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House Session - September 4, 2018
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The House passed several homeland security measures as well as a trade bill that reduces or suspends tariffs on imported raw materials used to produce footwear and sports equipment. Members also voted to go to conference with the Senate on two bills.

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  • 02:00:01 PM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 02:00:05 PM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Mark Meadows to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 02:00:07 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 02:00:14 PM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKERS' ROOMS, WASHINGTON D.C., SEPTEMBER 4, 2018, I HERE BY APPOINT…

        THE SPEAKERS' ROOMS, WASHINGTON D.C., SEPTEMBER 4, 2018, I HERE BY APPOINT MARK MEADOWS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 02:00:28 PM

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

      • 02:00:30 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 02:00:37 PM

        CHAPLAIN CONROY

        LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O, GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. IN THE…

        LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O, GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. IN THE WAKE OF A GREAT AMERICAN HOLIDAY, WE ASK YOUR SPECIAL BLESSING ON AMERICAN WORKERS. MAY THEY KNOW AND BE CONFIDENT OF THE NO BUILT AND CAKE CREDITNESS OF THEIR LABOR. AS THE MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLES' HOUSE RETURN TO THE CAPITOL CALL THEM AS WELL WITH YOUR GENTLE VOICE OF COLLEGE ATLANTA. WHEN THE SENSE OF ALIENATION SHADOWS ALL OF OUR SOULS, WE FIND OUR DIFFERENCES DIFFICULT TO BEAR. WE MOVE AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. INSOFAR AS THIS SPIRIT OF ALIENATION HAS DESCENDED UPON THIS HOUSE, HELP EACH MEMBER TO OVERCOME UNNECESSARY AND HAVE PRODUCTIVE WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION. BRING THEM TO A DEEPER LEVEL OF AWARENESS OF YOUR SPIRIT AND MAKE US ONE NATION. GIVE THE MEMBERS LISTENING HEARTS READY AND WILLING TO RESPOND TO YOUR SPIRIT LIVING IN EACH ONE. AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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      • 02:01:50 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 02:01:55 PM

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

    • 02:01:58 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

      • 02:02:09 PM

        MR. HILL

        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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    • 02:02:19 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

      The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

      • 02:02:20 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FUNDRAISE ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 02:02:30 PM

        MS. FOXX

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

      • 02:02:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 02:02:37 PM

        MS. FOXX

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAMBER OF…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON CELEBRATING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEK. THIS ORGANIZATION IS A STEADFAST PILLAR OF THE STRONG BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA. THE TEACHER GRANT PROGRAM IS AMONG THE CHAMBERS' MANY SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO LOCAL EDUCATION AND INVESTMENTS IN FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS. EACH YEAR TEACHERS SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR CREATIVE, QUOTE HANDS ON, END QUOTE LESSONS AND WITH MONEYS RAISED OVER THE SUMMER THE CHAMBER AWARDS AT LEAST ONE $500 GRANT TO EACH SCHOOL. THE CHAMBER ALSO SUPPORTS CURRENT COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERS THROUGH ITS LEADER KERNERSVILLE PROGRAM WHICH HAS PREPARED 200 PARTICIPANTS FOR LEADERSHIP ROLES AND INVOLVEMENT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THE REGION AND STATE SINCE 1993. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE ASSET TO THIS COMMUNITY AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE SO FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. .

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      • 02:03:55 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 02:04:01 PM

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        I RECOGNIZED THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF A WOMAN FROM ARKANSAS MISS SEE RARE A…

        I RECOGNIZED THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF A WOMAN FROM ARKANSAS MISS SEE RARE A WHOMY. A STUDENTS AT THE CONWAY CAREER CENTER RECENTLY COMPLETED THE SKILLS U.S.A. CHAMPIONSHIPS WHERE SHE RECEIVED A SKILL POINT CERTIFICATE IN WELDING SCULPTURE. . THE PROGRAMS ARE INTEGRATED INTO CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION THROUGH A FRAMEWORK OF PERSONAL WORKPLACE AND TECHNICAL SKILLS GROUNDED IN ACADEMICS. MORE THAN 6,300 STUDENTS FROM EVERY STATE IN THE UNION COMPLETED THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ARKANSAS IS SO PROUD OF SIERRA'S AACCOMPLISHMENTS. SKILLS U.S.A. CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS ARE A GREAT WAY FOR STUDENTS TO IMMERSE IN THE FIELD OF A SKILLED WORK FORCE. CONWAY AREA CAREER CENTER IS LOCATED AT CONWAY HIGH SCHOOL AND I CONGRATULATE SIERRA AND THAT OF HER TEACHERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BARK.

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      • 02:05:11 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 THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 02:05:20 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF NORTHEAST…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF NORTHEAST INDIANA BROADCASTING ICON, CHARLIE BUTCHER. THOUSANDS OF NORTHEAST INDIANA RESIDENTS WOULD START THEIR MORNINGS WITH CHARLIE, A BELOVED RADIO ANCHOR ON WOWO PROGRAM. AND SPOKE DIRECTLY INTO THE HOME AND CAR OF EACH LISTENER WAS UNPARALLELED. HE COULD HAVE BEEN A RADIO FIXTURE ANYWHERE, HE CHOSE TO STAY IN FORTH WAYNE. I WAS FORTUNATE TO KNOW CHARLIE BOTH ON AND OFF THE AIR, BUT OUR OFF-THE-AIR CONVERSATIONS IS WHAT I CHERISH THE MOST. HE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT EDUCATION. HIS WIFE IS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER. AND WHILE OUR ENTIRE REGION MOURNS HIS LOSS, HIS IRREPLACEABLE VOICE WILL LIVE ON FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I OFFER MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE SARAH, THREE CHILDREN AND COLLEAGUES AT WOWO. THANK YOU FOR HONORING CHARLIE'S LEGACY AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 02:06:34 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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      • 02:06:39 PM

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        REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 02:06:44 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 02:06:46 PM

        MR. THOMPSON

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE AMERICAN WORKER. YESTERDAY, OUR…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE AMERICAN WORKER. YESTERDAY, OUR NATION OBSERVED LABOR DAY, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN LATE 19TH CENTURY AS A WAY TO HONOR THE WORKERS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE WEALTH AND PROSPERITY OF THIS GREAT NATION. COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA WAS ONE OF THE FIRST EIGHT STATES IN THE UNION TO RECOGNIZE THE HOLIDAY. IN 1894, PRESIDENT CLEVELAND DECLARED LABOR DAY A FEDERAL HOLIDAY. WHILE THEY CONSIDER A TIME TO CELEBRATE THE END OF SUMMER, IT'S MORE THAN A THREE-DAY WEEKEND. LABOR DAY HONORS THE AMERICAN WORKER AND THE POWER OF WORK. IT HIGHLIGHTS THAT THROUGH HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND OPPORTUNITY, WE CAN ALL ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND MORE AMERICANS WILL JOIN THE WORK FORCE THANKS TO MY BILL THAT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW THIS SUMMER THAT INCREASES FUNDING FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS. THIS LAW WILL RESTORE RUNGS ON THE OPPORTUNITY REGARDLESS OF AGE AND BACKGROUND THAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL CELEBRATE. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 02:07:48 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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      • 02:07:55 PM

        THE CLERK

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

        THE HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON AUGUST 31, 2018 AT 10:16 A.M. APPOINTMENT CREATING OPTIONS FOR VETERANS' RECOVERY. SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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      • 02:08:22 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        L. HAAS.

      • 02:08:40 PM

        The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notifed the House that she received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on August 31, 2018, at 10:16 a.m.: Appointment: Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery (COVER Commission).

      • 02:08:51 PM

        Recess

        The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:15 p.m. today.

        • 04:17:06 PM

          MR. GRASSLEY

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        • 04:17:25 PM

          MISS RICE

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        • 04:17:44 PM

          The House received a communication from the Honorable James Comer. Mr. Comer submitted his resignation from the Committee on Small Business. The resignation was accepted without objection.

        • 04:17:44 PM

          Reconvened

          The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 4.

          • 04:17:48 PM

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            AND WE'LL LEAVE OUR COVERAGE FOR THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS OF BRETT…

            AND WE'LL LEAVE OUR COVERAGE FOR THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS OF BRETT KAVANAUGH TO BRING YOU LIVE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. HOUSE.

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          • 04:17:53 PM

            THE CLERK

            THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, I WRITE TO…

            THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, I WRITE TO RESPECTFULLY SUBMIT MY RESIGNATION AS A MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN CHABOT. SIGNED SINCERELY, JAMES COMER.

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          • 04:18:05 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF…

            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 04:18:16 PM

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

            • 04:18:36 PM

              Mr. Brady (TX) moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments.

              • 04:18:44 PM

                MR. BRADY

                I ASK THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE DESIGNATE AMENDMENTS TO THE MISCELLANEOUS…

                I ASK THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE DESIGNATE AMENDMENTS TO THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL ACT OF 2018.

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          • 04:18:49 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the Senate amendments to H.R. 4318.

            • 04:18:51 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

            • 04:18:54 PM

              THE CLERK

              H.R. 4318, AN ACT TO AMEND THE HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE OF THE UNITED…

              H.R. 4318, AN ACT TO AMEND THE HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE OF THE UNITED STATES TO MODIFY TEMPORARILY CERTAIN RATES OF DUTY, SENATE AMENDMENTS.

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            • 04:19:09 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATES OF BRADY, AND…

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATES OF BRADY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 04:19:16 PM

              MR. BRADY

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

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 4318, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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            • 04:19:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 04:19:33 PM

              MR. BRADY

            • 04:19:36 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            • 04:19:40 PM

              MR. BRADY

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL ACT OF 2018 WHICH THE…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL ACT OF 2018 WHICH THE HOUSE PASSED IN JANUARY BY A UNANIMOUS VOTE OF 402-0, AND PASSED THE OTHER BODY, THE SENATE, BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT IN JULY. THROUGH THE M.T.B. BILL, WE WOULD TEMPORARILY SUSPEND OR REDUCE TARIFFS FOR CERTAIN PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T MADE IN THE UNITED STATES. REQUIRING U.S. MANUFACTURERS TO PAY TARIFFS FOR PRODUCTS THAT ARE SIMPLY NOT MADE HERE RUNS UP THEIR MANUFACTURING COSTS AND PUTS THEM AT A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE COMPARED TO MANUFACTURERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THIS BILL, IT'S BIPARTISAN, AND IT WILL DELIVER MUCH-NEEDED TEMPORARY TARIFF RELIEF TO AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS OF ALL SIZES, HELPING THEM REDUCE COSTS, COMPETE GLOBALLY. THE BILL HELPS AMERICAN CONSUMERS, TOO, BY REDUCING PRICES AND NOT FORCING THEM TO PAY UNNECESSARY TAXES ON PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T MADE HERE. THE SENATE AMENDMENT WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY MADE VERY FEW CHANGES TO THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL. STILL, THESE CHANGES ARE IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT THE BILL, WHICH HAS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IN BOTH CHAMBERS, REMAINS NONCONTROVERSIAL. THE CHANGES WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY ALSO REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF THE NEW AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS ESTABLISHED BY CONGRESS, WHICH WAS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT NO U.S. BUSINESS IS HARMED, THAT ANY CONTROVERSIAL PROVISION IS REMOVED. SPECIFICALLY, THE AMENDMENT REMOVES SIX PROVISIONS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS ABOUT DOMESTIC PRODUCTION AS WELL AS ONE PROVISION THAT WAS SIMPLY A DUPLICATE OF ANOTHER. IN DATION, THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THREE PRODUCTS WERE EXPANDED AND CLARIFIED TO HELP DISTINGUISH BETWEEN SIMILAR PRODUCTS NOT COVERED BY THE TARIFF REDUCTION. FINALLY, THE BILL MADE MINOR ADJUSTMENTS TO THE EXPIRATION DATE OF THE OFFSET. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION FOR THEIR EFFORT IN BRINGING THIS NEW M.T.B. PROCESS TO LIFE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT AND CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION FOR THEIR INVALUABLE WORK AND I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND THOSE OFF THE COMMITTEE WHO WORKED TO PUT THIS NEW TRANSPARENT PROCESS IN PLACE THAT HONORS THE HOUSE BAN ON EARMARKS. RANKING MEMBER RICHIE NEAL, TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DAVE REICHERT OF WASHINGTON, TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MY FRIEND, BILL PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY, REPRESENTATIVE TOM REED OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE RENACCI OF OHIO, REPRESENTATIVE PAULSEN OF MINNESOTA. THEN OFF THE COMMITTEE, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF REPRESENTATIVE MARK WALKER, REPRESENTATIVE TOM MCCLINTOCK, REPRESENT TODD ROKITA, AND REPRESENTATIVE ROD BLUM. TODAY, CONGRESS CAN DELIVER MEANINGFUL TARIFF RELIEF TO AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS AND TAKE ACTION THAT WILL HELP BOOST AMERICAN PRODUCTIVITY, AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS, AND AMERICAN JOB CREATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN CONCURRING WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 4318. MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 04:22:53 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

              THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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            • 04:22:58 PM

              MR. PASCRELL

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, HOW ARE YOU TODAY? HOPE YOU HAD A…

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, HOW ARE YOU TODAY? HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD AUGUST. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM SPEAKER, FOR DECADES, THE MITT LANE YUSS TARIFF BILL -- MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL HAS HAD LONG STANDING AND BROAD SUPPORT, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN BOTH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. IT HAS BEEN USED AS A MEANS TO BOLSTER UNITED STATES MANUFACTURING AND COMPETITIVENESS BY TEMPORARILY REDUCING OR SUSPENDING TARIFFS ON CERTAIN IMPORTED GOODS AND COMPONENTS. I CO-SPONSORED THIS BILL WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED LAST NOVEMBER. I SUPPORTED IT WHEN WE CONSIDERED IT ON THE FLOOR EARLIER IN JANUARY. THE M.T.B. RETURNS TO THE HOUSE TODAY FOR CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE SENATE ON JULY 26. AS THE HOUSE TAKES UP THIS BILL AGAIN, I INTEND TO SUPPORT THE BILL, AS AMENDED. I HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED AND WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS AND WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO BOOST THEIR ABILITY TO COMPETE, AND I COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN. MY HOME STATE OF NEW JERSEY WILL BENEFIT GREATLY FROM THE PROGRAM. WITH FIRMS PROJECTED TO SAVE MORE THAN $700 MILLION IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS. FROM CHEMICALS TO TEXTILES, OUR STATE'S INDUSTRIES WILL BENEFIT. THE LARGEST INDUSTRY, CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING IN NEW JERSEY, EMPLOYING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY OVER 100,000 WORKERS. SEVERAL OF THOSE FIRMS RECEIVED TARIFF RELIEF FROM NUMEROUS IMPORTED CHEMICALS THAT I DARE NOT TRY TO PRONOUNCE. AND I CAN'T OVERLOOK THE RELIEF GIVEN TO LITTLE GREEN FOR THOSE SUBS AND PIZZAS WE ALL LOVE. EVEN IN TEXAS THEY HAVE THEM. BUT TODAY'S VOTE RAISES IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. ABOUT WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE THE CHAOTIC APPROACH TO TRADE FROM THIS PRESIDENT AND SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. THEIR UNWILLINGNESS TO CHALLENGE. SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE M.T.B. IN JANUARY, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TARIFFS OF STEEL AND LUM IMPORTS FROM AROUND THE -- ALUMINUM IMPORTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THERE IS A PUBLIC COMMENT PROCESS THAT IT INTENDS TO SUBJECT TO TARIFFS. THIS ADMINISTRATION CAN AND SHOULD TAKE STRONG MEASURES TO MAKE CHINA ACCOUNTABLE FOR CHEATING OUR GLOBAL TRADE SYSTEM AND RIPPING OFF AMERICAN COMPANIES AND WORKERS. ON THAT WE CAN AGREE. BUT WHERE THERE IS CONFUSION RIGHT NOW IS THE FACT THAT WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH TARIFFS THAT WILL COVER NEARLY HALF OF ALL IMPORTED PRODUCTS FROM CHINA, THE M.T.B. WILL REDUCE OR REMOVE TARIFFS ON MANY OF THE SAME PRODUCTS. THAT'S A LITTLE CONFUSING. TO ME IT IS. FOR THE $50 BILLION IN CHINESE IMPORTS CURRENTLY SUBJECTED TO SECTION 301 TARIFFS, THERE ARE UP TO 150 PRODUCTS THAT ARE COVERED BY TODAY'S BILL. FOR THE LIST OF PROPOSED GOODS VALUED AT $200 BILLION IN CHINESE IMPORTS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING SUBJECTING TO ADDITIONAL TARIFFS, THE OVERLAP OF TODAY'S BILL COULD BE AS HIGH AS 1,000 PRODUCTS. NOW IS TRUE THAT THE M.T.B. REDUCES OR SUSPENDS TARIFFS ON PRODUCTS IMPORTED FROM ANY AND ALL COUNTRIES, NOT JUST CHINA. BUT LET ME REMIND EVERYONE OF THIS. WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN IMPOSING TARIFFS, OUR TRADING PARTNERS HAVE BEEN RESPONDING IN KIND BY HITTING OUR EXPORTS WITH RETALIATORY TARIFFS. AS WE CONSIDER SUSPENDING SOME,600 TARIFFS FROM CHINA AND OTHER -- 1,600 TARIFFS FROM CHINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES, I HAVE NOT HEARD THAT OTHER COUNTRIES WILL RECIPROCATE AND DO US ANY SIMILAR FAVORS. BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION IS RELYING SO HEAVILY ON THE USE OF TARIFFS AS A TRADE ENFORCEMENT TOOL, REMEMBER, A TOOL, YES, NOT A WEAPON, THE MAJORITY'S PUSHED TO MOVE M.T.B., WHICH REDUCES AND SUSPENDS TARIFFS, WITH A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF PROCESS SEEMS LIKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO CONTRADICT THE ADMINISTRATION'S OWN TRADE AGENDA. SO HAS THE M.T.B. FIT WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION'S TRADE AGENDA? WELL, WE'VE BEEN ASKING THAT QUESTION FOR MANY MONTHS. SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, THE ADMINISTRATION REACHED OUT TO THE WAYS AND MEANS TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE TO EXPRESS CONCERNS WITH THE M.T.B., ESPECIALLY AS IT WILL APPLY TO IMPORT DUTIES, GOODS FROM CHINA, INCLUDING FINISHED GOODS. IN RESPONSE, I EXPRESSED MY STRONG INTEREST IN WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO ADDRESS OR RESOLVE THOSE CONCERNS. IN MAY, AS THE ADMINISTRATION TURNED UP THE HEAT ON TARIFFS IN CHINA, I ASKED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO CONVENE A HEARING WITH ADMINISTRATION REPRESENTATIVES ON THESE CHINA TRADE POLICIES. MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES AND I WERE ALSO OPEN TO MARKING UP THE M.T.B. IN COMMITTEE, CONSIDERING THE LEGISLATION UNDER REGULAR ORDER. NO CASE DID WE FIND WILLING PARTNERS. TOMORROW, THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A MARKUP ON MY RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY, SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION'S TARIFFS POLICY. I -- TODAY I WILL SUPPORT THE MITT LANE YUSS TARIFF BILL. I -- TODAY, I WILL SUPPORT THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL. I THINK THE CHAIRMAN ASKED MANY GOOD QUESTIONS WHEN WE HAD TARIFF ISSUES AND TRADE ISSUES BEFORE THE ENTIRE BODY AS WELL AS THE SUBCOMMITTEES. I THINK THAT THIS IS GOOD. I THINK THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT. BUT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SPECIFIC BILL HERE TODAY, AND IN CONTRADICTION TO WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION AS OFFERED. I EXTENDED EVERY EFFORT TO WORK TOWARD BRINGING COHERENCE TO THE POLICIES. TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, THE QUESTION I ASK ARE YOU IS -- WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO DO THAT? AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE, IN CONCLUSION, I'M COMMITTED TO WORKING TO IMPROVE THE M.T.B. PROCESS, TO PURSUE A GLOBAL STRATEGY TO SUPPORTS U.S. WORKERS AND FIRMS, IMPOSING OUR SUSPENDING TARIFFS IS NOT ENOUGH. WE NEED TRADE POLICIES THAT ARE STRONG, EFFECTIVE AND COHERENT. WE MUST REMEMBER WHAT THE PURPOSE OF THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF PROCESS IS. IF WE DON'T PRODUCE IT IN THE UNITED STATES, THEN WE WILL NOT PLACE A TARIFF ON ANYTHING. . THAT HELPS US AND OUR MANUFACTURERS WHO MIGHT NEED THOSE PRODUCTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. I THINK IT'S A WISE PROCESS AND I COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR PURSUING THIS AND STICKING TO IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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            • 04:30:42 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 04:30:48 PM

              MR. BRADY

              MADAM SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE RANKING MEMBER IS AS WELL.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. PASCRELL

              MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. NO ONE CAN DENY…

              MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. NO ONE CAN DENY THAT. THIS IS NOT FRIVOLOUS LEGISLATION BY ANY STRETCH. BUT IT CANNOT BE IN CONTRADICTION WITH THE GENERAL AGENDA FOR TRADE UNIVERSALLY. THIS IS WHY I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT. I'VE GIVEN SPECIFIC EXAMPLES AS TO WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS GOING HELP MY STATE, IT'S GOING TO HELP A LOT OF STATES THROUGHOUT THE UNION. AND I SINCERELY DO COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR MAKING SURE THAT WE GET THIS DONE BEFORE NOVEMBER. THANK YOU.

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            • 04:31:47 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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              MR. BRADY

              YES, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              PLEASE PROCEED.

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              MR. BRADY

              H.R. 4318 WILL DEMRIFFER MUCH-NEEDED TEMPORARY TARIFF RELIEF TO AMERICAN…

              H.R. 4318 WILL DEMRIFFER MUCH-NEEDED TEMPORARY TARIFF RELIEF TO AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS OF ALL SIZES, HELPING THEM GROW AND CREATE JOBS, THE BILL WILL ALSO HELP AMERICAN CONSUMERS BY REDUCING PRICES AND NOT FORCING FAMILIES TO PAY UNNECESSARY TAXES ON PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T MADE HERE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, CONCURRING WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT, H.R. 4318, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 04:32:24 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 4318. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO, AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 04:32:47 PM

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

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

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

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

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                    Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6439 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security the Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program, and for other purposes."

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                      MR. BRADY

                      MADAM SPEAKER --

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                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6439.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                      THE CLERK

                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 705. H.R. 6439. A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND…

                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 705. H.R. 6439. A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ESTABLISH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 04:34:20 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6439.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                  • 04:34:38 PM

                    MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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                  • 04:34:51 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                    MR. MCCAUL

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

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    MR. MCCAUL

                    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION TO HELP…

                    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION TO HELP PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND KEEP OUR HOMELAND SAFE. WE ARE ONLY ONE WEEK OUT FROM THE 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11. AND A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THOSE HORRIFYING ATTACKS. BUT ONE THING REMAINS THE SAME. AMERICA'S ENEMIES ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO SNEAK INTO OUR COUNTRY. TODAY MANY SPECIAL INTEREST ALIENS AND OTHER NEFARIOUS ACTORS, INCLUDING POTENTIAL TERRORISTS, ARE EXPLOITING ILLICIT PATHWAYS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA, RAISING -- RACING TOWARDS THE BORDER. TO COMBAT THIS THREAT WE NEED TO LEVERAGE OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND USE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TO OUR ADVANTAGE. ONE OF THE BEST TOOLS WE HAVE IS I.C.E.'S BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS BITMAP. BITMAP WAS CREATED IN 2011 BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND IS UTILIZED IN FIVE DIFFERENT CONTINENTS. THROUGHOUT THIS PROGRAM, TRAINED AND VETTED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS COLLECT BIOMETRIC AND BIOGRAPHIC DATA ON POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING THROUGH THEIR COUNTRY. THE COLLECTED DATA IS THEN SHARED WITH AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES. THIS VITAL INFORMATION HELPS US ENRICH OUR DATABASES, MAP ILLICIT PATHWAYS, EX PLOISTS NETWORKS -- EXPLOITS NETWORKS AND LEARNS ABOUT INDIVIDUALS WORKING TO BRING HARM. IN THE LAST FEW YEARS BITMAP HAS IDENTIFIED SEVERAL HUNDRED KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, TOP NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS FROM D.O.D. AND D.H.S. HAVE TESTIFIED TO ITS SUCCESS. FOR EXAMPLE, FORMER ACTING DIRECTOR OF I.C.E. TOLD ME AT A RECENT HEARING, QUOTE, PEOPLE THAT WERE KNOWN TERRORISTS HAVE BEEN TURNED AROUND IN PANAMA AND SENT BACK BEFORE REACHING OUR SHORES. BITMAP HAS ALREADY PROVEN SUCCESSFUL. AND THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTOR -- FORMER DIRECTOR OF I.C.E. BITMAP DOES NOT JUST I.D. SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, HOWEVER. IT ALSO IDENTIFIES DRUG SMUGGLERS, SEX OFFENDERS, MURDERS, CHILD SPREAD -- MURDERERS, CHILD PREDATORS, GANG MEMBERS LIKE MS-13, AND PEOPLE WITH ACTIVE WARRANTS AND OTHER DANGEROUS BACKGROUNDS. MY BILL WILL ENHANCE AMERICAN AND FOREIGN LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ABILITY TO KEEP OUR CITIZENS SAFE BY IDENTIFYING THREATS AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE STAGE. SIMPLY PUT, IT WILL HELP STOP DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO BRING HARM TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THREATS TO AMERICA, WHETHER THROUGH TERRORISM, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, DEADLY OPIOIDS, CONTINUE TO GROW. AND WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STOP THEM. SO I'M PROUD THIS LEGISLATION PASSED OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN BILL KEATING FOR ALL OF HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE. PASSING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THROUGH THE HOUSE IS A SIMPLE STEP WE CAN TAKE TO MAKE OUR HOMELAND MORE SECURE. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN…

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                  • 04:38:22 PM

                    MR. THOMPSON

                    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R.…

                    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 6439, THE BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018. AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                  • 04:38:41 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CHAIR YIELDS.

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                    MR. THOMPSON

                    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE LONG SUPPORTED DEPARTMENT…

                    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE LONG SUPPORTED DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OVERSEAS PROGRAMS AIMED AT PREVENTING TERRORIST THREATS FROM EVER ARRIVING AT OUR BORDERS. IN FACT, OVER THE YEARS, I'VE SPONSORED A NUMBER OF MEASURES THAT SPECIFICALLY SEEK TO DRIVE GREATER INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND EXPAND D.H.S.'S OVERSEAS BORDER SECURITY FOOTPRINT. TWO WELL-ESTABLISHED OVERSEAS D.H.S. PROGRAMS THAT COME TO MIND ARE U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTIONS PRECLEARANCE PROGRAM, IN WHICH OFFICERS ARE POSTED ABROAD TO SCREEN TRAVELERS PRIOR TO BOARDING U.S.-BOUND FLIGHTS. AND IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT VISA SECURITY PROGRAM IN WHICH I.C.E. SPECIAL AGENTS ARE POSTED AT OVERSEAS CONSULATES TO ASSIST STATE DEPARTMENT STAFF IN VISA VETTING. EARLIER THIS CONGRESS, REPRESENTATIVE, THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON OUR BORDER SUBCOMMITTEE, INTRODUCED TWO BILLS AIMED AT BOLSTERING INTERNATIONAL BORDER AND COUNTERTERRORISM COOPERATION. H.R. 2281 WOULD AUTHORIZE I.C.E.'S BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCE, A PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE AT ENHANCING COOPERATION AND INFORMATION SHARING AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT -- ALONG THE U.S.-MEXICAN BORDER. THE SECOND BILL, H.R. 4578, IS TARGETED AT EXPANDING EFFORTS CARRIED OUT BY C.B.P.'S NATIONAL TARGET INTEND -- TARGETING CENTER, AIMED AT DISRUPTING AND DISMANTLING TERRORIST AND OTHER CRIMINA NETWORKS. WHEN PRESENTED TO THE FULL HOUSE, BOTH BILLS RECEIVED UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FROM DEMOCRATS, FOR GOOD REASON. THEY ARE EFFECTIVE COUNTERTERRORISM PRASMS -- PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, I'M SORRY TO SAY AS OF TODAY THERE'S NOT ENOUGH DATA TO ASSESS WHETHER THE SAME CAN BE SAID FOR I.C.E.'S BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM OR BITMAP. AS SUCH, I CANNOT SUPPORT PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZING IT AS SET FORTH ON H.R. 6439. I WOULD EXPECT THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE PROGRAM, AS IT IS LARGELY A CLASSIFIED PROGRAM. AND AS SUCH, LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT BITMAP IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. SINCE 2011, I.C.E.'S BITMAP PILOT PROGRAM HAS TRAINED AND EQUIPPED FOREIGN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON COLLECTING DATA ON FOREIGN NATIONALS MIGRATING THROUGH PARTNER COUNTRIES SO THAT SUCH INFORMATION CAN BE CHECKED AGAINST U.S. INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT DATABASES. THE STATED GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO IDENTIFY KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS OR CRIMINALS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT OUR BORDERS. THOUGH IN OPERATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS, THE VOLUME OF DATA COLLECTED ONLY STARTED TO BE SIGNIFICANT IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. PRIOR TO CONSIDERING H.R. 6439 IN COMMITTEE, COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAVE REPEATEDLY BEEN PRESENTED IN A CLASSIFIED SETTING WITH ANTIDOTES ABOUT SUCCESSES THAT THE PROGRAM HAS EXPERIENCED. WHILE WE APPRECIATED HEARING POSITIVE NEWS ABOUT THIS PILOT, ANTIDOTES ARE NOT ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZING THIS PROGRAM. ANTIDOTES ARE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR DATA AND EVIDENCE OF EFFICIENCY. IN AN EFFORT TO SECURE DATA PRIOR TO COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION, I SUBMITTED A NUMBER OF BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM'S EFFICACY AND OPERATIONS TO I.C.E. I RECEIVED A PROMPT RESPONSE PRIOR TO THE COMMITTEE'S MARKUP THAT RAISED FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT BITMAP'S EFFICACY, AS WELL AS CORE OPERATIONAL QUESTIONS, SUCH AS AFTER CHECKS AGAINST DATABASES, WHAT DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DO WITH THE RECORDS IT COLLECTS ON MIGRANTS THAT ARE NOT FOUND TO HAVE TERRORIST TIES? WHAT, IF ANY, PROTECTIONS EXIST TO GUARD AGAINST A COLLECTION OF HIGHLY PERSONAL AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION FROM MIGRANTS WITH NO CRIMINAL OR TERRORIST TIES WHO ARE ENCOUNTERED NOWHERE NEAR THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER, AND HAVE NO INTENTIONS OF COMING ANYWHERE CLOSE TO IT? WHAT IF ANY AUDIT OR OVERSIGHT MECHANISMS EXIST TO ENSURE THAT FOREIGN PARTNERS ADHERE TO REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM AND DO NOT USE THIS SOPHISTICATED LAW ENFORCEMENT TOOL TO SUPPRESS DOMESTIC ACTIVITIES? OVER THE RECESS, I.C.E. OFFICIALS BRIEFED THE COMMITTEE STAFF ABOUT BITMAP'S FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS, BUT FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS REMAIN MAIN. I HOPE THERE WILL BE A DAY WHEN -- REMAIN. I HOPE THERE WILL BE A DAY WHEN I CAN SAY WITHOUT RESERVATION THAT AFTER CAREFUL REVIEW OF BITMAP'S OPERATIONAL DOCUMENTS AND DATA, I FULLY SUPPORT MAKING IT PERMANENT. UNFORTUNATELY TODAY IS NOT THE DAY. IN THE ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE, I CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 6439, BUT AM SUPPORTIVE OF THE PILOT CONTINUING SO THAT I.C.E. CAN WORK TO AGGREGATE AND ASSESS CRITICAL DATA TO MAKE AN EVIDENTRY CASE TO CONGRESS FOR WHY THE PROGRAM SHOULD BE PERMANENTLY AUTHORED. I WOULD NOTE THAT ENACTMENT OF H.R. 64 IS NOT NECESSARY FOR BITMAP TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE, WITH OR WITHOUT PASSAGE OF H.R. 6439, I.C.E. EXPECTS TO CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE THE PILOT. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 04:44:46 PM

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                  • 04:44:51 PM

                    MR. MCCAUL

                    MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI…

                    MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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                  • 04:45:00 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    MR. THOMPSON

                    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO…

                    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                  • 04:45:13 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

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                    MR. THOMPSON

                    THANK YOU. BEFORE I CLOSE, I'D LIKE TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM…

                    THANK YOU. BEFORE I CLOSE, I'D LIKE TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION.

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                  • 04:45:31 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                    MR. THOMPSON

                    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S OUR DUTY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENSURE…

                    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S OUR DUTY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENSURE THAT COUNTERTERRORISM PILOT PROGRAMS ARE EFFECTIVE PRIOR TO PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZING THEM. AS I MENTIONED AT THE OUTSET, D.H.S. HAS A NUMBER OF PROVEN OVERSEAS BORDER AND COUNTERTERRORISM PROGRAMS THAT HAS STRONG CONGRESSIONAL BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. HOWEVER, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE CHAIRMA THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BITMAP AS A COUNTERTERRORSM PROGRAM HAS NOTEEN ESTABLISHED. A PERMANENT AUTHORIZATION OF H. 6439 IS PREMATURE. GIVEN THE CLASSIFIED NATURE OF THIS PROGRAM, SOME MEMBERS ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH IT AND THERE ARE NATURAL LIMITATIONS AS TO WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO DISCUSS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT AT AN UNCLASSIFIED STAFF LEVELS, THREATS IN THE CARIBBEAN I.C.E. SAID THAT BITMAP IS WORKING AND SUCCESSFUL BUT FAIL TO PROVIDE DATEATE TO BACK UP THE SERTIONS I'LL CONCEDE THAT I.C.E. HAS SOME ANTIDOTES AND I DON'T -- HOWEVER, WHEN I.C.E. HAS BROAD BRUSH ASSERTIONS AND ANTIDOTES ARE NOT BACKED UP WITH DATA AND METRICS, IT FAILS TO- FALLS TO CGRESS TO CARRY OUT OVERSIGHT OF THE PROGRAM, NOT BLINDLY AUTHORIZE IT. LET'S NOT REWARD THE ADMINISTRATION FOR FAILING TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH NECESSARY DATA AND METRICS. LET'S COME TOGETHER AND VOTE DOWN H.R. 6439. BY TAKING SUCH ACTION, WE WILL BE COMMUNICATG TO I.C.E. OUR EXPECTATIONS WHILE IN NO WAY PREVENTING THE BITMAP MY LOT FR CONTINUING AS ITAS FOR THE PAST SEVENEA. AS SAID EARLIER, I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF BITMAP BEING TOUTED BY THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY CAN BE BACKED UP BY RELIABLE DA AND FACTS. UNFORTUTELY, THE LITTLE INFORMATION WE HAVE ON BITMAP TODAY SIMPLY DOES NOT JUSTIFY A STAND-ALONE LEGISLATION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE H.R. 46439 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- H.R. 6439 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OMY TIME.

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                  • 04:48:06 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                    MR. MCCAUL

                    I DO HAVE TO RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH SOME OF HIS ASSERTIONS. BITMAP WAS…

                    I DO HAVE TO RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH SOME OF HIS ASSERTIONS. BITMAP WAS STARTED SEVEN YEARS AGO UNDER THE BALARKS -- OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND WE HAVE OBTAINED SUFFICIENT DATA THAT WOULD VERIFY THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM. I CAN'T GET IT INTO THE INFORMATION BUT KNOW THAT WE HAVE NOT L SUSPECTED TERRORISTS ENTER THE UNITED STATES UNDER THIS TRIED AND TRUE PROGRAM. THE SECRETARY TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE THAT ON AVERAGE 19 KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS TRIED TO -- TRY TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES EVERY DAY. AT'S OUR SOLE OBLIGATION, PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE THREATS THAT WE SEE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE OTHER THING TO STOP THEM FROM GETTING INTO THE UNITED STATES. WHAT THE 9/11 MMISSION TALKED ABOUT IN ITS REPORT ABOUT TRAVEL AND KEEPING BAD PEOPLE, BAD TNGS OU OF THE UNITED STATES, IT'S REASON THIS COMITTEE WAS FORMED IN THE FIST PLACE. AND WE HEARD ABOUT ENCOURAGING FOLLOWERS TO CROSS OUR SOUTHWEST BDER. WE TALKED ABOUT THE 9/11 COMMISSION, TALKING ABOUT TERRORIST TRAVEL STRATEGIES. THIS IS ONE OF THE STRATEGIES, ONE OF THE PROGRAMS THAT I BELIEVE THE 9/11 COMMISSION WAS TALKING ABOUT. WHY NOT US THE BEST TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE AND USE BIOMETRICS TO IDENTIFY KNOWN OR SPECTED TERRORISTS, MS-13, CHILD PREDORS, OPIOIDS, ALL THE BAD STUFF THAT CAN COME INTO THIS COUNTRY WHEN BORR PATROL TELLS ME W ONLY KNOW 50% OF WHAT'S COMING INTO THE COUNTRY, WHY WOULD WE NOT WANT TO USE THE MOST INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY SO WHEN SOMEONE ENTERS THIS HEMISPHERE UNDERNEAME AND GETS TO THE MEXICO BORDER IN ANOTHER NAME, JUST LIKE IN THE MOLLIE TIBBETTS SLAYING, CHANGED THEIR IDENTITY,HIS STOPS THE CHANGING OF IDENTITY UP THE ROAD TO THE UNITED STATES. BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHY, BIOMETRICS DON'T LIE. YOU A O YOU AR WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE THROUGH THE GREAT BEST TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE AVAILABLE TODAY SO I BELIEVE BEING OPPOSED TO THIS LEGISLATION REALLY PUTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT HARM. I HOPE I'M WRONG IN SAYING TS BECAUSE I NEVER WANT POLITICS TO ENTER THIS COMMITTEE, NATIONAL SECURITY SHOULD NEVER BE POLITICAL. THEY DON'T CHECK OUR PARTY AFFILIATION IS MY CONCERN BECAUSE I.C.E. IS IN THIS BILL, 'RE DRAWING OPPOSITION AND THIS, MADAM SPEAKER, IS ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS THAT I.C.E. ADMINISTERS, EATED UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, IT DESERVES AND HAS EAED TO BE FULLY AUTHORIZED BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND I A THAT ALL MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 04:51:38 PM

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                    THE QUON IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6439.…

                    THE QUON IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6439. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOS, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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                  • 04:51:52 PM

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

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                      MR. MCCAUL

                      MADAM SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS ANNAYS.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BTHE YEAS AND NAY WILL RISE AND REMAIN STDING 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 POSTPONE FOR WH PURPOSE DOES THE GTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK COITION? . MCCAUL: MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THHOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6459.

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                  • 04:52:43 PM

                    Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6459 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require a strategy to diversify the technology stakeholder marketplace regarding the acquisition by the Transportation Security Administration of security screening technologies, and for other purposes."

                    • 04:52:50 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CLERK LL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                    • 04:52:53 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 711, H.R. 6459, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELANDURITY…

                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 711, H.R. 6459, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELANDURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE A STRATEGY TODIVERSY THE TECHNOLOGY STAKEHOLDER MARKETPLACE REGARDING THE ACQUISITION BY THE TRANSPORTATIONECURITY ADMINISTRATION OF SECURITY SCREENG TECHNOGIES AD FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE EAKER PRO TEMPOR PURSUANT TO THE RULE,HE GENTLEMAN FROM TES, MR. MCCAUL, AND THE GENAN FROM MISSISSIPI, MR. THOMPSON, WILL EACCONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIRECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                  • 04:53:09 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 04:53:11 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6459.

                    • 04:53:26 PM

                      MR. MCCAUL

                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMUSSENT THAT AL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMUSSENT THAT AL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DA TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THBILL UNDER CONSIDTION. THE SPEAR PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                    • 04:53:38 PM

                      MR. MCCAUL

                      DASPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                    • 04:53:42 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEORE

                      THE GENTLEM IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 04:53:44 PM

                      MR. MCCAUL

                      HANK YOU, MADAM SPEAR. I RISE TODAY IN SPPORT OF H.R. 64E T.S.A.…

                      HANK YOU, MADAM SPEAR. I RISE TODAY IN SPPORT OF H.R. 64E T.S.A. OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND NETWORKS FO BUSINESS ACT, AO KNOWNS THE T.S.A. OPEN FOR BUSINESS ACT, SNSORED BY THE RANKMBER OF THE COMTTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, MR. THOMPSON. TS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION SEEKS TO IPROVE HOW T.S.A PARTNERS WITH THE PRIVATE SECT -- SEEK TO OFF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIESOR PASSENGERCREENING. IN PARTICULAR, THIS BILL AI TO BSTER AETS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO T.S.'S ACQUISITION PROCES AND BETTER SERVE THE PUBLIC. SPECIFICALLY, THIS BI DIRECTS THE T.A ADMINISTRATOR TO DEVELOP A STRAY TO DIVERSIF TH STAKEHOER MARKETPLACE USED TO ACQUIRE ADVANCED SERITY TECHNOLOGIES. THIS STRATEGY MUST INCLUDE PLANS TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESSES WITH NAVIGING TH AGENCY'SACQUISITIONS AND PROCUREMENT PROCESSES. WHICH ARE OFTEN VY OVERLY BUREAUCRIC. IT WILL HELP ESTABLISH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WILL DIRECT VENTE PITAL TOWARDS EMERGING PROMISIN TECHNOLOGI. MADA SPEAKER, OUR AIRLINE INDTRY STIL REMAINS THE CROWN JEWEL OF TARGETS FOR INTERNATIONALERRORISTS. E PUBLIC DEES TO HAVE THE BEST SECURITY HAD PLACE THROUGHOUT ERICA'S TRANSPTATION AND AVIATION SECTOR. IT IS INCUMBENT UPON THE T.S.A. TOREE A STREAMLINE WAY OF IDENFYING AND DEOYING ADVANCEDECURITY TECHNOLOGIES. SINCE ITS CREATION, T.S.AHAS GLED EXPAND RTICIPATIONY SMALL BUSINESSES AND DIRECT RESRCES TOWARDS PROMISING TECHNOLOGIES. RAING MEMBER THOMPSON'S LEGISLATION REDUCE BUREARAC HURDLES WHIE PROMOTING PRIVAT SECTOR INNOVATION. WANT TO THNK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR INTRODUCING TH CELLENT LEGISLATION AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMAN OF E SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND PROTECTIVE SECURITY, MR. KATKO, R HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. TH LEGISLATN OFFERS A BIPARTAN APPROACH TO IMPROVING OPPORTUNITIES FO SMALL BUSINESS SEEKING TO PARTNER WIT T.S.A. AND IMPROVE E SECURITY OF OUR NATION'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. WI THAT, MADASPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES SUPPO THE BILL AND I RESERVE TH BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:56:09 PM

                      THE SPEAKER O TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. I ECOGNIZE THE GENTLEM FROM

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                      THE SPEAKERRO TEORE

                      PLEASE PROCEED. MR. THO THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE…

                      PLEASE PROCEED. MR. THO THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE TRANSPORTATION SECURY ADMINISTRATION MUST ACQUIRE AND DEPLOY EFFECTIVE SECUTY TECHNOLY TO KP UP WITH CURREN THREATS. TO DO SO T.S.A. MUST ENSURE ITS ACQUISITI PROCESSES CENTIVIZE SECURITY MANUFACTURERS TO DEVEL INNOVATIVE SOLUTIO AND COMPETE FORONTRACT AWARDS. UNUNATEL IN PRACTICE T.S.'S PROCSES ARE FULL OF DELAYSND ROADBLOS AT LIMITNTERES D COMTITION. TODAY, COMPANI LOOKING TO D BUSINESS WITH T.S.A. FOR THE FIRST TIME MUST INVEST SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES AND SPEND YEARS OF TESTING BEFORE RECEIVING A SINGLE PURCHA ORDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, WHICH GENERAY LACK OTHER REVENU STREAMS TO UNERWRITE THEIR OPERATIONS WHILE WORKING THROUGH TH MAZE OF T.S.A.'S PROCESS, THE IMPEDIMENTS ARE OFTEN PROVED INSURMOUNTABLE. THERE IS NO WAY OF KNOWING HOW MANY SMALL BUSINSES HAVE HAD OWE VAVET SECURITY SUTIONS BUT -- INNOVATIVE SECURITY SOLUTIONS T PURSUED OTHER OPPORTUNITIES RATHER THAN RISK GETTING TANGLED UP IN T.A.'S UISITI WEB. MY BILL, T T.S.A. OPEN FOR BUSINESS ACT, REQUIRES T.S.A. TO DEVELOP A SATEGY TO DIVERSY THEECHNOLOGY SKEHOLD MARKETACE TH IT RELIES UPON TO ACQUIRE SECURITY TECHNOLOGS. IMPORTANTLY, THE STREGY MU ADDRESS BARRIER PARTIPN FOR BUSINESS THAT HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED TECHNOLOGY TO T.S.A., INCLUDING SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATORS. IT ALSO REQUIRES T.S.A. TO CONDUCT AFEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT OF PARTNENG WITH A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION TO PROVIDE NTURE CATAL TO HELP BUSINESSES, COMMCIALIZ INNOATE TECHNOLOGIES, SILAR TO A PROAM THAT HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL WHIN TH INTELLIGENCEOMMUNITY. BY PUSHING T.S.A. TOAKE PROACTIVE ACTION TO DIVERSIFY THE SECURITY TECHNOLOGY MARKETPLACE, H.R. 6459AS THE ENTIAL TO IREASE COMPETITION WITHIN TRANSRTATION SECURITY TECHNOLOGY MARKETPLACE TO ULMATELELIVER BETTER SECURITY. WITH THAT I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEAREND IESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOR THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FR TEXAS.

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                    • 04:59:24 PM

                      MR. MCUL

                      THANK YOU MADAM EAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER EAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      THANK YOU MADAM EAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER EAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM SSISSIPI IS EPAREDO CLOSE I WILL ONCE THEENTLEMAN DOES.

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                    • 04:59:32 PM

                      MR. THPSON

                      MAD SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEARS. THE SPEAR PRO TEORE: DOES THE…

                      MAD SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEARS. THE SPEAR PRO TEORE: DOES THE NTLEMAN FROM MISSISSII YIELBACK?

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                    • 04:59:41 PM

                      MR. THOMPSON

                      I YIELD BACK AND I'M PREPARETO CLOSE. THE SPR PRO TEMPORE: THE GELEMAN IS…

                      I YIELD BACK AND I'M PREPARETO CLOSE. THE SPR PRO TEMPORE: THE GELEMAN IS REOGNID TO CLOSE.

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                    • 04:59:50 PM

                      MR. THOMPSON

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SAKER. MAM SPEAKER, IN HADISCAL YEAR 2017,…

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SAKER. MAM SPEAKER, IN HADISCAL YEAR 2017, T.S.A. AWARDED OVER $1.6ILLION ICONTRACTS. WITHIN SUC A LARGE MARKELACE, THERE SHOULD PLENTY OF SCE FOR OF ALL SIZES WITH INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO COMPETE. H.R. 6459 WILL PUSH T.S.A. TO TAKE STEPS TO DIVERSIFY THE SECURITY TECHNOLOGY MARKETPLACE TO ENSURE THAT IT IS POSITIONED TO ACQUIRE THE MOST INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                    • 05:00:35 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                    • 05:00:38 PM

                      MR. MCCAUL

                      I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION. A…

                      I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION. A LOT OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY LOOK AT T.S.A. AND LOOK AT THE LINES AND SCREENING THAT TAKES PLACE AND SOMETIMES OFTEN THINK THEY DON'T GET THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE. T.S.A. DOES A LOT MORE THAN SCREENING AT AIRPORTS, IT SCREENS OVERSEAS. IT HAS INTELLIGENCE LEADS TO STOP TERRORISTS FROM COMING INTO THE COUNTRY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT STOPS TERRORISTS WITH THE LATEST THREAT THAT WE HAVE THAT I CAN SAY PUBLICLY NOW TURNING LAP TOPS INTO BOMBS AND TOXIC GAS. AND ALSO DOMESTIC FLIGHTS. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE PASS THIS BILL AS THE RANKING MEMBER INTRODUCED TO MAKE SURE THAT T.S.A. HAS THE BEST TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO STOP THAT THREAT. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT WE HAVE WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO ENSURE THAT THE MONIES HAVE BEEN APPROPRIATED TO BUY THESE TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR MACHINES THAT OUTDATED TECHNOLOGY CANNOT SEE OR SCREEN BUT THE UPDATED TECHNOLOGY CAN. AND WE OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DEPLOY THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY AS SOON AND QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, GIVEN THE IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND AIRLINE SECTOR. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BILL AND I FULLY SUPPORT IT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:02:23 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6459. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                  • 05:02:39 PM

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

                    • 05:02:41 PM

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

                      • 05:03:13 PM

                        Mr. King (NY) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6430 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to implement certain requirements for information relating to supply chain risk, and for other purposes."

                        • 05:03:24 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        • 05:03:28 PM

                          MR. KING

                          I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS H.R. 6430.

                        • 05:03:34 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                        • 05:03:37 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          H.R. 6430, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE…

                          H.R. 6430, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO IMPLEMENT CERTAIN REQUIREMENT TO SUPPLY CHAIN RISK AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 05:03:53 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, AND THE…

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                    • 05:03:55 PM

                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6430.

                      • 05:04:05 PM

                        MR. KING

                        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 ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                      • 05:04:17 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                      • 05:04:18 PM

                        MR. KING

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                      • 05:04:21 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:04:23 PM

                        MR. KING

                        ON JULY 24, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY VOTED TO FAVORABLY REPORT…

                        ON JULY 24, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY VOTED TO FAVORABLY REPORT H.R. 6430. I WANT TO THANK THE OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT SUBCOMMITTEE, SCOTT PERRY AND FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. MCCAUL AND RANKING MEMBER MR. THOMPSON AND OVERSIGHT RANKING MEMBER AND CONGRESSMAN DONOVAN AND PAYNE WORKING WITH ME TO CO-SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION. THE LEGISLATION IS A RESULT OF SEVERAL YEARS OF OVERSIGHT INTO SUPPLY CHAIN AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE RISK IN THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT NATION STATES AND CRIMINAL ACTORS ARE TRYING TO EXPLOIT U.S. GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR SYSTEMS TO STEAL INFORMATION AND INSERT POTENTIALLY HARD WAY OR SOFTWARE. AND THIS UNDERSCORES THE THREATS EXPOSED TO THE FEDERAL SUPPLY CHAIN AND DEVELOPING STRONGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE NISMS. ON JULY 12, I HELD A HEARING TO REVIEW THE CURRENT SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS AS WELL AS ASSESS THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY. AT THE HEARING, THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER NOTED THAT GAPS EXIST IN THE DEPARTMENT'S AUTHORITY TO USE INTELLIGENCE TO SUPPORT ITS PROCUREMENT DECISIONS. THOSE EXCEPTIONAL CASES WHERE MITIGATION IS NOT POSSIBLE, THE DEPARTMENT NEEDS TO REACT SWIFTLY WHILE RESTRICTING THE EXPOSURE OF OTHER NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION. THIS IS A PROBLEM. THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION PROVIDES D.H.S. SECRETARY WITH AUTHORITY TO RESTRICT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROCUREMENTS AS THE VENDOR POSES A THREAT TO THE D.H.S. SUPPLY CHAIN. THIS BILL ESTABLISHES TRUE COORDINATION BETWEEN THE ACQUISITION PROCESS AND INTELLIGENCE. THIS AUTHORITY IS MODELED AFTER EXISTING AUTHORITY GRANTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN 2011. THE LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT ENHANCEMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET BASED ON A SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT PROPOSAL RELEASED AT THE END OF JULY. I'M HOPEFUL AS THIS BILL MOVES THROUGH THE PROCESS WE WILL THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES SIMILAR AUTHORITY TO ENSURE NATIONAL SECURITY VETTING IS INCORPORATED INTO THE WIDER GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT PROCESS. AS A NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, IT IS VITAL THAT D.H.S. HAVE ROBUST SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND TOOLS TO IDENTIFY, MITIGATE AND REMOVE ESSENTIAL THREATS TO CONTRACTS. WITH THIS LEGISLATION, CONGRESS IS ENSURING THAT D.H.S. WILL HAVE THE AUTHORITY NECESSARY TO FULLY VET AND RESTRICT VENDORS WHO POSE A THREAT. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 6430 AND I RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:07:22 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 MISSISSIPPI.

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                      • 05:07:26 PM

                        MR. THOMPSON

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6430, THE SECURING THE…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6430, THE SECURING THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUPPLY CHAIN ACT OF 2018. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                      • 05:07:38 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:07:41 PM

                        MR. THOMPSON

                        MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6430 WOULD AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY…

                        MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6430 WOULD AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO EXCLUDE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION VENDOR THAT IS DEEMED TO POSE SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS FROM CONTRACTS FOR EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT D.H.S. MUST HAVE THE NECESSARY TOOLS TO ADDRESS EVOLVING CYBER INCURSIONS AND ESPIONAGE BY NATION STATES TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RISK TO THE SUPPLY CHAIN COMES FROM CHINESE AND RUSSIAN COMPANIES. FOR YEARS, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAS WARNED THAT INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY PRODUCED BY CHINESE COMPANIES, MOST NOTABLY S.T.A. AND WAWAI WOULD BE USED TO CARRY OUT CYBER THEFT. SOME COMPANIES WITH TIES TO THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT ALSO POSE NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS PARTICULARLY HIGHLIGHTED CONCERNS ABOUT THE LABS. IN SEPTEMBER, 2017, D.H.S. ISSUED A DIRECTIVE REQUIRING FEDERAL AGENCIES TO REMOVE ALL THEIR PRODUCT FROM THE NETWORKS GIVEN TIES BETWEEN CERTAIN OFFICIALS AND THE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE. THE RISK TO THE SUPPLY CHAIN ARE TOO REAL AND MUST BE MITIGATED. THAT IS WHY I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 6430, A MEASURE THAT ACTS UPON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO HELP D.H.S. BETTER COUNTER THESE MOUNTING THREATS. H.R. 6430 PROVIDES D.H.S. WITH NEEDED AUTHORITY TO EXCLUDE VENDORS WHO ARE BAD ACTORS FROM INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION SUPPLY CHAINS. FLING ENACTED, H.R. 6430 WILL ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO BE PRO-ACTIVE AND EFFECTIVE IN ADDRESSING THESE COMPLEX THREATS IN THE FUTURE. IMPORTANTLY, THE BILL INCLUDES ROBUST PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS RECEIVES NOTIFICATION AND JUSTIFICATION OF ANY EXERCISE OF AUTHORITY UNDER THIS ACT. NOTABLY, THIS MEASURE IS BASED ON A SIMILAR AUTHORITY PROVIDED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN 2011 AND INCORPORATES LANGUAGE PROVIDED BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. THIS BILL COULD NOT COME AT A MORE IMPORTANT TIME. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6430 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:10:27 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                      • 05:10:31 PM

                        MR. KING

                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, WHO I THANK…

                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, WHO I THANK HIM FOR HIS SUPPORT, IF HE HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                      • 05:10:43 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:10:46 PM

                        MR. THOMPSON

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6430 PROVIDES THE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6430 PROVIDES THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY WITH A MUCH NEEDED TOOL TO ELIMINATE NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS TO OUR SUPPLY CHAIN. ENACTMENT OF H.R. 6430 WILL HELP D.H.S. SECURE INFORMATION, TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES THAT ARE SO ESSENTIAL TO KEEPING OUR NATION SECURE. I WOULD LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, WHO HAS HAD SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN THIS AREA FOR OFFERING THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6430 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:11:32 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                      • 05:11:36 PM

                        MR. KING

                        LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR HIS…

                        LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR HIS SERVICE ON THIS BILL AND THE SERVICE OF THE COMMITTEE OVER THE YEARS. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES D.H.S. VITAL AUTHORITY TO PROTECT THE DEPARTMENT FROM VENDORS WHO POSE A RISK. THE BILL INCLUDES IMPORTANT ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT DECISIONS ARE RISK-BASED AND ALLOWS THE VENDOR TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK AND REQUIRES ANNUAL REVIEWS. THIS IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROVIDE IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY PROTECTIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT SIMILAR TO WHAT ALREADY EXISTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I ONCE AGAIN MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6430 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:12:19 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6430 AS AMENDED. -- 6430 AS INTRODUCED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                    • 05:12:45 PM

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

                      • 05:12:46 PM

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

                        • 05:13:04 PM

                          Mr. Ratcliffe moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6443 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a continuous diagnostics and mitigation program at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes."

                          • 05:13:09 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                          • 05:13:12 PM

                            MR. RATCLIFFE

                            I MOVE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6443 AS AMENDED.

                          • 05:13:20 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 706, H.R. 6443, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND…

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 706, H.R. 6443, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ESTABLISH A CONTINUOUS DIAGNOSE GNOSTICS AND MITIGATION PROGRAM AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                        • 05:13:21 PM

                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                          • 05:13:39 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TKS AS.

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                      • 05:13:45 PM

                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6443.

                        • 05:13:51 PM

                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                          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 MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                        • 05:14:03 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 05:14:04 PM

                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                        • 05:14:06 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

                        • 05:14:09 PM

                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                          EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND DEPARTMENT OF…

                          EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RELEASED A REPORT ON THE CYBERSECURITY RISKS FACED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES. AMONG THE FINDINGS OF THAT REPORT IS THAT ALMOST 75% OF OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE VULNERABLE TO CYBERTHREATS. IN LARGE PART DUE TO THEIR INABILITY TO UNDERSTAND CYBERSECURITY RISKS AND THEREFORE TO PROPERLY PRIORITIZE RESOURCES. MR. SPEAKER, STATISTICS LIKE THIS SHOULD MAKE THE STATE OF OUR NATION'S CYBER READINESS AND RESILIENCE DEEPLY TROUBLING TO ALL OF US AND ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THAT D.H.S. CONTINUOUS DIAGNOSE GNOSTICS PROGRAM HAS BEEN ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES AS CHAIRMAN OF THE CYBERSECURITY AND PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE. C.D.M. HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS BY DRAMATICALLY INCREASING VISIBILITY ACROSS FEDERAL NETWORKS BY IMPROVING THE ABILITY OF AGENCY SECURITY OFFICERS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE TECHNOLOGY ASSETS BEING UTILIZED ACROSS THEIR AGENCIES. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE END OF THE DAY, LOOKING ACROSS ALL NETWORKS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OWNS AND OPERATES, IT COMES DOWN TO FINGERS ON GOVERNMENT KEYBOARDS. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE WE CAN TRY AND DEFEND IT. THE C.D.M. PROGRAM IS CRUCIAL TO ITS PHASED ROLLOUT. REQUIRES AGENCIES TO PROVIDE AGENCIES WITH THE EXATHES TO COLLECT THE RISK INFORMATION NECESSARY TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS. IT NOT ONLY ALLOWS THE ABILITY TO COMBAT OUR ENEMIES BUT HELP MANAGERS TO MANAGE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. THE SECURITY DATA THAT THE TOOLS ARE COLLECTED WILL HELP D.H.S. MAKE SMARTER CHOICES WHERE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE GOING AND UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE MOST BASIC QUESTIONS INCLUDING WHAT DEVICES ARE ON THE NETWORK. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6443 IS NECESSARY TO CODIFY THE C.D.M. PROGRAM AT D.H.S. AND ENSURE THAT THESE AUTHORITIES WILL EXIST TO ALLOW THE CONTINUED PROGRESS OF THIS VERY ESSENTIAL CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM. MAKING MAKING SURE THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DEFEND THEIR NETWORKS AND GETTING D.H.S. THE DATA TO UNDERSTAND CYBERSECURITY RISKS AND VULNERABILITIES AND TO COORDINATE OUR FEDERAL NETWORK DEFENSES ARE PARAMOUNT CONCERNS IN THIS TECHNOLOGICAL AGE. MY GOAL AND THE GOAL OF THE BIPARTISAN GROUP OF CO-SPONSORS SUPPORTING H.R. 6443 IS TO HELP BOOST THE LONG-TERM SUCCESS OF THE C.D.M. PROGRAM. THIS BILL ALSO ENSURES THAT THIS PROGRAM KEEPS PACE WITH THE CUTTING EDGE CAPABILITIES BEING DEVELOPED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THEREFORE AVOIDING THE VENDOR LOCK THAT HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN A PROBLEM. WE'LL BE SURE WE'LL MODERNIZE AND UPDATE OUR SYSTEMS BEFORE THEY BECOME LEGACY TECHNOLOGIES, UNSUPPORTED BY VENDORS AND AT GREATER RISK OF BEING EXPLOITED BY OUR ADVERSARIES. IT'S D.H.S.'S C.D.M. PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THE WHOLE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO UNDERSTAND THE THREATS THEY FACE AND THE RISKS THAT THESE VULNERABILITIES POSE IN REAL TIME. AUTHORIZING THE C.D.M. PROGRAM WILL FURTHER D.H.S.'S ROLE IN THE CYBERSECURITY MISSION THROUGHOUT OUR GOVERNMENT AND WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AND ELEVATE THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM. I, THEREFORE, URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 05:17:57 PM

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                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 05:18:01 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6443, THE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6443, THE ADVANCING SIGNER -- CYBERSECURITY DIAGNOSTICS AND MITIGATION ACT. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                        • 05:18:20 PM

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                        • 05:18:22 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL CODIFY THE EXISTING CONTINUOUS DIAGNOSTIC AND…

                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL CODIFY THE EXISTING CONTINUOUS DIAGNOSTIC AND MITIGATION, OR C.D.M., PROGRAM WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S NATIONAL PROTECTION AND PROGRAMS DIRECTORATE, N.P.P.D. C.D.M. IS IMPORTANT OF OUR NATIONAL APPROACH -- DIRECTORATE, NPPD. C.D.M. IS IMPORTANT PART OF OUR NATIONAL APPROACH. WE INTEGRATE CYBERSECURITY TOOLS AND SERVICES TO HELP DEFEND THEIR NETWORKS AGAINST CYBERATTACKS. BY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF BULK PRICING, C.D.M. ALLOWS AGENCIES TO PURCHASE SECURITY SERVICES AT A DISCOUNTED RATE AND IN TURN DEVOTE MORE OF THEIR LIMITED RESOURCES TO CARRYING OUT THEIR MISSIONS. ANOTHER BENEFIT OF THE PROGRAM IS THAT IT ENABLES D.H.S. TO ATTRACT THREATS TO AGENCIES' NETWORK GIVEN THE DEPARTMENT A MORE HOLISTIC VIEW OF THE THREAT LANDSCAPE. STILL GIVING ENORMOUS CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH PROTECTING SUCH A MASSIVE AND DIVERSE SET OF NETWORKS, IT'S NOT SURPRISING THAT D.H.S. HAS AT TIMES STRUGGLED. FOR INSTANCE, IN ROLLING OUT C.D.M., D.H.S. OFFICIALS MET FOUR PHASES OF IMPLEMENTATION WHERE IN THE FIRST PHASE AGENCIES WOULD IDENTIFY ALL THE ASSETS AND DIADVICES ON THEIR NETWORK. -- DEVICES ON THEIR NETWORK. AT THE TIME, THEY PROJECT THE LAST PHASE, -- PROJECTED THE LAST PHASE WOULD -- WERE BEING TACKLED IN 2017. THE C.D.M. DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE HAS BEEN PLAGUED WITH DELAYS. STARTING WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PHASE ONE WHICH TOOK YEARS. AS A RESULT OF THESE DELAYS, THE DATA HOUSED ON AGENCIES' NETWORK WHICH THE BAD GUYS ARE REALLY AFTER, REMAIN LESS SECURE THAN MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN. H.R. 6443 WOULD ADDRESS C.D.M. CHALLENGES IN A FEW WAYS. FOR EXAMPLE, BY ASKING D.H.S. TO RECONSIDER ITS PHASED APPROACH TO IMPLEMENTATION AND EXAMINE OPPORTUNITIES TO STREAMLINE ADOPTION OF C.D.M. TECHNOLOGIES, THIS BILL WOULD ALSO REQUIRE D.H.S. TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY THAT ADDRESSES DEPLOYMENT CHALLENGES, AREAS WHERE GREATER COORDINATION IS NEEDED, AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT. FINALLY, H.R. 6443 ADDS SPECIFICALLY TO D.H.S.'S RESPONSIBILITY UNDER C.D.M. AND INCLUDES ROBUST REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TO INFORM CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. EVERY YEAR FEDERAL NETWORKS GET HIT BY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ATTEMPTED INTRUSIONS. MANY OF THEM SOPHISTICATED STATE SPONSORED ATTACKS. WE'VE SEEN TIME AND AGAIN THE COST OF DAMAGE THAT CAN FLOW FROM A HIGH-PROFILE FEDERAL BREACH. AS A RESULT, WE NEED C.D.M. TO WORK. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6443 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 05:21:40 PM

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                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 05:21:44 PM

                          MR. MCCAUL

                          MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 05:21:51 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

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

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN.

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                        • 05:22:01 PM

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                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                          MR. LANGEVIN

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR --RY WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND…

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR --RY WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE CAUCUS. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT CYBERSECURITY IS THE NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ISSUE OF THE 21ST CENTURY. I BELIEVE IT IS THEREFORE INCUMBENT ON US AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE STEPS NEEDED TO PROTECT OUR SYSTEMS AND TO PROVIDE SOME COURSE CORRECTION WHEN NECESSARY. THIS BILL DOES BOTH, AUTHORIZING CONTINUOUS CYBERSECURITY DIAGNOSTICS AND MITIGATION, REQUIRING A STRATEGY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO GUIDE ITS FUTURE GROWTH. C.D.M. REPRESENTS A SCORE COMPONENT TO BETTER SECURE THE DOT-GOV DOMAIN. AND GETTING A BETTER VIEW, IT HELPS PROVIDE AN UNDERSTANDING THE STAT NEWS REAL TIME. IT ALSO FEEDS BACK DATA TO D.H.S. SO THAT IT DOES CREATE -- THAT CAN BETTER ASSIST AGENCIES IN CLOSING VULNERABILITIES IN RESPONDING TO INCIDENTS. C.D.M. MAKES A LOT OF SENSE, BUT IT'S NOT BEEN WITHOUT CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTATION. ORIGINALLY, DESIGNED WITH A PHASE MODEL THAT FOCUSING ON INCORPORATING NEW SETS OF TOOLS AT EACH MILESTONE. IT'S FALLEN BEHIND SCHEDULE AND MANY AGENCIES EXPRESSED SKEPTICISM ABOUT THE PROGRAM'S UTILITY. I BELIEVE IN C.D.M. I BELIEVE THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTION PROVIDED BY MR. RATCLIFFE'S BILL WILL HELP DISPEL SOME OF THESE DOUBTS. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE STRATEGY CAN FURTHER HELP REFOCUS THE PROGRAM ON THE PRESENT AND FUTURE NEEDS OF FEDERAL NETWORKS, SO I'M PLEASED DURING COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION, MY AMENDMENT, REQUIRING A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE PHASING PLAN WAS ADOPTED. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE THOUGHT UNDERLYING THE ORIGINAL PHASING APPROACH, I BELIEVE WE WILL MAKE MORE MORE AGREES IF PHASE THREE AND FOUR ARE CONDUCTED IN PARALLEL RATHER THAN SERIALLY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PASSAGE. I MENTION THIS BILL'S MAJOR MISSION. IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE INCENTIVE STRUCTURE OF OTHER AGENCIES TO ACTUALLY ADOPT C.D.M. OFFERINGS. DURING ROUNDTABLES ON THE PROGRAM, WE OFTEN HEARD FROM GOVERNMENT STAKEHOLDERS INTERNAL DYNAMICS AT THE SISTER AGENCIES WAS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES TO THE PROGRAM'S SUCCESS.

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                        • 05:24:51 PM

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                          MR. LANGEVIN

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE…

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY -- ONE OTHER THING, I YOU URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THE WISDOM OF HAVING SO MANY COMMITTEES INVOLVED WITH THE SUBCOMMITTEE JURISDICTION, OFTEN THE DETRIMENT OF MAKING REAL PROGRESS. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE SOME 30 COMMITTEES AND SUBCOMMITTEES THAT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER CYBER AND VERY DIFFICULT TO GET THINGS DONE. SO I ALSO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT THE EXECUTIVE TOP SPACE COORDINATION ACT WHICH WOULD HAVE A COORDINATOR AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO BETTER COORDINATE INTERAGENCY PROCESSES. IT WILL ALLOW C.D.M. TO FULLY LIVE UP TO ITS POTENTIAL. WITH THAT I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND RICHMOND AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND RATCLIFFE FOR THEIR CONTINUED FOCUS ON CYBERSECURITY. I URGE SUPPORT FOR H.R. 6443. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE FOR INTRODUCING THE BILL AND I CERTAINLY HOPE ALL MEMBERS WILL SUPPORT IT AND D.H.S.'S ONGOING CYBERSECURITY EFFORTS. WITH THAT I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 05:26:03 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES?

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                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                          RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 05:26:10 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL, AND I'M PREPARED TO…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL, AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                        • 05:26:18 PM

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                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 05:26:21 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6443 SEEKS TO IMPROVE…

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6443 SEEKS TO IMPROVE D.H.S.'S CAPACITY TO CARRY OUT ONE OF ITS MORE IMPORTANT HOMELAND SECURITY MISSIONS -- THE PROTECTION OF FEDERAL AGENCY NETWORKS. OVER THE PAST DECADE, WE'VE SEEN THE NUMBER OF CYBERATTACKS AGAINST FEDERAL AGENCIES RISE BY MORE THAN 1,000%. LAST YEAR ALONE, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET REPORTED THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES EXPERIENCED MORE THAN 35,000 CYBER INCIDENTS. A CHALLENGE OF THIS MAGNITUDE CANNOT BE UNDERTAKEN BY EACH AGENCY ON ITS OWN. THEY NEED HELP. THAT'S WHERE THE C.D.M. PROGRAM COMES IN. BY AUTHORIZING C.D.M. IN LAW, D.H.S. AND ITS AGENCY PARTNERS CAN CONFIDENTIALLY MOVE FORWARD TO BOLSTER NETWORK SECURITY AND REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT TO REVISIT ITS IMPLEMENTATION PLANS AND WORK TO FINALLY RESOLVE ITS LONG STANDING C.D.M. CHALLENGES, H.R. 6443 PUTS THE PROGRAM ON AN EVEN SECURE FOOTING. I YOU URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS -- I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 05:27:41 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 05:27:43 PM

                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE,…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND CONGRESSMAN LANGEVIN, FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I'D LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER OF THE CYBERSECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. RICHMOND, FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS VERY SIMPLY COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT WILL STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S CYBERSECURITY POSTURE AND THEREBY STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S NATIONAL SECURITY. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6443, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 05:28:16 PM

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

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6443, 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 IS PRESENTED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                      • 05:28:33 PM

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

                        • 05:28:34 PM

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

                          • 05:29:00 PM

                            Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5869 — "To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a maritime border threat analysis, and for other purposes."

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5869, AS…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5869, AS AMENDED.

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                            • 05:29:12 PM

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                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                              THE CLERK

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 713, H.R. 5869, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF…

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 713, H.R. 5869, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A MARITIME BORDER THREAT ANALYSIS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                          • 05:29:25 PM

                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE…

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA --

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                        • 05:29:28 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5869.

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                            MR. KATKO

                            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 ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                          • 05:29:47 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 05:29:49 PM

                            MR. KATKO

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

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                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. KATKO

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5869, THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5869, THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM PUERTO RICO, MISS GONZALEZ-COLON. WITH INCREASING FOCUS ON THE THREATS AT THE SOUTHWEST BORDER, WE MUST BE MINDFUL THAT OUR ADVERSARIES CAN AND WILL ADAPT AS THEY SEEK TO GAIN ENTRY INTO OUR HOMELAND. AS ILLICIT THE NATION'S MARITIME BORDER IS A ROUTE FOR ADVERSE AREAS TO UTILIZE. THE COAST GUARD ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PATROLING OUR NATION'S MARITIME BORDER AND TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND LEGITIMACY OF TRAVEL AND TRADE IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT. THE COAST GUARD INTERDIFFICULTIES MIGE GRANTS THAT ARE ATTEMPTING TO REACH THE UNITED STATES, BUT AS RECENT CASES HAVE INDICATED FROM COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE INCLUDING CHINA, INDIA, PAKISTAN AND JORDAN. COCAINE IS ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY TRAFFICKED DRUGS ESPECIALLY IN THE TRANSIT ZONE. EASTERN AREA THAT INCLUDES THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, THE CARIBBEAN SEA, THE GULF OF MEXICO AND EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN. I KNOW THAT FIRSTHAND FROM THE TIME I SPENT PROSECUTING INTERNATIONAL DRUG ORGANIZATIONS IN PUERTO RICO. THE COAST GUARD INTERDIFFICULTIES THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF COCAINE EACH YEAR. ONLY 8.2% TFT TOTAL COCAINE FLOW THROUGH THE TRANSIT ZONE WAS INTERDICTED IN 2017. UNFORTUNATELY, WE DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO TURN BACK ALL OF THE THREATS IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT. THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE 2017 HURRICANE SEASON DIMINISHED OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO COMBAT THREATS IN U.S. TERRITORIES PUTTING FURTHER STRAIN ON OUR OFFICERS. MANY OF THE HURRICANE-AFFECTED AREAS ARE NOT BACK TO PRE-HURRICANE CONDITIONS. WHEN THE THREAT REACHES OUR COASTAL WATERS, IT IS TOO EASY TO SLIP IN THE COUNTRY AND TOO LATE TO INTERCEPT THAT THREAT. H.R. 5869 REQUIRES THE SECURITY -- THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A THREAT ANALYSIS OF THE MARITIME BORDER TO INCLUDE THE TERRITORIAL WATERS OF PUERTO RICO AND VIRGIN ISLANDS. THE BILL REQUIRES EXAMINATION OF TERRORISTS AND CRIMINAL THREATS PUBLISHED BY CRIMINALS AND GROUPS SEEKING TO ENTER THE U.S. THROUGH THE MARITIME BORDER. IT REQUIRES TO IDENTIFY VULNERABILITIES IN LAW, POLICY AND COOPERATION BETWEEN STATE, TERTERIAL AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ASKS THE SECRETARY TO REVIEW THE IMPACT AND OF HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA, MARIA AND NATE RELATED TO THE MARITIME BORDER. THIS IS A NECESSARY AND TIMELY PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO FOR INTRODUCING IT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND COMMITTEE OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE.

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                          • 05:33:24 PM

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

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

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                          • 05:33:28 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5869, THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5869, THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT AND REVIEW MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                          • 05:33:40 PM

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                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 05:33:42 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 5869 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 5869 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A THREAT ANALYSIS OF THE MARITIME BORDER. THE BILL DIRECTS THE THREAT ANALYSIS TO IDENTIFY TERRORISTS AND CRIMINAL ELEMENTS LOOKING TO ENTER THE U.S. THROUGH OR EXPLOIT VULLNERBLETS OF OUR MARITIME BORDER. H.R. 5869 DIRECTS D.H.S. TO IDENTIFY IMPROVEMENTS TO MID MITIGATE SUCH THREATS. D.H.S. IS DIRECTED TO LOOK AT VULNERABILITIES AND POLICY THAT END AT BORDER SECURITY AND END CRIMINAL EFFORTS ALONG THE MARITIME BORDER. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE DEAL LIMITS THE SCOPE OF THE LEGAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS PROVISION THROUGH MARITIME SECURITY AND AS SUCH, HAS NO RELATIONSHIP TO THE JONES ACT. IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE WHERE WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO REPEATEDLY THREATENS TO SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF CONGRESS FAILS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR A WALL ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER THAT CANGED TRUMP REPEATEDLY TOLD WOULD BE PAID BY THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT, IT'S EASY TO LOSE SIGHT THAT BORDER SECURITY CONCERNS MORE THAN THE U.S.-MEXICAN LAND BORDER. I COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO FOR REMINDING US OF THE NEED TO SECURE MARITIME BORDERS AND SEAPORTS. CARGOO VOLUME IS UP. IN FISCAL YEAR 2017 ALONE, U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION PROCESSED $2.39 TRILLION IN IMPORTS. THIS TRANSLATES INTO OUR PORTS OF ENTRY PROCESSING MORE THAN $28.5 MILLION IN IMPORTED CARGO CONTAINERS. SEAPORTS ARE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT DRIVE OUR ECONOMY. AS SUCH, IT IS CRITICAL THAT D.H.S. STAYS ABREAST OF THE MARITIME SECURITY THREAT. TO THAT END, I SUPPORT H.R. 5869 , THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT, I RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. KATKO

                            I YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO.

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                            MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                            THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS EFFORT. I THANK THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. I RISE…

                            THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS EFFORT. I THANK THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MY BILL H.R. 5869, MARITIME BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT. AS WE MOVE TO SECURE OUR BORDERS IT IS IMPERATIVE WE CONFRONT THE THREATS POSED BY CRIMINALS AND DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING TO ENTER THE NATION THROUGHOUT OUR MARITIME FRONTIER. ILLICIT TRAFFICKING WHICH IS 7 MILLION SQUARE MILES ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AND WESTERN PACIFIC, THAT THE WESTERN ATLANTIC OCEAN, THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THE EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN, THAT IS PART OF THE FAMOUS TRANSIT ZONE. ACCORDING TO THE COAST GUARD, A TOTAL KNOWN FLOW OF UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS ATTEMPTING TO ENTER THE U.S. WAS ALMOST 10,000. KNOWN COCAINE FLOW THROUGHOUT THE TRANSIT ZONE REACH 2,800 METRIC TONS IN 2016. THIS BILL WILL ADDRESS THE SAFETY CHALLENGES FACED BY PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIGIN ISLANDS AND ARE THE ONLY TWO U.S. TERRITORIES LOCATED WITHIN THE TRANSIT ZONE. U.S.-CARIBBEAN BORDER HAS BEEN EXPLOITED AS A DESTINATION FOR ILLICIT DRUGS SHIPPED TO THE MAINLAND ENDANGERING THE LIVES IN THE TERRITORIES AND THE CONNELL U.S. 2/3 OF THE COCAINE TRANSPORTED IN EARLY 2016 WAS DESTINED FOR THE U.S. MOST OF IT BEING SMUGGLED THROUGHOUT PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. IN 2017, U.S. CUSTOM AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICERS SEIZED ABOUT 56,000 TONS OF NARCOTICS IN AND AROUND PUERTO RICO FROM DRUG CARTELS AND SMUGGLERS. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, THE BORDER PATROL IS THE ONLY OUTSIDE THE MAINLAND. THIS IS THE ONLY C.B.P. OFFICE OUTSIDE THE MAINLAND NOT ONLY OPERATING. OUR FRONTIER WITH VENEZUELA AND THE WHOLE CARIBBEAN. THAT YEAR, 2017 IS THE RECORD OF PREVIOUS YEAR -- LAST YEAR, DISRUPTED INTERDICTION. ACCORDING TO THE 2019 THREAT ASSESSMENT FROM THE HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA, THE DAMAGE INFLICTED BY THE STORMS SEVERELY DIMINISHED THE CAPABILITIES OF THE LOCAL OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ON BOTH ISLANDS. U.S. COAST GUARD RECENTLY TESTIFIED BEFORE THE U.S. SENATE THAT RESPONDING AND IN FORCE IN THE HURRICANES WHERE DRUG INTERDICTION. THEY ALSO SAID DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS THEY HAVE STRUGGLED TO KEEP UP WITH THE VOLUME OF ILLICIT CONTRACT. FURTHER HIGHLIGHTING THE NEED OF A MARITIME BORDER. H.R. 5869 WILL HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND THESE AND OTHER CHALLENGES THE UNITED STATES FACE ALONG ITS MARITIME BORDER BY REQUIRING THE SECRETARY OF DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A DETAILED THREAT ANALYSIS OF THE REGION. THESE ASSESSMENTS MUST INCLUDE TERRORIST THREATS BY THOSE SEEKING TO ENTER THE U.S., IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED AT ALL U.S. SEAPORTS TO REDUCE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND PREVENT BORDER SECURITY RELEASED IN THE NORTHERN BORDER THREAT ANALYSIS THAT WERE APPROVED. THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MUST CONSIDER TECHNOLOGY AND PERSONAL NEEDS, THE ROLE OF THE STATE OF LOCAL ENFORCEMENT AND BORDER SECURITY ACTIVITIES, THE GEOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES OF THE REGION AND THE IMPACT OF LAST YEAR'S HURRICANES ON GENERAL BORDER SECURITIES. PROTECTING AND ENSURING THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BOTH IN THE MAINLAND AND IN THE TERRITORIES IS VERY IMPORTANT NOT JUST FOR ME BUT FOR ALL OF US AND SHOULD BE ONE OF THE PRIORITIES. AN ASSESSMENT HAVEN'T THREATS POSED ON OUR NATION MARITIME BORDER WILL ACHIEVE JUST THAT. THIS IS TO PROMOTE THAT KIND OF ANALYSIS. I THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN ASSISTING AND MOVING FORWARD THIS LEGISLATION. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5869. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 05:41:39 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                            MR. THOMPSON

                            I HAVE NOR SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 05:41:53 PM

                            MR. KATKO

                            WE WOULD BE CLOSED TO CLOSE IN A MOMENT. I WANT TO FOLLOW UP. I SERVED…

                            WE WOULD BE CLOSED TO CLOSE IN A MOMENT. I WANT TO FOLLOW UP. I SERVED THERE AS A FEDERAL ORGANIZED CRIME PROSECUTOR IN THE MID-1990'S IN SAN JUAN AND I SAW FIRSTHAND HOW MUCH A VULNERABILITY THE MARITIME AREAS OF THE UNITED STATES AND PUERTO RICO IN PARTICULAR. THE REPORT, THE HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING REPORT TALKS ABOUT SEVERELY DIMINISHED CAPABILITIES FOR THIS THE BUT DOESN'T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE WHAT GOES ON DOWN THERE. WHEN I FIRST WALKED INTO THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IN 1995, THERE WAS ABOUT FIVE OR SIX MAJOR FAST BOATS LINED UP IN THE PARKING LOT THAT WERE SEIZED AND WERE SEIZED FROM LARGE SHIPMENTS THAT WERE COMING FROM COLOMBIA. THESE BOATS COULD GO ANYWHERE WITHIN PUERTO RICO. DOESN'T HAVE TO GO INTO A PORT AND OFFLOAD WHATEVER CONTRABAND THAT THEY ARE TRAFFICKING. ANY ONE OF THOSE BOATS CARRIED MILLIONS OF POISON THAT WERE GOING INTO OUR DRUG USERS INTO THIS COUNTRY BUT THEY COULD BE CARRYING TERRORISTS. PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, ONCE YOU ARE IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE IS MORE CUSTOMS' SECURITY. GETTING IT INTO ST. THOMAS OR OTHER TERRITORIES OF THE UNITED STATES AND NOT KNOWING WHAT THOSE VULNERABILITIES ARE IS A SERIOUS GAP IN OUR SECURITY NATION. WE HAD A SERIOUS THREAT ASSESSMENT AT THE NORTHERN BORDER AND IT IS WIDE OPEN AND HOW MUCH OF A THREAT IT IS. AND WHAT WE'LL SEE FROM THIS REPORT WHEN IT IS ISSUED IS MUCH MORE AISLE OPENING. IT IS A VULNERABILITY WHERE PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO -- US TO SURVIVE AS A DEMOCRACY AND IT IS INCUMBENT TO GET THE FULL SCOOP OF THE EXTENT OF THE THREAT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK AND I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            MR. THOMPSON

                            I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE IT'S EASY TO LOSE SIGHT THAT…

                            I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE IT'S EASY TO LOSE SIGHT THAT BORDER SECURITY ENCOMPASSES LAND, AIR AND MARITIME BORDERS. MAINTAINING SITUATIONAL AWARENESS ALONG OUR BORDERS AND IN TRANSIT ZONES CAN BE A DAUNTING TASK FOR THE U.S. COAST MAINTAINING GUARD AND COST TOMORROWS AND BORDER PROTECTION GIVEN THE VASTNESS OF THE DOMAIN. H.R. 5869 WILL POSITION D.H.S. TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ARE REQUIRED TO PROTECT OUR MARITIME PORTS AND BORDERS. GIVEN THAT THE MEASURE OFFERED BEFORE US BY THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO, I WOULD REMISS IF I DIDN'T TAKE THIS MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE SEPTEMBER 20 WILL MARK A YEAR SINCE HURRICANE MARIA UPENDED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LIVING IN PUERTO RICO. THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY THIS CATEGORY 4 STORM WAS COMPOUNDED BY THE TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATION'S FLAT-FOOTED AND WEAK RESPONSE TO THE SUFFERING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT IN THE RECORD A PIECE PUBLISHED BY THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THIS PAST WEEKEND ENTITLED, DON'T GIVE A TRUMP A PASS ON PUERTO RICO. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                          • 05:45:48 PM

                            MR. RATCLIFFE

                            I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5869.

                          • 05:45:51 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

                            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RECLAIM HIS TIME?

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                          • 05:46:03 PM

                            MR. KATKO

                            YES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. KATKO

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 5869 AND I YIELD…

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 5869 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 05:46:12 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            OF MY TIME.

                        • 05:46:32 PM

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

                          • 05:46:37 PM

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

                            • 05:46:53 PM

                              MR. KATKO

                              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 H.R. 6374, AS AMENDED.

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                            • 05:47:03 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                          • 05:47:05 PM

                            Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6374 — "To require the Department of Homeland Security to streamline Federal contractor fitness determinations, and for other purposes."

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                              THE CLERK

                              H.R. 6374, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO…

                              H.R. 6374, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO STREAMLINE FEDERAL CONTRACTOR FITNESS DETERMINATIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                          • 05:47:08 PM

                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                            DEBATE

                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6374.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE…

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                            • 05:47:34 PM

                              MR. KATKO

                              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 TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                            • 05:47:40 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                            • 05:47:42 PM

                              MR. KATKO

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 05:47:47 PM

                              MR. KATKO

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                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

                            • 05:51:25 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 05:51:26 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6374 WOULD REQUIRE THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6374 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ISSUE UNIFORM STANDARDS TO VET FEDERAL CONTRACTORS SEEKING TO WORK FOR THE DEPARTMENT. D.H.S. FACILITIES, I.T. SYSTEMS AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION. EACH COMPONENT HAS DIFFERENT STANDARDS, DIFFERENT PROCEDURES, AND DIFFERENT ADJUDICATORS FOR CONTRACTOR FITNESS. CK OF ATANDHINDSRS PLSITY RO THEEPT. ASA RESU, THOMMIEE REIVETESNYHAT CONTORO WORR MULTLE COMPONES A INVESTR ANDVEANDOV AGAIN AT STE OIM-- WAS OF ME AND RESES. D.SNTRAORS ROUN WAITHR TO FOUR HS, N LGERTOE INVESTITED,DLESS WHETHEEYE REY BEEN DEINED TO BE FITBY A CNE. HIE ISOS F ONLY CTRCT BUIT ALSO HINDEHE ILY OF THE RTME OF LANDTO ECUTE ITS MSION TODAY, NER NTCTOR R THEI EPLGURLY INFORMF THETAT OTH --OF THEIRESGATION ENACTNT OH.R. 6374 WOULD HELP ENSURTHAT DERAL CORACR IRMSANCCESS INRMATIOGAING ETA O THEEMPLEE'S FITNS INVTIO THKS TO LANE W AUTHOREDYEPNTATIVE CORREATHS AEPTED COMMITTEE, H.R. 6374 ALSO RECOGNIZES THE WEAKNESSES IN D.H.S. FITNESS PROCESSES NOT ONLY UNDERMINE THE ONBOARDING OF FEDERAL CONTRACTORS IN A TIMELY WAY BUT ALSO THE ONBOARDING OF NEW D.H.S. EMPLOYEES. REPRESENTATIVE CORREA, HIS AMENDMENT WOULD TAKE STEPS TO IMPROVE THE SUITABILITY, DETERMINATION PROCESS, AND FEDERAL APPLICANTS AND APPOINTEES AND TO REPORT ON THE DEGREE TO WHICH COMPONENTS AND OFFICES GRANTING RECIPROCITY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE EMPLOYED BY OTHER COMPONENTS OR OFFICES WITH THE D.H.S. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 05:54:08 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 05:54:10 PM

                              MR. KATKO

                              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- IF THE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS PREPARED TO CLOSE I WILL.

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                            • 05:54:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            • 05:54:22 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

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

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                            • 05:54:39 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              THE BILL IMPROVES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S CONTRACTOR…

                              THE BILL IMPROVES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S CONTRACTOR INVESTIGATION PROCESS. BY REQUIRING UNIFORMED SET OF STANDARDS, ENCOURAGING RECIPROCITY AMONG COMPONENTS AND ENHANCING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IT IS OUR DUTY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENSURE PROCESSES ARE FOLLOWED, BUT THAT SUCH PROCESSES ARE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT. H.R. 6374 SEEKS TO DO JUST THAT. WITH THAT I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6374 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 05:55:15 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 05:55:18 PM

                              MR. KATKO

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 6374 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 05:55:28 PM

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

                            • 05:55:29 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6374, 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 IS PRESENTED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 05:55:45 PM

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

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                                Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6447 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the position of Chief Data Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes."

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                                  MR. KATKO

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                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                DEBATE

                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6447.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MS.

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                                • 05:56:35 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  , WILL EACH CONTROL -- MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.…

                                  , WILL EACH CONTROL -- MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                • 05:56:41 PM

                                  MR. KATKO

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

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

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                                • 05:56:48 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 05:56:50 PM

                                  MR. KATKO

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN.

                                • 05:56:56 PM

                                  MR. KATKO

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6447, THE DEPARTMENT OF…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6447, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF DATA OFFICER AUTHORIZATION ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER. IN TODAY'S DATA-DRIVEN WORLD, ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY GENERATE, COLLECTIVE, MAINTAIN ENORMOUS QUANTITY ITS OF DATA. DATA CONTINUES TO BE UNDERUTILIZED. FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL ENTITIES HAVE BEGUN APPOINTING THE POSITION OF CHIEF DATA OFFICER TO THE MANAGEMENT TEAMS. SUCH A POSITION WOULD WORK TO IMPROVE DATA MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE AT AN ORGANIZATION IN ORDER TO FORMAT DATA FOR BETTER ANALYSIS AND USE. THE WORK CONDUCTED BY CHIEF DATA OFFICERS CAN HELP ORGANIZATIONS ACHIEVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES, IMPROVE POLICY AND INSIGHT DECISIONMAKING, ACHIEVE DATA INTEROPERABILITY ACROSS LEGACY I.T. SYSTEMS AND INCREASE TRANSPARENCY. TO DATE, SEVERAL ENTITIES WITHIN HOMELAND SECURITY, INCLUDING IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, HAVE DESIGNATED CHIEF DATA OFFICERS. RECOGNIZING THIS GROWING TREND, H.R. 6447 AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, TO DESIGNATE A HOMELAND SECURITYWIDE CHIEF DATA OFFICER. THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER'S TASKED WITH OVERSEEING POLICIES TO MANAGE, ORGANIZE, FORMAT HOMELAND SECURITY DATA IN ORDER TO BETTER CARRY OUT ANALYSIS FOR USE IN DEPARTMENTAL OPERATIONS. ADDITIONALLY, H.R. 6447 REQUIRES THE HEADS OF ALL HOMELAND SECURITY OPERATIONAL COMPONENTS IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS TO APPOINT COMPONENT LEVEL CHIEF DATA OFFICERS. HOMELAND SECURITY IS CHARGED WITH RESPONSIBILITY OF KEEPING OUR HOMELAND SECURITY AND ITS CITIZENS SAFE. AS SUCH, IT IS IMPERATIVE HOMELAND SECURITY POSSESS THE CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY AND TOOLS TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS IN TODAY'S RAPIDLY EVOLVING THREAT ENVIRONMENT. THE APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF DATA OFFICERS AT THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS COMPONENTS IS INTEGRAL TO PROVIDING HOMELAND SECURITY WITH THE TOOLS TO MAKE DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 05:59:14 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                • 05:59:17 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6447, THE DEPARTMENT OF…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6447, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF DATA OFFICER AUTHORIZATION ACT AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                • 05:59:28 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 05:59:30 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6447 WOULD REQUIRE THE…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6447 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DESIGNATE A CHIEF DATA OFFICER FOR THE DEPARTMENT. THIS OFFICIAL WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING THE ORGANIZATION AND SBEGGRATION OF DATA ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT FOR IMPROVED ANALYSIS AND DECISIONMAKING. D.H.S. GENERATES, COLLECTS, MAINTAINS VAST DATA, QUANTITY ITS OF DATA BUT HAS DIFFICULTY UNIFORMERLY ANALYZING IT BECAUSE OF ITS INCONSISTENCIES IN HOW DATA IS COLLECTED AND MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT. THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER WOULD SERVE AS THE LEAD OFFICIAL FOR COORDINATING INTERNAL DATA PROCESSES TO ACHIEVE DATA INTEROPERABILITY ACROSS D.H.S. SYSTEMS. IMPORTANTLY, IMPORTANTLY THIS INCLUDES LANGUAGE AUTHORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, REPRESENTATIVE DEMINGS, TO DELEGATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSEEING THE DATA QUALITY ACT TO THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER. UNDER THE DATA QUALITY ACT, FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE REQUIRED TO ISSUE A GUIDELINE TO MAXIMIZE THE QUALITY, OBJECTIVITY, UTILITY AND INTEGRITY OF INFORMATION, INCLUDING STATISTICAL INFORMATION. ADDITIONALLY THE LAW REQUIRES AGENCIES TO ESTABLISH MECHANISMS FOR PERSONS TO CORRECT DATA THAT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH GUIDELINES. AT THIS TIME, WHEN TRUTH IS UNDER ASSAULT, IT IS CRITICAL THAT THERE BE VIBBLING LENT WATCHDOGS -- VIGILANT WATCHDOGS TO HELP ENSURE THAT INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS ACCURATE. AND WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 06:01:33 PM

                                  MR. CARTER

                                  I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF…

                                  I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF H.R. 6447, THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER AUTHORIZATION ACT. THIS BILL DESIGNATES CHIEF DATA OFFICER TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND ENSURE BEST PRACTICES ARE IMPLEMENTED THROUGHOUT THE D.H.S. MY BILL IS THE CULMINATION OF LISTENING TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND D.H.S. EMPLOYEES ALONG THE BORDER REGARDING TRANSPARENCY, COMMUNICATION AND OVERSIGHT ISSUES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. EVERY DAY 240,000 EMPLOYEES AT D.H.S. GO TO WORK TO ENSURE THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION. MANY OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE TO IDENTIFY INEFFICIENCIES AND DO MORE WITH LESS. THIS BILL ANSWERS THEIR REQUEST FOR HELP IN MATCHING AND SHARING INFORMATION TO PROTECT THE HOMELAND. I HAVE ALSO HEARD FROM MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY. I TRULY UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED ON HOW THEIR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING FOR THEM. THIS BILL IS AN ANSWER TO THOSE CONCERNS. THIS BILL ALSO ENSURES MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RECEIVE THE ANSWERS AND THE DATA THEY NEED TO EFFECTIVELY FORM A CONSTITUTIONAL OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY -- FORM CONSTITUTIONAL -- PERFORM CONSTITUTIONAL OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES. TODAY IS A BIG STEP FORWARD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL ENSURES D.H.S. DOES NOT FALL BEHIND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AS WE INCREASE TRANSPARENCY FOR THOSE WE SERVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 06:03:28 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 06:03:32 PM

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                                  WE RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 06:03:39 PM

                                  MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE ANY --

                                • 06:03:43 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL AND I AM READY TO…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL AND I AM READY TO CLOSE.

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                                • 06:03:47 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE SHE DOES.

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                                • 06:04:08 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 06:04:10 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, MAY I SAY I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE WITH MY FRIEND, MR. KATKO.…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, MAY I SAY I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE WITH MY FRIEND, MR. KATKO. AND I INDEED AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, ENACTMENT OF H.R. 6447 WOULD HELP IMPROVE D.H.S.'S ABILITY TO INTEGRATE AND ANALYZE DATA AND ENSURE THE RELIABILITY OF THE DATA IT DISSEMINATES -- DISSEMINATES. FIRST, IT WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT -- FURTHER, IT WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT CONGRESS IS GIVEN TIMELY AND EFFECTIVE DATA TO FACILITATE EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT. AS SUCH, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6447. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 06:04:46 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                • 06:04:50 PM

                                  MR. KATKO

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO WORK ON BILLS WITH HER BECAUSE, AS ALWAYS, A VERY GOOD BIPARTISAN SPIRIT. AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S LOST OFTEN IN THIS CHAMBER. SO I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, IT'S COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 06:05:10 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6447 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 06:05:31 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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                                    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 22, AND BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON…

                                    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 22, AND BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA MOVES THAT THE HOUSE TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE…

                                    MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA MOVES THAT THE HOUSE TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL, H.R. 6157, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, DISAGREE TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT, AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE THEREON.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                    MR. COLE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A NECESSARY STEP TO CONTINUE TO MOVE THE FISCAL YEAR…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A NECESSARY STEP TO CONTINUE TO MOVE THE FISCAL YEAR TWINTE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS FORWARD -- 2019 APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS FORWARD UNDER REGULAR ORDER. ON JUNE 28, THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 6157, THE F.Y. 2019 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, BY A VOTE OF 359-49. THE SENATE TOOK UP THAT BILL AND ADDED THE LABOR-H.H.S. APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND HAS NOW SENT H.R. 6157 BACK TO THE HOUSE. WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF THESE CONFEREES, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE MAY BEGIN TO RESOLVE THE DIFFERENCES WITH THE GOAL OF PASSING H.R. 6157 BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. AS SUCH, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS MOTION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. OR I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE MOTION.

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                                • 06:06:48 PM

                                  Mr. Cole moved that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference.

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                                    The previous question was ordered without objection.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON…

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 06:07:45 PM

                                  On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference Agreed to by voice vote.

                                  • 06:08:11 PM

                                    MS. DELAURO

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

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                                    Ms. DeLauro moved that the House instruct conferees.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      MS. DELAURO OF CONNECTICUT MOVES THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE…

                                      MS. DELAURO OF CONNECTICUT MOVES THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE AT THE CONFERENCE ON THE DISAGREEING VOTES OF THE TWO HOUSES ON THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, H.R. 6157, BY INSTRUCTED TO AGREE TO DIVISION B RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS FOR LABOR, EDUCATION AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OF THE MATTER PROPOSED TO BE ADDED BY THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                • 06:08:24 PM

                                  DEBATE

                                  The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the DeLauro motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 6157. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the managers on the part of the House be instructed to agree to division B (relating to appropriations for Labor, Education, and Health and Human services) of the matter proposed to be added by the Senate amendment.

                                  • 06:08:38 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 22, THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                                    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 22, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                                  • 06:08:51 PM

                                    MS. DELAURO

                                    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 TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                  • 06:08:56 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                    MS. DELAURO

                                    I YIELD MY SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 06:09:02 PM

                                    MS. DELAURO

                                    WE HAVE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES. WE DO NOT HAVE A BILL THAT THE MAJORITY…

                                    WE HAVE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES. WE DO NOT HAVE A BILL THAT THE MAJORITY HAS BROUGHT UP FOR FLOOR CONSIDERATION. THE LABOR-H.H.S. APPROPRIATIONS BILL, AS I BELIEVE IT'S OUR DUTY. I WILL REMIND EVERYONE THAT THIS BILL WAS TWICE DELAYED IN THE MARKUP FOR LABOR-H. SO WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION. MEANWHILE, THE SENATE HAS PASSED A LABOR-H.H.S. EDUCATION BILL. SENATE BILL IS NOT PERFECT. IN FACT, THERE IS MUCH TO IMPROVE. BUT IT PROVIDES A FOUNDATION FOR CONFERENCE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. THE HOUSE BILL, UNFORTUNATELY, DESPITE AN INCREASE OF $18 BILLION IN NONDEFENSE SPENDING, THE HOUSE LABOR-H.H.S. EDUCATION BILL -- LABOR-H.H.S.-EDUCATION BILL IS LEVEL FUNDING. OF A TOTAL INCREASE OF $18 BILLION, THE LABOR-H.H.S.-EDUCATION BILL SHOULD RECEIVE AN INCREASE OF $5.5 BILLION. AND YET WE RECEIVED A ZERO INCREASE AND THIS IS, CHAIRMAN COLE HAS HEARD ME SAY THIS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THIS ALLOCATION MEANS THAT THE HOUSE BILL INCLUDES NO NEW INVESTMENTS IN THE CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT, NO NEW FUNDING TO HELP STUDENTS AFFORD A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. THE HOUSE BILL ALSO ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR FAMILY PLANNING AND TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS HEALTH AND SAFETY GRANTS. IT EVEN CUTS FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS BY $100 MILLION. AND THE LIST GOES ON. IN ADDITION, THE HOUSE-LABOR-H.H.S. EDUCATION BILL IS LOADED WITH IDEOLOGICAL POISON PILL RIDERS, INCLUDING RIDERS TO BLOCK FUNDING FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, BLOCK FUNDING FOR FAMILY PLANNING, BLOCK FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS. AND IT ADDS NEW RIDERS TO PROTECT MONSANTO AND TO ALLOW RELIGIOUS DESCRIPTION IN CHILD WELFARE SERVICES. HOWEVER, THERE WAS ONE CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT IS ADDRESSED IN THE HOUSE BILL, THAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT. THAT IS THE PRESIDENT'S MANUFACTURED CRISIS AT THE BORDER. I SPEAK, OF COURSE, OF FAMILY SEPARATION. WHICH HAS INFLICTED TERRIBLE TRAUMA ON CHILDREN, THEIR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, SIBLINGS, AUNTS AND UNCLES. THE ADMINISTRATION'S POLICY OF SEPARATING FAMILIES IS CHILD ABUSE. EXPERTS HAVE SOUNDED THE ALARM AND THE LASTING -- ON THE LASTING DAMAGE WE ARE DOING TO THESE CHILDREN. PARENTS ARE THE BUFFER. WITH THEM, THE CHILDREN CAN ENDURE INCREDIBLY STRESSFUL CIRCUMSTANCES. WITHOUT THEM, THE CHILDREN ARE AT RISK OF LASTING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DAMAGE. AND THEY ARE SUFFERING THESE WOUNDS AT OUR HANDS. MONTHS AND MONTHS LATER, APPROXIMATELY 500 CHILDREN WHO WERE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES REMAIN IN H.H.S. CUSTODY. FOR MOST OF THESE CHILDREN, THEIR PARENTS WERE DEPORTED AND H.H.S. HAS BEEN UNABLE TO REUNIFY THESE FAMILIES. AND UNFATHOMABLY MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO REUNIFY ABLE TO REUNIFY THEM. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS TRIED TO PASS OFF RESPONSIBILITY OF REUNIFYING THESE FAMILIES TO THIRD PARTIES LIKE NONPROFITS. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE. IN THE HOUSE BILL, DEMOCRATS ADVANCED A FIRST CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO ADDRESS THIS MANUFACTURED CRISIS. THE FULL COMMITTEE, I MIGHT ADD, ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, ADOPTED 12 AMENDMENTS. THESE AMENDMENTS MUST BE RETAINED IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT. THESE AMENDMENTS ARE DISCUSSED AND VERY BRIEFLY DID A NUMBER OF THINGS. THEY EXPRESSED THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BE SEPARATED AND THAT FAMILIES SHOULD BE REUNITE IMMEDIATELY. -- REUNITED IMMEDIATELY. THEY REQUIRED H.H.S. TO PROVIDE CONGRESS A PLAN FOR SWIFT REUNIFICATION, TO PROVIDE REGULAR REPORTING AND TO ENSURE THE AGENCY AND ITS PARTNERS ARE UPHOLDING THE HIGHEST STANDARDS WITH REGARD TO CARE AND PRIVACY. FAMILY SEPARATION IS NOT ONLY -- IS NOT THE ONLY CRUCIAL ELEMENT OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEES. STUDENT SAFETY MUST ALSO BE PARAMOUNT. AND THUS IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF GUNS IN OUR SCHOOLS. ARMING TEACHERS IS NOT THE ANSWER TO SCHOOL SHOOTINGS. AND IT IS OUTRAGEOUS THAT SECRETARY DEVOS WOULD EVEN CONSIDER USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON SUCH A DANGEROUS PROPOSAL. IF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ACTUALLY WANTS TO KEEP STUDENTS SAFE, IT SHOULD ALLOW THE FEDERAL COMMISSION ON SCHOOL SAFETY TO CONSIDER THE ROLE GUNS PLAY IN SCHOOL VIOLENCE, SUPPORT FUNDING FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION RESEARCH AT THE C.D.C., AND FULLY FUND THE STUDENT SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MORE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN OUR SCHOOLS. THE SECRETARY HAS SAID SHE HAS NO INTENTION OF WEIGHING IN ON WHETHER FUNDS CAN BE USED OR CANNOT BE USED TO ARM TEACHERS. HOWEVER, SHE SHOULD SAY THAT THIS MONEY IS NOT THERE FOR GUNS IN A CLASSROOM. IN CONCLUSION, MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST MAKE THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION. REPUBLICANS ARE NOT OPERATING UNDER REGULAR ORDER AND ABDICATING OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. YET AS WE PROCEED, WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE ADVANCE THE BEST POLICY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE HAD THE HOUSE-LABOR-H.H.S. BILL COME BEFORE THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO KEEP THESE PRIORITIES IN MIND AS THEY WORK TOWARD A FINAL BILL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE NOTHING LESS. THEY ARE ALREADY GETTING TOO LITTLE. LET US NOT FORGET THAT OUR OBLIGATION AND DUTY IS TO GIVE PEOPLE A BETTER CHANCE AT A BETTER LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 06:14:52 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 06:14:56 PM

                                    MR. COLE

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

                                  • 06:14:58 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 06:15:00 PM

                                    MR. COLE

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES. AS THE HOUSE AND SENATE COME TOGETHER TO FIND A PATH FORWARD ON FUNDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WE WILL NO DOUBT BE FACED WITH TOUGH CHOICES AND FIERCE DISAGREEMENTS. BUT WE AGREE THAT THESE TWO BILLS, FUNDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FUNDING THE DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, ARE TWOEST MOST IMPORTANT BILLS THAT WE -- ARE TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS THAT WE HANDLE AND, FRANKLY, THE TWO LARGEST AS WELL. THEY DESERVE THOROUGH CONSIDERATION AND FAIR DISCUSSION AMONGST THE CONFEREES. WE'RE ALL COMMITTED TO GETTING THIS DONE AND GETTING THIS DONE RIGHT. . AS WE ARE DOING WITH OUR FIRST PACKAGE OF BILLS, THIS CONFERENCE WILL REACH A FAIR DECISION ON FUNDING THE H.H.S. PROGRAM. I WANT TO REMIND THE BODY THAT WE'VE DONE THIS BEFORE. WE'VE BEGUN IN DIFFERENT PLACES, WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER AND FOUND COMMON GROUND THREE TIMES IN A ROW AND BEEN ABLE TO SUPPORT THE FINAL BILL. IT WOULD BE MY HOPE WE'D BE ABLE TO DO THAT AGAIN. I WANT PEOPLE IN THE CONFERENCE SUBCOMMITTEE TO FEEL FREE TO BRING UP ANY TOPICS THAT THEY THINK ARE IMPORTANT AND THAT WE HAVE A FREE AND FULL DISCUSSION AND HOPEFULLY WORK OURSELVES TO A RESOLUTION. SO WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 06:16:32 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 06:16:36 PM

                                    MS. DELAURO

                                    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE YOM IF NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY.

                                  • 06:16:40 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 06:16:45 PM

                                    MRS. LOWEY

                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES TO REJECT THE RIGHT…

                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES TO REJECT THE RIGHT WING HOUSE LABOR-HHS EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND INSTEAD SUPPORT THE SENATE'S BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. THE LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION BILL FUNDS SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT HELPS MEET THE NEEDS OF AMERICANS AT EVERY STAGE OF THEIR LIVES. WITH THIS LEGISLATION, KUOK FUNDS CHILDCARE PROGRAMS, HEAD START, PELL GRANTS, JOB TRAINING, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, N.I.H. RESEARCH, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEALS ON WHEELS, YET INSTEAD OF ROBUSTLY SUPPORTING THESE PRIORITIES, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE SHORTCHANGED ALL THESE CRITICAL ENDEAVORS. DESPITE AN $18 BILLION OVERALL INCREASE IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, THE LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION APPROPRIATION BILL DOESN'T INCLUDE A SINGLE DIME OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE FOUND $5 BILLION TO PAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WASTEFUL BORDER WALL YET THEY APEARNTLY CANNOT ALLOCATE ANYTHING TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA'S SCHOOLS, HELP FAMILY, SUPPORT COLLEGE, AND SHOW WORKPLACE -- ENSURE WORKPLACE SAFETY OR EXPAND QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. IN FACT THE POLICY PROVISIONS IN THE BILL DIRECTLY ATTACK MANY OF THESE PRIORITIES. THEIR RIDERS SABOTAGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THREATENING THE HEALTH OF TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND INCREASING COSTS FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. THIS REPUBLICAN BILL UNDERMINES WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE BY ELIMINATING TITLE 10:00 FAMILY PLANNING, PROHIBITING MILLIONS OF WOMEN FROM CHOOSING PLANNED PARENTHOOD, AND -- PLANNED PARENTHOOD AS THEIR PREFERRED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND ATABS THE DIGNITY OF LGBT FAMILIES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE , MY FRIENDS, DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS PARTISAN BILL. THE SENATE HAS DONE GOOD WORK. BIPARTISAN WORK. TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO THE LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION BILL WHILE AVOIDING THE KINDS OF RIGHT WING RIDERS THAT MAKE THE HOUSE BILL COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS MOTION, REJECT HOUSE REPUBLICANS -- HOUSE REPUBLICANS' MISPLACED PRIORITIES AND EXTREME ATTACKS ON AMERICAN FAMILIES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 06:19:20 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 06:19:28 PM

                                    MS. DELAURO

                                    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. SCOTT.

                                  • 06:19:35 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 06:19:36 PM

                                    MR. SCOTT

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

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT AND TO CALL FOR A SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENT TO THE LABOR-HHS PROPINGS BILL THAT MAKES IT CLEAR THAT TAXPAYER MONEY CANNOT BE SPENT TO ARM TEACHERS. TWO WEEKS AGO, NEWS REPORTS REVEAL THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WAS CONSIDERING ALLOWING STATES TO USE FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIREARMS AND FIREARMS TRAINING FOR TEACHERS. THE DEPARTMENT HAS SINCE CONFIRMED THOSE REPORTS. LAST WEEK I WAS JOINED BY 172 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO CALL ON SECRETARY DEVOS TO ISSUE FORMAL GUIDANCE PROHIBITING THE USE OF TAXPAYER MONEY TO PUT GUNS IN CLASSROOMS. IN RESPONSE, THE SECRETARY SAYS SHE HAS NO INTENTION OF TAKING ANY ACTION ON THIS ISSUE. IN REFUSING TO ACT, THE SECRETARY IS SETTING A NEW AND DANGEROUS POLICY THAT IS THE SECRETARY IS ALLOWING FUNDING PROVIDED UNDER TITLE 4-A OF THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEED ACT TO BE USED TO ARM TEACHERS. THIS UNS PREDEFINITED AS FEDERAL FUNDING HAS NEVER BEEN ALLOWED FOR THIS PURPOSE. SECRETARY DEVOS POINTED THE I THINK IFER TO CONGRESS AND EXPRESSLY CALLED ON US TO CLARIFY OUR INTENT. BUT THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT IS ALREADY CLEAR. UNDER THE LAW, THE STUDENT -- UNDER THE LAW, THE STUDENTS SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED UNDER TITLE 4-A ALLOWING LOCAL LAWMAKERS TO TAILOR PROGRAMS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. IT IS DESIGNED TO MEET REQUIREMENTS BY EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, ART AND STEM CLASSES. HOWEVER WHEN WRITING AND ENACTING THE LAW CONGRESS NEVER CONTEMPLATED SUCH FLEXIBILITY ALLOWING PURCHASE OF FIREARMS. IN FACT, CONGRESS DENOUNCED THE PRESIDENT'S -- DENOUNCED THE PRESENCE OF FIREARMS IN SCHOOLS IN A SESSION WHICH PROMOTES PROGRAMS THAT FOST THEY ARE ECREATION AND MAINTENANCE OF SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT FREE OF WEAPONS. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESSIONAL INTENT, CONGRESS' OPPOSITION TO TAXPAYER FUNDED GUNS IN SCHOOLS WAS REITERATED IN THE STOP SCHOOL VIOLENCE ACT WHICH THE HOUSE PASSED LAST MARCH IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE PARKLAND, FLORIDA, SHOOTING. THIS LEGISLATION WHICH PASSED 407-10, EXPLICITLY PROHIBITS THE PROGRAM FUNDS FROM BEING USED FOR THE PURCHASE OF FIREARMS OR FIREARMS TRAINING. EVEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY UNDER SECRETARY NEIL ZEN ACTED THROUGH EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY TO PROHIBIT GRANT FUNDS SPECIFICALLY INTENDED FOR SCHOOL SECURITY FROM BEING USED TO PURCHASE GUNS. SECRETARY DEVOS HAS BOTH THE AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO FOLLOW LEGAL PRECEDENT, CONGRESSIONAL INTENT, AS WELL AS COMMONSENSE ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE BY PROHIBITING TAXPAYER FUNDED GUNS IN SCHOOLS. SEEING AS THE SECRETARY IS SHIRKING THAT RESPONSIBILITY, CONGRESS MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS FROM A POLICY THAT WILL RECKLESSLY ENGAGE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. THIS FINAL VERSION OF THE LABOR-HHS APPROPRIATIONS BILL MUST MAKE CLEAR THAT NO TAXPAYER MONEY CAN BE USED TO ARM TEACHERS. THIS HAS NOT BEEN A PART SEASON ISSUE IN THE PAST AND SHOULD NOT BE A PART SEASON ISSUE TODAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 06:23:12 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

                                  • 06:23:14 PM

                                    MR. COLE

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF MY FRIEND IS PREPARED TO…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF MY FRIEND IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                  • 06:23:23 PM

                                    MS. DELAURO

                                    IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU YIELD BACK FIRST AND THEN I CLOSE?

                                  • 06:23:30 PM

                                    MR. COLE

                                    CORRECT. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                  • 06:23:32 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 06:23:34 PM

                                    MR. COLE

                                    I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING MY FRIENDS. THEY ALWAYS BRING INTERESTING…

                                    I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING MY FRIENDS. THEY ALWAYS BRING INTERESTING POINTS TO THE FLOOR, PARTICULARLY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE BUT ALSO MY FRIEND MR. SCOTT. I WANT TO ASSURE THEM THAT WHEN WE SIT DOWN TO BARGAIN WE'LL BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL, I THINK APPROPRIATELY SHOULD BE, ON THE TABLE AND OPEN FOR FAIR DISCUSSION. I DO POINT OUT TO THE BODY THAT FRANKLY WHEN WE'VE DONE THIS BEFORE WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO FIND COMMON GROUND. BEEN ABLE TO ARRIVE AT A FINAL SOLUTION THAT HAD SUBSTANTIAL BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. I'M CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN DO THAT AGAIN THIS YEAR. AND FRANKLY IT'S VERY MUCH MY HOPE THAT WE COULD DO IT BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT, THE DOMESTIC PROGRAMS WE FUND IN THE LABOR-H BILL WHICH MY FRIEND SO ABLY ADVANCES AND DEFENDS, WE DO THAT WITHOUT HAVING A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. SOMETHING THAT INTERRUPTING THE PROGRESS. THAT'S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THE AREA OF DEFENSE THAT WE AVOID CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. SO I THINK THERE'LL BE CONSIDERABLE GOOD WILL ON BOTH SIDES, CONSIDERABLE EFFORT TO COME TOGETHER IN A COMMON GROUND. HAVING SAID THAT, I CONTINUE TO OPPOSE INSTRUCTIONS TO COMMITTEE BECAUSE THE COMMITTEE, THE CONFEREES HAVE PROVEN BEFORE THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER AND PRODUCE A PRODUCT. IT'S MY HOPE WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT. I URGE THE BODY TO REJECT THE EFFORT TO INSTRUCT THE CONFEREES AND INVITE MY FRIENDS AS I KNOW THEY WILL TO SIT DUN IN GOOD FAITH AND WORK WITH US TO ARRIVE AT A BILL THAT BOTH SIDES OF THE ROTUNDA AND BOTH PARTIES CAN SUPPORT IN SUBSTANTIAL NUMBERS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT PROCESS WITH MY GOOD FRIEND THE RANKING MEMBER FROM CONNECTICUT, OBVIOUSLY WITH MY GOOD FRIEND THE SUBCOMMITTEE -- OR THE COMMITTEE FULL RANKING MEMBER AS WELL AND I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT WORKING TOGETHER IN GOOD FAITH AS WE HAVE IN THE PATH PAST WILL GET TO A -- WE'LL GET TO A PLACE WE BOTH CAN BE PLEASED WITH, IF NOT PERFECTLY SATISFIED WITH. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE REEX OF THE INSTRUCTIONS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 06:25:41 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

                                  • 06:25:47 PM

                                    MS. DELAURO

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING LET ME AGAIN URGE THE HOUSE CONFEREES…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING LET ME AGAIN URGE THE HOUSE CONFEREES TO LOOK AT THE SENATE LABOR-HHS BILL AS A BASE FOR IMPROVEMENT AND TO SERIOUSLY IMPROVE IT. I ASK THEM AGAIN TO PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE PRIORITY WE HAVE OUTLINE HERE TODAY. THE WORK OF THE LABOR-H. BILL HAS ALWAYS REFLECTED OUR PRIORITIES AS A NATION. HELPING TO PROVIDE SERVICES THAT MEET OUR MOST BASIC NEEDS, OUR HEALTH, OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION, AND THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT UNCOVERS THE CURES OF TOMORROW. THESE ARE CHALLENGES THAT ONLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THE ABILITY, THE CAPACITY, AND THE RESOURCES TO HELP US MEET. THE CENTRAL PROBLEM OF THE HOUSE BILL IS THAT IT FAILS TO MEET THAT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF CONGRESS SPENDING TRILLIONS IN TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, WHILE TELLING FAMILIES AND WORKING PEOPLE THAT WE SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO INVEST IN THINGS THAT IMPACT THEIR DAILY LIVES. WE CAN MAKE THOSE INVESTMENTS BUT ONLY IF WE MAKE THEM A PRIORITY. AND I WANT TO SAY TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, TO MR. COLE THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AND THAT IS WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE -- THAT OUGHT TO BE OUR GOAL IN THIS EFFORT. SO THAT WE CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF WHAT THIS -- THE MISSION OF WHAT THIS LABOR-H. BILL HAS AT ITS CORE. IT IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND MEETING THEIR NEEDS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 06:27:29 PM

                                    The previous question was ordered without objection.

                                    • 06:27:31 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT…

                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES APPEAR TO HAVE IT.

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                                  • 06:27:33 PM

                                    On motion to instruct conferees Roll Call 380 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                    • 06:27:48 PM

                                      MS. DELAURO

                                      I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                    • 06:27:50 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT ASKS FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND…

                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT ASKS FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN THE YEAS AND NAYS ARERDERED -- ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A PHI-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6439. 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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                                • 06:55:03 PM

                                  House Vote 380 - On Motion to Instruct Conferees

                                  Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019

                                  Failed (171 - 221)
                                  Yea
                                  Nay

                                  Vote Details: Yea - 171
                                  Democratic - 171

                                  Vote Details: Nay - 221
                                  Republican - 221

                                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 36
                                  Democratic - 22
                                  Republican - 14

                                  • 06:55:05 PM

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

                                    • 06:55:08 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 171. THE NAYS ARE 221. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 171. THE NAYS ARE 221. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LADEN THE TABLE. -- IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6439, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                • 06:55:24 PM

                                  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                  The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 6439, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                                  • 06:55:30 PM

                                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 6439 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security the Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program, and for other purposes."

                                    • 06:55:41 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 705, H.R. 6439, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND…

                                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 705, H.R. 6439, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                    • 06:55:57 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 06:56:00 PM

                                    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 381 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                    • 07:03:11 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 272, THE NAYS ARE 119. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 272, THE NAYS ARE 119. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE FOLLOWING CONFEREES ON. HAD R. 6157 -- ON H.R. 6157.

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                                • 07:03:12 PM

                                  House Vote 381 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                                  Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act of 2018

                                  Passed (272 - 119)
                                  Yea
                                  Nay

                                  Vote Details: Yea - 272
                                  Republican - 213
                                  Democratic - 59

                                  Vote Details: Nay - 119
                                  Democratic - 111
                                  Republican - 8

                                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 37
                                  Democratic - 23
                                  Republican - 14

                                  • 07:03:13 PM

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

                                    • 07:03:47 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      MR. FRELLING HIGHSEN, MS. GRANGERS, MESSRS. COLE, ADERHOLT, ROGERS OF…

                                      MR. FRELLING HIGHSEN, MS. GRANGERS, MESSRS. COLE, ADERHOLT, ROGERS OF KENTUCKY, MRS. ROBY, MRS. LOWEY, MR. VESSCLOSSKY, MS. DELAURO, ROYBAL-ALLARD AND MCCOLLUM. THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. I WRITE TO RESPECTFULLY TEND MEYER RESIGNATION AS A MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN SMITH. SIGNED, SINCERELY, BARRY LOUDERMILK.

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                                  • 07:04:05 PM

                                    The Speaker appointed conferees: Frelinghuysen, Granger, Cole, Calvert, Womack, Aderholt, Rogers of Kentucky, Roby, Lowey, Visclosky, DeLauro, Roybal-Allard, and McCollum.

                                    • 07:04:18 PM

                                      The House received a communication from the Honorable Barry Loudermilk. Mr. Loudermilk submitted his resignation from the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The resignation was accepted without objection.

                                      • 07:04:36 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. ANNOUNCEMENT. CONTINUATION…

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. ANNOUNCEMENT. CONTINUATION OF ADDITIONAL SUSPENSIONS TODAY. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON ADDITIONAL MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORD VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, OR VOTES OBJECTED TOUND CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE COME TO ORDER AND PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 07:04:55 PM

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

                                      • 07:08:12 PM

                                        Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6265 — "To ensure that only travelers who are members of a trusted traveler program use Transportation Security Administration security screening lanes designated for trusted travelers, and for other purposes."

                                        • 07:08:17 PM

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                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6265,…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6265, AS AMENDED.

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                                      • 07:08:21 PM

                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                      • 07:08:22 PM

                                        DEBATE

                                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6265.

                                        • 07:08:23 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                        • 07:08:26 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 708. H.R. 6265, A BILL TO ENSURE THAT ONLY TRAVELERS…

                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 708. H.R. 6265, A BILL TO ENSURE THAT ONLY TRAVELERS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF A TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM, USE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SECURITY SCREENING LANES DESIGNATED FOR TRUSTED TRAVELERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        • 07:08:45 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                          THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                        • 07:09:01 PM

                                          MR. KATKO

                                          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 WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                        • 07:09:13 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                        • 07:09:14 PM

                                          MR. KATKO

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELDCONSME

                                        • 07:09:17 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO ORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RCOIZED.

                                        • 07:09:19 PM

                                          MR. KATKO

                                          M KER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONGUPPOROF H.R. 265, THE PRECHECK IS PRECHCK ACT…

                                          M KER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONGUPPOROF H.R. 265, THE PRECHECK IS PRECHCK ACT OF 2018. TH DEMOTRE MICE BIEF THAT THE TANTATION SECURITY ADMISTRATION OU USE ITS PRHECK SEEN LANEST AIRRT CHECK POINTS AS THEWE ORIGINAL INTENDED. THBIRT BILL CODIE THE SOTION TO A LONGSTANDING FRUSTRATION TH I A OS REITSAIED TO T.S. ON MANY -- REITERATED TO T.S. MAY OCCASIONS. EY SHOULD NOT BESED AS TOOLS TO MANAGE CGEION FOR PAENGERS AN AIRPORT. INSTEAD OEMOYEI A ONE-SIZE-FITALAPPROA T PAENGER SECURY SREENING, E CONCEPT UNRLINING T.S.A.'S PRECHECPROGRAM IS ONE OF RISBAD SECUTY.

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                                        • 07:10:06 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO MPE

                                          THE GENEMAN WILL SUSPEND THE HOUSE INN ORDE PLEASE REMOVE YR CONVERSATION…

                                          THE GENEMAN WILL SUSPEND THE HOUSE INN ORDE PLEASE REMOVE YR CONVERSATION FRTH FLOORTHE HOUSEILB ORD.

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                                        • 07:10:22 PM

                                          MR.ATKO

                                          ISHOUL SAV TAXPAY DLARAN REST IN AN ENHAND SECURIECKPOINT EXPERIENCE FOR…

                                          ISHOUL SAV TAXPAY DLARAN REST IN AN ENHAND SECURIECKPOINT EXPERIENCE FOR ALL TVELERS. HOVER, THE STATED BENEFOF THE PRECCKROGRM HAVE OF RISK-BASED SECURITY.

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                                        • 07:10:33 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                                        • 07:10:38 PM

                                          MR. KATKO

                                          THIS SHOULD SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND RESULT IN AN ENHANCED SECURITY…

                                          THIS SHOULD SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND RESULT IN AN ENHANCED SECURITY CHECKPOINT EXPERIENCE FOR ALL TRAVELERS. HOWEVER, THE STATED BENEFITS OF THE PRECHECK PROGRAM HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN UNDERMINED BY T.S.A.'S PRACTICIVE MOG -- PRACTICE OF MOVING UNVETTED PASSENGERS INTO THE PRECHECK LANES FOR THE SAKE OF EXPEDIENCY. I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, SECURITY CANNOT BE SACRIFICED FOR EXPEDIENCY. THIS LEGISLATION WILL REQUIRE T.S.A. TO ENSURE THAT ONLY TRAVELERS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF A TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM ARE PERMITTED TO USE PRECHECK SECURITY SCREENING LANES AT T.S.A. CHECKPOINTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF PASSENGER, IT ALSO PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK FOR T.S.A. TO EXPEDITE SCREENING FOR PASSENGERS WHO HAVE BEEN DETERMINED TO POSE A LOWER RISK TO AVIATION SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                                        • 07:11:15 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. IT'S MERELY A FEW SHORT STEPS. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATION OFF THE FLOOR. MOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 07:12:00 PM

                                          MR. KATKO

                                          THE EFFECTS OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE FAR-REACHING. BY RESTORING THE…

                                          THE EFFECTS OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE FAR-REACHING. BY RESTORING THE PRECHECK PROGRAM TO ITS ORIGINAL PURPOSE, PASSENGERS WHO HAVE ELECTED TO PARTICIPATE WILL EXPERIENCE A SHORTER CHECKPOINT PROCESS THEY WERE PROMISED WHEN THEY WERE FIRST ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM. ADDITIONALLY, PASSENGERS WILL BE MORE INCENTIVIZED TO ENROLL IN A TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM WHEN IT IS WORKING AS IT SHOULD. TO ACHIEVE T.S.A.'S STATED GOAL OF ENROLLING 25 MILLION PASSENGERS BY THE END OF 2019, RESTRICTING PRECHECK EXPEDITED SCREENING LANES TO VET AND RULED PASSENGERS IS A NECESSARY TIFMENT I WISH TO THANK THE MEMBER -- NECESSITY. I WISH TO THANK MRS. WATSON COLEMAN FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I ALSO WISH TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN KEATING, FOR HIS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS ACT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 07:12:50 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        • 07:12:55 PM

                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6265, THE PRECHECK ACT…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6265, THE PRECHECK ACT OF 2018. AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                        • 07:13:07 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 07:13:09 PM

                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2011 THE TRANSPORTATION AND SECURITY…

                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2011 THE TRANSPORTATION AND SECURITY ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHED A PRECHECK PROGRAM TO EXPEDITE VETTED, KNOWN TRAVELERS THROUGH AIRPORT CHECKPOINT SCREENINGS. TODAY T.S.A. PRECHECK IS IN MORE THAN 200 AIRPORTS NATIONWIDE. IMPROVING SECURITY BY ALLOWING T.S.A. TO FOCUS ITS RESOURCES ON THE PASSENGERS IT KNOWS THE LEAST ABOUT, WHO MAY POSE A HIGHER RISK TO THE AVIATION SYSTEM. WHILE PRECHECK HAS GENERALLY PROVEN POPULAR WITH PASSENGERS, THERE IS A CONCERN THAT T.S.A. HAS STRAIGHT FROM THE PROGRAM'S ORIGINAL INTENT. IN AN EFFORT TO MANAGE CHECKPOINT WAIT TIMES, T.S.A. HAS PUT TRAVELERS WHO ARE NOT ENROLLED IN PRECHECK INTO EX DESPITE -- EXPEDITED SCREENING LANES. WHILE I RECOGNIZE THAT LARGE CROUDS OF PASSENGERS WAITING AT CHECKPOINTS COULD POSE A SECURITY RISK, THE WAY TO PREVENT LONG LINES IS TO STAFF CHECKPOINTS SUFFICIENTLY, NOT TO ABUSE THE AVAILABILITY OF EXPEDITED SCREENING LANES. H.R. 6265 SEEKS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE BY REQUIRING THAT PRECHECK LANES BE USED ONLY BY TRUSTED TRAVELERS WITH LIMITED EXCEPTIONS. IT ALSO REQUIRES T.S.A. TO PILOT A RISK-MODIFIED SCREENING CONCEPT UNDER WHICH A NEW LEVEL OF SCREENING, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PRECHECK, PE INDICTED SCREENING AND STANDARD SCREENING, COULD BE PROVIDED TO PASSENGERS THAT T.S.A. DEEMS TO POSE A LOWER RISK TO SECURITY. FINALLY, THIS BILL PUSHES T.S.A. TO GROW PARTICIPATION IN THE PRECHECK PROGRAM BY PROVIDING MORE INOWEVATIVE AND CONVENIENT ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PASSENGERS. THIS BILL IS A RESULT OF BIPARTISAN WORK AND BUILDS UPON LEGISLATION THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RANKING MEMBER MR. THOMPSON ADVANCED IN THE LAST CONGRESS. AND IT IS MY DELIGHT TO WORK WITH THE CURRENT SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. KATKO, AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO ENSURE THAT TRAVELING PASSENGERS ARE ALWAYS SAFE. I THANK MR. KATKO FOR HAD THIS COLLABORATION AND ON THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                        • 07:15:34 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES.

                                        • 07:15:36 PM

                                          MR. KATKO

                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER…

                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                        • 07:15:43 PM

                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M READY TO CLOSE.

                                        • 07:15:47 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                        • 07:15:50 PM

                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                          MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY NOT ONLY T.S.A. CHECK LANES TO ADDRESS WAIT TIMES BUT MAKE NOELMENT OPPORTUNITIES. ENACTMENT OF THIS BILL SHOULD HELP T.S.A. TO ACHIEVE ITS ORIGINAL VISION FOR THE PRECHECK PROGRAM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND I YOOLED BACK.

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                                        • 07:16:18 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELD.

                                        • 07:16:20 PM

                                          MR. KATKO

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTMENTS OF THE GENTLELADY. SHE IS…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTMENTS OF THE GENTLELADY. SHE IS EXACTLY RIGHT. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT BEING USED. THE IDEA OF PRECHECK IS TO HAVE A KNOWN TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM WHERE SOMEONE WALKS THROUGH AND COMBETS A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF SCRUTINY. WHEN YOU PUT PEOPLE THROUGH THAT SAME LANE AND GET A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF SCRUTINY THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE, IT DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL. AND WITH TERRORISM THE WAY IT IS TODAY AND ATTACKING OUR AVIATION INDUSTRY, WE SHOULDN'T BE CAUGHT IN CORNERS. WE NEED TO HAVE MORE PEOPLE STAFFING THESE LAPES AND BETTER RUNNING OF THE PRECHECK PROGRAM. BUT IF YOU CANNOT CUT CORNERS WHEN IT COMES TO SECURITY. SO THEREFORE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6265 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        • 07:17:20 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 07:17:26 PM

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

                                        • 07:17:30 PM

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

                                          • 07:17:42 PM

                                            Ms. Cheney filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1049.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1049 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF…

                                              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1049 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL TO AMEND THE LOAN COUNSELING REQUIREMENT NTS UNDER THE PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4606 TO PROVIDE FOR APPLICATIONS UNDER THE NATURAL GAS ACT FOR IMPORTATION OR EXPORTATION OF SMALL VOLYUMES OF NATURAL GAS.

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                                            Mr. Katko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6461 — "To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish in the Transportation Security Administration a National Deployment Office, and for other purposes."

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                                              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 NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              MR. KATKO

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6461.

                                          • 07:18:33 PM

                                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6461.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 712 H.R. 6461 A BILL TO AMEND UNITED STATES CODE 49…

                                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 712 H.R. 6461 A BILL TO AMEND UNITED STATES CODE 49 TO A NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT OFFICE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                            • 07:18:53 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE…

                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY MISWATSON COLEMAN EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                              MR. KATKO

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

                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                            • 07:19:13 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                            • 07:19:15 PM

                                              MR. KATKO

                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                            • 07:19:17 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                            • 07:19:19 PM

                                              MR. KATKO

                                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6461, T.S.A. NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT ENFORCEMENT ACT…

                                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6461, T.S.A. NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT ENFORCEMENT ACT SPONSORED BY MRS. WATSON COLEMAN. T.S.A. OPERATIONS HAPPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR AT ALL AIRPORTS. OUR NATION DEPENDS ON OUR PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINES TO KEEP OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MOVING AND SECURE. IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, THE ADMINISTRATOR STATED THAT THE GREATEST ASSETS ARE ITS PEOPLE AND I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. TRANSPORTATION SECURITY OFFICERS ARE TASKED WITH A ZERO-FAILED MISSION AND DEDICATION TO DUTY KEEPS AMERICANS SECURE. STRENGTHENING ECONOMY, PASSENGER AND EXPECTED TO GO MUCH HIRE AND T.S.A. HAS ACCOMMODATING THESE AT CHECKPOINTS. ONE OF THE MOST HELPFUL TOOLS IN T.S.A.'S TOOL BOX, HELPS T.S.A. AHE LEAF YATE LONG LINES AND MINIMIZING SECURITY RISKS AND REDUCING PASSENGER WAIT TIMES. THIS LEGISLATION WITHIN THE T.S.A. TO PROVIDE RAPID AND AND IT IS COMPRISED OF SECURITY OFFICERS WHO MAY BE DEPLOYED TO SUPPLEMENT EXISTING T.S.A. STAFFING DURING HIGH SEASONAL DEMAND, NATURAL DISASTERS OR OTHER SCENARIOS. RECENTLY, THE M D.F. HAS REQUIRED ADDITIONAL SECURITY SUCH AS THE SUPER BOWL. GIVEN THE INCREASED ANTICIPATED GROLLINGTFERINGS THIS WILL ENSURE THAT T.S.A. HAS THE NEEDS TO RESPOND TO PASSENGER VOLUME AT SPECIFIC AIRPORTS. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION WITH MY GOOD FRIEND TO AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT FORCE AND MAKE T.S.A. THE AGENCY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT AND RESERVE. I RESERVE.

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                                            • 07:21:45 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                            • 07:21:49 PM

                                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6461, AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6461, AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                            • 07:21:58 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                            • 07:22:01 PM

                                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                              THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION MAINTAINS THIS NATIONAL…

                                              THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION MAINTAINS THIS NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT FORCE OR N.D.F., MADE UP OF THE OFFICES THAT ARE DEPLOYED TO VARIOUS LOCATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN SUPPORT OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY MISSION. TODAY, THE T.S.A. ADD ADMINISTRATOR RESPONDS RAPIDLY TO CHALLENGES AT MORE THAN 4408 AIRPORTS WHERE T.S.A. CONDUCTS SECURITY OPERATIONS. MAINTAINANCE OF THIS CAPABILITY WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE IF T.S.A. DID NOT MAINTAIN A SCREENING WORK FORCE. IT EMPLOYS TO ADDRESS SEASONAL DEMANDS AND PERIODS OF RELIEF FOLLOWING AR NATIONAL DISASTER OR OTHER MAJOR SNINT AND AGAIN, SUCH AS THE SUPER BOWL AND NATIONAL POLITICAL CONVENTIONS. IN PARTICULAR, THE N.D.F. WAS CRITICAL TO ENSURE TO OPERATE FULLY IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE SANDY. NOTABLY T.S.A. HAS CALLED ON THE N.D.F. TO FILL STAFFING GAPS WHERE COMPANIES OPERATING UNDER THE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM ARE UNABLE TO HIRE ENOUGH OFFICERS. MY BILL AUTHORIZES THE N.D.F. TO MAKE SURE ITS WORK CONTINUES AND REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ACTIVITIES TO ENSURE PROPER OVERSIGHT. BECAUSE OFFICERS SERVING ON THE N.D.F. GO ABOVE AND BEYOND, LEAVING THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES ON SHORT NOTICE, MY BILL AUTHORIZES T.S.A. TO CONSIDER SERVICE IN THIS FORCE AS A POSITIVE FACTOR WHEN EVALUATING APPLICANTS. THE N.D.F. IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY EFFORTS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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                                            • 07:24:12 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZE DOLLARS.

                                            • 07:24:18 PM

                                              MR. KATKO

                                              I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER…

                                              I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE SHE DOES.

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                                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                              I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND READY TO CLOSE. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

                                              I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND READY TO CLOSE. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            • 07:24:34 PM

                                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                              IN RECENT YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN T.S.A. FACE A WIDE ARRAY OF CHALLENGES…

                                              IN RECENT YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN T.S.A. FACE A WIDE ARRAY OF CHALLENGES INCLUDING THREAT STREAMS, LENGTHY WAIT TEAMS AND TO RE-OPE AFERTSE. IT PROVIDES THEM WITH THE FLEXIBILITY IT NEEDS TO MAINTAIN THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS IN THE FACE OF THESE CHALLENGES. I THANK MY PARTNER ON THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. KATKO, AS WELL AS MY OTHER COLLEAGUES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 07:25:09 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED.

                                            • 07:25:15 PM

                                              MR. KATKO

                                              I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. I AGREE WITH MY COMMENTS AND I THINK…

                                              I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. I AGREE WITH MY COMMENTS AND I THINK IT IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION IN FACING THE ONGOING CHALLENGES IS DURING PEAK TRAVEL TIMES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 07:25:34 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                              THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6461. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TAIL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIAEEK RECOGNITIO MR. PERRYI MOVE THE HOUSE SUCCESS PINNED E RULES AND PASS H.R. 646338.

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                                          • 07:25:50 PM

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

                                            • 07:25:52 PM

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

                                              • 07:26:04 PM

                                                Mr. Perry moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6438 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator, and for other purposes."

                                                • 07:26:25 PM

                                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                                  • 07:26:26 PM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOLANDECURITY…

                                                    A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOLANDECURITY MANNED SYSMS COORDINATOR AND FOR OTHE PURSES.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6438.

                                                • 07:26:43 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  HE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                                                • 07:26:46 PM

                                                  MR. PERRY

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

                                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATORS DAYS TO INCLUDE ANY EX TRAINOUS MATERIALS ON T BILL FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                • 07:27:00 PM

                                                  MR. PERRY

                                                  I MOVE THE HOUSE SUCCESS PINNED THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 646338.

                                                • 07:27:02 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY…

                                                  A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY UNMANNED SYSTEMS COORDINATOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                • 07:27:06 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                                                • 07:27:09 PM

                                                  MR. PERRY

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

                                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATORS DAYS TO INCLUDE ANY EX TRAINOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6438, THE D.H.S. COUNTERING UNMANNED SYSTEMS COORDINATOR ACT. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION ESTIMATED THERE WERE 1.9 MILLION UNMANNED SYSTEMSER KNOWN AS DRONES IN THE U.S. THIS NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO GROW TO A STAGGERING 4.3 MILLION BY THE END OF 2020. THE INCREASED AVAILABILITY HAS LED TO CONCERNS OVER THE POTENTIAL RISK OF NATIONAL SECURITY. ARE DRONES PROVIDE MALICIOUS ACTORS FOR POTENTIALLY PAYLOADS IN CARRYING OUT AN ATTACK. THIS THREAT IS NOT IMAGINE AREA. THEY HAVE INCLUDED WEAPONS BY ISIS AND TR INTRUSIONS AT NFL AND DAMAGE TO STRARBG IN CANADA. SEVERAL OFFICES ASSESS DRONE THREATS AND ARE MEMBERS OF INTERAGENCY AND INDUSTRY WORKING GROUPS. HOWEVER D.H.S. DOES NOT HAVE EAB OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POLICIES AND ACTIVITIES. H.R. 6438 AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DESIGNATE A COUNTERING UNMANNED SYSTEM COORDINATOR TO SERVE AS THE LEAD OFFICIAL TO COUNTER PLANS. H.R. 6438 ENABLES D.H.S. TO COORDINATE UNDER ONE OFFICIAL. UNDER H.R. 6438, THE COORDINATOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATOR WITH D.H.S. COMPONENTS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MOL CYST AND PLANS. THE COUNTERING U.A.S. PROMOTES THE DRONE PARTICULAR NOLINGS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT AND ENSURES THAT DRONE THREATS IS DISSEMINATED ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT AS APPROPRIATE. THE COORDINATOR WILL SERVE AS THE PRINCIPAL DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL FOR DISSEMINATING ARE INFORMATION REGARDING COUNTERDRONE MEASURES AND ENSURE THAT COUNTERDRONE ACTIVITIES ARE CARRIED OUT. H.R. 6438 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO PREPARE THE DEPARTMENT IN CARRYING OUT ITS DUTIES IN ENCOUNTERING ITS EMERGING THREAT. I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT A LETTER FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME --

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                                                • 07:29:59 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                • 07:30:02 PM

                                                  MR. PERRY

                                                  I ASK MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 6438 AND RESERVE. .

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                                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 643, THE D.H.S.…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 643, THE D.H.S. COUNTERING UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS COORDINATOR ACT AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                • 07:30:25 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 07:30:27 PM

                                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6438 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

                                                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6438 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO HAVE A DESIGNATED OFFICIAL TO COORDINATE THE DEPARTMENT'S UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS OR U.A.S. PLANS AND POLICIES. THE COUNTERING U.A.S. COORDINATOR WOULD WORK WITH DEPARTMENT COMPONENTS AND OFFICES TO ENSURE TESTING, EVALUATION OR DEPLOYMENT OF SYSTEMS TO IDENTIFY, ASSESS OR DEFEAT A U.A.S. THREAT, ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE FEDERAL LAWS. THE COORDINATER WOULD ALSO SERVE AS THE PRINCIPAL DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR DECENTRAL -- DISSEMINATING INFORMATION TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR REGARDING COUNTER-U.A.S. TECHNOLOGY. IN HOMELAND SECURITY CIRCLES, THERE'S BROAD RECOGNITION THAT U.A.S. TECHNOLOGY ENHANCES CAPABILITIES TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, DELIVER DISASTER RELIEF TO AFFECTED AREAS AND SURVEIL WEAK SPOTS ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER. AT THE SAME TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THERE IS CONSIDERABLE CONCERN REGARDING THE SECURITY THREATS THAT U.A.S. MAY PROVIDE. MORE AND MORE WE HEAR OF INSTANCES WHERE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS DRONES, ARE USED FOR NEFARIOUS REASONS, SUCH AS TO AID IN SMUGGLING OPERATIONS OR TO CONDUCT SURVEILLANCE TO EVADE LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE THREAT WAS UNDERSCORED LAST MONTH WHEN A DRONE WAS USED IN UNSUCCESSFUL ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF THE VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT AS HE SPOKE AT A MASSIVE MILITARY PARADE. AS SUCH, I SUPPORT D.H.S. ORGANIZING ITSELF TO BETTER ADDRESS THIS EMERGING HOMELAND SECURITY THREAT. AS SET FORTH IN H.R. 6438. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. PERRY

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEYS…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEYS INTO OTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLELADY DOES.

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                                                • 07:32:30 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 07:32:32 PM

                                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                  HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER, I AM READY TO CLOSE.

                                                • 07:32:35 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 07:32:37 PM

                                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THERE IS INCREASINGLY MORE CONCERN…

                                                  THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THERE IS INCREASINGLY MORE CONCERN REGARDING THE POTENTIAL THREATS THAT U.A.S. MAY POSE TO THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE. LAST CONGRESS WHEN I SERVED AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE WITH MR. PERRY, WE WORKED TOGETHER ON LEGISLATION THAT DRAFTED -- THAT I DRAFTED TO ADDRESS THE U.A.S. THREAT. SINCE THAT TIME, THE RANGE OF THREATS ASSOCIATED WITH U.A.S. HAVE GROWN MORE COMPLEX AND DEMAND D.H.S. PRIORITIZES COUNTER-U.A.S. EFFORTS IN UNPRECEDENTED WAYS. DESIGNATING AN OFFICIAL TO COORDINATE DEPARTMENT COUNTER-U.A.S. PLANS AND POLICIES IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WITH THAT, I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 07:33:33 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                • 07:33:38 PM

                                                  MR. PERRY

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY,…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY, SHE'S BEEN THE LEADER ON THIS ISSUE, AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO BOTH OF US. AND TO OUR COUNTRY. AND I APPLAUD HER EFFORTS AND THANK HER FOR HER SUPPORT OF THESE EFFORTS. AT THIS TIME I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6438 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 07:33:54 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6438, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECK ANYTHING? -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              • 07:34:29 PM

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

                                                • 07:34:30 PM

                                                  MS. MCSALLY

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6400 AS…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6400 AS AMENDED.

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                                                • 07:34:30 PM

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

                                                  • 07:34:35 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    H.R. 6400. A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT…

                                                    H.R. 6400. A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A THREAT AND OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS OF PORTS OF ENTRY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MRS. LESKO, AND THE…

                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MRS. LESKO, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                  • 07:34:57 PM

                                                    MRS. LESKO

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

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

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                                                • 07:35:00 PM

                                                  Mrs. Lesko moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6400 — "To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a threat and operational analysis of ports of entry, and for other purposes."

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                                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6400.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      MRS. LESKO

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

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZES -- IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MRS. LESKO

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE UNITED STATES HAS OVER 300 OFFICIAL PORTS OF…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE UNITED STATES HAS OVER 300 OFFICIAL PORTS OF ENTRY, RANGING FROM LAND BORDER PORTS TO OUR SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN BORDERS, TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS AND MAJOR METROPOLITAN CITIES, TO SEA PORTS RANGING FROM THE GREAT LAKES TO COASTAL CITIES. WHILE EACH PORT FACILITATES TRADE AND TRAVEL THAT KEEPS OUR ECONOMY HUMMING, EACH HAS THEIR OWN UNIQUE SECURITY CHALLENGES TO PREVENT ILLICIT ACTIVITY. THAT IS WHY IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE KNOW THE VULNERABILITIES AND OPERATIONAL NEEDS AT EACH AND EVERY PORT IN ORDER TO PROPERLY PROTECT OUR HOMELAND FROM THREATS AND EXPLOITATIONS. I INTRODUCED THIS BILL BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY'S PORTS ARE LONG OVERDUE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW. MY BILL REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DO A FULL THREAT AND OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS OF THESE VULNERABILITIES AND CREATE A STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ILLICIT DRUGS, ILLEGAL CONTRABAND AND TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AT OUR AIR, LAND AND SEA PORTS OF ENTRY. THE BILL ALSO WORKS TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF COMMERCE THAT IS VITAL TO OUR ECONOMY. WE NEED TO NOT ONLY THINK ABOUT THE SECURITY OF OUR PORTS, BUT ALSO THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND OPERATIONAL NEEDS AS WELL. PORTS OF ENTRY CONTINUE TO BE PREFERRED LOCATIONS FOR TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND DRUG SMUGGLERS TO TRANSPORT ILLICIT DRUGS AND CONTRABAND INTO THE UNITED STATES. IN FACT, BETWEEN OCTOBER 1, 2010, AND MARCH 31, 2018, CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION CONDUCTED MORE THAN 84 MILLION NONINTRUSIVE INSPECTION EXAMINATIONS RESULTING IN MORE THAN 19,000 NARCOTICS SEIZURES AND 79 MILLION -- -- $79 MILLION IN CURRENCY SEIZURES. MANY U.S. PORTS OF ENTRY WERE BUILT 40 TO 50 YEARS AGO. THEREFORE THEY WERE NEVER DESIGNED FOR POST-9/11 SECURITY MEASURES, TECHNOLOGY OR INCREASED VOLUME OF TRAFFIC. THESE INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRAINTS MAGNIFY THE THREATS AT OUR PORTS OF ENTRY AND MANIFEST THEMSELVES AS LONG LINES AND BOTTLENECKS THAT STRAIN CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION'S ABILITY TO PROPERLY VET ALL INCOMING TRAFFIC. IN ADDITION, LONG LINES AND WAIT TIMES DELAY TRADE AND COST THE U.S. ECONOMY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR IN LOST PRODUCTIVITY. THIS IS WHY MY BILL'S REQUIRED ANALYSIS WILL LOOK OVER CURRENT AND POTENTIAL THREATS, METHODS AND PATHWAYS USED TO EXPLOIT SECURITY VULNERABILITIES AND IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED TO IMPROVE ELICIT DRUGS AND OTHER CONTRABAND FROM CROSSING OUR BORDER. FOLLOWING ANALYSIS, MY BILL DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CREATE A PLAN TO ADDRESS THE THREATS IN OPERATIONAL INEFFICIENCIES IDENTIFIED. WE NEED TO FIX THESE PROBLEMS. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION. OUR PORTS MUST BE BROUGHT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. I AM PLEASED BY THE SUPPORT I HAVE RECEIVED ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I SPECIFICALLY WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL OF THE HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH ME TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. MODERNIZING OUR PORTS OF ENTRY --

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                                                    • 07:39:13 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                    • 07:39:15 PM

                                                      MRS. LESKO

                                                      THANK YOU. MODERNIZING OUR PORTS OF ENTRY IS JUST ONE STEP IN SECURING OUR…

                                                      THANK YOU. MODERNIZING OUR PORTS OF ENTRY IS JUST ONE STEP IN SECURING OUR BORDER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 6400 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 07:39:30 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                    • 07:39:34 PM

                                                      MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6400, THE UNITED STATES…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6400, THE UNITED STATES PORTS OF ENTRY THREAT AND OPERATIONAL REVIEW ACT. AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                    • 07:39:43 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                    • 07:39:45 PM

                                                      MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6400 WOULD REQUIRE THE…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6400 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT AN ANALYSIS OF THE THREATS AND OPERATIONS AT ALL UNITED STATES' AIR, LAND AND SEA PORTS OF ENTRY. FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE THREAT ANALYSIS, H.R. 6400 REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT TO PRODUCE A STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO MITIGATE SUCH THREATS. THE STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN MUST INCLUDE CONSIDERATION OF IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED AT THE PORTS OF ENTRY TO REDUCE WAIT TIMES AND FACILITATE THE LAWFUL MOVEMENT OF TRADE, TRAVEL AND PEOPLE. THIS BILL IS MODELED AFTER THE NORTHERN BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT, WHICH WAS SIGNED INTO LAW IN 2016. MOST OF WHAT IS REQUIRED IN THIS MEASURE IS ALREADY BEING DONE BY THE DEPARTMENT. WHAT H.R. 6400 WOULD DO IS BRING TOGETHER VARIOUS MANDATED MATERIALS INTO ONE REPORT. THE DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT THIS NEW MANDATE IN A WAY THAT IS NOT DUPLICATIVE OF OTHER EFFORTS. AND WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 07:40:58 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    • 07:41:07 PM

                                                      MRS. LESKO

                                                      THANK YOU,

                                                    • 07:41:10 PM

                                                      MRS. LESKO

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARE CLOD CLOSE TO -- TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLELADY DOES.

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                                                    • 07:41:16 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                    • 07:41:18 PM

                                                      MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I AM READY TO…

                                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I AM READY TO CLOSE.

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                                                    • 07:41:21 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                    • 07:41:23 PM

                                                      MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                      THANK YOU. I WOULD URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 6400. A MEASURE THAT…

                                                      THANK YOU. I WOULD URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 6400. A MEASURE THAT DIRECTS D.H.S. TO TAKE A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PROTECTING OUR PORTS OF ENTRY, VITAL GATEWAYS FOR TRADE AND TRAVEL. SPEAKING OF THE NEED FOR A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO OKLAHOMALAND SECURITY, I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE DEPARTMENT'S QUADRENNIAL HOMELAND SECURITY REVIEW IS 247 DAYS OVERDUE. PURSUANT TO SECTION 707 OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT, THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO PRODUCE THIS OVERARCHING STRATEGY EVERY FOUR YEARS. AS THE AUTHOR OF THE QUADRENNIAL HOMELAND SECURITY REVIEW TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS ACT OF 2017, A MEASURE AIMED AT IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF FUTURE REVIEWS THAT IS PENDING IN THE SENATE, I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT D.H.S. NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB OF PRIORITIZING ITS VAST ARRAY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MISSION AREAS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 07:42:22 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                    • 07:42:27 PM

                                                      MRS. LESKO

                                                      YES, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6400 AND…

                                                      YES, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6400 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 07:42:36 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6400, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  • 07:42:50 PM

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

                                                    • 07:42:52 PM

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

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                                                      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                      The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                                      • 07:43:21 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 MY REMARKS.

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                                                      • 07:43:25 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                                      • 07:43:27 PM

                                                        MR. WILSON

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, EACH AUGUST I CONDUCT A BUS TOUR OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECOND…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, EACH AUGUST I CONDUCT A BUS TOUR OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WITH MY WIFE, ROCKS ANNE, AND DEDICATED STAFF FROM ALL OFFICES. I ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE THIS YEAR'S SCHEDULE AT OF EMILY FOR THE VERY MEANINGFUL AGENDA. IT WAS HUMBLING AND INSPIRING TO ME WHAT CONSTITUENTS FROM 22 LOCATIONS FROM SMALL BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS TO LOCAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND LARGE EMPLOYERS. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK EMPLOYEES FOR THEIR SERVICE AND I OBSERVED FIRSTHAND THE EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS OF JOBS CREATED BY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S TAX CUTS, PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT. MANY OF THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE MULTIGENERATIONAL SUCCESS STORIES SUCH AS A COMPANY IN OPERATION FOR FOUR GENERATIONS AND IS CURRENTLY LED BY FRANK. WE ALSO VISITED WITH NEWER COMPANIES THAT THRIVE, LIKE TIDE WATER BOATS OF LEXINGTON WHICH STARTED IN 2006 AND CURRENTLY IS IN THE TOP 10 OF SALT WATER BOAT MANUFACTURERS IN THE NATION, WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF JIMMY METS AND CHRIS MARTZEN. ON THE BUS TOUR, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE PERSONAL QUESTIONS, CONCERNS AND INPUT FROM CITIZENS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN BORDALLO, FOR YOUR REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS, FOR YOUR LOVING DEVOTION FOR THE FAMILIES OF GUAM, AND YOUR TIRELESS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE. MS. BORDALLO IS A LIVING LEGEND OF EFFECTIVE SERVICE FOR THE PEOPLE OF GUAM.

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                                                      • 07:44:59 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        ARE THERE ANY REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES?

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                    • 07:45:20 PM

                                                      SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                                        MR. GARAMENDI

                                                        BEFORE I LAUNCH INTO THE MAJOR SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS EVENING, I WANT TO…

                                                        BEFORE I LAUNCH INTO THE MAJOR SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS EVENING, I WANT TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE HORRIFIC FIRES IN CALIFORNIA. IT IS EXTREMELY HORRIFIC. AND THEY OCCUR IN LATE OCTOBER, NOVEMBER. CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL. AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS THE 365-DAY-A-YEAR SEASON IN CALIFORNIA. IN MY OWN DISTRICT, IN LAKE COUNTY, IS STILL BURNING. MOSTLY UNDER CONTROL, BUT WILL PROBABLY BURN FOR ANOTHER MONTH. JUST TO THE NORTH, IN THE REDDING, CALIFORNIA AREA, FOUR PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. WE SAW LAST YEAR THE HUGE FIRE THAT OCCURRED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN THE VENTURA COUNTY AREA, FOLLOWED BY MUDSLIDES THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF DOZENS OF PEOPLE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRE AND MY GRATITUDE ALONG WITH THE GRATITUDE OF THE COMMUNITIES OF CALIFORNIA GO OUT TO THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO MET THE CHALLENGE OF THESE VERY FAST-MOVING, VERY, VERY DANGEROUS FIRES. AND ALL AMERICANS, THE NEED FOR US TO ADDRESS THE NEW ISSUES THAT CONFRONT OUR NATION AS A RESULT OF THE EVER WARMING CLIMATE AND THE NEED FOR THIS CONGRESS TO CARRY ON WHAT IS NOW IN PLACE IN LAW AND THAT IS TO ALLOW THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO HAVE TWO ACCOUNTS, ONE ACCOUNT FOR FIGHTING FIRES AND SEPARATE ACCOUNT FOR MANAGING THE FORESTS. THE HEALTH OF OUR FORESTS ARE IN DOUBT. AND WE CAN TAKE THE TREES OUT IN AN ORDERLY WAY AND REMOVE SOME OF THE VEGETATION PROVIDING THE NECESSARY FIRE BREAKS OR IT WILL COME OUT IN A FIRE. I OFTEN START MY SPECIAL ORDER HOURS WITH SOME WORDS FROM A VERY WELL-KNOWN AMERICAN, A FELLOW THAT HAD FOUR TERMS AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF YOU HAVEN'T FIGURED IT OUT ALREADY, IT WOULD BE F.D.R. IN THE PAST, AS I HAVE USED THIS TO SET THE TONE AND TO SET THE VALUE OF MY CONVERSATION OF THE VALUES OF MY CONVERSATION, I DIDN'T REALLY APPRECIATE HOW PERTINENT THESE WORDS WOULD BE HERE IN SEPTEMBER, THE DAY AFTER LABOR DAY OF 2018. SO I WANT TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO WHAT F.D.R. SAID IN THE 1930'S. HE SAID THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. I WANT TO SAY THAT AGAIN, BECAUSE THIS REALLY SHOULD BE OUR GOAL. THIS SHOULD BE THE PRALED VALUES OF OUR LEGISLATIVE PROCESS HERE. THE TEST OF ALL PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE HAD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. SO WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS? YESTERDAY WAS LABOR DAY. A TRADITION THAT GOES BACK TO THE 1880'S, WHEN THERE WAS A REAL CRISIS, WHEN THERE WAS CHILD LABOR AND THERE WERE NO WORKPLACE SAFETY LAWS, WHERE THERE WAS THE ADVENT OF WAR BECAME KNOWN AS THE ROBBER BEARERS AND THE ERA OF THE GOLDEN HUE. YESTERDAY, RICHARD TRUMPKA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE AFL-CIO WEIGHED DOWN SOME THOUGHTS THAT ALL OF US OUGHT TO PAY ATTENTION TO. HE SAID WORKING PEOPLE ARE CRYING OUT FOR CHANGE THAT WOULD BRING ABOUT A POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT LIFTS UP OUR VOICES AND ECONOMY THAT TREATS US FAIRLY AND A SOCIETY THAT ARE VALUES LABOR. HE ALSO SAID A FEW OTHER THINGS. HE SAID FOR DECADES, CORPORATE INTERESTS HAVE BEEN HELL BENT ON CHIPPING AWAY ON THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. THEY HAVE CORRUPTED OUR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS AND RIGID THE ECONOMY TO WORK FOR THE FEW AT THE EXPENSE OF MANY. WELL, IT SEEMS AS THOUGH HE MAY HAVE BEEN CHANNELSING F.D.R. AND WOULDN'T SURPRISE ME THAT HE WOULD. IN DECEMBER, CONGRESS PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE LARGEST TAX SCAM NUMB AMERICA'S HISTORY. OUR FRIENDS IN THE REPUBLICAN SIDE SOLD THE TAX BILL TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AS RELIEF FOR MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES. PRESIDENT TRUMP WENT FURTHER TO SAY THAT WORKING FAMILIES COULD EXPECT $4,000 TORE $7,000 RAISE DUE TO THE LOWERING TAX BURDENS ON COMPANIES. I SHOULD REPEAT THAT. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THAT WORKING FAMILIES COULD EXPECT A $4,000 TO $7,000 RAISE DUE TO THE LOWERING TAX BURDEN ON COMPANIES AND CORPORATIONS. HMMMH. LET'S TEST THOSE WORDS. LET'S TEST THOSE WORDS AGAINST WHAT HAS HAPPENED I SINCE DECEMBER OF 2017 WHEN THE LARGEST TAX SCAM IN THE NATION'S HISTORY ACTUALLY PASSED. SO, WHAT HAVE THE WORKERS OF AMERICA FOUND. THE UE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS HAVE FOUND THAT ARE WORKERS' REAL WAGES, ACCOUNTING FOR INFLATION, HAS DECREASED SLIGHTLY SINCE THE SIGNING OF THE TAX BILL. AND THIS MEANS THAT THE AVERAGE WORKERS' SALARY BUYS LESS TODAY THAN IT DID BEFORE DECEMBER, 2017. AND BY THE WAY, THAT TAX BILL COST THE FEDERAL TREASURY, THAT IS REDUCED THE TAX RECEIPTS TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY, BY NEARLY $2 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. WELL, NOT IN THE NEXT DECADE. WE ARE 9 1/4'S YEAR AHEAD. ALL THAT SOLD ON THE PREMISE THAT THE WAGES FOR WORKING AMERICANS WOULD INCREASE. NO. DIDN'T HAPPEN. NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN. THERE WAS SOME MODEST INCREASES IN WAGES, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN NEGATED, WIPED OUT, BY RISING INFRATION. SINCE THE GREAT RECESSION OF 2009-2010, THERE REALLY WAS REAL WAGE GROWTH, ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION. EVERY YEAR UNTIL THE CURRENT YEAR. NOW, UNDOUBTEDLY, THERE ARE SOME HERE IN CONGRESS AND PROGRAMS THE PRESIDENT THAT WOULD POINT OUT THAT SOME CORPORATIONS HAVE ACTUALLY USED THEIR WINDFALL FOR EMPLOYEE BONUSES. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THAT WINDFALL. HMMMH. I'M AFRAID THIS NUMBER IS WRONG. THERE IS GOING TO BE CLOSE TO A DRRS 2 TRILLION REDUCTION IN TAXES. WHERE IS IT GOING? WELL, LET'S SEE. 83% OF ALL OF THAT NEAR $2 TRILLION WINDS UP IN THE HANDS OF THE TOP 1% AND AMERICAN CORPORATIONS. EVERYONE ELSE CAN SHARE 17% OF THAT NUMBER. $2 TRILLION. SO, HOW MANY AMERICANS SAW A WIND FALL AS A RESULT OF THE TAX CUT AS PROMISED BY THE PRESIDENT. $4,000 TO $7,000 COMING TO YOU. WHETHER 155 MILLION EMPLOYEES IN AMERICA DOING EVERY CONCEIVABLE KIND OF WORK, INCLUDING SOME OF THE FOLKS HERE IN THE DAIS BEHIND ME. 155 MILLION. ONLY 6.8 MILLION OF THE 158 MILLION ACTUALLY RECEIVED WAGE INCREASES OR BONUSES SINCE THE PASS EARGE OF THE TAX SCAM. 5.9 MILLION EMPLOYERS, A VERY GENEROUS, 111 PROVIDED THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH A BONUS FOR AR SIGNIFICANT WAGE INCREASE. PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES ACROSS AMERICA ARE SPENDING 101 TIMES MORE MONEY OR STOCK BUYBACKS, $712 BILLION IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 2018. THAT EMPLOYEE RAISES OR BONUSES ARE $7.1 BILLION. SHOULD I SAY THAT AGAIN? PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES HAVE SPENT $712 BILLION ON STOCK BUYBACKS AND $7.1 BILLION ON BONUSES AND RAISES. INTERESTING. THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED ON THIS ON JULY 13 AND THE HEADLINES READ "PAYCHECKS LED AS PAYCHECKS SORRY AND ERODE WAGE GAINS. QUFMENT A BIGGER SHARE OF THE NATION'S WEALTH AND WORKERS VR RARELY SHARED A SMALLER ONE. I SUPPOSE IF I WANTED TO PLAY ECONOMIST, I WOULD PUT UP SOMETHING LIKE THIS. HOW IS CORPORATE AMERICA SPENDING THEIR TRACK TRUMP TAX CUT? WELL, HERE YOU HAVE -- OH, THIS WAS APRIL. THIS PLUS LINE, THAT'S APRIL. IN APRIL, CORPORATE STOCK BUYBACKS WERE $238 BILLION IN APRIL OF 2018. WE ARE NOW IN SEPTEMBER. THAT'S APRIL. $235 BILLION. $6.5 FWILLION IN BONUSES AND WAGE INCREASES. WE ARE NOW IN SEPTEMBER, FOUR MONTHS LATER AND STOCK BUYBACKS ARE $712 BILLION, A NUMBER THAT I SAID A MOMENT AGO AND WAGES AND THEY HAVE INCREASED, $7 FIVE 1 BILLION. HALF A TRILLION OF THE STOCK OF THE TAX CUT HAS BEEN SPENT IN TAX INCREASE FROM APRIL TO SEPTEMBER. NO DOUBT IN EVERYBODY'S MIND WHY THE SFOCK MARKET IS LURING AHEAD. THERE HAS BEEN $712 BILLION SPENT ON BUYING BACK STOCKS SINCE JANUARY 1, 2018. THAT IS THREE-QUARTERS OF A TRILLION DOLLARS. NO WONDER THE STOCK MARKET IS ROARING AHEAD. UNFORTUNATELY, THE WAGES OF AMERICANS HAS ACTUALLY IN REAL DOLLARS DECLINED. A FEW OTHER THINGS FOR THOSE A FEW OTHER THINGS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKE TO PLAY ECONOMIST. GOT TO LOVE THESE GROOFS. EMPLOYEE PAY AS SHARE OF THE NATIONAL INCOME. 1970, IT WAS ABOUT, I DON'T KNOW, 66.5% OF THE TOTAL WEALTH OF THE TOTAL NATIONAL INCOME WAS FOR WAGES. AND HERE WE ARE IN 2018 AND IT IS -- IT HAS FALL TON 62%. -- IT HAS FALLEN TO 62%. WELL, HOW ABOUT CORPORATE PROFITS AS A SHARE OF NATIONAL INCOME? IN 1970 IT WAS DOWN HERE AROUND, OH, 9%. OF THE TOTAL NATIONAL INCOME WAS CORPORATE PROFITS. AND HERE WE ARE IN 2018 AND IT'S 13%. WE WOULD SAY THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL FOR CORPORATIONS, IF SOMEHOW THAT CORPORATE WEALTH WOULD ACTUALLY BE SHARED WITH EMPLOYEES. AND SO NOW YOU CAN KIND OF UNDERSTAND WHY MR. TRUMP WAS SO AGITATED ON LABOR DAY YESTERDAY WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT INCOME INEQUALITY. THERE'S ONE OTHER WAY TO SEE THIS. AND LET ME PUT THIS UP. THIS IS CORPORATE TAX RATES. INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE INCOME TAXES AS A PERCENTAGE OF ALL THE FEDERAL REVENUE. THAT'S ALL THE TAX REVENUE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COLLECTS. WELL, LET'S SEE. WAY BACK IN 1934, ABOUT 10%, BOTH CORPORATE AND INDIVIDUALS PAID ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT. THAT WENT ON UNTIL 1939, 1940, AND THEN IT BEGAN TO SHIFT. THAT PERIOD OF TIME, SINCE THE 1940'S, EARLY 1940'S UNTIL TODAY, CORPORATE TAXES AS A SHARE OF THE BURDEN OF TAXES PAID IN AMERICA HAS DECLINED FROM 40% IN 1939, THAT WAS THE BUILDUP TO WORLD WAR II, TO, WELL, SOMEWHERE AROUND DOWN AROUND 7.8% TODAY. PRETTY GOOD FOR CORPORATIONS. PRETTY GOOD FOR PEOPLE THAT OWN STOCK. WHO DOES OWN STOCK? 84% OF U.S. TRADED STOCK IS OWNED BY THE TOP 10% OF AMERICANS. WHOA! NOW THERE'S AN INTERESTING STATISTIC. SO, THE STOCK MARKET ROARS AS MORE AND MORE OF THE TAX CUT IS POURED INTO STOCK BUYBACKS. AND THE BENEFIT GOES TO THE TOP 10% OF AMERICANS. WE OUGHT TO PAY ATTENTION TO THAT. OH, BY THE WAY, INDIVIDUALS HAVE CONTINUED TO PAY MORE AND MORE OF THE TOTAL BURDEN OF FUNDING OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ALL OF THIS IS A RESULT OF TAX POLICY OVER TIME. SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS? BEFORE I GO TO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT, LET ME PICK UP ONE MORE THING. YOU REMEMBER THE TALK ABOUT BRINGING AMERICAN CORPORATIONS BACK TO AMERICA? END THE OFFSHORING? SURELY YOU REMEMBER THAT. I REMEMBER THE TALK HERE ON THE FLOOR. THE GREAT TAX BILL IS GOING TO END THE OFFSHORING OF AMERICAN JOBS. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. WE'RE GOING TO BRING AMERICAN CORPORATIONS BACK HOME. WELL, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. WHY DIDN'T IT HAPPEN? WELL, BECAUSE THE WAY THE LAW WAS WRITTEN, THERE'S ACTUALLY GREATER INCENTIVE TODAY TO OFFSHORE JOBS THAN THERE WAS PRIOR TO THE GREAT TAX SCAM OF DECEMBER, 2017. AMERICAN CORPORATIONS CAN ACTUALLY HAVE A LOWER TAX RATE BY OFFSHORING. BY INVESTING OFFSHORE. I'M SURE YOU REMEMBER THE GREAT HULLABALOO ABOUT HARLEY DAVIDSON, THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S TARIFFS AND SAID THEY WERE GOING TO MANUFACTURE THEIR MOTORCYCLES IN EUROPE AS A RESULT OF THE TARIFF ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM. THERE'S ANOTHER LITTLE LONE -- LITTLE KNOWN ISSUE ABOUT HARLEY DAVIDSON. THEY UTILIZE THE TAX BREAK GIVEN TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS FOR OFFSHORING JOBS TO OPEN A FACILITY IN THAILAND AFTER THE TAX BILL WAS PASSED. THEY LAID OFF 800 WORKERS IN THEIR KANSAS CITY FACILITY AND OPENED A NEW FACILITY IN THAILAND. THEY NOT ONLY DID THAT, BUT WHAT DID THEY DO FOR THE REMAINING WORKERS IN AMERICA? WELL, IF THOSE WORKERS HAPPENED TO OWN HARLEY DAVIDSON STOCK, I SUPPOSE THEY DID OK BECAUSE HARLEY DAVIDSON DECIDED TO SPEND $700 MILLION TO BUY BACK 15 MILLION SHARES. INTERESTING. THE WAY IN WHICH TAX POLICY ACTUALLY WORKS, TO THE BENEFIT OF WHO? HARD WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES? NO. THE TOP WEALTHY AMERICANS? YES. AND WHAT DID F.D.R. HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS? THIS ISN'T ANCIENT HISTORY. THIS IS AMERICA TODAY. THIS IS AMERICA TODAY. AND WE UGGET TO PAY WHEN HE SAID PROGRESS, AMERICAN PROGRESS, IS NOT WHETHER THE WEALTHY DO BETTER, BUT RATHER WHETHER THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA, THE POOR, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE, THE PEOPLE WHAT ARE TRYING TO GET THEIR KIDS AN EDUCATION TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE EVER-INCREASING COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION, F.D.R. SAID IT VERY CLEARLY. PROGRESS, AMERICAN PROGRESS, IS NOT WHETHER THE WEALTHY DO BETTER, BUT RATHER WHETHER THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA, THE POOR, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE, THE PEOPLE WHAT ARE TRYING TO GET THEIR KIDS AN EDUCATION TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE EVER-INCREASING COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION, F.D.R. SAID IT VERY CLEARLY. WHEN HE SAID IT IS OUR TASK, WE ARE JUDGED BY WHAT WE DO FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LITTLE. SO HERE WE ARE TODAY. HERE WE ARE JUST DAYS AHEAD OF A NEW ELECTION IN WHICH THIS ISSUE IS GOING TO ADDRESS EVERY AMERICAN. THIS ELECTION IS GOING TO BE ABOUT WHETHER THE POLICIES, SO STARKLY LAID OUT HERE IN THE TAX LEGISLATION THE POLICIES OF ADJUSTING THE AMERICAN WEALTH SO THAT THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH GET MORE, VERSUS THOSE WHO ARE WORKING DAY IN AND DAY OUT ARE STRUGGLING JUST TO STAY AHEAD. AND FAILING TO DO SO. THERE'S A STARK DIFFERENCE HERE IN POLICY. LET THERE BE NO DOUBT THAT FOR US, AS WE GO INTO THIS ELECTION, WE GO INTO THIS ELECTION KEEPING FIRMLY IN MIND THAT OUR TASK IS TO PROVIDE A BETTER DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE. A BETTER DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. THE WEALTHY HAVE DONE FINE. THE TOP 10% ARE DING TERRIFIC. WE'RE NOT AGAINST THEM. -- ARE DOING TERRIFIC. WE'RE NOT AGAINST THEM. BUT WE ARE FOR THE PEOPLE. WE'RE FOR THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA. WHO ARE TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE. PAY RENT. AS HOUSING PRICES SOAR. AS RENTAL RATES GO THROUGH THE ROOF. WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, FAMILIES OF AMERICA. THAT ARE STRUGGLING EVERY DAY JUST TO KEEP UP WITH INFLATION. AND FAR TOO MANY NOT ABLE TO DO SO. YES, YES THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IN AMERICA TODAY, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS DROPPED. YET THERE ARE STILL MILLIONS OF -- MILLIONS IN AMERICA THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET INTO THE LABOR MARKET. THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TABLE ADJUST TO THE CHANGING ECONOMY OF AMERICA. THAT ARE UNABLE TO HAVE THE SKILLS TO FIT INTO THAT NEW ECONOMY. THEY'RE ON THE OUTSIDE. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, WE CARE ABOUT THEM. WE THINK IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CARE ABOUT EVERY AMERICAN, NOT JUST THE WEALTHY. AS SOME DO IN THIS HALL. BUT EVERY WORKING MAN AND WOMAN AND FOR THOSE NOT ABLE TO WORK. AND SO WE OFFER A BETTER DEAL. FOR THE PEOPLE. AND I'M JUST GOING TO LAY OUT FOUR SPECIFIC ISSUES IN THE NEXT REMAINING MINUTES. FIRST OF ALL, IT'S ABOUT HEALTH CARE. I CAME TO THIS CONGRESS IN 2009. WITH THE DETERMINATION TO WORK FOR A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT PROVIDED QUALITY INSURANCE FOR EVERY AMERICAN. WE MADE A MAJOR STEP TOWARD THAT. NOT BECAUSE I ARRIVED BUT BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WAS CRYING OUT FOR A QUALITY HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. TOO MANY AMERICANS WERE ON THE OUTSIDE. TOO MANY PEOPLE WERE EXCLUDED. BECAUSE THEY HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. TOO MANY AMERICANS COULDN'T AFFORD IT AND MORE AND MORE AMERICAN COMPANIES WERE ELIMINATING HEALTH CARE INSURANCE AS PART OF THE BENEFITS. AND SO WE, THE DEMOCRATS, WITHOUT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE, PUT FORWARD THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND GUESS WHAT? MORE THAN 20 MILLION AMERICANS WITHIN THREE YEARS HAD INSURANCE. THAT WASN'T PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE TO THEM. AND IT WAS A GOOD INSURANCE POLICY. ALL THE WHILE, FROM JANUARY OF 2011, THIS MOMENT, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REVERSE THAT PROGRESS. MORE THAN 60 DIFFERENT BILLS PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THOSE YEARS. THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE BASIC HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 20 MILLION, ACTUALLY, 27 MILLION AMERICANS. THAT WAS THEIR POLICY. THAT'S NOT OURS. OUR POLICY IS TO PROVIDE UNIVERSAL HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EVERY AMERICAN. WE'VE GOT GIVEN -- WE'VE NOT GIVEN IT UP. WE'VE SEEN EROSION. -- EROSION IN THE YEARS WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT. WHO RAILS AGAINST INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY. AND WE SEE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS PUT FORWARD BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO CARVE A WAY TO PRO-- TO CARVE AWAY THE PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE AMERICAN THAT WAS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. -- THAT HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. HOW CRUEL IS THAT? HOW WRONG IS THAT? THAT THIS NATION WOULD SET UP A SYSTEM THAT WOULD REMOVE THE PROTECTION THAT HAS BEEN IN LAW SINCE 2010, THE PROTECTION THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES CANNOT DISCRIMINATE IN THE MR. VISION OF INSURANCE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND WHAT'S A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION? FOR A YOUNG FEMALE, IT'S THAT SHE MIGHT GET PREGNANT. YES THEY CONSIDER THAT A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. BEING A FEMALE. YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, THAT'S A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. YOU HAVE MEASLES IN THE PAST, OR CHICKENPOX, THAT'S A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON. I KNOW THIS ISSUE. I WAS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER, ELECTED IN CALIFORNIA, TO PROTECT CALIFORNIANS FROM THE ABUSES OF INSURANCE COMPANIES AND I SAW TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME INSURANCE COMPANIES DISCRIMINATING, HARMING INDIVIDUALS, TERMINATING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY FORGOT TO WRITE DOWN THAT THEY HAD CHICKENPOX AS A CHILD. AND NOW, AND NOW HERE WE ARE. IN THIS ERA OF TRUMP. THIS ERA WHERE ONCE AGAIN, THE MAJORITY AND THE PRESIDENT WOULD IMPOSE UPON AMERICANS ONCE AGAIN INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION. IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, GOOD LUCK. WE'RE GOING TO FIGHT THAT. AND AS WE'VE SEEN, THE WAGES OF AMERICAN -- AS WE'VE SEEN THE WAGES OF AMERICANS STAGNATE UNDER THE PRESSURE OF INSURANCE AND THE PRESSURE OF THE TAX SCAM, AS WE'VE SEEN THAT, WE'VE ALSO SEEN THE INEVITABLE INCREASE IN THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. AND WHO DOES THAT HURT? THE SUPER WEALTHY, THE 10%ERS WHO HAVE DONE SO WELL IN THE LAST YEAR? OR DOES IT HURT EVERY DAY WORKING AMERICANS? I WILL TELL YOU THIS, IT IS OUR PLAN TO PUT IN PLACE POLICIES THAT WOULD GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE OPPORTUNITY TO NEGOTIATE PRICES FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SO THAT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID RECIPIENTS DON'T HAVE TO ENDURE THE ENORMOUS OUT OF POCKET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THEM AND TO GIVE OTHER AMERICANS THAT ARE NOT YET OF THAT AGE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO GET THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT A REASONABLE PRICE JUST AS THE REST OF THE WORLD, OR AT LEAST THE -- THAT PART OF THE WORLD THAT HAS ADVANCED ECONOMIES, ARE ABLE TO GET. . WHAT ABOUT EDUCATION? I WAS BACK HOME IN MY DISTRICT, AS WE WERE ALL THE REST OF US THIS LAST MONTH. HOW MANY TIMES DID I HEAR, FROM PARENTS, WHOSE CHILDREN ARE ABOUT TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, SAYING, THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO GO TO COLLEGE. AND IF THEY DO, THEY WILL BE SADDLED WITH SUCH STUDENT DEBT THAT THEY WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO BUY A HOME. THEY'LL SPEND THE FIRST 10, 15 YEARS OF THEIR POST HIFERE GRADUATE LIFE PAYING OFF THE STUDENT LOANS. THIS IS NOT A SMALL MATTER FOR CALIFORNIANS OR SITENS OF EVERY OTHER STATE. IT IS AN EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THE BURDEN THAT IS PLACED UPON YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN STRUGGLING TO GET AN EDUCATION AND HAVING TO GO OUT AND GET A STUDENT LOAN AND THEN PAYING IT OFF IN THE YEARS AHEAD. IT OCCURRED TO ME SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY THAT AS I RECEIVED THE INEVITABLE MAIL ABOUT REFINANCING MY HOME MORTGAGE THAT MAYBE STUDENTS OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO REFINANCE THEIR STUDENT LOAN. OH, NO. NOT IN AMERICA. YOU CAN REFINANCE YOUR HOME MORTGAGE BUT CANNOT REFINANCE YOUR HOME STUDENT LOAN. BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH. THAT IS JUST ONE PIECE OF A SOLUTION THAT IS AN EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. WE ARE GOING TO SPEND A TRIAL I DON'T KNOW DOLLARS IN THE NEXT DECADE REBUILDING EVERY ONE OF OUR NUKE LAR BOMBS. WHAT IF WE SPENT 1/10 OF THAT? ON ALLOWING AMERICAN CHILDREN TO GET AN EDUCATION WITHOUT BEING SADDLED WITH A STUDENT LOAN FOR THE FIRST 10-15 YEARS OF THEIR POST GRADUATE LIFE? TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION THE FIRST TWO YEARS. SOME STATES ARE TRYING TO DO THAT, NEW YORK AMONG THEM. WHAT ABOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? OH, NO. THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION IS GOING IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, TRYING TO ELIMINATE THE PROTECTIONS THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO PROTECT STUDENTS FROM LOAN SCAMS, FROM BOGUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS, SUCH AS THE TRUMP REAL ESTATE EDUCATION PROGRAM. DID I MENTION THAT LOUDLY ENOUGH. SUCH AS THE FRUMP REAL ESTATE PROGRAM. SO THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION PROGRAM WANTS TO GO BACK AND REBUILD THE SCAM THAT HARMED THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AND ALONG WITH THAT, MANY, MR MORE. AMERICAN FAMILIES NEEDS TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. FOR THE PEOPLE. ARE OUR POLICIES FOR THE PEOPLE? I WAS TRAVELING ACROSS CALIFORNIA IN MY DISTRICT 200 MILES ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER, THE GREAT SACRAMENTO RIVER VALLEY, MORE LEVEES THAN ANYWHERE IN AMERICA THAN LOUISIANA. THE ROADS ARE FILLED WITH POTHOLES. THE LEVEES ARE IN NEED OF REPAIR. THE AIRPORTS ARE CROWDED. WE JUST HEARD A LOT ABOUT THAT IN THE BRIEFS SESSION. THE BRIDGES ARE COLLAPSING. NOT JUST IN ITALY, BUT HERE IN AMERICA. AND I THINK WE GOT SOME 60,000 BRIDGES THAT ARE IN NEED OF SERIOUS REPAIR. I NOTICED ONE OF THEM ACROSS THE RIVER HERE IN WASHINGTON D.C. UNDER REPAIR AND THAT'S GOOD FOR WASHINGTON D.C. BUT WHAT ABOUT MISSOURI? WHAT ABOUT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE? WE HAVE LEAD CONTAMINATION IN THE COMMUNITIES OF MICHIGAN AND OTHER CONTAMINATION IN THE WATER OF CITIES IN CALIFORNIA. WE HAVE SEWER LINES THAT ARE COLLAPSING. WE HAVE WATER LINES THAT ARE NOT WORKING PROPERLY. AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE WAS BUILT DECADES AGO. IT HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED IN INTERVENING YEARS AND WE HAVE A TRILLION DOLLAR BACKLOG JUST TO KEEP PACE. TRAVEL TO EUROPE AND CHINA, TRAVEL TO JAPAN THAN AND OTHERS AND YOU WILL SEE MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT NOT IN AMERICA. NOT IN AMERICA. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? I WILL TELL YOU WHAT WE WANT TO DO ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, WE WANT AR REAL SFRARBG PLAN. NOT A BOGUS ONE. WE NEED REAL MONEY AND HAS THE REAL FUNT TO BE ABLE TO REBUILD OUR EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE TO BRING ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE CALLED FOR FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, GOOD REPAIR OF ALL OF IT, WHETHER IT IS THE WATER SYSTEM, A SANITATION SYSTEM, A LEVEE OR AN AIRPORT. THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO AND WE WANT TO BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR TOMORROW. WE KNOW THAT INTERNATIONAL TRADE IS GOING TO INCREASE, WELL, MAYBE NOT. MAYBE I HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. GIVEN THE TRADE WAR THAT IS NOW UNDER WAY, BROUGHT TO US BY THE PRESIDENT. SO, WE'LL SEE HOW IT TURNS OUT. BUT RIGHT NOW, MAYBE WE WON'T SEE AN INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE AS TARIFFS ARE IMPOSED. BUT MAYBE THAT WILL PASS. AND WILL'S GET BACK TO FAIRLY TRADE. REAL OPPORTUNITY TO GROW OUR ECONOMY BY TRADING INTERNATIONALLY, TO DO THAT, WE NEED BETTER PORTS AND BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE TO MOVE GOODS IN AND OUT OF THE PORTS. WE NEED DEEPER PORTS. HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO IT? I SUGGEST WE ARE GOING TO TO DO IT THAT HAS REAL MONEY. AND IF WE GO BACK TO ONE OF THOSE CHARTS THAT I SHOWED THE SHARE OF THE AMERICAN CORPORATIONS. THEIR SHARE OF THE TOTAL TAX REVENUES DECLINING DECADE-BY-DECADE TO THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE THE IMPOSITION OF A LOWER ARE TAX RATE. WE WILL TRY TO RETRIEVE SOME OF THE TAX MISTAKE. RETRIEVE SOME OF THOSE INCENTIVES THAT WERE IN THE BILL, REPLACE THOSE INCENTIVES WITH LEGISLATION THAT ENCOURAGES AMERICAN CORPORATIONS TO BRING THOSE PROFITS BACK SBOOR AMERICA AND A BILL THAT MR. LLOYD DOGGETT OF TEXAS HAS PUT FORTH, A BILL THAT WOULD TERMINATE THE UNFAIR UNJUSTIFIED PROVISIONS OF THE 2017 TAX BILL THAT ENCOURAGES FURTHER INVESTMENT BY AMERICAN CORPORATIONS OVERSEAS. REVERSE THAT. AND BRING THAT MONEY BACK HOME AND IF WE PAIR THAT BILL WITH MR. DELANEY, WE WOULD SEE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A REAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM AND SET UP A PROGRAM WHERE WE COULD USE THAT MONEY COMING BACK INTO AMERICA FROM THE KIND OF TAX REFORM THAT MR. DOGGETT HAS PUT FORTH AND MR. DELANEY HAS PUT FORTH, TO BUILD OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. HAVING AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THIS NATION, PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE AND NOT HIDE THEIR PROFITS OVERSEAS AS SO MANY HAVE DONE AND WILL DO EVEN MORE BECAUSE OF THE TAX PROGRAM. AND FINAL POINT ABOUT OUR PROGRAM, WHICH WE CALL A BETTER DEAL. FOR THE PEOPLE. AMERICA KNOWS THE LEVEL OF CORRUPTION THAT'S TAKING PLACE HERE IN OUR NATION. THEY HEAR IT. THEY SEE IT ON TELEVISION. AND THERE'S NEVER -- WELL, NEVER'S BEEN A LONG TIME. IN THE MEMORY OF LIVING AMERICANS, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN SUCH A CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION AS WE HAVE TODAY. E.P.A. DIRECTOR, QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT THE COMMERCE SECRETARY. PEOPLE RESIGNING LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTER AHEAD OF THE COPS AND OF COURSE THE PRESIDENT. WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS. IT ERODES THE FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY. CAMPAIGN FINANCING. CITIZENS UNITED. ALLOWING SECRET DARK MONEY TO INVADE OUR PROCESS. WE DON'T KNOW THE INVASION. WE KNOW HACKING. AND THEY ARE USING MEDIA OR THE EXTENT OF FOREIGN MONEY. NOT LIKELY TO KNOW UNDER THE CURRENT LAWS, BECAUSE THERE IS SECRET MONEY ALLOWED IN OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. ERODING THE VERY NATURE OF OUR DEMOCRACY. MAYBE SOME OF ITS FOREIGN. THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT IT IS. MAYBE -- NO, NOT MAYBE. WE KNOW, MILLIONS COMING INTO THE CAMPAIGN. THERE IS NOT A MEMBER IN THIS HOUSE 4335 OF THOSE LEFT FOR VARIOUS ISSUES OF CORRUPTION. NOT ONE OF US WAKES UP IN THE MORNING WITHOUT CONCERN THAT SECRET MONEY, MILLIONS, WILL BE DUMPED INTO THEIR CAMPAIGN IN THE 65 DAYS. 62 DAYS WILL BE UNTIL THE NEXT ELECTION. WE DON'T KNOW. WE CAN'T KNEE. IT'S OUT THERE. AND WANDERING OUT THERE. MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF DARK SECRET MONEY, IT COULD LAND ON MANY OF US. AND IT MAY LAND ON ME. FINE, WE'LL DEAL WITH IT. THIS IS A PROBLEM. THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR AMERICA. AND WHEN THAT KIND OF MONEY BUYS ELECTIONS, BUYS CANDIDATES, BUYS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND MORE. CITIZENS UNITED AND ALL THE REST NEEDS TO GO. WE NEED TO KNOW WHO IS FINANCING OUR COLLEAGUES HERE. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO REPORT THAT SO PEOPLE CAN MAKE UP THEIR MIND WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. I WILL GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE. THERE IS AN ELECTION IN CALIFORNIA A FEW YEARS AGO THAT HAD PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC, ONE OF THE MAJOR CORPORATIONS, UTILITIES, AND LARGEST IN THE NATION, TRYING TO CARVE A SPECIAL FAVOR FOR ITSELF, ELIMINATING ALL COMPETITION. THEY GOT IT ON THE BALLOT AND COLLECTED SIGNATURES, THEY WERE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE WHERE THE MONEY CAME FOR IN SUPPORT OF THEIR CAMPAIGN AND ALL OF THE ADS. ALL OF THE TELEVISION HAD PAID FOR BY PG AND E. THE BASIC OPPOSITION SAID THIS IS WRONG. THERE WERE EDITORIALS WRITTEN. MAYBE $20,000 WAS SPENT OPPOSING THEIR EFFORT. IT WENT DOWN 2-1 FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON. PG AND E WAS SAYING THEY WERE PAY-GO FOR THE ADS. DISCLOSURE WORKS. CITIZENS UNITED AND A COUPLE OF OTHER DECISIONS HAVE MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW WHO'S FINANCING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, SENATE, HOUSE. SO, HERE WE ARE. A BETTER DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE. HEALTH CARE. INFRASTRUCTURE. JOBS. WAGES. CORRUPTION. YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR A LOT ABOUT THIS. MARCY KAPTUR IS HERE FROM OHIO. 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                                                        MS. KAPTUR

                                                        WELCOME BACK. WOULDN'T I KNOW YOU WOULD BE ON THE VERY FIRST MOMENTS WE…

                                                        WELCOME BACK. WOULDN'T I KNOW YOU WOULD BE ON THE VERY FIRST MOMENTS WE GET BACK. HOW FORTUNATE THE CITIZENS OF CALIFORNIA ELECTED YOU AND I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH YOU FOR A BETTER DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN LABOR DAY WEEK AND WE ARE CELEBRATING LABOR DAY, I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO LINK MY REMARKS TO YOURS. . I'LL BE BRIEF. IT WAS DECLARED LABOR DAY BY A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT BACK IN THE 1890'S. SO THIS IS AN HISTORIC MOMENT BY ANY MEASURE BUT THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE PRESIDENT AND REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS IN THIS CHAMBER CHOSE TO CRITICIZE, TO VILIFY, LABOR UNIONS AND THEIR LEADERS WHILE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE FAILED TO DELIVER ON A LIVING WAGE FOR AMERICA'S WORKERS, WAGES ARE STUCK. WHILE MANY IN THE TOP 1% GET VERY HANDFUL BONUSES AND PAY INCREASES AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ACTUALLY INCREASE, AND THE RECORD SHOWS, JOB OUTSOURCING, SHIFTING OUT OUR JOBS BY DOLING OUT, GET READY FOR THIS, $50 BILLION IN NEW FEDERAL CONTRACTS TO COMPANIES THAT CONTINUE TO CLOSE DOWN FACTORIES HERE AND MOVE THEM ABROAD. IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT'S TRADE ANTICS CAN'T HIDE THE FACT THAT WITH CHINA, I REMEMBER HOW CHINA FETED HIM, CAN'T HIDE THE FACT THAT CHINA IS DROWNING US IN IMPORTS AND WE CAN'T MOVE AN EQUAL AMOUNT INTO THAT VAST MARKETPLACE. THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY TRIED TO SAY HE'S RENEGOTIATING NAFTA, BUT FUNNY THAT IN THAT PROPOSED AGREEMENT, HE DOES END RUN AROUND THE LABOR STANDARDS AND LIVING WAGE ISSUES. MORE THAN 133,000 AMERICANS HAVE A CERTIFIED TRADE-RELATED JOB LOSS SINCE THIS PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE. 133,000 PEOPLE. AND ONLY 4% OF THE WORKERS YOU TALKED ABOUT, CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI, WILL RECEIVE AN INCREASE FROM THE G.O.P.'S BIG TAX GIVEAWAY TO THE TOP 1%. SO FOR MOST AMERICANS, REAL WAGES ARE FALLING AND THE MIDDLE CLASS IS A DREAM FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN'T SEEM TO GET THERE. ANY PAY RAISE PEOPLE HAVE EARNED IS IN FACT NOW BEING EATEN UP AND I HEARD THIS AT MY MEETINGS ALL ACROSS THE DISTRICT, AS THEIR COSTS OF HEALTH CARE GO UP, THE COST OF MEDICINE GOES UP, THE COST OF EDUCATION FOR THEIR FAMILY GOES UP AND PRESIDENT TRUMP ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND ANNOUNCED THAT HE'S GOING TO CANCEL PAY RAISES FOR TWO MILLION FEDERAL WORKERS. PEOPLE WHO WORK IN HOMELAND SECURITY. PEOPLE IN OUR AIR CONTROL TOWERS. PEOPLE WHO ARE CARING FOR THE SICK. PEOPLE WHO ARE MINISTERING TO OUR VETERANS. HOW ABOUT THAT? CANCEL ANY COST OF LIVING. THE PAY OF -- THE PAY INCREASE IS ACTUALLY A COST OF LIVING INCREASE AND FOR THOSE WHO WORK IN THE CAPITAL CITY AREAS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, WE KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE IT IS TO LIVE IN THESE PLACES. AMERICAN LABOR HISTORY SHAPED THE AMERICAN DREAM AND GREW THE MIDDLE CLASS, WHICH IS WHAT YOU AND I WANT TO GET BACK TO. FOLLOWING OUR 124TH NATIONAL LABOR DAY, THE POWER AND WORTH OF HARD WORK IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR. IT IS AN EARNED STATUS AND WE MUST NEVER DIMINISH THE VALUE OF HARD WORK OR IN FACT, YOU'LL LOSE ITS VALUE COMPLETELY. CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. AMERICANS DESERVE A CONGRESS AND A PRESIDENT THAT GIVES THEM A BETTER DEAL AND STANDS UP FOR THE TRUE VALUE OF HARD WORK, FOR THE PEOPLE, ALWAYS FOR THE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN LABOR DAY HAS BEEN CELEBRATED. FOR THE 124TH TIME IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. OVER A CENTURY AND NEARLY A QUARTER. THANK YOU SO MUCH AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      • 08:34:34 PM

                                                        MR. GARAMENDI

                                                        MS. KAPTUR, THANK YOU SO MUCH. 124 LABOR DAYS. WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF…

                                                        MS. KAPTUR, THANK YOU SO MUCH. 124 LABOR DAYS. WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA. WE SHOULD KEEP THAT IN MIND AND CERTAINLY I KNOW YOU WILL AND I AND I'M SURE MY COLLEAGUES, AT LEAST ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL ALSO. I'M GOING TO ADD ONCE AGAIN WITH F.D.R., THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH. IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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                                                      • 08:35:09 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. WALTERS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                                      • 08:35:23 PM

                                                        MRS. WALTERS

                                                        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 TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                                      • 08:35:33 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. -- MRS. WALTERS: WE GATHER HERE THIS EVENING TO DEMAND…

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. -- MRS. WALTERS: WE GATHER HERE THIS EVENING TO DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF MICHAEL WYNN, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENT, WHO HAS BEEN DETAINED BY THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT FOR NEARLY TWO MONTHS WITHOUT CAUSE. MICHAEL A LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER OF FOUR, OWNS A SMALL PRINTING BUSINESS AND IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN HIS COMMUNITY AND CHURCH. HE IS A LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN WITH NO CRIMINAL RECORD IN THE UNITED STATES. MICHAEL TRAVELED TO VIETNAM ON JUNE 27, 2018, VISIT FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WHEN HE DID NOT RETURN HOME ON JULY 16 AS PLANNED, HIS FAMILY GREW WORRIED AND CONTACTED MY OFFICE. THEY LEARNED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA MICHAEL HAD BEEN IMPRISONED BY THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. ON JULY 31, THE STATE DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO CONFIRM MICHAEL'S DETAINMENT. WE NOW KNOW HE HAS BEEN IN PRISON FOR ALLEGEDLY VIOLATING ARTICLE 109 OF THE VIETNAMESE CRIMINAL CODE, ACTIVITIES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT. ARTICLE 109 IS AN ARBITRARY AND VAGUE CHARGE THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT OFTEN USES TO JUSTIFY BASELESS ARRESTS. MICHAEL COULD BE HELD FOR MONTHS WITHOUT FORMAL CHARGES AS THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATES. DURING THIS TIME, MICHAEL WILL BE DENIED ACCESS TO AN ATTORNEY OR DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH HIS FAMILY. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO VISIT MICHAEL ONCE A MONTH. THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HAS REFUSED REPEATED REQUESTS TO PROVIDE MY OFFICE WITH EVIDENCE TO SUBSTANTIATE MICHAEL'S ARREST. IN A PERVERSION OF JUSTICE, THE VIETNAMESE LEGAL SYSTEM ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS LIKE MICHAEL TO BE ARRESTED AND LANGUISH IN PRISON BEFORE ITS GOVERNMENT EVEN BEGINS AN INVESTIGATION OR COLLECTS EVIDENCE. MICHAEL'S DETAINMENT IS ONLY THE MOST RECENT EXAMPLE OF VIETNAM'S TROUBLING HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD AND LACK OF TRANSPARENT LEGAL SYSTEM. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT UNJUSTLY DETAINED WILLIAM WYNN, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN OF NO RELATION TO MICHAEL. I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED FOR MICHAEL'S SAFETY AND WELL BEING AND DEMAND HIS IMMEDIATE RELEASE. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND THE WYNN FAMILY'S STRENGTH DURING THIS TRYING TIME. I'M INSPIRED BY THEIR LOVE FOR MICHAEL AND DETERMINATION TO BRING HIM HOME. MICHAEL'S WIFE HELEN IS A NURSE WHO WORKS LONG HOURS WITH MANY EMERGENCY ON-CALL DAYS. MICHAEL'S FLEXIBILITY AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER ALLOWS HIM TO BE THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER FOR THEIR FOUR YOUNG DAUGHTERS. HIS ABSENCE IS DEVASTATING THE ENTIRE WYNN FAMILY. THIS AMERICAN FAMILY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO SPEND ONE MORE DAY WORRYING AND WONDERING WHEN MICHAEL WILL RETURN HOME. MICHAEL'S STORY HAS TOUCHED MANY PEOPLE. SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE HEARD OF MICHAEL'S DETAINMENT HAVE JOINED MY FIGHT TO SECURE HIS RELEASE. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO JOIN TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER. WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL MICHAEL IS RETURNED HOME SAFELY AND WILL CONTINUE TO PUT ONGOING, RELENTLESS PRESSURE ON THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. I'M COMMITTED TO BRINGING MICHAEL HOME SO HE MAY BE REUNITED WITH HIS FAMILY AND WE'LL STOP AT NOTHING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. NOW IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD AND TO INTRODUCE CONGRESSMAN ED ROYCE A FELLOW ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENT AND ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN ROYCE, REPRESENTING THE 39TH DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                        MR. ROYCE

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TO ME.…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TO ME. AND I DO WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MIMI WALTERS, FORING OR -- FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER. I WANT TO COMMEND HER FOR HER TIRELESS EFFORT FOR THE RELEASE OF HER CONSTITUENT BY THE NAME OF MICHAEL WYNN. SOMEONE WHOSE FAMILY I HAPPEN TO KNOW. AND I RISE TODAY TO REQUEST THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM RELEASE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. AND IF I COULD JUST SHARE WITH YOU MY OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THIS SITUATION, WE ARE REALLY SPEAKING OUT ON BEHALF OF A U.S. CITIZEN FROM ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, WHO WAS DETAINED AS THE CONGRESSWOMAN SHARED WITH YOU ON JULY 7, AND WHAT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU IS HE WAS TOURING VIETNAM AND VISITING ELDERLY RELATIVES. I THINK THAT'S A COMMENDABLE THING HE DOES, THAT HE STAYS IN TOUCH, HE TRIES TO DO THIS ONCE A YEAR. TO SEE HIS ELLEDLER -- ELDERLY RELATIVES IN VIETNAM. WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT HE'S UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ENGAGING IN ACTIVITY AGAINST THE PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT, WHICH IN 24 CASE -- IN WHICH CASE -- WHICH IN THIS CASE IS A SPUREUS CHARGE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS USING TO JUSTIFY THE ARBITRARY IMPRISONMENT OF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS DEEPLY MISSED BY HIS WIFE AND FOUR DAUGHTER, THE YOUNGEST OF WHOM SON-IN-LAW 8 YEARS OLD. HIS FAMILY HAS SEEN THEIR LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE OF THIS SENSELESS ORDEAL. AS I SHARED WITH YOU, I KNOW THE FAMILY. I KNOW HIS WIFE, HELEN, WHO WORKS IN HEALTH CARE IN ORANGE COUNTY. AND I CAN TELL YOU WHAT SHE AND THE DAUGHTERS WILL TELL YOU. THIS FELLOW IS A LOVING HUSBAND, A DOTING FATHER, THE KIDS REALLY ENJOY HIS SENSE OF HUMOR, HE'S THE GUY THAT GETS UP AND BECAUSE OF HIS SCHEDULE AS A SMALL BUSINESSMAN HE'S ABLE TO MAKE BREAKFAST FOR THE GIRLS EVERY MORNING. HE ENJOYS TAKING THEM TO SCHOOL, TO THE DANCE CLASSES, TO SPORTS PRACTICES. AS SCHOOL BEGINS AGAIN BACK HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, IT'S USUALLY A TIME OF EXCITEMENT. BUT ALSO NERVOUSNESS FOR YOUNG STUDENTS. SO OUR HEART ESPECIALLY GOES OUT TO HIS FOUR DAUGHTERS WHO ARE BEING FORCED TO NAVIGATE THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITHOUT THEIR FATHER. AND WHILE HIS FAMILY SUFFERS WITHOUT HIM AT HOME, MICHAEL REMAINS DETAINED IN A VOTE IN MEEZE -- IN A VIETNAMESE PRISON WHERE HE'S PROVIDED ONLY ONE MEAL A DAY AND IS ALLOWED TO BUY A BOWL OF SOUP EXTRA EACH DAY. MYSCAL 54 YEARS OLD, HE CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECTED TO SUCH TREATMENT. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE SPEAK OUT BECAUSE MICHAEL COULD BE DETAINED FOR MONTHS ON END. SOME PRISONER ARE HELD FOR YEARS ON THESE BOGUS CHARGES. THIS SITUATION IS DEPLORABLE. MICHAEL'S CASE IS AN EGREGIOUS EXAMPLE OF VIETNAM'S TROUBLING HISTORY OF ARBITRARY ARREST AND MY FEAR FOR MICHAEL'S SAFETY IS THE SAME FEAR THAT YOU'VE ALREADY HEARD CONGRESSWOMAN MIMI WALTERS SHARE WITH YOU. WE DO FEAR FOR HIS SAFETY. WE WANT HIM RETURNED TO HIS FAMILY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES HAS A GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH VIETNAM, PARTICULARLY IN SECURITY AND IN THE TRADE ARENAS. HOWEVER, HUMAN RIGHTS REMAIN A CORE VALUE OF -- TO US HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE CANNOT SEPARATE RIGHTS, THOSE RIGHTS, FROM OUR ONGOING ENGAGEMENT WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. IF YOU ABUSE OUR CITIZENS, THERE'LL BE CONSEQUENCES. ALL LEVELS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE MICHAEL RETURNS SAFELY TO HIS FAMILY WITHOUT DELAY. SO HERE AGAIN IS MY REQUEST. JUST ALLOW THIS CITIZEN TO RETURN BACK TO HIS FAMILY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE AGAIN CONGRESSWOMAN MIMI WALTERS, YOU ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TODAY. I YIELD BACK, CONGRESSWOMAN.

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                                                      • 08:43:44 PM

                                                        MS. WAIT A MINUTERS

                                                        I WOULD NOW LIKE TO --

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                                                        MRS. WALTERS

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                                                        MR. CORREA

                                                        THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS, FOR BRINGING THIS MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE…

                                                        THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS, FOR BRINGING THIS MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE TO THE ATTENTION OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. I RISE TODAY AS WELL TO ADDRESS AN ISSUE OF MR. MICHAEL WYNN, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND RESIDENT OF ORANGE COUNTY WHO IS CURRENTLY BEING DETAINED BY THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. AS MR. ED ROYCE JUST SAID, WE SEEM TO BE ENJOYING A STRONGER, CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH VIETNAM ON TRADE AND SECURITY. THEN WE HAVE THIS CONTRADICTION. CONTRADICTION THAT AN AMERICAN CITIZEN IS BEING DETAINED, ON JEWEL 7 MICHAEL WYNN WAS TOURING VIETNAM, VISITING RELATIVES, AND HE WAS ARRESTED. IT'S BEEN ALMOST TWO MONTHS. THE CHARGE, PENAL CODE 109 WHICH IS ACTIVITY AGAINST THE PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT. YET THERE ARE NO FACTS THAT HAVE BEEN PRESENTED. NO EVIDENCE. HE'S BEING HOLD, HE'S BEEN ARRESTED WITH NO EVIDENCE BEING PRESENTED. HIS WIFE, HIS FAMILY ARE PERSONAL FRIEND OF MINE. I KNOW THIS FAMILY. THAT IS WHY I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY MICHAEL COULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN VIETNAM. I ASK THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM, PLEASE RELEASE MICHAEL. PLEASE RELEASE HIM BACK TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS COUNTRY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      • 08:45:40 PM

                                                        MRS. WALTERS

                                                        I RECOGNIZE THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS, I NOW YIELD TO MR.…

                                                        I RECOGNIZE THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS, I NOW YIELD TO MR. LOWEN THAT WILL.

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                                                      • 08:45:55 PM

                                                        MR. LOWENTHAL

                                                        I THANK REPRESENTATIVE WALTERS FOR YIELDING AP HOLDING THIS SPECIAL HOUR.…

                                                        I THANK REPRESENTATIVE WALTERS FOR YIELDING AP HOLDING THIS SPECIAL HOUR. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES CO RMP REA, ROYCE, LAMALFA AND GREEN FOR JOINING US. AND I'M OUTRAGED. SPEAKING ON ON BEHALF MUCH ANOTHER AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO WAS ASH TEMPORARILY DAPED AND DETAINED ON VAGUE ALLEGATIONS BY THE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT OF THE VIETNAM. MICHAEL IS A FATHER OF FAR DAUGHTERS AND ON A TRIP TO VIETNAM WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIEND WHEN HE DIDN'T RETURN HOME AT THE AND ON END OF THE TRIP. HIS FAMILY CONTACTED OFFICIALS. HE WAS TAKEN OFF A BUS AS HE WAS TRAVELING FROM THE CITY FROM DA NOTWITHSTANDING. HE WAS THEN DETAINED, IMPRISONED AND NEITHER HIS FAMILY AND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WERE NOTIFIED UNTIL 10 DAYS AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED. AS PART OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM AND THE UBSE, THE GOVERNMENT MUST NOTIFY THE UNITED STATES WITHIN 96 HOURS IF THEY HAVE ARRESTED APPEAR AMERICAP CAN CITIZEN. THIS, THIS HAVE FAILED TO DO. WE HAVE LEARNED WHY MICHAEL HAS DETAINED. THE GOVERNMENT CLAILS THAT HE POSTED ON FACEBOOK A PLOT TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT BUT THEY HAVE NOT SHOWN US ANY EVIDENCE THAT THIS OCCURRED. I MET WITH MICHAEL'S FAMILY AND HIS WIFE WITH HELL EPEN AND THEY ARE CONFUSED AND ANGRY, HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN TO AN AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO WAS VISITING VIETNAM. A FEW MONTHS AGO ANOTHER AMERICAN VISITING THIS COUNTRY WAS COIRSED INTO CONFESSING HIS CRIME FOR ENGAGING IN A PEACEFUL PROTEST AND WILLIAM WAS PLACED IN JAIL, HE WAS RELEASED AND RETURNED TO AMERICA BECAUSE THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM WERE BOGUS. IN PART, HE WAS RELEASED BECAUSE A SIGNIFICANT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS STOOD UP AP CHAMPIONED HIS CAUSE AND I THANK YOU FOR LEADING THAT CHARGE WE ARE DWEBBEDING THE RIGHTS. MICHAEL IS YET ANOTHER INCIDENT OF VIETNAM'S EGREGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. WE HAVE ENGAGED WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND BUT THEY HAVE CONSISTENTLY VIOLATED HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS OF VITENAM FOR ANYONE WHO SPEAKS OUT. THEY ARE AN OPPRESSIVE SOCIETY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW ANY DISSENT. AS ONE OF THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE VIETNAM, I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORT OF THE VIETNAM HUMAN RIGHTS ACT WHICH INVOKES SANCTIONS, WHICH NOT IMPOSES TRAVEL BUT CALLS UPON THE GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE THOSE PRISONNED POLITICAL PRISONERS AND TO STOP ARRESTING CITIZENS WHO JUST CHAMPION HUMAN RIGHTS, FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. THIS BILL THAT WE ARE PUSHING THROUGH CONGRESS AND THIS WILL PUSH US FURTHER TOWARDS ACCOMPLISHING THIS GOAL WOULD MAKE THE SALE OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO VIETNAM CONDITIONAL ON IMPROVEMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS AND THIS IS ONE OF THE CLASSIC EXAMPLES OF THE LACK OF HUMAN RIGHTS. I CALL UPON THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM TO CLOSE THIS CASE AND RURP MICHAEL TO HIS FAMILY THAN A UNCONSCIONABLE THAT ANY AMERICAN WHO CRIT SIT SIZES THAT ANYBODY WHO SPEAKS OUT, ANYONE MUST FEAR THEY ARE GOING TO BE ARRESTED. IF THESE INCIDENTS CONTINUE AND THEY CONTINUE TO OCCUR, THIS IS GOING TO LEAD TO A SERIOUS EVALUATION WITH DIPLOMATIC VALUATIONS. HE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG. PLEASE RELEASE HIM AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      • 08:51:40 PM

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                                                        MY NEXT COLLEAGUE IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE OF THE COMMITTEE. LA MALL FA.

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                                                        MR. LAMALFA

                                                        I THANK YOU FOR LEADIC THE CHARGE TONIGHT ON THE UNITED STATES SIT SIN…

                                                        I THANK YOU FOR LEADIC THE CHARGE TONIGHT ON THE UNITED STATES SIT SIN BEING DETAINED OR ARRESTED FALSELY. AT THIS POINT, 59 DAYS INTO THE PROCESS, NO ACTUAL CHARGE HAS BEEN BROUGHT AGAINST MICHAEL. IS THIS JUSTICE OR IS THIS SOME KIND OF GAME AT THE ARE PLAYING WITH OUR CITIZENS BUT ISN'T APPRECIATED BY OUR COUNTRY AND CERTAINLY AS OUR COLLEAGUE WAS MENTIONING A MINUTE AGO OR SOMETHING THAT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN OR CONTINUE TO RE-EVALUATE OUR RELATIONSHIP. WE HAVE GONE DELUE DIFFICULT TIMES. BUT WE HAVE BEEN BUILDING ON THAT. WE WANT TO BUILD ON THAT AND HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS ON GOOD TRADE AND MAKE OUR COUNTRY AND POSITIVE ECONOMICS. BUT WITH THIS KIND OF ACTION, AGAINST A UNITED STATES CITIZEN WHERE THIS THIS COUNTRY WE ENJOY DUE PROCESS. WE FOSTER DUE PROCESS. WE ENCOURAGE THAT. AND THOSE THAT WE TRADE WITH AND THOSE WE WANT TO HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH, BUT WE DEMAND THAT THE WAY OUR CITIZENS ARE TREATED. IN CALIFORNIA, WE HAVE VIET NATIONAL MEESE POPULATION THAT HAVE BEEN ENTERPRISING AND BEEN PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND TO WHY WOULD WE NOT WANT TO CONTINUE TO BATTLE FOR THESE SITENS IF THEY ARE GO TO GO TRAVEL TO VIETNAM. FOR DEPOSIT COME OVER TO THE UBSE. WE ARE HERE TO DEMAND THE RELEASE OF MICHAEL WINN AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES. MICHAEL FAMILY HAS BEEN WONDERING WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON WITH OUR LOVED ONE. WEEKS TO FIND OUT FOR SOME KIND OF UPDATE AS TO WHAT HIS STATUS IS. WE STRONGLY JOIN IN A BIPARTISAN COALITION OF MEMBERS HERE TONIGHT DEMAND THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF VIETNAM RESPECT THE RIGHT OF OUR CITIZENS AND CONSIDER THE CON SEE QUEPSES SHOULD THIS ILLEGAL IMPRISONMENT COME. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH SECRETARY POMPEO THAT MICHAEL'S RETURN TO HIS FAMILY AS AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE HE HASN'T BEEN CHARGED OTHER THAN BEING A U.S. CITIZEN. AND HE NEEDS TO HAVE HIS RIGHTS RESTORED. THANK YOU.

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                                                      • 08:55:09 PM

                                                        MRS. WALTERS

                                                        MY NEXT COLLEAGUE PROUDLY HIS FAMILY MEMBERS. I YIELD TO AL GREEN OF TEXAS…

                                                        MY NEXT COLLEAGUE PROUDLY HIS FAMILY MEMBERS. I YIELD TO AL GREEN OF TEXAS OF PARTICULARS AS NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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                                                        MR. GREEN

                                                        I RISE TONIGHT AS A PROUD AMERICAN. I'M PROUD OF THE COUNTRY'S DUE PROCESS…

                                                        I RISE TONIGHT AS A PROUD AMERICAN. I'M PROUD OF THE COUNTRY'S DUE PROCESS LAW. IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU DON'T GO TO JAIL INDEFINITELY. IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU JUST DON'T GET PICKED UP. IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU SHALL ENTITLED TO HAVE A LAWYER UPON REALIZING THAT YOU ARE BEING CHARGED. I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. AND TONIGHT, I RISE ON A MISSION OF MERCY, UNDERSTANDING THAT ONE OF OUR OWN, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, IS BEING DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGES, NO LAWYER, LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO HIM. IMAGINE IF YOU WILL, MR. SPEAKER, A WIFE ANTICIPATING HER HUSBAND'S ARRIVAL, HE IS SUPPOSED TO ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT ON JULY 16. SHE FINDS OUT THAT HER HUSBAND IS NOT ON THE PLANE. SHELL CONTACTS THE AIRLINE. THEY INDICATE THAT HE WAS NOT AMONG THOSE TO BE ON THE PLANE. SHE THEN PANICS, AS ANYONE WOULD, AND SHE USES EVER MEANS NECESSARY TO A SER KAINE. AND FINDS OUT BY WAY OF SOCIAL MIDE YEAH THAT ON OR ABOUT JULY 6, JUNE 6, IF YOU WILL, JULY 6, THAT HE WAS DETAINED AND THAT THAT DETENTION IS SOMETHING SHE COULD GET VERY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT. SHE IS UPSET. SHE AND HER CHILDREN ARE UPSET. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS HUSBAND AND FATHER AND REACHED OUT TO THEIR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE. CONGRESSMAN WALTERS DID WHAT IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT AN CONTACTED THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND THE AMBASSADOR AND WANTED TO KNOW HIS CONDITION AND FOUND OUT THAT HE IS OK BUT HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED. MR. SPEAKER, WE IN THIS COUNTRY UNDERSTANDS WHEN ONE OF US IS DETAINED, EVERY ONE OF US HAS TO DO. EVERY AMERICAN THAT IS HELD THAT EVERY AMERICAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE IS AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT AN AMERICA CAP SHOULD BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY. I RISE ON A MISSION OF MERCY ASK THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM TO RELEASE THAT AMERICAN CITIZEN. HE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED. HE HAS NO LAWYER AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY AWAITING HIS RETURN. HE WAS THERE AS A VISITOR SEEING FRIENDS. THIS IS SOMETHING HE HAS DONE ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS. I ASKED THAT I BE RELEASED. IN THIS COUNTRY, WE PROTECT OUR OWN. HE IS ONE OF US AND WE WANT HIM BACK AND WE WANT HIM BACK RIGHT AWAY. I COMMEND ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHAT THIFF SAID TONIGHT AND WE WILL SHINE ADDITIONAL LIGHT ON THIS ISSUE. WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL HE COMES OHM HOME. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      • 08:59:38 PM

                                                        MRS. WALTERS

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I TOLD MICHAEL'S FAMILY I WOULD BE HOSTING THIS SPECIAL…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I TOLD MICHAEL'S FAMILY I WOULD BE HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND I ASKED THEM IF THERE WAS ANY SPECIAL ORDER. I WOULD LIKE TO READ A SPECIAL STATEMENT. MICHAEL HAS BEEN DETAINED FOR OVER 60 DAYS, HE LONGS FOR THE COMFORT OF HIS FAMILY PROFOUNDLY AND DESERVES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION TO RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES. MICHAEL'S WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN URGENTLY APPEAL TO ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RIGHT NOW TO TAKE ACTION TO BRICK HIM BACK HOME TO HIS FAMILY WHERE HE BELONGS. ALL FOUR GIRLS ARE EXPERIENCING HEARTFELT ANXIETY AFFECTING THEIR SCHOOL. HE PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLET AND NEEDS TO BE WHERE HIS HEART BELONG WITH HIS FAMILY. . . OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH MICHAEL'S FAMILY AND WE WANT THEM TO KNOW WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO BRING HIM HOME. I WOULD LIKE TO AGAIN THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING ME THIS EVENING TO SUPPORT MY CONSTITUENT, MICHAEL WYNN. WE WILL NOT STOP WORKING UNTIL MICHAEL IS RELEASED AND RETURNED SAFELY TO HIS FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      • 09:01:14 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

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

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                                                        MR. GOHMERT

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE,…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS, IT'S A REMINDER AGAIN THAT VIETNAM HAS NOT LIVED UP TO THE AGREEMENT THEY MADE IN PARIS TO END THE VIETNAM WAR. THEY PROMISED THEY WOULD TURN OVER REMAINS, THEY PROMISED THEY WOULD GIVE A LIST OF OUR P.O.W.'S AND M.I.A.'S. THEY LIED. THEY DIDN'T DO THAT. THEY STILL HAVE THAT INFORMATION. IN FACT, THERE WAS ONE YEAR I GRIEVED WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE POSITION, NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF COMMERCE, ON MOST EVERYTHING, BUT I DISAGREED ON A TRADE AGREEMENT WITH VIETNAM BECAUSE I COULD NOT VOTE TO GIVE SOME SPECIAL DEAL TO PEOPLE THAT WILL NOT HONOR THEIR AGREEMENTS, THAT LIE ABOUT MRK'S DEAD WHO WERE P.O.W.'S -- AMERICA'S DEAD WHO WERE P.O.W.'S AND ARE MISSING IN ACTION AND REMAINS OF WHICH THEY KNOW AND HAVE NEVER DISCLOSED. SO THIS IS ONE MORE REMINDER THAT ONE THING WE CAN DO IN THIS HOUSE IS SHOW COURAGE AND SAY WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH COUNTRIES, NO SPECIAL DEALS AT ALL WITH COUNTRIES THAT HARM AMERICANS. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR OWN. I'M SO GLAD MAY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE CALLING ATTENTION TO THAT FACT, LED BY CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER. AND I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING HERE IN THE HOUSE. I KNOW THE PRESIDENT HAS A HEART FOR GETTING AMERICANS BACK WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY DETAINED OR, IN SOME CASES WHEN THEY'VE BEEN PROPERLY DETAINED. BUT ESPECIALLY REQUEST IF THEY'RE BEING MISTREATED. SO VIETNAM NEEDS TO WAKE UP AND THIS HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT NEED TO MAKE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO VIETNAM THAT ECONOMICALLY WE'RE GOING TO COME AFTER YOU. YOU BETTER LET OUR PEOPLE GO. I ALSO WANT TO ADDRESS A MATTER TONIGHT, HAVING BEEN A FORMER JUDGE, WHEN I HEAR COURAGEOUS JUDGES STAND UP FOR THE CONSTITUTION, OR I READ OPINIONS WHEREIN COURAGEOUS, INTELLIGENT JUDGES HAVE TAKEN A STAND FOR THE CONSTITUTION, IT WARMS MY HEART. IT INSPIRES AND ENCOURAGES ME. AND I'VE HEARD MANY FRIENDS IN THE MEDIA WHO HAVE GIVEN ACCOLADES TO A VIRGINIA FEDERAL JUDGE NAMED T.S. ELLIS. NOT T.S. ELIOTT, BUT T.S. ELLIS. A JUDGE WHO WAS HANDLING A CASE INVOLVING PAULMAN FORT. AND THIS IS FROM A MAY 4 ARTICLE , JEFF MORDOCK. IT SAYS, A VIRGINIA FEDERAL JUDGE FRIDAY BLASTED PROSECUTORS FROM THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER, DEMANDING TO KNOW HOW DECADE-OLD BANK AND TAX FRAUD ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PAULMAN FORT, I THINK HE WAS CHAIR FOR -- MANAFORT -- PAUL MAN FORT, I THINK HE WAS CHAIR FOR ABOUT 100 DAYS, BUT HOW HE COULD RELATE TO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE, WHICH OF COURSE IS 2008 -- OR 2016. QUOTE, YOU DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT MR. MANAFORT'S BANK FRAUD, UNQUOTE, DISTRICT JUDGE T.S. ELLIS SAID DURING A MORNING HEARING. JUDGE ELLIS SAID, PROSECUTORS WERE INTERESTED IN PRESSURING MR. MANAFORT BECAUSE HE COULD PROVIDE INFORMATION THAT WOULD LEAD TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S, QUOTE, PROSECUTION OR IMPEACHMENT, UNQUOTE. AT TIMES JUDGE ELLIS APPEARED FRUSTRATED AND EVEN LOST HIS TEMPER WITH ATTORNEYS FROM MR. MUELLER'S TEAM. HE GRILLED THEM ON HOW ALLEGATIONS ABOUT -- OR AGAINST MR. MANAFORT FOR ACTIVITIES -- WELL, THE COPY I HAVE ENDS THERE, BUT IT SAYS, QUOTE, HOW DOES BANK FRAUD IN 2005 OR 2006 HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH COORDINATION WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT? JUDGE ELLIS SAID, WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IT SEEMS TO ME IS THAT THIS INDICTMENT IS TO PUT PRESSURE ON MR. MANAFORT, BUT IN AND OF ITSELF HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR APPOINTMENT, UNQUOTE. JUDGE ELLIS APPEARED TO AGREE WITH THE DEFENSE. BUT DID NOT ISSUE AN IMMEDIATE DECISION. HE REPEATEDLY BARRAGED PROSECUTORS ABOUT THEIR AUTHORITY TO PURSUE DECADE-OLD CHARGES AGAINST MR. MANAFORT. AT ONE POINT JUDGE ELLIS ASKED HOW THE MANAFORT CASE DIFFERED FROM THE F.B.I. RAID ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ATTORNEY, MICHAEL COHEN. THE COHEN MATTER WAS REFERRED BY MUELLER'S TEAM TO PROSECUTORS WITH THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK WHERE FOR INVESTIGATION AND -- FOR INVESTIGATION AND POSSIBLE PROSECUTION. THE MANAFORT CASE IS BEING HANDLED DIRECTLY BY MR. MUELLER'S OFFICE. HE THEN APPEARED TO GUESS, THE PROSECUTOR'S ANSWER SAYING THE COHEN INVESTIGATION DID NOT, QUOTE, FURTHER OUR CORE EFFORT TO GET TRUMP, UNQUOTE. LATER JUDGE ELLIS SUMMARIZED THE PROSECUTOR'S ARGUMENT AS, QUOTE, WE SWHADE THIS INVESTIGATION WAS ABOUT, BUT WE'RE NOT BOUND BY IT AND WE'RE NOT -- AND WE WERE LYING, UNQUOTE. HE THEN LOOKED AT AND SAID, COME ON, MAN, REFERENCING A CATCH PHRASE FROM ESPN'S NFL PREGAME SHOW. NOW AT ISSUE IN THE MEMO IS THE DEFINITION OF A RISE. THE ORDER GIVES THE SPECIAL COUNSEL THE AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE ANY MATTERS THAT, QUOTE, MAY ARISE DIRECTLY FROM THE INVESTIGATION. PROSECUTORS ADMITTED FRIDAY THAT THE MANAFORT PROBE HAD BEEN ONGOING BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BEFORE MR. MUELLER WAS APPOINTED SPECIAL COUNSEL. MR. DURBIN SAID THE CHARGES AGAINST MR. MANAFORT CAME BECAUSE THEY HAD TO, QUOTE, FOLLOW THE MONEY, UNQUOTE, TO DISCOVER MR. MANAFORT'S FINANCIAL RECORDS AND TIES TO RUSSIA THROUGH HIS LOBBYING WORK IN THE UKRAINE. THE COMMENTS PROVOKED A SHARP REBUKE FROM JUDGE ELLIS. QUOTE, IT DIDN'T LEAD TO THAT, UNQUOTE. HE SAID OF THE MANAFORT CHARGES AND RUSSIA PROBE. QUOTE, IT WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, UNQUOTE. WELL, THAT SOUNDS LIKE A COURAGEOUS JUDGE, JUDGE T.S. ELLIS. SOUNDS LIKE A JUDGE WHO CALLS THEM AS HE SEES THEM. BUT, AS THE SAYING GOES, WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD, HIS COURAGE, HIS CONSTITUTIONAL CONVICTION TOOK A BACKSEAT TO CONVENIENCE. SO HE GOT ACCOLADES FOR CALLING OUT THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION FOR EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. MUELLER HAS TAKEN AN INVESTIGATION, HE WAS NOT APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT, HE WAS NOT APPOINTED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE WAS PICKED BY THE SAME GUY THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, OF RUSSIA'S EFFORT TO GET URANIUM. HE HIRED ANOTHER LAWYER NAMED WEISSMANN THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THAT INVESTIGATION. THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF TIES TOGETHER. THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF REASONS TO COVER FOR EACH OTHER. BUT THE FACT THAT ROSENSTEIN, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE FACT THAT HE WROTE A MEMO SAYING , FIRE COMEY, AND THE PRESIDENT ACTS ON THAT MEMO, AND FIRES COMEY, BASED ON ROSENSTEIN'S RECOMMENDATION, OR WITH HIS RECOMMENDATION, AND THEN ROSENSTEIN USES THE PRESIDENT'S ACTION IN ACCORD WANS ROSENSTEIN'S MEMO -- IN ACCORDANCE WITH ROSENSTEIN'S MEMO TO SAY THAT PROBABLY WAS OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE WE NEED A SPECIAL COUNSEL, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THERE HAS BEEN A FAILURE OF JUSTICE AND OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND FEDERAL DISTRICT JUDGE T.S. ELLIS SAW THAT. AND HE COMMENTED ON IT. AND WHEN HE HAD THE CHANCE TO USE THE CONSTITUTION AND SAY ENOUGH ALREADY, JUSTICE HAS RUN AMOK, AND PAUL MANAFORT, PROBABLY GUILTY OF SOME OF THE THINGS CHARGED HERE, IF NOT ALL OF THEM, BUT YOU ARE NOT THE ONE AUTHORIZED TO PROSECUTE. THE D.O.J. ALREADY HAD THIS INVESTIGATION, IT DID NOT ARISE BECAUSE OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. BUT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL TOOK IT OVER. SHOWING AGAIN HIS LACK OF INTEGRITY, AS WELL AS THAT OF MR. WEISSMANN. THEY HAD LIMITLESS BASICALLY AUTHORITY GIVEN TO THEM WHICH IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AND JUDGE ELLIS, IN HIS OPINION, WHERE HE RAN AWAY FROM HIS COURAGEOUS WORDS IN MAY, SAID IN PART IN HIS OPINION, GEE, THE INTENDED PURPOSE -- AND HE DOES A GOOD ACCOUNT OF THE 1978 LAW CREATING SPECIAL COUNSELS. HE SAID, THE INTENDED PURPOSE OF THE 1978 ACT WAS TO CREATE A MECHANISM FOR THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF HIGH RANKING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. IN 1988 THE SUPREME COURT UPHELD THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE 1978 ACT, DESPITE SUBSTANTIAL SEPARATION OF POWERS CHALLENGES. WHICH BY THE WAY, JUST BECAUSE ONE SUPREME COURT SAYS ONE THING , THEY'RE NOT 100% RIGHT ALL THE TIME. THAT'S WHY THEY REVERSE THEMSELVES FREQUENTLY. BUT AS HE POINTED OUT, CONGRESS RE-AUTHORIZED THE 1978 ACT FOR THE FINAL TIME IN 1994. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT DESPITE THE FACT THAT MORRISON, THE CASE THAT TOOK THIS UP, WAS DECIDED 7-1, JUSTICE SCALIA'S DISSENT PRESENTED A COMPELLING AND POWERFUL ARGUMENT AGAINST THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE 1978 ACT. BEGINNING WITH THE INELOQUENT DESCRIPTION OF THE FOUNDER'S MOTIVATIONS IN ENSHRINING SEPARATION OF POWERS PRINCIPLES IN THE CONSTITUTION, JUSTICE SCALIA'S DISSENT WENT ON TO DESCRIBE THE WAYS IN WHICH THE 1978 ACT INFRINGED UPON EXECUTIVE POWER. AND THIS IS FROM THAT DISSENT. FROM JUSTICE SCALIA. A GREAT MAN, FUNNY GUY, GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. BUT BRILLIANT INTELLECT. AND I MISS HIM VERY MUCH. JUSTICE SCALIA SAID, THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION WAS COMMENCED NOT NECESSARILY BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT OR HIS AUTHORIZED SUBORDINATES BELIEVE IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES, IN THE SENSE THAT IT WARRANTS THE DIVERSION OF RESOURCES FROM OTHER EFFORTS AND IS WORTH THE COST IN MONEY AND IN POSSIBLE DAMAGE TO OTHER GOVERNMENTAL INTERESTS. AND NOT EVEN, LEAVING ASIDE THOSE NORMALLY CONSIDERED FACTORS, BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT IS AUTHORIZED SUBORDINATES NECESSARY BELIEVE THAT AN INVESTIGATION IS LIKELY TO UNEARTH A VIOLATION WORTH PROSECUTING. BUT ONLY BECAUSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CANNOT AFFIRM AS CONGRESS DEMANDS THAT THERE ARE NO REASONABLE GROUNDS TO BELIEVE THAT FURTHER INVESTIGATION IS WARRANTED. THE DECISIONS REGARD THE SCOPE OF THAT FURTHER INVESTIGATION AS DURATION AND FINALLY WHETHER OR NOT THE PROSECUTION SHOULD ENSUE OR LIKEWISE, BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS SUBORDINATES. BUT HE GOES ON QUOTING JUSTICE SCALIA. QUOTE, IF TO DESCRIBE THIS CASE IS NOT TO DECIDE IT, THE CONCEPT OF A GOVERNMENT OF SEPARATE AND ACCORDNANT POWERS NO LONGER HAS MEANING BECAUSE IT IS ULTIMATELY IRRELEVANT, HOW MUCH THE STATUTE REDUCES PRESIDENTIAL CONTROL. . OF COURSE ANY IMPINGEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL CONTROL WAS UNCONSTITUTION. A JUSTICE SCALIA ALSO NOTED SIGNIFICANT APPOINTMENTS CLAUSE PROBLEMS WITH THE 1986 78 ACT -- WITH THE 1978 ACT ARGUING THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL WAS NOT AN INFERIOR OFFICER BECAUSE NEITHER THE PRESIDENT NOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL COULD REMOVE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. ULTIMATELY, OTHER JUSTICES WERE NOT OF A MIND WITH JUSTICE SCALIA, THE JUDGE RULED 7-1 THAT IT PASSED CONSTITUTIONAL MUSTER EVEN THOUGH I WOULD SUBMIT IT DIDN'T BUT INCLUDING THE APPOINTMENTS CLAUSE. IN 1999, THROUGH A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS, CONGRESS AGREED TO ALLOW THE 1994 RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT TO EXPIRE. LAWMAKERS AT THAT TIME CONCLUDED IN THE 1994 RE-AUTHORIZATION WAS SERIOUSLY FLAWED IN SEVERAL IMPORTANT RESPECTS AS EXPERIENCE HAD SHOWN. BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAD COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IN PRACTICE, THE 1949 RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT AND ITS PREDECESSORS HAD BECOME MORE OFTEN A POLITICAL WEAPON TO BE UNLEASHED IN THE ONGOING, INDEED ESCALATE, CULTURE WARS THAN A TOO FOR -- A TOOL FOR FERRETING OUT AND PROSECUTING CRIMES, OSTENSIBLY COMMITTED BY HIGH-RANKING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. LATER IN 1999, THE D.O.J. ACTING PURSUANT TO DISTINCT STATUTORY AUTHORITY PROM ALL GATED REGULATIONS TO REPLACE THE PROCEDURES SET OUT IN THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 1994. THUS TO PROVIDE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL WITH A LARGE BUDGET, TELL HIM OR HER TO FIND CRIMES, ALLOWS A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO PURSUE HIS OR HER TARGETS WITHOUT THE USUAL TIME AND BUDGET CONSTRAINTS FACING ORDINARY PROSECUTORS. ENCOURAGING SUBSTANTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PUBLIC TO CONCLUDE THAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL IS BEING DEPLOYED AS A POLITICAL WEAPON. FURTHERMORE, ALTHOUGH THE REGULATIONS REQUIRE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL PROVIDE A SPECIAL COUNSEL WITH A FACTUAL STATEMENT OF THE MATTERS TO BE INVESTIGATED, NOTABLY MISSING FROM THE REGULATIONS IS ANY REQUIREMENT ATTORNEY GENERAL SPECIFY ANY PARTICULAR CRIME OR STATUTES THAT ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN VIOLATED. AND HE GOES ON. IN HIS OPINION, I THINK 31 PAGES , BUT HE ALSO COMMENTS, GIVEN THE INVESTIGATION'S FOCUS ABOUT MUELLER'S ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN, EVEN A BLIND PERSON CAN SEE THE TRUE TARGET OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATION PRESIDENT TRUMP NOT THE DEFENDANT. EARLIER HE SAID THE WISDOM OF ALLOWING ALL LINKS BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN AND THE RUSSIA GOVERNMENT TO BE SUBJECT TO INVESTIGATION IRRESPECTIVE OF HOW STALE THOSE MIGHT BE IS SERIOUSLY IN DOUBT. NEVERTHELESS, HE SAYS THE INVESTIGATE TIR AUTHORITY IS WRITTEN BROADLY AND DOES CAPTURE THE CONNECTIONS AT ISSUE IN THIS CASE. WHICH THE PRESIDENT ALREADY -- I MEAN, JUDGE ELLISON ALREADY TALKED ABOUT. IT WAS TOO BROAD. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PEOPLE MUELLER HAS HIRED, NOT CONTENT TO HAVE HIRED WHAT, 17 LAWYERS, TWO OF THEM LEFT, I READ RECENTLY, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, HE WENT LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY ELSE THAT HATED TRUMP AS MUCH AS HE DID AND WEISSMAN DID, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL. APPARENTLY THE TWO THAT LEFT DIDN'T HATE THE PRESIDENT AS MUCH AS MUELLER WANTED THEM TO, WHICH IS ONE OF THE FLAWS IN HAVING SOMEONE SO UNACCOUNTABLE. UNACCOUNTABLE BECAUSE THEY ANSWER TO A MAN WHO IS IN -- WELL, CAHOOTS WITH MUELLER AND WEISSMAN AND THE ORIGINAL RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. THAT LET RUSSIA END UP WITH 20-PLUS PERCENT OF OUR URANIUM, KNOWING THEY WERE ACQUIRING IT ILLEGALLY, THE OBAMA COUNCIL ON FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN THE U.S. VOTED TO LET THEM GO. SURE, BECAUSE MUELLER AND ROSENSTEIN, WEISSMAN, THEY MADE SURE THAT THEIR GUY BEHIND THE SCENES WASN'T TALKING. THEY KEPT THE INFORMATION QUIET ABOUT RUSSIA'S ILLEGAL ACTIONS. AND THAT ENDED UP LEADING TO $145 MILLION IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. A LOT OF MONEY CHANGED HANDS. PAY TO PLAY, SOME PEOPLE CALL IT. AND WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT HILLARY CLINTON'S PRIVATE SERVER WAS HACKED. AND THE FACT THAT THE CURRENT F.B.I. DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR WAY, WOULD ALLOW A STATEMENT TO GO OUT LAST WEEK, FRAUDULENTLY DECEPTIVE, SAYS THE F.B.I. HAS NOT CLEANED ITSELF UP YET. YEAH, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME PEOPLE FIRED, SOME PEOPLE DEMOTED, SOME PEOPLE MOVED OVER, BUT IT IS STILL FRAUDULENTLY DECEPTIVE AND DISHONORING THE HARD, HONEST WORK OF THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF F.B.I. AGENTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THE INTEL COMMUNITY INSPECTOR GENERAL AND HIS INVESTIGATORS LEARNED THAT HILLARY CLINTON'S PRIVATE SERVER WAS IN FACT 100% CERTAINTY HACKED. IT WAS REPORTED BY RICHARD POLLAK AND I KNOW WHO HACKED AND I KNOW WHERE THE INFORMATION WENT AND I CAN'T DISPUTE WHAT RICHARD POLLAK WROTE LAST WEEK. CHINESE, HE SAID INTEL, THEY WERE GETTING EVERY ONE OF HILLARY CLINTON'S MESSAGES, INCLUDING SOME OF OUR MOST SENSITIVE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. NOW I DIDN'T REMEMBER THE STORY FROM NOVEMBER 6 OF 19 -- OF 2016. BUT I SAW IT RECENTLY. AND IT POINTED OUT HILLARY CLINTON WAS -- NOT ONLY WAS SHE EXPOSING OUR NATION'S SECRETS AND THOSE WHO WORKED SECRETLY FOR OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AROUND THE WORLD, SHE WAS EXPOSING PEOPLE TO EXTREME DANGER AND POTENTIAL LOSS OF LIFE THROUGH HER UNSECURED, ILLEGAL, AND TURNS OUT CRIMINAL USE OF THAT SERVER. NOT TO MENTION THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE WHEN SHE GOT A SUBPOENA AND HAD THE INFORMATION SOUGHT DESTROYED. BUT THE GOOD THING FOR HER WAS THAT HER FRIENDS CONTROLLED THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THEY HATED DONALD TRUMP AND THEY WERE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO HELP HER GET ELECTED AND THAT'S WHY I KNEW PETER STRZOK WAS LYING WHEN I ASKED HIM ABOUT THE INVESTIGATOR OF THE INTEL COMMUNITY I.G., FRANK RUCKER, COMING TO HIM AND DEAN CHA PELL AND TELLING THEM WE NOW KNOW FOR CERTAIN CHINA HAS HACKED ALL OF HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS COMING IN AND GOING OUT AND GAVE THEM SPECIFICS. AND WE KNOW, PETER STRZOK, WE KNOW FROM HIS TECHES, FROM ALL HE WAS DOING, HE WAS DING EVERYTHING HE COULD TO PROTECT HILLARY CLINTON FROM CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. AND TO HELP HER DEFEAT WHOEVER THE REPUBLICAN WOULD BE AND ESPECIALLY DONALD TRUMP. SO IT WAS CERTAINLY A LIE WHEN HE SAID, YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER MIKE RUCKER COMING OVER AND BRIEFING, I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT HE BREEFED ABOUT , HE DOES REMEMBER WHAT HE BREEFED ABOUT. BECAUSE WHEN HE HEARD THOSE SEARING WORDS THAT HILLARY CLINTON'S SERVER HAS BEEN FOR CERTAIN HACKED, HE KNEW THERE WAS A PROBLEM. AND HE COVERED IT UP. IT TAKES COURAGE TO CLEAN UP A DIRTY JUSTICE SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DIRT SAT THE VERY TOP. I WAS BROKEN HEARTED TO READ THE WORDS IN JUDGE ELLIS' OPINION A MAN THAT'S CLEARLY VERY INTELLIGENT, STAYS ON TOP OF THE LAW, SAW WRONGDOING, SAW IMPROPRIETY, AND I WOULD COMPARE HIM, I'M TEMPTED TO COMPARE HIM, I WON'T COMPARE HIM TO PONTIUS PILATE BECAUSE THEN SOME LIBERAL WOULD SAY, GOHMERT IS SAYING MANAFORT IS JESUS AND I WOULD NEVER SAY THAT. JESUS IS A FRIEND OF MINE, HE'S MY SAVIOR, I CAN PROMISE YOU PAUL MANAFORT IS NO JESUS. BUT THE ACTION OF A JUDGE SAYING , I SEE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR PROSECUTION HERE AND THEN REFUSING TO USE THE POWER WITHIN YOUR CONTROL TO RIGHT THE WRONGDOING OF A JUSTICE SYSTEM AND IN THIS CASE THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY, IT DEFIES THE JUDGE'S OWN WORDS WHEN HE SAYS, LET US HOPE THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF THIS PROSECUTION, INCLUDING THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AND THE ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL ARE SUCH PEOPLE BECAUSE JUST BEFORE HE HAD SAID THE CASE IS A REMINDER ULTIMATELY, OUR SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES AND LIMITATIONS ON EACH BRANCH'S POWERS, ALTHOUGH EXQUISITELY DESIGNED, ULTIMATELY WORKS ONLY IF PEOPLE OF VIRTUE, SENSITIVITY, COURAGE, NOT AFFECTED BY THE WINDS OF PUBLIC OPINION, CHOOSE TO WORK WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW. AND THEN HE SAID, LET US HOPE THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF PROSECUTION, INCLUDING THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AND ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, ARE SUCH PEOPLE AND I CAN TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THEY'RE NOT. JUDGE GO, ALTHOUGH THIS CASE SHALL CONTINUE -- THAT IS HEARTBREAKING. FORMER JUDGE AND CHIEF JUSTICE, YOU WANT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN JUDICIAL POSITIONS TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THESE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF A RUNAWAY PROSECUTION ARE ATTEMPTING TO COMMIT A COUP D'ETAT. THEY ARE ENGAGED IN A CIVIL WAR TO TAKE DOWN A PRESIDENT. THE ORIGINS OF WHICH OPERATION WERE FRAUDULENT. AND WERE PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AT THE TOP AND THE F.B.I. AT THE TOP IS HEART BREAKING TO PEOPLE THAT HAVE SPENT THEIR LIVES DEDICATING TO TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND OUR AMERICAN CONSTITUTION. TURNS OUT JUDGE ELLIS, BRILLIANT, KNOWING INTENTIONALLY WALKED AWAY FROM HIS RESPONSIBILITY AND DID NOT SHOW HIMSELF TO BE A PERSON OF VIRTUE, SENSITIVITY, AND COURAGE NOT AFFECTED BY THE WINDS OF PUBLIC OPINION. THAT'S A TRAGEDY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

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                                                        MR. GOHMERT

                                                        I MOVE WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                        Mr. Gohmert 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. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on September 5, 2018.

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                                                            ANNOUNCER

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                                                            HOST

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          THE SPEAKERS' ROOMS, WASHINGTON D.C., SEPTEMBER 4, 2018, I HERE BY APPOINT…

                                                          THE SPEAKERS' ROOMS, WASHINGTON D.C., SEPTEMBER 4, 2018, I HERE BY APPOINT MARK MEADOWS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                          CHAPLAIN CONROY

                                                          LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O, GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. IN THE…

                                                          LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O, GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. IN THE WAKE OF A GREAT AMERICAN HOLIDAY, WE ASK YOUR SPECIAL BLESSING ON AMERICAN WORKERS. MAY THEY KNOW AND BE CONFIDENT OF THE NO BUILT AND CAKE CREDITNESS OF THEIR LABOR. AS THE MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLES' HOUSE RETURN TO THE CAPITOL CALL THEM AS WELL WITH YOUR GENTLE VOICE OF COLLEGE ATLANTA. WHEN THE SENSE OF ALIENATION SHADOWS ALL OF OUR SOULS, WE FIND OUR DIFFERENCES DIFFICULT TO BEAR. WE MOVE AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. INSOFAR AS THIS SPIRIT OF ALIENATION HAS DESCENDED UPON THIS HOUSE, HELP EACH MEMBER TO OVERCOME UNNECESSARY AND HAVE PRODUCTIVE WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION. BRING THEM TO A DEEPER LEVEL OF AWARENESS OF YOUR SPIRIT AND MAKE US ONE NATION. GIVE THE MEMBERS LISTENING HEARTS READY AND WILLING TO RESPOND TO YOUR SPIRIT LIVING IN EACH ONE. AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          MR. HILL

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

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

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

                                                          THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FUNDRAISE ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          MS. FOXX

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

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MS. FOXX

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAMBER OF…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON CELEBRATING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEK. THIS ORGANIZATION IS A STEADFAST PILLAR OF THE STRONG BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA. THE TEACHER GRANT PROGRAM IS AMONG THE CHAMBERS' MANY SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO LOCAL EDUCATION AND INVESTMENTS IN FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS. EACH YEAR TEACHERS SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR CREATIVE, QUOTE HANDS ON, END QUOTE LESSONS AND WITH MONEYS RAISED OVER THE SUMMER THE CHAMBER AWARDS AT LEAST ONE $500 GRANT TO EACH SCHOOL. THE CHAMBER ALSO SUPPORTS CURRENT COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERS THROUGH ITS LEADER KERNERSVILLE PROGRAM WHICH HAS PREPARED 200 PARTICIPANTS FOR LEADERSHIP ROLES AND INVOLVEMENT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THE REGION AND STATE SINCE 1993. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE ASSET TO THIS COMMUNITY AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE SO FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. .

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          I RECOGNIZED THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF A WOMAN FROM ARKANSAS MISS SEE RARE A…

                                                          I RECOGNIZED THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF A WOMAN FROM ARKANSAS MISS SEE RARE A WHOMY. A STUDENTS AT THE CONWAY CAREER CENTER RECENTLY COMPLETED THE SKILLS U.S.A. CHAMPIONSHIPS WHERE SHE RECEIVED A SKILL POINT CERTIFICATE IN WELDING SCULPTURE. . THE PROGRAMS ARE INTEGRATED INTO CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION THROUGH A FRAMEWORK OF PERSONAL WORKPLACE AND TECHNICAL SKILLS GROUNDED IN ACADEMICS. MORE THAN 6,300 STUDENTS FROM EVERY STATE IN THE UNION COMPLETED THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ARKANSAS IS SO PROUD OF SIERRA'S AACCOMPLISHMENTS. SKILLS U.S.A. CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS ARE A GREAT WAY FOR STUDENTS TO IMMERSE IN THE FIELD OF A SKILLED WORK FORCE. CONWAY AREA CAREER CENTER IS LOCATED AT CONWAY HIGH SCHOOL AND I CONGRATULATE SIERRA AND THAT OF HER TEACHERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BARK.

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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 INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF NORTHEAST…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF NORTHEAST INDIANA BROADCASTING ICON, CHARLIE BUTCHER. THOUSANDS OF NORTHEAST INDIANA RESIDENTS WOULD START THEIR MORNINGS WITH CHARLIE, A BELOVED RADIO ANCHOR ON WOWO PROGRAM. AND SPOKE DIRECTLY INTO THE HOME AND CAR OF EACH LISTENER WAS UNPARALLELED. HE COULD HAVE BEEN A RADIO FIXTURE ANYWHERE, HE CHOSE TO STAY IN FORTH WAYNE. I WAS FORTUNATE TO KNOW CHARLIE BOTH ON AND OFF THE AIR, BUT OUR OFF-THE-AIR CONVERSATIONS IS WHAT I CHERISH THE MOST. HE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT EDUCATION. HIS WIFE IS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER. AND WHILE OUR ENTIRE REGION MOURNS HIS LOSS, HIS IRREPLACEABLE VOICE WILL LIVE ON FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I OFFER MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE SARAH, THREE CHILDREN AND COLLEAGUES AT WOWO. THANK YOU FOR HONORING CHARLIE'S LEGACY AND 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 PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE AMERICAN WORKER. YESTERDAY, OUR…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE AMERICAN WORKER. YESTERDAY, OUR NATION OBSERVED LABOR DAY, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN LATE 19TH CENTURY AS A WAY TO HONOR THE WORKERS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE WEALTH AND PROSPERITY OF THIS GREAT NATION. COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA WAS ONE OF THE FIRST EIGHT STATES IN THE UNION TO RECOGNIZE THE HOLIDAY. IN 1894, PRESIDENT CLEVELAND DECLARED LABOR DAY A FEDERAL HOLIDAY. WHILE THEY CONSIDER A TIME TO CELEBRATE THE END OF SUMMER, IT'S MORE THAN A THREE-DAY WEEKEND. LABOR DAY HONORS THE AMERICAN WORKER AND THE POWER OF WORK. IT HIGHLIGHTS THAT THROUGH HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND OPPORTUNITY, WE CAN ALL ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND MORE AMERICANS WILL JOIN THE WORK FORCE THANKS TO MY BILL THAT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW THIS SUMMER THAT INCREASES FUNDING FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS. THIS LAW WILL RESTORE RUNGS ON THE OPPORTUNITY REGARDLESS OF AGE AND BACKGROUND THAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL CELEBRATE. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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                                                          THE CLERK

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

                                                          THE HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON AUGUST 31, 2018 AT 10:16 A.M. APPOINTMENT CREATING OPTIONS FOR VETERANS' RECOVERY. SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          L. HAAS.

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                                                          MR. GRASSLEY

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                                                          AND WE'LL LEAVE OUR COVERAGE FOR THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS OF BRETT…

                                                          AND WE'LL LEAVE OUR COVERAGE FOR THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS OF BRETT KAVANAUGH TO BRING YOU LIVE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. HOUSE.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, I WRITE TO…

                                                          THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, I WRITE TO RESPECTFULLY SUBMIT MY RESIGNATION AS A MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN CHABOT. SIGNED SINCERELY, JAMES COMER.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF…

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          MR. BRADY

                                                          I ASK THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE DESIGNATE AMENDMENTS TO THE MISCELLANEOUS…

                                                          I ASK THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE DESIGNATE AMENDMENTS TO THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL ACT OF 2018.

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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. 4318, AN ACT TO AMEND THE HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE OF THE UNITED…

                                                          H.R. 4318, AN ACT TO AMEND THE HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE OF THE UNITED STATES TO MODIFY TEMPORARILY CERTAIN RATES OF DUTY, SENATE AMENDMENTS.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATES OF BRADY, AND…

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATES OF BRADY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                          MR. BRADY

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

                                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 4318, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. BRADY

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                          MR. BRADY

                                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL ACT OF 2018 WHICH THE…

                                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL ACT OF 2018 WHICH THE HOUSE PASSED IN JANUARY BY A UNANIMOUS VOTE OF 402-0, AND PASSED THE OTHER BODY, THE SENATE, BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT IN JULY. THROUGH THE M.T.B. BILL, WE WOULD TEMPORARILY SUSPEND OR REDUCE TARIFFS FOR CERTAIN PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T MADE IN THE UNITED STATES. REQUIRING U.S. MANUFACTURERS TO PAY TARIFFS FOR PRODUCTS THAT ARE SIMPLY NOT MADE HERE RUNS UP THEIR MANUFACTURING COSTS AND PUTS THEM AT A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE COMPARED TO MANUFACTURERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THIS BILL, IT'S BIPARTISAN, AND IT WILL DELIVER MUCH-NEEDED TEMPORARY TARIFF RELIEF TO AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS OF ALL SIZES, HELPING THEM REDUCE COSTS, COMPETE GLOBALLY. THE BILL HELPS AMERICAN CONSUMERS, TOO, BY REDUCING PRICES AND NOT FORCING THEM TO PAY UNNECESSARY TAXES ON PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T MADE HERE. THE SENATE AMENDMENT WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY MADE VERY FEW CHANGES TO THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL. STILL, THESE CHANGES ARE IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT THE BILL, WHICH HAS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IN BOTH CHAMBERS, REMAINS NONCONTROVERSIAL. THE CHANGES WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY ALSO REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF THE NEW AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS ESTABLISHED BY CONGRESS, WHICH WAS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT NO U.S. BUSINESS IS HARMED, THAT ANY CONTROVERSIAL PROVISION IS REMOVED. SPECIFICALLY, THE AMENDMENT REMOVES SIX PROVISIONS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS ABOUT DOMESTIC PRODUCTION AS WELL AS ONE PROVISION THAT WAS SIMPLY A DUPLICATE OF ANOTHER. IN DATION, THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THREE PRODUCTS WERE EXPANDED AND CLARIFIED TO HELP DISTINGUISH BETWEEN SIMILAR PRODUCTS NOT COVERED BY THE TARIFF REDUCTION. FINALLY, THE BILL MADE MINOR ADJUSTMENTS TO THE EXPIRATION DATE OF THE OFFSET. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION FOR THEIR EFFORT IN BRINGING THIS NEW M.T.B. PROCESS TO LIFE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT AND CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION FOR THEIR INVALUABLE WORK AND I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND THOSE OFF THE COMMITTEE WHO WORKED TO PUT THIS NEW TRANSPARENT PROCESS IN PLACE THAT HONORS THE HOUSE BAN ON EARMARKS. RANKING MEMBER RICHIE NEAL, TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DAVE REICHERT OF WASHINGTON, TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MY FRIEND, BILL PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY, REPRESENTATIVE TOM REED OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE RENACCI OF OHIO, REPRESENTATIVE PAULSEN OF MINNESOTA. THEN OFF THE COMMITTEE, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF REPRESENTATIVE MARK WALKER, REPRESENTATIVE TOM MCCLINTOCK, REPRESENT TODD ROKITA, AND REPRESENTATIVE ROD BLUM. TODAY, CONGRESS CAN DELIVER MEANINGFUL TARIFF RELIEF TO AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS AND TAKE ACTION THAT WILL HELP BOOST AMERICAN PRODUCTIVITY, AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS, AND AMERICAN JOB CREATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN CONCURRING WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 4318. MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                                          THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                          MR. PASCRELL

                                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, HOW ARE YOU TODAY? HOPE YOU HAD A…

                                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, HOW ARE YOU TODAY? HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD AUGUST. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM SPEAKER, FOR DECADES, THE MITT LANE YUSS TARIFF BILL -- MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL HAS HAD LONG STANDING AND BROAD SUPPORT, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN BOTH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. IT HAS BEEN USED AS A MEANS TO BOLSTER UNITED STATES MANUFACTURING AND COMPETITIVENESS BY TEMPORARILY REDUCING OR SUSPENDING TARIFFS ON CERTAIN IMPORTED GOODS AND COMPONENTS. I CO-SPONSORED THIS BILL WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED LAST NOVEMBER. I SUPPORTED IT WHEN WE CONSIDERED IT ON THE FLOOR EARLIER IN JANUARY. THE M.T.B. RETURNS TO THE HOUSE TODAY FOR CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE SENATE ON JULY 26. AS THE HOUSE TAKES UP THIS BILL AGAIN, I INTEND TO SUPPORT THE BILL, AS AMENDED. I HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED AND WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS AND WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO BOOST THEIR ABILITY TO COMPETE, AND I COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN. MY HOME STATE OF NEW JERSEY WILL BENEFIT GREATLY FROM THE PROGRAM. WITH FIRMS PROJECTED TO SAVE MORE THAN $700 MILLION IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS. FROM CHEMICALS TO TEXTILES, OUR STATE'S INDUSTRIES WILL BENEFIT. THE LARGEST INDUSTRY, CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING IN NEW JERSEY, EMPLOYING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY OVER 100,000 WORKERS. SEVERAL OF THOSE FIRMS RECEIVED TARIFF RELIEF FROM NUMEROUS IMPORTED CHEMICALS THAT I DARE NOT TRY TO PRONOUNCE. AND I CAN'T OVERLOOK THE RELIEF GIVEN TO LITTLE GREEN FOR THOSE SUBS AND PIZZAS WE ALL LOVE. EVEN IN TEXAS THEY HAVE THEM. BUT TODAY'S VOTE RAISES IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. ABOUT WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE THE CHAOTIC APPROACH TO TRADE FROM THIS PRESIDENT AND SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. THEIR UNWILLINGNESS TO CHALLENGE. SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE M.T.B. IN JANUARY, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TARIFFS OF STEEL AND LUM IMPORTS FROM AROUND THE -- ALUMINUM IMPORTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THERE IS A PUBLIC COMMENT PROCESS THAT IT INTENDS TO SUBJECT TO TARIFFS. THIS ADMINISTRATION CAN AND SHOULD TAKE STRONG MEASURES TO MAKE CHINA ACCOUNTABLE FOR CHEATING OUR GLOBAL TRADE SYSTEM AND RIPPING OFF AMERICAN COMPANIES AND WORKERS. ON THAT WE CAN AGREE. BUT WHERE THERE IS CONFUSION RIGHT NOW IS THE FACT THAT WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH TARIFFS THAT WILL COVER NEARLY HALF OF ALL IMPORTED PRODUCTS FROM CHINA, THE M.T.B. WILL REDUCE OR REMOVE TARIFFS ON MANY OF THE SAME PRODUCTS. THAT'S A LITTLE CONFUSING. TO ME IT IS. FOR THE $50 BILLION IN CHINESE IMPORTS CURRENTLY SUBJECTED TO SECTION 301 TARIFFS, THERE ARE UP TO 150 PRODUCTS THAT ARE COVERED BY TODAY'S BILL. FOR THE LIST OF PROPOSED GOODS VALUED AT $200 BILLION IN CHINESE IMPORTS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING SUBJECTING TO ADDITIONAL TARIFFS, THE OVERLAP OF TODAY'S BILL COULD BE AS HIGH AS 1,000 PRODUCTS. NOW IS TRUE THAT THE M.T.B. REDUCES OR SUSPENDS TARIFFS ON PRODUCTS IMPORTED FROM ANY AND ALL COUNTRIES, NOT JUST CHINA. BUT LET ME REMIND EVERYONE OF THIS. WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN IMPOSING TARIFFS, OUR TRADING PARTNERS HAVE BEEN RESPONDING IN KIND BY HITTING OUR EXPORTS WITH RETALIATORY TARIFFS. AS WE CONSIDER SUSPENDING SOME,600 TARIFFS FROM CHINA AND OTHER -- 1,600 TARIFFS FROM CHINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES, I HAVE NOT HEARD THAT OTHER COUNTRIES WILL RECIPROCATE AND DO US ANY SIMILAR FAVORS. BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION IS RELYING SO HEAVILY ON THE USE OF TARIFFS AS A TRADE ENFORCEMENT TOOL, REMEMBER, A TOOL, YES, NOT A WEAPON, THE MAJORITY'S PUSHED TO MOVE M.T.B., WHICH REDUCES AND SUSPENDS TARIFFS, WITH A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF PROCESS SEEMS LIKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO CONTRADICT THE ADMINISTRATION'S OWN TRADE AGENDA. SO HAS THE M.T.B. FIT WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION'S TRADE AGENDA? WELL, WE'VE BEEN ASKING THAT QUESTION FOR MANY MONTHS. SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, THE ADMINISTRATION REACHED OUT TO THE WAYS AND MEANS TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE TO EXPRESS CONCERNS WITH THE M.T.B., ESPECIALLY AS IT WILL APPLY TO IMPORT DUTIES, GOODS FROM CHINA, INCLUDING FINISHED GOODS. IN RESPONSE, I EXPRESSED MY STRONG INTEREST IN WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO ADDRESS OR RESOLVE THOSE CONCERNS. IN MAY, AS THE ADMINISTRATION TURNED UP THE HEAT ON TARIFFS IN CHINA, I ASKED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO CONVENE A HEARING WITH ADMINISTRATION REPRESENTATIVES ON THESE CHINA TRADE POLICIES. MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES AND I WERE ALSO OPEN TO MARKING UP THE M.T.B. IN COMMITTEE, CONSIDERING THE LEGISLATION UNDER REGULAR ORDER. NO CASE DID WE FIND WILLING PARTNERS. TOMORROW, THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A MARKUP ON MY RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY, SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION'S TARIFFS POLICY. I -- TODAY I WILL SUPPORT THE MITT LANE YUSS TARIFF BILL. I -- TODAY, I WILL SUPPORT THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF BILL. I THINK THE CHAIRMAN ASKED MANY GOOD QUESTIONS WHEN WE HAD TARIFF ISSUES AND TRADE ISSUES BEFORE THE ENTIRE BODY AS WELL AS THE SUBCOMMITTEES. I THINK THAT THIS IS GOOD. I THINK THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT. BUT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SPECIFIC BILL HERE TODAY, AND IN CONTRADICTION TO WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION AS OFFERED. I EXTENDED EVERY EFFORT TO WORK TOWARD BRINGING COHERENCE TO THE POLICIES. TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, THE QUESTION I ASK ARE YOU IS -- WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO DO THAT? AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE, IN CONCLUSION, I'M COMMITTED TO WORKING TO IMPROVE THE M.T.B. PROCESS, TO PURSUE A GLOBAL STRATEGY TO SUPPORTS U.S. WORKERS AND FIRMS, IMPOSING OUR SUSPENDING TARIFFS IS NOT ENOUGH. WE NEED TRADE POLICIES THAT ARE STRONG, EFFECTIVE AND COHERENT. WE MUST REMEMBER WHAT THE PURPOSE OF THE MISCELLANEOUS TARIFF PROCESS IS. IF WE DON'T PRODUCE IT IN THE UNITED STATES, THEN WE WILL NOT PLACE A TARIFF ON ANYTHING. . THAT HELPS US AND OUR MANUFACTURERS WHO MIGHT NEED THOSE PRODUCTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. I THINK IT'S A WISE PROCESS AND I COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR PURSUING THIS AND STICKING TO IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          MR. BRADY

                                                          MADAM SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE RANKING MEMBER IS AS WELL.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. PASCRELL

                                                          MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. NO ONE CAN DENY…

                                                          MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. NO ONE CAN DENY THAT. THIS IS NOT FRIVOLOUS LEGISLATION BY ANY STRETCH. BUT IT CANNOT BE IN CONTRADICTION WITH THE GENERAL AGENDA FOR TRADE UNIVERSALLY. THIS IS WHY I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT. I'VE GIVEN SPECIFIC EXAMPLES AS TO WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS GOING HELP MY STATE, IT'S GOING TO HELP A LOT OF STATES THROUGHOUT THE UNION. AND I SINCERELY DO COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR MAKING SURE THAT WE GET THIS DONE BEFORE NOVEMBER. THANK YOU.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                          MR. BRADY

                                                          YES, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          PLEASE PROCEED.

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                                                          MR. BRADY

                                                          H.R. 4318 WILL DEMRIFFER MUCH-NEEDED TEMPORARY TARIFF RELIEF TO AMERICAN…

                                                          H.R. 4318 WILL DEMRIFFER MUCH-NEEDED TEMPORARY TARIFF RELIEF TO AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS OF ALL SIZES, HELPING THEM GROW AND CREATE JOBS, THE BILL WILL ALSO HELP AMERICAN CONSUMERS BY REDUCING PRICES AND NOT FORCING FAMILIES TO PAY UNNECESSARY TAXES ON PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T MADE HERE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, CONCURRING WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT, H.R. 4318, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 4318. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO, AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          MR. BRADY

                                                          MADAM SPEAKER --

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                                                          MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6439.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 705. H.R. 6439. A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND…

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 705. H.R. 6439. A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ESTABLISH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

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

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                                          MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION TO HELP…

                                                          MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY LEGISLATION TO HELP PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND KEEP OUR HOMELAND SAFE. WE ARE ONLY ONE WEEK OUT FROM THE 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11. AND A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THOSE HORRIFYING ATTACKS. BUT ONE THING REMAINS THE SAME. AMERICA'S ENEMIES ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO SNEAK INTO OUR COUNTRY. TODAY MANY SPECIAL INTEREST ALIENS AND OTHER NEFARIOUS ACTORS, INCLUDING POTENTIAL TERRORISTS, ARE EXPLOITING ILLICIT PATHWAYS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA, RAISING -- RACING TOWARDS THE BORDER. TO COMBAT THIS THREAT WE NEED TO LEVERAGE OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND USE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TO OUR ADVANTAGE. ONE OF THE BEST TOOLS WE HAVE IS I.C.E.'S BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS BITMAP. BITMAP WAS CREATED IN 2011 BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND IS UTILIZED IN FIVE DIFFERENT CONTINENTS. THROUGHOUT THIS PROGRAM, TRAINED AND VETTED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS COLLECT BIOMETRIC AND BIOGRAPHIC DATA ON POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING THROUGH THEIR COUNTRY. THE COLLECTED DATA IS THEN SHARED WITH AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES. THIS VITAL INFORMATION HELPS US ENRICH OUR DATABASES, MAP ILLICIT PATHWAYS, EX PLOISTS NETWORKS -- EXPLOITS NETWORKS AND LEARNS ABOUT INDIVIDUALS WORKING TO BRING HARM. IN THE LAST FEW YEARS BITMAP HAS IDENTIFIED SEVERAL HUNDRED KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, TOP NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS FROM D.O.D. AND D.H.S. HAVE TESTIFIED TO ITS SUCCESS. FOR EXAMPLE, FORMER ACTING DIRECTOR OF I.C.E. TOLD ME AT A RECENT HEARING, QUOTE, PEOPLE THAT WERE KNOWN TERRORISTS HAVE BEEN TURNED AROUND IN PANAMA AND SENT BACK BEFORE REACHING OUR SHORES. BITMAP HAS ALREADY PROVEN SUCCESSFUL. AND THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTOR -- FORMER DIRECTOR OF I.C.E. BITMAP DOES NOT JUST I.D. SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, HOWEVER. IT ALSO IDENTIFIES DRUG SMUGGLERS, SEX OFFENDERS, MURDERS, CHILD SPREAD -- MURDERERS, CHILD PREDATORS, GANG MEMBERS LIKE MS-13, AND PEOPLE WITH ACTIVE WARRANTS AND OTHER DANGEROUS BACKGROUNDS. MY BILL WILL ENHANCE AMERICAN AND FOREIGN LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ABILITY TO KEEP OUR CITIZENS SAFE BY IDENTIFYING THREATS AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE STAGE. SIMPLY PUT, IT WILL HELP STOP DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO BRING HARM TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THREATS TO AMERICA, WHETHER THROUGH TERRORISM, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, DEADLY OPIOIDS, CONTINUE TO GROW. AND WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STOP THEM. SO I'M PROUD THIS LEGISLATION PASSED OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN BILL KEATING FOR ALL OF HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE. PASSING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THROUGH THE HOUSE IS A SIMPLE STEP WE CAN TAKE TO MAKE OUR HOMELAND MORE SECURE. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R.…

                                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 6439, THE BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018. AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE CHAIR YIELDS.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE LONG SUPPORTED DEPARTMENT…

                                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE LONG SUPPORTED DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OVERSEAS PROGRAMS AIMED AT PREVENTING TERRORIST THREATS FROM EVER ARRIVING AT OUR BORDERS. IN FACT, OVER THE YEARS, I'VE SPONSORED A NUMBER OF MEASURES THAT SPECIFICALLY SEEK TO DRIVE GREATER INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND EXPAND D.H.S.'S OVERSEAS BORDER SECURITY FOOTPRINT. TWO WELL-ESTABLISHED OVERSEAS D.H.S. PROGRAMS THAT COME TO MIND ARE U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTIONS PRECLEARANCE PROGRAM, IN WHICH OFFICERS ARE POSTED ABROAD TO SCREEN TRAVELERS PRIOR TO BOARDING U.S.-BOUND FLIGHTS. AND IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT VISA SECURITY PROGRAM IN WHICH I.C.E. SPECIAL AGENTS ARE POSTED AT OVERSEAS CONSULATES TO ASSIST STATE DEPARTMENT STAFF IN VISA VETTING. EARLIER THIS CONGRESS, REPRESENTATIVE, THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON OUR BORDER SUBCOMMITTEE, INTRODUCED TWO BILLS AIMED AT BOLSTERING INTERNATIONAL BORDER AND COUNTERTERRORISM COOPERATION. H.R. 2281 WOULD AUTHORIZE I.C.E.'S BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCE, A PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE AT ENHANCING COOPERATION AND INFORMATION SHARING AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT -- ALONG THE U.S.-MEXICAN BORDER. THE SECOND BILL, H.R. 4578, IS TARGETED AT EXPANDING EFFORTS CARRIED OUT BY C.B.P.'S NATIONAL TARGET INTEND -- TARGETING CENTER, AIMED AT DISRUPTING AND DISMANTLING TERRORIST AND OTHER CRIMINA NETWORKS. WHEN PRESENTED TO THE FULL HOUSE, BOTH BILLS RECEIVED UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FROM DEMOCRATS, FOR GOOD REASON. THEY ARE EFFECTIVE COUNTERTERRORISM PRASMS -- PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, I'M SORRY TO SAY AS OF TODAY THERE'S NOT ENOUGH DATA TO ASSESS WHETHER THE SAME CAN BE SAID FOR I.C.E.'S BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM OR BITMAP. AS SUCH, I CANNOT SUPPORT PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZING IT AS SET FORTH ON H.R. 6439. I WOULD EXPECT THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE PROGRAM, AS IT IS LARGELY A CLASSIFIED PROGRAM. AND AS SUCH, LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT BITMAP IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. SINCE 2011, I.C.E.'S BITMAP PILOT PROGRAM HAS TRAINED AND EQUIPPED FOREIGN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON COLLECTING DATA ON FOREIGN NATIONALS MIGRATING THROUGH PARTNER COUNTRIES SO THAT SUCH INFORMATION CAN BE CHECKED AGAINST U.S. INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT DATABASES. THE STATED GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO IDENTIFY KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS OR CRIMINALS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT OUR BORDERS. THOUGH IN OPERATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS, THE VOLUME OF DATA COLLECTED ONLY STARTED TO BE SIGNIFICANT IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. PRIOR TO CONSIDERING H.R. 6439 IN COMMITTEE, COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAVE REPEATEDLY BEEN PRESENTED IN A CLASSIFIED SETTING WITH ANTIDOTES ABOUT SUCCESSES THAT THE PROGRAM HAS EXPERIENCED. WHILE WE APPRECIATED HEARING POSITIVE NEWS ABOUT THIS PILOT, ANTIDOTES ARE NOT ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZING THIS PROGRAM. ANTIDOTES ARE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR DATA AND EVIDENCE OF EFFICIENCY. IN AN EFFORT TO SECURE DATA PRIOR TO COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION, I SUBMITTED A NUMBER OF BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM'S EFFICACY AND OPERATIONS TO I.C.E. I RECEIVED A PROMPT RESPONSE PRIOR TO THE COMMITTEE'S MARKUP THAT RAISED FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT BITMAP'S EFFICACY, AS WELL AS CORE OPERATIONAL QUESTIONS, SUCH AS AFTER CHECKS AGAINST DATABASES, WHAT DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DO WITH THE RECORDS IT COLLECTS ON MIGRANTS THAT ARE NOT FOUND TO HAVE TERRORIST TIES? WHAT, IF ANY, PROTECTIONS EXIST TO GUARD AGAINST A COLLECTION OF HIGHLY PERSONAL AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION FROM MIGRANTS WITH NO CRIMINAL OR TERRORIST TIES WHO ARE ENCOUNTERED NOWHERE NEAR THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER, AND HAVE NO INTENTIONS OF COMING ANYWHERE CLOSE TO IT? WHAT IF ANY AUDIT OR OVERSIGHT MECHANISMS EXIST TO ENSURE THAT FOREIGN PARTNERS ADHERE TO REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM AND DO NOT USE THIS SOPHISTICATED LAW ENFORCEMENT TOOL TO SUPPRESS DOMESTIC ACTIVITIES? OVER THE RECESS, I.C.E. OFFICIALS BRIEFED THE COMMITTEE STAFF ABOUT BITMAP'S FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS, BUT FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS REMAIN MAIN. I HOPE THERE WILL BE A DAY WHEN -- REMAIN. I HOPE THERE WILL BE A DAY WHEN I CAN SAY WITHOUT RESERVATION THAT AFTER CAREFUL REVIEW OF BITMAP'S OPERATIONAL DOCUMENTS AND DATA, I FULLY SUPPORT MAKING IT PERMANENT. UNFORTUNATELY TODAY IS NOT THE DAY. IN THE ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE, I CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 6439, BUT AM SUPPORTIVE OF THE PILOT CONTINUING SO THAT I.C.E. CAN WORK TO AGGREGATE AND ASSESS CRITICAL DATA TO MAKE AN EVIDENTRY CASE TO CONGRESS FOR WHY THE PROGRAM SHOULD BE PERMANENTLY AUTHORED. I WOULD NOTE THAT ENACTMENT OF H.R. 64 IS NOT NECESSARY FOR BITMAP TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE, WITH OR WITHOUT PASSAGE OF H.R. 6439, I.C.E. EXPECTS TO CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE THE PILOT. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                                          MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI…

                                                          MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO…

                                                          THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU. BEFORE I CLOSE, I'D LIKE TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM…

                                                          THANK YOU. BEFORE I CLOSE, I'D LIKE TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION.

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                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S OUR DUTY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENSURE…

                                                          THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S OUR DUTY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENSURE THAT COUNTERTERRORISM PILOT PROGRAMS ARE EFFECTIVE PRIOR TO PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZING THEM. AS I MENTIONED AT THE OUTSET, D.H.S. HAS A NUMBER OF PROVEN OVERSEAS BORDER AND COUNTERTERRORISM PROGRAMS THAT HAS STRONG CONGRESSIONAL BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. HOWEVER, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE CHAIRMA THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BITMAP AS A COUNTERTERRORSM PROGRAM HAS NOTEEN ESTABLISHED. A PERMANENT AUTHORIZATION OF H. 6439 IS PREMATURE. GIVEN THE CLASSIFIED NATURE OF THIS PROGRAM, SOME MEMBERS ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH IT AND THERE ARE NATURAL LIMITATIONS AS TO WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO DISCUSS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT AT AN UNCLASSIFIED STAFF LEVELS, THREATS IN THE CARIBBEAN I.C.E. SAID THAT BITMAP IS WORKING AND SUCCESSFUL BUT FAIL TO PROVIDE DATEATE TO BACK UP THE SERTIONS I'LL CONCEDE THAT I.C.E. HAS SOME ANTIDOTES AND I DON'T -- HOWEVER, WHEN I.C.E. HAS BROAD BRUSH ASSERTIONS AND ANTIDOTES ARE NOT BACKED UP WITH DATA AND METRICS, IT FAILS TO- FALLS TO CGRESS TO CARRY OUT OVERSIGHT OF THE PROGRAM, NOT BLINDLY AUTHORIZE IT. LET'S NOT REWARD THE ADMINISTRATION FOR FAILING TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH NECESSARY DATA AND METRICS. LET'S COME TOGETHER AND VOTE DOWN H.R. 6439. BY TAKING SUCH ACTION, WE WILL BE COMMUNICATG TO I.C.E. OUR EXPECTATIONS WHILE IN NO WAY PREVENTING THE BITMAP MY LOT FR CONTINUING AS ITAS FOR THE PAST SEVENEA. AS SAID EARLIER, I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF BITMAP BEING TOUTED BY THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY CAN BE BACKED UP BY RELIABLE DA AND FACTS. UNFORTUTELY, THE LITTLE INFORMATION WE HAVE ON BITMAP TODAY SIMPLY DOES NOT JUSTIFY A STAND-ALONE LEGISLATION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE H.R. 46439 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- H.R. 6439 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OMY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                                          I DO HAVE TO RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH SOME OF HIS ASSERTIONS. BITMAP WAS…

                                                          I DO HAVE TO RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH SOME OF HIS ASSERTIONS. BITMAP WAS STARTED SEVEN YEARS AGO UNDER THE BALARKS -- OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND WE HAVE OBTAINED SUFFICIENT DATA THAT WOULD VERIFY THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM. I CAN'T GET IT INTO THE INFORMATION BUT KNOW THAT WE HAVE NOT L SUSPECTED TERRORISTS ENTER THE UNITED STATES UNDER THIS TRIED AND TRUE PROGRAM. THE SECRETARY TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE THAT ON AVERAGE 19 KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS TRIED TO -- TRY TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES EVERY DAY. AT'S OUR SOLE OBLIGATION, PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE THREATS THAT WE SEE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE OTHER THING TO STOP THEM FROM GETTING INTO THE UNITED STATES. WHAT THE 9/11 MMISSION TALKED ABOUT IN ITS REPORT ABOUT TRAVEL AND KEEPING BAD PEOPLE, BAD TNGS OU OF THE UNITED STATES, IT'S REASON THIS COMITTEE WAS FORMED IN THE FIST PLACE. AND WE HEARD ABOUT ENCOURAGING FOLLOWERS TO CROSS OUR SOUTHWEST BDER. WE TALKED ABOUT THE 9/11 COMMISSION, TALKING ABOUT TERRORIST TRAVEL STRATEGIES. THIS IS ONE OF THE STRATEGIES, ONE OF THE PROGRAMS THAT I BELIEVE THE 9/11 COMMISSION WAS TALKING ABOUT. WHY NOT US THE BEST TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE AND USE BIOMETRICS TO IDENTIFY KNOWN OR SPECTED TERRORISTS, MS-13, CHILD PREDORS, OPIOIDS, ALL THE BAD STUFF THAT CAN COME INTO THIS COUNTRY WHEN BORR PATROL TELLS ME W ONLY KNOW 50% OF WHAT'S COMING INTO THE COUNTRY, WHY WOULD WE NOT WANT TO USE THE MOST INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY SO WHEN SOMEONE ENTERS THIS HEMISPHERE UNDERNEAME AND GETS TO THE MEXICO BORDER IN ANOTHER NAME, JUST LIKE IN THE MOLLIE TIBBETTS SLAYING, CHANGED THEIR IDENTITY,HIS STOPS THE CHANGING OF IDENTITY UP THE ROAD TO THE UNITED STATES. BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHY, BIOMETRICS DON'T LIE. YOU A O YOU AR WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE THROUGH THE GREAT BEST TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE AVAILABLE TODAY SO I BELIEVE BEING OPPOSED TO THIS LEGISLATION REALLY PUTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT HARM. I HOPE I'M WRONG IN SAYING TS BECAUSE I NEVER WANT POLITICS TO ENTER THIS COMMITTEE, NATIONAL SECURITY SHOULD NEVER BE POLITICAL. THEY DON'T CHECK OUR PARTY AFFILIATION IS MY CONCERN BECAUSE I.C.E. IS IN THIS BILL, 'RE DRAWING OPPOSITION AND THIS, MADAM SPEAKER, IS ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS THAT I.C.E. ADMINISTERS, EATED UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, IT DESERVES AND HAS EAED TO BE FULLY AUTHORIZED BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND I A THAT ALL MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          THE QUON IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6439.…

                                                          THE QUON IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6439. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOS, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                                          MADAM SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS ANNAYS.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BTHE YEAS AND NAY WILL RISE AND REMAIN STDING 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 POSTPONE FOR WH PURPOSE DOES THE GTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK COITION? . MCCAUL: MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THHOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6459.

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                                                          THE CLERK LL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 711, H.R. 6459, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELANDURITY…

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 711, H.R. 6459, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELANDURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE A STRATEGY TODIVERSY THE TECHNOLOGY STAKEHOLDER MARKETPLACE REGARDING THE ACQUISITION BY THE TRANSPORTATIONECURITY ADMINISTRATION OF SECURITY SCREENG TECHNOGIES AD FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE EAKER PRO TEMPOR PURSUANT TO THE RULE,HE GENTLEMAN FROM TES, MR. MCCAUL, AND THE GENAN FROM MISSISSIPI, MR. THOMPSON, WILL EACCONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIRECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMUSSENT THAT AL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMUSSENT THAT AL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DA TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THBILL UNDER CONSIDTION. THE SPEAR PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                                          DASPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEORE

                                                          THE GENTLEM IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                                          HANK YOU, MADAM SPEAR. I RISE TODAY IN SPPORT OF H.R. 64E T.S.A.…

                                                          HANK YOU, MADAM SPEAR. I RISE TODAY IN SPPORT OF H.R. 64E T.S.A. OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND NETWORKS FO BUSINESS ACT, AO KNOWNS THE T.S.A. OPEN FOR BUSINESS ACT, SNSORED BY THE RANKMBER OF THE COMTTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, MR. THOMPSON. TS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION SEEKS TO IPROVE HOW T.S.A PARTNERS WITH THE PRIVATE SECT -- SEEK TO OFF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIESOR PASSENGERCREENING. IN PARTICULAR, THIS BILL AI TO BSTER AETS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO T.S.'S ACQUISITION PROCES AND BETTER SERVE THE PUBLIC. SPECIFICALLY, THIS BI DIRECTS THE T.A ADMINISTRATOR TO DEVELOP A STRAY TO DIVERSIF TH STAKEHOER MARKETPLACE USED TO ACQUIRE ADVANCED SERITY TECHNOLOGIES. THIS STRATEGY MUST INCLUDE PLANS TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESSES WITH NAVIGING TH AGENCY'SACQUISITIONS AND PROCUREMENT PROCESSES. WHICH ARE OFTEN VY OVERLY BUREAUCRIC. IT WILL HELP ESTABLISH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WILL DIRECT VENTE PITAL TOWARDS EMERGING PROMISIN TECHNOLOGI. MADA SPEAKER, OUR AIRLINE INDTRY STIL REMAINS THE CROWN JEWEL OF TARGETS FOR INTERNATIONALERRORISTS. E PUBLIC DEES TO HAVE THE BEST SECURITY HAD PLACE THROUGHOUT ERICA'S TRANSPTATION AND AVIATION SECTOR. IT IS INCUMBENT UPON THE T.S.A. TOREE A STREAMLINE WAY OF IDENFYING AND DEOYING ADVANCEDECURITY TECHNOLOGIES. SINCE ITS CREATION, T.S.AHAS GLED EXPAND RTICIPATIONY SMALL BUSINESSES AND DIRECT RESRCES TOWARDS PROMISING TECHNOLOGIES. RAING MEMBER THOMPSON'S LEGISLATION REDUCE BUREARAC HURDLES WHIE PROMOTING PRIVAT SECTOR INNOVATION. WANT TO THNK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR INTRODUCING TH CELLENT LEGISLATION AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMAN OF E SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND PROTECTIVE SECURITY, MR. KATKO, R HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. TH LEGISLATN OFFERS A BIPARTAN APPROACH TO IMPROVING OPPORTUNITIES FO SMALL BUSINESS SEEKING TO PARTNER WIT T.S.A. AND IMPROVE E SECURITY OF OUR NATION'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. WI THAT, MADASPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES SUPPO THE BILL AND I RESERVE TH BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. I ECOGNIZE THE GENTLEM FROM

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                                                          THE SPEAKERRO TEORE

                                                          PLEASE PROCEED. MR. THO THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE…

                                                          PLEASE PROCEED. MR. THO THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE TRANSPORTATION SECURY ADMINISTRATION MUST ACQUIRE AND DEPLOY EFFECTIVE SECUTY TECHNOLY TO KP UP WITH CURREN THREATS. TO DO SO T.S.A. MUST ENSURE ITS ACQUISITI PROCESSES CENTIVIZE SECURITY MANUFACTURERS TO DEVEL INNOVATIVE SOLUTIO AND COMPETE FORONTRACT AWARDS. UNUNATEL IN PRACTICE T.S.'S PROCSES ARE FULL OF DELAYSND ROADBLOS AT LIMITNTERES D COMTITION. TODAY, COMPANI LOOKING TO D BUSINESS WITH T.S.A. FOR THE FIRST TIME MUST INVEST SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES AND SPEND YEARS OF TESTING BEFORE RECEIVING A SINGLE PURCHA ORDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, WHICH GENERAY LACK OTHER REVENU STREAMS TO UNERWRITE THEIR OPERATIONS WHILE WORKING THROUGH TH MAZE OF T.S.A.'S PROCESS, THE IMPEDIMENTS ARE OFTEN PROVED INSURMOUNTABLE. THERE IS NO WAY OF KNOWING HOW MANY SMALL BUSINSES HAVE HAD OWE VAVET SECURITY SUTIONS BUT -- INNOVATIVE SECURITY SOLUTIONS T PURSUED OTHER OPPORTUNITIES RATHER THAN RISK GETTING TANGLED UP IN T.A.'S UISITI WEB. MY BILL, T T.S.A. OPEN FOR BUSINESS ACT, REQUIRES T.S.A. TO DEVELOP A SATEGY TO DIVERSY THEECHNOLOGY SKEHOLD MARKETACE TH IT RELIES UPON TO ACQUIRE SECURITY TECHNOLOGS. IMPORTANTLY, THE STREGY MU ADDRESS BARRIER PARTIPN FOR BUSINESS THAT HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED TECHNOLOGY TO T.S.A., INCLUDING SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATORS. IT ALSO REQUIRES T.S.A. TO CONDUCT AFEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT OF PARTNENG WITH A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION TO PROVIDE NTURE CATAL TO HELP BUSINESSES, COMMCIALIZ INNOATE TECHNOLOGIES, SILAR TO A PROAM THAT HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL WHIN TH INTELLIGENCEOMMUNITY. BY PUSHING T.S.A. TOAKE PROACTIVE ACTION TO DIVERSIFY THE SECURITY TECHNOLOGY MARKETPLACE, H.R. 6459AS THE ENTIAL TO IREASE COMPETITION WITHIN TRANSRTATION SECURITY TECHNOLOGY MARKETPLACE TO ULMATELELIVER BETTER SECURITY. WITH THAT I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEAREND IESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOR THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FR TEXAS.

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                                                          MR. MCUL

                                                          THANK YOU MADAM EAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER EAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                          THANK YOU MADAM EAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER EAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM SSISSIPI IS EPAREDO CLOSE I WILL ONCE THEENTLEMAN DOES.

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                                                          MR. THPSON

                                                          MAD SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEARS. THE SPEAR PRO TEORE: DOES THE…

                                                          MAD SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEARS. THE SPEAR PRO TEORE: DOES THE NTLEMAN FROM MISSISSII YIELBACK?

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          I YIELD BACK AND I'M PREPARETO CLOSE. THE SPR PRO TEMPORE: THE GELEMAN IS…

                                                          I YIELD BACK AND I'M PREPARETO CLOSE. THE SPR PRO TEMPORE: THE GELEMAN IS REOGNID TO CLOSE.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SAKER. MAM SPEAKER, IN HADISCAL YEAR 2017,…

                                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SAKER. MAM SPEAKER, IN HADISCAL YEAR 2017, T.S.A. AWARDED OVER $1.6ILLION ICONTRACTS. WITHIN SUC A LARGE MARKELACE, THERE SHOULD PLENTY OF SCE FOR OF ALL SIZES WITH INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO COMPETE. H.R. 6459 WILL PUSH T.S.A. TO TAKE STEPS TO DIVERSIFY THE SECURITY TECHNOLOGY MARKETPLACE TO ENSURE THAT IT IS POSITIONED TO ACQUIRE THE MOST INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                                          I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION. A…

                                                          I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION. A LOT OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY LOOK AT T.S.A. AND LOOK AT THE LINES AND SCREENING THAT TAKES PLACE AND SOMETIMES OFTEN THINK THEY DON'T GET THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE. T.S.A. DOES A LOT MORE THAN SCREENING AT AIRPORTS, IT SCREENS OVERSEAS. IT HAS INTELLIGENCE LEADS TO STOP TERRORISTS FROM COMING INTO THE COUNTRY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT STOPS TERRORISTS WITH THE LATEST THREAT THAT WE HAVE THAT I CAN SAY PUBLICLY NOW TURNING LAP TOPS INTO BOMBS AND TOXIC GAS. AND ALSO DOMESTIC FLIGHTS. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE PASS THIS BILL AS THE RANKING MEMBER INTRODUCED TO MAKE SURE THAT T.S.A. HAS THE BEST TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO STOP THAT THREAT. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT WE HAVE WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO ENSURE THAT THE MONIES HAVE BEEN APPROPRIATED TO BUY THESE TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR MACHINES THAT OUTDATED TECHNOLOGY CANNOT SEE OR SCREEN BUT THE UPDATED TECHNOLOGY CAN. AND WE OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DEPLOY THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY AS SOON AND QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, GIVEN THE IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND AIRLINE SECTOR. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BILL AND I FULLY SUPPORT IT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6459. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                          MR. KING

                                                          I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS H.R. 6430.

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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. 6430, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE…

                                                          H.R. 6430, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO IMPLEMENT CERTAIN REQUIREMENT TO SUPPLY CHAIN RISK AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, AND THE…

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                          MR. KING

                                                          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 ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                        • 05:04:17 PM

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                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                        • 05:04:18 PM

                                                          MR. KING

                                                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                                        • 05:04:21 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. KING

                                                          ON JULY 24, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY VOTED TO FAVORABLY REPORT…

                                                          ON JULY 24, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY VOTED TO FAVORABLY REPORT H.R. 6430. I WANT TO THANK THE OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT SUBCOMMITTEE, SCOTT PERRY AND FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. MCCAUL AND RANKING MEMBER MR. THOMPSON AND OVERSIGHT RANKING MEMBER AND CONGRESSMAN DONOVAN AND PAYNE WORKING WITH ME TO CO-SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION. THE LEGISLATION IS A RESULT OF SEVERAL YEARS OF OVERSIGHT INTO SUPPLY CHAIN AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE RISK IN THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT NATION STATES AND CRIMINAL ACTORS ARE TRYING TO EXPLOIT U.S. GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR SYSTEMS TO STEAL INFORMATION AND INSERT POTENTIALLY HARD WAY OR SOFTWARE. AND THIS UNDERSCORES THE THREATS EXPOSED TO THE FEDERAL SUPPLY CHAIN AND DEVELOPING STRONGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE NISMS. ON JULY 12, I HELD A HEARING TO REVIEW THE CURRENT SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS AS WELL AS ASSESS THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY. AT THE HEARING, THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER NOTED THAT GAPS EXIST IN THE DEPARTMENT'S AUTHORITY TO USE INTELLIGENCE TO SUPPORT ITS PROCUREMENT DECISIONS. THOSE EXCEPTIONAL CASES WHERE MITIGATION IS NOT POSSIBLE, THE DEPARTMENT NEEDS TO REACT SWIFTLY WHILE RESTRICTING THE EXPOSURE OF OTHER NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION. THIS IS A PROBLEM. THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION PROVIDES D.H.S. SECRETARY WITH AUTHORITY TO RESTRICT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROCUREMENTS AS THE VENDOR POSES A THREAT TO THE D.H.S. SUPPLY CHAIN. THIS BILL ESTABLISHES TRUE COORDINATION BETWEEN THE ACQUISITION PROCESS AND INTELLIGENCE. THIS AUTHORITY IS MODELED AFTER EXISTING AUTHORITY GRANTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN 2011. THE LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT ENHANCEMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET BASED ON A SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT PROPOSAL RELEASED AT THE END OF JULY. I'M HOPEFUL AS THIS BILL MOVES THROUGH THE PROCESS WE WILL THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES SIMILAR AUTHORITY TO ENSURE NATIONAL SECURITY VETTING IS INCORPORATED INTO THE WIDER GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT PROCESS. AS A NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, IT IS VITAL THAT D.H.S. HAVE ROBUST SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND TOOLS TO IDENTIFY, MITIGATE AND REMOVE ESSENTIAL THREATS TO CONTRACTS. WITH THIS LEGISLATION, CONGRESS IS ENSURING THAT D.H.S. WILL HAVE THE AUTHORITY NECESSARY TO FULLY VET AND RESTRICT VENDORS WHO POSE A THREAT. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 6430 AND I RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6430, THE SECURING THE…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6430, THE SECURING THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUPPLY CHAIN ACT OF 2018. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 05:07:41 PM

                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6430 WOULD AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6430 WOULD AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO EXCLUDE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION VENDOR THAT IS DEEMED TO POSE SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS FROM CONTRACTS FOR EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT D.H.S. MUST HAVE THE NECESSARY TOOLS TO ADDRESS EVOLVING CYBER INCURSIONS AND ESPIONAGE BY NATION STATES TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RISK TO THE SUPPLY CHAIN COMES FROM CHINESE AND RUSSIAN COMPANIES. FOR YEARS, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAS WARNED THAT INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY PRODUCED BY CHINESE COMPANIES, MOST NOTABLY S.T.A. AND WAWAI WOULD BE USED TO CARRY OUT CYBER THEFT. SOME COMPANIES WITH TIES TO THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT ALSO POSE NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS PARTICULARLY HIGHLIGHTED CONCERNS ABOUT THE LABS. IN SEPTEMBER, 2017, D.H.S. ISSUED A DIRECTIVE REQUIRING FEDERAL AGENCIES TO REMOVE ALL THEIR PRODUCT FROM THE NETWORKS GIVEN TIES BETWEEN CERTAIN OFFICIALS AND THE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE. THE RISK TO THE SUPPLY CHAIN ARE TOO REAL AND MUST BE MITIGATED. THAT IS WHY I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 6430, A MEASURE THAT ACTS UPON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO HELP D.H.S. BETTER COUNTER THESE MOUNTING THREATS. H.R. 6430 PROVIDES D.H.S. WITH NEEDED AUTHORITY TO EXCLUDE VENDORS WHO ARE BAD ACTORS FROM INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION SUPPLY CHAINS. FLING ENACTED, H.R. 6430 WILL ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO BE PRO-ACTIVE AND EFFECTIVE IN ADDRESSING THESE COMPLEX THREATS IN THE FUTURE. IMPORTANTLY, THE BILL INCLUDES ROBUST PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS RECEIVES NOTIFICATION AND JUSTIFICATION OF ANY EXERCISE OF AUTHORITY UNDER THIS ACT. NOTABLY, THIS MEASURE IS BASED ON A SIMILAR AUTHORITY PROVIDED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN 2011 AND INCORPORATES LANGUAGE PROVIDED BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. THIS BILL COULD NOT COME AT A MORE IMPORTANT TIME. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6430 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                          MR. KING

                                                          I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, WHO I THANK…

                                                          I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, WHO I THANK HIM FOR HIS SUPPORT, IF HE HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6430 PROVIDES THE…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6430 PROVIDES THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY WITH A MUCH NEEDED TOOL TO ELIMINATE NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS TO OUR SUPPLY CHAIN. ENACTMENT OF H.R. 6430 WILL HELP D.H.S. SECURE INFORMATION, TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES THAT ARE SO ESSENTIAL TO KEEPING OUR NATION SECURE. I WOULD LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, WHO HAS HAD SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN THIS AREA FOR OFFERING THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6430 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                        • 05:11:36 PM

                                                          MR. KING

                                                          LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR HIS…

                                                          LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR HIS SERVICE ON THIS BILL AND THE SERVICE OF THE COMMITTEE OVER THE YEARS. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES D.H.S. VITAL AUTHORITY TO PROTECT THE DEPARTMENT FROM VENDORS WHO POSE A RISK. THE BILL INCLUDES IMPORTANT ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT DECISIONS ARE RISK-BASED AND ALLOWS THE VENDOR TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK AND REQUIRES ANNUAL REVIEWS. THIS IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROVIDE IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY PROTECTIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT SIMILAR TO WHAT ALREADY EXISTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I ONCE AGAIN MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6430 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6430 AS AMENDED. -- 6430 AS INTRODUCED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                                                          I MOVE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6443 AS AMENDED.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 706, H.R. 6443, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND…

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 706, H.R. 6443, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ESTABLISH A CONTINUOUS DIAGNOSE GNOSTICS AND MITIGATION PROGRAM AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TKS AS.

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                                                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                                                          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 MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                        • 05:14:04 PM

                                                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                                                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                                                          EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND DEPARTMENT OF…

                                                          EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RELEASED A REPORT ON THE CYBERSECURITY RISKS FACED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES. AMONG THE FINDINGS OF THAT REPORT IS THAT ALMOST 75% OF OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE VULNERABLE TO CYBERTHREATS. IN LARGE PART DUE TO THEIR INABILITY TO UNDERSTAND CYBERSECURITY RISKS AND THEREFORE TO PROPERLY PRIORITIZE RESOURCES. MR. SPEAKER, STATISTICS LIKE THIS SHOULD MAKE THE STATE OF OUR NATION'S CYBER READINESS AND RESILIENCE DEEPLY TROUBLING TO ALL OF US AND ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THAT D.H.S. CONTINUOUS DIAGNOSE GNOSTICS PROGRAM HAS BEEN ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES AS CHAIRMAN OF THE CYBERSECURITY AND PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE. C.D.M. HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS BY DRAMATICALLY INCREASING VISIBILITY ACROSS FEDERAL NETWORKS BY IMPROVING THE ABILITY OF AGENCY SECURITY OFFICERS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE TECHNOLOGY ASSETS BEING UTILIZED ACROSS THEIR AGENCIES. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE END OF THE DAY, LOOKING ACROSS ALL NETWORKS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OWNS AND OPERATES, IT COMES DOWN TO FINGERS ON GOVERNMENT KEYBOARDS. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE WE CAN TRY AND DEFEND IT. THE C.D.M. PROGRAM IS CRUCIAL TO ITS PHASED ROLLOUT. REQUIRES AGENCIES TO PROVIDE AGENCIES WITH THE EXATHES TO COLLECT THE RISK INFORMATION NECESSARY TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS. IT NOT ONLY ALLOWS THE ABILITY TO COMBAT OUR ENEMIES BUT HELP MANAGERS TO MANAGE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. THE SECURITY DATA THAT THE TOOLS ARE COLLECTED WILL HELP D.H.S. MAKE SMARTER CHOICES WHERE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE GOING AND UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE MOST BASIC QUESTIONS INCLUDING WHAT DEVICES ARE ON THE NETWORK. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6443 IS NECESSARY TO CODIFY THE C.D.M. PROGRAM AT D.H.S. AND ENSURE THAT THESE AUTHORITIES WILL EXIST TO ALLOW THE CONTINUED PROGRESS OF THIS VERY ESSENTIAL CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM. MAKING MAKING SURE THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DEFEND THEIR NETWORKS AND GETTING D.H.S. THE DATA TO UNDERSTAND CYBERSECURITY RISKS AND VULNERABILITIES AND TO COORDINATE OUR FEDERAL NETWORK DEFENSES ARE PARAMOUNT CONCERNS IN THIS TECHNOLOGICAL AGE. MY GOAL AND THE GOAL OF THE BIPARTISAN GROUP OF CO-SPONSORS SUPPORTING H.R. 6443 IS TO HELP BOOST THE LONG-TERM SUCCESS OF THE C.D.M. PROGRAM. THIS BILL ALSO ENSURES THAT THIS PROGRAM KEEPS PACE WITH THE CUTTING EDGE CAPABILITIES BEING DEVELOPED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THEREFORE AVOIDING THE VENDOR LOCK THAT HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN A PROBLEM. WE'LL BE SURE WE'LL MODERNIZE AND UPDATE OUR SYSTEMS BEFORE THEY BECOME LEGACY TECHNOLOGIES, UNSUPPORTED BY VENDORS AND AT GREATER RISK OF BEING EXPLOITED BY OUR ADVERSARIES. IT'S D.H.S.'S C.D.M. PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THE WHOLE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO UNDERSTAND THE THREATS THEY FACE AND THE RISKS THAT THESE VULNERABILITIES POSE IN REAL TIME. AUTHORIZING THE C.D.M. PROGRAM WILL FURTHER D.H.S.'S ROLE IN THE CYBERSECURITY MISSION THROUGHOUT OUR GOVERNMENT AND WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AND ELEVATE THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM. I, THEREFORE, URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6443, THE…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6443, THE ADVANCING SIGNER -- CYBERSECURITY DIAGNOSTICS AND MITIGATION ACT. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL CODIFY THE EXISTING CONTINUOUS DIAGNOSTIC AND…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL CODIFY THE EXISTING CONTINUOUS DIAGNOSTIC AND MITIGATION, OR C.D.M., PROGRAM WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S NATIONAL PROTECTION AND PROGRAMS DIRECTORATE, N.P.P.D. C.D.M. IS IMPORTANT OF OUR NATIONAL APPROACH -- DIRECTORATE, NPPD. C.D.M. IS IMPORTANT PART OF OUR NATIONAL APPROACH. WE INTEGRATE CYBERSECURITY TOOLS AND SERVICES TO HELP DEFEND THEIR NETWORKS AGAINST CYBERATTACKS. BY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF BULK PRICING, C.D.M. ALLOWS AGENCIES TO PURCHASE SECURITY SERVICES AT A DISCOUNTED RATE AND IN TURN DEVOTE MORE OF THEIR LIMITED RESOURCES TO CARRYING OUT THEIR MISSIONS. ANOTHER BENEFIT OF THE PROGRAM IS THAT IT ENABLES D.H.S. TO ATTRACT THREATS TO AGENCIES' NETWORK GIVEN THE DEPARTMENT A MORE HOLISTIC VIEW OF THE THREAT LANDSCAPE. STILL GIVING ENORMOUS CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH PROTECTING SUCH A MASSIVE AND DIVERSE SET OF NETWORKS, IT'S NOT SURPRISING THAT D.H.S. HAS AT TIMES STRUGGLED. FOR INSTANCE, IN ROLLING OUT C.D.M., D.H.S. OFFICIALS MET FOUR PHASES OF IMPLEMENTATION WHERE IN THE FIRST PHASE AGENCIES WOULD IDENTIFY ALL THE ASSETS AND DIADVICES ON THEIR NETWORK. -- DEVICES ON THEIR NETWORK. AT THE TIME, THEY PROJECT THE LAST PHASE, -- PROJECTED THE LAST PHASE WOULD -- WERE BEING TACKLED IN 2017. THE C.D.M. DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE HAS BEEN PLAGUED WITH DELAYS. STARTING WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PHASE ONE WHICH TOOK YEARS. AS A RESULT OF THESE DELAYS, THE DATA HOUSED ON AGENCIES' NETWORK WHICH THE BAD GUYS ARE REALLY AFTER, REMAIN LESS SECURE THAN MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN. H.R. 6443 WOULD ADDRESS C.D.M. CHALLENGES IN A FEW WAYS. FOR EXAMPLE, BY ASKING D.H.S. TO RECONSIDER ITS PHASED APPROACH TO IMPLEMENTATION AND EXAMINE OPPORTUNITIES TO STREAMLINE ADOPTION OF C.D.M. TECHNOLOGIES, THIS BILL WOULD ALSO REQUIRE D.H.S. TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY THAT ADDRESSES DEPLOYMENT CHALLENGES, AREAS WHERE GREATER COORDINATION IS NEEDED, AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT. FINALLY, H.R. 6443 ADDS SPECIFICALLY TO D.H.S.'S RESPONSIBILITY UNDER C.D.M. AND INCLUDES ROBUST REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TO INFORM CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. EVERY YEAR FEDERAL NETWORKS GET HIT BY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ATTEMPTED INTRUSIONS. MANY OF THEM SOPHISTICATED STATE SPONSORED ATTACKS. WE'VE SEEN TIME AND AGAIN THE COST OF DAMAGE THAT CAN FLOW FROM A HIGH-PROFILE FEDERAL BREACH. AS A RESULT, WE NEED C.D.M. TO WORK. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6443 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. MCCAUL

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

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

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                          MR. LANGEVIN

                                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR --RY WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND…

                                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR --RY WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE CAUCUS. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT CYBERSECURITY IS THE NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ISSUE OF THE 21ST CENTURY. I BELIEVE IT IS THEREFORE INCUMBENT ON US AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE STEPS NEEDED TO PROTECT OUR SYSTEMS AND TO PROVIDE SOME COURSE CORRECTION WHEN NECESSARY. THIS BILL DOES BOTH, AUTHORIZING CONTINUOUS CYBERSECURITY DIAGNOSTICS AND MITIGATION, REQUIRING A STRATEGY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO GUIDE ITS FUTURE GROWTH. C.D.M. REPRESENTS A SCORE COMPONENT TO BETTER SECURE THE DOT-GOV DOMAIN. AND GETTING A BETTER VIEW, IT HELPS PROVIDE AN UNDERSTANDING THE STAT NEWS REAL TIME. IT ALSO FEEDS BACK DATA TO D.H.S. SO THAT IT DOES CREATE -- THAT CAN BETTER ASSIST AGENCIES IN CLOSING VULNERABILITIES IN RESPONDING TO INCIDENTS. C.D.M. MAKES A LOT OF SENSE, BUT IT'S NOT BEEN WITHOUT CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTATION. ORIGINALLY, DESIGNED WITH A PHASE MODEL THAT FOCUSING ON INCORPORATING NEW SETS OF TOOLS AT EACH MILESTONE. IT'S FALLEN BEHIND SCHEDULE AND MANY AGENCIES EXPRESSED SKEPTICISM ABOUT THE PROGRAM'S UTILITY. I BELIEVE IN C.D.M. I BELIEVE THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTION PROVIDED BY MR. RATCLIFFE'S BILL WILL HELP DISPEL SOME OF THESE DOUBTS. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE STRATEGY CAN FURTHER HELP REFOCUS THE PROGRAM ON THE PRESENT AND FUTURE NEEDS OF FEDERAL NETWORKS, SO I'M PLEASED DURING COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION, MY AMENDMENT, REQUIRING A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE PHASING PLAN WAS ADOPTED. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE THOUGHT UNDERLYING THE ORIGINAL PHASING APPROACH, I BELIEVE WE WILL MAKE MORE MORE AGREES IF PHASE THREE AND FOUR ARE CONDUCTED IN PARALLEL RATHER THAN SERIALLY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PASSAGE. I MENTION THIS BILL'S MAJOR MISSION. IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE INCENTIVE STRUCTURE OF OTHER AGENCIES TO ACTUALLY ADOPT C.D.M. OFFERINGS. DURING ROUNDTABLES ON THE PROGRAM, WE OFTEN HEARD FROM GOVERNMENT STAKEHOLDERS INTERNAL DYNAMICS AT THE SISTER AGENCIES WAS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES TO THE PROGRAM'S SUCCESS.

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                                                        • 05:24:51 PM

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. LANGEVIN

                                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE…

                                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. OUTSIDE THE PURVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY -- ONE OTHER THING, I YOU URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THE WISDOM OF HAVING SO MANY COMMITTEES INVOLVED WITH THE SUBCOMMITTEE JURISDICTION, OFTEN THE DETRIMENT OF MAKING REAL PROGRESS. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE SOME 30 COMMITTEES AND SUBCOMMITTEES THAT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER CYBER AND VERY DIFFICULT TO GET THINGS DONE. SO I ALSO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT THE EXECUTIVE TOP SPACE COORDINATION ACT WHICH WOULD HAVE A COORDINATOR AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO BETTER COORDINATE INTERAGENCY PROCESSES. IT WILL ALLOW C.D.M. TO FULLY LIVE UP TO ITS POTENTIAL. WITH THAT I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND RICHMOND AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND RATCLIFFE FOR THEIR CONTINUED FOCUS ON CYBERSECURITY. I URGE SUPPORT FOR H.R. 6443. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE FOR INTRODUCING THE BILL AND I CERTAINLY HOPE ALL MEMBERS WILL SUPPORT IT AND D.H.S.'S ONGOING CYBERSECURITY EFFORTS. WITH THAT I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 05:26:03 PM

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES?

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                                                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                                                          RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL, AND I'M PREPARED TO…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL, AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                        • 05:26:18 PM

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 05:26:21 PM

                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6443 SEEKS TO IMPROVE…

                                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6443 SEEKS TO IMPROVE D.H.S.'S CAPACITY TO CARRY OUT ONE OF ITS MORE IMPORTANT HOMELAND SECURITY MISSIONS -- THE PROTECTION OF FEDERAL AGENCY NETWORKS. OVER THE PAST DECADE, WE'VE SEEN THE NUMBER OF CYBERATTACKS AGAINST FEDERAL AGENCIES RISE BY MORE THAN 1,000%. LAST YEAR ALONE, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET REPORTED THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES EXPERIENCED MORE THAN 35,000 CYBER INCIDENTS. A CHALLENGE OF THIS MAGNITUDE CANNOT BE UNDERTAKEN BY EACH AGENCY ON ITS OWN. THEY NEED HELP. THAT'S WHERE THE C.D.M. PROGRAM COMES IN. BY AUTHORIZING C.D.M. IN LAW, D.H.S. AND ITS AGENCY PARTNERS CAN CONFIDENTIALLY MOVE FORWARD TO BOLSTER NETWORK SECURITY AND REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT TO REVISIT ITS IMPLEMENTATION PLANS AND WORK TO FINALLY RESOLVE ITS LONG STANDING C.D.M. CHALLENGES, H.R. 6443 PUTS THE PROGRAM ON AN EVEN SECURE FOOTING. I YOU URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS -- I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 05:27:41 PM

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE,…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND CONGRESSMAN LANGEVIN, FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I'D LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER OF THE CYBERSECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. RICHMOND, FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS VERY SIMPLY COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT WILL STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S CYBERSECURITY POSTURE AND THEREBY STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S NATIONAL SECURITY. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6443, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6443, 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 IS PRESENTED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                        • 05:29:02 PM

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

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                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5869, AS…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5869, AS AMENDED.

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                                                        • 05:29:12 PM

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                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 713, H.R. 5869, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF…

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 713, H.R. 5869, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A MARITIME BORDER THREAT ANALYSIS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                        • 05:29:28 PM

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                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE…

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA --

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          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 ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                        • 05:29:47 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

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

                                                        • 05:29:51 PM

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5869, THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5869, THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM PUERTO RICO, MISS GONZALEZ-COLON. WITH INCREASING FOCUS ON THE THREATS AT THE SOUTHWEST BORDER, WE MUST BE MINDFUL THAT OUR ADVERSARIES CAN AND WILL ADAPT AS THEY SEEK TO GAIN ENTRY INTO OUR HOMELAND. AS ILLICIT THE NATION'S MARITIME BORDER IS A ROUTE FOR ADVERSE AREAS TO UTILIZE. THE COAST GUARD ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PATROLING OUR NATION'S MARITIME BORDER AND TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND LEGITIMACY OF TRAVEL AND TRADE IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT. THE COAST GUARD INTERDIFFICULTIES MIGE GRANTS THAT ARE ATTEMPTING TO REACH THE UNITED STATES, BUT AS RECENT CASES HAVE INDICATED FROM COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE INCLUDING CHINA, INDIA, PAKISTAN AND JORDAN. COCAINE IS ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY TRAFFICKED DRUGS ESPECIALLY IN THE TRANSIT ZONE. EASTERN AREA THAT INCLUDES THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, THE CARIBBEAN SEA, THE GULF OF MEXICO AND EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN. I KNOW THAT FIRSTHAND FROM THE TIME I SPENT PROSECUTING INTERNATIONAL DRUG ORGANIZATIONS IN PUERTO RICO. THE COAST GUARD INTERDIFFICULTIES THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF COCAINE EACH YEAR. ONLY 8.2% TFT TOTAL COCAINE FLOW THROUGH THE TRANSIT ZONE WAS INTERDICTED IN 2017. UNFORTUNATELY, WE DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO TURN BACK ALL OF THE THREATS IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT. THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE 2017 HURRICANE SEASON DIMINISHED OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO COMBAT THREATS IN U.S. TERRITORIES PUTTING FURTHER STRAIN ON OUR OFFICERS. MANY OF THE HURRICANE-AFFECTED AREAS ARE NOT BACK TO PRE-HURRICANE CONDITIONS. WHEN THE THREAT REACHES OUR COASTAL WATERS, IT IS TOO EASY TO SLIP IN THE COUNTRY AND TOO LATE TO INTERCEPT THAT THREAT. H.R. 5869 REQUIRES THE SECURITY -- THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A THREAT ANALYSIS OF THE MARITIME BORDER TO INCLUDE THE TERRITORIAL WATERS OF PUERTO RICO AND VIRGIN ISLANDS. THE BILL REQUIRES EXAMINATION OF TERRORISTS AND CRIMINAL THREATS PUBLISHED BY CRIMINALS AND GROUPS SEEKING TO ENTER THE U.S. THROUGH THE MARITIME BORDER. IT REQUIRES TO IDENTIFY VULNERABILITIES IN LAW, POLICY AND COOPERATION BETWEEN STATE, TERTERIAL AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ASKS THE SECRETARY TO REVIEW THE IMPACT AND OF HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA, MARIA AND NATE RELATED TO THE MARITIME BORDER. THIS IS A NECESSARY AND TIMELY PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO FOR INTRODUCING IT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND COMMITTEE OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE.

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

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

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5869, THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5869, THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT AND REVIEW MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 5869 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 5869 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A THREAT ANALYSIS OF THE MARITIME BORDER. THE BILL DIRECTS THE THREAT ANALYSIS TO IDENTIFY TERRORISTS AND CRIMINAL ELEMENTS LOOKING TO ENTER THE U.S. THROUGH OR EXPLOIT VULLNERBLETS OF OUR MARITIME BORDER. H.R. 5869 DIRECTS D.H.S. TO IDENTIFY IMPROVEMENTS TO MID MITIGATE SUCH THREATS. D.H.S. IS DIRECTED TO LOOK AT VULNERABILITIES AND POLICY THAT END AT BORDER SECURITY AND END CRIMINAL EFFORTS ALONG THE MARITIME BORDER. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE DEAL LIMITS THE SCOPE OF THE LEGAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS PROVISION THROUGH MARITIME SECURITY AND AS SUCH, HAS NO RELATIONSHIP TO THE JONES ACT. IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE WHERE WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO REPEATEDLY THREATENS TO SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF CONGRESS FAILS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR A WALL ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER THAT CANGED TRUMP REPEATEDLY TOLD WOULD BE PAID BY THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT, IT'S EASY TO LOSE SIGHT THAT BORDER SECURITY CONCERNS MORE THAN THE U.S.-MEXICAN LAND BORDER. I COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO FOR REMINDING US OF THE NEED TO SECURE MARITIME BORDERS AND SEAPORTS. CARGOO VOLUME IS UP. IN FISCAL YEAR 2017 ALONE, U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION PROCESSED $2.39 TRILLION IN IMPORTS. THIS TRANSLATES INTO OUR PORTS OF ENTRY PROCESSING MORE THAN $28.5 MILLION IN IMPORTED CARGO CONTAINERS. SEAPORTS ARE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT DRIVE OUR ECONOMY. AS SUCH, IT IS CRITICAL THAT D.H.S. STAYS ABREAST OF THE MARITIME SECURITY THREAT. TO THAT END, I SUPPORT H.R. 5869 , THE MARITIME BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT, I RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        • 05:36:10 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          I YIELD SIX MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO.

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                                                          MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                                                          THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS EFFORT. I THANK THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. I RISE…

                                                          THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS EFFORT. I THANK THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MY BILL H.R. 5869, MARITIME BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT. AS WE MOVE TO SECURE OUR BORDERS IT IS IMPERATIVE WE CONFRONT THE THREATS POSED BY CRIMINALS AND DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING TO ENTER THE NATION THROUGHOUT OUR MARITIME FRONTIER. ILLICIT TRAFFICKING WHICH IS 7 MILLION SQUARE MILES ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AND WESTERN PACIFIC, THAT THE WESTERN ATLANTIC OCEAN, THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THE EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN, THAT IS PART OF THE FAMOUS TRANSIT ZONE. ACCORDING TO THE COAST GUARD, A TOTAL KNOWN FLOW OF UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS ATTEMPTING TO ENTER THE U.S. WAS ALMOST 10,000. KNOWN COCAINE FLOW THROUGHOUT THE TRANSIT ZONE REACH 2,800 METRIC TONS IN 2016. THIS BILL WILL ADDRESS THE SAFETY CHALLENGES FACED BY PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIGIN ISLANDS AND ARE THE ONLY TWO U.S. TERRITORIES LOCATED WITHIN THE TRANSIT ZONE. U.S.-CARIBBEAN BORDER HAS BEEN EXPLOITED AS A DESTINATION FOR ILLICIT DRUGS SHIPPED TO THE MAINLAND ENDANGERING THE LIVES IN THE TERRITORIES AND THE CONNELL U.S. 2/3 OF THE COCAINE TRANSPORTED IN EARLY 2016 WAS DESTINED FOR THE U.S. MOST OF IT BEING SMUGGLED THROUGHOUT PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. IN 2017, U.S. CUSTOM AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICERS SEIZED ABOUT 56,000 TONS OF NARCOTICS IN AND AROUND PUERTO RICO FROM DRUG CARTELS AND SMUGGLERS. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, THE BORDER PATROL IS THE ONLY OUTSIDE THE MAINLAND. THIS IS THE ONLY C.B.P. OFFICE OUTSIDE THE MAINLAND NOT ONLY OPERATING. OUR FRONTIER WITH VENEZUELA AND THE WHOLE CARIBBEAN. THAT YEAR, 2017 IS THE RECORD OF PREVIOUS YEAR -- LAST YEAR, DISRUPTED INTERDICTION. ACCORDING TO THE 2019 THREAT ASSESSMENT FROM THE HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA, THE DAMAGE INFLICTED BY THE STORMS SEVERELY DIMINISHED THE CAPABILITIES OF THE LOCAL OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ON BOTH ISLANDS. U.S. COAST GUARD RECENTLY TESTIFIED BEFORE THE U.S. SENATE THAT RESPONDING AND IN FORCE IN THE HURRICANES WHERE DRUG INTERDICTION. THEY ALSO SAID DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS THEY HAVE STRUGGLED TO KEEP UP WITH THE VOLUME OF ILLICIT CONTRACT. FURTHER HIGHLIGHTING THE NEED OF A MARITIME BORDER. H.R. 5869 WILL HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND THESE AND OTHER CHALLENGES THE UNITED STATES FACE ALONG ITS MARITIME BORDER BY REQUIRING THE SECRETARY OF DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A DETAILED THREAT ANALYSIS OF THE REGION. THESE ASSESSMENTS MUST INCLUDE TERRORIST THREATS BY THOSE SEEKING TO ENTER THE U.S., IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED AT ALL U.S. SEAPORTS TO REDUCE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND PREVENT BORDER SECURITY RELEASED IN THE NORTHERN BORDER THREAT ANALYSIS THAT WERE APPROVED. THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MUST CONSIDER TECHNOLOGY AND PERSONAL NEEDS, THE ROLE OF THE STATE OF LOCAL ENFORCEMENT AND BORDER SECURITY ACTIVITIES, THE GEOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES OF THE REGION AND THE IMPACT OF LAST YEAR'S HURRICANES ON GENERAL BORDER SECURITIES. PROTECTING AND ENSURING THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BOTH IN THE MAINLAND AND IN THE TERRITORIES IS VERY IMPORTANT NOT JUST FOR ME BUT FOR ALL OF US AND SHOULD BE ONE OF THE PRIORITIES. AN ASSESSMENT HAVEN'T THREATS POSED ON OUR NATION MARITIME BORDER WILL ACHIEVE JUST THAT. THIS IS TO PROMOTE THAT KIND OF ANALYSIS. I THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN ASSISTING AND MOVING FORWARD THIS LEGISLATION. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5869. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          I HAVE NOR SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          WE WOULD BE CLOSED TO CLOSE IN A MOMENT. I WANT TO FOLLOW UP. I SERVED…

                                                          WE WOULD BE CLOSED TO CLOSE IN A MOMENT. I WANT TO FOLLOW UP. I SERVED THERE AS A FEDERAL ORGANIZED CRIME PROSECUTOR IN THE MID-1990'S IN SAN JUAN AND I SAW FIRSTHAND HOW MUCH A VULNERABILITY THE MARITIME AREAS OF THE UNITED STATES AND PUERTO RICO IN PARTICULAR. THE REPORT, THE HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING REPORT TALKS ABOUT SEVERELY DIMINISHED CAPABILITIES FOR THIS THE BUT DOESN'T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE WHAT GOES ON DOWN THERE. WHEN I FIRST WALKED INTO THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IN 1995, THERE WAS ABOUT FIVE OR SIX MAJOR FAST BOATS LINED UP IN THE PARKING LOT THAT WERE SEIZED AND WERE SEIZED FROM LARGE SHIPMENTS THAT WERE COMING FROM COLOMBIA. THESE BOATS COULD GO ANYWHERE WITHIN PUERTO RICO. DOESN'T HAVE TO GO INTO A PORT AND OFFLOAD WHATEVER CONTRABAND THAT THEY ARE TRAFFICKING. ANY ONE OF THOSE BOATS CARRIED MILLIONS OF POISON THAT WERE GOING INTO OUR DRUG USERS INTO THIS COUNTRY BUT THEY COULD BE CARRYING TERRORISTS. PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, ONCE YOU ARE IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE IS MORE CUSTOMS' SECURITY. GETTING IT INTO ST. THOMAS OR OTHER TERRITORIES OF THE UNITED STATES AND NOT KNOWING WHAT THOSE VULNERABILITIES ARE IS A SERIOUS GAP IN OUR SECURITY NATION. WE HAD A SERIOUS THREAT ASSESSMENT AT THE NORTHERN BORDER AND IT IS WIDE OPEN AND HOW MUCH OF A THREAT IT IS. AND WHAT WE'LL SEE FROM THIS REPORT WHEN IT IS ISSUED IS MUCH MORE AISLE OPENING. IT IS A VULNERABILITY WHERE PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO -- US TO SURVIVE AS A DEMOCRACY AND IT IS INCUMBENT TO GET THE FULL SCOOP OF THE EXTENT OF THE THREAT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK AND I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS.

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

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

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

                                                          I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE IT'S EASY TO LOSE SIGHT THAT…

                                                          I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE IT'S EASY TO LOSE SIGHT THAT BORDER SECURITY ENCOMPASSES LAND, AIR AND MARITIME BORDERS. MAINTAINING SITUATIONAL AWARENESS ALONG OUR BORDERS AND IN TRANSIT ZONES CAN BE A DAUNTING TASK FOR THE U.S. COAST MAINTAINING GUARD AND COST TOMORROWS AND BORDER PROTECTION GIVEN THE VASTNESS OF THE DOMAIN. H.R. 5869 WILL POSITION D.H.S. TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ARE REQUIRED TO PROTECT OUR MARITIME PORTS AND BORDERS. GIVEN THAT THE MEASURE OFFERED BEFORE US BY THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO, I WOULD REMISS IF I DIDN'T TAKE THIS MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE SEPTEMBER 20 WILL MARK A YEAR SINCE HURRICANE MARIA UPENDED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LIVING IN PUERTO RICO. THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY THIS CATEGORY 4 STORM WAS COMPOUNDED BY THE TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATION'S FLAT-FOOTED AND WEAK RESPONSE TO THE SUFFERING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT IN THE RECORD A PIECE PUBLISHED BY THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THIS PAST WEEKEND ENTITLED, DON'T GIVE A TRUMP A PASS ON PUERTO RICO. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                        • 05:45:48 PM

                                                          MR. RATCLIFFE

                                                          I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5869.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RECLAIM HIS TIME?

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          YES.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 5869 AND I YIELD…

                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 5869 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          OF MY TIME.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          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 H.R. 6374, AS AMENDED.

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                                                        • 05:47:03 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          H.R. 6374, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO…

                                                          H.R. 6374, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO STREAMLINE FEDERAL CONTRACTOR FITNESS DETERMINATIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE…

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          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 TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                        • 05:47:40 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          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. KATKO

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6374 WOULD REQUIRE THE…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6374 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ISSUE UNIFORM STANDARDS TO VET FEDERAL CONTRACTORS SEEKING TO WORK FOR THE DEPARTMENT. D.H.S. FACILITIES, I.T. SYSTEMS AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION. EACH COMPONENT HAS DIFFERENT STANDARDS, DIFFERENT PROCEDURES, AND DIFFERENT ADJUDICATORS FOR CONTRACTOR FITNESS. CK OF ATANDHINDSRS PLSITY RO THEEPT. ASA RESU, THOMMIEE REIVETESNYHAT CONTORO WORR MULTLE COMPONES A INVESTR ANDVEANDOV AGAIN AT STE OIM-- WAS OF ME AND RESES. D.SNTRAORS ROUN WAITHR TO FOUR HS, N LGERTOE INVESTITED,DLESS WHETHEEYE REY BEEN DEINED TO BE FITBY A CNE. HIE ISOS F ONLY CTRCT BUIT ALSO HINDEHE ILY OF THE RTME OF LANDTO ECUTE ITS MSION TODAY, NER NTCTOR R THEI EPLGURLY INFORMF THETAT OTH --OF THEIRESGATION ENACTNT OH.R. 6374 WOULD HELP ENSURTHAT DERAL CORACR IRMSANCCESS INRMATIOGAING ETA O THEEMPLEE'S FITNS INVTIO THKS TO LANE W AUTHOREDYEPNTATIVE CORREATHS AEPTED COMMITTEE, H.R. 6374 ALSO RECOGNIZES THE WEAKNESSES IN D.H.S. FITNESS PROCESSES NOT ONLY UNDERMINE THE ONBOARDING OF FEDERAL CONTRACTORS IN A TIMELY WAY BUT ALSO THE ONBOARDING OF NEW D.H.S. EMPLOYEES. REPRESENTATIVE CORREA, HIS AMENDMENT WOULD TAKE STEPS TO IMPROVE THE SUITABILITY, DETERMINATION PROCESS, AND FEDERAL APPLICANTS AND APPOINTEES AND TO REPORT ON THE DEGREE TO WHICH COMPONENTS AND OFFICES GRANTING RECIPROCITY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE EMPLOYED BY OTHER COMPONENTS OR OFFICES WITH THE D.H.S. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- IF THE…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS PREPARED TO CLOSE I WILL.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

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

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                                                        • 05:54:39 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THE BILL IMPROVES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S CONTRACTOR…

                                                          THE BILL IMPROVES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S CONTRACTOR INVESTIGATION PROCESS. BY REQUIRING UNIFORMED SET OF STANDARDS, ENCOURAGING RECIPROCITY AMONG COMPONENTS AND ENHANCING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IT IS OUR DUTY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENSURE PROCESSES ARE FOLLOWED, BUT THAT SUCH PROCESSES ARE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT. H.R. 6374 SEEKS TO DO JUST THAT. WITH THAT I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6374 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT H.R. 6374 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 05:55:29 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6374, 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 IS PRESENTED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        • 05:56:06 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MS.

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          , WILL EACH CONTROL -- MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.…

                                                          , WILL EACH CONTROL -- MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                        • 05:56:41 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

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

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

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                                                        • 05:56:48 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

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

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6447, THE DEPARTMENT OF…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6447, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF DATA OFFICER AUTHORIZATION ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER. IN TODAY'S DATA-DRIVEN WORLD, ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY GENERATE, COLLECTIVE, MAINTAIN ENORMOUS QUANTITY ITS OF DATA. DATA CONTINUES TO BE UNDERUTILIZED. FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL ENTITIES HAVE BEGUN APPOINTING THE POSITION OF CHIEF DATA OFFICER TO THE MANAGEMENT TEAMS. SUCH A POSITION WOULD WORK TO IMPROVE DATA MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE AT AN ORGANIZATION IN ORDER TO FORMAT DATA FOR BETTER ANALYSIS AND USE. THE WORK CONDUCTED BY CHIEF DATA OFFICERS CAN HELP ORGANIZATIONS ACHIEVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES, IMPROVE POLICY AND INSIGHT DECISIONMAKING, ACHIEVE DATA INTEROPERABILITY ACROSS LEGACY I.T. SYSTEMS AND INCREASE TRANSPARENCY. TO DATE, SEVERAL ENTITIES WITHIN HOMELAND SECURITY, INCLUDING IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, HAVE DESIGNATED CHIEF DATA OFFICERS. RECOGNIZING THIS GROWING TREND, H.R. 6447 AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, TO DESIGNATE A HOMELAND SECURITYWIDE CHIEF DATA OFFICER. THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER'S TASKED WITH OVERSEEING POLICIES TO MANAGE, ORGANIZE, FORMAT HOMELAND SECURITY DATA IN ORDER TO BETTER CARRY OUT ANALYSIS FOR USE IN DEPARTMENTAL OPERATIONS. ADDITIONALLY, H.R. 6447 REQUIRES THE HEADS OF ALL HOMELAND SECURITY OPERATIONAL COMPONENTS IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS TO APPOINT COMPONENT LEVEL CHIEF DATA OFFICERS. HOMELAND SECURITY IS CHARGED WITH RESPONSIBILITY OF KEEPING OUR HOMELAND SECURITY AND ITS CITIZENS SAFE. AS SUCH, IT IS IMPERATIVE HOMELAND SECURITY POSSESS THE CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY AND TOOLS TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS IN TODAY'S RAPIDLY EVOLVING THREAT ENVIRONMENT. THE APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF DATA OFFICERS AT THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS COMPONENTS IS INTEGRAL TO PROVIDING HOMELAND SECURITY WITH THE TOOLS TO MAKE DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 05:59:14 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6447, THE DEPARTMENT OF…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6447, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF DATA OFFICER AUTHORIZATION ACT AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6447 WOULD REQUIRE THE…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6447 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DESIGNATE A CHIEF DATA OFFICER FOR THE DEPARTMENT. THIS OFFICIAL WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING THE ORGANIZATION AND SBEGGRATION OF DATA ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT FOR IMPROVED ANALYSIS AND DECISIONMAKING. D.H.S. GENERATES, COLLECTS, MAINTAINS VAST DATA, QUANTITY ITS OF DATA BUT HAS DIFFICULTY UNIFORMERLY ANALYZING IT BECAUSE OF ITS INCONSISTENCIES IN HOW DATA IS COLLECTED AND MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT. THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER WOULD SERVE AS THE LEAD OFFICIAL FOR COORDINATING INTERNAL DATA PROCESSES TO ACHIEVE DATA INTEROPERABILITY ACROSS D.H.S. SYSTEMS. IMPORTANTLY, IMPORTANTLY THIS INCLUDES LANGUAGE AUTHORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, REPRESENTATIVE DEMINGS, TO DELEGATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSEEING THE DATA QUALITY ACT TO THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER. UNDER THE DATA QUALITY ACT, FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE REQUIRED TO ISSUE A GUIDELINE TO MAXIMIZE THE QUALITY, OBJECTIVITY, UTILITY AND INTEGRITY OF INFORMATION, INCLUDING STATISTICAL INFORMATION. ADDITIONALLY THE LAW REQUIRES AGENCIES TO ESTABLISH MECHANISMS FOR PERSONS TO CORRECT DATA THAT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH GUIDELINES. AT THIS TIME, WHEN TRUTH IS UNDER ASSAULT, IT IS CRITICAL THAT THERE BE VIBBLING LENT WATCHDOGS -- VIGILANT WATCHDOGS TO HELP ENSURE THAT INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS ACCURATE. AND WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. CARTER

                                                          I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF…

                                                          I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF H.R. 6447, THE CHIEF DATA OFFICER AUTHORIZATION ACT. THIS BILL DESIGNATES CHIEF DATA OFFICER TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND ENSURE BEST PRACTICES ARE IMPLEMENTED THROUGHOUT THE D.H.S. MY BILL IS THE CULMINATION OF LISTENING TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND D.H.S. EMPLOYEES ALONG THE BORDER REGARDING TRANSPARENCY, COMMUNICATION AND OVERSIGHT ISSUES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. EVERY DAY 240,000 EMPLOYEES AT D.H.S. GO TO WORK TO ENSURE THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION. MANY OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE TO IDENTIFY INEFFICIENCIES AND DO MORE WITH LESS. THIS BILL ANSWERS THEIR REQUEST FOR HELP IN MATCHING AND SHARING INFORMATION TO PROTECT THE HOMELAND. I HAVE ALSO HEARD FROM MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY. I TRULY UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED ON HOW THEIR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING FOR THEM. THIS BILL IS AN ANSWER TO THOSE CONCERNS. THIS BILL ALSO ENSURES MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RECEIVE THE ANSWERS AND THE DATA THEY NEED TO EFFECTIVELY FORM A CONSTITUTIONAL OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY -- FORM CONSTITUTIONAL -- PERFORM CONSTITUTIONAL OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES. TODAY IS A BIG STEP FORWARD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL ENSURES D.H.S. DOES NOT FALL BEHIND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AS WE INCREASE TRANSPARENCY FOR THOSE WE SERVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          WE RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE ANY --

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL AND I AM READY TO…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS ON THIS BILL AND I AM READY TO CLOSE.

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                                                        • 06:03:47 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE SHE DOES.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, MAY I SAY I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE WITH MY FRIEND, MR. KATKO.…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, MAY I SAY I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE WITH MY FRIEND, MR. KATKO. AND I INDEED AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, ENACTMENT OF H.R. 6447 WOULD HELP IMPROVE D.H.S.'S ABILITY TO INTEGRATE AND ANALYZE DATA AND ENSURE THE RELIABILITY OF THE DATA IT DISSEMINATES -- DISSEMINATES. FIRST, IT WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT -- FURTHER, IT WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT CONGRESS IS GIVEN TIMELY AND EFFECTIVE DATA TO FACILITATE EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT. AS SUCH, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6447. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                        • 06:04:50 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO WORK ON BILLS WITH HER BECAUSE, AS ALWAYS, A VERY GOOD BIPARTISAN SPIRIT. AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S LOST OFTEN IN THIS CHAMBER. SO I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, IT'S COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6447 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 22, AND BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON…

                                                          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 22, AND BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA MOVES THAT THE HOUSE TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE…

                                                          MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA MOVES THAT THE HOUSE TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL, H.R. 6157, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, DISAGREE TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT, AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE THEREON.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                                          MR. COLE

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A NECESSARY STEP TO CONTINUE TO MOVE THE FISCAL YEAR…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A NECESSARY STEP TO CONTINUE TO MOVE THE FISCAL YEAR TWINTE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS FORWARD -- 2019 APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS FORWARD UNDER REGULAR ORDER. ON JUNE 28, THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 6157, THE F.Y. 2019 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, BY A VOTE OF 359-49. THE SENATE TOOK UP THAT BILL AND ADDED THE LABOR-H.H.S. APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND HAS NOW SENT H.R. 6157 BACK TO THE HOUSE. WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF THESE CONFEREES, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE MAY BEGIN TO RESOLVE THE DIFFERENCES WITH THE GOAL OF PASSING H.R. 6157 BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. AS SUCH, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS MOTION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. OR I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE MOTION.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON…

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          MS. DELAURO

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

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          MS. DELAURO OF CONNECTICUT MOVES THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE…

                                                          MS. DELAURO OF CONNECTICUT MOVES THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE AT THE CONFERENCE ON THE DISAGREEING VOTES OF THE TWO HOUSES ON THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, H.R. 6157, BY INSTRUCTED TO AGREE TO DIVISION B RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS FOR LABOR, EDUCATION AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OF THE MATTER PROPOSED TO BE ADDED BY THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                                        • 06:08:38 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 22, THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                                                          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 22, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                                                        • 06:08:51 PM

                                                          MS. DELAURO

                                                          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 TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                                        • 06:08:56 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MS. DELAURO

                                                          I YIELD MY SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 06:09:02 PM

                                                          MS. DELAURO

                                                          WE HAVE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES. WE DO NOT HAVE A BILL THAT THE MAJORITY…

                                                          WE HAVE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES. WE DO NOT HAVE A BILL THAT THE MAJORITY HAS BROUGHT UP FOR FLOOR CONSIDERATION. THE LABOR-H.H.S. APPROPRIATIONS BILL, AS I BELIEVE IT'S OUR DUTY. I WILL REMIND EVERYONE THAT THIS BILL WAS TWICE DELAYED IN THE MARKUP FOR LABOR-H. SO WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION. MEANWHILE, THE SENATE HAS PASSED A LABOR-H.H.S. EDUCATION BILL. SENATE BILL IS NOT PERFECT. IN FACT, THERE IS MUCH TO IMPROVE. BUT IT PROVIDES A FOUNDATION FOR CONFERENCE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. THE HOUSE BILL, UNFORTUNATELY, DESPITE AN INCREASE OF $18 BILLION IN NONDEFENSE SPENDING, THE HOUSE LABOR-H.H.S. EDUCATION BILL -- LABOR-H.H.S.-EDUCATION BILL IS LEVEL FUNDING. OF A TOTAL INCREASE OF $18 BILLION, THE LABOR-H.H.S.-EDUCATION BILL SHOULD RECEIVE AN INCREASE OF $5.5 BILLION. AND YET WE RECEIVED A ZERO INCREASE AND THIS IS, CHAIRMAN COLE HAS HEARD ME SAY THIS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THIS ALLOCATION MEANS THAT THE HOUSE BILL INCLUDES NO NEW INVESTMENTS IN THE CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT, NO NEW FUNDING TO HELP STUDENTS AFFORD A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. THE HOUSE BILL ALSO ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR FAMILY PLANNING AND TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS HEALTH AND SAFETY GRANTS. IT EVEN CUTS FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS BY $100 MILLION. AND THE LIST GOES ON. IN ADDITION, THE HOUSE-LABOR-H.H.S. EDUCATION BILL IS LOADED WITH IDEOLOGICAL POISON PILL RIDERS, INCLUDING RIDERS TO BLOCK FUNDING FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, BLOCK FUNDING FOR FAMILY PLANNING, BLOCK FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS. AND IT ADDS NEW RIDERS TO PROTECT MONSANTO AND TO ALLOW RELIGIOUS DESCRIPTION IN CHILD WELFARE SERVICES. HOWEVER, THERE WAS ONE CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT IS ADDRESSED IN THE HOUSE BILL, THAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT. THAT IS THE PRESIDENT'S MANUFACTURED CRISIS AT THE BORDER. I SPEAK, OF COURSE, OF FAMILY SEPARATION. WHICH HAS INFLICTED TERRIBLE TRAUMA ON CHILDREN, THEIR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, SIBLINGS, AUNTS AND UNCLES. THE ADMINISTRATION'S POLICY OF SEPARATING FAMILIES IS CHILD ABUSE. EXPERTS HAVE SOUNDED THE ALARM AND THE LASTING -- ON THE LASTING DAMAGE WE ARE DOING TO THESE CHILDREN. PARENTS ARE THE BUFFER. WITH THEM, THE CHILDREN CAN ENDURE INCREDIBLY STRESSFUL CIRCUMSTANCES. WITHOUT THEM, THE CHILDREN ARE AT RISK OF LASTING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DAMAGE. AND THEY ARE SUFFERING THESE WOUNDS AT OUR HANDS. MONTHS AND MONTHS LATER, APPROXIMATELY 500 CHILDREN WHO WERE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES REMAIN IN H.H.S. CUSTODY. FOR MOST OF THESE CHILDREN, THEIR PARENTS WERE DEPORTED AND H.H.S. HAS BEEN UNABLE TO REUNIFY THESE FAMILIES. AND UNFATHOMABLY MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO REUNIFY ABLE TO REUNIFY THEM. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS TRIED TO PASS OFF RESPONSIBILITY OF REUNIFYING THESE FAMILIES TO THIRD PARTIES LIKE NONPROFITS. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE. IN THE HOUSE BILL, DEMOCRATS ADVANCED A FIRST CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO ADDRESS THIS MANUFACTURED CRISIS. THE FULL COMMITTEE, I MIGHT ADD, ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, ADOPTED 12 AMENDMENTS. THESE AMENDMENTS MUST BE RETAINED IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT. THESE AMENDMENTS ARE DISCUSSED AND VERY BRIEFLY DID A NUMBER OF THINGS. THEY EXPRESSED THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BE SEPARATED AND THAT FAMILIES SHOULD BE REUNITE IMMEDIATELY. -- REUNITED IMMEDIATELY. THEY REQUIRED H.H.S. TO PROVIDE CONGRESS A PLAN FOR SWIFT REUNIFICATION, TO PROVIDE REGULAR REPORTING AND TO ENSURE THE AGENCY AND ITS PARTNERS ARE UPHOLDING THE HIGHEST STANDARDS WITH REGARD TO CARE AND PRIVACY. FAMILY SEPARATION IS NOT ONLY -- IS NOT THE ONLY CRUCIAL ELEMENT OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEES. STUDENT SAFETY MUST ALSO BE PARAMOUNT. AND THUS IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF GUNS IN OUR SCHOOLS. ARMING TEACHERS IS NOT THE ANSWER TO SCHOOL SHOOTINGS. AND IT IS OUTRAGEOUS THAT SECRETARY DEVOS WOULD EVEN CONSIDER USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON SUCH A DANGEROUS PROPOSAL. IF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ACTUALLY WANTS TO KEEP STUDENTS SAFE, IT SHOULD ALLOW THE FEDERAL COMMISSION ON SCHOOL SAFETY TO CONSIDER THE ROLE GUNS PLAY IN SCHOOL VIOLENCE, SUPPORT FUNDING FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION RESEARCH AT THE C.D.C., AND FULLY FUND THE STUDENT SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MORE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN OUR SCHOOLS. THE SECRETARY HAS SAID SHE HAS NO INTENTION OF WEIGHING IN ON WHETHER FUNDS CAN BE USED OR CANNOT BE USED TO ARM TEACHERS. HOWEVER, SHE SHOULD SAY THAT THIS MONEY IS NOT THERE FOR GUNS IN A CLASSROOM. IN CONCLUSION, MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST MAKE THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION. REPUBLICANS ARE NOT OPERATING UNDER REGULAR ORDER AND ABDICATING OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. YET AS WE PROCEED, WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE ADVANCE THE BEST POLICY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE HAD THE HOUSE-LABOR-H.H.S. BILL COME BEFORE THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO KEEP THESE PRIORITIES IN MIND AS THEY WORK TOWARD A FINAL BILL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE NOTHING LESS. THEY ARE ALREADY GETTING TOO LITTLE. LET US NOT FORGET THAT OUR OBLIGATION AND DUTY IS TO GIVE PEOPLE A BETTER CHANCE AT A BETTER LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MR. COLE

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

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 06:15:00 PM

                                                          MR. COLE

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES. AS THE HOUSE AND SENATE COME TOGETHER TO FIND A PATH FORWARD ON FUNDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WE WILL NO DOUBT BE FACED WITH TOUGH CHOICES AND FIERCE DISAGREEMENTS. BUT WE AGREE THAT THESE TWO BILLS, FUNDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FUNDING THE DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, ARE TWOEST MOST IMPORTANT BILLS THAT WE -- ARE TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS THAT WE HANDLE AND, FRANKLY, THE TWO LARGEST AS WELL. THEY DESERVE THOROUGH CONSIDERATION AND FAIR DISCUSSION AMONGST THE CONFEREES. WE'RE ALL COMMITTED TO GETTING THIS DONE AND GETTING THIS DONE RIGHT. . AS WE ARE DOING WITH OUR FIRST PACKAGE OF BILLS, THIS CONFERENCE WILL REACH A FAIR DECISION ON FUNDING THE H.H.S. PROGRAM. I WANT TO REMIND THE BODY THAT WE'VE DONE THIS BEFORE. WE'VE BEGUN IN DIFFERENT PLACES, WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER AND FOUND COMMON GROUND THREE TIMES IN A ROW AND BEEN ABLE TO SUPPORT THE FINAL BILL. IT WOULD BE MY HOPE WE'D BE ABLE TO DO THAT AGAIN. I WANT PEOPLE IN THE CONFERENCE SUBCOMMITTEE TO FEEL FREE TO BRING UP ANY TOPICS THAT THEY THINK ARE IMPORTANT AND THAT WE HAVE A FREE AND FULL DISCUSSION AND HOPEFULLY WORK OURSELVES TO A RESOLUTION. SO WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MS. DELAURO

                                                          I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE YOM IF NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY.

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                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 06:16:45 PM

                                                          MRS. LOWEY

                                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES TO REJECT THE RIGHT…

                                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES TO REJECT THE RIGHT WING HOUSE LABOR-HHS EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND INSTEAD SUPPORT THE SENATE'S BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. THE LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION BILL FUNDS SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT HELPS MEET THE NEEDS OF AMERICANS AT EVERY STAGE OF THEIR LIVES. WITH THIS LEGISLATION, KUOK FUNDS CHILDCARE PROGRAMS, HEAD START, PELL GRANTS, JOB TRAINING, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, N.I.H. RESEARCH, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEALS ON WHEELS, YET INSTEAD OF ROBUSTLY SUPPORTING THESE PRIORITIES, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE SHORTCHANGED ALL THESE CRITICAL ENDEAVORS. DESPITE AN $18 BILLION OVERALL INCREASE IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, THE LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION APPROPRIATION BILL DOESN'T INCLUDE A SINGLE DIME OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE FOUND $5 BILLION TO PAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WASTEFUL BORDER WALL YET THEY APEARNTLY CANNOT ALLOCATE ANYTHING TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA'S SCHOOLS, HELP FAMILY, SUPPORT COLLEGE, AND SHOW WORKPLACE -- ENSURE WORKPLACE SAFETY OR EXPAND QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. IN FACT THE POLICY PROVISIONS IN THE BILL DIRECTLY ATTACK MANY OF THESE PRIORITIES. THEIR RIDERS SABOTAGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THREATENING THE HEALTH OF TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND INCREASING COSTS FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. THIS REPUBLICAN BILL UNDERMINES WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE BY ELIMINATING TITLE 10:00 FAMILY PLANNING, PROHIBITING MILLIONS OF WOMEN FROM CHOOSING PLANNED PARENTHOOD, AND -- PLANNED PARENTHOOD AS THEIR PREFERRED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND ATABS THE DIGNITY OF LGBT FAMILIES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE , MY FRIENDS, DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS PARTISAN BILL. THE SENATE HAS DONE GOOD WORK. BIPARTISAN WORK. TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO THE LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION BILL WHILE AVOIDING THE KINDS OF RIGHT WING RIDERS THAT MAKE THE HOUSE BILL COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS MOTION, REJECT HOUSE REPUBLICANS -- HOUSE REPUBLICANS' MISPLACED PRIORITIES AND EXTREME ATTACKS ON AMERICAN FAMILIES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 06:19:20 PM

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                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MS. DELAURO

                                                          I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. SCOTT.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 06:19:36 PM

                                                          MR. SCOTT

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

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT AND TO CALL FOR A SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENT TO THE LABOR-HHS PROPINGS BILL THAT MAKES IT CLEAR THAT TAXPAYER MONEY CANNOT BE SPENT TO ARM TEACHERS. TWO WEEKS AGO, NEWS REPORTS REVEAL THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WAS CONSIDERING ALLOWING STATES TO USE FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIREARMS AND FIREARMS TRAINING FOR TEACHERS. THE DEPARTMENT HAS SINCE CONFIRMED THOSE REPORTS. LAST WEEK I WAS JOINED BY 172 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO CALL ON SECRETARY DEVOS TO ISSUE FORMAL GUIDANCE PROHIBITING THE USE OF TAXPAYER MONEY TO PUT GUNS IN CLASSROOMS. IN RESPONSE, THE SECRETARY SAYS SHE HAS NO INTENTION OF TAKING ANY ACTION ON THIS ISSUE. IN REFUSING TO ACT, THE SECRETARY IS SETTING A NEW AND DANGEROUS POLICY THAT IS THE SECRETARY IS ALLOWING FUNDING PROVIDED UNDER TITLE 4-A OF THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEED ACT TO BE USED TO ARM TEACHERS. THIS UNS PREDEFINITED AS FEDERAL FUNDING HAS NEVER BEEN ALLOWED FOR THIS PURPOSE. SECRETARY DEVOS POINTED THE I THINK IFER TO CONGRESS AND EXPRESSLY CALLED ON US TO CLARIFY OUR INTENT. BUT THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT IS ALREADY CLEAR. UNDER THE LAW, THE STUDENT -- UNDER THE LAW, THE STUDENTS SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED UNDER TITLE 4-A ALLOWING LOCAL LAWMAKERS TO TAILOR PROGRAMS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. IT IS DESIGNED TO MEET REQUIREMENTS BY EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, ART AND STEM CLASSES. HOWEVER WHEN WRITING AND ENACTING THE LAW CONGRESS NEVER CONTEMPLATED SUCH FLEXIBILITY ALLOWING PURCHASE OF FIREARMS. IN FACT, CONGRESS DENOUNCED THE PRESIDENT'S -- DENOUNCED THE PRESENCE OF FIREARMS IN SCHOOLS IN A SESSION WHICH PROMOTES PROGRAMS THAT FOST THEY ARE ECREATION AND MAINTENANCE OF SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT FREE OF WEAPONS. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESSIONAL INTENT, CONGRESS' OPPOSITION TO TAXPAYER FUNDED GUNS IN SCHOOLS WAS REITERATED IN THE STOP SCHOOL VIOLENCE ACT WHICH THE HOUSE PASSED LAST MARCH IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE PARKLAND, FLORIDA, SHOOTING. THIS LEGISLATION WHICH PASSED 407-10, EXPLICITLY PROHIBITS THE PROGRAM FUNDS FROM BEING USED FOR THE PURCHASE OF FIREARMS OR FIREARMS TRAINING. EVEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY UNDER SECRETARY NEIL ZEN ACTED THROUGH EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY TO PROHIBIT GRANT FUNDS SPECIFICALLY INTENDED FOR SCHOOL SECURITY FROM BEING USED TO PURCHASE GUNS. SECRETARY DEVOS HAS BOTH THE AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO FOLLOW LEGAL PRECEDENT, CONGRESSIONAL INTENT, AS WELL AS COMMONSENSE ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE BY PROHIBITING TAXPAYER FUNDED GUNS IN SCHOOLS. SEEING AS THE SECRETARY IS SHIRKING THAT RESPONSIBILITY, CONGRESS MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS FROM A POLICY THAT WILL RECKLESSLY ENGAGE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. THIS FINAL VERSION OF THE LABOR-HHS APPROPRIATIONS BILL MUST MAKE CLEAR THAT NO TAXPAYER MONEY CAN BE USED TO ARM TEACHERS. THIS HAS NOT BEEN A PART SEASON ISSUE IN THE PAST AND SHOULD NOT BE A PART SEASON ISSUE TODAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 06:23:12 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                          MR. COLE

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF MY FRIEND IS PREPARED TO…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF MY FRIEND IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                        • 06:23:23 PM

                                                          MS. DELAURO

                                                          IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU YIELD BACK FIRST AND THEN I CLOSE?

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                                                          MR. COLE

                                                          CORRECT. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                                        • 06:23:32 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 06:23:34 PM

                                                          MR. COLE

                                                          I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING MY FRIENDS. THEY ALWAYS BRING INTERESTING…

                                                          I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING MY FRIENDS. THEY ALWAYS BRING INTERESTING POINTS TO THE FLOOR, PARTICULARLY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE BUT ALSO MY FRIEND MR. SCOTT. I WANT TO ASSURE THEM THAT WHEN WE SIT DOWN TO BARGAIN WE'LL BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL, I THINK APPROPRIATELY SHOULD BE, ON THE TABLE AND OPEN FOR FAIR DISCUSSION. I DO POINT OUT TO THE BODY THAT FRANKLY WHEN WE'VE DONE THIS BEFORE WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO FIND COMMON GROUND. BEEN ABLE TO ARRIVE AT A FINAL SOLUTION THAT HAD SUBSTANTIAL BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. I'M CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN DO THAT AGAIN THIS YEAR. AND FRANKLY IT'S VERY MUCH MY HOPE THAT WE COULD DO IT BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT, THE DOMESTIC PROGRAMS WE FUND IN THE LABOR-H BILL WHICH MY FRIEND SO ABLY ADVANCES AND DEFENDS, WE DO THAT WITHOUT HAVING A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. SOMETHING THAT INTERRUPTING THE PROGRESS. THAT'S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THE AREA OF DEFENSE THAT WE AVOID CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. SO I THINK THERE'LL BE CONSIDERABLE GOOD WILL ON BOTH SIDES, CONSIDERABLE EFFORT TO COME TOGETHER IN A COMMON GROUND. HAVING SAID THAT, I CONTINUE TO OPPOSE INSTRUCTIONS TO COMMITTEE BECAUSE THE COMMITTEE, THE CONFEREES HAVE PROVEN BEFORE THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER AND PRODUCE A PRODUCT. IT'S MY HOPE WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT. I URGE THE BODY TO REJECT THE EFFORT TO INSTRUCT THE CONFEREES AND INVITE MY FRIENDS AS I KNOW THEY WILL TO SIT DUN IN GOOD FAITH AND WORK WITH US TO ARRIVE AT A BILL THAT BOTH SIDES OF THE ROTUNDA AND BOTH PARTIES CAN SUPPORT IN SUBSTANTIAL NUMBERS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT PROCESS WITH MY GOOD FRIEND THE RANKING MEMBER FROM CONNECTICUT, OBVIOUSLY WITH MY GOOD FRIEND THE SUBCOMMITTEE -- OR THE COMMITTEE FULL RANKING MEMBER AS WELL AND I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT WORKING TOGETHER IN GOOD FAITH AS WE HAVE IN THE PATH PAST WILL GET TO A -- WE'LL GET TO A PLACE WE BOTH CAN BE PLEASED WITH, IF NOT PERFECTLY SATISFIED WITH. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE REEX OF THE INSTRUCTIONS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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                                                          MS. DELAURO

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING LET ME AGAIN URGE THE HOUSE CONFEREES…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING LET ME AGAIN URGE THE HOUSE CONFEREES TO LOOK AT THE SENATE LABOR-HHS BILL AS A BASE FOR IMPROVEMENT AND TO SERIOUSLY IMPROVE IT. I ASK THEM AGAIN TO PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE PRIORITY WE HAVE OUTLINE HERE TODAY. THE WORK OF THE LABOR-H. BILL HAS ALWAYS REFLECTED OUR PRIORITIES AS A NATION. HELPING TO PROVIDE SERVICES THAT MEET OUR MOST BASIC NEEDS, OUR HEALTH, OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION, AND THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT UNCOVERS THE CURES OF TOMORROW. THESE ARE CHALLENGES THAT ONLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THE ABILITY, THE CAPACITY, AND THE RESOURCES TO HELP US MEET. THE CENTRAL PROBLEM OF THE HOUSE BILL IS THAT IT FAILS TO MEET THAT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF CONGRESS SPENDING TRILLIONS IN TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, WHILE TELLING FAMILIES AND WORKING PEOPLE THAT WE SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO INVEST IN THINGS THAT IMPACT THEIR DAILY LIVES. WE CAN MAKE THOSE INVESTMENTS BUT ONLY IF WE MAKE THEM A PRIORITY. AND I WANT TO SAY TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, TO MR. COLE THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AND THAT IS WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE -- THAT OUGHT TO BE OUR GOAL IN THIS EFFORT. SO THAT WE CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF WHAT THIS -- THE MISSION OF WHAT THIS LABOR-H. BILL HAS AT ITS CORE. IT IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND MEETING THEIR NEEDS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT…

                                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES APPEAR TO HAVE IT.

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                                                        • 06:27:48 PM

                                                          MS. DELAURO

                                                          I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                          THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT ASKS FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND…

                                                          THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT ASKS FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN THE YEAS AND NAYS ARERDERED -- ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A PHI-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6439. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 171. THE NAYS ARE 221. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                                                          ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 171. THE NAYS ARE 221. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LADEN THE TABLE. -- IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6439, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 705, H.R. 6439, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND…

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 705, H.R. 6439, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION ALERT PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

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

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 272, THE NAYS ARE 119. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

                                                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 272, THE NAYS ARE 119. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE FOLLOWING CONFEREES ON. HAD R. 6157 -- ON H.R. 6157.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          MR. FRELLING HIGHSEN, MS. GRANGERS, MESSRS. COLE, ADERHOLT, ROGERS OF…

                                                          MR. FRELLING HIGHSEN, MS. GRANGERS, MESSRS. COLE, ADERHOLT, ROGERS OF KENTUCKY, MRS. ROBY, MRS. LOWEY, MR. VESSCLOSSKY, MS. DELAURO, ROYBAL-ALLARD AND MCCOLLUM. THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. I WRITE TO RESPECTFULLY TEND MEYER RESIGNATION AS A MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN SMITH. SIGNED, SINCERELY, BARRY LOUDERMILK.

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                                                        • 07:04:36 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. ANNOUNCEMENT. CONTINUATION…

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. ANNOUNCEMENT. CONTINUATION OF ADDITIONAL SUSPENSIONS TODAY. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON ADDITIONAL MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORD VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, OR VOTES OBJECTED TOUND CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE COME TO ORDER AND PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6265,…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6265, AS AMENDED.

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                                                        • 07:08:23 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                        • 07:08:26 PM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 708. H.R. 6265, A BILL TO ENSURE THAT ONLY TRAVELERS…

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 708. H.R. 6265, A BILL TO ENSURE THAT ONLY TRAVELERS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF A TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM, USE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SECURITY SCREENING LANES DESIGNATED FOR TRUSTED TRAVELERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                        • 07:08:45 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                                          THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                        • 07:09:01 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          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 WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                        • 07:09:13 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                        • 07:09:14 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELDCONSME

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO ORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RCOIZED.

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                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          M KER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONGUPPOROF H.R. 265, THE PRECHECK IS PRECHCK ACT…

                                                          M KER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONGUPPOROF H.R. 265, THE PRECHECK IS PRECHCK ACT OF 2018. TH DEMOTRE MICE BIEF THAT THE TANTATION SECURITY ADMISTRATION OU USE ITS PRHECK SEEN LANEST AIRRT CHECK POINTS AS THEWE ORIGINAL INTENDED. THBIRT BILL CODIE THE SOTION TO A LONGSTANDING FRUSTRATION TH I A OS REITSAIED TO T.S. ON MANY -- REITERATED TO T.S. MAY OCCASIONS. EY SHOULD NOT BESED AS TOOLS TO MANAGE CGEION FOR PAENGERS AN AIRPORT. INSTEAD OEMOYEI A ONE-SIZE-FITALAPPROA T PAENGER SECURY SREENING, E CONCEPT UNRLINING T.S.A.'S PRECHECPROGRAM IS ONE OF RISBAD SECUTY.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO MPE

                                                          THE GENEMAN WILL SUSPEND THE HOUSE INN ORDE PLEASE REMOVE YR CONVERSATION…

                                                          THE GENEMAN WILL SUSPEND THE HOUSE INN ORDE PLEASE REMOVE YR CONVERSATION FRTH FLOORTHE HOUSEILB ORD.

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                                                        • 07:10:22 PM

                                                          MR.ATKO

                                                          ISHOUL SAV TAXPAY DLARAN REST IN AN ENHAND SECURIECKPOINT EXPERIENCE FOR…

                                                          ISHOUL SAV TAXPAY DLARAN REST IN AN ENHAND SECURIECKPOINT EXPERIENCE FOR ALL TVELERS. HOVER, THE STATED BENEFOF THE PRECCKROGRM HAVE OF RISK-BASED SECURITY.

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                                                        • 07:10:33 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                                                        • 07:10:38 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          THIS SHOULD SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND RESULT IN AN ENHANCED SECURITY…

                                                          THIS SHOULD SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND RESULT IN AN ENHANCED SECURITY CHECKPOINT EXPERIENCE FOR ALL TRAVELERS. HOWEVER, THE STATED BENEFITS OF THE PRECHECK PROGRAM HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN UNDERMINED BY T.S.A.'S PRACTICIVE MOG -- PRACTICE OF MOVING UNVETTED PASSENGERS INTO THE PRECHECK LANES FOR THE SAKE OF EXPEDIENCY. I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, SECURITY CANNOT BE SACRIFICED FOR EXPEDIENCY. THIS LEGISLATION WILL REQUIRE T.S.A. TO ENSURE THAT ONLY TRAVELERS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF A TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM ARE PERMITTED TO USE PRECHECK SECURITY SCREENING LANES AT T.S.A. CHECKPOINTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF PASSENGER, IT ALSO PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK FOR T.S.A. TO EXPEDITE SCREENING FOR PASSENGERS WHO HAVE BEEN DETERMINED TO POSE A LOWER RISK TO AVIATION SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                                                        • 07:11:15 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. IT'S MERELY A FEW SHORT STEPS. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATION OFF THE FLOOR. MOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        • 07:12:00 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          THE EFFECTS OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE FAR-REACHING. BY RESTORING THE…

                                                          THE EFFECTS OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE FAR-REACHING. BY RESTORING THE PRECHECK PROGRAM TO ITS ORIGINAL PURPOSE, PASSENGERS WHO HAVE ELECTED TO PARTICIPATE WILL EXPERIENCE A SHORTER CHECKPOINT PROCESS THEY WERE PROMISED WHEN THEY WERE FIRST ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM. ADDITIONALLY, PASSENGERS WILL BE MORE INCENTIVIZED TO ENROLL IN A TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM WHEN IT IS WORKING AS IT SHOULD. TO ACHIEVE T.S.A.'S STATED GOAL OF ENROLLING 25 MILLION PASSENGERS BY THE END OF 2019, RESTRICTING PRECHECK EXPEDITED SCREENING LANES TO VET AND RULED PASSENGERS IS A NECESSARY TIFMENT I WISH TO THANK THE MEMBER -- NECESSITY. I WISH TO THANK MRS. WATSON COLEMAN FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I ALSO WISH TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN KEATING, FOR HIS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS ACT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 07:12:50 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        • 07:12:55 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6265, THE PRECHECK ACT…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6265, THE PRECHECK ACT OF 2018. AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                        • 07:13:07 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:13:09 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2011 THE TRANSPORTATION AND SECURITY…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2011 THE TRANSPORTATION AND SECURITY ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHED A PRECHECK PROGRAM TO EXPEDITE VETTED, KNOWN TRAVELERS THROUGH AIRPORT CHECKPOINT SCREENINGS. TODAY T.S.A. PRECHECK IS IN MORE THAN 200 AIRPORTS NATIONWIDE. IMPROVING SECURITY BY ALLOWING T.S.A. TO FOCUS ITS RESOURCES ON THE PASSENGERS IT KNOWS THE LEAST ABOUT, WHO MAY POSE A HIGHER RISK TO THE AVIATION SYSTEM. WHILE PRECHECK HAS GENERALLY PROVEN POPULAR WITH PASSENGERS, THERE IS A CONCERN THAT T.S.A. HAS STRAIGHT FROM THE PROGRAM'S ORIGINAL INTENT. IN AN EFFORT TO MANAGE CHECKPOINT WAIT TIMES, T.S.A. HAS PUT TRAVELERS WHO ARE NOT ENROLLED IN PRECHECK INTO EX DESPITE -- EXPEDITED SCREENING LANES. WHILE I RECOGNIZE THAT LARGE CROUDS OF PASSENGERS WAITING AT CHECKPOINTS COULD POSE A SECURITY RISK, THE WAY TO PREVENT LONG LINES IS TO STAFF CHECKPOINTS SUFFICIENTLY, NOT TO ABUSE THE AVAILABILITY OF EXPEDITED SCREENING LANES. H.R. 6265 SEEKS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE BY REQUIRING THAT PRECHECK LANES BE USED ONLY BY TRUSTED TRAVELERS WITH LIMITED EXCEPTIONS. IT ALSO REQUIRES T.S.A. TO PILOT A RISK-MODIFIED SCREENING CONCEPT UNDER WHICH A NEW LEVEL OF SCREENING, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PRECHECK, PE INDICTED SCREENING AND STANDARD SCREENING, COULD BE PROVIDED TO PASSENGERS THAT T.S.A. DEEMS TO POSE A LOWER RISK TO SECURITY. FINALLY, THIS BILL PUSHES T.S.A. TO GROW PARTICIPATION IN THE PRECHECK PROGRAM BY PROVIDING MORE INOWEVATIVE AND CONVENIENT ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PASSENGERS. THIS BILL IS A RESULT OF BIPARTISAN WORK AND BUILDS UPON LEGISLATION THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RANKING MEMBER MR. THOMPSON ADVANCED IN THE LAST CONGRESS. AND IT IS MY DELIGHT TO WORK WITH THE CURRENT SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. KATKO, AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO ENSURE THAT TRAVELING PASSENGERS ARE ALWAYS SAFE. I THANK MR. KATKO FOR HAD THIS COLLABORATION AND ON THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                        • 07:15:34 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES.

                                                        • 07:15:36 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER…

                                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                        • 07:15:43 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M READY TO CLOSE.

                                                        • 07:15:47 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:15:50 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY NOT ONLY T.S.A. CHECK LANES TO ADDRESS WAIT TIMES BUT MAKE NOELMENT OPPORTUNITIES. ENACTMENT OF THIS BILL SHOULD HELP T.S.A. TO ACHIEVE ITS ORIGINAL VISION FOR THE PRECHECK PROGRAM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND I YOOLED BACK.

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                                                        • 07:16:18 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELD.

                                                        • 07:16:20 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTMENTS OF THE GENTLELADY. SHE IS…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTMENTS OF THE GENTLELADY. SHE IS EXACTLY RIGHT. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT BEING USED. THE IDEA OF PRECHECK IS TO HAVE A KNOWN TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM WHERE SOMEONE WALKS THROUGH AND COMBETS A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF SCRUTINY. WHEN YOU PUT PEOPLE THROUGH THAT SAME LANE AND GET A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF SCRUTINY THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE, IT DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL. AND WITH TERRORISM THE WAY IT IS TODAY AND ATTACKING OUR AVIATION INDUSTRY, WE SHOULDN'T BE CAUGHT IN CORNERS. WE NEED TO HAVE MORE PEOPLE STAFFING THESE LAPES AND BETTER RUNNING OF THE PRECHECK PROGRAM. BUT IF YOU CANNOT CUT CORNERS WHEN IT COMES TO SECURITY. SO THEREFORE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6265 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 07:17:20 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                        • 07:17:49 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

                                                        • 07:17:51 PM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1049 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF…

                                                          REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1049 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL TO AMEND THE LOAN COUNSELING REQUIREMENT NTS UNDER THE PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4606 TO PROVIDE FOR APPLICATIONS UNDER THE NATURAL GAS ACT FOR IMPORTATION OR EXPORTATION OF SMALL VOLYUMES OF NATURAL GAS.

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                                                        • 07:18:20 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 NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        • 07:18:30 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6461.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 712 H.R. 6461 A BILL TO AMEND UNITED STATES CODE 49…

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 712 H.R. 6461 A BILL TO AMEND UNITED STATES CODE 49 TO A NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT OFFICE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                        • 07:18:53 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE…

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY MISWATSON COLEMAN EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                                        • 07:19:03 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

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

                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                        • 07:19:13 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                        • 07:19:15 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:19:19 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6461, T.S.A. NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT ENFORCEMENT ACT…

                                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6461, T.S.A. NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT ENFORCEMENT ACT SPONSORED BY MRS. WATSON COLEMAN. T.S.A. OPERATIONS HAPPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR AT ALL AIRPORTS. OUR NATION DEPENDS ON OUR PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINES TO KEEP OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MOVING AND SECURE. IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, THE ADMINISTRATOR STATED THAT THE GREATEST ASSETS ARE ITS PEOPLE AND I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. TRANSPORTATION SECURITY OFFICERS ARE TASKED WITH A ZERO-FAILED MISSION AND DEDICATION TO DUTY KEEPS AMERICANS SECURE. STRENGTHENING ECONOMY, PASSENGER AND EXPECTED TO GO MUCH HIRE AND T.S.A. HAS ACCOMMODATING THESE AT CHECKPOINTS. ONE OF THE MOST HELPFUL TOOLS IN T.S.A.'S TOOL BOX, HELPS T.S.A. AHE LEAF YATE LONG LINES AND MINIMIZING SECURITY RISKS AND REDUCING PASSENGER WAIT TIMES. THIS LEGISLATION WITHIN THE T.S.A. TO PROVIDE RAPID AND AND IT IS COMPRISED OF SECURITY OFFICERS WHO MAY BE DEPLOYED TO SUPPLEMENT EXISTING T.S.A. STAFFING DURING HIGH SEASONAL DEMAND, NATURAL DISASTERS OR OTHER SCENARIOS. RECENTLY, THE M D.F. HAS REQUIRED ADDITIONAL SECURITY SUCH AS THE SUPER BOWL. GIVEN THE INCREASED ANTICIPATED GROLLINGTFERINGS THIS WILL ENSURE THAT T.S.A. HAS THE NEEDS TO RESPOND TO PASSENGER VOLUME AT SPECIFIC AIRPORTS. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION WITH MY GOOD FRIEND TO AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT FORCE AND MAKE T.S.A. THE AGENCY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT AND RESERVE. I RESERVE.

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                                                        • 07:21:45 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                        • 07:21:49 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6461, AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                                                          I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6461, AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                        • 07:21:58 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:22:01 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION MAINTAINS THIS NATIONAL…

                                                          THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION MAINTAINS THIS NATIONAL DEPLOYMENT FORCE OR N.D.F., MADE UP OF THE OFFICES THAT ARE DEPLOYED TO VARIOUS LOCATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN SUPPORT OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY MISSION. TODAY, THE T.S.A. ADD ADMINISTRATOR RESPONDS RAPIDLY TO CHALLENGES AT MORE THAN 4408 AIRPORTS WHERE T.S.A. CONDUCTS SECURITY OPERATIONS. MAINTAINANCE OF THIS CAPABILITY WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE IF T.S.A. DID NOT MAINTAIN A SCREENING WORK FORCE. IT EMPLOYS TO ADDRESS SEASONAL DEMANDS AND PERIODS OF RELIEF FOLLOWING AR NATIONAL DISASTER OR OTHER MAJOR SNINT AND AGAIN, SUCH AS THE SUPER BOWL AND NATIONAL POLITICAL CONVENTIONS. IN PARTICULAR, THE N.D.F. WAS CRITICAL TO ENSURE TO OPERATE FULLY IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE SANDY. NOTABLY T.S.A. HAS CALLED ON THE N.D.F. TO FILL STAFFING GAPS WHERE COMPANIES OPERATING UNDER THE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM ARE UNABLE TO HIRE ENOUGH OFFICERS. MY BILL AUTHORIZES THE N.D.F. TO MAKE SURE ITS WORK CONTINUES AND REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE ACTIVITIES TO ENSURE PROPER OVERSIGHT. BECAUSE OFFICERS SERVING ON THE N.D.F. GO ABOVE AND BEYOND, LEAVING THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES ON SHORT NOTICE, MY BILL AUTHORIZES T.S.A. TO CONSIDER SERVICE IN THIS FORCE AS A POSITIVE FACTOR WHEN EVALUATING APPLICANTS. THE N.D.F. IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY EFFORTS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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                                                        • 07:24:12 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZE DOLLARS.

                                                        • 07:24:18 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER…

                                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE SHE DOES.

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND READY TO CLOSE. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

                                                          I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND READY TO CLOSE. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        • 07:24:34 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          IN RECENT YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN T.S.A. FACE A WIDE ARRAY OF CHALLENGES…

                                                          IN RECENT YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN T.S.A. FACE A WIDE ARRAY OF CHALLENGES INCLUDING THREAT STREAMS, LENGTHY WAIT TEAMS AND TO RE-OPE AFERTSE. IT PROVIDES THEM WITH THE FLEXIBILITY IT NEEDS TO MAINTAIN THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS IN THE FACE OF THESE CHALLENGES. I THANK MY PARTNER ON THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. KATKO, AS WELL AS MY OTHER COLLEAGUES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:25:15 PM

                                                          MR. KATKO

                                                          I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. I AGREE WITH MY COMMENTS AND I THINK…

                                                          I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. I AGREE WITH MY COMMENTS AND I THINK IT IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION IN FACING THE ONGOING CHALLENGES IS DURING PEAK TRAVEL TIMES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 07:25:34 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6461. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TAIL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIAEEK RECOGNITIO MR. PERRYI MOVE THE HOUSE SUCCESS PINNED E RULES AND PASS H.R. 646338.

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                                                        • 07:26:26 PM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOLANDECURITY…

                                                          A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOLANDECURITY MANNED SYSMS COORDINATOR AND FOR OTHE PURSES.

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                                                        • 07:26:43 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          HE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                          MR. PERRY

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

                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATORS DAYS TO INCLUDE ANY EX TRAINOUS MATERIALS ON T BILL FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        • 07:27:00 PM

                                                          MR. PERRY

                                                          I MOVE THE HOUSE SUCCESS PINNED THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 646338.

                                                        • 07:27:02 PM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY…

                                                          A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY UNMANNED SYSTEMS COORDINATOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

                                                        • 07:27:09 PM

                                                          MR. PERRY

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

                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATORS DAYS TO INCLUDE ANY EX TRAINOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6438, THE D.H.S. COUNTERING UNMANNED SYSTEMS COORDINATOR ACT. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION ESTIMATED THERE WERE 1.9 MILLION UNMANNED SYSTEMSER KNOWN AS DRONES IN THE U.S. THIS NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO GROW TO A STAGGERING 4.3 MILLION BY THE END OF 2020. THE INCREASED AVAILABILITY HAS LED TO CONCERNS OVER THE POTENTIAL RISK OF NATIONAL SECURITY. ARE DRONES PROVIDE MALICIOUS ACTORS FOR POTENTIALLY PAYLOADS IN CARRYING OUT AN ATTACK. THIS THREAT IS NOT IMAGINE AREA. THEY HAVE INCLUDED WEAPONS BY ISIS AND TR INTRUSIONS AT NFL AND DAMAGE TO STRARBG IN CANADA. SEVERAL OFFICES ASSESS DRONE THREATS AND ARE MEMBERS OF INTERAGENCY AND INDUSTRY WORKING GROUPS. HOWEVER D.H.S. DOES NOT HAVE EAB OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POLICIES AND ACTIVITIES. H.R. 6438 AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DESIGNATE A COUNTERING UNMANNED SYSTEM COORDINATOR TO SERVE AS THE LEAD OFFICIAL TO COUNTER PLANS. H.R. 6438 ENABLES D.H.S. TO COORDINATE UNDER ONE OFFICIAL. UNDER H.R. 6438, THE COORDINATOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATOR WITH D.H.S. COMPONENTS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MOL CYST AND PLANS. THE COUNTERING U.A.S. PROMOTES THE DRONE PARTICULAR NOLINGS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT AND ENSURES THAT DRONE THREATS IS DISSEMINATED ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT AS APPROPRIATE. THE COORDINATOR WILL SERVE AS THE PRINCIPAL DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL FOR DISSEMINATING ARE INFORMATION REGARDING COUNTERDRONE MEASURES AND ENSURE THAT COUNTERDRONE ACTIVITIES ARE CARRIED OUT. H.R. 6438 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO PREPARE THE DEPARTMENT IN CARRYING OUT ITS DUTIES IN ENCOUNTERING ITS EMERGING THREAT. I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT A LETTER FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME --

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                                                        • 07:29:59 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                        • 07:30:02 PM

                                                          MR. PERRY

                                                          I ASK MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 6438 AND RESERVE. .

                                                        • 07:30:11 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 643, THE D.H.S.…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 643, THE D.H.S. COUNTERING UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS COORDINATOR ACT AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                        • 07:30:25 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:30:27 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6438 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

                                                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6438 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO HAVE A DESIGNATED OFFICIAL TO COORDINATE THE DEPARTMENT'S UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS OR U.A.S. PLANS AND POLICIES. THE COUNTERING U.A.S. COORDINATOR WOULD WORK WITH DEPARTMENT COMPONENTS AND OFFICES TO ENSURE TESTING, EVALUATION OR DEPLOYMENT OF SYSTEMS TO IDENTIFY, ASSESS OR DEFEAT A U.A.S. THREAT, ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE FEDERAL LAWS. THE COORDINATER WOULD ALSO SERVE AS THE PRINCIPAL DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR DECENTRAL -- DISSEMINATING INFORMATION TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR REGARDING COUNTER-U.A.S. TECHNOLOGY. IN HOMELAND SECURITY CIRCLES, THERE'S BROAD RECOGNITION THAT U.A.S. TECHNOLOGY ENHANCES CAPABILITIES TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, DELIVER DISASTER RELIEF TO AFFECTED AREAS AND SURVEIL WEAK SPOTS ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER. AT THE SAME TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THERE IS CONSIDERABLE CONCERN REGARDING THE SECURITY THREATS THAT U.A.S. MAY PROVIDE. MORE AND MORE WE HEAR OF INSTANCES WHERE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS DRONES, ARE USED FOR NEFARIOUS REASONS, SUCH AS TO AID IN SMUGGLING OPERATIONS OR TO CONDUCT SURVEILLANCE TO EVADE LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE THREAT WAS UNDERSCORED LAST MONTH WHEN A DRONE WAS USED IN UNSUCCESSFUL ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF THE VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT AS HE SPOKE AT A MASSIVE MILITARY PARADE. AS SUCH, I SUPPORT D.H.S. ORGANIZING ITSELF TO BETTER ADDRESS THIS EMERGING HOMELAND SECURITY THREAT. AS SET FORTH IN H.R. 6438. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 07:32:17 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        • 07:32:22 PM

                                                          MR. PERRY

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEYS…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEYS INTO OTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLELADY DOES.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER, I AM READY TO CLOSE.

                                                        • 07:32:35 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:32:37 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THERE IS INCREASINGLY MORE CONCERN…

                                                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THERE IS INCREASINGLY MORE CONCERN REGARDING THE POTENTIAL THREATS THAT U.A.S. MAY POSE TO THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE. LAST CONGRESS WHEN I SERVED AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE WITH MR. PERRY, WE WORKED TOGETHER ON LEGISLATION THAT DRAFTED -- THAT I DRAFTED TO ADDRESS THE U.A.S. THREAT. SINCE THAT TIME, THE RANGE OF THREATS ASSOCIATED WITH U.A.S. HAVE GROWN MORE COMPLEX AND DEMAND D.H.S. PRIORITIZES COUNTER-U.A.S. EFFORTS IN UNPRECEDENTED WAYS. DESIGNATING AN OFFICIAL TO COORDINATE DEPARTMENT COUNTER-U.A.S. PLANS AND POLICIES IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WITH THAT, I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 07:33:33 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                        • 07:33:38 PM

                                                          MR. PERRY

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY,…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY, SHE'S BEEN THE LEADER ON THIS ISSUE, AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO BOTH OF US. AND TO OUR COUNTRY. AND I APPLAUD HER EFFORTS AND THANK HER FOR HER SUPPORT OF THESE EFFORTS. AT THIS TIME I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6438 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 07:33:54 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6438, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECK ANYTHING? -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        • 07:34:30 PM

                                                          MS. MCSALLY

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6400 AS…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6400 AS AMENDED.

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                                                        • 07:34:35 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                        • 07:34:37 PM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          H.R. 6400. A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT…

                                                          H.R. 6400. A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT A THREAT AND OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS OF PORTS OF ENTRY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                        • 07:34:47 PM

                                                          TEMPORE

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MRS. LESKO, AND THE…

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MRS. LESKO, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                        • 07:34:57 PM

                                                          MRS. LESKO

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

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

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                                                        • 07:35:09 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                        • 07:35:13 PM

                                                          MRS. LESKO

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

                                                        • 07:35:20 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZES -- IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:35:22 PM

                                                          MRS. LESKO

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE UNITED STATES HAS OVER 300 OFFICIAL PORTS OF…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE UNITED STATES HAS OVER 300 OFFICIAL PORTS OF ENTRY, RANGING FROM LAND BORDER PORTS TO OUR SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN BORDERS, TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS AND MAJOR METROPOLITAN CITIES, TO SEA PORTS RANGING FROM THE GREAT LAKES TO COASTAL CITIES. WHILE EACH PORT FACILITATES TRADE AND TRAVEL THAT KEEPS OUR ECONOMY HUMMING, EACH HAS THEIR OWN UNIQUE SECURITY CHALLENGES TO PREVENT ILLICIT ACTIVITY. THAT IS WHY IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE KNOW THE VULNERABILITIES AND OPERATIONAL NEEDS AT EACH AND EVERY PORT IN ORDER TO PROPERLY PROTECT OUR HOMELAND FROM THREATS AND EXPLOITATIONS. I INTRODUCED THIS BILL BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY'S PORTS ARE LONG OVERDUE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW. MY BILL REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DO A FULL THREAT AND OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS OF THESE VULNERABILITIES AND CREATE A STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ILLICIT DRUGS, ILLEGAL CONTRABAND AND TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AT OUR AIR, LAND AND SEA PORTS OF ENTRY. THE BILL ALSO WORKS TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF COMMERCE THAT IS VITAL TO OUR ECONOMY. WE NEED TO NOT ONLY THINK ABOUT THE SECURITY OF OUR PORTS, BUT ALSO THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND OPERATIONAL NEEDS AS WELL. PORTS OF ENTRY CONTINUE TO BE PREFERRED LOCATIONS FOR TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND DRUG SMUGGLERS TO TRANSPORT ILLICIT DRUGS AND CONTRABAND INTO THE UNITED STATES. IN FACT, BETWEEN OCTOBER 1, 2010, AND MARCH 31, 2018, CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION CONDUCTED MORE THAN 84 MILLION NONINTRUSIVE INSPECTION EXAMINATIONS RESULTING IN MORE THAN 19,000 NARCOTICS SEIZURES AND 79 MILLION -- -- $79 MILLION IN CURRENCY SEIZURES. MANY U.S. PORTS OF ENTRY WERE BUILT 40 TO 50 YEARS AGO. THEREFORE THEY WERE NEVER DESIGNED FOR POST-9/11 SECURITY MEASURES, TECHNOLOGY OR INCREASED VOLUME OF TRAFFIC. THESE INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRAINTS MAGNIFY THE THREATS AT OUR PORTS OF ENTRY AND MANIFEST THEMSELVES AS LONG LINES AND BOTTLENECKS THAT STRAIN CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION'S ABILITY TO PROPERLY VET ALL INCOMING TRAFFIC. IN ADDITION, LONG LINES AND WAIT TIMES DELAY TRADE AND COST THE U.S. ECONOMY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR IN LOST PRODUCTIVITY. THIS IS WHY MY BILL'S REQUIRED ANALYSIS WILL LOOK OVER CURRENT AND POTENTIAL THREATS, METHODS AND PATHWAYS USED TO EXPLOIT SECURITY VULNERABILITIES AND IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED TO IMPROVE ELICIT DRUGS AND OTHER CONTRABAND FROM CROSSING OUR BORDER. FOLLOWING ANALYSIS, MY BILL DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CREATE A PLAN TO ADDRESS THE THREATS IN OPERATIONAL INEFFICIENCIES IDENTIFIED. WE NEED TO FIX THESE PROBLEMS. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION. OUR PORTS MUST BE BROUGHT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. I AM PLEASED BY THE SUPPORT I HAVE RECEIVED ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I SPECIFICALLY WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL OF THE HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH ME TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. MODERNIZING OUR PORTS OF ENTRY --

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                                                        • 07:39:13 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                        • 07:39:15 PM

                                                          MRS. LESKO

                                                          THANK YOU. MODERNIZING OUR PORTS OF ENTRY IS JUST ONE STEP IN SECURING OUR…

                                                          THANK YOU. MODERNIZING OUR PORTS OF ENTRY IS JUST ONE STEP IN SECURING OUR BORDER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 6400 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 07:39:30 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                        • 07:39:34 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6400, THE UNITED STATES…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6400, THE UNITED STATES PORTS OF ENTRY THREAT AND OPERATIONAL REVIEW ACT. AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                        • 07:39:43 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:39:45 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6400 WOULD REQUIRE THE…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6400 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT AN ANALYSIS OF THE THREATS AND OPERATIONS AT ALL UNITED STATES' AIR, LAND AND SEA PORTS OF ENTRY. FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE THREAT ANALYSIS, H.R. 6400 REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT TO PRODUCE A STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO MITIGATE SUCH THREATS. THE STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN MUST INCLUDE CONSIDERATION OF IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED AT THE PORTS OF ENTRY TO REDUCE WAIT TIMES AND FACILITATE THE LAWFUL MOVEMENT OF TRADE, TRAVEL AND PEOPLE. THIS BILL IS MODELED AFTER THE NORTHERN BORDER SECURITY REVIEW ACT, WHICH WAS SIGNED INTO LAW IN 2016. MOST OF WHAT IS REQUIRED IN THIS MEASURE IS ALREADY BEING DONE BY THE DEPARTMENT. WHAT H.R. 6400 WOULD DO IS BRING TOGETHER VARIOUS MANDATED MATERIALS INTO ONE REPORT. THE DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT THIS NEW MANDATE IN A WAY THAT IS NOT DUPLICATIVE OF OTHER EFFORTS. AND WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 07:40:58 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                        • 07:41:07 PM

                                                          MRS. LESKO

                                                          THANK YOU,

                                                        • 07:41:10 PM

                                                          MRS. LESKO

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARE CLOD CLOSE TO -- TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLELADY DOES.

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                                                        • 07:41:16 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:41:18 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I AM READY TO…

                                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I AM READY TO CLOSE.

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                                                        • 07:41:21 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:41:23 PM

                                                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                          THANK YOU. I WOULD URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 6400. A MEASURE THAT…

                                                          THANK YOU. I WOULD URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 6400. A MEASURE THAT DIRECTS D.H.S. TO TAKE A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PROTECTING OUR PORTS OF ENTRY, VITAL GATEWAYS FOR TRADE AND TRAVEL. SPEAKING OF THE NEED FOR A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO OKLAHOMALAND SECURITY, I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE DEPARTMENT'S QUADRENNIAL HOMELAND SECURITY REVIEW IS 247 DAYS OVERDUE. PURSUANT TO SECTION 707 OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT, THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO PRODUCE THIS OVERARCHING STRATEGY EVERY FOUR YEARS. AS THE AUTHOR OF THE QUADRENNIAL HOMELAND SECURITY REVIEW TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS ACT OF 2017, A MEASURE AIMED AT IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF FUTURE REVIEWS THAT IS PENDING IN THE SENATE, I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT D.H.S. NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB OF PRIORITIZING ITS VAST ARRAY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MISSION AREAS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 07:42:22 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                        • 07:42:27 PM

                                                          MRS. LESKO

                                                          YES, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6400 AND…

                                                          YES, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6400 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        • 07:42:36 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

                                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6400, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        • 07:43:21 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 MY REMARKS.

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                                                        • 07:43:25 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                                        • 07:43:27 PM

                                                          MR. WILSON

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, EACH AUGUST I CONDUCT A BUS TOUR OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECOND…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, EACH AUGUST I CONDUCT A BUS TOUR OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WITH MY WIFE, ROCKS ANNE, AND DEDICATED STAFF FROM ALL OFFICES. I ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE THIS YEAR'S SCHEDULE AT OF EMILY FOR THE VERY MEANINGFUL AGENDA. IT WAS HUMBLING AND INSPIRING TO ME WHAT CONSTITUENTS FROM 22 LOCATIONS FROM SMALL BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS TO LOCAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND LARGE EMPLOYERS. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK EMPLOYEES FOR THEIR SERVICE AND I OBSERVED FIRSTHAND THE EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS OF JOBS CREATED BY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S TAX CUTS, PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT. MANY OF THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE MULTIGENERATIONAL SUCCESS STORIES SUCH AS A COMPANY IN OPERATION FOR FOUR GENERATIONS AND IS CURRENTLY LED BY FRANK. WE ALSO VISITED WITH NEWER COMPANIES THAT THRIVE, LIKE TIDE WATER BOATS OF LEXINGTON WHICH STARTED IN 2006 AND CURRENTLY IS IN THE TOP 10 OF SALT WATER BOAT MANUFACTURERS IN THE NATION, WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF JIMMY METS AND CHRIS MARTZEN. ON THE BUS TOUR, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE PERSONAL QUESTIONS, CONCERNS AND INPUT FROM CITIZENS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN BORDALLO, FOR YOUR REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS, FOR YOUR LOVING DEVOTION FOR THE FAMILIES OF GUAM, AND YOUR TIRELESS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE. MS. BORDALLO IS A LIVING LEGEND OF EFFECTIVE SERVICE FOR THE PEOPLE OF GUAM.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                          MR. GARAMENDI

                                                          BEFORE I LAUNCH INTO THE MAJOR SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS EVENING, I WANT TO…

                                                          BEFORE I LAUNCH INTO THE MAJOR SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS EVENING, I WANT TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE HORRIFIC FIRES IN CALIFORNIA. IT IS EXTREMELY HORRIFIC. AND THEY OCCUR IN LATE OCTOBER, NOVEMBER. CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL. AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS THE 365-DAY-A-YEAR SEASON IN CALIFORNIA. IN MY OWN DISTRICT, IN LAKE COUNTY, IS STILL BURNING. MOSTLY UNDER CONTROL, BUT WILL PROBABLY BURN FOR ANOTHER MONTH. JUST TO THE NORTH, IN THE REDDING, CALIFORNIA AREA, FOUR PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. WE SAW LAST YEAR THE HUGE FIRE THAT OCCURRED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN THE VENTURA COUNTY AREA, FOLLOWED BY MUDSLIDES THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF DOZENS OF PEOPLE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRE AND MY GRATITUDE ALONG WITH THE GRATITUDE OF THE COMMUNITIES OF CALIFORNIA GO OUT TO THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO MET THE CHALLENGE OF THESE VERY FAST-MOVING, VERY, VERY DANGEROUS FIRES. AND ALL AMERICANS, THE NEED FOR US TO ADDRESS THE NEW ISSUES THAT CONFRONT OUR NATION AS A RESULT OF THE EVER WARMING CLIMATE AND THE NEED FOR THIS CONGRESS TO CARRY ON WHAT IS NOW IN PLACE IN LAW AND THAT IS TO ALLOW THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO HAVE TWO ACCOUNTS, ONE ACCOUNT FOR FIGHTING FIRES AND SEPARATE ACCOUNT FOR MANAGING THE FORESTS. THE HEALTH OF OUR FORESTS ARE IN DOUBT. AND WE CAN TAKE THE TREES OUT IN AN ORDERLY WAY AND REMOVE SOME OF THE VEGETATION PROVIDING THE NECESSARY FIRE BREAKS OR IT WILL COME OUT IN A FIRE. I OFTEN START MY SPECIAL ORDER HOURS WITH SOME WORDS FROM A VERY WELL-KNOWN AMERICAN, A FELLOW THAT HAD FOUR TERMS AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF YOU HAVEN'T FIGURED IT OUT ALREADY, IT WOULD BE F.D.R. IN THE PAST, AS I HAVE USED THIS TO SET THE TONE AND TO SET THE VALUE OF MY CONVERSATION OF THE VALUES OF MY CONVERSATION, I DIDN'T REALLY APPRECIATE HOW PERTINENT THESE WORDS WOULD BE HERE IN SEPTEMBER, THE DAY AFTER LABOR DAY OF 2018. SO I WANT TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO WHAT F.D.R. SAID IN THE 1930'S. HE SAID THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. I WANT TO SAY THAT AGAIN, BECAUSE THIS REALLY SHOULD BE OUR GOAL. THIS SHOULD BE THE PRALED VALUES OF OUR LEGISLATIVE PROCESS HERE. THE TEST OF ALL PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE HAD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. SO WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS? YESTERDAY WAS LABOR DAY. A TRADITION THAT GOES BACK TO THE 1880'S, WHEN THERE WAS A REAL CRISIS, WHEN THERE WAS CHILD LABOR AND THERE WERE NO WORKPLACE SAFETY LAWS, WHERE THERE WAS THE ADVENT OF WAR BECAME KNOWN AS THE ROBBER BEARERS AND THE ERA OF THE GOLDEN HUE. YESTERDAY, RICHARD TRUMPKA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE AFL-CIO WEIGHED DOWN SOME THOUGHTS THAT ALL OF US OUGHT TO PAY ATTENTION TO. HE SAID WORKING PEOPLE ARE CRYING OUT FOR CHANGE THAT WOULD BRING ABOUT A POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT LIFTS UP OUR VOICES AND ECONOMY THAT TREATS US FAIRLY AND A SOCIETY THAT ARE VALUES LABOR. HE ALSO SAID A FEW OTHER THINGS. HE SAID FOR DECADES, CORPORATE INTERESTS HAVE BEEN HELL BENT ON CHIPPING AWAY ON THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. THEY HAVE CORRUPTED OUR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS AND RIGID THE ECONOMY TO WORK FOR THE FEW AT THE EXPENSE OF MANY. WELL, IT SEEMS AS THOUGH HE MAY HAVE BEEN CHANNELSING F.D.R. AND WOULDN'T SURPRISE ME THAT HE WOULD. IN DECEMBER, CONGRESS PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE LARGEST TAX SCAM NUMB AMERICA'S HISTORY. OUR FRIENDS IN THE REPUBLICAN SIDE SOLD THE TAX BILL TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AS RELIEF FOR MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES. PRESIDENT TRUMP WENT FURTHER TO SAY THAT WORKING FAMILIES COULD EXPECT $4,000 TORE $7,000 RAISE DUE TO THE LOWERING TAX BURDENS ON COMPANIES. I SHOULD REPEAT THAT. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THAT WORKING FAMILIES COULD EXPECT A $4,000 TO $7,000 RAISE DUE TO THE LOWERING TAX BURDEN ON COMPANIES AND CORPORATIONS. HMMMH. LET'S TEST THOSE WORDS. LET'S TEST THOSE WORDS AGAINST WHAT HAS HAPPENED I SINCE DECEMBER OF 2017 WHEN THE LARGEST TAX SCAM IN THE NATION'S HISTORY ACTUALLY PASSED. SO, WHAT HAVE THE WORKERS OF AMERICA FOUND. THE UE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS HAVE FOUND THAT ARE WORKERS' REAL WAGES, ACCOUNTING FOR INFLATION, HAS DECREASED SLIGHTLY SINCE THE SIGNING OF THE TAX BILL. AND THIS MEANS THAT THE AVERAGE WORKERS' SALARY BUYS LESS TODAY THAN IT DID BEFORE DECEMBER, 2017. AND BY THE WAY, THAT TAX BILL COST THE FEDERAL TREASURY, THAT IS REDUCED THE TAX RECEIPTS TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY, BY NEARLY $2 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. WELL, NOT IN THE NEXT DECADE. WE ARE 9 1/4'S YEAR AHEAD. ALL THAT SOLD ON THE PREMISE THAT THE WAGES FOR WORKING AMERICANS WOULD INCREASE. NO. DIDN'T HAPPEN. NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN. THERE WAS SOME MODEST INCREASES IN WAGES, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN NEGATED, WIPED OUT, BY RISING INFRATION. SINCE THE GREAT RECESSION OF 2009-2010, THERE REALLY WAS REAL WAGE GROWTH, ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION. EVERY YEAR UNTIL THE CURRENT YEAR. NOW, UNDOUBTEDLY, THERE ARE SOME HERE IN CONGRESS AND PROGRAMS THE PRESIDENT THAT WOULD POINT OUT THAT SOME CORPORATIONS HAVE ACTUALLY USED THEIR WINDFALL FOR EMPLOYEE BONUSES. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THAT WINDFALL. HMMMH. I'M AFRAID THIS NUMBER IS WRONG. THERE IS GOING TO BE CLOSE TO A DRRS 2 TRILLION REDUCTION IN TAXES. WHERE IS IT GOING? WELL, LET'S SEE. 83% OF ALL OF THAT NEAR $2 TRILLION WINDS UP IN THE HANDS OF THE TOP 1% AND AMERICAN CORPORATIONS. EVERYONE ELSE CAN SHARE 17% OF THAT NUMBER. $2 TRILLION. SO, HOW MANY AMERICANS SAW A WIND FALL AS A RESULT OF THE TAX CUT AS PROMISED BY THE PRESIDENT. $4,000 TO $7,000 COMING TO YOU. WHETHER 155 MILLION EMPLOYEES IN AMERICA DOING EVERY CONCEIVABLE KIND OF WORK, INCLUDING SOME OF THE FOLKS HERE IN THE DAIS BEHIND ME. 155 MILLION. ONLY 6.8 MILLION OF THE 158 MILLION ACTUALLY RECEIVED WAGE INCREASES OR BONUSES SINCE THE PASS EARGE OF THE TAX SCAM. 5.9 MILLION EMPLOYERS, A VERY GENEROUS, 111 PROVIDED THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH A BONUS FOR AR SIGNIFICANT WAGE INCREASE. PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES ACROSS AMERICA ARE SPENDING 101 TIMES MORE MONEY OR STOCK BUYBACKS, $712 BILLION IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 2018. THAT EMPLOYEE RAISES OR BONUSES ARE $7.1 BILLION. SHOULD I SAY THAT AGAIN? PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES HAVE SPENT $712 BILLION ON STOCK BUYBACKS AND $7.1 BILLION ON BONUSES AND RAISES. INTERESTING. THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED ON THIS ON JULY 13 AND THE HEADLINES READ "PAYCHECKS LED AS PAYCHECKS SORRY AND ERODE WAGE GAINS. QUFMENT A BIGGER SHARE OF THE NATION'S WEALTH AND WORKERS VR RARELY SHARED A SMALLER ONE. I SUPPOSE IF I WANTED TO PLAY ECONOMIST, I WOULD PUT UP SOMETHING LIKE THIS. HOW IS CORPORATE AMERICA SPENDING THEIR TRACK TRUMP TAX CUT? WELL, HERE YOU HAVE -- OH, THIS WAS APRIL. THIS PLUS LINE, THAT'S APRIL. IN APRIL, CORPORATE STOCK BUYBACKS WERE $238 BILLION IN APRIL OF 2018. WE ARE NOW IN SEPTEMBER. THAT'S APRIL. $235 BILLION. $6.5 FWILLION IN BONUSES AND WAGE INCREASES. WE ARE NOW IN SEPTEMBER, FOUR MONTHS LATER AND STOCK BUYBACKS ARE $712 BILLION, A NUMBER THAT I SAID A MOMENT AGO AND WAGES AND THEY HAVE INCREASED, $7 FIVE 1 BILLION. HALF A TRILLION OF THE STOCK OF THE TAX CUT HAS BEEN SPENT IN TAX INCREASE FROM APRIL TO SEPTEMBER. NO DOUBT IN EVERYBODY'S MIND WHY THE SFOCK MARKET IS LURING AHEAD. THERE HAS BEEN $712 BILLION SPENT ON BUYING BACK STOCKS SINCE JANUARY 1, 2018. THAT IS THREE-QUARTERS OF A TRILLION DOLLARS. NO WONDER THE STOCK MARKET IS ROARING AHEAD. UNFORTUNATELY, THE WAGES OF AMERICANS HAS ACTUALLY IN REAL DOLLARS DECLINED. A FEW OTHER THINGS FOR THOSE A FEW OTHER THINGS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKE TO PLAY ECONOMIST. GOT TO LOVE THESE GROOFS. EMPLOYEE PAY AS SHARE OF THE NATIONAL INCOME. 1970, IT WAS ABOUT, I DON'T KNOW, 66.5% OF THE TOTAL WEALTH OF THE TOTAL NATIONAL INCOME WAS FOR WAGES. AND HERE WE ARE IN 2018 AND IT IS -- IT HAS FALL TON 62%. -- IT HAS FALLEN TO 62%. WELL, HOW ABOUT CORPORATE PROFITS AS A SHARE OF NATIONAL INCOME? IN 1970 IT WAS DOWN HERE AROUND, OH, 9%. OF THE TOTAL NATIONAL INCOME WAS CORPORATE PROFITS. AND HERE WE ARE IN 2018 AND IT'S 13%. WE WOULD SAY THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL FOR CORPORATIONS, IF SOMEHOW THAT CORPORATE WEALTH WOULD ACTUALLY BE SHARED WITH EMPLOYEES. AND SO NOW YOU CAN KIND OF UNDERSTAND WHY MR. TRUMP WAS SO AGITATED ON LABOR DAY YESTERDAY WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT INCOME INEQUALITY. THERE'S ONE OTHER WAY TO SEE THIS. AND LET ME PUT THIS UP. THIS IS CORPORATE TAX RATES. INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE INCOME TAXES AS A PERCENTAGE OF ALL THE FEDERAL REVENUE. THAT'S ALL THE TAX REVENUE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COLLECTS. WELL, LET'S SEE. WAY BACK IN 1934, ABOUT 10%, BOTH CORPORATE AND INDIVIDUALS PAID ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT. THAT WENT ON UNTIL 1939, 1940, AND THEN IT BEGAN TO SHIFT. THAT PERIOD OF TIME, SINCE THE 1940'S, EARLY 1940'S UNTIL TODAY, CORPORATE TAXES AS A SHARE OF THE BURDEN OF TAXES PAID IN AMERICA HAS DECLINED FROM 40% IN 1939, THAT WAS THE BUILDUP TO WORLD WAR II, TO, WELL, SOMEWHERE AROUND DOWN AROUND 7.8% TODAY. PRETTY GOOD FOR CORPORATIONS. PRETTY GOOD FOR PEOPLE THAT OWN STOCK. WHO DOES OWN STOCK? 84% OF U.S. TRADED STOCK IS OWNED BY THE TOP 10% OF AMERICANS. WHOA! NOW THERE'S AN INTERESTING STATISTIC. SO, THE STOCK MARKET ROARS AS MORE AND MORE OF THE TAX CUT IS POURED INTO STOCK BUYBACKS. AND THE BENEFIT GOES TO THE TOP 10% OF AMERICANS. WE OUGHT TO PAY ATTENTION TO THAT. OH, BY THE WAY, INDIVIDUALS HAVE CONTINUED TO PAY MORE AND MORE OF THE TOTAL BURDEN OF FUNDING OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ALL OF THIS IS A RESULT OF TAX POLICY OVER TIME. SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS? BEFORE I GO TO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT, LET ME PICK UP ONE MORE THING. YOU REMEMBER THE TALK ABOUT BRINGING AMERICAN CORPORATIONS BACK TO AMERICA? END THE OFFSHORING? SURELY YOU REMEMBER THAT. I REMEMBER THE TALK HERE ON THE FLOOR. THE GREAT TAX BILL IS GOING TO END THE OFFSHORING OF AMERICAN JOBS. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. WE'RE GOING TO BRING AMERICAN CORPORATIONS BACK HOME. WELL, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. WHY DIDN'T IT HAPPEN? WELL, BECAUSE THE WAY THE LAW WAS WRITTEN, THERE'S ACTUALLY GREATER INCENTIVE TODAY TO OFFSHORE JOBS THAN THERE WAS PRIOR TO THE GREAT TAX SCAM OF DECEMBER, 2017. AMERICAN CORPORATIONS CAN ACTUALLY HAVE A LOWER TAX RATE BY OFFSHORING. BY INVESTING OFFSHORE. I'M SURE YOU REMEMBER THE GREAT HULLABALOO ABOUT HARLEY DAVIDSON, THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S TARIFFS AND SAID THEY WERE GOING TO MANUFACTURE THEIR MOTORCYCLES IN EUROPE AS A RESULT OF THE TARIFF ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM. THERE'S ANOTHER LITTLE LONE -- LITTLE KNOWN ISSUE ABOUT HARLEY DAVIDSON. THEY UTILIZE THE TAX BREAK GIVEN TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS FOR OFFSHORING JOBS TO OPEN A FACILITY IN THAILAND AFTER THE TAX BILL WAS PASSED. THEY LAID OFF 800 WORKERS IN THEIR KANSAS CITY FACILITY AND OPENED A NEW FACILITY IN THAILAND. THEY NOT ONLY DID THAT, BUT WHAT DID THEY DO FOR THE REMAINING WORKERS IN AMERICA? WELL, IF THOSE WORKERS HAPPENED TO OWN HARLEY DAVIDSON STOCK, I SUPPOSE THEY DID OK BECAUSE HARLEY DAVIDSON DECIDED TO SPEND $700 MILLION TO BUY BACK 15 MILLION SHARES. INTERESTING. THE WAY IN WHICH TAX POLICY ACTUALLY WORKS, TO THE BENEFIT OF WHO? HARD WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES? NO. THE TOP WEALTHY AMERICANS? YES. AND WHAT DID F.D.R. HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS? THIS ISN'T ANCIENT HISTORY. THIS IS AMERICA TODAY. THIS IS AMERICA TODAY. AND WE UGGET TO PAY WHEN HE SAID PROGRESS, AMERICAN PROGRESS, IS NOT WHETHER THE WEALTHY DO BETTER, BUT RATHER WHETHER THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA, THE POOR, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE, THE PEOPLE WHAT ARE TRYING TO GET THEIR KIDS AN EDUCATION TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE EVER-INCREASING COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION, F.D.R. SAID IT VERY CLEARLY. PROGRESS, AMERICAN PROGRESS, IS NOT WHETHER THE WEALTHY DO BETTER, BUT RATHER WHETHER THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA, THE POOR, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE, THE PEOPLE WHAT ARE TRYING TO GET THEIR KIDS AN EDUCATION TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE EVER-INCREASING COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION, F.D.R. SAID IT VERY CLEARLY. WHEN HE SAID IT IS OUR TASK, WE ARE JUDGED BY WHAT WE DO FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LITTLE. SO HERE WE ARE TODAY. HERE WE ARE JUST DAYS AHEAD OF A NEW ELECTION IN WHICH THIS ISSUE IS GOING TO ADDRESS EVERY AMERICAN. THIS ELECTION IS GOING TO BE ABOUT WHETHER THE POLICIES, SO STARKLY LAID OUT HERE IN THE TAX LEGISLATION THE POLICIES OF ADJUSTING THE AMERICAN WEALTH SO THAT THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH GET MORE, VERSUS THOSE WHO ARE WORKING DAY IN AND DAY OUT ARE STRUGGLING JUST TO STAY AHEAD. AND FAILING TO DO SO. THERE'S A STARK DIFFERENCE HERE IN POLICY. LET THERE BE NO DOUBT THAT FOR US, AS WE GO INTO THIS ELECTION, WE GO INTO THIS ELECTION KEEPING FIRMLY IN MIND THAT OUR TASK IS TO PROVIDE A BETTER DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE. A BETTER DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. THE WEALTHY HAVE DONE FINE. THE TOP 10% ARE DING TERRIFIC. WE'RE NOT AGAINST THEM. -- ARE DOING TERRIFIC. WE'RE NOT AGAINST THEM. BUT WE ARE FOR THE PEOPLE. WE'RE FOR THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA. WHO ARE TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE. PAY RENT. AS HOUSING PRICES SOAR. AS RENTAL RATES GO THROUGH THE ROOF. WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, FAMILIES OF AMERICA. THAT ARE STRUGGLING EVERY DAY JUST TO KEEP UP WITH INFLATION. AND FAR TOO MANY NOT ABLE TO DO SO. YES, YES THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IN AMERICA TODAY, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS DROPPED. YET THERE ARE STILL MILLIONS OF -- MILLIONS IN AMERICA THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET INTO THE LABOR MARKET. THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TABLE ADJUST TO THE CHANGING ECONOMY OF AMERICA. THAT ARE UNABLE TO HAVE THE SKILLS TO FIT INTO THAT NEW ECONOMY. THEY'RE ON THE OUTSIDE. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, WE CARE ABOUT THEM. WE THINK IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CARE ABOUT EVERY AMERICAN, NOT JUST THE WEALTHY. AS SOME DO IN THIS HALL. BUT EVERY WORKING MAN AND WOMAN AND FOR THOSE NOT ABLE TO WORK. AND SO WE OFFER A BETTER DEAL. FOR THE PEOPLE. AND I'M JUST GOING TO LAY OUT FOUR SPECIFIC ISSUES IN THE NEXT REMAINING MINUTES. FIRST OF ALL, IT'S ABOUT HEALTH CARE. I CAME TO THIS CONGRESS IN 2009. WITH THE DETERMINATION TO WORK FOR A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT PROVIDED QUALITY INSURANCE FOR EVERY AMERICAN. WE MADE A MAJOR STEP TOWARD THAT. NOT BECAUSE I ARRIVED BUT BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WAS CRYING OUT FOR A QUALITY HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. TOO MANY AMERICANS WERE ON THE OUTSIDE. TOO MANY PEOPLE WERE EXCLUDED. BECAUSE THEY HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. TOO MANY AMERICANS COULDN'T AFFORD IT AND MORE AND MORE AMERICAN COMPANIES WERE ELIMINATING HEALTH CARE INSURANCE AS PART OF THE BENEFITS. AND SO WE, THE DEMOCRATS, WITHOUT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE, PUT FORWARD THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND GUESS WHAT? MORE THAN 20 MILLION AMERICANS WITHIN THREE YEARS HAD INSURANCE. THAT WASN'T PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE TO THEM. AND IT WAS A GOOD INSURANCE POLICY. ALL THE WHILE, FROM JANUARY OF 2011, THIS MOMENT, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REVERSE THAT PROGRESS. MORE THAN 60 DIFFERENT BILLS PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THOSE YEARS. THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE BASIC HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 20 MILLION, ACTUALLY, 27 MILLION AMERICANS. THAT WAS THEIR POLICY. THAT'S NOT OURS. OUR POLICY IS TO PROVIDE UNIVERSAL HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EVERY AMERICAN. WE'VE GOT GIVEN -- WE'VE NOT GIVEN IT UP. WE'VE SEEN EROSION. -- EROSION IN THE YEARS WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT. WHO RAILS AGAINST INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY. AND WE SEE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS PUT FORWARD BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO CARVE A WAY TO PRO-- TO CARVE AWAY THE PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE AMERICAN THAT WAS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. -- THAT HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. HOW CRUEL IS THAT? HOW WRONG IS THAT? THAT THIS NATION WOULD SET UP A SYSTEM THAT WOULD REMOVE THE PROTECTION THAT HAS BEEN IN LAW SINCE 2010, THE PROTECTION THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES CANNOT DISCRIMINATE IN THE MR. VISION OF INSURANCE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND WHAT'S A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION? FOR A YOUNG FEMALE, IT'S THAT SHE MIGHT GET PREGNANT. YES THEY CONSIDER THAT A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. BEING A FEMALE. YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, THAT'S A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. YOU HAVE MEASLES IN THE PAST, OR CHICKENPOX, THAT'S A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON. I KNOW THIS ISSUE. I WAS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER, ELECTED IN CALIFORNIA, TO PROTECT CALIFORNIANS FROM THE ABUSES OF INSURANCE COMPANIES AND I SAW TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME INSURANCE COMPANIES DISCRIMINATING, HARMING INDIVIDUALS, TERMINATING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY FORGOT TO WRITE DOWN THAT THEY HAD CHICKENPOX AS A CHILD. AND NOW, AND NOW HERE WE ARE. IN THIS ERA OF TRUMP. THIS ERA WHERE ONCE AGAIN, THE MAJORITY AND THE PRESIDENT WOULD IMPOSE UPON AMERICANS ONCE AGAIN INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION. IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, GOOD LUCK. WE'RE GOING TO FIGHT THAT. AND AS WE'VE SEEN, THE WAGES OF AMERICAN -- AS WE'VE SEEN THE WAGES OF AMERICANS STAGNATE UNDER THE PRESSURE OF INSURANCE AND THE PRESSURE OF THE TAX SCAM, AS WE'VE SEEN THAT, WE'VE ALSO SEEN THE INEVITABLE INCREASE IN THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. AND WHO DOES THAT HURT? THE SUPER WEALTHY, THE 10%ERS WHO HAVE DONE SO WELL IN THE LAST YEAR? OR DOES IT HURT EVERY DAY WORKING AMERICANS? I WILL TELL YOU THIS, IT IS OUR PLAN TO PUT IN PLACE POLICIES THAT WOULD GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE OPPORTUNITY TO NEGOTIATE PRICES FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SO THAT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID RECIPIENTS DON'T HAVE TO ENDURE THE ENORMOUS OUT OF POCKET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THEM AND TO GIVE OTHER AMERICANS THAT ARE NOT YET OF THAT AGE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO GET THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT A REASONABLE PRICE JUST AS THE REST OF THE WORLD, OR AT LEAST THE -- THAT PART OF THE WORLD THAT HAS ADVANCED ECONOMIES, ARE ABLE TO GET. . WHAT ABOUT EDUCATION? I WAS BACK HOME IN MY DISTRICT, AS WE WERE ALL THE REST OF US THIS LAST MONTH. HOW MANY TIMES DID I HEAR, FROM PARENTS, WHOSE CHILDREN ARE ABOUT TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, SAYING, THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO GO TO COLLEGE. AND IF THEY DO, THEY WILL BE SADDLED WITH SUCH STUDENT DEBT THAT THEY WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO BUY A HOME. THEY'LL SPEND THE FIRST 10, 15 YEARS OF THEIR POST HIFERE GRADUATE LIFE PAYING OFF THE STUDENT LOANS. THIS IS NOT A SMALL MATTER FOR CALIFORNIANS OR SITENS OF EVERY OTHER STATE. IT IS AN EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THE BURDEN THAT IS PLACED UPON YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN STRUGGLING TO GET AN EDUCATION AND HAVING TO GO OUT AND GET A STUDENT LOAN AND THEN PAYING IT OFF IN THE YEARS AHEAD. IT OCCURRED TO ME SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY THAT AS I RECEIVED THE INEVITABLE MAIL ABOUT REFINANCING MY HOME MORTGAGE THAT MAYBE STUDENTS OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO REFINANCE THEIR STUDENT LOAN. OH, NO. NOT IN AMERICA. YOU CAN REFINANCE YOUR HOME MORTGAGE BUT CANNOT REFINANCE YOUR HOME STUDENT LOAN. BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH. THAT IS JUST ONE PIECE OF A SOLUTION THAT IS AN EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. WE ARE GOING TO SPEND A TRIAL I DON'T KNOW DOLLARS IN THE NEXT DECADE REBUILDING EVERY ONE OF OUR NUKE LAR BOMBS. WHAT IF WE SPENT 1/10 OF THAT? ON ALLOWING AMERICAN CHILDREN TO GET AN EDUCATION WITHOUT BEING SADDLED WITH A STUDENT LOAN FOR THE FIRST 10-15 YEARS OF THEIR POST GRADUATE LIFE? TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION THE FIRST TWO YEARS. SOME STATES ARE TRYING TO DO THAT, NEW YORK AMONG THEM. WHAT ABOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? OH, NO. THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION IS GOING IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, TRYING TO ELIMINATE THE PROTECTIONS THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO PROTECT STUDENTS FROM LOAN SCAMS, FROM BOGUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS, SUCH AS THE TRUMP REAL ESTATE EDUCATION PROGRAM. DID I MENTION THAT LOUDLY ENOUGH. SUCH AS THE FRUMP REAL ESTATE PROGRAM. SO THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION PROGRAM WANTS TO GO BACK AND REBUILD THE SCAM THAT HARMED THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AND ALONG WITH THAT, MANY, MR MORE. AMERICAN FAMILIES NEEDS TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. FOR THE PEOPLE. ARE OUR POLICIES FOR THE PEOPLE? I WAS TRAVELING ACROSS CALIFORNIA IN MY DISTRICT 200 MILES ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER, THE GREAT SACRAMENTO RIVER VALLEY, MORE LEVEES THAN ANYWHERE IN AMERICA THAN LOUISIANA. THE ROADS ARE FILLED WITH POTHOLES. THE LEVEES ARE IN NEED OF REPAIR. THE AIRPORTS ARE CROWDED. WE JUST HEARD A LOT ABOUT THAT IN THE BRIEFS SESSION. THE BRIDGES ARE COLLAPSING. NOT JUST IN ITALY, BUT HERE IN AMERICA. AND I THINK WE GOT SOME 60,000 BRIDGES THAT ARE IN NEED OF SERIOUS REPAIR. I NOTICED ONE OF THEM ACROSS THE RIVER HERE IN WASHINGTON D.C. UNDER REPAIR AND THAT'S GOOD FOR WASHINGTON D.C. BUT WHAT ABOUT MISSOURI? WHAT ABOUT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE? WE HAVE LEAD CONTAMINATION IN THE COMMUNITIES OF MICHIGAN AND OTHER CONTAMINATION IN THE WATER OF CITIES IN CALIFORNIA. WE HAVE SEWER LINES THAT ARE COLLAPSING. WE HAVE WATER LINES THAT ARE NOT WORKING PROPERLY. AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE WAS BUILT DECADES AGO. IT HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED IN INTERVENING YEARS AND WE HAVE A TRILLION DOLLAR BACKLOG JUST TO KEEP PACE. TRAVEL TO EUROPE AND CHINA, TRAVEL TO JAPAN THAN AND OTHERS AND YOU WILL SEE MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT NOT IN AMERICA. NOT IN AMERICA. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? I WILL TELL YOU WHAT WE WANT TO DO ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, WE WANT AR REAL SFRARBG PLAN. NOT A BOGUS ONE. WE NEED REAL MONEY AND HAS THE REAL FUNT TO BE ABLE TO REBUILD OUR EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE TO BRING ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE CALLED FOR FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, GOOD REPAIR OF ALL OF IT, WHETHER IT IS THE WATER SYSTEM, A SANITATION SYSTEM, A LEVEE OR AN AIRPORT. THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO AND WE WANT TO BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR TOMORROW. WE KNOW THAT INTERNATIONAL TRADE IS GOING TO INCREASE, WELL, MAYBE NOT. MAYBE I HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. GIVEN THE TRADE WAR THAT IS NOW UNDER WAY, BROUGHT TO US BY THE PRESIDENT. SO, WE'LL SEE HOW IT TURNS OUT. BUT RIGHT NOW, MAYBE WE WON'T SEE AN INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE AS TARIFFS ARE IMPOSED. BUT MAYBE THAT WILL PASS. AND WILL'S GET BACK TO FAIRLY TRADE. REAL OPPORTUNITY TO GROW OUR ECONOMY BY TRADING INTERNATIONALLY, TO DO THAT, WE NEED BETTER PORTS AND BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE TO MOVE GOODS IN AND OUT OF THE PORTS. WE NEED DEEPER PORTS. HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO IT? I SUGGEST WE ARE GOING TO TO DO IT THAT HAS REAL MONEY. AND IF WE GO BACK TO ONE OF THOSE CHARTS THAT I SHOWED THE SHARE OF THE AMERICAN CORPORATIONS. THEIR SHARE OF THE TOTAL TAX REVENUES DECLINING DECADE-BY-DECADE TO THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE THE IMPOSITION OF A LOWER ARE TAX RATE. WE WILL TRY TO RETRIEVE SOME OF THE TAX MISTAKE. RETRIEVE SOME OF THOSE INCENTIVES THAT WERE IN THE BILL, REPLACE THOSE INCENTIVES WITH LEGISLATION THAT ENCOURAGES AMERICAN CORPORATIONS TO BRING THOSE PROFITS BACK SBOOR AMERICA AND A BILL THAT MR. LLOYD DOGGETT OF TEXAS HAS PUT FORTH, A BILL THAT WOULD TERMINATE THE UNFAIR UNJUSTIFIED PROVISIONS OF THE 2017 TAX BILL THAT ENCOURAGES FURTHER INVESTMENT BY AMERICAN CORPORATIONS OVERSEAS. REVERSE THAT. AND BRING THAT MONEY BACK HOME AND IF WE PAIR THAT BILL WITH MR. DELANEY, WE WOULD SEE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A REAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM AND SET UP A PROGRAM WHERE WE COULD USE THAT MONEY COMING BACK INTO AMERICA FROM THE KIND OF TAX REFORM THAT MR. DOGGETT HAS PUT FORTH AND MR. DELANEY HAS PUT FORTH, TO BUILD OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. HAVING AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THIS NATION, PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE AND NOT HIDE THEIR PROFITS OVERSEAS AS SO MANY HAVE DONE AND WILL DO EVEN MORE BECAUSE OF THE TAX PROGRAM. AND FINAL POINT ABOUT OUR PROGRAM, WHICH WE CALL A BETTER DEAL. FOR THE PEOPLE. AMERICA KNOWS THE LEVEL OF CORRUPTION THAT'S TAKING PLACE HERE IN OUR NATION. THEY HEAR IT. THEY SEE IT ON TELEVISION. AND THERE'S NEVER -- WELL, NEVER'S BEEN A LONG TIME. IN THE MEMORY OF LIVING AMERICANS, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN SUCH A CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION AS WE HAVE TODAY. E.P.A. DIRECTOR, QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT THE COMMERCE SECRETARY. PEOPLE RESIGNING LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTER AHEAD OF THE COPS AND OF COURSE THE PRESIDENT. WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS. IT ERODES THE FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY. CAMPAIGN FINANCING. CITIZENS UNITED. ALLOWING SECRET DARK MONEY TO INVADE OUR PROCESS. WE DON'T KNOW THE INVASION. WE KNOW HACKING. AND THEY ARE USING MEDIA OR THE EXTENT OF FOREIGN MONEY. NOT LIKELY TO KNOW UNDER THE CURRENT LAWS, BECAUSE THERE IS SECRET MONEY ALLOWED IN OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. ERODING THE VERY NATURE OF OUR DEMOCRACY. MAYBE SOME OF ITS FOREIGN. THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT IT IS. MAYBE -- NO, NOT MAYBE. WE KNOW, MILLIONS COMING INTO THE CAMPAIGN. THERE IS NOT A MEMBER IN THIS HOUSE 4335 OF THOSE LEFT FOR VARIOUS ISSUES OF CORRUPTION. NOT ONE OF US WAKES UP IN THE MORNING WITHOUT CONCERN THAT SECRET MONEY, MILLIONS, WILL BE DUMPED INTO THEIR CAMPAIGN IN THE 65 DAYS. 62 DAYS WILL BE UNTIL THE NEXT ELECTION. WE DON'T KNOW. WE CAN'T KNEE. IT'S OUT THERE. AND WANDERING OUT THERE. MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF DARK SECRET MONEY, IT COULD LAND ON MANY OF US. AND IT MAY LAND ON ME. FINE, WE'LL DEAL WITH IT. THIS IS A PROBLEM. THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR AMERICA. AND WHEN THAT KIND OF MONEY BUYS ELECTIONS, BUYS CANDIDATES, BUYS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND MORE. CITIZENS UNITED AND ALL THE REST NEEDS TO GO. WE NEED TO KNOW WHO IS FINANCING OUR COLLEAGUES HERE. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO REPORT THAT SO PEOPLE CAN MAKE UP THEIR MIND WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. I WILL GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE. THERE IS AN ELECTION IN CALIFORNIA A FEW YEARS AGO THAT HAD PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC, ONE OF THE MAJOR CORPORATIONS, UTILITIES, AND LARGEST IN THE NATION, TRYING TO CARVE A SPECIAL FAVOR FOR ITSELF, ELIMINATING ALL COMPETITION. THEY GOT IT ON THE BALLOT AND COLLECTED SIGNATURES, THEY WERE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE WHERE THE MONEY CAME FOR IN SUPPORT OF THEIR CAMPAIGN AND ALL OF THE ADS. ALL OF THE TELEVISION HAD PAID FOR BY PG AND E. THE BASIC OPPOSITION SAID THIS IS WRONG. THERE WERE EDITORIALS WRITTEN. MAYBE $20,000 WAS SPENT OPPOSING THEIR EFFORT. IT WENT DOWN 2-1 FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON. PG AND E WAS SAYING THEY WERE PAY-GO FOR THE ADS. DISCLOSURE WORKS. CITIZENS UNITED AND A COUPLE OF OTHER DECISIONS HAVE MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW WHO'S FINANCING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, SENATE, HOUSE. SO, HERE WE ARE. A BETTER DEAL FOR THE PEOPLE. HEALTH CARE. INFRASTRUCTURE. JOBS. WAGES. CORRUPTION. YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR A LOT ABOUT THIS. MARCY KAPTUR IS HERE FROM OHIO. WELCOME BACK.

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                                                          MS. KAPTUR

                                                          WELCOME BACK. WOULDN'T I KNOW YOU WOULD BE ON THE VERY FIRST MOMENTS WE…

                                                          WELCOME BACK. WOULDN'T I KNOW YOU WOULD BE ON THE VERY FIRST MOMENTS WE GET BACK. HOW FORTUNATE THE CITIZENS OF CALIFORNIA ELECTED YOU AND I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH YOU FOR A BETTER DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN LABOR DAY WEEK AND WE ARE CELEBRATING LABOR DAY, I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO LINK MY REMARKS TO YOURS. . I'LL BE BRIEF. IT WAS DECLARED LABOR DAY BY A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT BACK IN THE 1890'S. SO THIS IS AN HISTORIC MOMENT BY ANY MEASURE BUT THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE PRESIDENT AND REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS IN THIS CHAMBER CHOSE TO CRITICIZE, TO VILIFY, LABOR UNIONS AND THEIR LEADERS WHILE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE FAILED TO DELIVER ON A LIVING WAGE FOR AMERICA'S WORKERS, WAGES ARE STUCK. WHILE MANY IN THE TOP 1% GET VERY HANDFUL BONUSES AND PAY INCREASES AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ACTUALLY INCREASE, AND THE RECORD SHOWS, JOB OUTSOURCING, SHIFTING OUT OUR JOBS BY DOLING OUT, GET READY FOR THIS, $50 BILLION IN NEW FEDERAL CONTRACTS TO COMPANIES THAT CONTINUE TO CLOSE DOWN FACTORIES HERE AND MOVE THEM ABROAD. IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT'S TRADE ANTICS CAN'T HIDE THE FACT THAT WITH CHINA, I REMEMBER HOW CHINA FETED HIM, CAN'T HIDE THE FACT THAT CHINA IS DROWNING US IN IMPORTS AND WE CAN'T MOVE AN EQUAL AMOUNT INTO THAT VAST MARKETPLACE. THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY TRIED TO SAY HE'S RENEGOTIATING NAFTA, BUT FUNNY THAT IN THAT PROPOSED AGREEMENT, HE DOES END RUN AROUND THE LABOR STANDARDS AND LIVING WAGE ISSUES. MORE THAN 133,000 AMERICANS HAVE A CERTIFIED TRADE-RELATED JOB LOSS SINCE THIS PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE. 133,000 PEOPLE. AND ONLY 4% OF THE WORKERS YOU TALKED ABOUT, CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI, WILL RECEIVE AN INCREASE FROM THE G.O.P.'S BIG TAX GIVEAWAY TO THE TOP 1%. SO FOR MOST AMERICANS, REAL WAGES ARE FALLING AND THE MIDDLE CLASS IS A DREAM FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN'T SEEM TO GET THERE. ANY PAY RAISE PEOPLE HAVE EARNED IS IN FACT NOW BEING EATEN UP AND I HEARD THIS AT MY MEETINGS ALL ACROSS THE DISTRICT, AS THEIR COSTS OF HEALTH CARE GO UP, THE COST OF MEDICINE GOES UP, THE COST OF EDUCATION FOR THEIR FAMILY GOES UP AND PRESIDENT TRUMP ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND ANNOUNCED THAT HE'S GOING TO CANCEL PAY RAISES FOR TWO MILLION FEDERAL WORKERS. PEOPLE WHO WORK IN HOMELAND SECURITY. PEOPLE IN OUR AIR CONTROL TOWERS. PEOPLE WHO ARE CARING FOR THE SICK. PEOPLE WHO ARE MINISTERING TO OUR VETERANS. HOW ABOUT THAT? CANCEL ANY COST OF LIVING. THE PAY OF -- THE PAY INCREASE IS ACTUALLY A COST OF LIVING INCREASE AND FOR THOSE WHO WORK IN THE CAPITAL CITY AREAS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, WE KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE IT IS TO LIVE IN THESE PLACES. AMERICAN LABOR HISTORY SHAPED THE AMERICAN DREAM AND GREW THE MIDDLE CLASS, WHICH IS WHAT YOU AND I WANT TO GET BACK TO. FOLLOWING OUR 124TH NATIONAL LABOR DAY, THE POWER AND WORTH OF HARD WORK IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR. IT IS AN EARNED STATUS AND WE MUST NEVER DIMINISH THE VALUE OF HARD WORK OR IN FACT, YOU'LL LOSE ITS VALUE COMPLETELY. CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. AMERICANS DESERVE A CONGRESS AND A PRESIDENT THAT GIVES THEM A BETTER DEAL AND STANDS UP FOR THE TRUE VALUE OF HARD WORK, FOR THE PEOPLE, ALWAYS FOR THE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN LABOR DAY HAS BEEN CELEBRATED. FOR THE 124TH TIME IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. OVER A CENTURY AND NEARLY A QUARTER. THANK YOU SO MUCH AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          MR. GARAMENDI

                                                          MS. KAPTUR, THANK YOU SO MUCH. 124 LABOR DAYS. WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF…

                                                          MS. KAPTUR, THANK YOU SO MUCH. 124 LABOR DAYS. WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA. WE SHOULD KEEP THAT IN MIND AND CERTAINLY I KNOW YOU WILL AND I AND I'M SURE MY COLLEAGUES, AT LEAST ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL ALSO. I'M GOING TO ADD ONCE AGAIN WITH F.D.R., THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH. IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. WALTERS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                                          MRS. WALTERS

                                                          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 TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. -- MRS. WALTERS: WE GATHER HERE THIS EVENING TO DEMAND…

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. -- MRS. WALTERS: WE GATHER HERE THIS EVENING TO DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF MICHAEL WYNN, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENT, WHO HAS BEEN DETAINED BY THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT FOR NEARLY TWO MONTHS WITHOUT CAUSE. MICHAEL A LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER OF FOUR, OWNS A SMALL PRINTING BUSINESS AND IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN HIS COMMUNITY AND CHURCH. HE IS A LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN WITH NO CRIMINAL RECORD IN THE UNITED STATES. MICHAEL TRAVELED TO VIETNAM ON JUNE 27, 2018, VISIT FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WHEN HE DID NOT RETURN HOME ON JULY 16 AS PLANNED, HIS FAMILY GREW WORRIED AND CONTACTED MY OFFICE. THEY LEARNED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA MICHAEL HAD BEEN IMPRISONED BY THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. ON JULY 31, THE STATE DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO CONFIRM MICHAEL'S DETAINMENT. WE NOW KNOW HE HAS BEEN IN PRISON FOR ALLEGEDLY VIOLATING ARTICLE 109 OF THE VIETNAMESE CRIMINAL CODE, ACTIVITIES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT. ARTICLE 109 IS AN ARBITRARY AND VAGUE CHARGE THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT OFTEN USES TO JUSTIFY BASELESS ARRESTS. MICHAEL COULD BE HELD FOR MONTHS WITHOUT FORMAL CHARGES AS THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATES. DURING THIS TIME, MICHAEL WILL BE DENIED ACCESS TO AN ATTORNEY OR DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH HIS FAMILY. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO VISIT MICHAEL ONCE A MONTH. THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HAS REFUSED REPEATED REQUESTS TO PROVIDE MY OFFICE WITH EVIDENCE TO SUBSTANTIATE MICHAEL'S ARREST. IN A PERVERSION OF JUSTICE, THE VIETNAMESE LEGAL SYSTEM ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS LIKE MICHAEL TO BE ARRESTED AND LANGUISH IN PRISON BEFORE ITS GOVERNMENT EVEN BEGINS AN INVESTIGATION OR COLLECTS EVIDENCE. MICHAEL'S DETAINMENT IS ONLY THE MOST RECENT EXAMPLE OF VIETNAM'S TROUBLING HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD AND LACK OF TRANSPARENT LEGAL SYSTEM. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT UNJUSTLY DETAINED WILLIAM WYNN, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN OF NO RELATION TO MICHAEL. I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED FOR MICHAEL'S SAFETY AND WELL BEING AND DEMAND HIS IMMEDIATE RELEASE. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND THE WYNN FAMILY'S STRENGTH DURING THIS TRYING TIME. I'M INSPIRED BY THEIR LOVE FOR MICHAEL AND DETERMINATION TO BRING HIM HOME. MICHAEL'S WIFE HELEN IS A NURSE WHO WORKS LONG HOURS WITH MANY EMERGENCY ON-CALL DAYS. MICHAEL'S FLEXIBILITY AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER ALLOWS HIM TO BE THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER FOR THEIR FOUR YOUNG DAUGHTERS. HIS ABSENCE IS DEVASTATING THE ENTIRE WYNN FAMILY. THIS AMERICAN FAMILY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO SPEND ONE MORE DAY WORRYING AND WONDERING WHEN MICHAEL WILL RETURN HOME. MICHAEL'S STORY HAS TOUCHED MANY PEOPLE. SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE HEARD OF MICHAEL'S DETAINMENT HAVE JOINED MY FIGHT TO SECURE HIS RELEASE. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO JOIN TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER. WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL MICHAEL IS RETURNED HOME SAFELY AND WILL CONTINUE TO PUT ONGOING, RELENTLESS PRESSURE ON THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. I'M COMMITTED TO BRINGING MICHAEL HOME SO HE MAY BE REUNITED WITH HIS FAMILY AND WE'LL STOP AT NOTHING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. NOW IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD AND TO INTRODUCE CONGRESSMAN ED ROYCE A FELLOW ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENT AND ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN ROYCE, REPRESENTING THE 39TH DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                          MR. ROYCE

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TO ME.…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TO ME. AND I DO WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MIMI WALTERS, FORING OR -- FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER. I WANT TO COMMEND HER FOR HER TIRELESS EFFORT FOR THE RELEASE OF HER CONSTITUENT BY THE NAME OF MICHAEL WYNN. SOMEONE WHOSE FAMILY I HAPPEN TO KNOW. AND I RISE TODAY TO REQUEST THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM RELEASE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. AND IF I COULD JUST SHARE WITH YOU MY OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THIS SITUATION, WE ARE REALLY SPEAKING OUT ON BEHALF OF A U.S. CITIZEN FROM ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, WHO WAS DETAINED AS THE CONGRESSWOMAN SHARED WITH YOU ON JULY 7, AND WHAT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU IS HE WAS TOURING VIETNAM AND VISITING ELDERLY RELATIVES. I THINK THAT'S A COMMENDABLE THING HE DOES, THAT HE STAYS IN TOUCH, HE TRIES TO DO THIS ONCE A YEAR. TO SEE HIS ELLEDLER -- ELDERLY RELATIVES IN VIETNAM. WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT HE'S UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ENGAGING IN ACTIVITY AGAINST THE PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT, WHICH IN 24 CASE -- IN WHICH CASE -- WHICH IN THIS CASE IS A SPUREUS CHARGE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS USING TO JUSTIFY THE ARBITRARY IMPRISONMENT OF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS DEEPLY MISSED BY HIS WIFE AND FOUR DAUGHTER, THE YOUNGEST OF WHOM SON-IN-LAW 8 YEARS OLD. HIS FAMILY HAS SEEN THEIR LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE OF THIS SENSELESS ORDEAL. AS I SHARED WITH YOU, I KNOW THE FAMILY. I KNOW HIS WIFE, HELEN, WHO WORKS IN HEALTH CARE IN ORANGE COUNTY. AND I CAN TELL YOU WHAT SHE AND THE DAUGHTERS WILL TELL YOU. THIS FELLOW IS A LOVING HUSBAND, A DOTING FATHER, THE KIDS REALLY ENJOY HIS SENSE OF HUMOR, HE'S THE GUY THAT GETS UP AND BECAUSE OF HIS SCHEDULE AS A SMALL BUSINESSMAN HE'S ABLE TO MAKE BREAKFAST FOR THE GIRLS EVERY MORNING. HE ENJOYS TAKING THEM TO SCHOOL, TO THE DANCE CLASSES, TO SPORTS PRACTICES. AS SCHOOL BEGINS AGAIN BACK HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, IT'S USUALLY A TIME OF EXCITEMENT. BUT ALSO NERVOUSNESS FOR YOUNG STUDENTS. SO OUR HEART ESPECIALLY GOES OUT TO HIS FOUR DAUGHTERS WHO ARE BEING FORCED TO NAVIGATE THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITHOUT THEIR FATHER. AND WHILE HIS FAMILY SUFFERS WITHOUT HIM AT HOME, MICHAEL REMAINS DETAINED IN A VOTE IN MEEZE -- IN A VIETNAMESE PRISON WHERE HE'S PROVIDED ONLY ONE MEAL A DAY AND IS ALLOWED TO BUY A BOWL OF SOUP EXTRA EACH DAY. MYSCAL 54 YEARS OLD, HE CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECTED TO SUCH TREATMENT. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE SPEAK OUT BECAUSE MICHAEL COULD BE DETAINED FOR MONTHS ON END. SOME PRISONER ARE HELD FOR YEARS ON THESE BOGUS CHARGES. THIS SITUATION IS DEPLORABLE. MICHAEL'S CASE IS AN EGREGIOUS EXAMPLE OF VIETNAM'S TROUBLING HISTORY OF ARBITRARY ARREST AND MY FEAR FOR MICHAEL'S SAFETY IS THE SAME FEAR THAT YOU'VE ALREADY HEARD CONGRESSWOMAN MIMI WALTERS SHARE WITH YOU. WE DO FEAR FOR HIS SAFETY. WE WANT HIM RETURNED TO HIS FAMILY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES HAS A GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH VIETNAM, PARTICULARLY IN SECURITY AND IN THE TRADE ARENAS. HOWEVER, HUMAN RIGHTS REMAIN A CORE VALUE OF -- TO US HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE CANNOT SEPARATE RIGHTS, THOSE RIGHTS, FROM OUR ONGOING ENGAGEMENT WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. IF YOU ABUSE OUR CITIZENS, THERE'LL BE CONSEQUENCES. ALL LEVELS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE MICHAEL RETURNS SAFELY TO HIS FAMILY WITHOUT DELAY. SO HERE AGAIN IS MY REQUEST. JUST ALLOW THIS CITIZEN TO RETURN BACK TO HIS FAMILY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE AGAIN CONGRESSWOMAN MIMI WALTERS, YOU ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TODAY. I YIELD BACK, CONGRESSWOMAN.

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                                                          MS. WAIT A MINUTERS

                                                          I WOULD NOW LIKE TO --

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                                                          MRS. WALTERS

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                                                          MR. CORREA

                                                          THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS, FOR BRINGING THIS MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE…

                                                          THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS, FOR BRINGING THIS MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE TO THE ATTENTION OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. I RISE TODAY AS WELL TO ADDRESS AN ISSUE OF MR. MICHAEL WYNN, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND RESIDENT OF ORANGE COUNTY WHO IS CURRENTLY BEING DETAINED BY THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. AS MR. ED ROYCE JUST SAID, WE SEEM TO BE ENJOYING A STRONGER, CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH VIETNAM ON TRADE AND SECURITY. THEN WE HAVE THIS CONTRADICTION. CONTRADICTION THAT AN AMERICAN CITIZEN IS BEING DETAINED, ON JEWEL 7 MICHAEL WYNN WAS TOURING VIETNAM, VISITING RELATIVES, AND HE WAS ARRESTED. IT'S BEEN ALMOST TWO MONTHS. THE CHARGE, PENAL CODE 109 WHICH IS ACTIVITY AGAINST THE PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT. YET THERE ARE NO FACTS THAT HAVE BEEN PRESENTED. NO EVIDENCE. HE'S BEING HOLD, HE'S BEEN ARRESTED WITH NO EVIDENCE BEING PRESENTED. HIS WIFE, HIS FAMILY ARE PERSONAL FRIEND OF MINE. I KNOW THIS FAMILY. THAT IS WHY I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY MICHAEL COULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN VIETNAM. I ASK THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM, PLEASE RELEASE MICHAEL. PLEASE RELEASE HIM BACK TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS COUNTRY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 08:45:40 PM

                                                          MRS. WALTERS

                                                          I RECOGNIZE THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS, I NOW YIELD TO MR.…

                                                          I RECOGNIZE THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS, I NOW YIELD TO MR. LOWEN THAT WILL.

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                                                          MR. LOWENTHAL

                                                          I THANK REPRESENTATIVE WALTERS FOR YIELDING AP HOLDING THIS SPECIAL HOUR.…

                                                          I THANK REPRESENTATIVE WALTERS FOR YIELDING AP HOLDING THIS SPECIAL HOUR. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES CO RMP REA, ROYCE, LAMALFA AND GREEN FOR JOINING US. AND I'M OUTRAGED. SPEAKING ON ON BEHALF MUCH ANOTHER AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO WAS ASH TEMPORARILY DAPED AND DETAINED ON VAGUE ALLEGATIONS BY THE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT OF THE VIETNAM. MICHAEL IS A FATHER OF FAR DAUGHTERS AND ON A TRIP TO VIETNAM WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIEND WHEN HE DIDN'T RETURN HOME AT THE AND ON END OF THE TRIP. HIS FAMILY CONTACTED OFFICIALS. HE WAS TAKEN OFF A BUS AS HE WAS TRAVELING FROM THE CITY FROM DA NOTWITHSTANDING. HE WAS THEN DETAINED, IMPRISONED AND NEITHER HIS FAMILY AND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WERE NOTIFIED UNTIL 10 DAYS AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED. AS PART OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM AND THE UBSE, THE GOVERNMENT MUST NOTIFY THE UNITED STATES WITHIN 96 HOURS IF THEY HAVE ARRESTED APPEAR AMERICAP CAN CITIZEN. THIS, THIS HAVE FAILED TO DO. WE HAVE LEARNED WHY MICHAEL HAS DETAINED. THE GOVERNMENT CLAILS THAT HE POSTED ON FACEBOOK A PLOT TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT BUT THEY HAVE NOT SHOWN US ANY EVIDENCE THAT THIS OCCURRED. I MET WITH MICHAEL'S FAMILY AND HIS WIFE WITH HELL EPEN AND THEY ARE CONFUSED AND ANGRY, HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN TO AN AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO WAS VISITING VIETNAM. A FEW MONTHS AGO ANOTHER AMERICAN VISITING THIS COUNTRY WAS COIRSED INTO CONFESSING HIS CRIME FOR ENGAGING IN A PEACEFUL PROTEST AND WILLIAM WAS PLACED IN JAIL, HE WAS RELEASED AND RETURNED TO AMERICA BECAUSE THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM WERE BOGUS. IN PART, HE WAS RELEASED BECAUSE A SIGNIFICANT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS STOOD UP AP CHAMPIONED HIS CAUSE AND I THANK YOU FOR LEADING THAT CHARGE WE ARE DWEBBEDING THE RIGHTS. MICHAEL IS YET ANOTHER INCIDENT OF VIETNAM'S EGREGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. WE HAVE ENGAGED WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND BUT THEY HAVE CONSISTENTLY VIOLATED HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS OF VITENAM FOR ANYONE WHO SPEAKS OUT. THEY ARE AN OPPRESSIVE SOCIETY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW ANY DISSENT. AS ONE OF THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE VIETNAM, I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORT OF THE VIETNAM HUMAN RIGHTS ACT WHICH INVOKES SANCTIONS, WHICH NOT IMPOSES TRAVEL BUT CALLS UPON THE GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE THOSE PRISONNED POLITICAL PRISONERS AND TO STOP ARRESTING CITIZENS WHO JUST CHAMPION HUMAN RIGHTS, FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. THIS BILL THAT WE ARE PUSHING THROUGH CONGRESS AND THIS WILL PUSH US FURTHER TOWARDS ACCOMPLISHING THIS GOAL WOULD MAKE THE SALE OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO VIETNAM CONDITIONAL ON IMPROVEMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS AND THIS IS ONE OF THE CLASSIC EXAMPLES OF THE LACK OF HUMAN RIGHTS. I CALL UPON THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM TO CLOSE THIS CASE AND RURP MICHAEL TO HIS FAMILY THAN A UNCONSCIONABLE THAT ANY AMERICAN WHO CRIT SIT SIZES THAT ANYBODY WHO SPEAKS OUT, ANYONE MUST FEAR THEY ARE GOING TO BE ARRESTED. IF THESE INCIDENTS CONTINUE AND THEY CONTINUE TO OCCUR, THIS IS GOING TO LEAD TO A SERIOUS EVALUATION WITH DIPLOMATIC VALUATIONS. HE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG. PLEASE RELEASE HIM AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          MY NEXT COLLEAGUE IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE OF THE COMMITTEE. LA MALL FA.

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                                                          MR. LAMALFA

                                                          I THANK YOU FOR LEADIC THE CHARGE TONIGHT ON THE UNITED STATES SIT SIN…

                                                          I THANK YOU FOR LEADIC THE CHARGE TONIGHT ON THE UNITED STATES SIT SIN BEING DETAINED OR ARRESTED FALSELY. AT THIS POINT, 59 DAYS INTO THE PROCESS, NO ACTUAL CHARGE HAS BEEN BROUGHT AGAINST MICHAEL. IS THIS JUSTICE OR IS THIS SOME KIND OF GAME AT THE ARE PLAYING WITH OUR CITIZENS BUT ISN'T APPRECIATED BY OUR COUNTRY AND CERTAINLY AS OUR COLLEAGUE WAS MENTIONING A MINUTE AGO OR SOMETHING THAT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN OR CONTINUE TO RE-EVALUATE OUR RELATIONSHIP. WE HAVE GONE DELUE DIFFICULT TIMES. BUT WE HAVE BEEN BUILDING ON THAT. WE WANT TO BUILD ON THAT AND HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS ON GOOD TRADE AND MAKE OUR COUNTRY AND POSITIVE ECONOMICS. BUT WITH THIS KIND OF ACTION, AGAINST A UNITED STATES CITIZEN WHERE THIS THIS COUNTRY WE ENJOY DUE PROCESS. WE FOSTER DUE PROCESS. WE ENCOURAGE THAT. AND THOSE THAT WE TRADE WITH AND THOSE WE WANT TO HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH, BUT WE DEMAND THAT THE WAY OUR CITIZENS ARE TREATED. IN CALIFORNIA, WE HAVE VIET NATIONAL MEESE POPULATION THAT HAVE BEEN ENTERPRISING AND BEEN PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND TO WHY WOULD WE NOT WANT TO CONTINUE TO BATTLE FOR THESE SITENS IF THEY ARE GO TO GO TRAVEL TO VIETNAM. FOR DEPOSIT COME OVER TO THE UBSE. WE ARE HERE TO DEMAND THE RELEASE OF MICHAEL WINN AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES. MICHAEL FAMILY HAS BEEN WONDERING WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON WITH OUR LOVED ONE. WEEKS TO FIND OUT FOR SOME KIND OF UPDATE AS TO WHAT HIS STATUS IS. WE STRONGLY JOIN IN A BIPARTISAN COALITION OF MEMBERS HERE TONIGHT DEMAND THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF VIETNAM RESPECT THE RIGHT OF OUR CITIZENS AND CONSIDER THE CON SEE QUEPSES SHOULD THIS ILLEGAL IMPRISONMENT COME. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH SECRETARY POMPEO THAT MICHAEL'S RETURN TO HIS FAMILY AS AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE HE HASN'T BEEN CHARGED OTHER THAN BEING A U.S. CITIZEN. AND HE NEEDS TO HAVE HIS RIGHTS RESTORED. THANK YOU.

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                                                        • 08:55:09 PM

                                                          MRS. WALTERS

                                                          MY NEXT COLLEAGUE PROUDLY HIS FAMILY MEMBERS. I YIELD TO AL GREEN OF TEXAS…

                                                          MY NEXT COLLEAGUE PROUDLY HIS FAMILY MEMBERS. I YIELD TO AL GREEN OF TEXAS OF PARTICULARS AS NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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                                                          MR. GREEN

                                                          I RISE TONIGHT AS A PROUD AMERICAN. I'M PROUD OF THE COUNTRY'S DUE PROCESS…

                                                          I RISE TONIGHT AS A PROUD AMERICAN. I'M PROUD OF THE COUNTRY'S DUE PROCESS LAW. IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU DON'T GO TO JAIL INDEFINITELY. IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU JUST DON'T GET PICKED UP. IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU SHALL ENTITLED TO HAVE A LAWYER UPON REALIZING THAT YOU ARE BEING CHARGED. I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. AND TONIGHT, I RISE ON A MISSION OF MERCY, UNDERSTANDING THAT ONE OF OUR OWN, AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, IS BEING DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGES, NO LAWYER, LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO HIM. IMAGINE IF YOU WILL, MR. SPEAKER, A WIFE ANTICIPATING HER HUSBAND'S ARRIVAL, HE IS SUPPOSED TO ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT ON JULY 16. SHE FINDS OUT THAT HER HUSBAND IS NOT ON THE PLANE. SHELL CONTACTS THE AIRLINE. THEY INDICATE THAT HE WAS NOT AMONG THOSE TO BE ON THE PLANE. SHE THEN PANICS, AS ANYONE WOULD, AND SHE USES EVER MEANS NECESSARY TO A SER KAINE. AND FINDS OUT BY WAY OF SOCIAL MIDE YEAH THAT ON OR ABOUT JULY 6, JUNE 6, IF YOU WILL, JULY 6, THAT HE WAS DETAINED AND THAT THAT DETENTION IS SOMETHING SHE COULD GET VERY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT. SHE IS UPSET. SHE AND HER CHILDREN ARE UPSET. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS HUSBAND AND FATHER AND REACHED OUT TO THEIR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE. CONGRESSMAN WALTERS DID WHAT IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT AN CONTACTED THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND THE AMBASSADOR AND WANTED TO KNOW HIS CONDITION AND FOUND OUT THAT HE IS OK BUT HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED. MR. SPEAKER, WE IN THIS COUNTRY UNDERSTANDS WHEN ONE OF US IS DETAINED, EVERY ONE OF US HAS TO DO. EVERY AMERICAN THAT IS HELD THAT EVERY AMERICAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE IS AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT AN AMERICA CAP SHOULD BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY. I RISE ON A MISSION OF MERCY ASK THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM TO RELEASE THAT AMERICAN CITIZEN. HE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED. HE HAS NO LAWYER AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY AWAITING HIS RETURN. HE WAS THERE AS A VISITOR SEEING FRIENDS. THIS IS SOMETHING HE HAS DONE ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS. I ASKED THAT I BE RELEASED. IN THIS COUNTRY, WE PROTECT OUR OWN. HE IS ONE OF US AND WE WANT HIM BACK AND WE WANT HIM BACK RIGHT AWAY. I COMMEND ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHAT THIFF SAID TONIGHT AND WE WILL SHINE ADDITIONAL LIGHT ON THIS ISSUE. WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL HE COMES OHM HOME. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        • 08:59:38 PM

                                                          MRS. WALTERS

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I TOLD MICHAEL'S FAMILY I WOULD BE HOSTING THIS SPECIAL…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I TOLD MICHAEL'S FAMILY I WOULD BE HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND I ASKED THEM IF THERE WAS ANY SPECIAL ORDER. I WOULD LIKE TO READ A SPECIAL STATEMENT. MICHAEL HAS BEEN DETAINED FOR OVER 60 DAYS, HE LONGS FOR THE COMFORT OF HIS FAMILY PROFOUNDLY AND DESERVES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION TO RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES. MICHAEL'S WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN URGENTLY APPEAL TO ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RIGHT NOW TO TAKE ACTION TO BRICK HIM BACK HOME TO HIS FAMILY WHERE HE BELONGS. ALL FOUR GIRLS ARE EXPERIENCING HEARTFELT ANXIETY AFFECTING THEIR SCHOOL. HE PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLET AND NEEDS TO BE WHERE HIS HEART BELONG WITH HIS FAMILY. . . OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH MICHAEL'S FAMILY AND WE WANT THEM TO KNOW WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO BRING HIM HOME. I WOULD LIKE TO AGAIN THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING ME THIS EVENING TO SUPPORT MY CONSTITUENT, MICHAEL WYNN. WE WILL NOT STOP WORKING UNTIL MICHAEL IS RELEASED AND RETURNED SAFELY TO HIS FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

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

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                                                          MR. GOHMERT

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE,…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS, IT'S A REMINDER AGAIN THAT VIETNAM HAS NOT LIVED UP TO THE AGREEMENT THEY MADE IN PARIS TO END THE VIETNAM WAR. THEY PROMISED THEY WOULD TURN OVER REMAINS, THEY PROMISED THEY WOULD GIVE A LIST OF OUR P.O.W.'S AND M.I.A.'S. THEY LIED. THEY DIDN'T DO THAT. THEY STILL HAVE THAT INFORMATION. IN FACT, THERE WAS ONE YEAR I GRIEVED WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE POSITION, NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF COMMERCE, ON MOST EVERYTHING, BUT I DISAGREED ON A TRADE AGREEMENT WITH VIETNAM BECAUSE I COULD NOT VOTE TO GIVE SOME SPECIAL DEAL TO PEOPLE THAT WILL NOT HONOR THEIR AGREEMENTS, THAT LIE ABOUT MRK'S DEAD WHO WERE P.O.W.'S -- AMERICA'S DEAD WHO WERE P.O.W.'S AND ARE MISSING IN ACTION AND REMAINS OF WHICH THEY KNOW AND HAVE NEVER DISCLOSED. SO THIS IS ONE MORE REMINDER THAT ONE THING WE CAN DO IN THIS HOUSE IS SHOW COURAGE AND SAY WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH COUNTRIES, NO SPECIAL DEALS AT ALL WITH COUNTRIES THAT HARM AMERICANS. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR OWN. I'M SO GLAD MAY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE CALLING ATTENTION TO THAT FACT, LED BY CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER. AND I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING HERE IN THE HOUSE. I KNOW THE PRESIDENT HAS A HEART FOR GETTING AMERICANS BACK WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY DETAINED OR, IN SOME CASES WHEN THEY'VE BEEN PROPERLY DETAINED. BUT ESPECIALLY REQUEST IF THEY'RE BEING MISTREATED. SO VIETNAM NEEDS TO WAKE UP AND THIS HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT NEED TO MAKE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO VIETNAM THAT ECONOMICALLY WE'RE GOING TO COME AFTER YOU. YOU BETTER LET OUR PEOPLE GO. I ALSO WANT TO ADDRESS A MATTER TONIGHT, HAVING BEEN A FORMER JUDGE, WHEN I HEAR COURAGEOUS JUDGES STAND UP FOR THE CONSTITUTION, OR I READ OPINIONS WHEREIN COURAGEOUS, INTELLIGENT JUDGES HAVE TAKEN A STAND FOR THE CONSTITUTION, IT WARMS MY HEART. IT INSPIRES AND ENCOURAGES ME. AND I'VE HEARD MANY FRIENDS IN THE MEDIA WHO HAVE GIVEN ACCOLADES TO A VIRGINIA FEDERAL JUDGE NAMED T.S. ELLIS. NOT T.S. ELIOTT, BUT T.S. ELLIS. A JUDGE WHO WAS HANDLING A CASE INVOLVING PAULMAN FORT. AND THIS IS FROM A MAY 4 ARTICLE , JEFF MORDOCK. IT SAYS, A VIRGINIA FEDERAL JUDGE FRIDAY BLASTED PROSECUTORS FROM THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER, DEMANDING TO KNOW HOW DECADE-OLD BANK AND TAX FRAUD ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PAULMAN FORT, I THINK HE WAS CHAIR FOR -- MANAFORT -- PAUL MAN FORT, I THINK HE WAS CHAIR FOR ABOUT 100 DAYS, BUT HOW HE COULD RELATE TO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE, WHICH OF COURSE IS 2008 -- OR 2016. QUOTE, YOU DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT MR. MANAFORT'S BANK FRAUD, UNQUOTE, DISTRICT JUDGE T.S. ELLIS SAID DURING A MORNING HEARING. JUDGE ELLIS SAID, PROSECUTORS WERE INTERESTED IN PRESSURING MR. MANAFORT BECAUSE HE COULD PROVIDE INFORMATION THAT WOULD LEAD TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S, QUOTE, PROSECUTION OR IMPEACHMENT, UNQUOTE. AT TIMES JUDGE ELLIS APPEARED FRUSTRATED AND EVEN LOST HIS TEMPER WITH ATTORNEYS FROM MR. MUELLER'S TEAM. HE GRILLED THEM ON HOW ALLEGATIONS ABOUT -- OR AGAINST MR. MANAFORT FOR ACTIVITIES -- WELL, THE COPY I HAVE ENDS THERE, BUT IT SAYS, QUOTE, HOW DOES BANK FRAUD IN 2005 OR 2006 HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH COORDINATION WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT? JUDGE ELLIS SAID, WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IT SEEMS TO ME IS THAT THIS INDICTMENT IS TO PUT PRESSURE ON MR. MANAFORT, BUT IN AND OF ITSELF HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR APPOINTMENT, UNQUOTE. JUDGE ELLIS APPEARED TO AGREE WITH THE DEFENSE. BUT DID NOT ISSUE AN IMMEDIATE DECISION. HE REPEATEDLY BARRAGED PROSECUTORS ABOUT THEIR AUTHORITY TO PURSUE DECADE-OLD CHARGES AGAINST MR. MANAFORT. AT ONE POINT JUDGE ELLIS ASKED HOW THE MANAFORT CASE DIFFERED FROM THE F.B.I. RAID ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ATTORNEY, MICHAEL COHEN. THE COHEN MATTER WAS REFERRED BY MUELLER'S TEAM TO PROSECUTORS WITH THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK WHERE FOR INVESTIGATION AND -- FOR INVESTIGATION AND POSSIBLE PROSECUTION. THE MANAFORT CASE IS BEING HANDLED DIRECTLY BY MR. MUELLER'S OFFICE. HE THEN APPEARED TO GUESS, THE PROSECUTOR'S ANSWER SAYING THE COHEN INVESTIGATION DID NOT, QUOTE, FURTHER OUR CORE EFFORT TO GET TRUMP, UNQUOTE. LATER JUDGE ELLIS SUMMARIZED THE PROSECUTOR'S ARGUMENT AS, QUOTE, WE SWHADE THIS INVESTIGATION WAS ABOUT, BUT WE'RE NOT BOUND BY IT AND WE'RE NOT -- AND WE WERE LYING, UNQUOTE. HE THEN LOOKED AT AND SAID, COME ON, MAN, REFERENCING A CATCH PHRASE FROM ESPN'S NFL PREGAME SHOW. NOW AT ISSUE IN THE MEMO IS THE DEFINITION OF A RISE. THE ORDER GIVES THE SPECIAL COUNSEL THE AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE ANY MATTERS THAT, QUOTE, MAY ARISE DIRECTLY FROM THE INVESTIGATION. PROSECUTORS ADMITTED FRIDAY THAT THE MANAFORT PROBE HAD BEEN ONGOING BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BEFORE MR. MUELLER WAS APPOINTED SPECIAL COUNSEL. MR. DURBIN SAID THE CHARGES AGAINST MR. MANAFORT CAME BECAUSE THEY HAD TO, QUOTE, FOLLOW THE MONEY, UNQUOTE, TO DISCOVER MR. MANAFORT'S FINANCIAL RECORDS AND TIES TO RUSSIA THROUGH HIS LOBBYING WORK IN THE UKRAINE. THE COMMENTS PROVOKED A SHARP REBUKE FROM JUDGE ELLIS. QUOTE, IT DIDN'T LEAD TO THAT, UNQUOTE. HE SAID OF THE MANAFORT CHARGES AND RUSSIA PROBE. QUOTE, IT WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, UNQUOTE. WELL, THAT SOUNDS LIKE A COURAGEOUS JUDGE, JUDGE T.S. ELLIS. SOUNDS LIKE A JUDGE WHO CALLS THEM AS HE SEES THEM. BUT, AS THE SAYING GOES, WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD, HIS COURAGE, HIS CONSTITUTIONAL CONVICTION TOOK A BACKSEAT TO CONVENIENCE. SO HE GOT ACCOLADES FOR CALLING OUT THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION FOR EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. MUELLER HAS TAKEN AN INVESTIGATION, HE WAS NOT APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT, HE WAS NOT APPOINTED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE WAS PICKED BY THE SAME GUY THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, OF RUSSIA'S EFFORT TO GET URANIUM. HE HIRED ANOTHER LAWYER NAMED WEISSMANN THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THAT INVESTIGATION. THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF TIES TOGETHER. THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF REASONS TO COVER FOR EACH OTHER. BUT THE FACT THAT ROSENSTEIN, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE FACT THAT HE WROTE A MEMO SAYING , FIRE COMEY, AND THE PRESIDENT ACTS ON THAT MEMO, AND FIRES COMEY, BASED ON ROSENSTEIN'S RECOMMENDATION, OR WITH HIS RECOMMENDATION, AND THEN ROSENSTEIN USES THE PRESIDENT'S ACTION IN ACCORD WANS ROSENSTEIN'S MEMO -- IN ACCORDANCE WITH ROSENSTEIN'S MEMO TO SAY THAT PROBABLY WAS OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE WE NEED A SPECIAL COUNSEL, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THERE HAS BEEN A FAILURE OF JUSTICE AND OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND FEDERAL DISTRICT JUDGE T.S. ELLIS SAW THAT. AND HE COMMENTED ON IT. AND WHEN HE HAD THE CHANCE TO USE THE CONSTITUTION AND SAY ENOUGH ALREADY, JUSTICE HAS RUN AMOK, AND PAUL MANAFORT, PROBABLY GUILTY OF SOME OF THE THINGS CHARGED HERE, IF NOT ALL OF THEM, BUT YOU ARE NOT THE ONE AUTHORIZED TO PROSECUTE. THE D.O.J. ALREADY HAD THIS INVESTIGATION, IT DID NOT ARISE BECAUSE OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. BUT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL TOOK IT OVER. SHOWING AGAIN HIS LACK OF INTEGRITY, AS WELL AS THAT OF MR. WEISSMANN. THEY HAD LIMITLESS BASICALLY AUTHORITY GIVEN TO THEM WHICH IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AND JUDGE ELLIS, IN HIS OPINION, WHERE HE RAN AWAY FROM HIS COURAGEOUS WORDS IN MAY, SAID IN PART IN HIS OPINION, GEE, THE INTENDED PURPOSE -- AND HE DOES A GOOD ACCOUNT OF THE 1978 LAW CREATING SPECIAL COUNSELS. HE SAID, THE INTENDED PURPOSE OF THE 1978 ACT WAS TO CREATE A MECHANISM FOR THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF HIGH RANKING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. IN 1988 THE SUPREME COURT UPHELD THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE 1978 ACT, DESPITE SUBSTANTIAL SEPARATION OF POWERS CHALLENGES. WHICH BY THE WAY, JUST BECAUSE ONE SUPREME COURT SAYS ONE THING , THEY'RE NOT 100% RIGHT ALL THE TIME. THAT'S WHY THEY REVERSE THEMSELVES FREQUENTLY. BUT AS HE POINTED OUT, CONGRESS RE-AUTHORIZED THE 1978 ACT FOR THE FINAL TIME IN 1994. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT DESPITE THE FACT THAT MORRISON, THE CASE THAT TOOK THIS UP, WAS DECIDED 7-1, JUSTICE SCALIA'S DISSENT PRESENTED A COMPELLING AND POWERFUL ARGUMENT AGAINST THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE 1978 ACT. BEGINNING WITH THE INELOQUENT DESCRIPTION OF THE FOUNDER'S MOTIVATIONS IN ENSHRINING SEPARATION OF POWERS PRINCIPLES IN THE CONSTITUTION, JUSTICE SCALIA'S DISSENT WENT ON TO DESCRIBE THE WAYS IN WHICH THE 1978 ACT INFRINGED UPON EXECUTIVE POWER. AND THIS IS FROM THAT DISSENT. FROM JUSTICE SCALIA. A GREAT MAN, FUNNY GUY, GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. BUT BRILLIANT INTELLECT. AND I MISS HIM VERY MUCH. JUSTICE SCALIA SAID, THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION WAS COMMENCED NOT NECESSARILY BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT OR HIS AUTHORIZED SUBORDINATES BELIEVE IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES, IN THE SENSE THAT IT WARRANTS THE DIVERSION OF RESOURCES FROM OTHER EFFORTS AND IS WORTH THE COST IN MONEY AND IN POSSIBLE DAMAGE TO OTHER GOVERNMENTAL INTERESTS. AND NOT EVEN, LEAVING ASIDE THOSE NORMALLY CONSIDERED FACTORS, BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT IS AUTHORIZED SUBORDINATES NECESSARY BELIEVE THAT AN INVESTIGATION IS LIKELY TO UNEARTH A VIOLATION WORTH PROSECUTING. BUT ONLY BECAUSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CANNOT AFFIRM AS CONGRESS DEMANDS THAT THERE ARE NO REASONABLE GROUNDS TO BELIEVE THAT FURTHER INVESTIGATION IS WARRANTED. THE DECISIONS REGARD THE SCOPE OF THAT FURTHER INVESTIGATION AS DURATION AND FINALLY WHETHER OR NOT THE PROSECUTION SHOULD ENSUE OR LIKEWISE, BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS SUBORDINATES. BUT HE GOES ON QUOTING JUSTICE SCALIA. QUOTE, IF TO DESCRIBE THIS CASE IS NOT TO DECIDE IT, THE CONCEPT OF A GOVERNMENT OF SEPARATE AND ACCORDNANT POWERS NO LONGER HAS MEANING BECAUSE IT IS ULTIMATELY IRRELEVANT, HOW MUCH THE STATUTE REDUCES PRESIDENTIAL CONTROL. . OF COURSE ANY IMPINGEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL CONTROL WAS UNCONSTITUTION. A JUSTICE SCALIA ALSO NOTED SIGNIFICANT APPOINTMENTS CLAUSE PROBLEMS WITH THE 1986 78 ACT -- WITH THE 1978 ACT ARGUING THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL WAS NOT AN INFERIOR OFFICER BECAUSE NEITHER THE PRESIDENT NOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL COULD REMOVE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. ULTIMATELY, OTHER JUSTICES WERE NOT OF A MIND WITH JUSTICE SCALIA, THE JUDGE RULED 7-1 THAT IT PASSED CONSTITUTIONAL MUSTER EVEN THOUGH I WOULD SUBMIT IT DIDN'T BUT INCLUDING THE APPOINTMENTS CLAUSE. IN 1999, THROUGH A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS, CONGRESS AGREED TO ALLOW THE 1994 RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT TO EXPIRE. LAWMAKERS AT THAT TIME CONCLUDED IN THE 1994 RE-AUTHORIZATION WAS SERIOUSLY FLAWED IN SEVERAL IMPORTANT RESPECTS AS EXPERIENCE HAD SHOWN. BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAD COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IN PRACTICE, THE 1949 RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT AND ITS PREDECESSORS HAD BECOME MORE OFTEN A POLITICAL WEAPON TO BE UNLEASHED IN THE ONGOING, INDEED ESCALATE, CULTURE WARS THAN A TOO FOR -- A TOOL FOR FERRETING OUT AND PROSECUTING CRIMES, OSTENSIBLY COMMITTED BY HIGH-RANKING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. LATER IN 1999, THE D.O.J. ACTING PURSUANT TO DISTINCT STATUTORY AUTHORITY PROM ALL GATED REGULATIONS TO REPLACE THE PROCEDURES SET OUT IN THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 1994. THUS TO PROVIDE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL WITH A LARGE BUDGET, TELL HIM OR HER TO FIND CRIMES, ALLOWS A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO PURSUE HIS OR HER TARGETS WITHOUT THE USUAL TIME AND BUDGET CONSTRAINTS FACING ORDINARY PROSECUTORS. ENCOURAGING SUBSTANTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PUBLIC TO CONCLUDE THAT THE SPECIAL COUNSEL IS BEING DEPLOYED AS A POLITICAL WEAPON. FURTHERMORE, ALTHOUGH THE REGULATIONS REQUIRE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL PROVIDE A SPECIAL COUNSEL WITH A FACTUAL STATEMENT OF THE MATTERS TO BE INVESTIGATED, NOTABLY MISSING FROM THE REGULATIONS IS ANY REQUIREMENT ATTORNEY GENERAL SPECIFY ANY PARTICULAR CRIME OR STATUTES THAT ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN VIOLATED. AND HE GOES ON. IN HIS OPINION, I THINK 31 PAGES , BUT HE ALSO COMMENTS, GIVEN THE INVESTIGATION'S FOCUS ABOUT MUELLER'S ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN, EVEN A BLIND PERSON CAN SEE THE TRUE TARGET OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATION PRESIDENT TRUMP NOT THE DEFENDANT. EARLIER HE SAID THE WISDOM OF ALLOWING ALL LINKS BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN AND THE RUSSIA GOVERNMENT TO BE SUBJECT TO INVESTIGATION IRRESPECTIVE OF HOW STALE THOSE MIGHT BE IS SERIOUSLY IN DOUBT. NEVERTHELESS, HE SAYS THE INVESTIGATE TIR AUTHORITY IS WRITTEN BROADLY AND DOES CAPTURE THE CONNECTIONS AT ISSUE IN THIS CASE. WHICH THE PRESIDENT ALREADY -- I MEAN, JUDGE ELLISON ALREADY TALKED ABOUT. IT WAS TOO BROAD. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PEOPLE MUELLER HAS HIRED, NOT CONTENT TO HAVE HIRED WHAT, 17 LAWYERS, TWO OF THEM LEFT, I READ RECENTLY, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, HE WENT LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY ELSE THAT HATED TRUMP AS MUCH AS HE DID AND WEISSMAN DID, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL. APPARENTLY THE TWO THAT LEFT DIDN'T HATE THE PRESIDENT AS MUCH AS MUELLER WANTED THEM TO, WHICH IS ONE OF THE FLAWS IN HAVING SOMEONE SO UNACCOUNTABLE. UNACCOUNTABLE BECAUSE THEY ANSWER TO A MAN WHO IS IN -- WELL, CAHOOTS WITH MUELLER AND WEISSMAN AND THE ORIGINAL RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. THAT LET RUSSIA END UP WITH 20-PLUS PERCENT OF OUR URANIUM, KNOWING THEY WERE ACQUIRING IT ILLEGALLY, THE OBAMA COUNCIL ON FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN THE U.S. VOTED TO LET THEM GO. SURE, BECAUSE MUELLER AND ROSENSTEIN, WEISSMAN, THEY MADE SURE THAT THEIR GUY BEHIND THE SCENES WASN'T TALKING. THEY KEPT THE INFORMATION QUIET ABOUT RUSSIA'S ILLEGAL ACTIONS. AND THAT ENDED UP LEADING TO $145 MILLION IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. A LOT OF MONEY CHANGED HANDS. PAY TO PLAY, SOME PEOPLE CALL IT. AND WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT HILLARY CLINTON'S PRIVATE SERVER WAS HACKED. AND THE FACT THAT THE CURRENT F.B.I. DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR WAY, WOULD ALLOW A STATEMENT TO GO OUT LAST WEEK, FRAUDULENTLY DECEPTIVE, SAYS THE F.B.I. HAS NOT CLEANED ITSELF UP YET. YEAH, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME PEOPLE FIRED, SOME PEOPLE DEMOTED, SOME PEOPLE MOVED OVER, BUT IT IS STILL FRAUDULENTLY DECEPTIVE AND DISHONORING THE HARD, HONEST WORK OF THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF F.B.I. AGENTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THE INTEL COMMUNITY INSPECTOR GENERAL AND HIS INVESTIGATORS LEARNED THAT HILLARY CLINTON'S PRIVATE SERVER WAS IN FACT 100% CERTAINTY HACKED. IT WAS REPORTED BY RICHARD POLLAK AND I KNOW WHO HACKED AND I KNOW WHERE THE INFORMATION WENT AND I CAN'T DISPUTE WHAT RICHARD POLLAK WROTE LAST WEEK. CHINESE, HE SAID INTEL, THEY WERE GETTING EVERY ONE OF HILLARY CLINTON'S MESSAGES, INCLUDING SOME OF OUR MOST SENSITIVE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. NOW I DIDN'T REMEMBER THE STORY FROM NOVEMBER 6 OF 19 -- OF 2016. BUT I SAW IT RECENTLY. AND IT POINTED OUT HILLARY CLINTON WAS -- NOT ONLY WAS SHE EXPOSING OUR NATION'S SECRETS AND THOSE WHO WORKED SECRETLY FOR OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AROUND THE WORLD, SHE WAS EXPOSING PEOPLE TO EXTREME DANGER AND POTENTIAL LOSS OF LIFE THROUGH HER UNSECURED, ILLEGAL, AND TURNS OUT CRIMINAL USE OF THAT SERVER. NOT TO MENTION THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE WHEN SHE GOT A SUBPOENA AND HAD THE INFORMATION SOUGHT DESTROYED. BUT THE GOOD THING FOR HER WAS THAT HER FRIENDS CONTROLLED THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THEY HATED DONALD TRUMP AND THEY WERE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO HELP HER GET ELECTED AND THAT'S WHY I KNEW PETER STRZOK WAS LYING WHEN I ASKED HIM ABOUT THE INVESTIGATOR OF THE INTEL COMMUNITY I.G., FRANK RUCKER, COMING TO HIM AND DEAN CHA PELL AND TELLING THEM WE NOW KNOW FOR CERTAIN CHINA HAS HACKED ALL OF HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS COMING IN AND GOING OUT AND GAVE THEM SPECIFICS. AND WE KNOW, PETER STRZOK, WE KNOW FROM HIS TECHES, FROM ALL HE WAS DOING, HE WAS DING EVERYTHING HE COULD TO PROTECT HILLARY CLINTON FROM CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. AND TO HELP HER DEFEAT WHOEVER THE REPUBLICAN WOULD BE AND ESPECIALLY DONALD TRUMP. SO IT WAS CERTAINLY A LIE WHEN HE SAID, YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER MIKE RUCKER COMING OVER AND BRIEFING, I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT HE BREEFED ABOUT , HE DOES REMEMBER WHAT HE BREEFED ABOUT. BECAUSE WHEN HE HEARD THOSE SEARING WORDS THAT HILLARY CLINTON'S SERVER HAS BEEN FOR CERTAIN HACKED, HE KNEW THERE WAS A PROBLEM. AND HE COVERED IT UP. IT TAKES COURAGE TO CLEAN UP A DIRTY JUSTICE SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DIRT SAT THE VERY TOP. I WAS BROKEN HEARTED TO READ THE WORDS IN JUDGE ELLIS' OPINION A MAN THAT'S CLEARLY VERY INTELLIGENT, STAYS ON TOP OF THE LAW, SAW WRONGDOING, SAW IMPROPRIETY, AND I WOULD COMPARE HIM, I'M TEMPTED TO COMPARE HIM, I WON'T COMPARE HIM TO PONTIUS PILATE BECAUSE THEN SOME LIBERAL WOULD SAY, GOHMERT IS SAYING MANAFORT IS JESUS AND I WOULD NEVER SAY THAT. JESUS IS A FRIEND OF MINE, HE'S MY SAVIOR, I CAN PROMISE YOU PAUL MANAFORT IS NO JESUS. BUT THE ACTION OF A JUDGE SAYING , I SEE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR PROSECUTION HERE AND THEN REFUSING TO USE THE POWER WITHIN YOUR CONTROL TO RIGHT THE WRONGDOING OF A JUSTICE SYSTEM AND IN THIS CASE THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY, IT DEFIES THE JUDGE'S OWN WORDS WHEN HE SAYS, LET US HOPE THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF THIS PROSECUTION, INCLUDING THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AND THE ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL ARE SUCH PEOPLE BECAUSE JUST BEFORE HE HAD SAID THE CASE IS A REMINDER ULTIMATELY, OUR SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES AND LIMITATIONS ON EACH BRANCH'S POWERS, ALTHOUGH EXQUISITELY DESIGNED, ULTIMATELY WORKS ONLY IF PEOPLE OF VIRTUE, SENSITIVITY, COURAGE, NOT AFFECTED BY THE WINDS OF PUBLIC OPINION, CHOOSE TO WORK WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW. AND THEN HE SAID, LET US HOPE THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF PROSECUTION, INCLUDING THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AND ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, ARE SUCH PEOPLE AND I CAN TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THEY'RE NOT. JUDGE GO, ALTHOUGH THIS CASE SHALL CONTINUE -- THAT IS HEARTBREAKING. FORMER JUDGE AND CHIEF JUSTICE, YOU WANT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN JUDICIAL POSITIONS TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THESE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF A RUNAWAY PROSECUTION ARE ATTEMPTING TO COMMIT A COUP D'ETAT. THEY ARE ENGAGED IN A CIVIL WAR TO TAKE DOWN A PRESIDENT. THE ORIGINS OF WHICH OPERATION WERE FRAUDULENT. AND WERE PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AT THE TOP AND THE F.B.I. AT THE TOP IS HEART BREAKING TO PEOPLE THAT HAVE SPENT THEIR LIVES DEDICATING TO TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND OUR AMERICAN CONSTITUTION. TURNS OUT JUDGE ELLIS, BRILLIANT, KNOWING INTENTIONALLY WALKED AWAY FROM HIS RESPONSIBILITY AND DID NOT SHOW HIMSELF TO BE A PERSON OF VIRTUE, SENSITIVITY, AND COURAGE NOT AFFECTED BY THE WINDS OF PUBLIC OPINION. THAT'S A TRAGEDY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

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                                                          MR. GOHMERT

                                                          I MOVE WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

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