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House Session - July 25, 2018

The House passed two bills concerning health care costs. One expands health savings accounts. The other expands access to low-premium health insurance plans.

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  • 10:00:07 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Doug Lamborn to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:00:23 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 25, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINTS THE…

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 25, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINTS THE HONORABLE DOUG LAMBORN TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 10:00:41 AM

      TEMPORE

  • 10:00:43 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:01:12 AM

      MR. BOST

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE FOR HIS ROLE IN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE FOR HIS ROLE IN RESCUING 12 YOUNG SOCCER PLAYERS AND THEIR COACH FROM A FLOODED CAVE IN THAILAND EARLIER THIS MONTH. TINET, A GROUND WATERS EXPERT, EDUCATED AT S.I.U. CARBONDALE, BEGAN DOING CHARITY WORK IN HIS NATIVE COUNTRY OF THAILAND THREE YEARS AGO. HE WAS IN THAILAND ASSISTING RURAL RESIDENTS FIX THEIR WATER PROBLEMS WHEN HE GOT THE CALL FROM A THAILAND MILITARY. WITHIN THREE HOURS, HE WAS ON A PLANE TO GO HELP DIVERT RISING WATER LEVELS IN THE CAVE. THE RESCUE OPERATION USED HIS EXPERTISE TO DIVERT WATER AND ALLOW DIVERS TO REACH THE SOCCER TEAM. AFTER 18 GRUELING DAYS, THE -- WHICH CAPTIVATED THE WORLD, THE BOYS AND THEIR SOCCER COACH WERE SAFELY RESCUED. YOU PLAYED A VITALLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN SAVING 13 LIVES AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IS PROUD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE OFFICER JAMES HOLDER OF PING ANY HAVE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR RECEIVING THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD. IT RECOGNIZES OFFICERS WHO CONDUCT THAT PROMOTES JUSTICE AND BRINGS HONOR AND RESPECT TO THE ENTIRE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. HE WAS ACKNOWLEDGED FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN A SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATION DURING A A MAJOR FIRE IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING NEXT TO THE PERRY COUNTY JAIL. HE FORCIBLY ENTERED THE BUILDING, NOTIFYING THE RESIDENTS TO IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE, CLEARING HOUSING UNITS TO ENSURE NO ONE WAS PRESENT. HE PROCEEDED TO IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF THE FIRE, WORK WITH OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS AS TRAFFIC AND CROWD CONTROL. THANK YOU, OFFICER HOLDER, FOR YOUR BRAVE SERVICE AND THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FIRST RESPONDERS OUT THERE RISKING THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE W THAT, HOLDER, FOR MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:03:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 10:03:34 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      EVERY DAY THERE IS A HEAD SPINNING MOMENT WITH SOMEONE WILLING TO PUSH THE…

      EVERY DAY THERE IS A HEAD SPINNING MOMENT WITH SOMEONE WILLING TO PUSH THE PRESIDENTIAL POWERS TO THE POINT OF ABUSE. TRUMP IS UNDERMINING FREEDOM OF PRESS WITH UNPRECEDENTED ATTACKS. HE CAST DOUBT ON THE INTEGRITY AND COMPETENCE OF UNITED STATES INTELLIGENCE SERVICES. HE HAS AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS MANIPULATING THE DATA OF A DISHONEST AGENCY EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF MONUMENT STATUS THAT PROTECTS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES AND ENDANGERED SPECIES LIKE THE MAGNIFICENT SAGE GROUSE. TODAY'S OUTRAGE IS A PLAN TO USE THE COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION TO FUNNEL ANOTHER $12 BILLION OF BAILOUT FOR AMERICAN FARMERS. YOU KNOW, MOST FARMERS AND RANCHERS DON'T WANT A GOVERNMENT BAILOUT. THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO FARM. THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO MARKET. THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS WITHOUT THE THREAT OF TRUMP'S TRADE WAR. SOON AFTER OBAMA TOOK OFFICE INHERITING THE WORST ECONOMY SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, WE HAVE SEEN STEADY PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYMENT GROWTH FOR NINE CONSECUTIVE YEARS. NOW AFTER INHERITING A STRONG AND GROWING ECONOMY, TRUMP AND HIS ENABLERS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE THREATENING THIS PROGRESS WITH A TRADE WAR THAT INCREASES PRICES FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS, FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES, AND RISING -- RAISING THEIR COSTS. IT'S HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF EVERYTHING. TRUMP'S INVOLVED WITH AN ALL-OUT WAR ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AFTER UTTERLY FAILING IN HIS PROMISE -- REMEMBER, HE WAS GOING TO PROVIDE BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR MORE PEOPLE AT LOWER COST. WHO KNEW HEALTH CARE WAS COMPETENT. INSTEAD, HIS ADMINISTRATION IS RAISING INSURANCE COSTS FOR MILLIONS IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET WHILE DESTABILIZING INSURANCE FOR THE REST OF US. IT IS -- THERE WERE PROMISES OF TAX REFORM. MAKING IT SIMPLER AND FAIRER. INSTEAD, WE HAVE HOPELESSLY COMPLICATED THE TAX CODE. WE HAVE GIVEN MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR MANY PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T NEED THEM. WE'RE GOING TO BE WATCHING RAISING TAXES ON HOMEOWNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND AS A RESULT OF THESE ACTIONS FOR THE BUDGET AND THE TAXES, WE HAVE DOUBLED THE BUDGET DEFICIT THIS YEAR WITH THE PROSPECT OF DEFICITS, $1 TRILLION OR MORE, AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN CAN SEE. -- EYE CAN SEE. AFTER REPUBLICANS HAVE CUT OVER $2 TRILLION IN TAXES SINCE 2001 FOR JUST THE TOP 1%, WHAT IS THE SOLUTION OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE OFFERING TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES? LOOK AT THE BUDGET THEY JUST PASSED. $2 TRILLION OF CUTS IN PROGRAMS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE. SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AT SOME POINT THE PUBLIC IS GOING TO CATCH ON WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THEM. IN FACT, MAYBE THEY ALREADY ARE. MAYBE THAT'S THE REASON THAT THE REPUBLICAN TAX CUTS ARE LESS POPULAR THAN BILL CLINTON'S TAX INCREASE. IT'S TIME THAT WE TAKE A STEP BACK WHILE WE STILL CAN AND GET BACK ON THE APPROPRIATE FISCAL COURSE. IT DOES NOT DEAL WITH TRADE WARS AND PROVIDING MONEY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T NEED IT. LET'S LET THE ECONOMY FUNCTION.

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    • 10:07:52 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:07:58 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE STRENGTHENING…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT, WHICH HAS BEEN -- SEEN UNANIMOUS SUPPORT IN BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS. SOMETHING I HOPE CONTINUES TODAY. I PROUDLY CHAMPION THIS BILL BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVING PASSING IT WILL BE A WIN FOR STUDENTS, WORKERS, AND FOR EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA'S READY FOR A WIN. IN JUNE, 2017, THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THIS BILL TO STRENGTHEN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. MONDAY, THE SENATE ALSO APPROVED IT UNANIMOUSLY AND WE'RE NOW JUST STEPS AWAY FROM GETTING THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW. THIS BILL HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX, RANKING MEMBER -- AND RANKING MEMBER BOBBY SCOTT. I THANK THEM BOTH. I WANT TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC LEAD, REPRESENTATIVE KRISHNAMOORTHI, AND MY CAUCUS COULD HE CHAIRMAN, REPRESENTATIVE JIM LANGEVIN. HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS HAVE BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION TO THE RESPECTIVE FLOORS BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT IS AN IMPORTANT BILL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION AIMS TO RESTORE RUNGS ON THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE ALL AMERICANS DESERVE A GOOD-PAYING FAMILY SUSTAINING JOB. TOO OFTEN WE SEE STUDENTS PUSH DOWN THE COLLEGE FOR ALL PATHWAY THAT JUST DOESN'T WORK FOR ALL. AND FOR SOME PEOPLE. BUT C.T.E. HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A PATH THAT MANY HIGH ACHIEVING STUDENTS CHOOSE IN PURSUIT OF INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION AND HANDS ON SKILLS THAT THEY CAN USE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN A SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION PROGRAM OR IN COLLEGE. BY MODERNIZING THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. PROGRAMS, WE'LL BE ABLE TO CONNECT MORE EDUCATORS WITH INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS AND CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP IN THIS COUNTRY. 6.7 MILLION JOBS, GOOD JOBS, ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED TO BE QUALIFIED TO GET THEM. IN FACT, TODAY RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON C.T.E. WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED IN THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE AND HAS INVITED 24 INNOVATORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR THE BIPARTISAN INNOVATION FORUM AND SHOWCASE. DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS WILL SHARE WITH CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC HOW THEY ARE ADDRESSING THE NATION'S EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT CHANGES. I'M PROUD TO COUNT AMONG THESE PROFESSIONALS MR. JOE LUTHER FROM MY DISTRICT. HE'S THE HORTICULTURE AND LANDSCAPING INSTRUCTOR AT THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LOCATED IN PLEASANT GAP, CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. HE USES HANDS ON INSTRUCTION TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO REACH GREAT HEIGHTS AND ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN LIFE. HE BRINGS REAL LIFE SCENARIOS INTO HIS CLASSROOM AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW STUDENTS WHAT THEIR FUTURE CAN BE LIKE IN THE WORK FORCE. I KNOW EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE WANTS TO GIVE EVERY AMERICAN, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY COME FROM, THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED. THAT'S WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE STRENGTHENING IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT WHEN IT COMES BACK TO THE FLOOR TODAY. LE WITH A SENATE AMENDMENT. THIS BILL AND THE AMENDMENT WILL MODERNIZING THE FEDERAL ROLE IN OUR NATION'S C.T.E. PROGRAM WHICH IS LONG OVERDUE. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT WILL RESTORE RUNGS ON THE LAD IROF OPPORTUNITY. IT WILL INSPIRE NEW GENERATION OF BUILDERS AND THINKERS AND MAKERS AND CREATORS. AND WILL GIVE EVERY AMERICAN A SHOT AT THE AMERICAN DREAM WHICH IS OPPORTUNITY AND SUCCESS IN LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:11:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUTTERFIELD,…

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

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    • 10:11:36 AM

      MR. BUTTERFIELD

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS MORNING TO…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS MORNING TO RECOGNIZE THREE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE ALL CELEBRATING BIRTHDAY 100. VERY, VERY SOON. MRS. CORA JONES BOOTS MCCLOUD. MRS. CHRISTINE JOHNSON UMSTEAD. AND MRS. ANNIE BELL GILMORE ROGERS ARE ALL MEMBERS OF HISTORIC MOUNT VERNE NONE BAPTIST CHURCH, LOCATED IN DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, PASTORED BY MY FRIEND, DR. JEROME J. WASHINGTON. THESE LADIES WILL SOON CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THEY HAVE COMMITTED MUCH OF THEIR LIVES TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY. THEY ARE DEVOUT CHRISTIANS OF THE MISSIONARY BAPTIST FAITH WHO LOVE THEIR CHURCH. MRS. CORA JONES BOOTS MCCLOUD WAS BORN ON AUGUST 8, 1918, IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, AND ATTENDED ROSENWALL SCHOOLS. SHE STARTED HER OWN BUSINESS IN DURHAM HAS A PROFESSIONAL BEAUTICIAN. SHE HAS SPENT ALL OF HER LIFE ENCOURAGING HER FAMILY AND COMMUNITY TO BE INDEPENDENT AND FAITHFUL IN THEIR PURSUITS. HER LEADERSHIP IS REFLECTED IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND AT HER BELOVED MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH, WHERE SHE SERVED AS CHURCH USHER. MRS. CHRISTINE JOHNSON UMSTEAD WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1918, IN ROCKS BORROW, NORTH CAROLINA, LOCATED IN PERSON COUNTY JUST NORTH OF DURHAM. SHE CAME TO DURHAM AS A FOOD SERVICE PROFESSIONAL. IN RETIREMENT SHE HAS ENCOURAGED OTHERS TO BECOME ACTIVE SENIOR CITIZENS BY SETTING AN EXAMPLE AND PROVIDING MOTIVATION TO ALL. SHE JOINED MOUNT VERNON IN 1948 AND HAS REMAINED AN ACTIVE CHURCH MEMBER. OVER THE YEARS SHE HAS PROVIDED FAITHFUL LEADERSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP AS A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY, MEMBER OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION, AND THE J.E. BEST BIBLE CLASS. NUMBER THREE, FINALLY, YET IMPORTANTLY, IS MRS. ANNIE BELLE GILMORE ROGERS. MRS. ROGERS WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 20, 1918, IN DURHAM WHOSE ANCESTORS WERE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH. OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS, SHE HAS EXEMPLIFIED THE VALUE OF FAITH, EDUCATION, AND RESOURCEFULNESS. SHE ATTENDED WHAT WAS THEN HILLSIDE PARK SCHOOL. WE NOW IT AS HILLSIDE HIGH SCHOOL IN DURHAM. SHE WENT ON TO BECOME A TEACHER'S ASSISTANT AT C.C. SPAULDING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE SHE HELPED EDUCATE YOUNG MINDS WHO WOULD GO ON TO BECOME ADERS. MRS. ROGERS RECOGNIZED THE VALUE OF MANAGING HER RESOURCES AND TEACHING HER FAMILY TO DO THE SAME. SHE WAS AMONG THE FIRST MEMBERS AND LEADERS OF THE MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH CREDIT UNION AT A TIME WHEN AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAD FEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTING THEIR LIMITED RESOURCES OR BORROWING MONEY TO DEVELOP INDIVIDUAL WEALTH. THE CREDIT UNION STANDS TODAY AS THE LAST FUNCTIONING CHURCH CREDIT UNION IN THE STATE WITH MEMBERS OF MRS. ROGERS' FAMILY SERVING ON ITS BOARD. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE THIS MORNING THAT I SPEAK THESE WORDS TODAY FROM THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THESE THREE STRONG AND POWERFUL AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE WORKED AND LABORED TO EMPOWER THEIR FAMILIES AND MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH INTO A SPIRITUAL FORCE SERVING THE DURHAM COMMUNITY. SO I AM GRATEFUL TO THESE REMARKABLE WOMEN FOR THEIR LOVE OF HUMANITY AND OO CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR COMMUNITY. -- AND CONTRIBUTE SHUNES TO THEIR COMMUNITY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WISHING THESE THREE GREAT AMERICANS OUR VERY BEST WISHES AS THEY EACH CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. . CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF LIFE.

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    • 10:15:54 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN,…

      THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    • 10:16:01 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CALL ATTENTION TO ONE VERY REMARKABLE YOUNG…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CALL ATTENTION TO ONE VERY REMARKABLE YOUNG WOMAN. EARLIER THIS YEAR I HAD THE HONOR OF MEETING MERCEDES WHILE VISITING BOSTWANA AS PART OF A DELEGATION TRIP. SADLY, BOSTWANA IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH HIV-AIDS. EVERY YEAR THERE ARE 14,000 NEW INFECTIONS AND ONE IN FIVE ADULTS HAS HIV-AIDS. MERCEDES IS ONE OF THESE ADULTS. BORN WITH HIV-AIDS 23 YEARS AGO, SHE LOST BOTH OF HER PARENTS AND MANY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS TO THIS DISEASE. BUT WHEN MY HUSBAND, DEXTER, AND I VISITED WITH HER IN BOSTWANA SHE WAS FULL OF OPTIMISM AND DETERMINATION. MERCEDES' STORY IS REMARKABLE AND WHAT SHE'S HAD TO OVERCOME IS TRULY INSPIRING. SHE HAS MADE IT HER MISSION TO EDUCATE THE PEOPLE OF BOSTWANA ON HIV-AIDS TO DISPEL ANY RUMORS OR STIGMA RELATED TO THIS DISEASE AND TO ONE DAY SEE A BOSTWANA FREE OF THIS TERRIBLE ORDEAL. WE WERE SO INSPIRED WITH THIS VISIT AND SHE IS TRULY A SHINING ROLE MODEL FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. THAT IS WHY OUR PEPFAR PROGRAM IS SO VITALLY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUST OVER 15 YEARS, PEPFAR HAS SAVED AND IMPROVED MILLIONS OF LIVES WHILE PREVENTING MILLIONS MORE OF H.I.V. INFECTIONS. THANKS TO AMERICAN LEADERSHIP, PEPFAR AND REMARKABLE INDIVIDUALS LIKE MERCEDES, WE CAN ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF SUSTAINABLE CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF THE HIV-AIDS EPIDEMIC. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE AND THANK MY DEAR FRIEND, BOB ROSASCO, FOR HIS EFFORTS WITH MEN'S INTERNATIONAL SEMINARY AND SEMINARY PRISON DEGREE PROGRAM. SINCE 2010, THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN TEACHING THEOLOGY IN FLORIDA'S PRISONS IN ORDER TO EDUCATE, TO TRAIN, AND TO EQUIP MEMBERS OF THE PRISON POPULATION SO THEY CAN TEACH OTHERS ABOUT RELIGION AND THE WORD OF GOD. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES INMATES WITH THE NECESSARY TOOLS AND TRAINING THAT PREPARE THEM TO RE-ENTER SOCIETY AND BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AFTER THEIR RELEASE. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS, INCLUDING RELIGIOUS PROGRAMS WHILE INCARCERATED ARE MUCH LESS LIKELY TO REOFFEND. BECAUSE OF BOB AND THE EFFORTS OF SO MANY LIKE HIM, THIS PROGRAM NOW HAS OVER 200 STUDENTS PARTICIPATING WITH PLANS TO KEEP EXPANDING BEYOND FLORIDA AND ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE BOB AS A MEMBER OF OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY AND I COMMEND HIM FOR CONTINUOUSLY GIVING BACK TO OTHERS BY SHARING HIS TIME, HIS KNOWLEDGE, AND HIS PASSION. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE RYAN DULY, A DEDICATED FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, A PUBLIC SERVANT, AND MY FRIEND, WHO LIVES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN BEAUTIFUL SOUTH FLORIDA. I FIRST MET RYAN 14 YEARS AGO SHORTLY AFTER HE ARRIVED IN MIAMI AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S MIAMI PASSPORT AGENCY. RYAN'S COMMITMENT TO SERVICE IS UNPARALLELED, AND BECAUSE OF HIS EFFORTS, HE WAS SOON PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF THE MIAMI PASSPORT AGENCY. WHEN THE SAN JUAN PASSPORT AGENCY OPENED ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC IN 2014, RYAN WAS CHOSEN TO LEAD THAT OFFICE AS WELL. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME OUR FELLOW AMERICANS LIVING IN PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS GAINED DIRECT ACCESS TO MUCH-NEEDED PASSPORT SERVICE AND THAT WAS TRULY AN HISTORIC MILESTONE. TODAY, RYAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING COUNTLESS CITIZENS ACROSS A HUGE GEOGRAPHIC AREA. RYAN AND HIS STAFF ARE CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONALS DEDICATED TO SERVING THEIR COMMUNITIES EFFICIENTLY AND ACCURATELY. UNDER RYAN'S LEADERSHIP, THEY HAVE MET AND OVERCOME NUMEROUS PASSPORT WORKLOAD CHALLENGES. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH RYAN ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS, BOTH IN MIAMI AND HERE IN D.C., AND I CAN SAY THAT HE'S RESPECTED AND ADMIRED BY HIS COLLEAGUES AT LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LEVELS. I ALSO KNOW NUMEROUS STATE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES WHO GOT THEIR START IN MIAMI AND WERE MENTORED BY RYAN AND ENCOURAGED TO EXCELL IN THEIR PUBLIC SERVICE PATH. IT IS IN HIS CAREER THAT HAS TAKEN HIM AROUND THE WORLD. RYAN HAS ALWAYS PROMOTED THE IDEALS OF FREEDOM, OF DEMOCRACY, OF BEING RESPONSIBLE TO THE CITIZENS OF OUR GREAT NATION. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS, RYAN DULY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR TIRELESS WORK. I COMMEND YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE. I HOPE THAT YOU CONTINUE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO, AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS FAITHFULLY. I WISH YOU AND YOUR PARTNER, GERALD DARBY, THE BEST IN THE YEARS TO COME. GRACIAS, AMIGO.

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    • 10:21:16 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:21:19 AM

      MS. KELLY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO MARK MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO MARK MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES DO NOT DISCRIMINATE. THEY AFFECT AMERICANS OF ALL AGES, RACES, BACKGROUNDS AND GENDERS. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE FROM A BLUE STATE, A RED STATE, OR A SWING STATE. MENTAL ILLNESS IS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. IT AFFECTS YOUR FAMILY AND EXISTS IN YOUR FRIEND GROUP AND WITH YOUR CO-WORKERS. TRAGICALLY, WHILE MENTAL HEALTH IMPACTS PEOPLE ACROSS THE BOARD, TOO MANY NEVER SEEK OR GET TREATMENT BECAUSE OF THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL HEALTH CARE. IT SHAMES THEM INTO SILENCE. SO IT'S FITTING FITTING THAT THIS MOTTO IS CURE STIGMA. THE SILENCE OF STIGMA PLAGUES AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATIONS AND OTHER ETHNIC GROUPS. IT'S A SAD AND STAGGERING STATISTIC THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE 20% MORE LIKELY TO REPORT SERIOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS BUT 25% WILL SEEK CARE. THERE IS A TRAGIC INEQUITY IN THAT FIGURE GIVEN 40% OF THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS WILL SEEK CARE. IS THIS A MATTER OF STIGMA, CULTURALLY COMPETENT CARE, AND ASSOCIATED RESOURCES, OR PERHAPS A COMBINATION OF THEM ALL? MR. SPEAKER, IT'S PAST TIME WE TACKLE THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL HEALTH THAT KEEPS TOO MANY TRAPPED WITHOUT HOPE, RECOURSE, OR RECOVERY. AS FOR ACCESS TO CARE, THANKS TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ALL HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS ARE REQUIRED TO COVER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES JUST AS THEY WOULD COVER CANCER SCREENINGS AND TETANUS SHOTS. THIS ADMINISTRATION, EITHER THROUGH CRUELTY OR WOEFUL IGNORANCE, HAS ACTIVELY ATTACKED THE MENTAL HEALTH REQUIREMENT AND SOUGHT TO PUSH, OR AS I CALL THEM JUNK INSURANCE PLANS, THAT NEGLECT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. WE MUST DO BETTER. CONGRESS MUST BE BETTER. TOO MANY, ESPECIALLY IN VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, ARE STILL IN DESPERATE NEED OF THIS CARE. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO BE CO-SPONSORING THE MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOL ACT, OFFERED BY MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN GRACE NAPOLITANO. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS TO STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON DEALING WITH FRALMA AND VIOLENCE. CONGRESS -- TRAUMA AND VIOLENCE. CONGRESS CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TODAY IF WE PASS THIS BILL. I'M ALSO PROUD TO BE CO-RESPONSE RG THE VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH ACK -- CO-SPONSORING THE VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS ACT. MR. CARTWRIGHT'S BILL WOULD HELP THE V.A. THIS IS REALLY COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION WITH MORE THAN 20 OF OUR BRAVE VETERANS COMMITTING SUICIDE DAILY, IT'S OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE WE PASS THIS BILL. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE, MY COLLEAGUES AND THOSE WATCHING AT HOME ON C-SPAN, THAT MENTAL HEALTH IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ALL WORK ON. SIMPLE, SMALL, EVERYDAY THINGS CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. HERE'S MY PERSONAL TOP FIVE. FIRST, TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF EXERCISE OR EVEN A LITTLE MORE SLEEP CAN IMPROVE MOOD, REDUCE STRESS, AND IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH ALL AROUND. SECOND, FIND A STRESS MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGY. FOR SOME IT'S READING AND RUNNING. SOME IT'S COFFEE WITH FRIENDS OR GO TO A MOVIE. THIRD, SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GOOD PEOPLE, BE IT FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST IN YOUR COMMUNITY. FOURTH, VOLUNTEERISM IS SOMETHING TO GET OUT OF YOUR HEARD. IT'S GREAT FOR YOU AND GREAT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY. FINALLY, IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE NEEDS HELP, PLEASE GET IT. DON'T LET STIGMA HOLD YOU BACK. MR. SPEAKER, AS MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH COMES TO A CLOSE, IT'S CURE STIGMA. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:25:07 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:25:11 AM

      MR. COLLINS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE RYAN AND ABBY OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE RYAN AND ABBY OF GAINESVILLE FOR CREATING A BOOK DRIVE FOR NEWBORNS WHO ARE RECEIVING LIFESAVING MEDICAL TREATMENT. THE COUPLE WAS INSPIRED TO ESTABLISH THE MIGHTY THREE AFTER THEIR TRIPLETS, MAGGIE, MAX, MILLER, UNDERWENT MEDICAL CENTER IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER FOLLOWING THEIR BIRTHS. FOR MONTHS THEY COULD NOT HOLD THEIR BABIES WHILE THEY RECEIVED CRUCIAL MEDICAL ATTENTION. AS TEACHERS, THE YOUNG COUPLE THOUGHT THEY COULD LEVERAGE READING USING THE SOUNDS OF THEIR VOICE TO DEVELOP A BOND WITH THE THREE TINY PATIENTS. THEY DESIGNED THE MIGHTY THREE NICK UE BOOK DRIVE TO GIVE FAMILIES TWO BOOKS FOR EACH BABY RECEIVING TREATMENT. INITIALLY, THE COUPLE SET OUT TO COLLECT 850 BOOKS BUT QUICKLY SURPASSED THAT GOAL. THROUGH THEIR TIRELESS WORK, THE MIGHTY THREE NICK UE BOOK DRIVE HAS PROVIDED 2,000 BOOKS TO THE HOSPITAL ON SPRING STREET. I COMMEND THEM FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND WISH THEM THE TWO OF THEM MUCH JOY AS THEY RAISE THEIR THREE HEALTHY CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN NORTHEAST GEORGIA IN CELEBRATING THE 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE TY COBB MUSEUM. THEY OPENED IN 1998. TY COBB WAS A MAJOR LEAGUE OUTFIELDER WHO SET 90 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL RECORDS DURING HIS CAREER. SOME OF WHICH STAND TODAY. HE PLAYED FOR THE DETROIT TIGERS FOR 22 YEARS AND LATER FOR THE PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS FOR TWO SEASONS. HE HAD 4,65 RUNS SCORED AND BATTED IN 897 STOLEN BASES AND A BATTING AVERAGE OF.366 AT THE CLOSE OF HIS CAREER. ADDITIONALLY, COBB WAS THE FIRST PLAYER INDUCTED INTO THE INTERNATIONAL BASEBALL HOW MUCH. THE GEORGIA PEACH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COBB MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND THE COBB EDUCATIONAL FUND WHICH HAS LEFT A LASTING LEGACY OF LOVE FOR HIS HOMETOWN. MR. SPEAKER, THE TY COBB MUSEUM CAPTURES SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS FROM HIS ROOTS TO AMERICA'S PASTIME. I CONGRATULATE THEM FOR THE TWO DECADES OF SERVICE TO THEIR GEORGIA COMMUNITY AND WISH THEM WELL IN THEIR ENDEAVORS. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE CAROLINE OF J. MOORE FARMS INALITYO. AS PART OF THE YOUNG RANCHERS AND FARMERS PROGRAM, HER COMMITMENT EARNED HER EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE AWARD. SHE HOLDS DEGREES IN AGRICULTURE LEADERSHIP FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA AND TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY RESPECTIVELY. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER AS A STUDENT TEACHER AND LATER BECAME AN AGRICULTURAL FELLOW IN THE OFFICE OF ONE OF MY FORMER COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN JACK KINGSTON. TODAY, CAROLINE SERVES AS COORDINATOR FOR J. MOORE FARMS. SHE MANAGES ALL EVENTS LIKE THE FESTIVAL HONORING MY FAVORITE PEACH, THE ANNUAL GEORGIA BELL PEACH FESTIVAL. SHE ALSO RUNS J. MOORE FUNDS REGULARLY ATTRACTING ATTENTION FROM ACROSS THE STATE AND COUNTRY. CAROLINE HAS PROMOTED THE WORK OF THE NORTHEAST GEORGIA FARMERS BY COMMUNICATING THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCALLY GROWN PRODUCE FOR COMMUNITIES AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HER ON THIS AWARD AND WISH HER WELL THROUGHOUT HER CAREER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO -- IN RECOGNITION OF KIT DUNLAP, PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE GREATER HALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHO RECEIVED THE GEORGIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE LEGACY AWARD. THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE LEGACY AWARD IS THE HIGHEST HONOR, RECOGNIZING EXECUTIVES WHO DEDICATED MANY YEARS TO SUCCESSFULLY IMPROVING THEIR LOCAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. KIT HAS SERVED AS THE GREATER HALL TOP OFFICIAL FOR OVER 20 YEARS. HER AMBITION AND COMPASSION FOR OTHERS HAS ALLOWED HER TO EXCEL. SHE HAS TRANSFORMED THE GREATER HALL CHAMBER BY BRINGING TOGETHER A WELL-CONNECTED ECONOMIC TEAM. THIS HAS INCREASED JOB AVAILABILITY AND JOB ATTENTION. KIT HAS MANAGED HALLMARK CAMPAIGN AND THE VISION 2030 WHICH HELPED FUND COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATION AND PROGRAMS. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND, KIT DUNLAP, ON THIS AWARD AND THANK HER FOR HER SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, KIT'S -- AS KIT IS REPRESENTED, I MUST END THIS SPEECH BY ANSWERING THE QUESTION SHE ASKS. WHAT IS THE WATER LEVEL OF LAKE LANIER? IT'S 1071.89. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:29:28 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:29:32 AM

      MR. DAVIS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MR.…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MR. ROBERT "BOB" MONDRACI, AS HE'S BETTER KNOWN. BOB WAS THE MOST DEDICATED, COMMITTED, AND MOST LOYAL TRAINED ORGANIZER THAT I'VE EVER KNOWN. BOB CAME TO THE SOUTH AUSTIN COMMUNITY DURING THE TIME OF GREAT TURBULENCE. THE COMMUNITY WAS IN THE THROES OF A GREAT TRANSITION, FROM BEING 80% WHITE TO BECOMING 80% BLACK WITHIN A 10-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME. . RED LINING, DISINVESTMENT, AND ALL MANNER OF MALFEASANCE WAS TAKING PLACE. POLICE BRUTALITY. OTHER FORMS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT MISCONDUCT WERE RAMPANT. I MET BOB DURING THIS PERIOD. IT WAS ALSO DURING THIS TIME THAT THE ORGANIZATION FOR A BETTER AUSTIN UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF GAIL WAS ORGANIZED. SOUTH AUSTIN COALITION COMMUNITY COUNCIL, S. A A.C., WAS FORMED WITH BOB AS A LEAD ORGANIZER. AND I DECIDED TO RUN FOR THE CITY COUNCIL. OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE FOLLOWED BOB'S WORK WITHOUT EXCEPTION. SOUTH AUSTIN IS PRACTICALLY AN ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY EXCEPT FOR A FEW MERCHANTS WHO NEVER LEFT THE AREA. A FEW WHITE CITIZENS, SCHOOLTEACHERS, AND POLICEMEN. OF COURSE BOB IS WHITE OUR CAUCASIAN. AND YET HE WON THE HEARTS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE. HE HAS DEVELOPED INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MANY OF THE RESIDENTS, AND TO MANY HE'S LIKE A MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY. THROUGH BOB'S LEADERSHIP S.A.C. BECAME KNOWN AS THE TOP GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA. BOB WAS ALWAYS A STRATEGIST. BUT THE MEMBERS LIKE MR. ED BAILEY, MISS IRENE NORWOOD, MRS. LILLIAN DRUMMOND, MR. GEORGE LARSON, JUANITA WERE THE VOICES. MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IT BUT IT WAS S.A.C. WHO LED COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT. IT WAS S.A.C. WHO ORGANIZED SENIOR CITIZENS. IT WAS S.A.C. THAT LED TO FIGHT FOR LIHEAP. IT WAS S.A.C. THAT KEPT THE AUSTIN BANK ON ITS TOES. IT WAS S.A.C. THAT UNITED BLOCK CLUBS. IT WAS S.A.C. THAT GOT PEOPLE TO JOIN LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCILS. AND IT WAS S.A.C. THAT GOT CHURCHES TO OPEN THEIR DOORS FOR COMMUNITY MEETINGS. I HAVE BEEN IN BUILDINGS WITH BOB WHERE THERE WAS NO HEAT. I HAVE BEEN HOMES WHERE THERE WAS NO FOOD. I HAVE BEEN ON STREETS WHERE THERE WERE NO LIGHTS. I HAVE BEEN WITH BOB IN ALLEYS WHERE THERE WAS NO HOPE. I HAVE BEEN WITH BOB AND FAMILIES AFTER THEIR RELATIVES WERE SHOT. BOB HAS WORKED TO BRING HELP TO THE HELPLESS AND HOPE TO THE HOPELESS. BOB, YOU ARE A GOOD MAN. AND I THANK YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN, FOR WHAT YOU HAVE MEANT TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO OUR WORLD. TRUE SOLDIERS ARE ALWAYS RELUCTANT TO COME OFF THE BATTLEFIELD, BUT THERE COMES A TIME WHEN WE MUST PUT AWAY OUR SWORDS AND SHIELDS TO PRACTICE WAR NO MORE. WHEN THAT TIME COMES, BOB, JUST KNOW, THAT YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE. WHEN YOU CAME TO SOUTH AUSTIN, NEWSPAPERS WERE WRITING IT WOULD BE THE NEXT BIG SLUM. THEY DID NOT KNOW YOU AND THEY DID NOT KNOW THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AUSTIN. SOUTH AUSTIN IS NOT A SLUM. IT IS A VIBRANT, FORWARD THINKING, FORWARD MOVING COMMUNITY. BOB, YOU HAVE DONE THE MASTER'S WORK. YOU HAVE FED THE HUNGRY. CLOTHED THE NAKED. BROUGHT HOPE TO THE HOPELESS. AND HELP TO THE HELPLESS. YOU HAVE LIFTED SPIRITS AND YOU HAVE TAUGHT PEOPLE HOW TO LOVE AND HOW TO LIVE. AND HOW TO WORK TOGETHER. I CLOSE BY LEAVING THESE WORDS WITH AND FOR YOU. IF, WHEN YOU GIVE THE BEST OF YOUR SERVICE, TELLING THE WORLD THAT THE SAVIOR HAS COME, BE NOT DISMAYED WHEN MEN DON'T BELIEVE YOU. HE UNDERSTANDS AND WILL SAY WELL-DONE. WHERE I COME TO THE END OF MY JOURNY, WEARY OF LIFE AND THE BATTLE IS WON, CARRYING THE STAFF AND THE CROSS OF REDEMPTION, HE'LL UNDERSTAND AND SAY, WELL-DONE. IF WHEN THIS LIFE OF LABOR IS ENDED AND THE REWARD OF THE RACE YOU HAVE RUN, O THE SWEET REST PREPARED FOR FAITHFUL BE HIS BLESSED AND FINAL WELL-DONE. BOB, IF YOU TRY AND FAIL IN YOUR TRYING, HANDS SORE AND SCARRED FROM THE WORK YOU'VE BEGUN, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS, RUN QUICKLY TO MEET HIM, HE'LL UNDERSTAND AND SAY WELL-DONE.

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    • 10:34:53 AM

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

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      MR. POE

      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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      AND EXTEND.

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      MR. POE

      MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS AGO IN 1918, PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON DECLARED JULY…

      MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS AGO IN 1918, PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON DECLARED JULY 28 AS A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SERBIAN PEOPLE. THIS WAS DURING WORLD WAR I. THE WAR TO END ALL WARS. AMERICAN DOUGHBOYS AND LEATHERNECKS HAD ARRIVED IN THE WESTERN FRONT HOLDING THE LINE AGAINST GERMANY'S LAST OFFENSIVE BEFORE IT COLLAPSED. MEANWHILE, THE SERBIAN PEOPLE WERE SUFFERING UNDER OCCUPATION BY THE CENTRAL POWERS. THEY HAD LOST A A BRUTAL INVASION OF SERBIA. MR. SPEAKER, DURING WORLD WAR I, ONE IN FOUR I, ONE IN FOUR SERBIAN PEOPLE WERE KILLED DURING THAT WAR. BUT THE SERBIAN ARMY HAD SURVIVED THE INVASION AND WAS FIGHTING ALONGSIDE OUR ALLIES TO LIBERATE THEIR HOME. THEY WERE REINFORCED BY MANY SERBIAN AMERICANS WHO HAD RETURNED TO EUROPE TO HELP THEIR BROTHERS. PRESIDENT WILSON WARNED AMERICA TO HONOR THEIR SACRIFICES OF THE SERBIAN PEOPLE. IN A SPEECH MARKING THE INVASION OF SERBIA BY THE CENTRAL POWERS, HE SAID OF THE SERBIAN, -- SERBIAN, QUOTE, NOBLY DID THEY RESPOND SO VALIANTLY AND COURAGEOUSLY IT THEY OPPOSE THE FORCES OF A COUNTRY 10 TIMES GREATER IN POPULATION AND RESOURCES. WHILE THEIR TERRITORY HAD BEEN DEFENDANT STATED AND THEIR HOMES DESPOILED, THE SPIRIT OF THE SERBIAN PEOPLE HAS NOT BEEN BROKEN. AS A TEXAN I ADMIRE SUCH DEFIANCE AGAINST OVERWHELMING ODDS. ON THAT DAY, THAT SPECIAL DAY, PRESIDENT WILSON ORDERED A RARE RECOGNITION TO A FOREIGN ALLY BY HAVING THE SERBIAN FLAG RAISED OVER THE WHITE HOUSE. THAT RECOGNITION HAD ONLY OCCURRED ONE OTHER TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE SPIRIT OF BROTHERHOOD BETWEEN THE AMERICANS AND THE SERBIANS FIGHTING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER AGAINST TYRANNY DID NOT END THERE. ONE OF THE MOST MEANINGFUL STORIES FOR AMERICANS IS THE HAL YARD MISSION DURING THE DARK DAYS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. DESPITE BEING UNDER NAZI OCCUPATION, THE SERBIAN PEOPLE DEMONSTRATED THEIR REMARKABLE BRAVERY ONCE AGAIN. SAVING THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF AMERICANS IN THE LARGEST RESCUE OPERATION IN AMERICAN AIR HISTORY. IN 1944, AMERICAN BOMBERS WERE FLYING FREQUENT MISSIONS TO STRIKE GERMANY'S VITAL OIL SUPPLIES IN ROMANIA AS A PART OF THE ALLIED ADVANCE INTO EUROPE. THE 15TH AIR FORCE LED THIS EFFORT BY LAUNCHING 20,000 SORTIES INTO EASTERN EUROPE, WITH MANY OF THE MISSIONS FLYING OVER NAZI OCCUPIED YUGOSLAVIA. AS MANY AS 1,500 PILOTS AND AIRMEN WERE SHOT DOWN DURING THESE AIR RAIDS. SERBIANS WHO HAD BEEN RESISTING NAZI FORCES SINCE 1941 RISKED THEIR OWN LIVES TO RESCUE AMERICAN AIRCREWS AND HIDE THEM FROM PATROLLING NAZIS. FOR MONTHS THESE BRAVE AND NOBLE SERBIANS CARED FOR PROTECTED AMERICANS AND ALLIED PILOTS. IN AUGUST OF 1944, THE ALLIES FORCE, INCLUDING THE 15TH AIR FORCE AND OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICE, DEVISED A DARING OPERATION TO EVACUATE HUNDREDS OF ALLIED PILOTS BEING SHELTERED BY THE SERBIAN RESISTANCE IN NAZI OCCUPIED YUGOSLAVIA. AMERICAN AIRCRAFT FLEW INTO ENEMY TERRITORY AND EVACUATED 500 AIRMEN FROM THE AIRFIELD BUILT AND PROTECTED BY LOCAL SERBIANS. FOR OVER 60 YEARS THIS OPERATION WAS KEPT SECRET FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT NOW WE CAN REMEMBER THE COURAGE OF OUR SERBIAN FRIENDS AND THEIR STAND AGAINST THE NAZIS. HERE, MR. SPEAKER S. A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY THE SERBIAN RESISTANCE, TAKING AMERICANS WHO HAD BEEN SHOT DOWN IN SERBIA AND TAKING THEM TO THE AIRFIELD WHERE THEY WOULD LATER BE RETURNED BACK TO THE AMERICAN LINES. GEORGE, THE FATHER OF MY CHIEF OF STAFF, ELAINE, WHEN I WAS A JUDGE IN TEXAS, RESCUED MANY AMERICANS THAT HAD BEEN SHOT DOWN IN OCCUPIED YUGOSLAVIA. ALL OF THESE YEARS LATER WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM FOR BOTH NATIONS. WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO PRESERVE EACH OTHER'S SECURITY. AND THE UNITED STATES IS NOW WORKING WITH SERBIA TO IMPROVE ITS DEMOCRACY AND INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY AND FIGHT CORRUPTION. A DEMOCRATIC SERBIA WITH A STRONG RULE OF LAW IS IN AMERICA'S INTEREST AND SERBIA'S. WE'RE UNITED IN STOPPING RUSSIA, DISINFORMATION EFFORTS ARE DESIGNED TO KEEP SERBIA IN ITS SPHERE OF INFLUENCE AND POISON THE RELATION SHFMENT NEVERTHELESS SERBIA'S INTEGRATION TO THE WEST HAS CONTINUED TO MOVE FORWARD. 2006, SERBIA JOINED NATO'S PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE PROGRAM AND IN 2015 SIGNED AN INDIVIDUAL PARTNERSHIP ACTION PLAN WITH THE ALLIANCE TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION. RECENTLY THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS ANNOUNCED THAT SERBIA WOULD JOIN THE E.U. AS EARLY AS 2025. THE PRIME MINISTER AND FOREIGN MINISTER OF SERBIA AND NUMEROUS SERBS ARE IN THE CAPITAL TODAY TO PROMOTE U.S.-SERBIAN RELATIONS. SO ON THIS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT WILSON'S SPEECH ABOUT THE COURAGEOUS SERBS OF WORLD WAR I, WE REFORM -- REAFFIRM OUR JOINT PARTNERSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP IN A QUEST FOR LIBERTY. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:40:36 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. KEY JUAN, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. KEY JUAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. KEYIAN

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

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      HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. KIHUEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN 297 DAYS SINCE THE WORST…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN 297 DAYS SINCE THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN U.S. HISTORY. ON OCTOBER 1, 2017, 58 PEOPLE WERE SENSELESSLY MURDERED AT THE ROUTE 91 HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS IN MY HOMETOWN. MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE WERE INJURED. I STILL REMEMBER THAT DAY LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. I REMEMBER GOING TO SUNRISE HOSPITAL AND SEEING 194 VICTIMS WHO HAD BEEN SHOT OR INJURED. SINCE OCTOBER 1, I HAVE COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR 58 TIMES TO HONOR EACH OF THE VICTIMS AND TO SHARE THEIR STORIES. FOR THE LAST NINE MONTHS, MY COLLEAGUES HAVE LISTENED TO 58 SEPARATE SPEECHES AND HAVE LOOKED AT THE PICTURES OF THE 58 VICTIMS. AND THESE STORIES HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE BY THE MAJORITY. SINCE OCTOBER 1, MEMBERS OF THE NEVADA DELEGATION HAVE ASKED TO AT LEAST HOLD A HEARING ON BUMP STOCKS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THIS MASSIVE CARNAGE IN LAS VEGAS. AND THE LETTERS HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE BY THE MAJORITY. SINCE OCTOBER 1, DEMOCRATS AND A FEW REPUBLICANS HAVE INTRODUCED NO LESS THAN 30 BILLS TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY. YET THESE BILLS HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE BY THE MAJORITY. SINCE OCTOBER 1, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S., INCLUDING AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN SUTTERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS, AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL? PARKLAND, FLORIDA. AND AT THE CAPITAL GAZETTE IN INDIANAPOLIS, MARYLAND. THESE MASS SHOOTINGS HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE BY THE MAJORITY. AT WHAT POINT ARE MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS GOING TO STOP BEING SILENT? AT WHAT POINT ARE THEY GOING TO SAY WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING? WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION? THE UNITED STATES IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A GUN EPIDEMIC. EVERY DAY, 96 AMERICANS, 96 AMERICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE. AMERICANS ARE 25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE MURDERED, 25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE MURDERED WITH A GUN THAN PEOPLE IN OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. AMERICANS CAN NO LONGER FEEL SAFE IN GOING TO SAY WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING? WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION CHURCHES, AT CONCERTS, MOVIE THEATERS, AT WORK, AT MILITARY BASES, AT NIGHTCLUBS, AT RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING MALLS, GROCERY STORES, BASEBALL FIELDS, CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL FIELDS. AND EVEN WORSE, OUR CHILDREN ARE NO LONGER SAFE AT SCHOOL. SINCE 2009, THERE HAVE BEEN 288 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S.. TODAY LITTLE KIDS ARE AFRAID TO WEAR LIGHTUP SHOES TO SCHOOL BECAUSE A GUNMAN CAN SEE THEM WHEN THEY HAVE TO HIDE FOR THEIR LIFE. FROM THE TIME OF THE MASS SHOOTING AT SANDY HOOK TO THE MASS SHOOTING IN PARKLAND, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS HELD MORE THAN 40, 40 MOMENTS OF SILENCE RELATED TO GUN VIOLENCE. HOWEVER IN THAT SAME TIME, THE MAJORITY REFUSES TO CONSIDER ANY REAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO HOLD HEARINGS OR TAKE ANY ACTION THAT CAN REDUCE THIS GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC. DESPITE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THIS BODY TO BAN BUMP STOCKS, IMPLEMENT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, LIMIT HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES, OR BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS, MY COLLEAGUES SAY THAT NOTHING CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. IF THAT'S TRUE, WHY IS THE UNITED STATES THE ONLY DEVELOPED COUNTRY THAT HAS THIS PROBLEM? . DO SOMETHING. WE CAN TAKE ACTION. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CAN PUT THE LIVES OF AMERICAN GUN LOBBY FIRST AND THE N.R.A. AND GONE MANUFACTURERS, BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME FIRST. WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE CAN PASS BIPARTISAN AND COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS TO PREVENT MORE SHOOTINGS AND TO SAVE MORE LIVES. TO MY FELLOW NEVADANS AND AMERICANS, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT DESPITE THESE ROADBLOCKS, WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING. EVERY DAY THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE IN CONGRESS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY SAFER. EVERY DAY WE'RE MOVED BY YOUR RALLYING CRIES AND YOUR STORIES AND EVERY DAY WE WILL FIGHT TO END GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC IN THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU.

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    • 10:46:10 AM

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      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:46:19 AM

      MR. NORMAN

      I RISE TODAY IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL TO FORMALLY RECOGNIZE THE FIRST…

      I RISE TODAY IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL TO FORMALLY RECOGNIZE THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN BLACKSBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA. IT WAS FIRST CALLED THE BARIA BAPTIST CHURCH, WAS ORGANIZED OVER 146 YEARS AGO ON DECEMBER 4, 1876. THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE WAS LOCATED HIGHWAY 29 NEAR THE OLD BARIA CEMETERY. IT WAS USED AS A CHURCH, SCHOOLHOUSE, COMMUNITY MEETING HALL. THE FIRST PEOPLE TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE ORIGINAL BUILDING WAS SALLY LITTLE AND MADDIE BRIDGES. THE FIRST MENTION OF BUILDING A NEW CHURCH BUILDING WAS IN 1906. A COMMITTEE WAS FORMED TO SEARCH FOR NEW LAND. THE PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF CHEROKEE AND RUTHERFORD STREETS WAS PURCHASED FOR $500. IN THE SPRING OF 1912, THE BUILDING STARTED. D.A. GOLD PLACED THE FIRST BRICK WITH MS. EMMA CORNWELL PLACING THE FIRST MORTAR FORT FIRST BRICKS. THE FIRST SERVICE IN THE NEW CHURCH FACILITY WAS HELD OVER 105 YEARS AGO IN JUNE, 1913. THE NAME OF THE CHURCH WAS OFFICIALLY CHANGED FROM THE BARIA BAPTIST CHURCH TO THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BLAGSBURG. THE FIRST PERSON TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE NEW BUILDING WAS MR. BEN RANSHER. IN 1922, OVER 96 YEARS AGO, A HOUSE AND SIX ACRES OF LAND OWNED BY MR. TRACY HARDEN WAS DONATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF BUILDING A CHURCH PARSONAGE. THE CHURCH BEGAN CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOMS. IT WAS PURCHASED DURING THE YEARS BETWEEN 1941 AND 1950. A NEW BUILDING FUND WAS STARTED. THE CHURCH BROKE GROUND ON THE NEW BUILDING AT A COST OF $87,500, AND ON SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 1956, WHICH WAS OVER 62 YEARS AGO, THE CHURCH CELEBRATED HOMECOMING WITH DINNER ON THE GROUNDS IN THE NEW SOCIAL HALL DOWNSTAIRS. ON JUNE 11, 1961, ALL DEBT WAS PAID OFF AND A NOTE BURNING SERVICE WAS HELD TO CELEBRATE THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT. ON JULY 5, 1962, THE CHURCH VOTED TO BEGIN THE NEW SANCTUARY. THE COMMITTEE OVERSEEN THE CONSTRUCTION WAS COMPRISED OF 10 MEMBERS, REPRESENTING EACH OF THE RESIDENT FAMILIES. THE NEW SANCTUARY WAS COMPLETED IN 1963 AT A TOTAL COST OF $74,735, AND THE DEBT WAS PAID OFF ON MAY 2, 1979. THE BUILDING ON THE NEW PARCEL WAS LOCATED IN LINDSEY CIRCLE, BEGAN IN THE 1970'S AND COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY, 1972. THE DEBT WAS PAID OFF AND THE OFFICIAL BURNING SERVICE WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 23, 1975, TO CELEBRATE THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT OF PAYING OFF THE DEBT. IN OCTOBER, 1976, THE CHURCH VOTED TO SELL THE OLD AREA AND PURCHASE THE ENTIRE LAND LOCATED INSIDE THE LINDSEY CIRCLE FOR FUTURE RECREATIONAL FACILITY. ON DECEMBER 1, 1993, THE CHURCH PURCHASED THE PROPERTY AND BUILDINGS IMMEDIATELY NEXT TO THE EXISTING CHURCH SANCTUARY AT A COST OF $35,000 WITH THE DEBT PAID IN FULL ON JANUARY 16, 1998. THE NEXT MAJOR RENOVATION AND BUILDING CAME IN 1995 WHERE THE CHURCH REAFFIRMED THE IDEA OF SEEKING TO BUILD A RECREATIONAL FACILITY BESIDE THE EXISTING CHURCH SANCTUARY. IN JUNE, 1996, THE OLD GROCERY STORE KNOWN AS THE SARAH WILKINS PROPERTY WAS DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW CONSTRUCTION. IN 1997, RENOVATIONS AND REPAIRS WERE MADE TO THE EXISTING EDUCATIONAL BUILDING AND EXTERIOR OF THE SANCTUARY ALONG WITH A NEW ORGAN FOR THE SANCTUARY. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FAMILY LIFE CENTER BEGAN IN AUGUST OF 1999, FOR A TOTAL COST OF $520,000, WITH THE CHURCH ONLY BORROWING $60,000. THE BUILDING WAS COMPLETE AND THE DEDICATION HELD ON MAY, 2000, AND THE REMAINING DEBT WAS PAID OFF IN 2001. IN JULY, 2001, THE CHURCH PURCHASED THE OLD LIBRARY BUILDING LOCATED BEHIND THE EXISTING SANCTUARY AND EDUCATION BUILDING WHERE THE CHURCH OFFICES EXIST TODAY. THE LAST REN RATIONS TO THE PRESENT SANCTUARY -- REN JATIONS TO THE PRESENT SANKET -- RENOVATIONS TO THE PENITENTIARY SANCTUARY WAS IN 2002. AS WE WORSHIP TODAY IN 2018 WITH THE CORE MISSION BEING THEN AND NOW, SERVICE TO JESUS CHRIST, AND THE FAITHFUL TEACHINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:51:18 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. SHEA-PORTER,…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. SHEA-PORTER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:51:23 AM

      MS. SHEA-PORTER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO READ A COLUMN BY MAX BOOT,…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO READ A COLUMN BY MAX BOOT, CONSERVATIVE, VERY WELL-KNOWN. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WILLING, AND I'M QUOTING COMPLETELY. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WILLING UNDER DUERESS THAT RUSSIAN MEDDLING TOOK PLACE IN 2016 BEFORE REVERTING TO CALLING IT A BIG HOAX. BUT HE ALWAYS MAINTAINS THAT THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA HAD NO IMPACT. HE DESCRIBES IT AS A DEMOCRAT EXCUSE FOR LOSING THE 2016 ELECTION. FAITHFULLY ECHOING THE PRESIDENT, OTHER REPUBLICANS, SUCH AS HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, SAYS IT'S CLEAR THAT RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE DIDN'T HAVE A MATERIAL EFFECT ON OUR ELECTIONS. WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS EVEN CLAIMS THAT THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY REACHED THAT CONCLUSION. NOT QUITE. HERE'S THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S ASSESSMENT. PARTIALLY DECLASSIFIED IN 2017. WE DID NOT MAKE AN ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT THAT RUSSIAN ACTIVITIES HAD ON THE OUTCOME OF THE 2016 ELECTION. U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS CHARGED WITH MONITORING AND ASSESSING THE INTENTIONS, CAPABILITIES, AND ACTIONS OF FOREIGN ACTORS. IT DOES NOT ANALYZE U.S. POLITICAL PROCESSES OR U.S. PUBLIC OPINION. UNQUOTE. TO CONTINUE THIS STORY THAT MAX WROTE, WHEN THEN-C.I.A. DIRECTOR MIKE POMPEO CLAIMED LAST FALL THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S ASSESSMENT THAT THE RUSSIAN MEDDLING DID NOT AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION, UNQUOTE, HIS OWN AGENCY REBUKED HIM. WHILE THEY ARE SILENT ON THE RUSSIA ATTACK, OUTSIDE PEOPLE WHO EXAMINED IT, SPREADING PROPAGANDA ONLINE, HACKING STATE VOTAL ROLES, HAVE CONCLUDED IT DID AFFECT AN EXTREMELY CLOSE ELECTION DECIDED BY FEWER THAN 80,000 VOTES IN THREE STATES. A FORMER F.B.I. AGENT WRITES IN HIS BOOK, MESSING WITH THE ENEMY, WROTE THAT RUSSIA AFFECTED THE ELECTION, ESPECIALLY IN MICHIGAN AND WISCONSIN, WHERE HE WON LESS THAN 1% IN EACH STATE. WE KNOW THE PROPAGANDA REACHED 126 MILLION PEOPLE VIA FACEBOOK ALONE. AN ANALYSIS FOUND THAT FAKE NEWS ON FACEBOOK GENERATED MORE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT DURING THE LAST THREE MONTHS OF THE CAMPAIGN DURING LEGITIMATE ARTICLES. THE FALSE ELECTION STORIES FROM HOAX SITES AND HYPERPARTISAN BLOGS GENERATED EIGHT MILLION SHARES, REACTIONS AND COMMENTS ON FACEBOOK. IT WAS EITHER STARTED BY RUSSIAN BOTZ. INCLUDING THE POPE SUPPORTED TRUMP. ELSEWHERE IN RUSSIA, THEY SPREAD PRO-TRUMP MESSAGES ON TWITTER. 1.4 MILLION USERS WAS HACKED. THERE WAS A #HILLARYFORPRISON REFLECTED WHAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS SAYING. THE RUSSIAN BOTZ CLAIMED AFTER EVERY PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CLAIMED TRUMP WON. WHILE OBJECTIVE VIEWERS CLAIMED IT GAVE TO CLINTON. WHILE THERE'S NO EVIDENCE VOTE TALLIES CHANGED, THEY MAY HAVE USED THAT STOLEN DATA TO SHARE THE RESULTS WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE FOUND IN A SMALL NUMBER OF STATES, THE RUSSIANS MAY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ALTER OR DELETE VOTER REGISTRATION DATA, POTENTIALLY DISENFRANCHISING CLINTON VOTERS. THEN THERE IS THE CRUCIAL IMPACT OF THE DOCUMENTS DISSIMILAR MATED BY WIKILEAKS. THE FIRST TRENCH OF STOLEN DOCUMENTS, MORE THAN 19,000 EMAILS AND 8,000 ATTACHMENTS WAS STRATEGICALLY RELEASED ON JULY 22, 2016. THREE DAYS BEFORE THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION. THE RESULTS NEWS COVERAGE DISRUPTED THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN'S PLANS BY CREATING THE IMPRESSION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION WAS FORCED THE D.N.C. CHAIRWOMAN DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ TO RESIGN. THE SECOND TRENCH OF STOLEN DOCUMENTS WAS RELEASED 29 MINUTES AFTER THE "POST" REPORTED ON THE ACCESS HOLLYWOOD VIDEOTAPE WHICH TRUMP WAS TALKING ABOUT GRABBING WOMEN'S GENITALS. THEY REVEALED THE TRANSCRIPTS OF LUCRATIVE SPEECHES THAT CLINTON GAVE TO GOLDMAN SACHA. A THIRD RELEASE OF STOLEN EMAILS SAID ONE PROVIDED DEBATE QUESTIONS TO CLINTON DURING THE PRIMARIES. SENIOR DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES, WHO THEMSELVES WERE CATHOLICS, SPURRED REPUBLICANS TO CHERRY PICK THEIR DEBATE -- THE ELECTION WAS RIGGED AND THE CLINTON TEAM, AS HE SAID, VICIOUSLY ATTACKING CATHOLICS AND EVANGELICALS. THE LATTER CHARGE PROVED IMPORTANT IN WISCONSIN, MICHIGAN, SWING STATES WITH A LOT OF CATHOLIC VOTERS. LITTLE WONDER SAYING TRUMP SAID, I LOVE WIKILEAKS, AND MENTIONED IT 164 TIMES IN THE LAST MONTH OF THE TIME. THIS WIKILEAKS STUFF IS UNBELIEVABLE, TRUMP SAID, IN OCTOBER 12. EIGHT DAYS LATER, HE MAR VELLED, BOY, THAT WIKILEAKS HAS DONE A JOB ON HER, HASN'T IT? THEY PREVENT RUSSIAN INTERVENTION --

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      MS. SHEA-PORTER

      THE END OF THIS IS, AND SORRY I HAVE TO SKIP OVER SOME.

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      MS. SHEA-PORTER

      END OF -- THANK YOU.

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

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      MRS. WAGNER

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN APRIL, MY BILL, THE FIGHT ONLINE SEX…

      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN APRIL, MY BILL, THE FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT, OR FOSTA, BECAME LAW. FOSTA ALLOWS FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS TO GO AFTER THE ONLINE BUSINESSES THAT ARE TRAFFICKING OUR CHILDREN. SIGNING FOSTA INTO LAW HAS DECIMATED THE ONLINE SEX TRADE THAT FUELS HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA. SCORES OF MAJOR WEBSITES THAT PROMOTED SEX TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION HAVE SHUT DOWN, AND COUNTLESS LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE BETTER OFF NOW BECAUSE OF FOSTA. FEWER VICTIMS ARE BEING TRAFFICKED, BUYERS ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO EASILY PURCHASE WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND FEWER PIMPS ARE GETTING THEIR PAYDAY. THE ONLINE SLAVE TRADE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE FRAGILE THAN TODAY. AFTER PASSAGE OF FOSTA, GLOBAL AD VOLUME DECLINED 87% FROM THE DAILY AVERAGE. WEBSITES THAT DOMINATED THE ILLEGAL SEX TRADE SHUT DOWN FOR FEAR OF BEING PROSECUTED. WEBSITES LIKE MASSAGE TROLS, THE EROTIC REVIEW, ANDESS COURTS IN COLLEGE, ARE GONE. -- AND ESCORTS IN COLLEGE, ARE GONE. REDDIT, GOOGLE, PAYPAL, UPDATED THEIR TERMS OF SERVICE TO ENSURE THAT PLATFORMS ARE BEING -- AREN'T BEING ABUSED BY TRAFFICKERS. ADDITIONALLY, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SHUT DOWN BACKPAGE.COM AND ITS OWNERS WERE ARRESTED. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE THIS CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE ON ITS HEELS. BUYERS AND PIMPS DON'T KNOW WHERE TO TURN, AND TRAFFICKERS ARE GETTING 90% FEWER RESPONSES THAN THEY GOT ON BACK PAGE AND THE OTHER LEADING TRAFFICKING SITES THAT SHUT DOWN. THE BOTTOM LINE IS -- WEBSITES ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO AVOID CRIMINAL LIABILITY WHILE YOU TRYING TO KEEP THEIR CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE ALIVE. BUT THE LOOPHOLES THAT THEY WERE UTILIZING NO LONGER EXIST. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE ALSO CRACKING DOWN ON ACCOUNTS USED BY TRAFFICKING. C.C. BILL, THE PAYMENT PROCESSOR OF THESE PORN AND TRAFFICKING HUBS, STOPPED PROCESSING CREDIT CARDS FOR WEBSITES THAT FACILITATE PROSTITUTION. C.C. BILL WAS A DOMESTIC CREDIT CARD PROCESSOR OF LAST RESORT AND WEBSITES ARE NOW STRUGGLING TO FIND A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. TOGETHER WE ARE PUTTING THE ONLINE SLAVE TRADE OUT OF BUSINESS. AS TRAFFICKING BECOMES LESS PROFITABLE, FEWER VICTIMS WILL EVER BE SOLD AND RAPED. FOSTA IS STRIKING FEAR IN THE HEARTS OF AMERICA'S PIMPS AND ONLINE PREDATORS. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS SEEING REAL RESULTS, AND THAT IS WHY FOSTA IS BEING CALLED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ANTI-TRAFFICKING LAW IN NEARLY 20 YEARS. EXPERTS HAVE REPEATEDLY SAID THAT THE SEX TRAFFICKING WILL FLOURISH UNTIL MARKET FORCES AT RISK IS INCREASED AND WE CREATE A REAL CRIMINAL DETERRENT. . FOSTA ESTABLISHES THAT DETERRENT. AS A RESULT FEWER BUSINESS ALSO EVER, EVER ENTER THE SEX TRADE. SEX ADVERTISE SOMETHING AT A NEW LOW FOR THIS DECADE. AND THIS CONGRESS HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT WE CAN AND WILL HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THE BUSINESSES THAT PROFIT FROM THE SALE OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE MASSIVE BIPARTISAN MAJORITIES OF BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT FOSTA IS LAW TODAY. THE RESULTS ARE SEEN IN OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PROOF THAT CONGRESS CAN AND DOES WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE REAL RESULTS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED. FEWER CHILDREN AND WOMEN ARE BEING SOLD INTO SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION WEBSITES ARE BEING SHUT DOWN. WE'RE DELIVERING REAL RESULTS FOR REAL PEOPLE AND OUR COUNTRY IS BETTER OFF NOW BECAUSE OF IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:01:42 AM

      MR. ENGEL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A FEW HUNDRED FEET NORTH OF HERE IN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A FEW HUNDRED FEET NORTH OF HERE IN THE SENATE SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO WILL SOON TESTIFY ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DISASTROUS PERFORMANCE AT THE RECENT NATO SUMMIT, AND WORSE AT HIS MEETING IN HELSINKI WITH RUSSIA'S DICTATOR, VLADIMIR PUTIN. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THIS BODY AND YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT MR. POMPEO HAS TO SAY ON THESE TOPICS, YOU BETTER TURN ON YOUR TELEVISION BECAUSE HE ISN'T COMING OVER HERE. SECRETARY POMPEO IS IGNORING THE HOUSE, DESPITE OUR REQUEST THAT HE COME TESTIFY OR BRIEF OUR MEMBERS. HE'S BLOWING OFF HALF OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS AND I BET IF SECRETARY POMPEO WERE STILL A MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE, HE WOULD THINK SO, TOO. WE HAVE TOO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT HAPPENED IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SECRET MEETING WITH WE HAVE PUTIN? THEY SAT TOGETHER FOR TWO HOURS WITH NO ONE ELSE ASIDE FROM INTERPRETERS. WHAT DEALS WERE MADE? WHAT AGREEMENTS WERE REACHED? THE RUSSIANS ARE CLAIMING A GREAT DEAL WAS DISCUSSED, BUT SO FAR WE HAVE HEARD NOTHING FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS IN HELSINKI WERE A BETRAYAL OF HIS DUTIES. HE HAD ALREADY INSULTED OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS AND ALLIES, AND WITH THE WORLD WATCHING, HE SIDED WITH PUTIN OVER OUR OWN INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES ABOUT RUSSIA'S ATTACK ON OUR DEMOCRACY. SO WE NEED TO SEE SECRETARY POMPEO AND SECRETARY MATTIS AND DIRECTOR COATS. I RECENTLY JOINED WITH MY FELLOW RANKING MEMBERS, MR. SMITH ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND MR. SCHIFF ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, DEMANDING THESE SENIOR OFFICIALS COME TO THE HILL AND SHED LIGHT ON WHAT TOOK PLACE. WE DON'T KNOW. AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS NOT COMING TO THE HOUSE TO TELL US. WE'VE GOT NO RESPONSE TO OUR REQUESTS. WITH SECRETARY POMPEO SET TO APPEAR IN THE SENATE, THAT'S A SLAP IN THE FACE OF THIS BODY. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY SHOULD OBJECT TO THE FACT THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION WON'T GIVE US THE TIME OF DAY. I OBJECT AND I'LL KEEP PUSHING UNTIL WE GET THE ANSWERS WE NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR.…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. ROKITA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. ROKITA

      I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY ULTIMATELY SEEKING…

      I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY ULTIMATELY SEEKING JUSTICE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND TO END WHAT OUR PRESIDENT HAS RIGHTFULLY DESCRIBED AS A WITCH-HUNT. FOR TOO LONG OUR RESOURCE VS. BEEN WASTED ON ROBERT MUELLER'S PROBE INTO RUSSIAN COLLUSION IN OUR 2016 ELECTIONS. NOT ONLY HAS THIS PROBE DRAGGED ON FOR OVER A YEAR, BUT IT HAS UNDERMINED OUR ENTIRE SYSTEM OF JUSTICE AT THIS POINT WHILE GIVING WASHINGTON ELITES AND THEIR BIAS COUNSEL A PATH TO WORK ABOVE THE LAW, EXEMPT FROM ANY BOUNDARIES. THROUGH MY MUELLER RESOLUTION, I AM CALLING FOR US TO CALL FOR THE TERMINATION OF THE PROBE IF NO EVIDENCE OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION CAN BE PROVIDED. AND AGAIN AFTER OVER A YEAR NO EVIDENCE HAS BEEN PROVIDED. IT IS TIME FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE RULE OF LAW BACK INTO OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THAT IS WHY I'M IMPLORING MY COLLEAGUES TO FIGHT ALONGSIDE ME BY SIGNING ON TO THIS RESOLUTION. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO END THE CLEAR MANIPULATION OF POWER AGAINST OUR PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT HAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S PROSPERITY AND SECURITY AT THE TOP OF HIS PRIORITIES. AND LET'S LOOK AT THE RESULTS SO FAR. LET'S LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD. THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING. REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN CUT. AND WE'RE LEADING THE WORLD AGAIN. THIS WITCH-HUNT AGAINST OUR PRESIDENT IS UNPRECEDENTED AND IT'S UNCALLED FOR. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BECOME THE PARTY OF OBSTRUCT AND RESIST. OBSTRUCT AND RESIST. OBSTRUCT AND RESIST. THE DEMS CALL TRUMP'S TAX CUTS CRUMBS EVEN THOUGH IT BENEFITS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THOSE THOUSAND DOLLAR BONUSES THAT ARE THE RESULT OF THE TAX CUTS AND THE ECONOMY BOOMING ARE PUTTING FOOD -- MORE FOOD ON THE TABLE, MORE SECURITY IN THE HOME, HELP WITH CHILDCARE AND EVERYTHING ELSE. THEY ARE ANYTHING BUT CRUMBS. THE DEMOCRATS ARE CALLING FOR THE ABOLISHMENT OF I.C.E. EVEN THOUGH THEY PROTECT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. EVEN THOUGH THEY PROTECT US. SINCE WHEN HAS THIS BODY, SINCE WHEN HAS A PARTY BECOME SO RESISTANT, BECOME SO OBSTRUCTIONIST AGAINST LAW AND ORDER, AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT, AGAINST OUR FELLOW CITIZENS WHO ARE PROTECTING US? THE DEMOCRATS ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S TIME TO THROW OUR FULL SUPPORT BEHIND THE PRESIDENT. JUST LOOK THIS WEEK IN THE SENATE. SENATOR COREY BOOKER SAID THAT -- CORY BOOKER SAID THAT ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS JUDGE KAVANAUGH, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NEXT NOMINEE FOR THE SUPPORT, IS QUOTE, COMPLICIT A EVIL, UNQUOTE. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HOW FAR HAVE WE GONE? HOW OUT OF TOUCH IS ONE POLITICAL PARTY IN THIS NATION? AND LET'S SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE WANTS TO PUT AMERICA FIRST. AND ALL THAT MEANS. WE SAW THAT WITH NATO HE'S CALLING ON THE OTHER NATIONS TO FINALLY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT TO DO. TO DO WHAT THEY AGREED TO. IF WE HAVE TO BE THE WORLD'S POLICE FORCE, AT LEAST WE SHOULD HAVE SOME HELP PAYING FOR IT. AND THE SAME WITH WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE U.N. WE PAY, WE PAY, WE PAY. THE TAXPAYERS PAY AND PAY AND PAY. YET WE DON'T GET THE SERVICES WE DESERVE OUR THE LEADERSHIP THAT WE ALSO DESERVE. IT'S A TIME TO PUT AMERICA FIRST. OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE TO HELP SUPPORT. LET'S SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT IN LEADING AGAIN. LET'S SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT IN MAKING AMERICA FIRST AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE AND THE SAME WITH WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE U.N. WE PAY, WE PAY, WE PAY. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AND STILL I RISE. I AM PROUD ONCE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AND STILL I RISE. I AM PROUD ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, TO STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE. I'M PROUD TO DO SO TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. MR. SPEAKER, IN WE -- MR. SPEAKER, IF WE KNOW THE TRUTH IT CAN SET US FREE. A TRUTH, A QUINNIPIAC POLL AS OF JULY 3, THIS MONTH, THIS YEAR, A POLL INDICATES THAT 49% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS A RACIST. 49%. NEARLY 50% OF THE COUNTRY. WONDER WHY? COULD IT BE BECAUSE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE? COULD IT BE BECAUSE OF A MUSLIM BAN? COULD IT BE BECAUSE OF THE WAY THIS PRESIDENT HAS INSTITUTED POLICIES SUCH AS THE ONE THAT HAS IMPACTED LATINOS AT THE BORDER? TAKING BABIES FROM THEIR MOTHERS. SEGREGATING THEM SUCH THAT BABIES DON'T HAVE CONTACT WITH THEIR PARENTS. 49% OF THE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS A RACIST. MR. SPEAKER, SAME POLL. 55% BELIEVE THAT HE HAS EMBOLDENED PEOPLE WHO HOLD RACIST BELIEFS TO EXPRESS THOSE BELIEFS PUBLICLY. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS HAVING AN ADVERSE IMPACT ON SOCIETY. HE'S CAUSING PEOPLE TO DO UGLY THINGS. MR. SPEAKER, THE POLLS ALSO SHOW THIS IS A HARRIS POLL THAT 42% BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. THAT NUMBER WOULD BE HIGHER, BY THE WAY, IF, NOT BUT FOR THE EFFORT TO SUPPRESS IMPEACHMENT. AND I MUST COMPLIMENT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ENGAGED IN THAT EFFORT. THEY HAVE DONE EXCEEDINGLY WELL . SOME PEOPLE DARE NOT SAY THE WORD IMPEACHMENT. I AM SO GLAD, HOWEVER, SO THANKFUL, SO GRATEFUL THAT DR. KING WAS NOT GUIDED BY POLLS. BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME POLLS THAT WOULD CAUSE PERSONS TO DO WHAT THEY SHOULD NOT. IF YOU ARE WAITING ON THE POLLS TO TELL YOU THAT THE PRESIDENT OUGHT TO BE IMPEACHED, YOU MAY BE WAITING A LONG TIME. IF YOU ARE WAITING ON THE POLLS TO GET TO 60%, 70%, 80%, YOU MAY BE WAITING A A LONG TIME. I AM A' SO GLAD DR. KING DID NOT WAIT FOR THE POLLS TO TELL HIM TO PROTEST SEGREGATION AND DISCRIMINATION. THE PRESIDENT OUGHT THE BUS BOY -- THE BUS BOYCOTT PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN MONTGOMERY. THEY PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE CROSSED THE EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE IF THERE HAD BEEN A WAIT FOR THE POLLS. I'M SO GLAD THAT PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL WILL STAND UP TO BIGOTRY. WILL TAKE A STAND. THEY DON'T LET POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY TRUMP THE MORAL IMPERATIVE TO SPEAK OUT AND SPEAK UP. I'M SO GLAD THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE MORAL IMPERATIVE ABOVE POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY. AND FINALLY THIS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WORSHIP AT THE ALTAR OF POLLS, WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS IMPEACHED, 29% OF THE PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. 29%. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GUIDED BY POLLS. I AM ONE OF THEM. BIGOTRY EMANATING FROM THE PRESIDENCY IS IMPEACHABLE BECAUSE OF THE HARM THAT IT'S DOING TO SOCIETY. IMPEACHMENT IS NOT DEAD. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AND MEMBERS ARE…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AND MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. KELLY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY WE LIVE IN ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSES. MR.…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY WE LIVE IN ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSES. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS WINNING AGAIN AND BEFORE WE EMBARK ON THE AUGUST RECESS, LET'S TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHAT JUST 18 MONTHS OF UNIFIED REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT HAS MEANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ACCORDING TO THE I.M.D. WORLD COMPETITIVE CENTERS 2018 RANKINGS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS OVERTAKEN HONG KONG AS THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE MOST COMPETITIVE ECONOMY THANKS TO FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUPPORTIVE ATMOSPHERE FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION. OUR ENTIRE STOCK MARKET IS HOVERING OORNED ALL TIME HIGHS. OUR NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS REACH ITS LOWEST LEVEL IN 18 YEARS. FEMALE UNEMPLOYMENT HAS REACHED ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1953. THAT'S OVER 65 YEARS AGO. BLACK AND HISPANIC UNEMPLOYMENT HAVE REACHED THEIR LOWEST LEVELS EVER. MORE THAN 3.7 MILLION NEW JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, INCLUDING 358,000 NEW JOBS IN MANUFACTURING. IN CONTRAST, MORE THAN 16,000 MANUFACTURING JOBS NATIONWIDE WERE LOST IN 2016, THE YEAR BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE. IN 2017, AN AVERAGE OF 16,333 MANUFACTURING JOBS WERE CREATED PER MONTH. AND LAST MONTH, MANUFACTURING JOBS 26,000 NEW MANUFACTURING JOBS WERE CREATED. BRINGING IT TO A TOTAL OF 358,000 NEW JOBS IN MANUFACTURING SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INAUGURATION IN JANUARY OF 2017. AND IT CONTINUES TO GROW TODAY. THE U.S. CURRENTLY HAS 6.6 MILLION JOB OPENINGS. IT'S AN ALL-TIME HIGH. THERE ARE NOW MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN THERE ARE JOB SEEKERS IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT MONTH. . IN MAY NEW HIRES ROSE TO 7.75 MILLION. THAT'S THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN 17 YEARS AND THE SECOND HIGHEST LEVEL IN RECORD. AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 155.6 MILLION AMERICANS NOW HAVE JOBS. BACK IN PENNSYLVANIA'S THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH IS SOON TO BE THE 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY IN ALL SEVEN COUNTIES. IN ERIE COUNTY, UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOW AT AN 18-YEAR LOW, AND IN CRAWFORD COUNTY, IT'S AT A 42-YEAR LOW. WAGES FOR WORKERS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND ACROSS AMERICA HAVE GROWN STEADILY BY ALMOST 3% OVER THE PAST YEAR AND ARE CONTINUING TO CLIMB. JOBLESS CLAIMS, WHICH ARE ALSO KNOWN AS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT FILINGS, HAVE REACHED A 48-YEAR LOW. MY FRIENDS, THAT'S A HALF A CENTURY. CONSUMER CONFIDENCES THAT REACHED ITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2001. JOB MARKET CONFIDENCE AND SMALL BUSINESS CONFIDENCE ARE AT THEIR HIGHEST LEVELS EVER. SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT LAST YEAR, BUSINESSES CREATED MORE THAN 1.3 MILLION NEW JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. AND THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS, MORE THAN 650 COMPANIES AND COUNTING ARE REINVESTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THEIR BUSINESSES AND HAVE GIVEN MORE THAN 4 1/2 MILLION WORKERS AND COUNTING MAY YOU JOR BONUSES OR PAY RAISES OR BEN -- MAY YOU JOR BONUSES OR PAY RAISES -- MAJOR BONUSES OR PAY RAISES. P.N.C. BANK, WAL-MART, STARBUCKS, MCDONALD'S, CHIPOTLE AND MANY, MANY MORE HAS GIVEN MORE. MORE THAN 100 UTILITY COMPANIES HAVE LOWERED ENERGY BILLS TO CUSTOMERS IN 48 STATES. THEY ARE OPENING BIGGER PAYCHECKS. IN MY HOME DISTRICT, THE AVERAGE TAX CUT FOR INDIVIDUALS IS $1,230. FOR FAMILIES OF FOUR, IT'S $,470. THOSE ARE HARDLY CRUMBS. IN OVER 10 YEARS, HOUSEHOLD ALSO ENJOY AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN $18,000 IN TAKE-HOME PAY. AND THESE ARE DOLLARS THAT THEY'VE EARNED AND NOW THEY GET TO SPEND THEM THE WAY THEY WANT TO AS OPPOSED TO SENDING THEM TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SPEND IT THE WAY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD LIKE TO. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS ALSO ESTABLISHED THE BRAND NEW OPPORTUNITY ZONES, PROGRAM TO INCENTIVIZE PRIVATE INVESTORS TO MAKE LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE FACED ECONOMIC HARDSHIPS WHICH MEANS EVEN MORE JOBS ARE ON THE WAY. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" CALLED THIS PROVISION TO AID THOSE COMMUNITIES IN MORE THAN A DECADE. MR. SPEAKER, IN EVERY MAJOR WAY, ALL AMERICANS ARE BETTER OFF NOW THAN WE WERE JUST TWO SHORT YEARS AGO IN EVERY WAY. AMERICA IS WINNING AGAIN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. WENSTRUP, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:18:35 AM

      MR. WENSTRUP

      WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT…

      WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT SCHOOL SAFETY. I PRESENT, AS A DOCTOR, A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, AS A FATHER, AND AS A REPRESENTATIVE THAT IS OPEN TO NEW IDEAS FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY ATTEMPTING TO DO SOMETHING TO TRY TO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS SAFER AND BETTER FOR OUR CHILDREN. AS A DOCTOR, I SEE VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, WHICH IS MULTIFACETED, WITH DIFFERENT CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO CONSIDER AND WITH PREVENTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPLEMENT. THAT'S WHY I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU WHAT A COUPLE ORGANIZATIONS IN MY DISTRICT ARE DOING TO ATTEMPT TO TACKLE THE LESSER EXPLORED FACTORS AMONG OUR STUDENTS AND IN SOCIETY. IT BEGINS WITH AN ORGANIZATION CALLED SCREEN EDUCATION. SCREEN EDUCATION IS A CINCINNATI-BASED ORGANIZATION THAT SEEKS TO UNDERSTAND SCIENTIFICALLY HOW TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA IMPACTS KIDS. SCREEN EDUCATION AND E.M.I. RESEARCH SOLUTIONS, WHICH IS AN ONLINE MARKET RESEARCH SUPPLIER, ALSO FROM CINCINNATI, PARTNERED WITH STARKS STATISTICAL CONSULTING TO CONDUCT A SURVEY OF STUDENTS. WHILE THEY CONTAIN INSIGHT, I WANT TO SHARE THREE STATISTICS I FOUND SHOCKING. 68% OF STUDENTS SAID THEY WITNESS SOMEONE BEING BULLIED ONLINE AT LEAST SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR. 31% OF STUDENTS SAID THEY HAD SEEN ONLINE BULLYING RESULT IN PHYSICAL VIOLENCE. AND WHEN ASKED IF THEY FELT THAT USING SOCIAL MEDIA WILL CONTRIBUTE TO CONDITIONS THAT COULD RESULT IN SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, 73% OF THE STUDENTS SAID YES. TO BE CLEAR, I AM NOT SAYING SOCIAL MEDIA IS THE SOLE CAUSE OF SHOOTINGS OR SUICIDE, BUT THESE ARE STATISTICS THAT SHOULD SHOCK EVERYONE. RECENT FINDINGS SAID REVENGE IS A STRONG MOTIVATION FOR SCHOOL SHOOTINGS. AMONG STUDENTS, HOMICIDE PERPETRATORS WERE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY AS THEIR VICTIMS TO HAVE BEEN BULLIED BY PEERS. THESE ARE MORE THAN JUST STATISTICS. THEY ARE THE REPORTED EXPERIENCES OF OUR NATION'S CHILDREN ON A DAILY BASIS, BOTH IN AND OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. SO THIS HAD IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PROBLEM THAT CLEARLY COULD AND SHOULD BE ADDRESSED AND THAT OUR SOCIETY SURELY HAS THE MEANS TO DEAL WITH. SOME SORGSES ARE STEPPING UP TO DO -- ORGANIZATIONS ARE STEPPING UP TO DO JUST THAT. BULLY BULLY IS A CINCINNATI-BASED FIRM THAT WAS CREATED OUT OF A DISCONNECT THAT THE FOUNDER NOTICED BETWEEN WIDESPREAD BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOLS AND THE REACTIVE AND LARGELY INEFFECTIVE WAYS OF ADDRESSING THAT HARASSMENT. IT IS DEVELOPING AN ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP THAT NOT ONLY PROVIDES STUDENTS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING ANTAGONISTIC SITUATIONS BUT ALSO ASSIST SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS IN ANALYZING AND ADDRESSING THESE INCIDENTS AND SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF HARASSMENT. BULLY BULLY'S STATED GOAL IS TO NEVER ALLOW OF AN INCIDENT OF HARASSMENT OR BULLY LEAD TO A FATALITY. IT MIGHT BE A FACTOR OF VIOLENCE AND I THINK WE HAVE A MEANS TO STOP IT SO HERE'S A SOLUTION. LET'S TRY IT. IN MY EXPERIENCE, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S RARELY A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO A PUBLIC HEALTH CARE CRISIS. YOU NEED TO TRY MULTIPLE SOLUTIONS ACROSS MULTIPLE FRONTS. PHYSICAL OR VERBAL INTIMIDATION MAY BE A FACET OF THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS THAT WE HAVEN'T PAID ENOUGH ATTENTION TO BUT OUGHT TO. I'M GLAD WE HAVE MARRIAGES LIKE THOSE IN MY OHIO DISTRICT -- I'M GLAD WE HAVE THOSE IN MY OHIO DISTRICT. THEY TEND TO GROW MORE SOCIALLY ANXIOUS, REQUIRING MORE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IF THEY'RE BULLIED. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS SKIP SCHOOL EACH DAY OUT OF FEAR OR ANXIETY. IT MAY BE A MORE PERVASIVE PROBLEM THAN WE THINK, ACTUALLY. RECENT RESEARCH BY SCREEN EDUCATION ON 12 TO 16-YEAR-OLDS AT CAMP LIVINGSTON IN BENNINGTON, INDIANA, FOUND THAT STUDENTS WERE LARGELY HAPPIER BY BEING DEPRIVED OF THEIR SMARTPHONES. THEY WERE MORE ENGAGED AND CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER AS PEOPLE WHEN REMOVED FROM THE CYBER WORLD OF DRAMA, GOSSIP, AND AGGRESSION. INSTEAD OF BEING FORCED TO REACT TO STUDENT VIOLENCE WHEN TRAGICALLY NECESSARY, PERHAPS WE SHOULD FOCUS ON EQUIPPING THE ADULTS WHO SPEND ALL DAY WITH THESE STUDENTS WITH THE MEANS TO SUPPORT AND GUIDE THEM. LET'S KEEP LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER FOR OUR CHILDREN AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, MAYBE WE MAKE THE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE BETTER AND SAFER FOR OUR CHILDREN AS A RESULT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:23:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      I YIELD BACK.

    • 11:23:17 AM

      PRIME MINISTER MAY

      RECEIVE A MESSAGE. PRIME MINISTER MAY: MR. SPEAKER, A -- THE MESSENGER:…

      RECEIVE A MESSAGE. PRIME MINISTER MAY: MR. SPEAKER, A -- THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED S. 2779, AN ACT TO AMEND THE ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY ACT IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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    • 11:23:25 AM

      The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 2278 and S. 2779.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 11:23:45 AM

        MR. SMUCKER

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON A TOPIC THAT SHOULD…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON A TOPIC THAT SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ON THE FOREFRONT OF OUR AGENDA HERE IN CONGRESS. THAT IS WORK FORCE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT. BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS, I OWNED AN OPERATED A SMALL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IN LANCASTER COUNTY, AND WHEN WE WORKED TO EXPAND OUR FOOTPRINT IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA AND SOUGHT OUT NEW MARKETS, EXPAND THE BUSINESS, WE FACED A SERIOUS PROBLEM. MANY TIMES THERE WERE NOT WORKERS AVAILABLE TO FILL THE JOBS THAT WE NEEDED TO FILL TO EXPAND. QUALIFIED OR TRAINED WORKERS WERE JUST SIMPLY UNAVAILABLE. JUST RECENTLY, I MET WITH HALF A DOZEN OF THE NATION'S LARGEST STAFFING AGENCIES. THEY TOLD ME TODAY THAT THIS HAS REACHED CRISIS PROPORTIONS. THEY'RE SEEING COMPANIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY BEING FACED WITH THE SAME PROBLEM THAT I WAS FACED WITH AS A BUSINESS OWNER AND COMPANIES NOW ARE MAKING DECISIONS ON WHERE TO LOCATE NEW FACILITIES, WHERE TO EXPAND BASED ON THE AVAILABLE WORK FORCE IN THAT AREA AND SOMETIMES THAT'S OFF-SHORE RATHER THAN RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. I'VE SEEN THE SKILLS GAP FIRSTHAND. I'VE MANAGED THROUGH IT, UNDERSTOOD THE IMPACTS OF IT, AND SO NOW IN CONGRESS WORKING TO TRY TO FIX IT. ONE OF THE BEST WAYS WE CAN LIFT PEOPLE UP, IMPROVE THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING, AND CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITY IS TO CONNECT THEM WITH A GOOD-PAYING, FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOB. LET'S BE HONEST. THE BEST ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAM IS A JOB. RIGHT NOW OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING. CONSUMER OPTIMISM IS RISING. AND AMERICAN MANUFACTURING HAS RISEN IN EACH OF THE LAST THREE QUARTERS. WE HAVE SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOBS ARE BEING CREATED ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN FACT, THERE ARE ROUGHLY SIX MILLION JOBS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY SAID IT BEST WHEN HE SAID RECENTLY, WE'VE GONE FROM A NATION THAT ASKS, WHERE ARE THE JOBS, TO ONE THAT ASKS, WHERE ARE THE WORKERS. SO ONE OF MY PRIORITIES IN CONGRESS HAS BEEN TO WORK TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORK-BASED LEARNING WHERE INDIVIDUALS GET REAL EXPERIENCE FROM REAL PROFESSIONALS AS THEY ARE LEARNING. I WAS VERY HAPPY TO SEE THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT JUST CAME BACK FROM THE SENATE, WILL BE HOPEFULLY PASSING THAT ONTO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THIS AFTERNOON. THERE'S ADDITIONAL WORK THAT WE CAN DO. THEREFORE, I'VE INTRODUCED ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION THAT WILL CONTINUE THIS EFFORT. H.R. 5153, 5153, THE U.S.A. WORK FORCE TAX CREDIT ACT WOULD ADDRESS THE URGENT NEED TO ENSURE THAT CURRENT AND FUTURE AMERICAN WORKERS ARE PREPARED FOR THE JOBS AVAILABLE IN TODAY'S 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. BY ESTABLISHING A NEW FEDERAL TAX CREDIT, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ENCOURAGE DONATIONS FOR COMMUNITY-BASED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS, CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT, AND EDUCATIONAL PREPAREDNESS. AND WOULD ENCOURAGE PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMPANIES LOOKING TO SPONSOR THESE PROGRAMS. ENCOURAGING INVESTMENTS IN ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS THAT ARE PREPARING OUR WORK FORCE FOR THE JOBS OF TODAY MEANS THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL BE CONNECTED WITH A JOB. IT MEANS MORE FAMILIES IMPROVING THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING. IT MEANS HELPING PEOPLE THRIVE OFF THE DIGNITY THAT JOBS PROVIDE. BUT IT'S REALLY MORE THAN JUST AN INVESTMENT IN WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS. IT'S AN INVESTMENT IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT PATHS TO OBTAINING A GOOD-PAYING JOB. I HAVE MY OWN EXPERIENCE OF RUNNING MY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY DURING THE DAY WHILE I WAS TAKING COLLEGE COURSES AT NIGHT. I NEVER DID QUITE OBTAIN THAT BACHELORS DEGREE, BUT I GAINED THE SKILLS NECESSARY FOR MY INDUSTRY. MY EXPERIENCE ISN'T THAT DIFFERENT FROM SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. I KNOW FIRSTHAND THAT THERE'S NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL SOLUTION TO FINDING A GOOD JOB OR HELPING OTHERS GET CONNECTED WITH ONE. WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS PREPARING WORKERS TO SUCCEED IN THE 21ST CENTURY. WE HAVE TO INVEST IN OUR PEOPLE. I BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION MAKES A DOWN PAYMENT AND PUTS US ON THE RIGHT PATH. IT IS MY HOPE THAT CONGRESS ADVANCES THIS LEGISLATION TO CHANGE LIVES, SUPPORT FAMILIES, LIFT PEOPLE UP, AND SUPPORT OUR GROWING ECONOMY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:23:45 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House resumed Morning-Hour Debate.

    • 11:28:47 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS,…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:28:53 AM

      MR. HILL

      I THANK THE SPEAKER. AMERICA IS BETTER OFF. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS BETTER…

      I THANK THE SPEAKER. AMERICA IS BETTER OFF. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS BETTER OFF BECAUSE U.S. CRUDE EXPORTS HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE JANUARY, 2017, AND PRODUCTION IS UP 12% SO FAR THIS YEAR ALONE. SINCE THE CONGRESS LIFTED THE 40-YEAR BAN ON OIL EXPORTS IN 2015, U.S. PRODUCERS NOW EXPORT BETWEEN 1.5 MILLION AND TWO MILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE EVERY DAY. LIFTING THE BAN HAS FILLED PIPELINES, SPARKED A SURGE OF INVESTMENT IN NEW TECHNOLOGY AND SHIPPING INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND THE UNITED STATES. TODAY, U.S. CRUDE IMPORTS HAVE DROPPED 7.5 MILLION BARRELS PER DAY AS WE RELY ON THAT INCREASED DOMESTIC PRODUCTION AND OUR FRIENDS IN CANADA. LIFTING THE BAN HAS ALLOWED US TO BE IN COMPETITION WITH THE TWO HIGHEST PRODUCING CRUDE OIL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, SAUDI ARABIA AND RUSSIA. ACCORDING TO AN INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY, THIS YEAR THE UNITED STATES IS EXPECTED TO SURPASS SAUDI ARABIA AND RIVAL RUSSIA AS THE WORLD'S LEADING PRODUCER OF CRUDE OIL. THIS COMES AS GERMANY'S WORKING WITH RUSSIA ON A PIPELINE THAT WILL DELIVER MORE THAN 50 BILLION CUBIC METERS OF NATURAL GAS FROM RUSSIA TO GERMANY. . DURING THE RECENT NATO SUMMIT IN BRUSSELS, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS RIGHT TO STRATEGICALLY QUESTION GERMANY'S FURTHER RELIANCE ON RUSSIAN NATURAL GAS. OUR LIQUEFIES NATURAL GAS AND OIL DELIVERED TO THE NORTH SEA AND BALTIC SEAPORTS OFFERS OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE STRATEGICIC DIVERSIFICATION BOTH FROM OPEC AND RUSSIAN DOMINANCE FOR OUR FRIENDS IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE. THEIR CONSUMERS AND THEIR INDUSTRIES. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS BETTER OFF AND I COMMEND PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR RAISING THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE ON HIS RECENT TRIP TO EUROPE AND I'M PROUD OF OUR WORK IN CONGRESS TO ENHANCE AMERICA'S GLOBAL ENERGY LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD FRIEND AND A KEY FIGURE IN EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCES IN ARKANSAS. DR. DAN TULLIS. HE HAS CREENTSLY RETIRED FROM HARDING UNIVERSITY WHERE HE SERVED SINCE 1979 AS THE PROFESSOR, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, AND CHAIR OF THE COMMUNICATION SCIENTIST AND DISORDERS DEPARTMENT. UNDER HIS GUIDANCE, THE COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS PROGRAM HAS GROWN FROM A MAJOR OFFERED THE OVERSIGHT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION TO A SEPARATE DEPARTMENT WITH TWO UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS AND A GRADUATE PROGRAM. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER DAN HAS BEEN HONORED BY HIS COLLEAGUES, STUDENTS, AND INDUSTRY LEADERS WITH WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION AND AWARDS. MOST NOTE THEABLY, HE WAS THE 2015 RECIPIENT OF THE FRANK KEFFNER AWARD WHICH RECOGNIZES AN INDIVIDUAL'S OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMMUNICATIONS. FOR HIS DEVOTION TO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION, SCOUTING, AND A BETTER WORLD THAT HAS IMPROVED THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS ACROSS ARKANSAS AND THE GLOBE, I CONGRATULATE DR. TULLIS ON HIS GREAT CAREER AND HIS RETIREMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AN OUTSTANDING LEADER WHO'S TRANSFORMED THE REALM OF NONPROFITS IN ACKAFPBLGT PAT DOWNS OF THE UNITED WAY OF WHITE COUNTY. PAT RETIRED EARLIER THIS YEAR AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ORGANIZATION AFTER 29 YEARS OF SERVICE. HERSELFLESSNESS, PASSION, AND WORK ETHIC INSPIRE ALL WHO COLLABORATE WITH HER AROUND THE COMMUNITY AND THE WORKPLACE. HELPING TO RAISE OVER $11 MILLION FOR ASSOCIATED AGENCIES, PAT'S DECADES OF LEADERSHIP HAD AN INDELIBLE IMPACT ON CENTRAL ARKANSAS. I THANK PAT FOR HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE UNITED WAY AND BEST WISHES FOR HER FUTURE ENDEAVORS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:33:02 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS, FOR THREE MINUTES. MISS MADAM SPEAKER -- MISS MC-- MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS CLO THE UNITED STATES WAS FOUNDED ON THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY AND ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL. AS THE LATE PRESIDENT REAGAN ONCE SAID, FREEDOM IS NEVER MORE THAN ONE GENERATION AWAY FROM EXTINCTION. WE SEE THE SAD TRUTH IN NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. SO MANY LIVE UNDER THE DARK OPPRESSION AND THEY ARE CALLED CAPTIVE NATIONS. I WAS RECENTLY INTRODUCED TO A YOUNG MAN WITH BIG DREAMS NAMED TITO. FROM VENEZUELA. HE'S CURRENTLY PURSUING HIS MASTERS AT WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY. LIFE IS TOUGH IN VENEZUELA AND IT VENEZUELA. HE'S CURRENTLY BECAME VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM WHEN HE WAS GOING THROUGH A ROUTINE CHECKUP AND FOUND HIS WHITE CELL BLOOD COUNT WAS TOO HIGH. UNFORTUNATELY, HE WASN'T PROPERLY DIAGNOSED BECAUSE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE AND EVEN HELP HAD BEEN DENIED. IT WASN'T UNTIL HE WAS ABLE TO FLY TO HOUSTON AND HAVE A BONE MARROW TEST THAT HE -- AND BE DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA HE GOT THE HELP THAT HE NEEDED. ONCE VENEZUELA WAS A -- NOT ONLY THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA, ONE OF THE TOP 20 RICHEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. AND TODAY IT'S ONE OF THE MOST ECONOMICALLY OPPRESSED. THE I.M.F. IS REPORTING THAT INFLATION COULD TOP 1 MILLION PERCENT. CHAVEZ HAS SABOTAGED THIS DEMOCRACY WITH SOCIALIST POLICIES, CORRUPTION, AND AUTHOR PARNE RULE. CHAVEZ ONCE SAID HE WAS CONVINCED THE PATH TO NEW AND BETTER AND POSSIBLE WORLD IS NOT THROUGH CAPITALISM, THE PATH IS SOCIALISM. TODAY IN THAT NEW WORLD THE GOVERNMENT SELLING ITS CITIZENS TO EAT THEIR OWN PETS LEST THEY STARVE TO DEATH. WHAT WAS ONCE A CULTURAL CENTER AND TOURIST DESTINATION IS THE CRIME CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. THE AVERAGE CITIZEN HAS LOST 20 POUNDS AND INSTEAD OF A BETTER WORLD, THERE IS A REFUGEE CRISIS AND MILLIONS ARE FLEEING TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES. THE PROMISES NEVER MATERIALIZED AND THE PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. PEOPLE LIKE TITO. MA DEARO'S YOU SUB BORN PURSUIT OF SOCIALISM IS HURTING MINNEAPOLIS. OF COURSE HE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CLING TO POWER WERE IT NOT FOR THE CUBAN SUPPORT. AND THEN YOU HAVE OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE NICARAGUA, RULED BY A TYRANT ORTEGA. WHERE WE HAVE SEEN THE ELIMINATION OF THE FREEDOM OF PRESS AND SUPPRESSION OF HABEAS CORPUS RIGHTS. WE AS AMERICANS MUST STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH PEOPLE WHO LONG TO BE FREE. WE MUST SUPPORT LEGISLATION LIKE THE VENEZUELAN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DEFENSE OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE ACT THAT PASSED THE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY LAST YEAR. WE MUST HAVE A STRATEGY TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. WE MUST DO MORE TO ASSURE THAT AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES DO NOT HAVE THE FINANCIAL CAPACITY TO KEEP OPPRESSING THEIR PEOPLE. THIS STORY'S BEEN REPEATED THROUGHOUT HISTORY WHERE SOCIALIST LEADERS RISE TO POWER OFFERING PROMISE THAT IS ARE NEVER KEPT. THE PEOPLE SUFFER AND AS A REMINDER WHY AMERICA IS SO UNIQUE. THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR BELONG TO US. WE THE PEOPLE, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. THAT IS WHY FREEDOM IS SO IMPORTANT. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:36:45 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      I YIELD BACK.

  • 11:36:48 AM

    Recess

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

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      HOST

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      GUEST

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      HOST

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      GUEST

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      HOST

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      GUEST

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      AT C-SPAN.ORG. HOUSE MEMBERS CONTINUE TO WORK TODAY ON HEALTH CARE RELATED…

      AT C-SPAN.ORG. HOUSE MEMBERS CONTINUE TO WORK TODAY ON HEALTH CARE RELATED BILLS. INCLUDING ONE TO EXPAND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND LOWER PREMIUM HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. BOTH EXPECTED BEFORE 2:00 P.M. EASTERN TODAY. MEMBERS COULD ALSO DEBATE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE LEGISLATION. NOW TO LIVE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN.

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  • 12:00:07 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 25.

    • 12:00:09 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by Bishop Irinej Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, New Rochelle, New York.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, BISHOP IRINEJ, SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA, NEW YORK.

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      • 12:00:30 PM

        THE CHAPLAIN

        LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, GOD OF JUSTICE, WE OFFER YOU OUR SINCERE THANKSGIVING…

        LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, GOD OF JUSTICE, WE OFFER YOU OUR SINCERE THANKSGIVING AND HEART FELT PRAYER FOR AND WITH THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE GRACIOUSLY VESTED IN GOVERNANCE OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ENABLE THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE TO PRESENT EQUITABLY THE DIVERSE INTERESTS OF OUR CITIZENS AND THOSE FROM THE EXPANSE OF THE WORLD WHO RESIDE, LABOR, AND STUDY HERE. GUIDE THOSE WHO DELIBERATE AND LEGISLATE ON OUR COLLECT I BEHALF IN THE SPIRIT OF UNITY, OPENNESS, AND UNDERSTANDING. ALLOW THEIR HEARTS EVER TO BE OPEN TO THE RESOUNDING CRY OF THOSE WHO EARNESTLY PLEDGE INDWISSABLE LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. MAY THEY BE ENLIGHTENED BY YOUR PRECEPTS AND MOTIVATED IN THEIR ALTRUISTIC SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE. BLESS AND PRESERVE THEM AND US, LORD. THIS WE PRAY IN CHRIST JESUS, THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN.

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      • 12:01:48 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:01:53 PM

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

    • 12:01:54 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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        MR. BISHOP

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

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

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    • 12:02:13 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:02:34 PM

        MR. POE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO BUDENHOLZER…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO BUDENHOLZER OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA FOR COMING TO LEAD THE OPENING PRAYER ON THIS SPECIAL DAY. 100 YEARS AGO, JULY 28, PRESIDENT WILSON DECLARED A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SERBIAN PEOPLE IN THEIR FIGHT DURING WORLD WAR I. BISHOP IRINEJ HAS A LONG CAREER OF SERVICE BOTH TO GOD AND THE CHURCH AS WELL AS THE SERBIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. HIS WORK HAS TAKEN HIM AROUND THE WORLD. FORMALLY HE WAS THE DISTRICT OF AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND SPENT YEARS SERVING THE CHURCH IN SERBIA. MOST OF HIS CAREER HAS BEEN A DEDICATED EDUCATOR, TEACHER AT LOW YOLEA UNIVERSITY IN CHICAGO AND MEMBER OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH FACULTY IN BELGRADE. PERHAPS HE'S MOST NOTABLE TODAY FOR HIS WORK TO IMPROVE THE TIES BETWEEN THE SERBIAN DIASPORA AND THE SERBIAN STATE. HE PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN BRINGING US ALL TOGETHER WITH GOD'S LOVE. IT IS MY HONOR TO INVITE HIM TOE SHARE -- TO SHARE HIS FAITH WITH US TODAY. THANK YOU, BISHOP IRINEJ, FOR THAT PRAYER. AND MAY GOD BLESS SERBIA ANTI-UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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      • 12:03:46 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES…

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

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      • 12:03:59 PM

        MR. WILSON

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

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

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      • 12:04:04 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:04:07 PM

        MR. WILSON

        MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE SINCERE GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION, I HAVE THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE SINCERE GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION, I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE MATT BLACKWELL, FORMER SENIOR LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT FOR SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I WILL ALWAYS APPRECIATE MATT FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. AT A NATIVE OF AKIN, SOUTH CAROLINA, HE WORKED ON A WIDE VARIETY OF ISSUES INCLUDING ENERGY, TAX, FINANCIAL SERVICES, TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, AND BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS. BEGINNING AS AN INTERN IN THE OFFICE IN 2013, IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO WORK WITH SUCH A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. IT IS WITH MIXED FEELINGS BUT GREAT HAPPINESS THAT THE OFFICE BIDS MATT FAREWELL. HE WILL BE DOING AMAZING WORK AS HIS NEW ROLE AS LEGISLATIVE TRECTOR FOR CONGRESSMAN NEAL DUNN OF FLORIDA. A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF WASHINGTON LEE UNIVERSITY IN LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA. I KNOW HIS PARENTS, STATE REPRESENTATIVE BART AND PAULA BLACKWELL AND FAMILY MEMBERS JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING HIS ACHIEVEMENTS. IN CONCLUSION, GOT BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. PANE --

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        MR. PAYNE

        MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1987 THE NUMBER OF PILOTS IN THE UNITED STATES HAS…

        MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1987 THE NUMBER OF PILOTS IN THE UNITED STATES HAS DECREASED BY 30%. DEMAND FOR PILOTS IS UP AND THE SUPPLY OF TRAINED PILOTS IS DOWN. THROUGHOUT THE AVIATION INDUSTRY, THERE IS A DESPERATE NEED FOR TRAINED AVIATION EMPLOYEES. ONE WAY WE CAN HELP END THE SHORTAGE IS TO CREATE PATHS FOR MINORITY TRAINING. AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERREPRESENTED IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY. THEY REPRESENT ONLY 9% OF AIRLINE MECHANICS AND SERVICE TECHNICIANS. 2% OF AIRCRAFT PILOTS AND FLIGHT ENGINEERS. AND 12% OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO DIVERSIFY AVIATION FIELD WILL HELP THE CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF PILOTS AND AVIATION EMPLOYEES. SOON I'LL BE INTRODUCING A BILL TO CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO DIVERSIFY AVIATION FIELD ESTABLISH A AFRICAN-AMERICAN ADVISORY BOARD WITHIN THE F.A.A. THE ADVISORY BOARD WILL ENGAGE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS THROUGHOUT -- THROUGH AVIATION TRAINING, MENTORSHIP, EDUCATION, AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN MY EFFORT TO DECREASE OUR NATION'S PILOT SHORTAGE BY TAPPING INTO AN UNDERUTILIZED POPULATION AND CREATE A MORE INCLUSIVE AVIATION INDUSTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A REMARKABLE CONSTITUENT…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A REMARKABLE CONSTITUENT FROM ROCHESTER HILLS, MICHIGAN, ROW SARA MEEKO. SHE JOINS SO MANY OTHER BRAVE WOMEN TO HELP THE WAR EFFORTS DURING WORLD WAR II AS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL ROSY THE RIVETERS. SHE SERVED HER CONRY TRI BY WORKING ON B-17 BOMBERS FOR A GOOD PORTION OF THE WAR. LAST SUNDAY SHE REACHED A MILESTONE. BORN IN 1910 DURING THE WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT PRESIDENCY, SHE CELEBRATED HER 108TH BIRTHDAY IN ROCHESTER HILLS, ALONGSIDE HER TWO DAUGHTERS, EIGHT GRANDKIDS, 18 GREAT GRANDKIDS, AND 12 GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. THAT'S FIVE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PRIVILEGED TO REPRESENT SUCH AN OUTSTANDING AND HONORABLE PERSON.

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        MR. BISHOP

        I WOULD LIKE TO WISH HER A VERY HAPPY 108TH THE BIRTHDAY AND THANK YOU FOR…

        I WOULD LIKE TO WISH HER A VERY HAPPY 108TH THE BIRTHDAY AND THANK YOU FOR HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE AS THE ORIGINAL ROSY THE RIVETER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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        UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. HIGGINS

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK AFTER COMMITTEE IN WESTERN…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK AFTER COMMITTEE IN WESTERN NEW YORK DEDICATED TO CONSTRUCTING THE ONLY MONUMENT IN THE NATION HONORING AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY DURING TIMES OF WAR. THIS LONG OVERDUE TRIBUTE ACKNOWLEDGES THE SELFLESS SACRIFICE OF OUR VETERANS, MANY OF WHOM SERVED OUR NATION WHILE BEING TEA NEED EEBLING A WALL RIGHTS AT HOME. -- EQUAL RIGHTS AT HOME. THE MONUMENT TO BE LOCATED IN THE MILITARY PARK WILL FEATURE 12 ILLUMINATED BLACK PILLARS REPRESENTING CONFLICTS AND DESIGNED TO GIVE VISITORS AN EXPERIENCE THAT IS REFLECTIVE, EDUCATIONAL, AND INSPIRSATIONAL. THE MONUMENT IS BEING DESIGNED BY A LOCAL YOUNG TALENTED ARTIST, JONATHAN CASEY. I HAVE ASKED THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE TO COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL PROJECT LEADERS ON THIS FIRST IN THE NATION AFRICAN-AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND THE VETERANS, ARTIST AND NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLYWOMEN, CRYSTAL STOKES, WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO MAKING THIS MONUMENT A REALITY. IT IS LONG OVERDUE RECOGNITION OF THOSE WHO SERVED PROUDLY AND COURAGEOUSLY. I YIELD BACK.

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        REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I TRAVEL MICHIGAN'S SEVENTH DISTRICT IN…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I TRAVEL MICHIGAN'S SEVENTH DISTRICT IN NEIGHBORHOOD TO STORES TO THE FACTORY FLOOR, THERE IS A RENEWED SENSE OF OPTIMISM. FOLKS I HEAR FROM FEEL SAFER AND MORE SECURE ABOUT THE FUTURE. THE ECONOMY IS THRIVING THANKS TO PRO-GROWTH POLICIES LIKE TAX CUTS AND REGULATORY REFORM. BUSINESSES ARE HIRING AND THERE ARE MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN JOB SEEKERS. WORKERS AND FAMILIES ARE SEEING BIGGER PAYCHECKS AND MORE TAKE-HOME PAY. IT'S NOT JUST OUR ECONOMY THAT'S GETTING STRONGER. OUR MILITARY IS AS WELL. WE'RE TAKING CARE OF OUR TROOPS, RAISING THEIR PAY, AND REFORMING THE V.A. TO HELP OUR VETERANS. WE HAVE ALSO TAKEN SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC.

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        MR. WALZ

        CRACK DOWN ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFER. IS THERE…

        CRACK DOWN ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFER. IS THERE MORE WORK TO DO? ABSOLUTELY. OUR FOCUS WILL TRAFFICKING, REMAIN ON HELPING IMPROVING PEOPLE'S LIVES AND MAKING IT EASIER FOR THEM TO GET AHEAD. THE RESULTS SO FAR ARE CLEAR. AMERICANS ARE BETTER OFF NOW. AND I YIELD BACK.

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        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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        MINUTE.

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        MR. BARR

        HE WAS WELL RESPECTED IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND ACTIVE IN MANY CIVIL…

        HE WAS WELL RESPECTED IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND ACTIVE IN MANY CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS. THEY ARE TRUE HEROES AS MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION THEY WILLINGLY SERVED TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY TODAY. I'M HUMBLED TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN HERO, MR. JOHN A. POLUMBO, BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND I EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY DURING THIS TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK BISHOP IRINEJ TODAY FROM THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX…

        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK BISHOP IRINEJ TODAY FROM THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH FOR OFFERING TODAY'S PRAYER. WE'RE AT THE 100TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WHEN PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON RAISED THE SERBIAN FLAG IN A SHOW OF SUPPORT OF THE SERBIAN PEOPLE. THAT SYMBOLIC ACT OF SOLIDARITY IS REMEMBERED TODAY, AND I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. SINCE 2006, MY HOME STATE OF OHIO HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE SERBIAN ARMED FORCES THROUGH THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD, THROUGH THE STATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM. SOLDIERS FROM THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD AND THE SERBIAN DEFENSE FORCES HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON DEPLOYMENTS AND TRAINING. SERBIAN ARMED WE HAVE ALSO WORKED TOGETHER TO CONSTRUCT SCHOOLS, DO HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS, PROVIDE HEALTH CARE. ON THIS ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S.-SERBIA COOPERATION, I LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER 100 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH SERBIA AND OHIO STANDS READY TO LEAD THE WAY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. LAMALFA

        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AN AM MUST BRIEF CHILD BY MAJORITY WHIP STEVE…

        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AN AM MUST BRIEF CHILD BY MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE. THE 93-YEAR-OLD MEMORIAL HONORING FALLEN SOLDIERS HAS COME UNDER ATTACK SIMPLY FOR BEING SHAPED LIKE A CROSS. THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULED THE MEMORIAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE OF AN INHERENT MEANING OF THE CROSS AS A RELIGIOUS SYMBOL. WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE LIVE IN WHERE A MONUMENT TO HONOR FALLEN SOLDIERS OF WORLD WAR I, 93 YEARS OLD, IS BEING THREATENED BECAUSE OF ITS SHAPE OR RELIGIOUS MEANING? WHAT'S MORE THIS IS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE WHICH HAS BEEN LITIGATED. IT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS HOSTILITY TOWARDS RELIGION NOT NEUTRALITY. WHAT'S NEXT? ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY? THE U.S. CAPITOL? OR COUNTLETS OTHER NATIONAL MONUMENTS OR HISTORIC SITES OR TRADITIONS? THE SUPREME COURT HAS A CHANCE TO REVERSE THE DECISION. I URGE THEM TO SET PRECEDENT THAT WILL PROTECT AMERICA'S HISTORIC MONUMENTS INTO PERPETUITY. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO 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.

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        TEMPORE

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

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUNE, NEW MEXICO'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TICKED…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUNE, NEW MEXICO'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TICKED DOWN TO 4.9%. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE STATE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS GONE BELOW 5% SINCE SEPTEMBER OF 2008. AND JUST FOR PERSPECTIVE, ONE YEAR AGO , IN 2017, THE UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 6.1%. WHEN WE PASSED THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS BILL, NEW MEXICO DIDN'T IMMEDIATELY FEEL THE RESULTS BUT NOW PEOPLE ARE BEING FILLED WITH CONFIDENCE, BUSINESSES ARE HIRING, THEY'RE EXPANDING AND PEOPLE ARE GOING BACK TO WORK. BUT EVEN A MORE REMARKABLE DEVELOPMENT WAS THE DRIVE TO EXPORT OUR OIL. TWO COUNTIES IN NEW MEXICO ARE DRIVING A SURPLUS THAT IS CAUSING AMERICA TO EXTEND ABOVE AND BEYOND WHERE SAUDI ARABIA IS CURRENTLY PRODUCING. WE'RE ON TRACK TO BECOME NUMBER ONE. WHEN WE RELEASE THE INGENUITY OF THE AMERICAN WORKER, AMERICAN CAN COMPETE WITH ANYONE. THESE THINGS ARE HAPPEN, AMERICA IS BETTER OFF TODAY BECAUSE OF WHAT WE'VE DONE HERE IN CONGRESS AS REPUBLICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION WE'RE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION WE'RE VOTING ON THIS AFTERNOON, CONDEMNING THE VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA AGAINST ITS OWN CITIZENS. I MET WITH BRENDA LANCASTER AND HER HUSBAND LAST WEEK IN MY OFFICE. SHE'S A CONSTITUENT OF MINE WHO STARTED AN ORGANIZATION CALLED Z.M.I. FAMILY MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL. THEY HAVE MINISTRIES IN FIVE DIFFERENT COUNTRY, ONE OF THOSE BEING NICARAGUA. BRENDA HAS RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF CALLS AND MESSAGES FROM PEOPLE AFFILIATED WITH HER MINISTRY THERE THERE -- DOWN THERE CONFIRMING THE VIOLENCE. SHE HAS SEEN PICTURES AND VIDEOS SHE WISHES NO ONE WOULD EVER HAVE TO SEE. LUKE 9:57 RECOULDN'TS A MAN SPEAKING TO JESUS SAYING, I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BRENDA DIDN'T THINK SHE'D START A MINISTRY IN NICARAGUA, BUT THAT'S WHERE GD LED HER. NOW PEOPLE WHO WORK THERE FEAR FOR THEIR LIFES. AMERICA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF FIGHTING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AROUND THE WORLD. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO BRING AWARETONS THIS PRESSING ISSUE AND I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      • 12:18:06 PM

        MR. THOMPSON

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE 2017 TEACH…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE 2017 TEACH FOR AMERICA CAPITOL HILL FELLOWS PROGRAM. SOON MANY FELLOWS WILL CONCLUDE THEIR YEAR-LONG PLACEMENT WITH COMMITTEES AND MEMBER OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE AND SENATE. THIS FELLOWSHIP OFFERS INSIGHT INTO LEGISLATIVE -- INTO THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WITH A FOCUS ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, MENTORSHIP AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES. I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF HOSTING PAUL CAMACHO, AN EDUCATOR FROM PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, AS PART OF MY STAFF. PRIOR TO HIS FELLOWSHIP, HE FOUGHT SIX YEARS IN PHILADELPHIA AND TWO YEARS IN CHOLULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA. BEFORE BECOMING A TEACHER HE SPENT EIGHT YEARS IN THE MARINE CORPS WHERE HE TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY AND LEARNED IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP SKILLS. HE'S BEEN A VALUABLE MEMBER OF MY TEAM AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR HIS SERVICE. I WISH PAUL AND HIS TEAMLY THE BEST AS THEY START THE NEXT -- THEIR NEXT CHAPTER. I COMMEND ALL THE 2017 TEACH FOR AMERICA FOR TAKING A YEAR TO IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN PUBLIC POLICY AND THE WORK THOFERINGSE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO EXPLORE WHAT THIS PROGRAM HAS TO OFFER TO THEIR OFFICES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER…

        PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON THE 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 20678 THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:19:36 PM

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

        • 12:19:41 PM

          Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5693 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts and agreements for the placement of veterans in non-Department medical foster homes for certain veterans who are unable to live independently."

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            I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 569 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

            H.R. 5693, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 8 UNITED STATES CODE TO AUTHORIZE THE…

            H.R. 5693, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 8 UNITED STATES CODE TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS FOR THE PLACEMENT OF VETERANS IN NONDEPARTMENT MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES FOR CERTAIN VETERANS WHO ARE UNABLE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY, TO ESTABLISH THE VETERANS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND TRANSITION ADMINISTRATION AND THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR VETERANS' ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND TRANSOIFINGS THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO AMEND THE INTEREST RATE FOR CERTAIN LOANS GUARANTEED UNDER THE HOME LOAN PROGRAM OF THE DOTCHT VETERANS AFFAIRS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5693.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, AND THE…

          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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          MR. ROE

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

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

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        • 12:20:47 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          MR. ROE

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MR. ROE

          I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL H.R. 5693 AS AMENDED, THE LONG-TERM…

          I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL H.R. 5693 AS AMENDED, THE LONG-TERM CARE VETERANS CHOICE ACT. THIS BILL WOULD EXPAND LONG-TERM CARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS BY ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO COVER THE COST OF A MEDICAL FOSTER HOME FOR CERTAIN VETERANS. MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES ARE PRIVATE HOMES IN WHICH A TRAINED CAREGIVER PROVIDES ROUND THE CLOCK CARE TO A SMALL GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS. MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES HAVE PROVEN TO BE A POPULAR, SAFE, AND COST EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL NURSING HOMES, PARTICULARLY FOR VETERANS WHO PREFER A MORE FAMILIAL, LESS INSTITUTIONAL CARE SETTING. HOWEVER, V.A. IS UNABLE TO COVER THE COST OF CARE FOR A VETERANS RESIDING IN A MEDICAL FOSTER HOME THAT IS TRUE EVEN FOR VETERANS WHO V.A. WOULD OTHERWISE BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR A MORE EXPENSIVE NURSING HOME. AS A RESULT, V.A. STILTS THE DEPARTMENT PAYS MORE THAN TWICE AS MUCH FOR NURSING HOME CARE THAN IT OTHERWISE WOULD. THE LOVERPLE CARE VETERANS CHOICE ACT WOULD HELP ADDRESS AN ISSUE AND IN DOING SO ENSURE THAT VETERAN DOCTORS SR. THE FLEXIBILITY TO CHOOSE THE LONG-TERM CARE SETTING THAT FEELS MOST COMFORTABLE FOR THEM. THE BILL WOULD ALSO CREATE A VETERANS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND TRANSITION ADMINISTRATION TO BE LED BY AN UNDERSECRETARY FOR VETERANS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND TRANSITION. INVESTING IN EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS IS ONE OF V.A. MOST IMPORTANT BUT LEAST RECOGNIZED MISSIONS. TODAY'S PROGRAM -- PROGRAMS CONCERNING EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ARE EMBEDDED WITHIN THE VETERANS BENEFIT ADMINISTRATION WHICH UNDERSTANDABLY DEVOTES MOST OF ITS TIME, ATTENTION, AND RESOURCES ON DISABILITY COMPENSATION RELATED ISSUES AND BACKLOGS THAT RISE AND FALL WITH TIME. CREATING A NEW ADMINISTRATION WITHIN THE V.A. TO HOUSE EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS WILL ENSURE THAT THOSE PROGRAMS RECEIVE THE FOCUSED LEADERSHIP TIME AND ATTENTION THAT THEY DESERVE. TO OFFSET THE MEDICAL FOSTER HOME AND VETERANS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND TRANSITION ADMINISTRATION PROVISIONS OF THE BILL, IT WOULT ALSO AUTHORIZE A TEMP -- IT WOULD ALSO AUTHORIZE A TEMPORARY INCREASE FOR INTEREST RATE REDUCTION LOANS WHEN REFINANCING HOMES. THIS BILL IS SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN CLAY HIGGINS OF LOUISIANA AS AN ENGAGED MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, CLAY IS A CHAMPION FOR HIS FELLOW VETERANS AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS EDUCATION. I'M ALSO GRATE TO FEEL MY GOOD FRIEND AND FORMER SENIOR COMMITTEE MEMBER DR. BRAD WENSTRUP OF OHIO WHO HAS SPONSORED THE VETERANS ECONOMIC AND TRANSITION ADMINISTRATION PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL. AS A VETERAN AND PHYSICIAN HE'S CHAMPIONED VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION ISSUES BECAUSE HE KNOWS BETTER THAN MOST HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT VETERANS TRANSITIONING FROM COMBAT ZONES COME HOME TO MEANINGFUL EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. I THANK HIM FOR HIS EFFORTS AND URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL TODAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:24:01 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        • 12:24:06 PM

          MR. TAKANO

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

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          MR. TAKANO

          TO BEGIN, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE HIGGINS FOR HIS HARD WORK…

          TO BEGIN, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE HIGGINS FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I SUPPORT H.R. 5693 AS AMENDED. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IS A FORWARD-THINKING FIRST STEP TOWARD BETTER ALIGNING V.A.'S LONG-TERM CARE OPTIONS WITH VETERAN PREFERENCES. MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES ARE A SOLUTION FOR VETERANS THAT MAY NOT BE COMFORTABLE IN A TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONAL SETTING SUCH AS A NURSING HOME, YET STILL NEED SOME FORM OF DAILY ASSISTANCE AND CARE. THESE HOMES PROVIDE CARE GIVING SERVICES IN A GROUP SETTING FOR VETERANS THAT LACK ACCESS TO CARE GIVING SERVICES AT HOME. BY ALLOWING V.A. TO COVER THE COST OF MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES, V.A. WILL BE ABLE TO ENSURE VETERANS ARE ACHIEVING THE MOST APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF CARE IN THE MOST APPROPRIATE SETTING. THE CARE DELIVERED AT MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES IS LESS INTENSIVE, THEREFORE, LESS EXPENSIVE. ADDITIONALLY, THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND THE SPLAR HOME-LIKE SETTING CAN PROMOTE A VETERAN'S PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. AGAIN, I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES' HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO VOTING IN FARE OF THE BILL. I CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA'S HARD WORK AND MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:25:39 PM

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        • 12:25:43 PM

          MR. ROE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO AN…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE V.A. COMMITTEE, AND ONE OF THE PRIMARY SPONSORS OF THIS, ARMY VETERAN AND RESERVE POLICE OFFICER, CLAY HIGGINS OF LOUISIANA.

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        • 12:25:57 PM

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          MR. HIGGINS

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5693, THE LONG-TERM CARE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5693, THE LONG-TERM CARE VETERANS CHOICE ACT. MY BILL WOULD AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FOR THREE YEARS TO COVER THE COST OF LONG-TERM CARE AT MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES FOR UP TO 900 VETERANS AT A TIME. THESE VETERANS ARE OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE FOR NURSING HOME CARE THROUGH THE V.A. MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES ARE PRIVATE HOMES IN WHICH A CAREGIVER PROVIDES SERVICES TO A SMALL GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE UNABLE TO LIVE WITHOUT DAY-TO-DAY ASSISTANCE. MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES ARE AN ALTERNATIVE TO NURSING HOMES FOR THOSE WHO REQUIRE CARE BUT PREFER NONINSTITUTIONAL SETTING WITH FEWER RESIDENTS. FOR MANY YOUNGER VETERANS, IN NEED OF ROUND THE CLOCK CARE, MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES CAN PROVIDE A MORE AGE-APPROPRIATE INDEPENDENT SETTING THAN TRADITIONAL NURSING HOMES. THE V.A. HAS OPERATED THIS MEDICAL FOSTER HOME INITIATIVE FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS AND CURRENTLY OVERSEAS -- OVERSEES MORE THAN 700 LICENSED CARE GIVERS ASSISTING NEARLY 1,000 VETERANS ACROSS 42 STATES. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE V.A. WILL COVER THE COST OF HOME-BASED PRIMARY CARE FOR ELIGIBLE VETERANS LIVING IN MEDICAL FOSTER HOME THE V.A. DOES NOT COVER THE COST OF MEDICAL FOSTER HOME LIVING ARRANGEMENTS FOR VETERANS ELIGIBLE FOR MURSING HOME CARE THROUGH THE V.A. THE REFORMS IN MY BILL INCREASE ACCESS TO MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES AND REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS. THERE SHOULD BE NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL STANDARD FOR HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS. VETERANS SHOULD BE AFFORDED FLEXIBILITY TO USE THE BENEFITS THEY RIGHTEOUSLY EARNED IN A MANNER THAT BEST SUIT THEIRS INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. WHICH IS WHY THE V.A., AMERICAN LEGION, AND MANY OTHER VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE OFFERED THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS LANGUAGE. FURTHER, THE BILL REFOCUSES THE ADMINISTRATIVE BODIES OF THE V.A. TO BETTER PRIORITIZE PROGRAMS LIKE THE G.I. BILL, VOCATIONAL REHA BILL NATION -- REHABILITATION, HOME LOAN BENEFITS AND TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS THAT CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS. THIS ALLOWS EXISTING VETERANS HEALTH BENEFITS AND NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION TO BETTER FOCUS ON PROVIDING HEALTH CARE AND CEMETERY SERVICES. THIS CRITICAL REFOCUS WILL IMPROVE OVERSIGHT AND VETERANS ACCESS TO IMPORTANT SERVICES LIKE THE MEDICAL FOSTER HOME PROGRAM THAT GIVE MUCH-NEEDED CHOICE AND PERSONAL DIGNITY BACK TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL REFLECTS THE COMPASSION OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY IN OUR DEDICATION TO SERVE THE VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED US. PLEASE JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN BY VOTING IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5693, THE LONG-TERM CARE VETERANS CHOICE ACT. I YIELD.

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        • 12:29:02 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS. RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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        • 12:29:08 PM

          MR. TAKANO

          IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ANY GOOD FRIEND AND MEMBER OF…

          IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ANY GOOD FRIEND AND MEMBER OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS AND LET IT ALSO BE KNOWN THAT PRIOR TO HIS COMING TO CONGRESS HE CHAIRED A VETERANS COMMITTEE IN THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CORREA.

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          MR. CORREA

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5693, THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5693, THE LONG-TERM CARE VETERANS CHOICE ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL EXPAND VETERANS' ACCESS TO MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES, AN ALTERNATIVE TO NURSING HOME CARE BY ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO COVER SUCH CARE FOR UP TO 900 VETERANS EVERY YEAR. THE MEDICAL FOSTER HOMES PROGRAM ALLOWS ELIGIBLE VETERANS WHO REQUIRE DAY-TO-DAY ASSISTANCE TO LIVE IN PRIVATE HOMES WITH TRAINED CARE GIVERS WHO PROVIDE ROUND-THE-CLOCK CARE AND THE SERVICE NEEDED TO HELP THESE VETERANS WITH THEIR DAILY TASKS SUCH AS GETTING DRESSED. THE PROGRAM REQUIRES CARE GIVERS BE LICENSED AND INVOLVED IN FREQUENT INSPECTIONS BY THE V.A. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE MEDICAL FOSTER CARE HOME PROGRAM PROVIDES AGING VETERANS THE OPTION TO LIVE IN THE PRIVATE SETTING THAT MAY FEEL MORE LIKE A HOME THAN A NURSING INSTITUTION. ADDITIONALLY, THE AMENDED BILL CREATES A FOURTH ADMINISTRATION WITHIN THE V.A. HEADED BY A NEW UNDERSECRETARY TO ADMINISTER THE EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS CURRENTLY MANAGED BY THE VETERANS BENEFIT ADMINISTRATION. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5693 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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        • 12:30:59 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES.

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          MR. TAKANO

          I RESERVE.

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          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MR. ROE

          I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO DR. WENSTRUP, WHO HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE…

          I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO DR. WENSTRUP, WHO HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, CHAIRED THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH. I APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL.

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        • 12:31:15 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. WENSTRUP

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE LONG-TERM CARE VETERANS CHOICE ACT. LEGISLATION THAT CONTAINS THE TEXT OF MY BILL, THE VET OP ACT. IT CONTINUES OUR EFFORT TO INVEST IN OUR TROOPS FROM THE DAY THEY TAKE THEIR OATH OF SERVICE TO WHEN THEY BEGIN THEIR CIVILIAN CAREERS. PART OF OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM IS HELPING THEM REINTEGRATE BACK INTO CIVILIAN LIFE. WE CAN EASE THIS TRANSITION BY PRIORITIZING PROGRAMS THAT HELP THEM FIND MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT OR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES WHEN THEY RETURN HOME. FOR TOO LONG THE OUTDATED STRUCTURE OF THE V.A. HAS ALLOWED ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND TRANSITION PROGRAMS FOR OUR VETERANS TO FALL BY THE WAYSIDE. H.R. 5693 WILL CHANGE THAT. WITH THE INCLUSION OF THE VET OP ACT, IT PRIORITIZES VETERANS EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT THE V.A. BY UTILIZING EXISTING RESOURCES TO PLACE EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYMENT AND TRANSITION PROGRAMS TOGETHER IN A FOURTH ADMINISTRATION WITHIN THE V.A. THIS WILL PROMOTE TRANSPARENCY AND OVERSIGHT WHILE PLACING GREATER PRIORITY ON OPPORTUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS WITHIN THE V.A. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5693, AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:32:35 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. COLLEAGUES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. COLLEAGUES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 12:32:39 PM

          MR. TAKANO

          I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I RESERVE.

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

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

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        • 12:32:46 PM

          MR. ROE

          I, TOO, HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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          MR. TAKANO

          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PASSING H.R. 5693 AS…

          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PASSING H.R. 5693 AS AMENDED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:32:59 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 TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 12:33:03 PM

          MR. ROE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT WILL ALLOW…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT WILL ALLOW VETERANS IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO STAY IN A LESS INTENSE NURSING HOME FACILITY. WE HEAR THIS ALL THE TIME. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO A NURSING HOME. THIS WILL ALLOW VETERANS WHO HAVE EARNED THESE BENEFITS TO RESIDE OUTSIDE THERE. IT'S MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE FOR THE V.A., AND IT'S ALSO MUCH BETTER FOR THE VETERAN IF THEY CAN DO THIS. THE SECOND PART OF THIS BILL WHICH IS TO CREATE THE FOURTH ADMINISTRATION IS NOT BUREAUCRACY BUT TO FOCUS ON THE EDUCATION BENEFITS AND TRANSITION AS VETERANS -- ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY LEAVE AND ENTER THE CIVILIAN LIFE AGAIN. I THINK IT'S ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL THINGS WE DO. A SEAMLESS TRANSITION FROM ACTIVE DUTY TO AN ACTIVE JOB I THINK WILL HELP REDUCE VETERAN DEPRESSION, SUICIDE, DEPENDENCE, AND OTHER THINGS. THAT'S WHY WE WANTED TO DO THIS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5693, AS AMENDED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. SEARCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5693, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            MR. THOMPSON

            I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO…

            I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2353.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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            THE CLERK

            H.R. 2353, AN ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE CARL D. PERKINS CAREER AND TECHNICAL…

            H.R. 2353, AN ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE CARL D. PERKINS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT OF 2006. SENATE AMENDMENT.

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            TEMPORE

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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            MR. THOMPSON

            , AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI, WILL EACH CONTROL…

            , AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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        • 12:36:02 PM

          Mr. Thompson (PA) moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.

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            MR. THOMPSON

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

            , MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2353.

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      • 12:36:18 PM

        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the Senate amendment to H.R. 2353.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          MR. THOMPSON

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

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT -- IN SUPPORT OF THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. I'D LIKE TO YIELD INITIALLY TO THE GENTLELADY, THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WOULD CONSUME.

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        • 12:36:43 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:36:45 PM

          MS. FOXX

          THANK YOU, TOMORROW --

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 12:39:17 PM

          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN FOXX. I WANT TO THANK…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN FOXX. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN G.T. THOMPSON FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP ON THIS LEGISLATION AND CHAIRWOMAN FOXX AND RANKING MEMBER SCOTT FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. LASTLY I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE FOR WORKING HARD TO PASS H.R. 2353 EARLIER THIS WEEK. IT HAS NOW BEEN 12 YEARS SINCE CONGRESS ACTED TO UPDATE THIS CRITICAL PROGRAM. THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS RECENTLY REPORTED A SKILLS GAP OF 6.5 MILLION UNFILLED JOBS. COMPARED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR, THERE ARE NOW AN ADDITIONAL ONE MILLION JOB OPENINGS WHERE EMPLOYERS CAN'T FIND APPLICANTS WITH THE ADEQUATE SKILLS OR TRAINING TO FILL THEM. FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR ECONOMY, THE PROSPERITY OF OUR WORKERS, ANTI-STRENGTH OF OUR BUSINESSES, WE -- AND THE STRENGTH OF OUR BUSINESS, WE MUST REVERSE THIS TREND AND REVERSE IT NOW. OUR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE BUSINESS, WE MUST 21ST CENTURY ACT, IMPLEMENTS CRITICAL REFORMS TO ENSURE AMERICAN TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR HIGH WAGE, IN DEMAND JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THIS LEGISLATION ALIGNS 21ST CENTURY C.T.E. PROGRAMS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF LOCAL LABOR MARKETS, GIVES BUSINESS AND WORK FORCE EXPERTS A SEAT AT THE TABLE WHEN C.T.E. CURRICULA ARE CRAFTED, AND PRESERVES ROBUST ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS TO PROTECT AMERICAN STUDENTS. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO INCREASES FUNDING TO PERKINS C.T.E. PROGRAMS TO RECORD LEVELS, ENSURING THAT EACH STATE ACROSS THE COUNTRY RECEIVES SUFFICIENT FEDERAL RESOURCES TO BUILD A DYNAMIC, GROWING WORK FORCE AND A THRIVING ECONOMY. CONGRESS HASN'T MADE SUBSTANTIVE REFORMS TO CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SINCE 2006. BEFORE THE INVENTION OF THE IPHONE. AND LONG BEFORE THE CURRENT TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION. AMERICAN STUDENTS, WORKERS, AND BUSINESSES ARE DEPENDING ON US TODAY TO REFORM AND RE-AUTHORIZE PERKINS C.T.E. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2353 AS AMENDED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:41:34 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:41:37 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND RE-AUTHORIZE. MR. SPEAKER AS CO-CHAIR OF THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND RE-AUTHORIZE. MR. SPEAKER AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CAUCUS I'M HAPPY TO SAY THIS LEGISLATION, STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT, WILL HELP US -- HELP MOVE US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THIS BILL HAS BEEN THE RESULT OF A LONG BIPARTISAN EFFORT THAT I HAVE BEEN PROUD TO LEAD WITH MY C.T.E. CAUCUS CO-CHAIR, MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND. NOW WITH MY CO-SPONSOR FROM THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE KRISHNAMOORTHI. IT'S BEEN MORE THAN A DECADE SINCE OUR FEDERAL ROLE AND NATION'S C.T.E. PROGRAMS HAS BEEN MODERNIZED. SO MUCH OF OUR SOCIETY HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE MORE THAN 6.5 MILLION UNFILLED JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE'RE FINALLY RECOGNIZING THE IMPACT OF THE SKILLS GAP. A STUDY CONCLUDED BY THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE FOUND THAT IN THE NEXT DECADE THREE MILLION WORKERS WILL BE NEEDED IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE INDUSTRY ALONE. THIS INCLUDES CAREERS IN TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS. THE AS A FATHER I KNOW THERE IS NOTHING PARENTS WANT MORE THAN THEIR KIDS -- FOR THEIR KIDS THAN A LIFE THAT IS BETTER THAN THEIR OWN. BUT ONLY HALF OF ALL AMERICANS TODAY EXPECT THEIR CHILDREN TO HAVE A BROWN-WAITER FUTURE THAN THEY DID. THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT AIMS TO HELP MORE AMERICANS. PARTICULARLY YOUNGER AMERICANS OBTAIN THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THEY NEED TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY AND ACHIEVE A LIFETIME OF SUCCESS. A BIG PART THAT HAVE GOAL IS ENSURING POLICIES TAKES MEANINGFUL HE STEPS TO FACE THE CHALLENGES AND REALITIES FACING TODAY'S STUDENTS, WORKERS, AND EMPLOYERS. WE WANT STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS TO BE ABLE TO FOCUS THEIR TIME AND RESOURCES ON PREPARING STUDENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL CAREERS. H.R. 2353 HELPS WITH THIS GOAL BY SIMPLY FILING THE APPLICATION PROCESS. FOR RECEIVING FEDERAL FUNDS AND PROVIDING STATES AND LOCAL LEADERS WITH THE FLEXIBILITY NEEDED TO TEA SIGN C.T.E. PROGRAMS THAT BEST MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY THIS BILL MAKES IMPROVEMENTS ON ALINEMENT -- ALIGNMENT WITH IN DEMAND JOBS BY SUPPORTING INNOVATIVE LEARNING BILL MAKES IMPROVEMENTS OPPORTUNITIES AND ENCOURAGING STRONGER ENGAGEMENT WITH EMPLOYERS. THE BILL PROMOTES WORK BASE LEARNING. A TECHNIQUE THAT ALLOWS POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS TO GIVE STUDENTS HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE. THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS BILL IS THAT IT IS GOING TO BE A GAME CHANGER FOR AMERICAN STUDENTS. THE SECOND BEST THING ABOUT THIS BILL IS THAT IT HAS ENJOYED NOT JUST BIPARTISAN CHANGER FOR AMERICAN STUDENTS. SUPPORT BUT UNANIMOUS SUPPORT IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE SO FAR. WE'RE HERE TODAY TO TAKE THE LAST STEP BEFORE SENDING THIS VITALLY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. I WOULD BE REMISS TO NOT PERSONALLY TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THE MANY STAFFERS WHO HAVE MADE THIS BILL POSSIBLE, INCLUDING MATTHEW BRENNAN AND PAUL AND MIKE FROM MY OFFICE. FORMER STAFFER KATIE, ALONG WITH STAFFERS -- EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE STAFFERS JAMES, BRAD, ALEX, MANDY, AND AMY OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. AND THE SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE STAFF WHO WORKED BEHIND THE SCENES TO GET US WHERE WE'RE TODAY. THIS LEGISLATION IS SUPPORTED BY A UNIFIED HEALTH COALITION OF EDUCATION AND BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS. A SPECIFIC THANK YOU TO BOEING, I.B.M., AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I'M IMPRESSED -- I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED BY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COALITION OF EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL MEANS TO OUR CONSTITUENTS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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          MR. SCOTT

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE AS A MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON…

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE AS A MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2363, THE STRENGTHENING C.T.E. FOR THE 1ST CENTURY ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE PERKINS AND CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM, C.T.E. PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE-PASSED C.T.E. RE-AUTHORIZATION IN THE LAST CONGRESS AND AGAIN LAST YEAR. THE SENATE MADE MINOR CHANGES TO THE BILL AND NOW WE'RE ON THE VERGE OF FINAL PASSAGE TODAY. IN PASSING THE BILL, WE WILL BE UPDATING THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN DR. T.E. TO PROVIDE INCREASED STATE FLEXIBILITY WHILE ENSURING GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PROGRAM QUALITY. H.R. 235 WILL ALSO REQUIRE A MORE INCLUSIVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, INDUSTRY, EMPLOYERS, AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS. TODAY C.T.E. WILL NOT BE THE VOCATIONAL EDUCATION OF THE PAST. WORKERS RARELY HOLD THE SAME JOB FOR 40 YEARS. WORKERS OFTEN HAVE SEVERAL JOBS THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS WHICH IS WHY MODERN C.T.E. PROGRAMS MUST HELP ENSURE THAT STUDENTS RECEIVE A FOUNDATIONAL EDUCATION WHICH WILL HELP STUDENTS SWITCH CAREER OR ACADEMIC TRACKS AT ANY TIME. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KRISHNA MOOR THI THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP AND OF COURSE THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE, DR. FOXX. BECAUSE OF THEIR WORK, THE HOUSE WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE A COMPREHENSIVE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF PERKINS C.T.E. WHICH WILL IMPROVE PROGRAM QUALITY AND SERVICES FOR STUDENTS AND SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING THAT ENGAGES ALL STUDENTS BY LINKING CORE ACADEMIC CONTENT WITH REAL WORLD WORK-BASED SKILL DEVELOPMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          MR. THOMPSON

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ALSO LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE RANKING…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ALSO LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS HELP IN LEADERSHIP IN GETTING THIS THROUGH THE PROCESS. I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A COLLEAGUE AND CLASSMATE OF MINE FROM THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, MR. PHIL ROE, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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          MR. ROE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 35 -- 2353, THE NUMBER…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 35 -- 2353, THE NUMBER ONE THING I HEAR FROM PLERS BACK HOME IS THEY HAVE GOOD-PAYING JOBS AVAILABLE BUT CAN'T FIND WORKERS WHO HAVE THE NECESSARY TRAINING OR SOFT SKILLS. I'VE ALSO HEARD THAT EMPLOYERS ARE NOT ENGAGED EARLY ENOUGH IN THE PROCESS AND THE REFORMS IN TODAY'S BILL SHOULD HELP ADDRESS THEE CONCERNS. THIS BILL HELPS ADDRESS COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND ENGAGES EMPLOYERS TO HELP ENSURE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, BY CONGRESS ACTING TODAY WE SHOW OUR COMMITMENT TO HELP THOSE FOR WHOM COLLEGE MAY NOT BE THE RIGHT FIT BY OFFERING THEM BETTER SKILLS-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL ULTIMATELY RESULT IN A JOB THEY CAN SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO SEE THE INCLUSION OF PROVISIONS FROM THE AMERICAN DREAM ACCOUNTS ACT WHICH I BRO DEUCED LAST WEEK FOR REPRESENTATIVE MOULTON. THIS WILL ALLOW COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS TO HELP ENGAGE KIDS TO PLAN AND SAVE FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS, A PROGRAM IN TENNESSEE IS GOING THIS WITH PROMISING RESULTS. WITH THESE IMPORTANT REFORMS WE CAN HELP ENSURE THE LABOR FORCE OF TOMORROW HAS THE SKILLS IT NEEDS TODAY. I URGE SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, FOR…

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          MR. LANGEVIN

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN CAREER…

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CAUCUS I'M PROUD TO RISE IN STRONG STRONG SUPPORT OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.L. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. THIS IMPORTANT BILL IS LONG OVERDUE. THE PERKINS C.T.E. ACT HASN'T BEEN RE-AUTHORIZE IN OVER A DECADE. IN UP-- AND UPDATING IT IS A VITAL STEP IN SUPPORTING STUDENTS AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I'D IN PARTICULAR LIKE TO THANK MY C.T.E. CAUCUS CO-CHAIR, GLENN THOMPSON OF PELL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND PARTNERSHIP IN CONGRESS ON THIS ISSUE OVER THE LAST MANY YEARS. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE MY HOUSE AND SENATE COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE INCLUDING CHAIRWOMAN FOXX, RANKING MEMBER SCOTT, AND CONGRESSMAN KRISHNAMOORTHI WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED GREAT BIPARTISANSHIP IN THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MANY PARTNERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN EDUCATION AND THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND ALSO THE MANY STAFFERS WHO WORK SOD HARD ON THIS, PARTICULARLY CARRIE FROM MY STAFF, SAM AND OTHERS OVER THE YEARS. FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS I HAVE HEARD THE SAME CONCERN FROM EMPLOYERS IN RHODE ISLAND, THAT THEY'RE UNABLE TO FIND SKILLED WORKERS TO FILL OPEN JOBS IN MANUFACTURING, I.T. AND OTHER SKILLED TRADES AND IT'S HURTING THEIR BUSINESSES AND I KNOW THAT OTHER MEMBERS HAVE HEARD THIS FROM THEIR BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO ENSURE OUR WORK FORCE IS EQUIPPED WITH THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO MEET THESE DEMANDS IN ORDER TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP, ESPECIALLY SKILLS FOR OUR YOUNG PEM ENTERING THE WORK FORCE. BY ALLOWING -- ALIGNING C.T.E. PROGRAMS WITH INDUSTRY NEEDS WE'LL ENSURE STUDENTS ARE LEARNING THE ACADEMIC, TECHNICAL AND OTHER SKILLS TO SUCCEED IN GROWING ECONOMIC SECTOR. I'M PROUD THAT THE STRENGTHENING C.T.E. FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT DOES JUST THIS WHILE MAKING EVERY REFORMS I'VE LONG CHAMPIONED TO GIVE STUDENTS VALUABLE HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN SUPPORTING CAREER COUNSELORS TO GUIDE STUDENTS DOWN APPROPRIATE ACADEMIC AND CAREER PATHS. WITH THESE KEY COMPONENTS I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2353 AND I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I I'M PROUD TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          MR. THOMPSON

          MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, MY THANKS TO MR. LANGEVIN FOR HIS LONGTIME…

          MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, MY THANKS TO MR. LANGEVIN FOR HIS LONGTIME FRIENDSHIP AND LEADERSHIP ON CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. LEWIS, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          MR. LEWIS

          I THANK MR. THOMPSON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS, AS WELL AS MS. FOXX AND…

          I THANK MR. THOMPSON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS, AS WELL AS MS. FOXX AND THE OTHER MEMBERS. THE GREAT BIPARTISAN EFFORT COULDN'T COME AT A BETTER TIME. AS OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO BOOM, EMPLOYERS ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND SKILLED WORKERS NEEDED TO FILL WELL-PAYING JOBS AND GROW THEIR BUSINESSES. THE LEGISLATION HERE STRENGTHENS THE PERKINS ACT TO ENSURE STUDENTS GAIN THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO COMPETE IN THE MODERN ECONOMY. I AM PARTICULARLY FREEZED WITH THE FINAL LEGISLATION -- THAT THE FINAL LEGISLATION INCLUDES MY PROVISIONS TO ENCOURAGE AND EXPAND DUAL ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES PUTTING MORE STUDENTS ON THE FAST TRACK TO A GREAT CAREER. MINNESOTA'S SECOND DISTRICT IS HOME TO SOME GREAT TECHNICAL COLLEGES AND DUAL ENROLLMENT ALLOWS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO BEGIN WORKING TOWARD AN IN-DEMAND, CREDENTIALED DEGREE. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP AND HELP OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED.

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          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT. I WANT TO ESPECIALLY COMMEND CHAIRWOMAN FOX AND RANKING MEMBER SCOTT AND OF COURSE REAL HARDWORKERS ON THIS DEAL, MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI AND MR. THOMPSON. AND ALL THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS, STAFF AND PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. TIME AND AGAIN WHEN I VISIT WITH OWNERS AND MANAGERS OF MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN MY NORTHERN MINNESOTA DISTRICT I'M TOLD TWO THINGS.

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          MR. NOLAN

          FIRST IS THAT THE EMPLOYEES THEY'VE HIRED WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CAREER…

          FIRST IS THAT THE EMPLOYEES THEY'VE HIRED WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT ARE AMOK AMONG THE VERY BEST THEY HAVE IN THEIR EMPLOYMENT. THE SECOND POINT THAT THEY MAKE IS THAT THEY NEED MORE C.T.E.-TRAINED EMPLOYEES. ALL UP AND DOWN THE LINE FROM HEALTH CARE TO CONSTRUCTION, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, AVIATION, TRANSPORTATION, YOU NAME IT, THE LIST GOES ON. AND THE JOBS ARE WAITING. SO THIS BILL ADDS IMPORTANT NEW PROVISION TAOS EXPAND AND UPDATE C.T.E. SO THEY CAN BE FILLED. IT GIVES STATES MORE FLEXIBILITY TO FOCUS ON THE JOBS AND CAREERS IN HIGH DEMAND IN THEIR REGIONS. EMPLOYERS AND COMMUNITIES GET THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DEVELOP STRONGER PARTNERSHIPS AND TO ENGAGE STUDENTS AND GROW OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES. AND STUDENTS GET THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO COMPETE AND SUCCEED IN 21ST CENTURY JOBS AND ECONOMY. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ABILITY MORE GOOD-PAYING JOBS, IT'S ABOUT GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO LEARN VALUABLE SKILLS AND DEVELOP MORE DYNAMIC GROWTH FOR AN ECONOMY IN NEED OF THE BEST, MOST SKILLED WORKERS THAT AMERICA CAN PROVIDE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL AND IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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          MR. THOMPSON

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. ALLEN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IT'S VERY…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IT'S VERY REFRESHING HERE ON A HISTORIC DAY IN CONGRESS WHEN WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER TO DO SOMETHING BIG AND I'M PROUD TO BE PART OF IT. DURING MY TIME IN CONGRESS I'VE SPOKEN TO NUMEROUS GROUPS OF YOUNG STUDENTS. ONE QUESTION I ALWAYS ASK, WHY ARE YOU GETTING AN EDUCATION?

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          MR. ALLEN

          STUDENTS TYPICALLY RESPOND WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF REASON BUS THE ANSWER IS…

          STUDENTS TYPICALLY RESPOND WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF REASON BUS THE ANSWER IS TO PREPARE FAR JOB. TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL CAREER. TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND OFTENTIMES A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE ISN'T THE RIGHT FIT. YOU KNOW, WORK IS A GOD-GIVEN RIGHT AND I BELIEVE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY HAVE THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM THAN ANY TIME IN MY LIFETIME. I'M PROUD TO SAY I HELPED CREATE LEGISLATION THAT PRIORITIZES THESE IN-DEMAND JOBS SKILLS AND EDUCATION. H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 1ST CENTURY ACT DOES A LOT OF GREAT THINGS BUT AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER I MADE SURE DURING THE DRAFTING PROCESS THAT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD BRING THE GAP BETWEEN THE BUSINESS AND EDUCATION COMMUNITY BY FINALLY BRINGING BUSINESS LEADERS TO THE TABLE TO CREATE C.T.E. PROGRAMS FOR IN-DEMAND JOBS IN OUR HOMETOWNS. THANKS TO TAX REFORM AND DEREGULATION, OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING. 6.7 MILLION JOBS ARE OPEN.

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          I YIELD BACK.

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          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS, FOR…

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          MRS. DAVIS

          I'M PLEASED OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SNATH HAVE JOINED THE HOUSE IN PASSING…

          I'M PLEASED OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SNATH HAVE JOINED THE HOUSE IN PASSING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION LEGISLATION. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRWOMAN FOXX AND RANKING MEMBER SCOTT ALONG WITH OUR AUTHORS FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN MOVING THE HOUSE VERSION OF THIS BILL THROUGH COMMITTEE AND ALSO TODAY WE GATHERED EXPERTS FROM ACROSS THE CLINT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMITTEE'S FIRST WORK FORCE INNOVATION FORUM. WE JUST HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM THESE INNOVATORS FROM CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTMENTS IN WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. THEY SHARED HOW FEDERAL INVESTMENTS CAN SPUR PRIVATE INVESTMENTS IN STUDENTS, RAISE THE PUBLIC AWARENESS VERY, VERY CRITICAL, THESE PROGRAMS, AND CONNECT WORKERS TO JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. C.T.E. PROVIDES A CRUCIAL LINK BETWEEN THE K-12 SYSTEM AND THE WORK FORCE AND ALLOWS PROMISING STUDENTS TO PREPARE FOR FIELDS WHERE HIGH-PAYING JOBS ARE AVAILABLE. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY DAY FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA GATHER AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE TO DISCUSS COLLEGE AND CAREER OPTIONS AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT HIGH NEED JOB DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS ARE A BIGGER PART OF THAT CONVERSATION. STUDENTS AND PARENTS NEED GOOD, CURRENT INFORMATION TO MAKE THESE CRITICAL DECISIONS. THE FLEXIBILITY OF MANY OF THESE PROGRAMS OFFER OUR STUDENTS LESS TIME IN THE CLASSROOM AND MORE TIME IN THE WORKPLACE. AND THE HANDS ON EDUCATION MODEL KEEPS PEOPLE ENGAGED WHILE TEACHING NECESSARY SKILLS BEFORE GRADUATION. EVERY PERSON DESERVES A QUALITY EDUCATION. AND EVERY COMMUNITY DESERVES A THRIVING LOCAL ECONOMY WITH HIGHLY SKILLED WORKERS. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO IMPLEMENT THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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          MR. THOMPSON

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE FOR THE HEALTH COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN WALBERG FROM MICHIGAN.

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          MR. WALBERG

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. I ALSO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION, REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS REPRESENTATIVE KRISHNAMOORTHI. AS I MET WITH STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND EMPLOYERS IN MY DISTRICT, I'VE CONSISTENTLY HEARD THE NEED TO EXPAND C.T.E. OPPORTUNITIES AND INVEST IN THE SKILLED WORK FORCE. IN TODAY'S ECONOMY WE NEED TO CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT NOT EVERYONE FOLLOWS THE SAME PATH. WHILE MANY STUDENTS PURSUE FOUR-YEAR DEGREES, MANY OTHERS KNOW THEIR SWEET SPOTS LIE SOMEWHERE ELSE. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH HANDS ON EXPERIENCE THAT CAN LEAD TO A GOOD-PAYING JOB AND A REWARDING CAREER. I'M ALSO PLEASED THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION INCLUDES MY PROVISIONS TO ADDRESS UNNECESSARY AND DUE PUBLICTIVE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS. THAT ACT AS A BARRIER FOR WORKERS TRYING TO GET THEIR FOOT IN THE DOOR. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE COMMITTEE FOR MAKING IT A PRIORITY TO MODERNIZE AND STRENGTHEN C.T.E. PROGRAMS. COMING FROM A MANUFACTURING HUB LIKE MICHIGAN, THIS BILL WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR STATE. LET'S PASS IT TODAY AND HELP EVERY AMERICAN PURSUE THEIR PERSONAL PATHS TO THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 01:01:09 PM

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

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        • 01:01:13 PM

          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR.…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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        • 01:01:18 PM

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          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

        • 01:01:21 PM

          MR. COURTNEY

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A MEMBER OF THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. THIS BILL WILL RE-AUTHORIZE THE PERKINS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2006. CONGRATULATIONS TO CHAIRWOMAN FOXX, RANKING MEMBER SCOTT, CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON, AND CONGRESSMAN KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR THEIR HARD WORK GETTING THIS MEASURE THROUGH BOTH CHAMBERS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 12 YEARS. THIS BILL IS ABOUT PREPARING SECONDARY AND POSTSECONDARY STUDENTS FOR THE ACADEMIC, EMPLOYABLE SKILLS DURING A CRITICAL TIME FOR OUR ECONOMY. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS, THERE WILL BE MORE THAN 3.5 MILLION OPEN MANUFACTURING JOBS THROUGH 2025, AND UNLESS WE CAN BETTER PREPARE THAT FUTURE WORK FORCE, TWO MILLION OF THESE JOBS WILL GO UNFILLED. THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION WILL INCENTIVIZE TECHNICAL SCHOOLS TO BOOST PERFORMANCE BY PROVIDING SCHOOLS WITH MORE FLEXIBILITY THAT WILL ALLOW SCHOOLS TO USE FEDERAL GRANT MONEY TO ALIGN CASEWORK WITH THE TRAINING WORK FORCE NEEDS IN THEIR REGION. IN EASTERN CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND, AS WE RAMP UP SUBMARINE PRODUCTION THAT WILL REQUIRE YOU 14,000 NEW WORKERS OVER THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS, AN UPDATED PERKINS LAW WILL HELP THE SUBMARINE SUPPLIERS FOR YEARS TO COME. MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO FOUR TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS. IN MAY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE IMPRESSIVE PROGRAMS OFFERED TO THE 600-PLUS STUDENTS FROM 20 TOWNS IN THE REGION. IN ADDITION TO THE PROGRAMMING AT THE SCHOOL, ELLIS PARTNERS WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO OFFER JUNIORS AND SENIORS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDITS AND REDUCE THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION. THIS BILL WILL TAKE PROGRAMS LIKE ELLIS TO A HIGHER AND BETTER PLACE JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME FOR OUR ECONOMY. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT FINAL PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE, TO BUILD A STRONGER AMERICAN WORK FORCE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 01:03:20 PM

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

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        • 01:03:23 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

          MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO ANOTHER OF OUR…

          MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO ANOTHER OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN IN THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORK FORCE PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, I YIELD TWO MINUTES, MR. BYRNES.

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        • 01:03:40 PM

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          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. BYRNES BYRNES…

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. BYRNES BYRNES THANK YOU, --

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        • 01:03:46 PM

          MR. BYRNE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE A SKILLS CRISIS IN OUR COUNTRY. WE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE A SKILLS CRISIS IN OUR COUNTRY. WE ACTUALLY HAVE MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN WE HAVE UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS. THIS IS KEEPING OUR ECONOMY FROM REACHING FULL POTENTIAL. SO HOW DO WE SOLVE THIS PROBLEM? WELL, A BIG WAY IS TO EXPAND CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS. AS THE DEMAND OF THE WORK FORCE CONTINUES TO CHANGE AND BECOME MORE COMPLEX, THESE PROGRAMS ARE CRITICAL, CRITICAL TO BUILDING THE WORK FORCE OF THE 21ST CENTURY. I'VE SEEN THESE PROGRAMS FIRSTHAND BACK IN ALABAMA. IN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS AND I WAS THE CHANCELLOR OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND SAW IT WORK IN OUR TWO-YEAR COLLEGES. THEY BENEFIT THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND THEY MAKE THE LIVES OF OUR STUDENTS INTRINSICALLY BETTER BY CONNECTING THEM WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO THRIVE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I SAW THE STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WHEN IT PASSED THE FIRST TIME. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS FOR EVERYBODY IN AMERICA AND AMERICA'S HOUSE NEEDS TO STAND UP AND SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 01:04:57 PM

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

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        • 01:05:00 PM

          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS.…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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        • 01:05:06 PM

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        • 01:05:09 PM

          MS. BONAMICI

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. AS A MEMBER OF…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. AS A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE BIPARTISAN STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, A BILL TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND PREPARE THEM FOR THE FUTURE. THANK YOU TO COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. IN OREGON, CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CLASSES LIKE BEAVERTON'S ALOHA AUTO TECH PROGRAM AND NEWBURGH'S HIGH SCHOOL'S C.A.D. LABS BOOST GRAD RATION RATES -- GRADUATION RATES. FEDERAL C.T.E. FUNDING PROVIDES CRITICAL EQUIPMENT THAT SCHOOLS NEEDS TO MAKE THESE HANDS ON CLASSES MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS IN OREGON AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I AM PROUD THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES THE AMENDMENT I WORKED ON WITH REPRESENTATIVE STEFANIK, CO-CHAIR OF THE ESTEEM CAUCUS, TO PUT ARTS INTO STEM C.T.E. PROGRAMS. THE NEXT GENERATION OF STUDENTS WILL BE CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE BY FULLY ENGAGING BOTH HALVES OF THE BRAIN THROUGH ART AND DESIGN. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND ESPECIALLY RANKING MEMBER SCOTT AND CHAIRWOMAN FOXX FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR A LONG TIME FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, AND I'M PROUD TO STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT TODAY. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 01:06:46 PM

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

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        • 01:06:49 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN,…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GROTHMAN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        • 01:07:01 PM

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          THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 01:07:03 PM

          MR. GROTHMAN

          FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 01:08:37 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

          I EXTEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR 30 SECONDS.

        • 01:08:40 PM

          MR. GROTHMAN

          WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF GOVERNMENT EDUCATION BECAUSE THOSE ARE SOMETIMES…

          WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF GOVERNMENT EDUCATION BECAUSE THOSE ARE SOMETIMES FREQUENTLY VERY GOOD JOBS.

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        • 01:08:49 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN YIELDS BACK.

        • 01:08:54 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

          I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

        • 01:08:55 PM

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

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        • 01:08:59 PM

          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

          MR. SPEAKER, WE RESERVE AS WELL.

        • 01:09:01 PM

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          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED. THOMPSON

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        • 01:09:10 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD TO A FELLOW COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD TO A FELLOW COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA, MR. FERGUSON, I RECOGNIZE HIM FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        • 01:09:22 PM

          MR. FERGUSON

          I RISE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL. IT'S BEEN A YEAR SINCE THIS HOUSE PASSED THE…

          I RISE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL. IT'S BEEN A YEAR SINCE THIS HOUSE PASSED THE RE-AUTHORIZATION AND I'M THRILLED THE SENATE FINALLY TOOK ACTION TO PASS THE BILL EARLIER THIS WEEK. THIS LEGISLATION IS VITAL TO SUPPORTING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, SUCH AS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS ALL ACROSS MY DISTRICT. AS I'VE SPOKEN TO FOLKS BACK HOME I'VE HEARD TIME AND TIME AGAIN FROM BUSINESS OWNERS THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING AND NEW GENERATION OF SKILLED WORKERS. MANY OF THE CURRENT EMPLOYEES ARE NEARING RETIREMENT AGE AND THESE BUSINESS OWNERS ARE FACING AN EVER SHRINKING POOL OF LABOR. I ALSO SEE STUDENTS SEEKING MORE OPPORTUNITIES OTHER THAN A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE. C.T.E. PROGRAMS ARE A SOLUTION FOR BOTH OF THESE GROUPS, AND I AM PROUD THAT THERE ARE SO MANY EXAMPLES OF THIS IN THE THIRD DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. IN FACT, TODAY, KATHY CARLISLE FROM THE THINK ACADEMY IN LAGRANGE, GEORGIA, TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. DR. CARLISLE SHARED HOW THINK HAS CONTRIBUTED TO A COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION SUCCESS STORY AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LOCAL LEADERS, THE BUSINESS COMMUNITIES AND INNOVATORS COME TOGETHER.

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        • 01:10:28 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 01:10:30 PM

          MR. FERGUSON

          THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THESE OPPORTUNITIES, INCREASING FUNDING…

          THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THESE OPPORTUNITIES, INCREASING FUNDING AND GIVING STATES MORE FLEXIBILITY TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, A DIVERSE GROUP OF MEMBERS FROM OUR COMMUNITY FROM ALL SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS STAND ON THE EDGE OF SUCCESS AND THIS WILL HELP GET THEM THERE. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THIS BILL PASS AND I URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 01:10:52 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA…

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 01:10:57 PM

          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

          I RESERVE AS WELL.

        • 01:10:58 PM

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

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

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        • 01:11:02 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

        • 01:11:10 PM

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

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        • 01:11:14 PM

          MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

          I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, AGAIN, TO CONGRESSMAN G.T. THOMPSON, CHAIRWOMAN…

          I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, AGAIN, TO CONGRESSMAN G.T. THOMPSON, CHAIRWOMAN FOXX, RANKING MEMBER SCOTT, ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE ED AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, ALL THE STAFF ON ED AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE, SAM AND BRIAN FOR THEIR YEOMAN'S WORK ON MY STAFF. YOU KNOW, THE C.T.E. BILL WILL BEGIN A CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION REVOLUTION IN THIS COUNTRY. IT WILL ALLOW US TO EQUIP MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND THOSE IN CAREER TRANSITION WITH THE SKILLS TO TAKE THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE. THERE ARE 6.7 MILLION UNFILLED JOBS THAT ARE WAITING TO BE FILLED BY MOTIVATED, ENTERPRISING, HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO SEEK A MIDDLE-CLASS LIFESTYLE, WHICH IS THE AMERICAN DREAM. I URGE STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LANDMARK LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 01:12:11 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA…

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        • 01:12:15 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, CAN I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, CAN I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE?

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        • 01:12:21 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN HAS FIVE MINUTES REMAINING.

        • 01:12:23 PM

          MR. THOMPSON

          OK. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS RESTORING RUNGS…

          OK. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS RESTORING RUNGS IN THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS ABOUT PROVIDING BETTER ACCESS TO MORE EFFECTIVE SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION FOR ALL AMERICANS. A LOT OF PEOPLE LISTENING SOMETIMES THINK ABOUT CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND APPROPRIATELY THEY THINK ABOUT OUR KIDS WHO ARE TRYING TO EQUIP AND PREPARE THEM TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE, TO HAVE BETTER LIVES THAN WHAT WE HAVE HAD AS PARENTS, AND WE CERTAINLY ARE HERE TO DO THAT. THIS LEGISLATION DOES SERVE THOSE KIDS. BUT THIS LEGISLATION SERVES AMERICANS AT ANY AGE, AT EVERY POINT IN THEIR LIFE TO BE ABLE TO TAP BACK INTO A SYSTEM TO GET A LITTLE BIT MORE TRAINING, A CERTIFICATION, A SPECIALIZATION, TO BE ABLE TO GET A PROMOTION, TO GET A BETTER JOB. IT REALLY IS ABOUT UPWARD MOBILITY, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE -- I WOULD SAY ON EVERY SCHOOL DAY, SOMEWHERE AROUND THIS COUNTRY THERE IS A STUDENT, MAYBE A YOUNG LADY, WHO IS NOT REAL MOTIVATED TO GET OUT OF BED TO GO OFF TO SCHOOL. SHE'S SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T LEARN PERHAPS AS WELL AS OTHERS IN A CONVENTIONAL EDUCATION SETTING WHERE PEOPLE ARE LECTURING AND ALL THE -- YOU KNOW, JUST THE CLASSROOM SETTING. AND SHE'S RELUCTANT WHEN SHE DOES GO TO SCHOOL. MY GUESS IS SHE'S PROBABLY IN THAT CLASSROOM AND MANY TIMES YOU FIND HER WITH HER HEAD DOWN ON HER DESK. BUT IF YOU PUT THE TOOLS, MR. SPEAKER, OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HER HANDS, SHE BECOMES INSPIRED. NOW, THAT COULD BE A WELDER, IT COULD BE WRENCHES, IT COULD BE A HAMMER, IT COULD BE A KEYBOARD, IT CAN BE A PAINTBRUSH, IT COULD BE A -- THE TOOLS OF AGRICULTURE. THERE ARE SO MANY TOOLS. YOU PUT ONE OF THOSE TOOLS IN HER HANDS, SHE'S INSPIRED. YOU HAVE LIT HER LIFE ON FIRE OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE. I WOULD SAY THIS MORNING WHEN WE ALL GET UP AND WE'RE HAVING OUR BREAKFAST, SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA, MANY PLACES IN AMERICA THERE WERE YOUNG FAMILIES SITTING AROUND THE TABLE, MAYBE A HUSBAND AND A WIFE AND THAT HAVE MAYBE YOUNG CHILDREN WHO BECAUSE OF UNEMPLOYMENT OR UNDEREMPLOYMENT THEY ARE WONDERING HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PAY THE BILLS. THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT SERVES THAT MAN AND THAT WOMAN. BE ABLE TO GET BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE. PERHAPS, MR. SPEAKER, TO GET BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE THE FIRST TIME IN A GENERATION. FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE LIVING IN INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY. THEY HAVE BEEN IN POVERTY SO LONG THAT THEY DON'T EVEN -- THEY DON'T RECALL WHAT HAPPENED GENERATIONS PAST THAT PLACED THEIR FAMILY IN THAT SITUATION. BUT THIS IS A RUNG ON A LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY TO CLIMB OUT OF THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES. THERE'S MANY PLACES IN THIS COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WHERE EMPLOYERS ARE WAKING UP FACED WITH A DIFFICULT POSITION . THEY'VE HAD A BUSINESS THAT'S BEEN VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL. THEY'VE DONE WELL IN LIFE. BUT BECAUSE -- AND THEY'VE GOT A GREAT PRODUCT OR GREAT SERVICE, THEY GOT A GREAT LOCATION, THEY GOT A GREAT MARKETING PLAN, THEY HAVE A GREAT COMPLIANCE PLAN TO DEAL WITH ALL THE REGULATION, BUT WHAT THEY DON'T HAVE IS A QUALIFIED AND TRAINED WORK FORCE AND SO THEY HAVE TWO DECISIONS TO MAKE THAT MORNING. ALL OF IT INVOLVES SHUTTERING THAT BUSINESS, CLOSING IT, PUTTING PLYWOOD ON THE DOORS AND WALK AWAY AND ENJOY WHAT THEY'VE EARNED AND ACCUMULATED OR MOVING THAT BUSINESS OVERSEAS WHERE PERHAPS THERE'S MORE WARM BODIES TO BE ABLE TO FILL THOSE JOBS. THIS BILL SERVES THOSE EMPLOYERS AS WELL. . ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE KRISHNAMOORTHI AS WELL AS ALL THE NONES HOUSE EDUCATION AND FORK FORCE -- AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK MYMY TIME.

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        • 01:16:14 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 CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE H.R. 2353. 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 SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO 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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      • 01:16:30 PM

        On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

        • 01:16:31 PM

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

          • 01:17:46 PM

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

            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 981 AS AMENDED.

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        • 01:17:52 PM

          Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 981 — "Condemning the violence, persecution, intimidation, and murders committed by the Government of Nicaragua against its citizens."

          • 01:17:53 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

          • 01:17:56 PM

            THE CLERK

            HOUSE RESOLUTION 981, RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE VIOLENCE, PERSECUTION,…

            HOUSE RESOLUTION 981, RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE VIOLENCE, PERSECUTION, INTIMIDATION AND MURDERS COMMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA AGAINST ITS CITIZENS.

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          • 01:18:06 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SIRES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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        • 01:18:09 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

        • 01:18:13 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 981.

          • 01:18:19 PM

            MR. ROYCE

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

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

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          • 01:18:27 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 01:18:28 PM

            MR. RHYS

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

          • 01:18:32 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 01:18:34 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS CHAIRMAN…

            I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS CHAIRMAN EMERITUS, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, AND I DO ALSO WANT TO THANK MY OTHER COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE. ALBIO SIRES, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS ISSUE --ED ON THIS MEASURE ALONG WITH COLONEL COOK. I THINK IT'S VERY TIMELY. VERY IMPORTANT. AND I THINK FOR THOSE WHO -- WHOSE FAMILY HAVE EXPERIENCE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE UNDER A TOTALITARIAN SYSTEM I THINK THERE'S A SPECIAL IDENTIFICATION WITH WHAT THE VICTIMS ARE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW. AS A RESULT OF THE AUTHORITARIAN BENT RIGHT NOW PRESIDENT DANIEL ORTAI GARK THE SAME DANIEL ORTEGA WE REMEMBER FROM 1979. HE LOST AN ELECTION IN I THINK 1990'S. HE'S HAD FIVE TERMS BUT IN CONSOLIDATING HIS POWER HE'S MOVED TO AN AUTHORITARIAN APPROACH IN TIGHTENING THAT GRIP WHERE HE'S NOW RESORTED TO USING BRUTAL FORCE, BRUTAL FORCE AGAINST THE STUDENTS ON THEIR CAMPUSES IF THEY PROTEST. BREW THAT THE FORCE AGAINST THE PEOPLE WHO SEEK REFUGE IN THE CHURCHES, SHOOTING UP THE CHURCHES. SOMETHING THAT CONGRESSMAN JUAN VARGAS WAS TALKING TO ME ABOUT THE OTHER DAY. BRUTAL FORCE -- AND IN THE VILLAGES AGAINST THOSE WHO PROTEST, CREATING A SITUATION WITH HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF DEATHS, THOUSANDS OF INJURIES, AND I CAN JUST TELL YOU PERSONALLY I HAVE A CONSTITUENT AND FRIEND IN THE DISTRICT, AND SHE IS FROM ONE OF THOSE VILLAGES. AND SHE SAW ME, GAVE ME A LITTLE LETTER THE OTHER DAY ABOUT THE FATE OF SOME OF HER NEIGHBORS WHO DIED AT THE HANDS OF ONE OF THESE ATTACKS IN THE VILLAGES. MURDERED THERE ON THE STREETS OF HER SMALL VILLAGE. I THINK THE REASON THAT THIS RESOLUTION REPRESENTS SUCH A BROAD BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS IN THIS CONDEMNATION OF ORTEGA'S REGIME IS BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THAT VIOLENCE AND WHAT THIS RESOLUTION DOES IS SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF NICARAGUA IN THEIR PURSUIT OF FREEDOM. NICARAGUANS UNDERSTANDABLY WANT SELF-DETERMINATION. THEY WANT AN TO END CORRUPTION. THEY'RE ASKING FOR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN PARTICULAR, THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES REGIONAL LEADERS MUST CONTINUE TO STAND WITH THESE BRAVE STUDENTS AND CHURCH LEADERS AND VILLAGERS WHO ARE BEING TARGETED AND BEING ASSASSINATED BY THUGS. WORKING ON BEHALF, AT THE BEHEST, OF DANIEL ORTEGA. YOU KNOW, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THIS CIRCUMSTANCE AND OTHER AUTHORITARIAN LEADERS, ONE OF THE ALLIES OF DANIEL OR TAI GAS, AND THIS IS NICHOLAS MADURO , HE USES THE SAME TACTICS AGAINST THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE. AND THE PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS. AND THIS RESOLUTION SHOWS THAT THIS BODY'S COMMITMENT TO STANDING SHOULDER-TO-SHOULD WE ARE THOSE WITHOUT A VOICE, SEEKING FREEDOM FROM THOSE AUTHORITARIANS WHO ARE BECOMING DICTATORS. THE ADMINISTRATION WAS CORRECT EARL INJURY THIS MONTH IN SANCTIONING THREE SENIOR NICARAGUAN OFFICIALS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND CORRUPTION UNDER THE U.S. GLOBAL MAG NITSKY ACT -- MAGNITSKY ACT, A MEASURE WE PASSED OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE. THAT'S SOMETHING THIS RESOLUTION AFFIRMS. BUT MORE CAN BE DONE. THIS RESOLUTION ENCOURAGES THE ADMINISTRATION TO CONTINUE TO PRESSURE ORTEGA TO STOP THE VIOLENCE AND MOVE FORWARD WITH FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 01:22:57 PM

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            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          • 01:23:15 PM

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          • 01:23:17 PM

            MR. SIRES

            I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.RES. 9 1, CONDEMNING THE VIOLENCE AND…

            I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.RES. 9 1, CONDEMNING THE VIOLENCE AND PERSECUTION AND INTIMIDATION COMMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA AGAINST ITS CITIZENS AS WE KNOW THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. AS THE ORTEGA GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO PUNISH ITS CITIZENS FOR PURSUING GREATER DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS. SINCE ORTEGA CAME TO POWER HE'S WORK HARD TO CONSOLIDATE POWER IN THE HANDS OF HIS FAMILY AND PARTY LOYALISTS AT THE EXPENSE OF NICARAGUAN CITIZENS. THE PEACEFUL PROTESTS THAT BEGAN IN APRIL INITIALLY OPPOSED THE PROPOSED GOVERNMENT REFORM TO SOCIAL SECURITY. HOWEVER, AS ORTEGA ORDERED VIOLENT CRACKDOWNS BY GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES, THE DEMONSTRATIONS GRADUALLY BECAME A CALL FOR A MORE DEMOCRATIC NICARAGUA. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS ATTEMPTED NUMEROUS TIMES TO MEDIATE DIALOGUE BETWEEN ORTEGA AND OPPOSITION GROUP BUS THE ORTEGA REGIME HAS REPEATEDLY FAILED TO UPHOLD ITS END OF THE AGREEMENT. WE HAVE SEEN NEW REPORTS EVERY WEEK ON HOW ORTAI FWA'S PARAMILITARY TAKES ACTION AGAINST SANCTUARIES, SHOOTING AND INJURING PEOPLE SEEKING REFUGE IN CHURCHES A I CROSS THE COUNTRY. AS THE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE DEVOLVED, HUNDREDS OF NICARAGUAN CITIZENS ARE ESTIMATE TO BE BEEN KILLED WITH THOUSANDS MORE INJURED. RECENTLY, INTERNATIONAL OWNERS FROM THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AN THE EUROPEAN UNION HAVE ARRIVED IN NICARAGUA TO BEGIN INVESTIGATING THE VIOLENCE. NOW MANY NICARAGUANS ARE DEMANDING POLITICAL REFORM AND THE RESIGNATION OF ORTEGA AND HIS WIFE BEFORE THE SCHEDULED ELECTIONS IN 2021. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES CANNOT STAND IDLY BY AND IGNORE THE DEMANDS OF THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE WHILE THE ORTEGAS AND HIS CONFIDANTS PUSH THE COULDN'T RU. THAT'S WHY MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, CHAIRMAN COOK AND I INTRODUCED THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE ONGOING VIOLENCE IN NICARAGUA AND URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON THOSE WHO QUALIFY UNDER THE TPWHROBAL MAGNITSKY ACT. I HAVE WORKED WITH MY FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN, TO PASS THE ACT TO HOLD THE REGIME ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS MISUSE OF INTERNATIONAL LAWS. THIS BILL WOULD DIRECT THE TAOS NOT SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL LAWS IN NICARAGUA UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT INCREASES TRANSPARENCY AND HOLDS FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. PUSHBACK FROM THE WORLD COMMUNITY SHOWS THE BRAVE NICARAGUANS ON THE GROUND THAT THE WORLD IS PUSHING FOR THEM. IT'S THE ONLY WAY FOR ORTEGA TO SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL THAT HE HAS TO GIVE UP HIS GRIP AND PROVIDE THE FREEDOM THE PEOPLE ARE YEARNING FOR. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR THEIR BIPARTISANSHIP ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 01:26:40 PM

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          • 01:26:48 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROSS…

            I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROSS LET LEHTONEN, THE CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND AUTHOR OF THIS RESOLUTION.

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          • 01:26:57 PM

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          • 01:27:00 PM

            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS AMAZING…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS AMAZING LEADERSHIP AND ALSO RANKING MEMBER ENGEL. THEY BROUGHT THIS IMPORTANT AND TIMELY RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR AND I'M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE WORKED NOT ONLY WITH CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL BUT ALSO WITH CHAIRMAN COOK AND RANKING MEMBER SIRES OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE. ALL OF US INTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 981 AND THIS RESOLUTION AS MR. SIRES AND MR. ROYCE HAVE POINTED OUT, IT CONDEMNS THE PERSECUTION, IT CONDEMNS THE INTIMIDATION, THE VIOLENCE, THE MURDERS THAT ARE BEING COMMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA AGAINST ITS CITIZENS BY THE ORDERS, UNDER THE ORDERS OF DANIEL ORTEGA. MR. SPEAKER, 450, THAT IS HOW MANY NICARAGUANS HAVE BEEN KILLED BY ORTEGA'S REGIME AND HIS THUGS JUST SINCE APRIL OF THIS YEAR. HEAVEN KNOWS HOW MANY TODAY OR HOW MANY JUST THESE PAST DAYS, THE DEATH TOLL IS RISING EVERY DAY. AND AS THE REGIME HAS NOW AUTHORIZED A SHOOT TO KILL POLICY IN CITIES LIKE MATSAYA AND HINOTEGA. SHOOT TO KILL, AGAINST DISSIDENTS, AGAINST PROTESTERS. AND ADD THAT TO THE THOUSANDS INJURED, ARRESTED, FORCED DISAPPEARANCES, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A MASSIVE AND SEVERE REPRESSION BY A REGIME THAT WILL DO ANYTHING TO STAY IN POWER. THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. ORTEGA AND HIS WIFE WANT TO STAY IN POWER AT ALL COSTS. ON MONDAY, DANIEL ORTEGA HAD THE NERVE, THE AUDACITY, TO GO ON OUR NEWS CHANNEL, FOX NEWS, AMERICAN TV, TO SAY THAT EVERYTHING WAS UNDER CONTROL IN NICARAGUA AND THAT IT WAS IN FACT THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE WHO WERE COMMIT THINKING ACTS OF VIOLENCE. THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE ARE THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BLOODSHED. IT'S A DESPERATE ATTEMPT BY A DESPERATE BUT DANGEROUS FOOL. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A DIRE SITUATION AND IT'S GETTING WORSE BY THE DAY. THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO HOLD ORTEGA ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS EVIL AND VIOLENT ACTS AND PUT ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON HIS REGIME. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN GREAT LEADERSHIP IN CONDEMNING ORTEGA AND IN SANCTIONING SOME OF HIS REGIMES' -- SOME OF HIS REGIME'S TOP OFFICIALS THUNDER EGLOBAL MAGNITSKY ACT MY RESOLUTION URGES THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO MORE. TO TARGET MORE OF ORTEGA'S GOONS FOR SANCTIONS. AND TO URGE THIS VERY BODY TO DO MORE BECAUSE TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. THE MEASURE BEFORE US IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT RIGHTFULLY IDENTIFIES ORTEGA, NOT THE NICARAGUAN PEOPLE, AS THE ORCHESTRATOR OF THE VIOLENCE. IT URGES THE ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE MORE ACTION AGAINST THE REGIME. IT ALSO DEMONSTRATE OURS UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE OF NICARAGUA IN THEIR PURSUIT FOR DEMOCRACY, IN THEIR PURSUIT OF JUSTICE. IT INCLUDES THE CALL FOR EARLY FREE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS OVERSEEN BY DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS. AND THIS RESOLUTION ALSO CALLS UPON RESPONSIBLE NATIONS TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF NICARAGUA BECAUSE THEIR SILENCE HAS BEEN DEAFENING. TODAY, THIS BODY IS STANDING UP FOR SOME OF THE MOST CHERISHED VALUES AND IDEALS WE HOLD TRUE TO OUR HEARTS AND WE ARE UNEQUIVOCALLY REJECTING THE ORTEGA REGIME'S ABUSES AND ITS CORRUPTION. TODAY WE CAN SEND A STRONG, UNIFIED, CLEAR MESSAGE THAT WE ARE WATCHING AND WE ARE ACTING AND WE ARE SUPPORTING THE ASPIRATIONS OF ALL FREEDOM-LOVING NICARAGUANS. IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, IF I COULD HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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          • 01:31:09 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            I

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            MR. ROYCE

            I YIELD ONE MINUTE.

          • 01:31:14 PM

            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

            I AM SO BLESSED TO HAVE SO MANY NICARAGUAN AMERICANS AND ONE IS BEHIND ME,…

            I AM SO BLESSED TO HAVE SO MANY NICARAGUAN AMERICANS AND ONE IS BEHIND ME, GABBY, WHO IS VERY PROUD OF HER NICARAGUAN HERITAGE AND SHE KEEPS ME ABREAST OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NICARAGUA EVERY DAY AND MY CONSTITUENTS TELL ME THEY'RE HEART BROKEN ABOUT THE SITUATION. THEY'RE HEART BROKEN BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T SEEM TO BE PAYING ATTENTION, BUT THEY KNOW THAT THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS IS STANDING WITH THEM. AND TODAY WITH THIS VOTE WE WILL STAND EVER SO STRONGLY WITH THEM. ORTEGA IS RECEIVING HELP FROM VENEZUELA'S MADURO, FROM CASTRO IN CUBA, FROM DIAZ CANAL IN CUBA. THEY KNOW HOW TO KILL DISSIDENTS. LET'S NOT STAND WITH THE OPPRESSORS. LET'S STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF NICARAGUA. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME.

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          • 01:32:16 PM

            MR. SIRES

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING.

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          • 01:32:25 PM

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          • 01:32:27 PM

            MR. SIRES

            IN RESPONSE TO ORTEGA'S BRUTAL CRACKDOWN ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS,…

            IN RESPONSE TO ORTEGA'S BRUTAL CRACKDOWN ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, H.RES. 981 CONDEMNS THE VIOLENCE, THE PERSECUTION, THE INTIMIDATED COMMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA. THEY HAVE MURDERED, DETAINED, TORTURED INNOCENT PEOPLE, PEACEFULLY STANDING UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS. STORIES OF NICARAGUAN PROTESTERS BEING ELECTROCUTED AND WATERBOARDED BY GANGS ALIGNED WITH THE ORTEGA REGIME CONTINUES TO HORROR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. WHILE THE ORTEGAS MAY HAVE INTERFERENCE IN THEIR AFFAIRS, LET US BE CLEAR, THE UNITED STATES CONDEMNS THE VIOLENCE, THE PERSECUTION, THE INTIMIDATION, AND MURDERS BY -- TO THE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA. WE DEMAND NICARAGUA RELEASE THOSE WRONGFULLY DETAINED BY THE GOVERNMENT. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ED ROYCE, AND I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK HIM FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS BRINGING SUCH BIPARTISAN WORK AND I WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I REALLY APPRECIATE BEING IN YOUR COMMITTEE AND SERVING WITH YOU ON THIS COMMITTEE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. AND I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT MY GOOD FRIEND, ELIOT ENGEL, AS WELL AS MY COUNTERPART ON THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE. CHAIRMAN PAUL COOK FOR THEIR STRONG BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO I ALWAYS WORKED AND ADMIRED HER FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, FOR HER DECADES OF UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO PROMOTING DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD. I SUPPORT THIS BILL. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 01:34:28 PM

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          • 01:34:32 PM

            MR. ROYCE

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

          • 01:34:34 PM

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          • 01:34:36 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, I SHARED WITH THIS BODY THE LETTER FROM MY…

            MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, I SHARED WITH THIS BODY THE LETTER FROM MY CONSTITUENT AND NEIGHBOR OUTLINING WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HER VILLAGE WHERE SHE HAD PREVIOUSLY -- WHERE SHE HAD GROWN UP AND HOW SHE HAD LOST FRIENDS AT THE HANDS OF A GANG ALLIED WITH DANIEL ORTEGA QUITE RECENTLY WHO ATTACKED THE VILLAGE. AND SO I JUST WANT TO THANK ALBIO SIRES AND CHAIRMAN EMERITUS ROS-LEHTINEN AND OTHERS WHO WORKED ON THIS RESOLUTION FOR BRINGING THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE FORWARD. I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP BECAUSE THE CONTINUED ATTACKS ON DEMONSTRATORS IN NICARAGUA, THE SHOOTING UP OF CHURCHES, THE THREATENING OF PRIESTS THERE, HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS HAVE BEEN MURDERED, THOUSANDS MORE HAVE BEEN INJURED, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. AND IN CLOSING, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THIS BODY AND OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES ACROSS THE REGION CONTINUE TO CALL ON DANIEL ORTEGA TO END THE VIOLENCE AND TO ALLOW FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS IN NICARAGUA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 01:36:04 PM

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            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS -- AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 981, 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 RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO 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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        • 01:36:22 PM

          On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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

            • 01:36:39 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5535, AS…

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5535, AS AMENDED.

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            • 01:36:44 PM

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              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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              THE CLERK

              H.R. 5535, A BILL TO AMEND THE STATE DEPARTMENT BASIC AUTHORITIES ACT OF…

              H.R. 5535, A BILL TO AMEND THE STATE DEPARTMENT BASIC AUTHORITIES ACT OF 1956 REGARDING ENERGY DIPLOMACY AND SECURITY WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 01:36:57 PM

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

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SIRES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          • 01:36:58 PM

            Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5535 — "To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 regarding energy diplomacy and security within the Department of State, and for other purposes."

            • 01:37:07 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5535.

              • 01:37:09 PM

                MR. ROYCE

                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 TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE MEASURE.

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              • 01:37:16 PM

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                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

              • 01:37:18 PM

                MR. ROYCE

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

              • 01:37:23 PM

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              • 01:37:24 PM

                MR. ROYCE

                MR. SPEAKER, AS AMERICA'S ENERGY PRODUCTION IS INCREASED, AS CHAIRMAN MIKE…

                MR. SPEAKER, AS AMERICA'S ENERGY PRODUCTION IS INCREASED, AS CHAIRMAN MIKE MCCAUL, THE AUTHOR OF THE MEASURE COULD TELL YOU, OUR NATION'S INFLUENCE IN GLOBAL ENERGY POLICY HAS GROWN. SO THE U.S. IS NOW THE WORLD'S TOP PRODUCER OF PETROLEUM. IT IS ALSO THE TOP PRODUCER OF NATURAL GAS FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR, AND I'LL ADD TO THAT, THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT AND OUR ABUNDANCE SUPPLY OF ENERGY RESOURCES IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY, IT IS ALSO GOOD FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT OFFERS AMERICAN ALLIES A CRITICAL ALTERNATIVE TO COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA WHICH USE THEIR ENERGY RESOURCES TO BULLY THEIR NEIGHBORS, IN THE CASE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN, AND IN THE CASE OF THE GLOBAL OIL CARTEL, OPEC, WHICH ENRICHES ITS MEMBER STATES AT THE EXPENSE OF U.S. CONSUMERS. IN THIS MOMENT OF HEIGHTENED AMERICAN ENERGY LEADERSHIP, IT'S CRITICAL THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAVE THE LEADERSHIP AND DIRECTION NEEDED TO FULFILL ITS STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES GOVERNING INTERNATIONAL ENERGY DIPLOMACY. THIS BILL, THE ENERGY DIPLOMACY ACT, WILL ELEVATE AMERICA'S ENERGY SECURITY AND DIPLOMACY PRIORITIES. IT AUTHORIZES AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ENERGY RESOURCES AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT, AND THIS ASSISTANT SECRETARY WILL REPLACE THE COORDINATOR FOR INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AFFAIRS, DEMONSTRATING THE IMPORTANCE OF ENERGY ISSUES TO OUR FOREIGN PARTNERS. THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO ADVANCE U.S. EMERGENCY INTERESTS ABROAD BY MANAGING OUR RELATIONS -- ENERGY INTERESTS ABROAD BY MANAGING OUR RELATIONS IN NATURAL GAS, IN BIOFUELS, IN RENEWABLE ENERGY, IN NUCLEAR AND OTHER ENERGY RESOURCES. THIS BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO USE DIPLOMACY TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF U.S. ENERGY RESOURCES TO BOLSTER OUR ENERGY SECURITY, GROW OUR ECONOMY, AND SUPPORT OUR ALLIES. MR. SPEAKER, FOR YEARS THE WORLD'S LEADING PETROLEUM PRODUCERS HAVE BEEN RIGGING THE WORLD MARKET BY CUTTING PRODUCTION TO DRIVE UP GASOLINE PRICES, AND THIS HURTS FAMILIES IN PLACES LIKE OUR HOME STATES. IT'S IN OUR INTEREST TO PROMOTE THE AVAILABILITY OF DIVERSIFIED ENERGY SUPPLIES IN A FUNCTIONING GLOBAL MARKET FOR ENERGY RESOURCES, TECHNOLOGIES, AND EXPERTISE, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL REQUIRES . ENERGY POLICY EXPERTISE MUST BE MORE DEEPLY INTEGRATED IN OUR FOREIGN POLICY. AS A MAJOR ENERGY PRODUCING NATION, IT'S TIME WE ELEVATE THIS ISSUE WITHIN OUR DIPLOMATIC RANKS, WHICH IS WHAT THIS BILL WILL DO, AND I THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL FOR HIS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE WITH US TODAY. I URGE SUPPORT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:40:21 PM

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

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

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              • 01:40:25 PM

                MR. SIRES

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5535, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME…

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5535, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              • 01:40:32 PM

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              • 01:40:34 PM

                MR. SIRES

                I'D LIKE TO THANK -- EXCUSE ME -- I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN…

                I'D LIKE TO THANK -- EXCUSE ME -- I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MCCAUL, CHAIRMAN ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN WORK ON THIS TIMELY ISSUE. AS HAS FOR DECADES, ENERGY WILL PLAY A KEY ROLE IN SHAPING UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY. THE INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE IS CHANGING AND SO ARE THE PLAYERS. GLOBAL ENERGY DEMAND IS SET TO RISE TO 30% BY THE YEAR 2030. THIS REFLECTS AN EXPANDING GLOBAL ECONOMY, RAPID INDUSTRIALIZATION, POPULATION GROWTH, URBANIZATION, AND IMPROVED ENERGY ACCESS AMONG DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. FOR THE UNITED STATES TO MAINTAIN A LEADING ROLE ON GLOBAL -- ON THE GLOBAL STAGE, THE STATE DEPARTMENT MUST BE POSITIONED TO PROTECT AND PROMOTE FAVORABLE ENERGY POLICIES ABROAD. THE ENERGY DIPLOMACY ACT OF 2018 HELPS THIS EFFORT BY CREATING AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENERGY RESOURCES AND REQUIRING THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO EMPLOY SUFFICIENT PERSONNEL DEDICATED TO INTERNATIONAL ENERGY MATTERS. BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION, WE CAN PREPARE THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO ENGAGE IN ROBUST ENERGY DIPLOMACY AND ENCOURAGE STRONG INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS THAT PROMOTE OUR OWN POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE, AND I YOU RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:42:02 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 01:42:06 PM

                MR. ROYCE

                I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, THE CHAIRMAN…

                I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS. HE'S THE AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE.

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              • 01:42:15 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:42:17 PM

                MR. MCCAUL

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, THE ENERGY…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION, THE ENERGY DIPLOMACY ACT. ACROSS THE GLOBE, OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES WANT A STABLE AND RELIABLE SUPPLY OF AMERICAN ENERGY. AMERICA IN TURN MUST ACTIVELY ENGAGE OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE TO ENERGY FROM ROGUE REGIMES. LIKE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN EUROPE. FOR OVER A DECADE, RUSSIA HAS USED THEIR NATURAL GAS PIPELINES FLOWING INTO EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE AS A POINT OF LEVERAGE OVER THESE COUNTRIES. UKRAINE HAS BEEN MOST AFFECTED WITH RUSSIA TURNING OUT THEIR NATURAL GAS SUPPLY IN THE WINTER OF 2008. AND DURING THE ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA IN 2014. BY TWISTING A KNOB BY TURNING OFF THE HEAT, THEY HAVE AN INFLUENCE ON UKRAINE. NOW THEY HAVE A PIPELINE WITH GERMANY WHICH FURTHER THREATENS TO EXPAND RUSSIAN INFLUENCE. MAKE NO MISTAKE, RUSSIA IS A DESTABILIZING REGIME THAT CONSTANTLY EXPLOITS THE VULNERABILITIES POSED BY EUROPE'S RELIANCE ON THEIR NATURAL GAS. THE UNITED STATES MUST BE INVOLVED TO CURB THEIR INFLUENCE. OVER THE PAST DECADE, THE UNITED STATES HAS REDUCED OUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF ENERGY IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. AS A RESULT, WE ARE NOW EXPORTING ENERGY ABROAD, INCLUDING FROM MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS. IN FACT, IN 2015, I HELPED CHAMPION THE REPEAL OF THE OUTDATED CRUDE OIL EXPORT BAN. NOW U.S. PRODUCERS ARE FINDING NEW CUSTOMERS IN BOTH ASIA AND EUROPE. THAT IS WHY I AUTHORED THE ENERGY DIPLOMACY ACT. IT ELEVATES THE BUREAU OF ENERGY RESOURCES AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT. IT REPLACES THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AFFAIRS COORDINATOR WITH AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY. THIS SECRETARY WILL CARRY OUT THE DEPARTMENT'S FUNCTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES. IT ALSO ENSURES THE DEPARTMENT IS STAFFED WITH SUFFICIENT PERSONNEL FOR THE MISSION. IT WILL EMPOWER THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO PROMOTE AND ADVANCE A BOLD U.S. ENERGY DIPLOMACY POLICY. AS ENERGY RICHED A REMEMBER SEARS EXPAND THEIR MALIGN -- THE UNITED STATES MUST PROJECT STRONG ENERGY DIPLOMACY NOW MORE THAN EVER. IT'S NOT JUST RUSSIA WHO WE ARE CONTENDING WITH. ONE OF IRAN'S MAIN GOALS IN NEGOTIATING THEIR NUCLEAR DEAL WAS TO OPEN UP THEIR ENERGY MARKETS TO MORE FOREIGN INVESTMENT. AND TO EXPAND THEIR OIL EXPORTS GLOBALLY. SINCE THE U.S. DEPARTED FROM THE JCPOA, OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES AND OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN INDIA ARE DECIDING BETWEEN COMPLYING WITH THE UNITED STATES' SANCTIONS OR IGNORING THEM AND BUYING IRANIAN OIL. WE MUST PROVIDE RELIABLE AMERICAN ENERGY. THESE TWO CIRCUMSTANCES UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ENERGY TO PROJECT DIPLOMACY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, WHO ARE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF MY BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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              • 01:45:21 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                YIELD BACK.

              • 01:45:32 PM

                MR. SIRES

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF…

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING.

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              • 01:45:36 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:45:38 PM

                MR. SIRES

                THE UNITED STATES HAS LONG RECOGNIZED THE GLOBAL ENERGY SECURITY AND…

                THE UNITED STATES HAS LONG RECOGNIZED THE GLOBAL ENERGY SECURITY AND COOPERATION ARE NECESSARY TO ADVANCE OUR ECONOMIC FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. . WE MUST SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES AND SEIZE THE CHALLENGES WE FACE. WE MUST ALSO WORK MUST WORK WITH OUR -- WITH OTHER COUNTRY, THIS ACT TAKES AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD ENSURING THAT THE CONSTITUENT DEPARTMENT HAS THE LEADERSHIP AND CAPACITY NEEDS TO ADVANCE THIS CRITICAL ASPECT OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:46:21 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              • 01:46:25 PM

                MR. ROYCE

                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

              • 01:46:29 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:46:30 PM

                MR. ROYCE

                IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN…

                IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, MR. SIRES, FOR CRAFTING HERE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO ENSURE THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS THE LEADERSHIP AND THE DIRECTION TO SUPPORT AMERICA'S ENERGY DIPLOMACY PRIORITIES. I THINK WORKING WITH OUR ALLIES AND PARTNERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WE CAN COUNTER PUTIN'S REPIZATION OF HIS ENERGY RESOURCES AND PROVIDES OUR ALLIES WITH A STABLE ALTERNATIVE TO UNRELIABLE ENERGY SUPPLIERS WHOSE PRIORITIES ARE SELF-ENRICHMENT AND GEOPOLITICAL SELF-INTEREST AT THE EXPENSE OF A FUNCTIONING MARKET. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:47:19 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. 5535 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. S. 1182 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. H.R. 5864 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE. THE REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES -- VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON THE VOTE -- IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 1182 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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            • 01:47:33 PM

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

              • 01:47:35 PM

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

              • 01:47:47 PM

                UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

                • 01:48:21 PM

                  Considered as unfinished business. S. 1182 — "To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in recognition of the 100th anniversary of The American Legion."

                  • 01:48:37 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    SENATE 1182, AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MINT…

                    SENATE 1182, AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MINT COMMEMORATIVE COINS IN RECK NOIFINGS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MESH HE -- AMERICAN LEGION.

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                • 01:48:47 PM

                  On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 373 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                  • 01:48:52 PM

                    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 AMENED. 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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                  • 02:13:00 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 366. THE NAYS ARE 52. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 366. THE NAYS ARE 52. 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. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5864, AS AMENDED, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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              • 02:13:20 PM

                House Vote 373 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act

                Passed (366 - 52)
                Yea

                Vote Details: Yea - 366
                Republican - 179
                Democratic - 187

                Vote Details: Nay - 52
                Republican - 51
                Democratic - 1

                Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                Republican - 5
                Democratic - 5

                • 02:13:21 PM

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

                  • 02:13:22 PM

                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5864 — "To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish qualifications for the human resources positions within the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes."

                    • 02:13:38 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      H.R. 5864, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ESTABLISH…

                      H.R. 5864, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ESTABLISH QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE HUMAN RESOURCES POSITIONS WITHIN THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  • 02:13:45 PM

                    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 374 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                    • 02:13:52 PM

                      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.] A

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                    • 02:21:23 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 417, THE NAYS ARE 0. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING…

                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 417, THE NAYS ARE 0. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. WOIT, -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE OF S. 1182 IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 02:21:32 PM

                  House Vote 374 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                  VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act

                  Passed (417 - 0)
                  Yea

                  Vote Details: Yea - 417
                  Republican - 229
                  Democratic - 188

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

                  • 02:21:33 PM

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

                    • 02:21:34 PM

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

                      • 02:22:11 PM

                        MR. LANGEVIN

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NAME BE WITHDRAWN AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 2069.

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                      • 02:22:19 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

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                      • 02:22:45 PM

                        THE CLERK

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

                        SENATE 2850, AN ACT TO AMEND THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE WATER RIGHTS ACT OF 2010 TO CLARIFY USE OF AMOUNTS IN THE W.M.A.T. SETTLEMENT FUND.

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                      • 02:23:02 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                      • 02:23:06 PM

                        >>

                    • 02:23:16 PM

                      Mrs. Handel asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                      • 02:23:20 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

                      • 02:23:23 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 257, RESOLUTION CONDEMNING HATE CRIME AND ANY OTHER FORM…

                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 257, RESOLUTION CONDEMNING HATE CRIME AND ANY OTHER FORM OF RACISM, RELIGIOUS, OR ETHNIC BIAS, DISCRIMINATION, AND INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE A MINORITY IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                    • 02:23:30 PM

                      Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 257 — "Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States."

                    • 02:23:41 PM

                      On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                      • 02:23:42 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 02:23:46 PM

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

                        • 02:23:59 PM

                          Mr. Webster (FL) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.

                          • 02:24:05 PM

                            >>

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE THE SPEAKER --…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE THE SPEAKER -- TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE SENATE 770 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                          • 02:24:18 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                          • 02:24:20 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            SENATE 770, AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF…

                            SENATE 770, AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY TO DISSEMINATE RESOURCES TO HELP REDUCE SMALL BUSINESS CYBER SECURITY RISKS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                        • 02:24:27 PM

                          Considered by unanimous consent. S. 770 — "To require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to disseminate resources to help reduce small business cybersecurity risks, and for other purposes."

                          • 02:24:33 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                            IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 02:24:45 PM

                          An amendment, in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Webster (FL), to strike all after the enacting clause and insert a new text of a bill entitled the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act.

                          • 02:24:48 PM

                            >>

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

                          • 02:24:50 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMA THE AMENDMENT.

                          • 02:24:53 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE TO SENATE 770, OFFERED BY MR.…

                            AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE TO SENATE 770, OFFERED BY MR. WEBSTER OF FLORIDA. STRIKE ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND ENSERT THE FALLING. SECTION ONE, SHORT TITLE, THIS ACT MAY BE CITED AS THE NIST SMALL BUSINESS SECURITY ACT. SECTION 2, IMPROVING CYBER SECURITY --

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                          • 02:25:12 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA…

                            THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 02:25:18 PM

                            MR. WEBSTER

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

                      • 02:25:22 PM

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

                        • 02:25:23 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING OF THE READING? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED.…

                          IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING OF THE READING? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FLOPS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE JASKS OF GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 02:25:39 PM

                        On passage Passed without objection.

                        • 02:25:44 PM

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

                          • 02:25:47 PM

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

                            • 02:25:54 PM

                              >>

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

                            • 02:25:58 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

                            • 02:26:00 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 15 -- 5515, THE JOHN S. MCCAIN…

                              CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 15 -- 5515, THE JOHN S. MCCAIN NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019.

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                          • 02:26:00 PM

                            Conference report H. Rept. 115-874 filed.

                            • 02:26:12 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 02:26:26 PM

                              >>

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BE REMOVED AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BE REMOVED AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 5957.

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                            • 02:26:34 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                            • 02:27:09 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 02:27:15 PM

                              MR. YOUNG

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6414.

                            • 02:27:24 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. H.R. 6414, A BILL TO OF THE…

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. H.R. 6414, A BILL TO OF THE BILL. H.R. 6414, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 23 UNITED STATES CODE TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR PROMULGATION OF REGULATIONS UNDER THE TRIBAL TRANSPORTATION SELF-GOVERNANCE PROGRAM.

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                            • 02:27:42 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR SELF-GOVERNANCE PROGRAM.

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                          • 02:27:46 PM

                            Mr. Young (AK) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6414 — "To amend title 23, United States Code, to extend the deadline for promulgation of regulations under the tribal transportation self-governance program."

                            • 02:27:48 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ALASKA.

                            • 02:27:49 PM

                              MR. YOUNG

                              ALASKA.

                            • 02:27:56 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 02:27:56 PM

                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

                            • 02:27:57 PM

                              MR. YOUNG

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 02:27:58 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6414.

                          • 02:28:00 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:28:08 PM

                            MR. YOUNG

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6414. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6414. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO FOR INCLUDING IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 02:28:12 PM

                            MR. YOUNG

                            THE TRIBAL TRANSPORTATION SELF-GOVERNANCE PROGRAM IN THE FAST ACT. THE…

                            THE TRIBAL TRANSPORTATION SELF-GOVERNANCE PROGRAM IN THE FAST ACT. THE FAST ACT REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO USE NEGOTIATED RULE MAKING PROCESS TO ESTABLISH A REGULATION TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM T ALSO SET DEADLINES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF REGULATIONS. H.R. 6414 WOULD EXTEND THESE DEADLINES. THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TRUE NEGOTIATED RULE MAKING PROCESS THAT'S NOT ONE-SIDED AND RESPECTS TRIBAL SELF-DETERMINATION. WITHOUT THIS EXTENSION, I AM CONCERNED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAM IN A WAY THAT IS NOT HELPFUL TO THE TRIBES OF AMERICA. THIS WOULD UNDERMINE THE INTENT OF THE PREVIOUS FAST ACT AND WOULD LEAD TO A LACK OF TRIBAL PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM. I WANT TO THANK THE TRIBE OF ALASKA FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND WORK ON THIS PROGRAM AND ISSUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6414. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 02:29:02 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            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. DEFAZIO

                            IF YOU LOOK AT HOW TRANSPORTATION FUNDS ARE ADMINISTERED TO THE TRIBES,…

                            IF YOU LOOK AT HOW TRANSPORTATION FUNDS ARE ADMINISTERED TO THE TRIBES, FIRST OFF IT'S PATHETIC AND INADEQUATE AMOUNT OF MONEY GIVEN THE INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEMS THAT THE TRIBES HAVE. THAT IS TRUE OF INFRASTRUCTURE WRIT LARGE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. BUT SECONDLY, WE THINK IT WAS 1860 OR 1870 THE TRIBES DO NOT DIRECTLY RECEIVE THESE FUNDS. THERE ARE VARIOUS FEDERAL AGENCIES INVOLVED AND SOMETIMES STATE AGENCIES INVOLVED IN THE DISBURSELE OF THOSE FUNDS AND APPROVAL OF THE PROJECTS UNDER THOSE FUNDS. THIS LEGISLATION, THIS WAS PART OF THE FAST ACT, WHICH WOULD GIVE TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNANCE. THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO ADMINISTER THEIR OWN FUNDS WITHOUT ANYBODY TAKING OFF ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, WITHOUT BUREAUCRATIC DELAY, AND SET THEIR OWN PRIORITIES ON THEIR OWN LANDS. I SPONSORED THIS INTO THE FAST ACT. IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY ACCEPTED AT THE TIME. NOW, WE THOUGHT AND WHEN WE PASSED THE FAST ACT THAT THREE YEARS WOULD BE LONG ENOUGH FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CONSULT WITH THE TRIBES. WE SET UP A COMMITTEE TO COME TO CONSENSUS ON THE RULES FOR SELF-GOVERNANCE. WELL, UNFORTUNATELY, IT WAS SLOWED DOWN BECAUSE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THEN AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, THIS COMMITTEE DID NOT MEET FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR OF 2017. AND THEN THIS YEAR, ESSENTIALLY, D.O.T. HAD SOME MEETINGS, BUT THEN PRESENTED SORT OF A TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT TO THE TRIBES WHICH THE TRIBES FIND UNACCEPTABLE. NOW, UNFORTUNATELY, THE TRIBES CAN'T PROLONG THE NEGOTIATIONS UNLESS WE CHANGE THE LAW, BECAUSE THE LAW SET A DEADLINE OF DECEMBER, 2018, AND BECAUSE THE WAY THE BUREAUCRATIC RULEMAKING PROCESS WORKS, D.O.T. WOULD HAVE TO PUT OUT THEIR RULE IN AUGUST WHEN WE'RE OUT OF TOWN AND WITHOUT REACHING ANY CONSENSUS, WITHOUT HAVING ANY MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS UNDER THE TRIBES, UNDER THE RULE WHICH THEY SHOULD ADMINISTER THEIR OWN FUNDS FOR THEIR OWN PROJECTS. THIS BILL IS SIMPLE. IT EXTENDS THE DEADLINE SO THAT D.O.T. WON'T RUSH OUT A RULE THAT IS OPPOSED BY THE TRIBES, WHICH OBVIOUSLY DESTROYS THE ENTIRE INTENT OF THIS LEGISLATION. THIS WOULD PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL YEAR AND HOPEFULLY WITH SOME PRODDING AND MAYBE A DIFFERENT CONGRESS NEXT YEAR, WE CAN GET D.O.T.'S ATTENTION AND GET THEM TO MEANINGFULLY CONSULT WITH THE SOVEREIGN NATIONS, WITH THE TRIBES AND TO COME UP WITH A BILL THAT IS AGREED TO, BOTH BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE TRIBES. SO THIS IS QUITE SIMPLE. IT HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY OPPOSITION, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AYE ON THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                            MR. YOUNG

                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. 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. 6414. 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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                        • 02:32:49 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 ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. YOUNG

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 756 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

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                            Mr. Young (AK) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 756 — "To reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes."

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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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. 756.

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                              MR. YOUNG

                              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 -- JUST A MOMENT. FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTEMPORANEOUS MATERIAL ON S. 756, AND AT THIS TIME I AM GOING TO HAVE TO YIELD TO MR. HUNTER WHO WILL MANAGE THE BILL.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. HUNTER

                              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 S. 756, AS AMENDED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THAT MATTER IS CURRENTLY PENDING BEFORE THE HOUSE.

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                              MR. HUNTER

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MANAGE TIME FOR THE MAJORITY?

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                              MR. HUNTER

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              YES.

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                              MR. HUNTER

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. HUNTER

                              S. 756, THE SAVE OUR SEAS ACT, PROMOTES NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS…

                              S. 756, THE SAVE OUR SEAS ACT, PROMOTES NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THE GROWING AMOUNT OF MARINE DEBRIS ENTERING THE OCEAN ENVIRONMENT. THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE, THE GENTLEMAN THAT YIELDED TO ME, MR. DON YOUNG, OUR ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA, SPONSORED THE HOUSE BILL. I THANK HIM FOR MOVING THIS THROUGH COMMITTEE AND TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. DEBRIS REMAINS IN THE OCEANS FOR YEARS AND NEGATIVELY IMPACTING THE OCEAN ENVIRONMENT. S. 756 WOULD WORK WITH NATIONES THAT DISCHARGE MATERIAL INTO THE OCEAN -- WITH NATIONS THAT DISCHARGE MATERIAL INTO THE OCEANS AND HELP THEM FROM NOT LET THEM ENTER INTO THE OCEAN. NOAA WILL ASSIST IN THE CLEANUP OF SEVERE MARINE DEBRIS EVENTS. TITLE 2 IS THE MARITIME SAFETY ACT. THE BILL WAS REPORTED FROM THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. I SPONSORED THIS BILL WITH THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COAST GARRARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION -- GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, MR. GARAMENDI, AS CO-SPONSOR. THE BILL ADDRESSES MARITIME SAFETY ISSUES THAT WAS RAISED BY THE FINAL ACTION MEMO IN RESPONSE TO THE TRAGIC SINKING OF A SHIP. A FEW OF THE REQUIRED ACTIONS INCLUDE TIMELY WEATHER FORECASTS. NOT TOO COMPLICATED. EMERGENCY SAFETY GEAR WITH LOCATOR BEACONS SO WE CAN FIND THE CREW AFTER THE VESSELS SUNK. FLOAT-FREE VOYAGE DATA RECORDERS WITH INTEGRATED EMERGENCY POSITION, INDICATING BEACONS. THE MEASURES INCLUDED IN THIS TITLE SHOULD PROMOTE SAFER VESSEL TRANSIT AND IF NEEDED WOULD ASSIST THE COAST GUARD IN ITS RESCUE OPERATIONS. SADLY, WE WERE REMINDED AGAIN LAST WEEK BY THE EVENTS IN MISSOURI OF THE DANGERS OF GOING OUT ON THE OPEN WATER EVEN IN A RELATIVELY PROTECTED ENVIRONMENT. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES OF THE LOVED ONES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE TRAGIC INCIDENT. TRAGEDIES LIKE THIS AND SADLY OTHERS IN RECENT HISTORY REMIND US WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT AND COMMITTED TO IMPROVING MARITIME SAFETY TO PROTECT THOSE WHO GO OUT ON THE WATER FOR THEIR LIVELIHOOD AND FOR RECREATION. TITLE 3 OF THE BILL ALLOWS THE COAST GUARD TO ESTABLISH A BLUE TECHNOLOGY CENTER OF EXPERTISE. THIS TITLE IS THE TEXT OF H.R. 6206, AS REPORTED BY THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. MR. GARAMENDI SPONSORED THE LEGISLATION AND I AM AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE BILL. THE RANKING MEMBER AND I HAVE A STRONG INTEREST IN BLUE TECHNOLOGY AND HOW IT CAN ASSIST THE COAST GUARD IN PERFORMING THE MULT TIED OF -- MULTITUDE OF MISSIONS. THE CENTER CREATED BY THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE A VENUE FOR THE COAST GUARD TO INTERFACE WITH INDUSTRY ON EXISTING AND UP AND COMING TECHNOLOGIES THAT CAN BE USED BY THE SERVICE. IT'S AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT IN BRINGING THE COAST GUARD INTO THE MODERN TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. SHUSTER, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, AND MR. DEFAZIO AND ESPECIALLY MR. GARAMENDI FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND COOPERATION IN GETTING THESE BILLS OUT OF COMMITTEE AND TO THE FLOOR TODAY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. GARAMENDI

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. GARAMENDI

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, FIRST, LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN HUNTER FOR HIS WORK ON THIS…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, FIRST, LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN HUNTER FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL AND ON THE OTHER WORK WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO WITH THE COAST GUARD AND THE LEGISLATION. IT'S BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 756, THE SAVE OUR SEAS ACT OF 2018, AS AMENDED, TO INCLUDE OTHER IMPORTANT BILLS ADDRESSING MARITIME SAFETY AND OCEAN TECHNOLOGIES. AS EXPLAINED BY THE MAJORITY MANAGER, MARINE DEBRIS, ESPECIALLY PLASTICS, IS A PERSISTENT AND GROWING THREAT TO THE GLOBAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT. MANY COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, CONTRIBUTE TO THE PLASTIC POLLUTION. AND IT DOES ADD UP. FOR EXAMPLE, IN 2010 ALONE, ACCORDING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA STUDY, A TOTAL OF EIGHT MILLION METRIC TONS OF PLASTIC ENTERED THE WORLD'S OCEANS. WORSE YET, THE STUDY PREDICTS THAT NUMBER WILL GROW 10 TIMES, 10-FOLD AS LARGE BY 2025. NOT ONLY ARE FLOATING PLASTIC BAGS, STRAWS, STYROFOAM CUPS, PLASTIC BOTTLES HURT THE WELFARE OF MARINE LIFE, BUT MARINE DEBRIS THREATENS THE FOOD SUPPLIES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO RELY ON SEAFOOD AS THEIR PRIMARY SOURCE OF PROTEIN. THE IMPACT AFFECTS PEOPLE EVERYWHERE AND THE PROBLEM WILL NOT GO AWAY AND WON'T BE SOLVED BY ITSELF. THE LEGISLATION WE PUT FORTH TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. TITLE 1 WOULD AUTHORIZE EXISTING FUNDING LEVELS IN THE MARINE DEBRIS ACT TO ENABLE THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION AND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD TO IDENTIFY AND REMOVE SOURCES OF MARINE DEBRIS AND TO COORDINATE RESPONSE ACTIVITIES ON THE NATIONAL AND REGIONAL LEVELS TO ASSESS AND REDUCE THE VOLUME OF THE DEBRIS ENTERING OUR OCEANS. THE TITLE ALSO CONTAINS IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS, INCLUDING NEW AUTHORITY TO ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO MITIGATE SEVERE MARINE DEBRIS EVENS. SUCH AS -- DEBRIS EVENTS. SUCH AS THE DEBRIS FROM JAPAN IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FUKUSHIMA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI. ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS STRONG SUPPORT TWO BILLS REPORTEDLY PASSED BY THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE THAT WERE ADDED AS SEPARATE TITLES TO S. 756. FIRST, H.R. 6175, THE MARITIME SAFETY ACT OF 2018 AS TITLE 2, AND MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 6206, THE COAST GUARD BLUE TECHNOLOGY CENTER OF EXPERTISE ACT AS TITLE 3. THE 2015 SINKING OF THE U.S. FLAG COMMERCIAL VESSEL AND THE TRAGIC LOSS OF ALL 33 CREWMEMBERS WAS THE WORST U.S. MARITIME DISASTER IN 35 YEARS. THE SUBSEQUENT MARINE BOARD INVESTIGATION CONVENED BY THE COAST GUARD AND JOINED ON BY THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD FOUND NUMEROUS FAULTS IN THE SHIP'S SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, BRIDGE MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY APPARATUS AS WELL AS CRITICAL OVERSIGHTS AND FAILURES. TITLE 2 ENACTS SEVERAL IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE ACTION MEMO RELEASED BY THE THEN COMMANDANT OF THE COAST GUARD. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY NOTE THE CHAIRMAN'S WORK IN BRINGING TOGETHER A COUPLE OF HEARINGS ON THIS, BOTH FORMAL AND INFORMAL, THAT LED TO THESE INVESTIGATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. TOGETHER, THESE PROVISIONS THAT ARE IN THIS BILL WILL IMPROVE SHIP COMMUNICATION, SAFETY MANAGEMENT, IT WILL IMPROVE OUR ABILITY TO IDENTIFY AND RECOVER VOYAGE DATA RECORDERS AND LOCATE AND RETRIEVE SEAFARERS WHO MAY BE ADRIFT AT SEA. ADDITIONALLY, THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED GAPS IN INSUFFICIENT OVERSIGHT IN THE INSPECTION REGIME. THE BILL DEALS WITH THOSE. TITLE 2 ALSO INCLUDES SEVERAL NEW REQUIREMENTS TO SHORE UP THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION OF THIRD-PARTY INSPECTORS WHO SHOULD BE REVIEWING THE SAFETY OF THESE SHIPS. ALSO, I STRONGLY SUPPORT TITLE 3, WHICH CONTAINS MY LEGISLATION. I KNOW YOU'RE SURPRISED WITH THAT SUPPORT. BUT NONETHELESS, 6026 TO AUTHORIZE THE COAST GUARD TO ESTABLISH A BLUE TECHNOLOGY CENTER OF EXPERTISE. UNLIKE THE NAVY, THE OCEAN INDUSTRY SECTORS AND OCEAN SCIENCE COMMUNITY, THE COAST GUARD HAS NOT EMBRACED THE ADOPTION AND USE OF A WIDE ASSORTMENT OF A VAST OCEAN TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS, SENSORS, AND PLATFORMS. THIS IS UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE I SUSPECT THAT SEVERAL SUCH TECHNOLOGIES HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE COAST GUARD'S OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY. THEREFORE, TITLE 3 SIMPLY DRAWS UPON THE EXISTING AUTHORITY TO DIRECT THE COAST GUARD TO ESTABLISH A BLUE TECHNOLOGY CENTER OF EXPERTISE. THE OVERARCHING GOAL IS TO IMPROVE WITHIN THE COAST GUARD'S AWARENESS OF TECHNOLOGIES, BLUE OCEAN TECHNOLOGY THAT APPLY OR ALIGN WITH THE COAST GUARD'S MISSION NEEDS. IN ADDITION, THIS NEW BLUE TECHNOLOGY CENTER WILL FACILITATE A DIALOGUE AND THE SHARING OF INFORMATION BETWEEN THE COAST GUARD AND THE GROWING NUMBER OF BLUE TECH STAKEHOLDERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, ACADEMIA AND OCEAN RESEARCH COMMUNITY. A 2015 STUDY BY NOAA IDENTIFIED OVER 400 BLUE TECHNOLOGY PLUMES OVER THE UNITED STATES THAT GENERATES BILLIONS IN REVENUE. THEY STAND READY TO PUT THEIR INNOVATIONS TO WORK IN SERVICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE USING THE COAST GUARD AS A MECHANISM ACCOMPLISHING THAT. I'M CONFIDENT THAT A BLUE TECHNOLOGY CENTER WILL OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY FOR COAST GUARD TO BETTER PROTECT AND PATROL THE VAST OCEANS AND COMPLEX WATERWAYS. THEREFORE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES TO JOIN WITH ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS NONCONTROVERSIAL MARITIME LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:44:44 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN, MR. HUNTER, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. HUNTER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE, A…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE, A GENTLEMAN THAT'S BEEN WORKING MARITIME ISSUES BECAUSE HE REPRESENTS ALL OF ALASKA. SO WHETHER IT'S FISHERIES, POLLUTION, ENERGY EXPLORATION, MR. DON YOUNG OF ALASKA KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT, PROBABLY MORE THAN ANYBODY IN THIS BODY. I'M HONORED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. YOUNG

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND AND SUBMIT MY…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND AND SUBMIT MY WRITTEN RECORD.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. YOUNG

                              MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN DUNCAN, AND RANKING MEMBER, MR.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN DUNCAN, AND RANKING MEMBER, MR. GIR MENDY, AND, OF COURSE, -- MR. GARAMENDI, AND, OF COURSE, PETER DEFAZIO. I HAD A HOUSE BILL SIMILAR. THIS CAME OVER FROM THE SENATE SIDE BUT I'M NOT REALLY INTERESTED ON WHOSE BILL IT IS BUT MORE LIKELY GETTING THINGS DONE SO THIS IS A GOOD BILL AND DEBRIS IS WHAT I'M INTERESTED AS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST ISSUES. IT'S BEEN WELL EXPLAINED BY BOTH SPEAKERS PRIOR TO ME. IT IS GETTING BIGGER, LIKE I SAID, 10-FOLD MORE AND THE TONNAGE IS ALREADY THERE. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT PREVENTING THE DEBRIS BUT ALSO WHAT DO WE DO ONCE IT'S IN THE OCEAN? AND I HAVE SOME IDEAS AND HOPEFULLY LATER ON WE CAN EXPLORE THOSE IDEAS, HOW WE'LL RECOVER AND UTILIZE THAT DEBRIS BECAUSE IT DOES HARM OUR MARITIME LIVES AND MAKES THE OCEAN REALLY A GARBAGE DUMP AND WE DON'T WANT THAT SO THIS IS A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I THANK EACH PERSON THAT'S BEEN INVOLVED IN IT, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                            • 02:46:23 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              SWRAT YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                              MR. HUNTER

                              I RESERVE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                              MR. GARAMENDI

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              HAVE REMAINING? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                              HAVE REMAINING? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, HAS 13. 13 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. MR. COMBAREA

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                              MR. COMBAREA MENDY

                              THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO GIVE MR. DEFAZIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

                              THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO GIVE MR. DEFAZIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MAYBE FIVE MINUTES TO SHARE HIS VIEWS ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. DEFAZIO

                              I THANK MY COLLEAGUE BOTH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THESE ISSUES AND FOR THE…

                              I THANK MY COLLEAGUE BOTH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THESE ISSUES AND FOR THE TIME. I ALSO WOULD CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN YOUNG AND OTHERS, PARTICULARLY SUZANNE BONAMICI FROM MY STATE WHO HAS TAKEN A REAL LEADERSHIP ROLE ON THE ISSUES OF MARINE DEBRIS. WE'RE CHOKING THE OCEANS TO DEATH. THE LIFEBLOOD OF OUR PLANET, THE LUNGS OF OUR PLANET. IT'S BECOMING A GIANT GARBAGE DUMP. THE PACIFIC TRASH CAN BE SEEN FROM SPACE. IT'S A MASSIVE GEYER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN. WE HAVE TO BEGIN TO DEAL SERIOUSLY WITH THESE ISSUES. JUST THIS WEEK IN THE "NEW YORK TIMES" PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC KNOWN FOR ITS PRISTINE BEACHES WHICH HAD GIANT BULLDOZERS ON THE BEACH TRYING TO EAT THROUGH ABOUT AN EIGHT FOOT TALL PILE OF PLASTIC DEBRIS ON THE BEACHES. THIS THREATENS THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT AND ALL THAT WHICH IS DEPENDENT UPON IT. THE CREATURES THAT LIVE THERE. AND THOSE OF US WHO HARVEST FROM THAT. AND IT'S A THREATENING TOURISM AND RECREATION. THIS THIS HAS TO BE DEALT WITH. I WILL SAY THIS IS GOOD LEGISLATION. BUT IT IS A PATHETIC AMOUNT OF MONEY. THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT CONGRESS IS PUTTING UP TO DEAL WITH SOMETHING THAT'S THREATENING THE VERY OCEANS THAT SURROUND US PROBABLY ISN'T ADEQUATE TO CLEAN UP THE LITTLE -- LIVE ON A BOAT DOWN THERE INSIDE HAINES POINT, PROBABLY THAT LITTLE SECTION OF WATER INSIDE HAINES POINT BY FORT MCNAIR. I DON'T THINK $10 MILLION WOULD CLEAN THAT UP LET ALONE THE OCEANS. WE NEED TO GET A LITTLE MORE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS AND REALLY PUT UP ADDITIONAL FUNDS. THAT'S THE VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. TITLE 2 IS SOMETHING ABOUT WHICH I'M VERY PASSIONATE. THE WORST MARITIME DISASTERS SINCE WATER INSIDE HAINES POINT BY FORT MCNAIR. I AND OBVIOUSLY 1983. THERE IS A LOT OF BLAME TO GO AROUND A ON THAT DISASTER, BUT ONE OF THE FACTORS WAS THAT SHIP WAS NOT FIT. IT HAD BEEN CERTIFIED BY AN INDEPENDENT PARTY WHICH IS CALLED BUT ONE OF THE UNDER THE LAW A RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATION AS FIT TO GO TO SEA. NOW, WHY WOULD THAT HAPPEN? WELL, BECAUSE THE RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS GET PAID BY THE SHIPPING COMPANIES. NOW, I'M NOT GOING TO HIRE YOU IF YOU TELL ME MY SHIP ISN'T FIT TO GO TO SEA. WHICH IS WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN TELLING THEM. THEY DIDN'T TELL THEM BECAUSE WE WANT MORE OF YOUR BUSINESS. WE'LL GO OUT AND CERTIFY SOME MORE OF YOUR UNFIT SHIPS. AND KILL MORE PEOPLE. THIS HAS GOT TO END. THE COAST GUARD IS ALSO AT FAULT. THEY WERE NOT PROVIDING ENOUGH OVERSIGHT TO THESE RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS AND LET THEIR OWN MARINE SAFETY DIVISION UNDER THIS PRIVATIZATION SCHEME DETERIORATE TO THE POINT WHERE THEY COULDN'T EVEN KEEP UP WITH THE PAPERWORK. THIS BILL IS GOING TO BEGIN TO RECTIFY THOSE ISSUES AND BRING -- REVITALIZE THE COAST GUARD MARITIME SAFETY ORGANIZATION AND ALSO BRING NEW SCRUTINY ON THESE RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS. SO THEY DON'T KILL ANYMORE PEOPLE AND SEND UNFIT SHIPS TO SEAS. THEN FINALLY THE LEGISLATION, THE THIRD PART OF THIS, IS, I THINK, A TREMENDOUS ACCOMPLISHMENT BY THE RANKING MEMBER, JOHN GARAMENDI, WHICH IS HIS BLUE TECH CENTER AND BLUE OCEANS. THE COAST GUARD HAS, UNFORTUNATELY, AGAIN, WE HAVE UNDERFUNDED THE COAST. SO CONGRESS IS AT FAULT FOR MANY OF THESE THINGS. MARITIME SAFETY AND THE LACK OF INITIATIVE ON THE COAST GUARD IN TERMS OF ADOPTING NEW 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES TO BETTER PERFORM THEIR MISSION AND MAKE THE SEA LANE SAFER AND BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE OCEANS AROUND US. SO MAYBE WE'LL GET SOME AT THIS TO NAME THE BLUE TECH CERTAINTY AFTER MR. GARAMENDI, BUT NOT UNTIL HE'S LONG GONE SO HE'S NOT IN A HURRY FOR THAT. ANYWAY, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIM AND OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED AND THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR MOVING THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:51:11 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                            • 02:51:17 PM

                              MR. GARAMENDI

                              I RESERVE MY REMAINING TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

                            • 02:51:23 PM

                              MR. HUNTER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

                            • 02:51:25 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

                            • 02:51:30 PM

                              MR. GARAMENDI

                              I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE HONORABLE LADY FROM THE STATE OF OREGON, MS.…

                              I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE HONORABLE LADY FROM THE STATE OF OREGON, MS. BONAMICI.

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                            • 02:51:38 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. POLICE BONAMICI: THANK…

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. POLICE BONAMICI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. TIME AND ALSO FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I'M HONORED TO CO-CHAIR THE OCEANS CAUCUS WITH REPRESENTATIVE YOUNG AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I ALSO THANK MY OREGON COLLEAGUE, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR HIS COMMITMENT AND FOR HIS PASSION ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MARINE DEBRIS AND ATREYSING IT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE SAVE OUR SEAS ACT BUILT TO CLEAN UP AND REDUCE MARINE DEBRIS. THIS BILL WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE THE NOAA MARINE DEBRIS PROGRAM THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2022 AND PROVIDE RESOURCES TO HELP STATES RESPOND TO SEVERE MARINE DEBRIS EVENTS. THE HEALTH OF OUR OCEANS REFLECTS THE HEALTH OF OUR PLANET. AND WE MUST DO MORE TO KEEP GARBAGE OUT OF THE OCEAN AND OFF OUR SHORES. EVERY MINUTE THE EQUIVALENT OF A GARBAGE TRUCK FULL OF PLASTIC IS DUMPED INTO THE OCEANS. ACCORDING TO THE UNITED NATIONS THAT'S MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION TONS A YEAR. PLASTIC BOTTLES, STRAUSS, GROCERY BAGS, CIGARETTE BUTTS, FISHING GEAR, AND ABANDONED VESSELS LITTER THE OCEAN. CURRENTS AND SPHERIC WINDS CARRY FLOATABLE MARINE DEBRIS. THESE MOVEMENTS TRAP ITEMS AND DEBRIS ACCUMULATION ZONES, ALSO KNOWN AS GARBAGE PATCHES. A STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC REPORTS ESTIMATED THAT THE PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH IS COMPRISED OF ABOUT 1.8 TRILLION PIECES OF DEBRIS. WE STILL DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR PLASTIC TO BIODEGRADE. ESTIMATES RANGE FROM 450 YEARS TO NEVER. MARINE DEBRIS HARMS OUR COASTAL ECONOMIES, ENDANGERS MARINE LIFE, DESTROYS IMPORTANT MARINE HABITAT. PROP GATES INVASIVE SPECIES, AND CREATES HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR THE MARITIME INDUSTRY. TINY PIECES OF PLASTIC, FIBER FRAGMENTS, AND MICROBEADS ALSO MAKE THEIR WAY INTO MARINE LIFE. BLOCKING DIGESTIVE TRACKS, ALTERING GROWTH, AND IN SOME CASES KILLING ANIMALS AND MARINE ORGANISMS. HEALTHY BEACHES AND WATER WAYS ARE CRITICAL TO THE MARINE ECOSYSTEMS THAT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE RELY ON TO EARN A LIVING IN OREGON AND OTHER COASTAL COMMUNITIES. AFTER THE TSUNAMI HIT THE COAST OF RELY ON TO EARN A JAPAN IN JAPAN IN 2011, LARGE MATERIALS LIKE DOCKS AND BOATS THAT CARRIED INVASIVE SPECIES JAPAN IN 2011, LARGE MATERIALS LIKE DOCKS AND BOATS THAT CARRIED INVASIVE SPECIES ENDED UP ON THE SHORES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. BUT IT'S NOT JUST TSUNAMI DEBRIS THAT'S A PROBLEM. ACCORDING TO NOAA, A MAJORITY OF THE DEBRIS THAT COVERS OUR BEACHES COMES FROM STORM DRAINS AND SEWERS, DEMONSTRATING THAT THIS IS NOT JUST A PROBLEM RESULTING FROM THOSE ALONG OUR NATION'S SHORELINES. MARINE DEBRIS IS ENTIRELY PREVENTABLE, BUT WE MUST SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE DISPOSAL PRACTICES AND PROVIDE COASTAL COMMUNITIES WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED. THE NOAA MARINE DEBRIS PROGRAM HAS MARTERED IN WITH OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, OREGON COAST AQUARIUM, AND LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CREATE A CURRICULUM TO TEACH MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF MARINE DEBRIS AND PROMOTE STEWARDSHIP ACTIVITIES. THERE HAS BEEN GROWING MOMENTUM ON THIS ISSUE. AS MANY COMPANIES AND CITIES AND JURISDICTIONS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY STOP THE USE OF PLASTIC STRAUSS AND BAGS. THE OCEAN -- STRAWS AND BAGS. THE OCEAN IS RESILIENT AND WE CAN HELP IT HEAL BUT WE CAN'T AFFORD TO WAIT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE FEDERAL RESPONSE TO MARINE DEBRIS. I WANT TO CLOSE AGAIN BY THANKING ALL OF THE BIPARTISAN SPONSORS AND CO-SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION. BUT ALSO ESPECIALLY THE CO-CHAIR OF THE OCEANS CAUCUS. AGAIN, REPRESENTATIVE DON YOUNG, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:55:39 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS.

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                              MR. GARAMENDI

                              WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. I'LL TAKE MY FEW SECONDS THAT REMAIN AND SIMPLY…

                              WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. I'LL TAKE MY FEW SECONDS THAT REMAIN AND SIMPLY SAY THIS IS A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE COAST GUARD MARITIME SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AND FOR WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. SOME VERY REAL SERIOUS IN THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. ASK FOR AN AYE VOTE.

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                            • 02:56:03 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                            • 02:56:06 PM

                              MR. HUNTER

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 756 AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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                          • 02:57:24 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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              Ms. Cheney moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 1009 — "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the lack of timely and predictable funding unnecessarily undermines the mission of the United States Special Operations Command and jeopardizes the security of the United States."

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                                MS. CHENEY

                                I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.RES. 1009.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                THE CLERK

                                HOUSE RESOLUTION 1009, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF…

                                HOUSE RESOLUTION 1009, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE LACK OF TIMELY AND PREDICTABLE FUNDING ARE NECESSARILY UNDERMINES THE MISSION OF THE UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND AND JEOPARDIZES AND THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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                              • 02:58:45 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY, AND THE…

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING. THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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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. Res. 1009.

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                                MS. CHENEY

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

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

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                              • 02:59:03 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                MS. CHENEY

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HUDSON, TO DISCUSS HIS RESOLUTION.

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                              • 02:59:21 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. HUDSON

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY RESOLUTION H.RES.…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY RESOLUTION H.RES. 1009, WHICH EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT LACK MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE OF TIMELY AND PREDICTABLE FUNDING UNNECESSARILY UNDERMINES THE MISSION OF THE UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND AND JEOPARDIZES THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, ONE ONE OF THE GREATEST HONORS OF MY LIFE IS REPRESENTING FORT BRAGG. THESE UNITS STATIONED HERE REPRESENT THE BEST OF THE BEST AND HAVE A VAST FOOTPRINT. AS OUR NATION CONTINUES TO FIGHT TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY PREPARING FOR THE THREATS OF ADVERSARIES OUR REQUIREMENTS INCREASE AND DIVERSIFY. FOR TOO LONG WE'VE ASKED OUR MILITARY TO TO MORE WITH LESS. NOW WE HAVE MADE GREAT PROGRESS WITH OUR FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND FISCAL YEAR 2019 D.O.D. APPROPRIATIONS BUT EVERY TIME WE FAIL TO PASS A DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL ON TIME WE DO IRREPARABLE HARM TO OUR NATION'S MILITARY. THIS IS ESPECIALLY APPARENT IN OUR SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMUNITY. THE MEN AND WOMEN AT U.S. SOCOM CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER YEAR OF C.R.'S. THEY MISSIONS REQUIRE AN ADVANCE LEVEL OF TRAINING AND PREPARATION AS THEY OPERATE IN SOME OF THE MOST AUSTERE CONDITIONS IN THE WORLD. WHEN THEY'RE NOT FUNDED ON TIME, TRAINING CAN'T BE CONDUCTED. CENTRAL EQUIPMENT CANNOT BE ORDERED. AND LONG-TERM RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOT MET. THE EFFECTS OF NINE YEARS OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS HAVE SEVERELY UNDERMINED OUR FORCES AND LED TO A WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AS WE FLOOD THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH CASH NEAR THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR AND FORCE THEM TO SPEND IT ALL WITHIN A MATTER OF A FEW MONTHS. WE MUST NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANT -- THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSET OUR MILITARY HAS, THAT'S THE INDIVIDUAL. GREEN BERETS CANNOT BE BUILT OVERNIGHT. WE CANNOT FLIP A SWITCH AND MAGICALLY PRODUCE NAVY SEERLS AIR FORCE COMBAT CONTROLLERS OR MARINE RAIDERS. THE ELITE UNITS OF U.S. SOCOM ARE BUILT OTHER MULTIPLE YEARS AND CANNOT BE STOPPED AND STARTED. THIS RESOLUTION WOULD AFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO STAND BEHIND EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE INCREDIBLE SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. MAKE NO MISTAKE, WHEN THIS BODY CHOOSES NOT TO APPROPRIATELY FUND THESE WARRIOR, WE'RE PUTTING THEIR LIVES AT GREATER RISK. I REFUSE TO GO HOME AND LOOK IN THE EYE OF A GOLD STAR WIFE OF A GREEN BERET AND SAY, SORRY, YOUR HUSBAND DIDN'T GET THE TRAINING HE NEEDED BECAUSE WE WERE TOO BUSY PLAYING GAMES IN WASHINGTON. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE TIME IS NOW FOR US TO COME TOGETHER AS A NATION AND FUND OUR MILITARY. I URGE EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES TO RECOGNIZE WHAT'S AT STAKE AND PUT THE NEEDS OF OUR NATION BEFORE POLITICS. I'D LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE CHANEY FOR HER EFFORTS ON THESE ISSUES AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND CHAIRWOMAN GRANGER FOR THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT TO OUR MILITARY AND SPECIAL OPERATORS. THANK YOUENED A-- THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 03:02:24 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                MR. GARAMENDI

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

                              • 03:02:35 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 03:02:39 PM

                                MR. GARAMENDI

                                I'LL TRY TO BE BRIEF. WE'RE IN TOTAL SUPPORT OF THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION.…

                                I'LL TRY TO BE BRIEF. WE'RE IN TOTAL SUPPORT OF THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WE THINK THIS IS A VERY, VERY GOOD THING TO DO, TO ADEQUATELY FUND ALL OF OUR MILITARY WHETHER IT'S SOCOM OR ANY OTHER PART OF IT. IT'S ESSENTIAL FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE THAT HAVING SERVED ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AND ENDURED UNENDING DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE HORRIBLE SEQUESTRATION ISSUES WHICH WERE TOTALLY UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE MAJORITY PARTY TO CHANGE SHOULD THEY DECIDE TO DO SO THAT IT'S A LITTLE INCONGRESS ROUSE TO PUT FORTH A RESOLUTION -- A LITTLE INCONGROUS TO PUT FORTH A RESOLUTION TO CALL FOR ADEQUATE FUNDING OF SOCOM, AND WE SHOULD DO SO. AT THE SAME TIME, WHEN WE CREATED A TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT WITH A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT PASSED LAST DECEMBER, WITH NO DEMOCRATIC VOTES, BECAUSE WE LIKE TO THINK OF OURSELVES AS DEFICIT HAWKS AND WE THINK IT'S DIFFICULT TO PUT THIS CONGRESS INTO A SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE HEALTH OF SENIORS WHO ARE ON MEDICARE OR YOUNG CHILDREN WHO DEPEND UPON THE MEDICAID PROGRAM. OR MAYBE THE EDUCATION ASSISTANCE. SO THIS RESOLUTION IS, IT'S A GOOD THING. IT'S SOMETHING WE OUGHT TO DO. CERTAINLY WE OUGHT TO SUPPORT SOCOM AND CERTAINLY WE OUGHT TO PASS APPROPRIATION BILLS ON TIME AND LET ME COMMEND THE HOUSE FOR HAVING DONE SO. AND WE CAN ALWAYS BLAME THE ENEMY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING, THE SENATE, BUT THE REALITY IS THAT THE TREASURY WAS GUTTED BY A TAX BILL OF WHICH MORE THAN 80% OF THE BENEFIT WENT TO THE TOP INCOME EARNERS OF AMERICA AND CORPORATIONS. AND A DEFICIT HAS BEEN CREATED THAT WILL BE A TRILLION DOLLARS NEXT YEAR. THAT IS THE PERIOD OF TIME IN WHICH THIS RESOLUTION CALLS FOR FULL FUNDING FOR OUR SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES. AND SO MY DISCUSSION TODAY IS REALLY ABOUT THE VERY DIFFICULT CHOICES THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE MADE BECAUSE THIS CONGRESS , WITHOUT DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT, DECIDED THAT THE FIRST CHOICE WAS THE SUPER WEALTHY AND THE CORPORATIONS OF AMERICA. NOT THE CHILDREN. NOT THE SICK. NOT THOSE IN NEED OF EDUCATION. NOT THE INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT RATHER THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH ALREADY. NOW I NOTICE THAT I DON'T HAVE MANY COLLEAGUES HERE ON OUR SIDE ALTHOUGH I WOULD ASSURE ALL THE CONGRESS THAT WE ARE 100% IN SUPPORT OF OUR SPECIAL OPERATION FORCES. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A CONTINUING DEBATE ON THE CHOICES THAT MUST BE MADE. AND SO WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME. AND ASK FOR AN AYE VOTE.

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                              • 03:06:17 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS YIELDED BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS YIELDED BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 03:06:23 PM

                                MS. CHENEY

                                RECOGNIZED.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY HAS YIELDED BACK THE…

                                OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY HAS YIELDED BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 109. 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 RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 03:09:53 PM

                              On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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                                  Ms. Cheney moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 1010 — "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Air Force faces significant readiness challenges due to insufficient personnel levels, a shrinking and depleted aircraft fleet, and maintenance deferrals, all of which are affected by budgetary uncertainty and impede the Air Force's ability to meet ongoing and unexpected national security threats, putting United States national security at risk."

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                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.RES. 1010. THE --

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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. Res. 1010.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1010, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF…

                                    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1010, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FACE SIGNIFICANT READINESS CHALLENGES DUE TO INSUFFICIENT PERSONNEL LEVEL, A SHRINKING AND DEPLETED AIRCRAFT FLEET AND MAINTENANCE DEFERRALS, ALL OF WHICH ARE AFFECTED BY BUDGETARY UNCERTAINTY AND IMPEDE THEIR ABILITY TO MEET ONGOING AND UNEXPECTED NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT, PUTTING UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK.

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                                  • 03:10:49 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MS. CHANEY, AND THE…

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MS. CHANEY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING.

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                                  • 03:11:02 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    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 MATERIAL ON THE RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                  • 03:11:12 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                    MS. CHENEY

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

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, MR. ARRINGTON, TO DISCUSS HIS RESOLUTION.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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                                    MR. ARRINGTON

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM THE…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM THE COWBOY STATE FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND MAINLY FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE TO ENSURE THAT WE AS A COUNTRY AND AS THE LEADERS OF THIS GREAT NATION FULFILL OUR MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE FOR A COMMON DESMS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FIRST JOB TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. I'D ADD THE -- TO SECURE OUR LIBERTY AND THE LIBERTY OF OUR POSTERITY BECAUSE THERE'S NO FREEDOM WITHOUT SECURITY. GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU FOR LEADING THE CHARGE HERE. I RISE TO STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION -- H.RES. 1010 EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FACES TREMENDOUS READINESS CHALLENGES REFLECTED IN A SHRINKING AND DILAPIDATED AIRCRAFT FLEET, INSUFFICIENT PERSONNEL AND DANGEROUS LEVELS OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE, ALL OF WHICH ARE DUE, I THINK IN LARGE PART I'D SAY, TO BUDGETARY UNCERTAINTY WHICH IMPEDES THE AIR FORCE'S ABILITY TO MEET OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. TO DO THIS IS REAL SIMPLE. WE HAVE TO HAVE A STRONG MILITARY. AND TO DO THAT, WE WOULD NEED TO INCLUDE A STRONG AIR FORCE. FOR THE PAST 70 YEARS, OUR AIR FORCE ENSURED THAT AMERICA'S MILITARY PROWESS IS UNMATCHED IN THE SKIES, PROTECTING OUR PEOPLE, OUR ALLIES, AND OUR INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD. I'M HONORED TO HAVE DYESS AIR FORCE BASE IN MY BACKYARD, THE LARGEST B-1 BOMBER BASE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THE AIRMEN OF THE SEVENTH BOMB WING AND THE 307TH GROUP AND ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM. I KNOW THESE MEN AND WOMEN ALONG WITH ALL OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMED SERVICES AROUND THE WORLD ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN. EVERY DAY FOR OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. AND WE AS CONGRESS OUGHT TO DO ALL WE CAN TO SUPPORT THEM. I THINK IT'S A MORAL IMPERATIVE TO ENSURE THAT OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, THAT OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WHO WE ASK TO RISK THEIR FAMILY, RISK THEIR VERY LIVES, I THINK WE SHOULD AT A MINIMUM MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES NECESSARY TO BE SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL. BUT RECENTLY, BECAUSE OF OUR CONTINUED RELIANCE ON TEMPORARY FUNDING MEASURES KNOWN AS C.R.'S OR CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS, AND THE BUDGET UNCERTAINTY AND DISRUPTION THOSE CREATE, THAT'S HURT THE AIR FORCE'S READINESS AND OUR COMBAT CAPABILITIES. WE HAVE FAILED, IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS IN A ROW, TO FUND OUR MILITARY ON TIME. TEMPORARY SPENDING MEASURES COUPLED WITH CONTINUAL DEFENSE CUTS, I THINK ABOUT $200 BILLION OVER THE LAST DECADE, OFTEN DELAYED PROCUREMENT OF IMPORTANT ASSETS. EVERY CONTRACT WHETHER IT'S TO BUY A PLANE, REPAIR A PLANE, FUEL A PLANE, ARM A PLANE, IS ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THIS FUNDING START AND STOP. BUT I THINK WE COULD PUT IT ANOTHER WAY. THIS BROKEN FUNDING PROCESS, BUDGETED APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS THAT I'VE BEEN DESCRIBING, WEAKENS OUR DEFENSE AND PLAYS DIRECTLY INTO THE HANDS OF OUR ADVERSARIES THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S HISTORY OUR AIR MEN AND AIR -- OUR AIRMEN AND AIRWOMEN HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY. THEY SHOULD NOT PAY THE PRICE BECAUSE CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO FULFILL OURS. TO FULLY FUND OUR MILITARY AND DO IT ON TIME. THAT'S GOING TO SEND THE RIGHT MESSAGE TO OUR TROOPS. THAT WILL AFFIRM OUR SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS. AND I THINK IT SENDS THE RIGHT MESSAGE TO OUR ENEMIES AS WELL AND JUST AS IMPORTANT. CONGRESS, THOUGH, HAS CONTINUED TO FAIL TO DO THIS AND IT CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO OUR ENTIRE DEFENSE COMMUNITY INCLUDING THE U.S. AIR FORCE. THE AIR FORCE AIR FORCE SMALLEST AND OLDEST WE HAVE EVER HAD. THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF MILITARY STRENGTH RATES OUR AIR FORCE'S READINESS AS BEING BARELY MARGINAL AND MARGINAL PROCESSES AND INPUTS AND RESOURCES, YOU GET MARGINAL RESULTS. I THINK BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES WOULD AGREE THAT OUR TROOPS DESERVE BETTER THAN MARGINAL SUPPORT. MORE OF A QUARTER OF OUR FIGHTER PILOT POSITIONS ARE UNFILLED. AND WHAT THEY NEED TO CREW THEIR AIRCRAFT, THE GAP THAT THE AIR FORCE SECRETARY SAID COULD QUOTE, BREAK THE FORCE. THAT'S FROM OUR SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE. LAST YEAR, ALMOST ONE-THIRD OF THE AIR FORCE' PLANES WERE NOT FLYABLE AND THE AVERAGE AGE IS 30 YEARS OLD. NOT ONLY ARE WE COMPROMISING OUR ABILITIES BUT AVIATION ACCIDENTS ARE ON THE RISE. WE NOW HAVE FOUR TIMES AS MANY SERVICE MEMBERS DYING IN TRAINING-RELATED ACCIDENTS THAN IN COMBAT. WE MATCHED THE NUMBER OF NONCOMBAT CRASHES IN THE AIR FORCE THAN WE HAD ALL OF LAST YEAR. BETWEEN 2013 AND 2017, WE HAD 133 MILITARY ACCIDENTS LEADING TO DEATHS, THAT IS A 0% INCREASE OVER THAT TIME FRAME. AND WHILE OUR NATION AIR FORCE FLEET DIMINISHES, OUR ADVERSARIES LIKE CHINA, THEY ARE MODERNIZING AND EXPANDING. WITH RESPECT TO OUR INVESTMENT IN NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR MILITARY STRENGTH, WE ARE RETREATING WHILE SOME OF OUR ADVERSE AREAS ARE ADVANCING. THAT'S SCARY AND UNACCEPTABLE. PRESIDENT REAGAN SAID WEAKNESS INVITES AGGRESSION. MILITARY READINESS IS THE MOST IF HE CAN YOU TALL MEANS OF PRESERVING PEACE. IF WE DON'T REVERSE, WE LEAVE OURSELVES AND OUR CHILDREN VULNERABLE AT A TIME OF ESCALATING THREATS AND INCREASING INSTABILITY AROUND THE WORLD. WE NEED TO GIVE THE AIR FORCE THE QUANTITY AND THE CERTAINTY AND RESOURCES THAT MUCH THE CALIBER OF OUR AIRMEN AND THEIR ENORMOUS COMMITMENT OF PROTECTING OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. IF WE DO THIS, WE CAN CONTINUE SAFEGUARDING THE SKIES. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS STILL THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD AND THE WORLD IS SAFER WHEN AMERICA LEADS AND WHEN AMERICA'S MILITARY IS STRONG SM THE WORLD IS COUNTING ON US. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR ALLIES ARE COUNTING ON US AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN UNIFORM. POLITICIANS TOO OFTEN MAKE THE SEEMINGLY INSIGNIFICANT -- THERE'S NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE FUTURE OF THIS REPUBLIC THAN WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE TODAY. LET'S BE LEADERS. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. AND I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE CHENEY, ALONG WITH MY FELLOW TEXANS, CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND GRANGER FOR THEIR EFFORTS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 03:19:00 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL YIELD MYSELF SO MUCH TIME AS I MIGHT…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL YIELD MYSELF SO MUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME AS LONG AS IT DOESN'T EXCEED 20 MINUTES.

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                                  • 03:19:16 PM

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 03:19:18 PM

                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SPOKE BOLDLY AND CREGGETLY AND IF I COULD GET A…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SPOKE BOLDLY AND CREGGETLY AND IF I COULD GET A COPY OF HIS SPEECH, AS I WILL, I THINK I'LL USE IT MYSELF. HE COVERED ALL THE ISSUES I WOULD WANT TO COVER IN TALKING ABOUT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF TWO VERY IMPORTANT AIR FORCE BASES, TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE AND FAIRFIELD AND DEAL AIR FORCE BASE, I FIND MYSELF NOT ONLY IN SYMPATHY AND EMPATHY BUT MARCHING RIGHT ALONG SIDE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AS HE ELOQUENTLY SPOKE ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE AIR FORCE AND THE NECESSITY OF CONGRESS TO PROVIDE THE ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR NOT ONLY REPAIRING AND MAINTAINING THE EXISTING AIRCRAFT AND BASES, BUT TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE AND CERTAINLY I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE KC-406'S. I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THE FUNDING FOR THE MILITARY IS ULTIMATELY DEPENDENT UPON THE REVENUES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHICH ARE DEPENDENT UPON THE HEALTH OF THE ECONOMY. THOSE THINGS GO TOGETHER. MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE FROM WYOMING IN HER REMARKS IN THE PREVIOUS BILL ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF HOW WE TAX AND WHO WE TAX AND WHETHER WE TAX. AN INTERESTING POINT WAS RAISED ABOUT THIS AND WHETHER IT'S POSSIBLE TO TAX TOO LOW. THE SITUATION HAS ARISEN IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA OAK, WHERE THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD CUT TAXES CONTINUALLY AND EVERYTHING WOULD GROW AND THERE WOULD BE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES. WELL THE OPPORTUNITY TURNED OUT FOR THE HIGHWAY PATROL TO BUY THEIR OWN GAS AND FOR SCHOOLS TO GO TO FOUR AND EVEN THREE-DAY SESSIONS BECAUSE THERE WAS NO MONEY. SO I THINK MY POINT HERE, I THINK -- I KNOW MY POINT IS THIS. THAT WE HAVE TO BALANCE THINGS HERE. AND I RAISE THIS ISSUE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE APPROPRIATE DESIRE OF MY COLLEAGUES TO ADEQUATELY FUND THE MILITARY, BECAUSE I READ IN THE NEWSPAPER YESTERDAY AND AGAIN TODAY THAT MY COLLEAGUES INTEND TO GO TO TAX CUT 2.0. VERY INTERESTING. IN THE FACE OF A TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT IN 2018, 2019 FISCAL YEAR, WE WOULD DO ANOTHER MASSIVE TAX CUT IN HOPES THAT THE SITUATION WOULD BE SUCH FOR THE REVENUES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT WE COULD FUND EVERYTHING THAT THE MILITARY WANTS AND WHATEVER OTHER NEEDS WE MAY DECIDE MUST BE FUNDED? WELL, LET'S SEE, WE JUST BORROWED OR ABOUT TO BORROW $12 BILLION FROM CHINA TO PAY THE AMERICAN FARMERS FOR THEIR LOSSES RESULTING FROM A TRADE WAR WITH CHINA AND WHICH CHINA WAS SUPPOSED TO SOMEHOW GROW OUR ECONOMY BY NOT SHIPPING US MUCH TO AMERICA. THAT'S CONVOLUTED, BUT IT'S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO IF WE CUT TAXES AGAIN. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GROW THE CHINESE ECONOMY SO WE CAN BORROW MONEY FROM CHINA AND THEN IMPORT FROM THEM. I GUESS THIS MAKES SENSE TO SOME, BUT I THINK WE BEST BE VERY CAREFUL HERE. I GUESS PEOPLE WOULD SAY I'M OFF SUBJECT MATTER HERE BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FULLY FUNDING THE NEEDS IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. AND WE SHOULD DO SO. HOWEVER, AT THE SAME TIME, WE MUST CONSIDER THE REVENUE SOURCES FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND WE DID. IN DECEMBER OF 2017, WE, THE 435 OF US THAT ARE SELECTED BY THE 350 MILLION AMERICANS TO REPRESENT THEM, A DECISION WAS MADE AMONGST US TO SLASH THE REVENUE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BY OVER A TRILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT DECADE. NOW, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE DIDN'T VOTE FOR THAT, BUT APPARENTLY, THE DEFICIT HAWKS MIGRATE OUT OF WASHINGTON, D.C., IN THE WINTER. I SUSPECT THEY'RE COMING BACK. NOT SUSPECT. THEY ARE ACTUALLY BACK. THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SAYS WE MUST CUT MEDICAID, MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT THAT WAS CREATED BY THE TAX BILL. WELL, WE SHALL SEE. HOW ARE WE GOING TO ADEQUATELY FUND THE MILITARY IN THE FACE OF LAST DECEMBER'S TAX CUT, WHICH I WILL REMIND FOLKS IF THEY CARE TO BE REMINDED, THAT THE BENEFICIARIES WERE PRINCIPALLY THE GREAT AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHO WERE DOING QUITE WELL PROFITABLY PRIOR TO THE TAX CUT AND WHO THEY PROMISED THEY WOULD BRING JOBS HOME, WHICH THEY HAVE NOT. WELL, WE SHALL SEE. $1,5,000, 000. MY COLLEAGUE SAID LOOK AT HOW SUCCESSFUL OKLAHOMA WAS. WHEN SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT TAX CUTS, WE OUGHT TO THINK ABOUT OKLAHOMA AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T HAVE THE REVENUE IT NEEDS TO DO THE THINGS THAT IT MUST DO. NOW MAYBE YOU WANT TO ARGUE THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST NOT PROVIDE FUNDING FOR SOCIAL SECURITY. MAYBE IT WOULD WANT TO ARGUE THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST NOT PROVIDE MONEY FOR MEDICAID OF WHICH SOME 60% TO 70% OF THE RECIPIENTS ARE ELDERLY PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES. MAYBE WE OUGHT NOT DO THAT. OR MAYBE ARGUE THAT THE MEDICARE PROGRAM FOR SENIORS SHOULD BE SLASHED AND CUT. THOSE ARE SUGGESTIONS THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS MADE. I DISAGREE. HOW DO WE FUND PROGRAMS THAT AMERICANS NEED? SURELY THEY WANT A STRONG AIR FORCE, AS I DO. AND I SUSPECT THEY WOULD ALSO WANT TO SEE THAT THOSE SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES ARE CARED FOR. AND THOSE WHO ARE ON MEDICARE ARE ABLE TO GET THEIR DRUGS AND THEIR CARE AND THAT THE SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS NOT BE SLASHED AND REDUCED. WE SHALL SEE. IN ANY CASE, I SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION. AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO FULLY FUND THE AIR FORCE. AND WITH THAT, I REI RESERVE MY REMAINING TIME.

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                                  • 03:27:30 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 03:27:35 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    I WANT TO INSERT SOME FACTS INTO THE DEBATE ABOUT THE TAX CUT. ACCORDING…

                                    I WANT TO INSERT SOME FACTS INTO THE DEBATE ABOUT THE TAX CUT. ACCORDING TO C.B.O. ESTIMATES, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS GOING TO RESULT IN AN INCREASE OF G.D.P. OF $1.7 TRILLION. 900 NOURKS NEW JOBS. INCREASED INVESTMENTS, 600 BILLION, THE TAX CUTS THAT WE PASSED IN THIS HOUSE AND MY COLLEAGUE IS RIGHT, NONE OF THE DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT AND THE MINORITY LEADER SAID WE OUGHT TO REVERSE THOSE TAX CUTS. WE LIVED THROUGH THE STAGNATION OF THE OWE BAUM AVE YEARS. AND -- OBAMA YEARS. AND WE PASSED THE TAX BILL THAT CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY AND 1.3 MILLION JOBS ADDED AND MINORITY UNEMPLOYMENT AT THE LOWEST THAT I BELIEVE IN HISTORY. SO THE TAX CUTS ACT IS WORKING AND HELPING TO BRING JOBS BACK AND I'M REALLY PLEASED THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT WAYS WE CAN MAKE THOSE TAX CUTS PERMANENT AND HELPING THE MIDDLE CLASS AND HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY ON A PERMANENT BASIS. WE CAN SPEND ALL OF THE TIME MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA WOULD LIKE TO DEBATE THE TAX CUTS AND THE IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY, BUT THE FACTS ARE CLASS. THE TAX CUTS DESPITE THE RHETORIC, HAVE HAD THE IMPOOKT WE KNEW THEY WOULD HAVE. I'M PROUD OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH RESPECT TO TAX CUTS AND NOW WE NEED TO GET SURE TO MAKING SURE WE FUND THE MILITARY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ON THIS SIDE. I'M NOT SURE IF MY COLLEAGUE IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                  • 03:29:25 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 12 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                    12 MINUTES? WELL, I WON'T TAKE THAT MUCH TIME. IF YOU ARE A PERSON THAT…

                                    12 MINUTES? WELL, I WON'T TAKE THAT MUCH TIME. IF YOU ARE A PERSON THAT WANTS TO CUT TAXES AND BORROW MONEY FROM CHINA, YOU CAN KEEP THE ECONOMY GOING. AND IN FACT THE JOB GROWTH HAS BEEN BASICALLY STEADY FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS AND IT HAS IN THE LAST YEAR ALSO AND MOST OF THIS YEAR. AND WE'RE THANKFUL FOR THAT. NONETHELESS, WE HAVE A NONETHELESS WE HAVE A SERIOUS DEFICIT. THE C.B.O. ESTIMATE WAS ONE THAT TOOK PLACE, THE ESTIMATE QUOTED A MOMENT AGO TOOK PLACE PRIOR TO THE TAX CUT. MORE RECENT ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT THE DEFICIT IS LARGER THAN ANTICIPATED AND THAT THE GROWTH RATE HAS NOT EXPANDED TO THE POINT THAT WAS ANTICIPATED. AND THAT THE DEFICIT IS GOING TO BE VERY REAL. ALL THAT IS TRUE. AND WHILE THERE HAVE BEEN INCREASES IN WAGES, SOME % OVER THE LAST YEAR AND ALMOST 18 MONTHS NOW, WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THAT, THOSE WAGES ARE LESS THAN THE INFLATION RATE AND THEREFORE FOR THOSE MEN AND -- WORKING MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS THE NATION THAT HAVE RECEIVED AN AVERAGE OF 2% OR SO OF WAGE GROWTH, IT HAS BEEN EATEN UP BY INFLATION. SO THE POINT HERE IS ONE OF THIS RESOLUTION REMINDING US THAT WE HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT OBLIGATION TO ADEQUATELY FUND, IN THIS CASE, THE AIR FORCE. IN THE PREVIOUS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, SPECIAL OPERATIONS. AND INDEED WE DO HAVE THAT OBLIGATION. BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE NEED TO HAVE A FISCALLY SOUND GOVERNMENT. AND UNFORTUNATELY, WHAT HAPPENED LAST DECEMBER IS TO PULL THE FOUNDATION OF FISCAL SOUNDNESS OUT FROM BENEATH THE GOVERNMENT'S REVENUE STREAM. NOW THERE IS A NECESSITY FOR SOME ADJUSTMENT IN THE TAXES AND YOU'LL GET NO DEBATE ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE ABOUT THE NECESSITY TO DO THAT. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN OUR CHOICE HAD WE THE MAJORITY TO REDUCE TAXES FAR MORE THAN THE TAX BILL DID FOR THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN AND FOR THE SMALLER BUSINESSES IN AMERICA AND NOT FOR THE WEALTHY CORPORATIONS THAT WERE DOING QUITE WELL AND CERTAINLY NOT TO CREATE AN INTERNATIONAL TAX CODE THAT CONTINUES TO ENCOURAGE THE OFFSHORING OF AMERICAN JOBS. THAT SIMPLY HAPPENED BECAUSE THE REDUCTION IN THE CORPORATE TAX RATE FOR AMERICA WENT TO 20% WHILE THOSE AMERICAN CORPORATIONS OPERATING OFFSHORE COULD GET A 10% TAX. PROVIDING A VERY SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT TO CORPORATIONS TO OFFSHORE JOBS. I DON'T THINK WE WOULD HAVE DONE THAT. MAYBE THAT'S WHY MANY OF US VOTED AGAINST THE LEGISLATION. THERE'S MUCH MORE TO BE SAID ABOUT IT BUT THE FUNDAMENTAL POINT AT THIS MOMENT IS THIS RESOLUTION THAT SAYS FULLY FUND THE AIR FORCE. WE'RE 100% FOR THAT. THE QUESTION WE ASK IS, HOW ARE WE TO DO THAT IN THE FACE OF THE MASSIVE DEFICIT AND TO HEAR FROM OUR REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, TAX CUT 2.0. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN ON TAX CUT 1.0. WE DON'T KNOW. I WOULD DRAW THE ATTENTION OF ALL OF US TO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REVENUES NECESSARY TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. OKLAHOMA. SO WITH THAT, I THINK MY TIME IS STILL THERE BUT I'M GOING TO YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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                                  • 03:34:06 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE -- YIELDS BACK THE REMAINING TIME FOR THE MINORITY. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 03:34:16 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    COULD I INQUISHE -- INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT?

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLELADY HAS 10 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    MR. SPEAKER I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA,…

                                    MR. SPEAKER I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL.

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                                  • 03:34:34 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                    MR. RUSSELL

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM WYOMING. MR. SPEAKER, I…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM WYOMING. MR. SPEAKER, I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A DEFEND OKLAHOMA DEBATE. I INVITE MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GARAMENDI, TO COME AND LOOK AT OUR THRIVING ECONOMY, OUR SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH OF NEARLY 6% SINCE 2008, WHEN MY COLLEAGUE'S STATE HAS BEEN ON THE WANE. THIS THING ABOUT DEFICITS AND DEFICIT SPEND, WE HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, UNLIKE MY COLLEAGUE'S STATE, AND FURTHER, WE DON'T BORROW FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BAIL OUT OUR STATE. INSTEAD, WE PAY THE BILLS OURSELVES. I THOUGHT THIS WAS A MEASURE TO SUPPORT OUR MILITARY AND TO SUPPORT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND IN THAT WE'LL WHOLE HEARTEDLY AGREE BUT MR. SPEAKER, I TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THE PEOPLE OF OKLAHOMA, WITH ONE TENTH OF THE POPULATION WE CAN DO EVERYTHING MY COLLEAGUE ON THE O'SIDE OF THE AISLE'S STATE DOES ITSELF. WITH THAT, I TAKE GREAT PRIDE AND YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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                                  • 03:35:37 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED TO…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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                                  • 03:35:44 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA FOR HIS…

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA FOR HIS REMARKS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS FOR THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I'M HON NORED, MR. SPEAKER, TO REPRESENT WARREN AIR FORCE BASE LOCATED IN CHEYENNE. THE MISSILEERS OF THE MIGHTY 90 ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MISSILES THROUGHOUT WYOMING AND COLORADO. THESE MISSILES REMAIN ON ALERT 365 TAIS A YEAR, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS. THESE WERE DEPLOYED IN 1960'S. WE DESPERATELY NEED ADDITIONAL MODERNIZATION TO THESE ICBM'S AND OUR FORCE IN GENERAL TO KEEP PACE WITH ADVERSARIES LIKE THE RUSSIANS WHO HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN THEIR ICBM FORCE. WE CANNOT DO THAT WITHOUT PREDICTABLE AND RELIABLE FUNDING THAT'S REQUIRED TO COMPLETE SUCH A COMPLICATED AND COMPLEX MULTIYEAR PROJECT. THE ICBM REPLACEMENT PROGRAM KNOWN AS THE GROUND-BASED STRATEGIC DETERRENT IS SLATED TO RECEIVE THE NECESSARY INCREASED FUNDING IN 2019 SO WE CAN ACCELERATE THAT PROGRAM BUT FOR THESE RESOURCES TO BE EFFECTIVE, MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST MAKE SURE WE GET THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO THE AIR FORCE ON TIME. AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS TALKED ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER, THE AIR FORCE FACES READINESS AND MODERNIZATION CHALLENGES AND THE ICBM REPLACEMENT IS JUST ONE OF THOSE. ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO STOP ALLOWING OUR DYSFUNCTION, WE'VE GOT TO STOP ALLOWING THE DEMANDS, FRANKLY, BY SOME ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO HOLD OUR DEFENSE FUNDING HOSTAGE. WE'VE GOT TO STOP ALLOWING THOSE POLITICAL DEBATES TO PUT AT GREATER RISK OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND FRANKLY THE LONG-TERM NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS NATION AT RISK. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 03:37:43 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING HAS YIELDED BACK. ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING HAS YIELDED BACK. ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1010. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED THIS ERESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 03:37:59 PM

                                  On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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                                      Ms. Cheney moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 1007 — "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that not fully resourcing the United States Army in a timely manner erodes the Army's ability to maintain readiness and poses risk to the Army's ability to conduct military operations."

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                                        MS. CHENEY

                                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1007.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 1007, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF…

                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 1007, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT NOT FULLY RESOURCING THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN A TIMELY MANNER ERODES THE ARMY'S ABILITY TO MAINTAIN READINESS AND POSES RISK TO THE ARMY'S ABILITY TO CONDUCT MILITARY OPERATIONS.

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                                  • 03:38:19 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1007.

                                    • 03:38:36 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MS. CHANEY, AND THE…

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MS. CHANEY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING.

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                                    • 03:38:48 PM

                                      MS. CHENEY

                                      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 AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE RESOLUTION URN CONSIDERATION.

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                                    • 03:38:57 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

                                    • 03:39:00 PM

                                      MS. CHENEY

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

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL, TO DISCUSS HIS RESOLUTION.

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                                    • 03:39:09 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                                    • 03:39:13 PM

                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING FOR HER…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING FOR HER IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP IN THE STRENGTHENING OF OUR MILITARY AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT I WORK WITH WELL ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING IS TOO GOOD FOR THE TROOPS. AND NOTHING IS WHAT THEY GET. AT LEAST ON TIME, YEAR AFTER YEAR BY THIS CONGRESS. OUR LACK OF DILIGENCE AND COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE TIMELY FUNDS IN CONGRESS ERODES THE MILITARY READINESS AND WEAKENS OUR NATION. HOUSE RESOLUTION 107 HELPS FIX THAT FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMY. FOR ME, THESE ARE NOT ACADEMIC OR POLITICAL ISSUES. BUT RATHER EXPERIENTIAL. HAVING SERVED AS A COMBAT INFANTRYMAN IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES OF UNIFORM SERVICE PRIOR TO COMING TO CONGRESS, THESE ARE NOT ISSUES THAT I TAKE LIGHTLY. I HAVE LIVED THE HARDSHIPS CREATED WHEN CONGRESS IS DERELICT IN ITS DUTY. WHEN SUPPLY TRANSACTIONS ARE DELAYED, THE ARMY IS FORCED TO ORDER PARTS OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SUPPLY SYSTEM. PAY FOR MORE PARTS AN RISK GETTING ANY SPARE PARTS AT ALL. SOLDIERS ARE SEVERELY HAMPERED IN THEIR TRAINING. BEING FORCED TO STAY AT HOME STATION WITH LIMITATIONS ON EQUIPMENT, FUEL, AND AMMUNITION. CONSEQUENTLY, THE READINESS OF UNITS DIMINISHES AND THEIR MORALE FLAGS. EVEN IF THE ARMY WERE TO SOMEHOW MAKE THE BEST OF THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES AND ATTEMPT TO SEND THEIR WARRIORS TO SCHOOL IN THE TIME THAT'S CREATED BECAUSE THEY CAN'T TRAIN, TO MAYBE INCREASE THEIR VITAL SKILLS, THEY CAN'T. THEIR FUNDS ARE DELAYED SO THEIR SCHOOLS GET CANCELED. AND THE TIME IS GONE FOREVER. ADDING INSULT TO INJURY, MANY PEOPLE THAT WERE PROMISED SCHOOLS TO MAKE IMPORTANT PROMOTIONS HAVE THOSE SCHOOLS TAKEN FROM THEIR GRASP AND DISILLUSIONED, THEY EXIT THE FORCE. AFFECTING RECRUITMENT AND THE TRAINED WARRIORS THAT THEY HAD INVESTED YEARS UP TO THAT POINT. ANOTHER INSULT TO INJURY IS THE RERE-LOCATION OF FAMILIES. IT GETS POSTPONED AND IT CAUSES UNDUE FAMILY HARDSHIP ON THOSE IN UNIFORM. MISSED SCHOOL FOR THEIR CHILDREN. AND STRESSES ON THE WARRIOR AT HOME, WHICH NOT ONLY AFFECT HIS PERFORMANCE BUT WHAT'S SAD IS IT WAS ALL PREVENTABLE AND WHILE THIS CONGRESS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS AND THE TIMELY DELIVERY OF FUNDS, WE FLY HOME TO OUR FAMILIES WEEKEND AFTER WEEKEND WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS STATE THAT WE SHOULD PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE AND PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. AND BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WOULD NEED TO BE MINDFUL THAT THESE FOUNDING DOCUMENTS DO NOT SAY PROVIDE THE GENERAL WELFARE AND PROMOTE, SOMEHOW, THE COMMON DEFENSE. IF WE CANNOT DEFEND THE REPUBLIC, ALL OF THESE OTHER THINGS ARE SIMPLY NOT GOING TO MATTER. OUR LACK OF DILIGENCE IN CONGRESS CREATES REDUCED READINESS. A LESS CAPABLE MILITARY, CANCELLATION OF TRAINING, UNTOLD FAMILY HARDSHIP, AND A LESS SECURE NATION. IT IS SO EASILY SOLVED. WE SIMPLY DO THE WORK, SIGN THE BILLS, GET THEM TO THE PRESIDENT, BY 1 OCTOBER. PRETTY SIMPLE. EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT. TODAY IS THE 25TH OF JULY. THERE'S PLENTY OF TIME. THE QUESTION THAT I AND WARRIORS THAT STILL SERVE IN UNIFORM ASK IS, WILL THIS CONGRESS HAVE THE HEART AND THE GUTS TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT? THE CLOCK TICKS. LET'S STOP THE MADNESS, LET'S STOP THE DEBATE OF ANCILLARY THINGS THAT DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. AND LET'S END THE CONTINUED RESOLUTIONS THAT AFFECT OUR MILITARY FUNDING. RUN A CLEAN DEFENSE MEASURE. IF WE ARE IN SO MUCH AGREEMENT ABOUT FUNDING OUR MILITARY THEN MY CHALLENGE TO BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IS LET'S RUN A CLEAN MEASURE. LET'S DON'T ATTACH ANYTHING ELSE TO IT. NO LABOR H., NO OTHER APPROPRIATIONS MEASURES, A SIMPLE, CLEAN MEASURE WE ALL AGREE TO ANYWAY AND PASS YEAR AFTER YEAR AND THEN WE CAN GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND OUR WARRIORS WHO GIVE US OUR FREEDOM AND ALLOW US TO CONTINUE WITH THIS GREAT REPUBLIC FOR GENERAL -- FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, THEY WILL HAVE WHAT THEY NEED. WE'VE NOT DONE IT IN YEARS. THIS COULD BE A FIRST AND COULD BE A HALLMARK OF THE 115TH CONGRESS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 03:44:22 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 03:44:29 PM

                                      MR. GARAMENDI

                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I I MIGHT CONSUME.

                                    • 03:44:33 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 03:44:34 PM

                                      MR. GARAMENDI

                                      I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA FOR MAKING ME AWARE OF THE…

                                      I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA FOR MAKING ME AWARE OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL SITUATION AND I WILL REMIND HIM THAT CALIFORNIA IS RUNNING A VERY SIGNIFICANT BUDGET SURPLUS AT THE PRESENT TIME. BOTH OUR ECONOMIES ARE PRESENTLY GROWING. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BEING A VOICE OF KNOWLEDGE ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND FOR HIS MANY YEARS SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. AND FOR BRINGING THUS RESOLUTION TODAY CALLING FOR THE FULL AND TIMELY FUNDING OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. MY FATHER, WHO SERVED IN THE ARMY AND ENDED THAT SERVICE AS A MAJOR, WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY PLEASED TO HEAR THAT THERE WAS ADEQUATE FUNDING AND TIMELY FUNDING. SO I THINK WE'VE SAID, I KNOW I HAVE SAID QUITE ENOUGH ON THE ISSUE OF HOW WE'RE GOING TO FUND GOVERNMENT, I'M SURE MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE PROBABLY THINK I'VE SAID TOO MUCH. IF THEY FEEL THAT WAY, SO BE IT. BUT I DO THINK WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO BE BALANCED AS WE MOVE FORWARD. SO I ANNOUNCE THE SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION ALONG WITH THE PREVIOUS TWO RESOLUTIONS AND LOOK FORWARD TO ITS IMMEDIATE PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 03:45:51 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 03:45:56 PM

                                      MS. CHENEY

                                      I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GARAMENDI FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR HIS…

                                      I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GARAMENDI FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THESE RESOLUTIONS AND HIS TIME FOCUSING ON THEM TODAY ON THE FLOOR. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA. THERE IS NO STRONGER SUPPORTER OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THAT I KNOW OF IN THIS BODY THAN MR. RUSSELL FROM OKLAHOMA. AND HE UNDERSTANDS MORE THAN MOST BECAUSE OF HIS OWN SERVICE BECAUSE OF WHAT WE DO IN THIS BODY AND ON THIS FLOOR HAS A DIRECT IMPACT ON THE LEVELS OF RISK, ON THE SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION HIGHLIGHTS THE DAMAGE THAT WE HAVE SEEN TO THE READINESS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY OVER NINE YEARS OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS, SEQUESTRATION AND BUDGET DISFUNCTION. I ECHO THE REMARKS, LET'S CHANGE THAT AND MAKE THIS A NEW START AND THIS YEAR WILL BE THE YEAR THAT WE DON'T HOLD MILITARY HOSTAGE. WE HAVE DONE IT HERE IN THE HOUSE AND THEY CAN DO IT IN THE SENATE. TAKE THE BILL, TAKE IT UP AND PASS IT. ALL THESE OTHER ARGUMENTS AND DISCUSSIONS ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE FUTURE OF THE NATION AND IMPORTANT FOR OUR ECONOMY, BUT WE SHOULD NOT FORCE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TO HAVE TO WAIT AND WATCH NOT KNOWING WHETHER OR NOT WE WILL BE ABLE TO PASS THE BILLS THEY NEED, THE FUNDING THAT THEY NEED TO CONTINUE TO KEEP US SAFE. WE DID OUR JOBS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, ALTHOUGH WE WERE TOO SLOW BUT WE HAVE APPROPRIATED THE MONEY. LET'S DO IT THIS YEAR ON TIME WITH SUFFICIENT FUNDING AND WITH A LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND ALSO THE -- MAKING SURE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM KNOW THAT THOSE FUNDS ARE COMING TO THEM. IT'S GOING TO TAKE IT MORE THAN A SINGLE YEAR TO GET US OUT OF THE CRISIS WE FACE, BUT WE MADE A GOOD START. WE SHOULD COME TOGETHER, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND FRANKLY BOTH SIDES OF CAPITOL HILL TO SAY, LOOK, THIS IS AN ISSUE WE ARE GOING TO AGREE. THE SECURITY OF THE NATION OUGHT TO CROSS PARTY LINES AND THE SUPPORT WE ARE SEEING FOR THIS RESOLUTION AND ALL OF THE RESOLUTION WE HAVE DONE FOR OUR SERVICES DEMONSTRATES THAT. LET'S MAKE THIS THE YEAR WE DO IT DIFFERENTLY AND DO IT RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS PARTICIPATED. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND CHAIRMAN GRANGER. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 03:48:33 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED BACK BY BOTH THE…

                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED BACK BY BOTH THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1007. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                  • 03:48:45 PM

                                    On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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                                        Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1012. H.R. 6199 — "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include certain over-the-counter medical products as qualified medical expenses."

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6199. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6199 under a closed rule. Additionally, the rule provides for proceedings for the period from July 27, 2018 through September 3, 2018

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                                          MS. JENKINS

                                          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1012, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R.…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1012, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 6199 RESTORING ACCESS TO MEDICATION AND MODERNIZATION HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT ACT OF 2018 AND ASK FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                        • 03:50:17 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

                                        • 03:50:20 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          H.R. 6199, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO INCLUDE…

                                          H.R. 6199, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO INCLUDE CERTAIN OVER THE COUNTER MEDICAL PRODUCTS AS QUALIFIED MEDICAL EXPENSES.

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                                        • 03:50:33 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1012, IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE…

                                          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1012, IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS PRINTED IN THE BILL AND AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-82 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS, MS. JENKINS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS.

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                                        • 03:51:19 PM

                                          MS. JENKINS

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

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

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                                    • 03:51:19 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 6199.

                                      • 03:51:32 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                                      • 03:51:34 PM

                                        MS. JENKINS

                                        I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I SHALL CONSUME.

                                      • 03:51:38 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 03:51:41 PM

                                        MS. JENKINS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE RESTORING…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE RESTORING ACCESS TO MEDICATION AND MODERNIZATION TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT ACT OF 2018. THIS LEGISLATION MAKES A LOT OF CHANGES TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TO ENSURE THAT FOLKS HAVE MORE ACCESS AND CHOICE WHEN USING THEIR H.S.A. THIS BILL CONTAINS FIVE BIPARTISAN SEPARATE PIECES OF LEMMINGS THAT PASSED THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. IT INCLUDES THE BIPARTISAN POLICY BY MR. ROSKHAM AND MR. THOMPSON THAT WOULD ALLOW ELIGIBLE PLANS TO OFFER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FIRST DOLLAR COVERAGE IN THEIR PLAN DESIGN WITHOUT LOSING THEIR H.S.A. ELIGIBILITY. THIS ALLOWS PLANS TO OFFER COVERAGE FOR VALUABLE SERVICES LIKE TELEHEALTH OR PRIMARY CARE APPOINTMENTS WITHOUT A DEDUCTIBLE. THE BILL PERMITS PATIENTS TO ACCESS THE PATIENT-CENTERED DIRECT PRIMARY CARE ARRANGEMENTS. PROVISION CHAMPION BY THE BIPARTISAN TEAM OF MR. PAULSEN AND MR. BLUMENAUER. THE BILL ALSO ALLOWS COVERAGE FOR CERTAIN MEDICAL SERVICES FROM A RETAIL OR ONSITE CLINIC AND PERMITS CONTRIBUTIONS TO AN H.S.A. IF THEIR SPOUSE HAS A F.S.A. WHICH IS PROHIBITED TODAY. ANOTHER PROVISION ALLOWS ROLLOVERS FROM OTHER TAX-ADVANTAGED HEALTH ACCOUNTS TO BE USED TO FUND H.S.A.'S. THESE PROPOSALS WERE INCLUDED IN MR. KELLY AND MR. BLUMENAUER'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL CONTAINS THE FIT ACT INTRODUCED BY MR. JASON SMITH AND MR. KIND, THAT WOULD ALLOW CERTAIN QUALIFIED FITNESS EXPENSES TO BE ELIGIBLE ITEMS THAT CAN BE PAID FOR WITH TAX-ADVANTAGED DOLLARS OFFSETTING A PORTION OF THEIR COSTS AND PROMOTING HEALTHY ACTIVITY. LASTLY, THE LEGISLATION REPEALS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT'S UNNECESSARY BARRIERS WHEN IT COMES TO USING TAX-ADVANTAGED HEALTH ACCOUNTS TO PURCHASE OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES, SOMETHING THAT I HAVE BEEN PLEASED TO WORK ON WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN KIND, FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AND I'M ENCOURAGED THAT THE BILL BY CONGRESSMEN MENG AND PAULSEN HAVE JOINED US. IN ADDITION TO EXPANDING ACCESS FOR OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION, THE BILL ALLOWS FOR FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS TO BE CONSIDERED AS AS A QUALIFIED MEDICAL EXPENSE. SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AMERICANS HAVE HAD TO SEEK PRESCRIPTIONS IN ORDER TO USE THEIR HEALTH SAVINGS AND FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS ON SAFE AND OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD END THE NEED FOR THOSE PRESCRIPTIONS. IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO REQUIRE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES TO MANAGE THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS TO GO TO THE DOCTOR IN ORDER TO ACCESS OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES FOR THINGS LIKE COLD AND ALLERGY SYMPTOMS. NOBODY BENEFITS FROM THIS POLICY THAT REQUIRES CONSUMERS TO JUMP THROUGH UNNECESSARY HOOPS AND INCREASES THE BURDEN ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ALL WHILE PROVIDING NO MEDICAL BENEFIT. OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES ARE OFTEN THE FRONT LINE TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC DISEASES AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS REASONABLE HEALTH CARE THERAPIES. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING H.R. 6199 WHICH GIVES INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES MORE CONTROL OVER THEIR HEALTH CARE SPENDING AND INCREASES THEIR OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. TODAY MARKS A NICE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO SIMPLY MAKE IT EASIER FOR CONSUMERS TO MEET THEIR BASIC MEDICAL NEEDS. THESE ARE COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. AND I RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 03:56:10 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS…

                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 03:56:16 PM

                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

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                                        BOB

                                        SOME BOB: PIECES THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD -- BOB: PIECES -- BIPARTISAN…

                                        SOME BOB: PIECES THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD -- BOB: PIECES -- BIPARTISAN PIECES THAT WE CAN MOVE

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                                        BOB

                                        PIECES -- BIPARTISAN PIECES THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE…

                                        PIECES -- BIPARTISAN PIECES THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE DON'T ABANDON A SENSE OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. AND ADMIRAL HINTON: THAT WE CAN ENCOURAGE SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON -- WE CAN ENCOURAGE SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THE ASSAULT ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND ESPECIALLY BY THE ADMINISTRATION. SO THAT WE DON'T DESTABILIZE THE SYSTEM FURTHER, DRIVE UP COSTS, AND INCREASE THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:04:24 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:04:29 PM

                                        MR. JENKINS

                                        I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

                                      • 04:04:32 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                        MR. RICE

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY TO DISCUSS TWO BILLS THAT…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY TO DISCUSS TWO BILLS THAT EXPAND CHOICE AND OFFER LOWER COSTS. AND LOWER COST AND CHOICE ARE WHAT ARE NEEDED IN HEALTH CARE. BACK HOME IN SOUTH CAROLINA, THE AVERAGE PREMIUM BEFORE OBAMACARE IN 2013 IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET WAS $233. IN 2017, PREMIUMS WERE SET BEFORE THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE, BEFORE THE QUOTE-UNQUOTE ASSAULT ON OBAMACARE THAT MY COLLEAGUE WAS SPEAKING OF, THE PREMIUM REACHED $512. THAT IS A $279 PER MONTH INCREASE IN THREE YEARS OR FOUR YEARS. 120% INCREASE FROM 2013 TO 2017. MY FOLKS BACK HOME, YOU KNOW, BEFORE OBAMACARE, 85% OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY WERE COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE. AT THE PEAK, UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, 91% WERE COVERED. SO WE COVERED 6% MORE PEOPLE. THAT'S A GOOD THING. BUT WHAT WAS THE COST OF THAT? TO COVER 6% MORE OF OUR POPULATION, THE OTHER 85% WHO WERE ALREADY COVERED, EITHER BY MEDICARE, MEDICAID OR PRIVATE INSURANCE, HAD TO PAY ANOTHER 120% ON THEIR PREMIUMS. IN SOUTH CAROLINA, 105% NATIONWIDE. AND THE PREMIUMS ARE GOING TO GO UP DOUBLE DIGITS AGAIN THIS YEAR. WE NEED LOWER COSTS AND WE NEED CHOICE. IN SOUTH CAROLINA, ALL OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE PULLED OUT OF THE EXCHANGES EXCEPT FOR ONE. IN FACT, 40% OF THE COUNTIES IN THE COUNTRY HAVE ONLY ONE CHOICE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE. AND THAT'S NO CHOICE AT ALL. IT'S EITHER HEALTH INSURANCE OR NOTHING. YOU SELECT FROM THAT ONE COMPANY OR YOU GET NOTHING. WE NEED LOWER COSTS AND WE NEED CHOICE. THESE BILLS TODAY, BY ALLOWING MORE LIBERAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, BY ALLOWING EASIER ACCESS TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, BY ALLOWING HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TO BE USED FOR MORE PURPOSES, LIKE PRIVATE FAMILY CARE, OR FOR NONPRESCRIPTION DRUGS, OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS, THEY ARE SERVING THE EXACT CAUSES, THE EXACT PURPOSES THAT I HEAR THE MOST COMPLAINTS ABOUT BACK HOME. YOU KNOW, MY FOLKS BACK HOME ARE SAYING, HOW CAN I AFFORD THESE INSURANCE POLICIES, AND WITH THE HIGH DEDUCTIBLES THAT ARE BEING FORCED ON US BY THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES, EVEN IF I HAVE THE INSURANCE COMPANY, I MEAN, THE INSURANCE POLICY, I CAN NOT -- I CANNOT AFFORD TO USE IT. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY TO RECOMMEND THESE BILLS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 04:07:52 PM

                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO CONGRESSMAN…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO CONGRESSMAN KIND FROM WISCONSIN. A SENIOR MEMBER OF WAYS AND MEANS, AUTHOR OF SEVERAL OF THESE REFORM PROVISIONS, CHAMPION OF VALUE OVER VOLUME IN HEALTH CARE, AS WELL AS FISCAL RESTRAINT.

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                                      • 04:08:11 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                                      • 04:08:14 PM

                                        MR. KIND

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON FOR…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS PACKAGE OF LEGISLATION. NOT BECAUSE OF THE POLICY INITIATIVES UNDERLINED IN THESE BILLS BUT BECAUSE OF HOW FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE IT'S BEING DONE. THIS WEEK, OUT OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WE HAVE 10 BILLS TO BE DEBATED AND VOTED ON ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, AT A TOE CAL COST OF ROUGHLY -- TOTAL COST OF ROUGHLY $90 BILLION. THERE WAS NO EFFORT TO MAINTAIN FISCAL DISCIPLINE IN THIS PLACE. AND THAT'S PROBLEMATIC. BECAUSE WE KEEP DIGGING THE HOLE DEEPER. BUT MY NAME IS ON A FEW OF THESE BILLS. YESTERDAY WE HAD THE REPEAL OF MEDICAL DEVICE TAX, LEGISLATION THAT I HAD AUTHORED WITH MY FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA, ERIK PAULSEN. BUT THAT CAME AT A COST OF $20 BILLION, NO OFFSET, NO PAY-FOR. JUST BORROW MORE MONEY FROM CHINA AND LET FUTURE GENERATIONS WRESTLE WITH IT. BUT IT MADE SENSE POLICY-WISE TO TRY TO REPEAL THAT IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER BECAUSE WE WERE TAXING THESE MANUFACTURERS, WHETHER THEY WERE MAKING A PROFIT OR NOT. IN FACT, THE PRE-REVENUE COMPANIES WERE GETTING HIT BY THE SAME TAX POLICY-WISE THAT DIDN'T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE. AND NOW TODAY I WAS HAPPY TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION FROM OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MS. JENKINS, ON THE RESTORING ACCESS TO MEDICATION ACT. THIS WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR PATIENTS THAT PURCHASE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINE WITH THEIR H.S.A. AND F.S.A. ACCOUNT MONEY, WITHOUT HAVING TO FIRST RUN TO THEIR DOCTOR TO GET A PRESCRIPTION. JUST FOR THE SAKE OF EFFICIENCY , THAT MAKES SENSE. BUT THE LEGISLATION COMES WITH A COST. AND THERE WAS NO EFFORT TO PAY FOR. THAT ALSO PART OF THIS PACKAGE -- FOR THAT. ALSO PART OF THIS PACKAGE IS LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED CALLED THE PERSONAL HEALTH INVESTMENT TODAY ACT OR THE FIT ACT. THIS WOULD ALLOW DOLLARS BEING USED FOR -- PHIT ACT. THIS WOULD ALLOW DOLLARS BEING USED FOR PHYSICAL EXERCISE, KEEPING PEOPLE HEALTHY IN LAIR LIFE. RATHER THAN THE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AT THE BACK END DEALING WITH CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT. POLICY-WISE THAT MAKES SENSE. BUT THE LEGISLATION, AGAIN, COMES WITH A COST, NO ATTEMPT TO PAY FOR IT. AND I THINK THAT'S FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE. AT A TIME WHEN WE WORKED ON AND PASSED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD ONE MAJOR REQUEST, THAT ALL OF IT HAD TO BE PAID FOR, ALL OF IT HAD TO BE OFFSET. WE WORKED HARD TO ACCOMPLISH IT AND IN FACT WE DID. AND THEN SOME. WE DID NOT ADD ONE NICKEL TO OUR BUDGET DEFICIT OR THE FUTURE BUDGET DEBT FORECAST. BECAUSE OF HOW WE DEALT WITH THAT IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER. ALL WE'RE ASKING IS THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE, WHO IN CHARGE NOW AND RUNNING THIS PLACE -- WHO ARE IN CHARGE NOW AND RUNNING THAT PLACE, TRY TO HAVE SOME OF THAT FISCAL DISCIPLINE WE SHOWED WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WE OUGHT TO BE WORKING TOGETHER, FIND OUT WHAT'S WORKING WITH THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND FIXING WHAT ISN'T. WHAT'S NOT WORKING IS THE ELIMINATION OF COST-SHARING REDUCTION PAYMENTS THAT HELP HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDERS SPREAD THE RISK IN THE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES. IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY PREMIUMS ARE BEING DRIVEN UP RIGHT NOW. WHAT'S NOT WORKING IS REFUSING TO FUND FUNDING TO THE NAVIGATORS THAT HELP PEOPLE MAKE THE CHOICES WITH THE HEALTH PLANS THAT THEY HAVE AVAILABLE. OR UNDERCUTTING FUNDING FOR ANY EDUCATION OUTREACH WITH PATIENTS. OR THE ELIMINATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY COMPONENT. SO THAT YOUNG AND HEALTHY PEOPLE DON'T GET TO SIT AROUND AND WAIT UNTIL THEY GET SICK OR INJURED AND THEN GO OUT AND ACQUIRE HEALTH INSURANCE. THAT'S NOT HOW INSURANCE MARKETS WORK. AND WHAT ALSO DOESN'T WORK IS AN ADMINISTRATION THAT'S TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE PROTECTIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITH PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THERE'S A LAWSUIT PENDING RIGHT NOW, THIS ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE DEFENDING THAT PRE-EXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSION AND THEY'RE REFUSING TO DO SO AND THAT WILL IMPLICATE MILLIONS OF LIVES THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. SO THERE'S A LOT THAT WE CAN AND SHOULD BE WORKING ON TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, TO REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR ALL AMERICANS. BUT THIS APPROACH, THIS PIECEMEAL APPROACH, WHILE POLICY, THERE'S A LOT OF JUSTIFICATION AND EXPLANATION FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING, IS BEING DONE IN A VERY FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE MANNER. JUST PILING ON THE DEBT. THIS COMES -- MAY I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

                                        I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                                        MR. KIND

                                        THIS COMES, BY THE WAY, ON THE HEELS IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS WITH…

                                        THIS COMES, BY THE WAY, ON THE HEELS IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS WITH PASSAGE OF A MAJOR TAX CUT LAST YEAR THAT WILL ADD OVER $2 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS BECAUSE, AGAIN, THERE WAS NO ATTEMPT TO PAY FOR IT. IT COMES ON THE HEELS OF THE PASSAGE OF A TWO-YEAR BUDGET THAT WILL INCREASE SPENDING BY OVER HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS, NONE OF IT PAID FOR, NONE OF IT OFFSET. AND JUST YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST ANNOUNCED A 12DS BILLION SUBSIDY BAILOUT PROGRAM -- $12 BILLION SUBSIDY BAILOUT PROGRAM FOR OUR FAMILY FARMERS BECAUSE OF THE ADVERSE EFFECTS THEY'RE FEELING DUE TO HIS TARIFFS AND THAT IS GOING TO BE BORROWED MONEY FROM CHINA AGAIN, TO PAY OUR FARMERS, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T NOW SELL THEIR PRODUCT, GUESS WHERE, INTO THE CHINESE MARKET. HOW CRAZY IS THIS? I HOPE WE'RE NOT IN AN ERA NOW WHERE BUDGET DEFICITS AND DEBT ONLY MATTERS WHEN THERE'S A DEMOCRAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE. BUT OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF, THAT CERTAINLY SEEMS TO BE THE CASE IN THIS CONGRESS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 04:13:32 PM

                                        MS. JENKINS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND'S POINT OF VIEW ON THE…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND'S POINT OF VIEW ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. KIND. -- MR. KIND AND I HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD ON THIS LEGISLATION FOR MANY YEARS. I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THAT THIS BILL IS SIMPLY ALLOWING PEOPLE TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. LETTING PEOPLE KEEP THEIR OWN MONEY IS NOT GOVERNMENT SPENDING THAT NEEDS TO BE OFFSET. EACH OF THESE BILLS CONTAINED IN THIS PACKAGE WERE AUTHORED WITH OUR DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES, WITHOUT AN OFFSET. EACH OF THESE BILLS WENT THROUGH COMMITTEE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WITHOUT AN OFFSET. IT'S IRONIC THAT DEMOCRATS WANT TO ALL OF A SUDDEN CLAIM TO BE FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE. THIS IS THE SAME DEMOCRAT PARTY THAT PASSED THE STIMULUS IN 2009. REMEMBER THAT BILL ADDED NEARLY $800 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A REAL LEADER ON THESE ISSUES, ON THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY.

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                                        MR. KELLY

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR INCLUDING MY BILL, H.R. 6305, THE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR INCLUDING MY BILL, H.R. 6305, THE BIPARTISAN H.S.A. IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2018, IN H.R. 61 9, THE RESTORING AC -- 6199, THE RESTORING ACCESS TO MEDICATION AND MODERNIZING HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS ACT. THIS EXPANDS ACCESS TO AND ENHANCES THE UTILITY OF HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, ALSO KNOWN AS H.S.A.'S. MY LEGISLATION GIVES EMPLOYERS MORE FLEXIBILITY TO OFFER QUALITY HEALTH CARE IN THE SETTING THAT'S BEST FOR THEM. LIKE ONSITE OR RETAIL -- ONSITE OR RETAIL CLINICS. EMPLOYERS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE OFFERING INNOVATIVE WAYS TO DELIVER HEALTH CARE TO THEIR ASSOCIATES. AND THIS PROVISION MAKES SURE THAT INDIVIDUALS' HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS CAN UTILIZE THESE SAME SERVICES. IT ALSO FIXES THE SPOUSE PENALTY BY ALLOWING INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT CONTRIBUTIONS IF A SPOUSE HAS A FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT, WHILE PREVENTING DOUBLE DIPPING IN TAX BENEFITS. LASTLY, IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO SAVE FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE BY STREAMLINING AND THE CONVERSION OF OTHER TAX-PREFERRED ACCOUNTS TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. ULTIMATELY THIS BILL MODERNIZES HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AND GIVES EMPLOYERS THE FREEDOM TO INNOVATE AND IMPROVE THEIR EMPLOYEES' HEALTH. I'M ALSO VERY PLEASED TO SEE THAT THE PHIT ACT WAS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT ADDING MORE OF AN EMPHASIS ON EXERCISE AND WELLNESS TO BUILD A HEALTHY AMERICAN POPULATION. WE SPEND AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF MONEY ON HEALTH CARE BUT VERY LITTLE ON MAINTENANCE LIKE EXERCISE AND WELLNESS BEFORE WE GET SICK. THE PHIT ACT WILL BETTER INCENTIVIZE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE TRYING TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS MEANS GIVING CONSUMERS A CHOICE IN THEIR HEALTH CARE, BY INCENTIVIZING WELLNESS AND EXERCISE. THIS IS A PREEMPTIVE EFFORT TO BUILD A HEALTHIER, STRONGER AMERICA AND THE FREEDOM TO DESIGN INSURANCE PRODUCTS THAT WORK BEST FOR THEM. . IF YOU WANT TO KEEP HEALTH CARE COSTS DOWN, MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE HEALTHIER. I LIKE THIS DEBATE BECAUSE WE TALK ABOUT HOW THE DEFICIT HAS GROWN. FOR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE, I WASN'T HERE AT THE TIME, BUT I WATCHED THE DEFICIT GROW AT THE BEGINNING OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FROM $9 TRILLION TO $20 TRILLION. I'M GLAD THERE'S FINALLY SOMEBODY HAS AWAKENED TO THE FACT WE ARE WORKING WITH HUGE DEFICITS. NOW, THIS BILL WAS PASSED BY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, AND I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, EARL BLUMENAUER, FOR WORKING ON THIS ISSUE. THIS ISSUE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THE 175 MILLION AMERICANS WHO GET THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE FROM THEIR EMPLOYER. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF H.R. 6199. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE JUST TO RESPOND BRIEFLY.…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE JUST TO RESPOND BRIEFLY. I WAS HERE IN 2009. THE VERY MONTH PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, THERE WERE 700,000 JOBS LOST. THERE WAS GREAT FEAR THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A COMPLETE COLLAPSE OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY. THERE WERE A WHOLE RANGE OF THINGS THAT WE WERE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, IN THE WORST ECONOMIC CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. AS IT WERE, A MAJOR PORTION OF THAT BILL WERE TAX CUTS TO TRY TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. I DO POINT OUT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, OUR HEALTH CARE BILL WAS ENTIRELY PAID FOR. AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO GET BACK TO. I WOULD LIKE TO, MR. SPEAKER, YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. DAVIS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A CHAMPION OF HEALTH CARE, DEALING WITH DISPARITIES IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, A CHAMPION FOR BALANCE AND VISION, AND I APPRECIATE HIM BEING HERE.

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                                        MR. DAVIS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, WHO DEMONSTRATES…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, WHO DEMONSTRATES WITH REGULARITY THE INTENSIFICATION OF REAL CARE FOR THE PEOPLE. TODAY, WE TAKE UP ANOTHER BILL THAT DOES NOTHING TO MAKE UP FOR THE LONG-TERM REPUBLICAN SABOTAGE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. TENS OF MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES WILL SEE THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS SKYROCKET DUE TO THE REPEATED REPUBLICAN EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL STILL FEEL THE LOSS OF GUARANTEED HEALTH PROTECTIONS WITH THE HORRIBLE CHOICE OF LOSS OF HEALTH INSURANCE OR UNTENABLE PREMIUMS. THE REPUBLICAN SABOTAGE WILL COST THE TYPICAL FAMILY OF FOUR IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT $2,250 MORE IN INSURANCE PREMIUMS IN 2019. THE REPUBLICANS' SABOTAGE WILL COST A TYPICAL 55-YEAR-OLD COUPLE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT $3,570 MORE IN 2019. THE 2019 PREMIUM HIKES FOLLOW AN AVERAGE 37% INCREASE IN 2018. THESE PREMIUM HIKES ARE ESPECIALLY DISTURBING WHEN CONTRASTED WITH THE BILLIONS OF TAX CUTS THE REPUBLICANS GAVE TO INSURANCE COMPANIES IN THEIR TAX LAW. H.R. 6199 MAKES A SMALL CHANGE TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS USED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE HEALTHY. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE TROUBLE PAYING FOR BASIC LIVING COSTS, LIKE HEAT, FOOD, AND HOUSING. THEY ASK ME REGULARLY FOR A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS TO HELP THEIR KIDS STAY IN COLLEGE. THE VAST MAJORITY OF MY CONSTITUENTS CAN'T SATISFY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO PAY FOR THEIR MEDICAL CARE OUT OF POCKET IN A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOTHING TO INCREASE COVERAGE, IMPROVE AFFORDABILITY, OR CHANGE THE SKYROCKETING COST OF HEALTH CARE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STRONGLY REJECT THIS BILL AND I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO BRING UP MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE COVERAGE AND LOWER COSTS TO HELP THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN NEED. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 04:21:23 PM

                                        MS. JENKINS

                                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM KANSAS,…

                                        I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM KANSAS, MR. ESTES.

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                                        MR. ESTES

                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF TWO BILLS AS PART OF OUR OVERALL GOAL TO IMPROVE…

                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF TWO BILLS AS PART OF OUR OVERALL GOAL TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. CURRENTLY, OBAMACARE IS BROKEN. FROM 2010 TO 2016 HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS INCREASED BY NEARLY $4,400 PER FAMILY. THIS YEAR, HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS ROSE ABOUT 30% AND ARE EXPECTED TO GO UP AN ADDITIONAL 10% TO 20% IN 2019. THESE SKYROCKETING COSTS ARE NOT DUE TO SOME SABOTAGE, AS SOME FOLKS SUGGESTED. INSTEAD, THEY ARE PRODUCT OF A SYSTEM THAT WAS DESIGNED AND DESTINED TO FAIL. TODAY WE ALL RECOGNIZE THAT OBAMACARE HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE INSURANCE FOR ALL AMERICANS. RATHER THAN CREATE MORE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE, WE NEED COMPETITION AND FREE MARKET SOLUTIONS LIKE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TO PUT PATIENTS IN CONTROL OF THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 6199, THE RESTORING ACCESS TO MEDICATION ACT OF 2018, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE LYNN JENKINS AND REPRESENTATIVE GRACE MENG. H.R. 6199 REPEALS PROVISIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT RESTRICTED HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, HEALTH FLEXIBLE SPENDING ARRANGEMENTS AND HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENTS TO ONLY BE USED FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OR INSULIN. REMOVING THESE RESTRICTIONS WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO USE SUCH ACCOUNTS FOR OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS. I'M ALSO PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 6311, THE INCREASING ACCESS TO LOWER PREMIUM PLAN ACT OF 2018, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVES PETER ROSKAM AND MICHAEL BURGESS. H.R. 3111 PROVIDES RELIEF FROM OBAMACARE'S RISING PREMIUMS AND LIMITED CHOICES BY ALLOWING THE PREMIUM TAX CREDIT TO BE USED FOR PLANS OFFERED OUTSIDE OF OBAMACARE EXCHANGES. THE BILL ALSO EXPANDS ACCESS TO THE LOWEST PREMIUM PLANS FOR PEOPLE PURCHASING COVERAGE IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET AND ALLOWS THE PREMIUM TAX CREDIT TO BE USED TO OFFSET THE COST OF SUCH PLANS. THESE MEASURES INCREASE COMPETITION FOR CONSUMERS AND SEEK TO DRIVE DOWN THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE. I WANT TO THANK THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING FORWARD THOUGHTFUL HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT BOTH BILLS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TAKE MODEST EXCEPTION TO THE NOTION THAT SOMEHOW…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TAKE MODEST EXCEPTION TO THE NOTION THAT SOMEHOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FAILED. IT REPRESENTS THE LARGEST EXPANSION OF HEALTH CARE THAT WE'VE SEEN IN DECADES. IT IS SO POPULAR AND IMPORTANT THAT WHEN MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ATTEMPTED TO REPEAL IT, SOMETHING THEY HAD BEEN WORKING ON FOR SEVEN YEARS, IT BLEW UP IN THEIR FACE. EVEN PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THEIR BILL WAS MEAN AND IT CONTINUES EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE WORKING TO DISMANTLE IT BOLT BY BOLT. I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WILL RETURN TO SANITY TO BE ABLE TO WORK, TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD ON THINGS LIKE SOME OF THE ELEMENTS IN THIS BILL HERE TODAY THAT WE AGREE UPON THAT COULD MOVE US FORWARD RATHER THAN THE CONTINUED BATTLE OVER THE NOTION THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DESTROYED. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:24:54 PM

                                        MS. JENKINS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM, WHO HAS PROVIDED GREAT LEADERSHIP IN THIS AREA.

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                                        MR. ROSKAM

                                        THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO SEE THE…

                                        THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO SEE THE INCLUSION OF THE PROMOTING HIGH-VALUE HEALTH CARE THROUGH FLEXIBILITY FOR DEDUCTIBLE HEALTH PLANS IN THIS BILL TODAY. THIS IS LEGISLATION THAT'S BIPARTISAN, THAT I INTRODUCED ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON OF CALIFORNIA, THAT GIVES CONSUMERS THE CHOICE AND FLEXIBILITY THAT THEY NEED TO BE ENGAGED IN THEIR HEALTH CARE. IN A NUTSHELL, THE BILL ALLOWS PLANS TO COVER -- TO OFFER COVERAGE FOR HIGH-VALUE, LOW-COST SERVICES, LIKE TELEHEALTH, CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT, SUCH AS DIABETIC TESTING STRIPS, OR PRIMARY CARE VISITS BELOW THE DEDUCTIBLE. IN A NUTSHELL, WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS GIVE PATIENTS MORE CHOICES, MORE CAPACITY, TO BE MORE DEMONSTRATIVE ABOUT NAVIGATING THROUGH THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE NEEDS. THIS IS A GOOD BIPARTISAN APPROACH. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR INCLUDING IT, AND I THANK HER FOR THE TIME. I URGE ITS PASSAGE, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

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                                        MS. JENKINS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR.…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN, WHO HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY IN THIS AREA.

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                                        MR. PAULSEN

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRWOMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER,…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRWOMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, AS AN ADVOCATE FOR GIVING CONSUMERS MORE CHOICE FOR HEALTH CARE AND LOWERING COSTS, I SUPPORT THIS BILL, WHICH ALSO GIVES MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HEALTH CARE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AS WELL AS SOME OF THE OTHER PROVISIONES THAT WERE ALREADY PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED. I DO WANT TO -- PROVISIONS THAT WERE ALREADY PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED. I DWOONT TO TALK -- I DO WANT TO TALK USING THOSE ACCOUNTS FOR DIRECT PRIMARY CARE. IT'S SUPPORTED BY A LOT OF FAMILY DOCTORS, A LOT OF PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS, PEOPLE THAT PAY A MONTHLY FEE TO SEE THEIR PHYSICIAN IN THIS AREA ANYTIME THEY CHOOSE, OVER THE PHONE, THROUGH TELEMEDICINE, IN PERSON AND THEY GET A WHOLE HOST OF SERVICES. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR STRENGTHENING THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP, AND IT MEANS THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE SERVICES INSTEAD OF JUST GOING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IN ORDER TO GET CARE. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THE I.R.S. HAS STATED THAT DIRECT PRIMARY CARE ARRANGEMENTS ARE ESSENTIALLY HEALTH INSURANCE, AND THEY CATEGORIZE THEM IN THIS WAY SO YOU CANNOT USE YOUR H.S. ARE A.'S AND THOSE -- H.S.A.'S AND THOSE TO PAY FOR DIRECT PRIMARY CARE. THAT'S WHY CONGRESSMAN BLUMENAUER AND I AUTHORED LEGISLATION TO FIX THIS AND ALLOW H.S.A.'S, HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, TO BE USED FOR DIRECT PRIMARY CARE AND I'M PLEASED IT'S IN THIS BILL. ANOTHER REFORM WILL ALLOW DIRECT ARRANGEMENTS TO EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE AN H.S.A. ALSO. THIS WILL LET MORE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO DIRECT PRIMARY CARE THROUGH THEIR HEALTH CARE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, ALLOWING FAMILY PRACTICE DOCTORS, LIKE DR. JULIE ANDERSON IN MINNESOTA, TO EXPAND THEIR PRACTICE. WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT THE HEADACHE OF FILLING OUT MOUNTAINS OF PAPERWORK AND EXCESSIVE INSURANCE FORMS BECAUSE IT LETS THE DOCTOR WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE PATIENT AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH EXTENSIVE BILLING SERVICES AND INSURANCE. HEALTH CARE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE ALREADY BEEN PROVEN TO HELP LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS AND EXPANDING THEM, GIVING CONSUMERS MORE FLEXIBILITY AND MORE CHOICES WILL MEAN FAMILIES WILL BE BETTER OFF. SO LET'S ALLOW HEALTH CARE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TO BE USED FOR DIRECT PRIMARY CARE AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 04:28:35 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS RESERVES. THE…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 04:28:40 PM

                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME, SO I'M PREPARED TO…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME, SO I'M PREPARED TO CONCLUDE WHEN MY FRIEND FROM KANSAS IS -- TO CLOSE WHEN SHE'S READY.

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                                      • 04:28:55 PM

                                        MS. JENKINS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I RESERVE.

                                      • 04:28:58 PM

                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

                                        OK.

                                      • 04:28:59 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

                                      • 04:29:02 PM

                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

                                        THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HAVE THE DISCUSSION.…

                                        THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HAVE THE DISCUSSION. IT'S BEEN FUN WORKING WITH MR. PAULSEN FROM MINNESOTA ON THIS NOTION OF DIRECT PRIMARY CARE. IT'S A SIMPLE NOTION THAT RUN THE THWART I.R.S. REGULATIONS. I STILL DON'T FULLY UNDERSTAND WHY THESE SHOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS HEALTH PLANS RATHER THAN PAYMENT FOR SERVICE, BUT NONETHELESS, WE WERE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO MOVE THIS FORWARD. IT'S NOT EXPENSIVE. THE SCORE IS LESS THAN $2 BILLION OUT OF $90 BILLION THAT WE'RE TOSSING AROUND HERE, AND I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT IT WILL RESULT IN SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE MORE EFFICIENT COVERAGE. BUT I MUST SAY THAT I AM A LITTLE TROUBLED BY THE CONTINUING ASSAULT ON WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH THE FISCAL FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. WE SAW JUST THE LATEST REPORTS THAT BECAUSE OF WHAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE DONE WITH THE BUDGET AND WITH THE TAX BILL WE'VE DOUBLED THE DEFICIT THIS YEAR. IT'S DOUBLED. NOW, WHEN THERE WAS COMPLAINTS FROM MY FRIEND FROM KANSAS ABOUT DEFICIT SPENDING WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, REMEMBER, HE LOST 700,000 JOBS THE FIRST -- ACTUALLY, HE WAS ONLY PRESIDENT FOR 1/3 OF THAT MONTH, LOST 700,000 JOBS. THE ECONOMY WAS IN FREEFALL. ABSOLUTELY WE TOOK STEPS -- CUTTING TAXES AND MOVING IN AREAS TO TRY TO STRENGTHEN PARTS OF THE ECONOMY THAT WAS POSING HUGE PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE BOARD. AND THIS WAS AND THIS WAS BROADLY SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE IN BUSINESS, ECONOMIC EXPERTS ACTUALLY AGREE THAT PROBABLY WE DIDN'T DO ENOUGH AND THAT SLOWED THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY. BUT THE ECONOMY HAS RECOVERED. WE HAVE SEEN NINE CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH. THAT'S WHAT TRUMP INHERITED. OVER SEVEN YEARS OF JOB GROWTH. THE ECONOMY WAS STRONG. IT WASN'T IN FREEFALL. YET IN THAT STRONG POSITION, WE'RE DOUBLING THE DEFICIT THIS YEAR. WE'RE LOOKING AT TRILLION-DOLLAR DEFICITS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. AND WE JUST HAD THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCE THAT HE WANTS TO SPEND $12 BILLION MORE, NOT BECAUSE WE'RE IN ECONOMIC FREEFALL, BUT BECAUSE HIS RUINOUS TRADE POLICIES HAVE RESULTED IN LOSSES TO THE FARMING SECTOR AND THEY'RE GOING TO PROVIDE EXTRA GOVERNMENT BAILOUT, NOT BECAUSE FARMERS WANT IT, BUT BECAUSE THEY'RE BEING INJURED BY THESE RUINOUS TRADE POLICIES. AND THERE WAS A TIME WHEN MOST OF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WOULD RISE UP IN OPPOSITION. CERTAINLY IF THESE WERE OFFERED BY BILL CLINTON OR BARACK OBAMA THEY'D BE SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS. MOST OF THEM ARE STRANGELY SILENT NOW. BUT IT'S ANOTHER $12 BILLION TO TRY AND FIX A PROBLEM THAT TRUMP HAS CREATED BY STARTING TRADE WARS WITH OUR FRIENDS, TRYING TO PUNISH CHINA AND IN FACT WE'RE PUNISHING OUR ALLIES . AND SOMEHOW AUTO IMPORTS ARE NATIONAL SECURITY? THIS IS EMBARRASSING. THAT WE'RE IN THIS SITUATION. BUT IT'S NOT JUST EMBARRASSING, IT'S DANGEROUS. WE'RE WEAKENING OURSELVES ECONOMICALLY WHILE WE PICK FIGHTS WITH OUR ALLIES LIKE CANADA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION. MR. SPEAKER, ON ALL OF THIS, ON TOP OF ALL OF THIS, WE'RE GOING TO ADVANCE LEGISLATION TODAY THAT HAVE SOME NUGGETS OF POSITIVE THINGS. I'VE WORKED WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON SOME OF THEM. THEY ARE IMPORTANT ADVANCES. BUT THEY ARE COMING AT A PRICE OF $90 BILLION ADDED TO THE DEFICIT, WITH NOT EVEN AN ATTEMPT TO WORK WITH TO US OFFSET. I THINK WE COULD HAVE OFFSET THE DIRECT PRIMARY CARE PIECE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. IT'S RELATIVELY SMALL POTATOES COMPARED TO $90 BILLION. AND COMPARED TO $12 BILLION FOR TARIFF RELIEF FOR A TRADE WAR WE DIDN'T NEED. MR. SPEAKER, I ENJOY THE CONVERSATION ABOUT SOME OF THESE ITEMS. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SPOTLIGHT THEM. BUT I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE ARE ABLE TO RETURN TO FISCAL STABILITY, NOT HAVING BAILOUTS FOR FARMERS THAT THEY DON'T WANT, AND WOULDN'T NEED IF WE HAD A RATIONAL TARIFF POLICY. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A PARADE OF OTHER THINGS THAT UNDERMINE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND ADD UNNECESSARY COSTS TO THE DEFICIT. ON THAT NOTE, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL CONCLUDE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:34:25 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS IS…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 04:34:29 PM

                                        MS. JENKINS

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

                                      • 04:34:32 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:34:34 PM

                                        MS. JENKINS

                                        WE'VE HEARD MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGEST HERE THIS…

                                        WE'VE HEARD MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGEST HERE THIS AFTERNOON THAT THIS BILL MIGHT IN SOME WAY HURT PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. HOWEVER, WE KNOW THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. THIS BILL DOESN'T TOUCH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IT DOESN'T RAISE COSTS OR PREMIUMS ON FAMILIES. IT DOESN'T TAKE AWAY ANYONE'S CHOICE OF HEALTH CARE PLANS. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS USE TAX ADVANTAGE HEALTH CARE ACCOUNTS TO SAVE AND PAY FOR HEALTH CARE EXPENSES. IN FACT, THERE ARE TWICE AS MANY AMERICANS WITH AN H.S.A. THAN THOSE THAT GET COVERAGE ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT'S EXCHANGES. ALMOST 22 MILLION PEOPLE HAD AN H.S.A. IN 2017. AND THERE'S ONLY ABOUT 10 MILLION PEOPLE ENROLLED ON THE EXCHANGES IN 2018. 44% OF ALL CIVILIAN WORKERS HAD ACCESS TO A HEALTH FLEXIBLE SPENDING ARRANGEMENT IN 2017. THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL ALLOW MORE THINGS TO BE PAID FOR OUT OF THESE ACCOUNTS, LIKE OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS, FEMININE PRODUCTS AND FITNESS ACTIVITIES. THIS MEANS PEOPLE ARE PAYING LESS BECAUSE THEY'RE ABLE TO USE PRE-TAX DOLLARS OR TAKE A DEDUCTION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION. AS A REMINDER, THE POLICIES IN THE BILL ARE ALL BIPARTISAN. THEY ARE ALL BIPARTISAN. WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER TO WRITE AND ADVANCE THEM. THIS BILL HELPS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AFFORD THEIR HEALTH CARE EXPENSES. AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:36:17 PM

                                        The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE…

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 10 12 THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDER -- 1012 THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SWORDED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                                        • 04:36:41 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO INCLUDE CERTAIN…

                                          A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO INCLUDE CERTAIN OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICAL PRODUCTS AS QUALIFIED MEDICAL EXPENSES.

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                                        • 04:36:51 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                        • 04:37:01 PM

                                          MR. BLUMENAUER

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                        • 04:37:05 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 SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 04:37:09 PM

                                      POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                      At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 6199, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Blumenauer demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage of H.R. 6199 until later in the legislative day.

                                      • 04:37:26 PM

                                        Mr. Byrne filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1027.

                                        • 04:37:30 PM

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                                          MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A RIVED REPORT FROM COMMITTEE --…

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

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                                        • 04:37:39 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1027. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                                          REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1027. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE BILL, H.R. 5515, TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        • 04:38:03 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                                          REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        • 04:38:24 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INEARTH IS INTO THE RECORD AN -- INSERT INTO…

                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INEARTH IS INTO THE RECORD AN -- INSERT INTO THE RECORD LETTERS. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1011, I CALL UP THE BILL, H.R. 6311, THE INCREASING ACCESS TO LOWER PREMIUM PLANS AND EXPANDING HEALTH CAVINGS -- SAVINGS ACCOUNTS ACT OF 2018 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                      • 04:38:33 PM

                                        Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1011. H.R. 6311 — "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify the definition of qualified health plan for purposes of the health insurance premium tax credit and to allow individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market to purchase a lower premium copper plan."

                                        • 04:38:38 PM

                                          Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 184 and H.R. 6311. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 184 and H.R. 6311 both under closed rules. The rule provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions on each measure.

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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. 6311. A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 AND THE…

                                            H.R. 6311. A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 AND THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH ACT, AND TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS PURCHASING HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET TO PURCHASE A LOWER PREMIUM COPPER PLAN.

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                                          • 04:39:13 PM

                                            TEMPORE

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1011, IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE…

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1011, IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-83 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER AND MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVINE, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 -- LEVIN, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                      • 04:39:35 PM

                                        DEBATE

                                        The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 6311.

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                                          MR. ROSKAM

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

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

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                                        • 04:40:04 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                        • 04:40:06 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

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

                                        • 04:40:08 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 04:40:10 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I CHAIR THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE AT THE WAYS AND MEANS…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I CHAIR THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE AT THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, TO HEAR FROM PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS AND PATIENT ADVOCATES AND I'VE HEARD A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT INCREASED COSTS WHICH ARE EXACERBATING THE COVERAGE AND ACCESS CHALLENGES THAT WE CURRENTLY FACE. THERE'S A BROAD CONSENSUS THAT HEALTH CARE IN THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO MOVE TOWARDS A SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES GREATER ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CARE. SO THE QUESTION IS, HOW DO WE GET THAT DONE? THE A.C.A., GOVERNMENT-APPROVED, GOVERNMENT-MANDATED, ONE SIZE FITS ALL D INSURANCE HAS DRAMATICALLY -- ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL INSURANCE HAS DRAMALY DECREASED THE MARKET. HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING CLOSE TO HOME. MR. SPEAKER, IN OUR HOME STATE, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RELEASED A REPORT THAT SHOWS BETWEEN 2013 AND 2017 THE AVERAGE MONTHLY PREMIUM FOR COVERAGE IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET IN ILLINOIS INCREASED 108%. OR BY $3,228 A YEAR. I HAVE FIVE COUNTIES IN MY CONSTITUENCY. IN TWO OF THOSE FIVE COUNTIES, THERE'S ONLY ONE INSURER WHICH IS OFFERING PLANS ON THE INDIVIDUAL EXCHANGE. THAT'S NOT A CHOICE. THAT'S A GOVERNMENT MANDATE. THAT'S A GOVERNMENT MONOPOLY. IT'S TIME TO DRIVE A DISCUSSION AROUND EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO MAKE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES BASED ON THEIR NEEDS AND BASED ON THEIR BUDGETS. SO, THE POLICIES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN H.R. 6311 EX PABBED ACCESS TO CONSUMER -- EXPAND ACCESS TO CONSUMER DIRECTED HEALTH PLANS WITH TAX FAVORED ACCOUNTS LIKE H.S.A.'S. THIS BILL INCREASES CHOICE, LOWERS PREMIUMS, LETS MORE FAMILIES SAVE MORE MONEY TO PAY FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS. MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WILL, WITHOUT QUESTION, GET UP THIS AFTERNOON AND SAY THAT THIS BILL DOESN'T DO ANYTHING TO HELP PEOPLE. THAT INSTEAD OF THESE POLICIES, WE SHOULD DROP EVERYTHING AND WORK AND FIX THE VERY BROKEN, FLAWED PLAN THAT IS THE A.C. A. HERE'S THE THING. THERE ARE TWICE AS MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN H.S.A. THAN THOSE WHO ARE COVERED UNDER THE EXCHANGES. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. TWICE AS MANY AMERICANS ARE COVERED UNDER H.S.A.'S THAN UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. 21.8 MILLION PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, HAD A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT IN 2017 AND THERE'S ONLY 10.6 MILLION WHO ARE ENROLLED IN THE EXCHANGES IN 2018. 2-1. THE BILL MAKES SMART CHANGES TO HELP FAMILIES SAVE MORE PRE-TAX FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE. IT CHANGES THE SO-CALLED USE IT OR LOSE IT NATURE OF FLEXIBLE SPENDING ARRANGEMENT, F.S.A.'S, BY YOU A LOW -- BY ALLOWING BALANCES TO ROLL OVER TO THE NEXT YEAR. IT DOUBLES THE AMOUNT OF MONEY PEOPLE CAN PUT INTO A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT SO THEY CAN SAVE ENOUGH TO COVER THEIR EXPOSURE TO OUT OF POCKET D COSTS AND -- OUT OF POCKET D COSTS AND THEY'RE INCREASINGLY VULNERABLE TO THESE OUT OF POCKET COSTS. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE MAY SAY THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT AND DRISS TACT -- DISTRACT FROM SOME OF THESE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS AND SAY THAT SOMEHOW SOME SUBPAR INSURANCE IS BEING PROMOTED. WELL, EVEN AFRICANSLING MILLIONS OF HEALTH CARE PLANS THAT PEOPLE HAD AND THAT PEOPLE LIKED, NOTWITHSTANDING THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE THAT IF YOU LIKE YOUR COVERAGE YOU GET TO KEEP YOUR COVERAGE, YOU REMEMBER THAT, MR. SPEAKER, NOTWITHSTANDING THAT, DEMOCRATS, GOD BLESS THEM, THEY STILL THEY THEY KNOW WHAT TYPE OF HEALTH CARE IS BEST FOR EVERYONE. THEY HAVEN'T LEARNED YET THAT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES ARE THE BEST ONES TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS. NOT POLITICIANS, NOT BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON. SO WE THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PURCHASE THE TYPE OF COVERAGE THEY WANT AND THE TYPE OF COVERAGE THEY CAN AFFORD. AND ONE OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL ALLOWS EVERYONE TO PURCHASE A CATASTROPHIC PLAN, A PLAN THAT WAS DESIGNED BY OBAMACARE. THESE PLANS OFFER THE LOWEST PREMIUMS AND WE THINK EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THEM. AND EVEN BETTER, BECAUSE THESE PLANS HAVE AVERAGE DEDUCTIBLES OF $6,000, WE THINK WE SHOULD ALLOW CATASTROPHIC AND BRONZE PLANS TO QUALIFY FOR AN H.S.A. AS WELL. THIS MEANS PEOPLE CAN GET BREAKS IN TAXES FOR THE MONEY THAT THEY SAVE, FOR THEIR HUGE OBAMACARE DEDUCTIBLES. THIS IS REAL SAVINGS TO REAL PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING UNDER THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE LAW. IT ALLOWS WORKING SENIORS WITH H.S.A.-ELIGIBLE COVERAGE WHO ARE ENROLLED IN MEDICARE PART A TO CONTRIBUTE TO AN H.S.A., WHICH CAN BE PROVIDED, WHICH CAN PROVIDE AN ADDED BENEFIT FOR SENIORS AND AN INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO STAY ON THEIR EMPLOYER-SPONSORED PLAN OVER MEDICARE IF THEY CHOOSE. MAKES PERFECT SENSE. IT INCREASES UTILITY AND FLEXIBILITY THROUGH ALLOWING BOTH SPOUSES TO MAKE CATCH-UP CONTRIBUTIONS INTO THE SAME H.S.A. IF THEY'RE OVER AGE 55. FINALLY, IT DELAYS OBAMACARE'S HEALTH INSURANCE TAX FOR AN ADDITIONAL TWO YEARS, AND IT -- I WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE INCREASE THE COST OF INSURANCE PREMIUMS THROUGH A NEARLY $27 BILLION EXCISE TAX. THIS IS A FLAWED TAX THAT GETS PASSED ON TO AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO ARE PURCHASING IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET, IT GETS PASSED ON TO SENIORS IN MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, IT GETS PASSED ON TO SMALL BUSINESSES AND IT GETS PASSED ON IN MEDICAID PROGRAMS. . I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS AFTERNOON'S DEBATE. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN DRIVING THIS DISCUSSION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 04:45:57 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

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                                        • 04:46:01 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

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

                                        • 04:46:06 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. BE

                                        • 04:46:13 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          I THINK WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES, WHAT IS THIS BILL ALL ABOUT? WHY ARE WE…

                                          I THINK WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES, WHAT IS THIS BILL ALL ABOUT? WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY? H.R. 6311 SAT FINAL OF THREE BILLS -- IS THE FINAL OF THREE BILLS REGARDING HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND HEALTH TAXES THAT WE WILL BE CONSIDERING THIS WEEK. I FIND IT SAD WE'RE NOT SPENDING OUR TIME TODAY ADDRESSING THE MOST PRESSING CONCERNS OF AMERICANS STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICAN SABOTAGE OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. NOTHING IN H.R. 6311 OR ANY OTHER BILL WE HAVE CONSIDERED THIS WEEK UNDOES THE ONGOING HARM CAUSED BY THE ACTIONS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OR THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. FOR EXAMPLE, EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE ADMINISTRATION CREATED NEEDLESS CONFUSION BY REFUSING TO MAKE LEGALLY REQUIRED RISK ADJUSTMENT PAYMENTS UNTIL WHEN THERE WAS MAJOR PROTESTS. IT REVERSED COURSE LAST NIGHT UNDER PUBLIC PRESSURE. BUT IN JUNE, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REFUSED TO DEFEND PROTECTION FOR THE 130 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING WITH PRE-EXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS. LAST FALL, THE PRESIDENT TERMINATED COST SHARING REDUCTION PAYMENTS FOR AMERICANS EARNING 100% TO 250% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. THE G.O.P. TAX BILL GUTTED THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENT, CAUSING A 15% SPIKE IN PREMIUMS, ACCORDING TO C.B.O. RECENTLY, THE ADMINISTRATION, AGAIN, CUT FUNDING FOR NAVIGATOR ORGANIZATIONS TO JUST $10 MILLION FOR THE UPCOMING OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD. I SAW AT HOME WHAT THESE NAVIGATOR PROVISIONS MEANT TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WHO WERE REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED INFORMATION IN HEALTH CARE. CUT, CUT, CUT IS THE ADMINISTRATION'S ANSWER, AND THIS CONGRESS' RESPONSE TO THAT ADMINISTRATION ACTION IS ZERO, SILENCE, SILENCE, SILENCE. THESE AND SO MANY OTHER ACTIONS BY REPUBLICANS HAVE LED TO DIRECT INCREASES IN HAD PREMIUMS AND OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. EXPANDING H.S.A.'S AND SHIFTING MORE AMERICANS INTO CATASTROPHIC COVERAGE, AS H.R. 6311 DOES, WILL NOT MEANINGFULLY HELP MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES, HARMED BY REPUBLICAN SABOTAGE OF A.C.A. INSTEAD, IT WILL PRIMARILY BENEFIT WEALTHY AMERICANS AND LARGE INSURANCE COMPANIES. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION, MORE THAN 80% OF THE TAX BENEFIT FOR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS GOES TO INDIVIDUALS EARNING MORE THAN $100,000 ANNUALLY. WE POINTED THAT OUT IN COMMITTEE. WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE? OBFUSCATION. OBFUSCATION. THAT IS A FACT AND ANALYSIS GIVEN TO US BY THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION. SO ALL THESE CROCODILE TEARS FROM MAINLY MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES, I THINK, ARE SHOWN FOR WHAT THEY ARE. VERY FEW FAMILIES WITH MODEST INCOMES CAN AFFORD THE HIGH OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN H.S.A. DOUBLING THE AMOUNT THAT INDIVIDUALS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO TAX-FREE, TAX-FREE, AS THIS BILL DOES, WILL MAKE NO DIFFERENCE TO THE MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES WHO DON'T HAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AVAILABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO AN H.S.A. IN THE FIRST PLACE. I SUGGEST THAT EVERYBODY GO HOME AND TALK TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IN ADDITION, A TWO-YEAR DELAY OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDER FEE WILL HAVE ON A MINIMAL IMPACT ON PREMIUMS. INDEED, THIS PROVISION WILL MAINLY BENEFIT INSURANCE COMPANIES WHILE ADDING MORE THAN $25 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT. NOT ONLY DO THE BILLS WE HAVE CONSIDERED THIS WEEK NOT ADDRESS THESE PRESSING ISSUES, THEY ALSO RECKLESSLY ADD TO THE DEFICIT. REPUBLICANS HAVE FAILED TO PRODUCE EVEN $1 FOR THE ENORMOUS COSTS OF THESE BILLS. SO I SAID TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE THAT I ONCE CHAIRED, I WAS SOMETIMES ASKED THAT QUESTION, WILL YOU PAY FOR IT, AND I SAID, YES. I ASKED THE CHAIRMAN, WILL YOU PAY FOR THIS? AT FIRST IT WAS SAID, WELL, WE DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT IN COMMITTEE. I SAID, WILL YOU DO IT ON THE FLOOR? YES OR NO? HE SAID, NO. SO HERE WE ARE. ALTHOUGH WE DO NOT YET HAVE A FINAL ANALYSIS FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE OR THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAX, PAST ESTIMATES OR ANALYSIS HAVE SHOWN US THIS, H.R. 184, WHICH WILL REPEAL THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX, WILL COST ABOUT $20 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. H.R. 6199, WHICH WOULD EXPAND H.S.A.'S TO INCLUDE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS AND GYM MEMBERSHIPS, WILL COST ROUGHLY $20 BILLION. AND THIS BILL, WHICH EXPANDS H.S.A.'S AND DELAYS A TAX ON THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY, WOULD INCREASE THE DEFICIT THE MOST. THIS IS, IN A FEW WORDS, A RUSTY ROSKAM BILL THAT WILL COST UP TO $50 BILLION. $50 BILLION. WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, OUR ACTIONS THIS WEEK COULD ADD UP TO $90 BILLION TO OUR NATION'S DEBT, INCREASING PRESSURE TO CUT VITAL PROGRAMS, LIKE MEDICARE. THIS COMES JUST MONTHS AFTER A TAX CUT BILL THAT WOULD ADD AN ADDITIONAL $2 BILLION TO THE DEBT. SO, LOOK, WE NEED TO COME AND ASK OURSELVES, WHY ARE WE HERE? THESE BILLS WILL NOT LIKELY PASS THE SENATE OR BECOME LAW. SO HERE WE ARE. WE'RE GOING TO RECESS, ADJOURN TOMORROW FOR FIVE WEEKS OR SO. I THINK THE REALITY IS THAT THESE BILLS, WHICH WILL NOT LIKELY PASS THE SENATE, EVER BECOME LAW. I THINK IT'S LIKELY THAT THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT PURPOSE, AND I THINK THAT WAS DESCRIBED IN A RECENT ARTICLE IN "THE HILL." AND I READ IT BECAUSE I WANT THE PUBLIC TO QUESTION WHAT WE DO. AND I QUOTE, THE BILLS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR NEXT WEEK COULD GIVE VICTORIES TO THE BILLS' SPONSORS WHO ARE ALSO VULNERABLE IN NOVEMBER. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, WHERE I'M RANKING MEMBER, IS FACING -- THIS ARTICLE SAYS -- A TOUGH RE-ELECTION RACE IN HIS SUBURBAN DISTRICT. BUT OVERALL, THE MEASURES SLATED FOR CONSIDERATION ARE MINOR AND WON'T MAKE A MAJOR DENT IN PREMIUMS, ACCORDING TO JOE ANTOS, A HEALTH CARE EXPERT AT THE RIGHT-LEANINGING AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE. -- LEANING AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE. I WILL SAY THAT AGAIN. THESE MEASURES SLATED FOR CONSIDERATION ARE MINOR AND WON'T MAKE A MAJOR DENT IN PREMIUMS, ACCORDING TO JOE ANTOS, A HEALTH CARE EXPERT AT THE RIGHT-LEANING AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE, END QUOTE. SO I THINK THAT'S WHAT REALLY THIS IS ALL ABOUT. IT'S A POLITICAL EXERCISE. IT'S AIMED TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE IN A VULNERABLE POLITICAL POSITION, BUT THAT'S NOT A REASON TO BRING UP THESE BILLS TODAY WHEN AS I DESCRIBED EARLIER, THERE ARE SO MANY ISSUES RELATING TO HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE UNDERTAKEN THESE LAST MONTHS UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO SABOTAGE HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS. AS A RESULT, THREE MILLION PEOPLE LESS HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. BUT A.C.A. WORKS SO WELL THAT 20 MILLION PEOPLE RECEIVED HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THEY DID NOT HAVE. SO THIS IS IS KIND OF A SAD MOMENT. WE'RE TURNING THIS PLACE INTO A CAMPAIGN ENTITY. WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING THAT WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. WE TRIED IN RECENT TIMES TO SAY TO THE REPUBLICANS, IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE A.C.A., WE'RE READY. NEVER HAS THERE BEEN ANY OFFER TO DO THAT. INSTEAD, IT WAS, REPEAL, REPEAL, REPEAL. I WON'T SAY THAT 55 TIMES. BUT THAT'S HOW OFTEN IT HAPPENED. AND MORE RECENTLY, IT WAS SABOTAGE, SABOTAGE, SABOTAGE. THAT ISN'T WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING FOR WHAT IS SO DEAR TO AMERICANS, HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. SO I RISE -- IT'S A SAD DAY, I SAID EARLIER, WE ARE HERE WHEN SO MUCH NEEDS TO BE DONE AND THIS ESSENTIAL LISA POLITICAL EXERCISE -- ESSENTIALLY A POLITICAL EXERCISE.

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                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN ASKS THE RHETORICAL QUESTION, WHY…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN ASKS THE RHETORICAL QUESTION, WHY ARE WE HERE? I WILL TELL YOU WHY WE'RE HERE. I HAVE AN INDEPENDENT RECOLLECTION OF BEING IN MY CAR ON MICHIGAN AVENUE IN CHICAGO LISTENING THEN TO PRESIDENT OBAMA GIVE A SPEECH TO I THINK IT WAS THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND I WAS LISTENING ON THE RADIO AND HE SAID, I THINK -- I MAY BE CONFLATING HERE. HE SAID, IF YOU LIKE YOUR COVERAGE, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR COVERAGE. IF YOU LIKE YOUR DOCTOR, YOU GET TO KEEP YOUR DOCTOR. I THINK DURING THE COURSE OF THE HEALTH CARE DISCUSSION, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MADE THIS EXPLICIT PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YOU'RE GOING TO SAVE $2,500 PER FAMILY. AND IT WAS GOING TO BE GREAT. IT WAS GOING TO SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS, AND YET, THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. I'VE GOT A CONSTITUENCY WHERE TWO COUNTIES HAVE ONE INSURER. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. AND NOW I YIELD TO MR. PAULSEN FOR TWO MINUTES TO TELL US WHY WE'RE HERE.

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                                          MR. PAULSEN

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND JUST TO FOLLOW-UP, MR. SPEAKER,…

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND JUST TO FOLLOW-UP, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE TOO MANY FAMILIES THAT CONTINUE TO SUFFOCATE UNDER THE HIGH PREMIUMS AND HIGH DEDUCTIBLES THAT WE HAVE FROM THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IN CONTRAST TO THE TOP-DOWN ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL OF OBAMACARE, SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLES PUTS CONSUMERS IN CHARGE OF THEIR -- HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS PUTS CONSUMERS IN CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE. 20 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. THAT'S TWICE AS MANY AS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ARE GETTING PLANS FOR THE OBAMACARE EXCHANGES. THAT'S NOT EVEN CLOSE. IN MINNESOTA ALONE, MORE THAN A MILLION, 1.2 MILLION PEOPLE AND FAMILIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR H.S.A. PLANS. NOW, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, IT SUPPORTS THE CONTINUED GROWTH OF HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND INCLUDES A COUPLE PROVISIONS THAT I HELPED AUTHOR, INCLUDING ALLOWING WORKING SENIORS TO CONTRIBUTE TO AN H.S.A., INCREASING THE LIMITS THAT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR H.S.A.'S, AND ALLOWING MARRIED COUPLES THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE LARGER CATCH-UP CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND THEN IT CREATES A GRACE PERIOD TO HELP PAY FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES THAT SOME MAY HAVE OCCURRED BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY SET UP THEIR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. THESE ARE ALL IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL HELP PROVIDE VALUE IN HEALTH CARE AND HELP LOWER PRICES. SO LET'S LET PEOPLE PURCHASE THE TYPE OF COVERAGE THAT THEY WANT AND THAT THEY CAN AFFORD. I'M REALLY PLEASED THAT THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY MAKES THESE VERY SMART, STRATEGIC, CALCULATED REFORMS. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 04:59:33 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          YOU KNOW, I'VE HEARD THIS SO-CALLED FACT THAT MORE PEOPLE HAVE H.S.A.'S…

                                          YOU KNOW, I'VE HEARD THIS SO-CALLED FACT THAT MORE PEOPLE HAVE H.S.A.'S THAN THOSE WHO ARE COVERED BY OBAMACARE. THAT'S SIMPLY IS NOT TRUE. OBAMACARE INCLUDES EXPANDED MEDICAID. SO IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT MORE THAN IN THE EXCHANGES, WE CAN DISCUSS THAT AND ARGUE IT, BUT DON'T COME HERE AND MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF A.C.A. WE WORKED HARD ON IT, AND WE MEET SO MANY PEOPLE, SO MANY PEOPLE WHO BENEFITED FROM WHAT WE, DEMOCRATS, DID, AND THE PUBLIC MORE AND MORE IS EXPRESSING THAT. YOU WERE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY, AND YOU'RE NOW ON THE WRONG SIDE OF PUBLIC OPINION, THE WRONG SIDE. . IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES, OR MORE IF HE'D LIKE, TO SUCH AN KTIVE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS.

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                                          MR. DAVIS

                                          HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, WHILE IT MAY HELP PEOPLE MANAGE THEIR HEALTH CARE…

                                          HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, WHILE IT MAY HELP PEOPLE MANAGE THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS MARGINALLY, THE SAD TRUTH IS THIS LEGISLATION WILL DO NOTHING, NOTHING TO LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS AND TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE QUALITY. THE LEGISLATION ALSO DOES NOTHING, NOTHING TO PROTECT PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IN 40 -- AND 40% OF AMERICANS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 50 AND 464 -- AND 64 1/2 HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US WILL INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

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                                          MR. HIGGINS

                                          AND WILL THREAT THEN LONG-TERM VIABILITY OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE.…

                                          AND WILL THREAT THEN LONG-TERM VIABILITY OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. BECAUSE OF RECENT ACTIONS BY THE TRUMP JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 50 AND 64 1/2 WHO BUY THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE ON THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET ARE ABOUT TO GET CLOBBERED. WITH DOUBLE DIGIT, MULTIYEAR HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM INCREASES. AND THIS CONGRESS IS DOING NOTHING, NOTHING TO HELP. THIS POPULATION NEEDS THE PROTECTION OF MEDICARE NOW. MEDICARE AT 50 WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO BUY, TO BUY MEDICARE AS THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. MEDICARE IS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT COMPLIANT WITH ESSENTIAL BENEFITS. IT HAS HIGH PATIENT SATISFACTION RATINGS. HAS FULL ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE AND PHYSICIAN SPECIALISTS. AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS COVERS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. MEDICARE AT 50 ALSO IS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS CHEAPER WHEN COMPARED WITH THE GOLD PLAN ON THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET. MR. SPEAKER, MEDICARE IS THE BEST PUBLIC OPTION THAT ALREADY EXISTS. AND THE BEST PUBLIC OPTION THAT ALREADY EXISTS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AGES 50 TO 64 1/2. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, MRS.…

                                          I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, MRS. WALORSKI.

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                                          MS. WALORSKI

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6311, THE INCREASING…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6311, THE INCREASING ACCESS TO LOWER PREMIUM PLANS AND EXPANDING HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT ACT. THIS INCLUDES A TWO-YEAR DELAY OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE TAX. LIKE THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX WHICH THE HOUSE VOTED YESTERDAY TO REPEAL, THE H.I.T. IS YET ANOTHER DAMAGING TAX FROM OBAMACARE. IT RAISES PREMIUMS FOR FAMILY, FOR MAUL SMALL BUSINESSES AND SENIORS AND THE DISABLED ENROLLED IN MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. IN FACT, THE H.I.T. COULD RAISE ANNUAL PREMIUMERS IN TYPICAL MEDICAL ADVANTAGE -- MEDICARE ADVANTAGE COUPLE. I'M THRILLED THIS BILL WE'RE VOTING FOR TODAY INCLUDES THE NOSH DELAY THE H.I.T. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN WE CAN REPEAL THIS TAX THAT FALLS ON THE BACK OF SENIORS, DISABLED, SMALL BUSINESSES AND HARDWORKING FAMILIES. UNTIL THEN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT DELAYING ITISM YIELD BACK.

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                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                          IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS SO ACTIVE AND THERE ALL THE TIME, MS. CHU.

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                                          MS. CHU

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 6311 WHICH CONTRARY…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 6311 WHICH CONTRARY TO ITS NAME WOULD DO VERY LITTLE TO HELP AMERICANS ACCESS QUALITY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. INSTEAD, IT WOULD FORCE FAMILIES TO ACCEPT LOW QUALITY, CATASTROPHIC HEALTH PLANS OR JUNK COVERAGE THAT DOES NOT MEET HEALTH CARE NEEDS AND LEAVES ORDINARY AMERICANS TO FOOT THE BILL WHEN SOMETHING GOS WRONG. WHAT DOES A CATASTROPHIC AND HIGH DEDUCTIBLE PLAN MEAN? IT'S A DISASTER FOR MANY. 40% OF AMERICANS CANNOT AFFORD EVEN A $400 EMERGENCY EXPENSE, LET ALONE THE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS NECESSARY FOR A MEDICAL EMERGENCY WHICH COULD HAPPEN TO ANY OF US. BUT THAT'S THE PLAN REPUBLICANS ARE OFFERING. AMERICANS WOULD GET A PLAN THAT IS SUBSTANDARD. NO ONE WANTS TO HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE THAT DOESN'T ACTUALLY COVER MUCH AT ALL. WHAT'S MORE, THESE CATASTROPHIC AND HIGH DEDUCTIBLE HEALTH PLANS ARE ESPECIALLY HARM TO FEEL WOMEN. SINCE 50% OF THE PREGNANCIES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE UNPLANNED, MANY PARENTS IN THESE PLANS WILL NOT HAVE SAVED ENOUGH TO COVER THESE HIGH DEDUCTIBLES OR UNEXPECTED COSTS. MOST PREGNANCIES LAST NINE MONTHS AND SPAN MORE THAN ONE PLAN YEAR. THAT MEANS DURING THE COURSE OF A SINGLE PREGNANCY A MOTHER IN ONE OF THESE PLANS WOULD HAVE TO HIT HER DEDUCTIBLE TWICE. MATERNITY CARE SERVICES WITHOUT COMPLICATIONS CAN AVERAGE AROUND $10,000 PER PREGNANCY. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN A PREGNANCY WITH COMPLICATIONS? THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS PASS SOD THAT WE COULD MOVE AWAY FROM YOUNG FLAN -- JUNK PLANS THAT OFFERED NOTHING IN TERMS OF COVERAGE AND LEFT PEOPLE WITH THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN MEDICAL DEBT. THIS BILL IS JUST ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE A.C.A. AND WE CANNOT GO BACK. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          EVERY TIME WE HEAR THE PHRASE JUNK COVERAGE, THINK OBAMACARE. I'M NOT…

                                          EVERY TIME WE HEAR THE PHRASE JUNK COVERAGE, THINK OBAMACARE. I'M NOT TRYING TO BE FACETIOUS BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS BILL THAT MAKES ANY CHANGE TO ANY COVERAGE. I CAN ONLY ASSUME THE GENTLELADY IS REFERRING TO CATASTROPHIC COVERAGE THAT WAS PART OF THE A.C.A.

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                                        • 05:06:52 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          ALL WE'RE DOING TODAY IS SAYING WITH THAT COVERAGE THEY OUGHT NOT BE ALONE…

                                          ALL WE'RE DOING TODAY IS SAYING WITH THAT COVERAGE THEY OUGHT NOT BE ALONE THEY OUGHT NOT BE OUT ON AN ICE FLOE ALL BY THEMSELVES. PEOPLE WHO HAVE THAT TYPE OF CATASTROPHIC COVERAGE THAT OUR FRIENDS WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY CREATED, THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD SIMPLY HAVE ACCESS TO A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT THAT? SO WHEN YOU HEAR JUNK COVERAGE, BE DISMISSIVE OF THAT IT'S A TALKING POINT. IT'S NOT PARTICULARLY PERSUASIVE WHO IS PERSUASIVE IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. SMITH, AND I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO HIM.

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                                        • 05:07:28 PM

                                          MR. SMITH

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6311, THE INCREASING…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6311, THE INCREASING ACCESS TO LOWER PREMIUM PLANS ACT AND EXPANDING HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT ACT. THIS BILL GIVES ALL AMERICANS THE OPTION TO PURCHASE A CATASTROPHIC PLAN IF THEY SO CHOOSE WHICH UNDER CURRENT LAW IS RESTRICTED TO A LIMITED POPULATION. THIS BILL WILL INCREASE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN AND PRICING OPTIONS AS WE CONTINUE OUR WORK TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS OF OBAMACARE. NEBRASKANS CONTINUE TO TELL ME THAT THEY ARE DESPERATE FOR MORE OPTIONS TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. WE ARE DOWN TO ONLY ONE INSURER IN NEBRASKA, IN NEBRASKA'S EXCHANGE, AND WITH PREMIUMS FOR A FAMILY WHICH CAN EXCEED $0,000 BEFORE EVEN FACTORING IN FOUR AND FIVE-FIGURE DEDUCTIBLES, FAMILIES NEED MORE OPTIONS. NEBRASKANS NEED MORE OPTIONS. THE WAY TO CREATE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR MORE PEOPLE IS BY UNDERSTANDING BETTER THIS BUYER-SELLER RELATIONSHIP. IF YOU WANT TO REDUCE COSTS THROUGH INCREASING PARTICIPATION, WHOEVER IS DOING THE SELLING MUST CREATE PRODUCTS THAT CONSUMERS ARE WILLING TO BUY. THE MORE BARRIERS WEDGED BETWEEN THE BUYER AND SELLER, THE MORE TRANSPARENCY AND COMPETITION WILL DECREASE AND THE MORE HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR CONSUMERS WILL INCREASE. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT OBAMACARE POLICY WHICH IS HAVE RESTRICTED CHOICE THROUGH ONE SIZE FITS ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR INSURANCE PRODUCTS CONTINUE TO FAIL AND THIS BILL WILL HELP GIVE NEBRASKANS AN ALL AMERICAN -- AND ALL AMERICANS THE CHOICES THEY NEED AND DESERVE. I THANK MR. ROSKAM FOR BRINGING US THIS BY I URGE SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 05:09:04 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A TRUE FIGHTER.

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                                          TRUMPCARE, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. WHAT'S TRUMPCARE? IT'S…

                                          TRUMPCARE, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. WHAT'S TRUMPCARE? IT'S NOT MUCH CARE. IT'S MAINLY INDIFFERENCE FROM PEOPLE THAT DON'T REALLY CARE OR UNDERSTAND THE PLIGHT OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WORKING TO MEET -- MAKE ENDS MEET AND SUDDENLY SOMEBODY HAS AN ACCIDENT ON THE WAY HOME FROM WORK OR A CHILD IS DIAGNOSED WITH SOME DREAD DISEASE AND THEY FACE WITHOUT ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE A CATASTROPHE.

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                                        • 05:09:50 PM

                                          MR. DOGGETT

                                          WE KNOW THERE ARE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF AMERICAN FAMILIES THAT SAID THEY…

                                          WE KNOW THERE ARE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF AMERICAN FAMILIES THAT SAID THEY COULDN'T MEET A $400 OR $500 EMERGENCY. THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY FACE A $4,000 OR A $40,000 HEALTH CARE BILL. THAT'S WHAT THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT HAS BEEN ABOUT. TODAY WE SEE THE CHAPTER IN THE TRUMPCARE STORY THAT MR. ROSKAM AND HIS COLLEAGUES ARE OFFERING FOR TRUMP AND ALL OF HIS COHORTS. WHAT IS IT? IT IS THE 5% SOLUTION BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN USED BY EXACTLY 5% OF THOSE WHO EARN LESS THAN $100,000. AS QUREBL THE TRUMP APPROACH IS, LET'S DO MORE FOR THE FEW AND TO HECK WITH THE MINNESOTA. THE MANY ARE THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS OFFER LITTLE TO NO PROTECTION. IT IS A TAX HAVEN FOR SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE A LITTLE MORE PROSPEROUS, AND THAT'S FINE. BUT I BELIEVE WE NEED TO MAKE HEALTH CARE ACCESSIBLE TO MORE PEOPLE. THEN THERE'S THE ADDITIONAL PROBLEM THAT MR. ROSKAM AND HIS COLLEAGUES HAVE KE SIDED TO PAY FOR THEIR PACKAGE OF BILLS, $100 BILLION OF BILLS, THEY'RE GOING TO PAY FOR IT BY BORROWING JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE AFTER ALL THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THEY HAVE BORROW FLED SAUDIS AND THE CHINESE AND PEOPLE HERE AT HOME, WHEREVER THEY CAN FIND SOMEBODY THAT WILL TAKE THEIR I.O.U., THEY WANT TO BORROW A LITTLE MORE MONEY. $100 BILLION ALMOST TO FINANCE THIS PACKAGE OF BILLS TO HELP THAT 5% OF THE FAMILIES WHO EARN LESS THAN $100,000. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT RECOGNIZING IT WOULDN'T CORRECT ALL THE FLAWS OF TRUMPCARE BUT WOULD ADDRESS ONE SIMPLE PROBLEM AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. WHAT'S A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION? WELL, IT'S WHATEVER AN INSURANCE COMPANY WANTS TO POINT TO TO DENY YOU COVERAGE BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND I DO THINK OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE AFFLICTED WITH A VERY SERIOUS PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. IT'S CALLED AMNESIA. THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT HEALTH CARE WAS LIKE FOR FAMILIES BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CAME INTO EXISTENCE AND PROHIBITED THESE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS NOT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO WENT TO THE MARKETPLACE BUT ACROSS THE BOARD TO PREVENT PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS FROM BEING USED AGAINST SOMEONE TO DENY THEM COVERAGE OR TO LIMIT THE COVERAGE THAT THEY GOT. THE KIND OF PEOPLE I CAME IN CONTACT WITH AS WE WORKED ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHO WERE DETERMINED TO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WERE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SOMEONE BORN WITH A DISABILITY. SOMEONE WHO HAD AN ACCIDENT OR AN ILLNESS AND FOUND THEMSELVES WITH SOME LINGERING EFFECTS OF THAT AND THEY WOULD EITHER BE DENIED COVERAGE ALTOGETHER OR THEY WOULD FIND IN THE FINE PRINT OF THEIR INSURANCE POLICY SIGNIFICANT LIMITATIONS ON THAT INSURANCE. THE INSURANCE WOULD COVER THEM FOR EVERYTHING EXCEPT WHAT THEY NEEDED INSURANCE. AND NOW AFTER THE REPUBLICAN ATTEMPT AND NOT JUST ONE BUT 60 OR 70 ATTEMPTS TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FAILED IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, THANKS TO THE COURAGE OF A FEW THERE AND OF THE MANY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO SAID WE DON'T WANT IT REPEALED, NOW THAT IT'S FAILED, THEY HAVE DEVOTED THE LAST YEAR TO DOING EVERYTHING IN THE BOOK TO TRY TO SABOTAGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THEY WON'T STABILIZE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS THAMPLEE WON'T FOCUS ON REDUCING PREMIUM THEY WON'T FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING AND CORRECTING ANY OF THE SHORTCOMINGS WITHIN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT LIKE THE NEED TO REIN IN PRESCRIPTION PRICE -- DRUG PRICE GOUGING SO INSTEAD OF EXPANDING ACCESSIBLE COVERAGE, WHAT THEY DO IS TO EXPAND A HEALTH CARE TAX SHELTER FOR A FEW PEOPLE. HAVING DONE SO MUCH HARM, THEY TELL US TODAY THAT THEY'RE NOT ADVOCATING JUNK SNUNCHES. LET'S TALK ABOUT JUNK INSURANCE. I THINK THEY'RE RIGHT IN THE JUNKYARD ON IT. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATION IS OUT THERE TELLING THE COURTS THAT THEY CANNOT DEFEND THE PROTECTIONS IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

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                                        • 05:14:24 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN TWO MINUTES.

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                                          MR. DOGGETT

                                          THEY CAN'T DEFEND AND PRERE-FUSE TO DEFEND THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION…

                                          THEY CAN'T DEFEND AND PRERE-FUSE TO DEFEND THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PROVISIONS, IN TEXAS IT'S ALMOST HALF THE POPULATION SAID TO HAVE SOME KIND OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THE ADMINISTRATION WON'T PROTECT THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THEY'RE HOPING TO ERODE THAT PROTECTION AND WHEN I OFFERED A ONE PARAGRAPH AMENDMENT, REPUBLICANS REFUSED IT WITHOUT ANY DECENT EXPLANATION IN OUR COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PROVISION WAS IN ANY POLICY THAT WOULD BE PURCHASED UNDER THIS PLAN. SO WHAT YOU'LL BE LEFT WITH AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA EXPLAINED ARE JUNK INSURANCE PLANS. THEY'RE THE KIND THAT PROMISE GREAT COVERAGE BY DOWN IN THE FINE PRINT OF THE POLICY, YOU DON'T HAVE COVERAGE WHEN YOU NEED IT. THEY'RE SKINNY INSURANCE PLANS THAT AREN'T ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE PERSON, BUT THE SIZE OF THE COVERAGE. IT DOESN'T COVER VERY MUCH. AND THOSE KIND OF PLANS ARE THE KIND THAT WILL END UP -- THAT WE'LL END UP HAVING. WE HAVE A SABOTEUR IN CHIEF, NOT ONLY WHEN IT COMES TO OUR MILITARY ALLIANCES AND OUR FRIENDS ABROAD, BUT WITH THIS PRESIDENT, WITH REFERENCE TO HEALTH CARE, AND THESE BARE BONES JUNK INSURANCE POLICIES WILL NOT GET THE JOB DONE. I THINK I THINK OF THE MANY PEOPLE I REPRESENT IN CENTRAL TEXAS, AND I'M SURE THEY ARE NOT UNLIKE PEOPLE IN THE SUBURBS OF CHICAGO. THEY ARE PEOPLE LIKE COLIN WHO'S A BOOKKEEPER. SHE ADOPTED HER SON THROUGH THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM WHEN HE WAS 18 MONTHS OLD. UNBEKNOWNST TO HER HE HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND SHE HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND SHE SAID, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MADE MY FAMILY POSSIBLE. I THINK OF PEOPLE LIKE THERESA IN SAN ANTONIO WHO SAYS THAT BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, SHE FOUND HERSELF REPEATEDLY DIGGING OUT OF MEDICAL DEBT BECAUSE OF HER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. I THINK OF A CONSTITUENT WHO CALLED ME DURING THE DEBATE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BECAUSE SHER SISTER COULD NOT GET -- BECAUSE HER SISTER COULD NOT GET COVERAGE FOR CANCER. DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS?

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                                        • 05:16:34 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

                                        • 05:16:36 PM

                                          MR. DOGGETT

                                          SHE COULD NOT GET COVERAGE THOUGH SHE HAD EXTENSIVE CHEMOTHERAPY COVERAGE.…

                                          SHE COULD NOT GET COVERAGE THOUGH SHE HAD EXTENSIVE CHEMOTHERAPY COVERAGE. IT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO COVER THE FULL AMOUNT OF TREATMENT SHE NEEDED. WE CANNOT GO BACK. THESE FOLKS WOULD DRAG US BACK ALONG WITH THE CHIEF SABOTEUR OF HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE DON'T WANT TO RETURN TO THE FINE PRINT RESTRICTIONS, TO THE CLEVER CAVEATS. WE NEED COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CAN BE MADE BETTER, AND I BELIEVE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A CONGRESS THAT WILL JUST DO THAT IF WE DEFEAT THIS EFFORT. THANK YOU.

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                                        • 05:17:07 PM

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES.…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 05:17:12 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE 5% SOLUTION. SO IF YOU'RE IN…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE 5% SOLUTION. SO IF YOU'RE IN THE 5%, YOU NEED A SOLUTION. 5% OF THIS COUNTRY IS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN H.S.A.'S AND THE CHARACTERIZATION OF SOMETHING AS A TAX SHELTER, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS JUST CHARACTERIZED, IS A COMPLETELY LOADED AND PER JOR TIFF TERM. WHERE DO WE GO WITH SOME LEVEL OF CLARITY? LET'S GO TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND THE QUESTION THAT WAS POSED TO THEM WAS, SHOW US THE TAX RETURNS OF PEOPLE WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OR WHO ARE IN A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT? IN 2015, 71% OF RETURNS REPORTED IN INCOME OF $200,000 OR LESS. ARE THOSE RICH PEOPLE? I DON'T THINK SO. IN ADDITION, 28% REPORTED IN INCOME OF $75,000 OR LESS. SO THE HYPERBOLE, THE OVERSTATEMENT, THE MISCHARACTERIZATION I THINK IS RICH. DID YOU NOTICE SOMETHING, MR. SPEAKER? I LAID OUT THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE, YOU LIKE YOUR COVERAGE, YOU GET TO KEEP YOUR COVERAGE. YOU LIKE YOUR DOCTOR, YOU GET TO KEEP YOUR DOCTOR, AND WE'RE GOING TO SAVE $2,500 PER YEAR PER FAMILY, AND THERE HAS BEEN SILENCE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND I PREDICT THAT WON'T BE ANSWERED ALL AFTERNOON. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS NO ANSWER. BUT FOR REAL ANSWERS, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, DR. ROE, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                        • 05:18:36 PM

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                                        • 05:18:38 PM

                                          MR. ROE

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6311. THIS BILL MAKES A…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6311. THIS BILL MAKES A NUMBER OF WELCOMED CHANGES TO OUR BROKEN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, TO PUT PATIENTS BACK IN CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE. I'VE BEEN A PHYSICIAN IN RURAL EAST TENNESSEE FOR OVER 30 YEARS. AND WE HEARD ABOUT HOW, MR. SPEAKER, HOW THE TAX BILL HAD CAUSED THESE PREMIUMS TO GO UP. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. SINCE THE A.C.A. TOOK PLACE, THE NUMBER OF OPTIONS WENT DOWN, AND THE PREMIUMS HAVE GONE UP ON AVERAGE 175%. LET ME SAY THIS. IN THE HOSPITAL WHERE I PRACTICED, A UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WITH UNCOLLECTIBLE DEBT ARE PEOPLE WITH INSURANCE. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. THE MAJORITY OF UNCOLLECTIBLE DEBT ARE PEOPLE WITH INSURANCE. WHY? BECAUSE THE OUT-OF-POCKETS AND CO-PAYS ARE SO HIGH THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE NEED THIS BILL. AND LET ME SAY, ALSO, THAT A YEAR AGO I WAS FACING A MAJOR OPERATION, MR. SPEAKER, CANCER OPERATION. I HAVE THE A.C.A. INSURANCE. I LOOKED AT WHAT MY OUT-OF-POCKET WAS, WHAT MY CO-PAYS WERE, WHAT MY PREMIUMS WERE, WHAT MY EMPLOYER, THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY, PAID FOR ME. I WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF IF I HAD JUST WRITTEN A CHECK FOR THE COST OF THAT CANCER OPERATION THAT I HAD. I HAD AN INSURANCE CARD. I DIDN'T HAVE INSURANCE COVERAGE. THAT'S WHAT I HAD WITH THE A.C.A. INSURANCE. SO-CALLED INSURANCE. NOW THAT THE MANDATE'S GONE -- I WANT TO SAY THIS -- WE HEARD, OH, GOODNESS, THE SKY IS FALLING BECAUSE PREMIUMS ARE GOING TO GO UP. IN TENNESSEE OUR PREMIUMS ACTUALLY WENT DOWN 10% FROM THE MAJOR INSURER IN THE STATE, BLUE CROSS, AND FOR THAT WE'RE ECERTAINLY GRATEFUL IN MY STATE. AND WHAT WE WANT, NOW THAT THE MANDATE'S GONE, THIS BILL WILL HELP CREATE A MORE AFFORDABLE COPPER PLAN OPTION THAT WILL ALLOW THE TAX CREDIT RECIPIENTS TO USE THEIR CREDIT TO PAY FOR COVERAGE. THIS IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD LOOK AT TO EXPAND. IN FACT, SENATOR ALEXANDER, CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN, HAVE LEGISLATION THAT WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO PURCHASE AN OFFMARKET PLAN WHEN THEY HAVE LIMITED OPTIONS. IN MY DISTRICT, IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE, ALMOST AS MANY PEOPLE WITHIN A FEW HUNDRED PAID THE PENALTY TAX, WHATEVER JUDGE ROBERTS WANTED TO CALL IT, THAT ACTUALLY GOT A SUBSIDY. ALMOST AS MANY PEOPLE PAID IT. WHAT GOOD IS IT? AWFUL THESE CHANGES ARE LONG OVERDUE. AMERICANS HAVE DEALT WITH THE CRUSHING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH OBAMACARE. WE ARE TRYING TO GIVE THEM AS MUCH RELIEF AS POSSIBLE. BY PASSING THIS BILL TODAY, WE'LL RETURN CONTROL TO PATIENTS TO DETERMINE WHAT LEVEL OF COVERAGE IS BEST FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES RATHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT MAKING AN ARBITRARY DECISION FOR THEM. IF WE HAD A SYSTEM OF HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER IT WAS PATIENTED CENTER AND MARKET DRIVEN THESE CHANGES WOULD BE UNNECESSARY. INSTEAD, WE HAVE A TOP-DOWN GOVERNMENT-KNOWS-BEST APPROACH TO HEALTH CARE THAT CONTINUES TO COST FOLKS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY MORE THAN THEY CAN AFFORD. I SUPPORT THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL BECAUSE I'VE WORKED VERY HARD TO GET -- I'LL FINISH BY SAYING THIS.

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                                        • 05:21:48 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

                                        • 05:21:49 PM

                                          MR. ROE

                                          MR. SPEAKER, THE CURRENT SYSTEM UNDER OBAMACARE IS UNSUSTAINABLE, AND WE…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, THE CURRENT SYSTEM UNDER OBAMACARE IS UNSUSTAINABLE, AND WE MUST INCREASE AFFORDABLE OPTIONS OR THE SYSTEM WILL COLLAPSE. FINALLY, I'LL SAY, LET'S PUT IT THIS WAY. WE NEED TO PUT PATIENTS AND DOCTORS, NOT INSURANCE COMPANIES AND BUREAUCRATS, IN CHARGE OF HEALTH CARE DECISIONS IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT'S WHAT A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT DOES. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                        • 05:22:15 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 05:22:18 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          COULD I ASK HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE?

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          6 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. 6 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                          6 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. 6 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS HAS 14 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                        • 05:22:30 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          HAS HOW MUCH?

                                        • 05:22:33 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          14 MINUTES REMAINING. YOU HAVE 6 1/2, SIR.

                                        • 05:22:37 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          I'LL RESERVE.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 05:22:43 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          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 OHIO, GENERAL STIVERS.

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                                        • 05:22:50 PM

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                                        • 05:22:53 PM

                                          MR. STIVERS

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR YIELDING ME…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 6311, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY, I RISE TO SUPPORT BIPARTISAN LANGUAGE TO MAKE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS FLEXIBLE. WHILE 4% OF AMERICANS HAVE ACK -- 44% OF AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS TO FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS, FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS HAVE NOT BEEN FLEXIBLE. THERE ARE TWO PROBLEMS. UNDER OBAMACARE, FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS CONTRIBUTIONS WERE CAPPED AT $2,650, AND WHILE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SPENDS MORE THAN $5,700 IN OUT-OF-POCKET HEALTH CARE COSTS , IT'S JUST NOT ENOUGH. THE SECOND PROBLEM IS, FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT RULES MAKE PEOPLE USE IT OR LOSE IT AT THE END OF THE YEAR, AND THEY CAN'T ROLL OVER THEIR MONEY. THEY HAVE TO SPEND IT ON THINGS THEY DON'T NEED OR THEY HAVE TO LOSE THAT MONEY. OUR BIPARTISAN SOLUTION SOLVES THOSE PROBLEMS BY DOING TWO THINGS. FIRST, IT INCREASES THE LIMIT ON F.S.A. ACCOUNTS BY A MULTIPLE OF THREE TO $7,950. AND I DID THE MATH FOR THE RANKING MEMBER. THAT WOULD BE OVER THREE YEARS, IF YOU WANTED TO SAVE $50 A WEEK, YOU CAN ACCUMULATE $7,950 . OBVIOUSLY THAT WOULD BE IF YOU WEREN'T USING IT. SO IT WILL PROBABLY TAKE LONGER THAN THAT TO ACCUMULATE THAT KIND OF MONEY. AGAIN, THAT'S WELL OVER THE AVERAGE OF $5,700 OF OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES THAT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN HAS. AND BY THE WAY, WHILE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS ARE ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE, ONE OF THE REASONS PEOPLE LIKE THEM IS THEY MAKE OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES MORE AFFORDABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS BECAUSE THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE PRE-TAX DOLLARS. THE SECOND THING OUR BIPARTISAN LANGUAGE DOES IS IT ALLOWS THE BALANCE TO BE ROLLED OVER AT THE END OF THE YEAR. UP TO THAT $7,950 LIMIT. THE ROLLOVER PROVISION KEEPS PEOPLE FROM LOSING THEIR MONEY OR MAKING HEALTH CARE EXPENSES THAT ARE WASTEFUL AT THE END OF THE YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT LANGUAGE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 05:25:08 PM

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                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 05:25:11 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          I YIELD WITH PLEASURE TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MY…

                                          I YIELD WITH PLEASURE TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MY COLLEAGUE, BRENDA LAWRENCE.

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                                        • 05:25:20 PM

                                          MRS. LAWRENCE

                                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK AGAINST H.R. 6311. THE BILL DOES…

                                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK AGAINST H.R. 6311. THE BILL DOES NO FAVOR FOR THE AVERAGE WORKING AMERICAN. THIS IS YET ANOTHER BILL TO SABOTAGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE EXPENSIVE FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST. EXPANDING THESE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, WHICH ARE SIMPLY INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS, THEY DON'T COVER BASIC HUMAN -- BASIC HEALTH CARE. IT DOES NOT HELP THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WHO NEEDS TRUE HEALTH CARE. THIS REPUBLICAN LEGISLATION WILL NOT HELP MY CONSTITUENTS IN MICHIGAN, IT DOES NOT SERVE THE NEED ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE TO THE NATION'S MOST VULNERABLE. IT DOESN'T SERVE SENIORS EITHER. IT HURTS THEM BY DRAWING MEDICARE RECIPIENTS INTO A HIGH-COST CARE. IN MICHIGAN, 92% OF MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES MAKE UNDER $50,000, AND 14% ARE BLACK SENIORS THAT LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. WE KNOW SENIORS CAN'T AFFORD THIS. WE ALSO KNOW THIS BILL WILL DRAIN MORE MONEY FROM MEDICARE BY ADDING $60 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT. WE NEED AFFORDABLE CARE FOR EVERYONE, NOT UNAFFORDABLE HEALTH PLANS FOR A FEW. THIS BILL WILL DESTABILIZE AND DESTROY AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 05:26:44 PM

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

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

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                                        • 05:26:47 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THERE'S NOTHING…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS BILL THAT IS DESTRUCTIVE AT ALL. THE ENTIRE STRUCTURE OF THE BILL IS INVITATIONAL. THE BILL PRESUMES THE STATUS QUO IN TERMS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO GET IN SYNC WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND IT ALLOWS THEM TO SAVE MONEY IN A TAX-FREE MANNER. I'M REALLY SURPRISED AT THE HYPERBOLE, THE OVERSTATEMENT, AND THE OVERCHARACTERIZATION. AND NOBODY HAS ANSWERED EITHER, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU'LL NOTICE, MY ADMONITION ABOUT THE CHARACTERIZATION OF JUNK INSURANCE. TO ATTRIBUTE THAT CLAIM, WHICH WE HEARD FROM A COUPLE OF SPEAKERS THIS AFTERNOON, AGAINST THIS BILL IS TO ATTRIBUTE THAT CLAIM AND THAT CRITICISM AGAINST THE A.C.A., BECAUSE THE UNDERLYING BILL MATCHES EXACTLY WHAT THE A.C.A. PURPORTS. THAT IS, CATASTROPHIC COVERAGE, AND IT SIMPLY SAYS, IF YOU HAVE THAT COVERAGE AND YOUR DEDUCTIBLES TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY, GOOD NEWS. YOU CAN SAVE IN A TAX-FREE BASIS. SO I THINK WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE TALKING POINTS WRITERS AND ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE CRITICS OF THIS BILL, I THINK THE ENTIRE DEBATE WOULD BE UPLIFTED SOMEWHAT IF WE WERE DEBATING THE ACTUAL BILL THAT'S BEFORE US INSTEAD OF TWEETS AND NEWS FEEDS AND SO FORTH. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 05:28:11 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 05:28:14 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          I WOULD ASK TO THE CHAIRMAN, ARE YOU READY TO CLOSE?

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                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          I AM.

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                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          ROSKAM: I AM.

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                                          TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 05:28:29 PM

                                          MR. LEVIN

                                          AS I CLOSE, I THINK BACK SOME YEARS WHEN WE WERE WORKING ON A.C.A. IT WAS…

                                          AS I CLOSE, I THINK BACK SOME YEARS WHEN WE WERE WORKING ON A.C.A. IT WAS ONE OF OUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS. THE REPUBLICANS FROM DAY ONE WERE DETERMINED TO DESTROY IT. A.C.A. CAN BE MADE BETTER, BUT DESTRUCTION IS NOT IMPROVEMENT. THIS BILL, WHEN YOU PUT IT TOGETHER, IS NOT ONLY UNPAID FOR, BUT WOULD BE A STEP TO TRY TO UNDERMINE THE BASIC THRUST OF A.C.A., TO REPLACE THESE BASIC PROVISIONS WITH SOMETHING MUCH LESS. IN A WORD, THE REPUBLICANS ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY, AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING. AND THESE BILLS, WHEN YOU PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER, ESSENTIALLY SAY, THESE ARE ANOTHER WAY TO UNDERCUT A.C.A. THIS IS A VERY, VERY WEAK, AND I THINK, WORSE THAN A SET OF NEW ALTERNATIVES. THEY HAVE NEVER CAME UP WITH A COMPREHENSIVE BILL, AND THIS EFFORT IS THE OPPOSITE. AS WE HAVE MENTIONED, RELATIVELY FEW PEOPLE WITH LOWER INCOME CAN ACCESS THESE. SO MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO ACCESS H.S.A.'S ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD IT. WE CAN MAKE IT BETTER, BUT DON'T COME HERE WHEN YOU'VE HAD NO ALTERNATIVE, TO SAY THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COULD REPLACE A.C.A. . AND YOU DON'T PAY FOR IT. YOU'RE RECKLESS. AS I SAID EARLIER, IT'S A RECKLESS BILL OF THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS, TO NOT BE FOOLED. WE DEMOCRATS COME TO THE FLOOR WITH A SENSE OF BEING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. AND WHAT'S BEING -- WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY IS THAT MORE AND MORE OF THE PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGE IT. COMPARED TO WHEN WE FIRST STARTED, I REMEMBER GOING BACK HOME, THERE WAS SO MUCH OPPOSITION, SO MUCH MISGUIDED, BUT WHEN PEOPLE, 20 MILLION, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MOST CASES, HAD HEALTH CARE, THE CLOCK BEGAN TO TAKE IN THE DIRECTION OF UNIVERSAL CARE. YOU ARE TRYING TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK, YOU REPUBLICANS. BUT IT'S TICKING MORE AND MORE TOWARD UNIVERSALITY. THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THIS IS BECOMING PART OF THE BEDROCK, THE FOUNDATIONS OF CARE, OF PROVISIONS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AS SOCIAL SECURITY WAS. AS MEDICARE WAS, AS MEDICAID. YOU'RE GOING TO PAY THE PRICE FOR YOUR BLIND OPPOSITION. THE PUBLIC IS MORE AND MORE AWARE, AS THEIR EYES HAVE BEEN OPENED AND AS THEIR HEALTH HAS BEEN PROTECTED, WHAT THIS HAS MEANT TO MILLIONS OF FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY. MILLIONS. I RUN INTO IT EVERY DAY I GO HOME. PEOPLE WHO COME AND SAY, WITHOUT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, WHERE WOULD I BE? NOT ONLY FINANCIALLY BUT WHERE WOULD I BE IN WHAT IS SO DEAR TO ME, MY HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF OUR FAMILY AND THE HEALTH OF OUR KIDS? I URGE WE DEMOCRATS, STAND UP TALL AND SAY TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, THE A.C.A. WAS A MAJOR HISTORIC STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO TRY TO DESTROY IT. HISTORY IS SHOWING THAT ONCE AGAIN THEY WERE MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. I URGE THAT WE REJECT THIS BILL AND MOVE PROUDLY FORWARD. WE PUT TOGETHER THIS STEP, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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                                        • 05:33:20 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE MEMBER IF ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 05:33:29 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          I SERVED ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHEN THE A.C.A. WAS PASSED AND I…

                                          I SERVED ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHEN THE A.C.A. WAS PASSED AND I RECALL THEN MINORITY RANKING MEMBER DAVE CAMP FROM MICHIGAN WHO WENT ON TO BECOME THE CHARNLE LATER, BUT HE OFFERED AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE A.C.A. AND HE INQUIRED OF THEN-CHAIRMAN RANGEL, WHEN WILL WE GET TO THE REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE? WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET TO THE REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE? I REMEMBER THIS BECAUSE I WAS SITTING, I THINK I HAVE THE SAME SEAT MR. HIGGINS HAS FROM NEW YORK, DOWN IN FRONT OR ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE DAIS AND CHARLIE RANGEL EVOKED AN OLD GOSPEL SONG HE SAID, SOON AND VERY SOON. WHICH IS WHY I REMEMBER. NOW, SOON AND VERY SOON NEVER CAME FOR THAT AMENDMENT. SOON AND VERY SOON NEVER CAME FOR THE REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. NOW WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH IS THE REALITY OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND MR. SPEAKER WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING IS TO SAY LOOK, WE'VE GOT SOME SUGGESTIONS. WE THINK WE CAN MAKE THIS BETTER. IS THIS RECKLESS? I THINK NOT. I FUNDAMENTALLY REJECT THAT. WHEN YOU ACCEPT THE ENTIRE PREMISE OF THE CURRENT STRUCTURE OTHEY HAVE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND YOU TAKE SOMETHING THAT PRE-EXISTED WITHIN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT IS HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, AND YOU ATTACH IT AND EXPAND IT, WHERE IS THE DEFENSIVENESS? AND THIS IS WHAT IS AMAZING TO ME ABOUT THIS DEBATE. THIS IS WHY OUR COUNTRY IS STUCK. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE CREATED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND IT IS ORTHODOXY. TO TAKE IT ON AND TO TRY TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS THEY SAY THEY WANT IMPROVEMENT THEY SAY LET'S WORK TOGETHER. ALL AFTERNOON WITH MS. JENKINS HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, SHE WAS MANAGING TIME, A BILL -- OF BILLS THAT WERE BIPARTISAN IN NATURE, BIPARTISAN AS THEY WENT THROUGH THE COMMITTEE BUT YOU GOT NONE OF THAT VENEER OF BIPARTISANSHIP AS THEY WERE DISCUSSED ON THE FLOOR. THEY WERE PERCEIVED AS A DIRECT ATTACK AT WHAT? ORTHODOXY. SO NOT WITHSTANDING THE INVITATION TO WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THE OTHER SIDE IS MAKING IT VERY CLEAR THAT YOU CAN TAKE -- THEY'RE UNWILLING TO TAKE THE STRUCTURE OTHEY HAVE A.C.A., TO TAKE FAVORABLE TAX TREATMENT AND HELP MORE PEOPLE SAVE THEIR OWN MONEY AND SPARE THEMSELVES THE RESULTS OF A LAW THAT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAID YOU COULD KEEP YOUR DOCTOR, YOU COULD KEEP YOUR COVERAGE AND YOU'D SAVE $2,500 PER PERSON. AGAIN, I REITERATE, MR. SPEAKER, DID YOU NOTICE THERE WAS NO ANSWER TO THAT CHARGE THIS AFTERNOON. I LAID IT OUT TWICE AND NOW A THIRD TIME I THINK. AND ABSOLUTE SILENCE. WHY? BECAUSE THEY OVERSOLD. AND NOW WHEN THEY'VE GOT FRIENDS ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT ARE SAYING LOOK, WE CAN IMPROVE THIS. LET'S WORK HERE. NO, WE DON'T LIKE THE A.C.A. BUT WE CAN WORK THROUGH SOME OF THESE THINGS, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN, IT'S STIFF ARMED. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IT'S INSINCERE. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IT'S POLITICAL. I DON'T KNOW. THIS IS GOOD WORK. THIS IS SERIOUS WORK. AND IT'S WORK THAT'S DESIGNED TO BRING RELIEF TO PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING, WHO HAVE NO INTEREST IN THE NATURE OF A DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS DEBATE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. MOST PEOPLE'S EYES GLAZE OVER. MOST PEOPLE SAY THEY WANT REMEDIES. THIS IS A REMEDY? THAT MAKES SENSE? THIS IS A REMEDY IN INSOUTH CAROLINA WITH THE A.C.A. IN SOME WAY ABSD & THE RESPONSES WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE OTHER SIDE I DON'T THINK ARE PERSUASIVE. I URGE THE -- I URGE EVERYTHING I'M SUPPOSED TO URGE RIGHT NOW I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 6311 AND AYIELD BACK THE BALANCE AFTER MY TIME.

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                                        • 05:37:26 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1011, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READ OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                                        • 05:37:26 PM

                                          The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                                          • 05:37:48 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 AND THE PATIENT…

                                            A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 AND THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO MODIFY THE DEFINITION OF QUALIFIED HEALTH PLAN FOR PURPOSES OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX CREDIT AND TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS PURCHASING HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET TO PURCHASE A LOWER PREMIUM COPPER PLAN.

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                                          • 05:38:08 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                        • 05:38:08 PM

                                          Ms. Frankel (FL) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Ways and Means.

                                          • 05:38:13 PM

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

                                          • 05:38:16 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            IS THE GENTLEWOMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                                          • 05:38:18 PM

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                                            I'M OPPOSED IN ITS CURRENT FORM, MR. SPEAKER.

                                          • 05:38:21 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                                          • 05:38:28 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            MS. FRANKEL OF FLORIDA --

                                      • 05:38:28 PM

                                        DEBATE

                                        The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Frankel (FL) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment stating no amendment made by this Act shall take effect until the annual reports of the Board of the Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund established under section 1817 of the Social Security Act and the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund indicate the reduction of solvency of such trust funds by reason of Public Law 115-97 have been reversed.

                                        • 05:38:31 PM

                                          MS. FRANKEL

                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

                                        • 05:38:33 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION.

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                                        • 05:38:39 PM

                                          MS. FRANKEL

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

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED, THE BILL WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. NOW MR. SPEAKER, MY MOTION WILL MAKE THIS BILL MUCH BETTER. IT'S GOING TO DELAY THIS LEGISLATION FROM GOING TO EFFECT UNTIL WE CLEAN UP ONE OF THE MESSES CAUSED BY THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, THE BIG GIVEAWAY TO THE RICHEST FEW IN THIS COUNTRY AT THE EXPENSE OF MOST AMERICANS. NOW LISTEN TO THIS. THE 2018 MEDICARE TRUST REPORT PREDICTS THAT THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND WILL BE DEPLETED IN 2026, THREE YEARS EARLIER THAN PREDICTED IN LAST YEAR'S REPORT. NOW MR. SPEAKER, WHY IS THIS NOT A BIG SURPRISE, THE $2.3 TRILLION REPUBLICAN TAX CUT FOR THE BENEFIT OF CORPORATIONS AND BILLIONAIRES HAS SHORTCHANGED THE LONGEVITY OF THE FUND THAT PAYS FOR THE HEALTH CARE OF 58 MILLION SENIORS. IT'S CALLED MEDICARE. A PROGRAM THAT CELEBRATES ITS 53RD YEAR ANNIVERSARY THIS MONTH. A SYSTEM THAT SENIORS HAVE SPENT A LIFETIME PAYING INTO. JUST ASK EVE IN MY HOMETOWN, WEST PALM BEACH WHO RELIES ON SKILLED NURSING CARE. LIKE THE 1.8 MILLION EVES IN THIS COUNTRY. OUR IRVING IN DELRAY WHO HAD HIS PROSTATE REMOVED. LIKE IRVING, 6.6 MILLION AMERICANS RELY ON MEDICARE TO PAY FOR THEIR HOSPITAL VISITS EVERY YEAR. MEDICARE HELPS TO KEEP OUR GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS HEALTHY AND REPAIR THEM. WHEN THEY'RE SICK. IT ALLOWS MEN AND WOMEN WHO RAISE FAMILIES AND BUILD THEIR COUNTRY TO RETIRE IN DIGNYY -- DIGNITY WITHOUT PAYING EVERY LAST DOLLAR FOR THEIR NEEDED WELL CARE VISIT THEY BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE OR THEIR HIP REPLACEMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES DO THE RIGHT THING. FOR THE FOLKS WHO WE LOVE AND WHO LOVE US. TAKE THE TIME TO FIX THIS LEGISLATION, PUT THE MONEY BACK INTO THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND. THAT WAS CRUELLY, I SAY CRUELLY STOLEN BY THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM. THE GIVEAWAY TO THE RICHEST 1% AND THE BIG CORPORATE INTERESTS. LET'S KEEP MEDICAID ALIVE AND WELL. COLLEAGUES, PLEASE SUPPORT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 05:41:29 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        • 05:41:33 PM

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                                          MR. SPEAKER, I URGE US TO REJECT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE HEALTH…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I URGE US TO REJECT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE HEALTH INSURANCE TRUST FUND WON'T BE INSOLVENT BECAUSE WE'RE FREEING AMERICANS FROM THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.

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                                        • 05:41:46 PM

                                          MR. ROSKAM

                                          I THIS CRISIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES. I URGE A NO VOTE AND YIELD…

                                          I THIS CRISIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES. I URGE A NO VOTE AND YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 05:41:52 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYE -- THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                                        • 05:42:02 PM

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

                                          • 05:42:05 PM

                                            MS. FRANKEL

                                            I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                          • 05:42:07 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE YEAS AND -- THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FARING A VOTE BY THE WRAZE AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE -- THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE NOTION RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 6311 IF OORDERED AND PASSAGE OF H.R. 6199. 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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                                        • 05:42:08 PM

                                          On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 375 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                          • 06:08:22 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 187 AND THE NAYS ARE 229. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 187 AND THE NAYS ARE 229. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED OF THE THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED --

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                                      • 06:08:25 PM

                                        House Vote 375 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                                        To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify the definition of qualified health plan for purposes of the health insurance premium tax credit and to allow individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market to purchase a lower premium copper plan.

                                        Failed (187 - 229)
                                        Yea
                                        Nay

                                        Vote Details: Yea - 187
                                        Democratic - 185
                                        Republican - 2

                                        Vote Details: Nay - 229
                                        Republican - 227
                                        Democratic - 2

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

                                        • 06:08:42 PM

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                                          I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                                        • 06:08:52 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT…

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

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                                      • 06:15:08 PM

                                        House Vote 376 - On Passage

                                        To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify the definition of qualified health plan for purposes of the health insurance premium tax credit and to allow individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market to purchase a lower premium copper plan.

                                        Passed (242 - 176)
                                        Aye
                                        No

                                        Vote Details: Aye - 242
                                        Republican - 230
                                        Democratic - 12

                                        Vote Details: No - 176
                                        Democratic - 175
                                        Republican - 1

                                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                                        Democratic - 6
                                        Republican - 4

                                        • 06:15:09 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 242 AND THE NAYS ARE 176. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 242 AND THE NAYS ARE 176. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS IS LAID -- IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 6199, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                        • 06:15:10 PM

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

                                        • 06:15:11 PM

                                          UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                          The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on passage of H.R. 6199 which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                                          • 06:15:33 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 658. H.R. 6199. A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE…

                                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 658. H.R. 6199. A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO INCLUDE CERTAIN OVER THE COUNTER MEDICAL PRODUCTS AS QUALIFIED MEDICAL EXPENSES.

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                                          • 06:15:34 PM

                                            Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 6199 — "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include certain over-the-counter medical products as qualified medical expenses."

                                            • 06:15:42 PM

                                              On passage Roll Call 377 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                              • 06:15:48 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                              • 06:21:25 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 277, THE NAYS ARE 142. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                                                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 277, THE NAYS ARE 142. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          • 06:21:25 PM

                                            House Vote 377 - On Passage

                                            Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2018

                                            Passed (277 - 142)
                                            Yea
                                            Nay

                                            Vote Details: Yea - 277
                                            Republican - 231
                                            Democratic - 46

                                            Vote Details: Nay - 142
                                            Democratic - 141
                                            Republican - 1

                                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
                                            Democratic - 6
                                            Republican - 3

                                            • 06:21:27 PM

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

                                            • 06:21:28 PM

                                              ASSUMING FRIST SPONSORSHIP

                                              Mr. McKinley asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be the first sponsor of H.R. 1002, a bill originally introduced by Representative Dent, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.

                                              • 06:21:55 PM

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

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HERE AFTER BE CONSIDERED AS THE SPONSOR OF H.R. 1002, A BILL ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE DENT OF PENNSYLVANIA, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINT PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 126789

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                                              • 06:22:16 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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                                              • 06:22:23 PM

                                                MR. ROYCE

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ON THE JUDICIARY BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5754, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                              • 06:22:39 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                              • 06:22:42 PM

                                                THE CLERK

                                                H.R. 5754. A BILL TO PROMOTE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS, POLITICAL FREEDOMS…

                                                H.R. 5754. A BILL TO PROMOTE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS, POLITICAL FREEDOMS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CAMBODIA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                              • 06:22:54 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL?

                                              • 06:22:56 PM

                                                MR. ROYCE

                                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                              • 06:23:01 PM

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

                                                • 06:23:03 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA. STRIKE ALL AFTER THE…

                                                  AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA. STRIKE ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE.

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                                                • 06:23:07 PM

                                                  MR. ROYCE

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

                                                • 06:23:11 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND THE BILL SENT GROSSED, READ A TIME, PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                • 06:23:30 PM

                                                  MR. ROYCE

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON H.R. 5754.

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                                              • 06:23:35 PM

                                                Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 5754 — "To promote free and fair elections, political freedoms, and human rights in Cambodia, and for other purposes."

                                                • 06:23:37 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                • 06:23:38 PM

                                                  MR. ROYCE

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

                                                  AND, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE ETHIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS -- LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE BILL.

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                                              • 06:23:44 PM

                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Royce (CA), Amendment strikes all after the enacting clause and inserts new text entitled, "Cambodia Democracy Act of 2018".

                                              • 06:23:45 PM

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

                                                • 06:23:48 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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                                                • 06:23:53 PM

                                                  MR. ROYCE

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

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE SENATE BILL 2779, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                              • 06:24:01 PM

                                                On passage Passed without objection.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                • 06:24:06 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  SENATE 2779. AN ACT TO AMEND THE ZIMBABWE -- ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND…

                                                  SENATE 2779. AN ACT TO AMEND THE ZIMBABWE -- ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND RECOVERY ACT OF 2001.

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                                                • 06:24:08 PM

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

                                                  • 06:24:12 PM

                                                    Considered by unanimous consent. S. 2779 — "To amend the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001."

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                                                      Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                                                        IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME. AND PASSED. AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                      • 06:24:24 PM

                                                        MR. ROYCE

                                                        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 ON SENATE BILL 2779.

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                                                      • 06:24:34 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    On passage Passed without objection.

                                                    • 06:24:35 PM

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

                                                      • 06:24:36 PM

                                                        MR. ROYCE

                                                        MR. SPEAKER --

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                                      • 06:24:40 PM

                                                        MR. ROYCE

                                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO…

                                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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                                                      • 06:24:45 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                    • 06:24:56 PM

                                                      Mr. Royce (CA) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on July 26. Agreed to without objection.

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

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

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                                                      • 06:25:33 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE MY GOOD FRIEND, R.D.…

                                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE MY GOOD FRIEND, R.D. KENZIE, ON BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO BE ELECTED --

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                                                      • 06:25:45 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                                                        ON BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO BE ELECTED AS COMMABBLEDER OF…

                                                        ON BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO BE ELECTED AS COMMABBLEDER OF THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS. KENZIE IS A VIETNAM-ERA VETERAN OF THE AIR FORCE AND A RETIRED FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEE. HE'S THE FOUNDING MEMBER OF AMERICAN LEGION POST 74 AND HAS BEEN THE POST COMMANDER EVERY YEAR SINCE THAT FOUNDING IN 2004. HE DECIDED TO STEP DOWN THIS SPRING TO SEEK THE COMMANDER'S POSITION. HE'D PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF ARKANSAS AND HELD NUMEROUS APPOINTMENTS ON THE NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION.

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                                                      • 06:26:28 PM

                                                        MR. HILL

                                                        HE'S A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF SHERWOOD CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION AND IS THE…

                                                        HE'S A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF SHERWOOD CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION AND IS THE FOUNDING PRESIDENT OF THE SHERWOOD CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. I'M PROUD OF MY FRIEND, COMMANDER R.D. KENZIE, WHO'S PROVEN HIS DEVOTION TO COMMUNITY AND OUR STATE AND VETERANS. HE'LL BE A GREAT LEADER FOR ARKANSAS' AMERICAN LEGION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 06:26:39 PM

                                                    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                    The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                                    • 06:26:51 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL THE HOUSE'S ATTENTION TO ONGOING HUMAN RIGHTS…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL THE HOUSE'S ATTENTION TO ONGOING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN PAKISTAN. PARTICULARLY IN THE PROVINCE OF SIND. FOR YEARS POLITICAL ACTIVISTS AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES THERE HAVE FACED DAILY THREATS OF FORCED CONVERSION, DISAPPEARANCES BY SECURITY FORCES, AND MURDER. HUNDREDS OF SINDIS REMAIN UNACCOUNTED FOR AND HUNDREDS HAVE BEEN HELD AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES FOR MONTHS OR YEARS TO CREATE A CLIMATE OF FEAR AND REPRESSION. THERE IS ALSO A DISTURBINGLY HIGH INCIDENCE OF TERRORIST VIOLENCE AGAINST RELIGIOUS MINORITIES, WHICH PAKISTANI SECURITY FORCES HAVE BEEN UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO PREVENT.

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                                                      MR. SCHIFF

                                                      I CALL UPON THE ADMINISTRATION TO PRIORITIZE THESE ISSUES WITH PAKISTAN,…

                                                      I CALL UPON THE ADMINISTRATION TO PRIORITIZE THESE ISSUES WITH PAKISTAN, WHICH IS CONDUCTING THEIR NATIONAL ELECTION TODAY. THE ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN PAKISTAN MUST END. AND THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DETAINED INDEFINITELY MUST BE RELEASED. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 06:28:01 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE FAMED BLUE BONNET BELL SKY…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE FAMED BLUE BONNET BELL SKY TRAIN THAT I REPRESENT. THE BLUE BONNET BELL WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT IN 1944. IT FLEW MORE THAN 75 MISSIONS DURING WORLD WAR II, TO CARRY CARGO, PASSENGERS AND EVACUATE CASUALTIES. THE HIGHLAND LAKES SQUADRON COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE PURCHASED THE BELL IN 2002 WHERE IT THEN MADE ITS WAY TO TEXAS AND HAS CALLED THE LONE STAR STATE HOME EVER SINCE.

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                                                    • 06:28:36 PM

                                                      MR. WILLIAMS

                                                      AS RECENTLY AS LAST YEAR, THIS AIRCRAFT WAS USED TO TRANSPORT FOOD AND…

                                                      AS RECENTLY AS LAST YEAR, THIS AIRCRAFT WAS USED TO TRANSPORT FOOD AND SUPPLIES TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF TEXAS WHO SUFFERED FROM HURRICANE HARVEY. IT LOGGED 13.6 FLIGHT HOURS GOING BACK AND FORTH, WHICH IS INCREDIBLE FOR A PLANE OF THIS AGE. UNFORTUNATELY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21, AS THE PLANE HEADED FOR THE OSHKOSH AIR SHOW IN WISCONSIN, IT CRASHED UPON TAKEOFF, BEFORE CATCHING FIRE AND EVENTUALLY EXPLODING. BY THE GRACE OF GOD ALL 13 CREW MEMBERS AND PASSENGERS ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT SURVIVED AND ARE NOW IN GOOD SPIRITS. AND SAFE. I'M THANKFUL FOR THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO TENDED THE AIR CREW AND TO THOSE WHO HELPED CONTAIN THE FIRE. I'M SAD TO SAY THAT THE BLUE BONNET BELL WILL NOBT ABLE TO BE RESTORED. IT'S A HUGE LOSS TO TEXAS 25. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS PLANE AND ALL IT ACCOMPLISHED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD. IT WAS A TREASURE THAT CANNOT BE REPLACED. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 06:29:28 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                    • 06:29:41 PM

                                                      MS. PINGREE

                                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS A CO-CHAIR OF THE HOUSE…

                                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS A CO-CHAIR OF THE HOUSE CUT FLOUR CAUCUS, I RISE TODAY -- FLOWER CAUCUS, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF JULY AS AMERICAN GROWN FLOWER MONTH EVERY YEAR U.S. CONSUMERS SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON CUT FLOWERS. BUT I THINK MOST WOULD BE SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT JUST 20% OF THESE FLOWERS ARE GROWN IN THE UNITED STATES. THE VAST MAJORITY ARE IMPORTED FROM COLOMBIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN SOUTH AMERICA AND AFRICA. THE U.S. GROWN FLOWER INDUSTRY HAS SHRUNK CONSIDERABLY IN THE LAST 30 YEARS. BUT RECENTLY IT'S HAD A RESURGENCE. AS CONSUMERS HAVE BOUGHT MORE FOOD FROM LOCAL FARMERS, THEY HAVE BEGUN TO ASK WHERE THEIR FLOWERS COME FROM AS WELL. THE GROWTH IN CONSUMER INTEREST HAS BEEN AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MANY FARMERS I REPRESENT TO DIVERSIFY AND BOOST THEIR INCOME. FOR EXAMPLE, BROAD TERM FARM IN MY DISTRICT HAS HAD SO MUCH SUCCESS SELLING FLOWERS THAT IT NOW HAS FOUR ACRES UNDER CULTIVATION AND EVEN OFFERS A FLOWER CONSUMER SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE OR C.S.A. SHARE. SO THIS MONTH I ASK MY FELLOW KUHLERS TO ASK THEMSELVES AN IMPORTANT -- CONSUMERS TO ASK THEMSELVES AN IMPORTANT QUESTION BEFORE THEIR NEXT FLOWER PURCHASE. WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE A WEDDING, OFFER CONDOLENCES, OR SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION THAN WITH FLOWERS THAT ARE NOT ONLY BEAUTIFUL, BUT ALSO MEANINGFUL IN THEIR CONNECTION TO THE PLACES WHERE THEY GROW AND THE PEOPLE WHO GROW THEM. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                                                    • 06:31:09 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      I RISE TODAY AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CUT FLOWER CAUCUS. DURING THE MONTH OF…

                                                      I RISE TODAY AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CUT FLOWER CAUCUS. DURING THE MONTH OF JULY, EVERY STATE IS IN THE SEASON OF HARVESTING BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND BLOOMS. THIS MONTH IS THE PERFECT MONTH TO CELEBRATE IN ALL 50 STATES AND SPECIFICALLY IN HOLLAND AMERICA. HOLLAND AMERICA IS IN WASHINGTON AND OPENED AND PRAILTED BY FOUR GENERATIONS. THEIR EXPERTISE ALLOWS FOR THE HARVESTING SUCH AS LILLIES AND TULIPS. AND ALL OF THEIR CUT FLOWERS, THEIR FLOWERS ARE AMERICAN-GROWN. AS CO-SPONSOR, I SUPPORT THE DESIGNATION OF JULY AS THE AMERICAN-GROWN FLOWER MONTH. AND MAKE UP AN EVER GROWING CULTURE INDUSTRY. THEY CREATE 42 MILLION DAILY AND THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES. IN ADDITION, TO THE IMPORTANT ECONOMIC IMPACT, THIS INDUSTRY HAS A HUGE CULTURAL IMPACT, AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 06:32:37 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND RESIZE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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                                                    • 06:32:48 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ENTER THE HEART OF HURRICANE SEASON IT IS IMPORTANT TO…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ENTER THE HEART OF HURRICANE SEASON IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND HURRICANE SURGE. STORM SURGE IS THE ABNORMAL RISE OF WATER AND THE DEADLIEST PART OF THE STORMS. THEY CAN PREDICT THE STORM SURGE. HOWEVER, A 48-HOUR WINDOW IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO MAKE DECISIONS ON AN EVACUATION ORDER IN ORDER TO SAVE LIVES. I MET A I DON'T KNOW WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN WORKING ON SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM WITH A NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT, CINDY IS EXPLORING THE SENSITIVITIES THAT LEAD TO ERRORS IN FORECAST BY USING A DETAILED OPERATIONAL MODEL AND HOPES TO FIND THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT CAUSE THE LARGE STORM SURGE ERRORS. HER WORK ILLUSTRATES ONE WAY THAT MATH CAN BE USED TO APPROACH REAL WORLD PROBLEMS AND SAVE LIVES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 06:33:58 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                    • 06:34:03 PM

                                                      MR. CARTER

                                                      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. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HOUSTON ASTROS RIGHT FIELDER AND CONSTITUENT OF THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MR. JOSH REDDICK TO HIS HOMETOWN. HE IS A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL MAJOR LEGAL BASEBALL PLAYER IN TWO DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS. I'M PROUD FOR HIM CONTINUING TO MAKE HIS COMMUNITY A TOP PRIORITY AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE WITH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. HE DONATED $1 MILLION TO BUILD A STATE OF THE ART BASEBALL STADIUM WHICH IS ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN. ON SATURDAY, JULY 21, THE STADIUM OPENED READY FOR PLAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT AND FOR YOUR DESIRE TO HELP ALL CHILDREN ENJOY THE GAME OF BASEBALL. GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 06:35:11 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      RECOGNITION?

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                                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS ONCE SAID IF YOUR ACTIONS INSPIRE OTHERS TO…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS ONCE SAID IF YOUR ACTIONS INSPIRE OTHERS TO DREAM MORE, LEARN MORE, DO MORE AND BECOME MORE, YOU ARE A LEADER. SPECIAL FORCES SERGEANT DANA BOWMAN IS ARE INSPIRING THOSE AROUND HIM. HE IS A RETIRED SERGEANT FIRST CLASS WITH THE U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES AND MEMBER OF THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS. ON FEBRUARY 6, 1994, WHILE TRAINING AND DESCENDING 300 MILE-AN-HOUR FROM THE PLANE THAT DROPPED HIM, HE COLLIDED WITH HIS TEAMMATE. THE RESULT OF THAT COLLISION WAS THE UNFORTUNATE DEATH OF HIM AND THE SEVERING OF BOTH HIS LEGS, ONE ABOVE THE KNEE. NINE MONTHS FOLLOWING THIS TRAGIC EVENT, HE BECAME THE FIRST DOUBLE AMPUTEE TO ENLIST IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. I WITNESSED HIS FORTITUDE THIS WEEK AT THE 2018 OPENING OF THE MARKMANSSHIP PROGRAM. DURING THE BEGINNING OF THE SHOOTING MATCHES FOR THIS YEAR, THE SERGEANT PARACHUTING WITH A GIGANTIC AMERICAN FLAG THAT HELPED TO UNFURL. AFTER A FEW SHORT MINUTES, HE LANDED PERFECTLY. WHAT A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. I SAY, TRULY THIS MAN EMBRACES THE WORDS, LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE AND TEACHES US AND REACH BOFF LIMITATIONS. GOD SPEED, SERGEANT BOWMAN, YOU MAKE US PROUD TO BE AMERICANS.

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                                                    • 06:37:25 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                                                    • 06:37:35 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      I RISE TO RECOGNIZE AGAIN DETAIL STATE COLLEGE. WITH THE ENROLLMENT, IT…

                                                      I RISE TO RECOGNIZE AGAIN DETAIL STATE COLLEGE. WITH THE ENROLLMENT, IT HAS EMERGED OF HIGHER EDUCATION. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ITS PRESIDENT, TRACY STOOD OUT TO REDUCE THE COST OF TUITION AND GIVING MORE STUDENTS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION. WHEN WE MEET WITH STUDENTS, THEIR NUMBER ONE CONCERN IS THE AMOUNT OF DEBT. SINCE 198 , NATIONWIDE TUITION RATES HAVE GROWN TO 213%. SINCE 2016 SINCE MOST COLLEGES VR HIKED, GLENDALE HAS CUT THEIR COURSES. THE SCHOOL PLANS TO REDUCE ITS TUITION BY A FULL 2%. THIS COULD BE A TEMPLATE FOR OTHER UNIVERSE AND COLLEGES TO FOLLOW. WE APPLAUD DEMREN DETAIL STATE COLLEGE FOR ITS DEDICATION TO ENSURE THAT EVERY STUDENT CAN HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 06:38:52 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WOMENT -- WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      VOTER TURNOUTS IS THE LOWEST AMONG THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. AND A…

                                                      VOTER TURNOUTS IS THE LOWEST AMONG THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. AND A DEMOCRACY IS NOT REPUBLIC TIVE OF THE REPUBLIC. THERE IS ONE EASY WAY WE CAN ADDRESS THIS AND THAT IS TO SWITCH TO WEEKEND VOTING. WEEKEND VOTING IS A PROVEN METHOD THAT INCREASING TURNOUT. THE REASON WHY WE VOTE ON TUESDAY IS BECAUSE OF A LAW THAT EXISTED SINCE 1845. IT WAS BECAUSE WE DIDN'T WANT TO VOTE ON THE SABBATH. AND TOOK A DAY TO TRAVEL TO THE COUNTY SEAT AND PEOPLE NEEDED TO GET BACK HOME ON WEDNESDAY. CLEARLY SOCIETY HAS CHANGED A GREAT DEAL IN THE LAST 173 YEARS. I INTRODUCED THE LOUISE SLAUGHTER VOTING ACT. WEEKEND VOTING MAKES SENSE AND OUR REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY SHOULD DEMAND IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      FOR FAR TOO LONG MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ADVERTISED FOR A ONE SIZE OF ALL. THIS…

                                                      FOR FAR TOO LONG MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ADVERTISED FOR A ONE SIZE OF ALL. THIS DOES NOT WORK. THEY DEMAND CHOICE. PART OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS BETTER WAY AGENDA IS TO PUT PATIENTS BACK IN CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS. THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE DONE TODAY AND I CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUES ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 6311. THE INCREASING ACCESS TO LOWER PREMIUM PLANS WILL PROVIDE MORE CHOICE BY EXPANDING HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TO HELP PEOPLE PLAN FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS. INSTEAD OF PAYING HIGHER PREMIUMS, AMERICANS CAN SAVE THEIR MONEY IN HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND DELAYS OBAMACARE PROVIDING RELIEF FROM THE PREMIUM INCREASES. SIMPLY PUT OUR CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS FAILING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I BELIEVE THIS WILL LOWER THE COST OF CARE WHILE ENHANCING COMPETITION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION?…

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    • 06:42:00 PM

                                                      MS. NORTON

                                                      I ASK THE HOUSE TO CELEBRATE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ONE OF ONLY ONE OF…

                                                      I ASK THE HOUSE TO CELEBRATE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ONE OF ONLY ONE OF EIGHT BIG CITIES WITH A AAA RATING. THIS OUTSIZED SHOULD RECOGNIZE THE DRS AUTONOMY LAW. A FULLY RESPECTING D.C. EYE BUDGET AUTONOMY WOULD MEAN LOWER TAXES. AND I HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN THE RATING AGENCIES TO COUNT AS A POSITIVE TO D.C.'S CREDIT RATING BY ANNUAL PROVISION AND IN THE APPROPRIATION FROM EXEMPTING FROM THE THREAT OF SHUTDOWNS WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS. WE PAY THE FEDERAL HIGHEST TAXES. THE RATEING AGENCIESVILLE AWARDED D.C. FOR FISCAL GOVERNANCE. WE ASK THE HOUSE TO DOT SAME BY RECOGNIZING THE BUDGET AUTONOMY OVER ITS 100% LOCAL BUDGET. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? OH. WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CHAIR CANNOT ENTERTAIN MORE THAN ONE MINUTE REQUEST PER MEMBER. FOR…

                                                      THE CHAIR CANNOT ENTERTAIN MORE THAN ONE MINUTE REQUEST PER MEMBER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      ON AUGUST 14, IT WILL BE SIX MONTHS SINCE THE PARKLAND SHOOTINGS AND FIVE…

                                                      ON AUGUST 14, IT WILL BE SIX MONTHS SINCE THE PARKLAND SHOOTINGS AND FIVE YEARS SINCE THE SANDY HOOK SHOOTINGS AND 37 YEARS SINCE PRESIDENT REAGAN WAS SHOT. WE NEED GUN LEGISLATION IN THIS COUNTRY, LEGISLATION THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT, LEGISLATION TO PLUG SOME OF THE HOLES IN OUR COMMERCIAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. WE ARE CALLING ATTENTION. I HAVE BEEN MEETING AND THEY TOLD ME WHAT IT IS LIKE. WHEN I WAS A KID AND FIRE ALARM AT SCHOOL AND IT WOULD BE EXCITING. FIRE ALARM IS WHERE CAN I HIDE. THESE STUDENTS DESERVE OUR ATTENTION FROM THIS BODY, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORKING TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THIS REAL PROBLEM IN OUR COUNTRY. I'M COMMITTED TO DOING IT AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES ARE AS WELL.

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                                                    • 06:44:56 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                    • 06:45:10 PM

                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TOMORROW WILL BE A GREAT DAY. WE WILL INTRODUCE…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TOMORROW WILL BE A GREAT DAY. WE WILL INTRODUCE THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE HISTORIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS INTRODUCTION, BECAUSE SO MANY WOMEN HAD THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF, CLOSE TO TWO YEARS, TO DISCUSS, TO INVEST, TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS AND TO BRING TOGETHER THIS COLLABORATION ENDORSED BY THE NATIONAL TASK FORCE, A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF 35 ORGANIZATIONS FROM RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, TO NATIVE AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS, TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES OF PROTECTING WOMEN OR SEEKING TO STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. WE HAVE EXPANDED THE RAPE PREVENTION SECTION FOR THE RISING NEED FOR THAT SECTION AS RELATES TO THE #ME TOO MOVEMENT. AND THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT AGENCIES WHO ARE RECEIVING FER GRANTS MUST MAINTAIN THE CONFIDENTIALITY. WE INVITE THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO JOIN US TO SUPPORT THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE TOMORROW. I YIELD BACK. .

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                                                    • 06:46:44 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

                                                      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. WITTMAN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                                  • 06:46:50 PM

                                                    SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                                      MR. WITTMAN

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

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      MR. WITTMAN

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      MRS. LESKO

                                                      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.…

                                                      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS ARE A GROWING THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. YET FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS, CONGRESS HAS FORCED THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO BEGIN THE FISCAL YEAR UNDER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION 13 TIMES. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS ARE DESIGNED TO TEMPORARILY FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF MORE TIME IS NEEDED TO DEBATE AND FINISH REMAINING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. HOWEVER, THEY INHIBIT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. NOT ONLY DO THEY HARM US AND OUR ABILITY TO DETER AND DEFEND AGAINST EMERGING THREATS, BUT THEY ALSO PUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IN A GRIDLOCK. SUPPORTING DEFENSE SUPPORTING OUR PROGRAMS IS WASTEFUL AND INEFFICIENT. OUR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES NEEDS THE EXACT SAME AS THEY WERE THE LAST YEAR. OF COURSE NOT. BECAUSE AS WE GROW AND DEVELOP, OUR NEEDS CHANGE. THE SHORT-TERM FIXES OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS OBSTRUCT AND MILITARY TO SECURE OUR NATION. THE CONSEQUENCES OF SHUTDOWN POLITICS WHILE -- WILL COMPROMISE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO PURSUE LONG-TERM PROJECTS AND REFORMS. WE RELY ON FIGHTER JETS LIKE THE F-35, MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS. THIS IS BECAUSE CONTRACTS ARE THE MOST EFFECTTIVE MEANS TO PAY FOR MILITARY EQUIPMENT. AT LUKE, I HEARD HOW UNCERTAINTY IN THE BUDGET HAS STALLED THE F-35 FIGHTER JET PROGRAM. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. WE MUST CHANGE HOW WE DO BUSINESS AND FUND OUR SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSE PILT IN CONGRESS OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. WE ALL AGREE WE MUST PROVIDE A COMMON DEFENSE AND WE NEED TO STOP POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING GET IN THE WAY OF THAT. WE HAVE WORKED TOO HARD TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY IN A MEANINGFUL WAY TO PUT OUR POLITICS PUT OUR NATION AT RISK. I'M PLEASED WHAT THE HOUSE HAS DONE AND APPROVED THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL, OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. WE MUST WORK TO ENSURE THESE BILLS ARE SIGNED INTO LAW. WE CANNOT STOP FALLING ON CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS TO DETERMINE OUR MILITARY'S DEFENSE BUDGET. WE MUST CONTINUE WORKING FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN EVERY DAY. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, REPRESENTATIVE WITTMAN, FOR HIS COMMITMENT FOR OUR MILITARY AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 07:02:52 PM

                                                      MR. WITTMAN

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ARGUE. AND I THINK YOU BRING UP A GREAT POINT…

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ARGUE. AND I THINK YOU BRING UP A GREAT POINT ON THE LUKE AIR FORCE BASE AND THE IMPACT ON AIRMEN AND THE JOSH THEY DO. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU SHARE ABOUT THE CONVERSATIONS. BUT EMAT LUKE AIR FORCE BASE AND ELABORATE MORE ON THE SPECIFIC IMPACTS THAT THEY DEAL WITH ON A DAILY BUSINESS IS.

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                                                    • 07:03:28 PM

                                                      MS. LESKO

                                                      WE HAVE LUKE AIR FORCE BASE IN MY DISTRICT AND IT IS NOT OM A POWERFUL…

                                                      WE HAVE LUKE AIR FORCE BASE IN MY DISTRICT AND IT IS NOT OM A POWERFUL BASE FOR THE DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. IT'S THE LARGEST TRAINING BASE FOR OUR FIGHTER JETS IN THE ENTIRE NATION. WE HAVE F-35'S AND PRIOR TO THAT WE HAD F-16'S. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT OUR BUDGET IS LONG-TERM BECAUSE WE NEED TO TRAIN OUR FIGHTER PILOTS AND NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY OURS OF FUNDING WE HAVE TO DO THAT AND WE NEED TO HAVE A RELIABLE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WE CAN DEPIND ON TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS. THIS WHOLE CONTINUING RESOLUTION THING, WE NEED TO GET PAST THAT. I WAS THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN IN ARIZONA AND I HEARD OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN FROM BUSINESSES WE NEED SOMETHING TO RELY ON AND NEED SOMETHING THAT IS STEADY. WE NEED TO PASS A BUDGET THAT REALLY PUTS THE DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY FRONT AND SENT ARE BECAUSE THAT IS CONGRESS' NUMBER ONE JOB.

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                                                    • 07:04:45 PM

                                                      MR. WITTMAN

                                                      I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA AND I THANK HER FOR BEING PART…

                                                      I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA AND I THANK HER FOR BEING PART OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER. I THINK THERE ARE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT POINTS THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN ARIZONA BRINGS UP AND TRAINING IS ONE OF THOSE ELEMENTS THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR US TO REMEMBER THAT THAT TRAINING DOES PRESIDENT HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. IT HAPPENS BECAUSE OF SKERLTED EFFORTS IN CONGRESS, WIN THE PENTAGON ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE YOU UNIT LEVEL, BUT IT DOESN'T TAKE PLACE WHEN THERE IS UNCERTAINTY ABOUT FUNDING. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING IN A BUDGET THAT GETS PUT ON HOLD WHEN IT PERTAINS TO OUR SERVICE BRANCHES. WHAT IS THE PLACE? IT'S TRAINING. THEY HAVE MONEY THAT IS OBLIGATED IN PROGRAMS TO BUILD SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT BUT THE ONE PLACE THEY CAN MOVE MONEY AROUND IS FOR TRAINING. AND THAT HAS A TREMENDOUS IMPACT AT THE UNIT LEVEL AND COMMABBEDERS FIGURE OUT HOW THEY ARE GOING TO GET TRAINING. IT'S ABOUT TRAINING AT THE STRATEGIC LEVEL. IF YOU FIND YOURSELVES IN A CONFLICT, YOU CAN MAKE SURE TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THAT MISSION AND IN BATTLE. THOSE ARE CRITICAL. THAT COMES WITH REPEATED TRAINING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL AND WITH ASSURANCE THAT THE RESOURCES ARE GOING TO BE THERE SO OUR MILITARY LEADERS CAN PLAN FOR THAT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT GETS DONE ON A TIMELY BASIS. THERE IS A LOT OF HESITANCY FOR FOLKS TO SAY, IF WE CAN'T REACH A CONCLUSION, THE BEST THING IS HAVE ACONTINUINGRIES LIKE. THIS GOES DOWN TO THE COMMAND LEVEL AND COMBATANT COMMANDERS. THEY ARE FACED WITH THREATS ON THEIR DOORSTEP EVERY DAY AND THIS IS NO THREAT THAT THIS IS MORE APARENT THAN WHAT OUR SPECIFIC COMMAND FACES WITH THEIR AGGRESSION WITH THE CHINESE AND NORTH KOREA AND THERE IN THE PACIFIC. AND ADMIRAL HARRIS I THINK SAID IT EXTRAORDINARILY WELL. HE SAID THIS, THE PACIFIC IS THE PRINCIPAL SPACE WHERE SUBMARCH EEPS ARE THE MOST CAPABLE WARFARE WE HAVE. MY SUBMARINE REQUIREMENT IS NOT MET IN THE COMMAND. AND I'M JUST ONE OF THOSE WILL TELL YOU THAT. THAT BRINGS YOU BACK. ATTACK SUBMARINES. OUR ABILITY TO GO UNDETECTED TO SENSE WHAT OUR ADVERSE AREAS DO AND UNDERSTAND THAT THAT THREAT IS REAL AND WE HAVE AN ADVANTAGE IN THE UNDERSEAWORLD BUT THAT CONTINUES TO WAYNE BECAUSE WE ARE NOT KEEPING UP WITH BUILDING SUBMARCH EEPS IN RELATION TO RETIRING SUBMARINES. THAT IS KEY, MR. SPEAKER. AND I POINT TO THIS CHART ON THE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE SEE FROM THE CHART, WE SEE THE U.S. FLEET OF ATTACK SUBMARINES AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE COME TO 2029. WE REACH A LOW POINT, A LOW POINT WHERE THIS NATION ONLY HAS 42 ATTACK SUBMARINES WHEN WE GET TO 2029. YOU SEE THE CHART WHERE OUR ADVERSARIES GO. YOU SEE WHERE THE CHINESE GO. THEY SEE THE VALUE YOU OF SUBMARINES AND ATTACK SUBMARINES GIVE THEM A STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE. IT IS A GEE GRAPH -- GEE OGGRA IF I LESSON AND IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN IMPORTANCE, YOU HAVE TO CONTROL THE UNDERSEA DOMAIN. WE USED TO UNDERSTAND IT. UNTIL NOW WHEN WE SEE OUR ATTACK SUBMARINE FORCE IS GOING DOWN TO 42 SUBMARINES. WE DON'T GET BACK TO GET CLOSE TO THE CHINESE UNTIL 2050. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE CHINESE NOW SURPUS US AND HAVE THE STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE AND I WOULD ARGUE WHEN THE CHINESE HAVE THE STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE AND WILL EMBOLDEN THEM AND SAY THE UNITED STATES IS NOT EMBOLD END AND NOT EXPRESS THAT NAVAL DOMINANCE BUT MOVE OUT OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND INTO THE INDIANA OCEAN OR ATLANTIC OCEAN, WE ARE LOOKING AT HOW THEY SPREAD THEIR PRESENCE TODAY. IT'S ALL OVER THE WORLD, FOLKS. HEY, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BUILD THEM. AND IT GETS EXASCERBATED WHERE WE DON'T MAKE THE COMMITMENT NECESSARY THAT COMES WITH GETTING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS PASSED ON TIME. THIS PUTS US AT A STRATEGIC DISADVANTAGE AND IF YOU ADD ATTACK SUBMARINES WITH POLITIC MISSILES SUBMARINES AND WE PUERTO RICO BUILDING OHIO CLASS SUBMARCH EEPS THAT ARE THE MOST PORT PART OF THE TIRAD AND ALL WE CAN DO TO BRILLED THE REPLACEMENT SUBMARINES. BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IS THE CHINESE ARE BUILDING MORE BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINES AND IF YOU ADD BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINES YOU HAVE A NUMBER AROUND 70 IN 2020 THAT THE CHINESE WILL HAVE AND THEY ARE BUILDING AT A RATE OF FIVE, SIX ADDITIONAL EACH YEAR AND WHICH WOULD PUT THEM IN THE REALM BY THE TIME WHICH GET DOWN IN 2028, PUTS THEM IN AN AREA WELL ABOVE 100 TOTAL SUBMARINES WHERE WE ARE GOING TO BE STRUGGLING AT 42 AND JUST BEGINNING TO BUILD THE NEW BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINE. AND IN AN AREA WHERE YOU HEAR FROM ADMIRAL HARRIS THE MOST REQUESTED ASSET IS THE ATTACK SUBMARINE. IT IS WHERE WE HAVE DOMINANCE. IT IS WHERE WE ARE YIELDING DOMINANCE WITH JUST THE CHINESE AND DOESN'T INCLUDE THE RUSSIANS THAT IS AN COMPLOORDLY CAPABLE SUBMARINE AND IF WE DON'T HAVE SUBMARINES TO KEEP UP, A NATION THAT HAS A LARGE STOCKPILE IN INVENTORY OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT ARE DEPLOYED ON SUBMARINES, THE QUESTION BECOMES IF YOU COMBINE THAT WITH THE NATION, WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US? THERE IS A CAPABILITY THAT IS LACKING. AND FOLKS, IF YOU LOOK AT TIMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD WHERE THERE HAVE BEEN CONFLICTS BETWEEN MAJOR POWERS, THOSE CONFLICTS HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF A MAJOR IMBALANCEANCE BETWEEN THOSE POWERS. IF WE ALLOW IT TO CONTINUE BECAUSE CONGRESS GOES DOWN THE ROAD OF CONTINUING RESSLOUGSES WHICH ERODES US TO DEPLOY DOLLARS, IF WE DON'T GET PASSED THE SEQUESTER WHICH PUTS ARLT OFFICIAL REDUCTIONS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME OUR ADVERSARIES ARE INCREASING, WE WILL FIND OURSELVES WHERE WE GO, HOW DID WE GET HERE AND FIND OURSELVES IN THIS STRATEGIC POSITION WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT TO SURPASS US AND PUT OURSELVES IN A POSITION WHERE IT WON'T TAKE ON MUCH TO TAKE ON THE UNITED STATES. THAT IS THE KEY OF WHAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS. AND I RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, BECAUSE I THINK HE HAS A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE NOT JUST ON MAJOR POWERS BUT ON WHERE RUSSIA PLAYS ON THIS. I RICK NIES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA OF HOW THIS MAJOR POWER IMBALANCE AFFECTS THE UNITED STATES' SECURITY AND OUR STRATEGIC ABILITY TO DETER OUR ADD VERSUS AREAS AND MR. ROTHFUS, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

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                                                    • 07:14:47 PM

                                                      MR. ROTHFUS

                                                      WE HAD THE GENTLEMAN VISIT OUR DISTRICT TO TALK TO FOLKS IN THE DEFENSE…

                                                      WE HAD THE GENTLEMAN VISIT OUR DISTRICT TO TALK TO FOLKS IN THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY AND I APPLAUD HIM FOR HIS SERIOUS WORK ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. HE HIGHLIGHTS THE DAMAGE TO OUR MILITARY AND LONG-TERM PLANNING AND HOW WE HAVE THREATS AROUND THE WORLD, BOTH EMERGING THREATS THAT CONTINUE TO EVOLVE. AND NOT SO OLD ADVERSARIES. GLOBAL TERROR NETWORKS, WE COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON, BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE A MILITARY THAT IS READY TO RESPOND AND CANNOT BE HOLDING THE BUDGET. IT MAKES NO SENSE. . SPEAKING OF ADVERSARIES, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT RUSSIA. RUSSIA HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS LATELY. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT RUSSIA AND THE THREAT IT POSES TO US AND OUR ALLIES. FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS OR SO I WOULD DESCRIBE MYSELF AS A HAWK WHEN IT COMES TO RUSSIA. AS SUCH I'D LIKE TO WELCOME MY FRIENDS FROM ACROSS THE AISLE WHO ARE FINALLY STARTING TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE RUSSIAN BEAR. THE QUESTION I HAVE IS, WHAT TOOK SO LONG? RUSSIA HAS BEEN AN ADVERSARY OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE WEST FOR DECADES. I'LL SPARE THE HOUSE A LENGTHY HISTORY LESSON AND INSTEAD FOCUS ON THE RECENT PAST. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IN CONVERSATIONS I HAVE HAD BACK HOME, THERE ARE SOME CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE UNAWARE OF THAT HISTORY. NEXT MONTH WILL MARK 10 YEARS SINCE RUSSIA INVADED THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA. IN RESPONSE TO THIS, THEN-PRESIDENT BUSH, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, CONDEMNED THE ACTION SAYING, QUOTE, THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND BOARDERS OF GEORGIA MUST BE RESPECTED. JUST AS THOSE OF RUSSIA OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY. LESS THAN SEVEN MONTHS AFTER 2008'S GEORGIA INVASION, HOWEVER, DURING THE OPENING DAYS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THEN-SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON PRESENTED A RESET BUTTON TO RUSSIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER AS IF IT WAS THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION'S FAULT FOR RUSSIA'S AGGRESSION AND CONSEQUENT CHILLY RELATIONSHIP. AND MERE MONTHS AFTER HITTING THE RESET BUTTON WE LEARNED PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SHUT DO YOU THINK A PROPOSED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM IN POLAND AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC. SOME RESET. WITHIN THE AURA OF THIS RESET A RUSSIAN BANK PAID SECRETARY CLINTON'S HUSBAND $500,000 FOR A ONE-HOUR SPEECH IN MOSCOW. A ONE-HOUR SPEECH. THAT IS SOME BILLABLE RATE. EVEN FOR A YALE LAW SCHOOL GRADUATE. AT THE SAME TIME A RUSSIAN COMPANY WAS PREPARING TO TAKE A CONTROLLING INTEREST IN URANIUM ONE. A CORPORATION THAT HELD 20% OF THE U.S.'S URANIUM SUPPLY. THAT FOREIGN ACQUISITION REQUIRED THE APPROVAL OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND SECRETARY CLINTON. APPROVAL WAS GRANTED. ULTIMATELY, THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTED THAT $2.3 MILLION OF CONTRIBUTIONS FROM URANIUM ONE CONNECTIONS FLOWED TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION BUT THAT HAS NOT SEEMED TO DRAW CONCERNS FROM THE NEW RUSSIA -- THE NEW DEMOCRAT RUSSIA HAWKS FROM ACROSS THE AISLE. LATER AS SECRETARY CLINTON WRAPPED UP HER STATE DEPARTMENT TENURE IN 2012, PRESIDENT OBAMA, NOT AWARE A MICROPHONE WAS PICKING HIM UP, SAID TO THEN RUSSIAN PRESIDENT MEDVEDEV, QUOTE, THIS IS MY LAST ELECTION. AFTER MY ELECTION, I WILL HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY. AND MEDVEDEV RESPONDED, I WILL RELAY THAT TO VLADIMIR. THAT WOULD BE VLADIMIR PUTIN. THE FLEXIBILITY WAS ABOUT MISSILE DEFENSE. PRESIDENT OBAMA EVEN MOCKED MITT ROMNEY IN A 2012 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE AFTER ROMNEY IDENTIFIED GEORGIA -- IDENTIFIED RUSSIA AS OUR GREATEST GEOPOLITICAL THREAT. PRESIDENT OBAMA GLIBLY RESPONDED TO ROMNEY, QUOTE, THE 1980'S ARE NOW CALLING TO ASK FOR THEIR FOREIGN POLICY BACK. DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SECOND TERM WE SAW CONTINUED INDIFFERENCE TOWARD RUSSIA. CRIMEA, EASTERN UKRAINE, THE DOWNING OF MA LAICH AIR 17, RUSSIAN VIOLATIONS OF THE REAGAN-GORBACHEV INTERMEDIATE RANGE NUCLEAR TREATY, CEDING POWER THAT LED TO THE GROWTH OF ISIS. NOT ONCE DO I RECALL EVER HEARING A PEEP FROM MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE EVEN AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA DREW HIS INFAMOUS RED LINE. LET'S COMPARE THE RESPONSE TO THE SHOOTING DOWN OF KOREAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 007 TO THAT OF FLIGHT M.H. 17. BRILLIANTLY, U.N. AMBASSADOR GENE KIRKPATRICK PUBLICLY PROSECUTED AND CONVICTED RUSSIA AT THE UNITED NATIONS FOR SHOOTING DOWN K.A.L.-007 WHICH KILLED 269 INNOCENT CIVILIANS INCLUDING CONGRESSMAN LARRY DONALD. THE KAL-007 SHOOTTOWN DRAMATICALLY STRENGTHENED OUR RESOLVE TO COLLAPSE THE EVIL EMPIRE. HOWEVER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION NEVER THOROUGHLY PROSECUTED THE CASE FOR THE SHOOTDOWN. IN THE MIDST OF ALL THIS, RUSSIA WAS PLOTTING TO INTERFERE IN OUR ELECTIONS. IGNORING THE 1980'S CALLING ABOUT THE FOREIGN POLICY, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID NOT TAKE THE RUSSIA THREAT SERIOUSLY. THEY NEVER PICKED UP THE VOICEMAIL THAT THE 1980'S LEFT. IT WAS THE LAST ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND THE THREAT THAT RUSSIA -- THAT RUSSIA POSED THAT VIRTUALLY PAVED THE WAY FOR THE AGGRESSIVE RUSSIA WE SEE TODAY. THROUGHOUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, SECRETARY CLINTON AND OTHERS FAILED TO CONFRONT RUSSIAN HOSTILITY. THE RESULT OF A RESET BUTTON. THE REALITY IS THAT VLADIMIR PUTIN WANTS TO SOW DISCORD IN THE WEST. HE WOULD CAUSE TROUBLE WHOEVER WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE. INTERESTINGLY, WHEN PUTIN SAID IN HELSINKI HE WANTED TRUMP TO WIN, IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE PEOPLE ACCEPT HIS REMARKS WITHOUT A HINT OF SKEPTICISM, EVEN THOUGH PUTIN IS A FORMER K.G.B. AGENT AND A MASTER OF DISINFORMATION. LET ME REPEAT THAT. VLADIMIR PUTIN, A FORMER K.G.B. AGENT AND A MASTER OF DISINFORMATION. IT'S PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT WANTS TO ARM UKRAINIANS. HE IS DEMANDING THAT GERMANY STOP BUYING GAS FROM RUSSIA. HE IS ADVANCING AMERICAN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AS OPPOSED TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAT SOUGHT TO CURTAIL IT. AND WHEN RUSSIA'S PROPHET ASSAD USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON HIS OWN PEOPLE, PRESIDENT TRUMP RESPONDED WITH MILITARY FORCE. FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE, WOULD PEW TIN, THE MASTER OF DISINFORMATION, REALLY HAVE PREFERRED PRESIDENT TRUMP OVER PRESIDENT CLINTON? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN DRAW THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS. WHILE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE SEEM TO HAVE AWOKEN TO THE THREAT RUSSIA REPRESENT, GOING FORWARD, I HOPE THEY REMAIN AS CONCERNED ABOUT RUSSIA AND PRESIDENT PUTIN AS THEY ARE ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. FOR STARTERS THEY COULD SHOW UP -- SHOW IT BY HELPING GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE EWE RAIN YOUNG -- URANIUM ONE SCANDAL. MEANWHILE ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE WE TAKE RUSSIA SERIOUSLY AND HAVE FOR DECADES. WE PROVIDE HELP TO UKRAINE. WE'RE PASSING RUSSIAN SANCTIONS, WE ARE THE ONES COUNTERING RUSSIA'S INFLUENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THEIR ALLY IRAN. WHEN IT COMES TO CHECKING RUSSIA, IT IS THE REPUBLICANS, NOT DEMOCRATS, WHO HAVE THE ESTABLISHED RECORD OF DOING SO AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT FOR AS LONG AS RUSSIAN HOSTILITY EXISTS. I IMPLORE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BE VIGILANT AND CLEAR AND HEED THE CONFERENCE MY FELLOW REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS WHO HAVE BEEN ENGAGED ON RUSSIAN MATTERS FOR YEARS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK IN THIS AREA AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 07:23:53 PM

                                                      MR. WITTMAN

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OUTLINING VERY, VERY IN DEPTH THE IMPACT THAT…

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OUTLINING VERY, VERY IN DEPTH THE IMPACT THAT RUSSIA HAS ON THE UNITED STATES, THE RESPONSES THAT ARE NEEDED TO BE STRONG AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, AGAINST THE THINGS THEY ARE TRYING TO DO TO DESTABILIZE THE NATION. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S LEADERSHIP IN POINTING THAT OUT AND CALLING EVERYONE TO TASK TO MAKE SURE THAT WE AS A NATION ARE ASKING, TO MAKE SURE WE'RE DOING THE RIGHT THINGS, TO MAKE SURE TOO WE POINT OUT PAST INSTANCES WHERE THERE'S BEEN INCONSISTENCIES IN HOW THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN ADDRESSED WITH PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THAT. I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR DISCUSSION HERE TODAY ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO COUNTER THOSE THREATS. THE OBLIGATION THIS NATION HAS TO COUNTER THOSE THREATS. YOU HAVE LAID IT OUT VERY PLAINLY, VERY SUCCINCTLY AND VERY CLEARLY FOR WHAT THE OBLIGATION FOR THIS NATION IS AND CALLING UPON OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO BE AS COMMITTED TO COUNTERING RUSSIA AS WE ARE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                                    • 07:24:58 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      GENTLEMAN.

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                                                      MR. WITTMAN

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO POINT OUT IT'S NOT JUST THE STRATEGIC IMPACT THAT…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO POINT OUT IT'S NOT JUST THE STRATEGIC IMPACT THAT CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS AND LACK OF ON-TIME APPROPRIATIONS BILLS HAS ON OUR NATION STRATEGICALLY. WE POINTED THOSE OUT, THE THRELTS THAT ARE THERE, BUT ALSO THE IMPACT IT HAS AT THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL. THE IMPACT THAT IT HAS ON SAILORS. ON SOLDIERS, MARINES AND AIRMEN. WE SAW THIS PAST YEAR TWO SHIP COLLISIONS WHERE 17 SAILORS DIED ON BOARD THE U.S.S. FITZGERALD AND THE U.S.S. MCCAIN. AND WE SEE THAT THERE WAS A CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR FOR THE LACK OF TRAINING ON THOSE SHIPS, THE ISSUES OF MATERIAL READINESS ON THOSE SHIPS, THAT GOES BACK TO CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS AND NOT ADOPTING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ON TIME. THE UNCERTAINTY THAT COMES WITH THAT AND THE LACK OF RESOURCES DEDICATED FOR PROPER TRAIN, FOR PROPER MAINTENANCE, DID HAVE A CONTRIBUTORY EFFECT THERE. IT DOESN'T HAVE -- IT DIDN'T CREATE THE SOLE IMPACT NECESSARY FOR THOSE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENTS TO OCCUR, BUT IT DID CONTRIBUTE TO THOSE INCIDENTS. IN AVOIDING CONTINUING RESOLUTION, WE CAN SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY, TO THEIR FAMILIES, THAT THIS NATION IS COMMITTED TO THEIR WELL BEING. THAT THIS NATION IS COMMITTED TO THEM GETTING THE MISSION DONE. THAT THIS NATION IS COMMITTED TO GIVE THEM THE BEST. TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED. TO GIVE THEM THE ABILITY WHEN CALLED UPON TO FIGHT TO VICTORY AND COME HOME SAFE. WE AS A NATION OWE THEM NOTHING LESS AND WHEN WE HAVE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS, OR LACK OF ADOPTING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ON TIME, WE ARE NOT SENDING THE MESSAGE TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO REDUCING THEIR RISK. THAT IS KEY FOR US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THAT DONE, AND IT'S ALSO A COMMITMENT THAT WE HAVE TO TAX PAYERS TO ASSURE THEM THAT WE WILL SPEND MONEY EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO DEFEND THIS NATION. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS ARE NOT EFFECTIVE OR EFFICIENT WAYS TO SPEND MONEY. NOT GET APPROPRIATIONS BILLS DONE ON TIME DO NOT ALLOW LONG-TERM PLANNING. AND LET ME TELL YOU, OUR ADVERSARIES' LONG-TERM PLAN AND THEY LOOK AT OUR LACK OF LONG-TERM COMMITMENT HERE AS A VULNERABILITY. AND INDEED IT IS. IT'S A VULNERABILITY NOT ONLY FOR OUR NATION BUT IT'S A VULNERABILITY THAT WE SEE MANIFESTED IN THE RISK THAT OUR SAILORS, SOLDIERS, AND MARINES FACE AND ULTIMATELY THOSE THAT GAVE THEIR LIFE IN AVOIDABLE ACCIDENTS ON BOARD THOSE SHIPS. AND IT'S NOT JUST SHIPS, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S ALSO AIRCRAFT. WE HAVE SEEN AN INORDINATE NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT CRASH THIS IS YEAR AND LAST YEAR THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH LACK OF MAINTENANCE ON THOSE AIRCRAFT. IN SOME INSTANCES TANGENTIALLY ASSOCIATED WITH TRAINING. THOSE THINGS ARE PREVENTABLE. THEY ARE PREVENTABLE IF WE ADOPT APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ON TIME FOR OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. AND AVOID CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THAT JOB DONE ON TIME. AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT'S NOT JUST MEMBERS THAT SEE IT THAT WAY. BUT IT'S ALSO THE SPEAKER. IN FACT, PAUL RYAN WAS QUOTED JUST YESTERDAY AS SAYING, WE REALLY JUST WANT TO GET THE MILITARY FUNDED ON TIME. ON BUDGET. ON SCHEDULE. THIS YEAR. AND THAT'S THE PRIMARY CONCERN. HE POINTED IT OUT BECAUSE THAT'S THE PRIMARY CONCERN WE'RE FACING WITH GETTING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS DONE ON TIME. THAT'S THE PRIMARY CONSIDERATION IN GETTING THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT CONFERENCE REPORT OUT OF THE HOUSE TOMORROW SO THAT IT CAN GET OVER TO THE SENATE SO THEY CAN GET IT DONE ON TIME. IF THIS GETS DONE THIS YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, IT'LL BE THE SOONEST IT'S BEEN DONE IN ALMOST 30 YEARS. WHY IS THIS YEAR THE EXCEPTION? THIS SHOULD BE THE RULE. THIS SHOULD BE GETTING THESE THINGS DONE EARLY. GETTING IT DONE IN TIME SO WE CAN GET AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL DONE PRIOR TO THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. THOSE ARE OBLIGATIONS THAT THIS NATION HAS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THAT DONE ON TIME. THE NDAA HAS SOME IMPORTANT ELEMENTS IN THIS -- IN IT THIS YEAR THAT ARE CRITICAL TO OUR NATION'S READINESS, CRITICAL TO GETTING THE JOB DONE FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY. CRITICAL TO MAKE SURE WE COUNTER THE THREATS WE KNOW ARE THERE FROM OUR ADVERSARIES. IT ACCELERATES U.S. EFFORTS TO FIELD CONVENTIONAL STRIKE CAPABILITY BEFORE FISCAL YEAR 2022. THOSE THINGS ARE CRITICAL. THAT STRIKE CAPABILITY IS THE DETERRENCE FOR OUR MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY. THOSE THINGS ABSOLUTELY MUST HAPPEN AND THIS BILL LETS US GET THAT DONE. IT ALSO FOCUSES ON REBUILDING THE NUCLEAR DETERRENCE OF OUR NATION. NUCLEAR DETERRENCE IS THE WAY WE KEEP OUR ADVERSARIES AT BAY. WHEN THEY LOOK AT US AND DON'T SEE COMMITMENT THERE THAT'S EXPRESSED IN NOT GETTING CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS OR EXCUSE ME GETTING PREMISES BILLS DEN ON TIME AND HAVING OURSELVES IN THESE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS -- RESOLUTION DEBACLES YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR, THEY LOOK AT IT AS A VULNERABILITY. IT ALSO ALLOWS ONE THAT IN COMPARISON TO UPGRADES BY OUR ADVERSARIES PUTS US IN A TERRIBLE POSITION. SPACE WAR FIGHTING. THE DISPARITY WE HAVE WITH OUR ADVERSARIES IS MIND BOGGLING. AND WE IMMEDIATE NEED TO MAKE THE COMMITMENT AND PUT THE RESOURCES ON TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE AND THE WASTE THAT OCCURS WITH OUR CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND I CONCLUDE WITH THE COMMENTS OF SECRETARY RICHARD SPENCER THAT THIS BODY HAS PUT IN PLACE AND ACTUALLY CAME BEFORE THE HOUSE AND SAID THIS, WE HAVE PUT $ BILLION IN A TRASH CAN, POWERED LIGHTER FLUID ON IT. $4 MILLION, TO BUY TWO DESTROYERERS, TO BUY THREE,000 HARPOON MISSILES. AND WE NEED TODAY TO COUNTER THE THREAT THAT WE ARE FACING. INSTEAD, IT IS LOST BECAUSE OF THE WAYS OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. FOLKS, THIS IS AN UNAVOIDABLE SOLUTION WHERE CONGRESS FINDS ITSELF TO ADDRESS BUT CHOOSES NOT TO ADDRESS. LAST YEAR, WE FOUND OURSELVES IN A SITUATION OF HAVING FOUR CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS THAT TOOK SIX MONTHS INTO THE BUDGET YEAR AND COMING UP WITH AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL WITH CAME UP WITH SIX MONTHS OF FUNDING. SO NOT ONLY DID YOU MISS OUT ON THE CERTAINTY WITH THE FNDING THAT WAS DONE BY FUNDING RESOLUTIONS AND TRY TO PACK IT INTO SIX MONTHS AND WHY THERE IS AN INEFFICIENCY THERE AND MONEY IS PUSHED OUT THE DOOR. THE SECRETARY FERT NAVY POINTED IT OUT AND SHOWED US THE ILL OF OUR WAYS AND MAKE SURE THAT RESOURCES WILL GET TO THE RIGHT PLACE AND BE EFFICIENTLY DEPLOYED AND CERTAINTY WHAT OUR MILITARY NEEDS TO PLAN FOR THE LONG-TERM NEEDS. FOR THE LONG-TERM NEEDS. IT HASN'T HAPPENED, FOLKS. AND IT IS ENTIRELY AVOIDABLE. WE HAVE THAT FULL ABILITY IN OUR GRASP TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN. IF WE WERE TO COME UP WITH THE WORST WAY TO RUN A GOVERNMENT, IT WOULD BE A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT'S AVOIDABLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES WHEN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION CONFERENCE REPORT COMES UP, WE VOTE YES IN THE QUICKEST TIME FRAME. AND THAT WHEN THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL COMES BEFORE THIS BODY AFTER THE SENATE PUTS TOGETHER, IS THAT WE MUST, WE MUST GET THE DEFENSE OF THIS NATION FUNDED PRIOR TO THE END OF THE BUDGET YEAR. IF WE DO THAT, THE $17 BILLION THAT WE PUT TOWARDS TO HELPING OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN, WILL BE THERE, TO DETER OUR ADVERSARIES AROUND THE WORLD. TO DO ANYTHING LESS IS A DISSERVICE TO OUR NATION. TO DO ANYTHING LESS IS A DISSERVICE. TO DO ANYTHING LESS IS A DISRESPECTFUL TO THE COMMITMENT. WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE MUST DO BETTER AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN THE WEEKS TO COME TO DO BETTER. I URGE YOU TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE SAME COMMITMENT FOR OUR NATION'S MILITARY THROUGH PASSING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS FOR OUR DETENTION ON TIME. THAT SAME COMMITMENT SHOULD BE SHOWN BY US BY OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY, MS. NORTON IS RECOGNIZED AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                      MS. NORTON

                                                      I ASK THAT WILL ALL MEMBERS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT…

                                                      I ASK THAT WILL ALL MEMBERS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER. I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TOLL SPEAK TO TWO ISSUES. ONE IS THROWN OF THE DAGAR OF THE RIGHT OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO ORGANIZE. THE SECOND IS I.C.E. RAIDS THAT ROUNDED RESIDENCE WITHOUT A WARRANT AND WITHOUT ANY CAUSE. LET ME PROCEED FIRST TO THE GANG-UP ON FEDERAL EMPLOYEES BY THE EXECUTIVE AND REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE TO UNDERMINE THE RIGHTS OF FEDERAL UNIONS TO REPRESENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. AND WE HAVE SEEN THE REPUBLICANS FOR YEARS TRY TO WEAKEN THE RIGHTS OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. AND CERTAINLY WE HAVE SEEN THEM GO AT UNIONS BEFORE. BUT THIS TIME, THEY HAVE GONE EVEN FURTHER. THE INTENTION TO DESTROY THE RIGHT OF A UNION TO REPRESENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS THE CLEAR INTENT OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. AND I SHALL EXPLAIN WHY THAT INTENT IS SO OBVIOUS THIS EVENING. THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES HAD A RALLY . ATTENDING MANY OF OTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE UNIONS. BUT THE SGE LED THE RALLY BECAUSE OF THE ACUTE DANGER THAT THE PRESENT WORK OF THE HOUSE OF THE RIGHT TO ORGAN TO BE REPRESENTED. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ARE REPRESENTED IN VIRTUALLY EVERY CATEGORY OF WORK BY THE AFCE. IF WE LOOK AT WHAT THE PRESIDENT AND THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING, IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY HAVE DECLARED WAR ON THEIR OWN FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. THEY HAVE DONE IT BY STRIKING AT THE HEART OF THE RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED BY A FEDERAL UNION. AND I WILL EXPLAIN HOW THEY HAVE MOVED AGAINST THAT RIGHT. BUT FIRST LET ME UNDERSTAND -- LET ME EXPLAIN WHERE THAT RIGHT COMES FROM AND WHY THERE IS ANY SUCH RIGHT AT ALL. YOU CERTAINLY DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT IN THE BUSINESS SECTOR AND CAPTAIN GO AND SAY, I HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE UNION HERE. YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT AND SO DO FEDERAL UNIONS HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT. THEY HAVE TO GET THEIR CARDS AND THE VOTES. BUT THERE IS AN PORTRAYEDOFF OFF. THE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM ACT OF 1978 RECOGNIZING THAT THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT WANT TO ALLOW FEDERAL WORKERS THE RIGHT TO STRIKE, WHICH IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT, DESIGNED A SYSTEM, WHICH IS INDEED A TRADEOFF. YOU WILL GIVE UP THE RIGHT TO STRIKE AND IN RETURN, YOU FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL NOT OPPOSE IT. AND EMPLOYERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR DO OPPOSE -- I DON'T SAY THAT THEY DON'T GET REPRESENTATION, BUT THEY CANNOT KEEP THAT FROM OCCURRING. THAT IS A TRADE-OFF FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM ACT. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE RIGHT TO REPRESENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS THE USE OF OFFICIAL TIME TO REPRESENT THAT EMPLOYEE TO SETTLE MATTERS WITH THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE. THAT IS THE FIRST RIGHT THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE IN THE FIRST PLACE. IF YOU HAVE AN EMPLOYEE WHO HAS A GRIEVANCE OR SOME OTHER WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT GRIEVANCE IS ATTENDED TO AND THE OFFICIAL TIME BY BY ANOTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE OPERATING AS A VOLUNTEER ALLOWS SUCH MATTERS TO BE SETTLED IN A PEACEFUL WAY WITHOUT A STRIKE. WHAT THE OFFICIAL TIME MEEPS IS AN EMPLOYEE SAYS, WITH NO PAY, I AGREE TO HELP OTHER EMPLOYEES THROUGH THE SYSTEM TO HAVE THEIR MATTER BROUGHT TO THE AGENCY AND SOMEHOW DEALT WITH. WHETHER THEY WIN OR LOSE OR SETTLE, THEY CERTAINLY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM. SO A VOLUNTEER WORKS TO HELP THEM ON WHAT IS CALLED OFFICIAL TIME. OFFICIAL TIME MEANS THAT VOLUNTEER EMPLOYEE IS GIVEN TIME FROM HIS OR HER WORK TO REPRESENT THIS PERSON. WELL DOES THAT PERSON MEAN THEY HAVE ANY WORK THIS IT DOES NOT. THAT PERSON ISN'T GIVEN A LESSER WORK LOAD. THAT PERSON HAS TO FIND A WAY TO GET THAT DONE AND REPRESENT EMPLOYEES AS WELL OR TO TRADE-OFF WITH ANOTHER EMPLOYEE WHO WILL REPRESENT OTHER EMPLOYEES. THIS IS TO KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WORKING SO THERE IS A CIVILIZED WAY TO SETTLE MATTER TO SETTLE BETWEEN AN EMPLOYEE AND EMPLOYER. BUT THEY TIRNED TO THE COURTS IN ORDER TO GET THIS RIGHT. -- ENFORCED. WHY WOULD THAT BE NECESSARY GIVEN THE CIVIL SERVICE ACT OF 1978. IT HAS TO BE NECESSARY BECAUSE WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED IN THIS HOUSE IS IN VIOLATION OF THAT ACT. I SHALL EXPLAIN. REPUBLICANS TODAY ARE SO INTENT ON DESTROYING UNIONS -- I UNDERSTAND UNIONS ARE NOT NEARLY AS POWERFUL AS THEY WERE YEARS AGO, BUT THEY ARE SO INTENT ON DESTROYING UNIONS, THEY ARE USING THE TWO BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT -- REMEMBER, THEY CONTROL THREE -- THE TWO BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT TO DESTROY THE UNION. THEY CONTROL THE EXECUTIVE AND CONTROL THE HOUSE AND CONTROL THE SENATE. AND THEY ARE USING ALL OF THEIR ENERGY, ALL OF THEIR POWER AGAINST THEIR OWN FEDERAL WORKERS. I THINK OF IT AS A TWO-FISTED APPROACH. ONE-FIFTH IS ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR AS I SPEAK. AND INDEED IT'S DUE TO COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR IN SEPTEMBER. IT'S A BILL I FOUGHT FOR NRL COMMITTEE ALONG WITH MANY OTHER MEMBERS. YOU CAN'T JUST ABOLISH OFFICIAL TIME TO REPRESENT EMPLOYEES BECAUSE THE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM ACT GIVES THEM THAT RIGHT. AND THIS IS WHY I THINK WHAT THE HOUSE DOES IN THIS BILL CANNOT STAND BECAUSE WHAT IT DOES IS TO SO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND YOU ARE LIKE A LAWYER. THIS IS AN EMPLOYEE THAT IS FRESH. IT NEEDS SOMEBODY TO COME AND HOW TO GET THROUGH THE SYSTEM. BUT IF THERE ARE SO LITTLE TIME WHILE YOU ARE HELPING ONE EMPLOYEE THAT MAY BE USING UP ALL THE TIME THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD GIVE, WHICH IS A QUARTER OF THE TIME THAT IS NOW BEING USED. WHERE DID THEY GET THAT FIGURE FROM? NOWHERE. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF NOT BEING ABLE TO WIPE IT ALL OUT SO LET'S WIPE OUT ALL OF IT. IT GIVES SO LITTLE TIME TO REPRESENT ALL THOSE WHO NEED TO GO THROUGH THE SYSTEM OF A HELP OF AN EMPLOYEE AND VOL UP TEAR AND I DON'T BELIEVE THIS WILL STAND AND I BELIEVE THAT THEY WERE RIGHT TO GO TO COURT NOW AND I WILL TELL YOU WHY IT HAS GONE TO COURT AND HAS NOT GONE TO THE HOUSE AS I SPEAK. . . NOT ONLY IS SO LITTLE TIME GIVEN THAT YOU COULDN'T POSSIBLY HANDLE ALL THOSE WHO HAVE FWREE ADVANCES, IT'S ONLY A QUARTER OF THE TIME THAT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY SPENT ON HELPING OTHER EMPLOYEES TO GET THROUGH THE PROCESS, BUT THERE'S A ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM IN THE HOUSE BILL THAT IS TRULY VICIOUS . IF YOU GO, QUOTE, AND I WILL USE THE WORD OVERTIME IN HELPING ANOTHER EMPLOYEE, YOU WILL DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. BECAUSE YOU WILL LOSE YOUR PENSION CREDITS IF YOU DEVOTE MORE THAN THE AMOUNT OF TIME PRESCRIBED IN THIS BILL. THAT ALSO IS WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. THAT ALSO IS WHY I BELIEVE THIS BILL CAN'T STAND. BUT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE SO ANXIOUS TO CRIPPLE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE UNIONS THAT THEY ALSO HAVE ASKED FOR THE FIST OF THE PRESIDENCY, A TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER. YOU LOOK AT THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME THING AS THE PENDING BILL, YOU CAN'T HELP BUT ASK WHY TWO FISTS? ON THESE WORKERS? WHY GET THE PRESIDENT AND THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE TO PROMISE TO DO THE SAME THING? HOW MANY BRANCHES, HOW MANY ARMS OF GOVERNMENT D YOU NEED, TRY TO STAMP OUT THE RIGHTS OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES? I BELIEVE I KNOW WHY THE HOUSE HAS TURNED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE HOUSE BILL IS SO EXTREME, SO CLEARLY ILLEGAL IN MY JUDGMENT, THAT IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO GET IT THROUGH THE SENATE. SO, THE PRESIDENT WHO OBVIOUSLY HAS CONTROL OVER THE WORK FORCE IS BEING ASKED TO DO THE SAME THING BY EXECUTIVED ORER. DON'T BELIEVE HE CAN DO IT? DON'T BELIEVE HE CAN JUST WIPE OUT OFFICIAL TIME, NOT ALL OF IT, SO MUCH OF IT, THAT EMPLOYEES CANNOT BE SERVED? BUT THE PRESIDENT MAY HAVE PREEMPTED THE HOUSE BILL AND MAY COME ON THE FLOOR -- IT MAY COME ON THE FLOOR IN SEPTEMBER BY THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER AGAINST OFFICIAL TIME. WATCH OUT IF YOU PLAY CHESS BECAUSE HE'S HOPPED RIGHT INTO IT. NOW THAT HE'S PLACED THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER, WHAT HE -- NOW THAT HE'S COME FORWARD WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, HE'S ALLOWED THE A.F.G. TO MAKE A BRILLIANT MOVE. BEFORE THE INK WAS DRY ON THE EXECUTIVE ORDER, THE AFGE HAD GONE TO COURT IN A BRILLIANT CHESS MOVE AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THEY WILL WIN IN COURT BECAUSE THE FLAWS OF THE BILL ARE SO CLEAR. I THINK THEY WOULD HAVE WON IN COURT HAD THEY TRIED TO GET IT THROUGH THE HOUSE AND SENATE. TRY TO GET THE SAME THING THROUGH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, YOU HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM EVEN PERHAPS WORSE. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM ACT. UNDERSTAND WHY THE ACT HAS WORKED FOR SO MANY DECADES. IT IS BECAUSE LABOR PEACE, USE A WORD THAT'S OFTEN USED TO DESCRIBE WHY UNIONS HAVE BEEN IMPORTANT IN THE FEDERAL SECTOR. YOU NEED LABOR PEACE, YOU DON'T NEED STRIKES OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, AND SO YOU GOT TO HAVE A TRADEOFF AND THAT TRADEOFF IS THE REPRESENTATION THROUGH A FORMAL PROCESS, IF THAT FORMAL PROCESS IS CUT TO SMITHEREENS, AND YOU LEAVE A FIGMENT OF IT IN PLACE, DON'T THINK THAT THE FEDERAL COURTS WILL BE FOOLED BY THAT. THIS PROCESS HAS WORKED BUT IT WON'T IF YOU MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO DO THE JOB. THAT IS -- THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM ACT PRESCRIBES. AND THAT IS TO REPRESENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. NOW, THE UNIONS AREN'T FOOLS. THEY RECOGNIZE THEY CAN'T DEPEND ON THE HOUSE OR THE PRESIDENT OR ANYONE ELSE. THEY RECOGNIZE THERE'S AN ELECTION COMING UP. AND THEY KNOW THAT AT LEAST AS OF THE MOMENT THAT THE -- THAT THE PEOPLE ARE THERE TO CORRECT FOR ISSUES EITHER IGNORED IN THIS HOUSE OR BY THREATS LIKE THE PENDING BILL AND THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON OFFICIAL TIME THAT THREATENS THEIR RIGHTS. THE ALL POWERFUL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO LOSE BY ALLOWING ITS EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE SO LITTLE POWER FAIR ACCESS TO A PROCESS THAT DOES NO MORE THAN ALLOW THEM TO BE HEARD. BEFORE ALL POWERFUL FEDERAL AGENCIES. WHAT COULD THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN THE WORLD BE AFRAID OF? IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S AFRAID OF ITS OWN EMPLOYEES. ORDINARY CITIZENS. REPRESENTED BY MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE. WHO ASK FOR NO MORE THAN A PROCESS, I MAY SO -- IF I MAY SAY SO A FAIR PROCESS, TO BE HEARD. A PROCESS THAT DOES NOT SHOW ANYTHING LIKE THE OVERWHELMING OR EVEN THE TENDENCY TO WIN, BUT IT IS AT LEAST THE PROCESS. WELL, PERHAPS THESE EMPLOYEES ARE TO BE FEARED. BECAUSE TODAY THEY SHOWED UP IN GREAT NUMBERS. THEY SHOWED UP HERE, OR ON THE STREETS OF WASHINGTON, D.C. BUT THEY -- THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THEM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. THEY SHOWED UP IN A FIGHTING MOOD, FIGHTING BACK. I'M PLEASED TO COME TO THE FLOOR TO REPRESENT THE THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES WHO SHOWED UP. I AM SIMPLY ONE OF AAMONG HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE WHO WILL ALWAYS SHOW UP FOR WORKERS WHEN THEIR RIGHTS ARE BEING THREATENED. AS IT TURNS OUT THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES REPRESENTS BOTH D.C. MES OF THE D.C. GOVERNMENT AND FEDERAL EMPLOYEES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ALL THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE DONE IS RAISE THE FIGHTING SPIRIT, WHICH HAS ALREADY SHOWN THAT OUR CHANCES OF TAKING BACK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE GROWN EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE SECOND ISSUE I WANT TO SAY A WORD ABOUT ARE -- HAS TO DO WITH INDISCRIMINATE RAIDS OF THE KIND WE HAVE NEVER HAD IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BEFORE. THESE ARE RAIDS ON CITIZENS. I HAVE SEEN THEIR EFFECT HERE SO I'LL TALK ABOUT THESE RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. AS WHEN YOU HEAR OF SUCH RAIDS AND INDISCRIMINATE ARRESTS, PERHAPS YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY CITIES LIKE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE DECLARED THEMSELVES TO BE SANCTUARY CITIES. WHO ARE OUT TO PROTECT PARTICULARLY THEIR IMMIGRANTS FROM ARBITRARY ACTION RECOGNIZING THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE AND DO NOT WISH TO PROTECT THEM WHEN IN FACT THERE IS A RIGHT TO TAKE THEM BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AT LEAST A DOZEN INDIVIDUALS WERE ARRESTED LAST WEEK WHERE IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ARRESTED HAD THEY -- HAD THERE BEEN A WARRANT OR HAD ANYTHING BUT RACIAL PROFILING, RACIAL AND ETHNIC PROFILING, I MIGHT ADD, BEEN USED, A BRAZEN ACT. AS IT TURNS OUT, SOME OF THE PEOPLE ARRESTED WERE, FOR EXAMPLE, WERE MS-13. SO FAR AS THE NUMBER SHOWS, THAT'S 37. THOSE ARE PEOPLE FOR WHOM THEY HAD A WARRANT. THOSE ARE PEOPLE WHO -- FOR WHOM THERE IS PROXIMATE CAUSE THAT THEY DEMITTED -- PROBABLE CAUSE THAT THEY COMMITTED A CRIME. BUT THAT'S 37 OUT OF 132. THEY NEVER COULD HAVE GOT THEN REST OF THESE RESIDENTS WITHOUT INDISCRIMINATE RACIAL PROFILING. WHAT DID THEY DO? FIRST OF ALL THEY WENT TO PREDOMINANTLY LATINO D.C. NEIGHBORHOODS. AND THEY WENT THERE FOR A REASON. THEY SNATCHED WHAT APPEAR TO BE ANYONE ON THE STREETS THAT LOOKED LIKE THE PEOPLE THEY WANTED TO GET. THEY SAW -- BASED ON RACE OR APPEARANCE. WHEN YOU HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES POLICE PICKING UP PEOPLE BASED ON THEIR APPEARANCE, YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT A POLICE STATE LOOKS LIKE. THE RESPONSE WILL BE, I'M SURE, INTIMIDATION GOING INTO THE STREETS OF YOUR OWN CITY. NOW I.C.E. BOASTS THAT IT WENT LOOKING AND FOUND PEOPLE WHO PRESENT A SIGNIFICANT SECURITY THREAT. BUT THEY'RE ONLY ABLE TO SHOW 37 SUCH PEOPLE. AND WHEN YOU ROUND UP CITIZENS WITHOUT A WARRANT OR WITHOUT PROBABLE CAUSE BASED ON WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE, THAT'S WHAT YOU GET. INDISCRIMINATE ARRESTS. ARRESTS BASED ON APPEARANCE. ARRESTS WHERE YOU CANNOT POSSIBLY SHOW A SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC SAFETY THREAT. I'M NOT HERE TO SAY THAT MC-13 OR OTHERS WHO POSE SUCH A THREAT SHOULD NOT BE ARRESTED. I AM HERE TO SAY THAT BREAKING UP FAMILIES IS AN OUTRAGEOUS WAY TO ENFORCE A LAW AND DOES NOT IN FACT DO SO. THE WASHINGTON FIELD OFFICE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ROUNDUP. AND THEY HAVE OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THEY'VE CITED IN FACT, PEOPLE WHOM THEY ARRESTED. I'M NOT HERE ON THIS FLOOR THIS EVENING TO DEFEND THE -- HERE I'M READING FROM PEOPLE THEY SAY THEY ARRESTED. THE EL SALVADOR RAN NATIONAL IDENTIFIED AS A HIGH-RANKING MS-13 MEMBER. I'M NOT HERE ON THIS FLOOR TO DEFEND A BOLIVIAN NATIONAL WHO HAS FOUR PRIOR CONVICTIONS OF RAPE AND INTERCOURSE WITH A VICTIM UNDER 13. THAT'S NOT WHY I'M HERE TALKING ABOUT. I'M HERE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE STREETS, MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS, WITH NO CRIMINAL ARRESTS. WITH NO CRIMINAL BACKGROUND. WITH FAMILIES AT HOME WAITING FOR THEM. YES, WE'VE GOT TO DEPORT PEOPLE. FROM THIS COUNTRY. EVEN IF THEY COME IN WAYS THAT WE COULD OTHERWISE -- WE COULD OTHERWISE UNDERSTAND. DEPORTATION HAS TO OCCUR. IT OCCURRED IN THE LAST ADMINISTRATION. SOME WERE DEPORTED RIGHT AT THE BORDER. I'M NOT HERE MAKING THE CASE TO OPEN THE BORDERS WIDE OPEN AND LET IN ANYBODY HERE. BUT THE COURTS HAVE ALREADY TURNED AROUND THE PROCEDURES NOW BEING EMPLOYED. BECAUSE EVERY DAY YOU READ IN THE PAPERS AND SEE ON TELEVISION HOW MANY FAMILIES HAVE BEEN DISUNITED, PEOPLE TAKEN, CHILDREN AND PARENTS BROKEN UP. PARENTS DEPORTED WITHOUT THEIR CHILDREN. THE AUTHORITY IS STILL LOOKING TO UNITE HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS. THAT JUST ISN'T WHAT WE DO IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SINCE ONE OF THESE ROUNDUPS OCCURRED HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL, THE SHAME THAT IT WOULD OCCUR IN THE CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES, I THOUGHT IT WAS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO COME TO THIS FLOOR TO CALL IT OUT AND TO INDICATE THAT THESE RAIDS ARE ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WILL ALWAYS BE A SANCTUARY CITY. NOT A CITY FOR MS-13. NOT A CITY FOR THOSE WHO SHOULD BE DEPORTED. BUT A CITY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A RIGHT TO GO THROUGH A LAWFUL PROCESS. WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THEM TO BE ROUNDED UP IN THE STREETS. IT MEANS THAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US COULD BE ROUNDED UP IN THE STREETS BASED ON WHAT WE LOOK LIKE. WE WILL NOT HAVE IT. WE WILL RESIST IT. THERE'S A WAY TO DEPORT PEOPLE. THERE'S A WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU COME INTO THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AND TO MAKE SURE THAT -- LEGALLY AND TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE DEPORTED IF YOU DO NOT. THE WRONG WAY TO DO IT, THE WAY THAT WE CANNOT TOLERATE IS TO GO TO POLICE TACTICS UNKNOWN BEFORE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND PARTICULARLY POLICE TACTICS IN THE CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON, D.C. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AS THE HOUSE PREPARES TO GO HOME LATER IN THE WEEK, THESE ARE TWO ISSUES I FELT I HAD TO PUT BEFORE THIS BODY. I WOULD HOPE THAT WE ALL WOULD THINK OF BETTER WAYS TO ACCOMPLISH OUR ENDS. IF OUR PROBLEM IS WITH FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, LET'S DEAL WITH THAT PROBLEM. AND NOT TRY TO NULLIFY A STATUTE THAT TOOK INTO ACCOUNT OUR DIFFERENCES, THE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM ACT. AS FOR OUR HISPANIC AND OTHER IMMIGRANTS BEING SNATCHED UP IN THE STREETS, I WOULD HOPE THAT I DO NOT STAND ALONE IN SAYING TONIGHT THAT IS NOT THE AMERICAN WAY. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF JURISDICTIONS WHO ARE WITH ME AS SANCTUARY CITIES HERE, TO STAND AND SAY THAT THAT IS NOT THE AMERICAN WAY. AND I AM SO PLEASED THAT THE COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE PROTECTED SANCTUARY CITIES , JUST AS THESE CITIES HAVE PROTECTED RESIDENTS FROM ARBITRARY TREATMENT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED NOW TO YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 08:04:07 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. BILIRAKIS

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. BEFORE I BEGIN, I ASK…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. BEFORE I BEGIN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                                    • 08:04:30 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                    • 08:04:32 PM

                                                      MR. BILIRAKIS

                                                      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, AS CO-CHAIR OF BOTH THE HELLENIC CAUCUS AND THE…

                                                      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, AS CO-CHAIR OF BOTH THE HELLENIC CAUCUS AND THE CONGRESSIONAL HELLENIC ISRAELIS, I RISE TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON ONE OF THE UNITED STATES' MOST STRATEGIC ALLIES, THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS. SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR MARKS THE 44TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ILLEGAL INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF 40,000 TURKISH TROOPS IN SIGH PULSE ARE. TURKEY -- CYPRUS. TURKEY, A NATO ALLY, MUST CEASE ITS INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC, NORMALIZE RELATIONS WITH THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS, AND COMMIT TO PEACEFULLY WORKING TOWARDS A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION. GREEK AND TURKISH CYPRIOTS, MR. SPEAKER, DESERVE AND END TO THIS SENSELESS -- AN END TO THIS SENSELESS DIVISION AND OCCUPATION. DESPITE THE CHALLENGE OF CONTINUED OCCUPATION, CYPRUS HAS LONG BEEN A STRONG AND FAITHFUL ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES. DUE TO CYPRUS' UNIQUE GEOPOLITICAL ROLE IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, TO SUPPORT PEACE AND END THIS ILLEGAL OCCUPATION. CYPRUS IS A SPECIAL GEOPOLITICAL POSITION, STEMMING FROM ITS LOCATION AT THE SOUTHEASTERN MOST CORNER OF THE E.U. THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN IS TURBULENT, MR. SPEAKER. BUT HOLDS A PROMISE OF SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY. CYPRUS' STATUS AS AN E.U. MEMBER STATE, AS WELL AS ITS EXCELLENT LONGSTANDING REGULATIONS WITH ITS NEIGHBORS, ENHANCES ITS STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE TO THE UNITED STATES. CYPRUS HAS TAKEN STEPS IN RECENT YEARS TO FACILITATE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND DEMONSTRATE AN IMPRESSIVE ABILITY TO SERVE AS A CATALYST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL GOALS AMONG COUNTRIES IN THE REGION AND AROUND THE GLOBE. OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE, CYPRUS ALSO ENJOYS A LONGSTANDING RECORD OF SERVING AS AN UNWAVERING U.S. ALLY. BY PROMOTING REGIONAL STABILITY , ENERGY SECURITY, AND COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS. REGIONAL STABILITY IS A NECESSARY PRECURSOR TO ATTAINMENT OF ITS FULL ECONOMIC , SOCIAL AND STRATEGIC POTENTIAL. MODERATE COUNTRIES IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO STRENGTHEN THEIR TIES, BECAUSE THE STRONGER THE BONDS, THE GREATER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR BUILDING A MORE PROPER POUSE -- PROSPEROUS, PEACEFUL FUTURE. AS DISCUSSED BY CYPRUS FOREIGN MINISTER, CYPRUS RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF REGIONAL STABILITY. ALONG WITH GREECE, IT HAS SPEARHEADED EFFORTS TO CREATE TRILATERAL COOPERATION MECHANISMS, WITH MODERATE COUNTRIES OF THE REGION, INCLUDING ISRAEL, EGYPT, JORDAN AND LEBANON. THIS INITIATIVE HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENTS OF THE PAST DECADE. AND HAS LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION ON A VARIETY OF PRIORITY GOALS THAT ARE CRUCIAL TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. THESE TRILATERAL DISCUSSIONS ARE NOW COMMONPLACE, AND THE -- THEY'RE TAKING PLACE AT REGULAR INTERVALS. CREATING AND FACILITATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL PARTNERSHIPS AROUND A BROAD RANGE OF AREAS, INCLUDING ECONOMIC COOPERATION, CULTURE, AND EDUCATION. PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU OF ISRAEL AND THE PRIME MINISTER JOINED THE PRESIDENT IN MAY FOR A TRILATERAL MEETING. CURRENTLY, PREPARATIONS ARE UNDER WAY FOR A TRILATERAL MEETING BETWEEN CYPRUS, GREECE, AND EGYPT AND CRETE, AND IN DECEMBER WITH ISRAEL. IT IS EXPLAINED THAT THE CENTRAL TENANTS OF THE TRILATERAL COOPERATION ARE NEITHER EXCLUSIONARY NOR EXCLUSIVE. ADDITIONALLY, THEY ARE NOT DIRECTED AGAINST ANY COUNTRY, BUT INSTEAD ARE UTILIZED AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PROMOTING ENHANCED COOPERATION. AS WITH EVERYTHING IN LIFE, THERE IS NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH, AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER. BUT EACH TRILATERAL MEETING HAS BEEN CRAFTED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES WHEN IT MAKES SENSE TO DO SO. ADDITIONALLY, CYPRUS HAS TAKEN THE LEAD TO INCLUDE COUNTRIES FROM OUTSIDE THE REGION TO FURTHER ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND INTERNATIONAL GOALS. FOR EXAMPLE, CYPRUS, GREECE AND ISRAEL HAVE EXPANDED THEIR TALKS TO INCLUDE ITALY AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IN NEGOTIATIONS ON ENERGY-RELATED ISSUES. THE BELIEFS, THE BENEFITS FROM THESE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTS POSITIVELY IMPACT PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES AS WELL AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. CYPRUS HOLDS THE POTENTIAL TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL ENERGY SECURITY, MR. SPEAKER, WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY A NATURAL INTEREST TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE DISCOVERY OF HYDROCARBONENS IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN HAS MOTIVATED COUNTRIES WITHIN THE REGION TO WORK TOGETHER IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE THE BENEFIT OF THESE NATURAL RESOURCES. THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY ASSESSMENTS INDICATE THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN REGION HOLDS LARGE QUANTITIES OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL. IT IS IN THE UNITED STATES' BEST INTEREST, IN MY OPINION, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT THESE RESOURCES, HELD BY AN ALLIED NATION, CONTRIBUTE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE ENERGY. THIS DEVELOPMENT CAN HELP ENSURE THE LONG-TERM FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY OF THE REGION. THE MINISTER AGAIN ALSO HERALDS THE WORK OF EGYPT, ISRAEL AND LEBANON IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CYPRUS TO, AGAIN, TO FORMULATE THEIR OWN EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONES. OR E.E.Z., WHICH HAS CREATED GREATER TRANSPARENCY BASED ON INTERNATIONAL LAW, OUTLINE NEW ECONOMIC BORDER STRUCTURES, AND ESTABLISH A PROVEN FRAMEWORK FOR COOPERATION AROUND A COMMON GOAL. THIS FRAMEWORK ALSO CREATES THE NECESSARY LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURES TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT IN CYPRUS, BY MAJOR OIL AND GAS COMPANIES. EXXONMOBIL, MOBILE ENERGY, SHELL, THEY HAVE ENTERED INTO AGREEMENTS WITH CYPRUS FOR EXPLORATORY DRILLING AND DEVELOPMENT WORK. ENERGY EXPANSION IN CYPRUS HOLDS EVEN GREATER FUTURE POTENTIAL AND WILL COMPLETE -- IT WILL COMPETE DIRECTLY WITH RUSSIA ENERGY IN THE REGION. CYPRUS IS ALSO CLOSE TO CONCLUDING AGREEMENTS FOR THE EXPORT OF NATURAL GAS FROM ITS AFRO INDICTY RESERVOIR AND ITS E.E.Z. TO EGYPT AND THE PLANTS THERE IN EGYPT. IT IS ALSO CONCLUDING AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH EGYPT THAT WILL CREATE A DIRECT UNDERWATER PIPELINE TO CARRY APRODIETE'S NATURAL GAS TO EGYPT. SIMILARLY, THE EAST MET PIPELINE PROJECT WILL ALLOW FOR THE TRANSFER OF NATURAL GAS BY AN UNDERWATER PIPELINE FROM ISRAEL AND CYPRUS TO GREECE VIA CREATE AND FROM GREECE TO ITALY. ENERGY POTENTIAL, AND ITS ACCOMPANYING ECONOMIC BENEFIT, HAS BECOME A TOOL OF COOPERATION AND ALIGNMENT OF INITIATIVES THAT WOULD CREATE AN ECONOMIC ECONOMY OF SCALE AND INVITE INVESTMENT WHILE MEETING THE ENERGY SECURITY NEEDS OF THE REGION. CYPRUS HAS ALSO PROVEN ITSELF AS AN IMPORTANT PARTNER IN THE GLOBAL WAR AGAINST TERRORISM. SINCE THEIR INCEPTION, THE TRILATERAL MEETINGS LED BY CYPRUS HAVE ALWAYS INCLUDED COUNTERTERRORISM COOPERATION AS A PRIORITY. THE MINISTER AGAIN CORRECTLY ASSERTED EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SECURE ONE'S COUNTRY AND BORDERS. CLOSE COOPERATION WITH RELIABLE AND LIKE-MINDED PARTNERS IS ALSO NECESSARY. CYPRUS HAS ENTERED INTO A CLOSE DIALOGUE WITH THIS REGIONAL -- ITS REGIONAL NEIGHBORS TO CREATE A UNIFIED APPROACH TO BATTLING TERRORISM, AGAIN, TERRORIST IDEOLOGY, UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE ARE NO FIRM BARRIERS TO THE SPREAD OF RADICAL INDOCTRINEATION, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE ADVENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA, MR. SPEAKER. CYPRUS IS PARTICIPATING IN A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS, INCLUDING THE COALITION AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE AND THE PROCESS. THE MINISTER FURTHER NOTED THE CYPRUS -- THAT CYPRUS HAS ACTIVELY AND IN COOPERATION WITH SOME OF ITS EUROPEAN ALLIES PROVIDED MILITARY ASSISTANCE AND NONMILITARY SUPPORT TO INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS IN THE AFRICAN REGION. CYPRUS HAS COOPERATED WITH THE U.S. IN PROVIDING SPECIALIZED TRAINING ASSISTANCE TO OFFICIALS FROM NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES AND COLLABORATED CLOSELY WITH EGYPT. THE TRAINING REVOLVES MOSTLY ON CIVILIAN TYPE OF EXPERTISE AND CUSTOMS AND BORDER CONTROLS. ADDITIONALLY, CYPRUS HAS PROVIDED TRAINING ON THE IDENTIFICATION AND CONTAINMENT OF VARIOUS CHEMICALS, AS WELL AS BETTER STORAGE AND HANDLING OF DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES. . CYPRUS ALSO EXPLORED COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS TO COUNTER VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND RADICALIZATION IN AN ATTEMPT TO ATTACK THE PROBLEM AT ITS ROOT. IN RECENT YEARS, CYPRUS HAS INVESTED A GREAT DEAL OF ENERGY AND RESOURCES ON EDUCATION AND THE EXPOSURE OF ITS COMMUNITIES TO THE HISTORICAL ROOTS OF ANTI-SEMITISM AND RACISM. THIS IS AN INVALUABLE INVESTMENT, NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, MR. SPEAKER, BUT BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST PROVEN WAY TO PREVENT RADICALIZATION AND VIOLENCE. CYPRUS IS COMMITTED TO REMAIN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THESE EFFORTS. AFTER SUFFERING A PROFOUND FINANCIAL CRISIS NOT LONG AGO, THE PREVIOUS DECADE, CYPRUS HAS UNDERTAKEN SIGNIFICANT REFORMS UNDER THE GREAT CAPABLE LEADERSHIP OF THEIR PRESIDENT THAT HAVE STABILIZED AND STRENGTHENED THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMY AND BANKING SECTOR. THE RESULT OF THESE REFORMS, COUPLED WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT POLICIES, AND THE INGENUITY OF THE VERY SPECIAL SIP REYACHT PEOPLE IS THAT THE SIP REYACHT ECONOMY IS EXPERIENCING STRONG GROWTH AND IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIES IN EUROPE. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR CYPRUS. THEY'RE REALLY A GREAT MOD TOLE GO BY AND AGAIN, THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR CYPRUS AND ITS BANKING SECTOR. THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THEY'VE HAD POSITIVE G. -- G.D.P. GROWTH. THE E.U. PREDICTS THAT REAL G.D.P. GROWTH IS EXPECTED TO REACH 3.6% IN 2018 AND 3.3% IN 2019. UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO SHRINK, WITH THE RATE BEING CUT IN HALF TO 8% SINCE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. AND IT WAS A CRISIS. THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT I TALKED TO MANY PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON THE ISLAND AND MANY RELATIVES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF THOSE FOLKS AND THEY WENT THROUGH A LOT. BUT THEY RECOVERED. CYPRUS CAN SURVIVE, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS SURVIVING WITHOUT DEPENDENCE ON RUSSIAN MONEY. RUSSIAN DEPOSITS HAVE DROPPED NEARLY 50% AND MAKE UP JUST 5% OF THREE OF THE LARGEST BANKS PORTFOLIO IN THOSE BANKS. CYPRUS HAS BEEN ACTIVELY PROMOTING POLICIES TO COUNTER MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORIST FINANCING ACTIVITIES. THE POWERS AND TOOLS OF THE REGULATORS, PRINCIPALLY THE CENTRAL BANK OF CYPRUS, THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES -- UNITS HAVE BEEN GREATLY UPGRADED. AS A RESULT THE CYPRUS BANKING SECTOR HAS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED, ULTIMATE BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP TRANSPARENCY REDUCES FENCE ON FOREIGN DEPOSITS AND TRANSACTIONS AND TERMINATED ACCOUNTS THAT DID NOT MEET ITS RIGOROUS NEW STANDARDS. ENDING THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION, MR. SPEAKER, OF CYPRUS WOULD SAFEGUARD THE COUNTRY'S INDEPENDENCE WHILE AMPLIFYING ITS BRIDGE BUILDING CAPACITY. WHAT A CAPACITY IT HAS. THEY'VE DONE SO MUCH. JUST THINK IF THERE WERE REUNIFICATION, MR. SPEAKER. SO AGAIN, FURTHER STABILIZING AND BRINGING PEACE TO THE REGION. IT'S IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST, MECHANIC. ALL OF WHICH AGAIN MAKES CYPRUS AN EVEN STRONGER ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES. AFTER STALLING EARLIER THIS YEAR, REUNIFICATION EFFORTS ARE ONCE AGAIN UNDER WAY. FORMER U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, JANE HALL LUTE, HAS RECENTLY BEEN APOINTED THE U.N.'S NEW SPECIAL ADVISOR IN THE CYPRUS REUNIFICATION TALKS. SHE PLANS TO TOUR NICOSIA, ATHENS AND ANKARA THIS MONTH AND PROVIDE AN ASSESSMENT TO THE U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL ON WHETHER THERE'S POTENTIAL FOR THE ASSUMPTION OF NEGOTIATIONS ON THE ISSUE OF REUNIFICATION. THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS HAS BEEN A STEADFAST ALLY AND SIP REYACHTS OF ALL -- AND CYPRIOTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS DESIGN AN END TO THIS SENSE LEGISLATION -- SENSELESS DIVISION OF THEIR HOMELAND. TODAY THE UNITED STATES DESPITE STRONG LANGUAGE AND -- DESPITE TURKEY'S STRONG LANGUAGE AND ACTIONS, IS A FRIEND TO BOTH CYPRUS AND TURKEYS. AS AN HONEST BROKER TO BOTH SIDES WE CAN HELP THEM SEE A UNIFIED FUTURE FOR CYPRUS IS FAR MORE PROMISING THAN THE PRESENT DIVISION. OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR ALLIES MUST BE BASED ON SHARED VALUES AND MUTUAL RESPECT. AT THE CORE, THE RULE OF LAW MUST BE RESPECTED ABOVE ALL ELSE. I ENCOURAGE THE GREEK AND CYPRIOT LEADER TO -- LEADERS TO HELP KEEP THE LARD WORK OF REUNIFYING A PEOPLE DIVIDED FOR OVER A GENERATION. TOUGH AND IMPORTANT ISSUES REMAIN BUT HOPEFULLY THIS ILLEGAL OCCUPATION WILL COME TO AN END. A REUNIFIED ISLAND NATION WOULD SERVE AS A SPARK FOR FURTHER COOPERATION AND ECONOMIC STABILITY. IN SHORT, IT WOULD UNLEASH THE REGION'S INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I NOW YIELD -- I NOW YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE'D LIKE TO THE CO-CHAIR OF THE HELLENIC CAUCUS, SHE'S A FOUNDER ALONG WITH MY FATHER, MICHAEL BILIRAKIS OR OF THE HELLENIC CAUCUS AND ALSO A MEMBER OF THE HELLENIC ISRAEL ALLIANCE, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE CAROLYN MALONEY.

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                                                      MS. MA HE NEE

                                                      I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND CO-CHAIR OF THE HELLENIC CAUCUS FOR HIS WORK ON…

                                                      I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND CO-CHAIR OF THE HELLENIC CAUCUS FOR HIS WORK ON THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND HIS WORK IN CONGRESS, SO MANY ISSUES. HE'S BEEN A LEADER NOR GREECE, CYPRUS, FLORIDA, THE UNITED STATES AND IS A STRONG AND EFFECTIVE LEADER HERE IN CONGRESS. MR. CICILLINE WHO IS HERE REPRESENTING THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE AND HAS BEEN A STRONG ADVOCATE AND LEADER NOT ONLY IN THIS BUT STRONG AREAS IN OUR CAUCUS IN OUR CONGRESS AND IN SO MANY WAYS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHOW MY STRONG AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR THE U.S.-CYPRUS RELATIONSHIP. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE HELLENIC CAUCUS ALONG WITH MR. BILL RAUCOUS, I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT MENTION THE TRAGIC WILDFIRES THATTER TO THROUGH GREECE YESTERDAY. KILLING DOZENS AND INJURING AND DISPLACING HUNDREDS MORE. I AM HEART BROKEN BY THE LOSS OF LIFE AND DESTRUCTION. THESE RAPIDLY MOVING FIRES LEFT IN THEIR WAKE AND I SEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES ALONG WITH ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS TO THE GREEK PEOPLE AT THIS TIME. I KNOW THAT THE HELLENIC AMERICAN COMMUNITY, MANY OF WHOM ARE MY CONSTITUENTS, ARE AFFECTED BY THIS DISASTER. AS WELL. AND HAVE ALREADY BEGUN EFFORTS TO HELP. I WANT TO THANK ESPECIALLY MY FELLOW HELLENIC CAUCUS CO-CHAIR REPRESENTATIVE GUS BILIRAKIS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA. FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER, AN HOUR AND ALSO CONGRESSMAN CICILLINE FOR JOINING HIM AND ORGANIZING IT. I FOUNDED THE CAUCUS WITH HIS FATHER, FORMER REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BILIRAKIS IN 1996. AND IT REMAIN WOUNS THE LARGEST AND MOST ACTIVE CAUCUSES IN CONGRESS. WE FOUNDED THIS CAUCUS AFTER TURKEY INVADED ANNEA. IT SEEMED LIKE EVERY OTHER DAY THERE WAS A MAJOR CRY SAYS THAT CAME TO THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS AND WE FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO FIND WHERE OUR SUPPORTERS WERE. I AM PROUD THAT SINCE THIS CAUCUS HAS BEEN FOUNDED, NO SINGLE BILL HAS BEEN TAKEN TO THE FLOOR THAT ANY WAY HINDERS -- HINDERS OR ROLLS BACK RIGHTS TO GREECE OR CYPRUS SINCE THIS CAUCUS WAS FOUNDED. CYPRUS IS ONE OF OUR STAUNCHEST ALLIES IN THE WORLD. STRENGTHENING OUR ALLIANCE MUST REMAIN A CONSTANT FOREIGN POLICY PRIORITY FOR THE UNITED STATES. WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE AS SOLEMN ANNIVERSARY LAST WEEK THAT HAS BEEN -- IT HAS BEEN 44 YEARS SINCE THE ILLEGAL, TERRIBLE, UNJUST INVASION BY TURKISH TROOPS INTO THE NORTHERN THIRD OF THE NATION OF CYPRUS. AND TO THIS DAY, THE ISLAND AND THE PEOPLE LIVING ON EERLT SIDE OF THE U.N. MONITOR -- ON EITHER SIDE OF THE U.N. MONITORED BUFFER ZONE REMAIN SEPARATED. THERE ARE 40,000 TURKISH TROOPS OCCUPYING NORTHERN CYPRUS TODAY. AND IT IS UNJUST, IT IS WRONG, AND THEY SHOULD BE REMOVED. THEY POSE A LOOMING THREAT THAT THE CYPRIOT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO LIVE WITH EACH AND EVERY DAY. NEGOTIATIONS ON REUNIFICATION ARE UNFORTUNATELY STALLED FOR NOW. AFTER SOME SIGNS OF PROGRESS EARLY LAST YEAR. TURKISH TROOPS ARE UNDENIABLY A HINDRANCE TO PEACE. NO JUST AND LASTING SETTLEMENT FOR EITHER GREASE OR -- GREECE OR TURKISH CYPRIOTS CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE TURKISH MILITARY. WE ARE HERE TODAY TO SHOW THE SUPPORT OF THE U.S. CONGRESS FOR A BICOMMUNE CALL, BIZONAL FEDERATION THAT IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. THE ENTIRE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN AND MOST OF ALL CYPRIOTS THEMSELVES. TWO YEARS AGO, I JOINED CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION LED BY ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, THE FORMER CHAIR OF THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE TO CYPRUS. AS WE TOURED ALONG THE BUFFER ZONE OR THE SO-CALLED GREEN LINE THAT PARTITIONS THE COUNTRY, THE GHOST TOWNS ILLUSTRATED THE DRASTIC IMPACT THAT A DIVIDED CYPRUS HAS ON ITS PEOPLE. I WOULD CALL IT A LOST OPPORTUNITY, LOST ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT. IT IS LITERALLY A DESERTED GHOST TOWN ON ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN THE WORLD. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TOWNS IN THE WORLD. YET I HAVE CONSTITUENTS THAT I REPRESENT THAT CRAWLED OUT OF ONE TOWN ON THEIR BELLIES AS THE TURKISH PLANES WERE DROPPING BOMBS AFTER THEM AND THEIR DREAM IS TO GO BACK TO THEIR HOMELAND. BUT IT IS A WASTELAND. WHEN YOU PASS THE GREEN LINE INTO THE OCCUPIED AREA, IT'S LIKE TOTALLY DESERTED. IT'S LIKE A LOST ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, LOST LIVING STYLE, LOST LIFE. WHEN YOU SEE IT IT IS A VISUALIZATION OF THE -- OF SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES LOST FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY. THE TIME WASTED. AND THE DEVELOPMENT FOREGONE BECAUSE OF THIS EXTENDED CONFLICT AND SEPARATION BETWEEN THE GREEK AND CYPRIOT AREAS AND THE TURKISH AREAS. SOME MAY NOT BE AWARE THAT THE BUFFER ZONE IS PATROLLED NOW BY U.N. PEACEKEEPING FORCES. THE U.S. MUST MAINTAIN ITS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THESE FORCES THAT ARE KEEPING PEACE IN CYPRUS. IT IS ANESQUIVE INVESTMENT, ESPECIALLY NOW, AND IT'S NEEDED. THERE ARE NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF TURKISH AGGRESSION IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, VIOLATIONS OF GREEK AIR SPACE, TERRITORIAL WATERS ARE COMMON PLACE. TURKEY CONTINUES TO INTIMIDATE AND INTERFERE WITH THE COMPANY'S -- COMPANIES OIRPTING IN CYRUS' EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE AND VIOLATE CYPRUS' SOVEREIGN CLAIMS TO ITS TERRITORY. FORTUNATELY, THERE ARE NEAR-TERM INITIATIVES THAT CONGRESS IS PURSUING RIGHT NOW TO DEFEND CYPRUS' STABILITY AND SOVEREIGNTY. THE NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT RELEASED MONDAY INCLUDES A PROVISION TO STUDY LITCHTING THE ARMS EMBARGO ON CYPRUS THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 1987 AND I THINK WE NEED TO GO MUCH FURTHER THAN THAT. I THINK THE EMBARGO SHOULD BE LIFTED TODAY AND I AM PROUD TO BE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF REPRESENTATIVE CICILLINE'S BILL TO DO JUST THAT. THIS STUDY WILL HOPEFULLY BE AT LEAST A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE NDAA ALSO PROHIBITS THE SALE OF F-35 FIGHTER JETS TO TURKEY. THAT -- THAT PROVISION IS LONG OVERDUE AND THAT IS IN THE DEFENSE BUDGET THAT WE WILL BE CONSIDERING TODAY. AND TOMORROW. CYPRUS IS A VITAL U.S. PARTNER IN GLOBAL AND REGIONAL SECURITY, ECONOMIC COOPERATION, AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. I AM PROUD TO BE A CHAMPION AND TO BE A CHAMPION OF THIS RELATIONSHIP IN CONGRESS THROUGH THE HELLENIC CAUCUS AND TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF SO MANY OF MY HELLENIC AMERICAN CONSTITUENTS AND THAT -- IN THAT EFFORT. I AM SO PLEASED THAT MY COLLEAGUE IN CONGRESS, CONGRESSMAN CICILLINE, AND I -- MAY I YIELD MY REMAINING TIME TO MR. CICILLINE, REPRESENTING THE GREAT STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, AN INCREDIBLE LEADER IN THIS CAUCUS, THE LEADER OF OUR MESSAGING UNIT AND IN SO MANY OTHER WAYS AN IMPORTANT LEADER IN THIS CONGRESS.

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                                                    • 08:30:07 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, I WANT TO GIVE MR. CICILLINE THE REMAINING TIME, HE'S A…

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, I WANT TO GIVE MR. CICILLINE THE REMAINING TIME, HE'S A GREAT ADVOCATE FOR CYPRUS AND WE'VE CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION TOGETHER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                                                    • 08:30:32 PM

                                                      MR. CICILLINE

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER…

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER CO-CHAIRMANSHIP OF THIS CAUCUS. BOTH MR. BILIRAKIS AND MRS. MALONEY HAVE BEEN GREAT CHAMPIONS ON THIS ISSUE. I RISE TO JOIN BOTH MY COLLEAGUES TO CELEBRATE THE IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CYPRUS AND HIGHLIGHTS THE CRITICAL ROLE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CYPRUS PLAYS. THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS IS A PARTNER OF THE UNITED STATES AND AN EFFECTIVE ALLY IN COMBATING THREATS BY TERRORISM AND NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. . THROUGH COUNTERTERRORISM ACTIVITIES AND INCREASED COOPERATION ON ENERGY POLICY, OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CYPRUS ALLOWS US TO ADVANCE OUR NATION'S INTERESTS, DEFEND AGAINST THE RISE OF TERRORISM AND REGIONAL ACTERS WHO SEEK TO TAKE STEPS COUNTER TO AMERICAN INTERESTS AND TO PROMOTE THE ONGOING CLOSE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE. THE U.S. PARTICIPATES IN A NUMBER OF JOINT EXERCISES WITH CYPRUS, INCLUDING ANNUAL MULTINATIONAL SEARCH AND RESCUE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT EXERCISES, AND WE COORDINATE TRAINING PROGRAMS IN EXPLOSIVE MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL CYBERSECURITY, COUSHT TERRORISM AND MARITIME -- COUNTERTERRORISM AND MARITIME SAFETY AND SECURITY. WE WORK WITH THEM TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND FOSTER AN EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL NONPROLIFERATION REGIME. IN 2015 WE JOINED CYPRUS AS MEMBERS OF THE PROLIFERATION SECURITY INITIATIVE, IN COULD HE HOSTING A REGIONAL NONPROLIFERATION -- CO-HOSTING A REGIONAL NONPROLIFERATION WORKSHOP. WE'RE ALSO JOINING CYPRUS IN PROVIDING MORE SECURE SOURCES OF DOMESTIC ENERGY FOR CYPRUS AND ALL OF EUROPE. AMERICAN COMPANIES ARE PLAYING A VALUABLE ROLE IN ENERGY EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES IN CYPRUS' EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE, IN ORDER TO HELP PROVIDE EUROPE WITH POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVES TO RUSSIAN GAS AND OIL. YET DESPITE THIS CRITICAL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES, THE UNITED STATES HAS HAD IN PLACE AN ARMS EMBARGO AGAINST THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS SINCE 1987. THIS POLICY WAS INITIALLY INTENDED TO PREVENT AN ARMS RACE ON ISLAND WITH TURKEY, FOLLOWING TURKEY'S 1974 INVASION OF CYPRUS AND ITS SUBSEQUENT OCCUPATION OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR REUNIFICATION TALKS. HOWEVER, MORE THAN 30 YEARS SINCE THE EMBARGO WAS FIRST IMPLEMENTED, TURKEY STILL HAS MORE THAN 30,000 TROOPS OCCUPYING THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OF SIGH PULSE ARE. REUNIFICATION TALKS HAVE NOT PRODUCED INTENDED RESULTS AND THE U.S. IS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN A FULL SECURITY RELATIONSHIP WITH A KEY PARTNER IN COMBATING TERRORISM. ON TOP OF THIS, TURKEY CONTINUES TO THREATEN CYPRUS' ENERGY EXPLORATION BY CONTINUING TO HARASS DRILLING VESSELS IN THE E.E.Z. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EUROPEAN ANDURE ASIAN AFFAIRS HAS SAID THAT THIS HARASSMENT CANNOT BE TOLERATED. WE NEED TO ENACT POLICIES THAT STRENGTHEN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CYPRUS AND COUNTERACT DANGEROUS ELEMENTS IN THE REGION, WHICH THREATEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND THE INTERESTS OF OUR ALLIES IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN. LAST YEAR I INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO LIFT THE THREE DECADE-OLD EMBARGO ON CYPRUS, WHICH WOULD ALLOW US TO STRENGTH THE PARTNERSHIP WE BUILT WITH THEM. OUR INABILITY TO PROVIDE CYPRUS WITH NECESSARY EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO DEFEND ITS SOVEREIGNTY AND ITS ECONOMIC INTERESTS THREATENS OUR OWN NATIONAL SECURITY. LIFTING THE ARMS EMBARGO ALLOWS THEM TO BETTER ESTABLISH ITSELF AS A FRONTLINE STATE FOR WESTERN SECURITY INTERESTS. DEFEND ITSELF FROM EXTERNAL THREATS. AND IT WILL ENSURE THAT CYPRUS IS NO LONGER FORCED TO SEEK ASSISTANCE FOR ITS DEFENSE FROM COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA. CYPRUS IS AN INVALUABLE PARTNER AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE TREATING IT AS SUCH. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR ORGANIZING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE U.S.-CYPRIOT RELATIONSHIP. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM, WITH OUR STATE DEPARTMENT, AND WITH THE CYPRIOT GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO PARTNER IN IMPORTANT WAYS. AND I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE INDULGENCE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      MR. BILIRAKIS

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. HE'S A GREAT…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. HE'S A GREAT ADVOCATE FOR CYPRUS AND CYPRUS IS A GREAT PARTNER, A GREAT ALLY, STRATEGIC ALLY, AND WE'LL CONTINUE -- WILL CONTINUE TO BE. SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE, WE WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THIS EVENING AND I THINK WE HAVE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I NOW MOVE THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE HOUSE ADJOURN.

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                                                      Mr. Bilirakis moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                                      On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                        Adjourned

                                                        The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 26, 2018.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 25, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINTS THE…

                                                        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 25, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINTS THE HONORABLE DOUG LAMBORN TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                        MR. BOST

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE FOR HIS ROLE IN…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE FOR HIS ROLE IN RESCUING 12 YOUNG SOCCER PLAYERS AND THEIR COACH FROM A FLOODED CAVE IN THAILAND EARLIER THIS MONTH. TINET, A GROUND WATERS EXPERT, EDUCATED AT S.I.U. CARBONDALE, BEGAN DOING CHARITY WORK IN HIS NATIVE COUNTRY OF THAILAND THREE YEARS AGO. HE WAS IN THAILAND ASSISTING RURAL RESIDENTS FIX THEIR WATER PROBLEMS WHEN HE GOT THE CALL FROM A THAILAND MILITARY. WITHIN THREE HOURS, HE WAS ON A PLANE TO GO HELP DIVERT RISING WATER LEVELS IN THE CAVE. THE RESCUE OPERATION USED HIS EXPERTISE TO DIVERT WATER AND ALLOW DIVERS TO REACH THE SOCCER TEAM. AFTER 18 GRUELING DAYS, THE -- WHICH CAPTIVATED THE WORLD, THE BOYS AND THEIR SOCCER COACH WERE SAFELY RESCUED. YOU PLAYED A VITALLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN SAVING 13 LIVES AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IS PROUD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE OFFICER JAMES HOLDER OF PING ANY HAVE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR RECEIVING THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD. IT RECOGNIZES OFFICERS WHO CONDUCT THAT PROMOTES JUSTICE AND BRINGS HONOR AND RESPECT TO THE ENTIRE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. HE WAS ACKNOWLEDGED FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN A SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATION DURING A A MAJOR FIRE IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING NEXT TO THE PERRY COUNTY JAIL. HE FORCIBLY ENTERED THE BUILDING, NOTIFYING THE RESIDENTS TO IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE, CLEARING HOUSING UNITS TO ENSURE NO ONE WAS PRESENT. HE PROCEEDED TO IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF THE FIRE, WORK WITH OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS AS TRAFFIC AND CROWD CONTROL. THANK YOU, OFFICER HOLDER, FOR YOUR BRAVE SERVICE AND THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FIRST RESPONDERS OUT THERE RISKING THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE W THAT, HOLDER, FOR MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

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

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                                                        MR. BLUMENAUER

                                                        EVERY DAY THERE IS A HEAD SPINNING MOMENT WITH SOMEONE WILLING TO PUSH THE…

                                                        EVERY DAY THERE IS A HEAD SPINNING MOMENT WITH SOMEONE WILLING TO PUSH THE PRESIDENTIAL POWERS TO THE POINT OF ABUSE. TRUMP IS UNDERMINING FREEDOM OF PRESS WITH UNPRECEDENTED ATTACKS. HE CAST DOUBT ON THE INTEGRITY AND COMPETENCE OF UNITED STATES INTELLIGENCE SERVICES. HE HAS AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS MANIPULATING THE DATA OF A DISHONEST AGENCY EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF MONUMENT STATUS THAT PROTECTS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES AND ENDANGERED SPECIES LIKE THE MAGNIFICENT SAGE GROUSE. TODAY'S OUTRAGE IS A PLAN TO USE THE COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION TO FUNNEL ANOTHER $12 BILLION OF BAILOUT FOR AMERICAN FARMERS. YOU KNOW, MOST FARMERS AND RANCHERS DON'T WANT A GOVERNMENT BAILOUT. THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO FARM. THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO MARKET. THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS WITHOUT THE THREAT OF TRUMP'S TRADE WAR. SOON AFTER OBAMA TOOK OFFICE INHERITING THE WORST ECONOMY SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, WE HAVE SEEN STEADY PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYMENT GROWTH FOR NINE CONSECUTIVE YEARS. NOW AFTER INHERITING A STRONG AND GROWING ECONOMY, TRUMP AND HIS ENABLERS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE THREATENING THIS PROGRESS WITH A TRADE WAR THAT INCREASES PRICES FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS, FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES, AND RISING -- RAISING THEIR COSTS. IT'S HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF EVERYTHING. TRUMP'S INVOLVED WITH AN ALL-OUT WAR ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AFTER UTTERLY FAILING IN HIS PROMISE -- REMEMBER, HE WAS GOING TO PROVIDE BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR MORE PEOPLE AT LOWER COST. WHO KNEW HEALTH CARE WAS COMPETENT. INSTEAD, HIS ADMINISTRATION IS RAISING INSURANCE COSTS FOR MILLIONS IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET WHILE DESTABILIZING INSURANCE FOR THE REST OF US. IT IS -- THERE WERE PROMISES OF TAX REFORM. MAKING IT SIMPLER AND FAIRER. INSTEAD, WE HAVE HOPELESSLY COMPLICATED THE TAX CODE. WE HAVE GIVEN MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR MANY PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T NEED THEM. WE'RE GOING TO BE WATCHING RAISING TAXES ON HOMEOWNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND AS A RESULT OF THESE ACTIONS FOR THE BUDGET AND THE TAXES, WE HAVE DOUBLED THE BUDGET DEFICIT THIS YEAR WITH THE PROSPECT OF DEFICITS, $1 TRILLION OR MORE, AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN CAN SEE. -- EYE CAN SEE. AFTER REPUBLICANS HAVE CUT OVER $2 TRILLION IN TAXES SINCE 2001 FOR JUST THE TOP 1%, WHAT IS THE SOLUTION OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE OFFERING TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES? LOOK AT THE BUDGET THEY JUST PASSED. $2 TRILLION OF CUTS IN PROGRAMS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE. SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AT SOME POINT THE PUBLIC IS GOING TO CATCH ON WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THEM. IN FACT, MAYBE THEY ALREADY ARE. MAYBE THAT'S THE REASON THAT THE REPUBLICAN TAX CUTS ARE LESS POPULAR THAN BILL CLINTON'S TAX INCREASE. IT'S TIME THAT WE TAKE A STEP BACK WHILE WE STILL CAN AND GET BACK ON THE APPROPRIATE FISCAL COURSE. IT DOES NOT DEAL WITH TRADE WARS AND PROVIDING MONEY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T NEED IT. LET'S LET THE ECONOMY FUNCTION.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                        MR. THOMPSON

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE STRENGTHENING…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT, WHICH HAS BEEN -- SEEN UNANIMOUS SUPPORT IN BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS. SOMETHING I HOPE CONTINUES TODAY. I PROUDLY CHAMPION THIS BILL BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVING PASSING IT WILL BE A WIN FOR STUDENTS, WORKERS, AND FOR EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA'S READY FOR A WIN. IN JUNE, 2017, THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THIS BILL TO STRENGTHEN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. MONDAY, THE SENATE ALSO APPROVED IT UNANIMOUSLY AND WE'RE NOW JUST STEPS AWAY FROM GETTING THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW. THIS BILL HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX, RANKING MEMBER -- AND RANKING MEMBER BOBBY SCOTT. I THANK THEM BOTH. I WANT TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC LEAD, REPRESENTATIVE KRISHNAMOORTHI, AND MY CAUCUS COULD HE CHAIRMAN, REPRESENTATIVE JIM LANGEVIN. HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS HAVE BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION TO THE RESPECTIVE FLOORS BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT IS AN IMPORTANT BILL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION AIMS TO RESTORE RUNGS ON THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE ALL AMERICANS DESERVE A GOOD-PAYING FAMILY SUSTAINING JOB. TOO OFTEN WE SEE STUDENTS PUSH DOWN THE COLLEGE FOR ALL PATHWAY THAT JUST DOESN'T WORK FOR ALL. AND FOR SOME PEOPLE. BUT C.T.E. HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A PATH THAT MANY HIGH ACHIEVING STUDENTS CHOOSE IN PURSUIT OF INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION AND HANDS ON SKILLS THAT THEY CAN USE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN A SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION PROGRAM OR IN COLLEGE. BY MODERNIZING THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. PROGRAMS, WE'LL BE ABLE TO CONNECT MORE EDUCATORS WITH INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS AND CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP IN THIS COUNTRY. 6.7 MILLION JOBS, GOOD JOBS, ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED TO BE QUALIFIED TO GET THEM. IN FACT, TODAY RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON C.T.E. WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED IN THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE AND HAS INVITED 24 INNOVATORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR THE BIPARTISAN INNOVATION FORUM AND SHOWCASE. DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS WILL SHARE WITH CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC HOW THEY ARE ADDRESSING THE NATION'S EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT CHANGES. I'M PROUD TO COUNT AMONG THESE PROFESSIONALS MR. JOE LUTHER FROM MY DISTRICT. HE'S THE HORTICULTURE AND LANDSCAPING INSTRUCTOR AT THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LOCATED IN PLEASANT GAP, CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. HE USES HANDS ON INSTRUCTION TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO REACH GREAT HEIGHTS AND ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN LIFE. HE BRINGS REAL LIFE SCENARIOS INTO HIS CLASSROOM AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW STUDENTS WHAT THEIR FUTURE CAN BE LIKE IN THE WORK FORCE. I KNOW EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE WANTS TO GIVE EVERY AMERICAN, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY COME FROM, THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED. THAT'S WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE STRENGTHENING IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT WHEN IT COMES BACK TO THE FLOOR TODAY. LE WITH A SENATE AMENDMENT. THIS BILL AND THE AMENDMENT WILL MODERNIZING THE FEDERAL ROLE IN OUR NATION'S C.T.E. PROGRAM WHICH IS LONG OVERDUE. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT WILL RESTORE RUNGS ON THE LAD IROF OPPORTUNITY. IT WILL INSPIRE NEW GENERATION OF BUILDERS AND THINKERS AND MAKERS AND CREATORS. AND WILL GIVE EVERY AMERICAN A SHOT AT THE AMERICAN DREAM WHICH IS OPPORTUNITY AND SUCCESS IN LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUTTERFIELD,…

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

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                                                        MR. BUTTERFIELD

                                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS MORNING TO…

                                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS MORNING TO RECOGNIZE THREE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE ALL CELEBRATING BIRTHDAY 100. VERY, VERY SOON. MRS. CORA JONES BOOTS MCCLOUD. MRS. CHRISTINE JOHNSON UMSTEAD. AND MRS. ANNIE BELL GILMORE ROGERS ARE ALL MEMBERS OF HISTORIC MOUNT VERNE NONE BAPTIST CHURCH, LOCATED IN DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, PASTORED BY MY FRIEND, DR. JEROME J. WASHINGTON. THESE LADIES WILL SOON CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THEY HAVE COMMITTED MUCH OF THEIR LIVES TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY. THEY ARE DEVOUT CHRISTIANS OF THE MISSIONARY BAPTIST FAITH WHO LOVE THEIR CHURCH. MRS. CORA JONES BOOTS MCCLOUD WAS BORN ON AUGUST 8, 1918, IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, AND ATTENDED ROSENWALL SCHOOLS. SHE STARTED HER OWN BUSINESS IN DURHAM HAS A PROFESSIONAL BEAUTICIAN. SHE HAS SPENT ALL OF HER LIFE ENCOURAGING HER FAMILY AND COMMUNITY TO BE INDEPENDENT AND FAITHFUL IN THEIR PURSUITS. HER LEADERSHIP IS REFLECTED IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND AT HER BELOVED MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH, WHERE SHE SERVED AS CHURCH USHER. MRS. CHRISTINE JOHNSON UMSTEAD WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1918, IN ROCKS BORROW, NORTH CAROLINA, LOCATED IN PERSON COUNTY JUST NORTH OF DURHAM. SHE CAME TO DURHAM AS A FOOD SERVICE PROFESSIONAL. IN RETIREMENT SHE HAS ENCOURAGED OTHERS TO BECOME ACTIVE SENIOR CITIZENS BY SETTING AN EXAMPLE AND PROVIDING MOTIVATION TO ALL. SHE JOINED MOUNT VERNON IN 1948 AND HAS REMAINED AN ACTIVE CHURCH MEMBER. OVER THE YEARS SHE HAS PROVIDED FAITHFUL LEADERSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP AS A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY, MEMBER OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION, AND THE J.E. BEST BIBLE CLASS. NUMBER THREE, FINALLY, YET IMPORTANTLY, IS MRS. ANNIE BELLE GILMORE ROGERS. MRS. ROGERS WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 20, 1918, IN DURHAM WHOSE ANCESTORS WERE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH. OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS, SHE HAS EXEMPLIFIED THE VALUE OF FAITH, EDUCATION, AND RESOURCEFULNESS. SHE ATTENDED WHAT WAS THEN HILLSIDE PARK SCHOOL. WE NOW IT AS HILLSIDE HIGH SCHOOL IN DURHAM. SHE WENT ON TO BECOME A TEACHER'S ASSISTANT AT C.C. SPAULDING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE SHE HELPED EDUCATE YOUNG MINDS WHO WOULD GO ON TO BECOME ADERS. MRS. ROGERS RECOGNIZED THE VALUE OF MANAGING HER RESOURCES AND TEACHING HER FAMILY TO DO THE SAME. SHE WAS AMONG THE FIRST MEMBERS AND LEADERS OF THE MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH CREDIT UNION AT A TIME WHEN AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAD FEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTING THEIR LIMITED RESOURCES OR BORROWING MONEY TO DEVELOP INDIVIDUAL WEALTH. THE CREDIT UNION STANDS TODAY AS THE LAST FUNCTIONING CHURCH CREDIT UNION IN THE STATE WITH MEMBERS OF MRS. ROGERS' FAMILY SERVING ON ITS BOARD. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE THIS MORNING THAT I SPEAK THESE WORDS TODAY FROM THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THESE THREE STRONG AND POWERFUL AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE WORKED AND LABORED TO EMPOWER THEIR FAMILIES AND MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH INTO A SPIRITUAL FORCE SERVING THE DURHAM COMMUNITY. SO I AM GRATEFUL TO THESE REMARKABLE WOMEN FOR THEIR LOVE OF HUMANITY AND OO CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR COMMUNITY. -- AND CONTRIBUTE SHUNES TO THEIR COMMUNITY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WISHING THESE THREE GREAT AMERICANS OUR VERY BEST WISHES AS THEY EACH CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. . CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF LIFE.

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                                                        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN,…

                                                        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CALL ATTENTION TO ONE VERY REMARKABLE YOUNG…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CALL ATTENTION TO ONE VERY REMARKABLE YOUNG WOMAN. EARLIER THIS YEAR I HAD THE HONOR OF MEETING MERCEDES WHILE VISITING BOSTWANA AS PART OF A DELEGATION TRIP. SADLY, BOSTWANA IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH HIV-AIDS. EVERY YEAR THERE ARE 14,000 NEW INFECTIONS AND ONE IN FIVE ADULTS HAS HIV-AIDS. MERCEDES IS ONE OF THESE ADULTS. BORN WITH HIV-AIDS 23 YEARS AGO, SHE LOST BOTH OF HER PARENTS AND MANY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS TO THIS DISEASE. BUT WHEN MY HUSBAND, DEXTER, AND I VISITED WITH HER IN BOSTWANA SHE WAS FULL OF OPTIMISM AND DETERMINATION. MERCEDES' STORY IS REMARKABLE AND WHAT SHE'S HAD TO OVERCOME IS TRULY INSPIRING. SHE HAS MADE IT HER MISSION TO EDUCATE THE PEOPLE OF BOSTWANA ON HIV-AIDS TO DISPEL ANY RUMORS OR STIGMA RELATED TO THIS DISEASE AND TO ONE DAY SEE A BOSTWANA FREE OF THIS TERRIBLE ORDEAL. WE WERE SO INSPIRED WITH THIS VISIT AND SHE IS TRULY A SHINING ROLE MODEL FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. THAT IS WHY OUR PEPFAR PROGRAM IS SO VITALLY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUST OVER 15 YEARS, PEPFAR HAS SAVED AND IMPROVED MILLIONS OF LIVES WHILE PREVENTING MILLIONS MORE OF H.I.V. INFECTIONS. THANKS TO AMERICAN LEADERSHIP, PEPFAR AND REMARKABLE INDIVIDUALS LIKE MERCEDES, WE CAN ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF SUSTAINABLE CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF THE HIV-AIDS EPIDEMIC. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE AND THANK MY DEAR FRIEND, BOB ROSASCO, FOR HIS EFFORTS WITH MEN'S INTERNATIONAL SEMINARY AND SEMINARY PRISON DEGREE PROGRAM. SINCE 2010, THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN TEACHING THEOLOGY IN FLORIDA'S PRISONS IN ORDER TO EDUCATE, TO TRAIN, AND TO EQUIP MEMBERS OF THE PRISON POPULATION SO THEY CAN TEACH OTHERS ABOUT RELIGION AND THE WORD OF GOD. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES INMATES WITH THE NECESSARY TOOLS AND TRAINING THAT PREPARE THEM TO RE-ENTER SOCIETY AND BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AFTER THEIR RELEASE. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS, INCLUDING RELIGIOUS PROGRAMS WHILE INCARCERATED ARE MUCH LESS LIKELY TO REOFFEND. BECAUSE OF BOB AND THE EFFORTS OF SO MANY LIKE HIM, THIS PROGRAM NOW HAS OVER 200 STUDENTS PARTICIPATING WITH PLANS TO KEEP EXPANDING BEYOND FLORIDA AND ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE BOB AS A MEMBER OF OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY AND I COMMEND HIM FOR CONTINUOUSLY GIVING BACK TO OTHERS BY SHARING HIS TIME, HIS KNOWLEDGE, AND HIS PASSION. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE RYAN DULY, A DEDICATED FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, A PUBLIC SERVANT, AND MY FRIEND, WHO LIVES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN BEAUTIFUL SOUTH FLORIDA. I FIRST MET RYAN 14 YEARS AGO SHORTLY AFTER HE ARRIVED IN MIAMI AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S MIAMI PASSPORT AGENCY. RYAN'S COMMITMENT TO SERVICE IS UNPARALLELED, AND BECAUSE OF HIS EFFORTS, HE WAS SOON PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF THE MIAMI PASSPORT AGENCY. WHEN THE SAN JUAN PASSPORT AGENCY OPENED ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC IN 2014, RYAN WAS CHOSEN TO LEAD THAT OFFICE AS WELL. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME OUR FELLOW AMERICANS LIVING IN PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS GAINED DIRECT ACCESS TO MUCH-NEEDED PASSPORT SERVICE AND THAT WAS TRULY AN HISTORIC MILESTONE. TODAY, RYAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING COUNTLESS CITIZENS ACROSS A HUGE GEOGRAPHIC AREA. RYAN AND HIS STAFF ARE CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONALS DEDICATED TO SERVING THEIR COMMUNITIES EFFICIENTLY AND ACCURATELY. UNDER RYAN'S LEADERSHIP, THEY HAVE MET AND OVERCOME NUMEROUS PASSPORT WORKLOAD CHALLENGES. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH RYAN ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS, BOTH IN MIAMI AND HERE IN D.C., AND I CAN SAY THAT HE'S RESPECTED AND ADMIRED BY HIS COLLEAGUES AT LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LEVELS. I ALSO KNOW NUMEROUS STATE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES WHO GOT THEIR START IN MIAMI AND WERE MENTORED BY RYAN AND ENCOURAGED TO EXCELL IN THEIR PUBLIC SERVICE PATH. IT IS IN HIS CAREER THAT HAS TAKEN HIM AROUND THE WORLD. RYAN HAS ALWAYS PROMOTED THE IDEALS OF FREEDOM, OF DEMOCRACY, OF BEING RESPONSIBLE TO THE CITIZENS OF OUR GREAT NATION. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS, RYAN DULY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR TIRELESS WORK. I COMMEND YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE. I HOPE THAT YOU CONTINUE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO, AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS FAITHFULLY. I WISH YOU AND YOUR PARTNER, GERALD DARBY, THE BEST IN THE YEARS TO COME. GRACIAS, AMIGO.

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                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE…

                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MS. KELLY

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO MARK MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO MARK MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES DO NOT DISCRIMINATE. THEY AFFECT AMERICANS OF ALL AGES, RACES, BACKGROUNDS AND GENDERS. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE FROM A BLUE STATE, A RED STATE, OR A SWING STATE. MENTAL ILLNESS IS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. IT AFFECTS YOUR FAMILY AND EXISTS IN YOUR FRIEND GROUP AND WITH YOUR CO-WORKERS. TRAGICALLY, WHILE MENTAL HEALTH IMPACTS PEOPLE ACROSS THE BOARD, TOO MANY NEVER SEEK OR GET TREATMENT BECAUSE OF THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL HEALTH CARE. IT SHAMES THEM INTO SILENCE. SO IT'S FITTING FITTING THAT THIS MOTTO IS CURE STIGMA. THE SILENCE OF STIGMA PLAGUES AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATIONS AND OTHER ETHNIC GROUPS. IT'S A SAD AND STAGGERING STATISTIC THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE 20% MORE LIKELY TO REPORT SERIOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS BUT 25% WILL SEEK CARE. THERE IS A TRAGIC INEQUITY IN THAT FIGURE GIVEN 40% OF THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS WILL SEEK CARE. IS THIS A MATTER OF STIGMA, CULTURALLY COMPETENT CARE, AND ASSOCIATED RESOURCES, OR PERHAPS A COMBINATION OF THEM ALL? MR. SPEAKER, IT'S PAST TIME WE TACKLE THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL HEALTH THAT KEEPS TOO MANY TRAPPED WITHOUT HOPE, RECOURSE, OR RECOVERY. AS FOR ACCESS TO CARE, THANKS TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ALL HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS ARE REQUIRED TO COVER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES JUST AS THEY WOULD COVER CANCER SCREENINGS AND TETANUS SHOTS. THIS ADMINISTRATION, EITHER THROUGH CRUELTY OR WOEFUL IGNORANCE, HAS ACTIVELY ATTACKED THE MENTAL HEALTH REQUIREMENT AND SOUGHT TO PUSH, OR AS I CALL THEM JUNK INSURANCE PLANS, THAT NEGLECT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. WE MUST DO BETTER. CONGRESS MUST BE BETTER. TOO MANY, ESPECIALLY IN VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, ARE STILL IN DESPERATE NEED OF THIS CARE. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO BE CO-SPONSORING THE MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOL ACT, OFFERED BY MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN GRACE NAPOLITANO. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS TO STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON DEALING WITH FRALMA AND VIOLENCE. CONGRESS -- TRAUMA AND VIOLENCE. CONGRESS CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TODAY IF WE PASS THIS BILL. I'M ALSO PROUD TO BE CO-RESPONSE RG THE VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH ACK -- CO-SPONSORING THE VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS ACT. MR. CARTWRIGHT'S BILL WOULD HELP THE V.A. THIS IS REALLY COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION WITH MORE THAN 20 OF OUR BRAVE VETERANS COMMITTING SUICIDE DAILY, IT'S OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE WE PASS THIS BILL. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE, MY COLLEAGUES AND THOSE WATCHING AT HOME ON C-SPAN, THAT MENTAL HEALTH IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ALL WORK ON. SIMPLE, SMALL, EVERYDAY THINGS CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. HERE'S MY PERSONAL TOP FIVE. FIRST, TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF EXERCISE OR EVEN A LITTLE MORE SLEEP CAN IMPROVE MOOD, REDUCE STRESS, AND IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH ALL AROUND. SECOND, FIND A STRESS MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGY. FOR SOME IT'S READING AND RUNNING. SOME IT'S COFFEE WITH FRIENDS OR GO TO A MOVIE. THIRD, SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GOOD PEOPLE, BE IT FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST IN YOUR COMMUNITY. FOURTH, VOLUNTEERISM IS SOMETHING TO GET OUT OF YOUR HEARD. IT'S GREAT FOR YOU AND GREAT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY. FINALLY, IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE NEEDS HELP, PLEASE GET IT. DON'T LET STIGMA HOLD YOU BACK. MR. SPEAKER, AS MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH COMES TO A CLOSE, IT'S CURE STIGMA. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                        MR. COLLINS

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE RYAN AND ABBY OF…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE RYAN AND ABBY OF GAINESVILLE FOR CREATING A BOOK DRIVE FOR NEWBORNS WHO ARE RECEIVING LIFESAVING MEDICAL TREATMENT. THE COUPLE WAS INSPIRED TO ESTABLISH THE MIGHTY THREE AFTER THEIR TRIPLETS, MAGGIE, MAX, MILLER, UNDERWENT MEDICAL CENTER IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER FOLLOWING THEIR BIRTHS. FOR MONTHS THEY COULD NOT HOLD THEIR BABIES WHILE THEY RECEIVED CRUCIAL MEDICAL ATTENTION. AS TEACHERS, THE YOUNG COUPLE THOUGHT THEY COULD LEVERAGE READING USING THE SOUNDS OF THEIR VOICE TO DEVELOP A BOND WITH THE THREE TINY PATIENTS. THEY DESIGNED THE MIGHTY THREE NICK UE BOOK DRIVE TO GIVE FAMILIES TWO BOOKS FOR EACH BABY RECEIVING TREATMENT. INITIALLY, THE COUPLE SET OUT TO COLLECT 850 BOOKS BUT QUICKLY SURPASSED THAT GOAL. THROUGH THEIR TIRELESS WORK, THE MIGHTY THREE NICK UE BOOK DRIVE HAS PROVIDED 2,000 BOOKS TO THE HOSPITAL ON SPRING STREET. I COMMEND THEM FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND WISH THEM THE TWO OF THEM MUCH JOY AS THEY RAISE THEIR THREE HEALTHY CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN NORTHEAST GEORGIA IN CELEBRATING THE 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE TY COBB MUSEUM. THEY OPENED IN 1998. TY COBB WAS A MAJOR LEAGUE OUTFIELDER WHO SET 90 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL RECORDS DURING HIS CAREER. SOME OF WHICH STAND TODAY. HE PLAYED FOR THE DETROIT TIGERS FOR 22 YEARS AND LATER FOR THE PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS FOR TWO SEASONS. HE HAD 4,65 RUNS SCORED AND BATTED IN 897 STOLEN BASES AND A BATTING AVERAGE OF.366 AT THE CLOSE OF HIS CAREER. ADDITIONALLY, COBB WAS THE FIRST PLAYER INDUCTED INTO THE INTERNATIONAL BASEBALL HOW MUCH. THE GEORGIA PEACH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COBB MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND THE COBB EDUCATIONAL FUND WHICH HAS LEFT A LASTING LEGACY OF LOVE FOR HIS HOMETOWN. MR. SPEAKER, THE TY COBB MUSEUM CAPTURES SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS FROM HIS ROOTS TO AMERICA'S PASTIME. I CONGRATULATE THEM FOR THE TWO DECADES OF SERVICE TO THEIR GEORGIA COMMUNITY AND WISH THEM WELL IN THEIR ENDEAVORS. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE CAROLINE OF J. MOORE FARMS INALITYO. AS PART OF THE YOUNG RANCHERS AND FARMERS PROGRAM, HER COMMITMENT EARNED HER EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE AWARD. SHE HOLDS DEGREES IN AGRICULTURE LEADERSHIP FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA AND TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY RESPECTIVELY. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER AS A STUDENT TEACHER AND LATER BECAME AN AGRICULTURAL FELLOW IN THE OFFICE OF ONE OF MY FORMER COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN JACK KINGSTON. TODAY, CAROLINE SERVES AS COORDINATOR FOR J. MOORE FARMS. SHE MANAGES ALL EVENTS LIKE THE FESTIVAL HONORING MY FAVORITE PEACH, THE ANNUAL GEORGIA BELL PEACH FESTIVAL. SHE ALSO RUNS J. MOORE FUNDS REGULARLY ATTRACTING ATTENTION FROM ACROSS THE STATE AND COUNTRY. CAROLINE HAS PROMOTED THE WORK OF THE NORTHEAST GEORGIA FARMERS BY COMMUNICATING THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCALLY GROWN PRODUCE FOR COMMUNITIES AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HER ON THIS AWARD AND WISH HER WELL THROUGHOUT HER CAREER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO -- IN RECOGNITION OF KIT DUNLAP, PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE GREATER HALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHO RECEIVED THE GEORGIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE LEGACY AWARD. THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE LEGACY AWARD IS THE HIGHEST HONOR, RECOGNIZING EXECUTIVES WHO DEDICATED MANY YEARS TO SUCCESSFULLY IMPROVING THEIR LOCAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. KIT HAS SERVED AS THE GREATER HALL TOP OFFICIAL FOR OVER 20 YEARS. HER AMBITION AND COMPASSION FOR OTHERS HAS ALLOWED HER TO EXCEL. SHE HAS TRANSFORMED THE GREATER HALL CHAMBER BY BRINGING TOGETHER A WELL-CONNECTED ECONOMIC TEAM. THIS HAS INCREASED JOB AVAILABILITY AND JOB ATTENTION. KIT HAS MANAGED HALLMARK CAMPAIGN AND THE VISION 2030 WHICH HELPED FUND COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATION AND PROGRAMS. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND, KIT DUNLAP, ON THIS AWARD AND THANK HER FOR HER SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, KIT'S -- AS KIT IS REPRESENTED, I MUST END THIS SPEECH BY ANSWERING THE QUESTION SHE ASKS. WHAT IS THE WATER LEVEL OF LAKE LANIER? IT'S 1071.89. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, FOR FIVE…

                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MR. DAVIS

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MR.…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MR. ROBERT "BOB" MONDRACI, AS HE'S BETTER KNOWN. BOB WAS THE MOST DEDICATED, COMMITTED, AND MOST LOYAL TRAINED ORGANIZER THAT I'VE EVER KNOWN. BOB CAME TO THE SOUTH AUSTIN COMMUNITY DURING THE TIME OF GREAT TURBULENCE. THE COMMUNITY WAS IN THE THROES OF A GREAT TRANSITION, FROM BEING 80% WHITE TO BECOMING 80% BLACK WITHIN A 10-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME. . RED LINING, DISINVESTMENT, AND ALL MANNER OF MALFEASANCE WAS TAKING PLACE. POLICE BRUTALITY. OTHER FORMS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT MISCONDUCT WERE RAMPANT. I MET BOB DURING THIS PERIOD. IT WAS ALSO DURING THIS TIME THAT THE ORGANIZATION FOR A BETTER AUSTIN UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF GAIL WAS ORGANIZED. SOUTH AUSTIN COALITION COMMUNITY COUNCIL, S. A A.C., WAS FORMED WITH BOB AS A LEAD ORGANIZER. AND I DECIDED TO RUN FOR THE CITY COUNCIL. OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE FOLLOWED BOB'S WORK WITHOUT EXCEPTION. SOUTH AUSTIN IS PRACTICALLY AN ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY EXCEPT FOR A FEW MERCHANTS WHO NEVER LEFT THE AREA. A FEW WHITE CITIZENS, SCHOOLTEACHERS, AND POLICEMEN. OF COURSE BOB IS WHITE OUR CAUCASIAN. AND YET HE WON THE HEARTS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE. HE HAS DEVELOPED INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MANY OF THE RESIDENTS, AND TO MANY HE'S LIKE A MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY. THROUGH BOB'S LEADERSHIP S.A.C. BECAME KNOWN AS THE TOP GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA. BOB WAS ALWAYS A STRATEGIST. BUT THE MEMBERS LIKE MR. ED BAILEY, MISS IRENE NORWOOD, MRS. LILLIAN DRUMMOND, MR. GEORGE LARSON, JUANITA WERE THE VOICES. MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IT BUT IT WAS S.A.C. WHO LED COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT. IT WAS S.A.C. WHO ORGANIZED SENIOR CITIZENS. IT WAS S.A.C. THAT LED TO FIGHT FOR LIHEAP. IT WAS S.A.C. THAT KEPT THE AUSTIN BANK ON ITS TOES. IT WAS S.A.C. THAT UNITED BLOCK CLUBS. IT WAS S.A.C. THAT GOT PEOPLE TO JOIN LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCILS. AND IT WAS S.A.C. THAT GOT CHURCHES TO OPEN THEIR DOORS FOR COMMUNITY MEETINGS. I HAVE BEEN IN BUILDINGS WITH BOB WHERE THERE WAS NO HEAT. I HAVE BEEN HOMES WHERE THERE WAS NO FOOD. I HAVE BEEN ON STREETS WHERE THERE WERE NO LIGHTS. I HAVE BEEN WITH BOB IN ALLEYS WHERE THERE WAS NO HOPE. I HAVE BEEN WITH BOB AND FAMILIES AFTER THEIR RELATIVES WERE SHOT. BOB HAS WORKED TO BRING HELP TO THE HELPLESS AND HOPE TO THE HOPELESS. BOB, YOU ARE A GOOD MAN. AND I THANK YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN, FOR WHAT YOU HAVE MEANT TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO OUR WORLD. TRUE SOLDIERS ARE ALWAYS RELUCTANT TO COME OFF THE BATTLEFIELD, BUT THERE COMES A TIME WHEN WE MUST PUT AWAY OUR SWORDS AND SHIELDS TO PRACTICE WAR NO MORE. WHEN THAT TIME COMES, BOB, JUST KNOW, THAT YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE. WHEN YOU CAME TO SOUTH AUSTIN, NEWSPAPERS WERE WRITING IT WOULD BE THE NEXT BIG SLUM. THEY DID NOT KNOW YOU AND THEY DID NOT KNOW THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AUSTIN. SOUTH AUSTIN IS NOT A SLUM. IT IS A VIBRANT, FORWARD THINKING, FORWARD MOVING COMMUNITY. BOB, YOU HAVE DONE THE MASTER'S WORK. YOU HAVE FED THE HUNGRY. CLOTHED THE NAKED. BROUGHT HOPE TO THE HOPELESS. AND HELP TO THE HELPLESS. YOU HAVE LIFTED SPIRITS AND YOU HAVE TAUGHT PEOPLE HOW TO LOVE AND HOW TO LIVE. AND HOW TO WORK TOGETHER. I CLOSE BY LEAVING THESE WORDS WITH AND FOR YOU. IF, WHEN YOU GIVE THE BEST OF YOUR SERVICE, TELLING THE WORLD THAT THE SAVIOR HAS COME, BE NOT DISMAYED WHEN MEN DON'T BELIEVE YOU. HE UNDERSTANDS AND WILL SAY WELL-DONE. WHERE I COME TO THE END OF MY JOURNY, WEARY OF LIFE AND THE BATTLE IS WON, CARRYING THE STAFF AND THE CROSS OF REDEMPTION, HE'LL UNDERSTAND AND SAY, WELL-DONE. IF WHEN THIS LIFE OF LABOR IS ENDED AND THE REWARD OF THE RACE YOU HAVE RUN, O THE SWEET REST PREPARED FOR FAITHFUL BE HIS BLESSED AND FINAL WELL-DONE. BOB, IF YOU TRY AND FAIL IN YOUR TRYING, HANDS SORE AND SCARRED FROM THE WORK YOU'VE BEGUN, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS, RUN QUICKLY TO MEET HIM, HE'LL UNDERSTAND AND SAY WELL-DONE.

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                                                      • 10:34:53 AM

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

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                                                        MR. POE

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                                        MR. POE

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS AGO IN 1918, PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON DECLARED JULY…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, 100 YEARS AGO IN 1918, PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON DECLARED JULY 28 AS A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SERBIAN PEOPLE. THIS WAS DURING WORLD WAR I. THE WAR TO END ALL WARS. AMERICAN DOUGHBOYS AND LEATHERNECKS HAD ARRIVED IN THE WESTERN FRONT HOLDING THE LINE AGAINST GERMANY'S LAST OFFENSIVE BEFORE IT COLLAPSED. MEANWHILE, THE SERBIAN PEOPLE WERE SUFFERING UNDER OCCUPATION BY THE CENTRAL POWERS. THEY HAD LOST A A BRUTAL INVASION OF SERBIA. MR. SPEAKER, DURING WORLD WAR I, ONE IN FOUR I, ONE IN FOUR SERBIAN PEOPLE WERE KILLED DURING THAT WAR. BUT THE SERBIAN ARMY HAD SURVIVED THE INVASION AND WAS FIGHTING ALONGSIDE OUR ALLIES TO LIBERATE THEIR HOME. THEY WERE REINFORCED BY MANY SERBIAN AMERICANS WHO HAD RETURNED TO EUROPE TO HELP THEIR BROTHERS. PRESIDENT WILSON WARNED AMERICA TO HONOR THEIR SACRIFICES OF THE SERBIAN PEOPLE. IN A SPEECH MARKING THE INVASION OF SERBIA BY THE CENTRAL POWERS, HE SAID OF THE SERBIAN, -- SERBIAN, QUOTE, NOBLY DID THEY RESPOND SO VALIANTLY AND COURAGEOUSLY IT THEY OPPOSE THE FORCES OF A COUNTRY 10 TIMES GREATER IN POPULATION AND RESOURCES. WHILE THEIR TERRITORY HAD BEEN DEFENDANT STATED AND THEIR HOMES DESPOILED, THE SPIRIT OF THE SERBIAN PEOPLE HAS NOT BEEN BROKEN. AS A TEXAN I ADMIRE SUCH DEFIANCE AGAINST OVERWHELMING ODDS. ON THAT DAY, THAT SPECIAL DAY, PRESIDENT WILSON ORDERED A RARE RECOGNITION TO A FOREIGN ALLY BY HAVING THE SERBIAN FLAG RAISED OVER THE WHITE HOUSE. THAT RECOGNITION HAD ONLY OCCURRED ONE OTHER TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE SPIRIT OF BROTHERHOOD BETWEEN THE AMERICANS AND THE SERBIANS FIGHTING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER AGAINST TYRANNY DID NOT END THERE. ONE OF THE MOST MEANINGFUL STORIES FOR AMERICANS IS THE HAL YARD MISSION DURING THE DARK DAYS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. DESPITE BEING UNDER NAZI OCCUPATION, THE SERBIAN PEOPLE DEMONSTRATED THEIR REMARKABLE BRAVERY ONCE AGAIN. SAVING THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF AMERICANS IN THE LARGEST RESCUE OPERATION IN AMERICAN AIR HISTORY. IN 1944, AMERICAN BOMBERS WERE FLYING FREQUENT MISSIONS TO STRIKE GERMANY'S VITAL OIL SUPPLIES IN ROMANIA AS A PART OF THE ALLIED ADVANCE INTO EUROPE. THE 15TH AIR FORCE LED THIS EFFORT BY LAUNCHING 20,000 SORTIES INTO EASTERN EUROPE, WITH MANY OF THE MISSIONS FLYING OVER NAZI OCCUPIED YUGOSLAVIA. AS MANY AS 1,500 PILOTS AND AIRMEN WERE SHOT DOWN DURING THESE AIR RAIDS. SERBIANS WHO HAD BEEN RESISTING NAZI FORCES SINCE 1941 RISKED THEIR OWN LIVES TO RESCUE AMERICAN AIRCREWS AND HIDE THEM FROM PATROLLING NAZIS. FOR MONTHS THESE BRAVE AND NOBLE SERBIANS CARED FOR PROTECTED AMERICANS AND ALLIED PILOTS. IN AUGUST OF 1944, THE ALLIES FORCE, INCLUDING THE 15TH AIR FORCE AND OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICE, DEVISED A DARING OPERATION TO EVACUATE HUNDREDS OF ALLIED PILOTS BEING SHELTERED BY THE SERBIAN RESISTANCE IN NAZI OCCUPIED YUGOSLAVIA. AMERICAN AIRCRAFT FLEW INTO ENEMY TERRITORY AND EVACUATED 500 AIRMEN FROM THE AIRFIELD BUILT AND PROTECTED BY LOCAL SERBIANS. FOR OVER 60 YEARS THIS OPERATION WAS KEPT SECRET FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT NOW WE CAN REMEMBER THE COURAGE OF OUR SERBIAN FRIENDS AND THEIR STAND AGAINST THE NAZIS. HERE, MR. SPEAKER S. A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY THE SERBIAN RESISTANCE, TAKING AMERICANS WHO HAD BEEN SHOT DOWN IN SERBIA AND TAKING THEM TO THE AIRFIELD WHERE THEY WOULD LATER BE RETURNED BACK TO THE AMERICAN LINES. GEORGE, THE FATHER OF MY CHIEF OF STAFF, ELAINE, WHEN I WAS A JUDGE IN TEXAS, RESCUED MANY AMERICANS THAT HAD BEEN SHOT DOWN IN OCCUPIED YUGOSLAVIA. ALL OF THESE YEARS LATER WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM FOR BOTH NATIONS. WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO PRESERVE EACH OTHER'S SECURITY. AND THE UNITED STATES IS NOW WORKING WITH SERBIA TO IMPROVE ITS DEMOCRACY AND INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY AND FIGHT CORRUPTION. A DEMOCRATIC SERBIA WITH A STRONG RULE OF LAW IS IN AMERICA'S INTEREST AND SERBIA'S. WE'RE UNITED IN STOPPING RUSSIA, DISINFORMATION EFFORTS ARE DESIGNED TO KEEP SERBIA IN ITS SPHERE OF INFLUENCE AND POISON THE RELATION SHFMENT NEVERTHELESS SERBIA'S INTEGRATION TO THE WEST HAS CONTINUED TO MOVE FORWARD. 2006, SERBIA JOINED NATO'S PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE PROGRAM AND IN 2015 SIGNED AN INDIVIDUAL PARTNERSHIP ACTION PLAN WITH THE ALLIANCE TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION. RECENTLY THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS ANNOUNCED THAT SERBIA WOULD JOIN THE E.U. AS EARLY AS 2025. THE PRIME MINISTER AND FOREIGN MINISTER OF SERBIA AND NUMEROUS SERBS ARE IN THE CAPITAL TODAY TO PROMOTE U.S.-SERBIAN RELATIONS. SO ON THIS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT WILSON'S SPEECH ABOUT THE COURAGEOUS SERBS OF WORLD WAR I, WE REFORM -- REAFFIRM OUR JOINT PARTNERSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP IN A QUEST FOR LIBERTY. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. KEY JUAN, FOR FIVE…

                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. KEY JUAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MR. KEYIAN

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

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                                                        HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                        MR. KIHUEN

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN 297 DAYS SINCE THE WORST…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN 297 DAYS SINCE THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN U.S. HISTORY. ON OCTOBER 1, 2017, 58 PEOPLE WERE SENSELESSLY MURDERED AT THE ROUTE 91 HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS IN MY HOMETOWN. MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE WERE INJURED. I STILL REMEMBER THAT DAY LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. I REMEMBER GOING TO SUNRISE HOSPITAL AND SEEING 194 VICTIMS WHO HAD BEEN SHOT OR INJURED. SINCE OCTOBER 1, I HAVE COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR 58 TIMES TO HONOR EACH OF THE VICTIMS AND TO SHARE THEIR STORIES. FOR THE LAST NINE MONTHS, MY COLLEAGUES HAVE LISTENED TO 58 SEPARATE SPEECHES AND HAVE LOOKED AT THE PICTURES OF THE 58 VICTIMS. AND THESE STORIES HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE BY THE MAJORITY. SINCE OCTOBER 1, MEMBERS OF THE NEVADA DELEGATION HAVE ASKED TO AT LEAST HOLD A HEARING ON BUMP STOCKS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THIS MASSIVE CARNAGE IN LAS VEGAS. AND THE LETTERS HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE BY THE MAJORITY. SINCE OCTOBER 1, DEMOCRATS AND A FEW REPUBLICANS HAVE INTRODUCED NO LESS THAN 30 BILLS TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY. YET THESE BILLS HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE BY THE MAJORITY. SINCE OCTOBER 1, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S., INCLUDING AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN SUTTERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS, AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL? PARKLAND, FLORIDA. AND AT THE CAPITAL GAZETTE IN INDIANAPOLIS, MARYLAND. THESE MASS SHOOTINGS HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE BY THE MAJORITY. AT WHAT POINT ARE MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS GOING TO STOP BEING SILENT? AT WHAT POINT ARE THEY GOING TO SAY WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING? WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION? THE UNITED STATES IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A GUN EPIDEMIC. EVERY DAY, 96 AMERICANS, 96 AMERICANS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE. AMERICANS ARE 25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE MURDERED, 25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE MURDERED WITH A GUN THAN PEOPLE IN OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. AMERICANS CAN NO LONGER FEEL SAFE IN GOING TO SAY WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING? WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION CHURCHES, AT CONCERTS, MOVIE THEATERS, AT WORK, AT MILITARY BASES, AT NIGHTCLUBS, AT RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING MALLS, GROCERY STORES, BASEBALL FIELDS, CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL FIELDS. AND EVEN WORSE, OUR CHILDREN ARE NO LONGER SAFE AT SCHOOL. SINCE 2009, THERE HAVE BEEN 288 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S.. TODAY LITTLE KIDS ARE AFRAID TO WEAR LIGHTUP SHOES TO SCHOOL BECAUSE A GUNMAN CAN SEE THEM WHEN THEY HAVE TO HIDE FOR THEIR LIFE. FROM THE TIME OF THE MASS SHOOTING AT SANDY HOOK TO THE MASS SHOOTING IN PARKLAND, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS HELD MORE THAN 40, 40 MOMENTS OF SILENCE RELATED TO GUN VIOLENCE. HOWEVER IN THAT SAME TIME, THE MAJORITY REFUSES TO CONSIDER ANY REAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO HOLD HEARINGS OR TAKE ANY ACTION THAT CAN REDUCE THIS GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC. DESPITE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THIS BODY TO BAN BUMP STOCKS, IMPLEMENT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, LIMIT HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES, OR BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS, MY COLLEAGUES SAY THAT NOTHING CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. IF THAT'S TRUE, WHY IS THE UNITED STATES THE ONLY DEVELOPED COUNTRY THAT HAS THIS PROBLEM? . DO SOMETHING. WE CAN TAKE ACTION. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CAN PUT THE LIVES OF AMERICAN GUN LOBBY FIRST AND THE N.R.A. AND GONE MANUFACTURERS, BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME FIRST. WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE CAN PASS BIPARTISAN AND COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS TO PREVENT MORE SHOOTINGS AND TO SAVE MORE LIVES. TO MY FELLOW NEVADANS AND AMERICANS, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT DESPITE THESE ROADBLOCKS, WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING. EVERY DAY THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE IN CONGRESS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY SAFER. EVERY DAY WE'RE MOVED BY YOUR RALLYING CRIES AND YOUR STORIES AND EVERY DAY WE WILL FIGHT TO END GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC IN THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU.

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                                                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MR. NORMAN

                                                        I RISE TODAY IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL TO FORMALLY RECOGNIZE THE FIRST…

                                                        I RISE TODAY IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL TO FORMALLY RECOGNIZE THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN BLACKSBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA. IT WAS FIRST CALLED THE BARIA BAPTIST CHURCH, WAS ORGANIZED OVER 146 YEARS AGO ON DECEMBER 4, 1876. THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE WAS LOCATED HIGHWAY 29 NEAR THE OLD BARIA CEMETERY. IT WAS USED AS A CHURCH, SCHOOLHOUSE, COMMUNITY MEETING HALL. THE FIRST PEOPLE TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE ORIGINAL BUILDING WAS SALLY LITTLE AND MADDIE BRIDGES. THE FIRST MENTION OF BUILDING A NEW CHURCH BUILDING WAS IN 1906. A COMMITTEE WAS FORMED TO SEARCH FOR NEW LAND. THE PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF CHEROKEE AND RUTHERFORD STREETS WAS PURCHASED FOR $500. IN THE SPRING OF 1912, THE BUILDING STARTED. D.A. GOLD PLACED THE FIRST BRICK WITH MS. EMMA CORNWELL PLACING THE FIRST MORTAR FORT FIRST BRICKS. THE FIRST SERVICE IN THE NEW CHURCH FACILITY WAS HELD OVER 105 YEARS AGO IN JUNE, 1913. THE NAME OF THE CHURCH WAS OFFICIALLY CHANGED FROM THE BARIA BAPTIST CHURCH TO THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BLAGSBURG. THE FIRST PERSON TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE NEW BUILDING WAS MR. BEN RANSHER. IN 1922, OVER 96 YEARS AGO, A HOUSE AND SIX ACRES OF LAND OWNED BY MR. TRACY HARDEN WAS DONATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF BUILDING A CHURCH PARSONAGE. THE CHURCH BEGAN CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOMS. IT WAS PURCHASED DURING THE YEARS BETWEEN 1941 AND 1950. A NEW BUILDING FUND WAS STARTED. THE CHURCH BROKE GROUND ON THE NEW BUILDING AT A COST OF $87,500, AND ON SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 1956, WHICH WAS OVER 62 YEARS AGO, THE CHURCH CELEBRATED HOMECOMING WITH DINNER ON THE GROUNDS IN THE NEW SOCIAL HALL DOWNSTAIRS. ON JUNE 11, 1961, ALL DEBT WAS PAID OFF AND A NOTE BURNING SERVICE WAS HELD TO CELEBRATE THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT. ON JULY 5, 1962, THE CHURCH VOTED TO BEGIN THE NEW SANCTUARY. THE COMMITTEE OVERSEEN THE CONSTRUCTION WAS COMPRISED OF 10 MEMBERS, REPRESENTING EACH OF THE RESIDENT FAMILIES. THE NEW SANCTUARY WAS COMPLETED IN 1963 AT A TOTAL COST OF $74,735, AND THE DEBT WAS PAID OFF ON MAY 2, 1979. THE BUILDING ON THE NEW PARCEL WAS LOCATED IN LINDSEY CIRCLE, BEGAN IN THE 1970'S AND COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY, 1972. THE DEBT WAS PAID OFF AND THE OFFICIAL BURNING SERVICE WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 23, 1975, TO CELEBRATE THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT OF PAYING OFF THE DEBT. IN OCTOBER, 1976, THE CHURCH VOTED TO SELL THE OLD AREA AND PURCHASE THE ENTIRE LAND LOCATED INSIDE THE LINDSEY CIRCLE FOR FUTURE RECREATIONAL FACILITY. ON DECEMBER 1, 1993, THE CHURCH PURCHASED THE PROPERTY AND BUILDINGS IMMEDIATELY NEXT TO THE EXISTING CHURCH SANCTUARY AT A COST OF $35,000 WITH THE DEBT PAID IN FULL ON JANUARY 16, 1998. THE NEXT MAJOR RENOVATION AND BUILDING CAME IN 1995 WHERE THE CHURCH REAFFIRMED THE IDEA OF SEEKING TO BUILD A RECREATIONAL FACILITY BESIDE THE EXISTING CHURCH SANCTUARY. IN JUNE, 1996, THE OLD GROCERY STORE KNOWN AS THE SARAH WILKINS PROPERTY WAS DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW CONSTRUCTION. IN 1997, RENOVATIONS AND REPAIRS WERE MADE TO THE EXISTING EDUCATIONAL BUILDING AND EXTERIOR OF THE SANCTUARY ALONG WITH A NEW ORGAN FOR THE SANCTUARY. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FAMILY LIFE CENTER BEGAN IN AUGUST OF 1999, FOR A TOTAL COST OF $520,000, WITH THE CHURCH ONLY BORROWING $60,000. THE BUILDING WAS COMPLETE AND THE DEDICATION HELD ON MAY, 2000, AND THE REMAINING DEBT WAS PAID OFF IN 2001. IN JULY, 2001, THE CHURCH PURCHASED THE OLD LIBRARY BUILDING LOCATED BEHIND THE EXISTING SANCTUARY AND EDUCATION BUILDING WHERE THE CHURCH OFFICES EXIST TODAY. THE LAST REN RATIONS TO THE PRESENT SANCTUARY -- REN JATIONS TO THE PRESENT SANKET -- RENOVATIONS TO THE PENITENTIARY SANCTUARY WAS IN 2002. AS WE WORSHIP TODAY IN 2018 WITH THE CORE MISSION BEING THEN AND NOW, SERVICE TO JESUS CHRIST, AND THE FAITHFUL TEACHINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. SHEA-PORTER,…

                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. SHEA-PORTER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO READ A COLUMN BY MAX BOOT,…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO READ A COLUMN BY MAX BOOT, CONSERVATIVE, VERY WELL-KNOWN. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WILLING, AND I'M QUOTING COMPLETELY. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WILLING UNDER DUERESS THAT RUSSIAN MEDDLING TOOK PLACE IN 2016 BEFORE REVERTING TO CALLING IT A BIG HOAX. BUT HE ALWAYS MAINTAINS THAT THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA HAD NO IMPACT. HE DESCRIBES IT AS A DEMOCRAT EXCUSE FOR LOSING THE 2016 ELECTION. FAITHFULLY ECHOING THE PRESIDENT, OTHER REPUBLICANS, SUCH AS HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, SAYS IT'S CLEAR THAT RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE DIDN'T HAVE A MATERIAL EFFECT ON OUR ELECTIONS. WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS EVEN CLAIMS THAT THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY REACHED THAT CONCLUSION. NOT QUITE. HERE'S THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S ASSESSMENT. PARTIALLY DECLASSIFIED IN 2017. WE DID NOT MAKE AN ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT THAT RUSSIAN ACTIVITIES HAD ON THE OUTCOME OF THE 2016 ELECTION. U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS CHARGED WITH MONITORING AND ASSESSING THE INTENTIONS, CAPABILITIES, AND ACTIONS OF FOREIGN ACTORS. IT DOES NOT ANALYZE U.S. POLITICAL PROCESSES OR U.S. PUBLIC OPINION. UNQUOTE. TO CONTINUE THIS STORY THAT MAX WROTE, WHEN THEN-C.I.A. DIRECTOR MIKE POMPEO CLAIMED LAST FALL THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S ASSESSMENT THAT THE RUSSIAN MEDDLING DID NOT AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION, UNQUOTE, HIS OWN AGENCY REBUKED HIM. WHILE THEY ARE SILENT ON THE RUSSIA ATTACK, OUTSIDE PEOPLE WHO EXAMINED IT, SPREADING PROPAGANDA ONLINE, HACKING STATE VOTAL ROLES, HAVE CONCLUDED IT DID AFFECT AN EXTREMELY CLOSE ELECTION DECIDED BY FEWER THAN 80,000 VOTES IN THREE STATES. A FORMER F.B.I. AGENT WRITES IN HIS BOOK, MESSING WITH THE ENEMY, WROTE THAT RUSSIA AFFECTED THE ELECTION, ESPECIALLY IN MICHIGAN AND WISCONSIN, WHERE HE WON LESS THAN 1% IN EACH STATE. WE KNOW THE PROPAGANDA REACHED 126 MILLION PEOPLE VIA FACEBOOK ALONE. AN ANALYSIS FOUND THAT FAKE NEWS ON FACEBOOK GENERATED MORE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT DURING THE LAST THREE MONTHS OF THE CAMPAIGN DURING LEGITIMATE ARTICLES. THE FALSE ELECTION STORIES FROM HOAX SITES AND HYPERPARTISAN BLOGS GENERATED EIGHT MILLION SHARES, REACTIONS AND COMMENTS ON FACEBOOK. IT WAS EITHER STARTED BY RUSSIAN BOTZ. INCLUDING THE POPE SUPPORTED TRUMP. ELSEWHERE IN RUSSIA, THEY SPREAD PRO-TRUMP MESSAGES ON TWITTER. 1.4 MILLION USERS WAS HACKED. THERE WAS A #HILLARYFORPRISON REFLECTED WHAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS SAYING. THE RUSSIAN BOTZ CLAIMED AFTER EVERY PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CLAIMED TRUMP WON. WHILE OBJECTIVE VIEWERS CLAIMED IT GAVE TO CLINTON. WHILE THERE'S NO EVIDENCE VOTE TALLIES CHANGED, THEY MAY HAVE USED THAT STOLEN DATA TO SHARE THE RESULTS WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE FOUND IN A SMALL NUMBER OF STATES, THE RUSSIANS MAY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ALTER OR DELETE VOTER REGISTRATION DATA, POTENTIALLY DISENFRANCHISING CLINTON VOTERS. THEN THERE IS THE CRUCIAL IMPACT OF THE DOCUMENTS DISSIMILAR MATED BY WIKILEAKS. THE FIRST TRENCH OF STOLEN DOCUMENTS, MORE THAN 19,000 EMAILS AND 8,000 ATTACHMENTS WAS STRATEGICALLY RELEASED ON JULY 22, 2016. THREE DAYS BEFORE THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION. THE RESULTS NEWS COVERAGE DISRUPTED THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN'S PLANS BY CREATING THE IMPRESSION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION WAS FORCED THE D.N.C. CHAIRWOMAN DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ TO RESIGN. THE SECOND TRENCH OF STOLEN DOCUMENTS WAS RELEASED 29 MINUTES AFTER THE "POST" REPORTED ON THE ACCESS HOLLYWOOD VIDEOTAPE WHICH TRUMP WAS TALKING ABOUT GRABBING WOMEN'S GENITALS. THEY REVEALED THE TRANSCRIPTS OF LUCRATIVE SPEECHES THAT CLINTON GAVE TO GOLDMAN SACHA. A THIRD RELEASE OF STOLEN EMAILS SAID ONE PROVIDED DEBATE QUESTIONS TO CLINTON DURING THE PRIMARIES. SENIOR DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES, WHO THEMSELVES WERE CATHOLICS, SPURRED REPUBLICANS TO CHERRY PICK THEIR DEBATE -- THE ELECTION WAS RIGGED AND THE CLINTON TEAM, AS HE SAID, VICIOUSLY ATTACKING CATHOLICS AND EVANGELICALS. THE LATTER CHARGE PROVED IMPORTANT IN WISCONSIN, MICHIGAN, SWING STATES WITH A LOT OF CATHOLIC VOTERS. LITTLE WONDER SAYING TRUMP SAID, I LOVE WIKILEAKS, AND MENTIONED IT 164 TIMES IN THE LAST MONTH OF THE TIME. THIS WIKILEAKS STUFF IS UNBELIEVABLE, TRUMP SAID, IN OCTOBER 12. EIGHT DAYS LATER, HE MAR VELLED, BOY, THAT WIKILEAKS HAS DONE A JOB ON HER, HASN'T IT? THEY PREVENT RUSSIAN INTERVENTION --

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                                                        MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                                        THE END OF THIS IS, AND SORRY I HAVE TO SKIP OVER SOME.

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                                                        MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                                        END OF -- THANK YOU.

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

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                                                        MRS. WAGNER

                                                        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN APRIL, MY BILL, THE FIGHT ONLINE SEX…

                                                        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN APRIL, MY BILL, THE FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT, OR FOSTA, BECAME LAW. FOSTA ALLOWS FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS TO GO AFTER THE ONLINE BUSINESSES THAT ARE TRAFFICKING OUR CHILDREN. SIGNING FOSTA INTO LAW HAS DECIMATED THE ONLINE SEX TRADE THAT FUELS HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA. SCORES OF MAJOR WEBSITES THAT PROMOTED SEX TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION HAVE SHUT DOWN, AND COUNTLESS LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE BETTER OFF NOW BECAUSE OF FOSTA. FEWER VICTIMS ARE BEING TRAFFICKED, BUYERS ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO EASILY PURCHASE WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND FEWER PIMPS ARE GETTING THEIR PAYDAY. THE ONLINE SLAVE TRADE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE FRAGILE THAN TODAY. AFTER PASSAGE OF FOSTA, GLOBAL AD VOLUME DECLINED 87% FROM THE DAILY AVERAGE. WEBSITES THAT DOMINATED THE ILLEGAL SEX TRADE SHUT DOWN FOR FEAR OF BEING PROSECUTED. WEBSITES LIKE MASSAGE TROLS, THE EROTIC REVIEW, ANDESS COURTS IN COLLEGE, ARE GONE. -- AND ESCORTS IN COLLEGE, ARE GONE. REDDIT, GOOGLE, PAYPAL, UPDATED THEIR TERMS OF SERVICE TO ENSURE THAT PLATFORMS ARE BEING -- AREN'T BEING ABUSED BY TRAFFICKERS. ADDITIONALLY, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SHUT DOWN BACKPAGE.COM AND ITS OWNERS WERE ARRESTED. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE THIS CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE ON ITS HEELS. BUYERS AND PIMPS DON'T KNOW WHERE TO TURN, AND TRAFFICKERS ARE GETTING 90% FEWER RESPONSES THAN THEY GOT ON BACK PAGE AND THE OTHER LEADING TRAFFICKING SITES THAT SHUT DOWN. THE BOTTOM LINE IS -- WEBSITES ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO AVOID CRIMINAL LIABILITY WHILE YOU TRYING TO KEEP THEIR CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE ALIVE. BUT THE LOOPHOLES THAT THEY WERE UTILIZING NO LONGER EXIST. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE ALSO CRACKING DOWN ON ACCOUNTS USED BY TRAFFICKING. C.C. BILL, THE PAYMENT PROCESSOR OF THESE PORN AND TRAFFICKING HUBS, STOPPED PROCESSING CREDIT CARDS FOR WEBSITES THAT FACILITATE PROSTITUTION. C.C. BILL WAS A DOMESTIC CREDIT CARD PROCESSOR OF LAST RESORT AND WEBSITES ARE NOW STRUGGLING TO FIND A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. TOGETHER WE ARE PUTTING THE ONLINE SLAVE TRADE OUT OF BUSINESS. AS TRAFFICKING BECOMES LESS PROFITABLE, FEWER VICTIMS WILL EVER BE SOLD AND RAPED. FOSTA IS STRIKING FEAR IN THE HEARTS OF AMERICA'S PIMPS AND ONLINE PREDATORS. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS SEEING REAL RESULTS, AND THAT IS WHY FOSTA IS BEING CALLED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ANTI-TRAFFICKING LAW IN NEARLY 20 YEARS. EXPERTS HAVE REPEATEDLY SAID THAT THE SEX TRAFFICKING WILL FLOURISH UNTIL MARKET FORCES AT RISK IS INCREASED AND WE CREATE A REAL CRIMINAL DETERRENT. . FOSTA ESTABLISHES THAT DETERRENT. AS A RESULT FEWER BUSINESS ALSO EVER, EVER ENTER THE SEX TRADE. SEX ADVERTISE SOMETHING AT A NEW LOW FOR THIS DECADE. AND THIS CONGRESS HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT WE CAN AND WILL HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THE BUSINESSES THAT PROFIT FROM THE SALE OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE MASSIVE BIPARTISAN MAJORITIES OF BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT FOSTA IS LAW TODAY. THE RESULTS ARE SEEN IN OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PROOF THAT CONGRESS CAN AND DOES WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE REAL RESULTS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED. FEWER CHILDREN AND WOMEN ARE BEING SOLD INTO SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION WEBSITES ARE BEING SHUT DOWN. WE'RE DELIVERING REAL RESULTS FOR REAL PEOPLE AND OUR COUNTRY IS BETTER OFF NOW BECAUSE OF IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, FOR FIVE…

                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MR. ENGEL

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A FEW HUNDRED FEET NORTH OF HERE IN…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A FEW HUNDRED FEET NORTH OF HERE IN THE SENATE SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO WILL SOON TESTIFY ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DISASTROUS PERFORMANCE AT THE RECENT NATO SUMMIT, AND WORSE AT HIS MEETING IN HELSINKI WITH RUSSIA'S DICTATOR, VLADIMIR PUTIN. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THIS BODY AND YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT MR. POMPEO HAS TO SAY ON THESE TOPICS, YOU BETTER TURN ON YOUR TELEVISION BECAUSE HE ISN'T COMING OVER HERE. SECRETARY POMPEO IS IGNORING THE HOUSE, DESPITE OUR REQUEST THAT HE COME TESTIFY OR BRIEF OUR MEMBERS. HE'S BLOWING OFF HALF OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS AND I BET IF SECRETARY POMPEO WERE STILL A MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE, HE WOULD THINK SO, TOO. WE HAVE TOO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT HAPPENED IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SECRET MEETING WITH WE HAVE PUTIN? THEY SAT TOGETHER FOR TWO HOURS WITH NO ONE ELSE ASIDE FROM INTERPRETERS. WHAT DEALS WERE MADE? WHAT AGREEMENTS WERE REACHED? THE RUSSIANS ARE CLAIMING A GREAT DEAL WAS DISCUSSED, BUT SO FAR WE HAVE HEARD NOTHING FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS IN HELSINKI WERE A BETRAYAL OF HIS DUTIES. HE HAD ALREADY INSULTED OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS AND ALLIES, AND WITH THE WORLD WATCHING, HE SIDED WITH PUTIN OVER OUR OWN INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES ABOUT RUSSIA'S ATTACK ON OUR DEMOCRACY. SO WE NEED TO SEE SECRETARY POMPEO AND SECRETARY MATTIS AND DIRECTOR COATS. I RECENTLY JOINED WITH MY FELLOW RANKING MEMBERS, MR. SMITH ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND MR. SCHIFF ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, DEMANDING THESE SENIOR OFFICIALS COME TO THE HILL AND SHED LIGHT ON WHAT TOOK PLACE. WE DON'T KNOW. AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS NOT COMING TO THE HOUSE TO TELL US. WE'VE GOT NO RESPONSE TO OUR REQUESTS. WITH SECRETARY POMPEO SET TO APPEAR IN THE SENATE, THAT'S A SLAP IN THE FACE OF THIS BODY. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY SHOULD OBJECT TO THE FACT THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION WON'T GIVE US THE TIME OF DAY. I OBJECT AND I'LL KEEP PUSHING UNTIL WE GET THE ANSWERS WE NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR.…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. ROKITA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MR. ROKITA

                                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY ULTIMATELY SEEKING…

                                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY ULTIMATELY SEEKING JUSTICE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND TO END WHAT OUR PRESIDENT HAS RIGHTFULLY DESCRIBED AS A WITCH-HUNT. FOR TOO LONG OUR RESOURCE VS. BEEN WASTED ON ROBERT MUELLER'S PROBE INTO RUSSIAN COLLUSION IN OUR 2016 ELECTIONS. NOT ONLY HAS THIS PROBE DRAGGED ON FOR OVER A YEAR, BUT IT HAS UNDERMINED OUR ENTIRE SYSTEM OF JUSTICE AT THIS POINT WHILE GIVING WASHINGTON ELITES AND THEIR BIAS COUNSEL A PATH TO WORK ABOVE THE LAW, EXEMPT FROM ANY BOUNDARIES. THROUGH MY MUELLER RESOLUTION, I AM CALLING FOR US TO CALL FOR THE TERMINATION OF THE PROBE IF NO EVIDENCE OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION CAN BE PROVIDED. AND AGAIN AFTER OVER A YEAR NO EVIDENCE HAS BEEN PROVIDED. IT IS TIME FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE RULE OF LAW BACK INTO OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THAT IS WHY I'M IMPLORING MY COLLEAGUES TO FIGHT ALONGSIDE ME BY SIGNING ON TO THIS RESOLUTION. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO END THE CLEAR MANIPULATION OF POWER AGAINST OUR PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT HAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S PROSPERITY AND SECURITY AT THE TOP OF HIS PRIORITIES. AND LET'S LOOK AT THE RESULTS SO FAR. LET'S LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD. THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING. REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN CUT. AND WE'RE LEADING THE WORLD AGAIN. THIS WITCH-HUNT AGAINST OUR PRESIDENT IS UNPRECEDENTED AND IT'S UNCALLED FOR. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BECOME THE PARTY OF OBSTRUCT AND RESIST. OBSTRUCT AND RESIST. OBSTRUCT AND RESIST. THE DEMS CALL TRUMP'S TAX CUTS CRUMBS EVEN THOUGH IT BENEFITS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THOSE THOUSAND DOLLAR BONUSES THAT ARE THE RESULT OF THE TAX CUTS AND THE ECONOMY BOOMING ARE PUTTING FOOD -- MORE FOOD ON THE TABLE, MORE SECURITY IN THE HOME, HELP WITH CHILDCARE AND EVERYTHING ELSE. THEY ARE ANYTHING BUT CRUMBS. THE DEMOCRATS ARE CALLING FOR THE ABOLISHMENT OF I.C.E. EVEN THOUGH THEY PROTECT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. EVEN THOUGH THEY PROTECT US. SINCE WHEN HAS THIS BODY, SINCE WHEN HAS A PARTY BECOME SO RESISTANT, BECOME SO OBSTRUCTIONIST AGAINST LAW AND ORDER, AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT, AGAINST OUR FELLOW CITIZENS WHO ARE PROTECTING US? THE DEMOCRATS ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S TIME TO THROW OUR FULL SUPPORT BEHIND THE PRESIDENT. JUST LOOK THIS WEEK IN THE SENATE. SENATOR COREY BOOKER SAID THAT -- CORY BOOKER SAID THAT ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS JUDGE KAVANAUGH, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NEXT NOMINEE FOR THE SUPPORT, IS QUOTE, COMPLICIT A EVIL, UNQUOTE. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HOW FAR HAVE WE GONE? HOW OUT OF TOUCH IS ONE POLITICAL PARTY IN THIS NATION? AND LET'S SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE WANTS TO PUT AMERICA FIRST. AND ALL THAT MEANS. WE SAW THAT WITH NATO HE'S CALLING ON THE OTHER NATIONS TO FINALLY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT TO DO. TO DO WHAT THEY AGREED TO. IF WE HAVE TO BE THE WORLD'S POLICE FORCE, AT LEAST WE SHOULD HAVE SOME HELP PAYING FOR IT. AND THE SAME WITH WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE U.N. WE PAY, WE PAY, WE PAY. THE TAXPAYERS PAY AND PAY AND PAY. YET WE DON'T GET THE SERVICES WE DESERVE OUR THE LEADERSHIP THAT WE ALSO DESERVE. IT'S A TIME TO PUT AMERICA FIRST. OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE TO HELP SUPPORT. LET'S SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT IN LEADING AGAIN. LET'S SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT IN MAKING AMERICA FIRST AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      • 11:08:17 AM

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                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE AND THE SAME WITH…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE AND THE SAME WITH WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE U.N. WE PAY, WE PAY, WE PAY. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MR. GREEN

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AND STILL I RISE. I AM PROUD ONCE…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AND STILL I RISE. I AM PROUD ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, TO STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE. I'M PROUD TO DO SO TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. MR. SPEAKER, IN WE -- MR. SPEAKER, IF WE KNOW THE TRUTH IT CAN SET US FREE. A TRUTH, A QUINNIPIAC POLL AS OF JULY 3, THIS MONTH, THIS YEAR, A POLL INDICATES THAT 49% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS A RACIST. 49%. NEARLY 50% OF THE COUNTRY. WONDER WHY? COULD IT BE BECAUSE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE? COULD IT BE BECAUSE OF A MUSLIM BAN? COULD IT BE BECAUSE OF THE WAY THIS PRESIDENT HAS INSTITUTED POLICIES SUCH AS THE ONE THAT HAS IMPACTED LATINOS AT THE BORDER? TAKING BABIES FROM THEIR MOTHERS. SEGREGATING THEM SUCH THAT BABIES DON'T HAVE CONTACT WITH THEIR PARENTS. 49% OF THE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS A RACIST. MR. SPEAKER, SAME POLL. 55% BELIEVE THAT HE HAS EMBOLDENED PEOPLE WHO HOLD RACIST BELIEFS TO EXPRESS THOSE BELIEFS PUBLICLY. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS HAVING AN ADVERSE IMPACT ON SOCIETY. HE'S CAUSING PEOPLE TO DO UGLY THINGS. MR. SPEAKER, THE POLLS ALSO SHOW THIS IS A HARRIS POLL THAT 42% BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. THAT NUMBER WOULD BE HIGHER, BY THE WAY, IF, NOT BUT FOR THE EFFORT TO SUPPRESS IMPEACHMENT. AND I MUST COMPLIMENT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ENGAGED IN THAT EFFORT. THEY HAVE DONE EXCEEDINGLY WELL . SOME PEOPLE DARE NOT SAY THE WORD IMPEACHMENT. I AM SO GLAD, HOWEVER, SO THANKFUL, SO GRATEFUL THAT DR. KING WAS NOT GUIDED BY POLLS. BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME POLLS THAT WOULD CAUSE PERSONS TO DO WHAT THEY SHOULD NOT. IF YOU ARE WAITING ON THE POLLS TO TELL YOU THAT THE PRESIDENT OUGHT TO BE IMPEACHED, YOU MAY BE WAITING A LONG TIME. IF YOU ARE WAITING ON THE POLLS TO GET TO 60%, 70%, 80%, YOU MAY BE WAITING A A LONG TIME. I AM A' SO GLAD DR. KING DID NOT WAIT FOR THE POLLS TO TELL HIM TO PROTEST SEGREGATION AND DISCRIMINATION. THE PRESIDENT OUGHT THE BUS BOY -- THE BUS BOYCOTT PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN MONTGOMERY. THEY PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE CROSSED THE EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE IF THERE HAD BEEN A WAIT FOR THE POLLS. I'M SO GLAD THAT PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL WILL STAND UP TO BIGOTRY. WILL TAKE A STAND. THEY DON'T LET POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY TRUMP THE MORAL IMPERATIVE TO SPEAK OUT AND SPEAK UP. I'M SO GLAD THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE MORAL IMPERATIVE ABOVE POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY. AND FINALLY THIS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WORSHIP AT THE ALTAR OF POLLS, WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS IMPEACHED, 29% OF THE PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. 29%. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GUIDED BY POLLS. I AM ONE OF THEM. BIGOTRY EMANATING FROM THE PRESIDENCY IS IMPEACHABLE BECAUSE OF THE HARM THAT IT'S DOING TO SOCIETY. IMPEACHMENT IS NOT DEAD. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      • 11:12:49 AM

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                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AND MEMBERS ARE…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AND MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MR. KELLY

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY WE LIVE IN ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSES. MR.…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OBVIOUSLY WE LIVE IN ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSES. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS WINNING AGAIN AND BEFORE WE EMBARK ON THE AUGUST RECESS, LET'S TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHAT JUST 18 MONTHS OF UNIFIED REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT HAS MEANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ACCORDING TO THE I.M.D. WORLD COMPETITIVE CENTERS 2018 RANKINGS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS OVERTAKEN HONG KONG AS THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE MOST COMPETITIVE ECONOMY THANKS TO FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUPPORTIVE ATMOSPHERE FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION. OUR ENTIRE STOCK MARKET IS HOVERING OORNED ALL TIME HIGHS. OUR NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS REACH ITS LOWEST LEVEL IN 18 YEARS. FEMALE UNEMPLOYMENT HAS REACHED ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1953. THAT'S OVER 65 YEARS AGO. BLACK AND HISPANIC UNEMPLOYMENT HAVE REACHED THEIR LOWEST LEVELS EVER. MORE THAN 3.7 MILLION NEW JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, INCLUDING 358,000 NEW JOBS IN MANUFACTURING. IN CONTRAST, MORE THAN 16,000 MANUFACTURING JOBS NATIONWIDE WERE LOST IN 2016, THE YEAR BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE. IN 2017, AN AVERAGE OF 16,333 MANUFACTURING JOBS WERE CREATED PER MONTH. AND LAST MONTH, MANUFACTURING JOBS 26,000 NEW MANUFACTURING JOBS WERE CREATED. BRINGING IT TO A TOTAL OF 358,000 NEW JOBS IN MANUFACTURING SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INAUGURATION IN JANUARY OF 2017. AND IT CONTINUES TO GROW TODAY. THE U.S. CURRENTLY HAS 6.6 MILLION JOB OPENINGS. IT'S AN ALL-TIME HIGH. THERE ARE NOW MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN THERE ARE JOB SEEKERS IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT MONTH. . IN MAY NEW HIRES ROSE TO 7.75 MILLION. THAT'S THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN 17 YEARS AND THE SECOND HIGHEST LEVEL IN RECORD. AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 155.6 MILLION AMERICANS NOW HAVE JOBS. BACK IN PENNSYLVANIA'S THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH IS SOON TO BE THE 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY IN ALL SEVEN COUNTIES. IN ERIE COUNTY, UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOW AT AN 18-YEAR LOW, AND IN CRAWFORD COUNTY, IT'S AT A 42-YEAR LOW. WAGES FOR WORKERS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND ACROSS AMERICA HAVE GROWN STEADILY BY ALMOST 3% OVER THE PAST YEAR AND ARE CONTINUING TO CLIMB. JOBLESS CLAIMS, WHICH ARE ALSO KNOWN AS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT FILINGS, HAVE REACHED A 48-YEAR LOW. MY FRIENDS, THAT'S A HALF A CENTURY. CONSUMER CONFIDENCES THAT REACHED ITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2001. JOB MARKET CONFIDENCE AND SMALL BUSINESS CONFIDENCE ARE AT THEIR HIGHEST LEVELS EVER. SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT LAST YEAR, BUSINESSES CREATED MORE THAN 1.3 MILLION NEW JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. AND THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS, MORE THAN 650 COMPANIES AND COUNTING ARE REINVESTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THEIR BUSINESSES AND HAVE GIVEN MORE THAN 4 1/2 MILLION WORKERS AND COUNTING MAY YOU JOR BONUSES OR PAY RAISES OR BEN -- MAY YOU JOR BONUSES OR PAY RAISES -- MAJOR BONUSES OR PAY RAISES. P.N.C. BANK, WAL-MART, STARBUCKS, MCDONALD'S, CHIPOTLE AND MANY, MANY MORE HAS GIVEN MORE. MORE THAN 100 UTILITY COMPANIES HAVE LOWERED ENERGY BILLS TO CUSTOMERS IN 48 STATES. THEY ARE OPENING BIGGER PAYCHECKS. IN MY HOME DISTRICT, THE AVERAGE TAX CUT FOR INDIVIDUALS IS $1,230. FOR FAMILIES OF FOUR, IT'S $,470. THOSE ARE HARDLY CRUMBS. IN OVER 10 YEARS, HOUSEHOLD ALSO ENJOY AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN $18,000 IN TAKE-HOME PAY. AND THESE ARE DOLLARS THAT THEY'VE EARNED AND NOW THEY GET TO SPEND THEM THE WAY THEY WANT TO AS OPPOSED TO SENDING THEM TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SPEND IT THE WAY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD LIKE TO. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS ALSO ESTABLISHED THE BRAND NEW OPPORTUNITY ZONES, PROGRAM TO INCENTIVIZE PRIVATE INVESTORS TO MAKE LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE FACED ECONOMIC HARDSHIPS WHICH MEANS EVEN MORE JOBS ARE ON THE WAY. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" CALLED THIS PROVISION TO AID THOSE COMMUNITIES IN MORE THAN A DECADE. MR. SPEAKER, IN EVERY MAJOR WAY, ALL AMERICANS ARE BETTER OFF NOW THAN WE WERE JUST TWO SHORT YEARS AGO IN EVERY WAY. AMERICA IS WINNING AGAIN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      • 11:18:26 AM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. WENSTRUP, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MR. WENSTRUP

                                                        WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT…

                                                        WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT SCHOOL SAFETY. I PRESENT, AS A DOCTOR, A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, AS A FATHER, AND AS A REPRESENTATIVE THAT IS OPEN TO NEW IDEAS FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY ATTEMPTING TO DO SOMETHING TO TRY TO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS SAFER AND BETTER FOR OUR CHILDREN. AS A DOCTOR, I SEE VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, WHICH IS MULTIFACETED, WITH DIFFERENT CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO CONSIDER AND WITH PREVENTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPLEMENT. THAT'S WHY I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU WHAT A COUPLE ORGANIZATIONS IN MY DISTRICT ARE DOING TO ATTEMPT TO TACKLE THE LESSER EXPLORED FACTORS AMONG OUR STUDENTS AND IN SOCIETY. IT BEGINS WITH AN ORGANIZATION CALLED SCREEN EDUCATION. SCREEN EDUCATION IS A CINCINNATI-BASED ORGANIZATION THAT SEEKS TO UNDERSTAND SCIENTIFICALLY HOW TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA IMPACTS KIDS. SCREEN EDUCATION AND E.M.I. RESEARCH SOLUTIONS, WHICH IS AN ONLINE MARKET RESEARCH SUPPLIER, ALSO FROM CINCINNATI, PARTNERED WITH STARKS STATISTICAL CONSULTING TO CONDUCT A SURVEY OF STUDENTS. WHILE THEY CONTAIN INSIGHT, I WANT TO SHARE THREE STATISTICS I FOUND SHOCKING. 68% OF STUDENTS SAID THEY WITNESS SOMEONE BEING BULLIED ONLINE AT LEAST SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR. 31% OF STUDENTS SAID THEY HAD SEEN ONLINE BULLYING RESULT IN PHYSICAL VIOLENCE. AND WHEN ASKED IF THEY FELT THAT USING SOCIAL MEDIA WILL CONTRIBUTE TO CONDITIONS THAT COULD RESULT IN SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, 73% OF THE STUDENTS SAID YES. TO BE CLEAR, I AM NOT SAYING SOCIAL MEDIA IS THE SOLE CAUSE OF SHOOTINGS OR SUICIDE, BUT THESE ARE STATISTICS THAT SHOULD SHOCK EVERYONE. RECENT FINDINGS SAID REVENGE IS A STRONG MOTIVATION FOR SCHOOL SHOOTINGS. AMONG STUDENTS, HOMICIDE PERPETRATORS WERE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY AS THEIR VICTIMS TO HAVE BEEN BULLIED BY PEERS. THESE ARE MORE THAN JUST STATISTICS. THEY ARE THE REPORTED EXPERIENCES OF OUR NATION'S CHILDREN ON A DAILY BASIS, BOTH IN AND OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. SO THIS HAD IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PROBLEM THAT CLEARLY COULD AND SHOULD BE ADDRESSED AND THAT OUR SOCIETY SURELY HAS THE MEANS TO DEAL WITH. SOME SORGSES ARE STEPPING UP TO DO -- ORGANIZATIONS ARE STEPPING UP TO DO JUST THAT. BULLY BULLY IS A CINCINNATI-BASED FIRM THAT WAS CREATED OUT OF A DISCONNECT THAT THE FOUNDER NOTICED BETWEEN WIDESPREAD BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOLS AND THE REACTIVE AND LARGELY INEFFECTIVE WAYS OF ADDRESSING THAT HARASSMENT. IT IS DEVELOPING AN ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP THAT NOT ONLY PROVIDES STUDENTS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING ANTAGONISTIC SITUATIONS BUT ALSO ASSIST SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS IN ANALYZING AND ADDRESSING THESE INCIDENTS AND SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF HARASSMENT. BULLY BULLY'S STATED GOAL IS TO NEVER ALLOW OF AN INCIDENT OF HARASSMENT OR BULLY LEAD TO A FATALITY. IT MIGHT BE A FACTOR OF VIOLENCE AND I THINK WE HAVE A MEANS TO STOP IT SO HERE'S A SOLUTION. LET'S TRY IT. IN MY EXPERIENCE, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S RARELY A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO A PUBLIC HEALTH CARE CRISIS. YOU NEED TO TRY MULTIPLE SOLUTIONS ACROSS MULTIPLE FRONTS. PHYSICAL OR VERBAL INTIMIDATION MAY BE A FACET OF THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS THAT WE HAVEN'T PAID ENOUGH ATTENTION TO BUT OUGHT TO. I'M GLAD WE HAVE MARRIAGES LIKE THOSE IN MY OHIO DISTRICT -- I'M GLAD WE HAVE THOSE IN MY OHIO DISTRICT. THEY TEND TO GROW MORE SOCIALLY ANXIOUS, REQUIRING MORE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IF THEY'RE BULLIED. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS SKIP SCHOOL EACH DAY OUT OF FEAR OR ANXIETY. IT MAY BE A MORE PERVASIVE PROBLEM THAN WE THINK, ACTUALLY. RECENT RESEARCH BY SCREEN EDUCATION ON 12 TO 16-YEAR-OLDS AT CAMP LIVINGSTON IN BENNINGTON, INDIANA, FOUND THAT STUDENTS WERE LARGELY HAPPIER BY BEING DEPRIVED OF THEIR SMARTPHONES. THEY WERE MORE ENGAGED AND CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER AS PEOPLE WHEN REMOVED FROM THE CYBER WORLD OF DRAMA, GOSSIP, AND AGGRESSION. INSTEAD OF BEING FORCED TO REACT TO STUDENT VIOLENCE WHEN TRAGICALLY NECESSARY, PERHAPS WE SHOULD FOCUS ON EQUIPPING THE ADULTS WHO SPEND ALL DAY WITH THESE STUDENTS WITH THE MEANS TO SUPPORT AND GUIDE THEM. LET'S KEEP LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER FOR OUR CHILDREN AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, MAYBE WE MAKE THE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE BETTER AND SAFER FOR OUR CHILDREN AS A RESULT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        PRIME MINISTER MAY

                                                        RECEIVE A MESSAGE. PRIME MINISTER MAY: MR. SPEAKER, A -- THE MESSENGER:…

                                                        RECEIVE A MESSAGE. PRIME MINISTER MAY: MR. SPEAKER, A -- THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED S. 2779, AN ACT TO AMEND THE ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY ACT IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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

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

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                                                        MR. SMUCKER

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON A TOPIC THAT SHOULD…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON A TOPIC THAT SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ON THE FOREFRONT OF OUR AGENDA HERE IN CONGRESS. THAT IS WORK FORCE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT. BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS, I OWNED AN OPERATED A SMALL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IN LANCASTER COUNTY, AND WHEN WE WORKED TO EXPAND OUR FOOTPRINT IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA AND SOUGHT OUT NEW MARKETS, EXPAND THE BUSINESS, WE FACED A SERIOUS PROBLEM. MANY TIMES THERE WERE NOT WORKERS AVAILABLE TO FILL THE JOBS THAT WE NEEDED TO FILL TO EXPAND. QUALIFIED OR TRAINED WORKERS WERE JUST SIMPLY UNAVAILABLE. JUST RECENTLY, I MET WITH HALF A DOZEN OF THE NATION'S LARGEST STAFFING AGENCIES. THEY TOLD ME TODAY THAT THIS HAS REACHED CRISIS PROPORTIONS. THEY'RE SEEING COMPANIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY BEING FACED WITH THE SAME PROBLEM THAT I WAS FACED WITH AS A BUSINESS OWNER AND COMPANIES NOW ARE MAKING DECISIONS ON WHERE TO LOCATE NEW FACILITIES, WHERE TO EXPAND BASED ON THE AVAILABLE WORK FORCE IN THAT AREA AND SOMETIMES THAT'S OFF-SHORE RATHER THAN RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. I'VE SEEN THE SKILLS GAP FIRSTHAND. I'VE MANAGED THROUGH IT, UNDERSTOOD THE IMPACTS OF IT, AND SO NOW IN CONGRESS WORKING TO TRY TO FIX IT. ONE OF THE BEST WAYS WE CAN LIFT PEOPLE UP, IMPROVE THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING, AND CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITY IS TO CONNECT THEM WITH A GOOD-PAYING, FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOB. LET'S BE HONEST. THE BEST ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAM IS A JOB. RIGHT NOW OUR ECONOMY IS BOOMING. CONSUMER OPTIMISM IS RISING. AND AMERICAN MANUFACTURING HAS RISEN IN EACH OF THE LAST THREE QUARTERS. WE HAVE SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOBS ARE BEING CREATED ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN FACT, THERE ARE ROUGHLY SIX MILLION JOBS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRMAN KEVIN BRADY SAID IT BEST WHEN HE SAID RECENTLY, WE'VE GONE FROM A NATION THAT ASKS, WHERE ARE THE JOBS, TO ONE THAT ASKS, WHERE ARE THE WORKERS. SO ONE OF MY PRIORITIES IN CONGRESS HAS BEEN TO WORK TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORK-BASED LEARNING WHERE INDIVIDUALS GET REAL EXPERIENCE FROM REAL PROFESSIONALS AS THEY ARE LEARNING. I WAS VERY HAPPY TO SEE THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT JUST CAME BACK FROM THE SENATE, WILL BE HOPEFULLY PASSING THAT ONTO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THIS AFTERNOON. THERE'S ADDITIONAL WORK THAT WE CAN DO. THEREFORE, I'VE INTRODUCED ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION THAT WILL CONTINUE THIS EFFORT. H.R. 5153, 5153, THE U.S.A. WORK FORCE TAX CREDIT ACT WOULD ADDRESS THE URGENT NEED TO ENSURE THAT CURRENT AND FUTURE AMERICAN WORKERS ARE PREPARED FOR THE JOBS AVAILABLE IN TODAY'S 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. BY ESTABLISHING A NEW FEDERAL TAX CREDIT, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ENCOURAGE DONATIONS FOR COMMUNITY-BASED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS, CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT, AND EDUCATIONAL PREPAREDNESS. AND WOULD ENCOURAGE PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMPANIES LOOKING TO SPONSOR THESE PROGRAMS. ENCOURAGING INVESTMENTS IN ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS THAT ARE PREPARING OUR WORK FORCE FOR THE JOBS OF TODAY MEANS THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL BE CONNECTED WITH A JOB. IT MEANS MORE FAMILIES IMPROVING THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING. IT MEANS HELPING PEOPLE THRIVE OFF THE DIGNITY THAT JOBS PROVIDE. BUT IT'S REALLY MORE THAN JUST AN INVESTMENT IN WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS. IT'S AN INVESTMENT IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT PATHS TO OBTAINING A GOOD-PAYING JOB. I HAVE MY OWN EXPERIENCE OF RUNNING MY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY DURING THE DAY WHILE I WAS TAKING COLLEGE COURSES AT NIGHT. I NEVER DID QUITE OBTAIN THAT BACHELORS DEGREE, BUT I GAINED THE SKILLS NECESSARY FOR MY INDUSTRY. MY EXPERIENCE ISN'T THAT DIFFERENT FROM SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. I KNOW FIRSTHAND THAT THERE'S NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL SOLUTION TO FINDING A GOOD JOB OR HELPING OTHERS GET CONNECTED WITH ONE. WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS PREPARING WORKERS TO SUCCEED IN THE 21ST CENTURY. WE HAVE TO INVEST IN OUR PEOPLE. I BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION MAKES A DOWN PAYMENT AND PUTS US ON THE RIGHT PATH. IT IS MY HOPE THAT CONGRESS ADVANCES THIS LEGISLATION TO CHANGE LIVES, SUPPORT FAMILIES, LIFT PEOPLE UP, AND SUPPORT OUR GROWING ECONOMY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS,…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        MR. HILL

                                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. AMERICA IS BETTER OFF. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS BETTER…

                                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. AMERICA IS BETTER OFF. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS BETTER OFF BECAUSE U.S. CRUDE EXPORTS HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE JANUARY, 2017, AND PRODUCTION IS UP 12% SO FAR THIS YEAR ALONE. SINCE THE CONGRESS LIFTED THE 40-YEAR BAN ON OIL EXPORTS IN 2015, U.S. PRODUCERS NOW EXPORT BETWEEN 1.5 MILLION AND TWO MILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE EVERY DAY. LIFTING THE BAN HAS FILLED PIPELINES, SPARKED A SURGE OF INVESTMENT IN NEW TECHNOLOGY AND SHIPPING INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND THE UNITED STATES. TODAY, U.S. CRUDE IMPORTS HAVE DROPPED 7.5 MILLION BARRELS PER DAY AS WE RELY ON THAT INCREASED DOMESTIC PRODUCTION AND OUR FRIENDS IN CANADA. LIFTING THE BAN HAS ALLOWED US TO BE IN COMPETITION WITH THE TWO HIGHEST PRODUCING CRUDE OIL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, SAUDI ARABIA AND RUSSIA. ACCORDING TO AN INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY, THIS YEAR THE UNITED STATES IS EXPECTED TO SURPASS SAUDI ARABIA AND RIVAL RUSSIA AS THE WORLD'S LEADING PRODUCER OF CRUDE OIL. THIS COMES AS GERMANY'S WORKING WITH RUSSIA ON A PIPELINE THAT WILL DELIVER MORE THAN 50 BILLION CUBIC METERS OF NATURAL GAS FROM RUSSIA TO GERMANY. . DURING THE RECENT NATO SUMMIT IN BRUSSELS, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS RIGHT TO STRATEGICALLY QUESTION GERMANY'S FURTHER RELIANCE ON RUSSIAN NATURAL GAS. OUR LIQUEFIES NATURAL GAS AND OIL DELIVERED TO THE NORTH SEA AND BALTIC SEAPORTS OFFERS OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE STRATEGICIC DIVERSIFICATION BOTH FROM OPEC AND RUSSIAN DOMINANCE FOR OUR FRIENDS IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE. THEIR CONSUMERS AND THEIR INDUSTRIES. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS BETTER OFF AND I COMMEND PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR RAISING THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE ON HIS RECENT TRIP TO EUROPE AND I'M PROUD OF OUR WORK IN CONGRESS TO ENHANCE AMERICA'S GLOBAL ENERGY LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD FRIEND AND A KEY FIGURE IN EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCES IN ARKANSAS. DR. DAN TULLIS. HE HAS CREENTSLY RETIRED FROM HARDING UNIVERSITY WHERE HE SERVED SINCE 1979 AS THE PROFESSOR, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, AND CHAIR OF THE COMMUNICATION SCIENTIST AND DISORDERS DEPARTMENT. UNDER HIS GUIDANCE, THE COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS PROGRAM HAS GROWN FROM A MAJOR OFFERED THE OVERSIGHT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION TO A SEPARATE DEPARTMENT WITH TWO UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS AND A GRADUATE PROGRAM. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER DAN HAS BEEN HONORED BY HIS COLLEAGUES, STUDENTS, AND INDUSTRY LEADERS WITH WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION AND AWARDS. MOST NOTE THEABLY, HE WAS THE 2015 RECIPIENT OF THE FRANK KEFFNER AWARD WHICH RECOGNIZES AN INDIVIDUAL'S OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMMUNICATIONS. FOR HIS DEVOTION TO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION, SCOUTING, AND A BETTER WORLD THAT HAS IMPROVED THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS ACROSS ARKANSAS AND THE GLOBE, I CONGRATULATE DR. TULLIS ON HIS GREAT CAREER AND HIS RETIREMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AN OUTSTANDING LEADER WHO'S TRANSFORMED THE REALM OF NONPROFITS IN ACKAFPBLGT PAT DOWNS OF THE UNITED WAY OF WHITE COUNTY. PAT RETIRED EARLIER THIS YEAR AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ORGANIZATION AFTER 29 YEARS OF SERVICE. HERSELFLESSNESS, PASSION, AND WORK ETHIC INSPIRE ALL WHO COLLABORATE WITH HER AROUND THE COMMUNITY AND THE WORKPLACE. HELPING TO RAISE OVER $11 MILLION FOR ASSOCIATED AGENCIES, PAT'S DECADES OF LEADERSHIP HAD AN INDELIBLE IMPACT ON CENTRAL ARKANSAS. I THANK PAT FOR HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE UNITED WAY AND BEST WISHES FOR HER FUTURE ENDEAVORS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS, FOR THREE MINUTES. MISS MADAM SPEAKER -- MISS MC-- MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS CLO THE UNITED STATES WAS FOUNDED ON THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY AND ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL. AS THE LATE PRESIDENT REAGAN ONCE SAID, FREEDOM IS NEVER MORE THAN ONE GENERATION AWAY FROM EXTINCTION. WE SEE THE SAD TRUTH IN NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. SO MANY LIVE UNDER THE DARK OPPRESSION AND THEY ARE CALLED CAPTIVE NATIONS. I WAS RECENTLY INTRODUCED TO A YOUNG MAN WITH BIG DREAMS NAMED TITO. FROM VENEZUELA. HE'S CURRENTLY PURSUING HIS MASTERS AT WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY. LIFE IS TOUGH IN VENEZUELA AND IT VENEZUELA. HE'S CURRENTLY BECAME VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM WHEN HE WAS GOING THROUGH A ROUTINE CHECKUP AND FOUND HIS WHITE CELL BLOOD COUNT WAS TOO HIGH. UNFORTUNATELY, HE WASN'T PROPERLY DIAGNOSED BECAUSE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE AND EVEN HELP HAD BEEN DENIED. IT WASN'T UNTIL HE WAS ABLE TO FLY TO HOUSTON AND HAVE A BONE MARROW TEST THAT HE -- AND BE DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA HE GOT THE HELP THAT HE NEEDED. ONCE VENEZUELA WAS A -- NOT ONLY THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA, ONE OF THE TOP 20 RICHEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. AND TODAY IT'S ONE OF THE MOST ECONOMICALLY OPPRESSED. THE I.M.F. IS REPORTING THAT INFLATION COULD TOP 1 MILLION PERCENT. CHAVEZ HAS SABOTAGED THIS DEMOCRACY WITH SOCIALIST POLICIES, CORRUPTION, AND AUTHOR PARNE RULE. CHAVEZ ONCE SAID HE WAS CONVINCED THE PATH TO NEW AND BETTER AND POSSIBLE WORLD IS NOT THROUGH CAPITALISM, THE PATH IS SOCIALISM. TODAY IN THAT NEW WORLD THE GOVERNMENT SELLING ITS CITIZENS TO EAT THEIR OWN PETS LEST THEY STARVE TO DEATH. WHAT WAS ONCE A CULTURAL CENTER AND TOURIST DESTINATION IS THE CRIME CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. THE AVERAGE CITIZEN HAS LOST 20 POUNDS AND INSTEAD OF A BETTER WORLD, THERE IS A REFUGEE CRISIS AND MILLIONS ARE FLEEING TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES. THE PROMISES NEVER MATERIALIZED AND THE PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. PEOPLE LIKE TITO. MA DEARO'S YOU SUB BORN PURSUIT OF SOCIALISM IS HURTING MINNEAPOLIS. OF COURSE HE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CLING TO POWER WERE IT NOT FOR THE CUBAN SUPPORT. AND THEN YOU HAVE OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE NICARAGUA, RULED BY A TYRANT ORTEGA. WHERE WE HAVE SEEN THE ELIMINATION OF THE FREEDOM OF PRESS AND SUPPRESSION OF HABEAS CORPUS RIGHTS. WE AS AMERICANS MUST STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH PEOPLE WHO LONG TO BE FREE. WE MUST SUPPORT LEGISLATION LIKE THE VENEZUELAN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DEFENSE OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE ACT THAT PASSED THE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY LAST YEAR. WE MUST HAVE A STRATEGY TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. WE MUST DO MORE TO ASSURE THAT AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES DO NOT HAVE THE FINANCIAL CAPACITY TO KEEP OPPRESSING THEIR PEOPLE. THIS STORY'S BEEN REPEATED THROUGHOUT HISTORY WHERE SOCIALIST LEADERS RISE TO POWER OFFERING PROMISE THAT IS ARE NEVER KEPT. THE PEOPLE SUFFER AND AS A REMINDER WHY AMERICA IS SO UNIQUE. THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR BELONG TO US. WE THE PEOPLE, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. THAT IS WHY FREEDOM IS SO IMPORTANT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        AT C-SPAN.ORG. HOUSE MEMBERS CONTINUE TO WORK TODAY ON HEALTH CARE RELATED…

                                                        AT C-SPAN.ORG. HOUSE MEMBERS CONTINUE TO WORK TODAY ON HEALTH CARE RELATED BILLS. INCLUDING ONE TO EXPAND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND LOWER PREMIUM HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. BOTH EXPECTED BEFORE 2:00 P.M. EASTERN TODAY. MEMBERS COULD ALSO DEBATE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE LEGISLATION. NOW TO LIVE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN.

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

                                                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, BISHOP IRINEJ, SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA, NEW YORK.

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                                                        THE CHAPLAIN

                                                        LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, GOD OF JUSTICE, WE OFFER YOU OUR SINCERE THANKSGIVING…

                                                        LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, GOD OF JUSTICE, WE OFFER YOU OUR SINCERE THANKSGIVING AND HEART FELT PRAYER FOR AND WITH THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE GRACIOUSLY VESTED IN GOVERNANCE OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ENABLE THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE TO PRESENT EQUITABLY THE DIVERSE INTERESTS OF OUR CITIZENS AND THOSE FROM THE EXPANSE OF THE WORLD WHO RESIDE, LABOR, AND STUDY HERE. GUIDE THOSE WHO DELIBERATE AND LEGISLATE ON OUR COLLECT I BEHALF IN THE SPIRIT OF UNITY, OPENNESS, AND UNDERSTANDING. ALLOW THEIR HEARTS EVER TO BE OPEN TO THE RESOUNDING CRY OF THOSE WHO EARNESTLY PLEDGE INDWISSABLE LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. MAY THEY BE ENLIGHTENED BY YOUR PRECEPTS AND MOTIVATED IN THEIR ALTRUISTIC SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE. BLESS AND PRESERVE THEM AND US, LORD. THIS WE PRAY IN CHRIST JESUS, THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN.

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

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

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                                                        MR. BISHOP

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

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

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                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                        MR. POE

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO BUDENHOLZER…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO BUDENHOLZER OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA FOR COMING TO LEAD THE OPENING PRAYER ON THIS SPECIAL DAY. 100 YEARS AGO, JULY 28, PRESIDENT WILSON DECLARED A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SERBIAN PEOPLE IN THEIR FIGHT DURING WORLD WAR I. BISHOP IRINEJ HAS A LONG CAREER OF SERVICE BOTH TO GOD AND THE CHURCH AS WELL AS THE SERBIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. HIS WORK HAS TAKEN HIM AROUND THE WORLD. FORMALLY HE WAS THE DISTRICT OF AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND SPENT YEARS SERVING THE CHURCH IN SERBIA. MOST OF HIS CAREER HAS BEEN A DEDICATED EDUCATOR, TEACHER AT LOW YOLEA UNIVERSITY IN CHICAGO AND MEMBER OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH FACULTY IN BELGRADE. PERHAPS HE'S MOST NOTABLE TODAY FOR HIS WORK TO IMPROVE THE TIES BETWEEN THE SERBIAN DIASPORA AND THE SERBIAN STATE. HE PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN BRINGING US ALL TOGETHER WITH GOD'S LOVE. IT IS MY HONOR TO INVITE HIM TOE SHARE -- TO SHARE HIS FAITH WITH US TODAY. THANK YOU, BISHOP IRINEJ, FOR THAT PRAYER. AND MAY GOD BLESS SERBIA ANTI-UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                                                        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES…

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

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                                                        MR. WILSON

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

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

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                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                        MR. WILSON

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE SINCERE GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION, I HAVE THE…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE SINCERE GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION, I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE MATT BLACKWELL, FORMER SENIOR LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT FOR SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I WILL ALWAYS APPRECIATE MATT FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. AT A NATIVE OF AKIN, SOUTH CAROLINA, HE WORKED ON A WIDE VARIETY OF ISSUES INCLUDING ENERGY, TAX, FINANCIAL SERVICES, TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, AND BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS. BEGINNING AS AN INTERN IN THE OFFICE IN 2013, IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO WORK WITH SUCH A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. IT IS WITH MIXED FEELINGS BUT GREAT HAPPINESS THAT THE OFFICE BIDS MATT FAREWELL. HE WILL BE DOING AMAZING WORK AS HIS NEW ROLE AS LEGISLATIVE TRECTOR FOR CONGRESSMAN NEAL DUNN OF FLORIDA. A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF WASHINGTON LEE UNIVERSITY IN LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA. I KNOW HIS PARENTS, STATE REPRESENTATIVE BART AND PAULA BLACKWELL AND FAMILY MEMBERS JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING HIS ACHIEVEMENTS. IN CONCLUSION, GOT BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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

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

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

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                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. PANE --

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                                                        MR. PAYNE

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1987 THE NUMBER OF PILOTS IN THE UNITED STATES HAS…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1987 THE NUMBER OF PILOTS IN THE UNITED STATES HAS DECREASED BY 30%. DEMAND FOR PILOTS IS UP AND THE SUPPLY OF TRAINED PILOTS IS DOWN. THROUGHOUT THE AVIATION INDUSTRY, THERE IS A DESPERATE NEED FOR TRAINED AVIATION EMPLOYEES. ONE WAY WE CAN HELP END THE SHORTAGE IS TO CREATE PATHS FOR MINORITY TRAINING. AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERREPRESENTED IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY. THEY REPRESENT ONLY 9% OF AIRLINE MECHANICS AND SERVICE TECHNICIANS. 2% OF AIRCRAFT PILOTS AND FLIGHT ENGINEERS. AND 12% OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO DIVERSIFY AVIATION FIELD WILL HELP THE CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF PILOTS AND AVIATION EMPLOYEES. SOON I'LL BE INTRODUCING A BILL TO CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO DIVERSIFY AVIATION FIELD ESTABLISH A AFRICAN-AMERICAN ADVISORY BOARD WITHIN THE F.A.A. THE ADVISORY BOARD WILL ENGAGE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS THROUGHOUT -- THROUGH AVIATION TRAINING, MENTORSHIP, EDUCATION, AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN MY EFFORT TO DECREASE OUR NATION'S PILOT SHORTAGE BY TAPPING INTO AN UNDERUTILIZED POPULATION AND CREATE A MORE INCLUSIVE AVIATION INDUSTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A REMARKABLE CONSTITUENT…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A REMARKABLE CONSTITUENT FROM ROCHESTER HILLS, MICHIGAN, ROW SARA MEEKO. SHE JOINS SO MANY OTHER BRAVE WOMEN TO HELP THE WAR EFFORTS DURING WORLD WAR II AS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL ROSY THE RIVETERS. SHE SERVED HER CONRY TRI BY WORKING ON B-17 BOMBERS FOR A GOOD PORTION OF THE WAR. LAST SUNDAY SHE REACHED A MILESTONE. BORN IN 1910 DURING THE WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT PRESIDENCY, SHE CELEBRATED HER 108TH BIRTHDAY IN ROCHESTER HILLS, ALONGSIDE HER TWO DAUGHTERS, EIGHT GRANDKIDS, 18 GREAT GRANDKIDS, AND 12 GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. THAT'S FIVE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PRIVILEGED TO REPRESENT SUCH AN OUTSTANDING AND HONORABLE PERSON.

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                                                        MR. BISHOP

                                                        I WOULD LIKE TO WISH HER A VERY HAPPY 108TH THE BIRTHDAY AND THANK YOU FOR…

                                                        I WOULD LIKE TO WISH HER A VERY HAPPY 108TH THE BIRTHDAY AND THANK YOU FOR HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE AS THE ORIGINAL ROSY THE RIVETER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                        MR. HIGGINS

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK AFTER COMMITTEE IN WESTERN…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK AFTER COMMITTEE IN WESTERN NEW YORK DEDICATED TO CONSTRUCTING THE ONLY MONUMENT IN THE NATION HONORING AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY DURING TIMES OF WAR. THIS LONG OVERDUE TRIBUTE ACKNOWLEDGES THE SELFLESS SACRIFICE OF OUR VETERANS, MANY OF WHOM SERVED OUR NATION WHILE BEING TEA NEED EEBLING A WALL RIGHTS AT HOME. -- EQUAL RIGHTS AT HOME. THE MONUMENT TO BE LOCATED IN THE MILITARY PARK WILL FEATURE 12 ILLUMINATED BLACK PILLARS REPRESENTING CONFLICTS AND DESIGNED TO GIVE VISITORS AN EXPERIENCE THAT IS REFLECTIVE, EDUCATIONAL, AND INSPIRSATIONAL. THE MONUMENT IS BEING DESIGNED BY A LOCAL YOUNG TALENTED ARTIST, JONATHAN CASEY. I HAVE ASKED THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE TO COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL PROJECT LEADERS ON THIS FIRST IN THE NATION AFRICAN-AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND THE VETERANS, ARTIST AND NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLYWOMEN, CRYSTAL STOKES, WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO MAKING THIS MONUMENT A REALITY. IT IS LONG OVERDUE RECOGNITION OF THOSE WHO SERVED PROUDLY AND COURAGEOUSLY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I TRAVEL MICHIGAN'S SEVENTH DISTRICT IN…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I TRAVEL MICHIGAN'S SEVENTH DISTRICT IN NEIGHBORHOOD TO STORES TO THE FACTORY FLOOR, THERE IS A RENEWED SENSE OF OPTIMISM. FOLKS I HEAR FROM FEEL SAFER AND MORE SECURE ABOUT THE FUTURE. THE ECONOMY IS THRIVING THANKS TO PRO-GROWTH POLICIES LIKE TAX CUTS AND REGULATORY REFORM. BUSINESSES ARE HIRING AND THERE ARE MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN JOB SEEKERS. WORKERS AND FAMILIES ARE SEEING BIGGER PAYCHECKS AND MORE TAKE-HOME PAY. IT'S NOT JUST OUR ECONOMY THAT'S GETTING STRONGER. OUR MILITARY IS AS WELL. WE'RE TAKING CARE OF OUR TROOPS, RAISING THEIR PAY, AND REFORMING THE V.A. TO HELP OUR VETERANS. WE HAVE ALSO TAKEN SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC.

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                                                        MR. WALZ

                                                        CRACK DOWN ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFER. IS THERE…

                                                        CRACK DOWN ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFER. IS THERE MORE WORK TO DO? ABSOLUTELY. OUR FOCUS WILL TRAFFICKING, REMAIN ON HELPING IMPROVING PEOPLE'S LIVES AND MAKING IT EASIER FOR THEM TO GET AHEAD. THE RESULTS SO FAR ARE CLEAR. AMERICANS ARE BETTER OFF NOW. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                        MR. BARR

                                                        HE WAS WELL RESPECTED IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND ACTIVE IN MANY CIVIL…

                                                        HE WAS WELL RESPECTED IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND ACTIVE IN MANY CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS. THEY ARE TRUE HEROES AS MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION THEY WILLINGLY SERVED TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY TODAY. I'M HUMBLED TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN HERO, MR. JOHN A. POLUMBO, BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND I EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY DURING THIS TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK BISHOP IRINEJ TODAY FROM THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK BISHOP IRINEJ TODAY FROM THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH FOR OFFERING TODAY'S PRAYER. WE'RE AT THE 100TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WHEN PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON RAISED THE SERBIAN FLAG IN A SHOW OF SUPPORT OF THE SERBIAN PEOPLE. THAT SYMBOLIC ACT OF SOLIDARITY IS REMEMBERED TODAY, AND I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. SINCE 2006, MY HOME STATE OF OHIO HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE SERBIAN ARMED FORCES THROUGH THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD, THROUGH THE STATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM. SOLDIERS FROM THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD AND THE SERBIAN DEFENSE FORCES HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON DEPLOYMENTS AND TRAINING. SERBIAN ARMED WE HAVE ALSO WORKED TOGETHER TO CONSTRUCT SCHOOLS, DO HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS, PROVIDE HEALTH CARE. ON THIS ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S.-SERBIA COOPERATION, I LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER 100 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH SERBIA AND OHIO STANDS READY TO LEAD THE WAY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                        MR. LAMALFA

                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AN AM MUST BRIEF CHILD BY MAJORITY WHIP STEVE…

                                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AN AM MUST BRIEF CHILD BY MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE. THE 93-YEAR-OLD MEMORIAL HONORING FALLEN SOLDIERS HAS COME UNDER ATTACK SIMPLY FOR BEING SHAPED LIKE A CROSS. THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULED THE MEMORIAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE OF AN INHERENT MEANING OF THE CROSS AS A RELIGIOUS SYMBOL. WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE LIVE IN WHERE A MONUMENT TO HONOR FALLEN SOLDIERS OF WORLD WAR I, 93 YEARS OLD, IS BEING THREATENED BECAUSE OF ITS SHAPE OR RELIGIOUS MEANING? WHAT'S MORE THIS IS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE WHICH HAS BEEN LITIGATED. IT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS HOSTILITY TOWARDS RELIGION NOT NEUTRALITY. WHAT'S NEXT? ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY? THE U.S. CAPITOL? OR COUNTLETS OTHER NATIONAL MONUMENTS OR HISTORIC SITES OR TRADITIONS? THE SUPREME COURT HAS A CHANCE TO REVERSE THE DECISION. I URGE THEM TO SET PRECEDENT THAT WILL PROTECT AMERICA'S HISTORIC MONUMENTS INTO PERPETUITY. I YIELD BACK.

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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.

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                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUNE, NEW MEXICO'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TICKED…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUNE, NEW MEXICO'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TICKED DOWN TO 4.9%. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE STATE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS GONE BELOW 5% SINCE SEPTEMBER OF 2008. AND JUST FOR PERSPECTIVE, ONE YEAR AGO , IN 2017, THE UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 6.1%. WHEN WE PASSED THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS BILL, NEW MEXICO DIDN'T IMMEDIATELY FEEL THE RESULTS BUT NOW PEOPLE ARE BEING FILLED WITH CONFIDENCE, BUSINESSES ARE HIRING, THEY'RE EXPANDING AND PEOPLE ARE GOING BACK TO WORK. BUT EVEN A MORE REMARKABLE DEVELOPMENT WAS THE DRIVE TO EXPORT OUR OIL. TWO COUNTIES IN NEW MEXICO ARE DRIVING A SURPLUS THAT IS CAUSING AMERICA TO EXTEND ABOVE AND BEYOND WHERE SAUDI ARABIA IS CURRENTLY PRODUCING. WE'RE ON TRACK TO BECOME NUMBER ONE. WHEN WE RELEASE THE INGENUITY OF THE AMERICAN WORKER, AMERICAN CAN COMPETE WITH ANYONE. THESE THINGS ARE HAPPEN, AMERICA IS BETTER OFF TODAY BECAUSE OF WHAT WE'VE DONE HERE IN CONGRESS AS REPUBLICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION WE'RE…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION WE'RE VOTING ON THIS AFTERNOON, CONDEMNING THE VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA AGAINST ITS OWN CITIZENS. I MET WITH BRENDA LANCASTER AND HER HUSBAND LAST WEEK IN MY OFFICE. SHE'S A CONSTITUENT OF MINE WHO STARTED AN ORGANIZATION CALLED Z.M.I. FAMILY MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL. THEY HAVE MINISTRIES IN FIVE DIFFERENT COUNTRY, ONE OF THOSE BEING NICARAGUA. BRENDA HAS RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF CALLS AND MESSAGES FROM PEOPLE AFFILIATED WITH HER MINISTRY THERE THERE -- DOWN THERE CONFIRMING THE VIOLENCE. SHE HAS SEEN PICTURES AND VIDEOS SHE WISHES NO ONE WOULD EVER HAVE TO SEE. LUKE 9:57 RECOULDN'TS A MAN SPEAKING TO JESUS SAYING, I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BRENDA DIDN'T THINK SHE'D START A MINISTRY IN NICARAGUA, BUT THAT'S WHERE GD LED HER. NOW PEOPLE WHO WORK THERE FEAR FOR THEIR LIFES. AMERICA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF FIGHTING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AROUND THE WORLD. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO BRING AWARETONS THIS PRESSING ISSUE AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                        MR. THOMPSON

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE 2017 TEACH…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE 2017 TEACH FOR AMERICA CAPITOL HILL FELLOWS PROGRAM. SOON MANY FELLOWS WILL CONCLUDE THEIR YEAR-LONG PLACEMENT WITH COMMITTEES AND MEMBER OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE AND SENATE. THIS FELLOWSHIP OFFERS INSIGHT INTO LEGISLATIVE -- INTO THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WITH A FOCUS ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, MENTORSHIP AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES. I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF HOSTING PAUL CAMACHO, AN EDUCATOR FROM PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, AS PART OF MY STAFF. PRIOR TO HIS FELLOWSHIP, HE FOUGHT SIX YEARS IN PHILADELPHIA AND TWO YEARS IN CHOLULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA. BEFORE BECOMING A TEACHER HE SPENT EIGHT YEARS IN THE MARINE CORPS WHERE HE TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY AND LEARNED IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP SKILLS. HE'S BEEN A VALUABLE MEMBER OF MY TEAM AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR HIS SERVICE. I WISH PAUL AND HIS TEAMLY THE BEST AS THEY START THE NEXT -- THEIR NEXT CHAPTER. I COMMEND ALL THE 2017 TEACH FOR AMERICA FOR TAKING A YEAR TO IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN PUBLIC POLICY AND THE WORK THOFERINGSE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO EXPLORE WHAT THIS PROGRAM HAS