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House Session - July 12, 2018

The House passed two bills: the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 (H.R. 6237), and the Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act (H.R. 6237).

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  • 10:00:00 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:01 AM

      HOST

      IN FOR ITS DAILY BUSINESS JUST NOW. BECAUSE OF WHAT WE DO, WE TAKE YOU TO…

      IN FOR ITS DAILY BUSINESS JUST NOW. BECAUSE OF WHAT WE DO, WE TAKE YOU TO THEM. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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    • 10:00:17 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Scott DesJarlais to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:20 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 12, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 12, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE SCOTT DESJARLAIS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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      • 10:00:37 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        REPRESENTATIVES.

      • 10:00:38 AM

        TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:00:50 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:01:09 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 1918, A GROUP OF PENNSYLVANIA CRUDE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 1918, A GROUP OF PENNSYLVANIA CRUDE OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCERS GOT TOGETHER TO FORM A TRADIST ORGANIZATION, THE PENNSYLVANIA OIL, GAS, AND MINERALS ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED. IT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATING OIL AND GAS TRADE ASSOCIATION IN THE UNITED STATES. IN APRIL, 2010, MEMBERS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION AND THE INDEPENDENT OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION OF PENNSYLVANIA, IOGA, MERGED IT INTO ONE REPRESENTING OIL AND GAS INTERESTS THROUGHOUT PENNSYLVANIA. THE MERGER REUNITED TWO ORGANIZATIONS THAT SPLIT APART NEARLY SOME 30 YEARS EARLIER TO FORM THE PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION, OR PIOGA. A CENTURY LATER, INDUSTRY LEADERS, SUPPORTERS, FRIENDS WILL GATHER TO CELEBRATE PIOGA. THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK AT DRAKE WELL IN TITUSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, TO MARK 100 YEARS OF THE INDUSTRY'S GROWTH AND SUSTAINIBILITY IN PENNSYLVANIA. PIOGA REPRESENTS 515 MEMBERS INCLUDING OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCERS, DRILLING CONTRACTORS, SERVICE COMPANIES, DISTRIBUTORS, PROFESSIONAL FIRMS, CONSULTANTS, PIPELINES, USERS, ROYALTY OWNERS AND OTHERS WITH INTERESTS IN THE SUCCESS OF PENNSYLVANIA'S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. THE COMMONWEALTH IS BLESSED WITH ABUNDANT ENERGY RESOURCES, PARTICULARLY CLEAN-BURNING NATURAL GAS. PIOGA WORKS CLOSELY WITH PIPELINES, UTILITIES, END USERS AS WELL AS DEVELOPING CUTTING EDGE SERVICES THAT REINVOLVE AROUND NATURAL GAS USE. THEY WORK WITH EDUCATORS TO INCREASE STUDENTS' KNOWLEDGE OF ENERGY ISSUES THAT IMPACT CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF PENNSYLVANIANS. LED BY PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAN WEAVER, IT IS A MEMBER-DRIVEN ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS TO REALIZE THE BENEFITS OF PENNSYLVANIA'S CRUDE OIL AND NATURAL GAS. PIOGA IS IN NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA. THE ASSOCIATION EMPLOYS AN EIGHT-PERSON STAFF AND EACH YEAR PIOGA HOSTS SEVERAL CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS, PRESENTATIONS AND COMMUNITY EVEBTS IN A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS -- EVENTS IN A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. I WISH THEM THE BEST AS THEY GATHER IN TITUSVILLE AS THEY CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF GROWTH AND SUSTAINIBILITY IN THE PENNSYLVANIA GAS -- OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. THE INDUSTRY HAS A RICH HISTORY IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND I KNOW PIOGA WILL CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THE HIGH STANDARDS AND EXPERTISE FOR WHICH IT IS KNOWN IN ORDER TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE ENERGY FOR ALL AND TO HELP TO FUEL OR CONTINUE TO FUEL OUR ECONOMY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:04:17 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:04:23 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS WEEK I SENT A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS AND BIG PORTER…

      MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS WEEK I SENT A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS AND BIG PORTER REEK FLAG TO A YOUNG PUERTO RICAN WOMAN WHO LIVES IN CHICAGO WHO CELEBRATED HER 24TH BIRTHDAY LAST MONTH. MY WIFE AND I WANTED TO LET HER KNOW WE SUPPORT HER AND ADMIRE HER. HER BIRTHDAY PARTY IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS, DIDN'T TURN OUT THE WAY SHE EXPECTED. A 62-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED AS TIMOTHY, VERBALLY ABUSE AND HARASSED HER AS SHE WAS WEARING A SHIRT THAT DEPICTS THE FLAG OF OUR U.S. COLONY, PUERTO RICO. WHAT HAPPENED WAS A MAN PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY INTIMIDATING A VERY POLITE AND POISED 24-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHILE A UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICER STOOD BY AND DID NOTHING TO INTERVENE. THE POLICE IS PATRICK CONNOR OF THE COOK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT. SO A OLDER RACIST YELLS AT A YOUNG LATINA BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T LIKE WHAT SHE AND OTHER PUERTO RICANS LIVING IN HIS COMMUNITY, HE SAYS, REPRESENTS. IS THAT NEWS? NO. SADLY, NO. WHILE MOST POLICE OFFICERS WOULD HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING IN THIS INCIDENT, THIS GUY WAS CAUGHT ON TAPE DOING THE WRONG THING. OR MORE ACCURATELY, DOING NOTHING AT ALL. FOR ME THIS WAS VERY PERSONAL BECAUSE SOMETHING SIMILAR HAPPENED TO ME, SOMETHING SIMILAR HAS HAPPENED TO MOST PUERTO RICANS AND MOST LATINOS AND MOST PEOPLE OF COLOR AND PEOPLE THAT ARE SOMEHOW DIFFERENT IN THIS COUNTRY AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER IN THEIR LIVES. 22 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS A SOPHOMORE IN CONGRESS I WAS ENTERING ONE OF THE CAPITOL OFFICE BUILDINGS AND MY DAUGHTER WITH MY NIECE. I WAS NEW AND I WAS DRESSED SOMEWHAT CASUALLY BECAUSE WE WERE JUST RETURNING FROM A PUERTO RICAN CELEBRATION AND MY DAUGHTER WAS CARRYING A PUERTO RICAN FLAG. ONE OF THE OFFICERS WANTED TO STOP US FROM COMING IN. I SHOWED THEM BE A AN I.D. AND THE OFFICER I DIDN'T THINK SO INDICATING SHE THOUGHT MY I.D. WAS FAKE AND I COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE A MEMBER OF FAKE. SHE STATED MY I.D. WAS FAKE IN FACT. THERE WERE ALSO THE COMMENT AT THE END, WHY DON'T YOU AND YOUR PEOPLE GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM? 22 YEARS AFTER THAT INCIDENT WE'RE STILL SEEING THE SAME KIND OF BIGOTRY, THE SAME KIND OF MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT LATINOS AND WHO PUERTO RICANS ARE AND THE SAME FEAR THAT WE ARE OUTSIDERS WHO DON'T BELONG HERE. AND SADLY, THE SAME FEAR AND OTHERNESS IS EXTENDED TO OTHER PEOPLE, THE HANDICAP, GAY AND LESBIAN, TRANSGENDER AMERICANS, IMMIGRANTS, MUSLIM, PEOPLE OF COLOR. THE LIST JUST GOES ON. THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE FIRST TIME BUT RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN A MOMENT OF HISTORY WHEN AMERICANS ARE BEING TOLD TO FEAR OTHER AMERICANS AND ONE OF THE REASONS I THINK THE VIDEO WENT VIRAL IS BECAUSE IT IS EMBLEMATIC OF OUR TIMES. BULLIES WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE FIRST THING ABOUT THEIR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS, LATINOS, BECAUSE PEOPLE OF COLOR, IMMIGRANTS OR MUSLIMS ARE BEING TAUGHT, BEING TAUGHT TO FEAR THAT SOMETHING THEY HAVE IS BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM. AND SOME NOW FEEL IT IS THEIR RIGHT, THEIR PRIVILEGE, AND MAYBE EVEN THEIR DUTY TO GO OFF IN PUBLIC AND TAKE ACTION. I WONDER WHERE THEY GET SUCH AN IDEA. WHEN OUR PRESIDENT CALLS PUERTO RICANS LAZY AND EXPENSIVE TO HELP, IT HURTS OUR NATION. WHEN HE CALLS MEXICANS RAPISTS AND MURDERS OR CALL REFUGEES FLEEING VIOLENCE WITH THEIR CHILDREN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OR CAUSE TRANSGENDER SOLDIERS A THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY AND SAYS PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF A RACIST RALLY WHERE A WOMAN WAS KILLED ARE THE SAME, MAYBE THEY'RE REFLECTING BACK THE FEAR AND MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE VOTERS HE WANTS TO MOBILIZE. ALL OF THE LYING, THE HOSTILITY, THE RACISM IS CLEARLY TAKING A TOLL ON OUR COUNTRY. I JUST HOPE THAT WE ARE ALL AS POISED AS MRS. IRASARI WAS. WHETHER YOU'RE WEARING A PUSSY HAT, A HAJAB, A BLACK LIVES MATTER T-SHIRT, I HOPE WE ARE ALL MORE WILLING THAN OFFICER CONNOR TO TAKE ACTION WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING TO BULLY SOMEONE ELSE AND I HOPE MOST AMERICANS, AND I KNOW MOST AMERICANS ARE NOT LIKE ONE WHO IS BOTH INFLICTED WITH FEAR AND IGNORANCE AND PROBABLY A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM, BUT THE VIDEO SHOWS WE HAVE TO STEP UP TO HOMOPHOBIA, AND STAND UP FOR WHAT AMERICA IS REALLY ALL ABOUT. PLEASE, LET'S DO IT ALL TOGETHER. IF YOU SEE HATE, STAND UP AND SPEAK. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE IN THE RECORD MY LETTER TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION AT MAIN JUSTICE FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THIS MATTER.

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    • 10:09:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THIS MATTER.

    • 10:09:50 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND THE MEMORY OF AN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND THE MEMORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY INDIVIDUAL FROM BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. CARL OF NEWTOWN PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 29 AT THE AGE OF 99. A MAN OF MANY TALENTS, CARL PAID FOR HIS EDUCATION BY PLAYING TRUMPET IN A JAZZ ENSEMBLE. HE LATER SERVED IN WORLD WAR II UNDER GENERAL PATTON, RETIRING FROM THE AIR FORCE WITH THE RANK OF MAJOR IN 1979. AFTER HIS SERVICE, CARL BEGAN A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A LAWYER AND AS AN ENGINEER, EVENTUALLY BECOMING ACTING C.E.O. OF SWAN OIL COMPANY. DESPITE HIS SUCCESS, CARL ALWAYS MADE TIME TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY. SERVING ON MANY CHARITABLE BOARDS INCLUDING THOSE OF THE BUCKS COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, THE BUCKS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE DELAWARE VALLEY PHILHARMONIC, THE RED CROSS AND THE UNITED WAY OF BUCKS COUNTY. MR. SPEAKER, WE SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO CARL'S CHILDREN, CARL, LANCE, CURT, AND JOYCE, ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE FAMILY, AND WE THANK THEM FOR SHARING HIM WITH OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE NORTH HAMPTON PATRIOTS FLAG PROGRAM, A LONGSTANDING TRADITION OF NORTH HAMPTON TOWNSHIP IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. ESTABLISHED IN 2003 HONORS NORTHHAMPTON TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES RECOGNIZING THEIR DEPLOYMENT AND THEIR RETURN HOME TO BUCKS COUNTY. WHILE THESE HEROES ARE SERVING, A FLAG SIGNIFICANT ANYFYING THEIR MILITARY BRANCH IS HUNG IN NORTHHAMPTON TOWNSHIP AND WHEN THEY RETURN IT'S REPLACE AN AMERICAN FLAG. THIS PROGRAM RECENTLY RECOGNIZED AUSTIN, A SOUTHAMPTON RESIDENT WHO CURRENTLY SERVES IN THE AIR FORCE AND WHO IS STATIONED IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. WE'D LIKE TO EXTEND OUR GRATITUDE TO AUSTIN FOR HIS SERVICE AND LIKE TO RECOGNIZE HIS PARENTS, GEORGE AND MARIE, ALONG WITH HIS SIBTS, DARING, KYLE, -- SIBLINGS, DARRELL, KYLE, MEREDITH. AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE PETE, ALONG WITH NORTH HAMPTON TOWNSHIP CHAIRMAN BARRY MOORE FOR THEIR WORK IN RECOGNIZING OUR COMMUNITY'S BRAVEST CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE OF THE NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE LANCEDALE BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO WILL SERVE AS FULL-TIME PATROL OFFICERS. JAMES MCVEIGH, WHO STUDIED IN LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY, GRADUATED FROM THE MONTGOMERY POLICE ACADEMY IN 2008. BEFORE JOINING THE FORCE, OFFICER MCVEIGH SERVED 10 YEARS IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND IS NOW JOINING LANCEDALE. CHRISTIAN GREGORY IS -- HE SERVED WITH THE TRANSIT POLICE DEPARTMENT. COREY FISTER, WHO IS A GRADUATE OF THE SOUDERTON AREA HIGH SCHOOL, MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE ACADEMY. BEFORE JOINING THE LANCEDALE FORCE, OFFICER FISTER SERVED WITH THE POTSTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT. I COMMEND THESE OFFICERS FOR THEIR BRAVERY AND SERVICE TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE POLICE CHIEF MIKE TRAIL FOR LEADING SUCH A FINE GROUP OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS IN OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:13:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:13:56 AM

      MR. SCHIFF

      MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS ALMOST EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO AS DONALD TRUMP CLOSED IN…

      MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS ALMOST EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO AS DONALD TRUMP CLOSED IN ON THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION THAT THE RUSSIANS BEGAN WEAPONIZING STOLEN EMAILS THAT IT ACQUIRED SOMETIME EARLIER. THIS DISCLOSURE OF STOLEN EMAILS WAS ONLY ONE VEECK TORE OF THE RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURES CAMPAIGN. AT THE SAME TIME THE RUSSIANS WERE ENGAGED IN A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN AND OVERT USE OF THEIR PAID MEDIA PLATFORMS LIKE SPUTNIK AND RUSSIA TODAY TO INFLUENCE THE ELECTORATE. WHAT WAS THIS ABOUT? WAS THIS NEW AND UNPRECEDENTED INTERVENTION IN OUR AFFAIRS MERELY ABOUT CHOOSING ONE CANDIDATE OVER ANOTHER IN THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM, OR WAS THERE SOMETHING BROADER WITHIN THE RUSSIAN AIMS? IT IS CERTAINLY TRUE THAT THE RUSSIANS HAD A PREFERRED CANDIDATE IN DONALD TRUMP. CANDIDATE TRUMP HAD TALKED DISPARAGINGLY ABOUT NATO. HE HAD TALKED ABOUT DOING AWAY WITH SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA OVER ITS INVASION OF ITS NEIGHBOR. HE HAD TALKED ABOUT MAKING COMMON CAUSE WITH RUSSIA IN SYRIA WHERE OUR INTERESTS ARE NOT AT ALL ALIGNED. AND MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, HE HAD TALKED ABOUT DOING AWAY WITH THE PENALTIES WE HAD IMPOSED FOR RUSSIA'S INVASION OF ITS NEIGHBOR, SOMETHING WE NEVER THOUGHT WOULD TAKE PLACE IN THE LAST CENTURY, THE REMAKING OF THE MAP OF EUROPE BY DENT OF MILITARY FORCE, SOMETHING WE NEVER THOUGHT WE'D SEE IN THIS CENTURY. . IT'S TRUE THEY HAD A DEEP ANTIPATHY TOWARDS HILLARY CLINTON, WHEN THEY PROTESTED FRAUDULENT ELECTIONS IN 2011, SPOKE OUT ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO PROTEST AND ASSEMBLE, SOMETHING THE KREMLIN FELT WAS A DIRECT THREAT TO THE REGIME. BUT FAR MORE FUNDAMENTAL WAS THE RUSSIAN OBJECT OF SELLING DISCORD IN THE UNITED STATES, OF PITTING ONE AMERICAN AGAINST ANOTHER, PLAYING ALONG THE FAULTLINES IN OUR SOCIETY, OF WEAKENING THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR DEMOCRACY. AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT WHAT THE RUSSIANS DID HERE THEY DID NOT ALONE IN THE UNITED STATES. YES, IT WAS NEW AND UNPRECEDENTED FOR US, BUT WHAT THE RUSSIANS DID HERE, THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR YEARS ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE AND AROUND THE WORLD. . IT IS AN ATTACK ON OUR DEMOCRACY BUT THE VERY IDEA OF LIBERAL DEMOCRATCY. THIS ATTACK TAKES PLACE AT A TIME IN OUR LIVES WHERE WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND THE WORLD YOU MUST CONCLUDE OBJECTIVELY THAT THE AUTO CONTRACTS ARE -- AUTO CONTRACTS ARE ON THE RISE -- AUTOCRATS ARE ON THE RISE. WITH TURKEY, NOW THE LEADING JAILER OF JOURNALISTS IN THE WORLD. IN THE PHILIPPINES. IT CANNOT BE SAID THAT AN IRON CURTAIN IS DESCENDING, BUT THERE IS A RISING TIDE OF AUTHORITARIANISM THAT THREATENS TO SUBMERGE SOME OF THE GREAT CAPITALS AROUND THE GLOBE. FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAVE LIVED IN A POST-WORLD WAR II GENERATION, I THINK WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT OUR FREEDOMS, FREEDOMS AROUND THE WORLD, WERE EVER INCREASING. THAT IT WAS SOME IMMUTABLE LAW OF NATURE. THAT OUR FREEDOM TO EXPRESS OURSELVES, PRACTICE OUR FAITH, ASSOCIATE WITH WHOM WE WOULD, WAS EVER INCREASING. TO PARAPHRASE MARTIN LUTHUR KING, THE ARC OF THE UNIVERSE MAY BE LONG BUT IT BENDS TOWARDS JUSTICE. ONLY TO FIND THAT TODAY IT DOES NOT BEND TOWARDS JUSTICE. AS MUCH AS THE IDEA OF AMERICA AS INDESPENCIBLE NATION HAS BEEN GIVEN A BAD NAME, WE TRULY ARE INDEFENSIBLE. ALL AROUND THE WORLD PEOPLE LOOK TO US. PEOPLE IN PRISON WHO GATHERED IN THE SQUARE. PEOPLE IN PRISON IN TURKEY FOR JOURNALISM. PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD, THEY LOOK TO US. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LOOK TO RUSSIA, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LOOK TO CHINA OR EUROPE WITH ALL ITS PROBLEMS. INCREASINGLY THEY DO NOT RECOGNIZE WHAT THEY SEE. THEY LOOK TO OUR WHITE HOUSE AND DO NOT RECOGNIZE WHAT THEY SEE. THEY SEE A PRESIDENT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH AUTOCRATS AND DICTATORS THAN WITH DEMOCRATCY. IT IS A BIGGER TRAGEDY FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD AND A TRAGEDY FOR US. IN 1938 WINSTON CHURCHILL PUBLISHED A SERIES OF SPEECHES HE GAVE ON THE RISE OF NAZISM. IN AMERICA THE BOOK WAS ENTITLED "WHILE ENGLAND SLEPT. AMERICA IS NOT SLEEPING, BUT ONE OF ITS GREAT PARTIES IS. AS JOHN BOEHNER SAID RECENTLY, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS OFF TAKING A NAP SOMEWHERE. WAKE UP. FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD ARE LOOKING TO US. WAKE UP. OUR DEMOCRACY IS AT RISK AT HOME AND THE VERY IDEA OF LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IS AT RISK AROUND THE WORLD. WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE UP. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER. -- WAKE UP. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 10:19:24 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:19:29 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. NEXT WEDNESDAY MARKS 55 YEARS ON THE…

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. NEXT WEDNESDAY MARKS 55 YEARS ON THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER IN ARBEGIN TEENA. THIS ATTACK CARRIED OUT BY THE UKRAINIAN BACKED TERROR GROUP, HEZBOLLAH, LEFT 85 INNOCENT PEOPLE DEAD AND MANY MORE WOUNDED. IF TOOK THE -- SHOOK THE ENTIRE JEWISH COMMUNITY WHO WERE TARGETED BY HEZBOLLAH TWO YEARS EARLIER WITH A DEADLY ATTACK AT THE ISRAELI EMBASSY IN BUENOS AIRES WHICH LEFT 29 DEAD AND 250 WOUNDED. THE BOMBING REMAINS THE DEADLIEST TERROR ATTACK IN ARGENTINA, YET ITS PERPETRATORS AND THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EMBASSY BOMBING HAVE YET TO BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. THAT HAS NOT BEEN FOR THE LACK OF TRYING. A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO IDENTIFYING THOSE RESPONSIBLE AND BRINGING THEM TO JUSTICE. INDEED, MY FRIEND ULTIMATELY GAVE HIS LIFE IN THIS PURSUIT, HAVING BEEN ASSASSINATED JUST HOURS BEFORE HE WAS TO PRESENT HIS COMPLAINT TO A COURT IMPLICATING THEN PRESIDENT CHRISTINA KERSHNER AND OTHER HIGH RANKING OFFICIALS FOR COVERING UP IRAN'S ROLE IN THE BOMBINGS. IN 2015 THE PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA MADE THE BRAVE DECISION TO ASSIGN A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE AND UNCOVER THE TRUTH SURROUNDING THE DEATH WHICH, UNDER THE GOVERNMENT, WAS RULED A SUICIDE. WE KNEW THE TRUTH ALL ALONG AND ULTIMATELY THE REPORT RELEASED IN 2017 CONFIRMED HE WAS MURDERED. NO DOUBT BY THOSE CLOSE TO IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH, ALTHOUGH IMPLICATED IN THE INVESTIGATION. THIS IS JUST THE FIRST STEP IN VINDICATING THE WORK FOR WHICH HE WAS MURDERED. WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO BRING HIM JUSTICE AND SEE THE CULMINATION OF HIS WORK WHICH IS TO HOLD IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE BRUTAL TERROR ATTACKS AGAINST THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN ARGENTINA. LAST YEAR, I ALONG WITH CHAIRMAN ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, AND CONGRESSMAN TED DEUTCH, JEFF DUNCAN, AND REPRESENTATIVE SIRES INTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 201 WHICH EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF ARGENTINA IN SUPPORT OF THE INVESTIGATING OF THE BOMBING IN 1994 AND 1992. THE RESOLUTION ALSO CALLS ON OUR GOVERNMENT TO ASSIST ARGENTINA IN ENSURING ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE HEINOUS ACTS ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. AND I WOULD URGE THAT ARGENTINE AUTHORITIES TO DO EVERYTHING WITHIN THEIR POWER TO BRING ALL RESPONSIBLE PARTIES TO JUSTICE AND BRING SOME FORM OF CLOSURE TO THE FAMILIES OF OVER 100 KILLED BY HEZBOLLAH IN ARGENTINA. ARGENTINA OHS THEM THAT MUCH AND WE OWE THEM A CHANCE TO SEE IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR HORRIFIC ACTS OF TERROR. THOUGH THE BOMBING WAS 24 YEARS AGO AND THE EMBASSY BOMBING 26 YEARS AGO, THE JEWISH COMMUNITY STILL FEELS THE PAIN AND BECAUSE HEZBOLLAH IS ALLOWED TO GO UNCHECKED IN MANY PLACES AROUND THE GLOBE, THEY KNOW ANOTHER ATTACK MAY BE POSSIBLE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. TO COMMEMORATE THE BOMBING AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LIVES BRUTALLY TAKEN, THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITIES INSTITUTE FOR LATINO AND LATIN AMERICAN AFFAIRS WILL BE COAST HOSTING A MEMORIAL AND CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY WITH A SYNAGOGUE IN NORTH MIAMI BEACH. THE SOUTH FLORIDA JEWISH COMMUNITY HOLDS THIS EVENTUALLYLY TO NOT ONLY COMMEMORATE THE VICTIMS OF THIS ATTACK BUT BRING ATTENTION TO THE THREAT THAT IS IRAN AN HEZBOLLAH, AS WELL AS THE HOSTILITY AND DISCRIMINATION THAT JEWS AROUND THE WORLD ARE STILL FACING AND THE RISING TIDE OF ANTI-SEMITISM. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE 24TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOMBING NEARS, LET US REMEMBER THE LIVES LOST AND CONTINUE WORKING SO THAT THESE ACTS DO NOT HAPPEN AGAIN AND LET US WORK TO ENSURE THAT IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT SUCH TERRIBLE ACTS AGAIN. . THANK YOU TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THIS EVENT AND FOR THEIR WORK TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE FAMILIES OF THE LIVES LOST, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:24:15 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:24:29 AM

      MR. HUFFMAN

      FINALLY, FINALLY, SCOTT PRUITT IS GONE. AFTER MONTHS OF SCANDAL, 19…

      FINALLY, FINALLY, SCOTT PRUITT IS GONE. AFTER MONTHS OF SCANDAL, 19 SEPARATE INVESTIGATIONS, COUNTLESS ETHICAL FAILURES, ABUSES OF OFFICIAL OFFICE AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE, FINALLY THIS CORRUPT SWAMP CREATURE THAT'S BEEN HEADING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION LAST WEEK. AS WELCOMED AS THIS NEWS IS, FOR MANY OF US LET AS BE CLEAR, SCOTT PRUITT WAS FAR FROM THE ONLY CREATURE IN THE TOXIC TRUMP SWAMP. ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE IS OUR SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, WILBUR ROSS WHO PROVETTED FROM SHORT SALES IN A RUSSIAN LINKED NAVIGATION COMPANY. AND HE MADE THOSE SHORT SALES ONLY AFTER LEARNING THAT JOURNALISTS WITH "THE NEW YORK TIMES" WERE ABOUT TO EXPOSE HIS CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. APPARENTLY WHILE SERVING AS OUR COMMERCE SECRETARY, ROSS WAS ALSO PARTIAL OWNER OF A CHINESE COMPANY AND A CYPRIOT BANK THAT'S PART OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER'S INVESTIGATIONS. THESE ARE SCANDALS THAT IN ANY OTHER PREVIOUS TIME WOULD BRING DOWN A CABINET SECRETARY, BUT IN THIS SWAMP CLIMATE OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, IT'S JUST ANOTHER NEWS CYCLE AND SOON SUPPLANTED BY THE NEXT OUTRAGE AND NEXT SCANDAL. LET'S ALSO NOT FORGET OUR SECRETARY OF INTERIOR, RYAN ZINKEY, WHO FACES MANY OF HIS ONLY SCANDALS. OUR SECRETARY OF INTERIOR OVERSEES OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT ON PUBLIC LANDS N THIS CASE THE SECRETARY STANDS TO PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM A LAND DEAL WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF HALLIBURTON, A COMPANY THAT HAS LITERALLY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF BUSINESS ON THE LINE WHEN SECRETARY ZINC -- ZINKE MAKES DECISIONS ABOUT WHERE AND HOW OIL DRILLING WILL BE PERMITTED IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT'S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. IT'S TIME FOR THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS TO WAKE UP AND TAKE THESE ISSUES SERIOUSLY. CONDUCT SOME REAL OVERSIGHT AND PUT A STOP TO THIS CULTURE OF CORRUPTION IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:26:35 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      BACK.

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      MR. CURTIS

      I RISE TODAY TO SHOW MY APREESHYAILINGS FOR THE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS…

      I RISE TODAY TO SHOW MY APREESHYAILINGS FOR THE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS WORKING TO -- APPRECIATION FOR THE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS WORKING TO PROTECT THE CITIES OF UTAH. MANY OF THESE ARE THE SAME WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES ACROSS UTAH. THIS FIRE SEASON HAS BEEN ONE OF THE WORST IN RECENT MEMORY, INCLUDING SIX ACTIVE FIRES THAT HAVE CONSUMED OVER 85,000 ACRES OF LAND. THE FIRE HAS CONSUMED OVER 50,000 ACRES ALONE. I DROVE BY THIS FIRE LAST WEEK AND SAW THE DEVASTATION FIRSTHAND. UNABLE TO FULLY IMAGINE THE HEARTBREAK FAMILIES EXPERIENCED AS THEY WATCHED THE FIRE APPROACH THEIR HOMES AND THEIR LIVELIHOODS. WHILE COMBATING THESE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS, WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO KEEP OTHERS SAFE. THEY WORK IN EXTREME HEAT AND UNPLEASANT CONDITIONS TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. I WILL FIN TO SUPPORT -- I WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT STRONG FUNDING THEY RELY ON. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING THE WILDFIRE FIGHTERS OF UTAH FOR THEIR CONTINUED BRAVERY IN KEEPING UTAH SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AND I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE THE SMALL BUSINESS ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND EFFICIENCY ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS SMALL BUSINESS SPACE ACT. AS A MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND FORMER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, I'M PROUD TO INTRODUCE A BILL THAT WILL HELP KEEP BURDENSOME AND CONFLICTING REGULATIONS THAT ARE KEEPING SMALL BUSINESSES FROM GROWTH AND ACCESS TO CAPITAL. THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S 504 LOAN PROGRAM HELPS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS GROW THEIR COMPANY AND STIMULATE JOB CREATION AT NO EXPENSE TO TAXPAYERS. -- TO -- MANY OF THESE HAVE EXPANDED OPERATIONS AND HIRED NEW EMPLOYEES BECAUSE OF THE S.B.A. LOAN PROGRAM. I LOVE HEARING THE SUCCESS STORIES OF BUSINESSES LIKE PREMIERE BUILDING SUPPLY LOCATED IN LINDEN, UTAH. A COMPANY THAT STARTED IN A GARAGE IN 2009 AND SINCE THEN HAS QUICKLY BECOME A LEADER IN SUPPLYING THE UTAH BUILDING INDUSTRY AND HELPING WITH -- WITH THE HELP OF AN S.B.A. 504 LOAN HAS GROWN INTO A 50,000 SQUARE FOOT OPERATION WITH 150 EMPLOYEES. THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE MANY SMALL BUSINESSES IN UTAH THAT HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR TREMENDOUS SUCCESS IF THEY HAVE ACCESS TO CAPITAL. HOWEVER, AS WE SEE FAR TOO OFTEN, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MAINTAINED BURDENSOME AND CONFLICTING REGULATIONS THAT WEIGH DOWN THE 504 PROGRAM WITH UNCERTAINTY AND ULTIMATELY HURT THE VERY BUSINESSES IT WAS MEANT TO HELP. THE SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM WILL ELIMINATE FEDERAL REGULATIONS BURDENING THE PROGRAM TO ENSURE SMALL BUSINESSES MORE EFFICIENTLY HAVE ACCESS TO CAPITAL WITHOUT COSTING THE TAXPAYER A SINGLE DOLLAR. I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN AND STAKEHOLDERS LIKE MOUNTAIN WEST SMALL BUSINESS, AND UTAH C.D.C. WHO KNOW BERT THAN ANYONE JUST HOW CRITICAL THE PROGRAM IS. I'M SQUARELY ON THE SIDE OF HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES AND AM COMMITTED TO KEEPING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM GETTING IN THE WAY OF THEIR SUCCESS. I BELIEVE THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT IS A GREAT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:30:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:30:48 AM

      MR. ESPAILLAT

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN MY COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS NATION…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN MY COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS NATION WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST YEAR A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN HATE CRIMES AND ATTACKS AGAINST IMMIGRANT AND GENERALLY AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR. IN NEW YORK CITY WE SAW HOW A LAWYER NAMED AARON SHALOSHBERG LAUNCHED A RACIAL VERBAL ATTACK AGAINST WORKERS AT THE FRENCH KITCHEN RESTAURANT IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY SPOKE SPANISH. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WAS IN NEW YORK CITY. A CITY THAT PRIDES ITSELF IN BEING A SIT I OF IMMIGRANTS. A CITY WHICH TOUTS THE PRESENCE OF LADY LIBERTY HERSELF ON THE HARBOR. STILL, THIS LAWYER FELT COMPELLED WITHOUT ANY HESITATION , SHAME, OR GUILT, TO CONFRONT WORKERS AT THE RESTAURANT. VERBALLY ASOUGHTING THEM BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY SPOKE SPANISH. YET WE KEEP SEEING MORE AND MORE EXAMPLES OF AGGRESSORS AND HARASSERS LUNCHING VICIOUS ATTACKS AND DIRECTING HATE SPEECH TOWARDS THOSE THEY WRONGFULLY PERCEIVE TO BE UN-AMERICAN. IN ANOTHER RECENT INCIDENT, MR. RODRIGUEZ, A SENIOR CITIZEN, 91 YEARS OLD, WAS BRUTALLY ATTACKED FOR HIS ETHNIC BACKGROUND. HE IS OF MEXICAN DECENT. HE WAS TOLD TO GO BACK TO HIS COUNTRY BEFORE BEING BRUTALLY ASSAULTED WITH A BRICK. YET IN ANOTHER RECENT INCIDENT AT THE CALDWELL WOODS FOREST PRESERVE, ANOTHER WOMAN WAS ANOTHER VICTIM OF VERBAL HARASSMENT, ABUSE, AND PHYSICAL INTIMIDATION IN AN ALMOST UNTHINKABLE 20 MINUTE RACIAL RANT. HER HARASSER CAUGHT SIGHT ON THE SHIR PATTERNED WITH A PUERTO RICAN FLAG SUCH AS THIS ONE AND PROCEEDED TO VERBALLY ASSAULT HER FOR THE CITING OF A PROUD AMERICAN WEARING A FLAG THAT REPRESENTS 3.5 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO. AND SEVERAL MILLION MORE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE PERPETRATORS SAID IF YOU ARE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, YOU SHOULDN'T BE WEARING THAT SHIRT IN AMERICA. LET ME REMIND HIM THAT IMPORTANT IMPORTANTIANS -- IMPORTANT IMPORTANTS ARE U.S. CITIZENS, THEY HAVE A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED POSITION OF DEFENDING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY ACROSS THE WORRELL. THEY HAVE SPILLED THE BLOOD OF THOUSANDS IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA AND DEMOCRACY. EACH OF THESE POSITION INSTANCES AND SITUATIONS COME ON THE HEELS OF A 2017 CALIFORNIA REPORT. THE FIRST PUBLISHED SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, INDICATING A 17% INCREASE IN HATEFUL CRIMES. SPECIFICALLY ANTI-LATINO, ANTI-HISPANIC HATE CRIMES HAVE SOARED WITH INCREASES OF MORE THAN 50% LAST YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO A QUINNIPIAC POLL, 58% OF AMERICANS DISAPPROVE THE WAY DONALD TRUMP IS HANDLING IMMIGRATION. 55% OF AMERICANS SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT EASIER FOR RACISTS TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS PUBLICLY. LIKE LIKE ATTORNEY SCHLOSSBERG IN NEW YORK, TIMOTHY IN ILLINOIS, WE FIND AAGREESORS AND PERPETRATORS THAT DON'T REPRESENT OUR VALUES . AS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE SEEN OUR LEADERS IN ELECTED OFFICE PARTICIPATE IN HATEFUL AND INTOLERANT ACTS WITH HATEFUL AND INTOLERANT WORDS. WHETHER IN NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, OR COOK COUNTY, WE HAVE SEEN NAKED RACISM AND BLATANT BIGOTRY. TO THESE BIGGISTS, I SAY THIS -- [SPEAKING SPANISH] THAT TRANSLATES INTO -- THE UNITED STATES IS FOR ALL OF US, REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN, THE GOD THAT WE PRAY TO, OR THE LANGUAGE WE SPEAK. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 10:35:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON,…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:35:25 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOMETIMES IT'S JUST HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOMETIMES IT'S JUST HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF THE DAILY OUTRAGES. IF THE PRESIDENT IS NOT JUST INSULTING BUT ATTACKING ALLIES LIKE CANADA, NATIONAL SECURITY GROUNDS, A TARIFF WAR, THEY'RE RECKLESS AND INACCURATE ATTACKS ON NATO AND OUR ALLIES, THE BEDROCK OF STABILITY IN EUROPE, WHERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COZIES UP TO ONE OF THE WORST PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET, KIM JONG IL, THE DICTATOR OF NORTH KOREA, WHO HAS IMPRISONED 100,000 OF HIS PEOPLE IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS, STARVED MILLIONS MORE, MURDERED MEMBERS OF HIS OWN FAMILY AND HE'S HELD UP AS SOME SORT OF EXEMPLAR. HE LIKES, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS, THE WAY HIS PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO. IF THEY DON'T THEY GET KILLED OR SENTENCED TO A CONCENTRATION CAMP. THIS NOTION THAT WE'RE FORCIBLY SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM FAMILIES AT THE BORDER, WHERE THE FAMILY IS SIMPLY LOOKING FOR ASYLUM, INFLICTING PROBABLY PERMANENT DAMAGE ON THESE CHILDREN. AND, OF COURSE, THE COUNTLESS ENVIRONMENTAL ATTACKS AND THE ACTIVITIES OF CRONIES WHO'VE BEEN PUT IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY. BUT LAST WEEK, WE WITNESSED ONE OF THE MOST DESPICABLE ACTS OF THIS DISTURBING ADMINISTRATION. THE UNITED STATES LAUNCHED A GLOBAL ATTACK ON BREAST-FEEDING. YES. BREAST-FEEDING. THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MOMENT. MOTHER'S MILK IS THE MOST NUTRITIOUS OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO FEED A BABY. IT CONTAINS ANTIBODIES THAT PROVIDES IT WITH HEALTH PROTECTIONS THE BABY THROUGHOUT ITS LIFE. THERE WAS AN INNOCUOUS RESOLUTION THAT WAS BEING ADVANCED BEFORE ONE OF THE UNITED NATIONS' AFFILIATES, THE WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY, TO PROMOTE BREAST-FEEDING. THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. GLOBAL GIANTS THAT SELL BABY FORMULA HAVE BEEN TOUTING THIS AS A HEALTHIER, MORE CONVENIENT ALTERNATIVE. RECENT STUDIES SHOW THAT LESS THAN 40% OF POOR WOMEN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ARE BREAST-FEEDING. AND THE USE OF INFANT FORMULA IN THESE POOR COUNTRIES, NOT ONLY IS INFERIOR, NOT ONLY DOES IT LACK THE HEALTH BENEFITS, THE LONG-TERM HEALTH BENEFITS, NOT ONLY IS IT A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE, BUT ACTUALLY IN MANY OF THESE COUNTRIES IT -- MIXING FORMULA WITH DIRTY WATER POSES A DIRECT THREAT IMMEDIATELY TO THE HEALTH OF THE CHILD. WELL, ECUADOR, A MEMBER OF THIS ASSEMBLY, WAS PREPARED TO INTRODUCE A ROUTINE RESOLUTION PROMOTING BREAST-FEEDING. AND THIS ADMINISTRATION SPRANG INTO ACTION, PRESSURING ECUADOR, ALLEGEDLY WITH RETALIATION IN THE TRADE SECTION -- SECTOR, TO NOT OFFER THE RESOLUTION AND ULTIMATELY THE BULLYING WAS SUCCESSFUL. THE RESOLUTION WAS NOT ADVANCED. ALTHOUGH, IRONY OF IRONIES, IT WAS RUSSIA THAT STEPPED UP, MOVED FORWARD WITH THE RESOLUTION, WHICH WAS ULTIMATELY ADOPTED WITH MINOR CHANGES. WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT AMERICA AND THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT IT WOULD BE DOING THE BIDDING OF GIANT INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS, PROMOTING A PRACTICE THAT ACTUALLY UNDERMINES THE HEALTH IN MANY POOR PEOPLE AND JUST HAVING A RESOLUTION PROMOTING THE BENEFITS OF BREAST-FEEDING WAS THREATENING TO THEIR BUSINESS AND TO THIS ADMINISTRATION? WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF DISTURBING AND SHAMEFUL ACTS SINCE TRUMP BECAME PRESIDENT. BUT IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE SOMETHING WORSE THAN WHAT WAS ON DISPLAY LAST WEEK. IT'S TIME FOR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US, EXPRESSING OUTRAGE ABOUT BEHAVIORS LIKE THIS. WE'RE BETTER PEOPLE AND WE OUGHT TO DEMONSTRATE IT.

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    • 10:40:25 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:40:31 AM

      MR. COSTA

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO…

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    • 10:40:36 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      REMARKS.

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      MR. COSTA

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN ADDRESSING OUR NATION'S RISING DEBT. AS OF THIS WEEK, OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS OVER $21 TRILLION, WITH A T. AS OF THAT, WHEN WE ESTIMATE TO AVERAGE MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD, IT'S $64,600. $64,600 FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD. WE ARE THIS FOREIGN DEBT BECAUSE OF IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNING AND A LACK OF POLITICAL COURAGE, REGARDLESS OF WHICH PARTY HAS BEEN IN CONTROL, IN RECENT YEARS. THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RELEASED ITS LONG-TERM BUDGET OUTLOOK LAST MONTH. IT SHOWED THAT THE FEDERAL DEBT HELD BY THE PUBLIC, WILL APPROACH 100% OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT WITHIN THE NEXT 10 YEARS IF WE KEEP HEADING DOWN THIS PATH. SADLY, THIS CONGRESS HAS CHOSEN TO CONTINUE THIS IRRESPONSIBLE, UNSUSTAINABLE FISCAL COURSE. IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. THE TAX CUT LEGISLATION THAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES RAMMED THROUGH THE CONGRESS LAST DECEMBER IS PROJECTED TO ADD OVER $1.45 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND $2.2 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. SOME ESTIMATE IT WILL EVEN BE MORE. THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE. THE ADDITIONAL $2.2 TRILLION THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE TO PAY UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE CANNOT ASK FUTURE GENERATIONS TO CARRY THE WEIGHT OF OUR SHORTSIGHTED DECISIONS AND POLITICAL COWARDNESS. NOT ONLY IS IT UNFAIR, BUT IT'S JUST PLAIN WRONG. YES, REINING IN OUR SPENDING WILL BE HARD. IT'S ALWAYS HARD AND DIFFICULT TO MAKE CHOICES. WE'LL GET ATTACKED BY OTHER POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INTEREST GROUPS WHO DISLIKE OR DISAGREE WITH OUR CHOICES, BUT THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. THIS HAPPENED IN 2012 WHEN THE HOUSE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE RISING DEBT AND DEFICIT AND SUPPORTED A BUDGET RESOLUTION BY MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN JIM COOPER FROM TENNESSEE. THE RESOLUTION WAS SIMILAR TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE BIPARTISAN SIMPSON-BOWLES COMMISSION AND IT WOULD HAVE REDUCED OUR DEBT BY OVER $4 TRILLION OVER THE 10 YEARS. IT WOULD JUST START TO BEND THE CURVE. I AND A LOT SUPPORTED IT. A LOT OF GROUPS ATTACKED US. YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT KENNEDY MANY YEARS WROTE A BOOK CALLED "PROFILES AND COURAGE" IN WHICH HE WROTE OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO MADE POLITICALLY TOUGH CHOICES AND CALLED IT POLITICAL PROFILES AND COURAGE. UNFORTUNATELY, IN IS NOT A LOT OF THOSE POLITICAL PROFILES AND COURAGE IN CONGRESS THESE DAYS, SADLY. WE WERE SENT HERE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, EVEN WHEN FACED WITH DIFFICULT CHOICES. WE ARE NOT SENT HERE TO DO THE EASY THINGS. WE ARE SENT HERE TO TRY TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS AND COME TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY YOU'RE GOING TO GET THESE THINGS DONE. WE MUST FIND POLITICAL COURAGE TO MAKE THE TOUGH CHOICES AND CREATE SMART AND FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE POLICY THAT WILL HAVE REAL AND LASTING EFFECTS IN REDUCING OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THIS WILL REQUIRE, AGAIN, THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORK TOGETHER, WHICH IS ITSELF, SADLY, TOO OFTEN IN RARE SUPPLY THESE DAYS. BUT IF WE DON'T PUT OUR PARTISAN BICKERING AND ELECTORAL FEARS ASIDE, LONG ENOUGH TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA, THEN WHEN WILL WE? IF WE DON'T MAKE DECISIONS NOW TO GET THE NATION'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, THE PROGRAMS THAT AMERICANS RELY ON, IMPORTANT PROGRAMS THAT MOST OF US SUPPORT, LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, LIKE MEDICARE, THESE PROGRAMS WILL BE IMPACTED. MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS DAY IN 1974, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET AND CONTROL ACT BECAME LAW. 44 YEARS AGO, THE 93RD CONGRESS CAME TOGETHER TO PASS THIS LAW TO STRENGTHEN OUR BUDGET AUTHORITY AND TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY TO MAKE INFORMED AND INDEPENDENT DECISIONS REGARDING AMERICA'S BUDGET. TO IN ESSENCE, PUT AMERICA'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. I STAND HERE TODAY 44 YEARS LATER CALLING ON THE 115TH CONGRESS TO USE THAT INFORMATION AND CAPACITY THAT WE NOW HAVE TO MAKE THESE DIFFICULT CHOICES AND TO HAVE THE POLITICAL COURAGE TO PUT OUR NATION'S FISCAL HOUSE BACK ON A RESPONSIBLE PATH. IT'S WHAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS, IT'S PART OF AMERICA'S FUTURE, AND MY FELLOW AMERICANS, IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 10:45:11 AM

    Recess

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

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      THE SPEAKER

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GE GUEST…

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GE GUEST CHAPLAIN REVEREND J. JOSH SMITH PRINCE AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, ATHENS, GEORGIA.

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    • 12:00:33 PM

      THE CHAPLAIN

      DEAR FATHER WE PRAY THIS MORNING THE WORDS OF PSALM 67, BLESS US AND CAUSE…

      DEAR FATHER WE PRAY THIS MORNING THE WORDS OF PSALM 67, BLESS US AND CAUSE YOUR FACE TO SHINE UPON US THAT YOUR WAY MAY BE KNOWN ON THE EARTH OF YOUR SALVATION AMONG ALL NATIONS. WE ACKNOWLEDGE TODAY HOW MUCH WE NEED YOU AND DEPEND ON YOU FOR EVERYTHING. WE ACKNOWLEDGE IN DESPERATION HOW MUCH WE NEED YOUR GRACE, WISDOM, FAVOR AND BLESSING. AND ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE ALREADY BLESSED US BEYOND MEASURE, WE ASK YOU FOR MORE OF YOUR BLESSING, NOT FOR OUR BENEFIT ALONE, BUT THAT THROUGH US AND EVERY DECISION THAT IS MADE IN THIS PLACE, ALL PEOPLE, AND ALL NATIONS MIGHT COME TO KNOW YOUR LOVE, GRACE, KINDNESS, MERCY AND SALVATION. AND WE ASK THESE THINGS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST WHO DIED THAT THOSE WHO TRUST AND FOLLOW HIM MIGHT LIVE AND FOLLOW HIM. AMEN.

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  • 12:00:48 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 12.

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      Today's prayer was offered by Rev. J. Josh Smith, Prince Avenue Baptist Church, Athens, GA

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        THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    • 12:01:37 PM

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

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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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        MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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      • 12:01:53 PM

        THE SPEAKER

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:01:59 PM

        MR. HICE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME REVEREND JOSH SMITH AS OUR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME REVEREND JOSH SMITH AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN HERE AT THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND I GREATLY APPRECIATE HIM LEADING US IN PRAYER THIS MORNING. HE'S BEEN SERVING AT MINISTRY FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS. JOSH HAS FAITHFULLY DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO THE GOSPEL AND CURRENTLY SERVES AS SENIOR PASTOR OF MY HOME CHURCH, PRINCE AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, IN THE ATHENS, GEORGIA, AREA. IN ADDITION TO EARNING A BACHELORS DEGREE IN CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES, A MASTER OF DIVINITY AND DOCTOR OF MINISTRY AND PREACHING, HE'S WORKED TO SPREAD GOD'S WORD ON BOTH THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. AS A PASTOR MYSELF, IT GIVES ME ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE JOSH FOR HIS SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE. ALSO WELCOME TODAY HIS WIFE, ANDREA, TO THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, AND WE SEND OUR BEST WISHES TO THEIR FIVE CHILDREN -- LILY, GRACIE, JOSIE, ANNIE, AND JOSIAH, WHO ARE BACK HOME IN GEORGIA. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK EVERYONE IN JOIN ME IN THANKING PASTOR SMITH FOR LEADING US TODAY IN OPENING THIS SESSION IN PRAYER. IT'S MY DEEP PRIVILEGE TO NOT ONLY BE A MEMBER OF HIS CHURCH, TO BE A CO-LABORER WITH HIM FOR THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, I'M GRATEFUL FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TO THE ATHENS COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD ABROAD. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR 15 ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE…

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR 15 ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:03:29 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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        MR. WILSON

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

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

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      • 12:03:44 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. WILSON

        MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS MADE AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF…

        MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS MADE AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF GEORGIA BRETT KAVANAUGH FOR THE SUPREME COURT. THE EDITORIAL TODAY IS CORRECT, BRETT KAVANAUGH IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR COURT. A JUDGE'S JOB IS TO INTERPRET THE LAW, NOT MAKE THE LAW OR MAKE POLICY, JUDGE KAVANAUGH. THE JUDGE WILL APPLY THE LAW AS WRITTEN AND ENFORCE THE TEXT, INNSING OF THE -- UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONSTITUTION. HE SERVED ON THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR 12 YEARS. HE HAS AUTHORED MORE THAN 300 OPINIONS. A GRADUATE OF YALE COLLEGE AND YALE LAW SCHOOL. JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS CLERKED ON THE SUPREME COURT UNDER JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY ON THE THIRD AND NINTH CIRCUIT COURTS OF APPEALS. HE'S TAUGHT AT YALE, HARVARD AND GEORGETOWN. JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE SENATE SHOULD CONFIRM HIM QUICKLY. THE BIAS MEDIA WILL FAIL AGAIN AS IT SMEARS THE JUDGE, MAKING UP MORE FAKE NEWS, DESTROYING ITS OWN CREDIBILITY. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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      • 12:04:57 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM QUALM SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MS. BORDALLO

        I ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN REQUEST TO BE RECOGNIZED? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

        DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN REQUEST TO BE RECOGNIZED? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:05:20 PM

        MS. BORDALLO

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE THE AMBER ALERT…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE THE AMBER ALERT NATIONWIDE ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES FOR THEIR SUPPORT AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS. IN 2003, CONGRESS PASSED THE PROTECT ACT, ESTABLISHING THE NATIONAL AMBER ALERT SYSTEM TO MOBILIZE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN CASES OF MISSING, ABDUCTED, AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN. HOWEVER, THIS TWEE LAW DID NOT PRO-- 2003 LAW DID NOT PROVIDE GUAM, AMERICAN SAMOA, AND THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS ARE STILL NOT INTEGRATED INTO THE NATIONAL SYSTEM. OUR APPLE BERT ALERT NATIONWIDE ACT WOULD FIX THIS -- AMBER ALERT NATIONWIDE ACT WOULD FIX THIS. BY PROVIDING NEEDED FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD ALSO OPTIMIZE THE SYSTEM FOR THE TERRITORIES, AUTHORIZING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR AMBER ALERTS IN MAJOR TRANSPORTATION HUBS SUCH AS AIRPORTS, MARITIME PORTS, CUSTOMS, CHECKPOINTS, AND OTHER PORTS OF EXITS. A TRULY NATIONWIDE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM MUST PROTECT OUR MISSING, ABDUCTED, OR EXPLOITED CHILDREN IN THE U.S. TERRITORIES. I URGE OUR HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:06:43 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:06:48 PM

        MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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      • 12:06:52 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. THOMPSON

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE ZONTA CLUB…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE ZONTA CLUB OF WARREN, PENNSYLVANIA, AS THEY CELEBRATE 90 YEARS OF EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH SERVICE AND ADVOCACY. THEY MARK 100 YEARS ON THE WORLD STAGE THIS YEAR. AND THE ZONTA CLUB OF WARREN WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CLUBS. IT WAS FOUNDED IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK, WITH THE MISSION OF ADVANCING THE STATUS OF WOMEN. THE WAR ON ZONTA CLUB HAS WORKED TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF WOMEN LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, AND WORLDWIDE. WARREN ZONTA HAS WORKED WITH VARIOUS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH ITS 90-YEAR HISTORY. AT ITS CORE, THE CLUB HAS MAKED TO MAKE WARREN A BETTER PLACE TO WORK. THEY WORKED WITH THE GIRL SCOUTS, THE SALVATION ARMY AND THE WARREN GENERAL HOSPITAL, AMONG OTHERS. THE WORD ZONTA MEANS HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY AND IS DERIVED FROM THE NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGE SUH. I WISH THEM THE ABOUT -- SIOUX. I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO WARREN COUNTY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:08:00 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:08:05 PM

        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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      • 12:08:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:08:13 PM

        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND, THE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND, THE HONORABLE JUDGE CINDY LETTERMAN, UPON HER RETIREMENT FROM THE MIAMI-DADE JUVENILE COURT. UPON STARTING HER WORK IN THE JUVENILE COURT IN 1994, JUDGE LETTERMAN QUICKLY DISCOVERED A CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM IN TURMOIL. SHE WITNESSED THE VOICES OF THE CHILDREN COMING IN AND OUT OF THE COURT, BEING LOST IN THE THE STREAM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CUSTODY HEARINGS. CINDY CAMPAIGNED TO TIE THE SCIENCE BEHIND CHILD PSYCHOLOGY TO THE LAW, MAKING IT HER MISSION TO TRANSFORM THE SYSTEM INTO ONE THAT FOCUSES ON THE WELL-BEING OF THE CHILDREN. IN HER CAREER, JUDGE LETTERMAN HAS TIRELESSLY AND GRACEFULLY PRESIDED OVER SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CASES OF OUR STATE, INCLUDING STRIKING DOWN THE STATE'S DISCRIMINATORY GAY ADOPTION BAN. MR. SPEAKER, CINDY HAS MY APPRECIATION FOR HER TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT ON THE MIAMI-DADE CHILDREN'S COURT. HER RETIREMENT MARKS THE END OF AN ERA AND SHE LEAVES AN IMPRESSIVE LEGACY. I TRULY WISH JUDGE CINDY LETTERMAN ALL THE BEST IN HER NEXT CHAPTER OF HER LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 12:09:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MR. LAMALFA

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

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

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      • 12:09:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:09:48 PM

        MR. LAMALFA

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY SADLY BUT ALSO IN HONOR OF THE PASSING OF A DEAR…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY SADLY BUT ALSO IN HONOR OF THE PASSING OF A DEAR FRIEND FROM CHASTA COUNTY, MEL FISHER. MELVIN FRANCIS FISHER WAS BORN IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN. I FIRST CAME TO KNOW MEL AND HIS LOVELY WIFE, CATHY. WHAT A CHARACTER THIS COUPLE WAS. DURING THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO A PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS EVENT IN SHASTA IN 2002. HE FOLLOWED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS FATHER WHO WAS A FIGHTER PILOT IN WORLD WAR 16R789 HE COULDN'T KNOW WHAT THE JOURNEY WOULD TAKE HIM TO. INDEED WHEN HE WAS IN PEARL HARBOR ABOARD THE U.S.S. WHITNEY, THAT WAS WHERE THEY WERE ATTACKED BY THE JAPES. HIS SHIP THAT DAY WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING DOWN TWO JAPANESE PLANES THAT DAY. MEL LATER WENT ON TO SERVE ON THE U.S.S. INDIANA, PARTICIPATED IN MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS INY QUO JEEMA, OKINAWA. MY FAMILY HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ACCOMPANYING HIM AND HIS FAMILY TO THE 69TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF THE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK. INDEED, THAT'S SOMETHING WE'LL ALWAYS TREASURE. HIS MILITARY SERVICE WAS VERY DISTINGUISHED BUT HIS FAMILY REMEMBERS SOMEONE THAT GAVE BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY IN SERVICE AND HE LOVED TO FISH ON THAT LAKE AND AROUND THAT LAKE, LAKE SHASTA. HE PEACEFULLY PASSED AWAY ON FATHER'S DAY SURROUNDED BY HIS LOVING FAMILY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. IT WAS AN HONOR FOR ME TO KNOW SUCH A MAN AS MEL FISHER WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY FAITHFULLY AND HIS COMMUNITY WITH LOVE AND HIS LOVE BY SO MANY. GOD BLESS YOU, MEL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:11:25 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MEL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        MEL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:11:30 PM

        MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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      • 12:11:34 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:11:37 PM

        MR. GIANFORTE

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE THE SENATE TO CONFIRM JUDGE BRETT…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE THE SENATE TO CONFIRM JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH TO SERVE ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. PRESIDENT TRUMP CONSIDERED MANY WELL-QUALIFIED JUDGES AND LEGAL SCHOLARS FOR THE HIGH COURT, AND HE SELECTED THE BEST OF THE BEST. JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS AND AN IMPRESSIVE PROFESSIONAL RECORD INCLUDING CLERKING FOR JUSTICE KENNEDY AND SERVING ON THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SINCE 2006. JUDGE KAVANAUGH IS A CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE WHO WILL INTERPRET OUR NATION'S LAWS AS OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED AND NOT MAKE LAWS FROM THE BENCH. JUDGE KAVANAUGH OFFERS A SOUND APPROACH TO ISSUES IMPORTANT TO MONTANA. JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS DEFENDED PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS FROM GOVERNMENTAL INTERFERENCE, PROTECTED LANDOWNERS FROM OUTRAGEOUS REGULATIONS, AND REJECTED FEDERAL OVERREACH, INCLUDING FROM THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S OVERZELLOUS E.P.A. MR. SPEAKER, JUDGE KAVANAUGH ENJOYED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WHEN THE SENATE CONFIRMED HIM 12 YEARS AGO. I URGE THE SENATE TO AVOID POLITICAL GAMES, SIDE SHOWS, AND STUNTS AND CONFIRM JUDGE KAVANAUGH TO SERVE IN THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:13:00 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:13:05 PM

        MR. SMITH

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

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

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      • 12:13:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      • 12:13:13 PM

        MR. SMITH

        MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION POLICIES, A RECENT POLL SHOWS…

        MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION POLICIES, A RECENT POLL SHOWS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FAR CLOSER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP THAN TO THE LIBERAL MEDIA. THE RESULTS OF A HARVARD-HARRIS POLL BY MARK PENN, A FORMER HILLARY CLINTON STRATEGIST, CAME UP WITH SURPRISING RESULTS CONSIDERING WHAT YOU HEARD FROM THE MEDIA. WHEN ASKED, DO YOU THINK THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT ACROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE COUNTRY OR SENT HOME? 64% SAID ME SHOULD BE SENT HOME. WHEN ASKED, DO YOU THINK WE NEED STRICTER OR LOOSER ENFORCEMENT OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS? 70% SAID STRICTER. 60% SUPPORT BUILDING A COMBINATION OF A PHYSICAL AND ELECTRONIC BARRIER ACROSS THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER. WHEN ASKED ABOUT SANCTUARY CITIES, 84% OF RESPONDENTS SAID CITIES SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES ABOUT TAKING CUSTODY OF DEPORTABLE IMMIGRANTS. AND 69% SAID THE IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT AGENCY SHOULD NOT BE ABOLISHED. THE ADMINISTRATION'S IMMIGRATION POLICIES DO REFLECT AMERICANS' VIEWS.

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      • 12:14:25 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

        AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:14:39 PM

        MR. YODER

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE DENISE CONN AND STEVEN LOWELL…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE DENISE CONN AND STEVEN LOWELL WHO BECAME THE FIRST KANSAS TEAM TO WIN THE NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE ASSOCIATION'S NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. THEIR TIRELESS WORK OVER THE PAST YEAR PAVED THE WAY FOR THEM TO WIN THIS FIVE-DAY TOURNAMENT WHICH IS THE LARGEST ACADEMIC COMPETITION IN THE WORLD. DENISE AND STEVEN DEBATED GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND REGULATION OF EDUCATION, A FEW TOPICS WE CONTINUE TO DEBATE HERE IN CONGRESS. WHEN I WAS ON THE DEBATE TEAM AND WENT TO STATE AND ALTHOUGH I NEVER WON A TOURNAMENT QUITE THIS SIZE, I STILL USE WHAT I LEARNED THERE TODAY WHILE DEBATING IMPORTANT ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS. DENISE'S AND STEVEN'S AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THEIR TALENT AS WELL AS OUR AMAZING SCHOOLS IN THE THIRD DISTRICT OF KANSAS AND THE TEACHERS THEY HAVE INCLUDING THE DEBATE COACH. THEY EVER FUTURE LEADERS AND WE CAN EXPECT -- THEY ARE FUTURE LEADERS AND WE CAN EXPECT GREAT THINGS. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT OTHER AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIRD DISTRICT STUDENTS OF KANSAS WILL MAKE AS WELL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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      • 12:15:50 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:15:56 PM

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        I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SECOND ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF CIVILITY AND…

        I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SECOND ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF CIVILITY AND THIS DAY JULY 12 WAS CHOSEN TO MARK A VERSE CHAPTER 7, 12. THIS, WE KNOW IS THE GOLDEN RULE AND IT WAS ONE OF MY MOTHER'S FAVORITE BIBLE VERSUS US. I WAS NUMBER 10 AND THIS WAS HER FAVORITE THAT SHE WOULD QUOTE. THE IDEA THAT EVERYONE DESERVES YOUR RESPECT. EACH ONE OF US IN THIS CHAMBER HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE THIS RULE AS DO OUR CONSTITUENTS. WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD DUE IN LARGE PART TO OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT. IT'S AN EXPERIMENT, A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE DEBATE, RESPECT AND RESOLVE DIFFERENCES AND RELY ON CITIZEN INPUT. TODAY THERE IS AN ALARMING DECLINE IN DISCOURSE. PEOPLE CAN'T SEEM TO TALK TO EACH OTHER AND CAN'T COME TO THE TABLE AND HEAR EACH OTHER. WE NEED TO REVERSE THIS TREND. AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST YEAR, MEMBERS OF THE FRESHMAN CLASS DRAFTED AND SIGNED A COMMITMENT TO CIVILITY LAYING OUT OUR EFFORTS TO MAKE THE GOVERNMENT WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY, HELP BUILD CONSENSUS AND RESTORE PUBLIC TRUST AND SERVE AS A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON SOCIETY AT LARGE. ON THIS NATIONAL DAY OF CIVILITY, LET'S RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO CIVILITY. CONGRESS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE STATE OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE, BUT WE CAN CERTAINLY AND SHOULD SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 12:17:47 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:17:52 PM

        MR. COLLINS

        BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP RESOLUTION 989.

      • 12:17:57 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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        THE CLERK

        HOUSE RESOLUTION 165 RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS…

        HOUSE RESOLUTION 165 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. 6157, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR AND THE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT AND THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM 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 CON FIND TO THE BILL AND NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER ON THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE NEW PROINTED IN THE BILL IT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS AN ORIGINAL BILL UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-80. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT MAY BE OFFERED BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ SHALL BE DEBATABLE SPECIFIED IN THE TIME OF THE REPORT EQUALLY CONTROLLED AND NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND NOT 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 AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE IN THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER. 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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      • 12:18:34 PM

        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 989 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6237) to authorize 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."

        • 12:20:36 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

        • 12:20:39 PM

          MR. COLLINS

          FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MR.…

          FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MR. HASTINGS WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS CONSIDERATION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RES. LUGE 989 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. I AM PLEASED TO BRING THIS RULE ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. IT PROVIDES FOR THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 20818 AND 2019. AND PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE. THE RULE ALSO PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER 12 AMENDMENTS FROM MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM NUMEROUS MEMBERS INCLUDING MR. NUNES, RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF AS WELL AS MR. LOBIONDO FROM NEW JERSEY AS WELL AS WE HEARD FROM MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS. IN ADDITION TO THE DEBATE OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE PERMANENT SELECT ON INTELLIGENCE HAD A MARKUP ON JUNE 27, 2018 FOR THE COMMITTEE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO BRING IT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. I THANK MR. NUNES AND MR. SCHIFF FOR THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND THE STRONG BIPARTISAN IN MOVING IT FORWARD. THE INTELLIGENCE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT IS AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION WE CONSIDER IN THIS CHAMBER AND PROVIDES THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT SPANS 17 DIFFERENT AGENCIES WITH THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO PROTECT OUR GREAT COUNTRY. CHAIRMAN NUNES AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF APPROACHED THE TASK OF WRITING THIS BILL CRUCTTIVELY AND WITH CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF ITS IMPORTANCE AND THE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL WE HAVE SEEN IN THE MARKUP. AS A RESULT OF THEIR WORK AND THE WORK OF THE WHOLE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THE LEGISLATION PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE WILL NOT ONLY RE-AUTHORIZE PROGRAMS CRUCIAL TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BUT WILL MAKE A NUMBER OF CRITICAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE LAW IN SUPPORT OF THAT COMMUNITY AND OUR IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ENHANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT DETERS NATIONS LIKE RUSSIA AND CHINA AND DEFENDING AMERICA AGAINST CYBERATTACKS TO NAME A FEW. IN ADDITION TO CRITICAL MISSIONS, THE BILL WILL IMPROVE OUR ABILITY TO RETAIN AND RECRUIT TOP CYBER OFFICIALS. IT WILL STRENGTHEN INTERNAL CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OVER THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. OUR DEPOFT'S RESPONSIBILITIES IS TO DEFEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM HARM AND PROTECT THEIR LIBERTY. ONE NEED ONLY TO REVIEW THE PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION. THE REALITY IS AMERICANS CONTINUE TO FACE SOPHISTICATED FOREIGN STATES. THIS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZES THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES MAINTAINS THE TACTICAL ADVANTAGE BY GIVING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THE ABILITY TO RECRUIT THE VERY BEST TALL ENIN THE FIELD. THIS LEGISLATION GIVES THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE INCREASED PAY TO EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE UNIQUE SKILLS. CYBER CRIMINALS AND OTHER FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE FOCUSED ON TWO CRITICAL AREAS OF OUR U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. THANKS TO THE WORK OF THIS COMMITTEE, THIS WILL BOLSTER OUR DEFENSES. IT WILL DIRECT THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO PUBLISH AN UNCLASSIFIED REPORT TO ELECTION CAMPAIGNS FOR FEDERAL OFFICE AND CREATE AN INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY CENTER WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO COORDINATE INTELLIGENCE ON SIGNIFICANT THREATS. WE MUST HAVE THE TOOLS TO COMBAT THESE THREATS AND THAT IS SKILLED PERSONNEL WHO KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THESE BAD ACTORS. THIS LEGISLATION TAKES IS SFEPS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE PEOPLE WE NEED FIGHTING THE FORCES MENACING OUR NATION. WITH THESE IMPROVEMENTS IN PLACE, THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR NATION'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WILL HAVE BETTER TOOLS. THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF THE INTELLIGENT COMMUNITY WORK TO THWART THE EFFORTS OF OUR FOREIGN ADVERSE AREAS. MANY OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAVE SEEN THEIR WORK IN FURTHERANCE OF THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. THIS BILL RECOGNIZES THE COMMITMENT OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN MANY OF WHOSE NAMES WE WILL NEVER KNOW. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S WORK AND INHERENTLY SINCE THE NATION OF ITS MISSION, THIS BILL WILL INCREASE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ACCOUNTABILITY TO CONGRESS BY REQUIRING REPORTS ON NUMEROUS ISSUES INCLUDING INVESTIGATIONS OF LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND SECURITY CLEARANCES PROCESSING TIME LINES. IT WILL BOLSTER INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT BY REQUIRING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO DEVELOP A FRAMEWORK TO ASSESS THE ROLES, MISSIONS AND FURNINGSES OF THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES AND REQUIRE THE F.B.I. TO PROVIDE QUARTERLY COUNTERINTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT AMERICA WILL REMAIN SAFE AND AMERICAN LITS ARE PROTECTED IN THE PROCESS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:20:45 PM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 989.

      • 12:26:15 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

      • 12:26:19 PM

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        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:26:21 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY…

        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE AND I RISE TODAY TO DEBATE THE RULE FOR THIS MEASURE, THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019. TODAY'S BILL COMES TO US THROUGH A PROCESS THAT IS MARGINALLY BETTER THAN THAT WHICH WE SAW LAST YEAR. AS MANY MAY REMEMBER, LAST YEAR, IT TOOK MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE A COUPLE OF TRIES TO GET THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT TO THE FLOOR. THOUGH THAT ONE WAS UNLIKE TODAY'S BILL CO-SPONSORED BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF REPUBLICANS RAISED THE IRE OF MANY OF US ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE BY TRYING TO MOVE THE BILL UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES. AFTER THAT MOVE FELL FLAT, THE REPUBLICAN-LED RULES COMMITTEE REPORTED THE BILL UNDER A CLOSED RULE BLOCKING NO FEWER THAN 13 AMENDMENTS. THAT BILL, THOUGH PASSED, NEVER SAW SUNLIGHT IN THE SENATE. TODAY'S BILL AVOIDS SOME OF THOSE AVOIDABLE SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS AS IT INDEED BETTER FOR IT, BUT UNFORTUNATELY DRAMA OF SOME KIND OR ANOTHER SEEMS TO FOLLOW INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACTS NO MATTER WHAT. LAST NIGHT AT THE RULES COMMITTEE, WE WITNESSED IN MY VIEW, THE UNPRECEDENTED SILENCING OF ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES. CONGRESSWOMAN NORMA TORRES HAD JUST BEGUN HER FIRST QUESTION OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, MR. NUNES, WHEN SHE WAS GAVELED DOWN BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE AND SUBSEQUENTLY, HE ABRUPTLY RECESSED THE MEETING. IT IS IN MY VIEW CONGRESSWOMAN TORRES' UNQUESTIONABLE RIGHT BASED ON LONG STANDING COMMITTEE PRACTICE TO QUESTION A WITNESS AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE AND IN MY VIEW A GREAT SHAME THAT SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO CONTINUE HER LINE OF QUESTIONING. WHEN THE HEARING RECONVENED AFTER A NEAR 20-MINUTE RECESS, RATHER THAN ANSWERING QUESTIONS, CHAIRMAN NUNES WAS PERMITTED TO LEAVE. HE HAD MADE THE REQUEST INDICATING THAT HE HAD MATTERS BEFORE THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. THIS WAS NOT JUST UNFORTUNATE FOR MRS. TORRES, BUT ALSO FOR THE REST OF THE COMMITTEE BECAUSE DURING THAT SHORT RECESS, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ISSUED ITS STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY ON TODAY'S UNDERLYING BILL. FRANKLY, THE ADMINISTRATION STATEMENT RAISED MORE QUESTIONS THAN IT ANSWERED. AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL TO HAVE MR. NUNES AT THE HEARING SO THAT WE COULD ASK HIM IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION STATEMENT AND WHAT THAT STATEMENT MEANT FOR HIS BILL. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR MEETINGS RETURNING TO NORMAL NEXT WEEK AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THEM BEING RUN AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST WITH WITNESSES STAYING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE UNTIL ALL OF OUR MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ASK ALL OF THEIR QUESTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL IS ALSO NOT WITHOUT ITS LAUDA TMPOMPRMP Y PROVISIONS. LET ME PROCEED TO ADD THAT PARTICULAR OBSERVATION OF HIS. IT INCREASES PAY FOR PROFESSIONALS IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE EXPERTISE IN THE CYBER ARENA OR HAVE EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH MATICS, ALL AREAS THAT ARE CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S CORE MISSION. FOOTNOTE, I SERVED FOR EIGHT YEARS ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND I KNOW FULL WELL FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANCE IN THIS PARTICULAR ASPECT OF THE COMMITTEE'S DUTY. . THE BILL AT THE INSISTENCE OF DEMOCRATS ON THE COMMITTEE ADDRESSES RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTIONS BY REQUIRING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO BRIEF KEY CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS AND COMMITTEES ON THREAT ASSESSMENTS RELATED TO FOREIGN MEDDLING IN OUR FEDERAL ELECTIONS. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE DIRECTOR OF THE INTELLIGENCE TO PUBLICLY POST A REPORT ON FOREIGN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY THREATS TO FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS. AND ALTHOUGH THESE PROVISIONS ARE WELCOMED, IT IS BEYOND ANY DOUBT THAT MORE MUST BE DONE TO STRENGTHEN OUR DEFENSES AGAINST ANY FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR FEDERAL AND STATE ELECTIONS AND TO REBUILD THE AMERICANS' CONFIDENCE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND ITS INSTITUTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S ALSO BEEN GOOD BIPARTISAN WORK ON A MATTER THAT HAS BEEN FOR YEARS AS IT IS TODAY NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART AND THAT IS INCREASING DIVERSITY HIRES AND PROMOTIONS WITHIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. INDEED, I'VE NOT STOPPED CHAMPIONING THESE TWIN CAUSES SINCE LEAVING THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AS ITS VICE CHAIR. DIVERSITY IS A MISSION IMPERATIVE FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THREE OF MY PREDECESSORS, TWO WHO ARE DECEASED, LOU STOKES FROM OHIO, AND JULIAN DIXON FROM CALIFORNIA, AS WELL AS MY CLASSMATE AND COLLEAGUE, SANFORD BISHOP, WHO SERVED ON THE COMMITTEE AS WELL, WORKED IN AN EFFORT TO INYOU CREASE MINORITIES AND GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO CLIMB THE RANKS. BUT WE ALSO, IN MY VIEW, NOW NEED TO RECRUIT WHO WILL BE ABLE TO BLEND IN, SPEAK FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND UNDERSTAND THE CULTURES IN COUNTRIES THAT ARE NOW CENTRAL TO OUR FOREIGN POLICY INTERESTS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, SUCH DIVERSITY IS ACHIEVED THROUGH THE HIRING PROCESS, AND, THEREFORE, WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE HIRING MORE ARAB AMERICANS, IRANIAN AMERICANS, PAKISTANI AMERICANS, CHINESE AMERICANS, KOREAN AMERICANS, AND MANY OTHER AMERICANS FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS AS WE CONFRONT A MYRIAD OF THREATS AND WORK HARD TO BETTER UNDERSTAND OUR ADVERSARIES WHEREVER THEY MAY LURK. WE DO NOT SEEK THIS DIVERSITY IN THE NAME OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS BUT RATHER IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, EVEN THESE SENSIBLE ADDITIONS -- EVEN WITH THESE SENSIBLE ADDITIONS, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE RELUCTANT TO SUPPORT TODAY'S BILL. WHEN WE LIVE IN THE SHADOW OF A PRESIDENT THAT IS BENT ON DEN GRADING THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE -- DENIGRATING THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, TO UNDERMINE THE CRUCIAL WORK THEY DO ON A DAILY BASIS, WHEN WE LIVE UNDER THE SHADOW OF A PRESIDENT WHO HAS, AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND, COMPARE THOSE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO NAZIS, WHEN WE LIVE UNDER THE SHADOW OF A PRESIDENT WHO IS QUICKER TO TAKE THE WORD OF AN AUTHORITARIAN DICTATOR LIKE VLADIMIR PUTIN OVER THE STUDIED AND SOBER WORD OF HIS OWN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, ALL POSITIONS, BY THE WAY, NOT ONLY UNDERMINE OUR OWN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BUT ALSO THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE HAVE WITH ALLIES AND THE WORLD OVER, ONE WOULD BE RIGHT TO PAUSE AND CONSIDER WHETHER HE OR SHE SHOULD VOTE IN FAVOR OF HANDING OVER IMMENSE AND POWERFUL AUTHORITIES TO SUCH A PERSON. I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE GREAT CAUSE FOR CONCERN IN HANDLING SUCH AUTHORITIES OVER TO THIS ADMINISTRATION. IN FACT, LAST NIGHT AT THE RULES COMMITTEE, I OFFERED A SENSIBLE AMENDMENT, IN MY VIEW, THAT WOULD HAVE REINSTATED THE CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. AS MANY MAY REMEMBER, IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT PAST, WE HAD SUCH A COORDINATOR. WHY? BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY FACES ON AN HOURLY, INDEED MEAN BY MINUTE, SECOND BY SECOND BASIS, ATTEMPTED, SOMETIMES SUCCESSFUL ATTACKS ON OUR CYBER INFRASTRUCTURE, BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC, SO IT MADE SENSE TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATIONS TO HAVE A PERSON WHO COULD COORDINATE THE COMPLICATED RESPONSES TO THESE MYRIAD ATTACKS. THE NOW PRESIDENT AND HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAD THE INSPIRED IDEA TO JETTISON THE POSITION OF CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR FROM THE RANKS OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. NOW, THE OPTICS ALONE OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION CANNING A CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR ARE ENOUGH TO MAKE ONE SHAKE THEIR HEAD, BUT THE REAL WORLD EFFECTS OF SUCH A MISGUIDED AND RECKLESS ACTION SHOULD BE CAUSE FOR GREAT CONCERN. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL TELL US THAT SACKING THE CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR WAS NOT IN THE NAME OF BUREAUCRATIC EFFICIENCY WHEN WHAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS REALLY DONE IN YET ANOTHER MISGUIDED DECISION IS MADE PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY MORE DIFFICULT AND MORE CUMBERSOME. IT IS TIME THAT REPUBLICANS TAKE THESE THREATS SERIOUSLY AND STOP AIDING AND ABETTING AN ADMINISTRATION THAT PUTS ITS OWN PERSONAL INTERESTS AHEAD OF THOSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:38:39 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:38:43 PM

        MR. COLLINS

        I RESERVE.

      • 12:38:44 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:38:50 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS MY COLLEAGUE AND MR. COLLINS' COLLEAGUE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, MS. --

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      • 12:39:14 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

      • 12:39:17 PM

        MRS. TORRES

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALTHOUGH I MAY BE THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE RULES…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALTHOUGH I MAY BE THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, I KNOW THAT IT IS OUR JOB TO DISCUSS HOW OUR COMMITTEES COME UP WITH LEGISLATION AND BY EXTENSION HOW THE HOUSE SHOULD CONSIDER THESE BILLS IN A MANNER THAT IS ORDERLY AND RESPECTFUL. UNFORTUNATELY, WE WERE NOT GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY YESTERDAY. I HAD QUESTIONS FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. TOUGH QUESTIONS, MAYBE, BUT FAIR YOU QUESTIONS. QUESTIONS LIKE, HOW DO WE PREVENT WITNESSES FROM LYING IN OUR COMMITTEE? QUESTIONS LIKE, HOW DID THE COMMITTEE COME UP WITH THEIR FINDINGS ON THE RUSSIAN MEDDLING THAT DIFFERS SO MUCH FROM EVERY OTHER INTELLIGENCE AGENCY? I HAD OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO THIS BILL TO GIVE THE HOUSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE'S RUSSIA FINDINGS. AND I WANTED TO ASK THE CHAIRMAN IF HE FELT THAT THE HOUSE WAS PREPARED TO VOTE ON SUCH AN AMENDMENT. AND IF NOT, WHY NOT? A TOUGH QUESTION, MAYBE, BUT A FAIR QUESTION. HOWEVER, I NEVER GOT THAT OPPORTUNITY TO ASK THAT, ANY OF THAT. INSTEAD, I WAS SHOUTED DOWN BY A MALE COLLEAGUE FROM ACROSS THE DAIS AND CAUGHT OFF ABRUPTLY BEFORE I COULD EVEN FINISH THE FIRST QUESTION. IT WAS INCREDIBLY DISRESPECTFUL AND A FAR CRY FROM THE DECORUM THAT WE SHOULD UPHOLD AS MEMBERS OF THE POWERFUL RULES COMMITTEE. NEVER BEFORE HAD A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE MAJORITY OR MINORITY BEEN CUT OFF FROM ACTIVE QUESTIONING. THAT IS UNPRECEDENTED. AS A FACT, I HAVE OBSERVED MALE COLLEAGUES TALK TO EACH OTHER AND ASK EACH OTHER TO YIELD TIME TO EACH OTHER. BUT YOU SEE, AS THE ONLY FEMALE LATINA IN THAT COMMITTEE, THAT RESPECT WAS NOT EXTENDED TO ME. I AM CONCERNED, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT THIS MEANS FOR OUR COMMITTEE AND THIS CONGRESS. WHAT'S MORE TROUBLING TO ME IS THAT THIS IS THE SECOND TIME A MALE COLLEAGUE HAS YELLED AT ME FROM THE OTHER SIDE. THIS IS NOT TO BE TOLERATED. NOT BY ME, AND NOT BY ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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      • 12:42:27 PM

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      • 12:42:29 PM

        MRS. TORRES

        IF OUR COMMITTEE IS GOING TO FUNCTION LIKE THIS MOVING FORWARD, IT WILL BE…

        IF OUR COMMITTEE IS GOING TO FUNCTION LIKE THIS MOVING FORWARD, IT WILL BE THE RULES COMMITTEE IN NAME ONLY. REGULAR ORDER WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST. BILLS ARE ALREADY DEVELOPED BY THE MAJORITY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE MAJORITY ALREADY BLOCKS EVERY SINGLE AMENDMENT, AND NOW WE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO EVEN SPEAK. THE MAJORITY HAS ALREADY TURNED THIS CONGRESS INTO THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. NOW THEY ARE GOING TO CLOSE OFF IMPORTANT DEBATE IN COMMITTEE AND THAT IS OUTRAGEOUS. I TAKE MY WORK ON THE RULES COMMITTEE VERY SERIOUSLY. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED I SAT THERE PATIENTLY, QUIETLY LISTENING TO THE DEBATE ALTHOUGH I COMPLETELY DISAGREED WITH WHAT MY COLLEAGUES WERE SAYING. I WAS RESPECTFUL TO THEM AND I WAITED FOR MY TURN TO SPEAK. I HOPE THAT ALL OF US CAN CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THAT STANDARD.

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      • 12:43:36 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

      • 12:43:38 PM

        MRS. TORRES

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THAT STANDARD OF…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THAT STANDARD OF RESPECT, OF MUTUAL RESPECT FOR NOT JUST THE MALE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE BUT TO EXTEND THAT RESPECT TO THE FEMALES OF THAT COMMITTEE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:43:54 PM

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        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE…

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 12:43:59 PM

        MR. COLLINS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO -- LOOK, THERE'S SEVERAL ISSUES HERE. ONE,…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO -- LOOK, THERE'S SEVERAL ISSUES HERE. ONE, THERE IS -- AND TO CLARIFY AND BEING ONE OF THE MEMBERS THERE YESTERDAY AND ONE SPOKEN OF, I THINK THERE IS AN ISSUE WHEN THERE IS A CONCERN BY A MEMBER -- AND THIS HAS BEEN BEYOND MS. TRES COMING BEFORE THE -- MRS. TORRES COMING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, AND MR. HASTINGS, IN MANY TIMES WHEN WE HAVE ISSUES WITH QUESTIONS, THE QUESTION IS TO STOP AND ASK THE CHAIRMAN TO SUSPEND THE QUESTION. THIS WAS WHAT WAS HAPPENING YESTERDAY. THERE WAS A QUESTION IT WAS IMPUGNING THE INTEGRITY OF THE CHAIRMAN. THERE WAS CLARIFICATION, NO MATTER WHAT MEMBER MAY HAVE ASKED IT. AND THAT WAS A DISCUSSION THAT WAS THEN CONTINUED FROM THERE. ALSO IN THE PAST FOUR MONTHS, THERE HAVE BEEN 16 TIMES THE CHAIRMAN HAS SENT A DESIGNEE TO TESTIFY BEFORE RULES COMMITTEE AND 14 TIMES THE RANKING MEMBER SENT A DESIGNEE. AND SENDING A DESIGNEE IS COMMON PRACTICE. AND THEY STATED THAT WAS WHAT WAS GOING TO BE TAKING PLACE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:45:00 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

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

        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. BEFORE YIELDING, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I WOULD INVITE MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA TO SHOW ME AN EXAMPLE WHERE WE SHUT DOWN A MEMBER THAT WAS ASKING A QUESTION AND I MIGHT ADD, CHAIRMAN NUNES DID NOT SEND A DESIGNEE. HE CAME TO THE COMMITTEE HIMSELF AND THEN MR. LOBIONDO, WHICH IS NOT UNPRECEDENTED, AS YOU HAVE OUTLINED THE NUMBERS, TOOK HIS POSITION AT THAT TIME. BUT I KNOW OF NO TIME THAT WE HAVE FAILED TO ALLOW A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE TO ASK QUESTIONS. AND CAN YOU GIVE ME SUCH AN EXAMPLE? I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FOR A RESPONSE.

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      • 12:45:56 PM

        MR. COLLINS

        THIS WAS NOT TO STOP THE QUESTIONING BUT YOU AND I HAVE TALKED BEFORE IN…

        THIS WAS NOT TO STOP THE QUESTIONING BUT YOU AND I HAVE TALKED BEFORE IN OUR COMMITTEE AND WHEN WE HAVE SAID AND YOU HAVE ASKED THE CHAIRMAN FOR CLARIFICATION, THAT WAS MY INTENTION AND ENTIRE INTENTION OF THAT AND FROM THERE, THE CHAIR TOOK ACTION. THE CHAIRMAN DID AT THE START OF THE MEETING SAID MR. NUNES WOULD BE LEAVING AND THAT WAS STATED UP FRONT AND THERE WAS NO OBJECTION AT THAT POINT OF DOING SO.

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      • 12:46:22 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I TAKE THAT AS MY COLLEAGUE DOESN'T HAVE AN ANSWER. I TAKE MY COLLEAGUE'S…

        I TAKE THAT AS MY COLLEAGUE DOESN'T HAVE AN ANSWER. I TAKE MY COLLEAGUE'S NONRESPONSE TO SHOW ME A PRECEDENT IN THAT REGARD, THERE WAS NONE. I HAVE BEEN ON THAT COMMITTEE FOR 16 YEARS AND WE TALK ALL OVER EACH OTHER ALL THE TIME AND BACK AND FORTH BUT IN AN ORDERLY MANNER BUT YESTERDAY'S EXAMPLE WAS NOT ORDERLY. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'M GOING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE NADLER'S BILL H.R. 6135, THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT. THIS IMPORTANT PROPOSAL WOULD PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF LURET FROM SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS EXCEPT IN EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES AND LIMIT THE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS. 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 OUR PROPOSAL I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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      • 12:47:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. JAY SCRAY…

        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. JAY SCRAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE LAST MONTH, OUR COUNTRY HAS REALED FROM THE CRUELTY AT THE BORDER. AND THIS WEEK, WE WAITED APPREHENSIVELY TO SEE IF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WOULD MEET THE COURT-ORDERED DEADLINE TO REUNITE AT LEAST THE CHILDREN UNDER FIVE WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS SEPARATED FOR MONTHS AT A TIME. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DID NOT MEET THAT DEADLINE. TO DATE, ONLY 57 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES. OVER 3,000 CHILDREN WERE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND ALL OF THIS WAS A SELF-IMPOSED TRAGIC, TRAGIC SET OF CONSEQUENCES THAT CAME FROM DONALD TRUMP'S DECISION TO INSTITUTE A ZERO TOLERANCE, ZERO HUMANITY POLICY AT THE BORDER FOR PARENTS WHO WERE SEEKING ASYLUM FOR THEIR CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, HEADLINES EVERY DAY ARE BLAIRING ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM IN TERMS OF TRAUMA CAUSED TO CHILDREN, TO CHILDREN, MR. SPEAKER. ONE HEADLINE SAID THAT SOME OF THE CHILDREN WHO WERE TWO AND THREE YEARS OLD DID NOT EVEN RECOGNIZE THEIR PARENTS AFTER FOUR MONTHS OF BEING SEPARATED, CHILDREN WHO WERE BREASTFEEDING AT THEIR MOTHER'S BREES, SEPARATED. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEDIATRICS SAID THE LONG-TERM TRAUMA AND CONSEQUENCES TO THESE CHILDREN IS ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING AND LET ME BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, AND I SAY NOT IN MY NAME, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES PUTTING KIDS IN CAGES, PARENTS IN PRISON. WHY? TO DETER PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING TO THE UNITED STATES TO DO WHAT I AS A MOTHER AND I BELIEVE ANY PARENT WOULD DO TO SEEK SAFETY FROM VIOLENCE, FROM PERSECUTION, FROM BEING KILLED, GANG RAPED, ALL KINDS OF STORIES THAT I HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO FLED AND BEING HELD IN A FEDERAL PRISON. MR. SPEAKER, THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT IS THE ONLY BILL THAT WOULD HELP PREVENT THESE HORRORS FROM OCCURRING AGAIN AND FROM HAPPENING NOW. IT PROHIBITS THE SEPARATION OF CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS AND LIMITS CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS AND IT REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO REUNITE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS. I GOT TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER, I HEAR THESE THINGS FROM PEOPLE WHO I BELIEVE ARE DEEPLY GOOD PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT -- ANY REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT THAT WOULD WANT THIS KIND OF TRAUMA TO OCCUR, BUT I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR WHO WE ARE AS A COUNTRY. DO NOT ALLOW AMERICA TO BECOME THIS IN THE EYES IN THE WORLD AND TELL YOUR CHILDREN THAT YOU ALLOWED FOR THIS TO CONTINUE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:51:23 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:51:26 PM

        MR. COLLINS

      • 12:51:27 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:51:30 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM NEVADA. AND I APOLOGIZE FOR POTCHING HIS NAME.

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      • 12:51:50 PM

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        I'M HERE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6135, THE KEEP FAMILIES…

        I'M HERE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6135, THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS IMMORAL, IT IS INHUMANE AND IT IS UN-AMERICAN TO SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. YOU KNOW, I WAS AT THE BORDER JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FIRSTHAND AND TALK TO THESE CHILDREN AND THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO ARE IN JAIL CELLS. THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO SHOULD BE OUT IN A PLAYGROUND, NOT IN A PRISON. THESE ARE PARENTS WHO LEFT THEIR HOME COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY WERE BEING PERSECUTED, BECAUSE GANGS AND CARTELS WERE LOOKING TO ASSASSINATE THEM. AND THEY WERE COMING TO AMERICA TO SAY I NEED HELP. ME AND MY CHILDREN NEED HELP. THEY WERE COMING TO AMERICA, THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD ASKING FOR HELP, A COUNTRY THAT HAS TRADITIONALLY HAS BEEN MADE UP OF IMMIGRANTS. UNLESS YOU ARE NATIVE AMERICANS, WE CAME FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE. THIS COUNTRY IS MADE UP OF IMMIGRANTS. THESE FOLKS, ALL THEY WANTED WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED AND ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND TODAY, THEY ARE IMPRISONED. THESE PARENTS ARE AWAY FROM THEIR CHILDREN. THAT IS IMMORAL. IT'S INHUMANE. AND NOW, WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION WHO MADE A PROMISE TO REUNITE THESE FAMILIES AND THE DEADLINE PASSED AND YET THESE CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT REUNITED WITH THEIR PARENTS. AND THOSE FEW CHILDREN WHO ARE HAVING THAT OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THEIR PARENTS AGAIN, THE PARENTS ARE COMPLAINING THAT THEIR CHILDREN DON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE THEM ANYMORE. THAT IS INHUMANE AND IMMORAL AND GOES AGAINST ALL AMERICAN VALUES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6135 KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT.

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      • 12:54:05 PM

        MR. COLLINS

        I RESERVE.

      • 12:54:07 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:54:11 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN HAS 5 1/4 MINUTES.

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        MR. HASTINGS

        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HE HAD EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE.

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      • 12:54:46 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

      • 12:54:49 PM

        MR. ESPAILLAT

        I CONTINUE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND SOME HUMANITY DEEP IN YOUR HEART.…

        I CONTINUE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND SOME HUMANITY DEEP IN YOUR HEART. I KNOW AMERICA HAS A HUGE HEART AND I CONTINUE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO LOOK DEEPLY INSIDE YOUR HEARTS AND FIND HUMANITY AND HELP US PASS KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT. JENNY GONZALEZ, SHE BROUGHT HER THREE CHILDREN SEEKING ASYLUM AS THEY ESCAPED GANG VIOLENCE IN GUATEMALA. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS HAVE MADE IT HARDER FOR VICTIMS TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES BY STATING THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHOULD NOT BE GROUND FOR ASYLUM AND IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 BUDGET, THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED $180 MILLION CUTS THAT WOULD ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF THIS MIGRATION INCLUDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE COUNTRIES, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS HAVE AMONG THE HIGHEST HOMICIDE RATES IN THE WORLD. WE NEED TO BE DOING MORE TO ADDRESS THESE ROOT CAUSES AND BE DOING MORE TO MAKE SURE FAMILIES ARE KEPT TOGETHER. FREELY, NOT IN DETENTION CENTERS AND FACILITIES. SOME OF THESE CHILDREN ARE BEING KEPT IN CAGES THAT LOOK LIKE KENNELS. THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE PRESIDENT FAILED TO REUNITE ALL THESE CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS USING ITS AGENCY TO DEMONIZE IMMIGRANTS, MOTHERS AR AND THEIR CHILDREN. I IMPLORE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO LOOK DEEP INSIDE OF THEIR SOUL AS THEY GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY. THIS TIME, OUR NATION'S HISTORY WILL BE TAINTED. THE REPUTATION OF OUR NATION ON THE FREE AND BEACON OF HOPE FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BRING THE KEEP THE FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT TO THE FLOOR AND STAND WITH OUR NATION'S CHILDREN. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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      • 12:57:06 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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      • 12:57:11 PM

        MR. COLLINS

        MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, DO YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

      • 12:57:14 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I WOULD ADVISE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

      • 12:57:20 PM

        MR. COLLINS

        I WILL RESERVE AND YIELD TO HIM FOR HIS CLOSING.

      • 12:57:24 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 12:57:27 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        WE CONSIDER TODAY'S IMPORTANT BILL AS WE APPROACH THE HOUR OF OUR…

        WE CONSIDER TODAY'S IMPORTANT BILL AS WE APPROACH THE HOUR OF OUR PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP'S PRIVATE SITDOWN WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IN RUSSIA. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL COME OF THIS MEETING BUT IF PAST IS PRO LOG AND WE LOOK TO THE PRESIDENT'S HANDLING OF HIS NEGOTIATIONS WITH NORTH KOREAN DICTATOR KIM JONG UN OR HIS STEADFAST DENIAL OF THE OBVIOUS, NAMELY RUSSIA'S MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTIONS OR HIS POLICY OF TEARING TODDLERS AWAY FROM THEIR MOTHERS AND FATHERS, WE CAN ASSUME NOTHING GOODWILL COME FROM THIS UPCOMING GET TOGETHER. AND I WOULD URGE THOSE TRAVELING WITH HIM SWO SWEEP THE ROOM WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN BECAUSE HE WILL BE LISTENED TO. THERE WILL BE FURTHER CONCESSIONS THAT BENEFIT RUSSIAN INTERESTS. WE CAN ASSUME THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL FURTHER INSULT OUR FRIEND AND ALLIES AS HE DID YESTERDAY MORNING IN BRUSSELS. WE CAN ASSUME HE WILL FURTHER ERODE THE INSTITUTIONS CREATED BY THE GREATEST GENERATIONS, INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE MADE AND KEPT THE UNITED STATES IN A DOMINANT POWER. INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE KEPT US OFF OF WESTERN WAR ON WESTERN EUROPEAN SOIL FOR MORE THAN A GENERATION, INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE KEPT AT BAY THOSE NATION STATES THAT CHAMPION OPPRESSION AND FEAR RATHER THAN FREEDOM AND THE RULE OF LAW. FINALLY, I'LL SAY THIS, IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT, IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO STAND UNITED AGAINST THOSE FORCES THAT WISH TO SEE US DIVIDED. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT WE SUPPORT THE DIFFICULT AND BRAVE WORK OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAKE OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE LATTER CAN BE ACHIEVED QUITE SIMPLY BY REPUBLICANS IN THIS CHAMBER TAKING A NOTE FROM OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ON THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND LEARN HOW TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE. THE ASSESSMENT THAT THE RUSSIANS MEDLED IN OUR ELECTIONS, THAT THE RUSSIANS CONCEDED CONCERT HE HADLY TO UNDERMINE SECRETARY CLINTON'S CHANCES TO BE ELECTED THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THAT THE RUSSIANS DID THIS WORK TO FAVOR THE ELECTION OF THE CURRENT PRESIDENT ARE ALL TRUSTWORTHY AND WELL FOUNDED ASSESSMENTS. AND REMEMBER, IT IS NOT ALCEE HASTINGS SAYING THAT, ALTHOUGH I DO THAT IS THE ASSESSMENT OF THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN-LED SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. THAT IS THE ASSESSMENT OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES OF THIS COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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      • 01:00:38 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:00:40 PM

        MR. COLLINS

        IT IS THE TIME WE COME DOWN HERE AND DEBATE GREAT THINGS. SOMETIMES, MR.…

        IT IS THE TIME WE COME DOWN HERE AND DEBATE GREAT THINGS. SOMETIMES, MR. SPEAKER, YOU FIND OUT THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW AND I NOW FOUND MY MY COLLEAGUE'S MIDDLE NAME IS LAMAR. SPREESH, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR LEGISLATION THAT DOES WHAT WE CAME HERE TO DO TO PRESERVE OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. THE LEGISLATION GOES FURTHER THAN SIMPLY AUTHORIZING CRITICAL PROGRAMS. IT TAKES A HARD LOOK AND SMART LOOK HOW WE CAN STRENGTHEN PROGRAMS, AND CONDUCT VIGOROUS EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, WHILE ENSURING IT HAS THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO SERVE AMERICAN CITIZENS WELL. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC SAFETY, PROTECT OUR NATION, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND GUARD OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS.

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      • 01:01:26 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 01:01:42 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

      • 01:01:43 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 01:01:49 PM

        On ordering the previous question Roll Call 322 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

        • 01:27:45 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 229 AND THE NAYS ARE 182 --

        • 01:27:58 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

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

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        • 01:28:09 PM

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          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

        • 01:28:14 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

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

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    • 01:28:20 PM

      House Vote 322 - On Ordering the Previous Question

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6237) to authorize 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.

      Passed (229 - 182)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 229
      Republican - 229

      Vote Details: Nay - 182
      Democratic - 182

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 17
      Democratic - 11
      Republican - 6

      • 01:28:22 PM

        On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 323 - Recorded vote pending.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 178. THE RESOLUTION IS…

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 178. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 01:36:49 PM

      House Vote 323 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6237) to authorize 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.

      Passed (235 - 178)
      Aye
      No

      Vote Details: Aye - 235
      Republican - 228
      Democratic - 7

      Vote Details: No - 178
      Democratic - 177
      Republican - 1

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

      • 01:36:52 PM

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

        • 01:36:53 PM

          Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 989. H.R. 6237 — "To authorize 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."

          • 01:36:58 PM

            Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6237 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.

            • 01:37:17 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING TODAY'S CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6237,…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING TODAY'S CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6237, ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL.

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            • 01:37:28 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6237. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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          • 01:37:40 PM

            The Speaker designated the Honorable Randy K. Weber, Sr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.

            • 01:37:40 PM

              House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 989 and Rule XVIII.

              • 01:38:03 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE…

                THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6237, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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              • 01:38:31 PM

                THE CLERK

                A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019 FOR…

                A BILL TO AUTHORIZE 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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              • 01:38:52 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

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          • 01:38:54 PM

            GENERAL DEBATE

            The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 6237.

            • 01:39:09 PM

              MR. NUNES

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

            • 01:39:14 PM

              THE CHAIR

            • 01:39:15 PM

              MR. NUNES

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6237, THE MATTHEW YOUNG…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6237, THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019. PASSING AN ANNUAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL CONGRESS HAS TO CONDUCT EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. TODAY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE IS BRINGING ITS ANNUAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR. ONCE AGAIN THE BILL IS A BIPARTISAN PRODUCT THAT REFLECTS CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS. IT WAS REPORTED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE. THE LEGISLATION PROVIDES THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WITH THE NECESSARY RESOURCES AND AUTHORITIES TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE UNITED STATES. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS BILL AUTHORIZES A COMMITTEE INITIATIVE TO STREAMLINE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE RELATED TO THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. IT ENHANCES CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES BY MANDATING INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY REPORTS ON THREATS TO FEDERAL ELECTIONS, LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESSING, AND OTHER VITAL ACTIVITIES. FURTHERMORE, THE BILL INCREASES PAY FOR EMPLOYEES WITH UNIQUE CYBERSKILLS AND CREATES A SECURITY CENTER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PROTECT OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE.

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            • 01:40:23 PM

              THE CHAIR

              COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF…

              COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY RESUME.

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            • 01:40:34 PM

              MR. NUNES

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE BILL AUTHORIZES ENHANCED INJURY BENEFITS TO…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE BILL AUTHORIZES ENHANCED INJURY BENEFITS TO C.I.A. EMPLOYEES INJURED OVERSEAS DUE TO HOSTILE ACTS OR TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. RE-AUTHORIZES THE PUBLIC INTEREST DECLASSIFICATION BOARD. ALIGNS THE REPORTING STRUCTURE OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CHIEF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WHICH STATUTES THAT GOVERN OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES AND CODIFIES LONG-STANDING CONGRESSIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY COMPRISES THOUSANDS OF PATRIOTIC AMERICANS WHO DO DIFFICULT JOBS. SOMETIMES A GREAT PERSONAL RISK TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE FROM FOREIGN THREATS. TODAY THESE THREATS TAKE MANY DIFFERENT FORMS AND EMANATE FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD. IN THE MIDDLE EAST THE THREAT FROM ISIS IS -- HAS NOT CEASED DESPITE LOSS OF TERRITORY. OUR INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FACE THE DAUNTING TASK OF TRACKING THEM FLEEING SYRIA THROUGHOUT THE REGION. IRAN HAS SOLIDIFIED INFLUENCE OFF THROUGH ARMED PROXY MILITIAS AND QUEST TO VOLE A SHEATE PRECEDENT. IN ASIA, CHINA POSES NUMEROUS SECURITY CHALLENGES RELATED TO EXPANDING MILITARY CAPABILITIES, GROWING NATIONAL FORCE PROJECTION, AND EXTENSIVE EXTRA TERL TERRITORIAL CLAIMS. THE CHINESE REGIME IS ENGAGED IN A WIDESPREAD EFFORTS, INCLUDING BOTH ILLICIT AND LIST IT MEANS TO AGUIRRE CRITICAL U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. FURTHERMORE, RUSSIA CONTINUES TO POSE A PRESSING THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND MANY OF OUR ALLIES. THIS IS JUST A SMALL SNAPSHOT OF THE THREATS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ADDRESSES EVERY DAY. ADDITIONALLY, OUR INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS CONFRONT AN ARRAY OF CHALLENGES POSED BY FAILED STATES, CYBERWARFARE, NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION AND OTHER MATTERS. THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAVE THE FUNDING AUTHORITIES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THE MISSION TO KEEP THE UNITED STATES SAFE. WHILE PROVIDING CONGRESS WITH THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO PROVIDE ROBUST OVERSIGHT OVER THEIR ACTIONS. I'D LIKE TO THANTH MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY WHO SERVE IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I'M HONORED TO GET TO KNOW SOME OF THEM IN THE COURSE OF THE COMMITTEE'S OVERSIGHT WORK. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALT COMMITTEE'S MEMBERS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR OVERSIGHT OVER THE PAST YEAR AND ESPECIALLY TO OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBERS FOR THEIR TIME AND THEIR EFFORTS. TO MANY HEARINGS, BRIEFINGS, OVERSIGHT VISITS, AND MEMBERS CARRY OUT DURING THE YEAR FOR THE INPUTS FOR THIS AUTHORIZATION AND DIRECTION OF THIS BILL. FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK ALT COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK, FOR THEIR DAILY OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:43:17 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:43:20 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

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

            • 01:43:25 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:43:27 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN URGING SUPPORT FOR THE COMBINED 2018 AND 2019…

              I JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN URGING SUPPORT FOR THE COMBINED 2018 AND 2019 INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT, WHICH HAS BEEN NAMED IN MONOR OF MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD, A SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE STAFFER WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY LEAVING BEHIND A YOUNG SON AND BEREAVED COLLEAGUES BOTH IN THE SENATE AND HERE IN THE HOUSE. FOR WELL OVER A YEAR NOW, CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND THE PROFOUND DISAGREEMENTS THAT WE HAVE HAD ABOUT THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. THOSE DIFFERENCES REMAIN, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND I CONTINUE THE IMPORTANT WORK OF INVESTIGATING RUSSIA'S INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. DESPITE OUR DISAGREEMENTS OVER RUSSIA WITH THE MAJORITY, HOWEVER, I HAVE CONSISTENTLY AND PUBLICLY MAINTAINED THAT THE COMMITTEE MUST SEEK TO CORDON OFF OUR DISAGREEMENTS OVER THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND CONTINUE WITH OUR OTHER WORK ON AS BIPARTISAN A BASIS AS POSSIBLE. WE OWE THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY NOTHING LESS. NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY PUT THEMSELVES AT PERSONAL RISK EVERY DAY, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THEIR WORK IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE COUNTRY THAT IT DEMANDS THE SHARED RESPONSIBILITY AND OVERSIGHT OF THE CONGRESS. THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING BIPARTISAN BILLS EVEN UNDER THE MOST DIFFICULT POLITICAL CIRCUMSTANCES. I AM PLEASED OUR STAFFS WORKED TO REACH A MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE FINAL TEXT AND WEED OUT PROVISION THAT IS WOULD HAVE MADE TIM POSSIBLE TO MOVE FORWARD JOINTLY. MUCH OF THE COMMITTEE'S OVERSIGHT WORK IS REFLECTED IN THE BILL AS CLASSIFIED, BUT WE CAN DISCUSS SOME OF THE 2018, 2019 IAA'S ELEMENTS OPENLY, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT THE BILL HELPS TO BETTER ENSURE THAT OUR ELECTIONS ARE FREE FROM INTERFERENCE OR MANIPULATION. . THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR DEMOCRATCY. DURING THE COURSE OF THE WORK ON THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND PART OF OUR NORMAL OVERSIGHT TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTION SYSTEM. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FUNDING TO OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO MEET ALL THREATS FROM TERRORISM TO NATION STATE ACTORS. THE BILL AUTHORIZES FUNDING ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF ENDEAVORS THAT WILL ALLOW THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO NOT ONLY RESPOND TO THREATS BUT PREEMPT THEM. THE BILL TAKES STEPS TO PREVENT A REPEAT OF THE RUSHA CAMPAIGN, THE TARGETED OUR 2016 ELECTION BY INCLUDING A MINORITY AUTHORED PROVISION REQUIRING A BRIEFING TO KEY CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY -- COMMITTEE. IF THE UNITED STATES FACES A SIGNIFICANT FOREIGN CYBERIN TRUTION WHERE ACTIVE MEASURES CAMPAIGNED DIRECTED AT A FEDERAL ELECTION. THE BILL ALSO BILL IS A PRIORITY FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICES. IT DIRECTS EFFORTS THAT WILL PROMOTE OUR ADVANTAGES ACROSS A RANGE OF CUTTING-EDGE DOMAINS FROM SPACE TO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. IT ENHANCES TRANSPARENCY TO CERTAIN WORK. THE BILL RE-AUTHORIZES FOR 10 YEARS THE PUBLIC INTEREST DECLASSIFICATION BOARD WHICH ADVISES THE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES ON THE REVIEW AND DECLASSIFICATION OF I.C. RECORDS OF HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE. THE BILL INCLUDES MINORITY PROVISIONS RELATED TO PARENTAL LEAVE, STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT AND DIVERSITY BETTER INTENDED TO MAKE EAB EXCEPTIONAL WORK FORCE EVEN BETTER. THE MEN AND WOMEN AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE SUCCESS OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THERE ARE MANY OTHER PROVISIONS IN THE BILL THAT WILL BUILD ON THE WORK OF PAST YEARS AND MOVE US FURTHER ALONG TECHNICAL AND OTHER PATHWAYS TO MEET NEW CHALLENGES AND THOSE STILL ON THE HORIZON. THIS BILL ADVANCES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, REINFORCES THE PRELIMINARY OF CONGRESSIONAL SQUOFERE SIGHT AND HONORS OUR VALUES AS A NATION. I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONSIDERING AMENDMENTS TO MAKE A GOOD BILL EVEN BETTER. I RESERVE.

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            • 01:47:36 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 01:47:42 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CONAWAY.

            • 01:47:49 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:47:50 PM

              MR. CONAWAY

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS YIELDING AND DEDICATED WORK ON THE COMMITTEE.…

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS YIELDING AND DEDICATED WORK ON THE COMMITTEE. HE HAS DONE A TERRIFIC JOB AND I'M PROUD TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE WITH HIM. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE INTELLIGENCE GATHERING IS UTMOST IMPORTANCE IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND IS ESSENTIAL IN KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE HERE AT HOME. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE PROVIDE TO THOSE DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS THE TOOLS, RESOURCES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT MISSIONS SUCCESSFULLY. AND MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF DIFFICULT MISSIONS BY THESE PROFESSIONALS ENSURES POLICY MAKERS ARE PROVIDED CRUCIAL INFORMATION THEY NEED TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS TO COUNTER OR NEAR-TERM THREATS. THOSE BILL ADDRESSES BOTH CHALLENGES OF A CONSTANTLY CHANGING THREATEN ENVIRONMENT AND ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY TO KEEP AMERICAN CYBERSECURITY THE STEP AHEAD OF OUR ADVERSE AREAS. OUR DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS HAVE BECOME THE TARGET OF FOREIGN INFLUENCE IN CAMPAIGNS HERE AND IN THE WESTERN WORLD BY ADVERSE AREAS TRYING TO DISRUPT ONE OF OUR MOST SACRED DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTION. IT ALLOWS A PATH TO INFORM THOSE IN THE FRONT LINES OF OUR ELECTIONS OF THE PERCEIVED THREATS FROM ABROAD. IT ENSURES THAT CONGRESS STAYS INFORMED OF ONGOING ADVERSARIAL INFLUENCE CAMPAIGNS IN DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE AND HERE AT HOME AS WELL AND ACTIONS THAT I.C. IS TAKING TO COUNTER THOSE THREATS. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT AND LOOK FORWARD TO IMPLEMENTING THIS YEAR. AND THE OVERSIGHT AUTHORITIES AND TOOLS THAT IT GIVES CONGRESS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE CORRECT OVERSIGHT FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ACROSS THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:49:58 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 01:50:05 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO PROVIDE AND YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR.…

              IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO PROVIDE AND YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. CARSON OF INDIANA, RANKING MEMBER ON EMERGING THREATS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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            • 01:50:21 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:50:22 PM

              MR. CARSON

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THIS VERY IMPORTANT…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. I SAY IMPORTANT BECAUSE AS WE FACE THREATS AROUND THE WORLD, THREATS LIKE RUSSIA, CHINA, NORTH KOREA, IRAN AND TERRORISM, THE ANNUAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT IS MEANT TO PROVIDE OUR INTELLIGENCE PERSONNEL WITH THE RESOURCES AND AUTHORITY THEY NEED TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. IN SOME RESPECTS, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES THAT VERY GOAL. REFOCUS OUR RESOURCES ON COUNTERING OUR ADVERSARY STATES AND THIS IS VERY CRITICAL GOING INTO 2018. WE GIVE NEW AUTHORITIES RELATED TO PERVASIVE CHALLENGES INCLUDING THREATS TO OUR SUPPLY CHAIN, RECREWSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF MINORITY TALENT AND STRENGTHENING OF THE CYBER AND TECHNICAL WORK FORCE. I SUPPORT THESE VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL ALSO SUPPORTS OR INDICATES SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMATIC CHANGES TO MANY CLASSIFIED AUTHORITIES. I'M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE WAY WE CONDUCT COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATIONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS CHANGED COUNTERTERRORISM POLICIES IN A WAY THAT DOES NOT MAKE AMERICA SAFER. BY EXPANDING THE AREAS WHERE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT MAY BE OPERATING AND BROADENING AUTHORITIES, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE PLANTING THE SEEDS OF ANGER AND HATE, WHICH WILL FESTER AND GROW, INCREASING THE THREAT OF AN ATTACK IN THE FUTURE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN PROTECTING THE UNITED STATES AND HER ALLIES, BUT TWO DECADES OF WAR AGAINST TERRORISM HAVE TAUGHT US ANYTHING, IT'S THAT WE CAN'T FIGHT OUR WAY OUT OF THIS. YES, WE NEED TO TARGET KNOWN TERRORIST LEADERS, MR. CHAIRMAN, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO ACTIVELY MINIMIZE ACTIONS THAT DRIVE PEOPLE TO TERRORISM. AFTER YEARS FOR STRIVING FOR COMPREHENSIVE AND PRODUCTIVE COUNTERTERRORISM APPROACH, THIS BILL SENDS US BACK TO THE DAYS OF BROAD, UNRESUSTAINED AUTHORITIES. WITH THIS IN MIND, WE SHOULD BE USING THIS BILL TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT AMERICA MUST MAINTAIN HER VALUES. SUCCESS AT ANY COST IS NOT SUCCESS AT ALL BUT A FOOLHARDY APPROACH TO LEVERAGE POWER. WE MUST KEEP AMERICA SAFE, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:53:08 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

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            • 01:53:15 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

            • 01:53:17 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:53:21 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MS. SEWELL OF ALABAMA, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE…

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MS. SEWELL OF ALABAMA, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AND OVERHEAD ARCHITECTURE AND DOES A FABULOUS JOB FOR OUR COMMITTEE.

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            • 01:53:32 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:53:34 PM

              MS. SEWELL

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019. THIS BILL RECOGNIZES THE CRITICAL WORK THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. BY ENHANCING AUTHORITIES FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE INITIATIVES AND BY ENFORCING AND REINFORCING THE PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNANCE, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR TRANSPARENCY, WHICH IS A CHALLENGE FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO PROTECT SENSITIVE SOURCES AND EQUITIES, BUT A CHALLENGE THAT CAN BE MET. ONE GROUNDBREAKING EXAMPLE IS THE UNCLASSIFIED JANUARY, 2017 INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT THAT NOTIFIED AMERICANS ABOUT THE RUSSIAN ATTACKS ON OUR DEMOCRACY IN THE 2016 ELECTION. THIS BILL DIRECTS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE PUBLIC AWARENESS REPORTING RELATED TO ELECTION SECURITY BECAUSE OF THE THREAT FROM RUSSIA IS STILL ONGOING. ON THE RANKING MEMBER ON DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AND OVERHEAD ARCHITECTURE FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS, ONE OF MY PRIORITIES IS TO ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES ACHIEVES AND MAINTAINS A LEADERSHIP POSITION IN NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGY, ESPECIALLY IN SPACE. SPACE IS AN EMERGING BATTLE GROUPED, SO IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THAT AMERICA REMAINS A STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE IN SPACE AS WELL AS ON THE GROUND AND AT SEA. THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS CONTINUED OUR DIALOGUE WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ABOUT ITS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ALSO THE CHALLENGES IT FACES AND THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO MEET THESE CHALLENGES. THIS BILL INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S ACCESS AND RESILIENCE IN SPACE BY INVESTING IN NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGIES AND ASSETS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M A STRONG BELIEVER THAT THE SUCCESS OF OUR NATION'S INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS HINGES ON OUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET, OUR PEOPLE. AS OUR INTELLIGENCE MISSIONS AND OBJECTIVES CONTINUE TO EVOLVE, WE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY REQUIRE A MORE DIVERSE WORK FORCE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO MEET OUR NEEDS. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD AND PROMOTE AN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT IS TRULY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RICH DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVE SOCIETY THAT MAKES OUR NATION GREAT. IN ORDER TO MORE EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THESE THREATS, WE NEED AN ACKNOWLEDGE I WILL WORK FORCE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF BACKGROUNDS, SKILL SETS AND TALENTS. THEY HAVE INVESTED TO PROVIDE ALL STUDENTS WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO SERVE IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. AS SMART INVESTORS, WE WANT TO SEE THE INVESTMENT IS ACCOMPLISHING THE OBJECTIVES AND ENCOURAGING QUALIFIED GRADUATES TO JOIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THIS BILL DIRECTS THE DIRECT TORE OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN ENSURING THAT ONE PROGRAM IN PARTICULAR, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY CENTERS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE ACHIEVES THAT OBJECTIVE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE HASTINGS AMENDMENT THAT DIRECTS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO INTENSIFY RECRUITMENT OUTREACH, INCLUDING GEOGRAPHICAL DIVERSITY WILL ENHANCE RACIAL, GENDER, CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC DIVERSITY. I WANT TO SEE THAT EVERY INTERESTED STUDENT WHETHER IN A BIG CITY OR SMALL TOWN IS AWARE OF THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. IT IS A PATH THAT IS MOST IMPORTANT. 30 SECONDS.

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            • 01:57:11 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              GIVE THE GENTLEWOMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

            • 01:57:14 PM

              MS. SEWELL

              IN CONCLUSION I BELIEVE FOR THESE REASONS AND OTHERS THAT MY COLLEAGUES…

              IN CONCLUSION I BELIEVE FOR THESE REASONS AND OTHERS THAT MY COLLEAGUES SHOULD SUPPORT THIS BILL. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:57:21 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES ?

            • 01:57:27 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              YES.

            • 01:57:28 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:57:32 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES.

            • 01:57:36 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. HECK FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, SOMEONE WE…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. HECK FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, SOMEONE WE HAVE ON COME TO RELY ON IN OUR COMMITTEE AND THE THREAT POSED BY FOREIGN ACTORS INVESTING IN AMERICAN TECHNOLOGIES WITH AN EYE TOWARDS OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR SPYING ON AMERICANS. I NOW YIELD TO MR. HECK.

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            • 01:58:00 PM

              MR. HECK

              I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SUPPORT THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD…

              I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SUPPORT THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I HAVE LEARNED A LOT, MOST NOTABLY HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO DO THE WORK OF AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER. AND I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE I.C. FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND SERVICE. FOR AS DIFFICULT A JOB AS IT IS, IT IS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO DO IT WITHOUT A SECURITY CLEARANCE. IN THE FIRST QUARTER, YOU ARE HEARING THIS NUMBER CORRECTLY, THE AVERAGE PROCESSING TIME FOR A TOP SECURITY CLEARANCE WAS 534 DAYS. THAT BACKLOG CREATES DIFFICULTIES IN HIRING IN THE INTELLIGENCE AND DEFENSE AGENCIES AND IT IS CREATING A LEGACY PROBLEM FOR OUR FUTURE. AND YOU ARE HEARING THIS NUMBER CREGGETLY, THE BACKLOG OF PEOPLE WAITING FOR THESE CLEARANCES IS NOW OVER 700,000. AND THAT'S WHAT'S LED THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO DECLARE THIS AND I QUOTE, A HIGH-RISK ISSUE AND THAT MEANS IT IS ONE OF THE AREAS THAT THE G.A.O. BELIEVES IS MOST IN NEED OF REFORM. THE COUNTRY WAIT TWO YEARS TO RECRUIT TOP TALENT FOR OUR I.C. APPLICANTS FOR CLEARANCE, SHOULD BE CAREFULLY SCRUTINIZE INED UNITED STATES AND ODGE RESPONSIBLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PARTIES GAIN ACCESS TO OUR NATION'S CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. WE NEED TO GIVE THE I.C. THE PEOPLE IT NEEDS TO COLLECT, PROCESS, ANALYZE AND DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION, PURE AND SIMPLE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY DOES INCLUDE LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF SECURITY CLEARANCES. AS WE PROGRESS FORWARD, WE MUST DO SO MED THOUGHTICICALLY. WE HAVE A LONG PROCESS AHEAD OF US BUT IF WE DON'T TAKE STEPS NOW, PRETTY SOON IT WILL BE TOO LATE. WE MUST ADDRESS THE SECURITY CLEARANCE DILEMMA AND WE MUST PASS THIS BILL TO BEGIN THAT PROCESS. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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            • 02:00:14 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, CONTINUES TO RESERVE?

            • 02:00:18 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              YES.

            • 02:00:19 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:00:24 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I RESERVE.

            • 02:00:25 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. RUPPERSBERGER OF MARYLAND…

              IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. RUPPERSBERGER OF MARYLAND FORMER INTELLIGENCE MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. . M RUPPERSBERGER: I RISE --

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            • 02:00:46 PM

              MR. RUPPERSBERGER

              I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. INTELLIGENCE IS ABOUT PEOPLE. WE…

              I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. INTELLIGENCE IS ABOUT PEOPLE. WE CANNOT COLLECT, ANALYZE, AND UTILIZE INTELLIGENCE EFFECTIVELY UNLESS WE CAN RECRUIT, HIRE, AND RETAIN THE BEST PEOPLE POSSIBLE. THEREFORE, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN NUNES AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF AND THEIR STAFFS FOR WORKING WITH ME TO INCLUDE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT IMPROVE PARENTAL LEAVE POLICIES OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THESE PROVISIONS WILL ENSURE THAT THESE BENEFITS ARE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE IN LINE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR. DOING SO WILL HELP THE I.C. TO DEVELOP AND RETAIN THE WORK FORCE REQUIRED TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE AGAINST ALL OF OUR FOES, BOTH NEW AND OLD. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TO ENSURE THE I.C. PROVIDES CRITICAL UPDATES TO CONGRESS IN THE EVENT THE UNITED STATES FACES A FOREIGN CYBER-S ATTACK OR OTHER ACTIVE MEASURES THAT THREATEN THE HEART OF OUR DEMOCRACY -- OUR ELECTIONS. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT RUSSIA WILL CONTINUE TO EXERT INFLUENCE ON THE HEART AND SOUL OF OUR DEMOCRATCY. THIS CANNOT BE TOLERATED AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER TO ENSURE CONGRESS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE MOST CRITICAL THREATS TO OUR DEMOCRACY. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, ENTIRE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND STAFF FOR THEIR DEDICATED OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO ENHANCING NATIONAL SECURITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:02:11 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 RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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            • 02:02:18 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I'LL BRIEFLY SAY THE FORMER RANKING MEMBER, MR. RUPPERSBERGER, WHO HAS…

              I'LL BRIEFLY SAY THE FORMER RANKING MEMBER, MR. RUPPERSBERGER, WHO HAS MANY INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS IN HIS DISTRICT, HIGHLY REGARDED IN OUR COMMITTEE, AND WE RESPECT AND THANKFUL FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. I RESERVE.

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            • 02:02:34 PM

              THE CHAIR

              RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

            • 02:02:37 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY I INQUIRE OF THE MAJORITY WHETHER THEY HAVE FURTHER…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY I INQUIRE OF THE MAJORITY WHETHER THEY HAVE FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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            • 02:02:42 PM

              MR. NUNES

              WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

            • 02:02:45 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WE'LL TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CLOSE.

            • 02:02:50 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:02:51 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              MR. CHAIRMAN, ONE MONTH AGO THE C.I.A. HELD ITS ANNUAL MEMORIAL CEREMONY…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, ONE MONTH AGO THE C.I.A. HELD ITS ANNUAL MEMORIAL CEREMONY TO HONOR ITS FALLEN. THIS YEAR THE AGENCY ADDED FOUR STARS TO THE MEMORIAL WALL, SIGNIFYING FOUR OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BUT WHO CANNOT BE PUBLICLY NAMED EVEN IN DEATH. THAT, MY COLLEAGUES, IS THE SACRIFICE THAT WE ASK OF OUR INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS. IT IS ONE THAT THEY ARE PREPARED TO MAKE. IN EXCHANGE FOR THAT FIDELITY, IT IS OUR JOB TO PROVIDE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WITH THE TOOLS AND AUTHORITIES IT NEEDS TO KEEP US SAFE. ALL WHILE EXERCISING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY OF OVERSIGHT AND DIRECTION. THIS BILL MEETS THAT RESPONSIBILITY AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE BY THE HOUSE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND OUR INCREDIBLE STAFF. IN PARTICULAR, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK SHANNON STEWART, CARLY BLAKE, ALAN SOUZA, MARK STEWART, WELLS BENNETT, SCOTT, RIHANNA, AMANDA, THOMAS, CHRIS, CHRISTINE, MAHAR, SHANNON, LINDA COHEN, PATRICK, AND TIM. THESE STAFF MEMBERS LABOR THREE FLOORS BELOW THE CAPITAL IN A SPACE WE AFFECTIONATELY AND SOMETIMES UNAFFECTIONATELY CALL THE BUNKER. THEY DO SO FOR LONG HOURS AND WITHOUT DAYLIGHT. WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:04:23 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

            • 02:04:26 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I WILL JUST SAY I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFFS ON BOTH THE MAJORITY AND…

              I WILL JUST SAY I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFFS ON BOTH THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY SIDE. THEY DO PUT IN A LOT OF EFFORT. IT'S ONE OF THE SMALLEST STAFFS IN THE CAPITOL OF ANY COMMITTEE. SO WE'RE THANKFUL THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GET THIS BILL DONE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO PSAGE ON FLOORT THIS AFTERNOON. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- ON THE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:04:51 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

              ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-80. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AN AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            • 02:06:11 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUE, KEATING, TO OFFER WHAT I…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUE, KEATING, TO OFFER WHAT I HAVE LISTED AS AMENDMENT TWO. I IS THIS THE KEATING AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN?

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            • 02:06:23 PM

              THE CHAIR

              NUMBER ONE.

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              MR. SCHIFF

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

            • 02:06:28 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

            • 02:06:29 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Schiff, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-815 to add Russian to the list of the languages in Sec. 1501.

              • 02:06:30 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. SCHIFF OF CALIFORNIA.

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              • 02:06:37 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 8989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 8989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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          • 02:06:47 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schiff amendment No. 1.

            • 02:06:50 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF ITS…

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF ITS AUTHOR, MR. KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS. ONE OF OUR FINE MEMBERS WHO HAS GREAT EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC SAFETY PRIOR TO COMING TO THE CONGRESS. THIS AMENDMENT BUILDS ON AN INITIATIVE FROM CHAIRMAN NUNES TO EXTEND TOUR LINKS OF DEPLOYED U.S. GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL. PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE PROFICIENT IN DIFFICULT LANGUAGES YOU SUCH AS ARABIC, FARSI, CHINESE, AND KOREAN. SPECIFICALLY THE AMENDMENT ADDS THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TO THAT LIST. IN VIEW OF THE CONTINUING THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY POSED BY THE AGGRESSIVE ACTION OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT MUST FULLY ENGAGE ITS CADRE OF PERSONNEL PROFICIENT IN THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE. I'M A SLOW TALKER. I'M TALKING EVEN MORE SLOWLY. MY COLLEAGUE HAS ARRIVED. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS WORK. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:07:55 PM

              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 --

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            • 02:07:58 PM

              >>

              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE…

              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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            • 02:08:04 PM

              THE CHAIR

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

            • 02:08:06 PM

              MR. NUNES

              STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I HAVE NO FURTHER…

              STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I HAVE NO FURTHER COMMENTS AT THIS TIME. I RESERVE.

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            • 02:08:13 PM

              THE CHAIR

              RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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              MR. SCHIFF

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PROUD NOW TO RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PROUD NOW TO RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE AMENDMENT, MR. KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS, FOR AS MUCH TIME HE MAY CONSUME.

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            • 02:08:24 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME HE WISHES TO USE.

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            • 02:08:28 PM

              MR. KEATING

              THAN YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY -- THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY…

              THAN YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY -- THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY TWO COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA. I'M HERE RISING IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 6237. THE UNDERLYING BILL REQUIRES ALL MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN SERVICE TO SERVE THREE CONSECUTIVE TERMS IF THEY -- RECEIVED LANGUAGE TRAINING IN CERTAIN LANGUAGES. MY AMENDMENT ADDS RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TO THAT LIST. EXTENTED FOREIGN SERVICES OFFICE LIKE THE SERVICE IN THESE POSITIONS IS VITAL TO OUR FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY OBJECTIVES. THROUGH THIS CONTINUITY OF SERVICE, THEY CAN DEVELOP AND DEPLOY THEIR CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE EXPERTISE, MAKE THE MOST OF OUR DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS IN THE COUNTRY. PUTIN HAS BECOME ONE OF THE GREATEST ANTAGONISTS OF THE UNITED STATES. HE'S ATTACKED OUR ELECTIONS AND THOSE OF OUR ALLIES. AND HE'S BEHIND A NUMBER OF CYBERRELATED INCIDENTS IN RECENT YEARS. HE HAS INVADED SOVEREIGN NATIONS WHEN THEY LOOK TOWARDS STRENGTHENING TIES WITH THE WEST. HIS GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED ENTITIES SPREAD LIES AND MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE UNITED STATES. NOT ONLY IN RUSSIA, BUT HERE IN THE U.S. AS WELL THROUGH FAKE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS THAT ATTEMPT TO SOW DIVISION AMONG ALL AMERICANS. AND HE SEEKS TO UNDERMINE ALL ASPECTS OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN A POLITICAL PROCESS THAT CHALLENGE HIM AND HIS CONTROL OVER THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT AND ITS PEOPLE IS PALPABLE. PUTIN PRESENTS A SERIOUS SECURITY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND OUR INTERESTS. WE MUST RESPOND TO THESE ACTIONS THROUGH SANCTIONS, INDICTMENTS, AND OTHER MEANS WHETHER RELATED TO ELECTION INTERSFEERNS, ENCOURAGENCE INTO UKRAINE, OR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. HOWEVER, WE MUST ALSO KEEP OUR EYES ON THE LONG GAME. RUSSIAN LANGUAGE IS BROADLY SPOKEN AROUND THE GLOBE, NOT JUST IN RUSSIA. ACROSS EASTERN EUROPE AND MANY PARTS OF CENTRAL ASIA AS WELL. REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES AND OUR IDEALS ABROAD MEANS BEING ABLE TO ACTUALLY HAVE MEANINGFUL, PERSON-TO-PERSON EXCHANGES WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND BUILD THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WILL HELP US COMBAT PUTIN'S MISINFORMATION APPARATUS. IT MEANS WE CAN TALK TO LOCAL PRESS IN COUNTRY TO CLARIFY MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH LOCAL -- WITH A LOCAL POPULATION ABOUT WHAT WE ACTUALLY STAND FOR. IT MEANS HAVING THE MOST ACCURATE AND UNDERSTANDING REAL TIME SECURITY INFORMATION SO THE UNITED STATES CAN RESPOND QUICKLY AND APPROPRIATELY. TODAY WE'RE NOT OPERATING AT FULL COMPASS KNIT THIS REGARD WHEN IT COMES TO RUSSIA, AND FRANKLY, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO KEEP LOOKING THE THREAT OF RUSSIA AND PUTIN IN THE FACE AND REFUSING NOT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN ABOUT IT. WE HAVE HEARD MANY TIMES THAT THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE THEMSELVES HAVE GREAT CONCERN AND GREAT AN TAGISM TO PUTIN AND HIS LEADERSHIP. WE NEED TO HAVE SKILLED PEOPLE, FLUENT IN THE LANGUAGE, UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURE THERE, AND THE FRONTLINES OF OUR EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAND UP WITHIN THEIR OWN COUNTRY AND TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE KNOW THAT WE'RE THERE USING EVERY TOOL AT OUR DISPOSAL TO STOP HIS AGGRESSION AND INTERFERENCE. I HOPE THIS AMENDMENT PASSES. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 02:12:04 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

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            • 02:12:07 PM

              MR. NUNES

            • 02:12:08 PM

              THE CHAIR

              CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 02:12:11 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              WE URGE PASSAGE OF THE AMENDMENT. WE YELLED BACK OUR TIME.

            • 02:12:14 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

            • 02:12:16 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I URGE PASSAGE ALSO AND YIELD BACK.

            • 02:12:18 PM

              THE CHAIR

              BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

              BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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          • 02:12:25 PM

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

            • 02:12:51 PM

              MR. SCHNEIDER

              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

            • 02:12:52 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

            • 02:12:52 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Schneider, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-815 to amend Sec. 1503 to include a list of foreign state or foreign nonstate actors involved in the threats to election campaigns for Federal offices.

              • 02:12:54 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. SCHNEIDER OF ILLINOIS.

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              • 02:13:00 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHNEIDER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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          • 02:13:09 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schneider amendment No. 2.

            • 02:13:11 PM

              MR. SCHNEIDER

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE STILL UNCOVERING MORE TROUBLING…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE STILL UNCOVERING MORE TROUBLING EVIDENCE ON THE EXTENT OF RUSSIA'S INTERFERENCE IN OUR MOST RECENT LEAKS. THESE WERE AN ATTACK ON OUR DEMOCRACY AND NEED TO RESPOND. BOTH TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNT AND -- HOLD THEM TO ACCOUNT FOR PAST ACTIONS AND PROTECT AGAINST FUTURE AGGRESSIONS. WITH OUR NEXT NATIONAL ELECTION LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY, WE MUST ACT NOW. I AM PLEASED THAT THIS BILL TAKES STEPS TO REQUIRE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE ADVISORY REPORT ON THE FOREIGN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY THREAT FACING OUR FEDERAL ELECTIONS. THIS JOINT REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND THE F.B.I. WILL HELP CAMPAIGNS IDENTIFY AND COUNTER THESE THREATS. MY AMENDMENT STRENGTHENS THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE PUBLICLY IDENTIFYING THE FOREIGN STATE OR NONSTATE ACTORS THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS IDENTIFY AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE THREATS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW WHO WE'RE TRYING TO INTERFERE IN OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. AND THEY DESERVE A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL HOLD THESE COUNTRIES AND GROUPS TO K PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS FROM OUTSIDE INFLUENCE BY MALIGNED FOREIGN ACTORS IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT TO HELP ENSURE WE TREAT THE THREAT OF FOREIGN ELECTION INTERFERENCE WITH THE SERIOUSNESS IT DEMANDS. WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER FOR AS MUCH TIME HE MAY CONSUME.

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            • 02:14:35 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:14:39 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I'M PLEASED TO RISE…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I'M PLEASED TO RISE THIS SUPPORT. THIS CLARIFIES SECTION 1503 OF THE BILL DEALING WITH FOREIGN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY THREATS TO FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS. THE CURRENT PROVISION DIRECTS FOR EACH FEDERAL LEAKS THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE UNDER SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND F.B.I. WILL MAKE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE A REPORT ON FOREIGN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY THREATS TO OUR ELECTIONS. SECTION 1503 STRENGTHENS OUR LEAKSES BY PROVIDING INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT THESE THREATS BY PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PRACTICE AND RESOURCES WHICH MAY BE USED TO COUNTER THESE THREATS. MR. SCHNEIDER'S AMENDMENT ADDS TO THE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE REPORT, THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE FOREIGN ACTOR WHEN POSSIBLE, THIS ATTRIBUTION CAN BE VERY POWERFUL NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF PROTECTING THE PUBLIC BUT ALSO IN DETERRING ANY FOREIGN INTERVENTION IN OUR DEMOCRATIC AFFAIRS. . WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            • 02:15:44 PM

              MR. SCHNEIDER

              I RESERVE MY TIME.

            • 02:15:46 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU SEEK IN?

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            • 02:15:51 PM

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              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT ALTHOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED. I…

              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT ALTHOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED. I RESERVE.

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            • 02:15:57 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

            • 02:16:01 PM

              MR. SCHNEIDER

              IF THERE'S NO MORE DISCUSSION I'M HAPPY TO CALL FOR A VOTE AND YIELD BACK.

            • 02:16:05 PM

              THE CHAIR

              DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK?

            • 02:16:08 PM

              MR. SCHNEIDER

              I YIELD BACK MY TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK --

          • 02:16:13 PM

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

            • 02:16:16 PM

              THE CHAIR

              DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK?

            • 02:16:20 PM

              MR. SCHNEIDER

              I YIELD BACK.

            • 02:16:22 PM

              MR. NUNES

            • 02:16:22 PM

              THE CHAIR

              I YIELD BACK.

            • 02:16:47 PM

              An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-815 to amend the Sense of Congress already in the bill on the importance of re-review of security clearances held by individuals by adding consideration of whether the security clearance holders association or sympathy with persons or organizations that advocate, threaten, or use force or violence, or any other illegal or unconstitutional means, in an effort to prevent others from exercising their rights under the Constitution or laws of the United States or of any state, including but not limited to race, religion, national origin, or disability.

              • 02:16:52 PM

                MS. JACKSON LEE

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE BECAUSE I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, AMENDMENT --

              • 02:16:57 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 02:16:58 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115--- AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115--- AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS.

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          • 02:17:06 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 3.

            • 02:17:08 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL…

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 02:17:16 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK THE CHAIR VERY MUCH. LET ME THANK THE RANKING AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR…

              I THANK THE CHAIR VERY MUCH. LET ME THANK THE RANKING AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND WORKING ON SOME VERY IMPORTANT ITEMS, INCLUDING DIVERSITY AND OUTREACH AND HCBU'S, ISSUES OF WHICH I WORKED ON AS WELL SO I THANK THEM VERY MUCH BECAUSE BRINGING THE EXPERTISE OF DIVERSITY TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY CAN ONLY MAKE US STRONGER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE JUST LEFT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE OF WHICH WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING A PERIOD OF TIME DEALING WITH QUESTIONS THAT RAP THEMSELVES AROUND THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES AND AS WELL THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AS IT RELATES TO THE ONGOING RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION. EQUALLY IMPORTANT, OF COURSE, IS TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE A COMMUNITY THAT IS WELL-RECOGNIZED TO HAVE SECURITY CLEARANCES THAT ARE NOT IMPACTED BY ACTIONS OR VIEWS THAT WOULD DO HARM TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MY AMENDMENT ADDS TO THE SENSE OF CONGRESS IN THE BILL THAT A RE-REVIEW OF A SECURITY CLEARANCE HOLDER'S CREDENTIALS CAN BE TRIGGERED BY HIS OR HER ASSOCIATION OR EMPATHY WITH PERSONS OR ORGANIZATIONS THAT ADVOCATE, THREATEN, OR USE FORCE OR VIOLENCE, OR ANY OTHER ILLEGAL OR UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEANS, IN AN EFFORT TO PREVENT OTHERS FROM EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION OR LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF OR ANY STATE, ON ACCOUNT OF RACE, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR OTHER FACTORS WHICH MAY BE INCLUDING LGBTQ, AND WHETHER ONE IS IN ESSENCE CONSIDERED DIFFERENT. THAT IS A BASIS OF, I THINK, A VERY POSITIVE ADDITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JULY 6, 2018, BY PBS "FRONTLINE" ABOUT AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA-BASED RISE ABOVE MOVEMENT AS WELL AS VIOLENT WHITE SUPREMIST GROUP.

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            • 02:19:28 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THAT WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

            • 02:19:30 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I INDICATE THIS MAN WAS AT CHARLOTTESVILLE SPEAKING LOUDLY, INTIMIDATING…

              I INDICATE THIS MAN WAS AT CHARLOTTESVILLE SPEAKING LOUDLY, INTIMIDATING MY FELLOW ALUM OR MY FELLOW STUDENTS HAVING GONE TO THE VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW. THE STUDENTS WERE PATENTLY AND CONPICK WITH USLY INTIMIDATED AND FRIGHTENED. THIS MAN HAD A SECURITY CLEARANCE AND HE WORKED FOR A DEFENSE CONTRACTOR. AND SO MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE STRONG NATIONAL SECURITY, STRONG INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, BUT INDIVIDUALS WHO RECEIVE A CLEARANCE CAN RECEIVE IT APPROPRIATELY AND THAT THEY THEMSELVES NOT BE OF JEOPARDY TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:20:12 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. WHO SEEKS TIME?

            • 02:20:17 PM

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              MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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            • 02:20:23 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:20:26 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I RESERVE.

            • 02:20:27 PM

              THE CHAIR

              AND RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:20:30 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D BE DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE -- HOW MUCH TIME DO I…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'D BE DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE -- HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE, MR. CHAIRMAN?

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            • 02:20:35 PM

              THE CHAIR

              CHAIRMAN?

            • 02:20:39 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              1/1/4 MINUTES TO THE CHAIR -- 1 1/4 MINUTES TO THE CHAIR -- THE RANKING…

              1/1/4 MINUTES TO THE CHAIR -- 1 1/4 MINUTES TO THE CHAIR -- THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. SCHIFF.

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            • 02:20:51 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:20:52 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I WILL PROBABLY GIVE YOU THE QUARTER BACK. I RISE…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I WILL PROBABLY GIVE YOU THE QUARTER BACK. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. SHEILA JACKSON LEE. THIS COMPLEMENTS OTHER ISSUES IN THE BILL. MS. JACKSON LEE'S AMENDMENT RECOGNIZES THAT AN IMMEDIATE REVIEW MAY BE CALLED FOR WHEN A SECURITY CLEARANCE HOLDER IS ENGAGED IN CERTAIN VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS, PROPERTY BASED ON AN ASSOCIATION OR SYMPATHY WITH PERSONS OR ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING TO PREVENT OTHERS FROM EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. SUCH RIGHTS INCLUDE THOSE RELATED TO RACE, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR DISABILITY. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT IT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:21:38 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK FOR HIS KIND SUPPORT. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. CHAIRMAN. I OFFER…

              I THANK FOR HIS KIND SUPPORT. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. CHAIRMAN. I OFFER IF YOU WISH TO SPEAK AND THEN YOU SPEAK AND THEN I'LL CLOSE.

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            • 02:21:52 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. DO YOU RESERVE?

            • 02:21:55 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I RESERVE.

            • 02:21:56 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 02:21:58 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 02:22:01 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

            • 02:22:04 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              RAM, THE GROUP THAT I INDICATED, IN SPECIAL LEAVE ASKING FOR SUBMISSION OF…

              RAM, THE GROUP THAT I INDICATED, IN SPECIAL LEAVE ASKING FOR SUBMISSION OF THIS, LET ME VERY QUICKLY SAY, RAM, OF WHICH THIS GENTLEMAN WAS A MEMBER OF, IS CHARACTERIZED AS OPERATING LIKE A STREET FIGHTING CLUB. MEMBERS ACTIVELY TRAINED TO DO PHYSICAL BATTLE WITH THEIR IDEOLOGICAL FOES AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN VIOLENT CLASHES DURING POLITICAL RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS. THEY CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE PART OF THEALITY-RIGHT. THEY HAVE DEEP ROOTS IN CALIFORNIA, THE SKINHEADS, AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS FACE SERIOUS CRIMINAL CHARGES. THEY CONSIST OF SEVERAL DOZEN NEO-NAZI RACIST SKINHEADS. IT'S NOT AN EMPHASIS ON THAT GROUP. THIS AMENDMENT IS BROADLY STRUCTURED TO DEAL WITH PROTECTING THE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I JOINED WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN HOPING AND HELPING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE RESOURCES FOR THE BACKLOG OF THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF THOSE SEEKING SECURITY CLEARANCE SO THEY CAN BE PARTICULAR AND ASTUTE TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WHO RECEIVE IT -- IT IS A BENEFIT. IT IS IN ESSENCE A GIFT. IT IS AN HONOR TO RECEIVE A SECURITY CLEARANCE. THE CLEARANCE WE HAVE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HOLD IT WITH RESPECT. IF IT IS GIVEN WITH ANYONE IT SHOULD BE THAT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:23:24 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

            • 02:23:27 PM

              MR. NUNES

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WILL JUST CLOSE BY SAYING THAT THE SECURITY…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WILL JUST CLOSE BY SAYING THAT THE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS NEEDS A LOT OF WORK SO WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:23:31 PM

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

            • 02:23:35 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 02:24:05 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Vargas, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-815 to add the use of virtual currencies to section 1505 to ensure it is included in the assessment of threat finance.

              • 02:24:07 PM

                MR. VARGAS

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

              • 02:24:11 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 02:24:13 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. VARGAS…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. VARGAS OF CALIFORNIA.

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              • 02:24:18 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS.

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          • 02:24:22 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Vargas amendment No. 4.

            • 02:24:30 PM

              MR. VARGAS

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE TODAY TO URGE…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 6237. BY ADDING THE USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO SECTION 1505, WE WILL ENSURE IS INCLUDED IN THE THREAT FROM RUSSIA. RUSSIAN NATIONALS SUBJECT TO SANCTIONS AND RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS, ORGANIZED CRIMINALS, AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU MAY KNOW THAT A VIRTUAL CURRENCY IS A VALUE THAT CAN BE DIGITALLY CREATED. SINCE BIT COIN, THOUSANDS OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES HAVE EMERGED THAT HAVE SERVED A VARIETY OF PURPOSES. JUST AS VIRTUAL CURRENCIES HAVE GROWN IN THE USE FOR LEGITIMATE COMMERCE, THEY'VE ALSO BECOME AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR FINANCIAL PAYMENT METHOD FOR CRIMINALS AND OTHER TRANSNATIONAL BAD ACTORS. VIRTUAL CURRENCIES HAVE BEEN AND CONTINUE TO BE EXPLOITED TO PAY FOR GOODS AND SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH ILLICIT ACTIVITIES AND IS AN FICTIVE TOOL TO LAUNDER MONEY -- EFFECTIVE TOOL TO LAUNDER MONEY. IF WE COMBAT RUSSIA'S THREAT FINANCE, WE NEED TO FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW VIRTUAL CURRENCIES MAY BE USED TO FINANCE RUSSIAN ACTIVITIES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES, ESPECIALLY NATO. BY INCLUDING THE USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES IN THE REPORT, WE WILL ENSURE ROBUST ANALYSIS THAT WILL HELP US IMPEDE RUSSIAN FINANCING OF CYBER OPERATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, IS IT APPROPRIATE AT THIS MOMENT THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MRS. MURPHY FROM FLORIDA? I YIELD TWO MINUTES --

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            • 02:26:13 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN MAY SO YIELD, AND DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

            • 02:26:17 PM

              MR. VARGAS

              I DO. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

            • 02:26:20 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

            • 02:26:22 PM

              MR. VARGAS

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

            • 02:26:23 PM

              MRS. MURPHY

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. VARGAS, FOR YIELDING ME…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. VARGAS, FOR YIELDING ME TIME TO SPEAK AND I SUPPORT HIS AMENDMENT. I ALSO SUPPORT THE BILL MORE GENERALLY BECAUSE IT SUPPORTS THE QUIET HEROES IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THEY DON'T SEEK PUBLIC PRAISE. IN FACT, THEY SHUN IT. WHILE OTHERS ENJOY THE LIME LIGHT, THEY WORK HARD IN THE SHADOWS. SECTION 1505 IS A VERSION THAT I WROTE CALLED THE POISE ACT. THIS INFORMATION WAS ENTRUSTED BY THE U.S. BY A KEY ALLY. SECTION 1505 SAYS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT, DISCLOSES TOP SECRET INFORMATION TO AN ADVERSARY GOVERNMENT OUTSIDE ESTABLISHED INTELLIGENCE CHANNELS. AS A FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY SPECIALIST AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, I KNOW THESE DISCLOSURES ARE DANGEROUS BECAUSE OUR ADVERSARY COULD USE THE INFORMATION TO HARM U.S. INTERESTS AND OUR PARTNERS COULD STOP SHARING INTELLIGENCE IF THEY DON'T TRUST US TO KEEP IT CONFIDENTIAL. THE CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT WILL DETER IRRESPONSIBLE DISCLOSURES AND ENABLE CONGRESS TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT AND LIMIT ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE DISCLOSURE. I ALSO WANTED TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT ON A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY. CONGRESSMAN CURBELO AND I OFFERED A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THE D.N.I. TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT POSED BY DEEP FAKE TECHNOLOGY AND HOW THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WILL COUNTER IT. DEEP FAKE TECHNOLOGY IS THE DIGITAL FALSIFICATION OF IMAGES, VIDEO, AUDIO TO PORTRAY AN INDIVIDUAL AS HAVING DONE SOMETHING OR SAY THEY DON'T KNOW. SENATOR RUBIO SAYS PEOPLE COULD USE DEEP FAKE TECHNOLOGY TO UNDERMINE OUR SECURITY AND DEMOCRACY. I WAS DISMAYED THAT OUR AMENDMENT WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER. I KNOW THE RULES COMMITTEE OFTEN MAKES DECISIONS FOR REASONS UNRELATED TO POLICY. BUT THE EXCLUSION OF THIS AMENDMENT WAS A SERIOUS MISTAKE AND I WILL LOOK FOR OTHER WAYS TO MAKE SURE OUR COUNTRY IS PREPARED FOR THE EMERGING THREAT POSED BY DEEP FAKE TECHNOLOGY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:28:23 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 02:28:27 PM

              MR. VARGAS

              I RESERVE.

            • 02:28:31 PM

              THE CHAIR

              WHO SEEKS TIME?

            • 02:28:33 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I RISE IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DON'T OPPOSED. I RESERVE.

            • 02:28:38 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

            • 02:28:40 PM

              MR. VARGAS

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD SIMPLY THEN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD SIMPLY THEN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:28:46 PM

              THE CHAIR

              YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS…

              YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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          • 02:28:46 PM

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

            • 02:28:51 PM

              MR. NUNES

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:28:55 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

              YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS. 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 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 02:29:22 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mrs. Torres, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-815 to direct Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis, to produce a national intelligence estimate of the revenue sources of the North Korean regime.

              • 02:29:31 PM

                MRS. TORRES

                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

              • 02:29:32 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 02:29:34 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MRS. TORRES…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MRS. TORRES OF CALIFORNIA.

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              • 02:29:40 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS.…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          • 02:29:41 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Torres amendment No. 5.

            • 02:29:51 PM

              MRS. TORRES

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 6237, THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 6237, THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018-2019. MR. CHAIRMAN, NEARLY ONE YEAR AND THREE MONTHS TODAY THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAD SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTED AN INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST LAUNCH. THAT ANNOUNCEMENT RAISED THE REAL POSSIBILITY OF A NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR ATTACK ON AMERICAN SOIL. PRESIDENT TRUMP RIGHTLY HAS SPENT MUCH OF LAST YEAR SEEKING A DEAL FOR THE DENUCLEARIZATION OF NORTH KOREA. SECRETARY POMPEO IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN FINDING A SOLUTION, AND CONGRESS SHOULD BE PROVIDING HIM WITH ALL OF THE RESOURCES WE CAN TO ENSURE A SOLUTION IS MEANINGFUL AND EFFECTIVE. TO PREVENT ADVANCEMENT OF THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM, WE NEED TO OBTAIN SPECIFIC INFORMATION REGARDING NORTH KOREAN REVENUE SOURCES. . HOWEVER THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE A SUFFICIENT UNDERSTANDING OF THIS CRITICAL QUESTION. THAT IS WHY I HAVE OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT WHICH IS MODELED AFTER MY NORTH KOREA FOLLOW THE MONEY ACT. THIS AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO PRODUCE A NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE OF THE REVENUE SOURCES OF NORTH KOREA. ANY EFFECTIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE U.S. AND NORTH KOREA MUST CONSIDER ALL OF THE SOURCES OF FUNDING, BOTH LEGITIMATE AND ILLEGITIMATE. THAT HAS ENABLED THIS NORTH KOREAN REGIME. I AM PROUD TO OFFER THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT WITH REPRESENTATIVE WAGNER, WHO HAS BEEN A LONG TIME PARTNER OF MINE ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND I ALSO APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN NUNES AND HIS STAFF AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF AND HIS STAFF FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS AMENDMENT. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE

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            • 02:32:04 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME.

            • 02:32:06 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT BUT CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. AT THIS…

              I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT BUT CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNERMENT

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            • 02:32:15 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

            • 02:32:18 PM

              MRS. WAGNER

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

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT WHICH I AM A PROUD CO-SPONSOR. NEARLY A YEAR AGO I TRAVELED TO KOREA, JAPAN, AND CHINA. I VISIT THE D.M.Z. AND CHINESE BORDER TOWN OF DAN DONG. I WATCHED AS TRUCKS LOADED WITH GOODS DROVE ACROSS THE CHINA-KOREA FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE INTO NORTH KOREA. 70% OF THE NORTH KOREA'S TRADE PASSES OVER THAT BRIDGE AND IT WAS A STARK REMINDER THAT IN ORDER TO CHANGE NORTH KOREA'S MALIGNED BEHAVIOR, WE NEED SANCTIONS THAT UNDERMINE THE FINANCIAL NETWORKS THAT KEEP THE KIM REGIME AFLOAT. OVER THE PAST YEAR, THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN TREMENDOUS STEPS TOWARDS DISRUPTING NORTH KOREAN CASH FLOWS, BUT WE STILL HAVE AN IMPROPER UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE AND HOW NORTH KOREA GETS ITS REVENUE, AND OUR LIMITED KNOWLEDGE HAS WEAKENED INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO STUDY NORTH KOREAN FINANCIAL AND TRADE NETWORKS, WEAPONS SALES, LABOR EXPORTS, AND SUPPLY CHAINS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE SOURCES OF THE REGIME'S REVENUE. IT WOULD AID INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CLOSING GAPS AND SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA. THE REPORT WILL HELP US SUPPORT OUR DIPLOMATS AS THEY SEEK TO RESTORE STABILITY FROM THE KOREAN PENINSULA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:33:43 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

              THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 02:33:50 PM

              MRS. TORRES

              I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 02:33:51 PM

              THE CHAIR

              PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 02:33:55 PM

              MRS. TORRES

            • 02:33:56 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:33:57 PM

              MRS. TORRES

              I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT UNTIL WE KNOW WHERE NORTH…

              I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT UNTIL WE KNOW WHERE NORTH KOREA -- THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME GETS ITS MONEY, WE WON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE TO SPEND. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND EQUIP SECRETARY POMPEO WITH THE TOOLS HE NEEDS TO ACT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:34:18 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

          • 02:34:20 PM

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

            • 02:34:21 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I ACK THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

            • 02:34:25 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM…

              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            • 02:35:00 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Hastings, numbered 6 printed in House Report 115-815 to direct the Director of National Intelligence to create and implement a plan that expands the recruitment efforts of all intelligence agencies geographic parameters used in recruitment efforts so that rural and other underserved regions across the nation are more fully represented in such efforts.

              • 02:35:02 PM

                MR. HASTINGS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

              • 02:35:05 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 02:35:07 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 6, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 6, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. HASTINGS OF FLORIDA.

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              • 02:35:13 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THERE…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THERE HASTINGS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR DOES RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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              • 02:35:24 PM

                MR. HASTINGS

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY STAFF AND I WORKED WITH DEMOCRATIC…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY STAFF AND I WORKED WITH DEMOCRATIC STAFF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND RECEIVED INPUT FROM THE MAJORITY STAFF TO CRAFT WHAT I BELIEVE IS A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT THAT WILL INCREASE DIVERSITY THROUGHOUT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. YOU KNOW, JUST WANTED TO DEPART FROM MY PREPARED REMARKS TO SAY A WORD ABOUT THE YOUNG MAN SEATED WITH ME, TONY MATTHEWS. IT'S A GOOD INDICATION OF WHAT THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE DOES WHEN THEY SEND US FELLOWS FROM EITHER THE DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN SIDE. I'M VERY PLEASED HE'S BEEN WITH MY OFFICE. IN MANY RESPECTS IS THE AUTHOR OF THIS AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO IN CONSULTATION WITH HEADS OF OTHER INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AGENCIES CREATE AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN THAT WILL SUCCESSFULLY SPAN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S RECRUITMENT EFFORTS SO THAT RURAL AND UNDERSERVED REGIONS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE MORE FULLY REPRESENTED IN THESE EFFORTS. IT'S MY BELIEF THAT THIS AMENDMENT WILL PROVIDE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AGENCIES TO ACTIVELY JOIN FORCES IN ORDER TO BROADEN THEIR RESPECTIVE RECRUITMENT EFFORTS. AND BY DOING SO, INCREASE THE DIVERSITY AMONG THEIR RANKS. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE SEEN IMPROVEMENT IN SOME AREAS, FOR ANSWERING TO AN INCREASE IN MAJORITY HIRING OR FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, OVER THAT OF FISCAL YEAR 2016, WE HAVE ALSO SEEN A DISAPPOINTING DECREASE IN THE PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN HIRED OVER THAT SAME PERIOD OF TIME. I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN DO BETTER IN BOTH METRICS AND I THINK ONE SMART WAY OF DOING THAT IS GETTING AGENCIES TO BROADEN THEIR SEARCHES GEOGRAPHICALLY. THIS COUNTRY'S STRENGTH IS BORN FROM ITS DEDICATION TO THE RULE OF LAW. THE BELIEF THAT THE BEST FORM OF GOVERNMENT IS ONE THAT IS OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE, AND FROM ITS DIVERSITY. IT IS TIME FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AGENCIES TO MORE FULLY COMMIT TO REACHING ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE IN AN EFFORT TO LET THEM KNOW THAT INSPIRING AND IMPORTANT WORK AWAITS THEM IN THEIR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. INDEED, BY MORE FULLY TAPPING INTO THIS DIVERSITY, WE CAN BE ASSURED OF AT LEAST ONE RESULT. THE STRENGTHENING OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BECAUSE IF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS TO SUCCEED IN ITS GLOBAL MISSION, IT MUST HAVE A GLOBAL FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A YES VOTE ON MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:35:25 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings amendment No. 6.

            • 02:38:18 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 02:38:23 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

            • 02:38:26 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

            • 02:38:28 PM

              MR. NUNES

            • 02:38:29 PM

              THE CHAIR

              RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

            • 02:38:31 PM

              MR. HASTINGS

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER THAT I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING WITH ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WHEN I WAS THERE SOME 100 YEARS AGO.

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            • 02:38:44 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MAJORITY'S TIME.

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            • 02:38:49 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IT'S GREAT PLEASURE TO TEAM UP WITH…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IT'S GREAT PLEASURE TO TEAM UP WITH YOU AGAIN IN PURSUIT OF IMPORTANT PRIORITIES FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND FOR OUR COMMITTEE. ENHANCING DIVERSITY IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS A CONTINUING PRIORITY FOR THE HOUSE. UNFORTUNATELY, REMAINS A CONTINUING CHALLENGE FOR THE I.C. WHILE THERE ARE MANY INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE SINCERELY WORKING TO CREATE A CULTURE OF INCLUSION, THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT PROGRESS IS SLOW. MR. HASTINGS' AMENDMENT TOGETHER WITH INITIATIVES CHAMPIONED BY MY COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVES TERRI SEWELL AND ANDRE CARSON, WILL ENSURE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE INCREASES GEOGRAPHIC OUTREACH IN I.C. REGRUMET EFFORTS. AS COORDINATOR OF THE I.C., THE D.N.I. AND HIS TEAM ARE WELL POSTURED TO CONSOLIDATE THE SEPARATE RENUMET ACTIVITIES INTO A COMPREHENSIVE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN THAT REACHES EVERY CORNER OF OUR NATION, ESPECIALLY UNDERSERVED REGIONS THAT HAVE LITTLE INTERACTION WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. WITH THE D.N.I.'S LEADERSHIP, SMART DIVISION OF LABOR AMONG THE AGENCIES AND USE OF VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION VEHICLES, I'M CONFIDENT THAT A COMPREHENSIVE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN CAN OFFER THE NATION MORE EFFECTIVELY AND ATTRACT A WORK FORCE THAT IS MORE REPRESENTATIVE OF AMERICA. ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HASTINGS, AS WELL AS MY HPSCI COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO ENHANCING DIVERSITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:40:17 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 02:40:20 PM

              MR. NUNES

              THANK YOU. I STRONGLY STRORT THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK WE SHOULD EXPAND MORE…

              THANK YOU. I STRONGLY STRORT THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK WE SHOULD EXPAND MORE CAPABILITIES INTO RURAL AREAS AND DO MORE RECRUITMENT IN RURAL AREAS. I APPRECIATE THIS AMENDMENT. HAS MY FULL SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:40:33 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 FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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          • 02:40:41 PM

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

            • 02:41:10 PM

              MR. SCHNEIDER

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

            • 02:41:10 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Schneider, numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-815 to direct the DNI to report on Iran's support for proxy forces in Syria and Lebanon, including Hizballah, and an assessment of the threat posed to Israel and other U.S. regional allies.

              • 02:41:12 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 02:41:13 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 7, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 7, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. SCHNEIDER OF ILLINOIS.

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              • 02:41:20 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHNEIDER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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          • 02:41:26 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schneider amendment No. 7.

            • 02:41:31 PM

              MR. SCHNEIDER

              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO…

              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO REPORT ON IRAN'S SUPPORT FOR PROXY FORCES IN SYRIA AND LEBANON. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MARK MEADOWS, FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP IN THIS ENDEAVOR, AS WELL AS MS. SINEMA AND NORMA TORRES FOR SPONSORING THIS AMENDMENT. IRAN'S DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST ARE NO SECRET. AND THEY ARE DRAWN DRAMATICALLY ACROSS THE REGION INCLUDING YEMEN, IRAQ, LEBANON, AND SYRIA. SPECIFICALLY WITH RESPECT TO SYRIA, IRAN IS WORKING TO DEVELOP A PERMANENT FOOTHOLD IN THE COUNTRY, INCREASING THE THREAT TO OUR KEY ALLIESLE, IT PARTICULAR ISRAEL. THEY ARE ASSISTING TERRORIST GROUPS SUCH AS HEZBOLLAH. BATTLE TESTED HEZBOLLAH FIGHTERS ARE SUBSEQUENTLY RETURNING TO LEBANON MORE CAPABLE AND MORE DANGEROUS THAN EVER BEFORE. ADDITIONALLY, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM IRAN, LEBANESE HEZBOLLAH HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET MORE THAN 150,000 ROCKETS ON THE BORDER WITH ISRAEL. IS THIS FIGURE IS A STAGGERING INCREASE FROM THE ROUGHLY 15,000 ROCKETS THEY HAD IN 2006. IRAN HAS EXPLOITED SEVERAL MEANS OF TRANSFERRING WEAPONS TO HEZBOLLAH. ISRAEL HAS OFTEN TARGETED THESE TO STOP THE WEAPONS FROM REACHING LEBANON. TO ELIMINATE THE TRANSFERS, IRAN IS REPORTEDLY BUILDING MISSILE REDUCTION FACILITIES. A DOMESTIC MISSILE PRODUCTION CAPABILITY IN LEBANON WOULD ENABLE HEZBOLLAH TO MORE EASILY CONTINUE TO BUILD ITS ARSENAL NOT ONLY WITH MORE WEAPONS BUT MORE SOPHISTICATED, MORE DEADLY WEAPONS. AND WITH LESS RELIANCE ON RISKY TRITS. THAT IS WHY I'M OFFERING MY AMENDMENT TODAY TO FOCUS OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ON THIS URGENT THREAT. A D.N.I. REPORT WOULD HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND THE EXTENT OF IRAN'S SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT W THAT I YIELD THE RANKING MEMBER AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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            • 02:43:40 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME HE WISHES TO…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME HE WISHES TO USE.

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            • 02:43:44 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVES SCHNEIDER, MEADOWS, TORRES, AND SINEMA. IT IS IMPERATIVE OR INTELLIGENCE ARMED SERVICES AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEES WITH OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ROLE IN SYRIA AND LEBANON STAY INFORMED OF APPROXIMATELY FORCES OPERATING THERE AND THE STRATEGIC THREAT POSED BY ISRAEL, OUR OTHER ALLIES AND INTERESTS IN THE REASON YODGE. REQUIRING THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE REPORT ON AREAS SUCH AS ARMS TRANSFER FROM IRAN TO HEZBOLLAH AND OTHER MILITIAS, WEAPONS FACILITIES, SUPPLY CHAINS, AND FINANCIAL CAPABILITIES, WILL HELP US GAIN GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICAL WEAPON PROLIFERATION IN THE REGION. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE MR. SCHNEIDER'S LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I URGE THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:44:35 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. WHO SEEKS TIME?

            • 02:44:39 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THROW I AM NOT OPPOSED. RESERVE.

            • 02:44:44 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM. MR. SCHNEIDER N --

            • 02:44:52 PM

              MR. SCHNEIDER

              I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT. YIELD BACK.

            • 02:44:55 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

            • 02:44:59 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYE VS. IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 02:45:09 PM

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

            • 02:45:26 PM

              MR. BERA

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

            • 02:45:29 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

            • 02:45:29 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Bera, numbered 8 printed in House Report 115-815 to require a briefing to relevant Congressional committees on the anticipated geopolitical effects of emerging infectious disease and pandemics, and their implications on the national security of the United States.

              • 02:45:31 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. BERA OF…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. BERA OF CALIFORNIA.

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              • 02:45:37 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA,…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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              • 02:45:47 PM

                MR. BERA

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS A DOCTOR I KNOW UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS A DOCTOR I KNOW UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. A COUNTRY'S HEALTH IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO THEIR STABILITY AND THEIR WELL-BEING. WE'RE REMINDED OF THIS EVERY FEW YEARS THROUGH MASS PANDEMICS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO WIN. 2014 WE SAW THE EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA. TWO YEARS AGO WE WITNESSED THE ZIKA OUTBREAK IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA. UNFORTUNATELY, AS A DOCTOR, I KNOW WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THESE AND OTHER DISEASES AGAIN AND AGAIN. WE NEED TO BE PREPARED. AND -- SO WE OFFER THIS AMENDMENT AS A WAY OF GETTING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO HELP US WITH THAT PREPAREDNESS, TO INFORM US AND MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT JUST PROTECTING LIVES OVERSEAS BUT WE'RE ALSO PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS MAY BE CONSUMED TO MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA.

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          • 02:45:48 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bera amendment No. 8.

            • 02:46:48 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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            • 02:46:52 PM

              MR. CONNOLLY

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT AMENDMENT AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR WITH HIM. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE AN INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING ON THE ANTICIPATED GEOPOLITICAL EFFECTS OF EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND PANDEMICS. THESE THREATS HAVE SERIOUS COMBLECATIONS TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY -- IMPLICATION TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY. JUST ASK DANIEL COATES WHO EARLIER THIS YEAR WARNED THAT THE INCREASE IN THE FREQUENCY AND DIVERSITY OF REPORTED DISEASE OUTBREAKS PROBABLY WILL CONTINUE AND INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL OF A SEVERE GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY THAT COULD LEAD TO MAJOR ECONOMIC AND SEW SOCIETYAL DISRUPTIONS -- SEW SIGH TAL DISRUPTIONS. -- SOCIETAL DISRUPTIONS. SUCH AN EVENT CAN LEAD NATIONS TO CLOSE BORDERS, DISRUPT THE FLOW OF GOODS AND SERVICES AND INCURRING GRAVE COSTS. NEARLY 70% OF THE WORLD'S NATIONS ARE UNDERPREPARED TO MANAGE AND CONTROL SUCH JOTE BREAKS. THESE ARE NOT JUST HYPOTHETICALS. SARS, FOR EXAMPLE, SPREAD ACROSS FOUR CONTINENTS, INFECTED 8,100 PEOPLE, KILLED MORE THAN 700, AND COST THE GLOBAL ECONOMY $40 BILLION BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND JULY OF 2003. THE EBOLA AND ZIKA OUTBREAKS COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $6 BILLION. UNDERSTANDING THE ABILITY, MR. CHAIRMAN, OF AFFECTED NATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO PROTECT AND MANAGE INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND TRANSNATIONAL PANDEMICS IS A VITAL STEP TO ENSURE AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE. I URGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MR. BERA'S AND MY AMENDMENT. I THANK MR. BERA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I YIELD BACK TO MR. BERA.

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            • 02:48:50 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:48:52 PM

              MR. BERA

            • 02:48:53 PM

              THE CHAIR

            • 02:48:54 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

            • 02:48:58 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

            • 02:49:02 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I RESERVE.

            • 02:49:04 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA.

            • 02:49:05 PM

              MR. BERA

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SCHIFF.

            • 02:49:10 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 02:49:13 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. 100 YEARS AGO THE GREAT INFLUENZA…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. 100 YEARS AGO THE GREAT INFLUENZA PANDEMIC, OFTEN CAUSED THE SPANISH FLU, CAUSED ABOUT 50 MILLION DEATHS WORLDWIDE, BETWEEN 3% TO 6% OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION AND FAR MORE THAN THE DEATHS OF COMBAT CASUALTIES IN WORLD WAR I. PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WARNED WE ARE OVERDUFORT ANOTHER PANDEMIC THAT WILL -- OVERDUE FOR ANOTHER PANDEMIC. THE I.C. DOES PLAY A PIVOTAL ROLE IN DEFENDING US FROM MICROSCOPIC THREATS. THE I.C.'S UNIQUE CAPABILITIES CAN BE AS VALUABLE IN COMBATING DISEASE AS THE OTHER THREATS WE FACE. DURING THE EBOLA CRISIS, N.G.A. AND OTHER I.C.'S AGENCIES PROVIDED GEOSPATIAL AND OTHER HELP BATTLING THE OUTBREAK. ENSURING WE ARE PREPARED FOR A PANDEMIC WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO SAVING AMERICAN LIVES. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT OF THE AMENDMENT AND THANK THEM FOR WORKING WITH THE COMMITTEE STAFF TO REFINE AND PERFECT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:50:23 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, HAS…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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            • 02:50:29 PM

              MR. BERA

              I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL COMMENTS. I'LL RETURN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I YIELD…

              I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL COMMENTS. I'LL RETURN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:50:35 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,

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            • 02:50:39 PM

              MR. NUNES

              MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

              MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:50:42 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 CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA. 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 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 02:50:49 PM

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

            • 02:51:08 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Kennedy, numbered 9 printed in House Report 115-815 to require the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on the potential establishment of the "Foreign Malign Influence Response Center," comprised of analysts from all elements of the intelligence community, to provide comprehensive assessment of foreign efforts to influence United States political processes and elections.

              • 02:51:12 PM

                MR. KENNEDY

                I ASK TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN.

              • 02:51:15 PM

                THE CHAIR

                DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK?

              • 02:51:18 PM

                MR. KENNEDY

                YES, I DO.

              • 02:51:20 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 02:51:22 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. KENNEDY…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. KENNEDY OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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          • 02:51:26 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kennedy amendment No. 9.

            • 02:51:27 PM

              THE CHAIR

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR.…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,

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            • 02:51:40 PM

              MR. KENNEDY

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

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

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            • 02:51:44 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

            • 02:51:46 PM

              MR. KENNEDY

              MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF FOR ALL THEIR SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY TO MAKE THIS AMENDMENT POSSIBLE TODAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, D.N.I. DIRECTOR DAN COATES WARNED OUR NATION AND THE WORLD THAT, QUOTE, WE CONTINUE TO SEE RUSSIAN TARGETING OF AMERICAN SOCIETY IN WAYS THAT COULD AFFECT OUR MID TERM ELECTIONS. IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT RUSSIA SUCCEEDED IN MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTION IN 2016. IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT THEIR SUCCESS WITH LITTLE CONSEQUENCE WILL INSPIRE SIMILAR ATTACKS IN THE FUTURE. AND IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT OUR RESPONSE TO THESE THREATS HAS BEEN INADEQUATE. STATES, CITIES, AND TOWNS HAVE SCRAMBLED TO SECURE THEIR OWN ELECTIONS WITHOUT ENOUGH GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FROM OUR NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. VOTERS CONTINUE TO FACE A TORRENT OF MISINFORMATION ONLINE. CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS, CITY COUNCIL, AND SCHOOL BOARDS RACE TOWARDS NOVEMBER 6 UNCERTAIN THEY WILL BECOME PUTIN'S NEXT TARGET. MULTIPLE FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR NATION'S RESPONSE RARELY COORDINATE OR RECEIVE LITTLE GUIDANCE FROM OUR NATION'S GOVERNMENT AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT HELPS TO BEGIN TO CONSOLIDATE AND CONCENTRATE OUR RESPONSE TO FOREIGN EFFORTS TO INFLUENCE OUR POLITICAL PROCESSES AND ELECTIONS WITH ONE CENTER -- DRAWING EXPERTISE ACROSS ALL RELEVANT SECTORS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. IF ANYTHING, OUR ADVERSARIES HAVE GROWN MORE CONFIDENT IN THEIR ABILITY TO SWAY OUR ELECTIONS AND SEW DISCORD AND DYSFUNCTION AT EVERY LEVEL OF OUR SOCIETY. OUR URGENCY LIES IN ONE SIMPLE TRUTH -- OUR DEMOCRACY STANDS TALL WHEN OUR ELECTIONS STAND SECURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE THOSE WHO PUT BALLOT BOXES IN OUR CROSSHAIRS DO NOT ASCRIBE TO ONE POLITICAL PARTY TO THE OTHER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:53:50 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME?

            • 02:53:52 PM

              MR. NUNES

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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            • 02:53:56 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:54:04 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I RESERVE.

            • 02:54:05 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

            • 02:54:07 PM

              MR. KENNEDY

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 02:54:10 PM

              THE CHAIR

              DO YOU YIELD?

          • 02:54:11 PM

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

            • 02:54:14 PM

              MR. KENNEDY

              YES.

            • 02:54:16 PM

              MR. NUNES

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

            • 02:54:19 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY. 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 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 02:54:47 PM

              An amendment, offered by Miss Rice (NY), numbered 10 printed in House Report 115-815 to require the Director of National Intelligence to report on the possible exploitation of virtual currencies by terrorist actors.

              • 02:54:53 PM

                MISS RICE

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

              • 02:54:55 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 02:54:57 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MISS RICE…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MISS RICE OF NEW YORK.

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              • 02:55:04 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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          • 02:55:06 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rice (NY) amendment No. 10.

            • 02:55:14 PM

              MISS RICE

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO DEVELOP AND SUBMIT A THREAT ASSESSMENT REPORT ON THE USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES BY TERRORIST ACTORS. THE UNITED STATES HAS LED THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT TERRORISM, THWARTING PLOTS ON AMERICAN SOIL, IDENTIFYING AND DISRUPTING TERRORIST NETWORKS AROUND THE WORLD, HUNTING DOWN TERRORISTS WHEREVER THEY HIDE AND PROVING THEY CAN AND WILL BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. WE KNOW THAT THE THREAT OF TERRORISM IS NOT THE SAME AS IT WAS 17 YEARS AGO. IT'S A THREAT THAT CONSTANTLY EVOLVES AND WE NEED TO EVOLVE WITH IT. WE NEED TO EVOLVE AHEAD OF IT. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED THIS AMENDMENT. IN RECENT YEARS, WE'VE SEEN INSTANCES IN WHICH MEMBERS OF TERRORIST GROUPS HAVE TURNED TO VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO FINANCE AND SUPPORT THEIR OPERATIONS. IN 2016, THE FOUNDATION FOR DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES INVESTIGATED A TERRORIST FUNDING CAMPAIGN IN WHICH A TERRORIST GROUP IN THE GAZA STRIP RECEIVED DONATIONS THROUGH THE VIRTUAL CURRENCY BITCOIN. LAST YEAR INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES ALSO REPORTED THAT A SYRIA-BASED INDONESIA INTERNATIONAL FUNDED ATTACKS IN INDONESIA. VIRTUAL CURRENCIES OFFER HIGH-SPEED, LOW-COST FINANCIAL NETWORKS WITH ACCESS TO USERS ACROSS THE GLOBE. MANY ALSO OFFER THEIR USERS ANONYMITY, MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO TRACK TRANSACTIONS. THESE FACTORS HAVE MADE VIRTUAL CURRENCIES AN INCREASINGLY APPEALING TOOL FOR TERRORISTS SEEKING TO CIRCUMVENT AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT TERRORISTS USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES HAVE BEEN LIMITED TO A HANDFUL OF INSTANCES. BUT AS TERRORIST GROUPS AND LONE WOLF ATTACKERS BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED, THE CONDITIONS ARE RIPE FOR THIS THREAT TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THAT'S WHY IT'S CRITICAL WE ASSESS NOW TO ASSESS AND UNDERSTAND THIS EMERGING THREAT. THERE'S NO DENYING IT. VIRTUAL CURRENCIES HAVE EXPOSED DEEP VULNERABILITIES IN OUR COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS AND UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT NOW OUR GOVERNMENT LACKS A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE AND STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THIS THREAT. MY AMENDMENT WOULD DIRECT THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON HOW TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AND STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM COULD USE VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO FINANCE TERRORISM, GAPS IN FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATIONS THAT COULD BE EXPLOITED BY TERRORISTS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO MORE EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THESE VULNERABILITIES. ENACTING THIS AMENDMENT WILL GIVE COUNTERTERRORISM AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AT ALL LEVELS THE INFORMATION AND STRATEGIES THEY DESPERATELY NEED TO CONFRONT THIS THREAT HEAD-ON WITH 21ST CENTURY SOLUTIONS. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN PETER KING FOR CO-SPONSORING MY AMENDMENT. THAT IS A COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN PRIORITY, AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:58:15 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

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

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            • 02:58:19 PM

              MR. NUNES

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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            • 02:58:22 PM

              THE CHAIR

              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:58:24 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

            • 02:58:26 PM

              THE CHAIR

              AND THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES -- FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN…

              AND THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES -- FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:58:29 PM

              MISS RICE

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS ADAM SCHIFF -- CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF NEEDS…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS ADAM SCHIFF -- CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF NEEDS AT THIS TIME.

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            • 02:58:38 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:58:39 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT…

              I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE REPRESENTATIVES FROM NEW YORK, RICE AND KING. THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THAT THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A REPORT ON THE POSSIBLE EXPLOITATION OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES BY TERRORIST ACTORS, INCLUDING STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM. IT HAS LONG BEEN SAID, IF YOU WISH TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH ABOUT MALIGN ACTIVITY, THEN FOLLOW THE MONEY. THIS REMAINS TRUE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES. THE I.C. MUST ALWAYS REMAIN ONE STEP AHEAD OF OUR ADVERSARIES, AND THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THEY CONTINUE TO DO JUST THAT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            • 02:59:20 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 02:59:25 PM

              MR. NUNES

              HAVE THEY YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME? I'LL RESERVE.

            • 02:59:28 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

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

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            • 02:59:33 PM

              MISS RICE

              THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN NUNES AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF FOR SUPPORTING THE…

              THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN NUNES AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF FOR SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:59:39 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:59:42 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER WITH LONGTIME MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. KING, AND I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:59:49 PM

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

            • 02:59:51 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER -- THE QUESTION…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER -- THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN 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. .

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            • 03:00:16 PM

              THE CHAIR

              IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

              IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:00:22 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Lipinski, numbered 11 printed in House Report 115-815 to require an annual report from the Director of National Intelligence describing Iranian expenditures on military and terrorist activities outside the country, such as on Hezbollah, Houthi rebels in Yemen, Hamas, and proxy forces in Iraq and Syria.

              • 03:00:27 PM

                MR. LIPINSKI

                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

              • 03:00:29 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 03:00:31 PM

                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. LIPINSKI OF ILLINOIS.

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              • 03:00:40 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:00:52 PM

                MR. LIPINSKI

                I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL.…

                I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HELP SECURE AMERICA'S MAKE AMERICA MORE SECURE. MY AMENDMENT WILL HELP TO ADDRESS THE THREAT OF IRAN BETTER IN THIS BILL. ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT, IT IS -- IRAN IS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. THE ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND ACQUISITION OF PROHIBITED WEAPONS, IRAN CONTINUES TO SUPPORT VIOLENT GROUPS ABROAD. AS OUR DIPLOMATIC AND MILITARY HEEDERS DETERMINE HOW BEST TO RESPOND TO IRAN'S DESTABILIZATION, THEY SHOULD HAVE A DETAILED ACCOUNTING SPENT BY IRAN TO SUPPORT SPECIFIC TERRORIST GROUPS AND FOREIGN MILITARY. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN LIGHT OF THE ESCALATING CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND IRAN-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA, WHICH HAS ONLY GOTTEN WORSE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS. THIS INFORMATION WILL SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO IRAN AND OUR ALLIES THAT WE DO NOT TOLERATE SUPPORT OF TERRORISM. IN ADDITION, THE NONCLASSIFIED VERSION OF THIS REPORT WILL SHED LIGHT ON IRAN'S BEHAVIOR FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. SPECIFICALLY, MY AMENDMENT WILL REQUIRE AN ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE DIRECT TORE OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DESCRIBING IRANIAN EXPENDITURES ON MILITARY AND TERRORIST ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY INCLUDING SUPPORT FOR HEZBOLLAH, HOUTHI REBELS IN YEMEN, HAMAS, PROXY FORCES IN IRAQ AND SYRIA AND ANY OTHER COUNTRY THE DIRECTOR DETERMINES RELEVANT. I WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 03:01:04 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lipinski amendment No. 11.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 03:03:01 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

            • 03:03:03 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:03:17 PM

              MR. LIPINSKI

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO RANKING MEMBER MEMBER SCHIFF FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 03:03:22 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:03:23 PM

              MR. SCHIFF

              I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

              I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS CONGRESSMAN LIPINSKI. THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THAT THE DIRECT TOFFER OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS DESCRIBE SPENDING BY IRAN OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY INCLUDING SPENDING TO SUPPORT HEZBOLLAH, HOUTHI REBELS IN YEMEN AND HAMAS. IT REMAINS FOCUSED ON TERRORIST ACTIVITIES ABROAD. THIS AMENDMENT HELPS ENSURE THAT CONGRESS HAS FULL VISIBILITY INTO THE JUDGMENTS AND ASSESSMENTS OF THE I.C. ON IRAN'S SPENDING TO SUPPORT THESE GROUPS AND FOR THIS REASON, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:04:06 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 -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:04:13 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I RESERVE.

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              THE CHAIR

              DOES THE GENTLEMAN CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION?

            • 03:04:18 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

            • 03:04:22 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 ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 03:04:26 PM

              MR. LIPINSKI

              I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK…

              I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN NUNES, RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND AGAIN THANK THEM FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN BILL. AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:04:50 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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            • 03:04:55 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN WORKING WITH OUR COMMITTEE TO GET SUPPORT FROM BOTH…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN WORKING WITH OUR COMMITTEE TO GET SUPPORT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK.

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          • 03:04:59 PM

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

            • 03:05:03 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. 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 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:05:19 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Davidson, numbered 12 printed in House Report 115-815 to enhance oversight by augmenting existing semiannual reporting requirements regarding disciplinary actions.

              • 03:05:27 PM

                MR. DAVIDSON

                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                THE CLERK

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR.…

                AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. DAVIDSON OF OHIO.

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              • 03:05:36 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 899, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 899, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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          • 03:05:49 PM

            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 989, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Davidson amendment No. 12.

            • 03:05:51 PM

              MR. DAVIDSON

              I OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT TAKES AN EXISTING REPORTING REQUIREMENT IN…

              I OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT TAKES AN EXISTING REPORTING REQUIREMENT IN SECTION 702 PROGRAM AND ADDS AN ADDITIONAL LAYER OF CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL AND JUDICIARY AND INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES HAVE INSIGHT INTO HOW THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ENFORCES ITS OWN INTERNAL GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING SENSITIVE DATA. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL PROVIDES THESE COMMITTEES WITH SEMI-ANNUAL REPORTS ABOUT NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE TARGETING MINIMUM MS.ATION AND INQUIRING PROCEDURES WITHIN THE 02 PROGRAM. THESE ARE IMPORTANT FEATURES THAT ENSURE THAT DATA IS SOLELY TARGETING DANGEROUS. THIS REPORT IS LACKING BECAUSE IT DOES NOT DESCRIBE WHAT DISCIPLINARY ACTION IS TAKEN BY AGENCIES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THAT THIS REPORT INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT DISCIPLINARY ACTION. FOR EXAMPLE, WAS A VIOLATION SIMPLY FLAGGED FOR AGENCY RECORDS, WAS SOMEONE GIVEN ADDITIONAL TRAINING, DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION, TERMINATION OR PERHAPS PROSECUTION. MY AMENDMENT INTENDS TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH A LOOK AT HOW AGENCIES LOOK AT THE INCIDENTS THAT THEY ARE ALREADY REPORTING ON. THIS IS CRITICAL FOR PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF EVERY AMERICAN AND THE EXAILT OF THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM FOR NATIONAL SECURITY. CONGRESS HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE AGENCIES ARE TAKING STEPS TO MITIGATE ABUSE AND ENFORCE STATUTE AND GUIDELINES AND COURT ORDERS RELEVANT TO THIS POWERFUL SURVEILLANCE TOOL. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT THAT I DRAFTED WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS ADOPTION.

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            • 03:07:44 PM

              THE CHAIR

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

            • 03:07:52 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED. AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

            • 03:07:59 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:08:02 PM

              MR. DAVIDSON

              THE THING I WOULD EMPHASIZE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND A WE…

              THE THING I WOULD EMPHASIZE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND A WE SHOULD PRESERVE THE 702 PROGRAM AND THERE ARE SOME INCREMENTAL REFORMS THAT COULD MAKE THE PROGRAM HIGH FUNCTIONING AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PEACE OF MIND THAT THEIR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS ARE ALSO PROTECTED. AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT THE PROGRAMS THEY HAVE ARE WORKING AND SEND AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE THERE ARE DISCIPLINARY ACTION THAT DON'T FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES. THIS WILL GIVE INSIGHT WHAT DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS ARE TAKEN. I RESERVE.

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            • 03:08:39 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

            • 03:08:41 PM

              MR. NUNES

              CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

            • 03:08:43 PM

              MR. DAVIDSON

              YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

            • 03:08:47 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

            • 03:08:50 PM

              MR. NUNES

              I YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DOES THE RANKING MEMBER WISH TO HAVE…

              I YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DOES THE RANKING MEMBER WISH TO HAVE ANY TIME? I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE AND SAY I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, BUT I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO PUT SOMETHING INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD ABOUT MR. POLLARD WHO PASSED AWAY WHO THIS BILL IS NAMED AFTER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS WHO OFFERED AMENDMENTS TODAY. WE LOOK FORWARD WORKING WITH THE SENATE. THIS YEAR'S BILL IS NAMED AFTER A HE WAS A FRIEND TO MANY ON BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE, A DEDICATED STAFF MEMBER AND MEMBER OF THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. WHILE HIS LOSS IS DEVASTATED TO US WE NAME THIS BILL IN HIS MEMBERY. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE SUPPORT ON THIS BILL AND URGE PASSAGE OF THE AMENDMENT AND URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 6237, THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019. AND I YIELD BACK.

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          • 03:09:52 PM

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

            • 03:09:57 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE…

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

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            • 03:10:34 PM

              The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 6237.

              • 03:10:39 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MR. CHAIRMAN.

              • 03:10:40 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER…

                THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 6237 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 8 989 I REPORT BACK TO THE HOUSE.

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              • 03:10:54 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE…

                THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 6237 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED TO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENTS TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED TO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTING OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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            • 03:11:06 PM

              The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

              • 03:11:20 PM

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

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                  THE CLERK

                  A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019 FOR…

                  A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019 FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT AND CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 03:12:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 03:12:19 PM

              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

              At conclusion of debate on H.R. 6237, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Nunes demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.

              • 03:12:22 PM

                >>

                I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 03:14:05 PM

                Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 985. 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."

                • 03:14:10 PM

                  Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 50 and H.R. 3281. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 50 under a structured rule and H.R. 3281 under a closed rule. Each measure is allowed one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

                  • 03:14:13 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                  • 03:14:17 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 895 I CALL H.R. 3291 AND ASK FOR ITS…

                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 895 I CALL H.R. 3291 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                  • 03:14:27 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    H.R. 3281, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE…

                    H.R. 3281, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE THE TRANSFER OF NON-FD OWNERSHIP OF IMPORTANT RECLAMATION PROJECTS AND FACILITIES FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  • 03:14:41 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    PURSUANT TO RESS RESOLUTION 985. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATED FOR ONE HOUR…

                    PURSUANT TO RESS RESOLUTION 985. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATED FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN.

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              • 03:14:53 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3281.

                • 03:15:06 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  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 MATERIALS ON H.R. 3281

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                • 03:15:19 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. . .

                • 03:15:23 PM

                  MR. LAMB

                  TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING H.R. 32 1 WHICH AMES TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS…

                  TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING H.R. 32 1 WHICH AMES TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS FOR THE TRANSFER OF SOME OF THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PROJECT'S TO LOCAL -- RECLAMATION'S PRONGS TO LOCAL BENEFICIARIES WHO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN THESE PROJECTS. TRANSFERRING THESE SIMPLE PROJECTS OR PARTS OF THEM WILL ALLOW WATER DISTRICTS AND OTHER LOCAL BENEFICIARIES TO LEVERAGE NON-FEDERAL FINANCING THROUGH OWNERSHIP EQUITY, WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY DECREASING FEDERAL LIABILITY. DURING COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL, WE HEARD THAT THE CURRENT PROCESS IS TIME CONSUMING, CUMBERSOME, EXPENSIVE AND UNCERTAIN. THIS HAS PROVED TO BE A DISINCENTIVE TO MANY WATER USERS WHO ARE NOW RIGHTLY ASKING FOR AND DESERVING CHANGE. HOWEVER, IT WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO HEAP ALL OF THE BLAME ON THE AGENCY. CONGRESS HAS DONE ITS FAIR SHARE SLOWING DOWN SOME OF THE SIMPLE TITLE TRANSFERS. UNDER CURRENT PRACTICE, EVERY SINGLE TRANSFER, REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE OR SCOPE, REQUIRES CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION. I WANT TO BE CLEAR TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT REMOVE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. IN FACT, THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES A PROVISION AUTHORED BY RANKING MEMBER MR. HUFFMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT ALLOWS FOR CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW OF ANY TRANSFER AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS PROCESS. SINCE MY BILL WAS INTRODUCED, WE HAVE SEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE SENATE PUT SIMILAR PROPOSALS TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THE SAME GOALS AS THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING HERE TODAY. AT THE END OF THE DAY, MY BILL PROVIDES AN OPTIONAL PROCESS THAT CAN BE USED TO EXPEDITE SIMPLE TITLE TRANSFERS. ANY TITLE TRANSFER CAN STILL USE THE EXISTING PROCESS IF THE PARTICIPANTS PREFER. NOW, DESPITE WHAT SOMEONE MIGHT SAY, THIS BILL DOES NOT EXEMPT ANY ACTION FROM NEPA, NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, OR ANY OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL MANDATES. TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR, I WANT TO REITERATE THAT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION REQUIRES THAT ELIGIBLE PROJECTS COMPLY WITH AND SATISFY THE NEPA PROCESS, ANY REMAINING FEDERAL OBLIGATION BE REPAID BY THE RECIPIENT, AND THAT CONGRESS BE GIVEN A 90-DAY PERIOD TO REVIEW AND, IF OPPOSED, TO PASS A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL. THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION CURRENTLY HAS THE AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER ANY WATER PROJECT THAT WOULD BE AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS LEGISLATION. MY BILL SIMPLY ALLOWS OPERATORS OF THESE WATER PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE WEST TO RECEIVE TITLE TO THE PROJECTS THEY HAVE PAID FOR AND ARE CURRENTLY MAINTAINING WITHOUT SUBJECTING THEM TO HAVING TO GET AN ACT OF CONGRESS. AGAIN, THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES AN OPTIONAL PROCESS FOR AN EXPEDITED PROCESS FOR SPECIFIC TYPES OF TRANSFERS. MY BILL SUPPORTS LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND GIVES LOCAL COMMUNITIES THE ABILITY TO SEEK PRIVATE FINANCING THROUGH EQUITY, TO IMPROVE THEIR VITAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IS SUPPORTED BY THE FAMILY FARM ALLIANCE, FREE AND WATER -- FREE WATER AUTHORITY OF CALIFORNIA, AND THE IRRIGATION DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON STATE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. COSTA, FOR SPONSORING THIS BILL WITH ME, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:18:42 PM

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 03:18:46 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

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

                • 03:18:49 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:18:51 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL WE'RE DEBATING TODAY IS AN ATTEMPT BY MY REPUBLICAN…

                  MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL WE'RE DEBATING TODAY IS AN ATTEMPT BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO APPROVE ONE PART OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SO-CALLED INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. H.R. 3281 WOULD ENACT A PROPOSAL FROM THE TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT APPROVES THE DE FACTO PRIVATIZATION OF SOME OF THE PUBLIC'S MOST IMPORTANT WATER INFRASTRUCTURE WITHOUT SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER OR OUR NATURAL HERITAGE. YOU MAY REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, WHICH WAS TRANSMITTED TO CONGRESS IN FEBRUARY, FOCUSES MUCH OF ITS ATTENTION ON GIVING AWAY THE PUBLIC'S INFRASTRUCTURE TO PRIVATE INTERESTS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE TRUMP PLAN CALLS FOR PRIVATIZING WESTERN ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURE, DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE WASHINGTON AQUA DUCT, THE GEORGE WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE, WASHINGTON, PARKWAYS, AND MUCH OF THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY. THIS TRUMP YARD SALE OF CRITICAL PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD RAISE CONSUMER COSTS, WOULD ENRICH PRIVATE INTERESTS, ALL WHILE PROVIDING NO MEANINGFUL FUNDING FOR MUCH-NEEDED PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT. WHEN IT COMES TO THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE, IT'S CLEAR THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS WOULD SIMPLY RATHER SELL IT OFF THAN FIX IT. SO TODAY WE HAVE BEFORE US THE PROPOSAL TO DOLL OUT MUCH OF THE PUBLIC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE -- DOLE OUT MUCH OF THE PUBLIC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES WITH VIRTUALLY NO STRINGS ATTACHED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MAY BE HOW MR. TRUMP LIQUIDATES REAL ESTATE DURING ONE OF HIS INFAMOUS BANKRUPTCIES, BUT IT IS NO WAY TO MANAGE PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION OWNS SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PUBLIC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN AMERICA. INCLUDING HUNDREDS OF DAMS, CANALS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE. RECLAMATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE HELPS DELIVER WATER TO TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND IT SERVES NUMEROUS STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING MUNICIPAL AND INDUSTRIAL WATER USERS, FARMERS, TRIBES, FISHERMEN AND VINYL AND RECREATIONAL INTERESTS -- ENVIRONMENTAL AND RECREATIONAL INTERESTS. THIS IRRESPONSIBLY GIVES THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR NEW AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER TITLE, WHICH IS ANOTHER TERM FOR RELINQUISHING OWNERSHIP, TO A BROAD RANGE OF RECLAMATION WATER PROJECTS. NOW, THIS BILL'S PRO PONALTS HAVE CLAIMED -- PROPONENTS HAVE CLAIMED THAT IT ONLY EXPEDITES THE RELINQUISHMENT OF SMALL AND EASY PROJECTS. THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NO LONGER OWN. I WISH THAT WERE THE CASE. MR. SPEAKER, IF THAT WERE ACTUALLY THE CASE, WE WOULD HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL. AND I WOULD BE STANDING HERE IN SUPPORT OF IT. BECAUSE I HAVE SUPPORTED TITLE TRANSFERS FOR SELECT, NONCONTROVERSIAL PROJECTS, WHEN IT MADE SENSE FOR TAXPAYERS. AND THE PUBLIC. IN CASES OF CANALS AND WATER WORKS THAT DON'T EFFECT WATER OPERATIONS AND DIVERSIONS AND WHERE THERE'S NO SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION FROM TRIBES OR DOWNSTREAM USERS, IT DOES MAKE SENSE, TO ME, FOR CONGRESS TO GIVE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SOME LEEWAY TO DISPOSE OF THESE FACILITIES, AS LONG AS APPROPRIATE SAFEGUARDS ARE IN PLACE. UNFORTUNATELY THE BILL BEFORE US ALLOWS THIS ADMINISTRATION TO UNILATERALLY RELINQUISH OWNERSHIP OF A VERY BROAD RANGE OF PUBLIC WATER PROJECTS AND WITHOUT APPROPRIATE SAFEGUARDS THAT SHOULD BE THERE TO MAKE SURE TAXPAYERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS ARE PROTECTED. IN FACT, THIS BILL IS WRITTEN SO BROADLY THAT IT WOULD ALLOW THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO HAND OVER MULTIPURPOSE WATER PROJECTS THAT HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING OWNED BY ONE WATER USER. THE FACT IS, MANY OF RECLAMATION'S WATER PROJECTS NEED TO BE OPERATED IN A MANNER THAT BALANCES DIFFICULT, CONFLICTING INTERESTS. GIVEN UP OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OF THAT PROJECT, HANDING IT OVER TO A SINGLE WATER USER, WILL IN SOME CASES RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT HARM. TO THE MANY OTHER INTERESTS WHO HAVE A STAKE IN THE OPERATION OF FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS. I'M ALSO SORRY TO SAY THAT THIS BILL IS A BAD DEAL FOR TAXPAYERS. IT ALLOWS THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO HAND OVER PUBLICLY OWNED INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER FEDERAL ASSETS TO PRIVATE INTERESTS WITHOUT APPROPRIATE TAXPAYER COMPENSATION. FOR EXAMPLE, IT FAILS TO REQUIRE THE TAXPAYERS BE COMPENSATED FOR THE LOSS OF PUBLICLY OWNED LANDS AND MINERAL INTERESTS. WHENEVER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVES AWAY FEDERAL ASSETS, WE SHOULD ENSURE THE TAXPAYERS WHO HAVE PAID FOR THESE ASSETS ARE PROPERLY COMPENSATED. THIS BILL UTTERLY FAILS ON THAT SCORE. I MUST ALSO POINT OUT THAT H.R. 3281 UNWISELY REMOVES LONGSTANDING AND NECESSARY CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT FOR AN OVERLY BROAD RANGE OF PROJECTS. UNDER EXISTING LAW, CONGRESS HAS RESPONSIBILITY TO OVERSEE AND APPROVE THE TRANSFER OF FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS, TO ENSURE THAT TRANSFERS ARE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. THIS BILL ELIMINATES CONGRESS' CURRENT OVERSIGHT AND APPROVAL AUTHORITY FOR A HOST OF PROJECTS THAT DESERVE SCRUTINY BEFORE THEY ARE GIVEN AWAY. NOT AFTER, BUT BEFORE THEY ARE GIVEN AWAY. CONGRESS SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE IT SURRENDERS POWER AND LETS THIS ADMINISTRATION IRRESPONSIBLY GIVE AWAY THE PUBLIC'S INFRASTRUCTURE. BEFORE CLOSING, I SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT THIS BILL IS RIGHTFULLY OPPOSE -- OPPOSED BY NUMEROUS CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE SIERRA CLUB, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE, AND MANY OTHERS. CONSERVATION-MINDED AMERICANS OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP OF FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS TO NON-FEDERAL OPERATORS WILL FREQUENTLY MEAN LESS PROTECTION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. THAT'S BECAUSE NON-FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS OFTEN DON'T HAVE TO BE OPERATED WITH THE SAME ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS THAT APPLY TO WATER PROJECTS OPERATED, OWNED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES. FOR EXAMPLE, PROJECTS OPERATED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES MUST COMPLY WITH CERTAIN PROVISIONS IN SECTION 7 OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. THOSE SAME REQUIREMENTS WOULD NO LONGER APPLY, IF A WATER PROJECT WAS OPERATED BY A NON-FEDERAL ENTITY. FOR ALL THESE REASONS, MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:24:53 PM

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

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

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                • 03:24:57 PM

                  MR. LAMB

                • 03:24:58 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK I MAY HAVE HEARD AND I THINK IT COULD BE A…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK I MAY HAVE HEARD AND I THINK IT COULD BE A MISSTATEMENT TO SAY THAT THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A BIPARTISAN BILL. IT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. NOW, IT MAY NOT BE UNANIMOUS, BUT IT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. AND FOR THAT I'M GLAD. AND I ALSO THOUGHT I HEARD AN EMOTIONAL CRITICISM OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. THIS WAS AN IDEA FIRST PROPOSED BY VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IN THE 1990'S. SO IT'S NOT A NEW IDEA BY ANY MEANS. THIS IS AN IDEA THAT'S BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE. CONGRESS JUST HASN'T ACTED ON IT. WE ARE USING THE SAME OLD CASE BY CASE BASIS OF DOING TRANSFERS, WHICH IS CUMBERSOME AND WORKS A SHARDSHIP ON THE LOCAL PEOPLE -- HARDSHIP -- ON THE LOCAL PEOPLE AND THE COMMUNITIES IN THE WEST. THE ALLEGATION THAT THIS IN SOME WAY SHORTCHANGES THE TAXPAYERS, THAT'S SIMPLY NOT TRUE. I DON'T CALL IT A GIVEAWAY WHEN SOMEONE GETS TITLE TO SOMETHING THEY'VE ALREADY PAID FOR. WHEN MY COLLEAGUE GOES TO THE CAR LOT AND BUYS A CAR AND THEY GIVE HIM A CAR, THAT'S NOT A GIVEAWAY. HE'S PAID FOR THAT. HE SHOULD RECEIVE TITLE. HE SHOULD RECEIVE OWNERSHIP. FACILITIES ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSFER UNDER THIS PROCESS WOULD BE SUBJECT TO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE THESE PROJECTS TO BE FULLY PAID OFF, BASED ON THE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF ANY OUTSTANDING OBLIGATION TO THE TAXPAYERS. THAT'S IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL. THE BILL SPECIFICALLY REQUIRES A QUALIFYING ENTITY TO REPAY ANY OUTSTANDING OBLIGATION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND COMPENSATE THE U.S. FOR ANY OTHER INCOME STREAM DERIVED FROM THE TRANSFERRED FACILITIES. FURTHERMORE, CONGRESS ROUTINELY AUTHORIZED TITLE TRANSFERS THAT HAVE ALREADY MET MANY OF THE STANDARDS AND FINANCIAL SAFEGUARDS ESTABLISHED BY THIS LEGISLATION. THERE'S NOTHING NEW HERE. ALL THE BILL DOES IS TO GET CONGRESS OUT OF THE WAY AND IT REMOVES A LAYER OF BUREAUCRACY. IN REALITY, ANY TITLE TRANSFERS CONDUCTED UNDER THE AUTHORITIES OF THIS ACT WOULD RELIEVE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER OF ASSOCIATED LIABILITY. SO IT'S A SERVICE TO THE TAXPAYERS WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE TO HAVE LIABILITY FOR AN ALREADY PAID OFF PROJECT THAT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TAKES OVER AND RESUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR. IN SHORT, TITLE TRANSFERS ARE ALREADY DESIGNED TO RECOUP TAXPAYER INVESTMENT AND THIS BILL WOULD FURTHER PROTECT THE LONG-TERM FINANCIAL INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA.

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                • 03:27:43 PM

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:27:47 PM

                  MR. COSTELLO

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING --

                • 03:27:49 PM

                  MR. COSTA

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I REMEMBER VERY CLEARLY WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON ASKED VICE PRESIDENT GORE TO CONDUCT AN EFFORT TO REORGANIZE GOVERNMENT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, TO MAKE IT MORE EFFICIENT. TO LOOK FOR WAYS IN WHICH WE COULD CUT DOWN ON BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE AND TO TRY TO FIND OTHER EFFICIENCIES THAT EXIST. AND THIS WAS BUT ONE OF MANY RECOMMENDATIONS THAT VICE PRESIDENT GORE AND HIS GROUP CAME UP WITH. MR. SPEAKER, THE SUCCESS OF THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION TO CONVERT PORTIONS OF THE ARID WEST INTO THE LARGEST AND MOST ADVANCED AGRICULTURE ECONOMY IN THE WORLD CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. NOWHERE IS THAT MORE EVIDENT THAN IN CALIFORNIA, SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. THE MOST PRODUCTIVE AGRICULTURE REGION IN THE WORLD. WE GROW 60% OF THE NATION'S FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. HEALTHY DIET, GOOD, NUTRITIONAL FOOD FOR AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE. BESIDES LEADING IN SO MANY OTHER COMMODITIES THAT WE GROW. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT HELPS THE BALANCE OF PAYMENTS, CALIFORNIA'S AGRICULTURE ECONOMY . 44% OF IT IS PART OF OUR INTERNATIONAL TRADE. IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE, THOUGH, WITHOUT THE COMPLEX AND WELL-PLANNED SET OF DAMS AND CANALS AND OTHER STRUCTURES THAT HAVE BEEN OPERATED SUCCESSFULLY FOR GENERATIONS, GENERATIONS. HOWEVER, OVER TIME THE AGING INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED. NEEDS TO BE UPDATED. MANY OF THE RECLAMATION PROJECTS, WHEN THEY WERE ORIGINALLY AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS, AND THE FUNDS WERE APPROPRIATED, WERE INTENDED, INTENDED TO BE TURNED OVER TO LOCAL DISTRICTS TO OPERATE ONCE THE PROJECTS WERE REPAID. AND THAT IS AN IMPORTANT CAVEAT. CLEARLY THERE WAS A REQUIREMENT IN THE AUTHORIZATION THAT THESE PROJECTS BE REPAID. AND MANY OF THESE PROJECTS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE IN VARIOUS STATES OF BEING REPAID. AFTER THE PROJECT'S OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITIES HAVE BEEN FULLY TRANSFERRED, THE ACTUAL OWNERSHIP WOULD THEN BE TRANSFERRED AS WELL. THE TRANSFER OF TITLE TO LOCAL OPERATORS, I THINK, HAVE NUMEROUS BENEFITS TO WATER USERS AND TO THE TAXPAYERS. IT CAN REDUCE PAPERWORK, STAFF TIME, BOTH AT THE FEDERAL, LOCAL LEVELS, REDUCE FEDERAL BACKLOG OF INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR PROJECTS, AND HELP IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT FOR PUBLIC SAFETY BECAUSE, YES, THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS WOULD STILL BE IN PLACE. AND I CAN TELL YOU IN CALIFORNIA, OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS ARE STRONGER THAN THE FEDERAL LEVEL. SO I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S AN ISSUE. AND WE KNOW WHAT THE STATUS OF OUR DEBT IS IN THIS COUNTRY AND SO MANY DEPARTMENT AND AGENCIES AND IN THE CASE OF FEDERAL RECLAMATION PROJECTS, THERE IS NOT SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO DO THE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE THAT IS NECESSARY. IT'S JUST VERY SIMPLE. THE MONEY IS NOT THERE AND THESE PROJECTS CONTINUE TO OPERATE AS BEST THEY CAN. A TRANSFER COULD PROVIDE MORE FLEXIBILITY TO FINANCE LOCAL UPGRADES AND REPAIRS BECAUSE IT PROVIDES AN ASSET TO BE USED AS COLLATERAL. WHEN WE PASSED THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FROM THE WATER USERS AS AN EXAMPLE WITH THE NRDC, PART OF THE CAVEAT WAS THAT THE WATER USERS WOULD BE ABLE TO REPAIR THE CANAL. KEEPING WATER FACILITIES IN GOOD CONDITIONS PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT RECHARGE GROUND WATER IS CRITICAL, NOT ONLY TO THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY THAT I REPRESENT AND GROWS THIS INCREDIBLE ABUNDANCE OF FOOD THAT IS ON AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE EVERY NIGHT. BUT THERE ARE CURRENT STRETCHES THAT GO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO BAKERSFIELD THAT HAVE LESS THAN 60% OF ITS CAPACITY TO MOVE WATER THROUGH. AND SO LAST YEAR WHEN WE HAD AN ABUNDANCE OF WATER, 200% ABOVE AVERAGE, THAT WATER COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO RECHARGE THE GROUND WATER IN PART OF KERN COUNTY. BUT BECAUSE WE COULDN'T MOVE THE WATER THROUGH THAT PORTION THAT IS SUBSIDED AND CRACKED AND IN BADLY NEED OF REPAIR, WE WERE NOT ABLE TO MOVE THAT WATER THAT THE FACILITY HAD INITIALLY THE CAPACITY TO MOVE. THAT IS ONE EXAMPLE. IMPORTANTLY, A TITLE TRANSFER DOES NOT ULTIMATELY CHANGE THE WAY THE FACILITIES ARE OPERATED. IT JUST DOESN'T. SINCE 1995, THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION WORKING WITH INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS HAS IMPROVED THE TITLE PROCESS. I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT HOWEVER SPECIFIC CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION, WHICH THIS LEGISLATION ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE SOME AUTHORIZATION IS STILL NEEDED TO TRANSFER THE TITLE OF ANY FACILITY NO MATTER HOW SMALL UNLESS A SEPARATE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS IS ESTABLISHED BY LAW TO ALLOW THE TRANSFER OF SUCH OWNERSHIP. THAT IS WHAT THIS LEGISLATION ATTEMPTS TO DO. THIS LEGISLATION THEREFORE CREATES AN ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS WHILE MAINTAINING THE ABILITY OF CONGRESS TO HAVE THE FINAL WORD. AND THAT IS TO DISAPPROVE OF ANY PROPOSED TRANSFER BY PASSING A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL. SO IF THE SECRETARY, IN FACT, MOVES FORWARD WITH THE TRANSFER OF THE TITLE AND CONGRESS SAYS NO, WE WANT TO DETERMINE THESE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS, THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN AND GIVES CONGRESS THE FINAL RECORD. AND A NEPA-LIKE PROCESS MUST BE A PART OF THAT ADMINISTRATIVE EFFORT TO, IN FACT, SUCCESSFULLY TRANSFER THE TITLE. IT HAS TO BE REPAID AND HAVE A NEPA-LIKE PROCESS AND GUESS WHAT? CONGRESS HAS THE FINAL WORD. THIS WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY STREAMLINE THIS LEGISLATION TITLE TRANSFER PROCESS TO ADDRESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF UNNECESSARY LIABILITY AND ALLOW THESE PROJECTS TO RUN MORE EFFECTIVELY AND WITH BETTER OUTCOMES WHEN LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS THAT ARE PUBLICLY OWNED THAT HAVE THEIR OWN ELECTRIC BOARDS AND HAVE THEIR OWN FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE WATER TO THE AREA THEY SERVE TO MAKE GOOD COST-EFFECTIVE DECISIONS ON BEHALF OF THE WATER INTERESTS THAT THEY SERVE, WHETHER THEY BE FARMERS OR WHETHER THEY BE COMMUNITIES. AND IT'S ALL OF THE ABOVE. SO, THIS LEGISLATION IS SUPPORTED BY MANY ORGANIZATIONS, IT IS BIPARTISAN. AND I THANK THE OUGHTOR OF THE LEGISLATION TO FACILITATE LEGISLATION TO ALLOW RECLAMATION TO IMPROVE A TITLE TRANSFER PROCESS, WHICH IS NOT A NEW IDEA. FOR THIS REASONS, I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:35:05 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 03:35:10 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP THAT VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP THAT VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE PROPOSED IN CERTAIN INSTANCES THAT TITLE TRANSFER MIGHT MAKE SENSE. THAT IS CORRECT. BUT I HAVE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGED THAT I MYSELF HAVE PROPOSED INAPPROPRIATE CIRCUMSTANCES TITLE TRANSFERS COULD MAKE SENSE AND COULD BE GOOD FOR WATER USERS AND TAXPAYERS AS LONG AS THE RIGHT SAFEGUARDS ARE IN PLACE. THIS IS A BILL THAT FAILS TO WORK IN THAT NARROWLY TAILORED SPACE. THIS BILL DOES NOT INCLUDE THOSE SAFEGUARDS AND WOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO SMALL NONCONTROVERSIAL PROJECTS. IT COULD APPLY TO VERY LARGE MULTI USE PROJECTS AND APPLY TO THOSE PROJECTS IN WAYS THAT DO NOT INCLUDE SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT OTHER STAKEHOLDERS AND OTHER INTERESTS. THAT'S WHY WE DISAGREE ON THIS POINT. IT HAS BEEN ARGUED THAT BECAUSE WATER DISTRICTS HAVE REPAID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH WATER RATES, SOMEHOW THAT EFFECTIVELY MEANS THEY SHOULD HAVE AN ENTITLEMENT TO TRANSFER OF THESE FACILITIES. A COUPLE OF POINTS NEED TO BE EMPHASIZED. FIRST UNDER RECLAMATION LAW, WATER DISTRICTS PAY A FRACTION OF THE TOTAL COSTS TO CONSTRUCT RECLAMATION WATER PROJECTS. THE REST OF THESE COSTS HAVE BEEN BORNE BY TAXPAYERS SUCH AS FISH AND WILDLIFE, ENHANCEMENT AND RECLAMATION. GIVEN THE BILLIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SPENT, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO MAINTAIN OWNERSHIP OF PROJECTS ESPECIALLY IN CASES WHERE TITLE TRANSFERS COULD JEOPARDIZE THOSE PUBLIC BENEFITS FOR WHICH THE PUBLIC HAS BORNE THE COST. PROJECT CONSTRUCTION COSTS THAT ARE BORNE BY WATER DISTRICTS ARE REDUCED BY TAXPAYER ZEARS. POWER ZEARS AND RIGHTOFFS THAT ARE DEEMED BEYOND THE ABILITY TO PAY UNDER RECLAMATION LAW. AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE EVEN WATER DISTRICTS WHO PAY FOR THIS WATER OVER TIME, THEY STILL DON'T PAY FOR ANY LAND THAT MIGHT BE PERTINENT TO THESE FACILITIES. THAT LAND UNDER THIS BILL WOULD GO ALONG WITH THE TITLE TRANSFER. AND SO WOULD THE MINERAL RIGHTS UNDERNEATH THAT LAND. THESE WOULD BE BONUS SUBSIDIES TO THESE WATER DISTRICTS WITHOUT PROPER COMPENSATION TO THE U.S. TAXPAYER. FOR ALL THESE REASONS, WE NEED TO INSIST ON THE SAFEGUARDS THAT I AND OTHERS HAVE PROPOSED AND ARE SO LACKING UNFORTUNATELY IN THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:38:00 PM

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

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

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                • 03:38:05 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  I WOULD DISAGREE THAT WE HAVE NOT PUT IN SAFEGUARDS. WE PUT IN A SAFEGUARD…

                  I WOULD DISAGREE THAT WE HAVE NOT PUT IN SAFEGUARDS. WE PUT IN A SAFEGUARD THAT MY COLLEAGUE OFFERED IN COMMITTEE. HE OFFERED AN AMENDMENT AND WE ADOPTED IT IN THE SPIRIT OF FAIR PLAY AND BIPARTISAN THAT CONGRESS BE GIVEN A 90-DAY NOTICE IF THERE WERE EVER TO BE A TRANSFER THAT WE OBJECT JEGGETTED TO AND WE COULD DO A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL STOPPING THAT TRANSFER. IF SOMETHING WAS WRONG IN THE TRANSACTION, IT WAS TOO BIG, MULTI-USE OR WHATEVER, WE HAVE A WAY TO STOP IT. THAT WAS THE AMENDMENT THAT MY COLLEAGUE OFFERED AND ADOPTED IT. WITH THAT HAVING BEEN SAID, I WOULD YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. NEW HOUSE WHO IS AN EXPERT ON MANY WATER ISSUES IN THE WEST.

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                • 03:38:59 PM

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                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:39:01 PM

                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME SOME TIME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME SOME TIME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3281, THE RECLAMATION TITLE TRANSFER AND NON-FEDERAL STRURK AND INCENTIVIZATION ACT, WHICH IS OFFERED BY MR. LAMBORN. THIS LEGISLATION BRINGS COMMONSENSE STREAMLINING EFFORTS TO THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION TO TRANSFER FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS TO LOCAL WATER ENTITIES LIKE IRRIGATION DISTRICTS AND LOCAL WATER USE ASSOCIATIONS, RECLAMATION IS THE NATION'S WHOLESALE WATER SUPPLIER PROVIDING ONE OUT OF FIVE WESTERN FARMERS WITH IRRIGATION WATER FOR OVER 10 MILLION FARMLAND ACRES THAT PRODUCE 60% OF THE NATION'S VEGETABLES. THESE PROJECTS AND WATER DISTRICTS ARE VITAL TO MY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON WHERE WE GROW OVER 300 DIFFERENT CROPS INCLUDING THE ICONIC WASHINGTON APPLE. OR WASHINGTON CHERRIES, POTATOES AND THREE-QUARTERS. IT INCLUDES 16 DAMS, THREE HYDROPOWER STATIONS, FOUR MAJOR WATER PROJECTS AND MILES AND MILES OF CANALS THAT DELIVERS WATER TO THE END USERS. THERE ARE TWO WATER DISTRICTS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON SEEKING TITLE TO SECTIONS OF FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS, THE K.I.D. AND THE GREATER WINACHEE, BOTH OF WHICH MAINTAINED THESE IMPORTANT WATER DELIVERY SYSTEMS. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD PROVIDE A STREAMLINED PROCESS TO TRANSFER RECLAMATION FACILITIES TO THOSE LOCAL ENTITIES WHICH INCLUDES A NUMBER OF BENEFITS FOR THE WATER USERS AND ALSO A NUMBER OF BENEFITS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE STREAMLINE PROCESS CAN REDUCE REGULATORY BURDEN AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS BY CUTTING UNNECESSARY PAPERWORK AND REDUCING STAFF TIME AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. DIRLLY, THROUGH THIS PROCESS, LOCAL DISTRICTS CAN TAKE FULL CONTROL OF THESE PROJECTS, WHICH THEY ALREADY MAINTAIN AND MANAGE. BY AUTHORIZING THIS STREAMLINING PROCESS, LOCAL DISTRICTS CAN LEVERAGE PRIVATE FINANCING THROUGH THEIR OWNERSHIP, WHICH PROVIDES FURTHER REDUCES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SPENDING AND BACKLOG OF REPAIRING AND UPGRADING THESE PROJECTS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES A WIN-WIN SOLUTION FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND FOR THE WATER USERS. THESE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR MANY YEARS. THE RECLAMATION HAS BEEN INUNDATED BY A GROWING POPULATION AND WATER USERS. LOCAL COMMUNITIES NEED THEIR SUPPORT. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS SPEAKING WITH SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE JUST YESTERDAY ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION AND THEY SHARED WITH ME THEY WERE WORRIED THAT THIS WAS SIMPLY THE PRIVATIZATION OF FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS AND PROPERTIES WITHIN RECLAMATION. BUT THIS IS JUST NOT THE CASE. THIS LEGISLATION ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO CONVEY CERTAIN PROJECTS OR FACILITIES TO THESE LOCAL ENTITIES LIKE INDIAN TRIBES OR STATE AND LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SELLING OFF WATER ASSETS TO CORPORATIONS. ADDITIONALLY, THE ENTITY RECEIVING THE ASSETS MUST USE THEM FOR THE SAME PURPOSES AS IT INTENDED BY RECLAMATION. THE TRANSFER CANNOT HAVE A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE RECEIVING ENTITY MUST AGREE TO PROVIDE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH THE EQUIVALENT PRESENT VALUE OF ANY REPAYMENT OBLIGATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION STREAMLINES WATER USES FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES WHILE REDUCING GOVERNMENT WASTE AND BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. IT IS SIMPLY A WIN--WIN FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I LOOK FORWARD TO VOTING ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I ENCOVERAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:43:16 PM

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 03:43:24 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  LET ME JUST CLARIFY THAT IN MANY CASES WATER DISTRICTS CERTAINLY THOSE --…

                  LET ME JUST CLARIFY THAT IN MANY CASES WATER DISTRICTS CERTAINLY THOSE -- MANY OF THOSE IN CALIFORNIA AND MANY OF THOSE WHO SERVE AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY ARE COMPRISED AND GOVERNED BY PRIVATE AG BUSINESSES. THEY SELECT THE BOARD AND SET THE AGENDA. IT ALLOWS TRANSFER TO JOINT POWER ENTITIES, WHICH UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW, I WOULD SUSPECT THE LAW IN OTHER STATES AS WELL, CAN INCLUDE NONPUBLIC AGENCY ENTITIES. SO I BELIEVE THE CONCERN ABOUT PRIVATIZATION IS CERTAINLY VALID IN THIS CASE. NOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS MENTIONED THE FACT THAT ONE OF THE SAFEGUARDS AND LEGISLATION THAT I PROPOSED HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THAT. BUT THE BACK END PROTECTION OF THE POSSIBILITY OF A JOINT RESOLUTION COMING OUT OF CONGRESS WITHIN A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME, WHILE NOT INSIGNIFICANT IS PRETTY HARD TO ACTUALLY ACHIEVE IN A SLOW-MOVING CONGRESS. FAR MORE IMPORTANT ARE THE OTHER SAFEGUARDS THAT WERE IN MY LEGISLATION IN THE FRONT END OF THE PROCESS INCLUDING SAFEGUARDS THAT WERE INTENDED TO ENSURE THAT BIGGER MULTI USE MORE CONTROVERSIAL MORE PUBLIC BENEFIT ORIENTED PROJECTS WOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO THIS TYPE OF AUTHORITY BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. THOSE FRONT END PROTECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT AND THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THEM, OF COURSE, IS THAT FOR THOSE TYPE OF PROJECTS CONGRESS WOULD RETAIN PROJECT-BY-PROJECT APPROVAL AUTHORITY. MY BILL INCLUDED A BELT AND TWO SUSPENDERS, AT BEST THE BILL FROM MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO INCLUDES ONE SUSPENDER AND NOTHING ELSE. WE DISAGREE ON THE ADEQUACY OF THESE SAFEGUARDS AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE. . .

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                • 03:45:33 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  I WOULD POINT OUT THAT THE AMENDMENT WE ADOPTED IN COMMITTEE, GIVING…

                  I WOULD POINT OUT THAT THE AMENDMENT WE ADOPTED IN COMMITTEE, GIVING CONGRESS THE ABILITY TO, WITHIN 90 DAYS, DO A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL ON ANY ONE OF THESE TRANSFERS THAT WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH, WAS OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE. IT WAS HIS LANGUAGE. SO IT IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK HE SHOULD APPROVE OF. AT THIS POINT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:45:52 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  OF MY TIME.

                • 03:45:57 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  I RESERVE.

                • 03:46:03 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 03:46:06 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. BUT I'LL WAIT UNTIL THE OTHER SIDE IS DONE.

                • 03:46:12 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

                • 03:46:16 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 19 MINUTES.

                • 03:46:18 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  OK. IN THAT CASE, I WILL YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

                  OK. IN THAT CASE, I WILL YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO.

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                • 03:46:25 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:46:30 PM

                  MR. DEFAZIO

                  IT'S HARD FOR MANY PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT WATER IS IN THE…

                  IT'S HARD FOR MANY PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT WATER IS IN THE WEST. WHAT A PRECIOUS RESOURCE IT IS IN THE WEST. AND HOW COMPLICATED THE ISSUES REGARDING WATER ARE. IN THE CASE OF THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, 140,000 WESTERN FARMERS, ONE IN FIVE, WHO GET IRRIGATION WATER, GET IT THROUGH 8,000 MILES OF CANALS THROUGH THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION. 500 DAMS RUN BY THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, FLOOD CONTROL FOR -- ENSURE FLOOD CONTROL FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WESTERNERS, MILLIONS, ACTUALLY. AND IT ALSO PROVIDES WATER FOR RESIDENTIAL, MUNICIPAL, INDUSTRY IT WILL USE, SERVING -- INDUSTRIAL USE, SERVING 31 MILLION PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE LIGHTLY TAMPERED WITH, WITH THE PRIVATIZATION AGENDA OF THE -- OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. REMEMBER, WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A TRILLION, THEN ON THE STATE OF THE UNION DAY, TRILLION AND A HALF DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. WHERE IS IT? DOESN'T EXIST. IN FACT, THEY HAVEN'T PUT FORWARD ONE PENNY. IN FACT, THEY HAVE PROPOSED TO CUT FUNDING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. BUT THEY WANT TO COME UP WITH LITTLE THINGS THEY CAN SAY, OH, LOOK, WE'RE PROMOTING INFRASTRUCTURE HERE. WE'RE GOING TO SELL OFF FEDERAL ASSETS TO WHO KNOWS WHO? PRIVATE ENTITIES, FOREIGN ENTITIES, ANYBODY WHO WANTS. TO REMEMBER ENRON? THE NEXT BIG THING WAS GOING TO BE WATER. THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO GET INTO. THEY WERE GOING TO CONTROL AND MANIPULATE WATER SUPPLIES TO DRIVE UP THE PRICES. WELL, THIS BILL OFFERS THE PROSPECT OF SOMEONE LIKE AN ENRON TO GET HOLD OF A PUBLIC ASSET, TODAY, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION FEDERAL ASSET, AND WATER RESOURCES. THEN WHAT HAPPENS? THAT'S AN AWFULLY BIG QUESTION MARK. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AFTER A PRIVATE ENTITY TAKES OVER WHAT WAS FORMERLY BEING RUN IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST WITH ALLOCATION AMONG COMPETING USERS? WE MIGHT JUST HAVE A NEW COMPETITION. IF ANYBODY REMEMBERS THAT MOVIE, CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAME RIGHT NOW, ABOUT L.A. AND THE VALLEY AND ALL THE SHENANIGANS THEY DID . "CHINATOWN." THAT'S IT. YES. WE COULD HAVE A 21ST CENTURY VERSION OF "CHINATOWN" INVOLVING PRIVATE INTERESTS OR MUNICIPAL INTERESTS OR FOREIGN INTERESTS GETTING CONTROL OF OUR WATER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SAYS, OH, NO, NO, CONGRESS CAN ACT AFTER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ARBITRARILY ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO SELL OFF PUBLIC ASSETS, WATER ASSETS, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, CONGRESS CAN ACT TO STOP IT. ANYBODY HEARD OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE? NOW, TELL ME, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO GET THEM TO DO IN 90 DAYS? CAN YOU WAKE THEM FROM THEIR NAP? I DON'T THINK SO. I MEAN, YEAH, MAYBE IN THE HOUSE, PARTICULARLY THE DEMOCRAT -- IF THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN CHARGE, WE COULD STOP SOME REALLY BAD PRIVATIZATION PROPOSALS BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, OF THESE PRECIOUS WATER RESOURCES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. WE COULD DO IT WITHIN 90 DAYS. HECK, WE CAN DO IT IN QUICK TIME. NOT THE SENATE. SUBJECT TO A FILIBUSTER. SO ANY ONE PERSON COULD BLOCK CONGRESS FROM ACTING. SO THAT IS NOT A SAFEGUARD. THAT'S ABOUT THE FLIMSIEST, PHONIEST AND MOST TRANSPARENT OF NONSAFEGUARD SAFEGUARDS I'VE EVER SEEN. SO WHY WE -- WOULD WE TRUST THIS ADMINISTRATION WITH THE MOST PRECIOUS ASSET MANY OF US HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES, PARTICULARLY THIS YEAR, IT'S BEEN SO DRY, WHICH IS OUR WATER RESOURCES? AND THEN WHEN THE WINTERS COME, OUR FLOOD CONTROL RESOURCES. WHY WOULD WE WANT PRIVATE ENTITIES TO CONTROL THOSE THINGS? OH, YOU WANT US TO SHUT THE FLOOD GATES AND STOP YOUR HOUSE -- WELL, YOU KNOW, THAT'S GOING TO COST YOU, IF YOU WANT US TO RETAIN THAT WATER UP HERE. BECAUSE THAT WASN'T IN OUR PLAN. SO IF YOU WANT SOME FLOOD CONTROL, THAT WILL COST YOU X. OH, YOUR FIELDS HAVE GONE DRY AND YOU WANT US TO DO SOME RELEASE FROM THE FULL RESERVOIR THAT WE CONTROL, IT'S OUR WATER, WELL, THAT'S GOING TO COST YOU. IT'S GOING TO COST YOU A LOT. BECAUSE IT ISN'T GOING TO RAIN FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS, IF YOU WANT TO SAVE YOUR CROPS. THIS IS A COLOSSALY BAD IDEA AND IT SHOULD DIE -- COLOSSALLY BAD ANDED A -- BAD IDEA AND IT SHOULD DIE HERE TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:50:45 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 03:50:51 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST OF ALL DISAGREE WITH THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I FIRST OF ALL DISAGREE WITH THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE SAFEGUARD THAT MR. HUFFMAN PUT INTO THE BILL AS BEING FLIMSY AND PHONY. I THINK WHAT MR. HUFFMAN PROPOSED WAS LEGITIMATE. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES OTHER MULTIPLE PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT STAKEHOLDERS ARE CONSULTED AND PROTECTED THROUGHOUT THE TITLE TRANSFER PROCESS. THE BILL REQUIRES THAT OPERATIONS IN USE MUST REMAIN CONSISTENT AFTER TRANSFER OF TITLE. AN ENTITY SEEKING TITLE TRANSFER MUST SIGN A WRITTEN AGREEMENT WITH THE SECRETARY IN FULL CONSULTATION WITH ANY EXISTING WATER OR POWER CUSTOMER AFFECTED BY THE TRANSFER. TRANSFERS MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH THE SECRETARY'S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT LAND AND WATER RESOURCES HELD IN TRUST FOR A FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBE. AND NO CONVEYANCE UNDER THE ACT MAY ADVERSELY IMPACT POWER RATES OR REPAYMENT OBLIGATIONS. AT THIS POINT I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                • 03:51:49 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 03:51:52 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER.

                • 03:51:54 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:51:56 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO. SO, ABOUT…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO. SO, ABOUT THIS HUFFMAN SAFEGUARD THAT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED MOST RECENTLY. YOU KNOW, IT'S A PERFECTLY GOOD PIECE OF A SAFEGUARD FRAMEWORK. IF IT'S ACCOMPANIED BY ALL THE OTHER PIECES THAT WENT WITH IT. AND THAT WERE DESIGNED TO GO WITH IT. AND THAT INCLUDED ALL THE FRONT END PROTECTIONS THAT WERE PART OF THE LEGISLATION I HAD PROPOSED BUT WHICH MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DID NOT INCLUDE IN THEIR BILL. TO MAKE SURE THAT ONLY THE RIGHT KIND OF PROJECTS, NOT THE CONTROVERSIAL ONES, WERE SUBJECT TO THIS NEW GRANT OF AUTHORITY TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. AND SIMPLY TACKING ON ONE SAFEGUARD, WHICH FRANKLY WAS THE FLIMSIEST OF THEM ALL TO BEGIN WITH, DOESN'T COME ANYWHERE CLOSE TO ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM. AS I'VE SAID, INSTEAD OF A BELT AND SUSPENDERS, IT'S A SINGLE SUSPENDER. PERFECTLY GOOD SUSPENDER. BUT TRY WALKING AROUND WITH ONE SUSPENDER ALL DAY LONG AND YOU'LL FIND IT NOT VERY ADEQUATE. THIS BILL RECKLESSLY AUTHORIZES THE DE FACTO PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. IT FAILS TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF NUMEROUS STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, TRIBES, FISHING GROUPS, ENVIRONMENTAL AND RECREATIONAL INTERESTS. AND FINALLY, IT COMES FROM THE BANKRUPT TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT REFLECTS THIS ADMINISTRATION'S FAILED PRIVATIZATION PHILOSOPHY. THE PUBLIC DESERVES A REAL INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, NOT A SHELL GAME THAT SIMPLY GIVES AWAY AND PRIVATIZES EXISTING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                • 03:53:29 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 03:53:33 PM

                  MR. LAMBORN

                  I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT MY BILL WAS INTRODUCED WAY BEFORE ANY TRUMP…

                  I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT MY BILL WAS INTRODUCED WAY BEFORE ANY TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN BILL WAS INTRODUCED. AND SECONDLY, THE IDEA IN THIS BILL COMES FROM THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION 20, 25 YEARS AGO. IT WAS PART OF AL GORE'S REINVENTING GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE. SO IT HAS A BIPARTISAN HISTORY THAT GOES BACK DECADES. AND EMOTIONAL DIATRIBES AGAINST THE PRESIDENT I THINK ARE NOT GERMANE TO WHAT THIS BILL IS REALLY ALL ABOUT. SO I WOULD LIKE TO CONCLUDE, MR. SPEAKER, BY POINTING OUT THAT THIS ALSO HAS STRONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. IN NO WAY IS ANY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ERODED AND IT DOES NOT ALLOW THOSE WHO WISH TO PURSUE TITLE TRANSFER TO DO SO UNLESS THEY ADHERE TO FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL STATUTES. SECTION 5 OF THE BILL SIMPLY STATES THAT THE SECRETARY DEVELOP A CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION PROCESS CONSISTENT WITH NEPA. THIS SECTION IS IN NO WAY A NEPA WAIVER, NOR IS IT A CONGRESSIONALLY MANDATED CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION. THIS PROVISION SIMPLY REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO DEVELOP A CHECKLIST SO THE AGENCY CAN QUICKLY IDENTIFY ANY POSSIBLE CONFLICTS WITH THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT OR ANY OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE NEPA PROCESS. SECTION 8 OF THE BILL SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT AFTER CONVEYANCE UNDER THIS ACT, THE RECEIVING ENTITY MUST STILL COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS. AND FINALLY, I THINK IT'S WORTH NOTING TWO ADDITIONAL CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THIS LEGISLATION. THE TRANSFER MUST NOT HAVE AN UNMITIGATED SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE RECEIVING ENTITY MUST OPERATE THE PROPERTY CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT OPERATIONS UNDER THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION. SO ANY THOUGHT THAT THERE IS AN EVASION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS IS SIMPLY FALSE. SO AT THIS POINT I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. THERE ARE PLENTY OF GOOD SAFEGUARDS THAT ARE PUT INTO PLACE ON A BIPARTISAN LEVEL. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION WITH DECADES OF SUPPORT FROM BOTH PARTIES. AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT H.R. 3281. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:56:00 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 985, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                • 03:56:04 PM

                  The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                    THE CLERK

                    A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE THE TERROR…

                    A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE THE TERROR OF -- OF -- THE TRANSFER OF NON-FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF APPROPRIATE RECLAMATION PROJECTS OR FACILITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 03:56:31 PM

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

                  • 03:56:34 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                  • 03:56:37 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                  • 03:56:39 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                  • 03:56:41 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    I AM OPPOSED IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                  • 03:56:47 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    MR. HUFFMAN OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, H.R. 3281, TO THE…

                    MR. HUFFMAN OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, H.R. 3281, TO THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. AT THE END OF THE BILL, ADDED FAT -- ADD THE FOLLOWING. SECTION 10. PROHIBITION AGAINST CON FLICKS OF INTEREST. THE SECRETARY MAY NOT RELINQUISH OWNERSHIP OF AN INELIGIBLE FACILITY TO A QUALIFYING ENTITY IF THE ENTITY EMPLOYED THE SECRETARY OR DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR AS A FEDERALLY REGISTERED LOBBYIST WITHIN THE PAST THREE YEARS.

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              • 03:56:50 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Huffman motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add a section at the end of the bill entitled "Prohibition Against Conflict of Interest".

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR --…

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS MOTION.

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                • 03:57:27 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS THE PART WHERE I GIVE THE USUAL…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS THE PART WHERE I GIVE THE USUAL STIPULATION THAT THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED, THE BILL WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. NOW, THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. THE UNDERLYING BILL ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO DOLE OUT PUBLICLY OWNED INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER PUBLIC ASSETS TO WATER DISTRICTS. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY SAYS THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT CAN'T GIVE AWAY PUBLIC ASSETS TO A WATER DISTRICT IF THAT DISTRICT HAS EMPLOYED THE SECRETARY OR THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF INTERIOR AS A LOBBYIST IN THE PREVIOUS THREE YEARS. PUT ANOTHER WAY, THE SECRETARY AND DEPUTY SECRETARY CAN'T GIVE AWAY PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE TO THOSE WHO RECENTLY SIGNED THEIR LOBBYING PAYCHECKS. IT SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAYING THAT THIS BASIC ETHICS REQUIREMENT IS NEEDED. PARTICULARLY IN THIS ADMINISTRATION WHERE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND CORRUPTION RUN SO RAMPANT. THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR HAS BEEN MIRED IN SCANDALS. THE INTERIOR SECRETARY'S ACTIONS HAVE TRIGGERED AT LEAST 10 GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATIONS. IT WAS ALSO RECENTLY REVEALED THAT THE SECRETARY AND/OR HIS FAMILY ARE CURRENTLY IN A BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP TO DEVELOP A FORMER INDUSTRIAL SITE WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY COMPANY, HALLIBURTON. HALLIBURTON, OF COURSE, HAS A LOT OF BUSINESS PENDING BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR. THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS CONFLICT OF INTEREST. AND IT DEMONSTRATES HOW HOLLOW THE PRESIDENT'S PLEDGE TO DRAIN THE SWAMP HAS BEEN. FURTHER, MR. SPEAKER, DEPUTY INTERIOR SECRETARY BERNHARDT, THE NUMBER TWO OFFICIAL AT THE AGENCY, WAS MOST RECENTLY EMPLOYED AS A FEDERAL LOBBYIST AND HAD A LONG LIST OF CLIENTS WITH BUSINESS BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT. INCLUDING CLIENTS WHO STAND TO GAIN WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL BY TAKING OWNERSHIP OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. WE MUST NOT ALLOW SUCH BLATANT CONFLICTS OF INTEREST TO STAND. IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO EXERCISE SOME OVERSIGHT OVER THIS ADMINISTRATION AND INSTALL SOME BASIC RULES OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND ETHICS. IF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE SERIOUS ABOUT EXERCISING THEIR OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES, THEY'LL SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. IT SIMPLY MAKES SURE THAT THE PUBLIC'S ASSETS CANNOT BE GIVEN AWAY TO BIG BUSINESS AND NARROW SPECIAL INTERESTS IF THOSE SAME INTERESTS EMPLOYED AGENCY LEADERSHIP IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. I YIELD BACK AND URGE AN AYE VOTE.

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                • 03:59:54 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  MR. LAMBORN

                  I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. LAMBORN

                  THIS MOTION, MR. SPEAKER, IS JUST A PROCEDURAL GIMMICK TO DELAY PASSAGE OF…

                  THIS MOTION, MR. SPEAKER, IS JUST A PROCEDURAL GIMMICK TO DELAY PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. IF THE AMENDMENT MADE BY THIS MOTION WAS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO THE MINORITY, THEY COULD HAVE OFFERED THIS AS AN AMENDMENT WHEN THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE MARKED UP THE BILL, OR FILED THIS AMENDMENT WITH THE RULES COMMITTEE. THEY DID NOT IN EITHER CASE. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN BILL THAT SUPPORTS LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE, GIVES LOCAL COMMUNITIES THE ABILITY TO SEEK PRIVATE FINANCING THROUGH EQUITY TO IMPROVE LOCAL VITAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. I URGE REJECTION OF THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 04:00:41 PM

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

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS…

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.

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                  • 04:01:04 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS, PLEASE.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    PLEASE.

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                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                At the conclusion of debate on the Huffman motion to recommit with instructions, the Chair put the question on the motion to recommit, and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Huffman demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit until later in the legislative day.

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                  Reconvened

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                    HOUSE ON C-SPAN, GETTING READY FOR VOTES. TO RECOMMIT ON 3281. PASSAGE OF…

                    HOUSE ON C-SPAN, GETTING READY FOR VOTES. TO RECOMMIT ON 3281. PASSAGE OF 3281 IF ORDERED. PASSAGE OF 6237. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 3281 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                • 04:45:23 PM

                  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                  The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to recommit on H.R. 3281, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

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                    THE CLERK

                    MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 3281 OFFERED BY MR. HUFFMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

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

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                  • 04:46:08 PM

                    Considered as unfinished business. 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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                      On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 324 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 187, THE NAYS ARE 230, THE MOTION IS NOT…

                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 187, THE NAYS ARE 230, 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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                  • 05:16:32 PM

                    House Vote 324 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                    Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act

                    Failed (187 - 230)
                    Yea
                    Nay

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

                    Vote Details: Nay - 230
                    Republican - 229
                    Democratic - 1

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

                    • 05:16:34 PM

                      On passage Roll Call 325 - Recorded vote pending.

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                        MR. NUNES

                        REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER 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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                    House Vote 325 - On Passage

                    Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act

                    Passed (233 - 184)
                    Aye
                    No

                    Vote Details: Aye - 233
                    Republican - 224
                    Democratic - 9

                    Vote Details: No - 184
                    Democratic - 178
                    Republican - 6

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 1884. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT…

                      THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 1884. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS PASSAGE OF H.R. 3267. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                    • 05:24:32 PM

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

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                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 6237 — "To authorize 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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                          On passage Roll Call 326 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                            THE CLERK

                            H.R. 6237, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 20818 AND…

                            H.R. 6237, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 20818 AND 2019 FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT AND CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 05:32:00 PM

                        House Vote 326 - On Passage

                        Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019

                        Passed (363 - 54)
                        Yea

                        Vote Details: Yea - 363
                        Republican - 222
                        Democratic - 141

                        Vote Details: Nay - 54
                        Republican - 8
                        Democratic - 46

                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 11
                        Republican - 5
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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 363. THE NAYS ARE 54. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 363. THE NAYS ARE 54. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                        • 05:32:02 PM

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                      • 05:33:49 PM

                        MOMENT OF SILENCE

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                          MR. FITZPATRICK

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

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED…

                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          MR. FITZPATRICK

                          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WITH A HEAVY HEART WE RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF SARAH…

                          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WITH A HEAVY HEART WE RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF SARAH MITCHELL, A NAVAL OFFICER SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY WHO PASSED AWAY JULY 8 DUE TO INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A TRAINING ACCIDENT IN JORDAN. SHE ATTENDED NORTH HAMPTON ELEMENTARY AND WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. SHE EXCELLED IN THE CLASSROOM AS WELL AS A MEMBER'S FIELD HOCKEY TEAM, BASKETBALL TEAM, AND TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS. LISA PENNINGTON, SARAH'S FIELD HOCKEY COACH, SAID SHE IS THE PERSON YOU REMEMBER SMILING AND WORKING HARD TO BE SUCCESSFUL. UPON GRADUATION, SHE GRADUATED FROM VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE WAS A MEMBER. CORPS OF CADETS. REGARDED AS AN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT ATHLETE, MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY, SARAH'S DECISION TO SERVE OUR NATION CAME AS NO SURPRISE TO THOSE WHO KNEW HER BETH. HER LONGTIME FRIEND, EMILY, HAD THESE AMAZING WORDS ABOUT SARAH IN OUR LOCAL PAPER, THE BUCKS COUNTY COURIER TIMES. SHE WAS FEARLESS IN THE PURSUIT OF EVERYTHING SHE WANTED, NEVER SETTLING FOR ANYTHING LESS. SARAH NEVER LEFT ANYONE BEHIND. SARAH'S LOYALTY TO HER FAMILY, HER FIANCE, HER FRIENDS AND HER COUNTRY WAS UNDENIABLE. SHE CARRIED THE BURDENS OF OTHERS AND HELPED EVERY PERSON SHE ENCOUNTERED WHO WAS IN NEED. MR. SPEAKER, MAY ALL OF US USE THE LEGACY SARAH LEFT US AS A GUIDE TO LIVE IN A WAY THAT EXEMPLIFIES PATRIOTISM AND COURAGE AND WE SEND OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENESS TO SARAH'S FIANCE, DAVE COLLINS, HER PARENTS, JACK AND BETSY, SIBLINGS, KEVIN, CHRISTY, JOHN, JILLIAN. I ASK OUR COLLEAGUES TO RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR AN AMERICAN HERO.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          MEMBERS WILL RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN…

                          MEMBERS WILL RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 05:37:17 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO YET ANOTHER SUCCESS…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO YET ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY FROM TAX REFORM. A CONSTITUENT OF MINE WHO'S THE FOUNDER AND OWNER OF ALL PRO SOLUTIONS, A SMALL BUSINESS IN SOUTH CAROLINA, HAS BENEFITED GREATLY FROM TAX REFORM. TIBBY CONTACTED MY OFFICE WITH HIS RECENT SUCCESS STORY AND HE CANNOT DOWNPLAY THE POSITIVE IMPACT HE HAS SEEN. ALL PRO SOLUTIONS IS A DIGITAL ARCHIVING COMPANY OF 10 EMPLOYEES SO THEY ARE IN NO WAY A BIG CORPORATION.

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                      • 05:37:23 PM

                        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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                          MR. NORMAN

                          AS A RESULT OF TAX REFORM BEING SIGNED INTO LAW, ALL PRO SOLUTIONS HAVE…

                          AS A RESULT OF TAX REFORM BEING SIGNED INTO LAW, ALL PRO SOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUY COMBRA AND NEWER EQUIPMENT. THEY HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN SALES. THEY ARE NOW EXPANDED THEIR ARCHIVING WORK AND WILL SOON BE HIRING TWO MORE EMPLOYEES DUE TO THESE WONDERFUL CIRCUMSTANCES. HIS STORY PROVES THESE TAX CUTS WERE FOR EVERYONE. THEY ARE WORKING ON A LOCAL LEVEL. THEY ARE BENEFICIAL TO ALL AND WORKING ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:38:13 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 NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 05:38:17 PM

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

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

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                        • 05:38:25 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          MR. PAYNE

                          MR. SPEAKER, THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY OPPOSE THE TRUMP…

                          MR. SPEAKER, THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY OPPOSE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S CRUEL POLICY OF JAILING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN. BUT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE. JUST YESTERDAY, NEWS BROKE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT IS PREPARING FOR A POSSIBLY ANOTHER SURGE OF FAMILIES TO SEPARATE. THEY'RE PLANNING FOR THE POSSIBLE DETENTION OF THOUSANDS MORE CHILDREN. EVEN THOUGH THE OFFICE DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF THESE CHILDREN. SO WHAT -- WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATION'S PLAN FOR COVERING THE COST OF JAILING CHILDREN? ACCORDING TO INTERNAL DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY REPORTERS, D.H.S. PLANS TO PAY FOR THE CHILD SEPARATION BY ROBBING FUNDS FROM THE RYAN WHITE HIV-AIDS PROGRAM. IN FACT, D.H.H. IS ALREADY MOVING MONEY OUT OF THE RYAN WHITE PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WICKED. STEALING FROM THE UNDERINSURED AND THE UNINSURED PEOPLE LIVING WITH H.I.V. IN ORDER TO PUT CHILDREN IN JAIL IS OUTRAGEOUS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO STEP UP AND PROTECT THE RYAN WHITE PROGRAM AND END THE CHILD DETENTION.

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                        • 05:40:03 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE…

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        • 05:40:11 PM

                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'LL BE RETURNING TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. WE HAVE…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'LL BE RETURNING TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. WE HAVE BEEN THERE FOR MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS, MAYBE 11 HOURS, WITH PETER STRZOK, AN F.B.I. AGENT WHO HAS BEEN VINDICATED BY THE F.B.I. SCANDAL. THE HILLARY CLINTON EMAILS FOUND NO EFFECT OF ANY CRIMINAL VIOLATION. YET, REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTINUED OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO HOLD THESE HEARINGS WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE QUESTION OF JAILED CHILDREN SNATCHED FROM THEIR FAMILIES. TODAY, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IS HOLDING BACK THE REUNIFICATION OF SOME OF THESE BABIES UNDER 5 TO THEIR MOMS AND THEIR DADS ON THE BASIS OF UNRELATABLE OR UNNECESSARY PREDICAMENTS OF THESE PARENTS WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED FOR MISDEMEANORS REGARDING IMMIGRATION. THIS IS THE ADMINISTRATION THAT REALLY HAS NO CARING AND NO LOVE FOR PEOPLE. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAD THE DELEGATION FROM THIS NATION, NOT REPRESENTING ME, FIGHT A COUNTRY THAT WAS TRYING TO SUPPORT BREAST-FEEDING. AND THEY WANTED TO CONDEMN ECUADOR FOR A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING BREAST-FEEDING FOR MOTHERS AROUND THE WORLD. WHAT ARE WE COMING TO? WHERE IS THE HEART IN THIS ADMINISTRATION? I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:41:34 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 05:41:42 PM

                          MR. KIHUEN

                          UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          MR. KIHUEN

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

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF SUSAN SMITH. SUSAN ATTENDED THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS ON OCTOBER 1. SUSAN WAS A WIFE AND A MOTHER OF TWO. SHE WORKED AS AN OFFICE MANAGER AT VEASTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA. SHE LOVED TRAVELING, SCRAPBOOKING AND DOCUMENTING COUNTLESS MEMORIES FOR HER FAMILY. SHE HAD A CONTAGIOUS LAUGH AND GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. SHE WAS PATIENT, STRONG, AND KIND. SUSAN IS REMEMBERED FOR HER LOVE FOR HER FAMILY, HER DRIVE, AND THE BEAUTIFUL WAY SHE TREATED OTHERS. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO SUSAN SMITH'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE KNOW THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA, AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINING BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 05:42:38 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 GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 05:42:42 PM

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

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

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                        • 05:42:47 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          MS. TENNEY

                          I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A SPECIAL DAY THAT TODAY IS. IT'S THE NATIONAL…

                          I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A SPECIAL DAY THAT TODAY IS. IT'S THE NATIONAL DAY OF CIVILITY, #NATIONALDAYOFCIVILITY. AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THIS DAY BECAUSE LAST YEAR AS A FRESHMAN MEMBER, EVEN BEFORE WE WERE SWORN IN, MY FRESHMAN COLLEAGUES AND I WERE STUCK IN WILLIAMSBURG IN A SNOWSTORM. WHEN WE WERE STUCK TOGETHER WE DECIDED TO COME UP WITH A NEW COURSE FOR OUR CLASS AND NEW INITIATIVE CALLED THE COMMITMENT TO CIVILITY, THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUES, MIKE JOHNSON, ESPECIALLY, FOR THIS BRAIN CHILD. AND FROM THAT DAY FORWARD, WE ALL AGREED AND ALL OF US EXCEPT I THINK MAYBE THREE MEMBERS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, SIGNED THIS WITH THE HOPE OF US FINDING A DIFFERENT COURSE, FINDING SOME MORE CIVILITY AND WORK ACROSS THE AISLE. TO THIS DAY I TRIED TO LIVE UP TO THAT COMMITMENT. EVERY BILL THAT I'VE INTRODUCED THAT'S ORIGINALLY SPONSORED, I'VE DONE WITH THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES. WE'VE ENDEAVORED TO WORK TOGETHER ON A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES, WHETHER IT'S SOLICITING ADVICE FROM OTHER COMMITTEES OR THE PRESIDENT OR ANY KIND OF LETTER TO THE BOARD -- TO THE AGENCIES THAT WE REPRESENT, AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE AND ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHO SIGNED THIS AND WHO CONTINUE TO LIVE UP TO OUR COMMITMENT TO CIVILITY AND, MR. SPEAKER, I JUST ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO ENJOY -- JOIN ME IN ENCOURAGING HOUSE RESOLUTION 400, CREATING A NATIONAL DAY OF CIVILITY BE RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU.

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                        • 05:44:26 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 05:44:29 PM

                          MS. KAPTUR

                          TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 05:44:32 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          MS. KAPTUR

                          MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP, ALONG WITH HIS REPUBLICAN CHOIR HERE IN…

                          MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP, ALONG WITH HIS REPUBLICAN CHOIR HERE IN CONGRESS, ARE SABOTAGING YOUR HEALTH CARE. FIRST, HIS ADMINISTRATION PUT HURDLES TO ENROLLMENT BY SLASHING OUTREACH FOR SIGNUP EFFORTS. HE ANNOUNCED HE WOULD SLASH NAVIGATOR FUNDING. NOW THE ADMINISTRATION SLASHED KEY PAYMENTS TO INSURERS. HE REPEALED THE REQUIREMENT EVERYONE HAVE INSURANCE WHICH PUTS FURTHER STRAINS ON COST IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. MEANWHILE, REPUBLICANS IN STATES ACROSS OUR UNION, ARE URGING FEDERAL COURTS TO RULE HEALTH PROTECTIONS FOR 130 MILLION PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. OHIOANS ARE STARING DOWN AN 8% INCREASE IN PREMIUMS FOR 2019, AND WHAT IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DOING? SABOTAGING PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE. HIS SUPREME COURT NOMINEE HAS NOW QUESTIONED THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF KEY ELEMENTS OF COVERAGE IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THERE ARE BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO HELP AMERICANS FACING THE DAUNTING TASK OF PAYING RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. THIS CONGRESS MUST CHOOSE PEOPLE OVER PROFITS, OF BIG PHARMACEUTICAL INSURANCE COMPANIES. HUMAN LIVES HANG IN THE BALANCE. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME. .

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                        • 05:45:53 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 05:46:09 PM

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                          ROBERT MUELLER IS CONDUCTING A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. MR. TRUMP'S…

                          ROBERT MUELLER IS CONDUCTING A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. MR. TRUMP'S ATTORNEY DOESN'T WANT HIM TO TESTIFY. RUDY GULIANI HAS CLAIMED THAT HE DOESN'T HAVE TO TESTIFY IF HE DOESN'T THINK THE PROSECUTOR HAS A GOOD BASIS FOR THE INVESTIGATION, THAT MR. TRUMP DOESN'T HAVE TO TESTIFY IF HE THINKS THE PROSECUTOR ISN'T BEING OBJECTIVE AND DOESN'T HAVE TO TESTIFY IF HE DOESN'T HAVE EVIDENCE OF A CRIME. ON THIS PICTURE. MR. AL CAPONE TESTIFIED BEFORE A GRAND JURY AND DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS A BASIS FOR THAT INVESTIGATION AND HE DIDN'T THINK THE PROSECUTOR WAS OBJECTIVE BUT HE TESTIFIED UNDER OATH AS DID PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON BECAUSE NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, NO ONE IS IMMUNE FROM A SUBPOENA, NOT MR. AL CAPONE, NOT MR. DONALD TRUMP. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:47:12 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED NOT TO ENGAGE IN PERSONALITIES AGAINST THE PRESIDENT.…

                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED NOT TO ENGAGE IN PERSONALITIES AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. ANY FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS FROM THE FLOOR? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                      • 05:47:19 PM

                        SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                          MR. TAYLOR

                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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                        • 05:47:48 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                          MR. TAYLOR

                          WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO SPEAK ABOUT HOW FOR FAR TOO LONG CONGRESS HAS…

                          WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO SPEAK ABOUT HOW FOR FAR TOO LONG CONGRESS HAS PASSED CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS WHICH HAVE DEVASTATING EFFECTS ON OUR MILITARY. THEY HAVE HURT OUR MAINTENANCE, READINESS, TRAINING AND CONTRACTING AND CALLING A NEGATIVE EFFECT WHICH HURT OUR STRONG MILITARY FAMILIES WHO ARE THE VERY FOUNDATION OF OUR FORCE. INDEED, SECRETARY MATTIS SAID IN JANUARY OF 2018, QUOTE, AS HARD AS THE LAST 16 YEARS HAVE BEEN, NO ENEMY IN THE FIELD HAS DONE MORE TO HARM THE READINESS OF THE U.S. MILITARY THAN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, DEFENSE SPENDING CUTS AND OPERATING UNDER CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS, UNQUOTE. THE CONGRESS HAS PASSED CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS FOR NINE OF THE PAST 10 YEARS, NINE OUT OF THE PAST 10 YEARS. I WILL SAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I'M ENCOURAGED, SKEPTICAL AND HOPEFUL THAT CONGRESS WILL MOVE TOWARD REGULAR ORDER THIS YEAR AND FORGE GO A CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR THE DEFENSE BECAUSE THE SENATE HAS SAID IT WILL MOVE IT TO THE FLOOR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS. SKEPTICAL BECAUSE I'M A REALIST AND ATTACH ANOTHER BILL TO IT WHICH WILL MAKE IT TOUGHER TO GET PASSED. HOPEFUL BECAUSE I'M AN OPTIMIST. THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND WE ARE PUSHING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF REPRESENTING THE DISTRICT WITH MORE MILITARY AND VETERANS THAN ANY ONE IN THE NATION. IF ANYTHING IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD, OUR MEN AND WOMEN ARE THERE ON THE FRONT LINES FIGHTING FOR FAMILIES, FIGHTING FOR FRIENDS, FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM. WE OWE THEM BETTER. WE MUST DO BETTER. WE MUST GET OUR ACTS TOGETHER AND LEAD IN THE COURAGE OF OUR NATION AND SPIRIT OF THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO STAND THE WATCH FOR US EVERY SINGLE DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO CONSUME.

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                        • 05:50:03 PM

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                          MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA AS WELL.

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                          MR. HUNTER

                          SCOTT TAYLOR ENLISTED IN THE NAVY SEALS IN 1997 AND WENT BACK TO IRAQ IN…

                          SCOTT TAYLOR ENLISTED IN THE NAVY SEALS IN 1997 AND WENT BACK TO IRAQ IN RAMADI AS A NAVY SEAL SNIPER WAS INJURED AND HE IS HERE NOW. THANKS FOR DOING THIS. AND LIKE MOST NAVY SEALS, HE DOES GREAT. AS A CONGRESSMAN, HE DOES VERY WELL IN THIS JOB. I WOULD LIKE TO BRING UP ONE POINT THAT STRUCK ME BECAUSE OF THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT AND THE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. THE FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WHEN WE PASSED NINE YEARS AGO, THE FORMER SPEAKER SAID THIS WILL NEVER PASS, IT'S TOO HORRIBLE. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AND IT HURTS IT TOO BADLY. THAT IS WHAT THE FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WHEN HE LOOK AT THE COMMITTEE IN THE EYE, A LOT OF THEM VOTED YES ON THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT AND PUT US WHERE WE ARE NOW. IN 2017, YOU HAD ABOUT 80 SERVICE MEMBERS DIE IN TRAINING. THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE DRUNK DRIVING OR FALLING OFF A CLIFF BUT IN TRAINING IN THE UNITED STATES. YOU HAD OVER 80 SERVICE MEMBERS DIE LAST YEAR. 21 SERVICE MEMBERS DIE IN COMBAT. 21 SERVICE PEOPLE DIE IN COMBAT ZONES WHERE THEY ARE GETTING SHOT AT AND OVER 80 PEOPLE DIE AT HOME JUST TRAINING. THE BUDGET TOLL ACT AND THE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS HAVE MADE IT SAFER TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PHILLIPINES, IT'S SAFER THAN TRAINING HERE AT HOME AND SAFER THAN GETTING IN AND FLYING. THAT IS A SAD STATE FOR OUR AMERICAN MILITARY AND SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS FOR THIS CONGRESS. WHAT MR. TAYLOR SAID IS RIGHT. REWE ARE GOING TO GET A CLEAN BILL BACK FROM THE SENATE AND MOVE FORWARD AND GET OUT OF THESE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS AND STAY OUT OF THEM. IT TOOK NINE YEARS TO GET WHERE WE ARE NOW WHERE WE ARE GETTING OUT OF IT WITH WHAT THE SPEAKER HAS DONE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SERVICE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:52:28 PM

                          MR. TAYLOR

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS A COMBAT MARINE. I WON'T HOLD…

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS A COMBAT MARINE. I WON'T HOLD IT AGAINST HIM. WE APPRECIATE HIM FOR HIS TIME IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THANK THE GENTLEMAN, HE IS A LEADER ON MILITARY AND DEFENSE ISSUES AND NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES. WE TRULY APPRECIATE HIS SERVICE THEN AND NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI SO MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO CONSUME.

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                        • 05:52:59 PM

                          MRS. HARTZLER

                          THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN TAYLOR FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL EVENT TONIGHT. AS A…

                          THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN TAYLOR FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL EVENT TONIGHT. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE I HAVE HEARD TOO MANY TESTIMONIES AFTER TESTIMONIES TALKING ABOUT THE DANGEROUSLY LOW LEVEL OF OUR MILITARY'S READINESS. YEARS OF BUDGET CUTS COUPLED WITH CONTINUING RESSLUGES HAVE DELAYED THE MODERNIZATION OF OUR AIRPLANES, SHIPS AND BASIC EQUIPMENT, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME REDUCING OUR READINESS OF OUR TROOPS AROUND THE GLOBE. TODAY, WE HAVE THE SMALLEST ARMY SINCE POST-WORLD WAR II, SMALLEST NAVY SINCE WORLD WAR I AND SMALLEST AIR FORCE. 50% OF OUR FIGHTER AND BOMBER FORCES ARE ABLE TO FLY, FIGHT AND WIN A HIGHLY CONTESTED FIGHT MUCH LIKE OUR FORCES WOULD ENCOUNTER WITH CHINA AND RUSSIA. GET THIS. LET THAN HALF OF THE NAVY'S AIRCRAFT CAN FLY DUE TO MAINTENANCE AND SPARE PARTS' ISSUES. THINK ABOUT THAT. LESS THAN HALF OF THE NAVY'S AIRCRAFT CAN FLY DUE TO MAINTENANCE AND SPARE PARTS' ISSUES. BUDGET CUTS AND INCREASED OPERATIONS HAVE DEPLETED SUPPLY OF MUNITIONS. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF BOMBS. TWO NAVY DESTROYERS WERE INVOLVED IN COLLISIONS THAT WILL TAKE YEARS TO REPAIR RESULTING IN THE DEATHS OF 17 SAILORS, 17 SAILORS OF THE 80 THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, REPRESENTATIVE DUNK AND, JUST SHARED ABOUT, THAT WE LOST 80 IN TRAINING ACCIDENTS LAST YEAR. WE LOST 17 IN THIS ACCIDENT DEALING WITH THE TWO NAVY DESTROYERS AND I SAW PERSONALLY IN SEPTEMBER THIS IMPACT AND THIS ACCIDENT ON THE USS FITZGERALD AS PART OFAL FACT-FINDING MISSION. I STOOD IN THE ROOM WHERE SEVEN SAILORS DIED WHEN THEIR SHIP COLLIDED WITH A COMMERCIAL FREIGHTER AND FLOODED THEIR ROOM WHERE THEY WERE SLEEPING UNDER TWO MINUTES GIVING THEM VERY LITTLE TIME TO ESCAPE. IT WAS HEART WRENCHING TO SEE AND HEARTBREAKING TO THINK ABOUT THE PAIN THAT THE FAMILIES WILL FACE FOR YEARS TO COME. THIS WAS DUE TO AN ENEMY ATTACK AND DUE TO TRAINING LAPSES AND POOR LEADERSHIP WHICH IS EX AS SER BAITED WITH LACK OF FUNDING FOR NEEDED FUNDING AND LACK OF TRAINING DUE TO CUTS AND SEQUESTRATION. SAILORS ARE WORKING 100 HOURS A WEEK TO KEEP UP WITH THE TRAINING OPERATIONS. OUR MEN AND WOMEN NRL UNIFORM DESERVE BETTER. WE CANNOT EXPECT OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE MILITARY ONLY FOR THEM TO BE PLACED IN HARM'S WAY WITHOUT THE PROPER EQUIPMENT OR ADEQUATE TRAINING TO ENSURE THEY RETURN HOME TO US SAFELY. CONGRESS MUST WORK TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. THE TWO-YEAR BUDGET AGREEMENT INCREASED THE DEFENSE SPENDING CAPS TO ALLOW OUR MILITARY TO BEGIN THE REBUILDING PROCESS. CONGRESS TOOK ACTION BY INVESTING IN CRITICAL MILITARY PROGRAMS SUCH AS INCREASED FUNDING FOR NAVY SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT DEPOT MAINTENANCE AND 24 F-18 HORNETS AND INCREASE ACTIVE DUTY END STRENGTH FOR ALL THE SERVICE BRANCHES. HOWEVER OUR WORK IS FAR FROM OVER. IT IS VITAL THAT WE PASS ON-TIME APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. OUR MILITARY CANNOT RESTORE READINESS WITHOUT ON-TIME APPROPRIATIONS. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RECEIVE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 BY THIS OCTOBER 1. THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY PASSED OUR VERSION OF THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE WILL ACT SWIFTLY TO ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS FUNDED ON TIME. WE NEED THEIR HELP TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN AND WE OWE IT TO OUR SAILORS AND OUR SERVICEMEN EVERYWHERE. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THIS RIGHT. AND I URGE THE SENATE TO ACT SWIFTLY AND QUICKLY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:57:37 PM

                          MR. TAYLOR

                          I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI WHO IS A STRONG VOICE…

                          I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI WHO IS A STRONG VOICE ON HOUSE ARMED SERVICES AND HUGE SUPPORTER OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR GOOD WORK. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                        • 05:58:07 PM

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                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE AND MY NEXT-DOOR…

                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE AND MY NEXT-DOOR OFFICE MATE. THE SOUTH WING OF CANNON IS WELL GUARDED.

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                        • 05:58:24 PM

                          MR. BERG

                          THE THIRD STANCE OF THE MARINE HYMN SAYS WHEN ALL THE REST OF US GET TO…

                          THE THIRD STANCE OF THE MARINE HYMN SAYS WHEN ALL THE REST OF US GET TO HEAVEN, THEY WILL FIND THAT THE GATES ARE GUARDED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES. BUT THERE ARE SNIPERS MAKING SURE THAT THE SNIPERS MARINES DON'T GET TAKEN FROM BEHIND. WE HAVE A TERM AND I'M NO LONGER INVOLVED WITH THE PENTAGON, THERE WAS A TERM CALLED BLUFF, BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT. SO THE BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT FOR MY REMARKS TODAY ARE THAT C.R.'S, CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS SERIOUSLY INHIBIT AND IN SOME CASES PREVENT LONG-TERM PLANNING, TRAINING AND READINESS. WE HAVE A TERM THAT YOU WILL HEAR NOW AND USED BY THE MILITARY ON A DAILY BASIS, WE HAVE TO BE READY TO FIGHT TONIGHT. THAT'S NOT TONIGHT NEXT WEEK OR NOT TONIGHT NEXT MONTH, IT'S RIGHT NOW AND AROUND THE GLOBE. WHEN YOU HAVE A MISSION LIKE THE U.S. MILITARY DOES TO PROTECT NOT ONLY OUR CITIZENS HERE, BUT THOSE CITIZENS IN COUNTRIES OF OUR COALITION PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT TONIGHT AND WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT AS A COALITION FORCE AROUND THE WORLD. WHEN YOU ARE NOT READY, YOU ARE NOT A GOOD PARTNER. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS CONSUME TIME. THEY CONSUME RESOURCES AND THEY INCREASE THE OVERALL COST OF WAR FIGHTING. D.O.D.'S MISSION IS TO PROTECT ALL OF OUR CITIZENS BY SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTING OPERATIONAL WAR PLANES. THESE OPERATIONAL PLANS CHANGE OVER TIME DUE TO EVOLVING THREATS. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS PREVENT D.O.D. FROM MAINTAINING MOMENTUM , IN KEEPING AHEAD OF THOSE CHANGING THREATS. . . WAR FIGHTING IS NOT LIKE A SPORTS TEAM WHERE YOU CAN GO 18-1 FATHER THE SEASON AND STILL CLAIM -- FOR THE SEASON AND STILL CLAIM VICTORY. THAT ONE HAS TO ALWAYS BE IN THE ZERO COLUMN FOR OUR MILITARY. TRAINING AND READINESS GO HAND IN HAND. READINESS COMES IN TWO FORMS. PERSONNEL READINESS. AND EQUIPMENT READINESS. AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE TIME IT TAKES TO TRAIN A YOUNG SOLDIER, SAILOR, AIRMAN, MARINE, COASTGUARDSMAN, THAT CAN'T BE DONE OVERNIGHT. LONG-TERM PLANNING GOES INTO THAT INDIVIDUAL TRAINING. THAT INDIVIDUAL TRAINING MORPHS INTO UNIT TRAINING SO THAT THAT INDIVIDUAL PART OF A UNIT IS READY TO GO AND DEFEND OUR NATION'S INTEREST AT HOME AND ABROAD. EQUIPMENT READINESS IS A CHALLENGE BECAUSE WHEN YOU CANNOT PLAN LONG-TERM FOR YOUR BUYS OF PARTS, WHETHER THEY BE FOR AIRCRAFT, SHIPS, TANKS, WHATEVER IT HAPPENS TO BE, AGAIN, YOUR COST GOES UP. WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY AS THE CONGRESS TO GIVE OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS SERIOUSLY HINDER OUR CAPABILITY TO COMPLETE THAT MISSION. I STRONGLY URGE THE SENATE TO ACT SWIFTLY AND COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT A CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS NOT AN ANSWER GOING FORWARD FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY, ALL OF ITS CITIZENS, OUR FAMILIES READINESS AND TRAINING. CONSIDER, MR. SPEAKER, OCEANIANA NAVAL BASE. YOU HEARD THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI TALK ABOUT PARTS AND MAINTENANCE AND HALF OF THE NAVY -- HALF THE NAVY AIRPLANES NOT BEING ABLE TO FLY. OSHIANA NAVAL BASE, WHICH RESIDES IN MY DISTRICT, IF IT WERE A COUNTRY IT WOULD BE THE SEVENTH LARGEST AIR FORCE IN THE WORLD. THE AIR FORCE COMBAT COMMAND IS ALSO IN MY DISTRICT. FLYING HOURS FOR MANY OF THESE UNITS HAVE BEEN FAR BELOW THE NEEDED HOURS FOR PREPARATION FOR COMBAT DEPLOYMENTS. AND AS YOU HEARD, MANY OF THE AIRCRAFT ARE GROUNDED BECAUSE OF MAINTENANCE AND NOT BEING ABLE TO GET TO PARTS. IT'S TAKEN YEARS AND WILL TAKE YEARS TO RECOVER. WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT THERE YET. AIR NATIONAL GUARDSMEN WHO VOLUNTEER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR ARE ONLY ABLE TO HAVE ORDERS CUT FOR THE DURATION OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION IF IT HAPPENS. THIS SOMETIMES REDUCES THE LEVEL OF THEIR BENEFITS, BASIC HOUSING ALLOWANCE, ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE LESS THAN THAT BECAUSE THE ORDERS GET BROKE NOON SEPARATE PIECES. THIS REALLY EFFECT -- BROKEN INTO SEPARATE PIECES. THIS REALLY EFFECTS THOSE AT THE LOWER RANKING, THE ENLISTED. LIKE I WAS. THOSE WHO HAVE MILITARY FAMILIES. AGAIN, HURTING OUR MILITARY FAMILIES WHICH IS A STRONG BASIS , A STRUCTURE FOR A STRONG FORCE. LET ME GIVE YOU ANOTHER EXAMPLE. WHILE RETURNING FROM A DEPLOYMENT, APPROXIMATELY 90 AIRMEN HAD AN UN-- HAD UNANTICIPATED CHANGES IN THEIR ITINERARY WHICH CAUSED ADDITIONAL EXPENSES TO OCCUR AND THESE EXPENSES WERE NOT AUTHORIZED PRIOR TO THE NEW FISCAL YEAR SO, THESE MEMBERS WERE NOT REIMBURSED FOR MORE THAN 60 DAYS AFTER THEIR RETURN. SOME OF THE UNPAID EXPENSES RANGED FROM A FEW DOLLARS TO $7,000 FOR ONE YOUNG AIRMAN. IMAGINE, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU'RE A YOUNG AIRMAN, HEMBINGS-3, E-4, YOU HAVE A FAMILY, 7,000 -- E-3, E-4, YOU HAVE A FAMILY, $7,000 IS A LOT OF MONEY. THE WEEKEND OF 20, JANUARY, 2018, THERE WAS A SCHEDULED TRAINING WEEKEND. THE EXPIRATION OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION CALLS A LAST-MINUTE CANCELLATION AT AN EVENT IMPACTING 950 AIRMEN. 50 OF THE AIRMEN TO WHO TRAVELED OUT OF LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE ALSO IN MY DISTRICT BEFORE THE ORDER WAS GIVEN TO CANCEL WERE IMMEDIATELY SENT HOME WITHOUT ACCOMPLISHING ANY TRAINING EVENTS. THEY MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO GET THAT TRAINING BACK AS THEY PREPARE TO GO TO COMBAT FOR THIS NATION. THERE'S SOME OTHER NEGATIVE IMPACTS THAT WE DON'T HEAR ABOUT OFTEN. THE VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD IS SECOND, CONTRIBUTING TO THE WAR EFFORT AMONGST OTHER GUARD UNITS AROUND THE COUNTRY. THE RESERVE COMPONENTS MAKE UP 47% OF OUR NATION'S OPERATIONAL FORCES. YET THEY ARE REQUIRED TO CEASE OPERATIONS DURING A CONTINUING RESOLUTION WHILE ACTIVE DUTY COUNTERPARTS CONTINUE TRAINING. 47%, MR. SPEAKER, OF OUR OPERATIONAL FORCES HAVE TO SHUT DOWN DURING CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. LET ME READ A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I GOT FROM THE VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD. DURING THE MOST RECENT SHUTDOWN THAT HAPPENED, THREE DAYS, WHICH WAS INACCURATELY REPORTED IN MANY MEDIA OUTLETS AS HAVING MINIMAL IMPACT. TO THE CONTRARY, VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD FACED THE FOLLOWING. THEY HAD LAST-MINUTE NOTIFICATION OF CANCELED, INACTIVE DUTY TRAINING FOR 2,211 PERSONNEL. RESULTING IN THE ABSENCE OF ANTICIPATED MONTHLY INCOME, WHICH EQUATED TO ABOUT FOUR DAYS OF ACTIVE DUTY PAY. NOTIFICATIONS TO MORE THAN 630 FULL-TIME SOLDIERS AND HIREMEN -- AIRMEN THAT THEIR POTENTIAL EMPLOYMENT WOULD BE TERMINATED WERE SENT OUT. THAT AFFECTS RETENTION. 28,000 DOLLARS WORTH OF CONTRACTS ACTIONS WERE CANCELED AND A PROJECTED 7,500 IN SUBSEQUENT LOSS AS A RESULT OF THOSE CANCELLATIONS. MISSED TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES. DURING THE MOST RECENT SHUTDOWN, THE NATIONAL GUARD TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TOTALED $7.7 MILLION, AFFECTING -- EXPECTED INCOME FOR 58,000 SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN AND 37,000 FEDERAL TECHNICIANS. ASIDE FROM THOSE LOSSES, THAT CONTRIBUTES TO MISSION AND MORALE IMPACTS. AGAIN, THE VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD IS SECOND IN THE NATION CONTRIBUTING TO THE WAR EFFORTS. AND THE RESERVE COMPONENTS MAKE UP 47% OF THE NATION'S OPERATIONAL FORCES. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO DO BETTER FOR OUR MILITARY APPARATUS. AND I JUST WANT TO REITERATE TO YOU THAT I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF REPRESENTING THE DISTRICT WITH MORE MILITARY AND VETERANS THAN ANY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE NATION. IF THERE IS ANYTHING GOING ON IN THE WORLD, IF MOTHER FREEDOM NEEDS TO BE DEFENDED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, THEN OUR MEN AND WOMEN ARE THERE. ON THE FRONT LINES FIGHTING FOR FAMILY, FOR FRIENDS, AND FOR FREEDOM. WE IN CONGRESS AND THE SENATE OWE THEM BETTER AND WE HAVE TO DO BETTER. WE HAVE TO GET OUR ACTS TOGETHER. WE HAVE TO LEAD WITH COURAGE. AND THE SPIRIT THAT THEY HAVE. THE COURAGE THAT THEY HAVE. WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. AND WE SHOULD PUSH AND PUSH UNTIL WE GET IT DONE, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 06:10:11 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3,…

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

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                        • 06:10:43 PM

                          MR. GOHMERT

                          IT DOES SOUND GOOD. THAT SOUNDS GOOD. IT'S BEEN AN INTERESTING DAY HERE ON…

                          IT DOES SOUND GOOD. THAT SOUNDS GOOD. IT'S BEEN AN INTERESTING DAY HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. MADAM SPEAKER. A HEARING THAT WAS STILL GOING ON WHEN I WAS JUST IN THE CLOAKROOM. WHERE WE HAD AN F.B.I. AGENT, ONE OF THE TOP SUPERVISORS, HE HAD BEEN IN CHARGE OF FOREIGN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AS WELL. AND THEN AFTER HIS OUTRAGEOUS BIAS AND COMMENTS THROUGH TEXT MESSAGES CAME TO LIGHT, ROBERT MUELLER RELIEVED HIM FROM THE TRUMP INVESTIGATION. LEFT THE OTHERS WHO WERE JUST AS BIASED. BUT IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE DAY. FOR SOMEBODY WHO HAS NOT JUST SHOWN BIAS, BUT OUTRAGEOUS ANIMOUS, DISGUST, DISDAIN, DEPLORING PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR TRUMP BY THEIR SMELL. HE TRIED TO CLEAN IT UP A LITTLE BIT IN HIS TESTIMONY TODAY. BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO SOME OF OUR MEMBERS WHO KNOW THERE IS SOME RULE HERE OF THE HOUSE THAT SOMEHOW YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BESMIRCH OTHER MEMBERS, NOT SURE HOW FAR IT GOES. BUT IF THEY WILL CHECK THE RULE, IT IS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ELECTED, BE THEM HOUSE MEMBERS, SENATE, VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT. WE ARE REQUIRED TO SHOW DECENCY AND NOT CALL INTO QUESTION THE INTENTIONS OF SUCH AN ELECTED PERSON. WHEN A WITNESS COMES BEFORE A HEARING, WHO IS TESTIFYING 180 DEGREES OPPOSITE OF WHAT HE PUT IN WRITING THOUSANDS OF TIMES, IT, FOR MOST OF US, FOR A MAJORITY HERE IN THE HOUSE, IT HAS NO CREDIBILITY. IT MAKES THE WITNESS EVEN LOOK WORSE. TO COME IN AFTER WE'VE SEEN SO MANY OF THE TEXTS HE SENT, WE GOT A GOOD SENSE OF WHERE THIS MAN'S HEART AND SOUL, MIND HAVE BEEN. AND IT APPEARED ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT HE HAD GOTTEN VE, VERY GOOD AT LYING. AND IT DOESN'T VIOLATE ANY HOUSE RULE TO SAY THAT. NOW, WHEN WE WERE IN OUR HEARING, AND ONE OF MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE YELLED THAT I WAS OFF MIED MES, SEE, NOW -- OFF MY MEDS, SEE, NOW THAT WAS A VIOLATION OF THE RULE. I THOUGHT ABOUT CALLING IT OUT. HAVING HER WORDS TAKEN DOWN. BUT WE DIDN'T NEED ANY FURTHER DELAYS. BUT I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE INFORMATIVE TO MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. BUT WHEN SOMEBODY IS LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH AND SITTING THERE SMUGLY SMIRKING, AND FRANKLY WHEN IT HIT ME, THAT'S PROBABLY THE SAME SMUG LITTLE SMIRK YOU HAD ON YOUR FACE WHEN YOU TOLD YOUR WIFE, NO TELLING HOW MANY TIMES, THERE'S NOTHING GOING ON BETWEEN ME AND LISA PAIGE. HE GOT REALLY GOOD AT LYING AND SHOWING NO EMOTION WHATSOEVER. SO, UNFORTUNATELY WHAT I'D BROUGHT OUT IN THAT HEARING, AND HE DENIED RECALLING, SHOULD NOT BE LOST IN THE EXCHANGE ABOUT HIS LYING. IT'S FAR MORE IMPORTANT. . BUT FOR THE RECORD, AS A PROSECUTOR, AS A DEFENSE ATTORNEY, AS A FELONY JUDGE AND A CHIEF JUSTICE, I HAVE ASKED, AND AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I HAVE ASKED THOUSANDS OF WITNESSES QUESTIONS. AND WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY THAT'S JUST A -- HAS GOTTEN SO GOOD AT LYING, THERE'S NO INDICATION IN THEIR EYES WHATSOEVER THAT IT BOTHERS THEM TO LIE, SOMEBODY'S GOT TO CALL THEM OUT ON IT. IT'S JUST NOT GOOD IT'S JUST NOT GOOD FOR THE STATE OF THIS UNION. IT IS ALSO DENYING CREDIBILITY TO ACTUALLY HAVE THE WITNESS SAY HE DOESN'T RECALL GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT A FORTUNE ENTITY THAT IS NOT RUSSIA, GETTING EVERY -- WELL, ACTUALLY, OVER 30,000 EMAILS, THAT WAS EVERY EMAIL THAT WAS SENT THROUGH TO HILLARY CLINTON THROUGH THE UNAUTHORIZED SERVER AND UNSECURED SERVER AND EVERY EMAIL SHE SENT OUT AND THERE WERE HIGHLY CLASSIFIED, BEYOND CLASSIFIED, TOP SECRET TYPE STUFF THAT HAD GONE THROUGH THAT SERVER. AND OUT OF THE OVER 30,000 EMAILS THAT WENT THROUGH THAT SERVER, ALL BUT FOUR OF THEM, NO EXPLANATION WHY THOSE FOUR DIDN'T GET THE SAME INSTRUCTION, BUT WE HAD SOME VERY GOOD INTELLIGENCE PEOPLE AND WHEN THEY WERE ASKED TO LOOK AT THE HILLARY CLINTON EMAILS, THEY PICKED UP AN ANOMALY. AND AS THEY DID FORENSIC RESEARCH ON THE EMAILS, THEY FOUND THAT ANOMALY WAS ACTUALLY AN INSTRUCTION EMBEDDED, COMPARTMENTALIZED DATA EMBEDDED IN THE EMAIL SERVER TELLING THE SERVER TO SEND A COPY OF EVERY EMAIL THAT CAME TO HILLARY CLINTON THROUGH THAT UNAUTHORIZED SERVER AND EVERY EMAIL THAT SHE SENT OUT THROUGH THAT SERVER, TO SEND IT TO THIS FOREIGN ENTITY. THAT IS NOT RUSSIA. WE KNOW THAT EFFORTS WERE MADE TO GET INSPECTOR GENERAL HOROWITZ TO RECEIVE THAT INFORMATION. HE WOULD NOT RETURN A CALL. APPARENTLY DIDN'T WANT THAT INFORMATION BECAUSE THAT WOULD GO AGAINST HIS SAYING THAT THE BIAS DID NOT AFFECT THE INVESTIGATION. OF COURSE IT AFFECTED THE INVESTIGATION. HE COULDN'T HELP BUT AFFECT THE INVESTIGATION. IT DENIES LOGIC AND COMMON SENSE TO SAY SOMEBODY WITH THAT MUCH ANIMUS THAT MUCH BIAS AND PREJUDICE, WOULD NOT HAVE IT AFFECT THEIR INVESTIGATION. MADAM SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU, I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE THAT DON'T CARE FOR ME. BUT I CAN ALSO TELL YOU THERE IS NO ONE IN THIS HOUSE ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS AISLE THAT I WOULD PUT UP WITH BEING INVESTIGATED AND PROSECUTED BY SOMEBODY WITH A HATRED, THE ABSOLUTE NASTY PREJUDICE THAT PETER STRZOK HAD FOR DONALD TRUMP. I WOULDN'T PUT UP WITH IT. I WOULD GO TO BAT FOR ANY DEMOCRAT IN THIS HOUSE, ANY REPUBLICAN IN THIS HOUSE. ONES THAT DON'T LIKE ME ON EITHER SIDE, IT WOULDN'T MATTER. NOBODY IN TH UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD HAVE THE FULL POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMING AFTER THEM IN THE HANDS OF SOMEBODY PREJUDICED, FULL OF HATE, FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL. BUT SUCH IS WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH HERE. SO THAT'S WHY I LAID THE GROUNDWORK, GAVE THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE, SOME OTHEM, THAT WERE THERE WHEN PETER STRZOK WAS INFORMED ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS. FOR SURE. EXCUSE ME. GOING TO A FOREIGN ENTITY. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. WHAT CAME OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNI PROVIDING THAT INFORMATION TO THE F.B.I. AGENT IN CHARGE PETER STRZOK? NOTHING. PETER STRZOK RECEIVED THE INFORMATION THAT IT WASN'T SPECULATION, THAT MAYBE HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS WERE CAPABLE OF BEING HACKED BUT WE HAVE NO EVIDENCE THAT THEY WERE HACKED. ALL THIS GARBAGE THAT WE'VE HEARD ABOUT FROM REPORTS, NO. WHEN THE F.B.I. WAS TOLD HER EMAILS WERE HACKED AND THEY WERE GOING, EVERY EMAIL SHE RECEIVED, EVERY EMAIL SHE SENT OUT, EXCEPT OVER 30,000 EXCEPT FOR FOUR, OVR 30,000 WERE COMPROMISED AND GOING TO A FOREIGN ENTITY, N RUSSIA. AND MR. STRZOK DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. NOW I THOUGHT WHEN I STARTED LAYING THE GROUNDWORK, POINTING OUT THE PEOPLE, I'M TOLD AN ATTORNEY BEHIND MR. STRZOK MOUTHED OH, MY GOSH, SOMETHING LIKE THAT, AS I WAS LAYING THE GROUND WORK, I DON'T KNOW IF SHE KNEW WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT OR NOT, BUT I THOUGHT I PICKED UP JUST A FLEETING NOTE OF DETECTION IN PETER STRZOK'S EYES THAT HE KNEW WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. BUT AGAIN. FOR MY FRIENDS THAT ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE TRUE RULES OF THE HOUSE, LET ME EXPLAIN. IN TRIAL COURTS, FOR EXAMPLE, THE FELONIES THAT -- THE FELONY COURT OVER WHICH I WAS A JUDGE, THE RULES OF EVIDENCE ARE VERY STRICT. AND WE PROTECT THE JURY FROM HEARING THINGS THAT DON'T HAVE ANY BASIS FOR BELIEVABILITY. THAT'S WHY MOST HEARSAY CANNOT COME IN BUT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS. BUT, ONE RULE THAT YOU ALWAYS FIND IN ANY COURT, NO MATTER HOW STRICT THE RULES ARE, THE CREDIBILITY OF THE WITNESS IS ALWAYS IN EVIDENCE. ALWAYS RELEVANT. ALWAYS MATERIAL. THE WITNESSES -- WITNESS' CREDIBILITY IS ALWAYS MATERIAL AND RELEVANT. AND WHEN IT HAS BEEN AS OPEN AS EVERYONE IN OUR HEARING ROOM KNEW WHAT HAD BEEN GOING ON FOR SUCH A PROLONGED PERIOD, AND I SAW THAT LOOK, THAT'S ALL I COULD THINK IS, WONDER IF THAT'S THE SAME LOOK YOU GAVE YOUR WIFE OVER AND OVER WHEN YOU LIED TO HER ABOUT LISA PAIGE? THE CREDIBILITY OF A WITNESS IS ALWAYS MATERIAL AND RELEVANT. MARK IT DOWN. NOW IN OUR HOUSE HEARINGS, THE RULES ARE NOT THAT STRICT. IT'S MORE IN THE NATURE OF ANYTHING THAT WE FEEL MAY BE RELEVANT TO THE SUBJECT AT HAND. BUT, IN THE HEARING LIKE TODAY, EVEN THINGS THAT ARE NOTHING TO DO, THERE'S NOT -- THEY'RE NOT GERMANE, THEY'RE NOT RELEVANT, THEY'RE NOT MATERIAL TO WHAT WE'RE DOING, WE STILL HAVE PEOPLE BRING IN POSTERS ABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S NOT GERMANE, NOT RELEVANT, T MATERIAL, AND YOU KNOW THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH DOING IT IN SOMEASES AS THEY DID TODAY EVEN THOUGH THE RULES PROBABLY COULD HAVE RESTRTED KEEPING SOME OF THAT OUT. BUT WE HAVE VERY RELAXED RULES, SO THESE KIND OF THINGS HAPPEN. LI I SAY, YELL OUT THAT I'M OFF MY MEDS THAT VIOLATES THE RULE BUT I'M SURE MY DEMOCRAT FRIEND DIDN'T REALIZE WHAT A RULE BREAKER SHE WAS AS SHE TRIED TO CLAIM I WAS BREAKING THE RULES, WHICH I WAS NOT. BUT WHAT REALLY CAME HOME TOO IS , AGAIN, ISPECTOR GENERAL HOROWITZ DID A GOOD JOB GATHERING EVIDENCE, EXCEPT HE REFUSED TO GET THE EVIDENCE THAT WAS OFFERE TO HIM ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS, ABSOLUTELY UNEQUIVOCALLY BEING HACKED AND GOING, EVERYTHING, OVER 30,000 EXCEPT FOR FOUR GOING TO A FOREIGN ENTITY, NOT RUSSIA. YOU GET THE PICTURE. THE BIAS MADE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE IN THE OUTCOME OF THE CASE. HOROWITZ ISUST WRONG ABOUT THAT. AND HE WAS OBVUSLY, AS I SAID INHE HEARING, SO YOU GIVE US OVER 500 PAGES SHOWING BIAS BY THE INVEIGATORS AND THENE THE REPUBLICAN SIDE AND SINCE YOU DON' WANT YOUR DEMOCRAT FRIENDS MAD AT YOU, YOU CONCLUDE, BUT THERE'S NO EVIDENCE ALL OF THIS, THERE'S NO INDICATION ALL OF THIS EVIDENCE SHOWEDNY EFFECT ON THE OCOME. WELL, HELLO. WHEN YOU SHOW SUCH HATRED AND ANIMUS IN THE MIND OF THE LEAD INVESTIGATOR, AND YOU SHOW THAT EVERYTHING THAT CONCLUDED FROM THAT INVESTIGATION WAS 100% CONSISTENT WITH THE BIAS AND HATRED, YOU DON'TAVE TO HE THE WITNESAGREE, YOU'RE RIGHT, YOU CAUGHT ME, ALL MY BIAS AFFECTED THE OUTME OF MY INVESTIGATION. JUST LIKE A PROSECUTOR WHO PUTS ON EVIDENCE THAT A GUY GETS IN A CAR, DRIVES TO A BANK,ULLS OUT A GUN, HOLDS IT TO THE HEAOF THE TELLER, MAKES THE TELLER GIVE HIM MONEY, AND LEAVES IN THAT CAR, YOU HAVE TO PROVE INTENT THAT HE INTENDED TO ROB THEANK. BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE EVIDENCE THAT THE BANK ROBBER SAID, HEY, I INTEND TO ROB THIS BANK. NO. WHEN THE RESULTS AND THERE ARE A LOT OF RESULTS AND ALL OF THEM ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE BIAS AND TH HRE, THE DISDAIN, THE ANIMUS, THEN YOU'VE GOT AT LEAST A DE FACTO CASECERTAINLY ONE THAT WOULD GET PAST A MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND GET TO THE JURY, PUT IT IN THE HANDS OF THE FACT FINDER. BUT AGAIN WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY THAT'S AS GOOD AT LYING TO FOLKS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR THE -- WITH A STRAIGHT FACE, TS A LOT OF PRACTICE, HE COMES BEFORE CONGRESS, GUY WAS GOOD. HS REALY GOOD. BUT HOW -- AND AS I TOLD HIM, I THINK, YOU KNOWBVIOUSLY HE AND HIS LAWYER HAD DIFFERENT OPINION BUT IT SEEMED TO ME IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CREDIBLE TO COME INND DO WHAT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL HOROWITZ DID AND SAY, THERE'S LOT OF BIAS HERW YORK QUESTION. BUT I DON'T THINK IT AFFECTED THE OUTCOME. OF COURSE HE WASN'T 100% SURE, IT DIDN'T SOUNDIKE, THAT IT DIDN'T AFFECT WHEN STRZOK DECIDED TO END THEILLAR CLINTON INVESTIGATION AND WHEN HE IMMEDIATELY DECIDED TO PICK UP THE INVESTIGATION AGAINST TRUMP. AND AS I HEARD MY FRIENDS SAY OVER AND OVER ABOUT HOWOMEY, OF COURSE, JUST REALLY HARMED THE CLION CAMPAIGN, THEY'RE IGNORING SOMETHING THAT APPEARED PRETTY CLEAR EVEN WITHT RERTING TO PEOPLE THA HAVE PROVIDED INFRMATION ABOUT WHAT WENT ON, WE KNOW HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS THAT SHE CLAIMED WERE MISSING WERE FOUND ON ANTHONY WIENER'S LAPTOP. MAYBE IT WAS HUMABEDIN, ANTHONY WIENER, ONE OF THEIR LATOPS. THEY FOUND THOSE EMAILS THERE. AND OF URSE PETER STRZOK HELPING THE WOMAN THAT THOUGHT OUGHTO WIN TOEET 1 MILLION TO NOTHING FOR PRESIDENT, WOW, THAT WAS NOT GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE LIKE HIM. THAT WANTED TO HELP HILLARY. BUT THEY COULDN'T HELP THE FACT THAT F.B.I. AGENTS, WHEN INVESTIGATING SOMETHING ELSE, FIND ALL THESE MISSING 30,0 OR SO EMAILS ON THIS LAPTOP AND THEY'VE GOT THE INFORMATION, AT LEAST FOROME WEEKS, MAYBE TWO, MAYBE THREE, MAYBE FOUR, WE'RE NOT SURE, BUT TH HAD FND THIS INFORMATION, SO COMEY WAS IN A DIFFERENT, HE WAS IN A DIFFICULT SITUATION. HE WANTED HLARY TO WIN, NO QUESTION. DID NOT WANT DONALD TRUMP TO WIN , HE NEVER DID LIKE TRUMP, NEVER HAS, APPARENTLY, THINGS HE'S SAID AND DO. . SO WHAT COULD HE DO THAT WOULD USE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF PROBLEMS F HILLARY CLINTON? THERE WAS A THRT, APPARENTLY, THAT F.B.I. AGENTS WERE GOINTO GO PUBLIC, THAT THEY HAD FOUND THESE MISSING EMAILS, AND THAT COMEY W BLOCKING REOPENING THE INVESTIGATION NOW THAT WE HAVE ALL THESE EMAILS. ANDF.B. AGEN WHO ARE RIGEOUS, UNLIKE PETER STRZOK, REALLY RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE, AND I KNOW A LOOF THEM AROUND THE UNTRY, GOOD, DECEN UPSTANDING, HONT, HONORABLE, GIVE THE LIFE FOTHEIR COURY KIND OF PEOPLE, NOT GIVE THEIR AFFAIR FOR THEMSELVES, BUT GIVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY, THOSE PEOPLE HAVE GOTTN BIG BLEMISH ON THEM BECAUSE OF PETER STRZOK D OTHS AT THE TOP OF THE DERTMENT OF JUSTICE IN THE LAST ADMINISTRATION. AS EY HELD OR. AND THEY WOULD NEVEDO WHAT PETER STRZOK DID. TH WOULD NEVER DO THAT. SO IT GETS A LITTLE LIKE THEY ERECT A STRAW DOG. U'RE CONDEMNING THE THOSANDS OF GREAT F.B.I. AGENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. NO, BLAMING YOU. WE THEY'RE GOOD. BUT YOU'RE NOT. AND THAT'S WHERE WE'VE BEEN HERE. THIS COUNTRY'S IN AOT OF TROUBLE BUT IT WAS VERY CLEAR, PETER STRZOK INTENTIONALLY AND OWINGLY WITH DEMONSTTED PREJUDICE REFUSED TO PURSUE THE DISCLOSED FACT TO HIM IN S ESENCE THAT A FOREIGN ENTITY, NOT RUSSIA, WAS GTTING EVERY EMIL THAT HILLARY CLINTON SENT AND RECEIVED ANDHERE W CLASSIED MATEAL IN THERE AND THERE WAS HIGHER THAN JUS PLAIN CLSIFIED THERE WAS EXEMELY SENSITIVE INFORMATION IN THERE AND WHAT ELSE DIWE KNOW? ACTUALLY,F YOU DIG WHAT D BEEN UNCOVERED DURING THE LAST TWYES, HILLARY CLINTON HAD THE PRESIDENT DAILY BRIEFING OING TO HER HOME, ANDHERE ARE MES THAT THE YOUNG MAN, I BELIE HIS ME WAS OSCAR FLES THAT WORKED THERE, TH MAY HAVE TRIED TO GET HIM A CLEARANCE AT ONE TIME APPARENTLY FROM WHAT I COULD READ, HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY KIND OF CLEARANCE, AND YET HE WOULD PRINT STUFF OFF. THE PRESIDENT'S DAILY BRIEFING IS SOME OF THE MOST SENSITIVE INFORMATION IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. EXTREME SENSITIVITY. AND SHE VIOLATED THE LAW BY MAKING IT ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITHOUT THE PROPER CLEARANCE. AND CERTAINLY HER YOUNG MAN OR MAN THAT WAS WORKING THERE FOR HER. AND SHE VIOLATED THE LAW, WASN'T NECESSARY THAT SHE HAVE INTENT, IT WAS JUST NECESSARY THAT -- THAT VERY SHE -- THAT SHE HAVE INTENT, IT WAS JUST NECESSARY THAT SHE BROKE THE LAW IN THAT CASE. I WOULD LIKE INTENT TO BE AN ELEMENT OF MOST EVERY CRIME THAT'S IN THE FEDERAL LAW. I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA. BUT RIGHT NOW IT IS NOT PART OF THE LAW SHE BROKE. AND YET PEOPLE LIKE PETER STRZOK COVERED FOR HER. THEY REFUSED TO PURSUE THE THINGS THAT WOULD HAVE MADE HER GUILTY. THEY WENT AFTER THINGS TO TRY TO HURT DONALD TRUMP. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT OCTOBER PRESS CONFERENCE THAT COMEY HAD, AND YOU REALIZE, GEE, WHAT IF HE HAD NOT CALLED THAT PRESS CONFERENCE, AND YOU HAD ONE OR MORE F.B.I. AGENTS COME OUT AND SAY, HEY, WE FOUND THESE EMAILS ON ANTHONY WEINER'S LAPTOP WEEKS AGO AND COMEY REFUSED TO OPEN -- REOPEN THE INVESTIGATION, THAT WOULD HAVE DOOMED HER ELECTION FAR WORSE THAN WHAT HAPPENED. SO WHAT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES WAS THE BEST THING THAT COMEY COULD DO FOR HIS FRIEND, HILLARY CLINTON? IT WAS TO GET OUT AHEAD OF ANYBODY DISCLOSING THAT THEY'D BEEN SITTING ON THE THOUGHT TO BE LOST EMAILS AND SAY, WE'VE GOT. THEY AND THEN AS I HAD SAID BACK AT THE TIME, WE'LL FIND OUT HOW SERIOUS COMEY IS, IF HE COMES BACK WITHIN TWO OR THREE DAYS AND SAYS, WE'VE EXAMINED ALL 30,000 OR SO, WHATEVER, OF THE EMAILS, THEN WE'LL KNOW THAT THIS WAS JUST A CHARADE TO COVER FOR HILLARY CLINTON. BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO ADEQUATELY RESEARCH ALL OF THOSE EMAILS IN JUST A MATTER OF TWO OR THREE DAYS. AND HE CAME BACK VERY QUICKLY SO THAT IT WOULD NOT EFFECT THE ELECTION COMING UP. AND ANNOUNCED, NOPE, CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH. WE LOOKED AT ALL THE NEW EVIDENCE, NOTHING IS THERE. EXCEPT THEY STILL DIDN'T BOTHER TO USE THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT WAS AVAILABLE. DIDN'T PICK IT UP. DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WITH WHAT WAS DISCLOSED. I'M TELLING YOU, I AM VERY GRATEFUL WE HAVE PEOPLE WORKING IN THIS GOVERNMENT THAT WANT TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES, WANT TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES PEOPLE. AND THEY DON'T GET A LOT OF CREDIT. USUALLY DON'T GET ANY CREDIT. BUT THEY DO A GOOD JOB FOR THIS COUNTRY. AND MY HEAD AND MY HEART AND MY SALUTE GO OUT TO THEM AS WE DEAL WITH THE MESS THAT'S BEEN CREATED BY THOSE WITH FAR MORE SELFISH MOSTIVES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK -- MOTIVES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3,…

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                          MR. PASCRELL

                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          MR. PASCRELL

                          MR. SPEAKER, IN LIGHT OF THE UPCOMING ONE-ON-ONE MEETING BETWEEN DONALD…

                          MR. SPEAKER, IN LIGHT OF THE UPCOMING ONE-ON-ONE MEETING BETWEEN DONALD TRUMP AND -- PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VLADIMIR PUTIN, I RISE TODAY TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE CLOUD OF COLLUSION HANGING OVER THEIR HEADS. AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CONTINUE TO LEARN DETAILS OF THIS UNFOLDING SCANDAL, THE IMPLAUSIBLE IDEA OF RUSSIA COMPROMISING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BECOMES MORE FACT THAN FICTION. THE PRESIDENT S, HIS FAMILY MEMBERS, HIS CAMPAIGN STAFF, HIS CLOSE ASSOCIATES HAVE REPEATEDLY LIED ABOUT THEIR MULTIPLE CONTACTS WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS, AND CLASS SOSHESE OF PUTIN -- ASSOCIATES OF PUTIN. THEY HAVE NO CONSISTENT EXPLANATION FOR THESE MEETINGS, AND IT HAS HAPPENED OVER AND OVER. FURTHERMORE, THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO PARROT PUTIN'S VERSION OF WORLD EVENTS OVER THOSE OF HIS OWN, AMERICAN CAREER CIVIL SERVANTS. INTELLIGENCE OPERATIVES. MILITARY OFFICIALS AND ALLIES. THIS BETRAYAL HAS BECOME LIKE CLOCKWORK. AN INEXPLICABLE ROUTINE WE CANNOT SIMPLY SHRUG OFF. WHILE IT IS POSSIBLE THE CURRENT LIST OF KNOWN CAMPAIGN CONTACTS' POSITIVE POSITIONS HAVE AN INNOCUOUS EXPLANATION, THERE IS A SIMPLER REASON THE HOUSE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING. HAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP BEEN COVERTLY INFLUENCED OR PERSONALLY COMPROMISED BY RUSSIA, A HOSTILE FOREIGN POWER? RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE IS KNOWN FOR USING BLACKMAIL THAT EXPLOITS AGREED, STUPIDITY AND EGO AND OTHER WEAKNESSES TO LEVERAGE OVER PEOPLE. HE HAS EMPLOYED MR. MICHAEL COHEN, MR. FELIX SAIDER, THE RECORD IS VERY CLEAR ON THIS BOTH OF WHOM HAVE LYNX TO THE RUSSIAN MAFIA. HE HAS CONTINUED THE SECRECY ABOUT HIS BUSINESS FINANCES BY NOT RELEASING HIS TAX RETURNS. THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER TOLD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DIVEST. HE DID NOT AND HE DEFIED THAT PERSON MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR DRAINING THE SWAMP. THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER. FROM OPERATING HIS BUSINESS AT OR BEYOND THE EDGE OF ETHICAL BOUNDARIES, TRUMP'S PENSION FOR COMPROMISING BEHAVIOR, HIS WILLINGNESS TO WORK CLOSELY WITH CRIMINALS, AND EXPRESS DESIRE TO PROTECT HIS PRIVACY MAKES HIM THE IDEAL TARGET. WITH CLOSE BUSINESS TIES, RUSSIA HAS ENJOYED FINANCIAL LEVERAGE OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR 15 YEARS. THIS IS A FACT THAT HIS FAMILY HAS ADMITTED TO MULTIPLE TIMES. THE STORY IS WELL KNOWN. AFTER A SERIES OF BRAZEN ABUSES OF BANKRUPTCY LAWS, PRESIDENT TRUMP, WAS NOT PRESIDENT AT THE TIME, MR. TRUMP FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO BORROW FROM AMERICAN BANKS. SO HE TURNED TO UNCONVENTIONAL SOURCES OF CAPITAL, INCLUDING RUSSIAN CASH. FROM 2003 TO 2017. PEOPLE FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION MADE 86 ALL-CASH PURCHASES, THAT WE KNOW OF. A KNOWN RED FLAG OF POTENTIAL MONEY LAUNDERING, OF TRUMP PROPERTIES TOTALING $109 MILLION. RUSSIANS MAKE UP A PRETTY DISPROPORTIONATE CROSS-SECTION OF A LOT OF OUR ASSETS, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. THOSE ARE THE WORDS OF DONALD JR. IN 2008. IN 2010, THE PRIVATE WEALTH DIVISION OF DEUTSCHE BANK ALSO LOANED PRESIDENT TRUMP HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS DURING THE SAME PERIOD IT WAS LAUNDERING BILLIONS IN RUSSIAN MONEY. WE DON'T RELY ON AMERICAN BANKS. WE HAVE ALL THE FUNDING WE NEED OUT OF RUSSIA. THOSE ARE THE BOASTS OF ERIC TRUMP IN 2014. SHADY BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS OFFER THE PERFECT COVER FOR COVERT PAYMENTS. AND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADAMANT REFUSAL TO RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS PUBLICLY ONLY RAISES THE LEVEL OF SUSPICION. THE IDEA THAT RUSSIA HAS BEEN CULTIVATING, SUPPORTING AND ASSISTING DONALD TRUMP TO UNDERMINE WESTERN ALLIANCES SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE TO ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION. BEFORE AND DURING HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT, MR. TRUMP, THERE WERE SEVERAL ODD CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE TWO MEN. THEY LIED ABOUT IT TO THE PUBLIC. AS PRESIDENT, MR. TRUMP, PRESIDENT TRUMP, CALLED PUTIN FINE PEOPLE. HE IGNORED THE FACT THAT PUTIN INVADED CRIMEA, INTERVENED IN EASTERN UKRAINE, POISONED PEOPLE IN UNITED KINGDOM, AND HAS COMMISSIONED THE MURDER OF DISSIDENTS, JOURNALISTS AND SPIES, SHOT DOWN A COMMERCIAL AIRLINER IN EUROPE, AND PROPPED UP MOST RUTHLESS DICTATORS OF OUR TIME IN SYRIA. AND VIOLATED OUR SOVEREIGNTY IN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. BY EVERY, EVERY INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATION THAT SAYS U.S.A.. TO ENSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FUTURE CONGRESSES KNOW HOW WE GOT HERE TODAY, TODAY I WILL READ PARTS OF THE TRUMP-RUSSIA DOSSIER. INTO THE RECORD. ALSO KNOWN AS THE DOES ANYWAY. AND ENTER ITS ENTIRETY INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. PARTISANS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE MAY DISMISS THE DOCUMENT AS BOGUS. EVEN FAKE NEWS. BUT THEY KNOW THAT SEVERAL ALLEGATIONS IN THIS DOCUMENT HAVE ALREADY BEEN VERIFIED. THE DOSSIER REPRESENTS RAW INTELLIGENCE, OR EFFECTIVELY A FIRST DRAFT, NOT A SINGLE THING OF SUBSTANCE HAS BEEN DISPROVEN. NOT ONE. CHRISTOPHER STEELE HAS RELIABLY PROVIDED INTELLIGENCE TO THE U.K. AND U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES FOR DECADES. WHILE HISTORY WILL BE THE FINAL JUDGE ON THESE MATTERS, THESE ARE THE -- ARE SOME OF THE ALLEGATIONS WHICH WE KNOW HAVE BEEN VERIFIED. MADAM SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. WHEN I READ FROM THE DOSSIER, I'M READING FROM MY PRIME SOURCE. WHAT I READ TONIGHT HAS ALL BEEN VERIFIED AND CERTIFIED. THE STUFF THAT I'M READING. WHILE HISTORY WILL BE A FINAL JUDGE ON THESE MATTERS, HERE ARE SOME OF THE ALLEGATIONS. PAGE ONE OF THE DOSSIER. THE CLAIM, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, RUSSIAN REGIME HAS BEEN CULTIVATING, SUPPORTING, ASSISTING TRUMP FOR FIVE YEARS. AT LEAST. THE AIM, ENDORSED BY PUTIN, HAS BEEN TO ENCOURAGE SPLITS AND DIVISIONS WITHIN THE WESTERN ALLIANCE. IN THE WESTERN ALLIANCE. SO FAR, THE DOSSIER READS, I CONTINUE, MR. TRUMP HAS DECLINED VARIOUS BUSINESS DEALS IN RUSSIA IN ORDER TO FURTHER THE KREMLIN'S CULTIVATION OF HIM. HOWEVER HE AND HIS INNER CIRCLE HAVE ACCEPTED A REGULAR FLOW OF INTELLIGENCE FROM THE KREMLIN INCLUDING ON HIS DEMOCRATIC AND OTHER POLITICAL RIVALS. NOW HERE'S THE TRUTH. ON JANUARY 6, 2017, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT RELEASED BY THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE STATED THAT RUSSIAN LEADERSHIP FAVORED TRUMP'S CANDIDACY OVER CLINTON'S AND THAT PUTIN PERSONALLIED ORED AN INFLUENCE CAMPAIGN TO HARM CLINTON'S ELECTORAL CHANCES AND, QUOTE, UNDERMINE PUBLIC FAITH IN THE U.S. DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, AS WELL AS ORDERING CYBER ATTACKS ON, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, BOTH MAJOR U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES. PAGE 7 AND 8. I DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ THE WHOLE THING TONIGHT, OBVIOUSLY. DOSSIER CLAIM ON PAGE 7. THE RUSSIAN REGIME, QUOTE, HAS BEEN BEHIND THE RECENT LEAK OF EMBARRASSING EMAIL MESSAGES EMANATING FROM THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE THROUGH THE WIKILEAKS PLATFORM. THE REASON FOR USING WIKILEAKS WAS PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. AND THE OPERATION HAD BEEN CONDUCTED WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SENIOR MEMBERS OF HIS CAMPAIGN TEAM. IN RETURN, THE TRUMP TEAM HAD AGREED TO SIDELINE RUSSIAN INTERVENTION IN UKRAINE AS A CAMPAIGN ISSUE TO AND RAISE U.S.-NATO DEFENSE COMMITMENT IN THE BALTICS AND EASTERN EUROPE TO DEFLECT ATTENTION AWAY FROM UKRAINE A PRIORITY FOR MR. PUTIN WHO NEEDED TO CHARACTERIZE AND CAUTERIZE THE SUBJECT. THIS IS WHAT HE WREET. THAT'S ON PAGE 7 AND 8. THE DOSSIER CLAIMS. NOW HERE'S THE TRUTH. IN JULY, 2016 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION MADE CHANGES TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S PLATFORM ON UKRAINE. INITIALLY, G.O.P. PLATFORM PROPOSED PROVIDING LETHAL WEAPONS TO THE UKRAINE, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. THAT'S WHAT ORIGINALLY STATED, THEIR PLATFORM. BUT THE LINE WAS WATERED DOWN TO PROMISE APPROPRIATE ASSISTANCE, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. NPR REPORTED THAT DIANA DENMAN A REPUBLICAN DELEGATE WHO SUPPORTED ARMING U.S. ALLIES IN UKRAINE, HAS TOLD PEOPLE THAT TRUMP AIDE J.P. GORDON SAID AT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION IN 2016 THAT TRUMP DIRECTED HIM TO SUPPORT WEAKENING THAT POSITION IN THE OFFICIAL PLATFORM, UNQUOTE. J.D. GORDON WAS ONE OF TRUMP'S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORS DURING THE CAMPAIGN. SAID HE HAD ADVOCATED FOR CHANGING LANGUAGE BECAUSE THAT REFLECT WHAT HAD TRUMP HAD SAID. THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN DID NOT APPEAR TO HAVE INTERVENING ANY OTHER PLATFORM DELIBERATIONS. ONLY THE LANGUAGE ON UKRAINE. AND HERE'S THE CRUTH. AS THE PRESIDENT AND THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CALLED NATO OBSOLETE, ALTHOUGH HE CHANGED HIS MIND TODAY A LITTLE BIT, CHAMPIONING THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, AND SAID HE IS OPEN TO LIFTING SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA HAS DECLINED TO ENFORCE THEM. TRUMP HAS REPEATEDLY QUESTIONED WHETHER OUR ALLIES ARE PAYING ENOUGH INTO NATO, ULTIMATELY RAISE QUESTIONINGS AS TO WHETHER HE'S DELIBERATELY FACILITATING PUTIN'S LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE OF UNDERMINING THE WESTERN LIBERAL ORDER. DOSSIER PAGE 30. QUOTE. SPEAKING TO A TRUSTED COMPATRIOT IN MID OCTOBER, 2015, A CLOSE ASSOCIATE OF ROSENET PRESIDENT AND PUTIN ALLY IGOR SESSION, WHOSE NAME APPEARS ALL OVER THE PLACE IN THE DOSSIER, ELABORATED ON THE REPORTED SECRET MEETING BETWEEN MR. SESSION AND CARTER PAGE OF THE UNITED STATES REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FOREIGN POLICY TEAM. IN MOSCOW IN JULY OF 2016. THE SECRET HAD BEEN CONFIRMED TO HIM OR HER BY A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE STAFF IN ADDITION TO TO -- IN ADDITION BY ROSENET PRESIDENT HIMSELF. IT TOOK PLACE ON EITHER THE 7TH OR 8TH OF JULY, THE SAME DAY OR THE ONE AFTER CARTER PAGE MADE A PUBLIC SPEECH TO THE HIGHER ECONOMIC SCHOOL IN MOSCOW, UNQUOTE. IN TERMS OF THE SUBSTANCE OF THE DISCUSSION, SESSIONS, MR. SESSIONS, ASSOCIATE, SAID THAT ROSENET PRESIDENT WAS SO KEEN TO LIFT PERSONAL AND CORPORATE WESTERN SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON HIS SEXEAN THAT HE OFFERED PAGE, MR. TRUMP'S ASSOCIATE AS WELL, THE BROKERAGE OF UP TO 19% PRIVATIZED STAKE IN ROSENET IN RETURN. PAGE HAD EXPRESSED INTEREST AND CONFIRMED THAT WERE TRUMP ELECTED U.S. PRESIDENT, SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA WOULD BE LIFTED. THE TRUTH. ON DECEMBER 29, 2016. DURING THE TRANSITION PERIOD BETWEEN THE ELECTION AND THE INAUGURATION, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR DESIGNATE MIKE FLYNN SPOKE TO RUSSIAN AMBASSADORER IS JAY KISLYAK, URGING HIM NOT TO RETALIATE FOR NEWLY IMPOSED SANCTIONS. ULTIMATELY THE RUSSIANS DID NOT RETALIATE. DAYS AFTER THE INAUGURATION, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ORDERED STATE DEPARTMENT STAFFERS TO DEVELOP PROPOSALS FOR IMMEDIATELY REVOKING THE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST RUSSIA. THANKFULLY, THESE STAFFERS ALERTED CONGRESS WHO TOOK STEPS TO CODIFY THE SANCTIONS IN A LAW PASSED IN AUGUST OF 2017. THE ATTEMPT TO TO -- TO OVERTURN THE SANCTIONS WAS ABANDONED AFTER MR. FLYNN'S CONVERSATION WAS REVEALED AND MR. FLYNN RESIGNED. CARTER PAGE HAS CONFIRMED THIS MEETING WITH TOP MOSCOW AND ROSENET OFFICIALS IN HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE TESTIMONY. IT'S ALL LAID OUT. WHEN PAGE WAS ASKED IF A ROSENET EXECUTIVE HAD OFFERED HIM A POTENTIAL SALE OF SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF ROSENET, PAGE SAID HE MAY HAVE BRIEFLY MENTIONED IT, UNQUOTE. DOSSIER CLAIM ON PAGE 23. QUOTE, SPEAKING SEPARATELY TO THE SAME COMPATRIOT A SENIOR RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIR, M.F.A., OFFICIAL REPORTED THAT AS A PROPHYLACTIC MEASURE A LEADING RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT, MIKHAIL COOLIGAN HAD BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM WASHINGTON ON SHORT NOTICE BECAUSE MOSCOW FEARED HIS HEAVY INVOLVEMENT IN THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OPERATION, INCLUDING THE SO-CALLED VETERANS PENSIONS RUSE WHICH WE REPORTED PREVIOUSLY WOULD BE EXPOSED IN THE MEETING. HIS REPLACEMENT WAS ANDRE BAMERA, HOWEVER, HE WAS CLEAN IN THIS REGARD. THE TRUTH. MIKAEL COOLIGA SNMBINGS THED OF THE ECONOMIC SANCTION AT THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY HE RETURNED TO RUSH IN AUGUST 20 16. THE BBC WOULD GO ON TO REPORT THAT UNITED STATES OFFICIALS IN 2016 HAD IDENTIFIED HIM AS A SPY, THAT HE WAS UNDER SURVEILLANCE, THUS VERIFYING THIS KEY CLAIM IN THE DOSS WAY. FURTHER REPORT BIG MCCLASPEN HAS CLAIMED THAT THE F.B.I. WAS INVESTIGATING WHETHER HE PLAYED A ROLE IN THE ELECTION INTERFERENCE. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE FACTS. THEY JUST SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH. THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW. DESPITE SOME OPPONENTS AND ON TORE -- OPPORTUNISTS AND ATTEMPTS, THESE FACTS ARE INDISPUTABLE. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADD THE ENTIRE TRUMP-RUSSIA DOSSIER PRODUCED BY TRIFFER STEELE INTO THE RECORD SO FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL KNOW THE TRUTH OF HOW WE GOT HERE TODAY.

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                        • 06:54:42 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                          MR. PASCRELL

                          MR. CHAIRMAN -- I'LL READ A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE DOSSIER. I'M GOING TO…

                          MR. CHAIRMAN -- I'LL READ A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE DOSSIER. I'M GOING TO STAY AWAY FROM THE -- FROM THE SCURRILOUS THINGS REPORTED IN THE NEWSPAPER BECAUSE THEY TO ME ARE JUST DISTRACTIONS FROM WHAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT. THE MECHANISM, THIS IS FROM THE DOSSIER. THE MECHANISM FOR TRANSMITTING INTELLIGENCE INVOLVES PENSION DISBURSEMENTS TO RUSSIAN EMIGRES LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES AS COVER USING COUNSELOR OFFICES IN NEW YORK, MIAMI, AND D.C. SUGGESTION FROM SOURCE CLOSE TO MR. TRUMP AND MR. MANAFORT THAT REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN TEAM HAPPEN TO HAVE RUSSIA AS A IMMEDIATE -- HAPPY TO HAVE RUSSIA AS A MEDIA BOGEYMAN TO MASK MORE EXTENSIVE CORRUPT TIES TO CHINA AND OTHER EMERGING COUNTRIES. SPEAKING IN CONFIDENCE, TO A COMPATRIOT IN LATE JULY, 2016, SOURCE E, AND ETHNIC RUSSIAN CLOSE ASSOCIATE OF REPUBLICAN U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP ADMITTED THAT THERE WAS A WELL DEVELOPED CONSPIRACY OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THEM AND THE RUSSIAN LEADERSHIP. THIS WAS MANAGED ON THE TRUMP SIDE BY THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER, PAUL MANAFORT, WHO WAS USING FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR CARTER PAGE AND OTHERS AS INTERMEDIARIES. TWO SIDES HAD A MUTUAL INTEREST OF COURSE IN DEFEATING DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON. WHOM PRESIDENT PUTIN APPARENTLY HATED AND FEARED. INTERALIA. SOURCE E ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE RUSSIAN REGIME HAS BEEN BEHIND THE LEAK OF EMAIL MESSAGES FROM THE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE TO THE WIKILEAKS PLATFORM. SOURCE E SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AND HIS TEAM WERE RELATIVELY RELAXED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE IT DEFLECTED MEDIA AND THE DEMOCRATIC ATTENTION AWAY FROM TRUMP'S BUSINESS DEALINGS IN CHINA AND OTHER EMERGING MARKETS. FOR THE RECORD, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL ENTER THAT IN THE RECORD AT THE PROPER TIME. WE HAVE A WHOLE DOSSIER, AGAIN, HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS, OF EVERY DEAL THAT WE KNOW OF THAT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS TEAM MADE IN 52 FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT WILL BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD. FINALLY REGARDING TRUMP'S CLAIM MINIMAL INVESTMENT PROFILE ON RUSSIA A SEPARATE SOURCE WITH DIRECT KNOWLEDGE SAID THIS HAD NOT BEEN FOR WANT OF TRYING. TRUMP'S PREVIOUS EFFORTS HAD INCLUDED EXPLORING THE REAL ESTATE SECTOR IN ST. PETERSBURG AS WELL AS MOSCOW BUT IN THE END, MR. TRUMP HAD HAD TO SETTLE FOR THE USE OF EXTENSIVE OTHER SERVICES. THERE, LOCAL PROSTITUTES RATHER THAN BUSINESS SUCCESS. THAT'S WHAT THE DOSSIER SAYS. TRUMP ADVISOR CARTER PAGE HOLDS SECRET MEETINGS IN MOSCOW WITH MR. SESSION AND SENIOR INTERNATIONAL INTERNAL AFFAIRS OFFICIAL VIVINSKI. SESSION RAISES ISSUES OF FUTURE BILATERAL U.S. RUSSIAN ENERGY COOPERATION AND ASSOCIATED LIFTING OF WESTERN SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA OVER UKRAINE. PAGE WAS NONCOMMITAL IN RESPONSE. THE RUSSIAN DISCUSSES THE RELEASE OF RUSSIAN DOSSIER ON TRUMP'S OPPONENT HILLARY CLINTON BUT ALSO HINTS AT KREMLIN POSSESSION OF SUCH MATERIAL ON MR. TRUMP. KREMLIN -- THE KREMLIN, CONCERNED THAT THE POLITICAL FALLOUT FROM THE D.N.C. EMAIL HACKING OPERATION IS SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL, EXTREME NERVOUSNESS AMONG TRUMP'S ASSOCIATES AS A RESULT OF NEGATIVE MEDIA ATTENTION ACCUSATIONS. RUSSIANS MEANWHILE ARE KEEN TO MAINTAIN PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY OF EXISTING AND ONGOING PRO-TRUMP, ANTI--CLINTON OPERATIONS, THEREFORE UNLIKELY TO BE ANY RATCHETING UP OF DEFENSIVE PLAYS, OFFENSIVE PLAYS IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE. A SOURCE CLOSE TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, HOWEVER, CONFIRMS, REGULAR EXCHANGE WITH KREMLIN HAS EXISTED FOR AT LEAST EIGHT YEARS. I SAID FIVE YEARS BEFORE. EIGHT YEARS. INCLUDING INTELLIGENCE FED BACK TO RUSSIA ON THE OLIGARCH'S ACTIVITIES IN THE UNITED STATES. WITHIN THE CONFLICT, PUTIN'S PRIORITY REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN FOR INTELLIGENCE ON THE ACTIVITIES, BUSINESS, AND OTHERWISE IN THE U.S. HAVE LEADING RUSSIAN OLIGARCHES ON THEIR FAMILIES. AND HIS ASSOCIATES DULY HAD OBTAINED AND SUPPLIED THAT INFORMATION. SPEAKING IN EARLY AUGUST, 2016, TWO WELL-PLACED AND ESTABLISHED KREMLIN SOURCES OUTLINED THE DIVISIONS AND BACKLASH IN MOSCOW ARISING FROM THE LEAKING OF DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE. EMAILS AND WIDER PRO-TRUMP OPERATION BEING CONDUCTED IN THE UNITED STATES. THE HEAD OF PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION, RUSSIA, SERGE I'VE TO MOVE, WAS ANGRY AT THE -- IVANOV, WAS ANGRY AT THE RECENT TURN OF EVENTS. HE BELIEVED THE KREMLIN TEAM INVOLVED, LED BY THE PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN, HAD GONE TOO FAR IN INTERFERING IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS WITH THEIR ELEPHANT IN THE CHINA SHOP. IVANOV CLAIMED ALWAYS TO HAVE OPPOSED THE HANDLING AND EXPLOITATION OF INTELLIGENCE BY THE P.R.T. FOLLOWING THE BACKLASH AGAINST SUCH FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN U.S. POLITICS, IVANOV WAS ADVOCATING THAT THE ONLY SENSIBLE COURSE OF ACTION NOW FOR THE RUSSIAN LEADERSHIP WAS TO SIT TIGHT AND TO DENY EVERYTHING. AND THEY DID. CONTINUING ON THIS THEME, THE SOURCE CLOSE TO IVANOV REPORTED THAT PESKOV NOW WAS SCARED. I WILL NOT USE THE DEROGTORY TERM, THAT HE WOULD BE SCAPEGOATED BY PUTIN AND THE KREMLIN HAD HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BACKLASH. AND SO PAGE AFTER PAGE, MR. IVANOV APPEARS, HE'S AT THE CENTER OF THIS. AND IF WE KNOW THIS, THEN MR. MUELLER KNOWS THIS. AND IF WE KNOW THIS, MR. MUELLER KNOWS MORE. SO THIS IS THE DOSSIER WHICH HAS BEEN PUBLIC NOW SINCE EARLY LAST YEAR. AND I WANTED TO BRING THIS TO THE FLOOR LAST YEAR, BUT WE CHOSE TO DO IT ANOTHER WAY, IF YOU REMEMBER, IN TRYING TO GET THE PRESIDENT'S TAXES MADE PUBLIC. SO, I WILL CONCLUDE WITH THIS, MR. SPEAKER. YOU'VE BEEN PATIENT. THIS IS, TO ME, A BIG DEAL. 83% OF THIS DOSSIER HAS BEEN PROVEN CORRECT. 83%. I DID NOT USE ANYTHING THAT WAS DUBIOUS OF THE 17%. AND SO I SAY TO YOU, THE CONGRESS HAS A RIGHT AS AN EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO THAT OUR PRESIDENT, AS MR. SHOULD BE A SAID, -- SCHAUB SAID, HEAD OF THE ETHICS COMMISSION, SAID TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS CUT YOURSELF OFF FROM YOUR ASSETS. THAT'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. THAT'S WHAT YOU MUST DO. AND OBVIOUSLY HE DID NOT DO IT. SO THERE'S A LOT OF MATERIAL OUT THERE. GOING AT THIS A YEAR AND HALF IS NOT A LONG TIME. YOU KNOW HOW LONG THE WATERGATE TOOK. BUT I WOULD THINK THAT THIS IS GOING TO TAKE LONGER THAN THE WATERGATE. THAT'S MY OPINION. SOME OF THESE THINGS, WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE TRACED. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INDICTED. SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PRISON. ALREADY. BUT I AM TELLING YOU THE BULK OF INFORMATION IS GOING TO BE LAID OUT WHEN MR. MUELLER IS READY. NOT WHEN I'M READY. OR ANYBODY IN THE CHAMBER IS READY. WITH THAT, I YIELD AND I THANK YOU.

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                        • 07:04:00 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT.

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                          MR. PASCRELL

                          THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. I DID NOT ENGAGE IN ANY PERSONALITIES. I READ FROM…

                          THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. I DID NOT ENGAGE IN ANY PERSONALITIES. I READ FROM THE RECORD. I DIDN'T CALL ANYBODY A NAME. IF I READ IT, IT WAS SOMEBODY ELSE THAT WAS WRITING IT. NOT ME.

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                        • 07:04:19 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          REMARKS AND DEBATE IN THE HOUSE MAY NOT ENGAGE IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE…

                          REMARKS AND DEBATE IN THE HOUSE MAY NOT ENGAGE IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT, WHETHER ORIGINATING AS THE MEMBER'S OWN WORDS OR REITERATED FROM ANOTHER SOURCE.

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                        • 07:04:29 PM

                          MR. PASCRELL

                          THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW, SIMPLE I AM NOT ABOVE THE LAW.

                        • 07:04:32 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

                        • 07:04:34 PM

                          MR. PASCRELL

                          S I'M SORRY?

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

                        • 07:04:37 PM

                          MR. PASCRELL

                          NO, I DON'T HAVE A MOTION.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT RECOGNIZED FOR DEBATE A THIS TIME.

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                          MR. PASCRELL

                          CAN I -- WANT ME TO MAKE A MOTION TO EXTEND? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE ASKING ME…

                          CAN I -- WANT ME TO MAKE A MOTION TO EXTEND? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE ASKING ME TO DO?

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                        • 07:04:47 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CHAIR WOULD ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ADJOURN AT THIS TIME.

                        • 07:04:50 PM

                          MR. PASCRELL

                          FINE. YOU HAVE IT YOUR WAY. I'LL BE BACK.

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                          Mr. Pascrell moved that the House do now adjourn.

                        • 07:04:53 PM

                          On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                            Adjourned

                            The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 13, 2018.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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                            HOST

                            IN FOR ITS DAILY BUSINESS JUST NOW. BECAUSE OF WHAT WE DO, WE TAKE YOU TO…

                            IN FOR ITS DAILY BUSINESS JUST NOW. BECAUSE OF WHAT WE DO, WE TAKE YOU TO THEM. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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                            THE CLERK

                            THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 12, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

                            THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 12, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE SCOTT DESJARLAIS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                          • 10:00:37 AM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            REPRESENTATIVES.

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                            TEMPORE

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

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

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                            MR. THOMPSON

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 1918, A GROUP OF PENNSYLVANIA CRUDE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 1918, A GROUP OF PENNSYLVANIA CRUDE OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCERS GOT TOGETHER TO FORM A TRADIST ORGANIZATION, THE PENNSYLVANIA OIL, GAS, AND MINERALS ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED. IT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATING OIL AND GAS TRADE ASSOCIATION IN THE UNITED STATES. IN APRIL, 2010, MEMBERS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION AND THE INDEPENDENT OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION OF PENNSYLVANIA, IOGA, MERGED IT INTO ONE REPRESENTING OIL AND GAS INTERESTS THROUGHOUT PENNSYLVANIA. THE MERGER REUNITED TWO ORGANIZATIONS THAT SPLIT APART NEARLY SOME 30 YEARS EARLIER TO FORM THE PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION, OR PIOGA. A CENTURY LATER, INDUSTRY LEADERS, SUPPORTERS, FRIENDS WILL GATHER TO CELEBRATE PIOGA. THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK AT DRAKE WELL IN TITUSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, TO MARK 100 YEARS OF THE INDUSTRY'S GROWTH AND SUSTAINIBILITY IN PENNSYLVANIA. PIOGA REPRESENTS 515 MEMBERS INCLUDING OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCERS, DRILLING CONTRACTORS, SERVICE COMPANIES, DISTRIBUTORS, PROFESSIONAL FIRMS, CONSULTANTS, PIPELINES, USERS, ROYALTY OWNERS AND OTHERS WITH INTERESTS IN THE SUCCESS OF PENNSYLVANIA'S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. THE COMMONWEALTH IS BLESSED WITH ABUNDANT ENERGY RESOURCES, PARTICULARLY CLEAN-BURNING NATURAL GAS. PIOGA WORKS CLOSELY WITH PIPELINES, UTILITIES, END USERS AS WELL AS DEVELOPING CUTTING EDGE SERVICES THAT REINVOLVE AROUND NATURAL GAS USE. THEY WORK WITH EDUCATORS TO INCREASE STUDENTS' KNOWLEDGE OF ENERGY ISSUES THAT IMPACT CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF PENNSYLVANIANS. LED BY PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAN WEAVER, IT IS A MEMBER-DRIVEN ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS TO REALIZE THE BENEFITS OF PENNSYLVANIA'S CRUDE OIL AND NATURAL GAS. PIOGA IS IN NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA. THE ASSOCIATION EMPLOYS AN EIGHT-PERSON STAFF AND EACH YEAR PIOGA HOSTS SEVERAL CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS, PRESENTATIONS AND COMMUNITY EVEBTS IN A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS -- EVENTS IN A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. I WISH THEM THE BEST AS THEY GATHER IN TITUSVILLE AS THEY CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF GROWTH AND SUSTAINIBILITY IN THE PENNSYLVANIA GAS -- OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. THE INDUSTRY HAS A RICH HISTORY IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND I KNOW PIOGA WILL CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THE HIGH STANDARDS AND EXPERTISE FOR WHICH IT IS KNOWN IN ORDER TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE ENERGY FOR ALL AND TO HELP TO FUEL OR CONTINUE TO FUEL OUR ECONOMY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            MR. GUTIERREZ

                            MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS WEEK I SENT A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS AND BIG PORTER…

                            MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS WEEK I SENT A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS AND BIG PORTER REEK FLAG TO A YOUNG PUERTO RICAN WOMAN WHO LIVES IN CHICAGO WHO CELEBRATED HER 24TH BIRTHDAY LAST MONTH. MY WIFE AND I WANTED TO LET HER KNOW WE SUPPORT HER AND ADMIRE HER. HER BIRTHDAY PARTY IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS, DIDN'T TURN OUT THE WAY SHE EXPECTED. A 62-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED AS TIMOTHY, VERBALLY ABUSE AND HARASSED HER AS SHE WAS WEARING A SHIRT THAT DEPICTS THE FLAG OF OUR U.S. COLONY, PUERTO RICO. WHAT HAPPENED WAS A MAN PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY INTIMIDATING A VERY POLITE AND POISED 24-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHILE A UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICER STOOD BY AND DID NOTHING TO INTERVENE. THE POLICE IS PATRICK CONNOR OF THE COOK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT. SO A OLDER RACIST YELLS AT A YOUNG LATINA BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T LIKE WHAT SHE AND OTHER PUERTO RICANS LIVING IN HIS COMMUNITY, HE SAYS, REPRESENTS. IS THAT NEWS? NO. SADLY, NO. WHILE MOST POLICE OFFICERS WOULD HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING IN THIS INCIDENT, THIS GUY WAS CAUGHT ON TAPE DOING THE WRONG THING. OR MORE ACCURATELY, DOING NOTHING AT ALL. FOR ME THIS WAS VERY PERSONAL BECAUSE SOMETHING SIMILAR HAPPENED TO ME, SOMETHING SIMILAR HAS HAPPENED TO MOST PUERTO RICANS AND MOST LATINOS AND MOST PEOPLE OF COLOR AND PEOPLE THAT ARE SOMEHOW DIFFERENT IN THIS COUNTRY AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER IN THEIR LIVES. 22 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS A SOPHOMORE IN CONGRESS I WAS ENTERING ONE OF THE CAPITOL OFFICE BUILDINGS AND MY DAUGHTER WITH MY NIECE. I WAS NEW AND I WAS DRESSED SOMEWHAT CASUALLY BECAUSE WE WERE JUST RETURNING FROM A PUERTO RICAN CELEBRATION AND MY DAUGHTER WAS CARRYING A PUERTO RICAN FLAG. ONE OF THE OFFICERS WANTED TO STOP US FROM COMING IN. I SHOWED THEM BE A AN I.D. AND THE OFFICER I DIDN'T THINK SO INDICATING SHE THOUGHT MY I.D. WAS FAKE AND I COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE A MEMBER OF FAKE. SHE STATED MY I.D. WAS FAKE IN FACT. THERE WERE ALSO THE COMMENT AT THE END, WHY DON'T YOU AND YOUR PEOPLE GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM? 22 YEARS AFTER THAT INCIDENT WE'RE STILL SEEING THE SAME KIND OF BIGOTRY, THE SAME KIND OF MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT LATINOS AND WHO PUERTO RICANS ARE AND THE SAME FEAR THAT WE ARE OUTSIDERS WHO DON'T BELONG HERE. AND SADLY, THE SAME FEAR AND OTHERNESS IS EXTENDED TO OTHER PEOPLE, THE HANDICAP, GAY AND LESBIAN, TRANSGENDER AMERICANS, IMMIGRANTS, MUSLIM, PEOPLE OF COLOR. THE LIST JUST GOES ON. THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE FIRST TIME BUT RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN A MOMENT OF HISTORY WHEN AMERICANS ARE BEING TOLD TO FEAR OTHER AMERICANS AND ONE OF THE REASONS I THINK THE VIDEO WENT VIRAL IS BECAUSE IT IS EMBLEMATIC OF OUR TIMES. BULLIES WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE FIRST THING ABOUT THEIR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS, LATINOS, BECAUSE PEOPLE OF COLOR, IMMIGRANTS OR MUSLIMS ARE BEING TAUGHT, BEING TAUGHT TO FEAR THAT SOMETHING THEY HAVE IS BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM. AND SOME NOW FEEL IT IS THEIR RIGHT, THEIR PRIVILEGE, AND MAYBE EVEN THEIR DUTY TO GO OFF IN PUBLIC AND TAKE ACTION. I WONDER WHERE THEY GET SUCH AN IDEA. WHEN OUR PRESIDENT CALLS PUERTO RICANS LAZY AND EXPENSIVE TO HELP, IT HURTS OUR NATION. WHEN HE CALLS MEXICANS RAPISTS AND MURDERS OR CALL REFUGEES FLEEING VIOLENCE WITH THEIR CHILDREN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OR CAUSE TRANSGENDER SOLDIERS A THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY AND SAYS PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF A RACIST RALLY WHERE A WOMAN WAS KILLED ARE THE SAME, MAYBE THEY'RE REFLECTING BACK THE FEAR AND MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE VOTERS HE WANTS TO MOBILIZE. ALL OF THE LYING, THE HOSTILITY, THE RACISM IS CLEARLY TAKING A TOLL ON OUR COUNTRY. I JUST HOPE THAT WE ARE ALL AS POISED AS MRS. IRASARI WAS. WHETHER YOU'RE WEARING A PUSSY HAT, A HAJAB, A BLACK LIVES MATTER T-SHIRT, I HOPE WE ARE ALL MORE WILLING THAN OFFICER CONNOR TO TAKE ACTION WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING TO BULLY SOMEONE ELSE AND I HOPE MOST AMERICANS, AND I KNOW MOST AMERICANS ARE NOT LIKE ONE WHO IS BOTH INFLICTED WITH FEAR AND IGNORANCE AND PROBABLY A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM, BUT THE VIDEO SHOWS WE HAVE TO STEP UP TO HOMOPHOBIA, AND STAND UP FOR WHAT AMERICA IS REALLY ALL ABOUT. PLEASE, LET'S DO IT ALL TOGETHER. IF YOU SEE HATE, STAND UP AND SPEAK. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE IN THE RECORD MY LETTER TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION AT MAIN JUSTICE FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THIS MATTER.

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                            MR. FITZPATRICK

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND THE MEMORY OF AN…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND THE MEMORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY INDIVIDUAL FROM BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. CARL OF NEWTOWN PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 29 AT THE AGE OF 99. A MAN OF MANY TALENTS, CARL PAID FOR HIS EDUCATION BY PLAYING TRUMPET IN A JAZZ ENSEMBLE. HE LATER SERVED IN WORLD WAR II UNDER GENERAL PATTON, RETIRING FROM THE AIR FORCE WITH THE RANK OF MAJOR IN 1979. AFTER HIS SERVICE, CARL BEGAN A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A LAWYER AND AS AN ENGINEER, EVENTUALLY BECOMING ACTING C.E.O. OF SWAN OIL COMPANY. DESPITE HIS SUCCESS, CARL ALWAYS MADE TIME TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY. SERVING ON MANY CHARITABLE BOARDS INCLUDING THOSE OF THE BUCKS COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, THE BUCKS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE DELAWARE VALLEY PHILHARMONIC, THE RED CROSS AND THE UNITED WAY OF BUCKS COUNTY. MR. SPEAKER, WE SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO CARL'S CHILDREN, CARL, LANCE, CURT, AND JOYCE, ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE FAMILY, AND WE THANK THEM FOR SHARING HIM WITH OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE NORTH HAMPTON PATRIOTS FLAG PROGRAM, A LONGSTANDING TRADITION OF NORTH HAMPTON TOWNSHIP IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. ESTABLISHED IN 2003 HONORS NORTHHAMPTON TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES RECOGNIZING THEIR DEPLOYMENT AND THEIR RETURN HOME TO BUCKS COUNTY. WHILE THESE HEROES ARE SERVING, A FLAG SIGNIFICANT ANYFYING THEIR MILITARY BRANCH IS HUNG IN NORTHHAMPTON TOWNSHIP AND WHEN THEY RETURN IT'S REPLACE AN AMERICAN FLAG. THIS PROGRAM RECENTLY RECOGNIZED AUSTIN, A SOUTHAMPTON RESIDENT WHO CURRENTLY SERVES IN THE AIR FORCE AND WHO IS STATIONED IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. WE'D LIKE TO EXTEND OUR GRATITUDE TO AUSTIN FOR HIS SERVICE AND LIKE TO RECOGNIZE HIS PARENTS, GEORGE AND MARIE, ALONG WITH HIS SIBTS, DARING, KYLE, -- SIBLINGS, DARRELL, KYLE, MEREDITH. AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE PETE, ALONG WITH NORTH HAMPTON TOWNSHIP CHAIRMAN BARRY MOORE FOR THEIR WORK IN RECOGNIZING OUR COMMUNITY'S BRAVEST CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE OF THE NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE LANCEDALE BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO WILL SERVE AS FULL-TIME PATROL OFFICERS. JAMES MCVEIGH, WHO STUDIED IN LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY, GRADUATED FROM THE MONTGOMERY POLICE ACADEMY IN 2008. BEFORE JOINING THE FORCE, OFFICER MCVEIGH SERVED 10 YEARS IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND IS NOW JOINING LANCEDALE. CHRISTIAN GREGORY IS -- HE SERVED WITH THE TRANSIT POLICE DEPARTMENT. COREY FISTER, WHO IS A GRADUATE OF THE SOUDERTON AREA HIGH SCHOOL, MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE ACADEMY. BEFORE JOINING THE LANCEDALE FORCE, OFFICER FISTER SERVED WITH THE POTSTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT. I COMMEND THESE OFFICERS FOR THEIR BRAVERY AND SERVICE TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE POLICE CHIEF MIKE TRAIL FOR LEADING SUCH A FINE GROUP OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS IN OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:13:56 AM

                            MR. SCHIFF

                            MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS ALMOST EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO AS DONALD TRUMP CLOSED IN…

                            MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS ALMOST EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO AS DONALD TRUMP CLOSED IN ON THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION THAT THE RUSSIANS BEGAN WEAPONIZING STOLEN EMAILS THAT IT ACQUIRED SOMETIME EARLIER. THIS DISCLOSURE OF STOLEN EMAILS WAS ONLY ONE VEECK TORE OF THE RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURES CAMPAIGN. AT THE SAME TIME THE RUSSIANS WERE ENGAGED IN A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN AND OVERT USE OF THEIR PAID MEDIA PLATFORMS LIKE SPUTNIK AND RUSSIA TODAY TO INFLUENCE THE ELECTORATE. WHAT WAS THIS ABOUT? WAS THIS NEW AND UNPRECEDENTED INTERVENTION IN OUR AFFAIRS MERELY ABOUT CHOOSING ONE CANDIDATE OVER ANOTHER IN THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM, OR WAS THERE SOMETHING BROADER WITHIN THE RUSSIAN AIMS? IT IS CERTAINLY TRUE THAT THE RUSSIANS HAD A PREFERRED CANDIDATE IN DONALD TRUMP. CANDIDATE TRUMP HAD TALKED DISPARAGINGLY ABOUT NATO. HE HAD TALKED ABOUT DOING AWAY WITH SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA OVER ITS INVASION OF ITS NEIGHBOR. HE HAD TALKED ABOUT MAKING COMMON CAUSE WITH RUSSIA IN SYRIA WHERE OUR INTERESTS ARE NOT AT ALL ALIGNED. AND MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, HE HAD TALKED ABOUT DOING AWAY WITH THE PENALTIES WE HAD IMPOSED FOR RUSSIA'S INVASION OF ITS NEIGHBOR, SOMETHING WE NEVER THOUGHT WOULD TAKE PLACE IN THE LAST CENTURY, THE REMAKING OF THE MAP OF EUROPE BY DENT OF MILITARY FORCE, SOMETHING WE NEVER THOUGHT WE'D SEE IN THIS CENTURY. . IT'S TRUE THEY HAD A DEEP ANTIPATHY TOWARDS HILLARY CLINTON, WHEN THEY PROTESTED FRAUDULENT ELECTIONS IN 2011, SPOKE OUT ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO PROTEST AND ASSEMBLE, SOMETHING THE KREMLIN FELT WAS A DIRECT THREAT TO THE REGIME. BUT FAR MORE FUNDAMENTAL WAS THE RUSSIAN OBJECT OF SELLING DISCORD IN THE UNITED STATES, OF PITTING ONE AMERICAN AGAINST ANOTHER, PLAYING ALONG THE FAULTLINES IN OUR SOCIETY, OF WEAKENING THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR DEMOCRACY. AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT WHAT THE RUSSIANS DID HERE THEY DID NOT ALONE IN THE UNITED STATES. YES, IT WAS NEW AND UNPRECEDENTED FOR US, BUT WHAT THE RUSSIANS DID HERE, THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR YEARS ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE AND AROUND THE WORLD. . IT IS AN ATTACK ON OUR DEMOCRACY BUT THE VERY IDEA OF LIBERAL DEMOCRATCY. THIS ATTACK TAKES PLACE AT A TIME IN OUR LIVES WHERE WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND THE WORLD YOU MUST CONCLUDE OBJECTIVELY THAT THE AUTO CONTRACTS ARE -- AUTO CONTRACTS ARE ON THE RISE -- AUTOCRATS ARE ON THE RISE. WITH TURKEY, NOW THE LEADING JAILER OF JOURNALISTS IN THE WORLD. IN THE PHILIPPINES. IT CANNOT BE SAID THAT AN IRON CURTAIN IS DESCENDING, BUT THERE IS A RISING TIDE OF AUTHORITARIANISM THAT THREATENS TO SUBMERGE SOME OF THE GREAT CAPITALS AROUND THE GLOBE. FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAVE LIVED IN A POST-WORLD WAR II GENERATION, I THINK WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT OUR FREEDOMS, FREEDOMS AROUND THE WORLD, WERE EVER INCREASING. THAT IT WAS SOME IMMUTABLE LAW OF NATURE. THAT OUR FREEDOM TO EXPRESS OURSELVES, PRACTICE OUR FAITH, ASSOCIATE WITH WHOM WE WOULD, WAS EVER INCREASING. TO PARAPHRASE MARTIN LUTHUR KING, THE ARC OF THE UNIVERSE MAY BE LONG BUT IT BENDS TOWARDS JUSTICE. ONLY TO FIND THAT TODAY IT DOES NOT BEND TOWARDS JUSTICE. AS MUCH AS THE IDEA OF AMERICA AS INDESPENCIBLE NATION HAS BEEN GIVEN A BAD NAME, WE TRULY ARE INDEFENSIBLE. ALL AROUND THE WORLD PEOPLE LOOK TO US. PEOPLE IN PRISON WHO GATHERED IN THE SQUARE. PEOPLE IN PRISON IN TURKEY FOR JOURNALISM. PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD, THEY LOOK TO US. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LOOK TO RUSSIA, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LOOK TO CHINA OR EUROPE WITH ALL ITS PROBLEMS. INCREASINGLY THEY DO NOT RECOGNIZE WHAT THEY SEE. THEY LOOK TO OUR WHITE HOUSE AND DO NOT RECOGNIZE WHAT THEY SEE. THEY SEE A PRESIDENT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH AUTOCRATS AND DICTATORS THAN WITH DEMOCRATCY. IT IS A BIGGER TRAGEDY FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD AND A TRAGEDY FOR US. IN 1938 WINSTON CHURCHILL PUBLISHED A SERIES OF SPEECHES HE GAVE ON THE RISE OF NAZISM. IN AMERICA THE BOOK WAS ENTITLED "WHILE ENGLAND SLEPT. AMERICA IS NOT SLEEPING, BUT ONE OF ITS GREAT PARTIES IS. AS JOHN BOEHNER SAID RECENTLY, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS OFF TAKING A NAP SOMEWHERE. WAKE UP. FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD ARE LOOKING TO US. WAKE UP. OUR DEMOCRACY IS AT RISK AT HOME AND THE VERY IDEA OF LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IS AT RISK AROUND THE WORLD. WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE UP. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER. -- WAKE UP. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. NEXT WEDNESDAY MARKS 55 YEARS ON THE…

                            THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. NEXT WEDNESDAY MARKS 55 YEARS ON THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER IN ARBEGIN TEENA. THIS ATTACK CARRIED OUT BY THE UKRAINIAN BACKED TERROR GROUP, HEZBOLLAH, LEFT 85 INNOCENT PEOPLE DEAD AND MANY MORE WOUNDED. IF TOOK THE -- SHOOK THE ENTIRE JEWISH COMMUNITY WHO WERE TARGETED BY HEZBOLLAH TWO YEARS EARLIER WITH A DEADLY ATTACK AT THE ISRAELI EMBASSY IN BUENOS AIRES WHICH LEFT 29 DEAD AND 250 WOUNDED. THE BOMBING REMAINS THE DEADLIEST TERROR ATTACK IN ARGENTINA, YET ITS PERPETRATORS AND THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EMBASSY BOMBING HAVE YET TO BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. THAT HAS NOT BEEN FOR THE LACK OF TRYING. A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO IDENTIFYING THOSE RESPONSIBLE AND BRINGING THEM TO JUSTICE. INDEED, MY FRIEND ULTIMATELY GAVE HIS LIFE IN THIS PURSUIT, HAVING BEEN ASSASSINATED JUST HOURS BEFORE HE WAS TO PRESENT HIS COMPLAINT TO A COURT IMPLICATING THEN PRESIDENT CHRISTINA KERSHNER AND OTHER HIGH RANKING OFFICIALS FOR COVERING UP IRAN'S ROLE IN THE BOMBINGS. IN 2015 THE PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA MADE THE BRAVE DECISION TO ASSIGN A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE AND UNCOVER THE TRUTH SURROUNDING THE DEATH WHICH, UNDER THE GOVERNMENT, WAS RULED A SUICIDE. WE KNEW THE TRUTH ALL ALONG AND ULTIMATELY THE REPORT RELEASED IN 2017 CONFIRMED HE WAS MURDERED. NO DOUBT BY THOSE CLOSE TO IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH, ALTHOUGH IMPLICATED IN THE INVESTIGATION. THIS IS JUST THE FIRST STEP IN VINDICATING THE WORK FOR WHICH HE WAS MURDERED. WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO BRING HIM JUSTICE AND SEE THE CULMINATION OF HIS WORK WHICH IS TO HOLD IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE BRUTAL TERROR ATTACKS AGAINST THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN ARGENTINA. LAST YEAR, I ALONG WITH CHAIRMAN ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, AND CONGRESSMAN TED DEUTCH, JEFF DUNCAN, AND REPRESENTATIVE SIRES INTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 201 WHICH EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF ARGENTINA IN SUPPORT OF THE INVESTIGATING OF THE BOMBING IN 1994 AND 1992. THE RESOLUTION ALSO CALLS ON OUR GOVERNMENT TO ASSIST ARGENTINA IN ENSURING ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE HEINOUS ACTS ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. AND I WOULD URGE THAT ARGENTINE AUTHORITIES TO DO EVERYTHING WITHIN THEIR POWER TO BRING ALL RESPONSIBLE PARTIES TO JUSTICE AND BRING SOME FORM OF CLOSURE TO THE FAMILIES OF OVER 100 KILLED BY HEZBOLLAH IN ARGENTINA. ARGENTINA OHS THEM THAT MUCH AND WE OWE THEM A CHANCE TO SEE IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR HORRIFIC ACTS OF TERROR. THOUGH THE BOMBING WAS 24 YEARS AGO AND THE EMBASSY BOMBING 26 YEARS AGO, THE JEWISH COMMUNITY STILL FEELS THE PAIN AND BECAUSE HEZBOLLAH IS ALLOWED TO GO UNCHECKED IN MANY PLACES AROUND THE GLOBE, THEY KNOW ANOTHER ATTACK MAY BE POSSIBLE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. TO COMMEMORATE THE BOMBING AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LIVES BRUTALLY TAKEN, THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITIES INSTITUTE FOR LATINO AND LATIN AMERICAN AFFAIRS WILL BE COAST HOSTING A MEMORIAL AND CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY WITH A SYNAGOGUE IN NORTH MIAMI BEACH. THE SOUTH FLORIDA JEWISH COMMUNITY HOLDS THIS EVENTUALLYLY TO NOT ONLY COMMEMORATE THE VICTIMS OF THIS ATTACK BUT BRING ATTENTION TO THE THREAT THAT IS IRAN AN HEZBOLLAH, AS WELL AS THE HOSTILITY AND DISCRIMINATION THAT JEWS AROUND THE WORLD ARE STILL FACING AND THE RISING TIDE OF ANTI-SEMITISM. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE 24TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOMBING NEARS, LET US REMEMBER THE LIVES LOST AND CONTINUE WORKING SO THAT THESE ACTS DO NOT HAPPEN AGAIN AND LET US WORK TO ENSURE THAT IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT SUCH TERRIBLE ACTS AGAIN. . THANK YOU TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THIS EVENT AND FOR THEIR WORK TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE FAMILIES OF THE LIVES LOST, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. HUFFMAN

                            FINALLY, FINALLY, SCOTT PRUITT IS GONE. AFTER MONTHS OF SCANDAL, 19…

                            FINALLY, FINALLY, SCOTT PRUITT IS GONE. AFTER MONTHS OF SCANDAL, 19 SEPARATE INVESTIGATIONS, COUNTLESS ETHICAL FAILURES, ABUSES OF OFFICIAL OFFICE AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE, FINALLY THIS CORRUPT SWAMP CREATURE THAT'S BEEN HEADING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION LAST WEEK. AS WELCOMED AS THIS NEWS IS, FOR MANY OF US LET AS BE CLEAR, SCOTT PRUITT WAS FAR FROM THE ONLY CREATURE IN THE TOXIC TRUMP SWAMP. ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE IS OUR SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, WILBUR ROSS WHO PROVETTED FROM SHORT SALES IN A RUSSIAN LINKED NAVIGATION COMPANY. AND HE MADE THOSE SHORT SALES ONLY AFTER LEARNING THAT JOURNALISTS WITH "THE NEW YORK TIMES" WERE ABOUT TO EXPOSE HIS CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. APPARENTLY WHILE SERVING AS OUR COMMERCE SECRETARY, ROSS WAS ALSO PARTIAL OWNER OF A CHINESE COMPANY AND A CYPRIOT BANK THAT'S PART OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER'S INVESTIGATIONS. THESE ARE SCANDALS THAT IN ANY OTHER PREVIOUS TIME WOULD BRING DOWN A CABINET SECRETARY, BUT IN THIS SWAMP CLIMATE OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, IT'S JUST ANOTHER NEWS CYCLE AND SOON SUPPLANTED BY THE NEXT OUTRAGE AND NEXT SCANDAL. LET'S ALSO NOT FORGET OUR SECRETARY OF INTERIOR, RYAN ZINKEY, WHO FACES MANY OF HIS ONLY SCANDALS. OUR SECRETARY OF INTERIOR OVERSEES OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT ON PUBLIC LANDS N THIS CASE THE SECRETARY STANDS TO PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM A LAND DEAL WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF HALLIBURTON, A COMPANY THAT HAS LITERALLY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF BUSINESS ON THE LINE WHEN SECRETARY ZINC -- ZINKE MAKES DECISIONS ABOUT WHERE AND HOW OIL DRILLING WILL BE PERMITTED IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT'S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. IT'S TIME FOR THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS TO WAKE UP AND TAKE THESE ISSUES SERIOUSLY. CONDUCT SOME REAL OVERSIGHT AND PUT A STOP TO THIS CULTURE OF CORRUPTION IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                            MR. CURTIS

                            I RISE TODAY TO SHOW MY APREESHYAILINGS FOR THE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS…

                            I RISE TODAY TO SHOW MY APREESHYAILINGS FOR THE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS WORKING TO -- APPRECIATION FOR THE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS WORKING TO PROTECT THE CITIES OF UTAH. MANY OF THESE ARE THE SAME WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES ACROSS UTAH. THIS FIRE SEASON HAS BEEN ONE OF THE WORST IN RECENT MEMORY, INCLUDING SIX ACTIVE FIRES THAT HAVE CONSUMED OVER 85,000 ACRES OF LAND. THE FIRE HAS CONSUMED OVER 50,000 ACRES ALONE. I DROVE BY THIS FIRE LAST WEEK AND SAW THE DEVASTATION FIRSTHAND. UNABLE TO FULLY IMAGINE THE HEARTBREAK FAMILIES EXPERIENCED AS THEY WATCHED THE FIRE APPROACH THEIR HOMES AND THEIR LIVELIHOODS. WHILE COMBATING THESE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS, WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO KEEP OTHERS SAFE. THEY WORK IN EXTREME HEAT AND UNPLEASANT CONDITIONS TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. I WILL FIN TO SUPPORT -- I WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT STRONG FUNDING THEY RELY ON. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING THE WILDFIRE FIGHTERS OF UTAH FOR THEIR CONTINUED BRAVERY IN KEEPING UTAH SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AND I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE THE SMALL BUSINESS ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND EFFICIENCY ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS SMALL BUSINESS SPACE ACT. AS A MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND FORMER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, I'M PROUD TO INTRODUCE A BILL THAT WILL HELP KEEP BURDENSOME AND CONFLICTING REGULATIONS THAT ARE KEEPING SMALL BUSINESSES FROM GROWTH AND ACCESS TO CAPITAL. THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S 504 LOAN PROGRAM HELPS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS GROW THEIR COMPANY AND STIMULATE JOB CREATION AT NO EXPENSE TO TAXPAYERS. -- TO -- MANY OF THESE HAVE EXPANDED OPERATIONS AND HIRED NEW EMPLOYEES BECAUSE OF THE S.B.A. LOAN PROGRAM. I LOVE HEARING THE SUCCESS STORIES OF BUSINESSES LIKE PREMIERE BUILDING SUPPLY LOCATED IN LINDEN, UTAH. A COMPANY THAT STARTED IN A GARAGE IN 2009 AND SINCE THEN HAS QUICKLY BECOME A LEADER IN SUPPLYING THE UTAH BUILDING INDUSTRY AND HELPING WITH -- WITH THE HELP OF AN S.B.A. 504 LOAN HAS GROWN INTO A 50,000 SQUARE FOOT OPERATION WITH 150 EMPLOYEES. THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE MANY SMALL BUSINESSES IN UTAH THAT HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR TREMENDOUS SUCCESS IF THEY HAVE ACCESS TO CAPITAL. HOWEVER, AS WE SEE FAR TOO OFTEN, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MAINTAINED BURDENSOME AND CONFLICTING REGULATIONS THAT WEIGH DOWN THE 504 PROGRAM WITH UNCERTAINTY AND ULTIMATELY HURT THE VERY BUSINESSES IT WAS MEANT TO HELP. THE SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM WILL ELIMINATE FEDERAL REGULATIONS BURDENING THE PROGRAM TO ENSURE SMALL BUSINESSES MORE EFFICIENTLY HAVE ACCESS TO CAPITAL WITHOUT COSTING THE TAXPAYER A SINGLE DOLLAR. I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN AND STAKEHOLDERS LIKE MOUNTAIN WEST SMALL BUSINESS, AND UTAH C.D.C. WHO KNOW BERT THAN ANYONE JUST HOW CRITICAL THE PROGRAM IS. I'M SQUARELY ON THE SIDE OF HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES AND AM COMMITTED TO KEEPING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM GETTING IN THE WAY OF THEIR SUCCESS. I BELIEVE THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT IS A GREAT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. ESPAILLAT

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN MY COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS NATION…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN MY COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS NATION WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST YEAR A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN HATE CRIMES AND ATTACKS AGAINST IMMIGRANT AND GENERALLY AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR. IN NEW YORK CITY WE SAW HOW A LAWYER NAMED AARON SHALOSHBERG LAUNCHED A RACIAL VERBAL ATTACK AGAINST WORKERS AT THE FRENCH KITCHEN RESTAURANT IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY SPOKE SPANISH. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WAS IN NEW YORK CITY. A CITY THAT PRIDES ITSELF IN BEING A SIT I OF IMMIGRANTS. A CITY WHICH TOUTS THE PRESENCE OF LADY LIBERTY HERSELF ON THE HARBOR. STILL, THIS LAWYER FELT COMPELLED WITHOUT ANY HESITATION , SHAME, OR GUILT, TO CONFRONT WORKERS AT THE RESTAURANT. VERBALLY ASOUGHTING THEM BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY SPOKE SPANISH. YET WE KEEP SEEING MORE AND MORE EXAMPLES OF AGGRESSORS AND HARASSERS LUNCHING VICIOUS ATTACKS AND DIRECTING HATE SPEECH TOWARDS THOSE THEY WRONGFULLY PERCEIVE TO BE UN-AMERICAN. IN ANOTHER RECENT INCIDENT, MR. RODRIGUEZ, A SENIOR CITIZEN, 91 YEARS OLD, WAS BRUTALLY ATTACKED FOR HIS ETHNIC BACKGROUND. HE IS OF MEXICAN DECENT. HE WAS TOLD TO GO BACK TO HIS COUNTRY BEFORE BEING BRUTALLY ASSAULTED WITH A BRICK. YET IN ANOTHER RECENT INCIDENT AT THE CALDWELL WOODS FOREST PRESERVE, ANOTHER WOMAN WAS ANOTHER VICTIM OF VERBAL HARASSMENT, ABUSE, AND PHYSICAL INTIMIDATION IN AN ALMOST UNTHINKABLE 20 MINUTE RACIAL RANT. HER HARASSER CAUGHT SIGHT ON THE SHIR PATTERNED WITH A PUERTO RICAN FLAG SUCH AS THIS ONE AND PROCEEDED TO VERBALLY ASSAULT HER FOR THE CITING OF A PROUD AMERICAN WEARING A FLAG THAT REPRESENTS 3.5 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO. AND SEVERAL MILLION MORE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE PERPETRATORS SAID IF YOU ARE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, YOU SHOULDN'T BE WEARING THAT SHIRT IN AMERICA. LET ME REMIND HIM THAT IMPORTANT IMPORTANTIANS -- IMPORTANT IMPORTANTS ARE U.S. CITIZENS, THEY HAVE A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED POSITION OF DEFENDING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY ACROSS THE WORRELL. THEY HAVE SPILLED THE BLOOD OF THOUSANDS IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA AND DEMOCRACY. EACH OF THESE POSITION INSTANCES AND SITUATIONS COME ON THE HEELS OF A 2017 CALIFORNIA REPORT. THE FIRST PUBLISHED SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, INDICATING A 17% INCREASE IN HATEFUL CRIMES. SPECIFICALLY ANTI-LATINO, ANTI-HISPANIC HATE CRIMES HAVE SOARED WITH INCREASES OF MORE THAN 50% LAST YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO A QUINNIPIAC POLL, 58% OF AMERICANS DISAPPROVE THE WAY DONALD TRUMP IS HANDLING IMMIGRATION. 55% OF AMERICANS SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT EASIER FOR RACISTS TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS PUBLICLY. LIKE LIKE ATTORNEY SCHLOSSBERG IN NEW YORK, TIMOTHY IN ILLINOIS, WE FIND AAGREESORS AND PERPETRATORS THAT DON'T REPRESENT OUR VALUES . AS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE SEEN OUR LEADERS IN ELECTED OFFICE PARTICIPATE IN HATEFUL AND INTOLERANT ACTS WITH HATEFUL AND INTOLERANT WORDS. WHETHER IN NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, OR COOK COUNTY, WE HAVE SEEN NAKED RACISM AND BLATANT BIGOTRY. TO THESE BIGGISTS, I SAY THIS -- [SPEAKING SPANISH] THAT TRANSLATES INTO -- THE UNITED STATES IS FOR ALL OF US, REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN, THE GOD THAT WE PRAY TO, OR THE LANGUAGE WE SPEAK. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON,…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. BLUMENAUER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOMETIMES IT'S JUST HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOMETIMES IT'S JUST HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF THE DAILY OUTRAGES. IF THE PRESIDENT IS NOT JUST INSULTING BUT ATTACKING ALLIES LIKE CANADA, NATIONAL SECURITY GROUNDS, A TARIFF WAR, THEY'RE RECKLESS AND INACCURATE ATTACKS ON NATO AND OUR ALLIES, THE BEDROCK OF STABILITY IN EUROPE, WHERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COZIES UP TO ONE OF THE WORST PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET, KIM JONG IL, THE DICTATOR OF NORTH KOREA, WHO HAS IMPRISONED 100,000 OF HIS PEOPLE IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS, STARVED MILLIONS MORE, MURDERED MEMBERS OF HIS OWN FAMILY AND HE'S HELD UP AS SOME SORT OF EXEMPLAR. HE LIKES, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS, THE WAY HIS PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO. IF THEY DON'T THEY GET KILLED OR SENTENCED TO A CONCENTRATION CAMP. THIS NOTION THAT WE'RE FORCIBLY SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM FAMILIES AT THE BORDER, WHERE THE FAMILY IS SIMPLY LOOKING FOR ASYLUM, INFLICTING PROBABLY PERMANENT DAMAGE ON THESE CHILDREN. AND, OF COURSE, THE COUNTLESS ENVIRONMENTAL ATTACKS AND THE ACTIVITIES OF CRONIES WHO'VE BEEN PUT IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY. BUT LAST WEEK, WE WITNESSED ONE OF THE MOST DESPICABLE ACTS OF THIS DISTURBING ADMINISTRATION. THE UNITED STATES LAUNCHED A GLOBAL ATTACK ON BREAST-FEEDING. YES. BREAST-FEEDING. THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MOMENT. MOTHER'S MILK IS THE MOST NUTRITIOUS OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO FEED A BABY. IT CONTAINS ANTIBODIES THAT PROVIDES IT WITH HEALTH PROTECTIONS THE BABY THROUGHOUT ITS LIFE. THERE WAS AN INNOCUOUS RESOLUTION THAT WAS BEING ADVANCED BEFORE ONE OF THE UNITED NATIONS' AFFILIATES, THE WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY, TO PROMOTE BREAST-FEEDING. THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. GLOBAL GIANTS THAT SELL BABY FORMULA HAVE BEEN TOUTING THIS AS A HEALTHIER, MORE CONVENIENT ALTERNATIVE. RECENT STUDIES SHOW THAT LESS THAN 40% OF POOR WOMEN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ARE BREAST-FEEDING. AND THE USE OF INFANT FORMULA IN THESE POOR COUNTRIES, NOT ONLY IS INFERIOR, NOT ONLY DOES IT LACK THE HEALTH BENEFITS, THE LONG-TERM HEALTH BENEFITS, NOT ONLY IS IT A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE, BUT ACTUALLY IN MANY OF THESE COUNTRIES IT -- MIXING FORMULA WITH DIRTY WATER POSES A DIRECT THREAT IMMEDIATELY TO THE HEALTH OF THE CHILD. WELL, ECUADOR, A MEMBER OF THIS ASSEMBLY, WAS PREPARED TO INTRODUCE A ROUTINE RESOLUTION PROMOTING BREAST-FEEDING. AND THIS ADMINISTRATION SPRANG INTO ACTION, PRESSURING ECUADOR, ALLEGEDLY WITH RETALIATION IN THE TRADE SECTION -- SECTOR, TO NOT OFFER THE RESOLUTION AND ULTIMATELY THE BULLYING WAS SUCCESSFUL. THE RESOLUTION WAS NOT ADVANCED. ALTHOUGH, IRONY OF IRONIES, IT WAS RUSSIA THAT STEPPED UP, MOVED FORWARD WITH THE RESOLUTION, WHICH WAS ULTIMATELY ADOPTED WITH MINOR CHANGES. WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT AMERICA AND THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT IT WOULD BE DOING THE BIDDING OF GIANT INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS, PROMOTING A PRACTICE THAT ACTUALLY UNDERMINES THE HEALTH IN MANY POOR PEOPLE AND JUST HAVING A RESOLUTION PROMOTING THE BENEFITS OF BREAST-FEEDING WAS THREATENING TO THEIR BUSINESS AND TO THIS ADMINISTRATION? WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF DISTURBING AND SHAMEFUL ACTS SINCE TRUMP BECAME PRESIDENT. BUT IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE SOMETHING WORSE THAN WHAT WAS ON DISPLAY LAST WEEK. IT'S TIME FOR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US, EXPRESSING OUTRAGE ABOUT BEHAVIORS LIKE THIS. WE'RE BETTER PEOPLE AND WE OUGHT TO DEMONSTRATE IT.

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. COSTA

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO…

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                            REMARKS.

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                            MR. COSTA

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN ADDRESSING OUR NATION'S RISING DEBT. AS OF THIS WEEK, OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS OVER $21 TRILLION, WITH A T. AS OF THAT, WHEN WE ESTIMATE TO AVERAGE MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD, IT'S $64,600. $64,600 FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD. WE ARE THIS FOREIGN DEBT BECAUSE OF IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNING AND A LACK OF POLITICAL COURAGE, REGARDLESS OF WHICH PARTY HAS BEEN IN CONTROL, IN RECENT YEARS. THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RELEASED ITS LONG-TERM BUDGET OUTLOOK LAST MONTH. IT SHOWED THAT THE FEDERAL DEBT HELD BY THE PUBLIC, WILL APPROACH 100% OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT WITHIN THE NEXT 10 YEARS IF WE KEEP HEADING DOWN THIS PATH. SADLY, THIS CONGRESS HAS CHOSEN TO CONTINUE THIS IRRESPONSIBLE, UNSUSTAINABLE FISCAL COURSE. IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. THE TAX CUT LEGISLATION THAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES RAMMED THROUGH THE CONGRESS LAST DECEMBER IS PROJECTED TO ADD OVER $1.45 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND $2.2 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. SOME ESTIMATE IT WILL EVEN BE MORE. THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE. THE ADDITIONAL $2.2 TRILLION THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE TO PAY UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE CANNOT ASK FUTURE GENERATIONS TO CARRY THE WEIGHT OF OUR SHORTSIGHTED DECISIONS AND POLITICAL COWARDNESS. NOT ONLY IS IT UNFAIR, BUT IT'S JUST PLAIN WRONG. YES, REINING IN OUR SPENDING WILL BE HARD. IT'S ALWAYS HARD AND DIFFICULT TO MAKE CHOICES. WE'LL GET ATTACKED BY OTHER POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INTEREST GROUPS WHO DISLIKE OR DISAGREE WITH OUR CHOICES, BUT THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. THIS HAPPENED IN 2012 WHEN THE HOUSE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE RISING DEBT AND DEFICIT AND SUPPORTED A BUDGET RESOLUTION BY MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN JIM COOPER FROM TENNESSEE. THE RESOLUTION WAS SIMILAR TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE BIPARTISAN SIMPSON-BOWLES COMMISSION AND IT WOULD HAVE REDUCED OUR DEBT BY OVER $4 TRILLION OVER THE 10 YEARS. IT WOULD JUST START TO BEND THE CURVE. I AND A LOT SUPPORTED IT. A LOT OF GROUPS ATTACKED US. YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT KENNEDY MANY YEARS WROTE A BOOK CALLED "PROFILES AND COURAGE" IN WHICH HE WROTE OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO MADE POLITICALLY TOUGH CHOICES AND CALLED IT POLITICAL PROFILES AND COURAGE. UNFORTUNATELY, IN IS NOT A LOT OF THOSE POLITICAL PROFILES AND COURAGE IN CONGRESS THESE DAYS, SADLY. WE WERE SENT HERE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, EVEN WHEN FACED WITH DIFFICULT CHOICES. WE ARE NOT SENT HERE TO DO THE EASY THINGS. WE ARE SENT HERE TO TRY TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS AND COME TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY YOU'RE GOING TO GET THESE THINGS DONE. WE MUST FIND POLITICAL COURAGE TO MAKE THE TOUGH CHOICES AND CREATE SMART AND FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE POLICY THAT WILL HAVE REAL AND LASTING EFFECTS IN REDUCING OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THIS WILL REQUIRE, AGAIN, THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORK TOGETHER, WHICH IS ITSELF, SADLY, TOO OFTEN IN RARE SUPPLY THESE DAYS. BUT IF WE DON'T PUT OUR PARTISAN BICKERING AND ELECTORAL FEARS ASIDE, LONG ENOUGH TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA, THEN WHEN WILL WE? IF WE DON'T MAKE DECISIONS NOW TO GET THE NATION'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, THE PROGRAMS THAT AMERICANS RELY ON, IMPORTANT PROGRAMS THAT MOST OF US SUPPORT, LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, LIKE MEDICARE, THESE PROGRAMS WILL BE IMPACTED. MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS DAY IN 1974, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET AND CONTROL ACT BECAME LAW. 44 YEARS AGO, THE 93RD CONGRESS CAME TOGETHER TO PASS THIS LAW TO STRENGTHEN OUR BUDGET AUTHORITY AND TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY TO MAKE INFORMED AND INDEPENDENT DECISIONS REGARDING AMERICA'S BUDGET. TO IN ESSENCE, PUT AMERICA'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. I STAND HERE TODAY 44 YEARS LATER CALLING ON THE 115TH CONGRESS TO USE THAT INFORMATION AND CAPACITY THAT WE NOW HAVE TO MAKE THESE DIFFICULT CHOICES AND TO HAVE THE POLITICAL COURAGE TO PUT OUR NATION'S FISCAL HOUSE BACK ON A RESPONSIBLE PATH. IT'S WHAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS, IT'S PART OF AMERICA'S FUTURE, AND MY FELLOW AMERICANS, IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GE GUEST…

                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GE GUEST CHAPLAIN REVEREND J. JOSH SMITH PRINCE AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, ATHENS, GEORGIA.

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                            THE CHAPLAIN

                            DEAR FATHER WE PRAY THIS MORNING THE WORDS OF PSALM 67, BLESS US AND CAUSE…

                            DEAR FATHER WE PRAY THIS MORNING THE WORDS OF PSALM 67, BLESS US AND CAUSE YOUR FACE TO SHINE UPON US THAT YOUR WAY MAY BE KNOWN ON THE EARTH OF YOUR SALVATION AMONG ALL NATIONS. WE ACKNOWLEDGE TODAY HOW MUCH WE NEED YOU AND DEPEND ON YOU FOR EVERYTHING. WE ACKNOWLEDGE IN DESPERATION HOW MUCH WE NEED YOUR GRACE, WISDOM, FAVOR AND BLESSING. AND ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE ALREADY BLESSED US BEYOND MEASURE, WE ASK YOU FOR MORE OF YOUR BLESSING, NOT FOR OUR BENEFIT ALONE, BUT THAT THROUGH US AND EVERY DECISION THAT IS MADE IN THIS PLACE, ALL PEOPLE, AND ALL NATIONS MIGHT COME TO KNOW YOUR LOVE, GRACE, KINDNESS, MERCY AND SALVATION. AND WE ASK THESE THINGS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST WHO DIED THAT THOSE WHO TRUST AND FOLLOW HIM MIGHT LIVE AND FOLLOW HIM. AMEN.

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                            THE SPEAKER

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

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

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                            MR. GIANFORTE

                            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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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. HICE

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME REVEREND JOSH SMITH AS OUR…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME REVEREND JOSH SMITH AS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN HERE AT THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND I GREATLY APPRECIATE HIM LEADING US IN PRAYER THIS MORNING. HE'S BEEN SERVING AT MINISTRY FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS. JOSH HAS FAITHFULLY DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO THE GOSPEL AND CURRENTLY SERVES AS SENIOR PASTOR OF MY HOME CHURCH, PRINCE AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, IN THE ATHENS, GEORGIA, AREA. IN ADDITION TO EARNING A BACHELORS DEGREE IN CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES, A MASTER OF DIVINITY AND DOCTOR OF MINISTRY AND PREACHING, HE'S WORKED TO SPREAD GOD'S WORD ON BOTH THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. AS A PASTOR MYSELF, IT GIVES ME ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE JOSH FOR HIS SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE. ALSO WELCOME TODAY HIS WIFE, ANDREA, TO THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, AND WE SEND OUR BEST WISHES TO THEIR FIVE CHILDREN -- LILY, GRACIE, JOSIE, ANNIE, AND JOSIAH, WHO ARE BACK HOME IN GEORGIA. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK EVERYONE IN JOIN ME IN THANKING PASTOR SMITH FOR LEADING US TODAY IN OPENING THIS SESSION IN PRAYER. IT'S MY DEEP PRIVILEGE TO NOT ONLY BE A MEMBER OF HIS CHURCH, TO BE A CO-LABORER WITH HIM FOR THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, I'M GRATEFUL FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TO THE ATHENS COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD ABROAD. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR 15 ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE…

                            THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR 15 ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. WILSON

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. WILSON

                            MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS MADE AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF…

                            MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS MADE AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF GEORGIA BRETT KAVANAUGH FOR THE SUPREME COURT. THE EDITORIAL TODAY IS CORRECT, BRETT KAVANAUGH IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR COURT. A JUDGE'S JOB IS TO INTERPRET THE LAW, NOT MAKE THE LAW OR MAKE POLICY, JUDGE KAVANAUGH. THE JUDGE WILL APPLY THE LAW AS WRITTEN AND ENFORCE THE TEXT, INNSING OF THE -- UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONSTITUTION. HE SERVED ON THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR 12 YEARS. HE HAS AUTHORED MORE THAN 300 OPINIONS. A GRADUATE OF YALE COLLEGE AND YALE LAW SCHOOL. JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS CLERKED ON THE SUPREME COURT UNDER JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY ON THE THIRD AND NINTH CIRCUIT COURTS OF APPEALS. HE'S TAUGHT AT YALE, HARVARD AND GEORGETOWN. JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE SENATE SHOULD CONFIRM HIM QUICKLY. THE BIAS MEDIA WILL FAIL AGAIN AS IT SMEARS THE JUDGE, MAKING UP MORE FAKE NEWS, DESTROYING ITS OWN CREDIBILITY. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM QUALM SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MS. BORDALLO

                            I ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN REQUEST TO BE RECOGNIZED? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                            DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN REQUEST TO BE RECOGNIZED? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MS. BORDALLO

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE THE AMBER ALERT…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE THE AMBER ALERT NATIONWIDE ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES FOR THEIR SUPPORT AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS. IN 2003, CONGRESS PASSED THE PROTECT ACT, ESTABLISHING THE NATIONAL AMBER ALERT SYSTEM TO MOBILIZE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN CASES OF MISSING, ABDUCTED, AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN. HOWEVER, THIS TWEE LAW DID NOT PRO-- 2003 LAW DID NOT PROVIDE GUAM, AMERICAN SAMOA, AND THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS ARE STILL NOT INTEGRATED INTO THE NATIONAL SYSTEM. OUR APPLE BERT ALERT NATIONWIDE ACT WOULD FIX THIS -- AMBER ALERT NATIONWIDE ACT WOULD FIX THIS. BY PROVIDING NEEDED FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD ALSO OPTIMIZE THE SYSTEM FOR THE TERRITORIES, AUTHORIZING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR AMBER ALERTS IN MAJOR TRANSPORTATION HUBS SUCH AS AIRPORTS, MARITIME PORTS, CUSTOMS, CHECKPOINTS, AND OTHER PORTS OF EXITS. A TRULY NATIONWIDE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM MUST PROTECT OUR MISSING, ABDUCTED, OR EXPLOITED CHILDREN IN THE U.S. TERRITORIES. I URGE OUR HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. THOMPSON

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE ZONTA CLUB…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE ZONTA CLUB OF WARREN, PENNSYLVANIA, AS THEY CELEBRATE 90 YEARS OF EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH SERVICE AND ADVOCACY. THEY MARK 100 YEARS ON THE WORLD STAGE THIS YEAR. AND THE ZONTA CLUB OF WARREN WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CLUBS. IT WAS FOUNDED IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK, WITH THE MISSION OF ADVANCING THE STATUS OF WOMEN. THE WAR ON ZONTA CLUB HAS WORKED TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF WOMEN LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, AND WORLDWIDE. WARREN ZONTA HAS WORKED WITH VARIOUS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH ITS 90-YEAR HISTORY. AT ITS CORE, THE CLUB HAS MAKED TO MAKE WARREN A BETTER PLACE TO WORK. THEY WORKED WITH THE GIRL SCOUTS, THE SALVATION ARMY AND THE WARREN GENERAL HOSPITAL, AMONG OTHERS. THE WORD ZONTA MEANS HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY AND IS DERIVED FROM THE NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGE SUH. I WISH THEM THE ABOUT -- SIOUX. I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO WARREN COUNTY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND, THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND, THE HONORABLE JUDGE CINDY LETTERMAN, UPON HER RETIREMENT FROM THE MIAMI-DADE JUVENILE COURT. UPON STARTING HER WORK IN THE JUVENILE COURT IN 1994, JUDGE LETTERMAN QUICKLY DISCOVERED A CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM IN TURMOIL. SHE WITNESSED THE VOICES OF THE CHILDREN COMING IN AND OUT OF THE COURT, BEING LOST IN THE THE STREAM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CUSTODY HEARINGS. CINDY CAMPAIGNED TO TIE THE SCIENCE BEHIND CHILD PSYCHOLOGY TO THE LAW, MAKING IT HER MISSION TO TRANSFORM THE SYSTEM INTO ONE THAT FOCUSES ON THE WELL-BEING OF THE CHILDREN. IN HER CAREER, JUDGE LETTERMAN HAS TIRELESSLY AND GRACEFULLY PRESIDED OVER SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CASES OF OUR STATE, INCLUDING STRIKING DOWN THE STATE'S DISCRIMINATORY GAY ADOPTION BAN. MR. SPEAKER, CINDY HAS MY APPRECIATION FOR HER TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT ON THE MIAMI-DADE CHILDREN'S COURT. HER RETIREMENT MARKS THE END OF AN ERA AND SHE LEAVES AN IMPRESSIVE LEGACY. I TRULY WISH JUDGE CINDY LETTERMAN ALL THE BEST IN HER NEXT CHAPTER OF HER LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                          • 12:09:35 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                          • 12:09:40 PM

                            MR. LAMALFA

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

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

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                          • 12:09:45 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                          • 12:09:48 PM

                            MR. LAMALFA

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY SADLY BUT ALSO IN HONOR OF THE PASSING OF A DEAR…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY SADLY BUT ALSO IN HONOR OF THE PASSING OF A DEAR FRIEND FROM CHASTA COUNTY, MEL FISHER. MELVIN FRANCIS FISHER WAS BORN IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN. I FIRST CAME TO KNOW MEL AND HIS LOVELY WIFE, CATHY. WHAT A CHARACTER THIS COUPLE WAS. DURING THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO A PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS EVENT IN SHASTA IN 2002. HE FOLLOWED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS FATHER WHO WAS A FIGHTER PILOT IN WORLD WAR 16R789 HE COULDN'T KNOW WHAT THE JOURNEY WOULD TAKE HIM TO. INDEED WHEN HE WAS IN PEARL HARBOR ABOARD THE U.S.S. WHITNEY, THAT WAS WHERE THEY WERE ATTACKED BY THE JAPES. HIS SHIP THAT DAY WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING DOWN TWO JAPANESE PLANES THAT DAY. MEL LATER WENT ON TO SERVE ON THE U.S.S. INDIANA, PARTICIPATED IN MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS INY QUO JEEMA, OKINAWA. MY FAMILY HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ACCOMPANYING HIM AND HIS FAMILY TO THE 69TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF THE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK. INDEED, THAT'S SOMETHING WE'LL ALWAYS TREASURE. HIS MILITARY SERVICE WAS VERY DISTINGUISHED BUT HIS FAMILY REMEMBERS SOMEONE THAT GAVE BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY IN SERVICE AND HE LOVED TO FISH ON THAT LAKE AND AROUND THAT LAKE, LAKE SHASTA. HE PEACEFULLY PASSED AWAY ON FATHER'S DAY SURROUNDED BY HIS LOVING FAMILY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. IT WAS AN HONOR FOR ME TO KNOW SUCH A MAN AS MEL FISHER WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY FAITHFULLY AND HIS COMMUNITY WITH LOVE AND HIS LOVE BY SO MANY. GOD BLESS YOU, MEL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 12:11:25 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            MEL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            MEL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 12:11:30 PM

                            MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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                          • 12:11:34 PM

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                          • 12:11:37 PM

                            MR. GIANFORTE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE THE SENATE TO CONFIRM JUDGE BRETT…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE THE SENATE TO CONFIRM JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH TO SERVE ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. PRESIDENT TRUMP CONSIDERED MANY WELL-QUALIFIED JUDGES AND LEGAL SCHOLARS FOR THE HIGH COURT, AND HE SELECTED THE BEST OF THE BEST. JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS AND AN IMPRESSIVE PROFESSIONAL RECORD INCLUDING CLERKING FOR JUSTICE KENNEDY AND SERVING ON THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SINCE 2006. JUDGE KAVANAUGH IS A CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE WHO WILL INTERPRET OUR NATION'S LAWS AS OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED AND NOT MAKE LAWS FROM THE BENCH. JUDGE KAVANAUGH OFFERS A SOUND APPROACH TO ISSUES IMPORTANT TO MONTANA. JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS DEFENDED PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS FROM GOVERNMENTAL INTERFERENCE, PROTECTED LANDOWNERS FROM OUTRAGEOUS REGULATIONS, AND REJECTED FEDERAL OVERREACH, INCLUDING FROM THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S OVERZELLOUS E.P.A. MR. SPEAKER, JUDGE KAVANAUGH ENJOYED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WHEN THE SENATE CONFIRMED HIM 12 YEARS AGO. I URGE THE SENATE TO AVOID POLITICAL GAMES, SIDE SHOWS, AND STUNTS AND CONFIRM JUDGE KAVANAUGH TO SERVE IN THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 12:13:00 PM

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                          • 12:13:05 PM

                            MR. SMITH

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

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

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                          • 12:13:10 PM

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                          • 12:13:13 PM

                            MR. SMITH

                            MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION POLICIES, A RECENT POLL SHOWS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION POLICIES, A RECENT POLL SHOWS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FAR CLOSER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP THAN TO THE LIBERAL MEDIA. THE RESULTS OF A HARVARD-HARRIS POLL BY MARK PENN, A FORMER HILLARY CLINTON STRATEGIST, CAME UP WITH SURPRISING RESULTS CONSIDERING WHAT YOU HEARD FROM THE MEDIA. WHEN ASKED, DO YOU THINK THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT ACROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE COUNTRY OR SENT HOME? 64% SAID ME SHOULD BE SENT HOME. WHEN ASKED, DO YOU THINK WE NEED STRICTER OR LOOSER ENFORCEMENT OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS? 70% SAID STRICTER. 60% SUPPORT BUILDING A COMBINATION OF A PHYSICAL AND ELECTRONIC BARRIER ACROSS THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER. WHEN ASKED ABOUT SANCTUARY CITIES, 84% OF RESPONDENTS SAID CITIES SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES ABOUT TAKING CUSTODY OF DEPORTABLE IMMIGRANTS. AND 69% SAID THE IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT AGENCY SHOULD NOT BE ABOLISHED. THE ADMINISTRATION'S IMMIGRATION POLICIES DO REFLECT AMERICANS' VIEWS.

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                          • 12:14:25 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            RECOGNITION?

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                            AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          • 12:14:39 PM

                            MR. YODER

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE DENISE CONN AND STEVEN LOWELL…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE DENISE CONN AND STEVEN LOWELL WHO BECAME THE FIRST KANSAS TEAM TO WIN THE NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE ASSOCIATION'S NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. THEIR TIRELESS WORK OVER THE PAST YEAR PAVED THE WAY FOR THEM TO WIN THIS FIVE-DAY TOURNAMENT WHICH IS THE LARGEST ACADEMIC COMPETITION IN THE WORLD. DENISE AND STEVEN DEBATED GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND REGULATION OF EDUCATION, A FEW TOPICS WE CONTINUE TO DEBATE HERE IN CONGRESS. WHEN I WAS ON THE DEBATE TEAM AND WENT TO STATE AND ALTHOUGH I NEVER WON A TOURNAMENT QUITE THIS SIZE, I STILL USE WHAT I LEARNED THERE TODAY WHILE DEBATING IMPORTANT ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS. DENISE'S AND STEVEN'S AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THEIR TALENT AS WELL AS OUR AMAZING SCHOOLS IN THE THIRD DISTRICT OF KANSAS AND THE TEACHERS THEY HAVE INCLUDING THE DEBATE COACH. THEY EVER FUTURE LEADERS AND WE CAN EXPECT -- THEY ARE FUTURE LEADERS AND WE CAN EXPECT GREAT THINGS. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT OTHER AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIRD DISTRICT STUDENTS OF KANSAS WILL MAKE AS WELL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                          • 12:15:50 PM

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

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

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                            I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SECOND ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF CIVILITY AND…

                            I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SECOND ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF CIVILITY AND THIS DAY JULY 12 WAS CHOSEN TO MARK A VERSE CHAPTER 7, 12. THIS, WE KNOW IS THE GOLDEN RULE AND IT WAS ONE OF MY MOTHER'S FAVORITE BIBLE VERSUS US. I WAS NUMBER 10 AND THIS WAS HER FAVORITE THAT SHE WOULD QUOTE. THE IDEA THAT EVERYONE DESERVES YOUR RESPECT. EACH ONE OF US IN THIS CHAMBER HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE THIS RULE AS DO OUR CONSTITUENTS. WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD DUE IN LARGE PART TO OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT. IT'S AN EXPERIMENT, A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE DEBATE, RESPECT AND RESOLVE DIFFERENCES AND RELY ON CITIZEN INPUT. TODAY THERE IS AN ALARMING DECLINE IN DISCOURSE. PEOPLE CAN'T SEEM TO TALK TO EACH OTHER AND CAN'T COME TO THE TABLE AND HEAR EACH OTHER. WE NEED TO REVERSE THIS TREND. AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST YEAR, MEMBERS OF THE FRESHMAN CLASS DRAFTED AND SIGNED A COMMITMENT TO CIVILITY LAYING OUT OUR EFFORTS TO MAKE THE GOVERNMENT WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY, HELP BUILD CONSENSUS AND RESTORE PUBLIC TRUST AND SERVE AS A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON SOCIETY AT LARGE. ON THIS NATIONAL DAY OF CIVILITY, LET'S RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO CIVILITY. CONGRESS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE STATE OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE, BUT WE CAN CERTAINLY AND SHOULD SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                          • 12:17:47 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 12:17:52 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP RESOLUTION 989.

                          • 12:17:57 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                            THE CLERK

                            HOUSE RESOLUTION 165 RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS…

                            HOUSE RESOLUTION 165 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. 6157, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR AND THE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT AND THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM 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 CON FIND TO THE BILL AND NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER ON THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE NEW PROINTED IN THE BILL IT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS AN ORIGINAL BILL UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-80. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT MAY BE OFFERED BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ SHALL BE DEBATABLE SPECIFIED IN THE TIME OF THE REPORT EQUALLY CONTROLLED AND NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND NOT 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 AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE IN THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER. 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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                          • 12:20:36 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

                          • 12:20:39 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MR.…

                            FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MR. HASTINGS WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS CONSIDERATION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RES. LUGE 989 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. I AM PLEASED TO BRING THIS RULE ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. IT PROVIDES FOR THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 20818 AND 2019. AND PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE. THE RULE ALSO PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER 12 AMENDMENTS FROM MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM NUMEROUS MEMBERS INCLUDING MR. NUNES, RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF AS WELL AS MR. LOBIONDO FROM NEW JERSEY AS WELL AS WE HEARD FROM MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS. IN ADDITION TO THE DEBATE OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE PERMANENT SELECT ON INTELLIGENCE HAD A MARKUP ON JUNE 27, 2018 FOR THE COMMITTEE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO BRING IT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. I THANK MR. NUNES AND MR. SCHIFF FOR THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND THE STRONG BIPARTISAN IN MOVING IT FORWARD. THE INTELLIGENCE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT IS AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION WE CONSIDER IN THIS CHAMBER AND PROVIDES THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT SPANS 17 DIFFERENT AGENCIES WITH THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO PROTECT OUR GREAT COUNTRY. CHAIRMAN NUNES AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF APPROACHED THE TASK OF WRITING THIS BILL CRUCTTIVELY AND WITH CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF ITS IMPORTANCE AND THE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL WE HAVE SEEN IN THE MARKUP. AS A RESULT OF THEIR WORK AND THE WORK OF THE WHOLE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, THE LEGISLATION PROVIDED FOR BY THIS RULE WILL NOT ONLY RE-AUTHORIZE PROGRAMS CRUCIAL TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BUT WILL MAKE A NUMBER OF CRITICAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE LAW IN SUPPORT OF THAT COMMUNITY AND OUR IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ENHANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT DETERS NATIONS LIKE RUSSIA AND CHINA AND DEFENDING AMERICA AGAINST CYBERATTACKS TO NAME A FEW. IN ADDITION TO CRITICAL MISSIONS, THE BILL WILL IMPROVE OUR ABILITY TO RETAIN AND RECRUIT TOP CYBER OFFICIALS. IT WILL STRENGTHEN INTERNAL CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OVER THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. OUR DEPOFT'S RESPONSIBILITIES IS TO DEFEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM HARM AND PROTECT THEIR LIBERTY. ONE NEED ONLY TO REVIEW THE PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION. THE REALITY IS AMERICANS CONTINUE TO FACE SOPHISTICATED FOREIGN STATES. THIS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZES THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES MAINTAINS THE TACTICAL ADVANTAGE BY GIVING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THE ABILITY TO RECRUIT THE VERY BEST TALL ENIN THE FIELD. THIS LEGISLATION GIVES THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE INCREASED PAY TO EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE UNIQUE SKILLS. CYBER CRIMINALS AND OTHER FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE FOCUSED ON TWO CRITICAL AREAS OF OUR U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. THANKS TO THE WORK OF THIS COMMITTEE, THIS WILL BOLSTER OUR DEFENSES. IT WILL DIRECT THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO PUBLISH AN UNCLASSIFIED REPORT TO ELECTION CAMPAIGNS FOR FEDERAL OFFICE AND CREATE AN INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY CENTER WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO COORDINATE INTELLIGENCE ON SIGNIFICANT THREATS. WE MUST HAVE THE TOOLS TO COMBAT THESE THREATS AND THAT IS SKILLED PERSONNEL WHO KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THESE BAD ACTORS. THIS LEGISLATION TAKES IS SFEPS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE PEOPLE WE NEED FIGHTING THE FORCES MENACING OUR NATION. WITH THESE IMPROVEMENTS IN PLACE, THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR NATION'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WILL HAVE BETTER TOOLS. THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF THE INTELLIGENT COMMUNITY WORK TO THWART THE EFFORTS OF OUR FOREIGN ADVERSE AREAS. MANY OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAVE SEEN THEIR WORK IN FURTHERANCE OF THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. THIS BILL RECOGNIZES THE COMMITMENT OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN MANY OF WHOSE NAMES WE WILL NEVER KNOW. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S WORK AND INHERENTLY SINCE THE NATION OF ITS MISSION, THIS BILL WILL INCREASE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ACCOUNTABILITY TO CONGRESS BY REQUIRING REPORTS ON NUMEROUS ISSUES INCLUDING INVESTIGATIONS OF LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND SECURITY CLEARANCES PROCESSING TIME LINES. IT WILL BOLSTER INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT BY REQUIRING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO DEVELOP A FRAMEWORK TO ASSESS THE ROLES, MISSIONS AND FURNINGSES OF THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES AND REQUIRE THE F.B.I. TO PROVIDE QUARTERLY COUNTERINTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT AMERICA WILL REMAIN SAFE AND AMERICAN LITS ARE PROTECTED IN THE PROCESS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 12:26:15 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                          • 12:26:19 PM

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                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 12:26:21 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE AND I RISE TODAY TO DEBATE THE RULE FOR THIS MEASURE, THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019. TODAY'S BILL COMES TO US THROUGH A PROCESS THAT IS MARGINALLY BETTER THAN THAT WHICH WE SAW LAST YEAR. AS MANY MAY REMEMBER, LAST YEAR, IT TOOK MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE A COUPLE OF TRIES TO GET THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT TO THE FLOOR. THOUGH THAT ONE WAS UNLIKE TODAY'S BILL CO-SPONSORED BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF REPUBLICANS RAISED THE IRE OF MANY OF US ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE BY TRYING TO MOVE THE BILL UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES. AFTER THAT MOVE FELL FLAT, THE REPUBLICAN-LED RULES COMMITTEE REPORTED THE BILL UNDER A CLOSED RULE BLOCKING NO FEWER THAN 13 AMENDMENTS. THAT BILL, THOUGH PASSED, NEVER SAW SUNLIGHT IN THE SENATE. TODAY'S BILL AVOIDS SOME OF THOSE AVOIDABLE SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS AS IT INDEED BETTER FOR IT, BUT UNFORTUNATELY DRAMA OF SOME KIND OR ANOTHER SEEMS TO FOLLOW INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACTS NO MATTER WHAT. LAST NIGHT AT THE RULES COMMITTEE, WE WITNESSED IN MY VIEW, THE UNPRECEDENTED SILENCING OF ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES. CONGRESSWOMAN NORMA TORRES HAD JUST BEGUN HER FIRST QUESTION OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, MR. NUNES, WHEN SHE WAS GAVELED DOWN BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE AND SUBSEQUENTLY, HE ABRUPTLY RECESSED THE MEETING. IT IS IN MY VIEW CONGRESSWOMAN TORRES' UNQUESTIONABLE RIGHT BASED ON LONG STANDING COMMITTEE PRACTICE TO QUESTION A WITNESS AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE AND IN MY VIEW A GREAT SHAME THAT SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO CONTINUE HER LINE OF QUESTIONING. WHEN THE HEARING RECONVENED AFTER A NEAR 20-MINUTE RECESS, RATHER THAN ANSWERING QUESTIONS, CHAIRMAN NUNES WAS PERMITTED TO LEAVE. HE HAD MADE THE REQUEST INDICATING THAT HE HAD MATTERS BEFORE THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. THIS WAS NOT JUST UNFORTUNATE FOR MRS. TORRES, BUT ALSO FOR THE REST OF THE COMMITTEE BECAUSE DURING THAT SHORT RECESS, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ISSUED ITS STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY ON TODAY'S UNDERLYING BILL. FRANKLY, THE ADMINISTRATION STATEMENT RAISED MORE QUESTIONS THAN IT ANSWERED. AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL TO HAVE MR. NUNES AT THE HEARING SO THAT WE COULD ASK HIM IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION STATEMENT AND WHAT THAT STATEMENT MEANT FOR HIS BILL. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR MEETINGS RETURNING TO NORMAL NEXT WEEK AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THEM BEING RUN AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST WITH WITNESSES STAYING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE UNTIL ALL OF OUR MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ASK ALL OF THEIR QUESTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL IS ALSO NOT WITHOUT ITS LAUDA TMPOMPRMP Y PROVISIONS. LET ME PROCEED TO ADD THAT PARTICULAR OBSERVATION OF HIS. IT INCREASES PAY FOR PROFESSIONALS IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE EXPERTISE IN THE CYBER ARENA OR HAVE EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH MATICS, ALL AREAS THAT ARE CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S CORE MISSION. FOOTNOTE, I SERVED FOR EIGHT YEARS ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND I KNOW FULL WELL FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANCE IN THIS PARTICULAR ASPECT OF THE COMMITTEE'S DUTY. . THE BILL AT THE INSISTENCE OF DEMOCRATS ON THE COMMITTEE ADDRESSES RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTIONS BY REQUIRING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO BRIEF KEY CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS AND COMMITTEES ON THREAT ASSESSMENTS RELATED TO FOREIGN MEDDLING IN OUR FEDERAL ELECTIONS. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE DIRECTOR OF THE INTELLIGENCE TO PUBLICLY POST A REPORT ON FOREIGN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY THREATS TO FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS. AND ALTHOUGH THESE PROVISIONS ARE WELCOMED, IT IS BEYOND ANY DOUBT THAT MORE MUST BE DONE TO STRENGTHEN OUR DEFENSES AGAINST ANY FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR FEDERAL AND STATE ELECTIONS AND TO REBUILD THE AMERICANS' CONFIDENCE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND ITS INSTITUTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S ALSO BEEN GOOD BIPARTISAN WORK ON A MATTER THAT HAS BEEN FOR YEARS AS IT IS TODAY NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART AND THAT IS INCREASING DIVERSITY HIRES AND PROMOTIONS WITHIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. INDEED, I'VE NOT STOPPED CHAMPIONING THESE TWIN CAUSES SINCE LEAVING THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AS ITS VICE CHAIR. DIVERSITY IS A MISSION IMPERATIVE FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THREE OF MY PREDECESSORS, TWO WHO ARE DECEASED, LOU STOKES FROM OHIO, AND JULIAN DIXON FROM CALIFORNIA, AS WELL AS MY CLASSMATE AND COLLEAGUE, SANFORD BISHOP, WHO SERVED ON THE COMMITTEE AS WELL, WORKED IN AN EFFORT TO INYOU CREASE MINORITIES AND GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO CLIMB THE RANKS. BUT WE ALSO, IN MY VIEW, NOW NEED TO RECRUIT WHO WILL BE ABLE TO BLEND IN, SPEAK FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND UNDERSTAND THE CULTURES IN COUNTRIES THAT ARE NOW CENTRAL TO OUR FOREIGN POLICY INTERESTS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, SUCH DIVERSITY IS ACHIEVED THROUGH THE HIRING PROCESS, AND, THEREFORE, WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE HIRING MORE ARAB AMERICANS, IRANIAN AMERICANS, PAKISTANI AMERICANS, CHINESE AMERICANS, KOREAN AMERICANS, AND MANY OTHER AMERICANS FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS AS WE CONFRONT A MYRIAD OF THREATS AND WORK HARD TO BETTER UNDERSTAND OUR ADVERSARIES WHEREVER THEY MAY LURK. WE DO NOT SEEK THIS DIVERSITY IN THE NAME OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS BUT RATHER IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, EVEN THESE SENSIBLE ADDITIONS -- EVEN WITH THESE SENSIBLE ADDITIONS, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE RELUCTANT TO SUPPORT TODAY'S BILL. WHEN WE LIVE IN THE SHADOW OF A PRESIDENT THAT IS BENT ON DEN GRADING THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE -- DENIGRATING THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, TO UNDERMINE THE CRUCIAL WORK THEY DO ON A DAILY BASIS, WHEN WE LIVE UNDER THE SHADOW OF A PRESIDENT WHO HAS, AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND, COMPARE THOSE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO NAZIS, WHEN WE LIVE UNDER THE SHADOW OF A PRESIDENT WHO IS QUICKER TO TAKE THE WORD OF AN AUTHORITARIAN DICTATOR LIKE VLADIMIR PUTIN OVER THE STUDIED AND SOBER WORD OF HIS OWN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, ALL POSITIONS, BY THE WAY, NOT ONLY UNDERMINE OUR OWN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BUT ALSO THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE HAVE WITH ALLIES AND THE WORLD OVER, ONE WOULD BE RIGHT TO PAUSE AND CONSIDER WHETHER HE OR SHE SHOULD VOTE IN FAVOR OF HANDING OVER IMMENSE AND POWERFUL AUTHORITIES TO SUCH A PERSON. I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE GREAT CAUSE FOR CONCERN IN HANDLING SUCH AUTHORITIES OVER TO THIS ADMINISTRATION. IN FACT, LAST NIGHT AT THE RULES COMMITTEE, I OFFERED A SENSIBLE AMENDMENT, IN MY VIEW, THAT WOULD HAVE REINSTATED THE CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. AS MANY MAY REMEMBER, IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT PAST, WE HAD SUCH A COORDINATOR. WHY? BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY FACES ON AN HOURLY, INDEED MEAN BY MINUTE, SECOND BY SECOND BASIS, ATTEMPTED, SOMETIMES SUCCESSFUL ATTACKS ON OUR CYBER INFRASTRUCTURE, BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC, SO IT MADE SENSE TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATIONS TO HAVE A PERSON WHO COULD COORDINATE THE COMPLICATED RESPONSES TO THESE MYRIAD ATTACKS. THE NOW PRESIDENT AND HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAD THE INSPIRED IDEA TO JETTISON THE POSITION OF CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR FROM THE RANKS OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. NOW, THE OPTICS ALONE OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION CANNING A CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR ARE ENOUGH TO MAKE ONE SHAKE THEIR HEAD, BUT THE REAL WORLD EFFECTS OF SUCH A MISGUIDED AND RECKLESS ACTION SHOULD BE CAUSE FOR GREAT CONCERN. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL TELL US THAT SACKING THE CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR WAS NOT IN THE NAME OF BUREAUCRATIC EFFICIENCY WHEN WHAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS REALLY DONE IN YET ANOTHER MISGUIDED DECISION IS MADE PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY MORE DIFFICULT AND MORE CUMBERSOME. IT IS TIME THAT REPUBLICANS TAKE THESE THREATS SERIOUSLY AND STOP AIDING AND ABETTING AN ADMINISTRATION THAT PUTS ITS OWN PERSONAL INTERESTS AHEAD OF THOSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            MR. COLLINS

                            I RESERVE.

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                            MR. HASTINGS

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS MY COLLEAGUE AND MR. COLLINS' COLLEAGUE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, MS. --

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                            MRS. TORRES

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALTHOUGH I MAY BE THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE RULES…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALTHOUGH I MAY BE THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, I KNOW THAT IT IS OUR JOB TO DISCUSS HOW OUR COMMITTEES COME UP WITH LEGISLATION AND BY EXTENSION HOW THE HOUSE SHOULD CONSIDER THESE BILLS IN A MANNER THAT IS ORDERLY AND RESPECTFUL. UNFORTUNATELY, WE WERE NOT GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY YESTERDAY. I HAD QUESTIONS FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. TOUGH QUESTIONS, MAYBE, BUT FAIR YOU QUESTIONS. QUESTIONS LIKE, HOW DO WE PREVENT WITNESSES FROM LYING IN OUR COMMITTEE? QUESTIONS LIKE, HOW DID THE COMMITTEE COME UP WITH THEIR FINDINGS ON THE RUSSIAN MEDDLING THAT DIFFERS SO MUCH FROM EVERY OTHER INTELLIGENCE AGENCY? I HAD OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO THIS BILL TO GIVE THE HOUSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE'S RUSSIA FINDINGS. AND I WANTED TO ASK THE CHAIRMAN IF HE FELT THAT THE HOUSE WAS PREPARED TO VOTE ON SUCH AN AMENDMENT. AND IF NOT, WHY NOT? A TOUGH QUESTION, MAYBE, BUT A FAIR QUESTION. HOWEVER, I NEVER GOT THAT OPPORTUNITY TO ASK THAT, ANY OF THAT. INSTEAD, I WAS SHOUTED DOWN BY A MALE COLLEAGUE FROM ACROSS THE DAIS AND CAUGHT OFF ABRUPTLY BEFORE I COULD EVEN FINISH THE FIRST QUESTION. IT WAS INCREDIBLY DISRESPECTFUL AND A FAR CRY FROM THE DECORUM THAT WE SHOULD UPHOLD AS MEMBERS OF THE POWERFUL RULES COMMITTEE. NEVER BEFORE HAD A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE MAJORITY OR MINORITY BEEN CUT OFF FROM ACTIVE QUESTIONING. THAT IS UNPRECEDENTED. AS A FACT, I HAVE OBSERVED MALE COLLEAGUES TALK TO EACH OTHER AND ASK EACH OTHER TO YIELD TIME TO EACH OTHER. BUT YOU SEE, AS THE ONLY FEMALE LATINA IN THAT COMMITTEE, THAT RESPECT WAS NOT EXTENDED TO ME. I AM CONCERNED, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT THIS MEANS FOR OUR COMMITTEE AND THIS CONGRESS. WHAT'S MORE TROUBLING TO ME IS THAT THIS IS THE SECOND TIME A MALE COLLEAGUE HAS YELLED AT ME FROM THE OTHER SIDE. THIS IS NOT TO BE TOLERATED. NOT BY ME, AND NOT BY ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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                            MRS. TORRES

                            IF OUR COMMITTEE IS GOING TO FUNCTION LIKE THIS MOVING FORWARD, IT WILL BE…

                            IF OUR COMMITTEE IS GOING TO FUNCTION LIKE THIS MOVING FORWARD, IT WILL BE THE RULES COMMITTEE IN NAME ONLY. REGULAR ORDER WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST. BILLS ARE ALREADY DEVELOPED BY THE MAJORITY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE MAJORITY ALREADY BLOCKS EVERY SINGLE AMENDMENT, AND NOW WE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO EVEN SPEAK. THE MAJORITY HAS ALREADY TURNED THIS CONGRESS INTO THE MOST CLOSED CONGRESS IN HISTORY. NOW THEY ARE GOING TO CLOSE OFF IMPORTANT DEBATE IN COMMITTEE AND THAT IS OUTRAGEOUS. I TAKE MY WORK ON THE RULES COMMITTEE VERY SERIOUSLY. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED I SAT THERE PATIENTLY, QUIETLY LISTENING TO THE DEBATE ALTHOUGH I COMPLETELY DISAGREED WITH WHAT MY COLLEAGUES WERE SAYING. I WAS RESPECTFUL TO THEM AND I WAITED FOR MY TURN TO SPEAK. I HOPE THAT ALL OF US CAN CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THAT STANDARD.

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                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                            MRS. TORRES

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THAT STANDARD OF…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THAT STANDARD OF RESPECT, OF MUTUAL RESPECT FOR NOT JUST THE MALE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE BUT TO EXTEND THAT RESPECT TO THE FEMALES OF THAT COMMITTEE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE…

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. COLLINS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO -- LOOK, THERE'S SEVERAL ISSUES HERE. ONE,…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO -- LOOK, THERE'S SEVERAL ISSUES HERE. ONE, THERE IS -- AND TO CLARIFY AND BEING ONE OF THE MEMBERS THERE YESTERDAY AND ONE SPOKEN OF, I THINK THERE IS AN ISSUE WHEN THERE IS A CONCERN BY A MEMBER -- AND THIS HAS BEEN BEYOND MS. TRES COMING BEFORE THE -- MRS. TORRES COMING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, AND MR. HASTINGS, IN MANY TIMES WHEN WE HAVE ISSUES WITH QUESTIONS, THE QUESTION IS TO STOP AND ASK THE CHAIRMAN TO SUSPEND THE QUESTION. THIS WAS WHAT WAS HAPPENING YESTERDAY. THERE WAS A QUESTION IT WAS IMPUGNING THE INTEGRITY OF THE CHAIRMAN. THERE WAS CLARIFICATION, NO MATTER WHAT MEMBER MAY HAVE ASKED IT. AND THAT WAS A DISCUSSION THAT WAS THEN CONTINUED FROM THERE. ALSO IN THE PAST FOUR MONTHS, THERE HAVE BEEN 16 TIMES THE CHAIRMAN HAS SENT A DESIGNEE TO TESTIFY BEFORE RULES COMMITTEE AND 14 TIMES THE RANKING MEMBER SENT A DESIGNEE. AND SENDING A DESIGNEE IS COMMON PRACTICE. AND THEY STATED THAT WAS WHAT WAS GOING TO BE TAKING PLACE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            MR. HASTINGS

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

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. BEFORE YIELDING, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I WOULD INVITE MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA TO SHOW ME AN EXAMPLE WHERE WE SHUT DOWN A MEMBER THAT WAS ASKING A QUESTION AND I MIGHT ADD, CHAIRMAN NUNES DID NOT SEND A DESIGNEE. HE CAME TO THE COMMITTEE HIMSELF AND THEN MR. LOBIONDO, WHICH IS NOT UNPRECEDENTED, AS YOU HAVE OUTLINED THE NUMBERS, TOOK HIS POSITION AT THAT TIME. BUT I KNOW OF NO TIME THAT WE HAVE FAILED TO ALLOW A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE TO ASK QUESTIONS. AND CAN YOU GIVE ME SUCH AN EXAMPLE? I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FOR A RESPONSE.

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                            MR. COLLINS

                            THIS WAS NOT TO STOP THE QUESTIONING BUT YOU AND I HAVE TALKED BEFORE IN…

                            THIS WAS NOT TO STOP THE QUESTIONING BUT YOU AND I HAVE TALKED BEFORE IN OUR COMMITTEE AND WHEN WE HAVE SAID AND YOU HAVE ASKED THE CHAIRMAN FOR CLARIFICATION, THAT WAS MY INTENTION AND ENTIRE INTENTION OF THAT AND FROM THERE, THE CHAIR TOOK ACTION. THE CHAIRMAN DID AT THE START OF THE MEETING SAID MR. NUNES WOULD BE LEAVING AND THAT WAS STATED UP FRONT AND THERE WAS NO OBJECTION AT THAT POINT OF DOING SO.

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                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I TAKE THAT AS MY COLLEAGUE DOESN'T HAVE AN ANSWER. I TAKE MY COLLEAGUE'S…

                            I TAKE THAT AS MY COLLEAGUE DOESN'T HAVE AN ANSWER. I TAKE MY COLLEAGUE'S NONRESPONSE TO SHOW ME A PRECEDENT IN THAT REGARD, THERE WAS NONE. I HAVE BEEN ON THAT COMMITTEE FOR 16 YEARS AND WE TALK ALL OVER EACH OTHER ALL THE TIME AND BACK AND FORTH BUT IN AN ORDERLY MANNER BUT YESTERDAY'S EXAMPLE WAS NOT ORDERLY. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'M GOING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE NADLER'S BILL H.R. 6135, THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT. THIS IMPORTANT PROPOSAL WOULD PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF LURET FROM SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS EXCEPT IN EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES AND LIMIT THE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS. 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 OUR PROPOSAL I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. JAY SCRAY…

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. JAY SCRAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE LAST MONTH, OUR COUNTRY HAS REALED FROM THE CRUELTY AT THE BORDER. AND THIS WEEK, WE WAITED APPREHENSIVELY TO SEE IF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WOULD MEET THE COURT-ORDERED DEADLINE TO REUNITE AT LEAST THE CHILDREN UNDER FIVE WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS SEPARATED FOR MONTHS AT A TIME. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DID NOT MEET THAT DEADLINE. TO DATE, ONLY 57 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES. OVER 3,000 CHILDREN WERE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND ALL OF THIS WAS A SELF-IMPOSED TRAGIC, TRAGIC SET OF CONSEQUENCES THAT CAME FROM DONALD TRUMP'S DECISION TO INSTITUTE A ZERO TOLERANCE, ZERO HUMANITY POLICY AT THE BORDER FOR PARENTS WHO WERE SEEKING ASYLUM FOR THEIR CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, HEADLINES EVERY DAY ARE BLAIRING ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM IN TERMS OF TRAUMA CAUSED TO CHILDREN, TO CHILDREN, MR. SPEAKER. ONE HEADLINE SAID THAT SOME OF THE CHILDREN WHO WERE TWO AND THREE YEARS OLD DID NOT EVEN RECOGNIZE THEIR PARENTS AFTER FOUR MONTHS OF BEING SEPARATED, CHILDREN WHO WERE BREASTFEEDING AT THEIR MOTHER'S BREES, SEPARATED. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEDIATRICS SAID THE LONG-TERM TRAUMA AND CONSEQUENCES TO THESE CHILDREN IS ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING AND LET ME BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, AND I SAY NOT IN MY NAME, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES PUTTING KIDS IN CAGES, PARENTS IN PRISON. WHY? TO DETER PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING TO THE UNITED STATES TO DO WHAT I AS A MOTHER AND I BELIEVE ANY PARENT WOULD DO TO SEEK SAFETY FROM VIOLENCE, FROM PERSECUTION, FROM BEING KILLED, GANG RAPED, ALL KINDS OF STORIES THAT I HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO FLED AND BEING HELD IN A FEDERAL PRISON. MR. SPEAKER, THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT IS THE ONLY BILL THAT WOULD HELP PREVENT THESE HORRORS FROM OCCURRING AGAIN AND FROM HAPPENING NOW. IT PROHIBITS THE SEPARATION OF CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS AND LIMITS CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS AND IT REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO REUNITE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS. I GOT TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER, I HEAR THESE THINGS FROM PEOPLE WHO I BELIEVE ARE DEEPLY GOOD PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT -- ANY REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT THAT WOULD WANT THIS KIND OF TRAUMA TO OCCUR, BUT I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR WHO WE ARE AS A COUNTRY. DO NOT ALLOW AMERICA TO BECOME THIS IN THE EYES IN THE WORLD AND TELL YOUR CHILDREN THAT YOU ALLOWED FOR THIS TO CONTINUE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            MR. COLLINS

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                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM NEVADA. AND I APOLOGIZE FOR POTCHING HIS NAME.

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                            I'M HERE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6135, THE KEEP FAMILIES…

                            I'M HERE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6135, THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS IMMORAL, IT IS INHUMANE AND IT IS UN-AMERICAN TO SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. YOU KNOW, I WAS AT THE BORDER JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FIRSTHAND AND TALK TO THESE CHILDREN AND THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO ARE IN JAIL CELLS. THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO SHOULD BE OUT IN A PLAYGROUND, NOT IN A PRISON. THESE ARE PARENTS WHO LEFT THEIR HOME COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY WERE BEING PERSECUTED, BECAUSE GANGS AND CARTELS WERE LOOKING TO ASSASSINATE THEM. AND THEY WERE COMING TO AMERICA TO SAY I NEED HELP. ME AND MY CHILDREN NEED HELP. THEY WERE COMING TO AMERICA, THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD ASKING FOR HELP, A COUNTRY THAT HAS TRADITIONALLY HAS BEEN MADE UP OF IMMIGRANTS. UNLESS YOU ARE NATIVE AMERICANS, WE CAME FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE. THIS COUNTRY IS MADE UP OF IMMIGRANTS. THESE FOLKS, ALL THEY WANTED WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED AND ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND TODAY, THEY ARE IMPRISONED. THESE PARENTS ARE AWAY FROM THEIR CHILDREN. THAT IS IMMORAL. IT'S INHUMANE. AND NOW, WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION WHO MADE A PROMISE TO REUNITE THESE FAMILIES AND THE DEADLINE PASSED AND YET THESE CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT REUNITED WITH THEIR PARENTS. AND THOSE FEW CHILDREN WHO ARE HAVING THAT OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THEIR PARENTS AGAIN, THE PARENTS ARE COMPLAINING THAT THEIR CHILDREN DON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE THEM ANYMORE. THAT IS INHUMANE AND IMMORAL AND GOES AGAINST ALL AMERICAN VALUES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6135 KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT.

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                          • 12:54:05 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 12:54:11 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES?

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                            THE GENTLEMAN HAS 5 1/4 MINUTES.

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                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HE HAD EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE.

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                            MR. ESPAILLAT

                            I CONTINUE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND SOME HUMANITY DEEP IN YOUR HEART.…

                            I CONTINUE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND SOME HUMANITY DEEP IN YOUR HEART. I KNOW AMERICA HAS A HUGE HEART AND I CONTINUE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO LOOK DEEPLY INSIDE YOUR HEARTS AND FIND HUMANITY AND HELP US PASS KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT. JENNY GONZALEZ, SHE BROUGHT HER THREE CHILDREN SEEKING ASYLUM AS THEY ESCAPED GANG VIOLENCE IN GUATEMALA. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS HAVE MADE IT HARDER FOR VICTIMS TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES BY STATING THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHOULD NOT BE GROUND FOR ASYLUM AND IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 BUDGET, THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED $180 MILLION CUTS THAT WOULD ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF THIS MIGRATION INCLUDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE COUNTRIES, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS HAVE AMONG THE HIGHEST HOMICIDE RATES IN THE WORLD. WE NEED TO BE DOING MORE TO ADDRESS THESE ROOT CAUSES AND BE DOING MORE TO MAKE SURE FAMILIES ARE KEPT TOGETHER. FREELY, NOT IN DETENTION CENTERS AND FACILITIES. SOME OF THESE CHILDREN ARE BEING KEPT IN CAGES THAT LOOK LIKE KENNELS. THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE PRESIDENT FAILED TO REUNITE ALL THESE CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS USING ITS AGENCY TO DEMONIZE IMMIGRANTS, MOTHERS AR AND THEIR CHILDREN. I IMPLORE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO LOOK DEEP INSIDE OF THEIR SOUL AS THEY GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY. THIS TIME, OUR NATION'S HISTORY WILL BE TAINTED. THE REPUTATION OF OUR NATION ON THE FREE AND BEACON OF HOPE FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN IMMEDIATELY BRING THE KEEP THE FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT TO THE FLOOR AND STAND WITH OUR NATION'S CHILDREN. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                          • 12:57:11 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, DO YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I WOULD ADVISE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            MR. COLLINS

                            I WILL RESERVE AND YIELD TO HIM FOR HIS CLOSING.

                          • 12:57:24 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 12:57:27 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            WE CONSIDER TODAY'S IMPORTANT BILL AS WE APPROACH THE HOUR OF OUR…

                            WE CONSIDER TODAY'S IMPORTANT BILL AS WE APPROACH THE HOUR OF OUR PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP'S PRIVATE SITDOWN WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IN RUSSIA. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL COME OF THIS MEETING BUT IF PAST IS PRO LOG AND WE LOOK TO THE PRESIDENT'S HANDLING OF HIS NEGOTIATIONS WITH NORTH KOREAN DICTATOR KIM JONG UN OR HIS STEADFAST DENIAL OF THE OBVIOUS, NAMELY RUSSIA'S MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTIONS OR HIS POLICY OF TEARING TODDLERS AWAY FROM THEIR MOTHERS AND FATHERS, WE CAN ASSUME NOTHING GOODWILL COME FROM THIS UPCOMING GET TOGETHER. AND I WOULD URGE THOSE TRAVELING WITH HIM SWO SWEEP THE ROOM WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN BECAUSE HE WILL BE LISTENED TO. THERE WILL BE FURTHER CONCESSIONS THAT BENEFIT RUSSIAN INTERESTS. WE CAN ASSUME THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL FURTHER INSULT OUR FRIEND AND ALLIES AS HE DID YESTERDAY MORNING IN BRUSSELS. WE CAN ASSUME HE WILL FURTHER ERODE THE INSTITUTIONS CREATED BY THE GREATEST GENERATIONS, INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE MADE AND KEPT THE UNITED STATES IN A DOMINANT POWER. INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE KEPT US OFF OF WESTERN WAR ON WESTERN EUROPEAN SOIL FOR MORE THAN A GENERATION, INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE KEPT AT BAY THOSE NATION STATES THAT CHAMPION OPPRESSION AND FEAR RATHER THAN FREEDOM AND THE RULE OF LAW. FINALLY, I'LL SAY THIS, IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT, IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO STAND UNITED AGAINST THOSE FORCES THAT WISH TO SEE US DIVIDED. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT WE SUPPORT THE DIFFICULT AND BRAVE WORK OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAKE OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE LATTER CAN BE ACHIEVED QUITE SIMPLY BY REPUBLICANS IN THIS CHAMBER TAKING A NOTE FROM OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ON THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND LEARN HOW TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE. THE ASSESSMENT THAT THE RUSSIANS MEDLED IN OUR ELECTIONS, THAT THE RUSSIANS CONCEDED CONCERT HE HADLY TO UNDERMINE SECRETARY CLINTON'S CHANCES TO BE ELECTED THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THAT THE RUSSIANS DID THIS WORK TO FAVOR THE ELECTION OF THE CURRENT PRESIDENT ARE ALL TRUSTWORTHY AND WELL FOUNDED ASSESSMENTS. AND REMEMBER, IT IS NOT ALCEE HASTINGS SAYING THAT, ALTHOUGH I DO THAT IS THE ASSESSMENT OF THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN-LED SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. THAT IS THE ASSESSMENT OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES OF THIS COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                          • 01:00:38 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:00:40 PM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            IT IS THE TIME WE COME DOWN HERE AND DEBATE GREAT THINGS. SOMETIMES, MR.…

                            IT IS THE TIME WE COME DOWN HERE AND DEBATE GREAT THINGS. SOMETIMES, MR. SPEAKER, YOU FIND OUT THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW AND I NOW FOUND MY MY COLLEAGUE'S MIDDLE NAME IS LAMAR. SPREESH, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR LEGISLATION THAT DOES WHAT WE CAME HERE TO DO TO PRESERVE OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. THE LEGISLATION GOES FURTHER THAN SIMPLY AUTHORIZING CRITICAL PROGRAMS. IT TAKES A HARD LOOK AND SMART LOOK HOW WE CAN STRENGTHEN PROGRAMS, AND CONDUCT VIGOROUS EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, WHILE ENSURING IT HAS THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO SERVE AMERICAN CITIZENS WELL. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC SAFETY, PROTECT OUR NATION, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND GUARD OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS.

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                          • 01:01:26 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 01:01:42 PM

                            MR. HASTINGS

                            I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                          • 01:01:43 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 01:27:45 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 229 AND THE NAYS ARE 182 --

                          • 01:27:58 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

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

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                          • 01:28:09 PM

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                          • 01:28:14 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

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

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                          • 01:36:47 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 178. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 178. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 01:37:17 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING TODAY'S CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6237,…

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING TODAY'S CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6237, ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL.

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                          • 01:37:28 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6237. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                          • 01:38:03 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE…

                            THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6237, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                          • 01:38:31 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019 FOR…

                            A BILL TO AUTHORIZE 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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                          • 01:38:52 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

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                          • 01:39:09 PM

                            MR. NUNES

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

                          • 01:39:14 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. NUNES

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6237, THE MATTHEW YOUNG…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6237, THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019. PASSING AN ANNUAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL CONGRESS HAS TO CONDUCT EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. TODAY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE IS BRINGING ITS ANNUAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR. ONCE AGAIN THE BILL IS A BIPARTISAN PRODUCT THAT REFLECTS CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS. IT WAS REPORTED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE. THE LEGISLATION PROVIDES THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WITH THE NECESSARY RESOURCES AND AUTHORITIES TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE UNITED STATES. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS BILL AUTHORIZES A COMMITTEE INITIATIVE TO STREAMLINE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE RELATED TO THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. IT ENHANCES CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES BY MANDATING INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY REPORTS ON THREATS TO FEDERAL ELECTIONS, LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESSING, AND OTHER VITAL ACTIVITIES. FURTHERMORE, THE BILL INCREASES PAY FOR EMPLOYEES WITH UNIQUE CYBERSKILLS AND CREATES A SECURITY CENTER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PROTECT OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE.

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                          • 01:40:23 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF…

                            COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY RESUME.

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                          • 01:40:34 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE BILL AUTHORIZES ENHANCED INJURY BENEFITS TO…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE BILL AUTHORIZES ENHANCED INJURY BENEFITS TO C.I.A. EMPLOYEES INJURED OVERSEAS DUE TO HOSTILE ACTS OR TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. RE-AUTHORIZES THE PUBLIC INTEREST DECLASSIFICATION BOARD. ALIGNS THE REPORTING STRUCTURE OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CHIEF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WHICH STATUTES THAT GOVERN OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES AND CODIFIES LONG-STANDING CONGRESSIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY COMPRISES THOUSANDS OF PATRIOTIC AMERICANS WHO DO DIFFICULT JOBS. SOMETIMES A GREAT PERSONAL RISK TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE FROM FOREIGN THREATS. TODAY THESE THREATS TAKE MANY DIFFERENT FORMS AND EMANATE FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD. IN THE MIDDLE EAST THE THREAT FROM ISIS IS -- HAS NOT CEASED DESPITE LOSS OF TERRITORY. OUR INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FACE THE DAUNTING TASK OF TRACKING THEM FLEEING SYRIA THROUGHOUT THE REGION. IRAN HAS SOLIDIFIED INFLUENCE OFF THROUGH ARMED PROXY MILITIAS AND QUEST TO VOLE A SHEATE PRECEDENT. IN ASIA, CHINA POSES NUMEROUS SECURITY CHALLENGES RELATED TO EXPANDING MILITARY CAPABILITIES, GROWING NATIONAL FORCE PROJECTION, AND EXTENSIVE EXTRA TERL TERRITORIAL CLAIMS. THE CHINESE REGIME IS ENGAGED IN A WIDESPREAD EFFORTS, INCLUDING BOTH ILLICIT AND LIST IT MEANS TO AGUIRRE CRITICAL U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. FURTHERMORE, RUSSIA CONTINUES TO POSE A PRESSING THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND MANY OF OUR ALLIES. THIS IS JUST A SMALL SNAPSHOT OF THE THREATS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ADDRESSES EVERY DAY. ADDITIONALLY, OUR INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS CONFRONT AN ARRAY OF CHALLENGES POSED BY FAILED STATES, CYBERWARFARE, NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION AND OTHER MATTERS. THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAVE THE FUNDING AUTHORITIES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THE MISSION TO KEEP THE UNITED STATES SAFE. WHILE PROVIDING CONGRESS WITH THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO PROVIDE ROBUST OVERSIGHT OVER THEIR ACTIONS. I'D LIKE TO THANTH MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY WHO SERVE IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I'M HONORED TO GET TO KNOW SOME OF THEM IN THE COURSE OF THE COMMITTEE'S OVERSIGHT WORK. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALT COMMITTEE'S MEMBERS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR OVERSIGHT OVER THE PAST YEAR AND ESPECIALLY TO OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBERS FOR THEIR TIME AND THEIR EFFORTS. TO MANY HEARINGS, BRIEFINGS, OVERSIGHT VISITS, AND MEMBERS CARRY OUT DURING THE YEAR FOR THE INPUTS FOR THIS AUTHORIZATION AND DIRECTION OF THIS BILL. FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK ALT COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK, FOR THEIR DAILY OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:43:17 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:43:20 PM

                            MR. SCHIFF

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

                          • 01:43:25 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:43:27 PM

                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN URGING SUPPORT FOR THE COMBINED 2018 AND 2019…

                            I JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN URGING SUPPORT FOR THE COMBINED 2018 AND 2019 INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT, WHICH HAS BEEN NAMED IN MONOR OF MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD, A SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE STAFFER WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY LEAVING BEHIND A YOUNG SON AND BEREAVED COLLEAGUES BOTH IN THE SENATE AND HERE IN THE HOUSE. FOR WELL OVER A YEAR NOW, CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND THE PROFOUND DISAGREEMENTS THAT WE HAVE HAD ABOUT THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. THOSE DIFFERENCES REMAIN, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND I CONTINUE THE IMPORTANT WORK OF INVESTIGATING RUSSIA'S INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. DESPITE OUR DISAGREEMENTS OVER RUSSIA WITH THE MAJORITY, HOWEVER, I HAVE CONSISTENTLY AND PUBLICLY MAINTAINED THAT THE COMMITTEE MUST SEEK TO CORDON OFF OUR DISAGREEMENTS OVER THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND CONTINUE WITH OUR OTHER WORK ON AS BIPARTISAN A BASIS AS POSSIBLE. WE OWE THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY NOTHING LESS. NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY PUT THEMSELVES AT PERSONAL RISK EVERY DAY, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THEIR WORK IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE COUNTRY THAT IT DEMANDS THE SHARED RESPONSIBILITY AND OVERSIGHT OF THE CONGRESS. THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING BIPARTISAN BILLS EVEN UNDER THE MOST DIFFICULT POLITICAL CIRCUMSTANCES. I AM PLEASED OUR STAFFS WORKED TO REACH A MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE FINAL TEXT AND WEED OUT PROVISION THAT IS WOULD HAVE MADE TIM POSSIBLE TO MOVE FORWARD JOINTLY. MUCH OF THE COMMITTEE'S OVERSIGHT WORK IS REFLECTED IN THE BILL AS CLASSIFIED, BUT WE CAN DISCUSS SOME OF THE 2018, 2019 IAA'S ELEMENTS OPENLY, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT THE BILL HELPS TO BETTER ENSURE THAT OUR ELECTIONS ARE FREE FROM INTERFERENCE OR MANIPULATION. . THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR DEMOCRATCY. DURING THE COURSE OF THE WORK ON THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND PART OF OUR NORMAL OVERSIGHT TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTION SYSTEM. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FUNDING TO OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO MEET ALL THREATS FROM TERRORISM TO NATION STATE ACTORS. THE BILL AUTHORIZES FUNDING ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF ENDEAVORS THAT WILL ALLOW THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO NOT ONLY RESPOND TO THREATS BUT PREEMPT THEM. THE BILL TAKES STEPS TO PREVENT A REPEAT OF THE RUSHA CAMPAIGN, THE TARGETED OUR 2016 ELECTION BY INCLUDING A MINORITY AUTHORED PROVISION REQUIRING A BRIEFING TO KEY CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY -- COMMITTEE. IF THE UNITED STATES FACES A SIGNIFICANT FOREIGN CYBERIN TRUTION WHERE ACTIVE MEASURES CAMPAIGNED DIRECTED AT A FEDERAL ELECTION. THE BILL ALSO BILL IS A PRIORITY FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICES. IT DIRECTS EFFORTS THAT WILL PROMOTE OUR ADVANTAGES ACROSS A RANGE OF CUTTING-EDGE DOMAINS FROM SPACE TO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. IT ENHANCES TRANSPARENCY TO CERTAIN WORK. THE BILL RE-AUTHORIZES FOR 10 YEARS THE PUBLIC INTEREST DECLASSIFICATION BOARD WHICH ADVISES THE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES ON THE REVIEW AND DECLASSIFICATION OF I.C. RECORDS OF HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE. THE BILL INCLUDES MINORITY PROVISIONS RELATED TO PARENTAL LEAVE, STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT AND DIVERSITY BETTER INTENDED TO MAKE EAB EXCEPTIONAL WORK FORCE EVEN BETTER. THE MEN AND WOMEN AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE SUCCESS OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THERE ARE MANY OTHER PROVISIONS IN THE BILL THAT WILL BUILD ON THE WORK OF PAST YEARS AND MOVE US FURTHER ALONG TECHNICAL AND OTHER PATHWAYS TO MEET NEW CHALLENGES AND THOSE STILL ON THE HORIZON. THIS BILL ADVANCES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, REINFORCES THE PRELIMINARY OF CONGRESSIONAL SQUOFERE SIGHT AND HONORS OUR VALUES AS A NATION. I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONSIDERING AMENDMENTS TO MAKE A GOOD BILL EVEN BETTER. I RESERVE.

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                          • 01:47:36 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 01:47:42 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CONAWAY.

                          • 01:47:49 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:47:50 PM

                            MR. CONAWAY

                            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS YIELDING AND DEDICATED WORK ON THE COMMITTEE.…

                            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS YIELDING AND DEDICATED WORK ON THE COMMITTEE. HE HAS DONE A TERRIFIC JOB AND I'M PROUD TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE WITH HIM. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE INTELLIGENCE GATHERING IS UTMOST IMPORTANCE IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND IS ESSENTIAL IN KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE HERE AT HOME. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE PROVIDE TO THOSE DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS THE TOOLS, RESOURCES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT MISSIONS SUCCESSFULLY. AND MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF DIFFICULT MISSIONS BY THESE PROFESSIONALS ENSURES POLICY MAKERS ARE PROVIDED CRUCIAL INFORMATION THEY NEED TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS TO COUNTER OR NEAR-TERM THREATS. THOSE BILL ADDRESSES BOTH CHALLENGES OF A CONSTANTLY CHANGING THREATEN ENVIRONMENT AND ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY TO KEEP AMERICAN CYBERSECURITY THE STEP AHEAD OF OUR ADVERSE AREAS. OUR DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS HAVE BECOME THE TARGET OF FOREIGN INFLUENCE IN CAMPAIGNS HERE AND IN THE WESTERN WORLD BY ADVERSE AREAS TRYING TO DISRUPT ONE OF OUR MOST SACRED DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTION. IT ALLOWS A PATH TO INFORM THOSE IN THE FRONT LINES OF OUR ELECTIONS OF THE PERCEIVED THREATS FROM ABROAD. IT ENSURES THAT CONGRESS STAYS INFORMED OF ONGOING ADVERSARIAL INFLUENCE CAMPAIGNS IN DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE AND HERE AT HOME AS WELL AND ACTIONS THAT I.C. IS TAKING TO COUNTER THOSE THREATS. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT AND LOOK FORWARD TO IMPLEMENTING THIS YEAR. AND THE OVERSIGHT AUTHORITIES AND TOOLS THAT IT GIVES CONGRESS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE CORRECT OVERSIGHT FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ACROSS THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:49:58 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 01:50:05 PM

                            MR. SCHIFF

                            IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO PROVIDE AND YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR.…

                            IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO PROVIDE AND YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. CARSON OF INDIANA, RANKING MEMBER ON EMERGING THREATS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                          • 01:50:21 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:50:22 PM

                            MR. CARSON

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THIS VERY IMPORTANT…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. I SAY IMPORTANT BECAUSE AS WE FACE THREATS AROUND THE WORLD, THREATS LIKE RUSSIA, CHINA, NORTH KOREA, IRAN AND TERRORISM, THE ANNUAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT IS MEANT TO PROVIDE OUR INTELLIGENCE PERSONNEL WITH THE RESOURCES AND AUTHORITY THEY NEED TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. IN SOME RESPECTS, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES THAT VERY GOAL. REFOCUS OUR RESOURCES ON COUNTERING OUR ADVERSARY STATES AND THIS IS VERY CRITICAL GOING INTO 2018. WE GIVE NEW AUTHORITIES RELATED TO PERVASIVE CHALLENGES INCLUDING THREATS TO OUR SUPPLY CHAIN, RECREWSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF MINORITY TALENT AND STRENGTHENING OF THE CYBER AND TECHNICAL WORK FORCE. I SUPPORT THESE VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL ALSO SUPPORTS OR INDICATES SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMATIC CHANGES TO MANY CLASSIFIED AUTHORITIES. I'M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE WAY WE CONDUCT COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATIONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS CHANGED COUNTERTERRORISM POLICIES IN A WAY THAT DOES NOT MAKE AMERICA SAFER. BY EXPANDING THE AREAS WHERE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT MAY BE OPERATING AND BROADENING AUTHORITIES, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE PLANTING THE SEEDS OF ANGER AND HATE, WHICH WILL FESTER AND GROW, INCREASING THE THREAT OF AN ATTACK IN THE FUTURE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN PROTECTING THE UNITED STATES AND HER ALLIES, BUT TWO DECADES OF WAR AGAINST TERRORISM HAVE TAUGHT US ANYTHING, IT'S THAT WE CAN'T FIGHT OUR WAY OUT OF THIS. YES, WE NEED TO TARGET KNOWN TERRORIST LEADERS, MR. CHAIRMAN, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO ACTIVELY MINIMIZE ACTIONS THAT DRIVE PEOPLE TO TERRORISM. AFTER YEARS FOR STRIVING FOR COMPREHENSIVE AND PRODUCTIVE COUNTERTERRORISM APPROACH, THIS BILL SENDS US BACK TO THE DAYS OF BROAD, UNRESUSTAINED AUTHORITIES. WITH THIS IN MIND, WE SHOULD BE USING THIS BILL TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT AMERICA MUST MAINTAIN HER VALUES. SUCCESS AT ANY COST IS NOT SUCCESS AT ALL BUT A FOOLHARDY APPROACH TO LEVERAGE POWER. WE MUST KEEP AMERICA SAFE, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:53:08 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

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                          • 01:53:15 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MS. SEWELL OF ALABAMA, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE…

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MS. SEWELL OF ALABAMA, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AND OVERHEAD ARCHITECTURE AND DOES A FABULOUS JOB FOR OUR COMMITTEE.

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                          • 01:53:32 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MS. SEWELL

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS…

                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019. THIS BILL RECOGNIZES THE CRITICAL WORK THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. BY ENHANCING AUTHORITIES FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE INITIATIVES AND BY ENFORCING AND REINFORCING THE PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNANCE, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR TRANSPARENCY, WHICH IS A CHALLENGE FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO PROTECT SENSITIVE SOURCES AND EQUITIES, BUT A CHALLENGE THAT CAN BE MET. ONE GROUNDBREAKING EXAMPLE IS THE UNCLASSIFIED JANUARY, 2017 INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT THAT NOTIFIED AMERICANS ABOUT THE RUSSIAN ATTACKS ON OUR DEMOCRACY IN THE 2016 ELECTION. THIS BILL DIRECTS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE PUBLIC AWARENESS REPORTING RELATED TO ELECTION SECURITY BECAUSE OF THE THREAT FROM RUSSIA IS STILL ONGOING. ON THE RANKING MEMBER ON DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AND OVERHEAD ARCHITECTURE FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS, ONE OF MY PRIORITIES IS TO ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES ACHIEVES AND MAINTAINS A LEADERSHIP POSITION IN NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGY, ESPECIALLY IN SPACE. SPACE IS AN EMERGING BATTLE GROUPED, SO IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THAT AMERICA REMAINS A STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE IN SPACE AS WELL AS ON THE GROUND AND AT SEA. THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS CONTINUED OUR DIALOGUE WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ABOUT ITS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ALSO THE CHALLENGES IT FACES AND THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO MEET THESE CHALLENGES. THIS BILL INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S ACCESS AND RESILIENCE IN SPACE BY INVESTING IN NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGIES AND ASSETS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M A STRONG BELIEVER THAT THE SUCCESS OF OUR NATION'S INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS HINGES ON OUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET, OUR PEOPLE. AS OUR INTELLIGENCE MISSIONS AND OBJECTIVES CONTINUE TO EVOLVE, WE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY REQUIRE A MORE DIVERSE WORK FORCE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO MEET OUR NEEDS. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD AND PROMOTE AN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT IS TRULY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RICH DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVE SOCIETY THAT MAKES OUR NATION GREAT. IN ORDER TO MORE EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THESE THREATS, WE NEED AN ACKNOWLEDGE I WILL WORK FORCE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF BACKGROUNDS, SKILL SETS AND TALENTS. THEY HAVE INVESTED TO PROVIDE ALL STUDENTS WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO SERVE IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. AS SMART INVESTORS, WE WANT TO SEE THE INVESTMENT IS ACCOMPLISHING THE OBJECTIVES AND ENCOURAGING QUALIFIED GRADUATES TO JOIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THIS BILL DIRECTS THE DIRECT TORE OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN ENSURING THAT ONE PROGRAM IN PARTICULAR, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY CENTERS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE ACHIEVES THAT OBJECTIVE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE HASTINGS AMENDMENT THAT DIRECTS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO INTENSIFY RECRUITMENT OUTREACH, INCLUDING GEOGRAPHICAL DIVERSITY WILL ENHANCE RACIAL, GENDER, CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC DIVERSITY. I WANT TO SEE THAT EVERY INTERESTED STUDENT WHETHER IN A BIG CITY OR SMALL TOWN IS AWARE OF THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. IT IS A PATH THAT IS MOST IMPORTANT. 30 SECONDS.

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                          • 01:57:11 PM

                            MR. SCHIFF

                            GIVE THE GENTLEWOMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

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                            MS. SEWELL

                            IN CONCLUSION I BELIEVE FOR THESE REASONS AND OTHERS THAT MY COLLEAGUES…

                            IN CONCLUSION I BELIEVE FOR THESE REASONS AND OTHERS THAT MY COLLEAGUES SHOULD SUPPORT THIS BILL. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:57:21 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, RESERVES ?

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            YES.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. HECK FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, SOMEONE WE…

                            I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. HECK FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, SOMEONE WE HAVE ON COME TO RELY ON IN OUR COMMITTEE AND THE THREAT POSED BY FOREIGN ACTORS INVESTING IN AMERICAN TECHNOLOGIES WITH AN EYE TOWARDS OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR SPYING ON AMERICANS. I NOW YIELD TO MR. HECK.

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                          • 01:58:00 PM

                            MR. HECK

                            I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SUPPORT THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD…

                            I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SUPPORT THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I HAVE LEARNED A LOT, MOST NOTABLY HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO DO THE WORK OF AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER. AND I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE I.C. FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND SERVICE. FOR AS DIFFICULT A JOB AS IT IS, IT IS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO DO IT WITHOUT A SECURITY CLEARANCE. IN THE FIRST QUARTER, YOU ARE HEARING THIS NUMBER CORRECTLY, THE AVERAGE PROCESSING TIME FOR A TOP SECURITY CLEARANCE WAS 534 DAYS. THAT BACKLOG CREATES DIFFICULTIES IN HIRING IN THE INTELLIGENCE AND DEFENSE AGENCIES AND IT IS CREATING A LEGACY PROBLEM FOR OUR FUTURE. AND YOU ARE HEARING THIS NUMBER CREGGETLY, THE BACKLOG OF PEOPLE WAITING FOR THESE CLEARANCES IS NOW OVER 700,000. AND THAT'S WHAT'S LED THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO DECLARE THIS AND I QUOTE, A HIGH-RISK ISSUE AND THAT MEANS IT IS ONE OF THE AREAS THAT THE G.A.O. BELIEVES IS MOST IN NEED OF REFORM. THE COUNTRY WAIT TWO YEARS TO RECRUIT TOP TALENT FOR OUR I.C. APPLICANTS FOR CLEARANCE, SHOULD BE CAREFULLY SCRUTINIZE INED UNITED STATES AND ODGE RESPONSIBLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PARTIES GAIN ACCESS TO OUR NATION'S CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. WE NEED TO GIVE THE I.C. THE PEOPLE IT NEEDS TO COLLECT, PROCESS, ANALYZE AND DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION, PURE AND SIMPLE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY DOES INCLUDE LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF SECURITY CLEARANCES. AS WE PROGRESS FORWARD, WE MUST DO SO MED THOUGHTICICALLY. WE HAVE A LONG PROCESS AHEAD OF US BUT IF WE DON'T TAKE STEPS NOW, PRETTY SOON IT WILL BE TOO LATE. WE MUST ADDRESS THE SECURITY CLEARANCE DILEMMA AND WE MUST PASS THIS BILL TO BEGIN THAT PROCESS. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                          • 02:00:14 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, CONTINUES TO RESERVE?

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            YES.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I RESERVE.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. RUPPERSBERGER OF MARYLAND…

                            IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. RUPPERSBERGER OF MARYLAND FORMER INTELLIGENCE MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. . M RUPPERSBERGER: I RISE --

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                          • 02:00:46 PM

                            MR. RUPPERSBERGER

                            I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. INTELLIGENCE IS ABOUT PEOPLE. WE…

                            I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. INTELLIGENCE IS ABOUT PEOPLE. WE CANNOT COLLECT, ANALYZE, AND UTILIZE INTELLIGENCE EFFECTIVELY UNLESS WE CAN RECRUIT, HIRE, AND RETAIN THE BEST PEOPLE POSSIBLE. THEREFORE, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN NUNES AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF AND THEIR STAFFS FOR WORKING WITH ME TO INCLUDE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT IMPROVE PARENTAL LEAVE POLICIES OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THESE PROVISIONS WILL ENSURE THAT THESE BENEFITS ARE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE IN LINE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR. DOING SO WILL HELP THE I.C. TO DEVELOP AND RETAIN THE WORK FORCE REQUIRED TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE AGAINST ALL OF OUR FOES, BOTH NEW AND OLD. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TO ENSURE THE I.C. PROVIDES CRITICAL UPDATES TO CONGRESS IN THE EVENT THE UNITED STATES FACES A FOREIGN CYBER-S ATTACK OR OTHER ACTIVE MEASURES THAT THREATEN THE HEART OF OUR DEMOCRACY -- OUR ELECTIONS. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT RUSSIA WILL CONTINUE TO EXERT INFLUENCE ON THE HEART AND SOUL OF OUR DEMOCRATCY. THIS CANNOT BE TOLERATED AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER TO ENSURE CONGRESS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE MOST CRITICAL THREATS TO OUR DEMOCRACY. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, ENTIRE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND STAFF FOR THEIR DEDICATED OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO ENHANCING NATIONAL SECURITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:02:11 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 RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                          • 02:02:18 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I'LL BRIEFLY SAY THE FORMER RANKING MEMBER, MR. RUPPERSBERGER, WHO HAS…

                            I'LL BRIEFLY SAY THE FORMER RANKING MEMBER, MR. RUPPERSBERGER, WHO HAS MANY INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS IN HIS DISTRICT, HIGHLY REGARDED IN OUR COMMITTEE, AND WE RESPECT AND THANKFUL FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. I RESERVE.

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                          • 02:02:34 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY I INQUIRE OF THE MAJORITY WHETHER THEY HAVE FURTHER…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY I INQUIRE OF THE MAJORITY WHETHER THEY HAVE FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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                          • 02:02:42 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WE'LL TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CLOSE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, ONE MONTH AGO THE C.I.A. HELD ITS ANNUAL MEMORIAL CEREMONY…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, ONE MONTH AGO THE C.I.A. HELD ITS ANNUAL MEMORIAL CEREMONY TO HONOR ITS FALLEN. THIS YEAR THE AGENCY ADDED FOUR STARS TO THE MEMORIAL WALL, SIGNIFYING FOUR OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BUT WHO CANNOT BE PUBLICLY NAMED EVEN IN DEATH. THAT, MY COLLEAGUES, IS THE SACRIFICE THAT WE ASK OF OUR INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS. IT IS ONE THAT THEY ARE PREPARED TO MAKE. IN EXCHANGE FOR THAT FIDELITY, IT IS OUR JOB TO PROVIDE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WITH THE TOOLS AND AUTHORITIES IT NEEDS TO KEEP US SAFE. ALL WHILE EXERCISING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY OF OVERSIGHT AND DIRECTION. THIS BILL MEETS THAT RESPONSIBILITY AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE BY THE HOUSE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND OUR INCREDIBLE STAFF. IN PARTICULAR, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK SHANNON STEWART, CARLY BLAKE, ALAN SOUZA, MARK STEWART, WELLS BENNETT, SCOTT, RIHANNA, AMANDA, THOMAS, CHRIS, CHRISTINE, MAHAR, SHANNON, LINDA COHEN, PATRICK, AND TIM. THESE STAFF MEMBERS LABOR THREE FLOORS BELOW THE CAPITAL IN A SPACE WE AFFECTIONATELY AND SOMETIMES UNAFFECTIONATELY CALL THE BUNKER. THEY DO SO FOR LONG HOURS AND WITHOUT DAYLIGHT. WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 02:04:23 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I WILL JUST SAY I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFFS ON BOTH THE MAJORITY AND…

                            I WILL JUST SAY I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFFS ON BOTH THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY SIDE. THEY DO PUT IN A LOT OF EFFORT. IT'S ONE OF THE SMALLEST STAFFS IN THE CAPITOL OF ANY COMMITTEE. SO WE'RE THANKFUL THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GET THIS BILL DONE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO PSAGE ON FLOORT THIS AFTERNOON. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- ON THE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 02:04:51 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-80. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AN AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                          • 02:06:11 PM

                            MR. SCHIFF

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUE, KEATING, TO OFFER WHAT I…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUE, KEATING, TO OFFER WHAT I HAVE LISTED AS AMENDMENT TWO. I IS THIS THE KEATING AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN?

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                          • 02:06:23 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            NUMBER ONE.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            YES, MR. CHAIRMAN. 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 1, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. SCHIFF OF CALIFORNIA.

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                          • 02:06:37 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 8989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 8989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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                          • 02:06:50 PM

                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF ITS…

                            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF ITS AUTHOR, MR. KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS. ONE OF OUR FINE MEMBERS WHO HAS GREAT EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC SAFETY PRIOR TO COMING TO THE CONGRESS. THIS AMENDMENT BUILDS ON AN INITIATIVE FROM CHAIRMAN NUNES TO EXTEND TOUR LINKS OF DEPLOYED U.S. GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL. PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE PROFICIENT IN DIFFICULT LANGUAGES YOU SUCH AS ARABIC, FARSI, CHINESE, AND KOREAN. SPECIFICALLY THE AMENDMENT ADDS THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TO THAT LIST. IN VIEW OF THE CONTINUING THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY POSED BY THE AGGRESSIVE ACTION OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT MUST FULLY ENGAGE ITS CADRE OF PERSONNEL PROFICIENT IN THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE. I'M A SLOW TALKER. I'M TALKING EVEN MORE SLOWLY. MY COLLEAGUE HAS ARRIVED. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS WORK. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:07:55 PM

                            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 --

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                          • 02:07:58 PM

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                            I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE…

                            I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                          • 02:08:04 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I HAVE NO FURTHER…

                            STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I HAVE NO FURTHER COMMENTS AT THIS TIME. I RESERVE.

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                          • 02:08:13 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PROUD NOW TO RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PROUD NOW TO RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE AMENDMENT, MR. KEATING OF MASSACHUSETTS, FOR AS MUCH TIME HE MAY CONSUME.

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                          • 02:08:24 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME HE WISHES TO USE.

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                          • 02:08:28 PM

                            MR. KEATING

                            THAN YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY -- THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY…

                            THAN YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY -- THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY TWO COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA. I'M HERE RISING IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 6237. THE UNDERLYING BILL REQUIRES ALL MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN SERVICE TO SERVE THREE CONSECUTIVE TERMS IF THEY -- RECEIVED LANGUAGE TRAINING IN CERTAIN LANGUAGES. MY AMENDMENT ADDS RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TO THAT LIST. EXTENTED FOREIGN SERVICES OFFICE LIKE THE SERVICE IN THESE POSITIONS IS VITAL TO OUR FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY OBJECTIVES. THROUGH THIS CONTINUITY OF SERVICE, THEY CAN DEVELOP AND DEPLOY THEIR CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE EXPERTISE, MAKE THE MOST OF OUR DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS IN THE COUNTRY. PUTIN HAS BECOME ONE OF THE GREATEST ANTAGONISTS OF THE UNITED STATES. HE'S ATTACKED OUR ELECTIONS AND THOSE OF OUR ALLIES. AND HE'S BEHIND A NUMBER OF CYBERRELATED INCIDENTS IN RECENT YEARS. HE HAS INVADED SOVEREIGN NATIONS WHEN THEY LOOK TOWARDS STRENGTHENING TIES WITH THE WEST. HIS GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED ENTITIES SPREAD LIES AND MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE UNITED STATES. NOT ONLY IN RUSSIA, BUT HERE IN THE U.S. AS WELL THROUGH FAKE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS THAT ATTEMPT TO SOW DIVISION AMONG ALL AMERICANS. AND HE SEEKS TO UNDERMINE ALL ASPECTS OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN A POLITICAL PROCESS THAT CHALLENGE HIM AND HIS CONTROL OVER THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT AND ITS PEOPLE IS PALPABLE. PUTIN PRESENTS A SERIOUS SECURITY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND OUR INTERESTS. WE MUST RESPOND TO THESE ACTIONS THROUGH SANCTIONS, INDICTMENTS, AND OTHER MEANS WHETHER RELATED TO ELECTION INTERSFEERNS, ENCOURAGENCE INTO UKRAINE, OR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. HOWEVER, WE MUST ALSO KEEP OUR EYES ON THE LONG GAME. RUSSIAN LANGUAGE IS BROADLY SPOKEN AROUND THE GLOBE, NOT JUST IN RUSSIA. ACROSS EASTERN EUROPE AND MANY PARTS OF CENTRAL ASIA AS WELL. REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES AND OUR IDEALS ABROAD MEANS BEING ABLE TO ACTUALLY HAVE MEANINGFUL, PERSON-TO-PERSON EXCHANGES WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND BUILD THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WILL HELP US COMBAT PUTIN'S MISINFORMATION APPARATUS. IT MEANS WE CAN TALK TO LOCAL PRESS IN COUNTRY TO CLARIFY MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH LOCAL -- WITH A LOCAL POPULATION ABOUT WHAT WE ACTUALLY STAND FOR. IT MEANS HAVING THE MOST ACCURATE AND UNDERSTANDING REAL TIME SECURITY INFORMATION SO THE UNITED STATES CAN RESPOND QUICKLY AND APPROPRIATELY. TODAY WE'RE NOT OPERATING AT FULL COMPASS KNIT THIS REGARD WHEN IT COMES TO RUSSIA, AND FRANKLY, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO KEEP LOOKING THE THREAT OF RUSSIA AND PUTIN IN THE FACE AND REFUSING NOT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN ABOUT IT. WE HAVE HEARD MANY TIMES THAT THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE THEMSELVES HAVE GREAT CONCERN AND GREAT AN TAGISM TO PUTIN AND HIS LEADERSHIP. WE NEED TO HAVE SKILLED PEOPLE, FLUENT IN THE LANGUAGE, UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURE THERE, AND THE FRONTLINES OF OUR EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAND UP WITHIN THEIR OWN COUNTRY AND TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE KNOW THAT WE'RE THERE USING EVERY TOOL AT OUR DISPOSAL TO STOP HIS AGGRESSION AND INTERFERENCE. I HOPE THIS AMENDMENT PASSES. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                          • 02:12:04 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

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                          • 02:12:07 PM

                            MR. NUNES

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                            THE CHAIR

                            CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                          • 02:12:11 PM

                            MR. SCHIFF

                            WE URGE PASSAGE OF THE AMENDMENT. WE YELLED BACK OUR TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I URGE PASSAGE ALSO AND YIELD BACK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

                            BOTH SIDES HAVE YIELDED BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                          • 02:12:51 PM

                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                            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 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. SCHNEIDER OF ILLINOIS.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHNEIDER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE STILL UNCOVERING MORE TROUBLING…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE STILL UNCOVERING MORE TROUBLING EVIDENCE ON THE EXTENT OF RUSSIA'S INTERFERENCE IN OUR MOST RECENT LEAKS. THESE WERE AN ATTACK ON OUR DEMOCRACY AND NEED TO RESPOND. BOTH TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNT AND -- HOLD THEM TO ACCOUNT FOR PAST ACTIONS AND PROTECT AGAINST FUTURE AGGRESSIONS. WITH OUR NEXT NATIONAL ELECTION LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY, WE MUST ACT NOW. I AM PLEASED THAT THIS BILL TAKES STEPS TO REQUIRE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE ADVISORY REPORT ON THE FOREIGN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY THREAT FACING OUR FEDERAL ELECTIONS. THIS JOINT REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND THE F.B.I. WILL HELP CAMPAIGNS IDENTIFY AND COUNTER THESE THREATS. MY AMENDMENT STRENGTHENS THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE PUBLICLY IDENTIFYING THE FOREIGN STATE OR NONSTATE ACTORS THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS IDENTIFY AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE THREATS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW WHO WE'RE TRYING TO INTERFERE IN OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. AND THEY DESERVE A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL HOLD THESE COUNTRIES AND GROUPS TO K PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS FROM OUTSIDE INFLUENCE BY MALIGNED FOREIGN ACTORS IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT TO HELP ENSURE WE TREAT THE THREAT OF FOREIGN ELECTION INTERFERENCE WITH THE SERIOUSNESS IT DEMANDS. WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER FOR AS MUCH TIME HE MAY CONSUME.

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                          • 02:14:35 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I'M PLEASED TO RISE…

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I'M PLEASED TO RISE THIS SUPPORT. THIS CLARIFIES SECTION 1503 OF THE BILL DEALING WITH FOREIGN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY THREATS TO FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS. THE CURRENT PROVISION DIRECTS FOR EACH FEDERAL LEAKS THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE UNDER SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND F.B.I. WILL MAKE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE A REPORT ON FOREIGN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY THREATS TO OUR ELECTIONS. SECTION 1503 STRENGTHENS OUR LEAKSES BY PROVIDING INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT THESE THREATS BY PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PRACTICE AND RESOURCES WHICH MAY BE USED TO COUNTER THESE THREATS. MR. SCHNEIDER'S AMENDMENT ADDS TO THE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE REPORT, THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE FOREIGN ACTOR WHEN POSSIBLE, THIS ATTRIBUTION CAN BE VERY POWERFUL NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF PROTECTING THE PUBLIC BUT ALSO IN DETERRING ANY FOREIGN INTERVENTION IN OUR DEMOCRATIC AFFAIRS. . WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                          • 02:15:44 PM

                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                            I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU SEEK IN?

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                          • 02:15:51 PM

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                            I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT ALTHOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED. I…

                            I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT ALTHOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED. I RESERVE.

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                          • 02:15:57 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                            IF THERE'S NO MORE DISCUSSION I'M HAPPY TO CALL FOR A VOTE AND YIELD BACK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK?

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                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                            I YIELD BACK MY TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK --

                          • 02:16:16 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK?

                          • 02:16:20 PM

                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                            I YIELD BACK.

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                            MR. NUNES

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                            THE CHAIR

                            I YIELD BACK.

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                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE BECAUSE I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, AMENDMENT --

                          • 02:16:57 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                          • 02:16:58 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115--- AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115--- AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS.

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                          • 02:17:08 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL…

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                          • 02:17:16 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            I THANK THE CHAIR VERY MUCH. LET ME THANK THE RANKING AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR…

                            I THANK THE CHAIR VERY MUCH. LET ME THANK THE RANKING AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND WORKING ON SOME VERY IMPORTANT ITEMS, INCLUDING DIVERSITY AND OUTREACH AND HCBU'S, ISSUES OF WHICH I WORKED ON AS WELL SO I THANK THEM VERY MUCH BECAUSE BRINGING THE EXPERTISE OF DIVERSITY TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY CAN ONLY MAKE US STRONGER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE JUST LEFT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE OF WHICH WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING A PERIOD OF TIME DEALING WITH QUESTIONS THAT RAP THEMSELVES AROUND THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES AND AS WELL THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AS IT RELATES TO THE ONGOING RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION. EQUALLY IMPORTANT, OF COURSE, IS TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE A COMMUNITY THAT IS WELL-RECOGNIZED TO HAVE SECURITY CLEARANCES THAT ARE NOT IMPACTED BY ACTIONS OR VIEWS THAT WOULD DO HARM TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MY AMENDMENT ADDS TO THE SENSE OF CONGRESS IN THE BILL THAT A RE-REVIEW OF A SECURITY CLEARANCE HOLDER'S CREDENTIALS CAN BE TRIGGERED BY HIS OR HER ASSOCIATION OR EMPATHY WITH PERSONS OR ORGANIZATIONS THAT ADVOCATE, THREATEN, OR USE FORCE OR VIOLENCE, OR ANY OTHER ILLEGAL OR UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEANS, IN AN EFFORT TO PREVENT OTHERS FROM EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION OR LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF OR ANY STATE, ON ACCOUNT OF RACE, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR OTHER FACTORS WHICH MAY BE INCLUDING LGBTQ, AND WHETHER ONE IS IN ESSENCE CONSIDERED DIFFERENT. THAT IS A BASIS OF, I THINK, A VERY POSITIVE ADDITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JULY 6, 2018, BY PBS "FRONTLINE" ABOUT AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA-BASED RISE ABOVE MOVEMENT AS WELL AS VIOLENT WHITE SUPREMIST GROUP.

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                          • 02:19:28 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THAT WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            I INDICATE THIS MAN WAS AT CHARLOTTESVILLE SPEAKING LOUDLY, INTIMIDATING…

                            I INDICATE THIS MAN WAS AT CHARLOTTESVILLE SPEAKING LOUDLY, INTIMIDATING MY FELLOW ALUM OR MY FELLOW STUDENTS HAVING GONE TO THE VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW. THE STUDENTS WERE PATENTLY AND CONPICK WITH USLY INTIMIDATED AND FRIGHTENED. THIS MAN HAD A SECURITY CLEARANCE AND HE WORKED FOR A DEFENSE CONTRACTOR. AND SO MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE STRONG NATIONAL SECURITY, STRONG INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, BUT INDIVIDUALS WHO RECEIVE A CLEARANCE CAN RECEIVE IT APPROPRIATELY AND THAT THEY THEMSELVES NOT BE OF JEOPARDY TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:20:12 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. WHO SEEKS TIME?

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                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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                          • 02:20:23 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            AND RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D BE DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE -- HOW MUCH TIME DO I…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D BE DELIGHTED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE -- HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE, MR. CHAIRMAN?

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                          • 02:20:35 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            CHAIRMAN?

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                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            1/1/4 MINUTES TO THE CHAIR -- 1 1/4 MINUTES TO THE CHAIR -- THE RANKING…

                            1/1/4 MINUTES TO THE CHAIR -- 1 1/4 MINUTES TO THE CHAIR -- THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. SCHIFF.

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                          • 02:20:51 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I WILL PROBABLY GIVE YOU THE QUARTER BACK. I RISE…

                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I WILL PROBABLY GIVE YOU THE QUARTER BACK. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. SHEILA JACKSON LEE. THIS COMPLEMENTS OTHER ISSUES IN THE BILL. MS. JACKSON LEE'S AMENDMENT RECOGNIZES THAT AN IMMEDIATE REVIEW MAY BE CALLED FOR WHEN A SECURITY CLEARANCE HOLDER IS ENGAGED IN CERTAIN VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS, PROPERTY BASED ON AN ASSOCIATION OR SYMPATHY WITH PERSONS OR ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING TO PREVENT OTHERS FROM EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. SUCH RIGHTS INCLUDE THOSE RELATED TO RACE, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR DISABILITY. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT IT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 02:21:38 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            I THANK FOR HIS KIND SUPPORT. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. CHAIRMAN. I OFFER…

                            I THANK FOR HIS KIND SUPPORT. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. CHAIRMAN. I OFFER IF YOU WISH TO SPEAK AND THEN YOU SPEAK AND THEN I'LL CLOSE.

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                          • 02:21:52 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. DO YOU RESERVE?

                          • 02:21:55 PM

                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I'M PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            RAM, THE GROUP THAT I INDICATED, IN SPECIAL LEAVE ASKING FOR SUBMISSION OF…

                            RAM, THE GROUP THAT I INDICATED, IN SPECIAL LEAVE ASKING FOR SUBMISSION OF THIS, LET ME VERY QUICKLY SAY, RAM, OF WHICH THIS GENTLEMAN WAS A MEMBER OF, IS CHARACTERIZED AS OPERATING LIKE A STREET FIGHTING CLUB. MEMBERS ACTIVELY TRAINED TO DO PHYSICAL BATTLE WITH THEIR IDEOLOGICAL FOES AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN VIOLENT CLASHES DURING POLITICAL RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS. THEY CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE PART OF THEALITY-RIGHT. THEY HAVE DEEP ROOTS IN CALIFORNIA, THE SKINHEADS, AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS FACE SERIOUS CRIMINAL CHARGES. THEY CONSIST OF SEVERAL DOZEN NEO-NAZI RACIST SKINHEADS. IT'S NOT AN EMPHASIS ON THAT GROUP. THIS AMENDMENT IS BROADLY STRUCTURED TO DEAL WITH PROTECTING THE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I JOINED WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN HOPING AND HELPING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE RESOURCES FOR THE BACKLOG OF THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF THOSE SEEKING SECURITY CLEARANCE SO THEY CAN BE PARTICULAR AND ASTUTE TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WHO RECEIVE IT -- IT IS A BENEFIT. IT IS IN ESSENCE A GIFT. IT IS AN HONOR TO RECEIVE A SECURITY CLEARANCE. THE CLEARANCE WE HAVE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HOLD IT WITH RESPECT. IF IT IS GIVEN WITH ANYONE IT SHOULD BE THAT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 02:23:24 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

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                            MR. NUNES

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WILL JUST CLOSE BY SAYING THAT THE SECURITY…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WILL JUST CLOSE BY SAYING THAT THE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS NEEDS A LOT OF WORK SO WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:23:35 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 02:24:07 PM

                            MR. VARGAS

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, 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 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. VARGAS…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. VARGAS OF CALIFORNIA.

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                          • 02:24:18 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS.

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                          • 02:24:30 PM

                            MR. VARGAS

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE TODAY TO URGE…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 6237. BY ADDING THE USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO SECTION 1505, WE WILL ENSURE IS INCLUDED IN THE THREAT FROM RUSSIA. RUSSIAN NATIONALS SUBJECT TO SANCTIONS AND RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS, ORGANIZED CRIMINALS, AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU MAY KNOW THAT A VIRTUAL CURRENCY IS A VALUE THAT CAN BE DIGITALLY CREATED. SINCE BIT COIN, THOUSANDS OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES HAVE EMERGED THAT HAVE SERVED A VARIETY OF PURPOSES. JUST AS VIRTUAL CURRENCIES HAVE GROWN IN THE USE FOR LEGITIMATE COMMERCE, THEY'VE ALSO BECOME AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR FINANCIAL PAYMENT METHOD FOR CRIMINALS AND OTHER TRANSNATIONAL BAD ACTORS. VIRTUAL CURRENCIES HAVE BEEN AND CONTINUE TO BE EXPLOITED TO PAY FOR GOODS AND SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH ILLICIT ACTIVITIES AND IS AN FICTIVE TOOL TO LAUNDER MONEY -- EFFECTIVE TOOL TO LAUNDER MONEY. IF WE COMBAT RUSSIA'S THREAT FINANCE, WE NEED TO FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW VIRTUAL CURRENCIES MAY BE USED TO FINANCE RUSSIAN ACTIVITIES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES, ESPECIALLY NATO. BY INCLUDING THE USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES IN THE REPORT, WE WILL ENSURE ROBUST ANALYSIS THAT WILL HELP US IMPEDE RUSSIAN FINANCING OF CYBER OPERATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, IS IT APPROPRIATE AT THIS MOMENT THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MRS. MURPHY FROM FLORIDA? I YIELD TWO MINUTES --

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                          • 02:26:13 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN MAY SO YIELD, AND DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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                            MR. VARGAS

                            I DO. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                            MR. VARGAS

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                            MRS. MURPHY

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. VARGAS, FOR YIELDING ME…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. VARGAS, FOR YIELDING ME TIME TO SPEAK AND I SUPPORT HIS AMENDMENT. I ALSO SUPPORT THE BILL MORE GENERALLY BECAUSE IT SUPPORTS THE QUIET HEROES IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THEY DON'T SEEK PUBLIC PRAISE. IN FACT, THEY SHUN IT. WHILE OTHERS ENJOY THE LIME LIGHT, THEY WORK HARD IN THE SHADOWS. SECTION 1505 IS A VERSION THAT I WROTE CALLED THE POISE ACT. THIS INFORMATION WAS ENTRUSTED BY THE U.S. BY A KEY ALLY. SECTION 1505 SAYS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT, DISCLOSES TOP SECRET INFORMATION TO AN ADVERSARY GOVERNMENT OUTSIDE ESTABLISHED INTELLIGENCE CHANNELS. AS A FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY SPECIALIST AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, I KNOW THESE DISCLOSURES ARE DANGEROUS BECAUSE OUR ADVERSARY COULD USE THE INFORMATION TO HARM U.S. INTERESTS AND OUR PARTNERS COULD STOP SHARING INTELLIGENCE IF THEY DON'T TRUST US TO KEEP IT CONFIDENTIAL. THE CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT WILL DETER IRRESPONSIBLE DISCLOSURES AND ENABLE CONGRESS TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT AND LIMIT ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE DISCLOSURE. I ALSO WANTED TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT ON A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY. CONGRESSMAN CURBELO AND I OFFERED A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THE D.N.I. TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT POSED BY DEEP FAKE TECHNOLOGY AND HOW THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WILL COUNTER IT. DEEP FAKE TECHNOLOGY IS THE DIGITAL FALSIFICATION OF IMAGES, VIDEO, AUDIO TO PORTRAY AN INDIVIDUAL AS HAVING DONE SOMETHING OR SAY THEY DON'T KNOW. SENATOR RUBIO SAYS PEOPLE COULD USE DEEP FAKE TECHNOLOGY TO UNDERMINE OUR SECURITY AND DEMOCRACY. I WAS DISMAYED THAT OUR AMENDMENT WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER. I KNOW THE RULES COMMITTEE OFTEN MAKES DECISIONS FOR REASONS UNRELATED TO POLICY. BUT THE EXCLUSION OF THIS AMENDMENT WAS A SERIOUS MISTAKE AND I WILL LOOK FOR OTHER WAYS TO MAKE SURE OUR COUNTRY IS PREPARED FOR THE EMERGING THREAT POSED BY DEEP FAKE TECHNOLOGY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 02:28:23 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            MR. VARGAS

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            WHO SEEKS TIME?

                          • 02:28:33 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DON'T OPPOSED. I RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                            MR. VARGAS

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD SIMPLY THEN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD SIMPLY THEN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:28:46 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS…

                            YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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                          • 02:28:51 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:28:55 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS. 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 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 02:29:31 PM

                            MRS. TORRES

                            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 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MRS. TORRES…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MRS. TORRES OF CALIFORNIA.

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                          • 02:29:40 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS.…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                          • 02:29:51 PM

                            MRS. TORRES

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 6237, THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 6237, THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018-2019. MR. CHAIRMAN, NEARLY ONE YEAR AND THREE MONTHS TODAY THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAD SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTED AN INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST LAUNCH. THAT ANNOUNCEMENT RAISED THE REAL POSSIBILITY OF A NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR ATTACK ON AMERICAN SOIL. PRESIDENT TRUMP RIGHTLY HAS SPENT MUCH OF LAST YEAR SEEKING A DEAL FOR THE DENUCLEARIZATION OF NORTH KOREA. SECRETARY POMPEO IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN FINDING A SOLUTION, AND CONGRESS SHOULD BE PROVIDING HIM WITH ALL OF THE RESOURCES WE CAN TO ENSURE A SOLUTION IS MEANINGFUL AND EFFECTIVE. TO PREVENT ADVANCEMENT OF THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM, WE NEED TO OBTAIN SPECIFIC INFORMATION REGARDING NORTH KOREAN REVENUE SOURCES. . HOWEVER THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE A SUFFICIENT UNDERSTANDING OF THIS CRITICAL QUESTION. THAT IS WHY I HAVE OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT WHICH IS MODELED AFTER MY NORTH KOREA FOLLOW THE MONEY ACT. THIS AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO PRODUCE A NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE OF THE REVENUE SOURCES OF NORTH KOREA. ANY EFFECTIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE U.S. AND NORTH KOREA MUST CONSIDER ALL OF THE SOURCES OF FUNDING, BOTH LEGITIMATE AND ILLEGITIMATE. THAT HAS ENABLED THIS NORTH KOREAN REGIME. I AM PROUD TO OFFER THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT WITH REPRESENTATIVE WAGNER, WHO HAS BEEN A LONG TIME PARTNER OF MINE ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND I ALSO APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN NUNES AND HIS STAFF AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF AND HIS STAFF FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS AMENDMENT. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT BUT CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. AT THIS…

                            I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT BUT CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNERMENT

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                            MRS. WAGNER

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT WHICH I AM A PROUD CO-SPONSOR. NEARLY A YEAR AGO I TRAVELED TO KOREA, JAPAN, AND CHINA. I VISIT THE D.M.Z. AND CHINESE BORDER TOWN OF DAN DONG. I WATCHED AS TRUCKS LOADED WITH GOODS DROVE ACROSS THE CHINA-KOREA FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE INTO NORTH KOREA. 70% OF THE NORTH KOREA'S TRADE PASSES OVER THAT BRIDGE AND IT WAS A STARK REMINDER THAT IN ORDER TO CHANGE NORTH KOREA'S MALIGNED BEHAVIOR, WE NEED SANCTIONS THAT UNDERMINE THE FINANCIAL NETWORKS THAT KEEP THE KIM REGIME AFLOAT. OVER THE PAST YEAR, THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN TREMENDOUS STEPS TOWARDS DISRUPTING NORTH KOREAN CASH FLOWS, BUT WE STILL HAVE AN IMPROPER UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE AND HOW NORTH KOREA GETS ITS REVENUE, AND OUR LIMITED KNOWLEDGE HAS WEAKENED INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO STUDY NORTH KOREAN FINANCIAL AND TRADE NETWORKS, WEAPONS SALES, LABOR EXPORTS, AND SUPPLY CHAINS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE SOURCES OF THE REGIME'S REVENUE. IT WOULD AID INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CLOSING GAPS AND SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA. THE REPORT WILL HELP US SUPPORT OUR DIPLOMATS AS THEY SEEK TO RESTORE STABILITY FROM THE KOREAN PENINSULA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            MRS. TORRES

                            I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            MRS. TORRES

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MRS. TORRES

                            I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT UNTIL WE KNOW WHERE NORTH…

                            I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT UNTIL WE KNOW WHERE NORTH KOREA -- THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME GETS ITS MONEY, WE WON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE TO SPEND. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND EQUIP SECRETARY POMPEO WITH THE TOOLS HE NEEDS TO ACT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I ACK THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                            MR. HASTINGS

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, 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 6, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 6, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. HASTINGS OF FLORIDA.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THERE…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THERE HASTINGS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR DOES RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                            MR. HASTINGS

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY STAFF AND I WORKED WITH DEMOCRATIC…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY STAFF AND I WORKED WITH DEMOCRATIC STAFF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND RECEIVED INPUT FROM THE MAJORITY STAFF TO CRAFT WHAT I BELIEVE IS A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT THAT WILL INCREASE DIVERSITY THROUGHOUT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. YOU KNOW, JUST WANTED TO DEPART FROM MY PREPARED REMARKS TO SAY A WORD ABOUT THE YOUNG MAN SEATED WITH ME, TONY MATTHEWS. IT'S A GOOD INDICATION OF WHAT THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE DOES WHEN THEY SEND US FELLOWS FROM EITHER THE DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN SIDE. I'M VERY PLEASED HE'S BEEN WITH MY OFFICE. IN MANY RESPECTS IS THE AUTHOR OF THIS AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT DIRECTS THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO IN CONSULTATION WITH HEADS OF OTHER INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AGENCIES CREATE AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN THAT WILL SUCCESSFULLY SPAN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S RECRUITMENT EFFORTS SO THAT RURAL AND UNDERSERVED REGIONS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE MORE FULLY REPRESENTED IN THESE EFFORTS. IT'S MY BELIEF THAT THIS AMENDMENT WILL PROVIDE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AGENCIES TO ACTIVELY JOIN FORCES IN ORDER TO BROADEN THEIR RESPECTIVE RECRUITMENT EFFORTS. AND BY DOING SO, INCREASE THE DIVERSITY AMONG THEIR RANKS. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE SEEN IMPROVEMENT IN SOME AREAS, FOR ANSWERING TO AN INCREASE IN MAJORITY HIRING OR FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, OVER THAT OF FISCAL YEAR 2016, WE HAVE ALSO SEEN A DISAPPOINTING DECREASE IN THE PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN HIRED OVER THAT SAME PERIOD OF TIME. I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN DO BETTER IN BOTH METRICS AND I THINK ONE SMART WAY OF DOING THAT IS GETTING AGENCIES TO BROADEN THEIR SEARCHES GEOGRAPHICALLY. THIS COUNTRY'S STRENGTH IS BORN FROM ITS DEDICATION TO THE RULE OF LAW. THE BELIEF THAT THE BEST FORM OF GOVERNMENT IS ONE THAT IS OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE, AND FROM ITS DIVERSITY. IT IS TIME FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AGENCIES TO MORE FULLY COMMIT TO REACHING ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE IN AN EFFORT TO LET THEM KNOW THAT INSPIRING AND IMPORTANT WORK AWAITS THEM IN THEIR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. INDEED, BY MORE FULLY TAPPING INTO THIS DIVERSITY, WE CAN BE ASSURED OF AT LEAST ONE RESULT. THE STRENGTHENING OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY BECAUSE IF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS TO SUCCEED IN ITS GLOBAL MISSION, IT MUST HAVE A GLOBAL FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A YES VOTE ON MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. NUNES

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                            THE CHAIR

                            RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

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                            MR. HASTINGS

                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER THAT I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING WITH ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WHEN I WAS THERE SOME 100 YEARS AGO.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MAJORITY'S TIME.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IT'S GREAT PLEASURE TO TEAM UP WITH…

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IT'S GREAT PLEASURE TO TEAM UP WITH YOU AGAIN IN PURSUIT OF IMPORTANT PRIORITIES FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND FOR OUR COMMITTEE. ENHANCING DIVERSITY IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS A CONTINUING PRIORITY FOR THE HOUSE. UNFORTUNATELY, REMAINS A CONTINUING CHALLENGE FOR THE I.C. WHILE THERE ARE MANY INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE SINCERELY WORKING TO CREATE A CULTURE OF INCLUSION, THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT PROGRESS IS SLOW. MR. HASTINGS' AMENDMENT TOGETHER WITH INITIATIVES CHAMPIONED BY MY COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVES TERRI SEWELL AND ANDRE CARSON, WILL ENSURE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE INCREASES GEOGRAPHIC OUTREACH IN I.C. REGRUMET EFFORTS. AS COORDINATOR OF THE I.C., THE D.N.I. AND HIS TEAM ARE WELL POSTURED TO CONSOLIDATE THE SEPARATE RENUMET ACTIVITIES INTO A COMPREHENSIVE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN THAT REACHES EVERY CORNER OF OUR NATION, ESPECIALLY UNDERSERVED REGIONS THAT HAVE LITTLE INTERACTION WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. WITH THE D.N.I.'S LEADERSHIP, SMART DIVISION OF LABOR AMONG THE AGENCIES AND USE OF VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION VEHICLES, I'M CONFIDENT THAT A COMPREHENSIVE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN CAN OFFER THE NATION MORE EFFECTIVELY AND ATTRACT A WORK FORCE THAT IS MORE REPRESENTATIVE OF AMERICA. ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HASTINGS, AS WELL AS MY HPSCI COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO ENHANCING DIVERSITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            THANK YOU. I STRONGLY STRORT THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK WE SHOULD EXPAND MORE…

                            THANK YOU. I STRONGLY STRORT THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK WE SHOULD EXPAND MORE CAPABILITIES INTO RURAL AREAS AND DO MORE RECRUITMENT IN RURAL AREAS. I APPRECIATE THIS AMENDMENT. HAS MY FULL SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            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 FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                            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 7, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 7, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. SCHNEIDER OF ILLINOIS.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHNEIDER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                            THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO…

                            THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO REPORT ON IRAN'S SUPPORT FOR PROXY FORCES IN SYRIA AND LEBANON. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MARK MEADOWS, FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP IN THIS ENDEAVOR, AS WELL AS MS. SINEMA AND NORMA TORRES FOR SPONSORING THIS AMENDMENT. IRAN'S DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST ARE NO SECRET. AND THEY ARE DRAWN DRAMATICALLY ACROSS THE REGION INCLUDING YEMEN, IRAQ, LEBANON, AND SYRIA. SPECIFICALLY WITH RESPECT TO SYRIA, IRAN IS WORKING TO DEVELOP A PERMANENT FOOTHOLD IN THE COUNTRY, INCREASING THE THREAT TO OUR KEY ALLIESLE, IT PARTICULAR ISRAEL. THEY ARE ASSISTING TERRORIST GROUPS SUCH AS HEZBOLLAH. BATTLE TESTED HEZBOLLAH FIGHTERS ARE SUBSEQUENTLY RETURNING TO LEBANON MORE CAPABLE AND MORE DANGEROUS THAN EVER BEFORE. ADDITIONALLY, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM IRAN, LEBANESE HEZBOLLAH HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET MORE THAN 150,000 ROCKETS ON THE BORDER WITH ISRAEL. IS THIS FIGURE IS A STAGGERING INCREASE FROM THE ROUGHLY 15,000 ROCKETS THEY HAD IN 2006. IRAN HAS EXPLOITED SEVERAL MEANS OF TRANSFERRING WEAPONS TO HEZBOLLAH. ISRAEL HAS OFTEN TARGETED THESE TO STOP THE WEAPONS FROM REACHING LEBANON. TO ELIMINATE THE TRANSFERS, IRAN IS REPORTEDLY BUILDING MISSILE REDUCTION FACILITIES. A DOMESTIC MISSILE PRODUCTION CAPABILITY IN LEBANON WOULD ENABLE HEZBOLLAH TO MORE EASILY CONTINUE TO BUILD ITS ARSENAL NOT ONLY WITH MORE WEAPONS BUT MORE SOPHISTICATED, MORE DEADLY WEAPONS. AND WITH LESS RELIANCE ON RISKY TRITS. THAT IS WHY I'M OFFERING MY AMENDMENT TODAY TO FOCUS OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ON THIS URGENT THREAT. A D.N.I. REPORT WOULD HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND THE EXTENT OF IRAN'S SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT W THAT I YIELD THE RANKING MEMBER AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME HE WISHES TO…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME HE WISHES TO USE.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT…

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVES SCHNEIDER, MEADOWS, TORRES, AND SINEMA. IT IS IMPERATIVE OR INTELLIGENCE ARMED SERVICES AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEES WITH OVERSIGHT OF IRAN'S ROLE IN SYRIA AND LEBANON STAY INFORMED OF APPROXIMATELY FORCES OPERATING THERE AND THE STRATEGIC THREAT POSED BY ISRAEL, OUR OTHER ALLIES AND INTERESTS IN THE REASON YODGE. REQUIRING THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE REPORT ON AREAS SUCH AS ARMS TRANSFER FROM IRAN TO HEZBOLLAH AND OTHER MILITIAS, WEAPONS FACILITIES, SUPPLY CHAINS, AND FINANCIAL CAPABILITIES, WILL HELP US GAIN GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICAL WEAPON PROLIFERATION IN THE REGION. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE MR. SCHNEIDER'S LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I URGE THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. WHO SEEKS TIME?

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THROW I AM NOT OPPOSED. RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM. MR. SCHNEIDER N --

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                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                            I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT. YIELD BACK.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYE VS. IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. BERA

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, 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 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. BERA OF…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. BERA OF CALIFORNIA.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA,…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            MR. BERA

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS A DOCTOR I KNOW UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS A DOCTOR I KNOW UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. A COUNTRY'S HEALTH IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO THEIR STABILITY AND THEIR WELL-BEING. WE'RE REMINDED OF THIS EVERY FEW YEARS THROUGH MASS PANDEMICS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO WIN. 2014 WE SAW THE EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA. TWO YEARS AGO WE WITNESSED THE ZIKA OUTBREAK IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA. UNFORTUNATELY, AS A DOCTOR, I KNOW WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THESE AND OTHER DISEASES AGAIN AND AGAIN. WE NEED TO BE PREPARED. AND -- SO WE OFFER THIS AMENDMENT AS A WAY OF GETTING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO HELP US WITH THAT PREPAREDNESS, TO INFORM US AND MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT JUST PROTECTING LIVES OVERSEAS BUT WE'RE ALSO PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS MAY BE CONSUMED TO MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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                            MR. CONNOLLY

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT AMENDMENT AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR WITH HIM. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE AN INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING ON THE ANTICIPATED GEOPOLITICAL EFFECTS OF EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND PANDEMICS. THESE THREATS HAVE SERIOUS COMBLECATIONS TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY -- IMPLICATION TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY. JUST ASK DANIEL COATES WHO EARLIER THIS YEAR WARNED THAT THE INCREASE IN THE FREQUENCY AND DIVERSITY OF REPORTED DISEASE OUTBREAKS PROBABLY WILL CONTINUE AND INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL OF A SEVERE GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY THAT COULD LEAD TO MAJOR ECONOMIC AND SEW SOCIETYAL DISRUPTIONS -- SEW SIGH TAL DISRUPTIONS. -- SOCIETAL DISRUPTIONS. SUCH AN EVENT CAN LEAD NATIONS TO CLOSE BORDERS, DISRUPT THE FLOW OF GOODS AND SERVICES AND INCURRING GRAVE COSTS. NEARLY 70% OF THE WORLD'S NATIONS ARE UNDERPREPARED TO MANAGE AND CONTROL SUCH JOTE BREAKS. THESE ARE NOT JUST HYPOTHETICALS. SARS, FOR EXAMPLE, SPREAD ACROSS FOUR CONTINENTS, INFECTED 8,100 PEOPLE, KILLED MORE THAN 700, AND COST THE GLOBAL ECONOMY $40 BILLION BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND JULY OF 2003. THE EBOLA AND ZIKA OUTBREAKS COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $6 BILLION. UNDERSTANDING THE ABILITY, MR. CHAIRMAN, OF AFFECTED NATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO PROTECT AND MANAGE INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND TRANSNATIONAL PANDEMICS IS A VITAL STEP TO ENSURE AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE. I URGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MR. BERA'S AND MY AMENDMENT. I THANK MR. BERA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I YIELD BACK TO MR. BERA.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. BERA

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                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA.

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                            MR. BERA

                            I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SCHIFF.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. 100 YEARS AGO THE GREAT INFLUENZA…

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. 100 YEARS AGO THE GREAT INFLUENZA PANDEMIC, OFTEN CAUSED THE SPANISH FLU, CAUSED ABOUT 50 MILLION DEATHS WORLDWIDE, BETWEEN 3% TO 6% OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION AND FAR MORE THAN THE DEATHS OF COMBAT CASUALTIES IN WORLD WAR I. PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WARNED WE ARE OVERDUFORT ANOTHER PANDEMIC THAT WILL -- OVERDUE FOR ANOTHER PANDEMIC. THE I.C. DOES PLAY A PIVOTAL ROLE IN DEFENDING US FROM MICROSCOPIC THREATS. THE I.C.'S UNIQUE CAPABILITIES CAN BE AS VALUABLE IN COMBATING DISEASE AS THE OTHER THREATS WE FACE. DURING THE EBOLA CRISIS, N.G.A. AND OTHER I.C.'S AGENCIES PROVIDED GEOSPATIAL AND OTHER HELP BATTLING THE OUTBREAK. ENSURING WE ARE PREPARED FOR A PANDEMIC WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO SAVING AMERICAN LIVES. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT OF THE AMENDMENT AND THANK THEM FOR WORKING WITH THE COMMITTEE STAFF TO REFINE AND PERFECT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 02:50:23 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, HAS…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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                          • 02:50:29 PM

                            MR. BERA

                            I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL COMMENTS. I'LL RETURN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I YIELD…

                            I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL COMMENTS. I'LL RETURN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:50:35 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,

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                          • 02:50:39 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:50:42 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 CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA. 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 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 02:51:12 PM

                            MR. KENNEDY

                            I ASK TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK?

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                            MR. KENNEDY

                            YES, I DO.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. KENNEDY…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. KENNEDY OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                          • 02:51:27 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR.…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,

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                          • 02:51:40 PM

                            MR. KENNEDY

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

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

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                          • 02:51:44 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                          • 02:51:46 PM

                            MR. KENNEDY

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF FOR ALL THEIR SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY TO MAKE THIS AMENDMENT POSSIBLE TODAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, D.N.I. DIRECTOR DAN COATES WARNED OUR NATION AND THE WORLD THAT, QUOTE, WE CONTINUE TO SEE RUSSIAN TARGETING OF AMERICAN SOCIETY IN WAYS THAT COULD AFFECT OUR MID TERM ELECTIONS. IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT RUSSIA SUCCEEDED IN MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTION IN 2016. IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT THEIR SUCCESS WITH LITTLE CONSEQUENCE WILL INSPIRE SIMILAR ATTACKS IN THE FUTURE. AND IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT OUR RESPONSE TO THESE THREATS HAS BEEN INADEQUATE. STATES, CITIES, AND TOWNS HAVE SCRAMBLED TO SECURE THEIR OWN ELECTIONS WITHOUT ENOUGH GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FROM OUR NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. VOTERS CONTINUE TO FACE A TORRENT OF MISINFORMATION ONLINE. CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS, CITY COUNCIL, AND SCHOOL BOARDS RACE TOWARDS NOVEMBER 6 UNCERTAIN THEY WILL BECOME PUTIN'S NEXT TARGET. MULTIPLE FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR NATION'S RESPONSE RARELY COORDINATE OR RECEIVE LITTLE GUIDANCE FROM OUR NATION'S GOVERNMENT AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT HELPS TO BEGIN TO CONSOLIDATE AND CONCENTRATE OUR RESPONSE TO FOREIGN EFFORTS TO INFLUENCE OUR POLITICAL PROCESSES AND ELECTIONS WITH ONE CENTER -- DRAWING EXPERTISE ACROSS ALL RELEVANT SECTORS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. IF ANYTHING, OUR ADVERSARIES HAVE GROWN MORE CONFIDENT IN THEIR ABILITY TO SWAY OUR ELECTIONS AND SEW DISCORD AND DYSFUNCTION AT EVERY LEVEL OF OUR SOCIETY. OUR URGENCY LIES IN ONE SIMPLE TRUTH -- OUR DEMOCRACY STANDS TALL WHEN OUR ELECTIONS STAND SECURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE THOSE WHO PUT BALLOT BOXES IN OUR CROSSHAIRS DO NOT ASCRIBE TO ONE POLITICAL PARTY TO THE OTHER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:53:50 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME?

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                            MR. NUNES

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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                          • 02:53:56 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

                          • 02:54:07 PM

                            MR. KENNEDY

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            DO YOU YIELD?

                          • 02:54:14 PM

                            MR. KENNEDY

                            YES.

                          • 02:54:16 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

                          • 02:54:19 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY. 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 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 02:54:53 PM

                            MISS RICE

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

                          • 02:54:55 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MISS RICE…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MISS RICE OF NEW YORK.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MISS RICE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                            MISS RICE

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF…

                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO DEVELOP AND SUBMIT A THREAT ASSESSMENT REPORT ON THE USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES BY TERRORIST ACTORS. THE UNITED STATES HAS LED THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT TERRORISM, THWARTING PLOTS ON AMERICAN SOIL, IDENTIFYING AND DISRUPTING TERRORIST NETWORKS AROUND THE WORLD, HUNTING DOWN TERRORISTS WHEREVER THEY HIDE AND PROVING THEY CAN AND WILL BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. WE KNOW THAT THE THREAT OF TERRORISM IS NOT THE SAME AS IT WAS 17 YEARS AGO. IT'S A THREAT THAT CONSTANTLY EVOLVES AND WE NEED TO EVOLVE WITH IT. WE NEED TO EVOLVE AHEAD OF IT. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED THIS AMENDMENT. IN RECENT YEARS, WE'VE SEEN INSTANCES IN WHICH MEMBERS OF TERRORIST GROUPS HAVE TURNED TO VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO FINANCE AND SUPPORT THEIR OPERATIONS. IN 2016, THE FOUNDATION FOR DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES INVESTIGATED A TERRORIST FUNDING CAMPAIGN IN WHICH A TERRORIST GROUP IN THE GAZA STRIP RECEIVED DONATIONS THROUGH THE VIRTUAL CURRENCY BITCOIN. LAST YEAR INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES ALSO REPORTED THAT A SYRIA-BASED INDONESIA INTERNATIONAL FUNDED ATTACKS IN INDONESIA. VIRTUAL CURRENCIES OFFER HIGH-SPEED, LOW-COST FINANCIAL NETWORKS WITH ACCESS TO USERS ACROSS THE GLOBE. MANY ALSO OFFER THEIR USERS ANONYMITY, MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO TRACK TRANSACTIONS. THESE FACTORS HAVE MADE VIRTUAL CURRENCIES AN INCREASINGLY APPEALING TOOL FOR TERRORISTS SEEKING TO CIRCUMVENT AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT TERRORISTS USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES HAVE BEEN LIMITED TO A HANDFUL OF INSTANCES. BUT AS TERRORIST GROUPS AND LONE WOLF ATTACKERS BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED, THE CONDITIONS ARE RIPE FOR THIS THREAT TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THAT'S WHY IT'S CRITICAL WE ASSESS NOW TO ASSESS AND UNDERSTAND THIS EMERGING THREAT. THERE'S NO DENYING IT. VIRTUAL CURRENCIES HAVE EXPOSED DEEP VULNERABILITIES IN OUR COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS AND UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT NOW OUR GOVERNMENT LACKS A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE AND STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THIS THREAT. MY AMENDMENT WOULD DIRECT THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON HOW TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AND STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM COULD USE VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO FINANCE TERRORISM, GAPS IN FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATIONS THAT COULD BE EXPLOITED BY TERRORISTS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO MORE EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THESE VULNERABILITIES. ENACTING THIS AMENDMENT WILL GIVE COUNTERTERRORISM AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AT ALL LEVELS THE INFORMATION AND STRATEGIES THEY DESPERATELY NEED TO CONFRONT THIS THREAT HEAD-ON WITH 21ST CENTURY SOLUTIONS. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN PETER KING FOR CO-SPONSORING MY AMENDMENT. THAT IS A COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN PRIORITY, AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:58:15 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                          • 02:58:19 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED.

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                          • 02:58:22 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:58:24 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            AND THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES -- FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                            AND THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES -- FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 02:58:29 PM

                            MISS RICE

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS ADAM SCHIFF -- CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF NEEDS…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS ADAM SCHIFF -- CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF NEEDS AT THIS TIME.

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                          • 02:58:38 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:58:39 PM

                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT…

                            I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE REPRESENTATIVES FROM NEW YORK, RICE AND KING. THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THAT THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A REPORT ON THE POSSIBLE EXPLOITATION OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES BY TERRORIST ACTORS, INCLUDING STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM. IT HAS LONG BEEN SAID, IF YOU WISH TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH ABOUT MALIGN ACTIVITY, THEN FOLLOW THE MONEY. THIS REMAINS TRUE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF VIRTUAL CURRENCIES. THE I.C. MUST ALWAYS REMAIN ONE STEP AHEAD OF OUR ADVERSARIES, AND THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THEY CONTINUE TO DO JUST THAT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                          • 02:59:20 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            HAVE THEY YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME? I'LL RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                          • 02:59:33 PM

                            MISS RICE

                            THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN NUNES AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF FOR SUPPORTING THE…

                            THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN NUNES AND RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF FOR SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:59:39 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 02:59:42 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER…

                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER WITH LONGTIME MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. KING, AND I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:59:51 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER -- THE QUESTION…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER -- THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN 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. .

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                          • 03:00:16 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

                            IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 03:00:27 PM

                            MR. LIPINSKI

                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                          • 03:00:29 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815, OFFERED BY MR.…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815, OFFERED BY MR. LIPINSKI OF ILLINOIS.

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                          • 03:00:40 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 03:00:52 PM

                            MR. LIPINSKI

                            I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL.…

                            I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HELP SECURE AMERICA'S MAKE AMERICA MORE SECURE. MY AMENDMENT WILL HELP TO ADDRESS THE THREAT OF IRAN BETTER IN THIS BILL. ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT, IT IS -- IRAN IS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. THE ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND ACQUISITION OF PROHIBITED WEAPONS, IRAN CONTINUES TO SUPPORT VIOLENT GROUPS ABROAD. AS OUR DIPLOMATIC AND MILITARY HEEDERS DETERMINE HOW BEST TO RESPOND TO IRAN'S DESTABILIZATION, THEY SHOULD HAVE A DETAILED ACCOUNTING SPENT BY IRAN TO SUPPORT SPECIFIC TERRORIST GROUPS AND FOREIGN MILITARY. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN LIGHT OF THE ESCALATING CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND IRAN-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA, WHICH HAS ONLY GOTTEN WORSE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS. THIS INFORMATION WILL SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO IRAN AND OUR ALLIES THAT WE DO NOT TOLERATE SUPPORT OF TERRORISM. IN ADDITION, THE NONCLASSIFIED VERSION OF THIS REPORT WILL SHED LIGHT ON IRAN'S BEHAVIOR FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. SPECIFICALLY, MY AMENDMENT WILL REQUIRE AN ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE DIRECT TORE OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DESCRIBING IRANIAN EXPENDITURES ON MILITARY AND TERRORIST ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY INCLUDING SUPPORT FOR HEZBOLLAH, HOUTHI REBELS IN YEMEN, HAMAS, PROXY FORCES IN IRAQ AND SYRIA AND ANY OTHER COUNTRY THE DIRECTOR DETERMINES RELEVANT. I WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 03:02:56 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 03:03:01 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:03:17 PM

                            MR. LIPINSKI

                            I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO RANKING MEMBER MEMBER SCHIFF FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. SCHIFF

                            I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

                            I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS CONGRESSMAN LIPINSKI. THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THAT THE DIRECT TOFFER OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS DESCRIBE SPENDING BY IRAN OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY INCLUDING SPENDING TO SUPPORT HEZBOLLAH, HOUTHI REBELS IN YEMEN AND HAMAS. IT REMAINS FOCUSED ON TERRORIST ACTIVITIES ABROAD. THIS AMENDMENT HELPS ENSURE THAT CONGRESS HAS FULL VISIBILITY INTO THE JUDGMENTS AND ASSESSMENTS OF THE I.C. ON IRAN'S SPENDING TO SUPPORT THESE GROUPS AND FOR THIS REASON, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:04:06 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 -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 03:04:13 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION?

                          • 03:04:18 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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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 ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 03:04:26 PM

                            MR. LIPINSKI

                            I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK…

                            I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN NUNES, RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND AGAIN THANK THEM FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN BILL. AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:04:50 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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                          • 03:04:55 PM

                            MR. NUNES

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN WORKING WITH OUR COMMITTEE TO GET SUPPORT FROM BOTH…

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN WORKING WITH OUR COMMITTEE TO GET SUPPORT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:05:03 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. 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 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 03:05:27 PM

                            MR. DAVIDSON

                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR.…

                            AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-815 OFFERED BY MR. DAVIDSON OF OHIO.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 899, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 899, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                            MR. DAVIDSON

                            I OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT TAKES AN EXISTING REPORTING REQUIREMENT IN…

                            I OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT TAKES AN EXISTING REPORTING REQUIREMENT IN SECTION 702 PROGRAM AND ADDS AN ADDITIONAL LAYER OF CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL AND JUDICIARY AND INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES HAVE INSIGHT INTO HOW THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ENFORCES ITS OWN INTERNAL GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING SENSITIVE DATA. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL PROVIDES THESE COMMITTEES WITH SEMI-ANNUAL REPORTS ABOUT NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE TARGETING MINIMUM MS.ATION AND INQUIRING PROCEDURES WITHIN THE 02 PROGRAM. THESE ARE IMPORTANT FEATURES THAT ENSURE THAT DATA IS SOLELY TARGETING DANGEROUS. THIS REPORT IS LACKING BECAUSE IT DOES NOT DESCRIBE WHAT DISCIPLINARY ACTION IS TAKEN BY AGENCIES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THAT THIS REPORT INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT DISCIPLINARY ACTION. FOR EXAMPLE, WAS A VIOLATION SIMPLY FLAGGED FOR AGENCY RECORDS, WAS SOMEONE GIVEN ADDITIONAL TRAINING, DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION, TERMINATION OR PERHAPS PROSECUTION. MY AMENDMENT INTENDS TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH A LOOK AT HOW AGENCIES LOOK AT THE INCIDENTS THAT THEY ARE ALREADY REPORTING ON. THIS IS CRITICAL FOR PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF EVERY AMERICAN AND THE EXAILT OF THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM FOR NATIONAL SECURITY. CONGRESS HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE AGENCIES ARE TAKING STEPS TO MITIGATE ABUSE AND ENFORCE STATUTE AND GUIDELINES AND COURT ORDERS RELEVANT TO THIS POWERFUL SURVEILLANCE TOOL. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT THAT I DRAFTED WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS ADOPTION.

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                          • 03:07:44 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED. AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. DAVIDSON

                            THE THING I WOULD EMPHASIZE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND A WE…

                            THE THING I WOULD EMPHASIZE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND A WE SHOULD PRESERVE THE 702 PROGRAM AND THERE ARE SOME INCREMENTAL REFORMS THAT COULD MAKE THE PROGRAM HIGH FUNCTIONING AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PEACE OF MIND THAT THEIR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS ARE ALSO PROTECTED. AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT THE PROGRAMS THEY HAVE ARE WORKING AND SEND AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE THERE ARE DISCIPLINARY ACTION THAT DON'T FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES. THIS WILL GIVE INSIGHT WHAT DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS ARE TAKEN. I RESERVE.

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                          • 03:08:39 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                            MR. DAVIDSON

                            YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                            MR. NUNES

                            I YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DOES THE RANKING MEMBER WISH TO HAVE…

                            I YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DOES THE RANKING MEMBER WISH TO HAVE ANY TIME? I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE AND SAY I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, BUT I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO PUT SOMETHING INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD ABOUT MR. POLLARD WHO PASSED AWAY WHO THIS BILL IS NAMED AFTER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS WHO OFFERED AMENDMENTS TODAY. WE LOOK FORWARD WORKING WITH THE SENATE. THIS YEAR'S BILL IS NAMED AFTER A HE WAS A FRIEND TO MANY ON BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE, A DEDICATED STAFF MEMBER AND MEMBER OF THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. WHILE HIS LOSS IS DEVASTATED TO US WE NAME THIS BILL IN HIS MEMBERY. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE SUPPORT ON THIS BILL AND URGE PASSAGE OF THE AMENDMENT AND URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 6237, THE MATTHEW YOUNG POLLARD INTELLIGENCE ACT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:09:57 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE…

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

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                          • 03:10:39 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER…

                            THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 6237 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 8 989 I REPORT BACK TO THE HOUSE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE…

                            THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 6237 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 989 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED TO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENTS TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED TO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTING OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                          • 03:11:53 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019 FOR…

                            A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019 FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT AND CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                          • 03:12:10 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 03:14:13 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. LAMBORN

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 895 I CALL H.R. 3291 AND ASK FOR ITS…

                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 895 I CALL H.R. 3291 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                          • 03:14:27 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            H.R. 3281, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE…

                            H.R. 3281, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO FACILITATE THE TRANSFER OF NON-FD OWNERSHIP OF IMPORTANT RECLAMATION PROJECTS AND FACILITIES FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                          • 03:14:41 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            PURSUANT TO RESS RESOLUTION 985. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATED FOR ONE HOUR…

                            PURSUANT TO RESS RESOLUTION 985. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATED FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN.

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                          • 03:15:06 PM

                            MR. LAMBORN

                            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 MATERIALS ON H.R. 3281

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                          • 03:15:19 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. . .

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                            MR. LAMB

                            TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING H.R. 32 1 WHICH AMES TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS…

                            TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING H.R. 32 1 WHICH AMES TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS FOR THE TRANSFER OF SOME OF THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PROJECT'S TO LOCAL -- RECLAMATION'S PRONGS TO LOCAL BENEFICIARIES WHO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN THESE PROJECTS. TRANSFERRING THESE SIMPLE PROJECTS OR PARTS OF THEM WILL ALLOW WATER DISTRICTS AND OTHER LOCAL BENEFICIARIES TO LEVERAGE NON-FEDERAL FINANCING THROUGH OWNERSHIP EQUITY, WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY DECREASING FEDERAL LIABILITY. DURING COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL, WE HEARD THAT THE CURRENT PROCESS IS TIME CONSUMING, CUMBERSOME, EXPENSIVE AND UNCERTAIN. THIS HAS PROVED TO BE A DISINCENTIVE TO MANY WATER USERS WHO ARE NOW RIGHTLY ASKING FOR AND DESERVING CHANGE. HOWEVER, IT WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO HEAP ALL OF THE BLAME ON THE AGENCY. CONGRESS HAS DONE ITS FAIR SHARE SLOWING DOWN SOME OF THE SIMPLE TITLE TRANSFERS. UNDER CURRENT PRACTICE, EVERY SINGLE TRANSFER, REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE OR SCOPE, REQUIRES CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION. I WANT TO BE CLEAR TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT REMOVE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. IN FACT, THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES A PROVISION AUTHORED BY RANKING MEMBER MR. HUFFMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT ALLOWS FOR CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW OF ANY TRANSFER AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS PROCESS. SINCE MY BILL WAS INTRODUCED, WE HAVE SEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE SENATE PUT SIMILAR PROPOSALS TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THE SAME GOALS AS THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING HERE TODAY. AT THE END OF THE DAY, MY BILL PROVIDES AN OPTIONAL PROCESS THAT CAN BE USED TO EXPEDITE SIMPLE TITLE TRANSFERS. ANY TITLE TRANSFER CAN STILL USE THE EXISTING PROCESS IF THE PARTICIPANTS PREFER. NOW, DESPITE WHAT SOMEONE MIGHT SAY, THIS BILL DOES NOT EXEMPT ANY ACTION FROM NEPA, NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, OR ANY OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL MANDATES. TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR, I WANT TO REITERATE THAT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION REQUIRES THAT ELIGIBLE PROJECTS COMPLY WITH AND SATISFY THE NEPA PROCESS, ANY REMAINING FEDERAL OBLIGATION BE REPAID BY THE RECIPIENT, AND THAT CONGRESS BE GIVEN A 90-DAY PERIOD TO REVIEW AND, IF OPPOSED, TO PASS A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL. THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION CURRENTLY HAS THE AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER ANY WATER PROJECT THAT WOULD BE AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS LEGISLATION. MY BILL SIMPLY ALLOWS OPERATORS OF THESE WATER PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE WEST TO RECEIVE TITLE TO THE PROJECTS THEY HAVE PAID FOR AND ARE CURRENTLY MAINTAINING WITHOUT SUBJECTING THEM TO HAVING TO GET AN ACT OF CONGRESS. AGAIN, THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES AN OPTIONAL PROCESS FOR AN EXPEDITED PROCESS FOR SPECIFIC TYPES OF TRANSFERS. MY BILL SUPPORTS LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND GIVES LOCAL COMMUNITIES THE ABILITY TO SEEK PRIVATE FINANCING THROUGH EQUITY, TO IMPROVE THEIR VITAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IS SUPPORTED BY THE FAMILY FARM ALLIANCE, FREE AND WATER -- FREE WATER AUTHORITY OF CALIFORNIA, AND THE IRRIGATION DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON STATE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. COSTA, FOR SPONSORING THIS BILL WITH ME, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 03:18:42 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 03:18:46 PM

                            MR. HUFFMAN

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. HUFFMAN

                            MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL WE'RE DEBATING TODAY IS AN ATTEMPT BY MY REPUBLICAN…

                            MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL WE'RE DEBATING TODAY IS AN ATTEMPT BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO APPROVE ONE PART OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SO-CALLED INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. H.R. 3281 WOULD ENACT A PROPOSAL FROM THE TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT APPROVES THE DE FACTO PRIVATIZATION OF SOME OF THE PUBLIC'S MOST IMPORTANT WATER INFRASTRUCTURE WITHOUT SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER OR OUR NATURAL HERITAGE. YOU MAY REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, WHICH WAS TRANSMITTED TO CONGRESS IN FEBRUARY, FOCUSES MUCH OF ITS ATTENTION ON GIVING AWAY THE PUBLIC'S INFRASTRUCTURE TO PRIVATE INTERESTS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE TRUMP PLAN CALLS FOR PRIVATIZING WESTERN ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURE, DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE WASHINGTON AQUA DUCT, THE GEORGE WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE, WASHINGTON, PARKWAYS, AND MUCH OF THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY. THIS TRUMP YARD SALE OF CRITICAL PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD RAISE CONSUMER COSTS, WOULD ENRICH PRIVATE INTERESTS, ALL WHILE PROVIDING NO MEANINGFUL FUNDING FOR MUCH-NEEDED PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT. WHEN IT COMES TO THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE, IT'S CLEAR THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS WOULD SIMPLY RATHER SELL IT OFF THAN FIX IT. SO TODAY WE HAVE BEFORE US THE PROPOSAL TO DOLL OUT MUCH OF THE PUBLIC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE -- DOLE OUT MUCH OF THE PUBLIC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES WITH VIRTUALLY NO STRINGS ATTACHED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MAY BE HOW MR. TRUMP LIQUIDATES REAL ESTATE DURING ONE OF HIS INFAMOUS BANKRUPTCIES, BUT IT IS NO WAY TO MANAGE PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION OWNS SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PUBLIC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN AMERICA. INCLUDING HUNDREDS OF DAMS, CANALS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE. RECLAMATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE HELPS DELIVER WATER TO TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND IT SERVES NUMEROUS STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING MUNICIPAL AND INDUSTRIAL WATER USERS, FARMERS, TRIBES, FISHERMEN AND VINYL AND RECREATIONAL INTERESTS -- ENVIRONMENTAL AND RECREATIONAL INTERESTS. THIS IRRESPONSIBLY GIVES THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR NEW AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER TITLE, WHICH IS ANOTHER TERM FOR RELINQUISHING OWNERSHIP, TO A BROAD RANGE OF RECLAMATION WATER PROJECTS. NOW, THIS BILL'S PRO PONALTS HAVE CLAIMED -- PROPONENTS HAVE CLAIMED THAT IT ONLY EXPEDITES THE RELINQUISHMENT OF SMALL AND EASY PROJECTS. THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NO LONGER OWN. I WISH THAT WERE THE CASE. MR. SPEAKER, IF THAT WERE ACTUALLY THE CASE, WE WOULD HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL. AND I WOULD BE STANDING HERE IN SUPPORT OF IT. BECAUSE I HAVE SUPPORTED TITLE TRANSFERS FOR SELECT, NONCONTROVERSIAL PROJECTS, WHEN IT MADE SENSE FOR TAXPAYERS. AND THE PUBLIC. IN CASES OF CANALS AND WATER WORKS THAT DON'T EFFECT WATER OPERATIONS AND DIVERSIONS AND WHERE THERE'S NO SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION FROM TRIBES OR DOWNSTREAM USERS, IT DOES MAKE SENSE, TO ME, FOR CONGRESS TO GIVE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SOME LEEWAY TO DISPOSE OF THESE FACILITIES, AS LONG AS APPROPRIATE SAFEGUARDS ARE IN PLACE. UNFORTUNATELY THE BILL BEFORE US ALLOWS THIS ADMINISTRATION TO UNILATERALLY RELINQUISH OWNERSHIP OF A VERY BROAD RANGE OF PUBLIC WATER PROJECTS AND WITHOUT APPROPRIATE SAFEGUARDS THAT SHOULD BE THERE TO MAKE SURE TAXPAYERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS ARE PROTECTED. IN FACT, THIS BILL IS WRITTEN SO BROADLY THAT IT WOULD ALLOW THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO HAND OVER MULTIPURPOSE WATER PROJECTS THAT HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING OWNED BY ONE WATER USER. THE FACT IS, MANY OF RECLAMATION'S WATER PROJECTS NEED TO BE OPERATED IN A MANNER THAT BALANCES DIFFICULT, CONFLICTING INTERESTS. GIVEN UP OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OF THAT PROJECT, HANDING IT OVER TO A SINGLE WATER USER, WILL IN SOME CASES RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT HARM. TO THE MANY OTHER INTERESTS WHO HAVE A STAKE IN THE OPERATION OF FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS. I'M ALSO SORRY TO SAY THAT THIS BILL IS A BAD DEAL FOR TAXPAYERS. IT ALLOWS THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO HAND OVER PUBLICLY OWNED INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER FEDERAL ASSETS TO PRIVATE INTERESTS WITHOUT APPROPRIATE TAXPAYER COMPENSATION. FOR EXAMPLE, IT FAILS TO REQUIRE THE TAXPAYERS BE COMPENSATED FOR THE LOSS OF PUBLICLY OWNED LANDS AND MINERAL INTERESTS. WHENEVER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVES AWAY FEDERAL ASSETS, WE SHOULD ENSURE THE TAXPAYERS WHO HAVE PAID FOR THESE ASSETS ARE PROPERLY COMPENSATED. THIS BILL UTTERLY FAILS ON THAT SCORE. I MUST ALSO POINT OUT THAT H.R. 3281 UNWISELY REMOVES LONGSTANDING AND NECESSARY CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT FOR AN OVERLY BROAD RANGE OF PROJECTS. UNDER EXISTING LAW, CONGRESS HAS RESPONSIBILITY TO OVERSEE AND APPROVE THE TRANSFER OF FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS, TO ENSURE THAT TRANSFERS ARE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. THIS BILL ELIMINATES CONGRESS' CURRENT OVERSIGHT AND APPROVAL AUTHORITY FOR A HOST OF PROJECTS THAT DESERVE SCRUTINY BEFORE THEY ARE GIVEN AWAY. NOT AFTER, BUT BEFORE THEY ARE GIVEN AWAY. CONGRESS SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE IT SURRENDERS POWER AND LETS THIS ADMINISTRATION IRRESPONSIBLY GIVE AWAY THE PUBLIC'S INFRASTRUCTURE. BEFORE CLOSING, I SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT THIS BILL IS RIGHTFULLY OPPOSE -- OPPOSED BY NUMEROUS CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE SIERRA CLUB, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE, AND MANY OTHERS. CONSERVATION-MINDED AMERICANS OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP OF FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS TO NON-FEDERAL OPERATORS WILL FREQUENTLY MEAN LESS PROTECTION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. THAT'S BECAUSE NON-FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS OFTEN DON'T HAVE TO BE OPERATED WITH THE SAME ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS THAT APPLY TO WATER PROJECTS OPERATED, OWNED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES. FOR EXAMPLE, PROJECTS OPERATED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES MUST COMPLY WITH CERTAIN PROVISIONS IN SECTION 7 OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. THOSE SAME REQUIREMENTS WOULD NO LONGER APPLY, IF A WATER PROJECT WAS OPERATED BY A NON-FEDERAL ENTITY. FOR ALL THESE REASONS, MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 03:24:53 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 03:24:57 PM

                            MR. LAMB

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                            MR. LAMBORN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK I MAY HAVE HEARD AND I THINK IT COULD BE A…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK I MAY HAVE HEARD AND I THINK IT COULD BE A MISSTATEMENT TO SAY THAT THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A BIPARTISAN BILL. IT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. NOW, IT MAY NOT BE UNANIMOUS, BUT IT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. AND FOR THAT I'M GLAD. AND I ALSO THOUGHT I HEARD AN EMOTIONAL CRITICISM OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. THIS WAS AN IDEA FIRST PROPOSED BY VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IN THE 1990'S. SO IT'S NOT A NEW IDEA BY ANY MEANS. THIS IS AN IDEA THAT'S BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE. CONGRESS JUST HASN'T ACTED ON IT. WE ARE USING THE SAME OLD CASE BY CASE BASIS OF DOING TRANSFERS, WHICH IS CUMBERSOME AND WORKS A SHARDSHIP ON THE LOCAL PEOPLE -- HARDSHIP -- ON THE LOCAL PEOPLE AND THE COMMUNITIES IN THE WEST. THE ALLEGATION THAT THIS IN SOME WAY SHORTCHANGES THE TAXPAYERS, THAT'S SIMPLY NOT TRUE. I DON'T CALL IT A GIVEAWAY WHEN SOMEONE GETS TITLE TO SOMETHING THEY'VE ALREADY PAID FOR. WHEN MY COLLEAGUE GOES TO THE CAR LOT AND BUYS A CAR AND THEY GIVE HIM A CAR, THAT'S NOT A GIVEAWAY. HE'S PAID FOR THAT. HE SHOULD RECEIVE TITLE. HE SHOULD RECEIVE OWNERSHIP. FACILITIES ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSFER UNDER THIS PROCESS WOULD BE SUBJECT TO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE THESE PROJECTS TO BE FULLY PAID OFF, BASED ON THE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF ANY OUTSTANDING OBLIGATION TO THE TAXPAYERS. THAT'S IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL. THE BILL SPECIFICALLY REQUIRES A QUALIFYING ENTITY TO REPAY ANY OUTSTANDING OBLIGATION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND COMPENSATE THE U.S. FOR ANY OTHER INCOME STREAM DERIVED FROM THE TRANSFERRED FACILITIES. FURTHERMORE, CONGRESS ROUTINELY AUTHORIZED TITLE TRANSFERS THAT HAVE ALREADY MET MANY OF THE STANDARDS AND FINANCIAL SAFEGUARDS ESTABLISHED BY THIS LEGISLATION. THERE'S NOTHING NEW HERE. ALL THE BILL DOES IS TO GET CONGRESS OUT OF THE WAY AND IT REMOVES A LAYER OF BUREAUCRACY. IN REALITY, ANY TITLE TRANSFERS CONDUCTED UNDER THE AUTHORITIES OF THIS ACT WOULD RELIEVE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER OF ASSOCIATED LIABILITY. SO IT'S A SERVICE TO THE TAXPAYERS WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE T