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House Session - July 23, 2018

The House considered 20 bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation to protect private property rights by prohibiting state and local governments from using eminent domain to take land for economic development purposes.

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  • 12:00:01 PM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 12:00:08 PM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Debbie Lesko to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 12:00:11 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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  • 12:00:18 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.

    • 12:00:23 PM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 23, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 23, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DEBBIE LESS COULD HE TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 12:00:37 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      REPRESENTATIVES.

  • 12:00:54 PM

    Recess

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

    • 02:00:14 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 23.

      • 02:00:16 PM

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        WE'LL LEAVE THIS DISCUSSION HERE. YOU CAN SEARCH THE EP TIRE CONVERSATION…

        WE'LL LEAVE THIS DISCUSSION HERE. YOU CAN SEARCH THE EP TIRE CONVERSATION AT C SPAP.ORG. THE U.S. HOIST ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR LEGISLATIVE WORK. THERE ARE 20 MOSTLY NONCONTROVERSIAL MEASURES. A BILL EXTENDING THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL. AND A BILL SEEKING TO ESTABLISH A WASHINGTON, D.C. MEMORIAL FOR PRESIDENT JOHN ATAMS. VOTES AT 6:30 P.M. EASTERN. NOW TO LIVE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN. GIN US ANR Y. E ANTITE THE 20TH NIVER OFHATRIBL DAY, WE ASYOUR BLESSINONCE N UP THOUGH THAMILES FICERACESSNA AN CTIVE J GN O DON THE LIVES I DEFENNG THE SY OF T.S. C AS WL YOURTECTIO FOR THE ENTEITOLICE WHO MOTHE LOSS THEIR BROTHERSN UNIFORM. THANK YOU FORLINGHEM ALL THRLIS OF SVI PLSE HEAOUR AYERS FO THE MEMBF THISSSBL UPON WH T AUTHORY OF VERNME IS GIVEN. LP THE UNDERSTANTHE TRENDS RPONSIBILITTHEY HAO RRESE BH THEIR CONSENCI AND PLE. -- PPLEF S GREAT ON OURS. GIVE EACH MBEPEAND EXWHNYRITYND GIVL AMERICANS GS IAVE TO HEAOERTHAT GOVECE IS TIMPLE, BUT DIFFICULT WKT TIMES REING SAE AN FORE BEAN MAY A TT IS ANDRBEARCE ALLHAT IS DONE BEF URGREATERONOR AORY, AN. THE SPKER PRO TEORE: CHA HAS EXANED THE JOURNAL OFTHAST DAY' PEDIN ANDNNOUESTHE HOUSIS PRAL THER PUSUANT TCLOF RULE 1, E RNATANPPROVETHIS LEDGE OF LEGIAN WBE LE THE GENTLEMN OM FLODAMR. BILAKIS. . LIRAKIS: I PLEE ALLEGNC THELAG E D STES OF AMERICA D TO THPUBLOR WHI I TANDS, OATN, UER G, IN WITH BEY AND JUICE ALHE SPEER TPO: THE CHR WINTERTAIRETS FUNDR-MINU SPEECS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 02:00:19 PM

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

        • 02:01:48 PM

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

        • 02:01:49 PM

          PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

          • 02:02:11 PM

            ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

            The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

            • 02:02:25 PM

              MR. BILIRAKIS

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

            • 02:02:27 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 02:02:30 PM

              MR. BILIRAKIS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE ENTER THE HURRICANE SEASON, I'D LIKE TO…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE ENTER THE HURRICANE SEASON, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WITHIN THE BUILDING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY FOR THE WORK THEY DO TO MAINTAIN THE RESILIENCE OF OUR HOMES AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. THE INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL HAS ESTABLISHED A BUILDING SAFETY CAMPAIGN THAT IS RECOGNIZED ANNUALLY BY JURISDICTIONS ACROSS THE NATION. ITS PURPOSE IS TO REINFORCE THE NEED FOR THE ADOPTION OF MODERN BUILDING CODES AND A STRONG SYSTEM OF CODE COMPLIANCE AND A WELL TRAINED PROFESSIONAL WORK FORCE TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SAFETY. IN THE 10 YEARS SINCE FLORIDA ADOPTED THE STATEWIDE BUILDING CODE UNDER GOVERNOR BUSH, I WAS IN THE LEGISLATURE AT THE TIME, HE SHOWED GREAT LEADERSHIP, THE CODE'S ADOPTION AND APPLICATION REDUCED WINDSTORM ACTUAL LOSSES BY AS MUCH AS 72%. YEAR AFTER YEAR WE SEE THE TYPE OF DEVASTATION THAT MOTHER DAY NATURE CAN BRING. AND IT IS IMPORTANT WE'RE DOING ALL THAT WE CAN TO MINIMIZE ITS DAMAGE. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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            • 02:03:37 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 02:03:40 PM

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

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

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            • 02:03:45 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 02:03:47 PM

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              IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 02:04:19 PM

              MR. DUNN

              HIS KEEN LEADERSHIP OVER THE 25 YEARS AND MANY YEARS BEFORE THAT ON ACTIVE…

              HIS KEEN LEADERSHIP OVER THE 25 YEARS AND MANY YEARS BEFORE THAT ON ACTIVE DUTY IS A TESTAMENT TO THE CORE VALUES INSTILLED IN ALL THOSE WHO SERVE IN OUR AIR FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN SAYING THANK YOU TO HERMAN BELL AND HIS FAMILY FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. AND WISH THEM LUCK AS THEY MOVE ON IN A NEW CHAPTER IN LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:04:41 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

            • 02:04:47 PM

              THE CLERK

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

              THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JULY 19, 2018, AT 5:38 P.M. APPOINTMENT, CREATING OPTIONS FOR VETERANS' EXPEDITED RECOVERY. COVER CAN COMMISSION. COMMISSION ON SOCIAL IMPACT PARTNERSHIPS. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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            • 02:05:16 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

            • 02:05:23 PM

              THE CLERK

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

              THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, HAVE THE HONOR TO TRANSMIT A SEALED ENVELOPE RECEIVED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON JULY 20, 2018, AT 12:25 P.M. SAID TO CONTAIN A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT REGARDING THE TIPATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS. SIGNED, SINCERELY, ROBERT F. BREEZE, DEPUTY CLERK OF THE HOUSE.

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            • 02:05:32 PM

              The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on July 19, 2018, at 5:38 p.m. stating that that body had made appointments to the Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery Commission and the Commission on Social Impact Partnerships.

              • 02:05:38 PM

                The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had the honor to transmit a seal envelope received from the White House on July 20, 2018, at 12:25 p.m., said to contain a message from the President regarding the continuation of the national emergency with respect to transnational criminal organizations.

                • 02:05:51 PM

                  The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification stating that the national emergency with respect to transnational criminal organizations is to continue in effect beyond July 24, 2018 - referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-142).

                  • 02:05:54 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLERK WILL READ THE MESSAGE.

                  • 02:05:56 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL…

                    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT 50 U.S.C. 1622-D, PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN 90 DAYS BEFORE THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO WIN IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PROVISION, I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER FOR PUBLICATION CAN THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS DELEECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 135-81 ON JULY 24, 2011 IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND JULY 24, 2018. THE ACTIVITIES OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE REACHED SUCH SCOPE AND GRAVITY THAT THEY THREATEN THE STABILITY AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS. SUCH ORGANIZATIONS ARE INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED AND DANGEROUS TO THE UNITED STATES. THEY ARE INCREASINGLY ENTRENCHED IN THE OPERATIONS OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THEREBY WEAKENING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, DEGRADING THE RULE OF LAW, AND UNDERMINING ECONOMIC MARKETS. THESE ORGANIZATIONS FACILITATE AND AGGRAVATE VIOLENCE OF ALL CONFLICTS AND INCREASINGLY FACILITATE THE ACTIVITIES OF OTHER DANGEROUS PERSONS. THE ACTIVITIES OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUE TO POSE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY, FOREIGN POLICY, AND ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEREFORE I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN ITS EXECUTIVE ORDER 13581 WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS. SIGNED, SINCERELY, DONALD TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, JULY 20, 2018.

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                  • 02:07:49 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT…

                    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 02:08:03 PM

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

                  • 02:08:09 PM

                    Mr. Lance moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2345 — "To require the Federal Communications Commission to study the feasibility of designating a simple, easy-to-remember dialing code to be used for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system."

                    • 02:08:20 PM

                      MR. LANCE

                      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. 2345, AS AMENDED.

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                    • 02:08:27 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLELE OF THE BILL.

                  • 02:08:27 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 02:08:28 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2345.

                    • 02:08:29 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      H.R. 2345, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO…

                      H.R. 2345, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF DESIGNATING A SIMPLE EASY TO REMEMBER DIALING CODE TO BE USED FOR A NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS HOTLINE SYSTEM.

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                    • 02:08:44 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE…

                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                    • 02:08:54 PM

                      MR. LANCE

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

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

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                    • 02:09:07 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 02:09:08 PM

                      MR. LANCE

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

                    • 02:09:12 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:09:14 PM

                      MR. LANCE

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT. THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION SEEKS TO DESIGNATE A NEW EASY TO REMEMBER THREE DIGIT DIALING CODE FOR A NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE. WE ALL KNOW BY HEART TO DIAL 9-1-1 DURING AN EMERGENCY. WE HAVE FATE AND CONFIDENCE THAT SOMEBODY WHO CAN HELP WILL BE ON THE LINE. IT SHOULDN'T BE ANY DIFFERENT FOR SOMEONE IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, SUICIDE IS ON THE RISE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SADLY, MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE WHO DIE BY SUICIDE DO NOT HAVE A KNOWN MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION. WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE NOTE OF THE NUMBER OF SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS IN NEED OF PREVENTION SERVICES. WE WILL WORK WITH OUR MINORITY ON THIS STUDY TO REVIEW HOW THESE PATRIOTS CAN SEEK HELP WHETHER STATESIDE OR OVERSEAS. YOU NEVER TRULY KNOW WHAT BATTLES AN INDIVIDUAL IS FIGHTING. THAT'S WHY NATIONAL THREE DIGIT SUICIDE HOTLINE COULD HELP MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. I LOOK FORWARD TO ADVANCING THIS POTENTIALLY LIFESAVING LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:10:41 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:10:46 PM

                      MRS. DINGELL

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

                    • 02:10:49 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:10:51 PM

                      MRS. DINGELL

                      I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT.…

                      I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT. SUICIDE IS NOW THE 10TH LEADING CAUSE FOR DEATH IN ADULTS AGE 18 TO 64. AND FOR EVERY SUICIDE, THERE ARE 25 ATTEMPTS. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION FOUND THAT SUICIDE RATES INCREASED BY 28% BETWEEN 19997 -- 1999 AND 2016. 49 STATES EXPERIENCED AN INCREASE IN SUICIDE RATES DURING THAT PERIOD. AS MY COLLEAGUE SAID, WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE RISK IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER FOR VETERANS. VETERAN MEN ARE AT A 19% HIGHER RISK. AND VETERAN WOMEN ARE 2 1/2 TIMES HIGHER RISK THAN NONVETERAN WOMEN. THESE STATISTICS POINT TO A PROBLEM THAT'S ALL TOO REAL AND SADLY ALL TOO COMMON. THAT FACT WAS EVIDENT LAST MONTH WHEN BOTH KATE SPADE AND ANTHONY BOURDAIN BOTH, UNFORTUNATELY, VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR CAREERS, TOOK THEIR OWN LIVES. IT'S HEARTBREAKING WHEN SOMEONE IS SUFFERING SO MUCH THAT THEY CHOOSE TO END THEIR OWN LIFE. UNFORTUNATELY, I KNOW IT IN MY OWN FAMILY WHEN PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO REACH OUT. THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT BEFORE US TODAY WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO CONNECT WITH SOMEONE THROUGH THAT HOTLINE. THE BILL WOULD SET UP A PROCESS TO GIVE AMERICANS AN EASY TO REMEMBER THREE DIGIT CODE LIKE 9-1-1 TO CALL, WHEN THEY OR THEIR LOVED ONE, IS IN CRISIS. RATHER THAN THE CURRENT 10 NUMBER. THE BILL WOULD ALSO REQUIRE THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION TO STUDY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. CURRENTLY KNOWN AS 1-800-237-TALK. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO STUDY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE. THE SENATE HAS PASSED A COMPANION BILL BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. H.R. 2345 IS A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE BILL AND I WANT TO THANK THE AUTHORS CONGRESSMAN CHRIS STEWART OF UTAH AND CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS FOR THE VERY HARD WORK AND LEADERSHIP THEY PUT INTO THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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                    • 02:13:20 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:13:23 PM

                      MR. LANCE

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE SPONSOR OF THIS…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, REPRESENTATIVE STEWART OF UTAH.

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                    • 02:13:33 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:13:36 PM

                      MR. STEWART

                      I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIENDS FROM NEW JERSEY AND MICHIGAN FOR THEIR HELP…

                      I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIENDS FROM NEW JERSEY AND MICHIGAN FOR THEIR HELP IN THIS IMPORTANT BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO BEGIN WITH A A STARTLING STATISTIC. EVERY NINE MINUTES SOMEONE IN THE UNITED STATES ATTEMPTS SUICIDE OR SUCCESSFUL, AND FOR EVERY SUICIDE RELATED DEATH, THERE ARE 25 ATTEMPTS. THESE ARE TRULY HEARTBREAKING STATISTICS. SADLY THEY SIT CLOSE TO HOME IN UTAH. WHICH RANKS FIFTH NOR HIGHEST -- FOR HIGHEST SUICIDE DEATHS IN THE U.S. ONE EXAMPLE IS MADISON, A YOUNG LADY WHO UNEXSPELTEDLY TOOK HER LIFE. I HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW HER FAMILY AND IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TO O DO SOFMENTE MADISON IS REMEMBERED FOR HER KINDNESS TO OTHERS AND FOR HER ABILITY TO SEE THE GOOD IN EACH PERSON. HERE'S SOMETHING THAT'S STARTLING AND SHOULD BE TERRIFYING TO THOSE OF US WHO ARE PARENTS. MADISON DIDN'T SHOW ANY SIGN OF SUICIDAL THOUGHTS. TO OTHERS AROUND HER SHE SEEMED TO BE MAKING MOST OF HER PRIME IN LIFE. BUT THIS IS A SAD REMINDER THAT SUICIDE CAN CAN STRIKE ANYWHERE. THESE ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, CO-WORKERS, OUR FRIENDS, OUR FAMILY MEMBERS. AND I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE THE POWER AND WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO REACH OUT AND HELP THEM. YES, THERE ARE MANY TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS OR THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE, BUT TRAGICALLY SOME OF THESE RESOURCES ARE SIMPLY TOO DIFFICULT TO FIND IN A TIME OF URGENT NEED. THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE DIALING NUMBER IS CUMBERSOME AND VERY HARD TO REMEMBER. MOST PEOPLE HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF IT. ADDITIONALLY, UTAH AND MANY OTHER STATES THERE ARE OTHER VARIOUS ENTITIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICE, BUT NOT ONE CONSOLIDATED NUMBER FOR PEOPLE TO CALL. . AFTER THE DEATHS OF KATE SPADE AND ANTHONY BOWER DANE, CALLS JUMPED BY 59%. WHILE THAT'S INCREASED ACCESS I KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER. THIS IS WHERE CONGRESS CAN HELP. I INTRODUCED THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOT LIVEN IMPROVEMENT ACT TO STREAMLINE AND PROVIDE -- PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING RESOURCES BY DESIGNATING A NEW, SIMPLE, THREE-DIGIT DIALING NUMBER, SIMILAR TO 911, FOR NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. THE STUDY WILL EXAMINE THE EFFECTIVE THOVEPBS CURRENT NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE AND VETERANS CRISIS LINE TO SEE IF INDIVIDUAL HERE'S AND ABROAD AND THEIR ACCESS TO THAT. ULTIMATELY, THE REPORT WILL RECOMMEND WAYS TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM. I RECOGNIZE THIS LEGISLATION ALONE ISN'T A PANACEA. THERE'S MUCH MORE WE CAN DO AND MUST DO. SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MULTIFACETED APPROACH. IT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP. I WANT TO ASK -- AND ONE THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO AVERT TRAGEDY SUCH AS THE LOSS OF MADISON AND SAVE MANAGE LIVES. FOR THOSEOUS OF -- FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE OR ATTEMPTED SUICIDE, IT IS TIME TO ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 02:16:42 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    • 02:16:46 PM

                      MRS. DINGELL

                      I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CO-LEADER, CO-SPONSOR OF THIS…

                      I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CO-LEADER, CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS.

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                    • 02:16:57 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                    • 02:17:02 PM

                      MS. JOHNSON

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT, AND I WANT TO THANK MR. STEWART AND THE COMMITTEE LEADERS FOR THE HARD WORK AND -- IN PRESENTING THIS ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ASKS THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION TO STUDY THE DESIGNATION OF A THREE-DIGIT DIAL-IN CODE, SIMILAR TO 911. EVEN 3-YEAR-OLDS CAN REMEMBER 911. WHEN A FAMILY IS IN CRISIS, AN 00 NUMBER SOMETIMES IS DIFFICULT TO REMEMBER. SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL CRISIS HEALTH LINE SYSTEM MAKES IT ALL AMERICAN BECAUSE WE ARE FACED WITH THESE KINDS OF INCIDENTS MANY TIMES EVERY DAY. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES PERFORMANCE OF A COST AND BENEFIT SERVICE ANALYSIS OF USING A THREE-DIGIT DIAL-IN CODE FOR NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS HOTLINE SYSTEM AND EXAMINES THE OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CURRENT NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE AND VETERANS CRISIS LINE AND RECOMMENDS WAYS TO IMPROVE THE CURRENT SYSTEM. EACH YEAR, 45,000 AMERICANS TAKE THEIR OWN LIFE. AN AVERAGE OF 123 COMPLETED SUICIDES EVERY DAY. AN ADDITIONAL ONE MILLION PLUS AMERICANS ATTEMPT SUICIDE EACH YEAR. WHILE THERE ARE MANY RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO FIND THESE RESOURCES DURING THIS EXTREME TIME OF NEED. THE CURRENT SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE HAS INCREASED ACCESS BUT THE DIAL-IN CODE CAN BE CUMBERSOME TO REMEMBER. 1-800-275-TALK. JUST TRYING TO REMEMBER DIALING THAT MANY DIGITS. UNFORTUNATELY, IN MANY STATES WHERE THERE ARE NUMEROUS ENTITIES PROVIDING SERVICES THERE IS NOT ALWAYS ONE CONSOLIDATED NUMBER TO CALL. THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO ACHIEVE THAT END. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BUILD UPON THE SUCCESS OF THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE TO INCREASE ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING SERVICE WHILE EVALUATING NEW AND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE THE CURRENT SYSTEM. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE MOVE QUICKLY ON THIS BILL SO THAT WE CAN BEGIN SAVE MANAGER LIVES EACH DAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:19:55 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:20:04 PM

                      MR. LANCE

                      WE ARE READY TO CLOSE. THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, COMPLETELY…

                      WE ARE READY TO CLOSE. THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, COMPLETELY BIPARTISAN IN NATURE. I COMMEND -- I'M ADVISED THAT MR. BILIRAKIS WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK. A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO REPRESENTATIVE BILIRAKIS.

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                    • 02:20:20 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                    • 02:20:23 PM

                      MR. BILIRAKIS

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU, MR. VICE CHAIRMAN. WE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU, MR. VICE CHAIRMAN. WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE UPSETTING STATISTIC OF 21 VETERANS COMMITTING SUICIDE EACH AND EVERY DAY. IT'S UNACCEPTABLE. THIS IS A CRISIS FOR OUR VETERANS, THEIR FAMILY, THE FUTURE OF OUR CURRENT SERVICE MEMBERS, AND OUR COUNTRY. AS VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I HAVE WORKED TO MAKE IT BET -- TO MAKE A BETTER AND HEALTHIER LIFE FOR OUR TRUE AMERICAN HEROES. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT. WHEN A VET VAN IN CRISIS THEY NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FROM THE VETERANS CRISIS HOTLINE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE CURRENT SUICIDE HOTLINE NUMBER CAN BE DIFFICULT TO REMEMBER DURING A TIME OF NEED. AND CAN ADD MINUTES TO GETTING HELP. OR EVEN WORSE, DISCOURAGE VETERANS FROM ACCESSING THIS IMPORTANT SERVICE. H.R. 2345 WOULD STUDY THE FEASIBILITY AND NEED OF A THREE-DIGIT DIALING CODE, SIMILAR TO 911, FOR THE SUICIDE HOTLINE. THE BILL ALSO STUDIES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE HOTLINE FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS. THIS STUDY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN RECOGNIZING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AS AN EMERGENCY PROVIDING THOSE IN NEED THE MOST RELIABLE TOOLS TO GET HELP. AND CONTINUING TO IMPROVE A HOTLINE THAT'S ALREADY SAVED COUNTLESS LIVES INCLUDING MANY VETERANS. FOR THESE REASONS, I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 2345 AND SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 02:22:15 PM

                      MRS. DINGELL

                      WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT PERHAPS TODAY THE…

                      WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT PERHAPS TODAY THE HOUSE CAN ACT TOGETHER AND SAVE A LIFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2345 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:22:25 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:22:29 PM

                      MR. LANCE

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION HAS REACHED THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I HOPE AND TRUST THAT IT WILL BE VOTED IN AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN FASHION AND I COMMEND THE SPONSORS, A REPUBLICAN AND A DEMOCRAT, WORKING TOGETHER, ON THIS NEEDED LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:22:50 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 THE BILL H.R. 2345 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 02:23:19 PM

                      MR. LANCE

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                    • 02:23:21 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE CRAZE AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. LE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 02:23:30 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.

                      • 02:23:46 PM

                        Mr. Lance moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4881 — "To require the Federal Communications Commission to establish a task force for meeting the connectivity and technology needs of precision agriculture in the United States."

                        • 02:23:47 PM

                          MR. LANCE

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

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4881 AS AMENDED.

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                        • 02:23:56 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                        • 02:24:00 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          H.R. 4881, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH A…

                          H.R. 4881, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE FOR MEETING THE TECHNOLOGY NEEDS OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                      • 02:24:01 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                      • 02:24:03 PM

                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4881.

                        • 02:24:12 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE…

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                        • 02:24:20 PM

                          MR. LANCE

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

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

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                        • 02:24:31 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 02:24:34 PM

                          MR. LANCE

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

                        • 02:24:38 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:24:40 PM

                          MR. LANCE

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TODAY TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4881,…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TODAY TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4881, AUTHORED BY MY COLLEAGUE THE DIGITAL COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BOB LATTA AND CONGRESSMAN DAVE LOEBSACK. NEW AND EXCITING TECHNOLOGIES ARE IMPROVING EFFICIENCY IN NEARLY EVERY SECTOR OF OUR ECONOMY. RURAL AMERICA SHOULD NOT BE LEFT BEHIND. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY FOCUSES ON THE BROADBAND NEEDS OF RURAL ECONOMIES. OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS. TO HELP TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE WITH IMPROVED INTERNET ACCESS, G.P.S., AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. CUTTING EDGE INNOVATION LIKE THE INTERNET OF THINGS, DRONES, AND SELF-DRIVING MACHINES CAN ASSIST IN MONITORING CROPS, READING SOIL, AND MORE. PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTS RURAL COMMUNITIES TO 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. THIS BILL IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE IS LEADING THE WAY TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE. I THANK MR. LATTA AND MR. LOEB SACK FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON -- AND MR. LOEBSACK FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:26:02 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:26:06 PM

                          MRS. DINGELL

                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                        • 02:26:09 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:26:11 PM

                          MRS. DINGELL

                          I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 4881, THE PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTIVITY ACT OF…

                          I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 4881, THE PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTIVITY ACT OF 2018. ACCESS TO BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE IS IS ESSENTIAL FOR PARTICIPATING IN MODERN AMERICAN LIFE FOR BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES. FARMERS ARE NO DIFFERENT. FOR THEM, A RELIABLE, HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION HAS BECOME A NECESSITY FOR MANAGING THEIR BUSINESSES -- BUSINESSES EFFICIENTLY. FARMERS USE IT TO COLLECT REALTIME DATA ON CROP, BUY EQUIPMENT, VERIFY WEATHER FORE KASES AND -- FORECASTS AND CHECK GRAIN AND FEED PRICES. THE USE OF BROADBAND IN AGRICULTURE CAN INCREASE CROP YIELDS BY 70% BY 2050 AND SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASE OPERATION COSTS. YET MANY PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS COUNTRY STILL DO NOT HAVE RELIABLE HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE. THE PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTIVITY ACT OF 2018 WOULD HELP BRING THE DEPLOYMENT OF BROADBAND TO AGRICULTURE LAND WITH A TASK FORCE. THE FASK -- TASK FORCE WILL IDENTIFY AND MEASURE GAPS IN THE AVAILABILITY OF BROADBANDED ON AGRICULTURAL LEADS AND PROMOTE THE RAPID EXPANDED DEPLOYMENT OF BROADBAND ON UNSERVED AGRICULTURAL LAND AND PROMOTE EFFECTIVE POLICY AND REGULATORY SOLUTIONS TO ENCOURAGE THE ADOPTION OF BROADBAND ON FARMS AND RANCHES. MOREOVER, THE TASK FORCE WILL RECOMMEND SPECIFIC STEPS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE AND STEPS THEY SHOULD TAKE IN THE BROADBAND PROGRAM. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE BILL AND I WANT TO THANK THE AUTHORS, MR. LOEBSACK AND MR. LATTA, FOR THE VERY HARD WORK THEY HAVE PUT INTO THIS MEASURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:28:24 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:28:28 PM

                          MR. LANCE

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE MATTERS, THE DIGITAL COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. LATTA OF OHIO.

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                        • 02:28:45 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                        • 02:28:49 PM

                          MR. LATTA

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4881, THE PRECISION…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4881, THE PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTIVITY ACT AS AMENDED, TO HELP IMPROVE HIGH SPEED BROADBAND ACCESS FOR OUR NATION'S FARMERS. I REPRESENT THE LARGEST FARM INCOME PRODUCING DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF OHIO, THEREFORE I'M FORTUNATE TO VISIT FARMS ACROSS THE REGION AND LEARN ABOUT NEW TECHNOLOGIES, THE INTERNET OF THINGS EQUIPMENT, THAT ARE HELPING TO IMPROVE FARM PRODUCTIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY. BUT THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS THAT LACK OF HIGH SPEED BROADBAND IN RURAL AREAS, SPECIFICALLY IN FARM COMMUNITY, HINDER THE USE OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS. THAT IS WHY I INTRODUCED H.R. 4881 WITH -- ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. LOEBSACK. OUR BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO REVIEW THE CONNECTIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY NEEDS OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES. I BELIEVE BY COMBINING MINDS FROM THESE TWO EXPERT AGENCIES ALONG WITH RELEVANT PRIVATE STAKE HOLDERS, THE TASK FORCE WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER SOLUTIONS TO PROMOTE THE RAPID DISTRIBUTION OF BROADBAND IN UNDERSERVED AREAS. THE TRUE BENEFITS OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE CANNOT BE REALIZED WITHOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF RELIABLE BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE. FOR EXAMPLE, WITH BROADBAND, FARMERS CAN USE CONNECTED TRACTORS AND OTHER ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES TO COLLECT FIELD DATA IN REALTIME TO HELP WITH CROP MANAGEMENT. THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY HELPS FARMERS MAXIMIZE RESOURCES WHICH CAN REDUCE COSTS AND INCREASE CROP YIELDS BY UP TO 70% BY 2050, HOPING TO MAINTAIN AMERICA'S LONG-TERM LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTION. . TWO FARMING SEASONS AGO I DROVE A TRACTOR WITH G.P.S. CAPABILITIES. EARLY ON MY GRAD FATHER USED A TEAM OF HORSES. MY GRANDFATHER AMAZED HOW STRAIGHT THE FUROS WERE MADE, BUT THANKS TO THE CONNECTED TRACTOR, I NEVER TOUCHED THE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL WHEELING. BECAUSE OF BROADBAND THE TRACTOR WAS ABLE TO GO DOWN THE ENTIRE ROW WITHOUT HUMAN CONTROL AND PLACE FERTILIZER IN FUROS WITHIN ONE -- FURROWS WITHIN ONE INCH OF WHERE THE SEEDS WOULD BE PLANTED WITHIN THE SPRING. IT'S TECHNOLOGY LIKE THAT THIS HEAPS FARMERS MAXIMIZE RESOURCES AND PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE. MY BILL WILL ENCOURAGE THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY BY BRINGING MUCH NEEDED BROND BAND TO RURAL AGRICULTURAL AREAS. NOT ONLY DO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4881, BUT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO QUOTE THE SUPPORT FROM THE F.E.C. COMMISSIONER. THE DIFFERENCE THAT BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY MAKES FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS. RUNNING AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS TODAY REQUIRES EXPERTISE IN TECHNOLOGY, DATA ANIAL ---ANAL LITICS. I'M PLEASED TO SEE THIS BILL MOVE FORWARD AND HOPE IT BECOMES LAW. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS HANDLING OF THE BILL TODAY.

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                        • 02:32:15 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED MRS.…

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED MRS. DINGELL: RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:32:22 PM

                          MR. LANCE

                          WE'RE READY TO YIELD BACK. WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE SUPPORTS THIS BILL.

                        • 02:32:32 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:32:35 PM

                          MRS. DINGELL

                          WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. HOPE THAT EVERYONE SUPPORTS AGAIN…

                          WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. HOPE THAT EVERYONE SUPPORTS AGAIN SUPPORT -- STRONGLY SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL.

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                        • 02:32:42 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK.

                        • 02:32:46 PM

                          MR. LANCE

                          YIELD BACK.

                        • 02:32:47 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          YET IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4881, AS…

                          YET IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4881, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE --

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                        • 02:32:55 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.

                          • 02:32:59 PM

                            MR. LANCE

                            MR. SPEAKER.

                          • 02:33:00 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                          • 02:33:02 PM

                            MR. WLANS

                            QUI THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                          • 02:33:05 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 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 GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 02:33:21 PM

                          Mr. Lance moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5709 — "To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for enhanced penalties for pirate radio, and for other purposes."

                          • 02:33:26 PM

                            MR. LANCE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES THE BILL H.R. 3 4.

                        • 02:33:31 PM

                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                        • 02:33:32 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5709.

                          • 02:33:37 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE…

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NMING NEW JERSEY.

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                          • 02:33:45 PM

                            MR. LANCE

                            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 EVEN INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD ON THE BILL.

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                          • 02:33:57 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 02:33:59 PM

                            MR. LANCE

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

                          • 02:34:02 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:34:04 PM

                            MR. LANCE

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE TIME I MAY CONSUME BECAUSE IN…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE TIME I MAY CONSUME BECAUSE IN MY JUDGMENT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL THAT WE SHOULD ALL SUPPORT. THE PREVENTING ILLEGAL RADIO ABUSE THROUGH ENFORCEMENT ACT, OR PIRATE ACT, COMBATS THE VERY SERIOUS ISSUE OF UNLAWFUL BROADCASTING. OFTEN CALLED PIRATE RADIO. AND GIVES THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ADDITIONAL POWERS TO ISSUE FINES ON ANY PERSON WHO WILLFULLY AND KNOWINGLY BROADCASTS RADIO TRANSMISSIONS OVER A.M. OR F.M. FREQUENCIES WITHOUT A LICENSE FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN TONKO OF NEW YORK, FOR JOINING ME IN OFFERING THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. NEW JERSEY, WHERE I LIVE, HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST CONCENTRATIONS OF BY RAT RADIO OPERATORS IN THE CON-- OF PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS IN THE COUNTRY. PIRATE RADIO SIGNALS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO INTERFERE WITH THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM, AND FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OPERATIONS, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT HARM TO PUBLIC SAFMENTE THEY ALSO DISRUPT THE BUSINESS OF LICENSED BROADCASTERS WHO COMPLY WITH THE MULTITUDE OF F.C.C. REGULATIONS. MINORITY OWNED BROADCASTERS ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY HARMED BY PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS IN URBAN AREAS. KNOCKING DOWN PIRATE RADIO BROADCASTS PREVENTS THESE BAD ACTORS FROM INTERFERING WITH THE LICENSED BROADCASTERS' PUBLIC SAFETY OFINGSES RELY ON TO TRANSMIT COMMUNICATIONS DURING TIMES OF EMERGENCY. THESE UNFLAUL BROADCASTS ARE INTERFERING -- UNLAWFUL BROADCASTS ARE INTERFERING WITH THE PROGRAM PEOPLE COUNT ON AND CLOGGING THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY AT IMPORTANT TIMES. IT IS TIME TO TAKE THESE PIRATES OFF THE AIR AND BY HIKING THE PENALTIES AND WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ON ENFORCEMENT. CHAIRMAN PIE AND COMMISSIONER O'REILLY HAVE BEEN ABLED PARTNERS TO MAKE SURE THESE DRAFTS ARE STOPPED. THIS BILL WILL GIVE THE F.C.C. EVEN MORE TOOLS TO TAKE DOWN THESE ILLEGAL BROADCASTS. THIS ACT INCREASES FINES TENFOLD FOR ILLEGAL PIRATE OPERATIONS TO $100,000 IN AN EFFORT TO BOOST THE DETERRENT AGAINST THESE BROADCASTS. THE BILL FURTHER HOLDS THOSE WHO FACILITATE PIRATE OPERATIONS LIBEL, WHILE ALSO STREAMLINING THE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS. IT ALSO TAKES THE FURTHER STEP IN INSTITUTING ENFORCEMENT SWEEPS BY REQUIRING THE F.C.C. TO CONDUCT BIANNUAL ENFORCEMENT SWEEPS IN THE TOP FIVE RADIO MARKETS WITH SIGNIFICANT ILLEGAL PIRATE OPERATIONS. AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE THE NEW JERSEY AND MAJOR NEW YORK MEDIA MARKET. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN PIE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THE F.C.C. HAS SIGNIFICANTLY CRACKED DOWN ON THIS ILLEGAL ACTIVITY AND THIS BILL WILL ENSURE FUTURE COMMISSIONS HELP TO ENSURE THESE ILLEGAL OPERATORS STAY OFF THE AIR. THE ISSUE OF PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS IS A MORE PRESSING PUBLIC ISSUE THAN IT SEEMS. WE HAVE TO CLEAN UP THE AIRWAVES TO MAKE WAY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS. FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION CONVERSATIONS, AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION. RADIO FREQUENCIES ARE NOT TOYS FOR UNLICENSED BROADCASTERS. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:37:46 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:37:50 PM

                            MRS. DINGELL

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

                          • 02:37:53 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:37:55 PM

                            MRS. DINGELL

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 5709, THE PREVENTING…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 5709, THE PREVENTING ILLEGAL RADIO ABUSE THROUGH ENFORCEMENT ACT, ORWISE KNOWN AS THE PIRATE ACT -- OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE PIRATE ACT. UNAUTHORIZED RADIO OPERATORS, CALLED PIRATE BROADCASTERS, ARE A GROWING THREAT TO THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES. NOT ONLY DO THEY CAUSE AN ANNOYANCE BY INTERFERING WITH NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT A PRAMENT PROGRAMS OF LEGITIMATE BROADCASTERS, THEY POSE A SERIOUS RISK IN TIME OF EMERGENCIES BY PREVENTING THE PUBLIC FROM HEARING CRITICAL PUBLIC SAFETY ALERTS AND MESSAGES. THEY PUT THEIR OWN LITENERS AT RISK BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO CARRY THESE MESSAGES. IT MAY ALSO INTERFERE WITH THE COMMUNICATION CHANNELS OF IMPORTANT AGENCIES LIKE THE FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION AGENCY. THE F.C.C. HAS STEPPED UP ITS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PIRATE BROADCASTERS, BUT WE CAN DO MORE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY INCREASES THE FINES THAT CAN BE CAN LEFF HAVE IED -- LEVIED AGAINST PIRATE BROADCASTERS FROM $10,000 A DAY, CURRENTLY CAN, TO $100 PER DAY. IT ALSO SETS A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF $2 MILLION FOR PIRATE BROADCASTERS, AND THOSE THAT KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY FACILITATE PIRATE BROADCASTERS. THE BILL ALSO ENSURES THAT THE F.C.C. CONTINUES ITS SUSTAINED ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS ON PIRATE BROADCASTERS, WHILE BALANCING THE OTHER IMPORTANT MISSIONS OF THE ENFORCEMENT BUREAU AND ITS FIELD STAFF. STATE AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS CAN BE PARTNERS IN THIS EFFORT. THE BILL ENSURES THAT LAWS PROHIBITING PIRATE BROADCASTERS ENACTED BY STATES AND CITIES ARE NOT PREEMPTED. H.R. 5709 IS A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE BILL. YES, I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE HERE ABOUT WHAT A GOOD BILL THIS IS. ITS AUTHOR, MR. LANCE, AND MR. TONKO, FOR THE VERY HARD WORK THEY HAVE PUT INTO THIS MEASURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:39:59 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:40:02 PM

                            MR. LANCE

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. CONGRESSMAN BILIRAKIS.

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                          • 02:40:12 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                            MR. BILIRAKIS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. VICE CHAIRMAN. AS MEMBERS OF THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. VICE CHAIRMAN. AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SUBCOMMITTEE, WE HAVE HEARD OF THE IMPACT OF PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS HAVE HAD ON THE AUTHORIZED RADIO COMMUNITY. THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN INSTANCES IN WHICH EMERGENCY SERVICE COMMUNICATORS HAVE BEEN HINDERED BECAUSE OF THEIR ILLEGAL OPERATORS, INCLUDING OFF THE GULF COAST OF FLORIDA. AGAIN IN FLORIDA WE HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO IDENTIFY AND SHUT DOWN PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS, AS WELL AS CONFISCATE THEIR EQUIPMENT. HOWEVER, I HAVE HEARD FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION'S COUNT CANLESS TIMES THAT ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL THERE IS LIMITED AUTHORITY TO CRACK DOWN ON THESE OPERATORS AND PREVENT THEIR RE-ESTABLISHMENT. THE PIRATE ACT WILL HELP GIVE TEETH TO F.C.C. ENFORCEMENT OF ILLEGAL RADIO OPERATORS. BY HITTING THEM IN THEIR POCKETBOOK, THE F.C.C. CAN BETTER STOP THESE ILLEGAL ACTORS FOR GOOD. THE RECENT SUCCESS WE HAVE HAD IN FLORIDA PROVES THE NEED FOR STRONGER PENALTIES ON THESE BAD ACTORS. THE PIRATE ACT WILL HELP GIVE TEETH TO THE F.C.C. ENFORCEMENT OF ILLEGAL RADIO OPERATORS. FOR THIS REASON, I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 5709 AND SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:41:45 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          • 02:41:49 PM

                            MRS. DINGELL

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

                          • 02:41:52 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                          • 02:41:58 PM

                            MR. LANCE

                            I'M READY TO YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                            MRS. DINGELL

                            ONCE AGAIN IRGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5709. I YIELD BACK THE…

                            ONCE AGAIN IRGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5709. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:42:12 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5709, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED URBLINGTSR -- SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS THRAVENLT -- IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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                        • 02:42:25 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 TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                            • 02:43:49 PM

                              MR. BURGESS

                              I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND THE BILL H.R. 3728, AS AMENDED.

                            • 02:43:56 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                            • 02:43:58 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              H.R. 3728, THE BILL TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO…

                              H.R. 3728, THE BILL TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE CERTAIN PROGRAMS RELATING TO HEALTH PROFESSIONS, WORK FORCE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 02:44:11 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

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

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                          • 02:44:11 PM

                            Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3728 — "To amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs relating to the health professions workforce, and for other purposes."

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                              Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3728 — "To amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs relating to the health professions workforce, 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 H.R. 3728.

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                                  MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                • 02:44:21 PM

                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                  DEBATE

                                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3728.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                  • 02:44:33 PM

                                    MR. BURGESS

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

                                  • 02:44:36 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 02:44:38 PM

                                    MR. BURGESS

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE AUTHOR OF THE EDUCATING MEDICAL…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE AUTHOR OF THE EDUCATING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND OPTIMIZING WORK FORCE SUFFICIENCY AND READINESS ACT OF 2018, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. H.R. 3728 MOVED WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND ITS -- THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE FULL COMMITTEE AND AT SUBCOMMITTEE WHICH I CHAIR. THIS LEGISLATION RE-AUTHORIZES THE TITLE 7 HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WORK FORCE PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEARS 2019 THROUGH 2023. TITLE 7 PROGRAMS HAVE EXPIRED BUT HAVE CONTINUED TO RECEIVE APPROPRIATIONS. IN FACT, IN FISCAL YEAR 2018, THE APPROPRIATIONS LEVELS FOR THE PROGRAM ACTUALLY INCREASED. . RE-AUTHORIZING THESE WORK FORCE PROGRAMS WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED STABILITY FOR THOSE WHO DEPEND ON THIS FUNDING. TITLE 7:00 INCLUDES VARIOUS PROGRAMS THAT ARE VITAL TO BUILDING AND MAINTAINING A WELL-EDUCATED, WELL-TRAINED PHYSICIAN WORK FORCE. THE EMPOWER ACT RE-AUTHORIZES FUNDING FOR THE AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS AT MORE THAN $38 MILLION A YEAR. THESE CENTERS ARE CRITICAL IN PROVIDING BOTH MEDICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED AREAS. THE BILL ALSO RE-AUTHORIZES PROGRAMS THAT INCENTIVIZE DIVERSITY IN THE PHYSICIAN WORK FORCE, INCLUDING THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM WHICH THIS BILL AUTRIZES AT A LEVEL OF $23 MILLION PER YEAR. THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM PROVIDES GRANTS TO MEDICAL SCHOOLS THAT HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF MINORITY STUDENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXPANDING THE SCHOOLS' CAPACITY OR TO IMPROVE CURRICULUM. PRIMARY CARE IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. HOW MANY AMERICANS RECEIVE THE MAJORITY OF THEIR HEALTH CARE SERVICES. H.R. 3728 RE-AUTHORIZES FUNDING FOR OUR PRIMARY CARE TRAINING ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM AT MORE THAN $48 MILLION PER YEAR. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES GRANTS TO HOSPITALS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS TO DEVELOP AND OPERATE SUPPLEMENTAL PRIMARY CARE TRAINING PROGRAMS. LASTLY THIS BILL AIMS TO STRENGTHEN OUR WORK FORCE THAT CARERS IN JERYAT -- GERIATRIC POPULATION. THE BILL MAKES STRIDES TOWARD ENHANCES THE GERIATRICS WORK FORCE AND THE GERIATRIC ACADEMIC CAREER AWARDS. WITH AN AGING POPULATION, OUR WORK FORCE NEEDS TO BE ADEQUATELY TRAINED IN HANDLING THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF OUR SENIORS. THESE TWO PROGRAMS ENABLE PHYSICIANS AND OTHER PROVIDERS TO ACHIEVE THAT TRAINING. LASTLY, I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SCHAKOWSKY AND BUCSHON AND THEIR STAFF, THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY STAFF ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. RE-AUTHORIZING TITLE 7 PROGRAMS IS LONG OVERDUE. ESPECIALLY IN A TIME WHERE OUR EXISTING PHYSICIAN WORK FORCE IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMANDS FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES. I URGE STRONG SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 02:47:57 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. GREEN

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 02:48:10 PM

                                    MR. GREEN

                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3728, EDUCATING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS OPTIMIZING…

                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3728, EDUCATING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS OPTIMIZING WORK FORCE EFFICIENCY, EMPOWER ACT. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE BURGESS, REPRESENTATIVE SCHAKOWSKY AND REPRESENTATIVE BUCSHON FOR THEIR WORK ON NORNT BILL. ALL THREE ARE MEMBER OS THEY HAVE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL RE-AUTHORIZE TITLE 7 HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORK FORCE PROGRAMS UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT AND SUPPORT LOAN REPAYMENT AND PROVIDING TRAINING EXPERIENCES IN PRIMARY CARE, DENTISTRY, RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. THESE PROGRAMS INCLUDE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE, HEALTH PROFESSIONS TRAINING DIVERSITY PROGRAM, PRIMARY CARE TRAINING AND ENHANCEMENT GRANTS AND TRAINING IN GENERAL, PEDIATRIC AND PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY GRANTS. INVESTING THESE PROGRAMS HELPS ENSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF PROVIDERS WHO ARE INCREASINGLY IN DEMAND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE GRANTS HELP SUPPORT THE HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORK FORCE BY IMPROVING THE DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTION AND SUPPLY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WITH THE EMPHASIS ON PRIMARY CARE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO BOOST TRAINING FOR GERIATRIC PROVIDERS WHO ARE NEEDED TO RESPOND TO OUR AGING WORK FORCE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND THAT WILL CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR OUR NATION'S HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND WORK FORCE PROGRAMS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE MIFF TIME.

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                                  • 02:49:37 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 02:49:45 PM

                                    MR. BURGESS

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST POINT OUT THAT RE-AUTHORIZING THESE TITLE 7 PROGRAMS…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST POINT OUT THAT RE-AUTHORIZING THESE TITLE 7 PROGRAMS IS LONG OVERDUE. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE LAST CONGRESS, THE 114TH CONGRESS, DID PROVIDE THE RE-AUTHORIZATION, IT NEVER MADE IT THROUGH THE OTHER BODY, UNFORTUNATELY. IT'S TIME TO TO THAT WORK NOW AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL PURPORTS TO DO I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO CLOSE.

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                                  • 02:50:05 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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                                    MR. GREEN

                                    WE HAVE NO FURTHER SNEAKERS, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

                                  • 02:50:11 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BURGESS TEXAS IT'S AN IMPORTANT BILL, LONG OVERDUE, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 02:50:24 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3728 AS…

                                    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3728 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 RE-- TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 02:50:39 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. BURGESS

                                      I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL 53485 AS AMENDED.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE -- BILL 5385 AS AMENDED.

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                                    Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5385 — "To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the program of payments to children's hospitals that operate graduate medical education programs, and for other purposes."

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

                                    • 02:51:04 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      TO RE-AUTHORIZE PAYMENT TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL THAT OPERATE GRADUATE…

                                      TO RE-AUTHORIZE PAYMENT TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL THAT OPERATE GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                    • 02:51:10 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS PLRKS BURGESS AND THE…

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

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                                  • 02:51:13 PM

                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                  • 02:51:14 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5385.

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                                      MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                    • 02:51:24 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                    • 02:51:28 PM

                                      MR. BURGESS

                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                    • 02:51:31 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 02:51:33 PM

                                      MR. BURGESS

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE'RE CONSIDERING H.R. 5385, THE DOCTOR…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE'RE CONSIDERING H.R. 5385, THE DOCTOR BENGIE FRANCIS BROOKS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018. THIS BILL, WHICH WAS SUBMITTED BY REPRESENTATIVE GREEN AND MYSELF, RETHOSHESRS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION. THE PROGRAM IS $325 MILLION PER YEAR FOR FISCAL YEARS 2019 THROUGH 2023. THIS IS AN INCREASE OF $10 MILLION ABOVE THE ENACTED FISCAL YEAR 2018 LEVEL. THE BILL RECENTLY MOVE THROUGH THE REGULAR ORDER IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND ITS SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH. CONGRESS CREATED THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IN 1999 AS PART OF THE HEALTH -- HEALTH CARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY ACT WHICH AUTHORIZED FUNDING TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT MEDICAL RESIDENCY TRAINING AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS FOR TWO YEARS. PRIOR TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHILDREN'S GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION, CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS RECEIVED MINIMAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION FUNDING BECAUSE MEDICARE IS THE PRIMARY FUNDING SPORS OF GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS HAVE FEW MEDICARE PATIENTS. SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS PROGRAM, CHILDREN'S GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION FUNDING HAS PROVIDED CRITICAL SUPPORT TO OUR PEDIATRIC WORK FORCE WHICH STILL IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMANDS FOR THEIR SERVICES. THE CHILDREN'S GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS ESPECIALLY CRUCIAL IN OUR TRAINING -- IN TRAINING PEDIATRIC SUBSPECIALISTS. CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS HAVE A UNIQUE PATIENT POPULATION WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS FROM WHICH PEDIATRIC MEDICAL RESIDENTS CAN LEARN AND DEVELOP CRITICAL SKILLS. THE EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM SUCH A RESIDENCY HELPS TO PREPARE AND TRAIN PHYSICIANS FOR THE COMPLEX REALITY OF PEDIATRIC MEDICINE THAT THEY'LL FACE IN THE FUTURE OF THEIR MEDICAL CAREERS. I CAN SAY AS AN OB/GYN WHO DID HIS RESIDENCY AT PARKLAND HOSPITAL IN DALLAS, RESIDENCY PROGRAMS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN SHAPING OUR NATION'S PHYSICIAN WORK FORCE. OUR PEDIATRIC WORK FORCE IS NO EXCEPTION. ACCORDING TO THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, ALMOST HALF OF CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS REPORT VACANCIES FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY IN ADDITION TO DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICS. THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION ALSO REPORTS THAT PEDIATRIC SPECIALISTS IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE, PHYSICAL MEDICINE, REHABILITATION, ENDOCRINEOLOGY, HOSPITAL, PAIN MANAGEMENT, PALLIATIVE CARE AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE ARE FREQUENTLY REPORT AS EXPERIENCING VIE CANCIES LONGER THAN 12 MONTHS. THE WORK FORCE SHORTAGE IS SOMETHING I'M CONCERNED ABOUT. AND THAT IS WHY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION IS AN INTEGRAL PART IN MAINTAINING AND SUSTIRNINGE WORK FORCE. IN 2016, CHILDREN'S GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION FUNDING HELPED TO SUPPORT OVER 7,000 RESIDENTS AT 58 HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MR. GREEN AND I AGREED TO NAME THIS BILL AFTER DR. BENJI FRANCIS BROOKS WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LEWISVILLE TEXAS. DR. BROOKS WENT ON TO BECOME THE FIRST FEMALE PEDIATRIC SURGEON IN THE STATE AND ESTABLISH PEDIATRIC SURGERY AS A SEPARATE DIVISION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOL AT HOUSTON. IT IS AN HONOR TO MOVE THIS BILL IN DR. BROOKS' NAME. OUR CHILDREN DESERVE THE BEST CARE AVAILABLE TO THEM AND ENSURING THAT WE HAVE AN ADEQUATELY PREPARED PEDIATRIC WORSE FORCE IS THE FIRST STEP IN PROVIDING QUALITY THOK CHILDREN. PASSING H.R. 5385 IS VITAL TO THE MAINTENANCE AND GROWTH OF THIS WORK FORCE AND TO THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION'S CHILDREN. I URGE SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION AND RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. GREEN

                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME -- SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. GREEN

                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 53 5, THE DR. BENJY FRANCES BROOKS CHILDREN'S…

                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 53 5, THE DR. BENJY FRANCES BROOKS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL G.M.E. SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. THE C.H.G.M.E. PROGRAM WAS CREATED BY CONGRESS IN 1999 TO PROVIDE PAYMENTS TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL SUPPORT MEDICAL RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAMS. THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS G.M.E. PROGRAM IS NECESSARY DUE TO HOSPITALS TYPICALLY RECEIVE SUPPORT FOR G.M.E. THROUGH MEDICARE. AND THESE PAYMENTS ARE BASED ON HOSPITAL'S MEDICARE PATIENT VOLUME. BECAUSE THE MEDICARE PROGRAM IS USED PRIMARILY BY PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65 AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS TREAT PRIMARILY PEOPLE BELOW THE AGE OF 18, CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS HAVE LOW MEDICARE PATIENT VOLUME AND RECEIVE FEW MEDICARE G.M.E. PAYMENTS. CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS G.M.E. FUNDS GO TOWARD TRAINING OUR NATION'S PEDIATRIC WORK FORCE INCLUDING PEEDA TRYSTS -- PEDIATRICIANS, PEEDYAT RICK SUBSPECIALTIES AND OTHER SPECIALISTS THAT MAY ROTATE THROUGH CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOR A PERIOD OF TIME DURING THEIR RESIDENCY. SINCE ITS CREATION, THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL G.M.E. PROGRAM HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THOUSANDS OF PEDIATRICIANS TO RECEIVE TRAINING, INCLUDING AT TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN HOUSTON. HOME OF ONE OF THE LARGEST ACADEMIC PEDIATRIC DEPARTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND HAS A NUMBER OF CLINICS IN OUR HOUSTON AREA DISTRICT. PHYSICIANS RECEIVE TRAINING IN ONE TO 58 FREE STANDING CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS IN 29 STATES TO GO ON TO SERVE IN RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS, HELPING ALEAVITT THE PEDIATRIC FORK WORSE -- WORK FORCE SHORTAGE IMPACTING COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT AMERICA. THE CHGME PROGRAM IS NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER TO HELP TRAIN THE PEDIATRIC WORK FORCE THAT WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET OUR NEEDS OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. OUR LEGISLATION RE-AUTHORIZES THE CHGME PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS AT $325 MILLION ANNUALLY AND A $25 MILLION INCREASE OTHER CURRENT LEVELS. THE CURRENT AUTHORIZATION WILL EXPIRE AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER SO IT'S IMPERATIVE WE RE-AUTHORIZE THIS PROGRAM. OUR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION HAS 75 CO-SPONSORS, NEARLY EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. IN ADDITION THIS LEGISLATION HAS STRONG SUPPORT FROM OUTSIDE STAKE HOLDERS, THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, AND THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION. I THANK DR. BURGESS AND ALL OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND SUPPORT FOR THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND ASK FOR ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF DR. BENJY FRANCES BROOKS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL G.M.E. SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. BURGESS

                                      AT THIS TIME IT'S MY FLESH TO -- PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH I'M HEAS MAY…

                                      AT THIS TIME IT'S MY FLESH TO -- PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH I'M HEAS MAY CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE,

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. WALDEN

                                      I WANT TO THANK MR. GREEN AND MR. BURGESS FOR THEIR GREAT LEADERSHIP ON…

                                      I WANT TO THANK MR. GREEN AND MR. BURGESS FOR THEIR GREAT LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I WANT TO -- I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5358 OF 2018 AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON. THIS THIS RE-AUTHORIZES PAYMENTS TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS THAT OPERATE GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND IT DOES SO FOR THE NEXT PHI YEARS, GIVING THESE PROGRAMS GREAT CERTAINTY GOING FORWARD. THIS LEGISLATION WILL CONTINUE TO ENABLE THE NATION'S FREESTANDING CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS TO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND TO THE GRADUATES OF MEDICAL SCHOOL, ENHANCE PEDIATRIC RESEARCH CAPABILITIES AND CARE FOR THESE VULNERABLE AND UNDERSERVED CHILDREN. REPRESENTATIVE GREEN AND CHAIRMAN BURGESS PARTNERED TO LEAD THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IN OUR COMMITTEE AND THEY BROUGHT ABOUT UNANIMOUS VOTES IN BOTH THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE AND IN OUR FULL COMMITTEE AND I APPRECIATE YOUR WORK ON THIS AND THANK YOU AND YOUR STAFFS FOR THE GREAT WORK YOU ALL HAVE DONE AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO RE-AUTHORIZE THESE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAMS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT US IN THIS LEGISLATION, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. GREEN

                                      WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. 24E GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. BURGESS

                                      I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT 2018 IS…

                                      I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT 2018 IS THE 100-YORE ANS VERYRY OF THE BIRTH OF DR. BENJY BROOKS SO IT SEEMED AN APPROPRIATE TIME TO RECOGNIZE HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELDS OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY AND MEDICINE IN GENERAL. AGAIN, SHE WAS BORN IN THE TOWN IN WHICH I PRACTICED MEDICINE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND SHE FIRST ENCOUNTERED HER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOL AT HOUSTON WHEN I WAS A MEDICAL STUDENT THERE BACK IN THE 1970'S. SURELY HERS IS A LEGACY WHICH ALL TEXANS CAN BE PROUD OF AND 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. 5385 AS…

                                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5385 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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                                    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. Walden moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1676 — "To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine."

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                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS AND PASS H.R. 1676, AS AMENDED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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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. 1676.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          H.R. 1676, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO INCREASE THE…

                                          H.R. 1676, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PERMANENT FACULTY IN PALLIATIVE CARE AT ACCREDITED ALLOPATHIC AND OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SCHOOLS, NURSING SCHOOLS, SOCIAL WORK SCHOOLS, AND OTHER PROGRAMS, INCLUDING PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT EDUCATION PROGRAMS, TO PROMOTE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE, AND TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF FACULTY CAREERS IN ACADEMIC PALLIATIVE MEDICINE .

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, AND THE…

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

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                                          MR. WALDEN

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

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          MR. WALDEN

                                          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. WALDEN

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1676. AS WE HEARD, THIS IS THE…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1676. AS WE HEARD, THIS IS THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT. IT'S SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE ELIOT ENGEL. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO AWARD GRANTS OR CONTRACTS FOR PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION CENTERS, PROMOTE THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT OF NURSES AND PHYSICIANS IN PALLIATIVE CARE AND PROMOTE RESEARCH AND OUTREACH IN THE DELIVERY OF CARE WITH PATIENTS WITH SERIOUS OR LIFE THREATENING SERIOUSES AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. I HEARD ABOUT THIS BILL'S IMPACT FROM PALLIATIVE CARE SPECIALISTS AND DISEASE ADVOCATES ALL ACROSS OREGON. DON FRAZIER IN BEND, OREGON, TOLD ME ABOUT HER DAUGHTER, RHONDA, WHO TRAGICALLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 34. SHE SUFFERED FROM EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER'S. IN AN OPINION PIECE THAT DAWN HAD PUBLISHED IN THE BEND BULLETIN, SHE WROTE, AND I QUOTE, PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE IS CRITICAL FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND OUR DEMENTIAS. FOR PEOPLE WITH ADVANCED DEMENTIA, TEAM-BASED CARE, WHICH FOCUSES ON MANAGING AND EASING SYMPTOMS, REDUCING PAIN AND STRESS, AND INCREASING COMFORT IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE, CONTROLS COSTS, AND ENHANCES PATIENT AND FAMILY SATISFACTION. SHE WROTE, HERE IN OREGON, 19% OF PEOPLE IN HOSPICE HAVE A PRIMARY DIAGNOSIS OF DEMENTIA. YET, THE AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY OF PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE IS A CONCERN. DAWN WENT ON TO SAY THAT THIS BILL WILL HELP MAKE CRITICAL PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR MILLIONS OF PATIENTS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I'VE LONG BEEN A SUPPORTER OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND PROGRAMS FOR PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE. MY OWN PARENTS BOTH RECEIVED VALUABLE CARE IN THIS REGARD, ESPECIALLY HOSPICE CARE, AS THEIR LIVES CAME TO A CLOSE. THIS IS ALL PART OF WHY I'M A CO-SPONSOR, ALONG WITH 284 COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, AND WHY I WORKED WITH REPRESENTATIVE ENGEL AND OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR HEALTH, CHAIRMAN BURGESS, TO MOVE THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. WHERE, BY THE WAY, IT RECEIVED UNANIMOUS VOTES IN BOTH OUR HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE AND IN OUR FULL COMMITTEE. SO MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE. LET'S ADVANCE OUR PUBLIC HEALTH, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. GREEN

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1676, THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1676, THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND OUR COMMITTEE MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN ELIOT ENGEL, FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I ALSO LIKE TO THANK OTHER CO-SPONSORS, CONGRESSMAN BUDDY CARTER, ALSO A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, AND REPRESENTATIVE TOM REED, FOR THEIR WORK AND SUPPORT ON THIS LEGISLATION. PALLIATIVE CARE IMPLEMENTS EFFORTS TO TREAT OR CURE ILLNESS BY FOCUSING ON THE PATIENT'S QUALITY OF LIFE. IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR PATIENTS WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS, STARTING WITH TREATMENT AND ONWARD THROUGH HOSPICE, THE END OF LIFE. PALLIATIVE CARE ENTAILS COMMUNICATION WITH PATIENTS, THEIR FAMILIES, COORDINATES CARE, DETERMINE PATIENT'S PREFERENCES AND ASSIST WITH MEDICAL DECISIONMAKING. A GROWING BODY OF RESEARCH AS DOCUMENTED, THE BENEFITS OF HIGH-QUALITY PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE FOR PATIENTS IN HOSPITALS AND PAYERS IN THE -- AND THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH ENHANCED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PATIENTS, REDUCE HOSPITAL EXPENDITURES AND LENGTHS OF STAY AND OTHER POSITIVE OUTCOMES, INCLUDING LONGER PATIENT SURVIVAL TIME. BESPITES THE BENEFITS OF -- DESPITES THE BENEFITS OF PALLIATIVE CARE, THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF EDUCATED PROVIDERS WHO CAN OFFER QUALITY PALLIATIVE CARE. THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP CREATE AN INFRASTRUCTURE TO IMPROVE PALLIATIVE CARE TRAINING FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND ENCOURAGE THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO EXPAND ITS RESEARCH ON PALLIATIVE CARE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT, ENSURE AMERICANS HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING HOW PALLIATIVE CARE MAY BENEFIT THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES. I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. IN FACT, THIS BILL HAS 285 CO-SPONSORS, 2/3 OF THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT WILL EXPAND OUR NATION'S RESEARCH AND INFRASTRUCTURE ON PALLIATIVE CARE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME,

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. WALDEN

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED, WHO'S BEEN A REAL LEADER ON THIS ISSUE AND SEVERAL OTHERS RELATED TO HEALTH CARE AND ESPECIALLY ON DIABETES, MR. REED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. REED

                                          I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR RECOGNIZING AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. MR.…

                                          I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR RECOGNIZING AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. MR. SPEAKER AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR THE EFFORTS THEY PUT IN THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL BECAUSE HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE IS AN UNDERUTILIZE PIECE OF MEDICAL TREATMENT IN AMERICA. THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE NOT ONLY THE CARE THAT IS PROVIDED UNDER PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE BUT ALSO EMPOWER THE WORK FORCE OF TODAY AND TOMORROW TO PROVIDE THESE CRITICAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS TO OUR AGING POPULATION AND TO OUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND TO OUR DEAR FELLOW CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM STRONGLY IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS PERSONAL. AS I LOST MY MOM NINE MONTHS THE DAY SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LYMPHOMA AND PASSED IN MY ARMS, THE WOMAN WHO TAUGHT ME HOW TO LIVE AND MY 11 OLDER BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALSO TAUGHT ME HOW TO DIE. AND WE IN AMERICA NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ACROSS THIS ENTIRE NATION HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE ALL MORTAL AND AT THE END OF OUR LIFE WE NEED TO FACE THAT CRITICAL QUESTION OF WHAT TYPE OF HEALTH CARE WE WANT TO RECEIVE TO MAKE SURE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE IS PRESERVED AND THE QUANTITY OF LIFE IS EXTENDED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO ENJOY THAT LIFE. AND UNDER THIS ACT, MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE KEY COMPONENTS OF IT IS TO PROVIDE THE PROFESSIONALISM THAT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH FAMILIES, WITH CHILDREN, LIKE MYSELF IN THAT SITUATION, AND I HOPE WE WILL HAVE THIS CONVERSATION WITH OUR LOVED ONES MUCH SOONER RATHER THAN AT THAT END OF TIME. AND BY ENGAGING IN THIS LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL PROMOTE PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE AND MAKE SURE THAT ALL AMERICANS KNOW THAT THIS CARE IS AVAILABLE TO THEM AND NOT ONLY WILL IT ALLOW THEM TO ENJOY PEACE IN THEIR FINAL DAYS BUT IT WILL PROVIDE A QUALITY OF LIFE THAT NO OTHER CARE THAT I KNOW OF DOES, AND THAT'S PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE, TO MAKING COMFORTABLE AND ENJOY YOUR LOVED ONES AS WE END OUR TIME ON THIS EARTH. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND JOIN US IN THAT EFFORT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVE?

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                                          MR. WALDEN

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          I RESERVE.

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                                          MR. GREEN

                                          I'M PROUD TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE…

                                          I'M PROUD TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, ELIOT ENGEL.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. ENGEL

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES…

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THIS IS CLEARLY A BIPARTISAN COLLABORATION. I'M PROUD TO BE THE MAIN SPONSOR OF H.R. 1676, THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THE GOAL OF PALLIATIVE CARE IS TO ALLEVIATE SUFFERING FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR LOVED ONES ACCOMPANYING EFFORTS TO TREAT OR CURE ILLNESS. SO WHILE THE ILLNESS IS BEING TREATED, THERE IS SUPPORT BEING GIVEN TO THE PERSON WHO IS SICK AND FOR THEIR LOVED ONES AS WELL. IT ENTAILS SUPPORT FROM A TEAM OF DOCTORS, NURSES, SOCIAL WORKERS, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, CLERGY PERSONS AND OTHER SPECIALISTS WHO PROVIDE AN EXTRA LAYER OF ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING HELP WITH MEDICAL DECISIONMAKING AND COORDINATION OF CARE ACROSS MULTIPLE SETTINGS. IT IS APPROPRIATE AT ANY AGE AND AT ANY STAGE IN A SERIOUS ILLNESS. PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH ENHANCED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PATIENTS, BUT TOO MANY PEOPLE DON'T -- SIMPLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT THESE BENEFITS. ON TOP OF THAT, THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF EDUCATED PROVIDERS WHO CAN OFFER QUALITY PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE. AND THAT'S WHERE THIS BILL COMES IN. THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT ADDRESSES THESE ISSUES BY EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINING IN PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE. THIS BILL AIMS TO BETTER EDUCATE PATIENTS, FAMILIES, AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE'S BENEFITS AND ENCOURAGES N.I.H. TO EXPAND RESEARCH AROUND THIS TOPIC. ULTIMATELY, THIS BILL WILL HELP US ENSURE THERE IS A WELL-TRAINED PALLIATIVE CARE WORK FORCE AVAILABLE TO CARE FOR PATIENTS, A GOAL THAT I BELIEVE WILL ALSO BE CRITICAL TO TURNING THE TIDE OF THE ONGOING OPIOID EPIDEMIC. ONE OF THE GOALS OF PALLIATIVE CARE IS TO PROVIDE RELIEF FROM THE PAIN OF A SERIOUS ILLNESS, BY CREATING THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED TO BETTER EDUCATE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ON PALLIATIVE CARE, THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO HELP ENSURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE ABLE TO PROPERLY MANAGE PATIENT'S PAIN AND PRACTICE APPROPRIATE EVIDENCE-BASED PRESCRIBING, A SPACE WHERE THE OPIOID CRISIS HAS SHOWN WE NEED TO DO MUCH BETTER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, CHAIRMAN BURGESS, AND RANKING MEMBER GREEN FOR HELPING TO MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN TOM REED AND CONGRESSMAN BUDDY CARTER WHO CO-AUTHORED THE BILL AND ALL OF THE 285 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS. THIS IS ABOUT AS BIPARTISAN AS WE CAN GET. WE'RE DEALING WITH ISSUES THAT PEOPLE SOMETIMES DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT, END OF LIFE ISSUES, ISSUES OF THAT NATURE, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT MUST BE TALKED ABOUT BECAUSE AS FAMILIES NEED HELP, THIS WILL GIVE THE FAMILIES THE HELP THEY NEED. I THINK EVERY ONE OF US HAVE FELT THE PAIN AND STRESS OF A SERIOUS ILLNESS, EITHER PERSONALLY OR STANDING ALONGSIDE A LOVED ONE. BY PASSING THIS BILL, WE'LL TAKE AN IMPORTANT STEP TO BRING MUCH, MUCH-NEEDED RELIEF TO BOTH PATIENTS AND THEIR LOVED ONES. SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED TO MAKE THIS BILL BIPARTISAN. WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF THIS WHEN IT BECOMES LAW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 03:13:20 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 03:13:23 PM

                                          MR. WALDEN

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BELIEVE I HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS MEASURE, SO…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BELIEVE I HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS MEASURE, SO I'LL RESERVE.

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                                        • 03:13:30 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 03:13:33 PM

                                          MR. GREEN

                                          MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WILL BE GLAD TO YIELD BACK…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WILL BE GLAD TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 03:13:39 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          OK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                        • 03:13:44 PM

                                          MR. WALDEN

                                          I'LL CLOSE BY THANKING MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THANKS TO…

                                          I'LL CLOSE BY THANKING MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THANKS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND I KNOW DR. PHIL ROE WHO CHAIRS OUR VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, A SUPPORTER, COULD NOT BE HERE TO SPEAK ON IT BECAUSE OF A CONFLICT. BUT LET ME JUST SAY, THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. IT WILL CHANGE LIVES. IT WILL IMPROVE LIVES. AND WITH THAT I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEASURE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 03:14:13 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1676, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 03:14:46 PM

                                          MR. BURGESS

                                          I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 959 AS AMENDED.

                                        • 03:14:51 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                        • 03:14:53 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          H.R. 959, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 8 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO…

                                          H.R. 959, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 8 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO EXTEND ADVANCED EDUCATION NURSING GRANTS TO SUPPORT CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST PROGRAMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        • 03:15:04 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

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

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                                      • 03:15:04 PM

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

                                        • 03:15:06 PM

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

                                          • 03:15:13 PM

                                            MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                          • 03:15:20 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                          • 03:15:22 PM

                                            MR. BURGESS

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

                                        • 03:15:23 PM

                                          Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 959 — "To amend title VIII of the Public Health Service Act to extend advanced education nursing grants to support clinical nurse specialist programs, and for other purposes."

                                          • 03:15:33 PM

                                            MR. BURGESS

                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 959, THE TITLE 8:00 NURSING RE-AUTHORIZATION. IT…

                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 959, THE TITLE 8:00 NURSING RE-AUTHORIZATION. IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE TITLE 8:00 NURSE PROGRAMS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2019 THROUGH 2023. TITLE 8:00 PROGRAMS IN ADDITION TO THE TITLE 7:00 FI -- TITLE VIII PROGRAMS IN ADDITION TO THE TITLE VII PROGRAMS HAVE CONTINUED TO RECEIVE APPROPRIATIONS. THIS BILL RE-AUTHORIZES TITLE VIII PROGRAMS AT THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 LEVEL. WHILE WE'VE CONTINUED TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS WITHOUT A RE-AUTHORIZATION, THERE REMAINS UNCERTAINTY REGARDING HOW MUCH MONEY THE PROGRAMS WILL RECEIVE EACH YEAR. THESE PROGRAMS RANGE FROM PROVIDING OUR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES WITH ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASING THE NURSING WORK FORCE DIVERSITY. THE BILL INCLUDES GRANTS FOR NURSES OF DIFFERENT LEVELS OF EDUCATION TO OBTAIN FURTHER EDUCATION SO THAT THEY CAN ADVANCE WITHIN THE NURSING PROFESSION. IN ADDITION IT RE-AUTHORIZES LOAN REPAYMENTS FOR EDUCATION, QUALITY AND RETENTION. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL IN EDUCATING AND RETAINING A QUALIFIED NURSE WORK FORCE. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 959 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 03:15:40 PM

                                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                        • 03:15:41 PM

                                          DEBATE

                                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 959.

                                          • 03:17:00 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 03:17:03 PM

                                            MR. GREEN

                                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 959,…

                                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 959, THE TITE 8 VIII WORK FORCE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I THANK THE MAIN SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION AND ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVE DORIS MATSUI, REPRESENTATIVE CASTOR AND REPRESENTATIVE GABBARD FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. AN ESTIMATED 10,000 PEOPLE ARE TURNING 65 YEARS OLD IN AMERICA EVERY DAY. THAT TREND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF THE DECADE. IN ADDITION TO AN AGING POPULATION, THE UNITED STATES FACES RISING HEALTH CARE COST, PREVALENT CHRONIC DISEASES AND THE RISING SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS. IN ORDER TO MEET THIS INCREASED NEED FOR CARE, WE NEED TO GROW THE LARGEST GROUP OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN OUR NATION, NURSES. THE TITLE VIII PROGRAM BOOSTS NURSING EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS FROM ENTRY LEVEL PREPARATION THROUGH GRADUATE STUDY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR INSTITUTIONS THAT EDUCATE NURSES FOR PRACTICE IN RURAL AND MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. THESE PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO ADDRESS SPECIFIC NEEDS WITHIN THE NURSING WORK FORCE AND AMERICA'S PATIENT POPULATION. THIS LEGISLATION WILL RE-AUTHORIZE TITLE VIII OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT THAT PROVIDES FEDERAL RESOURCES OR ITS NURSING WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS INCLUDING THE RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND ADVANCED EDUCATION OF SKILLED NURSING PROFESSIONALS. THIS BILL EXTENDS EDUCATIONAL NURSING GRANTS TO SUPPORT CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST, CLINICAL NURSE LEADERS, DEFINES NURSE MANAGED HEALTH CLINICS AND CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS TO THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL AND RE-AUTHORIZES LOAN REPAYMENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS FOR EDUCATION AND PRACTICE IN QUALITY AND RETENTION. THIS BURN LEGISLATION PASSED THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON VOICE VOTE EARLIER THIS MONTH. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN OUR AMERICAN NURSING WORK FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 03:19:07 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZE.

                                          • 03:19:11 PM

                                            MR. BURGESS

                                            IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. JOYCE…

                                            IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. JOYCE OF OHIO, THE AWE FOR OF THE BILL.

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                                          • 03:19:19 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 03:19:21 PM

                                            MR. JOYCE

                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 959, THE WORK FORCE…

                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 959, THE WORK FORCE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR MOVING THIS LEGISLATION THROUGH THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY NURSING CONSISTENTLY RANKS AS THE MOST TRUSTED PROFESSION IN THE AMERICA. AS THE HUSBAND OF A NURSE AND CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL NURSING CAUCUS, I KNOW THE AMOUNT OF DEDICATION AND SUPPORT NURSES PUT INTO THEIR DAILY TASKS OF CARING FOR EVERY PATIENT. AN ESTIMATED 10,000 BABY BOOMERS ARE TURNING 65 YEARS OLD EVERY DAY. IN ORDER TO MEET THIS INCREASED DEMAND FOR CARE, WE NEED TO GROW THE LARGEST GROUP OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, NURSES. DESPITE THE IMPORTANCE OF NURSES TO THE WELL BEING OF PATIENT WELL, FACE A SHORTAGE THAT LEAVES TOO MANY PATIENTS WITHOUT THE CARE THEY NEED. THIS WILL AFFECT THE ENTIRE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SO WE NEED TO DO ALL WE CAN THAT ALL THOSE INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THIS CAREER PATH HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES FUNDS FOR GRANTS FOR WORK FORCE DIVERSITY AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS. IT WILL TRAIN OUR NURSING WORK FORCE TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY CARE AMERICAN PATIENTS NEED. I'M THANKFUL FOR THE INCREDIBLE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THIS BILL HAS RECEIVED ON BEHALF OF THE NATION'S NURSES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY IM-- BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 03:20:46 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 03:20:50 PM

                                            MR. GREEN

                                          • 03:20:57 PM

                                            MS. FWABARD

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE,…

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN JOYCE, WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT LEADER ON THESE ISSUES RELATING TO OUR NURSING WORK FORCE. I APPRECIATE WORKING WITH YOU AS CO-CHAIR OF THE HOUSE NURSING CAUCUS, WE'RE ABLE TO BRING A LOT OF ISSUES AN CHALLENGES TO LIGHT. WE ALL THE THAT NURSE AND CARE GIVERS ARE THE HEART BEAT OF OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. DAY IN AND DAY OUT ERIC THEY PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING CARE WITH EMPATHY, COMPASSION, AND CARE IN THE MOST TRYING AND STRESSFUL SITUATIONS. BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE CONTINUE TO SEE NURSE WORK FORCE SHORTAGES, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. LIKE MANY IN MY HOME STATE OF HAWAII WHERE PEOPLE ON DIFFERENT ISLANDS ARE SEPARATED BY A BODY OF WATER SOMETIMES FROM GETTING ACCESS TO THE CARE THEY NEED. IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS ALONE, THE UNITED STATES IS ON TRACK TO FACE A SHORTAGE OF NEARLY 200,000 NURSING PROFESSIONALS. THESE SHORTAGES NOT ONLY DRIVE UP THE COST OF HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE MOST IN NEED BUT ACTUALLY ENDANGER THE WELL BEING AND CARE OF OUR PATIENTS. AS OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FACES HEIGHT AND COMPLEX CHALLENGES LIKE AN AGING POPULATION, INCREASE IN CHRONIC DISEASES AND EVER WORSENING OPIOID EPDMIC AND SO MUCH MORE, OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS MUST HAVE THE TRAINING THEY NEED TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES. RE-AUTHORIZING FEDERAL FUND FOR VITAL PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE NURSES WITH TRAIN, EDUCATION AND SUPPORT WILL HELP GROW OUR NURSING WORK FORCE BOTH IN MY HOME STATE OF HAWAII AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND EXPAND ACCESS TO THE QUALITY CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN, OUR VETERANS, OUR SENIORS, AND ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND EMPOWER OUR NURSES AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO CONTINUE SERVING AND CARING FOR THE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 03:22:48 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            BACK.

                                          • 03:22:55 PM

                                            MR. GREEN

                                            WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M GLAD TO YIELD BACK MY TIME.

                                          • 03:23:00 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 03:23:06 PM

                                            MR. BURGESS

                                            I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME AND WANT TO POINT OUT, THIS BILL…

                                            I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME AND WANT TO POINT OUT, THIS BILL DOES PASS IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS, 114TH CONGRESS, PASSED THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND FULL COMMITTEE. WAS NEVER ENACTED INTO LAW. THE AUTHOR AFTER THAT -- OF THAT BILL IN THE LAST CONGRESS WAS OUR COLLEAGUE LOIS CAPPS AND I KNOW SHE'LL BE GRATE TO FEEL SEE HER WORK HAS FINALLY CLEARED THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND ON TO THE SENATE AND WE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE AN AYE VOTE.

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                                          • 03:23:36 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. 959 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 NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 03:24:05 PM

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

                                          • 03:24:08 PM

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

                                            • 03:24:28 PM

                                              Mr. Lance moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3994 — "To establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, and for other purposes."

                                              • 03:24:35 PM

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                                                I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3994 AS…

                                                I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3994 AS AMENDED.

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                                              • 03:24:40 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                              • 03:24:43 PM

                                                THE CLERK

                                                H.R. 3994, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF INTERNET CONNECTIVITY AND…

                                                H.R. 3994, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF INTERNET CONNECTIVITY AND GROWTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                              • 03:24:50 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                PURSUANT -- PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE…

                                                PURSUANT -- PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                            • 03:24:57 PM

                                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                            • 03:24:59 PM

                                              DEBATE

                                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3994.

                                              • 03:25:00 PM

                                                MR. LANCE

                                                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 EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD ON THE BILL.

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                                              • 03:25:09 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                              • 03:25:11 PM

                                                MR. LANCE

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

                                              • 03:25:15 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 03:25:18 PM

                                                MR. LANCE

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE ACCESS BROADBAND…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE ACCESS BROADBAND ACT WHICH CONGRESSMAN TONKO AND I INTRODUCED LAST YEAR. THIS BILL WOULD STREAMLINE THE FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAMS RELATED TO BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT AND TRACK HOW FEDERAL FUNDS ARE USED TO A GREATER EXTENT THAN IS NOW THE CASE. I THANK CONGRESSMAN TONKO FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. BROADBAND INTERNET IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. CRITICAL TOOL FOR STUDENTS AND AN INCUBATOR FOR THE NEXT GREAT INNOVATION. THIS BILL TAKES THE RIGHT STEPS TO ENSURE FEDERAL BROADBAND RESOURCES ARE WORKING TO EXPAND ACCESS IN UNDERSERVED AREAS. BEING ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET MEANS BEING ABLE TO UNLOCK TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL AMERICANS SHARE IN THIS SUCCESS. MANY LOCAL ECONOMIES ARE RELYING ON CONGRESS TO GET THIS RIGHT. IN MANY AIR DWHREEFS COUNTRY THE COST TO DEPLOY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE IS PROHIBITIVE. IT CREATES A NEED FOR FEDERAL FUNDING IN CASES WHERE A MARKET SOLUTION IS NOT POSSIBLE. WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT BROADBAND SUPPORT PROGRAMS ACROSS SEVERAL FEDERAL AGENCIES, THERE'S NO SINGLE COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM BACKING WHERE AND HOW FUNDS ARE BEING SPENT. ACCESS BROADBAND CREATES AN OFFICE WITHIN THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATION WITH THE TASK OF SIMPLIFYING THE PROCESS, THE VARIOUS SUPPORT PROGRAMS. COORDINATING BETWEEN THE VARIOUS AGENCIES AND TRACKING THE USE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF FEDERAL BROADBAND FUNDING. BY ENSURING COORDINATION, THE OFFICE WILL HELP PREVENT OVERBUILDING OF BROADBAND, AND MAKE SURE FEDERAL FUNDS ARE GOING WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST. WHICH SHOULD BE UNSERVED AND UNDERSERVED AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. THIS BILL AND THE OTHER BILLS WE HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING REFLECT A BROAD AND ENCOMPASSING JURISDICTION OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND THE IMPORTANT DAY-TO-DAY WORK AND OVERSIGHT WE MAINTAIN OVER SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS TYPE OF WORK COUNTS IN THESE -- AND THESE BILLS ARE IMPORTANT. ENERGY AND COMMERCE ACCOMPLISHMENTS LIKE RE-AUTHORIZING THE SUCCESSFUL CHIP PROGRAM, THINK BAUMS ACT, NUCLEAR WASTE -- SAFELY DISPOSING OF NUCLEAR WASTE HAVE BEEN THE PILLARS OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS CONGRESS. THESE AND OTHERS KEEP THE WHEELS OF GOVERNMENT MOVING. THE ACCESS BROADBAND BILL IS EXCELLENT LEGISLATION AND WILL IMPROVE BROADBAND FOR MANY AMERICANS. I URGE A YET VOTE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 03:28:13 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                              • 03:28:18 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

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

                                              • 03:28:21 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 03:28:23 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

                                                I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 3994, THE ADVANCING CRITICAL CONNECTIVITY, EXPAND…

                                                I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 3994, THE ADVANCING CRITICAL CONNECTIVITY, EXPAND SERVICE REACCESS AND DATABASE ASSESS NEED AND DEMAND ACT OR IN SHORT THE ACCESS BROADBAND ACT. I THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR MOVING THIS MEASURE FORWARD AND OFFER SPECIAL THANKS TO MY FRIEND REPRESENTATIVE LANCE FOR PARTNERING WITH ME ON THIS LEGISLATION. I ALSO THANK THE BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS WHO HAVE SPON SOARED THIS LEGISLATION, INCLUDING 14 MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE WHO HAVE WORKED TOGETHER AND WHO AGREE THAT THESE ARE VITAL TEPS -- STEPS WORTH TAKING. THIS BILL IS ABOUT SERVING THE PEOPLE. MY OWN CONSTITUENTS CONTINUE TO REACH OUT ABOUT THEIR LIMITATIONS OF ACCESS TO BROADBAND INTERNET THROUGHOUT THE CAPITAL REGION. SOME OF THESE AREAS ARE RURAL AND MANY ARE UNDERSERVED ENTIRELY. AND UNSERVED. OTHER AREAS ARE UNDERSERVED WITH A FEW HOUSES HAVING ACCESS WHILE MANY OTHERS ARE LEFT WITH NO AFFORDABLE OPTIONS IN SIGHT. STILTS ASK, WHEN WILL WE GET ACCESS? WHAT ABOUT WESTERN SCHENECTADY COUNTY? WHAT ABOUT AMSTERDAM? WHAT ABOUT FORT JOHNSON? WHAT ABOUT WESTERN SARATOGA COUNTY AND THE 20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT? I'VE HEARD FROM DOCTORS WHO DEPEND ON BROADBAND INTERNET TO READ X-RAYS WHEN THEY'RE ON CALL. I HEAR FROM LIBRARIES -- LIBRARIANS WHO FIND STUDENTS SITTING IN THE LIBRARY PARKING LOT AFTER HOURS TO ACCESS THE INTERNET AND FINISH HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS. I HEAR FROM WORKERS WHO ARE FORCED TO LEAVE HOME TO FIND HIGH ENOUGH INTERNET SPEED THAT THEY CAN UPLOAD OR DOWNLOAD LARGE FILES. AND THEY ALL ASK, WHEN WILL WE HAVE ACCESS? AS A CONGRESS, WE OWE THESE FOLKS AN ANSWER. A LACK OF ACCESS TO BROADBAND INTERNET IN THE CAPITAL REGION IS ONE OF MANY REASONS I PUSHED TO JOIN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND WHY I HAVE WORKED TO ADVANCE THIS LEGISLATION. . THIS BILL IS THE FIRST PART OF THAT ANSWER. H.R. 3994, THE ADVANCING CRITICAL CONNECTIVITY EXPANDS SERVICE, SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES, OPPORTUNITIES, ACCESS, AND DATABASED ON ASSESSED NEED AND DEMAND ACT, WILL BE ACROSS MULTIPLE AGENCIES AND SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS TO ACCESS THEM. CURRENTLY, THERE IS NO COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM THAT TRACKS WHERE FEDERAL DOLLARS ARE GOING AND HOW THE FUNDING IS IMPACTING COMMUNITIES. INVESTMENTS ARE MADE WITH LITTLE ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT ON BEHALF OF THE TAXPAYER. ACCESS BROADBAND AS AN ACT WOULD BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES. THIS BILL WILL TRACK FEDERAL BROADBAND DOLLARS, STREAMLINE MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL BROADBAND RESOURCES ACROSS MULTIPLE AGENCIES, AND MOST NOTABLY, IT WILL SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS TO ACCESS THEM. THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK TO BE DONE ON THIS ISSUE, AND I DO HOPE THAT THIS CAN SERVE AS A STARTING PLACE FOR US TO OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO REQUIRE THE DEBTOR AND IMPROVED OUTCOMES BY INVEST -- THE -- WHO REQUIRE THE BETTER AND IMPROVEMENT OUTCOMES BY INVESTING IN BROADBAND. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL AND RESERVE.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                MR. LANCE

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,…

                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. CARTER.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. CARTER

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

                                                THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUE'S BILL, THE ACCESS BROADBAND ACT. MR. TONKO'S LEGISLATION WILL MOVE TO ESTABLISH A NEW OFFICE TO COORDINATE AND TRACK FEDERAL FUNDING OF BROADBAND ACROSS EVERY AGENCY. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S GRANT SYSTEM CAN OFTENTIMES BE CONFUSING AND DISJOINTED AND MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS TO FIND GRANTS THEY MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR. AS A RESULT YOU, THEY MAY BE LOSING OUT ON LOST OPPORTUNITIES ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO BROADBAND NEEDS. OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE AND ONE AREA THAT'S PROVEN TO BE A BOON IS ACCESS TO HIGH SPEED INTERNET. BY ENCOMPASSING ALL OF THESE GRANTS INTO ONE AREA, WE CAN ASSIST COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THEIR SEARCH FOR FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING. ACCESS TO BROADBAND IS A RECIPE FOR GROWTH. ALLOWING PEOPLE TO TAKE AND CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE. THAT'S WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                                                MR. LANCE

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                MR. TONKO

                                                MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE. IF THE OTHER SIDE IS…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE. IF THE OTHER SIDE IS READY TO CLOSE I CAN YIELD.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                MR. LANCE

                                                THANK YOU. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                                THANK YOU. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND 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. 3994, 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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                                              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. Sensenbrenner moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1689 — "To protect private property rights."

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1689, THE PRIVATE…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1689, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT OF 2017.

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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 NUMBER 66, H.R. 1689, A BILL TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY…

                                                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 66, H.R. 1689, A BILL TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. SENSENBRENNER, AND…

                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. SENSENBRENNER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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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. 1689.

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                                                    MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                    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. 1689, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                    OBJECTION.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING H.R. 1689, THE…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING H.R. 1689, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT. MY BILL AIMS TO RESTORE THE PROPERTY RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS THAT THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY IN 2005. THE FOUNDERS OF OUR COUNTRY RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHT TO PERSONAL PROPERTY WHEN THEY DRAFTED THE CONSTITUTION. THE FIFTH AMENDMENT STATES, QUOTE, NOR SHALL PRIVATE PROPERTY BE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION, UNQUOTE. IN KEY LOW VS. THE CITY OF NEW LONDON, THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED THAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COULD BE USE FOR PUBLIC TAKING CLAUSE. IN A 5-4 DECISION, THE COURT HELD THAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY FROM AN OWNER TO HELP A CORPORATION OR PRIVATE DEVELOPER. THE NOW-INFAMOUS KELOW DECISION CREATED A MASSIVE BACKLASH. AS FORMER JUSTICE O'CONNOR STATED, THE GOVERNMENT NOW HAS LICENSE TO TRANSFER PROPERTY FROM THOSE WITH FEWER RESOURCES TO THOSE WITH MORE. THE FOUNDERS COULD NOT HAVE INTENDED THIS PERVERSE RESULT,. POLLS SHOW THAT AMERICANS OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE PROPERTY BEING TAKEN AND TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER PRIVATE OWNER, EVEN IF IT IS FOR THE PUBLIC ECONOMIC GOOD. THE PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION RIGHTS ACT WILL RESTORE PROPERTY RIGHTS THE SUPREME COURT INVALIDATED. THE NUMBER OF SUPREME COURTS HAVE BARRED THE PRACTICE UNDER THEIR STATE CONSTITUTIONS. THESE LAWS EXIST IN THE VERY -- IN VARYING DEGREE. THIS BILL WILL PROHIBIT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT RECEIVE FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FROM USING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AS JUSTIFICATION FOR TAKING PROPERTY FROM ONE PERSON GIVING IT TO ANOTHER PRIVATE ENTITY. ANY STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR TWO YEARS. THE PROTECTION OF PROPERTY RIGHTS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TENANTS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. I AM MINDFUL OF THE LONG HISTORY OF EMANATE DOMAIN ABUSES, PARTICULARLY IN LOW-INCOME AND OFTEN PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE NEED TO STOP IT. I AM ALSO ALSO MINDFUL OF THE REASONS WE SHOULD ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE THE LEAD WHEN THE WAY IN WHICH LAND IS BEING USED CONSTITUTES AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. I BELIEVE THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES BOTH GOALS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PROTECTING PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS FOR ALL AMERICANS AND LIMITING THE DANGEROUS EFFECTS OF THE KELO DECISION ON THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    TIME.

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                                                    MR. NADLER

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1689,…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1689, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT OF 2017. WHILE I BELIEVE THIS BILL IS WELL-INTENTIONED, IT'S THE WRONG APPROACH TO A SERIOUS PROBLEM. IT SEEKS TO PREVENT ABUSE OF EMINENT DOMAIN POWER. BUT IT COULD CRIPPLE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITHOUT PROVIDING REMEDY OF AN UNJUST TAKING. IN KELO VS. CITY OF NEW LONDON, THE SUPREME COURT UPHELD THE RIGHT OF MUNICIPALITY TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY TO TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY AND TO TRANSFER IT TO ANOTHER PRIVATE INDUSTRY FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE. BUILDING ON A CENT REEF PRECEDENT, DEFINING PUBLIC USE TO INCLUDE A PUBLIC PURPOSE, THE COURT HELD SUCH A TRANSFER DID NOT VIOLATE THE FIFTH AMENDMENT'S TAKING CLAUSE, WHICH PROVIDES NO PERSONS, QUOTE, PRIVATE PROPERTY SHALL BE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION, CLOSED QUOTE. CRITICS OF THE KELO DECISION BELIEVE THE SUPREME COURT OVERREACHED AND EMINENT DOMAIN SHOULD BE EXERCISED ONLY WHEN THE TAKING PROPERTY WILL BE OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT OR BY A PRIVATE ENTITY ACTING AS A PUBLIC UTILITY. H.R. 1689 WOULD OVERTURN KELO BY PROHIBITING ANY STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT RECEIVES FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FROM USING EMINENT DOMAIN TO TRANSFER PRIVATE PROPERTY TO ANOTHER PRIVATE ENTITY FOR PURPOSE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE BILL BROADLY DEFINES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO INCLUDE ANY FEDERAL FUNDS DISTRIBUTED TO STATES AND LOCALITIES UNDER LAWS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE OR INCREASE THEIR ECONOMIES. SHOULD A STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT VIOLATE THIS PROHIBITION, IT IS SUBJECT TO THE LOSS OF ALL SUCH FUNDS FOR TWO YEARS. . THIS COULD DEVASTATE THE FINANCES OF STATE AND WILL LO -- AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. EVEN PROJECTS UNRELATED TO TAKINGS COULD LOSE FUNDING AND CITIES COULD LOSE FUNDS BY INCORRECTLY GUESSING ABOUT WHETHER A PROJECT WOULD FALL FI AS PUBLIC USE. IT WOULD ALSO HAVE A CHILLING EFFECT ON THE GOVERNMENT'S WILLINGNESS TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN TO PROMOTE LEGITIMATE PROJECTS. EVEN IF A GOVERNMENT NEVER TAKES A PROHIBITED ACTION IT WOULD LIKELY BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THIS BILL. JUST THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF SIGNIFICANT FEDERAL FUND MAKE MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR A GOVERNMENT TO SELL MUNICIPAL BONDS OR COULD REQUIRE A GOVERNMENT TO PAY INORDINATE INTEREST RATES GIVEN THE POSSIBILITY THAT IT MIGHT AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE USE IMMINENT DOMAIN IMPROPERLY AND THEREBY USE ALL FEDERAL ECONOMIC AID AND WITH IT THE ABILITY TO REPAY THE BOND. THE POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN IS AN EXTRAORDINARY ONE AND SHOULD BE USED WITH GREAT CARE. HISTORICALLY THERE ARE EXAMPLES OF STATES AND LOCALITIES ABUSING EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PURELY PRIVATE GAIN. WHEN USED INAPPROPRIATELY THIS HAS WRECKED COMMUNITIES FROM PODGETS -- FOR PROJECTS USED IN PROJECTS WITH LITTLE ECONOMIC BENEFIT. WHEN USED CORRECTLY IT MAKES POSSIBLE TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PROJECTS THAT ARE INTEGRAL TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL WELL BEING. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL'S VAGUE DEFINITIONS MAY PROHIBIT PROJECTS THAT HAVE A GENUINE PUBLIC PURPOSE. THIS BILL ALLOWS USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN TO GIVE PROPERTY TO A PRIVATE PARTY, QUOTE, SUCH AS A COMMON CARRIER THAT MAKES THE PROPERTY AVAILABLE FOR USE BY THE YEN PUBLIC AS A RIGHT, CLOSE QUOTE THAT WOULD SEEM TO INCLUDE A STADIUM WHICH IS PRIVATELY OWNED AND IS AVAILABLE FOR USE BY THE YEN PUBLIC AS A RIGHT. ON THE OTHER HAND, COMMUNITIES COULD BE BARRED FROM USING EMINENT DOMAIN TO PURSUE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS BECAUSE THEY ARE BUILT USING A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, SUCH AS THE HOPE 6 PROGRAM WHICH USES FEDERAL FUN TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT OF MIXED INCOME HOUSING. ANOTHER SHORTCOMING OF THE BILL IS IT DOESN'T HELP AN AGREED PROPERTY OWNER OR TENANT BECAUSE IT WOULDN'T ALLOW THEM TO SUE TO PROHIBIT THE ALLEGEDLY PROHIBITED TAKING. IT ONLY ALLOWS A SUIT WHEN IT IS TOO LATE. IN ADDITION, THEY WOULD NOT BE ENTITE TOLD ANY TAJS. ALL THEY COULD TAKE IS THE -- THEY COULD GET IS THE SLIGHT SATISFACTION THEY COULD RECEIVE FROM BANKRUPTING THEIR COMMUNITY AFTER THE FACT. I WOULD POINT OUT THAT THIS BILL SUN NECESSARY SINCE MORE THAN 40 STATE VTS ALREADY MOVED AGGRESSIVELY TO NARROW IMMINENT -- EMINENT DOMAIN LAWS IN THE 13 YEARS SINCE KELO WAS DECIDED. FINALLY, H.R. 1369 UNDERMINES FEDERALISM AND MAY RAISE CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS. SUBJECT TO THE TAKINGS CLAUSE LOCAL LAND USE DECISIONS ARE LEFT TO THE DECISION CESSION OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHRS IN THE BEST POSITIONS TO KNOW THE NEEDS. THE LOSS OF ALL ECONOMIC FUNDING EVEN FOR PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH TAKE SGS SO DRACONIAN THAT IT MAY AMOUNT TO AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL COERCION OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. ACCORDINGLY, I OPPOSE THIS BILL. I WOULD SIMPLY MAKE TWO COMMENTS TO AMPLIFY WHAT I SAID. IF YOU WANT TO STOP IMPROPER TAKINGS, ALL RIGHT. BUT HAVE A PROPER ENTITY. ALLOW THE ALLEGED VICTIM OF THE IMPROPER TAKING TO GO TO COURT, SUE FOR AN INJUNCTION TO STOP THE IMPROPER TAKING, AND TO GET MONETARY DAMAGES IF ANY. THAT WOULD BE AT LEAST A REASONABLE REMEDY. INSTEAD, THIS BILL SAYS YOU CAN'T GO TO COURT TO GET AN INJUNCTION. YOU CAN'T GET DAMAGES. ALL YOU CAN DO IS WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE IMPROPER TAKING HAS OCCURRED YOU ALREADY LOST YOUR PROPERTY. THEN YOU CAN GO TO COURT AND IF THE COURT FINDS YOU'RE RIGHT THAT IT WAS AN IMPROPER USE OF THE IMMEANT -- OF THE EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEDURE THEN THE GOVERNMENT WILL LOSE ECONOMIC AID FOR TWO YEARS. DOESN'T HELP THE PLAINTIFF. DOESN'T HELP THE PROPERTY OWNER. ALL IT DOES IS BANKRUPT THE COMMUNITY. SO WHAT'S THE POINT? AND SECOND, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, THIS COULD INJURE COMMUNITIES THAT NEVER DO AN IMPROPER TAKING BECAUSE IF I'M THE MAYOR, I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FLOAT A BOND LEST SOMEBODY THINK MY SUCCESSOR ONCE OR TWICE REMOVED MAY, 20 YEARS DOWN THE LINE OR 10 YEARS DOWN THE LINE, DO AN IMPROPER TAKINGS AN THEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD COME IN, STOP ALL ECONOMIC AID AND WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO REPAY THE BONDS. THIS WOULD IMPAIR THE ABILITY OF STATES OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO BOND FOR PROJECTS. WOULDN'T HELP THE VICTIM. MAY EVEN BE NO VICTIM. BUT IT WOULD HURT THE GOVERNMENT. IT MAKES NO SENSE. SO THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. AND I YIELD -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    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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                                                    THERE ARE TWO FLAWS IN THE GENTLEMAN'S ARGUMENT, THE FIRST FLAW, WE SHOULD…

                                                    THERE ARE TWO FLAWS IN THE GENTLEMAN'S ARGUMENT, THE FIRST FLAW, WE SHOULD GO BACK TO WHY THE KELO WENT TO THE SUPREME COURT.

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                                                    MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                    MS. KEL; OWNED A HOUSE, DIDN'T WANT TO SELL IT. WHAT THE COURT DECIDED WAS…

                                                    MS. KEL; OWNED A HOUSE, DIDN'T WANT TO SELL IT. WHAT THE COURT DECIDED WAS THE PUBLIC PURPOSE SERVED BY CONDEMNING THE HOUSE AND ALLOWING AN OFFICE BUILDING TO BE BUILT SO THE COMMUNITY COULD COLLECT HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES BECAUSE THE OFFICE BUILDING WOULD BE ASSESSED AT A GREATER VALUE THAN MS. KELO'S HOUSE. NOW THAT WAS THE SO-CALLED PUBLIC PURPOSE. SO THE THING IS IS THAT WITHOUT THIS LEGISLATION, ANY PROPERTY THAT COULD BE TAXED HIGHER IF IT WAS CONDEMNED AND THERE WAS A REPLACEMENT PROPERTY THAT WAS PUT UP, COULD END UP BEING CONDEMNED UNDER THE KELO DECISION AND THE HOMEOWNER WOULD BE OUT OF LUCK AND OUT OF THEIR HOUSE AND HAVE TO FIND SOME MORE HOUSING. THE SECOND COMPLAINT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MAKES IS THAT THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS ARE TOO SEVERE. WELL, YOU DON'T NOT CHANGE THE ACTIVITY OF ANYBODY IF THERE ARE NO PENALTIES AT ALL OR IF THE PENALTY IS JUST A TAP ON THE WRIST. JUST THINK OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE STILL HAD A LAW THAT SAID THAT EVERYBODY HAD TO STOP AT A RED LIGHT, BUT THERE WAS NEVER A FINE OR ANY POINTS OR ANY IMPACT ON ONE'S INSURANCE POLICY BECAUSE THERE WAS NO MOVING VEHICLE VIOLATION. GOOD LUCK, EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY GETTING HOME FROM WORK. TONIGHT. IF THAT WAS THE ATTITUDE TOWARD TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS. THERE HAS TO BE SOME KIND OF A SEVERE VIOLATION. NOW IF THE CITY IS CONCERNED THAT THEY MIGHT BE VIOLATING THE TERMS OF THE BILL THEY CAN ALWAYS ASK THAT THEIR COMBINATION BE WITHDRAWN. HOPEFULLY THE JUDGE WILL GRANT THAT AND IT WILL BE WITHDRAWN. THE CITY CAN STOP THIS PROCEDURE ANY TIME THEY WANT TO BEFORE THERE'S AN ACTUAL CONDEMNATION JUDGMENT THAT IS ENTERED BY THE COURT. AND THIS IS DESIGNED TO SLOW DOWN AND STOP LEGISLATION WHEN THE SOLE PURPOSE, THE SOLE PUBLIC PURPOSE, IS TO COLLECT MORE PROPERTY TAXES BECAUSE THERE'S A MORE EXPENSIVE STRUCTURE THAT IS BEING BUILT THERE. BOTH OF THESE ARGUMENTS, I THINK, DO NOT HAVE ANY MERIT WHATSOEVER AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL OUGHT TO PASS. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I WOULD YIELD THAT BALANCE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT HE BE ALLOWED TO YIELD TIME TO OTHER MEMBERS WHO MIGHT DESIRE TO SPEAK.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME. THE…

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. NADLER

                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'LL FIRST COMMENT, THE…

                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'LL FIRST COMMENT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SAYS WE OBJECT THAT THE PENALTY IS TOO SEVERE. WE DO NOT OBJECT THAT THE PENALTY IS TOO SEVERE. WE OBJECT THAT THE PENALTY IS IRRELEVANT. THE PENALTY WON'T HELP THE PLAINTIFF, WON'T HELP PREVENT THE MISUSE, NUMBER ONE. AND NUMBER TWO, THAT IT COULD BE A PLOT, THAT IT WOULD HAVE THE PRACTICAL EFFECT WHEN THERE IS NO MISUSE NEW YORK TAKING AT ALL, OF PREVENTING -- VERY A DELETERIOUS EFFECT ON THE COMMUNITY'S BOND RATING EVEN WHEN THERE'S NO TAKING. IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO THIS BILL, AND YOU WANT TO NARROW THE DEFINITION OF A PUBLIC PURPOSE WHICH IS THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL, I'M NOT SURE WE CAN DO THAT GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS DECIDED WHAT IT IS, BUT ASSUMING WE COULD DO THAT, FINE. BUT HAVE AN APPROPRIATE REMEDY A REMEDY THAT WOULD BE -- THAT WOULD ENABLE THE PLAINTIFFS TO GET AN INJUNCTION AGAINST THE TAKE THAT WOULD GIVE MONETARY DAMAGE, THAT'S THE WAY WE NORMALLY DO THINGS, NOT A REMEDY THAT WILL NOT PREVENT THE TAKING AND WILL DAMAGE A COMMUNITY WHETHER OR NOT IT DOES IMPROPER TAKINGS. I YIELD NOW TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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                                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. NADLER. I WANT TO ASK YOU A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS…

                                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. NADLER. I WANT TO ASK YOU A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BUT I WANT TO PREFACE MY QUESTIONS BY SAYING THAT I THINK THIS IS A TERRIBLE LOST OPPORTUNITY FOR SERIOUS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE WHICH IS TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HAS BEEN FOR SEVERAL DECADES. I RECOMMEND TO EVERYBODY A REPORT OF THE CATO INSTITUTE BY DAVID BOAZ WHICH SUMMARIZES WHAT'S TAKING PLACE AROUND THE COUNTRY.

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                                                    MR. RASKIN

                                                    ONE OF THE WORST PERPETRATORS OF THIS AROUND THE COUNTRY INST A BUSINESS…

                                                    ONE OF THE WORST PERPETRATORS OF THIS AROUND THE COUNTRY INST A BUSINESS DEVELOPER NAMED DONALD TRUMP. IN THE MID 1990'S HE BUILT THE CASINO AND HOTEL IN ATLANTIC CITY BUT WANTED TO EVICT A WOMAN NAMED VERA KOKING WHO WAS IN THE SAME POSITION MS. KELO WOULD BE IN. SHE HAD LIVED IN A VICTORIAN HOUSE FOR DECADES. DONALD TRUMP WANTED TO BUILD A PARKING LOT THERE HE OFFERED HER MONEY. SHE SAID NO HE OFFERED HER MORE MONEY, SHE SAID NO, IT'S NOT FOR SALE. SO THEY CREATED THE CASINO REINVESTMENT AUTHORITY, CONTROLLED BY ESSENTIALLY THE TRUMP CORPORATION BUT THEY GOT THE CITY TO DO IT AND TRIED TO FORCE HER OUT. LUCKILY, THE CATO INSTITUTE AND SOME LIBERTARIAN LAWYERS DEFENDED HER RIGHTS. BUT THE LEGISLATION BEING BROUGHT FORWARD TODAY BY THE REPUBLICANS NOW, ON A TOTALLY PARTISAN BASIS, WOULD DO NOTHING FOR PEOPLE IN THE SITUATION OF MS. COKING OR MS. KELO. IT DOESN'T GIVE THEM ANY RIGHTS TO SUE. ALL IT SAYS IS WE'RE GOING TO CUT OFF MONEY TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. IT WOULD BE LIKE SAY, WE'LL CUT OFF MONEY TO EVERY CITY AND TOWN IN NEW JERSEY, NOT JUST ATLANTIC CITY, BUT TO NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, AND TO FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY. WE'LL CUT OFF MONEY ALL OVER THE STATE. IT'S NOT GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ACTUAL PROBLEM, DOESN'T HELP THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING UNDER THE PROBLEM OF EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE. IF WE WANT TO HELP THEM, LET'S GIVE THEM A FEDERAL RIGHT OF ACTION, OR IF YOU -- IF ALL YOU CAN THINK TO DO IS CUT OFF FEDERAL MONEY, CUT OFF THE CITY THAT'S INVOLVED BUT NOT EVERY CITY OR COUNTY THAT'S RECEIVING MONEY UNDER A PARTICULAR FEDERAL PROGRAM. IF I COULD ASK THIS QUESTION OF YOU, MR. NADLER, YOU MADE THE POINT WHICH I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING, WHICH IS THAT THIS IS A SOLUTION THAT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. IF WE WANT TO SAVE PEOPLE FROM GETTING EVICTED FROM THEIR HOMES UNDER THE KELO DECISION, WHICH PRESIDENT TRUMP APPLAUDED AND SAID HE SUPPORTS 100%, BUT IF WE WANT TO SAVE PEOPLE FROM POLICIES UNDER THE KELO DECISION, SHOULDN'T WE GIVE THEM RIGHTS RATHER THAN MAKE SOME KIND OF FEDERAL SUBSIDY DECISION WHICH IS OF CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION IN ANY EVENT.

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                                                    MR. NADLER

                                                    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I AGREE WITH YOU. THE STANDARD WAY SOMEONE CAN…

                                                    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I AGREE WITH YOU. THE STANDARD WAY SOMEONE CAN VINDICATE RIGHTS IS TO SUE. THE GOVERNMENT, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WANTS TO ABUSE THE RIGHTS OF A HOMEOWNER, LET'S SAY, BY AN IMPROPER TAKING, THE PROPER WAY FOR US TO HELP IS TO GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO SUE AND TO GET INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. LET THEM GO INTO FEDERAL COURT AND GET AN INJUNCTION THAT SAYS DO NOT TEAR DOWN THE BUILDING. DO NOT TAKE AWAY TITEFUL. YOU CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE THIS IS TOO BROAD A USE OF TAKINGS, OF THE FIFTH AMENDMENT. THAT'S THE WAY TO DO IT THIS BILL WON'T ACTUALLY HELP THAT BURN PERSON BECAUSE IT GIVES THEM NO RIGHTS EXCEPT THE RIGHT, AFTER THEY'VE LOST THE PROPERTY, IT GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO GO TO COURT AND NOT GET ANY RELIEF FOR THEMSELVES, NOT GET THEIR PROPERTY BACK, NOT GET MONETARY DAMAGES, NOT GET THE INJUNCTION, GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO GO TO COURT AND SEEK TO BLOCK FINANCIAL AID TO THE COMMUNITY. SO THEY CAN SAY, I TOOK REVENGE ON THE COMMUNITY, BUT WHAT'S THE POINT? IT DOESN'T HELP THEM.

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                                                  • 03:59:19 PM

                                                    MR. RASKIN

                                                    IF I COULD FOLLOW UP, RATHER THAN GIVING ACTUAL RIGHTS TO THE POSITION --…

                                                    IF I COULD FOLLOW UP, RATHER THAN GIVING ACTUAL RIGHTS TO THE POSITION -- TO PEOPLE IN THE POSITION OF MS. KELO OR MS. COKING WHO WAS GOING TO BE FORCED OUT OF HER HOUSE IN ATLANTIC CITY THIS INSTEAD PLACES A VERY BROAD BURDEN ON THE GOVERNMENT AND IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT, I THINK, RENDERS THE WHOLE LEGISLATION CONSTITUTIONALLY SUSPECT. DON'T WE HAVE CONSTITUTIONAL DECISIONS THAT SAY, THE GOVERNMENT, OR CONGRESS CAN'T GO SO FAR AS TO PUNISH AN ENTIRE STATE GOVERNMENT FOR SOMETHING THAT ONE MUNICIPALITY DOES? DOESN'T IT SEEM LIKE A SORT OF GOING NUCLEAR IN ORDER TO GET A MOSQUITO?

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                                                    MR. NADLER

                                                    I THINK THERE ARE SUCH DECISIONS AND THIS WOULD SEEM TO VIOLATE THEM. IN…

                                                    I THINK THERE ARE SUCH DECISIONS AND THIS WOULD SEEM TO VIOLATE THEM. IN ADDITION TO WHICH --

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                                                    MR. RASKIN

                                                    ISN'T THAT WHAT THE MEDICAID DECISION WAS ALL ABOUT?

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                                                    MR. NADLER

                                                    ABOUT?

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                                                    MR. RASKIN

                                                    AND DOESN'T IT ALSO SAY WE CAN'T DRIVE YOU OUT OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM…

                                                    AND DOESN'T IT ALSO SAY WE CAN'T DRIVE YOU OUT OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM ENTIRELY BECAUSE YOU FAIL TO ACCEPT ONE PARTICULAR PROGRAM WE WANT TO IMPOSE ON YOU?

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                                                  • 04:00:36 PM

                                                    MR. NADLER

                                                    THAT'S EXACTLY WHATE SAYS.

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                                                    MR. RASKIN

                                                    NOT ONLY IS THIS LEGISLATION ILLUSORY IN TERMS OF NOT HELPING PEOPLE WHO…

                                                    NOT ONLY IS THIS LEGISLATION ILLUSORY IN TERMS OF NOT HELPING PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE PROBLEM BUT IT MIGHT JUST BE STRUCK DOWN. HOW CAN YOU CUT OFF THE PEOPLE OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, OR FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY, BECAUSE SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY, AND IT DOESN'T EVEN HELP THE PEOPLE IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY, WHO ARE FACING THE PROBLEM WITH THE BIG REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER WHO HAS BOUGHT THE POLITICAL POWER TO DRIVE SOMEBODY OUT OF THEIR HOME?

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                                                    MR. NADLER

                                                    I AGREE WITH YOU. I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND MAKES A VALID POINT.

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                                                    MR. RASKIN

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. NADLER.

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                                                    MR. NADLER

                                                    FOR ALL THESE REASONS I OPPOSE THIS BILL AND SIMPLY SAY, WE AGREE THAT IT…

                                                    FOR ALL THESE REASONS I OPPOSE THIS BILL AND SIMPLY SAY, WE AGREE THAT IT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH ABUSE OF EMINENT DOMAIN. AND WE AGREE WE -- THERE MAY WELL BE DECENT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM. BUT IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT, DRAFT LEGISLATION THAT DEALS WITH THE PROBLEM, THAT IS CONSTITUTIONAL, THAT WILL PROTECT THE SMALL PERSON SUCH AS MS. KELO, BUT THAT WON'T BANKRUPT THE COMMUNITY IN A WAY THAT'S PROBABLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THIS BILL IS NOT THE SOLUTION. WE COULD ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WORK FOR AN INTELLIGENT SOLUTION BUT THIS IS IN THE IT. ACCORDINGLY, I URGE A NO VOTE, I URGE DEFEAT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                  • 04:02:02 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. GOODLATTE

                                                    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 14 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                                    MR. GOODLATTE

                                                    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. GOODLATTE

                                                    THE PROTECTION OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY IS VITAL TO INDIVIDUAL…

                                                    THE PROTECTION OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY IS VITAL TO INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND NATIONAL PROSPERITY. IT'S ALSO ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES AS THE FOUNDERS ENSHRINED PROPERTY RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE CONSTITUTION, INCLUDING THE IN THE FIFTH AMENDMENT, WHICH PROVIDES PRIVATE PROPERTY SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION. THIS CREATED TWO CLAUSES. FIRST, THE SUBSEQUENT USE OF THE PROPERTY MUST BE FOR THE USE OF THE PUBLIC AND, SECOND, THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST PAY THE OWNER JUST COMPENSATION FOR THE PROPERTY. HOWEVER, MORE THAN A DECADE AGO, THE SUPREME COURT IN THE 5-4 KELO VS. CITY OF NEW LONDON DECISION EXPANDED THE ABILITY OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO EXERCISE EMINENT DOMAIN POWERS BEYOND WHAT IS ALLOWED BY THE TEXT OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH ALLOWING GOVERNMENT TO SEIZE PROPERTY UNDER THE VAGUE GUISE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EVEN WHEN THE PUBLIC USE TURNS OUT TO BE NOTHING MORE THAN THE GENERATION -- BY ANOTHER PROPERTY AFTER THE GOVERNMENT TAKES PROPERTY OF PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS AND GIVES IT TO ANOTHER PRIVATE ENTITY. AS THE DISSENTING JUSTICES OBSERVED, BY DEFINING PUBLIC USE SO EXPANSIVELY, THE KELO DECISION IS TO DELETE THE WORDS, FOR PUBLIC USE, FROM THE TAKINGS CLAUSE OF THE FIFTH AMENDMENT. THE SPECTER OF CONDEMNATION HANGS OVER ALL PROPERTY. THE GOVERNMENT NOW HAS LICENSE TO TRANSFER PROPERTY FROM THOSE WITH FEW RESOURCES TO THOSE WITH MORE. THE FOUNDERS CANNOT HAVE INTENDED THIS PERVERSE RESULT. IN THE WAKE OF THIS DECISION, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN USE EMINENT DOMAIN POWERS TO TAKE THE PROPERTY OF ANY INDIVIDUAL FOR ANY REASON. CITIES MAY BULLDOZE CITIZENS' HOMES, FARMS, CHURCHES, AND SMALL BUSINESSES TO MAKE WAY FOR SHOPPING MALLS OR OTHER DEVELOPMENTS. TO HELP PREVENT SUCH ABUSE, USING CONGRESS' CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATIVE POWERS, IT'S IMPORTANT CONGRESS FINALLY PASSES THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT. I WANT TO THANK MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR REINTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION. HE AND I WORKED TOGETHER ON THIS ISSUE FOR MANY YEARS, AND I AM PLEASED THIS LEGISLATION INCORPORATES MANY PROVISIONS FROM LEGISLATION I HELPED INTRODUCE IN THE 109TH CONGRESS, THE STOP ACT. SPECIFICALLY, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT WOULD PROHIBIT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM RECEIVING FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR TWO YEARS WHEN THEY USE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AS A JUSTIFICATION FOR TAKING PROPERTY FROM ONE PERSON AND GIVING IT TO ANOTHER PRIVATE ENTITY. IN ADDITION, THIS LEGISLATION GRANTS ADVERSELY AFFECTED LANDOWNERS THE RIGHT TO USE APPROPRIATE LEGAL REMEDIES TO ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL AND ALLOW STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO CURE VIOLATIONS BY GIVING THE PROPERTY BACK TO THE ORIGINAL OWNER. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES A CAREFULLY CRAFTED DEFINITION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THAT PROTECTS TRADITIONAL USES OF EMINENT DOMAIN SUCH AS TAKING LAND FOR PUBLIC USES LIKE ROADS AND PIPELINES WHILE PROHIBITING ABUSES OF THE EMINENT DOMAIN POWER. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR OF THE GOVERNMENT'S TAKING THEIR HOME, FARM, OR BUSINESS SIMPLY TO GIVE IT TO A WEALTHIER PERSON OR CORPORATION. AS THE INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICES WITNESS OBSERVED DURING A HEARING ON THIS BILL, USING EMINENT DOMAIN SO THAT ANOTHER RICHER, BETTER CONNECTED PERSON MAY LIVE OR WORK ON THE LAND YOU USED TO OWN TELLS AMERICANS THAT THEIR HOPES, DREAMS, AND HARD WORK DO NOT MATTER AS MUCH AS MONEY AND POLITICAL INFLUENCE. THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT HAS NO PLACE IN A COUNTRY BUILT ON TRADITIONS OF INDEPENDENCE, HARD WORK, AND PROTECTION OF PROPERTY RIGHTS. THIS LEGISLATION HAS PASSED THE HOUSE THREE TIMES PREVIOUSLY. EITHER BY VOICE VOTE OR WITH THE SUPPORT OF AT LEAST 80% OF HOUSE MEMBERS IN AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN VOTE ONLY TO BE STALLED IN THE SENATE. BUT THE FIGHT FOR PEOPLE'S HOMES CONTINUES AS WILL THIS COMMITTEE'S EFFORTS TO PROTECT FEDERAL TAXPAYERS FROM ANY INVOLVEMENT IN EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE. JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN MEMBER VOTED FOR THE VERY SAME LEGISLATION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AS DID 2/3 OF DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN EFFORT. I WANT TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THE ISSUES RAISED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. PURSUANT TO CONGRESS' POWERS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION SPENDING CLAUSE, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT CONDITIONS THE RECEIPT OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ON FUNDS ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AGREEING NOT TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PRIVATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAKINGS. FEDERAL LAW CURRENTLY PERMITS EXPENDING FEDERAL FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR THESE ABUSIVE TAKINGS. IN OUR CURRENT ECONOMY, AND WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RUNNING DEFICITS EVERY YEAR, CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE SPENDING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' SCARCE -- EXCUSE ME -- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO SUPPORT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT UNCONSTITUTIONALLY DEPRIVE HARDWORKING AMERICANS OF THEIR HOMES, FARMS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. BY CONDITIONING THE RECEIPT OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AGREEING NOT TO TAKE PROPERTY FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, THIS PROVISION IN THE BILL ENDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COMPLICIT SUPPORT OF EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE. ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS IN THE BASE BILL ARE COMPREHENSIVE. AND THEY INCLUDE ALL MANNER OF RELIEF FROM PRELIMINARY INJUNCTIONS AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS TO THE AWARD OF ATTORNEYS' FEES TO THE ABILITY OF THE STATE OR LOCALITY TO RETURN OR REPLACE THE PROPERTY TO AVOID THE PENALTIES UNDER THE BILL. BUT EVEN THOSE COMPREHENSIVE ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS ON THEIR OWN AREN'T ENOUGH. WE MUST END FEDERAL MONETARY SUPPORT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAKINGS. IF STATE GOVERNMENTS RETAIN CONTROL OVER EMINENT DOMAIN DECISIONS THEN, OF COURSE, THOSE STATES SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE'S OWN ACTIONS, BUT IN VIRGINIA, MY STATE, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CONDEMN PROPERTY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES. IN VIRGINIA, THE SO-CALLED DILLON RULE PROVIDES THAT LOCALITIES CAN ACT ONLY IN AREAS IN WHICH THE STATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS GRANTED CLEAR AUTHORITY. SO IN VIRGINIA, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE ONLY THE AUTHORITIES GRANTED TO THEM BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS EMPOWERED LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN VIRGINIA TO CONDEMN PROPERTY FOR ROADS, SCHOOLS, AND OTHER PUBLIC USES, BUT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONDEMN PROPERTY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IN FACT, BACK IN 2000, VIRGINIA BEACH CITY GOVERNMENT TRIED TO CONDEMN PRIVATE PROPERTY ON THE OCEAN FRONT TO HELP A HILTON HOTEL BUILD A PARKING GARAGE, BUT A CIRCUIT JUDGE RULED THAT VIRGINIA BEACH COULD NOT USE EMINENT DOMAIN FOR THAT PURPOSE, FINDING THE LEGISLATURE DID NOT INTEND TO ALLOW A CITY TO CONDEMN PROPERTY SOLELY FOR ITS ECONOMIC BENEFIT AND DEVELOPMENT. INDEED, AFTER THE SUPREME COURT HANDED DOWN ITS NOTORIOUS DECISION IN THE KELO CASE, A SPOKES WOMAN FOR THE VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID THE FOLLOWING -- QUOTE, AS PER THE CONSTITUTION OF VIRGINIA, PUBLIC USE IN EMINENT DOMAIN IS DEFINED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THERE IS NO PROVISO IN OUR CONSTITUTION TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, END QUOTE. AS A RESULT OF THE KELO DECISION AND THIS BILL WON'T HAVE AN IMPACT ON VIRGINIA. FINALLY, REGARDING REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN'S COMMENTS ABOUT HOW THE BILL RELATES TO THE SUPREME COURT'S NFIB VS. SBEELIAS CASE, THE OBAMACARE CASE, THE BILL, AS CURRENTLY DRAFTED, WOULD NOT RUN AFOUL OF ANYTHING IN IT FOR SEVERAL REASONS. THE COURT MADE CLEAR IN THE CASE THAT CONGRESS MAY ATTACH APPROPRIATE CONDITIONS TO FEDERAL TAXING AND SPENDING PROGRAMS TO PRESERVE ITS CONTROL OVER THE USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES, DENY THE USE OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO JURISDICTIONS THAT HAVE DEMONSTRATED THEIR WILLINGNESS TO ABUSE EMINENT DOMAIN AND THEREBY DEMONSTRATED THEIR WILLINGNESS TO USE FEDERAL FUNDS TO FURTHER FUTURE ABUSES OF EMINENT DOMAIN IF ALLOWED TO DO SO. THE COURT WENT ON TO CITE THE SOUTH DAKOTA VS. DOLE CASE IN WHICH A FEDERAL LAW THREATENED TO WITHHOLD 5% OF THE STATE'S FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUND IF THE STATE DID NOT RAISE THE DRINKING AGE TO 21. THE COURT FOUND THE CONDITION WAS DIRECTLY RELATED TO ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES FOR WHICH HIGHWAY FUNDS ARE EXPENDED -- SAFE INTERSTATE TRAVEL. IN THE SAME WAY, THE BILL'S RESTRICTIONS ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES FOR WHICH CONGRESS SHOULD INTEND FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO BE EXPENDED. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THAT DOES NOT INFRINGE ON THE PROPERTY RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY OWNERS. THE COURT POINTED OUT THAT IN THE SOUTH DAKOTA VS. DOLE CASE, THE FEDERAL FUNDS AT STATE CONSTITUTED ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT OF SOUTH DAKOTA'S BUDGET AT THE TIME. WHEREAS THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF FEDERAL FUNDS IN NFIB VS. SEBELIAS, MEDICAID ACCOUNTS FOR 20% OF THE STATE'S OVERALL BUDGET. NO ONE IS CLAIMING THAT FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS, HOWEVER DEFINED, WOULD CONSTITUTE ANYTHING NEAR 20% OF THE STATE'S TOTAL BUDGET. IN THE NFIB CASE, THEY CITED THE PENWURST VS. HALDERMAN CASE, THOUGH THE POWER TO LEGISLATE IS BROAD, IT DOES NOT INCLUDE SURPRISING PARTICIPATION STATES WITH POSTACCEPTANCE OR RETROACTIVE CONDITIONS. THAT, OF COURSE, IS NOT THE CASE WITH THE BILL WHICH APPLIES ITS PROHIBITION ON THE RECEIPT OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS ONLY AFTER A STATE HAD BEEN FOUND BY A COURT IN A FINAL JUDGMENT ON THE MERITS TO HAVE VIOLATED THE ACT. FINALLY, NOT ONLY IS IT IMPLAUSIBLE THE BILL WOULD EVER RUN AFOUL OF SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT DUE TO THE RELATIVELY SMALL SIZE OF ECONOMIC FUNDS IN THE ENTIRE BUDGET, THE BILL CONTAINS A FURTHER SAFETY VALVE IN THAT IT GIVES THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE DISYOU CREGS TO PROMULGATE PRECISELY WHICH FEDERAL FUNDING STREAMS ARE FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS UNDER A BILL. SO IF A CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE EVER AROSE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL COULD SIMPLY SCALE BACK THE SIZE OF ITS PROMULGATED LIST ACCORDINGLY. SO IT SEEMS TO ME IT CAN'T BE CLAIMED THIS BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNDER ANY REASONABLE READING OF THE ANY EXISTING SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT. REGARDING FEDERALISM VALUES, GENERALLY, THE KEY POINT IS THAT THERE ACTUALLY IS A VERY CLOSE NEXUS BETWEEN FEDERAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING AND EMINENT DOMAIN. EVEN IF THE FUNDING ISN'T USED ON EMINENT DOMAIN PROJECTS, MONEY IS FUNGIBLE, OF COURSE. IF THE BILL WERE AMENDED TO DISALLOW ONLY THE USE OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS ON EMINENT DOMAIN PROJECTS, IT WOULD BE VERY EASY FOR AN OFFENDING JURISDICTION TO GAME THE SYSTEM BY ARTIFICIALLY SEGMENTING A PROJECT INTO PARTS THAT USE EMINENT DOMAIN AND PARTS THAT DON'T. THAT SEGMENTATION WOULD HAPPEN BOTH VERTICALLY BY DIVIDING A PROJECT INTO STAGES AND HORIZONTALLY BY DIVIDING A SINGLE PROJECT INTO VERY SMALL GEOGRAPHIC SEGMENTS. THE ENTIRETY -- THE ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE FEDERALISM MESSAGE, THE BASE BILL SENDS TO STATES AND LOCALITIES IS, IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUT ABUSING EMINENT DOMAIN, THAT'S FINE. BUT YOU WILL NOT HAVE -- YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN FOR A WHILE AND GO WITHOUT FEDERAL TAXPAYER COMPLICITITY IF IN YOUR ABUSE OF EMINENT DOMAIN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS GOOD LEGISLATION. THE CONCERNS ADDRESSED BY THE MINORITY ARE ADDRESSED CLEARLY IN THIS LEGISLATION. THERE IS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS AND ONCE AGAIN SEND IT TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE WHERE WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THEY WILL SOMEDAY SEE THE WISDOM OF PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 04:14:21 PM

                                                    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. 1689. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  • 04:14:45 PM

                                                    MR. GOODLATTE

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES PASS THE ANTI-TERRORISM…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES PASS THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT.

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                                                  • 04:14:53 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    H.R. 5954, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE…

                                                    H.R. 5954, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE TERMS ACTS OF WAR AND BLOCKED ASSETS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                • 04:14:57 PM

                                                  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

                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE…

                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                  • 04:15:13 PM

                                                    Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5954 — "To amend title 18, United States Code, to clarify the meaning of the terms "act of war" and "blocked asset", and for other purposes."

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                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      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 ON H.R. 5954 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                    • 04:15:31 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                    • 04:15:33 PM

                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      CONGRESS ENACTED THE ANTI-TERRORISM ACT TO COMBAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM…

                                                      CONGRESS ENACTED THE ANTI-TERRORISM ACT TO COMBAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND TO PROVIDE SOME LEVEL OF FINANCIAL JUSTICE TO AMERICAN VICTIMS OF TERRORISM. IT ADDED A CIVIL RELLEDY REMOVING JURISDICTIONAL HURDLES THAT OFTEN CONFOUNDED VICTIMS' ABILITY TO GET THEIR DAY IN COURT AND THE ACT HAS BEEN LARGELY SUCCESSFUL. THE 1992 ACT HAS NEEDED MODIFICATIONS TO ENSURE IT IS FULLY SERVING ITS PURPOSES. FOR INSTANCE, JUST LAST CONGRESS IN THE JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT, I HELPED LEAD THE CHARGE IN THE HOUSE TO AMEND THE CIVIL LIABILITY PROVISION TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO AID AND ABET OR CONSPIRE WITH FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS ARE LIABLE UNDER THE A.T.A. IN 2012, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE LENGTHENED THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON CLAIMS TO FILE THESE COMPLEX LAWSUITS. THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY, THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT BUILDS ON THESE PREVIOUS TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS. IT MAKES THREE NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS TO BETTER ENSURE THAT VICK TIPS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM CAN OBTAIN JUSTICE IN U.S. COURTS AGAINST TERRORISTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS. FIRST, THE BILL CLARIFIED THE A.T.A.'S ACT OF WAR EXCEPTION. DEFENDANTS ACCUSED OF AIDING AND ABETTING HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO USE THIS EXCEPTION AS A MEANS OF AVOIDING CIVIL LIABILITY EVEN IN CASES WHERE THE INJURIES WERE CAUSED BY THE ACTIONS OF DESIGNATED TERRORIST GROUPS. IN KAPLAN VERSUS CENTRAL BANK OF IRAN, THE DEFENDANT FINANCIAL INSTITUTION ARGUED THAT ROCKET ATTACKS CARRIED OUT BY HEZBOLLAH, A DESIGNATED FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WERE ACTS OF WAR AND THUS OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE A.T.A.'S CIVIL LIABILITY PROVISION. THE ACT OF WAR EXCEPTION SHOULD NOT BE A LIABILITY SHIELD FOR THOSE WHO AID AND ABET ATTACKS CARRIED OUT BY DESIGNATED TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. THIS LEGISLATION AMENDS THE DEFINITION OF ACT OF WAR IN THE A.T.A. TO CLARIFY THAT THE EXCEPTION DOES NOT APPLY TO U.S.-GOVERNMENT-DESIGNATED FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZES OR SPECIALLY DESIGNATED GLOBAL TERRORISTS. SECOND AT THE URGING OF REPRESENTATIVE POSEY, WE INCLUDED LANGUAGE IN THE BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE CIVIL ENFORCEMENT REGIME BY PERMITTING VICTIMS OF NARCO TERRORISM WITH THE ASSETS OF FOREIGN NARCOTICS DRUG KINGPINS. ASSETS BLOCKED ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS, LEAVING VICTIMS OF THE FARC AND OTHER NARCO TERRORISTS WITHOUT A METHOD OF GETTING COMPENSATION FOR THEIR INJURIES. FINALLY, THIS LEGISLATION ADDRESSES RECENT FEDERAL COURT DECISIONS THAT COMBE THE ABILITY OF VICTIMS TO BRING TERRORISTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS TO JUSTICE UNDER THE A.T.A. CIVIL LIABILITY REGIME. THE A.T.A. WAS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE EXTRA TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION WHO ATTACK NATIONALISTS OVERSEAS. THESE CASES HAVE LIMITED THE EXTRA TERRITORIAL SCOPE. THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT CLARIFIES THE SECTION OF THE A.T.A. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE SHOULD BE DEEMED TO HAVE CONSENTED TO PERSONAL JURISDICTION IN U.S. COURTS IN A.T.A. CIVIL ACK. NO DEFENDANT SHOULD BE ABLE TO ACCEPT FOREIGN ASSISTANCE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME DODGING RESPONSIBILITY IN U.S. COURTS FOR SUPPORTING OR CARRYING OUT TERRORIST ATTACKS THAT HARM AMERICANS. I THANK RANKING MEMBER NADLER AND SENATOR GRASSLEY AND SENATOR NELSON FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT US IN PASSING THIS LEGISLATION TO CLARIFY AMBIGUITIES IN THE A.T.A. THAT TERRORISTS HAVE EXPLOITED SO WE CAN HELP ENSURE AMERICANS ARE HABLE ABLE WHO HOLD TERRORISTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS ACCOUNTABLE. I RESERVE.

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                                                  • 04:15:33 PM

                                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5954.

                                                    • 04:19:59 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. NADLER

                                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5954.…

                                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5954. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL OF WHICH I'M PROUD TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC SPONSOR AMENDS THE A.T.A. TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR AMERICAN VICTIMS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM TO HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT TO OBTAIN SOME MEASURE OF JUSTICE FOR THEIR INJURIES AND HOLD TERRORISTS ACCOUNTABLE. THE A.T.A. THAT THE U.S. CITIZENS MAY RECOVER TREBLE DAMAGES FOR ANY CIVIL ACTION FROM AN INJURY SUSTAINED BY THE ACT OF AN INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. IT SEEKS TO THAT PLAINTIFFS HAVE GOTTEN FULL RELIEF. FOR EXAMPLE, THE A.T.A. CONTAINS AN EXCEPTION FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY AN ACT OF WAR, WHICH IS DWIPED IS INCLUDING ARMED CONFLICT BETWEEN MILITARY FORCES OF ANY ORIGIN. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS AMBIGUOUS STATUTORY LANGUAGE HAS LED TO CONFUSION AMONG FEDERAL COURTS AS TO THE PROPER SCOPE AND EVEN AS TO THE PROPER KIND OF ANALYSIS TO APPLY WITH THE ARMED CONFLICT AT ISSUE INVOLVES FOR EXAMPLE, HAMAS OR HEZBOLLAH. A COURT FOUND THAT THE ACT OF WAR EXCEPTION PREVENTED U.S. CIVILIANS INJURED BY CLAIMS. IN ANOTHER CASE, A DIFFERENT COURT CONCLUDED THAT GUNSHOTS FIRED INTO ISRAEL THAT RESULTED INTO U.S. SUFFLIAN DID NOT CONSTITUTE AN ACT OF WAR. H.R. 595 RESOLVES THIS CONFUSION BY SPECIFYING THAT A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION OR A SPECIALLY DESIGNATED GLOBAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATION IS NOT A MILITARY FORCE AND THEREFORE IS SUBJECT TO A.T.A. LIABILITY. THIS CHANGE MAKES IT CLEAR THAT VIOLENT ACTIONS TARGETED AT U.S. CIVILIANS BY A TERRORIST GROUP ARE ACTS OF TERRORISM THAT WOULD GIVE RISE TO TERRORISM. TO READ THE ACT OF WAR EXCEPTION OTHERWISE AS SOME COURTS HAVE DONE THREATENS TO UNDERMINE THE A.T.A.'S ENTIRE PROCESS. MANY PLAINTIFFS FIND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO OBTAIN FULL COMPENSATION BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SUFFICIENT ACCESS AVAILABLE. THIS BILL WOULD ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM AS WELL. UNDER CURRENT LAW, TERRORISM VICTIMS CAN REACH OUT TO THE INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY ECONOMIC POWERS ACT TO SATISFY TERRORISM-RELATED COURT JUDGMENTS. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW TERRORISM VICTIMS ALSO TO ATTACH ASSETS THAT HAVE BEEN BLOCKED PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL NARCOTICS KINGPIN DESIGNATION. THE FINAL HURDLE TO BRINGING CLAIMS IS AN OVERLY NARROW READING OF PERSONAL JURISDICTION THAT SOME COURTS HAVE APPLIED WHICH PREVENTED VICTIMS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR INJURIES TO JUSTICE. THIS CURD IN THE SECOND CIRCUIT'S MISGUIDED DECISION. IN SAKALOW, SEVERAL OF MY SWINS SOUGHT COMPENSATION FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS IN ISRAEL. THEY AWARDED 655 MILLION IN DAMAGES, THE SECOND CIRCUIT REVERSED, WRONGLY CONCLUDING IN MY VIEW THAT THE DISTRICT COURT LACKED PERSONAL JURISDICTION OVER THE DEFENDANTS IN THAT CASE, NAMELY THE PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ORGANIZATION AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY. THE COURT REASONED THAT THE DEFENDANTS' CONTACTS INCLUDING MAINTAINING OFFICES IN WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK AND ACTIVITIES SOCIETY WD THOSE OFFICES WERE GIN SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT PERSONAL JURISDICTION. THE BILL WOULD RESPOND TO THE SECOND CIRCUIT'S DECISION BY DEEMING A PARTY IF THE PARTY ACCEPTS FOREIGN ASSISTANCE OF ANY KIND FROM THE UNITED STATES BEGINNING 120 DAYS AFTER THE BILL'S ENACTMENT DATE. IN THE CASE OF P.L.O., WOULD DEEM CONSENT IF A DEFENDANT MAINTAINS AN OFFICE IN THE U.S. JURISDICTION. UNDERTAKING ONE OF THESE ACTS, A POTENTIAL DEFENDANT IS SUFFICIENTLY ON NOTICE THAT IT IS CONSENTING TO PERSONAL JURISDICTION IN AN A.T.A. CASE. MY SUPPORT FOR H.R. 595 IS PART OF MY LONG STANDING EFFORTS TO SECURE A MEASURE OF JUSTICE FOR TERRORIST VICTIMS INCLUDING THE 9/11 VICTIMS' COMPENSATION FUND. I WAS THE LEAD SPONSOR OF JUSTICE AGAINST TERRORISM ACT SO THEY CAN BRING THEIR CLAIMS IN COURT REGARDLESS OF WHERE THE FOREIGN CONDUCT CURD. THIS BILL IS A NATURAL EXTENSION OF THOSE EFFORTS. FOR THESE REASONS, I SUPPORT THESE IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN MEASURES AND I RESERVE.

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                                                    • 04:25:12 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 VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. POSEY, WHO…

                                                      IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. POSEY, WHO HAS BEEN A REAL CHAMPION IN PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM.

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                                                    • 04:25:27 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                    • 04:25:29 PM

                                                      MR. POSEY

                                                      THANK YOU. I THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION.…

                                                      THANK YOU. I THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION. THIS BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING IS OBVIOUSLY AS YOU HEARD ON BOTH SIDES A GREAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ENSURE AMERICAN VICTIMS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM CAN OBTAIN JUSTICE IN U.S. COURTS BY HOLDING ACCOUNTABLE THOSE WHO COMMIT, AID OR ABET TERRORIST ACTIVITY ABROAD. I HAVE LONG BEEN FIGHTING FOR VICTIMS OF TERRORISM. IN FACT IN 2014, I INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT VICTIMS OF NARCO TERRORISM TO RECOVER COURT-AWARDED DAMAGES. A VERSION OF THE BILL KNOWN AS THE CAPTIVE ACT, PASSED THE HOUSE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT IN 2016. I'M ECSTATIC THAT WE HAVE A BILL THAT SEEKS TO HELP A NUMBER OF VICTIMS INCLUDING THOSE I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR SINCE 2014. ON FEBRUARY 13, 2003, FOUR AMERICANS WHO WERE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONTRACTORS ON A U.S. GOVERNMENT COUNTERNARCOTICS MISSION IN COLOMBIA WERE SHOT DOWN ALSO KNOWN AS FARC, IT'S A VIOLENT GUERILLA GANG INVOLVED IN NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING. THE PILOT WAS IMMEDIATELY EXECUTED BY THE TERRORISTS AND THREE FLORIDIANS, KEITH, MARK AND TOM, WHO IS MY CONSTITUENT, WERE KIDNAPPED, HELD HOSTAGE IN THE JUNGLE AND TORTURED FOR MORE THAN 5 1/2 YEARS UNTIL THEY WERE RESCUED. THESE HEROES ARE SEEKING LONG DESERVED JUSTICE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES AGAINST THOSE. TODAY, VICTIMS CANNOT ACCESS FROZEN ASSETS UNDER THE KINGPIN ACT. THE BILL BEFORE US, THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT WOULD CHANGE THAT BY FINALLY CLOSING A LOOPHOLE TO ALLOW THESE FORMER HOSTAGES AND THEIR FAMILIES OF THE SLAIN PILOT TO ACCESS THE ASSETS OF NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING FORMERS OF THE FORMER TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND OTHER ASSETS THAT ARE FROZEN UNDER THE KINGPIN ACT. WE OWE IT TO THESE BRAVEN BRAVE AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO MAKE THEM WHOLE AGAIN. IT'S A SIMPLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR VICTIMS TO RECOVER COURT-AWARDED DAMAGES. I URGE SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 04:28:03 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                    • 04:28:06 PM

                                                      MR. NADLER

                                                      WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE OTHER SIDE…

                                                      WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE OTHER SIDE HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. ALTHOUGH NOTHING CAN BRING BACK THE LIVES LOST TO TERRORISM OR REPAIR THE EMOTIONAL SCARS OF SURVIVORS, TERRORISM VICTIMS NEED TO ACHIEVE JUSTICE. CONGRESS IN PASSING THE A.T.A. WAS TO GIVE THEM THAT CHANCE. H.R. 5954 WILL FURTHER THAT PURPOSE BY ADDRESSING PROCEDURAL BARRIERS THAT HAVE STOOD IN THEIR WAY. IN CLOSING, I THANK JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BOB GOODLATTE ON THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT H.R. 5954 AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 04:28:58 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 VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    • 04:29:02 PM

                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      IN IS A GOOD BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

                                                    • 04:29:06 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. 5954 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. IT IS --

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                                                    • 04:29:45 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                                    • 04:29:49 PM

                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      I MOVE TO PASS THE BILL H.R. 4100.

                                                    • 04:29:55 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

                                                    • 04:29:58 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO REVISE THE FEDERAL CHARTER…

                                                      A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO REVISE THE FEDERAL CHARTER FOR THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION

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                                                    • 04:30:07 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE…

                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. . .

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                                                    • 04:30:21 PM

                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      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. 4100, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                    • 04:30:28 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                    • 04:30:30 PM

                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

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

                                                    • 04:30:32 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                    • 04:30:34 PM

                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE MISSION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION IS TO STRENGTHEN…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE MISSION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION IS TO STRENGTHEN THE FEDERAL LEGAL SYSTEM AND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE BY SERVING THE INTERESTS AND NEEDS OF THE FEDERAL PRACTITIONER, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE. THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY AND THE PUBLIC THEY SERVE. THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION'S MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES MORE THAN 18,000 FEDERAL LAWYERS, INCLUDING 1,500 FEDERAL JUDGES WHO, AS THE ASSOCIATION STATES, QUOTE, WORK TOGETHER TO PROMOTE THE SOUND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AND INTEGRITY, QUALITY, AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY. THE F.B.A. RECEIVED A CHARTER IN 1954. STEVE CHABOT HAS INTRODUCED H.R. 4100, THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION CHARTER AMENDMENTS ACT. THE FOUNDATION WROTE TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE STATING THAT, AND I QUOTE, WE WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE H.R. 4100, WHICH WEE PROVIDE FOR TECHNICAL CHANGES -- WHICH WOULD PROVIDE FOR TECHNICAL CHANGES. THE TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS EMBODIED IN H.R. 4100 WOULD PROVIDE REASONABLE AND NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY FOR THE FOUNDATION TO ASSIST IN THE GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE FOUNDATION'S AFFAIRS. UNDER THE LEGISLATION, THE MISSION OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED IN THE PROMOTION AND SUPPORT OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CONCERNING THE FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE. THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE SCIENCE OF JPS AND THE FOSTER IMPROVEMENT -- JEURYS PRUDENCE AND THE FOSTER IMPROVEMENTS. OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, THE FOUNDATION HAS EFFORT TOWARD THE FELLOWS PROGRAM, SUPPORT OF ACADEMIC AND LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP, CREATION OF THE DONOR ADVICE FUNDS, ESTABLISHMENT OF ASSISTANT FUNDS FOR THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM AND NATURAL DISASTERS, CREATION OF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR LAW STUDENTS AND THE CHILDREN OF FEDERAL ATTORNEYS AND GRANT ASSISTANCE FOR FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION CHAPTERS CONDUCTING PROBONO AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS. THESE WIDE RANGING EFFORTS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL BUT HAVE ALSO EXPOSED LIMITATIONS OF THE FOUNDATION'S 1954 CHARTER, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE OF THE FOUNDATION. THE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS WOULD ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS AND PROVIDE GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO THE FOUNDATION IN A FASHION SIMILAR TO THE AUTHORITY AND PRIVILEGES ENJOYED BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS FEDERALLY CHARTERED BY CONGRESS. THE BILL, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ALLOWS THE FOUNDATION TO HAVE THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OUTSIDE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, GIVES ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MORE LEEWAY IN MEETING ITS RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ADDS A NONDISCRIMINATION CLAUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4100, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  • 04:30:51 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. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 4100 — "To amend title 36, United States Code, to revise the Federal charter for the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association."

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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. 4100.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. RASKIN

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

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4100, THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION CHARTER AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2017, PROVIDES THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION, F.B.A., THE ORGANIZATIONAL FLEXIBILITY IT NEEDS TO FULLY MEET ITS CONTEMPORARY MISSION, AND I SUPPORT IT. THE ORIGINAL 1954 CHARTER CREATED A FRAMEWORK THAT HAS EFFECTIVELY SERVED F.B.A. FOR THE LAST SIX DECADES. DURING THESE YEARS, THE FOUNDATION HAS STRENGTHENED JURISPRUDENCE, AFFECTED PRACTICE. IT IMPROVED THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE. FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF ITS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM, THE WHEELS FOR VETERANS, IT PROVIDES WILL DRAFTING AND SIGNING SERVICES TO VETERANS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. I KNOW A NUMBER OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO PARTICIPATE HAVE VERY MUCH ENJOYED WORKING ON THIS PROJECT. ANOTHER INITIATIVE ESTABLISHES A MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FOR LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS TO WORK WITH EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS. BUT NOW THE CURRENT F.B.A. CHARTER MUST BE AMENDED TO ALLOW THE ORGANIZATION GREATER FLEXIBILITY OF OPERATION AND GROWTH. FOR EXAMPLE, EXISTING CHARTER CODIFIES STRICT MEMBERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE REQUIREMENTS THAT CONSTRAIN MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND NIMBLE GOVERNANCE OF THE ORGANIZATION. THIS PRESENTS SERIOUS CHALLENGES AS THE ORGANIZATION SEEKS TO EXPAND ITS CRITICAL CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES. H.R. 4100 MAKES TECHNICAL FIXES TO THE F.B.A. CHARTER THAT WILL GIVE THE F.B.A. THE NEEDED FLICKSIBILITY. FOR INSTANCE, IN THE PLACE OF -- FLEXIBILITY. FOR INSTANCE, IN THE PLACE OF FIXED CRITERIA, THEY CAN UPDATE CRITERIA THROUGH THE BYLAWS PROCESS. IT OFFERS ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY IN THE COMPOSITION AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. IT WOULD ENABLE THE F.B.A. TO SWIFTLY MEET ITS ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS AND OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES OF THE TIMES. I DO WANT TO NOTE FOR THE RECORD, WHILE THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL'S PROPOSED NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS AMONG OTHER THINGS SEX AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION, IT DOES NOT EXPLICITLY DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY, AS MOST OF THE NEW ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION DOES. HOWEVER, THE PROHIBITION ON DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX ALREADY COVERS GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION AND F.B.A.'S CURRENT DIVERSITY STATEMENT EXPRESSLY STATES THAT THE F.B.S. SHOULD NOT EXCLUDE PERSONS BASED ON GENDER IDENTITY. IN LIGHT OF THIS AND IT SHOULD BE CLEAR THAT EVERYONE IS PROTECTED AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, I HOPE WHEN THE SENATE TAKES UP OUR MEASURE IT WILL EXPLICITLY CLARIFY THIS LANGUAGE INCLUDES PROTECTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY. AND I KNOW THAT CONGRESSMAN CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND WANTS TO ADDRESS THIS POINT AS WELL. I BELIEVE THAT H.R. 4100 WILL ALLOW F.B.A. TO FLOURISH FOR MANY DECADES TO COME. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE F.B.A.'S CONTINUED POSITIVE INVOLVEMENT IN OUR NATION'S LEGAL SYSTEM. AND I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          • 04:36:23 PM

                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. GOODLATTE

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. CHABOT

                                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR YIELDING.…

                                                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR YIELDING. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF A BILL THAT I INTRODUCED, H.R. 4100, WHICH PUTS SIMPLY HELPS SUPPORT THOSE FEDERAL ATTORNEYS WHO PROSECUTE MAJOR DRUG TRAFFICKERS AND WHITE COLLAR CRIMINALS AND OTHER FEDERAL CRIMES AND THE JUDGES WHO PRESIDE OVER THOSE CASES IN OUR FEDERAL COURTS. FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION WAS FOUNDED BACK IN 1920 AND CHARTERED BY THE CONGRESS IN 1954. HOWEVER, IN THE NEARLY 64 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE, ITS CHARTER HAS NEVER BEEN AMENDED. AS A FORMER EDUCATOR AND ATTORNEY AND A CURRENT SENIOR MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, I WOULD NOTE THAT THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION DOES TO BRING CIVICS EDUCATION TO CLASSROOMS IN MY STATE IN OHIO AND THEY BRING THAT SAME EXPERTISE TO OTHER AREAS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WITHOUT LEGISLATION LIKE H.R. 4100, IT TAKES AN ACT OF CONGRESS TO EVEN ALLOW THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION TO MAKE SIMPLE CHANGES TO THEIR BYLAWS. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THIS LEGISLATION GIVES THE ASSOCIATION THE AUTHORITY TO CHOOSE THE LOCATION OF ITS PRINCIPAL OFFICE. IT RESTRICTS ITS OFFICERS FROM ENGAGING IN POLITICAL ACTIVITY. IT MAKES OTHER TECHNICAL CHANGES AND TO CONFORM TO COMMONLY USED LANGUAGE AND OTHER THINGS. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES THE BAR ASSOCIATION THE CONTINUED ABILITY TO SUPPORT LEGAL RESEARCH, PROBONO AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS, CONTINUE TO EDUCATE GRADE SCHOOLCHILDREN ON THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY SYSTEM AND IMPROVES THE PRACTICE OF FEDERAL LAW IN OUR FEDERAL COURTROOMS ALL ACROSS AMERICA. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN HELPING TO BRING THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT IT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          • 04:38:42 PM

                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. RASKIN

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                          • 04:38:52 PM

                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. CICILLINE

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

                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TO SPEAK ABOUT H.R. 4100, THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION IS THE NATION'S PREMIERE ASSOCIATION FOR PRACTITIONERS IN FEDERAL COURTS. AS SUCH SHOULD, OF COURSE, BE OPEN TO ALL REGARDLESS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY. CURRENTLY, THE F.B.A. RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF NONDISCRIMINATION AND HAS ADOPTED A DIVERSITY STATEMENT THAT INCLUDES RACE, GENDER, ETHNICITY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AND GENDER IDENTITY. DIVERSITY SEGMENTS ARE VALUABLE BUT DO NOT CARRY THE WEIGHT OF LAW. THE GENDER IDENTITY IS AN IMPORTANT ACTION BUT IT'S REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE EXCLUDED GENDER IDENTITY AS ENUMERATED PROTECTED CHARACTERISTIC IN THE LAW. NOT SURE IF THEY'RE PANDERING TO THE MOST EXTREMES IN THEIR PARTY OR TO THEIR POLITICAL BASE BUT IT'S WRONG. GENDER IDENTITY IS AN INDIVIDUAL'S PERSONAL AND INTERNAL IDENTIFICATION AS A MAN, A WOMAN, NEITHER, OR BOTH. FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE, THEIR GENDER IDENTITY MAY NOT MATCH THEIR BIOLOGICAL OR LEGAL SEX. BUT TO EXCLUDE GENDER IDENTITY FROM H.R. 4100, TREND GENDER PEOPLE WILL BE PROTECTED FROM DISCRIMINATION UNDER FEDERAL LAW. BECAUSE DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY IS A FORM OF SEX DISCRIMINATION. LAWS PROTECTS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE. NUMEROUS CIRCUIT AND DISTRICT COURTS SAID THAT LAWS THAT PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX PROTECTS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE. THAT INCLUDES TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1974, TITLE 9 OF THE EDUCATIONAL AMENDMENTS OF 1972. THE EEOC IN MACEY VS. HOLDER SAID TITLE 7'S PROHIBITION ON SEX DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITS ON THE BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY. THIS DECISION IS BINDING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH RESPECT TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES. WHILE GENDER IDENTITY WILL BE COVERED UNDER IT BUT IT IS BETTER TO ENUMERATE GENDER IDENTITY. IT HELPS THOSE MAKING DETERMINATION -- MAY I HAVE FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                                            MR. RASKIN

                                                            SECONDS.

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                                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                                            IT MAKES THOSE UNDERSTAND THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND THOSE SEEKING MEMBERSHIP…

                                                            IT MAKES THOSE UNDERSTAND THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND THOSE SEEKING MEMBERSHIP TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RIGHTS. THERE IS NO REASON TO REFUSE TO INCLUDE GENDER IDENTITY AS A PROTECTED CHARACTERISTIC. WHILE I DO NOT OPPOSE H.R. 4100, I DO HOPE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DISCUSS AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE ISSUES THAT IMPACT THE LIVES OF LGBTI INDIVIDUALS AND WILL WORK TOWARD A CHARTER THAT PROTECTS EVERYONE FROM DISCRIMINATION AND WITH THAT I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, AGAIN, FOR YIELDING. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          • 04:41:38 PM

                                                            MR. RASKIN

                                                            I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS REMARKS. GIVEN THE DISTRICT OF…

                                                            I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS REMARKS. GIVEN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS SAID TITLE 7 INCLUDES PEOPLE BASED ON THEIR GENDER IDENTITY, IT DOES SEEM SOMEWHAT PETTY AND SURELESS TO EXCLUDE THOSE WORDS FROM THE LANGUAGE OF THIS CHARTER. I DO HOPE THIS WILL BE CORRECTED WHEN THE LEGISLATION GOES THROUGH. BUT OTHERWISE WE CONSIDER THIS A VERY FINE BILL. I YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                          • 04:42:02 PM

                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. GOODLATTE

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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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. 4100. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        • 04:42:30 PM

                                                          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. GOODLATTE

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 2245, THE KIWI ACT.

                                                            • 04:42:39 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                            • 04:42:41 PM

                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              SENATE 2245, AN INCLUDE TO INCLUDE NEW ZEALAND IN THE LIST OF FOREIGN…

                                                              SENATE 2245, AN INCLUDE TO INCLUDE NEW ZEALAND IN THE LIST OF FOREIGN STATES WHOSE NATIONALS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION INTO THE UNITED STATES AS E-1 AND E-2 NONIMMIGRANTS IF UNITED STATES NATIONALS ARE TREATED SIMILARLY BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NEW ZEALAND.

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                                                            • 04:42:55 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE…

                                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                            • 04:43:06 PM

                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              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 S. 2245, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                            Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 2245 — "To include New Zealand in the list of foreign states whose nationals are eligible for admission into the United States as E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrants if United States nationals are treated similarly by the Government of New Zealand."

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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. 2245.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                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. GOODLATTE

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, E-1 VISAS ARE NONIMMIGRANT VISAS AVAILABLE FOR TREATY TRADERS…

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, E-1 VISAS ARE NONIMMIGRANT VISAS AVAILABLE FOR TREATY TRADERS AND E-2 VISAS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TREATY INVESTORS. THESE VISAS ARE AVAILABLE TO ALIENS WHO ARE ENTITLED TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES UNDER AND IN PURSUANCE OF A TREATY OF COMMERCE AND NAVIGATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE FOREIGN STATE OF WHICH HE IS A NATIONAL AND THEIR SPOUSE AND CHILDREN SOLELY TO EITHER CARRY ON SUBSTANTIAL TRADE, INCLUDING TRADE IN SERVICES, OR TRADE IN TECHNOLOGY. PRINCIPALLY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE FOREIGN STATE OF WHICH HE IS A NATIONAL OR TO DEVELOP AND DIRECT THE OPERATIONS OF AN ENTERPRISE IN WHICH HE HAS INVESTED A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF CAPITAL. ALIEN EMPLOYEES HAVE TREATY TRADERS AND TREATY INVESTORS MAY RECEIVE INVESTORS IF THEY ARE COMING TO THE UNITED STATES TO ENGAGE IN DUTIES OF AN EXECUTIVE OR SUPERVISORY CHARACTER OR IF EMPLOYED IN A LESSER CAPACITY IF THEY HAVE SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS THAT MAKE THE SERVICES TO BE RENDERED ESSENTIAL TO THE EFFICIENT OPERATION OF THE ENTERPRISE. THERE ARE NO KNEW MAYOR CAL CAPS ON E--- NUMERICAL CAPS ON E-1 OR E-2 VISAS. THEY CAN APPLY FOR EXTENSIONS IN TWO-YEAR INCREMENTS. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENTERED INTO TREATIES OF COMMERCE SINCE AT LEAST 1815 WHEN WE ENTERED INTO A CONVENTION TO REGULATE COMMERCE WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM. CURRENTLY, THE NATIONALS OF 83 COUNTRIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR E-1 OR E-2 STATUS. IN FISCAL YEAR 2017, IN TOTAL ABOUT 50,000 E-1 AND E-2 VISAS WERE ISSUED. IN THE PAST, COUNTRIES BECAME ELIGIBLE FOR THE E-1 AND E-2 PROGRAMS THROUGH TREATIES SIGNED BIT THE UNITED STATES. HOWEVER, IN 2003, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE REACHED AN UNDERSTANDING WITH THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE THAT NO IMMIGRATION PROVISIONS WERE TO BE INCLUDED IN FUTURE TRADE AGREEMENTS. AND LEGISLATION WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ADD COUNTRIES. THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERED TODAY, S. 2245, MAKES NEW ZEALAND NATIONALS ELIGIBLE FOR E-1 AND E-2 VISAS. I WANT TO THANK MR. ISSA FOR ALL OF HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR INTRODUCING COMPANION LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE. I'M ALSO APPRECIATIVE OF THE EMBASSY OF NEW ZEALAND FOR SEEKING E VISA STATUS IN THE RIGHT WAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT S. 2245 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                              • 04:45:49 PM

                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. RASKRASK S. 2245 --

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                                                                MR. RASKIN

                                                                S. 2245 IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION FOR CITIZENS IN NEW ZEALAND TO…

                                                                S. 2245 IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION FOR CITIZENS IN NEW ZEALAND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE E-1 AND E-2 SO LONG AS NEW ZEALAND PROVIDES THE SAME RESIP TRAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE UNITED STATES. THEY CAN INVEST HERE AND LEAD. THE E.-1 TRADER ALLOWS FOR SUBSTANTIAL TRADE WITH OUR COUNTRY. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES TEMPORARY FOREIGN INVESTORS WHO MAKE INVESTMENTS. THEY HELP DIRECT INVESTMENTS IN THE U.S. MORE THAN 80 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMS INCLUDING ALMOST ALL OF OUR DEMOCRATIC ALLIES YET NEW ZEALAND IS NOT ON THE LIST. THERE ARE MANY NEW ZEALAND COMPANIES IN THE U.S.. IN 2016, OUR TWO COUNTRIES ENGAGED IN $12 BILLION OF BILATERAL TRADE AND GOODS AND SERVICES AND THE U.S. IS THE SECOND MOST POPULAR DESTINATION ACCOUNTING FOR 17% OF ALL FOREIGN INVESTMENT BY THE PEOPLE OF NEW ZEALAND IN 2016 FOR A TOTAL OF $3.2 BILLION. BRINGING THEM INTO THE PROGRAM WILL INCREASE TRADE AND BILATERAL INVESTMENT FLOWS HELPING BOTH OF OUR COUNTRIES ACCELERATE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB GROWTH. FARMERS I'M GLAD THIS THAT THIS BILL WILL STRENGTHEN AMERICA'S TIES WITH OUR STEADFAST ALLIES. CONGRATLATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR SENATOR HIRONO. I CONGRATULATE MY JUDICIARY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE ISSA. THEY DESERVE CREDIT. AND WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO CRAFT A SMART SOLUTION THAT HAS GAINED BROAD SUPPORT. OUR COUNTRY WILL BE MORE PROSPEROUS AS A RESULT OF THESE EFFORTS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND CHAIRWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND WORK ON BEHALF OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I URGE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT S. 2245 AND I RESERVE.

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                                                              • 04:48:43 PM

                                                                MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                MR. RASKIN

                                                                WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND PREPARED TO CLOSE AS WELL.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                MR. RASKIN

                                                                I WANT TO RESTATE OUR SUPPORT FOR S. 2245, THE KIWI ACT AND URGE ALL OF…

                                                                I WANT TO RESTATE OUR SUPPORT FOR S. 2245, THE KIWI ACT AND URGE ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                              • 04:49:09 PM

                                                                MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AND RANKING MEMBER NADLER AND OTHERS…

                                                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AND RANKING MEMBER NADLER AND OTHERS ON THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL AS CONGRESSMAN ISSA AND SENATOR HIRONO. THIS IS VERY GOOD LEGISLATION AND IT'S OVERDUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              • 04:49:29 PM

                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR,…

                                                                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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                                                            • 04:49:47 PM

                                                              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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2630 — "To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to La Paz County, Arizona, and for other purposes."

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                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 260 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. 2630, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY…

                                                                  H.R. 2630, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY CERTAIN LAND TO LA PAZ COUNTY, ARIZONA, 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 H.R. 2630.

                                                                • 04:50:52 PM

                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                  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 THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. H.R. 260, LA PAZ COIRNT LAND CONVEYANCE ACT IS SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN GOSAR AND DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO CONVEY 8,000 ACRES OF FEDERAL LAND TO LA PAZ COUNTY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SOLAR FIELD. IT IS AMONG ONE OF THE FEW COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES WITH 95% OF ITS LAND OWN BY THE FEDERAL, STATE OR TRIBAL GOVERNMENT. BECAUSE OF THE IMMENSE FEDERAL FOOTPRINT, A LAND TRANSFER IS NECESSARY SO IT CAN SECURE ENOUGH SPACE FOR THIS TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT. THE COUNTY WILL NOT ONLY PAY FOR THE LAND BUT THE COSTS OF THE TRANSFER AS WELL. THE COUNTY HAS IDENTIFIED A SITE TO A PRE-EXISTING AND PROPOSED FIBER OPTIC AND NATURAL GAS LINES. IT HAS REVEALED NOT ANY ENDANGERED SPECIES AND MUCH OF THE PROPOSED SITE HAS SIGNIFICANT DISTURBANCE. LA PAZ COUNTY SUFFERS HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND THIS LAND WILL GO TO THE PHOENIX MARKETS AND BRING GOOD-PAYING JOBS TO FAMILIES IN THE COUNTY. I URGE ADOPTION AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                • 04:52:36 PM

                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

                                                                • 04:52:39 PM

                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                  THIS BILL AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE BY REPRESENTATIVE PAUL A. GOSAR…

                                                                  THIS BILL AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE BY REPRESENTATIVE PAUL A. GOSAR AUTHORIZES THE CONVEYANCE OF 8 ,000 ACRES TO LA PAZ, COUNTY, ARIZONA FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. THE B.L.M. LAND HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS SUITABLE FOR DISPOSAL AND THE COUNTY IS REQUIRED TO PAY FULL MARKET VALUE AND ALL THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONVEYANCE. THE BILL INCLUDES IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS FOR TRIBAL, CULTURAL PROPERTY AND SUPPORTED BY THE COLORADO-INDIAN RIVER TRIBES. THIS IS THE TARGETED SALE OF PUBLIC LAND FOR A SPECIFIC PUBLIC PURPOSES THAT ENSURES A FAIR RETURN FOR TAXPAYER-OWNED ASSETS. OUR SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE SUPPORT THE WHOLESALE DISPOSAL OF FEDERAL LAND. FEDERAL LAND IS A PUBLIC RESOURCE AND CONVEYANCE OF THIS RESOURCE SHOULD INCLUDE GUARANTEES TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST. THE CONVEYANCE AUTHORIZED SHOULD RE-INVESTED BACK SBOOR LAND CONSERVATION EFFORTS. AP THE ACCUMULATION OF INDIVIDUAL CONVEYANCES THREATENS THE VIABILITY OF OUR SYSTEM OF PUBLIC LANDS. THIS IS NOT YET INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. SO I DO HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE CAN WORK WITH OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES TO MAKE THIS BILL EVEN BETTER AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                • 04:54:24 PM

                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                • 04:54:30 PM

                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                  I YIELD TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN CAUCUS…

                                                                  I YIELD TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN CAUCUS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR.

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                                                                • 04:54:40 PM

                                                                  MR. GOSAR

                                                                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R. 2630, LA PAZ COUNTY…

                                                                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R. 2630, LA PAZ COUNTY LAND CONVEYANCE ACT. LA PAZ COUNTY, ARIZONA IS A COUNTY IN WESTERN ARIZONA DEFINED BY THE COLORADO RIVER AND THE DESERT AND MASSIVE FEDERAL FOOTPRINT. THIS BILL FACILITATES A LAND TRANSFER TO THE COUNTY. SPECIFICALLY 2630 DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO CONVEY 8,000 ACRES TO LA PAZ COUNTY FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND FACILITATING RENEWABLE ELECTRICAL GENERATION. THE ABILL ALLOWS THE COUNTY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONE OF THE BEST ASSETS THEY HAVE, SUNSHINE AND PURSUE SOLAR ENERGY PRODUCTION. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE COUNTY TO PAY FAIR MARKET VALUE FOR THE LAND INVOLVED IN THIS TRANSFER. H.R. 2630 REQUIRES THE COUNTY TO PAY FOR ALL COSTS RELATED TO THE CONVEYANCE, INCLUDING SURVEYS, APPRAISEALS AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. I WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE MORE BACKGROUND. BY POPULATION, LA PAZ IS ARIZONA'S SECOND SMALLEST COUNTY. MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE PEOPLE ARE OVER THE AGE OF 65. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE COUNTY IS STUBBORNLY HIGH WITHIN THE FIVE COUNTIES OUT OF 15 IN TERMS OF HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. CURRENTLY, 6% OF THE LAND IN LA PAZ COUNTY IS IN PRIVATE OWNERSHIP. FEDERAL, STATE AND TRIBAL OWNERSHIP OWN IT. BECAUSE OF THE IMMENSE FEDERAL FOOTPRINT IN THE COUNTY A LAND CONVEYANCE WILL ALLOW FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES. H.R. 2630 WILL HELP CREATE NEW GOOD PAYING JOBS AND GENERATE NEW RECEIVE NEWS TO FUND EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE LAND THAT THE COUNTY HAS IDENTIFIED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE B.L.M. IS SITUATED ON THE EDGE OF LA PAZ-MARICOPA LINE FOR NATURAL GAS AND TRANSMISSION LINES. THE TRANSFERRED PARCELS ARE LOCATED NEXT TO THE 10-WEST LINK, 1145 TRANSMISSION LINE THAT WILL CONNECT ARIZONA AND CALIFORNIA. THE LAND DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY ENDANGERED SPECIES, CULTURAL RESOURCES AND HAS A SIGNIFICANT LEVEL OF SURPLUS DISTURBANCE. THE LEGISLATION WAS DRAFTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE COUNTY IN COLLABORATION WITH THE TRIBE AND STAKEHOLDERS. THE GENERATE WILL GENERATE $6 MILLION FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS WILL PROVIDE GOOD PAYING LOCAL JOBS AND EMPOWER THE COUNTY TO DETERMINE ITSON ECONOMIC FUTURE. THE RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATED BY THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE RENEWABLE POWER TO MEET THE ELECTRICITY DEMANDS OF THE WEST. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE THE LA PAZ COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO TESTIFY IN FAVOR OF THE BILL AND I APPRECIATE ALL THE COUNTY'S HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF THIS EFFORT. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR THE BILL FROM THE COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES WHICH STATED IN PART AND I QUOTE, WHILE WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS LEGISLATION ADDRESSES ONLY A SMALL PORTION OF THE COUNTY, IT IS OUR HOPE WE CAN USE THIS MODEL TO ENSURE FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS ON OTHER LANDS ARE CONDUCTED IN A CULTURALLY SENSITIVE WAY, END OF QUOTE. THIS IS A GOOD PUBLIC POLICY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND EMBRACE ALL OF THE TRUE AABOVE ENERGY POLICY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                • 04:58:41 PM

                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM. YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.

                                                                • 04:58:49 PM

                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                  I HAVE NO IRL ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK.

                                                                • 04:58:53 PM

                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                  I WOULD ASK THE MEMBERS TO CONSIDER WHAT PLIGHT THEIR DISTRICTS WOULD BE…

                                                                  I WOULD ASK THE MEMBERS TO CONSIDER WHAT PLIGHT THEIR DISTRICTS WOULD BE IN IF 95% OF THE LAND IN THAT COUNTY WAS OFF THE PUBLIC TAX ROLLS WITH SEVERE RESTRICTIONS ON ITS USE. THE EFFECT IS ECONOMICALLY DEVASTATING. THIS IS A SMALL STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF GIVING LA PAZ COUNTY A LITTLE MORE CONTROL OVER ITS ECONOMIC FUTURE. IT'S AN EXCELLENT BILL AND I URGE ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                • 04:59:30 PM

                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE QUESTION IS WILL THE MEMBERS SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

                                                                  THE QUESTION IS WILL THE MEMBERS SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              • 04:59:41 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.

                                                                  • 04:59:54 PM

                                                                    MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1220 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 4237, H.R. 1220, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE ADAMS…

                                                                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 4237, H.R. 1220, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE ADAMS MEMORIAL PROVISION TO CARRY OUT PUBLIC LAW 107-62 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                  Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1220 — "To establish the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 107-62, 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 H.R. 1220.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                    • 05:00:23 PM

                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                      CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                      SEVERAL CENTRAL FIGURES IN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL ARE GIVEN SHORT TRIPS AND…

                                                                      SEVERAL CENTRAL FIGURES IN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL ARE GIVEN SHORT TRIPS AND NONE AMONG THEM IS MORE DESERVING THAN JOHN ADAMS. HE WAS THE FIGURE IN PUSHING THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE AND HE WAS INTEGRAL IN THE HOME AT WAR AND FIRST VICE PRESIDENT UNDER WASHINGTON AND IS OUR SECOND PRESIDENT, HE ESTABLISHED MANY OF THE TRADITIONS AND POLICIES THAT SET OUR COURSE. . . PUBLIC LAW 107-62 ESTABLISHED A MEMORIAL UNDER THE COMMEMORATIVE WORKS ACT FOR JOHN ADAMS AND TO COLLECT PRIVATE DONATIONS FOR THAT PURPOSE. NO FEDERAL FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR THE MEMORIAL. FOUNDATION IS DEVELOPED INITIAL DESIGN CONCEPT, REVIEWS, COORDINATED WITH CONGRESS, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, BUT IT'S NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO SELECT A SITE DE, DESIGN THE -- SITE, DESIGN THE MEMORIAL, RAISE SUFFICIENT FUNDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION. UNDER THE COMMEMORATIVE WORKS ACT, THE FOUNDATION'S AUTHORITY TO ERECT IT EXPIRES IN 2020. THIS BILL WOULD TRANSFER THAT AUTHORITY TO THE ADAMS MEMORIAL COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION WOULD HAVE ALL THE POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FOUNDATION AND WOULD CONSIST OF 12 MEMBERS. ITS AUTHORITY TO ERECT A MEMORIAL WILL EXPIRE IN SEVEN YEARS CONSISTENT WITH THE C.W.A. TIMELINE. I'D ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                    • 05:02:11 PM

                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                      MS. BORDALLO

                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE BILL'S SPONSOR, MR. LYNCH OF MASSACHUSETTS,…

                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE BILL'S SPONSOR, MR. LYNCH OF MASSACHUSETTS, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                      MR. LYNCH

                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME FIRST THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME FIRST THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS KIND WORDS ON BEHALF OF MY LEGISLATION AND ON BEHALF OF JOHN ADAMS IN PARTICULAR AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS STRONG SUPPORT FOR MY BILL H.R. 1220, THE ADAMS MEMORIAL COMMISSION ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ESTABLISHES THE ADAMS MEMORIAL COMMISSION, WHICH AS THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZED, WILL CONSIDER, FORMULATE, REPORT PLANS FOR A MEMORIAL HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. HONORING JOHN ADAMS AND HIS PROFOUND AND LASTING LEGACY IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. THE BIPARTISAN ADAMS MEMORIAL COMMISSION WILL BE COMPOSED OF FOUR PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES, FOUR MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, FOUR MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE COMMISSION WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPORT ITS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NATURE, LOCATION, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION OF A FITTING MEMORIAL TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS AND WILL THEN PROVIDE ANNUAL REPORTS ON THE MEMORIAL'S PROGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THE LASTING LEGACY OF JOHN ADAMS' FAMILY AND THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND HIS PROMINENT ROLE IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. JOHN ADAMS WAS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE UNITED STATES. BORN IN 1735 IN MASSACHUSETTS, A SECTION WHICH IS KNOWN AS QUINCY, JOHN ADAMS WAS EDUCATED AS HARVARD AND SPENT HIS EARLY CAREER AS A LAWYER. LATER ON LEADER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, HE WAS DELEGATE TO THE FIRST AND SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESSES AND WAS THE LEADING VOICE, CHAMPIONING INDEPENDENCE FROM GREAT BRITAIN. ADAMS' PROMINENT ROLE IN OUR NATION'S FORMATION OF LAWS IS STILL RECOGNIZED TILL THIS DAY. IN FACT, ONE GREAT BENEFIT I HAD AS A MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATOR COMING HERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., IS JOHN ADAMS DRAFTED THE RULES OF THE HOUSE IN MASSACHUSETTS WHICH WE ADOPTED HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL IN THIS CONGRESS WHICH STILL STAND TODAY. ADAMS NOT ONLY HELP DRAFT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE BUT OFFERED THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS WHICH IS THE OLDEST WRITTEN CONSTITUTION STILL IN PLACE TODAY. AFTER SERVING AS U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, ADAMS BECAME THE FIRST VICE PRESIDENT UNDER GENERAL -- PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON. IN 1796, ADAMS WAS ELECTED THE SECOND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IN 1800 BECAME THE FIRST OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. JOHN ADAMS' LEGACY WAS INSTILLED THROUGH HIS ENTIRE FAMILY. JOHN'S WIFE ABIGAIL IS KNOWN AS AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND HIS SON, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, LATER SERVED AS OUR NATION'S SIXTH PRESIDENT. AND HIS FAMILY'S LEGACY GOES ON. WHILE COMMEMORATIVE WORKS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR FORMER PRESIDENTS INCLUDING GEORGE WASHINGTON, THOMAS JEFFERSON, ABRAHAM LINCOLN HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., JOHN ADAMS AND HIS LEGACY ARE NOT NOTABLY REPRESENTED IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. AND THAT IS -- THAT IS A GAP THAT WE SEEK TO CURE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MEMORIAL IS LONG OVERDUE. PRESIDENT ADAMS WAS A REMARKABLE LEADER AND A STEADFAST PUBLIC SERVANT. IT'S A GLARING OVERSIGHT THAT THERE IS NO MEMORIAL IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL HONORING JOHN ADAMS AND HIS FAMILY FOR THEIR ROLE IN SHAPING OUR NATION. H.R. 1220 WOULD COMPLEMENT THE WORK WORK THAT THE ADAMS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION HAS DONE OVER THE YEARS. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, I ASK THAT WE SHOULD PASS THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OF ESTABLISHING THE COMMEMORATIVE MEMORIAL THAT PRESIDENT ADAMS AND HIS FAMILY RIGHTLY DESERVE. THAT THEY RIGHTLY, BY THEIR COURAGE AND SERVICE, HAVE EARNED. I THANK THE BIPARTISAN COAST SPONSORS OF THIS -- CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YOUR COURTESY AND THE KIND WORDS BY, AGAIN, THE CHAIRMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND MS. BORDALLO, AND I THANK THE BIPARTISAN SPONSORS OF THIS BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO STAND IN FAVOR OF AND PASS H.R. 1220. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      TIME.

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                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND I'M READY TO CLOSE.

                                                                    • 05:06:46 PM

                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

                                                                    • 05:06:48 PM

                                                                      MS. BORDALLO

                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO ADD A FEW WORDS TO THIS BILL. NEARLY 20 YEARS…

                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO ADD A FEW WORDS TO THIS BILL. NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THE ADAMS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION TO CONSTRUCT A COMMEMORATIVE WORK WITH PRIVATE FUNDS IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS, FIRST LADY ABIGAIL ADAMS, PRESIDENT JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, AND OTHER PROMINENT MEMBERS OF THE ADAMS' FAMILY ASSOCIATED WITH THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. SO I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN LYNCH AND THE ENTIRE MASSACHUSETTS DELEGATION FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT TO HONORING THE LEGACY OF ONE OF THEIR STATE'S MOST INFLUENTIAL POLITICAL FAMILIES. A PERMANENT MEMORIAL IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL IS A FITTING TRIBUTE, AND I HOPE WE CAN WORK WITH OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES TO DELIVER THIS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND FINALLY GET IT DONE. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                    • 05:07:40 PM

                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                                                    • 05:07:44 PM

                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENT CONGRESSMAN LYNCH AND…

                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENT CONGRESSMAN LYNCH AND THANK HIM ON BEHALF OF THE NATION FOR KEEPING THIS MEMORIAL ALIVE AND KEEPING ITS MOMENTUM GOING. THIS IS HIGHLY DESERVED. IT IS LONG OVERDUE. AND THIS MEASURE TAKES US ANOTHER STEP TOWARD THE RECOGNITION OF ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST FOUNDING FATHERS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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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. 1220, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                  • 05:08:20 PM

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

                                                                    • 05:08:21 PM

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

                                                                      • 05:08:30 PM

                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3045, AS ANDED.

                                                                    • 05:08:31 PM

                                                                      Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3045 — "To amend the National Trails System Act to extend the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and for other purposes."

                                                                      • 05:08:34 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                      • 05:08:37 PM

                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 649, H.R. 3045, A BILL TO AMEND THE NATIONAL TRAIL…

                                                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 649, H.R. 3045, A BILL TO AMEND THE NATIONAL TRAIL SYSTEM ACT TO EXTEND THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                    • 05:08:40 PM

                                                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                      DEBATE

                                                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3045.

                                                                      • 05:08:49 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                        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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                                                                      • 05:09:08 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                      • 05:09:10 PM

                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3045 COMES TO US BY CONGRESSMAN LUKE MESSER OF INDIANA,…

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3045 COMES TO US BY CONGRESSMAN LUKE MESSER OF INDIANA, WOULD EXTEND THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL. ITS PURPOSE IS TO PRESERVE AND INTERPRET FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS THE CORE OF DISCOVERIES IMPORTANT PREPARATIONS FOR THE TRAIL BLAZING JOURNEY INTO THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. IN 1803, PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON CHARGED CAPTAINS MERRYWEATHER LEWIS AND WILLIAM CLARK TO FINDING A ROUTE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM THE LOUISIANA TERRITORY AND WAS SEEKING OUT AND IDENTIFYING WILDLIFE, VEGETATION, AND NATIVE POPULATIONS ALONG THE WAY. THE JOURNEY CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO THE SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND HELP TO FOSTER PROFOUND POLITICAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, CULTURAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHAGES TO THE LANDS AND THE PEOPLES OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT. THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1978 AND SPANS 3,700 MILES, FOLLOWING THE ROUTE OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM WOOD RIVER, ILLINOIS, TO ASTORIA, OREGON. THIS BILL WOULD EXTEND THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL TRAIL BY 1,200 WITH A NEW EASTERN BOUNDARY AT PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, FOLLOWING THE PATH OF THE OHIO RIVER. THE EASTERN LEGACY EXTENSION OF THE TRAIL ENCOMPASSES IMPORTANT HISTORY AND KEY MOMENTS FOR THE EXPEDITION. IN FEBRUARY OF 2018 AT THE DIRECTION OF CONGRESS, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE COMPLETED A STUDY ON THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THIS TRAIL. THE STUDY FOUND THE ROUTE PROPOSED FOR INCLUSION IN THE BILL TO BE NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT, SUITABLE, FEASIBLE FOR INCLUSION IN THE NATIONAL -- LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL. THE EASTERN LEGACY EXTENSION PROVIDED BY THIS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZES THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PLANNING, PREPARATION, AND BEGINNING -- BEGINNING PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXPEDITION AND WILL PROVIDE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICANS TO LEARN ABOUT THE CORE OF DISCOVERY AND THE LANDS ALONG THE OHIO RIVER WHERE LEWIS AND CLARK REFINED THE TECHNIQUES THAT PREPARED THEM FOR THE HARDSHIPS OF THE LONG TRIP OUT WEST. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                      • 05:11:18 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

                                                                      • 05:11:22 PM

                                                                        MS. BORDALLO

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

                                                                      • 05:11:24 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                        MS. BORDALLO

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL EXTENDS THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORICAL…

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL EXTENDS THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORICAL TRAIL BY 1,200 MILES TO INCLUDE THREE NEW SEGMENTS THAT CORRESPOND TO THE PREPARATION AND RETURN PHASES OF THE EXHE HAD DIGS. UNDER THE CONSOLIDATED -- PHASES OF THE EXPEDITION. UNDER THE CONSOLIDATED BILL, THE SITES TO ADD TO THE LEWIS AND CLARK HISTORICAL TRAIL IDENTIFIED THREE NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT TRAIL SEGMENTS. THE FIRST TRAIL IDENTIFIED IS A SEGMENT OF THE OHIO RIVER THAT LEWIS USED AS A TESTING GROUND FOR SUPPLIES AND WEAPONS PRIOR TO HIS EPIC JOURNEY. ANOTHER TRAIL STRETCHING FROM THE FALLS OF OHIO TO THE CONFLUENCE OF OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS RECOGNIZES WHERE LEWIS AND CLARK FIRST MET. THE LAST TRAIL THAT WILL BE INCLUDED UNDER THIS BILL BEGINS AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND STRETCHES UNTIL THE WOOD RIVER IN ILLINOIS, WHICH IS THE CURRENT STARTING POINT OF THE NATIONAL HISTORICAL TRAIL. THE LEWIS AND CLARK STORY IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR COLLECTIVE HISTORY, AND I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE WORKING TOGETHER TO DISCOVER AND PRESERVE PIECES OF AMERICA'S LEGACY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE LUKE MESSER, AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE, THE HONORABLE LUKE MESSER OF INDIANA.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                      • 05:13:08 PM

                                                                        MR. MESSER

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

                                                                        THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK, FOR HIS HELP ON THIS BILL, THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, MY FRIEND, MS. BORDALLO, FOR HER SUPPORT AS WELL, CHAIRMAN BISHOP AND ALL THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE FOR THEIR IMPORTANT WORK AND FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE MY SON, HUDSON, I GUESS NAMED AFTER A RIVER FOR TAGGING ALONG WITH ME AND BEING HERE AS WELL. AS MOST OF US LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY, IN 1803, LEWIS AND CLARK WERE COMMISSIONED BY PRESIDENT JEFFERSON TO FOUND A WATER ROUTE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL, THE EASTERN LEGACY EXTENSION ACT, FORMALLY RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANT ROLE STATES LIKE INDIANA, MY HOME STATE, PLAYED IN THE EXPEDITION, BY EXTENDING THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL TO THE EAST. CURRENTLY, THE TRAIL ONLY MARKS THE WESTERN PORTION OF LEWIS AND CLARK'S EXPEDITION. HOWEVER, THESE EXPLORERS, AS OTHER SPEAKERS HAVE SAID, TRAVELED NEARLY 1,000 MILES ALONG THE OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS IN STATES LIKE PENNSYLVANIA, OHIO, INDIANA, AND ILLINOIS BEFORE ARRIVING IN PRESENT-DAY MISSOURI. IN FACT, THE TOWN OF CLARKSVILLE, INDIANA, IS NAMED AFTER WILLIAM CLARK, AFTER HE FAMOUSLY STOPPED THERE TO RECRUIT MEMBERS FOR THE EXPEDITION. TO PROPERLY RECOGNIZE THIS HISTORIC EXPEDITION AND PRESERVE THE ENTIRE ROUTE LEWIS AND CLARK TOOK, CONGRESS PREVIOUSLY REQUESTED THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO STUDY EXTENDING THE TRAIL ALONG THE ROUTE THEY TOOK EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI. IN FEBRUARY, 2018, THE FINAL STUDY WAS RELEASED, RECOMMENDING THAT CONGRESS DESIGNATE THE EASTERN LEG OF THE EXPEDITION AS PART OF THE TRAIL. THIS BILL MAKES THAT A REALITY, AND BY RECOGNIZING THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION, WE MAKE THE ENTIRE NATIONAL TRAIL STRONGER. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENHANCE COMMUNITIES IN INDIANA AND THE REST OF THE 4,900-MILE ROUTE AND PROMOTE HISTORIC APPRECIATION FOR THE ROLE LEWIS AND CLARK PLAYED IN MAKING OUR COUNTRY WHAT IT IS TODAY. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL FOUNDATION FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND, AGAIN, THANK THE COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR WORK TOO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM. .

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                                                                        MS. BORDALLO

                                                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES --

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                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS ONE OF THE SEMINOLE EVENTS THAT PRODUCED…

                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS ONE OF THE SEMINOLE EVENTS THAT PRODUCED THIS GREAT NATION SPANS FROM COAST-TO-COAST AND THE COMPLETION OF THIS FULL TRAIL IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN RECOGNIZING THE HEROISM AND THE VISION OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US, TO BUILD THIS NATION. I ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE LEGISLATION 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. 3045, 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 CALIFORNIA 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. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5875 — "To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, to provide parity for United States territories and the District of Columbia, to make technical corrections to such Acts and related laws, and for other purposes."

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                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5875, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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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. 5875.

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                                                                            THE CLERK

                                                                            H.R. 5875. A BILL TO AMEND THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON WILDLIFE RESTORATION ACT…

                                                                            H.R. 5875. A BILL TO AMEND THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON WILDLIFE RESTORATION ACT AND THE DINGELL-JOHNSON FEDERAL AID IN SPORT FISH RESTORATION ACT, TO PROVIDE PARITY FOR UNITED STATES TERRITORIES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO SUCH ACTS AND RELATED LAWS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D 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. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 5875, INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM GUAM, MRS MS.…

                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 5875, INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM GUAM, MRS MS. BORDALLO, ADDRESSES THE EXISTING DISPARITY BETWEEN THE 50 STATES AND THE U.S. TERRITORIES WITH REGARD TO THE FORM LASS WITHIN THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND -- FORMULAS WITHIN THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON PROGRAMS. WHILE THE TERRITORIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE STATUTORY DEFINITION AS STATES, THEY'RE NOT AFFORDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE AN EQUAL SHARE OF PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON FUNDING. THE LEGISLATION PROVIDES THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR WITH GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN APPORTIONING CONSERVATION FUNDS AND REQUIRES PARITY BETWEEN THE STATES AND THE TERRITORIES WITH RESPECT TO FUNDING FOR BASIC HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAMS. UNDER CURRENT LAW EACH STATE IS GUARANTEED AT LEAST A 1% SHARE OF YEARLY PITTMAN-ROBERTSON APPORTIONMENT. HOWEVER, THE CURRENT STATUTE CAPS PUERTO RICO'S SHARE AT 1/4 OF 1% AND THE FOUR OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES' SHARES AT JUST 1/6 OF 1%. IN ORDER, THEY PAY THE FEES AND THE TAXES, BUT THEY DON'T GET EQUAL ACCESS TO THE FUNDS. H.R. 5875 SPECIFICALLY REMOVES THE EXISTING CAPS ON FUNDS FOR BASIC HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAMS, AND WOULD MANDATE THAT EACH TERRITORY AND STATE RECEIVE NOT LESS THAN 1% IN ANY GIVEN YEAR. THE BILL ALSO REMOVES ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON APPORTIONMENTS FOR WILDLIFE AND SPORT FISHING RESTORATION PROJECTS. THE ABSENCE OF CAPS WILL ALLOW THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO EXERCISE DISCRETION IN APPORTIONING PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON FUNDS TO THE FIVE U.S. TERRITORIES IN PROPORTION TO THEIR POPULATIONS, AS IT'S DONE CURRENTLY FOR EACH OF THE 50 STATES. THE USER PAY APPROACH FACILITATED BY PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON HAS CONSISTENTLY DELIVERED SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS TO HUNTERS, RECREATIONAL SHOOTERS, AND ALL CITIZENS THROUGH THE DELIVERY OF ON THE GROUND WILDLIFE AND HABITAT CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES. IT'S TIME WE MAKE THE APPORTIONMENT OF THESE IMPORTANT FUNDS FAIR TO ALL 50 STATES AND THE TERRITORIES. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE 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 CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                            MS. BORDALLO

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

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                            MS. BORDALLO

                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THE FULL HOUSE WILL SOON VOTE ON MY…

                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THE FULL HOUSE WILL SOON VOTE ON MY H.R. 5875, SUPPORTED BY ALL SIX MEMBERS OF CONGRESS REPRESENTING THE U.S. TERRITORIES, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. MY BIPARTISAN BILL WILL ENSURE THAT GUAM, THE OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES, AND D.C., RECEIVE THEIR FAIR SHARE OF ANNUAL FUNDING UNDER THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON ACTS. THIS FEDERAL FUNDING SUPPORTS FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, AND ENHANCES HUNTING, SPORT FISHING, BOATING AND OTHER OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AT NO COST TO TAXPAYERS. EACH STATE AND TERRITORIAL FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCY RECEIVES A YEARLY ALLOCATION OF THIS FEDERAL FUNDING. HOWEVER, CURRENT FEDERAL LAW PLACES ARBITRARY CAPS ON HOW MUCH FUNDING THE FIVE TERRITORIES AND D.C. MAY RECEIVE . FORCING US TO SPLIT THE SMALLEST STATE'S SHARE SIX WAYS. MY BIPARTISAN BILL WILL FIX THIS BY PROVIDING EACH TERRITORY AND D.C. THE SAME FUNDING PERCENTAGE GUARANTEED FOR EACH STATE. MY BILL WILL ALSO ALLOW THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO EXERCISE HIS OR HER FULL DISCRETION IN ALLOCATING THIS FUNDING BASED ON THE SAME CRITERIA APPLIED TO THE STATES. LASTLY, H.R. 5875 WILL MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES IN THE U.S. CODE TO CORRECT ERRORS IN THESE TWO FEDERAL LAWS. SO I THANK OUR NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. ROB BISHOP, FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP IN BRINGING MY BILL TO THE FLOOR. AND I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                            I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                            MS. BORDALLO

                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS COMMENTS, HIS VERY…

                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS COMMENTS, HIS VERY FAVORABLE COMMENTS, ON THIS BILL. REPRESENTATIVE MCCLINTOCK FROM CALIFORNIA. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                                                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                            I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE HOUSE. THIS…

                                                                            I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE HOUSE. THIS REALLY IS AN INJUSTICE, TO THINK THAT THE PEOPLE OF TERRITORIES PAY THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE FEES AND YET ONLY GET A FRACTION OF THE BENEFITS THAT ARE ACCORDED TO THE STATES PAYING THE SAME FEES. THIS CORRECTS THAT INJUSTICE AND I URGE ITS ADOPTION. 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. 5875, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, -- 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 CALIFORNIA 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. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5979 — "To establish the Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument in the State of Kentucky as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5979, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 662. H.R. 5979. A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE MILL SPRINGS…

                                                                                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 662. H.R. 5979. A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT IN THE STATE OF KENTUCKY AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5979.

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                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D 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. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL, INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS OF KENTUCKY,…

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL, INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS OF KENTUCKY, ESTABLISHES THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT IN KENTUCKY AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. THE BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS WAS ONE OF KENTUCKY'S LARGEST CIVIL WAR BATTLES AND PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE UNION'S SUCCESS BY SECURING THE CUMBERLAND GAP AND PROVIDING THE GATEWAY INTO TENNESSEE. THE BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS BOLSTERED THE UNION'S MORALE AS IT WAS THE FIRST MAJOR VICTORY OF THE WAR FOLLOWING THE DISASTROUS DEFEAT. WINNING THE BATTLE ENABLED THE UNION TO PUSH ALL CONFEDERATE POWERS OUT OF KENTUCKY AND ALLOWED THEM TO ADVANCE INTO CONFEDERATE STRONG HOLDS IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE. MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD WAS DESIGNATED AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK IN 1994. THE BOUNDARY WAS EXPANDED IN 2008 AND NOW ENCOMPASSES OVER 1,500 ACRES. THE NONPROFIT MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD ASSOCIATION CURRENTLY OWNS 900 ACRES OF BATTLEFIELD LANE AND -- LAND AND OPERATES A VISITOR CENTER AT THE SITE. H.R. 5979 ESTABLISHES THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT AS A UNIT OF THE PARK SYSTEM, THE PROPOSED MONUMENT WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY 1,500 ACRES, OF WHICH THE 900 WILL BE DONATED TO THE PARK SERVICE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR MR. ROGERS FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S THE RIGHT WAY TO CREATE A NATIONAL MONUMENT. MONUMENTS OUGHT TO BE CREATED THROUGH THE OPEN LEGISLATIVE PROCESS OF CONGRESS AND NOT VIA EXECUTIVE FIAT. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE 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 CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                              MS. BORDALLO

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

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                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                              MS. BORDALLO

                                                                              THIS BILL, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS OF KENTUCKY,…

                                                                              THIS BILL, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS OF KENTUCKY, ESTABLISHES THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT IN THE STATE OF KENTUCKY TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND INTERPRETER FOR FUTURE AND CURRENT GENERATIONS THE HISTORIC RESOURCES OF THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD AND ITS ROLE IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD IN KENTUCKY WAS THE SITE OF THE UNION'S FIRST DECISIVE VICTORY IN THE WESTERN THEATER OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. GIVEN THE CONFEDERACY'S PRESENCE IN THE SOUTH, THE UNION'S PERFORMANCE IN KENTUCKY WAS PERCEIVED AS A PIVOTAL TURNING POINT IN THE WAR. PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ARTICULATED THE STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF KENTUCKY BY STATING, AND I QUOTE, I HOPE TO HAVE GOD ON MY SIDE, BUT I MUST HAVE KENTUCKY. THIS MONUMENT DESIGNATION IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MILL SPRINGS AND AN ENCOURAGING SIGN THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK ACROSS POLITICAL LINES TO ENSURE THAT OUR MOST IMPORTANT PLACES ARE PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. ROGERS.

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                                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                              MR. ROGERS

                                                                              THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK, FOR YIELDING YOUR TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I…

                                                                              THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK, FOR YIELDING YOUR TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5979, THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT ACT. LEGISLATION THAT I INTRODUCED THAT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO ESTABLISH THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. ON JANUARY 19, 1862, THE SMALL KENTUCKY TOWN OF LOGAN'S CROSSROADS ERUPTED IN A BLAST OF ARTILLERY AND MUSKET FIRE AS CONFEDERATE AND UNION FORCES CLASHED IN THE BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS. WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARED, IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE UNION WAS VICTORIOUS. AND HAD SECURED ITS FIRST SIGNIFICANT VICTORY IN THE CIVIL WAR. TO HONOR THE SITE, THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD WAS DESIGNATED A U.S. NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK DISTRICT IN 1994. REALIZING THE NEED TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE BATTLEFIELD FOR THE FUTURE, MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD ASSOCIATION, FOUNDED IN 1992, AND THAT ASSOCIATION CURRENTLY OWNS MORE THAN 900 ACRES OF THE BATTLEFIELD THAT THEY HAVE PIECED TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS WITH THEIR OWN MONEY AND GRANT MONEY FROM VARIOUS SOURCES. EVEN BUILT A $1.7 MILLION, 10,000-SQUARE-FOOT VISITOR CENTER AND MUSEUM AT THE SITE. WHICH IS ADJACENT TO THE MILL SPRINGS NATIONAL CEMETERY, WHICH OF COURSE WAS STARTED BY THE DEATHS FROM THIS BATTLE. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE ASSOCIATION IS CURRENTLY DOING AN EXEMPLARY JOB IN MAINTAINING THE BATTLEFIELD, IT SIMPLY DOES NOT HAVE THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO ADEQUATELY PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN THIS SITE IN PERPETUITYY -- PERPETUITY. TO ENSURE THAT THE BATTLEFIELD IS PROTECTED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, I INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION TO ADD THE BATTLEFIELD TO THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT THE BATTLEFIELD, WHERE THE UNION FIRST TASTED VICTORY, IS PROTECTED, PRESERVED AND PROMOTED WELL INTO THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS EFFORT IS SUPPORTED BY THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR, RYAN ZINKE, AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. IT'S ALSO SUPPORTED BY MANY IN KENTUCKY, INCLUDING OUR GOVERNOR, OUR FRIENDS IN OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, AND COUNTLESS LOCAL AND REGIONAL LEADERS. IT'S ALSO SUPPORTED BY THE BATTLEFIELD ASSOCIATION, WHO'S WILLING TO DONATE THEIR PROPERTY, SOME 900 OF THE ACRES, TO MAKE THIS NATIONAL MONUMENT A REALITY. CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK, I'M PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL TO YOU, AND CHAIRMAN BISHOP, AND YOUR STAFF, WHO WORKED CLOSELY WITH US TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. AND I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU DO, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D ALSO LIKE TO SPECIFICALLY THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, WHO'S USHERING COMPANION LEGISLATION THROUGH THE SENATE. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD ASSOCIATION. WITHOUT THEIR DECADES OF WORK, TO PIECE TOGETHER AND PRESERVE THIS IMPORTANT SITE, NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE TODAY. THEY STAGE AN ANNUAL REENACTMENT OF THIS BATTLE, WHICH IS REALISTIC TO THE ENTH DEGREE, AND I WOULD INVITE EVERYONE TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL REUNION OF THIS BATTLE IN JANUARY OF NEXT YEAR. . MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT ACT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                              MS. BORDALLO

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS,…

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, THESE HISTORIC SITES PROVIDE A TANGIBLE LINK BETWEEN OUR…

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, THESE HISTORIC SITES PROVIDE A TANGIBLE LINK BETWEEN OUR GENERATION AND THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US, AND ALLOW US TO DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE DEEDS AND SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO BUILT THIS COUNTRY AND SECURED THE FREEDOM FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT STORY, AND I'D ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE 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 AND…

                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5979, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA 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. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6077 — "Recognizing the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York."

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                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6077, 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. 6077.

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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. 6077, A BILL RECOGNIZING THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN JAMESTOWN, NEW…

                                                                                  H.R. 6077, A BILL RECOGNIZING THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D 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. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER INDOWNTOWN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, --…

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER INDOWNTOWN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, -- IN DOWNTOWN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, TELLS THE STORE EAVE COMEDY IN AMERICA. OPENING UP NEXT MONTH, IT IS A PERFORMANCE BASE AND INTERACTIVE MUSEUM. IT'S THE FIRST CULTURAL INSTITUTION WITH A VISITOR EXPERIENCE DEDICATED TO COMEDY OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. SENATE. THE MUSEUM IS ACQUIRING THE PERSONAL ARCHIVES OF PROMINENT AMERICAN COMEDIANS AND WILL SHOWCASE MORE THAN 50 EXHIBITS FROM EARLY BLOGVILLE TO TODAY. THE CENTER OPERATES THE LIEU SEEM BALL, DESI ARNEZ -- LUCILLE BALL, DESI ARNEZ MUSEUM. AND THE CENTER WILL NOT BE A PART OR AFFILIATED WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. JUST TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR, THIS DESIGNATION WILL NOT REQUIRE FEDERAL FUNDS TO BE EXPENDED FOR ANY PURPOSE RELATED TO THE CENTER, NO JOKE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

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

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                  THIS BILL IS SPONSORED BY MR. REED OF NEW YORK AND IT OFFICIALLY…

                                                                                  THIS BILL IS SPONSORED BY MR. REED OF NEW YORK AND IT OFFICIALLY DESIGNATES THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, AS THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER AND RECOGNIZE IT AS THE ONLY MUSEUM THAT EXISTS TO CELEBRATE COMEDY IN THE UNITED STATES. THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IS SET TO OPEN FOR THE FIRST TIME EARLY NEXT MONTH. THIS HONORARY RECOGNITION WILL HIGHLIGHT THE MUSEUM AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTS, WHICH BRIGHTEN THE LIVES OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CONGRESSMAN REED FOR HIS HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, AND THE COMEDY CENTER. AND I'M VERY HAPPY TO LEND MY SUPPORT TO THE PRESERVATIONS OF INSTITUTIONS THAT PRESERVE PARTS OF OUR CULTURAL IDENTITY, AND I DO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CONGRESSMAN FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN REED.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                  MR. REED

                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. MCCLINTOCK, YIELDING ME SUCH TIME…

                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. MCCLINTOCK, YIELDING ME SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO ADDRESS THIS SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, FOR ONCE ON THIS FLOOR, THIS IS A LAUGHING MATTER. THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL IS TO OFFICIALLY DESIGNATE THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, AS THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY DOESN'T CURRENTLY HAVE A NATIONAL CENTER TO RECOGNIZE COMEDY AND THE IMPORTANT ROLE IT PLAYS IN AMERICAN CULTURE. I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER PLACE FOR SUCH A CENTER THAN IN OUR DISTRICT, IN THE CITY OF JAMESTOWN, THE BIRTHPLACE OF LUCILLE BALL. ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ALL OVER THE WORLD, PEOPLE RECOGNIZE LUCILLE BALL AND "I LOVE LUCY" AS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR TELEVISION SHOWS OF ALL-TIME. THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER WILL CELEBRATE HER IMPACT AND MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD OF COMEDY WHEN IT HOSTS THIS AUGUST THE LUCILLE BALL COMEDY FESTIVAL FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER. ALL JOKES ASIDE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS MUSEUM IS MUCH BIGGER THAN ONE PERSON IN LUCILLE BALL. THIS IS ABOUT COMEDIANS THAT HAVE PRACTICED THEIR ART AND HAVE CELEBRATED THE HEALING ASPECTS OF HUMOR IN OUR SOCIETY. WITH MORE THAN 50 EXHIBITS THAT ENGAGE AND EXCITE, THIS MUSEUM IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING COMEDY IN ALL ITS FORMS AND THE PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE LAUGHTER IT BRINGS. IT IS THE COOPERSTOWN OF BASEBALL, THE DAYTON OF PRO FOOTBALL, THE CLEVELAND OF ROCK 'N' ROLL. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE DEDICATION TO THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER HAVE GOTTEN US HERE. IN PARTICULAR, I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO MADE THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, POSSIBLE, INCLUDING JOURNEY GUNDERSON, TOM BENSON, AND THE REST OF THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER BOARD FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK. AS WELL AS FORMER COUNTY EXECUTIVE VINCE HORGAN, AND PRESIDENT DAVE BORELLO AS WELL AS THE MAYOR OF JAMESTOWN, FOR THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT. THANK YOU TO THE FOUNDATIONS AND CONTRIBUTORS THAT HELPED MAKE THIS A REALITY. MOST OF ALL, WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE COMEDIANS AND ARTISTS WHO HAVE SHARED THEIR TALENTS FOR YEARS. WITH JAMESTOWN TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD ALL BE SMILING WHEN WE SAY YOU WE SUPPORT THIS…

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD ALL BE SMILING WHEN WE SAY YOU WE SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND THAT IS NO LAUGHING MATTER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND YIELD BACK THE…

                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE 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 AND…

                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6077, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA 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. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 2850 — "To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund."

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                                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SPRLS AND PASS S. 2850.

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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. 2850.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      SENATE 2850, TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS…

                                                                                      SENATE 2850, TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFICATION ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY THE USE OF AMOUNTS IN THE WMAT SETTLEMENT FUND.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT OF 2010 INCLUDED FOUR INDIAN WATER…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT OF 2010 INCLUDED FOUR INDIAN WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT. TITLE 3 RESOLVED THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RELATED CLAIMS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, THE STATE OF ARIZONA, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER STATE AND NONFEDERAL PARTIES. IN CONSIDERATION FOR THE TRIBE WAIVING ITS WATER RELATED CLAIMS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER PARTIES, THE ACT AUTHORIZED FUNDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE WATER SYSTEM TO BRING DRINKING WATER TO THE TRIBE AND ITS MEMBERS. SPECIFICALLY, THE RURAL WATER SYSTEM WILL CONSIST OF A DAM AND RESERVOIR, A TREATMENT PLANT AND 55 MILES OF PIPELINE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY. THE ACT ALSO ESTABLISHED THE CREATION OF THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE SETTLEMENT FUND THAT CAN BE USED TO COST OVERRUNS. THE RURAL WATER SYSTEM WILL SERVE A NUMBER OF WATER RELATED ACTIVITIES THAT FIT SQUARELY WITH THE SETTLEMENT FUND'S AUTHORIZED PURPOSES. TO ENSURE THE COMPLETION OF THE TRIBE'S RURAL WATER SYSTEM, S. 2850 MAKES TECHNICAL AMENDMENT TO THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT TO CLARIFY THAT THE TRIBE MAY UTILIZE FUNDING FROM THE SETTLEMENT FUND FOR PLANNING, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES RELATED TO CONSTRUCTION OF THE RURAL WATER SYSTEM. THE BILL ALSO CLARIFIES THE 99-YEAR LEASE AUTHORITY FOR THE PUEBLO OF SANTA CLARA AND THE OHKAY OWINGEH PUEBLO IN NEW MEXICO. THE INDIAN LONG-TERM LEASING ACT ALLOWS INDIANS TO LEASE THEIR LAND SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR FOR PUBLIC, RELIGIOUS, EDUCATION, RECREATIONAL, RESIDENTIAL, OR BUSINESS PURPOSES OF UP TO 25 YEARS. CONGRESS HAS AMENDED THE LTLA MORE THAN 40 TIMES TO ADJUST THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF INDIAN LAND LEASES, INCLUDING THE AUTHORIZATION OF 99-YEAR LEASES FOR LANDS HELD IN TRUST FOR THE PUEBLO OF SANTA CLARA AND THE OHKAY OWINGEH OF NEW MEXICO. S. 2850 CLARIFIES THAT THIS 99-YEAR LEASE AUTHORITY ALSO EXTENDS TO LANDS IN A RESTRICTED FEE STATUS. THESE ARE LANDS HELD BY A TRIBE OR INDIVIDUAL INDIANS SUBJECT TO A LIMITATION ON ALIENATION OR TAXATION. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                      MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE MR. O'HALLERAN FROM ARIZONA FOR AS MUCH TIME AS…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE MR. O'HALLERAN FROM ARIZONA FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUMES.

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                                                                                      MR. O'HALLERAN

                                                                                      MR. O'HALLERAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

                                                                                      MR. O'HALLERAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2850 AND TO URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT TO THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE QUANTIFICATION ACT OF 2010. THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFICATION ACT OF 2010 RESOLVES THE TRIBE'S WATER CLAIMS AGAINST THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS AS WELL AS OTHER PARTIES AND STATES. THIS ACT ALSO AUTHORIZES THE WHITE MOUNTAIN RURAL WATER SYSTEM ALL WHILE BEING BUDGET NEUTRAL. THIS BILL IS SIMPLY A STRAIGHTFORWARD TECHNICAL AMENDMENT WHICH IS NECESSARY TO CLARIFY THAT AUTHORIZATION AUTHORITY EXISTS FOR THE TRIBE TO USE SETTLEMENT FUNDS FOR WATER-RELATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. THE TRIBE NEEDS THIS CLARIFICATION IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ITS RURAL WATER SYSTEM, WHICH IS LONG OVERDUE, AND A CRITICAL PROJECT FOR THE COMMUNITY. I THANK SENATOR FLAKE, WHOSE STAFF HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH ME AND MY OFFICE ON THIS ISSUE FOR THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF. I ALSO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORTING THIS BILL. GIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WATER SYSTEM AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SETTLEMENT LEGISLATION TO THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE, I URGE THE SWIFT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER WITH ALL AFFECTED STAKEHOLDERS ON ITS IMPLEMENTATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM RESERVES. THE CHAIR…

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'M READY TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                      MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL MAKES A SMALL CHANGE TO THE PREVIOUSLY APPROVED…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL MAKES A SMALL CHANGE TO THE PREVIOUSLY APPROVED WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE IN ARIZONA TO COMPLETE WORK ON A RURAL WATER SYSTEM. SPECIFICALLY, THE BILL CLARIFIES THAT FUNDING CONGRESS HAS ALREADY AUTHORIZED FOR WATER-RELATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS CAN BE USED TO COVER POSSIBLE CONSTRUCTION COST OVERRUNS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRIBE'S MAIN WATER PROJECT, WHICH WILL PROVIDE DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES FOR TRIBAL MEMBERS ONCE COMPLETED. IN ADDITION, SECTION 2 OF THE BILL CLARIFIES THAT THE PUEBLOS OF SANTA CLARA AND OHKAY OWINGEH IN NEW MEXICO ARE AUTHORIZED TO LEASE ALL OF THEIR TRIBAL LANDS FOR UP TO 99 YEARS. CURRENTLY, THE PUEBLOS HAVE THE OPTION TO ENTER INTO 99-YEAR LEASES ONLY ON THEIR TRUST LANDS, AS THIS OPTION IS NOT EXTENDED TO THEIR RESTRICTED FEE LANDS. PASSAGE OF THIS PROVISION WILL CORRECT THAT DISCREPANCY, ALLOWING THE PUEBLOS THE SAME FLEXIBILITY IN LEASING TERMS THAT OTHER TRIBES ALREADY POSSESS. SO I WANT TO THANK OUR NEW MEXICO COLLEAGUES, SENATOR TOM UDALL AND CONGRESSMAN BEN RAY LUJAN FOR ADVOCATING THIS ISSUE AND FOR GETTING THIS PROVISION INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION. I'M HAPPY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY SENATOR JEFF FLAKE. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                      I'M READY TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLELADY DOES.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                      MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                      I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS SO I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                      MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU'VE HEARD THIS BILL IRONS OUT A LOT OF…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS YOU'VE HEARD THIS BILL IRONS OUT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH THE SETTLEMENT AND CLEARS THE WAY FOR HOPEFULLY A VERY PRODUCTIVE PROJECT. WITH THAT I'LL URGE ITS ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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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 SENATE 2850. 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. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5613, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5613 — "To designate the Quindaro Townsite in Kansas City, Kansas, as a National Historic Landmark, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 663. H.R. 5613. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE QUINDARO…

                                                                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 663. H.R. 5613. A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE QUINDARO TOWNSITE IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK 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 H.R. 5613.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D 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. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE QUINDARO TOWNSITE IN KANSAS CITY PRESERVES AN IMPORTANT…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE QUINDARO TOWNSITE IN KANSAS CITY PRESERVES AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF OUR PAST, WHOSE HISTORY SHOULD BE KNOWN BY ALL. THE SITE PRESERVES THE RUINS OF A FRONTIER TOWN ON THE MISSOURI RIVER, FOUNDED IN 1857 AS A FREE STATE PORT OF ENTRY DURING THE KANSAS TERRITORY'S FIGHT OVER THE QUESTION OF SLAVERY. THE TOWN'S DIVERSE INHABITANTS WERE ANTI-SLAVERY. THEY INCLUDED EUROPEANS AND MEMBERS OF AN INDIAN TRIBE. IT WAS THE LOCATION OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN REFUGEE SETTLEMENT THAT BEGAN DURING THE CIVIL WAR AND GREW INTO A PROMINENT AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. IT WAS ALSO THE SITE OF THE FREEDMANS UNIVERSITY, THE WESTERN UNIVERSITY, THE FIRST BLACK UNIVERSITY IN KANSAS. THE QUINDAROTOWN SITE'S ON THE -- QUINDARO TOWNSITE'S ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES AND HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS PART OF THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD NETWORK TO FREEDOM. THE EARLY RESIDENTS ASSISTED FUGITIVE SLAPES ESCAPING ACROSS THE MISSOURI -- SLAVES ESCAPING ACROSS THE MISSOURI RIVER TO FREEDOM. THEY HAVE LONG SOUGHT ELEVATED STATUS AND RECOGNITION FOR THE SITE. H.R. 5613 DESIGNATES QUINDARO TOWNSITE AS A NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE SITE. THIS ESTABLISHES THE TOWNSITE AS AN AFFILIATED AREA OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM AND IT AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO OFFER TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT TO QUINDARO. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT MY COLLEAGUE FOR BRINGING THIS MATTER TO THE ATTENTION OF THE CONGRESS AND FOR THE WORK HE'S DONE TO ASSURE THAT THE SITE RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE 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 CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                        MS. BORDALLO

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

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        CONSUME.

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                                                                                        MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL, AS AMENDED, DESIGNATES THE QUINDARO TOWNSITE IN…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL, AS AMENDED, DESIGNATES THE QUINDARO TOWNSITE IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, AS A NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE SITE, AN HONORARY DESIGNATION UNDER THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. THE TOWN OF QUINDARO WAS FOUNDED IN 1857 AND WAS A KEY SITE DURING THE BLEEDING KANSAS CONFLICT, SERVING AS A SAFE PORT OF ENTRY INTO KANSAS ON THE MISSOURI RIVER FOR THOSE OPPOSED TO SLAVERY. IN ADDITION, THE TOWN AIDED RUNAWAY SLAVES AS THEY ESCAPED TO FREEDOM IN KANSAS THROUGH THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. LOCAL GOVERNMENT PRIVATE ENTITIES AND INDIVIDUAL STAKEHOLDERS IN THE AREA HAVE BEEN WORKING TO ELEVATE THE STATUS OF THE QUINDARO TOWNSITE FOR YEARS, AND I AM GLAD WE WERE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE ITS IMPORTANT CULTURAL LEGACY WITH THIS BILL. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CONGRESSMAN YODER ON HIS HARD WORK AND I WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE AISLE FOR COMING UP WITH AN APPROPRIATE DESIGNATION FOR THE SITE. DESIGNATION OF QUINDARO TOWNSITE AS A NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE SITE IS A FITTING TRIBUTE THAT ENSURES THE SACRIFICES, THE STRUGGLES AND THE TRIUMPHS OF ITS EARLY RESIDENTS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. YODER.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                        MR. YODER

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK. I REALLY…

                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS, AS WELL AS THE COMMENTS OF THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM. AND TO HEAR MY COMMUNITY TALKED ABOUT SO POSITIVELY HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IS A SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR ME AND MANY WHO HAVE WORKED SO MANY YEARS TO HAVE THIS MOMENT COME TO FRUITION. AS TODAY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GRANT LONG OVERDUE RECOGNITION TO A HISTORICAL SITE IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, THAT HAS ITS ROOTS IN OUR NATION'S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM AND QUALITY. THE QUINDARO TOWNSITE NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE SITE ACT IS MY BILL TO CONFIRM A HISTORIC DECISION HE PACE IN -- DESIGNATION TO A SITE THAT'S BEEN OVERLOOKED ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL FOR TOO LONG. WE CAN TAKE AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE AND LEARNING FROM OUR PAST. THE STORY OF QUINDARO IS ROOTED IN THE SAME IDEALS AND PRINCIPLES THAT HELPED BUILD OUR NATION AND MAKE IT STILL GREAT TODAY. AT ONE TIME IT WAS A BOOM TOWN. A CENTRAL LOCATION IN THE BLEEDING KANSAS CONFLICT, A STOP ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD AND A SHINING EXAMPLE OF INTEGRATED SOCIETY IN OUR COUNTRY. AT ITS HEIGHT IN THE YEARS LEADING UP TO THE CIVIL WAR, IT WAS A BEACON OF HOPE ON THE BORDER BETWEEN KANSAS AND MISSOURI, DIRECTLY ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT AGAINST SLAVERY. THE TOWN WAS FOUNDED BY FREE SOILERS FOR THE STATED PURPOSE OF SHEPHERDING ANTI-SLAVERY ACTIVISTS AND ESCAPED SLAVES INTO KANSAS. IT WAS A GATEWAY THAT LED FROM OPPRESSION INTO FREEDOM. OUR GREAT STATE WAS ACCEPTED INTO THE UNION AS A FREE STATE EVENTUALLY. WITH ITS PURPOSE HAVING BEEN SERVED, THE TOWN SOON FADED AWAY. HOWEVER, FAMILYS OF FREE SLAVE -- FAMILIES OF FREE SLAVES SETTLED IN THE AREA. THIS CONFLUENCE OF HISTORY WITH BLEEDING KANSAS, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD AND AN ENDURING AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IS A UNIQUE COMBINATION THAT IS RARE IN OUR COUNTRY. IN SPITE OF QUINDARO'S NOTABLE HISTORY, TODAY THE RUINS OF THIS TOWN SIT LARGELY OVERLOOKED BY THOSE OUTSIDE OF THE NEARLY COMMUNITY. THE FIRST -- NEARBY COMMUNITY. THE FIRST EFFORTS TO PRESERVE THIS SITE IS FOUND IN A LOCAL NEWSPAPER OVER 90 YEARS AGO. UNFORTUNATELY NINE DECADES HAVE PASSED WITHOUT MUCH SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN THE SITE. LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS HAVE WORKED HARD TO PROTECT THE SITE AND PRESERVE ITS STORIES AND I'D LIKE TO THANK THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO PROTECT AND ELEVATE QUINDARO. THERE ARE MANY WHO DESERVE RECOGNITION FOR THAT WORK, BUT I WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK MAR ARE INROBINSON, THE WESTERN UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATION, THE UNIFYING GOVERNMENT AND THE FREEDOMS FRONTIER NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA, AS WELL AS TAYLOR IN MY OFFICE FOR HIS WORK TO BRING THIS BILL TO FRUITION. THANK THEM ALL FOR THEIR YEARS OF DEDICATION AND FOR EDUCATING ME ON ITS IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY, STATE AND THE NATION. NOW, TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING MEANINGFUL FEDERAL SUPPORT TO THE FOLKS WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO QUINDARO. NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE SITE DESIGNATION WILL BE A CRUCIAL STEP TOWARD SPREADING THE STORY OF QUINDARO BEYOND THE CITY LIMITS OF KANSAS CITY TO THE PEOPLE AROUND THE NATION AND WILL HOPEFULLY LEAD TO THEIR GOAL BECOMING A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK. THE LEGACY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM IS THE LEGACY OF AMERICA. BY PRESERVING WHAT REMAINS OF THIS TOWN, WE TAKE A SMALL BUT MEANINGFUL STEP TOWARD PRESERVING EVERY GOOD AND NOBLE THING THAT OUR GREAT NATION STANDS FOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE AND PASS THIS VALUABLE LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE CHAIR

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

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                        MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO MENTION THAT I'VE ENJOYED WORKING WITH MR.…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO MENTION THAT I'VE ENJOYED WORKING WITH MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA ON THESE NATURAL RESOURCES BILLS. IT WAS A JOY, BIPARTISANSHIP. AND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                                                                                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER KIND COMMENTS. NOW LIE -- I'D NOW LIKE TO…

                                                                                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER KIND COMMENTS. NOW LIE -- I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. ESTES --

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. STRESTSTREST I RISE IN SUPPORT OF --

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                                                                                        MR. ESTES

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5613. QUINDARO WAS FOUNDED IN 1857 TO PROVIDE A…

                                                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5613. QUINDARO WAS FOUNDED IN 1857 TO PROVIDE A SAFE HAVEN FOR ANTI-SLAVERY ACTIVISTS, MOVING INTO KANSAS DURING THE STRUGGLE TO HELP MAKE THE TERRITORY A FREE STATE. LOCATED ON THE BANKS OF THE MISSOURI RIVER, THE SITE QUICKLY BECAME A VITAL PORT AND A STOP ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. ALTHOUGH THE TOWN DWINDLED AFTER KANSAS BECAME A STATE, QUINDARO'S SHORT BUT RICH HISTORY IS AN IMPORTANT REMINDER OF KANSAS' ROLE IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. CURRENTLY THE SITE SIT ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. HOWEVER, DESIGNATING QUINDARO A NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE SITE WOULD QUALIFY THE TOWN FOR ADDITIONAL FEDERAL ASSISTANCE AS QUINDARO PURSUES THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF BEING A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK. H.R. 5613 IS A GREAT STEP FORWARD IN THAT PROCESS AND WILL HELP PRESERVE AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF KANSAS AND AMERICAN HISTORY. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL AND I THANK REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN YODER FOR BRINGING IT FORWARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE…

                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLELADY HAS YIELDED.

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                                                                                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                        THEN I WOULD AGAIN LIKE TO SAY WHAT A GREAT PLEASURE IT'S BEEN FOR ME TO…

                                                                                        THEN I WOULD AGAIN LIKE TO SAY WHAT A GREAT PLEASURE IT'S BEEN FOR ME TO WORK WITH MS. BORDALLO AND THE MEMBERS OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. IT TRULY DOES WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER MOST OF THE TIME. AND IT'S NO COINCIDENCE THAT MOST OF THE TIME THAT'S PRODUCTIVE WORK. SO I THANK THE GENTLELADY, I THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR TIME, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                    • 05:55:06 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.

                                                                                        • 05:55:09 PM

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

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                                                                                          Recess

                                                                                          The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 6:30 P.M. today.

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                                                                                            Reconvened

                                                                                            The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 23.

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                                                                                              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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                                                                                                TONIGHT. 2345 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS AND H.R. 4881 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE…

                                                                                                TONIGHT. 2345 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS AND H.R. 4881 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CUGGETTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE, THE REMAINING VOTES BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2345 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2345 — "To require the Federal Communications Commission to study the feasibility of designating a simple, easy-to-remember dialing code to be used for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system."

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  H.R. 2345 A BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO STUDY…

                                                                                                  H.R. 2345 A BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO STUDY OF DESIGNATING A DIALING CODE TO BE USED FOR MENTAL CRISIS HOTLINE SYSTEM.

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                                                                                              • 06:31:38 PM

                                                                                                On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 366 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

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

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 376.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 379. THE NAYS ARE 1. THIRDSING WITH IN THE…

                                                                                                  ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 379. THE NAYS ARE 1. THIRDSING WITH 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 ON THE VOTE OF THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4881 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                              House Vote 366 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                                                                                              National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2017

                                                                                              Passed (379 - 1)
                                                                                              Yea

                                                                                              Vote Details: Yea - 379
                                                                                              Republican - 211
                                                                                              Democratic - 168

                                                                                              Vote Details: Nay - 1
                                                                                              Republican - 1

                                                                                              Vote Details: Not Voting - 48
                                                                                              Republican - 23
                                                                                              Democratic - 25

                                                                                              • 06:54:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                  Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4881 — "To require the Federal Communications Commission to establish a task force for meeting the connectivity and technology needs of precision agriculture in the United States."

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                                                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                                                    H.R. 4881, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO…

                                                                                                    H.R. 4881, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE FOR MEETING THE CONNECTIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY NEEDS OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                                                                                                • 06:55:20 PM

                                                                                                  On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 367 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

                                                                                                    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED? 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 378, THE NAYS ARE 4. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

                                                                                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 378, THE NAYS ARE 4. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED.

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                                                                                              • 07:02:34 PM

                                                                                                House Vote 367 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                                                                                                Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018

                                                                                                Passed (378 - 4)
                                                                                                Yea

                                                                                                Vote Details: Yea - 378
                                                                                                Republican - 210
                                                                                                Democratic - 168

                                                                                                Vote Details: Nay - 4
                                                                                                Republican - 4

                                                                                                Vote Details: Not Voting - 46
                                                                                                Republican - 21
                                                                                                Democratic - 25

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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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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK TWO PRIVILEGED REPORTS FROM THE COMMITTEE…

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

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                                                                                                  • 07:02:56 PM

                                                                                                    Mr. Burgess filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 1011 and H. Res. 1012.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLES.

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                                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                                      REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1011, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF…

                                                                                                      REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1011, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 184 TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO REPEAL THE EXCISE TAX ON MEDICAL DEVICES AND TO AMEND THE INTERNAL CODE OF 1986 AND THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO MODIFY THE DEFINITION OF QUALIFIED HEALTH PLANS FOR PURPOSES OF HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX CREDITS AND TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS PURCHASING HEALTH INSURANCE TO PURCHASE A LOWER PREMIUM COPPER PLAN. REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION FOR PROVIDING CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6199 TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO INCLUDE MEDICAL PRODUCTS AS QUALIFIED MEDICAL DEVICES FROM JULY 27, 2018 TO DECEMBER 3, 2018.

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                                                                                                  • 07:04:09 PM

                                                                                                    Mr. Cole filed a report from the Committee on Appropriations on H.R. 6470.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK…

                                                                                                      ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                      PRIVILEGED REPORT AT THE DESK.

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                                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                                      REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6470, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS AND RELATED…

                                                                                                      REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6470, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                      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 RESEVERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NAME BE REMOVED AS A…

                                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NAME BE REMOVED AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 2069

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                                                                                                    • 07:05:09 PM

                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK…

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

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                                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NAME BE REMOVED FROM H.R. 2069.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MYSELF AS A CO-SPONSOR OF…

                                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MYSELF AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 2069

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                                                                                                    • 07:05:33 PM

                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                    • 07:05:45 PM

                                                                                                      MS. NORTON

                                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MYSELF AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 2069 THE…

                                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MYSELF AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 2069 THE FOSTERING AND STABLE HOUSING ACT OF 2017.

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                                                                                                    • 07:05:55 PM

                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                    • 07:06:02 PM

                                                                                                      MR. LOWENTHAL

                                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 2069.

                                                                                                    • 07:06:09 PM

                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

                                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                                                                  The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                                                                                  • 07:06:27 PM

                                                                                                    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AP REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, SEVEN DECADES SINCE ITS INDEPENDENCE ISRAEL THAT BECOME A…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, SEVEN DECADES SINCE ITS INDEPENDENCE ISRAEL THAT BECOME A SHINING LIGHT IN A DARK REGION . THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BE POSSIBLE IF NOT FOR THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR THE COUNTRY BUT ALSO FOR OUR SHARED VALUES FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. 4,000 FOREIGN INDIVIDUALS, JEWS AND NON-JUS VOLUNTEERED TO FIGHT IN 1948 ALONG SIDE THE ISRAELI FORCES. VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COUNTRY. AMONGST THESE MIGHTY WAR CAN YORS, THEY ANSWERED THE CALL TO ARMS AND LET CUBA TO COME TO ISRAEL'S AID. THIS SUNDAY THE INTER-AMERICAN CHAPTER IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS HONORING THESE CUBAN HEROES AND THE FOUR REMAINING SURVIVORS. THE SACRIFICE AND HEROISM OF CUBAN JEWS DURING THE 1948 WAR OF INDEPENDENT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY US. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  • 07:07:46 PM

                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                                                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                                  • 07:08:03 PM

                                                                                                    MR. PAYNE

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S STILL GOING ON. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS STILL HOLDING…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S STILL GOING ON. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS STILL HOLDING THOUSANDS OF LITTLE CHILDREN IN JAILS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. CAGES, CYCLONE FENCING. THESE ARE BABIES AND TODDLERS, PRE-SCHOOLERS AND THEIR ONLY CRIME IS THEIR DESIRE TO PREETH FREE. AND JUST WHEN YOU THINK THE PIT OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S SOUL COULD GET NO DARKER, HEARTBREAKING REPORTS EMERGE. THESE CHILDREN ARE PROHIBITED FROM TOUCHING ONE ANOTHER, NO HUGS, NOT EVEN FROM THEIR SIBLINGS. THEY CAN'T RUN AROUND. THEY HAVE TO WAKE UP WITH EARLY HOURS WITH JAILERS BANGING AND MAKING NOISE AS IF IT IS ALCATRA Z. SOME OF THESE CHILDREN GET AN HOUR TO PLAY OUTSIDE A DAY. THEY ARE BEING HELD IN STRIPPED MAUL AND THEY ARE BANNED TO SENDING MAIL TO THEIR SIBLINGS AND OTHERS HAVE SCRUBBED TOILETS OR HANDLED UNSANITARY TOILET PAPER. THESE SO-CALLED DETENTION FACILITIES ARE NOTHING MORE THAN BABY JAILS. LET'S END THIS MADNESS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                    I RISE TODAY TO SHARE THE BENEFITS OF TAX REFORM. PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITED…

                                                                                                    I RISE TODAY TO SHARE THE BENEFITS OF TAX REFORM. PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITED THE SHEPARD CORPORATION, A SMALL MANUFACTURING COMPANY THAT PLEDGED $1,000 BONUSES TO ITS EMPLOYEES AS A RESULT OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. DURING THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT, HE INVITED EMPLOYEES TO TALK ABOUT PLANS. A MOM SAID SHE IS USING HER BONUSES WHEN SHE SENDS HER KIDS OFF TO COLLEGE. THESE EXPENSES ADD UP. THE PRESIDENT INVITED A YOUNG MAN TO SPEAK AND SAID THIS WILL GO TO A WHOM TO RAISE HIS CHILDREN. WE MUST AND WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD TO IMPLEMENT SMART POLICIES THAT GIVE AMERICANS THE FREEDOM TO COMPETE AND CARVE OUT A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                    PERMISSION ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                                                                                  • 07:10:57 PM

                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE JAM IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                                  • 07:11:02 PM

                                                                                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                    THREE ITEMS THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT FOR OUR COLLEAGUES. A NUMBER OF…

                                                                                                    THREE ITEMS THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT FOR OUR COLLEAGUES. A NUMBER OF MEMBERS TRAVELED TO TEXAS TO PHYSICALLY ASSESS WHERE WE WERE WERE IN THE REYOU KNIFE OCCASION. THOSE WHO ARE TASKED WITH TRYING TO DO THIS DASTARDLY DIFFICULT TASK ARE PUTTING THEIR BEST FOOT FORWARD. AND I WITNESSED THE ATTEMPT TO REYOU NYE FAMILIES AND WE WE WITNESSED THE UNIFICATIONS. CHILDREN ARE STILL IN SHOCK AND SOME DIDN'T RECOGNIZE THEIR PARENTS AND THIS IS A CHAOTIC SYSTEM THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION MUST FIX IMMEDIATELY. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE MEDICARE PAYMENTS TO DOCTORS, UN EQUAL PAYMENTS. GIVE DOCTORS A FAIR ASSESSMENT. DO WE REAL REALIZE THAT THOSE IMMIGRANTS ARE BEING KICKED OUT? THEY HAVE SACRIFICED THEIR LIFE AND WE NEED TO STAND UP AGAINST IT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                    MR. CARTER

                                                                                                    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                                  • 07:12:31 PM

                                                                                                    MR. CARTER

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF SERGEANT FIRST CLASS…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CHRISTOPHER SOLISE WHO PASSED AWAY IN THE LINE OF DUTY AT THE AGE OF 32. HE WAS FROM THE 1ST DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. HE WAS STRUCK DURING A COMBAT MISSION. HE WAS IMMEDIATELY TAKEN FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT BUT PASSED AWAY. HIS COMMANDER DESCRIBED HIM AS ALWAYS LEADING FROM THE FRONT AND BEING THE NATIONAL TREASURE WHO LED HIS RANGERS WITH PASSION, CONFIDENCE AND AFFECTION NATURALLY PASSIONATE ATTITUDE. A HUSBAND AND FATHER, I WILL KEEP HIS FAMILY IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. BECAUSE OF HIS SERVICE AND BRAVERY, HE HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART, THE BRONZE STAR AND THE SERVICE MEDAL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION P?…

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

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                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE RELEASE OF THE CARTER PAGE FISA WARRANT MAKES IT CLEAR TO…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE RELEASE OF THE CARTER PAGE FISA WARRANT MAKES IT CLEAR TO IDENTIFY THE CONNECTION BETWEEN PAGE AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. THESE WARRANTS CASTS DOUBT ON THE NUNES' MEMO. THE PRESS SECRETARY ANNOUNCED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS CONSIDERING STRIPPING TOP LEVEL FORMER TGS OFFICIALS ON THE GROUND THAT THEY POLITICIZE PUBLIC SERVICE. I WOULD QUESTION WHETHER ANY USE OF SERVICE NAMELY THE NUNES MEMO TO MALIGN THE INTEGRITY OF THE F.B.I. IT IS CLEAR THAT CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ARE ATTEMPTING TO DELEGITIMATIZE THE F.B.I. AND THROUGH ITS SPECIAL COUNSEL'S ONGOING INVESTIGATION. WE MUST PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THIS INVESTIGATION AND I URGE SPEAKER RYAN AND THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO DO SO IMMEDIATELY.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                  • 07:15:01 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA HAS BEEN THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY BUT I'M HEARING AS I…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA HAS BEEN THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY BUT I'M HEARING AS I TRAVEL IN MY DISTRICT A RENEWED SENSE OF OPTIMISM. OUR ECONOMY IS STRONGER AND FAMILIES HAVE MORE MONEY, WORKERS ARE SEEING BONUSES AND BETTER WAGES, UNEMPLOYMENT AT HISTORIC LOWS. AND CONFIDENCE IS SOARING. AS A DIRECTED 90% OF WORKERS ARE KEEPING MORE OF WHAT THEY MAKE. THE AVERAGE TAX CUT THIS YEAR FOR N MY DISTRICT WAS $900. AS ONE CONSTITUENT PUT IT, ANY TIME THE AMERICAN TAX PAY HEARS MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKET, IT'S A GOOD THING. AND BUSINESSES AND WORKERS ARE SEEING TREMENDOUS BENEFITS TOO. BUSINESSES ARE EXPANDING AND HIRE MANAGER PEOPLE. IN MY DISTRICT A LOCAL BREWERY CAN NOW PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT AND RAISE WAGES. A LOCAL MANUFACTURER TOLD ME SHE PLANS TO BRING ON NEW EMPLOYEES. WORKING WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION I'LL CONTINUE TO WORK TO BUILD ON THIS PROGRESS SO MORE PEOPLE CAN ACHIEVE THEIR AMERICAN DREAM. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  • 07:16:19 PM

                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                    MR. KIHUEN

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF BILL WOLF JR.…

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF BILL WOLF JR. BILL ATTENDED THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS ON OCTOBER 1. BILL AND HIS WIFE ROBIN HAD TWO KIDS TOGETHER, ETHAN AND TREVOR. BILL WORKED AS A SENIOR PROJECT MANAGE FOR DUEBERRY ENGINEERS. HE ENJOYED BEING A WRESTLING COACH AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND COACHING LITTLE LEAGUE. HE ENJOYED HUNTING, FISH, BOATING, CAMP, GARDENING AND JOGGING. BILL AND ROBIN HAD TRAVELED TO THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE THEIR 20TH ANNIVERSARY. OF THEIR WEDDING. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY WERE SEPARATED WHEN GUNFIRE ERUPTED AND ROBIN LATER FOUND OUT BILL DID NOT SURVIVE. BILL IS REMEMBERED FOR BEING VERY SMART AND ALWAYS BEING WILLING TO HELP OTHERS. HE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERYTHING HE DID AND WAS LOVED BY MANY. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO BILL WOLF JR.'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINING BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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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, -- WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER TODAY I MET WITH CHRISTY GLICK IN MY…

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER TODAY I MET WITH CHRISTY GLICK IN MY OFFICE.

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                                                                                                  • 07:17:59 PM

                                                                                                    MR. THOMPSON

                                                                                                    SHE'S AN ALZHEIMER'S AMBASSADOR AND THROUGH THE PROGRAM, PEOPLE LIKE…

                                                                                                    SHE'S AN ALZHEIMER'S AMBASSADOR AND THROUGH THE PROGRAM, PEOPLE LIKE CHRISTY WORK THROUGHOUT THE CLINT TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE -- WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND SHARE THEIR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. ALS HIM STHERS SIXTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES AND HAS REACHED CRISIS PROPORTIONS. THERE'S NO MEANS OF TREATMENT, NO METHOD OF SLOWING THE PROGRESSION OF THE DISEASE. ONE IN THREE SENIORS WILL DIE WITH THE DISEASE. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, FIVE MILLION AMERICANS WERE LIVING WITH ALS HIMMERS IN 2013. THIS NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO ALMOST TRIPLE TO 14 MILLION BY THE YEAR 2050. MR. SPEAKER, ALZHEIMER'S NOT ONLY HAS A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THOSE WHO ARE DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISEASE BUT ALSO THEIR CAR CARE -- THEIR CARE 2005ERS -- CARE GIVERS AND LOVED ONES. MY OWN MOM, MARY THOMPSON, LIVED WITH THE DISEASE FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE IT TOOK HER LIFE. I THANK CHRISTY AND THE ALZHEIMER'S AM BASS COURSE FOR THE IMPORTANT WORK THEY DO TO RAISE AWARENESS OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND TO NEVER STOP SEARCHING FOR A CURE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  • 07:19:09 PM

                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HISTORIC RETIREMENT…

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HISTORIC RETIREMENT OF BROADCAST PIONEER AND ATLANTA, GEORGIA, TREASURE, JOCELYN DORSEY.

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                                                                                                    MR. JOHNSON

                                                                                                    SHE'S REALLY A NATIONAL TREASURE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. JOCELYN, YOUR LIST…

                                                                                                    SHE'S REALLY A NATIONAL TREASURE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. JOCELYN, YOUR LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACCOLADES ARE TOO LONG FOR ME TO RECITE HERE. NEEDLESS TO SAY, YOUR GROUND BREAKING 40-PLUS YEAR CAREER HAS SERVED AS AN INSPIRATION TO SO MANY AND AS A ROLE MODEL YOU HAVE BEEN TO SO MANY OF US, NOT JUST AFRICAN-AMERICANS BUT ALL AMERICANS AND ALL GEORGIANS. WE TIP OUR HATS TO YOU AND WE WISH YOU THE BEST IN YOUR RETIREMENT AND I UNDERSTAND THAT LONG DISTANCE MOTORCYCLE TRIPS MAY VERY WELL BE IN YOUR FUTURE. I HOPE THAT YOU WILL KEEP US ABROST -- ABREAST OF YOUR EXPLOITS IN THE FUTURE. WE WILL MISS YOU BUT KNOW THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS AND WE ALWAYS WILL LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT YOUR LIFE AS YOU PROCEED ON. SO CONGRATULATIONS, JOCELYN, JOB WELL DONE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                  • 07:20:50 PM

                                                                                                    MR. POE

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I WAS JOINED IN THE HOUSE GALLERY BY FIVE…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I WAS JOINED IN THE HOUSE GALLERY BY FIVE INCREDIBLE YOUNG WOMEN. EACH OF THEM HAS THEIR OWN STORY OF SURVIVAL. EACH WERE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WHILE IN COLLEGE. THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE 12TH WOMAN. MR. SPEAKER, ONE IN FIVE WOMEN WILL BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WHILE IN COLLEGE IN THE UNITED STATES. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS A CRIME THAT TRIES TO STEAL THE DIGNITY, SELF-RESPECT, AND HUMANITY OF THE VICTIM. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THE 12TH WOMAN HAS SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT. THEY CAME TO CONGRESS AND PUBLICLY TOLD THEIR HEART BREAKING STORIES ON THE STEPS OF OUR CAPITOL, DEMANDING CHANGE, NOT ONLY AT THEIR OWN SCHOOL, TEXAS A&M, BUT NATIONWIDE. THESE LADIES ARE DETERMINED NOT ONLY TO BE SURVIVOR BUS VICTORS OVER THEIR ASSAULT. MR. SPEAKER, MY GRANDMOTHER TAUGHT ME THERE'S NO STOPPING A BOLD, TENACIOUS TEXAS WOMAN WHO HAS MADE UP HER MIND. ABBY, MEGAN, SYDNEY, CRIRSEN, NIKI HAVE MADE UP THEIR MINDS WITH UNWAVER REGULAR SOLVE THAT SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS WILL STOP. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

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

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                                                                                                    MS. KAPTUR

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, LIKE A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, PRESIDENT TRUMP BULLDOZED HIS…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, LIKE A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, PRESIDENT TRUMP BULLDOZED HIS WAY THROUGH THE NATO SUMMIT, OFFENDING OUR ALLIES AND THEN IN HELSINKI WAS SHAMEFULLY SERVILE TO RUSSIA'S AUTOCRATIC RULER VLADIMIR PUTIN. AUTOCRAT PUTIN BOASTS A LONG LIST OF BRUTAL AND VIOLENT THREATS TO LIBERTY, HERE, AT HOME, AND ABROAD. IN EARLY 2014, RUSSIAN FORCES ILLEGALLY INVADED UKRAINE'S CRIMEA IN THE DUNBAS REGION, THOUSANDS WERE KILLED AN MILLIONS OF UKRAINIANS DISPLACED. ON FEBRUARY 27, 2016, A RUSSIAN FREEDOM FIGHTER WAS GUNNED DOWN OUTSIDE THE KREMLIN'S CRIMSON WALLS AND IN THE 2016 ELECTION, RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES USED SOCIAL MEDIA AND CYBER ATTACKS TO TARGET OUR ELECTIONS AND SEVERAL OF OUR ALLIES. ACCORDING TO THE COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS, 58 RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS HAVE BEEN BRUTALLY MURDERED SINCE 1992. MR. SPEAKER, RUSSIA IS MURDER INCORPORATED UNDER PUTIN'S RULE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORDS A LONG LIST OF SOME OF RUSSIA'S MURDEROUS ACTIONS AND I URGE OUR 39 TO SEE PUTIN FOR WHAT HE IS, A BRUTAL DICTATOR, NOT A COMPETITOR.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                    HUMAN TRAFFICKING HURTS WOMEN AND CHILDREN ALL AROUND THE WORLD. SADLY THE…

                                                                                                    HUMAN TRAFFICKING HURTS WOMEN AND CHILDREN ALL AROUND THE WORLD. SADLY THE UNITED STATES IS NO EXCEPTION. AS MANY AS 300,000 AMERICAN CHILDREN ARE AT RISK OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.

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                                                                                                    MR. PAULSEN

                                                                                                    IT'S HAPPENING IN EVERY COMMUNITY AROUND THE COUNTRY. EVERY WEEKEND IN…

                                                                                                    IT'S HAPPENING IN EVERY COMMUNITY AROUND THE COUNTRY. EVERY WEEKEND IN MINNESOTA, AS MANY AS 45 MINNESOTA GIRLS ARE SOLD FOR SEX. BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS. THE FIGHT -- THE FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT, A NEW LAW PASSED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT EARLIER THIS YEAR, TO CRACK DOWN ON WEBSITES THAT FACILITATE TRAFFICKING IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE. BACKPAGE.COM, THE SINGLE LARGEST ONLINE SOURCE OF SEX TRAFFICKING, HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. JULY 30 MARKS WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING, ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO -- TO RAISE AWARENESS AND ALSO REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRAFFICKERS AND HELPING VICTIMS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  • 07:24:28 PM

                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT I WANT TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF NATO TO OUR…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT I WANT TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF NATO TO OUR NATION AND TO EUROPE. IN 1949, THE UNITED STATES AND 11 OTHER COUNTRIES CREATED NATO. TODAY, 29 COUNTRIES MAKE UP THIS ALLIANCE. AT THE HEART OF NATO IS ARTICLE 5, WHICH SAYS ATTACK ON ONE IS AN ATTACK ON ALL. ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2001 FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, ARTICLE 5 WAS INVOKED. 9/11, AN ATTACK ON AMERICA, WAS AN ATTACK ON AWFUL MOST RECENTLY, THE COUNTRY OF MEANT NEGRO JOINED THE NATO ALLIANCE. AND LAST WEEK, SADLY, THE PRESIDENT EXPRESSED DOUBT THAT THE U.S. SHOULD COME TOMONT NEGRO'S DEFENSE. THIS IS DISTURBING. THE ONLY TIME ARTICLE 5 HAS BEEN INVOKED HAS BEEN FOR AMERICA. WHEN OUR NATION WAS AT ITS MOST VULNERABLE POINT, NATO STEPPED UP AND HAD OUR BACK. WE MUST UPHOLD OUR COMMITMENT TO THIS CRITICAL ALLIANCE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                    MS. FOXX

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 184, THE…

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 184, THE PROTECT MEDICAL INNOVATION ACT. MANY MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS IN NORTH CAROLINA'S FIFTH DISTRICT HAVE REPORTED HOW THE MEDICAL DEVICE EXEEZE TAX HINDERS MEDICAL INNOVATION, COSTS JOBS, DECREASES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, AND SLOWS CAPITAL EXPANSION. A FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED POLICY ENACTED UNDER OBAMACARE, THE MEDICAL DEVICE EXCISE TAX WAS INTENDED TO SPARE TAXPAYERS HEALTH CARE COSTS. INSTEAD IT BURDENS THESE TAXPAYERS AND -- INNOVATOR, AND INNOVATORS ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY. ACCORDING TO THE TAX FOUNDATION, THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX COSTS APPROXIMATELY $21,-- COSTS APPROXIMATELY 21,800 JOBS FROM 2013 TO 2015. FURTHERMORE, THE TAX IS HIDDEN FROM CONSUMERS AT PURCHASE AND PASSED OFF TO THEM IN HIGHER PRICES. CONGRESS HAS SUSPENDED THIS TAX TWICE BEFORE AND AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR ITS PERMANENT REPEAL WITH THE PROTECT MEDICAL INNOVATION ACT THIS WEEK. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION?…

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

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                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR DECADES, BAD DATA AND MISINFORMATION NILED…

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR DECADES, BAD DATA AND MISINFORMATION NILED FAILED WAR ON DRUGS THAT'S WASTED BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS INCOURSE RATING AMERICANS FOR NONVIOLENT MARIJUANA CHARGES.

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                                                                                                    MS. GABBARD

                                                                                                    OUR OUTDATED MARIJUANA POLICIES HAVE TURNED EVERYDAY AMERICANS INTO…

                                                                                                    OUR OUTDATED MARIJUANA POLICIES HAVE TURNED EVERYDAY AMERICANS INTO CRIMINALS, STRAINED OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, COST TAXPAYERS TREMENDOUSLY, AND TORN FAMILIES APART, ALL FOR A SUBSTANCE THAT'S PROVEN TO BE FAR LESS HARMFUL AND DANGEROUS THAN ALCOHOL. OUR FEDERAL POLICIES SHOULD BE BASED ON ACTUAL SCIENCE AND FACT, NOT MISPLACED STIGMA AND OUTDATED MYTHS. HOWEVER THE FACT THAT MARIJUANA IS CURRENTLY CLASSIFIED AS A SCHEDULE 1 DRUG, THE SAME CATEGORY AS HEROIN, COCAINE, RESTRICTS AND EVEN DISCOURAGES SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON MARIJUANA, LIMITING OUR ABILITY TO CREATE SCIENCE-BASED POLICIES. I'LL BE INTRODUCING THE BIPARTISAN MARIJUANA DATA COLLECTION ACT WITH MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN CARLOS CURBELO SO WE CAN GET STUDIES TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT OUMPLE BILL WOULD AUTHORIZE A NONPARTISAN, EVIDENCE-BASED REPORT THAT ANALYZES CURRENT MARIJUANA POLICIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THEIR EFFECTS ON OUR COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT OUR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE FAMILIES OF OUR VETERANS ALSO SACRIFICE A GREAT DEAL WHEN…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE FAMILIES OF OUR VETERANS ALSO SACRIFICE A GREAT DEAL WHEN THEIR LOVED ONES HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED AND EVEN WHEN THEY COME HOME.

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                                                                                                    MR. LAMALFA

                                                                                                    CURRENT LAW, UNFORTUNATELY, DOESN'T ALLOW A SPOUSE TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE…

                                                                                                    CURRENT LAW, UNFORTUNATELY, DOESN'T ALLOW A SPOUSE TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE V.A. PROVIDED GRAVE MARKER AFTER THAT SPOUSE HAS PASSED AWAY. SOME VETERANS IN THE NORTH STATE IN MY DISTRICT RECOGNIZED THIS AND BROUGHT IT TO MY ATTENTION. THE V.A. REQUESTED THIS IN THEIR BUDGET REQUEST BUT THE CHANGE REQUIRES ACTION OF CONGRESS. UNDER THE LEGISLATION, THE V.A. WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO REPLACE THE MARKER OF A VETERAN TO ADD AN INPRESCRIPTION ABOUT THEIR SPOUSE FOLLOWING THE LOSS OF THAT SPOUSE. VETERANS CERTAINLY SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION OF INCLUDING THEIR SPOUSE ON THEIR OWN TOMBSTONE IF THEY SO CHOOSE. SO THIS IS A BILL THAT UNFORTUNATELY IS NEEDED TO ONCE AGAIN HONOR OUR VETERANS AND THE SACRIFICE OF THEIR FAMILIES. LET'S HOPE WE CAN PASS IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                    MR. OLSON

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE AND WELL IN TEXAS 22 AND ALIVE…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE AND WELL IN TEXAS 22 AND ALIVE AND WELL AT THE PIZZA AND GRINDERS. THIS IS A WALKING AND TALKING AMERICAN DREAM. 1990, THE COHEN FAMILY LEFT WAR- TORN KOSOVO AND STARTED THEIR LIFE IN MICHIGAN. BUT THEY SAW THE BRIGHT LIGHT OF THE LONE STAR STATE AND MOVED TO TEXAS AND THINK STARTED TONY'S. THEY ARE SPECIAL BECAUSE THEY CARE MORE ABOUT OTHERS THAN ABOUT MAKING DOLLARS. HURRICANE HARVEY, THEY GAVE FREE FOOD TO A VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT SO THEY CAN KEEP SAVING LIVES. IF YOU WANT THE FRESHEST, BEST PIZZA IN AMERICA, TRY THEIR PROUTH. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                    MS. TENNEY

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOMETIMES WE DON'T REALIZE WE ARE SURROUNDED BY…

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOMETIMES WE DON'T REALIZE WE ARE SURROUNDED BY HEROES. TODAY I RISE TO CELEBRATE THE ACTIONS OF A YORKVILLERIES DENT, LIEUTENANT TIMOTHY COREY AND WAS HONORED ONE OF THE HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONORS. WHILE INVASION, HE DISCOVERED A YOUNG BOY STUCK IN AN OUTDOOR OUT TAKE PIPE. HE JUMPED INTO THE WATER AND FOR EIGHT MINUTES BREATHED AIR INTO THE DROWNING BOY. THE YOUNG BOY WAS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL SIX DAYS LATER. THE BRAVERY DISPLAYED OFTEN GOES UNRECOGNIZED. I NOW RECOGNIZE LIEUTENANT TIMOTHY COREY AS A TRUE HERO IN OUR COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME FOR ONE-MINUTES? THE CHAIR LAYS…

                                                                                                    ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME FOR ONE-MINUTES? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                                                                                                  • 07:32:51 PM

                                                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                                                    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. GRAVES OF LOUISIANA FOR TODAY.

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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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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

                                                                                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ARE ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER. MR. SPEAKER, TWO YEARS AGO, HOUSE REPUBLICANS MADE A PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THERE WAS A BETTER WAY FORWARD UNDER OUR LEADERSHIP.

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                                                                                                    MRS. WALTERS

                                                                                                    OUR LEADERSHIP.

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                                                                                                    MR. CARTER

                                                                                                    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN DISCUSSING…

                                                                                                    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN DISCUSSING HOW AMERICANS ARE BETTER OFF NOW. TWO YEARS AGO, I TOLD THE 1ST DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ABOUT OUR BOLD AGENDA AND IMPROVE THE LIVES OF EVERY DAY AMERICANS. NOW, I'M THRILLED AMERICANS ARE EXPERIENCING THE RESULTS. WE HAVE INSTITUTED SOUND PRO-GROWTH POLICIES AND THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING. NOW PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER ASKING WHERE ARE THE JOBS. INSTEAD, THANKS TO TAX REFORMS, WE HAVE MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN JOB SEEKERS. LAST WEEK, I VISITED GAME CHANGERS IN RICHMOND HILL AND SAVANNAH, WHILE THE REVENUE IS UP, THEY ARE HIRING EMPLOYEES AT BOTH LOCATIONS AND INCREASED WAGES AND GIVEN BONUSES. IT IS INCREDIBLE TO HEAR HOW LOCAL BUSINESSES ARE THRIVING AGAIN AND THAT'S NOT ALL. AS THE PROUD REPRESENTATIVE OF EVERY BRANCH OF THE MILITARY, I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR OUR TROOPS AND MILITARY BECAUSE THEY DESERVE BETTER. REPUBLICANS VRL FIXED THE V.A. AFTER YEARS OF NEGLECT WE HAVE PROVIDED INVESTMENTS IN TRAINING. MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND WORKING TO PROVIDE THE SUPPORT AND ENSURE THEY ARE THE MOST WELL PREPARED ON THE PLANET. FINALLY, WE MADE MAJOR STRIDES TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER INCLUDING FIGHTING THE OPIOIDS EPIDEMIC, THE HOUSE HAS PASSED 50 BILLS. AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE FIGHTING FOR AMERICANS IN WASHINGTON TO DELIVER RESULTS, NOT RHETORIC. I HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESSES, BIG BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS IN THE FIRST DISTRICT ALL THE TIME. AMERICANS ARE TRULY BETTER OFF NOW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    MRS. WALTERS

                                                                                                    I YIELD TO THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MRS. FOXX.

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                                                                                                    MS. FOXX

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS. I APPRECIATE YOU LEADING THIS SPECIAL…

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS. I APPRECIATE YOU LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TONIGHT TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE BETTER OFF NOW THAN THEY WERE TWO YEARS AGO. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR US TO SHARE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MANY OF US ARE DOING IT INDIVIDUALLY, BUT WE APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS. MR. SPEAKER, TWO YEARS AGO, HOUSE REPUBLICANS PROMISE TODD REPLACE OUR BROKEN TAX CODE AND REIN THE RUN-AWAY ADMINISTRATIVE STATE AND MADE IT HARDER FOR BUSINESSES TO CREATE JOBS AND GROWTH. WE PROPOSED A BETTER WAY TO GROW THE ECONOMY FOR SOLUTIONS WITH HARD-WORKING AMERICANS THAT WERE BEING CHEWED UP BY OUR SYSTEM AND STRUGGLING TO GET BY. THIS CONGRESS, WE HAVE DELIVERED ON OUR PROMISES. AND I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA ARE BETTER OFF NOW. WE PASSED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TAX REFORM IN OVER 30 YEARS AND EVERY DAY, AMERICANS ARE ALREADY REAPING THE BENEFITS. ACCORDING TO THE TAX FOUNDATION, THE AVERAGE INCREASE IN TAKE-HOME PAY FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR IN THE 5TH DISTRICT IS 1,843. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY IT AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, 1,843. THOSE ARE HARD-EARNED WAGES BEING KEPT IN PAYCHECKS AND NOT SENT TO WASHINGTON TO FINANCE INEFFICIENT GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY. AND SPEAKING OF BUREAUCRACY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONGRESS HAS ALSO ENACTED HISTORIC REGULATORY RELIEF WITH 16 CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTIONS BECOMING LAW. FIVE OF THOSE RESOLUTIONS CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE, WHICH I CHAIR, AND I WAS ABLE TO GET A SIXTH ENACTED THAT I SPONSORED THAT CAME THROUGH ANOTHER COMMITTEE. WE HAVE ROLLED BACK SOME OF THE MOST BURDENSOME OBAMA-RESOLUTION WHO THOUGHT THEY KNEW BETTER. BUT REPUBLICANS DID NOT AGREE WITH THEM. NORTH CAROLINA'S ECONOMY IS EVIDENCE THAT REPUBLICANS' POLICIES ARE WORKING. JUST COMPARE THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S FIGURES AND YOU WILL SEE THAT OUR STATE NOW STANDS 1 THURKS,000 JOBS AHEAD. THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE. BUT THANKS TORE TAX AND REGULATORY RELIEF, NORTH CAROLINAIANS ARE BETTER OFF NOW. AGAIN I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE WALTERS FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND I YIELD BACK TO CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS.

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                                                                                                    MRS. WALTERS

                                                                                                    I NOW HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN…

                                                                                                    I NOW HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, REPRESENTATIVE MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS.

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                                                                                                    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

                                                                                                    I THANK YOU TO TALK ABOUT AMERICANS WHO ARE BETTER OFF NOW BECAUSE OF THIS…

                                                                                                    I THANK YOU TO TALK ABOUT AMERICANS WHO ARE BETTER OFF NOW BECAUSE OF THIS CONGRESS AND I WANT TO JOIN AND SHARE WHY AMERICANS AND FAMILIES ARE BETTER OFF AND THAT'S BECAUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE PROVIDED A BETTER WAY. AFTER YEARS OF STRUGGLING TO GET AHEAD, MEN AND WOMEN AND ARE SEEING JOBS. THIS IS THE COMEBACK STORY THROUGH OUR AGENDA. AND OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS WE HAVE WORKED HARD TO DELIVER ON THAT AGENDA. AT BET EARL.GOP, AMERICA IS STRONGER AT HOME AND ABROAD WITH A BOOMING COMMUNITY ANDRY VIFED MILITARY. AFTER HISTORIC TAX REFORM AND OUR WORK TO REIN OBAMA-AIR REGULATIONS, JOB OPENINGS AT A RECORD HIGH, PAYCHECKS ARE GROWING AND WAGES ARE RISING RIGHT ALONG WITH CONSUMER CONFIDENCE. IN MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON, THE AVERAGE WAGE INCREASE JUST HIT A 10-YEAR HIGH AND THOSE INCREASES ARE BENEFITING LIKE GARFIELD COUNTY. THE SMALLEST COIRNT IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND THE AVERAGE WAGE INCREASE HAS BEEN 8.7% THIS THE LAST YEAR. ANOTHER SMALL RURAL COUNTY, THEY HAVE SEEN A 6.6% INCREASE IN THE HAS YEAR. FOR OTHER RURAL COUNTIES, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES. ANOTHER IN MY DISTRICT, SEEN A .2% DROP. FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE NO LONGER JOFRLE TAXED AND JOIFER REGULATED, THEY HAVE CONFIDENCE BECAUSE THEY CAN ACHIEVE A BETTER LIFE AND REACH THEIR FULL FONINGS. THAT'S WHAT I'M MOST EXCITED ABOUT. I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE HOPE AND OPTIMISM THAT IS BRINGING TOP PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO, 2010, UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 9.9%. OUR POLICIES HAVE UNLEASHED ECONOMIC GROWTH. MORE AMERICANS ARE COMING INTO THE WORK FORCE. JUST LAST MONTH, 600,000 AMERICANS AND I'M PROUD TO SAY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AS THE "WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED THE JOBLESS RATE FOR WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES HAS FALLEN AT A FASTER RATE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION. WASHINGTON STATE IS THIS IS GOOD NEWS BECAUSE WASHINGTON IS ABOUT TO LAUNCH OUR ABLE ACCOUNT AND I AM WORKING TO HELP THOSE WITH DISABILITIES EXPLORE WORK, GET A JOB OR AN INTERNSHIP, TAKE THAT MONEY AND PUT IT INTO THEIR ABLE ACCOUNT. 15,000 PEOPLE IN MY STATE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN ABLE ACCOUNT, TO FIND A JOB THAT GIVE THEMS DIGNITY AND PURPOSE. WE ALL RECOGNIZE A JOB IS THE FOUNDATION FOR A BETTER LIFE. A BOOMING ECONOMY ISN'T THE ONLY REASON AMERICANS ARE BETTER LIFE. WE'VE ALSO MADE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS TO COMBAT THE OPIOID CRISIS AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING. TARGET DANGEROUS CRIMINALS AND MAKE SCHOOL SAFER. AFTER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LEFT OUR ARMED FORCES DEPLETED, WE'VE MADE GOOD ON THE PROMISE TO REVIVE AND REBUILD OUR MILITARY. IN ADDITION TO GIVING OUR TROOPS THE BIGGEST PAY INCREASE IN ALMOST A DECADE, WE'VE PROVIDED FOR THE LARGEST INCREASE IN DEFENSE IN 15 YEARS. OUR TROOPS, INCLUDING THOSE I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING AT FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, WILL NOW HAVE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO TRAIN, ADDRESS THE READINESS CRISIS AND KEEP AMERICA SECURE. MADAM SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT RHETORIC. THEY WANT RESULTS. AND AFTER YEARS OF A SLOW -- OF THE SLOW GROWTH AND LACK OF CONFIDENCE, STAGNANT WAGES, STAGNANT ECONOMY THEY ASKED FOR A BETTER WAY. I'M PROUD TO HAVE BEEN PART OF A GROUP THAT'S PROVEN THAT WE CAN GET THOSE RESULTS DONE. BY PEOPLE -- BY PUTTING PEEPING FIRST AND FOCUSING ON IMPROVING LIVES WE'VE DELIVERED REAL RESULTS AND A BETTER WAY FORWARD AND THAT'S WHY AMERICANS ARE BETTER OFF TODAY. I INVITE EVERYONE TO LEARN MORE AT BETTER.GOP AND I YIELD BACK AND THANK THE LADY FOR HOSTING US TONIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MIMI.

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                                                                                                    MRS. WALTERS

                                                                                                    I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE MY COLLEAGUE SERVING ON THE COMMITTEE OF…

                                                                                                    I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE MY COLLEAGUE SERVING ON THE COMMITTEE OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND WORK FORCE, I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN DREW FERGUSON.

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                                                                                                    MR. FERGUSON

                                                                                                    FERGUSON.

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                                                                                                    MS. WALTERS

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

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. UNDER…

                                                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR THAT I RISE TODAY TO…

                                                                                                    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR THAT I RISE TODAY TO ANCHOR THIS C.B.C. SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE -- I'D LIKE TO THANK THE C.B.C. CHAIRS, CHAIRMAN RICHMOND, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT. FOR THE NEXT 60 MINUTES WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE ISSUES OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND THE CONSTITUENTS WE REPRESENT. TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER HOUR IS INTRODUCED THE TOPIC, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRAORDINARY -- EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING HIGHLY UN--

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING HIGHLY UNUSUAL TODAY BECAUSE MY…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING HIGHLY UNUSUAL TODAY BECAUSE MY COLLEAGUE WHO IS HERE FROM THE DISTRICT, KNOWS AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT THIS SUBJECT, I'VE WATCHED HER, OBSERVED HER, SHE'S TAUGHT A FEW PEOPLE ON THIS SUBJECT MATTER. SHE IS AN EXPERT SO I ALWAYS THINK WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO START OFF AS A FORMER LAW PROFESSOR WHO TEACH, WHO UNDERSTANDS A GREAT DEAL ABOUT WHAT OUR SUPREME COURT MEANS AS THE THIRD ELEMENT IN THIS ELEMENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASPECT AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE. I'VE HEARD HER IN CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS MEET, SHE'S FROM THE DISTRICT, CONGRESSMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, I'D LIKE FOR HER TO START OFF THIS CONVERSATION, I YIELD TO THE REPRESENTATIVE.

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                                                                                                    MS. NORTON

                                                                                                    REPRESENTATIVE.

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK MY GOOD COLLEAGUE IF THE DISTRICT ONE OR TWO…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK MY GOOD COLLEAGUE IF THE DISTRICT ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS IF I COULD. ONE OF -- LISTEN VERY INTENTLY, ONE OF MY FAVORITE DECISIONS THAT CAME DOWN WAS MAY 17, 1954, BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION. AND MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT ASKED BLACK AMERICANS, WHEN HE CAME TO THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA , HE SAID WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE? I THINK, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, WHAT THE HELL DO WE HAVE TO LOSE? SO I ASK YOU THAT QUESTION IN THE CONTEXT OF BROWN VS. EDUCATION, THAT'S OVER 64 YEARS AGO NOW FROM WHERE WE ARE AND I HEARD YOU VERY SUCCINCTLY SAY ABOUT HIS ABILITY TO CHIP AWAY AND NOT, YOU KNOW, BE ABLE TO FULLY OVERTURN. COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU SEE ANYTHING RELATING TO BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION IN HIS ABILITY IN ANY OF HIS WRITINGS RELATING TO THAT PARTICULAR DECISION THAT CAME DOWN?

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                                                                                                    MS. NORTON

                                                                                                    MY GOOD FRIEND WHO RAISES THE QUESTION OF BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY…

                                                                                                    MY GOOD FRIEND WHO RAISES THE QUESTION OF BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY BE SEEMING TO RAISE A QUESTION OF SUCH SETTLED LAW THAT IT COULDN'T POSSIBLY COME UP. IF I MAY FIRST RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN I BISAYING THAT ONE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINEES WAS ASKED WHERE SHOULD -- WHERE SHE STOOD ON BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SHE DECLINED TO GIVE AN ANSWER. MORE THAN 50 YEARS AFTER THE SUPREME COURT FOR THE FIRST TIME RECOGNIZED THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS MUST BE TREATED THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE IN THE UNITED STATES, WE NOW HAVE A NOMINEE WHO QUESTIONS PRECEDENT. THAT'S A PRECEDENT. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO OVERTURN IT BUT THE NOTION OF CHIPPING AWAY AT ANY PART OF IT REMEMBERING THAT WHAT IT MEANT IS SPREAD NOW NOT ACROSS SCHOOL BUS ACROSS THE JURISPRUDENCE OF EQUALITY. THIS MEANS, AND I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION, AND I SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND IF PHILADELPHIA, I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION SO THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND OUR OPPOSITION IS NOT FARFETCHED. THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, AT LEAST, WHO LEADS US TO BELIEVE THAT THE MOST SETTLED OF THE DECISIONS COULD BE ROCKED BY THIS NOMINEE TO THE SUPREME COURT. I THANK MY FRIEND AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    ONE OTHER QUESTION YOU ALSO LAID OUT THE PERCENTAGES OF NUMBERS. DO YOU…

                                                                                                    ONE OTHER QUESTION YOU ALSO LAID OUT THE PERCENTAGES OF NUMBERS. DO YOU THINK THERE IS SOME SORT OF PHILOSOPHICAL PACKING TAKING PLACE HERE WHEN YOU DESCRIBE THE 8% VERSUS THE 2%, BUT JUST THE 8% IS SOME TYPE OF STRATEGY GOING ON HERE RELATING TO PACKING THE COURT, THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND, AT LEAST SOME WAY INFLUENCING YEARS AND YEAR, 25, 50 YEARS DOWN THE LINE IS THERE SOMETHING GOING ON HERE THAT THE PUBLIC SHOWED KNOW AND BE AWARE OF? YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE STUDIES THE COURT SYSTEM, THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM YOURSELF OVER MANY, MANY YEARS HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AND I HEARD YOU MAKE THE COMPARISON OF PRESIDENT BUSH AND I UNDERSTOOD THE COMPARISON YOU MADE BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON HERE BESIDES JUST PUTTING INDIVIDUALS ON THE COURT. BUT THERE'S SOMETHING LIKE A -- SOME TYPE OF PHILOSOPHICAL STRATEGY GOING ON HERE. AM I MISSING SOME POINT IN WHAT YOU JUST LAID OUT TO US?

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                                                                                                    MS. NORTON

                                                                                                    THAT IS A MOST INTERESTING QUESTION. AS YOU INDICATED, I POINTED OUT THAT…

                                                                                                    THAT IS A MOST INTERESTING QUESTION. AS YOU INDICATED, I POINTED OUT THAT I DIDN'T EXPECT A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT TO COME ANYWHERE NEAR DEMOCRATTING PRESIDENTS IN APPOINTING AFRICAN-AMERICANS, I DON'T EXPECT COMPLETE DISDAIN FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF THE COURTS TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS. I WOULD NOT EXPECT THE LOWEST NUMBER OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS APPOINTED TO THE COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES IN MEMORY. CERTAINLY NOT SINCE THE 20TH CENTURY BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SENSE OF REPUBLICANS THAT ONE WAY TO INDICATE THAT A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT BELIEVES IN EQUAL JUSTICE WAS TO IN FACT HAVE SOME AFRICAN-AMERICANS ON THE COURT. NOW WHEN YOU GET TO 90%, MORE THAN 90% APPOINTEES WHITE, YOU'RE SENDING A VERY STRONG MESSAGE ON EQUAL PROSECTION TO -- PROTECTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS. THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF RACISM BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE THING HE IS SAID. FOR EXAMPLE, CHARLOTTESVILLE WHEN HE SEEMED TO BE FOR THOSE KILLING PEOPLE NOT AGAINST THEM. I'M NOT SURE WHAT HIS PERSONAL VIEWS ARE. BUT I AM SURE THAT WHEN HE SHOWS DISDAIN FOR EQUAL PROTECTION AND HAS GIVEN US NO EVIDENCE HE UNDERSTANDS EQUAL PROTECTION, THAT WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO WONDER WHAT IT IS THAT HE INTENDS TO DO TO SHOW PEOPLE OF EVERY BACKGROUND THAT HE IS FOR EQUAL JUSTICE. IT DOES SEEM TO ME THAT THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO MAKE SOME YES, SIR TUR -- SOME GESTURE TO INDICATE HE BELIEVES ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL. THE BEST WOULD BE TO BITE INTO THE 2%, LITTLE OVER % FIGURE OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS APPOINTED TO THE BENCH, RAISE THAT NUMBER. AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TONIGHT CALLS ON HIM. HE MAY HAVE, FOR EXAMPLE, BEEN REACTING TO THOSE WHO, STAFF, HAVE BEEN GIVING HIM JUDGES TO APPOINT BUT I SAY TO YOU , MY GOOD FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA THAT THERE ARE MANY SENATORS WHO I'M SURE HAVE GIVEN HIM SOME QUALIFIED AFRICAN-AMERICAN NOMINEES. I WOULD URGE THE PRESIDENT TO WIPE AWAY THIS NOTION THAT HE THINKS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD HAVE AS CLOSE TO AN ALL-WHITE JUDICIARY AS HE CAN GET BY TALKING TO, LISTENING TO, SOME OF HIS, SOME SENATORS WHO I AM ALMOST CERTAIN WILL HAVE ALREADY PUT FORWARD SOME AFRICAN-AMERICANS OR SURELY WILL BE DOING SO IN THE FUTURE.

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    ONE LAST QUESTION I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU. YOU KNOW, WE, THE CONGRESSIONAL…

                                                                                                    ONE LAST QUESTION I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU. YOU KNOW, WE, THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, GAVE A DOCUMENT TO THE PRESIDENT THAT SAID WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE. IN ASKING THAT QUESTION AND YOU HAVE AGAIN DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB IN LAYING OUT HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE WHERE WE ARE, OBVIOUSLY AS AFRICAN-AMERICANS IT SEEMED LIKE TO ME THERE HAS TO BE A HUGE FEAR FACTOR. THE ONLY CHECK AND BALANCE OBVIOUSLY IS THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, BEING THE CONSCIENCE OF THE CONGRESS AND THE UNITED STATES SENATE, YOU KNOW, IS THAT CHECK AND BALANCE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS, LATINOS, OTHERS RELATING TO WHERE WE ARE? THIS IS A VERY CRUCIAL TIME. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WHEN HE SAYS WHAT THE HELL DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE AND WE SAY WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THE PEOPLE?

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                                                                                                    MS. NORTON

                                                                                                    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I WOULD SAY TO THE PEOPLE, LOOK AT THAT 49-51…

                                                                                                    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I WOULD SAY TO THE PEOPLE, LOOK AT THAT 49-51 FIGURE OF HOW CLOSE THE SENATE IS AND WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS THERE WILL BE AN ELECTION. WE COULD TURN A LOT OF THIS AROUND. IF AS THE POLLS TEND TO SHOW DEMOCRATS CAPTURE THE HOUSE. AND THEY'RE INCREASINGLY SHOWING THEY WILL KEEP THE SENATE. SEEMS TO ME ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN DO NOW IS TAKE TO THE ULTIMATE REMEDY. AND THAT IS CHANGE THE CONGRESS. THAT IT SEEMS TO ME WOULD SLOW UP THE NOMINEES OR GET NOMINEES WHERE THERE WOULD BE SOME CONSULTATION WITH DEMOCRATS AS THERE HAS BEEN IN THE PAST, OFTEN. WITH IN THE SENATE BECAUSE YOU WANT TO GET YOUR NOMINEE THROUGH. I KENT THINK BY ANY MEANS THAT THERE'S ANYTHING TO FEAR WITH AN ELECTION COMING SO CLOSE BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE THAT WHAT THIS SELECTION HERE ON THE SUPREME COURT LEVEL AND CERTAINLY IN THE DISTRICT COURTS AND HERE WE HAVE AFRICAN-AMERICANS MINDFUL OF THE DISTRICT COURTS THE COURTS OF APPEALS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, SURELY ALL OF THAT IS, FORGIVE THE WORD, AMMUNITION, TO GO TO THE POLLS TO MAKE SURE WE HALT THIS STRIPPING OF EQUAL PROTECTION FROM THE FEDERAL COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES.

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                                                                                                    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHERE WE NEED TO…

                                                                                                    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHERE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE IN THIS BODY, IS ALSO SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE IN TERMS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND REPRESENTATION.

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    AND I THANK YOU FOR THAT KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION YOU HAVE PROVIDED TO…

                                                                                                    AND I THANK YOU FOR THAT KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION YOU HAVE PROVIDED TO US. I HAVE SOMEONE ELSE, MR. SPEAKER, WHO I HAVE GROWN DEEPLY NNDING HER THOUGHTS AND HER COMMENTS -- UNDERSTANDING HER THOUGHTS AND CHER MEANTS. I HAD THE CHANCE -- HER COMMENTS. I HAD THE CHANCE OF VISITING HER DISTRICT IN ALABAMA, SHE'S MOVING AND MAKING A LOT OF THINGS HAPPEN THERE IN ALABAMA. SHE DEFINITELY SAID, I HAVE TO SPEAK ON THIS. I HEARD HER GIVE SOME COMMENTS BEFORE TOEN THIS AND SHE HAS SOME REAL THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT'S TAKING PLACE ON THE COURT. CONGRESSWOMAN TERRY SEWELL FROM THE SEVENTH -- TERRI SEWELL FROM THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF ALABAMA. I YIELD TO HER TO COMMENT.

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                                                                                                    MS. SEWELL

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO FIRST COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO FIRST COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON TONIGHT'S TOPIC. I ALSO WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH HIS COMMENTS, AS WELL AS THE COMMENTS OF DELEGATE ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON. CONGRESSWOMAN NORTON HAS BEEN A STEWARD ON THE ISSUE OF TRADITIONAL APPOINTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS FOR MANY DECADED AND IT'S -- DECADES AND IT'S AN HONOR TO FOLLOW HER TONIGHT IN HER LEADERSHIP AGAINST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ATTEMPT TO STACK THE COURTS WITH EXTREME RIGHT-WING POLITICAL ALLIES. JUST AS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ATTACKED OUR NATION'S FREE PRESS, JUST AS HE HAS ATTACKED OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, THIS PRESIDENT IS NOW TARGETING OUR NATION'S THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, OUR TREASURED COURT SYSTEM. WE CANNOT LET PRESIDENT TRUMP DESTROY YET ANOTHER INSTITUTION OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. THE IMPORTANCE OF A FAIR AND NONPARTISAN COURT SYSTEM CANNOT BE OVERESTIMATED. IT IS OUR SUPREME COURT, AFTER ALL, THAT DECIDED BROWN VS. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. THE CASE THAT ENDED SEGREGATION IN AMERICA'S SCHOOLS. IT WAS OUR COURTS THAT STRUCK DOWN VOTER SUPPRESSION LAWS LIKE POLL TAXES, THAT FREED, ALLOWED LOTS AND LOTS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA TO VOTE. IT WAS THE SUPREME COURT THAT PROTECTED THE WORK OF THE FREE PRESS AND OUR NATION'S NEWSPAPERS WHEN PRESIDENT NIXON ATTEMPTED TO SILENCE THEM. AND IT WAS OUR SUPREME COURT WHICH STRUCK DOWN DISCRIMINATORY STATE LAWS PROHIBITING INTERRACIAL AND GAY MARRIAGE. THOSE COURT DECISIONS WERE THE PRODUCTS OF JUDGES AND JUSTICES IN OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM WHO PUT OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE LAW FIRST. IRRESPECTIVE OF THE PRESSURE THEY FACED FROM POLITICIANS AND FROM PRESIDENTS. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE OPPOSITE CAN BE TRUE AS WELL. WHEN OUR COURTS ARE STACKED WITH POLITICAL ALLIES WHO PUT POLITICS FIRST AND JUSTICE LAST, OUR NATION SUFFERS. WE NEED THINK OF NO OTHER THAN THE INFAMOUS SUPREME COURT DECISION WHICH PAVED THE WAY FOR JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMPS AS AN EXAMPLE. IT IS A REMINDER OF ALL THAT CAN GO WRONG WHEN OUR COURTS ARE STACKED WITH POLITICAL ALLIES. TODAY OUR COURT SYSTEM CONTINUES TO DECIDE QUESTIONS THAT WILL HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. WHEN IT COMES TO GERRYMANDERING AND DISCRIMINATORY VOTER I.D. LAWS, OUR COURTS ARE STILL CONSIDERING CASES THAT WILL IMPACT OUR RIGHT TO VOTE. AS THIS ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES ITS ASSAULT ON FREE PRESS, WE SHOULD HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE COURTS WILL BE FACED WITH A FIRST AMENDMENT QUESTION IN THE YEARS TO COME. THAT IS WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ATTEMPT TO STACK THE COURT IS SO CONCERNING. LAST YEAR THIS ADMINISTRATION APPOINTED NINE APPELLATE JUDGES. MORE THAN ANY PRESIDENT SINCE NIXON DURING THEIR FIRST TERM IN OFFICE. AND WHERE DO THOSE OPEN APPELLATE SEATS COME FROM? THESE ARE JUDGES WHERE REPUBLICANS SYSTEMICALLY HAVE HELD OPEN DURING PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FINAL TWO YEARS. I CAN SPEAK WITH AUTHORITY ON THAT FACT. BECAUSE IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA WE HAD NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE OPEN FEDERAL JUDGESHIPS THAT WERE HELD OPEN FOR TWO-PLUS YEARS. AND ONE 11TH CIRCUIT APPELLATE JUDGESHIP THAT WAS HELD OPEN FOR TWO YEARS. YES, THE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA WERE NOT WELL SERVED BY THE FACT THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WITH HELD APPOINTING ANY PERSON -- WITHHELD APPOINTING ANY PERSON TO THAT. IT WAS A GOOD BET FOR THEM BUT IT WAS A BAD BET FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA. FOR, YOU SEE, THE JUDGES THAT WERE SITTING TOOK ON AN INORNAMENT AMOUNT OF CASELOAD THAT WAS UNACCEPTABLE. I KNOW THAT FOR ONE IN THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA, THERE WAS A SENIOR JUDGE BY THE NAME OF MIRON THOMPSON WHO HAD 120% CASELOAD. YES, THAT'S RIGHT. AS A SENIOR JUDGE, HE NOT ONLY HAD A CASELOAD THAT EQUALED OR SURPASSED HIS CASELOAD WHEN HE WAS AN ACTIVE JUDGE, BUT AS A SENIOR JUDGE, TOOK ON AN EXTRAORDINARY NUMBER OF CASES. WHY? BECAUSE IN THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA, THERE WAS ONLY ONE JUDGE SITTING. AS WELL AS ONE SENIOR JUDGE, JUDGE THOMPSON. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. THIS IS AN UNACCEPTABLE PLAY TOWARD POLITICS THAT IN THE END DISSERVICED THE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA AND DISSERVICED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. BUT, THE SAME WAS TRUE ON THE SUPREME COURT LEVEL. YES, JUDGE MERRICK GARLAND WAS SUPREMELY QUALIFIED TO SIT ON THE SUPREME COURT AND WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CHOICE TO SIT ON THE SUPREME COURT. BUT A YEAR PRIOR TO THE 2016 ELECTION, THE G.O.P. DECIDED THAT IT WAS NOT THE TIME FOR A JUDGE TO BE APPOINTED, WHEN A FEDERAL ELECTION WAS GOING TO TAKE PLACE WITHIN A YEAR. NOW, ONE COULD SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A MIDTERM ELECTION THAT'S COMING UP IN 2018. BUT OH, NO. WE DON'T GET THE SAME COURTESY. THIS IS POLITICS BEFORE PEOPLE AND IT'S UNACCEPTABLE AND WE SHOULD NOT TAKE IT SITTING DOWN. THAT IS WHY I AM VERY HAPPY THAT THIS, THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, -- CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TONIGHT, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, IS TALKING ABOUT THE STACKING OF THE SUPREME COURT AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO ALL AMERICANS. I CAN SPEAK FIRSTHAND HOW IMPORTANT THE COURT SYSTEM WAS TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND VOTING RIGHTS MOVEMENTS OF AMERICA. YOU KNOW, AS A DAUGHTER OF SELMA, ALABAMA, AND AS THE FIRST BLACK CONGRESSWOMAN FROM THE STATE OF ALABAMA, I CAN TELL YOU UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE PROTECTIONS OF THE EQUAL PROTECTION AMENDMENT. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THOSE BRAVE JUDGES, JUDGES LIKE FRANK JOHNSON OF THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA WHO STOOD AGAINST PRESSURE TO DO WHAT WAS RIGHT FOR ALL AMERICANS. INTERPRETING THE CONSTITUTION AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE, THAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. AND THAT THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW EXTENDS TO ALL AMERICANS. IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE AND GENDER. SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE REMEMBER FROM WENCE WE ALL COME. THIS IS A PROUD TRADITION THAT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE UPHOLD. WHAT'S EVEN MORE CONCERNING IS THE TEMPERAMENT DISPLAYED BY THE COURT PICK UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION. THEIR LACK OF QUALIFICATION FOR THE JOB, LAST YEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP NOMINATED FOUR JUDICIAL NOMINEES THAT DIDN'T PASS THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION'S STANDARD FOR BEING QUALIFIED, RATED QUALIFIED BY THE A.B.A. THAT'S A SIMPLE STANDARD. THE A.B.A. STANDARD OF REQUIRING THAT ONE BE QUALIFIED IS SIMPLE. A NOMINEE MUST SHOW INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE, JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT. DURING HIS EIGHT YEARS IN OFFICE, PRESIDENT OBAMA NEVER, I REPEAT, NEVER SELECTED A JUDICIAL NOMINEE WHO RECEIVED AN UNQUALIFIED RATING FROM THE A.B.A. YET THIS PRESIDENT NOMINATES FOUR -- NOMINATED FOUR UNQUALIFIED JUDICIAL CANDIDATES IN A SINGLE YEAR. WHICH IS THE WORST RECORD IN AMERICAN HISTORY. ONE WAS TO A FEDERAL BENCH IN ALABAMA. THE NOMINEE WAS BRETT TELLY. WHO WITHDREW HIS NAME IN 2017 FOR HIS LACK OF JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE. HE HAD NEVER TRIED A CASE. AND YET THIS PERSON WAS NOMINATED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION TO A LIFE APPOINTMENT ON THE BENCH IN THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA. UNACCEPTABLE. THANK GOD CALMER AND COOLER HEADS PREVAILED AND HE WITHDREW HIS NAME. BUT THE REALITY IS, HAVING UNQUALIFIED CANDIDATES SHOULD NOT GO UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION. WE SHOULD STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT AGAINST IT. THAT'S WHY I'M GLAD TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AS WE TALK ABOUT WHAT IS AT STAKE. A HECK OF A LOT IS AT STAKE. WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION AND IT STARTS WITH THE FEDERAL COURTS. THE REASON PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SELECTED SO MANY UNQUALIFIED JUDGES TO FILL OUR COURTS IS THAT THEY ARE POLITICAL ALLIES OF THE EXTREME RIGHT. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S JUDICIAL NOMINEES ARE ALLIES OF THE RIGHT WING, ATTACKING WOMEN'S RIGHTS, ATTACKING HUMAN RIGHTS, ATTACKING HEALTH CARE AND WORKERS' RIGHTS. AND OF COURSE ATTACKING VOTING RIGHTS. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RECENT NOMINEE OF JUDGE KAVANAUGH TO THE SUPREME COURT IS NO DIFFERENT. A REVIEW OF JUDGE KAVANAUGH'S RECORD SHOWS THAT HE WILL DRIVE THE SUPREME COURT FURTHER TO THE RIGHT, THREATENING AND FURTHER ATTACKING HEALTH CARE AND OUR RIGHT TO VOTE. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND ALL OF THE IMPORTANT PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE AS A NATION WHEN IT COMES TO CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. IT WAS JUDGE KAVANAUGH WHO UPHELD A DISCRIMINATORY VOTER I.D. LAW AS A JUDGE ON THE D.C. COURT OF APPEALS. FACED WITH A SOUTH CAROLINA VOTER I.D. LAW WHICH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REPORTED WOULD DISENFRANCHISE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MINORITY VOTERS, JUDGE KAVANAUGH RULED THAT THE MEASURE WAS NOT DISCRIMINATORY. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAID THE SAME VOTER I.D. LAW VIOLATED THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965. A SEMINAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND JUDGE KAVANAUGH APPROVED IT. THAT'S BAD NEWS FOR OUR VOTING RIGHTS. AND WHERE I COME FROM, REPRESENTING ALABAMA'S SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE VOTING RIGHTS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS DISTRICT OF AMERICA, THAT'S BAD NEWS FOR AMERICANS. WE SHOULD STAND UP FOR THE EQUAL RIGHT OF ALL AMERICANS TO VOTE. THERE SHOULD BE NO MODERN DAY BARRIERS TO VOTING. AND TO HAVE A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE WHO HAS SO BLATANTLY GONE AGAINST THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. MR. SPEAKER, ON VOTING RIGHTS AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES, FROM HEALTH CARE TO POLICE BRUTALITY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT TRUST TRUMP'S JUDICIAL NOMINEES TO PUT THE LAW BEFORE POLITICS. WE MUST CALL ON THE SENATE TO STOP PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ATTEMPT TO STACK THE COURT. NOTHING LESS THAN A THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, OUR DEMOCRACY IS AT STAKE. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS ISSUE AND I ASK THAT ALL AMERICANS OPPOSE THIS NOMINEE TO THE SUPREME COURT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF ALABAMA,…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF ALABAMA, THIS PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT CLEANING UP THE SWAMP. YOU MAY RECALL HE TALKED ABOUT THAT ISSUE. FROM LISTENING TO YOU JUST NOW, IT APPEARS THAT, YOU KNOW WE KNOW HIS CABINET AND WHAT'S TAKING PLACE WITH HIS CABINET, BUT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING VERY SACRED, COURTS. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, DO YOU SEE CLEANING UP THE SWAMP TAKING PLACE HERE, RELATING TO THE COURTS? BECAUSE AS I LISTENED TO YOU, IT SOUNDS LIKE THE COURTS ARE NOT BEING CLEANED UP.

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                                                                                                    MS. SEWELL

                                                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS EXACTLY RIGHT. THE SWAMP ONLY NEEDS TO…

                                                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS EXACTLY RIGHT. THE SWAMP ONLY NEEDS TO BE CLEANED UP WHEN THE SWAMP DOESN'T AGREE WITH THIS PRESIDENT. WE HAVE SEEN THAT IN THE NOMINATION OF A BRETT TELLY -- TALLY, TO ALABAMA'S MIDDLE DISTRICT, THAT HE DID NOT REPORT THAT HIS WIFE WORKED FOR THE COUNSEL, THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL. THIS TO ME IS AN IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE. YOU CAN'T BE MORE ON THE INSIDE, IN THE SWAMP, DROWNING IN THE SWAMP, THAN TO WORK, THAN TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP LIKE YOUR WIFE WORKING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. SO I THINK IT'S REALLY HYPOCRITICAL THAT THIS WHITE HOUSE WOULD TALK ABOUT DRAINING THE SWAMP AND YET CHOOSE JUDICIAL NOMINEES THAT ARE CLEARLY IN LINE WITH FAR RIGHT-WING VIEWS AND ARE CLEARLY A PART OF THE PROBLEM, NOT A PART OF THE SOLUTION. SO, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NEED TO REALLY SPEAK OUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE SUPREME COURT NOMINEE. AND ACTUALLY ALL FEDERAL JUDGESHIPS. I HAD THE GREAT HONOR OF CLERKING FOR THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN JUDGE IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA, JUDGE U.W. CLEMENS. IT WAS A GREAT HONOR OF MY LIFE AS A YOUNG LAWYER TO SIT AT HIS FEET AND TO LEARN. AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT IT IS DISHEARTENING TO SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE WOEFULLY UNQUALIFIED GETTING THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE NOMINATED TO A FEDERAL BENCH. THESE ARE LIFE APPOINTMENTS. LIFE APPOINTMENTS THAT ALLOW PEOPLE TO SIT IN THOSE SEATS FOR DECADES TO COME. AND THEREFORE DECIDE DECISIONS DECADES TO COME. AND I KNOW THAT WHEN YOU TALK TO OUR SENATORS, THEY WILL -- IF THEY'RE TRUTHFUL, THEY'LL TELL YOU THAT SOME OF THE MOST PRESSING LEGACY ISSUES FOR THEM ARE THE NOMINATIONS TO THE SUPREME COURT. AND THE NOMINATIONS TO THE FEDERAL COURTS. WHY? BECAUSE THESE NOMINATIONS WITH LIFE APPOINTMENTS HAVE LASTING, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE LASTING EFFECTS THAT YIELD WAY BEYOND THE ACTUAL NOMINATION ITSELF. AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE TO ME BECAUSE WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WHAT, THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT THAT WORKED FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND WORKED FOR ALL OF THOSE FREEDOM FIGHTERS, IT WAS THE FEDERAL COURTS THAT, WITH ITS INDEPENDENCE, WAS ABLE TO GRANT SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO THOSE FREEDOM RIDERS. I THINK ABOUT FRANK JOHNSON, A YOUNG JUDGE FROM MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, WHO GREW UP IN RURAL ALABAMA AND HAD THE TEMERITY, HAD THE AUDACITY, HAD THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT WAS RIGHT AND FACE -- IN THE FACE OF MOUNTING PRESSURES THAT CAME FROM HIS WHITE CITIZENRY AROUND HIM, TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND TO ACTUALLY ISSUE THAT INJUNCTION THAT ALLOWED MARCHERS SUCH AS OUR COLLEAGUE JOHN LEWIS TO MARCH ACROSS THE EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE, WHICH BROUGHT US THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965. WHERE IS OUR COURAGE TODAY, I ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA? WE HAVE TO STAND UP IN THE FACE OF SUCH OVERT PARTISANSHIP AND SPEAK OUT AGAINST IT. . THE BALANCE OF THE COURT IS SO IMPORTANT. SO MANY OF THE PROGRESS WE HAVE SEEN IN OUR NATION, WE HAVE BEEN ONE JUSTICE ON THE SUPREME COURT FROM THAT PROGRESS BEING ERODED. IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS I SEE JUSTICE KENNEDY LEAVE BUT IT IS WITH GREATER SADNESS I SEE THE NOMINEE, KAVANAUGH, COMING BEFORE THIS -- COMING BEFORE THE SENATE FOR CONFIRMATION AS THE NEXT FEDERAL JUSTICE. I DO KNOW THAT POLITICS AND ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES BUT I THINK THAT WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE SCALE OF PROGRESS AND WHAT EFFECTS THAT PROGRESS -- WHAT AFFECTS THAT PROGRESS, NOTHING IS MORE TELLING, NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SUPREME COURT. I WOULD HOPE THAT A PERSON IRRESPECT I OF THEIR GENDER, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR RACE, AND WHO THEY LOVE, THAT THEY CAN COME BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT AND GET A FAIR HEARING.

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ANOTHER QUESTION BUT BEFORE I DO THAT MAY…

                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ANOTHER QUESTION BUT BEFORE I DO THAT MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    OK. THIS IS -- IN THE PAST JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE…

                                                                                                    OK. THIS IS -- IN THE PAST JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF CHECKING POLITICAL ALLIANCES AT THE DOOR. SO I ASK YOU THAT RELATING TO WHAT YOU JUST SAID. IN ADDITION TO THE DARK FUTURE OF LAND MARK DECISIONS LIKE ROE V. WADE, BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION, ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE COULD BE GREATLY DIMINISH. YOU SAID THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES, HIS QUOTE. CHECK POLITICAL ALLIANCES AT THE DOOR. SO TELL US NOW THAT -- IN THE NEXT FOUR MINUTE, THAT HE'LL CHECK HIS ALLIANCES.

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                                                                                                    MS. SEWELL

                                                                                                    HE HAS AN EXPANSIVE RECORD. I BELIEVE IN LOOKING AT A PERSON'S RECORD TO…

                                                                                                    HE HAS AN EXPANSIVE RECORD. I BELIEVE IN LOOKING AT A PERSON'S RECORD TO BE ABLE TO TELL WHAT THEY'LL DO IN THE FUTURE. AND HIS PAST HAS SHOWN HE'S SQUARELY ALIGNED WITH THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY. SQUARELY ALIGNED WITH THE FAR RIGHT. AND IT IS BECAUSE OF HIS EXTREME VIEWS THAT HE'S NOW THE NOMINEE. NOW I WOULD LOVE FOR HIM TO PROVE ME WRONG BUT ONE'S HISTORY, ONE'S PAST IS A JUDGE OF WHAT ONE WILL DO IN THE FUTURE. SO MY GREAT FEAR IS THAT ON ISSUES SUCH AS THE RIGHT OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO OVERREACH, HIS DECISIONS THAT RELATE TO THAT WHICH TO ME IS THE REASON WHY I BELIEVE THIS PRESIDENT CHOSE HIM, BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN SOME OVERREACHING GOING ON IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THIS PRESIDENT FEELS THAT THIS JUDGE WILL BE MORE PARTIAL TOWARD HIM. NOW LET'S JUST BE VERY CLEAR. THE JUDGE SHOULD BE ABOUT BEING PARTIAL TOWARD THE FACTS. AND TOWARD THE LAW. IRRESPECTIVE OF WHO THE PETITIONER IS. I CAN TELL YOU THAT OFTEN PEOPLE SAY THAT JUSTICE IS BLIND. BUT THE REALITY IS, JUSTICE OFTEN IS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE EXPERIENCE OF JUDGES. THAT IS WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A BENCH THAT IS DIVERSE. A BENCH THAT HAS DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT A DIVERSITY OF PHILOSOPHY AND IDEAS. BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ARE NOT MONOLITHIC AS A PEOPLE. WE ARE -- WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT VIEW AND WE COME TO THOSE PERSPECTIVES BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCES. FRANKLY, THIS PARTICULAR JUDGE THIS PARTICULAR NOMINEE, KAVANAUGH, DOES NOT SHOW THAT DIVERSITY OF EXPERIENCE. HIS VIEWS HAVE BEEN CLEARLY ALIGNED WITH THE FAR RIGHT. AND I BELIEVE THAT THAT IS WOEFULLY OUT OF CHARACTER WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS FAR MORE CENTRIST THAN THAT AND THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DESERVES BETTER THAN THAT.

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                                                                                                    MR. EVANS

                                                                                                    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA AND I REALLY APPRECIATE HER COMMENTS. IN…

                                                                                                    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA AND I REALLY APPRECIATE HER COMMENTS. IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD THE HONORABLE JOHNSON FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS HAS SOME COMMENTS SHE'D LIKE TO ADMIT FOR THE RECORD. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THE CONDITION GREGSAL BLACK CAUCUS WORK BOTH MY COLLEAGUES ALONG TODAY, SHOW HOW WE NEED TO BE VERY CONSCIOUS OF THIS DECISION THE SENATE IS ABOUT TO MAKE. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE IN AMERICA AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST OPERATE UNDER THE CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW. AGAIN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                    Conference report H. Rept. 115-863 filed.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 22, I PRESENT A PRIVILEGED…

                                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 22, I PRESENT A PRIVILEGED REPORT.

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                                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                                      CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 5515 TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR…

                                                                                                      CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 5515 TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO DESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                      ORDERED PRINTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 23, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 23, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DEBBIE LESS COULD HE TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                                                                  WE'LL LEAVE THIS DISCUSSION HERE. YOU CAN SEARCH THE EP TIRE CONVERSATION…

                                                                                                  WE'LL LEAVE THIS DISCUSSION HERE. YOU CAN SEARCH THE EP TIRE CONVERSATION AT C SPAP.ORG. THE U.S. HOIST ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR LEGISLATIVE WORK. THERE ARE 20 MOSTLY NONCONTROVERSIAL MEASURES. A BILL EXTENDING THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL. AND A BILL SEEKING TO ESTABLISH A WASHINGTON, D.C. MEMORIAL FOR PRESIDENT JOHN ATAMS. VOTES AT 6:30 P.M. EASTERN. NOW TO LIVE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN. GIN US ANR Y. E ANTITE THE 20TH NIVER OFHATRIBL DAY, WE ASYOUR BLESSINONCE N UP THOUGH THAMILES FICERACESSNA AN CTIVE J GN O DON THE LIVES I DEFENNG THE SY OF T.S. C AS WL YOURTECTIO FOR THE ENTEITOLICE WHO MOTHE LOSS THEIR BROTHERSN UNIFORM. THANK YOU FORLINGHEM ALL THRLIS OF SVI PLSE HEAOUR AYERS FO THE MEMBF THISSSBL UPON WH T AUTHORY OF VERNME IS GIVEN. LP THE UNDERSTANTHE TRENDS RPONSIBILITTHEY HAO RRESE BH THEIR CONSENCI AND PLE. -- PPLEF S GREAT ON OURS. GIVE EACH MBEPEAND EXWHNYRITYND GIVL AMERICANS GS IAVE TO HEAOERTHAT GOVECE IS TIMPLE, BUT DIFFICULT WKT TIMES REING SAE AN FORE BEAN MAY A TT IS ANDRBEARCE ALLHAT IS DONE BEF URGREATERONOR AORY, AN. THE SPKER PRO TEORE: CHA HAS EXANED THE JOURNAL OFTHAST DAY' PEDIN ANDNNOUESTHE HOUSIS PRAL THER PUSUANT TCLOF RULE 1, E RNATANPPROVETHIS LEDGE OF LEGIAN WBE LE THE GENTLEMN OM FLODAMR. BILAKIS. . LIRAKIS: I PLEE ALLEGNC THELAG E D STES OF AMERICA D TO THPUBLOR WHI I TANDS, OATN, UER G, IN WITH BEY AND JUICE ALHE SPEER TPO: THE CHR WINTERTAIRETS FUNDR-MINU SPEECS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. BILIRAKIS

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

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                                                                                                  MR. BILIRAKIS

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE ENTER THE HURRICANE SEASON, I'D LIKE TO…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE ENTER THE HURRICANE SEASON, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WITHIN THE BUILDING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY FOR THE WORK THEY DO TO MAINTAIN THE RESILIENCE OF OUR HOMES AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. THE INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL HAS ESTABLISHED A BUILDING SAFETY CAMPAIGN THAT IS RECOGNIZED ANNUALLY BY JURISDICTIONS ACROSS THE NATION. ITS PURPOSE IS TO REINFORCE THE NEED FOR THE ADOPTION OF MODERN BUILDING CODES AND A STRONG SYSTEM OF CODE COMPLIANCE AND A WELL TRAINED PROFESSIONAL WORK FORCE TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SAFETY. IN THE 10 YEARS SINCE FLORIDA ADOPTED THE STATEWIDE BUILDING CODE UNDER GOVERNOR BUSH, I WAS IN THE LEGISLATURE AT THE TIME, HE SHOWED GREAT LEADERSHIP, THE CODE'S ADOPTION AND APPLICATION REDUCED WINDSTORM ACTUAL LOSSES BY AS MUCH AS 72%. YEAR AFTER YEAR WE SEE THE TYPE OF DEVASTATION THAT MOTHER DAY NATURE CAN BRING. AND IT IS IMPORTANT WE'RE DOING ALL THAT WE CAN TO MINIMIZE ITS DAMAGE. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                                  MR. DUNN

                                                                                                  HIS KEEN LEADERSHIP OVER THE 25 YEARS AND MANY YEARS BEFORE THAT ON ACTIVE…

                                                                                                  HIS KEEN LEADERSHIP OVER THE 25 YEARS AND MANY YEARS BEFORE THAT ON ACTIVE DUTY IS A TESTAMENT TO THE CORE VALUES INSTILLED IN ALL THOSE WHO SERVE IN OUR AIR FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN SAYING THANK YOU TO HERMAN BELL AND HIS FAMILY FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. AND WISH THEM LUCK AS THEY MOVE ON IN A NEW CHAPTER IN LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

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

                                                                                                  THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JULY 19, 2018, AT 5:38 P.M. APPOINTMENT, CREATING OPTIONS FOR VETERANS' EXPEDITED RECOVERY. COVER CAN COMMISSION. COMMISSION ON SOCIAL IMPACT PARTNERSHIPS. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

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

                                                                                                  THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, HAVE THE HONOR TO TRANSMIT A SEALED ENVELOPE RECEIVED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON JULY 20, 2018, AT 12:25 P.M. SAID TO CONTAIN A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT REGARDING THE TIPATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS. SIGNED, SINCERELY, ROBERT F. BREEZE, DEPUTY CLERK OF THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL…

                                                                                                  TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT 50 U.S.C. 1622-D, PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN 90 DAYS BEFORE THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO WIN IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PROVISION, I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER FOR PUBLICATION CAN THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS DELEECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 135-81 ON JULY 24, 2011 IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND JULY 24, 2018. THE ACTIVITIES OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE REACHED SUCH SCOPE AND GRAVITY THAT THEY THREATEN THE STABILITY AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS. SUCH ORGANIZATIONS ARE INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED AND DANGEROUS TO THE UNITED STATES. THEY ARE INCREASINGLY ENTRENCHED IN THE OPERATIONS OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THEREBY WEAKENING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, DEGRADING THE RULE OF LAW, AND UNDERMINING ECONOMIC MARKETS. THESE ORGANIZATIONS FACILITATE AND AGGRAVATE VIOLENCE OF ALL CONFLICTS AND INCREASINGLY FACILITATE THE ACTIVITIES OF OTHER DANGEROUS PERSONS. THE ACTIVITIES OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUE TO POSE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY, FOREIGN POLICY, AND ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEREFORE I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN ITS EXECUTIVE ORDER 13581 WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS. SIGNED, SINCERELY, DONALD TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, JULY 20, 2018.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT…

                                                                                                  REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  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. 2345, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLELE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  H.R. 2345, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO…

                                                                                                  H.R. 2345, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF DESIGNATING A SIMPLE EASY TO REMEMBER DIALING CODE TO BE USED FOR A NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS HOTLINE SYSTEM.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE…

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

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

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

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  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. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT. THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION SEEKS TO DESIGNATE A NEW EASY TO REMEMBER THREE DIGIT DIALING CODE FOR A NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE. WE ALL KNOW BY HEART TO DIAL 9-1-1 DURING AN EMERGENCY. WE HAVE FATE AND CONFIDENCE THAT SOMEBODY WHO CAN HELP WILL BE ON THE LINE. IT SHOULDN'T BE ANY DIFFERENT FOR SOMEONE IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, SUICIDE IS ON THE RISE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SADLY, MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE WHO DIE BY SUICIDE DO NOT HAVE A KNOWN MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION. WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE NOTE OF THE NUMBER OF SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS IN NEED OF PREVENTION SERVICES. WE WILL WORK WITH OUR MINORITY ON THIS STUDY TO REVIEW HOW THESE PATRIOTS CAN SEEK HELP WHETHER STATESIDE OR OVERSEAS. YOU NEVER TRULY KNOW WHAT BATTLES AN INDIVIDUAL IS FIGHTING. THAT'S WHY NATIONAL THREE DIGIT SUICIDE HOTLINE COULD HELP MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. I LOOK FORWARD TO ADVANCING THIS POTENTIALLY LIFESAVING LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

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

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                                  I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT.…

                                                                                                  I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT. SUICIDE IS NOW THE 10TH LEADING CAUSE FOR DEATH IN ADULTS AGE 18 TO 64. AND FOR EVERY SUICIDE, THERE ARE 25 ATTEMPTS. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION FOUND THAT SUICIDE RATES INCREASED BY 28% BETWEEN 19997 -- 1999 AND 2016. 49 STATES EXPERIENCED AN INCREASE IN SUICIDE RATES DURING THAT PERIOD. AS MY COLLEAGUE SAID, WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE RISK IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER FOR VETERANS. VETERAN MEN ARE AT A 19% HIGHER RISK. AND VETERAN WOMEN ARE 2 1/2 TIMES HIGHER RISK THAN NONVETERAN WOMEN. THESE STATISTICS POINT TO A PROBLEM THAT'S ALL TOO REAL AND SADLY ALL TOO COMMON. THAT FACT WAS EVIDENT LAST MONTH WHEN BOTH KATE SPADE AND ANTHONY BOURDAIN BOTH, UNFORTUNATELY, VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR CAREERS, TOOK THEIR OWN LIVES. IT'S HEARTBREAKING WHEN SOMEONE IS SUFFERING SO MUCH THAT THEY CHOOSE TO END THEIR OWN LIFE. UNFORTUNATELY, I KNOW IT IN MY OWN FAMILY WHEN PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO REACH OUT. THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT BEFORE US TODAY WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO CONNECT WITH SOMEONE THROUGH THAT HOTLINE. THE BILL WOULD SET UP A PROCESS TO GIVE AMERICANS AN EASY TO REMEMBER THREE DIGIT CODE LIKE 9-1-1 TO CALL, WHEN THEY OR THEIR LOVED ONE, IS IN CRISIS. RATHER THAN THE CURRENT 10 NUMBER. THE BILL WOULD ALSO REQUIRE THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION TO STUDY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. CURRENTLY KNOWN AS 1-800-237-TALK. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO STUDY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE. THE SENATE HAS PASSED A COMPANION BILL BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. H.R. 2345 IS A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE BILL AND I WANT TO THANK THE AUTHORS CONGRESSMAN CHRIS STEWART OF UTAH AND CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS FOR THE VERY HARD WORK AND LEADERSHIP THEY PUT INTO THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE SPONSOR OF THIS…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, REPRESENTATIVE STEWART OF UTAH.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. STEWART

                                                                                                  I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIENDS FROM NEW JERSEY AND MICHIGAN FOR THEIR HELP…

                                                                                                  I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIENDS FROM NEW JERSEY AND MICHIGAN FOR THEIR HELP IN THIS IMPORTANT BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO BEGIN WITH A A STARTLING STATISTIC. EVERY NINE MINUTES SOMEONE IN THE UNITED STATES ATTEMPTS SUICIDE OR SUCCESSFUL, AND FOR EVERY SUICIDE RELATED DEATH, THERE ARE 25 ATTEMPTS. THESE ARE TRULY HEARTBREAKING STATISTICS. SADLY THEY SIT CLOSE TO HOME IN UTAH. WHICH RANKS FIFTH NOR HIGHEST -- FOR HIGHEST SUICIDE DEATHS IN THE U.S. ONE EXAMPLE IS MADISON, A YOUNG LADY WHO UNEXSPELTEDLY TOOK HER LIFE. I HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW HER FAMILY AND IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TO O DO SOFMENTE MADISON IS REMEMBERED FOR HER KINDNESS TO OTHERS AND FOR HER ABILITY TO SEE THE GOOD IN EACH PERSON. HERE'S SOMETHING THAT'S STARTLING AND SHOULD BE TERRIFYING TO THOSE OF US WHO ARE PARENTS. MADISON DIDN'T SHOW ANY SIGN OF SUICIDAL THOUGHTS. TO OTHERS AROUND HER SHE SEEMED TO BE MAKING MOST OF HER PRIME IN LIFE. BUT THIS IS A SAD REMINDER THAT SUICIDE CAN CAN STRIKE ANYWHERE. THESE ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, CO-WORKERS, OUR FRIENDS, OUR FAMILY MEMBERS. AND I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE THE POWER AND WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO REACH OUT AND HELP THEM. YES, THERE ARE MANY TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS OR THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE, BUT TRAGICALLY SOME OF THESE RESOURCES ARE SIMPLY TOO DIFFICULT TO FIND IN A TIME OF URGENT NEED. THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE DIALING NUMBER IS CUMBERSOME AND VERY HARD TO REMEMBER. MOST PEOPLE HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF IT. ADDITIONALLY, UTAH AND MANY OTHER STATES THERE ARE OTHER VARIOUS ENTITIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICE, BUT NOT ONE CONSOLIDATED NUMBER FOR PEOPLE TO CALL. . AFTER THE DEATHS OF KATE SPADE AND ANTHONY BOWER DANE, CALLS JUMPED BY 59%. WHILE THAT'S INCREASED ACCESS I KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER. THIS IS WHERE CONGRESS CAN HELP. I INTRODUCED THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOT LIVEN IMPROVEMENT ACT TO STREAMLINE AND PROVIDE -- PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING RESOURCES BY DESIGNATING A NEW, SIMPLE, THREE-DIGIT DIALING NUMBER, SIMILAR TO 911, FOR NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. THE STUDY WILL EXAMINE THE EFFECTIVE THOVEPBS CURRENT NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE AND VETERANS CRISIS LINE TO SEE IF INDIVIDUAL HERE'S AND ABROAD AND THEIR ACCESS TO THAT. ULTIMATELY, THE REPORT WILL RECOMMEND WAYS TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM. I RECOGNIZE THIS LEGISLATION ALONE ISN'T A PANACEA. THERE'S MUCH MORE WE CAN DO AND MUST DO. SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MULTIFACETED APPROACH. IT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP. I WANT TO ASK -- AND ONE THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO AVERT TRAGEDY SUCH AS THE LOSS OF MADISON AND SAVE MANAGE LIVES. FOR THOSEOUS OF -- FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE OR ATTEMPTED SUICIDE, IT IS TIME TO ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                                  I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CO-LEADER, CO-SPONSOR OF THIS…

                                                                                                  I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CO-LEADER, CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                  MS. JOHNSON

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT, AND I WANT TO THANK MR. STEWART AND THE COMMITTEE LEADERS FOR THE HARD WORK AND -- IN PRESENTING THIS ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ASKS THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION TO STUDY THE DESIGNATION OF A THREE-DIGIT DIAL-IN CODE, SIMILAR TO 911. EVEN 3-YEAR-OLDS CAN REMEMBER 911. WHEN A FAMILY IS IN CRISIS, AN 00 NUMBER SOMETIMES IS DIFFICULT TO REMEMBER. SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL CRISIS HEALTH LINE SYSTEM MAKES IT ALL AMERICAN BECAUSE WE ARE FACED WITH THESE KINDS OF INCIDENTS MANY TIMES EVERY DAY. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES PERFORMANCE OF A COST AND BENEFIT SERVICE ANALYSIS OF USING A THREE-DIGIT DIAL-IN CODE FOR NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS HOTLINE SYSTEM AND EXAMINES THE OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CURRENT NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE AND VETERANS CRISIS LINE AND RECOMMENDS WAYS TO IMPROVE THE CURRENT SYSTEM. EACH YEAR, 45,000 AMERICANS TAKE THEIR OWN LIFE. AN AVERAGE OF 123 COMPLETED SUICIDES EVERY DAY. AN ADDITIONAL ONE MILLION PLUS AMERICANS ATTEMPT SUICIDE EACH YEAR. WHILE THERE ARE MANY RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO FIND THESE RESOURCES DURING THIS EXTREME TIME OF NEED. THE CURRENT SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE HAS INCREASED ACCESS BUT THE DIAL-IN CODE CAN BE CUMBERSOME TO REMEMBER. 1-800-275-TALK. JUST TRYING TO REMEMBER DIALING THAT MANY DIGITS. UNFORTUNATELY, IN MANY STATES WHERE THERE ARE NUMEROUS ENTITIES PROVIDING SERVICES THERE IS NOT ALWAYS ONE CONSOLIDATED NUMBER TO CALL. THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO ACHIEVE THAT END. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BUILD UPON THE SUCCESS OF THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE TO INCREASE ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING SERVICE WHILE EVALUATING NEW AND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE THE CURRENT SYSTEM. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE MOVE QUICKLY ON THIS BILL SO THAT WE CAN BEGIN SAVE MANAGER LIVES EACH DAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  WE ARE READY TO CLOSE. THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, COMPLETELY…

                                                                                                  WE ARE READY TO CLOSE. THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, COMPLETELY BIPARTISAN IN NATURE. I COMMEND -- I'M ADVISED THAT MR. BILIRAKIS WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK. A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO REPRESENTATIVE BILIRAKIS.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                                                                  MR. BILIRAKIS

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU, MR. VICE CHAIRMAN. WE…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU, MR. VICE CHAIRMAN. WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE UPSETTING STATISTIC OF 21 VETERANS COMMITTING SUICIDE EACH AND EVERY DAY. IT'S UNACCEPTABLE. THIS IS A CRISIS FOR OUR VETERANS, THEIR FAMILY, THE FUTURE OF OUR CURRENT SERVICE MEMBERS, AND OUR COUNTRY. AS VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I HAVE WORKED TO MAKE IT BET -- TO MAKE A BETTER AND HEALTHIER LIFE FOR OUR TRUE AMERICAN HEROES. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 2345, THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT. WHEN A VET VAN IN CRISIS THEY NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FROM THE VETERANS CRISIS HOTLINE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE CURRENT SUICIDE HOTLINE NUMBER CAN BE DIFFICULT TO REMEMBER DURING A TIME OF NEED. AND CAN ADD MINUTES TO GETTING HELP. OR EVEN WORSE, DISCOURAGE VETERANS FROM ACCESSING THIS IMPORTANT SERVICE. H.R. 2345 WOULD STUDY THE FEASIBILITY AND NEED OF A THREE-DIGIT DIALING CODE, SIMILAR TO 911, FOR THE SUICIDE HOTLINE. THE BILL ALSO STUDIES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE HOTLINE FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS. THIS STUDY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN RECOGNIZING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AS AN EMERGENCY PROVIDING THOSE IN NEED THE MOST RELIABLE TOOLS TO GET HELP. AND CONTINUING TO IMPROVE A HOTLINE THAT'S ALREADY SAVED COUNTLESS LIVES INCLUDING MANY VETERANS. FOR THESE REASONS, I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 2345 AND SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                                  WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT PERHAPS TODAY THE…

                                                                                                  WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT PERHAPS TODAY THE HOUSE CAN ACT TOGETHER AND SAVE A LIFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2345 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION HAS REACHED THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I HOPE AND TRUST THAT IT WILL BE VOTED IN AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN FASHION AND I COMMEND THE SPONSORS, A REPUBLICAN AND A DEMOCRAT, WORKING TOGETHER, ON THIS NEEDED LEGISLATION. AND I 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 THE BILL H.R. 2345 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                  THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE CRAZE AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. LE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

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

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4881 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  H.R. 4881, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH A…

                                                                                                  H.R. 4881, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE FOR MEETING THE TECHNOLOGY NEEDS OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE…

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

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

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

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  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. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TODAY TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4881,…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TODAY TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4881, AUTHORED BY MY COLLEAGUE THE DIGITAL COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BOB LATTA AND CONGRESSMAN DAVE LOEBSACK. NEW AND EXCITING TECHNOLOGIES ARE IMPROVING EFFICIENCY IN NEARLY EVERY SECTOR OF OUR ECONOMY. RURAL AMERICA SHOULD NOT BE LEFT BEHIND. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY FOCUSES ON THE BROADBAND NEEDS OF RURAL ECONOMIES. OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS. TO HELP TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE WITH IMPROVED INTERNET ACCESS, G.P.S., AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. CUTTING EDGE INNOVATION LIKE THE INTERNET OF THINGS, DRONES, AND SELF-DRIVING MACHINES CAN ASSIST IN MONITORING CROPS, READING SOIL, AND MORE. PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTS RURAL COMMUNITIES TO 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. THIS BILL IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE IS LEADING THE WAY TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE. I THANK MR. LATTA AND MR. LOEB SACK FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON -- AND MR. LOEBSACK FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                                  I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 4881, THE PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTIVITY ACT OF…

                                                                                                  I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 4881, THE PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTIVITY ACT OF 2018. ACCESS TO BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE IS IS ESSENTIAL FOR PARTICIPATING IN MODERN AMERICAN LIFE FOR BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES. FARMERS ARE NO DIFFERENT. FOR THEM, A RELIABLE, HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION HAS BECOME A NECESSITY FOR MANAGING THEIR BUSINESSES -- BUSINESSES EFFICIENTLY. FARMERS USE IT TO COLLECT REALTIME DATA ON CROP, BUY EQUIPMENT, VERIFY WEATHER FORE KASES AND -- FORECASTS AND CHECK GRAIN AND FEED PRICES. THE USE OF BROADBAND IN AGRICULTURE CAN INCREASE CROP YIELDS BY 70% BY 2050 AND SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASE OPERATION COSTS. YET MANY PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS COUNTRY STILL DO NOT HAVE RELIABLE HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE. THE PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTIVITY ACT OF 2018 WOULD HELP BRING THE DEPLOYMENT OF BROADBAND TO AGRICULTURE LAND WITH A TASK FORCE. THE FASK -- TASK FORCE WILL IDENTIFY AND MEASURE GAPS IN THE AVAILABILITY OF BROADBANDED ON AGRICULTURAL LEADS AND PROMOTE THE RAPID EXPANDED DEPLOYMENT OF BROADBAND ON UNSERVED AGRICULTURAL LAND AND PROMOTE EFFECTIVE POLICY AND REGULATORY SOLUTIONS TO ENCOURAGE THE ADOPTION OF BROADBAND ON FARMS AND RANCHES. MOREOVER, THE TASK FORCE WILL RECOMMEND SPECIFIC STEPS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE AND STEPS THEY SHOULD TAKE IN THE BROADBAND PROGRAM. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE BILL AND I WANT TO THANK THE AUTHORS, MR. LOEBSACK AND MR. LATTA, FOR THE VERY HARD WORK THEY HAVE PUT INTO THIS MEASURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE MATTERS, THE DIGITAL COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. LATTA OF OHIO.

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                                                                                                  MR. LATTA

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4881, THE PRECISION…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4881, THE PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTIVITY ACT AS AMENDED, TO HELP IMPROVE HIGH SPEED BROADBAND ACCESS FOR OUR NATION'S FARMERS. I REPRESENT THE LARGEST FARM INCOME PRODUCING DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF OHIO, THEREFORE I'M FORTUNATE TO VISIT FARMS ACROSS THE REGION AND LEARN ABOUT NEW TECHNOLOGIES, THE INTERNET OF THINGS EQUIPMENT, THAT ARE HELPING TO IMPROVE FARM PRODUCTIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY. BUT THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS THAT LACK OF HIGH SPEED BROADBAND IN RURAL AREAS, SPECIFICALLY IN FARM COMMUNITY, HINDER THE USE OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS. THAT IS WHY I INTRODUCED H.R. 4881 WITH -- ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. LOEBSACK. OUR BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO REVIEW THE CONNECTIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY NEEDS OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES. I BELIEVE BY COMBINING MINDS FROM THESE TWO EXPERT AGENCIES ALONG WITH RELEVANT PRIVATE STAKE HOLDERS, THE TASK FORCE WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER SOLUTIONS TO PROMOTE THE RAPID DISTRIBUTION OF BROADBAND IN UNDERSERVED AREAS. THE TRUE BENEFITS OF PRECISION AGRICULTURE CANNOT BE REALIZED WITHOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF RELIABLE BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE. FOR EXAMPLE, WITH BROADBAND, FARMERS CAN USE CONNECTED TRACTORS AND OTHER ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES TO COLLECT FIELD DATA IN REALTIME TO HELP WITH CROP MANAGEMENT. THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY HELPS FARMERS MAXIMIZE RESOURCES WHICH CAN REDUCE COSTS AND INCREASE CROP YIELDS BY UP TO 70% BY 2050, HOPING TO MAINTAIN AMERICA'S LONG-TERM LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTION. . TWO FARMING SEASONS AGO I DROVE A TRACTOR WITH G.P.S. CAPABILITIES. EARLY ON MY GRAD FATHER USED A TEAM OF HORSES. MY GRANDFATHER AMAZED HOW STRAIGHT THE FUROS WERE MADE, BUT THANKS TO THE CONNECTED TRACTOR, I NEVER TOUCHED THE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL WHEELING. BECAUSE OF BROADBAND THE TRACTOR WAS ABLE TO GO DOWN THE ENTIRE ROW WITHOUT HUMAN CONTROL AND PLACE FERTILIZER IN FUROS WITHIN ONE -- FURROWS WITHIN ONE INCH OF WHERE THE SEEDS WOULD BE PLANTED WITHIN THE SPRING. IT'S TECHNOLOGY LIKE THAT THIS HEAPS FARMERS MAXIMIZE RESOURCES AND PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE. MY BILL WILL ENCOURAGE THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY BY BRINGING MUCH NEEDED BROND BAND TO RURAL AGRICULTURAL AREAS. NOT ONLY DO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4881, BUT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO QUOTE THE SUPPORT FROM THE F.E.C. COMMISSIONER. THE DIFFERENCE THAT BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY MAKES FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS. RUNNING AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS TODAY REQUIRES EXPERTISE IN TECHNOLOGY, DATA ANIAL ---ANAL LITICS. I'M PLEASED TO SEE THIS BILL MOVE FORWARD AND HOPE IT BECOMES LAW. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS HANDLING OF THE BILL TODAY.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED MRS.…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED MRS. DINGELL: RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  WE'RE READY TO YIELD BACK. WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE SUPPORTS THIS BILL.

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                                  WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. HOPE THAT EVERYONE SUPPORTS AGAIN…

                                                                                                  WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. HOPE THAT EVERYONE SUPPORTS AGAIN SUPPORT -- STRONGLY SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  YET IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4881, AS…

                                                                                                  YET IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4881, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE --

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                                                                  MR. WLANS

                                                                                                  QUI 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 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 GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES THE BILL H.R. 3 4.

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                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE…

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NMING NEW JERSEY.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  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 EVEN INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD ON THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

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

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE TIME I MAY CONSUME BECAUSE IN…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE TIME I MAY CONSUME BECAUSE IN MY JUDGMENT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL THAT WE SHOULD ALL SUPPORT. THE PREVENTING ILLEGAL RADIO ABUSE THROUGH ENFORCEMENT ACT, OR PIRATE ACT, COMBATS THE VERY SERIOUS ISSUE OF UNLAWFUL BROADCASTING. OFTEN CALLED PIRATE RADIO. AND GIVES THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ADDITIONAL POWERS TO ISSUE FINES ON ANY PERSON WHO WILLFULLY AND KNOWINGLY BROADCASTS RADIO TRANSMISSIONS OVER A.M. OR F.M. FREQUENCIES WITHOUT A LICENSE FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN TONKO OF NEW YORK, FOR JOINING ME IN OFFERING THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. NEW JERSEY, WHERE I LIVE, HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST CONCENTRATIONS OF BY RAT RADIO OPERATORS IN THE CON-- OF PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS IN THE COUNTRY. PIRATE RADIO SIGNALS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO INTERFERE WITH THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM, AND FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OPERATIONS, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT HARM TO PUBLIC SAFMENTE THEY ALSO DISRUPT THE BUSINESS OF LICENSED BROADCASTERS WHO COMPLY WITH THE MULTITUDE OF F.C.C. REGULATIONS. MINORITY OWNED BROADCASTERS ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY HARMED BY PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS IN URBAN AREAS. KNOCKING DOWN PIRATE RADIO BROADCASTS PREVENTS THESE BAD ACTORS FROM INTERFERING WITH THE LICENSED BROADCASTERS' PUBLIC SAFETY OFINGSES RELY ON TO TRANSMIT COMMUNICATIONS DURING TIMES OF EMERGENCY. THESE UNFLAUL BROADCASTS ARE INTERFERING -- UNLAWFUL BROADCASTS ARE INTERFERING WITH THE PROGRAM PEOPLE COUNT ON AND CLOGGING THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY AT IMPORTANT TIMES. IT IS TIME TO TAKE THESE PIRATES OFF THE AIR AND BY HIKING THE PENALTIES AND WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ON ENFORCEMENT. CHAIRMAN PIE AND COMMISSIONER O'REILLY HAVE BEEN ABLED PARTNERS TO MAKE SURE THESE DRAFTS ARE STOPPED. THIS BILL WILL GIVE THE F.C.C. EVEN MORE TOOLS TO TAKE DOWN THESE ILLEGAL BROADCASTS. THIS ACT INCREASES FINES TENFOLD FOR ILLEGAL PIRATE OPERATIONS TO $100,000 IN AN EFFORT TO BOOST THE DETERRENT AGAINST THESE BROADCASTS. THE BILL FURTHER HOLDS THOSE WHO FACILITATE PIRATE OPERATIONS LIBEL, WHILE ALSO STREAMLINING THE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS. IT ALSO TAKES THE FURTHER STEP IN INSTITUTING ENFORCEMENT SWEEPS BY REQUIRING THE F.C.C. TO CONDUCT BIANNUAL ENFORCEMENT SWEEPS IN THE TOP FIVE RADIO MARKETS WITH SIGNIFICANT ILLEGAL PIRATE OPERATIONS. AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE THE NEW JERSEY AND MAJOR NEW YORK MEDIA MARKET. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN PIE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THE F.C.C. HAS SIGNIFICANTLY CRACKED DOWN ON THIS ILLEGAL ACTIVITY AND THIS BILL WILL ENSURE FUTURE COMMISSIONS HELP TO ENSURE THESE ILLEGAL OPERATORS STAY OFF THE AIR. THE ISSUE OF PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS IS A MORE PRESSING PUBLIC ISSUE THAN IT SEEMS. WE HAVE TO CLEAN UP THE AIRWAVES TO MAKE WAY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS. FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION CONVERSATIONS, AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION. RADIO FREQUENCIES ARE NOT TOYS FOR UNLICENSED BROADCASTERS. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

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

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 5709, THE PREVENTING…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 5709, THE PREVENTING ILLEGAL RADIO ABUSE THROUGH ENFORCEMENT ACT, ORWISE KNOWN AS THE PIRATE ACT -- OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE PIRATE ACT. UNAUTHORIZED RADIO OPERATORS, CALLED PIRATE BROADCASTERS, ARE A GROWING THREAT TO THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES. NOT ONLY DO THEY CAUSE AN ANNOYANCE BY INTERFERING WITH NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT A PRAMENT PROGRAMS OF LEGITIMATE BROADCASTERS, THEY POSE A SERIOUS RISK IN TIME OF EMERGENCIES BY PREVENTING THE PUBLIC FROM HEARING CRITICAL PUBLIC SAFETY ALERTS AND MESSAGES. THEY PUT THEIR OWN LITENERS AT RISK BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO CARRY THESE MESSAGES. IT MAY ALSO INTERFERE WITH THE COMMUNICATION CHANNELS OF IMPORTANT AGENCIES LIKE THE FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION AGENCY. THE F.C.C. HAS STEPPED UP ITS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PIRATE BROADCASTERS, BUT WE CAN DO MORE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY INCREASES THE FINES THAT CAN BE CAN LEFF HAVE IED -- LEVIED AGAINST PIRATE BROADCASTERS FROM $10,000 A DAY, CURRENTLY CAN, TO $100 PER DAY. IT ALSO SETS A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF $2 MILLION FOR PIRATE BROADCASTERS, AND THOSE THAT KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY FACILITATE PIRATE BROADCASTERS. THE BILL ALSO ENSURES THAT THE F.C.C. CONTINUES ITS SUSTAINED ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS ON PIRATE BROADCASTERS, WHILE BALANCING THE OTHER IMPORTANT MISSIONS OF THE ENFORCEMENT BUREAU AND ITS FIELD STAFF. STATE AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS CAN BE PARTNERS IN THIS EFFORT. THE BILL ENSURES THAT LAWS PROHIBITING PIRATE BROADCASTERS ENACTED BY STATES AND CITIES ARE NOT PREEMPTED. H.R. 5709 IS A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE BILL. YES, I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE HERE ABOUT WHAT A GOOD BILL THIS IS. ITS AUTHOR, MR. LANCE, AND MR. TONKO, FOR THE VERY HARD WORK THEY HAVE PUT INTO THIS MEASURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

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

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. CONGRESSMAN BILIRAKIS.

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                                                                                                  GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                                                                  MR. BILIRAKIS

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. VICE CHAIRMAN. AS MEMBERS OF THE…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. VICE CHAIRMAN. AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SUBCOMMITTEE, WE HAVE HEARD OF THE IMPACT OF PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS HAVE HAD ON THE AUTHORIZED RADIO COMMUNITY. THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN INSTANCES IN WHICH EMERGENCY SERVICE COMMUNICATORS HAVE BEEN HINDERED BECAUSE OF THEIR ILLEGAL OPERATORS, INCLUDING OFF THE GULF COAST OF FLORIDA. AGAIN IN FLORIDA WE HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO IDENTIFY AND SHUT DOWN PIRATE RADIO OPERATORS, AS WELL AS CONFISCATE THEIR EQUIPMENT. HOWEVER, I HAVE HEARD FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION'S COUNT CANLESS TIMES THAT ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL THERE IS LIMITED AUTHORITY TO CRACK DOWN ON THESE OPERATORS AND PREVENT THEIR RE-ESTABLISHMENT. THE PIRATE ACT WILL HELP GIVE TEETH TO F.C.C. ENFORCEMENT OF ILLEGAL RADIO OPERATORS. BY HITTING THEM IN THEIR POCKETBOOK, THE F.C.C. CAN BETTER STOP THESE ILLEGAL ACTORS FOR GOOD. THE RECENT SUCCESS WE HAVE HAD IN FLORIDA PROVES THE NEED FOR STRONGER PENALTIES ON THESE BAD ACTORS. THE PIRATE ACT WILL HELP GIVE TEETH TO THE F.C.C. ENFORCEMENT OF ILLEGAL RADIO OPERATORS. FOR THIS REASON, I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 5709 AND SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

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

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  I'M READY TO YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                                                                                  MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                                  ONCE AGAIN IRGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5709. I YIELD BACK THE…

                                                                                                  ONCE AGAIN IRGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5709. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5709, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED URBLINGTSR -- SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS THRAVENLT -- IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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                                                                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND THE BILL H.R. 3728, 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. 3728, THE BILL TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO…

                                                                                                  H.R. 3728, THE BILL TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE CERTAIN PROGRAMS RELATING TO HEALTH PROFESSIONS, WORK FORCE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

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

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

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

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE AUTHOR OF THE EDUCATING MEDICAL…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE AUTHOR OF THE EDUCATING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND OPTIMIZING WORK FORCE SUFFICIENCY AND READINESS ACT OF 2018, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. H.R. 3728 MOVED WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND ITS -- THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE FULL COMMITTEE AND AT SUBCOMMITTEE WHICH I CHAIR. THIS LEGISLATION RE-AUTHORIZES THE TITLE 7 HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WORK FORCE PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEARS 2019 THROUGH 2023. TITLE 7 PROGRAMS HAVE EXPIRED BUT HAVE CONTINUED TO RECEIVE APPROPRIATIONS. IN FACT, IN FISCAL YEAR 2018, THE APPROPRIATIONS LEVELS FOR THE PROGRAM ACTUALLY INCREASED. . RE-AUTHORIZING THESE WORK FORCE PROGRAMS WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED STABILITY FOR THOSE WHO DEPEND ON THIS FUNDING. TITLE 7:00 INCLUDES VARIOUS PROGRAMS THAT ARE VITAL TO BUILDING AND MAINTAINING A WELL-EDUCATED, WELL-TRAINED PHYSICIAN WORK FORCE. THE EMPOWER ACT RE-AUTHORIZES FUNDING FOR THE AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS AT MORE THAN $38 MILLION A YEAR. THESE CENTERS ARE CRITICAL IN PROVIDING BOTH MEDICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED AREAS. THE BILL ALSO RE-AUTHORIZES PROGRAMS THAT INCENTIVIZE DIVERSITY IN THE PHYSICIAN WORK FORCE, INCLUDING THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM WHICH THIS BILL AUTRIZES AT A LEVEL OF $23 MILLION PER YEAR. THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM PROVIDES GRANTS TO MEDICAL SCHOOLS THAT HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF MINORITY STUDENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXPANDING THE SCHOOLS' CAPACITY OR TO IMPROVE CURRICULUM. PRIMARY CARE IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. HOW MANY AMERICANS RECEIVE THE MAJORITY OF THEIR HEALTH CARE SERVICES. H.R. 3728 RE-AUTHORIZES FUNDING FOR OUR PRIMARY CARE TRAINING ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM AT MORE THAN $48 MILLION PER YEAR. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES GRANTS TO HOSPITALS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS TO DEVELOP AND OPERATE SUPPLEMENTAL PRIMARY CARE TRAINING PROGRAMS. LASTLY THIS BILL AIMS TO STRENGTHEN OUR WORK FORCE THAT CARERS IN JERYAT -- GERIATRIC POPULATION. THE BILL MAKES STRIDES TOWARD ENHANCES THE GERIATRICS WORK FORCE AND THE GERIATRIC ACADEMIC CAREER AWARDS. WITH AN AGING POPULATION, OUR WORK FORCE NEEDS TO BE ADEQUATELY TRAINED IN HANDLING THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF OUR SENIORS. THESE TWO PROGRAMS ENABLE PHYSICIANS AND OTHER PROVIDERS TO ACHIEVE THAT TRAINING. LASTLY, I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SCHAKOWSKY AND BUCSHON AND THEIR STAFF, THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY STAFF ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. RE-AUTHORIZING TITLE 7 PROGRAMS IS LONG OVERDUE. ESPECIALLY IN A TIME WHERE OUR EXISTING PHYSICIAN WORK FORCE IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMANDS FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES. I URGE STRONG SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

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

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3728, EDUCATING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS OPTIMIZING…

                                                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3728, EDUCATING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS OPTIMIZING WORK FORCE EFFICIENCY, EMPOWER ACT. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE BURGESS, REPRESENTATIVE SCHAKOWSKY AND REPRESENTATIVE BUCSHON FOR THEIR WORK ON NORNT BILL. ALL THREE ARE MEMBER OS THEY HAVE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL RE-AUTHORIZE TITLE 7 HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORK FORCE PROGRAMS UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT AND SUPPORT LOAN REPAYMENT AND PROVIDING TRAINING EXPERIENCES IN PRIMARY CARE, DENTISTRY, RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. THESE PROGRAMS INCLUDE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE, HEALTH PROFESSIONS TRAINING DIVERSITY PROGRAM, PRIMARY CARE TRAINING AND ENHANCEMENT GRANTS AND TRAINING IN GENERAL, PEDIATRIC AND PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY GRANTS. INVESTING THESE PROGRAMS HELPS ENSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF PROVIDERS WHO ARE INCREASINGLY IN DEMAND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE GRANTS HELP SUPPORT THE HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORK FORCE BY IMPROVING THE DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTION AND SUPPLY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WITH THE EMPHASIS ON PRIMARY CARE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO BOOST TRAINING FOR GERIATRIC PROVIDERS WHO ARE NEEDED TO RESPOND TO OUR AGING WORK FORCE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND THAT WILL CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR OUR NATION'S HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND WORK FORCE PROGRAMS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE MIFF TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I JUST POINT OUT THAT RE-AUTHORIZING THESE TITLE 7 PROGRAMS…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I JUST POINT OUT THAT RE-AUTHORIZING THESE TITLE 7 PROGRAMS IS LONG OVERDUE. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE LAST CONGRESS, THE 114TH CONGRESS, DID PROVIDE THE RE-AUTHORIZATION, IT NEVER MADE IT THROUGH THE OTHER BODY, UNFORTUNATELY. IT'S TIME TO TO THAT WORK NOW AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL PURPORTS TO DO I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  WE HAVE NO FURTHER SNEAKERS, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BURGESS TEXAS IT'S AN IMPORTANT BILL, LONG OVERDUE, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3728 AS…

                                                                                                  THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3728 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 RE-- TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL 53485 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE -- BILL 5385 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  TO RE-AUTHORIZE PAYMENT TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL THAT OPERATE GRADUATE…

                                                                                                  TO RE-AUTHORIZE PAYMENT TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL THAT OPERATE GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS PLRKS BURGESS AND THE…

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

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

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

                                                                                                  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. BURGESS

                                                                                                  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. BURGESS

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE'RE CONSIDERING H.R. 5385, THE DOCTOR…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE'RE CONSIDERING H.R. 5385, THE DOCTOR BENGIE FRANCIS BROOKS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018. THIS BILL, WHICH WAS SUBMITTED BY REPRESENTATIVE GREEN AND MYSELF, RETHOSHESRS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION. THE PROGRAM IS $325 MILLION PER YEAR FOR FISCAL YEARS 2019 THROUGH 2023. THIS IS AN INCREASE OF $10 MILLION ABOVE THE ENACTED FISCAL YEAR 2018 LEVEL. THE BILL RECENTLY MOVE THROUGH THE REGULAR ORDER IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND ITS SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH. CONGRESS CREATED THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IN 1999 AS PART OF THE HEALTH -- HEALTH CARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY ACT WHICH AUTHORIZED FUNDING TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT MEDICAL RESIDENCY TRAINING AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS FOR TWO YEARS. PRIOR TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHILDREN'S GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION, CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS RECEIVED MINIMAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION FUNDING BECAUSE MEDICARE IS THE PRIMARY FUNDING SPORS OF GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS HAVE FEW MEDICARE PATIENTS. SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS PROGRAM, CHILDREN'S GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION FUNDING HAS PROVIDED CRITICAL SUPPORT TO OUR PEDIATRIC WORK FORCE WHICH STILL IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMANDS FOR THEIR SERVICES. THE CHILDREN'S GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS ESPECIALLY CRUCIAL IN OUR TRAINING -- IN TRAINING PEDIATRIC SUBSPECIALISTS. CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS HAVE A UNIQUE PATIENT POPULATION WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS FROM WHICH PEDIATRIC MEDICAL RESIDENTS CAN LEARN AND DEVELOP CRITICAL SKILLS. THE EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM SUCH A RESIDENCY HELPS TO PREPARE AND TRAIN PHYSICIANS FOR THE COMPLEX REALITY OF PEDIATRIC MEDICINE THAT THEY'LL FACE IN THE FUTURE OF THEIR MEDICAL CAREERS. I CAN SAY AS AN OB/GYN WHO DID HIS RESIDENCY AT PARKLAND HOSPITAL IN DALLAS, RESIDENCY PROGRAMS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN SHAPING OUR NATION'S PHYSICIAN WORK FORCE. OUR PEDIATRIC WORK FORCE IS NO EXCEPTION. ACCORDING TO THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, ALMOST HALF OF CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS REPORT VACANCIES FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY IN ADDITION TO DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICS. THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION ALSO REPORTS THAT PEDIATRIC SPECIALISTS IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE, PHYSICAL MEDICINE, REHABILITATION, ENDOCRINEOLOGY, HOSPITAL, PAIN MANAGEMENT, PALLIATIVE CARE AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE ARE FREQUENTLY REPORT AS EXPERIENCING VIE CANCIES LONGER THAN 12 MONTHS. THE WORK FORCE SHORTAGE IS SOMETHING I'M CONCERNED ABOUT. AND THAT IS WHY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION IS AN INTEGRAL PART IN MAINTAINING AND SUSTIRNINGE WORK FORCE. IN 2016, CHILDREN'S GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION FUNDING HELPED TO SUPPORT OVER 7,000 RESIDENTS AT 58 HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MR. GREEN AND I AGREED TO NAME THIS BILL AFTER DR. BENJI FRANCIS BROOKS WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LEWISVILLE TEXAS. DR. BROOKS WENT ON TO BECOME THE FIRST FEMALE PEDIATRIC SURGEON IN THE STATE AND ESTABLISH PEDIATRIC SURGERY AS A SEPARATE DIVISION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOL AT HOUSTON. IT IS AN HONOR TO MOVE THIS BILL IN DR. BROOKS' NAME. OUR CHILDREN DESERVE THE BEST CARE AVAILABLE TO THEM AND ENSURING THAT WE HAVE AN ADEQUATELY PREPARED PEDIATRIC WORSE FORCE IS THE FIRST STEP IN PROVIDING QUALITY THOK CHILDREN. PASSING H.R. 5385 IS VITAL TO THE MAINTENANCE AND GROWTH OF THIS WORK FORCE AND TO THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION'S CHILDREN. I URGE SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION AND RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME -- SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 53 5, THE DR. BENJY FRANCES BROOKS CHILDREN'S…

                                                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 53 5, THE DR. BENJY FRANCES BROOKS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL G.M.E. SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. THE C.H.G.M.E. PROGRAM WAS CREATED BY CONGRESS IN 1999 TO PROVIDE PAYMENTS TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL SUPPORT MEDICAL RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAMS. THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS G.M.E. PROGRAM IS NECESSARY DUE TO HOSPITALS TYPICALLY RECEIVE SUPPORT FOR G.M.E. THROUGH MEDICARE. AND THESE PAYMENTS ARE BASED ON HOSPITAL'S MEDICARE PATIENT VOLUME. BECAUSE THE MEDICARE PROGRAM IS USED PRIMARILY BY PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65 AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS TREAT PRIMARILY PEOPLE BELOW THE AGE OF 18, CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS HAVE LOW MEDICARE PATIENT VOLUME AND RECEIVE FEW MEDICARE G.M.E. PAYMENTS. CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS G.M.E. FUNDS GO TOWARD TRAINING OUR NATION'S PEDIATRIC WORK FORCE INCLUDING PEEDA TRYSTS -- PEDIATRICIANS, PEEDYAT RICK SUBSPECIALTIES AND OTHER SPECIALISTS THAT MAY ROTATE THROUGH CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOR A PERIOD OF TIME DURING THEIR RESIDENCY. SINCE ITS CREATION, THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL G.M.E. PROGRAM HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THOUSANDS OF PEDIATRICIANS TO RECEIVE TRAINING, INCLUDING AT TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN HOUSTON. HOME OF ONE OF THE LARGEST ACADEMIC PEDIATRIC DEPARTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND HAS A NUMBER OF CLINICS IN OUR HOUSTON AREA DISTRICT. PHYSICIANS RECEIVE TRAINING IN ONE TO 58 FREE STANDING CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS IN 29 STATES TO GO ON TO SERVE IN RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS, HELPING ALEAVITT THE PEDIATRIC FORK WORSE -- WORK FORCE SHORTAGE IMPACTING COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT AMERICA. THE CHGME PROGRAM IS NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER TO HELP TRAIN THE PEDIATRIC WORK FORCE THAT WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET OUR NEEDS OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. OUR LEGISLATION RE-AUTHORIZES THE CHGME PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS AT $325 MILLION ANNUALLY AND A $25 MILLION INCREASE OTHER CURRENT LEVELS. THE CURRENT AUTHORIZATION WILL EXPIRE AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER SO IT'S IMPERATIVE WE RE-AUTHORIZE THIS PROGRAM. OUR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION HAS 75 CO-SPONSORS, NEARLY EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. IN ADDITION THIS LEGISLATION HAS STRONG SUPPORT FROM OUTSIDE STAKE HOLDERS, THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, AND THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION. I THANK DR. BURGESS AND ALL OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND SUPPORT FOR THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND ASK FOR ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF DR. BENJY FRANCES BROOKS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL G.M.E. SUPPORT RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  AT THIS TIME IT'S MY FLESH TO -- PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH I'M HEAS MAY…

                                                                                                  AT THIS TIME IT'S MY FLESH TO -- PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH I'M HEAS MAY CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE,

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                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. WALDEN

                                                                                                  I WANT TO THANK MR. GREEN AND MR. BURGESS FOR THEIR GREAT LEADERSHIP ON…

                                                                                                  I WANT TO THANK MR. GREEN AND MR. BURGESS FOR THEIR GREAT LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I WANT TO -- I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5358 OF 2018 AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON. THIS THIS RE-AUTHORIZES PAYMENTS TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS THAT OPERATE GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND IT DOES SO FOR THE NEXT PHI YEARS, GIVING THESE PROGRAMS GREAT CERTAINTY GOING FORWARD. THIS LEGISLATION WILL CONTINUE TO ENABLE THE NATION'S FREESTANDING CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS TO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND TO THE GRADUATES OF MEDICAL SCHOOL, ENHANCE PEDIATRIC RESEARCH CAPABILITIES AND CARE FOR THESE VULNERABLE AND UNDERSERVED CHILDREN. REPRESENTATIVE GREEN AND CHAIRMAN BURGESS PARTNERED TO LEAD THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IN OUR COMMITTEE AND THEY BROUGHT ABOUT UNANIMOUS VOTES IN BOTH THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE AND IN OUR FULL COMMITTEE AND I APPRECIATE YOUR WORK ON THIS AND THANK YOU AND YOUR STAFFS FOR THE GREAT WORK YOU ALL HAVE DONE AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO RE-AUTHORIZE THESE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAMS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT US IN THIS LEGISLATION, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. 24E GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT 2018 IS…

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT 2018 IS THE 100-YORE ANS VERYRY OF THE BIRTH OF DR. BENJY BROOKS SO IT SEEMED AN APPROPRIATE TIME TO RECOGNIZE HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELDS OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY AND MEDICINE IN GENERAL. AGAIN, SHE WAS BORN IN THE TOWN IN WHICH I PRACTICED MEDICINE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND SHE FIRST ENCOUNTERED HER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOL AT HOUSTON WHEN I WAS A MEDICAL STUDENT THERE BACK IN THE 1970'S. SURELY HERS IS A LEGACY WHICH ALL TEXANS CAN BE PROUD OF AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                                                                  THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5385 AS…

                                                                                                  THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5385 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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                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS AND PASS H.R. 1676, 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. 1676, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO INCREASE THE…

                                                                                                  H.R. 1676, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PERMANENT FACULTY IN PALLIATIVE CARE AT ACCREDITED ALLOPATHIC AND OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SCHOOLS, NURSING SCHOOLS, SOCIAL WORK SCHOOLS, AND OTHER PROGRAMS, INCLUDING PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT EDUCATION PROGRAMS, TO PROMOTE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE, AND TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF FACULTY CAREERS IN ACADEMIC PALLIATIVE MEDICINE .

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                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, AND THE…

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

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                                                                                                  MR. WALDEN

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

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

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. WALDEN

                                                                                                  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. WALDEN

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1676. AS WE HEARD, THIS IS THE…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1676. AS WE HEARD, THIS IS THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT. IT'S SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE ELIOT ENGEL. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO AWARD GRANTS OR CONTRACTS FOR PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION CENTERS, PROMOTE THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT OF NURSES AND PHYSICIANS IN PALLIATIVE CARE AND PROMOTE RESEARCH AND OUTREACH IN THE DELIVERY OF CARE WITH PATIENTS WITH SERIOUS OR LIFE THREATENING SERIOUSES AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. I HEARD ABOUT THIS BILL'S IMPACT FROM PALLIATIVE CARE SPECIALISTS AND DISEASE ADVOCATES ALL ACROSS OREGON. DON FRAZIER IN BEND, OREGON, TOLD ME ABOUT HER DAUGHTER, RHONDA, WHO TRAGICALLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 34. SHE SUFFERED FROM EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER'S. IN AN OPINION PIECE THAT DAWN HAD PUBLISHED IN THE BEND BULLETIN, SHE WROTE, AND I QUOTE, PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE IS CRITICAL FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND OUR DEMENTIAS. FOR PEOPLE WITH ADVANCED DEMENTIA, TEAM-BASED CARE, WHICH FOCUSES ON MANAGING AND EASING SYMPTOMS, REDUCING PAIN AND STRESS, AND INCREASING COMFORT IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE, CONTROLS COSTS, AND ENHANCES PATIENT AND FAMILY SATISFACTION. SHE WROTE, HERE IN OREGON, 19% OF PEOPLE IN HOSPICE HAVE A PRIMARY DIAGNOSIS OF DEMENTIA. YET, THE AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY OF PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE IS A CONCERN. DAWN WENT ON TO SAY THAT THIS BILL WILL HELP MAKE CRITICAL PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR MILLIONS OF PATIENTS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I'VE LONG BEEN A SUPPORTER OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND PROGRAMS FOR PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE. MY OWN PARENTS BOTH RECEIVED VALUABLE CARE IN THIS REGARD, ESPECIALLY HOSPICE CARE, AS THEIR LIVES CAME TO A CLOSE. THIS IS ALL PART OF WHY I'M A CO-SPONSOR, ALONG WITH 284 COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, AND WHY I WORKED WITH REPRESENTATIVE ENGEL AND OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR HEALTH, CHAIRMAN BURGESS, TO MOVE THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. WHERE, BY THE WAY, IT RECEIVED UNANIMOUS VOTES IN BOTH OUR HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE AND IN OUR FULL COMMITTEE. SO MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE. LET'S ADVANCE OUR PUBLIC HEALTH, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1676, THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1676, THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND OUR COMMITTEE MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN ELIOT ENGEL, FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I ALSO LIKE TO THANK OTHER CO-SPONSORS, CONGRESSMAN BUDDY CARTER, ALSO A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, AND REPRESENTATIVE TOM REED, FOR THEIR WORK AND SUPPORT ON THIS LEGISLATION. PALLIATIVE CARE IMPLEMENTS EFFORTS TO TREAT OR CURE ILLNESS BY FOCUSING ON THE PATIENT'S QUALITY OF LIFE. IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR PATIENTS WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS, STARTING WITH TREATMENT AND ONWARD THROUGH HOSPICE, THE END OF LIFE. PALLIATIVE CARE ENTAILS COMMUNICATION WITH PATIENTS, THEIR FAMILIES, COORDINATES CARE, DETERMINE PATIENT'S PREFERENCES AND ASSIST WITH MEDICAL DECISIONMAKING. A GROWING BODY OF RESEARCH AS DOCUMENTED, THE BENEFITS OF HIGH-QUALITY PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE FOR PATIENTS IN HOSPITALS AND PAYERS IN THE -- AND THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH ENHANCED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PATIENTS, REDUCE HOSPITAL EXPENDITURES AND LENGTHS OF STAY AND OTHER POSITIVE OUTCOMES, INCLUDING LONGER PATIENT SURVIVAL TIME. BESPITES THE BENEFITS OF -- DESPITES THE BENEFITS OF PALLIATIVE CARE, THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF EDUCATED PROVIDERS WHO CAN OFFER QUALITY PALLIATIVE CARE. THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP CREATE AN INFRASTRUCTURE TO IMPROVE PALLIATIVE CARE TRAINING FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND ENCOURAGE THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO EXPAND ITS RESEARCH ON PALLIATIVE CARE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT, ENSURE AMERICANS HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING HOW PALLIATIVE CARE MAY BENEFIT THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES. I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. IN FACT, THIS BILL HAS 285 CO-SPONSORS, 2/3 OF THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT WILL EXPAND OUR NATION'S RESEARCH AND INFRASTRUCTURE ON PALLIATIVE CARE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME,

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. WALDEN

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED, WHO'S BEEN A REAL LEADER ON THIS ISSUE AND SEVERAL OTHERS RELATED TO HEALTH CARE AND ESPECIALLY ON DIABETES, MR. REED.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. REED

                                                                                                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR RECOGNIZING AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. MR.…

                                                                                                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR RECOGNIZING AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. MR. SPEAKER AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR THE EFFORTS THEY PUT IN THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL BECAUSE HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE IS AN UNDERUTILIZE PIECE OF MEDICAL TREATMENT IN AMERICA. THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE NOT ONLY THE CARE THAT IS PROVIDED UNDER PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE BUT ALSO EMPOWER THE WORK FORCE OF TODAY AND TOMORROW TO PROVIDE THESE CRITICAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS TO OUR AGING POPULATION AND TO OUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND TO OUR DEAR FELLOW CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM STRONGLY IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS PERSONAL. AS I LOST MY MOM NINE MONTHS THE DAY SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LYMPHOMA AND PASSED IN MY ARMS, THE WOMAN WHO TAUGHT ME HOW TO LIVE AND MY 11 OLDER BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALSO TAUGHT ME HOW TO DIE. AND WE IN AMERICA NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ACROSS THIS ENTIRE NATION HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE ALL MORTAL AND AT THE END OF OUR LIFE WE NEED TO FACE THAT CRITICAL QUESTION OF WHAT TYPE OF HEALTH CARE WE WANT TO RECEIVE TO MAKE SURE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE IS PRESERVED AND THE QUANTITY OF LIFE IS EXTENDED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO ENJOY THAT LIFE. AND UNDER THIS ACT, MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE KEY COMPONENTS OF IT IS TO PROVIDE THE PROFESSIONALISM THAT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH FAMILIES, WITH CHILDREN, LIKE MYSELF IN THAT SITUATION, AND I HOPE WE WILL HAVE THIS CONVERSATION WITH OUR LOVED ONES MUCH SOONER RATHER THAN AT THAT END OF TIME. AND BY ENGAGING IN THIS LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL PROMOTE PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE AND MAKE SURE THAT ALL AMERICANS KNOW THAT THIS CARE IS AVAILABLE TO THEM AND NOT ONLY WILL IT ALLOW THEM TO ENJOY PEACE IN THEIR FINAL DAYS BUT IT WILL PROVIDE A QUALITY OF LIFE THAT NO OTHER CARE THAT I KNOW OF DOES, AND THAT'S PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE, TO MAKING COMFORTABLE AND ENJOY YOUR LOVED ONES AS WE END OUR TIME ON THIS EARTH. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND JOIN US IN THAT EFFORT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVE?

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                                                                                                  MR. WALDEN

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  I'M PROUD TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE…

                                                                                                  I'M PROUD TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, ELIOT ENGEL.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                                • 03:09:48 PM

                                                                                                  MR. ENGEL

                                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES…

                                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THIS IS CLEARLY A BIPARTISAN COLLABORATION. I'M PROUD TO BE THE MAIN SPONSOR OF H.R. 1676, THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THE GOAL OF PALLIATIVE CARE IS TO ALLEVIATE SUFFERING FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR LOVED ONES ACCOMPANYING EFFORTS TO TREAT OR CURE ILLNESS. SO WHILE THE ILLNESS IS BEING TREATED, THERE IS SUPPORT BEING GIVEN TO THE PERSON WHO IS SICK AND FOR THEIR LOVED ONES AS WELL. IT ENTAILS SUPPORT FROM A TEAM OF DOCTORS, NURSES, SOCIAL WORKERS, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, CLERGY PERSONS AND OTHER SPECIALISTS WHO PROVIDE AN EXTRA LAYER OF ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING HELP WITH MEDICAL DECISIONMAKING AND COORDINATION OF CARE ACROSS MULTIPLE SETTINGS. IT IS APPROPRIATE AT ANY AGE AND AT ANY STAGE IN A SERIOUS ILLNESS. PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH ENHANCED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PATIENTS, BUT TOO MANY PEOPLE DON'T -- SIMPLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT THESE BENEFITS. ON TOP OF THAT, THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF EDUCATED PROVIDERS WHO CAN OFFER QUALITY PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE. AND THAT'S WHERE THIS BILL COMES IN. THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT ADDRESSES THESE ISSUES BY EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINING IN PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE. THIS BILL AIMS TO BETTER EDUCATE PATIENTS, FAMILIES, AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE'S BENEFITS AND ENCOURAGES N.I.H. TO EXPAND RESEARCH AROUND THIS TOPIC. ULTIMATELY, THIS BILL WILL HELP US ENSURE THERE IS A WELL-TRAINED PALLIATIVE CARE WORK FORCE AVAILABLE TO CARE FOR PATIENTS, A GOAL THAT I BELIEVE WILL ALSO BE CRITICAL TO TURNING THE TIDE OF THE ONGOING OPIOID EPIDEMIC. ONE OF THE GOALS OF PALLIATIVE CARE IS TO PROVIDE RELIEF FROM THE PAIN OF A SERIOUS ILLNESS, BY CREATING THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED TO BETTER EDUCATE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ON PALLIATIVE CARE, THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO HELP ENSURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE ABLE TO PROPERLY MANAGE PATIENT'S PAIN AND PRACTICE APPROPRIATE EVIDENCE-BASED PRESCRIBING, A SPACE WHERE THE OPIOID CRISIS HAS SHOWN WE NEED TO DO MUCH BETTER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, CHAIRMAN BURGESS, AND RANKING MEMBER GREEN FOR HELPING TO MOVE THIS BILL FORWARD. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN TOM REED AND CONGRESSMAN BUDDY CARTER WHO CO-AUTHORED THE BILL AND ALL OF THE 285 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS. THIS IS ABOUT AS BIPARTISAN AS WE CAN GET. WE'RE DEALING WITH ISSUES THAT PEOPLE SOMETIMES DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT, END OF LIFE ISSUES, ISSUES OF THAT NATURE, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT MUST BE TALKED ABOUT BECAUSE AS FAMILIES NEED HELP, THIS WILL GIVE THE FAMILIES THE HELP THEY NEED. I THINK EVERY ONE OF US HAVE FELT THE PAIN AND STRESS OF A SERIOUS ILLNESS, EITHER PERSONALLY OR STANDING ALONGSIDE A LOVED ONE. BY PASSING THIS BILL, WE'LL TAKE AN IMPORTANT STEP TO BRING MUCH, MUCH-NEEDED RELIEF TO BOTH PATIENTS AND THEIR LOVED ONES. SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED TO MAKE THIS BILL BIPARTISAN. WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF THIS WHEN IT BECOMES LAW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. WALDEN

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BELIEVE I HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS MEASURE, SO…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BELIEVE I HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS MEASURE, SO I'LL RESERVE.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WILL BE GLAD TO YIELD BACK…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WILL BE GLAD TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                  OK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                                                                                  MR. WALDEN

                                                                                                  I'LL CLOSE BY THANKING MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THANKS TO…

                                                                                                  I'LL CLOSE BY THANKING MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THANKS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND I KNOW DR. PHIL ROE WHO CHAIRS OUR VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, A SUPPORTER, COULD NOT BE HERE TO SPEAK ON IT BECAUSE OF A CONFLICT. BUT LET ME JUST SAY, THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. IT WILL CHANGE LIVES. IT WILL IMPROVE LIVES. AND WITH THAT I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEASURE. 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. 1676, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 959 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. 959, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 8 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO…

                                                                                                  H.R. 959, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 8 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO EXTEND ADVANCED EDUCATION NURSING GRANTS TO SUPPORT CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST PROGRAMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

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

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                                • 03:15:22 PM

                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

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

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 959, THE TITLE 8:00 NURSING RE-AUTHORIZATION. IT…

                                                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 959, THE TITLE 8:00 NURSING RE-AUTHORIZATION. IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE TITLE 8:00 NURSE PROGRAMS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2019 THROUGH 2023. TITLE 8:00 PROGRAMS IN ADDITION TO THE TITLE 7:00 FI -- TITLE VIII PROGRAMS IN ADDITION TO THE TITLE VII PROGRAMS HAVE CONTINUED TO RECEIVE APPROPRIATIONS. THIS BILL RE-AUTHORIZES TITLE VIII PROGRAMS AT THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 LEVEL. WHILE WE'VE CONTINUED TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS WITHOUT A RE-AUTHORIZATION, THERE REMAINS UNCERTAINTY REGARDING HOW MUCH MONEY THE PROGRAMS WILL RECEIVE EACH YEAR. THESE PROGRAMS RANGE FROM PROVIDING OUR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES WITH ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASING THE NURSING WORK FORCE DIVERSITY. THE BILL INCLUDES GRANTS FOR NURSES OF DIFFERENT LEVELS OF EDUCATION TO OBTAIN FURTHER EDUCATION SO THAT THEY CAN ADVANCE WITHIN THE NURSING PROFESSION. IN ADDITION IT RE-AUTHORIZES LOAN REPAYMENTS FOR EDUCATION, QUALITY AND RETENTION. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL IN EDUCATING AND RETAINING A QUALIFIED NURSE WORK FORCE. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 959 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 959,…

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 959, THE TITE 8 VIII WORK FORCE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I THANK THE MAIN SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION AND ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVE DORIS MATSUI, REPRESENTATIVE CASTOR AND REPRESENTATIVE GABBARD FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. AN ESTIMATED 10,000 PEOPLE ARE TURNING 65 YEARS OLD IN AMERICA EVERY DAY. THAT TREND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF THE DECADE. IN ADDITION TO AN AGING POPULATION, THE UNITED STATES FACES RISING HEALTH CARE COST, PREVALENT CHRONIC DISEASES AND THE RISING SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS. IN ORDER TO MEET THIS INCREASED NEED FOR CARE, WE NEED TO GROW THE LARGEST GROUP OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN OUR NATION, NURSES. THE TITLE VIII PROGRAM BOOSTS NURSING EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS FROM ENTRY LEVEL PREPARATION THROUGH GRADUATE STUDY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR INSTITUTIONS THAT EDUCATE NURSES FOR PRACTICE IN RURAL AND MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. THESE PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO ADDRESS SPECIFIC NEEDS WITHIN THE NURSING WORK FORCE AND AMERICA'S PATIENT POPULATION. THIS LEGISLATION WILL RE-AUTHORIZE TITLE VIII OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT THAT PROVIDES FEDERAL RESOURCES OR ITS NURSING WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS INCLUDING THE RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND ADVANCED EDUCATION OF SKILLED NURSING PROFESSIONALS. THIS BILL EXTENDS EDUCATIONAL NURSING GRANTS TO SUPPORT CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST, CLINICAL NURSE LEADERS, DEFINES NURSE MANAGED HEALTH CLINICS AND CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS TO THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL AND RE-AUTHORIZES LOAN REPAYMENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS FOR EDUCATION AND PRACTICE IN QUALITY AND RETENTION. THIS BURN LEGISLATION PASSED THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON VOICE VOTE EARLIER THIS MONTH. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN OUR AMERICAN NURSING WORK FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZE.

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. JOYCE…

                                                                                                  IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. JOYCE OF OHIO, THE AWE FOR OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. JOYCE

                                                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 959, THE WORK FORCE…

                                                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 959, THE WORK FORCE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR MOVING THIS LEGISLATION THROUGH THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY NURSING CONSISTENTLY RANKS AS THE MOST TRUSTED PROFESSION IN THE AMERICA. AS THE HUSBAND OF A NURSE AND CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL NURSING CAUCUS, I KNOW THE AMOUNT OF DEDICATION AND SUPPORT NURSES PUT INTO THEIR DAILY TASKS OF CARING FOR EVERY PATIENT. AN ESTIMATED 10,000 BABY BOOMERS ARE TURNING 65 YEARS OLD EVERY DAY. IN ORDER TO MEET THIS INCREASED DEMAND FOR CARE, WE NEED TO GROW THE LARGEST GROUP OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, NURSES. DESPITE THE IMPORTANCE OF NURSES TO THE WELL BEING OF PATIENT WELL, FACE A SHORTAGE THAT LEAVES TOO MANY PATIENTS WITHOUT THE CARE THEY NEED. THIS WILL AFFECT THE ENTIRE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SO WE NEED TO DO ALL WE CAN THAT ALL THOSE INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THIS CAREER PATH HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES FUNDS FOR GRANTS FOR WORK FORCE DIVERSITY AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS. IT WILL TRAIN OUR NURSING WORK FORCE TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY CARE AMERICAN PATIENTS NEED. I'M THANKFUL FOR THE INCREDIBLE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THIS BILL HAS RECEIVED ON BEHALF OF THE NATION'S NURSES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY IM-- BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

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                                                                                                  MS. FWABARD

                                                                                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE,…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN JOYCE, WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT LEADER ON THESE ISSUES RELATING TO OUR NURSING WORK FORCE. I APPRECIATE WORKING WITH YOU AS CO-CHAIR OF THE HOUSE NURSING CAUCUS, WE'RE ABLE TO BRING A LOT OF ISSUES AN CHALLENGES TO LIGHT. WE ALL THE THAT NURSE AND CARE GIVERS ARE THE HEART BEAT OF OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. DAY IN AND DAY OUT ERIC THEY PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING CARE WITH EMPATHY, COMPASSION, AND CARE IN THE MOST TRYING AND STRESSFUL SITUATIONS. BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE CONTINUE TO SEE NURSE WORK FORCE SHORTAGES, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. LIKE MANY IN MY HOME STATE OF HAWAII WHERE PEOPLE ON DIFFERENT ISLANDS ARE SEPARATED BY A BODY OF WATER SOMETIMES FROM GETTING ACCESS TO THE CARE THEY NEED. IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS ALONE, THE UNITED STATES IS ON TRACK TO FACE A SHORTAGE OF NEARLY 200,000 NURSING PROFESSIONALS. THESE SHORTAGES NOT ONLY DRIVE UP THE COST OF HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE MOST IN NEED BUT ACTUALLY ENDANGER THE WELL BEING AND CARE OF OUR PATIENTS. AS OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FACES HEIGHT AND COMPLEX CHALLENGES LIKE AN AGING POPULATION, INCREASE IN CHRONIC DISEASES AND EVER WORSENING OPIOID EPDMIC AND SO MUCH MORE, OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS MUST HAVE THE TRAINING THEY NEED TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES. RE-AUTHORIZING FEDERAL FUND FOR VITAL PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE NURSES WITH TRAIN, EDUCATION AND SUPPORT WILL HELP GROW OUR NURSING WORK FORCE BOTH IN MY HOME STATE OF HAWAII AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND EXPAND ACCESS TO THE QUALITY CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN, OUR VETERANS, OUR SENIORS, AND ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND EMPOWER OUR NURSES AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO CONTINUE SERVING AND CARING FOR THE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                                                                  WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M GLAD TO YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. BURGESS

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME AND WANT TO POINT OUT, THIS BILL…

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME AND WANT TO POINT OUT, THIS BILL DOES PASS IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS, 114TH CONGRESS, PASSED THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND FULL COMMITTEE. WAS NEVER ENACTED INTO LAW. THE AUTHOR AFTER THAT -- OF THAT BILL IN THE LAST CONGRESS WAS OUR COLLEAGUE LOIS CAPPS AND I KNOW SHE'LL BE GRATE TO FEEL SEE HER WORK HAS FINALLY CLEARED THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND ON TO THE SENATE AND WE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE AN AYE VOTE.

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                                                                                                  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. 959 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 NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3994 AS…

                                                                                                  I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3994 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  H.R. 3994, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF INTERNET CONNECTIVITY AND…

                                                                                                  H.R. 3994, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF INTERNET CONNECTIVITY AND GROWTH AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                  PURSUANT -- PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE…

                                                                                                  PURSUANT -- PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  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 EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD ON THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

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

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE ACCESS BROADBAND…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE ACCESS BROADBAND ACT WHICH CONGRESSMAN TONKO AND I INTRODUCED LAST YEAR. THIS BILL WOULD STREAMLINE THE FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAMS RELATED TO BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT AND TRACK HOW FEDERAL FUNDS ARE USED TO A GREATER EXTENT THAN IS NOW THE CASE. I THANK CONGRESSMAN TONKO FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. BROADBAND INTERNET IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. CRITICAL TOOL FOR STUDENTS AND AN INCUBATOR FOR THE NEXT GREAT INNOVATION. THIS BILL TAKES THE RIGHT STEPS TO ENSURE FEDERAL BROADBAND RESOURCES ARE WORKING TO EXPAND ACCESS IN UNDERSERVED AREAS. BEING ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET MEANS BEING ABLE TO UNLOCK TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL AMERICANS SHARE IN THIS SUCCESS. MANY LOCAL ECONOMIES ARE RELYING ON CONGRESS TO GET THIS RIGHT. IN MANY AIR DWHREEFS COUNTRY THE COST TO DEPLOY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE IS PROHIBITIVE. IT CREATES A NEED FOR FEDERAL FUNDING IN CASES WHERE A MARKET SOLUTION IS NOT POSSIBLE. WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT BROADBAND SUPPORT PROGRAMS ACROSS SEVERAL FEDERAL AGENCIES, THERE'S NO SINGLE COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM BACKING WHERE AND HOW FUNDS ARE BEING SPENT. ACCESS BROADBAND CREATES AN OFFICE WITHIN THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATION WITH THE TASK OF SIMPLIFYING THE PROCESS, THE VARIOUS SUPPORT PROGRAMS. COORDINATING BETWEEN THE VARIOUS AGENCIES AND TRACKING THE USE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF FEDERAL BROADBAND FUNDING. BY ENSURING COORDINATION, THE OFFICE WILL HELP PREVENT OVERBUILDING OF BROADBAND, AND MAKE SURE FEDERAL FUNDS ARE GOING WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST. WHICH SHOULD BE UNSERVED AND UNDERSERVED AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. THIS BILL AND THE OTHER BILLS WE HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING REFLECT A BROAD AND ENCOMPASSING JURISDICTION OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND THE IMPORTANT DAY-TO-DAY WORK AND OVERSIGHT WE MAINTAIN OVER SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS TYPE OF WORK COUNTS IN THESE -- AND THESE BILLS ARE IMPORTANT. ENERGY AND COMMERCE ACCOMPLISHMENTS LIKE RE-AUTHORIZING THE SUCCESSFUL CHIP PROGRAM, THINK BAUMS ACT, NUCLEAR WASTE -- SAFELY DISPOSING OF NUCLEAR WASTE HAVE BEEN THE PILLARS OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS CONGRESS. THESE AND OTHERS KEEP THE WHEELS OF GOVERNMENT MOVING. THE ACCESS BROADBAND BILL IS EXCELLENT LEGISLATION AND WILL IMPROVE BROADBAND FOR MANY AMERICANS. I URGE A YET VOTE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                                                                                  MR. TONKO

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

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                                                                                                  MR. TONKO

                                                                                                  I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 3994, THE ADVANCING CRITICAL CONNECTIVITY, EXPAND…

                                                                                                  I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 3994, THE ADVANCING CRITICAL CONNECTIVITY, EXPAND SERVICE REACCESS AND DATABASE ASSESS NEED AND DEMAND ACT OR IN SHORT THE ACCESS BROADBAND ACT. I THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR MOVING THIS MEASURE FORWARD AND OFFER SPECIAL THANKS TO MY FRIEND REPRESENTATIVE LANCE FOR PARTNERING WITH ME ON THIS LEGISLATION. I ALSO THANK THE BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS WHO HAVE SPON SOARED THIS LEGISLATION, INCLUDING 14 MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE WHO HAVE WORKED TOGETHER AND WHO AGREE THAT THESE ARE VITAL TEPS -- STEPS WORTH TAKING. THIS BILL IS ABOUT SERVING THE PEOPLE. MY OWN CONSTITUENTS CONTINUE TO REACH OUT ABOUT THEIR LIMITATIONS OF ACCESS TO BROADBAND INTERNET THROUGHOUT THE CAPITAL REGION. SOME OF THESE AREAS ARE RURAL AND MANY ARE UNDERSERVED ENTIRELY. AND UNSERVED. OTHER AREAS ARE UNDERSERVED WITH A FEW HOUSES HAVING ACCESS WHILE MANY OTHERS ARE LEFT WITH NO AFFORDABLE OPTIONS IN SIGHT. STILTS ASK, WHEN WILL WE GET ACCESS? WHAT ABOUT WESTERN SCHENECTADY COUNTY? WHAT ABOUT AMSTERDAM? WHAT ABOUT FORT JOHNSON? WHAT ABOUT WESTERN SARATOGA COUNTY AND THE 20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT? I'VE HEARD FROM DOCTORS WHO DEPEND ON BROADBAND INTERNET TO READ X-RAYS WHEN THEY'RE ON CALL. I HEAR FROM LIBRARIES -- LIBRARIANS WHO FIND STUDENTS SITTING IN THE LIBRARY PARKING LOT AFTER HOURS TO ACCESS THE INTERNET AND FINISH HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS. I HEAR FROM WORKERS WHO ARE FORCED TO LEAVE HOME TO FIND HIGH ENOUGH INTERNET SPEED THAT THEY CAN UPLOAD OR DOWNLOAD LARGE FILES. AND THEY ALL ASK, WHEN WILL WE HAVE ACCESS? AS A CONGRESS, WE OWE THESE FOLKS AN ANSWER. A LACK OF ACCESS TO BROADBAND INTERNET IN THE CAPITAL REGION IS ONE OF MANY REASONS I PUSHED TO JOIN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND WHY I HAVE WORKED TO ADVANCE THIS LEGISLATION. . THIS BILL IS THE FIRST PART OF THAT ANSWER. H.R. 3994, THE ADVANCING CRITICAL CONNECTIVITY EXPANDS SERVICE, SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES, OPPORTUNITIES, ACCESS, AND DATABASED ON ASSESSED NEED AND DEMAND ACT, WILL BE ACROSS MULTIPLE AGENCIES AND SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS TO ACCESS THEM. CURRENTLY, THERE IS NO COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM THAT TRACKS WHERE FEDERAL DOLLARS ARE GOING AND HOW THE FUNDING IS IMPACTING COMMUNITIES. INVESTMENTS ARE MADE WITH LITTLE ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT ON BEHALF OF THE TAXPAYER. ACCESS BROADBAND AS AN ACT WOULD BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES. THIS BILL WILL TRACK FEDERAL BROADBAND DOLLARS, STREAMLINE MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL BROADBAND RESOURCES ACROSS MULTIPLE AGENCIES, AND MOST NOTABLY, IT WILL SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS TO ACCESS THEM. THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK TO BE DONE ON THIS ISSUE, AND I DO HOPE THAT THIS CAN SERVE AS A STARTING PLACE FOR US TO OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO REQUIRE THE DEBTOR AND IMPROVED OUTCOMES BY INVEST -- THE -- WHO REQUIRE THE BETTER AND IMPROVEMENT OUTCOMES BY INVESTING IN BROADBAND. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL AND RESERVE.

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

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. CARTER.

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                                                                                                  MR. CARTER

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

                                                                                                  THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUE'S BILL, THE ACCESS BROADBAND ACT. MR. TONKO'S LEGISLATION WILL MOVE TO ESTABLISH A NEW OFFICE TO COORDINATE AND TRACK FEDERAL FUNDING OF BROADBAND ACROSS EVERY AGENCY. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S GRANT SYSTEM CAN OFTENTIMES BE CONFUSING AND DISJOINTED AND MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS TO FIND GRANTS THEY MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR. AS A RESULT YOU, THEY MAY BE LOSING OUT ON LOST OPPORTUNITIES ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO BROADBAND NEEDS. OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE AND ONE AREA THAT'S PROVEN TO BE A BOON IS ACCESS TO HIGH SPEED INTERNET. BY ENCOMPASSING ALL OF THESE GRANTS INTO ONE AREA, WE CAN ASSIST COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THEIR SEARCH FOR FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING. ACCESS TO BROADBAND IS A RECIPE FOR GROWTH. ALLOWING PEOPLE TO TAKE AND CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE. THAT'S WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

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                                                                                                  MR. TONKO

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE. IF THE OTHER SIDE IS…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE. IF THE OTHER SIDE IS READY TO CLOSE I CAN YIELD.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. LANCE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  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. 3994, 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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                                                                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1689, THE PRIVATE…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1689, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT OF 2017.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 66, H.R. 1689, A BILL TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY…

                                                                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 66, H.R. 1689, A BILL TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS.

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                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. SENSENBRENNER, AND…

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. SENSENBRENNER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                                                                                                  MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                                                                  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. 1689, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                                                                  OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING H.R. 1689, THE…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING H.R. 1689, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT. MY BILL AIMS TO RESTORE THE PROPERTY RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS THAT THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY IN 2005. THE FOUNDERS OF OUR COUNTRY RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHT TO PERSONAL PROPERTY WHEN THEY DRAFTED THE CONSTITUTION. THE FIFTH AMENDMENT STATES, QUOTE, NOR SHALL PRIVATE PROPERTY BE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION, UNQUOTE. IN KEY LOW VS. THE CITY OF NEW LONDON, THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED THAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COULD BE USE FOR PUBLIC TAKING CLAUSE. IN A 5-4 DECISION, THE COURT HELD THAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY FROM AN OWNER TO HELP A CORPORATION OR PRIVATE DEVELOPER. THE NOW-INFAMOUS KELOW DECISION CREATED A MASSIVE BACKLASH. AS FORMER JUSTICE O'CONNOR STATED, THE GOVERNMENT NOW HAS LICENSE TO TRANSFER PROPERTY FROM THOSE WITH FEWER RESOURCES TO THOSE WITH MORE. THE FOUNDERS COULD NOT HAVE INTENDED THIS PERVERSE RESULT,. POLLS SHOW THAT AMERICANS OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE PROPERTY BEING TAKEN AND TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER PRIVATE OWNER, EVEN IF IT IS FOR THE PUBLIC ECONOMIC GOOD. THE PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION RIGHTS ACT WILL RESTORE PROPERTY RIGHTS THE SUPREME COURT INVALIDATED. THE NUMBER OF SUPREME COURTS HAVE BARRED THE PRACTICE UNDER THEIR STATE CONSTITUTIONS. THESE LAWS EXIST IN THE VERY -- IN VARYING DEGREE. THIS BILL WILL PROHIBIT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT RECEIVE FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FROM USING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AS JUSTIFICATION FOR TAKING PROPERTY FROM ONE PERSON GIVING IT TO ANOTHER PRIVATE ENTITY. ANY STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR TWO YEARS. THE PROTECTION OF PROPERTY RIGHTS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TENANTS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. I AM MINDFUL OF THE LONG HISTORY OF EMANATE DOMAIN ABUSES, PARTICULARLY IN LOW-INCOME AND OFTEN PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE NEED TO STOP IT. I AM ALSO ALSO MINDFUL OF THE REASONS WE SHOULD ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE THE LEAD WHEN THE WAY IN WHICH LAND IS BEING USED CONSTITUTES AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. I BELIEVE THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES BOTH GOALS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PROTECTING PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS FOR ALL AMERICANS AND LIMITING THE DANGEROUS EFFECTS OF THE KELO DECISION ON THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  TIME.

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                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1689,…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1689, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT OF 2017. WHILE I BELIEVE THIS BILL IS WELL-INTENTIONED, IT'S THE WRONG APPROACH TO A SERIOUS PROBLEM. IT SEEKS TO PREVENT ABUSE OF EMINENT DOMAIN POWER. BUT IT COULD CRIPPLE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITHOUT PROVIDING REMEDY OF AN UNJUST TAKING. IN KELO VS. CITY OF NEW LONDON, THE SUPREME COURT UPHELD THE RIGHT OF MUNICIPALITY TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY TO TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY AND TO TRANSFER IT TO ANOTHER PRIVATE INDUSTRY FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE. BUILDING ON A CENT REEF PRECEDENT, DEFINING PUBLIC USE TO INCLUDE A PUBLIC PURPOSE, THE COURT HELD SUCH A TRANSFER DID NOT VIOLATE THE FIFTH AMENDMENT'S TAKING CLAUSE, WHICH PROVIDES NO PERSONS, QUOTE, PRIVATE PROPERTY SHALL BE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION, CLOSED QUOTE. CRITICS OF THE KELO DECISION BELIEVE THE SUPREME COURT OVERREACHED AND EMINENT DOMAIN SHOULD BE EXERCISED ONLY WHEN THE TAKING PROPERTY WILL BE OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT OR BY A PRIVATE ENTITY ACTING AS A PUBLIC UTILITY. H.R. 1689 WOULD OVERTURN KELO BY PROHIBITING ANY STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT RECEIVES FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FROM USING EMINENT DOMAIN TO TRANSFER PRIVATE PROPERTY TO ANOTHER PRIVATE ENTITY FOR PURPOSE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE BILL BROADLY DEFINES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO INCLUDE ANY FEDERAL FUNDS DISTRIBUTED TO STATES AND LOCALITIES UNDER LAWS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE OR INCREASE THEIR ECONOMIES. SHOULD A STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT VIOLATE THIS PROHIBITION, IT IS SUBJECT TO THE LOSS OF ALL SUCH FUNDS FOR TWO YEARS. . THIS COULD DEVASTATE THE FINANCES OF STATE AND WILL LO -- AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. EVEN PROJECTS UNRELATED TO TAKINGS COULD LOSE FUNDING AND CITIES COULD LOSE FUNDS BY INCORRECTLY GUESSING ABOUT WHETHER A PROJECT WOULD FALL FI AS PUBLIC USE. IT WOULD ALSO HAVE A CHILLING EFFECT ON THE GOVERNMENT'S WILLINGNESS TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN TO PROMOTE LEGITIMATE PROJECTS. EVEN IF A GOVERNMENT NEVER TAKES A PROHIBITED ACTION IT WOULD LIKELY BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THIS BILL. JUST THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF SIGNIFICANT FEDERAL FUND MAKE MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR A GOVERNMENT TO SELL MUNICIPAL BONDS OR COULD REQUIRE A GOVERNMENT TO PAY INORDINATE INTEREST RATES GIVEN THE POSSIBILITY THAT IT MIGHT AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE USE IMMINENT DOMAIN IMPROPERLY AND THEREBY USE ALL FEDERAL ECONOMIC AID AND WITH IT THE ABILITY TO REPAY THE BOND. THE POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN IS AN EXTRAORDINARY ONE AND SHOULD BE USED WITH GREAT CARE. HISTORICALLY THERE ARE EXAMPLES OF STATES AND LOCALITIES ABUSING EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PURELY PRIVATE GAIN. WHEN USED INAPPROPRIATELY THIS HAS WRECKED COMMUNITIES FROM PODGETS -- FOR PROJECTS USED IN PROJECTS WITH LITTLE ECONOMIC BENEFIT. WHEN USED CORRECTLY IT MAKES POSSIBLE TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PROJECTS THAT ARE INTEGRAL TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL WELL BEING. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL'S VAGUE DEFINITIONS MAY PROHIBIT PROJECTS THAT HAVE A GENUINE PUBLIC PURPOSE. THIS BILL ALLOWS USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN TO GIVE PROPERTY TO A PRIVATE PARTY, QUOTE, SUCH AS A COMMON CARRIER THAT MAKES THE PROPERTY AVAILABLE FOR USE BY THE YEN PUBLIC AS A RIGHT, CLOSE QUOTE THAT WOULD SEEM TO INCLUDE A STADIUM WHICH IS PRIVATELY OWNED AND IS AVAILABLE FOR USE BY THE YEN PUBLIC AS A RIGHT. ON THE OTHER HAND, COMMUNITIES COULD BE BARRED FROM USING EMINENT DOMAIN TO PURSUE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS BECAUSE THEY ARE BUILT USING A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, SUCH AS THE HOPE 6 PROGRAM WHICH USES FEDERAL FUN TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT OF MIXED INCOME HOUSING. ANOTHER SHORTCOMING OF THE BILL IS IT DOESN'T HELP AN AGREED PROPERTY OWNER OR TENANT BECAUSE IT WOULDN'T ALLOW THEM TO SUE TO PROHIBIT THE ALLEGEDLY PROHIBITED TAKING. IT ONLY ALLOWS A SUIT WHEN IT IS TOO LATE. IN ADDITION, THEY WOULD NOT BE ENTITE TOLD ANY TAJS. ALL THEY COULD TAKE IS THE -- THEY COULD GET IS THE SLIGHT SATISFACTION THEY COULD RECEIVE FROM BANKRUPTING THEIR COMMUNITY AFTER THE FACT. I WOULD POINT OUT THAT THIS BILL SUN NECESSARY SINCE MORE THAN 40 STATE VTS ALREADY MOVED AGGRESSIVELY TO NARROW IMMINENT -- EMINENT DOMAIN LAWS IN THE 13 YEARS SINCE KELO WAS DECIDED. FINALLY, H.R. 1369 UNDERMINES FEDERALISM AND MAY RAISE CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS. SUBJECT TO THE TAKINGS CLAUSE LOCAL LAND USE DECISIONS ARE LEFT TO THE DECISION CESSION OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHRS IN THE BEST POSITIONS TO KNOW THE NEEDS. THE LOSS OF ALL ECONOMIC FUNDING EVEN FOR PROJECTS THAT MAY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH TAKE SGS SO DRACONIAN THAT IT MAY AMOUNT TO AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL COERCION OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. ACCORDINGLY, I OPPOSE THIS BILL. I WOULD SIMPLY MAKE TWO COMMENTS TO AMPLIFY WHAT I SAID. IF YOU WANT TO STOP IMPROPER TAKINGS, ALL RIGHT. BUT HAVE A PROPER ENTITY. ALLOW THE ALLEGED VICTIM OF THE IMPROPER TAKING TO GO TO COURT, SUE FOR AN INJUNCTION TO STOP THE IMPROPER TAKING, AND TO GET MONETARY DAMAGES IF ANY. THAT WOULD BE AT LEAST A REASONABLE REMEDY. INSTEAD, THIS BILL SAYS YOU CAN'T GO TO COURT TO GET AN INJUNCTION. YOU CAN'T GET DAMAGES. ALL YOU CAN DO IS WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE IMPROPER TAKING HAS OCCURRED YOU ALREADY LOST YOUR PROPERTY. THEN YOU CAN GO TO COURT AND IF THE COURT FINDS YOU'RE RIGHT THAT IT WAS AN IMPROPER USE OF THE IMMEANT -- OF THE EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEDURE THEN THE GOVERNMENT WILL LOSE ECONOMIC AID FOR TWO YEARS. DOESN'T HELP THE PLAINTIFF. DOESN'T HELP THE PROPERTY OWNER. ALL IT DOES IS BANKRUPT THE COMMUNITY. SO WHAT'S THE POINT? AND SECOND, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, THIS COULD INJURE COMMUNITIES THAT NEVER DO AN IMPROPER TAKING BECAUSE IF I'M THE MAYOR, I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FLOAT A BOND LEST SOMEBODY THINK MY SUCCESSOR ONCE OR TWICE REMOVED MAY, 20 YEARS DOWN THE LINE OR 10 YEARS DOWN THE LINE, DO AN IMPROPER TAKINGS AN THEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD COME IN, STOP ALL ECONOMIC AID AND WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO REPAY THE BONDS. THIS WOULD IMPAIR THE ABILITY OF STATES OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO BOND FOR PROJECTS. WOULDN'T HELP THE VICTIM. MAY EVEN BE NO VICTIM. BUT IT WOULD HURT THE GOVERNMENT. IT MAKES NO SENSE. SO THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. AND I YIELD -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                  THERE ARE TWO FLAWS IN THE GENTLEMAN'S ARGUMENT, THE FIRST FLAW, WE SHOULD…

                                                                                                  THERE ARE TWO FLAWS IN THE GENTLEMAN'S ARGUMENT, THE FIRST FLAW, WE SHOULD GO BACK TO WHY THE KELO WENT TO THE SUPREME COURT.

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                                                                                                  MR. SENSENBRENNER

                                                                                                  MS. KEL; OWNED A HOUSE, DIDN'T WANT TO SELL IT. WHAT THE COURT DECIDED WAS…

                                                                                                  MS. KEL; OWNED A HOUSE, DIDN'T WANT TO SELL IT. WHAT THE COURT DECIDED WAS THE PUBLIC PURPOSE SERVED BY CONDEMNING THE HOUSE AND ALLOWING AN OFFICE BUILDING TO BE BUILT SO THE COMMUNITY COULD COLLECT HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES BECAUSE THE OFFICE BUILDING WOULD BE ASSESSED AT A GREATER VALUE THAN MS. KELO'S HOUSE. NOW THAT WAS THE SO-CALLED PUBLIC PURPOSE. SO THE THING IS IS THAT WITHOUT THIS LEGISLATION, ANY PROPERTY THAT COULD BE TAXED HIGHER IF IT WAS CONDEMNED AND THERE WAS A REPLACEMENT PROPERTY THAT WAS PUT UP, COULD END UP BEING CONDEMNED UNDER THE KELO DECISION AND THE HOMEOWNER WOULD BE OUT OF LUCK AND OUT OF THEIR HOUSE AND HAVE TO FIND SOME MORE HOUSING. THE SECOND COMPLAINT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MAKES IS THAT THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS ARE TOO SEVERE. WELL, YOU DON'T NOT CHANGE THE ACTIVITY OF ANYBODY IF THERE ARE NO PENALTIES AT ALL OR IF THE PENALTY IS JUST A TAP ON THE WRIST. JUST THINK OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE STILL HAD A LAW THAT SAID THAT EVERYBODY HAD TO STOP AT A RED LIGHT, BUT THERE WAS NEVER A FINE OR ANY POINTS OR ANY IMPACT ON ONE'S INSURANCE POLICY BECAUSE THERE WAS NO MOVING VEHICLE VIOLATION. GOOD LUCK, EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY GETTING HOME FROM WORK. TONIGHT. IF THAT WAS THE ATTITUDE TOWARD TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS. THERE HAS TO BE SOME KIND OF A SEVERE VIOLATION. NOW IF THE CITY IS CONCERNED THAT THEY MIGHT BE VIOLATING THE TERMS OF THE BILL THEY CAN ALWAYS ASK THAT THEIR COMBINATION BE WITHDRAWN. HOPEFULLY THE JUDGE WILL GRANT THAT AND IT WILL BE WITHDRAWN. THE CITY CAN STOP THIS PROCEDURE ANY TIME THEY WANT TO BEFORE THERE'S AN ACTUAL CONDEMNATION JUDGMENT THAT IS ENTERED BY THE COURT. AND THIS IS DESIGNED TO SLOW DOWN AND STOP LEGISLATION WHEN THE SOLE PURPOSE, THE SOLE PUBLIC PURPOSE, IS TO COLLECT MORE PROPERTY TAXES BECAUSE THERE'S A MORE EXPENSIVE STRUCTURE THAT IS BEING BUILT THERE. BOTH OF THESE ARGUMENTS, I THINK, DO NOT HAVE ANY MERIT WHATSOEVER AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL OUGHT TO PASS. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I WOULD YIELD THAT BALANCE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT HE BE ALLOWED TO YIELD TIME TO OTHER MEMBERS WHO MIGHT DESIRE TO SPEAK.

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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME. THE…

                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'LL FIRST COMMENT, THE…

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'LL FIRST COMMENT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SAYS WE OBJECT THAT THE PENALTY IS TOO SEVERE. WE DO NOT OBJECT THAT THE PENALTY IS TOO SEVERE. WE OBJECT THAT THE PENALTY IS IRRELEVANT. THE PENALTY WON'T HELP THE PLAINTIFF, WON'T HELP PREVENT THE MISUSE, NUMBER ONE. AND NUMBER TWO, THAT IT COULD BE A PLOT, THAT IT WOULD HAVE THE PRACTICAL EFFECT WHEN THERE IS NO MISUSE NEW YORK TAKING AT ALL, OF PREVENTING -- VERY A DELETERIOUS EFFECT ON THE COMMUNITY'S BOND RATING EVEN WHEN THERE'S NO TAKING. IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO THIS BILL, AND YOU WANT TO NARROW THE DEFINITION OF A PUBLIC PURPOSE WHICH IS THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL, I'M NOT SURE WE CAN DO THAT GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS DECIDED WHAT IT IS, BUT ASSUMING WE COULD DO THAT, FINE. BUT HAVE AN APPROPRIATE REMEDY A REMEDY THAT WOULD BE -- THAT WOULD ENABLE THE PLAINTIFFS TO GET AN INJUNCTION AGAINST THE TAKE THAT WOULD GIVE MONETARY DAMAGE, THAT'S THE WAY WE NORMALLY DO THINGS, NOT A REMEDY THAT WILL NOT PREVENT THE TAKING AND WILL DAMAGE A COMMUNITY WHETHER OR NOT IT DOES IMPROPER TAKINGS. I YIELD NOW TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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                                                                                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. NADLER. I WANT TO ASK YOU A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. NADLER. I WANT TO ASK YOU A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BUT I WANT TO PREFACE MY QUESTIONS BY SAYING THAT I THINK THIS IS A TERRIBLE LOST OPPORTUNITY FOR SERIOUS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE WHICH IS TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HAS BEEN FOR SEVERAL DECADES. I RECOMMEND TO EVERYBODY A REPORT OF THE CATO INSTITUTE BY DAVID BOAZ WHICH SUMMARIZES WHAT'S TAKING PLACE AROUND THE COUNTRY.

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  ONE OF THE WORST PERPETRATORS OF THIS AROUND THE COUNTRY INST A BUSINESS…

                                                                                                  ONE OF THE WORST PERPETRATORS OF THIS AROUND THE COUNTRY INST A BUSINESS DEVELOPER NAMED DONALD TRUMP. IN THE MID 1990'S HE BUILT THE CASINO AND HOTEL IN ATLANTIC CITY BUT WANTED TO EVICT A WOMAN NAMED VERA KOKING WHO WAS IN THE SAME POSITION MS. KELO WOULD BE IN. SHE HAD LIVED IN A VICTORIAN HOUSE FOR DECADES. DONALD TRUMP WANTED TO BUILD A PARKING LOT THERE HE OFFERED HER MONEY. SHE SAID NO HE OFFERED HER MORE MONEY, SHE SAID NO, IT'S NOT FOR SALE. SO THEY CREATED THE CASINO REINVESTMENT AUTHORITY, CONTROLLED BY ESSENTIALLY THE TRUMP CORPORATION BUT THEY GOT THE CITY TO DO IT AND TRIED TO FORCE HER OUT. LUCKILY, THE CATO INSTITUTE AND SOME LIBERTARIAN LAWYERS DEFENDED HER RIGHTS. BUT THE LEGISLATION BEING BROUGHT FORWARD TODAY BY THE REPUBLICANS NOW, ON A TOTALLY PARTISAN BASIS, WOULD DO NOTHING FOR PEOPLE IN THE SITUATION OF MS. COKING OR MS. KELO. IT DOESN'T GIVE THEM ANY RIGHTS TO SUE. ALL IT SAYS IS WE'RE GOING TO CUT OFF MONEY TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. IT WOULD BE LIKE SAY, WE'LL CUT OFF MONEY TO EVERY CITY AND TOWN IN NEW JERSEY, NOT JUST ATLANTIC CITY, BUT TO NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, AND TO FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY. WE'LL CUT OFF MONEY ALL OVER THE STATE. IT'S NOT GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ACTUAL PROBLEM, DOESN'T HELP THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING UNDER THE PROBLEM OF EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE. IF WE WANT TO HELP THEM, LET'S GIVE THEM A FEDERAL RIGHT OF ACTION, OR IF YOU -- IF ALL YOU CAN THINK TO DO IS CUT OFF FEDERAL MONEY, CUT OFF THE CITY THAT'S INVOLVED BUT NOT EVERY CITY OR COUNTY THAT'S RECEIVING MONEY UNDER A PARTICULAR FEDERAL PROGRAM. IF I COULD ASK THIS QUESTION OF YOU, MR. NADLER, YOU MADE THE POINT WHICH I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING, WHICH IS THAT THIS IS A SOLUTION THAT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. IF WE WANT TO SAVE PEOPLE FROM GETTING EVICTED FROM THEIR HOMES UNDER THE KELO DECISION, WHICH PRESIDENT TRUMP APPLAUDED AND SAID HE SUPPORTS 100%, BUT IF WE WANT TO SAVE PEOPLE FROM POLICIES UNDER THE KELO DECISION, SHOULDN'T WE GIVE THEM RIGHTS RATHER THAN MAKE SOME KIND OF FEDERAL SUBSIDY DECISION WHICH IS OF CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION IN ANY EVENT.

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                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  RECLAIMING MY TIME. I AGREE WITH YOU. THE STANDARD WAY SOMEONE CAN…

                                                                                                  RECLAIMING MY TIME. I AGREE WITH YOU. THE STANDARD WAY SOMEONE CAN VINDICATE RIGHTS IS TO SUE. THE GOVERNMENT, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WANTS TO ABUSE THE RIGHTS OF A HOMEOWNER, LET'S SAY, BY AN IMPROPER TAKING, THE PROPER WAY FOR US TO HELP IS TO GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO SUE AND TO GET INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. LET THEM GO INTO FEDERAL COURT AND GET AN INJUNCTION THAT SAYS DO NOT TEAR DOWN THE BUILDING. DO NOT TAKE AWAY TITEFUL. YOU CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE THIS IS TOO BROAD A USE OF TAKINGS, OF THE FIFTH AMENDMENT. THAT'S THE WAY TO DO IT THIS BILL WON'T ACTUALLY HELP THAT BURN PERSON BECAUSE IT GIVES THEM NO RIGHTS EXCEPT THE RIGHT, AFTER THEY'VE LOST THE PROPERTY, IT GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO GO TO COURT AND NOT GET ANY RELIEF FOR THEMSELVES, NOT GET THEIR PROPERTY BACK, NOT GET MONETARY DAMAGES, NOT GET THE INJUNCTION, GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO GO TO COURT AND SEEK TO BLOCK FINANCIAL AID TO THE COMMUNITY. SO THEY CAN SAY, I TOOK REVENGE ON THE COMMUNITY, BUT WHAT'S THE POINT? IT DOESN'T HELP THEM.

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  IF I COULD FOLLOW UP, RATHER THAN GIVING ACTUAL RIGHTS TO THE POSITION --…

                                                                                                  IF I COULD FOLLOW UP, RATHER THAN GIVING ACTUAL RIGHTS TO THE POSITION -- TO PEOPLE IN THE POSITION OF MS. KELO OR MS. COKING WHO WAS GOING TO BE FORCED OUT OF HER HOUSE IN ATLANTIC CITY THIS INSTEAD PLACES A VERY BROAD BURDEN ON THE GOVERNMENT AND IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT, I THINK, RENDERS THE WHOLE LEGISLATION CONSTITUTIONALLY SUSPECT. DON'T WE HAVE CONSTITUTIONAL DECISIONS THAT SAY, THE GOVERNMENT, OR CONGRESS CAN'T GO SO FAR AS TO PUNISH AN ENTIRE STATE GOVERNMENT FOR SOMETHING THAT ONE MUNICIPALITY DOES? DOESN'T IT SEEM LIKE A SORT OF GOING NUCLEAR IN ORDER TO GET A MOSQUITO?

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                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  I THINK THERE ARE SUCH DECISIONS AND THIS WOULD SEEM TO VIOLATE THEM. IN…

                                                                                                  I THINK THERE ARE SUCH DECISIONS AND THIS WOULD SEEM TO VIOLATE THEM. IN ADDITION TO WHICH --

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  ISN'T THAT WHAT THE MEDICAID DECISION WAS ALL ABOUT?

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                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  ABOUT?

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  AND DOESN'T IT ALSO SAY WE CAN'T DRIVE YOU OUT OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM…

                                                                                                  AND DOESN'T IT ALSO SAY WE CAN'T DRIVE YOU OUT OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM ENTIRELY BECAUSE YOU FAIL TO ACCEPT ONE PARTICULAR PROGRAM WE WANT TO IMPOSE ON YOU?

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                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  THAT'S EXACTLY WHATE SAYS.

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  NOT ONLY IS THIS LEGISLATION ILLUSORY IN TERMS OF NOT HELPING PEOPLE WHO…

                                                                                                  NOT ONLY IS THIS LEGISLATION ILLUSORY IN TERMS OF NOT HELPING PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE PROBLEM BUT IT MIGHT JUST BE STRUCK DOWN. HOW CAN YOU CUT OFF THE PEOPLE OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, OR FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY, BECAUSE SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY, AND IT DOESN'T EVEN HELP THE PEOPLE IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY, WHO ARE FACING THE PROBLEM WITH THE BIG REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER WHO HAS BOUGHT THE POLITICAL POWER TO DRIVE SOMEBODY OUT OF THEIR HOME?

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                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  I AGREE WITH YOU. I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND MAKES A VALID POINT.

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. NADLER.

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                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  FOR ALL THESE REASONS I OPPOSE THIS BILL AND SIMPLY SAY, WE AGREE THAT IT…

                                                                                                  FOR ALL THESE REASONS I OPPOSE THIS BILL AND SIMPLY SAY, WE AGREE THAT IT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH ABUSE OF EMINENT DOMAIN. AND WE AGREE WE -- THERE MAY WELL BE DECENT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM. BUT IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT, DRAFT LEGISLATION THAT DEALS WITH THE PROBLEM, THAT IS CONSTITUTIONAL, THAT WILL PROTECT THE SMALL PERSON SUCH AS MS. KELO, BUT THAT WON'T BANKRUPT THE COMMUNITY IN A WAY THAT'S PROBABLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THIS BILL IS NOT THE SOLUTION. WE COULD ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WORK FOR AN INTELLIGENT SOLUTION BUT THIS IS IN THE IT. ACCORDINGLY, I URGE A NO VOTE, I URGE DEFEAT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  THE PROTECTION OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY IS VITAL TO INDIVIDUAL…

                                                                                                  THE PROTECTION OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY IS VITAL TO INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND NATIONAL PROSPERITY. IT'S ALSO ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES AS THE FOUNDERS ENSHRINED PROPERTY RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE CONSTITUTION, INCLUDING THE IN THE FIFTH AMENDMENT, WHICH PROVIDES PRIVATE PROPERTY SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION. THIS CREATED TWO CLAUSES. FIRST, THE SUBSEQUENT USE OF THE PROPERTY MUST BE FOR THE USE OF THE PUBLIC AND, SECOND, THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST PAY THE OWNER JUST COMPENSATION FOR THE PROPERTY. HOWEVER, MORE THAN A DECADE AGO, THE SUPREME COURT IN THE 5-4 KELO VS. CITY OF NEW LONDON DECISION EXPANDED THE ABILITY OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO EXERCISE EMINENT DOMAIN POWERS BEYOND WHAT IS ALLOWED BY THE TEXT OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH ALLOWING GOVERNMENT TO SEIZE PROPERTY UNDER THE VAGUE GUISE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EVEN WHEN THE PUBLIC USE TURNS OUT TO BE NOTHING MORE THAN THE GENERATION -- BY ANOTHER PROPERTY AFTER THE GOVERNMENT TAKES PROPERTY OF PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS AND GIVES IT TO ANOTHER PRIVATE ENTITY. AS THE DISSENTING JUSTICES OBSERVED, BY DEFINING PUBLIC USE SO EXPANSIVELY, THE KELO DECISION IS TO DELETE THE WORDS, FOR PUBLIC USE, FROM THE TAKINGS CLAUSE OF THE FIFTH AMENDMENT. THE SPECTER OF CONDEMNATION HANGS OVER ALL PROPERTY. THE GOVERNMENT NOW HAS LICENSE TO TRANSFER PROPERTY FROM THOSE WITH FEW RESOURCES TO THOSE WITH MORE. THE FOUNDERS CANNOT HAVE INTENDED THIS PERVERSE RESULT. IN THE WAKE OF THIS DECISION, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN USE EMINENT DOMAIN POWERS TO TAKE THE PROPERTY OF ANY INDIVIDUAL FOR ANY REASON. CITIES MAY BULLDOZE CITIZENS' HOMES, FARMS, CHURCHES, AND SMALL BUSINESSES TO MAKE WAY FOR SHOPPING MALLS OR OTHER DEVELOPMENTS. TO HELP PREVENT SUCH ABUSE, USING CONGRESS' CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATIVE POWERS, IT'S IMPORTANT CONGRESS FINALLY PASSES THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT. I WANT TO THANK MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR REINTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION. HE AND I WORKED TOGETHER ON THIS ISSUE FOR MANY YEARS, AND I AM PLEASED THIS LEGISLATION INCORPORATES MANY PROVISIONS FROM LEGISLATION I HELPED INTRODUCE IN THE 109TH CONGRESS, THE STOP ACT. SPECIFICALLY, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT WOULD PROHIBIT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM RECEIVING FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR TWO YEARS WHEN THEY USE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AS A JUSTIFICATION FOR TAKING PROPERTY FROM ONE PERSON AND GIVING IT TO ANOTHER PRIVATE ENTITY. IN ADDITION, THIS LEGISLATION GRANTS ADVERSELY AFFECTED LANDOWNERS THE RIGHT TO USE APPROPRIATE LEGAL REMEDIES TO ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL AND ALLOW STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO CURE VIOLATIONS BY GIVING THE PROPERTY BACK TO THE ORIGINAL OWNER. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES A CAREFULLY CRAFTED DEFINITION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THAT PROTECTS TRADITIONAL USES OF EMINENT DOMAIN SUCH AS TAKING LAND FOR PUBLIC USES LIKE ROADS AND PIPELINES WHILE PROHIBITING ABUSES OF THE EMINENT DOMAIN POWER. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR OF THE GOVERNMENT'S TAKING THEIR HOME, FARM, OR BUSINESS SIMPLY TO GIVE IT TO A WEALTHIER PERSON OR CORPORATION. AS THE INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICES WITNESS OBSERVED DURING A HEARING ON THIS BILL, USING EMINENT DOMAIN SO THAT ANOTHER RICHER, BETTER CONNECTED PERSON MAY LIVE OR WORK ON THE LAND YOU USED TO OWN TELLS AMERICANS THAT THEIR HOPES, DREAMS, AND HARD WORK DO NOT MATTER AS MUCH AS MONEY AND POLITICAL INFLUENCE. THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT HAS NO PLACE IN A COUNTRY BUILT ON TRADITIONS OF INDEPENDENCE, HARD WORK, AND PROTECTION OF PROPERTY RIGHTS. THIS LEGISLATION HAS PASSED THE HOUSE THREE TIMES PREVIOUSLY. EITHER BY VOICE VOTE OR WITH THE SUPPORT OF AT LEAST 80% OF HOUSE MEMBERS IN AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN VOTE ONLY TO BE STALLED IN THE SENATE. BUT THE FIGHT FOR PEOPLE'S HOMES CONTINUES AS WILL THIS COMMITTEE'S EFFORTS TO PROTECT FEDERAL TAXPAYERS FROM ANY INVOLVEMENT IN EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE. JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN MEMBER VOTED FOR THE VERY SAME LEGISLATION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AS DID 2/3 OF DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN EFFORT. I WANT TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THE ISSUES RAISED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. PURSUANT TO CONGRESS' POWERS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION SPENDING CLAUSE, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT CONDITIONS THE RECEIPT OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ON FUNDS ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AGREEING NOT TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN FOR PRIVATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAKINGS. FEDERAL LAW CURRENTLY PERMITS EXPENDING FEDERAL FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR THESE ABUSIVE TAKINGS. IN OUR CURRENT ECONOMY, AND WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RUNNING DEFICITS EVERY YEAR, CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE SPENDING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' SCARCE -- EXCUSE ME -- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO SUPPORT STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT UNCONSTITUTIONALLY DEPRIVE HARDWORKING AMERICANS OF THEIR HOMES, FARMS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. BY CONDITIONING THE RECEIPT OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AGREEING NOT TO TAKE PROPERTY FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, THIS PROVISION IN THE BILL ENDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COMPLICIT SUPPORT OF EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE. ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS IN THE BASE BILL ARE COMPREHENSIVE. AND THEY INCLUDE ALL MANNER OF RELIEF FROM PRELIMINARY INJUNCTIONS AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS TO THE AWARD OF ATTORNEYS' FEES TO THE ABILITY OF THE STATE OR LOCALITY TO RETURN OR REPLACE THE PROPERTY TO AVOID THE PENALTIES UNDER THE BILL. BUT EVEN THOSE COMPREHENSIVE ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS ON THEIR OWN AREN'T ENOUGH. WE MUST END FEDERAL MONETARY SUPPORT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAKINGS. IF STATE GOVERNMENTS RETAIN CONTROL OVER EMINENT DOMAIN DECISIONS THEN, OF COURSE, THOSE STATES SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE'S OWN ACTIONS, BUT IN VIRGINIA, MY STATE, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CONDEMN PROPERTY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES. IN VIRGINIA, THE SO-CALLED DILLON RULE PROVIDES THAT LOCALITIES CAN ACT ONLY IN AREAS IN WHICH THE STATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS GRANTED CLEAR AUTHORITY. SO IN VIRGINIA, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE ONLY THE AUTHORITIES GRANTED TO THEM BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS EMPOWERED LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN VIRGINIA TO CONDEMN PROPERTY FOR ROADS, SCHOOLS, AND OTHER PUBLIC USES, BUT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONDEMN PROPERTY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IN FACT, BACK IN 2000, VIRGINIA BEACH CITY GOVERNMENT TRIED TO CONDEMN PRIVATE PROPERTY ON THE OCEAN FRONT TO HELP A HILTON HOTEL BUILD A PARKING GARAGE, BUT A CIRCUIT JUDGE RULED THAT VIRGINIA BEACH COULD NOT USE EMINENT DOMAIN FOR THAT PURPOSE, FINDING THE LEGISLATURE DID NOT INTEND TO ALLOW A CITY TO CONDEMN PROPERTY SOLELY FOR ITS ECONOMIC BENEFIT AND DEVELOPMENT. INDEED, AFTER THE SUPREME COURT HANDED DOWN ITS NOTORIOUS DECISION IN THE KELO CASE, A SPOKES WOMAN FOR THE VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID THE FOLLOWING -- QUOTE, AS PER THE CONSTITUTION OF VIRGINIA, PUBLIC USE IN EMINENT DOMAIN IS DEFINED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THERE IS NO PROVISO IN OUR CONSTITUTION TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, END QUOTE. AS A RESULT OF THE KELO DECISION AND THIS BILL WON'T HAVE AN IMPACT ON VIRGINIA. FINALLY, REGARDING REPRESENTATIVE RASKIN'S COMMENTS ABOUT HOW THE BILL RELATES TO THE SUPREME COURT'S NFIB VS. SBEELIAS CASE, THE OBAMACARE CASE, THE BILL, AS CURRENTLY DRAFTED, WOULD NOT RUN AFOUL OF ANYTHING IN IT FOR SEVERAL REASONS. THE COURT MADE CLEAR IN THE CASE THAT CONGRESS MAY ATTACH APPROPRIATE CONDITIONS TO FEDERAL TAXING AND SPENDING PROGRAMS TO PRESERVE ITS CONTROL OVER THE USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES, DENY THE USE OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO JURISDICTIONS THAT HAVE DEMONSTRATED THEIR WILLINGNESS TO ABUSE EMINENT DOMAIN AND THEREBY DEMONSTRATED THEIR WILLINGNESS TO USE FEDERAL FUNDS TO FURTHER FUTURE ABUSES OF EMINENT DOMAIN IF ALLOWED TO DO SO. THE COURT WENT ON TO CITE THE SOUTH DAKOTA VS. DOLE CASE IN WHICH A FEDERAL LAW THREATENED TO WITHHOLD 5% OF THE STATE'S FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUND IF THE STATE DID NOT RAISE THE DRINKING AGE TO 21. THE COURT FOUND THE CONDITION WAS DIRECTLY RELATED TO ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES FOR WHICH HIGHWAY FUNDS ARE EXPENDED -- SAFE INTERSTATE TRAVEL. IN THE SAME WAY, THE BILL'S RESTRICTIONS ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES FOR WHICH CONGRESS SHOULD INTEND FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO BE EXPENDED. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THAT DOES NOT INFRINGE ON THE PROPERTY RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY OWNERS. THE COURT POINTED OUT THAT IN THE SOUTH DAKOTA VS. DOLE CASE, THE FEDERAL FUNDS AT STATE CONSTITUTED ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT OF SOUTH DAKOTA'S BUDGET AT THE TIME. WHEREAS THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF FEDERAL FUNDS IN NFIB VS. SEBELIAS, MEDICAID ACCOUNTS FOR 20% OF THE STATE'S OVERALL BUDGET. NO ONE IS CLAIMING THAT FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS, HOWEVER DEFINED, WOULD CONSTITUTE ANYTHING NEAR 20% OF THE STATE'S TOTAL BUDGET. IN THE NFIB CASE, THEY CITED THE PENWURST VS. HALDERMAN CASE, THOUGH THE POWER TO LEGISLATE IS BROAD, IT DOES NOT INCLUDE SURPRISING PARTICIPATION STATES WITH POSTACCEPTANCE OR RETROACTIVE CONDITIONS. THAT, OF COURSE, IS NOT THE CASE WITH THE BILL WHICH APPLIES ITS PROHIBITION ON THE RECEIPT OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS ONLY AFTER A STATE HAD BEEN FOUND BY A COURT IN A FINAL JUDGMENT ON THE MERITS TO HAVE VIOLATED THE ACT. FINALLY, NOT ONLY IS IT IMPLAUSIBLE THE BILL WOULD EVER RUN AFOUL OF SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT DUE TO THE RELATIVELY SMALL SIZE OF ECONOMIC FUNDS IN THE ENTIRE BUDGET, THE BILL CONTAINS A FURTHER SAFETY VALVE IN THAT IT GIVES THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE DISYOU CREGS TO PROMULGATE PRECISELY WHICH FEDERAL FUNDING STREAMS ARE FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS UNDER A BILL. SO IF A CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE EVER AROSE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL COULD SIMPLY SCALE BACK THE SIZE OF ITS PROMULGATED LIST ACCORDINGLY. SO IT SEEMS TO ME IT CAN'T BE CLAIMED THIS BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNDER ANY REASONABLE READING OF THE ANY EXISTING SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT. REGARDING FEDERALISM VALUES, GENERALLY, THE KEY POINT IS THAT THERE ACTUALLY IS A VERY CLOSE NEXUS BETWEEN FEDERAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING AND EMINENT DOMAIN. EVEN IF THE FUNDING ISN'T USED ON EMINENT DOMAIN PROJECTS, MONEY IS FUNGIBLE, OF COURSE. IF THE BILL WERE AMENDED TO DISALLOW ONLY THE USE OF FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS ON EMINENT DOMAIN PROJECTS, IT WOULD BE VERY EASY FOR AN OFFENDING JURISDICTION TO GAME THE SYSTEM BY ARTIFICIALLY SEGMENTING A PROJECT INTO PARTS THAT USE EMINENT DOMAIN AND PARTS THAT DON'T. THAT SEGMENTATION WOULD HAPPEN BOTH VERTICALLY BY DIVIDING A PROJECT INTO STAGES AND HORIZONTALLY BY DIVIDING A SINGLE PROJECT INTO VERY SMALL GEOGRAPHIC SEGMENTS. THE ENTIRETY -- THE ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE FEDERALISM MESSAGE, THE BASE BILL SENDS TO STATES AND LOCALITIES IS, IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUT ABUSING EMINENT DOMAIN, THAT'S FINE. BUT YOU WILL NOT HAVE -- YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN FOR A WHILE AND GO WITHOUT FEDERAL TAXPAYER COMPLICITITY IF IN YOUR ABUSE OF EMINENT DOMAIN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS GOOD LEGISLATION. THE CONCERNS ADDRESSED BY THE MINORITY ARE ADDRESSED CLEARLY IN THIS LEGISLATION. THERE IS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS AND ONCE AGAIN SEND IT TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE WHERE WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THEY WILL SOMEDAY SEE THE WISDOM OF PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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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. 1689. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES PASS THE ANTI-TERRORISM…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES PASS THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT.

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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. 5954, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE…

                                                                                                  H.R. 5954, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE TERMS ACTS OF WAR AND BLOCKED ASSETS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE…

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  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 ON H.R. 5954 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                                • 04:15:33 PM

                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  CONGRESS ENACTED THE ANTI-TERRORISM ACT TO COMBAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM…

                                                                                                  CONGRESS ENACTED THE ANTI-TERRORISM ACT TO COMBAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND TO PROVIDE SOME LEVEL OF FINANCIAL JUSTICE TO AMERICAN VICTIMS OF TERRORISM. IT ADDED A CIVIL RELLEDY REMOVING JURISDICTIONAL HURDLES THAT OFTEN CONFOUNDED VICTIMS' ABILITY TO GET THEIR DAY IN COURT AND THE ACT HAS BEEN LARGELY SUCCESSFUL. THE 1992 ACT HAS NEEDED MODIFICATIONS TO ENSURE IT IS FULLY SERVING ITS PURPOSES. FOR INSTANCE, JUST LAST CONGRESS IN THE JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT, I HELPED LEAD THE CHARGE IN THE HOUSE TO AMEND THE CIVIL LIABILITY PROVISION TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO AID AND ABET OR CONSPIRE WITH FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS ARE LIABLE UNDER THE A.T.A. IN 2012, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE LENGTHENED THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON CLAIMS TO FILE THESE COMPLEX LAWSUITS. THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY, THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT BUILDS ON THESE PREVIOUS TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS. IT MAKES THREE NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS TO BETTER ENSURE THAT VICK TIPS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM CAN OBTAIN JUSTICE IN U.S. COURTS AGAINST TERRORISTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS. FIRST, THE BILL CLARIFIED THE A.T.A.'S ACT OF WAR EXCEPTION. DEFENDANTS ACCUSED OF AIDING AND ABETTING HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO USE THIS EXCEPTION AS A MEANS OF AVOIDING CIVIL LIABILITY EVEN IN CASES WHERE THE INJURIES WERE CAUSED BY THE ACTIONS OF DESIGNATED TERRORIST GROUPS. IN KAPLAN VERSUS CENTRAL BANK OF IRAN, THE DEFENDANT FINANCIAL INSTITUTION ARGUED THAT ROCKET ATTACKS CARRIED OUT BY HEZBOLLAH, A DESIGNATED FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WERE ACTS OF WAR AND THUS OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE A.T.A.'S CIVIL LIABILITY PROVISION. THE ACT OF WAR EXCEPTION SHOULD NOT BE A LIABILITY SHIELD FOR THOSE WHO AID AND ABET ATTACKS CARRIED OUT BY DESIGNATED TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. THIS LEGISLATION AMENDS THE DEFINITION OF ACT OF WAR IN THE A.T.A. TO CLARIFY THAT THE EXCEPTION DOES NOT APPLY TO U.S.-GOVERNMENT-DESIGNATED FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZES OR SPECIALLY DESIGNATED GLOBAL TERRORISTS. SECOND AT THE URGING OF REPRESENTATIVE POSEY, WE INCLUDED LANGUAGE IN THE BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE CIVIL ENFORCEMENT REGIME BY PERMITTING VICTIMS OF NARCO TERRORISM WITH THE ASSETS OF FOREIGN NARCOTICS DRUG KINGPINS. ASSETS BLOCKED ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS, LEAVING VICTIMS OF THE FARC AND OTHER NARCO TERRORISTS WITHOUT A METHOD OF GETTING COMPENSATION FOR THEIR INJURIES. FINALLY, THIS LEGISLATION ADDRESSES RECENT FEDERAL COURT DECISIONS THAT COMBE THE ABILITY OF VICTIMS TO BRING TERRORISTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS TO JUSTICE UNDER THE A.T.A. CIVIL LIABILITY REGIME. THE A.T.A. WAS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE EXTRA TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION WHO ATTACK NATIONALISTS OVERSEAS. THESE CASES HAVE LIMITED THE EXTRA TERRITORIAL SCOPE. THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT CLARIFIES THE SECTION OF THE A.T.A. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE SHOULD BE DEEMED TO HAVE CONSENTED TO PERSONAL JURISDICTION IN U.S. COURTS IN A.T.A. CIVIL ACK. NO DEFENDANT SHOULD BE ABLE TO ACCEPT FOREIGN ASSISTANCE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME DODGING RESPONSIBILITY IN U.S. COURTS FOR SUPPORTING OR CARRYING OUT TERRORIST ATTACKS THAT HARM AMERICANS. I THANK RANKING MEMBER NADLER AND SENATOR GRASSLEY AND SENATOR NELSON FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT US IN PASSING THIS LEGISLATION TO CLARIFY AMBIGUITIES IN THE A.T.A. THAT TERRORISTS HAVE EXPLOITED SO WE CAN HELP ENSURE AMERICANS ARE HABLE ABLE WHO HOLD TERRORISTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS ACCOUNTABLE. I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                                • 04:20:01 PM

                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5954.…

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5954. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL OF WHICH I'M PROUD TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC SPONSOR AMENDS THE A.T.A. TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR AMERICAN VICTIMS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM TO HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT TO OBTAIN SOME MEASURE OF JUSTICE FOR THEIR INJURIES AND HOLD TERRORISTS ACCOUNTABLE. THE A.T.A. THAT THE U.S. CITIZENS MAY RECOVER TREBLE DAMAGES FOR ANY CIVIL ACTION FROM AN INJURY SUSTAINED BY THE ACT OF AN INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. IT SEEKS TO THAT PLAINTIFFS HAVE GOTTEN FULL RELIEF. FOR EXAMPLE, THE A.T.A. CONTAINS AN EXCEPTION FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY AN ACT OF WAR, WHICH IS DWIPED IS INCLUDING ARMED CONFLICT BETWEEN MILITARY FORCES OF ANY ORIGIN. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS AMBIGUOUS STATUTORY LANGUAGE HAS LED TO CONFUSION AMONG FEDERAL COURTS AS TO THE PROPER SCOPE AND EVEN AS TO THE PROPER KIND OF ANALYSIS TO APPLY WITH THE ARMED CONFLICT AT ISSUE INVOLVES FOR EXAMPLE, HAMAS OR HEZBOLLAH. A COURT FOUND THAT THE ACT OF WAR EXCEPTION PREVENTED U.S. CIVILIANS INJURED BY CLAIMS. IN ANOTHER CASE, A DIFFERENT COURT CONCLUDED THAT GUNSHOTS FIRED INTO ISRAEL THAT RESULTED INTO U.S. SUFFLIAN DID NOT CONSTITUTE AN ACT OF WAR. H.R. 595 RESOLVES THIS CONFUSION BY SPECIFYING THAT A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION OR A SPECIALLY DESIGNATED GLOBAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATION IS NOT A MILITARY FORCE AND THEREFORE IS SUBJECT TO A.T.A. LIABILITY. THIS CHANGE MAKES IT CLEAR THAT VIOLENT ACTIONS TARGETED AT U.S. CIVILIANS BY A TERRORIST GROUP ARE ACTS OF TERRORISM THAT WOULD GIVE RISE TO TERRORISM. TO READ THE ACT OF WAR EXCEPTION OTHERWISE AS SOME COURTS HAVE DONE THREATENS TO UNDERMINE THE A.T.A.'S ENTIRE PROCESS. MANY PLAINTIFFS FIND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO OBTAIN FULL COMPENSATION BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SUFFICIENT ACCESS AVAILABLE. THIS BILL WOULD ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM AS WELL. UNDER CURRENT LAW, TERRORISM VICTIMS CAN REACH OUT TO THE INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY ECONOMIC POWERS ACT TO SATISFY TERRORISM-RELATED COURT JUDGMENTS. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW TERRORISM VICTIMS ALSO TO ATTACH ASSETS THAT HAVE BEEN BLOCKED PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL NARCOTICS KINGPIN DESIGNATION. THE FINAL HURDLE TO BRINGING CLAIMS IS AN OVERLY NARROW READING OF PERSONAL JURISDICTION THAT SOME COURTS HAVE APPLIED WHICH PREVENTED VICTIMS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR INJURIES TO JUSTICE. THIS CURD IN THE SECOND CIRCUIT'S MISGUIDED DECISION. IN SAKALOW, SEVERAL OF MY SWINS SOUGHT COMPENSATION FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS IN ISRAEL. THEY AWARDED 655 MILLION IN DAMAGES, THE SECOND CIRCUIT REVERSED, WRONGLY CONCLUDING IN MY VIEW THAT THE DISTRICT COURT LACKED PERSONAL JURISDICTION OVER THE DEFENDANTS IN THAT CASE, NAMELY THE PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ORGANIZATION AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY. THE COURT REASONED THAT THE DEFENDANTS' CONTACTS INCLUDING MAINTAINING OFFICES IN WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK AND ACTIVITIES SOCIETY WD THOSE OFFICES WERE GIN SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT PERSONAL JURISDICTION. THE BILL WOULD RESPOND TO THE SECOND CIRCUIT'S DECISION BY DEEMING A PARTY IF THE PARTY ACCEPTS FOREIGN ASSISTANCE OF ANY KIND FROM THE UNITED STATES BEGINNING 120 DAYS AFTER THE BILL'S ENACTMENT DATE. IN THE CASE OF P.L.O., WOULD DEEM CONSENT IF A DEFENDANT MAINTAINS AN OFFICE IN THE U.S. JURISDICTION. UNDERTAKING ONE OF THESE ACTS, A POTENTIAL DEFENDANT IS SUFFICIENTLY ON NOTICE THAT IT IS CONSENTING TO PERSONAL JURISDICTION IN AN A.T.A. CASE. MY SUPPORT FOR H.R. 595 IS PART OF MY LONG STANDING EFFORTS TO SECURE A MEASURE OF JUSTICE FOR TERRORIST VICTIMS INCLUDING THE 9/11 VICTIMS' COMPENSATION FUND. I WAS THE LEAD SPONSOR OF JUSTICE AGAINST TERRORISM ACT SO THEY CAN BRING THEIR CLAIMS IN COURT REGARDLESS OF WHERE THE FOREIGN CONDUCT CURD. THIS BILL IS A NATURAL EXTENSION OF THOSE EFFORTS. FOR THESE REASONS, I SUPPORT THESE IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN MEASURES AND I RESERVE.

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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 VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. POSEY, WHO…

                                                                                                  IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. POSEY, WHO HAS BEEN A REAL CHAMPION IN PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                                • 04:25:29 PM

                                                                                                  MR. POSEY

                                                                                                  THANK YOU. I THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION.…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU. I THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION. THIS BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING IS OBVIOUSLY AS YOU HEARD ON BOTH SIDES A GREAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ENSURE AMERICAN VICTIMS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM CAN OBTAIN JUSTICE IN U.S. COURTS BY HOLDING ACCOUNTABLE THOSE WHO COMMIT, AID OR ABET TERRORIST ACTIVITY ABROAD. I HAVE LONG BEEN FIGHTING FOR VICTIMS OF TERRORISM. IN FACT IN 2014, I INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT VICTIMS OF NARCO TERRORISM TO RECOVER COURT-AWARDED DAMAGES. A VERSION OF THE BILL KNOWN AS THE CAPTIVE ACT, PASSED THE HOUSE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT IN 2016. I'M ECSTATIC THAT WE HAVE A BILL THAT SEEKS TO HELP A NUMBER OF VICTIMS INCLUDING THOSE I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR SINCE 2014. ON FEBRUARY 13, 2003, FOUR AMERICANS WHO WERE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONTRACTORS ON A U.S. GOVERNMENT COUNTERNARCOTICS MISSION IN COLOMBIA WERE SHOT DOWN ALSO KNOWN AS FARC, IT'S A VIOLENT GUERILLA GANG INVOLVED IN NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING. THE PILOT WAS IMMEDIATELY EXECUTED BY THE TERRORISTS AND THREE FLORIDIANS, KEITH, MARK AND TOM, WHO IS MY CONSTITUENT, WERE KIDNAPPED, HELD HOSTAGE IN THE JUNGLE AND TORTURED FOR MORE THAN 5 1/2 YEARS UNTIL THEY WERE RESCUED. THESE HEROES ARE SEEKING LONG DESERVED JUSTICE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES AGAINST THOSE. TODAY, VICTIMS CANNOT ACCESS FROZEN ASSETS UNDER THE KINGPIN ACT. THE BILL BEFORE US, THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT WOULD CHANGE THAT BY FINALLY CLOSING A LOOPHOLE TO ALLOW THESE FORMER HOSTAGES AND THEIR FAMILIES OF THE SLAIN PILOT TO ACCESS THE ASSETS OF NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING FORMERS OF THE FORMER TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND OTHER ASSETS THAT ARE FROZEN UNDER THE KINGPIN ACT. WE OWE IT TO THESE BRAVEN BRAVE AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO MAKE THEM WHOLE AGAIN. IT'S A SIMPLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR VICTIMS TO RECOVER COURT-AWARDED DAMAGES. I URGE SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                  MR. NADLER

                                                                                                  WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE OTHER SIDE…

                                                                                                  WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE OTHER SIDE HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. ALTHOUGH NOTHING CAN BRING BACK THE LIVES LOST TO TERRORISM OR REPAIR THE EMOTIONAL SCARS OF SURVIVORS, TERRORISM VICTIMS NEED TO ACHIEVE JUSTICE. CONGRESS IN PASSING THE A.T.A. WAS TO GIVE THEM THAT CHANCE. H.R. 5954 WILL FURTHER THAT PURPOSE BY ADDRESSING PROCEDURAL BARRIERS THAT HAVE STOOD IN THEIR WAY. IN CLOSING, I THANK JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BOB GOODLATTE ON THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT H.R. 5954 AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  IN IS A GOOD BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  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. 5954 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. IT IS --

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  I MOVE TO PASS THE BILL H.R. 4100.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO REVISE THE FEDERAL CHARTER…

                                                                                                  A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO REVISE THE FEDERAL CHARTER FOR THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION

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                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE…

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. . .

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  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. 4100, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                                • 04:30:30 PM

                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

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

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                                • 04:30:34 PM

                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE MISSION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION IS TO STRENGTHEN…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE MISSION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION IS TO STRENGTHEN THE FEDERAL LEGAL SYSTEM AND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE BY SERVING THE INTERESTS AND NEEDS OF THE FEDERAL PRACTITIONER, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE. THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY AND THE PUBLIC THEY SERVE. THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION'S MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES MORE THAN 18,000 FEDERAL LAWYERS, INCLUDING 1,500 FEDERAL JUDGES WHO, AS THE ASSOCIATION STATES, QUOTE, WORK TOGETHER TO PROMOTE THE SOUND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AND INTEGRITY, QUALITY, AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY. THE F.B.A. RECEIVED A CHARTER IN 1954. STEVE CHABOT HAS INTRODUCED H.R. 4100, THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION CHARTER AMENDMENTS ACT. THE FOUNDATION WROTE TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE STATING THAT, AND I QUOTE, WE WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE H.R. 4100, WHICH WEE PROVIDE FOR TECHNICAL CHANGES -- WHICH WOULD PROVIDE FOR TECHNICAL CHANGES. THE TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS EMBODIED IN H.R. 4100 WOULD PROVIDE REASONABLE AND NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY FOR THE FOUNDATION TO ASSIST IN THE GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE FOUNDATION'S AFFAIRS. UNDER THE LEGISLATION, THE MISSION OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED IN THE PROMOTION AND SUPPORT OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CONCERNING THE FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE. THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE SCIENCE OF JPS AND THE FOSTER IMPROVEMENT -- JEURYS PRUDENCE AND THE FOSTER IMPROVEMENTS. OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, THE FOUNDATION HAS EFFORT TOWARD THE FELLOWS PROGRAM, SUPPORT OF ACADEMIC AND LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP, CREATION OF THE DONOR ADVICE FUNDS, ESTABLISHMENT OF ASSISTANT FUNDS FOR THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM AND NATURAL DISASTERS, CREATION OF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR LAW STUDENTS AND THE CHILDREN OF FEDERAL ATTORNEYS AND GRANT ASSISTANCE FOR FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION CHAPTERS CONDUCTING PROBONO AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS. THESE WIDE RANGING EFFORTS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL BUT HAVE ALSO EXPOSED LIMITATIONS OF THE FOUNDATION'S 1954 CHARTER, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE OF THE FOUNDATION. THE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS WOULD ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS AND PROVIDE GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO THE FOUNDATION IN A FASHION SIMILAR TO THE AUTHORITY AND PRIVILEGES ENJOYED BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS FEDERALLY CHARTERED BY CONGRESS. THE BILL, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ALLOWS THE FOUNDATION TO HAVE THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OUTSIDE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, GIVES ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MORE LEEWAY IN MEETING ITS RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ADDS A NONDISCRIMINATION CLAUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4100, 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. RASKIN

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

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4100, THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION CHARTER AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2017, PROVIDES THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION, F.B.A., THE ORGANIZATIONAL FLEXIBILITY IT NEEDS TO FULLY MEET ITS CONTEMPORARY MISSION, AND I SUPPORT IT. THE ORIGINAL 1954 CHARTER CREATED A FRAMEWORK THAT HAS EFFECTIVELY SERVED F.B.A. FOR THE LAST SIX DECADES. DURING THESE YEARS, THE FOUNDATION HAS STRENGTHENED JURISPRUDENCE, AFFECTED PRACTICE. IT IMPROVED THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE. FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF ITS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM, THE WHEELS FOR VETERANS, IT PROVIDES WILL DRAFTING AND SIGNING SERVICES TO VETERANS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. I KNOW A NUMBER OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO PARTICIPATE HAVE VERY MUCH ENJOYED WORKING ON THIS PROJECT. ANOTHER INITIATIVE ESTABLISHES A MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FOR LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS TO WORK WITH EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS. BUT NOW THE CURRENT F.B.A. CHARTER MUST BE AMENDED TO ALLOW THE ORGANIZATION GREATER FLEXIBILITY OF OPERATION AND GROWTH. FOR EXAMPLE, EXISTING CHARTER CODIFIES STRICT MEMBERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE REQUIREMENTS THAT CONSTRAIN MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND NIMBLE GOVERNANCE OF THE ORGANIZATION. THIS PRESENTS SERIOUS CHALLENGES AS THE ORGANIZATION SEEKS TO EXPAND ITS CRITICAL CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES. H.R. 4100 MAKES TECHNICAL FIXES TO THE F.B.A. CHARTER THAT WILL GIVE THE F.B.A. THE NEEDED FLICKSIBILITY. FOR INSTANCE, IN THE PLACE OF -- FLEXIBILITY. FOR INSTANCE, IN THE PLACE OF FIXED CRITERIA, THEY CAN UPDATE CRITERIA THROUGH THE BYLAWS PROCESS. IT OFFERS ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY IN THE COMPOSITION AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. IT WOULD ENABLE THE F.B.A. TO SWIFTLY MEET ITS ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS AND OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES OF THE TIMES. I DO WANT TO NOTE FOR THE RECORD, WHILE THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL'S PROPOSED NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS AMONG OTHER THINGS SEX AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION, IT DOES NOT EXPLICITLY DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY, AS MOST OF THE NEW ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION DOES. HOWEVER, THE PROHIBITION ON DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX ALREADY COVERS GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION AND F.B.A.'S CURRENT DIVERSITY STATEMENT EXPRESSLY STATES THAT THE F.B.S. SHOULD NOT EXCLUDE PERSONS BASED ON GENDER IDENTITY. IN LIGHT OF THIS AND IT SHOULD BE CLEAR THAT EVERYONE IS PROTECTED AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, I HOPE WHEN THE SENATE TAKES UP OUR MEASURE IT WILL EXPLICITLY CLARIFY THIS LANGUAGE INCLUDES PROTECTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY. AND I KNOW THAT CONGRESSMAN CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND WANTS TO ADDRESS THIS POINT AS WELL. I BELIEVE THAT H.R. 4100 WILL ALLOW F.B.A. TO FLOURISH FOR MANY DECADES TO COME. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE F.B.A.'S CONTINUED POSITIVE INVOLVEMENT IN OUR NATION'S LEGAL SYSTEM. AND I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR YIELDING.…

                                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR YIELDING. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF A BILL THAT I INTRODUCED, H.R. 4100, WHICH PUTS SIMPLY HELPS SUPPORT THOSE FEDERAL ATTORNEYS WHO PROSECUTE MAJOR DRUG TRAFFICKERS AND WHITE COLLAR CRIMINALS AND OTHER FEDERAL CRIMES AND THE JUDGES WHO PRESIDE OVER THOSE CASES IN OUR FEDERAL COURTS. FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION WAS FOUNDED BACK IN 1920 AND CHARTERED BY THE CONGRESS IN 1954. HOWEVER, IN THE NEARLY 64 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE, ITS CHARTER HAS NEVER BEEN AMENDED. AS A FORMER EDUCATOR AND ATTORNEY AND A CURRENT SENIOR MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, I WOULD NOTE THAT THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION DOES TO BRING CIVICS EDUCATION TO CLASSROOMS IN MY STATE IN OHIO AND THEY BRING THAT SAME EXPERTISE TO OTHER AREAS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WITHOUT LEGISLATION LIKE H.R. 4100, IT TAKES AN ACT OF CONGRESS TO EVEN ALLOW THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION TO MAKE SIMPLE CHANGES TO THEIR BYLAWS. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THIS LEGISLATION GIVES THE ASSOCIATION THE AUTHORITY TO CHOOSE THE LOCATION OF ITS PRINCIPAL OFFICE. IT RESTRICTS ITS OFFICERS FROM ENGAGING IN POLITICAL ACTIVITY. IT MAKES OTHER TECHNICAL CHANGES AND TO CONFORM TO COMMONLY USED LANGUAGE AND OTHER THINGS. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES THE BAR ASSOCIATION THE CONTINUED ABILITY TO SUPPORT LEGAL RESEARCH, PROBONO AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS, CONTINUE TO EDUCATE GRADE SCHOOLCHILDREN ON THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY SYSTEM AND IMPROVES THE PRACTICE OF FEDERAL LAW IN OUR FEDERAL COURTROOMS ALL ACROSS AMERICA. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN HELPING TO BRING THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT IT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. CICILLINE

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

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TO SPEAK ABOUT H.R. 4100, THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION IS THE NATION'S PREMIERE ASSOCIATION FOR PRACTITIONERS IN FEDERAL COURTS. AS SUCH SHOULD, OF COURSE, BE OPEN TO ALL REGARDLESS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY. CURRENTLY, THE F.B.A. RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF NONDISCRIMINATION AND HAS ADOPTED A DIVERSITY STATEMENT THAT INCLUDES RACE, GENDER, ETHNICITY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AND GENDER IDENTITY. DIVERSITY SEGMENTS ARE VALUABLE BUT DO NOT CARRY THE WEIGHT OF LAW. THE GENDER IDENTITY IS AN IMPORTANT ACTION BUT IT'S REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE EXCLUDED GENDER IDENTITY AS ENUMERATED PROTECTED CHARACTERISTIC IN THE LAW. NOT SURE IF THEY'RE PANDERING TO THE MOST EXTREMES IN THEIR PARTY OR TO THEIR POLITICAL BASE BUT IT'S WRONG. GENDER IDENTITY IS AN INDIVIDUAL'S PERSONAL AND INTERNAL IDENTIFICATION AS A MAN, A WOMAN, NEITHER, OR BOTH. FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE, THEIR GENDER IDENTITY MAY NOT MATCH THEIR BIOLOGICAL OR LEGAL SEX. BUT TO EXCLUDE GENDER IDENTITY FROM H.R. 4100, TREND GENDER PEOPLE WILL BE PROTECTED FROM DISCRIMINATION UNDER FEDERAL LAW. BECAUSE DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY IS A FORM OF SEX DISCRIMINATION. LAWS PROTECTS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE. NUMEROUS CIRCUIT AND DISTRICT COURTS SAID THAT LAWS THAT PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX PROTECTS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE. THAT INCLUDES TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1974, TITLE 9 OF THE EDUCATIONAL AMENDMENTS OF 1972. THE EEOC IN MACEY VS. HOLDER SAID TITLE 7'S PROHIBITION ON SEX DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITS ON THE BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY. THIS DECISION IS BINDING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH RESPECT TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES. WHILE GENDER IDENTITY WILL BE COVERED UNDER IT BUT IT IS BETTER TO ENUMERATE GENDER IDENTITY. IT HELPS THOSE MAKING DETERMINATION -- MAY I HAVE FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  SECONDS.

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                                                                                                  MR. CICILLINE

                                                                                                  IT MAKES THOSE UNDERSTAND THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND THOSE SEEKING MEMBERSHIP…

                                                                                                  IT MAKES THOSE UNDERSTAND THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND THOSE SEEKING MEMBERSHIP TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RIGHTS. THERE IS NO REASON TO REFUSE TO INCLUDE GENDER IDENTITY AS A PROTECTED CHARACTERISTIC. WHILE I DO NOT OPPOSE H.R. 4100, I DO HOPE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DISCUSS AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE ISSUES THAT IMPACT THE LIVES OF LGBTI INDIVIDUALS AND WILL WORK TOWARD A CHARTER THAT PROTECTS EVERYONE FROM DISCRIMINATION AND WITH THAT I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, AGAIN, FOR YIELDING. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS REMARKS. GIVEN THE DISTRICT OF…

                                                                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS REMARKS. GIVEN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS SAID TITLE 7 INCLUDES PEOPLE BASED ON THEIR GENDER IDENTITY, IT DOES SEEM SOMEWHAT PETTY AND SURELESS TO EXCLUDE THOSE WORDS FROM THE LANGUAGE OF THIS CHARTER. I DO HOPE THIS WILL BE CORRECTED WHEN THE LEGISLATION GOES THROUGH. BUT OTHERWISE WE CONSIDER THIS A VERY FINE BILL. I YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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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. 4100. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 2245, THE KIWI ACT.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  SENATE 2245, AN INCLUDE TO INCLUDE NEW ZEALAND IN THE LIST OF FOREIGN…

                                                                                                  SENATE 2245, AN INCLUDE TO INCLUDE NEW ZEALAND IN THE LIST OF FOREIGN STATES WHOSE NATIONALS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION INTO THE UNITED STATES AS E-1 AND E-2 NONIMMIGRANTS IF UNITED STATES NATIONALS ARE TREATED SIMILARLY BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NEW ZEALAND.

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                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE…

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  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 S. 2245, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

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

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, E-1 VISAS ARE NONIMMIGRANT VISAS AVAILABLE FOR TREATY TRADERS…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, E-1 VISAS ARE NONIMMIGRANT VISAS AVAILABLE FOR TREATY TRADERS AND E-2 VISAS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TREATY INVESTORS. THESE VISAS ARE AVAILABLE TO ALIENS WHO ARE ENTITLED TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES UNDER AND IN PURSUANCE OF A TREATY OF COMMERCE AND NAVIGATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE FOREIGN STATE OF WHICH HE IS A NATIONAL AND THEIR SPOUSE AND CHILDREN SOLELY TO EITHER CARRY ON SUBSTANTIAL TRADE, INCLUDING TRADE IN SERVICES, OR TRADE IN TECHNOLOGY. PRINCIPALLY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE FOREIGN STATE OF WHICH HE IS A NATIONAL OR TO DEVELOP AND DIRECT THE OPERATIONS OF AN ENTERPRISE IN WHICH HE HAS INVESTED A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF CAPITAL. ALIEN EMPLOYEES HAVE TREATY TRADERS AND TREATY INVESTORS MAY RECEIVE INVESTORS IF THEY ARE COMING TO THE UNITED STATES TO ENGAGE IN DUTIES OF AN EXECUTIVE OR SUPERVISORY CHARACTER OR IF EMPLOYED IN A LESSER CAPACITY IF THEY HAVE SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS THAT MAKE THE SERVICES TO BE RENDERED ESSENTIAL TO THE EFFICIENT OPERATION OF THE ENTERPRISE. THERE ARE NO KNEW MAYOR CAL CAPS ON E--- NUMERICAL CAPS ON E-1 OR E-2 VISAS. THEY CAN APPLY FOR EXTENSIONS IN TWO-YEAR INCREMENTS. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENTERED INTO TREATIES OF COMMERCE SINCE AT LEAST 1815 WHEN WE ENTERED INTO A CONVENTION TO REGULATE COMMERCE WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM. CURRENTLY, THE NATIONALS OF 83 COUNTRIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR E-1 OR E-2 STATUS. IN FISCAL YEAR 2017, IN TOTAL ABOUT 50,000 E-1 AND E-2 VISAS WERE ISSUED. IN THE PAST, COUNTRIES BECAME ELIGIBLE FOR THE E-1 AND E-2 PROGRAMS THROUGH TREATIES SIGNED BIT THE UNITED STATES. HOWEVER, IN 2003, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE REACHED AN UNDERSTANDING WITH THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE THAT NO IMMIGRATION PROVISIONS WERE TO BE INCLUDED IN FUTURE TRADE AGREEMENTS. AND LEGISLATION WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ADD COUNTRIES. THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERED TODAY, S. 2245, MAKES NEW ZEALAND NATIONALS ELIGIBLE FOR E-1 AND E-2 VISAS. I WANT TO THANK MR. ISSA FOR ALL OF HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR INTRODUCING COMPANION LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE. I'M ALSO APPRECIATIVE OF THE EMBASSY OF NEW ZEALAND FOR SEEKING E VISA STATUS IN THE RIGHT WAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT S. 2245 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. RASKRASK S. 2245 --

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  S. 2245 IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION FOR CITIZENS IN NEW ZEALAND TO…

                                                                                                  S. 2245 IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION FOR CITIZENS IN NEW ZEALAND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE E-1 AND E-2 SO LONG AS NEW ZEALAND PROVIDES THE SAME RESIP TRAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE UNITED STATES. THEY CAN INVEST HERE AND LEAD. THE E.-1 TRADER ALLOWS FOR SUBSTANTIAL TRADE WITH OUR COUNTRY. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES TEMPORARY FOREIGN INVESTORS WHO MAKE INVESTMENTS. THEY HELP DIRECT INVESTMENTS IN THE U.S. MORE THAN 80 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMS INCLUDING ALMOST ALL OF OUR DEMOCRATIC ALLIES YET NEW ZEALAND IS NOT ON THE LIST. THERE ARE MANY NEW ZEALAND COMPANIES IN THE U.S.. IN 2016, OUR TWO COUNTRIES ENGAGED IN $12 BILLION OF BILATERAL TRADE AND GOODS AND SERVICES AND THE U.S. IS THE SECOND MOST POPULAR DESTINATION ACCOUNTING FOR 17% OF ALL FOREIGN INVESTMENT BY THE PEOPLE OF NEW ZEALAND IN 2016 FOR A TOTAL OF $3.2 BILLION. BRINGING THEM INTO THE PROGRAM WILL INCREASE TRADE AND BILATERAL INVESTMENT FLOWS HELPING BOTH OF OUR COUNTRIES ACCELERATE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB GROWTH. FARMERS I'M GLAD THIS THAT THIS BILL WILL STRENGTHEN AMERICA'S TIES WITH OUR STEADFAST ALLIES. CONGRATLATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR SENATOR HIRONO. I CONGRATULATE MY JUDICIARY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE ISSA. THEY DESERVE CREDIT. AND WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO CRAFT A SMART SOLUTION THAT HAS GAINED BROAD SUPPORT. OUR COUNTRY WILL BE MORE PROSPEROUS AS A RESULT OF THESE EFFORTS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND CHAIRWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND WORK ON BEHALF OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I URGE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT S. 2245 AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND PREPARED TO CLOSE AS WELL.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                                • 04:48:55 PM

                                                                                                  MR. RASKIN

                                                                                                  I WANT TO RESTATE OUR SUPPORT FOR S. 2245, THE KIWI ACT AND URGE ALL OF…

                                                                                                  I WANT TO RESTATE OUR SUPPORT FOR S. 2245, THE KIWI ACT AND URGE ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AND RANKING MEMBER NADLER AND OTHERS…

                                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND AND RANKING MEMBER NADLER AND OTHERS ON THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL AS CONGRESSMAN ISSA AND SENATOR HIRONO. THIS IS VERY GOOD LEGISLATION AND IT'S OVERDUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR,…

                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                • 04:50:31 PM

                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 260 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                                • 04:50:43 PM

                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  H.R. 2630, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY…

                                                                                                  H.R. 2630, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY CERTAIN LAND TO LA PAZ COUNTY, ARIZONA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                                                                                • 04:51:05 PM

                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  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 THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. H.R. 260, LA PAZ COIRNT LAND CONVEYANCE ACT IS SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN GOSAR AND DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO CONVEY 8,000 ACRES OF FEDERAL LAND TO LA PAZ COUNTY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SOLAR FIELD. IT IS AMONG ONE OF THE FEW COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES WITH 95% OF ITS LAND OWN BY THE FEDERAL, STATE OR TRIBAL GOVERNMENT. BECAUSE OF THE IMMENSE FEDERAL FOOTPRINT, A LAND TRANSFER IS NECESSARY SO IT CAN SECURE ENOUGH SPACE FOR THIS TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT. THE COUNTY WILL NOT ONLY PAY FOR THE LAND BUT THE COSTS OF THE TRANSFER AS WELL. THE COUNTY HAS IDENTIFIED A SITE TO A PRE-EXISTING AND PROPOSED FIBER OPTIC AND NATURAL GAS LINES. IT HAS REVEALED NOT ANY ENDANGERED SPECIES AND MUCH OF THE PROPOSED SITE HAS SIGNIFICANT DISTURBANCE. LA PAZ COUNTY SUFFERS HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND THIS LAND WILL GO TO THE PHOENIX MARKETS AND BRING GOOD-PAYING JOBS TO FAMILIES IN THE COUNTY. I URGE ADOPTION AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                • 04:52:36 PM

                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

                                                                                                • 04:52:39 PM

                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                                                                                • 04:52:43 PM

                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                                • 04:52:45 PM

                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  THIS BILL AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE BY REPRESENTATIVE PAUL A. GOSAR…

                                                                                                  THIS BILL AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE BY REPRESENTATIVE PAUL A. GOSAR AUTHORIZES THE CONVEYANCE OF 8 ,000 ACRES TO LA PAZ, COUNTY, ARIZONA FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. THE B.L.M. LAND HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS SUITABLE FOR DISPOSAL AND THE COUNTY IS REQUIRED TO PAY FULL MARKET VALUE AND ALL THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONVEYANCE. THE BILL INCLUDES IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS FOR TRIBAL, CULTURAL PROPERTY AND SUPPORTED BY THE COLORADO-INDIAN RIVER TRIBES. THIS IS THE TARGETED SALE OF PUBLIC LAND FOR A SPECIFIC PUBLIC PURPOSES THAT ENSURES A FAIR RETURN FOR TAXPAYER-OWNED ASSETS. OUR SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE SUPPORT THE WHOLESALE DISPOSAL OF FEDERAL LAND. FEDERAL LAND IS A PUBLIC RESOURCE AND CONVEYANCE OF THIS RESOURCE SHOULD INCLUDE GUARANTEES TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST. THE CONVEYANCE AUTHORIZED SHOULD RE-INVESTED BACK SBOOR LAND CONSERVATION EFFORTS. AP THE ACCUMULATION OF INDIVIDUAL CONVEYANCES THREATENS THE VIABILITY OF OUR SYSTEM OF PUBLIC LANDS. THIS IS NOT YET INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. SO I DO HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE CAN WORK WITH OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES TO MAKE THIS BILL EVEN BETTER AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                • 04:54:30 PM

                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  I YIELD TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN CAUCUS…

                                                                                                  I YIELD TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN CAUCUS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR.

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                                                                                                  MR. GOSAR

                                                                                                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R. 2630, LA PAZ COUNTY…

                                                                                                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R. 2630, LA PAZ COUNTY LAND CONVEYANCE ACT. LA PAZ COUNTY, ARIZONA IS A COUNTY IN WESTERN ARIZONA DEFINED BY THE COLORADO RIVER AND THE DESERT AND MASSIVE FEDERAL FOOTPRINT. THIS BILL FACILITATES A LAND TRANSFER TO THE COUNTY. SPECIFICALLY 2630 DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO CONVEY 8,000 ACRES TO LA PAZ COUNTY FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND FACILITATING RENEWABLE ELECTRICAL GENERATION. THE ABILL ALLOWS THE COUNTY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONE OF THE BEST ASSETS THEY HAVE, SUNSHINE AND PURSUE SOLAR ENERGY PRODUCTION. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE COUNTY TO PAY FAIR MARKET VALUE FOR THE LAND INVOLVED IN THIS TRANSFER. H.R. 2630 REQUIRES THE COUNTY TO PAY FOR ALL COSTS RELATED TO THE CONVEYANCE, INCLUDING SURVEYS, APPRAISEALS AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. I WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE MORE BACKGROUND. BY POPULATION, LA PAZ IS ARIZONA'S SECOND SMALLEST COUNTY. MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE PEOPLE ARE OVER THE AGE OF 65. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE COUNTY IS STUBBORNLY HIGH WITHIN THE FIVE COUNTIES OUT OF 15 IN TERMS OF HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. CURRENTLY, 6% OF THE LAND IN LA PAZ COUNTY IS IN PRIVATE OWNERSHIP. FEDERAL, STATE AND TRIBAL OWNERSHIP OWN IT. BECAUSE OF THE IMMENSE FEDERAL FOOTPRINT IN THE COUNTY A LAND CONVEYANCE WILL ALLOW FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES. H.R. 2630 WILL HELP CREATE NEW GOOD PAYING JOBS AND GENERATE NEW RECEIVE NEWS TO FUND EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE LAND THAT THE COUNTY HAS IDENTIFIED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE B.L.M. IS SITUATED ON THE EDGE OF LA PAZ-MARICOPA LINE FOR NATURAL GAS AND TRANSMISSION LINES. THE TRANSFERRED PARCELS ARE LOCATED NEXT TO THE 10-WEST LINK, 1145 TRANSMISSION LINE THAT WILL CONNECT ARIZONA AND CALIFORNIA. THE LAND DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY ENDANGERED SPECIES, CULTURAL RESOURCES AND HAS A SIGNIFICANT LEVEL OF SURPLUS DISTURBANCE. THE LEGISLATION WAS DRAFTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE COUNTY IN COLLABORATION WITH THE TRIBE AND STAKEHOLDERS. THE GENERATE WILL GENERATE $6 MILLION FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS WILL PROVIDE GOOD PAYING LOCAL JOBS AND EMPOWER THE COUNTY TO DETERMINE ITSON ECONOMIC FUTURE. THE RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATED BY THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE RENEWABLE POWER TO MEET THE ELECTRICITY DEMANDS OF THE WEST. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE THE LA PAZ COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO TESTIFY IN FAVOR OF THE BILL AND I APPRECIATE ALL THE COUNTY'S HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF THIS EFFORT. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR THE BILL FROM THE COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES WHICH STATED IN PART AND I QUOTE, WHILE WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS LEGISLATION ADDRESSES ONLY A SMALL PORTION OF THE COUNTY, IT IS OUR HOPE WE CAN USE THIS MODEL TO ENSURE FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS ON OTHER LANDS ARE CONDUCTED IN A CULTURALLY SENSITIVE WAY, END OF QUOTE. THIS IS A GOOD PUBLIC POLICY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND EMBRACE ALL OF THE TRUE AABOVE ENERGY POLICY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM. YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  I HAVE NO IRL ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                                                                                • 04:58:58 PM

                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  I WOULD ASK THE MEMBERS TO CONSIDER WHAT PLIGHT THEIR DISTRICTS WOULD BE…

                                                                                                  I WOULD ASK THE MEMBERS TO CONSIDER WHAT PLIGHT THEIR DISTRICTS WOULD BE IN IF 95% OF THE LAND IN THAT COUNTY WAS OFF THE PUBLIC TAX ROLLS WITH SEVERE RESTRICTIONS ON ITS USE. THE EFFECT IS ECONOMICALLY DEVASTATING. THIS IS A SMALL STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF GIVING LA PAZ COUNTY A LITTLE MORE CONTROL OVER ITS ECONOMIC FUTURE. IT'S AN EXCELLENT BILL AND I URGE ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE QUESTION IS WILL THE MEMBERS SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

                                                                                                  THE QUESTION IS WILL THE MEMBERS SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1220 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 4237, H.R. 1220, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE ADAMS…

                                                                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 4237, H.R. 1220, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE ADAMS MEMORIAL PROVISION TO CARRY OUT PUBLIC LAW 107-62 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  SEVERAL CENTRAL FIGURES IN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL ARE GIVEN SHORT TRIPS AND…

                                                                                                  SEVERAL CENTRAL FIGURES IN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL ARE GIVEN SHORT TRIPS AND NONE AMONG THEM IS MORE DESERVING THAN JOHN ADAMS. HE WAS THE FIGURE IN PUSHING THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE AND HE WAS INTEGRAL IN THE HOME AT WAR AND FIRST VICE PRESIDENT UNDER WASHINGTON AND IS OUR SECOND PRESIDENT, HE ESTABLISHED MANY OF THE TRADITIONS AND POLICIES THAT SET OUR COURSE. . . PUBLIC LAW 107-62 ESTABLISHED A MEMORIAL UNDER THE COMMEMORATIVE WORKS ACT FOR JOHN ADAMS AND TO COLLECT PRIVATE DONATIONS FOR THAT PURPOSE. NO FEDERAL FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR THE MEMORIAL. FOUNDATION IS DEVELOPED INITIAL DESIGN CONCEPT, REVIEWS, COORDINATED WITH CONGRESS, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, BUT IT'S NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO SELECT A SITE DE, DESIGN THE -- SITE, DESIGN THE MEMORIAL, RAISE SUFFICIENT FUNDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION. UNDER THE COMMEMORATIVE WORKS ACT, THE FOUNDATION'S AUTHORITY TO ERECT IT EXPIRES IN 2020. THIS BILL WOULD TRANSFER THAT AUTHORITY TO THE ADAMS MEMORIAL COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION WOULD HAVE ALL THE POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FOUNDATION AND WOULD CONSIST OF 12 MEMBERS. ITS AUTHORITY TO ERECT A MEMORIAL WILL EXPIRE IN SEVEN YEARS CONSISTENT WITH THE C.W.A. TIMELINE. I'D ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE BILL'S SPONSOR, MR. LYNCH OF MASSACHUSETTS,…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE BILL'S SPONSOR, MR. LYNCH OF MASSACHUSETTS, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. LYNCH

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME FIRST THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME FIRST THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS KIND WORDS ON BEHALF OF MY LEGISLATION AND ON BEHALF OF JOHN ADAMS IN PARTICULAR AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS STRONG SUPPORT FOR MY BILL H.R. 1220, THE ADAMS MEMORIAL COMMISSION ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ESTABLISHES THE ADAMS MEMORIAL COMMISSION, WHICH AS THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZED, WILL CONSIDER, FORMULATE, REPORT PLANS FOR A MEMORIAL HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. HONORING JOHN ADAMS AND HIS PROFOUND AND LASTING LEGACY IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. THE BIPARTISAN ADAMS MEMORIAL COMMISSION WILL BE COMPOSED OF FOUR PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES, FOUR MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, FOUR MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE COMMISSION WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPORT ITS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NATURE, LOCATION, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION OF A FITTING MEMORIAL TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS AND WILL THEN PROVIDE ANNUAL REPORTS ON THE MEMORIAL'S PROGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THE LASTING LEGACY OF JOHN ADAMS' FAMILY AND THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND HIS PROMINENT ROLE IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. JOHN ADAMS WAS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE UNITED STATES. BORN IN 1735 IN MASSACHUSETTS, A SECTION WHICH IS KNOWN AS QUINCY, JOHN ADAMS WAS EDUCATED AS HARVARD AND SPENT HIS EARLY CAREER AS A LAWYER. LATER ON LEADER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, HE WAS DELEGATE TO THE FIRST AND SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESSES AND WAS THE LEADING VOICE, CHAMPIONING INDEPENDENCE FROM GREAT BRITAIN. ADAMS' PROMINENT ROLE IN OUR NATION'S FORMATION OF LAWS IS STILL RECOGNIZED TILL THIS DAY. IN FACT, ONE GREAT BENEFIT I HAD AS A MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATOR COMING HERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., IS JOHN ADAMS DRAFTED THE RULES OF THE HOUSE IN MASSACHUSETTS WHICH WE ADOPTED HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL IN THIS CONGRESS WHICH STILL STAND TODAY. ADAMS NOT ONLY HELP DRAFT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE BUT OFFERED THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS WHICH IS THE OLDEST WRITTEN CONSTITUTION STILL IN PLACE TODAY. AFTER SERVING AS U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, ADAMS BECAME THE FIRST VICE PRESIDENT UNDER GENERAL -- PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON. IN 1796, ADAMS WAS ELECTED THE SECOND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IN 1800 BECAME THE FIRST OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. JOHN ADAMS' LEGACY WAS INSTILLED THROUGH HIS ENTIRE FAMILY. JOHN'S WIFE ABIGAIL IS KNOWN AS AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND HIS SON, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, LATER SERVED AS OUR NATION'S SIXTH PRESIDENT. AND HIS FAMILY'S LEGACY GOES ON. WHILE COMMEMORATIVE WORKS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR FORMER PRESIDENTS INCLUDING GEORGE WASHINGTON, THOMAS JEFFERSON, ABRAHAM LINCOLN HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., JOHN ADAMS AND HIS LEGACY ARE NOT NOTABLY REPRESENTED IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. AND THAT IS -- THAT IS A GAP THAT WE SEEK TO CURE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MEMORIAL IS LONG OVERDUE. PRESIDENT ADAMS WAS A REMARKABLE LEADER AND A STEADFAST PUBLIC SERVANT. IT'S A GLARING OVERSIGHT THAT THERE IS NO MEMORIAL IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL HONORING JOHN ADAMS AND HIS FAMILY FOR THEIR ROLE IN SHAPING OUR NATION. H.R. 1220 WOULD COMPLEMENT THE WORK WORK THAT THE ADAMS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION HAS DONE OVER THE YEARS. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, I ASK THAT WE SHOULD PASS THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OF ESTABLISHING THE COMMEMORATIVE MEMORIAL THAT PRESIDENT ADAMS AND HIS FAMILY RIGHTLY DESERVE. THAT THEY RIGHTLY, BY THEIR COURAGE AND SERVICE, HAVE EARNED. I THANK THE BIPARTISAN COAST SPONSORS OF THIS -- CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YOUR COURTESY AND THE KIND WORDS BY, AGAIN, THE CHAIRMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND MS. BORDALLO, AND I THANK THE BIPARTISAN SPONSORS OF THIS BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO STAND IN FAVOR OF AND PASS H.R. 1220. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  TIME.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND I'M READY TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO ADD A FEW WORDS TO THIS BILL. NEARLY 20 YEARS…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO ADD A FEW WORDS TO THIS BILL. NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THE ADAMS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION TO CONSTRUCT A COMMEMORATIVE WORK WITH PRIVATE FUNDS IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS, FIRST LADY ABIGAIL ADAMS, PRESIDENT JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, AND OTHER PROMINENT MEMBERS OF THE ADAMS' FAMILY ASSOCIATED WITH THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. SO I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN LYNCH AND THE ENTIRE MASSACHUSETTS DELEGATION FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT TO HONORING THE LEGACY OF ONE OF THEIR STATE'S MOST INFLUENTIAL POLITICAL FAMILIES. A PERMANENT MEMORIAL IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL IS A FITTING TRIBUTE, AND I HOPE WE CAN WORK WITH OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES TO DELIVER THIS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND FINALLY GET IT DONE. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                                                                                • 05:07:44 PM

                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENT CONGRESSMAN LYNCH AND…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENT CONGRESSMAN LYNCH AND THANK HIM ON BEHALF OF THE NATION FOR KEEPING THIS MEMORIAL ALIVE AND KEEPING ITS MOMENTUM GOING. THIS IS HIGHLY DESERVED. IT IS LONG OVERDUE. AND THIS MEASURE TAKES US ANOTHER STEP TOWARD THE RECOGNITION OF ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST FOUNDING FATHERS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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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. 1220, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3045, AS ANDED.

                                                                                                • 05:08:34 PM

                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                                • 05:08:37 PM

                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 649, H.R. 3045, A BILL TO AMEND THE NATIONAL TRAIL…

                                                                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 649, H.R. 3045, A BILL TO AMEND THE NATIONAL TRAIL SYSTEM ACT TO EXTEND THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3045 COMES TO US BY CONGRESSMAN LUKE MESSER OF INDIANA,…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3045 COMES TO US BY CONGRESSMAN LUKE MESSER OF INDIANA, WOULD EXTEND THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL. ITS PURPOSE IS TO PRESERVE AND INTERPRET FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS THE CORE OF DISCOVERIES IMPORTANT PREPARATIONS FOR THE TRAIL BLAZING JOURNEY INTO THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. IN 1803, PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON CHARGED CAPTAINS MERRYWEATHER LEWIS AND WILLIAM CLARK TO FINDING A ROUTE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM THE LOUISIANA TERRITORY AND WAS SEEKING OUT AND IDENTIFYING WILDLIFE, VEGETATION, AND NATIVE POPULATIONS ALONG THE WAY. THE JOURNEY CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO THE SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND HELP TO FOSTER PROFOUND POLITICAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, CULTURAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHAGES TO THE LANDS AND THE PEOPLES OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT. THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1978 AND SPANS 3,700 MILES, FOLLOWING THE ROUTE OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM WOOD RIVER, ILLINOIS, TO ASTORIA, OREGON. THIS BILL WOULD EXTEND THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL TRAIL BY 1,200 WITH A NEW EASTERN BOUNDARY AT PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, FOLLOWING THE PATH OF THE OHIO RIVER. THE EASTERN LEGACY EXTENSION OF THE TRAIL ENCOMPASSES IMPORTANT HISTORY AND KEY MOMENTS FOR THE EXPEDITION. IN FEBRUARY OF 2018 AT THE DIRECTION OF CONGRESS, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE COMPLETED A STUDY ON THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THIS TRAIL. THE STUDY FOUND THE ROUTE PROPOSED FOR INCLUSION IN THE BILL TO BE NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT, SUITABLE, FEASIBLE FOR INCLUSION IN THE NATIONAL -- LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL. THE EASTERN LEGACY EXTENSION PROVIDED BY THIS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZES THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PLANNING, PREPARATION, AND BEGINNING -- BEGINNING PREPARATIONS FOR THE EXPEDITION AND WILL PROVIDE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICANS TO LEARN ABOUT THE CORE OF DISCOVERY AND THE LANDS ALONG THE OHIO RIVER WHERE LEWIS AND CLARK REFINED THE TECHNIQUES THAT PREPARED THEM FOR THE HARDSHIPS OF THE LONG TRIP OUT WEST. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

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

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL EXTENDS THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORICAL…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL EXTENDS THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORICAL TRAIL BY 1,200 MILES TO INCLUDE THREE NEW SEGMENTS THAT CORRESPOND TO THE PREPARATION AND RETURN PHASES OF THE EXHE HAD DIGS. UNDER THE CONSOLIDATED -- PHASES OF THE EXPEDITION. UNDER THE CONSOLIDATED BILL, THE SITES TO ADD TO THE LEWIS AND CLARK HISTORICAL TRAIL IDENTIFIED THREE NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT TRAIL SEGMENTS. THE FIRST TRAIL IDENTIFIED IS A SEGMENT OF THE OHIO RIVER THAT LEWIS USED AS A TESTING GROUND FOR SUPPLIES AND WEAPONS PRIOR TO HIS EPIC JOURNEY. ANOTHER TRAIL STRETCHING FROM THE FALLS OF OHIO TO THE CONFLUENCE OF OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS RECOGNIZES WHERE LEWIS AND CLARK FIRST MET. THE LAST TRAIL THAT WILL BE INCLUDED UNDER THIS BILL BEGINS AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND STRETCHES UNTIL THE WOOD RIVER IN ILLINOIS, WHICH IS THE CURRENT STARTING POINT OF THE NATIONAL HISTORICAL TRAIL. THE LEWIS AND CLARK STORY IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR COLLECTIVE HISTORY, AND I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE WORKING TOGETHER TO DISCOVER AND PRESERVE PIECES OF AMERICA'S LEGACY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE LUKE MESSER, AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE, THE HONORABLE LUKE MESSER OF INDIANA.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. MESSER

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

                                                                                                  THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK, FOR HIS HELP ON THIS BILL, THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, MY FRIEND, MS. BORDALLO, FOR HER SUPPORT AS WELL, CHAIRMAN BISHOP AND ALL THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE FOR THEIR IMPORTANT WORK AND FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE MY SON, HUDSON, I GUESS NAMED AFTER A RIVER FOR TAGGING ALONG WITH ME AND BEING HERE AS WELL. AS MOST OF US LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY, IN 1803, LEWIS AND CLARK WERE COMMISSIONED BY PRESIDENT JEFFERSON TO FOUND A WATER ROUTE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL, THE EASTERN LEGACY EXTENSION ACT, FORMALLY RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANT ROLE STATES LIKE INDIANA, MY HOME STATE, PLAYED IN THE EXPEDITION, BY EXTENDING THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL TO THE EAST. CURRENTLY, THE TRAIL ONLY MARKS THE WESTERN PORTION OF LEWIS AND CLARK'S EXPEDITION. HOWEVER, THESE EXPLORERS, AS OTHER SPEAKERS HAVE SAID, TRAVELED NEARLY 1,000 MILES ALONG THE OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS IN STATES LIKE PENNSYLVANIA, OHIO, INDIANA, AND ILLINOIS BEFORE ARRIVING IN PRESENT-DAY MISSOURI. IN FACT, THE TOWN OF CLARKSVILLE, INDIANA, IS NAMED AFTER WILLIAM CLARK, AFTER HE FAMOUSLY STOPPED THERE TO RECRUIT MEMBERS FOR THE EXPEDITION. TO PROPERLY RECOGNIZE THIS HISTORIC EXPEDITION AND PRESERVE THE ENTIRE ROUTE LEWIS AND CLARK TOOK, CONGRESS PREVIOUSLY REQUESTED THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO STUDY EXTENDING THE TRAIL ALONG THE ROUTE THEY TOOK EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI. IN FEBRUARY, 2018, THE FINAL STUDY WAS RELEASED, RECOMMENDING THAT CONGRESS DESIGNATE THE EASTERN LEG OF THE EXPEDITION AS PART OF THE TRAIL. THIS BILL MAKES THAT A REALITY, AND BY RECOGNIZING THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION, WE MAKE THE ENTIRE NATIONAL TRAIL STRONGER. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENHANCE COMMUNITIES IN INDIANA AND THE REST OF THE 4,900-MILE ROUTE AND PROMOTE HISTORIC APPRECIATION FOR THE ROLE LEWIS AND CLARK PLAYED IN MAKING OUR COUNTRY WHAT IT IS TODAY. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL FOUNDATION FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND, AGAIN, THANK THE COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR WORK TOO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM. .

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES --

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS ONE OF THE SEMINOLE EVENTS THAT PRODUCED…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS ONE OF THE SEMINOLE EVENTS THAT PRODUCED THIS GREAT NATION SPANS FROM COAST-TO-COAST AND THE COMPLETION OF THIS FULL TRAIL IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN RECOGNIZING THE HEROISM AND THE VISION OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US, TO BUILD THIS NATION. I ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE LEGISLATION 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. 3045, 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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5875, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  H.R. 5875. A BILL TO AMEND THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON WILDLIFE RESTORATION ACT…

                                                                                                  H.R. 5875. A BILL TO AMEND THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON WILDLIFE RESTORATION ACT AND THE DINGELL-JOHNSON FEDERAL AID IN SPORT FISH RESTORATION ACT, TO PROVIDE PARITY FOR UNITED STATES TERRITORIES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO SUCH ACTS AND RELATED LAWS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D 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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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 5875, INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM GUAM, MRS MS.…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 5875, INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM GUAM, MRS MS. BORDALLO, ADDRESSES THE EXISTING DISPARITY BETWEEN THE 50 STATES AND THE U.S. TERRITORIES WITH REGARD TO THE FORM LASS WITHIN THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND -- FORMULAS WITHIN THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON PROGRAMS. WHILE THE TERRITORIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE STATUTORY DEFINITION AS STATES, THEY'RE NOT AFFORDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE AN EQUAL SHARE OF PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON FUNDING. THE LEGISLATION PROVIDES THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR WITH GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN APPORTIONING CONSERVATION FUNDS AND REQUIRES PARITY BETWEEN THE STATES AND THE TERRITORIES WITH RESPECT TO FUNDING FOR BASIC HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAMS. UNDER CURRENT LAW EACH STATE IS GUARANTEED AT LEAST A 1% SHARE OF YEARLY PITTMAN-ROBERTSON APPORTIONMENT. HOWEVER, THE CURRENT STATUTE CAPS PUERTO RICO'S SHARE AT 1/4 OF 1% AND THE FOUR OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES' SHARES AT JUST 1/6 OF 1%. IN ORDER, THEY PAY THE FEES AND THE TAXES, BUT THEY DON'T GET EQUAL ACCESS TO THE FUNDS. H.R. 5875 SPECIFICALLY REMOVES THE EXISTING CAPS ON FUNDS FOR BASIC HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAMS, AND WOULD MANDATE THAT EACH TERRITORY AND STATE RECEIVE NOT LESS THAN 1% IN ANY GIVEN YEAR. THE BILL ALSO REMOVES ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON APPORTIONMENTS FOR WILDLIFE AND SPORT FISHING RESTORATION PROJECTS. THE ABSENCE OF CAPS WILL ALLOW THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO EXERCISE DISCRETION IN APPORTIONING PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON FUNDS TO THE FIVE U.S. TERRITORIES IN PROPORTION TO THEIR POPULATIONS, AS IT'S DONE CURRENTLY FOR EACH OF THE 50 STATES. THE USER PAY APPROACH FACILITATED BY PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON HAS CONSISTENTLY DELIVERED SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS TO HUNTERS, RECREATIONAL SHOOTERS, AND ALL CITIZENS THROUGH THE DELIVERY OF ON THE GROUND WILDLIFE AND HABITAT CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES. IT'S TIME WE MAKE THE APPORTIONMENT OF THESE IMPORTANT FUNDS FAIR TO ALL 50 STATES AND THE TERRITORIES. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

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

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THE FULL HOUSE WILL SOON VOTE ON MY…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THE FULL HOUSE WILL SOON VOTE ON MY H.R. 5875, SUPPORTED BY ALL SIX MEMBERS OF CONGRESS REPRESENTING THE U.S. TERRITORIES, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. MY BIPARTISAN BILL WILL ENSURE THAT GUAM, THE OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES, AND D.C., RECEIVE THEIR FAIR SHARE OF ANNUAL FUNDING UNDER THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON AND DINGELL-JOHNSON ACTS. THIS FEDERAL FUNDING SUPPORTS FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, AND ENHANCES HUNTING, SPORT FISHING, BOATING AND OTHER OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AT NO COST TO TAXPAYERS. EACH STATE AND TERRITORIAL FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCY RECEIVES A YEARLY ALLOCATION OF THIS FEDERAL FUNDING. HOWEVER, CURRENT FEDERAL LAW PLACES ARBITRARY CAPS ON HOW MUCH FUNDING THE FIVE TERRITORIES AND D.C. MAY RECEIVE . FORCING US TO SPLIT THE SMALLEST STATE'S SHARE SIX WAYS. MY BIPARTISAN BILL WILL FIX THIS BY PROVIDING EACH TERRITORY AND D.C. THE SAME FUNDING PERCENTAGE GUARANTEED FOR EACH STATE. MY BILL WILL ALSO ALLOW THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO EXERCISE HIS OR HER FULL DISCRETION IN ALLOCATING THIS FUNDING BASED ON THE SAME CRITERIA APPLIED TO THE STATES. LASTLY, H.R. 5875 WILL MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES IN THE U.S. CODE TO CORRECT ERRORS IN THESE TWO FEDERAL LAWS. SO I THANK OUR NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. ROB BISHOP, FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP IN BRINGING MY BILL TO THE FLOOR. AND I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS COMMENTS, HIS VERY…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS COMMENTS, HIS VERY FAVORABLE COMMENTS, ON THIS BILL. REPRESENTATIVE MCCLINTOCK FROM CALIFORNIA. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE HOUSE. THIS…

                                                                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE HOUSE. THIS REALLY IS AN INJUSTICE, TO THINK THAT THE PEOPLE OF TERRITORIES PAY THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE FEES AND YET ONLY GET A FRACTION OF THE BENEFITS THAT ARE ACCORDED TO THE STATES PAYING THE SAME FEES. THIS CORRECTS THAT INJUSTICE AND I URGE ITS ADOPTION. 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. 5875, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, -- 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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5979, 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 NUMBER 662. H.R. 5979. A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE MILL SPRINGS…

                                                                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 662. H.R. 5979. A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT IN THE STATE OF KENTUCKY AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D 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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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL, INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS OF KENTUCKY,…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL, INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS OF KENTUCKY, ESTABLISHES THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT IN KENTUCKY AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. THE BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS WAS ONE OF KENTUCKY'S LARGEST CIVIL WAR BATTLES AND PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE UNION'S SUCCESS BY SECURING THE CUMBERLAND GAP AND PROVIDING THE GATEWAY INTO TENNESSEE. THE BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS BOLSTERED THE UNION'S MORALE AS IT WAS THE FIRST MAJOR VICTORY OF THE WAR FOLLOWING THE DISASTROUS DEFEAT. WINNING THE BATTLE ENABLED THE UNION TO PUSH ALL CONFEDERATE POWERS OUT OF KENTUCKY AND ALLOWED THEM TO ADVANCE INTO CONFEDERATE STRONG HOLDS IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE. MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD WAS DESIGNATED AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK IN 1994. THE BOUNDARY WAS EXPANDED IN 2008 AND NOW ENCOMPASSES OVER 1,500 ACRES. THE NONPROFIT MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD ASSOCIATION CURRENTLY OWNS 900 ACRES OF BATTLEFIELD LANE AND -- LAND AND OPERATES A VISITOR CENTER AT THE SITE. H.R. 5979 ESTABLISHES THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT AS A UNIT OF THE PARK SYSTEM, THE PROPOSED MONUMENT WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY 1,500 ACRES, OF WHICH THE 900 WILL BE DONATED TO THE PARK SERVICE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR MR. ROGERS FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S THE RIGHT WAY TO CREATE A NATIONAL MONUMENT. MONUMENTS OUGHT TO BE CREATED THROUGH THE OPEN LEGISLATIVE PROCESS OF CONGRESS AND NOT VIA EXECUTIVE FIAT. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

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

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  THIS BILL, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS OF KENTUCKY,…

                                                                                                  THIS BILL, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROGERS OF KENTUCKY, ESTABLISHES THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT IN THE STATE OF KENTUCKY TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND INTERPRETER FOR FUTURE AND CURRENT GENERATIONS THE HISTORIC RESOURCES OF THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD AND ITS ROLE IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD IN KENTUCKY WAS THE SITE OF THE UNION'S FIRST DECISIVE VICTORY IN THE WESTERN THEATER OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. GIVEN THE CONFEDERACY'S PRESENCE IN THE SOUTH, THE UNION'S PERFORMANCE IN KENTUCKY WAS PERCEIVED AS A PIVOTAL TURNING POINT IN THE WAR. PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ARTICULATED THE STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF KENTUCKY BY STATING, AND I QUOTE, I HOPE TO HAVE GOD ON MY SIDE, BUT I MUST HAVE KENTUCKY. THIS MONUMENT DESIGNATION IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MILL SPRINGS AND AN ENCOURAGING SIGN THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK ACROSS POLITICAL LINES TO ENSURE THAT OUR MOST IMPORTANT PLACES ARE PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. ROGERS.

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                                                                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. ROGERS

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK, FOR YIELDING YOUR TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK, FOR YIELDING YOUR TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5979, THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT ACT. LEGISLATION THAT I INTRODUCED THAT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO ESTABLISH THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT AS A UNIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. ON JANUARY 19, 1862, THE SMALL KENTUCKY TOWN OF LOGAN'S CROSSROADS ERUPTED IN A BLAST OF ARTILLERY AND MUSKET FIRE AS CONFEDERATE AND UNION FORCES CLASHED IN THE BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS. WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARED, IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE UNION WAS VICTORIOUS. AND HAD SECURED ITS FIRST SIGNIFICANT VICTORY IN THE CIVIL WAR. TO HONOR THE SITE, THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD WAS DESIGNATED A U.S. NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK DISTRICT IN 1994. REALIZING THE NEED TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE BATTLEFIELD FOR THE FUTURE, MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD ASSOCIATION, FOUNDED IN 1992, AND THAT ASSOCIATION CURRENTLY OWNS MORE THAN 900 ACRES OF THE BATTLEFIELD THAT THEY HAVE PIECED TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS WITH THEIR OWN MONEY AND GRANT MONEY FROM VARIOUS SOURCES. EVEN BUILT A $1.7 MILLION, 10,000-SQUARE-FOOT VISITOR CENTER AND MUSEUM AT THE SITE. WHICH IS ADJACENT TO THE MILL SPRINGS NATIONAL CEMETERY, WHICH OF COURSE WAS STARTED BY THE DEATHS FROM THIS BATTLE. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE ASSOCIATION IS CURRENTLY DOING AN EXEMPLARY JOB IN MAINTAINING THE BATTLEFIELD, IT SIMPLY DOES NOT HAVE THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO ADEQUATELY PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN THIS SITE IN PERPETUITYY -- PERPETUITY. TO ENSURE THAT THE BATTLEFIELD IS PROTECTED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, I INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION TO ADD THE BATTLEFIELD TO THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT THE BATTLEFIELD, WHERE THE UNION FIRST TASTED VICTORY, IS PROTECTED, PRESERVED AND PROMOTED WELL INTO THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS EFFORT IS SUPPORTED BY THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR, RYAN ZINKE, AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. IT'S ALSO SUPPORTED BY MANY IN KENTUCKY, INCLUDING OUR GOVERNOR, OUR FRIENDS IN OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, AND COUNTLESS LOCAL AND REGIONAL LEADERS. IT'S ALSO SUPPORTED BY THE BATTLEFIELD ASSOCIATION, WHO'S WILLING TO DONATE THEIR PROPERTY, SOME 900 OF THE ACRES, TO MAKE THIS NATIONAL MONUMENT A REALITY. CHAIRMAN MCCLINTOCK, I'M PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL TO YOU, AND CHAIRMAN BISHOP, AND YOUR STAFF, WHO WORKED CLOSELY WITH US TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. AND I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU DO, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D ALSO LIKE TO SPECIFICALLY THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, WHO'S USHERING COMPANION LEGISLATION THROUGH THE SENATE. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD ASSOCIATION. WITHOUT THEIR DECADES OF WORK, TO PIECE TOGETHER AND PRESERVE THIS IMPORTANT SITE, NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE TODAY. THEY STAGE AN ANNUAL REENACTMENT OF THIS BATTLE, WHICH IS REALISTIC TO THE ENTH DEGREE, AND I WOULD INVITE EVERYONE TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL REUNION OF THIS BATTLE IN JANUARY OF NEXT YEAR. . MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE MILL SPRINGS BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT ACT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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                                                                                                  MS. BORDALLO

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS,…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THESE HISTORIC SITES PROVIDE A TANGIBLE LINK BETWEEN OUR…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THESE HISTORIC SITES PROVIDE A TANGIBLE LINK BETWEEN OUR GENERATION AND THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US, AND ALLOW US TO DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE DEEDS AND SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO BUILT THIS COUNTRY AND SECURED THE FREEDOM FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT STORY, AND I'D ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND 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. 5979, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6077, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  H.R. 6077, A BILL RECOGNIZING THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN JAMESTOWN, NEW…

                                                                                                  H.R. 6077, A BILL RECOGNIZING THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK.

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

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D 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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                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER INDOWNTOWN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, --…

                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER INDOWNTOWN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, -- IN DOWNTOWN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK, TELLS THE STORE EAVE COMEDY IN AMERICA. OPENING UP NEXT MONTH, IT IS A P