOWERING LOCAL WATER USERS AND INCENTIVIZING NONFEDERAL VINMENT IN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BILL HELPS REDUCE REGULATORY PAPERWORK AND FEDERAL BACKLOG ON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR WHILE INCREASING EFFICIENCIES FOR WATER USERS. WHERE CONGRESS CAN CAN STREAMLINE FEDERAL OPERATIONS AND INCREASE LOCAL CONTROL TO THE BENEFIT OF TAXPAYERS AND END INCREASE LOCAL CONTROL TO THE BENEFIT OF TAXPAYERS AND END USERS, WE SHOULD ACT. H.R. 3281 IS A STEP TOWARD ACCOMPLISHING BOTH THESE GOALS ON THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PROJECTS. ON THE NEXT BILL, MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 50, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES AND INFORMATION TRANSFER ACT. -- TRANSPARENCY ACT. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER THIS BILL CONTINUE THE TREND OF EMPOWERING STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND LIGHTENING THE GRIP OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IN 1995 CONGRESS ACTED THROUGH THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT TO PREVENT THE BURDEN OF FEDERALLY AND UNFUNDED MANDATES AND UNFUNDED MANDATES ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. AS A FORMER APPROPRIATOR AT THE STATE LEVEL IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, I UNDERSTAB MANY TIMES WHAT GOOD INTENTIONED WORK FROM UP HERE CAN CAN DO ACTUALLY ON IMPACTS TO STATE BUDGETS AND LOCAL BUDGETS, AND THIS IS A WORTHY GOAL FOR TO US TAKE UP. IT HAS BECOME CLEAR, HOWEVER, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES BUDGETS, AND THIS IS A WORTHY GOAL FOR TO US TAKE UP. IT HAS BECOME CLEAR, HOWEVER, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES ARE SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS OR PERHAPS MORE ACK A CONTRACTLY FLOODING THROUGH GAPING HOLES IN THE SYSTEM. IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET REPORT, UNFUNDED MANDATES AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS CAUSE STATES BETWEEN $44 BILLION AND $62 BILLION ANNUALLY. EVEN IN A TOWN USED TO THROWING AROUND BIG NUMBERS, THAT'S A BIG NUMBER. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THE COMMUNITIES IN MY HOME OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA OFTEN STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE RARELY FLUSH WITH CASH. THEY HAVE TO MAKE TOUGH DECISION ABOUTS WHAT PRIORITIES RECEIVE FUNDING AND WHAT AMOUNTS IN ORDER TO BEST SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. UNFUNDED MANDATES, PARTICULARLY THE UNIN-- EXPECTED ONES, CAN CAN SIGNIFICANTLY HAMPER THOSE EFFORTS. IN RECOGNITION OF THIS PROBLEM AND IN PURSUIT OF A SOLUTION, THOSE MOST AA EFFECTED BY THE ISSUE OF UNFUNDED MANDATES, STATE AND A LOCAL GOVERNMENT, OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THE SO-CALLED BIG SEVEN ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OFFICIALS, THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS OF MAYOR, DOWN CIVIL STATE GOVERNMENTS, ANTI-INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL CITY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION SENT A LETTER EARLIER THIS YEAR URGING ENACTMENT OF H.R. 50. THE UNFUNDED MAN DATES INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT REPRESENTS THE TYPE OF ACTION CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE. IT IDENTIFIES A PROBLEM. IT ACKNOWLEDGES THE NEED FOR POLICY UPDATES. AND INCORPORATES STAKEHOLDER FEEDBACK TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. THE BILL PROVIDES -- PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE CLOSES LOOPHOLES IN THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT AND APPLIES THE REQUIREMENTS OF THAT LAW TO INDEPENDENT AGENCIES. THE BILL PROVIDES FOR AN EXPANDED INPUT FROM STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, AS WELL AS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR BY REQUIRING AGENCIES TO CONSULT WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHEN THEY ARE DEVELOPING SIGNIFICANT REGULATORY MANDATES. MR. SPEAKER, THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS UPDATE TO THIS LAW CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. I BELIEVE THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN EKING OUT A LIVING OR BUILDING A BUSINESS ON THE GROUND KNOW THE PROBLEMS EXIST AND HOW TO REMEDY THEM BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE CURRENTLY RESIDING IN CUBICLES IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WHEN BUREAUCRATS ARE WRITING REGULATIONS THAT IMPACT NORTHEAST GEORGIANS, THEY NEED TO CONSULT WITH FROM NORTHEAST GEORGIANS. THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT WORKS IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA MIGHT NOT WORK FOR SOUTHEAST GEORGIA, ALABAMA, NEVADA, MAINE, OHIO, OR ANYWHERE ELSE BESIDES WHERE THEY ARE. IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOING TO IMPLEMENT REGULATION THAT IS IMPACT PRIVATE ENTITIES, GEORGIA, WHICH THEY DO FAR TOO OFTEN WITH FAR TOO LITTLE BENEFIT, IN MY OPINION, THOSE PROVIDED -- PROVIDE ENTITIES NEED TO HAVE A AND DESERVE A VOICE IN THE PROCESS. THE H.R. 50 HELPS GIVE THE PRIVATE -- PRIVACY SECTOR THAT AGENCY. WHICH THEY DO FAR IT ALSO REQUIRES RULES THAT AREN'T PRECEDED BY NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING TO UNDERGO A UMRA AAL ACIES IF THE EFFECTS ON STATE, LOCAL, AND PRIVATE SECTORS TOTAL $100 MILLION OR MORE. THE BILL CODIFIES LONG-STANDING REGULATORY PRINCIPLES REGARDING COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS, AND WHEN TO REGULATE AND SUPPORT MORE ACCURATE AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES AND REFORM ACT WAS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE INFORMED DECISIONMAKING THROUGHOUT THE LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY PROCESS. IN CONSULTATION WITH THE ENTITIES AFFECTED BY THOSE PROCESSES. THOSE GOALS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT IF NOT MORE IMPORTANT TODAY AS WHEN THE UMRA WAS ORIGINALLY SIGN FOOD LAW' IN 1995. CONGRESS NEEDS TO TAKE ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP THE BURDENS -- BURDENSOME REGULATORY AGENCY HAS PLACED ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. WITHOUT QUESTION CONGRESS MUST WORK TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES AND A REDUCE BUREAUCRACY. THESE ARE THE SIMPLE CONCEPTS, MR. SPEAKER. THEY ARE UNNECESSARY, BURDENSOME, FEDERAL REGULATIONS SHOULD BE IDENTIFIED AND RECONSIDERED. THE PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY REGULATION SHOULD HAVE A VISS IN THE PROCESS. I BELIEVE GOVERNMENT CAN OPERATE MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY WHEN WE GIVE LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS A VOICE, WHEN WE SEEK TO INCREASE EFISHENCY, AND REMOVE UNWIELDY MANDATES, AND WORK TO REDUCE THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. THIS BILL PROVIDES FOR THIS -- PROVIDES -- PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE TAKES THE STEPS IN DOING JUST THAT. I BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE STEPS WE IN THE HOUSE SHOULD SUPPORT TO HELP AMERICAN COMMUNITIES, CITIZENS, AND CONSUMERS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:36:49 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 12:36:58 PM

            MRS. TORRES

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

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER TWO BILLS. FOUR AMENDMENTS. H.R. 50 UNFUNDED MANDATES INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2017. AND H.R. 3281, RECLAMATION TITLE TRANSFER AND NONFEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE INCENTIVIZATION ACT. H.R. 50 AMENDS THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT OF 1995 AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974. THIS IS A BILL THAT CONGRESS ALREADY VOTED IN 2015 IN NEARLY A PARTY-LINE VOTE IN THE HOUSE BEFORE DYING IN THE SENATE. I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUES THINK THAT THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AS A FORMER MAYOR AND A COUNCILMEMBER, I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT FEDERAL REGULATIONS CAN BE TO IMPLEMENT. THIS LEGISLATION, HOWEVER, DOES I KNOW HOW NOTHING EXCEPT GRIND PROGRESS TO A A STAND STILL, BLOCKING IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR NATION'S HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. PERHAPS THAT IS WHY THIS RULE ALSO MAKES IN ORDER H.R. 3281, WHICH ABSOLVES OUR NATION'S ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH STANDS IN A DIFFERENT WAY. THIS LEGISLATION WHICH I OPPOSED ON THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, WOULD AUTHORIZE A DE FACTO PRIVATIZATION OF FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THE WESTERN U.S., ALL WHILE STIFFING OUR TAXPAYERS. THE BILL DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT TAXPAYERS BE COMPENSATED FOR THE LOSS OF PUBLICLY OWNED LAND IN MINERAL INTERESTS. IMAGINE ONCE AGAIN THIS CONGRESS IS PUTTING THE INTEREST OF PRIVATE BUSINESS AHEAD OF OUR HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS. THIS LEGISLATION IS A PROPOSAL FROM PETROLEUMP'S -- PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WHICH LARGELY SPEAKS TO ENRICH DEVELOPERS AND PRIVATE BUSINESSES AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS AND THE GENERAL POP LICK AS A WHOLE. I COULD -- PUBLIC AS A WHOLE. I COULD UNDERSTAND SPENDING TIME ON THESE BILLS IF WE HAD FINISHED THE PRESSING WORK BEFORE US. BUT WITH THOUSANDS, AND I MEAN THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN STILL SEPARATE INTERESTED THEIR PARENTS DUE TO THE CRUEL ACTIONS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, IS THIS REALLY WHAT WE'RE SPENDING TIME ON? WHERE ARE THE MORAL PRIORITIES THIS AND FAMILY VALUES OF THIS CONGRESS? I HAVE SPOKEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND I HAVE SPOKEN WITH H.H.S. OFFICE H.H.S. OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT, AND THERE HAS BEEN ONE CONSTANT ANSWER FROM BOTH OF THEM. THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA HOW THEY ARE -- WHAT THEY ARE DOING. NO AND FAMILY IDEA WHERE THE PARENTS OF THESE CHILDREN ARE. NO IDEA HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE BEEN PUT INTO FOSTER CARE. NO IDEA WHEN THESE FAMILIES WILL BE REUNITED. AND NO IDEA WHAT COMES NEXT. CONGRESS HAS CARE. NO IDEA WHEN THESE FAMILIES WILL BE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT, NOT NEXT WEEK, NOT NEXT MONTH, NOT NEXT YEAR, BUT TODAY. WRUNS WE LEAVE -- ONCE WE LEAVE FOR AUGUST RECESS, LET THE ME WEEK, NOT NEXT 39 DAYS BEFORE WE COME BACK. REMIND YOU IT WILL BE THAT MEANS 39 MORE DAYS THAT WE'RE GOING TO ALLOW CHILDREN BE HELD IN DETENTION IN CAGES, IN COLD CELLS WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY MISSED THE FIRST DEADLINE TO REUNITE FAMILIES. WHAT ASSURANCES DO WE HAVE THAT THEY WON'T MISS THE SECOND DEADLINE OR THE THIRD ONE OR POSSIBLY THE FOURTH ONE? HOW MANY MORE DEADLINES DOES THIS CONGRESS, THIS ADMINISTRATION NEED BEFORE WE REALIZE THAT WE'RE COMPLICIT, COMPLICIT IN SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS WHO CARE ABOUT THEM. WHILE WE HAVE THEM IN OUR CUSTODY, WE'RE COMPLICIT IN NOT PROPERLY TAKING CARE OF THEM. FULL OF DIRT AND LICE, THAT'S HOW AN IMMIGRANT MOTHER DESCRIBED HER 14-MONTH-OLD BABY SON WHO HAD BEEN RETURNED TO HER AFTER 85 DAYS OF SEPARATION. WE MUST ACT BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION CHOOSES NOT TO. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL MEAN MORE FAMILIES ARE BROKEN FOREVER. MORE FAMILIES LIKE JASMINE. ON MAY 22, JASMINE AND HER TWO TEENAGE DAUGHTERS ENTERED THE UNITED STATES AND WERE IMMEDIATELY APPREHENDED AND THEN SEPARATED. THE MOTHER WHO WAS -- THE MOTHER WAS TRANSFERRED TO A HOLDING CENTER, ALSO KNOWN AS THE DAWG POUND. AS THEY CALL IT. WITH A GROUP OF OTHER SEPARATED MOTHERS, AFTER SEVEN DAYS, THE MOTHERS WERE TOLD THAT THEY WOULD BE DEPORTED WITHOUT THEIR CHILDREN. MANY OF THE MOTHERS FAINTED. WHEN THEY HEARD THIS NEWS. ONE MOTHER HAD A SEIZURE IN A CELL. AFTER APPEARING IN COURT, JASMINE WAS HANDCUFFED AND SHACKLED AND GIVEN NO INFORMATION ON THE STATUS OF HER CHILDREN. FAMILY VALUES. AFTER BEING TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER DETENTION CENTER, JASMINE WAS INFORMED THAT HER DAUGHTERS HAD BEEN REUNITED WITH THEIR FATHER, BUT JASMINE STILL REMAINS IN A DETENTION CENTER WHERE SHE HAS GONE OVER A A MONTH SEPARATE INTERESTED HER CHILDREN. SHE HAS RECEIVED ABSOLUTELY NO INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN SHE WILL SEE HER CHILDREN AGAIN. AND MUST SIMPLY WAIT AND PRAY. FAMILY VALUES. THESE PEOPLE ARE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES. TO THE PROMISE AND SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WE AREN'T EVEN CONSIDERING THEIR ASYLUM CASES. LET ME TELL YOU ANOTHER STORERY, MR. SPEAKER. A WOMAN FROM EL SALVADOR DECIDED TO FLEE FROM THE U.S. WITH HER TWO YOUNG BOYS, AGES 4 AND 10. AFTER RECEIVING GRAVE THREATS FROM MS-13 GANG MEMBERS. PRIOR TO FLEEING TO THE THE U.S. SHE HAD SOUGHT PROTECTION FROM THE SALVADORAN AUTHORITIES THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS BUT HAD NOT RECEIVED ANY PROTECTION. IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, SHE PRESENTED HERSELF THE TO THE BORDER OFFICIALS AFTER MAKING A CONSCIOUS DECISION NOT TO ENTER THE U.S. AT AN OFFICIAL PORT OF ENTRY. SHE HAD LEARNED THAT C.P.B. OFFICIALS ARE TURNING AWAY ASYLUM SEEKERS IN DIRECT, DIRECT VIOLATION OF UNITED STATES AND UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. THE MOTHER AND HER TWO BOYS WERE APPREHENDED AND TAKEN TO A BORDER PATROL PROCESSING STATION. THE MOTHER WAS SENT TO AN ADULT DETENTION CENTER IN LAREDO AND THE BOYS WERE SENT TO A SHERLT FOR UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN UNDER THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT WITHIN HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. AT ONE POINT, THE BROTHERS WERE SEPARATED FROM ONE ANOTHER AND PLACED INTO TWO SEPARATE FOSTER HOMES, BUT WERE EVENTUALLY REUNITED AND RELEASED TO THE FAMILY ON THE EAST COAST. UNDER CURRENT LAW AND PROCEDURE, SOMETIMES THIS CONGRESS COULD CHANGE, TODAY, THE CHILDREN HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO AN APPOINTED LAWYER. WITHOUT THEIR MOTHER TO SPEAK ON THEIR BEHALF, THE 4-YEAR-OLD AND THE 10-YEAR-OLD BOYS MUST MAKE A CASE FOR ASYLUM ON THEIR OWN IN SEPARATE COURT CASES. THIS IS WHAT WE COULD BE DOING TODAY. ONE, FIXING THE BROKEN LAWS THAT HAVE TODDLERS, TODDLERS THAT ARE BARELY OUT OF DIAPERS REPRESENTING THEMSELVES IN COURT. AND FIXING THE ROOT CAUSES OF THESE ISSUES WITH ESSENTIAL -- CENTRAL AMERICA FAMILY PROTECTION AND UNIFICATION ACT, LEGISLATION I HAVE OFFERED WITH RANKING MEMBER ENGEL. . I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS RULE SO WE CAN USE OUR LIMITED TIME HERE TO ACT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:45:26 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          • 12:45:35 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT…

            MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP H.J.RES. 31, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTIVES DEUTCH AND MCGOVERN AND RASKIN. WHICH COULD -- WHICH WOULD RESERVE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS LIKE CITIZENS UNITED BY ENSHRINING IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A DEMOCRACY FOR ALL AMENDMENT, ESTABLISHING THE RIGHT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ENACT STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS THAT REGULATE SPENDING IN PUBLIC ELECTIONS. 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. TO DISCUSS THIS PROPOSAL, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH.

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          • 12:46:32 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:46:36 PM

            MR. DEUTCH

            I THANK MY FRIEND AND, MR. SPEAKER, THIS PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT…

            I THANK MY FRIEND AND, MR. SPEAKER, THIS PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WILL OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED AND IT WILL PUT VOTERS BACK IN CHARGE OF WASHINGTON. OVER 90% OF AMERICAN VOTERS WANT BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN SALES. 3/4 WANT AGGRESSIVE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. 85% WANT GUARANTEED PAID SICK LEAVE. AND 75% OF THE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY THINK WE OUGHT TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. THE PROBLEM IS, THESE ARE THE PRIORITIES OF VOTERS. INSTEAD OF THE PRIORITIES OF DONORS. AND RIGHT NOW, IN THIS HOUSE, DONORS CALL THE SHOTS. 93% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT WE DON'T HEAR THEIR VOICES. THE CYNICISM IS DEEP AND IT IS BIPARTISAN. ONLY 5% OF REPUBLICANS AND 6% OF DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT THEIR VIEWS ARE HEARD BY THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. WHY? THE SUPREME COURT'S DISASTROUS CITIZENS UNITED DECISION HELD THAT UNLIMITED ELECTION SPENDING DOESN'T CORRUPT OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM. THE CITIZENS UNITED DECISION WAS WRONG. TO AMERICAN VOTERS, OUR CONGRESS AND OUR GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS LOOK LIKE THEY ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR. IN RECENT ELECTIONS, JUST 150 WEALTHY FAMILIES AND THE CORPORATIONS THAT THEY CONTROL HAVE FLOODED OUR ELECTIONS WITH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THAT MONEY BUYS SOMETHING. UNLIMITED MONEY IN OUR ELECTIONS TOO OFTEN DETERMINES WHO CAN AFFORD TO RUN, AND SETS THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA HERE IN WASHINGTON. HERE'S WHAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED. IF YOUR FAMILY CAN'T ANSWER A POLITICIAN'S PHONE CALL WHEN THEY ASK FOR A DONATION, IF THEY CAN'T AFFORD BILLBOARDS AND TELEVISION AD BUYS, HOW ARE THEIR VOICES BEING HEARD? IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER A WEALTHY DONOR SUPPORTS POLICIES ON THE LEFT OR RIGHT. EACH SIDE HAS ITS BILLIONAIRES. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. BUT NONE OF THEM SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPEND UNLIMITED RESOURCES IN OUR ELECTIONS. UNLIMITED SPENDING DOESN'T PRODUCE MORE SPEECH, IT PRODUCES LOUDER SPEECH. IT COMPROMISES THE FREE SPEECH RIGHTS OF EVERYONE ELSE IN AMERICA. IT CRUMENTS ELECTIONS WHEN PEOPLE ARE -- IT CORRUPTS ELECTIONS WHEN PEOPLE ARE SENT TO WASHINGTON TO WORK ON BEHALF OF CORPORATE INTERESTS RATHER THAN VOTER INTERESTS. AND IT LEAVES OUR ELECTIONS VULNERABLE TO ATTACKS FROM FOREIGN ADVERSARIES. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME TO GET BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. IT IS TIME TO GET SECRET DARK MONEY OUT OF OUR ELECTIONS. AND IT IS TIME TO GET FOREIGN MONEY OUT OF OUR CAMPAIGNS. MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, FOR THE SAKE OF OUR DEMOCRACY IT IS TIME TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED AND PUT VOTERS BACK IN CHARGE OF WASHINGTON. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:49:44 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 12:49:49 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            MR. SPEAKER, -- OH, YES, I RESERVE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          • 12:49:56 PM

            MRS. TORRES

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

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER ON THIS ISSUE OF MONEY AND POLITICS FOR YEARS, MR. MCGOVERN.

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          • 12:50:09 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED -- FROM MASSACHUSETTS. SORRY.…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED -- FROM MASSACHUSETTS. SORRY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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          • 12:50:16 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. MR.…

            THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING TO THE FLOOR THE DEUTCH-MCGOVERN-RASKIN BILL. AND SO WE CAN AT LONG LAST HAVE A DEBATE ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THERE'S TOO MUCH MONEY IN OUR POLITICS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS MONEY HAS A CORRUPTING INFLUENCE ON OUR POLITICS. LOOK AT THE BILLS THAT COME BEFORE THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT'S NOT ABOUT EMPOWERING PEOPLE. IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT A GIVEAWAY TO A BIG CORPORATION. YOU KNOW, GETTING -- CHANGING THE RULES ON WHO CAN SIT ON SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARDS TO INCLUDE CORPORATE CRONIES. I MEAN, THE TAX BILL THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, THAT THEY VOTED ON, AND THAT THEY TAKE SUCH PRIDE IN, BASICALLY 85% OF THOSE BENEFITS WENT TO THE TOP 1% INCOME EARNERS IN THIS COUNTRY. I MEAN, THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS PLACE IS BECOMING A PLACE WHERE, YOU KNOW, MONEY CAN BUY ANYTHING. THERE'S A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION THAT EXISTS IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THERE'S A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION THAT EXISTS IN THIS WHITE HOUSE. AND PEOPLE ARE SICK OF IT. YOU KNOW, WHEN I TALK TO AUDIENCES BACK HOME, THEY COULD BE LIBERAL AUDIENCES OR CONSERVATIVE AUDIENCES, THE TWO ISSUES THAT I MENTION WHERE EVERYBODY NODS APPROVALINGLY ARE WHEN I SAY THAT THERE'S TOO MUCH MONEY IN POLITICS, EVERYBODY SAYS YES. AND THEN WHEN I SAY WHEN CONGRESS IS DYSFUNCTIONAL. THEY ALL NOD THEIR HEADS APPROVALINGLY. ENOUGH. WE NEED TO CHANGE THIS SYSTEM. PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY, WANT US TO CHANGE THE WAY WE DO OUR POLITICS. THEY BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE THE POWER. NOT CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS. NOT PEOPLE WHO ARE THE WEALTHIEST IN THIS COUNTRY. I MEAN, LET'S GIVE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WHAT THEY WANT. LET'S HAVE THEIR VOICES MATTER MORE THAN THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. AND WE HAVE TRIED TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO BRING THESE ISSUES TO THE FLOOR. AND WE'RE CONSTANTLY REBUKED. AND LOOK, WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED. BECAUSE THIS IS NOW THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MORE AMENDMENTS ROUTINELY GET DENIED IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. MORE BILLS HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR UNDER A COMPLETELY CLOSED PROCESS. WE DEBATE BILLS, AGAIN, THAT BENEFIT THE WELL-OFF AND THE WELL-CONNECTED. WE OUGHT TO DEBATE SOME BILLS THAT HELP REGULAR PEOPLE. AND HAVING A REAL DEBATE ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM, HAVING A REAL DEBATE ON HOW WE GET BIG MONEY OUT OF OUR POLITICS, IS AN ISSUE WE SHOULD BE -- WE SHOULD BE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW. IT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET'S DO FOR ONCE WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET'S DO WHAT OUR CONSTITUENTS WANT. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST FINISH BY SAYING, WE CAN HAVE THAT DEBATE IF YOU VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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          • 12:53:39 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

          • 12:53:42 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            LET ME REPEAT THAT TO MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. IF…

            LET ME REPEAT THAT TO MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. IF YOU VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE CAN HAVE THIS DEBATE. WE CAN HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT HOW WE GET BIBIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. WE -- BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. WE CAN HAVE DEA BAIT ABOUT HOW WE -- DEBATE ABOUT HOW WE DRAIN THE SWAMP AND CLEAN THIS PLACE UP. YOU SAY YOU WANT TO DRAIN THE SWAMP, THAT'S JUST RHETORIC. BECAUSE WHAT YOU'RE REALLY DOING IS HELPING THE WELL-OFF AND THE WELL-CONNECTED. THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE THE MOST MONEY, THEY GET THEIR LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. REGULAR PEOPLE ROUTINELY GET THEIR INTERESTS BLOCKED IN THIS CHAMBER. IT IS TIME TO CLEAN UP THIS PLACE.

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          • 12:54:16 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          • 12:54:19 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            I RESERVE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

          • 12:54:23 PM

            MR. COLLINS

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

          • 12:54:27 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            MR. SPEAKER, THE HORROR STORIES OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED AT OUR NATION'S…

            MR. SPEAKER, THE HORROR STORIES OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED AT OUR NATION'S BORDER CONTINUE. TO SPEAK ON THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO.

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          • 12:54:41 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

          • 12:54:43 PM

            MR. GALLEGO

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORY OF A YOUNG MOTHER. HER NAME…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORY OF A YOUNG MOTHER. HER NAME IS ROSA. AND JUST LIKE MY MOM, SHE CAME TO AMERICA IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE. ROSA'S HOME IS IN HONDURAS WHERE SHE LIVED WITH HER AGING PARENTS AND HER SON, JUAN. ROSA FEARED HER YOUNG SON WOULD BE TARGETED LIKE SO MANY OTHERS IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD. UNDER THESE DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES, ROSA DID WHAT ANY LOVING MOTHER WOULD DO. SHE TOOK HER MODEST LIFE SAVINGS AND HER SON AND FLED NORTH IN SEARCH OF SAFETY. WHEN THEY FINALLY MADE IT TO THE U.S. BORDER NEAR YUMA, ARIZONA, ROSA AND JUAN WERE MET BY AMERICAN AUTHORITIES TO ASK HER, DON'T YOU KNOW WE'RE SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES HERE? SHE TOLD THEM NO. BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. ROSA AND JUAN ARE STILL SEPARATED. MR. SPEAKER, THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOW REUNITING A SMALL NUMBER OF THESE FAMILIES TORN APART ON DONALD TRUMP'S BORDERS. BUT LET'S BE CLEAR. THIS ISN'T HAPPENING OUT OF A CONCERN FOR THEIR WELFARE. AS USUAL, DONALD TRUMP IS ONLY DOING THE RIGHT THING BECAUSE IT A COURT IS MAKING HIM DO IT -- BECAUSE A COURT IS MAKING HIM DO IT. HE STILL WANTS TO EVISCERATE LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN, AND HE STILL WANTS TO LOCK UP FAMILIES. DONALD TRUMP'S GOAL IS TO PRESENT MOTHERS AND CHILDREN FLEEING UNSPEAKABLE VIOLENCE WITH AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE. IMMEDIATE DEPORTATION OR INDEFINITE DETENTION. THAT'S APPALLING. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE AN EASY CHOICE. MAKE EXECUTIONS -- EXCUSES FOR DONALD TRUMP OR TAKE A STAND AGAINST STATE-SPONSORED MISTREATMENT OF CHILDREN. IT'S NOT A TOUGH DECISION. WE KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO DO. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 12:56:19 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:56:21 PM

            MR. COLLINS

            I RESERVE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS…

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 12:56:26 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            MR. SPEAKER, TO SHARE ANOTHER STORY OF FAMILY SEPARATION, I YIELD TWO…

            MR. SPEAKER, TO SHARE ANOTHER STORY OF FAMILY SEPARATION, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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          • 12:56:36 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:56:38 PM

            MR. CORREA

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW, MANY OF US IN CONGRESS AND THE NATION…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW, MANY OF US IN CONGRESS AND THE NATION ARE WORKING HARD TO REUNITE CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS. FAMILY REUNIFICATION SHOULD BE A TIME OF JOY. BUT SADLY THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. ONE MOTHER WAITED FOR FOUR MONTHS TO WRAP HER ARMS AROUND HER LITTLE BOY. ANOTHER MOTHER WAITED THREE MONTHS. AND THESE SHOULD BE MOMENTS OF JOY. YET WHEN THEIR CHILDREN DID NOT RECOGNIZE THEIR PARENTS, THIS BECAME A TROUBLING SITUATION. AS A FATHER OF FOUR, I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOUR CHILDREN. AS A FATHER OF FOUR, I KNOW WHAT THAT PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP IS LIKE. TO HAVE CHILDREN THAT FAIL TO RECOGNIZE YOU AFTER A NUMBER OF MONTHS BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THEM, THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT. THE SEPARATION OF IMMIGRANTS FROM THEIR CHILDREN IS JUST UNCONSTITUTIONAL, UN-AMERICAN AND SIMPLY WRONG. AND I DEMAND THAT ALL FAMILIES BE UNITED IMMEDIATELY. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:57:44 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 12:57:50 PM

            MR. COLLINS

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND WOULD…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND WOULD INQUIRE IF THE GENTLELADY IS READY TO CLOSE.

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          • 12:57:56 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            I AM READY TO CLOSE.

          • 12:57:58 PM

            MR. COLLINS

            WE'RE READY TO CLOSE. I RESERVE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:58:02 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE FINAL STORY TO REMIND ALL OF US WHAT IS AT…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE FINAL STORY TO REMIND ALL OF US WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE. EARLIER THIS YEAR A-DOURAN FATHER WAS SEPARATED FROM HIS WIFE AND CHILD JUST DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES WENT INTO EFFECT. MARCO ANTONIO CROSSED THE RIO GRANDE WITH HIS WIFE AND 3-YEAR-OLD SON ON MAY 12, NEAR THE TINY TOWN OF GRANJANO, TEXAS. THEY ARRIVED AT A PROCESSINGTATION STATION IN NEAR MCCOLLIN AND SAID THEY WANTED TO APPLY FOR ASYLUM. BORDER PATROL AGENTS TOLD THE FAMILY THAT THEY WOULD BE SEPARATED. THAT IS WHEN BORDER PATROL OFFICIALS LITERALLY RIPPED MARCO'S CHILD FROM HIS ARMS. AT NO POINT DID MARCO ATTEMPT TO ATTACK OR ASSAULT THE BORDER PATROL STAFF BUT DUE TO HIS ANGUISH HE WAS PLACED INTO A PADDED ISOLATION CELL. MARCO BEGAN TO PRAY. PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND PRAY FOR THEIR SAFETY. HOURS PASSED AND THE NEXT MORNING, AFTER RECEIVING NO INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE HIS FAMILY WAS OR WHEN HE WOULD SEE THEM NEXT, MARCO TOOK HIS LIFE. FAMILY VALUES. THIS IS THE LAW AND ORDER PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NO RESPECT FOR NEITHER. HE IS DISRESPECTING THE RULE OF LAW AND VIOLATING COURT ORDERS BY DETAINING CHILDREN, BABIES. AND HE IS CREATING HYSTERIA AMONGST FAMILIES AND CONFUSION AMONG BORDER PATROL AND H.H.S. OFFICIALS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND THE RULE BECAUSE WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. WE HAVE FAMILY VALUES THAT WE MUST STAND FOR AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 01:00:08 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 01:00:11 PM

            MR. COLLINS

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CLOSE BY PARAPHRASING A COMMENT THAT THE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CLOSE BY PARAPHRASING A COMMENT THAT THE HONORABLE CHAIRWOMAN FOXX MADE YESTERDAY EVENING AT RULES COMMITTEE. BY THE WAY, I JUST DO WANT TO BRING IT BACK. THERE'S A LOT OF DISCUSSION WE'RE GOING TO HAVE. BUT ACTUALLY THE RULE IS ABOUT TWO BILLS THAT MY FRIENDED DIDN'T DISCUSS AT ALL. I WOULD HOPE THEY'D VOTE YES ON THAT SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY MOVE LEGISLATION THAT HAS HELPED MOVE THE BUREAUCRACY OUT OF THE WAY SO THINGS CAN ACTUALLY, COMMONSENSE, GET DONE. WE DON'T CHOOSE TALK TO ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES. I'M IN AGREEMENT ON A LOT OF THINGS WE NEED TO DO. WE NEED TO FIX OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. BUT TODAY LET'S REMIND OURSELVES ON THE FLOOR WHAT WE'RE DOING. IT'S A RULE THAT DEALS WITH TWO SPECIFIC BILLS DEALING WITH REGULATORY ISSUES. . THIS IS MS. FOXX YESTERDAY, THOSE OPPOSED TO THE UNFUNDED MANDATES AND INFORMATION AND TRABS PARENTSY ACT SUPPORTS UNBRIDLED REGULATIONS. I THINK THERE ARE REGULATIONES THAT ARE NECESSARY. FAR TOO OFTEN WE SEE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FLOODING OUR COMMUNITIES WITH REGULATIONES THAT DO LITTLE TO ACHIEVE THEIR INTENDED BENEFITS YET COME WITH MASSIVE BILLS THAT WASHINGTON EXPECTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FOOT THE BILL. MAYBE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE ENJOY THAT. MAYBE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WANT THAT TO CONTINUE TO HAPPEN. MAYBE THAT WILL VOTE NO ON THAT WANT TO CONTINUE TO SEE THIS HAPPEN. WE DON'T. WE BELIEVE THERE'S ANOTHER WAY. THE BILLS PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE RECOGNIZES THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUT WILL MAGNIFY THE VOICES CLOSEST TO THOSE ISSUES. I DO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND I DO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILLS. I ENCOURAGE ALL TO DO SO AND LOOK AT IT HONESTLY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THOSE WHO PAY OUR BILLS, THE PEOPLE WHO PAY THE BILLS FOR THIS GOVERNMENT, THE ONES THAT GO TO WORK EVERY DAY, WHO PAY THEIR TAXES, TO DO WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO DO AND STAY OUT OF THE AREAS WHERE THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE. THIS IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. BRINGING IT BACK TO THE TRUTH OF THE RULE WE ARE DEBATING. AND THAT IS WHAT I BELIEVE IS IMPORTANT. I SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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          • 01:02:16 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE QUESTION IS ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN…

            THE QUESTION IS 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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          • 01:02:25 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

          • 01:02:27 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 01:02:30 PM

          POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

          At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 985, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mrs. Torres demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on ordering the previous question until a time to be announced.

          • 01:03:14 PM

            MR. BYRNE

            MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

            MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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          • 01:03:19 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

          • 01:03:21 PM

            THE CLERK

            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 160, HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY…

            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 160, HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 200, TO AMEND THE MAGNUSSON STEVENSON FISHERY CONSERVATION AND CONSERVATION ACT TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY FOR FISHERY MANAGERS AND STABILITY FOR FISHERMEN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENTE IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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          • 01:03:23 PM

            Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 965 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 200) to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen, and for other purposes."

          • 01:05:27 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 965.

            • 01:05:36 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

            • 01:05:39 PM

              MR. BYRNE

              MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED…

              MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I NOW YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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            • 01:05:55 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 01:05:57 PM

              MR. BYRNE

              MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 200,…

              MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 200, THE STRENGTHENING FISHING COMMUNITIES AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITY IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ACT. THIS MAKES IN ORDER 11 AMENDMENTS, INCLUDING FOUR MINORITY AND TWO BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COASTAL ALABAMA. SO I HAVE SPENT MY ENTIRE LIFE EXPERIENCING THE LONG-HELD TRADITION OF FISHING OFF THE GULF COAST. SOME OF MY BEST MEMORIES GROWING UP WERE FISHING WITH MY FAMILY. AND I'VE CARRIED ON THAT SAME TRADITION WITH MY CHILDREN. I LOOK FORWARD TO FISHING WITH MY GRANDCHILDREN ONCE THEY GET A LITTLE OLDER. THIS ISN'T A TRADITION UNIQUE TO THE GULF COAST. ALL ALONG ALABAMA'S -- AMERICA'S SHORES, COUNTLESS FAMILIES AND FRIENDS HAVE MADE SO MANY MEMORIES WHILE FISHING. NO ONE WANTS TO BE BEATER STEWARD OF OUR NATION'S FISHERIES THAN THOSE OF US WHO ACTUALLY ENJOY FISHING. NO ONE WANTS A HEALTHIER FISH STOCK THAN THOSE OF US WHO HAVE SPENT OUR LIVES ON THE WATER. THAT'S WHERE H.R. 200 COMES IN. THIS BILL INCLUDES COMMONSENSE REFORMS TO ENSURE THAT OUR NATION'S FISHERIES REMAIN STRONG WHILE ALSO BEING ACCESSIBLE TO FISHERMEN FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE. NOW, I KNOW THIS BILL IS ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN JUST THOSE OF US WHO LIKE TO FISH RECREATIONALLY. COMMERCIAL FISHING IS A MAJOR ECONOMIC ENGINE IN MANY OF OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES. SO THE BILL ALSO ENSURES ACCESS TO OUR OCEANS AND OCEAN RESOURCES FOR OUR COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN. JUST CONSIDER THESE NUMBERS THAT DEMONSTRATE THE OVERALL IMPACT OF FISHING ON THE U.S. ECONOMY. IN 2015, THE FISHING INDUSTRY GENERATED $208 BILLION IN SALES AND SUPPORTED 1.6 MILLION AMERICAN JOBS. APPROXIMATELY 11 MILLION SALTWATER ANGLERS SPENT A TOTAL OF $61 MILLION ON FISHING TRIPS, WHICH GENERATED ROUGHLY $22.7 BILLION IN INCOME. AND I WANT TO MAKE ONE OTHER POINT. THE UNDERLYING BILL WILL ALSO ENSURE ALL AMERICANS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD. THAT'S IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION'S RESTAURANTS, BUT IT'S ALSO ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO SEAFOOD LOVERS LIKE MYSELF. IF YOU DOUBT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FISHING SECTOR, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT RED SNAPPER FISHING IN MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA. IT'S A MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES. FROM RESTAURANTS TO GAS STATIONS TO BAIT AND TACKLE SHOPS TO THE CHARTER BOAT INDUSTRY, RECEIPT SNAPPING FISHING IS IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMY IN OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND SURROUNDING AREAS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED FOR YEARS TO ADEQUATELY COUNT THE NUMBER OF RED SNAPPER IN THE GULF. THIS HAS RESULTED IN RIDICULOUSLY SHORT RED SNAPPER SEASONS WHICH HURT OUR FISHERMEN AND THE ECONOMIES IN OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES. SO HOW BAD WAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN COUNTING RED SNAPPER? WELL, THEY WEREN'T EVEN SAMPLING FOR RED SNAPPER ON REEFS DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE RED SNAPPER ARE REEF FISH. IT MADE ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, LIKE THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA, HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO A MUCH BETTER JOB OF ASSESSING THE HEALTH OF THE RED SNAPPER STOCK WITH FAR FEWER RESOURCES. THEIR DATA IS MUCH MORE ACCURATE AND UP TO DATE. THANKFULLY, ALONG WITH MY GULF COAST COLLEAGUES, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WORK WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE ADEQUATE RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER SEASONS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. BUT THIS BILL INCLUDES REFORMS I AUTHORED TO HELP FIX THE MISMANAGEMENT OF RED SNAPPER FOR ALL SECTORS ONCE AND FOR ALL. THAT MEANS ALLOWING FOR GREATER STATE CONTROL, ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO STOCK ASSESSMENTS AND DATA COLLECTION. THAT IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT H.R. 200. THE BILL ELIMINATES UNSCIENTIFIC TIME FRAMES TO REBUILD FISH STOCKS THAT UNNECESSARILY RESTRICTS ACCESS TO FISHERIES. OUR NATIONAL FISHERY POLICY SHOULD BE BASED ON SOUND, ACCURATE DATA. THE BILL GOES AGAINST THE WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST APPROACH THAT'S FAILED SO MANY TIMES IN THE PAST. BY PROVIDING GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO FISHERY MANAGERS, WE CAN ALLOW FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES THAT REFLECT REGIONAL NEEDS AND DEMANDS. WE SHOULD EMPOWER PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES INSTEAD OF LETTING BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON DECIDE WHAT WORKS BEST. AND AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THE BILL WILL ALLOW MORE AMERICANS TO HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH, SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD. CURRENTLY AROUND 90% OF SEAFOOD CONSUMED IN THE UNITED STATES IS IMYOU PORTED. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TROUBLING -- IS IMPORTED. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TROUBLING WHEN YOU CONSIDER WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF FISH RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN WATERS. WITH REFORMS IN THIS BILL, WE CAN BOOST AFFORDABLE DOMESTIC FISH. MR. SPEAKER, BY PASSING H.R. 200, THE HOUSE CAN SUPPORT OUR NATION'S FISHER MEBMEN, OUR AMERICAN CONSUMERS, -- FISHERMEN, OUR AMERICAN CONSUMERS, OVERALL THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:11:24 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. POLIS

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              MR. POLIS

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE FOR H.R. 200, THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE FOR H.R. 200, THE STRENGTHENING FISHING COMMUNITIES AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITY IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ACT. IT SHOULD BE BETTER CALLED THE EMPIER OCEANS ACT. H.R. -- EMPTYIER OCEANS ACT. H.R. 200 ROLLS BACK SCIENCE, CONSERVATION EFFORTS, DESTROYING JOBS, AND WILL HURT OUR FISHERIES AND FISH STOCKS. IT UNDERMINES SUCCESSFUL SUSTAINABLE FISHERY MANAGEMENT THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE BY THE MAGNUSSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT AND THAT'S WHY SO MANY FISHERMEN, SCIENTISTS, BUSINESS OWNERS HAVE COME OUT IN OPPOSITION TO THE EMPTY OCEANS ACT. MANY PEOPLE WHOSE LIVELIHOOD COMES FROM THE SEA HAVE EXPRESSED RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE JOB DESTROYING PROVISIONS OF H.R. 200 AND HOW IT POSES A THREAT TO COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY AND THEIR JOBS. WHICH RELY ON SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES. THE SEAFOOD HARVESTERS OF AMERICA, THE LEADING TRADE ORGANIZATION FOR FISHERMEN, OFFERED A LETTER EXPRESSING THEIR CONCERNS WITH THE BILL. OVER 1,000 INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS. I HAD A NUMBER OF FISHERMEN COME BY MY OFFICE TODAY TELLING ME THIS BILL COULD COST THEM THEIR JOB. SINCE ITS PASSAGE, THE GOAL OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS HAS NEVER WAIVERED MANAGING FISHERIES TO ENSURE SUSTAINIBILITY WHILE OF COURSE REALIZING THE RESOURCE. AND STAKEHOLDERS ON REGIONAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCILS WORK TO MEET THE SCIENCE-BASED CRITERIA OUTLINED BY THE LAW AND WE HAVE SOME SUCCESS WITH THIS APPROACH. SINCE THE YEAR 2000 WE HAVE SEEN 44 PREVIOUSLY DEPLETED FISH STOCKS REBUILT AND CURRENTLY 84% OF FISH STOCKS ARE NO LONGER OVERFISHED. IN 1976, MAGNUSON-STEVENS WAS PASSED AND UNREGULATED FISHING PREDOMINANTLY BY FOREIGN FLEETS AND DEVELOPED OUR OWN AMERICAN FLEETS THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM OUR ABUNDANT FISHERIES AND THE ACT WAS STRENGTHENED IN 1996 AND IN 2006 THROUGH BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATIONS THAT ESTABLISHED SCIENCE-BASED FISHERY MANAGEMENT REFORM. THE 1996 RE-AUTHORIZATION OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS BOLSTERED REQUIREMENTS OF OVERFISHING AND REBUILT FISH STOCKS AND IN 2006 A BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATION MADE THE COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES INCLUDING CATCH LIMITS AND THOSE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS SUCCEEDED THAT HELPED CREATE THE SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES THAT HELP SUPPORT COASTAL ECONOMIES ACROSS AMERICA. UNFORTUNATELY, UNLIKE PAST RE-AUTHORIZATIONS, H.R. 200 WAS CRAFTED THROUGH A PARTISAN COMMITTEE PROCESS INTENT ON DISMANTLING OF THE PROGRESS MADE BY MAGNUSON-STEVENS OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS. IN FACT, THE BILL WAS REPORTED ON A PARTY LINE FOR, REPUBLICANS FOR, DEMOCRATS AGAINST, WHILE NOT COMING UP WITH A BROAD BIPARTISAN APPROACH AS THIS BILL HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN DONE THAT SUPPORTS BEFORE COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING INTERESTS AND MAINTAINING SCIENCE-BASED REFORMS AROUND SUSTAINIBILITY. SADLY, H.R. 200 INSERTS POLITICS INTO HOW WE MANAGE OUR FISHERIES IN SEVERAL CRUCIAL AREAS, ERODES THE ROLE SCIENCE PLAYS IN MANAGING OUR FISHERIES. THE BILL GUTS SCIENCE-BASED ANNUAL CATCH LIMIT REQUIREMENTS THROUGH THE CREATION OF MANY EXEMPTIONS FOR KEY SPECIES. THESE EXEMPTIONS INCLUDE MANY SMALLER FISH THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL AS PREY FOR VALUABLE COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PREDATOR SPECIES AS PART OF A DELICATELY BALANCED ECOSYSTEM. . . HUNDREDS OF OTHER SPECIES ARE EXEMPTED THROUGH THIS BILL WHICH DRAMATICALLY INCREASES THE CHANCES THAT OVERFISHING WILL OCCUR. LEADING TO THE DEVASTATION BOTH FOR SPORTSMEN AND COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN. CATCH LIMITS ARE IMPORTANT TO HELP CONSERVE FISHERIES THAT ARE AMONG THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PROVISIONS OF THE ACT. BY ERODING THOSE PROVISIONS, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW FOR A LONG-TERM DEPLETION OF FISH STOCKS, IT CAN DEVASTATE THE ECONOMIES OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES, DESTROY JOBS, AND THREATEN THE RECOVERY AND STABILITY OF OUR OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS. THIS BILL ALSO WEAKENS THE DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS THAT ENSURE THAT DATA-DRIVEN, SCIENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT IS USED FOR OUR FISHERIES. DATA IS CURRENTLY COLLECTED THROUGH A BROAD RANGE OF SOURCES AND THE DETERMINATION OF THE BEST AVAILABLE DATA IS USED BY NOAA FISHERIES AND THE DOWN SILLS. H.R. 200 WOULD WEAKEN DATA COLLECTION PROCESSES AND HARM THE ROLE OF SCIENCE IN SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT OF OUR FISHERY RESOURCES. WEAKENING SCIENCE-BASED PROVISIONS IS ONLY ONE OF THE WAYS THIS BILL INSERTS POLITICS INTO WHAT SHOULD BE A SCIENTIFIC QUESTION, THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR FISHERIES. THIS BILL NOT ONLY ERODES SCIENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, BUT IT ROLLS BACK MEANINGFUL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONALING ANLARIES. LARGE GROUPS REPRESENTING A FEW MEMBERS OF THE FISHING COMMUNITY AND BUSINESSES THAT SELL EQUIPMENT AND BOATS, WANT TO SEE THAT THESE JOBS ARE SUSTAINED OVER TIME. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE RECREATIONAL BOATING AND FISHING FOUNDATION RELEASED IN MAY OF 2018, PARTICIPATION IN RECREATIONAL FISHING IS INCREASED FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. 49 MILLION AMERICANS WENT FISHING IN 2017. AN INCREASE OVER THE PRIOR YEAR. SO THE RECREATIONAL SIDE IS STRONG UNDER THE CURRENT PROVISIONS OF MAGNUSON STEVENS AND OF COURSE RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN ARE NOT THE ONLY BENEFICIARIES OF THE SCIENCE-BASED APPROACH. U.S. SALE OF BOATS AND MARINE PRODUCTS INCREASED 7% SINCE THE LAST PASSAGE IN 2016. SO FROM 2016 TO 2017 WE SAW A NUMBER OF STATES, FLORIDA, TEXAS, MICHIGAN, NORTH CAROLINA, MINNESOTA, CALIFORNIA, WISCONSIN, SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA, WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASES IN THE SALES OF NEW BOATS, ENGINES, TRAILERS AND ACCESSORIES, CREATING GOOD JOBS FOR AMERICANS. RECREATIONAL ANGLERS AND THE BUSINESSES THAT LIE UPON THEIR SUPPORT ARE DOING WELL AND LIVE -- THAT RELY UPON THEIR SUPPORT ARE DOING WELL AND THRIVING. THIS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF SCIENCE-BASED FISHERY PRACTICES FOSTERED BY MAGNUSON THAT THIS BILL WOULD SYSTEMICALLY DISMANTLE, DESTROYING GOOD AMERICAN JOBS. INSTEAD OF DESTROYING JOBS, WHAT THE ACT DOES IS ENSURE THAT OUR MARITIME INDUSTRIES WILL THRIVE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS, U.S. INITIAL ISNER -- FISHERIES ARE STABILIZING AND REBOUNDING. WITH THE BILL WORKING AS INTENDED, IT WOULD BE ABSURD TO PASS THIS BILL AND ROLL BACK THESE VERY POLICIES THAT HAVE LED TO JOB CREATION AND GROWTH, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN AND BETTER SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES OF ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT. THE OCEAN OPENS ACT -- THE EMPTY OCEANS ACT ALSO INSERTS DANGEROUS LOOPHOLES IN THE MAGNUSON AND IT IS INCLUDING EXEMPTIONS TO REBUILDING REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE HELPED RECOVER SUCCESSFULLY DEPLETED FISH STOCKS. H.R. 200 POTENTIALLY EXEMPTS HUNDREDS OF SPECIES FROM ANNUAL CATCH LIMITS. THAT CAN DRAMATICALLY INCREASE OVERFISHING. AND OVERFISHING MAY SEEM TO SOME LUCRATIVE OR TO SOME FUN IN THE SHORT TERM. BUT OF COURSE IT HAS DEVASTATING AND NONSUSTAINABLE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES THAT ECONOMICALLY DEPEND ON THE VITAL INDUSTRIES OF RECREATIONAL FISHING AND SPORTS FISHING. THESE EXEMPTIONS INCREASE THE CHANCE OF OVERFISHING AND LENGTHEN THE TIME IT TAKES TO REBUILD DEPLETED STOCKS TO HEALTHY LEVELS, IF EVER. THESE LOOPHOLES HAVE A DEVASTATING EFFECT AS WELL ON COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY AND ON CONSUMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT ENJOY EATING HEALTHY FISH. IN 2015 COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL SALT WATER FISHING GENERATED $208 BILLION IN REVENUE, SUPPORTED 1.6 MILLION JOBS, AND SUPPORTED THE HEALTHY DINING HABITS OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CONSUMERS, BILLIONS WORLDWIDE. THESE ECONOMIC BENEFITS NOT ONLY SUPPORT RECREATIONAL ANGLERS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING INTERESTS, BUT ENTIRE TOWNS AND CITIES THAT RELY ONERMEN, RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL, AS THE ENTIRE HUB OF THEIR ECONOMY. IF THE EMPTY OCEANS ACT WERE TO PASS, THE LONG-TERM PROSPECTS OF SO MANY COMMUNITIES COULD BE DEVASTATED. SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A THOUGHTFUL LOOK AT HOW WE CAN CONTINUE THE BIPARTISAN TRADITION OF BUILDING UPON THE PROGRESS OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. MAKING CONSTRUCTIONS WHERE WE NEED TO. BUT MAKING SURE THAT WE PUT SCIENCE FIRST IN OUR OCEAN STEWARDSHIP AND MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHING. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:20:42 PM

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

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

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN REFERENCED A LETTER FROM THE SEAFOOD…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN REFERENCED A LETTER FROM THE SEAFOOD HARVESTERS OF AMERICA. THEIR LETTER WAS DATED JUNE 21, 2018. THIS GROUP CLAIMS SECTION 12 OF THE BILL REPEALS A SECTION OF THE M.S.A. THERE HASN'T BEEN A SECTION 12 IN THIS BILL SINCE NOVEMBER OF 2017.

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              MR. BYRNE

              THERE IS NO SECTION 12. THE LETTER ALSO CLAIMS THAT SECTION 4 UNDERMINES…

              THERE IS NO SECTION 12. THE LETTER ALSO CLAIMS THAT SECTION 4 UNDERMINES REBUILDING TIMELINES. SECTION 4 OF THIS BILL SIMPLY STATES THAT ALL REFERENCES ON H.R. 200 ARE TO THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING LIKE WHAT'S CLAIMED. AS A MOST EGREGIOUS EXAMPLE THIS GROUP IS SO COMMITTED TO OPPOSING THIS BILL, NO MATTER WHAT CHANGES WE MAKE, THEY'RE REFERENCING A BILL THAT FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSE NOES LONGER EXISTS. THE GENTLEMAN ALSO -- PURPOSES NO LONGER EXISTS. THE GENTLEMAN ALSO SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BILL BEING JOB-DESTROYING. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION OF JOBS. WHEN THE PRESENT REGIME WAS RUNNING THE FISHERY IN THE GULF OF MEXICO FOR RED SNAPPER, THEY LIMITED THE NUMBER OF DAYS FOR FISHING TO SUCH A SMALL NUMBER THAT IT DESTROYED HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS JUST MY PART OF THE GULF COAST WHEN PEOPLE WERE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO GO OUT AND GO SNAPPER FISHING. CHARTER BOAT FOLKS LOST THEIR JOBS. PEOPLE THAT SELL ICE OR BAIT LOST THEIR JOBS. IT WAS THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY THAT WAS DESTROYING JOBS. THIS BILL WILL GIVE US A COMMONSENSE REGIME THAT WILL RESTORE JOBS. SO FAR FROM BEING A JOB-DESTROYING BILL, THIS BILL IS GOING TO CREATE JOBS. THE GENTLEMAN ALSO REFERRED TO A BOTTOMS-UP APPROACH. I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS ISSUE FOR OVER FOUR YEARS. I CAN TELL YOU, THE BOTTOM, WHICH IS US RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN, WE HAVEN'T BEEN LISTENED TO ONE SINGLE TIME BY THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. THEY CLOSED THEIR DOORS IN OUR FACE. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A BOTTOMS-UP APPROACH TO THIS SORT OF THING, THIS BILL SUPPLIES IT. WHAT WE'VE GOT RIGHT NOW CERTAINLY DOESN'T DO IT. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT'S INVOLVED HERE IS WHO DOES THE SCIENCE. DO YOU LET A BUNCH OF FEDERAL SCIENTISTS FAR AWAY FROM WHERE THE FISHERIES ARE MAKE THESE DECISIONS? OR DO YOU LET SCIENTISTS THAT ARE IN THE AREAS WHERE THE FISHERIES EXIST, LET THEM DO THE SCIENCE? I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT JUST ANY TOM, DICK OR HARRY OUT THERE CALLS HIMSELF A SCIENTIST. I'M TALKING ABOUT PH.D. SCIENTIST WITH ACCREDITED UNIVERSITIES WHO KNOW THE FISHERY. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN. SO THAT YOU CAN GET GOOD, ACCURATE DATA. BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE IT TODAY. LET ME GO BACK TO WHAT I SAID INITIALLY ON THE RED SNAPPER ISSUE. THE FEDERAL SCIENTISTS WERE SAMPLING FOR RED SNAPPER ON SANDY BOTTOM. THESE ARE REEF FISH. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO FIND REEF FISH ON SANDY BOTTOM. YOU FIND THEM ON REEFS. AND IF YOU TALK TO REAL SCIENTISTS, THEY'LL TELL YOU THERE'S NO WAY YOU'RE GOING TO GET AN ACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF THIS FISH STOCK IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THEM ON SANDY BOTTOM. YOU'VE GOT TO LOOK FOR THEM ON REEFS. LET ME TELL YOU, THERE ARE OVER 170 GROUPS THAT HAVE SIGNED ON TO BEING SUPPORTIVE OF THIS BILL. I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO READ ALL THE NAMES TO YOU, BUT LET ME JUST READ A FEW. THE FIRST ONE IS THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMEN'S FOUNDATION. I GO TO THEIR EVENTS UP HERE, LIKE MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. WHEN I WAS AT ONE JUST RECENTLY, THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THERE FROM BOTH PARTIES. IT COULDN'T GET TO BE ANY BIGGER AND IT COULDN'T GET TO BE ANY MORE BIPARTISAN. THE COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION. THE PREMIER RECREATIONAL ANGLERS ASSOCIATION IN AMERICA. THE THEODORE ROOSEVELT CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP. THE NATIONAL MARINE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, WHICH THE GENTLEMAN REFERRED TO AS IF THEY WERE OPPOSED TO IT. THEY SUPPORT THE BILL. THE NATIONAL COALITION OF FISHING COMMUNITIES. AND THE GUY HARVEY OCEAN FOUNDATION. THIS IS A VERY BROADLY, DEEPLY SUPPORTED BILL AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY FISHING. NOW, IT MAY NOT BE SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE WHO DON'T FISH AND WHO DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FISHING, BUT FOR THOSE OF US WHO DO FISH, WHETHER WE'RE COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN OR RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN, WE LIKE IT. AND IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DO NOT BELONG TO IT THE CONGRESS AND THEY DO NOT BELONG TO THESE FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES. THEY BELONG TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. AND THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA HAVE A RIGHT TO FISH IN THEIR WATERS. THIS BILL WILL HELP RESTORE THAT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:25:22 PM

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

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

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            • 01:25:27 PM

              MR. POLIS

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARBAJAL.

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            • 01:25:32 PM

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              MR. CARBAJAL.

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              MR. CARBAJAL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING ME TIME…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING ME TIME TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. WHICH PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 200. AS IT IS CURRENTLY WRITTEN, H.R. 200 WOULD UNDERMINE THE CONSERVATION GAINS WE HAVE MADE OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES UNDER THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. M.S.A. TO PREVENT OVERFISHING AND ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES' MANAGEMENT. BEFORE REFORMS WERE MADE TO THE M.S.A. IN 1969 AND 2006, MANY FISHERIES LACKED THE SUSTAINABLE QUOTAS AND REQUIREMENTS TO REBUILD DEPLETED STOCKS. AS A RESULT, COUNTLESS FISHERIES AND FISHERMEN AROUND THE COUNTRY SUFFERED THE CONSEQUENCES. SINCE CONGRESS CHANGED THE LAW TO ENSURE SCIENCE-BASED QUOTAS APPLIED, 44 FISHERIES AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE NOW BEEN RESTORED TO HEALTHY LEVELS. THE NUMBER OF STOCKS THAT REMAINED OVERFISHED IS AT AN ALL-TIME LOW. H.R. 200 WOULD WEAKEN CORE SUSTAINABILITY PROVISIONS OF THE M.S.A. THIS IS A MISGUIDED ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE RECREATIONERMEN SHORT-TERM ACCESS AT THE NEED -- RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN SHORT-TERM ACCESS AT THE NEEDLESS EXPENSE OF OUR FISHERIES. THIS HURTS OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES THAT DEPEND ON A ROBUST FISHING INDUSTRY AND ITS PRODUCTS. ADDITIONALLY, H.R. 200 FAILS TO SUFFICIENTLY FUND STOCK ASSESSMENTS, TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF OUR NATION'S FISHERIES. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE AN ADDITIONAL $25 MILLION FOR STOCK ASSESSMENTS. THESE FUNDS WOULD ALLOW NOAA TO CONDUCT MORE FISHERY SURVEYS WHICH WOULD YIELD BETTER DATA AND CAN HELP REDUCE THE BUFFERS ON FISHING QUOTAS. WITH THIS FUNDING AND RESEARCH, FISHERMEN CAN INCREASE THEIR CATCH RATE WHILE DECREASING THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE SUSTAINABILITY OF A FISHERY. UNFORTUNATELY THE MAJORITY AT THE RULES COMMITTEE DECIDED NOT TO MAKE MY AMENDMENT IN ORDER. LET ME REPEAT THAT. DECIDED NOT TO MAKE MY AMENDMENT IN ORDER. WHICH WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THE HOUSE TO DEBATE THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, AS A REPRESENTATIVE SERVING THE VIBRANT CENTRAL COAST COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY IN CALIFORNIA, I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES --

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            • 01:28:10 PM

              MR. POLIS

              I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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              MR. CARBAJAL

              I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE. I YIELD BACK THE…

              I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:28:19 PM

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              MR. BYRNE

              MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I CAN ASSURE HIM AND EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE, THIS BILL DOESN'T CUT FUNDING TO ANYTHING. IT'S AN AUTHORIZATION BILL AND IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. WITH SOME CHANGES. BUT THOSE CHANGES DO NOT INCLUDE A REDUCTION IN FUNDING. BUT HERE'S THE THING ABOUT FISHING THAT PEOPLE THAT DON'T FISH DON'T UNDERSTAND. THOSE OF US THAT FISH, WE CARE ABOUT THIS FISHERY MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE. BECAUSE IF WE OVERFISH THE STOCK, WE DON'T GET TO FISH ANYMORE. NO ONE HAS A GREATER INTEREST IN MAKING SURE THAT THE SPECIES IN OUR WATERS ARE MAINTAINED THAN THOSE OF US THAT FISH. WHETHER WE'RE COMMERCIAL FINISHERMEN OR RECREATIONAL FINISHERMAN -- FISHERMEN OR RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN. WE BELIEVE, AND IT IS ACTUALLY -- IT HAS ACTUALLY BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO BE TRUE, THAT LOCAL COMMUNITIES, REGIONAL PEOPLE, CAN BETTER REGULATE, BRING SCIENCE TO, THE HEALTH OF THESE FISH STOCK THAN GIVING IT TO SOME BUREAUCRAT IN WASHINGTON THAT DOESN'T KNOW ONE SINGLE THING ABOUT OUR FISHERY. WE CARE. WE CARE DEEPLY BECAUSE IT IS A WAY OF LIFE FOR US. AND THE LAST THING WE WANT TO DO IS DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD HARM THESE FISH STOCK OUT THERE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:29:43 PM

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

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

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            • 01:29:47 PM

              MR. POLIS

              MR. SPEAKER, AS WE APPROACH ANOTHER ELECTION CYCLE, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT…

              MR. SPEAKER, AS WE APPROACH ANOTHER ELECTION CYCLE, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THIS INSTITUTION TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY AND SAFETY IN OUR ELECTIONS. AND THE INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTIONS SYSTEM ITSELF. OUR DEMOCRACY IS BEING THREATENED BY CORPORATIONS, BY SPECIAL INTERESTS, BY FOREIGN POWERS, WHO ARE STRIPPING AWAY POWER FROM OUR PEOPLE AND OUR VOTERS WITH DARK MONEY SPENDING. SECRET SPENDING IN OUR ELECTIONS HAS EXPLODED SINCE THE SUPREME COURT'S 2010 CITIZENS UNITED DECISION, PERMITTING SUPER P.A.C.S AND CERTAIN TAX-EXEMPT GROUPS TO SPEND UNLIMITED SUMS, INCLUDING IN MANY CASES UNDISCLOSED FUNDS. THE RESULT IS UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF SPENDING AND A MIDTERM ELECTION EXPECTED TO BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE EVER. MANY OF THESE GROUPS DON'T EVEN HAVE TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS. ALLOWING WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS AND ELICIT FOREIGN INFLUENCERS TO SECRETLY SPEND UNLIMITED DARK MONEY. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE CICILLINE'S LEGISLATION, H.R. 6239, THE DISCLOSE ACT, WHICH I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF. THIS BICAMERAL BILL WOULD REQUIRE ORGANIZATIONS SPENDING MONEY IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS AND GUARD AGAINST HIDDEN FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR DEMOCRACY. 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.

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            • 01:31:11 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 01:31:13 PM

              MR. POLIS

              TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

              TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE. .

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            • 01:31:23 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:31:26 PM

              MR. POLIS

              I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.…

              I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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            • 01:31:31 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:31:33 PM

              MR. CICILLINE

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS IS BROKEN. EACH DAY MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE LOSING FAITH THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY WORKS FOR THEM. MORE THAN 80% OF AMERICANS SAY THEY CAN'T TRUST WASHINGTON TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THEM. MORE THAN 2/3 FEEL LIKE OUR DEMOCRACY IS GETTING LESS RESPONSIVE UNDER REPUBLICAN CONTROL. AND THEY KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. THEY KNOW THEY'RE CAUGHT IN A SYSTEM THAT'S RIGGED AGAINST THEM. THEIR VOICES ARE IGNORED. THEIR CONCERNS ARE DISMISSED. THEY DON'T EVEN GET A SEAT AT THE TABLE, BUT THE REPUBLICANS WHO CONTROL THIS CHAMBER AREN'T GOING TO FIX IT. THEY'VE GIVEN AWAY ALL THE SEATS AT THE TABLE TO CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS, TO BILLIONAIRES, TO THE BIG BANKS AND BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, AND THAT'S WHY THE INTERESTS OF WORKING PEOPLE ARE NOT BEING PROTECTED. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE ADVANCING THE INTERESTS OF POWERFUL SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO FUND THEIR CAMPAIGNS. THE CORRUPTION OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IN A WAY HAS BECOME BUSINESS AS USUAL IN WASHINGTON, AND IN THIS CASE IT MEANS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS TO THE WELL-CONNECTED CAMPAIGN DONORS. IT MEANS ATTACKS ON WORKERS' RIGHTS AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AND IT MEANS TRYING TO DENY THE RIGHT TO VOTE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME LETTING CORPORATIONS SPEND AS MUCH AS IT TAKES TO KEEP REPUBLICANS IN POWER. BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR REPUBLICANS IS A RAW DEAL FOR THE REST OF US, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE RAW DEAL THEY'VE BEEN GETTING. DEMOCRATS KNOW THAT. WE SHARE THEIR FRUSTRATION. WE KNOW THAT CONGRESS CAN DO BETTER. WE KNOW THAT WE NEED TO CLEAN UP WASHINGTON AND GET A BETTER DEAL FOR OUR DEMOCRACY. DEMOCRATS ARE COMMITTED TO DELIVERING REAL REFORMS TO OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT WILL RESTORE GOVERNMENT BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. AND THAT STARTS WITH FIXING THE WAY CAMPAIGNS ARE RUN IN AMERICA. WE NEED TO BREAK THE STRANGLE HOLD THAT SECRET CORPORATE SPENDING HAS ON OUR ELECTIONS, AND WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO IT RIGHT NOW. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WE'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE ON THE DISCLOSE ACT, ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS OF DELIVERING A BETTER DEAL FOR OUR DEMOCRACY. THE DISCLOSE ACT, WHICH I INTRODUCED ALONG WITH 162 CO-SPONSORS IN THIS CHAMBER, WILL SHINE A LIGHT ON THE UNLIMITED SECRET CORPORATE SPENDING THAT HAS FLOODED AMERICAN ELECTIONS IN RECENT YEARS. THE DISCLOSE ACT IS SIMPLE. IT REQUIRES THAT ORGANIZATIONS THAT SPEND MONEY IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS HAVE TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS. IT CLOSES ONE OF THE BIGGEST LOOPHOLES THAT THE CITIZENS UNITED RULING OPENED. NAMELY, THAT CORPORATIONS, BILLIONAIRES, EVEN FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS CAN SECRETLY FUNNEL HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO 501-C-4'S IN ORDER TO COVERTLY INFLUENCE OUR CAMPAIGNS. THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM. FROM 2004 TO 2016, SECRET POLITICAL SPENDING IN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS INCREASED BY OVER 3,000%. SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER HAS REPORTEDLY INVESTIGATING RIGHT NOW WHETHER VAD MIR PUTIN'S REGIME IN GOVERNMENT SECRETLY FUNNELED MONEY THROUGH THE N.R.A. TO HELP ELECT DONALD TRUMP. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO SPEAKER RYAN'S POLITICAL FUNDRAISING GROUP REPORTED RECEIVING A SINGLE $24.6 MILLION CONTRIBUTION FROM AN ANONYMOUS DONOR. I DON'T KNOW WHO GAVE THE AMERICAN ACTION NETWORK THAT MONEY. YOU DON'T KNOW WHO GAVE THEM THAT MONEY, BUT I HAVE A FEELING WHOEVER DID IS EXPECTING SOMETHING IN RETURN. IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE LOST FAITH IN THIS INSTITUTION AND IN THEIR GOVERNMENT. THEY LOOK TO WASHINGTON AND THEY SEE A RULING PARTY THAT WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO HELP THEIR FRIENDS ON WALL STREET GET AHEAD BUT THEY WON'T LIFT A FINGER FOR FOLKS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. WE CAN RESTORE THE FAITH THAT'S BEEN LOST IN THIS INSTITUTION AND IN OUR GOVERNMENT. WE CAN BUILD A GOVERNMENT THAT'S WORTHY OF THE PEOPLE WE SERVE. WE CAN END THE RULE OF BIG MONEY AND BEGIN A NEW ERA WHERE WORKING PEOPLE GET ALL THE SEATS AT THE TABLE. IF WE WANT TO DO THAT, THE FIRST THING WE NEED TO DO IS MAKE SURE POLITICAL SPENDING HAPPENS OUT IN THE OPEN AND NOT IN TOTAL SECRET. LET'S DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. LET'S HAVE A REAL DEBATE AND SHINE LIGHT ON DARK MONEY IN OUR -- HAVE A REAL DEBATE AND SHINE THE LIGHT ON DARK MONEY IN OUR POLITICS. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:35:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:35:36 PM

              MR. BYRNE

              IF THE GENTLEMAN, THE FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO ADDRESS…

              IF THE GENTLEMAN, THE FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO ADDRESS ISSUES THEY REFERENCED, THEY CAN TAKE ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR ACCOUNTS FOR THEMSELVES SO THEY CAN LEAD BY THEIR EXAMPLE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THEM DO THAT BUT WE'RE HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE FISHERIES OF AMERICA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:35:54 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:35:58 PM

              MR. POLIS

              IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

            • 01:36:00 PM

              MR. BYRNE

              I AM.

            • 01:36:01 PM

              MR. POLIS

              SO, AGAIN, WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER MR.…

              SO, AGAIN, WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER MR. CICILLINE'S AMENDMENT FOR THE DISCLOSE ACT. THAT IS WHY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT BILL TODAY, THE DISCLOSE ACT, AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THIS JOB-DESTROYING BILL AND ANTI-CONSUMER BILL THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN SHINE A LIGHT ON THE DARK MONEY THAT CONTINUES TO PERVADE AND POLLUTE AND DISTORT OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM. I WOULD HOPE THAT THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN AGREE ON. I HOPE MY REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS WILL VOTE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT ONE'S IDEOLOGY IS. WHAT MATTERS IS THERE SHOULD BE TRANSPARENCY IN MONEY IN POLITICS. AND THAT IS A BASIC TENANT THAT I HOPE CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS AND MODERATES CAN AGREE ON AND WE CAN IMMEDIATELY MOVE TO THAT WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND I WILL OFFER THAT AMENDMENT BASED ON THE BILL BY MR. CICILLINE WHICH I'M HONORED TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF. LOOK, THIS IS THE THIRD ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE PROVISIONS OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT THAT PROTECT JOBS AND USE SCIENCE IN DECISIONMAKING WITH REGARD TO MANAGING OUR OCEAN RESOURCES. THESE ATTEMPTS FAILED EVERY TIME. THE BIGGEST REASON THEY FAILED IS THE FRAMEWORK OF MAGNUSON IS WORKING. WE TALKED ABOUT THE INCREASE IN BOAT SALES. WE TALKED ABOUT THE INCREASE IN JOBS. WE TALKED ABOUT THE BENEFITS TO CONSUMERS. I'M SURE THERE'S SOME FINE TUNING TO DO, BUT NOT TIME TO PUSH THE RESET BUTTON AND START OVER DOWN A VERY DANGEROUS PATH THAT WOULD DESTROY JOBS AND THE ENTIRE ECONOMIES OF MANY OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THIS ACT HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL, THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT, IN RESTORING OUR DEPLETED FISHING POPULATIONS, HELPING COMMUNITIES DEVASTATED BY OVERFISHING, GETTING THEM BACK IN BALANCE. SCIENCE-BASED REFORMS OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES HAVE MADE OUR FISHERIES MORE PROFITABLE AND REBUILT OVERFISHED STOCKS AND HAVE BEEN A GREAT BENEFIT TO CONSUMERS. THESE REFORMS HAVE DIRECTLY BENEFITED RECREATIONAL FISHING INTERESTS, AND THAT'S REINFORCED BY THEIR OWN DATA BY THE INDUSTRY. SO WE NEED TO CONTINUE DOWN THE PATH OF THIS AND WE'LL SEE GREATER FINANCIAL GAINS AND SUPPORT IN THE FUTURE. NOAA ESTIMATES THAT FULLY REBUILT FISHERIES WILL ADD $31 BILLION TO OUR ECONOMY AND CREATE 500,000 NEW JOBS. WE NEED A BENCHMARK AND A PATH TO GET THERE, NOT A PATHWAY TO THE PAST OF UNSUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND JOB DESTRUCTION, WHICH THIS BILL DOES. THESE POTENTIAL JOBS AND REVENUES, $31 BILLION, 500,000 JOBS, WOULD SUPPORT THOUSANDS OF COASTAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT AMERICA. CONSUMERS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD FAR OUTWEIGH ANY SHORT-TERM BENEFIT FROM AN EMPTY OCEANS ACT. ONLY THROUGH SCIENCE-BASED FISHERIES MANAGEMENT CAN COASTAL TOWNS AND CITIES REAP ENORMOUS ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS. SO INSTEAD OF THROWING IT AWAY, WE SHOULD BUILD UPON THE FISHERY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL HALTS DECADES OF PROGRESS, ENDS THE SCIENCE-BASED APPROACH. RATHER THAN APPROVING HARMFUL AND DAMAGING MEASURES TO WEAKEN OUR ECONOMY AND HARM THE ENVIRONMENT, LET'S START AGAIN AND BEGIN A TRUE BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATION, AS THIS CONGRESS DID IN 1996, AS THIS CONGRESS DID IN 2006, TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR DISCUSSION OF REQUIRING THAT DONATIONS INTO POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND ALLIED GROUPS HAVE TO BE DISCLOSED AND ALSO VOTE NO ON THE RULE SO WE CAN BEGIN WORK ON A BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATION OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS, BUILDING UPON THE TRADITION OF THIS INSTITUTION AND PUTTING SCIENCE IN THE FRONT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:40:14 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:40:17 PM

              MR. BYRNE

              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS. THERE…

              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS. THERE ARE BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS TO THIS BILL, SO THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. WHAT IS THIS BILL REALLY ABOUT? IT'S ABOUT FREEDOM. IT'S ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO USE THEIR OWN WATERS, TO FISH IN THEIR OWN WATERS, SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE DONE SINCE BEFORE WE WERE A NATION. THERE'S A REALLY GREAT BOOK THAT JUST CAME OUT THAT WON THE PULITZER PRIZE THAT IS CALLED "THE GULF," AND TALKS ABOUT HOW LONG WE'VE BEEN FISHING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND WHAT IT'S MEANT UPON GENERATIONS AND GENERATIONS AMONG COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN. I HAVE COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN IN MY FAMILY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO THEM AND IT'S THEIR WAY OF LIFE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE DO EVERYTHING TO PRESERVE THAT WAY OF LIFE. I'M A RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN AND WE'VE BEEN DOING IT IN MY FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS AND WANT TO PRESERVE THAT AS WELL. MY GRANDFATHER IS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE ALABAMA DEEPSEA FISHING RODEO, ONE OF THE OLDEST AND LARGEST FISHING TOURNAMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT'S REALLY GREAT TO SEE SUMMER AFTER SUMMER, GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN FISHING IN THAT TOURNAMENT, LITERALLY FOR THREE, FOUR, FIVE GENERATIONS, COME DOWN THERE AT DAUPHIN ISLAND AND BRING THE FISH THEY'VE CAUGHT. WHAT HAVE THEY DONE? GONE OUT IN THEIR OWN BOAT AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE, SPEND THE DAY IN THE OPEN AIR, MAYBE TWO, THREE DAYS, AND GOT TIME TO SPEND TOGETHER WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND DO SOMETHING AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO WITHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TRYING TO TELL THEM HOW TO DO IT FOR A COUPLE, 300 YEARS. IT'S TIME FOR US TO RESTORE BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE CONTROL OF THEIR WATERS. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. MR. SPEAKER, I, AGAIN, URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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            • 01:42:17 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

              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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            • 01:42:27 PM

              MR. POLIS

              MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

            • 01:42:32 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YIES WILL -- YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. OPERATE AND PRAUSCLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION, IF ORDERED, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, AND ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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            • 01:42:33 PM

              On ordering the previous question Roll Call 316 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

            • 02:10:03 PM

              House Vote 316 - On Ordering the Previous Question

              Passed (225 - 186)
              Yea
              Nay

              Vote Details: Yea - 225
              Republican - 225

              Vote Details: Nay - 186
              Democratic - 185
              Republican - 1

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

              • 02:10:04 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 225. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 225. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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              • 02:10:05 PM

                On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 317 - Recorded vote pending.

                • 02:10:23 PM

                  MR. POLIS

                  MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                • 02:10:26 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 HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS 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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                • 02:20:04 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            • 02:20:05 PM
              • 02:20:07 PM

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

                • 02:21:20 PM

                  >>

                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER TO ADDRESS THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            • 02:21:23 PM

              MOMENT OF SILENCE

              The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the attack in Annapolis, MD.

              • 02:21:24 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:21:27 PM

                MR. BROWN

                MR. SPEAKER, ON THURSDAY, JUNE 28, A GUNMAN TARGETED A CHERISHED COMMUNITY…

                MR. SPEAKER, ON THURSDAY, JUNE 28, A GUNMAN TARGETED A CHERISHED COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER IN OUR NATION'S FREE PRESS. KILLING FIVE PEOPLE. THE CAPITAL GAZETTE IS ONE OF OUR NATION'S OLDEST NEWSPAPERS, HAVING SERVED MARYLAND'S CAPITAL CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS FOR 291 YEARS. IN FACT, IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST NEWSPAPERS TO PUBLISH THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, ALTHOUGH IT AA PERIOD ON PAGE 2 BECAUSE LOCAL NEWS ALWAYS TOOK PRECEDENCE. THE INDIANAPOLIS COMMUNITY WHICH CONGRESSMAN SARBANES AND I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING IS A TIGHT N.I.T. COMMUNITY. MEN AND WOMEN LOST IN THIS HORRIFIC ATTACK WERE FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS. WE RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF REBECCA SMITH, WHO WAS QUIET, BUT HAD A BIG HEART AND DESCRIBING HERSELF AS A BONUS MOM TO THE BEST KID EVER. JOHN MCNAMARA, WHO WENT BY MAC, WHO LOVED COVERING SPORTS AS MUCH AS PLAYING THEM. JERALD FISHMAN, THE CONSUMMATE NEWSPAPERMAN, WORKING 12 HOURS A DAY OR MORE WHO EDITORIALIZED ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND BECAME VICTIM OF IT. ROB HIAASON, A GIANT IN STATURE AND CHARACTER WHO GENEROUSLY MENTORED YOUNG JOURNALISTS. WENDY WINTERS, A PROLIFIC WRITER, MOTHER OF THREE NAVY OFFICERS, AND AMERICAN HERO WHO CHARGED AT THE GUNMAN AND SAVED LIVES. THOSE WHO WERE SENSELESSLY GUNNED DOWN WERE MEMBERS OF OUR VALUED LOCAL PRESS CORPS. IN AMERICA WE CHERISH AND VALUE OUR FREE AND INDEPENDENT PRESS. IT IS A CRUCIAL PILLAR OF OUR DEMOCRACY. WE SHOULD NOT TOLERATE THREATS AND HATRED DIRECTED AT THE MEDIA AND SHOULD SUPPORT THOSE WHO BRING US THE NEWS EVERY DAY. TODAY WE ALSO HONOR THE BRAVE AND SWIFT ACTION BY FIRST RESPONDERS WHO WERE ON THE SCENE WITHIN ONE MINUTE OF 9-1-1 CALLS. TODAY WE HONOR THE ENDURING COURAGE OF THE CAPITAL THE SCENE WITHIN GAZETTE STAFF. THEIR DEDICATION AND SERVICE TO THEIR READERS AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO A VIBRANT FREE PRESS ARE A TRIBUTE TO THEIR PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONALISM AND TO THE RESILIENCE OF THE INDIANAPOLIS COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK THE HOUSE TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO HONOR REBECCA, JOHN, GERALD, ROB, WENDI, AND ALL THOSE IMPACTED BY THE SHOOTING AT THE CAPITAL GAZETTE.

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              • 02:23:59 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL THOSE IN THE CHAMBER TO RISE FOR A MOMENT OF…

                THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL THOSE IN THE CHAMBER TO RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

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            • 02:24:19 PM

              UNFINISHED BUSINESS

              The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 985, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.

              • 02:24:20 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED…

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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              • 02:24:25 PM

                Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 985 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 50) to provide for additional safeguards with respect to imposing Federal mandates, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3281) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities, and for other purposes."

                • 02:24:35 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 163, HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                  HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 163, HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 50, TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS WITH RESPECT TO IMPOSING FEDERAL MANDATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS H.R. 3281, TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE THE TRANSFER TO NONFEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF APPROPRIATE RECLAMATION PROJECTS OR FACILITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 02:24:50 PM

                On ordering the previous question Roll Call 318 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                • 02:25:06 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

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

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                • 02:31:19 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 02:31:19 PM
              • 02:31:21 PM

                On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 319 - Recorded vote pending.

                • 02:31:44 PM

                  MRS. TORRES

                  I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                • 02:31:46 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 HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                • 02:38:49 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, AND THE NAYS ARE 183. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, AND THE NAYS ARE 183. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 02:38:50 PM
              • 02:38:52 PM

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

              • 02:38:53 PM

                ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP

                Mrs. Blackburn asked unanimous consent that she may hereafter be the first sponsor of H.R. 1898, a bill originally introduced by Representative Meehan, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.

                • 02:39:09 PM

                  MRS. BLACKBURN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HERE AFTER BE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HERE AFTER BE CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 1898 --

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                • 02:39:21 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS, PLEASE, TO THE BACK…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS, PLEASE, TO THE BACK OF THE CHAMBER, OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLELADY WILL RESUME.

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                • 02:39:40 PM

                  MRS. BLACKBURN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HEREAFTER BE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HEREAFTER BE CONSIDERED THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 1898, A BILL ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MEEHAN OF PENNSYLVANIA, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADDING SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 13.

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                • 02:40:01 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 02:40:13 PM

                  Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                  • 02:40:24 PM

                    MR. ROYCE

                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN ABE FOREIGN AFFAIRS…

                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN ABE FOREIGN AFFAIRS BE DISCHARGED -- AFFAIRS BE DISCHARGED FROM HOUSE RESOLUTION 256.

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                  • 02:40:38 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    HOUSE RESOLUTION 256, EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE COUNTRIES OF EASTERN…

                    HOUSE RESOLUTION 256, EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE COUNTRIES OF EASTERN EUROPE AND THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION.

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                • 02:40:42 PM

                  Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 256 — "Expressing support for the countries of Eastern Europe and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization."

                  • 02:40:46 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION TO THE RESOLUTION?

                  • 02:40:51 PM

                    MR. ENGEL

                    MR. SPEAKER, RESERVING -- MR. SPEAKER, RESERVING MY RIGHT TO OBJECT AND I…

                    MR. SPEAKER, RESERVING -- MR. SPEAKER, RESERVING MY RIGHT TO OBJECT AND I DON'T INTEND TO OBJECT. I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK THE CHAIRMAN --

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                  • 02:40:59 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:41:01 PM

                    MR. ENGEL

                    THANK YOU. I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THIS…

                    THANK YOU. I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MARKED UP THIS RESOLUTION A WHILE BACK. IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY, AND WE WERE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT IT MIGHT COME UP FOR DEBATE ON TUESDAY UNDER SUSPENSION. THAT'S WHAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED. MARKED UP THIS MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THIS IN THE HOUSE BEFORE THE NATO SUMMIT MEETING BEGAN THIS MORNING AND SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THIS BODY STANDS WITH NATO, THAT WE SUPPORT THIS ALLIANCE, THAT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN HISTORY, THAT OUR ALLIES CAN COUNT ON AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND AMERICAN RESOLVE. INSTEAD, WE'RE RUSHING IT THROUGH TODAY AFTER THE SUMMIT IS HALFWAY OVER AND AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS AGAIN INSULTED OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS ON THE GLOBAL STAGE. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. IT SHOULD NOT BE SWEPT UNDER THE RUG, BUT BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THIS BODY STAND UP FOR NATO, EVEN IF WE'RE LATE TO THE GAME, I WITHDRAW MY RESERVATION.

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                  • 02:41:58 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE RESERVATION IS WITHDRAWN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:42:02 PM

                    MR. ROYCE

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

                • 02:42:03 PM

                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Royce (CA), to strike all after the resolving clause and insert new text.

                  • 02:42:08 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

                  • 02:42:10 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    AMENDMENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 256 OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA.…

                    AMENDMENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 256 OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA. STRIKE ALL AFTER THE RESOLVING CLAUSE AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING -- RESOLVED, THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES --

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                  • 02:42:22 PM

                    MR. ROYCE

                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

                  • 02:42:24 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH.…

                    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM EXTRASEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 02:42:25 PM

                On agreeing to the Royce (CA) amendment; Agreed to without objection.

                • 02:42:39 PM

                  On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                  • 02:42:40 PM

                    MR. ROYCE

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

                  • 02:42:40 PM

                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Royce (CA), to strike the preamble and insert new text.

                    • 02:42:43 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE THE AMENDMENT TO THE PREAMPLE.

                    • 02:42:46 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      AMENDMENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 256 OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA.…

                      AMENDMENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 256 OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA. STRIKE THE PREAMBLE AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING --

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                • 02:42:49 PM

                  On agreeing to the Royce (CA) amendment; Agreed to without objection.

                  • 02:42:53 PM

                    MR. ROYCE

                    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

                  • 02:42:57 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT OF THE PREAMPLE IS…

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT OF THE PREAMPLE IS AGREED TO AND THE -- PREAMBLE IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON THE POSTPONED QUESTION AT A LATER TIME.

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                  • 02:43:05 PM

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

                    • 02:43:06 PM

                      The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

                      • 02:43:15 PM

                        The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

                        • 02:44:22 PM

                          Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2075 — "To adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area in the State of Oregon to facilitate fire prevention and response activities in order to protect adjacent private property, and for other purposes."

                          • 02:44:34 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 02:44:37 PM

                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                        • 02:44:38 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2075.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 27 H.R. 27 5 AS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 27 H.R. 27 5 AS AMEND THE.

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                          • 02:44:47 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT TITLE OF THE BILL.

                          • 02:44:50 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 2301. H.R. 2075, A BILL TO ADJUST THE EASTERN…

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 2301. H.R. 2075, A BILL TO ADJUST THE EASTERN BOUNDARY OF THE DECHUTE CHANON FALLS WILDERNESS STUDY AREA IN OREGON TO FACILITATE FIRE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE ACTIVITIES TO PROTECT ADJACENT PRIVATE PROPERTY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                          • 02:45:06 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND…

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                          • 02:45:18 PM

                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                            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 INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                          • 02:45:27 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 02:45:28 PM

                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                          • 02:45:30 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:45:32 PM

                            MR. MCCLINTOK

                            MR. SPEAKER, CROOKED RIVER RANCH IS A RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY HOME TO…

                            MR. SPEAKER, CROOKED RIVER RANCH IS A RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY HOME TO APPROXIMATELY 5,500 PEOPLE. IT'S LOW KUWAITED BETWEEN THE DECHUTE AND CROOKED RIVERS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, OREGON. BECAUSE OF THIS GEOGRAPHY, THERE IS ONLY ONE ALL-WEATHER ROAD IN AND OUT OF CROOKED RIVER RANCH. RIGHT NEXT TO THIS COMMUNITY ALONG THE RIVER IS A ROUGHLY 3,200 ACRE CANYON STEELHEAD FALLS WILDERNESS STUDY AREA, WHICH IS MANAGED OR MORE ACCURATELY IS MISMANAGED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. THIS POSES A VERY REAL RISK FOR CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES IN LARGE PART BECAUSE THE WILDERNESS STUDY AREA REGULATIONS GREATLY RESTRICT ESSENTIAL MEASURES FOR BOTH FIRE MITIGATION AND FIREFIGHTING. FOR EXAMPLE, IN A WILDERNESS, OR WILDERNESS STUDY AREA, YOU CAN'T USE MECKIANIZED OR MOTORIZED EQUIPMENT OR TRANSPORT. THIS INCLUDES CHAIN SAUCE AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL GENERATORS, TRUCKS, AND LARGE EQUIPMENT ESSENTIAL TO FUELS MANAGEMENT. YOU CAN'T EVEN USE THIS EQUIPMENT TO CUT FIRE BREAKS. YOU CAN'T BUILD FIRE ROADS. YOU CAN'T DO MECHANICAL THINNING OF EVEN USE THIS VEGETATION. AND EVEN THE HAND THINNING THAT'S ALLOWED IN SUCH AREAS IS LIMITED. ABSENT A WAIVER FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, FIREFIGHTERS CAN'T DROP FIRE RETARDANT OR USE BULLDOZERS TO CREATE FIRE BREAKS IN A WILDERNESS STUDY AREA DURING A A FIRE. TRAGICALLY THE NEGLECT MANDATED BY THESE REQUIREMENTS HAS MADE OUR WILDERNESS AREAS FIRETRAPS JUST WAITING FOR A LIGHTNING FLASH OR CARELESS MATCH. H.R. 20735 AUTHORED BY CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, WHICH SLIGHTLY MODIFY THE EASTERN BOUNDARY OF THE STEELHEAD FALLS 20735 WILDERNESS STUDY AREA, MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO MANAGE THE LAND PROPERLY TO REDUCE FUEL LOADS THAT THREATEN THE NEIGHBORHOODS IN CROOKED RIVER RANCH. THE BOUNDARY CHANGE RETUESDAYED TO W.S.A. BY ABOUT 830 ACRES. BUT THIS SMALL CHANGE WILL PROMOTE PUBLIC SAFETY, ALLOW FOR MORE EFFICIENT FUELS TREATMENTS ON THE LANDS IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO CROOKED RIVER RANCH, AND GIVE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FLEXIBILITY TO LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS SHOULD FIRE BREAK OUT IN THAT AREA. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND THIS BILL WILL CLEARLY HELP PROTECT THE LIVES AND PROPERTY OF THE THOUSANDS OF ROOKED RIVER RANCH RESIDENTS FROM WILDFIRE. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN WALDEN FOR HIS WORK TO PROVIDE A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION TO A VERY REAL PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:48:09 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 02:48:13 PM

                            MR. GRIJALVA

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                          • 02:48:17 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:48:19 PM

                            MR. GRIJALVA

                            THANK YOU. THE CROOKED RIVER RANCH FIRE PROTECTION ACT REMOVES 830 ACRES…

                            THANK YOU. THE CROOKED RIVER RANCH FIRE PROTECTION ACT REMOVES 830 ACRES FROM A WILDERNESS STUDY AREA IN CENTRAL OREGON. THE LAND IS ADJACENT TO A RURAL SUBDIVISION AND REMOVAL FROM W.S.A. WILL ARGUABLY MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND THE B.L.M. TO PLAN WILDFIRE MITIGATION PROJECTS. WHILE WE TAKE ISSUE WITH THE POINT THAT THE W.S.A. DESIGNATION LIMITS MECHANICAL THINNING AND OTHER NECESSARY FOREST TREATMENTS, THE AREA IS NOT SUITABLE FOR WILDERNESS DESIGNATION AND RELEASE FROM THE W.S.A. MAKES SENSE. HOWEVER, WE STILL HAVE CONCERNS WITH THIS BILL BECAUSE IT IGNORES A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS THAT WAS TRYING TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE ENTIRE AREA. THAT PLAN WOULD HAVE LED TO LANSING CONVATION GAINS BY DESIGNATING WILLED NERS AND DONE EVEN MORE TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY FROM WILDFIRE BY CREATING A SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREA ADJACENT TO CROOKED RIVER RANCH. UNFORTUNATELY, THE COLLABORATIVE GROUP STALLED OUT AFTER THIS LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED. ONLY CONGRESS CAN PERMANENTLY CHANGE THE STATUS OF THE WILDERNESS STUDY ANDAIRE AND WHENEVER WE CHOOSE TO MAKE A PERMANENT CHANGE, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO CONSIDER THE WHOLE PICTURE AND LISTEN TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS. WHILE IT'S DISAPPOINTING WE AREN'T ABLE TO FULFILL THAT COMMITMENT WITH THIS LEGISLATION, WE UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO PRIORITIZE SAFETY OF THE CROOKED RIVER RANCH RESIDENTS AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:49:47 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN…

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 02:49:54 PM

                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MY REMAINING TIME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS LEGISLATION…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MY REMAINING TIME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE OF THIS THREATENED COMMUNITY, MR. WALDEN OF O OREGON.

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                          • 02:50:04 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:50:06 PM

                            MR. WALDEN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK AND MY FRIEND…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK AND MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS, ESPECIALLY CHAIRMAN BISHOP AS WELL. THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE HAS BEEN TERRIFIC TO WORK WITH ON THIS MEASURE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. THE BILL IS -- THIS IS REALLY AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURE. THIS IS A LIFE AND DEATH MEASURE. THERE ARE MORE THAN 5,000 PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN CROOKED RIVER RANCH. THIS IS AN UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITY IN CENTRAL OREGON. IT'S WEDGED BETWEEN TWO RIVER SYSTEMS, RIVER CANYONS. YOU CAN SEE IT HERE ON THIS MAP. I WANT TO POINT OUT THE TWO RIVERS HERE, IT'S ON A PENINSULA. IT SITS UP. THESE ARE DEEP CANYONS. TO THE WEST OVER HERE IS WHERE THE WILDERNESS STUDY AREA IS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. IT IS JUNIPER, IT IS SAGEBRUSH, IT IS THE MOST VOLATILE FUELS YOU CAN HAVE. UNLIKE HERE IN THE EAST COAST WHERE IN THE SUMMER YOU GET THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY RAIN WITH IT, IN OREGON WE HAVE HUMIDITY WE CALL IT RAIN. IT STAYS IN THE GROUND. IN THE SUMMER WE DON'T GET THAT. WHAT WE GET IS DRY LIGHTNING. AND VERY LITTLE RAIN. WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES OCCUR IN THAT KIND OF VEGETATION, IT EXPLODES. I HAVE TALKED TO THE FIREFIGHTERS. I'LL SHOW YOU WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THIS HAPPENED. THIS IS THE TERRAIN. THE OVERSTOCK JUNIPER. CAN YOU SEE IT OVER HERE. THIS IS VERY VOLATILE TERRAIN. THAT'S GRASS LANDS. AS I SAY THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF OTHER VOLATILE FUELS IN THERE. THIS ISN'T THE HIGHEST RISK CATEGORY FOR EXPOSURE TO CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE. THE WILDFIRE PLANNING COMMUNITY PROTECTION PLAN CALLS IT THAT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY. FIRE SEASON'S ALREADY UNDER WAY IN CENTRAL OREGON. IN FACT, WILDFIRES HAVE ALREADY BURNED 120,000 ACRES. SO FAR THIS YEAR. IT'S JUST GOTTEN STARTED. THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF BURNING ABOUT 2.5 TIMES THE ENTIRE SIZE OF WASHINGTON, D.C. WHAT'S THAT LOOK LIKE? WHEN FIRE GETS INTO THESE JUNIPER, THEY BASICALLY EXPLODE. IT'S VERY VOLATILE. JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF JIM ATKINS TOOK THIS PICTURE OUT OF HIS RIG OF THE GRAHAM FIRE. THIS FIRE NEARBY, NOT RIGHT AT CROOKED RIVER RANCH, BUT IN THE SAME COUNTY, BURNED A FEW WEEKS AGO. IT BURNED TWO HOMES. AND IT TOGETHER BURNED ABOUT 2,000 ACRES. 2,000 ACRES, A COUPLE HOMES BEFORE THEY COULD GET IN AND GET IT OUT. SO WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE WITH THIS LEGISLATION IS REMOVING 83 ACRES. THAT'S IT. .003 OF ALL THE W.S.A.'S IN OREGON, 832 ACRES. WE'RE SAYING WE'RE GOING TO TAKE IT BACK TO THE RIM OF THE CANYON AND ON THAT FLAT LAND YOU CAN GO IN AND THIN OUT THESE JUNIPERS AND GET IT BACK WHERE YOU CAN DO FIRE MANAGEMENT. WHEN I TALKED TO THE FIRE CHIEFS AND CREWS THERE, THEY HAVE TOLD ME, LOOK N. THIS COMMUNITY OF 5,000 THERE IS ONE ROAD IN AND OUT. AND IF YOU GOT A FIRE THAT BLOWS UP LIKE THIS ON THE PENINSULA, ON THE END, FIRE CHIEF'S BASICALLY SAID IF THE CONDITIONS ARE WRONG AND THERE IS WIND, I'M NOT GOING TO PUT MY FIREFIGHTERS' LIVES AT RISK. SO WE WILL PROBABLY NOT GO IN AND FIGHT THAT FIRE. WE'LL TRY AND GET PEOPLE OUT. CAN YOU IMAGINE ON A TWO LANE ROAD TRYING TO EVACUATE OVER 5,000 PEOPLE WITH A MONSTER FIRE BREATHING DOWN YOUR BACK? THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO AVOID HERE. THIS W.S.A. WAS DETERMINED IN 1992 BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT FOREST SERVICE TO NOT BE SUITABLE FOR INCLUSION AS WILDERNESS. THEY SAID, NOPE, DOESN'T MEET THE CRITERIA. SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED. THE WAY FEDERAL LAW WORKS, ONCE THE AGENCY DECIDES TO STUDY ONE OF THESE AREAS, ALL THE RESTRICTIONS COME ON THE LAND. AS YOU HAVE HEARD FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THAT MEANS, AT LEAST OUR SIDE, THAT MEANS YOU CAN'T GO IN AND DO MECHANICAL THINNING, YOU CAN'T DO THE WORK WE NEED TO DO. IF THERE IS A FIRE, IT TAKES ALL KINDS OF PERMISSION TO DROP THE RETARDANT OR GET IN THERE WITH MECHANICAL MEANS. ALL WE'RE SAYING IS LET'S BACK THAT UP 832 ACRES, ALONG THE RIM LINE, SEND PEOPLE IN, THIN THIS BACK TO WHERE IT'S IN BALANCE, AND WILL NOT CAUSE DEVASTATING WILDFIRE TO CONSUME CAUSE DEVASTATING WILDFIRE TO CONSUME CROOKED RIVER RANCH. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THAT DOES OCCUR. YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS TRAGEDY FROM MY FRIEND'S HOME STATE, SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA. YOU DON'T THINK FIRES ARE MONSTERS AND KILL CANNERS AND DEADLY? LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS COMMUNITY. THE HOMES AND LIVES THAT WERE LOST. THIS IS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO PREVENT FROM HAPPENING AT CROOKED RIVER RANCH. WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THE HOUSE IS GOING TO SHOW ITS WILL TODAY AND I THINK OVERWHELMINGLY TO SAY, THIS IS A MAJOR, THOUGHTFUL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. ENORMOUS SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTY THAT WILL PREVENT A SANTA ROSA FROM OCCURRING AT CROOKED RIVER RANCH. REMEMBER THERE IS ONE WAY IN AND ONE WAY OUT. 5,500 PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THIS AREA. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS. YOU AND YOUR STAFF HAVE BEEN TERRIFIC. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I KNOW WE HAVE SOME DIFFERENCES ABOUT ADDING OTHER THINGS IN. THAT CAN BE DEALT WITH, DISCUSSED ANOTHER TIME. WE HAVE A SERIOUS AND DEADLY THREAT STARING US DOWN EVERY SUMMER. WE'VE GOT FIRES ALREADY BURNING IN THE NIRA. -- IN THE AREA. YOU WANT TO SAVE LIVES, PREVENT DEADLY FIRES, THIS IS THE BILL TO DO IT. THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT. LET'S GET IT DONE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 02:55:59 PM

                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                            I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO YIELDED BACK. MR. SPEAKER, ON…

                            I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO YIELDED BACK. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE MORE THAN 5,000 RESIDENTS OF THE CROOKED RIVER RANCHEANCH NAME OF COMMON SENSE I ASK FOR PASSAGE OF THIS VITAL PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:56:13 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 20E75. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. QUESTION IS, WILL 2075 AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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                        • 02:56:29 PM

                          On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

                          • 02:56:32 PM

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

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                              The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY SENATE TO INFORM…

                                MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS AGREED TO THE CONFERENCE ON 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.

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                            • 02:56:58 PM

                              The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to a Conference on H.R. 5895.

                              • 02:57:24 PM

                                Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 965. H.R. 200 — "To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen, and for other purposes."

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                              • 02:57:29 PM

                                Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 200. Motion to recommit with or without instructions allowed. The resolution makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill. The resolution makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  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 INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 200.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 AND RULE 18 RBLINGTS…

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 AND RULE 18 RBLINGTS THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 200. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                              • 02:57:39 PM

                                House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 965 and Rule XVIII.

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                                  The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Bost to act as Chairman of the Committee.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 200. WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    A BILL NEEND THE MAVENS FISHING AND CONSERVATION ACT, TO PROVIDE STABILITY…

                                    A BILL NEEND THE MAVENS FISHING AND CONSERVATION ACT, TO PROVIDE STABILITY FOR FISHERMEN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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                              • 02:58:35 PM

                                GENERAL DEBATE

                                The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 200.

                                • 02:58:40 PM

                                  MR. YOUNG

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

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, TODAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 200,…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, TODAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 200, TO STRENGTHENING FISHERIES COMMUNITIES, INCREASING FLEXIBILITY AND FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ACT. MR. CHAIRMAN, AS ONE OF THE SPONSORS OF THE ORIGINAL BILL WAY BACK IN 1975, AND FOUGHT TO SECURE ENACTMENT IN 1976, I CAN SAY IT'S PROBABLY THE MOST SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATION THAT EVER PASSED THIS HOUSE TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE YIELD FISHERIES FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I FIRST VOTED -- VOTE WHAT WOULD BECOME THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT AND HASN'T BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED SINCE 2006. FOR SIX YEARS I HAVE WORKED WITH MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO IMPROVE THIS LEGISLATION. I KNOW SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL SAY I DIDN'T DO ENOUGH TO ENSURE THE ACT RETAINS THE STRONG BIPARTISAN NATURE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY. WHILE IT'S TRUE THAT THE VERSION OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT THAT BECAME LAW PASSED THE HOUSE UNDER SUSPEND THE RULES, THE ORIGINAL BILL PASSED THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AFTER A LONG MARKUP BY A VOTE OF 26-15, WITH ONLY FOUR DEMOCRATS VOTING IN FAVOR OF THE BILL. SO AT THIS POINT -- SO THIS POINT THAT THE PREVIOUS RE-AUTHORIZATIONS WERE NONCONTROVERSIAL AND NONPARTISAN IS NOT TRUE. MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 200, WOULD MAKE A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ORIGINAL ACT IN ORDER TO ENSURE A PROPER BALANCE BETWEEN THE BIOLOGICAL NEEDS OF FISH STOCKS AND THE ECONOMIC NEEDS OF FISHERMEN AND COASTAL COMMUNITIES. . IT GIVES DOWN SILLS THE PROPER TOOLS NECESSARY TO MANAGE THEIR FISHERIES, WILL SUPPORT A MORROW BUST SEAFOOD INDUSTRY AND GREAT JOB CREATION ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS LEGISLATION ALLOWS ADDED FLEXIBILITY FOR FISHERY MANAGERS TO REBUILD DEPLETED FISHERIES, MORE TRANSPARENCY FOR FISHERMEN IN SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT, AND A REQUIREMENT FOR NOAA TO PROVIDE BETTER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HOW FEES ARE COLLECTED AND USED. IT ALSO AUTHORIZES APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE ACT OF FIVE YEARS. I'M PROUD TO SAY MY BILL PROTECTS OUR COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHERIES' INTERESTS AND WILL ALLOW COUNCILS TO DO THEIR JOB IN A MORE STREAMLINED AND EFFECTIVE MANNER. MY BILL WOULD AMEND THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION ACT. IT ALLOWS THE REGIONAL MANAGERS OF FISHING, THE LAW GIVES GUIDANCE THROUGH THE NATIONAL STANDARDS AND CREATES THE PROCESS THAT ALLOWS THE COUNCILS TO DEVELOP FISHERIES' MANAGEMENT PLANS. THIS LEGISLATION WAS WRITTEN FOR FISHERMEN TO ENSURE THEY'RE ABLE TO CATCH SUSTAINABLE YIELDS OF FISH FOR THE COMMUNITIES. IT IS CRITICAL FOR THE PROTECTION OF COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND FOR ALLOWING THE STAKEHOLDERS TO BE PART OF THE MANAGEMENT OF FISHERIES. TO ADDRESS THE EVER-CHANGING NEEDS OF FISHERIES IN FISHING COMMUNITIES, CONGRESS HAS PASSED VARIOUS AMENDMENTS TO THIS ACT. CHANGES WERE BASED ON KNOWLEDGE OF THE TIMES GAINED THROUGH EXPERIENCE, IMPROVEMENTS IN SCIENCE, AND BETTER MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES. IN THE MID 1900'S, 1990'S, THE CONGRESS ADDRESSED OVERFISHING, INCLUDING PROTECTIONS OF HABITAT, IMPROVEMENT FOR FISHERY SCIENCE, AND REDUCTION IN BICATCH. THESE ARE THE -- WERE THE ISSUES OF THE TIME AND THEY WERE ADDRESSED AS NEEDED. ONE OF THESE PROBLEMS ALSO INCLUDED A LACK OF RESOURCES OF FUND STOCK ASSESSMENT TO PROVIDE NEEDED DATA TO THE REGIONAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCILS. SOMETHING THAT CONTINUES AS AN ISSUE TODAY. THE ACT WAS LAST AMENDED IN 2007. CONGRESS INCLUDED MEASURES THAT SET SCIENCE--BASED ANNUAL LIMITS, INCLUDING A REQUIREMENT TO END OVERFISHING WITHIN TWO YEARS. ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES WERE ADOPTED WHICH MEANT HARVEST REDUCTION, HARVEST LEVELS WERE EXCEEDED. TO WORK -- WORK TO DEVELOP H.R. 200 BEGAN SIX YEARS AGO. THE COMMITTEE HELD OVER A DOZEN HEARINGS, WITH TESTIMONY FROM 100 WITNESSES. AS WITH THE PAST RE-AUTHORIZATION IN LINE WITH THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ACT, TO BALANCE CONSERVATION WITH ECONOMIC USE OF THE RESOURCES. H.R. 200 TAKES A MIDDLE OF THE ROAD APPROACH TO FISHERIES MANAGEMENT. WHILE SOME TODAY MAY COMPLAIN THE BILL'S FLEXIBILITY ROLLS BACK SCIENTIFIC PROTECTIONS, THAT STATEMENT IS NOT ACCURATE. THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE BILL IS BASED ON SCIENCE. REBUILDING THE FISH STOCKS WILL BE BASED ON THE BIOLOGICAL -- BIOLOGY OF FISH STOCK. MAR VEST LEVELS WILL STILL BE BASED ON SCIENCE -- HARVEST LEVELS WILL STILL BE BASED ON SCIENCE. THE REGIONAL COUNCILS WILL BE CONTINUING TO FOLLOW RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY. DURING EVERY RE-AUTHORIZATION CYCLE, THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT IS UPDATED TO BE CLOSELY IN SYNC WITH CURRENT-DAY SCIENCE. MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES AND KNOWLEDGE. AS THE FISHERMEN COMMUNITIES, THE COUNCIL ON FISHING MANAGERS DEVELOPED BETTER TECHNIQUES AND LEARNED LESSONS FROM IMPLEMENTING THE LAW. CONGRESS CAN TAKE THAT KNOWLEDGE TO IMPROVE THE LAW. FLEXIBILITY IS A CORNER STONE OF THE LAW. MAGNUSON-STEVENS PROMOTES REGIONAL FLEXIBILITY THAT RECOGNIZES DIFFERING OCEAN CONDITIONS, VARIATIONS OF REGIONAL FISHERIES, DIFFERENT HARVESTING METHODS, MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES, AND DISTINCT COMMUNITY IMPACTS. AGAIN, I WANT TO STRESS THIS BILL WAS WRITTEN FOR FISHING COMMUNITIES, NOT FOR INTEREST GROUPS. I WILL NOT STAND BY AND WATCH OTHER INTEREST GROUPS HIJACK THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, TAKING AWAY THE SUSTAINABLE CONCEPT OF OUR FISHERIES. AND THE HEALTHY CON CEMENT OF OUR FISHERIES AND THE HEALTHY CONCEPT OF OUR COMMUNITIES FOR OTHER CAUSES. WHILE MY NAME WILL BE ON THE BILL AS A SPONSOR, WE ALL KNOW THAT BRINGING LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR IS A GROUP EFFORT AND WE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY TALKING ABOUT FISH WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF OTHER MEMBERS. AND A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HARD WORK FROM STAFF. SO I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN BISHOP AND EVEN CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN AND HIS STAFF. I HAD TO SAY THAT. THE BILL'S CO-SPONSORS ARE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. LISA, CHARLES, RICHIE, BILL AND FORMER STAFFER DAVE. THE MEMBERS OF MY STAFF, MIKE AND MARTHA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT WHEN WE -- BEFORE WE HAD THIS BILL PASSED ORIGINALLY, WE WERE CATCHING ABOUT -- I WOULD SAY 2% OF OUR FISH. AND AFTER THE PASS AND OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT, WE'RE CATCHING ALL BUT 1%, FOREIGN COUNTRIES ONLY CATCHING 1%. THIS IS A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT'S WORKED IN THE PAST. IT WILL WORK BETTER IN THE FUTURE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:05:17 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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

                                • 03:05:23 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 03:05:25 PM

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT IS OUR COUNTRY'S MOST IMPORTANT FISHERIES LAW. MAGNUSON IS THE FRAMEWORK FOR GOVERNING FISHING IN FEDERAL WATERS, WHICH IS BIG BUSINESS IN THIS COUNTRY.

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                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  THE NOAA ESTIMATES THAT COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING GENERATES…

                                  THE NOAA ESTIMATES THAT COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING GENERATES ROUGHLY $200 BILLION IN ECONOMIC VALUE AND SUPPORTS 1.7 MILLION JOBS. THIS SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC IMPACT DEPENDS ON SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FISH STOCKS AND PROTECTING THE OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS ON WHICH THEY DEPEND. NOW, THE 1996 AND 2006 RE-AUTHORIZATIONS OF MAGNUSON MOVED US IN THAT DIRECTION AFTER DECADES OF OVERFISHING HAD LED TO THE COLLAPSE OF FISHERIES AND DEVASTATION FOR FISHING COMMUNITIES IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. INSTEAD OF BUILDING ON THAT SUCCESS, I'M SAD TO SAY THAT H.R. 200, WHICH MANY HAVE CALLED THE EMPTY OCEANS ACT, WOULD ROLL BACK THE IMPORTANT CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT STANDARDS THAT HAVE HELPED US GET TO THIS POINT. THAT HAVE HELPED END OVERFISHING AND HELPED REBUILD A RECORD NUMBER OF FISH STOCKS. THIS ATTEMPT TO RETURN US TO THE BAD OLD DAYS OF A FAILED FISHERY MANAGEMENT POLICY AND OVERFISHING THAT INEVITABLY FOLLOWS FROM LOOSE STANDARDS SHOULD BE SEEN AS UNACCEPTABLE TO EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES. MAGNUSON, AS HAS BEEN SAID, HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. I HAVE TRIED WITH MR. YOUNG IN GOOD FAITH TO FIND A PATH TOWARDS A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS EFFORTS TO GET THERE. WE CAME CLOSE. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT WE FELL SHORT. BUT WE NEED TO BE VERY CLEAR THAT DEMOCRATS ARE OPPOSING H.R. 200 NOT FOR PARTISAN REASONS, BUT FOR IMPORTANT POLICY GROUNDS THAT IN THE PAST HAVE NEVER BEEN PARTISAN AND SHOULD NOT BE PARTISAN TODAY. THAT'S ALSO WHY MANY FISHERIES STAKEHOLDERS OPPOSE THIS BILL. THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE THE CORE PROVISIONS UNDERMINED. THAT'S WHY LETTERS HAVE BEEN POURING IN IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. BECAUSE IT DOES UNDERMINE THE VERY HEART OF OUR COUNTRY'S FLAGSHIP INITIAL RISS LAW. WE'VE HEARD, -- FISHERIES LAW. WE'VE HEARD, FOR EXAMPLE, FROM ALASKA LONG LINES FISHERMEN ASSOCIATION, FROM FISHING COMMUNITIES COALITION, CAPE COD COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN'S ALLIANCE, SEAFOOD HARVESTERS OF AMERICA, MAINE COAST FISHERMEN'S ASSOCIATION, MARINE FISH CONSERVATION NETWORK, THE NORTHWEST GUIDES AND ANGLERS ASSOCIATION, GULF OF MEXICO REEF FISH SHAREHOLDERS ALLIANCE, ASSOCIATION OF NORTHWEST STEELHEADERS, GULF RESTORATION NETWORK, AMERICAN FLY FISHING TACKLE ASSOCIATION, AND ON AND ON, INCLUDING HUNDREDS OF CHEFS, SCIENTISTS AND RECREATIONAL ANGLERS, AMONG OTHERS. IN FACT, THE STACK OF LETTERS THAT WE'VE RECEIVED IS QUITE VOLUMINOUS, AS I HAVE THEM RIGHT HERE. THE CHANGES MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE PROPOSING TO MAGNUSON ARE IRRESPONSIBLE. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY ARE IGNORING THE CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED FROM SO MANY STAKEHOLDERS WHO ARE TELLING THEM TO BE MORE CAREFUL, AS WE RE-AUTHORIZE THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THERE'S AN OLD SAYING, IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT. THE BOTTOM LINE WITH THIS MAGNUSON RE-AUTHORIZATION IS THIS. THE LAW IS WORKING AS INTENDED. RE-AUTHORIZATION IS IMPORTANT BUT IT SHOULDN'T COME AT THE EXPENSE OF THE LAW'S CORE PROVISIONS THAT HAVE MADE IT SO SUCCESSFUL. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE OFFERED AN ALTERNATE AMENDMENT TO RE-AUTHORIZE MAGNUSON. IT CONTAINS CONSTRUCTIVE BIPARTISAN IDEAS ON HOW TO BEST MANAGE OUR FISHERIES BY ALLOWING FOR FLEXIBILITY AND MODERNIZING ASPECTS OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT. BUT DOING SO WITHOUT UNDERMINING THE CORE PROVISIONS OF THE LAW. AS AN ANGLER MYSELF, WHO REPRESENTS MANY COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING INTERESTS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, I STRONGLY BELIEVE THERE NEEDS TO BE A BIPARTISAN PATH FORWARD. AND I WOULD STILL VERY MUCH LIKE TO HAVE MEANINGFUL DISCUSSIONS WITH MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO DEVELOP LEGISLATION IN THE SPIRIT OF PREVIOUS BIPARTISAN MAGNUSON RE-AUTHORIZATIONS, WHILE LEAVING THE CORE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PROVISIONS IN TACT. WE CAN ALSO MAKE PROGRESS AND DO MORE TO SUPPORT RECREATIONAL FISHING INTERESTS. AND WE SHOULD DO THAT TOGETHER. WITHOUT SACRIFICING THE SCIENCE-BASED FRAMEWORK THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT. UNFORTUNATELY H.R. 200 FALLS SHORT IN THIS REGARD. AND I MUST REQUEST THAT MY COLLEAGUES VOTE NO ON THE BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:10:06 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:10:10 PM

                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                                  AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BABIN.

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                                • 03:10:15 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                • 03:10:17 PM

                                  MR. BABIN

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

                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STRENGTHENING FISHING COMMUNITIES AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITY IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ACT. NOT ONLY DOES THIS BILL RE-AUTHORIZE THE MAGNUSON--- MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT, WHICH IS LONG OVERDUE, BUT IT ALSO UPDATES THE LANGUAGE OF THE ACT TO PUT MORE POWER IN THE HANDS OF LOCAL COUNCILS, TO MANAGE THEIR FISHERIES EFFECTIVELY. ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACHES RARELY WORK. SO I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL, WHICH ALLOWS LOCAL COUNCILS TO TAILOR MANAGEMENT PLANS TO THE NEEDS OF THEIR REGIONS. FURTHER THIS BILL WOULD LIFT BURDENS OF OUTDATED, ARBITRARY SCIENTIFIC PRACTICES AND DATA WHICH LIMIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, DOMESTICALLY CAUGHT FISH. THE SEAFOOD INDUSTRY IS ECONOMICALLY BOOMING AND IT'S PAST TIME THAT WE LIFT THESE RESTRICTING REGULATIONS AND ALLOW A WIN FOR NOT ONLY THE RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN OF WHICH I HAVE BEEN A LIFELONG PROPONENT OF AND PARTICIPANT, BUT ALSO OF OUR COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE THE WINNER AS WELL WITH THIS BILL. SO I URGE SO I URGE A VOTE FOR, AND I YIELD BACK AND THANK YOU.

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                                • 03:11:45 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:11:49 PM

                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE.

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                                • 03:11:53 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED FOR MINUTES.

                                • 03:11:55 PM

                                  MS. PINGREE

                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS…

                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS ELOQUENT DEFENSE OF OUR OCEANS AND ALSO FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 200. I REPRESENT THE GREAT STATE OF MAINE, WITH A RICH MARITIME HERITAGE, STRONG FISHERIES AND VIBRANT COASTAL COMMUNITIES THAT I AM VERY PROUD TO REPRESENT. THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN WHO EARN THEIR LIVINGS ON OR NEAR THE WATER IN MY STATE HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR DECADES TO FOLLOW THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT AND FEDERAL FISHERY POLICY. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE STEWARDS OF OUR OCEAN RESOURCES. AND WHILE THE CURRENT LAW COULD CERTAINLY BE IMPROVED, IT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN ALLOWING MAINERS AND OTHERS TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES WHILE RESTORING AND PRESERVING THE HEALTH OF THEIR FISHERIES. THEY WANT TO PASS THIS MARITIME HERITAGE ONTO THE NEXT GENERATION AND I'M AFRAID THIS BILL WOULD MAKE THAT TASK EVEN HARDER FOR THEM. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, THEREFORE, IS A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT TO ME. BECAUSE IT MISSES THE OPPORTUNITY TO UPDATE THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. BY RE-AUTHORIZING MAGNUSON, WE CAN WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO ADDRESS THE CURRENT NEEDS OF OUR FISHERIES AND PROVIDE MORE FLEXIBILITY. KYO BRING FEDERAL POLICY FURTHER -- WE COULD BRING FEDERAL POLICY FURTHER INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. BUT THIS BILL IS WRONG APPROACH TO ADDRESSING FISHERY MANAGEMENT. IT WEAKENS REBUILDING REQUIREMENTS, CREATING LOOSE -- CREATES LOOPHOLES IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS, AND HAS THE EFFECT OF DECREASING ACCOUNTABILITY THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO PREVENT OVERFISHING. H.R. 200 UNDOZEN THE EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN -- UNDOES THE EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO WORK WHILE FAILING TO ADDRESS SOME SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES IN OUR FISHERIES. IT'S A LOST OPPORTUNITY AND A BILL I CANNOT SUPPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:13:32 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 03:13:39 PM

                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  AT THIS TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                  AT THIS TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HIGGINS.

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                                • 03:13:43 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                • 03:13:45 PM

                                  MR. HIGGINS

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 200, THE STRENGTHENING…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 200, THE STRENGTHENING FISHING COMMUNITIES AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITY IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ACT. I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, MY STATE OF LOUISIANA HAS A HEAVY PRESENCE OF BOTH COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ANGLERS AND THEY ALL KNOW THAT REFORMS HAVE BEEN NEEDED TO OUR FEDERAL FISHERIES' DATA COLLECTION SYSTEMS FOR DECADES. IN SOME CASES, ESPECIALLY IN RELATION TO THE RED SNAPPER FISHERY IN THE GULF, REBUILDING SCHEDULES, SEASON LINKS AND CATCH LIMITS HAVE BEEN BASED OFF DATA MODELS FROM THE 1980'S. TECHNOLOGY HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE THEN. WITH UNIVERSITIES AND THE GULF STATES THEMSELVES UTILIZING NEW METHODS OF DATA COLLECTION THAT ARE PRODUCING POSITIVE RESULTS THAT ARE AT ODDS WITH THE 1980'S NUMBERS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN USING. THIS BILL WILL A -- -- WILL GO LONG WAY IN PROMOTING A MODERN, SCIENCE-BACKED APPROACH TO MANAGEMENT OF OUR FISHERIES. THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY AND CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT ACT PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY AND STABILITY THAT WILL PROMOTE ECONOMIC EXPANSION THROUGH ENHANCED PUBLIC ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR RECREATIONAL FISHING IN SALT WATER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN YOUNG, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:15:20 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                                  I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. CICILLINE

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS, WHICH…

                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS, WHICH WOULD UNDERMINE YEARS PROGRESS MADE IN REBUILDING FISH STOCKS AND SETTING CASH LIMITS UNDER THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. MY HOME STATE IS HOME TO A VIBRANT FISHING COMMUNITY. TRADITIONALLY RE-AUTHORIZATION OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS THROUGH THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT HAS BEEN DONE TON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WITH THE GOAL OF STRENGTHENING FISHERIES. HOWEVER THIS ENTIRELY PARTISAN BILL WEAKENS CRITICAL TOOLS LIKE ANNUAL CASH LIMITS WHICH ENSURE FISHERIES REMAIN FULL FOR YEARS TO COME. THIS BILL WILL GUT DEPISHRIES AND ROLL BACK EFFECTIVE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES. H.R. 200 MOVES SEVERAL SPECIES FROM SCIENCE-BASED QUOTAS TO HELP ENSURE CATCHES ARE SUSTAINABLE EACH YEAR. UNDER THIS BILL, HUNDREDS OF SPECIES OF FISH WOULD HAVE NO CATCH LIMITS WHICH WOULD LEAD TO DRASTIC OVERFISHING. IT ALSO HALTS EFFORTS TO REBUILD FISH STOCKS WITH LOOPHOLES IN TIME FRAMES FOR SOME FISH STOCKS AND EXTENDING TIME FRAMES FOR OTHERS. IN THE LAST WEEK I'VE HEARD FROM FISHERMEN ALL OTHER MY DISTRICT FROM GREENVILLE TO PORTSMOUTH WHO SAY THIS WILL HARM THEIR WAY OF LIFE BY THREATENING ALREADY DEPLETED FISH POPULATIONS AND INCREASE THE THREAT OF OVERFISHING. THE FISHERMEN WILL BUILD ON TIME TESTED TOOLS TO STRENGTHEN FISHERIES AND PREVENT OVERFISHING INSTEAD OF THIS BILL WHICH WOULD SET MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS BACK AND WEAKEN TOOLS. I JOIN WITH THOSE FISHERMEN IN OPPOSING THIS MISGUIDE IRD APPROACH TO THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIFEDS THE AISLE TO VOTE NO ON FINAL PASS ABBLING. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:17:34 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:17:40 PM

                                  MR. YUCK

                                  AT THIS TIME IT'S MY --

                                • 03:17:44 PM

                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  AT THIS TIME IT'S MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR.…

                                  AT THIS TIME IT'S MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES.

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                                • 03:17:53 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 03:17:57 PM

                                  MR. GRAVES

                                  THANK YOU AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME AND FOR HIS…

                                  THANK YOU AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME AND FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. I FIND THIS WHOLE DEBATE INTERESTING IN THAT I'VE HEARD SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER COME UP ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR FISHERIES, TALKING ABOUT HOW THIS BILL IS GOING TO RUIN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY OF FISHERIES. MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS POSTER HERE. I ALSO SPOUT OUT A FEW STATISTICS. BETWEEN MY HOME STATE OF LOUISIANA AND THE DEAN'S HOME STATE OF ALASKA, I BELIEVE WE HAVE MORE THAN HALF OF THE COMMERCIAL FISHERIES LANDINGS IN THE UNITED STATES AND AS DEMONSTRATED HERE WE HAVE MORE THAN HALF OF THE RECREATIONAL FISHING IN THE UNITED STATES. SO I APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS THAT ARE BEING RAISED BUT I'M NOT SURE WHO THEY'RE REPRESENTING. WE REPRESENT THE RECREATIONAL FISHERS. WE HAVE THE LARGEST COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRIES IN THE UNITED STATES. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS THIS BILL SIMPLY UPDATES THE SCIENCE. IT ALLOWS FOR UPDATED SCIENCE. IT ALLOWS TO BUILD UPON SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES THAT HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT BY STATES FOR COASTAL FISHERIES, FOR INLAND FISHERIES, ALLOWING FOR BETTER TECHNIQUE, ALLOWING FOR BETTER SCIENCE TO ENSURE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE FISHERIES. MR. CHAIRMAN, HOW RATIONAL IS IT THAT SOMEONE WHO REPRESENTS LOUISIANA, AND I ALSO WANT TO POINT TO THE COMMENTS THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA, MR. HIGGINS, MADE A FEW MINUTES AGO. WE BOTH REPRESENT THE COAST OF LOUISIANAFUL HOW RATIONAL IS IT THAT THE TWO OF US, THE GENTLEMAN WHO REPRESENTS THE ENTIRE STATE OF ALASKA WOULD COME OUT AND ADVOCATE FOR POLICIES THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF FISHERIES IN TWO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES IN OUR STATE? THAT'S COMPLETELY NONSENSICAL. THAT'S WHY, MR. CHAIRMAN THIS BILL IS BIPARTISAN. IT'S WHY WE HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. WE HAVE CO-SPONSORS. IT'S WHY THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S FOUNDATION, THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR FISHING COMMUNITY THE NATIONAL MARINE ASSOCIATION, THE COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION OR C.C.A., GUY HARVEY OCEAN FOUNDATION, FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION, MISSISSIPPI STATE LEGISLATURE, JOHNNY MORRIS, THE C.E.O. OF BASS PRO SHOP, AMERICAN SCALLOP ASSOCIATION, GARDEN STATE SEAFOOD ASSOCIATION, WEST COAST SEAFOOD PROCESSER ASSOCIATION, NORTH CAROLINA FISHERIES ASSOCIATION, FLORIDA KEYS COMMERCIAL FISHING ASSOCIATION, GULF COAST ALLIANCE, SOUTHEASTERN FISHERIES ASSOCIATION AND MANY, MANY OTHERS THAT HAVE A GENUINE STAKE IN THE SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR FISHERIES. SOME OF THE LEADERS IN CONSERVATION IN OUR FISHERIES ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS LEGISLATION. SO LET ME SAY AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL IMPROVES SCIENCE. IT USES UPDATED SCIENCE. I'M NOT GOING TO POINT TO THE DECADES LONG TENURE OF MY FRIEND BUT I THINK THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION PERHAPS COULD USE SOME UPDATING AND SO THIS UPDATES THE SCIENCE AND IT PROVIDES FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY IN THE SCIENCE AND ALLOWS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION. THESE ARE ALL GOOD THINGS THAT WE NEED TO BE SUPPORTING. I DO APPRECIATE THE INPUT OF MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I DO HOPE THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO GET THIS TO A POSTURE TO WHERE EVERYONE IS SUPPORTIVE. BUT I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TOO REFOCUS THE FACT THAT WE'RE THE ONES WHO REPRESENT THE MAJORITY OF THIS ECONOMIC DRIVER, THE MAJORITY OF THESE JOBS AROUND THE COUNTRY. AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT REPRESENT THESE FAMILIES THAT FOR GENERATIONS HAVE FISHED RECREATIONALLY AND THAT WE WANT TO ENSURE CAN FISH FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA FOR INCLUDING OUR MODERN FISH ACT WHICH I THINK HELPS TO UPDATE SOME PRACTICES, WHERE THERE IS INCREASED DEMAND FOR RECREATION AND COMMERCIAL FISHERY, PROVIDING A LITTLE BETTER BALANCE THERE. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL. IT MOVE OURS SCIENCE AND TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT'S GOING TO IMPROVE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR FISHERIES, THE JOBS ASSOCIATED WITH RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHERIES AND THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THAT THIS SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES SUPPORTS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:22:23 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 03:22:30 PM

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                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE I APPRECIATE THE SIZE OF THE LOUISIANA AND…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE I APPRECIATE THE SIZE OF THE LOUISIANA AND ALASKA FISHERIES, TO SOME EXTENT I'M JEALOUS OF SOME OF THE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES THAT EXIST IN THOSE PLACES, I FISH MYSELF IN ALASKA BUT MR. BRAVES HAS YET TO INVITE ME TO LOUISIANA FOR FISH, WE HOPE TO FIX THAT GOING FORWARD.

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                                • 03:22:50 PM

                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THE FISHING INDUSTRIES IN OTHER…

                                  I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THE FISHING INDUSTRIES IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY IS NOT JUST AS IMPORTANT. I ALSO DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THERE'S UNIVERSAL SUPPORT FOR H.R. 200 IN ALASKA AND LOUISIANA. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A BATTLE OF THE POSTERS. S THAT PARTIAL LISTING OF THE GROUPS WHO OPPOSE H.R. 200 IN ITS CURRENT FORM. THEY OPPOSE IT FOR THE REASONS I HAVE MENTIONED. THEY CONSIDER IT IRRESPONSIBLE TO UNDERMINE THE SCIENCE-BASED CATCH LIMITS AND REBUILDING FRAMEWORK THAT HAD BEEN SO CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS BILL GOING FORWARD AND THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE US BACKSLIDE INTO THE ERA OF LOOSE REGULATIONS AND OVERFISHING THAT WILL INEVITABLY FOLLOW. THEY'VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE AND THEY KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE UNDERMINE CORE CONSERVATION PROVISIONS. AMONG THE MANY GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS LISTED IN OPPOSITION, WE HAVE THE ALASKA LONGLINE FISHERMAN'S SOCCER, THE GULF FISHERMAN'S ASSOCIATION, AND THE GULF OF MEXICO REEF FISH SHAREHOLDERS ALLIANCE, AMONG MANY, MANY OTHERS. IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 200. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL.

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                                • 03:24:05 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                  MS. JAYAPAL

                                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 200 WHICH UNFORTUNATELY I BELIEVE, JOINING MY…

                                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 200 WHICH UNFORTUNATELY I BELIEVE, JOINING MY COLLEAGUES, WOULD UNDERMINE OUR ABILITY TO RESPONSIBLY MANAGE OUR FISHERIES AND WOULD ULTIMATELY HARM OUR FISHING INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES. BECAUSE OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT AND DILIGENT SCIENCE-BASED FISHERIES MANAGEMENT, THE UNITED STATES IS VIEWED AS AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN THE INDUSTRY. AND IN MY DISTRICT, SINCE 2000, MORE THAN 40 OVERFISHED STOCKS HAVE BOUNCED BACK. NOT BY LUCK, MR. SPEAKER, BUT BECAUSE OF COMMONSENSE REGULATIONS PUT IN PLACE BY THE M.S.A. THE INDUSTRY HAS PUT AN EMPHASIS ON SETTING CATCH LIMITS AND REHABILITATING THESE STOCKS TO ENSURE THAT THE INDUSTRY CAN CONTINUE TO THRIVE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. SINCE 2010, WHEN JUST 28 OF THOSE 40 STOCKS HAVE BEEN REBUILT, WE SAW A 54% INCREASE IN COMMERCIAL GROSS REVENUES, WHICH IS INCOME THAT GOES DIRECTLY BACK INTO OUR COMMUNITIES. IN 2015, COMMERCIAL FISHING IN MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON BROUGHT IN $1. BILLION WHICH WAS LOWER THAN SOME PREVIOUS YEARS BECAUSE OF THOSE HAVE OVERFISHING, ONGOING CHALLENGES IN OUR OCEANS, ESPECIALLY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. THESE ROLLBACKS THAT ARE PROPOSED IN THIS BILL WOULD MAKE THINGS WORSE. LOCALLY WE ARE FOCUSED ON INCREASING REVENUES BY MAINTAINING HEALTHY STOCKS AND OCEANS. WE CAN GROW OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS WHILE ALSO PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY. I'M SO PROUD TO BE FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, THE HOME THE STATE THAT ELECTED WARREN MAGNUSON TO THE -- TO THIS BODY AND OF THE FACT THAT THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT HAS DEMONSTRATED BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AS WELL AS SUPPORT, AS MY COLLEAGUE SAID FROM THE FISHING INDUSTRY, ENVIRONMENTALISTS, SCIENTISTS, CHEFS AND BUSINESS OWNERS. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY, MR. SPEAKER, TO CONTINUE TO BUILD ON THOSE SUCCESSES AND WE CAN DO THAT TODAY BY VOTE NOTHING ON H.R. 200. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:26:09 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

                                  AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. DUNCAN.

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                                • 03:26:18 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                • 03:26:21 PM

                                  MR. DUNCAN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN YOUNG, THE DEAN OF THE…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN YOUNG, THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE, FOR HIS EFFORTS ON THIS. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 200, THE STRENGTHENING FISHING COMMUNITIES AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITIES IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ACT. AS CHAMPLEE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S CAUCUS AND AVID RECREATIONAL ANGLER, I'M GLAD TO PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED REFORM TO OUR NATION'S FISHERIES MANAGEMENT. I WOULD ASK THE SPEAKERS WHO HAVE BEGUN BEFORE ME ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IF ANY OF THEM FISH? ARE YOU A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S CAUCUS? HAVE YOU TAKEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE YOURSELFS ON THE ISSUES WE'RE FACING TODAY? GENERATIONS OF FOLKS HAVE ENJOYED ONE OF THE NATION'S PASTIMES IN COASTAL WATERS. UNFORTUNATELY, LAWS HAVE LIMITED THE PUBLIC'S ACCESS TO ABUNDANT FISHERIES. COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING ARE DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE DIFFERENT POLICIES. H.R. 200 PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE MANAGEMENT APPROACH IN THE NATION'S PRINCIPAL FISHERIES LAW TO THE BENEFIT OF 11 MILLION SALT WATER ANGLERS. DESPITE WHAT SOME HAVE SAID, H.R. 200 DOES NOT ROLL BACK CONSERVATION BUT INSTEAD PROVIDES FEDERAL FISHERY MANAGERS WITH THE TOOLS TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHERIES. IT PROVIDES FOR 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES TO GUIDE FISHERY MANAGEMENT DECISIONS THAT WILL FURTHER ENSURE OUR MARINE RESOURCES ARE MANAGED FOR ABUNDANCE, LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY AND TO THE GREATEST BENEFIT OF THE NATION. AS A RECREATIONAL ANGLE EVERY FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE I UNDERSTAND THE CRITICAL ROLE WE PLAY IN CONSERVATION AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. IN 2016, ANGLERS AND BOATERS CONTRIBUTED $628 MILLION IN EXCISE TAXES FOR SPORT FISH CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT, BOATING SAFETY AND INFRASTRUCTURE. AND HABITAT RESTORATION. IN ADDITION TO THAT ANGLERS CONTRIBUTED $693 MILLION THROUGH FISH AND LICENSE FEES. THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE THE -- ENSURE THE CONSERVATION OF OUR MARINE FISHERIES AND RESTORE THE PUBLIC'S TRUST IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                • 03:28:36 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:28:41 PM

                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CERTAINLY WANT TO RESPECTFULLY PUSH BACK ON THE…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CERTAINLY WANT TO RESPECTFULLY PUSH BACK ON THE IDEA THAT YOU HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S CAUCUS TO HAVE STANDING IN THIS DEBATE. THE FACT IS, AND WE'VE SHARED SOME OF THE GROUPS OPPOSING THIS LEGISLATION, THE OPPOSITION INCLUDES MANY RECREATIONAL FISHING INTERESTS AND OPPOSING LEGISLATORS INCLUDE MANY OF US WHO DO SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON THE WATER CATCHING FISH. LET'S DISPEL THAT NOTION. THERE ARE SOME, SOME IN THE RECREATIONAL FISHING SECTOR, WHO WILL ARGUE THAT MAGNUSON IS BROKEN, THAT IT DOES NOT WORK FOR THEM BECAUSE AS THEY EXPLAIN, IT REQUIRES RECREATIONAL FISHERIES, JUST LIKE OTHER FISHERIES, TO ABIDE BY OVERALL CATCH LIMITS THAT ARE BASED ON SCIENCE. IN OTHER WORDS, THE LAW DOESN'T WORK BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO STOP FISHING WHEN THEIR CATCH REACHES UNSUSTAINABLE LEVELS. THAT IS A SITUATION NOT OF A LAW THAT'S BROKEN, IT ACTUALLY SHOWS THAT WE HAVE A LAW THAT'S PLAYING A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ROLE. WHAT WOULD H.R. 200 DO IF IT WERE ENACTED INTO LAW? IT WOULD ENABLE RECREATIONAL ANGLERS TO TAKE MORE FISH RIGHT NOW WITHOUT REGARD FOR THE FUTURE. PROPONENTS OF THE BILL ARE ADVOCATING TO INCREASE RECREATIONAL CATCH LIMIT, REALLOCATE CATCH AWAY FROM COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN WITH MANDATORY REALLOCATION REVIEWS AND WATER DOWN THE SUSTAINABLE FISHING MANDATES IN CURRENT LAW THAT WOULD MEAN TAKING MORE FISH NOW, THREATENING FISHERIES WITH THE RISK OF OVERFISHING IN THE FUTURE, WHICH WE KNOW BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE WILL LEAD TO BANS AND CLOSED FISHERIES IN THE FUTURE. MANAGING FISHERIES SOMETIMES REQUIRES TOUGH CHOICES. IT SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION. LET'S REMEMBER THAT RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN ARE NOT DISADVANTAGED UNDER THE CURRENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. IN SOME REGIONS, LIKE THE GULF OF MEXICO, RECREATIONAL FISHERS CURRENTLY TAKE HOME 70% OF THE GULF'S MOST POPULAR FISH. RECREATIONAL ANGLERS LAND AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMBERJACK, KING MACKEREL, SPOTTED SEA SEA TROUT AND TRIGGER FISH AND FOR THE GULF RED SNAPPER THE DIVISION OF QUOTA BETWEEN THE RECREATIONAL AND SEAFOOD SECTORS IS A MORE BALANCED SITUATION, ROUGHLY 50-50. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. .

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                                • 03:31:10 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 03:31:12 PM

                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY'RE…

                                  ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY'RE POLLUTING THE OPPOSITION OF THIS BILL FROM INTEREST GROUPS THAT DON'T HAVE ANY INTEREST IN COMMERCIAL FISHING PERIOD. LET'S BE REAL ABOUT THIS. WHAT HURTS ME, I'VE HEARD, WHILE THEY SAY IT REMOVES SCIENCE FROM FISHERIES. LET'S EXPLORE THIS. NO ONE'S LISTENING, BUT THAT'S OK. FOR STARTERS, THE WORD SCIENCE AND DATA APPEAR 34 TIMES THROUGHOUT THE BILL. SECTION 207 DIRECTS THE COUNCILS TO ESTABLISH A PLAN FOR COOPERATIVE RESEARCH THAT BRINGS TOGETHER A WIDE VARIETY OF HIGH-QUALITY, NON-FEDERAL DATA TO SUPPORT EXISTING DATA. THIS IS ABOUT STATES, COASTAL AREAS, VILLAGES, COMMUNITIES, FISHERMEN MAKING DECISIONS INSTEAD OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND I KNOW THEY DON'T LIKE THAT. SECTION 208 DIRECTS THE SECRETARY TO WORK WITH THE STATES TO FIND THE BEST WAY TO INCORPORATE STATE DATA, JUST NOT THEIR OWN DATA. SECTION 301 DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF DEVELOPMENT OF STRATEGIC -- TO DEVELOP A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR STOCK ASSESSMENTS FOR EVERY STOCK IN A FISHERIES' -- IN A FISHERY'S MANAGEMENT PLAN. AGAIN, SCIENCE. SECTION 303 REPLACES ARBITRARY 10-YEAR REBUILDING REQUIREMENTS. THAT'S THE ONE THING, IF THE FISH COME BACK QUICKER UNDER THIS BILL, 200, THEY CAN BE FISHED A SUSTAINABLE YIELD LEVEL. UNDER THE PRESENT LAW, WHICH I WROTE, THEY CAN'T DO THAT. OTHERWISE WE LOSE YEARS AND MANAGEMENT OF THE FISH FOR PEARD OF TIME -- FOR PEARD OF TIME. THAT'S UP TO THE -- FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. THAT'S UP TO THE COUNCIL IN 200. SECTION 306 DIRECTS THE SECRETARY TO EXPEDITE APPROVAL OF HIGH-QUALITY STATE DATA IN THE GULF OF MEXICO TO BETTER ADVANTAGE THOSE RECREATIONAL HEAVY FISHERIES. FINALLY, EVERYTHING IN THIS BILL CONTINUES TO BE BOUND BY THE SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLE OF THE MAGNUSON AND THE MANDATE TO UTILIZE THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE FOR MANAGEMENT DECISIONS. THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS BILL THAT WEAKENS IT. NOTHING. YET I KEEP HEARING THAT CONSTANT WAVES OF DISSENTION ON THE OTHER SIDE BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO RENEW AND MAKE A BETTER BILL. I RESERVE.

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                                • 03:33:32 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 03:33:35 PM

                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  I RESERVE.

                                • 03:33:36 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 03:33:47 PM

                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST AGAIN WOULD LIKE TO TALK…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST AGAIN WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION, THE 200 BILL. I'M DISAPPOINTED IN THE OTHER SIDE. IT IS A PARTISAN ISSUE, UNFORTUNATELY IT IS. I WAS LISTENING TO THE SPEAKERS ON THE OTHER SIDE AND THEY REALLY DON'T HAVE A CONCRETE REASON TO OBJECT TO THIS BILL. OTHER THAN WHAT THEY'RE BEING TOLD BY THOSE THAT DON'T WANT COMMERCIAL FISHING. AND THEY DON'T WANT RECREATIONAL FISHING. THEY MAY NOT SAY THAT, BUT IN REALITY THAT'S REALLY WHAT THEY'RE SEEKING. I AGAIN GO BACK TO THE -- MYSELF AND THE PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE 200-MILE LIMIT OCCURRED. WHY DID IT HAPPEN? I WAS IN KODIAK, ALASKA. NONE OF YOU WERE EVEN BORN PROBABLY AT THAT TIME. I WAS IN KODIAK, ALASKA, LOOKED OUT, 12 MILES OFF THE SHORE OF KODIAK THERE WAS A WALL OF LIGHTS. AND I SAID, WHAT'S THAT? THIS WAS BEFORE A CONGRESS -- BEFORE I WAS A CONGRESSMAN. THEY SAID, THAT'S FOREIGN FISHERMEN CATCHING OUR FISH. CATCHING OUR FISH. AMERICA'S FISH. WHEN I GOT ELECTED TO THE CONGRESS, IT ONE OF THE FIRSTS I DID WAS TRY TO DEVELOP THE -- FIRST THINGS DID I WAS TRY TO DEVELOP THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT WITH A GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY AND I WAS IN THE MINORITY. I EXPLAINED TO HIM WHAT WAS HAPPENING. HE WENT BACK HOME TO A FISHING DISTRICT AND SAID, YOU GOT A GOOD IDEA. LET'S DEVELOP AN ECONOMIC ZONE 200 MILES OUT AND WE WILL CONTROL THE FISHERIES IN THAT AREA. SO WE WORKED TOGETHER, BIPARTISANLY, WROTE A BILL. WITH A CONCRETE SUGGESTION FOR SUSTAINABLE YIELD FOR FISH, FISHERMEN AND COMMUNITIES. FOR AMERICA. AND FOR OUR COASTAL STATES THAT ARE INVOLVED IN COMMERCIAL FISHERY AND RECREATIONAL FISHERIES. WE PASSED THAT BILL. YES, OUT OF THE HOUSE, I BELIEVE, PRETTY MUCH UNANIMOUSLY. WENT TO THE SENATE SIDE AND THE SENATE SIDE, DECIDED TO DO THE SAME THING. OUT OF THAT, OF A WE HAD OPPOSITION -- AFTER WE HAD OPPOSITION FROM JUST ABOUT EVERY LIBERAL IN THE BUSINESS, FOR WHAT REASON, I DON'T KNOW, THAN THAT THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD EFFECT THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE, IT WAS FINALLY SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT FORD. FROM THERE WE'VE GONE TO THE BEST MANAGED FISHERIES IN THE WORLD. FROM THERE, UNDER THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT, WE HAVE BEGUN TO ACHIEVE WHAT WE SHOULD DO, BUT WE HAVE GROWN IN SCIENCE. WE HAVE GROWN IN MORE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT HOW AND WHERE WE SHOULD FISH AND WHEN. AND PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE SPECIES THAT WERE DEPLETED. THERE WERE NO SPECIES UNTIL THIS BILL WAS ESTABLISHED. AND WE REBUILT THEM AND WE'RE STILL REBUILDING THEM. THERE'S SCIENCE IN THIS BILL. BUT IT GIVES THAT FLEXIBILITY TO STATES TO HELP MANAGE. NOW, I KNOW ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE THEY BELIEVE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO EVERYTHING. IN FACT, SHE THUD DO EVERYTHING, BECAUSE WE DON'T -- IN FACT, THEY SHOULD DO EVERYTHING BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING. STATES AREN'T REALLY STATES. THEY'RE PART OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND. AND I ARGUE THAT KNOWLEDGE WITHIN STATES, WITH SCIENCE AVAILABLE, AND SCIENCE UNDER PRESENT LAW, UNDER THIS BILL WHICH WE DO NOT EXTINGUISH, IS REALLY THE CRUX OF THIS ISSUE. THAT THE 200-MILE LIMIT, THE 200 BILL, MY BILL TODAY, NOT BECAUSE OF ME. I DID NOT WRITE THIS BILL FOR MYSELF. I WROTE IT FOR THE COMMUNITIES, FOR THE FISH, AND THE FISHERMEN FOR AMERICA. AND THOSE WHO OPPOSE IT, I SAY, NO, THEY'RE NOT LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITIES. THEY BELIEVE BIG GOVERNMENT CAN DO BEST FOR THEM. AND STATES SHOULD NOT BE INVOLVED. I ARGUE, IT IS THE STATES' ISSUE TO PROTECT THEIR FISH. YES, WITH SUPERVISION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WITH, THAT I RESERVE.

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                                • 03:38:01 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 03:38:04 PM

                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OF COURSE I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUE…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OF COURSE I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA. IN FACT, IN MANY WAYS HE DESERVES CREDIT FOR HELPING CRAFT THE ORIGINAL FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT, FOR BRING -- FOR BRINGING TO THE NATION WHAT COULD BE CONSIDERED THE ALASKA MODEL OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT. THROUGH SUBSEQUENT MAGNUSON ACT RE-AUTHORIZATIONS. SO I FIND MYSELF IRONICALLY IN THE POSITION OF DEFENDING THE FRAMEWORK THAT HE ESSENTIALLY CREATED AGAINST MY COLLEAGUES' ATTEMPTS TO MAKE CHANGES THAT I BELIEVE ARE FUNDAMENTALLY THREATENING. TO THAT VERY FRAMEWORK. IT IS THIS ALASKA MODEL THAT WE SUPPORT. COMPLETE WITH SCIENCE-BASED CATCH LIMITS, INDUSTRY ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SUSTAINABLE HARVEST, AND THE CONSTANT MARCH TOWARD SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES. THAT'S WHAT'S MADE U.S. FISHERIES UNDER THE MAGNUSON ACT A MODEL FOR THE WORLD AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO CONTINUE. NOW, IT'S BEEN SUGGESTED THAT REBUILDING TIME FRAMES ARE TOO RIGID AND TOO RESTRICTIVE. WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THIS WHEN WE GET TO SOME OF THE SPECIFIC DEBATE ON AMENDMENTS BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THERE IS FLEXIBILITY ON REBUILDING GOALS IN THE MAGNUSON ACT AND THAT FLEXIBILITY IS BEING USED. IT'S ALSO WORKING. AND A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THAT IS WHAT'S HAPPENED WITH SEA SCALLOPS UNDER THE MAGNUSON ACT. FISHERY MANAGERS IMPLEMENTED A REBUILDING PLAN FOR SEA SCALLOPS IN 1998. WITHIN A COUPLE OF YEARS THE FISHERY HAD BEEN REBUILT AND NOW THE SCALLOP FISHERY IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST VALUABLE FISHERIES. IN 1998, A LITTLE OVER 13 MILLION POUNDS OF SCALLOP WERE LANDED. BY 2016 THAT AMOUNT HAD TRIPLED TO 40 MILLION POUNDS, RESULTING IN MORE MONEY IN FISHERMENS' POCKETS. THERE'S A LOT AT STAKE WITH THESE ISSUES AND WE SHOULD BEAR IN MIND NOT ONLY THE MEMBERS WE -- NUMBERS WE TALKED ABOUT REGARDING THE JOBS, THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS CONTRIBUTED TO THE ECONOMY, FROM COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING, BUT THE POTENTIAL TO DO EVEN MORE AND TO DO EVEN BETTER IF WE MANAGE OUR FISHERIES' CAREFULLY. NOAA HAS ESTIMATED THAT REBUILDING ALL U.S. FISH STOCKS WOULD GENERATE AN ADDITIONAL $31 BILLION IN SEAFOOD SALES. AN ADDITIONAL 500,000 JOBS AND INCREASE THE REVENUE THAT FISHERMEN RECEIVE AT THE DOCK BY $2.2 BILLION. THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO KEEP THESE CRITICAL PROVISIONS THAT HAVE WORKED SO WELL, BECAUSE WE CAN DO EVEN BETTER IF WE STAY THE COURSE. WITH, THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:40:34 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MR. SED…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MR. SED LYNN.

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                                • 03:40:48 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK --

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN.

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                                  MR. ZELDIN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSMAN YOUNG FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. IT'S…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSMAN YOUNG FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. IT'S BEEN SAID DURING THIS DEBATE THAT FISHERMEN AREN'T BEING DISADVANTAGED UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM. OUR FISHERMAN ARE ABSOLUTELY BEING DIS-- FISHERMEN ARE ABSOLUTELY BEING DISADVANTAGED AND THAT'S WHY WE MUST PASS THIS BILL. IF YOU'RE A COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN IN NEW YORK, YOU CAN CATCH 50 POUNDS OF FLUKE, ONCE PER DAY, FOR SEVEN DAYS. YOU HAVE TO GO OUT, YOU CAN CATCH 50 POUNDS. THAT'S 250 POUNDS FOR THE WEEK. IT WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE IF WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE AISTIC IN PLACE WHERE THEY WERE CATCHING 350 POUNDS MAYBE IN ONE DAY, LIKE MAYBE NEW JERSEY, WHERE YOU CAN DO 500 POUNDS FOR THREE DAYS. OR IF WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE SCIENCE WHERE YOU HAVE BLACK SEA BASS, 240% OVER THE TARGET BIOMASS, YET WE'RE SEEING A QUOTA REDUCTION COMPARED TO OTHER STATES IN NEW YORK. OUR FISHERMEN ARE GETTING DISADVANTAGED UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM. OR UNDER THE NOAA OBSERVER PROGRAM WHERE YOU HAVE A FISHERMAN WHO IS TAKING SOMEONE OUT TO GO TO AN AREA WHERE THEY KNOW THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE ANY FISH AND THEY END UP COLLECTING FLAWED DATA THAT DOESN'T EVEN GET USED. THE REALITY RIGHT NOW IS THAT WE HAVE FISHERMEN IN MY DISTRICT WHO ARE DESPERATE TO SURVIVE. 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR. FROM EARLY IN THE MORNING UNTIL LATE AT NIGHT. BARELY MAKING ENDS MEET. ON A BOAT THAT BARELY WORKS. WITH OVERHEAD WHERE THEY'RE HAVING TROUBLE BEING ABLE TO PAY THEIR OWN BILLS TO GET BY. AND THEY'RE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR THEM IN THIS CHAMBER. TO FIGHT FOR THAT BUSINESS OWNER. TO FIGHT FOR THEM SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE ENDS MEET. IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING THE FISHERY, AS THOSE VERY FISHERMEN CARE SO MUCH ABOUT. BUT THEY KNOW THE SYSTEM COULD GET BETTER. AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE FIGHTING FOR THEM. AND THAT'S WHY I THANK DON YOUNG FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. BECAUSE THEY'RE WATCHING RIGHT NOW. ON C-SPAN, IN MY DISTRICT, THOSE FISHERMEN ARE WATCHING ON THE INTERNET. THEY'RE WATCHING ON TV AND THEY'RE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR THEM. BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN STRUGGLING FOR YEARS AND DECADES AND THEY'RE DESPERATE TO GET THIS PASSED SO THAT THEY CAN AFFORD TO PAY THEIR BILLS. SO WHEN THEY'RE GOING OUT AT 3:00 A.M. TOMORROW, THEY KNOW THINGS ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT'S GOING TO START WORKING FOR THEM. AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, THE STATE LEVEL, THE REGIONAL LEVEL. WE'RE DOING OUR PART. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BELL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:43:12 PM

                                  MR. HUFFMAN

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                • 03:43:17 PM

                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD WHATEVER TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. GREEN…

                                  AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD WHATEVER TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. GREEN FROM TEXAS.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. GREEN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY LONG-TIME FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY LONG-TIME FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN YOUNG, OUR DEAN OF THE HOUSE. I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 200, THE FLEXIBILITY IN FISHERIES MANAGE THE ACT. THIS RE-AUTHORIZES ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IN MAGNUSON-STEVENS IN A WAY THAT RECOGNIZE MANY OF THE SUCCESSES OF THE PROGRAM. MAGNUSON-STEVENS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1976 WITH ONE PRIMARY GOAL, TO REDUCE OVERFISHING. WITH A SUCCESSFUL UPDATE IN THE 1990'S AND 2000'S, WE HAVE NOW MET MANY OF THE GOALS THE PROGRAM ESTABLISHED TO MEET. COMPARED TO WHEN THE LAW WAS ESTABLISHED, 84% OF THE STOCKS ARE NO LONGER OVERFISHED, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION. YET WE STILL TREAT MANY OF THESE HEALTHY FISH STOCKS AS IF NOTHING HAS CHANGED. I'M AN AVID SPORTSMAN. THERE ARE NO -- THERE'S NO ONE WHO CARES MORE ABOUT CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES THAN HUNTERS AND RECREATIONAL FISHERS. IT'S TIME THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS REFLECT A HEALTHY BALANCE BETWEEN COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN. ALL TOO OFTEN RECREATIONAL FISHERS TAKE A BACKSEAT TO THE COMMERCIAL INTERESTS. THIS BILL RECOGNIZES THE UNIQUE SPACE THAT RECREATIONAL ANGLELERS ARE OCCUPYING AND GIVES THEM THE CERTAIN THINK AT THE NEED TO ENJOY OUR NATURAL RESOURCE. SALT WATER ANGLERS CONTRIBUTE $70 BILLION ANNUALLY TO THE NATION'S ECONOMY AND SUPPORTS JOBS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. FLEECE ONE WHO CARES MORE ABOUT THE HEALTH OF OUR OCEANS EITHER. IN 2016, ANGLERS THROUGH EXCISE TAXES CONTRIBUTED $628 MILLION IN SUPPORT OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. THIS BILL WILL SET CATCH LIMITS IN THREE-YEAR TIME PERIODS TO GIVE ANGLERS THE CERTAINTY THEY KNOW TO PLAN TRIPS. ALL TOO OFTEN ARBITRARY CHANGES TO SEASONS HAVE CAUSED PROBLEMS UP AND DOWN THE GULF COAST OF TEXAS. THIS BILL RECOGNIZES THE TECHNOLOGY HAS ADVANCED IN MANY WAYS AND MEASURING THE HEALTH OF OUR FISH STOCKS, STATE AGENCIES, UNIVERSITIES, LOCAL CONSERVATION GROUPS, HAVE COME UP WITH MANY INNOVATIVE WAYS TO MEASURE THE HEALTH OF FISH STOCKS. I'M GLAD THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE THAT I WORKED ON TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE MOST SCIENTIFIC, ACCURATE DATA POSSIBLE WHEN IT COMES TO DETERMINING THE NUMBER OF CERTAIN STOCKS. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR TO THIS BILL AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA FOR THE TIME. I YIELD BACK. .

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                                • 03:45:52 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  I SUPPORT RECREATIONAL FISHING HAVE A LOT OF IT IN MY DISTRICT. THAT'S ONE…

                                  I SUPPORT RECREATIONAL FISHING HAVE A LOT OF IT IN MY DISTRICT. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS AS I WORKED WITH MR. YOUNG TO TRY TO DEVELOP A BIPARTISAN BILL WE TRIED TO ACCEPT RECREATIONAL RULES. BUT YOU CAN'T GO BACK TO FOOR BECAUSE WHEN THESE FISHERIES CRASH, AS THEY WILL, IT'S NOT JUST COMMERCIAL FISHING BOATS THAT WILL BE OUT OF THE WATER, EVERYONE SUFFERS. THAT'S WHY SO MANY RECREATIONAL FISHING INTEREST GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE WEIGHED IN IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 00. THEY HAVE CONCLUDED, AS WE HAVE, THAT THE SHORT-TERM GRATIFICATION FOR SOME IS NOT WORTH THE LONG-TERM DAMAGE TO ALL. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:46:51 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE LEFT?

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN HAS FOUR MINUTES.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. BISHOP,…

                                  AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. BISHOP, WHATEVER TIME HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                • 03:47:11 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. BISHOP

                                  THIS BILL IS SIX YEARS IN WORK, GETTING COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL…

                                  THIS BILL IS SIX YEARS IN WORK, GETTING COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL GROUPS, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT CODIFIES THE OBAMA-ERA GUIDELINES, PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY, IT'S A GOOD BILL BUT I DO WANT TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE INCONSISTENCIES THAT HAVE BEEN CIRCULATED BY MEMBERS OR N.G.O.'S. AT LEAST LET ME GET SOME OF THE MOST GROSS INACCURACIES. IN DESCENDING -- DISSENTING VIEWS IT WAS WRITTEN THAT DON YOUNG AGREED TO WORK WITH DEMOCRAT MEMBERS AND THE STAFF TO DEVELOP A BIPARTISAN BILL. UNFORTUNATELY CHAIRMAN BISHOP, I GUESS THAT IS I, PULLED THE PLUG ON PROMISING NEGOTIATIONS AND RUSHED TO MARKUP WITH A HALF-BAKED MARKUP OF HALF-BAKED IDEAS. THIS BILL WAS A YEAR IN NEGOTIATIONS. OUR EFFORTS TO OF TRYING TO PUT ADDITIONAL RUES ON THE TABLE AND ACCEPTING DEMOCRATIC PROVISIONS WERE LABELED NONSTARTERS. EVERY TIME MR. YOUNG AGREED TO A CHANGE, ANOTHER ISSUE WOULD COME UP. IT'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF LUCY PULLING THE BALL OUT FROM UNDER CHARLIE BROWN. MR. YOUNG IS CHARLIE BROWN. I'M APPRECIATIVE OF SOME DEMOCRATS WHO JUMPED TO COMPROMISE. I WANT TO THANK MR. VEASEY AND MR. GREEN FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE AND CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL. OPPONENT OF THE BILL SAY THERE'S NO SCIENCE, IT'S BEING TAKEN OUT OF THE MANAGEMENT DECISION. SCIENCE AND DATA ARE APPEARING 35 TIMES THROUGHOUT THE BILL. SECTION 20 , 208, 301, 303, 306, ALL REQUIRE THE SECRETARY TO USE SCIENCE. WHICH MEANS IF MR. YOUNG WAS TRYING TO REMOVE SCIENCE FROM HIS BILL AND THE PROCESS -- IN THE PROCESS, HE DID A CRAPPY JOB AT IT. THIS BILL IS ALSO COMING WITH THE OLD CANARD THAT WE'RE GOING TO START OVERFISHING. THERE'S NOTHING THAT REMOVES BASIC REQUIREMENTS THAT PREVENT OVERFISHING AND IT'S CONSISTENT WITH GUIDELINES FOR FISHERY MANAGEMENT PUT FORTH IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. ANOTHER POINT SAYS THIS BILL IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PARTISAN MEASURE. CUTE IDEA BUT SOMETHING THAT'S SIMPLY NOT THERE. LETTERS FROM SCIENTISTS, MANY OF THEM, IN FACT MOST OF THEM DO, NOT CONDUCT THE TYPE OF RESEARCH THAT UNDERPINS THIS FISHERY MANAGEMENT, ALL HAVE SAID THERE ARE ALL THESE AGENT CIRCUMSTANCES E.S.A., NEPA, ANTIQUITIES GOING TO BE DESTROYED BECAUSE OF THIS BILL. THERE WAS ONE SPECIFICALLY FROM THE SEAFOOD HARVESTERS OF AMERICA THAT BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION BECAUSE IN THAT PARTICULAR LETTER DATED JUNE OF THIS YEAR THE GROUP CLAIMED THAT SECTION 12 REPEALED SECTIONS OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. THAT'S REALLY CUTE. BECAUSE THERE IS NO SECTION 12 IN THIS ACT. SECTION 12 HASN'T BEEN PART OF THIS BILL SINCE NOVEMBER OF 2017. AND THE OPPOSITION LETTERS TO THIS PARTICULAR BILL, THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN REFERENCES TO PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF THE BILL OR FAILED TO RECOGNIZE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES THAT WERE ADDED, COMPROMISES ADDED BY BOTH MR. YOUNG AND MR. GRAVES IN THEIR MANAGER'S AMENDMENT. THE KIND OF RHETORIC THAT IS OPPOSED TO THIS PARTICULAR BILL THAT WE ARE SEEING IN PAST FROM N.G.O.'S EMBODIES WHAT'S WRONG WITH WASHINGTON. I HOPE THAT EVERYONE CAN SEE THIS KIND OF GLARING INACCURACIES. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. THIS BILL DOES PROVIDE SCIENCE. THIS BILL DOES GO THROUGH THE PROCESS. THIS BILL DOES MOVE US FORWARD. THIS BILL DOES HELP COMMERCIAL FISHING AND RECREATIONAL FISHING AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE INVOLVED THERE. IT IS A GOOD STEP FORWARD. IT'S BEEN SIX YEARS IN THE COMING. IT'S BEEN ONE YEAR OF HEAVY WORK RIGHT NOW. IT NEEDS TO GO FORWARD. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY OF SPEAK -- OF SPEAKING AND SUPPORTING THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK WHAT TIME THAT I HAVE.

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                                • 03:50:52 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN JEELEDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE…

                                  THE GENTLEMAN JEELEDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I CERTAINLY, WHILE WE HAVE SOME DIFFERENCES IN THE TWO SIDES,…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I CERTAINLY, WHILE WE HAVE SOME DIFFERENCES IN THE TWO SIDES, DON'T BELIEVE THAT I HAVE BEEN INJECTING HYPER PARTISAN RHETORIC IN THIS DEBATE. OUR DIFFERENCES, AS I HAVE EMPHASIZED MULTIPLE TIMES, ARE ABOUT POLICY. THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHICH PARTY WE ARE ON. IN FACTERING IT USED TO BE VERY BIPARTISAN THAT THIS CONGRESS WOULD DEFEND SCIENCE-BASED CATCH LIMITS AND RIGOROUS REBUILDING TIME FRAMES BECAUSE WE ALL KNEW THOSE WERE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PROVISIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE FISHERY, WHETHER YOU WERE A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN. NOW IF THERE IS SOME GROUP OUT THERE WHO HAS WRITTEN A LETTER THAT REFERS TO THE WRONG SECTION OR INCLUDES INFLAMMATORY RHETT RAKE BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE THEY WERE KEPT OUT OF THE LOOP AS THIS BILL DEVELOPED, MAYBE THAT'S AN INDICATION THAT THEY WERE KEPT OUT OF THE LOOP AS THIS BILL DEVELOPED AND MAYBE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED ALONG WITH THE PILE OF LETTERS THAT HAVE COME IN TO MY OFFICE AND OTHER OFFICERS EXPRESSING FIERCE OPPOSITION TO SOME OF THESE IRRESPONSIBLE CHANGES BEING PROPOSED IN THIS MAGNUSON ACT RE-AUTHORIZATION. RATHER THAN DISPARAGE STAKE HEADERS OPPOSING THIS BILL, I THINK WE SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:52:16 PM

                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT AT THIS TIME TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LIST OF…

                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT AT THIS TIME TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LIST OF SUPPORTERS OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE REQUEST IS COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS? DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY…

                                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS? DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS?

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                                • 03:52:42 PM

                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  NO.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  NO.

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                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SOME VERY CRITICAL DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ON WHETHER…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SOME VERY CRITICAL DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ON WHETHER IT'S A GOOD IDEA AFTER YEARS OF SUCCESS IN REBUILDING DEPLETED FISH STOCKS, AFTER ALL THE ECONOMIC VALUE THAT WE HAVE CREATED BY ALLOWING COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING, RE-- FISHING TO RESUME IN PLACES ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY WHERE AT ONE TIME IT WAS SHUT DOWN BECAUSE WE FAILED TO PROPERLY MANAGE OUR FISHERY WELL, THINK FUNDAMENTALLY IT'S A BAD IDEA AT THIS POINT TO DECLARE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED AND START ROLLING BACK THE VERY BEDROCK PROVISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN -- THAT HAVE ENABLED US TO ACHIEVE THIS SUCCESS. WITH THAT IN MIND, I REQUEST MEMBERS TO VOTE NO AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:53:38 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  MR. SPEAKER, WHERE AM I HERE -- I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND MR.…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, WHERE AM I HERE -- I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND MR. SPEAKER I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. I AM GOING TO CLOSE BY SAYING THIS IS GOOD LEGISLATION. WE MAY HAVE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION, IT SHOULD BE DONE. I'M QUITE PROUD OF THE ORIGINAL ACT, I'M PROUD OF THIS ACT TOO, BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN THE FISHERIES, NOT ONLY COMMERCIAL BUT RECREATIONAL, SUSTAINABLE, SUSTAINABLE FOR THE COMMUNITIES, THE FISH, AND EVERYBODY IN AMERICA. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:54:19 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE ORDERED EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT SHALL BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ. SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENTS AND OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA REEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Young (AK), numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-786 to strike sections 302(c) and 307, and modifies sections 205, 207, 304, 30 6, 406, and 408. The amendment also includes a new section regarding voting procedures for the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program's administrative panel.

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                                    MR. YOUNG

                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE CLERK SHALL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786, OFFERED BY MR. YOUNG…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786, OFFERED BY MR. YOUNG OF ALASKA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG,…

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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                              • 03:56:03 PM

                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young(AK) amendment No. 1.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT MAKES A SERIES OF MODIFICATIONS TO THE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT MAKES A SERIES OF MODIFICATIONS TO THE UNDERLYING BILL AND REMOVES SPECIFIC PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT, THE ANTIQUITIES ACT AT THE REQUEST OF MY DEMOCRATIC OCO-SPONSORS MR. GENE GREEN FROM TEXAS AND MARC VEASEY FROM TEXAS. I INTRODUCED H.R. 200 IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE 115TH CONGRESS. WE HAVE MADE MANY CHANGES DURING THE COMMITTEE MARKUP ON 200. WE ADOPTED AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY MS. BARTOLO OF GUAM -- BORDALLO OF GUAM AS WELL AS OTHERS THAT PASSED THE COMMITTEE. IT ELIMINATES PARTS OF THE BILL THAT ARE MOST OPPOSED BY DEMOCRATS EVEN THOUGH MANY ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE CONSIDER THOSE TO BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE BILL. WE ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT A NUMBER OF DEMOCRAT AMENDMENTS TODAY. WE ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH HOUSE -- OUR WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH HOUSE DEMOCRATS SHOWS WE HAVE BEEN WILLING TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND RESERVE.

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                                • 03:57:26 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT.

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                                • 03:57:39 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  MR. SPEAKER

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  MR. SPEAKER , IN 1996, DURING FLOOR DEBATE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER , IN 1996, DURING FLOOR DEBATE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BIPARTISAN SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES ACT THAT AMENDED AND RE-AUTHORIZED MAGNUSON, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SAID THE FOLLOWING. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT THE MANAGEMENT AGENCIES WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BE PROACTIVE AT PROTECTING FISHERIES RATHER THAN ATTEMPTING TO ADDRESS OVERFISHED STOCKS AFTER THEY ARE IN A CRISIS SITUATION. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. AND IT IS TRUE NOW MORE THAN EVER. 22 YEARS AGO, OUR FISHERIES WERE IN SHAMBLES. RAMPANT OVERFISHING HAD DECIMATED STOCKS TO THE POINT OF COLLAPSE AND CONGRESS NEEDED TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES TO ENSURE THERE WOULD BE FISH LEFT TO CATCH IN OUR'SES. WE MADE THOSE TOUGH CHOICES IN 1996. WE MADE THEM IN 2006. PUTTING IN PLACE REQUIREMENTS TO END OVERFISH, TO REBUILD OVERFISHED STOCKS AND SETTING SCIENCE-BASED ANNUAL CATCH LIMITS. AND BECAUSE WE DID THAT, BECAUSE WE MADE THOSE TOUGH CHOICES, THE NUMB OF OVERFISHED STOCKS IS AT AN ALL-TIME LOW. THE NUMBER OF REBUILT STOCKS IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. AND MOST STOCKS ARE TRENDING IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION. IT IS BENEFITING FISHERMEN IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES. I CANNOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION ON WHAT HAS WORKED SO WELL. H.R. 200 WOULD TAKE US BACK TO THE BAD OLD DAYS OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND TAXPAYER BAILOUTS BECAUSE WE LOOSENED THE RULES THAT PREVENT OVERFISHING. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE IN THIS CHAMBER AND I WOULD NOTE THAT THOSE OF US WHO WERE NOT HERE IN 1996 WHICH IS MOST OF US. IN MY PERSONAL LIFE I HAVE BEEN FISHING AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. I'VE PULLED IN SATNAVS ON A COMMERCIAL BOAT IN THE GENTLEMAN'S DISTRICT MY YEARS INTEREST IN THESE ISSUES IS LARGELY WHY I'M DISAPPOINTED TO BE STANDING HERE DEBATING FISHERIES BILL THAT IS UNFORTUNATELY TOO PARTISAN MY STAFF AND I WORKED HARD AND IN GOOD FAITH TO FIND A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. WHILE THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT DOES REMOVE SOME OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS LANGUAGE THAT WOULD UNDERMINE ENVIRONMENTAL UNFORTUNATELY TOO PARTISAN. MY STAFF AND I WORKED HARD AND IN GOOD FAITH TO FIND A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. WHILE THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT DOES REMOVE SOME OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS LANGUAGE THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT, THE FACT THAT THOSE PROVISIONS NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN A MAG MAGNUSON RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEY WERE NONSTARTERS AND THE THREATS UNDERMINE THE CATCH LIMITS AND REBUILDING TIME FRAMES. WHAT'S MORE, WE OFFERED COMPROMISE LANGUAGE FROM SENATOR WICKER ACT. EVEN THAT LANGUAGE THAT EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN ON THE SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAD SUPPORTED IN MARKUP WAS REJECTED BY MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE AND DID NOT FIND ITS WAY INTO THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT. WE ALSO OFFERED ON THESE POINTS OF DISAGREEMENT TO LEAVE EXISTING LAW IN PLACE BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN WORKING AND THAT, TOO, WAS UNACCEPTABLE, UNFORTUNATELY TO OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE. WHAT IS LEFT BEFORE US IN H.R. 200 WOULD FUNDAMENTALLY GUT PROVISIONS THAT HAVE MADE MAGNUSON SO SUCCESSFUL. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO MOVE AWAY FROM CATCH LIMITS BASED ON WISHFUL THINKING. NOT THE TIME TO ALLOW THE REBUILDING OF OVERSTOCKED FISH TO BE DELAYED INDEFINITELY. WE HAVE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE AND WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. MR. SPEAKER, THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT DOES REMOVE SOME POISON PILL PROVISIONS THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN IN THE BILL, BUT DOES NOTHING TO FIX THE WRONG-HEADED ROLL BACKS OF CATCHES THAT WILL LEAD US TO OVERFISHING AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL HAS BEEN CALLED THE EMPTY OCEANS ACT AND OPPOSED BY MANY STAKEHOLDERS AND I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD THE DOZEN OF LETTERS WE HAVE RECEIVED SINCE THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT WAS INTRODUCED, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                • 04:02:27 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. HUFFMAN

                                  I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER THIS COLUMN RECENTLY WRITTEN BY THE HEAD OF THE…

                                  I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER THIS COLUMN RECENTLY WRITTEN BY THE HEAD OF THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERY SERVICE AND THE CHIEF SCIENTIST FOR THE NATIONAL MARINE SERVICE UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND I WOULD LIKE TO CALL SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS STATEMENT BY THESE EXPERTS FROM THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WHO SAY, QUOTE, WE BELIEVE THIS IS AN ILL-CONCEIVED DANGEROUS PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT THAT HAS OCCURRED SINCE THE LAST RE-AUTHORIZATION IN 2007. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  BACK.

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                                  MR. YOUNG

                                  I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I YIELD BACK.

                              • 04:03:17 PM

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

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:03:29 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Courtney, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-786 to create an industry-based pilot trawl survey for the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council regions.

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Courtney amendment No. 2.

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                                    MR. COURTNEY

                                    THE CLERK HAS AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. COURTNEY…

                                    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. COURTNEY OF CONNECTICUT.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR.…

                                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                                    MR. COURTNEY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO SALUTE MR. YOUNG AND MR. HUFFMAN ON…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO SALUTE MR. YOUNG AND MR. HUFFMAN ON THEIR HARD WORK. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES A LOT OF INTERESTS TO BE BALANCED AND HOPEFULLY AS THE PROCESS MOVES FORWARD THROUGH THE NEXT CHAMBER, WE'LL GET TO THAT SWEET SPOT FOR GOOD POLICY FOR OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMENDMENT AT THE DESK IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT WHICH CREATES A FIVE-YEAR PILOT SURVEY FOR THE NEW ENGLAND AND MID ATLANTIC FISHERY COUNCILS. IT WILL FOLLOW A MODEL USED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. THE REASON I'M OFFERING THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT WITH CONGRESSMAN LEE ZELDIN IS THAT SURVEYS HAVE BEEN HAMPERED BY MECHANICAL WITH NOAA. FOR EXAMPLE, FROM AUGUST, 2017 TO MARCH, 2018, BIG LOW MISSED WHILE IN SHIPYARD. EVEN WHEN IT IS OPERATION NATIONAL THE TRALLS ARE NOT PERFORMING AND THEY HAVE YIELDS 67% LOWER. THESE PROBLEMS ARE UNACCEPTABLE. GIVEN THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF THAT DATA TO CALCULATE CATCH LIMITS ON THE EAST COAST WHICH IS A HIGHLY CONTENTIOUS ISSUE. THE VESSEL IS TOO LARGE FOR NEAR SHORE STUDIES AND DRAWS A LOT OF WATER AND CANNOT ENTER THE SHALLOW AREAS TO TROWL. AND THEY ARE SURVEYING SHALLOWER AREAS. THEY HAVE VESSELS WITH NOAA GEAR PROVING THAT SURVEYING CAN BE DONE ON INDUSTRY VESSELS. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THIS PILOT PROGRAM CONTEMPLATED IN THE AMENDMENT WILL BE A PILOT PROGRAM COORDINATED WITH N OMP AA, THE COUNCILS AND INDUSTRY. WHILE WE DON'T DICTATE A SPECIFIC PROGRAM WE ASK THAT IT MIRROR THE SURVEY IN THE NEW ENGLAND AND MID ATLANTIC COUNCILS HAVE SAID IT IS THE GOLD STANDARD. THIS AMENDMENT IS A RESPONSIBLE INITIATIVE TO SOLVE A REAL-LIFE PROBLEM USING A PRECEDENT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST UNDER NOAA AND FISHERY EXPERTS. I WANT TO THANK THE PANEL FOR BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE TROWL GAPS. AND I RESERVE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    MR. YOUNG

                                    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT I DO NOT OPPOSE. I YIELD TIME TO THE…

                                    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT I DO NOT OPPOSE. I YIELD TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO SPONSORED THE BILL.

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                                  • 04:06:58 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WORKS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                    WORKS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                    MR. ZELDIN

                                    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, JOE COURTNEY, FROM CONNECTICUT FOR HIS…

                                    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, JOE COURTNEY, FROM CONNECTICUT FOR HIS BIPARTISAN COOPERATION ON THIS AND SO MANY ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE THEIR LIVING ON THE LONG ISLAND SOUND. WE ARE BOTH SO FORTUNATE TO REPRESENT THEM. THIS CREATES A SURVEY PROGRAM FOR THE NEW ENGLAND AND MID ATLANTIC REGIONS. THE QUOTAS AND REGULATIONS IMPOSED ARE TRANSPARENT, EQUITABLE AND FAIR IS A CRITICAL GOAL OF THE UNDERLYING BILL AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. INCREASING INDUSTRY AND COOPERATION WITH THE NOAA SURVEY PROGRAM IS IMPORTANT. WITHOUT THE RIGHT DATA, THE FISHERMEN IN OUR REGION WILL BE SHORT CHANGED WHILE THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ARE BENEFITING FROM INCREASED COOPERATION BETWEEN NOAA AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHAT WE HAVE IS A MASSIVE FAILURE BECAUSE WITH NOAA THEY HAVE FUDGED. THE PEOPLE THAT WORK ON THE WATER EVERY DAY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT, VESSELS AND EXPERTISE TO GET THIS IMPORTANT DATA COLLECTION DONE AND DONE RIGHT. I'M PROUD TO BE A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND I COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT FOR HIS HARD WORK. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORK WITH HIM AND OTHERS ON BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO HELP OUR HARDWORKING COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN, CHARTER BOAT CAPTAINS. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 04:08:39 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    MR. YOUNG

                                    I YIELD BACK.

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                                    MR. COURTNEY

                                    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS FOR THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK AND URGE A…

                                    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS FOR THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK AND URGE A YES VOTE.

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                                • 04:08:53 PM

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS AMENDMENT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS AMENDMENT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Langevin, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-786 to provide voting representation for Rhode Island on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC).

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Langevin amendment No. 3.

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                                      MR. LANGEVIN

                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. LANGEVIN…

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                                      MR. LANGEVIN

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, TODAY I OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT IS IMPORTANT TO…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, TODAY I OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT IS IMPORTANT TO RHODE ISLAND FISHERMEN. THIS WOULD PROVIDE REPRESENTATION ON THE MANAGEMENT COUNCIL WHICH REGULATES NUMEROUS SPECIES IN THE WATERS OFF OUR COAST. THIS IS NOT A PRO VINGSSHAL MATTER BUT PROVIDING EQUITY FOR THOSE INVESTED IN OUR REGIONAL FISHERY COUNCIL SYSTEM. THEY SHOULD HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE. DESPITE OUR LOCATION IN NEW ENGLAND, WE DO HAUL IN THE SO-CALLED MID ATLANTIC SPECIES. USING THE MOST RECENT STATISTICS, RHODE ISLAND HAS AWE ALL THE SQUID CAUGHT ON THE EAST COAST. HALF OF ALL SQUID CAUGHT ON THE EAST COAST IS LANDED BY OCEAN STATE FISHERMEN. THESE SQUID ARE IN THE FAMOUS RHODE ISLAND CALAMARI. AND RHODE ISLAND HAS 85% OF BUTTER FISH, BUTTER FISH IS REGULATED BY THE MID ATLANTIC COUNCIL. WE HAUL IN MORE SCUP AND REGULATED BY THE MID ATLANTIC COUNCIL. WE ARE AMONG THE TOP THREE STATES FOR BLUE FISH, AND MONKFISH, AND SUMMER FOUNDER. THEY ARE ALL REGULATED BY THE MID ATLANTIC COUNCIL. SUMMER FLOUNDER, BLACK SEA BASS, BLUE FISH AND SCUP COMBINE THE RECREATIONAL HARVEST IN RHODE ISLAND. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE RHODE ISLAND SOUND IS PART OF THE MID ATLANTIC BITE. IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE PART OF THE SAME MARINE ECOSYSTEM THAT STRETCHES DOWN TO THE OUTER BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA. THE SAME SPECIES LIVE ALL ALONG THESE WATERS AND THEY ARE REGULATED BY THE MID ATLANTIC COUNCIL. AND WHILE THIS INEQUITY ALREADY EXISTS TODAY, THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE WILL ONLY MAKE THIS WORSE AS SPECIES MIGRATE NORTHWARD IN SEARCH OF COLDER WATERS. THERE IS PRECEDENT FOR SUCH A CHANGE. IN 1996 WE AMENDED FISHERIES LAW TO ENSURE THAT NORTH CAROLINA COULD SIT ON TWO REGIONAL COUNCILS. ALL WE ASK IS THE SAME CONSIDERATION BE PROVIDED TO RHODE ISLAND. IT'S ONLY FAIR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 04:12:26 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    • 04:12:32 PM

                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I UNDERSTAND THE INTENT OF MY GOOD FRIEND'S…

                                      I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I UNDERSTAND THE INTENT OF MY GOOD FRIEND'S AMENDMENT BUT I RELUCTANTLY OPPOSE IT. THE AMENDMENT WOULD BEGIN TO UNRAVEL I BELIEVE THE COUNCIL STRUCTURE THAT WAS MADE IN THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. THE GOLD STANDARD AT BEST ROWS TO FSA. FISH STOCKS GO UP AND DOWN THE ATLANTIC IN STATES INVESTED IN SHARED FISHING RESOURCES IS A GOAL WE ALL SHARE. THAT IS WHY CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THE ATLANTIC MID STATES MARINE COMMISSION AND MY BILL CREATES A LIAISON FROM NEW ENGLAND COUNCIL AND VICE VERSA. THESE TWO MECHANISMS ADEQUATELY ADDRESS OVERLAPPING FISHERIES WITHOUT UNDERMINING THE COUNCIL STRUCTURE. AND FOR THOSE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE.

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                                    • 04:13:33 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 04:13:38 PM

                                      MR. LANGEVIN

                                      I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT TO MY FRIEND AND THERE IS PRECEDENT FOR SUCH A…

                                      I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT TO MY FRIEND AND THERE IS PRECEDENT FOR SUCH A CHANGE. 1996 WE AMENDED FISHERIES LAW TO ENSURE THAT NORTH CAROLINA COULD ENTER INTO THE REGIONAL FISHERY COUNCIL. IT IS NOT UNPRECEDENTED. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR HOW LONG? TWO MINUTES.

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                                      MR. CICILLINE

                                      I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY CONGRESSMAN LANGEVIN.…

                                      I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY CONGRESSMAN LANGEVIN. I'M PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE RHODE ISLAND FISHERMAN'S FAIRNESS ACT. IT WILL PROVIDE REPRESENTATION ON THE COUNCIL. THIS MOVE WOULD ALLOW THEM TO HAVE A VOICE ON THE COUNCIL WHICH MANAGES STOCKS FOR SPECIES WHICH ARE THE MOST VALUABLE. RHODE ISLAND FISHERMEN ACCOUNT FOR 56% OF TOTAL SCUP LANDING, BOTH STOCKS BEING MANAGED. SQUID IS LANDING MORE SQUID THAN THE OTHER EAST COAST STATES COMBINED. IN 2015, RHODE ISLAND LANDED ROUGHLY 16 MILLION POUND OF SQUID, 12 MILLION POUNDS. AND 23 MILLION POUNDS OF SQUID LANDINGS VALUED AT $29 MILLION. RHODE ISLAND ACCOUNTS FOR MORE FISH LAPPEDINGS RN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE REGION WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NEW JERSEY. YET DESPITE ALL OF THIS, MY STATE DOES NOT HAVE A SEAT ON THIS COUNCIL, LEAVING RHODE ISLAND FISHERIES WITHOUT A SAY IN THE SIGNIFICANT PORTION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM BY ADDING TWO ADDITIONAL SEATS TO THE COUNCIL IN ORDER TO REPRESENT RHODE ISLAND'S INTEREST IN THE REGION. AS CONGRESSMAN LANGEVIN SAID, THIS IS NOT UNPRECEDENTED. WE HAVE DONE IT BEFORE. IN 1996, NORTH CAROLINA WHICH HAD A SIGNIFICANT FISHERY WAS GIVEN A SEAT ON THE COUNCIL. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD EXTEND THE SAME RIGHT AT THE SEAT OF THE TABLE TO MY STATE. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT PARTICULARLY OUT OF A SENSE OF COMITY. RHODE ISLAND DESERVES TO BE TREATED FAIRLY. OUR FISHERMEN DESERVE A VOICE. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS EXCELLENT AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                                    • 04:16:17 PM

                                      MR. YOUNG

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      I YIELD.

                                  • 04:16:17 PM

                                    On agreeing to the Langevin amendment Failed by voice vote.

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                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Huffman, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-786 to ensure that rebuilding plans are successful in rebuilding overfished fish stocks.

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                                        MR. HUFFMAN

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

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. HUFFMAN…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. HUFFMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                  • 04:16:56 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Huffman amendment No. 4.

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                                      MR. HUFFMAN

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

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      SUPPORTERS OF THIS BILL ARGUE THAT THE REQUIREMENT TO REBUILD OVERFISHED…

                                      SUPPORTERS OF THIS BILL ARGUE THAT THE REQUIREMENT TO REBUILD OVERFISHED STOCKS NEEDS MORE, QUOTE, FLEXIBILITY. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE MAGNUSON ACT ALREADY PROVIDES A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY. WHILE I AM FULLY AWARE THAT IT ISN'T ALWAYS EASY OR POPULAR TO IMPLEMENT FISHING RESTRICTIONS, MANAGEMENT TOOLS LIKE ANNUAL CATCH LIMITS AND REBUILDING PLANS ARE ESSENTIAL TO ENSURING A FUTURE FOR OUR FISHERIES AND THE FISHING INDUSTRY. IN MY DISTRICT, FISHERMEN WENT THROUGH SEVERAL TOUGH YEARS WHILE GROUND FISH STOCKS WERE DEPLETED. MAGNUSON PROVIDED THE SCIENTIFIC AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK TO BRING THOSE FISHERIES BACK. WE'VE REBUILT HALF OF OUR GROUND FISH SPECIES. OUR FISHERMEN HAD TO MAKE SACRIFICES, BUT THE LONG-TERM HEALTH OF OUR FISHERIES AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THEM IN MAKING THESE TOUGH DECISIONS HAS BENEFITED AND THAT'S WHY THESE DECISIONS WERE SUPPORTED BY COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN AND THAT'S BEEN INTEGRAL TO SUSTAINING THE FISHERIES THAT'S CRITICAL TO WEST COAST COMMUNITIES. THIS SUCCESS STORY HAS BEEN REPLICATED AROUND THE COUNTRY TIME AND AGAIN. OUR SUCCESS AND THE SUSTAINIBILITY OF THE FISHING INDUSTRY RELIES ON HARVESTING FROM HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE FISH STOCKS. FISHING RESTRICTIONS ARE ONLY PUT IN PLACE BECAUSE THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. IF THERE AREN'T ENOUGH FISH TO SUPPORT STRONG HARVEST BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO CUT BACK IN ORDER TO AVOID THE TRAGEDY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE LAW ALLOWS COUNCILS TO DELAY REBUILDING WHEN ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS, INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS PRESENT CHALLENGES, AND BECAUSE OF THESE BROAD BUT FAIR EXEMPTIONS, MORE THAN 50% OF ALL OVERFISHED STOCKS TODAY HAVE REBUILDING PLANS THAT ARE LONGER THAN THE 10-YEAR BASELINE IN THE ACT. SO THERE IS FLEXIBILITY AND IT IS BEING USED. FURTHER, CURRENT LAW GIVES COUNCILS TWO YEARS TO PUT A REBUILDING PLAN IN PLACE AND ANOTHER YEAR TO REDUCE, RATHER THAN END, OVERFISHING. THAT IS THREE YEARS OF LEAD TIME BEFORE SIGNIFICANT HARVEST RESTRICTIONS GO INTO EFFECT. NOW, MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES THAT AN EXEMPTION TO STRONG REBUILDING TIMELINES WOULD ONLY BE PERMITTED IF REBUILDING PLANS HAVE AT LEAST A 75% CHANCE OF SUCCESS. THAT'S CONTRASTED WITH THE 50% OF CHANCE OF SUCCESS THAT ORDINARILY APPLIES TO REBUILDING PLANS. NOW, I'M PROUD WITHOUT BEING REQUIRED TO DO SO, MOST OF THE WEST COAST GROUND FISHERY RECOVERY PLANS HAVE A GREATER THAN 75% CHANCE OF MEETING THEIR REBUILDING GOAL, AND WE HAVE SEEN THE SUCCESS OF THAT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SAME CANNOT BE SAID OF ALL OF THE REGIONS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE SHOULD NOT BE WEAKENING STANDARDS UNLESS WE HAVE A VERY ROBUST REBUILDING PLAN IN PLACE. THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES. I WANT TO NOTE THAT IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THAT, THE CURRENT MAGNUSON ACT REQUIRES A REBUILDING TIMELINE BE SHORT AS POSSIBLE. H.R. 200 WOULD CHANGE THAT REQUIREMENT TO BE AS SHORT AS PRACTICABLE. THIS IS A VERY PROBLEMATIC WEAKENING OF THE LAW WITH REAL CONSEQUENCES. CURRENTLY, THE AGENCY HAS TO DO WHATEVER IS POSSIBLE, WHATEVER IS FEASIBLE. PRACTICABLE IS A LOWER STANDARD. IT WOULD MEAN STOCKS WOULD NOT BE REBUILT IN A FEASIBLE TIME FRAME AND THIS CHANGE COULD ALLOW THE AGENCY TO DO LITTLE OR NOTHING TO REBUILD A STOCK. HISTORY HAS SHOWN US WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON'T DO THAT. WE NEED TO TACKLE REBUILDING AGGRESSIVELY IN ORDER TO SUCCEED. REBUILDING PLABS THAT TAKE A WEEK -- PLANS THAT TAKE A WEEK TO HARVEST INEVITABLY FAIL. UNLESS THE LAW IS STRONG ON THIS POINT, THEY CAN CHOOSE NOT TO REBUILD PROACTIVELY. MY AMENDMENT ENHANCES THIS SO FISHERMEN CAN ULTIMATELY REAP THE AWARDS. WITH THAT I REQUEST AN AYE VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 04:21:08 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS…

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

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                                    • 04:21:12 PM

                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD NOT ONLY…

                                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD NOT ONLY HAMSTRING THE FLEXIBILITY OF REBUILDING FISH STOCKS THAT THIS BILL PROVIDES, IT WOULD ADD SERIOUS BUREAUCRATIC DELAYS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. FURTHERMORE, COORDINATE TO NOAA, THIS BILL WOULD ELIMINATE SOME OF THE FLEXIBILITY CURRENTLY PROVIDED UNDER THE NATIONAL STANDARD 1 WHICH WAS UPDATED UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, WOULD CAUSE UNNECESSARY REDUCTION IN THE CATCH. NOAA ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERNS REGARDING THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON INTERNATIONAL FISHING AGREEMENTS THAT WOULD CHANGE HOW THE U.S. CAN NEGOTIATE ON REBUILDING PLANS. ACCORDING TO A LETTER AUTHORIZED BY THE NATIONAL COALITION OF FISHERIES COMMUNITIES, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD UNDERMINE THE ACT. IMPEDE REFORMS THAT ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED, AND ATTACK JOBS IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES. I WANT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD, IF I COULD, THE LETTER TO THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE AND TO MYSELF WHERE THEY SAY, SUCH AMENDMENT SPONSORED BY MR. HUFFMAN AND ALCEE HASTINGS FROM FLORIDA WILL ENSURE IT DOES NOT. WE BELIEVE IT WILL UNDERMINE THE M.S.A., IMPEDE REFORMS THAT ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED, AND ATTACK JOBS IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA AND THE HOME STATES OF MR. -- THE HOME STATES OF MR. HUFFMAN AND MR. HASTINGS. I SUGGEST THIS AMENDMENT IS UNCALLED FOR AND FRANKLY WILL GUT THE BILL AND THE M.S.A., PERIOD. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THE LETTER INTO THE RECORD. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE.

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                                    • 04:22:50 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN'S UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST --

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN'S UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN'S UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA HAS YIELDED BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT?

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                                  • 04:23:27 PM

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

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                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I'D LIKE TO REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I COULD…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I'D LIKE TO REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I COULD OFFER THIS AMENDMENT IN LIEU OF MS. FRANKEL, CO-SPONSOR.

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                                    • 04:23:56 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN WILL ACT AS DESIGNEE. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                    • 04:24:00 PM

                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Webster (FL), numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-786 to waive compensatory mitigation requirements for maintenance dredging projects in certain inland waterways, inlets, or harbors.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT --

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMOUNT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. WEBSTER OF…

                                        AMOUNT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. WEBSTER OF FLORIDA.

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                                      • 04:24:09 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEBSTER,…

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEBSTER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                      • 04:24:20 PM

                                        MR. WEBSTER

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA,…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MS. LOIS FRANKEL, TO OFFER A NONPARTISAN AMENDMENT THAT MS. FRANKEL AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR SOMETIME. IT APPLIES COMMON SENSE TO ROUTINE MAINTENANCE FOR DREDGING IN THE INLAND NAVIGATIONAL CHANNELS. SPECIFICALLY, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD WAIVE A REQUIREMENT FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE DREDGING. WHEN A WATERWAY IS INITIALLY DREDGED, THE PROJECT'S SPONSOR HAS TO MITIGATE FOR THE IMPACT ON AQUATIC VEGETATION TO SEA GRASS. IT GROWS LIKE A WEED AND MUST BE ROUTINELY DREDGED TO KEEP IT CLEAR. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PROJECT SPONSOR IS REQUIRED TO DO COSTLY ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION EVERY TIME JUST TO KEEP THE WATERWAY OPEN AND OPERATING. IT'S USING THE EXACT SAME -- INSTEAD OF USING THE PERMIT THAT'S ALREADY BEEN GIVEN AND THE MITIGATION THAT'S ALREADY HAPPENED FOR THAT PARTICULAR AREA. THIS ADDITIONAL ROUND OF MITIGATION IS UNNECESSARY. SINCE SEA GRASS REMOVAL ALREADY HAS BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR DURING THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND IN THE INITIAL DREDGING. FLORIDA ATLANTIC INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY REQUIRES MAINTENANCE AKIN TO LIKE MOWING YOUR GRASS. THE WATERWAY ANNUALLY TRANSPORTS TONS OF COMMERCIAL CARGO AND IS USED BY OVER 500,000 RECREATIONAL VEHICLES. IT PROVIDES OVER $30 BILLION IN ECONOMIC OUTPUT, CREATES 155,000 JOBS, GENERATES OVER $540 MILLION IN TAX REVENUES. WITHOUT REGULAR MAINTENANCE DREDGING, THIS POWERFUL ECONOMIC DRIVER IS AT RISK. THIS AMENDMENT ITSELF IS LIMITED IN SCOPE AND MAINTAINS AN EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WHILE ENSURING THAT THE MAINTENANCE DREDGING MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS MAKES SENSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 04:24:20 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Webster amendment No. 5.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. BECAUSE…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. BECAUSE IT WOULD SET A BAD PRECEDENT BY WAIVING THE REQUIREMENTS TO PROVIDE COMPENSATORY MITIGATION FOR FEDERALLY AUTHORIZED MAINT NEGLIGENCE DREDGING PRO-- MAINTENANCE DREDGING PROJECTS IN WATERWAYS LOCATED IN NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA. AS IT SHOULD, MAGNUSON REQUIRES COMPENSATORY MITIGATION TO PROTECT ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT, INCLUDING SEA GRASS. THIS MITIGATION REQUIRES THE RESTORATION, ESTABLISHMENT, ENHANCEMENT AND/OR AQUATIC RESOURCES TO HAVE NOT ADVERSE ACTIVITIES LIKE DREDGING. MANY OF THE INLAND WATERWAYS IN THE SOUTHEAST THAT NEED MAINTENANCE DREDGING ARE ACTUALLY HOME TO SEA GRASSES, SO THESE STATES ARE REQUIRED TO MITIGATE THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS. COMPENSATORY MITIGATION IS THE MOST OBVIOUS, COMMONSENSE SOLUTION FOR OFFSETTING THE DAMAGE TO THESE IMPORTANT HABITAT. THEY DEPEND ON SEA GRASS TO SURVIVE AND REPRODUCE, NOT ONLY IN THE SOUTHEAST BUT ACROSS THE COAST AND INCLUDING IN MY DISTRICT. MOREOVER, WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET TO RECOVER SEA GRASS. GLOBELY, 30% OF SEA GRASS -- GLOBELY 30% OF SEA GRASS MEADOWS ARE THREATENED, IN FACT, THE ONLY MARINE PLANT LISTED ENDANGERED IN THE UNITED STATES IS A SEA GRASS FOUND IN FLORIDA. SEA GRASSES ARE HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE HOT SPOTS FOR BIODIVERSITY AND CAN ACT AS A CARBON SYNC, MAKING THIS HABITAT A CRITICAL COMPONENTS IN BUFFERING OCEANS AGAINST THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. PROTECTING AND RESTORING ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT IN SEA GRASS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN PRODUCTIVE FISHERIES IN HEALTHY OCEANS SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 04:28:31 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 04:28:41 PM

                                      MR. WEBSTER

                                      I DID YIELD BACK. LOOK, THIS IS SO DUPLICATIVE AND RIDICULOUS. IT'S…

                                      I DID YIELD BACK. LOOK, THIS IS SO DUPLICATIVE AND RIDICULOUS. IT'S TYPICAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION. HERE YOU HAVE AN INLAND WATERWAY, ATLANTIC INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY. THE SEA GRASS REMOVAL HAS BEEN ALREADY MITIGATED. THAT REQUIRES MAINTENANCE AND AS YOU MAINTENANCE YOU HAVE TO COME BACK AND GET ANOTHER -- DO MORE MITIGATION ON THE EXACT SAME PIECE OF PROPERTY FOR THE SAME SEA GRASS. IT'S RIDICULOUS AND IT'S DUPLICATIVE AND I WILL TELL YOU THIS AMENDMENT IS A GOOD AMENDMENT. I YIELD.

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                                    • 04:29:19 PM

                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      I'M SITTING HERE LISTENING TO THIS. THESE CHANNELS WERE BUILT FOR…

                                      I'M SITTING HERE LISTENING TO THIS. THESE CHANNELS WERE BUILT FOR NAVIGATION COMMERCIAL USE. BY TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. MANY YEARS AGO AND THEY -- THE EEL GRASS GOES BACK AND NOW EACH TIME THEY MITIGATE TRYING TO MAINTAIN IT, WHO'S -- WHERE'S THE LOGIC? WHERE'S THE LOGIC IN -- WHEN WE BUILT THOSE CHANNELS, THE AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS, FOR COMMERCE AND NOW EACH TIME THEY DREDGE IT, ALREADY DREDGED IT ONCE, IT GROWS BACK, YOU HAVE TO GO BACK AND FILE ANOTHER E.S. STATEMENT. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? WHO'S THIS HELPING OUT? NOT THE FISH, BECAUSE THE EEL GRASS GROWS BACK AGAIN BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO DREDGE IT AGAIN. IT COSTS MONEY, SLOWS DOWN COMMERCE AND THAT'S REALLY FOR THE ECONOMY OF THIS COUNTRY. . AND THE FISH IN THE LONG RUN. I COMPLIMENT THE GENTLEMAN ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I WILL SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT STRONGLY.

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                                    • 04:30:51 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      I CAN APPRECIATE. AND THIS IS A PROCESS OF REMITIGATING FOR THE SAME…

                                      I CAN APPRECIATE. AND THIS IS A PROCESS OF REMITIGATING FOR THE SAME PROCESS, BUT I THINK IT IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN THAT. IF THE GENTLEMAN IS WILLING TO WORK FORWARD ON SOME WAYS TO CONSOLIDATE AND FIND SOMETHING FOR THE LONG-TERM, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH HIM ON THAT.

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                                    • 04:31:20 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELD BACK?

                                    • 04:31:24 PM

                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      YES.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS ONE MINUTE.

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                                  • 04:31:28 PM

                                    On agreeing to the Webster (FL) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                                    • 04:31:30 PM

                                      MR. WEBSTER

                                      YIELD BACK.

                                    • 04:31:31 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115--786 -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 04:31:40 PM

                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Graves (LA), numbered 6 printed in House Report 115-786 to require the Comptroller General to submit a report to Congress on resource rent of LAPPs in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, ways to the Treasury can reclaim that resource rent, and ways to eliminate fiduciary conflicts of interest in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils.

                                      • 04:32:00 PM

                                        MR. GRAVES

                                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                      • 04:32:05 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY FROM GRAVES…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY FROM GRAVES OF LOUISIANA.

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                                    • 04:32:08 PM

                                      Graves (LA) amendment; modified by unanimous consent.

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                                        MR. GRAVES

                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE MODIFIED AMENDMENT AT THE DESK BE…

                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE MODIFIED AMENDMENT AT THE DESK BE CONSIDERED.

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                                  • 04:32:20 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Graves (LA) amendment No. 6, as modified.

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      MODIFICATION TO AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786. THE…

                                      MODIFICATION TO AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786. THE AMENDMENT AS MODIFIED TO READ AS FOLLOWS. ADD AT THE END THE FOLLOWING --

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                                    • 04:32:33 PM

                                      MR. GRAVES

                                      I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE READING.

                                    • 04:32:38 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. GRAVES

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY AUTHORIZES A G.A.O. STUDY FOR THE…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY AUTHORIZES A G.A.O. STUDY FOR THE PURPOSE OF EVALUATING HOW WE MANAGE THE RED SNAPPER SPECIES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND SOUTH ATLANTIC. I WANT TO BE CLEAR, THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT AFFECT ANY OTHER REGION OF THE NATION OR ANY OTHER SPECIES BUT A UNIQUE SCENARIO WE ARE FACING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THE SOUTH ATLANTIC PERTAINING TO THE RED SNAPPER. THIS IS A SPECIES WHERE THE INCREASED DEMAND FOR RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHERIES HAS RESULTED IN DEBATE AND CHALLENGES FOR RESOURCE MANAGERS ACROSS THE GULF COAST AND SOUTH ATLANTIC. WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS TO HAVE THE G.A.O. PROVIDE INFORMATION TO RESOURCE MANAGERS. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WORK THROUGH E.F.P.'S FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS BUT THIS THE FUTURE, WE ARE NOT GUARANTEED. WHEN I WAS A CHILD WE COULD FISH FOR RED SNAPPER YEAR ROUND. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT. THIS IS TO PROVIDE BETTER TOOLS FOR HOW WE MANAGE THESE SPECIES MOVING FORWARD IN A SUSTAINABLE MANNER. THE MODIFICATIONS I MADE WERE A RESULT OF DISCUSSIONS WITH MEMBERS FROM -- MEMBERS NEAR ME RIGHT NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS A MATTER OF FACT, SOMEONE SITTING NEAR ME DID NOTT THREATEN ME TO FILET ME WITH A BUTTER KNIFE. THE CHANGES REFLECT THE NARROW SCOPE OF THE AMENDMENT. I RESERVE.

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                                    • 04:34:45 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION?

                                    • 04:34:48 PM

                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      YES, I DO.

                                    • 04:34:51 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                    • 04:34:53 PM

                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY FRIEND MR. GRAVES.…

                                      I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY FRIEND MR. GRAVES. THIS REQUIRES THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS BUT IT IS UNCLEAR WHAT THE PURPOSE WOULD BE. AND IN FACT, BECAUSE OF THE VAGUENESS OF THAT PURPOSE, THERE HAS BEEN CONCERN THAT IT MAY BE ABOUT IDENTIFYING WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE OVERALL VALUE OF THE RED SNAPPER FISHERY COMMERCIAL QUOTA WAS COMPLETELY TAKEN AWAY OR GIVEN TO PRIVATE ANDLERS. WOULD IT BE USED TO MAKE THAT THE RED SNAPPER QUOTA BE REALLOCATED. I CAN'T SUPPORT THOSE PROPOSITIONS NOR A REPORTING REQUIREMENT WITH AMBIGUOUS GOALS AND SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS. PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS AMONG COMMERCIAL AND FISHING INTERESTS, THAT SHOULD BE THE JOB OF REGIONAL COUNCILS AND NOT OF CONGRESS. THE ENTIRE COUNCIL SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION ON THE COUNSELS. WE NEED TO LET THE FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCILS DO THEIR JOB AND NOT HAVE CONGRESS MICRO MANAGING THESE TYPE OF DECISIONS. IT IS UNCLEAR WHY THIS TARGETS LIMITED ACCESS PERMITS. EVERY TYPE OF COMMERCIAL OR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY COULD BE VIEWED AS HAVING A QUOTE, RESOURCE RENT. SO IT'S QUESTIONABLE THAT EVERY OTHER FORM OF COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY WOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THIS TYPE OF REPORT. THERE IS NO REASON WHY AN ANALYSIS AND THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN WHAT THEY EXTRACT, WOULD BE LIMITED TO CATCH-SHARE PROGRAMS. FINALLY WITH RESPECT TO THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL, I WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED AND I HAVE TALKED TO THE GENTLEMAN ABOUT THIS, I WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED HAD IT BEEN A REPORT TO ELIMINATE CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS ON ALL MANAGEMENT COUNCILS, BECAUSE THERE ARE BIPARTISAN CONCERNS AND SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO IMPROVE FISHERY MANAGEMENT IN ALL COUNCILS. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS SEEMS TO BE A RATHER TARGETED AND DIRECT ATTACK ON WHAT VIEW IS A WELL MANAGED RED SNAPPER FISHERY AND NOT DEVOTING PUBLIC RESOURCES TO SUCH A REPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND I RESERVE.

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                                    • 04:37:25 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    • 04:37:33 PM

                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      I DON'T NEED ONE MINUTE.

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                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR MODIFYING THIS AMENDMENT. I STILL HAVE CONCERNS.…

                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR MODIFYING THIS AMENDMENT. I STILL HAVE CONCERNS. I KNOW THE PROBLEM, IF I HEAR ABOUT A RED SNAPPER AGAIN, WE CHANGE THIS TO THE GREEN SNAPPER, THAT'S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO CALL IT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO STRENGTHEN THE LANGUAGE AND MAKE SURE THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY OTHER AREAS BECAUSE I WANT ALASKA AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO HELP OUT. AND I WOULD SAY THIS IS BEING SELFISH BUT I KNOW WHAT THE GENTLEMAN OVER THERE SAID AND WE HAVE A LITTLE WAYS TO GO AND TRY TO GET SOMETHING DONE.

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                                    • 04:38:13 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    • 04:38:17 PM

                                      MR. HUFFMAN

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                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    • 04:38:23 PM

                                      MR. GRAVES

                                      I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      I HAVE NOTHING FURTHER, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                    • 04:38:30 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA --…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA YIELD BACK?

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                                    • 04:38:36 PM

                                      MR. GRAVES

                                      I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

                                    • 04:38:39 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. GRAVES

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS. I'M COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH HIM…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS. I'M COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH HIM AND MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA IN TRYING TO GET THIS AMENDMENT IN A BETTER POSTURE. I DO WANT TO WORK TOGETHER WITH BOTH OF YOU TO MAKE SURE WE GET THIS DONE IN A WAY THAT DOES NOT CAUSE INJURY. AND TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, I DO WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT THIS IS INFORMATION -- ALL THIS IS IS INFORMATION THAT OUR COMMITTEE AND THIS CONGRESS WOULD THEN HAVE THE OPTION TO ACT UPON. I DON'T THINK INFORMATION IN THIS CASE IN SUCH A CONTENTIOUS ISSUE THAT HAS A VERY UNCLEAR FUTURE. WE HAVE BOUGHT OURSELVES TWO YEARS. BEYOND THAT, WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK IN THE SAME SITUATION. WITH REGARD TO THE CONFLICT ISSUES AND THE BALANCING OF COMMERCIAL AND RECREATION, THAT IS GOOD FEEDBACK AND I'M HAPPY TO INCLUDE THIS AS WE WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS. I'M COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH YOU AND I SENT YOU THE TEXT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I SENT THE GENTLEMAN A TEXT OF THIS AMENDMENT, FIRST PERSON I SENT IT TO, TO ENSURE WE HAD INPUT AND WE DID MAKE SOME MODIFICATIONS AS A RESULT. BUT I'M COMMITTED TO CONTINUE WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE DEAN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA TO PERFECT THIS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 04:40:05 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT -- THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT AS MODIFIED, OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, AS MOIST, IS GOODE TO. -- AS MODIFIED, IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 04:40:05 PM

                                    On agreeing to the Graves (LA) amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.

                                    • 04:40:31 PM

                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Keating, numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-786 to direct the Secretary to submit a plan to establish fully operational electronic monitoring and reporting procedures for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery.

                                      • 04:40:36 PM

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                                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. KEATING…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                  • 04:40:48 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Keating amendment No. 7.

                                    • 04:40:49 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR.…

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                      MR. KEATING

                                      MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE NATIONAL OCEAN GRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC…

                                      MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE NATIONAL OCEAN GRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR HOW THEY PLAN TO IMPLEMENT ELECTRONIC MONITORING BY 2021. TODAY, THE MAJORITY OF MONITORING IS CONDUCTED BY IN-PERSON MONITORS THAT ONLY 30% OF THE TRIPS. WHAT'S MORE, VESSEL OWNERS MUST PAY THE COST OF THIS MONITORING AT A COST OF $900 A DAY. NOT ONLY IS THIS A FINANCIAL BURDEN, ESPECIALLY ON THE SMALL FLEET BOAT OWNERERS BUT IS LESS EFFECTIVE BUT LEAVES MASSIVE GAPS FOR BAD ACTORS. MODERNIZING FISHERIES MONITORING PROCESS BY THE FULL-SCALE ADOPTION BY ELECTRONIC MONITORING IS CRITICAL TO THE FUTURE SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC'S MULTI-SPECIES FISHERY. FULL MONITORING WILL MEAN BETTER DATA FOR MAKING STOCK ASSESSMENTS AND MAKING SURE THAT EVERY FISHING TRIP IS MONITORED, THIS MEANS BETTER PROTECTIONS FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT SO THAT OUR FISHING INDUSTRY CAN REMAIN STRONG FOR A GENERATION TO COME. THIS IS WHY IN MY DISTRICT HAS BROAD SUPPORT FOR MOVING TOWARD AN ELECTRONIC MONITORING REGIME AND COSTS LESS AND ENSURES THAT SUSTAINABILITY OF THE FISHERIES THAT THEIR INDUSTRY DEPENDS ON, GOES FORWARD. IN FACT, THE NORTHEAST FISHERIES COUNCIL HAS OUTLINED THE GOAL OF TOTAL ADOPTION OF ELECTRONIC MONITORING REGIME. HOWEVER, NOAA DOES NOT HAVE A STRATEGY IN PLACE TO MAKE THAT GOAL A REALITY. WITHOUT THAT IMPLEMENTATION, FISHERMEN WHO INVEST IN ELECTRONIC MONITORING WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE TO THE REGIME AND WOULD BE FORCED TO PAY TWICE. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD ON THIS ISSUE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT NOT ONLY MAKE IT CHEAPER AND EASIER TO MONITOR BUT MORE EFFECTIVE AS WELL. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A WIN-WIN SCENARIO BUT REQUIRES WE COMMIT TO PURSUING IT. STEP ONE IS NOAA REPORTING TO CONGRESS WHAT THE ELECTRONIC MONITORING SHOULD LOOK LIKE AND FOCUSING ON THE NORTHEAST REGION. THIS STRATEGY WILL SERVE AS A MODEL FOR OTHER FISHERY REGIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY AS THEY TAKE THEIR OWN STEPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 04:43:51 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES.

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                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE GENTLEMAN ON HIS…

                                      WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE GENTLEMAN ON HIS AMENDMENT. THIS IS LONG OVERDUE. WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE IMPOSITION TO PUT BODIES ON BOARD SHIPS THAT DON'T REALLY DO ANYTHING. AND I DON'T THINK MAKE A GREAT COUNT CAN BE DONE BETTER THROUGH TECHNOLOGY. I COMPLIMENT THE GENTLEMAN ON HIS AMENDMENT AND I WILL BE SUPPORTING HIS AMENDMENT.

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                                    • 04:44:17 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS --

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                                      MR. KEATING

                                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA. HE UNDERSTANDS FULL WELL THAT MONITOR ON…

                                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA. HE UNDERSTANDS FULL WELL THAT MONITOR ON THE SHIP POSES VERY CHALLENGING TIMES THE TIME THEY ARE ON THAT SHIP AND ITS $900 A DAY IS SIMPLY SOMETHING THAT FISHERMEN CAN'T AFFORD RIGHT NOW AND IT'S NOT NECESSARY. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA FOR JOINING ME IN THIS EFFORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 04:44:45 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELDS BACK. ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELDS BACK. ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. .

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                                  • 04:44:48 PM

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

                                    • 04:45:00 PM

                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Poliquin, numbered 8 printed in House Report 115-786 to require NOAA to conduct a study on all fees it charges the lobster industry and report those findings to Congress.

                                      • 04:45:13 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. POLIQUIN…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. POLIQUIN OF MAINE.

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Poliquin amendment No. 8.

                                    • 04:45:20 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, MR. POLIQUIN,…

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, MR. POLIQUIN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE.

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                                    • 04:45:30 PM

                                      MR. POLIQUIN

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN YOUNG, VERY MUCH…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN YOUNG, VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE. MR. SPEAKER, MAINE IS VACATION LAND. EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY AND EVERYBODY ON THIS FLOOR SHOULD KNOW THAT. IN FACT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE PUT VACATION LAND ON OUR LICENSE PLATES JUST TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT. OUR POPULATION IN THE GREAT STATE OF MAINE IS 1.3 HEARTY SOULS BUT WE HAVE 40 MILLION PEOPLE VACATION IN OUR STATE EVERY YEAR. WE HAVE 3,000 MILES OF BREATHTAKING COASTLINE AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF CLEAR LAKES AND STREAMS AND HUNDREDS OF MILES OF SWIFT-RUNNING STREAMS AND RIVERS. EVERYBODY THAT'S STRESSED OUT IN THIS COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER, SHOULD GO TO MAINE AND HAVE THEIR SUMMER VACATION BECAUSE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE TOURIST INDUSTRY IN THE STATE OF MAINE EMPLOYS ABOUT 150,000 PEOPLE. MAINE, MR. SPEAKER, IS ALSO LOBSTER. THERE ISN'T A PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY THAT DOES NOT RELATE THE GREAT STATE OF MAINE TO LOBSTERS. NOW, I KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN OVER HERE, HAS SOME GREAT CRITTERS UP IN ALASKA CALLED CRABS, KING CRABS. THEY ARE GOOD SPECIES. MAINE LOBSTERS ARE GREAT SPECIES AND WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR OUR LOBSTERS, MR. SPEAKER. ON THE WATER IN THE STATE OF MAINE, ON THE WATER WE HAVE 10,000 JOBS THAT SUPPORT OUR LOBSTER INDUSTRY. 10,000. THESE ARE FOLKS WHO PULL TRAPS IN THEIR STERN. WE HAVE A TERRIFIC STAFFER, MR. SPEAKER, HERE ON THIS COMMITTEE, BILL BALL, WHO GOT THROUGH COLLEGE PULLING LOBSTER TRAPS. IT IS HARD WORK. VERY HARD WORK. AND IN ADDITION TO THE FOLKS THAT PULL THE TRAPS, WE HAVE FOLKS ON LAND WHO PROCESS THEM AND SHIP THEM ALL OVER THE WORLD. IT IS A $1 BILLION INDUSTRY, ALL IN THE STATE OF MAINE. WHEN THESE FOLKS, MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN THESE FOLKS RISE BEFORE THE SUN COMES UP AND THEY HEAD OUT TO SEA, SOMETIMES IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, AND THEY'RE PULLING UP TO 800 TRAPS AND THEY GET THEIR CRITTERS ON THE BOAT AND THEY GOT TO REBATE THOSE TRAPS, THEY GET TO KEEP THEIR CATCH ALIVE ON THE BOAT, THEY GOT TO GET THEM BACK TO THE DOCK. THEN, THEY GOT TO GET THEM TO A PROCESSOR AND SOMEONE WHO IS A DEALER AND PACKAGES THESE THINGS AND SHIPS THEM ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND EVERY TIME IN THIS PROCESS I FEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE FEES, FEDERAL, STATE, AND MAYBE LOCAL FEES THAT ARE CHARGED TO GET THAT CRITTER FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE COLD MAINE OCEAN TO THE PLATE OF HUNGRY FOLKS AROUND THE WORLD. SO MY BILL, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT I'M HONORED TO BRING UP, MY AMENDMENT, H.R. 200, REQUIRES NOAA, THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, DO SOMETHING VERY COMMON SENSE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE AN INVENTORY OF ALL THE FEES THAT ARE CHARGED TO GET THIS PRODUCT TO MARKET BECAUSE OUR GUYS ON THE DOCKS ARE COMING UP TO ME AND OUR DEALERS AND PROCESSING AND SAYING, BRUCE, WHY ARE YOU MAKING IT SO HARD FOR US? GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO MAKE IT EASY FOR OUR FAMILIES TO LIVE BETTER LIVES. AND ALL THESE LOBSTER FISHERMEN ARE RUNNING SMALL BUSINESSES. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE FEES ARE LOWER AND THE REGULATIONS ARE FEWER AND THE TAXES ARE LOWER. BECAUSE THAT HELPS THEM GROW THEIR BUSINESS, HIRE MORE PEOPLE AND MAY THEM MORE AND LIVE BETTER LIVES WITH FATTER PAYCHECKS AND MORE FREEDOM. SO I'M ASKING EVERYBODY, MR. SPEAKER, AND I'M GRATEFUL, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT H.R. 200. I'M ASKING EVERY REPUBLICAN AND EVERY DEMOCRAT IN THIS CHAMBER TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT WHICH IS TO INVENTORY THESE FEES BECAUSE ONCE WE FIND OUT WHAT I THINK ARE GOING TO BE A ONE BIG BOAT LOAD OF FEES, I'M GOING TO COME BACK TO THIS BODY AND ASK TO GET RID OF THOSE FEES. BUT WITH THAT, SIR, I YIELD BACK MY TIME AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

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                                    • 04:49:29 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES A MEMBER…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES A MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT?

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                                    • 04:49:37 PM

                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      WE ARE NOT OPPOSED, MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                    • 04:49:41 PM

                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION. I WASN'T GOING TO RISE IN OPPOSITION UNTIL YOU…

                                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION. I WASN'T GOING TO RISE IN OPPOSITION UNTIL YOU TALKED ABOUT MAINE AND THE FREE-RUNNING STREAMS AND ALL THE TOURISTS AND KING CRAB AND ALL THESE OTHER THINGS. I DO ADMIT, I'VE BEEN TO MAINE, AND I WOULD AGREE WITH YOU. YOU ARE JUST A TINY ONE. WE'RE A GREAT BIG THING WITH BIGGER STREAMS, BIGGER FISH, BIGGER CRAB, NO LOBSTERS, THOUGH. I HAVE NO LOBSTERS. I'M GOING TO ASK YOU WHY HAVEN'T WE'VE SEEN MORE LOBSTERS FROM MAINE. I'M NOT SURE WHY BUT I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                    • 04:50:16 PM

                                      MR. POLIQUIN

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I KNOW DEEP DOWN IN YOUR HEART YOU'RE A MAINER AT HEART. I…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I KNOW DEEP DOWN IN YOUR HEART YOU'RE A MAINER AT HEART. I KNOW THAT, SIR. I'VE BEEN TO ALASKA. IT'S A GOOD STATE. MAINE IS A GREAT STATE. I KNOW YOU WILL SUPPORT THE BILL.

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                                    • 04:50:33 PM

                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      I WANTED TO GET MY SLICKS IN -- LICKS IN FOR ALASKA. I WILL YIELD BACK.

                                    • 04:50:42 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE YIELD BACK?

                                    • 04:50:43 PM

                                      MR. POLIQUIN

                                      I DO YIELD BACK.

                                    • 04:50:45 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                                      ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 04:50:55 PM

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

                                    • 04:51:13 PM

                                      MR. ZELDIN

                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, ZELDIN NUMBER 16.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                    • 04:51:17 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. ZELDIN…

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. ZELDIN OF NEW YORK.

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                                    • 04:51:20 PM

                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Zeldin, numbered 9 printed in House Report 115-786 to lift the ban on striped bass fishing in the Block Island transit zone between Montauk, NY and Block Island, RI.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SDELLEDIN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED -- ZELDIN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                      • 04:51:37 PM

                                        MR. ZELDIN

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 200 WILL PROVIDE NEEDED…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 200 WILL PROVIDE NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF TO FISHERMEN FROM THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND AND THE ENTIRE REGION WHO ARE STRUGGLING UNDER CONFUSING AND ARBITRARY FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ON STRIPE BASS FISHING IN THE BLOCK ISLAND SOUND. THE UNIQUE MARITIME GEOGRAPHY OF OUR REGION MEANS THAT MAKING THE 15-MILE JOURNEY BY BOAT FROM MONTAUK POINT, NEW YORK, TO BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND, REQUIRES PASSING THROUGH A SEGMENT OF WATERS CONSIDERED TO BE PART OF THE EASY KNOWN AS THE BLOCK ISLAND TRANSIT ZONE. FOR RECREATIONAL ANGLERS, CHARTER BOAT CAPTAINS, COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN, THIS SHIFT IN JURISDICTION CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NICE DAY ON THE WATER AND COMMITTING A FEDERAL OFFENSE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PERMANENTLY RESTORE THE RIGHT TO FISH FOR STRIPED BASS IN THIS WATERWAY AND END DECADES OF CONFUSION AND PUNISHMENT FOR LOCAL FISHERMEN. THESE ARE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN WHO RUN SMALL BUSINESSES EITHER ON THE COMMERCIAL CHARTER OR RECREATIONAL SIDE. IN MY DISTRICT, THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR COASTAL COMMUNITY AND PART OF OUR ISLAND'S WAY OF LIFE. NO OTHER SPECIES OF FISH BESIDES STRIPED BASS ARE SUBJECT TO THIS CONFUSING BAN WHICH WAS MEANT TO IMPACT THE HIGH SEAS OF THE E.Z. NOT A SMALL SEGMENT OF LOCAL WATERS SITUATED BETWEEN TWO STATE BOUNDARIES. FISHERMEN SHOULD BE ABLE TO LEGALLY FISH FOR STRIPED BASS IN THIS LIMITED AREA JUST AS THEY CAN IN ADJACENT STATE WATERS. WE MUST LIFT THIS UNFAIR BAN SO THE RESOURCES OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD CAN FOCUS ON THEIR IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY AND SAFETY MISSION, NOT WASTED ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF AN ARBITRARY BAN IN A SMALL WATERWAY. RECREATIONAL ANGLER OR CAPTAIN OFF OF MONTAUK POINT CAN EASILY GO FROM FISHING LEGALLY AND RESPONSIBLY IN STATE WATERS TO VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW ONCE THEY PASS OVER THE THREE-MILE LIMIT WHERE NEW YORK STATE WATERS END AND THE TRANSIT ZONE BEGINS. MANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS LACK THE EXPENSE OF G.P.S. AND KNOW IF AND WHEN THEY CROSS THE BOUNDARIES AND THERE ARE NO BUIES TO WARN THEM. THESE ARE -- ARE RESPONSIBLE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE TRYING TO PRESERVE THE STRIPED BASS FISHERY BUT THEY NEED RELIEF FROM CONFUSING GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS THAT'S HURTING THEIR LIVELIHOOD AND ACCESS TO LOCAL FISHERIES. MY STAND-ALONE BILL TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, EASY CLARIFICATION ACT, PASSED THIS HOUSE WITH UNANIMOUS VOTE. I ALSO PASSED TWO SIMILAR AMENDMENTS ON THIS TOPIC THROUGH THE HOUSE LAST SEPTEMBER, AGAIN, WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT. THIS AMENDMENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE RECREATIONAL FISHING ALLIANCE, LONG ISLAND COMMERCIAL FISHING ASSOCIATION, MONTAUK CAPTAINS ASSOCIATION, NEWLY FORMED NEW YORK RECREATIONAL AND FOR-HIRE FISHING ALLIANCE. ON BEHALF OF THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, I ASK FOR ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT. THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:51:39 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Zeldin amendment No. 9.

                                    • 04:54:18 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                    • 04:54:25 PM

                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      YES, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      THANK YOU. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                                      THANK YOU. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD LIFT THE BAN ON STRIPED BASS FISHING IN THE BLOCK ISLAND TRANSIT ZONE BETWEEN MONTAUK, NEW YORK, AND BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND. COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING IS ALLOWED IN STATE WATERS, AS THE GENTLEMAN SAID, FROM SHORE TO THREE MILES OFF-SHORE. STRIPED BASS IS MANAGED BY THE STATES FROM MAINE THROUGH NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH THE ATLANTIC STATES MARINES FISHERIES COMMISSION. FEDERAL WATERS HAVE BEEN CLOSED TO STRIPED BASS FISHING SINCE 1990 WHEN A MORATORIUM WENT INTO EFFECT TO HELP JUVENILE FISH AND HELP REBUILD A FISHERY THAT WAS RECOVERING FROM DECADES OF OVERFISHING. THERE'S BEEN AN ONGOING EFFORT TO REOPEN THE STRIPED BASS FISHERY IN THE TRANSIT ZONE. YET, THERE IS NO SCIENCE TO JUSTIFY IT. IN CONTRAST, THE SCIENCE SHOWS THAT ALLOWING FISHING IN THIS TRANSIT ZONE, WHICH ACCOMPANIES ABOUT 155 SQUARE MILES OF HABITAT, COULD DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT SPAWNING FEMALES AND THUS THREATEN THE OVERALL HEALTH OF THE STRIPED BASS STOCK. THIS WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO SOME OF THE BIGGEST RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHING FOR US ON THE EAST COAST. OPENING UP FEDERAL WATERS IN ONE REGION WOULD UNDERMINE THE PROTECTIONS AND COMMITMENT TO REBUILDING OTHERS ALONG THE COAST -- THAT OTHERS ALONG THE COAST HAVE INVESTED IN. IT WOULD SET A BAD PRECEDENT IN MANAGING THE STRIPED BASS FISHERY, WHICH HAS A LONG WAY TO GO. FINALLY, CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE LEGISLATING ON SPECIES-SPECIFIC MANAGEMENT ACTIONS. THIS IS REGULARLY ASSESSED BY THE MID-ATLANTIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL. WE NEED TO LET THAT COMMISSION DO ITS JOB AND MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON SCIENCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 04:56:14 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

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

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                                    • 04:56:17 PM

                                      MR. ZELDIN

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS SHOULDN'T BE TREATED AS FEDERAL WATER WAIST. IT SHOULD…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS SHOULDN'T BE TREATED AS FEDERAL WATER WAIST. IT SHOULD BE TREAT -- WATERWAYS. IT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED THIS WAY IN THE FIRST PLACE. THIS AMENDMENT DOESN'T DECLARE OPEN SEASON ON STRIPED BASS FISHING. IT'S STILL GOING TO BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME MANAGEMENT THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS WHERE STRIPED BASS FISHING IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTABLE. THE SCIENCE SHOWS BIOMASS FOR THE STRIPED BASS FISHERIES STRONG IN OUR AREA. AND ALSO A SCIENCE THAT'S NOT DISCUSSED ENOUGH IN THIS DEBATE IS THE SCIENCE OF MY FISHERMEN AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. SO YOU HAVE THE SCIENCE OF THE BIOMASS BEING WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE PLUS WE HAVE THE SCIENCE WE ARE NOT SPEAKING ENOUGH ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE RIGHT NOW ARE DESPERATE FOR THIS KIND OF RELIEF. THEY WANT PEOPLE IN CONGRESS REPRESENTING THEM IN WASHINGTON WHO GET IT, WHO ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR THEM. WE CAN'T BE LOST IN THIS BELTWAY ARGUMENT. HERE I AM FROM THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK AND THOSE THAT REPRESENT THE OTHER END OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TELLING US WHAT'S BEST FOR US. AND WE'RE HERE PLEADING FOR PEOPLE TO LISTEN TO US, TO HEAR US, TO HEAR FROM THESE FISHERMEN, THE COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN, THE RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN AND TO FIGHT FOR THEM AS WELL, ESPECIALLY WHEN BIOMASS BACKS IT UP. I RESERVE.

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                                    • 04:57:40 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM EXTRAIS…

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

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                                    • 04:57:47 PM

                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      THANK YOU,

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                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THESE CERTAINLY ARE ARGUMENTS THAT CAN AND SHOULD…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THESE CERTAINLY ARE ARGUMENTS THAT CAN AND SHOULD BE MADE AT THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL. IN FACT, THEY ARE MADE REGULARLY, AND THAT COUNCIL HAS REPRESENTATION REGIONALLY, HAS REPRESENTATION FROM ALL THE KEY STAKEHOLDERS AND STAKEHOLDERS AND HAS ACCESS TO THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE. THE STATE-OF-THE-ART SCIENCE ON THIS ISSUE. SO I THINK WE NEED TO LET THAT COUNCIL DO ITS JOB AND WITH THAT I REQUEST A NO VOTE.

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                                    • 04:58:10 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

                                    • 04:58:12 PM

                                      MR. HUFFMAN

                                    • 04:58:13 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE.

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                                    • 04:58:17 PM

                                      MR. ZELDIN

                                      HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE?

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS ONE MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS ONE MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS YIELDED BACK. SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    • 04:58:29 PM

                                      MR. ZELDIN

                                      I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION I WAS CLOSING JUST NOW.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      BOTH MEMBERS HAD TIME LEFT BUT THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDED BACK.…

                                      BOTH MEMBERS HAD TIME LEFT BUT THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDED BACK. SO NOW THE CHAIR HAS RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE LAST MINUTE.

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                                    • 04:58:53 PM

                                      MR. ZELDIN

                                      WELL, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I WOULD SAY EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO…

                                      WELL, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I WOULD SAY EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO GET IT BETTER THAN WE HAVE THE CURRENT LAWS, CURRENT RULES, CURRENT REGULATIONS, WHETHER IT'S THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHETHER IT'S THE REGIONAL COUNCILS. WHEN WE HAVE HAVING DEBATE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL AND TALKING ABOUT THE FLUKE FISHERMEN, 50 POUNDS A DAY, 350 POUNDS, YOU WON'T LET THEM CATCH 350 POUNDS IN ONE DAY. YOU'LL MAKE THEM CATCH 50 POUNDS A DAY FOR SEVEN DAYS WHILE THE NEIGHBORING STATE OF NEW JERSEY CAN DO 500 POUNDS A DAY FOR THREE DAYS. TALK ABOUT NOT GETTING OTHER LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. OUR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK CUTS OFF THE COMMERCIAL FOOD FISHERY. -- FLUKE FISHERY. THESE PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. INSTEAD OF POINTING FINGERS AT OUR GOVERNMENTS, REGIONAL COUNCILS, WHERE EVERYONE'S MAKING MISTAKES AND NO ONE GETS IT, HOW ABOUT WE DO OUR PART? HOW ABOUT WE GET IT? HOW ABOUT WE LISTEN FROM THEM, WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE? WE ARE LEADERS. WE ARE ELECTED TO REPRESENT OUR PEOPLE. I'M ELECTED TO REPRESENT MY PEOPLE. AND I WOULD RESPECTFULLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE FROM FARAHWAY PLACES, SEVERAL HUNDRED MILES AWAY, DO A BETTER JOB LISTENING ME AND STOP TRYING TO UNDERCUT PEOPLE WHO ARE HARDWORKING BUSINESS OWNERS STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, ESPECIALLY WHEN SCIENCE IS ON OUR SIDE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 05:00:08 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS…

                                      THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS AMENDMENT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 05:00:24 PM

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

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                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Keating, numbered 10 printed in House Report 115-786 to direct the Secretary to use funds collected from penalties and fines for monitoring in addition to traditional enforcement activities.

                                      • 05:00:38 PM

                                        MR. KEATING

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

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                      • 05:00:42 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. KEATING…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                      • 05:00:48 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR.…

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                      • 05:00:59 PM

                                        MR. KEATING

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS ANOTHER AMENDMENT THAT WILL REDUCE THE…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS ANOTHER AMENDMENT THAT WILL REDUCE THE COST OF MOBBER TOING ON FISHERMEN -- MONITORING ON FISHERMEN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW THE NOAH TO SPEND THE FEES THEY -- NOAA TO SPEND THE FEES THEY COLLECT FROM PENALTIES TO HELP DEFRAY THE COST RELATED TO MONITORING. BEING ABLE TO USE THE FEES IN THIS WAY WILL ACTUALLY HELP NOAA TO PREVENT AGAINST FUTURE VIOLATION, AS WELL AS POSSIBLY REDUCING THE COST TO FISHERMEN THEMSELVES. CURRENTLY, THESE FEES CAN ONLY BE USED TO SUPPORT NOAA ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS. AND WHILE ENFORCEMENT IS IMPORTANT, IT'S UNNECESSARILY -- IT UNNECESSARILY PREVENTS NOAA FROM SPENDING THESE FUNDS ON PREVENTING VIOLATIONS IN THE FIRST PLACE. ELECTRONIC MONITORING TRIPS HELP TO ENSURE THAT THESE KINDS OF ABUSES DO NOT OCCUR. THIS MAKES THEM A CRITICAL TOOL TO NOAA, ENFORCING REGULATIONS, AND ENSURING OUR FISHERIES REMAIN SUSTAINABLE. COUNTLESS FISHERMEN IN MY DISTRICT HAVE BEEN SUFFERING THIS PAFFLET YEAR BECAUSE A SELECT FEW -- PAST YEAR BECAUSE A SELECT FEW HAVE DECIDED TO ABUSE THE SYSTEM. GREATER INVESTMENTS IN MONITORING MAY HAVE HELPED PREVENT THIS MASSIVE FRAUD THAT HAD OCCURRED. HOWEVER, NOW THAT IT HAS, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT MEASURES BE PUT IN PLACE TO PREVENT ANYTHING LIKE THIS FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN. THAT MEANS FUNDING FOR PREVENTION AND MONITORING. NOAA SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE THE FUNDS IT COLLECTS FROM THE RECENT CASES AND OTHER CASES THAT INEVITABLY ARISE TO DOUBLE DOWN ON PROTECTING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF FISHERIES AND PREVENTING AS MUCH ABUSE AS POSSIBLE, BEFORE THE HARM IS EVER DONE. MY AMENDMENT DOES JUST THAT, BY ALLOWING NOAA TO USE THE FEES IT COLLECTS TO SUPPORT PREVENTION EFFORTS. THIS GIVES NOAA AND THE FISHERIES' MANAGERS GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN PREVENTION AND ENFORCEMENT, AND AT THE SAME TIME LOWER THE COST OF MONITORING FOR FISHERMEN. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 05:01:03 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Keating amendment No. 10.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                    • 05:03:12 PM

                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION AND I DO NOT OPPOSE, THOUGH.

                                    • 05:03:18 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                    • 05:03:20 PM

                                      MR. YOUNG

                                      AGAIN I WANT TO THANK MR. KEATING FOR THE AMENDMENT. THIS IS LONG OVERDUE,…

                                      AGAIN I WANT TO THANK MR. KEATING FOR THE AMENDMENT. THIS IS LONG OVERDUE, IN COLLECTING THOSE FEES AND USING THEM FOR OBSERVER COVERAGE IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE DONE. IF I GO BACK TO HIS FIRST AMENDMENT, I WANT TO MECHANIZE IT, USE TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE SURE THE FISHERMEN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO, I BELIEVE, REPORT BETTER. THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT AND I WILL BE VOTING FOR IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 05:03:44 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    • 05:03:48 PM

                                      MR. KEATING

                                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA. HE KNOWS FULL BILLION HOW DIFFICULT IT…

                                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA. HE KNOWS FULL BILLION HOW DIFFICULT IT IS -- WELL HOW DIFFICULT IT IS, PARTICULARLY IN OUR REGION, FOR FISHERMEN JUST TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES, LET ALONE SUSTAINING THE FISH. WE WANT TO SUSTAIN THE FISHERMEN THEMSELVES AND THESE SMALL VESSELS ARE OUT THERE AND THEY'RE FACING $900-A-DAMONNER TOING CHARGES AND THIS IS ANOTHER -- $00 A-DAY MONITORING CHARGES AND THIS IS ANOTHER WAY TO DO -- $900-A-DAMONNER TOING -- $900-A-DAY MONITORING CHARGES AND THIS IS ANOTHER WAY TO DO IT. I REMIND AND AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE THAT INDEED THIS WAS JUST A MERE PORTION OF MASSACHUSETTS AT ONE TIME. SO I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 05:04:30 PM

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

                                    • 05:04:35 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 05:05:17 PM

                                      MR. GAETZ

                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Gaetz, numbered 11 printed in House Report 115-786 to reward the elimination of lionfish from United States waters by allowing individuals to exchange lionfish for tags authorizing fishing for certain species in addition to the number of such species otherwise authorized to be taken by such individuals.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                      • 05:05:20 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. GAETZ…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. GAETZ OF FLORIDA.

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                                      • 05:05:26 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. GAETZ,…

                                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. GAETZ, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THERE GAETZ. -- MR. GAETZ.

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                                      • 05:05:39 PM

                                        MR. GAETZ

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR THE MODIFIED VERSION OF…

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR THE MODIFIED VERSION OF MY AMENDMENT AT THE DESK TO BE CONSIDERED.

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                                      • 05:06:54 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATION.

                                      • 05:06:56 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        MODIFICATION TO AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786…

                                        MODIFICATION TO AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-786 OFFERED BY MR. GAETZ OF FLORIDA. THE AMENDMENT IS MODIFIED TO READ AS FOLLOWS.

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                                    • 05:06:58 PM

                                      Gaetz amendment; modified by unanimous consent.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING…

                                        THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS MODIFIED. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  • 05:07:23 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 965, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gaetz amendment No. 11, as modified.

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                                      MR. GAETZ

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT CONTAINS THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT CONTAINS THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE ACT WHICH WOULD ATTACK THE LION FISH PROBLEM THAT IS VERY PERVASIVE IN THE WARM WATERS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. LION FISH ARE AN INVASIVE SPECIES THAT ARE DECIMATED OUR REEF FISH. ONE LION FISH CAN CONSUME UP TO 65 JUVENILE REEF FISH IN ONE SITTING. A FEMALE CAN RELEASE UP TO AS MANY AS 10 MILLION EGGS OVER THE COURSE OF ONE LIFETIME. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW OUR REEF SOURCES TO BE USED TO PROTECT OUR RESOURCE, BY CREATING AN INCENTIVE FOR FISHERS WHO HARVEST THE LION FISH AND THEN TURN THEM IN TO PARTICIPATING STATES WHO WOULD CHOOSE ON A VOLUNTEER PROGRAM TO BE ABLE TO ISSUE TAGS FOR ONE PRIZED COVETED REEF FISH, ANOTHER FISH, IN THE EVENT THAT 100 LION FISH TAILS WERE PRODUCED. ANYONE WHO GOES AND SLAYS 100 LION FISH CERTAINLY HAS SAVED FAR MORE THAN ONE OF OUR PRIZED REEF FISH AND THAT'S WHY IT'S MY BELIEF THAT THIS AMENDMENT MAKES A GREAT DEAL OF SENSE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT AND ALSO FOR THE OVERALL HEALTH OF OUR FISHERIES. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MR. SOTO, THE DEMOCRAT LEAD ON THE REEF ASSASSIN ACT.

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                                    • 05:08:46 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. SOCIETY SOCIETY…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. SOCIETY SOCIETY THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR --

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                                    • 05:08:50 PM

                                      MR. SOTO

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. GAETZ. ALONZO FISH ARE DISRUPTING -- LION FISH ARE DISRUPTING THE SEEK SYSTEM. THEY'RE TAKING AWAY PREY FROM OUR NATIVE FISH STOCKS AND PREY ON REEF FISH THAT PERFORM ESSENTIAL ECOLOGICAL SERVICES ON THE REEFS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD GIVE AN INCENTIVE FOR FISHERMEN TO REMOVE THE LION FISH BY AWARDING A TAG FOR DESIRED REEF FISH IN RETURN FOR EVERY 100 LION FISH TAILS TURNED IN. THAT IS QUITE THE BOUNTY. THE AMENDMENT WILL PROMOTE COOPERATION BETWEEN LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS TO ERADICATE LION FISH FROM FLORIDA WATERS. THIS AMENDMENT IS DERIVINGED FROM A BILL FROM WHICH I AM -- DERIVED FROM A BILL FROM WHICH I AM A CO-SPONSOR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 05:09:36 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                    • 05:09:40 PM

                                      MR. GAETZ

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      I RESERVE.

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                                      >>

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION, ALTHOUGH I DO NOT INTEND TO OPPOSE THE…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION, ALTHOUGH I DO NOT INTEND TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                    • 05:09:48 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

                                    • 05:09:50 PM

                                      >>

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

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR BRINGING THIS ISSUE UP. THE LION FISH IS CERTAINLY, ACCORDING TO MANY REPORTS, BEEN A SPECIES THAT IS CAUSING AN ADVERSE IMPACT TO RED SNAPPER. THE SOLUTION THAT HE PROPOSES HERE IS A SOLUTION WHEREBY STATES COULD SUBMIT A MODIFIED OR A NEW EXEMPTED FISHERIES PERMIT WHERE THEY COULD PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL, ON TOP OF THEIR EXISTING ALLOCATION, ACCESS TO RED SNAPPER IN EXCHANGE FOR HARD VEST DOCTOR HARVESTING A CERTAIN -- HARVESTING A CERTAIN NUMBER OF LION FISH SPECIES WHICH ARE PREDATORS TO THE RED SNAPPER.

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                                    • 05:10:29 PM

                                      MR. GRAVES

                                      AS FOLKS WILL SEE, THERE'S A LOT OF HAND WRITING ON THIS AMENDMENT. WHICH…

                                      AS FOLKS WILL SEE, THERE'S A LOT OF HAND WRITING ON THIS AMENDMENT. WHICH WWE DID SIT BACK AND MAKE SOME -- WE DID SIT BACK AND MAKE SOME CHANGES TO THIS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS AN EXCELLENT CHANCE THAT THERE'S SOME IMPERFECTION HERE'S BUT I DO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA AND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS AS WELL. IT'S LIKELY THAT WE'RE GOING TO NEED SOME ADDITIONAL WORK ON THIS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. THERE'S SOME ENFORCEMENT ISSUES, THERE'S SCIENCE ISSUES. THERE'S INTRODUCTION OF A NEW MECHANISM. THAT CAUSES SOME SIGNIFICANT CONCERN IN THE FORM OF FASHION IN SOME CASES. BUT I DO, AGAIN, WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE, FOR WORKING TO ENSURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO RED SNAPPER IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. AND LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, AS WELL AS THE FOLKS ACROSS THE AISLE IN PERFECTING THIS, AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 05:11:21 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. GAETZ, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 05:11:25 PM

                                      MR. GAETZ

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA FOR…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA FOR OFFERING HIS INSIGHT AND HIS VIEWS. IT IS CERTAINLY MY HOPE THAT ANY ANIMAL WHICH IS DELICIOUS LIKE THE LION FISH, BUT THAT IS ALSO INVASIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE TO OUR ENVIRONMENT, WOULD BE ONE THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER ACROSS THE AISLE TO HARVEST OUT OF EXISTENCE SO THAT WE PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECT OUR COVETED REEF FISH. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 05:11:48 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                  • 05:11:58 PM

                                    On agreeing to the Gaetz amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.

                                    • 05:12:43 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                    • 05:12:45 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      MADAM SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                                      MADAM SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 200, AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                                    • 05:12:49 PM

                                      The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 200.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL, H.R. 200. AND, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IN A SEPARATE VOTE -- IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                                    • 05:13:09 PM

                                      The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          A BILL TO AMEND A MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT…

                                          A BILL TO AMEND A MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY FOR FISHERY MANAGERS AND STABILITY FOR FISHERMEN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                      • 05:14:01 PM

                                        Mr. Gomez moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Natural Resources.

                                        • 05:14:03 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                        • 05:14:06 PM

                                          >>

                                          I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                                        • 05:14:08 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          IS THE GENTLEMAN OWE --

                                        • 05:14:10 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                                        • 05:14:12 PM

                                          >>

                                          I'M OPPOSED IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          MR. GOMEZ OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, H.R. 200, TO THE…

                                          MR. GOMEZ OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, H.R. 200, TO THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE --

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                                      DEBATE

                                      The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gomez motion to recommit with instructions, pending a reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to impose unilateral tariffs by other countries on any US seafood exports or unilateral tariffs imposed by any country on materials necessary for the economic viability of the US fishing industry. Subsequently, the reservation was withdrawn.

                                      • 05:14:26 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND.

                                      • 05:14:27 PM

                                        MR. GOMEZ

                                        I ASK TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                      • 05:14:33 PM

                                        MR. YOUNG

                                        I RESERVE THE POINT OF ORDER.

                                      • 05:14:34 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST TO DISPENSE…

                                        POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS NOW RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                      • 05:14:48 PM

                                        MR. GOMEZ

                                        THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR…

                                        THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED, THE BILL WOULD IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. MEMBERS, PRESIDENT TRUMP CLAIMS HIS TRADE POLICY IS MEANT TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR THE UNITED STATES. BUT WORKERS IN BUSINESSES AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WILL SUFFER UNATTEND -- UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. DESPITE HIS CLAIMS TO PURSUE A TRADE AGENDA THAT WILL PUT AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST, THIS ADMINISTRATION'S TRADE POLICY SHOWS THE LACK OF STRATEGY AND PLANNING THAT RISKS PUTTING WORKING FAMILIES LAST AND THREAT -- THREATENS OUR ECONOMY. ANY TRADE AGENT -- AGENDA MUST FIX THE PROBLEMS WITH EXISTING POLICY, RATHER THAN MAKING MATTERS WORSE. . THIS DOES NOTHING TO PUT WORKING FAMILIES FIRST. IT SHOULD PRIORITIZE STRONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, STRENGTHEN RULES OF ORIGIN SO WE CAN ADVANCE A TRADE AGENDA THAT'S FAIR TO EVERY AMERICAN WORK IRINSTEAD OF PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS. BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP ISN'T KNOWN FOR HIS DISCRETION OR HIS DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF POLICY. HE DOESN'T REALIZE OR DOESN'T CARE THAT HIS AMERICA-FIRST TRADE AGENDA PUTS AMERICA LAST BUT UNDERMINING OUR COMPETITIVENESS AND INNOVATION. THE IDEA OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES DIDN'T EVEN CROSS HIS MIND WHEN ANNOUNCING THESE UNILATERAL TARIFFS. BUT AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS REPRESENTING CONSTITUENTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY, WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THESE ACTIONS. THAT'S WHY I'M OFFERING THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT, WHICH WOULD ALLOW THE GOVERNOR OR ELECTED OFFICIAL OR APPOINTED OFFICIAL TO REQUEST THAT THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE DECLARE A FISHERY DISASTER IF FISHERMEN SUFFER NEGATIVE IMPACTS FROM THESE TARIFFS. THE -- WE CANNOT ALLOW THE ILL-CONCEIVED OR HALF BACKED IDEAS OF THE PRESIDENT TO HURT THE WORKERS OR THE PROGRESS WE HAVE ACTUALLY MADE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:17:03 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 05:17:09 PM

                                        MR. YOUNG

                                        IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA WITHDRAW HIS RESERVATION?

                                      • 05:17:18 PM

                                        MR. YOUNG

                                        I WITHDRAW. THEY MADE A MISTAKE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE RESERVATION IS WITHDRAWN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 05:17:29 PM

                                        MR. YOUNG

                                        IF YOU LISTEN TO THE PRESENTATION IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FISH BILL.…

                                        IF YOU LISTEN TO THE PRESENTATION IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FISH BILL. IT'S A PROCEDURAL TRICK TO BYPASS THIS LEGISLATION. I KEEP SAYING THIS IS A FISH BILL THAT'S BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR MANY YEARS, SINCE 1976, AND IT'S A SUCCESS. WE COME UP WITH A RECOMMIT MOTION THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS BILL. THE PRIZE IS FISH COMMUNITIES, SUSTAINABLE YIELD, DOMESTIC SEAFOOD INDUSTRY, AND A JOB CREATION BILL. IN ALL DUE RESPECT, I STRONGLY VOTE A REJECTION OF THE MOTION AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:18:10 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                                      • 05:18:29 PM

                                        MR. GOMEZ

                                        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, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL, IF ORDERED. 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.] [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                      • 05:18:40 PM

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

                                        • 05:18:43 PM

                                          On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 320 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 187. THE NAYS ARE 228. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 187. THE NAYS ARE 228. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                      • 05:46:44 PM

                                        House Vote 320 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                                        Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act

                                        Failed (187 - 228)
                                        Yea
                                        Nay

                                        Vote Details: Yea - 187
                                        Democratic - 186
                                        Republican - 1

                                        Vote Details: Nay - 228
                                        Republican - 227
                                        Democratic - 1

                                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
                                        Republican - 7
                                        Democratic - 6

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                                          On passage Roll Call 321 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                                            MR. HUFFMAN

                                            I REQUEST 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. 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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                                        House Vote 321 - On Passage

                                        Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act

                                        Passed (222 - 193)
                                        Yea
                                        Nay

                                        Vote Details: Yea - 222
                                        Republican - 213
                                        Democratic - 9

                                        Vote Details: Nay - 193
                                        Democratic - 178
                                        Republican - 15

                                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
                                        Republican - 7
                                        Democratic - 6

                                        • 05:54:26 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 222. THE NAYS ARE 193. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 222. THE NAYS ARE 193. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 05:54:26 PM

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

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                                          UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST

                                          Mr. Young (AK) asked unanimous consent that the engrossment of the bill, H.R. 200, the Clerk be authorized to make technical corrections and conforming changes to the bill. The technical corrections was place at the desk and reads as follows: Page 14, line 15, strike '''including'''. Agreed to without objection.

                                          • 05:54:47 PM

                                            MR. YOUNG

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ENGROSSMENT OF THE BILL TO H.R.…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ENGROSSMENT OF THE BILL TO H.R. 200, THE CLERK BE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS AND CONFORMING CHANGES TO THE BILL, INCLUDING THE CHANGE I PLACED ON THE DESK.

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                                          • 05:55:08 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CHANGE OF THE TEXT.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            PAGE 14, LINE 15, STRIKE INCLUDING.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT…

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

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                                          • 05:55:28 PM

                                            Mr. Collins (GA) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 989.

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                                              MR. COLLINS

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                                            • 05:55:35 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                            • 05:55:37 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              REPORT HO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, PROVIDING FOR THE BILL TO…

                                              REPORT HO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, PROVIDING FOR THE BILL TO AUTHORIZATION APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019 FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT, AND THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                            • 05:56:00 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

                                              REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        • 05:57:05 PM

                                          ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                          The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

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                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF NATHANIEL REED…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF NATHANIEL REED OF JUPITER, FLORIDA, A FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL ICON, WHO DIED TODAY AT THE AGE OF 83. HE LOVED NATURE AND THE FLORIDA ENVIRONMENT AND DEVOTED MOST OF HIS LIFE FOR FIGHTING FOR FLORIDA'S NATIONAL WONDERS LIKE THE EVERGLADES. BUT MY FAVORITE MEMORY WILL BE HUNTING QUAYLE. AS AN AIDE TO THE GOVERNOR, HE STOPPED THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN AIRPORT IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES BECAUSE THE CONSTRUCTION WOULD HAVE MEANT DEVASTATION TO THE EVERGLADES AND BIG CYPRUS SWAMP. MR. REED APPRECIATED WILDLIFE AND IS ALSO ONE OF THE AUTHORS OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, WHICH PROTECTS MANY ANIMALS, INCLUDING SEVERAL IN FLORIDA. HE LATER ENDED UP FOUNDING 1,000 FRIENDS OF FLORIDA TO PRESERVE SPECIAL PLACES IN OUR STATE. NAT REED IS AN INSTITUTION IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND HE WAS A WONDERFUL MENTOR TO ME. OUR STATE LOST A REAL LEADER AND A FRIEND TO MANY AND HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 05:58:45 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          • 05:59:01 PM

                                            MR. PAYNE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, SOMETIMES IT SEEMS THAT THE UNITED STATES MOVES FROM ONE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, SOMETIMES IT SEEMS THAT THE UNITED STATES MOVES FROM ONE CRISIS TO THE NEXT. WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR EYE ON THE BALL. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE A DUTY TO PROTECT EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY FROM UNNECESSARY SUFFERING. WE CANNOT FORGET THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS STILL HOLDING CHILDREN IN CAGES. CAGES R US. CONGRESS SHOULD STEP UP AND END THIS TERRIBLE POLICY. WE CANNOT FORGET THAT THOUSANDS, MAYBE EVEN MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE SERVED BY WATER SYSTEMS THAT VIOLATE THE SAFE WATER DRINKING ACT. CONGRESS SHOULD INVEST IN REBUILDING COMMUNITY WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. WE CANNOT FORGET THAT THERE ARE NEARLY ONE SCHOOL SHOOTING A WEEK THIS YEAR IN SCHOOLS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO DUMP THE N.R.A. AND PASS REASONABLE GUN LAWS. MR. SPEAKER, IGNORING THE PROBLEM DOESN'T MAKE IT GO AWAY, AND EACH MOMENT WE FAIL TO ACT PUTS HUMANS' LIVES AT RISK AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                            I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF ONE OF MY HOMETOWN'S FINEST. THE FOUNDER OF…

                                            I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF ONE OF MY HOMETOWN'S FINEST. THE FOUNDER OF ICONIC P.W. ICE CREAM, L.P.W. HOLMES JR. HAS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 72. FOLLOWING HIS SERVICE IN THE MARINE CORPS, HIS EXPERIENCE IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY , HE TOOK A RISK AND OPENED P.W.'S IN 1993. IT WAS NAMED AFTER HIS TWO SONS, PHILIP III AND WAYNE HE BELIEVED ICE CREAM WAS ONE OF THE GREAT WAYS TO BRING FAMILIES TOGETHER. AFTER HIS PASSING, HIS SONS CONTINUED HIS LEGACY AND YOU CAN SEE THE PHRASE "DAD GOT HIS WINGS" ON THE SIGN. HE WAS A GREAT SOUTH CAROLINIAN, A GREAT AMERICAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:01:24 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN -- EXCUSE ME, GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          • 06:01:47 PM

                                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR MY COLLEAGUES AND AS WELL THE AMERICAN…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR MY COLLEAGUES AND AS WELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT NATO IS NOT JUST SECTION 5 WHEN ONE IS ATTACKED ALL ARE ATTACKED. NATO IS THOUGHT. IT IS PURPOSE. IT IS A SENSE OF COLLABORATIVE VIEWPOINTS ON THE VALUE OF DEMOCRACY. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ANY COMMANDER IN CHIEF, NO MATTER WHAT AFFILIATION, PARTY AFFILIATION, PASSES THE STANDARD OF DECORUM TO RECOGNIZE OUR ALLIES AND TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIPS AND TO GIVE CRITICISM WHERE NECESSARY AND TO SEEK IMPROVEMENT BUT NOT TO BE AN EMBARRASSMENT. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT AS MEETINGS ARE PROCEEDING THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT OUR ALLIES ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN AN INDIVIDUAL WHO CONTINUES TO PROVIDE NERVE GAS, TO KILL PEOPLE ON FOREIGN SOIL, TO BE BEHIND ATTACKS ON AIRPLANES, TAKING OVER CRIMA AND OTHER PLACES -- CRIMEA AND OTHER PLACES. IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT YES YOU ENGAGE WITH YOUR ENEMY, BUT YOU RECOGNIZE THAT THEY ARE YOUR ENEMY. I WOULD ALSO SUGGEST THAT IT IS HARDLY THE AMERICAN WAY FOR THE U.S. DELEGATION TO OPPOSE A BREASTFEEDING RESOLUTION AT THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND TO PUNISH A LITTLE COUNTRY LIKE ECUADOR. I WANT US TO BE BETTER INTERNATIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER. BETTER INTERNATIONALLY, STAND FOR THE VALUES OF AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:03:14 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          • 06:03:23 PM

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                                            MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR 16-YEAR-OLD JULIA ROULE OF MIN TONKA, MINNESOTA,…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR 16-YEAR-OLD JULIA ROULE OF MIN TONKA, MINNESOTA, STARTED HAVING HEADACHES AND EXHAUSTION. A SOPHOMORE AT MIN TONKA HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE BRAIN TUMOR. SHE LOVED THE OUTDOORS AND AS SHE BEGAN HER TREATMENT SHE WOULDLY THI ABOUT THE BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WHERE HER FAMILY VACATIONED FOR YEARS. TODAY SHE'S RECOVERING AND IS BACK TO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. SHE RECENTLY WON AN ESSAY CONTEST ABOUT WHY THE BOUNDY RY WATERS AREA IS PRNT TO HER. SHE WON A PARENT-FREE WEEKEND CANOEING IN THE AREA. SHE'S A BRAVE GIRL AND A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT THIS NATIONAL TREASURE MEANS TO MINNESOTA AND WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR COUNTRY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A COPY OF HER ESSAY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:04:17 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          • 06:04:31 PM

                                            MR. COHEN

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY THE HOUSE PASSED A RESOLUTION WHICH I…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY THE HOUSE PASSED A RESOLUTION WHICH I AUTHORED WITH THE HELP OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS OF WHICH ED ROYCE IS THE CHAIRMAN, SUPPORTING NATO AND THE NATO COUNTRIES THAT ARE ENDANGERED BY RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, PARTICULARLY ESTONIA, LITHUANIA, THE BALTIC AREA AND BALKAN COUNTRIES ALSO THAT HAVE BEEN THREATENED INCLUDING MONTENEGRO, GEORGIA, MOLDOVA AND EWE CAIN. THE RESOLUTION SPEAKS OF OUR SUPPORT OF THE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA AND THE SANCTIONS SHOULT REMAIN UNTIL CRIMEA IS RETURNED TO UKRAINE AND THE REGION NO LONGER HAS WAR. AND THEN WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE BALTIC WHO WAS THEIR AIR SPACE INVADE BY RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. I'M PLEASED THAT SPEAKER RYAN ALLOWED THIS RESOLUTION TO COME TO THE FLOOR THAT WAS PASSED BY A VOICE VOTE UNANIMOUS CONSENT AS THE SENATE PASSED A SIMILAR RESOLUTION, 97-2. THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE STAND TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF NATO AND OUR ALLIES IN EASTERN, CENTRAL, AND WESTERN EUROPE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 06:05:41 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            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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                                          • 06:05:52 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                            I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER SOMEONE WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE…

                                            I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER SOMEONE WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF GEORGIA, MR. JIMMY DELOACH JR. WHO PASSED AWAY ON JULY 3 AT THE AGE OF 86.

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                                          • 06:06:08 PM

                                            MR. CARTER

                                            JIMMY DELOACH TRULY DEDICATED HIS WHOLE LIFE TO SERVING OTHERS. HE WAS A…

                                            JIMMY DELOACH TRULY DEDICATED HIS WHOLE LIFE TO SERVING OTHERS. HE WAS A STAPLE OF GOVERNMENT IN GARDEN CITY, GEORGIA, BETWEEN 1970 AND 1990, SERBING THREE TERMS AS MAYOR OF GARDEN CITY AND EIGHT MORE YEARS AS A CHATHAM COUNTY COMMISSIONER. AS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HE WAS INTEGRAL IN THE CONDITION INSTRUCTION OF THE NATIONALLY IMPORTANT MIGHTY AIR MUSEUM, DEDICATED TO AIRMEN WHO SERVED IN THE EUROPEAN AT THE FOR THE WORLD WAR II. BECAUSE OF HIS EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE AREA, ONE THEY HAVE MOST POPULAR ROADWAYS IN THE AREA WAS GIVEN HIS NAME, THE JIMMY DELOACH PARKWAY. HE WAS THE EPITOME OF A PUBLIC SERVANT AND SET THE BAR HIGH FOR ALL OF US WHO FOLLOWED HIM IN PUBLIC SERVICE. HIS FAMILY, INCLUDING HIS SON, THE MAYOR OF SAVANNAH, EDDIE DELOACH ARE ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. WE TRULY LOST A GIANT IN WEST CHATHAM COUNTY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:07:15 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR NEARLY 70 YEARS NOW, THE UNITED STATES HAS LED THE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR NEARLY 70 YEARS NOW, THE UNITED STATES HAS LED THE WESTERN ALLIANCE, STANDING UP TO FIRST THE SOVIET UNION AND THEN RUSSIA, WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION KNOWN AS NATO. WHETHER THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, KENNEDY, REAGAN, BUSH, OBAMA, MADE NO DIFFERENCE.

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                                          • 06:07:53 PM

                                            MR. BOYLE

                                            STANDING UP AND SUPPORTING OUR WESTERN YEAR PEEN ALLIES WAS AN ABSOLUTE…

                                            STANDING UP AND SUPPORTING OUR WESTERN YEAR PEEN ALLIES WAS AN ABSOLUTE GIVEN AND NOT EVEN A PARTISAN ISSUE. YET UNDER THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION, WE NOW HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THE POST-WORLD WAR II ERA REAL QUESTION ABOUT AMERICAN SCOMMITMENT TO NATO AND TO THE -- COMMITMENT TO NATO AND THE WESTERN ALLIANCE. I URGE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO FOLLOW THE BIPARTISAN LEAD OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT NATO, SUPPORT OUR WESTERN ALLIES. IT IS UNDER-- IT HAS UNDERPINNED PEACE FOR 70 YEARS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:08:31 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE LIFE OF NEW YORK STATE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE LIFE OF NEW YORK STATE TROOPER NICHOLAS CLARK. A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF STEUBEN COUNTY AND STAR FOOTBALL PLAYER FROM MY ALMA MATER, ALFRED UNIVERSITY, NICK CLARK HONORABLY SERVED HIS COMMUNITY AND THE CONSTITUENT OF NEW YORK AS A NEW YORK STATE TROOPER. SINCE 2015, HE'S PROTECTED THE PEOPLE WHOA HE CALLED HIS FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. TROOPER CLARK PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE EVERY DAY TO SERVE HIS COMMUNITY. IN THE EARLY MORNING OF MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018, TROOPER CLARK RESPONDED TO A CALL IN THE TOWN OF IRWIN AND WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. MR. SPEAKER, HE IS TRULY A HERO FOR HIS ACTION AND SACRIFICES -- AND HIS SACRIFICE THAT HE DID FOR ALL OF US. HE WILL BE MISSED BY THOSE WHO SERVED AND THE LIVE HE IS TOUCHED. TOGETHER WE STAND WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AS THEY MOURN.

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                                          • 06:09:43 PM

                                            MR. REED

                                            I THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND HIS BRAVERY. I PRAY HE…

                                            I THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND HIS BRAVERY. I PRAY HE RESTS IN PEACE. I ASK THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY TO PAUSE ITS DELIBERATIONS AND JOIN ME IN REMEMBERING AND HONORING THE 29-YEAR LIFE OF TROOPER NICHOLAS CLARK. I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 06:10:00 PM

                                          SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                                          • 06:10:08 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CORREA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                          • 06:10:24 PM

                                            MR. CORREA

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

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                          • 06:10:38 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                            MR. CORREA

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS BODY AND ONCE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS BODY AND ONCE AGAIN ON THE URGENCY OF REUNITING MIGRANT CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THE ADMINISTRATION'S ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY HAS CAUSED CHAOS AND SYSTEMATICALLY HAS TORN IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS. MANY INNOCENT CHILDREN ARE STILL BEING HELD UNDER INHUMANE CONDITIONS AT DETENTION FACILITIES APART FROM THEIR PARENTS. IN TOTAL, ALMOST 5,000 CHILDREN, LET ME REPEAT, ALMOST 5,000 CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS BECAUSE OF THE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ARE STILL SUFFERING. LAST MONTH, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE SAL BROWN RULED THAT CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 MUST BE REUNITED WITH THEIR PARENTS WITHIN 14 DAYS. THAT DEADLINE WAS YESTERDAY. IT CAME AND PASSED AND ONLY ABOUT HALF OF THE CHILDREN WERE ACTUALLY REUNITED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. THERE NEEDS TO BE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION'S DISREGARD FOR THE LAW AND FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH A FEDERAL COURT ORDER. THE UNITED NATIONS HAS NOTED THAT CHILDREN ARRIVING AT THE U.S. BORDER WILL PLEA -- PLEAD FOR ASYLUM WITH THEY PARENTS IS A LEGAL FORM OF ENTRY ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL LAW. MANY OF THESE CHILDREN ARE FLEING FROM COUNTRIES PLAGUED WITH GANG VIOLENCE AND DRUG WARS. THE ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO HIGHLIGHT THE THREAT OF THE MS-13 YET THE ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT IS ACTUALLY MS-13 IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE SEEKING PROTECTION IN OUR COUNTRY. ASYLUM SEEKERS ARE NOT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THEY ARE INDIVIDUALS SEEKING REFUGE. IT IS A LAW TO ENSURE THAT ASYLUM SEEKERS ARE GIVEN OPPORTUNITY TO STATE THEIR CASE IN FRONT OF A JUDGE. FURTHERMORE, SEPARATING CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS IS ILLEGAL, IN VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. THIS VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IS BEING EXACERBATED BY D.H.S.'S POOR RECORDKEEPING. TODAY THE ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT HAVE THE RECORDKEEPING CAPABILITY NECESSARY TO REUNITE CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS AND INSTEAD, THEY ARE NOW RELYING ON D.N.A. TESTS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CHILD BELONGS TO WHAT PARENT. AND THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, 120 OF MY COLLEAGUES AND MYSELF HAVE CALLED UPON THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND HOMELAND SECURITY TO INVESTIGATE ON HOW THE ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO REUNITE CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES. AND WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THERE ARE NO RECORDS OF THE CHILDREN TO RECONNECT THEM WITH THEIR PROPER PARENTS. THE ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS ARE CAUSING IRREPARABLE HARM TO THESE VULNERABLE CHILDREN. AND IT IS TIME FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO IMMEDIATELY REUNITE THESE FAMILIES. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, MRS. SUSAN DAVIS, OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                          • 06:14:17 PM

                                            MRS. DAVIS

                                            I WANT TO THANK MR. CORREA FOR THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND THANK YOU, MR.…

                                            I WANT TO THANK MR. CORREA FOR THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AS WELL. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS JUST MISSED THEIR COURT DEADLINE FOR REUNITING THE YOUNGEST CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. AND THERE SEEMS TO BE NO SOLUTION IN SIGHT FOR THESE INNOCENT CHILDREN. OVER 20 DAYS AGO, EVEN BEFORE THE COURT ORDER, I LED MY COLLEAGUES IN WRITING A LETTER TO H.H.S. AND D.H.S., HOMELAND SECURITY AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ASKING WHAT THEIR PLANS WERE FOR REUNITING SEPARATED CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES. I HAVE YET TO GET AN ANSWER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW WHERE THE CHILDREN ARE AND HOW THEY WILL BE SAFELY RETURNED TO THEIR FAMILIES. IN A WORLD WHERE WE CAN TRACK NEARLY EVERYTHING IN REALTIME, HOW IS A FEDERAL AGENCY UNABLE TO PROVIDE ANSWERS TO CONGRESS ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF KIDS IN THEIR CARE? WE ARE TOLD THAT AGENCIES DID NOT COORDINATE THEIR EFFORTS. DID THEY NOT PLAN FOR THIS? DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF INTEROPERABILITY THAT WE HAVE COME TO USE WITHIN OUR ADMINISTRATIONS? THIS ADMINISTRATION'S CRUEL POLICIES ARE OVERWHELMING, ARE ALREADY BURDEN -- OUR ALREADY OVERBURDENED -- ARE OVERWHELMING OUR ALREADY BURDENED JUDICIAL AND FOSTER CARE SYSTEMS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE STUCK PAYING THE PRICE. IT'S TIME FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION TO REALIZE THAT POLICY DECISIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. EVEN THE FEW CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN REUNITED WILL CARRY THE SCARS THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES. WE HAVE HEARD REPORTS THAT SOME OF THE YOUNGEST DO NOT RECOGNIZE THEIR PARENTS AS THEY ARE REUNITED, AND THAT IS UNDERSTANDABLE AND THAT IS ANTICIPATED. FAMILIES, AS WE ARE SEEING, ARE TRAUMATIZED, THEY ARE SCARED, HEART BROKEN AS ANYBODY WOULD BE IN THEIR SHOES. MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN CALL ON THIS ADMINISTRATION TO ANSWER CRILT CALL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE CHILDREN AND REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR FAMILIES IMMEDIATELY.

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                                            MR. CORREA

                                            I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. I YIELD TO MY GOOD…

                                            I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE.

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                                            MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, AM AN IMMIGRANT TO THIS COUNTRY. WHAT HAS BECOME…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, AM AN IMMIGRANT TO THIS COUNTRY. WHAT HAS BECOME EVIDENT IS THE SELF-IMPOSED CRISIS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS CREATED AND CREATED A PROCESS FOR DETAINING AND SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES. THIS IS AN ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS OMITTED THE COURT ORDER, SOMETHING THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OVER 2,000 CHILDREN, 2,000 KIDS THAT REMAIN SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES. ABOUT A WEEK AGO, I VISITED A DETENTION CENTER IN TEXAS AND SAW FIRSTHAND THE CONDITIONS BY WHICH THESE CHILDREN ARE BEING DETAINED. I SPOKE TO THE CHILDREN FIRSTHAND TO GET THEIR OWN PERSONAL THOUGHTS ON WHAT WAS GOING ON. THEY TALKED TO ME WITH DETAILS ABOUT HOW THEY WERE WOKEN UP AT 5:00 A.M. THEY WERE RUSHED THROUGH SHOWERS AND MADE TO TAKE SHOWERS LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES AND GIVEN ONLY 10 TO 15 MINUTES ONCE OR TWICE A DAY FOR RECREATION BECAUSE THEY ARE OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT WHERE IT IS EXTREMELY HOT. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID THAT THEY ARE ON TRACK TO RE-UNITE CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES, BUT THERE IS NO CLEAR PLAN. THERE ARE NO DETAILS. THIS THERE IS A D.H.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, FOUR-POINT PLAN TO NOWHERE THAT HAS BEEN PUT FORTH. IN THIS PLARN THERE ARE NO DETAILS. THERE IS REALLY AN ABSENCE OF A COHERENT PROCESS THAT WILL RE-UNITE THESE CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. THIS IS A SELF-IMPOSED CRISIS AND A CRUEL CRISIS THAT HAS BEEN CREATED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION. WE NEED A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING AND OVERSIGHT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW MISGUIDED THIS POLICY HAS BEEN AND THE INHUMANE CONDITIONS THAT HAVE RESULTED FROM THIS POLICY. AMERICA WAS THAT ONE BEACON ON THE HILL THAT OTHER COUNTRIES LOOGGED TO HOW WE TREATED IMMIGRANTS. WE HAVE LOST THAT MORAL GROUND BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS THOUGHT TO DESTROY THE VALUES AND IDEALS THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS HELD UP HIGH FOR CENTURIES. WE NEED LEGISLATION BECAUSE CLEARLY THIS ADMINISTRATION REMINDED US THAT THERE IS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY CAN BE IMPLEMENTED ANY OTHER DAY AGAIN. WHAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE IS UN-AMERICAN. THIS PRESIDENT HAS CHOSEN AGAIN TO DIVIDE US AS A COUNTS TRY AND GO AFTER THE MOST VULNERABLE AND GO AFTER IMMIGRANTS AND GO AFTER THEM IN THE MOST INHUMANE WAY. THIS IS NOT THE UNITED STATES THAT WE ALL LOVE AND CARE FOR. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                            NOW I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, MS. MAXINE…

                                            NOW I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, MS. MAXINE WATERS FROM THE GOOD STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                          • 06:20:43 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN CORREA FOR LEADING THIS…

                                            I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN CORREA FOR LEADING THIS IMPORTANT DISCUSSION. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO REITERATE MY ALARM ABOUT CHILD ABUSE AT THE BORDER DUE TO DELIBERATE INDIFFERENCE. THIS ADMINISTRATION FAILED TO FULLY COMPLY WITH ONE OF THE FIRST COURT-ORDERED DEADLINE TO RE-UNITE THE CHILDREN. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FAILED TO IMPLEMENT AN EFFECTIVE SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING AND RECONNECTING CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS BEFORE EXECUTING THEIR FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY. AS A RESULT, THEY HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO REPORT THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN THEIR CUSTODY. THE LOCATION OF EACH CHILD AND THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PARENTS. MANY OF WHOM HAVE ALREADY BEEN DEPORTED. ADDING INSULT TO INJURY, IT WAS RECENTLY REVEALED THAT ONE OF THE DETAINED CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE MAY ACTUALLY BE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. SUCH A MISTAKE SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AND SHOULD SHOCK EVERY AMERICAN TO THEIR CORE. THIS IS A DESPICABLE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS CREATED BY DONALD TRUMP WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN NO ABILITY TO SOLVE. DESPITE THE ATTEMPTS TO DIVERT, THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN REMAIN SEPARATED. THIS IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE. EVERY PARENT AND GRAND PARENT SHOULD BE APPALLED BY THE HARM THIS PRESIDENT HAS INFLIGGETTED ON CHILDREN. WE MUST ALL EXERCISE OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE RECONNECTED WITH THEIR PARENTS IF THE CRISIS PROVES IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO FULLY SOLVE, CONGRESS MUST HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 06:22:57 PM

                                            MR. CORREA

                                            THANK YOU. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM…

                                            THANK YOU. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, MR. GONZALEZ.

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                                          • 06:23:14 PM

                                            MR. GONZALEZ

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CORREA. I RISE TODAY TO TELL MY FELLOW AMERICA ANSWER THAT…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CORREA. I RISE TODAY TO TELL MY FELLOW AMERICA ANSWER THAT I'M APPALLED OVER REPORTS OVER THE MISTREATMENT AND ABUSE OF CHILDREN AT THE TREATMENT CENTER. THEY ARE UNDER CONTRACT. IT IS LOATHED SOUTH OF HOUSTON TEXAS. IT IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE SAME DAY CARE TREATMENT CENTER. FACE STAR WAS CLOSED BECAUSE THE WAY THEY RESTRAINED CHILDREN AND LED TO THE DEATH OF THREE TEENAGERS. IN MOST CASES, THE CHILDREN WERE HOGTIED. INSTEAD OF HOGTIED, THEY ARE DRUGGING CHILDREN. ONE CHILD WAS PRESENT SUBSCRIBED PILLS AND VACCINES. AND THE SEIZURE MEDICATIONS AND MANY, MANY OTHERS. THE NERVE AND PAIN MEDICATIONS, ANTI-DEPRESS ANTHS AND COGNITIVE ENHANCERS. THE FEDERAL JUDGE IN CALIFORNIA RECENTLY EXPLAINED THE DRUGS ARE POWERFUL MEDICATIONS AND AFFECT THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. THEY BECOME MORE VULNERABLE TO SEIZURES, IRREVERSIBLE MOVEMENT DISORDERS, SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, AGGRESSION, WEIGHT GAIN AND OTHER LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS. THE AGENCY NEEDS TO BE REPRIMANDED FOR LETTING THIS TAKE PLACE. YOU CANNOT HIDE BEHIND SUBCONTRACTORS. YOU ARE ON NOTICE. LET ME MAKE THIS MORE CLEAR. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST ACT AT ONCE. STOP PLACING THESE CHILDREN IN DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTS THAT ARE CAUSING CHILDREN TO SUFFER IN PAIN RIGHT NOW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN THIS ARGUMENT, UTILIZE YOUR POWERS OF CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AND END THESE PROCEDURES AND ABIDE OF SIMPLE RULES OF DECENCY AND HUMANITY.

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                                          • 06:25:35 PM

                                            MR. CORREA

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED…

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK MS. MA LONNIE.

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                                          • 06:25:46 PM

                                            MRS. MALONEY

                                            I THANK MIGRATE FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS…

                                            I THANK MIGRATE FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT HUMANITARIAN ISSUES. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MISSED ITS COURT-ORDERED DEADLINE TO RE-UNITE THE TODDLERS AND BABIES IT KIDNAPPED AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND YES, I SAY KIDNAPPED. I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO DESCRIBE IT. THAT IS THE ONLY APPROPRIATE WORD TO DESCRIBE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SO-CALLED ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY WHEN THERE WAS CLEARLY NO FORETHOUGHT AS TO HOW CHILDREN WOULD BE RETURNED TO THEIR PARENTS. THE CRUELTY AND INHUMIDITY AT THE BORDER HAS LED TO NEARLY 3,000 CHILDREN BEING TORN AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND IMPRISONED. INSTEAD OF HAVING A PLAN IN PLACE TO RE-UNITE THESE FAMILIES, THE ADMINISTRATION LOST, DESTROYED OR NEVER EVEN CREATED RECORDS AND CLEARLY DID NOT CARE OR THINK ABOUT THE RE-UNITING THESE CHILDREN AND NOW WE HAVE A CRISIS OF A WHOLE DIFFERENT KIND. FIGURING OUT HOW TO PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER AGAIN. SOME PARENTS OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE ALREADY BEEN DEPORTED. SOME ARE TOTALLY UNACCOUNTED FOR AND PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ARE UTTERLY FAILING TO FIX THIS TRAGEDY THAT THEY CREATED. WE HAVE SO MANY TRAGEDIES IN THE WORLD THAT WE'RE REACTING TO. THIS IS ONE THAT WAS CREATED, LITERALLY CREATED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION. AND WHILE WE DEAL WITH THIS UNORGANIZED CHAOS AND INCOMPETENCE, THE CHILDREN STILL IN CUSTODY SUFFER IRREPARABLE TRAUMA IN UNIMAGINABLE CONDITIONS ALL BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO PUNISH THOSE WHO SOUGHT SAFETY FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND A BETTER LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL EACH ONE OF THESE CHILDREN IS SAFELY BACK IN THEIR PARENTS' ARMS. WE WILL CONTINUE TOLL DEMAND INFORMATION ON HOW THESE CHILDREN WILL BE RE-UNITED WITH THESE FAMILIES AND INSIST THAT FIRST WHO TOOK PART IN THIS TRAGEDY ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. I HAVE VISITED TWO FACILITIES. ONE WAS IN NEW JERSEY, IN ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY. WE WENT THERE ON FATHER'S DAY. AT FIRST THEY WOULD NOT ALLOW US ACCESS. AFTER WE PUSHED AND PUSHED, WE WERE ALLOWED TO SEE FIVE GENTLEMEN, FOUR OF WHOM ENTERED THE COUNTRY LEGALLY AND IMMEDIATELY TURNED THEMSELVES OVER TO IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES. ONE CAME IN ILLEGALLY, BECAUSE THERE WAS VIOLENCE AT THE BORDER AND HE IMMEDIATELY TURNED HIMSELF OVER TO IMMIGRATION FACILITIES. THEY ALL HAD VERY SAD STORIES TO TELL. I SHARE ONE FROM A MAN, WE CAN'T SAY WHICH COUNTRY, BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF VIOLENCE AND DRUG VIOLENCE AND HIS PARTNER WAS KILLED AND BUSINESS WAS DESTROYED AND WENT TO THE SCHOOL THREATENING HIM TO TAKE HIS DAUGHTER. SHE WAS NOT IN THE SCHOOL AT THE TIME. THE THUGS WERE LOOKING FOR HER. HE GRABBED HIS DAUGHTER AND FLED TO AMERICA. HE WAS IN DETENTION WHEN THEY CAME TO HIS CELL AT 3:00 IN THE MORNING AND TORE HIS EIGHT -YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER FROM HIS ARMS. ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES FRRL NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY, WE ASKED TO SPEAK TO THE HEAD OF THE FACILITY, THE HEAD REPRESENTING I.C.E. THEY SAID THEY HAD NO RECORDS OF WHERE HIS DAUGHTER WAS. TO THIS DAY, THEY HAVE NOT REHIVE UNITED THIS FATHER WITH HIS 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. HE BROKE DOWN IN TEARS. I ALSO VISITED A FACILITY IN NEW YORK CITY IN EAST HARLEM, THIS IS A FACILITY THAT IS VERY WELL RUN. CHILDREN ARE THERE IN THE DAYTIME AND PLACED IN FOSTER HOMES DURING THE NIGHT. AGAIN, THE CHILDREN DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THEIR PARENTS WERE, THE PROFESSIONAL SAYS IT TAKES THEM 59 DAYS TO FIND A RELATIVE OR AN APPROPRIATE GUARDIAN OR THE PARENTS. I JUST HAVE TO I JUST HAVE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN SAYING THIS IS A DISASTER. 3,000 MIGRANT CHILDREN TAKE VEN FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE BOARDERER STILL WAITING TO BE REUNITED. THERE ARE ACCOUNTS OF PREGNANT WOMEN BEING SHACKLED IN DETENTION AND KA LOUSELY DENIED PRENATAL CARE OR MEDICAL ATTENTION WHEN THEY ARE CLEARLY EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF MISCARRIAGE. ON TUESDAY, THE ADMINISTRATION MISSED THE COURT ORDERED DEADLINE TO REUNITE ALL CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE. I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE OVER ROUGHLY 100 CHILDREN IN THIS CATEGORY. VERY FEW HAVE BEEN REUNITED. NEITHER H.H.S. OR D.H.S. HAVE CONSISTENT ANSWERS ABOUT HOW AND WHEN ANY OF THESE CHILDREN UNDER 5 OR OVER 5 ARE GOING TO BE RETURNED TO THEIR PARENTS. IN SHORT, THERE'S NO PLAN. THERE WAS NO PLANNING. THEY TOOK CHILDREN FROM THE ARMS OF THEIR PARENTS AND DID NOT KEEP RECORDS ON WHERE THEY ARE NOW. REPORTEDLY, -- REPEATEDLY, ALONG WITH RANKING MEMBER ELIJAH CUMMINGS, I HAVE JOINED HIM IN CALLING FOR HEARINGS IN THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND DESPITE NUMEROUS, NUMEROUS REQUESTS FROM HIM AND OTHERS, WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE SINGLE HEARING ABOUT THIS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS BEING PUT FORTH BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT. YET THERE IS PLANNED A HEARING TOMORROW ON HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS. THE ELECTION IS OVER. LET'S FOCUS ON THE CRISIS BEFORE US. THESE CHILDREN, AGAIN, WE WILL KEEP CALLING AND ASKING FOR HEARINGS ON THIS CRISIS BEFORE OUR COUNTRY. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR WORKING SO HARD AND TRYING TO FIND ANSWERS. I SUPPORT HIS WORK COMPLETELY. AND I WILL CONTINUE WORKING WITH HIM AND OTHERS TO REUNITE THESE FAMILIES THAT CAME TO OUR COUNTRY LOOKING FOR A BETTER LIFE AND I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND.

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                                          • 06:32:56 PM

                                            MR. CORREA

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                                            MS. TENNEY

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

                                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEY'RE REMARKS. I'M HAPPEN -- EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO HONOR OUR COLLEAGUE, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN WHO WILL BE RETIRING AT THE END OF THIS CONGRESS AFTER MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN PUBLIC SERVICE. I KNOW I SPEAK FOR EVERYONE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHEN I SAY WE'LL

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                                          • 06:39:49 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                            MS. TENNEY

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I KNOW I SPEAK FOR EVERYONE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I KNOW I SPEAK FOR EVERYONE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHEN I SAY WE'LL SINCERELY MISSILEA IN A'S BRIGHT SMILE, STRONG LEADERSHIP AND FIERCE ADVOCACY FOR HER CONSTITUENTS. WE LOOK BACK ON HER SERVICE WITH GRATITUDE, RECOGNIZE HER COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHT, PROVIDING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO ALL, SUPPORTING PUBLIC EDUCATION AND ESPECIALLY OUR NATION'S VETERANS. WE RECALL OUR MEMORIES OF OF HER GREAT SENSE OF HUE -- HUMOR AND WISH HER A FOND FARE WELL AS SHE BEGINS HER NEXT CHAPTER IN LIFE. SHE BECAME THE FIRST HISPANIC WOMAN TO SERVE IN THE FLORIDA STATE HOUSE AND SENATE, LATER RISING TO BECOME THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS. HER RECORD OF SERVICE IS BEYOND REPROACH. AT THE AGE OF 8, ILEANA'S FAMILY FLED THE OPPRESSIVE COMMUNIST REGIME OF FIDEL CASTRO'S HUE CUBA. THIS LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE HAS GUIDED HER JOURNEY IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND LED HER TO REMAIN COMMITTED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS. ALTHOUGH I HAVEN'T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS LONG AS OTHER MEMBERS ALONGSIDE ILEANA, THE TIME I SPENT SERVING WITH HER HAS BEEN INSPIRATIONAL AND AN INCREDIBLE HONOR. ONE OF MY GREAT MEMORIES OF ILEANA WAS A CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION WHERE WE TRAVELED TO SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, AND INDIA TO STUDY ISSUES IMPACTING THE REGION AND OUR NATION'S RELATIONSHIP WITH IMPORTANT ALLIES IN ASIA. TOGETHER WE MET WITH U.S. SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN NEAR THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE IN SOUTH KOREA AND THEN LATER ON WE WERE RECEIVED BY HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA IN INDIA. DURING OUR TROOP, ILEANA SHARED HER EXPERIENCE IN CUBA WITH ME AND HER FAMILY'S STRUGGLE AND JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES. ALTHOUGH A STRUGGLE FACING THITY BET TAN PEOPLE IS DIFFERENT THAN SUFFERING CUBANS FACED UNDER THE CASTRO REGIME, ILEANA HAS APPLIED HER EXPERIENCE AND FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE ONITY BET TAN AUTONOMY. WHILE ON THE VISIT SHE WAS PRESENTED WITH A SASH FOR THED ORER OF THE PROPITIOUS CLOUDS WITH A SPECIAL GRAND CORD OON FOR HER SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO STRENGTHENING TAIWAN-U.S. RELATIONSHIPS. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN TO SHARE A CUTE STORY WITH HER AS WE WERE GETTING READY TO GIVE HER THIS GREAT AWARD AS THE PROPITIOUS CLOUD. THE TAIWAN EASE -- TIE WHAT THESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WERE -- THE TAIWANESE OFFICIALS WERE PLACING THE SASH ON HER. SHE WAS SO FUNNY SHE SAID I HAVEN'T BEEN THROUGH THIS SINCE I WAS MISS AMERICA. WHICH I THOUGHT WAS REALLY CUTE. SHE WORKED AS A TEACHER AND A PRINCIPAL IN THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SCHOOL SHEFMENT SAW FIRSTHAND STORIES OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP WHICH INSPIRED HER TO RUN FOR OFFICE. THROUGHOUT HER TIME IN CONGRESS SHE PASSED LEGISLATION THAT HELPED THOUSANDS OF TEENAGERS GO TO COLLEGE AND FOUGHT FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS. SHE HAS A SERVANT'S HEART AND CHAMPIONS ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO HER AND THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA. THOUGH REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN MAY BE RETIRING FROM HER POST IN THIS CHAMBER WE KNOW SHE'LL LOOK FOR WAYS TO SERVE THE STATE AND COUNTRY SHE SO DEARLY LOVES. TODAY WE JOIN WITH HER TEAM AND FAMILY IN RECOGNIZING HER MANY YEARS OF SERVICE. WE ALL WISH CONGRESSWOMAN ROSS NET LEN, HER HUSBAND, FOUR CHILDREN AND FIVE BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN ALL THE BEST IN THE NEXT CHAPTER. FOR ME PERSONALLY, IT WAS A DEEP HONOR TO WORK WITH SOMEONE SO COMMITTED TO THE GREATER GOOD, THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THE UNITED STATES, AND COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD FACING OPPRESSION ARE A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF ILEANA'SFIRES ADVOCACY AND COMMITMENT TO OUR MOST VULNERABLE. I'M JOINED BY A NUMBER OF COLLEAGUES, THOUGH WE CHANGED OUR TIME, A NUMBER OF COLLEAGUES WANTED TO BE HERE AND HOPEFULLY THEY'LL GET HERE. BUT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED WITH HER. FIRST I SEE CONGRESSMAN CHARLIE CRIST WHO WILL BE GETTING UP AND SAYING A FEW NICE THINGS ABOUT ILEANA, REFLECTING ON HIS PROBABLY EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH HER IN FLORIDA. I RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MR. CHARLIE CRIST, CONGRESSMAN. WHEREVER YOU WANT. COME ON UP. WE'RE GOING TO STAND SIDE BY SIDE. ILEANA WOULD LOVE IT.

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                                            MR. KRIS

                                            THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER --

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                                            MR. CRIST

                                            THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. IT'S GREAT. I WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS…

                                            THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. IT'S GREAT. I WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT ILEANA, MATT, I'M SURE YOU'LL ECHO THIS TOO A WONDERFUL LADY, GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT A HEART OF GOLD AND ALWAYS WITH A SMILE ON HER FACE. AND AROUND THIS PLACE THAT'S VERY UPLIFTING AND WONDERFUL TO SEE. AND I JUST WANTED TO COME DOWN HERE AND TESTIFY, IF YOU WILL, ON HER BEHALF, WHAT A WONDERFUL, SHINING LIGHT SHE REALLY IS. AND SO CLAUDIA, AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING THIS AND PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. IT'S GREAT TO HAVE YOU TO DO SO AND ILEANA IF YOU'RE WATCH, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY AND I KNOW YOUR FUTURE WILL BE VERY, VERY BRIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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                                          • 06:45:17 PM

                                            MS. TENNEY

                                            THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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                                            MS. TENNEY

                                            I'M A NEW MEMBER AND CONGRESSMAN CRIST IS A NEW MEMBER AND WE ARE TOUCHED.…

                                            I'M A NEW MEMBER AND CONGRESSMAN CRIST IS A NEW MEMBER AND WE ARE TOUCHED. I GOT TO KNOW HER THROUGH ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES AND WE SIT DOWN IN THE FRONT ROW AND SHE IS THE QUEEN OF ONE-MINUTES AND HAS POSITION A ON OUR SIDE. NO ONE DARES TO SIT IN HER SEAT. BUT THAT'S HOW I GOT TO KNOW HER AND SHE GOT ME INSPIRED COMING TO ASIAN TAKING ON HER LOVE AND HER PORTFOLIO ON HUMAN RIGHTS, PARTICULARLY HELPING THE PEOPLE IN TAIWAN AND FIGHTING FOR THE TIBET AND IN EXILE AND THE DAHLY LLAMA AND I WENT THERE WITH MS. ROS-LEHTINEN AND TO MEET HIM AND SIT WITH HIM FOR AN HOUR AS HE ENTERTAINED US. HE WAS REALLY CHARMING AND JUST AN INCREDIBLE INSPIRATION NOT ONLY TO THE PEOPLE AND ALSO TO THE WORLD. WE ARE NOW JOINED BY OUR TERRIFIC COLLEAGUE, OUR FRESHMAN REPRESENTATIVE MATT GAETZ. WE ARE HONORED.

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                                          • 06:46:41 PM

                                            MR. GAETZ

                                            HONORED.

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                                            MS. TENNEY

                                            THANK YOU FOR YOUR PERFECT DESCRIPTION AS A CHAMPION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. AND…

                                            THANK YOU FOR YOUR PERFECT DESCRIPTION AS A CHAMPION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. AND HER HUSBAND DEXTER, BUT WE TALKED ABOUT HIM QUITE A BIT, TRAVELING TO ASIA. AND SUCH AN HONOR FOR ME AS A FRESHMAN MEMBER AND YOU HEARD FROM ME AND CONGRESSMAN GAETZ AND CONGRESSMAN CRIST, WHO ARE SO INSPIRED BY MS. ROS-LEHTINEN. I'M HONORED TO INVITE ONE OF OUR GREAT WOMEN LEADERS, MRS. BARBARA COMSTOCK TO SAY A FEW WORDS. WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE OUR GREAT REPRESENTATIVE FROM VIRGINIA, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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                                          • 06:49:50 PM

                                            MRS. COMSTOCK

                                            I RISE TO SPEAK ABOUT OUR WONDERFUL COLLEAGUE WHO I WAS FIRST PRIVILEGED…

                                            I RISE TO SPEAK ABOUT OUR WONDERFUL COLLEAGUE WHO I WAS FIRST PRIVILEGED TO MEET WHEN I WAS A STAFFER HERE IN CONGRESS IN THE 1990'S. SHE WAS GRATEFULLY SEVERED THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA'S 27TH DISTRICT SINCE 1989 AND EMBODIES THE SUCCESS STORY WHEN THEY THINK OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. JUST EIGHT YEARS OLD, SHE ESCAPED THE BRUTAL REGIME OF CASTRO. AND CERTAINLY THEY HAVE FOUND THAT. SHE HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN WHERE SHE CAME FROM AND FOUGHT THE OPPRESSED ALL AROUND THE WORLD. SHE WAS NOT THE ONLY FIRST HISPANIC WOMAN IN CONGRESS WHO FOUGHT FOR ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HERE, BUT SHE WAS THE FIRST CHAIRWOMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND TAKE THAT EXPERIENCE AND NOW REALLY BRING IT ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO BE ABLE TO BRING THAT KIND OF HEART THAT SHE HAS. AND EVERY BIT OF HER HEART IS MATCHED BY A WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR. AND WHEN YOU SEE HER ON THE FLOOR OR WHENEVER YOU SEE HER, SHE IS CHEERLEADING FOR EVERYBODY. AND SHE IS ALWAYS HAPPY. SHE WAS HEAR HERE WITH HER GRAND CHILDREN AND A JOYFUL PERSON. SHE HAS BEEN A MENTOR HERE TO SO MANY WOMEN. WHEN SHE WAS FIRST HERE IN CONGRESS, THERE WEREN'T MANY REPUBLICAN WOMEN AND CERTAINLY AS THE FIRST HISPANIC WOMAN, SHE WAS THE FIRST REPUBLICAN HISPANIC WOMAN ALSO, SO SHE WAS A GREAT MENTOR TO THOSE OF US WHO WERE STAFFERS. HOW I WAS PRIVILEGED TO MEET HER. AND SHE HAS TAKEN THIS CALLING TO HEART AS A PUBLIC SERVICE AND ALWAYS DONE THE BEST FOR HER CONSTITUENTS. SHE IS A WOMAN OF GREAT HONOR, A DEVOTED WIFE, MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER. SHE HAS CHANGED THIS CONGRESS AND OUR COLLEAGUES FOR THE BETTER. SHE IS SOMEONE WE ARE ALL -- WE JOIN TOGETHER IN THE REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN FAN CLUB. AND I THINK THERE ARE CLOSE TO 435 MEMBERS WHO WILL MISS HER INSIGHT, HER INTELLECT AND HER SENSE OF HUMOR AND HER PASSION FOR REPRESENTING HER CONSTITUENTS, REPRESENTING THE OPPRESSED AND REPRESENTING HUMAN RIGHTS. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO SERVE WITH YOU FIRST AS A STAFFER AND NOW AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHERE YOU WERE SUCH A GREAT MEMBER AND ALL OF US KNOW YOU WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY EVEN WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE IN CONGRESS, WE KNOW THAT IS YOUR HEART AND WE KNOW YOU WILL BE A WOMAN WHO GIVES TO OTHERS AND WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE SERVED WITH YOU HERE IN CONGRESS, GOD BLESS.

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                                            MS. TENNEY

                                            NOW BARBARA IS MY MENTOR AS WELL AS ONE OF THE EARLY REPUBLICANS WHO HAS…

                                            NOW BARBARA IS MY MENTOR AS WELL AS ONE OF THE EARLY REPUBLICANS WHO HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION AND HARD WORKER AND COMING UP WITH GREAT LEGISLATION. LIKE -- ONE OF THE GREAT HONORS I GOT TO BE WITH HER IN THE TIBET GOVERNMENT IN EXILE. WE HAD TO CHANGE OUR TIME. OH, GREAT, WE HAVE ANOTHER MEMBER. I WANT TO SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS SM I GOT TO TRAVEL TO THE AMAZING TIBET GOVERNMENT IN EXILE IN INDIA AND WAS GROWTHED BY AMAZING STUDENTS AND IT WAS A LIFE-CHANGING STUDENTS AND GO THERE WITH REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN, WE WERE ABLE TO GET THEIR SCARVES. IT IS CALLED THE TIBET BUDDHIST SCARF -- [FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

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                                            MS. TENNEY

                                            I WANT TO WEAR THIS SCARF. AND SHE WAS -- WE HAD TO HOLD HER SCARF UP A…

                                            I WANT TO WEAR THIS SCARF. AND SHE WAS -- WE HAD TO HOLD HER SCARF UP A FEW TIMES. BUT IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL MEMORY AND KNOW HOW IMPORTANT HER ADVOCACY HAS BEEN ON BEHALF OF THE TIBET AND PEOPLE AND LEFT THEM IN EXILE IN INDIA AND HER FIGHT TO BRING THE TIBET PEOPLE BACK TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY. WE ARE GOING TO CARRY ON THE TRADITION AND THE FIGHT WITH COMPASSION AND WITH COURAGE AND THE INSPIRATION WE RECEIVED FROM SO MANY. NOW IT IS MIGRATE HONOR TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA TO SAY A FEW GREAT WORDS ABOUT REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN.

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                                          • 06:55:27 PM

                                            MR. LAMALFA

                                            THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS NIGHT, WELL DID HE SEVERED FOR A GREAT FRIEND…

                                            THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS NIGHT, WELL DID HE SEVERED FOR A GREAT FRIEND THAT SHE IS HERE AND AS WELL AS AN AMAZING MEMBER FOR HER DISTRICT FOR REPRESENTING HER PEOPLE WITH ENERGY AND WITH ALL THAT IT TAKES TO BE EFFECTIVE FOR THE MR. CHAIRMAN MANY YEARS SHE DID SO. YOU SAW THAT SAME LEVEL OF ENERGY. I WAS PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH HER ON ISSUES BUT SEEING HER FOR A MINUTE EACH TIME. YOU KNOW, CLAUDIA, TALKED ABOUT THE HEIGHT DISPARITY. FOR SHE AND I, TASTE QUITE SOMETHING ELSE. COMING FROM A RANCHING BACKGROUND IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, I HAVE THESE COWBOY VOTES AND SHE WOULD SAY, HEY, COWBOY, HOW IS IT? SHE IS MY COWGIRLFRIEND AND THAT IS SO MUCH OF THE FUN. AND I'M DISAPPOINTED TO HEAR THAT SHE WAS DECIDING TO HANG IT UP HERE. BUT EVERYBODY HAS THAT TIME. AND SHE LED HERE WITH AGAIN WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY BUT ALSO ENOUGH FIRE TO GET THE JOB DONE. SHE IS AN AMAZING REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF HER DISTRICT AND TO HEAR ALL THE DIVERSE ISSUES THAT AFFECT HER PART OF CALIFORNIA AND TAKE THAT INTO MIND, BECAUSE SHE IS EFFECTIVE OF GETTING HER POINT ACROSS AND THE PIZZAZZ. SO WE WILL MISS HER AND FROM COWBOY TO COW GIRL, ENJOY YOUR NEXT ENDEAVOR AND BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH YOU.

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                                          • 06:57:37 PM

                                            MS. TENNEY

                                            BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO A WONDERFUL WOMAN WHO HAS INSPIRED US ALL. AND HER…

                                            BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO A WONDERFUL WOMAN WHO HAS INSPIRED US ALL. AND HER SENSE OF HUMOR. I THINK OF THE GREAT LEADERS THAT YOU MEET. YOU THINK OF SOME TOWERING FIGURE. SHE WAS VERY TALL IN HER SMALL BODY. JUST HER COURAGE AND HER TENACITY AND HER WILLINGNESS TO BE TRUTHFUL AND FIGHT THE FIGHT. AND A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I LEARNED FROM MY FATHER, WHEN I FIND PEOPLE WITH THESE RARE QUALITIES LIKE REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN, HER UNWILLINGNESS TO SUCCUMB TO VICTIMHOOD. SHE IS FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE. SHE PROBABLY DOESN'T RECOGNIZE THAT IS PROBABLY ONE OF HER QUALITIES THAT I SAW IN HER AND ALSO HER WILLINGNESS TO NOT HOLD A GRUDGE AND BE BIPARTISAN AND REACH ACROSS THE AISLE AND WORK WITH OTHER MEMBERS WITHOUT SACRIFICING HER VALUES AND INTEGRITY. I KNOW -- THIS MAY BE THE FIRST SPECIAL ORDERS THAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAR ON THE GREAT REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN BUT THEY WON'T BE THE LAST. WE HAVE A FEW MORE MONTHS OF HER UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR AND CONTINUE TO HONOR THIS AMAZING PERSON WHO HAS GRACED THIS INSTITUTION WITH THE LEADERSHIP, PASSION AND COMPASSION FOR THOSE WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE AND I KNOW SHE WILL CONTINUE IN HER PRIVATE LIFE OUTSIDE OF POLITICS ON THE SAME MISSION SHE IS ON, BECAUSE THAT IS WHO SHE IS. SHE WILL STAND UP FOR THE MOST NEED IY AND MOST VULNERABLE. I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR THIS POSITION AND THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING NEW YORK'S 22 RNED DISTRICT AND I HAVE HAD THE HONOR TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GREATNESS AND HER AMAZING INSPIRATION AND THANK HER AND TO DEXTER AND TO HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHO ARE SO LUCKY TO BE AMONG SOMEONE AND GROW UP WITH SOMEONE LIKE HER CONSTITUENTS WHO I'M SURE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE WORK SHE HAS DONE IN THIS INSTITUTION AND CHANGE IT FOREVER FOR THE BETTER. AND FOR THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THANK YOU SO MUCH TO MISROS-LEHTINEN AND A TRIBUTE TO HER. .

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED SPOIFL JANUARY…

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED SPOIFL JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                            MR. GOHMERT

                                            INTERESTING STORY IN POLITICO THIS WEEK. ENTITLED "THE SECRET STORY OF HOW…

                                            INTERESTING STORY IN POLITICO THIS WEEK. ENTITLED "THE SECRET STORY OF HOW AMERICA LOST THE DRUG WAR WITH THE TALIBAN." WRITTEN BY JOSH MEYER. IT SAYS AS AFGHANISTAN INCHED CLOSER TO BEING A NARCO STATE YEARS AGO, A TEAM OF OFFICIALS PRESENTED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WITH A DETAILED PLAN TO USE U.S. COURTS TO PROSECUTE THE TALIBAN COMMANDERS AND ALLIED DRUG LORDS WHO SUPPLIED MORE THAN 90% OF THE WORLD'S HEROIN. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS INCREDIBLE. I'VE BEEN HEARING FROM D.E.A. AGENTS, FROM LOCAL POLICE, DEPUTIES, SO MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE ABOUT HOW INCREDIBLY ABUNDANT HEROIN IS IN AMERICA. AND THAT WE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE THAT GET HOOKED ON OPIOIDS AND THEN THEY WOULD ULTIMATELY FIND HEROIN WAS CHEAPER AND MORE PLENTIFUL. AND IT DESTROYED A LOT OF LIVES. IT CONTINUES TO DESTROY LIVES IN AMERICA. AND THAT -- TO HAVE THIS REPORT COME OUT THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING IN A TIMELY MANNER TO HAVE SAVED TENS OF THOUSANDS, IF NOT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, OF LIVES FROM BEING LOST. OR BEING WASTED. IN THIS OPIOID EPIDEMIC. OF ADDICTION. IT'S REALLY STAGGERING. TO THINK THAT OUR UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, WITH ALL ITS TOOLS, HAD THE CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD PREVENT THE MASSIVE PERSONAL DESTRUCTIONS THAT WE WITNESSED, IT RUNS OVER INTO THE UNCONSCIONABLE AREA. THIS ARTICLE SAYS THE PLAN ACCORDING TO ITS ARTICLES WAS BOTH A WAY OF HALTING RUES NOW SPREAD OF NARCOTICS AROUND THE WORLD AND A NEW AND URGENT APPROACH TO CONFRONTING ONGOING FRUSTRATIONS WITH THE TALIBAN, WHOSE DRUG PROFITS WERE FINANCING THE GROWING INSURGENCY AND KILLING AMERICAN TROOPS BUT THOUGH BA MA ADMINISTRATION'S DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSIONS IN KABUL, CITING POLITICAL CONCERNS, ORDERED THE PLAN TO BE SHELVED. ACCORDING TO POLITICO'S INVESTIGATION. NOW I'M NOT ALWAYS -- I'VE NOT ALWAYS BEEN THE BIGGEST POLITICO FAN. BUT THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY. NOW ITS AUTHORS, DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION AGENTS AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LEGAL ADVISORS AT THE TIME ARE EXPRESSING ANGER OVER THE DECISION AND HOPE THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WHICH HAS FOLLOWED A PATH SIMILAR TO FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S IN AFGHANISTAN, WILL EVENTUALLY ADOPT THE PLAN AS PART OF ITS EVOLVING STRATEGY. THIS WAS THE MOST EFFECTIVE -- THIS IS A QUOTE. THIS WAS MOST EFFECTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE TOOL WE HAD FOR DISRUPTING AND DISMANTLING AFGHAN DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS AND SEPARATING THEM FROM THE TALIBAN, UNQUOTE, SAID MICHAEL MARSAC, THE MAIN ARCHITECT OF THE PLAN, AS THE D.E.A.'S REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR SOUTHWEST ASIA AT THE TIME. BUT IT LIES DORMANT, BURIED IN AN OBSCURE FILE ROOM ALL BUT FORGOTTEN. SENIOR AFGHAN SECURITY AGENT ASHRAF AGARI, ALSO EXPRESSED ANGER AT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WHEN TOLD ABOUT HOW THE U.S. EFFORT TO INDICT TALIBAN NARCOTICS KINGPINS WAS STOPPED DEAD IN ITS TRACKS 16 MONTHS AFTER IT BEGAN. IT BROUGHT US ALMOST TO THE BREAKING POINT. PUT OUR ELECTIONS INTO A TIME OF CRISIS. AND THEN OUR ECONOMY ALMOST COLLAPSED, HE SAID OF THE DRUG MONEY FUNDING THE TALIBAN. QUOTE IF THAT OPERATION HAD CONTINUED, WE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD THIS MASSIVE INCREASE IN PRODUCTION AND CULTIVATION AS WE DO NOW. A POPPY FARMER IN LAGMAN PROVINCE SCORES -- THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH THERE, SHOWING SCORING A POPPY TO EXTRACT RAW OPIUM IN APRIL OF 2004. AFGHAN DRUG LORDS HAVE PLEDGED FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THE TALIBAN IN EXCHANGE FOR PROTECTIONS OF THEIR VAST SWATHS OF POPPY AND CANNABIS FIELDS, DRUG PROCESSING LABS, AND STORAGE FACILITIES. POPPY CULTIVATION, HEROIN PRODUCTION, TERRORIST ATTACKS, TERRITORY CONTROLLED BY THE TALIBAN ARE NOW AT OR NEAR RECORD HIGHS. PRESIDENT GHANI I'VE MET, SEEMS LIKE A VERY DECENT GENTLEMAN, HE SAID RECENTLY THAT AFGHANISTAN'S MILITARY AND THE GOVERNMENT ITSELF WOULD BE IN DANGER OF IMMINENT COLLAPSE PERHAPS WITHIN DAYS IF U.S. ASSISTANCE STOPS. WHEN WE HEARD THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CONDEMNING THE OPIOID ADDICTION EPIDEMIC, WE DIDN'T KNOW THAT THAT ADMINISTRATION HAD A CHANCE TO END 90% OF THE HEROIN COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY. APPARENTLY, SO MUCH OF THAT FLOWS ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. I REALIZE THE LEADERS IN THE U.S. SENATE AND THE LEADERS IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE DID NOT SUPPORT THE PILLARS OF DONALD TRUMP'S PLATFORM THAT GOT HIM ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. EVERY BILL THAT WE HAVE BROUGHT OUT OF THE HOUSE OR THAT'S COME OUT OF THE SENATE, EVEN THE COUPLE OF TIMES THERE'S BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY FOR A BORDER WALL, IT'S NOT AS SERIOUS AS IT SHOULD BE THAT THIS CONGRESS SHOULD BE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE TRAVESTY ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. AS LONG AS IT REMAINS SO OPEN, THE DRUG CARTELS WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE TENS, HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, I READ THAT JUST THE DRUG MONEY ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER THE LAST YEAR WAS AROUND $80 BILLION AND HAVE ALSO UNDERSTOOD THAT PROJECTIONS ARE THAT THE DRUG CARTELS MAY BE MAKING MORE FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER THAN THEY ARE EVEN FROM THEIR DRUG MONEY. AND THAT MONEY IS BEING USED TO KEEP OUR MEXICO FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR OPPRESSED AND IN BONDAGE. THE BEST THING THAT WE COULD DO IF WE REALLY AND TRULY CARED ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO, ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF GUADALAJARA, EL SALVADOR, OF SO MANY COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL AND EVEN SOUTH AMERICA THAT ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING, DRUG TRAFFICKING, SEX TRAFFICKING THAT'S GOING ON AND COMING ACROSS THE U.S. BORDER IS STOP IT. WE STOP THE FLOW OF THE BILLIONS THAT ARE BEING SPENT OR MADE BY THE DRUG CARTELS THEN THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR THE CORRUPTION THAT RESIDES IN SO MUCH OF MEXICO. AND SOUTH OF MEXICO. THAT'S WHAT A GOOD NEIGHBOR SHOULD DO. THAT'S WHAT THIS HOUSE SHOULD DO. THAT'S WHAT THE SENATE SHOULD DO. TELL OUR RICH LOBBYIST FRIENDS THAT WE ARE GOING TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE MEXICO ONE OF THE 10 TOP ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD BY GUTTING THEIR CORRUPTION BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO ENFORCE A SECURE BORDER TO OUR SOUTH. AND THEY NEED TO GET READY AND USED TO IT. BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE LEADERSHIP IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE THAT WILL STEP UP TO THE TASK. ENOUGH LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST, ENOUGH GIRLS HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO SEX TRAFFICKING, ENOUGH LIVES HAVE BEEN WASTED IN DRUG ADDICTION. ENOUGH LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST IN TRYING TO GET HERE EVILLY LURED HERE BY THE ATTRACTION OF WHAT MIGHT COME. FATHERS THAT WOULD EVEN PROVIDE BIRTH CONTROL TO DAUGHTERS KNOWING THEY'RE LIKELY TO BE RAPED ON THE WAY TO THE UNITED STATES. WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE WE? THAT WE WOULD LURE PEOPLE IN TO THAT KIND OF SITUATION? WELL, WE'RE DOING IT. I HEAR IT OVER AND OVER. FROM THOSE PEOPLE THAT GUARD OUR BORDER AND FROM THE PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT INSANE. THEY'RE NOT CRAZY. THEY'RE NOT STUPID. THEY'RE JUST IGNORANT ABOUT THE ROLE OF I.C.E. IN AMERICA. I.C.E. DOES NOT PROTECT OUR BORDERS. THAT'S THE BORDER PATROL. WE ALSO HAVE THAT SUPPLEMENTED BY OTHERS THAT ARE ASSISTING THE BORDER PATROL. I.C.E. IS REALLY THE ONE THAT SOMETIMES HAS BEEN REFERRED TO BY THAT PART OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS BEEN LABELED BY DRUG CARTELS, ACCORDING TO PEOPLE ON THE BORDER, AS DRUG CARTEL'S LOGISTICS. BECAUSE THEY GET PEOPLE ILLEGALLY ACROSS OUR BORDER, AND THEN HOMELAND SECURITY, WITH THE HELP OF I.C.E., IF THERE ARE CHILDREN INVOLVED IT INVOLVES HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE, H.H.S. THEY SHIP THEM AROUND THE COUNTRY TO WHATEVER ADDRESS THE DRUG CARTELS GIVE THE INDIVIDUALS AND TELL THEM THAT THIS IS WHERE YOU'RE GOING. AND YOU CAB FINISH PAYING OFF YOUR FEE TO US BY WORKING FOR US AT THE ADDRESS WHERE WE SEND YOU, EITHER IN SEX TRAFFICKING, DRUG TRAFFICKING, WHATEVER. YES, IS WE'RE TAKING UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MONEY, WE'RE PRYING IT OUT OF THE HARDWORKING HANDS OF AMERICANS, AND WE'RE USING IT TO HELP THE DRUG CARTELS BUILD UP THEIR EMPLOYEE BASE ALL OVER AMERICA. IT'S TIME THAT PEOPLE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WOKE UP AND REALIZED THE AMOUNT OF HUMAN SUFFERING THAT OUR FAILURE TO SECURE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER IS CAUSING. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DOING WHAT HE COULD, WHAT HE CAN. BUT HE COULD DO A WHOLE LOT MORE IF WE GAVE HIM THE TOOLS TO DO IT. HOW HEARTLESS CAN WE BE NOT TO SECURE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER AND ALLOW THE DEATHS, THE RAPES, THE DRUG ABUSE THAT IS OVERWHELMING OUR COUNTRY -- WE GOT TO STOP IT. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAD A CHANCE TO CUT IT OFF AT ITS ROOT SOURCE. THEY KILLED THE PROGRAM. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA, I KNOW OUR FRIEND, MIKE POMPEO, IS BUSY RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. BUT THERE ARE OTHERS IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN HOMELAND SECURITY, SECRETARY NIELSEN, OTHERS. WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. IT'S WHAT DECENT, CARING PEOPLE WOULD DO. AND FOR THOSE, INCLUDING ANY JUDGE THAT SAYS YOU HAVE GOT TO GIVE THESE CHILDREN BACK TO PEOPLE THAT MAY NOT BE THEIR PARENTS, PEOPLE THAT HAVE CONVICTIONS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SEX TRAFFICKING OR CHILD MOLEST -- MOLESTATION OUGHT TO COME UP ON CHARGES THEMSELVES. FORTUNATELY ONE JUDGE BACKED OFF OF THE DEADLINE THAT HAD BEEN SET FOR GETTING CERTAIN CHILDREN BACK TO THEIR PARENTS. BECAUSE HOMELAND SECURITY AND H.H.S. IS DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN AS QUICKLY AS THEY CAN TO MAKE SURE IF THEY GIVE CHILDREN TO ADULTS THEY'RE NOT SEX TRAFFICKERS, THEY'RE NOT DRUG TRAFFICKERS. THERE IS A FAMILY RELATIONSHIP AND IT APPEARS A GREAT DEAL OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE ALONG THOSE LINES. SO THERE'S AT LEAST FIVE OR SIX CHILDREN THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TURNED OVER TO PEOPLE THAT WERE NOT THEIR FAMILY OR PEOPLE THAT HAD DRUG OR CHILD MOLESTATION OFFENSES. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. IT'S WHAT WE DO. IT'S WHY OUR NATION, SO MANY OF US, BECAME OUTRAGED WHEN WE FOUND OUT THAT YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRLS COMPETING AS OLYMPIANS FOR THE UNITED STATES IN THE WORLD WERE SEXUALLY MOLESTED BY AN ADULT MONSTER. AND THEN WE HAVE THE WANNABES, ADULT MEN WHO SET RECORDS AND WON WRESTLING MATCHES, THEY COULD TAKE DOWN THE STRONGEST AND BEST IN THE COUNTRY, TAKE THEM DOWN, IF THEY DIDN'T LIKE WHAT THEY WERE DOING, THEY COULD TAKE THEM DOWN. THEY GOT IN THE RING AND THE MATCH STARTED, THEY COULD TAKE THEM DOWN. AND TWO GUYS LIKE THAT COME FORWARD SAY, YEAH, OK, SO I WAS AN ADULT, SO I COULD HAVE BEEN OUT IN AFGHANISTAN SHOOTING AND KILLING PEOPLE. I WAS NO MATCH FOR SOME WIMPY DOCTOR THAT MADE COME-ON COMMENTS. AND SOMEBODY LIKE THAT WOULD BE ALLOWED TO BESMIRCH THE NAME OF JIM JORDAN, IT'S DISGUSTING. AND ANY GROUP THAT WOULD GLOM ON TO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IT'S DISGUSTING. ASSASSINATING AN HONORABLE CHARACTER USED TO BE A VIRTUALLY UNPARDONNABLE SIN IN AMERICA. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU QUIT TEACHING ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG, YOU QUIT TEACHING ABOUT THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, YOU QUIT TEACHING THAT WE'RE ALL ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS. AND YOU START TEACHING INSTEAD THAT EVERYTHING'S RELATIVE. THERE'S NO RIGHT, THERE'S NO WRONG. THERE'S ONLY CONVENIENT AND POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT. WHEN POLITICAL EXPEDIENCE BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT IN AMERICA, LIKE IT HAS FOR SOME, AND RIGHT AND WRONG GOES OUT THE WINDOW, WE HAVE NO BUSINESS MAINTAINING THE SAME FORM OF GOVERNANCE. IT'S TIME TO GET BACK TO TEACHING RIGHT AND WRONG. BECAUSE THERE ARE SUCH. C.S. LEWIS SAID HE USED TO ENJOY MAKING FUN OF CHRISTIANS WHEN HE WAS AN ATHEIST BY SAYING, HOW CAN YOU SAY THERE IS A JUST GOD IN THE WORLD WHEN THERE'S SO MUCH INJUSTICE IN THE WORLD? AND NO MATTER WHAT THEY WOULD COME BACK WITH AS A RESPONSE, THESE YIFTIANS, LEWIS -- THESE CHRISTIANS, LEWIS WOULD SAY, YES, YES, THAT'S ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT WOULDN'T IT BE EASIER JUST TO ADMIT THERE CAN'T BE A JUST GOD IN THE UNIVERSE WHEN THERE'S SO MUCH INJUSTICE? AND THEN ONE DAY HE FINALLY REALIZED, IF THERE IS NOT SOME ABSOLUTE SOURCE OF RIGHT AND WRONG IN THE WORLD, JUSTICE AND INJUSTICE, THEN HOW COULD HE EVER KNOW THERE IS SO MUCH INJUSTICE IN THE WORLD? IT WOULD BE LIKE A MAN BLIND FROM BIRTH BEING UNABLE TO KNOW WHAT LIGHT IS. BUT THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE SOURCE OF JUSTICE IN THE WORLD. AND THAT'S WHY IN 1787, IN PHILADELPHIA, WHEN OUR NATION'S LEADERS STRUGGLED TO COME UP WITH A NEW CONSTITUTION, THAT BEN FRANKLIN, WHO SO MANY TEACHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WRONGLY SAY WAS A DII -- DEIST, AS SOME DO ABOUT WASHINGTON, HE SAYS, I'VE LIVED, SIR, A LONG TIME AND THE LONGER I LIVE, MORTGAGE CONVINCING PROOF -- THE MORE CONVINCING PROOFS I SEE OF THIS TRUTH. GOD GOVERNS IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN. AND IF A SPARROW CANNOT FALL TO THE GROUND WITHOUT HIS NOTICE, IS IT POSSIBLE AN EMPIRE COULD RISE WITHOUT HIS AID? WE'VE BEEN ASSURED, SIR, IN THE SACRED WRITING THAT UNLESS THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VEIN THAT BUILD IT. I -- VAIN THAT BUILD IT. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THIS, FRANKLIN SAID OF THE I ALSO BELIEVE WITHOUT HIS CONCUR -- SAID. I ALSO BELIEVE WITHOUT HIS CONCURRING AID WE SHALL SUCCEED IN OUR BUILDING NO BETTER THAN THE BUILDERS OF BABBLE. WE WILL BE CONFOUNDED BY OUR LOCAL PARTIAL INTERESTS AND WE OURSELVES SHALL BECOME A BYWORD DOWN THROUGH THE AGES. HE WENT ON TO MOVE THAT THEY START HAVING PRAYER TO START EACH OF THEIR DAYS AT INDEPENDENCE HALL, WORKING ON THE CONSTITUTION. JUST LIKE THEY DID THROUGHOUT THE REVOLUTION. BUT IF YOU GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE DEBATE, YIND -- YOU FIND THE REASON THAT WAS VOTED DOWN, YOU KNOW, THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANYBODY THAT EVERYBODY ELSE WOULD AGREE WOULD DO A FAIR PRAYER FOR ALL THE DIFFERENT CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS. SO DURING THE REVOLUTION THEY HIRED A CHAPLAIN THAT ALWAYS DID WHAT ALL THE CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS BELIEVED WAS A FAIR PRAYER. BUT AS THEY EXPLAINED IN DEBATE, WE'RE NOT GETTING PAID, WE DON'T HAVE A TREASURY. WE CAN'T HIRE A CHAPLAIN. WE CAN'T DO THAT RIGHT NOW. AND SO NEXT THEY MOVED TO RAN DISSOLVES OF VIRGINIA. HIS MOTION -- RANDOLPHS OF VIRGINIA, HIS MOTION THAT, OK, HERE WE ARE AT THE END OF JUNE, I MOVE THAT WE RECESS, THIS IS NOT HIS EXACT WORDS, BUT IN ESSENCE, LET'S RECESS, RECONVENE ON OUR NATION'S BIRTHDAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY, AT ONE OF THE LOCAL CHURCHES. LET'S WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER AND AFTER WE AS A GROUP HERE HAVE WORSHIPED GOD TOGETHER, THEN -- THEN LET'S COME BACK AND TRY THIS AGAIN. WE'RE NOT MAKING PROGRESS. THAT PASSED. THEY WENT TO THE REFORM CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA AND IT MUST HAVE GONE WELL. YOU CAN FIND PRAYERS THAT THE PRESIDING PASTOR, THE REVEREND WILLIAM ROGERS, PRAYED. HE BROUGHT THAT GROUP TOGETHER THROUGH PRAYER. BY THE GRACE OF GOD. AND THEY CAME BACK AND GAVE US THE GREATEST FOUNDING DOCUMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO WHERE WE TEACH RIGHT AND WRONG. THAT'S WHY JOHN ADAMS IN 1797, AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, SAID, LOOK, THIS CONSTITUTION WAS MEANT FOR A MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. IT'S HOLY INADEQUATE FOR THE GOVERNMENT -- WHOLLY INADEQUATE FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY OTHER. AND HE WAS RIGHT. AND WHEN YOU FAIL TO INSTILL THOSE MORAL UNDERSTANDINGS THAT BROUGHT C.S. LEWIS AROUND FROM BEING AN ATHEIST TO BEING ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND GREATEST APOLOGISTS FOR CHRISTIANITY IN ITS HISTORY, WE GOT TO GET BACK TO THAT. OR THE CONSTITUTION CANNOT WORK. AND YOU'LL HAVE ADMINISTRATIONS THAT COMMIT HEINOUS, REPROACHABLE ACTS AS LEADERS OF THE NATION. WE ASK THAT GOD BLESS AMERICA. BUT THERE'S CERTAIN THINGS A NATION OF PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO TO BE BLESSED PEOPLE AND MERIT THE BLESSINGS OF HEAVEN AS OUR FOUNDERS OFTEN REFERRED TO THEM. LET'S STAND UP FOR WHAT'S RIGHT. LET'S STOP THE POLITICAL VINDICTIVENESS. AND THE NATION WILL BE BETTER AND BE MORE LIKELY TO BE BLESSED. 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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                                            Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                              MR. GOHMERT

                                              I MOVE WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              ADJOURN.

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                                          On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                            Adjourned

                                            The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 12, 2018.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WA INGTON, D.C. JULY 11, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

                                            THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WA INGTON, D.C. JULY 11, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ROGER W. MARSHALL TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                            MS. BONAMICI

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY WAS THE COURT ORDERED DEADLINE FOR THE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY WAS THE COURT ORDERED DEADLINE FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO REUNITE MORE THAN 100 CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OLD WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO MEET THIS DEADLINE AND THAT IS SHAMEFUL. DOZENS OF BABIES AND TODDLERS REMAIN IN GOVERNMENT CUSTODY WITH NO IDEA OF WHEN THEY WILL SEE THEIR PARENTS AGAIN. AS A MOM I AM OUTRAGED. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS FAILING TO COMPLY WITH A COURT ORDERED DEADLINE, BUT WHAT IS THIS REALLY ABOUT? BABIES AND TODDLERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN. ASK ANY PEDIATRICIAN, THIS IS HARMFUL. AND EVERY DAY CREATES MORE HARM TO THESE INNOCENT CHILDREN. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS SAYING THEY WERE FORCED TO SEPARATE FAMILIES. , WHEN IN FACT, IT WAS THEIR DELIBERATE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. THEIR STRATEGY, THAT FORCIBLY TOOK CHILDREN OUT OF THEIR PARENTS' ARMS. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN WITHIN THEIR POWER TO STOP THIS COLD-HEARTED AND INHUMANE MADNESS. ON MONDAY I MET WITH LATINO AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY LEADERS IN OREGON TO HEAR FROM THEM FIRSTHAND ABOUT HOW THIS ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS ARE HARMING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. THEY SPOKE OF UNPRECEDENTED FEAR, OF FAMILIES TORN APART, OF CHILDREN AFRAID TO GO TO SCHOOL. AND THEY SPOKE ABOUT WHY PEOPLE COME TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE FIRST PLACE. TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. MIRIAM SAID THAT THERE IS NO GREATER GIFT OF LOVE THAN TO LEAVE THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. EVERYTHING YOU KNOW FOR YOUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. THAT'S WHY MY GRANDPARENTS GOT ON A BOAT IN 1921 AND CROSSED THE OCEAN FROM ITALY FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM. IT'S WHY MANY PEOPLE ARE NOW FLEEING TERRIBLE VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND IN MEXICO TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN, AND OFTENTIMES TO SAVE THEIR CHILDREN'S LIVES. THAT'S WHAT WE STAND FOR IN THIS COUNTRY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A BETTER LIFE. A PEACEFUL LIFE. FREE FROM VIOLENCE. A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. AS A PARENT, THAT'S WHAT I WANT FOR MY CHILDREN. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IT'S WHAT I WANT FOR EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS CONTRADICT THESE FUNDAMENTAL VALUES. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS. I CONTINUE TO DEMAND THAT THE ADMINISTRATION REUNITE ALL SEPARATED CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS, NOT LATER, NOW. THAN THIS. THIS IS A COURT ORDER. NOT A SUGGESTION. IF THE PROBLEM IS THAT THESE AGENCIES ARE UNSTAFFED, I'LL COME OVER TO THE AGENCY. I'LL GO OVER TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO HELP. I'M SURE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE FAMILIES ARE REUNITED, OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. WE MUST FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IT IS LONG PAST TIME TO VOTE ON A COMPREHENSIVE HUMANE, COMPASSIONATE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL. THAT'S WHAT OREGONIANS WANT AND IT'S WHAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WANT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 10:04:27 AM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE CHAIR THAT'S WHAT RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST,…

                                            THE CHAIR THAT'S WHAT RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. BOST

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

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE TOMMY FULFORD FOR WINNING THE NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR CENTRAL REGION. THIS PROJECT WAS A YEAR IN THE MAKING. TOMMY TOOK A DIRT-FILLED STORAGE ROOM GATE DATING BACK TO 1904 IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HISTORY MUSEUM AND CREATED AN EXHIBIT ILLUSTRATING THE LONG HISTORY OF COAL MINING IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. THE ROOM WAS DESIGNED TO GIVE VISITORS THE FEEL OF BEING IN AN ACTUAL MINE. I VISITED THE EXHIBIT LAST MONTH. COMING FROM THE MINING ROOTS MYSELF, I CAN TELL YOU TOMMY'S PROJECT HIT VERY CLOSE TO HOME. TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE, EAGLE SCOUTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, THEIR VOLUNTEERS, COMPLETE ALMOST 8.5 MILLION HOURS OF SERVICE TOWARDS THEIR EAGLE PROJECTS LAST YEAR. THIS WORKS OUT TO 150 HOURS PER PROJECT. TOMMY AND HIS 18 VOLUNTEERS DEDICATED 934 HOURS OF SERVICE TO COMPLETE HIS COAL MINING EXHIBIT. TOMMY, I APPLAUD YOU AND I APPRECIATE YOUR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK. I KNOW YOU HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF YOU. MR. SPEAKER, IN JANUARY, I CAME TO THIS WELL TO URGE THE SUPPORT FOR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED WITH MY ILLINOIS COLLEAGUE, MR. SCHNEIDER. OUR BILL PROPOSED A FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAM TO IMPROVE SECURITY AT OUR SCHOOLS AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. SINCE THEN OUR LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. BECAUSE OF YOUR BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, I'M PROUD TO SAY THESE GRANTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. PLEASE URGE YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS IN YOUR DISTRICTS TO VISIT GOPS.DOJ.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY FOR UP TO $500,000 IN GRANTS THROUGH THE SCHOOL VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM. HOWEVER, THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR IS JULY 30. SO TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. WE HAVE ADVANCED SAFETY TECHNOLOGY IN BANKS, OFFICE BUILDINGS, AND RETAIL LOCATIONS. THERE IS NO REASON WE SHOULDN'T HAVE THAT SAME TECHNOLOGY IN OUR SCHOOLS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. GREEN

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I'M PROUD TO STAND IN THE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I'M PROUD TO STAND IN THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'M NOT PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY FOR THE REASONS THAT I SHALL ARTICULATE. MR. SPEAKER, WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR THINGS TO BE RIGHT. THEY MUST ALSO LOOK RIGHT. AND, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEPARATES CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS, INDEED IN A WORLD MOTHERS FROM THEIR BABIES, IT DOES NOT LOOK RIGHT. SOME MAY ARGUE THAT IT IS RIGHT BECAUSE OF VARIOUS LAWS AND LEGISLATION THAT MIGHT EXIST, BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY. THE COUNTRY THAT BELIEVES IN LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. IT DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. TO SEPARATE BABIES FROM THEIR MOTHERS. WHERE IS THE MORAL COMPASS? THERE OUGHT TO BE AN INNER VOICE WITHIN US THAT SAYS THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE. WE'RE TAKING A BABY FROM THE BABY'S MOTHER. AND WE'RE GOING TO PUT THE BABY IN A LOCATION, SEPARATE AND APART FROM THE MOTHER. THE BABY NEEDS THE MOTHER. THE MOTHER IS THERE TO NURTURE THE BABY. HOW CAN WE TO THIS IN GOOD CONSCIENCE? WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR THINGS TO BE RIGHT, THEY MUST ALSO LOOK RIGHT. AND THIS DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT TO THE WORLD. I HAVE GONE TO VISIT THESE CHILDREN. I WENT TO BROWNSVILLE. I SAW THE CHILDREN. THEY ARE CARING FOR THE CHILDREN, BUT THE MISSING ELEMENT, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT THESE CHILDREN NEED, WAS NOT THERE. THEIR PARENTS. I WENT TO THREE OTHER SITES BEFORE GOING TO BROWNSVILLE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WENT TO A SITE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WENT TO OTHER SITES. I COULD NOT SEE THE CHILDREN, AND I WAS ASKED TO LEAVE THE PREMISE AND I BEHAVED IN AN ORDERLY FASHION. I HAD TWO FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION. BUT NOT ONLY COULD I NOT SEE THE CHILDREN, I WAS ASKED TO LEAVE THE PROPERTY. THERE IS NO TRANSPARENTCY. THIS IS THE -- TRANSPARENCYCY. -- TRANSPARENCY. THIS IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HOLDING CHILDREN AND NOT ALLOWING OPEN ACCESS TO THESE CHILDREN BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR THINGS TO BE RIGHT. THEY MUST ALSO LOOK RIGHT. WHEN THE MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CANNOT SEE THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN SECRETED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY, SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS, NOT ONLY DOES THIS NOT LOOK RIGHT, IT ISN'T RIGHT. THAT HAVE BEEN SECRETED IN VARIOUS AT SOME POINT ON THIS INFINITE CONTINUUM WE CALL TIME, WE WILL ALL HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR OUR TIME. AT SOME POINT WHEN THE OVERWHELM PIP TENT --OMNIPOTENT ARE ONE WE WILL ALL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THESE CHILDREN TODAY. THESE CHILDREN BELONG TO ALL OF US IN THE SENSE AT SOME THAT THEY ARE CHILDREN OF OUR WORLD. AND WE MUST ANSWER AND ACCOUNT FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM. SO I STAND HERE IN THE WELL A PROUD MEMBER OF CONGRESS. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. BUT SAD TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE ENOUGH TO REUNITE THESE CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS, IF YOU TAKE BABIES FROM THEIR MOTHERS, SAD TO KNOW YOU MUST HAVE A PLAN TO REUNITE THEM. WHEN YOU TO NOT, YOU ARE FAILING NOT ONLY THOSE PARENTS BUT YOU ARE FAILING THE FUTURE OF A GREAT COUNTRY BECAUSE IT GIVES US THE APPEARANCE OF NOT CARING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN HARM'S WAY, WHO HAVE COME ASKING FOR HELP. IT GIVES US THE APPEARANCE OF NOT BEING THAT GOOD SAMARITAN WHO NOT ONLY HELPED THE PERSON WHO WAS IN HARM'S WAY, WHO HAD BEEN BESET UPON BY THIEVES. IT GIVES US THE APPEARANCE OF NOT BEING THAT GOOD SAMARITAN WHO SAID I'M GOING TO HELP YOU. I'M GOING TO TAKE YOU TO THE END.

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                                            MR. GREEN

                                            AND I'M COMING BACK AND PAY MORE IF YOU NEED MORE. THIS IS THE UNITED…

                                            AND I'M COMING BACK AND PAY MORE IF YOU NEED MORE. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE CAN CAN DO BETTER.

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                            MR. GREEN

                                            I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                            MR. MAST

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION OF…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION OF THIS BODY. I WOULD LIKE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY TO THINK ABOUT THIS. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ONE OF YOUR NEIGHBORS, EACH AND EVERY DAY, WAS TAKING THEIR GARBAGE AND THROWING IT OVER YOUR FENCE INTO YOUR YARD? WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THAT WERE THE CASE? IN THE CASE OF MY COMMUNITY, IT'S NOT JUST THE GARBAGE OF NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES THAT ENTERS ITS WAY INTO OUR COMMUNITY, IT'S TOXIC WATER POLLUTION. SO IF SOMEBODY THROWING GARBAGE OVER YOUR FENCE WOULD INFURIATE YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL, THEN I WOULD ASK YOU TO IMAGINE HOW YOU WOULD FEEL IF YOUR NEIGHBOR WAS KNOWINGLY POISONING THE KIDS IN YOUR BACKYARD. YOUR CHILDREN. I DON'T THINK THAT I KNOW OF WORDS, I DON'T THINK I KNOW OF A FOUR-LETTER WORD THAT WOULD DESCRIBE THIS FOR ME. I DON'T KNOW OF AN EMOJI THAT I COULD TEXT ANYBODY, AN EMOTION I COULD USE TO ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE THE FEELING OF HAVING MY COMMUNITY POISONED, KNOWINGLY, WILLINGLY YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS THAT ANY AMOUNT GREATER THAN 10 PARTS PER BILLION ALGAE IS POISON FOR HUMANS, AND THAT IS CAUSES EVERYTHING FROM NAUSEA TO LIVER DISEASE. THAT'S PRETTY BROAD SPECTRUM. THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION JUST REPORTED THAT THE LEVEL RELEASED INTO OUR WATERS IS MORE THAN 150 PARTS PER BILLION. LET ME SAY THAT ONE MORE TIME. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAID, ANYTHING GREATER THAN 10 PARTS PER BILLION IS POISON. THE WATER BEING RELEASED INTO MY COMMUNITY THAT PLAYS NO ROLE IN PRODUCING THIS TOXIC WATER BILLION IS POISON. THE WATER BEING RELEASED IS BEING EXPOSED TO WATER THAT IS MORE THAN 150 PARTS PER BILLION, 15 TIMES WHAT IS CONSIDERED HARMFUL TO HUMAN HEALTH. THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS PLANNING TO RESUME ITS POISONING OPERATIONS LATER THIS WEEK. AS A RESULT OF THAT I'D LIKE TO ASK THREE THINGS. NUMBER ONE, TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THAT IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING A SYSTEMWIDE REVIEW OF ITS POLICIES, DO NOT RELEASE ONE MORE DROP OF THIS POISONED WATER INTO MY COMMUNITY, INTO FLORIDA'S TREASURE COAST, INTO THE EPY CERTAINTY OF POPULATION FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. OUR COMMUNITY DID NOT CREATE THE PROBLEM OR THE CONDITIONS LEADING TO THIS POISON, AND WE MUST NOT BE FORCED OF POPULATION FOR TO HAVE THE HEALTH OF EACH OF OUR CITIZENS PUT AT RISK AS A RESULT OF IT BY SOMEONE ELSE'S GARBAGE BEING THROWN INTO OUR YARD. OR RATHER BY THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS RELEASING IT INTO OUR BACKYARD. . NUMBER TWO. I'D ASK THIS OF OUR PRESIDENT. THE SITUATION HAS RESULTED IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN YEARS' PAST AND THE GOVERNOR HAS ALREADY DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR FLORIDA IN A NUMBER OF COUNTIES INCLUDING MARTIN AND ST. LUCIE COUNTIES. I ALSO ASK THIS, PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS HAD THIS REQUEST COME BEFORE THEM, AND THOSE ADMINISTRATIONS DID NOTHING. I WOULD ASK THIS OF OUR ADMINISTRATION, BRING IN THE CALVARY, BRING IN EVERY BIT OF WATER CLEANUP OPERATION THAT YOU CAN BE FIND THAT CAN BE YIELDED BY FEMA, BY FISH AND WILDLIFE, THAT CAN GO AND CLEAN THESE POISONS, THESE TOXINS OUT OF OUR WATERWAYS. TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, FEDERAL COURT CASES DO DEMAND THAT EVERYTHING, ALL THE WATER THAT GOES SOUTH OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE WHERE THIS TOXIC WATER STEMS FROM NOT BE EXPOSED TO ANYTHING GREATER THAN 10 PARTS PER BILLION OF PHOSPHORUS. THAT SLOWS THE RATE OF WATER FLOW TO THE SOUTH WHERE THAT WATER ACTUALLY BELONGS, WHERE GOD DESIGNED THAT WATER TO GO. YET, MY COMMUNITY IS GETTING TOXIC WATER WITH PARTS GREATER THAN 150 PARTS PER BILLION. AS I SAID, 15 TIMES GREATER THAN WHAT IS SAFE FOR HUMAN CONTACT. THAT'S NOT EQUITABLE. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. SO I'D ASK THAT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WHO HAS THE EMERGENCY AUTHORITY GRANTED TO THEM UNDER SECTION 7-13, WHEN THERE ARE POLLUTION EMERGENCIES, THAT THEY USE THAT AUTHORITY NOW TO STOP POISONING MY COMMUNITY, TO PROTECT THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ON THE TREASURE COAST OF FLORIDA AND SEND THAT DIRTY TOXIC WATER SOUTH. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                          • 10:17:36 AM

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                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                          • 10:17:48 AM

                                            MR. POE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, MILLIONS OF DATA SHEETS SPIT OUT OF THE PRINTER INSIDE A…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, MILLIONS OF DATA SHEETS SPIT OUT OF THE PRINTER INSIDE A THICK WALLED SECURED FACILITY. ACROSS THE TOP ARE AMERICANS' NAMES, A LIST OF PHONE NUMBERS DIALED, THE FREQUENCY WHICH THEY ARE CALLED OR TEXT A PERSON. WHO IS DOING THIS, YOU MIGHT ASK? A CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION, A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR? WHO IS INTENTIONALLY STALKING AND GATHERING DATA ON INNOCENT AMERICAN CITIZENS WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE? WELL, IT'S NOT A NEFARIOUS ORGANIZATION OPERATING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND IT'S NOT THE RUSSIANS. IT'S THE SPYING EYES OF THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AFTER THE AFTERMATH OF 9/11, THE GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZED ONCE SECRET PROGRAMS BY THE N.S.A. TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON BAD ACTORS, PRIMARILY TERRORISTS WHO WISHED TO CREATE MAYHEM, TERRORISTS THAT ARE OVERSEAS. AS A SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF TERRORISM, I AGREE THAT WE SHOULD GO AFTER TERRORISTS. OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD USE THE TECHNIQUES THAT THEY HAVE THAT THOSE PEOPLE WISH TO DESTROY AMERICA AND FIND OUT WHAT THE TERRORISTS ARE DOING. BUT DESPITE THE OVERALL INTENTION OF THE LAW, THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN CORRUPTED. NOT ONLY DOES THE N.S.A. COLLECT INFORMATION ON TERRORISTS -- WHICH ME SHOULD DO -- BUT IT COLLECTS DATA ON ORDINARY AMERICAN CITIZENS, INCLUDING COMMUNICATIONS, EMAILS, TEXT MESSAGES. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE A SPECIFIC FOURTH AMENDMENT WARRANT TO COLLECT AND SEARCH THIS DATA ON AMERICANS, BUT IT DOES IT ANYWAY. THE FOURTH AMENDMENT SAYS THE WARRANTLESS SEARCH AND SEIZURE ON AMERICANS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL WITHOUT A PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANT. BUT THE GOVERNMENT IGNORES THE CONSTITUTION. THIS SENSITIVE INFORMATION IS PLACED ON A DATABASE BY THE GOVERNMENT, A SECRET DATABASE. SOMETIMES THE GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO GO INTO THAT DATABASE THAT WAS SEIZED WITHOUT A FOURTH AMENDMENT WARRANT AND CHECKS TO SEE HOW MANY TIMES A NAME COMES UP. THEY TAKE THAT INFORMATION AND DO A REVERSE SEARCH, CHECK AND SEE IF THE CITIZEN'S IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IS IN THE DATABASE. REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS DONE BY OUR GOVERNMENT ON AMERICANS IN SECRET WITHOUT A FOURTH AMENDMENT WARRANT. FOR YEARS THE N.S.A. HAS REFUSED TO PROVIDE DATA ON THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS SWEPT UP IN THEIR SECRET SEARCHES. I HAVE ADVOCATED FOR YEARS THAT THE N.S.A. LEVEL WITH AMERICANS AND OUR GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESS AS TO HOW MUCH INFORMATION THEY ARE SEIZING. SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, THE HOUSE VOTED ON A FLAWED FISA BILL, FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT, WHICH UNFORTUNATELY RE-AUTHORIZED THE WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THE ONLY GOOD THING TO COME OUT OF THIS SPYING BILL IS THE HARD-FOUGHT PROVISION RELEASING THE LONG-CALLED NUMBERS OF AMERICANS WRAPPED UP IN GOVERNMENT SPYING. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THEY PAINT A GRIM PICTURE FOR THE PRIVACY OF FOURTH AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS. IN 2017 ALONE, THE N.S.A. UNCONSTITUTIONALLY GATHERED DATA ON 7,512 U.S. PERSONS, A SEARCH WITHOUT A PROBABLE CAUSE WARRANT. THIS IS UP FROM 5,000 IN 2016. ACCORDING TO A PREVIOUS REPORT BY "THE WASHINGTON POST," 90% OF THE ACCOUNT HOLDERS WHOSE COMMUNICATIONS WERE COLLECTED WERE NOT TARGETS. THAT MEANS THE GOVERNMENT WAS JUST PHISHING AROUND IN THE DATA THEY HAD COLLECTED AND SEARCHING INFORMATION ON AMERICANS WITHOUT A WARRANT. PRIVACY MUST NOT BE FORE SAKEN ON THE FALSE ALTER OF SECURITY. AS A FORMER JUDGE, I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE LOSS OF OUR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHT OF PRIVACY IN THE UNITED STATES BASED ON THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTION BY THE N.S.A. THE FOURTH AMENDMENT IS SACRED TO THIS COUNTRY AND THE FOUNDERS WHO DRAFTED IT MEANT IT TO BE. IT'S UP TO CONGRESS TO UPHOLD AMERICANS' FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS. WE MUST REFORM AN ARTICLE CALLED 702 TO REQUIRE THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO LOOK AT THE DATA THAT WAS SEIZED ON AMERICANS, THAT THEY DO IT WITH A SEARCH WARRANT BASED ON THE FOURTH AMENDMENT. IF THEY DON'T HAVE A SEARCH WARRANT BASED ON THE FOURTH AMENDMENT, THEN THEY CANNOT SEIZE AND GO THROUGH THAT INFORMATION. IT'S VERY SIMPLE CONCEPT, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WOULD HOPE THAT CONGRESS WOULD ACT TO STOP THE SPYING BY OUR GOVERNMENT ON AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY BECAUSE IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 10:22:33 AM

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

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

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                                          • 10:22:37 AM

                                            MR. FITZPATRICK

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN BUCKS COUNTY,…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, THAT RECENTLY CELEBRATED THEIR 15TH ANNIVERSARY. THE TWILIGHT WISH FOUNDATION, BASED IN DOYLESTOWN, SEEKS TO GRANT THE WISHES OF LOW-INCOME SENIOR CITIZENS. THESE WISHES CAN BE BIG OR SMALL, RANGING FROM MEETING PHILADELPHIA EAGLES PLAYERS TO PURCHASING A NEW PAIR OF EYEGLASSES. AS A SOCIETY, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S INCUMBENT UPON ALL OF US, BOTH AS PUBLIC SERVANTS AND CITIZENS, TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT POLICIES THAT PROTECT OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. I COMMEND THE WORK DONE BY THE TWILIGHT WISH FOUNDATION, AND I APPLAUD THE LEADERSHIP OF FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, CASS. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE VICE PRESIDENT, ROBIN. DIRECTOR OF COMMUNE RELATIONS, MARY, AND DIRECTOR OF WISH MANAGEMENT, MICHELLE, FOR ALL THEIR INCREDIBLE WORK FOR OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE A RESIDENT OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHO RECENTLY BROKE HIS FOURTH WORLD RECORD. BOB OF MORRISVILLE SUCCESSFULLY BROKE THE RECORD FOR THE MOST STANDING AT-WILL ROLLOUTS WHILE WEIGHING A 40-POUND VEST. BOB, A RETIRED MARINE, COMPLETE THIS HAD MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MENTAL ILLNESS. DIAGNOSED WITH POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND BIPOLAR DISORDER, BOB TURNED TO SPORTS AND PHYSICAL TRAINING TO BATTLE MENTAL ILLNESS. USING HIS ATHLETICISM TO GARNER ATTENTION TO THOSE WHO STRUGGLE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS, BOB HOPES TO END THE STIGMA WITH WHICH IT'S OFTEN ASSOCIATED IN ORDER TO PROMOTE TREATMENT FOR MILITARY VETERANS. I'M PROUD TO CALL BOB MY CONSTITUENT AND I'M THANKFUL FOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR TURNING CHALLENGING EXPERIENCES INTO POSITIVE AND EDUCATIONAL ENGAGEMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, THAT IS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO ASSIST THOSE STRUGGLING WITH DRUG ADDICTION. THE CATALIN MURPHY FOUNDATION, ESTABLISHED TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF CATALIN MURPHY OF DOYLESTOWN, PARTNERS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS WITH SIMILAR MISSIONS TO PROVIDE RESOURCES TO THOSE SUFFERING FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE, ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES. SOME OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE THE HEART PROGRAM, WHICH SERVES TO REHABILITATE FEMALES SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION AT THE BUCKS COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, THE MOYER FOUNDATION CAMP MARIPOSA, AND BUCKS COUNTY POLICE ASSISTING AND RECOVERY. FOR THEIR WORK, THE CATALIN MURPHY FOUNDATION RECENTLY RECEIVED A GRANT FROM WARRINGTON CARES, THE EMPLOYEE CHARITY OF WARINGTON TOWNSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT SUCH THOUGHTFUL AND GENEROUS PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND I APPLAUD THE WORK OF THE CATALIN MURPHY FOUNDATION AND WARINGTON CARES AND I'LL CONTINUE TO DO MY PART HERE IN WASHINGTON TO END THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. AND LASTLY, I'D LIKE TO EXTEND MY APPRECIATION TO CATALIN'S PARENTS, TIM AND PAT MURPHY OF DOYLESTOWN, CATALIN'S BROTHER, SHAWN, AND THE ORGANIZATION'S PRESIDENT, EMORY MURPHY, OF WARINGTON, FOR ALL THEIR WORK IN OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 10:26:17 AM

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                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM POIRT REEK, -- PUERTO RICO, MISS…

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM POIRT REEK, -- PUERTO RICO, MISS GONZALEZ-COLON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                                            ON JUNE 27, I WAS JOINED BY MORE THAN 40 MIBS MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE IN…

                                            ON JUNE 27, I WAS JOINED BY MORE THAN 40 MIBS MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE IN INTRODUCING H.R. 42 -- 6246, THE PUERTO RICO MISSION ACT OF 2018. THAT NUMBER HAS SINCE GROWN TO ALMOST 50 MEMBERS. THIS IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT SETS FORTH A PROCESS THAT WILL RESULT IN THE FORMAL -- INTO A PERMANENT UNION WITH THE REST OF THE STATES. H.R. 6 246 WILL HELP PUERTO RICO WHO TWICE IN THE PAST SIX YEARS HAVE OVERWHELMINGLY VOTED IN 97% AND 61% EXPRESSING THEIR POLITICAL WILL TO JOIN THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS AS EQUAL INURE UNION -- UNIYOFPBLET AFTER 101 YEARS AS AMERICAN CITIZENS, PUERTO RICO WAS DENIED THE SAME RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS OUR FELLOW CITIZENS IN THE STATES. PUERTO RICANS DID NOT ENJOY A DEMOCRATIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL BECAUSE WE CAN VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT AND WE CAN VOTE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE OF THE UNITED STATES. WE DON'T HAVE A VOTING REPRESENTATION HERE IN THIS CONGRESS THAT EVERY DAY PASSES LAWS THAT AFFECT US AND AFFECT OUR FUTURE. THE LACK OF A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL IS ALSO DUE TO THE CONGRESS PASSING PROMESA IN 2017. THIS LACK OF FULL PARTICIPATION IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT ENACTS THE LAWS AND RULES THAT PUERTO RICO LIVES UNDER COMBINED WITH THE ABSOLUTE POWER OF THE U.S. CONGRESS UNDER ARTICLE 4, SECTION 3, CLAUSE 2 OF OUR CONSTITUTION, TO TREAT US EQUALLY UNDER THOSE LAWS HAS PROVEN TO BE A FUNDAMENTAL LIMITATION ON THE FULFILLMENT OF OUR POTENTIAL AS PEOPLE. THE COMBINATION OF THESE INEQUITIES WHICH WERE FURTHER EXACERBATED BY LAST YEAR'S HISTORIC HURRICANES LED TO ARBITRARY FEDERAL POLICIES THAT LIMITED THE ISLAND'S OPPORTUNITIES TO MAXIMIZE OUR FULL ECONOMIC POTENTIAL. I'M CERTAIN THAT NOT EVEN ONE OF MY STATESIDE COLLEAGUES IN THIS CONGRESS WILL ACCEPT A TERRITORIAL STATUS LIKE PUERTO RICO FOR THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THEN ALL OF THEM WHO RECOGNIZE AND RESPECT THAT THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO ARE NO LONGER WILLING TO ACCEPT IT EITHER. I ALSO TRUST THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL CREDIT PUERTO RICO FOR ASPIRING TO HAVE THE FIRST-CLASS CITIZENSHIP AND EQUALITY THEY HAVE BEEN DENIED OVER A CENTURY. MY CONSTITUENTS MAY NOT HAVE A VOTE IN THE GOVERNMENT THAT MAKES THEIR NATIONAL LAWS BUT THEY HAVE A VOICE AND THEY HAVE -- THEY MADE THAT VOICE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR NOT JUST ONCE BUT TWICE. EVERY MEMBER WHO SUPPORTS H.R. 6246 WILL SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT HE OR SHE IS STANDING UP FOR A PRINCIPLE THAT THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO HAVE IN WAR AND PEACE MADE COUNTLESS CONTRIBUTIONS AND GREATLY ENRICHED THE LIFE OF THIS NATION FOR GENERATIONS. MORE THAN 250,000 PUERTO RICANS HAVE SERVED IN OUR MILITARY FORCES AND BRAVELY FOUGHT IN EVERY CONFLICT SINCE THE GREAT WAR. SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE CITIZENS OF OTHER STATES. DEFENDING OUR DEMOCRATIC VALUES ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND YET THEY'RE DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF. A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN BATTLE AND WHEN THEY DO, THEIR CASKETS ARE FLOWN BACK TO THIS COUNTRY DRAPED IN AN AMERICAN FLAG THAT CONTAINS JUST 50 STARS BUT NONE OF THOSE REPRESENT THEM AND REPRESENT PUERTO RICO. FURTHERMORE, THOSE RETURNING TO THE ISLAND AND JOIN THE RANKS OF OVER 100,000 VETERANS LIVING ON THE ISLAND AND -- DISCRIMINATES THEM AND TREATS THEM AS A SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN. THIS IS THE REASON I HOPE THAT THOSE INEQUITIES THAT HAS SHOWN MORE THAN 100,000 PUERTO RICANS HAVE GONE TO THE STATES FOR SEARCH OF EQUALITY. THIS TRULY BIPARTISAN BILL WILL LET PUERTO RICO BECOME THE 51ST STATE OF THE NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME ON THIS BILL AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE SITUATION IN PUERTO RICO AND LET US BECOME A FIRST-CLASS U.S. CITIZEN. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                                          • 10:31:39 AM

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                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER, FOR FIVE…

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                          • 10:31:44 AM

                                            MRS. WAGNER

                                            I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 REQUIRES…

                                            I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 REQUIRES MOST S.E.C. REGISTRANTS TO FILE A FORM 10-Q QUARTERLY REPORT WITH THE S.E.C. THE FORM 10-Q INCLUDES CONDENSED FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND OTHER DATA PREPARED BY A COMPANY AND REVIEWED BY INDEPENDENT AUDITORS. ALTHOUGH TECHNOLOGY HAS EVOLVED RAPIDLY OVER THE YEARS, THE FORM 10-Q USE AED TODAY WAS ADOPTED IN 1950. MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 5970, THE MODESH -- MODENDIZING DISCLOSURES FOR INVESTORS ACT REQUIRES THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, S.E.C., TO REPORT TO CONGRESS THE COST AND BENEFITS OF FORM 10-Q AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DECREASING COSTS WHILE INCREASING TRANSPARENCY AND EFFICIENCY OF QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REPORTING. SPECIFICALLY MY BILL REQUIRES THE S.E.C. TO LOOK AT EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES WHO ARE PARTICULARLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE BURDENS AND COMPLEXITIES ASSOCIATED WITH CURRENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. IN RECENT YEARS ANNUAL AND QUARTERLY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS HAVE GROWN IN SIZE AND COMPLEXITY. MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR INVESTORS TO DETERMINE RELEVANT INFORMATION. OFTEN LEAVING THEM OVERWHELMED AND UNABLE TO MAKE SOUND INVESTMENT DECISIONS. FURTHERMORE, SOME COMPANIES BELIEVE THAT CURRENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS HAVE BECOME A BARRIER TO REGISTERING AS PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES. AS NOTED BY A 2011 REPORT BY THE I.P.O. TASK FORCE. THE REPORT, WHICH WAS PROMPTED BY THE JOBS ACT OF 2012, FOUND THAT 92% OF PUBLIC COMPANY LEADERS SAID THAT THE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN OF PUBLIC REPORTING WAS A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO COME PLEATING I.P.O. AND BECOMING A PUBLIC COMPANY. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE THAT MY LEGISLATION IS TIMELY. AT A RECENT S.E.C. OVERSIGHT HEARING CHAIRMAN CLAYTON HIGHLIGHTED IN HIS TESTIMONY, AND I QUOTE, WE SHOULD REGULARLY REVIEW WHETHER WE SHOULD HAVE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE OUTDATED, DUPLICATIVE, OR CAN OTHERWISE BE IMPROVED. IN ADDITION, JUST LAST WEEK THE S.E.C. FINALIZED A RULE EXPANDING THE DEFINITION DUPLICATIVE, OR CAN OTHERWISE BE IMPROVED. OF SMALLER REPORTING COMPANIES, WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SCALED DISCLOSURES. BEFORE I CONCLUDE, I WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN GOTTHEIMER FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE AND TO GET THIS BILL TO THE FINISH LINE. WITH THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5970 JUST LAST EVENING, WE HAVE PROVIDED YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW CONGRESS CAN WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 10:34:44 AM

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                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, FOR FIVE…

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. BUDD

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE IS ON THE MINDS OF…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE IS ON THE MINDS OF MANY AMERICANS THIS SUMMER. AND IT SHOULD BE. NEARLY HALF A MILLION PEOPLE IN NORTH CAROLINA BUY THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE ON THE OBAMACARE MARKETPLACE. AND THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR THESE PLANS CONTINUES TO GO UP EACH AND EVERY YEAR. THIS WOULDN'T BE AS MUCH OF AN ISSUE IF THERE WERE MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM, BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, THEY DON'T. BLUE CROSS, THE ONLY INSURER THAT'S STILL IN ALL 100 COUNTIES IN OUR STATE, ANNOUNCED THEY WERE RAISING RATES BY AN AVERAGE OF NEARLY 19% GOING INTO 2017. AND THEN THEY RAISED THEM AGAIN THIS YEAR BY OVER 14%. I EXPECT THEM TO DO THE SAME NEXT YEAR. AND THE YEAR AFTER THAT. AND IN COMING YEARS AFTER THAT. SO IT'S CLEAR TO ME THAT THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE DIDN'T ACTUALLY LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE. BAILING OUT BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES CERTAINLY DIDN'T HELP, EITHER. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW VERY WELL, WE NEED AN OFF-RAM FROM LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE. BAILING OBAMACARE. WE NEED A SOLUTION THAT ALLOWS FOR MORE COMPETITION BECAUSE COMPETITION DRIVES DOWN PRICES AND ALLOWS PEOPLE TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE WITHOUT GOING BANKRUPT. WHILE WE CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARDS GETTING A FULL REPEAL AND REPLACE ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, I BELIEVE WE SHOULD ALSO PASS A SIMPLE BILL RIGHT NOW THAT WOULD PROVIDE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS A WAY TO BUY MORE AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE. SHORT-TERM, LIMITED DURATION MEDICAL PLANS ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR A LIMITED TIME WHEN SOMEONE IS BETWEEN HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES. INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE BETWEEN JOBS, FOR EXAMPLE. BUT THESE PLANS ARE ALSO EXEMPT FROM HAVING TO ABIDE BY OBAMACARE'S REGULATORY REGIME. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS CONCERNED WITH THESE PLANS BECOMING ALTERNATE OR AA TRACTIVE ALTERNATIVES TO OBAMACARE. BEFORE THEY LEFT OFFICE IN 2016, THEY ISSUED A REGULATION THAT DEFINED THESE SHORT-TERM POLICIES AS THOSE LESS THAN THREE MONTHS LONG. I BELIEVE STRENGTHENING THESE TYPES OF PLANS WOULD BE A HUGE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT IS WHY LAST MONTH I INTRODUCED A SIMPLE BILL CALLED THE IMPROVING CHOICES IN HEALTH CARE COVERAGE ACT. THIS BILL WOULD DO TWO SIMPLE THINGS. IT WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO STAY ON THESE LESS EXPENSIVE, SHORT-TERM MEDICAL PLANS FOR AS LONG AS 364 DAYS, AND IT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO RENEW THESE PLANS FOR MULTIPLE YEARS. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACTION FORUM WHO LOOKED AT DIFFERENT FINDINGS FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE URBAN INSTITUTE, AND THE COMMONWEALTH FUND THERE SEEMS TO BE A CONSENSUS THAT THESE PLANS WOULD BE ATTRACTIVE TO CONSUMERS BECAUSE OF THEIR LOW PREMIUMS. AND THUS ENROLLMENT WOULD LIKELY BE INTO THE MILLIONS. I HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS EVERY TIME I GO BACK HOME THAT THEIR MONTHLY PREMIUMS ARE WAY TOO HIGH. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS ONE WAY WE CAN RELIEVE SOME OF THEIR FINANCIAL STRESS. WITH LOOMING ANNOUNCEMENTS BY BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT THEY ARE, AGAIN, GOING TO BE INCREASING PREMIUMS, THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 10:38:05 AM

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                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE…

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                          • 10:38:08 AM

                                            MR. DUNCAN

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I VOTED FOR THE FIRST BELL FORUM MANY…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I VOTED FOR THE FIRST BELL FORUM MANY YEARS AGO BECAUSE OUR LEADERS AT THAT TIME SAID SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS THE GREATEST THREAT SINCE HITLER AND TOLD US TO BE INCREASING PREMIUMS, THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. ALL ABOUT HUSSEIN'S POWERFUL ELITE TROOPS. I THEN SAW THE SAME ELITE TROOPS SURRENDER TO CNN CAMERA CREWS AND EMPTY TANKS. I REALIZED THEN AND MANY TIMES SINCE THAT THE THREATS HAD BEEN AND CONTINUE TO BE GREATLY EXAGGERATED. FOR THIS AND MANY OTHER REASONS I VOTED AGAINST THE SECOND GULF WAR IN 2002. MOST OF THESE THREATS ARE MORE ABOUT MONEY AND POWER THAN THEY ARE ABOUT REAL DANGER TO THE U.S. THEY ALSO SEEM TO BE BECAUSE MANY OF OUR LEADERS SEEM TO BE A LITTLE TOO EAGLIER TO -- EAGER TO GO TO WAR AND WANT TO BE NEW WINSTON CHURCH HILLS, HOW TOUGH THEY ARE, HOW PATRIOTIC, HOW THEY ARE GREAT LEADERS. IT'S CERTAINLY NOT PATRIOTIC, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOT PATRIOTIC AT ALL TO SEND YOUNG AMERICANS TO FIGHT VERY UNNECESSARY WARS. WITH THESE THOUGHTS AS BACKGROUND, I WOULD LIKE TO READ PART OF CONSERVATIVE SYNDICATED COLUMNIST ERIC MARGOLIS MOST RECENT COLUMN. FIRST LET ME SAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CORRECT IN SAYING THAT NATO COUNTRIES SHOULD NOT CONTINUE TO EXPECT THE U.S. TO PAY FOR THEIR DEFENSE NEEDS. MR. MARGOLIS IN HIS COLUMN IN PART IS AS FOLLOWS. QUOTE, GERMANY IS REPORTED TO HAVE LESS THAN 20 OPERATIONAL TANKS. CANADA'S ARMED FORCES APPEAR TO BE SMALLER THAN THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT. BUT THEURE PEAIANS ASK DEFENSE AGAINST WHOM? THE SOVIET UNION WAS A HUGE BACSINSZKY IN THE COLD WAR WHEN THE MIGHTY RED ARMY HAD 55,000 TANKS POINTED WEST. TODAY RUSSIA'S LAND AND NAVAL POWER HAS EVAPORATED. RUSSIA HAS PERHAPS 5,500 MAIN BATTLE TANKS IN ACTIVE SERVICE AND A SIMILAR NUMBER IN STORAGE A FAR CRY FROM ITS ARMORED JUGGERNAUT OF THE COLD WAR. MORE IMPORTANT, RUSSIA'S MILITARY BUDGET FOR 2018 WAS ONLY $61 BILLION. ACTUALLY DOWN 17% FROM LAST YEAR. RUSSIA IS FACING HARD ECONOMIC TIMES. RUSSIA HAS SLIPPED TO FOURTH PLACE IN MILITARY SPENDING AFTER THE U.S., CHINA, AND SAUDI ARABIA. THE U.S. AND ITS WEALTHY ALLIES ACCOUNT FOR 2/3 OF WORLD MILITARY SPENDING. IN FACT, THE U.S. TOTAL MILITARY BUDGET INCLUDING FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND FOREIGN WARS IS ABOUT $1 TRILLION, 50% OF TOTAL U.S. GOVERNMENT DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. IN ADDITION, RUSSIA MUST DEFEND A VAST TERRITORY FROM THE BALTIC TO THE PACIFIC. THE U.S. IS NORTH GNAT -- FORTUNATE IN HAVING MEXICO AND CANADA AS NEIGHBORS. RUSSIA HAS NORTH KOREA, CHINA, MIDDLE EAST, AND NATO TO WATCH. AS WITH ITS NAVAL FORCE, RUSSIA'S ARMIES ARE FAR TOO APART TO LEND SUPPORT. TWO VULNERABLE RAIL LINES ARE RUSSIA'S MAIN LAND LINK BETWEEN EUROPEAN RUSSIA AND PACIFIC FAR EAST. TRUMP'S EXTRA SUPPLEMENTAL MILITARY BUDGET BOOST THIS YEAR $54 BILLION, IS ALMOST AS CHARGE AS RUSSIA'S ENTIRE 2018 MILITARY BUDGET. AS FOR TRUMP'S CLAIM THAT EUROPE IS NOT PAYING ITS FAIR SHARE OF NATO EXPENSES, NOTE THAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE COMBINED TOGETHER SPEND MORE ON THEIR MILITARY FORCES THAN RUSSIA. IN EUROPE, IT'S HARD TO FIND MANY PEOPLE WHO STILL CONSIDER RUSSIA A SERIOUS THREAT EXCEPT FOR SOME DIPSY DANES, RIGHT WING SWEDES, AND EAST EUROPEANS. THE MAIN FEAR OF RUSSIA SEEMS CONCENTRATED IN THE MINDS OF AMERICAN NEOCONSERVATIVES, MEDIA, AND VICTIMS OF THE BIZARRE ANTI-RUSSIAN HYSTERIA THAT HAS GRIPPED THE U.S. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S FROM THE MARGOLIS COLUMN. I HOPE THAT MEMBERS IN THIS CONGRESS WILL KEEP THOSE WORDS IN MIND. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 10:42:09 AM

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                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. FERGUSON, FOR FIVE…

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. FERGUSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. FERGUSON

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR PRO-GROWTH POLICIES WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR I HAVE MET WITH SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, COLLEGE STUDENTS, SENIORS, AND FOLKS ALL ACROSS MY DISTRICT TO HEAR HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS IMPACTED THEM. TIME AND AGAIN, TIME AND AGAIN I HEAR THE SAME STORY. PEOPLE HAVE MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. THEIR BUSINESSES ARE DOING WELL. THEIR UTILITY BILLS ARE LOWER. THEIR SMALL BUSINESSES ARE EXPANDING. THEIR ECONOMIC OUTLOOK IS BETTER THAN IT USED TO BE. WE'RE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. EMPLOYERS ARE NOW INVESTING NOT ONLY IN THEIR BUSINESSES BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THEIR PEOPLE. THESE BENEFITS JUST AREN'T LIMITED TO MY DISTRICT IN GEORGIA. OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION. AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE REAPING THE BENEFITS OF COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM. THANKS TO OUR PRO-GROWTH POLICIES, WE'RE FINALLY SEEING TRUE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND AMERICA IS ON A PATH TO BEING THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS ONCE AGAIN. OUR WORK ISN'T DONE. WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER AND AMERICAN BUSINESS WHILE WE MAKE THIS THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO DO JUST THAT. AND IT IS MIND-BOGGLING TO ME THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND THIS GREAT NATION AND YOU SEE THE SUCCESS THAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY THAT WANT TO TAKE THAT SUCCESS AWAY FROM THIS COUNTRY AND THEY WANT TO TAKE THE MONEY OUT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S POCKET AND BRING IT RIGHT BACK HERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C. THAT IS A THOUGHT PROCESS THAT I THINK IS WRONG AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. WE NEED TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR THE AMERICAN FAMILY, THE AMERICAN WORKER, THE AMERICAN BUSINESS SO THAT THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS. TAX REFORM IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE GET THAT DONE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, FOR FIVE…

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

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                                            MR. KELLY

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE 80TH…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF A REPUTABLE BUSINESS THAT IS HEADQUARTERED IN MY HOMETOWN OF BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA. HUNTER TRUCK SALES. HUNTER TRUCK SALES IS A FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED AUTHORIZED DEALER OF PETERBILT, AN INTERNATIONAL HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, AND ONE OF THE LARGEST HEAVY DUTY TRUCK COMMERCIAL PROVIDERS IN THE NORTHEAST. HUNTER TRUCK IS A STAPLE OF THE COMMUNITY AND THEIR SUCCESS OVER THE LAST 80 YEARS CONFIRMS THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE AND THRIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE UNITED STATES. HUNTER TRUCK SALES IS A NAME THAT HAS BEEN SYNONYMOUS WITH RELIABILITY SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1938. . HOMER STARTED THIS IN EAU CLAIRE, PENNSYLVANIA, AND QUICKLY DEVELOPED A REPUTATION FOR HIS UNPARALLELED COMMITMENT TO TRUCKING SOLUTIONS WITH PERSONALIZED SALES AND SERVICE AND PARTS. WITH HARD WORK AND UNWAVERING DEDICATION, THE COMPANY HAS CONTINUOUSLY GROWN AND WAS EVENTUALLY AWARDED A NEW TRUCK SALES FRANCHISE FROM INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER FOLLOWED BY EARNING A PETER BUILT HEAVY DUTY TRUCK FRANCHISE. HOMER, ALONG WITH HIS BROTHERS, CREATED A CUSTOMER-CENTRIC BUSINESS FOCUSED ON TEAMWORK, TRUST, ACCOUNTABILITY AND INTEGRITY. THESE VERY VALUES LED THE COMPANY TO ITS MANY ACHIEVEMENTS AND REMAIN AT THE CORE OF THE HUNTER TRUCK SALES TODAY WHICH IS OWNED BY THE THIRD GENERATION OF THE HUNTER FAMILY. JEFF, DAVE, MICHAEL, NANCY HUNTER, HUNTER TRUCK CURRENTLY OPERATES 20 LOCATIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA, WEST VIRGINIA, NEW YORK, AND NEW JERSEY. AND PROUDLY EMPLOYEES NEARLY 1,000 PEOPLE. KEEP IN MIND ALL THIS STARTED WITH A SMALL SERVICE STATION AND A FAMILY WITH BIG DREAMS AND GREAT WORK ETHIC. IT'S FAMILIES LIKE THE HUNTERS WHO HELP LOCAL ECONOMIES FLOURISH BY ESTABLISHING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PRACTICES THAT CAN BE SUSTAINED FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS. WHILE THE SERVICES PROVIDED HAVE EVOLVED AND THE SCOPE OF THE BUSINESS HAS EXPANDED, HUNTER TRUCK REMAINS FULLY COMMITTED TO BOTH THEIR CUSTOMERS AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY CALL HOME. AS THE LEADER IN THE HEAVY DUTY TRUCK INDUSTRY, HUNTER TRUCK HAS INVESTED IN ITS WORK FORCE AND IN UNIQUE TECHNOLOGIES THAT ALIGN WITH THEIR MISSION WHICH IS TO BUILD LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS THAT REFLECT VALUE, INTEGRITY, AND TEAMWORK BY PROVIDING THEIR CUSTOMERS WITH EXCELLENT PARTS, SERVICE, AND PRODUCTS. IT'S TRULY AN HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE HUBTER FAMILY AND HUNTER TRUCK SALES -- HUNTER FAMILY AND HUNTER TRUCK SALES AND THE CORE OF AMERICAN VALUES AND I ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONTINUE ON WHAT THEY BUILT WITH ABSOLUTE PRIDE. NOT BOASTFUL PRIDE BUT PRIDE IN KNOWING WHAT MR. HUNTER STARTED IN 1938 HAS FLOURISHED AND HAS PROVIDED SO MANY JOBS FOR SO MANY PEOPLE FOR SO LONG IS AN INCREDIBLE TRIBUTE TO THE WAY AMERICANS THINK. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS COUNTRY AND HUNTER TRUCK SALES IS TRULY AN INSPIRATION TO ENTREPRENEURS EVERYWHERE. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                            MR. CONNOLLY

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS ENGAGED IN A MASSIVE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS ENGAGED IN A MASSIVE CAMPAIGN OF DECEPTION THAT THREATENS TO UPEND U.S. POLICY TOWARD CRIMEA, SHANK CONFIDENCE IN U.S. GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND OVERRIDE THE WILL OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THIS DANGEROUS PRECEDENT SET IN CRIMEA CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. PUTIN'S FORCIBLE AND ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA, THE FIRST FORSIBLE SEIZURE OF TERRITORY IN EUROPE SINCE WORLD WAR II, UNDERMINE'S UKRAINIAN SOVEREIGNTY AND THREATENS THE STABILITY OF EUROPEAN BORDERS. ACK WE ESSENCE -- THIS THREATENS THE SECURITY OF SOVEREIGN NATIONS. WHO'S NEXT? MULDOVA, GEORGIA, THE BALTIC STATES? IT'S THE LONG STANDING POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES NOT TO RECOGNIZE TERRITORIAL CHANGES ELECTED BY FORCE. AS DICTATED BY A DOCTRINE ESTABLISHED IN 1932 BY THEN REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF STATE HENRY STIMPSON. WE UPHELD THAT DOCTRINE WITH ADDITION OF THE WELLS DECLARATION IN 1940 WHICH STATED THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD NOT RECOGNIZE THE ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF THE BALLOTIN STATES BY THEN THE SOFE YEN -- BALTIC STATES BY THEN THE SOVIET UNION. THAT POLICY REMAINED IN EFFECT FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS WE STOOD BY THE BALTIC STATES SOMETIMES IN THE FACE OF RIDICULE. TODAY THEY'RE INDEPENDENT, SOVEREIGN STATES AND GOOD MEMBERS OF NATO. THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM OF THE PREVIOUS AND CURRENT ADMINISTRATIONS, CONGRESS, OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES IS THAT SIMILAR PRINCIPLES MUST BE ADOPTED WITH RESPECT TO CRIMEA. CRIMEA WAS PUTIN'S ORIGINAL VIOLATION IN THE UKRAINE AND WE HAVE LIMITED CREDIT INLT OF OBJECTING TO THE -- CREDIBILITY OF OBJECTING IF WE DO NOT STAND FIRM WITH RESPECT TO CRIMEA. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ESTABLISHED A NONRECOGNITION POLICY TOWARD RUSSIAN SOVEREIGNTY OVER CRIMEA AND LEVIED SANCTIONS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES ENABLING RUSSIA'S OCCUPATION. OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE STOOD WITH US SHOULDER TO SHOULDER IN EMPHASIZING AND ENFORCING THOSE SANCTIONS. CONGRESS CODIFIED PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CRIMEA SANCTIONS AND HAS REPEATEDLY USED THE POWER OF THE PURSE TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS FOR ANY ACTION THAT WOULD RECOGNIZE THAT ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF THE CRIMEA. ENCOUNTERING AMERICA'S ADVERSARIES THROUGH SANCTIONS ACT, CONGRESS REITERATED THE SUPPORT OF THE STIMPSON DOCTRINE FOR THE ILLEGAL INVASIONS BY RUSSIA, AND OCCUPATION OF GEORGIA, CRIMEA, EASTERN UKRAINE AND A REGION OF MULDOVA. EVEN THE STATE DEPARTMENT FOR THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION REITERATED OUR NONRECOGNITION POLICY AND FORCED CRIMEA SANCTIONS. THROUGH ALL THIS ONE MAN STANDS ALONE ATOP HIS BULLY PULPIT WITH OPAQUE INTENTIONS AND ARMED WITH A HANDFUL OF HALF TRUTHS, THAT'S THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD TRUMP. I DO NOT PARTICULARLY CARE THAT DONALD TRUMP PERSONALLY ADMIRES VLADIMIR PUTIN. EVERYONE NEEDS A ROLE MODEL. HOWEVER, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WILLFUL IGNORANCE OF THE CRISIS IN THE UKRAINE HAS HAD HIM REPEAT PROPAGANDA AND SUPPORT POLICIES THAT ARE SO FOREIGN THAT THEY WOULD MAKE MR. PUTIN VERY HAPPY. IT WAS CANDIDATE TRUMP THAT SAID BOTH CRIMEA HAS BEEN TAKEN AND PUTIN IS NOT GOING INTO THE UKRAINE. I WILL NOT ATTEMPT TO UNTANGLE THE CONTRADICTIONS THRIN. I TRUST PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS HAD -- THEREIN. I TRUST PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS HAD TIME TO STUDY WHY HIS COMMENTS HAD A GRASP OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND IN OUR INCREASINGLY GEOPOLITICAL CLIMATE. UNFORTUNATELY, HE'S LEARNED ALL THE WRONG LESSONS AND ADOPTED A CONFRONTATIONAL APPROACH TO CURRENT U.S. POLICY REGARDING CRIMEA. IN JUSTIFYING HIS POSITION, THE PRESIDENT'S REPEATED SEVERAL MYTHS, SOME WHICH WAS SAID BY THE KREMLIN'S PROPAGANDA MACHINE. THE PEOPLE OF CRIMEA SAID THEY PREFERRED RUSSIA ONLY IN AN REFERENDUM IN AN OCCUPIED CRIMEA WITH RUSSIAN TROOPS ALL OVER THE STATE. NO REFERENDUM HAS VALIDITY AT THE END OF A BARREL OF A GUN. MYTH NUMBER TWO, THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF CRIMEA DEMAND THEY BE PART OF RUSSIA BECAUSE MOST OF THEM SPEAK RUSSIAN. I'M SURE RUSSIAN-SPEAKING POPULATIONS IN THE BALTIC REPUBLICS REVOLT AT THAT KIND OF NOTION. THE CLAIM ALSO ERASES HISTORY BECAUSE THEY WERE FORCIBLY REMOVED FROM CRIMEA BY THE DICTATOR STALIN. THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S MOST INSIDIOUS MYTH, THE THIRD ONE. RECOGNIZING CRIMEA COULD HELP IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA. I DON'T THINK SO. RUSSIA HAS A MUCH MORE EXPANSIVE AGENDA. TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO RECOGNIZE THAT CRIMEA MUST BE RESISTED. I YIELD BACK.

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

                                            MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY ON MONDAY, I HOSTED A…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY ON MONDAY, I HOSTED A LISTENING -- CHAIR TO LISTENING SESSION ON ORGANIC AGRICULTURE AT OUR STATE CAPITAL IN HARRISBURG. AGRICULTURE IS A KEY ECONOMIC DRIVER IN PENNSYLVANIA AND REMAINS THE COMMONWEALTH'S NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY. ONE IN SEVEN JOBS IN PENNSYLVANIA'S CONNECTED TO MORE THAN AGRICULTURE, A FACT THAT'S IMPORTANT IN RURAL AREAS GENERATING SOME $7.4 BILLION IN SALES IN 2017. YET, AGRICULTURE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY GOES WELL BEYOND OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. OUR FARMERS NOT ONLY FEED, CLOTHE, PROVIDE ENERGY AND FIBER FOR ALL AMERICANS BUT ALSO TO MANY OTHER NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. PENNSYLVANIA AGRICULTURE'S DIVERSE AND ENCOMPASSES A WIDE ARRAY OF COMMODITIES AND PRODUCTION METHODS. MONDAY'S LISTENING SESSION WAS SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON THE ORGANIC AGRICULTURE SECTOR IN PENNSYLVANIA. I WAS PROUDLY JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN SCOTT PERRY AND CONGRESSMAN TOM MARINO AS WELL AS THE DEB UTE SECRETARY SHERYL COOK. WE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF EXPERT PANELISTS INCLUDING LESLIE OF THE PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFIED ORGANIC, DR. CHRISTIE, SCOTT OF BELL EVANS, KEN RICE, ORGANIC LIVESTOCK FEED SELLER, ANDREW KLINE, ORGANIC BEEF AND MILK PRODUCER AND ONE FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE ASSOCIATION. WE HEARD SOME TREMENDOUS TESTIMONY FROM THE ALL-STAR PANEL AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR INSIGHTS. OVER THE PAST DECADE, ORGANIC AGRICULTURE HAS FLOURISHED AROUND THE NATION. FROM 2015 TO 2016, THE NUMBER OF ORGANIZE ANIC -- CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMS INCREASED. AND THE ACRES INCREASED BY 15% ACCORDING TO THE USDA. PENNSYLVANIA'S BEEN A LEADING STATE IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE WITH 800 FARMS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. ORGANIC IS BEING SUPPORTED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS. THROUGH THE PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFIED ORGANIC, PENN STATE ACTIVITIES, STAKEHOLDER ORGANIZATIONS AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, MANY ARE HELPING THOSE WHO TRANSFER TO ORGANIC FARMING. AND TITLE 10 OF THE FARM BILL IS THE HORTICULTURE PORTION OF THE LAW WHICH COVERS SPECIALTY CROPS, LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOODS AND ORGANIC AGRICULTURE. IT INCLUDED $34 MILLION ANNUALLY TO ORGANIC PRODUCERS. THIS SUPPORTS THE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND EXTENSION INITIATIVE. THE NATIONAL ORGANIC CERTIFICATION COST SHARE PROGRAM AND NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM AND DATA INITIATIVE. THE FARM BILL ALSO AUTHORIZES THE BEGINNING FARMERS AND RANCHERS PROGRAM, THE FARMERS MARKET AND LOCAL FOODS PROMOTION PROGRAM, THE MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM, THE EQUIP ORGANIC INITIATIVE. AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAS BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY TO WRITE THE NEXT FARM BILL AS IT EXPIRES IN SEPTEMBER. RURAL AREAS HAVE BEEN HIT HARD BY FARM RECESSION IN RECENT YEARS AND THE AVERAGE FARM INCOME ROUGHLY HALF WHAT IT WAS JUST FIVE YEARS AGO. SINCE BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE PASSED VERSIONS OF THE FARM BILL, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING OUT THE DIFFERENCES IN CONFERENCE. THIS NEW LAW WILL SUPPORT BOTH TRADITIONAL AS WELL AS ORGANIC AGRICULTURE ON MANY FRONTS. I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING THE FINAL BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF TWO WORLD WAR I HEROES FROM CLINTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. PRIVATE FIRST CLASS IRA C KELLER AND CORPORAL BILL MARSHALL ARE THE HOMETOWN SOLDIERS FOR BY A MEMORIAL PARK IS NAMED. PRIVATE FIRST CLASS KELLER WAS 24 YEARS OLD AND THE FIRST ONE TO BE KILLED IN WORLD WAR I. CORPORAL DARBY WAS THE SECOND HOMETOWN HERO TO LOSE HIS LIFE IN THE GREAT WAR. THEIR FAMILIES DONATED LAND IN NORTH BEND TO BE USED AS A PUBLIC PARK FOREVER COMMEMORATING THEIR SACRIFICE FOR OUR FREEDOM. THIS SUNDAY THERE WILL BE A FORMAL MEMORIAL AND REDEDICATION CEREMONY. A WORLD WAR I SOLDIERS COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT WILL ALSO BE UNVEILED IN THE PARK. MR. SPEAKER, A CENTURY LATER, WE ARE CELEBRATING THE LIVES OF THESE TWO SOLDIERS AND HONORING THE SACRIFICE THAT THEY MADE TO THIS GREAT NATION. TO THIS DAY, THE PARK HONORS THESE NORTH BEND HEROES AS THEIR FAMILIES INTENDED. IT IS A PLACE WHERE WE WILL -- WHERE WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES THAT COME WITH OUR FREEDOM. AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            MR. SWALWELL

                                            MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS IN THIS CHAMBER IN 1941 THAT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT TOLD…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS IN THIS CHAMBER IN 1941 THAT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT TOLD THE WORLD THAT EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE GUARANTEED FOUR FREEDOMS. THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THE FREEDOM OF WORSHIP, THE FREEDOM FROM FEAR, AND THE FREEDOM FROM WANT. AND MR. SPEAKER, TODAY OUR PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN A WRECKING BALL TO ALL FOUR OF THOSE GUARANTEES. HE'S DECLARED THAT THE PRESS IS THE ENEMY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, GOING AFTER THAT TREASURED FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THE RIGHT FOR ME TO SPEAK HERE IN THIS WELL, FOR PEOPLE TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE, AND FOR THE JOURNALISTS BEHIND ME IN THE GALLERY TO REPORT ON IT. THE FREEDOM OF WORSHIP THAT EVERY MAN AND WOMAN AND CHILD COULD PRAY TO THE GOD OF THEIR CHOOSING AND NOT BE DISCRIMINATED BECAUSE OF IT. OUR COUNTRY AS WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW TODAY HAS A MUSLIM BAN IN PLACE. THE FREEDOM FROM FEAR. NEARLY DAILY THE PRESIDENT TWEETS OUT THAT THE IMMIGRANT FLEEING THE HARSHEST PLACES IN THE WORLD FROM VIOLENCE AND ABJECT POVERTY THAT THEY ARE THE PROBLEM, THAT THEY ARE MURDERERERS AND RAPISTS. AND FREEDOM FROM WANT. THE IDEA THAT IF YOU WORK HARD, IT WILL MEAN SOMETHING. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THIS CHAMBER PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED A TAX CUT WHERE 83% OF THE BENEFITS WENT TO THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US. NOT A TAX CUTS THAT TOLD BUSINESSES YOU CAN BE MORE COMPETITIVE BUT YOU HAVE TO SHARE THE PROFITS WITH THOSE WHO GENERATED YOUR PRODUCTIVITY. . THOSE FOUR FREEDOMS WE ALL RELIED UPON AND DEPEND UPON IN OUR COUNTRY, THEY ARE BEING KNOCKED DOWN. AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN THIS CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, TO UNITE AND A WORK TOGETHER AND RESTORE THOSE FREEDOMS AND REBUILD THEM. OUR FOUNDERS IN THEIR WISDOM ENVISIONED THAT YOU COULD HAVE A WRECKING BALL OUT-OF-CONTROL PRESIDENCY, AND THEY DID NOT LEAVE US HELPLESS. THEY ENVISIONED THAT THAT YOU THE ARTICLE 1 CHECK AND BALANCE OF THE CONGRESS, ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE, COULD BE A CHECK ON THE PRESIDENT. AS OUR PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW IS ABROAD INSULTING OUR ALLIES, DRAWING US CLOSER TO ADVERSARIES LIKE RUSSIA, WE CAN BE A CHECK. WE CAN SAY, WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE FAMILIES SEPARATED AT THE BORDER THE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT A SINGLE PRIORITY OF THE PRESIDENT FORWARD UNTIL HE REUNITES ALL OF THEM. WHEN IT COMES TO THE PRESS WHO ARE UNDER ATTACK IN SPEECH WHICH IS CONSTANTLY BEING SUPPRESSED, WE CAN PASS THE JOURNALIST PROTECTION ACT WHICH I RECENTLY INTRODUCED WHICH WOULD MAKE IT A FEDERAL CRIME TO COMMIT VIOLENCE AGAINST ANYONE IN THE NEWS GATHERING BUSINESS. THERE IS A LOT WE CAN CAN DO TOGETHER. AS IT COMES TO OUR DEMOCRACY, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE JUST FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM AN ELECTION. THE ADVERSARY OUR PRESIDENT IS MEETING WITH IS DETERMINED TO INTERFERE AGAIN. THE BEST ANECDOTE TO STOP THAT WOULD BE FOR US TO UNITE AND PASS LEGISLATION TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION. IT'S A BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT'S OUT THERE. WE CAN BE THE CHECK THAT OUR FOUNDERS ENVISIONED. WE CAN BE THE CHECK THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS REALLY NEED US TO BE DURING THESE TRYING TIMES. WE'RE CAN BE THE CHECK THAT OUR NOT HELPLESS, MR. SPEAKER. WE CAN CAN PICK UP THE PIECES AND WE CAN REBUILD AND RESTORE THOSE FREEDOMS THAT F.D.R. STOOD IN THIS CHAMBER AND GUARANTEED TO THE WORLD THAT WE WOULD HAVE. THAT SHOULD STILL BE TRUE TODAY IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE U.S. HOUSE COMING IN TO BEGIN THEIR LEGISLATIVE DAY. WE TAKE YOU THERE…

                                            THE U.S. HOUSE COMING IN TO BEGIN THEIR LEGISLATIVE DAY. WE TAKE YOU THERE LIVE NOW. THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND JOHN HILL, FLINT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, ALEXANDER CITY, ALABAMA.

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                                            THE CHAPLAIN

                                            GRACIOUS, MIGHTY AND WONDERFUL GOD. I PRAY FOR THIS HISTORIC CHAMBER AND I…

                                            GRACIOUS, MIGHTY AND WONDERFUL GOD. I PRAY FOR THIS HISTORIC CHAMBER AND I MOST HUMBLY ASK FOR YOUR WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT AND YOUR GRACE, TO BE SHOWERED UPON THESE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE. ALLOW THEIR DECISIONS TO BE MADE WITH SELFLESS INTEREST. KEEPING A KEEN EYE UPON THE GOOD OF OUR NATION AS A WHOLE. LET THEIR CLIEGALITY AND RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE STATESMANSHIP TO OUR NATION. AND GIVE THEM THE HUMBLENESS TO BRING DIFFERING OPINIONS AND WORK TOGETHER TOWARD THE BEST SOLUTION. ALLOW THEM TO DISAGREE WITHOUT VILIFYING AND MAY THEIR DIFFERENCES BE BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY SO THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MAY BE A SHINING BEACON OF HOPE AND LIBERTY TO THE WORLD. MAY THEY BE REMINDED OF THE SACRED TRUST THE PEOPLE HAVE PLACED IN THEM AND NOT SHRINK FROM THIS AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY THAT THEY HAVE ACCEPTED. IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN.

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                                            THE SPEAKER

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

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

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                                            MS. ESTY

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

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

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                                            THE SPEAKER

                                            THE CHAIR ASKS THAT THE HOUSE NOW OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN HONOR OF…

                                            THE CHAIR ASKS THAT THE HOUSE NOW OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED OR WOUNDED IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND ALL THOSE WHO SERVE IN THEIR FAMILIES. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                            MR. ROGERS

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND JOHN HILL. REVEREND HILL LIVES IN ALABAMA AND IS THE PASTOR OF THE FLINT HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. IN 2010, REVEREND HILL HAD HIS ORDER NATION AS AN ELDER IN THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND IN 2017 HE ACHIEVED SENIOR CHAPLAIN STATUS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF POLICE CHAPLAINS. CERTIFICATION IN CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT AND BECAME A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR FOR GROUP CRISIS INTERVENTION. REVEREND HILL HAS DONE CHAPLAIN WORK WITH SEVERAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE STATE, AS WELL AS THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. HE ALSO WAS SELECTED TO SERVE AS A VOLUNTEER CHAPLAIN FOR THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE. REVEREND HILL IS JOINED TODAY BY HIS WIFE, JILL, AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN, AND IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME HIM TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                            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. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                            MR. THOMSON

                                            I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME MEMBERS OF THE PENN STATE 4-H PROGRAM TO THE…

                                            I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME MEMBERS OF THE PENN STATE 4-H PROGRAM TO THE NATION'S CAPITAL. STUDENTS WILL SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH ME AND DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE THE PROGRAM HAS HAD IN THEIR LIVES. 4-H IS OPENED TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY LIVE, WHAT THEIR BACKGROUNDS ARE, OR WHAT INTERESTS THEM. FROM TRA CONTIGUOUSAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH IN RURAL PLACES TO AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR CITY YOUTH, 4-H HAS IT ALL. LAST MOPT PENN STATE 4-H HOSTED THE FIRST PENNSYLVANIA 4-H SCIENCE AGRICULTURE CHALLENGE IN STATE COLLEGE. SCORES OF 4-H TEAMS COMPETED IN THE CHALLENGE BASED ON THE AMERICAN 4-H SCIENCE AGRICULTURE CHALLENGE IN STATE FARM BUREAUS -- BUREAU'S, PILLARS OF AGRICULTURE DIVERSITY LITERACY. THE MARKETSING TEAM FROM CLARION COUNTY CAME IN SECOND. THE THIRD PLACE WENT TO THE ARMSTRONG COUNTY IDEA MAKERS. TEAMS FROM ALLEGHENY COUNTIN AND WASHINGTON COUNTY ROUNDED OUT THE TOP FIVE WINNERS. 4-H PLAYS AN INCREDIBLE ROLE IN THE LIVES OF AMERICAN STUDENTS WHO ARE LEARNING LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, AND LIFE SKILLS. I'M PROUD 4-H HELP SO MANY REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                                            MR. SPEAKER, ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER TWO BLATANT ATTEMPTS BY THIS…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER TWO BLATANT ATTEMPTS BY THIS ADMINISTRATION TO SABOTAGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ON SATURDAY, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED IT'S ENDING PAYMENTS THAT HELP INSURERS MEET THE REQUIREMENT TO COVER INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THESE RISK ADJUSTMENT PAYMENTS POOL RISK FOR INSURERS SO ALL AMERICANS CAN BE COVERED, NOT JUST THE HEALTHIEST FEW. JUST YESTERDAY, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED IT'S SLASHING FUNDS FOR HEALTH CARE NAVIGATORS BY 70%. 2450ES NAVIGATORS ARE INDIVIDUALS TRAINED TO HELP AMERICANS COMPARE AND ENROLL IN PLANS. WITHOUT NAVIGATOR ASSISTANCE, MORE AMERICANS WILL STRUGGLE TO ENROLL AND MORE PEOPLE WILL GO UNINSURED. THESE CHANGES AND OTHER ACTIONS ANNOUNCED WILL RESULT IN HIGHER PEOPLEUPS FOR MILLIONS OF INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. REMEMBER THIS, 130 MILLION AMERICANS, THOSE OF US WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, WILL PAY THE HEAVIEST PRICE. THIS CYNICAL EFFORT TO DIMINISH ACCESS TO QUALITY AFFORDABLE CARE HAS TO STOP. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO ABANDON ITS EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE THE A.C.A. AND START WORKING WITH THOSE OF US WHO WANT TO IMPROVE RATHER THAN TEAR DOWN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MIAMI BRIDGE…

                                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MIAMI BRIDGE ON ITS 33RD ANNIVERSARY. LOCATED IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MIAMI BRIDGE WORKS TO PROVIDE A SAFE HAVEN FOR TEENS WHO ARE ABANDONED, NEGLECTED, OR HOMELESS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. MIAMI BRIDGE IS THE ONLY EMERGENCY HOME IN SOUTH FLORIDA WHICH SHELTERS CHILDREN FROM AGES 10 TO 17. THIS ORGANIZATION PROVIDES AND PROMOTES POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND STRENGTHENS FAMILIES TO ENABLE CHILDREN AND TEENS TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. ANNUALLY, MIAMI BRIDGE HOUSES MORE THAN 600 CHILDREN AND TEENS AND PROVIDES COUNSELING TO MORE THAN 550 FAMILIES. FROM ASSISTING FAMILIES AND DEVELOPING THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO COMFORT AT-RISK CHILDREN, TO EMPOWERING YOUNGSTERS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE POSITIVE LIFE CHOICES, MIAMI BRIDGE'S MANY SERVICES HELP CHILDREN OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES THAT CONFRONT THEM AND REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. MR. SPEAKER, I AM SO PROUD TO REPRESENT MIAMI BRIDGE AND I CONGRATULATE ITS WONDERFUL STAFF, ITS BOARD MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS EFFORTS TO SAVE AT-RISK YOUTH FROM A LIFE OF VICTIMIZATION AND HOMELESSNESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                            MR. CICILLINE

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                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            RHODE ISLAND'S COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY PROVIDES THOUSANDS OF…

                                            RHODE ISLAND'S COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY PROVIDES THOUSANDS OF GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY EVERY YEAR. BUT LATER TODAY THE HOUSE IS VOTING ON A BILL THAT RHODE ISLAND'S WILL JEOPARDIZE THIS CRITICAL SECTOR OF OUR STATE'S ECONOMY. H.R. 200 UNDERMINES THE SCIENCE-BASED CATCH LIMITS THAT WE HAVE USED IN RECENT DECADES TO KEEP FISHERIES SUSTAINABLE FOR THE LONG TERM. WE HAVE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE. IT WAS JUST A FEW DECADES AGO THAT CONGRESS FIRST PUT THESE SCIENCE-BASED CATCH LIMITS IN PLACE. CONGRESS HAD TO DO SO BECAUSE WILL OVERFISHING HAD BROUGHT AMERICA'S FISHERIES TO THE BRINK OF ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE. IT TURNS OUT, SCIENCE WORKS. SINCE CONGRESS PUTS THESE LIMITS IN PLACE, DOZENS OF FISH STOCKS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK TO SUSTAINABLE LEVELS AND OVERFISHING IBSDENTS HAVE BEEN -- INCIDENTS HAVE BEEN CUT SUBSTANTIALLY. GOOD-PAYING JOBS HAVE THRIVED. THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE GENERATES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY EVERY YEAR. H.R. 200 WILL REVERSE THIS PROGRESS. WE CANNOT LET IT PASS. IT'S A TERRIBLE BILL THAT WILL HARM FISHERMEN IN MY STATE AND ALL UP AND DOWN THE COAST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO REJECT THIS BILL. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                            MR. WILSON

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY PUBLISHED AN EDITORIAL…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY PUBLISHED AN EDITORIAL TITLED, THE COLORBLIND BOOM IN JOBS. IT MAY BE A SURPRISE BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOWHERE AS UNPOPULAR AMONG MINORITY VOTERS AS THE BIASED MAINSTREAM MEDIA SUGGESTS. WHY IS THAT? IT'S ONE WORD, JOBS. TRUMP, IT TURNS OUT, HAS BEEN THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT IN HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO MINORITY EMPLOYMENT N JUNE, PRINCIPLE, THE UN-- FLINS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR HISPANIC AND AND BLACKS FELL TO 16%. AFRICAN-AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT AT 6.5% REPRESENTS THE SECOND LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT READING EVER FOR BLACK AMERICANS. THE TRUTH IS, THE RIPPLING JOB GROWTH THAT BEGAN WHEN TRUMP WAS ELECTED TO OFFICE PICKED UP STEAM AFTER HIS TAX CUTS HAVE MADE GOOD FOR EVERYONE IN AMERICA. EVEN LIBERAL MEDIA PUNDITS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. BEST WISHES, JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH, WITH AN IMPECCABLE RECORD OF SERVICE, TO BE ON THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES. -- SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU.

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                                            MANY AMERICANS HAVE WORKED THEIR LIVES PAYING INTO PENSION PROGRAMS WITH…

                                            MANY AMERICANS HAVE WORKED THEIR LIVES PAYING INTO PENSION PROGRAMS WITH THE PROMISE THAT AFTER A WORK OF HARD LABOR THAT THEY WOULD SECURE TRANSITION INTO RETIREMENT.

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                                            MR. HIGGINS

                                            OUR MULTIYEAR, MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION PLANS, OF WHICH THERE ARE 114,…

                                            OUR MULTIYEAR, MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION PLANS, OF WHICH THERE ARE 114, COVERING 1.3 MILLION WORKERS, ARE SEVERELY UNDERFUNDED AND ARE IN TROUBLE. THE BUTCH-LEWIS ACT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN RESPONSIBLY SECURING THE PENSIONS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN WORKERS THAT THEY HAVE EARNED THROUGHOUT THEIR YEARS OF HARD WORK. WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE PENSIONS OF AMERICAN UNION WORKERS THAT THEY HAVE EARNED OVER A LIFETIME OF WORK ARE PROTECTED WELL INTO THE FUTURE. THIS CONGRESS NEEDS TO TAKE ACTION NOW TO ENSURE AMERICAN UNION WORKERS THAT THEY HAVE EARNED OVER A LIFETIME THE PROMISE OF THOSE WHO WERE PROMISED AFTER A YEARS OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO HAVE A A PENSION IN THEIR RETIREMENT YEARS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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

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                                            MR. POE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS AGO ON NOVEMBER 11RKS1918, THE WAR TO END ALL WARS…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS AGO ON NOVEMBER 11RKS1918, THE WAR TO END ALL WARS CAME TO AN END. OVER FOUR MILLION AMERICAN DOUGHBOYS WENT TO FIGHT IN THE BATTLEFIELDS AND BRUTAL TRENCHES IN EUROPE. 116,000 OF AMERICA'S SONS AND DAUGHTERS WERE KILLED IN COMBAT. 200,000 MORE WERE WOUNDED. ALL THE SURVIVORS OF THE GREAT WORLD WAR ONE HAS SINCE DIED. THEY ARE NO MORE. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THEIR SELFLESS SACRIFICES TO MAKE THE WORLD A FREER PLACE. LAST YEAR OUR COUNTRY FINALLY BROKE GROUND IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ON A MEMORIAL TO HONOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I AM PRIVILEGED THAT REPRESENTATIVE CLEAVER AND I HELPED MAKE THIS MEMORIAL A REALITY. FOREVER THEIR SACRIFICE FOR THIS NATION AND WORLD WILL BE CAST IN BRONZE AND STONE. MAY OUR COUNTRY NEVER FORGET THE SACRED PLEDGE, WE'LL BE OVER. WE'RE COMING OVER. AND WE WON'T COME BACK TILL IT'S OVER, OVER THERE. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            MRS. DAVIS

                                            I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH IN SAN DIEGO. AND HONOR OUR HARD…

                                            I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH IN SAN DIEGO. AND HONOR OUR HARD FOUGHT PROGRESS. IN 1974, A GROUP OF LGBTQ SAN DIEGANS WERE DENIED A A PERMIT TO HOST A PRIDE PARADE. AND DESPITE FACING GREAT DANGER, DOZENS BRAVELY MARCHED IN THE STREETS. SO THIS WEEKEND OVER 200,000 SAN DIEGANS ARE EXPECTED TO JOIN TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE HOW FAR WE HAVE COME AND SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF EQUALITY. THOUGH WE HAVE MADE GREAT PROGRESS, THIS MONTH ALSO MARKS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF A LAWSUIT THAT WAS ACTUALLY FILED AGAINST ME FOR DISPLAYING A PRIDE FLAG IN FRONT OF MY OFFICE. THIS FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT IS A GREAT REMINDER OF WHY PRIDE MONTH IS STILL NECESSARY AND WHY OUR WORK IS NEVER DONE. THE PRIDE FLAG SYMBOLIZES THE IDEALS OF LIBERTY, EQUALITY, AND LOVE THAT THIS MONTH CELEBRATES. NO LAWSUIT WILL DETER ME FROM DEFENDING THESE VALUES. I'M PROUD TO BE AN ALLY IN THIS FIGHT. AND WILL CONTINUE STANDING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH OUR LGBTQ COMMUNITY. HAPPY PRIDE, SAN DIEGO.

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

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

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                                            MR. OLSON

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THE HEART AND SOUL OF FORT BEN COUNTY IN SUGARLAND IS IN…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THE HEART AND SOUL OF FORT BEN COUNTY IN SUGARLAND IS IN GREAT PAIN TODAY. HERB APPLE PULLED HIS ANGEL WINGS AND JOINED OUR LORD YESTERDAY. WE ARE THE MOST DIVERSE COUNTY IN AMERICA AND THE BEST PLACE TO START A FAMILY, RAISE A FAMILY, AND START A BUSINESS, BECAUSE OF HERB APPLE. HERB WAS A LONG-TIME C.E.O. OF THE FORT BEND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. DURING HIS TENURE, A HEADQUARTERS WAS MOVED TO SUGAR LAND. OTHERS MOVED TO SUGAR LAND. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. HERB WAS CALLED HOME ON A CRUISE WITH HIS WIFE, AMELIA, AND MOST OF HIS FIVE KIDS, 16 GRANDKIDS, AND TWO GREAT-GRANDKIDS. HE WAS AT SEA WITH A SEA OF LOVE AROUND HIM. WHEN HERB MET GOD YESTERDAY, GOD SAID, WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. GOD BLESS HERB APPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            MR. SPEAKER, OUR SO-CALLED COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS OVER IN EUROPE WHERE HE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, OUR SO-CALLED COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS OVER IN EUROPE WHERE HE CRITICIZED SOME OF OUR CLOSEST ALLIES AS BEING DELINQUENT. WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM? HYPOCRISY IS CLEARLY NOT A CONSTRAINT TO BEHAVIOR. TRUMPCARE, THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE PLAN, THAT WOULD STRIP AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND WILL CAUSE PREMIUMS, CO-PAYS AND DEDUCTIBLES TO GO UP, THAT'S DELINQUENT.

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                                            MR. JEFFRIES

                                            THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, WHERE 83% OF THE BENEFITS GO TO THE WEALTHIEST 1%…

                                            THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, WHERE 83% OF THE BENEFITS GO TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% IN AMERICA TO SUBSIDIZE THE LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND SHAMELESS, THAT'S DELINQUENT. THE FAKE REPUBLICAN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT WILL DO NOTHING TO FIX OUR NATION'S CRUMBLING BRIDGES, ROADS AND TUNNELS, THAT'S DELINQUENT. REPUBLICANS HAVE A RAW DEAL, DEMOCRATS HAVE A BETTER DEAL. AND WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR THE PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                            MR. SMITH

                                            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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                                            MR. SMITH

                                            MR. SPEAKER, GALLUP RECENTLY POLLED AMERICANS ON THEIR PERCEPTIONS OF BIAS…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, GALLUP RECENTLY POLLED AMERICANS ON THEIR PERCEPTIONS OF BIAS AND ACCURACY AND MISINFORMATION IN NEWS REPORTING. THE SURVEY FOUND 62% SAID THE NEWS THEY READ IN NEWSPAPERS, SEE ON TELEVISION, OR HEAR ON THE RADIO IS BIASED. 44% BELIEVE THE NEWS THEY READ IN NEWSPAPERS, SEE ON TELEVISION OR HEAR ON THE RADIO IS INACCURATE. MORE THAN 1/3 DESCRIBE THE NEWS THEY SEE IN THESE CHANNELS AS MISINFORMATION. FALSE OR INACCURATE INFORMATION THAT IS PRESENTED AS IF IT WERE TRUE. IN OTHER WORDS, FAKE NEWS. THE SAME POLL FOUND MISINFORMATION. EIGHT OUT OF 10 ADULTS FEEL ANGRY OR BOTHERED BY SEEING BIASED INFORMATION. IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THE NEWS MEDIA HAVE ABANDON OBJECTIVE, FACT-BASED REPORTING AND ARE INSTEAD PROMOTING A LIBERAL AGENDA. THEIR NEWS REPORTS ONLY TELL ONE SIDE OF THE STORY, THEIR SIDE. UNTIL THE NEWS MEDIA RETURN TO OBJECTIVE REPORTING, AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO VIEW THEM SCEPT -- SKEPTICALY. -- SKEPTICALLY.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          • 12:19:43 PM

                                            MR. KIHUEN

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK…

                                            THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          • 12:20:48 PM

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

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

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                                          • 12:20:53 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER DAVID FRILING, A DEAR FRIEND AND…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER DAVID FRILING, A DEAR FRIEND AND DEDICATED PATRIOT WHO PASSED AWAY OVER THE WEEKEND. DAVE'S ENTIRE LIFE WAS ABOUT SERVING OTHERS. HE SERVED IN THE ARMY FROM 1956 TO 1966, WITH THE 82ND ASHE IN BERLIN DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BERLIN WALL AND WAS LATER STATIONED IN KOREA. WHERE HE HELPED BUILD ROADS, BRIDGES AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE. DAVE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO FELLOW VETERANS.

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                                          • 12:21:27 PM

                                            MR. DAVIS

                                            HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HELP FOR HEROES FUND AND THE VETERANS…

                                            HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HELP FOR HEROES FUND AND THE VETERANS ASSISTANCE COMMISSION OF MACON COUNTY FOR 13 YEARS, AND MANY KNOW HIM FOR HIS SELFLESSNESS IN GETTING VETERANS THE HELP THEY NEED. FOR MANY YEARS HE VOLUNTARILY DROVE VETERANS TO THE DANVILLE V.A. HOSPITAL, NEARLY 90 MILES AWAY. TAKING 389 TOTAL TRIPS AND RACKING UP OVER 70,000 MILES TO SHUTTLE HIS FELLOW VETERANS TO THE V.A. TO GET THE HEALTH CARE THEY DESERVED. HE WAS ACTIVE IN HIS CHURCH, VOLUNTEERED WITH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, AND WAS A PROMINENT MEMBER OF BOTH THE AMERICAN LEGION AND THE MACON COUNTY HONOR GUARD. HE SERVED ON THE DECATUR CIVICS CENTER BOARD AND WORKED TIRELESSLY FOR YEARS TO BRING TO LIFE THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL IN TOWN, WHICH WAS FINALLY COMPLETED IN 2012 THANKS TO DAVE'S HARD WORK. BY ALL ACCOUNTS, DAVE WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF PATRIOTISM AND SERVICE. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH HE WILL BE MISSED. HE MADE AN IMMEASURABLE IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF VETERANS AND THE ENTIRE DECATUR COMMUNITY. I EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS I HAVE WIFE AND ALL THOSE WHO -- HIS WIFE AND ALL THOSE WHO KNEW DAVE AND I'M SO GLAD DAVE GOT TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS BEFORE HE PASSED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 12:22:40 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          • 12:22:53 PM

                                            MR. LAMALFA

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO RESOLVE A MAJOR INJUSTICE. I'M SPEAKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT THE NEWS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS DECIDED TO PARDON OREGON RANCHERS, DWIGHT HAMMOND, AND HIS SON, STEVEN. THEY'VE ALREADY SERVED JAIL SENTENCES FOR A CONTROLLED BURN ON THEIR LAND, WHICH WAS ADJACENT TO FEDERAL LANDS, THAT WERE OUT OF CONTROL WITH THE FIRE ALREADY. THEY TRIED TO KEEP THE LAND FROM BEING OVERCOME BY POORLY MANAGED FEDERAL LANDS AND THE FIRES THAT FREQUENTLY OCCUR UPON THOSE. THEY SERVED A SENTENCE FOR THAT ALREADY. YET OVERZEALOUS PROSECUTORS, USING TERRORISM LEGISLATION AND LAW, CAME BACK AFTER THEM AGAIN TO SERVE EVEN MORE TIME. UNFAIRLY. TYPE OF LAW THAT WOULD BE USED IN THE CASE OF LIKE THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING. THIS OVER 139 ACRES, APPROXIMATELY, OF FEDERAL LAND BURNED ACCIDENTALLY TO TRY AND STOP FIRE. THE HAMMONDS AREN'T FROM MY DISTRICT, THEY'RE FROM MR. WALDEN'S DISTRICT IN OREGON, AND I COMMEND HIM FOR HIS HARD WORK TO MAKE SURE THIS CLEM EN-- CLEM ENSY HAPPENED FOR THESE PEOPLE -- CLEMENCY HAPPENED FOR THESE PEOPLE. GOOD CITIZENS WHO ARE WELL KNOWN, NOT ONLY IN OREGON, BUT THEY HAVE RELATIVES AND MANY FRIENDS IN MY NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT AS WELL. IT'S A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S OVERBEARING REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT ON THE USERS OF PUBLIC LANDS, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THEIR POOR STEWARDSHIP HAS CAUSED THESE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. IT'S TOO BAD THEY WILL NEVER GET THIS TIME BACK SERVED, BUT I'M INDEED GLAD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE CLEMENCY FOR THE HAMMOND FAMILY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 12:24:27 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATIONS.

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                                          • 12:24:37 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE…

                                            THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JULY 11, 2018, AT 9:13 A.M. THAT THE SENATE AGREES TO CONFERENCE WITH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, H.R. 5515. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS. THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF THE ARE -- HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JULY 11, 2018, AT 11:20 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 41, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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                                          • 12:25:29 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            MR. COLLINS

                                            MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 985 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                          • 12:25:39 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

                                          • 12:25:42 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 163. HOUSE RESOLUTION 985. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY…

                                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 163. HOUSE RESOLUTION 985. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 50, TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS WITH RESPECT TO IMPOSING FEDERAL MANDATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE AMENDMENT RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. NO FURTHER AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL, AS AMENDED, TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 3281, TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE THE TRANSFER TO NON-FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF APPROPRIATE RECLAMATION PROJECTS OR FACILITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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                                          • 12:28:30 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

                                          • 12:28:32 PM

                                            MR. COLLINS

                                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                          • 12:28:55 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                                          • 12:28:57 PM

                                            MR. COLLINS

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO BRING THIS RULE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO BRING THIS RULE FORWARD ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 50, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT, AND ALSO H.R. 3281, THE RECLAMATION TITLE TRANSFER AND NON-FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE INTENT I HAVIZATION ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE FOR EACH BILL, EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, RESPECTIVELY. IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO RECOMMIT FOR EACH BILL. LAST NIGHT THE RULES COMMITTEE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM THE SPONSOR OF H.R. 3281, MR. LAMBORN FROM COLORADO, ABOUT HIS BILL AND THE IMPORTANCE FOR IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF WATER AND WATER-RELATED FACILITIES. WE ALSO HEARD FROM MY FRIEND AND FORMER RULES COMMITTEE MEMBER, CHAIRMAN VIRGINIA FOXX, ON H.R. 50, WHICH SHE INTRODUCED. MR. SPEAKER, BOTH OF THESE BILLS ARE AT THEIR CORE ABOUT PROMOTING EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT AND ENHANCING THE COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND NON-FEDERAL ENTITIES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ITS HANDS IN A LOT OF THINGS. THAT'S NOT ALWAYS A BAD THING. BUT WE SEE FAR TOO MANY INSTANCES WHERE THE FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD. THAT'S WHY REPUBLICANS IN THIS CHAMBER ARE COMMITTED TO REINING IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE REINED IN, TO INCREASE ITS EFFICIENCY AND TRANSPARENCY, AND GIVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A LOUDER VOICE IN THE DECISIONS THAT IMPACT THEM. . H.R. 3281, THIS BILL EMPOWERS WATER USERS AND SEEKS TO REDUCE THE ADMINISTRATIVE PAPERWORK AND LIABILITY OF FEDERAL TAXPAYERS BY STREAMLINING THE PROCESS TO WHICH SOME BUREAU OF WRECK LA CLATION PROJECTS ARE TRANSFERRED TO NONFEDERAL ACCESS. TODAY THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PROVIDES ONE OUT OF FIVE WESTERN FARMERS WITH IRRIGATION WATER AND DELIVERING TRILLIONS OF GALLONS OF PEOPLE TO ANNUALLY. UNDER THE CURRENT LAW, THE B.O.R. IS ALLOWED TO TRANSFER DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROJECT BENEFICIARIES. BUT THE BUREAU CANNOT TRANSFER TITLE OR OWNERSHIP OF ANY OF THESE FACILITIES UNLESS CONGRESS SPECIFICALLY ENACTS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING SUCH A TRANSFER. THIS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZES THAT FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY ISN'T DOING ANY FAVORS FOR WATER USERS OR AGE AING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IF HE CUSSES ON EMPOWERING LOCAL WATER USERS AND INCENTIVIZING NONFEDERAL VINMENT IN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BILL HELPS REDUCE REGULATORY PAPERWORK AND FEDERAL BACKLOG ON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR WHILE INCREASING EFFICIENCIES FOR WATER USERS. WHERE CONGRESS CAN CAN STREAMLINE FEDERAL OPERATIONS AND INCREASE LOCAL CONTROL TO THE BENEFIT OF TAXPAYERS AND END INCREASE LOCAL CONTROL TO THE BENEFIT OF TAXPAYERS AND END USERS, WE SHOULD ACT. H.R. 3281 IS A STEP TOWARD ACCOMPLISHING BOTH THESE GOALS ON THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PROJECTS. ON THE NEXT BILL, MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 50, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES AND INFORMATION TRANSFER ACT. -- TRANSPARENCY ACT. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER THIS BILL CONTINUE THE TREND OF EMPOWERING STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND LIGHTENING THE GRIP OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IN 1995 CONGRESS ACTED THROUGH THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT TO PREVENT THE BURDEN OF FEDERALLY AND UNFUNDED MANDATES AND UNFUNDED MANDATES ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. AS A FORMER APPROPRIATOR AT THE STATE LEVEL IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, I UNDERSTAB MANY TIMES WHAT GOOD INTENTIONED WORK FROM UP HERE CAN CAN DO ACTUALLY ON IMPACTS TO STATE BUDGETS AND LOCAL BUDGETS, AND THIS IS A WORTHY GOAL FOR TO US TAKE UP. IT HAS BECOME CLEAR, HOWEVER, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES BUDGETS, AND THIS IS A WORTHY GOAL FOR TO US TAKE UP. IT HAS BECOME CLEAR, HOWEVER, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES ARE SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS OR PERHAPS MORE ACK A CONTRACTLY FLOODING THROUGH GAPING HOLES IN THE SYSTEM. IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET REPORT, UNFUNDED MANDATES AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS CAUSE STATES BETWEEN $44 BILLION AND $62 BILLION ANNUALLY. EVEN IN A TOWN USED TO THROWING AROUND BIG NUMBERS, THAT'S A BIG NUMBER. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THE COMMUNITIES IN MY HOME OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA OFTEN STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE RARELY FLUSH WITH CASH. THEY HAVE TO MAKE TOUGH DECISION ABOUTS WHAT PRIORITIES RECEIVE FUNDING AND WHAT AMOUNTS IN ORDER TO BEST SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. UNFUNDED MANDATES, PARTICULARLY THE UNIN-- EXPECTED ONES, CAN CAN SIGNIFICANTLY HAMPER THOSE EFFORTS. IN RECOGNITION OF THIS PROBLEM AND IN PURSUIT OF A SOLUTION, THOSE MOST AA EFFECTED BY THE ISSUE OF UNFUNDED MANDATES, STATE AND A LOCAL GOVERNMENT, OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THE SO-CALLED BIG SEVEN ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OFFICIALS, THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS OF MAYOR, DOWN CIVIL STATE GOVERNMENTS, ANTI-INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL CITY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION SENT A LETTER EARLIER THIS YEAR URGING ENACTMENT OF H.R. 50. THE UNFUNDED MAN DATES INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT REPRESENTS THE TYPE OF ACTION CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE. IT IDENTIFIES A PROBLEM. IT ACKNOWLEDGES THE NEED FOR POLICY UPDATES. AND INCORPORATES STAKEHOLDER FEEDBACK TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. THE BILL PROVIDES -- PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE CLOSES LOOPHOLES IN THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT AND APPLIES THE REQUIREMENTS OF THAT LAW TO INDEPENDENT AGENCIES. THE BILL PROVIDES FOR AN EXPANDED INPUT FROM STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, AS WELL AS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR BY REQUIRING AGENCIES TO CONSULT WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHEN THEY ARE DEVELOPING SIGNIFICANT REGULATORY MANDATES. MR. SPEAKER, THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS UPDATE TO THIS LAW CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. I BELIEVE THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN EKING OUT A LIVING OR BUILDING A BUSINESS ON THE GROUND KNOW THE PROBLEMS EXIST AND HOW TO REMEDY THEM BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE CURRENTLY RESIDING IN CUBICLES IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WHEN BUREAUCRATS ARE WRITING REGULATIONS THAT IMPACT NORTHEAST GEORGIANS, THEY NEED TO CONSULT WITH FROM NORTHEAST GEORGIANS. THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT WORKS IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA MIGHT NOT WORK FOR SOUTHEAST GEORGIA, ALABAMA, NEVADA, MAINE, OHIO, OR ANYWHERE ELSE BESIDES WHERE THEY ARE. IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOING TO IMPLEMENT REGULATION THAT IS IMPACT PRIVATE ENTITIES, GEORGIA, WHICH THEY DO FAR TOO OFTEN WITH FAR TOO LITTLE BENEFIT, IN MY OPINION, THOSE PROVIDED -- PROVIDE ENTITIES NEED TO HAVE A AND DESERVE A VOICE IN THE PROCESS. THE H.R. 50 HELPS GIVE THE PRIVATE -- PRIVACY SECTOR THAT AGENCY. WHICH THEY DO FAR IT ALSO REQUIRES RULES THAT AREN'T PRECEDED BY NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING TO UNDERGO A UMRA AAL ACIES IF THE EFFECTS ON STATE, LOCAL, AND PRIVATE SECTORS TOTAL $100 MILLION OR MORE. THE BILL CODIFIES LONG-STANDING REGULATORY PRINCIPLES REGARDING COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS, AND WHEN TO REGULATE AND SUPPORT MORE ACCURATE AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES AND REFORM ACT WAS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE INFORMED DECISIONMAKING THROUGHOUT THE LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY PROCESS. IN CONSULTATION WITH THE ENTITIES AFFECTED BY THOSE PROCESSES. THOSE GOALS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT IF NOT MORE IMPORTANT TODAY AS WHEN THE UMRA WAS ORIGINALLY SIGN FOOD LAW' IN 1995. CONGRESS NEEDS TO TAKE ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP THE BURDENS -- BURDENSOME REGULATORY AGENCY HAS PLACED ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. WITHOUT QUESTION CONGRESS MUST WORK TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES AND A REDUCE BUREAUCRACY. THESE ARE THE SIMPLE CONCEPTS, MR. SPEAKER. THEY ARE UNNECESSARY, BURDENSOME, FEDERAL REGULATIONS SHOULD BE IDENTIFIED AND RECONSIDERED. THE PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY REGULATION SHOULD HAVE A VISS IN THE PROCESS. I BELIEVE GOVERNMENT CAN OPERATE MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY WHEN WE GIVE LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS A VOICE, WHEN WE SEEK TO INCREASE EFISHENCY, AND REMOVE UNWIELDY MANDATES, AND WORK TO REDUCE THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. THIS BILL PROVIDES FOR THIS -- PROVIDES -- PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE TAKES THE STEPS IN DOING JUST THAT. I BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE STEPS WE IN THE HOUSE SHOULD SUPPORT TO HELP AMERICAN COMMUNITIES, CITIZENS, AND CONSUMERS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 12:36:49 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MRS. TORRES

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

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER TWO BILLS. FOUR AMENDMENTS. H.R. 50 UNFUNDED MANDATES INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2017. AND H.R. 3281, RECLAMATION TITLE TRANSFER AND NONFEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE INCENTIVIZATION ACT. H.R. 50 AMENDS THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT OF 1995 AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974. THIS IS A BILL THAT CONGRESS ALREADY VOTED IN 2015 IN NEARLY A PARTY-LINE VOTE IN THE HOUSE BEFORE DYING IN THE SENATE. I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUES THINK THAT THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AS A FORMER MAYOR AND A COUNCILMEMBER, I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT FEDERAL REGULATIONS CAN BE TO IMPLEMENT. THIS LEGISLATION, HOWEVER, DOES I KNOW HOW NOTHING EXCEPT GRIND PROGRESS TO A A STAND STILL, BLOCKING IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR NATION'S HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. PERHAPS THAT IS WHY THIS RULE ALSO MAKES IN ORDER H.R. 3281, WHICH ABSOLVES OUR NATION'S ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH STANDS IN A DIFFERENT WAY. THIS LEGISLATION WHICH I OPPOSED ON THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, WOULD AUTHORIZE A DE FACTO PRIVATIZATION OF FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THE WESTERN U.S., ALL WHILE STIFFING OUR TAXPAYERS. THE BILL DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT TAXPAYERS BE COMPENSATED FOR THE LOSS OF PUBLICLY OWNED LAND IN MINERAL INTERESTS. IMAGINE ONCE AGAIN THIS CONGRESS IS PUTTING THE INTEREST OF PRIVATE BUSINESS AHEAD OF OUR HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS. THIS LEGISLATION IS A PROPOSAL FROM PETROLEUMP'S -- PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WHICH LARGELY SPEAKS TO ENRICH DEVELOPERS AND PRIVATE BUSINESSES AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS AND THE GENERAL POP LICK AS A WHOLE. I COULD -- PUBLIC AS A WHOLE. I COULD UNDERSTAND SPENDING TIME ON THESE BILLS IF WE HAD FINISHED THE PRESSING WORK BEFORE US. BUT WITH THOUSANDS, AND I MEAN THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN STILL SEPARATE INTERESTED THEIR PARENTS DUE TO THE CRUEL ACTIONS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, IS THIS REALLY WHAT WE'RE SPENDING TIME ON? WHERE ARE THE MORAL PRIORITIES THIS AND FAMILY VALUES OF THIS CONGRESS? I HAVE SPOKEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND I HAVE SPOKEN WITH H.H.S. OFFICE H.H.S. OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT, AND THERE HAS BEEN ONE CONSTANT ANSWER FROM BOTH OF THEM. THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA HOW THEY ARE -- WHAT THEY ARE DOING. NO AND FAMILY IDEA WHERE THE PARENTS OF THESE CHILDREN ARE. NO IDEA HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE BEEN PUT INTO FOSTER CARE. NO IDEA WHEN THESE FAMILIES WILL BE REUNITED. AND NO IDEA WHAT COMES NEXT. CONGRESS HAS CARE. NO IDEA WHEN THESE FAMILIES WILL BE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT, NOT NEXT WEEK, NOT NEXT MONTH, NOT NEXT YEAR, BUT TODAY. WRUNS WE LEAVE -- ONCE WE LEAVE FOR AUGUST RECESS, LET THE ME WEEK, NOT NEXT 39 DAYS BEFORE WE COME BACK. REMIND YOU IT WILL BE THAT MEANS 39 MORE DAYS THAT WE'RE GOING TO ALLOW CHILDREN BE HELD IN DETENTION IN CAGES, IN COLD CELLS WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY MISSED THE FIRST DEADLINE TO REUNITE FAMILIES. WHAT ASSURANCES DO WE HAVE THAT THEY WON'T MISS THE SECOND DEADLINE OR THE THIRD ONE OR POSSIBLY THE FOURTH ONE? HOW MANY MORE DEADLINES DOES THIS CONGRESS, THIS ADMINISTRATION NEED BEFORE WE REALIZE THAT WE'RE COMPLICIT, COMPLICIT IN SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS WHO CARE ABOUT THEM. WHILE WE HAVE THEM IN OUR CUSTODY, WE'RE COMPLICIT IN NOT PROPERLY TAKING CARE OF THEM. FULL OF DIRT AND LICE, THAT'S HOW AN IMMIGRANT MOTHER DESCRIBED HER 14-MONTH-OLD BABY SON WHO HAD BEEN RETURNED TO HER AFTER 85 DAYS OF SEPARATION. WE MUST ACT BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION CHOOSES NOT TO. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL MEAN MORE FAMILIES ARE BROKEN FOREVER. MORE FAMILIES LIKE JASMINE. ON MAY 22, JASMINE AND HER TWO TEENAGE DAUGHTERS ENTERED THE UNITED STATES AND WERE IMMEDIATELY APPREHENDED AND THEN SEPARATED. THE MOTHER WHO WAS -- THE MOTHER WAS TRANSFERRED TO A HOLDING CENTER, ALSO KNOWN AS THE DAWG POUND. AS THEY CALL IT. WITH A GROUP OF OTHER SEPARATED MOTHERS, AFTER SEVEN DAYS, THE MOTHERS WERE TOLD THAT THEY WOULD BE DEPORTED WITHOUT THEIR CHILDREN. MANY OF THE MOTHERS FAINTED. WHEN THEY HEARD THIS NEWS. ONE MOTHER HAD A SEIZURE IN A CELL. AFTER APPEARING IN COURT, JASMINE WAS HANDCUFFED AND SHACKLED AND GIVEN NO INFORMATION ON THE STATUS OF HER CHILDREN. FAMILY VALUES. AFTER BEING TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER DETENTION CENTER, JASMINE WAS INFORMED THAT HER DAUGHTERS HAD BEEN REUNITED WITH THEIR FATHER, BUT JASMINE STILL REMAINS IN A DETENTION CENTER WHERE SHE HAS GONE OVER A A MONTH SEPARATE INTERESTED HER CHILDREN. SHE HAS RECEIVED ABSOLUTELY NO INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN SHE WILL SEE HER CHILDREN AGAIN. AND MUST SIMPLY WAIT AND PRAY. FAMILY VALUES. THESE PEOPLE ARE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES. TO THE PROMISE AND SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WE AREN'T EVEN CONSIDERING THEIR ASYLUM CASES. LET ME TELL YOU ANOTHER STORERY, MR. SPEAKER. A WOMAN FROM EL SALVADOR DECIDED TO FLEE FROM THE U.S. WITH HER TWO YOUNG BOYS, AGES 4 AND 10. AFTER RECEIVING GRAVE THREATS FROM MS-13 GANG MEMBERS. PRIOR TO FLEEING TO THE THE U.S. SHE HAD SOUGHT PROTECTION FROM THE SALVADORAN AUTHORITIES THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS BUT HAD NOT RECEIVED ANY PROTECTION. IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, SHE PRESENTED HERSELF THE TO THE BORDER OFFICIALS AFTER MAKING A CONSCIOUS DECISION NOT TO ENTER THE U.S. AT AN OFFICIAL PORT OF ENTRY. SHE HAD LEARNED THAT C.P.B. OFFICIALS ARE TURNING AWAY ASYLUM SEEKERS IN DIRECT, DIRECT VIOLATION OF UNITED STATES AND UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. THE MOTHER AND HER TWO BOYS WERE APPREHENDED AND TAKEN TO A BORDER PATROL PROCESSING STATION. THE MOTHER WAS SENT TO AN ADULT DETENTION CENTER IN LAREDO AND THE BOYS WERE SENT TO A SHERLT FOR UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN UNDER THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT WITHIN HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. AT ONE POINT, THE BROTHERS WERE SEPARATED FROM ONE ANOTHER AND PLACED INTO TWO SEPARATE FOSTER HOMES, BUT WERE EVENTUALLY REUNITED AND RELEASED TO THE FAMILY ON THE EAST COAST. UNDER CURRENT LAW AND PROCEDURE, SOMETIMES THIS CONGRESS COULD CHANGE, TODAY, THE CHILDREN HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO AN APPOINTED LAWYER. WITHOUT THEIR MOTHER TO SPEAK ON THEIR BEHALF, THE 4-YEAR-OLD AND THE 10-YEAR-OLD BOYS MUST MAKE A CASE FOR ASYLUM ON THEIR OWN IN SEPARATE COURT CASES. THIS IS WHAT WE COULD BE DOING TODAY. ONE, FIXING THE BROKEN LAWS THAT HAVE TODDLERS, TODDLERS THAT ARE BARELY OUT OF DIAPERS REPRESENTING THEMSELVES IN COURT. AND FIXING THE ROOT CAUSES OF THESE ISSUES WITH ESSENTIAL -- CENTRAL AMERICA FAMILY PROTECTION AND UNIFICATION ACT, LEGISLATION I HAVE OFFERED WITH RANKING MEMBER ENGEL. . I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS RULE SO WE CAN USE OUR LIMITED TIME HERE TO ACT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                            MRS. TORRES

                                            MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP H.J.RES. 31, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTIVES DEUTCH AND MCGOVERN AND RASKIN. WHICH COULD -- WHICH WOULD RESERVE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS LIKE CITIZENS UNITED BY ENSHRINING IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A DEMOCRACY FOR ALL AMENDMENT, ESTABLISHING THE RIGHT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ENACT STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS THAT REGULATE SPENDING IN PUBLIC ELECTIONS. 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. TO DISCUSS THIS PROPOSAL, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. DEUTCH

                                            I THANK MY FRIEND AND, MR. SPEAKER, THIS PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT…

                                            I THANK MY FRIEND AND, MR. SPEAKER, THIS PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WILL OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED AND IT WILL PUT VOTERS BACK IN CHARGE OF WASHINGTON. OVER 90% OF AMERICAN VOTERS WANT BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN SALES. 3/4 WANT AGGRESSIVE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. 85% WANT GUARANTEED PAID SICK LEAVE. AND 75% OF THE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY THINK WE OUGHT TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. THE PROBLEM IS, THESE ARE THE PRIORITIES OF VOTERS. INSTEAD OF THE PRIORITIES OF DONORS. AND RIGHT NOW, IN THIS HOUSE, DONORS CALL THE SHOTS. 93% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT WE DON'T HEAR THEIR VOICES. THE CYNICISM IS DEEP AND IT IS BIPARTISAN. ONLY 5% OF REPUBLICANS AND 6% OF DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT THEIR VIEWS ARE HEARD BY THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. WHY? THE SUPREME COURT'S DISASTROUS CITIZENS UNITED DECISION HELD THAT UNLIMITED ELECTION SPENDING DOESN'T CORRUPT OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM. THE CITIZENS UNITED DECISION WAS WRONG. TO AMERICAN VOTERS, OUR CONGRESS AND OUR GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS LOOK LIKE THEY ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR. IN RECENT ELECTIONS, JUST 150 WEALTHY FAMILIES AND THE CORPORATIONS THAT THEY CONTROL HAVE FLOODED OUR ELECTIONS WITH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THAT MONEY BUYS SOMETHING. UNLIMITED MONEY IN OUR ELECTIONS TOO OFTEN DETERMINES WHO CAN AFFORD TO RUN, AND SETS THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA HERE IN WASHINGTON. HERE'S WHAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED. IF YOUR FAMILY CAN'T ANSWER A POLITICIAN'S PHONE CALL WHEN THEY ASK FOR A DONATION, IF THEY CAN'T AFFORD BILLBOARDS AND TELEVISION AD BUYS, HOW ARE THEIR VOICES BEING HEARD? IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER A WEALTHY DONOR SUPPORTS POLICIES ON THE LEFT OR RIGHT. EACH SIDE HAS ITS BILLIONAIRES. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. BUT NONE OF THEM SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPEND UNLIMITED RESOURCES IN OUR ELECTIONS. UNLIMITED SPENDING DOESN'T PRODUCE MORE SPEECH, IT PRODUCES LOUDER SPEECH. IT COMPROMISES THE FREE SPEECH RIGHTS OF EVERYONE ELSE IN AMERICA. IT CRUMENTS ELECTIONS WHEN PEOPLE ARE -- IT CORRUPTS ELECTIONS WHEN PEOPLE ARE SENT TO WASHINGTON TO WORK ON BEHALF OF CORPORATE INTERESTS RATHER THAN VOTER INTERESTS. AND IT LEAVES OUR ELECTIONS VULNERABLE TO ATTACKS FROM FOREIGN ADVERSARIES. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME TO GET BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. IT IS TIME TO GET SECRET DARK MONEY OUT OF OUR ELECTIONS. AND IT IS TIME TO GET FOREIGN MONEY OUT OF OUR CAMPAIGNS. MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, FOR THE SAKE OF OUR DEMOCRACY IT IS TIME TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED AND PUT VOTERS BACK IN CHARGE OF WASHINGTON. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                            MRS. TORRES

                                            MR. SPEAKER, -- OH, YES, I RESERVE.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                          • 12:49:56 PM

                                            MRS. TORRES

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

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER ON THIS ISSUE OF MONEY AND POLITICS FOR YEARS, MR. MCGOVERN.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED -- FROM MASSACHUSETTS. SORRY.…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED -- FROM MASSACHUSETTS. SORRY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. MCGOVERN

                                            THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. MR.…

                                            THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING TO THE FLOOR THE DEUTCH-MCGOVERN-RASKIN BILL. AND SO WE CAN AT LONG LAST HAVE A DEBATE ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THERE'S TOO MUCH MONEY IN OUR POLITICS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS MONEY HAS A CORRUPTING INFLUENCE ON OUR POLITICS. LOOK AT THE BILLS THAT COME BEFORE THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT'S NOT ABOUT EMPOWERING PEOPLE. IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT A GIVEAWAY TO A BIG CORPORATION. YOU KNOW, GETTING -- CHANGING THE RULES ON WHO CAN SIT ON SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARDS TO INCLUDE CORPORATE CRONIES. I MEAN, THE TAX BILL THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, THAT THEY VOTED ON, AND THAT THEY TAKE SUCH PRIDE IN, BASICALLY 85% OF THOSE BENEFITS WENT TO THE TOP 1% INCOME EARNERS IN THIS COUNTRY. I MEAN, THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS PLACE IS BECOMING A PLACE WHERE, YOU KNOW, MONEY CAN BUY ANYTHING. THERE'S A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION THAT EXISTS IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THERE'S A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION THAT EXISTS IN THIS WHITE HOUSE. AND PEOPLE ARE SICK OF IT. YOU KNOW, WHEN I TALK TO AUDIENCES BACK HOME, THEY COULD BE LIBERAL AUDIENCES OR CONSERVATIVE AUDIENCES, THE TWO ISSUES THAT I MENTION WHERE EVERYBODY NODS APPROVALINGLY ARE WHEN I SAY THAT THERE'S TOO MUCH MONEY IN POLITICS, EVERYBODY SAYS YES. AND THEN WHEN I SAY WHEN CONGRESS IS DYSFUNCTIONAL. THEY ALL NOD THEIR HEADS APPROVALINGLY. ENOUGH. WE NEED TO CHANGE THIS SYSTEM. PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY, WANT US TO CHANGE THE WAY WE DO OUR POLITICS. THEY BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE THE POWER. NOT CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS. NOT PEOPLE WHO ARE THE WEALTHIEST IN THIS COUNTRY. I MEAN, LET'S GIVE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WHAT THEY WANT. LET'S HAVE THEIR VOICES MATTER MORE THAN THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. AND WE HAVE TRIED TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO BRING THESE ISSUES TO THE FLOOR. AND WE'RE CONSTANTLY REBUKED. AND LOOK, WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED. BECAUSE THIS IS NOW THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MORE AMENDMENTS ROUTINELY GET DENIED IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. MORE BILLS HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR UNDER A COMPLETELY CLOSED PROCESS. WE DEBATE BILLS, AGAIN, THAT BENEFIT THE WELL-OFF AND THE WELL-CONNECTED. WE OUGHT TO DEBATE SOME BILLS THAT HELP REGULAR PEOPLE. AND HAVING A REAL DEBATE ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM, HAVING A REAL DEBATE ON HOW WE GET BIG MONEY OUT OF OUR POLITICS, IS AN ISSUE WE SHOULD BE -- WE SHOULD BE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW. IT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET'S DO FOR ONCE WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET'S DO WHAT OUR CONSTITUENTS WANT. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST FINISH BY SAYING, WE CAN HAVE THAT DEBATE IF YOU VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                                            MR. MCGOVERN

                                            LET ME REPEAT THAT TO MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. IF…

                                            LET ME REPEAT THAT TO MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. IF YOU VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE CAN HAVE THIS DEBATE. WE CAN HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT HOW WE GET BIBIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. WE -- BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. WE CAN HAVE DEA BAIT ABOUT HOW WE -- DEBATE ABOUT HOW WE DRAIN THE SWAMP AND CLEAN THIS PLACE UP. YOU SAY YOU WANT TO DRAIN THE SWAMP, THAT'S JUST RHETORIC. BECAUSE WHAT YOU'RE REALLY DOING IS HELPING THE WELL-OFF AND THE WELL-CONNECTED. THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE THE MOST MONEY, THEY GET THEIR LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. REGULAR PEOPLE ROUTINELY GET THEIR INTERESTS BLOCKED IN THIS CHAMBER. IT IS TIME TO CLEAN UP THIS PLACE.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          • 12:54:19 PM

                                            MRS. TORRES

                                            I RESERVE.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

                                          • 12:54:23 PM

                                            MR. COLLINS

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                          • 12:54:27 PM

                                            MRS. TORRES

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THE HORROR STORIES OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED AT OUR NATION'S…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THE HORROR STORIES OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED AT OUR NATION'S BORDER CONTINUE. TO SPEAK ON THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO.

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                                            MR. GALLEGO

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORY OF A YOUNG MOTHER. HER NAME…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORY OF A YOUNG MOTHER. HER NAME IS ROSA. AND JUST LIKE MY MOM, SHE CAME TO AMERICA IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE. ROSA'S HOME IS IN HONDURAS WHERE SHE LIVED WITH HER AGING PARENTS AND HER SON, JUAN. ROSA FEARED HER YOUNG SON WOULD BE TARGETED LIKE SO MANY OTHERS IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD. UNDER THESE DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES, ROSA DID WHAT ANY LOVING MOTHER WOULD DO. SHE TOOK HER MODEST LIFE SAVINGS AND HER SON AND FLED NORTH IN SEARCH OF SAFETY. WHEN THEY FINALLY MADE IT TO THE U.S. BORDER NEAR YUMA, ARIZONA, ROSA AND JUAN WERE MET BY AMERICAN AUTHORITIES TO ASK HER, DON'T YOU KNOW WE'RE SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES HERE? SHE TOLD THEM NO. BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. ROSA AND JUAN ARE STILL SEPARATED. MR. SPEAKER, THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOW REUNITING A SMALL NUMBER OF THESE FAMILIES TORN APART ON DONALD TRUMP'S BORDERS. BUT LET'S BE CLEAR. THIS ISN'T HAPPENING OUT OF A CONCERN FOR THEIR WELFARE. AS USUAL, DONALD TRUMP IS ONLY DOING THE RIGHT THING BECAUSE IT A COURT IS MAKING HIM DO IT -- BECAUSE A COURT IS MAKING HIM DO IT. HE STILL WANTS TO EVISCERATE LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN, AND HE STILL WANTS TO LOCK UP FAMILIES. DONALD TRUMP'S GOAL IS TO PRESENT MOTHERS AND CHILDREN FLEEING UNSPEAKABLE VIOLENCE WITH AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE. IMMEDIATE DEPORTATION OR INDEFINITE DETENTION. THAT'S APPALLING. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE AN EASY CHOICE. MAKE EXECUTIONS -- EXCUSES FOR DONALD TRUMP OR TAKE A STAND AGAINST STATE-SPONSORED MISTREATMENT OF CHILDREN. IT'S NOT A TOUGH DECISION. WE KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO DO. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 12:56:21 PM

                                            MR. COLLINS

                                            I RESERVE.

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MRS. TORRES

                                            MR. SPEAKER, TO SHARE ANOTHER STORY OF FAMILY SEPARATION, I YIELD TWO…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, TO SHARE ANOTHER STORY OF FAMILY SEPARATION, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                                          • 12:56:38 PM

                                            MR. CORREA

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW, MANY OF US IN CONGRESS AND THE NATION…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU KNOW, MANY OF US IN CONGRESS AND THE NATION ARE WORKING HARD TO REUNITE CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS. FAMILY REUNIFICATION SHOULD BE A TIME OF JOY. BUT SADLY THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. ONE MOTHER WAITED FOR FOUR MONTHS TO WRAP HER ARMS AROUND HER LITTLE BOY. ANOTHER MOTHER WAITED THREE MONTHS. AND THESE SHOULD BE MOMENTS OF JOY. YET WHEN THEIR CHILDREN DID NOT RECOGNIZE THEIR PARENTS, THIS BECAME A TROUBLING SITUATION. AS A FATHER OF FOUR, I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOUR CHILDREN. AS A FATHER OF FOUR, I KNOW WHAT THAT PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP IS LIKE. TO HAVE CHILDREN THAT FAIL TO RECOGNIZE YOU AFTER A NUMBER OF MONTHS BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THEM, THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT. THE SEPARATION OF IMMIGRANTS FROM THEIR CHILDREN IS JUST UNCONSTITUTIONAL, UN-AMERICAN AND SIMPLY WRONG. AND I DEMAND THAT ALL FAMILIES BE UNITED IMMEDIATELY. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                            MR. COLLINS

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND WOULD…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND WOULD INQUIRE IF THE GENTLELADY IS READY TO CLOSE.

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                                            MRS. TORRES

                                            I AM READY TO CLOSE.

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                                            MR. COLLINS

                                            WE'RE READY TO CLOSE. I RESERVE.

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                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MRS. TORRES

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE FINAL STORY TO REMIND ALL OF US WHAT IS AT…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE FINAL STORY TO REMIND ALL OF US WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE. EARLIER THIS YEAR A-DOURAN FATHER WAS SEPARATED FROM HIS WIFE AND CHILD JUST DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES WENT INTO EFFECT. MARCO ANTONIO CROSSED THE RIO GRANDE WITH HIS WIFE AND 3-YEAR-OLD SON ON MAY 12, NEAR THE TINY TOWN OF GRANJANO, TEXAS. THEY ARRIVED AT A PROCESSINGTATION STATION IN NEAR MCCOLLIN AND SAID THEY WANTED TO APPLY FOR ASYLUM. BORDER PATROL AGENTS TOLD THE FAMILY THAT THEY WOULD BE SEPARATED. THAT IS WHEN BORDER PATROL OFFICIALS LITERALLY RIPPED MARCO'S CHILD FROM HIS ARMS. AT NO POINT DID MARCO ATTEMPT TO ATTACK OR ASSAULT THE BORDER PATROL STAFF BUT DUE TO HIS ANGUISH HE WAS PLACED INTO A PADDED ISOLATION CELL. MARCO BEGAN TO PRAY. PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND PRAY FOR THEIR SAFETY. HOURS PASSED AND THE NEXT MORNING, AFTER RECEIVING NO INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE HIS FAMILY WAS OR WHEN HE WOULD SEE THEM NEXT, MARCO TOOK HIS LIFE. FAMILY VALUES. THIS IS THE LAW AND ORDER PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NO RESPECT FOR NEITHER. HE IS DISRESPECTING THE RULE OF LAW AND VIOLATING COURT ORDERS BY DETAINING CHILDREN, BABIES. AND HE IS CREATING HYSTERIA AMONGST FAMILIES AND CONFUSION AMONG BORDER PATROL AND H.H.S. OFFICIALS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND THE RULE BECAUSE WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. WE HAVE FAMILY VALUES THAT WE MUST STAND FOR AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. COLLINS

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CLOSE BY PARAPHRASING A COMMENT THAT THE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CLOSE BY PARAPHRASING A COMMENT THAT THE HONORABLE CHAIRWOMAN FOXX MADE YESTERDAY EVENING AT RULES COMMITTEE. BY THE WAY, I JUST DO WANT TO BRING IT BACK. THERE'S A LOT OF DISCUSSION WE'RE GOING TO HAVE. BUT ACTUALLY THE RULE IS ABOUT TWO BILLS THAT MY FRIENDED DIDN'T DISCUSS AT ALL. I WOULD HOPE THEY'D VOTE YES ON THAT SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY MOVE LEGISLATION THAT HAS HELPED MOVE THE BUREAUCRACY OUT OF THE WAY SO THINGS CAN ACTUALLY, COMMONSENSE, GET DONE. WE DON'T CHOOSE TALK TO ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES. I'M IN AGREEMENT ON A LOT OF THINGS WE NEED TO DO. WE NEED TO FIX OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. BUT TODAY LET'S REMIND OURSELVES ON THE FLOOR WHAT WE'RE DOING. IT'S A RULE THAT DEALS WITH TWO SPECIFIC BILLS DEALING WITH REGULATORY ISSUES. . THIS IS MS. FOXX YESTERDAY, THOSE OPPOSED TO THE UNFUNDED MANDATES AND INFORMATION AND TRABS PARENTSY ACT SUPPORTS UNBRIDLED REGULATIONS. I THINK THERE ARE REGULATIONES THAT ARE NECESSARY. FAR TOO OFTEN WE SEE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FLOODING OUR COMMUNITIES WITH REGULATIONES THAT DO LITTLE TO ACHIEVE THEIR INTENDED BENEFITS YET COME WITH MASSIVE BILLS THAT WASHINGTON EXPECTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FOOT THE BILL. MAYBE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE ENJOY THAT. MAYBE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WANT THAT TO CONTINUE TO HAPPEN. MAYBE THAT WILL VOTE NO ON THAT WANT TO CONTINUE TO SEE THIS HAPPEN. WE DON'T. WE BELIEVE THERE'S ANOTHER WAY. THE BILLS PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE RECOGNIZES THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUT WILL MAGNIFY THE VOICES CLOSEST TO THOSE ISSUES. I DO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND I DO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILLS. I ENCOURAGE ALL TO DO SO AND LOOK AT IT HONESTLY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THOSE WHO PAY OUR BILLS, THE PEOPLE WHO PAY THE BILLS FOR THIS GOVERNMENT, THE ONES THAT GO TO WORK EVERY DAY, WHO PAY THEIR TAXES, TO DO WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO DO AND STAY OUT OF THE AREAS WHERE THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE. THIS IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. BRINGING IT BACK TO THE TRUTH OF THE RULE WE ARE DEBATING. AND THAT IS WHAT I BELIEVE IS IMPORTANT. I SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                                          • 01:02:16 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE QUESTION IS ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN…

                                            THE QUESTION IS 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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                                          • 01:02:25 PM

                                            MRS. TORRES

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                          • 01:02:27 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          • 01:03:14 PM

                                            MR. BYRNE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                          • 01:03:19 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 160, HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY…

                                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 160, HOUSE RESOLUTION 965, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 200, TO AMEND THE MAGNUSSON STEVENSON FISHERY CONSERVATION AND CONSERVATION ACT TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY FOR FISHERY MANAGERS AND STABILITY FOR FISHERMEN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENTE IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                                          • 01:05:36 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                            MR. BYRNE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I NOW YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                          • 01:05:55 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                            MR. BYRNE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 200,…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 200, THE STRENGTHENING FISHING COMMUNITIES AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITY IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ACT. THIS MAKES IN ORDER 11 AMENDMENTS, INCLUDING FOUR MINORITY AND TWO BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COASTAL ALABAMA. SO I HAVE SPENT MY ENTIRE LIFE EXPERIENCING THE LONG-HELD TRADITION OF FISHING OFF THE GULF COAST. SOME OF MY BEST MEMORIES GROWING UP WERE FISHING WITH MY FAMILY. AND I'VE CARRIED ON THAT SAME TRADITION WITH MY CHILDREN. I LOOK FORWARD TO FISHING WITH MY GRANDCHILDREN ONCE THEY GET A LITTLE OLDER. THIS ISN'T A TRADITION UNIQUE TO THE GULF COAST. ALL ALONG ALABAMA'S -- AMERICA'S SHORES, COUNTLESS FAMILIES AND FRIENDS HAVE MADE SO MANY MEMORIES WHILE FISHING. NO ONE WANTS TO BE BEATER STEWARD OF OUR NATION'S FISHERIES THAN THOSE OF US WHO ACTUALLY ENJOY FISHING. NO ONE WANTS A HEALTHIER FISH STOCK THAN THOSE OF US WHO HAVE SPENT OUR LIVES ON THE WATER. THAT'S WHERE H.R. 200 COMES IN. THIS BILL INCLUDES COMMONSENSE REFORMS TO ENSURE THAT OUR NATION'S FISHERIES REMAIN STRONG WHILE ALSO BEING ACCESSIBLE TO FISHERMEN FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE. NOW, I KNOW THIS BILL IS ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN JUST THOSE OF US WHO LIKE TO FISH RECREATIONALLY. COMMERCIAL FISHING IS A MAJOR ECONOMIC ENGINE IN MANY OF OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES. SO THE BILL ALSO ENSURES ACCESS TO OUR OCEANS AND OCEAN RESOURCES FOR OUR COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN. JUST CONSIDER THESE NUMBERS THAT DEMONSTRATE THE OVERALL IMPACT OF FISHING ON THE U.S. ECONOMY. IN 2015, THE FISHING INDUSTRY GENERATED $208 BILLION IN SALES AND SUPPORTED 1.6 MILLION AMERICAN JOBS. APPROXIMATELY 11 MILLION SALTWATER ANGLERS SPENT A TOTAL OF $61 MILLION ON FISHING TRIPS, WHICH GENERATED ROUGHLY $22.7 BILLION IN INCOME. AND I WANT TO MAKE ONE OTHER POINT. THE UNDERLYING BILL WILL ALSO ENSURE ALL AMERICANS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD. THAT'S IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION'S RESTAURANTS, BUT IT'S ALSO ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO SEAFOOD LOVERS LIKE MYSELF. IF YOU DOUBT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FISHING SECTOR, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT RED SNAPPER FISHING IN MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA. IT'S A MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES. FROM RESTAURANTS TO GAS STATIONS TO BAIT AND TACKLE SHOPS TO THE CHARTER BOAT INDUSTRY, RECEIPT SNAPPING FISHING IS IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMY IN OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND SURROUNDING AREAS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED FOR YEARS TO ADEQUATELY COUNT THE NUMBER OF RED SNAPPER IN THE GULF. THIS HAS RESULTED IN RIDICULOUSLY SHORT RED SNAPPER SEASONS WHICH HURT OUR FISHERMEN AND THE ECONOMIES IN OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES. SO HOW BAD WAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN COUNTING RED SNAPPER? WELL, THEY WEREN'T EVEN SAMPLING FOR RED SNAPPER ON REEFS DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE RED SNAPPER ARE REEF FISH. IT MADE ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, LIKE THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA, HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO A MUCH BETTER JOB OF ASSESSING THE HEALTH OF THE RED SNAPPER STOCK WITH FAR FEWER RESOURCES. THEIR DATA IS MUCH MORE ACCURATE AND UP TO DATE. THANKFULLY, ALONG WITH MY GULF COAST COLLEAGUES, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WORK WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE ADEQUATE RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER SEASONS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. BUT THIS BILL INCLUDES REFORMS I AUTHORED TO HELP FIX THE MISMANAGEMENT OF RED SNAPPER FOR ALL SECTORS ONCE AND FOR ALL. THAT MEANS ALLOWING FOR GREATER STATE CONTROL, ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO STOCK ASSESSMENTS AND DATA COLLECTION. THAT IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT H.R. 200. THE BILL ELIMINATES UNSCIENTIFIC TIME FRAMES TO REBUILD FISH STOCKS THAT UNNECESSARILY RESTRICTS ACCESS TO FISHERIES. OUR NATIONAL FISHERY POLICY SHOULD BE BASED ON SOUND, ACCURATE DATA. THE BILL GOES AGAINST THE WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST APPROACH THAT'S FAILED SO MANY TIMES IN THE PAST. BY PROVIDING GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO FISHERY MANAGERS, WE CAN ALLOW FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES THAT REFLECT REGIONAL NEEDS AND DEMANDS. WE SHOULD EMPOWER PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES INSTEAD OF LETTING BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON DECIDE WHAT WORKS BEST. AND AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THE BILL WILL ALLOW MORE AMERICANS TO HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH, SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD. CURRENTLY AROUND 90% OF SEAFOOD CONSUMED IN THE UNITED STATES IS IMYOU PORTED. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TROUBLING -- IS IMPORTED. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TROUBLING WHEN YOU CONSIDER WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF FISH RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN WATERS. WITH REFORMS IN THIS BILL, WE CAN BOOST AFFORDABLE DOMESTIC FISH. MR. SPEAKER, BY PASSING H.R. 200, THE HOUSE CAN SUPPORT OUR NATION'S FISHER MEBMEN, OUR AMERICAN CONSUMERS, -- FISHERMEN, OUR AMERICAN CONSUMERS, OVERALL THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:11:24 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          • 01:11:27 PM

                                            MR. POLIS

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD…

                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                          • 01:11:33 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 01:11:35 PM

                                            MR. POLIS

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE FOR H.R. 200, THE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE FOR H.R. 200, THE STRENGTHENING FISHING COMMUNITIES AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITY IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ACT. IT SHOULD BE BETTER CALLED THE EMPIER OCEANS ACT. H.R. -- EMPTYIER OCEANS ACT. H.R. 200 ROLLS BACK SCIENCE, CONSERVATION EFFORTS, DESTROYING JOBS, AND WILL HURT OUR FISHERIES AND FISH STOCKS. IT UNDERMINES SUCCESSFUL SUSTAINABLE FISHERY MANAGEMENT THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE BY THE MAGNUSSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT AND THAT'S WHY SO MANY FISHERMEN, SCIENTISTS, BUSINESS OWNERS HAVE COME OUT IN OPPOSITION TO THE EMPTY OCEANS ACT. MANY PEOPLE WHOSE LIVELIHOOD COMES FROM THE SEA HAVE EXPRESSED RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE JOB DESTROYING PROVISIONS OF H.R. 200 AND HOW IT POSES A THREAT TO COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY AND THEIR JOBS. WHICH RELY ON SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES. THE SEAFOOD HARVESTERS OF AMERICA, THE LEADING TRADE ORGANIZATION FOR FISHERMEN, OFFERED A LETTER EXPRESSING THEIR CONCERNS WITH THE BILL. OVER 1,000 INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS. I HAD A NUMBER OF FISHERMEN COME BY MY OFFICE TODAY TELLING ME THIS BILL COULD COST THEM THEIR JOB. SINCE ITS PASSAGE, THE GOAL OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS HAS NEVER WAIVERED MANAGING FISHERIES TO ENSURE SUSTAINIBILITY WHILE OF COURSE REALIZING THE RESOURCE. AND STAKEHOLDERS ON REGIONAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCILS WORK TO MEET THE SCIENCE-BASED CRITERIA OUTLINED BY THE LAW AND WE HAVE SOME SUCCESS WITH THIS APPROACH. SINCE THE YEAR 2000 WE HAVE SEEN 44 PREVIOUSLY DEPLETED FISH STOCKS REBUILT AND CURRENTLY 84% OF FISH STOCKS ARE NO LONGER OVERFISHED. IN 1976, MAGNUSON-STEVENS WAS PASSED AND UNREGULATED FISHING PREDOMINANTLY BY FOREIGN FLEETS AND DEVELOPED OUR OWN AMERICAN FLEETS THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM OUR ABUNDANT FISHERIES AND THE ACT WAS STRENGTHENED IN 1996 AND IN 2006 THROUGH BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATIONS THAT ESTABLISHED SCIENCE-BASED FISHERY MANAGEMENT REFORM. THE 1996 RE-AUTHORIZATION OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS BOLSTERED REQUIREMENTS OF OVERFISHING AND REBUILT FISH STOCKS AND IN 2006 A BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATION MADE THE COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES INCLUDING CATCH LIMITS AND THOSE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS SUCCEEDED THAT HELPED CREATE THE SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES THAT HELP SUPPORT COASTAL ECONOMIES ACROSS AMERICA. UNFORTUNATELY, UNLIKE PAST RE-AUTHORIZATIONS, H.R. 200 WAS CRAFTED THROUGH A PARTISAN COMMITTEE PROCESS INTENT ON DISMANTLING OF THE PROGRESS MADE BY MAGNUSON-STEVENS OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS. IN FACT, THE BILL WAS REPORTED ON A PARTY LINE FOR, REPUBLICANS FOR, DEMOCRATS AGAINST, WHILE NOT COMING UP WITH A BROAD BIPARTISAN APPROACH AS THIS BILL HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN DONE THAT SUPPORTS BEFORE COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING INTERESTS AND MAINTAINING SCIENCE-BASED REFORMS AROUND SUSTAINIBILITY. SADLY, H.R. 200 INSERTS POLITICS INTO HOW WE MANAGE OUR FISHERIES IN SEVERAL CRUCIAL AREAS, ERODES THE ROLE SCIENCE PLAYS IN MANAGING OUR FISHERIES. THE BILL GUTS SCIENCE-BASED ANNUAL CATCH LIMIT REQUIREMENTS THROUGH THE CREATION OF MANY EXEMPTIONS FOR KEY SPECIES. THESE EXEMPTIONS INCLUDE MANY SMALLER FISH THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL AS PREY FOR VALUABLE COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PREDATOR SPECIES AS PART OF A DELICATELY BALANCED ECOSYSTEM. . . HUNDREDS OF OTHER SPECIES ARE EXEMPTED THROUGH THIS BILL WHICH DRAMATICALLY INCREASES THE CHANCES THAT OVERFISHING WILL OCCUR. LEADING TO THE DEVASTATION BOTH FOR SPORTSMEN AND COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN. CATCH LIMITS ARE IMPORTANT TO HELP CONSERVE FISHERIES THAT ARE AMONG THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PROVISIONS OF THE ACT. BY ERODING THOSE PROVISIONS, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW FOR A LONG-TERM DEPLETION OF FISH STOCKS, IT CAN DEVASTATE THE ECONOMIES OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES, DESTROY JOBS, AND THREATEN THE RECOVERY AND STABILITY OF OUR OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS. THIS BILL ALSO WEAKENS THE DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS THAT ENSURE THAT DATA-DRIVEN, SCIENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT IS USED FOR OUR FISHERIES. DATA IS CURRENTLY COLLECTED THROUGH A BROAD RANGE OF SOURCES AND THE DETERMINATION OF THE BEST AVAILABLE DATA IS USED BY NOAA FISHERIES AND THE DOWN SILLS. H.R. 200 WOULD WEAKEN DATA COLLECTION PROCESSES AND HARM THE ROLE OF SCIENCE IN SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT OF OUR FISHERY RESOURCES. WEAKENING SCIENCE-BASED PROVISIONS IS ONLY ONE OF THE WAYS THIS BILL INSERTS POLITICS INTO WHAT SHOULD BE A SCIENTIFIC QUESTION, THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR FISHERIES. THIS BILL NOT ONLY ERODES SCIENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, BUT IT ROLLS BACK MEANINGFUL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONALING ANLARIES. LARGE GROUPS REPRESENTING A FEW MEMBERS OF THE FISHING COMMUNITY AND BUSINESSES THAT SELL EQUIPMENT AND BOATS, WANT TO SEE THAT THESE JOBS ARE SUSTAINED OVER TIME. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE RECREATIONAL BOATING AND FISHING FOUNDATION RELEASED IN MAY OF 2018, PARTICIPATION IN RECREATIONAL FISHING IS INCREASED FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. 49 MILLION AMERICANS WENT FISHING IN 2017. AN INCREASE OVER THE PRIOR YEAR. SO THE RECREATIONAL SIDE IS STRONG UNDER THE CURRENT PROVISIONS OF MAGNUSON STEVENS AND OF COURSE RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN ARE NOT THE ONLY BENEFICIARIES OF THE SCIENCE-BASED APPROACH. U.S. SALE OF BOATS AND MARINE PRODUCTS INCREASED 7% SINCE THE LAST PASSAGE IN 2016. SO FROM 2016 TO 2017 WE SAW A NUMBER OF STATES, FLORIDA, TEXAS, MICHIGAN, NORTH CAROLINA, MINNESOTA, CALIFORNIA, WISCONSIN, SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA, WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASES IN THE SALES OF NEW BOATS, ENGINES, TRAILERS AND ACCESSORIES, CREATING GOOD JOBS FOR AMERICANS. RECREATIONAL ANGLERS AND THE BUSINESSES THAT LIE UPON THEIR SUPPORT ARE DOING WELL AND LIVE -- THAT RELY UPON THEIR SUPPORT ARE DOING WELL AND THRIVING. THIS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF SCIENCE-BASED FISHERY PRACTICES FOSTERED BY MAGNUSON THAT THIS BILL WOULD SYSTEMICALLY DISMANTLE, DESTROYING GOOD AMERICAN JOBS. INSTEAD OF DESTROYING JOBS, WHAT THE ACT DOES IS ENSURE THAT OUR MARITIME INDUSTRIES WILL THRIVE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS, U.S. INITIAL ISNER -- FISHERIES ARE STABILIZING AND REBOUNDING. WITH THE BILL WORKING AS INTENDED, IT WOULD BE ABSURD TO PASS THIS BILL AND ROLL BACK THESE VERY POLICIES THAT HAVE LED TO JOB CREATION AND GROWTH, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN AND BETTER SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES OF ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT. THE OCEAN OPENS ACT -- THE EMPTY OCEANS ACT ALSO INSERTS DANGEROUS LOOPHOLES IN THE MAGNUSON AND IT IS INCLUDING EXEMPTIONS TO REBUILDING REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE HELPED RECOVER SUCCESSFULLY DEPLETED FISH STOCKS. H.R. 200 POTENTIALLY EXEMPTS HUNDREDS OF SPECIES FROM ANNUAL CATCH LIMITS. THAT CAN DRAMATICALLY INCREASE OVERFISHING. AND OVERFISHING MAY SEEM TO SOME LUCRATIVE OR TO SOME FUN IN THE SHORT TERM. BUT OF COURSE IT HAS DEVASTATING AND NONSUSTAINABLE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES THAT ECONOMICALLY DEPEND ON THE VITAL INDUSTRIES OF RECREATIONAL FISHING AND SPORTS FISHING. THESE EXEMPTIONS INCREASE THE CHANCE OF OVERFISHING AND LENGTHEN THE TIME IT TAKES TO REBUILD DEPLETED STOCKS TO HEALTHY LEVELS, IF EVER. THESE LOOPHOLES HAVE A DEVASTATING EFFECT AS WELL ON COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY AND ON CONSUMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT ENJOY EATING HEALTHY FISH. IN 2015 COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL SALT WATER FISHING GENERATED $208 BILLION IN REVENUE, SUPPORTED 1.6 MILLION JOBS, AND SUPPORTED THE HEALTHY DINING HABITS OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CONSUMERS, BILLIONS WORLDWIDE. THESE ECONOMIC BENEFITS NOT ONLY SUPPORT RECREATIONAL ANGLERS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING INTERESTS, BUT ENTIRE TOWNS AND CITIES THAT RELY ONERMEN, RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL, AS THE ENTIRE HUB OF THEIR ECONOMY. IF THE EMPTY OCEANS ACT WERE TO PASS, THE LONG-TERM PROSPECTS OF SO MANY COMMUNITIES COULD BE DEVASTATED. SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A THOUGHTFUL LOOK AT HOW WE CAN CONTINUE THE BIPARTISAN TRADITION OF BUILDING UPON THE PROGRESS OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. MAKING CONSTRUCTIONS WHERE WE NEED TO. BUT MAKING SURE THAT WE PUT SCIENCE FIRST IN OUR OCEAN STEWARDSHIP AND MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHING. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:20:42 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          • 01:20:46 PM

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                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN REFERENCED A LETTER FROM THE SEAFOOD…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN REFERENCED A LETTER FROM THE SEAFOOD HARVESTERS OF AMERICA. THEIR LETTER WAS DATED JUNE 21, 2018. THIS GROUP CLAIMS SECTION 12 OF THE BILL REPEALS A SECTION OF THE M.S.A. THERE HASN'T BEEN A SECTION 12 IN THIS BILL SINCE NOVEMBER OF 2017.

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                                          • 01:21:04 PM

                                            MR. BYRNE

                                            THERE IS NO SECTION 12. THE LETTER ALSO CLAIMS THAT SECTION 4 UNDERMINES…

                                            THERE IS NO SECTION 12. THE LETTER ALSO CLAIMS THAT SECTION 4 UNDERMINES REBUILDING TIMELINES. SECTION 4 OF THIS BILL SIMPLY STATES THAT ALL REFERENCES ON H.R. 200 ARE TO THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING LIKE WHAT'S CLAIMED. AS A MOST EGREGIOUS EXAMPLE THIS GROUP IS SO COMMITTED TO OPPOSING THIS BILL, NO MATTER WHAT CHANGES WE MAKE, THEY'RE REFERENCING A BILL THAT FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSE NOES LONGER EXISTS. THE GENTLEMAN ALSO -- PURPOSES NO LONGER EXISTS. THE GENTLEMAN ALSO SAID SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BILL BEING JOB-DESTROYING. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION OF JOBS. WHEN THE PRESENT REGIME WAS RUNNING THE FISHERY IN THE GULF OF MEXICO FOR RED SNAPPER, THEY LIMITED THE NUMBER OF DAYS FOR FISHING TO SUCH A SMALL NUMBER THAT IT DESTROYED HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS JUST MY PART OF THE GULF COAST WHEN PEOPLE WERE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO GO OUT AND GO SNAPPER FISHING. CHARTER BOAT FOLKS LOST THEIR JOBS. PEOPLE THAT SELL ICE OR BAIT LOST THEIR JOBS. IT WAS THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY THAT WAS DESTROYING JOBS. THIS BILL WILL GIVE US A COMMONSENSE REGIME THAT WILL RESTORE JOBS. SO FAR FROM BEING A JOB-DESTROYING BILL, THIS BILL IS GOING TO CREATE JOBS. THE GENTLEMAN ALSO REFERRED TO A BOTTOMS-UP APPROACH. I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS ISSUE FOR OVER FOUR YEARS. I CAN TELL YOU, THE BOTTOM, WHICH IS US RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN, WE HAVEN'T BEEN LISTENED TO ONE SINGLE TIME BY THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. THEY CLOSED THEIR DOORS IN OUR FACE. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A BOTTOMS-UP APPROACH TO THIS SORT OF THING, THIS BILL SUPPLIES IT. WHAT WE'VE GOT RIGHT NOW CERTAINLY DOESN'T DO IT. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT'S INVOLVED HERE IS WHO DOES THE SCIENCE. DO YOU LET A BUNCH OF FEDERAL SCIENTISTS FAR AWAY FROM WHERE THE FISHERIES ARE MAKE THESE DECISIONS? OR DO YOU LET SCIENTISTS THAT ARE IN THE AREAS WHERE THE FISHERIES EXIST, LET THEM DO THE SCIENCE? I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT JUST ANY TOM, DICK OR HARRY OUT THERE CALLS HIMSELF A SCIENTIST. I'M TALKING ABOUT PH.D. SCIENTIST WITH ACCREDITED UNIVERSITIES WHO KNOW THE FISHERY. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN. SO THAT YOU CAN GET GOOD, ACCURATE DATA. BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE IT TODAY. LET ME GO BACK TO WHAT I SAID INITIALLY ON THE RED SNAPPER ISSUE. THE FEDERAL SCIENTISTS WERE SAMPLING FOR RED SNAPPER ON SANDY BOTTOM. THESE ARE REEF FISH. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO FIND REEF FISH ON SANDY BOTTOM. YOU FIND THEM ON REEFS. AND IF YOU TALK TO REAL SCIENTISTS, THEY'LL TELL YOU THERE'S NO WAY YOU'RE GOING TO GET AN ACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF THIS FISH STOCK IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THEM ON SANDY BOTTOM. YOU'VE GOT TO LOOK FOR THEM ON REEFS. LET ME TELL YOU, THERE ARE OVER 170 GROUPS THAT HAVE SIGNED ON TO BEING SUPPORTIVE OF THIS BILL. I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO READ ALL THE NAMES TO YOU, BUT LET ME JUST READ A FEW. THE FIRST ONE IS THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMEN'S FOUNDATION. I GO TO THEIR EVENTS UP HERE, LIKE MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. WHEN I WAS AT ONE JUST RECENTLY, THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THERE FROM BOTH PARTIES. IT COULDN'T GET TO BE ANY BIGGER AND IT COULDN'T GET TO BE ANY MORE BIPARTISAN. THE COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION. THE PREMIER RECREATIONAL ANGLERS ASSOCIATION IN AMERICA. THE THEODORE ROOSEVELT CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP. THE NATIONAL MARINE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, WHICH THE GENTLEMAN REFERRED TO AS IF THEY WERE OPPOSED TO IT. THEY SUPPORT THE BILL. THE NATIONAL COALITION OF FISHING COMMUNITIES. AND THE GUY HARVEY OCEAN FOUNDATION. THIS IS A VERY BROADLY, DEEPLY SUPPORTED BILL AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY FISHING. NOW, IT MAY NOT BE SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE WHO DON'T FISH AND WHO DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FISHING, BUT FOR THOSE OF US WHO DO FISH, WHETHER WE'RE COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN OR RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN, WE LIKE IT. AND IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DO NOT BELONG TO IT THE CONGRESS AND THEY DO NOT BELONG TO THESE FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES. THEY BELONG TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. AND THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA HAVE A RIGHT TO FISH IN THEIR WATERS. THIS BILL WILL HELP RESTORE THAT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:25:22 PM

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

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

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                                          • 01:25:27 PM

                                            MR. POLIS

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARBAJAL.

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                                          • 01:25:32 PM

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                                            MR. CARBAJAL.

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                                            MR. CARBAJAL

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING ME TIME…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING ME TIME TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. WHICH PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 200. AS IT IS CURRENTLY WRITTEN, H.R. 200 WOULD UNDERMINE THE CONSERVATION GAINS WE HAVE MADE OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES UNDER THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. M.S.A. TO PREVENT OVERFISHING AND ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES' MANAGEMENT. BEFORE REFORMS WERE MADE TO THE M.S.A. IN 1969 AND 2006, MANY FISHERIES LACKED THE SUSTAINABLE QUOTAS AND REQUIREMENTS TO REBUILD DEPLETED STOCKS. AS A RESULT, COUNTLESS FISHERIES AND FISHERMEN AROUND THE COUNTRY SUFFERED THE CONSEQUENCES. SINCE CONGRESS CHANGED THE LAW TO ENSURE SCIENCE-BASED QUOTAS APPLIED, 44 FISHERIES AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE NOW BEEN RESTORED TO HEALTHY LEVELS. THE NUMBER OF STOCKS THAT REMAINED OVERFISHED IS AT AN ALL-TIME LOW. H.R. 200 WOULD WEAKEN CORE SUSTAINABILITY PROVISIONS OF THE M.S.A. THIS IS A MISGUIDED ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE RECREATIONERMEN SHORT-TERM ACCESS AT THE NEED -- RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN SHORT-TERM ACCESS AT THE NEEDLESS EXPENSE OF OUR FISHERIES. THIS HURTS OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES THAT DEPEND ON A ROBUST FISHING INDUSTRY AND ITS PRODUCTS. ADDITIONALLY, H.R. 200 FAILS TO SUFFICIENTLY FUND STOCK ASSESSMENTS, TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF OUR NATION'S FISHERIES. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE AN ADDITIONAL $25 MILLION FOR STOCK ASSESSMENTS. THESE FUNDS WOULD ALLOW NOAA TO CONDUCT MORE FISHERY SURVEYS WHICH WOULD YIELD BETTER DATA AND CAN HELP REDUCE THE BUFFERS ON FISHING QUOTAS. WITH THIS FUNDING AND RESEARCH, FISHERMEN CAN INCREASE THEIR CATCH RATE WHILE DECREASING THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE SUSTAINABILITY OF A FISHERY. UNFORTUNATELY THE MAJORITY AT THE RULES COMMITTEE DECIDED NOT TO MAKE MY AMENDMENT IN ORDER. LET ME REPEAT THAT. DECIDED NOT TO MAKE MY AMENDMENT IN ORDER. WHICH WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THE HOUSE TO DEBATE THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, AS A REPRESENTATIVE SERVING THE VIBRANT CENTRAL COAST COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY IN CALIFORNIA, I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES --

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                                          • 01:28:10 PM

                                            MR. POLIS

                                            I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                            MR. CARBAJAL

                                            I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE. I YIELD BACK THE…

                                            I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:28:19 PM

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                                            MR. BYRNE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I CAN ASSURE HIM AND EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE, THIS BILL DOESN'T CUT FUNDING TO ANYTHING. IT'S AN AUTHORIZATION BILL AND IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. WITH SOME CHANGES. BUT THOSE CHANGES DO NOT INCLUDE A REDUCTION IN FUNDING. BUT HERE'S THE THING ABOUT FISHING THAT PEOPLE THAT DON'T FISH DON'T UNDERSTAND. THOSE OF US THAT FISH, WE CARE ABOUT THIS FISHERY MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE. BECAUSE IF WE OVERFISH THE STOCK, WE DON'T GET TO FISH ANYMORE. NO ONE HAS A GREATER INTEREST IN MAKING SURE THAT THE SPECIES IN OUR WATERS ARE MAINTAINED THAN THOSE OF US THAT FISH. WHETHER WE'RE COMMERCIAL FINISHERMEN OR RECREATIONAL FINISHERMAN -- FISHERMEN OR RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN. WE BELIEVE, AND IT IS ACTUALLY -- IT HAS ACTUALLY BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO BE TRUE, THAT LOCAL COMMUNITIES, REGIONAL PEOPLE, CAN BETTER REGULATE, BRING SCIENCE TO, THE HEALTH OF THESE FISH STOCK THAN GIVING IT TO SOME BUREAUCRAT IN WASHINGTON THAT DOESN'T KNOW ONE SINGLE THING ABOUT OUR FISHERY. WE CARE. WE CARE DEEPLY BECAUSE IT IS A WAY OF LIFE FOR US. AND THE LAST THING WE WANT TO DO IS DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD HARM THESE FISH STOCK OUT THERE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:29:43 PM

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

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

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                                          • 01:29:47 PM

                                            MR. POLIS

                                            MR. SPEAKER, AS WE APPROACH ANOTHER ELECTION CYCLE, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, AS WE APPROACH ANOTHER ELECTION CYCLE, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THIS INSTITUTION TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY AND SAFETY IN OUR ELECTIONS. AND THE INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTIONS SYSTEM ITSELF. OUR DEMOCRACY IS BEING THREATENED BY CORPORATIONS, BY SPECIAL INTERESTS, BY FOREIGN POWERS, WHO ARE STRIPPING AWAY POWER FROM OUR PEOPLE AND OUR VOTERS WITH DARK MONEY SPENDING. SECRET SPENDING IN OUR ELECTIONS HAS EXPLODED SINCE THE SUPREME COURT'S 2010 CITIZENS UNITED DECISION, PERMITTING SUPER P.A.C.S AND CERTAIN TAX-EXEMPT GROUPS TO SPEND UNLIMITED SUMS, INCLUDING IN MANY CASES UNDISCLOSED FUNDS. THE RESULT IS UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF SPENDING AND A MIDTERM ELECTION EXPECTED TO BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE EVER. MANY OF THESE GROUPS DON'T EVEN HAVE TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS. ALLOWING WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS AND ELICIT FOREIGN INFLUENCERS TO SECRETLY SPEND UNLIMITED DARK MONEY. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE CICILLINE'S LEGISLATION, H.R. 6239, THE DISCLOSE ACT, WHICH I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF. THIS BICAMERAL BILL WOULD REQUIRE ORGANIZATIONS SPENDING MONEY IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS AND GUARD AGAINST HIDDEN FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR DEMOCRACY. 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.

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                                          • 01:31:11 PM

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                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                            MR. POLIS

                                            TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                                            TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE. .

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                                          • 01:31:26 PM

                                            MR. POLIS

                                            I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.…

                                            I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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                                          • 01:31:33 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS IS BROKEN. EACH DAY MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE LOSING FAITH THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY WORKS FOR THEM. MORE THAN 80% OF AMERICANS SAY THEY CAN'T TRUST WASHINGTON TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THEM. MORE THAN 2/3 FEEL LIKE OUR DEMOCRACY IS GETTING LESS RESPONSIVE UNDER REPUBLICAN CONTROL. AND THEY KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. THEY KNOW THEY'RE CAUGHT IN A SYSTEM THAT'S RIGGED AGAINST THEM. THEIR VOICES ARE IGNORED. THEIR CONCERNS ARE DISMISSED. THEY DON'T EVEN GET A SEAT AT THE TABLE, BUT THE REPUBLICANS WHO CONTROL THIS CHAMBER AREN'T GOING TO FIX IT. THEY'VE GIVEN AWAY ALL THE SEATS AT THE TABLE TO CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS, TO BILLIONAIRES, TO THE BIG BANKS AND BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, AND THAT'S WHY THE INTERESTS OF WORKING PEOPLE ARE NOT BEING PROTECTED. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE ADVANCING THE INTERESTS OF POWERFUL SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO FUND THEIR CAMPAIGNS. THE CORRUPTION OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IN A WAY HAS BECOME BUSINESS AS USUAL IN WASHINGTON, AND IN THIS CASE IT MEANS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS TO THE WELL-CONNECTED CAMPAIGN DONORS. IT MEANS ATTACKS ON WORKERS' RIGHTS AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AND IT MEANS TRYING TO DENY THE RIGHT TO VOTE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME LETTING CORPORATIONS SPEND AS MUCH AS IT TAKES TO KEEP REPUBLICANS IN POWER. BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR REPUBLICANS IS A RAW DEAL FOR THE REST OF US, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE RAW DEAL THEY'VE BEEN GETTING. DEMOCRATS KNOW THAT. WE SHARE THEIR FRUSTRATION. WE KNOW THAT CONGRESS CAN DO BETTER. WE KNOW THAT WE NEED TO CLEAN UP WASHINGTON AND GET A BETTER DEAL FOR OUR DEMOCRACY. DEMOCRATS ARE COMMITTED TO DELIVERING REAL REFORMS TO OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT WILL RESTORE GOVERNMENT BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. AND THAT STARTS WITH FIXING THE WAY CAMPAIGNS ARE RUN IN AMERICA. WE NEED TO BREAK THE STRANGLE HOLD THAT SECRET CORPORATE SPENDING HAS ON OUR ELECTIONS, AND WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO IT RIGHT NOW. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WE'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE ON THE DISCLOSE ACT, ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS OF DELIVERING A BETTER DEAL FOR OUR DEMOCRACY. THE DISCLOSE ACT, WHICH I INTRODUCED ALONG WITH 162 CO-SPONSORS IN THIS CHAMBER, WILL SHINE A LIGHT ON THE UNLIMITED SECRET CORPORATE SPENDING THAT HAS FLOODED AMERICAN ELECTIONS IN RECENT YEARS. THE DISCLOSE ACT IS SIMPLE. IT REQUIRES THAT ORGANIZATIONS THAT SPEND MONEY IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS HAVE TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS. IT CLOSES ONE OF THE BIGGEST LOOPHOLES THAT THE CITIZENS UNITED RULING OPENED. NAMELY, THAT CORPORATIONS, BILLIONAIRES, EVEN FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS CAN SECRETLY FUNNEL HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO 501-C-4'S IN ORDER TO COVERTLY INFLUENCE OUR CAMPAIGNS. THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM. FROM 2004 TO 2016, SECRET POLITICAL SPENDING IN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS INCREASED BY OVER 3,000%. SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER HAS REPORTEDLY INVESTIGATING RIGHT NOW WHETHER VAD MIR PUTIN'S REGIME IN GOVERNMENT SECRETLY FUNNELED MONEY THROUGH THE N.R.A. TO HELP ELECT DONALD TRUMP. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO SPEAKER RYAN'S POLITICAL FUNDRAISING GROUP REPORTED RECEIVING A SINGLE $24.6 MILLION CONTRIBUTION FROM AN ANONYMOUS DONOR. I DON'T KNOW WHO GAVE THE AMERICAN ACTION NETWORK THAT MONEY. YOU DON'T KNOW WHO GAVE THEM THAT MONEY, BUT I HAVE A FEELING WHOEVER DID IS EXPECTING SOMETHING IN RETURN. IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE LOST FAITH IN THIS INSTITUTION AND IN THEIR GOVERNMENT. THEY LOOK TO WASHINGTON AND THEY SEE A RULING PARTY THAT WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO HELP THEIR FRIENDS ON WALL STREET GET AHEAD BUT THEY WON'T LIFT A FINGER FOR FOLKS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. WE CAN RESTORE THE FAITH THAT'S BEEN LOST IN THIS INSTITUTION AND IN OUR GOVERNMENT. WE CAN BUILD A GOVERNMENT THAT'S WORTHY OF THE PEOPLE WE SERVE. WE CAN END THE RULE OF BIG MONEY AND BEGIN A NEW ERA WHERE WORKING PEOPLE GET ALL THE SEATS AT THE TABLE. IF WE WANT TO DO THAT, THE FIRST THING WE NEED TO DO IS MAKE SURE POLITICAL SPENDING HAPPENS OUT IN THE OPEN AND NOT IN TOTAL SECRET. LET'S DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. LET'S HAVE A REAL DEBATE AND SHINE LIGHT ON DARK MONEY IN OUR -- HAVE A REAL DEBATE AND SHINE THE LIGHT ON DARK MONEY IN OUR POLITICS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 01:35:33 PM

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 01:35:36 PM

                                            MR. BYRNE

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN, THE FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO ADDRESS…

                                            IF THE GENTLEMAN, THE FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO ADDRESS ISSUES THEY REFERENCED, THEY CAN TAKE ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR ACCOUNTS FOR THEMSELVES SO THEY CAN LEAD BY THEIR EXAMPLE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THEM DO THAT BUT WE'RE HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE FISHERIES OF AMERICA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:35:54 PM

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 01:35:58 PM

                                            MR. POLIS

                                            IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                                            MR. BYRNE

                                            I AM.

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                                            MR. POLIS

                                            SO, AGAIN, WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER MR.…

                                            SO, AGAIN, WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER MR. CICILLINE'S AMENDMENT FOR THE DISCLOSE ACT. THAT IS WHY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT BILL TODAY, THE DISCLOSE ACT, AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THIS JOB-DESTROYING BILL AND ANTI-CONSUMER BILL THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN SHINE A LIGHT ON THE DARK MONEY THAT CONTINUES TO PERVADE AND POLLUTE AND DISTORT OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM. I WOULD HOPE THAT THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN AGREE ON. I HOPE MY REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS WILL VOTE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT ONE'S IDEOLOGY IS. WHAT MATTERS IS THERE SHOULD BE TRANSPARENCY IN MONEY IN POLITICS. AND THAT IS A BASIC TENANT THAT I HOPE CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS AND MODERATES CAN AGREE ON AND WE CAN IMMEDIATELY MOVE TO THAT WHEN WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND I WILL OFFER THAT AMENDMENT BASED ON THE BILL BY MR. CICILLINE WHICH I'M HONORED TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF. LOOK, THIS IS THE THIRD ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE PROVISIONS OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT THAT PROTECT JOBS AND USE SCIENCE IN DECISIONMAKING WITH REGARD TO MANAGING OUR OCEAN RESOURCES. THESE ATTEMPTS FAILED EVERY TIME. THE BIGGEST REASON THEY FAILED IS THE FRAMEWORK OF MAGNUSON IS WORKING. WE TALKED ABOUT THE INCREASE IN BOAT SALES. WE TALKED ABOUT THE INCREASE IN JOBS. WE TALKED ABOUT THE BENEFITS TO CONSUMERS. I'M SURE THERE'S SOME FINE TUNING TO DO, BUT NOT TIME TO PUSH THE RESET BUTTON AND START OVER DOWN A VERY DANGEROUS PATH THAT WOULD DESTROY JOBS AND THE ENTIRE ECONOMIES OF MANY OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. THIS ACT HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL, THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT, IN RESTORING OUR DEPLETED FISHING POPULATIONS, HELPING COMMUNITIES DEVASTATED BY OVERFISHING, GETTING THEM BACK IN BALANCE. SCIENCE-BASED REFORMS OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES HAVE MADE OUR FISHERIES MORE PROFITABLE AND REBUILT OVERFISHED STOCKS AND HAVE BEEN A GREAT BENEFIT TO CONSUMERS. THESE REFORMS HAVE DIRECTLY BENEFITED RECREATIONAL FISHING INTERESTS, AND THAT'S REINFORCED BY THEIR OWN DATA BY THE INDUSTRY. SO WE NEED TO CONTINUE DOWN THE PATH OF THIS AND WE'LL SEE GREATER FINANCIAL GAINS AND SUPPORT IN THE FUTURE. NOAA ESTIMATES THAT FULLY REBUILT FISHERIES WILL ADD $31 BILLION TO OUR ECONOMY AND CREATE 500,000 NEW JOBS. WE NEED A BENCHMARK AND A PATH TO GET THERE, NOT A PATHWAY TO THE PAST OF UNSUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND JOB DESTRUCTION, WHICH THIS BILL DOES. THESE POTENTIAL JOBS AND REVENUES, $31 BILLION, 500,000 JOBS, WOULD SUPPORT THOUSANDS OF COASTAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT AMERICA. CONSUMERS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD FAR OUTWEIGH ANY SHORT-TERM BENEFIT FROM AN EMPTY OCEANS ACT. ONLY THROUGH SCIENCE-BASED FISHERIES MANAGEMENT CAN COASTAL TOWNS AND CITIES REAP ENORMOUS ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS. SO INSTEAD OF THROWING IT AWAY, WE SHOULD BUILD UPON THE FISHERY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL HALTS DECADES OF PROGRESS, ENDS THE SCIENCE-BASED APPROACH. RATHER THAN APPROVING HARMFUL AND DAMAGING MEASURES TO WEAKEN OUR ECONOMY AND HARM THE ENVIRONMENT, LET'S START AGAIN AND BEGIN A TRUE BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATION, AS THIS CONGRESS DID IN 1996, AS THIS CONGRESS DID IN 2006, TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR DISCUSSION OF REQUIRING THAT DONATIONS INTO POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND ALLIED GROUPS HAVE TO BE DISCLOSED AND ALSO VOTE NO ON THE RULE SO WE CAN BEGIN WORK ON A BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATION OF MAGNUSON-STEVENS, BUILDING UPON THE TRADITION OF THIS INSTITUTION AND PUTTING SCIENCE IN THE FRONT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:40:14 PM

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. BYRNE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS. THERE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS. THERE ARE BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS TO THIS BILL, SO THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. WHAT IS THIS BILL REALLY ABOUT? IT'S ABOUT FREEDOM. IT'S ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO USE THEIR OWN WATERS, TO FISH IN THEIR OWN WATERS, SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE DONE SINCE BEFORE WE WERE A NATION. THERE'S A REALLY GREAT BOOK THAT JUST CAME OUT THAT WON THE PULITZER PRIZE THAT IS CALLED "THE GULF," AND TALKS ABOUT HOW LONG WE'VE BEEN FISHING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND WHAT IT'S MEANT UPON GENERATIONS AND GENERATIONS AMONG COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN. I HAVE COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN IN MY FAMILY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO THEM AND IT'S THEIR WAY OF LIFE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE DO EVERYTHING TO PRESERVE THAT WAY OF LIFE. I'M A RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN AND WE'VE BEEN DOING IT IN MY FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS AND WANT TO PRESERVE THAT AS WELL. MY GRANDFATHER IS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE ALABAMA DEEPSEA FISHING RODEO, ONE OF THE OLDEST AND LARGEST FISHING TOURNAMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT'S REALLY GREAT TO SEE SUMMER AFTER SUMMER, GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN FISHING IN THAT TOURNAMENT, LITERALLY FOR THREE, FOUR, FIVE GENERATIONS, COME DOWN THERE AT DAUPHIN ISLAND AND BRING THE FISH THEY'VE CAUGHT. WHAT HAVE THEY DONE? GONE OUT IN THEIR OWN BOAT AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE, SPEND THE DAY IN THE OPEN AIR, MAYBE TWO, THREE DAYS, AND GOT TIME TO SPEND TOGETHER WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND DO SOMETHING AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO WITHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TRYING TO TELL THEM HOW TO DO IT FOR A COUPLE, 300 YEARS. IT'S TIME FOR US TO RESTORE BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE CONTROL OF THEIR WATERS. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. MR. SPEAKER, I, AGAIN, URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 965 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                                          • 01:42:17 PM

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                                            THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

                                            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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                                          • 01:42:27 PM

                                            MR. POLIS

                                            MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                          • 01:42:32 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YIES WILL -- YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. OPERATE AND PRAUSCLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION, IF ORDERED, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, AND ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, IF ORDERED. 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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                                          • 02:10:04 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 225. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 225. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                          • 02:10:23 PM

                                            MR. POLIS

                                            MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                                          • 02:10:26 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 HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS 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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                                          • 02:20:04 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                          • 02:21:20 PM

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                                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER TO ADDRESS THE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                          • 02:21:24 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 02:21:27 PM

                                            MR. BROWN

                                            MR. SPEAKER, ON THURSDAY, JUNE 28, A GUNMAN TARGETED A CHERISHED COMMUNITY…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, ON THURSDAY, JUNE 28, A GUNMAN TARGETED A CHERISHED COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER IN OUR NATION'S FREE PRESS. KILLING FIVE PEOPLE. THE CAPITAL GAZETTE IS ONE OF OUR NATION'S OLDEST NEWSPAPERS, HAVING SERVED MARYLAND'S CAPITAL CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS FOR 291 YEARS. IN FACT, IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST NEWSPAPERS TO PUBLISH THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, ALTHOUGH IT AA PERIOD ON PAGE 2 BECAUSE LOCAL NEWS ALWAYS TOOK PRECEDENCE. THE INDIANAPOLIS COMMUNITY WHICH CONGRESSMAN SARBANES AND I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING IS A TIGHT N.I.T. COMMUNITY. MEN AND WOMEN LOST IN THIS HORRIFIC ATTACK WERE FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS. WE RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF REBECCA SMITH, WHO WAS QUIET, BUT HAD A BIG HEART AND DESCRIBING HERSELF AS A BONUS MOM TO THE BEST KID EVER. JOHN MCNAMARA, WHO WENT BY MAC, WHO LOVED COVERING SPORTS AS MUCH AS PLAYING THEM. JERALD FISHMAN, THE CONSUMMATE NEWSPAPERMAN, WORKING 12 HOURS A DAY OR MORE WHO EDITORIALIZED ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND BECAME VICTIM OF IT. ROB HIAASON, A GIANT IN STATURE AND CHARACTER WHO GENEROUSLY MENTORED YOUNG JOURNALISTS. WENDY WINTERS, A PROLIFIC WRITER, MOTHER OF THREE NAVY OFFICERS, AND AMERICAN HERO WHO CHARGED AT THE GUNMAN AND SAVED LIVES. THOSE WHO WERE SENSELESSLY GUNNED DOWN WERE MEMBERS OF OUR VALUED LOCAL PRESS CORPS. IN AMERICA WE CHERISH AND VALUE OUR FREE AND INDEPENDENT PRESS. IT IS A CRUCIAL PILLAR OF OUR DEMOCRACY. WE SHOULD NOT TOLERATE THREATS AND HATRED DIRECTED AT THE MEDIA AND SHOULD SUPPORT THOSE WHO BRING US THE NEWS EVERY DAY. TODAY WE ALSO HONOR THE BRAVE AND SWIFT ACTION BY FIRST RESPONDERS WHO WERE ON THE SCENE WITHIN ONE MINUTE OF 9-1-1 CALLS. TODAY WE HONOR THE ENDURING COURAGE OF THE CAPITAL THE SCENE WITHIN GAZETTE STAFF. THEIR DEDICATION AND SERVICE TO THEIR READERS AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO A VIBRANT FREE PRESS ARE A TRIBUTE TO THEIR PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONALISM AND TO THE RESILIENCE OF THE INDIANAPOLIS COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK THE HOUSE TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO HONOR REBECCA, JOHN, GERALD, ROB, WENDI, AND ALL THOSE IMPACTED BY THE SHOOTING AT THE CAPITAL GAZETTE.

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                                          • 02:23:59 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL THOSE IN THE CHAMBER TO RISE FOR A MOMENT OF…

                                            THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL THOSE IN THE CHAMBER TO RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

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                                          • 02:24:20 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED…

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                          • 02:24:35 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 163, HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                                            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 163, HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 50, TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS WITH RESPECT TO IMPOSING FEDERAL MANDATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS H.R. 3281, TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE THE TRANSFER TO NONFEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF APPROPRIATE RECLAMATION PROJECTS OR FACILITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                          • 02:25:06 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

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

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                                          • 02:31:19 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                          • 02:31:44 PM

                                            MRS. TORRES

                                            I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                                          • 02:31:46 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 HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                          • 02:38:49 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, AND THE NAYS ARE 183. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, AND THE NAYS ARE 183. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          • 02:39:09 PM

                                            MRS. BLACKBURN

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HERE AFTER BE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HERE AFTER BE CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 1898 --

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