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House Session - July 16, 2018

The House passed 24 suspension bills, including naming some post offices around the country and legislation requiring federal agencies to preserve certain electronic messages.

Speakers:
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  • 12:00:07 PM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 12:00:10 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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    • 12:00:14 PM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Bost to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 12:00:16 PM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 16, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 16, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MIKE BOST TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 12:00:33 PM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

    • 12:00:34 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:00:34 PM

      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 1:50 P.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:01:12 PM

      MR. HILL

      I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME TODAY. I RISE IN HONOR OF MR. HOWARD…

      I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME TODAY. I RISE IN HONOR OF MR. HOWARD MARSHALL, FORMER DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. MR. MARSHALL RECENTLY CONCLUDED A 21-YEAR CAREER WITH THE F.B.I. THIS, AFTER GROWING UP IN A HOUSEHOLD WHERE HIS FATHER, BRIAN, A RESIDENT OF MY DISTRICT, WAS A SPECIAL AGENT FOR 33 YEARS. THE MARSHALL FAMILY IS VISITING US IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IN THE HISTORIC CAPITOL TODAY. DURING THE EARLY STAGES, MR. MARSHALL WORKED IN ST. LOUIS, MEMPHIS, AS WELL AS AT F.B.I. HEADQUARTERS WHERE HE WORKED ON MULTIPLE TASK FORCES AND SUPERVISED A PUBLIC CORRUPTION SQUAD. IN 2008, MR. MARSHALL WAS PROMOTED TO F.B.I. LEADERSHIP AS ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OF THE DALLAS DIVISION WHERE HE MANAGED THE CRIME AND INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMS. AFTER DALLAS, HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE INSPECTION DIVISION WHERE HE LED INSPECTORS OF LOCAL FIELD OFFICES AS WELL AS SHOOTING INCIDENT REVIEW TEAMS. MR. MARSHALL WAS THEN APPOINTED SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE IN LOUISVILLE. MOST RECENTLY, HE SERVED AS DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE CYBER DIVISION WHERE HE SUPPORTED THE MISSION TO IDENTIFY AND DEFEAT CYBER THREATS TARGETED U.S. INTERESTS. PRIOR TO THE F.B.I., MR. MARSHALL WORKED FOR THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. WE THANK MR. MARSHALL AND HIS FATHER, BRIAN, FOR THEIR COMBINED 54 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR SERVICE TO THE F.B.I. AND ALL THEIR FELLOW AGENTS AT THE BUREAU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:03:12 PM

      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. MCNERNEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:03:19 PM

      MR. MCNERNEY

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA POWER AGENCY, WHICH IS CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SERVICE THIS YEAR. BACK IN 1968, A GROUP OF MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITIES, INCLUDING THE LODI IN MY DISTRICT, JOINED THE NCPA. THEY CONTINUE TO HARNESS THE POWER OF CLEAN ENERGY TODAY. FOR 50 YEARS, NCPA HAS UTILIZED NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO PROVIDE CLEAN ENERGY, RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR ITS CUSTOMERS, OWNERS, AND THIS INCLUDES THE LODI ENERGY CENTER COMBINED CYCLE NATURAL GAS PROJECT. THE NCPA'S COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION AND CLEAN ENERGY AND CLEAN POWER HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CALIFORNIA MEMBER OF COMMUNITIES, RESULTING IN LOW ELECTRICITY RATES AND CO-2 FREE GENERATION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THE NCPA ON 50 YEARS OF SERVICE, ACHIEVEMENT, AND SUCCESS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:04:29 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:04:35 PM

      MR. MARSHALL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SIX YEARS AGO, FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS KANSAS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SIX YEARS AGO, FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS KANSAS FACED DROUGHT CONDITIONS THAT CRIPPLED CROPS, DRIED PONDS AND FORCE LIVESTOCK OWNERS TO ABANDON PAST URES. IN THE YEARS SINCE, RAIN HAS FALLEN AND CONDITIONS HAVE TURNED TO NORMAL BUT DROUGHT HAS LEFT MANY COUNTIES ACROSS MY DISTRICT DRIED AND WORRIED. RANCHERS IN THE HILLS OF KANSAS ARE FINDING THEMSELVES SHORT OF WATER AND GRASS FOR THEIR CATTLE. FARMERS IN CENTRAL KANSAS WATCH CORN AND SOYBEAN PLANTS SHRIFBLE IN THE UNRELENTING -- SHRIVEL IN THE UNRELENTING HEAT. MANY UNDER EXTREME DROUGHT DECLARATION. THAT ON TOP OF LOW COMMODITY PRICES AND MARKET UNCERTAINTY, IT PUSHES FARMER SUICIDE RATES TO MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. OUR FARMERS' SUICIDE RATES ARE MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. UNFORTUNATELY, THE IMPACTS DO NOT STOP AT THE FARM GATE. WHEN PRODUCTION AND AGRICULTURE SUFFERS, SO DO THE COMMUNITIES. AND THOSE THAT SUPPORT THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. THE DROUGHT REALLY DOES IMPACT US ALL. EARLIER THIS MONTH, I VISITED CONNIE AND JOE'S RANCH IN CHASE COUNTY, KANSAS. THEY SHOWED ME THEIR VACANT PAST URES AND DRY PONDS AND ADMITTED THIS DROUGHT WAS ONE OF THE WORST THEIR FAMILY HAS EVER ENDURED. THEY ARE NOT ALONE AS I HEAR STORIES OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS THE DISTRICT STRUGGLING TO FIND SOLUTIONS AND OPTIONS FOR THEIR CROPS AND CATTLE. WHILE I CANNOT DELIVER THE RAIN MAIN OF US PRAY FOR, I CAN HELP BRING A LEVEL OF CERTAINTY AND SUPPORT TO MY FARMERS AND RANCHERS OF FINAL PASSAGE OF THIS 2018 FARM BILL. I WORKED HARD ALONGSIDE MY AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES TO WRITE AND PASS LEGISLATION THAT CONTINUES CONSERVATION PROGRAMS THAT HELPS PRODUCERS OPERATE THEIR FARMS AND RANCHES MORE EFFICIENTLY. FARMERS NEVER WANT A HANDOUT BUT IN TRYING TIMES LIKE THESE IT'S ESSENTIAL TO SUPPORT THOSE THAT PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE WITH THE SAFETY NET THAT THEY CAN COUNT ON. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO ALL I CAN TO HELP THEM. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SAY A PRAYER FOR RAIN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:06:58 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:07:07 PM

      MS. BORDALLO

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE 74TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE 74TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF GUAM DURING WORLD WAR II. THIS MORNING I JUST CAME FROM ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY WHERE IRENE, A SURVIVOR OF THE OCCUPATION OF GUAM, JOINED ME AND CONGRESSMAN SABLAN IN LAYING A MEMORIAL WREATH AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN. SHE IS A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE AND, MR. SPEAKER, SHE HAPPENS TO BE IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY IN THE GALLERY AND I THANK HER. AND I WAS HONORED TO HOST HER HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL FOR THIS SOLEMN ANNIVERSARY. THE CHAMORRO PEOPLE OF GUAM ENDURED 32 MONTHS OF OCCUPATION AND WARTIME ATROCITIES WITH THOUSANDS OF OUR ISLAND'S FINEST MURDERED, BRUTALIZED AND FORCED INTO CONCENTRATION CAMPS. IRENE'S FATHER WAS TAKEN BY THE JAPANESE AND SHE WAS LATER FORCED INTO A CONCENTRATION CAMP FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WAR. TODAY, I INTRODUCED THE OCCUPATION OF GUAM REMEMBRANCE ACT IN RECOGNITION OF THE ATROCITIES ENDURED BY THE CHAMORRO PEOPLE OF GUAM DURING WORLD WAR II. WE MUST NEVER, EVER FORGET THE SACRIFICES MADE BY OUR ISLAND'S ELDERS DURING THE WAR. MY OCCUPATION OF GUAM REMEMBRANCE ACT WILL ENSURE THAT ALL THOSE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS WHO SUBMITTED FOR WAR CLAIMS WILL HAVE THEIR NAMES ENSCRIBED ON THE MEMORIAL WALL AT THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC NATIONAL PARK. THE MEMORIAL WALL IS THE ONLY NATIONAL MONUMENT DEDICATED TO THE SACRIFICES OF GUAM'S CHAMORRO PEOPLE DURING WORLD WAR II. AS WELL AS THE AMERICAN SERVICE MEN AND INSULAR GUARDSMEN WHO DIED DURING -- DEFENDING THE ISLAND DURING THE WAR. AND THOSE WHO LIBERATED GUAM IN THE SUMMER OF 1944. IRENE IS JUST ONE OF THOUSANDS WHO LIVED OUT THAT DARK CHAPTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY. I THANK HER FOR HER FRIENDSHIP AND FOR REPRESENTING THE THOUSANDS OF WAR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS AT THIS YEAR'S WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. GUAM'S GREATEST GENERATION, OUR ELDERS, WHO ENDURED THE WAR AND SURVIVED HAVE MUCH TO TEACH US. WITH THE GUAM REMEMBRANCE ACT AND THE ADDITION OF ALL WAR CLAIMANTS TO THE MEMORIAL WALL, FUTURE GENERATION ALSO SEE THE NAMES OF ALL THOSE WHO SACRIFICED DEARLY FOR GUAM AND OUR FUTURE. THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF THE OCCUPATION OF GUAM ARE IN MY PRAYERS TODAY. AND I HOPE THAT ALL MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS WILL JOIN ME IN HONORING THE SACRIFICES OF THESE VERY GREAT AMERICANS. GOD BLESS GUAM AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:10:13 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      I YIELD BACK.

  • 12:10:21 PM

    Recess

    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.

    • 01:59:32 PM

      PRESIDENT PUTIN

      PUTIN: BRINGING U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONSHIP BACK TO NORMAL.

    • 01:59:39 PM

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      AND ON CAPITOL HILL, THE HOUSE ABOUT TO GAVEL IN TO DEBATE 24 BILLS…

      AND ON CAPITOL HILL, THE HOUSE ABOUT TO GAVEL IN TO DEBATE 24 BILLS INCLUDING ONE TO REQUIRE FEDERAL AGENCIES PRESERVE ELECTRONIC RECORDS. LATER THIS WEEK, MORE WORK ON 2019 SPENDING, INCLUDING A PACKAGE FOR TREASURY AND INTERIOR DEPARTMENTS. AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT AGENCIES AND THE HOUSE WILL DEBATE A NONBINDING RESOLUTION SAYING CARBON TAX IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE U.S. ECONOMY.

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  • 02:00:09 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 16.

    • 02:00:12 PM

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

      • 02:00:14 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 02:00:24 PM

        CHAPLAIN CONROY

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

        LET US PRAY. MERCIFUL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. BLESS THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE WITH WISDOM AND THE COURAGE TO ADDRESS THE PRESSING DIFFICULTIES OF OUR TIME AS THEY -- OF OUR TIME. AS THEY CONTINUE THE WORK OF THIS ASSEMBLY, GUIDE THEM TO GROW IN UNDERSTANDING AND ATTAINING SOLUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S NEEDS. CONTINUE TO BLESS AS WELL THOSE CHARGED WITH PROTECTING AND SERVING OUR COUNTRY. THEY TOO NEED WISDOM AND INSIGHT INTO THE PRESSURE POINTS OF INSECURITY AMONG OUR CITIZENS. LORD HAVE MERCY. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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      • 02:01:16 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 02:01:20 PM

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

      • 02:01:28 PM

        MR. WILSON

        EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN IN. I PLEDGE…

        EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN IN. 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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  • 02:01:33 PM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

    • 02:01:47 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

      The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

      • 02:01:50 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 02:01:58 PM

        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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      • 02:02:03 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 02:02:06 PM

        MR. WILSON

        MR. SPEAKER, THE POST AND COURIER OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, PROVIDED…

        MR. SPEAKER, THE POST AND COURIER OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, PROVIDED AN EDITORIAL SUPPORTING THE CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH. IT REINFORCES THAT BRETT KAVANAUGH IS A HIGHLY QUALIFIED ORIGINALIST WHO WILL RETURN THE SUPREME COURT TO ITS PROPER FUNCTION IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. THE SENATE SHOULD QUICKLY CONFIRM HIM. JUDGE KAVANAUGH FITS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROMISE TO APPOINT JUDGES KNOWN TO ADHERE STRICTLY TO THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ITS AMENDMENTS AND TO CLOSELY FOLLOW THE LAW AS LAID DOWN BY CONGRESS. AS A FEDERAL JUDGE, JUDGE KAVANAUGH APPEARS TO HAVE TAKEN THE VIEW THAT CONGRESS IS A PREEMINENT POLICYMAKING BODY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXCEPT WHEN THE CONSTITUTION REVISED POWERS TO THE EXECUTIVE. THAT CONGRESS, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND JUDICIARY, ARE ALL BOUND BY THE CONSTITUTION AND JUDGES AND THE PRESIDENT ARE FURTHER BOUND BY THE PERMISSIBLE DECISION BUSINESS CONGRESS. IT WILL BE A WELCOME CHANGE TO SEE THE POLITICAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT TO DECIDE MOST POLITICAL QUESTIONS RATHER THAN THE COURT. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS, AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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      • 02:03:20 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 02:03:24 PM

        MS. FOXX

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

      • 02:03:27 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 02:03:30 PM

        MS. FOXX

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR NATION'S NATIONAL PARK ARE A CHERISHED PART OF…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR NATION'S NATIONAL PARK ARE A CHERISHED PART OF OUR COUNTRY'S LEGACY AND IT IS CRITICAL THAT THEY BE PRESERVED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. UNFORTUNATELY, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS FACING AN INSURMOUNTABLE BACKLOG OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE THAT'S GROWING MORE URGENT AS DECADES' OLD AGENCY STRUCTURES REACH THE END OF THEIR ANTICIPATED LIFE SPANS. THIS IS IMPACTING SOME OF OUR MOST BELOVED PARKS. THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY IN NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA IS THE COUNTRY'S SECOND MOST VISITED NATIONAL PARK. SUPPORTING APPROXIMATELY 15,600 JOBS AND IS A HUGE ECONOMIC ASSET TO NEARBY RURAL COMMUNITIES. DEFERRED MAINTENANCE HAS RESULTED IN THE UNFORTUNATE DETERIORATION OF ITS AMENITIES AND ACCESSIBILITY. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LEGACY ACT WOULD ESTABLISH A NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LEGACY RESTORATION FUND DIRECTLY AIMED AT ADDRESSING THE AGENCY'S BACKLOG AND FIXING THE ISSUES FACING THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. AS A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS INNOVATIVE LEGISLATION, I ENCOURAGE ITS VOTE AND FINAL PASSAGE IN THE HOUSE THIS CONGRESS. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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      • 02:04:48 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SPEAKER.

    • 02:04:52 PM

      Recess

      The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 P.M. today.

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        OF TODAY'S EVENTS BEGINNING TONIGHT AT 9:00 EASTERN HERE ON C-SPAN. WE'RE…

        OF TODAY'S EVENTS BEGINNING TONIGHT AT 9:00 EASTERN HERE ON C-SPAN. WE'RE LEAVING THAT TO TAKE YOU LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE. THEY'RE BEGINNING THEIR LEGISLATIVE WEEK MOMENTARILY. MEETING THIS AFTERNOON TO DEBATE 24 BILLS, NEARLY HALF TO RENAME POST OFFICES. AMONG THE OTHER BILLS IS ONE TO REQUIRE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO PRESERVE ELECTRONIC RECORDS. LATE THEY ARE WEEK, MORE WORK ON 2019 SPENDING THE PACKAGE INCLUDES THE TREASURY AND INTERIOR DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS THE NUMBER -- A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT AGENCIES AND THE HOUSE WILL DEBATE A NONBINDING RESOLUTION SAYING CARBON TAX IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE U.S. ECONOMY. ALL THAT LATER IN THE WEEK IN THE HOUSE. THE SENATE ALSO IN SESSION GAVELING IN THIS AFTERNOON. FOLLOW THE SENATE ON C-SPAN AND THE HOUSE NEXT HERE ON C-SPAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2018] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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      • 03:00:20 PM

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        U.S. HOUSE GAVELING IN MOMENTARILY. LOTS ON THE AKA. -- ON THE AGENDA.…

        U.S. HOUSE GAVELING IN MOMENTARILY. LOTS ON THE AKA. -- ON THE AGENDA. PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW RETURNING FROM THE SUMMIT WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN, THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT ON HIS WAY BACK TO THE U.S. TO JOINT BASE ANDREWS THIS EVENING. WE'LL SHOW YOU ALL OF THE DAY'S ACTIVITIES FROM HELSINKI TONIGHT AT 9:00 EASTERN HERE ON C-SPAN, INCLUDING THE 45 MINUTE NEWS CONFERENCE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT PUTIN. POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TOUND CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20 -- TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 03:01:23 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 16.

      • 03:01:33 PM

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

        • 03:01:45 PM

          Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1376 — "To amend title 44, United States Code, to require preservation of certain electronic records by Federal agencies, to require a certification and reports relating to Presidential records, and for other purposes."

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            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1376, THE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1376, THE ELECTRONIC MESSAGE PRESERVATION ACT OF 2017.

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        • 03:01:53 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

        • 03:01:54 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1376.

          • 03:02:01 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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            THE CLERK

            H.R. 1376. A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 44, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REQUIRE…

            H.R. 1376. A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 44, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REQUIRE PRESERVATION OF CERTAIN ELECTRONIC RECORDS BY FEDERAL AGENCIES, TO REQUIRE A CERTIFICATION AND REPORTS RELATING TO PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 03:02:18 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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          • 03:02:29 PM

            MR. WALKER

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

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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          • 03:02:39 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 03:02:41 PM

            MR. WALKER

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 03:02:45 PM

            MR. WALKER

            IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 03:04:11 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE…

            BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 03:04:17 PM

            MR. CUMMINGS

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

          • 03:04:18 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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            MR. CUMMINGS

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ELECTRONIC MESSAGE PRESERVATION ACT…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ELECTRONIC MESSAGE PRESERVATION ACT AND I WANT TO THANK MR. GOWDY, OUR CHAIRMAN, FOR GETTING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I INTRODUCED THIS BILL WITH THE GOAL OF MODERNIZING FEDERAL AND PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT. THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE ARCHIVISTS OF THE UNITED STATES TO ISSUE REGULATIONS MANDATING THAT ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES MANAGE AND PRESERVE THEIR EMAIL RECORDS ELECTRONICALLY. THIS BILL WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT EMAIL RECORDS, THEN FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THE US WHO ARE PRESERVED. ACCORDING TO -- THE WHITE HOUSE ARE PRESERVED. ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, APPROXIMATELY 46% OF AGENCIES CONTINUE TO PRINT AND FILE PAPER COPIES OF EMAIL MESSAGES. THESE RECORDS ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET LOST AND ARE HARDER FOR AGENCIES TO RETRIEVE DURING RECORD SEARCHES UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. THIS BILL WOULD PUT INTO STATUTE WHAT AGENCIES ARE ALREADY REQUIRED TO DO UNDER A DIRECTIVE ISSUED BY THE ARCHIVISTS AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. IN 2016 THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES ISSUED A DOCUMENT FOR AGENCY RECORDS, OFFICERS, TITLES, AND I QUOTE, WHY AGENCIES NEED TO MOVE TOWARDS ELECTRONIC RECORD KEEPING, END OF QUOTE. TO DOCUMENT, IDENTIFY THE NUMBER OF REASONS, INCLUDING LONG-TERM COST SAVINGS, INFORMATION SECURITY, AND MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. THIS BILL ALSO WOULD REQUIRE THE ARCHIVIST TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR THE PRESERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF EMAIL RECORDS THAT ARE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS, AND TO CERTIFY ANNUALLY THAT THE WHITE HOUSE'S RECORD MANAGEMENT CONTROLS ARE IN PLACE THAT MEET THOSE STANDARDS. UNDER THIS BILL THE ARCHIVIST MUST REPORT ONE YEAR AFTER A PRESIDENT LEAVES OFFICE ON WHETHER THE CONTROLS USED BY THE PRESIDENT MET THE REQUIRED STANDARDS. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD PROVIDE ACCOUNTABILITY THAT ENCOURAGE EVERY PRESIDENT TO HAVE THE CONTROLS IN PLACE THAT ARE NECESSARY TO PRESERVE EMAILS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC RECORDS. THIS BILL HAS BEEN PASSED BY THE HOUSE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AGAIN TODAY. AND I HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL ACT ON THE BILL AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 03:07:31 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 03:07:35 PM

            MR. WALKER

            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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          • 03:07:42 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 03:07:44 PM

            MR. CUMMINGS

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WE HAVE NO FURTHER…

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND I'VE LAID OUT VERY NICELY EXACTLY AN ELOQUENTLY WHAT THIS BILL IS ALL ABOUT. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE MODERNIZE ALL OF OUR SYSTEMS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND RECORD KEEPING IS SO IMPORTANT. AND WE SEE IT PARTICULARLY IN OUR COMMITTEE, THE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY TRYING TO GET RECORDS AND REQUESTING RECORDS, AND OCCASIONALLY SUBPOENAING RECORDS. SO THIS IS A WAY, I BELIEVE, TO MAKE THAT WHOLE PROCESS MORE EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT AND TRANSPARENT. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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          • 03:08:35 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

            THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 03:08:38 PM

            MR. WALKER

            MR. SPEAKER, URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

            MR. SPEAKER, URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 03:08:41 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1576 -- 1376. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 03:09:00 PM

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

          • 03:09:02 PM

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

            • 03:09:03 PM

              Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5415 — "To require agencies to submit reports on outstanding recommendations in the annual budget justification submitted to Congress."

              • 03:09:08 PM

                MR. WALKER

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4 --…

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4 -- 5415, THE GAO-IG ACT, AS AMENDED.

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              • 03:09:19 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

            • 03:09:20 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

              • 03:09:22 PM

                THE CLERK

                H.R. 5415, A BILL THAT REQUIRES AGENCIES TO SUBMIT RECORDS -- REPORTS ON…

                H.R. 5415, A BILL THAT REQUIRES AGENCIES TO SUBMIT RECORDS -- REPORTS ON RECOMMENDATIONS SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS.

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          • 03:09:22 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5415.

            • 03:09:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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            • 03:09:38 PM

              MR. WALKER

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

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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            • 03:09:49 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 03:09:50 PM

              MR. WALKER

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

            • 03:09:52 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:09:54 PM

              MR. WALKER

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 5415, THE GAO-IG…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 5415, THE GAO-IG ACT. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE AND INSPECTORS GENERAL ARE TWO OF THE BEST SOURCES FOR RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE THE OPERATIONS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEIR EFFORTS HELP FIGHT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE. PROMOTE ECONOMY, EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. AND SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS. G.A.O. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL AUDITS AND INVESTIGATIONS OFTEN END WITH CORRECTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE AGENCY. AS OF MAY, 2018, THE G.A.O. HAS ISSUED MORE THAN 1,500 PRODUCTS WITH ABOUT 4,800 OPEN RECOMMENDATIONS. SINCE 2014, I.G.'S HAVE ISSUED OVER 8 ST 900 REPORTS WITH -- 8,900 REPORTS WITH LEY 40,300 TOTAL RENTALATIONS. DURING THAT SAME PERIOD, I.G. IDENTIFIED OVER D 99 BILLION IN POTENTIAL SAVINGS -- $99 BILLION IN POTENTIAL SAVINGS. BUT ALL OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ONLY AS VALUABLE AS THE AGENCIES' COMMITMENT TO IMPLEMENT THEM. I INTRODUCED THE GAO-IG ACT TO ENSURE EVERY AGENCY EVALUATES AND IMPLEMENTS RECOMMENDATIONS BY G.A.O. AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. THE BILL REQUIRES AGENCIES TO INCLUDE THE UNRESOLVED G.A.O. AND I.G. RECOMMENDATIONS WITHIN THEIR ANNUAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATION TO CONGRESS. AGENCIES MUST ALSO REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION STATUS OF EACH RECOMMENDATION. AND WHY THEY ARE NOT FULLY IMPLEMENTED. THIS CREATES A FORMAL PROCESS IN WHICH AGENCIES MUST TAKE STOCK OF THEIR OPEN AND UNIMPLEMENTED RECOMMENDATIONS EACH YEAR. THIS INCREASED TRANSPARENCY WILL ENCOURAGE EACH AGENCY TO WORK WITH G.A.O. AND ITS INSPECTOR GENERAL TO IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT HIGH-PRIORITY OPEN RECOMMENDATIONS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES PALMER, DUNCAN, BISHOP AND FITZPATRICK FOR THEIR CO-SPONSORSHIP OF THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOWDY AND RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM FOR THEIR SUPPORT. THE BILL PASSED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY BY VOICE VOTE EARLIER THIS YEAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:11:59 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 03:12:03 PM

              MR. CUMMINGS

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

            • 03:12:06 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:12:08 PM

              MR. CUMMINGS

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK MR. WALKER…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK MR. WALKER FOR INTRODUCING THIS WELL THOUGHT OUT BILL, A VERY IMPORTANT BILL. I SUPPORT THIS BILL, WHICH WOULD INCREASE THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF FEDERAL AGENCIES. THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE AGENCIES TO INCLUDE IN THEIR BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS TO CONGRESS, A SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY G.A.O. OR THE AGENCY'S INSPECTOR GENERAL. AGENCIES WOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED TO EXPLAIN WHAT STEPS THEY ARE TAKING TO ADDRESS THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, OR IF THEY DISAGREE WITH THEM, WHY THEY DISAGREE. G.A.O. AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL PROVIDE CRITICAL OVERSIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. KNOWING WHAT AGENCIES ARE DOING OR NOT DOING TO ADDRESS G.A.O. AND I.G. RECOMMENDATIONS WILL ASSIST CONGRESS IN CONDUCTING ITS CONSTITUTIONAL OVERSIGHT ROLE. THIS IS INDEED A COMMONSENSE MEASURE THAT I STRONGLY SUPPORT . AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:13:25 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 03:13:29 PM

              MR. WALKER

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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            • 03:13:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:13:35 PM

              MR. CUMMINGS

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

            • 03:13:37 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 03:13:39 PM

              MR. CUMMINGS

              WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE EITHER. AND I JUST WANT TO URGE…

              WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE EITHER. AND I JUST WANT TO URGE THE HOUSE TO PASS THIS BILL. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS CONCERNED MANY OF US IN THE CONGRESS IS THE ISSUE OF ACCOUNTABILITY. ACCOUNTABILITY IS SO VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. AND WE ALL HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR THE INSPECTORS GENERAL AND FOR G.A.O. AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN THEY MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE QUESTION BECOMES, WHATEVER HAPPENS TO THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS? ARE THEY PLACED ON A SHELF AND NEVER -- SHELF, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN? OR ARE THEY PUT INTO PLACE? AFTER ALL, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY WITH REGARD TO THE RESEARCH AND THE INVESTIGATIONS CONDUCTED BY THE I.G. AND RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE G.A.O. AND SO WE ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS LEGISLATION. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 03:14:51 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 NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 03:14:55 PM

              MR. WALKER

              MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

              MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:14:58 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5415, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 03:15:18 PM

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

            • 03:15:20 PM

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

              • 03:15:46 PM

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                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4446 AS…

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4446 AS AMENDED.

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              • 03:15:52 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 03:15:55 PM

                THE CLERK

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 636, H.R. 4446 A BILL TO AMEND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF…

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 636, H.R. 4446 A BILL TO AMEND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT TO EXTEND THE EXPIRATION DATE OF THE COMMISSION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 03:15:58 PM

              Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4446 — "To amend the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act to extend the expiration date of the Commission, and for other purposes."

              • 03:16:07 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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            • 03:16:13 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

            • 03:16:14 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4446.

              • 03:16:19 PM

                MR. WALKER

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

                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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              • 03:16:28 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

              • 03:16:29 PM

                MR. WALKER

                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME SPROISM THIS GENTLEMAN IS…

                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME SPROISM THIS GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:16:33 PM

                MR. WALKER

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4446 OFFER INTRO DEUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4446 OFFER INTRO DEUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT. IT WOULD ESTABLISH THE VIRGIN ISLANDS CENTENNIAL COMMISSION BY ONE YEAR. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE VIRGIN ISLANDS COMMISSION TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS TRANSFERING FROM DANISH LE TO AMERICAN CONTROL. THIS GIVES THE COMMISSION ONE EXTRA YEAR AND DELAYS THE DEADLINE FOR FILING THE REPORT BY ONE YEAR.

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              • 03:17:19 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:17:25 PM

                MS. PLASKETT

                I RISE TO SPEAK ON MY BILL, H.R. 4446. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOWDY…

                I RISE TO SPEAK ON MY BILL, H.R. 4446. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOWDY AND RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS, HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND STAFF FOR THEIR WORK TO BRING THIS BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE VIRGIN ISLANDS CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW IN 2016, TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES BECOMING AN UNINCORPORATED TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND DISCUSS ITS RELATIONS WITH THE TERRITORY. SINCE ITS CREE THEY COMMISSION HAS SEEN THE APPOINTMENT OF SENATORS LISA MRUCZKOWSKI, BILL AND MARCO RUBIO, AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF INTERINSULAR AFFAIRS DOMINIC. THE COMMISSION EXPIRES IN 2018 WITHOUT SUCH EXTENSION. IT'S BEEN FORMED TO PLAN, DEVELOP AN CARRY OUT SUCH ACTIVITIES AS THE COMMISSION CONSIDERS FITTING AND PROPPER TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES BECOMING PART OF THE UNITED STATES. THE COMMISSION ALSO WILL PRVIDE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AS WELL AS CIVIC GROUPS TO CARRY OUT ACTIVITIES TO COMMEMORATE THIS MILESTONE IN THE MOVEMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW THE COMMISSION ADDITIONAL TIME TO ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION TO STUDY SPECIFIC ISSUES RELATED TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES BY EXTENDING THE FINAL REPORT, TERMINATION DEADLINES BY A YEAR TO JANUARY 31, 2019, AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 RESPECTIVELY. IN JUNE, THE CENTENNIAL COMMISSION MET AND SELECTED A CHAIR, AND INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PROSOFSE COLLABORATING TO WITH THE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUE ZEN ON PUBLIC PROGRAMS AS WELL AS HEARINGS HERE AND IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. THE COMMISSION IS ALSO IN THE PROSOFSE ENGAGING STAKE HOLDERS TO BECOME INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING THE FUTURE PROJECT TO MEET ITS GOAL AND OBJECTIVES. LAST SEPTEMBER, AS WE ALL KNOW, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FACED CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE FROM TWO UNPRECEDENTED BACK-TO-BACK CATEGORY 5 HURRICANES. THE RECOVERING AMERICAN SIT VENS SIDING IN THE ISLANDS WOULD BENEFIT GREATLY FROM THE CONTINUED CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION AS WELL AS THE OR OF -- WORK OF THE COMMISSION, NOT ONLY IN COMMEM RIGHT PAST BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TALKING ABOUT OUR FUTURE AND OUR CONTINUED RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COUNTRY. THIS COMMISSION HAS RECEIVED NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT AND AN EXTENDED LIFE SPAN OF THE COMMISSION WOULD ALLOW IT TO BETTER BENEFIT FROM THIS SUPPORT AND FURTHER EXAMINE THE OFTEN INADEQUATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TERRITORY AND THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4446 AND I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER FOR THE TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:20:26 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS?

              • 03:20:29 PM

                MS. PLASKETT

                I YIELD BACK FBLE

              • 03:20:31 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:20:34 PM

                MR. WALKER

                I URGE TCHOACHINGS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

              • 03:20:37 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4446 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:20:41 PM

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

              • 03:20:52 PM

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

                • 03:21:00 PM

                  MR. WALKER

                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4890.

              • 03:21:02 PM

                Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4890 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9801 Apollo Drive in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, as the "Wayne K. Curry Post Office Building"."

                • 03:21:04 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 03:21:04 PM

                Considered under suspension of the rules.

              • 03:21:05 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4890.

                • 03:21:07 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  H.R. 4890 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                  H.R. 4890 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 9801 APOLLO DRIVE IN UPPER MARLS BRO, MARYLAND, AS THE WAYNE K. CURRY POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                • 03:21:19 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                • 03:21:29 PM

                  MR. WALKER

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

                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                • 03:21:37 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 03:21:39 PM

                  MR. WALKER

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                • 03:21:42 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:21:44 PM

                  MR. WALKER

                  I RISE FROM SUPPORT OF H.R. 4890 TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN UPPER MARLS…

                  I RISE FROM SUPPORT OF H.R. 4890 TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN UPPER MARLS BRO, MARYLAND, AS THE WAYNE K. CURRY POST OFFICE BUILDING. AFTER GRADUATING FROM WESTERN MARYLAND COLLEGE, HE BEGAN WORKING FOR PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY WHILE EARNING A LAW DEGREE AT NIGHT. IN 1994 HE RAN AND WAS ELECTED TO POSITION OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE HE PASSED AWAY FROM LUNG CANCER IN 2014 AT THE AGE OF 63. HE WAS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT AND WE HONOR HIM TODAY BY NAMING A POST OFFICE AFTER HIM IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH HE SERB. I EDGE KRBLING -- ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:22:24 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:22:28 PM

                  MS. PLASKETT

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R.…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4890 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 9801 APOLLO DRIVE IN UPPER MARLBORO, MARYLAND, AS THE WAYNE K. CURRY POST OFFICE BUILDING. I YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. BROWN, TO TELL US MORE ABOUT MR. CURRY.

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                • 03:22:51 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 03:22:54 PM

                  MR. BROUN

                  THANK YOU AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR…

                  THANK YOU AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR YIELDING TIME. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR ITS CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT OF H.R. 4890 AS WELL AS THANKING ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE MARYLAND DELEGATION FOR THEIR STEADFAST SUPPORT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4890 WHICH DESIGNATES THE POST OFFICE IN UPPER MARLBORO, MARYLAND, IN MARYLAND'S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE WAYNE K. CURRY POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF OUR LATE COUNTY EXECUTIVE.

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                • 03:23:24 PM

                  MR. BROWN

                  WAYNE CURRY WAS BORN IN NEW YORK AND GREW UP IN A RACIALLY SEGREGATED…

                  WAYNE CURRY WAS BORN IN NEW YORK AND GREW UP IN A RACIALLY SEGREGATED NEIGHBORHOOD IN MARYLAND. HIS FAMILY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST NONWHITE FAMILIES TO INTEGRATE THE COMMUNITY IN THE 1950'S AND HE AND HIS BROTHER WERE THE FIRST TO INTEGRATE THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HE BEGAN HIS PUBLIC SERVICE FROM 1975 TO 1978. THROUGH HIS DEVOTION AND TIRELESS WORK ETHIC TO MAKE A BETTER PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY, HE QUICKLY ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS OF COUNTY GHOVEMENT WENT ON TO SERVE IN VARIOUS ROLES, INCLUDING COMMUNITY AFFAIRS ASSISTANT, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY CHIEF, SENIOR ASSISTANT. HE COMMUTED NIGHTLY INTO BALTIMORE EVENTUALLY GRADUATING WITH HONORS FROM MARYLAND LAW SCHOOL. FROM 1980 TO 1938 HE WORKED AS COUNSEL FOR A LARGE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AND LATER DESTIDE START HIS OWN PRACTICE IN 1984. HE SERVED AS GENERAL COUNSEL FOR HIGH PROFILE CLIENTS. THOUGH HE WAS A PARTNER IN A LUCRATIVE LAW FIRM, PUBLIC SERVICE HAD A GRASP ON HIS HEART HE SERVED THE UNITED WAY, PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY SUBSTANCE ABUSE ADVISORY BOARD. WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED IT , HE RAN FOR PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY EXECUTIVE IN 1994. RUN THAGSE UNDERDEGREE , HE ULTIMATELY PREVAILED HE MADE HISTORY AS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO SERVE IN THE COUNTY'S HIGHEST ELECTED OFFICE HISM BROUGHT A RENEWED STRIE VITALITY TO THE OFFICE AND FOCUSED ON THE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF HIS CONSTITUENTS. THE TRANSFORMATION OF PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY REFLECTED HIS OWN LIFE FROM A SLEEPY SOUTHERN HOLLOW THAT WAS RURAL AND ALL WHITE TO A LARGE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAJORITY AND INCREASINGLY COSMOPOLITAN. COUNTY EXECUTIVE CURRY PRESIDED OVER A PERIOD OF UNPRECEDENTED POPULATION GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND MODERNIZATION OF PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY AND MAKING IT THE NATIONAL STANDARD OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN SUCCESS IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE. UNDER WAYNE'S LEADERSHIP, PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY WAS THE FIRST COUNT Y IN OUR HISTORY WHERE EDUCATION AND INCOME LEVELS ROSE AS IT TRANSITIONED FROM MAJORITY WHITE TO MAJORITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN. HIS BUSINESS-FRIENDLY APPROACH LED PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY THROUGH A SEVERE FINANCIAL CRISIS. THE END OF COURT MANDATED BUS, THE CONSTRUCTION OF 26 NEW SCHOOLS AND A NEW STADIUM FOR THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS. HE SAW THE COUNTY GO FROM A DEFICIT OF $108 MILLION TO A $128 MILLION SURPLUS. COUNTY EXECUTIVE WAYNE K. CURRY PASS AID WAY JULY 2, 2014, AT THE AGE OF 63 AFTER LOSE HIS BATTLE TO LUNG CANCER. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE SHEILA AND HIS JOHN JEWEL CAN AND DAUGHTER TAYLOR. WAYNE CURRY NEVER SOUGHT TO MAKE HISTORY BUT SIMPLY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE AND TO BETTER THEIR LIVES. IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT THE FUTURE AND GETTING IT RIGHT. WAYNE K. CURRY WILL LIVE ON BOTH THROUGH HIS IMPACT ON THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT AND THIS BILL WILL HONOR THE VISION AND CONTRIBUTION AND LEGACY OF THE ICONIC WAYNE K. CURRY AND WILL BE A DAILY REMINDER IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTY HE CARED SO DEEPLY ABOUT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                • 03:27:05 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGIN ISLANDS RESERVES.

                • 03:27:12 PM

                  MS. PLASKETT

                  I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4890 AND…

                  I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4890 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 03:27:19 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                • 03:27:23 PM

                  MR. WALKER

                  I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                • 03:27:28 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4890. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 03:27:38 PM

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

                • 03:27:39 PM

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

                  • 03:27:48 PM

                    MR. WALKER

                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5238.

                  • 03:27:54 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                  • 03:27:56 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    H.R. 5238, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                    H.R. 5238, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT? ST. JOHNS PLACE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, AS THE MAJOR ROBERT ODELL OWENS POST OFFICE.

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                  • 03:28:11 PM

                    TEMPORE

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                • 03:28:16 PM

                  Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 5238 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1234 Saint Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York, as the "Major Robert Odell Owens Post Office"."

                  • 03:28:18 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                    • 03:28:21 PM

                      MR. WALKER

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

                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                • 03:28:22 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5238.

                  • 03:28:30 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                  • 03:28:32 PM

                    MR. WALKER

                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                  • 03:28:35 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:28:37 PM

                    MR. WALKER

                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN BROOKLYN, NEW…

                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK AFTER MAJOR ROBERT ODELL OWENS HE LED A LIFE OF PUBLIC SERVICE BEGINNING AS LIBRARIAN AT THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY. AT AROUND THE SAME TIME, OWENS BECAME A MEMBER OF THE BROOKLYN CHAPTER OF THE CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY WHERE HE WORKED TO FIGHT RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION IN NEW YORK CITY FROM 1975 TO 1982, HE SERVED AS NEW YORK STATE SENATOR. IN 1928, HE WON ELECTION TO THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHERE HE WENT ON TO SERVE 24 YEARS AS REPRESENTATIVE TO THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK CITY. IN CONGRESS, OWENS FOUGHT PASSIONATELY FOR MANY CAUSES INCLUDING EDUCATION POLICY. HE WAS ACTIVE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' EDUCATION BRAIN TRUST, PROMOTING READ, SCIENCE, AND MATH EDUCATION. THIS BILL WOULD HONOR CONGRESSMAN OWENS' SERVICE BY NAMING A POST OFFICE IN BROOKLYN IN HIS NAME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:29:33 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS…

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 03:29:40 PM

                    MS. PLASKETT

                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY…

                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5238 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT 1234 ST. JOHNS PLACE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, AS THE MAJOR ROBERT ODELL OWENS POST OFFICE. THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO ME AS CONGRESSMAN OWENS WAS MY CONGRESSMAN AS A CHILD GROWING UP AND ST. JOHNS PLACE WAS THE STREET ON WHICH MY MOTHER LIVED WHEN SHE CAME FROM THE SIR GIN ISLANDS TO LIVE IN NOKT. I YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK CITY, AND THAT GREAT PLACE CALLED BROOKLYN, MS. CLARK, TELL US MORE ABOUT CONGRESSMAN OWEN.

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                  • 03:30:28 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:30:30 PM

                    MRS. CLARKE

                  • 03:31:07 PM

                    MS. CLARKE

                    CONGRESSMAN OWENS SERVED IN THIS BODY FROM 1983 TO 2007. AND HE SERVED IN…

                    CONGRESSMAN OWENS SERVED IN THIS BODY FROM 1983 TO 2007. AND HE SERVED IN BOTH BROOKLYN'S 12TH AND 11TH DISTRICTS OF NEW YORK. CONGRESSMAN OWENS STILL BRINGS TO MIND, TO MEMORY FOR MANY THE FOND RECOLLECTIONS OF HIS GROUNDBREAKING LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AS A SENIOR LONGSTANDING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE, AND OF THE -- AND A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS. MR. OWENS SPENT EIGHT YEARS IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED TO SERVE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK,'S, 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, A SEAT PREVIOUSLY HELD BY THE HONORABLE CHERYLY CHISHOLM, HIS PREDECESSOR -- SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, HIS PREDECESSOR. HE THEN WENT ON TO EVERYBODY HE -- TO SERVE HIS COMMUNITY FOR TWO DECADES. THROUGH HIS COMMITTEE WORK AND WORK WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' EDUCATION BRAIN TRUST, MAJOR OWENS BECAME KNOWN AS THE EDUCATION CONGRESSMAN. BUT HE WAS ALSO DEEMED WITH ANOTHER MONIKER. THE WRAPPING REP -- RAPPING REP. DUE TO HIS ABILITY TO INTERTWINE HIS POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE INTO RHYTHMIC POETRY. MR. OWENS WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR THE LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES HE ACHIEVED ON THE HILL. HIS SPECTACULAR FIGHT, PARTICULARLY FOR THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, FOR WHICH HE'S CREDITED, ITS PASSAGE. HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN CONGRESS ARE VAST. AND MANY ARE STEEPED IN HIS LIFE-LONG PASSION FOR EDUCATION, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND EQUALITY. MR. OWENS' PASSION FOR EDUCATION BEGAN DURING HIS CAREER IN LIBRARIANSHIP. WHERE HE SERVED AS THE COMMUNITY INFORMATION LIBRARIAN AT THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, FOR A DECADE. HIS FRIENDS AND FELLOW ACTIVISTS IN THE BROOKLYN COMMUNITY NOTED THAT MR. OWENS WAS KNOWN TO PLACE COLLECTIONS FROM THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY IN LOCAL STORES, RESTAURANTS, LAUNDRY MATS AND MORE. BECAUSE HIS PASSION LIED WITHIN SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO IT. MR. OWENS WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE NEW YORK SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ROUND TABLE, WHICH WAS AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS NOW A PART OF THE NEW YORK LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. HIS MISSION, THEIR MISSION, IS TO CREATE A CENTRAL POSITION FOR LIBRARIES AND LIBRARIANS IN THE BATTLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE, PEACE AND EVER-IMPROVED PUBLIC ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND INFORMATION. CONGRESSMAN OWENS' DYNAMIC PASSIONS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION, INFORMATION SHARING, EQUALITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS BECAME DRIVING FORCES FOR HIM TO RUN FOR CONGRESS. AS A FORMER HEAD OF THE CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY. HIS LEGACY IN BROOKLYN LED HIM TO BECOME A CONTINUED FEATURE SPEAKER AT THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON LIBRARIES, AS WELL AS A RECIPIENT OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S HIGHEST HONOR, HONORARY MEMBERSHIP. FITTINGLY NICKNAMED THE LIBRARIAN IN CONGRESS, MR. OWENS WAS DEDICATED TO HELPING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR RECEIVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION RESOURCES THROUGH LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARIES. MR. OWENS WAS A PILLAR WITHIN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, AS AN ADVOCATE FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES, SOCIAL JUSTICE REFORM, AND LIBRARY FUNDING, EDUCATION REFORM, AS WELL AS DEVELOPMENT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES. TO ENSURE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES DID NOT LACK ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND EDUCATION RESOURCES. AS A YOUNG PUBLIC SERVANT MYSELF, I WAS INSPIRED BY MR. OWENS' WORK WITH THE DISABILITIES ACTIVISTS WHO OFTEN VISITED HIS OFFICE AND EVENTUALLY PROVIDED TESTIMONY BEFORE MR. OWENS' HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION, WHERE HE FOUGHT TO PASS THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, THE A.D.A. TODAY BROOKLYNITES BENEFIT FROM PUBLIC LIBRARY RESOURCES, INITIATIVES BECAUSE OF HIS ADVOCACY FOR FUNDING. THE A.D.A. STILL STANDS AS LAW TO PREVENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES AS A GUARANTEE -- AS IT GUARANTEES TO CREATE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY. TO THIS DAY, MY COLLEAGUES AND I WORK TO PROTECT THIS LAW AT ALL COSTS. AND THANKS TO CONGRESSMAN OWENS' DEDICATION TO ENSURE THAT THIS LAW WAS ENACTED. I AM SO PROUD TO BE HIS SUCCESSOR. H.R. 5238 WOULD DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1234 SAINT JOHNS PLACE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, AS THE ROBERT -- EXCUSE ME, THE MAJOR ROBERT ODELL OWENS POST OFFICE. CONGRESSMAN OWENS WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN THE DISTRICT THAT HE REPRESENTED. AND I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER THIS BILL IN HONOR OF HIS RICH LEGACY AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR GREAT CHAMBER. AS I CONTINUE, THE DISTINCT -- CONTINUE THE DISTINCT HONOR OF REPRESENTING THE NINTH DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, I LOOK FORWARD TO COMMEMORATING THE LIFE, MEMORY, INTEGRITY OF OUR FORMER HOUSE COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN MAJOR ODELL OWENS. MY TRAILBLAZING PREDECESSOR. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLELADY, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 03:36:57 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS…

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 03:37:05 PM

                    MS. PLASKETT

                    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5238 AND I…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5238 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:37:11 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZE THE.

                  • 03:37:15 PM

                    MR. WALKER

                    MR. SPEAKER, I -- RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:37:17 PM

                    MR. WALKER

                    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:37:21 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5238. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 03:37:42 PM

                    MR. WALKER

                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, S. 2962.

                  • 03:37:47 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                • 03:37:47 PM

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

                  • 03:37:48 PM

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

                    • 03:37:49 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      SENATE 2692. AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                      SENATE 2692. AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4558 BROADWAY IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AS THE STANLEY MICHELS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                    • 03:38:02 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      OFFICE BUILDING.

                  • 03:38:10 PM

                    Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 2692 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4558 Broadway in New York, New York, as the "Stanley Michels Post Office Building"."

                    • 03:38:12 PM

                      MR. WALKER

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

                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                  • 03:38:12 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 03:38:13 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2692.

                    • 03:38:22 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 03:38:23 PM

                      MS. PLASKETT

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 03:38:26 PM

                      WALKER

                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                    • 03:38:28 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 03:38:29 PM

                      MR. WALKER

                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 4558 IN…

                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 4558 IN BROADWAY -- 4558 BROADWAY IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AS THE STANLEY MICHELS POST OFFICE BUILDING. HE WAS ACTIVE IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH. HAVING SPONSORED NEW YORK CITY'S FIRST LAW REGULATING SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES. MICHELS ALSO SPONSORED ONE OF THE FIRST CITY LAWS TO PREVENT CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING. AND HE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN EXPANDING THE CITY'S ARE HE CYCLING PROGRAM. HE WAS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:39:07 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 03:39:11 PM

                      MS. PLASKETT

                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF S. 2692, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4558 BROADWAY IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AS THE STANLEY MICHELS POST OFFICE BUILDING. I YIELD SUFFICIENT TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT.

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                    • 03:39:37 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 03:39:40 PM

                      MR. ESPAILLAT

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN PLASKETT FOR YIELDING ME…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN PLASKETT FOR YIELDING ME TIME, AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS AND CHAIRMAN GOWDY FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. A SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND THANK YOU TO SENATOR GILLIBRAND WHO INTRODUCED THE SENATE VERSION OF MY BILL, WHICH IS BEFORE US TODAY. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 2692, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4558 BROADWAY IN MANHATTAN AS THE STANLEY MICHELS POST OFFICE BUILDING. STANLEY MICHELS WAS A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT MUCH HE WAS A LOVING FAMILY MAN -- SERVANT. HE WAS A LOVE FAMILY MAN, AND HE WAS FROM MY NEIGHBORHOOD, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS. HE SERVED ON THE CITY COUNCIL FROM 178 TO 2001, REPRESENTING COUNCIL DISTRICT SIX, AND ALWAYS DID SO WITH DISTINCTION AND WITH INTEGRITY. AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL'S COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, FOR 1992 -- FROM 1992 THROUGH 2001, STANLEY WAS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS ACTIVISM ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. PARTICULARLY WATER QUALITY AND ALSO HE WAS A STRONG ADVOCATE OF TENANTS' RIGHTS. HE WAS A STRONG SUPPORTER, A VERY STRONG SUPPORTER OF NEW YORK CITY PARKS. THEY CALL HIM THE KING OF THE PARKS IN NEW YORK CITY. AND HE INJECTED THOUSANDS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE PARK SYSTEM ACROSS THE CITY OF NEW YORK. BUT PARTICULARLY IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN. PARKS LIKE HIGH BRIDGE PARK, BENNETT PARK, ALL OF THESE PARKS IN THE LONG NARROW NECK OF MANHATTAN RECEIVED TREMENDOUS FUNDING FROM STANLEY MICHELS. IN MANY WAYS, STANLEY WAS AHEAD OF HIS TIME. IN 1987 HE WAS THE PRIME SPONSOR OF THE CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT. WHICH WAS NEW YORK CITY'S FIRST LAW REGULATING SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES. HE WAS ALSO THE VISIONARY BEHIND THE CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION ACT OF 1982. LEGISLATION THAT IS STILL VERY RELEVANT TODAY IN NEW YORK CITY, IN NEW YORK STATE HE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT -- -- STATE. HE PLAYED SIGNIFICANT ROLES IN EXPANDING THE CITY'S RECYCLING PROGRAM AND ADVOCATING FOR A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AMONG THE CITY, THE STATE AND UPSTATE COMMUNITIES TO PROTECT THE CITY'S WATER SHED IN THE MOUNTAINS. AFTER YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, AND A LONG FIGHT AGAINST CANCER, STANLEY PASSED AWAY IN 2008. BUT HIS LEGACY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. IT IS MY HONOR TO SEE A POST OFFICE NAMED IN HIS HONOR. STANLEY MICHELS AND HIS FAMILY POUR THEIR HEARTS INTO MAKING NEW YORK CITY A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US TO LIVE IN. THIS INCLUDED HIS WIFE, MOLLY MICHELS, HIS SISTER, ELLEN GRANT, HIS SON, JEFFREY, AND HIS TWO DAUGHTERS, KAREN AND SHERRY MICHELS, WHO IS NOW A NEW YORK CITY CIVIL COURT JUDGE. AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN, STANLEY MICHELS LEFT A TREMENDOUS LEGACY AND HE MADE A DIFFERENCE. NAMING THIS POST OFFICE AFTER STANLEY MICHELS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO HONOR HIS MEMORY AND ALL OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEW YORK CITY. I AM PROUD TO HAVE SPONSORED THIS BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING STANLEY MICK ELSE' -- STANLEY MICHELS' LEGACY NEXT MONTH. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:43:03 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS…

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGINIAEN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 03:43:09 PM

                      MS. PLASKETT

                      MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I URGE PASSAGE OF S.…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I URGE PASSAGE OF S. 2692, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:43:14 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS -- THE…

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VRGER VIRGIN ISLANDS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 03:43:22 PM

                      MR. WALKER

                      MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:43:25 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 262. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 03:43:34 PM

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

                    • 03:43:36 PM

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

                      • 03:43:37 PM

                        Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4407 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3s101 Rockwell Street in Warrenville, Illinois, as the "Corporal Jeffery Allen Williams Post Office Building"."

                        • 03:43:45 PM

                          MR. WALKER

                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4407.

                      • 03:43:48 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                        • 03:43:49 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                    • 03:43:49 PM

                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4407.

                      • 03:43:52 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        H.R. 4407. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                        H.R. 4407. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 3S101 ROCKWELL STREET IN WAINWRIGHTVILLE, ILLINOIS, AS THE CORPORAL JEFFERY ALLEN WILLIAMS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                      • 03:44:05 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                        MR. WALKER

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

                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                      • 03:44:24 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 03:44:26 PM

                        MR. WALKER

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                      • 03:44:28 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:44:29 PM

                        MR. WALKER

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4407, INTRODUCED BY THE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4407, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN. THIS WOULD NAME THE POST OFFICE IN ROCKWELL STREET IN WAINWRIGHTVILLE, ILLINOIS, IN HONOR OF THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF CORPORAL JEFFERY ALLEN WILLIAMS. CORPORAL WILLIAMS WAS BORN IN 1985 AND GRAD IN 2003. SHORTLY AFTER GRADUATING, WILLIAMS JOINED THE ARMY AND TRAINED TO BECOME A MEDICAL SPECIALIST DEDICATED HIS CREEF IN LIFE TO HELP HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS. HE WAS DEPLOYED TO IRAQ IN 2005 WHERE HE WAS ASSIGNED AS A MEDIC IN THEN COLONEL H.R. MACMASTER'S PERSONAL SECURITY DETACHMENT. TRAGICALLY, CORPORAL WILLIAMS WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN IRAQ IN SEPTEMBER, 2005. HE'S REMEMBERED BY HIS TROOP AS A DEDICATED, TOUGH AND DISCIPLINED MEDIC WHO ALWAYS PUT OTHERS BEFORE HIMSELF. HIS DECORATIONS INCLUDE THE PURPLE HEART, THE BRONZE STAR, AND THE ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL. WE THANK CORPORAL WILLIAMS FOR HIS IS -- FOR HIS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TO HONOR HIM. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT CORPORAL WILLIAMS FROM THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. HULTGREN IN A FEW MINUTES. AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:45:32 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                      • 03:45:42 PM

                        MS. PLASKETT

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY…

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4407 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT 3S101 ROCKWELL STREET IN WARRENVILLE, ILLINOIS, AS THE CORPORATE JEFFREY ALLEN WILLIAMS POST OFFICE BUILDING. CORPORAL WILLIAMS BEGAN HIS CAREER IN 2003, COMPLETING BASIC TRAINING IN FORT BENNING, GEORGIA, QUALIFYING AS A SPECIALIST AND MEDICAL TECHNICIAN. HE WENT TO IRAQ IN 2005 AND WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN ACTION ON SEPTEMBER 5 OF THAT YEAR WHILE SERVING AS A MEDIC FOR THE REGIMENTAL COMMANDER'S DETACHMENT. CORPORAL WILLIAMS' AWARDS INCLUDE THE PURPLE HEART, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL AND BRONZE STAR, AS WELL AS THE COME BAT MEDIC BADGE. HE'S WELL LOVED IN HIS COMMUNITY AND HELD IN -- AND HELD HIGH REGARD FOR THE POST OFFICE HAVING SPENT MANY DAYS IN HIS YOUTH GETTING TO KNOW THE STAFF. WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN MEMORY OF CORPORAL WILLIAMS AND THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE HE MADE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND THIS COUNTRYISM URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:47:01 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:47:06 PM

                        MR. WALKER

                        I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND SPONSOR OF THIS…

                        I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. HULTGREN.

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                      • 03:47:12 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:47:17 PM

                        MR. HULTGREN

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN WALKER, FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF CORPORATE JEFFREY ALLEN WILLIAMS FROM MY DISTRICT IN WARRENVILLE, ILLINOIS. JEFF WILL BE REMEMBERED BY HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBER AND WOMEN AS A DEDICATED, TOUGH, DISCIPLINED MEDIC WHO ALWAYS PUT OTHERS BEFORE HIMSELF AND WAS COMMITTED TO HIS MEDICAL MISSION AND FELLOW SOLDIERS. UPON GRADUATION FROM WHEATON WAR BVILLE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL HE GRAN HIS MILITARY TRAINING IN 2003 AT FOORT BENING, GEORGIA, AND CONTINUED HIS TRAINING AT FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS, GRADUATING AS A 91 WHISKEY MEDICAL SPECIALIST AND BASIC EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN. IN 2004 HE WAS ASSIGNED TO FORT CARSON, COLORADO WORK MEDICAL TROOP SUPPORT SQUADRON OF THE THIRD ARMY CALL VARY REGIMENT. HE WAS ASSIGNED AS A MEDIC FOR THE REGIMENTAL COMMANDERS PERSONAL SECURITY DETACHMENT. DURING HIS TOUR, JEFF RECOGNIZED THE DIRE NEED FOR QUALIFIED MEDICS AND DESAIED TO RE-ENLIST TO FURTHER SERB HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS AND HIS COUNTRY. WHEN HIS SERVICE WOULD EVENTUALLY END, HE INTENDED TO CONTINUE HIS COLLEGE EDUCATION AND BECOME A PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT AFTER HIS RETURN FROM IRAQ. TRAGICALLY, WHILE SERVING IN TEL AFAR, IRAQ, HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2005. DURING HIS ALL TOO BRIEF BUT DISTINCT MILITARY CAREER HE RECEIVED VARIOUS AWARDS AND DECORATIONS, INCLUDING THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL, PURPLE HEART, ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL, IRAQI CAMPAIGN MEDAL, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL, NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL AND DEFENSE SERVICE RIB BONN AND WAS AWARD THE COMBATED ME IBBLING BADGE. WHILE JEFF IS REMEMBERED BY HIS ARMY COLLEAGUES AS A DEDICATED AND SELFLESS SOLDIER HE WAS THAT AND MUCH MORE TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS BACK HOME. THOSE IN THE WARRENVILLE COMMUNITY DESCRIBE HIM AS THE GREGARIOUS GLUE THAT CONNECTED OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS TOGETHER. HIS SENSE OF HUE -- HUMOR WAS MAGNETIC AND HIS ABILITY TO CARE ABOUT OTHERS WAS INCREDIBLE HE FEEL BEFRIENDED PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE IN HIS CLASS OF 700 AT WHEELE TO -- WHEATON-WARRENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. HE HAD A SPECIAL AFFECTION FOR NEW STUDENTS AND WAS OFTEN THEIR FIRST FRIEND, HE MADE A POINT TO SIT WITH THEM AND LAUNCH AND -- LUNCH AND INCLUDE THEM IN HIS CIRCUMSTANCELE OF FRIENDS. JEFF AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER WERE RAISED BY THEIR MOTHER. AS THE OLDER BROTHER , HE TOOK ON MANY HOUSEHOLDS RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDING RUNNING ERRANDS FOR HIS MOTHER. HIS FREQUENT AND FAVORITE ERRAND WAS GOING TO THE POST OFFICE. OVER TIME HE CAME TO KNOW THE EMPLOYEES BY NAME AND THEY HIM. HE BECAME FRIENDS WITH MOST OF THEM HE WOULD GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO BRIGHTEN EVERYONE'S DAY THERE HE WOULD OFTEN GET LOST IN CONVERSATION, CAUSING HIM TO ARRIVE HOME LATE. HIS MOTHER CAME TO REALIZE THAT IF JEFF WASN'T HOME HE WAS HE LIKELY WAS AT THE POST OFFICE MAKING FRIENDS AND ENGAGING WITH ALL WHO CROSSED -- CROSSED HIS PATH. THEREFORE, IT IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE IN HONOR-OF JEFF'S SERVICE TO OUR NATION THAT I'M INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION, H.R. 440 , TO NAME THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOW CATTED AT 3S101 ROCKWELL STREET IN WARRENVILLE, ILLINOIS, AS THE CORPORAL JEFFREY ALLEN WILLIAMS POST OFFICE BUILDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TO NAME THE POST OFFICE FACILITY IN HIS HOMETOWN AFTER THAT REMARKABLE YOUNG MAN SO HIS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AND HIS IMPRESSION ON HIS COMMUNITY MAY BE LONG REMEMBERED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 03:51:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 03:51:13 PM

                        MR. WALKER

                        I RESERVE.

                      • 03:51:14 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:51:18 PM

                        MS. PLASKETT

                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4407 AND YIELD BACK THE…

                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4407 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:51:24 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      • 03:51:29 PM

                        MR. WALKER

                        I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                      • 03:51:32 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4407. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 03:51:54 PM

                        MR. WALKER

                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL SENATE 931.

                    • 03:51:54 PM

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

                      • 03:51:56 PM

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

                        • 03:51:59 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                        • 03:52:01 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          SENATE 931, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                          SENATE 931, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4910 BRIGHTON BOULEVARD IN DENVER, COLORADO, AS THE GEORGE SAKATO POST OFFICE.

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                      • 03:52:07 PM

                        Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 931 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4910 Brighton Boulevard in Denver, Colorado, as the "George Sakato Post Office"."

                        • 03:52:16 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                      • 03:52:17 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                      • 03:52:18 PM

                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 931.

                        • 03:52:24 PM

                          MR. WALKER

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

                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                        • 03:52:33 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 03:52:35 PM

                          MR. WALKER

                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                        • 03:52:37 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN SELECT NICED.

                        • 03:52:39 PM

                          MR. WALKER

                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS INTRODUCED BY THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM COLORADO,…

                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS INTRODUCED BY THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM COLORADO, CORY GARDNER. IT WOULD NAME THE POST OFFICE ON BRIGHTON BOULEVARD IN DENVER, COLORADO AS THE GEORGE SAKATO POST OFFICE. HE SERVED IN THE REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM IN WORLD WAR II. ON OCTOBER 29, 1944, HE SHOWED EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM, CHARGING ON A HILL ON THE FRONT LINE IN FRANCE. WINNING CONTROL OF THE SITE AND ASSUMING CONTROL OF HIS PLATOON AFTER HIS PLATOON LEADER WAS KILLED IN ACTION. IN RECOGNITION OF HIS HEROISM, CONGRESS AWARDED HIM THE HIGHEST AWARD FOR MILITARY VALOR, THE MEDAL OF HONOR. AFTER RETURNING HOME , HE COMMITTED 27 YEARS OF HIS LIFE TO WORK AT THE STACK YARDS STATION POST OFFICE. TODAY, THROUGH THIS BILL, WE CELEBRATE PRIVATE SAKATO'S LIFE IN SERVICE TO HIS NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, HONORING HIS LIFE AND SERVICE, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:53:39 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS…

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 03:53:44 PM

                          MS. PLASKETT

                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY…

                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF S. 931 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTALER IS AS THE GEORGE SAKATO POST OFFICE. BORN IN CALIFORNIA IN 1921, GEORGE SAKATO OVERCAME DISCRIMINATION TO BECOME AN AMERICAN HERO. CLASSIFIED AS A, QUOTE, ENEMY ALIEN BECAUSE OF HIS JAPANESE HERITAGE, MR. SAKATO WAS REJECTED BY THE ARMY AIR FORCE WHEN HE TRIED TO ENLIST SHORTLY AFTER THE ATTACK AT PEARL HARBOR. MR. SAKATO DID NOT QUIT THOUGH, SAYING DECADES LATER IN 2009, QUOTE, WHAT DO YOU MEAN ENEMY ALIEN? I'M AN AMERICAN. MR. SAKATO CONTINUED TRYING TO ENLIST UNTIL HE WAS FINALLY INTIPPED THE EARP GROUND FORCES IN 1944 AND SENT TO FIGHT IN EUROPE AND WE'RE GLAD HE DID. THERE HE EXEMPLIFIED HARD WORK AND SEVERALLESSNESS, SERVING WITH THE 442 SECOND REG MEANTAL COMMAND TEAM A UNIT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS WHAT THAT WOULD BECOME THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED COMBAT UNIT OF ITS SIZE AND TIME SERVING IN U.S. HISTORY. HE WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THAT LEGACY, EARNING AMERICA'S SECOND HIGHEST COMBAT HONOR, THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS AFTER LEADING HIS SOLDIERS TO OVERTAKE THE ENEMY IN FRANCE AFTER HIS PLATOON LEADER WAS KIMMED. IN YEAR 2000, HE WAS AWARDED ARKS WE HEARD, THE MEDAL OF HONOR, ALONG WITH 21 OTHER ASIAN AMERICAN WORLD WAR II VETERANS HE WORKED FOR THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE IN DENVER FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES AND PASS AID WAY AT THE AGE OF 94 IN 2015. WE URGE THE PASSAGE OF S. 931 TO COMMEMORATE PLIVET SAKATO'S SERVICE AND HONOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS HE AND SO MANY OTHER JAPANESE AMERICANS HAVE MADE TO THIS NATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:55:42 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:55:46 PM

                          MR. WALKER

                          MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                        • 03:55:54 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE JERUSALEM IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:55:56 PM

                          MS. PLASKETT

                          I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE…

                          I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:56:01 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        • 03:56:05 PM

                          MR. WALKER

                          I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THEY BALANCE -- THE BALANCE OF…

                          I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THEY BALANCE -- THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 03:56:10 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 931. THOSE IN…

                          THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 931. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE HOUSE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 03:56:16 PM

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

                        • 03:56:19 PM

                          Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2979 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 390 West 5th Street in San Bernardino, California, as the "Jack H. Brown Post Office Building"."

                          • 03:56:19 PM

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

                            • 03:56:30 PM

                              MR. WALKER

                              I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2979.

                            • 03:56:36 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE SALESCLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                            • 03:56:38 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              H.R. 2979, A BILL TO DEZ IGNATE THE FACILE I HAVE TO THE UNITED STATES…

                              H.R. 2979, A BILL TO DEZ IGNATE THE FACILE I HAVE TO THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT 390 WEST 5TH STREET IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, AS THE JACK H. BRUN POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                          • 03:56:48 PM

                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

                          • 03:56:49 PM

                            DEBATE

                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2979.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE -- MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                              MR. WALKER

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

                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                            • 03:57:21 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                            • 03:57:23 PM

                              MR. WALKER

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS MAY CONSUME.

                            • 03:57:25 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:57:28 PM

                              MR. WALKER

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2979 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED…

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2979 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, AS THE JACK H. BROWN POST OFFICE HE SERVED IN THE VIETNAM ERA. AFTER RETURNING HE TOOK A JOB AT A POPULAR GROCERY STORE AND WOULD GO ON TO FOUND STATER BROTHERS CHARITIES ALONG WITH THE CHILDREN'S FUND OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNT KWLISM DID A GREAT DEAL FOR HIS COMMUNITY AND IT'S FITTING WE NAME NOW A POST OFFICE IN HIS HOMETOWN IN HIS HONOR. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:58:06 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. SARBANES

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY…

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2979 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 390 WEST 5TH STREET IN SAN BERNARDINO CALIFORNIA AS THE JACK H. BROWN POST OFFICE BUILDING AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KALE, MR. AGUILAR SO HE MAY TELL US MORE ABOUT THE HONORABLE VETERAN FROM SAN BERNARDINO, KALE, MR. JACK BROWN.

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                            • 03:58:42 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:58:46 PM

                              MR. AGUILAR

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MANY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MANY COMMUNITIES HAVE LARGER THAN LIFE FIGURES PEOPLE WHO DEDICATE THEMSELVES TO THE SERVICE AND OTHERS. LEADERS WHO TOUCH SO MANY LIVES WITH THEIR LEGACIES THAT OUTLIVE THEM. FOR MY COMMUNITY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S INLAND EMPIRE, THAT FIGURE WAS JACK H. BROWN. HE WAS EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF STATER BROTHERS MARKETS, ONE OF THE INLAND EMPIRE'S LARGEST EMPLOYERS. BUT HE'LL BE REMEMBERED FAR MORE FOR HIS SUCCESS AS A LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBER THAN AS A BUSINESS LEADER. JACK POURED HIMSELF INTO THE COMMUNITY, USING HIS TIME AND RESOURCES TO MAKE THE INLAND EMPIRE A BETTER PLACE. ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN. HE HELPED ESTABLISH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SAN BERNARDINO TO GIVE THE CHILDREN OF OUR COMMUNITY A SAFE PLATES TO LEARN, LIVE, AND GROW. AND HE SERVED AS FOUNDING CHAIRMAN FOR THE CHILDREN'S FUND OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY A NONPROFIT THAT'S PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO OVER 1.4 MILLION CHILDREN IN OUR REGION SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1986. BUT HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS COMMUNITY DIDN'T STOP THERE. EACH TIME OUR REGION HAS BEEN ROCKED BY EARTHQUAKES, WILDFIRES, FLOODS, OR ACTS OF TERROR, LIKE ON DECEMBER 2, 2015, WE KNEW THAT JACK BROWN WOULD BE THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ENSURED THAT LOSS OF LIFE DIDN'T CONTINUE TO GROW. WHEN WE LOST JACK BROWN IN LATE 2016, WE LOST A CONSTANT PRESENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHY I OFFERED THIS BILL TO DESIGNATE THE U.S. POST OFFICE AT 390 WEST 5TH STREET AS THE JACK H. BROWN POST OFFICE BUILDING. WHILE I CAN NEVER TRULY REPAY JACK FOR ALL HE DID FOR OUR COMMUNITY, I'M HOPEFUL THAT HONORING HIS NAME IN THIS WAY WILL RESTORE THAT CONSTANT PRESENCE AND REMIND THE INLAND EMPIRE OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THIS TRULY GREAT MAN. JACK AND I HAD A GREAT RELATIONSHIP. ALTHOUGH HE LIKED TO TELL ME THAT I WAS HIS MAYOR, JACK WAS SURE TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT SAN BERNARDINO WAS HIS HOMETOWN. AND I'M PROUD THAT THIS BILL WILL MEMORIALIZE HIS NAME AT THE CENTER OF THE HOMETOWN THAT HE LOVED SO MUCH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:01:12 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                            • 04:01:18 PM

                              MR. WALKER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I WANT TO THANK THE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS TESTIMONY AND URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2979. I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:01:27 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 NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 04:01:31 PM

                              MR. WALKER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 04:01:34 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 279. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- 2979. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, MOTT MOGS -- THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 04:01:54 PM

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

                            • 04:01:55 PM

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

                              • 04:02:03 PM

                                MR. WALKER

                                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4946.

                            • 04:02:06 PM

                              Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4946 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1075 North Tustin Street in Orange, California, as the "Specialist Trevor A. Win'E Post Office"."

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL. H.R. 4946. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE…

                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL. H.R. 4946. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1075 NORTH TUSTIN STREET IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, AS THE SPECIALIST TREVOR A. WIN'E POST OFFICE.

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                              • 04:02:21 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                            • 04:02:26 PM

                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

                            • 04:02:28 PM

                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4946.

                              • 04:02:30 PM

                                MR. WALKER

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

                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                              • 04:02:39 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                              • 04:02:40 PM

                                MR. WALKER

                                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                              • 04:02:42 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 04:02:44 PM

                                MR. WALKER

                                I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4946, A BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT…

                                I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4946, A BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 1075 NORTH TUSTIN STREET IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, AFTER SPECIALIST TREVOR WIN'E. SPECIALIST WIN'E ENLISTED IN THE ARMY SHORTLY AFTER THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS TO TRAIN AS A PATROL -- AS A PETROLEUM SUPPLY SPECIALIST. HE WAS SET TO DEPLOY IN SOUTH KOREA BUT REQUESTED TO DEPLOY WITH HIS UNIT TO IRAQ, A REQUEST THE ARMY GRANTED. ONE YEAR LATER, HE WAS KILLED WHEN HIS CONVOY ENCOUNTERED AN I.E.D. ATTACK IN TIKRIT, IRAQ, CAUSING FATAL INJURIES. TODAY WE HONOR SPECIALIST TREVOR WIN'E'S BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE FOR OUR NATION WITH A SMALL BUT LASTING SYMBOL OF OUR GRATEFULNESS AND RESPECT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 04:03:32 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED. DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD --

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                              • 04:03:38 PM

                                MR. SARBANES

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY A COUPLE OF. I…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY A COUPLE OF. I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL. I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CORREIA, TO TELL US MORE ABOUT TREVOR ANTHONY WIN'E.

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                              • 04:04:00 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 04:04:15 PM

                                MR. CORREA

                                MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4946. FREEDOM IS…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4946. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. ALL GAVE SOME AND MANY MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR OUR FREEDOM. ARMY SPECIALIST TREVOR ANTHONY WIN'E, ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. AND I AM PRIVILEGED TODAY TO INTRODUCE THIS BILL TO NAME THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 1075 NORTH TUSTIN STREET IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, AFTER ARMY SPECIALIST TREVOR ANTHONY WIN'E. TREVOR WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 24, 1981. HE WAS THE YOUNGEST OF THREE CHILDREN TO RICK AND DEBORAH WIN'E. HE ATTENDED CAVALRY CHAPEL HIGH SCHOOL IN SANTA ANA, MY HOMETOWN, GRADUATING IN THE YEAR 2000. HIS FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS RECALL TREVOR AS A COMPASSIONATE AND DEVOUT YOUNG MAN ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP, ALWAYS WILLING TO LEND A HAND. TREVOR WAS INDEED A MAN OF STRONG CONVICTIONS WHO WANTED TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. JUST MONTHS AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY, TREVOR ENLISTED IN THE U.S. ARMY ON MAY 1, 2002. AFTER BASIC TRAINING, TREVOR WAS TRAINED AS A PETROLEUM SUPPLY SPECIALIST. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE ARMY'S 24TH QUARTER MASTER SUPPLY COMPANY AT FORT LOUIS, WASHINGTON, WHERE HE HAD A KEY ROLE IN MULTIPLE TRAINING OPERATIONS. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN PRATT, COMMANDER OF THE 24TH, TREVOR WAS DEDICATED TO HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS. IN NOVEMBER OF 2003, TREVOR'S COMPANY WAS SCHEDULED TO DEPLOY TO IRAQ, BUT TREVOR WAS ASSIGNED TO MOVE TO KOREA INSTEAD. TREVOR, OF COURSE, REQUESTED HE DEPLOY AND TO SERVE ALONGSIDE HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS IN IRAQ. TREVOR WAS GRANTED HIS REQUEST AND CONTINUED TO SERVE WITH HIS COMPANY, WITH HIS CO-WORKERS, IN IRAQ. IN TIKRIT, IRAQ, TREVOR WAS AN E-- IN AN 'LEET TRUCK -- ELITE TRUCK SERVING AS A FRONT GUNNAR. UNFORTUNATELY THE COMPANY WAS ATTACKED BY MULTIPLE IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES AND TREVOR SUFFERED SEVERE INJURIES. THE FOLLOWING DAY, ON MAY 1, 2004, TWO YEARS TO THE DATE OF HIS ENLISTMENT, TREVOR DIED. HE WAS 22 YEARS YOUNG. TREVOR WAS PROUD OF HIS MILITARY SERVICE AND WANTED TO SERVE IN CAPACITY CRITICAL TO THE OPERATIONS OF A FIGHTING FORCE. TREVOR ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY AFTER OUR NATION WAS ATTACKED. AND NAMING THE POST OFFICE AFTER TREVOR IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO HIS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4946 . I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 04:07:21 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                                MR. SARBANES

                                YES. MR. SPEAKER, I ACTUALLY HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I DO WANT TO THANK…

                                YES. MR. SPEAKER, I ACTUALLY HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I DO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS POWERFUL WORDS ABOUT A LIFE WELL AND HONORABLY LIVED. AND I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4946. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 04:07:36 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 NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 04:07:40 PM

                                MR. WALKER

                                MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 04:07:43 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4649 -- 4946. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, -- MR. WALKER: MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                              • 04:07:58 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 04:08:21 PM

                                MR. WALKER

                                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5504.

                              • 04:08:26 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                              • 04:08:29 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE…

                                A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 480 IS WEST VAN GIESEN STREET IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, AS THE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                              • 04:08:34 PM

                                At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

                                • 04:08:40 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                • 04:08:48 PM

                                  MR. WALKER

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

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                • 04:08:56 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 04:08:58 PM

                                  MR. WALKER

                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN…

                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5504, A BILL INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. NEWHOUSE, TO NAME A POST OFFICE IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, IN HONOR OF MARINE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN. MARINE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN GREW UP IN RICHLAND, WASHINGTON. AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN 2009, SCHMIEMAN -- SCHMIEMAN ENLISTED IN THE MARINE CORPS, EVENTUALLY ATTENDING THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS SCHOOL. HE COMPLETED TWO OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENTS. HE RECEIVED MULTIPLE HONORS DURING HIS SERVICE, INCLUDING TWO MARINE CORPS ACHIEVEMENT MEDALS AND A NAVY MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENTCATION. HE -- COMMENDATION. HE ALSOED ACHIEVED HIS -- ALSO ACHIEVED HIS GOAL AS A RADIO OPERATOR. HE WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN A CARGO PLANE CRASH OVER MISSISSIPPI. WE THANK SERGEANT SCHMIEMAN FOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL IN HIS HONOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THIS BILL FROM CONGRESSMAN NEWHOUSE IN A FEW MINUTES, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 04:09:28 PM

                                Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 5504 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4801 West Van Giesen Street in West Richland, Washington, as the "Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office Building"."

                                • 04:09:38 PM

                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                • 04:09:39 PM

                                  DEBATE

                                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5504.

                                  • 04:09:57 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 04:10:02 PM

                                    MR. SARBANES

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

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5504, TO DESIGNATE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4801 WEST VAN GIESEN STREET IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, AS THE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING. A GRADUATE OF COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE, DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN JOINED THE MARINE CORPS IN 2009. FOLLOWING A DEPLOYMENT TO OKINAWA, JAPAN, AS A MILITARY PARACHUTIST AND DIVER, DIETRICH WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT AND SELECTED FOR MARINE CORPS SPECIAL OPERATIONS SCHOOL. YOU HEARD THAT HE TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE IN A CARGO PLANE CRASH IN JULY, 2017, BUT BEFORE THAT SERGEANT SCHMIEMAN WOULD COMPLETE A SECOND OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENT AND ATTAIN HIS GOAL OF SERVING AS A CRITICAL SKILLS OPERATOR. SERGEANT SCHMIEMAN RECEIVED 14 AWARDS AND DECORATIONS DURING HIS SERVICE, AND CONTINUES TO BE DEEPLY MISSED BY HIS MARINE TEAM. WHO PLANS TO CLIMB HIS BELOVED MOUNT RAINIER IN HIS HONOR THIS SUMMER. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5504 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:11:08 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 04:11:12 PM

                                    MR. WALKER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. DAN NEWHOUSE.

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                                  • 04:11:16 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 04:11:19 PM

                                    MR. NEWHOUSE

                                    I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING. MR.…

                                    I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT -- TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF A YOUNG MAN FROM CENTRAL WASHINGTON WHO DIED SERVING HIS COUNTRY JUST OVER A YEAR AGO, ON JULY 10, 2017. MARINE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN GREW UP IN RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, WITH HIS PARENTS, ERIC AND SUSAN, AND HIS TWO BROTHERS, AARON AND HANS. HE ATTENDED CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC SCHOOL, HANFORD HIGH SCHOOL, AND COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE, WHERE HE MET FRIENDS WHO WOULD REMAIN CLOSE TO HIM THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFE. IN 2010, WITH A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY AHEAD OF HIM, HE CHOSE TO DEDICATE HIS LIFE TO SERVICE AND ENLIST IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. IT WAS HIS GOAL TO SERVE WITHIN SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND. THROUGHOUT HIS SERVICE HE RECEIVED 14 AWARDS AND DECORATIONS, INCLUDING SEVERAL ACHIEVEMENT MEDALS, GOOD CONDUCT MEDALS, AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL. HE HAD COMPLETED TWO OVERSEES DE-- OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENTS, SERVING OUR NATION DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. HE ACHIEVED HIS GOAL, HONORABLY SERVING AS A CRITICAL SKILLS OPERATOR IN THE U.S. MARINE CORPS' SECOND RAIDER BATTALION AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA. WHEN HE WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN A KC-130 PLANE CRASH. IN MISSISSIPPI ON JULY 10, 2017. MY LEGISLATION WOULD DESIGNATE THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE FACILITY AT 4801 WEST VAN GIESEN STREET IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, AS THE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING. DIETRICH AND HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND I HOPE TO HONOR HIS MEMORY, AS WELL AS THE MEMORY OF THE 15 OTHER MEN AND WOMEN KILLED IN THE CRASH. WITH THIS DEDICATION TO THEIR SERVICE. DIETRICH'S STRONG TIES TO HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND HOMETOWN CONTINUE TO BE EVIDENT. AN AVID SKY DIVER, DIETRICH'S DEATH INSPIRED HIS PARENTS, HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND FELLOW MARINES TO COMPLETE A MEMORIAL SKYDIVE OVER CENTRAL WASHINGTON . HE HAD A TATTOO SYMBOLIZING HIS LOVE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, AND REQUESTED THAT HIS ASHES BE SPREAD ON MOUNT RAINIER, WHERE HIS MARINE BROTHERS IN ARMS WILL HIKE THIS AUGUST IN HIS HONOR. WE RECENTLY OBSERVED THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEVASTATING PLANE CRASH AND I KNOW THAT THE DESIGNATION OF THIS POST OFFICE WILL MEAN A LOT TO DIETRICH'S FAMILY AND TO OUR COMMUNITY. SERVING AS A LOCAL MEMORIAL AND A REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICE HE AND HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS GAVE TO PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS THAT ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR NATION. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION, TO NAME THIS BUILDING, WHICH WILL BE VISITED OFTEN BY FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AFTER A COURAGEOUS YOUNG MAN WHOSE LIFE AND SERVICE DESERVE THIS HONOR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:14:38 PM

                                    MR. WALKER

                                    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    MR. SARBANES

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5504,…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5504, IN MEMORY OF SERGEANT SCHMIEMAN, AN AMERICAN HERO, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:14:51 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 NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 04:14:55 PM

                                    MR. WALKER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:14:58 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5504. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 04:15:18 PM

                                    MR. WALKER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3076, THE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3076, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                  • 04:15:25 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                  • 04:15:27 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    H.R. 3076, A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 552-A OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE,…

                                    H.R. 3076, A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 552-A OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE PRIVACY ACT, TO REQUIRE AGENCIES TO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC RELEASE FORMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                • 04:15:31 PM

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

                                  • 04:15:32 PM

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

                                    • 04:15:34 PM

                                      Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3076 — "To amend section 552a of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Privacy Act) to require agencies to accept electronic release forms, and for other purposes."

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                      • 04:15:53 PM

                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                      • 04:16:01 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                      • 04:16:03 PM

                                        MR. WALKER

                                        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. WALKER

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3076, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3076, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS ACT, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SERVICES WE CAN PROVIDE OUR CONSTITUENTS IS HELPING -- IS HELP NAVIGATING THE COMPLICATED BUREAUCRACY OF FEDERAL AGENCIES. WHETHER IT IS A SENIOR WHO NEEDS HELP WITH A SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE OR A VETERAN WHOSE BENEFITS ARE DELAYED, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WE CAN HELP OUR CONSTITUENTS REACH A REAL PERSON AND GET BETTER SERVICE FROM AGENCIES. THE PRIVACY ACT REQUIRES CONSTITUENTS TO COMPLETE AND SIGN A CONSENT FORM BEFORE AGENCIES CAN PROVIDE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE. THE CONSTITUENT PRINTS THE FORM OR OBTAINS IT IN PERSON, SIGNS IT, MAILS, FAXES, EMAILS, OR PHYSICALLY BRINGS IT BACK TO THE CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE. THE CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE MUST SEND THE CONSENT FORM TO THE AGENCY. THIS PROCESS HAS UNNECESSARY STEPS LEADING TO DELAYS THAT FRUSTRATE OUR CONSTITUENTS, MANY OF WHOM NEED HELP QUICKLY. H.R. 3076 HELPS SPEED UP THE PROCESS BY ALLOWING CONSTITUENTS SUBMIT PRIVACY CONSENT FORMS ELECTRONICALLY DIRECTLY TO THE AGENCY OR A CENTRAL PORTAL. IT INSTRUCTS THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TO ISSUE GUIDANCE TO FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC CONSENT. O.M.B.'S GUIDANCE WILL MAINTAIN A ROLE FOR CONGRESSIONAL CASEWORKERS TO ACT ON BEHALF OF CONSTITUENTS FOR A SWIFT RESOLUTION. A SWIFT RESOLUTION IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR THOSE CONSTITUENTS IN WAKE OF NATURAL DISASTERS SINCE VICTIMS OFTEN NEED TO REACH OUT TO MULTIPLE FEDERAL ENTITIES FOR RELIEF. AT A TIME WHEN MANY CITIZENS NEED HELP FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT, ALLOWING THEM TO COMMUNICATE MORE EASILY WITH THE GOVERNMENT IS THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES GARRETT GRAVES AND PATRICK KENNEDY FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL TO IMPROVE CONSTITUENTS' EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY ARE SEEKING HELP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PRACTICAL SOLUTION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 04:17:29 PM

                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                      DEBATE

                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3076.

                                      • 04:17:53 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:17:56 PM

                                        MR. SARBANES

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

                                      • 04:17:59 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. SARBANES

                                        I SUPPORT THIS BILL, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS ACT, INTRODUCED BY…

                                        I SUPPORT THIS BILL, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS ACT, INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES GARRETT GRAVES AND JOE KENNEDY. THIS BILL, AS YOU HEARD, WOULD MODERNIZE THE WAY FEDERAL AGENCIES PROCESS PRIVACY ACT WAIVERS, MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO HELP CONSTITUENTS GET ASSISTANCE FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES. WE ALL KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS. IT HELPS TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF ASSISTING YOUR CONSTITUENTS, SO IT'S A VERY VALUABLE AND PROVEN. A CONSTITUENT HAS TO PROVIDE AN AGENCY WRITTEN CONSENT BEFORE A CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE CAN GET INFORMATION ON BEHALF OF THE CONSTITUENT. SOME AGENCIES, AS WE HEARD AND KNOW, HAVE OUTDATED POLICY AND STILL REQUIRE THESE CONSENT FORMS TO BE MAILED OR FAXED. UNDER THE BILL BEFORE US, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC CONSENT FORMS AND FOR AGENCIES TO ACCEPT SUCH FORMS. THE BILL ALSO WOULD REQUIRE THE O.M.B. TO OPERATE A CONSOLIDATED ONLINE PORTAL THAT WOULD ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO SUBMIT ELECTRONIC CONSENT FORMS AND TO TRACK THE STATUS OF THEIR FORM. THE BILL WOULD ALSO ALLOW CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES TO PROVIDE ONLINE LINKS TO THE PORTAL. I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE BIPARTISAN LANGUAGE THIS BILL WAS DEVELOPED. I WANT TO THANK THE MAJORITY FOR THEIR COOPERATION AND MAKING A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BILL. FOR EXAMPLE, THE SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE O.M.B. TO INCLUDE FEATURES TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALS WHO USE THE CONSOLIDATED ONLINE PORTAL REQUIRED UNDER THE BILL. THIS IS A GOOD BIPARTISAN BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:19:38 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                        MR. WALKER

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA AND THE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA AND THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. GARRETT GRAVES.

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                                      • 04:19:46 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:19:48 PM

                                        MR. GRAVES

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

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS AS WELL AS MANY STAFF AND MEMBERS FROM THE O.G.R. COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, CAN YOU NADGE FOR A MINUTE IF YOU -- IMAGINE FOR A MINUTE IF YOU HAD AN EMERGENCY AT YOUR HOUSE AND YOU HAD TO MAIL A FORM TO THE AMBULANCE SERVICE TO HAVE THEM COME ADDRESS THE HEART ATTACK VICTIM OR OTHER TYPE OF MEDICAL EMERGENCY THAT'S OCCURRING AT YOUR HOUSE? HOW IRRATIONAL IS THAT? OBVIOUSLY IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, TO MAIL FOR SOMETHING THAT MAY BE AN EMERGENCY. MR. SPEAKER, CAN YOU IMAGINE EVEN IN TODAY'S TIME WITH THE STRICT DEMANDS WE HAVE FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE, IF WE ACTUALLY HAD TO TRULY MAIL ORDER FORMS TO DIFFERENT ONLINE COMPANIES TO HAVE THEM DELIVER SOMETHING, TO RETAIL OUTLETS TO HAVE THEM DELIVER SOMETHING, A PRODUCT TO OUR HOUSE? THERE WOULD BE NO TOLERANCE FOR THAT. IN MR. SPEAKER, -- IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT TODAY, OUR OWN UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WHICH IS HERE TO SERVE OUR OWN AMERICANS, ONLY HAS A CUSTOMER SERVICE RATING OF ABOUT 70%. IN FACT, IT'S LESS THAN 70%. WHILE THAT MIGHT BE A HIGH WATER MARK FOR MY GRADES IN SCHOOL, MAYBE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. ABSOLUTELY AN UNACCEPTABLE LEVEL. THIS IS OUR GOVERNMENT. THESE ARE OUR TAXPAYERS. WHY IS IT THAT PRIVATE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN ABLE TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO PROVIDE BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE, TO PROVIDE FASTER SERVICES? IT'S BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS. THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS. THERE'S AN INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO DO SO. THEY DON'T HAVE A MONOPOLY LIKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES TO OFFER THEM THE SERVICES. IT DOESN'T EXCUSE THEM. MR. SPEAKER, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH CONGRESSMAN JOE KENNEDY TO HELP DEVELOP THIS LEGISLATION, AND THIS IS A SOLUTION TO HELP BRING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY OR PERHAPS THE 20TH CENTURY. IT SIMPLY DOES THE SAME THING THAT PRIVATE COMPANIES HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO FOR DECADES NOW, WHERE WE CAN ACCESS OUR BANKS ONLINE, WE CAN ACCESS OUR INSURANCE ONLINE, WE CAN GO ONLINE TO BUY GROCERIES AND VIRTUALLY ANY OTHER GOOD OR SERVICE THAT WE NEED. WE CAN EVEN FILE OUR OWN TAXES WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. YET, THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974, AS IT'S IMPLEMENTED TODAY, REQUIRES IN ORDER FOR US TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, WHICH MAY BE AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, THEY HAVE TO PRINT OUT A FORM AND MAIL IT IN. THEN WE HAVE TO TAKE IT AND MAIL IT TO AN AGENCY. THAT IS RIDICULOUS IN 2018. AND IT'S UNACCEPTABLE. SO THIS LEGISLATION, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ADDRESSES THAT. IT ALLOWS FOR PEOPLE TO ACCESS THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT, ACCESS GOVERNMENT SERVICES TO ADDRESS IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE PERHAPS ACCESSING THEIR V.A. BENEFITS, LIKE PERHAPS FIXING A WRONG THAT THE I.R.S. CAUSED, OR DISLODGING A PERMIT OR SOME OTHER TYPE OF SERVICE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE AND IS SITTING ON IN SOME CASES AS WE DEALT WITH FOR YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TELL YOU A QUICK STORY. IN 2016, IN AUGUST OF THAT YEAR, IN MY HOMETOWN OF BATON ROUGE AND SOUTH LOUISIANA, WE EXPERIENCED A 1,000-YEAR FLOOD AND PEOPLE WERE CALLING US BY THE HUNDREDS PER DAY, CALLING AND SAYING, I NEED HELP, I NEED HELP WITH FEMA, WITH S.B.A., AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. AND SO WE SAY, YEAH, YOU BET. GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND PRINT OUT THIS FORM AND MAIL IT TO US. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN'T SAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR SOME OF THE RESPONSES OUR OFFICE RECEIVED WHENEVER THEY WERE TELLING US ABOUT THE FOUR FEET OF WATER THAT THEIR COMPUTERS AND PRINTERS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT WAS UNDER. IT WAS A REAL A-HA MOMENT. HOW RIDICULOUS WE SIT HERE AND ACT LIKE WE'RE 80 YEARS AGO AS A GOVERNMENT. WE CAN DO BETTER. THIS SIMPLY BRINGS US TO CURRENT TECHNOLOGY, TO ALLOW CONSTITUENTS TO REACH OUT TO OUR OFFICES WHEN WE'RE ADDRESSING URGENT ISSUES LIKE PASSPORT ISSUES, LIKE OUR OWN CITIZENS AREN'T GETTING THE BENEFITS THEY PAID FOR OR THEY EARNED. IT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO QUICKLY STEP IN AND ADDRESS THEIR ISSUES, TO INTERVENE ON THEIR BEHALF, AND GET THESE ISSUES RESOLVED. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK ESPECIALLY MY FRIEND, JOE KENNEDY, FOR WORKING WITH US SO CLOSELY ON THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. CONGRESSWOMAN MIMI WALTERS, CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN, CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY, CONGRESSMAN MARK MEADOWS, CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA COMSTOCK HELPED US PERFECT THIS LEGISLATION AND GET HERE TODAY. I WANT TO THANK THE BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS AND FOLKS THAT HELPED US ON THIS. I URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 04:24:50 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVE?

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                                        MR. WALKER

                                        I RESERVE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:24:58 PM

                                        MR. SARBANES

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY THIS BILL WOULD WORK A VERY SUBSTANTIAL…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY THIS BILL WOULD WORK A VERY SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT ON OUR CONSTITUENT SERVICES OPERATIONS. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME AND URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3076 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:25:11 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELDS THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 04:25:15 PM

                                        MR. WALKER

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:25:18 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3076, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 04:25:29 PM

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

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

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

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                                            MR. WALKER

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4960.

                                          • 04:25:50 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                          • 04:25:52 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            H.R. 4960, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                            H.R. 4960, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 511 EAST WALNUT STREET IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS THE SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                          • 04:26:05 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                        • 04:26:12 PM

                                          Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4960 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 511 East Walnut Street in Columbia, Missouri, as the "Spc. Sterling William Wyatt Post Office Building"."

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                                            MR. WALKER

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

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                        • 04:26:15 PM

                                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                        • 04:26:17 PM

                                          DEBATE

                                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4960.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                          • 04:26:22 PM

                                            MR. WALKER

                                            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. WALKER

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4960, A BILL INTRODUCED BY THE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4960, A BILL INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 511 EAST WAL NUT STREET IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, IN HONOR OF SPECIALIST STERLING WYATT. HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI. EVEN BEFORE HE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL HE HAD SHOWN GREAT SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT. HE PARTICIPATED IN THE YOUTH GROUP AND BRIGHTED THE SOUND EQUIPMENT FOR HIS CHURCH. HE MADE THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT. HE RECEIVED A BLACK BELT IN TAIWAN DOUGH. AFTER GRADUATING IN 2009, HE ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY WHERE HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE SECOND BATTALION, ULTIMATELY DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN. ON JULY 11, 2012, WHILE ON PATROL IN KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN , HE WAS STRUCK BY AN I.E.D. AND KILLED IN ACTION. HE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN SERVICE OF HIS NATION. IN RECOGNITION OF HIS HEROISM, HE WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF VALOR, THE BRONZE STAR, AND THE NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, AMONG OTHERS. WE COMMEND HIM FOR HIS SERVICE AND WE HONOR HIM FOR HIS SACRIFICE. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN HARTZLER FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THE BILL FROM HER IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVICES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. SARBANES

                                            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. SARBANES

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R.…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4960, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 511 EAST WAL NUT STREET IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS THE SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT POST OFFICE BUILDING. SPECIALIST WYATT EPITOMIZED DEDICATION AND HARD WORK, BECOMING AN EAGLE SCOUT, FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT AND A CERTIFIED NURSE ATTENDANT BEFORE HIS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. HE CARRIED THAT SPIRIT WITH HIM WHEN HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY, JOINING THE 20TH INFANTRY REGIMENT. HE DEPLOYED TO KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN, AND GAVE HIS LIFE ON JULY 11, 2012, WHEN HIS VEHICLE WAS HIT BY AN I.E.D. JUST 21 YEARS OLD, SPECIALIST WYATT WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF VALOR AND A BRONZE STAR. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO REMEMBER THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE PAID BY SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4960 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. WALKER

                                            I YIELD TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MRS. HARTZLER.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MRS. HARTZLER

                                            I ASK SUPPORT FOR H.R. OF 4960 WHICH WOULD NAME THE -- H.R. 4960, WHICH…

                                            I ASK SUPPORT FOR H.R. OF 4960 WHICH WOULD NAME THE -- H.R. 4960, WHICH WOULD NAME THE POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF OUR NATION'S HEROES, SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT WHO PROUDLY SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. STERLING WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF MISSOURI'S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. EARLY ON STERLING SHOWED HIS COMMITMENT TO SERVICE BY BEING AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN HIS YOUTH GROUP AND IN HIS CHURCH. THROUGH HIS SERVICE AND HARD WORK, HE WAS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG MAN. HE EARNED THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT, FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT IN TAEKWONDO AND CERTIFIED NURSE ATTENDANT BEFORE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN 2009. HE JOINED THE UNITED STATES ARMY. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE FIFTH BATTALION, 20TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, THIRD STRIKER BRIGADE AT JOINT BASE LOUIS MCCORD IN WASHINGTON. TRAGICALLY SPECIALIST WYATT WAS KILLED ON JULY 11, 2012, WHILE ON PATROL IN KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN. HE WAS ONLY 21 YEARS OLD. HIS VEHICLE WAS ATTACKED WITH AN ENEMY SCOMBROW ADVISED EXPLOSIVE -- IMPROVISE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. HIS MEDALS WERE, THE MEDAL OF VALOR AND BRONZE STAR. SPECIALIST WYATT'S DEDICATION TO SERVING HIS COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY WERE A TESTAMENT TO HIS FAITH AND HIS FAMILY, ESPECIALLY HIS LOVING PARENTS, RANDY AND SHERRY WYATT. IT IS FITTING THAT WE BRING THIS BILL TODAY FOR A VOTE BEFORE THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BECAUSE JUST A FEW DAYS AGO WE SOLEMNLY REMEMBERED THE SIXTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PASSING. AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE WHO BRAVELY SERVE OUR COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO PAY THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, WE OWE IT TO THEIR LIVES AND MEMORIES TO NEVER FORGET ALL THAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR US. ALTHOUGH STERLING WAS TAKEN FROM US TOO SOON, THIS BILL WILL ENSHRINE HIS MEMORY IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR PROSPERITY SO EVERYONE CAN KNOW THIS BRAVE SOLDIER AND BE REMINDED THAT FREEDOM IS NOT FREE AND MAYBE WHEN OTHERS LEARN ABOUT STERLING'S STORY AND SACRIFICE THEY, TOO, WILL PUT SERVICE ABOVE SELF AND ANSWER THE CALL TO SERVE WHICH IS THE NOBLEST AND HONORABLE ACTION ANYONE CAN TAKE. STERLING DID THIS STERLING DID THIS FOR HIS BROTHER AND SISTERS IN ARMS. FOR THOSE WHO YEARNED TO BE FREE IN DESPERATE LAND. FOR ALL OF US. WE WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL. AND WITH THE RENAMING OF THIS POST OFFICE IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, THE SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT POST OFFICE BUILDING, WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AND ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TO HONOR SPECIALIST WYATT'S MEMORY. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. SARBANES

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4960…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4960 IN HONOR OF SPECIALIST WYATT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELDS THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          • 04:32:30 PM

                                            MR. WALKER

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4960. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, --

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                                            MR. WALKER

                                            I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          • 04:32:54 PM

                                            At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

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                                              MR. WALKER

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3230.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              H.R. 3230. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                              H.R. 3230. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 915 CENTER AVENUE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, AS THE HARMAN KILLEBREW POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM, NORTH CAROLINA -- NORTH CAROLINA…

                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM, NORTH CAROLINA -- NORTH CAROLINA -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR 20 MINUTES.

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                                          • 04:33:28 PM

                                            Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 3230 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 915 Center Avenue in Payette, Idaho, as the "Harmon Killebrew Post Office Building"."

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                                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                MR. WALKER

                                                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3230.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. WALKER

                                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3230 TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 915 CENTER…

                                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3230 TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 915 CENTER AVENUE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, IN HONOR OF HARMONN KILLEBREW. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER PLAYING MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN 1954. HE PLAYED OVER 22 SEASONS WITH MULTIPLE TEAMS AND WHEN HE RETIRED IN 1975 HE HAD THE FIFTH MOST HOME RUNS IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY. KILLEBREW WAS ELECTED TO THE BASEBALL OF HALL OF FAME IN 1934. IN 1976, KILLEBREW CO-FOUNDED THE DENNY THOMPSON MEMORIAL, AN ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT THAT RAISES MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH. SADLY ON MARCH 17, 2011, KILLEBREW PASSED AWAY. HE LEFT AN INCREDIBLE LEGACY, ONE WE CONTINUE TO-ER WITH THIS BILL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. LABRADOR, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE FROM HIM ABOUT MR. KILLEBREW IN A FEW MINUTES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                              MR. SARBANES

                                              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. SARBANES

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R.…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3230, TO DESIGNATE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 915 CENTER AVENUE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, AS THE HARMON KILLEBREW POST OFFICE BUILDING. A MEMBER OF THE WASHINGTON SENATORS, MINNESOTA TWINS, AND KANSAS CITY ROYALS, HARMON KILLEBREW EXCELED IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FOR 22 YEARS. DURING THAT TIME, HE NOTCHED AN IMPRESSIVE 2,086 HITS, PLAYED IN 13 ALL-STAR GAMES, AND TALLIED NINE SEASONS WITH OVER 100 R.B.I.'S. IN FACT, I CAN REMEMBER AS A KID ROOTING FOR THE ORIOLES, THAT WE DIDN'T WANT KILLEBREW COMING UP TO THE PLATE. KILLEBREW RETIRED IN 1975 IN FIFTH PLACE FOR CAREER HOME RUNS. HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME IN 1984. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO HONOR HARMON KILLEBREW'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO THE GREAT AMERICAN PASTIME. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3230, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            • 04:35:47 PM

                                              MR. WALKER

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO AND SPONSOR…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. LABRADOR.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. LABLAB THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I…

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. LABLAB THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE --

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                                              MR. LABRADOR

                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 32 30RKS A BILL…

                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 32 30RKS A BILL THAT HONORS IDAHO'S GREATEST ATHLETE AND ONE OF OUR GREAT HUMANITARIANS. H.R. 3230 NAMES THE POASTS OFFICE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, AFTER HARMON KILLEBREW, A HALL OF FAME BASEBALL PLAYER WHO LATER BUILT A LEGACY OF CHARITABLE WORK. IDAHOANS TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN KILLEBREW'S GREAT SUCCESS AND RIGHTFULLY SO. HIS CAREER BEGAN IN 1954, WHEN HERMAN WALKER, THE U.S. SENATOR FROM IDAHO, TIPPED OFF THE OWNER OF THE WASHINGTON SENATORS' CLARK GRIFFITH ABOUT THE 17-YEAR-OLD SLUGGER. GRIFFITH SENT A SCOUT WHO ALMOST DIDN'T GET TO SEE KILLEBREW PLAY. AFTER A NIGHT OF RAIN, GROUND KEEPERS BURNT GASOLINE TO MAKE THE FIELD PLAYABLE. KILLEBREW DID HIS PART BY HITTING A BALL 435 FEET INTO A PAYETTE BEAT FIELD. IMMEDIATELY SIGNED AS A -- BEET FIELD. IMMEDIATELY SIGNED AS A BONUS BABY, KILLEBREW DEBUTED A FEW WEEKS LATER. DURING HIS 22-YEAR CAREER WITH THE WASHINGTON SENATORS, MINNESOTA TWINS, AND KANSAS CITY ROYALS, HE HIT 573 HOME RUNS, MORE THAN ALL BUT FOUR MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS AT THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT. HE WAS THE AMERICAN LEAGUE'S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN 1969, HITTING 49 HOME RUNS AND DRIVING IN 140 RUNS. HE PLAYED IN 13 ALL-STAR GAMES AND WAS INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME IN 1984. KILLEBREW BUILT HIS STRENGTH LIFTING 10 GALLON MILK CANS ON IDAHO DAIRIES AND LEVERAGED HIS WORK ETHIC INTO LEGENDARY STATUS. FOR FANS ACROSS AMERICA, KILLEBREW WAS BELOVED FOR REMAINING THE DOWN TO EARTH FARM KID WHO SIGNED A MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACT BEFORE TURNING 18. TWINS TEAMMATE CALLED HIM ONE OF THE CLASSIEST PEOPLE I'VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE. HE TREATED PEOPLE WITH RESPECT, EVEN WITH THE STATURE THAT HE HAD. WHAT HE LIKED TO DO FOR CAN FUN, KILLEBREW ONCE SAID, WELL, I LIKE TO WASH DISHES, I GUESS. IN THE OFFSEASON HE WORKED SELLING COWS. AFTER RETIREMENT FROM BASEBALL, HE SOLD INSURANCE, RAN A CAR DEALERSHIP AND WORKED AS A BROADCASTER. IN 1976 KILLEBREW HELPED FOUND THE DAPPY THOMPSON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT IN SUN VALLEY, IDAHO, NOW CALLED THE KILLEBREW-THOMPSON MEMORIAL. THE EVENT BENEFITS CANCER RESEARCH. THE HARMON KILLEBREW FOUNDATION FOUNDED IN 1998 WITH HIS WIFE, NITA, HAS BUILT MORE THAN A DOZEN MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELDS DESIGNED FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES, INCLUDING ONE NAMED FOR HIM IN PAYETTE. BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL FIELDS AT PAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL ARE NAMED FOR KILLEBREW MUCH HE DIED OF CANCER IN 2011 AT THE AGE OF 74, AFTER ENTERING INTO HOSPICE CARE, A TREATMENT HE HAD ADVOCATED FOR FOR YEARS. AT HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE, HIS WIFE READ A TRIBUTE FROM A FAN. QUOTE, HARMON IS AN EXTRAORDINARY, BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, COMPASSIONATE HUMAN BEING WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE A LEGENDARY BASEBALL PLAYER, CLOSED QUOTE. IN THE DAYS AFTER HIS DEATH, HIS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM, THE PAYETTE PIRATES, MADE AN IMPROBABLE RUN FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, ENTERING THE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT WITH A LOUISING RECORD, THE PIRATES WON FOUR STRAIGHT -- LOSING RECORD, PIRATES WON FOUR STRAIGHT TO REACH THE STATE TITLE GAME. THE TEAM WORE H.K. PATCHES ON THEIR SLEEVES. HARMON'S BEEN WITH US THE ENTIRE TIME, SAID ONE PLAYER. THE PIRATES FINALLY LOST TO A 25-1 FRUITLAND TEAM, TAKING HOME THE SECOND PLACE TROPHY. HE STILL IS TOUCHING PEOPLE, SAID NITA KILLEBREW, WHO WORKED WITH MY OFFICE ON THE BILL AND LIVES IN IDAHO. KILLEBREW'S LEGACY OF GENEROSITY LIVES ON AND IT IS APPROPRIATE TO HONOR HIS LEGACY WITH THE LEGISLATION WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR H.R. 3230. THROUGH THIS BILL WE WILL RECOGNIZE ONE OF IDAHO'S GREATEST STARS AND WE WILL ADVANCE THE LEGACY OF ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST CHARITABLE ATHLETES. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 04:39:52 PM

                                              MR. WALKER

                                              I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                              MR. SARBANES

                                              I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 32 30RKS TO NAME…

                                              I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 32 30RKS TO NAME THE POST OFFICE -- 3230, TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, AFTER HARMON KILLEBREW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 04:40:09 PM

                                              MR. WALKER

                                              I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3230. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK VECKNITION?

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                                            • 04:40:35 PM

                                              MR. WALKER

                                              I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 899 WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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

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

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                CLESH --

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                CLERK THE CLERK HAD REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                THE CLERK

                                                AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE TORRENTIAL SURE THAT THE…

                                                AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE TORRENTIAL SURE THAT THE REQUIREMENTS THAT NEW FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE VETERANS WITH SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITIES ARE PROVIDED LEAVE, FOR PURPOSES OF UNDERGOING MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SUCH DISABILITIES, APPLIED TO CERTAIN EMPLOYEES OF THE VETERANS' HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                            • 04:40:51 PM

                                              Mr. Walker moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 899 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the requirements that new Federal employees who are veterans with service-connected disabilities are provided leave for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disabilities apply to certain employees of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes."

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                                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 899.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                  MR. WALKER

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

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                                • 04:41:18 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                  MR. WALKER

                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF SENATE 899…

                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF SENATE 899 INTRODUCED BY THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM HAWAII. SENATE 899 IS THE SENATE VERSION OF H.R. 2648 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. STIVERS. IN 2015 CONGRESS ENACTED THE WOUNDED WARRIOR FEDERAL LEAVE ACT. THE WOUNDED WARRIOR FEDERAL LEAVE ACT PROVIDES PAID SICK LEAVE TO VETERANS WITH A SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY RATING OF 30% OR MORE. THE SICK LEAVE IS USED TO ATTEND MEDICAL TREATMENT RELATED TO THE SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY AND MUST BE USED WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF BEGINNING EMPLOYMENT. THE LAW, HOWEVER, DID NOT EXPLICITLY APPLY TO VETERANS HIRED INTO CERTAIN MEDICAL OCCUPATIONS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. THE V.A. HAS APPLIED THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT TO THESE OCCUPATIONS THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE NEW VETERANS HIGHERED -- HIRED IN THESE POSITIONS CONTINUE TO RECEIVE PAID SICK THREEVE TREAT THEIR SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE STIVERS OF OHIO FOR SPONSORING THE HOUSE VERSION OF THIS BILL AND FOR HIS DEDICATION TO CARING FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN DAVID ROE AND HIS STAFF AS THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS FOR WORKING WITH US TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I WILL BE INCLUDING IN THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS ON THIS BILL BETWEEN CHAIRMAN PHIL ROE AND CHAIRMAN TREY GOWDY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                  MR. SARBANES

                                                  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. SARBANES

                                                  I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE STIVERS AND AT THAT CABO FOR THEIR…

                                                  I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE STIVERS AND AT THAT CABO FOR THEIR SPONSORSHIP OF THIS -- TAKANO FOR THEIR SPONSORSHIP OF THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH WOULD EXPAND COVERAGE OF REPRESENTATIVE LYNCH'S WOUNDED WARRIORS FEDERAL LEAVE ACT TO NEWLY HIRED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AT THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. APPROXIMATELY 1/3 OF THE V.A.'S NEW HIRES ARE VETERANS. IT IS NO SURPRISE THE VETERANS WHO LEAVE MILITARY SERVICE WANT TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT TEASE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN, MANY OF WHOM ARE WOUNDED THEMSELVES, CHOOSE TO DEVOTE THEIR CIVILIAN CAREERS TO TAKING CARE OF THEIR FELLOW WOUNDED WARRIORS. THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE NEWLY HIRED DOCTORS, NURSES, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, DENTISTS, OP TOMORROW TERRORISTS AND CHIROPRACTORS AT THE V.A. WITH 104 HOURS OF SICK LEAVE DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT TO TAKE CARE OF MAYOR IN MEDICAL CONDITIONS. THIS IS A VERY GOOD BILL THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. WALKER

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. STIVERS.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. STIVERS

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE S. 899, THE…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE S. 899, THE VETERANS PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TRANSITION IMPROVEMENT ACT. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, FOR HELPING ME, BEING THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THIS. THIS IS BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL LEGISLATION. SENATOR HIRONO IS THE SPONSOR IN THE SENATE, WE'RE SPONSORS IN THE HOUSE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S GREAT TO HAVE A VETERAN IN THE CHAIR TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, AS A BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE INCREDIBLE SACRIFICES THAT OUR VETERANS HAVE MADE IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY. AND WE OWE IT TO THEM TO PROVIDE THEM TIME WHEN THEY COME HOME TO DEAL WITH THE THINGS THEY NEED TO WORK ON, THEIR MEDICAL AND OTHER CONDITIONS. IN 2015 THE WOUNDED WARRIOR FEDERAL LEAVE ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW, WHICH WAS GREAT. IT GAVE SICK THREEVE PEOPLE THAT ARE NEWLY HIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, RATHER THAN WAITING ON THAT LEAVE TO ACCRUE, IF THEY HAD A DISABILITY RATING, A SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY RATING OF 30% OR MORE. UNFORTUNATELY THAT BILL DID NOT EXTEND THOSE BENEFITS TO TITLE 38 EMPLOYEES. THOSE ARE V.A. EMPLOYEES LIKE PHYSICIANS, PHYSICIANS ASSISTANTS, REGISTERED NURSES, CHIROPRACTORS, DENTISTS. THEY ARE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THEMSELVES AND IT'S NO SMALL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES. IN FACT, AS WE SIT HERE THERE ARE OVER 14,000 VACANCIES IN TITLE 38 JOBS, THAT MEANS UP TO 14,000 PEOPLE CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS BILL. . AGAIN, IT'S BIPARTISAN. IT'S A SIMPLE CHANGE THAT THEY CAN GET DEAL TO DEAL WITH THEIR WOUNDED WARRIOR CONDITIONS RATHER THAN WAITING FOR THAT LEAVE TO ACCRUE OVER TIME. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL. I WANT TO THANK MR. TAKANO FOR THAT. AND A LOT OF VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SUPPORTED IT. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF V.A. PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS, THE NURSES ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN LEGION, THE V.F.W., PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA, DISABLED VETERANS OF AMERICA, ASSOCIATION OF THE U.S. NAVY, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA, AM VETS, AND THE FEDERAL MANAGERS ASSOCIATION. I WANT TO THANK THE OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, AND THE CHAIRMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, FOR THEIR EXPERTISE AS THEY WORK THROUGH THIS BILL. I WANT TO THANK THE SPONSORS OF THE SENATE LEGISLATION, AGAIN, THANK REPRESENTATIVE TAKANO FOR JOINING ME IN THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. I RESERVE.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. SARBANES

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO REPRESENTATIVE TAKANO, ONE OF THE SPONSORS OF THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT BILL.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  IMPORTANT BILL.

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                                                  MR. TAKANO

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 899, THE…

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 899, THE VETERANS PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TRANSITION IMPROVEMENT ACT, WHICH EXTENDS SICK LEAVE FOR THOSE IN THE FIRST YEAR OF WORK AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. AS LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THIS BILL, I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE STEVE STIVERS FROM OHIO FOR HIS BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. LET ME HASTEN TO ADD, I DO ENJOY THE WORK WE DO TOGETHER AS FOUNDERS AND CO-CHAIRS OF THE BIPARTISAN MAKER CAUCUS, BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE CONGRESS ABOUT ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES. BACK TO THE ISSUE AT HAND. I ALSO WANT TO THANK SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO FOR TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE SENATE. VETERANS WHO CHOOSE TO PROVIDE THEIR MEDICAL SKILLS AND EXPERTISE TO SERVE OTHER VETERANS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO TAKE A LEAVE OF ABSENCE TO RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED. BY IMPROVING THE WOUNDED WARRIOR FEDERAL LEAVE ACT TO EXTEND BENEFITS TO WOUNDED WARRIORS WORKING AT THE V.A., WE WILL HELP VETERANS WHO NEED TO TAKE TIME OFF TO GET THEIR OWN MEDICAL CARE. THIS WILL ALSO HELP IN HIRING AND RECRUITING WHAT ARE KNOWN AS TITLE 38 EMPLOYEES AT THE V.A. AND THOSE -- THIS GROUP OF EMPLOYEES INCLUDES PHYSICIANS, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, REGISTERED NURSES, CHIROPRACTORS, PODIATRISTS, OPTOMETRISTS AND DENTISTS. ACCORDING TO 2018 DATA FROM THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, THERE ARE OVER 14,000 TITLE 38 VACANCIES NATIONWIDE. THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO MAKE IT A PRIORITY TO FILL THESE VAKEANSIES TO ENSURE THE V.A. -- VACANCIES TO ENSURE THE V.A. IS WELL STAFF. EXTENDING BENEFITS TO TITLE 38 EMPLOYEES AT THE V.A. CAN HELP WITH THE RECRUITMENT AND HIRING OF VETERANS WHO WANT TO CONTINUE HELPING OTHER VETERANS. VETERANS WORKING AT THE V.A. ALREADY MAKE INCREDIBLE SACRIFICES TO HELP THEIR FELLOW VETERANS. THEIR PAYCHECKS SHOULD NOT BE ONE OF THEM. THIS IS WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH OUR VETERANS AND SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                  MR. WALKER

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE NO…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                • 04:49:56 PM

                                                  MR. SARBANES

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS EITHER. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R.…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS EITHER. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2648 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 04:50:07 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                  MR. WALKER

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 899 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              • 04:50:20 PM

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

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

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

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                                                      Mr. Davis, Rodney moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 66 — "To establish the Route 66 Centennial Commission, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to prepare a plan on the preservation needs of Route 66, and for other purposes."

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                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL 66 AS AMENDED.

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                                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                      DEBATE

                                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 66.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        THE BILL.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                        PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                        MR. DAVIS

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

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 66, AS AMENDED.

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                                                      • 04:52:01 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                        MR. DAVIS

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

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 66, THE ROUTE 66 SEN CONTINENTAL -- CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE GRACE NAPOLITANO, FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION WITH ME AND ALSO CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO FOR HELPING SHEPHERD THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR ALONG WITH HIGHWAY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. GRAVES. I'M PROUD TO HAVE ROUTE 66 RUN THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF MY DISTRICT AND I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT WE CELEBRATE THE HISTORY OF ROUTE 66. IN 1926, ROUTE 66 BECAME OUR NATION'S FIRST ALL-PAVED HIGHWAY UNDER THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM CONNECTING CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, TO SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA. EARLY ON, THE ROAD WAS USED BY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS SEEKING TO ESCAPE THE DUST BOWL AND PROVIDED CRITICAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ROAD CREWS PAVING THE ROAD DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION. DURING WORLD WAR II, THE HIGHWAY TRANSPORTED TROOPS, EQUIPMENT, AND SUPPLIES TO MILITARY BASES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND WAS USED AFTER THE WAR BY THOUSANDS OF TROOPS RETURNING HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. BY THE 1950'S, ROUTE 66 BEGAN TO SEE A RISE IN TOURISM AND BECAME THE TRUE SYMBOL OF AMERICAN FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE THAT WE ALL KNOW TODAY. IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR, I WENT TON AN EXTENDED TOUR OF ILLINOIS' STRETCH OF THE HIGHWAY WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE DARREN LAHOOD, AND ALSO MANY STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT THE MOTHER ROAD BRINGS TO ILLINOIS. IT SUPPORTS MANY JOBS AND KEY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN SMALL TOWNS AND IT HELPS GENERATE IMPORTANT REVENUE TO SUPPORT THOSE SMALL RURAL COMMUNITIES. FOR EXAMPLE, TRAVELERS ALONG ROUTE 66 IN ILLINOIS CAN SEE A GIANT PINK ELEPHANT STATUE AND OTHER LARGER THAN LIFE SCULPTURES AT THE PINK ELEPHANT ANTIQUE MALL IN LIVINGSTON, ILLINOIS. MR. SPEAKER, AS A MATTER OF FACT, MY FAMILY AND I WERE COMING BACK TO MY HOMETOWN OF TAYLARVILLE, YESTERDAY, AND WE STOPPED AND HAD A GREAT LUMPLING AT THE TWISTY FREE TRADE, -- LUNCH AT THE TWISTY TREAT. IF YOU WANT TO GO THERE, THEY HAVE GREAT BURGERS. I HAD A PORK TENDERLOIN SANDWICH. AND TOPPED OFF WITH TASTY TREATS FAMOUS ICE CREAM. IF YOU'RE TRAVELING ROUTE 66 YOU CAN STOP AND SEE A MOVIE AT THE THEATER IN EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS. THAT ORIGINALLY OPENED IN 1909. OR STOP AT AN ALL-DAY BREAK FAST AT JUNGLE GYM'S CAFE, A QUINTESSENTIAL ROADSIDE DINNER IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS. THOSE ARE A FEW OF THE THOUSANDS OF LOCAL BUSINESSES ALONG ROUTE 66 WHOSE LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS ON THE HISTORIC HIGHWAY. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN A CAR ROAD -- CAR TO RIDE ROUTE 66. THEY PROVIDE PATHS FOR HIKERS AND BIKERS. A CENTENNIAL OF THIS HIGHWAY WILL BE AN INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS WILL BE READY TO WELCOME TRAVELERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY AND MAGIC OF THIS SCENIC BYWAY. H.R. 66, THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, WILL CREATE A 19-MEMBER COMMISSION TO RECOMMEND ACTIVITIES TO HONOR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOTHER ROAD IN THE YEAR 2026. IT ALSO DIRECTS THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO ENSURE THE FIRST ALL-PAVED U.S. HIGHWAY CONNECTING THE MIDWEST TO MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. NAPOLITANO'S DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA WILL BE PRESERVED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. AND IN DOING THIS, THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION WILL WORK WITH OUR GOVERNORS OF THE EIGHT STATES THAT THIS HISTORIC HIGHWAY PASSES THROUGH TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE PRESERVATION PLAN. H.R. 66 IS ENDORSED BY THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, THE ROUTE 66 ROAD AHEAD PARTNERSHIP, THE NATIONAL HISTORIC ROUTE 66 FEDERATION, AUTO CLUB ENTERPRISES, ALSO KNOWN AS A.A.A., AND THE ROUTE 66 ALLIANCE. UNDER GENERAL LEAVE, I SUBMIT THEIR LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR THE BILL FOR THE RECORD.

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                                                      • 04:56:19 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. NAPOLITANO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

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                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN VERY STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 66, THE ROUTE 66 CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION WITH ME AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND GRAVES AND RANKING MEMBERS DEFAZIO AND NORTON FOR MOVING THIS THROUGH COMMITTEE. ROUTE 66, AS WAS POINTED OUT, RUNS EAST TO WEST THROUGH MY DISTRICT AS FOOTHILL BOULEVARD IN MY CITIES OF LAVERNE, SAN DIMAS. OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, BUSINESSES LIKE SO MANY OTHERS FROM THE HEARTLAND TO THE WEST COAST, PROVIDE REST BREAKS FOR TRAVELERS. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PROUD TO BE PART OF THE ICONIC ROAD. THE CITY OF DUERTE CELEBRATES EVERY YEAR IN SEPTEMBER WITH A PARADE AND CLASSIC QUESTIONS, GROUPS AND MARCHING BANDS. ALONG THE HIGHWAY, THERE ARE SIGNS STILL THERE FROM LONG AGO FROM SHOWING ROUTE 66 LIVES THERE. THE THEME OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR THIS YEAR, WHICH IS VERY POPULAR FAIR, IS ROUTE 66, WITH MEMORABILIA AND ROUTE 66 MOVIE THEME NIGHTS. STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE REINVESTING IN ROUTE 66 AS AN ICON OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN THIS EFFORT AS WELL. H.R. 66 CREATES A NATIONAL COMMISSION TO RECOMMEND ACTIVITIES TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROUTE 66 IN 2026. THE BILL ALSO DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, AS WAS POINTED OUT, TO DEVELOP A PLAN ON THE PRESERVATION NEEDS OF THIS ICONIC ROUTE 66. THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO CONSULT WITH EIGHT STATES THROUGH WHICH ROUTE 66 TRAVELS, INCLUDES CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, KANSAS, MISSOURI, AND ILLINOIS. MR. SPEAKER, ROUTE 66 IS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF AMERICAN PAST BUT IT ALSO CONTINUES TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION, ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY BENEFITS TO OUR SOCIETY TODAY. WE MUST CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THIS HISTORIC ROAD SO THAT MANY MORE GENERATIONS CAN, IN THE WORDS OF CHUCK BERRY, GET THE KICKS ON ROUTE 66. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ROUTE 66 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE THE GENTLELADY TO KNOW I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS,…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE THE GENTLELADY TO KNOW I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, SO I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, BUT IF SHE HAS OTHER SPEAKERS I'LL RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                        I RESERVE.

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                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                        I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS.

                                                      • 04:59:45 PM

                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. NAPOLITANO, AND ALSO MY…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. NAPOLITANO, AND ALSO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LAHOOD, FOR GOING ON THE ROUTE 66 TOUR AND PASSING LEGISLATION THROUGH THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, WHEN HE WAS A MEMBER OF THAT COMMITTEE, TO ENSURE THIS MOTHER ROAD GETS THE RECOGNITION IT DESERVES WHEN IT TURNS 100 YEARS OLD. I WILL TELL YOU, YOU TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC IMPACTS, THIS ROAD HAS A TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC IMPACT IN RURAL AMERICA, CENTRAL ILLINOIS. WHEN I PULLED IN TO THE ANTIQUE ELEPHANT MALL -- THE PINK ELEPHANT ANTIQUE MALL YESTERDAY IT WAS TOUGH TO FIND A PARKING LOT ON A SUNDAY IN LIVINGSTON, ILLINOIS, WHEN THAT TOWN HAS 850 PEOPLE THAT RESIDE THERE. THIS IS A BIG DEAL.

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                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                        IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD? MY COMMUNITIES ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS…

                                                        IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD? MY COMMUNITIES ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS BILL AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH BIRTHDAY.

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                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                        AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU AND URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE…

                                                        AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU AND URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                      • 05:00:48 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 66 AS AMENDED.…

                                                        WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 66 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                    • 05:01:05 PM

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

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

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3906 AS AMENDED.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          UNION CALENDAR 631, A BILL TO ESTABLISH CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR…

                                                          UNION CALENDAR 631, A BILL TO ESTABLISH CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR INNOVATIVE STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                      • 05:02:18 PM

                                                        Mr. Graves (LA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3906 — "To establish centers of excellence for innovative stormwater control infrastructure, and for other purposes."

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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                                                      • 05:02:33 PM

                                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                        DEBATE

                                                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3906.

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                                                          MR. GRAVES

                                                          I ASK MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS…

                                                          I ASK MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 05:02:56 PM

                                                          MR. GRAVES

                                                          I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND…

                                                          I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, THE RANKING MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN DEFAZIO AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. NAPOLITANO FOR THEIR WORK IN PROGRESSING THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE KNOW, THE ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT IS OCCURRING IN THIS COUNTRY WITH THE ADDITIONAL WATER AND STORMWATER SYSTEMS THAT ARE BEING BUILT, HEAVY RAINS END UP TRANSFERRING POLLUTANTS AND HEAVY METALS AND TRASH AND BACTERIA AND MANY OTHER THINGS INTO OUR WATER SYSTEM. MR. SPEAKER, I REPRESENT SOUTH LOUISIANA. THE WATERSHED THAT I REPRESENT DRAINS FROM MONTANA TO TWO CANADIAN PROVE VINCES TO NEW YORK. AND ALL OF THAT STORMWATER RUNOFF ENDS UP COMING DOWN THROUGH THROUGH MY HOME STATE AND CONTRIBUTES TO ONE OF THE LARGEST DEAD ZONES IN THE NATION, WHICH IS NOT VERY COMPATIBLE WITH US HAVING SOME OF THE TOP COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING AND ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE ESTUARIES IN THE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO THANK MR. HECK FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION AND WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN KATKO. THIS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZES THAT STORMWATER RUNOFF DOES ACTUALLY TRANSFEROR DOES CONTRIBUTE TO POLLUTANTS IN OUR WATERWAYS AND IT RECOGNIZES THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM. BUT IT ALSO RECOGNIZES THAT IT'S A PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE SOLVED BY LOCAL, BY STATE AND BY FEDERAL AGENCIES, BY FEDERAL FIRST. AND SO, THIS LEGISLATION CREATES A NEW TASK FORCE TO LOOK AT INNOVATIVE FINANCING, TO LOOK AT NEW FUNDING STREAMS, TO LOOK AT HOW WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB INNOVATING THE FUNDING STREAMS TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE THAT WE SHARE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF POLLUTANTS AND TRASH THAT GET INTO OUR WATERWAYS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD. MR. SPEAKER, I MANAGED A LARGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM WHERE WE BUILT TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FRACTURING. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I REALIZED HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO LOOK AT THE FUNDING STREAMS THAT WERE AVAILABLE. PULLING THOSE TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE BEING USED IN A COMPLEMENTARY MANNER, NOT MANAGED IN SILOS AND NOT IN A CONFLICTING MANNER. THE GENTLEMAN'S LEGISLATION LOOKS AT THE REVENUE STREAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TODAY, WHETHER THEY ARE FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL FUNDS OR PERHAPS EVEN PRIVATE OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT. LOOKING AT THE REGULATORY STRUCTURES OUT THERE AND LOOKING AT OPPORTUNITIES TO ACHIEVE THIS BIPARTISAN GOAL OF REDUCING POLLUTANTS AND REDUCE TRASH AND REDUCING THE DEAD ZONE AND OTHER ADVERSE RESULTS OF STORMWATER RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINS. THIS IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. THIS PASSED THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MS. NAPOLITANO WORKED WITH US ON CHANGES IN THE COMMITTEE AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HECK, ON SOMETHING THAT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO COME UP WITH A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION AND ENSURING THATTHIS PASSES THE HOUSE AP THE SENATE AS WELL AND GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN RERVHE B TANCE OF S TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN RERVHE B TANCE OF S TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

                                                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONUM BECAUSE I RI SUPINRT OF.R. H 36, THE INNOVATIVE STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WAS INTRODUCED BY OUR LLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON, CONGRESSMAN HECK, AIMED AT ADDRESSING ONE OF THE ONGOING CONCERNS FACINGUR COMMUNITY AND UNFUNDED MANDATES, VERY UNFUNDED, HOW TO ADDRESS AND PAY FOR CONTROLLING ONGOING SOURCES OF STORMWATER. ACCORDING TO THE E.P.A., RUNOFF FROM USUAL ANDIZED SOURCE IS THE LEADING SOURCE ON LOCAL WATER BODIES. ON URBAN AND SUBURBAN AND PAVEMENT COVER MUCH OF THE LAND AND PREVENT RAIN AND SNOW MELT SOAKING INTO THE GROUND. INSTEAD THESE DEVELOPED AREAS CARRY LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER AND BARRIERS TO WATERWAYS AND HIGH LEVELS OF POLLUTION, SUCH AS OIL, DIRT, CHEMICALS AND LAWN FERTILIZERS RELEASED INTO LOCAL STREAMS AND RIVERS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO MORE TO HELP COMMUNITIES COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE GOALS OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND PRACTICES FOR ADDRESSING STORMWATER RUNOFF. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COST-EFFECTIVE LOW-IMPACT DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES. FINALLY, WE NEED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITIES TO HELP AND ADDRESS THEIR LOCAL WATER QUALITY CHALLENGES. IT WILL BANKRUPT THEM IF THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LETTER OF THE LAW. WHILE H.R. 3906 AS INTRODUCED WOULD HAVE ADDRESSED SOME OF THESE CHALLENGES, THE BILL WAS MODIFIED BY THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS MODIFICATION REMOVED THE AUTHORIZATION OF A NEW E.P.A. STORMWATER GRANT PROGRAM AND REPLACED IT ON A NEW STUDY OF HOW FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AND PRIVATE FUNDS ARE BEING USED TO ADDRESS LOCAL STORMWATER CHALLENGES. AS AMENDED, 3906 WOULD DIRECT THE E.P.A. ADMINISTRATION TO PARTNER WITH FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES IN THE CREATION OF A NEW STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE TASK FORCE. THEY WILL LOOK AT THE FUNDING AND AFFORDABILITY ISSUES RELATING TO REELINGS, OPERATION AND THE MAINTENANCE OF STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY TO MEET THE GOALS OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT. THE TASK FORCE WILL BE REQUIRED TO INVENTORY THE AVAILABLE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVENTORY AND TO ASSESS HOW THE USE OF THESE SOURCES OF FUNDING MIGHT AFFECT THE AFFORDABILITY OF THE SFRARBG TO A MUNICIPALITY WHICH SOMETIMES IS FLOUNDERING OR THERE MAY BE SEVERAL FINANCING OPTIONS FOR COMMUNITIES TO ADDRESS LOCAL STORMWATER CHALLENGES, THE ACTUAL COST OF THESE OPTIONS MAY VARY GREATLY. FOR EXAMPLE IS CHEAPER TO OBTAIN A GRANT THAN A LOAN, BUT IT MAY ALSO BE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR A COMMUNITY TO BORROW FROM THE CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND THAN TO BORROW FROM THE PRIVATE MARKET. THE QUESTION IS NOT SIMPLY ABOUT WHETHER FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR THE COMMUNITY BUT IS THAT FUNDING ALSO AFFORDABLE TO THE COMMUNITY. I EXPECT THAT THE TASK FORCE WILL SHOW HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE AN ACTIVE PLAYER IN FINANCING OF AFFORDABLE STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE. PERHAPS THIS WILL GUIDE FUTURE CONGRESSES TO TAKE A GREATER ROLE IN FINANCING. WHILE I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FEDERAL RESOURCES SO DESPERATELY NEEDED TO ADDRESS OUR LOCAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES, THE BILL IS A VERY GOOD FIRST STEP IN REFINING THE SCOPE OF THE STORMWATER CHALLENGES FACING OUR NATION. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING IT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          MR. GRAVES

                                                          I RESERVE.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                          I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MR. HECK.

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                                                          MR. HECK

                                                          THIS BILL IS ABOUT ADDRESSING THE SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF WATER POLLUTION…

                                                          THIS BILL IS ABOUT ADDRESSING THE SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF WATER POLLUTION IN AMERICA WHICH IS STORMWATER RUNOFF AND IT IS A NATIONWIDE ISSUE HERE IN D.C. FROM LOS ANGELES TO MILWAUKEE AND LOUISIANA AND ALSO ONE THAT IS ACUTELY FELT IN MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON BECAUSE IT DOES RAIN A LOT. WHEN THAT RAIN FALLS, THE RAIN RUNS OFF THE ROOFS AND DOWN THE STREETS, RAIN RUNS INTO THE STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEM AND PICKS UP ALL SORTS OF TOXIC STUFF THAT HAS BEEN ALLUDED TO EARLIER, STUFF LIKE FERTILIZERS, METALS AND OILS AND PESTICIDES. AND THAT STUFF, ALL THAT BAD STUFF RUNS INTO OUR LAKES AND OUR RIVERS AND ULTIMATELY IN MY REGION OF THE COUNTRY, IN THE PUGET SOUND WHICH IS THE LARGEST ESTUARY BY WATER VOLUME IN THE UNITED STATES. IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED BY SCIENTISTS THAT STORMWATER ACCOUNTS UP TO 80% OF ALL WATER POLLUTION. GONE ARE THE DAYS, THE EASY FIX SOLUTIONS OF POINT-SOURCE POLLUTION WHERE WE CAN PASS A LAW AND SAY FIGURE IT OUT. IT'S A LOT MORE DIFFICULT. IT'S MORE DECENTRALIZED AND PERVASIVE AND NOT LESS HARMFUL. THIS HURTS OUR BUSINESSES AS WELL, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT DEPEND ON CLEAN WATER. IN OUR STATE, WE HAVE A ROBUST SHELLFISH INDUSTRY WHICH EMPLOYS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. STORMWATER CAN KILL A SALMON IN A MATTER OF HOURS. WE HAVE TIME LAPSE FILMS SHOWING THIS AND NOT VERY MUCH TIME THAT HAS ELAPSED. THEY INGUESS THE METALS AND MONTHS LATER, THEY DIE. YOU CAN LITERALLY WATCH THEM DIE AS THE STORMWATER HITS THE WATER. SALMON IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE ECONOMY AND THE CULTURE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND ESPECIALLY TO THE NATIVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEPENDED ON THEM SINCE TIME AND MEMORIAL. SALMON SUPPORT IN OUR REGION OF THE COUNTRY, 30 BILLION A YEAR ECONOMY. SALMON ARE THE PREY OF CHOICE OF OUR BELOVED RESIDENT ORCAS, WHICH WE ARE PRECARIOUSLY CLOSE TO LOSING ALL TOGETHER. WE CAN'T SAVE THE SALMON IF WE DON'T SAVE PUGET SOUND IF WE DON'T DEAL WITH STORMWATER RUNOFF. THE GENTLEMAN TOLD FROM LOUISIANA SAID ABOUT STORM WATER IS PUNISHING OUR WATERWAYS AND ALONG WITH IT OUR WAY OF LIFE AND ECONOMY. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE IMPLEMENTING GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND ARE BUILDING NEW GRAY STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OUTFLOWS. THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. NOT ENOUGH BY A LONG SHOT. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE STRETCHED THIN AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP AND DO ITS PARTNERSHIP ROLE IN THIS. BACK IN MY STATE, WE ESTIMATE THAT THE STORMWATER PROBLEM COULD BE SOLVED WITH $19 BILLION WITH A B INVESTMENT BETWEEN NOW AND 2036. AND FRANKLY, ALMOST ALL OF THAT IS IN THE PUGET SOUND REGION. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. AND H.R. 3906 IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP TO HELP THE EXPERTS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO COME UP WITH INNOVATIVE WAYS AND THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. I CONCLUDE BY THANKING CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO ALONG WITH SUBCOMMITTEE GRAVES AND RANKING MEMBER NAPOLITANO AND MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM NEW YORK AND CONGRESSMAN KATKO FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I APPRECIATE THEIR HELP TO BRING GREATER ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEM OF STORMWATER RUNOFF. LET'S BE CLEAR. WE HAVE TO DO MORE AND DO A LOT MORE. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE COMMITTEE TO INCREASE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S PARTNERSHIP ROLE TO TACKLE THIS THREAT WHICH IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF WATER POLLUTION IN AMERICA. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK. . .

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                                                          MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                          I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. GRAVES

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                          MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                          SO AM I. WELL --

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, JUST ONE LAST WORD. I THINK THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT BILL.…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, JUST ONE LAST WORD. I THINK THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT BILL. WE'VE BEEN DEALING WITH THE STORMWATER ISSUE FOR AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS IN MY AREA. BECAUSE IT IS NOT A FUNDED MANDATE, THE CITIES ARE CRYING OUT FOR HELP, AND I THINK THE TWO CASES SET FORTH BY MY COLLEAGUES POINT OUT THE NEED FOR FEDERAL INTERFERENCE -- I SHOULD SAY HELP. SO I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. GRAVES

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CONGRESSMAN HECK RECENTLY BROUGHT UP THE SHELLFISH…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CONGRESSMAN HECK RECENTLY BROUGHT UP THE SHELLFISH INDUSTRY. JUST THIS WEEK, LOUISIANA OYSTER TASK FORCE IS COMING IN TOWN. WE'RE GOING TO BE MEETING WITH THEM, TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THIS AND A NUMBER OF OTHER PRIORITY ISSUES BECAUSE THEIR INDUSTRY HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY WATER QUALITY AND MANY OTHER CHALLENGES. MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO SAY THIS LEGISLATION HELPS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, TOGETHER WITH OUR NONGOVERNMENT PARTNERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE OUT THERE, THAT WE'RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER, THAT WE'RE ENSURING THE REGULATORY STRUCTURE OUT THERE IS COMPLEMENTARY TO THIS EFFORT TO HELP ENSURE CLEAN WATER, NOT JUST NOW BUT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME, THAT WE'RE USING BETTER TECHNOLOGY, THAT WE'RE USING BETTER MECHANISMS SUCH AS VEGETATIVE PLANTINGS AND BUFFERS AND OTHER THINGS TO ENSURE WE'RE NOT POLLUTING OUR WATERS BUT WE'RE CLEANING THEM, THAT WE HAVE SAFE DRINKING WATERS, THAT WE HAVE SAFE, PRODUCTIVE ECOSYSTEMS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN HECK, CONGRESSMAN KATKO, MY FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN NAPOLITANO, AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN THIS LEGISLATION. THIS WILL HELP US ENSURE THE VARIOUS FUNDING STREAMS THAT ARE OUT THERE, THAT WE'RE USING THEM IN A COMPLEMENTARY MANNER, NOT IN A STOVEPIPED MANNER. AGAIN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 3906, AS AMENDED, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3906, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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

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                                                              MR. BARLETTA

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5772.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              BILL.

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                                                            Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 5772 — "To designate the J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Courthouse in Amarillo, Texas, as the "J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Mary Lou Robinson United States Courthouse"."

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                                                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                COURTHOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                                COURTHOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, MS. TITUS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                            DEBATE

                                                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5772.

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                                                              MR. BARLETTA

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

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5772.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MATERIAL ON H.R. 5772.

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                                                              MR. BARLETTA

                                                              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. BARLETTA

                                                              H.R. 5772 WOULD DESIGNATE THE J. MARVIN JONES FEDERAL BUILDING AND…

                                                              H.R. 5772 WOULD DESIGNATE THE J. MARVIN JONES FEDERAL BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE IN AMARILLO, TEXAS, AS THE J. MARVIN JONES FEDERAL BUILDING AND MARYLOU ROBINSON UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. JUDGE ROBINSON WAS A LEGAL PIONEER, PAVING THE WAY FOR WOMEN IN WHAT WAS ONCE A MALE-DOMINATED PROFESSION. IN 1973, JUDGE ROBINSON WAS APPOINTED JUSTICE OF THE SEVENTH COURT OF APPEALS IN AMARILLO, TEXAS, MAKING HER THE FIRST FEMALE APLATE JUDGE IN TEXAS -- APPELLATE JUDGE IN TEXAS. FOUR YEARS LATER SHE WAS APPOINTED CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SAME COURT. FIVE YEARS LATER, PRESIDENT CARTER APPOINTED ROBINSON AS THE SECOND WOMAN TO SERVE AS UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE IN TEXAS. FOR OVER 60 YEARS, JUDGE ROBINSON WAS A PIONEER, A SCHOLAR, AND ABOVE ALL A JUDGE OF FAIRNESS AND INTEGRITY. I SUPPORT NAMING THIS FEDERAL BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE AFTER HER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MS. TITUS

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MS. TITUS

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MS. TITUS

                                                              THANK YOU. I JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN SUPPORTING H.R. 5772 WHICH DESIGNATES…

                                                              THANK YOU. I JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN SUPPORTING H.R. 5772 WHICH DESIGNATES THE J. MARVIN JONES FEDERAL BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE IN AMARILLO, TEXAS, AS THE J. MARVIN JONES FEDERAL BUILDING AND MARY LOU ROBINSON UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. THE NEW DESIGNATION IS A WELL-DESERVED HONOR FOR JUDGE MARY LOU ROBINSON. YOU HAVE HEARD SOME DESCRIPTION OF HER OUTSTANDING CAREER. LET ME ADD A FEW MORE POINTS. SHE SERVED AS A JUDGE IN AMARILLO, TEXAS, FOR MORE THAN 63 YEARS WITH 35 YEARS ON THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY. WHEN SHE TOOK SENIOR STATUS AS A FEDERAL JUDGE IN 2016, SHE BECAME THE LONGEST SERVING FEDERAL JUDGE IN BOTH THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS AND THE ENTIRE FIFTH CIRCUIT. JUDGE ROBINSON RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS THROUGHOUT HER CAREER FOR BOTH HER LEGAL AND HER PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY. SHE WAS NAMED ONE OF THE 100 LEGAL LEGENDS BY TEXAS LAWYER, THE 2016 JURRIST OF THE YEAR BY THE CHAPTERS OF TRIAL ADVOCATES AND 1973 TEXAS WOMAN OF THE YEAR BY THE TEXAS FEDERATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN, AMONG OTHER AWARDS. HER COLLEAGUES REPORTED THAT SHE HAD A REPUTATION FOR RUNNING AN ORDERLY AND EFFICIENT COURTROOM AND SHE TREATED CELEBRITY TRIALS THE SAME WAY SHE TREATED MUNDANE TWO-DAY CIVIL CASES. JUDGE ROBINSON CERTAINLY SERVED WITH DISTINCTION DURING HER TIME ON THE FEDERAL BENCH. SHE WAS DEEPLY RESPECTED BY THE AMARILLO LEGAL COMMUNITY, AND I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION WHICH APTLY NAMES THE FACILITY IN HER HONOR. I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. BARLETTA

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. THORNBERRY

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDING AND THE SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA FOR THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I INTRODUCE THIS LEGISLATION WITH THE NEAR UNANIMOUS REQUEST OF THE LEGAL COMMUNITY AND THE BROADER LEADERSHIP IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE. SINCE 1980, THE FEDERAL BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE IN AMARILLO, TEXAS, HAS BEEN KNOWN AS THE J. MARVIN JONES FEDERAL BUILDING. JUDGE JONES LED A REMARKABLE LIFE. HE SERVED IN THIS HOUSE FROM 1917 TO 1940, INCLUDING AS CHAIR OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. HE WAS THEN APPOINTED TO THE COURT OF CLAIMS, TOOK A LEAVE OF ABSENCE TO SERVE IN THE ROOSEVELT ADMINISTRATION DURING WORLD WAR II, WENT BACK TO THE COURT OF CLAIMS WHERE HE WAS THE CHIEF JUDGE THERE FROM 1947 UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1964. AS I SAID, IT WAS A REMARKABLE LIFE. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER REMARKABLE LIFE THAT HAS BEEN -- HAS MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON THE CAUSE OF JUSTICE IN THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS, AND IT HAS ALSO BEEN AN INSPIRATIONAL LIFE. JUDGE MARY LOU ROBINSON HAS SERVED AS A JUDGE, AS YOU HEARD, FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS. MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF WHICH HAS BEEN OF THE FEDERAL -- AS A FEDERAL DISTRICT JUDGE IN THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS. SHE IS A PIONEER. SHE ATTENDED LAW SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT A TIME WHEN VERY FEW WOMEN APPLIED FOR WERE ADMITTED TO THE LAW SCHOOL AT ALL. WHEN SHE WENT INTO PRIVATE PRACTICE IN AMARILLO, SHE WAS ONE OF TWO FEMALE ATTORNEYS PRACTICING THERE IN 1955, JUDGE ROBINSON BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN IN AMARILLO HISTORY TO SERVE AS A JUDGE HIGHER THAN THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE LEVEL, AND WAS THE FIRST POTTER COUNTY COURT OF LAW JUDGE. UP UNTIL THAT TIME IN TEXAS, WOMEN COULD NOT SERVE ON JURIES. SHE WAS ELECTED STATE DISTRICT COURT JUDGE IN 1960. AS YOU HEARD, IN 1973, SHE BECAME AN ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF THE SEVENTH STATE COURT OF APPEALS, MAKING HER THE FIRST FEMALE APPELLATE JUDGE IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS. SHE LATER BECAME THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THAT COURT. IN 1979, JUDGE ROBINSON WAS NOMINATED AND CONFIRMED TO THE FEDERAL BENCH, AGAIN, BEING ONLY THE SECOND WOMAN TO SERVE AS A U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE IN TEXAS. THEN, FOR DAY IN AND DAY OUT, FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS JUDGE ROBINSON PRESIDED OVER FEDERAL AND CRIMINAL CASES WITH FAIRNESS AND WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS FITTING THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM. SHE TOOK SENIOR JUDGE STATUS IN 1960. AS YOU HEARD, SHE'S BEEN HONORED REPEATEDLY, SUCH AS THE SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR AWARD, FROM THE TEXAS CENTER OF LEGAL ETHICS AND TEXAS LAWYER MAGAZINES ONE OF 100 LEGAL LEGENDS IN THE STATE. I WOULD SAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT JUDGE ROBINSON'S INFLUENCE EXTENDS EVEN FURTHER THAN THE TRAIL BLAZING AND REMARKABLE LONGEVITY THAT HER LEGAL CAREER WOULD INDICATE. THROUGHOUT IT ALL, JUDGE ROBINSON HAS UPHELD THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF LEGAL ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM, BEING A ROLE MODEL NOT ONLY FOR THOSE IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM BUT FOR MEN AND WOMEN THROUGHOUT THE REGION. SHE'S FAIR BUT SHE'S TOUGH, AND HERE I CAN SPEAK FROM A BIT OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT NO LAWYER WANTED TO GO UNPREPARED INTO HER COURTROOM. WITH HER RAZOR SHARP INTELLECT AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAW, SHE WAS ALWAYS WELL PREPARED AND PROBABLY KNEW MORE ABOUT THE LAW OF THE CASE THAN THE LAWYERS ARGUING IT. NO ONE EVER DOUBTED THAT ALL SIDES OF THE CASE WOULD GET A FAIR HEARING. AND AT THE SAME TIME, THOSE WHO KNOW HER OFF THE BENCH KNOW HER TO HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, COMPASSION, AND OF WARM HUMAN TOUCH. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 5772 WOULD ADD JUDGE MARY LOU ROBINSON'S NAME TO THE FEDERAL BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE IN APPLE RILL -- AMARILLO, TEXAS, SO IT WILL BE KNOWN AS THE J. MARVIN JONES FEDERAL BUILDING AND MARY LOU ROBINSON UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. MARVIN JONES SERVED IN ALL THREE BRANCHES OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. JUDGE ROBINSON HAS SERVED IN THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OF THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS. THIS DESIGNATION HONORS EACH OF THEM IN A WAY THAT IS FITTING TO EACH OF THEM. ADDING JUDGE ROBINSON'S NAME OF THAT OF MARVIN JONES WILL NOT ONLY HONOR THE CAREERS OF TWO REMARKABLE INDIVIDUALS, IT WILL HELP INSPIRE ALL OF US TO REACH TOWARD THEIR HIGH STANDARDS OF INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM, AND SERVICE TO OUR NATION. AGAIN, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MS. TITUS

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST SAY, AGAIN, THAT WE ARE MOST…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST SAY, AGAIN, THAT WE ARE MOST IMPRESSED BY THE TWO PEOPLE WHOSE NAMES ARE ON THIS FEDERAL BUILDING, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE DESIGNATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. BARLETTA

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5772. THOSE…

                                                              THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5772. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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

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

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                MR. BARLETTA

                                                                I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3460 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                H.R. 3460, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 323…

                                                                H.R. 3460, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 323 EAST CHAPEL HILL STREET IN DURHAM, NORTH OORL AS THE JOHN HERE VEE WHEELER UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARR LETA AND…

                                                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARR LETA AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, MRS. TITUS EACH WILL CONSUME 20 MINUTES.

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                                                              Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3460 — "To designate the United States courthouse located at 323 East Chapel Hill Street in Durham, North Carolina, as the "John Hervey Wheeler United States Courthouse"."

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                                                                MR. BARLETTA

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

                                                                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. H.R. 3460 WOULD DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOATHED IN DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA AS THE JOHN HERVEY WHEELER UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. HE PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. HE WAS RESPECTED IN DURHAM, SUCCESSFULLY LEGITIMATING SCHOOL SEGREGATION CASES IN THE 1940'S. 1961, PRESIDENT KENNEDY APPOINTED HIM TO THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION AND WORKED ALONG SIDE PRESIDENT JOHNSON. MR. WHEELER ALSO SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF MECHANICS AND FARMERS BANK WHERE HE WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE HIS WORK ON CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES MAKING POST PURCHASE OF HOMES, THE ACQUISITION OF FEDERAL LOANS AND RELAXATION OF RACIAL BARRIERS IN NORTH CAROLINA. I THINK IT IS FITTING TO NAME THE COURTHOUSE IN DURHAM AFTER HIM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE.

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                                                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                              DEBATE

                                                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3460.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                MS. TITUS

                                                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3460 WHICH WOULD NAME THE FEDERAL UNITED STATES…

                                                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3460 WHICH WOULD NAME THE FEDERAL UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOATHED IN DOWNTOWN DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA. MR. WHEELER WAS A PROMINENT COMMUNITY LEADER. HE WAS A BANK PRESIDENT AND A CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER WHO HELPED TRANSFORM THE CITY OF DURHAM OVER HIS LONG AND IMPRESSIVE CAREER. IT IS APPROPRIATE TO NAME THIS COURTHOUSE FOR HIM. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AT THIS TIME TO MR. BUTTERFIELD, WHO COMES FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND BROUGHT US THIS LEGISLATION AND CAN SPEAK MORE PERSONALLY ABOUT THE MANY QUALITIES OF MR. WHEELER. I WOULD YIELD TO HIM AS MUCH TIME AS HE WOULD CONSUME.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                MR. BUTTERFIELD

                                                                LET ME THANK YOU, MS. TITUS FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND LEADERSHIP AND THANK…

                                                                LET ME THANK YOU, MS. TITUS FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND LEADERSHIP AND THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME THIS AFTERNOON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARR LETA, THANK YOU AS WELL. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 3460 THAT SEEKS TO NAME THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 32 EAST CHAPEL HILL STREET IN DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA AS THE JOHN HERVEY WHEELER UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. THIS BILL HAS THE SUPPORT FROM MY FRIENDS IN THE NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND ENTIRE DURHAM COMMUNITY. IT WAS FAVORABLY REPORTED OUT OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE SEVERAL DAYS AGO. JOHN HERVEY WHEELER WAS A A PROMINENT AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER, CIVIC LEADER, EDUCATOR, STATESMAN AND FILL AND THROW PASS AND FAMILY FRIEND AS WELL. HE WAS BORN ON THE CAMPUS IN ADVANCE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA ON NEW YEAR'S DAY OF 1908 AS THE SECOND CHILD. AFTER THE WHEELER FAMILY RELOCATED TO ATLANTA, GEORGIA. HE ATTENDED MOORE HOUSE ACADEMY. 1921 AND 1925 AND WENT TO MORE HOUSE COLLEGE WHERE HE GRADUATE THE SUMMA CUM SPP LAUDE. AND HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A BANK TELLER. HE ADVANCED THROUGH THE COMPANY'S RANKS AND BECAME EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT. MR. WHEELER WOULD BECOME BANK PRESIDENT. AT THE AGE OF 44, HE WAS THE YOUNGEST AFRICAN-AMERICAN BANK PRESIDENT IN THE COUNTRY. HE SAW THE BANK GROW FROM OPERATING BRANCHES IN TWO CITIES TO HAVING A BRANCH IN CHARLOTTE. DURING HIS TENURE, THE BANK'S ASSETS GREW TO $41 MILLION. HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING LOANS TO HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES IN NORTH CAROLINA ENABLING THEM TO PURCHASE THEIR HOME. HE MADE LOANS TO CHURCHES AND BUSINESSES, LOANS THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN BECAUSE OF DISCRIMINATORY LENDING PRACTICES. JOHN WHEELER WAS EAGER TO BECOME A LAWYER. HE ENROLLED IN LAW SCHOOL NOW NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY WHERE IN 1947 HE WAS AMONG THE FIRST LAW SCHOOL GRADUATE. JOHN WHEELER BECAME A THOUGHTFUL ACTIVIST THROUGH THE ORGANIZATION OF THE DURHAM ORGANIZATION ON COMMUNITY AFFAIRS. AN ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN DURHAM IN 1935. MR. WHEELER BEGAN SERVING AS CHAIRMAN IN 1957, A POSITION HE HELD UNTIL 1978. THE ORGANIZATION CONTINUES TODAY . AS THE DURHAM COMMITTEE OF AFFAIRS ON BLACK PEOPLE. AS A STUDENT AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY, JOHN WHEELER WAS A TIGHT AND OF A COMMUNITY LEADER, WELL RESPECTED. ON MANY OCCASIONS HE PERSONALLY COUNSELED ME BY PROVIDING ADVICE THAT I RECALL TO THIS DAY. IT WAS THROUGH THE DURHAM COMMUNITY THAT ATTORNEY WHEELER AND ATTORNEY THOMPSON AND OLIVER HILL CHALLENGED SEVERAL NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL BOARDS BY ALLEGING THAT THEY WERE FAILING TO PROVIDE EQUAL FUNDING TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCHOOLS. IT WAS A CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE. IN THE CASE OF BLUE VERSUS DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT FILED ON MAY 18, 1949, WHEELER, THOMPSON AND HILL WERE SUCCESSFUL IN PROVING THAT THE DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS VIOLATING THE 14TH AMENDMENT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. THE COURT ENTERED ITS ORDER AND I HAVE A COPY WITH ME TODAY AND I WILL READ ONE SENTENCE. THE NET RESULT OF WHAT HAS BEEN DONE LEAVES NEGRO SCHOOL CHILDREN AT MANY DISADVANTAGES WHICH MUST BE OVERCOME, END OF QUOTE. THE COURT ORDERED EQUAL FUNDING FOR THE SCHOOLS ON JANUARY 26, 1951 IN THE VERY BUILDING WE ARE NAMING TODAY. INCIDENTALLY, THE STATE COURTHOUSE IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA IS NAMED FOR HIS CO-COUNSEL, OLIVER HILL. BLACK RESIDENTS REPRESENTED THEM IN A SIMILAR LAWSUIT BECAUSE THE WILSON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD REFUSED TO BUILD ANY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE RURAL PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN. MR. WHEELER WON THAT CASE AS WELL. AND BECAUSE OF THE LITIGATION, TWO CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS WERE CONSTRUCTED. THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN IN WILSON COUNTY BENEFITED BY OBTAINING A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION. MR. WHEELER FILED SEVERAL SCHOOL DESEGREGATION LAWSUITS. IN 1956, HE AND OTHER ATTORNEYS INCLUDING FUTURE COURT CHAIRMAN WON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT CASE OF FRAZIER VERSUS BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH LED TO THE FIRST THREE AFRICAN-AMERICAN UNDERGRADUATES TO GAIN ADMISSION TO OUR STATE'S FLAGSHIP INSTITUTION. IN 1961, PRESIDENT KENNEDY APPOINTED JOHN WHEELER TO THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY. AN AMBITIOUS ESTABLISHED BY THE THEN GOVERNOR TO HELP ERADICATE POVERTY. HE JOINED THE ORGANIZATION BOARD AND HIS BANK WAS THE REPOSITORY OF ITS ACCOUNTS. THEN GOVERNOR NAMED WHEELER TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY. MR. WHEELER WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO BE A CONVENTION DELEGATE. THAT SAME YEAR, HE BECAME THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN 1944 AND BASED IN ATLANTA GEORGIA. IN 1967, JOHN WHEELER RECEIVED AN HONOR OTHER DOCTORATE FROM MOORE HOUSE COLLEGE AS A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES HE HAD PREVIOUSLY HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM SHAW UNIVERSITY IN RALEIGH AND TUSKEGEE. 1970, MR. WHEELER WAS AWARDED AN HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM DUKE UNIVERSITY AND RECEIVED THE CIVIL LIBERTIES AWARD FOR HIS DEFENSE OF FREEDOM FOR ALL OF NORTH CAROLINAIANS. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY HORPPED HIM WITH AN HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE. JANUARY 4, 1976, MORE HOUSE COLLEGE DEDICATED THE JOHN H. WHEELER HALL AS THE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING. AND ON DECEMBER 25, CHRISTMAS DAY, 1935, MR. WHEELER MARRIED THE FORMER LUCILLE WARREN. AND A CO-FOUNDER AND ONE-TIME PRESIDENT OF THE MECHANICS AND FARMERS BANK. THEY HAVE TWO CHILDREN, JULIA TAYLOR AND HERE VEE. HE PASSED AWAY 40 YEARS AGO JULY 6, 1978 AT THE AGE OF 70. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, HE GAVE SEACH OF HIMSELF TO HIS COMMUNITY, STATE AND COUNTRY AND ACCOMPLISHED MORE ON HIS TIME IN EARTH THAN SOME COULD HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IN TWO LIFE TIMES. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 3460 TO DIRECT THAT THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE BE NAMED IN HIS HONOR. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                MS. TITUS

                                                                AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FOR SHARING WITH US THAT AMAZING LIFE STORY.…

                                                                AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FOR SHARING WITH US THAT AMAZING LIFE STORY. AT THIS TIME, I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                MR. BARLETTA

                                                                I RESERVE.

                                                              • 05:39:57 PM

                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                              • 05:40:00 PM

                                                                MS. TITUS

                                                                I WOULD JUST SUPPORT -- ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL…

                                                                I WOULD JUST SUPPORT -- ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                MR. BARLETTA

                                                                I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

                                                                THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3460. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. -- AMENDED AS PASSED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                  Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 2734 — "To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria Street in Laredo, Texas, as the "George P. Kazen Federal Building and United States Courthouse"."

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                                                                    MR. BARLETTA

                                                                    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL 2734.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                    AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FEDERAL BUILDING, UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED…

                                                                    AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FEDERAL BUILDING, UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 1300 VICTORIA STREET IN LAREDO TEXAS AS THE GEORGE P. KAZEN FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE.

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                                                                  Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2734 — "To require the Department of Commerce to address the trade deficits between the United States and other countries, and for other purposes."

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                  DEBATE

                                                                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2734.

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                                                                    MR. BARLETTA

                                                                    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 REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON SENATE BILL 2734

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                    MR. BARLETTA

                                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. SENATE BILL 2734 WOULD…

                                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. SENATE BILL 2734 WOULD DESIGNATE THE FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED IN LAREDO COURTHOUSE AS THE GEORGE P. KAZEN FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. HE WAS APPOINTED TO THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS BY PRESIDENT CARTER IN 1979. HE SERVED AS CHIEF JUDGE FROM 1996 TO 2003 AND ASSUMED SENIOR STATUS IN 2009. AND IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, HE RETIRED FROM THE BENCH. PRIOR TO HIS APPOINTMENT AS A FEDERAL JUDGE, JUDGE KAZEN WAS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE FOR 14 YEARS. EARLIER IN HIS CAREER, HE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AS CAPTAIN AND JUDGE ADVOCATE. IN ADDITION, JUDGE KAZEN HAS BEEN AN ADD JUNK PROFESSOR OF LAW AND SERVED AS JUDGE ON THE SURVEILLANCE COURT. GIVEN HIS SERVICE, IT IS MORE THAN FITTING TO NAME THIS COURTHOUSE AFTER HIM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                    DEBATE

                                                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2734.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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                                                                      MS. TITUS

                                                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY RECOGNIZE. THIS DEATHS THE FEDERAL…

                                                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY RECOGNIZE. THIS DEATHS THE FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED IN LAREDO TEXAS AS THE GEORGE P. KAZEN FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. I LIKE COMMEND CONGRESSMAN CUELLAR WHO INTRODUCED THE HOUSE COMPANION TO THIS BILL AND HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. CUELLAR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO SHARE WITH US THE IMPRESSIVE STORIES OF JUDGE KAZEN'S LEGAL AND PUBLIC CAREER.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                      MR. CUELLAR

                                                                      I THANK MS. TITUS, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, FOR THE GREAT LEADERSHIP…

                                                                      I THANK MS. TITUS, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, FOR THE GREAT LEADERSHIP SHE HAS PROVIDED IN THE COMMITTEE AND IN THE HOUSE ALSO. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND GREAT SERVICE THAT HE HAS PROVIDED THE COUNTRY HERE IN THE U.S. CONGRESS. THIS PARTICULAR BILL MEANS A LOT TO MY DISTRICT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALSO BEFORE I FORGET, THE MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE FOR UNANIMOUS SUPPORT OF THIS PARTICULAR BILL. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 2734, A BILL WHICH WOULD DESIGNATE THE FEDERAL COURT HOUSE LOCATED IN MY COURTHOUSE AT 1300 VICTORIA STREET IN LAREDO, TEXAS AS THE GEORGE P. KAZEN FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. HE WAS BORN IN 1940. AND RECEIVED HIS LAW DEGREE WITH HONORS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW IN 1961. SHORTLY AFTER GRADUATION, HE SERVED A TERM AS A ATTORNEY FOR THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT AND TO THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AS A J.A.G. OFFICER WHERE HE WAS AWARDED THE COMMEMORATION MEDAL. HE WILL RETURN BACK TO THE CITY IN 1965 AND PRACTICE LAW UNTIL HE WAS APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT CARTER TO BECOME THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE IN 1979 FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS. DURING HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE COURTROOM, HE WAS KNOWN AS AN HONEST, HUMBLE AND DEDICATED INDIVIDUAL. HE WAS MOOPING THE MOST RESPECTED JUDGES IN THE STATE AND IN THE COUNTRY. AND CONSISTENTLY RULED WITH CLASS AND FAIRNESS, ALL WHICH ARE STILL MAKING TIME TO SERVE ON NUMEROUS CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT SOUTH TEXAS. HE RECENTLY RETIRED AFTER ALMOST 40 YEARS OF SERVICE ON THE BENCH. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND HONOR TO SAY THAT THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL, A VERY NOBLE INDIVIDUAL. THE DEDICATING OF THIS FEDERAL BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE WOULD SERVE AS A REMINDER TO ALL OF US OF THIS GREAT MAN WHO SERVED HIS COMMUNITY AND HIS COUNTRY FOR SO MANY YEARS. I WANT TO CONVEY MY LEGISLATIVE INTENT FOR THIS BILL THAT WOULD SAY THAT THE CENTRAL JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM BE KNOWN AS THE SECOND INJURYY ROOM. . . HE SAT ON THE BENCH FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS. JUDGE KAZEN, WHO -- THE MAN WHO THIS BUILDING WILL BE NAMED AFTER, WOULD CALL NAUZEN WILL BE PART OF THE, QUOTE, HEART OF THE COURTHOUSE. HE WAS KNOWN AS A BELOVED, COMPASSIONATE SERVANT AND A FULL LIFE WHERE HE SERVED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULE OF LAW. IN PARTICULAR, I WANT TO THANK SENATORS JON CORNYN AND SENATOR CRUZ FOR HELPING TO BRING THIS BILL ON THE FLOOR IN THE SENATE AND SUCCESSFULLY PASS IN THE SENATE AND ALL MY TEXAS COLLEAGUES, ALL THE MEMBERS, ALL 36 MINUTES FROM TEXAS IN THE HOUSE FOR ALSO SUPPORTING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HONOR GEORGE KAZEN THROUGHOUT THIS GESTURE. SO, MEMBERS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT TO THIS BILL TO NAME THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 1300 VICTORIA STREET IN LAREDO, TEXAS, AS THE GEORGE P. KAZEN FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE. I WANT TO THANK MS. TITUS AND MR. BARLETTA AND THE COMMITTEE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                    • 05:43:50 PM

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

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA.

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                                                                        MS. TITUS

                                                                        I WANT TO THANK MR. QUAYIER TO EXPLAIN WHY IT'S IMPORTANT -- MR. QUAYE --…

                                                                        I WANT TO THANK MR. QUAYIER TO EXPLAIN WHY IT'S IMPORTANT -- MR. QUAYE -- CUELLAR FOR EXPLAINING WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO NAME THIS COURTHOUSE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                      • 05:48:13 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                        MR. BARLETTA

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

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE -- PASS…

                                                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE -- PASS SENATE 2734. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, RULES THE ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                        MR. BARLETTA

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ABOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5846 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                        H.R. 5846, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES…

                                                                        H.R. 5846, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO CONDUCT A STUDY REGARDING THE BUYOUT PRACTICES OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, AND…

                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, MS. TITUS, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                        MR. BARLETTA

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

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 5846, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                      Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5846 — "To require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study regarding the buyout practices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and for other purposes."

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                        MR. BARLETTA

                                                                        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. BARLETTA

                                                                        H.R. 5846, AS AMENDED, THE PROMOTING FLOOD RISK MITIGATION ACT, REQUIRES…

                                                                        H.R. 5846, AS AMENDED, THE PROMOTING FLOOD RISK MITIGATION ACT, REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO CONDUCT A STUDY AND ISSUE A REPORT TO CONGRESS REGARDING THE FLOOD BUYOUT PRACTICES OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY. THE REMOVAL OF HOMES AND BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY FLOODED TO AVOID FUTURE DISASTER DAMAGES AND LOSSES IS A CRITICAL MITIGATION TECHNIQUE. THESE MITIGATION MEASURES NOT ONLY SAVE LIVES BUT ALSO REDUCE DISASTER COSTS BY MINIMIZING THE RISK OF FUTURE DAMAGE FROM DISASTERS. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT FOR EVERY $1 INVESTED IN MITIGATION, THERE IS A POTENTIAL OF SAVING $4. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                      DEBATE

                                                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5846.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MS. TITUS

                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5846, THE…

                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5846, THE PROMOTING FLOOD RISK MITIGATION ACT, AS AMENDED. THIS BILL WAS BROUGHT TO US BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER. THE BILL REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO CONDUCT THE STUDY OF THE EFFICACY OF BUYOUT OF FLOOD-PRONE PROPERTY REQUIRED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND EXAMINE WAYS TO STREAMLINE FUNDING TO PROVIDE MORE TIMELY ASSISTANCE TO A LARGER NUMBER OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. ONE ONLY NEEDS TO LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S HURRICANE SEASON TO SEE THE DEVASTATING IMPACT THESE INTENSE -- OF THESE INTENSE STORMS DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND WHAT THEY DID TO OUR COMMUNITIES. UNFORTUNATELY, FOR MANY RESIDENTS, THE DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA, AND MARIA WERE NOT OCCURRING FOR THE FIRST TIME BUT FOR SECOND OR THIRD TIMES THESE HOMES WERE FLOODED AND HAD TO BE REPAIRED WITH FEDERAL ASSISTANCE. IN ORDER TO STOP THIS ENDLESS REPAIRING AND REBUILDING OF HOMES IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS, WE MUST FIND WAYS TO ENCOURAGE MORE HOMEOWNERS TO AGREE TO HAVING THEIR HOMES BOUGHT OUT AS WELL AS WAYS TO ENCOURAGE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PURCHASE MORE OF THESE PROPERTIES. THE BILL BEFORE YOU REQUIRES THE G.A.O. TO ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY OF A PILOT PROGRAM IN EXCHANGE FOR CREDIT ON THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS, PROPERTY OWNERS WOULD BE ABLE TO AGREE BEFORE A FLOOD OCCURS TO HAVE THEIR RESIDENCE BOUGHT OUT IF THEIR RESIDENCE IS LATER SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED BY A FLOOD. ED STUDY WOULD ALSO EXAMINE THE -- THE STUDY WOULD ALSO EXAMINE THE ROLE THAT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS CAN MAKE BUYOUTS MORE READILY AVAILABLE AND MORE EFFICIENT. WE MUST STOP THE CYCLE OF DESTROY, REBUILD, DESTROY, REBUILD, AND THIS STUDY IS A GOOD FIRST STEP TO ASSESS THE BENEFITS OF BUYOUTS AND THE FEASIBILITY OF POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS. TO FURTHER DISCUSS THIS, I WOULD YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE CAN CONSUME TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE,

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                        I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA. DURING THE MARKUP…

                                                                        I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA. DURING THE MARKUP OF THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, A NUMBER OF US SUGGESTED THAT PERHAPS THERE IS A WAY TO HELP THIS BANKRUPT PROGRAM SAVE SUBSTANTIAL FUNDS. RIGHT NOW THE PROGRAM IS $20 BILLION IN DEBT, AND WE HAVE A TEMPORARY EXTENSION FROM THE MARCH OMNIBUS THAT EXPIRES IN JULY. THIS -- THE ISSUE IS THAT 2% -- 2% OF THE PROPERTIES IN AMERICA HAVE ACCOUNTED FOR 24% OF THE SPENDING BY THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. MORE THAN 30,000 OF THEM HAVE FLOODED FIVE TIMES EACH AND BEEN REBUILT BY THE BANKRUPT FEDERAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. AND SOME HAVE FLOODED OVER 30 TIMES. THIS IS INSANITY THAT WE WOULD KEEP REBUILDING IN THESE FLOOD-PRONE AREAS, REBUILDING, REBUILDING, REBUILDING, AND PILING UP DEBT AND RAISING THE INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE ON THE PROGRAM WHO PRESENTS WAY LESS RISK. SO WE DECIDED A WAY TO GO WOULD BE TO PROVIDE A SIGNIFICANT INCENTIVE TO THESE PEOPLE AND THE INCENTIVE WOULD BE THEY WOULD HAVE AN AGREED-UPON CONTRACT WITH FEMA TO PURCHASE THEIR PROPERTY AT PREFLOOD MARKET VALUE AND THEY WOULD ALSO GET A DISCOUNT ON THEIR FEDERAL FLOOD INSURANCE. SO THEY GET THE DISCOUNT ON THE INSURANCE AND THEY'VE ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO SELL THE PROPERTY, YOU KNOW, TO FEMA AT THE FULL MARKET PRICE. FEMA WOULD REMOVE THE STRUCTURES AND IT WOULD BE TURNED INTO OPEN SPACE THAT WOULD CONTINUE TO FLOOD REPEATEDLY BUT WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING TO REBUILD IT. THE -- YOU KNOW, WE PROPOSED THAT. HOUSE REPUBLICANS SAID, WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE TOO EXPENSIVE. 2%, 24% OF THE COSTS, I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO BE MORE EXPENSIVE. I THINK IT'S GOING TO SAVE A HECK OF A LOT OF MONEY. YOU KNOW, THIS BILL WOULD HAVE THE G.A.O., THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, STUDY THIS PROPOSAL AND SET UP A PILOT PROGRAM TO SEE IF INDEED WHAT WE THINK WOULD FACILITATE COST SAVINGS AND AVOID THE REPEATED REBUILDING OF FLOOD-PRONE STRUCTURES AND HAVE WILLING TAKERS ON THE OTHER SIDE. THE OTHER REAL INCENTIVE IS IF SOMEONE HAS FINALLY GOTTEN TIRED OF IT THE FIFTH TIME THEIR HOUSE GOT FLOODED AND THEY WANT OUT, THAT PROCESS NOW TAKES TWO TO FIVE YEARS AND INVOLVES A WHOLE LOT OF NEGOTIATIONS OVER VALUE, PREFLOOD VALUE AND ALL THAT. HERE WE'RE SAYING, HERE, YOU GET AN GREED-UPON PREFLOOD VALUE, YOU GET A DISCOUNT ON YOUR FLOOD INSURANCE AND YOU JUST WALK AWAY. FEMA WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST. REMOVAL OF THE RUBBLE. AND TURNING THAT INTO OPEN SPACE. SO I THINK THIS WOULD BE ONE THING WE NEED TO DO TO HELP THE FEDERAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM WHICH IS CRITICAL. 34,000 PEOPLE IN MY STATE HAVE IT. I HAD FEDERAL FLOOD INSURANCE. I DON'T HAVE IT ANY MORE. THIS IS A CRITICAL PROGRAM FOR MANY, MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE ONLY VERY, VERY OCCASIONALLY GOING TO BE FLOODED BUT THEY CAN'T GET A MORTGAGE UNLESS THEY HAVE THE FLOOD INSURANCE. SO I RECOMMEND THIS BILL STRONGLY TO MY COLLEAGUES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                      • 05:56:32 PM

                                                                        MS. TITUS

                                                                        THANK YOU.

                                                                      • 05:56:34 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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                                                                        MS. TITUS

                                                                        YES, I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                                                      • 05:56:39 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MR. BARLETTA

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

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                      • 05:56:47 PM

                                                                        MR. SANFORD

                                                                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. I THANK THE GENTLELADY…

                                                                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER WORK ON THIS BILL. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL BECAUSE IT MAKES COMMON SENSE. SO WHETHER IT'S DEFAZIO OR BLUMENAUER OR DUFFY, YOU GO DOWN THE LIST OF THOSE WHO WORKED ON IT, THEY WORKED ON SOMETHING THAT MAKES COMMON SENSE AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS. THE SAYING IS, IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT. THE CORRELATION IS IF IT'S BROKE, FIX IT. WE HEARD A NUMBER OF CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE AGREE TO WHICH THE BUYOUT PROGRAM IS NOT JUST A LITTLE BIT BROKEN BUT A WHOLE LOT BROKEN. FIRST OFF, JUST ON AN INDIVIDUAL LEVEL, IT CAPTURES PEOPLE IN A HAMSTER WHEEL THAT THEY CAN NEVER GET OUT OF. IF YOU LOOK AT THE AVERAGE BUYOUT TIME, IT'S ABOUT FIVE YEARS. SO IN THAT FIVE-YEAR TIME PERIOD, PEOPLE ARE STUCK, THEY'RE WAITING AND WAITING AND WAITING AS THEIR HOUSE IN MANY CASES REFLOODS. I'VE BEEN TO SHADOW MOSS IN THE WEST ASHLEY SECTION OF CHARLESTON AND PEOPLE THERE -- I REMEMBER GOING IN AFTER A FLOOD. THOSE WHO HAD A SECOND STORY HAD CARRIED STUFF UP TO THE SECOND STORY. THOSE WHO DIDN'T WERE JUST DEALING WITH THE FLOODING AS IT OCCURRED ON THE FIRST FLOOR. BUT THEY WERE -- THEY HAD BEEN REPEATEDLY FLOODED. SO AT AN INDIVIDUAL LEVEL THIS MAKES SENSE FOR THE REMEDY THAT IT OFFERS AN INDIVIDUAL SO THEY'RE NOT STUCK IN A HOUSE THAT IS REPEATEDLY FLOODING AND AS THEY'RE TRAPPED IN DEALING WITH THAT. IT MAKES SENSE BASED ON WHAT MOTHER NATURE IS TELLING US. MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEVADA MENTIONED THIS NOTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE. I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON, BUT I KNOW THAT IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, IF YOU COMPARE THE 1950'S WITH THE PRESENT DAY, THERE IS 10 TIMES MORE FLOODING IN WHAT THEY CALL KING TIDES AND IT HAS BECOME REGULAR. SOMETHING'S GOING ON OUT THERE THAT SAYS THIS BUYOUT PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE ADJUSTED AND IT NEEDS TO BE ADJUSTED NOW. THE FINAL POINT I'D MAKE IS THIS. THIS MAKES, AS HAS BEEN REGISTERED THUS FAR, A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE FOR THE TAXPAYER, BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS -- AGAIN, 30,000 HOMES IN AMERICA HAD BEEN FLOODED FIVE TIMES OR MORE WITH SUBSTANTIAL CONSEQUENCE TO THE TAXPAYER. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT $5.5 BILLION BEING, AGAIN, SPENT BY THE TAXPAYER IN REBUILDING AND REPAIR, DESTROY AND REPAIR I THINK WAS THE TERM THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEVADA USED. DESTROY AND REPAIR, DESTROY AND REPAIR CYCLE THAT'S DESTRUCTIVE FOR THE TAXPAYER. EVERYONE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS TO OTHER PEOPLE SUPPORTED THIS EFFORT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON IT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                      • 05:59:34 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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                                                                        MR. BARLETTA

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA IS…

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MS. TITUS

                                                                        YES, THANK YOU. I WOULD JUST ONCE AGAIN URGE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION.…

                                                                        YES, THANK YOU. I WOULD JUST ONCE AGAIN URGE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION. ALL THE BILLS WE BROUGHT FOR YOU TODAY FROM THIS SUBCOMMITTEE, AND I WANT TO THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, MR. BARLETTA, FOR WORKING WITH US ACROSS THE AISLE ON THESE BIPARTISAN BILLS. I WILL AT THIS TIME YIELD BACK.

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                                                                      • 05:59:55 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                        MR. BARLETTA

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 5846, AS AMENDED,…

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 5846, AS AMENDED, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5846, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. .

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                                                                    • 06:00:26 PM

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

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

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                                                                          MR. LAMBORN

                                                                          I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 4 90.

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                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                          EXTEND A DEADLINE FOR A HYDROELECTRIC INVOLVING THE GIBSON DAM.

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                                                                          MR. LAMBORN

                                                                          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 STEPPED THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS.

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                                                                        • 06:01:37 PM

                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UP TON AND THE…

                                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UP TON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. UP UP I YIELD MYSELF --

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                                                                      • 06:01:43 PM

                                                                        Mr. Upton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 490 — "To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam."

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                                                                          MR. UPTON

                                                                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS BILL S. 490 AUTHORIZES THE…

                                                                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS BILL S. 490 AUTHORIZES THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, FERC, TO EXTEND BY SIX YEARS, THE TIME PERIOD DURING WHICH CONSTRUCTION MUST COMMENCE ON A HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT INVOLVING THE GIBSON DAM WHICH IS LOATHED ON THE SUN RIVER INMON TAN AFTER. FERC MAY RECONSTRUCT THE LICENSE IF IT EXPIRES. THIS BILL PASSED THE SENATE BACK ON JUNE 28 AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION SO WE CAN SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. WHEN THE SENATE PASSED THIS BILL, THEY PASSED FIVE OTHER HOUSE BILLS EXTENDING THE CONSTRUCTION LICENSES FOR HYDRO PROJECTS IN NORTH CAROLINA, NEW YORK, VIRGINIA AND THESE HAVE NOW BECOME LAW. THIS IS THE LAST ONE. AND I WOULD RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                        DEBATE

                                                                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 490.

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                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                          MR. GREEN

                                                                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 490,…

                                                                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 490, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATORS THAT WOULD REINSTATE AND EXTEND THE DEADLINE OF HYDROELECTRIC POWER. CONGRESSMAN GIANFORTE INTRODUCED COMPANION LAST YEAR. IT WAS LICENSED IN 2014. S. 490 IS SIMILAR TO LEGISLATION DURING THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS WAS SUPPORTED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. THIS BILL ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ME TO JOIN IN SUPPORT OF S. 490.

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                                                                        • 06:03:56 PM

                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                          MR. UPTON

                                                                          I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA AND HE WAS THE…

                                                                          I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA AND HE WAS THE SPONSOR OF THE HOUSE COMPANION BILL, SENATE BILL WE ARE TAKING UP, BUT HE HAS GREAT INTEREST IN IT. WE PASSED IT WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA.

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                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                          MR. GIANFORTE

                                                                          THEY BUILT THE ORIGINAL DAM BETWEEN 1926 AND 1929. THE DAM HAS SERVED TO…

                                                                          THEY BUILT THE ORIGINAL DAM BETWEEN 1926 AND 1929. THE DAM HAS SERVED TO CAPTURE SPRING SNOW MELT FOR IRRIGATION AND PREVENT FLOODING IN THE REGION. THIS BILL WOULD BUILD A TURBINE AT THE BASE OF THE EXISTING DAM. THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE CLEAN ENERGY WILL BENEFIT THE COUNTY AND THE STATE BY CREATING A NEW SOURCE OF REVENUE. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE POWER HOUSE WILL BRING JOBS TO MONTANA AND THE TURBINE WILL BE BUILT IN SUCH A WAY THAT HELPS THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENHANCES FISH AND WILDLIFE OPPORTUNITIES. BY GRANTING EXTENSION OF THIS PERMIT, WE ARE GIVING THE COMMUNITY IN MONTANA AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE JOBS. I URGE PASSAGE AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                        • 06:05:20 PM

                                                                          MR. UPTON

                                                                          I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK AND WOULD LIKE TO CORRECT THE RECORD. WE WERE…

                                                                          I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK AND WOULD LIKE TO CORRECT THE RECORD. WE WERE GOING TO TAKE IT AND PASS IT LIKE THAT. BUT THE SENATE ACTED FIRST WHICH IS WHY WE ARE TAKING UP THE SENATE BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT.

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                                                                        • 06:05:38 PM

                                                                          MR. GREEN

                                                                          WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 4 0. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                      • 06:05:56 PM

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

                                                                        • 06:05:58 PM

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

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                                                                            Mr. Latta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5333 — "To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved new drug application, and for other purposes."

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                                                                              I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5 333 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5333.

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                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 640, H.R. 5333, A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO CODIFY…

                                                                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 640, H.R. 5333, A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO CODIFY THE FRAMEWORK WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT ARE APPROVED AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                              PURSUANT RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. LATTA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                              PURSUANT RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. LATTA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                                              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 RESIZE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE RECORD IN THE BILL.

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                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                                              I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5333 THE OVER THE COUNTER MONOGRAPH SAFETY…

                                                                              I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5333 THE OVER THE COUNTER MONOGRAPH SAFETY REFORM ACT. OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION ARE USED TO TREAT COLDS, HEAD ACHES. IN FACT, MORE THAN 240 MILLION AMERICANS USE THESE PRODUCTS EVERY YEAR AND TRUST THESE REMEDIES TO GET WELL AND STAY WELL. DESPITE THE SUCCESS OF THESE MEDICINES, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION'S FRAMEWORK FOR OVERSIGHT OF O.T.C. PRODUCTS CALLED MONOGRAPH SYSTEMS IS OUTDATED AND INCOMPLETE. THE SYSTEM HAS CREATED MORE THAN 45 YEARS AGO BUT YET MOVEMENT ON UNFINISHED ITEMS HAS GROUND TO A HALT DUE TO THE CUMBERSOME NOTICE AND RULEMAKING PROCESS. TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. THIS IS POINTED OUT IN COMMITTEE THAT THE F.D.A. BROUGHT OUT THAT THE F.D.A. ADVANCED NOTICE PROPOSED RULEMAKING, THIS STARTED ON DECEMBER 4, 1979. AND THROUGH A PROCESS OF 20 DIFFERENT PROCEDURES THAT THEY WENT THROUGH, THEY GOT TO NOVEMBER 19, 1997 AND WAS 18 YEARS LATER AND WHAT DID THEY DO? THEY REOPENED THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS TO CONSIDER NEW DATA. IT HAS TAKEN TOO LONG. THE LACK OF MODERNIZATION HAS MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ADDRESS SAFETY CONCERNS. H.R. 53333 WHICH I INTRODUCED WITH THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, DR. BURGESS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MR. GREEN, THE GENTLELADY FROM COLORADO, MS. DEGETTE AND MRS. DINGELL WOULD PROVIDE OVERDUE REFORM. THE NECESSARY REFORMS WOULD CREATE A FLEXIBLE FRAMEWORK THAT ACCOUNTS FOR ADVANCES IN SCIENCE FROM ITS UPDATES AND LABEL CHANGES AND CREATES A WORKABLE PROCESS FOR COMPLETING UNFINISHED MONOGRAPHS. BY CREATING THIS, CONGRESS WOULD CREATE A PATHWAY TO MARKET FOR NEW AND INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS THAT REDUCE STRAIN ON OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. SAFE DRUGS ALLOWS CONSUMERS TO TREAT COMMON AILMENTS AT HOME WITHOUT VISITING A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND OUR BILL WOULD IMPROVE REGULATORY CERTAINTY FOR MANUFACTURERS AND OVERTIME WE WOULD SEE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT RELATING TO MEDICINES ON OUR SHELVES THAT WOULD SAVE AMERICANS AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM MONEY. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR WORKING SO CLOSELY OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS TO ENSURE THIS EFFORT RESOLVES THIS COMPLEX ISSUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF H.R. 5 33 AND WILL SPUR INNOVATION AND INNOVATION OF CONSUMER CHOICE. AND I RESERVE.

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

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

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                                                                            • 06:10:47 PM

                                                                              MR. GREEN

                                                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R.…

                                                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5333 THE OVER-THE-COUNTER MONOGRAPH SAFETY AND REFORM ACT. I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD STRENGTHEN THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION'S TO OVERSEE THE MARKET AND ESTABLISH A USER FEE FOR THIS MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME. H.R. 5333 LEGISLATION THAT ENJOYS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WHICH WOULD REFORM THE CURRENT MONOGRAPH SYSTEM TO LEGALLY MARKET OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS RAISED BY THE F.D.A. THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS OUTDATED. THE SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DRUGS IS ESTABLISHED THROUGH PERFORMANCE. MONOGRAPH IS A TYPE OF RULE BOOK OUTLINING THE CONDITIONS FOR A PARTICULAR DRUG INCLUDING THE DOSEAGE FORM, AND LABELING AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS. THIS RULE BOOK IS ESTABLISHED THROUGH A RULEMAKING PROCESS AND VERY IMPRESSIVE. THIS PROCESS HAS MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO UPDATE MONOGRAPHS TO REFLECT CHANGES IN SCIENCE OR TO RESPOND TO SAFETY ISSUES. WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE INDUSTRY THAT THE CURRENT PROCESS DISCOURAGES INNOVATION AS IT IS NOT ANYMOREBLE ENOUGH TO RESPOND. THIS LEGISLATION WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS BY TRANSINGING THE SYSTEM FROM RULEMAKING AND CREATE A PROCEDURE FOR THE F.D.A. TOLL RESPOND TO THE NEEDS FOR SAFETY LABEL CHANGES. THESE REFORMS CAN ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL AND FUNDING IS MORE APPROPRIATELY THAT REPRESENTS THE GROWTH IN SCIENCE OR OVER THE COUNTER INDUSTRY. TODAY THE MONOGRAPH PROGRAM OVERSEES MORE THAN 100,000 PROGRAMS WITH A STAFF OF 30 PEOPLE AND BUDGET OF JUST OVER $8 MILLION. USER FEES PROVIDED IN THIS BILL WOULD HELP THE F.D.A. TO HELP TRANSITION FROM RULEMAKING TO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER AND PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF AND THE F.D.A. TO RESPOND TO SAFETY CHANGES IN THE CURRENT MARKET. I THARNING MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION AND WORKING WITH ME AND OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE. I THANK THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS, REPRESENTATIVE DEGETTE, REPRESENTATIVE DINGELL AND MIKE BURGESS FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                                              I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH…

                                                                              I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE OWE ENERGY AND COMMERCE, DR. BURGESS, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                              MR. BURGESS

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO…

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO MODERNIZE THE REGULATION OF OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES. AND ONE THAT THE FOOD AND DRUG MEDICINE HAS FOUND TO BE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. TO DATE CONSUMERS HAVE ACCESS TO 3,000 ITEMS. WE ARE FAMILIAR, SUNSCREENS AND OUR MEDICINE CABINETS ARE FILLED WITH OVER THE COUNTER PRODUCTS THAT AMERICANS CONSUME AND RELY UPON. THESE PRODUCTS DO NOT NEED PREMARKET APPROVAL BUT REQUIRED TO BE CONSISTENT WITH MONOGRAPHS BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. MAKING A SIMPLE CHANGE REQUIRES A TIME CONSUMING AND RESOURCES THAT CAN TAKE YEARS TO IF HE CAN YOU TATE, EVEN IF THE CHANGE IS TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY OF A PRODUCT. THIS HAS DELAY AND POTENTIAL BENEFITS AND IS INEFFICIENT USE OF PUBLIC RESOURCES. THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, PATIENT AND CONSUMER GROUPS AND REGULATED INDUSTRY ALL AGREE THAT REFORM IS NECESSARY AND SPENT THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS ENGAGED IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT MODERNIZATION OF OVER THE COUNTER REGULATION. CONGRESS WORKED WITH THESE GROUPS ON LEGISLATION WE ARE CONSIDERING THIS AFTERNOON. THIS BILL WOULD MAKE IT MORE SCIENCE-BASED AND MORE RESPONSIVE TO PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS AND WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND PROVIDE RESOURCES TO BOLSTER THE AGENCY'S ABILITY TO REVIEW OVER THE COUNTER APPLICATIONS AND REGULATE THIS SECTOR IN A CONSISTENT MANNER. IT IS A MEANINGFUL BILL FOR EACH AMERICAN. I THANK OUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE MEMBERS, CONGRESSMAN LATTA AND REPRESENTATIVE DEGETTE AND DEBBIE DINGELL AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER GREEN, COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THIS LEGISLATION. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK AND THE DEDICATION OF COMMITTEE STAFF ON THIS LEGISLATION, PARTICULARLY, WARREN AND MICHELLE OF THE OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL, DANIELLE STEELE AND KIM WITH THE COMMITTEE'S DEMOCRATIC STAFF. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                                            • 06:16:21 PM

                                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                                              I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                              MR. GREEN

                                                                              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO DEBBIE DINGELL. . .

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                                                                              MRS. DINGELL

                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING TO…

                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING TO ME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5333, THE OVER THE D MONOGRAPH SAFETY , INNOVATION, REFORM ACT OF 2018. AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR. THE MONOGRAPH SYSTEM FOR REGULATING OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS IS BROKEN. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. 60% OF ALL MEDICINES SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES ARE OVER THE COUNTER, YET THE F.D.A. ONLY HAS 18 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES OVERSEEING THE MARKET. IT DOESN'T WORK FOR PATIENTS, IT DOESN'T WORK FOR COMPANIES, AND IT DOESN'T WORK FOR THE F.D.A. COMPANIES CANNOT BRING NEW, INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS TO MARKET AND THE F.D.A. CANNOT ACT QUICKLY WHEN THEY'RE FACED WITH A SAFETY RISK. THIS IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF HOW OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SHOULD BE RUN, AND IT'S PUTTING PARENTS -- PATIENTS AT RISK. OUR LEGISLATION HELPS BRING THE AGENCY INTO THE 21ST CENTURY BY CREATING A USER FEE PROGRAM AT F.D.A. FOR O.T.C. DRUGS AND BY MAKING IT EASIER TO BRING A NEW, INNOVATIVE PRODUCT TO THE MARKET. FROM PAST EXPERIENCE WE KNOW THAT USER FEE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL AT F.D.A., AND THIS BILL EXTENDS THAT SUCCESSFUL MODEL TO THE O.T.C. SPACE. TODAY THE F.D.A. HAS TO GO THROUGH THE CUMBERSOME RULEMAKING PROCESS TO UPDATE A MONOGRAPH, WHICH IS PROBLEMATIC FOR MANY DIFFERENT REASONS. NOT ONLY DOES IT MAKE IT HARDER FOR INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS TO COME TO MARKET, BUT IT ALSO MAKES IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE F.D.A. TO AMEND EXISTING MONOGRAPHS IF THEY SEE SAFETY CONCERNS IN CERTAIN PRODUCTS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE F.D.A. HAS THE ABILITY TO ACT QUICKLY IF THEY SEE UNSAFE PRODUCTS IN THE MARKET, AND OUR LEGISLATION MAKES IT EASIER FOR THE AGENCY TO DO SO. THIS IS WHY THE BILL HAS THE SUPPORT OF INDUSTRY GROUPS AND CONSUMER GROUPS. I KNOW THAT THERE'S BEEN MUCH DISCUSSION ABOUT THE EX CLUES IVITY PROVISION -- EX CLUES -- EXCLUSION -- EXCLUSION -- EX CLUES IVITY PROVISION -- EXCLUSIVITY PROVISIONS OF THE BILL. AMERICANS DESERVE TO HAVE THE MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET AVAILABLE TO THEM WHILE ENSURING THE F.D.A. HAS THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND I'M PROUD TO SAY THE F.D.A. DID THIS LEGISLATION -- AND THIS LEGISLATION ACCOMPLISHES BOTH THESE GOALS. I TOO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. LATTA, MR. DEGETTE, MR. GREEN, DR. BURGESS, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. THEIR STAFFS WORKED TIRELESSLY AS WELL ON THIS. AND I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL REPRESENTS ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS GETTING OUR LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW THIS YEAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5333, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND…

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR…

                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR INTRODUCING THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION. AS IT STANDS, THE O.T.C. MONOGRAPH SYSTEM IS SLOW AND OUTDATED. LEADING TO NEW CHANGES BEING STUCK IN THE PIPELINE FOR YEARS WITH NO LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. AS A PHARMACIST I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO MY PATIENTS THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO NEW USES AND APPLICATIONS.

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                                                                              MR. CARTER

                                                                              REGARDLESS OF THE APPLICATION NEEDED UNDER A MONOGRAPH, TODAY'S…

                                                                              REGARDLESS OF THE APPLICATION NEEDED UNDER A MONOGRAPH, TODAY'S LEGISLATION PUTS IN PLACE CHANGES THAT WILL HELP THOSE WHO I'VE SPENT MY LIFE ASSISTING. THE PATIENT. THIS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHES A MECHANISM FOR SAFETY LABEL CHANGES, GIVING NEW EFFORTS AN OUTLET THROUGH WHICH TO GET CHANGES FOR THE PUBLIC QUICKLY, AVAILABLE AND ON SHELVES. THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION WILL SHORTEN MARKET EXCLUSIVENESS AND WILL ALSO BOLSTER THE STAFFING CAPABILITY AT THE F.D.A. OVERSEEING THE O.T.C. DRUG INDUSTRY. OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG INNOVATION HAS FACED CHALLENGES FOR YEARS AND WITH THEDGESLATION -- THIS LEGISLATION WE FINALLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN UP THESE CHALLENGES THAT WILL HELP EVERYONE. I VOTED FOR THIS LEGISLATION THROUGH THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THROUGH FULL COMMITTEE AND AM PROUD TO OFFER MY FULL SUPPORT TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                                              MR. GREEN

                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER TO. -- MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD THREE…

                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER TO. -- MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO CONGRESSWOMAN DEGETTE.

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                                                                              MS. DEGETTE

                                                                              THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE LONG…

                                                                              THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE LONG OVERDUE REFORMS TO THE WAY THAT F.D.A. REVIEWS OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES. THESE MEDICINES PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN TREATING AMERICANS' AILMENTS AND HELPING US STAY HEALTHY. IN FACT, ALMOST SEVEN IN 10 PARENTS REPORT GIVING THEIR KIDS O.T.C. MEDICINES TO HELP TREAT SUDDEN MEDICAL SYMPTOMS. SIMILARLY, 81% OF ADULTS USE THESE DRUGS AS A FIRST RESPONSE TO TREAT A MINOR AILMENT. THINK ABOUT IT. DESPITE THE WIDESPREAD USE OF OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES, THE F.D.A. IS CURRENTLY FORCED TO USE A CUMBERSOME AND LABOROUS MONOGRAPH PATHWAY TO APPROVE THEM. THIS ANTIQUATED 40-YEAR-OLD O.T.C. REVIEW SYSTEM HAS NOT KEPT PACE WITH NEW MEDICAL ADVANCES AND THE RAPID EXPANSION OF THIS MARKET, WHICH NOW COMPROMISES OVER 300,000 DRUGS. AS A RESULT, THE CURRENT MONOGRAPH REVIEW SYSTEM FAILS TO RESPOND TO THE O.T.C. SAFETY ISSUES IN A TIMELY AND EFFECTIVE WAY, WHICH CAN POSE SERIOUS HEALTH CARE RISKS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. BETWEEN 2004 AND 2005, FOR EXAMPLE, THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION REPORTED 1,500 CASES OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 2 VISITING EMERGENCY ROOMS DUE TO SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSES ASSOCIATED WITH OVER-THE-COUNTER COULD HAVE AND COLD PRODUCTS -- COUGH AND COLD PRODUCTS. THE C.D.C. MADE THIS STARTLING FINDING, THE F.D.A. HAS BEEN TRYING TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM TO WARN PARENTS ABOUT THE RISK THAT THESE COMMON DRUGS CAN POSE TO CHILDREN. BUT THE F.D.A. CAN'T DO IT BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN HAMSTRUNG DUE TO THE BURDENSOME PROCESS IT MUST UNDERGO TO REVISE THESE MONOGRAPHS. THE OVER-THE-COUNTER MONOGRAPH SAFETY, INNOVATION AND REFORM ACT WOULD STREAMLINE THE F.D.A.'S REVIEW OF THE OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS AND PROVIDE IT WITH NEW TOOLS TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND WARN PARENTS ABOUT POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS O.T.C. DRUGS. I WANT TO ADD MY THANKS TO THE TEAM, THE BIPARTISAN TEAM, THAT PASSED THIS BILL. REPRESENTATIVES LATTA, BURGESS, GREEN, GUTHRIE AND DINGELL, FOR ALL WORKING TOGETHER WITH ME ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. AND IN ADDITION, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, CHAIRMAN WALDEN, THE F.D.A., AND THE MANY STAKEHOLDERS THAT HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH US THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. THE BILL IS A RARE TRIPLE WIN FOR REGULATORS, CONSUMERS AND INDUSTRY. I URGE YOUR SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

                                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I'M READY TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I…

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I'M READY TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I --

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                                                                              MR. GREEN

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I'M GLAD TO YIELD MY TIME.

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                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS…

                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO THANK ALL THE…

                                                                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO THANK ALL THE MENS FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS. ESPECIALLY I WANT -- MEMBERS FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS. ESPECIALLY I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON FOR HIS WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE STAFF. WITH, THAT MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THANK YOU.

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                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5333, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                          • 06:24:53 PM

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

                                                                            • 06:24:54 PM

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

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                                                                                Mr. Mullin moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5554 — "To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reauthorize user fee programs relating to new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs."

                                                                                • 06:25:05 PM

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                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL,…

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5554, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                • 06:25:12 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                • 06:25:14 PM

                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                  H.R. 5554, A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL FOOD, DRUG AND COSMETIC ACT TO…

                                                                                  H.R. 5554, A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL FOOD, DRUG AND COSMETIC ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE USER FEE PROGRAMS RELATED TO NEW ANIMAL DRUGS AND GENERIC NEW ANIMAL DRUGS.

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                                                                                • 06:25:23 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. MULLIN, AND THE…

                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. MULLIN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                                              • 06:25:25 PM

                                                                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                DEBATE

                                                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5554.

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                                                                                  MR. MULVANEY

                                                                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

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                                                                                  MR. MULLIN

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

                                                                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT MATERIALS INTO THE RECORD ON THE BILL.

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                                                                                • 06:25:41 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                • 06:25:43 PM

                                                                                  MR. MULLIN

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD OF THIS LEGISLATION TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE ANIMAL DRUG…

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD OF THIS LEGISLATION TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE ANIMAL DRUG USER FEE. I WILL CONTINUE -- WHICH WILL CONTINUE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE F.D.A. AND THE ANIMAL DRUG INDUSTRY TO PAY USER FEES THAT WILL HELP SPEED THE APPROVAL OF NEW DRUGS. FARMERS, RANCHERS, FAMILIES AND VETS NARRONS NEED ADUFA SO THEY CAN KEEP THEIR ANIMALS AND PETS SAFE AND HEALTHY. ADUFA IS CRITICAL TO FARMERS, RANCHERS AND ALL AMERICAN CONSUMERS. THESE ANIMALS ARE A MAJOR FOOD SOURCE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES, AND OUR FAMILIES. SO IT'S VITAL, VITALLY IMPORTANT, THAT WE MOVE QUICKLY TODAY AND RE-AUTHORIZE ADU -- AGDUFA. WITH THAT, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                • 06:26:35 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                  MR. GREEN

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

                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5554, THE ANIMAL, -- ANIMAL DRUG AND ANIMAL GENERIC DRUG USER FEE AMENDMENT OF 2018. THIS AUTHORIZES THE PROGRAM TO ENSURE THAT THE F.D.A. CONTINUES TO HAVE THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO APPROVE ANIMAL DRUGS TO OUR PETS AND LIVESTOCK -- SO OUR PETS AND LIVESTOCKS LIVE HEALTHIER LIVES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REPLACE THE REMAINDER OF MY STATEMENT IN THE RECORD AND ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE A STATEMENT IN THE RECORD FROM CONGRESSMAN BUTTERFIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5554.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THAT WILL BE COVER UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

                                                                                • 06:27:20 PM

                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                  THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- I GOT -- I RESERVE THE…

                                                                                  THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- I GOT -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                • 06:27:25 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                • 06:27:30 PM

                                                                                  MR. MULLIN

                                                                                  I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY CHAIRMAN FOR TWO MINUTES, PLEASE.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                • 06:27:36 PM

                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK IN…

                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS CRITICAL BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE ANIMAL DRUG USER FEE ACT AND THE AN MALGENERAL -- ANIMAL GENERIC DRUG USER FEE ACT FOR AN ADDITIONAL FIVE YEARS. AMONG OTHER THINGS, THESE USER FEES PROVIDE CRITICAL RESOURCES TO THE DRUG AND FOOD ADMINISTRATION'S CENTER FOR VETERINARIAN MEDICINE, TO ENSURE EFFICIENT AND TIMELY REVIEW OF ANIMAL DRUG APPLICATIONS, QUALITY ASSURANCE MEASURES FOR ANIMAL FEED, AND SURVEILLANCE OF THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF ANIMAL DRUGS ON THE MARKET. IN ADDITION TO RE-AUTHORIZING THESE USER FEE PROGRAMS, THIS LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES NEW AUTHORITY TO FACILITATE GREATER INNOVATION IN THE ANIMAL DRUG SPACE. MR. SPEAKER, THESE USER FEE PROGRAMS MUST BE RE-AUTHORIZED BY SEPTEMBER 30 TO AVOID A MAJOR DISRUPTION OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE CENTERS FOR VETERINARIANED ME -- VETERINARY MEDICINE. THE CLOCK IS TICKING. PINK SLIPS MUST BE SENT 60 DAYS BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, THAT IS THE END OF THIS MONTH. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT REAL CONSEQUENCES FOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HOUSE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP AND I URGE THE SENATE TO DO ITS WORK AND PROMPTLY TAKE UP AND PASS THIS BILL SO THE PRESIDENT CAN SIGN IT INTO LAW. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE RECOGNITION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                                                • 06:28:57 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO OUR COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN SCHAFER…

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO OUR COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN SCHAFER FROM OREGON.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

                                                                                • 06:29:08 PM

                                                                                  MR. SCHRADER

                                                                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. H.R. 5554 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE…

                                                                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. H.R. 5554 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE ANIMAL DRUG AND ANIMAL GENERIC DRUG USER FEE PROGRAMS AND I'M PROUD TO LEAD IT WITH MY KLUG, -- COLLEAGUE, MR. MULLIN. F.D.A.'S WORK TO REVIEW AND APPROVE ANIMAL DRUGS. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS ANIMAL DRUG USER FEE PROGRAMS HAVE STREAMLINED THE APPROVAL PROCESS FOR FARM SUIT CAPS AND ELIMINATED THE -- PHARMACEUTICALS AND ELIMINATED THE BACKLOG, CREATED A MORE PRODUCTIVE PROCESS. AS A VETERINARIAN FROM OREGON, I'M PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL TO SEE THIS BILL COME TO THE FLOOR. I'M ACUTELY AWARE OF THE GREAT INNOVATIONS OCCURRING IN THE HUMAN HEALTH SPHERE AND I WANT TO ENSURE OUR FOUR-FOOTED FRIENDS HAVE ACCESS TO THESE INNOVATIONS. I'M PLEASED WITH THIS BILL AND ITS LANGUAGE, TO EXPAND CONDITIONAL APPROVAL TO ANIMAL -- FOR ANIMAL DRUGS WITH MAJOR USES AND MAJOR SPECIES. CONDITIONAL APPROVAL IS A CAREFUL, DELIBERATIVE PROCESS BASED ON SIMILAR PATHWAYS FOR DRUGS FOR MINOR USES AND MINOR SPECIES THAT WAS ALREADY ESTABLISHED IN 2004. CONDITIONAL APPROVAL'S CRITICAL FOR VETERINARY MEDICINE SINCE IT WAS NOT -- IT WAS NOT COST EFFECTIVE FOR DRUG COMPANIES TO COMPLETE LARGE TRIALS WITHOUT SOME INITIAL INTEREST IN SUCCESS UNDER THE CONDITIONAL APPROVAL PROGRAM. BEFORE BEING CONDITIONALLY APPROVED, DRUGS MUST DEMONSTRATE A REASONABLE DEMONSTRATION OF EFFECTIVENESS AND MEET EVERY OTHER F.D.A. STANDARD FOR APPROVAL INCLUDING SAFETY. THEY STILL NEED TO GET COMPLETE F.D.A. APPROVAL WITHIN FIVE YEARS AND MUST APPLY FOR ANNUAL RENEWAL. I'D LEAK TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, MR. GREEN, MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HUDSON FROM NORTH CAROLINA WORKED VERY HARD ON THE BILL, AND CERTAINLY MR. MULLIN FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP IN LEADING THIS WAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE IMPORTANT BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                                                • 06:30:51 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                • 06:30:55 PM

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                                                                                  I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE.

                                                                                • 06:30:57 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                • 06:31:01 PM

                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                  WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  BACK.

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                                                                                  MR. MULLIN

                                                                                  I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THE BIPARTISAN APPROACH AND I URGE A YES FROM ALL MY…

                                                                                  I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THE BIPARTISAN APPROACH AND I URGE A YES FROM ALL MY COLLEAGUES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5455 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                              • 06:31:26 PM

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

                                                                                • 06:31:28 PM

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

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                                                                                    I HAVE A PRIVILEGED REPORT AT THE DESK.

                                                                                  • 06:31:48 PM

                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                  • 06:31:52 PM

                                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                                    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN…

                                                                                    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN PRAPINGSES AND RELATED PROGRAMS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                  • 06:32:07 PM

                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 21, POINTS OF…

                                                                                    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 21, POINTS OF ORDER ARE RESERVED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER, H.R. 4946 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS, H.R. 4960 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                • 06:32:16 PM

                                                                                  Mr. Rogers (KY) filed a report from the Committee on Appropriations on H.R. 6385.

                                                                                • 06:32:24 PM

                                                                                  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                                                                  The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on motions to suspend the rules, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

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                                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                                    H.R. 4946, A BIG TO DEATH THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL LOCATED…

                                                                                    H.R. 4946, A BIG TO DEATH THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL LOCATED AT 1075 IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA AS THE SPECIALIST TREVOR WIN'E POST OFFENSE.

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                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                    THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL…

                                                                                    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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                                                                                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4946 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1075 North Tustin Street in Orange, California, as the "Specialist Trevor A. Win'E Post Office"."

                                                                                    • 06:33:39 PM

                                                                                      On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 329 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                                                                      • 06:58:11 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 368, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

                                                                                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 368, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4960 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                    House Vote 329 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                                                                                    To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1075 North Tustin Street in Orange, California, as the "Specialist Trevor A. Win'E Post Office".

                                                                                    Passed (368 - 0)
                                                                                    Yea

                                                                                    Vote Details: Yea - 368
                                                                                    Republican - 211
                                                                                    Democratic - 157

                                                                                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 60
                                                                                    Republican - 24
                                                                                    Democratic - 36

                                                                                    • 06:58:18 PM

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

                                                                                      • 06:58:27 PM

                                                                                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4960 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 511 East Walnut Street in Columbia, Missouri, as the "Spc. Sterling William Wyatt Post Office Building"."

                                                                                        • 06:58:33 PM

                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                          H.R. 4960. A BILL TO DESIGNATE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                          H.R. 4960. A BILL TO DESIGNATE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 511 EAST WALNUT STREET IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS THE SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                      • 06:58:39 PM

                                                                                        On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 330 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                                                                        • 06:58:47 PM

                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                          THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL.…

                                                                                          THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS 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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                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 368, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

                                                                                          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 368, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WILL ALL MEMBERS TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL ALL MEMBERS TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                      House Vote 330 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                                                                                      To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 511 East Walnut Street in Columbia, Missouri, as the "Spc. Sterling William Wyatt Post Office Building".

                                                                                      Passed (368 - 0)
                                                                                      Yea

                                                                                      Vote Details: Yea - 368
                                                                                      Republican - 212
                                                                                      Democratic - 156

                                                                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 60
                                                                                      Republican - 23
                                                                                      Democratic - 37

                                                                                      • 07:05:54 PM

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

                                                                                      • 07:07:04 PM

                                                                                        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                                                        The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                                                                        • 07:07:42 PM

                                                                                          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                          I RISE TONIGHT TO RECOGNIZE MY DEAR FRIEND AND CHIEF OF STAFF. THIS WEEK…

                                                                                          I RISE TONIGHT TO RECOGNIZE MY DEAR FRIEND AND CHIEF OF STAFF. THIS WEEK THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE WILL HONOR HER. OFTENTIMES MEMBERS OF CONGRESS GET CREDIT FOR WHAT IS REALLY THEIR STAFF AND THAT'S BEEN THE CASE HERE. MAITE STARTED WORKING WITH ME IN MY EARLY DAYS IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE AND ROSE IF HER ROLE AS DISTRICT AIDE TO BECOME MY CONGRESSIONAL CHIEF OF STAFF. ALONG THE WAY SHE EARNED HER MASTERS AND BACHELORS DEGREES FROM N.S.U. IN ADDITION TO FINDING TIME MENTOR MANY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE COME THROUGH OUR OFFICE. THE CHMBINGS CHILI VERMILION AWARD IS WELL DESERVED. AND MY OFFICE HAS BEEN WELL SERVED HAVING HER AT THE HELM IN MY OFFICE. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        • 07:09:01 PM

                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOMEN MEMBERS…

                                                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOMEN MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S BEEN AN ALARMING SURGE OF HATE GROUP AFFILIATION OVER…

                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S BEEN AN ALARMING SURGE OF HATE GROUP AFFILIATION OVER THE PAST YEAR. EVEN MORE ALARMING IS THE REALITY THAT PEOPLE WHO BELONG TO THESE GROUPS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN SECURITY CLEARANCES. THE INTERSECTION OF HATE GROUPS AND ACCESS TO OUR COUNTRY'S SECRETS IS SOMETHING THAT I DID NOT EXPECT TO EXIST AND I AM DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DOES NOT CONTINUE.

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                                                                                          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                                                                                          THERE SHOULD BE REPORTING ON HOW MANY ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HATE GROUPS AND…

                                                                                          THERE SHOULD BE REPORTING ON HOW MANY ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HATE GROUPS AND WHAT'S THE STATUS OF THEIR CLEARANCE APPROVAL. THE MESH PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW IF THOSE WHO ESPOUSE A HATEFUL IDEOLOGY HAVE ACCESS TO OUR NATION'S SECRETS. I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE ANSWERS AND TO HOPEFULLY PROHIBIT THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH HATE GROUPS AND WHO POSSESS HATEFUL IDEOLOGY FROM HAVING ACCESS TO OUR MOST SENSITIVE INFORMATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THIS LEGISLATION AND TO HOPEFULLY SEE IT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                          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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                                                                                        • 07:10:57 PM

                                                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SUNDAY WAS WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY.…

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SUNDAY WAS WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY. THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY STARTED THIS INITIATIVE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTING IN UTAH SKILLS AWARENESS. YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED THAN ADULTS. YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXPOSED TO LOWER QUALITY JOBS, GREATER LABOR MARKET INEQUITIES AND A LONGER SCHOOL TO WORK PERIOD. THAT'S WHY I'M PLEASED THE HOUSE APPROVED MY ACT LAST YEAR, IT HAS SEEN ACTION IN THE SENATE AS. WE TOO OFTEN WE'VE SEEN STUDENTS PUSHED DOWN THE COLLEGE FOR ALL PATHWAY THAT DOESN'T WORK FOR SOME STUDENTS. C.T.E. ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A PATH THAT MANY STUDENTS CHOOSE IN PURSUIT OF INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND HANDS ON SKILLS THEY CAN USE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, IN SKILLS BASED PROGRAMS, OR IN COLLEGE. BY MODERNIZING FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. PROGRAMS WE'LL BE ABLE TO CONNECT MORE EDUCATORS WITH INDUSTRY STAKE HOLDERS AND CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP. C.T.E. IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUTH SKILLS DEVELOPMENT NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES BUT IN NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                          MR. LANGEVIN

                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, ON FRIDAY, SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER HANDED DOWN THE…

                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, ON FRIDAY, SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER HANDED DOWN THE MOST SIGNIFICANT HADGING INDICTMENT TARGETING A FOREIGN POW FOR THE HISTORY. DIRECTOR MUELLER ALLEGES THAT 12 RUSSIAN MILITARY OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR BREAKING INTO POLITICAL ORGANIZATION, STEALING SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS AND DISSEMINATING THEM TO UNDERMINE FAITH IN MESH DEMOCRACY. THE INDICTMENT WILL FURTHER SHAKE THE NORMS OF RESPONSIBLE STATE BEHAVIOR IN CYBERSPACE AND DEMONSTRATES OUR ABILITY TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. YET TODAY THREE DAYS LATER, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. THE PRESIDENT SET IT UP AS WHETHER YOU BELIEVE U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES OR RUSSIA. BUT THIS ISN'T A MATTER OF BELIEF, IT'S A MATTER OF FACTS. AND THE FACTS SAY THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT HACKED US. I HOPE THE PRESIDENT WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THIS AND I PRAY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE IF HE DOESN'T. AND I THANK DIRECTOR MUELLER FOR HIS ONGOING WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                                                                          ALMOST 820,000 MINNESOTANS LIVE WITH THRITES EVERY DAY. WHEN YOU THINK…

                                                                                          ALMOST 820,000 MINNESOTANS LIVE WITH THRITES EVERY DAY. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT ARTHRITIS YOU LIKELY THINK OF AFFECTING ONLY FOLKS IN THEIR OLDER YEARS. BUT MANY OF THOSE MINNESOTANS COPING WITH ARTHRITIS ARE ACTUALLY CHILDREN. NATIONWIDE, 300,000 CHILDREN SUFFER FROM JUVENILE ARTHRITIS WHICH MAKES IT HARDER TO DO ALL THE THINGS ESSENTIAL TO BEING A KID. RUNNING, PLAYING, ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS, AND A CHANCE TO BE THEMSELVES. FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN COPING WITH THIS CONDITION FACE VERY UNIQUE CHALLENGES. WE'VE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST JUVENILE ARTHRITIS BUT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE. JULY IS NATIONAL JUVENILE ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH, AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE AND REFOCUS AND REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO FIND A CURE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, NOW THAT THE MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT HAS COME BACK FROM MEETING…

                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, NOW THAT THE MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT HAS COME BACK FROM MEETING WITH HIS HOLDERS IN HELSINKI, WE NEED TO LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.

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                                                                                          MR. PAYNE

                                                                                          WE WERE SCOLDED TODAY IN ANOTHER COUNTRY BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

                                                                                          WE WERE SCOLDED TODAY IN ANOTHER COUNTRY BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. SHOWS HOW WELL RUSSIA MADE MISTAKES BUT -- TOLD US HOW RUSSIA MADE MISTAKES BUT WE'VE MADE MISTAKES TOO. WHEN HAS THE PRESIDENT EVER DONE THAT? AND ALL MY COLLEAGUES OTHER THERE DO IS SIT EVERY THERE AND NOT SAY A WORD. LET THIS BE SOME OTHER PRESIDENT, IT WOULD BE WAR IN HERE. ATTACK WOMEN ALL THE TIME, NANCY PELOSI, MAXINE WATERS, MAY BEGIN KELLY, HILLARY CLINTON YOU NAME IT. THEN STANDS THERE NEXT TO THE PERSON WHO HAD EVERYTHING TO DO WITH OUR ELECTIONS BEING RIGGED OR HELD UP AND HE STANDS THERE AND SAYS, WELL, HE SAID HE DIDN'T DO IT. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

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                                                                                          MR. PAYNE

                                                                                          THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE A BACK BONE. WHAT…

                                                                                          THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE A BACK BONE. WHAT DID I SEE TODAY?

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                                                                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME WHAT DID I SEE TODAY?

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                                                                                          MR. PAYNE

                                                                                          WHEN WE'RE CALLING A COMMUNIST WAS THE WORST THING COULD YOU CALL SOMEONE.…

                                                                                          WHEN WE'RE CALLING A COMMUNIST WAS THE WORST THING COULD YOU CALL SOMEONE. NOW THAT THEY'RE OUR FRIENDS? WAKE UP.

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                                                                                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                          UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                                                          I RIDSE TO -- RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE GREAT NEWS OF THE TAX CUTS…

                                                                                          I RIDSE TO -- RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE GREAT NEWS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT CONTINUES TO DELIVER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. IT'S BEEN ALMOST SEVEN MONTHS SINCE TAX REFORM AND OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING. PEOPLE HAVE A RENEWED HOPE AND A SENSE SECURITY IN THEIR FUTURES AGAIN. I SEE SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT EXPANDING AND CREATING MORE JOBS. NEW HIRES AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN 17 YEARS. SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM IS THE HIGH NEST DECADES. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IS AT ITS HIGHEST IN TWO DECADES. I'VE DIRECTLY HEARD FROM FAMILIES WHO ARE SEEING MORE HARD-EARNED DOLLARS REMAINING IN THEIR POCKETS. BECAUSE OF OUR PRO-GROWTH POLICIES, OUR ECONOMY, OUR FAMILIES, OUR BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE NATION WILL HAVE STRONG FUTURES. THANKS FOR TAX -- TO TAX REFORM, SOUTH CAROLINIANS AND AMERICANS ARE BETTER OFF NOW OF I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                                                        • 07:17:36 PM

                                                                                          MR. KIHUEN

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

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF DEREK TAYLOR. DEREK ATTEND THE -- ATTENDED THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS ON OCTOBER 1. HE WAS DEVOTED TO HIS TWO SONS AND HIS GIRLFRIEND. HE WORKED FOR THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHAB FOR 29 YEARS, WHERE HE ROSE TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT. THEY ATTENDED THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL WHERE THEY BOTH TRAGICALLY DIED. BO'S REMEMBERED BY HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND BEING VERY WELL LIKED, RESPECTED AND A LEADER. HE WAS DEDICATED TO EVERYONE IN HIS LIFE AND WAS KNOWN AS A TRUE FRIEND. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO BO TAYLOR'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                          MR. CARTER

                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE CONSTITUENT IN MY DISTRICT, MS.…

                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE CONSTITUENT IN MY DISTRICT, MS. LINDA DURANT, WHO SAVED HER HUSBAND'S LIFE BY BRAVELY AND CORRECTLY ADMINISTERING C.P.R. IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION. AN EDUCATOR IN THE HE WASINGHAM COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, MS. DURANT USED HER C.P.R. TRAINING TO SAVE HER HUSBAND, JOHN'S, LIFE WHEN HE SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT CARDIAC EVENT. THE DOCTORS SAID LATER THAT HER IMMEDIATE AND PROPER USE OF C.P.R. WAS CRUCIAL TO HIS SURVIVAL. C.P.R. ONLY HAS A 10.6% SUCCESS RATE BECAUSE IT IS OFTEN PERFORMED INCORRECTLY. WITH EARLY JUNE BEING NATIONAL C.P.R. AND A.E.D. AWARENESS WEEK, I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO BECOME CERTIFIED IN ADMINISTERING C.P.R. LIKE MS. DURANT, YOU IN HER KNOW WHEN YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON IN AN EMERGENCY TO SAVE A LIFE. THANK YOU, MS. DURANT. FOR YOUR BRAVE ACTION AND FOR REMINDING US OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS CRITICAL SKILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                                                          MR. JOHNSON

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY PRESIDENT TRUMP WENT TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY…

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY PRESIDENT TRUMP WENT TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY AND CRITICIZED HIS OWN COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHILE BOWING AND SCRAPING TO A FOREIGN DICTATOR. PUTIN. SO AMERICANS MUST ASK THIS OBVIOUS QUESTION. AND IT IS, WHY DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP REFUSE TO CRITICIZE VLADIMIR PUTIN ABOUT ANYTHING? IT MUST BE BECAUSE PUTIN KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN'T WANT THE REST OF US TO KNOW. IF THAT'S TRUE, THEN PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS PUT HIS OWN WELL-BEING AND INTEREST ABOVE THOSE OF THE NATION. AND THAT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS THE ESSENCE OF BETRAYAL, HIS ACTIONS HAVE BETRAYED THE CONFIDENCE AND THE TRUST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND COULD BE CALLED TREASONOUS. SADLY TRUMP'S SUPPORTERS MUST LOOK AT THEMSELVES AND THINK WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE SOLD OUT BY THE DOG WHISTLE MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. THEY MUST NOW REALIZE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SUBJECTED HIMSELF TO DOMINATION BY THE LEADER OF THE INTERNATIONAL WHITE NATIONALIST MOVEMENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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

                                                                                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                          MR. LAMALFA

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. U.S.A. HAS APPROXIMATELY 121 SITES AROUND THE…

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. U.S.A. HAS APPROXIMATELY 121 SITES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE STORING NUCLEAR WASTE. AND APPROXIMATELY 39 STATES. THEY'RE IN TEMPORARY FACILITIES. TEMPORARY STORM. COULD BE SUBJECT TO ALL SORTS OF PROBLEMS, WHETHER IT BE TERRORIST ATTACKS OR OTHER ISSUES WITH NATURE. I HAD THE CHANCE RECENTLY TO VISIT YUCCA MOUNTAIN, THE FACILITY IN NEVADA THAT WOULD BE THE REPOSITORY FOR NUCLEAR WASTE IF IT COULD BE APPROVED AND PUT IN PLACE. I WAS IMPRESSED WITH WHAT I SAW FOR MANY KEY ISSUES. SIZE MICK ACTIVITY IS VERY LOW IN THE -- SEISMIC ACTIVITY IS VERY LOW IN THE AREA, IF NONE. WE HAVE AN ISSUE OF IT BEING A VERY HARDENED SITE FOR ATTACK. IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO ATTACK IT. AND THE ISSUES WITH GROUND WATER ARE NILL SINCE THE GROUND WATER IS SO DEEP IN THE NEVADA DESERT. WELL BELOW THE AREAS PROPOSED. SO WE NEED TO DO IS BEING THIS SITUATION WITH NUCLEAR WASTE BEING STORED -- -- THIS SITUATION WITH NUCLEAR WASTE BEING STORED THE WAY IT IS, OR MOVING FORWARD WITH A PROJECT LIKE YUCCA MOUNTAIN WHICH IS THE ONLY ONE APPROVED IN THE UNITED STATES CURRENTLY UNDER THE LAW. SO, MR. SPEAKER, FURTHER DELAY MEANS FURTHER PERIL FOR THE WAY THIS STUFF IS BEING STORED CURRENTLY. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD ON THIS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                          MS. KAPTUR

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

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                                                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                          MS. KAPTUR

                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONDEMN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S UNPATRIOTIC PERFORMANCE…

                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONDEMN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S UNPATRIOTIC PERFORMANCE AND EFFECTLESS GROLVING TO RUSSIAN D.C. -- FECKLESS GROVE ELLING TO RUSSIAN PRESIDENT -- GROLVING TO RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN. PUTIN'S RUSSIA IS A FIERCE ENEMY OF LIBERTY IN THE UNITED STATES AND GLOBALLY. PUTIN SEEKS EVERY CHANCE TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. HE ILLEGALLY INVADED UKRAINE AND GUNNED DOWN AND POISONED FREEDOM FIGHTERS LIKE BORIS NIM E -- NIEMSOV. OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES ARE NOT OUR FOES, MR. PRESIDENT. THEY'RE OUR TRUSTED FRIENDS. HOW CAN PRESIDENT TRUMP IGNORE THE PIERCING SACRIFICE OF BLOODSHED FOR LIBERTY BY THOUSANDS, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF OUR COUNTRYMEN AND MILLIONS OF OUR ALLIES? AS ONE OF AMERICA'S RICH SONS, HE CHOSE TO DODGE THE DRAFT WHEN HIS NUMBER CAME UP AND I HAVEN'T BEEN TITLE OF THE BILL FIND ANY VETERAN FROM HIS FAMILY. SO I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THE PATRICK HENRY'S ADMONITION. GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH. WITH OUR CONSTITUTION AS OUR ANCHOR, THIS LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, ARTICLE 1, MUST RISE TO MEET ITS CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATIONS TO PRESERVE LIBERTY AT ALL COSTS, PLACING COUNTRY OVER PARTY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM…

                                                                                          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                          MS. TENNEY

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

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

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                                                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                          MS. TENNEY

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE DAN CARSON FROM NORWICH,…

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE DAN CARSON FROM NORWICH, NEW YORK, WHO STARTED AN ADAPTIVE SPACE BALL PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL CHALLENGES. SEVEN YEARS AGO DAN CARSON STARTED THE BASEBALL BUDDIES GAME AT THE NORWICH LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD, BEHIND THE MIDDLE SCHOOLMENT AND NOW IT HAS GROWN INTO A HUGE COMMUNITY EVENT. THE PROGRAM RECENTLY HOSTED ITS ANNUAL GAME WHERE ABOUT 25 PAST OR PRESENT PLAYERS FROM THE NORWICH PURPLE TORNADOES WERE PAIRED WITH SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS. FOR THESE KIDS, THE GAME IS MORE THAN ABOUT BASEBALL. THE PLAYERS AND BUDDIES FORM LIFE-LONG FRIENDSHIPS AND LEARN VALUABLE LESSONS FROM EACH OTHER. MOST STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS DO NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN TEAM SPORTS IN HIGH SCHOOL. BUT THIS GAME IS AN EXCEPTION. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING DAN FOR ALL HIS WORK HE HAS DONE TO CREATE A PLACE WHERE REGARDLESS OF ABILITY, CHILDREN CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT AMERICAN PASTIME. AND I KNOW I SPEAK FOR EVERYONE WHEN I SAY, PLAY BALL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                          ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? SEEING NONE, THE…

                                                                                          ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR LAFERES BEFORE THE HOUSELE FOG -- LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                          MR. DAVIS OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY, MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY, AND…

                                                                                          MR. DAVIS OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY, MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY, AND MR. POCIUS OF TEXAS FOR TODAY -- POE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY.

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                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                        SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                                                                          MR. HILL

                                                                                          I THANK THE SPEAKER. APPRECIATE THE TIME TONIGHT. IT'S MY HOPE TONIGHT…

                                                                                          I THANK THE SPEAKER. APPRECIATE THE TIME TONIGHT. IT'S MY HOPE TONIGHT WE'LL HAVE A DISCUSSION IN OUR COUNTRY AND THIS HISTORIC CHAMBER ON TRADE POLICY. I'M DELIGHTED TWO OF MY GOOD COLLEAGUES HAVE JOINED ME TO CARRY ON THIS DISCUSSION. A KEY TENANT OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN TO IMPROVE U.S. BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL TRADING ARRANGEMENTS WITH AN EYE TOWARD ENFORCINGS REMAIN PROSTORY WITH OUR TRADING PARTNERS AS IT RELATES TO TARIFF LEVELS AND THE ELIMINATION OF NONTARIFF BARRIERS. THE GOAL, TO SIMPLY ACHIEVE MORE MARKET ACCESS FOR AMERICAN GOOD AND SERVICES. -- GOODS AND SERVICES. MR. TRUMP RECOGNIZED THIS, CAMPAIGNED ON FREE AND FAIR TRADE, AND ROUTINELY EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF RECIPROCITY BETWEEN TRADING PARTNERS. HE STATED THAT HE PREFERS BILATERAL ARRANGEMENTS OVER MULTILATERAL ARRANGEMENTS. BY INDICATING THAT HE DID NOT WANT TO PURSUE THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP OR THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP, ONE WITH ASIA PARTNERS AND ONE WITH THE E.U. AND WHILE IT'S TRUE THAT BILATERAL TREATIES ARE EASIER TO NEGOTIATE AND ACQUIRE, SELECT MULTILATERAL ARRANGEMENTS CAN ACHIEVE BROAD GEOPOLITICAL AND GEOECONOMIC STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES. IN THE CASE OF T.P.P., POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANTLY LEVERAGE THE ECONOMIC CLOUT OF CHINA IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, AND OBVIOUSLY LINK LONGSTANDING FREE TRADE PARTNERS WITH TRANS-- ACROSS THE TRANSATLANTIC REGION WITH THE TTIP. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ALSO INITIATED THE EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, 1/2 TARKS AMONG THE UNITED STATES, MEXICO AND CANADA. -- NAFTA, AMONG THE UNITED STATES, MEXICO AND CANADA. HE'S CALLED THIS AGREEMENT ONE OF THE WORST EVER BUT HAS OFFERED CONCRETE WAYS TO IMFROVE AND MODERNIZE IT FOR CURRENT CONDITIONS -- TO IMPROVE IT AND MODERNIZE IT FOR CURRENT CONDITIONS. AND NO DOUBT THESE ARE IN FACT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT THAN BACK IN 1992 WHEN THE NAFTA AGREEMENT WAS ARRANGED. THIS WORK CONTINUES IN EARNEST AND I'M PLEASED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT STRIDES IN IMPROVING NAFTA BETWEEN CANADA AND MEXICO OVER THE PAST YEAR. SOMETHING THAT I THINK'S VERY IMPORTANT IN MY HOME STATE OF ARKANSAS WHERE MEXICO AND CANADA ARE ABSOLUTELY THE LARGEST TRADING PARTNERS THAT OUR COMPANIES AND FARMERS HAVE IN MY HOME STATE. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OBJECTIVES OF CHANGING THE TRADE POLICIES OF CHINA HAVE PROVEN MORE CHALLENGING. AND TONIGHT WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S STRATEGY. BECAUSE WE WANT THE UNITED STATES TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY IN CHINA. WE WANT A MORE OPEN CHINA TRADING PROCESS. WE WANT MORE GOODS AND SERVICES MADE IN AMERICA, SOLD IN CHINA. BUT OVER THE LAST THREE DECADES, CHINA HAS DEVELOPED INTO ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST AND FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIES, BUT ALSO ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST PROTECTIONIST ECONOMIES. PUTTING UP BARRIERS TO AMERICAN GOODS AND SERVICES IN BOTH TARIFF MANNERS AND IN NONTARIFF WAYS. WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT TONIGHT AND I'D LIKE TO START BY TALKING ABOUT THAT WITH MY FRIEND FROM OHIO. WHAT'S INTERESTING IS THAT THIS STRATEGY OF GETTING AT A MORE OPEN CHINA, ENDING A MORE MERKIN TILISTIC TRADING POLICY WITH CHINA HAS TAKEN A COUPLE OF COURSES OF ACTION. ONE, THE PRESIDENT HAS IMPOSED SECTION 301 UNDER THE TRADE ACT OF 1974, GOING AFTER CHINA'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT IN THE U.S. . THEIR ABILITY TO COMPEL U.S. COMPANIES OR COMPANIES FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION TO GIVE UP THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TO DO BUSINESS IN CHINA. CLEARLY A VIOLATION. SO THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED A 301 INVESTIGATION AND TARIFFS RELATED TO THAT. HE'S ALSO IMPOSED TARIFFS UNDER THE 1962 ACT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY PURPOSES ACROSS THE BOARD ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM. ALL COUNTRIES, ALL PRODUCTS. AND THAT'S VERY CHALLENGING, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE IF THE REAL ISSUE IS GETTING AT CHINA, THE WORLD'S LARGEST SUBSIDIZER AND DUMPER OF STEEL AND ALUM NUMB THIS MAY NOT BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY TO ACCOMPLISH THAT, AND COULD IN FACT BE A DISTRACTION FROM OUR ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE IN OPENING CHINA. SO I'D LIKE TO YIELD, MR. SPEAKER, SOME TIME TO MY FRIEND FROM OHIO AND HAVE HIS PERSPECTIVE ON TARIFFS AND TRADE AND HOW WE CAN IMPROVE AND BE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING THE OUTCOMES THAT WE WANT.

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                                                                                          DAVIDSON

                                                                                          LIBBERTISM MR. DAVIDSON: WE WERE THE WORLD'S LARGEST TRADING COMPANY AND…

                                                                                          LIBBERTISM MR. DAVIDSON: WE WERE THE WORLD'S LARGEST TRADING COMPANY AND WE ARE A GREAT TRADING POWER IN EVERY WAY YOU CAN MEASURE IT. WE DO HAVE TRADE DEFICITS WITH SOME COUNTRIES BUT WE HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE RIGHT METRICS. SO WE TALK ABOUT BAD TRADE PRACTICES AND BAD TRADE POLL SWIRKS TALK ABOUT TO YOU AS ANALOGY, WATCHING BASKETBALL, THINK HOW THE SPORT WOULD CHANGE IF THERE WERE NO FOULS CALLED AND NO ONE COULD SHOOT FREE THROWS. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT HAPPEN WITH THE W.T.O. EVENTUALLY AFTER SOMETIMES YEARS OF FILING A COMPLIANT, THE W.T.O. WILL ADJUDICATE A SUBSIDY PRACTICE BY CHINA ON STEEL, FOR EXAMPLE, AND THEN THEY'LL SAY, YOU HAVE TO STOP. THE MOMENT A COMPLAINT IS FILED, THE CHINESE COMPANY JUST DUMPS FASTER BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE TURNED OFF THEY HAVE TROUBLE IS, THERE'S NO CONSEQUENCE FOR THIS BAD CONDUCT. SO WHAT I HAD HOPED WE WOULD BE DOING IS WE WOULD BE USING OUR GREAT RELATIONSHIPS AROUND THE WORLD TO UNITE OUR ALLIES, OUR BEST TRADING PARTNERS, FRANKLY, PEOPLE THAT ARE ALSO VICTIMS OF THESE BAD TRADE PRACTICES AND BAD TRADE POLICIES, TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THOSE BAD PRACTICES SO WE COULD DEFINE WHAT IS A FOUL AND WHAT IS THE EFFECTIVE FREE THROW. WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES? I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT'S GREAT GOALS ARE BEING POORLY SERVED BY SOME OF HIS ADVISORS AND I HOPE THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL CHANGE COURSE BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE DOING HAS RESULTED IN FAILURE IN EVERY TYPE OF WAR STUDIED FROM WORLD WAR II THROUGH MORE MODERN WARS. WHEN YOU MULTIPLY YOUR ENEMY, YOU'RE NOT WINNING. AND WE ARE DOING THAT WITH THE PRACTICES THAT SOME ON THE ADMINISTRATION ARE IMPLEMENT. THINGS THAT IMPLEMENT UNIFORM TARIFFS. THINGS THAT DISTORT A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE TO CALL GERMAN LUXURY AUTOS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. WE HAVE TOOLS IN THE KIT BAG THAT COULD BE EFFECTIVE. LIKE SANCTION. WHEN WE ENGAGE IN WARFARE, WHEN WE ENGAGE WITH ENEMIES OF OUR KYNTRY, WE HAVE SANCTIONS IN PLACE AGAINST RUSSIA, SANCTIONS IN PLACE AGAINST IRAN, SANCTIONS IN PLACE AGAINST NORTH KOREA. THE BUE I HAVE TO SANCTIONS IS, THEY CAN BE TARGETED NOT JUST AT A COUNTRY OR A SECTOR. THEY CAN BE TARGETED TO COMPANIES AN EVEN INDIVIDUALS. WE CAN USE THESE THINGS TO RESTRICT THE FLOW AND DEFINE WHAT IS ILL LIST FINANCE. WE CAN USE THESE TOOLS THAT THE WORLD USES ALREADY AGAINST BAD ACTORS AND FRANKLY SOME OF THE WORST ACTORS IN THE WORLD TO UNITE OUR ALLIES AND TO DEFINE A BETTER WAY FOR TRADE. GOING FORWARD. SO WE SHOULDN'T CONFUSE THIS WITH A CRITIQUE OF THE OBJECTIVE. THE OBJECTIVE IS INDEED MOBILE AND NECESSARY. PAST TRADE PRACTICES, PAST PRESIDENTIAL POLICIES HAVE LEFT AMERICA ON THE SHORT END. TRUE, AS MILTON FLEEDMAN SAID IF COMPANIES WANT TO SUBSIDIZE THE COST OF A GOOD, LET THEM. THEY'RE JUST LOWERING THE COST FOR OUR CONSUMERS BUT WE CAN'T SIMPLY BE A NATION OF CONSUMERS. WE NEED PEOPLE TO PUT CAPITAL AT RISK IN AMERICA, TO THRIVE AND FOR OUR GREAT INDUSTRIES WHETHER IT'S AGRICULTURE OR MANUFACTURING OR TECHNOLOGY. FOR THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TO FLOURISH HERE. WE HAVE THE BEST MARKS FOR GOODS, SERVICES, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, CAPITAL, AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DEFEND THAT AND I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR BEING PASSIONATE ABOUT PUTTING AMERICA FIRST IN THESE PRACTICES. BUT I DO BELIEVE WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE TACTICS THAT ARE BEING EMPLOYED BY THOSE WHO ADVISE HIM, AND SAY, IS THIS MULTIPLYING -- MULTIPLYING OUR ENEMIES? AND IT IS. I HOPE WE CAN MOVE FORWARD IN A BETTER WAY AND SERVE THIS GREAT COUNTRY BY RESTORING TRADE TO ITS RIGHT AND PROPER PLACE AS A VIBRANT PART OF OUR ECONOMY. EXPORTS DRIVE OUR ECONOMY BUT IMPORTS CAN BENEFIT OUR ECONOMY. TRADE IS EXACTLY THAT. TRADE IS SOMETHING OF VALUE FOR BOTH PARTIES. BOTH PROFIT WHEN TRADE IS THERE. A ZERO SUM UNDERSTANDING IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO LOOK AT TRADE. WE BENEFIT AND SO DO OTHERS. AND IT'S OK THAT THEY BENEFIT BECAUSE THEN THEY'RE ABLE TO BUY MORE FROM US IN TRADE. THE PRACTICES THAT ARE IN PLACE TODAY GIVE US A CHANCE TO ASSESS THE PROGRESS. AND I THINK IT'S VITAL THAT WE DO THAT. IT'S VITAL THAT WE KEEP THIS ECONOMY DOING THE GREAT THINGS IT HAS UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S LEADERSHIP, UNDER CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP. WE WERE TOLD THE NEW NORMAL IS A 1.5% GROWTH RATE THAT WE COULDN'T GROW AT THE HIGH RATE WITH REGULATORY RELIEF AND TAX REFORM, OUR ECONOMY IS GROWING HIGHER THAN 3%. WE DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO DERAIL THAT MOMENTUM. I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE DIALOGUE TONIGHT. MR. HILL, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I KNOW WE HAVE OTHER COLLEAGUES WHO WOULD LIKE TO AS WELL, AND I YIELD.

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                                                                                          MR. LAHOOD

                                                                                          I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN FRENCH HILL FOR ORGANIZING TONIGHT'S SPECIAL…

                                                                                          I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN FRENCH HILL FOR ORGANIZING TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER ON TRADE. I'LL ASSOCIATE MY THOUGHTS TONIGHT WITH THE COMMENTS MADE BY CONGRESSMAN DAVIDSON AND CONGRESSMAN FRENCH HILL. I WOULD START OFF AND SAY IT'S IMPER TY THAT WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS COME TOGETHER TO STRESS TO THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION THE IMPORTANCE OF FREE TRADE. YOU KNOW, WHEN I LOOK BACK OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, I APPLAUD THE PRESIDENT AND HIS LEADERSHIP IN WORKING WITH US TO ROLL BACK REGULATION HAVE REASONABLE REGULATION IN PLACE, AND ALSO ONCE IN A LIFETIME TAX REFORM THAT HE WAS ABLE TO GET PASSED ALONG WITH THIS CONGRESS. TWO ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT JUMP STARTED OUR STAGNANT ECONOMY AND WE ARE SEING THE RESULTS. HUFFER, I THINK WE DO OURSELVES A REAL DISSERVICE TO THE WORK THAT WE HAVE ALREADY DONE ON THIS ECONOMY BY ENGAGING IN A TRADE WAR. I THINK WE GO BACKWARDS IN TERMS OF THE ECONOMY PROGRESS THAT WE ARE MAKING TO GET IN A LONG-TERM TRADE WAR. I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, MR. DAVIDSON REFERENCED IT A LITTLE BIT, IT'S FRUSTRATING AND DISAPPOINTING TO SEE SEVERAL STAFF MEMBERS WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT ARE UNELECTED AND UNCONFIRMED THAT ARE TRADE PROTECTIONISTS. AND THEY HAVE THE EAR OF THE PRESIDENT WHEN IT COMES TO IMPLEMENTING TRADE POLICY AND THAT IS, AGAIN, FRUSTRATING. THESE PROTECTIONISTS ARE FAILING TO TAKE THE TIME TO RECOGNIZE AND UNDERSTAND THE LONG-TERM COSTS OF THE RECENT TARIFF ACTIONS AND OUR CURRENT POSITION AS IT COMES TO RENEGOTIATING NAFTA AND OTHER TRADE AGREEMENTS ON OUR ECONOMY. AND I'VE SAID THIS MANY TIMES BEFORE WHEN I THINK BACK AT THE ELTIONEC OUR PRESIDENT WASN'T ELECT BY ED THE PEOPLE ON TH EAS COAST OR THE WEST COAST, IT WAS PEOPLE IN THE MIDWEST, PEOPLE FROM RURAL AMERICA, PEOPLE FROM THE SOUTH THAT HELPED ELECT HIM. UNFORTUNATELY THESE ARE THE FOLKS THAT ARE LEFT THE WORST OFF BY THESE TRADE POLICIES THAT ARE BEING PUT IN PLACE CURRENTLY BY THE ADMINISTRATION. AND AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THIS CONGRESS, WE NEED TO CAREFULLY EXAMINE HOW MUCH AUTHORITY THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH HAS CEDED OVER TIME TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. AND I CREDIT MY COLLEAGUE WARREN DAVIDSON FOR INTRODUCING A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF THAT WOULD HELP TAKE BACK A LITTLE OF THAT AUTHORITY UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION TO HAVE MORE INPUT IF CONGRESS ON THAT. WE NEED TO TALK MORE ABOUT THAT. MANAGING OUR TRADE POLICIES TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO RESTORE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY, OUR OTHER COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN GALLAGHER OF WIFPK, HAS INTRODUCED A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT ALSO DOES THE SAME THING. WE HAVE NO CHOICE OR ALTERNATIVE WITH THE CURRENT WORLD WE LIVE TPWHESM LIVE IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD WITH SUPPLY CHAIN SET AND MARKETPLACES AND CUSTOMERS CONTINUING TO GROW. BUT WE NEED TO BE ENGAGED. AND GIVEN THAT 95% OF THE WORLD'S CUSTOMERS LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, WE TEND TO FORGET THAT. THAT WE REPRESENT ABOUT 4.5% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION. THERE'S NO DOUBT WE PRODUCE THE BEST GOODS, WE PRODUCE THE BEST PRODUCT, WE HAVE THE BEST WORKERS BUT YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE MARKETS. GOT TO HAVE CUSTOMERS AROUND THE WORLD. FOR THOSE PRODUCTS TO GO TO SUPPORT FREE AND FAIR TRADE. I THINK ABOUT ILLINOIS. ILLINOIS IS THE SIXTH LARGEST STATE IN THE COUNTRY. ZAG THE NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY IN MY DISTRICT. WHEN I THINK ABOUT ILLINOIS, FOR EXAMPLE, GLOBAL TRADE SUPPORTS OVER 1,700,000 JOBS IN ILLINOIS. ENSURING THAT OUR MANUFACTURERS AND FARMERS HAVE ACCESS TO MARKETS AROUND THE WORLD TO SELL THEIR GOODS IS VITAL TO THEIR ABILITY TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE AND OUR ECONOMIC SUCCESS. THE DISTRICT THAT I REPRESENT, ILLINOIS' 18TH, SPANS CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS. WE ARE PROUD TO BE HOME TO SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST RESPECTED MANUFACTURERS. INCLUDING COMPANIES LIKEDEERE, CATERPILLAR, C.N.H. AND ALSO HOME TO SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST FERTILE FARMLAND. WE HAVE THE EIGHTH LARGEST PRODUCTION OF CORN AND SOYBEANS IN THE COUNTRY. ABOUT 80% OF THE CORN AND SOYBEANS PRODUCED IN MY DISTRICT GO SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. THEY GET PUT ON BARGES, GO DOWN THE RIVER, AND FROM THERE ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD. BUT WHEN YOU PUT UP TARIFFS AN BARRIERS, YOU RESTRICT THOSE FARMERS FROM GETTING THEIR GOODS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD. UNFORTUNATELY, THESE DAYS, MANUFACTURING AND AGRICULTURE COMMUNITIES LIKE MINE ACROSS THE CLINT FACE UNCERTAINTY AND DARK DAYS AHEAD. THAT'S BECAUSE OF OUR CURRENT TRADE POLICY. WHILE I APPLAUD THE PRESIDENT'S INTENT TO GO AFTER BAD ACTORS IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE, HIS APPROACH AND THE RESULTING RETALIATION HAS PUT OUR AMERICAN WORKERS AND PRODUCTS IN JEOPARDY WITH NO END IN SIGHT. THE ADMINISTRATION'S RECKLESS AND FREQUENT USE OF TARIFFS, SOME PREMISED ON NATIONAL SECURITY WHICH I THINK IS A FALLACY, THREAT TON SPARK AN ALL OUT TRADE WAR IN THIS COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD. WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN RETALIATION ON AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS FROM SOME OF OUR CLOSEST ALLIES LIKE CANADA, MEXICO, AND THE E.U. IN ADDITION, CHINA, WHICH CO-SUMING A THIRD OF THE WORLD'S SOYBEANS HAS FILED SUIT. IN ILLINOIS, TOTAL STATE EXPORTS THREATENED BY NEW TARIFFS HAS REACHED OVER $3,800,000. INSTEAD OF TARIFFS, WHICH ARE TAXES PASSED ON TO CONSUMERS, OUR APPROACH SHOULD BE TARGETED, TO MINIMIZE COLLATERAL DAMAGE AND SHOULD INCLUDE SPECIFIC AND CLEAR END GOALS WHICH WE HAVE NOT SEEN. BOTTOM LINE, WE MUST PURSUE TARGETED TRADE ENFORCEMENT POLICIES THAT MINIMIZE HARM TO AMERICAN FARMERS, OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, AND OUR MANUFACTURERS. WE KNOW THAT OUR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IS TYPICALLY HARDEST HIT BY ANY RETALIATION. TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, OUR FARMERS ARE ALREADY AT A DISADVANTAGE COMPARED TO OTHER FOREIGN COMPETITORS GIVEN THE LABBLING OF FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS THE U.S. HAS COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE ASIAN MARKETS. IT WAS REFERENCED EARLIER, THE T.P.P., THE TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, WHICH IS GOING ON WITHOUT US. I LOOK BACK AT THIS ADMINISTRATION. THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK WHEN THEY CAME IN ABOUT BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS. WE'RE 18 MONTH INTO THE ADMINISTRATION, NOT ONE. NOT ONE BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENT. PART OF THE REASON WE HAVEN'T HAD THAT IS THEY'VE RUN THROUGH US BECAUSE OF WHAT WE'VE ASKED FOR IN THOSE AGREEMENTS. THE LOSS OF MARKETPLACE DUE TO TARIFFS WILL BE HARD REGAIN AND MAY NOT BE MOBBLE TO REGAIN AT ALL. THE ADMINISTRATION'S GO AT IT ALONE APPROACH IS NOT AS EFFECTIVE AS WORKING WITH OUR ALLIES TO NEGOTIATE A SOLUTION TO GLOBAL OVERSUPPLY AND TECHNOLOGY THEFT PERPETRATED BY COMPANIES LIKE -- COUNTRIES LOIK CHINA AND THERE'S NO DOUBT THEY HAVE DONE THAT. THE FORCED TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS, STEALING OF OUR TECHNOLOGY, SHOULD BE ADDRESSED BUT THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO DO THAT IN A STRATEGIC AND PRECISE WAY, PARTNERING WITH OUR ALLIES TO DO THAT, BUT WE CAN'T D THAT GOING AT IT ALONE AND WE CAN'T DO IT PREMISED ON NATIONAL SECURITY. . LASTLY, LET ME JUST SAY THAT WE'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT SURPLUSES AND TRADE DEFICITS. SEEMS LIKE THE ADMINISTRATION IS FIXATED ON TRADE DEFICITS. IN AGRICULTURE, WE HAVE A TRADE SURPLUS WITH EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE THAT'S GOING TO BE DONE TO THOSE FARMERS AND THOSE AG PRODUCTS BY HE GAUGING IN IF A TRADE WAR -- BY ENGAGING IN A TRADE WAR. WE DO NEED TO DEAL WITH THE TRADE DEFICIT BUT IT'S A COMPLICATED ISSUE WE NEED TO ADDRESS AND THERE'S LOTS OF THINGS TO DO THAT. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS WE CAN DO TO CHANGE THAT INSTEAD OF THE PATH WE'RE HEADED DOWN RIGHT NOW. AT THE END OF THE DAY, OUR FARMERS WANT TRADE, NOT AID. IN A FREE MARKET SYSTEM, IT SHOULDN'T BE BASED ON SUBSIDIES OR AID. AND SO WE NEED TO, AGAIN, CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION ON OUR PROPER OVERSIGHT, TAKING BACK SOME OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE GETTING THE MESSAGE ACROSS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE FREE AND OPEN TRADE THAT'S GOING TO BENEFIT OUR FARMERS, OUR MANUFACTURERS, AND WORKING PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WITH THAT, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE,

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                                                                                          MR. HILL

                                                                                          I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. LAHOOD, FROM ILLINOIS, FOR HIS EXPERTISE IN…

                                                                                          I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. LAHOOD, FROM ILLINOIS, FOR HIS EXPERTISE IN AGRICULTURE AND THESE MARKETS. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE HIS EXAMPLE. I MIGHT REACT BY SAYING, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE POWER OF WORKING TOGETHER. I WAS REFLECTING THAT IF WE WERE WORKING TOGETHER TO LEVERAGE THE CHALLENGES OF CHINA, WE'RE ABOUT 15% OF TRADE TO A TRADE WITH CHINA. THE EUROPEAN UNION BASS 15% OR SO -- UNION'S ABOUT 15% OR SO OF TRADE WITH CHINA. JAPAN IS ANOTHER 7%. CLEARLY WORKING TOGETHER ON SOME OF THESE ISSUES WE HAVE IN COMMON WOULD GIVE US MORE LEVERAGE. LET ME JUST OUTLINE FOUR KEY OBJECTIVES, I THINK, OF U.S. TRADE POLICY WITH CHINA. BUT I BELIEVE THEY WOULD BE SHARED BY THOSE TWO OTHER GROUPS THAT I MENTIONED. THE EUROPEAN UNION AND JAPAN. ENSURE CHINA FULLY COMPLICE WITH ITS OBLIGATIONS AS -- COMPLIES WITH ITS OBLIGATIONS AS A MEMBER OF W.T.O., INCLUDING THE BENEFICIAL AGREEMENTS ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL GOODS AGREEMENT, AND A TRADE IN SERVICES AGREEMENT. THESE ARE THINGS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE WORKED ON BILATERALLY AND MULTILATERALLY SINCE CHINA ENTERED THE W.T.O. IN 2001. AN ADMISSION I THINK NOW THAT MANY PEOPLE QUESTION. THAT WAS CHINA REALLY READY TO JOIN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION IN 2001? THAT'S NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, THAT WE FULLY PROTECT U.S. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND ESTABLISH WAYS AND MEANS TO CEASE GOVERNMENT-DIRECTED CYBERTHEFT OF U.S. TRADE SECRET, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. BOTH FOR COMMERCIAL AND NATIONAL SECURITY REASONS. AND I'M REMINDED OF AMBASSADOR WINSTON LORD OF THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO BEIJING IN 1989, WHEN HE WAS BRIEFING PRESIDENT BUSH 41 IN PREPARATION OF HIS FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. PRESIDENT BUSH, FIRST FOREIGN TRIP IN FEBRUARY OF 1989, WAS TO CHINA. WHERE HE HAD SERVED AS OUR REPRESENTATIVE BACK IN THE 1970'S. AMBASSADOR LORD WROTE THAT MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT AND SAID, YOU'VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, HUMAN RIGHTS. YOU'VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT TAIWAN. YOU'VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT TIBET. AND YOU'VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT THEFT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. FEBRUARY, 1989, MR. SPEAKER. AND WE'RE STILL DEBATING THAT ISSUE TODAY. UNRESOLVED. AND I WOULD SAY THAT THE EUROPEAN UNION SHARES THAT VIEW. NOW, HERE'S THE AMUSING POINT. AMBASSADOR LORD AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT TEAM, WHEN THEY SENT THAT MEMO TO PRESIDENT BUSH 41, SAID, IT WAS IN ITS EIGHTH PRINTING AND THEY WERE SORRY THAT THE AUTHOR WASN'T GETTING ANY ROYALTIES FOR IT. MEANING WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS SINCE WE ESTABLISHED DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH CHINA BACK IN 1979. WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING THIS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT. NUMBER THREE, SEEK CHANGES IN CHINA'S EXTENSIVE INDUSTRIAL POLICIES, WHICH PROTECT DOMESTIC SECTORS AND FIRMS, PARTICULARLY CHINA'S STATE-OWNED INDUSTRIES. CHINA'S OBJECTIVE IS FOR THESE STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES TO BE GLOBAL COMPETITORS. COMPATIBLE WITH OTHER TRADING PARTNERS. BUT THEY'RE NOT. THEY'RE STATE-OWNED. THEY'RE STATE-SUBSIDIZED. FINALLY, FOURTH, PROMOTE CHANGES TO INDUSTRIAL POLICIES THAT PROVIDE OPEN AND RECIPROCAL TREATMENT FOR AMERICAN EXPORTERS OF GOODS AND SERVICES, BY REDUCING NONTARIFF BARRIERS AND MAKING CHINA'S TARIFF LEVELS COMPARABLE WITH U.S. TARIFF LEVELS. I THINK THOSE FOUR THINGS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE WHAT ALL OF US AGREE ON TONIGHT. AND I THINK THEY WOULD BENEFIT THE EUROPEAN UNION AS WELL. BUT I THINK MY FRIENDS HAVE MADE A GOOD CASE THAT IF WE WERE TO PARTNER WITH THE E.U. AND WITH JAPAN, HE WOULD HAVE A LOT MORE ECONOMIC CLOUT IN DELIVERING ON THAT NEGOTIATING POSTURE. I'D ASK MY FRIEND FROM OHIO, DOES HE SHARE THAT VIEW AND WHAT ARE HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES, MAYBE IN THE STEEL AND ALUMINUM AREA?

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                                                                                          I THANK MR. HILL. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO AGREE WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF…

                                                                                          I THANK MR. HILL. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO AGREE WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF BRINGING ALLIES TO THE TABLE TO ADDRESS THOSE PRACTICES. THERE ARE FOUR, THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHERS THAT WE WOULD PROBABLY AGREE ON. JORDAN DAVIDSON CHINA IN A WAY, I THINK --

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                                                                                          MR. DAVIDSON

                                                                                          CHINA IN A WAY, I THINK THE THING THE PRESIDENT RESPECTS OUT OF CHINA,…

                                                                                          CHINA IN A WAY, I THINK THE THING THE PRESIDENT RESPECTS OUT OF CHINA, THEY PUT CHINA FIRST. THEY'VE USED ALL THE RESOURCES OF THEIR NATION REALLY SINCE 1989. SINCE CHINA'S ECONOMY WAS TRANSFORMED TO A MORE MARKET-ORIENTED ECONOMY. THEY'RE NOT A MARKET-ORIENTED ECONOMY. THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THEY COMMITTED TO DO AS PART OF JOINING THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. THEY'RE A COMMAND-DRIVEN ECONOMY. IN MANY RESPECTS. THEY'VE MADE GREAT PROGRESS SINCE 1989, TO BE MARKET-ORIENTED. FRANKLY SINCE 2008 THEY'VE GONE THE OTHER WAY IN SOME OF THEIR PRACTICES. IF YOU LOOK AT THE REVOLUTIONARY IDEA, THOUGH, THE IDEA THAT LIVES COULD BE CHANGED BY TRADE AND CAPITALISM, CHINA, AT THE PEAK THEY WERE USING COMMUNISM WITH COMMUNIST PRINCIPLES. AND HE INTRODUCED TO THEM COMMUNISM WITH CHINESE PRINCIPLES. WHICH WAS ESSENTIALLY, CAPITALISM AS LONG AS WE CAN STAY IN CHARGE. IT'S A CORRUPT SUBSIDIZED FORM OF CAPITALISM, BUT IT'S LIFTED AT -- AT ITS PEAK IT WAS LIFTING A MILLION CHINESE PEOPLE A DAY, A MONTH, A MILLION CHINESE PEOPLE A MONTH OUT OF DOLLAR-A-DAY POVERTY. TRADE WAS A KEY PART OF THIS. INFLOWS OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT TO REACH THIS MASSIVE MARKET. TODAY GENERAL MOTORS SELLS MORE CARS IN CHINA THAN THEY SELL IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS IS A BETTER PATH THAN THE ONE I EXPECTED. WHEN I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN 1988, MR. GORBACHEV HAD NOT TORN DOWN THAT WALL, THE BERLIN WALL. BY THE END OF 1989, WHEN I WAS THERE, UNFORTUNATELY BAD THINGS HAD HAPPENED IN TIANANMEN SQUARE IN CHINA, BUT THANKFULLY GREAT THINGS HAPPENED AT THE BERLIN WALL AND I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO SEE PEOPLE THERE. I MET A MAN WHO WAS FROM EAST GERMANY IN HIS FIRST HOURS OF FREEDOM, WHO SAID, IS IT LIKE THIS EVERYWHERE? WE WERE IN THE DISTRICT, KIND OF LIKE TIMES SQUARE IS IN NEW YORK IN PER LYNN. AND HE THOUGHT HE -- BERLIN. AND I THOUGHT HE MEANT HOW BIG THE CITY WAS. WHAT HE REALLY MEANT WAS THE STORES WERE OPEN AT NIGHT AND THERE'S FRESH MILK, AS HE SAID. HE WAS ASTONISHED THAT REGULAR PEOPLE, EVEN FOREIGNERS, COULD GO IN AND THE SHELVES HAD STOCK. THIS IS THE IDEA OF ECONOMIC LIBERTY. THIS IS PRODUCED ABUNDANCE WHEREVER IT'S BEEN TRIED. WHERE THE OTHER IDEAS, THE REDISTRIBUTION THAT MAO TRIED EVERY VERSION OF MARXIST COMMUNIST IDEOLOGY THEY COULD THINK OF, AND THEY ALL FAILED. THEY PRODUCED SCARSITY, POVERTY, DEPRAVITY. AND BY ENGAGING IN THE WORLD, CHINA TRANSFORMED THEIR ECONOMY. THAT'S SOMETHING TO RESPECT. I THINK THE PRESIDENT ADMIRES THE WAY THEY PUT CHINA FIRST. BUT THE REALITY IS IN PUTTING CHINA FIRST, THEY'VE ENGAGED IN ALL THE RESOURCES OF THE COUNTRY. TO WHERE IN 2014 WE SAW THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST HACKERS. IN FACT, THEY WERE INDICTED. BUT DID PRESIDENT OBAMA CUT OFF ALL RELATIONS AND TRADE WITH CHINA? HE DID NOT. HE INGAUGED IN DIPLOMACY WITH CHINA -- ENGAGED IN DIPLOMACY WITH CHINA. AND I THINK IT'S GREAT WE ENGAGE WITH RUSSIA. PERHAPS RUSSIA WILL SEE A MARKET-ORIENTED ECONOMY. THEY STARTED OUT THAT WAY IN THE 1990'S. BUT THEY ALSO PROVED THAT DEFICITS DO MATTER. THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE WHOLE WEST WRESTLES WITH. AND ANOTHER THING THAT WE COULD UNITE IN AGREEING WITH. I HOPE WE CAN ALSO GET TO WAYS WE CAN UNITE HERE. BECAUSE AS MR. LAHOOD MENTIONED , THE GLOBAL TRADE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. IT'S NOT AN ADVERSARIAL BILL. IT'S NOT SIMPLY -- IT DOESN'T EVEN GO RETROACTIVE TO THE ACTIONS THAT HAVE COME IN THE PAST. IT DOES GET CONGRESS ENGAGED. AND IT GETS CONGRESS ENGAGED BECAUSE THE SAME BENEFITS OF COOPERATION, THE SAME BENEFITS OF MULTIPLYING OUR ALLIES INSTEAD OF MULTIPLYING OUR ENEMIES, COULD HAPPEN HERE IN CONGRESS. WHERE WE MULTIPLY THE PEOPLE WORKING ON THE PROBLEM. WE WANT TO JOIN OUR PRESIDENT IN TAKING ACTION AGAINST BAD ACTORS, IN MAKING OUR TRADE POLICY BETTER THAN IT HAS BEEN. EVEN WITH THE CANADIANS. THEY'VE GOT BAD TRADE PRACTICES WE CAN IMPROVE. EVEN WITH THE EUROPEANS. GREAT FRIENDS WORK THROUGH PROBLEMS. AND I FEEL LIKE THAT'S THE REALITY THAT WE HAVE WITH OUR FRIENDS. HERE IN CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENT HAS GREAT FRIENDS. I WOULD CONSIDER THE THREE OF US SOME OF HIS GREAT FRIENDS. NOT ADVERSARIES IN THE GOAL. I THINK WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE MEANS OF GETTING TO THAT. AND THE GLOBAL TRADE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT WOULD SIMPLY SAYING THAT CONGRESS WORKS WITH THE PRESIDENT -- SAY THAT CONGRESS WORKS WITH THE PRESIDENT SIMILAR TO THE REINS ACT. WHERE CONGRESS CAN SAY, WE DO IT, WHAT WOULD THAT MEAN? THAT WOULD MEAN THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS MORE ENGAGED OR REALLY THE PRESIDENT'S ADVISORS. MEN LIKE PETER NAVARRO, INSTEAD OF REFUSING TO COME TALK TO WAYS AND MEANS, WOULD ENGAGE WITH OUR CHAIRMAN. WOULD ENGAGE WITH OUR COMMITTEE, DEALING WITH TRADE. AND WOULD IN FACT DEVELOP A PLAN INSTEAD OF CRITICIZE THEIR OWN FAILURE TO PLAN AFTER THE FACT. HOW DO WE KNOW THIS? THIS IS AN EXAMPLE. WE'VE GOT A UNIFORMED TARIFF POLICY THAT PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN IMPLEMENTED, THAT HAS CHANCE FOR EXCLUSIONS. WE'VE GOT OVER 20,000 COMPANIES WHO WANT EXCLUSIONS RIGHT NOW. COMMERCE IS DOING THEM, NOT SECTOR BY SECTOR, BUT COMPANY BY COMPANY. NOT COMMODITY BY COMMODITY, BUT COMPANY BY COMPANY. THERE ARE ONLY SIX PEOPLE WORKING ON THIS MASSIVE TAX -- TASK. WERE THERE TO BE REQUIRED ENGAGEMENT, I BELIEVE THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER PLAN IN THAT COLLABORATIVE APPROACH. AND PERHAPS A DIFFERENT COURSE OF ACTION. I KNOW THAT -- I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING OTHER WAYS THAT YOU ALL MIGHT THINK THAT WE COULD COLLABORATE AND MAKE THE GREAT CAUSE OF MAKING OUR TRADE AGREEMENTS BETTER, MORE PRODUCTIVE.

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                                                                                          MR. HILL

                                                                                          I THANK MY FRIEND FROM OHIO. IT'S QUITE CLEAR THAT IN ARTICLE I, THE…

                                                                                          I THANK MY FRIEND FROM OHIO. IT'S QUITE CLEAR THAT IN ARTICLE I, THE CONGRESS EXCLUSIVELY, ENUMERATED POWER, HAS THE POWER OF REGULATING COMMERCE BETWEEN FOREIGN NATIONS. AND OF COURSE WE KNOW SETTING DUTIES AND LEVIES AND TAXES IS AN ARTICLE I POWER. AND I THINK YOU MAKE AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT. JUST LIKE CONGRESS PARTNERED WITH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ON HOW TO RIGHT-SIZE CERTAIN OVERREGULATION IN OUR ECONOMY FROM THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, OR HOW CONGRESS COLLABORATED WITH THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT IN DESIGNING TAX REFORMS TO MAKE AMERICA MORE COMPETITIVE, TO HAVE PEOPLE BRING BUSINESS BACK TO THE U.S., NOT BE DOUBLE TAXED ON FOREIGN EARNINGS, IN BOTH OF THOSE EXAMPLES, AS YOU NOTE, WE COLLABORATED THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. AND SO I DO THINK THAT ALSO WOULD STRENGTHEN THE SEQUENCING OF OUR STRATEGY TO GET AT THE HEART OF WHAT I THINK OUR KEY CHALLENGES ARE, WHICH REVOLVE AROUND ACCESS INTO CHINA. AND I ASK MY FRIEND, MR. LAHOOD, DOES HE HAVE THOUGHTS ON THIS LINE OF DISCUSSION?

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                                                                                          MR. LAHOOD

                                                                                          I THANK YOU, MR. HILL. AND YOU LAID OUT FOUR DIFFERENT OBJECTIVES WHICH I…

                                                                                          I THANK YOU, MR. HILL. AND YOU LAID OUT FOUR DIFFERENT OBJECTIVES WHICH I THINK ARE VERY PERTINENT AND YOU MENTIONED STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES AND I THINK ABOUT THAT IN CHINA. I THINK ABOUT HOW IN MANY WAYS THEY HAVE CHEATED THE SYSTEM AND DONE THINGS. BUT THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG TIME. AND ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS WITH ANY TRADE AGREEMENT IS YOU HAVE TO HAVE ENFORCEMENT. I DON'T THINK WE'VE HAD PROPER ENFORCEMENT LIKE WE NEED. YOU KNOW WHEN IT COMES TO A NUMBER OF THESE INITIATIVES WE'VE HAD OVER A SERIES OF 20, 25 YEARS. BUT ENFORCEMENT IS IMPORTANT. THAT MEANS LAW ENFORCEMENT, THAT MEANS GETTING DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INVOLVED. HOLDING BAD ACTORS ACCOUNTABLE. BUT I THINK YOU HAVE MORE ABILITY TO DO THAT AND MORE LEVERAGE IF YOU PARTNER WITH THE E.U., YOU PARTNER WITH JAPAN, YOU PARTNER WITH OUR OTHER ALLIES TO DO THAT. AND WE SIMPLY HAVEN'T DONE THAT. I THINK, AGAIN, GOING AT IT ALONE IS NOT THE RIGHT APPROACH TO TAKE. ARE THERE THINGS WE OUGHT TO BE WORKING ON TO CHANGE? OF COURSE. THERE'S RULES WE SHOULD CHANGE. WE SHOULD ENGAGE ON A NUMBER OF THESE ISSUES. WE SHOULD HOLD THE NUMBER OF THE BAD ACTORS ACCOUNTABLE. BUT DISENGAGING, PUTTING UP TARRISTS, PUTTING UP BARRIERS -- TARIFFS, PUTTING UP BARRIERS, THAT'S THE FRUSTRATING PART TO ME. BECAUSE I HAVE NOT SEEN WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL WITH THIS STRATEGY? WHAT IS THE END GAME? HOW DO WE LAND THIS PLANE EVENTUALLY? THAT'S WHAT'S TRUSTING TO ME AND THAT'S WHAT I TRY TO EXPLAIN TO MY FARMERS AND MY MANUFACTURERS IN THE DISTRICT IS, HOW DOES THIS ALL END? I'VE WORKED WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES AND BEEN A STRONG ALLY WITH THEM. BUT THERE'S CLEARLY A DIVISION IN THE WHITE HOUSE. YOU HAVE THE PROTECTIONIST WING AND YOU HAVE THE FREE TRADER WING. THERE'S MANY GOOD PEOPLE WHO HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF FREE TRADE. SECRETARY PURDUE, AMBASSADOR BRANSTAD TO CHINA, SECRETARY MNUCHIN, LARRY KUDLOW. PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM, SUPPORT TRADE. GARY KO -- COHN TPWHASS THAT GROUP. ON THE OTHER SIDE, YOU HAVE THE MORE PROTECTIONIST WING. AGAIN, FROM THEM WE HAVE NOT SEEN HOW THIS ALL ENDS AND GIVE US SOME CONFIDENCE THIS IS GOING TO WORK OUT. AND THAT'S THE FRUSTRATING PART FOR, AGAIN, OUR CONSTITUENTS -- CONSTITUENCY, AND MY FARMERS AND MANUFACTURERS MOVING FORWARD. WE'VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT CHINA AND WHAT THEY'VE ENGAGED ON, ENGAGED IN AND WHAT THEY'VE DONE, WHETHER, AGAIN, FORCED TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS, IN A LOT OF WAYS WHAT THEY DO WITH AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT COME OVER THERE, FOREIGN COMPANIES, IT'S A FORM OF EXTORTION. GIVE US YOUR TECHNOLOGY, MAKE US A PART OF IT, AND WE'LL LET YOU COME INTO THE COUNTRY. WELL, WE OUGHT TO BE STRONGER IN GOING AFTER THEM. . WE PULLED OUT OF T.P.P. WHAT HAS HAPPENED? ALL THOSE OTHER COUNTRIES GRAVITATED WITHOUT US. AND WE ARE LEFT OUT, BEING ON OUR OWN. AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOOD LONG-TERM WHEN WE NEED MARKETPLACES AND CUSTOMERS TO ENGAGE IN. SO, BEING ISOLATED IS THE NIGHT APPROACH. WE NEED TO ENGAGE THE WHITE HOUSE AND PARTICULARLY TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE PATH WE'RE ON AND THE END GAME ON WE ARE MOVING FROM.

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                                                                                          YOU MENTIONED ENFORCEMENT AND I WAS LOOKING IN THE ARCHIVES THIS WEEK WHEN…

                                                                                          YOU MENTIONED ENFORCEMENT AND I WAS LOOKING IN THE ARCHIVES THIS WEEK WHEN I WAS THINKING BL CHINA AND I FOUND AN ARTICLE THAT I WROTE BACK IN 1996 AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN ABOUT THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION'S CHINA POLICY.

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                                                                                          MR. HILL

                                                                                          AND THE PARAGRAPH READS LIKE THIS, CHINA AS A WORLD POWER FOR HER PART,…

                                                                                          AND THE PARAGRAPH READS LIKE THIS, CHINA AS A WORLD POWER FOR HER PART, MUST RECOGNIZE THAT TREATEES ARE TO BE ENFORCED. LACK OF COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL TREATY OBLIGATIONS MUST HAVE SANCTIONS BY THE WORLD ECONOMY. CHINA MUST UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF NONCOMPLIANCE. AND I WOULD ARGUE ABOUT YOUR POINT THAT HAVE WE, WHEN I SAY WE, THE UNITED STATES IN THE PAST TWO DECADES, THE EUROPEAN UNION AS AN ENTITY AND OTHERS HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB IN ENFORCING THOSE NORMS AND THOSE TREATY PROVISIONS AND THOSE BASIC TENETS OF BEING AGAINST CHINA. WE HAVE A MIXED RECORD AT BEST. BUT YOU MAKE A VERY GOOD POINT ABOUT ENFORCEMENT.

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                                                                                          I THANK YOU BOTH. AND WE HAVE MADE GREAT PROGRESS. JUST RECENTLY, WE…

                                                                                          I THANK YOU BOTH. AND WE HAVE MADE GREAT PROGRESS. JUST RECENTLY, WE PASSED UPDATED CONTROLS TO TRY TO GIVE MORE TOOLS TO THE KICKBACK.

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                                                                                          MR. DAVIDSON

                                                                                          BUT THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH PASSED THE HAW, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND…

                                                                                          BUT THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH PASSED THE HAW, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND WORKING TO GET THE SENATE TO AGREE IN LANGUAGE BUT THIS WILL -- BUT ANYBODY WHO WOULD WHO STEAL OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR HARM OUR ECONOMY OR PUT OUR SIT SCIENCE IN A SITUATION AND HERE'S THE THING. WE COULD HAVE PERFECT SECURITY FOR AMERICA'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY BY EXPORTING ZERO OF IT. WE CAN'T DO IT. WE HAVE TO FIND A BALANCE. WE WANT THE IDEAS TO CONTINUE TO ORIGINATE HERE AND CREATE THOSE GREAT IDEAS AND HAVE SOME CONCERN. YOU MENTIONED THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. ONE OF THE FIRST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT BILL CLINTON IS REMOVE RELEASE AUTHORITY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND BE ABLE TO HELP THEM SEND LAUNCH VEHICLES. ONE ROCKET WENT UP INTO THE AIR. PRECISELY AND THE DOWNSIDE AND SEND WAR HE THEM HEADS. THIS IS DANGEROUS TECHNOLOGY IN THE WRONG HAND. WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE AND HAVE THE IDEAS IN THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. WE CAN'T SHUT DOWN ALL THINGS. WE DON'T WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE PRODUCTION OF LUXURY AUTOMOBILES. CHINA IS TARGETING OUR ENTREPRENEURS. WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST EDUCATION IN THE WORLD AND THE WORLD COMES HERE TO BE WELL EDUCATED. 50% OF OUR GRADUATE ARE NOT NATIVE-BORN AMERICANS. WE ALLOW THEM TO COME HERE. WE SEND MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF HERE WITH THOSE SKILLS THAT COULD BE PUT TO WORK IN OUR MARKETPLACE. CHINESE CAPITAL AND OTHER FOREIGN NATIONALS ARE GETTING INTO VENTURE CAPITAL. THEY ARE RECRUITING OUR CAPITAL AND LOOKING TO BUY OUR IDEAS FROM DUAL-USE TECHNOLOGY. AND THE CHALLENGE IS TODAY AS CHINA HAS HAD THIS MIXED BLEND, THEY HAVE ALSO SEEN THE BENEFITS OF TRADE AND THE BENEFITS OF FLOW AND SERVICES AND CAPITAL AND SOME CASES, PEOPLE. TODAY, NEARLY A THIRD OF PUBLIC OFFERINGS ARE TAKING PLACE IN CHINA. THIS IS A CHALLENGE AND I WOULD SAY WE ARE BETTER OFF FIDEFER FINDING A WAY TO COMPETE IN THE MARKETPLACE AND I THOUGHT AS A SOLDIER AND I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD RATHER TRADE WITH THEM, I HOPE WE CAN STAY ON FRIENDLY TERMS WITH THEM AP RUSSIA AND WHEN IT'S POSSIBLE, WE SHOULD LIVE AT PEACE. WE DO NEED LAW AND ORDER AND COMMITMENTS IN THE W.T.O. AND INSIST THAT CHINA BECOME A MARKET-ON THE PARTED ECONOMY.

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                                                                                          MR. HILL

                                                                                          I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE STEEL AND ALUMINUM TAR ITCHES ACROSS THE BOARD AND…

                                                                                          I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE STEEL AND ALUMINUM TAR ITCHES ACROSS THE BOARD AND RAISED THAT ISSUE BEFORE I WAS JOINED BY MANY MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS ON THAT ISSUE BECAUSE I FELT IT CAME OUT OF THE BLUE TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ENGAGED IN TRADE POLICY RATHER ON THE HOUSE SERVICES COMMITTEE AND IT WAS SWEEPING IN ITS NATURE TO PRODUCE THE CHALLENGE THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT 20,000 AMERICAN BUSINESSES ARE SEEKING AN EXCLUSION FROM THAT. I HAVE SEVERAL IN MY DISTRICT THAT ARE HURT THAT MAKE THE STEEL BELTED RADIAL TIRES, THEY USE A STEEL ROD THAT IS NOT MADE IN AMERICA. AND THAT HAS SPUN INTO THE STEEL BELT AND THEY ARE BEING HURT BY THIS KIND OF ACROSS THE BOARD STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFF. IF WE ARE CONCERNED FOR NATIONAL SECURITY PURPOSES AND A GOOD HEALTHY STEEL INDUSTRY, THEN WE OUGHT TO GO AFTER A DIRECTLY THE LARGEST DUMB PER OF STEEL WHICH IS CHINA WITH THEIR SUBSIDIES AND NOT SWEEP UP EVERYONE ENGAGED IN THAT INTERMEDIATE GOODS MAFFERING IN AMERICA AND WHO COULD HELP US GO AFTER THAT, BUT AMBASSADOR MADE A COMMENT AND SAID ONE OF THE KEY REASONS GOING ACROSS THE BOARD WAS THE TRANSSHIPMENT RISK, VIOLATING THE RULES OF ORIGIN. AND DUMPED STEEL THROUGH A THIRD COUNTRY LIKE MEXICO OR CANADA FOR EXAMPLE, JUST TO NAME TWO POSSIBILITIES. AND THAT GOT TO ME THINKING, THAT SURELY BACK ON MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS' COMMENT, THERE IS A MOREL GANT WAY TO TACKLE WHAT IS A REGULATORY ISSUE OF RULE OF ORIGIN RISK, WHY DON'T WE SEE WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING. I LOOKED AT CANADA. AND JUST IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, THE CANADIANS PUT IN PLACE A NEW REGULATORY REGIME WORKING WITH THE AMERICANS TO BLOCK RULES OF ORIGIN CHANGES OR TRANSSHIPMENT OF CHINESE STEEL OR ALUMINUM THROUGH CANADA. AND THEY HAVE THEIR OWN COMMITTEE THAT WORKS TO BLOCK THAT KIND OF WORK. SO I JUST WONDER IF WE HAD CONSULTED AND WORNINGED TOGETHER, PERHAPS WE COULD HAVE TAKEN A MORE SOPHISTICATED ROUTE OF STEEL AND ALUM NATURE DUMPING. AND NO DOUBT. WE ALSO HAVE GOOD FRIENDS LIKE CANADA, GOOD ALLIES THAT PRODUCE IT. BUT WE DON'T SAY WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE A VIBRANT INDUSTRY.

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                                                                                          ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE AND PRELIMINARY ASING ON NATIONAL SECURITY,…

                                                                                          ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE AND PRELIMINARY ASING ON NATIONAL SECURITY, YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T SERVE IN THE MILITARY, BUT NATIONAL SECURITY IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE LIGHTLY .

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                                                                                        • 08:10:51 PM

                                                                                          MR. LAMALFA

                                                                                          I WENT TO THE EXPERTS AND --

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                                                                                          MR. LAHOOD

                                                                                          AND GENERAL MATTIS WAS INTERVIEWED AND HE DIDN'T THINK THIS WAS A NATIONAL…

                                                                                          AND GENERAL MATTIS WAS INTERVIEWED AND HE DIDN'T THINK THIS WAS A NATIONAL SECURITY RISK. AND TALK TO OUR TOP BRASS AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY FROM THE MILITARY HAS COME OUT TO SUPPORT THIS AS A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT BECAUSE IT IS NOT IN MY VIEW. I THINK IT IS A FAULTY PREMISE TO GO ON THIS. WHEN IT GETS TO THE W.T.O., I DON'T THINK IT WILL STAND UP. IT GOES TO OUR CREDIBILITY. WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL AND RELYING ON NATIONAL SECURITY WHEN YOU CAPTAIN EVEN FIND THAT OUR OWN DEFENSE APPARATUS AND OUR SECURITY FOLKS THINK THIS IS A PROPER BASIS TO DO THAT. THAT CONCERNS ME MOVING FORWARD AND I THINK PUTS US IN A TOUGH POSITION BEING MORE ISOLATED AND NOT HAVING LIKE-MINDED ALLIES TO HELP US.

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                                                                                          MR. HILL

                                                                                          OUR FRIEND FROM OHIO?

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                                                                                          OHIO?

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                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARKE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES.

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                                                                                          MS. CLARKE

                                                                                          IT IS WITH HONOR THAT I RISE TO ANCHOR THIS CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS…

                                                                                          IT IS WITH HONOR THAT I RISE TO ANCHOR THIS CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HOUR. I THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, CEDRIC RICHMOND FROM LOUISIANA, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT. FOR THE NEXT HOUR, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT ISSUES OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND THE 78 MILLION CONSTITUENTS WE REPRESENT. TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER HOUR THEME IS HIGH STAKES ON THE HIGH COURT. JUSTICE HANGING IN THE BALANCE. AS 1/4 OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS , WE ARE EMPHATIC IN OUR OPPOSITION OF DONALD TRUMP'S U.S. SUPREME COURT NOMINEE, BRETT KAVANAUGH. DURING THE 2016 ELECTION, A THEN-CANDIDATE TRUMP IN HIS SOLE ATTEMPT TO APPEAL TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS ASKED, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? WELL, IT TURNS OUT, MY FELLOW AMERICAN, WE HAVE SO MUCH TO LOSE. IN FACT, WE HAVE LOST ALREADY UNDER DONALD TRUMP. EVERY TIME DONALD TRUMP AND THE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS UNDERMINE AND SABOTAGE HEALTH CARE, BLACK AND BROWN FOLKS LOSE. WHEN CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS AND DONALD TRUMP GIVE THEIR BILLIONAIRE DONORS AND THE WEALTHIEST 1% OF AMERICANS SUCH A MASSIVE TAX CUT, AND THEN RAISE TAXES ON LOW AND MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES, WORKING CLASS FAMILIES, BLACK AND BROWN FOLKS LOSE. WHEN DONALD TRUMP THREATENS TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS, T.P.S., BLACK AND BROWN FOLKS LOST. AND WITH THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF BRETT KAVANAUGH AS THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINEE, BLACK AND BROWN FOLKS NOW HAVE EVEN MORE TO LOSE. THE STAKES HAVE NEVER BEEN HIGHER. FOR NEARLY EIGHT DECADES, AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE ARDUOUSLY, THROUGH GENERATIONS OF SACRIFICE AND PROTEST, SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT TO SECURE HISTORIC LEGAL VICTORIES THAT HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY BENT THE MORAL, A OF THE UNIVERSE TOWARDS JUSTICE -- THE MORAL ARC OF THE UNIVERSE TOWARD JUSTICE. REPUBLICANS WANT TO DESTROY A GENERATION OF PROGRESS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, LGBTQ RIGHTS, WORKERS RIGHTS AND -- WORKERS' RIGHTS AND HEALTH CARE. BRETT KAVANAUGH'S NOMINATION SOLIDIFIES THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA TO ROLL BACK MAJOR SOCIAL LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES THAT WOULD IMPEDE OUR ADVANCEMENTS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE. WITH THE NOMINATION OF BRETT KAVANAUGH, WE ARE LOOKING AT THE MOST CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT IN OVER 75 YEARS. EVERYTHING WE HOLD DEAR AS AMERICAN IDEALS, OUR FREEDOM, TOLERANCE, OUR VALUES, AND PROGRESS, IN IMPROVING THE HUMAN CONDITION IN OUR NATION ARE AT RISK. WE KNOW BRETT KAVANAUGH HAS A RECORD OF RULING AGAINST THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, BUT WHAT IS EVEN MORE TROUBLING IS HOW HIS RECORD ON RACIAL ISSUES HAS FLOWN UNDER THE RADAR. WE CANNOT CONSIDER A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WITHOUT ANALYZING THEIR VIEWS ON SUCH ISSUES AS VOTING, WORK FORCE RIGHTS, AND THAT WILL HAVE AN OVERWHELMING EFFECT ON THE LIFE AND LIBERTY OF ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR. HAVING SAID THAT, IT IS NOW MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO PRESENT THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE JUDICIAL TASK FORCE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, ONE WHO HAS AN EXTRAORDINARY RECORD OF LEGAL ACKMAN, AND WHO HAS -- ACUMEN, AND WHO HAS BEEN AN OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND HAS BEEN SCRUTINIZING JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AN ANALYSIS OF WHAT WE HAVE TO LOSE. AND THAT'S NONE OTHER THAN THE GENTLELADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THE HONORABLE ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON.

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                                                                                          MS. NORTON

                                                                                          I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. AND I PARTICULARLY THANK HER FOR HER…

                                                                                          I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. AND I PARTICULARLY THANK HER FOR HER VERY COGENT REMARKS AND WISH TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THOSE REMARKS IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. AND I SAY SO TO THE GOOD LADY FROM THE STATE OF NEW YORK, AS THE LEADER OF THE C.B.C. TASK FORCE ON FEDERAL COURT NOMINATIONS, INCLUDING THE SUPREME COURT NOMINATION, WHERE I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK DEEPLY AT THE DECISIONS OF THIS NOMINEE, COURT OF APPEALS, NOW SERVING ON THE COURT OF APPEALS, AS IT TURNS OUT, FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, BRETT -- NOMINEE. AND I THINK HER REMARKS ARE TELLING IN THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE EXTREME DAMAGE HE WOULD DO. AND MUST ADD, NOT ONLY TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT TO THE RULE OF LAW AS WE HAVE KNOWN IT. SO, I RISE TO INDICATE THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS STANDS IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE NOMINATION OF BRETT KAVANAUGH AND WE'LLING DOING -- WE'LL BE DOING ALL WE CAN TO KEEP THAT NOMINATION FROM PROCEEDING TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE. WE DO HAVE TWO MEMBERS OF THE CAUCUS ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN THE SENATE AND WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THEM AS WELL. NOW, WE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ARE NOT THE ONLY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OPPOSED TO THIS NOMINATION. BUT WE ARE THE -- WE RESPECT THOSE AMERICANS -- REPRESENT THOSE AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN DISPROPORTIONATELY DEPENDENT ON A FAIR SUPREME COURT. AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A MINORITY GROUP IN OUR COUNTRY, AND FOR THAT REASON, FROM SLAVERY ON TO THE DAYS OF DISCRIMINATION, IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY, THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAS BEEN DEPENDENT ON A COURT, ON THE COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES , TO PROTECT US FROM UNEQUAL TREATMENTS BY THE MAJORITY. WE'VE HAD EVERY REASON TO KNOW THAT IF WE'RE IN THE HANDS OF THE PARTISAN MAJORITY, GIVEN 400 YEARS OF HISTORY, WE HAVE NO PROTECTION. SO, AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY DEPENDENT ON AN OBJECTIVE SUPREME COURT. THAT DOESN'T MEAN A SUPREME COURT OF OUR CHOOSING. BUT A SUPREME COURT THAT IS OPEN TO ALL POINTS OF VIEW AND CAPABLE OF SEEING BEYOND PARTISANSHIP. BRETT KAVANAUGH IS NOT THAT NOMINEE. AND WE KNOW SO BECAUSE HE HAS THE LONGEST RECORD OF OPINIONS THAT WE HAVE LOOKED AT AND THAT UNDERLIE THIS VIEW. THE D.C. CIRCUIT, WHICH IS A CIRCUIT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE MY DISTRICT , HAS BEEN A CIRCUIT WHERE HE HAS BEEN VERY MINDFUL OF THE SUPREME COURT. AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE HE HAS SO OFTEN WRITTEN IN DISSENT FROM HIS OWN COLLEAGUES ON A REPUBLICAN COURT THAT IT HAS BEEN AS IF HE WAS TRYING TO WRITE HIS WAY ONTO THE SUPREME COURT. REMEMBER WHERE HE COMES FROM. HE HAS STARTED HIS CAREER AS A POLITICAL OPERATIVE IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. SO HE HAS BROUGHT THAT EXTREME PARTNERSHIP FROM BEING A POLITICAL OPERATIVE STRAIGHT INTO THE D.C. CIRCUIT. SO WE'RE NOT ASKING THE SENATE FOR A NOMINEE OF THE KIND WE WOULD HAVE CHOSEN. THAT IS NOT HOUR DEMAND. BUT BECAUSE THIS IS THE MOST PARTISAN CONGRESS, SINCE THE CIVIL WAR, I BELIEVE WE ARE WITHIN OUR RIGHTS IN ASKING FOR A COURT THAT WOULD BE A STABILIZING INFLUENCE, SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD SEE THAT NOT ALL IS LOST, BECAUSE THERE IS AN OBJECTIVE ACTOR ON THE SCENE, AND THAT ACTOR IS THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS THAT COURT WHICH HAS PROTECTED US, WE WHO ARE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, FROM UNEQUAL TREATMENT EVER SINCE BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION. IN 1954. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS WON AT THE SUPREME COURT LEVEL. BUT WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THERE WAS A COURT OF LAST RESORT THAT WOULD BE OPEN TO US TO COME. WE NO LONGER WOULD HAVE THAT SENSE OF OPEN-STYLE VIEWS IF BRETT KAVANAUGH BECOMES THE NOMINEE PUT FORWARD IN THIS SESSION. WE HAVE SEEN NO EVIDENCE THAT HE WOULD ADHERE TO EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. AND I WILL CITE SOME EXAMPLES. TO NAME SOME OF HIS WRIT LARGE VIEWS, THAT HE WOULD PROTECT THE VIEW LONG OF THE COURTS THAT NO AMERICAN CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT PROBABLE CAUSE . THAT HE WOULD PROTECT EVEN THE SEPARATION OF POWERS AND THAT HE WOULD UPHOLD THE RIGHTS OF AMERICANS TO QUALIFY FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. ALL OF THOSE NOTIONS HAVE DISPROPORTION EFFECTS ON AFRICAN-AMERICANS, THOUGH THEY AFFECT EVERY AMERICAN IN THE UNITED STATES. SFP REMEMBER, BRETT KAVANAUGH WOULD BE APPOINTED TO A COURT -- REMEMBER, BRETT KAVANAUGH WOULD BE A-- WOULD BE APPOINTED TO A COURT THAT ALREADY HAS A MAJORITY APPOINTED BY REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS. YET WHILE SITTING ON D.C. COURT OF APPEALS, HE HAS DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF BY SEEKING TO OVERTURN LONG EXISTING PRECEDENT, EVEN WHEN MEMBERS OF THAT COURT, ALSO APPOINTED BY REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS, HAVE DISAGREED WITH HIM. LET ME GIVE AN EXAMPLE TO MY FRIENDS. AN AREA OF CRIMINAL LAW, WE NOW SEE AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE STREETS PROTESTING OVERZEALOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT BECAUSE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN HAVE BEEN SHOT AND PEOPLE GET TO THE STREETS BECAUSE IF YOU CAN'T GET TO THE COURTS, THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE. . AND YET, BRETT KAVANAUGH HAS SUGGESTED THAT IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE PROBABLE CAUSE STANDARD TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE. WHY? VIRTUALLY NO POLICE HAVE, INDEED, BEEN INDICTED, EVEN GIVEN THE EVIDENCE OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS TAKEN DOWN IN THE STREETS. WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THIS? HE HAS INDICATED THAT POLICE SEARCHES WITHOUT A WARRANT OR INDIVIDUALIZED SUSPICION SHOULD BE ALLOWED. HE HAS EVEN PRAISED NARROWING THE RIGHT LONG AGO AFFORDED TO ALL DEFENDANTS TO KEEP FROM MAKING INKRIM AT STATEMENTS GENTION THEMSELVES. HOW? HOW DEEP DOES THAT GO IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND HOW DANGEROUS A MAP TO QUESTION HOW TO INCRIMINATE YOURSELF ON THE HIGHEST COURT OF THE LAND. HIS EXTREME VIEWS SHOW NO RESPECT FOR THE FEM RIGHT OF WOMEN TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR OWN BODY, EVEN THOUGH, 45 YEARS AGO, THE COURTS -- I'M SORRY, THE SUPREME COURT ITSELF ESTABLISHED THE RIGHT TO ABORTION. THAT IS A CONTROVERSIAL RIGHT IN OUR COUNTRY. BUT IT HAS WITHSTOOD THE TEST OF TIME. BUT LET ME GIVE YOU THE INDICATION OF A RECENT DECISION BY BRETT KAVANAUGH WHICH SHOWS HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR RESSPREPT AND THAT IS OUR CHIEF ISSUE WITH THIS NOMINEE. PRECEDENT MUST BE RESPECTED OR ELSE WE ARE OPEN WHATEVER CONGRESS WANTS TO DO. A YOUNG WOMEN, YOUNG IMMIGRANT SOUGHT AN ABORTION AND THOSE REQUIRED BY TEXAS BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE SHE ENTERED THE UNITED STATES AND CAME TO THE D.C. COURT OF APPEALS. JUDGE CAVANAUGH FOUND WITH THE TIME RUNNING, REMEMBER IF ABORTIONS ARE TO BE PERFORMED, THEY OUGHT TO BE PERFORMED AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. FOUND THAT MORE TIME WAS NEEDED BECAUSE SHE NEEDED A SPONSOR, SOMETHING THAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS NEVER REQUIRED IN ORDER BEFORE THAT ABORTION TO OCCUR. THE COURT OVERTURNED JUDGE CAVANAUGH'S VIEW. LOOK AT HOW DANGEROUS. SHE COULD HAVE GONE BEYOND THE 20-WEEK DEADLINE WHICH THIS CONGRESS HERE HAS APPROVED. THESE ARE RIGHTS NOT TO BE TAMPERED WITH BUT HE HAS TAMPERED WITH THEM ON THE COURT OF APPEALS. THIS COURT, THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND I WON'T GO INTO ALL THE DETAILS, HAS SHOWN HE IS AN EXECUTIVE-ORIENTED JUSTICE, THAT IS TO SAY WHATEVER THE PRESIDENT WANTS, THE PRESIDENT GETS. AND THIS IS THE COURT THAT LOOKS AT MOST ADMINISTRATIVE LAW DECISIONS BEFORE THEY GO ANYWHERE ELSE. HE UPHELD -- HE STRUCK DOWN OR NET NEUTRALITY RULE. THAT IS CONTROVERSIAL HERE. BUT THE BASES HE USED FOR THE COURTS TO DO IT, THE MAJORITY SAID, THE MAJORITY IN WHICH REPUBLICANS, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT HAS APOINTED, THE MAJORITY NOTED THAT THE DISSENT -- USING THEIR WORDS, MISCONCEIVED BECAUSE HE CLAIMED A PROTECTION FOR LARGE INTERNET PROVIDERS NEVER FOUND BY ANY COURT AND FOUND TO BE BY AGAIN HIS REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON THAT COURT TO BE COUNTER INTUITIVE. I DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF HIS DECISIONS THAT I HAVE UNCOVERED BUT I MUST SAY WHAT IS THE MOST EXTREME. AND THIS WAS A DECISION ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WHERE HE WOULD HAVE OVERTURNED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, UPHELD BY HIS OWN COURT. THIS IS WHAT A INJURYIST IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMERICA AND I HAVE TO QUOTE WHAT HE SAID. UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, THE PRESIDENT MAY DECLINE TO ENFORCE A STATUTE THAT WILL REGULATES PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS WHEN THE PRIVATE OF PRESIDENT DEEMS UNCONSTITUTIONAL EVEN IF A COURT HAS HELD OYH OR WOULD HOLD THE STATUTE OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. THAT'S BOLD. THAT SAYS THAT THE PRESIDENT MAY CHOOSE TO RISE ABOVE THE LAW AND ENFORCE ANY LAW HE CHOOSES EVEN IF FOUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IF THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IS WILLING TO GO ALONG, I CITE A CASE ON MY SIDE THAT SURELY YOU CAN SEE THE IMPLICATIONS. THE PRESIDENT IS SUPPOSED TO MAKE SURE, QUOTE, TAKE CARE THAT THE LAWS ARE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AND ENFORCE THE LAWS. AND OF COURSE, MOST CONCERNING IS HIS VIEW OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL WHERE HE HAS OPINED IN AN UNRELATED CASE THAT IT MAY BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND THERE IS EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT HE MAY WELL BELIEVE THAT SECRETARY MUELLER, MULTIER'S SPECIAL COUNSEL'S ROLE SHOULD BE STRUCK DOWN. NOW, LOOK, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO A REPUBLICAN NOMINEE. HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO A NOMINEE THAT FLIES IN THE FACE FOR THE LAST 75 YEARS. BRETT KAVANAUGH IS A EXTREME DEPARTURE FROM ESTABLISHED AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL AND OTHER LAW. WE ASK THAT EVERY EFFORT BE MADE TO KEEP OFF OF THE COURT A MAN WHO WOULD IGNORE ESTABLISHED PRECEDENT, EVEN PRESENTATION DENT THAT HIS OWN COLLEAGUES AGREE WITH, WHO AGREE TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS AND WE THINK THE FIRST TO SEE THE FIRST OF A NOMINEE WOULD BE TO THE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN AND WHO WE REPRESENT. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AGAIN FROM NEW YORK FOR ALLOWING ME TO GO ON AT LENGTH FOR THE PRECEDENTS THAT I DISCOVERED THAT I THOUGHT WOULD BE PARTICULARLY TROUBLING NOT ONLY TO OUR COMMUNITY.

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                                                                                          MS. CLARKE

                                                                                          I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER SCHOLARSHIP AND PROVIDING A SNAP SHOT,…

                                                                                          I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER SCHOLARSHIP AND PROVIDING A SNAP SHOT, BECAUSE I'M SHR THE DECISIONS THAT YOU UNCOVERED AND DEP GIVING US THIS SNAPSHOT IN THE BREAKING OF NORMS THAT THIS NOMINEE PRESENTS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO INFORM THE PUBLIC SO THEY CAN MAKE AN INFORMED CHOICE IN TERMS OF HOW THEY WOULD LIKE TO PROCEED IN APPEALING TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS WHO HAS THE AUTHORITY FOR THE NOMINATION PROCESS. BUT AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY. I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM THE GREAT OF STATE OF GEORGIA AND A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE HONORABLE HANK JOHNSON.

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                                                                                          MR. JOHNSON

                                                                                          I THARNING THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK TO ADDRESS THIS AUGUST BODY AND…

                                                                                          I THARNING THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK TO ADDRESS THIS AUGUST BODY AND LET ME FIRST COMPLIMENT THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.,, CONGRESSMAN ELEANOR HOMES NOTE -- HOLMES NORTON AND A FIGHTER FOR JUSTICE THROUGH HER LIFE. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO ISSUE THIS QUOTE TO YOU. NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER CONSULTED MORE WIDELY OR TALKED WITH MORE PEOPLE FROM MORE BACKGROUNDS TO SEEK INPUT ABOUT A SUPREME COURT NOMINATION. THOSE WERE THE FIRST WORDS SPOKEN BY BRETT KAVANAUGH INTRODUCED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DURING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PRIME TIME REALITY SHOW MONDAY NIGHT. TODAY, I RISE TO HAVE MY CONCERNS FOR A LIFETIME APPOINTMENT TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT'S MORE THAN A LITTLE DISQUIETING AP COME FROM A NEWLY NAMED NOMINEE, FROM HIS MOUTH WAS A FALSE STATEMENT CLAIMING THAT THE SEARCH TO REPLACE RETIRED ANTHONY CONTENDY, ONE OF THE MOST FAR REACHING AND THOROOF IN THE REPUBLIC. THE TRUTH IS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP NOMINATED BRETT KAVANAUGH FROM A PRE-APPROVED LIST FROM I'D LOG NOMINEES ABOUT THE THE SOCIETY. AND EACH OF THOSE NOMINEES HAVING BEEN CERTIFIED AS HAVING PAST THE FEDERAL LIFT HERITAGE FOUNDATION LITMUS TS ON OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE. JUST 10 DAYS AFTER JUSTICE KENNEDY ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT, JUDGE CAVANAUGH MAKES THE ABSURD STATEMENT NO PRESIDENT HAS CONSULTED MORE WIDELY AND TALKED TO MORE PEOPLE TO SEEK INPUT ABOUT A SUPREME COURT NOMINATION. WE HAVE COME TO EXPECT IT. HIS DOCTOR, HIS PRESS SECRETARIES, BUT NOT FROM A NOMINEE FOR THE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT DESIGNATED TO BE A CHECK ON HIS ADMINISTRATION. IN JUST A FEW WORDS, JUDGE CAVANAUGH ALIGNED HIMSELF WITH THE LIKES OF PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER WHO CLAIMED HIS INAUGURATION CROWD WAS LARGER THAN OBAMAS AND BUTT HIMSELF IN THE SAME LEAGUE AS THE DISGRACED DOCTOR THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS THE HEALTHIEST YUME BEING IN WORLD HISTORY, IN A A DISTINGUISHED A.M. ATE JUDGE FELT THE NEED TO DEBASE HIMSELF WITH OBVIOUS UNTRUTHS JUST AFTER NOMINATIONS WAS ANNOUNCED SHOULD CAUSE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO RESEVERE THAT JUSTICE CAVANAUGH WOULD CASTRATE HIMSELF IF CALLED UPON TO DO SO. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US HAS CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE NOMINATION OF CALF FAW IS A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO DOMINATE THE JUDICIARY, A PRESIDENT WITH THE POWER AND THE PREDISSPGS TO PLACE HIS HEAVY HAND ON THE DELICATE SCALES OF JUSTICE THAT WOULD LEAD OUR NATION TO THE PRECIPICE OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. THAT IS WHY IT IS A CONCERN TO ME THAT NOMINEE CAVANAUGH FELT IT NECESSARY TO FLATTER THIS PRESIDENT DURING THEIR REALITY SHOW LAST WEEK. IN WASHINGTON, WE TALK ABOUT THE BALANCE OF POWERS, BUT AT HOME IN GEORGIA, WE FEEL IT. WE FEEL THE 5-4 SHELBY DECISION STRIKING DOWN DECISIONS. WE STEEL ROE VERSUS WADE GUARANTEEING WOMEN THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND WE FEEL SIT SENSE UNITED. AND WE FEEL BROWN VERSUS BOARD OF EDUCATION. . IT'S SO MUCH MORE THAN INDIVIDUAL CASES. WE HAVE SEEN ITS ABILITY TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY WHEN ONE CONSIDERS THE U.S. SUPREME COURT'S DECISION IN THE CASE OF PLESSY VS. FERGUSON, WE KNOW FIRSTHAND THAT THE U.S. SUPREME COURT CAN TURN THE AMERICAN DREAM INTO THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. WITHOUT DIGRESSING, I MUST POINT OUT THAT TO CONCLUDE THAT A PSYCHOFAN TICK DEBUT IS WHERE JUDGE KAVANAUGH'S VIEWS BEGIN AND END WOULD BE DANGEROUSLY NAIVE. THE BRIEFEST EXAMINATIONS OF HIS RECORD REVEALS NUMEROUS POSITIONS CONTRARY TO THE VALUES HELD BY MOST AMERICANS. HE HAS OPPOSED E.P.A. PROTECTIONS, WORKERS' RIGHTS, CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, AND THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE. AND HIS PERSONAL STATEMENTS CALL TO QUESTION HIS ABILITY TO BE AN INDEPENDENT CHECK ON THE PRESIDENT, SUCH AS HIS DECLARATIONS THAT INVESTIGATIONS OF PRESIDENTS SHOULD BE DEFERRED WHILE THAT PRESIDENT IS IN OFFICE. AND HIS OPINION THAT A SITTING PRESIDENT IS IMMUNE FROM CRIMINAL CHARGES. THESE STATEMENTS SHOULD BE PARTICULARLY TROUBLING FOR ALL AMERICANS AS THE SUPREME COURT MAY SOON BE CALLED UPON TO CONSIDER WHETHER PRESIDENT TRUMP CAN BE SUBPOENAED TO APPEAR BEFORE A FEDERAL GRAND JURY, OR WHETHER A SITTING PRESIDENT CAN BE INDICTED. OUR DEMOCRACY WILL NEED AN UNBIASED AND PRINCIPLED SUPREME COURT, FUNCTIONING AT ITS FINEST WITH DUE RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW WHEN THAT TIME COMES. AND A JUSTICE WHO HAS PREJUDGED, AS JUSTICE -- AS JUDGE VALVE GNAW HAS, WOULD -- JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS, WOULD JEOPARDIZE THAT RESPONSIBILITY. TO AVOID ANY APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY, THE SENATE SHOULD NOT CONSIDER A SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENT FROM A PRESIDENT WHO IS UNDER THE CLOUD OF INVESTIGATION FOR CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE LAW AND THE OBSTRUCTION OF THAT INVESTIGATION. JUDGE KAVANAUGH'S STATEMENTS CLEARLY MAKE HIM SUSPECT AND HIS CONFIRMATION WOULD UNDERMINE THE CREDIBILITY OF THE NATION'S HIGHEST COURT AND IMPUGN THAT COURT'S ABILITY TO PROTECT PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE RULE OF LAW. WITH THIS CLOUD HANGING OVER JUDGE KAVANAUGH'S NOMINATION, IT IS NECESSARY THAT THE SENATE REFRAIN AND KEEP WITH ITS TRADITION, FOLLOW THE MCCONNELL RULE. ELECTIONS ARE LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY AND WE SHOULD ALLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SPEAK AT THE BALLOT BOX BEFORE THE SENATE IS ASKED TO CONFIRM A NOMINEE FOR THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND. THE DELAY WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT JUSTICE KENNEDY'S REPLACEMENT IS FREE FROM SUSPICION OF BIAS, AND THE INABILITY TO APPRECIATE BALANCE OF POWERS CONCERNS. JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS GONE BEYOND HIS CLEAR PROCLIVITY FOR BEING AN ACTIVIST JUDGE, OUT OF LINE WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. HE HAS REVEALED HIMSELF TO BE BEHOLDEN TO ANOTHER BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, WHICH WOULD IMPERIL OUR CONSTITUTION'S DELICATE BALANCE OF POWERS. AMERICANS DESERVE A UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WHO IS UP TO THE TASK OF PROTECTING THE RULE OF LAW WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR. AND UNFORTUNATELY JUDGE KAVANAUGH'S APPOINTMENT IS ILL-CONSIDERED, ILL-TIMED AND SHOULD NOT MOVE FORWARD. AND WITH THAT, I WILL YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                                                          MS. CLARKE

                                                                                          I THANK --

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                                                                                          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. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. CLARKE LURK CLARKE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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                                                                                          MS. CLARKE

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

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA FOR SHARING HIS ANALYSIS THIS EVENING. INDEED, YOU HAVE RAISED SOME VERY IMPORTANT POINTS THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER AND THAT I'D LIKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO CONSIDER. THERE IS A MCCONNELL RULE. THAT RULE HELD OUT -- UP THE NOMINATION OF MERRICK GARLAND FOR ALMOST A YEAR. AND THE CONTEXT IN WHICH THAT WAS DONE WAS THAT APPARENTLY THERE WERE GOING TO BE ELECTIONS DOWN THE ROAD AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD SPEAK. WELL, HERE WE ARE, LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS OUT, BEFORE THERE WILL BE AN ELECTION HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND I THINK THE PEOPLE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AND SHOULD USE THAT OPPORTUNITY THROUGH THEIR FRANCHISE TO REGISTER THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THIS NOMINATION PROCESS. LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA ONCE AGAIN. NEARLY 150 YEARS AGO, BLACK AMERICANS WERE GRANTED THE RIGHT TO VOTE. IT WOULD BE ANOTHER 100 YEARS BEFORE PEOPLE OF COLOR COULD FREELY VOTE IN EVERY STATE, COUNTY AND CITY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE HAVE FOUGHT TOOTH AND NAIL FOR THE MOST SACRED POWER IN AMERICA. THE POWER TO VOTE. AND NOW THAT POWER IS BEING CHALLENGED WITH THE NOMINATION OF BRETT KAVANAUGH TO THE SUPREME COURT. IN 2012, JUDGE KAVANAUGH WROTE AN OPINION THAT UPHELD SOUTH CAROLINA'S RESTRICTIVE VOTER I.D. LAWS, DESPITE KNOWING THEY WOULD DISENFRANCHISE VOTERS AND DISPROPORTIONATELY HARM PEOPLE OF COLOR. VOTER I.D. LAWS ARE ANOTHER THINLY VEILED ATTEMPT AT PREVENTING PEOPLE OF COLOR FROM PARTICIPATING IN ELECTIONS. KAVANAUGH'S SUPPORT OF THESE LAWS SHOWS WHAT SIDE OF HISTORY HE IS ON. THIS ISN'T THE ONLY QUESTIONABLE DECISION HE'S MADE REGARDING RACE RELATIONS. HE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF CONCERNING DECISIONS IN WRITING. IN 1989 KAVANAUGH PUBLISHED HIS FIRST PIECE OF LEGAL WRITING CHALLENGING A SUPREME COURT RULING THAT BARRED PROSECUTORS FROM EXCLUDING JURISTS BASED ON RACE. IMAGINE THAT. 1989. KAVANAUGH ALSO WROTE A BRIEF FOR THE CENTER FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, A CONSERVATIVE THINK TANK, THAT OPPOSED AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND OPPOSED THE ISSUE IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT COURT CASES. KAVANAUGH IS ALSO A FIRM SUPPORTER OF THE N.S.A. AND ITS SURVEILLING TECHNIQUES THAT HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO DISPROPORTIONATELY TARGET PEOPLE OF COLOR. THE NAACP OPPOSED KAVANAUGH'S NOMINATION TO THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT AND THEIR CONCERNS WERE ONLY STRENGTHENED BY HIS PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF ONLY SUPPORTING THE ALREADY WEALTHY AND POWERFUL. IN 2000, KAVANAUGH WAS ON THE LEGAL TEAM THAT HELPED STOP THE FLORIDA RECOUNT AND SECURE THE BUSH PRESIDENCY. JUST LAST YEAR KAVANAUGH WROTE A DISSENTING OPINION CONCERNING WHETHER A PREGNANT 17-YEAR-OLD BEING HELD BY IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES WAS ALLOWED TO LEAVE THEIR CUSTODY TO OBTAIN AN ABORTION. SO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH SOMEONE WHO IS A MYSTERY HERE. THE VERY CLEAR WHERE HE STAND -- IT'S VERY CLEAR WHERE HE STANDS IN TERMS OF TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME. AND AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ALREADY STATED, HIS OPINIONS HAVE BEEN SO FAR TO THE RIGHT OF EVEN A REPUBLICAN D.C. CIRCUIT COURT THAT IT IS ALARMING THAT AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED JUSTICE AT THE SUPREME COURT LEVEL THAT IS BLIND, THAT WILL ADVANCE HUMANKIND, THIS IS THE NOMINEE, THE NOMINEE THAT WAS PUT FORTH BY THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION, THE NOMINEE THAT IS A PART OF THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY. VERY TELLING. LET ME JUST SAY THIS. IN TEXAS THE COURT RULED IN AGREEMENT THAT THAT TEENAGER WHO WAS SEEKING AN ABORTION WAS LEGALLY ENTITLED TO ACCESS IT. AND SO I WANT TO, MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, JUST SAY A FEW REMARKS. AS A BLACK WOMAN, I KNOW HOW CRITICAL THE SUPREME COURT IS TO AMERICAN LIBERTY AND FREEDOM. IT WAS THE SUPREME COURT THAT ENDED SEGREGATION WITH BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION. ENDED THE PROCESS OF POLL TAXES AND VOTER SUPPRESSION WITH HARPER V. VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. AND HAS CONTINUED TO STAND UP FOR AMERICAN JUSTICE WHEN DONALD TRUMP AND OUR CONGRESS COULD NOT. THE LEGACY OF THIS GREAT INSTITUTION WILL CRUMBLE IF WE CONFIRM BRETT KAVANAUGH TO THE SUPREME COURT. HAVING SAID THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

                                                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                                                                          MR. GOHMERT

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALWAYS AN HONOR TO BE HERE. IT'S AN HONOR TO SPEAK…

                                                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ALWAYS AN HONOR TO BE HERE. IT'S AN HONOR TO SPEAK IN THIS HISTORIC ROOM. THIS ROOM WHERE FRANKLY D. ROOSEVELT STOOD RIGHT THERE, THOUGH BACK THEN IT WAS A WHITE MARBLE PODIUM AT WHICH HE STOOD. AND ASKED FOR A DECLARATION OF WAR AFTER PEARL HARBOR. HE WENT ON TO JOIN FORCES WITH A DESPICABLE MAN NAMED STALIN, WHO KILLED MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. AND HE DIDN'T HIDE IT VERY WELL. FOR THOSE THAT KNEW HOW DESTRUCTIVE STALIN HAD BEEN, HOW TRULY EVIL IT WAS, IT WAS QUITE A BLOW FOR PEOPLE TO SEE FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHERE WE BELIEVE IN FREEDOM, SIT, SMILE AND PAL AROUND WITH ONE OF THE WORST MASS MURDERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD NAMED STALIN -- MURDERERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD NAMED STALIN. STARVING MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS IN UKRAINE. I MEAN, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, IN WORLD WAR II THEY DIDN'T RELIEVE POLAND OF OPPRESSION FROM NAZI GERMANY. THEY TOOK OVER THE OPPRESSION OF POLAND FROM NAZI GERMANY. THERE WERE SOME, ONE REMARKABLE GENERAL NAMED PATTIN, THAT UNDERSTOOD HOW DANGEROUS THE COMMUNIST DICTATOR WAS. BUT SO MANY HAVE BEEN MISEDUCATED OVER THE YEARS. THE LAST 40 YEARS. SAW THE BEGINNINGS OF IT IN THE 1970'S WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL. HOW WONDERFUL SOCIALISM WAS, HOW WONDERFUL COMMUNISM WAS. BUT THAT WAS JUST A SMALL, VERY SMALL MINORITY. BECAUSE MOST AMERICANS UNDERSTOOD, THEY'D BEEN PROPERLY EDUCATED GROWING UP HOUR GREAT OUR FREEDOM IS -- UP, HOW GREAT OUR FREEDOM IS, HOW UNUSUAL IT IS, AND THAT IT DOESN'T LAST FOREVER, IT TAKES CONSTANT DEFENSE. . AGAIN WHY THE COMMENT BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WHEN ASKED, WHAT HAVE YOU GIVEN US? A REPUBLIC MADAM IF YOU CAN KEEP IT. AS I'VE MET WITH PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, FROM TOGO, NIGERIA, ALL ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST, ASIA, EVEN THE LITTLE MALVAGE ISLANDS, REMOTE ISLANDS IN THE PHILIPPINES, ALL THE WAY ACROSS TO AMERICA, AROUND THE WORLD. IT IS AMAZING HOW MANY PEOPLE SEE AMERICA AS THEIR ONLY HOPE FOR HAVING PEACE IN THIS LIFE. FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT FELT LIKE THE THREAT OF NAZI GERMANY JUSTIFIED HIS ACTIONS IN JOINING FORCES WITH AN EVIL TERRORIST DICTATOR. A MASS MURDERER LIKE STALIN. BUT HE ALSO JOINED FORCES WITH WINSTON CHURCHILL. WHO ALSO COULD SEE THE RISING THREAT OF COMMUNISM. THROUGH RUSSIA. BUT NOW, NOT SO MANY SEE THE THREAT ANYMORE. THE PRESIDENT IS OVER THERE IN HELSINKI TODAY, TALKING TO VLADIMIR PUTIN. MY CONVERSATION WITH HIM ABOUT OVER A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, HE CERTAINLY UNDERSTOOD THE THREAT THAT RUSSIA IS TO US, BUT SO IS MISINFORMATION ABOUT WHAT'S REAL. WHAT'S TRUE. I WAS LISTENING TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES BEFORE ME, I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO PEOPLE ON THE NEWS TALKING ABOUT JUSTICE KAVANAUGH, AND FRANKLY HE WAS NOT MY FIRST CHOICE OUT OF THOSE THAT THE PRESIDENT COULD HAVE CHOSEN. TO SAY SLAVERY WOULD BE COMING BACK IF HE GO OS -- IF HE GOES ON THE SUPREME COURT. I'VE HEARD THAT. ACTUALLY, IF HE WERE TO GO TO THE SUPREME COURT IT APPEARS PRETTY CLEAR HE WOULD TRY HELP THE COURT BE SLAVES TO THE CONSTITUTION INSTEAD OF THEIR OWN SHADOWS OF PE NUMB BRAS -- OF PENUMBRAS. THINGS NEED TO BE IN THE CONSTITUTION, UNTIL IT'S AMENDED WE HAVE TO GO BY WHAT'S THERE. AND I'VE HEARD ONGOING, CONSTANT CLAIMS THAT VOTERS, VOTES, WILL BE DENIED. AND I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE THAT THEY WILL TO ALL OF THOSE WHO ATTEMPT TO VOTE ILLEGALLY. THAT'S WHAT ROTER I.D. IS ABOUT. AND MY UNDERSTANDING WAS AFTER VOTER I.D. WENT INTO PLACE, ALABAMA, GEORGIA, WHERE I UNDERSTOOD THAT STATISTICS WERE KEPT, THE NUMBERS OF VOTERS WENT UP DRAMATICALLY OF MINORITIES. IT DIDN'T HURT MINORITY VOTING. BUT WHAT IT CERTAINLY DID DO IS ENSURE BERT INTEGRITY IN THE OUTCOME OF VOTES. I RECALL HEARING ONE NIGHT DAVID BRINKLEY TALKING, I BELIEVE TO TOM BROKAW, AND HE WAS ENCOURAGED TO TELL ABOUT THE STORY HE HEARD LYNDON JOHNSON TELL. HE SAID, YOU KNOW, BACK THEN, BEFORE WATERGATE, REPORTERS WERE CLOSE, BIG BUDDIES WITH THE PRESIDENT AND HE WOULD COME DOWN SOMETIMES AND SIT IN THE PRESS ROOM. PROP HIS BOOTS UP ON A DESK. SCRATCHING HIS BELLY AND HAVING A BEER. AND TOLD A STORY IN ESSENCE OF WHEN HE RAN FOR CONGRESS, HE WAS OUT IN THE CEMETERY WITH HIS CAMPAIGN MANAGER BEFORE THE ELECTION LATE AT NIGHT. THEY WERE WRITING DOWN THE NINALS TOMB STOVEPBS PEOPLE THAT WOULD BE VOTING IN HIS ELECTION. AND THEY CAME TO ONE THAT WAS JUST SO -- SUCH A MESS, MOSS AND ALL KINDS OF CRUD ON THE TOMBSTONE, CAMPAIGN MANAGER SAID, COME ON, LYNDON, LET'S JUST MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE , HE GRABBED HIS CAMPAIGN MANAGER AND SAID, NO, SIR, MAN HAS EVERY BIT AS MUCH RIGHT TO VOTE AS ANYBODY ELSE IN THIS CEMETERY. WELL, EVERYBODY LAUGHED. EXCEPT IF YOU READ ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN DUVAL COUNTY DURING HIS ELECTION, YOU BEGIN TO THINK THAT PERHAPS WAS A FIRSTHAND TRUE STORY. BUT WHETHER HUMOROUS OR NOT, THERE ARE SO MANY EXAMPLES OF FRAUDULENT VOTING, AND I KNOW PEOPLE KEEP SAYING OH, GEE, THERE'S NO SUCH THING. BUT THAT'S GARBAGE. THERE'S PLENTY OF FRAUD IN VOTES IN AMERICA. BUT OF COURSE AS LONG AS YOU CAN PREVENT PEOPLE FROM HAVING I.D.'S, LIKE YOU HAVE TO HAVE TO GET INTO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WHEN ERIC HOLDER WAS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, WHEN LORETTA LYNCH WAS ATTORNEY GENERAL, CURRENTLY, YOU COULDN'T GET INTO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION WITHOUT A PROPER GOVERNMENT I.D. SO ANYWAY, PHOTO I.D.'S, PRETTY ROUTINE. HAVE TO HAVE THEM TO GET CIGARETTES, ALCOHOL, YOU HAVE TO GET THEM TO DO MUCH OF ANYTHING. CASH A CHECK. AND BECAUSE OF RULINGS BY THE SUPREME COURT, YOU HAVE TO MAKE ACCOMMODATION FOR THOSE WHO COULDN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR A PHOTO I.D. THEN THEY CAN GET THEM FOR FREE. SO IT JUST SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF SCARCE TACTICS -- SCARE TACTICS BEING USED AND YOU KNOW, DONALD TRUMP WAS NOT MY FIRST CHOICE IN THE ELECTION. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE NOTICED, IF HE LOSES ON SOMETHING, HE'S GOING TO COME BACK AND TRY TO MAKE THE PEOPLE THAT CAUSE THE UNNECESSARY AND INAPPROPRIATE LOSS TO WISH THEY HADN'T FORCED THAT LOSS LIKE IN THIS SITUATION, PERHAPS, IF THE SCARE TACTICS ABOUT SLAVERY COMING BACK AND -- I'M -- I KNOW WE'LL BE HEARING A LOT OF BJORK LINES, WE'RE ALREADY HEARING SOME OF THE BJORK LINES THAT WERE LIES ABOUT JUSTICE BJORK. SOME OF THOSE, SINCE THEY WORKED TO LIE ABOUT JUSTICE BJORK THEY MAY WORK TO LIE ABOUT KAVANAUGH SO WE'LL PROBABLY BE HEARING SOME OF THOSE RESURRECTED. BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER IF ALL THESE LIES SAID ABOUT KAVANAUGH WERE SUCCESSFUL AS THEY WERE ABOUT BJORK, WOW. I JUST WONDER ABOUT THE NEXT PERSON THE PRESIDENT -- THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MIGHT APPOINT. I CAN HEAR PEOPLE WALKING OUT OF THIS CHAMBER SOMEDAY SAYING, MAYBE WE SHOULD -- IT SEEMED PRETTY CLEAR WE SHOULD HAVE LET KAVANAUGH GO THROUGH. HE REALLY WASN'T AS BAD AS HE WE SAID HE WAS. BUT THAT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING TIME DOWN THE ROAD. I DIDN'T PLAN TO TALK ABOUT JUSTICE KAVANAUGH BUT SEEMS LIKE A VERY DECENT MAN. WOW. THE ATTACKS ON A DECENT FAMILY MAN. CATHOLIC. CARING MAN. JUST AMAZING. HOW FAR THINGS HAVE COME IN AMERICA. BUT I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT WITH ALL THE SCREAMS ABOUT RUSSIA TO UNDERSTAND RUSSIA AND THE FORMER SOVIET UNION WERE INDEED A GRAVE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. MCCARTHY WAS PARTIALLY RIGHT. HE WENT MUCH TOO FAR. HE GOT VERY ABUSIVE. BUT THERE WAS A THREAT. HE JUST WENT TOO FAR, BECAME TOO ABUSIVE. WE DON'T NEED THAT. AND LET ME PARENTHETICALLY INSERT, THERE IS NOTHING ABUSIVE ABOUT QUESTIONING A SERIAL LIAR ABOUT HOW HE BECAME SO GOOD AT SERIAL LYING. INFIDELITY IS NOT PARTICULARLY AN ISSUE, NOT REAL VANT REALLY, IT'S RELEVANT TO SECURITY CLEARANCES, CERTAINLY, BECAUSE THAT CAN JEOPARDIZE, MAKE SOMEBODY VULNERABLE TO BEING TURNED BY FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. BUT FOR PURPOSES OF OUR HEARINGS, LIKE BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, CREDIBILITY IS ALWAYS RELEVANT. AND WHEN A PERSON HAS BEEN A SERIAL LIAR THAT IS RELEVANT. IN WHATEVER CONTEXT HE BECAME A SERIAL LIAR. THERE'S AN ARTICLE BY STEVEN ALLEN DATED JUNE 23, 2018. POLITICAL LEADERS AND JOURNALISTS ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN U.S. ELECTIONS. IT TOOK THEM LONG ENOUGH. THE RUSSIANS HAVE BEEN MEDDLING IN U.S. ELECTIONS FOR AT LEAST 70 YEARS. IN 1948, THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY, THERE'S SOME I KNOW WHO ARE THINKING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SHOULD CHANGE THEIR NAME TO PROGRESSIVE PARTY, AND THERE ARE THOSE ADVOCATING SUCH A THING. THEY LIKE TO INFORMALLY CALL THEMSELVES THE PROGRESSIVES. BUT IN 1948, THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY WAS A FRONT FOR THE SOVIET-CONTROLLED COMMUNIST PARTY. THEY RAN FORMER VICE PRESIDENT HENRY WALLACE AS ITS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. WALLACE ARGUABLY, THROUGH THE ELECTION TO PRESIDENT TRUMAN -- THREW THE ELECTION TO PRESIDENT TRUMAN BY ATTACKING HIM, UNDERCUTTING REPUBLICANS' CLAIMS THAT TRUMAN WAS SOFT ON THE RUSSIANS. PRESIDENT EISENHOWER, AND THIS IS A QUOTE FROM OCTOBER 21, 1956, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER TODAY ACCUSED SOVIET PREMIERE NICOLI BOGANON OF MEDDLING IN THE AMERICAN ELECTION CAMPAIGN, THE UNITED PRESS REPORTED. AGAIN, OCTOBER 21, 1956. THE B -- BOLGANON SUGGESTED THAT DEMOCRAT NO, MA'AM -- DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE ADLAI STEPHENSON WAS MORE LIKELY TO GET AN AGREEMENT HALTING H-BOMB TESTS. THAT, HE ARGUED, WAS MEDDLING IN OUR INTERNAL AFFAIRS IN THE MIDST OF A NATIONAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. HISTORIAN BRUCE DEER STEIN REPORTED THAT THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR IN 1960 INVITED STEPHENSON, ADLAI STEPHENSON, TO THE EMBASSY, PLIED HIM WITH DRINKS, CAVIAR, AND FRUIT AND OFFERED TO BACK HIM IF HE'D RUN FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN. STEPHENSON REJECTED THE OFFER. THAT WAS THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR IN 1960, CLEARLY ATTEMPTING TO INTERFERE. NIKITA KRUSCHEV, THE SOVIET PREMIER IN 1960, BRAGGED IN HIS MEMOIRS THAT, QUOTE, BY WAITING TO RELEASE THE PILOT GARY POWERS UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION, WE KEPT NIXON FROM BEING TABLE CLAIM THAT HE COULD DEAL WITH THE RUSSIANS. OUR PLOY MADE A DIFFERENCE OF AT LEAST HALF A MILLION VOTES WHICH GAVE KENNEDY THE EDGE HE NEEDED. SO YOU'VE GOT NIKITA KRUSCHEV BRAGGING HE GOT JOHN F. KENNEDY ELECTED. I'M NOT SAYING THAT. I'M JUST READING WHAT'S HISTORICALLY AVAILABLE. IN 1968, UNDER ORDERS FROM MOSCOW, THE SOVIET U.S. AMBASSADOR DOBRENIN OFFERED TO SECRETLY FUND HUBERT HUMPHRIES' PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. THE OFFER WAS MADE IN A BREAKFAST AT HUM NIECE' HOME. DEBRENIN WROTE IN HIS MEMOIRS THAT HUMPHRIES RECLINED THE OFFER, SAYING IT WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR HIM TO HAVE MOSCOW'S GOOD WISHES WHICH WE HE HIGHLY APPRECIATED, UNQUOTE. THAT WAS THE 1960'S. DEMOCRATIC PARTY HERO HUBERT HUMPHREY. 1976, SENATOR HENRY "SCOOP" JACKSON A STRONG ANTI-COMMUNIST, RAN FOR PRESIDENT. THE RUSSIANS SENT FORGED F.B.I. LETTERS TO JOURNALISTS CLAIMING THAT JACKSON WAS A CLS ETED HOMOSEXUAL. OF COURSE TODAY THAT WOULD PROBABLY GET HIM ELECTED BUT IN 1976, NOT SO HELPFUL. ALSO IN 1976 THE RUSSIANS HAD A SPY AMONG TOP DEMOCRATIC PARTY ACTIVIST WHO PARTICIPATED IN A THREE-HOUR STRATEGY SESSION WITH GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN OF CALIFORNIA, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JIMMY CARTER. IN 1984, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION ISSUED A REPORT, QUOTE, HOW MOSCOW MEDDLES IN THE WEST'S ELECTIONS, UNQUOTE. 1984. QUOTE, LAST YEAR THE SOVIETS TRIED TO INFLUENCE ELECTIONS IN WEST GERMANY AND BRITAIN, UNQUOTE. HERITAGE REPORTED. QUOTE, THIS YEAR, IT IS AMERICA'S TURN. FOR MONTHS, MOSCOW'S STATEMENTS AND ACTIONS HAVE BEEN AIMED AT DEFEATING RONALD REAGAN, UNQUOTE. METHODS INCLUDED MANIPULATION OF THE PEACE MOVEMENT, THREATENING STATEMENTS AND DIRECT APPEALS TO VOTERS INCLUDING MASS DEMONSTRATIONS. RUSSIAN MEDDLING WAS ALSO FREQUENT, THE WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR COMMENTED, YET, ONE WAS USED TO THIS SORT OF THING, UNQUOTE. AS FAR AS I CAN TELL THE REPORT EXPOSING RUSSIAN MEDDLING RECEIVED NO NEWS COVERAGE. POLITICAL SCIENTISTS POINTED OUT THAT THEY WERE FOCUSED ON LOOKING FOR EXPLOITABLE DIFFERENCES IN THE CAMP AND APPEALING OVER THE HEADS OF THEIR GOVERNMENT. U.S. MEDIA DURING THIS TIME HAD LOTS OF EXPOSURE TO AMERICANS TO BUYPASS TO TALK TO THE RUSSIANS. A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM THE STATE OF MAINE WREET A LETTER WAS GIVEN HER PROGRAM ABOUT POLITICS, QUOTE, "SAMANT THAT SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON." AND U.S. SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY AND BROTHER OF MARTYRED JOHN F. KENNEDY. ACCORDING TO A K.G.B. MEMO, KENNEDY PASSED ALONG A PLAN FOR COUNTERING PRESIDENT REAGAN AND BRINGING SOFT OFFICIALS TO THE UNITED STATES TO APPEAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, UNQUOTE. K.G.B. CHIEF WROTE, THE SENATOR UNDERLINED THE IMPORTANCE THAT THIS INITIATIVE SHOULD BE SEEN AS COMING FROM THE AMERICAN SIDE, UNQUOTE. IN A 2015 ARTICLE, POLITICO FACT, WHICH I CAN'T GIVE CREDENCE TO, THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IGNORED IT BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT SENATORS WERE DOING THIS THIS ALL THE TIME. DECLINE AFTER THE CORLED WAR. OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTS AND THIS IS IMPORTANT NEWS, OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTS BEGINNING IN 2011 WERE HEAVILYLY SUPPORTED BY THE RUSSIANS AS NOTED IN A REPORT BY U.S. AGENCIES. R.T.'S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CREDITED R.T.'S COVERAGE OF THE MOVEMENT AS QUOTE INFORMATION WARFARE THAT IS AIMED AT DISSATISFACTION WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. R.T. HAD A FACEBOOK TO CONNECT THE PROTESTORS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA AND FEATURED ITS OWN HOSTS. OBVIOUSLY IN 2011 AND 2012, BUT OBVIOUSLY, THE RUSSIANS WERE PLAYING HEAVILY IN THAT ELECTION AND WE HAD A PRESIDENT NAMED OBAMA THAT COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO STOP THE RUSSIANS FROM THRIGE THROWING THE ELECTION TO THE CAMPAIGN AND HELPING THE MOVEMENT. BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID NOTHING OF THE SORT. BACK TO THE ARTICLE, IT SAYS AT LEAST SINCE 2011, THE RUSSIANS HAVE FUNNELED MONEY TO THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE WHICH THREATENS RUSSIA'S DOMINANCE IN OIL AND GAS. AND IN FAIRNESS TO THE FUNDING EFFORTS TO STOP THE FRACKING, IT HAS MADE THE UNITED STATES THE BIGGEST OIL PRODUCER. THOSE EFFORTS WEREN'T ENTIRELY RUSSIAN. YES, OUR ABILITY TO PRODUCE MORE OIL HAS DIRECTLY HARMED RUSSIA, BUT IT HAS ALSO HURT THE MIDDLE EAST. AND YOU CAN FIND THAT THERE WERE PROGRAMS AND VIDEOS FUNDED BY PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO SCARE AMERICANS TO PUT THEM AGAINST FRACKING SO THAT RUSSIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST TO GO BACK TO BEING WHERE MOST OF THE OIL WAS COMING FROM. ANY WAY, THIS ARTICLE SAYS, TO DO THIS, TALKING ABOUT THE OPPOSING FRACKING, THE FRUSHIANS USED A NETWORK OF ORGANIZATIONS TO INCLUDE CORPORATIONS, LAW FIRMS, NONPROFIT GROUPS WITH SOME OF THE MONEY GOING IN THE UNITED STATES. FACING CRITICISM ON THE SOFT OL PUTIN POLICIES, PRESIDENT OBAMA SOUGHT DURING HIS HIS CAMPAIGN TO AVOID CONFRONTATION WITH THE RUSSIANS. AND INSERT HERE, HE KNEW THE RUSSIANS WERE HELPING HIS CAMPAIGN AND HURTING MITT ROMNEY'S CAMPAIGN AND MAYBE THAT HELPED HIS CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE RUSSIANS IN MEDDLING IN HIS ERM ELECTION. MARCH, 2012, OBAMA WAS HEARD TELLING PUTIN'S SIDEKICK, THAT HE WOULD HAVE QUOTE, MORE FLEXIBILITY UNQUOTE, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR HIM TO GIVE ME SPACE, UNQUOTE. HE REPLIED, I WILL TRANSMIT THIS INFORMATION TO VLADIMIR AND I STAND WITH YOU. MAYBE THAT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION NOT TO CONFRONT RUSSIA BECAUSE THEY WERE. THE ARTICLE SAYS TIME AND TIME AGAIN, RUSSIA MEDLES AND IT WAS THE EXPERTS, SOMETHING WE WERE USED TO AND SOMETHING WE HAPPENED ALL THE TIME AND THEN ONE DAY, DEM CRALTS USED AN EXCUSE AND EVERYTHING CHANGED. AN INTERESTING ARTICLE THERE. BY STEVEN J. ALLEN, JUNE 23. AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS RATHER TRAGIC THAT WE HAD A HEARING ON FRIDAY, I DIDN'T VIOLATE THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. MANY OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES DID. THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO RUDELY ANOTHER MEMBER'S TIME, CONSTANTLY YELLING AND SAY TAKE YOUR MEDS. I DIDN'T CALL ANYBODY ON THE RULES REGULATIONS BUT IT IS NOT A VIOLATION. WHEN A WITNESS IS SITTING THERE LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH, IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO CALL HIM EXACTLY WHAT HE IS, A LIAR. AND STRZOK'S CASE, A SERIAL LIAR. I SAW IT DURING HIS CLOSED-DOOR TESTIMONY. SOME OF US TALKED ABOUT THIS GUY, HE LOOKED SO GOOD. HE LOOKED LIKE HE COULD PASS ANY POLYGRAPH TEST AND I FOUND OUT HE HADER IT ALONG THE WAY AND PEOPLE WERE INSIDE THE F.B.I. HELPING HIM KEEP HIM IN HIS TOP POSITION. ONE OF THE TOP LEADERS. SO APPARENTLY WASN'T QUITE AS GOOD AS LYING AS I THOUGHT HE WAS. BUT WE HAVE GOT TO GET BACK TO SEEKERS OF FRUTH AND NOT DENIERS OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND IT. AND OUR WHOLE CIVILIZATION STANDS ON THE BRINK OF AN END WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY IN SUCH BIG NUMBERS THINK THESE ACTIVITIES OF SOCIALISM, PROGRESSISM, COMMUNISM, THAT THOSE ARE GOOD HEALTHY THINGS, THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY YOU COULD HAVE SOSMISM OR COMMUNISM. YOU HAVE TO HAVE DICK TA TORIAL POWERS IN THE HANDS OF A COMMITTEE. AND THEY HAVE TO BE VERY LITTLE FREEDOM. THE GOVERNMENT WILL LET YOU HAVE FREEDOM AND THEY WILL TAKE IT AWAY WITH EVERY RIGHT TO DO THAT. THIS IS SUCH AN ANOMALY WE HAVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AND I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE TALKING HEADS IN HEADS, BUT PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THESE COUNTRIES DAY-TO-DAY, ALL OVER THE WORLD, SO MANY SEE US AS THEIR CHANCE FOR SOME PEACE IN THIS LIFE. QUOTING BEFORE, BUT EBENEZER IN AFRICA, HE SAID WE KNOW WHERE WE GO, BUT OUR ONLY CHANCE IN THIS LIFE IS IF AMERICA IS STRONG. TELL LEADERS IN WASHINGTON, STOP ALLOWING AMERICA TO GET WEAKER AND WEAKER. AND TRUMP WANTS TO SEE THIS COUNTRY GET STRONG. SOME HAVE SAY, HOW COULD YOU SUPPORT A GUY LIKE TRUMP AS HE HAS HAD INFIDELITY IN THE PAST AND I HAD HAVE PEOPLE SLING IT MY WAY. WHEN I WAS A CHILD, AND I SPOKE AS A CHILD. AND I PUT IT ASIDE. AND WHEN DONALD J. TRUMP, HE TALKED LIKE BILL CLINTON AND ACTED LIKE BILL CLINTON, AND I FOR DELIFFGEP HIM AND DO ANYTHING WE CAN IN THIS BODY TO HELP MAKE AMERICA STRONGER SO THOSE PEOPLE, THOSE SOULS CRYING OUT AROUND THE WORLD SO THEY HAVE A CHANCE AT PEACE WILL HAVE A CHANCE AT PEACE. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A. TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH WILL BE REQUIRED. WE HAVE TO DO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. BUT THERE IS NOTHING EVER WRONG WITH FACING A LIAR AND CALLING HIM A LIAR AND THE ONLY THING WOOFERT THAN A SERIAL LIAR AT A HEARING IN THE U.S. CAPITOL IS WHEN THE SERIAL LIAR THAT HAS DAMAGED THE COUNTRY NOT IRREPUBLICBLY TRIES TO MAKE HIMSELF A VICTIM. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THAT. LET'S GET BACK TO TRUTH. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE

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                                                                                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 16, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MIKE BOST TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                                                        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 1:50 P.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME TODAY. I RISE IN HONOR OF MR. HOWARD…

                                                                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME TODAY. I RISE IN HONOR OF MR. HOWARD MARSHALL, FORMER DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. MR. MARSHALL RECENTLY CONCLUDED A 21-YEAR CAREER WITH THE F.B.I. THIS, AFTER GROWING UP IN A HOUSEHOLD WHERE HIS FATHER, BRIAN, A RESIDENT OF MY DISTRICT, WAS A SPECIAL AGENT FOR 33 YEARS. THE MARSHALL FAMILY IS VISITING US IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IN THE HISTORIC CAPITOL TODAY. DURING THE EARLY STAGES, MR. MARSHALL WORKED IN ST. LOUIS, MEMPHIS, AS WELL AS AT F.B.I. HEADQUARTERS WHERE HE WORKED ON MULTIPLE TASK FORCES AND SUPERVISED A PUBLIC CORRUPTION SQUAD. IN 2008, MR. MARSHALL WAS PROMOTED TO F.B.I. LEADERSHIP AS ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OF THE DALLAS DIVISION WHERE HE MANAGED THE CRIME AND INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMS. AFTER DALLAS, HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE INSPECTION DIVISION WHERE HE LED INSPECTORS OF LOCAL FIELD OFFICES AS WELL AS SHOOTING INCIDENT REVIEW TEAMS. MR. MARSHALL WAS THEN APPOINTED SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE IN LOUISVILLE. MOST RECENTLY, HE SERVED AS DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE CYBER DIVISION WHERE HE SUPPORTED THE MISSION TO IDENTIFY AND DEFEAT CYBER THREATS TARGETED U.S. INTERESTS. PRIOR TO THE F.B.I., MR. MARSHALL WORKED FOR THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. WE THANK MR. MARSHALL AND HIS FATHER, BRIAN, FOR THEIR COMBINED 54 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR SERVICE TO THE F.B.I. AND ALL THEIR FELLOW AGENTS AT THE BUREAU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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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. MCNERNEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                        MR. MCNERNEY

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

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA POWER AGENCY, WHICH IS CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SERVICE THIS YEAR. BACK IN 1968, A GROUP OF MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITIES, INCLUDING THE LODI IN MY DISTRICT, JOINED THE NCPA. THEY CONTINUE TO HARNESS THE POWER OF CLEAN ENERGY TODAY. FOR 50 YEARS, NCPA HAS UTILIZED NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO PROVIDE CLEAN ENERGY, RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR ITS CUSTOMERS, OWNERS, AND THIS INCLUDES THE LODI ENERGY CENTER COMBINED CYCLE NATURAL GAS PROJECT. THE NCPA'S COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION AND CLEAN ENERGY AND CLEAN POWER HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CALIFORNIA MEMBER OF COMMUNITIES, RESULTING IN LOW ELECTRICITY RATES AND CO-2 FREE GENERATION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THE NCPA ON 50 YEARS OF SERVICE, ACHIEVEMENT, AND SUCCESS. I YIELD BACK.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                                                        MR. MARSHALL

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SIX YEARS AGO, FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS KANSAS…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SIX YEARS AGO, FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS KANSAS FACED DROUGHT CONDITIONS THAT CRIPPLED CROPS, DRIED PONDS AND FORCE LIVESTOCK OWNERS TO ABANDON PAST URES. IN THE YEARS SINCE, RAIN HAS FALLEN AND CONDITIONS HAVE TURNED TO NORMAL BUT DROUGHT HAS LEFT MANY COUNTIES ACROSS MY DISTRICT DRIED AND WORRIED. RANCHERS IN THE HILLS OF KANSAS ARE FINDING THEMSELVES SHORT OF WATER AND GRASS FOR THEIR CATTLE. FARMERS IN CENTRAL KANSAS WATCH CORN AND SOYBEAN PLANTS SHRIFBLE IN THE UNRELENTING -- SHRIVEL IN THE UNRELENTING HEAT. MANY UNDER EXTREME DROUGHT DECLARATION. THAT ON TOP OF LOW COMMODITY PRICES AND MARKET UNCERTAINTY, IT PUSHES FARMER SUICIDE RATES TO MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. OUR FARMERS' SUICIDE RATES ARE MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. UNFORTUNATELY, THE IMPACTS DO NOT STOP AT THE FARM GATE. WHEN PRODUCTION AND AGRICULTURE SUFFERS, SO DO THE COMMUNITIES. AND THOSE THAT SUPPORT THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. THE DROUGHT REALLY DOES IMPACT US ALL. EARLIER THIS MONTH, I VISITED CONNIE AND JOE'S RANCH IN CHASE COUNTY, KANSAS. THEY SHOWED ME THEIR VACANT PAST URES AND DRY PONDS AND ADMITTED THIS DROUGHT WAS ONE OF THE WORST THEIR FAMILY HAS EVER ENDURED. THEY ARE NOT ALONE AS I HEAR STORIES OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS THE DISTRICT STRUGGLING TO FIND SOLUTIONS AND OPTIONS FOR THEIR CROPS AND CATTLE. WHILE I CANNOT DELIVER THE RAIN MAIN OF US PRAY FOR, I CAN HELP BRING A LEVEL OF CERTAINTY AND SUPPORT TO MY FARMERS AND RANCHERS OF FINAL PASSAGE OF THIS 2018 FARM BILL. I WORKED HARD ALONGSIDE MY AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES TO WRITE AND PASS LEGISLATION THAT CONTINUES CONSERVATION PROGRAMS THAT HELPS PRODUCERS OPERATE THEIR FARMS AND RANCHES MORE EFFICIENTLY. FARMERS NEVER WANT A HANDOUT BUT IN TRYING TIMES LIKE THESE IT'S ESSENTIAL TO SUPPORT THOSE THAT PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE WITH THE SAFETY NET THAT THEY CAN COUNT ON. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO ALL I CAN TO HELP THEM. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SAY A PRAYER FOR RAIN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE 74TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE 74TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF GUAM DURING WORLD WAR II. THIS MORNING I JUST CAME FROM ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY WHERE IRENE, A SURVIVOR OF THE OCCUPATION OF GUAM, JOINED ME AND CONGRESSMAN SABLAN IN LAYING A MEMORIAL WREATH AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN. SHE IS A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE AND, MR. SPEAKER, SHE HAPPENS TO BE IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY IN THE GALLERY AND I THANK HER. AND I WAS HONORED TO HOST HER HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL FOR THIS SOLEMN ANNIVERSARY. THE CHAMORRO PEOPLE OF GUAM ENDURED 32 MONTHS OF OCCUPATION AND WARTIME ATROCITIES WITH THOUSANDS OF OUR ISLAND'S FINEST MURDERED, BRUTALIZED AND FORCED INTO CONCENTRATION CAMPS. IRENE'S FATHER WAS TAKEN BY THE JAPANESE AND SHE WAS LATER FORCED INTO A CONCENTRATION CAMP FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WAR. TODAY, I INTRODUCED THE OCCUPATION OF GUAM REMEMBRANCE ACT IN RECOGNITION OF THE ATROCITIES ENDURED BY THE CHAMORRO PEOPLE OF GUAM DURING WORLD WAR II. WE MUST NEVER, EVER FORGET THE SACRIFICES MADE BY OUR ISLAND'S ELDERS DURING THE WAR. MY OCCUPATION OF GUAM REMEMBRANCE ACT WILL ENSURE THAT ALL THOSE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS WHO SUBMITTED FOR WAR CLAIMS WILL HAVE THEIR NAMES ENSCRIBED ON THE MEMORIAL WALL AT THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC NATIONAL PARK. THE MEMORIAL WALL IS THE ONLY NATIONAL MONUMENT DEDICATED TO THE SACRIFICES OF GUAM'S CHAMORRO PEOPLE DURING WORLD WAR II. AS WELL AS THE AMERICAN SERVICE MEN AND INSULAR GUARDSMEN WHO DIED DURING -- DEFENDING THE ISLAND DURING THE WAR. AND THOSE WHO LIBERATED GUAM IN THE SUMMER OF 1944. IRENE IS JUST ONE OF THOUSANDS WHO LIVED OUT THAT DARK CHAPTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY. I THANK HER FOR HER FRIENDSHIP AND FOR REPRESENTING THE THOUSANDS OF WAR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS AT THIS YEAR'S WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. GUAM'S GREATEST GENERATION, OUR ELDERS, WHO ENDURED THE WAR AND SURVIVED HAVE MUCH TO TEACH US. WITH THE GUAM REMEMBRANCE ACT AND THE ADDITION OF ALL WAR CLAIMANTS TO THE MEMORIAL WALL, FUTURE GENERATION ALSO SEE THE NAMES OF ALL THOSE WHO SACRIFICED DEARLY FOR GUAM AND OUR FUTURE. THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF THE OCCUPATION OF GUAM ARE IN MY PRAYERS TODAY. AND I HOPE THAT ALL MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS WILL JOIN ME IN HONORING THE SACRIFICES OF THESE VERY GREAT AMERICANS. GOD BLESS GUAM AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        PRESIDENT PUTIN

                                                                                        PUTIN: BRINGING U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONSHIP BACK TO NORMAL.

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                                                                                        AND ON CAPITOL HILL, THE HOUSE ABOUT TO GAVEL IN TO DEBATE 24 BILLS…

                                                                                        AND ON CAPITOL HILL, THE HOUSE ABOUT TO GAVEL IN TO DEBATE 24 BILLS INCLUDING ONE TO REQUIRE FEDERAL AGENCIES PRESERVE ELECTRONIC RECORDS. LATER THIS WEEK, MORE WORK ON 2019 SPENDING, INCLUDING A PACKAGE FOR TREASURY AND INTERIOR DEPARTMENTS. AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT AGENCIES AND THE HOUSE WILL DEBATE A NONBINDING RESOLUTION SAYING CARBON TAX IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE U.S. ECONOMY.

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

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

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                                                                                        CHAPLAIN CONROY

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

                                                                                        LET US PRAY. MERCIFUL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. BLESS THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE WITH WISDOM AND THE COURAGE TO ADDRESS THE PRESSING DIFFICULTIES OF OUR TIME AS THEY -- OF OUR TIME. AS THEY CONTINUE THE WORK OF THIS ASSEMBLY, GUIDE THEM TO GROW IN UNDERSTANDING AND ATTAINING SOLUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S NEEDS. CONTINUE TO BLESS AS WELL THOSE CHARGED WITH PROTECTING AND SERVING OUR COUNTRY. THEY TOO NEED WISDOM AND INSIGHT INTO THE PRESSURE POINTS OF INSECURITY AMONG OUR CITIZENS. LORD HAVE MERCY. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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                                                                                        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 SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

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                                                                                        MR. WILSON

                                                                                        EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN IN. I PLEDGE…

                                                                                        EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN IN. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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

                                                                                        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. 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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                                                                                        MR. WILSON

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE POST AND COURIER OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, PROVIDED…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE POST AND COURIER OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, PROVIDED AN EDITORIAL SUPPORTING THE CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH. IT REINFORCES THAT BRETT KAVANAUGH IS A HIGHLY QUALIFIED ORIGINALIST WHO WILL RETURN THE SUPREME COURT TO ITS PROPER FUNCTION IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. THE SENATE SHOULD QUICKLY CONFIRM HIM. JUDGE KAVANAUGH FITS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROMISE TO APPOINT JUDGES KNOWN TO ADHERE STRICTLY TO THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ITS AMENDMENTS AND TO CLOSELY FOLLOW THE LAW AS LAID DOWN BY CONGRESS. AS A FEDERAL JUDGE, JUDGE KAVANAUGH APPEARS TO HAVE TAKEN THE VIEW THAT CONGRESS IS A PREEMINENT POLICYMAKING BODY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXCEPT WHEN THE CONSTITUTION REVISED POWERS TO THE EXECUTIVE. THAT CONGRESS, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND JUDICIARY, ARE ALL BOUND BY THE CONSTITUTION AND JUDGES AND THE PRESIDENT ARE FURTHER BOUND BY THE PERMISSIBLE DECISION BUSINESS CONGRESS. IT WILL BE A WELCOME CHANGE TO SEE THE POLITICAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT TO DECIDE MOST POLITICAL QUESTIONS RATHER THAN THE COURT. 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 NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MS. FOXX

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

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                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                        MS. FOXX

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR NATION'S NATIONAL PARK ARE A CHERISHED PART OF…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR NATION'S NATIONAL PARK ARE A CHERISHED PART OF OUR COUNTRY'S LEGACY AND IT IS CRITICAL THAT THEY BE PRESERVED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. UNFORTUNATELY, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS FACING AN INSURMOUNTABLE BACKLOG OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE THAT'S GROWING MORE URGENT AS DECADES' OLD AGENCY STRUCTURES REACH THE END OF THEIR ANTICIPATED LIFE SPANS. THIS IS IMPACTING SOME OF OUR MOST BELOVED PARKS. THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY IN NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA IS THE COUNTRY'S SECOND MOST VISITED NATIONAL PARK. SUPPORTING APPROXIMATELY 15,600 JOBS AND IS A HUGE ECONOMIC ASSET TO NEARBY RURAL COMMUNITIES. DEFERRED MAINTENANCE HAS RESULTED IN THE UNFORTUNATE DETERIORATION OF ITS AMENITIES AND ACCESSIBILITY. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LEGACY ACT WOULD ESTABLISH A NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LEGACY RESTORATION FUND DIRECTLY AIMED AT ADDRESSING THE AGENCY'S BACKLOG AND FIXING THE ISSUES FACING THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. AS A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS INNOVATIVE LEGISLATION, I ENCOURAGE ITS VOTE AND FINAL PASSAGE IN THE HOUSE THIS CONGRESS. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                        OF TODAY'S EVENTS BEGINNING TONIGHT AT 9:00 EASTERN HERE ON C-SPAN. WE'RE…

                                                                                        OF TODAY'S EVENTS BEGINNING TONIGHT AT 9:00 EASTERN HERE ON C-SPAN. WE'RE LEAVING THAT TO TAKE YOU LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE. THEY'RE BEGINNING THEIR LEGISLATIVE WEEK MOMENTARILY. MEETING THIS AFTERNOON TO DEBATE 24 BILLS, NEARLY HALF TO RENAME POST OFFICES. AMONG THE OTHER BILLS IS ONE TO REQUIRE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO PRESERVE ELECTRONIC RECORDS. LATE THEY ARE WEEK, MORE WORK ON 2019 SPENDING THE PACKAGE INCLUDES THE TREASURY AND INTERIOR DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS THE NUMBER -- A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT AGENCIES AND THE HOUSE WILL DEBATE A NONBINDING RESOLUTION SAYING CARBON TAX IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE U.S. ECONOMY. ALL THAT LATER IN THE WEEK IN THE HOUSE. THE SENATE ALSO IN SESSION GAVELING IN THIS AFTERNOON. FOLLOW THE SENATE ON C-SPAN AND THE HOUSE NEXT HERE ON C-SPAN. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2018] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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                                                                                        U.S. HOUSE GAVELING IN MOMENTARILY. LOTS ON THE AKA. -- ON THE AGENDA.…

                                                                                        U.S. HOUSE GAVELING IN MOMENTARILY. LOTS ON THE AKA. -- ON THE AGENDA. PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW RETURNING FROM THE SUMMIT WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN, THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT ON HIS WAY BACK TO THE U.S. TO JOINT BASE ANDREWS THIS EVENING. WE'LL SHOW YOU ALL OF THE DAY'S ACTIVITIES FROM HELSINKI TONIGHT AT 9:00 EASTERN HERE ON C-SPAN, INCLUDING THE 45 MINUTE NEWS CONFERENCE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT PUTIN. POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TOUND CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20 -- TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1376, THE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1376, THE ELECTRONIC MESSAGE PRESERVATION ACT OF 2017.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        H.R. 1376. A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 44, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REQUIRE…

                                                                                        H.R. 1376. A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 44, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REQUIRE PRESERVATION OF CERTAIN ELECTRONIC RECORDS BY FEDERAL AGENCIES, TO REQUIRE A CERTIFICATION AND REPORTS RELATING TO PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE…

                                                                                        BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. CUMMINGS

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        MR. CUMMINGS

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ELECTRONIC MESSAGE PRESERVATION ACT…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE ELECTRONIC MESSAGE PRESERVATION ACT AND I WANT TO THANK MR. GOWDY, OUR CHAIRMAN, FOR GETTING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I INTRODUCED THIS BILL WITH THE GOAL OF MODERNIZING FEDERAL AND PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT. THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE ARCHIVISTS OF THE UNITED STATES TO ISSUE REGULATIONS MANDATING THAT ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES MANAGE AND PRESERVE THEIR EMAIL RECORDS ELECTRONICALLY. THIS BILL WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT EMAIL RECORDS, THEN FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THE US WHO ARE PRESERVED. ACCORDING TO -- THE WHITE HOUSE ARE PRESERVED. ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, APPROXIMATELY 46% OF AGENCIES CONTINUE TO PRINT AND FILE PAPER COPIES OF EMAIL MESSAGES. THESE RECORDS ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET LOST AND ARE HARDER FOR AGENCIES TO RETRIEVE DURING RECORD SEARCHES UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. THIS BILL WOULD PUT INTO STATUTE WHAT AGENCIES ARE ALREADY REQUIRED TO DO UNDER A DIRECTIVE ISSUED BY THE ARCHIVISTS AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. IN 2016 THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES ISSUED A DOCUMENT FOR AGENCY RECORDS, OFFICERS, TITLES, AND I QUOTE, WHY AGENCIES NEED TO MOVE TOWARDS ELECTRONIC RECORD KEEPING, END OF QUOTE. TO DOCUMENT, IDENTIFY THE NUMBER OF REASONS, INCLUDING LONG-TERM COST SAVINGS, INFORMATION SECURITY, AND MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. THIS BILL ALSO WOULD REQUIRE THE ARCHIVIST TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR THE PRESERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF EMAIL RECORDS THAT ARE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS, AND TO CERTIFY ANNUALLY THAT THE WHITE HOUSE'S RECORD MANAGEMENT CONTROLS ARE IN PLACE THAT MEET THOSE STANDARDS. UNDER THIS BILL THE ARCHIVIST MUST REPORT ONE YEAR AFTER A PRESIDENT LEAVES OFFICE ON WHETHER THE CONTROLS USED BY THE PRESIDENT MET THE REQUIRED STANDARDS. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD PROVIDE ACCOUNTABILITY THAT ENCOURAGE EVERY PRESIDENT TO HAVE THE CONTROLS IN PLACE THAT ARE NECESSARY TO PRESERVE EMAILS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC RECORDS. THIS BILL HAS BEEN PASSED BY THE HOUSE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AGAIN TODAY. AND I HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL ACT ON THE BILL AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. CUMMINGS

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WE HAVE NO FURTHER…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND I'VE LAID OUT VERY NICELY EXACTLY AN ELOQUENTLY WHAT THIS BILL IS ALL ABOUT. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE MODERNIZE ALL OF OUR SYSTEMS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND RECORD KEEPING IS SO IMPORTANT. AND WE SEE IT PARTICULARLY IN OUR COMMITTEE, THE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY TRYING TO GET RECORDS AND REQUESTING RECORDS, AND OCCASIONALLY SUBPOENAING RECORDS. SO THIS IS A WAY, I BELIEVE, TO MAKE THAT WHOLE PROCESS MORE EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT AND TRANSPARENT. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

                                                                                        THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1576 -- 1376. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4 --…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4 -- 5415, THE GAO-IG ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                      • 03:09:19 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                      • 03:09:22 PM

                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        H.R. 5415, A BILL THAT REQUIRES AGENCIES TO SUBMIT RECORDS -- REPORTS ON…

                                                                                        H.R. 5415, A BILL THAT REQUIRES AGENCIES TO SUBMIT RECORDS -- REPORTS ON RECOMMENDATIONS SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS.

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                                                                                      • 03:09:30 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                      • 03:09:38 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                      • 03:09:49 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                      • 03:09:50 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:09:54 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 5415, THE GAO-IG…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 5415, THE GAO-IG ACT. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE AND INSPECTORS GENERAL ARE TWO OF THE BEST SOURCES FOR RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE THE OPERATIONS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEIR EFFORTS HELP FIGHT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE. PROMOTE ECONOMY, EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. AND SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS. G.A.O. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL AUDITS AND INVESTIGATIONS OFTEN END WITH CORRECTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE AGENCY. AS OF MAY, 2018, THE G.A.O. HAS ISSUED MORE THAN 1,500 PRODUCTS WITH ABOUT 4,800 OPEN RECOMMENDATIONS. SINCE 2014, I.G.'S HAVE ISSUED OVER 8 ST 900 REPORTS WITH -- 8,900 REPORTS WITH LEY 40,300 TOTAL RENTALATIONS. DURING THAT SAME PERIOD, I.G. IDENTIFIED OVER D 99 BILLION IN POTENTIAL SAVINGS -- $99 BILLION IN POTENTIAL SAVINGS. BUT ALL OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ONLY AS VALUABLE AS THE AGENCIES' COMMITMENT TO IMPLEMENT THEM. I INTRODUCED THE GAO-IG ACT TO ENSURE EVERY AGENCY EVALUATES AND IMPLEMENTS RECOMMENDATIONS BY G.A.O. AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL. THE BILL REQUIRES AGENCIES TO INCLUDE THE UNRESOLVED G.A.O. AND I.G. RECOMMENDATIONS WITHIN THEIR ANNUAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATION TO CONGRESS. AGENCIES MUST ALSO REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION STATUS OF EACH RECOMMENDATION. AND WHY THEY ARE NOT FULLY IMPLEMENTED. THIS CREATES A FORMAL PROCESS IN WHICH AGENCIES MUST TAKE STOCK OF THEIR OPEN AND UNIMPLEMENTED RECOMMENDATIONS EACH YEAR. THIS INCREASED TRANSPARENCY WILL ENCOURAGE EACH AGENCY TO WORK WITH G.A.O. AND ITS INSPECTOR GENERAL TO IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT HIGH-PRIORITY OPEN RECOMMENDATIONS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES PALMER, DUNCAN, BISHOP AND FITZPATRICK FOR THEIR CO-SPONSORSHIP OF THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOWDY AND RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM FOR THEIR SUPPORT. THE BILL PASSED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY BY VOICE VOTE EARLIER THIS YEAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. CUMMINGS

                                                                                        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. CUMMINGS

                                                                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK MR. WALKER…

                                                                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK MR. WALKER FOR INTRODUCING THIS WELL THOUGHT OUT BILL, A VERY IMPORTANT BILL. I SUPPORT THIS BILL, WHICH WOULD INCREASE THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF FEDERAL AGENCIES. THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE AGENCIES TO INCLUDE IN THEIR BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS TO CONGRESS, A SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY G.A.O. OR THE AGENCY'S INSPECTOR GENERAL. AGENCIES WOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED TO EXPLAIN WHAT STEPS THEY ARE TAKING TO ADDRESS THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, OR IF THEY DISAGREE WITH THEM, WHY THEY DISAGREE. G.A.O. AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL PROVIDE CRITICAL OVERSIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. KNOWING WHAT AGENCIES ARE DOING OR NOT DOING TO ADDRESS G.A.O. AND I.G. RECOMMENDATIONS WILL ASSIST CONGRESS IN CONDUCTING ITS CONSTITUTIONAL OVERSIGHT ROLE. THIS IS INDEED A COMMONSENSE MEASURE THAT I STRONGLY SUPPORT . AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      • 03:13:29 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. CUMMINGS

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:13:39 PM

                                                                                        MR. CUMMINGS

                                                                                        WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE EITHER. AND I JUST WANT TO URGE…

                                                                                        WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE EITHER. AND I JUST WANT TO URGE THE HOUSE TO PASS THIS BILL. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS CONCERNED MANY OF US IN THE CONGRESS IS THE ISSUE OF ACCOUNTABILITY. ACCOUNTABILITY IS SO VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. AND WE ALL HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR THE INSPECTORS GENERAL AND FOR G.A.O. AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN THEY MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE QUESTION BECOMES, WHATEVER HAPPENS TO THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS? ARE THEY PLACED ON A SHELF AND NEVER -- SHELF, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN? OR ARE THEY PUT INTO PLACE? AFTER ALL, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY WITH REGARD TO THE RESEARCH AND THE INVESTIGATIONS CONDUCTED BY THE I.G. AND RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE G.A.O. AND SO WE ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS LEGISLATION. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                      • 03:14:55 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5415, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4446 AS…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4446 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                      • 03:15:55 PM

                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 636, H.R. 4446 A BILL TO AMEND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF…

                                                                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 636, H.R. 4446 A BILL TO AMEND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT TO EXTEND THE EXPIRATION DATE OF THE COMMISSION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                      • 03:16:07 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                      • 03:16:29 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME SPROISM THIS GENTLEMAN IS…

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME SPROISM THIS GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      • 03:16:33 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4446 OFFER INTRO DEUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4446 OFFER INTRO DEUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT. IT WOULD ESTABLISH THE VIRGIN ISLANDS CENTENNIAL COMMISSION BY ONE YEAR. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE VIRGIN ISLANDS COMMISSION TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS TRANSFERING FROM DANISH LE TO AMERICAN CONTROL. THIS GIVES THE COMMISSION ONE EXTRA YEAR AND DELAYS THE DEADLINE FOR FILING THE REPORT BY ONE YEAR.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:17:25 PM

                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        I RISE TO SPEAK ON MY BILL, H.R. 4446. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOWDY…

                                                                                        I RISE TO SPEAK ON MY BILL, H.R. 4446. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOWDY AND RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS, HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND STAFF FOR THEIR WORK TO BRING THIS BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE VIRGIN ISLANDS CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW IN 2016, TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES BECOMING AN UNINCORPORATED TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND DISCUSS ITS RELATIONS WITH THE TERRITORY. SINCE ITS CREE THEY COMMISSION HAS SEEN THE APPOINTMENT OF SENATORS LISA MRUCZKOWSKI, BILL AND MARCO RUBIO, AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF INTERINSULAR AFFAIRS DOMINIC. THE COMMISSION EXPIRES IN 2018 WITHOUT SUCH EXTENSION. IT'S BEEN FORMED TO PLAN, DEVELOP AN CARRY OUT SUCH ACTIVITIES AS THE COMMISSION CONSIDERS FITTING AND PROPPER TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES BECOMING PART OF THE UNITED STATES. THE COMMISSION ALSO WILL PRVIDE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AS WELL AS CIVIC GROUPS TO CARRY OUT ACTIVITIES TO COMMEMORATE THIS MILESTONE IN THE MOVEMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW THE COMMISSION ADDITIONAL TIME TO ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION TO STUDY SPECIFIC ISSUES RELATED TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES BY EXTENDING THE FINAL REPORT, TERMINATION DEADLINES BY A YEAR TO JANUARY 31, 2019, AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 RESPECTIVELY. IN JUNE, THE CENTENNIAL COMMISSION MET AND SELECTED A CHAIR, AND INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PROSOFSE COLLABORATING TO WITH THE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUE ZEN ON PUBLIC PROGRAMS AS WELL AS HEARINGS HERE AND IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. THE COMMISSION IS ALSO IN THE PROSOFSE ENGAGING STAKE HOLDERS TO BECOME INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING THE FUTURE PROJECT TO MEET ITS GOAL AND OBJECTIVES. LAST SEPTEMBER, AS WE ALL KNOW, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FACED CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE FROM TWO UNPRECEDENTED BACK-TO-BACK CATEGORY 5 HURRICANES. THE RECOVERING AMERICAN SIT VENS SIDING IN THE ISLANDS WOULD BENEFIT GREATLY FROM THE CONTINUED CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION AS WELL AS THE OR OF -- WORK OF THE COMMISSION, NOT ONLY IN COMMEM RIGHT PAST BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TALKING ABOUT OUR FUTURE AND OUR CONTINUED RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COUNTRY. THIS COMMISSION HAS RECEIVED NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT AND AN EXTENDED LIFE SPAN OF THE COMMISSION WOULD ALLOW IT TO BETTER BENEFIT FROM THIS SUPPORT AND FURTHER EXAMINE THE OFTEN INADEQUATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TERRITORY AND THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4446 AND I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER FOR THE TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS?

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        I YIELD BACK FBLE

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:20:34 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I URGE TCHOACHINGS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4446 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      • 03:21:00 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4890.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                      • 03:21:07 PM

                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        H.R. 4890 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                        H.R. 4890 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 9801 APOLLO DRIVE IN UPPER MARLS BRO, MARYLAND, AS THE WAYNE K. CURRY POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                      • 03:21:39 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:21:44 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RISE FROM SUPPORT OF H.R. 4890 TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN UPPER MARLS…

                                                                                        I RISE FROM SUPPORT OF H.R. 4890 TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN UPPER MARLS BRO, MARYLAND, AS THE WAYNE K. CURRY POST OFFICE BUILDING. AFTER GRADUATING FROM WESTERN MARYLAND COLLEGE, HE BEGAN WORKING FOR PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY WHILE EARNING A LAW DEGREE AT NIGHT. IN 1994 HE RAN AND WAS ELECTED TO POSITION OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE HE PASSED AWAY FROM LUNG CANCER IN 2014 AT THE AGE OF 63. HE WAS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT AND WE HONOR HIM TODAY BY NAMING A POST OFFICE AFTER HIM IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH HE SERB. I EDGE KRBLING -- ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:22:28 PM

                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R.…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4890 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 9801 APOLLO DRIVE IN UPPER MARLBORO, MARYLAND, AS THE WAYNE K. CURRY POST OFFICE BUILDING. I YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. BROWN, TO TELL US MORE ABOUT MR. CURRY.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:22:54 PM

                                                                                        MR. BROUN

                                                                                        THANK YOU AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR…

                                                                                        THANK YOU AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR YIELDING TIME. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR ITS CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT OF H.R. 4890 AS WELL AS THANKING ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE MARYLAND DELEGATION FOR THEIR STEADFAST SUPPORT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4890 WHICH DESIGNATES THE POST OFFICE IN UPPER MARLBORO, MARYLAND, IN MARYLAND'S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE WAYNE K. CURRY POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF OUR LATE COUNTY EXECUTIVE.

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                                                                                        MR. BROWN

                                                                                        WAYNE CURRY WAS BORN IN NEW YORK AND GREW UP IN A RACIALLY SEGREGATED…

                                                                                        WAYNE CURRY WAS BORN IN NEW YORK AND GREW UP IN A RACIALLY SEGREGATED NEIGHBORHOOD IN MARYLAND. HIS FAMILY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST NONWHITE FAMILIES TO INTEGRATE THE COMMUNITY IN THE 1950'S AND HE AND HIS BROTHER WERE THE FIRST TO INTEGRATE THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HE BEGAN HIS PUBLIC SERVICE FROM 1975 TO 1978. THROUGH HIS DEVOTION AND TIRELESS WORK ETHIC TO MAKE A BETTER PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY, HE QUICKLY ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS OF COUNTY GHOVEMENT WENT ON TO SERVE IN VARIOUS ROLES, INCLUDING COMMUNITY AFFAIRS ASSISTANT, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY CHIEF, SENIOR ASSISTANT. HE COMMUTED NIGHTLY INTO BALTIMORE EVENTUALLY GRADUATING WITH HONORS FROM MARYLAND LAW SCHOOL. FROM 1980 TO 1938 HE WORKED AS COUNSEL FOR A LARGE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AND LATER DESTIDE START HIS OWN PRACTICE IN 1984. HE SERVED AS GENERAL COUNSEL FOR HIGH PROFILE CLIENTS. THOUGH HE WAS A PARTNER IN A LUCRATIVE LAW FIRM, PUBLIC SERVICE HAD A GRASP ON HIS HEART HE SERVED THE UNITED WAY, PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY SUBSTANCE ABUSE ADVISORY BOARD. WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED IT , HE RAN FOR PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY EXECUTIVE IN 1994. RUN THAGSE UNDERDEGREE , HE ULTIMATELY PREVAILED HE MADE HISTORY AS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO SERVE IN THE COUNTY'S HIGHEST ELECTED OFFICE HISM BROUGHT A RENEWED STRIE VITALITY TO THE OFFICE AND FOCUSED ON THE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF HIS CONSTITUENTS. THE TRANSFORMATION OF PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY REFLECTED HIS OWN LIFE FROM A SLEEPY SOUTHERN HOLLOW THAT WAS RURAL AND ALL WHITE TO A LARGE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAJORITY AND INCREASINGLY COSMOPOLITAN. COUNTY EXECUTIVE CURRY PRESIDED OVER A PERIOD OF UNPRECEDENTED POPULATION GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND MODERNIZATION OF PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY AND MAKING IT THE NATIONAL STANDARD OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN SUCCESS IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE. UNDER WAYNE'S LEADERSHIP, PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY WAS THE FIRST COUNT Y IN OUR HISTORY WHERE EDUCATION AND INCOME LEVELS ROSE AS IT TRANSITIONED FROM MAJORITY WHITE TO MAJORITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN. HIS BUSINESS-FRIENDLY APPROACH LED PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY THROUGH A SEVERE FINANCIAL CRISIS. THE END OF COURT MANDATED BUS, THE CONSTRUCTION OF 26 NEW SCHOOLS AND A NEW STADIUM FOR THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS. HE SAW THE COUNTY GO FROM A DEFICIT OF $108 MILLION TO A $128 MILLION SURPLUS. COUNTY EXECUTIVE WAYNE K. CURRY PASS AID WAY JULY 2, 2014, AT THE AGE OF 63 AFTER LOSE HIS BATTLE TO LUNG CANCER. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE SHEILA AND HIS JOHN JEWEL CAN AND DAUGHTER TAYLOR. WAYNE CURRY NEVER SOUGHT TO MAKE HISTORY BUT SIMPLY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE AND TO BETTER THEIR LIVES. IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT THE FUTURE AND GETTING IT RIGHT. WAYNE K. CURRY WILL LIVE ON BOTH THROUGH HIS IMPACT ON THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT AND THIS BILL WILL HONOR THE VISION AND CONTRIBUTION AND LEGACY OF THE ICONIC WAYNE K. CURRY AND WILL BE A DAILY REMINDER IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTY HE CARED SO DEEPLY ABOUT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGIN ISLANDS RESERVES.

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4890 AND…

                                                                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4890 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4890. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5238.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        H.R. 5238, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                        H.R. 5238, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT? ST. JOHNS PLACE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, AS THE MAJOR ROBERT ODELL OWENS POST OFFICE.

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                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN BROOKLYN, NEW…

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK AFTER MAJOR ROBERT ODELL OWENS HE LED A LIFE OF PUBLIC SERVICE BEGINNING AS LIBRARIAN AT THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY. AT AROUND THE SAME TIME, OWENS BECAME A MEMBER OF THE BROOKLYN CHAPTER OF THE CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY WHERE HE WORKED TO FIGHT RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION IN NEW YORK CITY FROM 1975 TO 1982, HE SERVED AS NEW YORK STATE SENATOR. IN 1928, HE WON ELECTION TO THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHERE HE WENT ON TO SERVE 24 YEARS AS REPRESENTATIVE TO THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK CITY. IN CONGRESS, OWENS FOUGHT PASSIONATELY FOR MANY CAUSES INCLUDING EDUCATION POLICY. HE WAS ACTIVE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' EDUCATION BRAIN TRUST, PROMOTING READ, SCIENCE, AND MATH EDUCATION. THIS BILL WOULD HONOR CONGRESSMAN OWENS' SERVICE BY NAMING A POST OFFICE IN BROOKLYN IN HIS NAME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY…

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5238 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT 1234 ST. JOHNS PLACE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, AS THE MAJOR ROBERT ODELL OWENS POST OFFICE. THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO ME AS CONGRESSMAN OWENS WAS MY CONGRESSMAN AS A CHILD GROWING UP AND ST. JOHNS PLACE WAS THE STREET ON WHICH MY MOTHER LIVED WHEN SHE CAME FROM THE SIR GIN ISLANDS TO LIVE IN NOKT. I YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK CITY, AND THAT GREAT PLACE CALLED BROOKLYN, MS. CLARK, TELL US MORE ABOUT CONGRESSMAN OWEN.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MRS. CLARKE

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                                                                                        MS. CLARKE

                                                                                        CONGRESSMAN OWENS SERVED IN THIS BODY FROM 1983 TO 2007. AND HE SERVED IN…

                                                                                        CONGRESSMAN OWENS SERVED IN THIS BODY FROM 1983 TO 2007. AND HE SERVED IN BOTH BROOKLYN'S 12TH AND 11TH DISTRICTS OF NEW YORK. CONGRESSMAN OWENS STILL BRINGS TO MIND, TO MEMORY FOR MANY THE FOND RECOLLECTIONS OF HIS GROUNDBREAKING LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AS A SENIOR LONGSTANDING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE, AND OF THE -- AND A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS. MR. OWENS SPENT EIGHT YEARS IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED TO SERVE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK,'S, 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, A SEAT PREVIOUSLY HELD BY THE HONORABLE CHERYLY CHISHOLM, HIS PREDECESSOR -- SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, HIS PREDECESSOR. HE THEN WENT ON TO EVERYBODY HE -- TO SERVE HIS COMMUNITY FOR TWO DECADES. THROUGH HIS COMMITTEE WORK AND WORK WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' EDUCATION BRAIN TRUST, MAJOR OWENS BECAME KNOWN AS THE EDUCATION CONGRESSMAN. BUT HE WAS ALSO DEEMED WITH ANOTHER MONIKER. THE WRAPPING REP -- RAPPING REP. DUE TO HIS ABILITY TO INTERTWINE HIS POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE INTO RHYTHMIC POETRY. MR. OWENS WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR THE LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES HE ACHIEVED ON THE HILL. HIS SPECTACULAR FIGHT, PARTICULARLY FOR THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, FOR WHICH HE'S CREDITED, ITS PASSAGE. HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN CONGRESS ARE VAST. AND MANY ARE STEEPED IN HIS LIFE-LONG PASSION FOR EDUCATION, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND EQUALITY. MR. OWENS' PASSION FOR EDUCATION BEGAN DURING HIS CAREER IN LIBRARIANSHIP. WHERE HE SERVED AS THE COMMUNITY INFORMATION LIBRARIAN AT THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, FOR A DECADE. HIS FRIENDS AND FELLOW ACTIVISTS IN THE BROOKLYN COMMUNITY NOTED THAT MR. OWENS WAS KNOWN TO PLACE COLLECTIONS FROM THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY IN LOCAL STORES, RESTAURANTS, LAUNDRY MATS AND MORE. BECAUSE HIS PASSION LIED WITHIN SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO IT. MR. OWENS WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE NEW YORK SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ROUND TABLE, WHICH WAS AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS NOW A PART OF THE NEW YORK LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. HIS MISSION, THEIR MISSION, IS TO CREATE A CENTRAL POSITION FOR LIBRARIES AND LIBRARIANS IN THE BATTLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE, PEACE AND EVER-IMPROVED PUBLIC ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND INFORMATION. CONGRESSMAN OWENS' DYNAMIC PASSIONS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION, INFORMATION SHARING, EQUALITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS BECAME DRIVING FORCES FOR HIM TO RUN FOR CONGRESS. AS A FORMER HEAD OF THE CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY. HIS LEGACY IN BROOKLYN LED HIM TO BECOME A CONTINUED FEATURE SPEAKER AT THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON LIBRARIES, AS WELL AS A RECIPIENT OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S HIGHEST HONOR, HONORARY MEMBERSHIP. FITTINGLY NICKNAMED THE LIBRARIAN IN CONGRESS, MR. OWENS WAS DEDICATED TO HELPING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR RECEIVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION RESOURCES THROUGH LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARIES. MR. OWENS WAS A PILLAR WITHIN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, AS AN ADVOCATE FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES, SOCIAL JUSTICE REFORM, AND LIBRARY FUNDING, EDUCATION REFORM, AS WELL AS DEVELOPMENT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES. TO ENSURE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES DID NOT LACK ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND EDUCATION RESOURCES. AS A YOUNG PUBLIC SERVANT MYSELF, I WAS INSPIRED BY MR. OWENS' WORK WITH THE DISABILITIES ACTIVISTS WHO OFTEN VISITED HIS OFFICE AND EVENTUALLY PROVIDED TESTIMONY BEFORE MR. OWENS' HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION, WHERE HE FOUGHT TO PASS THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, THE A.D.A. TODAY BROOKLYNITES BENEFIT FROM PUBLIC LIBRARY RESOURCES, INITIATIVES BECAUSE OF HIS ADVOCACY FOR FUNDING. THE A.D.A. STILL STANDS AS LAW TO PREVENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES AS A GUARANTEE -- AS IT GUARANTEES TO CREATE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY. TO THIS DAY, MY COLLEAGUES AND I WORK TO PROTECT THIS LAW AT ALL COSTS. AND THANKS TO CONGRESSMAN OWENS' DEDICATION TO ENSURE THAT THIS LAW WAS ENACTED. I AM SO PROUD TO BE HIS SUCCESSOR. H.R. 5238 WOULD DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1234 SAINT JOHNS PLACE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, AS THE ROBERT -- EXCUSE ME, THE MAJOR ROBERT ODELL OWENS POST OFFICE. CONGRESSMAN OWENS WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN THE DISTRICT THAT HE REPRESENTED. AND I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER THIS BILL IN HONOR OF HIS RICH LEGACY AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR GREAT CHAMBER. AS I CONTINUE, THE DISTINCT -- CONTINUE THE DISTINCT HONOR OF REPRESENTING THE NINTH DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, I LOOK FORWARD TO COMMEMORATING THE LIFE, MEMORY, INTEGRITY OF OUR FORMER HOUSE COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN MAJOR ODELL OWENS. MY TRAILBLAZING PREDECESSOR. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLELADY, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5238 AND I…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5238 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZE THE.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I -- RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5238. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, S. 2962.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        SENATE 2692. AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                        SENATE 2692. AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4558 BROADWAY IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AS THE STANLEY MICHELS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                        OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 4558 IN…

                                                                                        I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 4558 IN BROADWAY -- 4558 BROADWAY IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AS THE STANLEY MICHELS POST OFFICE BUILDING. HE WAS ACTIVE IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH. HAVING SPONSORED NEW YORK CITY'S FIRST LAW REGULATING SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES. MICHELS ALSO SPONSORED ONE OF THE FIRST CITY LAWS TO PREVENT CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING. AND HE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN EXPANDING THE CITY'S ARE HE CYCLING PROGRAM. HE WAS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF S. 2692, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4558 BROADWAY IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AS THE STANLEY MICHELS POST OFFICE BUILDING. I YIELD SUFFICIENT TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. ESPAILLAT

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN PLASKETT FOR YIELDING ME…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN PLASKETT FOR YIELDING ME TIME, AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS AND CHAIRMAN GOWDY FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. A SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND THANK YOU TO SENATOR GILLIBRAND WHO INTRODUCED THE SENATE VERSION OF MY BILL, WHICH IS BEFORE US TODAY. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 2692, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4558 BROADWAY IN MANHATTAN AS THE STANLEY MICHELS POST OFFICE BUILDING. STANLEY MICHELS WAS A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT MUCH HE WAS A LOVING FAMILY MAN -- SERVANT. HE WAS A LOVE FAMILY MAN, AND HE WAS FROM MY NEIGHBORHOOD, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS. HE SERVED ON THE CITY COUNCIL FROM 178 TO 2001, REPRESENTING COUNCIL DISTRICT SIX, AND ALWAYS DID SO WITH DISTINCTION AND WITH INTEGRITY. AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL'S COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, FOR 1992 -- FROM 1992 THROUGH 2001, STANLEY WAS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS ACTIVISM ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. PARTICULARLY WATER QUALITY AND ALSO HE WAS A STRONG ADVOCATE OF TENANTS' RIGHTS. HE WAS A STRONG SUPPORTER, A VERY STRONG SUPPORTER OF NEW YORK CITY PARKS. THEY CALL HIM THE KING OF THE PARKS IN NEW YORK CITY. AND HE INJECTED THOUSANDS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE PARK SYSTEM ACROSS THE CITY OF NEW YORK. BUT PARTICULARLY IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN. PARKS LIKE HIGH BRIDGE PARK, BENNETT PARK, ALL OF THESE PARKS IN THE LONG NARROW NECK OF MANHATTAN RECEIVED TREMENDOUS FUNDING FROM STANLEY MICHELS. IN MANY WAYS, STANLEY WAS AHEAD OF HIS TIME. IN 1987 HE WAS THE PRIME SPONSOR OF THE CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT. WHICH WAS NEW YORK CITY'S FIRST LAW REGULATING SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES. HE WAS ALSO THE VISIONARY BEHIND THE CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION ACT OF 1982. LEGISLATION THAT IS STILL VERY RELEVANT TODAY IN NEW YORK CITY, IN NEW YORK STATE HE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT -- -- STATE. HE PLAYED SIGNIFICANT ROLES IN EXPANDING THE CITY'S RECYCLING PROGRAM AND ADVOCATING FOR A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AMONG THE CITY, THE STATE AND UPSTATE COMMUNITIES TO PROTECT THE CITY'S WATER SHED IN THE MOUNTAINS. AFTER YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, AND A LONG FIGHT AGAINST CANCER, STANLEY PASSED AWAY IN 2008. BUT HIS LEGACY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. IT IS MY HONOR TO SEE A POST OFFICE NAMED IN HIS HONOR. STANLEY MICHELS AND HIS FAMILY POUR THEIR HEARTS INTO MAKING NEW YORK CITY A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US TO LIVE IN. THIS INCLUDED HIS WIFE, MOLLY MICHELS, HIS SISTER, ELLEN GRANT, HIS SON, JEFFREY, AND HIS TWO DAUGHTERS, KAREN AND SHERRY MICHELS, WHO IS NOW A NEW YORK CITY CIVIL COURT JUDGE. AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN, STANLEY MICHELS LEFT A TREMENDOUS LEGACY AND HE MADE A DIFFERENCE. NAMING THIS POST OFFICE AFTER STANLEY MICHELS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO HONOR HIS MEMORY AND ALL OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEW YORK CITY. I AM PROUD TO HAVE SPONSORED THIS BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING STANLEY MICK ELSE' -- STANLEY MICHELS' LEGACY NEXT MONTH. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS…

                                                                                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGINIAEN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I URGE PASSAGE OF S.…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I URGE PASSAGE OF S. 2692, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS -- THE…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VRGER VIRGIN ISLANDS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 262. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4407.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                      • 03:43:52 PM

                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        H.R. 4407. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                        H.R. 4407. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 3S101 ROCKWELL STREET IN WAINWRIGHTVILLE, ILLINOIS, AS THE CORPORAL JEFFERY ALLEN WILLIAMS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                      • 03:44:26 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                                                                      • 03:44:28 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:44:29 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4407, INTRODUCED BY THE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4407, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN. THIS WOULD NAME THE POST OFFICE IN ROCKWELL STREET IN WAINWRIGHTVILLE, ILLINOIS, IN HONOR OF THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF CORPORAL JEFFERY ALLEN WILLIAMS. CORPORAL WILLIAMS WAS BORN IN 1985 AND GRAD IN 2003. SHORTLY AFTER GRADUATING, WILLIAMS JOINED THE ARMY AND TRAINED TO BECOME A MEDICAL SPECIALIST DEDICATED HIS CREEF IN LIFE TO HELP HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS. HE WAS DEPLOYED TO IRAQ IN 2005 WHERE HE WAS ASSIGNED AS A MEDIC IN THEN COLONEL H.R. MACMASTER'S PERSONAL SECURITY DETACHMENT. TRAGICALLY, CORPORAL WILLIAMS WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN IRAQ IN SEPTEMBER, 2005. HE'S REMEMBERED BY HIS TROOP AS A DEDICATED, TOUGH AND DISCIPLINED MEDIC WHO ALWAYS PUT OTHERS BEFORE HIMSELF. HIS DECORATIONS INCLUDE THE PURPLE HEART, THE BRONZE STAR, AND THE ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL. WE THANK CORPORAL WILLIAMS FOR HIS IS -- FOR HIS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TO HONOR HIM. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT CORPORAL WILLIAMS FROM THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. HULTGREN IN A FEW MINUTES. AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY…

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4407 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT 3S101 ROCKWELL STREET IN WARRENVILLE, ILLINOIS, AS THE CORPORATE JEFFREY ALLEN WILLIAMS POST OFFICE BUILDING. CORPORAL WILLIAMS BEGAN HIS CAREER IN 2003, COMPLETING BASIC TRAINING IN FORT BENNING, GEORGIA, QUALIFYING AS A SPECIALIST AND MEDICAL TECHNICIAN. HE WENT TO IRAQ IN 2005 AND WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN ACTION ON SEPTEMBER 5 OF THAT YEAR WHILE SERVING AS A MEDIC FOR THE REGIMENTAL COMMANDER'S DETACHMENT. CORPORAL WILLIAMS' AWARDS INCLUDE THE PURPLE HEART, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL AND BRONZE STAR, AS WELL AS THE COME BAT MEDIC BADGE. HE'S WELL LOVED IN HIS COMMUNITY AND HELD IN -- AND HELD HIGH REGARD FOR THE POST OFFICE HAVING SPENT MANY DAYS IN HIS YOUTH GETTING TO KNOW THE STAFF. WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN MEMORY OF CORPORAL WILLIAMS AND THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE HE MADE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND THIS COUNTRYISM URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:47:06 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND SPONSOR OF THIS…

                                                                                        I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. HULTGREN.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:47:17 PM

                                                                                        MR. HULTGREN

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN WALKER, FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF CORPORATE JEFFREY ALLEN WILLIAMS FROM MY DISTRICT IN WARRENVILLE, ILLINOIS. JEFF WILL BE REMEMBERED BY HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBER AND WOMEN AS A DEDICATED, TOUGH, DISCIPLINED MEDIC WHO ALWAYS PUT OTHERS BEFORE HIMSELF AND WAS COMMITTED TO HIS MEDICAL MISSION AND FELLOW SOLDIERS. UPON GRADUATION FROM WHEATON WAR BVILLE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL HE GRAN HIS MILITARY TRAINING IN 2003 AT FOORT BENING, GEORGIA, AND CONTINUED HIS TRAINING AT FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS, GRADUATING AS A 91 WHISKEY MEDICAL SPECIALIST AND BASIC EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN. IN 2004 HE WAS ASSIGNED TO FORT CARSON, COLORADO WORK MEDICAL TROOP SUPPORT SQUADRON OF THE THIRD ARMY CALL VARY REGIMENT. HE WAS ASSIGNED AS A MEDIC FOR THE REGIMENTAL COMMANDERS PERSONAL SECURITY DETACHMENT. DURING HIS TOUR, JEFF RECOGNIZED THE DIRE NEED FOR QUALIFIED MEDICS AND DESAIED TO RE-ENLIST TO FURTHER SERB HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS AND HIS COUNTRY. WHEN HIS SERVICE WOULD EVENTUALLY END, HE INTENDED TO CONTINUE HIS COLLEGE EDUCATION AND BECOME A PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT AFTER HIS RETURN FROM IRAQ. TRAGICALLY, WHILE SERVING IN TEL AFAR, IRAQ, HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2005. DURING HIS ALL TOO BRIEF BUT DISTINCT MILITARY CAREER HE RECEIVED VARIOUS AWARDS AND DECORATIONS, INCLUDING THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL, PURPLE HEART, ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL, IRAQI CAMPAIGN MEDAL, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL, NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL AND DEFENSE SERVICE RIB BONN AND WAS AWARD THE COMBATED ME IBBLING BADGE. WHILE JEFF IS REMEMBERED BY HIS ARMY COLLEAGUES AS A DEDICATED AND SELFLESS SOLDIER HE WAS THAT AND MUCH MORE TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS BACK HOME. THOSE IN THE WARRENVILLE COMMUNITY DESCRIBE HIM AS THE GREGARIOUS GLUE THAT CONNECTED OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS TOGETHER. HIS SENSE OF HUE -- HUMOR WAS MAGNETIC AND HIS ABILITY TO CARE ABOUT OTHERS WAS INCREDIBLE HE FEEL BEFRIENDED PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE IN HIS CLASS OF 700 AT WHEELE TO -- WHEATON-WARRENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. HE HAD A SPECIAL AFFECTION FOR NEW STUDENTS AND WAS OFTEN THEIR FIRST FRIEND, HE MADE A POINT TO SIT WITH THEM AND LAUNCH AND -- LUNCH AND INCLUDE THEM IN HIS CIRCUMSTANCELE OF FRIENDS. JEFF AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER WERE RAISED BY THEIR MOTHER. AS THE OLDER BROTHER , HE TOOK ON MANY HOUSEHOLDS RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDING RUNNING ERRANDS FOR HIS MOTHER. HIS FREQUENT AND FAVORITE ERRAND WAS GOING TO THE POST OFFICE. OVER TIME HE CAME TO KNOW THE EMPLOYEES BY NAME AND THEY HIM. HE BECAME FRIENDS WITH MOST OF THEM HE WOULD GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO BRIGHTEN EVERYONE'S DAY THERE HE WOULD OFTEN GET LOST IN CONVERSATION, CAUSING HIM TO ARRIVE HOME LATE. HIS MOTHER CAME TO REALIZE THAT IF JEFF WASN'T HOME HE WAS HE LIKELY WAS AT THE POST OFFICE MAKING FRIENDS AND ENGAGING WITH ALL WHO CROSSED -- CROSSED HIS PATH. THEREFORE, IT IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE IN HONOR-OF JEFF'S SERVICE TO OUR NATION THAT I'M INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION, H.R. 440 , TO NAME THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOW CATTED AT 3S101 ROCKWELL STREET IN WARRENVILLE, ILLINOIS, AS THE CORPORAL JEFFREY ALLEN WILLIAMS POST OFFICE BUILDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TO NAME THE POST OFFICE FACILITY IN HIS HOMETOWN AFTER THAT REMARKABLE YOUNG MAN SO HIS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AND HIS IMPRESSION ON HIS COMMUNITY MAY BE LONG REMEMBERED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                      • 03:51:13 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RESERVE.

                                                                                      • 03:51:14 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4407 AND YIELD BACK THE…

                                                                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4407 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                      • 03:51:29 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                                                                      • 03:51:32 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

                                                                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4407. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL SENATE 931.

                                                                                      • 03:51:59 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                      • 03:52:01 PM

                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        SENATE 931, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                        SENATE 931, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4910 BRIGHTON BOULEVARD IN DENVER, COLORADO, AS THE GEORGE SAKATO POST OFFICE.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                      • 03:52:35 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                                                                      • 03:52:37 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN SELECT NICED.

                                                                                      • 03:52:39 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS INTRODUCED BY THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM COLORADO,…

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS INTRODUCED BY THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM COLORADO, CORY GARDNER. IT WOULD NAME THE POST OFFICE ON BRIGHTON BOULEVARD IN DENVER, COLORADO AS THE GEORGE SAKATO POST OFFICE. HE SERVED IN THE REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM IN WORLD WAR II. ON OCTOBER 29, 1944, HE SHOWED EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM, CHARGING ON A HILL ON THE FRONT LINE IN FRANCE. WINNING CONTROL OF THE SITE AND ASSUMING CONTROL OF HIS PLATOON AFTER HIS PLATOON LEADER WAS KILLED IN ACTION. IN RECOGNITION OF HIS HEROISM, CONGRESS AWARDED HIM THE HIGHEST AWARD FOR MILITARY VALOR, THE MEDAL OF HONOR. AFTER RETURNING HOME , HE COMMITTED 27 YEARS OF HIS LIFE TO WORK AT THE STACK YARDS STATION POST OFFICE. TODAY, THROUGH THIS BILL, WE CELEBRATE PRIVATE SAKATO'S LIFE IN SERVICE TO HIS NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, HONORING HIS LIFE AND SERVICE, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY…

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF S. 931 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTALER IS AS THE GEORGE SAKATO POST OFFICE. BORN IN CALIFORNIA IN 1921, GEORGE SAKATO OVERCAME DISCRIMINATION TO BECOME AN AMERICAN HERO. CLASSIFIED AS A, QUOTE, ENEMY ALIEN BECAUSE OF HIS JAPANESE HERITAGE, MR. SAKATO WAS REJECTED BY THE ARMY AIR FORCE WHEN HE TRIED TO ENLIST SHORTLY AFTER THE ATTACK AT PEARL HARBOR. MR. SAKATO DID NOT QUIT THOUGH, SAYING DECADES LATER IN 2009, QUOTE, WHAT DO YOU MEAN ENEMY ALIEN? I'M AN AMERICAN. MR. SAKATO CONTINUED TRYING TO ENLIST UNTIL HE WAS FINALLY INTIPPED THE EARP GROUND FORCES IN 1944 AND SENT TO FIGHT IN EUROPE AND WE'RE GLAD HE DID. THERE HE EXEMPLIFIED HARD WORK AND SEVERALLESSNESS, SERVING WITH THE 442 SECOND REG MEANTAL COMMAND TEAM A UNIT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS WHAT THAT WOULD BECOME THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED COMBAT UNIT OF ITS SIZE AND TIME SERVING IN U.S. HISTORY. HE WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THAT LEGACY, EARNING AMERICA'S SECOND HIGHEST COMBAT HONOR, THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS AFTER LEADING HIS SOLDIERS TO OVERTAKE THE ENEMY IN FRANCE AFTER HIS PLATOON LEADER WAS KIMMED. IN YEAR 2000, HE WAS AWARDED ARKS WE HEARD, THE MEDAL OF HONOR, ALONG WITH 21 OTHER ASIAN AMERICAN WORLD WAR II VETERANS HE WORKED FOR THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE IN DENVER FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES AND PASS AID WAY AT THE AGE OF 94 IN 2015. WE URGE THE PASSAGE OF S. 931 TO COMMEMORATE PLIVET SAKATO'S SERVICE AND HONOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS HE AND SO MANY OTHER JAPANESE AMERICANS HAVE MADE TO THIS NATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:55:46 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE JERUSALEM IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:55:56 PM

                                                                                        MS. PLASKETT

                                                                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE…

                                                                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      • 03:56:01 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                      • 03:56:05 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THEY BALANCE -- THE BALANCE OF…

                                                                                        I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THEY BALANCE -- THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 931. THOSE IN…

                                                                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 931. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE HOUSE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2979.

                                                                                      • 03:56:36 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE SALESCLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                      • 03:56:38 PM

                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        H.R. 2979, A BILL TO DEZ IGNATE THE FACILE I HAVE TO THE UNITED STATES…

                                                                                        H.R. 2979, A BILL TO DEZ IGNATE THE FACILE I HAVE TO THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT 390 WEST 5TH STREET IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, AS THE JACK H. BRUN POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE -- MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                      • 03:57:21 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                      • 03:57:23 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS MAY CONSUME.

                                                                                      • 03:57:25 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:57:28 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2979 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED…

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2979 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, AS THE JACK H. BROWN POST OFFICE HE SERVED IN THE VIETNAM ERA. AFTER RETURNING HE TOOK A JOB AT A POPULAR GROCERY STORE AND WOULD GO ON TO FOUND STATER BROTHERS CHARITIES ALONG WITH THE CHILDREN'S FUND OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNT KWLISM DID A GREAT DEAL FOR HIS COMMUNITY AND IT'S FITTING WE NAME NOW A POST OFFICE IN HIS HOMETOWN IN HIS HONOR. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 03:58:12 PM

                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY…

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2979 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 390 WEST 5TH STREET IN SAN BERNARDINO CALIFORNIA AS THE JACK H. BROWN POST OFFICE BUILDING AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KALE, MR. AGUILAR SO HE MAY TELL US MORE ABOUT THE HONORABLE VETERAN FROM SAN BERNARDINO, KALE, MR. JACK BROWN.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. AGUILAR

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MANY…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MANY COMMUNITIES HAVE LARGER THAN LIFE FIGURES PEOPLE WHO DEDICATE THEMSELVES TO THE SERVICE AND OTHERS. LEADERS WHO TOUCH SO MANY LIVES WITH THEIR LEGACIES THAT OUTLIVE THEM. FOR MY COMMUNITY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S INLAND EMPIRE, THAT FIGURE WAS JACK H. BROWN. HE WAS EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF STATER BROTHERS MARKETS, ONE OF THE INLAND EMPIRE'S LARGEST EMPLOYERS. BUT HE'LL BE REMEMBERED FAR MORE FOR HIS SUCCESS AS A LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBER THAN AS A BUSINESS LEADER. JACK POURED HIMSELF INTO THE COMMUNITY, USING HIS TIME AND RESOURCES TO MAKE THE INLAND EMPIRE A BETTER PLACE. ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN. HE HELPED ESTABLISH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SAN BERNARDINO TO GIVE THE CHILDREN OF OUR COMMUNITY A SAFE PLATES TO LEARN, LIVE, AND GROW. AND HE SERVED AS FOUNDING CHAIRMAN FOR THE CHILDREN'S FUND OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY A NONPROFIT THAT'S PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO OVER 1.4 MILLION CHILDREN IN OUR REGION SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1986. BUT HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS COMMUNITY DIDN'T STOP THERE. EACH TIME OUR REGION HAS BEEN ROCKED BY EARTHQUAKES, WILDFIRES, FLOODS, OR ACTS OF TERROR, LIKE ON DECEMBER 2, 2015, WE KNEW THAT JACK BROWN WOULD BE THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ENSURED THAT LOSS OF LIFE DIDN'T CONTINUE TO GROW. WHEN WE LOST JACK BROWN IN LATE 2016, WE LOST A CONSTANT PRESENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHY I OFFERED THIS BILL TO DESIGNATE THE U.S. POST OFFICE AT 390 WEST 5TH STREET AS THE JACK H. BROWN POST OFFICE BUILDING. WHILE I CAN NEVER TRULY REPAY JACK FOR ALL HE DID FOR OUR COMMUNITY, I'M HOPEFUL THAT HONORING HIS NAME IN THIS WAY WILL RESTORE THAT CONSTANT PRESENCE AND REMIND THE INLAND EMPIRE OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THIS TRULY GREAT MAN. JACK AND I HAD A GREAT RELATIONSHIP. ALTHOUGH HE LIKED TO TELL ME THAT I WAS HIS MAYOR, JACK WAS SURE TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT SAN BERNARDINO WAS HIS HOMETOWN. AND I'M PROUD THAT THIS BILL WILL MEMORIALIZE HIS NAME AT THE CENTER OF THE HOMETOWN THAT HE LOVED SO MUCH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I WANT TO THANK THE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS TESTIMONY AND URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2979. I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 279. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- 2979. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, MOTT MOGS -- THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4946.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL. H.R. 4946. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE…

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL. H.R. 4946. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1075 NORTH TUSTIN STREET IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, AS THE SPECIALIST TREVOR A. WIN'E POST OFFICE.

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                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4946, A BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT…

                                                                                        I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4946, A BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 1075 NORTH TUSTIN STREET IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, AFTER SPECIALIST TREVOR WIN'E. SPECIALIST WIN'E ENLISTED IN THE ARMY SHORTLY AFTER THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS TO TRAIN AS A PATROL -- AS A PETROLEUM SUPPLY SPECIALIST. HE WAS SET TO DEPLOY IN SOUTH KOREA BUT REQUESTED TO DEPLOY WITH HIS UNIT TO IRAQ, A REQUEST THE ARMY GRANTED. ONE YEAR LATER, HE WAS KILLED WHEN HIS CONVOY ENCOUNTERED AN I.E.D. ATTACK IN TIKRIT, IRAQ, CAUSING FATAL INJURIES. TODAY WE HONOR SPECIALIST TREVOR WIN'E'S BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE FOR OUR NATION WITH A SMALL BUT LASTING SYMBOL OF OUR GRATEFULNESS AND RESPECT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED. DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD --

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY A COUPLE OF. I…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY A COUPLE OF. I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL. I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CORREIA, TO TELL US MORE ABOUT TREVOR ANTHONY WIN'E.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. CORREA

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4946. FREEDOM IS…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4946. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. ALL GAVE SOME AND MANY MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR OUR FREEDOM. ARMY SPECIALIST TREVOR ANTHONY WIN'E, ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. AND I AM PRIVILEGED TODAY TO INTRODUCE THIS BILL TO NAME THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AT 1075 NORTH TUSTIN STREET IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, AFTER ARMY SPECIALIST TREVOR ANTHONY WIN'E. TREVOR WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 24, 1981. HE WAS THE YOUNGEST OF THREE CHILDREN TO RICK AND DEBORAH WIN'E. HE ATTENDED CAVALRY CHAPEL HIGH SCHOOL IN SANTA ANA, MY HOMETOWN, GRADUATING IN THE YEAR 2000. HIS FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS RECALL TREVOR AS A COMPASSIONATE AND DEVOUT YOUNG MAN ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP, ALWAYS WILLING TO LEND A HAND. TREVOR WAS INDEED A MAN OF STRONG CONVICTIONS WHO WANTED TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. JUST MONTHS AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY, TREVOR ENLISTED IN THE U.S. ARMY ON MAY 1, 2002. AFTER BASIC TRAINING, TREVOR WAS TRAINED AS A PETROLEUM SUPPLY SPECIALIST. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE ARMY'S 24TH QUARTER MASTER SUPPLY COMPANY AT FORT LOUIS, WASHINGTON, WHERE HE HAD A KEY ROLE IN MULTIPLE TRAINING OPERATIONS. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN PRATT, COMMANDER OF THE 24TH, TREVOR WAS DEDICATED TO HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS. IN NOVEMBER OF 2003, TREVOR'S COMPANY WAS SCHEDULED TO DEPLOY TO IRAQ, BUT TREVOR WAS ASSIGNED TO MOVE TO KOREA INSTEAD. TREVOR, OF COURSE, REQUESTED HE DEPLOY AND TO SERVE ALONGSIDE HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS IN IRAQ. TREVOR WAS GRANTED HIS REQUEST AND CONTINUED TO SERVE WITH HIS COMPANY, WITH HIS CO-WORKERS, IN IRAQ. IN TIKRIT, IRAQ, TREVOR WAS AN E-- IN AN 'LEET TRUCK -- ELITE TRUCK SERVING AS A FRONT GUNNAR. UNFORTUNATELY THE COMPANY WAS ATTACKED BY MULTIPLE IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES AND TREVOR SUFFERED SEVERE INJURIES. THE FOLLOWING DAY, ON MAY 1, 2004, TWO YEARS TO THE DATE OF HIS ENLISTMENT, TREVOR DIED. HE WAS 22 YEARS YOUNG. TREVOR WAS PROUD OF HIS MILITARY SERVICE AND WANTED TO SERVE IN CAPACITY CRITICAL TO THE OPERATIONS OF A FIGHTING FORCE. TREVOR ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY AFTER OUR NATION WAS ATTACKED. AND NAMING THE POST OFFICE AFTER TREVOR IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO HIS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4946 . I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        YES. MR. SPEAKER, I ACTUALLY HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I DO WANT TO THANK…

                                                                                        YES. MR. SPEAKER, I ACTUALLY HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I DO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS POWERFUL WORDS ABOUT A LIFE WELL AND HONORABLY LIVED. AND I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4946. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4649 -- 4946. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, -- MR. WALKER: MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

                                                                                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5504.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE…

                                                                                        A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 480 IS WEST VAN GIESEN STREET IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, AS THE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                      • 04:08:58 PM

                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN…

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5504, A BILL INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. NEWHOUSE, TO NAME A POST OFFICE IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, IN HONOR OF MARINE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN. MARINE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN GREW UP IN RICHLAND, WASHINGTON. AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN 2009, SCHMIEMAN -- SCHMIEMAN ENLISTED IN THE MARINE CORPS, EVENTUALLY ATTENDING THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS SCHOOL. HE COMPLETED TWO OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENTS. HE RECEIVED MULTIPLE HONORS DURING HIS SERVICE, INCLUDING TWO MARINE CORPS ACHIEVEMENT MEDALS AND A NAVY MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENTCATION. HE -- COMMENDATION. HE ALSOED ACHIEVED HIS -- ALSO ACHIEVED HIS GOAL AS A RADIO OPERATOR. HE WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN A CARGO PLANE CRASH OVER MISSISSIPPI. WE THANK SERGEANT SCHMIEMAN FOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL IN HIS HONOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THIS BILL FROM CONGRESSMAN NEWHOUSE IN A FEW MINUTES, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

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

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5504, TO DESIGNATE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4801 WEST VAN GIESEN STREET IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, AS THE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING. A GRADUATE OF COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE, DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN JOINED THE MARINE CORPS IN 2009. FOLLOWING A DEPLOYMENT TO OKINAWA, JAPAN, AS A MILITARY PARACHUTIST AND DIVER, DIETRICH WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT AND SELECTED FOR MARINE CORPS SPECIAL OPERATIONS SCHOOL. YOU HEARD THAT HE TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE IN A CARGO PLANE CRASH IN JULY, 2017, BUT BEFORE THAT SERGEANT SCHMIEMAN WOULD COMPLETE A SECOND OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENT AND ATTAIN HIS GOAL OF SERVING AS A CRITICAL SKILLS OPERATOR. SERGEANT SCHMIEMAN RECEIVED 14 AWARDS AND DECORATIONS DURING HIS SERVICE, AND CONTINUES TO BE DEEPLY MISSED BY HIS MARINE TEAM. WHO PLANS TO CLIMB HIS BELOVED MOUNT RAINIER IN HIS HONOR THIS SUMMER. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5504 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. DAN NEWHOUSE.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 04:11:19 PM

                                                                                        MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                                                        I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING. MR.…

                                                                                        I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT -- TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF A YOUNG MAN FROM CENTRAL WASHINGTON WHO DIED SERVING HIS COUNTRY JUST OVER A YEAR AGO, ON JULY 10, 2017. MARINE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN GREW UP IN RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, WITH HIS PARENTS, ERIC AND SUSAN, AND HIS TWO BROTHERS, AARON AND HANS. HE ATTENDED CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC SCHOOL, HANFORD HIGH SCHOOL, AND COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE, WHERE HE MET FRIENDS WHO WOULD REMAIN CLOSE TO HIM THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFE. IN 2010, WITH A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY AHEAD OF HIM, HE CHOSE TO DEDICATE HIS LIFE TO SERVICE AND ENLIST IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. IT WAS HIS GOAL TO SERVE WITHIN SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND. THROUGHOUT HIS SERVICE HE RECEIVED 14 AWARDS AND DECORATIONS, INCLUDING SEVERAL ACHIEVEMENT MEDALS, GOOD CONDUCT MEDALS, AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL. HE HAD COMPLETED TWO OVERSEES DE-- OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENTS, SERVING OUR NATION DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. HE ACHIEVED HIS GOAL, HONORABLY SERVING AS A CRITICAL SKILLS OPERATOR IN THE U.S. MARINE CORPS' SECOND RAIDER BATTALION AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA. WHEN HE WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN A KC-130 PLANE CRASH. IN MISSISSIPPI ON JULY 10, 2017. MY LEGISLATION WOULD DESIGNATE THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE FACILITY AT 4801 WEST VAN GIESEN STREET IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, AS THE SERGEANT DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING. DIETRICH AND HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND I HOPE TO HONOR HIS MEMORY, AS WELL AS THE MEMORY OF THE 15 OTHER MEN AND WOMEN KILLED IN THE CRASH. WITH THIS DEDICATION TO THEIR SERVICE. DIETRICH'S STRONG TIES TO HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND HOMETOWN CONTINUE TO BE EVIDENT. AN AVID SKY DIVER, DIETRICH'S DEATH INSPIRED HIS PARENTS, HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND FELLOW MARINES TO COMPLETE A MEMORIAL SKYDIVE OVER CENTRAL WASHINGTON . HE HAD A TATTOO SYMBOLIZING HIS LOVE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, AND REQUESTED THAT HIS ASHES BE SPREAD ON MOUNT RAINIER, WHERE HIS MARINE BROTHERS IN ARMS WILL HIKE THIS AUGUST IN HIS HONOR. WE RECENTLY OBSERVED THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEVASTATING PLANE CRASH AND I KNOW THAT THE DESIGNATION OF THIS POST OFFICE WILL MEAN A LOT TO DIETRICH'S FAMILY AND TO OUR COMMUNITY. SERVING AS A LOCAL MEMORIAL AND A REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICE HE AND HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS GAVE TO PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS THAT ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR NATION. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION, TO NAME THIS BUILDING, WHICH WILL BE VISITED OFTEN BY FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AFTER A COURAGEOUS YOUNG MAN WHOSE LIFE AND SERVICE DESERVE THIS HONOR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5504,…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5504, IN MEMORY OF SERGEANT SCHMIEMAN, AN AMERICAN HERO, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5504. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3076, THE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3076, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        H.R. 3076, A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 552-A OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE,…

                                                                                        H.R. 3076, A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 552-A OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE PRIVACY ACT, TO REQUIRE AGENCIES TO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC RELEASE FORMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        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. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3076, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3076, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS ACT, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SERVICES WE CAN PROVIDE OUR CONSTITUENTS IS HELPING -- IS HELP NAVIGATING THE COMPLICATED BUREAUCRACY OF FEDERAL AGENCIES. WHETHER IT IS A SENIOR WHO NEEDS HELP WITH A SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE OR A VETERAN WHOSE BENEFITS ARE DELAYED, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WE CAN HELP OUR CONSTITUENTS REACH A REAL PERSON AND GET BETTER SERVICE FROM AGENCIES. THE PRIVACY ACT REQUIRES CONSTITUENTS TO COMPLETE AND SIGN A CONSENT FORM BEFORE AGENCIES CAN PROVIDE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE. THE CONSTITUENT PRINTS THE FORM OR OBTAINS IT IN PERSON, SIGNS IT, MAILS, FAXES, EMAILS, OR PHYSICALLY BRINGS IT BACK TO THE CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE. THE CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE MUST SEND THE CONSENT FORM TO THE AGENCY. THIS PROCESS HAS UNNECESSARY STEPS LEADING TO DELAYS THAT FRUSTRATE OUR CONSTITUENTS, MANY OF WHOM NEED HELP QUICKLY. H.R. 3076 HELPS SPEED UP THE PROCESS BY ALLOWING CONSTITUENTS SUBMIT PRIVACY CONSENT FORMS ELECTRONICALLY DIRECTLY TO THE AGENCY OR A CENTRAL PORTAL. IT INSTRUCTS THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TO ISSUE GUIDANCE TO FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC CONSENT. O.M.B.'S GUIDANCE WILL MAINTAIN A ROLE FOR CONGRESSIONAL CASEWORKERS TO ACT ON BEHALF OF CONSTITUENTS FOR A SWIFT RESOLUTION. A SWIFT RESOLUTION IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR THOSE CONSTITUENTS IN WAKE OF NATURAL DISASTERS SINCE VICTIMS OFTEN NEED TO REACH OUT TO MULTIPLE FEDERAL ENTITIES FOR RELIEF. AT A TIME WHEN MANY CITIZENS NEED HELP FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT, ALLOWING THEM TO COMMUNICATE MORE EASILY WITH THE GOVERNMENT IS THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES GARRETT GRAVES AND PATRICK KENNEDY FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL TO IMPROVE CONSTITUENTS' EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY ARE SEEKING HELP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PRACTICAL SOLUTION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

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

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        I SUPPORT THIS BILL, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS ACT, INTRODUCED BY…

                                                                                        I SUPPORT THIS BILL, THE CASES FOR CONSTITUENTS ACT, INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES GARRETT GRAVES AND JOE KENNEDY. THIS BILL, AS YOU HEARD, WOULD MODERNIZE THE WAY FEDERAL AGENCIES PROCESS PRIVACY ACT WAIVERS, MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO HELP CONSTITUENTS GET ASSISTANCE FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES. WE ALL KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS. IT HELPS TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF ASSISTING YOUR CONSTITUENTS, SO IT'S A VERY VALUABLE AND PROVEN. A CONSTITUENT HAS TO PROVIDE AN AGENCY WRITTEN CONSENT BEFORE A CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE CAN GET INFORMATION ON BEHALF OF THE CONSTITUENT. SOME AGENCIES, AS WE HEARD AND KNOW, HAVE OUTDATED POLICY AND STILL REQUIRE THESE CONSENT FORMS TO BE MAILED OR FAXED. UNDER THE BILL BEFORE US, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC CONSENT FORMS AND FOR AGENCIES TO ACCEPT SUCH FORMS. THE BILL ALSO WOULD REQUIRE THE O.M.B. TO OPERATE A CONSOLIDATED ONLINE PORTAL THAT WOULD ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO SUBMIT ELECTRONIC CONSENT FORMS AND TO TRACK THE STATUS OF THEIR FORM. THE BILL WOULD ALSO ALLOW CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES TO PROVIDE ONLINE LINKS TO THE PORTAL. I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE BIPARTISAN LANGUAGE THIS BILL WAS DEVELOPED. I WANT TO THANK THE MAJORITY FOR THEIR COOPERATION AND MAKING A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BILL. FOR EXAMPLE, THE SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE O.M.B. TO INCLUDE FEATURES TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALS WHO USE THE CONSOLIDATED ONLINE PORTAL REQUIRED UNDER THE BILL. THIS IS A GOOD BIPARTISAN BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA AND THE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA AND THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. GARRETT GRAVES.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. GRAVES

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

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS AS WELL AS MANY STAFF AND MEMBERS FROM THE O.G.R. COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, CAN YOU NADGE FOR A MINUTE IF YOU -- IMAGINE FOR A MINUTE IF YOU HAD AN EMERGENCY AT YOUR HOUSE AND YOU HAD TO MAIL A FORM TO THE AMBULANCE SERVICE TO HAVE THEM COME ADDRESS THE HEART ATTACK VICTIM OR OTHER TYPE OF MEDICAL EMERGENCY THAT'S OCCURRING AT YOUR HOUSE? HOW IRRATIONAL IS THAT? OBVIOUSLY IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, TO MAIL FOR SOMETHING THAT MAY BE AN EMERGENCY. MR. SPEAKER, CAN YOU IMAGINE EVEN IN TODAY'S TIME WITH THE STRICT DEMANDS WE HAVE FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE, IF WE ACTUALLY HAD TO TRULY MAIL ORDER FORMS TO DIFFERENT ONLINE COMPANIES TO HAVE THEM DELIVER SOMETHING, TO RETAIL OUTLETS TO HAVE THEM DELIVER SOMETHING, A PRODUCT TO OUR HOUSE? THERE WOULD BE NO TOLERANCE FOR THAT. IN MR. SPEAKER, -- IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT TODAY, OUR OWN UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WHICH IS HERE TO SERVE OUR OWN AMERICANS, ONLY HAS A CUSTOMER SERVICE RATING OF ABOUT 70%. IN FACT, IT'S LESS THAN 70%. WHILE THAT MIGHT BE A HIGH WATER MARK FOR MY GRADES IN SCHOOL, MAYBE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. ABSOLUTELY AN UNACCEPTABLE LEVEL. THIS IS OUR GOVERNMENT. THESE ARE OUR TAXPAYERS. WHY IS IT THAT PRIVATE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN ABLE TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO PROVIDE BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE, TO PROVIDE FASTER SERVICES? IT'S BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS. THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS. THERE'S AN INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO DO SO. THEY DON'T HAVE A MONOPOLY LIKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES TO OFFER THEM THE SERVICES. IT DOESN'T EXCUSE THEM. MR. SPEAKER, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH CONGRESSMAN JOE KENNEDY TO HELP DEVELOP THIS LEGISLATION, AND THIS IS A SOLUTION TO HELP BRING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY OR PERHAPS THE 20TH CENTURY. IT SIMPLY DOES THE SAME THING THAT PRIVATE COMPANIES HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO FOR DECADES NOW, WHERE WE CAN ACCESS OUR BANKS ONLINE, WE CAN ACCESS OUR INSURANCE ONLINE, WE CAN GO ONLINE TO BUY GROCERIES AND VIRTUALLY ANY OTHER GOOD OR SERVICE THAT WE NEED. WE CAN EVEN FILE OUR OWN TAXES WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. YET, THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974, AS IT'S IMPLEMENTED TODAY, REQUIRES IN ORDER FOR US TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, WHICH MAY BE AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, THEY HAVE TO PRINT OUT A FORM AND MAIL IT IN. THEN WE HAVE TO TAKE IT AND MAIL IT TO AN AGENCY. THAT IS RIDICULOUS IN 2018. AND IT'S UNACCEPTABLE. SO THIS LEGISLATION, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ADDRESSES THAT. IT ALLOWS FOR PEOPLE TO ACCESS THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT, ACCESS GOVERNMENT SERVICES TO ADDRESS IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE PERHAPS ACCESSING THEIR V.A. BENEFITS, LIKE PERHAPS FIXING A WRONG THAT THE I.R.S. CAUSED, OR DISLODGING A PERMIT OR SOME OTHER TYPE OF SERVICE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE AND IS SITTING ON IN SOME CASES AS WE DEALT WITH FOR YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TELL YOU A QUICK STORY. IN 2016, IN AUGUST OF THAT YEAR, IN MY HOMETOWN OF BATON ROUGE AND SOUTH LOUISIANA, WE EXPERIENCED A 1,000-YEAR FLOOD AND PEOPLE WERE CALLING US BY THE HUNDREDS PER DAY, CALLING AND SAYING, I NEED HELP, I NEED HELP WITH FEMA, WITH S.B.A., AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. AND SO WE SAY, YEAH, YOU BET. GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND PRINT OUT THIS FORM AND MAIL IT TO US. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN'T SAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR SOME OF THE RESPONSES OUR OFFICE RECEIVED WHENEVER THEY WERE TELLING US ABOUT THE FOUR FEET OF WATER THAT THEIR COMPUTERS AND PRINTERS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT WAS UNDER. IT WAS A REAL A-HA MOMENT. HOW RIDICULOUS WE SIT HERE AND ACT LIKE WE'RE 80 YEARS AGO AS A GOVERNMENT. WE CAN DO BETTER. THIS SIMPLY BRINGS US TO CURRENT TECHNOLOGY, TO ALLOW CONSTITUENTS TO REACH OUT TO OUR OFFICES WHEN WE'RE ADDRESSING URGENT ISSUES LIKE PASSPORT ISSUES, LIKE OUR OWN CITIZENS AREN'T GETTING THE BENEFITS THEY PAID FOR OR THEY EARNED. IT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO QUICKLY STEP IN AND ADDRESS THEIR ISSUES, TO INTERVENE ON THEIR BEHALF, AND GET THESE ISSUES RESOLVED. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK ESPECIALLY MY FRIEND, JOE KENNEDY, FOR WORKING WITH US SO CLOSELY ON THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. CONGRESSWOMAN MIMI WALTERS, CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN, CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY, CONGRESSMAN MARK MEADOWS, CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA COMSTOCK HELPED US PERFECT THIS LEGISLATION AND GET HERE TODAY. I WANT TO THANK THE BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS AND FOLKS THAT HELPED US ON THIS. I URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVE?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RESERVE.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY THIS BILL WOULD WORK A VERY SUBSTANTIAL…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY THIS BILL WOULD WORK A VERY SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT ON OUR CONSTITUENT SERVICES OPERATIONS. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME AND URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3076 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELDS THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3076, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4960.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        H.R. 4960, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                        H.R. 4960, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 511 EAST WALNUT STREET IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS THE SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        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. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4960, A BILL INTRODUCED BY THE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4960, A BILL INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 511 EAST WAL NUT STREET IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, IN HONOR OF SPECIALIST STERLING WYATT. HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI. EVEN BEFORE HE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL HE HAD SHOWN GREAT SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT. HE PARTICIPATED IN THE YOUTH GROUP AND BRIGHTED THE SOUND EQUIPMENT FOR HIS CHURCH. HE MADE THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT. HE RECEIVED A BLACK BELT IN TAIWAN DOUGH. AFTER GRADUATING IN 2009, HE ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY WHERE HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE SECOND BATTALION, ULTIMATELY DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN. ON JULY 11, 2012, WHILE ON PATROL IN KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN , HE WAS STRUCK BY AN I.E.D. AND KILLED IN ACTION. HE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN SERVICE OF HIS NATION. IN RECOGNITION OF HIS HEROISM, HE WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF VALOR, THE BRONZE STAR, AND THE NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, AMONG OTHERS. WE COMMEND HIM FOR HIS SERVICE AND WE HONOR HIM FOR HIS SACRIFICE. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN HARTZLER FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THE BILL FROM HER IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVICES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

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

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R.…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4960, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 511 EAST WAL NUT STREET IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS THE SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT POST OFFICE BUILDING. SPECIALIST WYATT EPITOMIZED DEDICATION AND HARD WORK, BECOMING AN EAGLE SCOUT, FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT AND A CERTIFIED NURSE ATTENDANT BEFORE HIS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. HE CARRIED THAT SPIRIT WITH HIM WHEN HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY, JOINING THE 20TH INFANTRY REGIMENT. HE DEPLOYED TO KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN, AND GAVE HIS LIFE ON JULY 11, 2012, WHEN HIS VEHICLE WAS HIT BY AN I.E.D. JUST 21 YEARS OLD, SPECIALIST WYATT WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF VALOR AND A BRONZE STAR. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO REMEMBER THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE PAID BY SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4960 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MRS. HARTZLER.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MRS. HARTZLER

                                                                                        I ASK SUPPORT FOR H.R. OF 4960 WHICH WOULD NAME THE -- H.R. 4960, WHICH…

                                                                                        I ASK SUPPORT FOR H.R. OF 4960 WHICH WOULD NAME THE -- H.R. 4960, WHICH WOULD NAME THE POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF OUR NATION'S HEROES, SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT WHO PROUDLY SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. STERLING WAS BORN AND RAISED IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF MISSOURI'S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. EARLY ON STERLING SHOWED HIS COMMITMENT TO SERVICE BY BEING AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN HIS YOUTH GROUP AND IN HIS CHURCH. THROUGH HIS SERVICE AND HARD WORK, HE WAS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG MAN. HE EARNED THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT, FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT IN TAEKWONDO AND CERTIFIED NURSE ATTENDANT BEFORE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN 2009. HE JOINED THE UNITED STATES ARMY. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE FIFTH BATTALION, 20TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, THIRD STRIKER BRIGADE AT JOINT BASE LOUIS MCCORD IN WASHINGTON. TRAGICALLY SPECIALIST WYATT WAS KILLED ON JULY 11, 2012, WHILE ON PATROL IN KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN. HE WAS ONLY 21 YEARS OLD. HIS VEHICLE WAS ATTACKED WITH AN ENEMY SCOMBROW ADVISED EXPLOSIVE -- IMPROVISE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. HIS MEDALS WERE, THE MEDAL OF VALOR AND BRONZE STAR. SPECIALIST WYATT'S DEDICATION TO SERVING HIS COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY WERE A TESTAMENT TO HIS FAITH AND HIS FAMILY, ESPECIALLY HIS LOVING PARENTS, RANDY AND SHERRY WYATT. IT IS FITTING THAT WE BRING THIS BILL TODAY FOR A VOTE BEFORE THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BECAUSE JUST A FEW DAYS AGO WE SOLEMNLY REMEMBERED THE SIXTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PASSING. AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE WHO BRAVELY SERVE OUR COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO PAY THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, WE OWE IT TO THEIR LIVES AND MEMORIES TO NEVER FORGET ALL THAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR US. ALTHOUGH STERLING WAS TAKEN FROM US TOO SOON, THIS BILL WILL ENSHRINE HIS MEMORY IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR PROSPERITY SO EVERYONE CAN KNOW THIS BRAVE SOLDIER AND BE REMINDED THAT FREEDOM IS NOT FREE AND MAYBE WHEN OTHERS LEARN ABOUT STERLING'S STORY AND SACRIFICE THEY, TOO, WILL PUT SERVICE ABOVE SELF AND ANSWER THE CALL TO SERVE WHICH IS THE NOBLEST AND HONORABLE ACTION ANYONE CAN TAKE. STERLING DID THIS STERLING DID THIS FOR HIS BROTHER AND SISTERS IN ARMS. FOR THOSE WHO YEARNED TO BE FREE IN DESPERATE LAND. FOR ALL OF US. WE WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL. AND WITH THE RENAMING OF THIS POST OFFICE IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, THE SPECIALIST STERLING WILLIAM WYATT POST OFFICE BUILDING, WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AND ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TO HONOR SPECIALIST WYATT'S MEMORY. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                                                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4960…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4960 IN HONOR OF SPECIALIST WYATT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELDS THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4960. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, --

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3230.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        H.R. 3230. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                        H.R. 3230. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 915 CENTER AVENUE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, AS THE HARMAN KILLEBREW POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM, NORTH CAROLINA -- NORTH CAROLINA…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM, NORTH CAROLINA -- NORTH CAROLINA -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR 20 MINUTES.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3230 TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 915 CENTER…

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3230 TO NAME THE POST OFFICE AT 915 CENTER AVENUE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, IN HONOR OF HARMONN KILLEBREW. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER PLAYING MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN 1954. HE PLAYED OVER 22 SEASONS WITH MULTIPLE TEAMS AND WHEN HE RETIRED IN 1975 HE HAD THE FIFTH MOST HOME RUNS IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY. KILLEBREW WAS ELECTED TO THE BASEBALL OF HALL OF FAME IN 1934. IN 1976, KILLEBREW CO-FOUNDED THE DENNY THOMPSON MEMORIAL, AN ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT THAT RAISES MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH. SADLY ON MARCH 17, 2011, KILLEBREW PASSED AWAY. HE LEFT AN INCREDIBLE LEGACY, ONE WE CONTINUE TO-ER WITH THIS BILL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. LABRADOR, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE FROM HIM ABOUT MR. KILLEBREW IN A FEW MINUTES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

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

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R.…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3230, TO DESIGNATE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 915 CENTER AVENUE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, AS THE HARMON KILLEBREW POST OFFICE BUILDING. A MEMBER OF THE WASHINGTON SENATORS, MINNESOTA TWINS, AND KANSAS CITY ROYALS, HARMON KILLEBREW EXCELED IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FOR 22 YEARS. DURING THAT TIME, HE NOTCHED AN IMPRESSIVE 2,086 HITS, PLAYED IN 13 ALL-STAR GAMES, AND TALLIED NINE SEASONS WITH OVER 100 R.B.I.'S. IN FACT, I CAN REMEMBER AS A KID ROOTING FOR THE ORIOLES, THAT WE DIDN'T WANT KILLEBREW COMING UP TO THE PLATE. KILLEBREW RETIRED IN 1975 IN FIFTH PLACE FOR CAREER HOME RUNS. HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME IN 1984. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO HONOR HARMON KILLEBREW'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO THE GREAT AMERICAN PASTIME. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3230, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO AND SPONSOR…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. LABRADOR.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. LABLAB THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED. LABLAB THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE --

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                                                                                        MR. LABRADOR

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 32 30RKS A BILL…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 32 30RKS A BILL THAT HONORS IDAHO'S GREATEST ATHLETE AND ONE OF OUR GREAT HUMANITARIANS. H.R. 3230 NAMES THE POASTS OFFICE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, AFTER HARMON KILLEBREW, A HALL OF FAME BASEBALL PLAYER WHO LATER BUILT A LEGACY OF CHARITABLE WORK. IDAHOANS TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN KILLEBREW'S GREAT SUCCESS AND RIGHTFULLY SO. HIS CAREER BEGAN IN 1954, WHEN HERMAN WALKER, THE U.S. SENATOR FROM IDAHO, TIPPED OFF THE OWNER OF THE WASHINGTON SENATORS' CLARK GRIFFITH ABOUT THE 17-YEAR-OLD SLUGGER. GRIFFITH SENT A SCOUT WHO ALMOST DIDN'T GET TO SEE KILLEBREW PLAY. AFTER A NIGHT OF RAIN, GROUND KEEPERS BURNT GASOLINE TO MAKE THE FIELD PLAYABLE. KILLEBREW DID HIS PART BY HITTING A BALL 435 FEET INTO A PAYETTE BEAT FIELD. IMMEDIATELY SIGNED AS A -- BEET FIELD. IMMEDIATELY SIGNED AS A BONUS BABY, KILLEBREW DEBUTED A FEW WEEKS LATER. DURING HIS 22-YEAR CAREER WITH THE WASHINGTON SENATORS, MINNESOTA TWINS, AND KANSAS CITY ROYALS, HE HIT 573 HOME RUNS, MORE THAN ALL BUT FOUR MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS AT THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT. HE WAS THE AMERICAN LEAGUE'S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN 1969, HITTING 49 HOME RUNS AND DRIVING IN 140 RUNS. HE PLAYED IN 13 ALL-STAR GAMES AND WAS INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME IN 1984. KILLEBREW BUILT HIS STRENGTH LIFTING 10 GALLON MILK CANS ON IDAHO DAIRIES AND LEVERAGED HIS WORK ETHIC INTO LEGENDARY STATUS. FOR FANS ACROSS AMERICA, KILLEBREW WAS BELOVED FOR REMAINING THE DOWN TO EARTH FARM KID WHO SIGNED A MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACT BEFORE TURNING 18. TWINS TEAMMATE CALLED HIM ONE OF THE CLASSIEST PEOPLE I'VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE. HE TREATED PEOPLE WITH RESPECT, EVEN WITH THE STATURE THAT HE HAD. WHAT HE LIKED TO DO FOR CAN FUN, KILLEBREW ONCE SAID, WELL, I LIKE TO WASH DISHES, I GUESS. IN THE OFFSEASON HE WORKED SELLING COWS. AFTER RETIREMENT FROM BASEBALL, HE SOLD INSURANCE, RAN A CAR DEALERSHIP AND WORKED AS A BROADCASTER. IN 1976 KILLEBREW HELPED FOUND THE DAPPY THOMPSON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT IN SUN VALLEY, IDAHO, NOW CALLED THE KILLEBREW-THOMPSON MEMORIAL. THE EVENT BENEFITS CANCER RESEARCH. THE HARMON KILLEBREW FOUNDATION FOUNDED IN 1998 WITH HIS WIFE, NITA, HAS BUILT MORE THAN A DOZEN MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELDS DESIGNED FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES, INCLUDING ONE NAMED FOR HIM IN PAYETTE. BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL FIELDS AT PAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL ARE NAMED FOR KILLEBREW MUCH HE DIED OF CANCER IN 2011 AT THE AGE OF 74, AFTER ENTERING INTO HOSPICE CARE, A TREATMENT HE HAD ADVOCATED FOR FOR YEARS. AT HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE, HIS WIFE READ A TRIBUTE FROM A FAN. QUOTE, HARMON IS AN EXTRAORDINARY, BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, COMPASSIONATE HUMAN BEING WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE A LEGENDARY BASEBALL PLAYER, CLOSED QUOTE. IN THE DAYS AFTER HIS DEATH, HIS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM, THE PAYETTE PIRATES, MADE AN IMPROBABLE RUN FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, ENTERING THE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT WITH A LOUISING RECORD, THE PIRATES WON FOUR STRAIGHT -- LOSING RECORD, PIRATES WON FOUR STRAIGHT TO REACH THE STATE TITLE GAME. THE TEAM WORE H.K. PATCHES ON THEIR SLEEVES. HARMON'S BEEN WITH US THE ENTIRE TIME, SAID ONE PLAYER. THE PIRATES FINALLY LOST TO A 25-1 FRUITLAND TEAM, TAKING HOME THE SECOND PLACE TROPHY. HE STILL IS TOUCHING PEOPLE, SAID NITA KILLEBREW, WHO WORKED WITH MY OFFICE ON THE BILL AND LIVES IN IDAHO. KILLEBREW'S LEGACY OF GENEROSITY LIVES ON AND IT IS APPROPRIATE TO HONOR HIS LEGACY WITH THE LEGISLATION WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR H.R. 3230. THROUGH THIS BILL WE WILL RECOGNIZE ONE OF IDAHO'S GREATEST STARS AND WE WILL ADVANCE THE LEGACY OF ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST CHARITABLE ATHLETES. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 32 30RKS TO NAME…

                                                                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 32 30RKS TO NAME THE POST OFFICE -- 3230, TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN PAYETTE, IDAHO, AFTER HARMON KILLEBREW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3230. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK VECKNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 899 WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                                        CLESH --

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        CLERK THE CLERK HAD REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE TORRENTIAL SURE THAT THE…

                                                                                        AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE TORRENTIAL SURE THAT THE REQUIREMENTS THAT NEW FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE VETERANS WITH SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITIES ARE PROVIDED LEAVE, FOR PURPOSES OF UNDERGOING MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SUCH DISABILITIES, APPLIED TO CERTAIN EMPLOYEES OF THE VETERANS' HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF SENATE 899…

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF SENATE 899 INTRODUCED BY THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM HAWAII. SENATE 899 IS THE SENATE VERSION OF H.R. 2648 INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. STIVERS. IN 2015 CONGRESS ENACTED THE WOUNDED WARRIOR FEDERAL LEAVE ACT. THE WOUNDED WARRIOR FEDERAL LEAVE ACT PROVIDES PAID SICK LEAVE TO VETERANS WITH A SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY RATING OF 30% OR MORE. THE SICK LEAVE IS USED TO ATTEND MEDICAL TREATMENT RELATED TO THE SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY AND MUST BE USED WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF BEGINNING EMPLOYMENT. THE LAW, HOWEVER, DID NOT EXPLICITLY APPLY TO VETERANS HIRED INTO CERTAIN MEDICAL OCCUPATIONS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. THE V.A. HAS APPLIED THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT TO THESE OCCUPATIONS THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE NEW VETERANS HIGHERED -- HIRED IN THESE POSITIONS CONTINUE TO RECEIVE PAID SICK THREEVE TREAT THEIR SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE STIVERS OF OHIO FOR SPONSORING THE HOUSE VERSION OF THIS BILL AND FOR HIS DEDICATION TO CARING FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN DAVID ROE AND HIS STAFF AS THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS FOR WORKING WITH US TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I WILL BE INCLUDING IN THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS ON THIS BILL BETWEEN CHAIRMAN PHIL ROE AND CHAIRMAN TREY GOWDY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

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

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE STIVERS AND AT THAT CABO FOR THEIR…

                                                                                        I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE STIVERS AND AT THAT CABO FOR THEIR SPONSORSHIP OF THIS -- TAKANO FOR THEIR SPONSORSHIP OF THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH WOULD EXPAND COVERAGE OF REPRESENTATIVE LYNCH'S WOUNDED WARRIORS FEDERAL LEAVE ACT TO NEWLY HIRED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AT THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. APPROXIMATELY 1/3 OF THE V.A.'S NEW HIRES ARE VETERANS. IT IS NO SURPRISE THE VETERANS WHO LEAVE MILITARY SERVICE WANT TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT TEASE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN, MANY OF WHOM ARE WOUNDED THEMSELVES, CHOOSE TO DEVOTE THEIR CIVILIAN CAREERS TO TAKING CARE OF THEIR FELLOW WOUNDED WARRIORS. THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE NEWLY HIRED DOCTORS, NURSES, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, DENTISTS, OP TOMORROW TERRORISTS AND CHIROPRACTORS AT THE V.A. WITH 104 HOURS OF SICK LEAVE DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT TO TAKE CARE OF MAYOR IN MEDICAL CONDITIONS. THIS IS A VERY GOOD BILL THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. STIVERS.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. STIVERS

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE S. 899, THE…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE S. 899, THE VETERANS PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TRANSITION IMPROVEMENT ACT. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, FOR HELPING ME, BEING THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THIS. THIS IS BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL LEGISLATION. SENATOR HIRONO IS THE SPONSOR IN THE SENATE, WE'RE SPONSORS IN THE HOUSE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S GREAT TO HAVE A VETERAN IN THE CHAIR TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, AS A BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE INCREDIBLE SACRIFICES THAT OUR VETERANS HAVE MADE IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY. AND WE OWE IT TO THEM TO PROVIDE THEM TIME WHEN THEY COME HOME TO DEAL WITH THE THINGS THEY NEED TO WORK ON, THEIR MEDICAL AND OTHER CONDITIONS. IN 2015 THE WOUNDED WARRIOR FEDERAL LEAVE ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW, WHICH WAS GREAT. IT GAVE SICK THREEVE PEOPLE THAT ARE NEWLY HIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, RATHER THAN WAITING ON THAT LEAVE TO ACCRUE, IF THEY HAD A DISABILITY RATING, A SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY RATING OF 30% OR MORE. UNFORTUNATELY THAT BILL DID NOT EXTEND THOSE BENEFITS TO TITLE 38 EMPLOYEES. THOSE ARE V.A. EMPLOYEES LIKE PHYSICIANS, PHYSICIANS ASSISTANTS, REGISTERED NURSES, CHIROPRACTORS, DENTISTS. THEY ARE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THEMSELVES AND IT'S NO SMALL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES. IN FACT, AS WE SIT HERE THERE ARE OVER 14,000 VACANCIES IN TITLE 38 JOBS, THAT MEANS UP TO 14,000 PEOPLE CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS BILL. . AGAIN, IT'S BIPARTISAN. IT'S A SIMPLE CHANGE THAT THEY CAN GET DEAL TO DEAL WITH THEIR WOUNDED WARRIOR CONDITIONS RATHER THAN WAITING FOR THAT LEAVE TO ACCRUE OVER TIME. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL. I WANT TO THANK MR. TAKANO FOR THAT. AND A LOT OF VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SUPPORTED IT. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF V.A. PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS, THE NURSES ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN LEGION, THE V.F.W., PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA, DISABLED VETERANS OF AMERICA, ASSOCIATION OF THE U.S. NAVY, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA, AM VETS, AND THE FEDERAL MANAGERS ASSOCIATION. I WANT TO THANK THE OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, AND THE CHAIRMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, FOR THEIR EXPERTISE AS THEY WORK THROUGH THIS BILL. I WANT TO THANK THE SPONSORS OF THE SENATE LEGISLATION, AGAIN, THANK REPRESENTATIVE TAKANO FOR JOINING ME IN THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. I RESERVE.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO REPRESENTATIVE TAKANO, ONE OF THE SPONSORS OF THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT BILL.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        IMPORTANT BILL.

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                                                                                        MR. TAKANO

                                                                                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 899, THE…

                                                                                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 899, THE VETERANS PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TRANSITION IMPROVEMENT ACT, WHICH EXTENDS SICK LEAVE FOR THOSE IN THE FIRST YEAR OF WORK AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. AS LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THIS BILL, I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE STEVE STIVERS FROM OHIO FOR HIS BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. LET ME HASTEN TO ADD, I DO ENJOY THE WORK WE DO TOGETHER AS FOUNDERS AND CO-CHAIRS OF THE BIPARTISAN MAKER CAUCUS, BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE CONGRESS ABOUT ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES. BACK TO THE ISSUE AT HAND. I ALSO WANT TO THANK SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO FOR TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE SENATE. VETERANS WHO CHOOSE TO PROVIDE THEIR MEDICAL SKILLS AND EXPERTISE TO SERVE OTHER VETERANS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO TAKE A LEAVE OF ABSENCE TO RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED. BY IMPROVING THE WOUNDED WARRIOR FEDERAL LEAVE ACT TO EXTEND BENEFITS TO WOUNDED WARRIORS WORKING AT THE V.A., WE WILL HELP VETERANS WHO NEED TO TAKE TIME OFF TO GET THEIR OWN MEDICAL CARE. THIS WILL ALSO HELP IN HIRING AND RECRUITING WHAT ARE KNOWN AS TITLE 38 EMPLOYEES AT THE V.A. AND THOSE -- THIS GROUP OF EMPLOYEES INCLUDES PHYSICIANS, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, REGISTERED NURSES, CHIROPRACTORS, PODIATRISTS, OPTOMETRISTS AND DENTISTS. ACCORDING TO 2018 DATA FROM THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, THERE ARE OVER 14,000 TITLE 38 VACANCIES NATIONWIDE. THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO MAKE IT A PRIORITY TO FILL THESE VAKEANSIES TO ENSURE THE V.A. -- VACANCIES TO ENSURE THE V.A. IS WELL STAFF. EXTENDING BENEFITS TO TITLE 38 EMPLOYEES AT THE V.A. CAN HELP WITH THE RECRUITMENT AND HIRING OF VETERANS WHO WANT TO CONTINUE HELPING OTHER VETERANS. VETERANS WORKING AT THE V.A. ALREADY MAKE INCREDIBLE SACRIFICES TO HELP THEIR FELLOW VETERANS. THEIR PAYCHECKS SHOULD NOT BE ONE OF THEM. THIS IS WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH OUR VETERANS AND SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE NO…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AWARE I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                        MR. SARBANES

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS EITHER. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R.…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS EITHER. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2648 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                                                                        MR. WALKER

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 899 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL 66 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                                                        PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                                                        MR. DAVIS

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 66, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                      • 04:52:03 PM

                                                                                        MR. DAVIS

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

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 66, THE ROUTE 66 SEN CONTINENTAL -- CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE GRACE NAPOLITANO, FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION WITH ME AND ALSO CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO FOR HELPING SHEPHERD THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR ALONG WITH HIGHWAY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. GRAVES. I'M PROUD TO HAVE ROUTE 66 RUN THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF MY DISTRICT AND I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT WE CELEBRATE THE HISTORY OF ROUTE 66. IN 1926, ROUTE 66 BECAME OUR NATION'S FIRST ALL-PAVED HIGHWAY UNDER THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM CONNECTING CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, TO SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA. EARLY ON, THE ROAD WAS USED BY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS SEEKING TO ESCAPE THE DUST BOWL AND PROVIDED CRITICAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ROAD CREWS PAVING THE ROAD DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION. DURING WORLD WAR II, THE HIGHWAY TRANSPORTED TROOPS, EQUIPMENT, AND SUPPLIES TO MILITARY BASES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND WAS USED AFTER THE WAR BY THOUSANDS OF TROOPS RETURNING HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. BY THE 1950'S, ROUTE 66 BEGAN TO SEE A RISE IN TOURISM AND BECAME THE TRUE SYMBOL OF AMERICAN FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE THAT WE ALL KNOW TODAY. IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR, I WENT TON AN EXTENDED TOUR OF ILLINOIS' STRETCH OF THE HIGHWAY WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE DARREN LAHOOD, AND ALSO MANY STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT THE MOTHER ROAD BRINGS TO ILLINOIS. IT SUPPORTS MANY JOBS AND KEY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN SMALL TOWNS AND IT HELPS GENERATE IMPORTANT REVENUE TO SUPPORT THOSE SMALL RURAL COMMUNITIES. FOR EXAMPLE, TRAVELERS ALONG ROUTE 66 IN ILLINOIS CAN SEE A GIANT PINK ELEPHANT STATUE AND OTHER LARGER THAN LIFE SCULPTURES AT THE PINK ELEPHANT ANTIQUE MALL IN LIVINGSTON, ILLINOIS. MR. SPEAKER, AS A MATTER OF FACT, MY FAMILY AND I WERE COMING BACK TO MY HOMETOWN OF TAYLARVILLE, YESTERDAY, AND WE STOPPED AND HAD A GREAT LUMPLING AT THE TWISTY FREE TRADE, -- LUNCH AT THE TWISTY TREAT. IF YOU WANT TO GO THERE, THEY HAVE GREAT BURGERS. I HAD A PORK TENDERLOIN SANDWICH. AND TOPPED OFF WITH TASTY TREATS FAMOUS ICE CREAM. IF YOU'RE TRAVELING ROUTE 66 YOU CAN STOP AND SEE A MOVIE AT THE THEATER IN EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS. THAT ORIGINALLY OPENED IN 1909. OR STOP AT AN ALL-DAY BREAK FAST AT JUNGLE GYM'S CAFE, A QUINTESSENTIAL ROADSIDE DINNER IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS. THOSE ARE A FEW OF THE THOUSANDS OF LOCAL BUSINESSES ALONG ROUTE 66 WHOSE LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS ON THE HISTORIC HIGHWAY. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN A CAR ROAD -- CAR TO RIDE ROUTE 66. THEY PROVIDE PATHS FOR HIKERS AND BIKERS. A CENTENNIAL OF THIS HIGHWAY WILL BE AN INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS WILL BE READY TO WELCOME TRAVELERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY AND MAGIC OF THIS SCENIC BYWAY. H.R. 66, THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, WILL CREATE A 19-MEMBER COMMISSION TO RECOMMEND ACTIVITIES TO HONOR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOTHER ROAD IN THE YEAR 2026. IT ALSO DIRECTS THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO ENSURE THE FIRST ALL-PAVED U.S. HIGHWAY CONNECTING THE MIDWEST TO MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. NAPOLITANO'S DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA WILL BE PRESERVED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. AND IN DOING THIS, THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION WILL WORK WITH OUR GOVERNORS OF THE EIGHT STATES THAT THIS HISTORIC HIGHWAY PASSES THROUGH TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE PRESERVATION PLAN. H.R. 66 IS ENDORSED BY THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, THE ROUTE 66 ROAD AHEAD PARTNERSHIP, THE NATIONAL HISTORIC ROUTE 66 FEDERATION, AUTO CLUB ENTERPRISES, ALSO KNOWN AS A.A.A., AND THE ROUTE 66 ALLIANCE. UNDER GENERAL LEAVE, I SUBMIT THEIR LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR THE BILL FOR THE RECORD.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. NAPOLITANO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

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                                                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN VERY STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 66, THE ROUTE 66 CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION WITH ME AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND GRAVES AND RANKING MEMBERS DEFAZIO AND NORTON FOR MOVING THIS THROUGH COMMITTEE. ROUTE 66, AS WAS POINTED OUT, RUNS EAST TO WEST THROUGH MY DISTRICT AS FOOTHILL BOULEVARD IN MY CITIES OF LAVERNE, SAN DIMAS. OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, BUSINESSES LIKE SO MANY OTHERS FROM THE HEARTLAND TO THE WEST COAST, PROVIDE REST BREAKS FOR TRAVELERS. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PROUD TO BE PART OF THE ICONIC ROAD. THE CITY OF DUERTE CELEBRATES EVERY YEAR IN SEPTEMBER WITH A PARADE AND CLASSIC QUESTIONS, GROUPS AND MARCHING BANDS. ALONG THE HIGHWAY, THERE ARE SIGNS STILL THERE FROM LONG AGO FROM SHOWING ROUTE 66 LIVES THERE. THE THEME OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR THIS YEAR, WHICH IS VERY POPULAR FAIR, IS ROUTE 66, WITH MEMORABILIA AND ROUTE 66 MOVIE THEME NIGHTS. STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE REINVESTING IN ROUTE 66 AS AN ICON OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN THIS EFFORT AS WELL. H.R. 66 CREATES A NATIONAL COMMISSION TO RECOMMEND ACTIVITIES TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROUTE 66 IN 2026. THE BILL ALSO DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, AS WAS POINTED OUT, TO DEVELOP A PLAN ON THE PRESERVATION NEEDS OF THIS ICONIC ROUTE 66. THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO CONSULT WITH EIGHT STATES THROUGH WHICH ROUTE 66 TRAVELS, INCLUDES CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, KANSAS, MISSOURI, AND ILLINOIS. MR. SPEAKER, ROUTE 66 IS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF AMERICAN PAST BUT IT ALSO CONTINUES TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION, ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY BENEFITS TO OUR SOCIETY TODAY. WE MUST CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THIS HISTORIC ROAD SO THAT MANY MORE GENERATIONS CAN, IN THE WORDS OF CHUCK BERRY, GET THE KICKS ON ROUTE 66. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ROUTE 66 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE THE GENTLELADY TO KNOW I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS,…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE THE GENTLELADY TO KNOW I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, SO I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, BUT IF SHE HAS OTHER SPEAKERS I'LL RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                                                        I RESERVE.

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                                                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                                                        I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS.

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                                                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. NAPOLITANO, AND ALSO MY…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. NAPOLITANO, AND ALSO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LAHOOD, FOR GOING ON THE ROUTE 66 TOUR AND PASSING LEGISLATION THROUGH THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, WHEN HE WAS A MEMBER OF THAT COMMITTEE, TO ENSURE THIS MOTHER ROAD GETS THE RECOGNITION IT DESERVES WHEN IT TURNS 100 YEARS OLD. I WILL TELL YOU, YOU TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC IMPACTS, THIS ROAD HAS A TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC IMPACT IN RURAL AMERICA, CENTRAL ILLINOIS. WHEN I PULLED IN TO THE ANTIQUE ELEPHANT MALL -- THE PINK ELEPHANT ANTIQUE MALL YESTERDAY IT WAS TOUGH TO FIND A PARKING LOT ON A SUNDAY IN LIVINGSTON, ILLINOIS, WHEN THAT TOWN HAS 850 PEOPLE THAT RESIDE THERE. THIS IS A BIG DEAL.

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                                                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                                                        IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD? MY COMMUNITIES ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS…

                                                                                        IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD? MY COMMUNITIES ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS BILL AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH BIRTHDAY.

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                                                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                                                        AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU AND URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE…

                                                                                        AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU AND URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 66 AS AMENDED.…

                                                                                        WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 66 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3906 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        UNION CALENDAR 631, A BILL TO ESTABLISH CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR…

                                                                                        UNION CALENDAR 631, A BILL TO ESTABLISH CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR INNOVATIVE STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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                                                                                        MR. GRAVES

                                                                                        I ASK MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS…

                                                                                        I ASK MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                      • 05:02:56 PM

                                                                                        MR. GRAVES

                                                                                        I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND…

                                                                                        I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, THE RANKING MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN DEFAZIO AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. NAPOLITANO FOR THEIR WORK IN PROGRESSING THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE KNOW, THE ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT IS OCCURRING IN THIS COUNTRY WITH THE ADDITIONAL WATER AND STORMWATER SYSTEMS THAT ARE BEING BUILT, HEAVY RAINS END UP TRANSFERRING POLLUTANTS AND HEAVY METALS AND TRASH AND BACTERIA AND MANY OTHER THINGS INTO OUR WATER SYSTEM. MR. SPEAKER, I REPRESENT SOUTH LOUISIANA. THE WATERSHED THAT I REPRESENT DRAINS FROM MONTANA TO TWO CANADIAN PROVE VINCES TO NEW YORK. AND ALL OF THAT STORMWATER RUNOFF ENDS UP COMING DOWN THROUGH THROUGH MY HOME STATE AND CONTRIBUTES TO ONE OF THE LARGEST DEAD ZONES IN THE NATION, WHICH IS NOT VERY COMPATIBLE WITH US HAVING SOME OF THE TOP COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING AND ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE ESTUARIES IN THE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO THANK MR. HECK FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION AND WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN KATKO. THIS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZES THAT STORMWATER RUNOFF DOES ACTUALLY TRANSFEROR DOES CONTRIBUTE TO POLLUTANTS IN OUR WATERWAYS AND IT RECOGNIZES THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM. BUT IT ALSO RECOGNIZES THAT IT'S A PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE SOLVED BY LOCAL, BY STATE AND BY FEDERAL AGENCIES, BY FEDERAL FIRST. AND SO, THIS LEGISLATION CREATES A NEW TASK FORCE TO LOOK AT INNOVATIVE FINANCING, TO LOOK AT NEW FUNDING STREAMS, TO LOOK AT HOW WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB INNOVATING THE FUNDING STREAMS TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE THAT WE SHARE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF POLLUTANTS AND TRASH THAT GET INTO OUR WATERWAYS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD. MR. SPEAKER, I MANAGED A LARGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM WHERE WE BUILT TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FRACTURING. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I REALIZED HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO LOOK AT THE FUNDING STREAMS THAT WERE AVAILABLE. PULLING THOSE TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE BEING USED IN A COMPLEMENTARY MANNER, NOT MANAGED IN SILOS AND NOT IN A CONFLICTING MANNER. THE GENTLEMAN'S LEGISLATION LOOKS AT THE REVENUE STREAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TODAY, WHETHER THEY ARE FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL FUNDS OR PERHAPS EVEN PRIVATE OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT. LOOKING AT THE REGULATORY STRUCTURES OUT THERE AND LOOKING AT OPPORTUNITIES TO ACHIEVE THIS BIPARTISAN GOAL OF REDUCING POLLUTANTS AND REDUCE TRASH AND REDUCING THE DEAD ZONE AND OTHER ADVERSE RESULTS OF STORMWATER RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINS. THIS IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. THIS PASSED THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MS. NAPOLITANO WORKED WITH US ON CHANGES IN THE COMMITTEE AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HECK, ON SOMETHING THAT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO COME UP WITH A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION AND ENSURING THATTHIS PASSES THE HOUSE AP THE SENATE AS WELL AND GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RERVHE B TANCE OF S TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RERVHE B TANCE OF S TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      • 05:06:38 PM

                                                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

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

                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONUM BECAUSE I RI SUPINRT OF.R. H 36, THE INNOVATIVE STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WAS INTRODUCED BY OUR LLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON, CONGRESSMAN HECK, AIMED AT ADDRESSING ONE OF THE ONGOING CONCERNS FACINGUR COMMUNITY AND UNFUNDED MANDATES, VERY UNFUNDED, HOW TO ADDRESS AND PAY FOR CONTROLLING ONGOING SOURCES OF STORMWATER. ACCORDING TO THE E.P.A., RUNOFF FROM USUAL ANDIZED SOURCE IS THE LEADING SOURCE ON LOCAL WATER BODIES. ON URBAN AND SUBURBAN AND PAVEMENT COVER MUCH OF THE LAND AND PREVENT RAIN AND SNOW MELT SOAKING INTO THE GROUND. INSTEAD THESE DEVELOPED AREAS CARRY LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER AND BARRIERS TO WATERWAYS AND HIGH LEVELS OF POLLUTION, SUCH AS OIL, DIRT, CHEMICALS AND LAWN FERTILIZERS RELEASED INTO LOCAL STREAMS AND RIVERS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO MORE TO HELP COMMUNITIES COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE GOALS OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND PRACTICES FOR ADDRESSING STORMWATER RUNOFF. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COST-EFFECTIVE LOW-IMPACT DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES. FINALLY, WE NEED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITIES TO HELP AND ADDRESS THEIR LOCAL WATER QUALITY CHALLENGES. IT WILL BANKRUPT THEM IF THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LETTER OF THE LAW. WHILE H.R. 3906 AS INTRODUCED WOULD HAVE ADDRESSED SOME OF THESE CHALLENGES, THE BILL WAS MODIFIED BY THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS MODIFICATION REMOVED THE AUTHORIZATION OF A NEW E.P.A. STORMWATER GRANT PROGRAM AND REPLACED IT ON A NEW STUDY OF HOW FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AND PRIVATE FUNDS ARE BEING USED TO ADDRESS LOCAL STORMWATER CHALLENGES. AS AMENDED, 3906 WOULD DIRECT THE E.P.A. ADMINISTRATION TO PARTNER WITH FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES IN THE CREATION OF A NEW STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE TASK FORCE. THEY WILL LOOK AT THE FUNDING AND AFFORDABILITY ISSUES RELATING TO REELINGS, OPERATION AND THE MAINTENANCE OF STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY TO MEET THE GOALS OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT. THE TASK FORCE WILL BE REQUIRED TO INVENTORY THE AVAILABLE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVENTORY AND TO ASSESS HOW THE USE OF THESE SOURCES OF FUNDING MIGHT AFFECT THE AFFORDABILITY OF THE SFRARBG TO A MUNICIPALITY WHICH SOMETIMES IS FLOUNDERING OR THERE MAY BE SEVERAL FINANCING OPTIONS FOR COMMUNITIES TO ADDRESS LOCAL STORMWATER CHALLENGES, THE ACTUAL COST OF THESE OPTIONS MAY VARY GREATLY. FOR EXAMPLE IS CHEAPER TO OBTAIN A GRANT THAN A LOAN, BUT IT MAY ALSO BE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR A COMMUNITY TO BORROW FROM THE CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND THAN TO BORROW FROM THE PRIVATE MARKET. THE QUESTION IS NOT SIMPLY ABOUT WHETHER FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR THE COMMUNITY BUT IS THAT FUNDING ALSO AFFORDABLE TO THE COMMUNITY. I EXPECT THAT THE TASK FORCE WILL SHOW HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE AN ACTIVE PLAYER IN FINANCING OF AFFORDABLE STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE. PERHAPS THIS WILL GUIDE FUTURE CONGRESSES TO TAKE A GREATER ROLE IN FINANCING. WHILE I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FEDERAL RESOURCES SO DESPERATELY NEEDED TO ADDRESS OUR LOCAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES, THE BILL IS A VERY GOOD FIRST STEP IN REFINING THE SCOPE OF THE STORMWATER CHALLENGES FACING OUR NATION. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING IT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        MR. GRAVES

                                                                                        I RESERVE.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                                                        I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MR. HECK.

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                                                                                        MR. HECK

                                                                                        THIS BILL IS ABOUT ADDRESSING THE SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF WATER POLLUTION…

                                                                                        THIS BILL IS ABOUT ADDRESSING THE SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF WATER POLLUTION IN AMERICA WHICH IS STORMWATER RUNOFF AND IT IS A NATIONWIDE ISSUE HERE IN D.C. FROM LOS ANGELES TO MILWAUKEE AND LOUISIANA AND ALSO ONE THAT IS ACUTELY FELT IN MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON BECAUSE IT DOES RAIN A LOT. WHEN THAT RAIN FALLS, THE RAIN RUNS OFF THE ROOFS AND DOWN THE STREETS, RAIN RUNS INTO THE STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEM AND PICKS UP ALL SORTS OF TOXIC STUFF THAT HAS BEEN ALLUDED TO EARLIER, STUFF LIKE FERTILIZERS, METALS AND OILS AND PESTICIDES. AND THAT STUFF, ALL THAT BAD STUFF RUNS INTO OUR LAKES AND OUR RIVERS AND ULTIMATELY IN MY REGION OF THE COUNTRY, IN THE PUGET SOUND WHICH IS THE LARGEST ESTUARY BY WATER VOLUME IN THE UNITED STATES. IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED BY SCIENTISTS THAT STORMWATER ACCOUNTS UP TO 80% OF ALL WATER POLLUTION. GONE ARE THE DAYS, THE EASY FIX SOLUTIONS OF POINT-SOURCE POLLUTION WHERE WE CAN PASS A LAW AND SAY FIGURE IT OUT. IT'S A LOT MORE DIFFICULT. IT'S MORE DECENTRALIZED AND PERVASIVE AND NOT LESS HARMFUL. THIS HURTS OUR BUSINESSES AS WELL, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT DEPEND ON CLEAN WATER. IN OUR STATE, WE HAVE A ROBUST SHELLFISH INDUSTRY WHICH EMPLOYS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. STORMWATER CAN KILL A SALMON IN A MATTER OF HOURS. WE HAVE TIME LAPSE FILMS SHOWING THIS AND NOT VERY MUCH TIME THAT HAS ELAPSED. THEY INGUESS THE METALS AND MONTHS LATER, THEY DIE. YOU CAN LITERALLY WATCH THEM DIE AS THE STORMWATER HITS THE WATER. SALMON IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE ECONOMY AND THE CULTURE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND ESPECIALLY TO THE NATIVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEPENDED ON THEM SINCE TIME AND MEMORIAL. SALMON SUPPORT IN OUR REGION OF THE COUNTRY, 30 BILLION A YEAR ECONOMY. SALMON ARE THE PREY OF CHOICE OF OUR BELOVED RESIDENT ORCAS, WHICH WE ARE PRECARIOUSLY CLOSE TO LOSING ALL TOGETHER. WE CAN'T SAVE THE SALMON IF WE DON'T SAVE PUGET SOUND IF WE DON'T DEAL WITH STORMWATER RUNOFF. THE GENTLEMAN TOLD FROM LOUISIANA SAID ABOUT STORM WATER IS PUNISHING OUR WATERWAYS AND ALONG WITH IT OUR WAY OF LIFE AND ECONOMY. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE IMPLEMENTING GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND ARE BUILDING NEW GRAY STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OUTFLOWS. THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. NOT ENOUGH BY A LONG SHOT. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE STRETCHED THIN AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP AND DO ITS PARTNERSHIP ROLE IN THIS. BACK IN MY STATE, WE ESTIMATE THAT THE STORMWATER PROBLEM COULD BE SOLVED WITH $19 BILLION WITH A B INVESTMENT BETWEEN NOW AND 2036. AND FRANKLY, ALMOST ALL OF THAT IS IN THE PUGET SOUND REGION. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. AND H.R. 3906 IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP TO HELP THE EXPERTS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO COME UP WITH INNOVATIVE WAYS AND THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. I CONCLUDE BY THANKING CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO ALONG WITH SUBCOMMITTEE GRAVES AND RANKING MEMBER NAPOLITANO AND MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM NEW YORK AND CONGRESSMAN KATKO FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I APPRECIATE THEIR HELP TO BRING GREATER ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEM OF STORMWATER RUNOFF. LET'S BE CLEAR. WE HAVE TO DO MORE AND DO A LOT MORE. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE COMMITTEE TO INCREASE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S PARTNERSHIP ROLE TO TACKLE THIS THREAT WHICH IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF WATER POLLUTION IN AMERICA. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK. . .

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                                                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                                                        I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. GRAVES

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                        MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                                                        SO AM I. WELL --