Kevin McCarthy Elected Republican Leader in 116th Congress, 159-43
House Session - September 13, 2018

The House approved a fiscal year 2019 spending bill that covers the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction, energy and water programs, and legislation branch operations.

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:19 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:30 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Virginia Foxx to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:01:00 AM

      MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

      • 10:46:51 AM

        Recess

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

        • 12:00:26 PM

          Reconvened

          The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 13.

          • 12:00:28 PM

            Today's prayer was offered by Pastor Rosalinda Rivera, New Life Outreach Church, Richmond, VA

          • 12:01:56 PM

            SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

            The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Williams demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Williams objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.

            • 12:02:10 PM

              PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

              • 12:04:18 PM

                ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

                • 12:24:55 PM

                  Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 1059 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3798) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours; providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 5895) making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes; and providing for proceedings during the period from September 17, 2018, through September 24, 2018."

                • 12:27:50 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1059.

                  • 12:34:43 PM

                    The previous question was ordered without objection.

                    • 12:34:46 PM

                      On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 397 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                      • 01:01:36 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 222. THE NAYS 171. THE RESOLUTION IS A ADOPTED.…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 222. THE NAYS 171. THE RESOLUTION IS A ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1911, AS AMENDED, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                  • 01:01:42 PM

                    House Vote 397 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

                    Passed (222 - 171)
                    Yea
                    Nay

                    Vote Details: Yea - 222
                    Republican - 218
                    Democratic - 4

                    Vote Details: Nay - 171
                    Democratic - 171

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 35
                    Democratic - 18
                    Republican - 17

                    • 01:01:44 PM

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

                    • 01:01:45 PM

                      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                      The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                      • 01:02:07 PM

                        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1911 — "To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to monitor and combat anti-Semitism globally, and for other purposes."

                        • 01:02:09 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          H.R. 1911, A BILL TO AMEND THE STATE DEPARTMENT BASIC AUTHORITIES ACT OF…

                          H.R. 1911, A BILL TO AMEND THE STATE DEPARTMENT BASIC AUTHORITIES ACT OF 1956 TO MONITOR AND COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM GLOBALLY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                      • 01:02:19 PM

                        On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 398 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                        • 01:02:20 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 01:09:06 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS --

                        • 01:09:59 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 393. THE NAYS ARE 2. THIRDS 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 393. THE NAYS ARE 2. THIRDS 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR VOTES OBJECTED TO PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON THE POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT LATER TIME. ORDER IN THE HOUSE. WILL THE MEMBERS CLEAR THE WELL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 01:10:05 PM

                      House Vote 398 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                      Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2017

                      Passed (393 - 2)
                      Yea

                      Vote Details: Yea - 393
                      Republican - 218
                      Democratic - 175

                      Vote Details: Nay - 2
                      Republican - 1
                      Democratic - 1

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 33
                      Democratic - 17
                      Republican - 16

                      • 01:10:07 PM

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

                        • 01:10:59 PM

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

                          • 01:11:32 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY INSERT IN THE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY INSERT IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD NOT LATER THAN THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, SUCH MATERIALS AS I MAY DEEM EXPLORATORY OF S. 3021.

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                          • 01:11:44 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                          • 01:11:47 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            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 S. 3021.

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                          • 01:11:55 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 01:12:00 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                          • 01:12:07 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

                        • 01:12:21 PM

                          Mr. Shuster moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 3021 — "To designate the United States courthouse located at 300 South Fourth Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the "Diana E. Murphy United States Courthouse"."

                          • 01:12:24 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THAT THE HOUSE -- MY MOTION IS TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 3021.

                          • 01:12:36 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN WANT TO PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED?

                        • 01:12:39 PM

                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                        • 01:12:40 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 3021.

                          • 01:12:42 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            YES.

                          • 01:12:43 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                          • 01:12:46 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            SENATE 3021, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT…

                            SENATE 3021, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 300 SOUTH FOURTH STREET IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, AS THE DIANA E. MURPHY UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE.

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                          • 01:12:58 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                          • 01:13:09 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

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

                          • 01:13:15 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ORDER IN THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:13:22 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 3021, THE AMERICA'S WATER…

                            I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 3021, THE AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. THIS BILL IS FOR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. GOOD FOR JOBS AND GOOD FOR AMERICA. IT'S A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL COMPREHENSIVE BILL THAT DELIVERS ON A PROMISE TO REGULARLY ADDRESS WATER RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES ACROSS THE NATION. TITLE 1 OF THIS ACT IS THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2018, OR WRDA. I WANT TO REIMMEDIATE MY COLLEAGUES WE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED WRDA IN JUNE BY A VOTE OF 40 -2. WRDA INVESTS IN THE PORTS, LOCKS, DAMS, INLAND WATERWAY, FLOOD PROTECTION, AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT MAKES AMERICA MORE COMPETITIVE AND PROTECTS OUR COMMUNITIES. IT ALSO BUILDS UPON REFORMS TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO HELP IMPROVE PROJECT DELIVERY. THIS BILL IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, FULLY OFFSET T CUTS RED TAPE. AND MAINTAINS CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT OF FEDERAL INVESTMENT. I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO FOR WORKING TOGETHER ON THE WRDA TITLE. HOWEVER, TODAY'S BILL INCLUDES MORE THAN JUST WRDA. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, AND OUR SENATE COUNTERPARTS FOR HELPING PUT THIS PACKAGE TOGETHER. I'M PROUD TO SAY TODAY'S LEGISLATION CONTINUE AS TWO-YEAR CYCLELE OF REGULARLY -- REGULAR ORDER FOR CONGRESS CONSIDERING THESE ESSENTIAL WRDA BILLS. THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES SINCE I BECAME CHAIRMAN ALMOST SIX YEARS AGO. WE NEED TO PASS THIS BILL, CONTINUE PROVIDING DIRECTION TO THE CORPS, AND ENSURE ALL OF THESE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS MOVE FORWARD. THIS IS SIMPLY GOOD PUBLIC POLICY AND IT'S GOOD FOR OUR NATION. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE JOBS -- THIS JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:15:04 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:15:09 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                          • 01:15:12 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:15:13 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR GETTING THE WATER RESOURCES…

                            I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR GETTING THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILLS BACK ON TRACK. . WE HAD GONE MANY YEARS WITHOUT AN AUTHORIZATION AND THE CHAIRMAN MADE IT A PRIORITY TO DO THIS EVERY TWO YEARS. WE ALSO HAVE CREATED A NEW PROCESS THROUGH WHICH WE PROVIDE SOME DIRECTION TO THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS IN WHERE TO INVEST THEIR SCARCE RESOURCES. YOU KNOW, IF I HAD MY WAY OR MAYBE IF WE HAVE DIFFERENT LEADERSHIP IN THE NEXT CONGRESS WE WOULD GO BACK TO A MUCH SIMPLER, EXPLICIT PROCESS, WHERE WE WOULD DESIGNATE HIGH-PRIORITY, LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AS NEEDED IN CERTAIN AREAS AROUND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO BETTER FACILITATE COMMERCE. BUT THAT'S FOR ANOTHER DAY. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. IT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THERE IS, HOWEVER, ONE PROBLEM. AND THAT PROBLEM IS THAT RONALD REAGAN WORKED WITH THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS TO CREATE A HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND. FUNDED BY A MINISCULE TAX ON THE VALUE OF GOODS THAT COME IN FROM OVERSEAS AND PASS THROUGH OUR PORTS. CONSISTENTLY CONGRESS HAS UNDERSPENT THOSE FUNDS, UNDER BOTH DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. AND MANY YEARS AGO I STARTED TO WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN'S FATHER ON THIS VERY ISSUE. THAT'S MORE THAN TWO DECADES AGO NOW. WE DID MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IN THE LAST CONGRESS INDIANA THIS CONGRESS. AN AMENDMENT -- AND IN THIS CONGRESS. AN AMENDMENT I OFFERED TO THE WATER RESOURCES BILL PUT US ON A TRACK TOWARD SPENDING ALL OF THE TAX THAT'S COLLECTED FOR HARBOR MAINTENANCE ON HARBOR MAINTENANCE. NOW I KNOW THAT'S KIND OF SHOCKING IN THIS TOWN, THAT YOU'D COLLECT A TAX ARE FROM PEOPLE AND THEN SPEND IT ON THE THING FOR WHICH IT'S DEDICATED. BUT I THINK THAT WOULD BE RIGHT. AND MY PROPOSAL WAS ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY IN THE COMMITTEE TWICE, AND THEN SPEAKER RYAN, THROUGH HIS CONTROL OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, REACHED INTO THE BILL AND EXTRACTED THAT AMENDMENT. WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT WHEN WE ON AN AVERAGE DAILY BASIS HAVE LESS THAN 40% OF THE AUTHORIZE CAPACITY AT OUR 59 LARGEST HARBORS? WHY WOULD WE CRIPPLE UNITED STATES COMMERCE AND SHIPPING INTERESTS? WHY WOULD WE DO THAT? WELL, SO THEY CAN PRETEND THAT THE DEFICIT IS A LITTLE TINY BIT LESS. I MEAN, WHEN IT COMES TO TAXES, WHOA, TRILLION DOLLARS HERE, TRILLION DOLLARS THERE, WE DON'T CARE ABOUT DEFICITS. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SPENDING THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX ON HARBOR MAINTENANCE LIKE, OH, IF WE CAN SKIM OFF, YOU KNOW, A FEW HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR, AND WE'LL PUT IT OVER HERE IN AN IMAGINARY TRUST FUND THAT WE'LL NEVER SPEND. SO IT'S A BUNCH OF B.S. THAT WE'RE DOING THAT. YOU SHOULD NOT BE COLLECTING TAXES FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEN NOT SPENDING THE MONEY ON THE INTENDED AND NEEDED PURPOSE. THE CORPS' ESTIMATE IS THEY NEED ABOUT $20 BILLION TO BRING ALL OUR HARBORS UP TO AUTHORIZED DEPTHS IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS. 10 YEARS. AND IF WE WERE SPENDING THE FULL HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND INCOME ON AN ANNUAL BASIS AND SPENDING DOWN THE BALANCE THAT'S ALREADY ACCUMULATED, WE COULD EXCEED THAT GOAL AND BEGIN TO DEAL WITH OTHER ISSUES. JETTY PROBLEMS AND THE LIKE. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS COME UP WITH A BRILLIANT AND DIFFERENT SOLUTION. THEY WANT TO REDUCE THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX SO WE WILL NEVER, EVER BRING OUR PORTS UP TO AUTHORIZED DEPTHS. IN ANY CASE, THAT'S THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THIS BILL. THE CHAIRMAN HAS ALREADY MENTIONED A NUMBER OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF THIS BILL. THERE'S A PROVISION THAT POTENTIALLY WILL MAKE THE CORPS MORE EFFICIENT ON DREDGING PROJECTS AND LOOK AT MULTIYEAR AS OPPOSED TO ANNUAL CONTRACTS. THE CORPS' GETTING SOME TOOLS TO RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE. WHOA, I CAN'T BELIEVE WE GOT THAT IN THERE. SEA LEVEL RISE AND NATURAL DISASTERS. AND IT REQUIRES THE CORPS TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT IN HOW IT CHOOSES PROJECTS. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, I THINK THE CONGRESS SHOULD BE A LITTLE MORE DIRECT THERE. AGAIN, THAT'S FOR ANOTHER DAY. HAS PROVISIONS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO MY DISTRICT AND MY STATE, WHICH ARE FULLY JUSTIFIED. AGAIN, A GOOD BIPARTISAN PROJECT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:19:50 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 01:19:53 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO SAY THE RANKING MEMBER IS 100%…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO SAY THE RANKING MEMBER IS 100% CORRECT ON HIS ASSESSMENT OF THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND. I SUPPORT IT. HE'S RIGHT. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WHEN HE'S REFERRING TO B.S. HE'S NOT REFERRING TO BILL SHUSTER. BUT WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE OTHER GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. WALDEN, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                          • 01:20:10 PM

                            MR. WALDEN

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, THE CHAIRMAN, AND THE THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR…

                            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, THE CHAIRMAN, AND THE THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS HELP ON THIS LEGISLATION. I TOO AGREE IN TERMS OF THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES SOME REALLY IMPORTANT LANGUAGE TO ASSIST IRRIGATERS IN THE CLIMATE BASIN. THEY'RE ENDURING ANOTHER CHALLENGING DROUGHT YEAR AND IT HELPS ENSURE WE ARE PREPARED IF OUR FARMERS ARE HIT AGAIN WITH SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE YEARS AHEAD. THIS PROVIDES THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION WITH THE AUTHORITY TO USE THE FUNDS WE SECURED EARLIER THIS YEAR, ABOUT $10 MILLION, TO IMPLEMENT MEASURES SUCH AS GROUND WATER PUMPING AND OTHER PRIORITIES FOR OUR IRRIGATERS AND ENSURES THAT THEY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SURVIVE DIFFICULT WATER YEARS IN THE FUTURE IF WE FACE THEM OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, OUR SUPPORT FOR A COUPLE OF OTHER TITLES IN THIS BILL. TITLE 2 OF THE LEGISLATION MODERNIZES THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES FACING COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. IT BRINGS GREATER INVESTMENT TO IMPROVE OUR AGING DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS AND IT SUPPORTS STATE-LED EFFORTS IN LARGE CITIES AND RURAL COMMUNITIES ALIKE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 22 YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, IT AUTHORIZES CAPITALIZATION GRANTS FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS, $4.4 BILLION OVER THREE YEARS, TO BE EXACT. THIS IS A BIG INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. THESE LOANS ARE A CRUCIAL TOOL TO HELP COMMUNITIES ADDRESS COMPLIANCE ISSUES AND ADDRESS DRINKING WATER THREATS. SO I URGE E.P.A. TO HELP EACH STATE REALIZE THE PROMISE OF THIS NEW AUTHORIZATION. AS WE BRACE FOR THE HORRIBLE IMPACTS OF HURRICANE FLORENCE, I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT TITLE 2 ALSO AUTHORIZES $100 MILLION FOR AREAS AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS THAT NEED HELP REPAIRING THEIR DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS SO THEY CAN DELIVER CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THOSE IN THE STORM'S PATH, MR. SPEAKER. WHILE THIS LEGISLATION WON'T MAKE THEM WHOLE, IT WILL HELP THEM RECOVER. TITLE 3 OF THE LEGISLATION WILL MAKE SUBSTANTIAL REGULATORY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HYDROPOWER LICENSING PROCESS WITH THE GOAL TO DELIVER MORE CLEAN, RENEWABLE, CARBON-FREE AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY TO CONSUMERS. THIS TITLE INCORPORATES SEVERAL IMPORTANT BILLS THAT PASSED OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THEIR INCLUSION IN THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY. WITH THAT, I URGE STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS FOR THEIR WORK GETTING THIS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:22:34 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 01:22:41 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING…

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JURISDICTIONAL SUBCOMMITTEE, MRS. NAPOLITANO.

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                          • 01:22:51 PM

                            MRS. NAPOLITANO

                            THANK YOU, MR. DEFAZIO. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 3021,…

                            THANK YOU, MR. DEFAZIO. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 3021, AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. I THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO, CHAIRMAN GRAVES AND OUR OWN RESPECTIVE STAFFS FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. IT IS ENCOURAGING TO SEE THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE CONTINUE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION ON THIS LEGISLATION EVERY TWO YEARS. THE BILL AUTHORIZES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FEASIBILITY STUDIES, CHIEF REPORTS AND WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR A DIVERSE ARRAY OF PURPOSES. INCLUDING FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION, ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION, WATER SUPPLY, NAVIGATION AND OTHER THINGS. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT PROVISIONS AT BOTH THE -- THAT BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE HAVE WORKED ON TO IMPROVE E.P.A. WATER PROGRAMS. I AM PLEASED TO HAVE CO-AUTHORED SEVERAL OF THESE PROVISIONS THAT WILL ASSIST COMMUNITIES EXPERIENCING STORMWATER CHALLENGES AND DROUGHT WITH ADDITIONAL WATER SUPPLY AND WATER TREATMENT OPTIONS. SECTION 401 -- 4106 AUTHORIZES $50 MILLION IN GRANTS TO CITIES OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS TO PLAN, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT WATER RECYCLING AND SEWER OVERFLOW PROJECTS. THIS IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT IN MY AREA IN LOS ANGELES, WHICH IS ADDRESSING A NEW MS-4 STONE WATER PERMITTING AND IS IMPLEMENTING WATER RECYCLING PROJECTS AS A WAY TO ADDRESS LONG-TERM DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE. SECTION 1164 REQUIRES IT TO WORK WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ON AN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES PLANNING, TO INCORPS RATE BADLY LOCALLY DEVELOPED PLANS -- TO INCORPORATE BADLY LOCALLY DEVELOPED PLANS. SECTION 1146 MAKES PERMANENT MY PROVISION FROM WATER 16 THAT ALLOWS PUBLIC AGENCIES OR PRIVATE COMPANIES TO REMOVE SEDIMENT FROM THE ARMY CORPS DAMS IN ORDER FOR THE DAMS TO BE MORE EFFICIENT FOR WATER SUPPLY AND FLOOD CONTROL OPERATIONS. THIS IS A PARTICULAR PROBLEM ON SEDIMENT BUILDUP IN SEVERAL OF OUR DAMS, INCLUDING SANTA FE IN MY REGION. SECTION 2304 CREATES AN E.P.A. WATER INFRASTRUCTURE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT PROGRAM WHICH WOULD PROVIDE GRANTS TO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS, AND WATER AGENCIES TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN THE WATER SECTOR. THE WATER AGENTS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE BEEN STRONGLY SUPPORTIVE OF CREATING THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE MANY EMPLOYEES IN THE WATER SECTION ARE RETIRING AND THE WORK FORCE TRAINING IS NEEDED FOR NEW WATER TECHNOLOGIES. SECTION 4306 FORMALLY AUTHORIZES AND IMPROVES THE E.P.A. WATER SENSE PROGRAM WHICH CREATES A NATIONAL STANDARD FOR THE LABELING OF WATER EFFICIENT PRODUCTS. LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES CAN THEN GIVE REBATES TO INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES WHO PURCHASE THESE WATER SENSE APPROVED PRODUCTS IN ORDER TO DECREASE OVERALL WATER CONSUMPTION DEMANDS. SECTION 1222 REQUIRES THE CORPS TO ASSESS OPERATIONS AND WATER CONTROL MANUALS TO ENSURE THAT DAMS ARE BEING USED EFFECTIVELY TO MAXIMIZE LOCAL WATER SUPPLY. SOME OF ARE OVER 40 YEARS OLD.

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                          • 01:26:05 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                          • 01:26:08 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

                          • 01:26:11 PM

                            MRS. NAPOLITANO

                            THANK YOU. I AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS BILL IF ENACTED WILL PROVIDE…

                            THANK YOU. I AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS BILL IF ENACTED WILL PROVIDE DROUGHT-PRONE REGIONS LIKE MINE WITH THE TOOL NECESSARY TO INCREASE WATER SUPPLY THROUGH WATER RECYCLING AND CAPTURING AND TREATING STORMWATER. I WANT TO THANK MY CONSTITUENTS FOR THEIR INPUTT -- INPUT THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS INCLUDING THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND OTHERS. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:26:55 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES.

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                            MR. GRAVES

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TIME. MR.…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HURRICANE FLORENCE THAT'S BEARING DOWN ON OUR NATION RIGHT NOW, THE CAROLINAS AND JNL INEVITABLY ARE GOING TO HAVE DISASTER -- GEORGIA INEVITABLY ARE GOING TO HAVE DISASTER AND DESTRUCTION. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE AFTERMATH? THIS BILL, TOGETHER WITH OTHER LEGISLATION, IS EXACTLY WHAT NEED TO BE DONE. THIS BEGINS THE PROCESS OF ADDRESSING THIS RIDICULOUS BACKLOG OF $100 BILLION IN PROJECTS THAT WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD ON THAT. WE NEED TO CONSTRUCT. BRINGING EFFICIENCY TO THE TABLE LIKE ALLOWING FOR STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ADVANCE THESE PROJECTS ON THE ROAD, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEIR CAPABILITIES, OF GREATER COST EFFICIENCIES, OF STREAMLINED PERMITTING PROCESSES AND OTHER EFFICIENCIES THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF DOING. THIS BILL BRINGS ALL SORTS OF SOLUTIONS TO THE TABLE, INCLUDING, MR. CHAIRMAN, LOOKING AT WHETHER OR NOT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SHOULD EVEN BE WITHIN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WHEN I CALL SECRETARY MATTIS AND TALKED TO HIM ABOUT RUSSIA AND CHINA AND NORTH KOREA AND SYRIA AND IRAN, SHOULD I ALSO INTRODUCE A WETLANDS PERMIT INTO THAT CONVERSATION? I DON'T THINK I SHOULD. IT'S NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE AGENCY. SO WE'RE LOOKING AT WHERE THIS MISSION CAN BE A TOP PRIORITY, CAN BE PROPERLY HOUSED. AND WHERE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THESE IMPORTANT PROJECTS MUCH FASTER THAN WE'RE DOING TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL ALSO HAS SOME IMPORTANT THINGS FOR US BACK HOME, INCLUDING RECOGNIZING THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN WORK THAT OUR STATE HAS DONE TO RESTORE OUR ERODING COAST LINE AND THE ECOLOGICAL PRODUCTIVITY THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT. LOOKING AT DOING -- CARRYING A PILOT DREDGE PROGRAM WHEREBY WE CAN ISSUE DREDGING CONTRACTS OVER YEARS, OVER MULTIPLE CHANNELS, RATHER THAN DOING ONE CHANNEL AT A TIME, WHERE WE CAN BENEFIT FROM A COMMES OF SCALE AND AGAIN, GREATER -- ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND AGAIN, GREATER EFFICIENCY WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS. IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, ENSURING THAT THE OLD RIVER CONTROL STRUCTURE IS NOT MANAGED BY A STATIC 70-30 SPLIT THAT WAS DERNLED DECADES AGO, -- DECADES -- DETERMINED DECADES AGO. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, CONGRESSMAN DEFAZIO, CONGRESSWOMAN NAPOLITANO, AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED, CONGRESSMAN SANFORD AND ROUSER, FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS. AND I URGE ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:29:21 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                          • 01:29:27 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE.

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                            MR. PALLONE

                            I WANT TO THANK MR. DEFAZIO AND ALL THE LEADERSHIP, MRS. NAPOLITANO AND…

                            I WANT TO THANK MR. DEFAZIO AND ALL THE LEADERSHIP, MRS. NAPOLITANO AND ALL THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, FOR PUTTING THIS BILL TOGETHER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE JURISDICTION, WHICH IS INITIALLY THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT. OUR NATION'S PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SYSTEM SERVES OVER 300 MILLION PEOPLE, BUT AGING AND FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE THREATENS ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER IN COMMUNITIES LARGE AND SMALL. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ESTIMATES THAT OUR WATER SYSTEMS WILL REQUIRE $472 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. BUT INVESTMENTS SIMPLE -- INVESTMENT SIMPLY HAS NOT KEPT PACE WITH THE NEED. SO THIS BILL RE-AUTHORIZES THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT STATE REVOLVING FUND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS AND PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT NEW FUNDING TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN DIRE NEED. THE BILL NEARLY DOUBLES THE AUTHORIZED FUNDING FROM $1 BILLION TO ALMOST $2 BILLION IN 2021, AND INCREASES FUNDING FOR PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM SUPERVISION GRANTS TO STATES. IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ENSURE THAT THIS MONEY GETS TO THE COMMUNITIES THAT NEED IT MOST, BY RAISING THE CAP ON SPECIAL ASSISTANCE TO DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES UNDER THE STATE REVOLVING FUND, AND SETTING A FLOOR FOR SUCH ASSISTANCE TO GUARANTEE HELP FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES. . I THANK REPRESENTATIVE TONKO WHO LED THE EFFORT TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE STATE REVOLVING FUND FOR MANY YEARS. MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL WERE INCORPORATE INTERESTED THE AQUA ACT WHICH HE AUTHORED. THE BILL AUTHORED. THE BILL ALSO CONTAINS A PROVISION FIRST INTRODUCED BY MYSELF AND REPRESENTATIVE RUSH ESTABLISHING A GRANT PROGRAM FOR REPLACING LEADED DRINKING WATER FOUNTAINS IN SCHOOLS AND REQUIRING FOR THE FIRST TIME A NATIONAL INVENTORY OF LEAD SERVICE LINES AND COST TO REPLACE. REPRESENTATIVE DINGLE'S PROVISION TO MAKE DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORTS TO CONSUMERS MORE FREQUENT, COMPREHENSIVE, AND UNDERSTANDABLE. AND THE BILL INCORPORATES REPRESENT PETER'S PROVISION AND ESTABLISHES NEW REQUIREMENTS. IT ALSO PROVIDES $100 MILLION FOR GRANTS TO EXTEND ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER INTO AREAS IMPACTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS RESPONDING TO CONCERNS RAISED BY REPRESENTATIVE GREEN. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL CONTAINS LANGUAGE CHAMPIONED BY REPRESENTATIVE MCNORTHEASTERNY, AUTHORIZING A WATER SENSE PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE CONSUMER WATER EFFICIENCY AND AUTHORIZES BUY AMERICA REQUIREMENTS FOR IRON AND STEEL PRODUCTS FOR FIVE YEARS. THIS WON'T SOLVE ALL OUR CHALLENGES BUT MAKES IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS AND DELIVERS REAL BENEFITS. I'M ALSO PLEASED THIS FINAL BIPARTISAN BILL INCLUDES IMPORTANT ENERGY PROVISION THAT IS I PUSHED TO INCLUDE. AMONG THEM ARE PROVISIONS AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVES KENNEDY, DEGETTE, A AND PETERS. ALL IN ALL THE DRINKING WATER AND ENERGY TITLES OF THIS BILL ARE CRITICAL AND SIGNIFICANT STEPS FORWARD THAT WILL BEP FIT AMERICA'S FAMILIES, INDUSTRY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT. AND AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT IS A VICTORY FOR ALL OF US. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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                          • 01:32:41 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE OTHER MR. GRAVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, I YIELD TO MR. GRAVES, ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. GRAVES

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT WHICH INCLUDES THE HOUSE PASSED WRDA. THE CHAIRMAN'S COMMITMENT TO PASSING BIPARTISAN WRDA BILLS EVERY TWO YEARS HAS BEEN AN IMPACTFUL ITEM AND BETTER MANAGING THE BUREAUCRACY AT THE ARMY CORPS MORE REGULARLY IMPROVING VITAL WATER PROJECTS. THIS IS GOOD GOVERNMENT AND POLICY I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE COMMITTEE REMAIN COMMITTED TO IN THE FUTURE. THIS BILL IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE AGRICULTURE ECONOMY, TO EVERYONE THAT RELIES ON THE MISSOURI AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS. I'M GLAD THE FINAL BILL INCLUDED MY AMENDMENT TO STOPT ARMY CORPS FROM BUILDING ANY NEW, UNPROVEN STRUCTURES FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES ALONG THE MISSOURI AND INSTEAD THEY ARE NOW ARE REQUIRED TO PROVE IT WILL ACTUALLY WORK BEFORE THEY SPEND MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. THE CORPS HAS TO PROVE THAT THESE STRUCTURES DO NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE OTHER MANAGEMENT PRIORITIES ON THE MISSOURI RIVER. IN CLOSING, THIS AS GOOD BILL AND IT'S NECESSARY TO ADVANCE THE IMPORTANT FLOOD CONTROL PROJECTS TO ENSURE OUR INLAND WATERWAYS REMAIN EFFICIENT OPTION FOR TRANSPORTING GOODS. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR S. 3021. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:34:07 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN,…

                            AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL.

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                            MRS. DINGELL

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 3021, THE AMERICA'S WATER…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 3021, THE AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. EVERY MEMBER IN THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT IT. IT'S HOW CONGRESS SHOULD WORK. IT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT. OVERALL THE BILL WOULD AUTHORIZE $6.1 BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CARRY OUT NEW AND EXITING PROJECTS CRITICAL TO OUR NATION'S ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND SAFETY. INCLUDING THE GREAT LAKES REGION. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES DRINKING WATER ASSISTANCE IMPROVEMENT ACT WHICH THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE APPROVED LAST YEAR. BIPARTISANLY. THESE PROVISION ALSO IMPROVE DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS AND AUTHORIZE $4.4 BILLION FOR THE STATE DRINKING WATER REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAM WHICH WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED FEDERAL FINANCING FOR STATES AND UTILITIES TO STRENGTHEN DRINKING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. EVERYBODY REMEMBERS FLINT. NOW WE HAVE PFAST. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EVERY AMERICAN BE ABLE TO TRUST THE WATER THEY ARE DRINKING. THIS IS WHY I'M PROUD THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES IMPORTANT PROVISIONS FROM LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED THAT WOULD INCREASE DRINKING WATER NOTIFICATIONS AND MAKE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORTS ON DRINKING WATER EASIER FOR EVERY AMERICAN TO UNDERSTAND. IT'S AN ESSENTIAL PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO DRINKING WATER CRISES IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE A A CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN OUR SYSTEMS AND CONSUMERS DESERVE CLEAR AND IMMEDIATE NOTIFICATIONS AND TRANSPARENCY WHEN IT COMES TO THE QUALITY OF THE WATER THEY ARE DRINKING. BY REQUIRING LARGE WATER SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORTS BIANNUALLY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE MORE FREQUENT REPORTS ON WATER QUALITY WHICH WILL HELP IDENTIFY AND MITIGATE RISKS SOONER. WITH 90% OF AMERICANS RECEIVING THEIR DRINKING WATER FROM A PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SYSTEM, IT IS OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE STRONG FUNDING AUTHORIZATIONS FOR MODERNIZING DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS AND WE MUST CONTINUE --

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                            MRS. DINGELL

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                          • 01:36:40 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE AND YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE AND YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

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                            MR. DENHAM

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT. THIS BILL REVITALIZES OUR WATERWAYS, BOLSTERS FLOOD PROTECTION, AND ENSURES OUR CHANNELS AND HARBORS CAN SUPPLY AMERICA AND THE WORLD WITH U.S. GOODS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL INCLUDES MY NEW WATER ACT. A PROVISION THAT WILL HELP US TO BUILD NEW WATER STORAGE IN CALIFORNIA. THE LAST TIME WE BUILT ANYTHING OF SIGNIFICANCE IN CALIFORNIA FOR WATER STORAGE WAS 1979. WE WAITED 50 YEARS. 50 YEARS BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE FEDERAL FINANCING AND FEDERAL AUTHORIZATION. FINALLY UNDER THIS BILL THE NEW WATER ACT WILL SET UP A BANK FOR FINANCING FOR THESE WATER STORAGE PROJECTS AND WE CAN FINALLY GET SOME OF THESE BIG RESERVOIRS UNDERSTAND. SHASTA, RAISING SHASTA. BUILDING SITES RES. VIRE, THAT'S BEEN -- REST CHOIR -- REST -- WE NEAL TO BE SOLVING OUR OWN PROBLEMS AND THE NEW WATER ACT HELPS WITH US THAT FINANCING. LOW WATER GROUND STORAGE SCOMBROKETS, WATER RECYCLING ARE ALSO AVAIL AFBLET WE WANT TO LOOK AT ALL WATER IN CALIFORNIA. BUT THIS ALLOWS US A FEDERAL FINANCING PLAN TO MATCH STATE AND LOCAL DOLLARS AS WELL. AND ALSO I INCLUDED THE LOWER SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY ARMY CORPS CHIEF REPORT ENHANCED FLOOD PROTECTION FOR MORE THAN 50,000 VALLEY RESIDENTS. THIS WILL REDUCE ANNUAL PROPERTY DAMAGE AND ENHANCES SECURITY AT 262 CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SITES. INCLUDING FRENCH CAMP, THE ARMY CORPS' FIRST V.A. PROJECT. BUILDING A MEGACLINIC FOR OUR VETERANS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY WILL BE RIGHT HERE IN THIS AREA IN BETWEEN LAY THROP AND MANTECA. WE LOOK AT REVITALIZING AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS IS A MONUMENTAL STEP FORWARD IN AMERICA WATERS INFRASTRUCTURE.

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                          • 01:39:05 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            I YIELD --

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                            MR. DENHAM

                            TO SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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                            MR. SHUSTER

                            RESERVE.

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                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS TWO MINUTES.

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                            I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING.

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                            MR. KENNEDY

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                            MR. KENNEDY

                            THANK YOU, SIR. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL BEFORE US…

                            THANK YOU, SIR. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL BEFORE US S. 2031, AND SPECIFICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE FAIRWAY ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, AND EFFICIENCY STANDARDS ACT WRITTEN INTO TITLE 3, CULMINATING MORE THAN FOUR YEARS OF WORK INTO THE ISSUE. IN 2014, MR. SPEAKER, DUE TO AN UNINTENDED LOOPHOLE IN THE FEDERAL POWER ACT, MY CONSTITUENTS WERE LOCKED OUT OF CHALLENGING A NEARLY $2 BILLION RATE INCREASE BECAUSE AT THE TIME THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION WAS DEADLOCKED 2-2 ON WHETHER TO APPROVE OR DENY THE CHANGE. WITH THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY, WE CAN CLOSE THAT LOOPHOLE AND ENSURE THAT NO ONE SUFFERS THE SAME CONSEQUENCE THAT CONTINUES TO THREATEN THE BANG ACCOUNTS AND POCKETBOOKS OF MY CONSTITUENTS. IT'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TODAY GIVEN THAT THE COMMISSION CURRENTLY HAS ONLY FOUR SITTING COMMISSIONERS. WHILE THIS IS NOT THE BILL I FIRST INTRODUCED MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO, AND IS NOT THE ONE THAT THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED EACH OF THE LAST TWO CONGRESSES, IT IS A A COMPROMISE WITH OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES AND IT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:40:43 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A HARD WRKING -- WORKING…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A HARD WRKING -- WORKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND RULES COMMITTEE, MR. WOODALL.

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                            MR. WOODALL

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE. I'LL TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT BILL THAT MOST MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CITIZENRY WILL NEVER HAVE HEARD OF. WHEN I GO BACK HOME, FOLKS ASK ME TO MAKE SMART AND PRUDENT INVESTMENTS. THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. THEY ASK ME TO REPEAL UNNECESSARY REGULATION THAT IS STAND IN THE WAY OF MAKING THOSE IMPROVEMENTS. THEY ASK ME TO PAY FOR THOSE THINGS RATHER THAN PASSING THE BILL ON TO OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDKIDS. AND THE BILL THAT THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER BROUGHT BEFORE US TODAY FULFILLS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE CHALLENGES. IN MY DISTRICT, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PRESERVING WATER QUALITY IN LAKE LANIER, THE SOLE WATER SOURCE FOR MOST OF THE METRO ATLANTA AREA. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FUNDING THE SAVANNAH HARBOR EXPANSION PROTECT, PROTECT OF ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE ENTIRE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OFFERING LOCAL OFFICIALS THE NNSING TOOLS THEY NEED TO BRING PROJECTS TO BEAR FASTER AND CHEAPER THAN EVER BEFORE. MR. SPEAKER, MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME HAS NEVER BEEN HIGHER. SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM HAS NEVER BEEN HIGHER. UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE LOWEST POINT IN DECADES. JOB OPENINGS AT A RECORD HIGH. MANUFACTURING JOBS AT A RECORD HIGH. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. THIS HAPPENS WHEN YOU CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH SUCCESS CAN BREED. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FROM OREGON, PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK MY CHAIRMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. CHAIRMAN SHUSTER SAID HE WAS GOING TO BRING THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. WE'RE GOING TO GET BACK IN THE BUSINESS OF DOING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS, NOT SOMETIMES BUT ALWAYS. HERE TEND OF HIS THIRD TERM AS CHAIRMAN WE'RE BRINGING OUR THIRD WRDA BILL TO THE FLOOR. I THANK YOU FOR THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:42:41 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I RESERVE.

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                            MR. SHUSTER

                            IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND ANOTHER…

                            IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND ANOTHER HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, MR. MITCHELL.

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                            MR. MITCHELL

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER. I RISE TODAY IN…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT, A CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT AUTHORIZES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ACROSS OUR NATION. ONE PARTICULAR PROJECT IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART, CRITICAL TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, AND OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY AND SECURITY. THE SUE LOCKS. THIS LOCK IS THE ONLY WATERWAY, ONLY CONNECTION BETWEEN LAKE SUPERIOR ANTI-REST OF THE GREAT LAKES ANTI-ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY. THAT ONE LOCK, ACCOMMODATES ALMOST ALL OF THE SHIPPING OF IRON ORR, MANY OTHER GOODS FROM THE MINNESOTA THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES. IF THAT LOCK FAILS, THE DAMAGE IS INSTANTANEOUS. THE ECONOMIC DAMAGE, PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS WITHIN THE FIRST 90 DAYS, A RISK TO NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT'S WHY CONSTRUCTION OF A SECOND LOCK IS VITAL. THIS UPGRADE WAS AUTHORIZED OVER 30 YEARS AGO. I GUESS IT SHOULDN'T SURPRISE US IT'S LANGUISHED A BIT. WE NOW YOU HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SUPPORTING A NEED TO GET THIS LOCK, SECOND LARGE LOCK BUILT. WE HAVE RECOGNITION BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THIS LOCK IS CRITICAL FOR OUR ECONOMY AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AS THE NEXT STEP IN BUILDING THE 1,200 FOOT LOCK SO WE CAN ENSURE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMY IS NOT DEVASTATED BY THE FAILURE OF ONE LOCK.

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                            15 MORE SECONDS.

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                          • 01:44:45 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I RESERVE IF YOU HAVE MORE SPEAKERS.

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                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THREE MORE SPEAKERS. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            THREE MORE SPEAKERS. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON.

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                          • 01:44:56 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. UPTON

                            MR. SPEAKER, SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR OUR FAMILIES IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL…

                            MR. SPEAKER, SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR OUR FAMILIES IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL SHOULD AGREE ON. AND THIS BILL DELIVERS ON THAT PROMISE. IT MAKES CERTAIN THAT COMMUNITIES LIKE PARCHMENT IN MY DISTRICT ARE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THE CONTAMINATION ISSUE. EMPARCHMENT THANKS TO THE PROACTIVE EFFORTS OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, WE DISCOVERED IT IN THE WATER AND IMMEDIATELY SPRANG INTO ACTION TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM IN THE SHORT TERM. LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL FOLKS ALL WORKING IN TANDEM TO FIX THE PROBLEM. . SPECIFICALLY THE BILL DOES THAT BY INCREASING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE DRINKING WATER STATE REVOLVING FUNDS. IT CRITICALLY WORKS TO MODERNIZE OUR AGING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BY PROVIDING MORE RESOURCES. DRINKING WATER QUALITY REMAINS HIGH ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT IMPROVEMENTS CAN AND MUST BE MADE NOW. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IS YET A VERY IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING IT AND WOULD URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR GETTING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND LOOK FORWARD TO ULTIMATELY GETTING IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:46:10 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 01:46:17 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I RESERVE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 01:46:22 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE OUR CONFERENCE…

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE OUR CONFERENCE CHAIR, MRS. MCMORRIS ROGERS, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                          • 01:46:31 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                          • 01:46:35 PM

                            MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND…

                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND YIELDING THE TIME . TODAY I AM PROUD TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT, APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO HELP STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S PORTS, DAMS, WATERWAYS. IN THIS LEGISLATION WE ARE KEEPING OUR PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO REBUILD OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. I WAS PROUD TO OFFER TWO SIGNIFICANT PROVISIONS TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF EASTERN WASHINGTON. THE FIRST IS THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION ACT, AND THIS WILL ALLOW THE PORT TO PURCHASE LAND FROM THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CONTINUE THEIR MISSION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OUR REGION. THE OTHER PROVISION IS FROM BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT PASSED THIS HOUSE EARLIER CALLED THE HYDROPOWER MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2017. IN WASHINGTON STATE, HYDROPOWER MAKES UP NEARLY 70% OF OUR ELECTRICITY. AND IT IS THE NATION'S LARGEST SOURCE OF CLEAN, RENEWABLE, RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY. WE HAVE SOME OF THE LOWEST ELECTRICITY COSTS IN THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF CLEAN HYDROPOWER. BUT THERE'S STILL ROOM FOR TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL TO INCREASE THE PRODUCTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, AS HYDROPOWER. BUT FERC DOESN'T INCENTIVIZE INVESTING IN DAMS. CAPITAL INTENSIVE PROJECTS LIKE UPDATING TURBANS OR IMPROVING FISH LADDERS ARE ONLY INCLUDED IN THE LIFE SPAN OF A DAM'S LICENSE DURING THE RELICENSE WINDOW. MY PROVISION WILL REQUIRE FERC TO INCLUDE ALL PROTECTION, MITIGATION AND ENHANCEMENT MEASURES DURING THE RELICENSING PROCESS. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND THE STAFF FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:48:25 PM

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

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

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                          • 01:48:29 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD FOR ONE MINUTE TO THE…

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD FOR ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BUCSHON.

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                          • 01:48:36 PM

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                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:48:41 PM

                            MR. BUCSHON

                            MADAM SPEAKER, UNNECESSARY RED TAPE IS PREVENTING US FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE…

                            MADAM SPEAKER, UNNECESSARY RED TAPE IS PREVENTING US FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CLEAN, RENEWABLE HYDROPOWER GENERATION. THE CURRENT REGULATORY PROCESS SIMPLY TAKES TOO LONG, TAKING UP TO A DECADE FOR THE PROJECT TO BE APPROVED. WE CAN CHANGE THIS BY SUPPORTING AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018, WHICH INCLUDES THE PROMOTING HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AT EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS ACT, WHICH I AUTHORED. THIS LEGISLATION INSTRUCTS THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, FERC, TO CREATE AN EXPEDITED PERMITTING PROCESS THAT WILL RESULT IN A FINAL DECISION ON AN APPLICATION IN TWO YEARS OR LESS. THE LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES FERC, THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR TO DEVELOP A LIST OF EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS THAT HAVE THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT. STREAMLINING THE PERMITTING PROCESS WILL INCENTIVIZE INVESTMENTS IN CLEAN, HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT, AND HELP MODERNIZE OUR EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TODAY IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 01:49:45 PM

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

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

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                          • 01:49:48 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 01:49:57 PM

                            MR. DEFAZIO

                            I HE -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AGAIN, I WANT TO…

                            I HE -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AGAIN, I WANT TO PARTICULARLY CONGRATULATE THE CHAIRMAN ON HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT OF RESUSCITATING REGULAR WRDA RE-AUTHORIZATIONS. AND THIS OF COURSE WILL BE THE LAST TIME WHICH HE WILL BE THE -- ON THE FLOOR ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF, RYAN, MIKE, FROM REPRESENTATIVE NAPOLITANO'S OFFICE, JOE, AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO LEG COUNCIL WHOSE STAFF TELLS ME WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS ON THIS. THEN OF COURSE I BELIEVE THE CHAIRMAN WILL THANK HIS STAFF. BUT I WOULD ALSO EXTEND THANKS TO THEM. BUT NOT NAME THEM INDIVIDUALLY, IF HE'S GOING TO DO THAT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:50:55 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS…

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

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                          • 01:50:58 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK MY PARTNER IN THIS,…

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK MY PARTNER IN THIS, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO, FOR HIS EFFORTS ON THE BILL. BUT ALSO RANKING MEMBER NAPOLITANO AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR GRAVES FOR THEIR GREAT WORK ON THIS BILL. I WANT TO THANK THE ENTIRE STAFF, REPUBLICAN STAFF, ON THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, AND I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE NAMES OF THOSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS INTO THE RECORD.

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                          • 01:51:26 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC STAFF FOR…

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC STAFF FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP IN CRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION AND NOW PASSING IT ON THE FLOOR AND HOPEFULLY ULTIMATELY WE GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND HE SIGNS IT INTO LAW. SO THANKS TO ALL THE FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE STAFF, FOR THAT WILLINGNESS AND HARD WORK THAT THAT -- WORK, AND I KNOW THE EFFORT YOU PUT INTO IT. I WANT TO POINT OUT CHRIS AND JEFF, STAFF DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY STAFF DIRECTOR, FOR THEIR GREAT WORK AND LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE. BUT ALSO THE WATER RESOURCES STAFF, IAN, JOHN, ELIZABETH, VICTOR AND PETER FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND LONG HOURS THAT I KNOW IT TOOK TO PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, PASSING WRDA IS PERSONALLY VERY GRATIFYING TO ME. WHEN I BECAME CHAIRMAN, WE HAD NOT PASSED A WRDA BILL IN SEVEN YEARS. PRIOR TO THAT, FOR OVER 20 YEARS, WRDA BILLS WERE PASSED EVERY CONGRESS. IT WAS REGULAR ORDER. TODAY WE WILL PASS THE THIRD WRDA BILL IN THREE CONGRESSES. AND I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR WORKING WITH US AND HELPING US TO GET IT TO THE FLOOR. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, AS I THINK WE MAYBE SAID EARLIER, WHEN WE AS IF OUT OF THE HOUSE -- PASSED IT OUT OF THE HOUSE IT WAS OVERWHELM -- OVERWHELMING. I CAN'T THANK MY COLLEAGUES ENOUGH FOR WORKING WITH ME AND HELPING TO BRING BACK REGULAR ORDER TO WRDA. WITH, THAT I ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND LET'S MOVE ON TO THE NEXT BILL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 01:53:05 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 3021, 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. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 01:53:23 PM

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

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

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

                              • 01:54:23 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6227,…

                                MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                            • 01:54:25 PM

                              Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6227 — "To provide for a coordinated Federal program to accelerate quantum research and development for the economic and national security of the United States."

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                              • 01:54:34 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 740. H.R. 6227, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR A COORDINATED…

                                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 740. H.R. 6227, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR A COORDINATED FEDERAL PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE QUANTUM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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                            • 01:54:41 PM

                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6227.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JOHNSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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                              • 01:55:00 PM

                                MR. SMITH

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

                                MADAM 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 H.R. 6227, THE BILL NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                              • 01:55:12 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                              • 01:55:18 PM

                                MR. SMITH

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

                              • 01:55:22 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 01:55:23 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                MADAM SPEAKER, THIS BIPARTISAN NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT IS…

                                MADAM SPEAKER, THIS BIPARTISAN NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT IS CO-SPONSORED BY HOUSE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, AS WELL AS 24 OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS. THE BILL HAS EARNED WIDESPREAD SUPPORT AND WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE ON JUNE 27. BEFORE I EXPLAIN WHAT THE BILL DOES, I'D LIKE TO EXPLAIN WHY IT MATTERS SO MUCH. IN OUR LIFETIMES, WE HAVE SEEN REMARKABLE ADVANCES IN THE SIZE AND SPEED OF OUR COMPUTERS. MOST OF US CARRY PHONES IN OUR POCKETS THAT ARE SEVERAL THOUSAND TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN ALL THE COMBINED COMPUTING POWER AVAILABLE TO NASA DURING THE OWE POLL OMISSIONS. YET -- APOLLO MISSIONS. YET AS IMPRESSIVE AS THESE ADVANCES HAVE BEEN, QUANTUM COMPUTING HAS THE POWER TO EFFECT A MORE -- EFFECT US MORE. COMPUTERS TODAY RELY ON TINY ON-OFF SWITCHES ON A CHIP. SUPERCOMPUTERS ARE POSSIBLE THAT CAN PERFORM A SERIES OF ON-OFF OPERATIONS AT ASTONISHING SPEEDS. BUT CLASSICAL COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY IS NEARING ITS LIMITS. EACH SWITCH CAN ONLY OPERATE IN ONE OF TWO POSITIONS. OFF OR ON. ZERO OR ONE. QUANTUM COMPUTING IS DIFFERENT. RATHER THAN ON-OFF SWITCHES, QUANTUM COMPUTERS RELY ON SUBATOMIC PARTICLES THAT CAN BE BOTH ON AND OFF AT THE SAME TIME. THIS ENABLES QUANTUM COMPUTERS TO PERFORM COMPLEX CALCULATIONS AT SPEEDS THAT ARE POTENTIALLY MILLIONS OF TIMES FASTER THAN TODAY'S MOST ADVANCED SUPERCOMPUTERS. COUNTRIES THAT HARNESS THE POWER OF QUANTUM COMPUTING WILL BE ABLE TO REVOLUTIONIZE CYBERSECURITY, HEALTH CARE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCIAL SERVICES AND TRANSPORTATION, JUST TO NAME A FEW OF THE INDUSTRIES. THE FLIP SIDE OF THIS IS THAT QUANTUM COMPUTING WILL MAKE TRADITIONAL I.T. SECURITY PROGRAMS OBSOLETE. THE NATION THAT DEVELOPS QUANTUM COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY FIRST MAY BE ABLE TO DECODE IN A MATTER OF SECONDS OTHER COUNTRIES' SENSITIVE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION, PRY PRYTARY TECHNOLOGIES AND PERSONAL INFORMATION. OTHER COUNTRIES ARE INVESTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW RESEARCH FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR QUANTUM COMPUTING. CHINA HAS PUBLICLY STATED A NATIONAL GOAL OF SURPASSING THE U.S. DURING THE NEXT DECADE. THAT'S WHY IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE ACT NOW TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL QUANTUM STRATEGY AND PRESERVE AMERICA'S DOMINANCE IN THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD. THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT ACHIEVES THIS BY CREATING A 10-YEAR FEDERAL PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE QUANTUM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THE BILL LEVERAGES THE EXPERTISE AND RESOURCES OF U.S. INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA AND GOVERNMENT TO MOVE QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. THE LEGISLATION ENABLES A NATIONAL QUANTUM COORDINATION OFFICE WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY. THIS OFFICE WILL OVERSEE INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND STRATEGIC PLANNING, SERVE AS A CENTRAL POINT OF CONTACT FOR STAKEHOLDERS, CONDUCT RESEARCH AND PROMOTE COMMERCIALIZATION OF FEDERAL RESEARCH BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE BILL ALSO SUPPORTS BASIC RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. $225 MILLION A YEAR, THESE AGENCIES' BASELINE FUNDING WILL NOW BE DIRECTED TO NEW QUANTUM RESEARCH CENTERS AND LABORATORY RESEARCH. THEIR ACTIVITIES WILL ADDRESS FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH GAPS, CREATE A STRONGER WORK FORCE, AND DEVELOP REVOLUTIONARY KNOWLEDGE AND TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATIONS TO GIVE U.S. COMPANIES AND WORKERS AN ENDURING COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE. THE BILL ENSURES THAT U.S. HIGH-TECH COMPANIES, WHICH ARE INVESTING HEAVILY IN QUANTUM RESEARCH, AND A SURGE OF QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY STARTUPS, WILL CONTRIBUTE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES TO A NATIONAL EFFORT. H.R. 6227 WAS DEVELOPED WITH INPUT FROM INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, NATIONAL BE A -- NATIONAL LABORATORIES, FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THE ADMINISTRATION. IT WAS AN OPEN AND BIPARTISAN PROCESS. THE INPUT OF THOSE STAKEHOLDERS HAS YIELDED A STRONG CONSENSUS BILL. ADDITIONALLY, SENATOR THUNE AND SENATOR NELSON, THE CHAIRMAN AND RUNNING BACKING -- RANKING MEMBER OF THE SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE, HAVE INTRODUCED A COMPANION BILL IN THE SENATE, WITH BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL SUPPORT AND THE BACKING OF THE ADMINISTRATION, I BELIEVE THIS BILL COULD BECOME LAW BY THE END OF THE YEAR. LET'S TAKE ACTION TO SPUR AMERICA'S QUANTUM DEVELOPMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:00:18 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 02:00:26 PM

                                MISS JOHNSON

                                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL…

                                THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL KWAN TUM INITIATIVE ACT. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR INTRODUCING THIS GOOD LEGISLATION, OF WHICH I AM A PROUD ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR. I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE DELIBERATIVE BIPARTISAN PROCESS BY WHICH THIS BILL WAS DEVELOPED OVER THE PAST YEAR. H.R. 6227 IS A PRODUCT OF ENGAGING WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS IN THE INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE HELD A HEARING ON QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY LAST OCTOBER. AT THAT HEARING WE HEARD FROM AGENCY, UNIVERSITY, AND INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT THE RECENT BREAKTHROUGHS IN QUANTUM COMMUNICATION, AND QUANTUM COMPUTING. WE ALSO HEARD ABOUT THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN QUANTUM RESEARCH AND THE NEED FOR A STRATEGIC AND COORDINATED APPROACH GOING FORWARD. IN ADDITION TO THE HEARING, COMMITTEE STAFF HELD NUMEROUS BIPARTISAN MEETINGS AND ROUND TABLES TO INFORM THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS DEAL. KWAN TUM INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY -- QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY WE SOLVE PROBLEMS. MANY BELIEVE THAT THE TECHNOLOGY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO ACCELERATE PROGRESS ON SOME OF THE MOST PRESSING CHALLENGES, INCLUDING HOW TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE AND UNDERSTAND COMPLEX DISEASES LIKE CANCER. WHILE IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT HOW FAR RANGING THE SOCIETAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR KWAN TUM COMPUTING WILL BE, RE-- KWAN TUM COMPUTING WILL BE -- QUANTUM COMPUTING WILL BE, IT IS TRULY AN EXCITING TIME FOR THIS FIELD ANTI-WIDE RANGE OF INNOVATORS WHO WERE PLANNING IT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE NEW BREAKTHROUGH CAPABILITIES. THE RACE IS ON O TO BUILD THE WORLD'S FIRST KWAN TUM COMPUTER -- QUANTUM COMPUTER CAPE AND OF PROFITING -- SOLVE BE PROBLEMS. NOT UNLIKE THE SPACE RACE IN THE 1960'S, THE STAKES IN TODAY'S QUANTUM RACE ARE HIGH. GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND QUANTUM COMPUTING BRINGS WITH IT A MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE EDGE AS WELL AS COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN WHAT MANY EXPECT TO BE THE MASSIVE INDUSTRY IN DECADES TO COME. AT THIS TIME CHINA, EUROPE, AND RUSSIA ARE INVESTING HEAVILY IN QUANTUM RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAINTAIN OUR GLOBAL STANDING AS THE LEADER IN THIS AREA. WE MUST INVEST MORE IN RESEARCH. WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE EDUCATING AND TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TOP QUANTUM SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. AND WE SHOULD DO MORE TO ENCOURAGE PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN ACADEMIA, INDUSTRY, AND GOVERNMENT. THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT WILL SET US ON THE RIGHT PATH. H.R. 62 27 DIRECTS THE PRESIDENT TO -- 6227 DIRECTS THE PRESIDENT TO ESTABLISH A 10-YEAR QUANTUM INITIATIVE PROGRAM WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PLAYING A LEAD ROLE. THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL COORDINATION OFFICE AN OUTSIDE ADVISOR COMMITTEE, AND INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP, THE PROGRAM WILL TAKE ON AN INTEGRATED GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO ACCELERATING PROGRESS IN QUANTUM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE DELIBERATIVE BIPARTISAN PROCESS BY WHICH WE DEVELOPED THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:04:43 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                LE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                              • 02:04:45 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE…

                                FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, FOR THOSE NICE COMMENTS. SHE WAS RIGHT. THIS WAS A VERY BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND BIPARTISAN BILL. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                              • 02:05:01 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                              • 02:05:04 PM

                                MR. WEBER

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

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SMITH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT. H.R. 6227 COORDINATES A FEDERAL PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE QUANTUM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY IS A FIELD POSITION TO FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE WAY WE MOVE AND PROCESS DATA. THEORETICALLY QUANTUM COMPUTING COULD ALLOW FOR THE SOLUTIONS TO EXPONENTIALLY LARGE PROBLEMS, THINGS THAT CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED BY EVEN THE FASTEST SUPERCOMPUTERS TODAY. IT COULD ALLOW US, MR. SPEAKER, TO VISUALIZE THE STRUCTURES OF COMPLEX CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS TO MODEL HIGHLY DETAILED FLOWS OF POTENTIAL MASS EVACUATIONS WITH PRECISE ACCURACY, WITH HURRICANES ABOUNDING TODAY, THAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR US. AND TO QUANTIFY SUBATOMIC INTERACTIONS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF NUCLEAR RESEARCH. QUANTUM COMPUTING MAY ALSO HAVE PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS FOR CYBER TECHNOLOGY -- CYBER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS ALLUDED TO THIS, SHOULD CHINA AND RUSSIA BEAT US TO ACHIEVING QUANTUM ENCRYPTION, OUR CURRENT SECURITY ENCRYPTION MEASURES WOULD BE RENDERED OBSOLETE. YOU HEARD CHAIRMAN SMITH IN HIS REMARKS SAY WE COULD POSSIBLY DECODE THEIR ENCRYPTIONS IN A MATTER OF SECONDS IF NOT MINUTES. IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE U.S. MAINTAIN ITS LEADERSHIP IN THIS FIELD. IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS KIND OF REVOLUTIONARY IMPROVEMENT IN TECHNOLOGY, WE NEED FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE IN THE ADVANCED COMPUTING AND MATERIAL SCIENCE REQUIRED TO CONSTRUCT THOSE QUANTUM SYSTEMS. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE D.O.E., OFFICE OF SCIENCE, IS THE LEADING FEDERAL SPONSOR OF BASIC RESEARCH IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND FUNDS -- IT ALSO FUNDS ROBUST QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH. AT LAWRENCE BERKLEY NATIONAL LAB, THE NATIONAL ENERGY RESEARCH SCIENTIFIC AND COMPUTING CENTER ALLOWS SCIENTISTS TO RUN SIMULATIONS OF QUANTUM ARCHITECTURES. AT ARGONE'S NATIONAL LAB CERTAINTY FOR NANOSKILL MATERIALS, RESEARCHERS STUDY ATOMIC SCALE MATERIALS IN ORDER TO ENGINEER THE CHARACTERISTICS OF QUANTUM INFORMATION SYSTEMS. AND AFFIRMING THE NATIONAL ACCELERATED LABORATORY, SCIENTISTS ARE APPLYING THEIR EXPERIENCE IN HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS TO THE STUDY OF QUANTUM MATERIALS EARLIER THIS YEAR, I WAS PRIVILEGED TO INVITE SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME ON A VISIT TO ARGONE LABS AND WE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING WITH THOSE VERY SCIENTISTS CONDUCTING THIS GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH. REALLY IS BREATHTAKING. IT REALLY IS GROUND SHATTERING IF YOU ASK ME AND WHAT IT WILL DO FOR SCIENCE. SUPPORT FOR BASIC RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND COMPUTATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, AND THE NATIONAL LABS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY NEEDED FOR FUTURE COMMERCIAL QUANTUM SYSTEMS. FOR THESE REINCE I -- REASONS I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 6227.

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                              • 02:08:27 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS…

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 02:08:31 PM

                                MISS JOHNSON

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI.

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                              • 02:08:38 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                              • 02:08:41 PM

                                MR. LIPINSKI

                                I THANK MS. JOHNSON FOR YIELDING. AND THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS…

                                I THANK MS. JOHNSON FOR YIELDING. AND THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WILL MAKE A SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO THE FIELD OF QUANTUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. WHICH IS CRITICAL FOR OUR GLOBAL SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL LEADERSHIP. WHILE THE BENEFITS OF QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY MAY STILL BE A WAYS OFF, THERE IS FIERCE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN THIS FIELD. MOST NOTABLY FROM CHINA. AND WE CAN'T AFFORD TO WASTE ANY TIME. STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS LIKE THIS THAT WE BECAME THE WORLD'S ECONOMIC, SCIENTIFIC, AND TECHNOLOGY LEADER. WE CAN ONLY MAINTAIN THAT POSITION THROUGH CONTINUING SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN CUTTING EDGE BASIC RESEARCH. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT OTHER COUNTRIES RUN CREASING THEIR INVESTMENTS IN QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY, IN SOME CASES GUIDED BY LONG-TERM STRATEGIES. AND THIS BILL WILL MAKE SURE THAT WE DEVELOP COHERENT STRATEGY OF OUR OWN. THIS BILL'S A BRIGHT SPOT IN WHAT IS OTHERWISE A LONG DOWNWARD TREND IN FEDERAL R&D FUNDING AS PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P. MUCH AS TODAY'S UNBALANCED BUDGET LEADS TO FUTURE DEBT PROBLEMS, TODAY'S UNDERINVESTMENT IN R&D LEADS TO FUTURE INNOVATION DEFICITS. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH PARTIES FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR. WE WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT THIS IS JUST A FIRST STEP. WE NEED TO DOUBLE DOWN ON OUR EFFORTS AND TO REPRIORITIZE FEDERAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT AND COMMEND AN ORGANIZATION THAT'S A LEADER IN THE FIELD OF QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, AND THAT MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS BILL. THE CHICAGO QUANTUM EXCHANGE IS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, ARGON NATIONAL LEB, AND THE ACCELERATOR LAB. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WEBER FOR BRINGING THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY OUT TO ARGON EARLIER THIS YEAR. HE SPOKE ABOUT SOME OF THE GREAT WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING THERE. THE CHICAGO QUANTUM EXCHANGE WAS CREATED TO DEVELOP AND GROW INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION FOR THE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW QUANTUM ENABLED TECHNOLOGIES. AND HELP EDUCATE A NEW GENERATION OF QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE EXCHANGE. CHICAGO QUANTUM EXCHANGES SERVES AS BOTH AN EXCELLENT MODEL FOR THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY CENTERS FOR QUANTUM RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ENVISIONED IN THIS BILL AND FOR WHAT THE FUTURE OF OUR R&D AND QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE WILL LOOK LIKE. FINALLY, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND FOR WORKING WITH US TO MAKE THIS A GOOD BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:11:52 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS…

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

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                              • 02:11:58 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, WHO…

                                I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, WHO HAS BEEN A LONG TIME AND ACTIVE MEFMENT SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND ALSO FORMER VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE.

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                              • 02:12:08 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                              • 02:12:11 PM

                                MR. ROHRABACHER

                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT. THIS…

                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT. THIS ACT WILL MOVE US TOWARDS A NEW MI LEN YALM OF -- MILLENNIUM OF COMPUTING. COMPUTERS USED TO BE BIG, REALLY LARGE. AND THE WAYS TO MAKE THEM MORE POWERFUL WAS THOUGHT TO BE MAKING THEM BIGGER AND BIGGER. ENORMOUS MAIN FRAMES FILLED ENTIRE OFFICE FLOORS. WELL, AFTER SOME VERY SIGNIFICANT DISCOVERIES AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TECHNOLOGICAL ARENA, WE ADVANCED THIS TECHNOLOGIES, MAKING COMPUTERS SMALLER, LIGHTER, MORE CAPABLE SO WE COULD SEND, FOR EXAMPLE, ASTRONAUTS TO THE MOON. THAT LED TO MORE AND MORE IMPROVEMENTS AND NOW COMPUTERS ARE IN CARS, ARE IN OUR COFFEE MACHINES, AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT WE DO. THEY HAVE GOTTEN SO SMALL THAT MOST OF US CAN CARRY THEM AROUND AND PERHAPS RIGHT NOW ARE CARRYING THEM AROUND IN OUR POCKET. AT THIS POINT, NOW, WE STAND ON THE CUSP OF ANOTHER GIANT LEAP FORWARD FOR MANKIND. THE QUANTUM LEAP. BY HARNESSING THE NATURAL PROPERTIES OF ATOMIC AND SUBATOMIC PARTICLES, WE CAN DEVELOP THE CAPABILITIES IN THE NEXT DECADE THAT ARE FAR MORE CAPABLE THAN THE SYSTEMS THAT TODAY WE MARVEL ABOUT. THIS ACT WILL COORDINATE OUR FEDERAL ACTIVITY, REDUCE WASTE, AND REDUNDANCY, AND ENSURE OUR EFFORTS ARE STRATEGIC. THIS WILL KEEP US IN ADVANCE AND WAY IN ADVANCE OF OUR ADVERSARIES AROUND THE GLOBE AND ENSURE OUR SECURITY AND OUR PROSPERITY. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS ACT AND SUPPORTING A BETTER FUTURE FOR AMERICA AND THE WORLD.

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                              • 02:14:06 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 02:14:10 PM

                                MS. JOHNSON

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR FURTHER TIME. I CONTINUE TO…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR FURTHER TIME. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                              • 02:14:18 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                              • 02:14:21 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, WHO IS…

                                I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, WHO IS ONE OF THE FEW MEMBERS OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE TO ACTUALLY BE A MEMBER OF THREE SUBCOMMITTEES. HE'S A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY SUBCOMMITTEE, AND THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE. WE APPRECIATE HIS ACTIVE SERVICE ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                              • 02:14:37 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                              • 02:14:40 PM

                                MR. HULTGREN

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ESPECIALLY THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SMITH. I…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ESPECIALLY THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SMITH. I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND SUCCESS AND ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON FOR YOUR BIPARTISAN WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION, AS WELL AS YOUR WORK ON H.R. 589 THAT WE'LL BE GETTING OVER THE FINISH LINE LATER IN THIS SERIES. QUANTUM COMPUTING REPRESENTS A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE WAY WE'RE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS AND COMB THROUGH DATA WHEN DOING COMPLEX COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEMS. LIKE MANY THINGS WE DO AT THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE, THIS ENDEAVOR REQUIRES TIME, EFFORT, AND COMMITMENT. QUANTUM COMPUTING WAS FIRST THEORIZED IN THE 1980'S WITH RESEARCHERS SUCH AS RICHARD FINEMAN, THE PHYSICIST IN MY DISTRICT NOW KNOW VERY WELL, WITH EVERY PARTICLE PHYSICS DRAWING HE DIAGRAMMED TO EXCHANGE THE INTERACTION OF SUBATOMIC ARTICLES. HIS LATER WORK HAS BEEN THE LASTING IMPACT HE'S HAD ON THE FIELD. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THEM WITH THE COMPUTER CENTER ON MY CAMPUS AND IT'S ALSO A PARTNER WITH THE CHICAGO EXCHANGE IN ARGON AND OTHER PARTNERS TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE SYSTEMS OUTSIDE OF JUST COMPUTING. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE ADVANCEMENTS THIS RESEARCH WILL PROVIDE, MORE IMPORTANTLY THE PEOPLE WE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP. WE'RE JUST GET TOGETHER POINT WHERE WE CAN ACTUALLY USE THE REAMS OF DATA WE FIRST GOT OUT OF OUR GENOME PROJECT AND ABILITY TO USE THIS AND OTHER DATA WILL HELP US FIND MORE TARGETED CURES AND BERT TREATMENTS. SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THIS LEGISLATION, I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION CONTAINS A NUMBER OF SECTIONS FROM LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF OUR NATIONAL LABS TO GET IDEAS OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. . IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO BETTER WORK WITH UNIVERSITIES WHEN THERE ARE CAPABILITIES THAT ONLY EXIST IN OUR LABS. THESE LABS HAVE BEEN A PASSION OF MINE WITH THE ABILITY TO SEE TWO OF THEM UP CLOSE IN ILLINOIS AND I HAVE SEEN INNOVATION ENGINE THEY CAN BE, NOT JUST FOR OUR NATION BUT LOCAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMIES. IT'S VITAL WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR LABORATORIES WHICH HOST OVER 32,000 RESEARCHERS FROM ACROSS THE NATION, TOUCHING NEARLY, IF NOT EVERY UNIVERSITY IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS LEGISLATION GIVES THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE CLEAR DIRECTION ON THEIR MISSION AND I'M PLEASED WE COULD WORK WITH THE SENATE TO GET THIS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AFTER THIS VOTE SERIES. AGAIN, THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN. I URGE PASSAGE OF THESE PONL BILLS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- I URGE PASSAGE OF THESE BILLS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:17:15 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 02:17:17 PM

                                MS. JOHNSON

                                I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I'D LIKE TO URGE SUPPORT OF THE…

                                I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I'D LIKE TO URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:17:22 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              • 02:17:25 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:17:29 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. 6227, 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 TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 02:17:53 PM

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

                              • 02:17:57 PM

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

                                • 02:17:59 PM

                                  MR. SMITH

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  SENATE AMENDMENT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE…

                                  SENATE AMENDMENT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JOHNSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH.

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                              • 02:18:22 PM

                                Mr. Smith (TX) moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.

                                • 02:18:36 PM

                                  MR. SMITH

                                  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 REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO -- 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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                            • 02:18:39 PM

                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with 40 minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 589.

                              • 02:18:50 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                              • 02:18:52 PM

                                MR. SMITH

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

                              • 02:18:54 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 02:18:56 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION…

                                MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT, IS THE PRODUCT OF MORE THAN FOUR YEARS' WORK BY THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE TO ADVANCE BASIC RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND SET CLEAR SCIENCE PRIORITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE WHO SPONSORED THIS LEGISLATION WITH ME, PARTICULARLY RANKING MEMBER EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, VICE CHAIRMAN FRANK LUCAS, ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RANDY WEBBER, VICE CHAIRMAN STEVE KNIGHT AND ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS DANA ROHRABACHER, MO BROOKS, RANDY HULTGREN, ZOE LOFGREN, MR. LIPINSKI. AS WELL AS BARBARA COMSTOCK, CLAY HIGGINS, ELIZABETH ESTY, AND ED PERLMUTTER. SIX STAND-LONE BILLS FROM LAST CONGRESS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION. THE D.O.E. RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT PRIORITIZES CRITICAL BASIC RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AT THE D.O.E. NATIONAL LABS. IT PROVIDES THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE AUTHORIZATION FOR OFFICE OF SCIENCE PROGRAMS, WHICH CONDUCT AND SUPPORT OVER $6 BILLION IN RESEARCH EACH YEAR. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES D.O.E. TO COORDINATE RESEARCH ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT. IT PROVIDES PRIVATE INDUSTRY WITH INCREASED ACCESS TO THE UNIQUE USER FACILITIES AND CAPABILITIES OF THE NATIONAL LABS THAT WILL HELP TO DEVELOP ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. TITLE 1 OF H.R. 589 IMPROVES THE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROCESS BETWEEN D.O.E. AND PRIVATE INDUSTRY. THE INNOVATIVE EARLY STAGE RESEARCH PERFORMED AT THE NATIONAL LABS CAN HAVE GREAT VALUE TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHILE THE LABS CONSISTENTLY DEVELOP IDEAS AND TECHNOLOGY THAT HAVE COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL, FEDERAL RED TAPE AND BUREAUCRACY DISCOURAGE THE COOPERATION NEEDED FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO TAKE TECHNOLOGIES TO MARKET. TITLE 1 ENABLES NATIONAL LAB DIRECTORS TO BETTER PARTNER WITH INDUSTRY AND ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN REMAIN A WORLD LEADER IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, REPRESENTATIVE RANDY HULTGREN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, REPRESENTATIVE ED PERLMUTTER, FOR SPONSORING SIMILAR LEGISLATION IN THE LAST CONGRESS TO ADVANCE THESE IMPORTANT REFORMS AT OUR NATIONAL LABS. TITLE 2 OF THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES D.O.E. TO BETTER MANAGE AND COORDINATE RESEARCH EFFORTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. THIS TITLE ALSO REQUIRES D.O.E. TO PROVIDE A REGULAR ANALYSIS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. THIS WILL IDENTIFY KEY AREAS FOR COLLABORATION ACROSS SCIENCE AND APPLIED RESEARCH PROGRAMS AND ALLOW THE SECRETARY TO IDENTIFY PROGRAMS THAT COST TOO MUCH AND COULD BE BETTER UNDERTAKEN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. TITLE 3 ESTABLISHES PRIORITIES AND PROVIDES STATUTORY DIRECTION FOR THE BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS WITHIN THE D.O.E.'S OFFICE OF SCIENCE. THIS INCLUDES RESEARCH IN BASIC ENERGY SCIENCES, BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, HIGH COMPUTER, NUCLEAR PHYSICS, INFUSION SCIENCE. THESE BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS ARE CENTRAL TO THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT. INVESTMENT IN THIS RESEARCH CAN LEAD TO NEW SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES THAT WILL MAINTAIN U.S. LEADERSHIP IN TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION. THIS TITLE ALSO AUTHORIZES BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS IN SOLAR FUELS, ELECTRICITY STORAGE, COMPUTING AND LOW DOSE RADIATION. THE HOUSE HAS PREVIOUSLY PASSED BY ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KNIGHT AND SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER HULTGREN TO AUTHORIZE THESE FOUR KEY BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS. H.R. 589 REPRESENTS A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL AGREEMENT TO MODERNIZE AND INCREASE THE PRODUCTIVITY OF THE D.O.E. NATIONAL LAB SYSTEM, STREAMLINE D.O.E. RESEARCH PROGRAMS, AND PRIORITIZE THE BASIC SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT WILL MAINTAIN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN SCIENCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:23:00 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 02:23:04 PM

                                MS. JOHNSON

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT, WHICH I AM PLEASED TO BE A CO-SPONSOR. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS THE RESULT OF CONSTRUCTIVE NEGOTIATIONS WITH OUR MAJORITY AND WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO NOTE THAT MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL WILL ACTUALLY -- WAS ACTUALLY FIRST PROPOSED IN THE AMERICA COMPETES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. AND THAT WAS SPONSORED BY EVERY DEMOCRATIC MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE LAST CONGRESS. THIS BILL INCLUDES WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE AUTHORIZATION OF THE D.O.E. OFFICE OF SCIENCE WHICH IS THE LARGEST SUPPORTER OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH IN THE COUNTRY. THIS IS A $6.6 MILLION OFFICE THAT MANAGES 10 OF OUR NATIONAL LABORATORIES, OFTEN CALLED THE CROWN JEWEL OF OUR NATIONAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE. YET, THUS FAR, UNLIKE -- NASA, NEARLY EVERY OTHER MAJOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AGENCY STEWARDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE HAS NOT RECEIVED A STATUTORY GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT THAT ITS CAPABILITIES AND MISSION WARRANT. SO PASSING THIS PORTION OF THE BILL INTO LAW ALONE WOULD BE A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROVISIONS THAT PREVIOUSLY PASSED THE HOUSE AS A PART OF A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT I AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE CO-SPONSORED. IN ADDITION, IT WILL PROVIDE THE FIRST AUTHORIZATION OF THE PROMISING INNOVATION HUB MODEL FOR ENERGY RESEARCH, AND IT WOULD ENABLE GREATER PRIVATE SECTOR MANAGEMENT OF ARPA-E. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH AND HIS STAFF FOR WORKING CLOSELY WITH US AND OUR SENATE COUNTERPARTS TO FIND COMMON GROUND IN EACH OF THESE AREAS. AND I BELIEVE THEY WILL BE CRITICAL TO ENSURING OUR NATION'S COMPETITIVENESS AND OUR CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:25:33 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 02:25:37 PM

                                MR. SMITH

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

                                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                              • 02:25:47 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 02:25:49 PM

                                MR. WEBER

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

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SMITH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT. H.R. 589 PROVIDES POLICY DIRECTION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ON BASIC SCIENCE RESEARCH AND COORDINATION AND IMPLEMENTS IMPORTANT REFORMS TO D.O.E. NATIONAL LANGUAGE ARE ATORY MANAGEMENT THAT WILL MODERNIZE THE RESEARCH PIPELINE. THIS LEGISLATION GIVES CONGRESS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENACT ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY THAT PRIORITIZES CRITICAL PROGRAMS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. FROM ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING TO NUCLEAR PHYSICS TO FUSION ENERGY SCIENCE, FOCUSING ON BASIC RESEARCH AT OUR NATIONAL LABS PROVIDES THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION. SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS, MR. SPEAKER, IN BASIC SCIENCE, RESEARCH BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA, AS HAS BEEN ALLUDED TO, THREATENS AMERICA'S GLOBAL STANDING AS THE LEADER IN SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE. TO MAINTAIN OUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE AS A WORLD LEADER IN SCIENCE, WE MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE RESEARCH AND RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL LEAD TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH AND RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON AND MANY OF MY SCIENCE COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE TO GUIDE RESEARCH THAT WILL HELP AMERICA COMPETE AROUND THE WORLD AND BE THE LEADER AROUND THE WORLD. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 589. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MS. JOHNSON

                                I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I'LL RESERVE.

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                                RESERVE.

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                                MR. SMITH

                                MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR.…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, WHO IS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. MARSHALL

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT, SPONSORED BY MY FRIEND AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE SMITH. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL ADVANCES BASIC RESEARCH AND SETS EXPLICIT SCIENCE PRIORITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WHICH IS CRITICAL FOR OUR FUTURE INNOVATION. H.R. 589 ALSO AUTHORIZES THE CORE PROGRAM IN MY BILL, THE LOW DOSE RADIATION RESEARCH ACT, WHICH UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE HOUSE EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE PROVISION DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO CARRY OUT A RESEARCH PROGRAM ON LOW DOSE RADIATION WHICH WILL INCREASE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF LOW DOSE RADIATION. WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH HIGH DOSES OF RADIATION. BUT WE DON'T KNOW THE EFFECTS OF LOW DOSES OF RADIATION. AS A PRODUCT OF INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES, MEDICAL PROCEDURES AND NATIONALLY OCCURRING SYSTEMS, HUMANS ARE EXPOSED TO LOW DOSE OF RADIATION EVERY DAY AND IT'S IMPERATIVE WE KNOW THIS RISK. THERE IS BROAD CONSENSUS AMONG THE RADIOBIOLOGY COMMUNITY THAT WE NEED TO ADVANCE THE USE OF YADEIATION TECHNOLOGIES. WE HAVE INVALUABLE DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS TODAY, LIKE C.T. SCANS, WHICH EMIT LOW DOSES OF RADIATION. AS A PHYSICIAN IN MY HOME STATE OF KANSAS, I CERTAINLY HAVE FIRSTHAND UNDERSTANDING OF THE CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF VERIFIED RESEARCH AND ENSURING THE BEST MEDICAL OUTCOMES FOR OUR PATIENTS. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 02:29:44 PM

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                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

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                                MR. SMITH

                                MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER IF SHE HAS ANY SPEAKERS.

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                                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MS. JOHNSON

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE TO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I SUPPORT…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE TO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I SUPPORT PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                MR. SMITH

                                MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. KNIGHT, WHO IS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                                COMMITTEE.

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                                MR. KNIGHT

                                THIS BILL MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH…

                                THIS BILL MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH TO ENSURE THE UNITED STATES PROTECTS ITS EDGE IN NOVEL, EFFICIENT, AND COMMERCIALLY VIABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION. H.R. 589 MAKES NEEDED REFORMS TO THE NATIONAL LABORATORY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO STREAMLINE THE TRANSFER OF COMMERCIALLY READY TECHNOLOGIES TO AMERICAN BUSINESSES. THIS WILL ALLOW THE BENEFITS OF PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN CRITICAL RESEARCH TO BE PASSED ON TO AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS WITH GREATER SPEED AND REINFORCE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. IN ADDITION, THIS BILL DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO ESTABLISH ENERGY INNOVATION HUBS. TO PULL TOGETHER AND CREATE EFFICIENCIES IN KEY SCIENTIFIC AREAS ACROSS BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH PROGRAMS. THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES AUTHORIZATION OF SOLAR FUELS INITIATIVE, INCORPORATING THE TEXT OF MY BILL LAST CONGRESS, THE SOLAR FUELS INNOVATION ACT. THIS PROVISION BUILDS ON RESEARCH THAT IS NOW BEING UNDERTAKEN UP AND DOWN THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA FROM BERKLEY TO CAL TECH TO PRODUCE FUELS FROM SUNLIGHT. THE SOLAR FUEL PROCESS, ALSO KNOWN AS ARTIFICIAL PHOTO SYNTHESIS, CONVERTS SUNLIGHT INTO ENERGY TO CREATE A RANGE OF STOREABLE CHEMICAL FUELS OVERCOMING THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES TO MAXIMIZING THE BENEFITS OF RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES. BASIC RESEARCH AND ARTIFICIAL PHOTO SYNTHESIS AND RELATED EFFORTS TO LEAD TO A SOLAR FUEL SYSTEM THAT CONSOLIDATES SOLAR POWER AND ENERGY STORAGE IN A COHESIVE PROCESS. THIS WOULD TRANSFORM THE ECONOMY IN CALIFORNIA AND THE REST OF THE NATION. THE SOLAR FUELS INITIATIVE WOULD SOFT CRITICAL CHALLENGE POSED BY WASTED RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENLARGE INCENTIVES TO INVEST IN NEW SOLAR BUSINESSES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH AND MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE HELPED ME ADVANCE THIS BILL FOR THEIR FORESIGHT IN IDENTIFYING RESEARCH INITIATIVES THAT PROMISE NEW APPROACHES TO ENERGY TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL BE GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY AND OUR ENVIRONMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                MR. SMITH

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS COMMENTS AND ALSO FOR HIS…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS COMMENTS AND ALSO FOR HIS INITIATIVES ON THE SUBJECT OF ENERGY IN SO MANY WAYS. SEVERAL OF THE BILLS WE'RE CONSIDERING ARE A RESULT OF THAT INITIATIVE. I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE MY -- BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:32:42 PM

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                                THE QUESTION IS ON, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE…

                                THE QUESTION IS ON, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 589. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 02:33:06 PM

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

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

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                                  MR. WEBER

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 97, THE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 97, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL UP…

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL UP THE BILL WITHOUT AMENDMENT?

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                                Mr. Weber (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 97 — "To enable civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by private and public institutions, to expand theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear physics, chemistry, and materials science, and for other purposes."

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                                  MR. WEBER

                                  YES.

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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

                                  SENATE 97, AN ACT TO ENABLE CIVILIAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED…

                                  SENATE 97, AN ACT TO ENABLE CIVILIAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES BY PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS TO EXPAND THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, AND MATERIAL SCIENCES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 97.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JOHNSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER.

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                                MR. WEBER

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

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON S. 97, THE BILL NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                MR. WEBER

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

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                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. WEBER

                                I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IN SUPPORT OF S. 97, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY…

                                I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IN SUPPORT OF S. 97, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT. I WANT TO THANK SENATOR CRAPO, SENATOR MURKOWSKI, SENATOR BOOKER, AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON AND CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND FOR THEIR YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN ADVOCATING FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ALONGSIDE MY SENATE COUNTERPARTS TO PRIORITIZE FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH THAT WILL SUPPORT NUCLEAR INNOVATION AND KEEP AMERICA SAFE, INDEPENDENT, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE WHO HAVE WORKED ALONGSIDE ME WITH ADVANCING THIS LEGISLATION. THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT, WHICH I INTRODUCED IN THE 114TH AND 115TH CONGRESS, PROVIDES UPDATED STATUTORY DIRECTION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S NUCLEAR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES TO TO ENSURE THAT FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH IS PRIORITIZED AND PRECIOUS RESOURCES ARE NOT WASTED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL LAYS OUT A CLEAR SET OF PARAMETERS AND A DEFINITE TIMELINE FOR D.O.E. TO COMPLETE AN ADVANCED RESEARCH REACTOR FACILITY, WHICH IS A CRUCIAL PART OF ENSURING INNOVATIVE MATERIALS AND NUCLEAR FUELS, R&D, CAN TAKE PLACE RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES INSTEAD OF OVERSEAS. WHILE MODELING AND SIMULATION CAN ACCELERATE R&D, NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH MUST BE VALIDATED THROUGH DIRECT EXPERIMENTATION IN THE LAB. THIS TYPE OF RESEARCH REQUIRES ACCESS TO A SOURCE OF FAST NEUTRONS AND TODAY THESE ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR CIVILIAN RESEARCH IN RUSSIA. THE VERSATILE NEUTRON SOURCE AUTHORSED -- AUTHORIZED IN THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE THE UNITED STATES WITH THIS VITAL CAPABILITY. S. 97 ALSO DIRECTS D.O.E. TO PARTNER WITH INDUSTRY TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE REACTOR PROTOTYPES AT D.O.E. NATIONAL LABS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATIONAL LABS PROVIDE A VERY UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT THAT SAFELY ALLOWS FOR CREATIVE TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR ADVANCED NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT A BURDENSOME REGULATORY PROCESS THAT CAN SLOW PROGRESS TO A CRAWL. IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN OUR NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES, THE UNITED STATES MUST CONTINUE DEVELOPING CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY RIGHT HERE AT HOME. WITHOUT THE DIRECTION PROVIDED IN THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL CONTINUE TO RELY ON FOREIGN RESEARCH. WE WILL FALL FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND. WE WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AND BE LEFT IMPORTING NEXT GENERATION REACTOR DESIGNS FROM OVERSEAS. THIS IS UNACCEPT AFPBLET S. 97 WILL MAINTAIN AMERICANS -- UNACCEPTABLE. S. 97 WILL MAINTAIN AMERICANS' ABILITY TO RESEARCH, AS MORE NATIONS LOOK TO GROW THEIR ECONOMIES. THE LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL IS THE PRODUCT OF MANY SIGHENS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS WITH RELEVANT STAKE HOLDERS IN NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. MR. SPEAKER, LAST CONGRESS THIS LANGUAGE PASSED THE HOUSE THREE TIMES AS A STAND ALONE BILL, WITH THE HOUSE AMENDMENTS TO S. 2012, AND THE NDAA EACH WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THIS LANGUAGE ALSO HAS A HISTORY OF STRONG SUPPORT IN THE SENATE. IT PASSED AS AN AMENDMENT IN THE SENATE DURING THE 114TH CONGRESS AND AGAIN AS A STAND ALONE BILL THIS CONGRESS. S. 97 IS VITAL TO ENSURE THIS IMPORTANT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IS CARRIED OUT. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROVIDED BY NEXT GENERATION NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING S. 97, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:38:36 PM

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

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                                MS. JOHNSON

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT SENATE BILL 97. THE…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT SENATE BILL 97. THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT. IT IS THE SENATE COMPANION TO H.R. 431, WHICH I'M VERY PLEASED TO BE A CO-SPONSOR. TODAY NUCLEAR POWER PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN PROVIDING OUR COUNTRY WITH CLEAN, RELIABLE ENERGY. I HAPPEN TO BE ONE OF THOSE THAT LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE WE HAVE NUCLEAR ENERGY. LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES IS PREVENTING AND MITIGATING THE POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. I BELIEVE THAT THIS CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCE CAN AND SHOULD PLAY A KEY ROLE IN OUR EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF OUR ELECTRICITY SECTOR. BUT THERE CURRENTLY ARE POLICY CHALLENGES THAT PREVENT NUCLEAR ENERGY FROM PLAYING A LARGER ROLE IN ENABLING A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE. THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITY ACT TAKES SEVERAL POSITIVE STEPS TO ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES. IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL WILL HELP ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE SAFER, LESS EXPENSIVE, MORE EFFICIENT, AND PRODUCE LESS WASTE THAN THE CURRENT GENERATION. -H -- GENERATION OF NUCLEAR REACTORS. I HOPE IT WILL ALSO HELP ENSURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THE U.S. NUCLEAR ENERGY INDUSTRY. I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE PROCESS WE FOLLOWED TO PUT THIS BILL TOGETHER. MAJORITY, MINORITY STAFF IN BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE WORKED CLOSELY TOGETHER FROM ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS, THROUGH CRAFTING AND INCORPORATING SUGGESTED CHANGES TO THE BILL LANGUAGE. THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE WHEN WE LEAVE THE POLITICS AT THE DOOR AND LOOK FOR COMMON GROUND TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES FACING OUR NATION'S RESEARCH ENTERPRISE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:41:00 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                MR. WEBER

                                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GREAT GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GREAT GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN SMITH.

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                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, VIRGINIA TECH.

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                                MR. SMITH

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR.…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, S. 97, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT, DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO ENABLE THE AMERICAN NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY TO CONDUCT CIVILIAN NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL ADVANCE OUR LEADERSHIP IN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. WHILE WE'RE CONSIDERING THE SENATE VERSION OF THIS BILL TODAY, I'D LIKE TO CREDIT THE AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION, ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RANDY WEBER, AND HIS PRIMARY CO-SPONSORS, SCIENCE COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, FOR THEIR YEARS OF LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THE ORIGINATING SCIENCE COMMITTEE LEGISLATION WAS DEVELOPED OVER FOUR YEARS OF COLLABORATION, INCLUDING HEARINGS, COORDINATION WITH D.O.E., AND THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION, AND COUNTLESS MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS. EVERY EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO ENSURE THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO MORE EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF NUCLEAR POWER. ADVANCED NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE RELIABLE, SAFE, AND EMISSION-FREE ELECTRICITY AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE MODERN AND DEVELOPING WORLD. THE LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES THE RESEARCH FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY TO HELP DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ADVANCED NUCLEAR REACTORS HERE AT HOME, MAINTAINING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP, AND THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY SECTOR. THIS TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE ALLOWS US TOET BER INFLUENCE GLOBAL NONPROLIFERATION STANDARDS AND SPREENTS CIVILIAN NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY FROM BEING MISS USED FOR WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT OVERSEAS. S. 97 DIRECTION D.O.E. TO DEVELOP PLANS FOR LONG-TERM RESEARCH AND AUTHORIZES CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE D.O.E. NATIONAL LABS. THIS INCLUDES LEVERAGING D.O.E. STATE-OF-THE-ART SUPERCOMPUTERS TO ACCELERATE THE THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED REACTORS. THE BILL ALSO AUTHORIZES CONSTRUCTION OF A RESEARCH REACTOR AT A D.O.E. SITE THIS. RESEARCH REACTOR WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE FAST NEUTRONS NECESSARY TO DEVELOP ADVANCED NUCLEAR REACTORS. BY INVESTING IN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE, D.O.E. CAN MAXIMIZE THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL RESEARCH DOLLARS AND FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WIDE VARIETY OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. FINALLY, S. 97 CREATES A RELIABLE MECHANISM FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO PARTNER WITH D.O.E. LABS TO BUILD D.O.E. CERTIFIED PROTOTYPE REACTORS AT D.O.E. SITES. WHILE THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE HAS HEARD FROM DOZENS OF COMPANIES WITH INNOVATIVE REACTOR DESIGNS, THE ABILITY TO MOVE NEW NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY TO THE MARKET HAS BEEN STALLED BY GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND LICENSING RED TAPE. S. 97 PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY FOR THESE NUCLEAR ENTREPRENEURS. THE SAFE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AT D.O.E. SITES WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO D.O.E. RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE AND FAST TRACK THE COMMERCIAL REGULATORY PROCESS BY INVOLVING NUCLEAR REACTORS AT THE EARLEST STAGES OF PROTOTYPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. NUCLEAR POWER HAS BEEN A PROVEN SOURCE OF SAFE AND EMISSION-FREE ELECH TRITS FOR OVER A HALF CENTURY. BY ENACTING THIS LEGISLATION AND INVESTING IN THE CAPABILITIES NEEDED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO DEVELOP ADVANCED REACTORS, WE CAN BUILD ON THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND NUCLEAR POWER AND REDUCE EMISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WEBER AND RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL, AS WELL AS OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES, INCLUDING SENATOR MIKE CRAPO, SENATOR JIM RISCH, SENATOR MURKOWSKI, SENATOR COREY BOOKER FOR LEADING THE EFFORT TO PASS THIS BILL THROUGH THE SENATE. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AND CLEAR THIS LEGISLATION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ENACTMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MS. JOHNSON

                                I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AT THIS TIME. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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

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

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                              • 02:45:22 PM

                                MR. WEBER

                                MAY I ASK IF THE GENTLELADY IS PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                                MS. JOHNSON

                                I THINK I DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE PASSAGE AND…

                                I THINK I DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YEEMEDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YEEMEDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 02:45:41 PM

                                MR. WEBER

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

                              • 02:45:44 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 02:45:46 PM

                                MR. WEBER

                                S. 97 IS VITAL TO ENSURE NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. BY HARNESSING…

                                S. 97 IS VITAL TO ENSURE NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. BY HARNESSING THE EXPERTISE AND CAPABILITIES OF OUR NATION'S NATIONAL LABS, AMERICAN INDUSTRY CAN TAKE THE LEAD IN DEVELOPING GROUNDBREAKING ADVANCED NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE AND ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE WHO HAVE WORKED HARD TO GET THIS LEGISLATION PASSED. SENATORS CRAPO, WHITEHOUSE, MURKOWSKI, BOOKER, AND, OF COURSE, RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON AND CHAIRMAN SMITH, AS WELL AS OTHER OF OUR COLLEAGUES. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE DOZENS OF RESEARCHERS AND STAKEHOLDERS WHO HAVE PROVIDED CRITICAL FEEDBACK OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AS WE HAVE BEEN DEVELOPING THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THE THIS COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              • 02:46:41 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 SENATE BILL 97. 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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                            • 02:46:59 PM

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

                              • 02:47:00 PM

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

                                • 02:50:11 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1054, I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO…

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1054, I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 5895.

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                                • 02:50:26 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  H.R. 5895, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT…

                                  H.R. 5895, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              • 02:50:32 PM

                                Mr. Frelinghuysen brought up conference report H. Rept. 115-929 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 1059.

                                • 02:50:39 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1059, THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED AS…

                                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1059, THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO -- FROM IDAHO -- NEW JERSEY.

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                            • 02:50:45 PM

                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1059, the House proceeded with 1 hour of general debate on the conference report to accompany H.R. 5895.

                              • 02:50:55 PM

                                MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR H.R. 5895.…

                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR H.R. 5895. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES THE ENERGY AND WATER, LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS ACT -- BILLS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. IT IS A PRODUCT OF MONTHS OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT IS A RESPONSIBLE COMPROMISE THAT ADDRESSES SHARED PRIORITIES. FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT ALL AMERICANS INCLUDING NATIONAL SECURITY, ENERGY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND WATER RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURE, CARE FOR VETERANS, AND OPERATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. CRITICALLY, THIS CONFERENCE REPORT REPRESENTS THE FULL -- THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS FULLY FUNDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE FISCAL YEAR 2017 THAT CONGRESS WILL HAVE PASSED ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A DECADE SINCE FISCAL YEAR 2007 THAT CONGRESS WILL BE SENDING MORE THAN ONE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30. WE'VE DONE OUR BEST TO REPAIR A BROKEN APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. THIS IS WELCOMED AND LONG OVERDUE, RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER, FULFILLS OUR PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DELIVER RESULTS. PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO OUR TROOPS AND FAMILIES WHO RELY ON MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUSTAIN THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE AND ACCOMPLISH THEIR MISSIONS. AND FOR OUR VETERANS WHO DESERVE FULL ACCESS TO THEIR BENEFITS AND HEALTH CARE. IT'S MY SINCERE HOPE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE THIS PROGRESS WITH CONSIDERATION OF ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE REPORTS. THE ENERGY AND WATER PORTION OF THE REPORT PROVIDES $44.6 BILLION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NUCLEAR PROGRAM. INVESTMENTS IN NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS HELPS OUR NATION MAINTAIN ITS STRONGEST POSSIBLE NUCLEAR DETERRENCE POSTURE, SUPPORTS OUR NAVY NUCLEAR POWERED FLEET, KEEPS NUCLEAR MATERIALS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. AND THE BILL ALSO TARGETS AN ARRAY OF ENERGY PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT OUR GOAL OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND DIRECTS MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS TO WATER RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS PART OF THE REPORT TOTALS $98 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDING. THIS INCLUDES THE LARGEST DOLLAR AMOUNT EVER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. $86.5 BILLION, A SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT THAT WILL IMPROVE ACCESS TO AND QUALITY CARE FOR VETERANS. IMPORTANTLY, THIS ALSO INCLUDES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE V.A. MISSION ACT. IT WILL SUPPORT ONGOING CARE FOR OUR VETERANS THROUGH COMMUNITY CARE CENTERS, CAREGIVERS, AND OTHER MEDICAL SERVICES. THIS FUNDING IS PROVIDED WITHIN THE EXISTING DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CAPS. ALSO, THE BILL PROVIDES STRONG INVESTMENTS FOR OUR DEFENSE INFRASTRUCTURE AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. THIS WILL SUPPORT THE REBUILDING OF OUR ARMED FORCES, HELP COUNTER THREATS AND AGGRESSION ABROAD AND SUPPORTS OUR TROOP AND MILITARY FAMILIES. THE THIRD PORTION OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THIS LEGISLATION CONTINUES THE OPERATIONS OF CONGRESS AND ITS SUPPORT AGENCIES, ENSURING THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE BEST ABLE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITHIN THE TOTAL OF $4.8 BILLION PROVIDED FOR BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE, FUNDING IS PRIORITIZED FOR SECURITY, SAFETY WITHIN THE CAPITOL COMPLEX, INCLUDING INCREASES FOR THE CAPITOL POLICE FORCE. THIS LEGISLATION HELPS THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH IMPROVE ITS FUNCTIONS. OF NOTE, FOR THE FIRST TIME WE'VE INCLUDED DEDICATED FUNDING FOR PAID INTERNSHIPS WHICH WILL ALLOW MORE YOUNG AMERICANS AND STUDENTS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS TO SERVE CONGRESS. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY DEEP GRATITUDE TO THE CHAIRS AND RANKING MEMBERS OF THE THREE SUBCOMMITTEES THAT SPEARHEADED THIS LEGISLATION. ENERGY AND WATER CHAIRMAN SIMPSON OF IDAHO, HIS RANKING MEMBER, MARCY KAPTUR OF OHIO. MILITARY AND CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS JUDGE CARTER OF JUDGE AND HIS RANKING MEMBER, DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ OF FLORIDA. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH CHAIRMAN FORTENBERRY OF NEBRASKA, AND HIS RANKING MEMBER, TIM RYAN OF OHIO. ALONG WITH ALL OUR CONFEREES, I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK MY RANKING MEMBER, NITA LOWEY, FOR HER SERVICE, SUPPORT, AND FRIENDSHIP THROUGHOUT MANY YEARS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. LASTLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR COMMITTEE'S HARDWORKING PROFESSIONALS AND ASSOCIATE STAFF. OVER THE PAST MONTH, THEY'VE BEEN WORKING WITHOUT A BREAK TO COMPLETE NEGOTIATIONS AND GET THIS CONFERENCE REPORT AND OTHER REPORTS TO THE CHAIR. THEY ARE A REMARKABLE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN AND I SALUTE THEM. SUPPORT OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT TODAY INDICATES THAT CONGRESS' WILLING AND ABLE TO GET ITS WORK DONE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON TIME, UNDER REGULAR ORDER, WITHIN OUR SET BUDGET LIMITS. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS CONFERENCE REPORT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:56:29 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 02:56:35 PM

                                MRS. LOWEY

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS THREE-BILL MINIBUS WHICH…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS THREE-BILL MINIBUS WHICH DELIVERS IMPORTANT VICTORIES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT, MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BILL IS A BIPARTISAN REJECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXTREME BUDGET CUTS. IT RESTORES $8.1 BILLION IN FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT CREATE JOBS AND STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY. INSTEAD OF CUTTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, AS HOUSE REPUBLICANS PROPOSED, WE HAVE INCREASED ITS FUNDING. THAT MEANS MORE RESOURCES TO DEVELOP CLEAN ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY AND ACCELERATE JOB CREATION IN THIS GROWING SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY. AND THIS BILL GIVES AN EMPHATIC THUMBS DOWN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL ARPA-E PROGRAM, WHICH PROMOTES AND FUNDS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. TURNING TO THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION-VETERANS AFFAIRS DIVISION, I'M PLEASED THAT THE BILL PROVIDES THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF $2 BILLION FOR V.A. INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS. AND AS MORE VETERANS SUFFER FROM OUR COUNTRY'S DEVASTATING OPIOID EPIDEMIC, WE ARE DOING RIGHT BY OUR VETERANS BY PROVIDING $400 MILLION FOR OPIOID TREATMENT, PREVENTION, AND SAFETY INITIATIVES. WE OWE A TREMENDOUS DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO HAVE SACRIFICED FOR US IN OUR ARMED FORCES AND WE MUST ENSURE THEY RECEIVE THE BENEFITS AND ASSISTANCE THEY DESERVE. UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN IT COMES TO THE V.A. MISSION ACT, THE WHITE HOUSE AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO LIVE UP TO THAT SACRED TRUST. DESPITE THE INCLUSION OF NONBINDING REPORT LANGUAGE FOR LEGISLATION BEFORE US, UTTERLY FAILS TO ADDRESS THE TRANSITION OF THE V.A. CHOICE PROGRAM FROM MANDATORY TO DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. IT IS DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE -- WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WITH A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL COMPROMISE. INSTEAD, CONGRESS HAS LEFT BEHIND A SHORTFALL THAT WILL LEAD TO CUTS TO VITAL DOMESTIC PROGRAMS, INCLUDING FOR OUR VETERANS. IT'S NOW IMPERATIVE FOR NEXT YEAR THAT WE FIND A RESPONSIBLE, LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO PROTECT DOMESTIC PRIORITIES AND VETERANS' HEALTH CARE. FINALLY, I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT CELEBRATE ONE OF THE SUCCESSES IN THIS BILL THAT IS CLOSER TO HOME. I'M DELIGHTED THAT WE HAVE SECURED $8.8 MILLION IN A NEW DEDICATED FUNDING STREAM FOR MEMBERS' OFFICES TO PAY INTERNS. CONGRESSIONAL INTERNS SHOULD BE REFLECTIVE OF THE COUNTRY WE SERVE. THIS NEW FUNDING WILL HELP A MORE DIVERSE RANGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS AND BEGIN A CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE. . I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK OF MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, CARTER AND FORTENBERRY. AS WELL AS OUR SENATE COUNTERPARTS IN CRAFTING THIS COMPROMISE. AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIPS OF RANKING MEMBER CAPTURE, -- KAPTUR AND DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. AND OF COURSE I THANK THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO WORK SO VERY HARD NIGHT AND DAY TO HELP US DELIVER THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MINIBUS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 02:58:18 PM

                                Mr. Frelinghuysen brought up conference report H. Rept. 115-929 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 1059.

                                • 02:58:18 PM

                                  Mr. Frelinghuysen brought up conference report H. Rept. 115-929 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 1059.

                                • 02:58:29 PM

                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1059, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on the conference report to accompany H.R. 5895.

                                  • 02:58:29 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1059, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on the conference report to accompany H.R. 5895.

                                    • 03:01:05 PM

                                      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 JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 03:01:09 PM

                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE, MICHAEL SIMPSON, MIKE SIMPSON OF IDAHO.

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                                    • 03:01:17 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 03:01:19 PM

                                      MR. SIMPSON

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

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

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                                    • 03:01:29 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                    • 03:01:30 PM

                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WILL SUBMIT MY REMARKS FOR THE RECORD. I JUST WANT TO SAY…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WILL SUBMIT MY REMARKS FOR THE RECORD. I JUST WANT TO SAY HOW THANKFUL I AM TO BE CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND FOR ALL THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AND RANKING MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROTUNDA, FOR THE WORK THEY'VE DONE TO COMPLETE THIS BILL. BUT MOSTLY, I JUST WANT TO THANK THE STAFF THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS ALREADY THANKED. FOR THE HARD WORK THEY DID. MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT WHEN WE'RE HOME IN AUGUST, THEY'RE HERE WORKING HARD EVERY DAY, SOMETIMES ALL NIGHT LONG, TRYING TO COME UP WITH A COMPROMISE THAT MAINTAINS OUR HOUSE PRIORITIES, AND I THINK THEY'VE DONE A GOOD JOB IN THIS. IT MEETS THE NDAA REQUIREMENTS THAT WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. IT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW AND OTHER THINGS. SO THEY'VE DONE A GREAT JOB OF PROTECTING HOUSE PRIORITIES. WE DIDN'T GET EVERYTHING WE WANTED IN THIS BILL. THE SENATE DIDN'T GET EVERYTHING THEY WANTED IN THE BILL EITHER. THAT'S KIND OF THE NATURE OF A COMPROMISE. BUT THIS IS A GOOD BILL. AND IT SHOULD PASS. AND IT'S OUR FIRST STEP IN RESTORING REGULAR ORDER. AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY THAT'S BEEN INVOLVED IN CREATING THIS. SO I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:02:44 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 JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 03:02:48 PM

                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                      I RESERVE.

                                    • 03:02:49 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 YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 03:02:53 PM

                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, THE…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND WATER COMMITTEE -- SUBCOMMITTEE, THE DISTINGUISHED MARCY KAPTUR.

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                                    • 03:03:05 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 03:03:08 PM

                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                      THANK YOU, MADAM RANKING MEMBER, AND MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

                                      THANK YOU, MADAM RANKING MEMBER, AND MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS THREE-CON CORN -- THREE-CORNERED MINIBUS BEFORE US. IT IS REALLY THE OPENING PITCH OF 12 BILLS OF WHICH WE ARE A PART. AND IT PARTIALLY FUNDS OUR NATION'S ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, AND OF COURSE PROGRAMS TO SERVE OUR NATION'S VETERANS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES IN SERVICE TO LIBERTY AT HOME AND ABROAD EVERY DAY. PLEASE LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY AND OUR VERY ABLE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, MIKE SIMPSON, AS WELL AS OUR COMMITTEE STAFF, FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS TO BRING THIS FIRST SET OF APPROPRIATION BILLS OVER THE FINISH LINE. IT IS FAIR TO SAY REPUBLICAN LEADERS TOOK THE LONG WAY TO A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT, WE NOW FIND OURSELVES PASSING THREE APPROPRIATION BILLS BEFORE THE OCTOBER 1 DEADLINE OF THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW FISCAL YEAR. SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NOT BE A MOMENTOUS OCCASION HAS THUS TURNED INTO ONE. WHILE I DON'T THINK THAT OUR SUBCOMMITTEE DESERVES A PAT ON THE BACK FOR SIMPLY DOING OUR JOB, LET ME NOTE THAT THIS IS AN ACHIEVEMENT WE HAVE NOT SEEN IN MANY, MANY YEARS WITH OUR BILL. ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT. THIS HOUSE MUST MOVE TOWARD REGULAR ORDER AGAIN. AND THIS SETS THE PACE. OUR SPECIFIC TITLE CONTRIBUTES TO ASSURING THE CRITICAL AVAILABILITY OF ENERGY AND WATER FOR OUR NATION'S DOMESTIC STABILITY, AS WELL AS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. NOT JUST FOR TODAY, BUT FOR THE TOMORROWS TO COME. AMERICA HAS MADE ENORMOUS STRIDES IN INCREASING OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, TO CLOSE TO 90% IN THE SHORT TERM. NO BILL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THIS ONE IN REACHING 100% INDEPENDENCE AS A STRATEGIC GOAL FOR OUR NATION. BUT IT IS NOT YET TIME TO DECLARE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, FUTURE ENERGY SECURITY IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL WE MUST CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR. THE NEARLY $7 BILLION ALSO IN FUNDING IN THIS BILL FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL ENSURE CONTINUED FORWARD PROGRESS ACROSS ALL PROJECT AREAS. THE CORPS CAN CONTRIBUTE MIGHTILY TO INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT FOR MODERNIZATION AND JOB CREATION ACROSS OUR NATION, AND THE CORPS' ROLE IN ESSENTIAL FLOOD CONTROL IS CRITICAL, AS WE WATCH THE APPROACH OF HURRICANE FLORENCE AND WE THINK ABOUT NAVIGATION, OUR RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CORPS, AS WELL AS ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE CHAIRMAN'S CONTINUING PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS THE ASIAN CARP THREAT TO OUR FRESHWATER GREAT LAKES ECOSYSTEM, AS WELL AS FOR FUNDING TO KEEP OUR GREAT LAKES' PORTS OPEN TO SHIPPERS. OUR NATION HAS A WONDERFUL NAVIGATION SYSTEM THAT DRIVES ECONOMIC INVESTMENT AND UNDERGIRDS OUR -- OUR ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING BASE. THIS BILL MAKES MANY OTHER IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS FOR OUR NATION, INCLUDING REVERSING THE MISGUIDED CUTS TO THE OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE HOUSE BILL. THE COMPROMISE YIELDED AN ADDITIONAL $57 MILLION TO SUSTAIN THE MOMENTUM TO RAPIDLY FALLING PRICES FOR WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY THAT'S CRITICAL TO ACHIEVING AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY PLATFORM. THIS FUNDING ALSO ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE INVESTING IN THE OFFICE OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY AND BIOENERGY. THESE PROGRAMS ARE AN INVESTMENT IN CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND THEY DRIVE OUR GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IN INNOVATION AND SET US ON THE PATH FOR CONTINUING JOB CREATION. THIS BILL STRONGLY FUNDS PROGRAMS THAT WERE ELIMINATED IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, INCLUDING WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE TO CONSERVE ENERGY, AND THE PATH-BREAKING OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ADVANCED RESEARCH CALLED AB ARPA-E WHICH UNLOCKS SCIENCE TO BUILD OUR FUTURE AND THE PROGRESS THAT GOES WITH IT. ADDITIONALLY, HARMFUL CONTROVERSIAL POLICY RIDERS THAT HAVE NO PLACE IN THIS BILL WERE REMOVED. ONE DEALT WITH THE WATERS OF THE U.S. AND ONE WOULD INTERFERE WITH AN ONGOING JUDICIAL PROCESS AND BOTH WOULD HAVE SERIOUSLY HINDERED PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. WITH REGARD TO FUNDING THE V.A., I'M CONCERNED WE'VE NOT SET OURSELVES ON A COURSE FOR ANOTHER SELF-INFLICTED CRISIS WHEN FUNDING FOR THE V.A. MISSION ACT RUNS OUT. OUR VETERANS DESERVE THE BEST TREATMENT IN THE WORLD. NOT TO HAVE THEIR CARE USED AS A POLITICAL WEAPON FOR PARTISAN GAIN. AGAIN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS FROM THE COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, AND FRELLING HUGHES BE, RANKING MEMBER LOW -- FRELINGHUYSEN, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND TO THE SENATE FOR PROVIDING SUCH A GOOD EXAMPLE OF BIPARTISANSHIP WHICH I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS PACKAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                                    • 03:07:44 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 03:07:52 PM

                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE, JEFF FORTENBERRY FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                    • 03:07:58 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 03:08:00 PM

                                      MR. FORTENBERRY

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR ALL OF HIS DEDICATED HARD WORK ON THIS BILL, BUT THE LEADERSHIP THROUGH THE MANY YEARS OF SERVICE, WE'RE REALLY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR MENTORSHIP AND ALL OF YOUR EXHAUSTED -- EXHAUSTIVE EFFORTS TO MAKE AMERICA TRULY A MUCH BETTER PLACE. IN THAT REGARD, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I WAS ON MY WAY OVER HERE, I WAS REFLECTING ON SOMETHING. THE DOME OF THE CAPITOL THAT CONNECTS OUR TWO BODIES HERE, IT WAS CONSTRUCTED, CONTINUED TO BE CONSTRUCTED DURING THE CIVIL WAR. ABRAHAM LITTLE BIT CONDOLEEZZA RICE WAS ENCOURAGED TO STOP -- LINCOLN WAS ENCOURAGED TO STOP IT, GIVEN ALL OF THE OTHER DEMANDS OF THE CRIFE CEASE ALL AROUND HIM. HE RE-- OF THE CRY SEES ALL AROUND HIM. -- CRISES ALL AROUND HIM. HE REFUSED. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS THE SMALLEST OF THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS HERE, I BELIEVE IT DOES CAPTURE THE RICHNESS OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AND CAPTURE THE HEART AND THE NARRATIVE OF OUR NATION. IN THAT REGARD WE'VE WORKED VERY CLOSELY, OF COURSE, WITH FORMER CHAIRMAN KEVIN YODER ARKS WELL AS CHAIRMAN -- YODER, AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN TIM RYAN, AS WELL AS THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO DEVELOP A VERY GOOD BILL HERE. THE FINAL PRODUCT, I BELIEVE, IS SOLID AND REASONABLE. THE LEG BRANCH DIVISION PROVIDES ABOUT $4.8 BILLION IN FUNDING AND THAT'S A 2.8% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. BUT THE PRIORITIES, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, WERE PLACED ON SECURITY, TRANSPARENCY AND MAINTAINING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. THE BILL PROVIDES ABOUT $1.2 BILLION FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHICH IS A $2 -- 2.7% INCREASE. HOWEVER, IT NEEDS TO BE NOTED THAT THIS IS STILL BELOW FUNDING LEVELS FOR THE YEAR -- FROM THE YEAR 2010. AS A CHAIRMAN -- AS THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED THIS INCLUDES $8.8 MILLION FOR A NEW ACCOUNT FOR COMPENSATION OF INTERN, WHICH IS A WIDELY AGREED UPON NEW INITIATIVE, ALLOWING EACH MEMBER TO SPEND UP TO $20,000 A YEAR. IN THE AREAS OF SECURITY, ABOUT $30 MILLION IS GOING TO OUR CAPITOL POLICE TO ENCHANCE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THIS CAMPUS, AS WELL AS TO PROTECT MEMBERS WHEN THEY'RE OFFSITE. ABOUT $733 MILLION IS GOING TO THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL, TO ENSURE SAFETY AND SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR HISTORIC BUILDINGS, AND TO ADDRESS A GROWING DEFERRED MAINTENANCE LIST THAT WE HAVE. A PARTICULARLY NEW INITIATIVE IS TO -- WE ARE DIRECTING THE ARC TECT TO DESIGN PLANS FOR -- ARCHITECT TO DESIGN PLANS FOR A MORE WELCOMING ARRIVAL AREA AROUND THE CAPITOL'S SOUTH METRO STATION. REGARDING THE ISSUE OF TRANSPARENCY, THERE'S ABOUT $589 MILLION FOR THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, WHICH WILL ENABLE THEM TO HIRE 130 NEW PERSONS TO ASSIST WITH G.A.O.'S CRITICAL OVERSIGHT WORK THAT PROVIDES US IN CONGRESS WITH ACCURATE, NONPARTISAN REPORTING OF HOW TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE BEING APPROPRIATELY USED. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE WILL ALSO RECEIVE A SLIGHT INCREASE TO BE BETTER RESPONSIVE TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. REGARDING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND NEW INITIATIVES, WE HAVE INCLUDED LANGUAGE SUPPORTING THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS' VISITOR EXPERIENCE PROJECT, WHICH HAS THE POTENTIAL TO TRANSFORM HOUSE OUR LIBRARY, THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA, WELCOMES THE MILLIONS OF VISITORS THAT IT RECEIVES EACH YEAR OF. AND WE EXPECT -- EACH YEAR. AND WE EXPECT THIS WILL BE A MODEL PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN THE YEARS -- YEARS TO COME. FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE EXPANSION OF THE POPULAR HOUSE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROGRAM THAT WILL NOW OFFER 110 TWO-YEAR FELLOWSHIPS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND WISH TO PURSUE PUBLIC SERVICE HERE AMONG US. MR. SPEAKER, A LOT GOES ON IN OUR CAPITOL, FROM THE DEDICATED POLICE OFFICERS THAT STAND GUARD AROUND THE CLOCK, TO THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL THAT WORK TO PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN THIS IMPORTANT PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THE I.T. PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED OUR NETWORKS FROM 4 1/2 BILLION ATTEMPTS AT CYBERATTACKS LAST YEAR ALONE. AND TO THE COMMITTED STAFF THAT'S A PART OF THIS LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. WE OWE THEM ALL. WE ALSO, AGAIN, ARE THANKFUL TO CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR HIS DEDICATED LEADERSHIP AND I WOULD PERSONALLY LIKE TO WISH HIM OFF THE -- ALL THE BEST IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

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                                      MRS. LOWEY

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

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE,

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                                      MR. RYAN

                                      THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I ALSO WANT TO -- WANT TO…

                                      THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I ALSO WANT TO -- WANT TO EXTEND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES. AND HIS CONSTANT DEDICATION TO THIS CONGRESS. I ALSO SIT ON THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WITH CONGRESSMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR YEARS OF TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR MILITARY ARE SAFE AND PROTECTED AND HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY NEED. SO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SERVICE. I RISE IN SUPPORT, MR. SPEAKER, OF THIS CONFERENCE AGREEMENT. ONCE AGAIN WE SEE THAT THE CONGRESS CAN PASS DECENT LEGISLATION WHEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, HOUSE AND SENATE, ALL WORK TOGETHER TO REACH A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT INSTEAD OF ONE PARTY TRYING TO MAKE ALL OF THE DECISIONS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. AND THIS BILL AND THESE BILLS REFLECT THAT. THE BILL WE'RE SENDING TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK TAKES CARE OF OUR VETERANS. IT FUNDS OUR CIVILIAN AND MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY NEEDS. AND IT PAYS FOR THE OPERATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH INSTITUTIONS ESSENTIAL TO OUR DEMOCRACY. ALMOST EVERY AGENCY IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH DIVISION OF THIS BILL RECEIVES ITS FULL BUDGET REQUEST. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILL IS THE FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE , WHICH WORKS TO ROOT OUT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE GOVERNMENT-WIDE, AND WITH SO MANY SAFEGUARDS HAVING FAILED AGAINST MISMANAGEMENT AND CORRUPTION IN OUR GOVERNMENT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE G.A.O. IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. AND BY PROVIDING THE RESOURCES FOR THE G.A.O. TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP TOWARD RESTORING ITS PRE-SEQUESTRATION CAPACITY, WE'RE HELPING TO SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY AND PREVENT SOME OF THE WORST ABUSES OF THE ADMINISTRATION. ANOTHER KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THIS MEASURE IS THE RESTORATION OF THE DEDICATED FUNDING FOR PAID INTERNSHIPS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, FOR HELPING MAKE THAT POSSIBLE. ONCE MORE, YOU KNOW, IT'S BEEN 25 YEARS SINCE WE'VE HAD A PAID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. AND ONCE MORE, WHEN A YOUNG PERSON FROM A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY COMES TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND DESIRES TO ENTER PUBLIC SERVICE, THEY CAN WORRY A LITTLE BIT LESS ABOUT THE COSTS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR RENT AND GROCERY BILLS, AND COMPETE WITH OTHER APPLICANTS BASED ON MERIT INSTEAD OF ECONOMIC BACKGROUND, WHICH IS JUST A MATTER OF BASIC FAIRNESS. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER ISSUES. ONE MORE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I'D LIKE TO MENTION IN THIS BILL THAT WE'VE ENSURED WE'RE DOING ALL WE CAN TO ADDRESS THE EPIDEMIC OF HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION THAT HAS EXISTED SINCE TIME, BUT RIGHTLY SHOWED UP IN THE HEADLINES THE LAST YEAR OR TWO. AND THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE HAS GIVEN OVER 1.3 MILLION MORE THAN LAST -- $1.3 MILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR SO THEY CAN HAVE THE RESOURCES TO HANDLE THE INCREASED WORK LOAD WE HAVE GIVEN THEM BY EXPANDING THEIR JURISDICTION. IN THE NEAR FUTURE, WE EXPECT OUR MISSION TO EXPAND FURTHER AND THESE FUNDS WILL HELP THEM PREPARE FOR THAT. AGAIN, I EXTEND MY SINCERE THANKS ESPECIALLY TO, AGAIN, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, WHO IS LEAVING, LEADER LOWEY, CHAIRMAN FORTENBERRY, AND SO MANY OTHERS, SENATOR DANES AND MURPHY, AND ALSO A THANK YOU TO THE STAFFS ON BOTH SIDES AND -- ADAM, TIM AND WREN, FOR MAKING THIS BILL POSSIBLE AND AS CONGRESSMAN SIMPSON SAID, THE LONG HOURS THAT THEY PUT IN OVER THE AUGUST RECESS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER.

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                                      MR. CARTER

                                      I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY FOR THEIR…

                                      I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY FOR THEIR PATIENCE AND NEGOTIATING TO BRING US TO THIS POINT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ FOR HER ROCK SOLID SUPPORT AND KEEN ANALYTIC EYE AND I ALSO THINK WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT MR. CHARLIE DENT WHO RETIRED EARLY FROM THIS COMMITTEE, WHO WAS CHAIRMAN AND HAD A STRONG HAND IN THE PRODUCT THAT CAME OUT HERE TODAY. I'M PLEASED TO DESCRIBE FOR MY COLLEAGUES THE GOOD NEWS IN THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND V.A. DIVISION OF THE MINI BUS. WE ARE ABLE TO PRVIDE LONG OVERDUE SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WITH A TOTAL OF $10.3 BILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION. WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF $241 MILLION OR 2.% ABOVE F.Y. 2018 LEVELS. WITH THAT FUNDING WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE $465.3 MILLION FOR THE GUARD AND RESERVE COMPONENT PRODUCTS IN 20 STATES AND TERRITORIES. $352 MILLION FOR TWO MEDICAL FACILITIES. $267.5 MILLION FOR FIVE D.O.D. SCHOOLS. AND JUST OVER $8 BILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE U.S. OUR MEMBERS WILL APPRECIATE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE $693.2 MILLION FOR UNFUNDED REQUIREMENTS FOR -- REQUESTED BY THE SERVICES WHICH INCLUDE $100 MILLION FOR UPGRADES, FORCE PROTECTION AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDE -- INCLUDES $924 PPT 4 MILLION IN OCO FUNDING AND AN INCREASE OF $171 MILLION OVER F.Y. 2018. OUR BILL FULFILLS CONGRESS' COMMITMENT TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS WITH A TOTAL DISCRETIONARY FUNDING OF $86.5 BILLION. THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS. A $5 BILLION OR 6.2% INCREASE OVER 2018. THESE FUNDS PROVIDE IMPORTANT MEDICAL SERVICES TO VETERANS, INCLUDING SUPPORTING THE NEW AND EXPANDING PROGRAMS RESULTING FROM RECENTLY PASSED MISSIONS ACT AS WELL AS DISABILITY COMPENSATION, POST-9/11 EDUCATION BENEFITS AND A HOST OF INSURANCE AND LENDING PROGRAMS. OF NOTE WE WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE $1.1 BILLION FOR THE NEW ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD CONTRACT, SAME RECORD AS D.O.D.'S WHICH WILL ALLOW THE EXCHANGE OF VETERANS HEALTH RECORDS WITH D.O.D. AND COMMUNITY PROVIDERS. CONSISTENT P WITH THE BUDGET CAPS --

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                                      MR. CARTER

                                      IT INCLUDES $2 BILLION IN NONRECURRING MAINTENANCE, IMPROVEMENT…

                                      IT INCLUDES $2 BILLION IN NONRECURRING MAINTENANCE, IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES, MAJOR CONSTRUCTION AND MINOR CONSTRUCTION. I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON THE PACKAGE. HELP US DO THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY WHO WAS GIVEN US SO MUCH. I'D BE REMISS IN NOT THANKING ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE COMMITTEE WORK TO GET THIS BILL TO GO FORWARD. I'M VERY GRATEFUL WE HAVE A CONFERENCE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE…

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

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                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. CUELLAR.

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                                      MR. CUELLAR

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MRS. LOWEY,…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MRS. LOWEY, FOR YIELDING AND THE WONDERFUL WORK SHE'S DONE AS OUR LEADER IN APPROPRIATIONS AND I CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK ALSO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE BIPARTISAN THAT BOTH INDIVIDUALS, MRS. LOWEY AND MR. FRELINGHUYSEN HAVE DONE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION AND BRING THESE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. I I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT SOME OF MY MEMBERS HAVE INCLUDED. FIRST OF ALL, MILCON, ON THE MILCON V.A., WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A $5 BILLION INCREASE AND MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER, AND MS. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, ALSO, THE WORK THEY'VE DONE TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THERE'S $86.5 BILLION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS WHICH INCLUDES FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH, MODERNIZING THE V.A. HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM, ADDRESSING THE CLAIMS BACKLOG THAT EVERY MEMBER KNOW HOUSE DIFFICULT IT'S BEEN. SO THOSE EXTRA $5 BILLION IS GOING TO DO A LOT TO HELP VETERAN. THERE'S ALSO $10.3 BILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT WILL SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND OUR FREEDOM AT HOME AND I KNOW IN MY PART OF SAN ANTONIO, SAN ANTONIO MILITARY U.S.A., THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TYPE OF ASSISTANCE ALSO. CERTAINLY TELE HEALTH. THERE'S $30 MILLION ABOVE WHAT WE JUST PROVIDED EARLIER THIS YEAR AND THIS WILL FURTHER EXPAND THE TELEHEALTH CAPACITY TO THE RURAL HEALTH. THERE'S ALSO $206 MILLION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION OUTREACH FOR VETERANS. AGAIN WHETHER IT'S THIS OR THE ENERGY AND WATER, AND I SEE THE TWO LEADERS OVER HERE, THE CHAIRMAN AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE APPROPRIATIONS, THESE ARE MONEY THAT'S GOING TO BE HELPFUL FOR THE SAN ANTONIO AREA FOR FLOOD MITIGATION, OR ETCH FOR THE CORPUS CHRISTI TO IMPROVE THE CHANNEL PROJECT THAT WILL MAKE SURE THAT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO HANDLE CAPACITY TO EXPORT PETROLEUM PRODUCT WHICH IS IS A $13 MILLION INCREASE WE GOT. AGAIN I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WORKING TOGETHER, BIPARTISAN, AND MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THIS…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THIS GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                      I RESERVE BUT I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK.

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                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS.…

                                      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. MURPHY.

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                                      MS. MURPHY

                                      THANK YOU. SINCE COMING TO CONGRESS I'VE MADE IT A PRIORITY TO MAKE SURE…

                                      THANK YOU. SINCE COMING TO CONGRESS I'VE MADE IT A PRIORITY TO MAKE SURE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN QUNE FORM ARE PREPARED FOR SUCCESS ONCE THEIR MILITARY SERVICE END. THE MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED SERVICES SACRIFICE FOR THIS NATION AND WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO HELP THEM THRIVE WHEN THEY LEAVE THAT SERVICE. THAT'S WHY I'M PLEASED THIS BILL INCLUDES INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT. THIS PLACES VETERANS IN TWO-YEAR PAID FELLOWSHIPS IN HOUSE OFFICES, PROVIDING THEM WITH POTENTIALLY LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES. IT ALSO ENABLES MEMBERS TO BETTER SERVE THEIR PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                      I RESERVE, I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK, I BELIEVE THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS…

                                      I RESERVE, I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK, I BELIEVE THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS ANOTHER SPEAKER.

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                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                      YES, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                                      YES, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                      MR. GREEN

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND RANKING MEMBER AND CHAIR…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND RANKING MEMBER AND CHAIR OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5895, THE ENERGY AND WATER LEG BRANCH MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS ACT. IN A NEAR BIPARTISANSHIP LEGISLATION LIKE THIS IS SORELY NEEDED. A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, TEXAS WAS DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE HARVEY RESM COVERING FROM THAT DOESN'T VP HAPP IN A YEAR. THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL IS STILL IN NEED OF DREDGING TO RETURN TO THE AUTHORIZED DEPTH WE WERE AT BEFORE THE STORM HIT. THAT'S WHY BILLS LIKE THIS ONE ARE SO IMPORTANT. IN THIS BILL, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL RECEIVE $175 MILLION ABOVE THE 2018 ENACTED LEVEL. THE ARMY CORPS WORKS HAND IN HAND WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE OUR PORT OF HOUSTON ANDUJARRIES COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL IN OUR DISTRICT TO REPAIR DAMAGE FROM PREVIOUS STORMS AND MITIGATE FUTURE RISKS. IT'S EEN-- ESSENTIAL WE FUND THE CORPS AT ADEQUATE LEVELS AND ENSURE WE'RE CONSTRUCTING PROJECTS THAT LIMIT FUTURE DAMAGE, NOT JUST REPAIR THE DAMAGE ALREADY THERE. I'M PLEASED TO SEE FUNDING LEVELS HAVE INCREASED THIS YEAR'S BILL BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE AND AFFECTS DISTRICTS FAR AND WIDE. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO SEE THAT THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND WILL RECEIVE $1.55 BILLION, $149 MILLION OVER THE 2018 ALLOCATION AND $584 MILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST. PORTS ARE THE ECONOMIC DRIVERS OF OUR COUNTRY. AT THE PORT OF HOUSTON WE ARE DRAFTING RESOLUTIONS TO HELP AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY. THERE'S STILL THINGS THAT NEED TO BE CORRECTED WITH THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND. AROUND $1. MILLION IN HARBOR TAXES EVERY YEAR. WHEN CONGRESS ENACTED THIS IT INTENDED TO USE THE REVENUE TO ENSURE THAT NO PORT WOULD BE IN NEED OF DREDGING. IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT IN FUTURE YEARS CONGRESS RECTIFY THIS ISSUE AND ENSURES THAT ALL MONEY COLLECTED FROM USAGE OF OUR PORTS -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE REMAINDER OF MY RARBLINGS IN THE RECORD.

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                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

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                                      MR. GREEN

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                      I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS IN ADDITION.

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                                      ADDITION.

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                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                      I'D LIKE TO THANK MRS. LOWEY FOR OUR CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP FOR OVER…

                                      I'D LIKE TO THANK MRS. LOWEY FOR OUR CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP FOR OVER 20 YEARS. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER WHO PUT THIS PACKAGE TOGETHER HERE, THE REMARKABLE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE UP OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, OUR PERSONAL STAFF THAT ARE DEDICATED TO MOST OF THEIR AUGUST AND PART OF JULY AND CERTAINLY THIS PART OF SEPTEMBER FOR DOING THE WORK OF THE PEOPLE. I'M ENORMOUSLY GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. AND I'M PLEASED TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND SALUTE MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. LOWEY, AS WELL. AND ALL MEMBERS AND STAFF FOR THEIR WORK.

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

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

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                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                      IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. IT'S…

                                      IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. IT'S BEEN FAR TOO LONG SINCE MULTIPLE SPENDING BILLS WERE ENACTED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE FISCAL YEAR. IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP THAT WE ARE SET TO CLEAR THREE TODAY. AND I HOPE WE SEND AT LEAST ONE MORE PACKAGE TO THE PRESIDENT BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH. ADDITIONALLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS, PARTICULARLY ADAM BERG, JAMIE SHIMICK, MATT WASHINGTON AND THE MAJORITY STAFF INCLUDING CLERKS JENNY PANONE, SUE QANTAS, AND ANGIE GIANCARLO-CLARK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1059, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 10 OF RULE 20, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20 THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ADOPTION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDERED. 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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                                    • 03:28:59 PM

                                      The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                                      • 03:28:59 PM

                                        The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                                        • 03:29:03 PM

                                          On agreeing to the conference report Roll Call 399 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                          • 03:58:28 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 377, THE NAYS ARE 20. THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS…

                                            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 377, THE NAYS ARE 20. THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS ADOPT. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. POE POE -- THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO CLEAR THE WELL. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO CLEAR THE WELL, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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                                      • 03:58:32 PM

                                        House Vote 399 - On Agreeing to the Conference Report

                                        Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

                                        Passed (377 - 20)
                                        Yea

                                        Vote Details: Yea - 377
                                        Republican - 202
                                        Democratic - 175

                                        Vote Details: Nay - 20
                                        Republican - 18
                                        Democratic - 2

                                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 31
                                        Democratic - 16
                                        Republican - 15

                                        • 03:58:32 PM

                                          House Vote 399 - On Agreeing to the Conference Report

                                          Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

                                          Passed (377 - 20)
                                          Yea

                                          Vote Details: Yea - 377
                                          Republican - 202
                                          Democratic - 175

                                          Vote Details: Nay - 20
                                          Republican - 18
                                          Democratic - 2

                                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 31
                                          Democratic - 16
                                          Republican - 15

                                          • 03:58:34 PM

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

                                            • 03:58:54 PM

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

                                              • 03:58:56 PM

                                                On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.

                                              • 03:58:56 PM

                                                UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                                The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker's approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.

                                                • 04:00:05 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                • 04:00:08 PM

                                                  MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 46 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                • 04:00:10 PM

                                                  Mr. Frelinghuysen asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.

                                                  • 04:00:19 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION? THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE.

                                                • 04:00:20 PM

                                                  Considered by unanimous consent. S. Con. Res. 46 — "Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 5895."

                                                  • 04:00:25 PM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 46, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK…

                                                    SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 46, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 5896.

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                                              • 04:00:33 PM

                                                On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                                                • 04:00:34 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION?…

                                                  IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK -- APOLOGIZE -- VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                • 04:00:39 PM

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

                                                  • 04:00:50 PM

                                                    Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.

                                                    • 04:01:03 PM

                                                      >>

                                                      APOLOGY ACCEPTED, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE…

                                                      APOLOGY ACCEPTED, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL S. 2946, THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                  • 04:01:14 PM

                                                    Considered by unanimous consent. S. 2946 — "To amend title 18, United States Code, to clarify the meaning of the terms "act of war" and "blocked asset", and for other purposes."

                                                    • 04:01:16 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                    • 04:01:18 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      SENATE 2946, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO CLARIFY THE…

                                                      SENATE 2946, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO CLARIFY THE MEANING OF THE TERMS "ACT OF WAR" AND "BLOCKED ASSETS" AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                • 04:01:28 PM

                                                  On passage Passed without objection.

                                                  • 04:01:29 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                    IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  • 04:01:34 PM

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

                                                    • 04:01:49 PM

                                                      >>

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

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 1109 WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS THERETO AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                                    • 04:01:59 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

                                                    • 04:02:03 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      H.R. 1109, AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 203 OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT, SENATE…

                                                      H.R. 1109, AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 203 OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT, SENATE AMENDMENT. STRIKE OUT AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT SECTION 1, CLARIFICATION OF FACILITY --

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                                                  • 04:02:08 PM

                                                    Mr. Goodlate asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and agree to the Senate amendment.

                                                  • 04:02:10 PM

                                                    On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection.

                                                    • 04:02:17 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

                                                    • 04:02:19 PM

                                                      MR. WALBERG

                                                      I'D ASK TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

                                                    • 04:02:20 PM

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

                                                      • 04:02:22 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO…

                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      • 04:02:52 PM

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                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 606 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                      • 04:03:04 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                    • 04:03:06 PM

                                                      Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                                      • 04:03:07 PM

                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        H.R. 606, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                        H.R. 606, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1025 NEVIN AVENUE IN RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, AS THE HAROLD D. MCGRAW SENIOR POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                    • 04:03:16 PM

                                                      Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 606 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1025 Nevin Avenue in Richmond, California, as the "Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building"."

                                                      • 04:03:22 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                        IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  • 04:03:25 PM

                                                    On passage Passed without objection.

                                                    • 04:03:28 PM

                                                      Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                                      • 04:03:28 PM

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

                                                        • 04:03:38 PM

                                                          MR. RUSSELL

                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT…

                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4913 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                        • 04:03:48 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                        • 04:03:50 PM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          H.R. 4913, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                          H.R. 4913, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 816 EAST SALISBURY PARKWAY IN SALISBURY, MARYLAND, AS THE SERGEANT MAJOR WARDELL B. TURNER POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                        • 04:04:06 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      • 04:04:08 PM

                                                        Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 4913 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 816 East Salisbury Parkway in Salisbury, Maryland, as the "Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner Post Office Building"."

                                                      • 04:04:12 PM

                                                        On passage Passed without objection.

                                                        • 04:04:15 PM

                                                          Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                                          • 04:04:15 PM

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

                                                            • 04:04:20 PM

                                                              MR. RUSSELL

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5737 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                            • 04:04:33 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                            • 04:04:35 PM

                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              H.R. 5737, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                              H.R. 5737, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 108 WEST D STREET IN ALPHA, ILLINOIS, AS THE CAPTAIN JOSHUA E. STEELE POST OFFICE.

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                                                          • 04:04:37 PM

                                                            Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 5737 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 108 West D Street in Alpha, Illinois, as the "Captain Joshua E. Steele Post Office"."

                                                            • 04:04:48 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                              IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                        • 04:04:51 PM

                                                          On passage Passed without objection.

                                                          • 04:04:56 PM

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

                                                            • 04:04:57 PM

                                                              Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                                              • 04:05:01 PM

                                                                MR. RUSSELL

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION FOR H.R. 5868 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                              • 04:05:13 PM

                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                              • 04:05:16 PM

                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                H.R. 5868, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                H.R. 5868, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 530 CLAREMONT AVENUE IN ASHLAND, OHIO, AS THE BILL HARRIS POST OFFICE.

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                                                            • 04:05:20 PM

                                                              Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 5868 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 530 Claremont Avenue in Ashland, Ohio, as the "Bill Harris Post Office"."

                                                            • 04:05:26 PM

                                                              On passage Passed without objection.

                                                              • 04:05:29 PM

                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                              • 04:05:30 PM

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

                                                                • 04:05:32 PM

                                                                  Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                                                  • 04:05:40 PM

                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                                                  • 04:05:43 PM

                                                                    MR. RUSSELL

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5935 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                  • 04:05:54 PM

                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                  • 04:05:57 PM

                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                    H.R. 5935, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                    H.R. 5935, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1355 NORTH MERIDIAN ROAD IN HARRISTOWN, ILLINOIS, AS THE LOGAN S. PALMER POST OFFICE.

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                                                                • 04:06:06 PM

                                                                  Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 5935 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1355 North Meridian Road in Harristown, Illinois, as the "Logan S. Palmer Post Office"."

                                                                • 04:06:09 PM

                                                                  On passage Passed without objection.

                                                                  • 04:06:11 PM

                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                    IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                  • 04:06:12 PM

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

                                                                    • 04:06:13 PM

                                                                      Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                                                      • 04:06:28 PM

                                                                        MR. RUSSELL

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION FOR H.R. 6020 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                      • 04:06:39 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                      • 04:06:42 PM

                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                        H.R. 6020, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                        H.R. 6020, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 325 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE IN HOWL, MICHIGAN, AS THE SERGEANT DONALD BURGESS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                    • 04:06:44 PM

                                                                      Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 6020 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 325 South Michigan Avenue in Howell, Michigan, as the "Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building"."

                                                                    • 04:06:55 PM

                                                                      On passage Passed without objection.

                                                                      • 04:06:56 PM

                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                        IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                      • 04:06:57 PM

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

                                                                        • 04:06:59 PM

                                                                          Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                                                          • 04:07:11 PM

                                                                            MR. RUSSELL

                                                                            RECOGNITION?

                                                                          • 04:07:22 PM

                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            HOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE…

                                                                            HOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                            THE CLERK

                                                                            H.R. 6116, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES YOU…

                                                                            H.R. 6116, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES YOU POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 362 NORTH ROSS STREET IN BEVERTON, MICHIGAN, AS THE COLONEL ALFRED ASH POST OFFICE.

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                                                                        • 04:07:33 PM

                                                                          Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 6116 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 362 North Ross Street in Beaverton, Michigan, as the "Colonel Alfred Asch Post Office"."

                                                                        • 04:07:36 PM

                                                                          On passage Passed without objection.

                                                                          • 04:07:39 PM

                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                            IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERED OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                          • 04:07:40 PM

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

                                                                            • 04:07:41 PM

                                                                              Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                                                                              • 04:07:53 PM

                                                                                MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5349 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                              • 04:08:04 PM

                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                              • 04:08:07 PM

                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                H.R. 5349, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                H.R. 5349, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1320 AUTUMN AVENUE IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, AS THE JUDGE RUSSELL B. SUGARMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                            • 04:08:08 PM

                                                                              Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 5349 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1320 Autumn Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, as the "Judge Russell B. Sugarmon Post Office Building"."

                                                                              • 04:08:21 PM

                                                                                MR. RUSSELL

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

                                                                            • 04:08:22 PM

                                                                              Amendment offered by Mr. Russell.

                                                                              • 04:08:24 PM

                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

                                                                          • 04:08:25 PM

                                                                            On agreeing to the Russell amendment; Agreed to without objection.

                                                                            • 04:08:26 PM

                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                              THE AMENDMENT, STRIKE ALL FER AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE -- -- AFTER THE…

                                                                              THE AMENDMENT, STRIKE ALL FER AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE -- -- AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE --

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                                                                            • 04:08:37 PM

                                                                              MR. RUSSELL

                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK DISPENSED WITH THE READING.

                                                                            • 04:08:40 PM

                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                              THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO…

                                                                              THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                          • 04:08:41 PM

                                                                            On passage Passed without objection.

                                                                            • 04:08:44 PM

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

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

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                                                                                  Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

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                                                                                    MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5784 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                  • 04:09:08 PM

                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                                    H.R. 5784, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                    H.R. 5784, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 2650 NORTH DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DRIVE IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, AS THE VEL REFERRAL PHILIPS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                • 04:09:19 PM

                                                                                  Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 5784 — "To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2650 North Doctor Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the "Vel R. Phillips Post Office Building"."

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                                                                                    Amendment offered by Mr. Russell.

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                                                  On agreeing to the Russell amendment; Agreed to without objection.

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                                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                                    STRIKE ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT A NEW TEXT --

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                                                                                    MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSED WITH THE READING.

                                                                                • 04:09:37 PM

                                                                                  On passage Passed without objection.

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                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                  • 04:09:40 PM

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. RUSSELL

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        H.R. 5784. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED ON EACH…

                                                                                        H.R. 5784. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED ON EACH PIECE OF LEGISLATION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                    • 04:10:27 PM

                                                                                      Mr. Russell asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Thursday, September 13, 2018, it adjourn to meet at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018. Agreed to without objection.

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                                                                                        MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 1:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                                                                                      • 04:11:22 PM

                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                        MS. TENNEY

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

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

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                                                                                    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                                                    The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                                                                    • 04:11:35 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                    • 04:11:36 PM

                                                                                      MS. TENNEY

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS SEPTEMBER MARKS KENETTE PALMER'S -- KENNETH…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS SEPTEMBER MARKS KENETTE PALMER'S -- KENNETH PALMER'S ANNIVERSARY AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. SURVIVOR OF QUADRUPLE BYPASS SURGERY, KEN HAS INSPIRED US THROUGH HIS DEEP PASSION ON SERVICE. HE WAS LEADERSHIP AS THE MOWHAWK FIRE CHIEF, PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FIRE CHIEFS COUNTY, CHAPLAIN FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. CHIEF FIRE CHAPLAIN FOR NEW YORK STATE. AT 80, KEN IS READY FOR THE FIRE ALARM TO SOUND BUT HIS JOURNEY HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN EASY. ON FEBRUARY 25, 2000, KEN UNDERWENT SUCCESSFUL QUADRUPLE BYPASS SURGERY. DESPITE THE HARDSHIPS HE ENDURED DURING THIS STRESSFUL TIME HE OFTEN CREDITS HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE, SHARON, AND SO MANY FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS PRAYING FOR HIM FROM NEW YORK TO CALIFORNIA DURING HIS ENDURING STRUGGLE. NOW AS A RED CAP AMBASSADOR FOR THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, KEN PROVIDES COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT TO OTHERS SUFFERING FROM HEART DISEASE AND HEART-RELATED ILLNESSES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY DISTINCT HONOR TO RECOGNIZE A DEAR FRIEND, KENNETH PALMER, SUCH A STRONG FORCE FOR GOOD WHO HAS RISKED SO MUCH TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES HERE TODAY TO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY AND EXTENDING OUR GRATITUDE TO KENNETH PALMER FOR HIS INCREDIBLE 60 YEARS OF SERVICE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                      MR. LANGEVIN

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

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                                                                    • 04:13:35 PM

                                                                                      MR. LANGEVIN

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNVEILED THE LATEST IN A…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNVEILED THE LATEST IN A STRING OF CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS AGAINST AMERICA'S CYBERADVERSARIES. THE DETAILED DOCUMENTS LAYS OUT A DAMNING CONDITIONS AGAINST A NORTH KOREAN HACKER AND THE REGIME THAT SUPPORTS HIM. FROM THE SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT HACK TO ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM, THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME IS A DESTABILIZING REGIME IN CYBERSPACE. I COMMEND THE MEMBERS OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY WHO ARE WORKING THIS CASE. MR. SPEAKER, CYBERSPACE IS OFTEN THOUGHT OF A DOMAIN THAT BAD ACTORS CAN ACT WITH IMPUNITY. THIS INDICTMENT SHOWS THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE. AMERICA IS GETTING MORE AND MORE SOPHISTICATED AS BEING ABLE TO TRACK DOWN AND UNVEIL AND UNMASK THESE CYBER BAD ACTORS. TO THOSE THAT WOULD TARGET OUR NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS, I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU -- WE WILL FIND YOU. MALIGN ACTIVITY IN CYBERSPACE THAT TARGETS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OR CAUSES IMMENSE PROPERTY DAMAGE IS NOT THE BEHAVIOR OF RESPONSIBLE NATIONS AND WE WILL NOT TOLERATE IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. POE

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

                                                                                    • 04:14:53 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                                                                    • 04:14:56 PM

                                                                                      MR. POE

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE ONE-MINUTE STORY OF KELLY DOOR. KELLY'S…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE ONE-MINUTE STORY OF KELLY DOOR. KELLY'S BIOLOGICAL FATHER BEGAN TRAFFICKING HER FOR SEX IN THE FIRST YEAR OF HER LIFE. THE EVILDOER CONTINUED TO DO SO FOR 14 YEARS. KELLY SPENT HER SHE SPENT IN A LIVING HELL. HER KINDERGARTEN WASN'T STORY TIME, INSTEAD THEY CONSISTED OF HIDING IN THE BATHROOM BECAUSE OF REPEATED TRAUMA CAUSED UNCONTROLLABLE PLEADING. THE EVIL DOER THREATENED TO KILL KELLY'S MOTHER. SHE TESTIFIED AGAINST HER FATHER IN A COURTROOM. SHE NOT ONLY SURVIVED THE ORDEAL. KELLY WORKS TO STRENGTHEN TRAFFICKING LAWS GIVING INSPIRATION ASAL VOICE. NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT KELLY WENT THROUGH. CONGRESS MUST JOIN KELLY IN THE FIGHTING OF SELLING OUR CHILDREN IN THE MARKETPLACE OF SEX TRAFFICKING. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MS. GABBARD

                                                                                      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                    • 04:16:16 PM

                                                                                      MS. GABBARD

                                                                                      TWO DAYS AGO, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VICE PRESIDENT PENCE DELIVERED SOLEMN…

                                                                                      TWO DAYS AGO, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VICE PRESIDENT PENCE DELIVERED SOLEMN SPEECHES ABOUT THE ATTACKS ON 9/11 TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY CARE ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF AL QAEDA ATTACKS BUT NOW STANDING UP TO PROTECT THE 28,000 TO 40,000 FORCES IN SYRIA, THREATENING RUSSIA, SYRIA AND IRAN WITH MILITARY FORCE IF THEY DARE ATTACK THESE TERRORISTS. IT IS A BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE VICTIMS OF 9/11 AND THEIR FAMILIES, FIRST RESPONDERS AND TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN UNIFORM WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED AND WOUNDED IN ACTION AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO'S COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO ACT AS THE BIG BROTHER OF AL QAEDA MUST BE CONDEMNED BY EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                                                                    • 04:17:16 PM

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                                                                                      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                                                                    • 04:17:26 PM

                                                                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REHABILITATION HOSPITAL ON 35…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REHABILITATION HOSPITAL ON 35 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION CARE. HEALTH SOUTH IS A REHABILITATION HOSPITAL IN PENNSYLVANIA THAT OFFERS COMPREHENSIVE INPATIENT AND OUT JASHTE REHABILITATION SERVICES DESIGNED TO RETURN PATIENTS TO LEAD ACTIVE AND INDEPENDENT LIVES. I KNOW THE FIRSTHAND THESE SKILLED PROFESSIONALS PERFORM. I WORKED FOR 30 YEARS AS A THERAPIST, RELOCATION SERVICES DIRECTOR AND LICENSED NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR. NO GREATER JOY THAN TO SEE YOUR PATIENTS MAKE PROGRESS AFTER A DEBILITATING EVENT SUCH AS A STROKE, BRAIN INJURY OR MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT. HEALTH SOUTH IS LED BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SUSAN HARTMAN WHO JOINED IT IN 1994 AND NAMED C.E.O. IN 2005. I CONGRATULATE THE ENTIRE STAFF AT HEALTH SOUTH IN 35 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING PATIENTS WITH COMFORT, PROFESSIONALISM AND RESPECT THROUGHOUT THE RELATION EXPERIENCE AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR HIGH LEVEL OF CARE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, 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 MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                      MR. PAULSEN

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ACT IN RE-AUTHORIZING AND EXTEND THE…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ACT IN RE-AUTHORIZING AND EXTEND THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. ENACTED BACK IN 1994, THE ACT HAS PROVIDED INVALUABLE SUPPORT AND RESOURCES TO WOMEN IMPACTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. IT HAS FUNDED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN GRANTS. THEY PROVIDE COUNSELING AND THERAPY. THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT IS CRITICAL TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO GET VICTIMS THE TREATMENT THEY DESERVE. I HAVE AUTHORED PASS RESOLUTIONS. IT HAS BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT BUT EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CALL FOR ITS EXTENSION BECAUSE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE COUNTING ON IT. 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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                                                                                    • 04:20:03 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                    • 04:20:05 PM

                                                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                      OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND MY…

                                                                                      OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND MY COMMITTEE, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE WHICH I SERVE AS THE RANKING MEMBER HAVE WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH GROUPS ALL OVER THE NATION TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE VOTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT AND WE HAVE DONE SO IN A BIPARTISAN AND NONPARTISAN MANNER. THE BILL AS WRITTEN WAS INTRODUCED ON JULY, JUST A MONTH AGO, AND VICTIMS ARE WAITING FOR THE RE-AUTHORIZATION THAT WILL IMPROVE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. IN FACT, LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE WAITING. VICTIMS ARE WAITING. THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT. AND I WOULD TELL MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP NEEDS TO PUT THAT BILL ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND PUT IT ON THE FLOOR NOW. AGAIN, THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN BILL. IT HAS BEEN CRAFTED AND SUPPORTED BY FAITH ORGANIZATIONS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS AND WOMEN AND VICTIMS AND SUPPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO OUR JOB AND SHOULD DO OUR JOB. WHEN WE COME BACK FROM OUR RECESS THAT WE WORK IN OUR DISTRICTS, LET US PUT ON THE FLOOR THE VIOLENCE GENTION WOMEN ACT AND VOTE FOR IT NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                    • 04:21:32 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                                                                    • 04:21:43 PM

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                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 274 WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY MS. ROS-LEHTINEN. THIS LEGISLATION CONDEMNS THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN'S STATE SPONSORED PERSECUTION OF MINORITIES AND INTERNATIONAL COVENANTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS. MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL NONMUSLIM MINORITY IN THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO RELENTLESS PERSECUTION. AND NOT RECOGNIZED UNDER THE IRANIAN CONSTITUTION. THE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO IDENTIFY THEM AND JUSTIFIES PERSECUTION. IRAN HAS CRIMINALIZED RELIGIOUS PRACTICES OF WORSHIP. IT DENIED THE PEOPLE GOVERNMENT PENSION BENEFITS, HIGHER EDUCATION, BUSINESS LISTES AND EVEN THE RIGHT OF SELF-DEFENSE. I CALL ON THE HOUSE TO PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 274 TO SHOW THAT THIS CHAMBER AND OUR NATION SUPPORTS THE PEOPLE AND STANDS WITH THEM IN THE FACE OF IRAN'S TYRANNY 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 NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                                                                                    • 04:23:07 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                                                                    • 04:23:28 PM

                                                                                      MR. PAYNE

                                                                                      WE ARE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER. IT IS…

                                                                                      WE ARE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER. IT IS CRITICAL FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT LEADERS LIKE US RAISE AWARENESS TO END THE RACIAL DISPARITY. AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET PROSTATE CANCER OR DIAGNOSED WITH MORE ADVANCED STAGES AND TWICE AS LIKELY TO DIE AS OUR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. FIGHTING CANCER REQUIRES SUSTAINED EFFORTS AT ALL LEVELS TO RAISE AWARENESS TO ENSURE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO SCREENING AND TREATMENT. IT IS CRITICAL THAT CONGRESS CONTINUES PUTTING RESOURCES TOWARDS ENDING RACIAL DISPARITY AND PROSTATE CANCER AND HEALTH CARE MORE GERMLY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MS. FOXX

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                    • 04:24:38 PM

                                                                                      MS. FOXX

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE PUBLIC OFTEN HAS THE IMPRESSION THAT WE IN CONGRESS ARE…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE PUBLIC OFTEN HAS THE IMPRESSION THAT WE IN CONGRESS ARE NOT CARING PEOPLE WHO WORK TOGETHER ON ISSUES. BUT I WANT TO SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, YOU COULD NOT FIND A GROUP OF PEOPLE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR FELLOW MEMBERS THAN WE HAVE HERE. WE KNOW THIS HURRICANE IS HITTING NORTH CAROLINA. IT'S LIKELY TO HIT SOUTH CAROLINA AND POSSIBLY GEORGIA. AND I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO HAVE COME UP TO ME TO ASK WHAT IMPACT THIS WAS GOING TO HAVE ON ME, ON MY DISTRICT, ON THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT AND ON NORTH CAROLINA IN GENERAL. IT IS VERY HEARTWARMING TO HAVE THOSE CONCERNS EXPRESSED. PEOPLE HAVE SAID WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU. I KNOW THAT'S THE CASE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. BUT I WANT PARTICULARLY TO SAY ALL MY COLLEAGUES, I THANK THEM ALL PERSONALLY, BUT TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SPOKEN TO ME BUT TO OTHER MEMBERS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONCERNS AND PRAYERS. I CERTAINLY WILL PASS THOSE ALONG TO MY CONSTITUENTS. BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE KNOW WE CARE A GREAT DEAL ABOUT EACH OTHER AND WE EXPRESS THAT TO EACH OTHER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                    SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                                                                                      UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. SINEMA IS RECOGNIZED AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I RISE ON BEHALF…

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I RISE ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY'S VETERANS WHO MAKE SACRIFICES. WHEN THEY RETURN HOME FROM SERVICE WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THEY RECEIVE CARE AND SUPPORT OF A GRATEFUL NATION. FOR FAR TOO MANY NATION, THAT RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT FULFILLED. THE GOVERNMENT'S FAILURE HAS TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES. SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH. AMERICANS TAKE TIME TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE. WE'LL LOSE AN ESTIMATED 20 VETERANS TO SUICIDE EACH DAY AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. EVERY YEAR, SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS, WE HAVE BROUGHT TOGETHER REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO VETERAN SUICIDE AND SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THIS EPIDEMIC MUST END. HONORING OUR COMMITMENT TO VETERANS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. WE KNOW THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE REAL LASTING CHANGE FOR OUR NATION'S BRAVEST MEN AND WOMEN IS TO BRING BOTH PARTIES TOGETHER TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. TODAY, MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE JOINED ME TO BRING AWARENESS TO VETERAN SUICIDE AND WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS. I KNOW WE CAN MAKE BIPARTISAN PROGRESS BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE IT BEFORE. WE HAVE SHOWN IT'S POSSIBLE FOR BOTH PARTIES TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE VETERANS' MENTAL HEALTH CARE. AFTER HEARING THE TRAGIC STORY OF A VETERAN WHO LOST HIS LIFE TO SUICIDE, MY TEAM WORKED ACROSS THE AISLE TO PASS A BILL THAT IMPROVED LIFE SAVING VETERANS. IT TOOK THREE YEARS OF HARD WORK, BUT OUR BILL IS NOW LAW AND HELPS VETERANS TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE. IT IS IMPORTANT PROGRESS BUT SO MUCH MORE WORK TO DO. WE MUST SERVE OUR BRAVEST MEN AND WOMEN. WE CHALLENGE THE V.A. AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FELLOW LAWMAKERS TO JOIN US IN CONFRONTING VETERAN SUICIDE. WE MUST DO MORE TO HONOR OUR COMMITMENT. WE STAND WITH MILITARY FAMILIES WHO LOST A LOVED ONE TO THE TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE AND WE SAY TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY'S SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL EACH VETERAN RECEIVES THE CARE HE OR SHE NEEDS. I'M GRATEFUL TO BE JOINED IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE BRIAN FITZPATRICK AND I YIELD TO HIM AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                      MR. FITZPATRICK

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SPEAK OF A SOLEMN TOPIC ONE OF UTMOST…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SPEAK OF A SOLEMN TOPIC ONE OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE FOR SURE. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA AND WHAT SHE IS DOING FOR VETERANS AND HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION'S VETERANS ARE OUR FINEST CITIZENS TO WHOM WE OWE THE MOST. THEIR SACRIFICE IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM ALLOWS US TO STAND HERE IN THIS CHAMBER, TESTAMENT TO OUR VALUES AND SYMBOL OF HOPE. WE SEE VETERANS STRUGGLE UPON THEIR RETURN HOME, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, SERVE AS CONSTANT REMINDERS AS THE PRICE THEY PAID TO PROTECT OUR WAY OF LIFE. WE HAVE SEEN A RISING PERCENTAGE OF THESE HEROES RESORTING TO TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES. THIS IS BEYOND UNACCEPTABLE AND STATISTICS PRINT A GRIM STATISTIC. BETWEEN 2005 AND 2015, MR. SPEAKER, SUICIDE RATES FOR ALL VETERANS INCREASED BY 25%, 25% BETWEEN 2005 AND 2015. ADDITIONALLY, VETERANS ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY 15% OF SUICIDES IN U.S. ADULTS. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE MUST DO BETTER. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN SOLIDARITY AGAINST VETERANS' SUICIDE AND THANKFUL FOR THE THIRD VETERANS' CRISIS LINE CALL CENTER TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE, SUPPORT AND CRITICAL RESOURCES TO THOSE IN NEED. WHILE STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO PREVENT VETERANS' SUICIDE, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BECAUSE ONE HERO'S DEATH IS ONE TOO MANY. SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH BUT THIS ISSUE WILL CONTINUE TO TRANSCEND ANY TIME FRAME. FOR THOSE WHO SACRIFICED FOR US, WE OWE THEM AND WILL ERADICATE THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND I YIELD BACK. . .

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR MANY VETERANS, THE RETURN TO CIVILIAN LIFE CAN…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR MANY VETERANS, THE RETURN TO CIVILIAN LIFE CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING. ENSURING MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES IS ESSENTIAL. WE RECENTLY HEARD FROM ANDREW WHO LIVES IN CHANDLER, ARIZONA. HE JOINED THE MARINE CORPS AT 17 YEARS OLD WHEN HE SAID HE WAS FULL OF MOTIVATION AND EXCITEMENT TO SERVE. I WANTED TO DO MY PART TO SERVE AMERICA, ANDREW SAID. AS AN ANTI-TANK ASSAULTMAN, ANDREW FOUGHT BESIDE INCREDIBLE MARINES IN IRAQ, AND WHEN HE FINALLY RETURNED HOME, HE SAID HE RETURNED WITH MEMORIES OF DEATH. ANDREW LEANED ON LOVED ONES AND HIS FAITH TO PULL HIM OUT OF THE DARKNESS. EVER SINCE HE CONTINUED HIS HEALING JOURNEY BY SERVING HIS FELLOW VETERANS AND HE PRESSES FORWARD WITH THE VALUES INSTILLED IN HIM IN THE MARINE CORPS, HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT. THE RESPONSIBILITY TO CARE FOR OUR VETERANS BELONGS TO ALL OF US. THAT'S WHY WE'RE WORKING WITH THOSE WHO INTERACT WITH VETERANS EACH AND EVERY DAY. LETTER CARRIERS, LIBRARIANS, GROCERY STORE CLERKS, ACADEMIC ADVISORS. WE'RE GIVING COMMUNITY MEMBERS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUPPORT VETERANS EVERY DAY RIGHT WHERE THEY LIVE AND WORK. WE'RE ALSO WORKING TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEER SUPPORTS AVAILABLE TO VETERANS. THERE ARE VETERANS LIKE ANDREW WHO USE THEIR EXPERIENCES, STRUGGLES, AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO HELP FELLOW VETERANS SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE THE TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE A COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND OF MINE JOINING US IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER THIS EVENING AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MY FRIEND, ANNIE KUSTER.

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                                                                                      MS. KUSTER

                                                                                      I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON…

                                                                                      I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON THIS ISSUE. EVERY SINGLE DAY WE ASK THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR NATION IN UNIFORM TO MAKE INCREDIBLE SACRIFICES ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION AND THEY NEVER FAIL TO DELIVER FOR US. THESE BRAVE AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES KNOW THE TRUE MEANING OF SERVICE, BUT THAT SERVICE OFTEN COMES AT A PRICE. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, OUR VETERANS CANNOT BE CAST ASIDE ONCE THEY HAVE RETURNED HOME. THE PREVALENCE OF SUICIDE AMONG SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS IS A STAIN ON OUR COLLECTIVE CONSCIENCE. SERVICE MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY HAVE HAD HARROWING EXPERIENCE IN THEIR SERVICE TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY AND PROTECT OUR WAY OF LIFE. BUT IT HAS ONLY BEEN RECENTLY THAT THE SCOPE OF THE TRAUMA OF WARES THAT BEEN TRULY UNDERSTOOD -- WARS HAVE BEEN TRULY UNDERSTOOD. SINCE THE TIME OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN HAVE MADE THE SOLEMN VOW TO CARE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE, A VOW THAT HAS MADE CARING FOR VETERANS ONE OF THE FEW BIPARTISAN ISSUES IN THIS ERA OF DIVISIVENESS IN WASHINGTON. TODAY, WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR SOLEMN PROMISE TO VETERANS EXTENDS TO EFFECTIVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE. NO VETERAN SHOULD EVER HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS TYPE OF CARE, WHICH CAN BE JUST AS CRUCIAL FOR RECOVERY AS PHYSICAL HEALTH SERVICES. MY FATHER, MALCOLM MCLAIN, FLEW FIGHTER PLANES DURING WORLD WAR II. HE WAS SHOT DOWN DURING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND SPENT SIX MONTHS IN A GERMAN P.O.W. CAMP. WHEN I WAS A CHILD HE RARELY SPOKE ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES DURING THE WAR. BUT NOW IN MIND SIGHT I BELIEVE THAT HE WAS EXPERIENCING WHAT WE NOW KNOW TO BE PTSD. WE UNDERSTAND SO MUCH MORE TODAY ABOUT THE BRAIN AND THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA THAT SO MANY OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS ENDURE AND IT'S CRITICAL THAT V.A. AND OUR SOCIETY USE THAT KNOWLEDGE TO IMPROVE CARE FOR VETERANS WHEN THEY RETURN HOME. WE MUST ENSURE THAT UNSEEN WOUNDS OF WAR RECEIVE THE ATTENTION THEY DESERVE. MANY OF US TODAY VOTED TO FUND VETERANS' MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS, AND WHILE IT IS COMMENDABLE THAT CONGRESS' TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ENSURE THAT NO VETERAN IS LEFT BEHIND. AS A MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I FIGHT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FIGHT FOR US. DURING SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH, WE SHOULD ALL PLEDGE TO WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT NO VETERAN EVER HAS TROUBLE ACCESSING THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAT HE OR SHE NEEDS AND DESERVES. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, KYRSTEN SINEMA, FOR HER COMMITMENT TO THIS ISSUE. SHE WAS VERY EFFECTIVE IN THE TESTIMONY THAT SHE BROUGHT TO THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, AND I APPRECIATE HER PERSEVERANCE. THANK YOU AND I YOU YIELD BACK. -- THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

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                                                                                      MR. MAST

                                                                                      THANK YOU. I GUESS I FOUND IN MY TIME THAT SUICIDE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF…

                                                                                      THANK YOU. I GUESS I FOUND IN MY TIME THAT SUICIDE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF PURPOSE AND WORTH AND VALUE. I COME TO THIS LINE OF THOUGHT BECAUSE I'VE HAD COUNTLESS VETERANS CALL ME, REACH OUT TO MY OFFICE, FIND ME ON FACEBOOK, FIND ME ON SOME OTHER FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA, HAD A MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY CALL MY OFFICE OR REACH OUT, A MOTHER OR A SPOUSE, AND TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEIR VETERAN WANTS TO TAKE THEIR LIFE. AND IN SEEING THAT PLAY OUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN, I REALIZE EACH AND EVERY TIME THAT SOMEBODY IS OUT THERE SEARCHING FOR THEIR VALUE IN THEIR LIFE. THEY'RE SEARCHING FOR, WHERE IS NAIR VALUE, WHERE IS THEIR WORTH TO THE REST OF THE WORLD -- WHERE IS THEIR VALUE, WHERE IS THEIR WORTH TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, AND FOR ME I THINK THIS CAN BE PREVENTED. I THINK VETERANS FACE IN CHALLENGE IN A UNIQUE WAY AND IN AN ELEVATED WAY. NOT BECAUSE THE CHALLENGE OF WAR OR RECOVERING FROM INJURY IS SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE OVERCOME. I THINK MOST OF US END UP FINDING IN OUR LIVES THAT WHEN WE'VE OVERCOME SOMETHING INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT, THOSE ARE THE MOST MEMORABLE AND PURPOSEFUL MOMENTS OF OUR LIFE. BUT BECAUSE NO PERSON, VETERAN INCLUDED, SHOULD HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT THEIR GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD OR TO THEIR NATION OR TO THEIR FAMILY OR THEIR COMMUNITY IS SOMETHING THAT'S BEHIND THEM AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT FOR A VETERAN TO OVERCOME BECAUSE THEIR WORTH AND THEIR VALUE AND THEIR WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY WAS TIED DIRECTLY TO SERVING ALL OF THOSE THINGS AT THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE LEVEL. SERVING THEIR BROTHERS AND THEIR SISTERS TO THEIR LEFT AND RIGHT, KNOWING ON ANY GIVEN DAY THEY MIGHT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE A LIFE, TO SAVE THE LIFE OF ONE OF THEIR CLOSEST FRIENDS THAT THEY COULD EVER HAVE IN LIFE, A FRIEND THAT WOULD BE WILLING TO DO ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING FOR THEM TO INCLUDE SACRIFICING THEIR OWN LIFE FOR THAT FRIEND OF THEM. IT'S HARD TO REPLICATE, MAYBE IMPOSSIBLE TO REPLICATE THAT PURPOSE AND THAT WORTH AND THAT VALUE. AND I BELIEVE THAT IT'S IN THAT THAT WE FIND SUCH A CHALLENGE TO OVERCOME SUICIDE WITH OUR VETERANS BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING THAT THEY'VE ALREADY GIVEN THIS COUNTRY AND THE DRIVE AND THE DETERMINATION AND THE WILL AND THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE INSIDE OF OUR VETERANS TO WANT TO GO OUT THERE AND FIND THE NEXT GREATEST THING IN LIFE, THE NEXT GREATEST WAY TO SERVE. THAT'S THE CHALLENGE THAT WE DARE VERY DIFFICULTLY FINDING OURSELVES TRYING TO OVERCOME. IN HAVING SO MANY VETERANS REACHING OUT TO ME, I'VE LEARNED THIS ABOUT VETERAN SUICIDE. EACH OF THEM WHO WERE PREVENTED FROM TAKING THEIR LIFE HAVE SAID THAT THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO IF SOMEBODY ELSE DIDN'T REACH OUT TO THEM BECAUSE I COULD HAVE NOT KNOWN. ANYBODY ELSE THAT THEY COULDN'T HAVE TOLD, THAT THEY DIDN'T TELL, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE KNOWN. IT'S IN THAT THAT I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE AS VETERANS MAKE A COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER, ABOUT BEING THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER, ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE AN OATH THAT WE NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE. WE USED TO SAY WE ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION FIRST, AND THAT MISSION DOESN'T END WHEN WE TAKE OFF THAT UNIFORM. THAT MISSION, THAT COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER HAS TO CONTINUE. AS VETERANS, WE MAKE IT A POINT TO PUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE CARE ABOUT IN WORD, IN VERSE, THINGS THAT WE MEMORIZE. WHETHER IT'S THE SOLDIERIES CREED OR THE RANGER -- SOLDIER'S CREED OR THE RANGER'S CREED OR SOME OTHER ETHOS THAT WE RECOGNIZE AS PART OF OUR SERVICE, WE PUT IT IN WORDS AND WE SPEAK ABOUT IT AND WE SAY IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND THAT'S WHERE I BELIEVE THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE AS VETERANS MAKE KNOWN IN WORD OUR COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER, THAT WE'RE NEVER GOING TO LET ONE OF OUR BROTHERS OR SISTERS BE LEFT BEHIND, THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER NEVER ENDS, THAT WE'RE NEVER GOING TO ALLOW ONE OF THEM TO BRING HARM TO THEMSELVES, THAT OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER NEVER ENDS, THAT WILLINGNESS OF WHAT WE WOULD GO OUT THERE AND DO FOR ONE ANOTHER ON THE BATTLEFIELD HAS NO TIME LIMIT ON IT, HAS NO FUSE. IT WILL NEVER BE A WICK THAT BURNS DOWN. THAT HAS TO BE OUR COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER. TO DEMONSTRATE THAT KIND OF LOVE AND CARING FOR EACH OTHER AS VETERANS, IT'S THE ONLY SOLUTION THAT I'VE BEEN ABLE TO FIND IN MY LIFE TOWARDS HELPING WITH THIS ONE VETERAN, ONE PERSON AT A TIME, ONE COMMITMENT AT A TIME, A COMMITMENT THAT NEVER ENDS AND A COMMITMENT THAT HAS NO LIMITS TO IT. I BELIEVE ALL OF OUR VETERANS WANT THAT AND ARE CAPABLE OF THAT. AND I'M PROUD OF EVERY ONE OF THEM FOR THAT COMMITMENT THAT I KNOW THEY HAVE INSIDE OF THEM. I THANK YOU, MS. SINEMA, FOR HOLDING THIS SPECIAL ORDER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      THANK YOU, --

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MAST. WHILE HE SPOKE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MAST. WHILE HE SPOKE VERY ELOQUENTLY ABOUT HIS FELLOW VETERANS AND COMMITMENT TO SERVICE AND LEAVING NO MAN BEHIND, HE'S VERY HUMBLE. DIDN'T SHARE ALL OF HIS OWN EXPERIENCES. CONGRESSMAN MAST SERVED AS STAFF SERGEANT IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND HAS EARNED A BRONZE STAR, PURPLE HEART, MANY OTHER AWARDS FOR HIS BRAVERY DURING BATTLE. AND WHEN CONGRESSMAN MAST JOINED CONGRESS, I'LL NEVER FORGET THE FIRST TIME WE HAD A FEW MOMENTS TO SPEND TOGETHER. I ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS OWN EXPERIENCES IN THE MILITARY AND SINCE THEN AND THE CHANGE THAT HAPPENED IN HIS LIFE AFTER HE WAS INJURED IN BATTLE DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY. I'LL NEVER FORGET CONGRESSMAN MAST'S RESPONSE WHICH IS ONE OF SUCH STRENGTH AND CHARACTER, AND I BELIEVE PROVIDES SUCH INSPIRATION TO OTHER MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR COUNTRY, BOTH THOSE IN UNIFORM AND THOSE WHO RETURNED TO CIVILIAN LIFE AS VETERANS. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE AND FOR HIS INCREDIBLE DEDICATION TO HELPING HIS FELLOW MEN AND WOMEN WHO'VE RETURNED HOME FROM BATTLE AS WELL. SO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESSMAN. EARLIER IN OUR SPECIAL ORDER, I MENTIONED THE STORY OF A YOUNG VETERAN IN MY DISTRICT. HIS NAME WAS SERGEANT DANIEL SOMMERS. SERGEANT SOMMERS WAS AN ARMY VETERAN OF TWO TOURS IN IRAQ. HE SERVED ON TASK FORCE LIGHTNING, AN INTELLIGENCE UNIT. HE RAN OVER 400 COMBAT MISSIONS AS A MACHINE GUNNER IN THE TURRET OF A HUMVEE, AND PART OF HIS ROLE REQUIRED HIM TO INTERROGATE DOZENS OF TERROR SUSPECTS. HIS WORK WAS DEEMED CLASSIFIED. LIKE MANY VETERANS, DANIEL WAS HAUNTED BY THE WAR WHEN HE RETURNED HOME. HE SUFFERED FROM FLASHBACKS, NIGHTMARES, DEPRESSION, AND ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS OF POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS, MADE WORSE BY A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. DANIEL NEEDED HELP. HE AND HIS FAMILY ASKED FOR HIM. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE V.A. ENROLLED SERGEANT SOMMERS IN GROUP THERAPY SESSIONS WHICH HE COULD NOT ATTEND FOR FEAR OF DISCLOSING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. DESPITE REQUESTS FOR INDIVIDUALIZED COUNSELING OR SOME OTHER REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION TO ALLOW SERGEANT SOMMERS TO RECEIVE APPROPRIATE CARE FOR HIS PTSD, THE V.A. DELAYED PROVIDING SERGEANT SOMMERS WITH THE APPROPRIATE SUPPORT AND CARE. AND LIKE MANY, SERGEANT SOMMERS' SEES LAKES GOT WORSE WHEN HE TRANSITIONED TO -- TRANSITIONED TO CIVILIAN LIFE. SERGEANT SOMMERS STRUGGLED WITH THE V.A. BUREAUCRACY. HIS DISABILITY APPEAL HAD BEEN PENDING FOR OVER TWO YEARS IN THE SYSTEM WITHOUT RESOLUTION. SERGEANT SOMMERS DID NOT GET THE HELP HE NEEDED IN TIME. ON JUNE 10, 2013, SERGEANT SOMMERS WROTE A LETTER TO HIS FAMILY. I SHARE A PART OF HIS LETTER EVERY YEAR. HERE ON THE FLOOR IN MEMBERY OF DANIEL'S PAIN. IN THIS LETTER, DANIEL SAID, I AM NOT GETTING BETTER. I'M NOT GOING TO GET BETTER. AND I WILL MOST CERTAINLY DETERIORATE AS TIME GOES ON. HE GOES ON TO SAY, I AM LEFT WITH BASICALLY NOTHING. TOO TRAPPED IN A WAR TO BE AT PEACE, TOO DAMAGED TO BE AT WAR, ABANDONNED BY THOSE WHO WOULD TAKE THE EASY ROUTE AND LIABILITY TO THOSE WHO STICK IT OUT AND THUS DESERVE BETTER. SO YOU SEE, NOT ONLY AM I BETTER OFF DEAD, BUT THE WORLD IS BETTER OFF WITHOUT ME IN IT. THIS IS WHAT BROUGHT ME TO MY ACTUAL FINAL MISSION. NO ONE WHO RETURNS HOME FROM SERVING OUR COUNTRY SHOULD EVER FEEL LIKE HE OR SHE HAS NOWHERE TO TURN. WHICH IS WHY I'M COMMITTED TO CONTINUING TO WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO ENSURE THAT NO VETERAN EVER FEELS TRAPPED LIKE SERGEANT SOMMERS DID AND ALL OF OUR VETERANS HAVE APPROPRIATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE. SO SERGEANT SOMMERS' FAMILY, HIS STORY IS ALL TOO FAMILY. HIS PARENTS WERE DEVASTATED BY THE LOSS OF THEIR SON, BUT THEY BRAVELY SHARED HIS STORY AND CREATED A MISSION OF THEIR OWN. THEIR MISSION IS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR SON'S MEMORY BROUGHT TO LIGHT AMERICA'S DEADLIEST WAR, THE 20 VETERANS THAT WE LOSE EVERY DAY TO SUICIDE. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN WASHINGTON HAVE MET WITH HOWARD AND JEAN AND WORKING WITH CONGRESS AND THE V.A. TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH THE V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH HOWARD AND HE JEAN TO DEVELOP AND SIGN INTO LAW THE SERGEANT DANIEL SOMMERS. THIS IS A LAW THAT VETERANS LIKE DANIEL WHO HAD CLASSIFIED OR CEASETIVE EXPERIENCES CAN ACCESS APPROPRIATE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT THE V.A. OUR LAW DIRECTS THE SECRETARY TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THAT ANY VETERAN WHO PARTICIPATED IN CLASSIFIED MISSIONS OR SERVED IN A SENSITIVE SETTING MAY FULLY ACCOMMODATE HIS OR HER OBLIGATION TO NOT PROPERLY DISPOSE OF CLASS TIED INFORMATION. IT WILL HELP THE ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ON STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES ABOUT HOW TO ENGAGE VETERANS WITH RESPECT TO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. AND FINALLY, OUR LAW DIRECTS THE SECRETARY TO ALLOW VETERANS WITH CLASSIFIED EXPERIENCES TO SELF-IDENTIFY SO THEY CAN RECEIVE CARE IN AN INAPPROPRIATE SETTING. THAT VICTORY IS ONE THING. WE HAVE MUCH MORE WORK TO DO. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING TO TALK ABOUT THE SCURGE OF VETERAN SUICIDE. THIS IS OUR SIXTH YEAR OF HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON A BIPARTISAN WAY TOGETHER. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE YEAR WHEN WE DO NOT NEED THIS SPECIAL ORDER BECAUSE WE HAVE ENDED THE CRISIS OF VETERAN SUICIDE IN OUR COUNTRY. UNTIL SUCH TIME, I PLEDGE TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO NOT JUST TELL THE STORIES OF VETERANS WHO ARE STRUGGLING OR VETERANS WHO MADE OR WE LOST BUT THE VICTORY OF OVERCOMING THIS CRISIS AND ENDING THIS SCURGE. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN FRENCH HILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS WHO IS GOING TO CLOSE OUT OUR SPECIAL ORDER AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN HILL, FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING.

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                                                                                      MR. HILL

                                                                                      I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ARIZONA. SHE AND I HAVE A PLEASURE OF SERVING…

                                                                                      I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ARIZONA. SHE AND I HAVE A PLEASURE OF SERVING ON THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TOGETHER AND COOPERATING ON MANY LEGISLATIVE MEASURES AND REGULATORY MEASURES THAT BENEFIT OUR ECONOMY. AND SO I THANK HER FOR THAT WORK. AND I GREATLY APPRECIATE HER STEPPING UP AND REACHING OUT ACROSS THE AISLE ON THE SUBJECT OF SUICIDE, PARTICULARLY DURING SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH AND LETTING US ALL OF US TO SHARE OUR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS NATIONAL TRAGEDY. SUICIDE IS THE 10TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE IS AN AVERAGE OF 123 SUICIDES A DAY. AND WHAT COULD BE MORE TRAGIC THAN THAT? AND YET, I DON'T SEE NEARLY THE PEOPLE ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT THAT THERE SHOULD BE, BECAUSE THIS AFFECTS ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS SO TRAGICALLY. ONE IN FIVE SUFFERING WITH SOME FORM OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN OUR COUNTRY, A PROBLEM THAT HAS DISRUPTED SO MANY FAMILIES, CAUSE TOO MUCH VIOLENCE AND PAIN AND CAUSE FAR TOO MANY LIVES. I TOLD REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA AND I TALK ABOUT THIS EVERY TIME THIS SUBJECT COMES UP. WHEN I WAS A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, I CAN'T REMEMBER A FRIEND THAT WAS A VICTIM OF SUICIDE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, MY KIDS ARE -- JUST TURNED 19 AND JUST TURNED 21, AND WITHIN FOUR, FIVE YEARS OF THEIR AGES, I CAN THINK OF SIX FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST A CHILD, MR. SPEAKER, TO SUICIDE, DIFFERENT REASONS, SAME TRAGEDY. AND SO OUR FAMILIES ARE HURTING FROM THE SCURGE OF SUICIDE. IN CONGRESS, THIS IS AN AREA WHERE WE WORK TOGETHER. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WHERE WE ATTACKED THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO MENTAL ILLNESS TREATMENT IN DECADES, WHERE WE SAY WE WANT PEOPLE WHO NEED MENTAL ILLNESS AND WHO NEED TREATMENT, TO GET IT. AND WE WORKED TOGETHER MOST RECENTLY ON THE CLAY HUNT SUICIDE PREVENTION ACT FOR AMERICAN VETERANS AND NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT. SMALL STEPS, BUT CONCRETE STEPS THAT CALL ATTENTION TO A SUICIDE PARTICULARLY IN OUR VETERANS' COMMUNITY. THE V.A. IS HELPING IN THIS. THIS CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS THE RISK FACTORS AND WARNING SIGNS FOR SUICIDE. PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT V.A. MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES AND HELPS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS START THE CONVERSATION AROUND VETERAN MENTAL HEALTH IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. OUR V.A. EMPLOYEES MUST HAVE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO OFFER GUIDANCE TO VETERANS WHILE PROVIDING THE SUICIDE PREVENTION SERVICES. THIS IS A TOGETHER THING. THIS IS AN ALL OF US IN THIS TOGETHER DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A CHAIR IN MY FRONT OFFICE IN MY DISTRICT OFFICE IN LITTLE ROCK, THAT WAS HAND PAINTED TO RAISE MONEY TO SUICIDE PREVENTION AND ON IT, IT SAYS WE ARE THE 22. THIS IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION STARTED BY VETERANS HELPING VETERANS. IT'S AN US THING. IT'S A WE THING. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. WE ARE THE 22, THOSE NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE AS THE ESTIMATE OF VETERANS WHO ARE TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES. SO I WANT TO ECHO THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE THIS AFTER NOONG, A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AND DISTINGUISHED VETERAN AND BRAVE HEROIC VETERAN, WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT, WE DON'T LEAVE PEOPLE BEHIND. WE DON'T LEAVE A SOLDIER, SAILOR, MARINE ON THE BATTLEFIELD. WE BRING THEM HOME. JUST LAST WEEK, WE HONORED JOHN MCCAIN ON THIS HOUSE AND SAM JOHNSON LEAVING THE HOUSE THIS YEAR, REPRESENTATIVE SCHWEIKERT WAS THERE, HE WAS IN THE HANOI HILTON WITH JOHN MCCAIN. WE DON'T LEAVE A MAN OR WOMAN BEHIND ON THE BATTLEFIELD, BUT WHEN THEY COME HOME, WE SHOULD NOT LEAVE THEM BEHIND. AND I COMMEND THE SPEAKER'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE MISSION'S NOT OVER. ALL OF US HAVE THAT PARTNERSHIP AND SENSE OF DUTY TO CARRY THAT MISSION FORWARD ON THE HOME FRONT WHEN WE ARE OUT OF HARM'S WAY AND OUT OF THEATER. AND TO ME, IT'S THAT BUDDY SYSTEM THAT WE ALL LEARN WHETHER IT'S IN BOOT CAMP OR SWIM TEAM, TO TEAM UP, TO CHECK IN ON EACH OTHER. YOU DON'T LEAVE PEOPLE LEAN. AND THAT IS THE SECRET, I THINK TO PREVENTING SUICIDE. I LOST A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, A PARTNER IN A LAW FIRM IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, HE NEVER ONCE TALKED TO HIS WIFE, CHILDREN, LAW PARTNERS THAT ANYTHING WAS WRONG. AND THEY GOT THE CALL THAT HE HAD BEEN FOUND. CHECK IN. HOW ARE YOU DOING? SO WE ARE THE 22. WE ARE ON THE BUDDY SYSTEM. WE DON'T LEAVE OUR WARRIORS BEHIND. THE MISSION CONTINUES HERE. ALL THOSE THINGS ARE TRUE. AND SO I CARRY IN MY WALT, MR. SPEAKER, THE VETERANS' HOTLINE AS A REMINDER TO ME THAT WE WANT OUR VETERANS TO REACH OUT IF THERE IS A MOMENT OF CRISIS. AND IF SOMEBODY IS WATCHING THIS OR HEARING THE WORDS OF BRAVEN BRIAN MAST OR LEADERSHIP FROM REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA AND HAVING THAT MOMENT NOW I URGE YOU TO CALL 1-800-273-1855. AND WE ARE FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE THAT VETERANS' HOTLINE THAT IS ANSWERED AND PART OF THAT THIN THREAD OF CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN ALL OF US THAT KEEPS US RIGHT ON THE MOMENT. I SEE MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA IS HERE. AND IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE BOTH MY FRIENDS FROM ARIZONA TALK ABOUT THEIR SENIOR SENATOR LAST WEEK, JOHN MCCAIN AND WHAT HE HAS MEANT TO OUR COUNTRY. AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND, NOW ON THE HOUSE AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                                                      MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                                                                      THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA. THANK YOU FOR…

                                                                                      THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS EVERY YEAR. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS WHERE YOU ARE WALKING TOWARDS THE MICROPHONE BECAUSE WE GOT OUT OF VOTES IN WAYS AND MEANS AND YOU ARE DISCUSSING IN YOUR HEAD WHETHER YOU TELL A PERSONAL STORY. I HAVE TWO I WANT TO SHARE AND MY REASON FOR DOING THIS IS IF SOMEONE IS WATCHING, WE HAVE SOMEONE IN OUR LIFE AND YOU ARE HAVING THE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS, PLEASE, PLEASE REACH OUT, GET THE HELP AND UNDERSTAND THE DEVASTATION THAT HAPPENS AND THE PAIN THAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE TAKES THEIR LIFE. MY TWO STORIES. WHEN I GOT FIRST ELECTED IN THE PHOENIX-SCOTTSDALE AREA, ONE OF THE FIRST CONSTITUENT MEETINGS I HAD WAS WITH A MOM AND HER SON HAD BEEN PART OF THE PHOENIX V.A. AND SHE ALWAYS FELT THAT THE PRESCRIPTIONS HE WAS GIVEN PUT HIM INTO AN EMOTIONAL SPIRAL AND KEPT TRYING TO GET HIM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND THEY FELT ALL HE WAS RECEIVING WAS MORE PRESCRIPTIONS AND A FUTURE DATE FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AND HE TOOK HIS LIFE. AND THAT MOTHER -- THE PAIN, THE TEARS, THE CRUSHING BLOW, THE LOSS OF HER SON'S LIFE MEANT TO THAT FAMILY. NOW I BELIEVE NOW A FEW YEARS LATER THE PHOENIX V.A. IS BETTER. THEY HAVE LEARNED A LOT AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO BE ALMOST A QUICK REACTION FORCE IN HELPING AN INDIVIDUAL BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THESE THINGS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. NOW FOR THE PERSONAL ONE THAT I HAVE NEVER TOLD IN PUBLIC. I WAS BORN TO UNWED MOTHER'S HOME IN L.A., I WAS ADOPTED. MY MOTHER AND THE GENTLEMAN WHO ADOPTED ME, TURNS OUT HE HAD M.S. AND HE WAS A VETERAN AND HE WAS RECEIVING HIS MEDICAL TREATMENTS FROM THE V.A. AND THIS IS A LONG, LONG TIME AGO, BUT THIS IS ABOUT THE PAIN THAT COMES WHEN A VETERAN TAKES THEIR LIFE. . AND THE PHARMACEUTICALS THAT WERE GIVEN, THE FAILURE TO PROPERLY DIAGNOSIS HIS DISEASE, HE PUT HIMSELF IN A CAR IN A GARAGE AND TURNED ON THE MOTOR AND TOOK HIS LIFE AND THAT WAS MY DAD. SOMETIME LATER MY MOTHER MARRIED MR. SCHWEIKERT AND I WAS BLESSED TO GROW UP IN A HOUSEHOLD THAT BROUGHT ME TO ARIZONA. BUT MANY YEARS LATER WHEN I WAS A YOUNG ADULT, MY MOM SAT ME DOWN AND TOLD ME THE STORY. AND YOU COULD TELL IT WAS STILL THAT BURNING HOLE IN HER HEART OF FINDING HER HUSBAND, MY DAD, DEAD IN THAT CAR, TAKING HIS OWN LIFE, BELIEVING IT WAS THE FAILURE OF THE VERY SERVICES HE WAS RECEIVING FROM THE V.A. NOW, IT'S DECADES LATER AND I BELIEVE WE'VE LEARNED A LOT. THIS BODY HAS TRIED AS HARD AS IT CAN TO GET THEIR HEADS AROUND, ARE WE DOING -- ARE WE ALLOWING TOO MANY PHARMACEUTICALS TO BE PRESCRIBED? ARE WE NOT PROVIDING EMOTIONAL SERVICES? DO WE NEED TO PUT RESOURCES IN TO HAVE THAT COMMUNAL GET-TOGETHER, THE REACTION FORCE? I BELIEVE IT'S GETTING BETTER. BUT UNDERSTAND THE PAIN THAT MOM SHARED WITH ME WHEN I WAS FIRST ELECTED ABOUT THE LOSS OF HER SON, AND EVEN THESE MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS LATER, IT'S STILL PART OF OUR FAMILY'S LEGACY OF THAT PAIN. IF THIS BODY CAN DO ANYTHING, IF WE CAN FIND WAYS TO MAKE THAT PAIN COME TO AN END, WE WILL DONE SOMETHING VERY HONORABLE AND VERY POWERFUL. AND, MR. SPEAKER, MR. FRENCH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME THIS TIME. MR. FRENCH, I YIELD BACK TO YOU.

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                                                                                      MR. FRENCH

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR PARTICIPATING AND I THANK HIS…

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR PARTICIPATING AND I THANK HIS COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA, FOR HER HEART-FELT TRIBUTE THAT SHE'S CARRIED ON SINCE SHE'S BEEN IN THE HOUSE TO BRING ATTENTION TO SUICIDE PREVENTION, AND I ALSO COMMEND THE HOUSE FOR THE EFFORTS THAT WE'VE TAKEN ON MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION, PARTICULARLY FOR OUR VETERANS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS GENIUSES AND A DEAR FRIEND, MR. RON ROBINSON, WHO RECENTLY --

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. UNDERSTAND THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. UNDERSTAND THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                                                                      MR. HILL

                                                                                      I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY -- I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE…

                                                                                      I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY -- I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATION GENIUSES, AND HE'S A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE, MR. RON ROBINSON, WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75. BORN AND RAISED IN MY HOMETOWN OF LITTLE ROCK, RON HAD A NATURAL TALENT FOR MEDIA AND JOURNALISM AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. AS A TEENAGER, HE WAS A SPORTS WRITER FOR THE "ARKANSAS GAZETTE" AND WAS PAID $1 AN HOUR. AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS WITH A DEGREE IN JOURNALISM, RON JOINED THE AIR FORCE, SERVING AS A PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER. HE QUICKLY ROSE TO THE RANK OF CAPTAIN AND EARNED HIS BRONZE STAR FOR HIS SERVICE IN VIETNAM AND AIR FORCE COMMENDATION MEDAL IN 1969 FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE APOLLO 11 MISSION TO THE MOON. A YEAR LATER, HE JOINED CRANFORD, JOHNSON, ROBINSON, WOODS, CJRW, AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS. HE WOULD EVENTUALLY BECOME CHAIRMAN AND C.E.O. UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1996. RON RECEIVED MANY AWARDS FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO ARKANSAS AND THE JOURNALISM INDUSTRY. HE WAS HONORED IN 2005 AS A DISTINGUISHED ALUMNIST OF THE JAY WILLIAM FULLBRIGHT AND ELECTED INTO THE HONOR SOCIETY IN 2016. RON WAS A ROLE MODEL AND FRIEND FOR MANY ACROSS THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, AND I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS FOR HIS FRIENDS, HIS FAMILY, AND HIS MANY, MANY MENTEES OF HIS YEARS OF SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, I COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY AND I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE OF A LONGTIME WORK COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, DAVID W. MULLINS JR., WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 72. DAVID HAD A REMARKABLE CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE, INCLUDING WORKING AT BOTH THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY AND AS A MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM IN DOMESTIC FINANCE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY UNDER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH. DAVID'S JOURNEY BEGAN IN FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WHERE HIS FATHER WAS PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. DAVID ATTENDED FAYETTEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE GRADUATING FROM YALE UNIVERSITY WITH A DEGREE IN ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES. HE THEN PURSUED GRADUATE WORK AT M.I.T. AND THERE COMPLETED HIS PH.D. IN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE. DAVID'S PUBLIC SERVICE BEGAN SHORTLY AFTER THE STOCK MARKET CRASH IN 1987 AND HIS EXPERTISE PROVED VITAL FOR THE REJUVENATION OF THE ECONOMY, THE RESOLUTION OF THE SAVINGS AND LOAN CRISIS UNDER THE REAGAN AND BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS. HE WAS A THOUGHTFUL LEADER, A FRIEND TO MANY, AND I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS TO HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AND HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' STATEWIDE LEADERS, MR. DON ZIMMERMAN, WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75. DON WORKED AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE ARKANSAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE FOR OVER FOUR DECADES AND WAS THERE AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH. A GRADUATE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS WITH A DEPEG IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, -- DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, DON JOINED THE MUNICIPAL LEAGUE IN 1966 AS A FIELD REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE WORKING HIS WAY TO THE DIRECTOR POSITION IN 1974. HE BECAME THE FIRST MUNICIPAL LEAGUE EMPLOYEE TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES FOR 50 YEARS OF SERVICE. DON ALSO SERVED TWO TERMS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES. HE WAS A FRIEND OF MANY ACROSS OUR STATE OF ARKANSAS, AND I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS TO HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF ARKANSAS' FINEST, OLAN WAGES, WHO RECENTLY DIED AT THE AGE OF 95. A VETERAN OF THE ARMY WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II, OLAN WAS AT THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. HIS STORY IS ONE THAT MAKES ALL ARKANSANS PROUD. FOR HIS SERVICE, HE WAS AWARDED TWO PURPLE HEARTS WITH OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, FOUR BRONZE STARS, A GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, A WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL, A NORMANDY JUBILEE OF LIBERTY MEDAL, AND A FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR MEDAL, AMONG OTHERS. MR. WAGES IS SURVIVED BY HIS THREE LOVING DAUGHTERS, BRENDA, MARSHA, AND KAY. HIS EXAMPLE IS ONE ALL AMERICANS AND ARKANSANS CAN ADMIRE, AND I EXTEND MY RESPECT AND AFFECTION AND PRAYERS TO HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF KEVONTE CARTER, A JUNIOR AT SMITH COLLEGE IN MY HOMETOWN OF LITTLE ROCK. I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAS NAMED HIM INAUGURAL COMPETITIVENESS SCHOLAR. COMPETITIVENESS SCHOLARS ARE STUDENTS WHO HAVE EXHIBITED EXCEPTIONAL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, ENGAGEMENT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND IN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT. KEVONTE, WHO IS MAJORING IN BIOLOGY AND MINORING IN MATHEMATICS, WAS PERSONALLY NOMINATED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY. HE SERVED AS AMBASSADOR FOR THE UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND, OF WHICH HE IS THE ONLY MEMBER IN THE STATE OF ARKANSAS. I HONOR HIS COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AND COMMEND HIM BEING NAMED TO THIS DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, IT GIVES ME A LOT OF PLEASURE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DEAR FRIEND AND A CIVIL RIGHTS ICON FROM ARKANSAS, MS. ANNIE ABRAMS, AND WISH HER A VERY, VERY HAPPY 87TH BIRTHDAY. MS. ABRAMS HAS SERVED HER STATE AND COUNTRY TIRELESSLY THROUGHOUT HER CAREER. HER INVOLVEMENT IN THE DESEGREGATION OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL TO HER ROLE IN THE ARKANSAS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, INCLUDING BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN P.T.A. PRESIDENT AT CENTRAL HIGH. BORN IN ARKADELPHIA, SHE LOVED TO LITTLE ROCK AT THE AGE OF 13 TO PURSUE A BETTER EDUCATION. AND SHE GRADUATED FROM DUMBAR HIGH SCHOOL AND LATER GOT A DEGREE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION. SHE CONTINUES TO BE INVOLVED IN MANY LOCAL COMMUNITIES SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH INTEGRATION 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMISSION, A COMMISSIONER FOR THE FAIR HOUSING COMMISSION, AND A TREASURER OF THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRATIC BLACK CAUCUS. AS A LOCAL EDUCATOR AND CIVIC COMMUNITY LEADER, MS. ABRAMS HAS ENRICHED THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS ARKANSANS AND AMERICANS. SHE IS THE BUSIEST WOMAN I KNOW, PARTICULARLY FOR SOMEONE ON THE CUSP OF AN 87TH BIRTHDAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO BE TOGETHER AND I THANK HER FOR HER LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, 61 YEARS AGO TODAY, ALL EYES WERE ON SOUTH PARK STREET THAT FRONTS THE BEAUTIFUL FACADE OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. JUST DAYS BEFORE THE ARKANSAS GOVERNOR HAD CALLED OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD TO PREVENT NINE BLACK STUDENTS FROM ENTERING THAT SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 4. CENTRAL HIGH AND ITS BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOOD HAD BECOME GROUND ZERO IN THE MARCH TO END THE FIVE-DECADE LEGACY OF PLESSY VS. FERGUSON. SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. NOW JUST OVER THREE YEARS AFTER BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION, IT WAS TIME FOR ACTION. IN A FEW DAYS, ON THE 25TH OF THIS MONTH, WE WILL CELEBRATE THE SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATION OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL WHEN THE LITTLE ROCK NINE ENTERED THE SCHOOL ESCORTED BY THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION. IT'S FITTING TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LITTLE ROCK NINE, THEIR DEFENDERS, AND THE SUCCESSFUL END TO SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. AND I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THIS IMPORTANT MILESTONE TODAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND REMEMBER PASSING THE BILL ONE YEAR AGO THAT I AUTHORED THAT EXPANDS THE PARK BOUNDARY FOR THE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AT LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. THIS HISTORIC AND IMPORTANT TOUCHSTONE FOR ALL THOSE MODERN DAY HISTORY TRAVELERS RETRACING THE STEPS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE VISITORS CENTER WAS OPENED IN 2007 ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CENTRAL HIGH'S INTEGRATION. MY BILL EXTENDED THE PARK BOUNDARIES TO TAKE INTO THE HOUSES THAT FORMED THE SCHOOL FRONT ALONG SOUTH PARK STREET SO THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO PICTURE THAT STREET JUST AS IT WAS AND REFLECT ON THOSE 21 DAYS OF TRAUMA BACK IN 1957. BRINGING THE PROPERTIES INTO THE BOUNDARY, THE SITE PROVIDES THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WITH MORE TOOLS AND FLEXIBILITY FOR PARTNERING WITH THE HOMEOWNERS TO PRESERVE HISTORICALLY THEIR FRONT FACADE AND THE YARDS OF THOSE HOMES. TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL, THE SEVEN HOMES ACROSS THE STREET FROM CENTRAL WILL NOW STAND AS A LIVING MONUMENT TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN ARKANSAS AND THE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO THANK SUPERINTENDENT AT THAT SITE, ROBIN WHITE, FOR HER LEADERSHIP, HER PERSISTENT WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO ENHANCE IT AS AN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE AND A KEY STOP ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL. THE LITTLE ROCK NINE'S BRAVE ACTIONS, INTEGRATING LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH, WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED FOR THEIR UNPARALLELED ROLE IN ENDING SO-CALLED SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. I'M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE THE 61ST ANNIVERSARY OF THESE BRAVE ACTIONS BY THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF WOMEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY AND TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE MILLIONS OF WOMEN ACROSS THE GLOBE WHO LACK ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND ARE DENIED ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE ENGINES OF OUR ECONOMY IN ARKANSAS AND ACROSS OUR ENTIRE NATION. THEY CREATE AND SUPPORT JOBS WITHIN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND EMPLOY APPROXIMATELY HALF OF ALL PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES. ACCORDING TO THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, 30 MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE U.S. MAKE OVER 99% OF OUR NATION'S BUSINESSES, AND OF THOSE, 11.4 MILLION ARE WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES, EMPLOYING NEARLY NINE MILLION PEOPLE. . THEY ARE CENTERS OF INNOVATION, DISCOVERY AND OPPORTUNITY. EMPOWERING AND EQUIPPING AMERICANS FOR SUCCESS. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RISE, BUT IN AMERICA, WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS FACE BUREAU -- BARRIERS TO CERTAIN BUSINESS RESOURCES THAT MANY FEMALES WITH SIMILAR ASPIRATIONS DON'T. WE'VE GOT TO WORK HARD FOR OUR HARDWORKING AMERICANS AND OUR HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES. AND IN ARKANSAS, THE ARKANSAS WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER IS DOING JUST THAT. IT PROVIDES TRAINING, COUNSELING AND ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR WOMEN WHO WANT THEIR BUSINESS TO GROW AND BECOME COMPETITIVE. THE OBSTACLES TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND OPPORTUNITY ALSO EXIST OUTSIDE THE U.S.. THERE ARE ENTITIES SUPPORTING SOLUTIONS THAT PROMOTE PROSPERITY AND PROVIDE A MEANS FOR WOMEN TO FLOURISH AROUND THE WORLD. I HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT WITH A VERY HARDWORKING, ENTERPRISING, CARING YOUNG WOMAN FROM MY HOMETOWN OF LITTLE ROCK, RECENT -- LITTLE ROCK RECENTLY. WHOSE EFFORTS TO ERADICATE HOPELESSNESS AND GIVE HOPE TO THOSE IN POVERTY BY LIFTING THEM UP, IN AIDING THEIR PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AND PROMOTING THE FRUITS OF THE DIGNITY OF WORK. ANNA TAYLOR IS THE FOUNDER OF THE CLOTHING COMPANY JUDITH AND JAMES. AND ONE OF THE NONPROFIT JAMES 127 FOUNDATION. SHE STARTED HER REMARKABLE JOURNEY DURING HER FAMILY'S MISSION WORK IN AFRICA. INSPIRED BY THE DESIRE AND DRIVE OF THE KENYAN WOMEN SHE ENCOUNTERED, ANNA SET OUT TO WORK WITH THEM TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES AND THEMSELVES. TODAY HER FOUNDATION PROVIDES PRACTICAL, HANDS-ON SUING TRAINING FOR KENYAN WID -- SEWING TRAINING FOR KENYAN WIDOWS, OFFERING HOPE TO WOMEN WHOSE COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN RAVAGED BY POVERTY AND DISEASE. WHEN YOU EMPOWER WOMEN, YOU EMPOWER THEIR COMMUNITIES. FOR TOO LONG TOO MANY GIRLS AND WOMEN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD CONTINUED TO BE DENIED AN EFFECTIVE EDUCATION. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TO ADDRESS THIS INJUSTICE AND ENSURE THAT ALL WOMEN ARE PROVIDED FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN THE POLITICAL, SOCIAL, CULTURAL, ECONOMIC AND CIVIC FIELDS. SO I'D LIKE TO APPLAUD THE HOUSE ON ITS RECENT PASSAGE OF H.R. 5480, THE WOMEN'S ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ACT, AND COMMEND MY FELLOW ARKANSAN, SENATOR JOHN BOZEMAN, FOR INTRODUCING ITS COMPANION IN THE SENATE. AS THE PROUD FATHER OF A DAUGHTER STUDYING HARD, I HOPE SHE'S STUDYING HARD, IN COLLEGE, I BELIEVE THAT IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE ALL SUPPORT ALL OF OUR ASPIRING YOUNG WOMEN. I URGE THE SENATE TO ACT QUICKLY ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME THIS EVENING AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, 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. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

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

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                                                                                      MR. GOHMERT

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WILL CONTINUE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WILL CONTINUE GOING OUT FOR THE FOLKS THAT ARE IN HARM'S WAY, THE HURRICANE COMING ASHORE. REALLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THOSE THAT ARE SERVING, BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL LOCAL OFFICIALS TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. I'M VERY GRATEFUL THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HASN'T WAITED. THEY MOBILIZED, THEY'VE GOT FEDERAL FOLKS THERE ON THE GROUND READY TO GO. AND ALSO GLAD IT GOT DOWNGRADED TO SOME EXTENT. BUT IT'S STILL GOING TO BE A ROUGH GO FOR FOLKS AND FOR THEIR HOMES AND THEIR GOODS. SO WE'LL CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THEM. AND GRATEFUL FOR THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS OUT THERE READY TO SERVE. WE JUST REMEMBERED 9/11 THIS WEEK. THOSE OF US WHO WERE OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY. WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED. WE'LL NEVER FORGET WHERE WE WERE . AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THE NEXT DAY, 9/12. IN MY HOMETOWN, TYLER, JUST LIKE IN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TOWNS AND CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, PEOPLE CAME TOGETHER AND WE PRAYED TOGETHER, WE SANG HYMNS TOGETHER, WE HELD HANDS AND SANG TOGETHER. IT WAS A POWERFUL DAY. AND I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER THERE WERE PEOPLE FROM ALL DIFFERENT RACES, AGES, BOTH GENDERS. PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE. BUT WE GATHERED THERE IN SOLIDARITY AND WHAT I NOTICED THAT DAY WAS THERE WERE NO HYPHENATED AMERICANS. WE WERE JUST AMERICANS. AND THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY SAID AND THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY WAS. IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE DAY THAT AN ACT OF SHEER HATRED, EVIL, WANTING TO DESTROY FREEDOM AND THE FREEST COUNTRY, WITH THE BEST FOUNDING DOCUMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW FREEDOM, THEY WANTED IT ALL DESTROYED. BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF LOVE THAT NEXT DAY. AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT 17 YEARS LATER WE DON'T SEE THAT KIND OF HARMONY. IT USED TO BE THAT IN THIS BODY WE WOULD DISAGREE. BUT AS THE HOUSE RULE REQUIRES, WE WOULDN'T CALL INTO QUESTION ANY OTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL'S MOTIVATION, INTENTIONS. SAY, OH, WELL, WE ALL WANT WHAT'S BEST FOR THE COUNTRY. WE ALL WANT TO KEEP OUR OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION. BUT IT APPEARS THAT SOME DON'T WANT TO FOLLOW THOSE RULES ANYMORE. IN FACT, SOME OF THE VERY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN IN THIS ROOM, IN THE SENATE, HEAR IN -- HERE IN WASHINGTON, IN FRONT OF PRESS AROUND THE COUNTRY, PEOPLE THAT HAVE DEMANDED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GET INVOLVED AND STOP BULLYING AT ALL LEVELS, INCLUDING THREATENING, HARASSING LITTLE CHILDREN IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FELT LIKE IT HAD TO INTERVENE AND PREVENT BULLIES, EVEN AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE. AND YET SOME OF THOSE SAME PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR FEDERAL INTERVENTION TO STOP BULLYING HAVE BECOME THE BIGGEST BULLIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT'S UNBELIEVABLE. HOW PEOPLE WOULD BE ENCOURAGED BY ELECTED OFFICIALS TO BULLY, HARASS PEOPLE WITH WHOM THEY DISAGREE. IF YOU CAN FIND THEM IN PUBLIC ANYWHERE, INTIMIDATE, SCREAM AT THEM, RUN THEM OUT, DON'T LET THEM EAT. DON'T LET THEM DO ANYTHING. DON'T LET THEM SHOP. BULLY THEM UNTIL YOU DRIVE THEM OUT AND YOU INTIMIDATE THEM SO MUCH THAT THEY'RE AFRAID TO EXPRESS THEIR POLITICAL OPINION OR TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION OR AS A REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE. IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE. AND IT HAS CLEARLY INSIGHTED PEOPLE TO GO OUT AND COMMIT BULLYING AND SOMETIMES PHYSICAL ASSAULTS. BUT IF YOU ALSO WILL LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE GONE ON, EVEN PEOPLE THAT ARE COMPLETELY DISLOYAL TO THE PRESIDENT FOR WHOM THEY WORK, EVEN SOME OF THEM WILL GO TO THE EXTENT OF COMMITTING CRIMES. BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE THE PRESIDENT. EVEN TO THE EXTENT OF, AS A FORMER JUDGE, WHAT I WOULD CALL COMMITTING A FRAUD UPON THE FISA COURT. NOW, THAT'S THE WAY IT APPEARED TO ME. BUT BECAUSE THE FISA JUDGES WHO GRANTED FOUR DIFFERENT WARRANTS TO SURVEIL PEOPLE IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND ADMINISTRATION, ONE OF WHOM, ROD ROSENSTEIN, I'VE ASKED HIM ABOUT IT, HE -- DID HE EVEN READ THE APPLICATION, THE AFFIDAVITS, AND HE NEVER WOULD ANSWER THE QUESTION. WHICH, AS WE KNOW FROM WATERGATE DAYS, THAT'S NONDENIAL DENIAL. CLEARLY WHEN THEY WOULD NOT ADMIT THAT THEY HAD READ OR ROSENSTEIN HAD READ THE APPLICATION. HE SAID, I DIDN'T KNOW HOW THINGS WORKED. WELL, I KNOW HOW THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO WORK. YOU COME BEFORE A JUDGE AND YOU SIGN A DOCUMENT IN AN EFFORT TO GET THAT JUDGE TO ENCROACH ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, YOU BETTER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. AND ROSENSTEIN DEFRAUDED THE COURT. BUT THE REASON THEY POSSIBLY DID NOT DEFRAUD THE COURT IS IF THE COURT WAS ENGAGED IN FRAUD ITSELF. AND THE ONLY REASON I WOULD RAISE THAT IS BECAUSE THE FISA JUDGES THAT WERE GRANTING WARRANTS BASED ON FALSE INFORMATION, INCOMPLETE INFORMATION, MISLEADING INFORMATION IS POSSIBLY BECAUSE THEY WERE OK WITH HELPING TO USE THE COLOR OF LAW TO VIOLATE AMERICAN CITIZENS' RIGHTS. MAYBE THERE'S A 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION THERE AGAINST JUDGES AND THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED. WHO KNOWS. BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF JUDGES THAT ARE NOT UPSET THAT LAWYERS CAME IN FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, MANIPULATED THEM INTO SIGNING A WARRANT FOUR TIMES WHEN IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SIGNED ONCE. AND THEN WE FIND OUT, YOU KNOW THIS GUY THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE IDENTIFIED MIKE FLYNN, THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RUSSIANS. IT TURNS OUT HE HAD GOTTEN CONTRACTS FROM THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, I THINK ONE WAS OVER $600,000, ANOTHER OVER $400,000. AND IT WAS FLAGGED BY VERY DEDICATED, DEVOTED EMPLOYEE OF THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT WHOSE JOB IT WAS TO ANALYZE CONTRACTS TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE LEGITIMATE AND PEOPLE WERE DOING WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO. HIS NAME WAS AND IS ADAM LOVINGER. AND HE SAW THOSE CONTRACTS AND THOUGHT, THIS IS VERY STRANGE. YOU KNOW, TWO CONTRACTS WORTH OVER $1 MILLION TO ONE PERSON AND THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE ANYTHING THAT HE'S GETTING. WELL, HE WAS BEING PAID BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SET UP SOMEBODY IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, AS SOMEONE WHO HAD BEEN DEALING WITH RUSSIANS, WHO HAD BEEN PAYING RUSSIANS TO COME SPEAK AT HIS CONFERENCES OR SEMINARS, WHO HAD AN ONGOING RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIANS, THAT HE WOULD LATER SAY THAT, GEE, THIS GUY FROM THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS GETTING TOO COZY WITH THE RUSSIANS, SO I QUIT. YOU MEAN THE GUYS THAT YOU'D HAD THIS ONGOING RELATIONSHIP AND PAID THEM TO COME TO YOUR -- AND SPEAK AT YOUR CONFERENCES, YOU WERE CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, OR WORKED WITH TRUMP IN THE CAMPAIGN, ACTUALLY SPEAKING TO THE PEOPLE YOU'VE BEEN HIRING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS? I MEAN, IT'S JUST FRAUDULENT WHAT THEY WERE DOING. INCREDIBLE. AND I HAD HOPED WHEN CRIST FERRE W -- CHRISTOPHER WRAY TOOK OVER AT THE F.B.I., WELL, I DON'T KNOW HIM, BUT MAYBE HE WOULD HELP CLEAN UP THE DISASTER THAT WAS CREATED BY THE WEAPONIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND PARTICULARLY THE F.B.I., BY COMEY, MCCABE, PAIGE, SO MANY OF THOSE, SO MANY THEY WERE WORKING AT D.O.J. OR F.B.I., BUT WE GOT A SOLID PIECE OF EVIDENCE THAT HE'S NOT THE ANSWER, HE'S PART OF THE PROBLEM. AND THAT CAME AS WAS REPORTED IN THIS STORY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018. . HEADLINE FROM NEWS MAX SAYS, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS HAS NO EVIDENCE CLINTON SERVER HACKED DESPITE THE TRUMP TWEET. WELL, CHRISTOPHER WRAY HAD TO APPROVE THAT, AND EITHER HE IS COMPLETELY OBJECTIVELY INCOMPETENT OR HE INTENDED TO SLAP THE PRESIDENT WITH A FRAUD BY OMISSION AND ALSO TO SLAP, FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING, OUR INTEL COMMUNITY. WASN'T THE F.B.I. THAT FOUND THAT HILLARY CLINTON'S SERVER HAD BEEN HACKED AND THAT OVER 30,000 OF HER EMAILS, ALL BUT FOUR, AND THE FOUR REALLY DIDN'T AMOUNT TO ANYTHING, THEY ALL WENT TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY'S INTELLIGENCE APPARATUS. THEY HAD HACKED IT, PUT INSTRUCTIONS ON THERE. SO THEN WE KNOW THAT, BECAUSE THE INTEL COMMUNITY HAS MADE -- THAT THEY KNEW 100% CERTAINTY THAT THAT HAD HAPPENED. THEY FOUND IT. THEY FOUND THE ANOMALY. THEY FOUND THE EMBEDDED INSTRUCTION THAT WAS PLACED WHEN HER SERVER WAS HACKED. AND I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN ALLEGATIONS THAT PERHAPS HILLARY CLINTON'S CLASSIFIED INFORMATION THAT WENT THROUGH THE UNCLASSIFIED PRIVATE SERVER, MAY HAVE GOTTEN SOME OF OUR UNDERCOVER PEOPLE KILLED IN CHINA, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S WHAT GOT THEM KILLED OR NOT. BUT IT CERTAINLY WOULDN'T HAVE HELPED. NONETHELESS, THE INTEL COMMUNITY INSPECTOR GENERAL -- BACK THEN WAS CHUCK MCCULLER -- AND INVESTIGATOR FRANK RUTGERS WERE THE ONES THAT FOUND THAT. AND I HAVEN'T TALKED TO MR. COATS, BUT THIS WAS A SLAP AT THE INTEL COMMUNITY BASICALLY SAYING, HEY, WE AT THE F.B.I. DIDN'T FIND ANY EVIDENCE HER PRIVATE SERVER WAS HACKED SO ANYBODY THAT SAYS THEY DID IS JUST TOTALLY WRONG BECAUSE IF THE F.B.I. DOESN'T FIND IT, NOBODY IN THE INTEL COMMUNITY OF THE UNITED STATES IS COMPETENT ENOUGH TO FIND SUCH A HACKING. WELL, CHRIS WRAY AND WHOEVER FED HIM THIS STATEMENT TO PUT OUT PUBLICLY WERE WRONG. OUR INTEL COMMUNITY WAS GOOD ENOUGH. THEY DID FIND THAT HER PRIVATE SERVER WAS HACKED, AND THE EMAILS DID NOT GO TO RUSSIA OR ANY REPRESENTATIVES OR AGENCY AFFILIATED WITH RUSSIA. RICHARD POLLACK WROTE THAT HE HAD CONFIRMED THAT IT WENT TO CHINA. I DIDN'T SAY THAT WHEN I QUESTIONED MR. STRZOK BUT THAT'S BEEN REPORTED. BUT IF MR. WRAY IS GOING TO CONTINUE IN HIS EFFORTS TO SLAP FRAUDULENTLY, REALLY, SLAP AT THE PRESIDENT AND OUR INTEL COMMUNITY, HE REALLY OUGHT TO JUST VOLUNTARILY STEP DOWN. THE F.B.I. HAS HAD SO MANY THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF HONEST, ETHICAL, UPRIGHT F.B.I. AGENTS -- BECAUSE I'VE KNOWN MANY -- AND THEY NEED SOMEBODY THAT WILL HELP THE F.B.I. GET ITS REPUTATION BACK. AND WHEN THE CURRENT F.B.I. DIRECTOR ENGAGES IN THIS KIND OF FRAUD BY OMISSION, THEN HE'S NOT THE ANSWER. HE'S TRYING TO SALVAGE A GREAT REPUTATION THAT'S BEEN DESTEROID DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION -- DESTROYED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, AND HE'S NOT GOING TO GET IT BACK BY REPRESENTATIONS BY OMISSIONS. SO HOPEFULLY HE'LL DO THE RIGHT THING AND LET US GET SOMEBODY TO REPLACE HIM SOON THAT WILL CLEAN THINGS UP. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, THAT IS A LITTLE SCARY. NOW, I ALSO HAD NOTED AN ARTICLE I NEVER NOTICED BEFORE AND A FRIEND POINTED IT OUT. I NEVER HEARD OF THIS. I HAD TO GO BACK AND LOOK. NEW YORK PUBLICATION BY CHRIS SMITH, OCTOBER 20, 2003. THE BYLINE UNDER IT SAYS MR. COMEY GOES TO WASHINGTON. BYLINE SAYS JUST AS HIS TERRORISM AND CORPORATE CORRUPTION CASES HERE ARE HEATING UP -- APPARENTLY IN NEW YORK -- UNITED STATES ATTORNEY JAMES COMEY IS HEADING SOUTH TO BECOME JOHN ASHCROFT'S DEPUTY. WHAT A NICE NONPARTISAN PROSECUTOR GOING TO DO IN A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LIKE THAT? WELL, DOESN'T SOUND LIKE THEY WERE BIG FANS OF JOHN ASHCROFT, WHO'S REALLY A FINE, DEDICATED, UPSTANDING INDIVIDUAL. BUT HE MUST HAVE BEEN FEELING A LITTLE BIT GIDDY. GOING TO BE THE DEPUTY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND SO HE SAID FAR MORE THAN WAS GOOD FOR HIS REPUTATION. IT SAYS IN THE FOURTH PARAGRAPH, COMEY HAS BEEN SAVAGED BY WILLIAM SAPPHIRE AND LAUDED BY CHUCK SCHUMER BUT WHAT KIND OF REPUBLICAN IS HE ANYWAY? THIS SETS COMEY HOWLING AGAIN. AND THEN THE QUOTE FROM COMEY. HE SAYS, QUOTE, I MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. IN COLLEGE I WAS LEFT OF CENTER, AND THROUGH A GRADUAL PROCESS I FOUND MYSELF MORE COMFORTABLE WITH A LOT OF THE IDEAS AND APPROACHES THE REPUBLICANS WERE USING, UNQUOTE. THE ARTICLE SAYS, HE VOTED FOR CARTER IN 1980, BUT IN 1984, QUOTE, COMEY SAID, QUOTE, I VOTED FOR REAGAN -- THIS IS COMEY'S WORDS -- I MOVED FROM COMMUNIST TO WHATEVER I AM NOW. I'M NOT EVEN SURE, COMEY SAYS, HOW TO CHARACTERIZE MYSELF POLITICALLY. MAYBE AT SOME POINT I'LL HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT, UNQUOTE. BUT IT SAYS IN THE ARTICLE, ON THE SURFACE IT'S AN ODD PAIRING. COMEY, WHO CITES LIBERAL THEOLOGIAN, RHINE HOLD -- REINHOLD AS A FORMATIVE INFLUENCE, WHICH IS A LITTLE DISTURBING, AND CAN SING ALONG WITH GOOD CHARLOTTE POP PUNK HITS. AND ASHCROFT -- INTERESTING. I DID NOT KNOW THAT COMEY HAD ADMITTED TO BEING A COMMY BUT COMEY THE COMI IS NO LONGER IN CHARGE OF THE F.B.I. AND IT STILL BOGGLES THE MIND THAT ROD ROSENSTEIN WOULD DO A MEMORANDUM TELLING THE PRESIDENT, YOU NEED TO FIRE COMEY. HE HASN'T BEEN INTELLECTUALLY HONEST. YOU NEED TO FIRE HIM. CAUSES ARE ALL HERE. SO THE PRESIDENT RELIES ON ROSENSTEIN AND FIRES COMEY AND THEN, WHAT, THE NEXT DAY ROSENSTEIN TURNS AROUND, OH, THERE'S CAUSE TO APPOINT A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT FOR SUPPOSEDLY OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE FOR FIRING COMEY. BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT FOLLOWED ROSENSTEIN'S RECOMMENDATION. THE MERE FACT THAT ROSENSTEIN WOULD APPOINT A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT FOR DOING WHAT ROSENSTEIN SAID SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH TO GET HIM FIRED BACK THEN. WHAT KIND OF MANIPULATIVE LITTLE DEMON WOULD SAY, FIRE COMEY, AND THEN THE ADVICE IS FOLLOWED AND THEN HE APPOINTS A PROSECUTOR TO TRY TO DISRUPT HIM AND REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE? I MEAN, LIKE SOME KIND OF GAME. OH, I KNOW. I'LL SET UP THE PRESIDENT. I'LL TELL HIM TO FIRE COMEY AND THEN WE CAN USE THAT TO INVESTIGATE HIM FOR THE REST OF HIS TIME AS PRESIDENT. WELL, HOPEFULLY -- AND I'VE BEEN HOPING FOR A LONG TIME THAT ROSENSTEIN'S DAYS ARE NUMBERED. OF COURSE, HE WAS U.S. ATTORNEY THAT INVESTIGATED, WAS IN CHARGE OF THE INVESTIGATION, INVESTIGATING RUSSIA AND THEIR ILLEGAL EFFORTS TO OBTAIN AMERICAN URANIUM AND HE WOULD ALSO BE THE SAME PERSON ALONG WITH F.B.I. DIRECTOR MUELLER AND A GUY NAMES WEISSMAN THAT'S CURRENTLY WORKING FOR MUELLER WHO MADE SURE THAT THEIR UNDERCOVER GUY THAT WAS GATHERING INFORMATION TO SHOW HOW ILLEGALLY RUSSIA WAS ACTING, MAKE SURE HE SIGNS A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT. THEY THREATENED, WE'RE TOLD, THAT HE DOESN'T SIGN IT THEY WOULD -- HE SIGNS IT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT ILLEGALLY -- HOW ILLEGALLY RUSSIA WAS ACTING BECAUSE IF THEY HAD, THEN THE COMMITTEE THAT HAD TO APPROVE FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, CFIUS, THEY COULD NOT HAVE VOTED TO ALLOW RUSSIA TO GET HOLD OF 20 OR SO PERCENT OF AMERICAN URANIUM AND IF THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO GET HOLD OF THAT MUCH URANIUM, THEN, OF COURSE, THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN 145 MILLION OR SO THAT WENT INTO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. BUT I SEE MY GOOD FRIEND, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. SHOULD I YIELD TIME OR -- YOU OK? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. AND THEN WE GET THIS REPORT THAT'S OUT. THIS REPORTED FROM FOX NEWS. JOHN KERRY SLAMMED FOR SHAMEFUL DIPLOMACY AFTER ADMITTED TO MEETINGS WITH IRAN. I THINK THERE'S A WORD FOR IT, BUT WHEN SOMEONE GOES AND TRIES TO UNDERMINE THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT'S ADMINISTRATION FROM PROTECTING THE COUNTRY -- AMERICA -- FROM THE BIGGEST SUPPORTER OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD CALL THAT BUT IT SEEMS LIKE IF YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT IN PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO PROTECT AMERICA FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS THAT WOULD BE FUNDED BY THE BIGGEST SUPPORTER OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, IRAN, AND YOU HAVE SOMEBODY ELSE FROM AMERICA GO OVER AND TRY TO SAVE THE DEAL THAT WAS GOING TO HELP IRAN BE MORE OF A THREAT TO AMERICA, GEE. THAT SEEMS LIKE PEOPLE USED TO GET PROSECUTED ABOUT THINGS LIKE THAT. SEEM LIKE THERE WAS SOMEBODY NAMED ROSENSTEIN OR ROSENBURG BACK THERE THAT WAS NOT HELP TO THE UNITED STATES. I THINK BACK THEN THEY WERE HANGING TRAITORS. IN ANY EVENT, INTERESTING, ALSO YESTERDAY, COMMITTEE CHAIR RICHARD BURR FROM NORTH CAROLINA WHO HAS BENT OVER BACKWARDS, DONE EVERYTHING HE CAN TO GET THE JUSTICE AND INTELLIGENCE TO PRODUCE ANY KIND OF EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER SHOWING TRUMP OR HIS ADMINISTRATION CLUEDED WITH THE RUSSIANS AND IT COMES -- COLLUDED WITH THE RUSSIANS AND IT COMES OUT YESTERDAY, THE PANELIST, QUOTE, FOUND NO HARD EVIDENCE OF CONCLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND RUSSIA. SO IT'S JUST AMAZING. IT SOUNDS LIKE WE STILL NEED TO DO HOUSECLEANING AT THE F.B.I. AT THE VERY TOP, AND THIS OUT TODAY FROM "THE NEW YORK POST" THAT STOK IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE -- STRZOK IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE F.B.I. AND D.O.J. AND IT HAS THIS TWEET FROM THE PRESIDENT. MORE TEXT MESSAGES BETWEEN FORMER F.B.I. EMPLOYEE PETER STRZOK AND LISA PAIGE ARE A DISASTER AND EMBARRASSMENT TO THE F.B.I. AND D.O.J. THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED BUT WE ARE LEARNING MORE AND MORE BY THE HOUR. OTHERS WERE LEAKING LIKE MAD IN ORDER TO GET THE PRESIDENT. IN A LENGTHY EXCHANGE, THE TWO EX-LOVERS TALK ABOUT A LEAK OPERATION FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. QUOTE, OH, REMIND ME TO TELL YOU TOMORROW ABOUT THE "TIMES" DOING A STORY ABOUT THE M.C. HACKS. PAIGE WROTE TO STRZOK WHO REPLIED, QUOTE, AND MORE THAN THEY ALREADY DID? QUESTION MARK. I TOLD YOU QUINN TOLD ME THEY PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS ON SOME STORY, UNQUOTE. QUINN WOULD BE REFERRING TO RICHARD QUINN, CHIEF OF THE MEDIA AND INVESTIGATIVE PUBLICITY SECTION IN THE F.B.I.'S OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. STRZOK THEN TEXTED PAIGE. QUOTE, THINK OUR SISTERS HAVE BEGUN LEAKING LIKE MAD SCORNED AND WORRIED AND POLITICAL, THEY'RE KICKING INTO OVERDRIVE, UNQUOTE. IT'S UNCLEAR, THE STORY SAYS, WHOM HE WAS REFERRING TO AS SISTERS BUT RETIRED F.B.I. AGENT JOHN YONARELI TOLD FOX IT COULD BE ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY. EARLIER THIS WEEK, A REPORT FROM MARK MEADOWS, MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, SAID THE NEW STRZOK-PAIGE TEXT FROM APRIL, 2017 SHOWED THEM DISCUSSING A MEDIA LEAK STRATEGY. . SO THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. APPARENTLY WE DON'T HAVE SOMEBODY AT THE TOP OF THE F.B.I. THAT WILL GET THIS CLEANED UP. THERE ARE PLENTY OF F.B.I. AGENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT COULD GET THINGS CLEANED UP. WE KNOW AT LEAST ONE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT'S GOOD AT COVERUPS. BUT MOST OF THE RANK AND FILE F.B.I. AGENTS ARE CLASSY, HONORABLE, DECENT, UPRIGHT INVESTIGATORS WHO HONOR THEIR OATH EVERY DAY AND WHO I KEEP HEARING FROM DIFFERENT TIMES, DIFFERENT PLACES ARE REALLY UPSET WITH THE DAMAGE THAT THE PEOPLE LIKE COMEY, STRZOK, PAIGE , THE DAMAGE THEY'VE DONE TO THEIR REPUTATION FOR WHAT USED TO BE A STERLING F.B.I.. SO IT'S TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE. ROSENSTEIN'S GOT TO GO. CHRIS WRAY NEEDS TO BE REPLACED BY SOMEBODY THAT'S NOT GOING TO TRY TO KEEP SLAPPING PRESIDENT WHEN HE'S WRONG ABOUT THE F.B.I. -- SLAPPING THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE'S WRONG ABOUT THE F.B.I. HOPEFULLY WE'LL SEE THAT COME IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, WE'LL SEE. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6157, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR…

                                                                                      CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6157, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, IT 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. -- 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                      Conference report H. Rept. 115-952 filed.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                        MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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                                                                                      Mr. Frelinghuysen moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                        ADJOURN.

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                                                                                    On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                                                      Adjourned

                                                                                      The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on September 17, 2018.

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                                                                                        MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 222. THE NAYS 171. THE RESOLUTION IS A ADOPTED.…

                                                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 222. THE NAYS 171. THE RESOLUTION IS A ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1911, AS AMENDED, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 1911, A BILL TO AMEND THE STATE DEPARTMENT BASIC AUTHORITIES ACT OF…

                                                                                      H.R. 1911, A BILL TO AMEND THE STATE DEPARTMENT BASIC AUTHORITIES ACT OF 1956 TO MONITOR AND COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM GLOBALLY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS --

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 393. THE NAYS ARE 2. THIRDS 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

                                                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 393. THE NAYS ARE 2. THIRDS 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR VOTES OBJECTED TO PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON THE POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT LATER TIME. ORDER IN THE HOUSE. WILL THE MEMBERS CLEAR THE WELL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY INSERT IN THE…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY INSERT IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD NOT LATER THAN THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, SUCH MATERIALS AS I MAY DEEM EXPLORATORY OF S. 3021.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      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 S. 3021.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

                                                                                    • 01:12:24 PM

                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THAT THE HOUSE -- MY MOTION IS TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 3021.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      DOES THE GENTLEMAN WANT TO PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED?

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      YES.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                    • 01:12:46 PM

                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      SENATE 3021, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT…

                                                                                      SENATE 3021, AN ACT TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 300 SOUTH FOURTH STREET IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, AS THE DIANA E. MURPHY UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE.

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                                                                                    • 01:12:58 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                                    • 01:13:09 PM

                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

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

                                                                                    • 01:13:15 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      ORDER IN THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                    • 01:13:22 PM

                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 3021, THE AMERICA'S WATER…

                                                                                      I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 3021, THE AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. THIS BILL IS FOR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. GOOD FOR JOBS AND GOOD FOR AMERICA. IT'S A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL COMPREHENSIVE BILL THAT DELIVERS ON A PROMISE TO REGULARLY ADDRESS WATER RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES ACROSS THE NATION. TITLE 1 OF THIS ACT IS THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2018, OR WRDA. I WANT TO REIMMEDIATE MY COLLEAGUES WE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED WRDA IN JUNE BY A VOTE OF 40 -2. WRDA INVESTS IN THE PORTS, LOCKS, DAMS, INLAND WATERWAY, FLOOD PROTECTION, AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT MAKES AMERICA MORE COMPETITIVE AND PROTECTS OUR COMMUNITIES. IT ALSO BUILDS UPON REFORMS TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO HELP IMPROVE PROJECT DELIVERY. THIS BILL IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, FULLY OFFSET T CUTS RED TAPE. AND MAINTAINS CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT OF FEDERAL INVESTMENT. I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO FOR WORKING TOGETHER ON THE WRDA TITLE. HOWEVER, TODAY'S BILL INCLUDES MORE THAN JUST WRDA. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, AND OUR SENATE COUNTERPARTS FOR HELPING PUT THIS PACKAGE TOGETHER. I'M PROUD TO SAY TODAY'S LEGISLATION CONTINUE AS TWO-YEAR CYCLELE OF REGULARLY -- REGULAR ORDER FOR CONGRESS CONSIDERING THESE ESSENTIAL WRDA BILLS. THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES SINCE I BECAME CHAIRMAN ALMOST SIX YEARS AGO. WE NEED TO PASS THIS BILL, CONTINUE PROVIDING DIRECTION TO THE CORPS, AND ENSURE ALL OF THESE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS MOVE FORWARD. THIS IS SIMPLY GOOD PUBLIC POLICY AND IT'S GOOD FOR OUR NATION. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE JOBS -- THIS JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                    • 01:15:04 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                    • 01:15:09 PM

                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                                                                    • 01:15:12 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                    • 01:15:13 PM

                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR GETTING THE WATER RESOURCES…

                                                                                      I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR GETTING THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILLS BACK ON TRACK. . WE HAD GONE MANY YEARS WITHOUT AN AUTHORIZATION AND THE CHAIRMAN MADE IT A PRIORITY TO DO THIS EVERY TWO YEARS. WE ALSO HAVE CREATED A NEW PROCESS THROUGH WHICH WE PROVIDE SOME DIRECTION TO THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS IN WHERE TO INVEST THEIR SCARCE RESOURCES. YOU KNOW, IF I HAD MY WAY OR MAYBE IF WE HAVE DIFFERENT LEADERSHIP IN THE NEXT CONGRESS WE WOULD GO BACK TO A MUCH SIMPLER, EXPLICIT PROCESS, WHERE WE WOULD DESIGNATE HIGH-PRIORITY, LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AS NEEDED IN CERTAIN AREAS AROUND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO BETTER FACILITATE COMMERCE. BUT THAT'S FOR ANOTHER DAY. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. IT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THERE IS, HOWEVER, ONE PROBLEM. AND THAT PROBLEM IS THAT RONALD REAGAN WORKED WITH THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS TO CREATE A HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND. FUNDED BY A MINISCULE TAX ON THE VALUE OF GOODS THAT COME IN FROM OVERSEAS AND PASS THROUGH OUR PORTS. CONSISTENTLY CONGRESS HAS UNDERSPENT THOSE FUNDS, UNDER BOTH DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. AND MANY YEARS AGO I STARTED TO WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN'S FATHER ON THIS VERY ISSUE. THAT'S MORE THAN TWO DECADES AGO NOW. WE DID MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IN THE LAST CONGRESS INDIANA THIS CONGRESS. AN AMENDMENT -- AND IN THIS CONGRESS. AN AMENDMENT I OFFERED TO THE WATER RESOURCES BILL PUT US ON A TRACK TOWARD SPENDING ALL OF THE TAX THAT'S COLLECTED FOR HARBOR MAINTENANCE ON HARBOR MAINTENANCE. NOW I KNOW THAT'S KIND OF SHOCKING IN THIS TOWN, THAT YOU'D COLLECT A TAX ARE FROM PEOPLE AND THEN SPEND IT ON THE THING FOR WHICH IT'S DEDICATED. BUT I THINK THAT WOULD BE RIGHT. AND MY PROPOSAL WAS ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY IN THE COMMITTEE TWICE, AND THEN SPEAKER RYAN, THROUGH HIS CONTROL OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, REACHED INTO THE BILL AND EXTRACTED THAT AMENDMENT. WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT WHEN WE ON AN AVERAGE DAILY BASIS HAVE LESS THAN 40% OF THE AUTHORIZE CAPACITY AT OUR 59 LARGEST HARBORS? WHY WOULD WE CRIPPLE UNITED STATES COMMERCE AND SHIPPING INTERESTS? WHY WOULD WE DO THAT? WELL, SO THEY CAN PRETEND THAT THE DEFICIT IS A LITTLE TINY BIT LESS. I MEAN, WHEN IT COMES TO TAXES, WHOA, TRILLION DOLLARS HERE, TRILLION DOLLARS THERE, WE DON'T CARE ABOUT DEFICITS. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SPENDING THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX ON HARBOR MAINTENANCE LIKE, OH, IF WE CAN SKIM OFF, YOU KNOW, A FEW HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR, AND WE'LL PUT IT OVER HERE IN AN IMAGINARY TRUST FUND THAT WE'LL NEVER SPEND. SO IT'S A BUNCH OF B.S. THAT WE'RE DOING THAT. YOU SHOULD NOT BE COLLECTING TAXES FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEN NOT SPENDING THE MONEY ON THE INTENDED AND NEEDED PURPOSE. THE CORPS' ESTIMATE IS THEY NEED ABOUT $20 BILLION TO BRING ALL OUR HARBORS UP TO AUTHORIZED DEPTHS IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS. 10 YEARS. AND IF WE WERE SPENDING THE FULL HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND INCOME ON AN ANNUAL BASIS AND SPENDING DOWN THE BALANCE THAT'S ALREADY ACCUMULATED, WE COULD EXCEED THAT GOAL AND BEGIN TO DEAL WITH OTHER ISSUES. JETTY PROBLEMS AND THE LIKE. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS COME UP WITH A BRILLIANT AND DIFFERENT SOLUTION. THEY WANT TO REDUCE THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX SO WE WILL NEVER, EVER BRING OUR PORTS UP TO AUTHORIZED DEPTHS. IN ANY CASE, THAT'S THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THIS BILL. THE CHAIRMAN HAS ALREADY MENTIONED A NUMBER OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF THIS BILL. THERE'S A PROVISION THAT POTENTIALLY WILL MAKE THE CORPS MORE EFFICIENT ON DREDGING PROJECTS AND LOOK AT MULTIYEAR AS OPPOSED TO ANNUAL CONTRACTS. THE CORPS' GETTING SOME TOOLS TO RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE. WHOA, I CAN'T BELIEVE WE GOT THAT IN THERE. SEA LEVEL RISE AND NATURAL DISASTERS. AND IT REQUIRES THE CORPS TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT IN HOW IT CHOOSES PROJECTS. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, I THINK THE CONGRESS SHOULD BE A LITTLE MORE DIRECT THERE. AGAIN, THAT'S FOR ANOTHER DAY. HAS PROVISIONS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO MY DISTRICT AND MY STATE, WHICH ARE FULLY JUSTIFIED. AGAIN, A GOOD BIPARTISAN PROJECT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                    • 01:19:50 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                    • 01:19:53 PM

                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO SAY THE RANKING MEMBER IS 100%…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO SAY THE RANKING MEMBER IS 100% CORRECT ON HIS ASSESSMENT OF THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND. I SUPPORT IT. HE'S RIGHT. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WHEN HE'S REFERRING TO B.S. HE'S NOT REFERRING TO BILL SHUSTER. BUT WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE OTHER GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. WALDEN, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                                                    • 01:20:10 PM

                                                                                      MR. WALDEN

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, THE CHAIRMAN, AND THE THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR…

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, THE CHAIRMAN, AND THE THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS HELP ON THIS LEGISLATION. I TOO AGREE IN TERMS OF THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES SOME REALLY IMPORTANT LANGUAGE TO ASSIST IRRIGATERS IN THE CLIMATE BASIN. THEY'RE ENDURING ANOTHER CHALLENGING DROUGHT YEAR AND IT HELPS ENSURE WE ARE PREPARED IF OUR FARMERS ARE HIT AGAIN WITH SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE YEARS AHEAD. THIS PROVIDES THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION WITH THE AUTHORITY TO USE THE FUNDS WE SECURED EARLIER THIS YEAR, ABOUT $10 MILLION, TO IMPLEMENT MEASURES SUCH AS GROUND WATER PUMPING AND OTHER PRIORITIES FOR OUR IRRIGATERS AND ENSURES THAT THEY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SURVIVE DIFFICULT WATER YEARS IN THE FUTURE IF WE FACE THEM OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, OUR SUPPORT FOR A COUPLE OF OTHER TITLES IN THIS BILL. TITLE 2 OF THE LEGISLATION MODERNIZES THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES FACING COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. IT BRINGS GREATER INVESTMENT TO IMPROVE OUR AGING DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS AND IT SUPPORTS STATE-LED EFFORTS IN LARGE CITIES AND RURAL COMMUNITIES ALIKE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 22 YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, IT AUTHORIZES CAPITALIZATION GRANTS FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS, $4.4 BILLION OVER THREE YEARS, TO BE EXACT. THIS IS A BIG INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. THESE LOANS ARE A CRUCIAL TOOL TO HELP COMMUNITIES ADDRESS COMPLIANCE ISSUES AND ADDRESS DRINKING WATER THREATS. SO I URGE E.P.A. TO HELP EACH STATE REALIZE THE PROMISE OF THIS NEW AUTHORIZATION. AS WE BRACE FOR THE HORRIBLE IMPACTS OF HURRICANE FLORENCE, I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT TITLE 2 ALSO AUTHORIZES $100 MILLION FOR AREAS AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS THAT NEED HELP REPAIRING THEIR DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS SO THEY CAN DELIVER CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THOSE IN THE STORM'S PATH, MR. SPEAKER. WHILE THIS LEGISLATION WON'T MAKE THEM WHOLE, IT WILL HELP THEM RECOVER. TITLE 3 OF THE LEGISLATION WILL MAKE SUBSTANTIAL REGULATORY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HYDROPOWER LICENSING PROCESS WITH THE GOAL TO DELIVER MORE CLEAN, RENEWABLE, CARBON-FREE AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY TO CONSUMERS. THIS TITLE INCORPORATES SEVERAL IMPORTANT BILLS THAT PASSED OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THEIR INCLUSION IN THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY. WITH THAT, I URGE STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS FOR THEIR WORK GETTING THIS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                    • 01:22:34 PM

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

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

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                                                                                    • 01:22:41 PM

                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING…

                                                                                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JURISDICTIONAL SUBCOMMITTEE, MRS. NAPOLITANO.

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                                                                                      MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. DEFAZIO. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 3021,…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. DEFAZIO. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 3021, AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. I THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO, CHAIRMAN GRAVES AND OUR OWN RESPECTIVE STAFFS FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. IT IS ENCOURAGING TO SEE THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE CONTINUE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION ON THIS LEGISLATION EVERY TWO YEARS. THE BILL AUTHORIZES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FEASIBILITY STUDIES, CHIEF REPORTS AND WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR A DIVERSE ARRAY OF PURPOSES. INCLUDING FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION, ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION, WATER SUPPLY, NAVIGATION AND OTHER THINGS. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT PROVISIONS AT BOTH THE -- THAT BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE HAVE WORKED ON TO IMPROVE E.P.A. WATER PROGRAMS. I AM PLEASED TO HAVE CO-AUTHORED SEVERAL OF THESE PROVISIONS THAT WILL ASSIST COMMUNITIES EXPERIENCING STORMWATER CHALLENGES AND DROUGHT WITH ADDITIONAL WATER SUPPLY AND WATER TREATMENT OPTIONS. SECTION 401 -- 4106 AUTHORIZES $50 MILLION IN GRANTS TO CITIES OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS TO PLAN, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT WATER RECYCLING AND SEWER OVERFLOW PROJECTS. THIS IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT IN MY AREA IN LOS ANGELES, WHICH IS ADDRESSING A NEW MS-4 STONE WATER PERMITTING AND IS IMPLEMENTING WATER RECYCLING PROJECTS AS A WAY TO ADDRESS LONG-TERM DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE. SECTION 1164 REQUIRES IT TO WORK WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ON AN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES PLANNING, TO INCORPS RATE BADLY LOCALLY DEVELOPED PLANS -- TO INCORPORATE BADLY LOCALLY DEVELOPED PLANS. SECTION 1146 MAKES PERMANENT MY PROVISION FROM WATER 16 THAT ALLOWS PUBLIC AGENCIES OR PRIVATE COMPANIES TO REMOVE SEDIMENT FROM THE ARMY CORPS DAMS IN ORDER FOR THE DAMS TO BE MORE EFFICIENT FOR WATER SUPPLY AND FLOOD CONTROL OPERATIONS. THIS IS A PARTICULAR PROBLEM ON SEDIMENT BUILDUP IN SEVERAL OF OUR DAMS, INCLUDING SANTA FE IN MY REGION. SECTION 2304 CREATES AN E.P.A. WATER INFRASTRUCTURE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT PROGRAM WHICH WOULD PROVIDE GRANTS TO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS, AND WATER AGENCIES TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN THE WATER SECTOR. THE WATER AGENTS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE BEEN STRONGLY SUPPORTIVE OF CREATING THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE MANY EMPLOYEES IN THE WATER SECTION ARE RETIRING AND THE WORK FORCE TRAINING IS NEEDED FOR NEW WATER TECHNOLOGIES. SECTION 4306 FORMALLY AUTHORIZES AND IMPROVES THE E.P.A. WATER SENSE PROGRAM WHICH CREATES A NATIONAL STANDARD FOR THE LABELING OF WATER EFFICIENT PRODUCTS. LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES CAN THEN GIVE REBATES TO INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES WHO PURCHASE THESE WATER SENSE APPROVED PRODUCTS IN ORDER TO DECREASE OVERALL WATER CONSUMPTION DEMANDS. SECTION 1222 REQUIRES THE CORPS TO ASSESS OPERATIONS AND WATER CONTROL MANUALS TO ENSURE THAT DAMS ARE BEING USED EFFECTIVELY TO MAXIMIZE LOCAL WATER SUPPLY. SOME OF ARE OVER 40 YEARS OLD.

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                                                                                    • 01:26:05 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                                                                                    • 01:26:08 PM

                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                                                                      MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                                                                      THANK YOU. I AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS BILL IF ENACTED WILL PROVIDE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU. I AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS BILL IF ENACTED WILL PROVIDE DROUGHT-PRONE REGIONS LIKE MINE WITH THE TOOL NECESSARY TO INCREASE WATER SUPPLY THROUGH WATER RECYCLING AND CAPTURING AND TREATING STORMWATER. I WANT TO THANK MY CONSTITUENTS FOR THEIR INPUTT -- INPUT THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS INCLUDING THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND OTHERS. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                    • 01:26:51 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 PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                    • 01:26:55 PM

                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                    • 01:27:04 PM

                                                                                      MR. GRAVES

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TIME. MR.…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HURRICANE FLORENCE THAT'S BEARING DOWN ON OUR NATION RIGHT NOW, THE CAROLINAS AND JNL INEVITABLY ARE GOING TO HAVE DISASTER -- GEORGIA INEVITABLY ARE GOING TO HAVE DISASTER AND DESTRUCTION. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE AFTERMATH? THIS BILL, TOGETHER WITH OTHER LEGISLATION, IS EXACTLY WHAT NEED TO BE DONE. THIS BEGINS THE PROCESS OF ADDRESSING THIS RIDICULOUS BACKLOG OF $100 BILLION IN PROJECTS THAT WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD ON THAT. WE NEED TO CONSTRUCT. BRINGING EFFICIENCY TO THE TABLE LIKE ALLOWING FOR STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ADVANCE THESE PROJECTS ON THE ROAD, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEIR CAPABILITIES, OF GREATER COST EFFICIENCIES, OF STREAMLINED PERMITTING PROCESSES AND OTHER EFFICIENCIES THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF DOING. THIS BILL BRINGS ALL SORTS OF SOLUTIONS TO THE TABLE, INCLUDING, MR. CHAIRMAN, LOOKING AT WHETHER OR NOT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SHOULD EVEN BE WITHIN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WHEN I CALL SECRETARY MATTIS AND TALKED TO HIM ABOUT RUSSIA AND CHINA AND NORTH KOREA AND SYRIA AND IRAN, SHOULD I ALSO INTRODUCE A WETLANDS PERMIT INTO THAT CONVERSATION? I DON'T THINK I SHOULD. IT'S NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE AGENCY. SO WE'RE LOOKING AT WHERE THIS MISSION CAN BE A TOP PRIORITY, CAN BE PROPERLY HOUSED. AND WHERE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THESE IMPORTANT PROJECTS MUCH FASTER THAN WE'RE DOING TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL ALSO HAS SOME IMPORTANT THINGS FOR US BACK HOME, INCLUDING RECOGNIZING THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN WORK THAT OUR STATE HAS DONE TO RESTORE OUR ERODING COAST LINE AND THE ECOLOGICAL PRODUCTIVITY THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT. LOOKING AT DOING -- CARRYING A PILOT DREDGE PROGRAM WHEREBY WE CAN ISSUE DREDGING CONTRACTS OVER YEARS, OVER MULTIPLE CHANNELS, RATHER THAN DOING ONE CHANNEL AT A TIME, WHERE WE CAN BENEFIT FROM A COMMES OF SCALE AND AGAIN, GREATER -- ECONOMIES OF SCALE AND AGAIN, GREATER EFFICIENCY WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS. IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, ENSURING THAT THE OLD RIVER CONTROL STRUCTURE IS NOT MANAGED BY A STATIC 70-30 SPLIT THAT WAS DERNLED DECADES AGO, -- DECADES -- DETERMINED DECADES AGO. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, CONGRESSMAN DEFAZIO, CONGRESSWOMAN NAPOLITANO, AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED, CONGRESSMAN SANFORD AND ROUSER, FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS. AND I URGE ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                    • 01:29:21 PM

                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                    • 01:29:27 PM

                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                    • 01:29:34 PM

                                                                                      MR. PALLONE

                                                                                      I WANT TO THANK MR. DEFAZIO AND ALL THE LEADERSHIP, MRS. NAPOLITANO AND…

                                                                                      I WANT TO THANK MR. DEFAZIO AND ALL THE LEADERSHIP, MRS. NAPOLITANO AND ALL THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, FOR PUTTING THIS BILL TOGETHER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE JURISDICTION, WHICH IS INITIALLY THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT. OUR NATION'S PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SYSTEM SERVES OVER 300 MILLION PEOPLE, BUT AGING AND FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE THREATENS ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER IN COMMUNITIES LARGE AND SMALL. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ESTIMATES THAT OUR WATER SYSTEMS WILL REQUIRE $472 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. BUT INVESTMENTS SIMPLE -- INVESTMENT SIMPLY HAS NOT KEPT PACE WITH THE NEED. SO THIS BILL RE-AUTHORIZES THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT STATE REVOLVING FUND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS AND PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT NEW FUNDING TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN DIRE NEED. THE BILL NEARLY DOUBLES THE AUTHORIZED FUNDING FROM $1 BILLION TO ALMOST $2 BILLION IN 2021, AND INCREASES FUNDING FOR PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM SUPERVISION GRANTS TO STATES. IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ENSURE THAT THIS MONEY GETS TO THE COMMUNITIES THAT NEED IT MOST, BY RAISING THE CAP ON SPECIAL ASSISTANCE TO DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES UNDER THE STATE REVOLVING FUND, AND SETTING A FLOOR FOR SUCH ASSISTANCE TO GUARANTEE HELP FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES. . I THANK REPRESENTATIVE TONKO WHO LED THE EFFORT TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE STATE REVOLVING FUND FOR MANY YEARS. MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL WERE INCORPORATE INTERESTED THE AQUA ACT WHICH HE AUTHORED. THE BILL AUTHORED. THE BILL ALSO CONTAINS A PROVISION FIRST INTRODUCED BY MYSELF AND REPRESENTATIVE RUSH ESTABLISHING A GRANT PROGRAM FOR REPLACING LEADED DRINKING WATER FOUNTAINS IN SCHOOLS AND REQUIRING FOR THE FIRST TIME A NATIONAL INVENTORY OF LEAD SERVICE LINES AND COST TO REPLACE. REPRESENTATIVE DINGLE'S PROVISION TO MAKE DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORTS TO CONSUMERS MORE FREQUENT, COMPREHENSIVE, AND UNDERSTANDABLE. AND THE BILL INCORPORATES REPRESENT PETER'S PROVISION AND ESTABLISHES NEW REQUIREMENTS. IT ALSO PROVIDES $100 MILLION FOR GRANTS TO EXTEND ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER INTO AREAS IMPACTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS RESPONDING TO CONCERNS RAISED BY REPRESENTATIVE GREEN. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL CONTAINS LANGUAGE CHAMPIONED BY REPRESENTATIVE MCNORTHEASTERNY, AUTHORIZING A WATER SENSE PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE CONSUMER WATER EFFICIENCY AND AUTHORIZES BUY AMERICA REQUIREMENTS FOR IRON AND STEEL PRODUCTS FOR FIVE YEARS. THIS WON'T SOLVE ALL OUR CHALLENGES BUT MAKES IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS AND DELIVERS REAL BENEFITS. I'M ALSO PLEASED THIS FINAL BIPARTISAN BILL INCLUDES IMPORTANT ENERGY PROVISION THAT IS I PUSHED TO INCLUDE. AMONG THEM ARE PROVISIONS AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVES KENNEDY, DEGETTE, A AND PETERS. ALL IN ALL THE DRINKING WATER AND ENERGY TITLES OF THIS BILL ARE CRITICAL AND SIGNIFICANT STEPS FORWARD THAT WILL BEP FIT AMERICA'S FAMILIES, INDUSTRY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT. AND AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT IS A VICTORY FOR ALL OF US. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE OTHER MR. GRAVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, I YIELD TO MR. GRAVES, ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                      MR. GRAVES

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT WHICH INCLUDES THE HOUSE PASSED WRDA. THE CHAIRMAN'S COMMITMENT TO PASSING BIPARTISAN WRDA BILLS EVERY TWO YEARS HAS BEEN AN IMPACTFUL ITEM AND BETTER MANAGING THE BUREAUCRACY AT THE ARMY CORPS MORE REGULARLY IMPROVING VITAL WATER PROJECTS. THIS IS GOOD GOVERNMENT AND POLICY I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE COMMITTEE REMAIN COMMITTED TO IN THE FUTURE. THIS BILL IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE AGRICULTURE ECONOMY, TO EVERYONE THAT RELIES ON THE MISSOURI AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS. I'M GLAD THE FINAL BILL INCLUDED MY AMENDMENT TO STOPT ARMY CORPS FROM BUILDING ANY NEW, UNPROVEN STRUCTURES FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES ALONG THE MISSOURI AND INSTEAD THEY ARE NOW ARE REQUIRED TO PROVE IT WILL ACTUALLY WORK BEFORE THEY SPEND MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. THE CORPS HAS TO PROVE THAT THESE STRUCTURES DO NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE OTHER MANAGEMENT PRIORITIES ON THE MISSOURI RIVER. IN CLOSING, THIS AS GOOD BILL AND IT'S NECESSARY TO ADVANCE THE IMPORTANT FLOOD CONTROL PROJECTS TO ENSURE OUR INLAND WATERWAYS REMAIN EFFICIENT OPTION FOR TRANSPORTING GOODS. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR S. 3021. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN,…

                                                                                      AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. DINGELL.

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                                                                                      MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 3021, THE AMERICA'S WATER…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 3021, THE AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018. EVERY MEMBER IN THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT IT. IT'S HOW CONGRESS SHOULD WORK. IT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT. OVERALL THE BILL WOULD AUTHORIZE $6.1 BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CARRY OUT NEW AND EXITING PROJECTS CRITICAL TO OUR NATION'S ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND SAFETY. INCLUDING THE GREAT LAKES REGION. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES DRINKING WATER ASSISTANCE IMPROVEMENT ACT WHICH THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE APPROVED LAST YEAR. BIPARTISANLY. THESE PROVISION ALSO IMPROVE DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS AND AUTHORIZE $4.4 BILLION FOR THE STATE DRINKING WATER REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAM WHICH WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED FEDERAL FINANCING FOR STATES AND UTILITIES TO STRENGTHEN DRINKING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. EVERYBODY REMEMBERS FLINT. NOW WE HAVE PFAST. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EVERY AMERICAN BE ABLE TO TRUST THE WATER THEY ARE DRINKING. THIS IS WHY I'M PROUD THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES IMPORTANT PROVISIONS FROM LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED THAT WOULD INCREASE DRINKING WATER NOTIFICATIONS AND MAKE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORTS ON DRINKING WATER EASIER FOR EVERY AMERICAN TO UNDERSTAND. IT'S AN ESSENTIAL PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO DRINKING WATER CRISES IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE A A CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN OUR SYSTEMS AND CONSUMERS DESERVE CLEAR AND IMMEDIATE NOTIFICATIONS AND TRANSPARENCY WHEN IT COMES TO THE QUALITY OF THE WATER THEY ARE DRINKING. BY REQUIRING LARGE WATER SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORTS BIANNUALLY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE MORE FREQUENT REPORTS ON WATER QUALITY WHICH WILL HELP IDENTIFY AND MITIGATE RISKS SOONER. WITH 90% OF AMERICANS RECEIVING THEIR DRINKING WATER FROM A PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SYSTEM, IT IS OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE STRONG FUNDING AUTHORIZATIONS FOR MODERNIZING DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS AND WE MUST CONTINUE --

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                                                                                      MRS. DINGELL

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE AND YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE AND YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

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                                                                                      MR. DENHAM

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT. THIS BILL REVITALIZES OUR WATERWAYS, BOLSTERS FLOOD PROTECTION, AND ENSURES OUR CHANNELS AND HARBORS CAN SUPPLY AMERICA AND THE WORLD WITH U.S. GOODS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL INCLUDES MY NEW WATER ACT. A PROVISION THAT WILL HELP US TO BUILD NEW WATER STORAGE IN CALIFORNIA. THE LAST TIME WE BUILT ANYTHING OF SIGNIFICANCE IN CALIFORNIA FOR WATER STORAGE WAS 1979. WE WAITED 50 YEARS. 50 YEARS BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE FEDERAL FINANCING AND FEDERAL AUTHORIZATION. FINALLY UNDER THIS BILL THE NEW WATER ACT WILL SET UP A BANK FOR FINANCING FOR THESE WATER STORAGE PROJECTS AND WE CAN FINALLY GET SOME OF THESE BIG RESERVOIRS UNDERSTAND. SHASTA, RAISING SHASTA. BUILDING SITES RES. VIRE, THAT'S BEEN -- REST CHOIR -- REST -- WE NEAL TO BE SOLVING OUR OWN PROBLEMS AND THE NEW WATER ACT HELPS WITH US THAT FINANCING. LOW WATER GROUND STORAGE SCOMBROKETS, WATER RECYCLING ARE ALSO AVAIL AFBLET WE WANT TO LOOK AT ALL WATER IN CALIFORNIA. BUT THIS ALLOWS US A FEDERAL FINANCING PLAN TO MATCH STATE AND LOCAL DOLLARS AS WELL. AND ALSO I INCLUDED THE LOWER SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY ARMY CORPS CHIEF REPORT ENHANCED FLOOD PROTECTION FOR MORE THAN 50,000 VALLEY RESIDENTS. THIS WILL REDUCE ANNUAL PROPERTY DAMAGE AND ENHANCES SECURITY AT 262 CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SITES. INCLUDING FRENCH CAMP, THE ARMY CORPS' FIRST V.A. PROJECT. BUILDING A MEGACLINIC FOR OUR VETERANS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY WILL BE RIGHT HERE IN THIS AREA IN BETWEEN LAY THROP AND MANTECA. WE LOOK AT REVITALIZING AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS IS A MONUMENTAL STEP FORWARD IN AMERICA WATERS INFRASTRUCTURE.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      I YIELD --

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                                                                                      MR. DENHAM

                                                                                      TO SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      RESERVE.

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                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS TWO MINUTES.

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                                                                                      I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING.

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                                                                                      MR. KENNEDY

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                                                      MR. KENNEDY

                                                                                      THANK YOU, SIR. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL BEFORE US…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, SIR. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL BEFORE US S. 2031, AND SPECIFICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE FAIRWAY ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, AND EFFICIENCY STANDARDS ACT WRITTEN INTO TITLE 3, CULMINATING MORE THAN FOUR YEARS OF WORK INTO THE ISSUE. IN 2014, MR. SPEAKER, DUE TO AN UNINTENDED LOOPHOLE IN THE FEDERAL POWER ACT, MY CONSTITUENTS WERE LOCKED OUT OF CHALLENGING A NEARLY $2 BILLION RATE INCREASE BECAUSE AT THE TIME THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION WAS DEADLOCKED 2-2 ON WHETHER TO APPROVE OR DENY THE CHANGE. WITH THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY, WE CAN CLOSE THAT LOOPHOLE AND ENSURE THAT NO ONE SUFFERS THE SAME CONSEQUENCE THAT CONTINUES TO THREATEN THE BANG ACCOUNTS AND POCKETBOOKS OF MY CONSTITUENTS. IT'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TODAY GIVEN THAT THE COMMISSION CURRENTLY HAS ONLY FOUR SITTING COMMISSIONERS. WHILE THIS IS NOT THE BILL I FIRST INTRODUCED MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO, AND IS NOT THE ONE THAT THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED EACH OF THE LAST TWO CONGRESSES, IT IS A A COMPROMISE WITH OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES AND IT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A HARD WRKING -- WORKING…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A HARD WRKING -- WORKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND RULES COMMITTEE, MR. WOODALL.

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                                                                                      MR. WOODALL

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE. I'LL TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT BILL THAT MOST MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CITIZENRY WILL NEVER HAVE HEARD OF. WHEN I GO BACK HOME, FOLKS ASK ME TO MAKE SMART AND PRUDENT INVESTMENTS. THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. THEY ASK ME TO REPEAL UNNECESSARY REGULATION THAT IS STAND IN THE WAY OF MAKING THOSE IMPROVEMENTS. THEY ASK ME TO PAY FOR THOSE THINGS RATHER THAN PASSING THE BILL ON TO OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDKIDS. AND THE BILL THAT THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER BROUGHT BEFORE US TODAY FULFILLS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE CHALLENGES. IN MY DISTRICT, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PRESERVING WATER QUALITY IN LAKE LANIER, THE SOLE WATER SOURCE FOR MOST OF THE METRO ATLANTA AREA. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FUNDING THE SAVANNAH HARBOR EXPANSION PROTECT, PROTECT OF ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE ENTIRE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OFFERING LOCAL OFFICIALS THE NNSING TOOLS THEY NEED TO BRING PROJECTS TO BEAR FASTER AND CHEAPER THAN EVER BEFORE. MR. SPEAKER, MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME HAS NEVER BEEN HIGHER. SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM HAS NEVER BEEN HIGHER. UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE LOWEST POINT IN DECADES. JOB OPENINGS AT A RECORD HIGH. MANUFACTURING JOBS AT A RECORD HIGH. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. THIS HAPPENS WHEN YOU CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH SUCCESS CAN BREED. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FROM OREGON, PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK MY CHAIRMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. CHAIRMAN SHUSTER SAID HE WAS GOING TO BRING THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. WE'RE GOING TO GET BACK IN THE BUSINESS OF DOING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS, NOT SOMETIMES BUT ALWAYS. HERE TEND OF HIS THIRD TERM AS CHAIRMAN WE'RE BRINGING OUR THIRD WRDA BILL TO THE FLOOR. I THANK YOU FOR THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I RESERVE.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND ANOTHER…

                                                                                      IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND ANOTHER HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, MR. MITCHELL.

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                                                                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER. I RISE TODAY IN…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT, A CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT AUTHORIZES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ACROSS OUR NATION. ONE PARTICULAR PROJECT IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART, CRITICAL TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, AND OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY AND SECURITY. THE SUE LOCKS. THIS LOCK IS THE ONLY WATERWAY, ONLY CONNECTION BETWEEN LAKE SUPERIOR ANTI-REST OF THE GREAT LAKES ANTI-ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY. THAT ONE LOCK, ACCOMMODATES ALMOST ALL OF THE SHIPPING OF IRON ORR, MANY OTHER GOODS FROM THE MINNESOTA THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES. IF THAT LOCK FAILS, THE DAMAGE IS INSTANTANEOUS. THE ECONOMIC DAMAGE, PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS WITHIN THE FIRST 90 DAYS, A RISK TO NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT'S WHY CONSTRUCTION OF A SECOND LOCK IS VITAL. THIS UPGRADE WAS AUTHORIZED OVER 30 YEARS AGO. I GUESS IT SHOULDN'T SURPRISE US IT'S LANGUISHED A BIT. WE NOW YOU HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SUPPORTING A NEED TO GET THIS LOCK, SECOND LARGE LOCK BUILT. WE HAVE RECOGNITION BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THIS LOCK IS CRITICAL FOR OUR ECONOMY AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AS THE NEXT STEP IN BUILDING THE 1,200 FOOT LOCK SO WE CAN ENSURE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMY IS NOT DEVASTATED BY THE FAILURE OF ONE LOCK.

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                                                                                      FAILURE OF ONE LOCK.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      15 MORE SECONDS.

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                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I RESERVE IF YOU HAVE MORE SPEAKERS.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THREE MORE SPEAKERS. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                                      THREE MORE SPEAKERS. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON.

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                                                                                      MR. UPTON

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR OUR FAMILIES IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR OUR FAMILIES IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL SHOULD AGREE ON. AND THIS BILL DELIVERS ON THAT PROMISE. IT MAKES CERTAIN THAT COMMUNITIES LIKE PARCHMENT IN MY DISTRICT ARE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THE CONTAMINATION ISSUE. EMPARCHMENT THANKS TO THE PROACTIVE EFFORTS OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, WE DISCOVERED IT IN THE WATER AND IMMEDIATELY SPRANG INTO ACTION TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM IN THE SHORT TERM. LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL FOLKS ALL WORKING IN TANDEM TO FIX THE PROBLEM. . SPECIFICALLY THE BILL DOES THAT BY INCREASING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE DRINKING WATER STATE REVOLVING FUNDS. IT CRITICALLY WORKS TO MODERNIZE OUR AGING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BY PROVIDING MORE RESOURCES. DRINKING WATER QUALITY REMAINS HIGH ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT IMPROVEMENTS CAN AND MUST BE MADE NOW. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IS YET A VERY IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING IT AND WOULD URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR GETTING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND LOOK FORWARD TO ULTIMATELY GETTING IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I RESERVE.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE OUR CONFERENCE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE OUR CONFERENCE CHAIR, MRS. MCMORRIS ROGERS, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                                                      MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

                                                                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND…

                                                                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND YIELDING THE TIME . TODAY I AM PROUD TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT, APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO HELP STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S PORTS, DAMS, WATERWAYS. IN THIS LEGISLATION WE ARE KEEPING OUR PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO REBUILD OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. I WAS PROUD TO OFFER TWO SIGNIFICANT PROVISIONS TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF EASTERN WASHINGTON. THE FIRST IS THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION ACT, AND THIS WILL ALLOW THE PORT TO PURCHASE LAND FROM THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CONTINUE THEIR MISSION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OUR REGION. THE OTHER PROVISION IS FROM BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT PASSED THIS HOUSE EARLIER CALLED THE HYDROPOWER MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2017. IN WASHINGTON STATE, HYDROPOWER MAKES UP NEARLY 70% OF OUR ELECTRICITY. AND IT IS THE NATION'S LARGEST SOURCE OF CLEAN, RENEWABLE, RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY. WE HAVE SOME OF THE LOWEST ELECTRICITY COSTS IN THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF CLEAN HYDROPOWER. BUT THERE'S STILL ROOM FOR TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL TO INCREASE THE PRODUCTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, AS HYDROPOWER. BUT FERC DOESN'T INCENTIVIZE INVESTING IN DAMS. CAPITAL INTENSIVE PROJECTS LIKE UPDATING TURBANS OR IMPROVING FISH LADDERS ARE ONLY INCLUDED IN THE LIFE SPAN OF A DAM'S LICENSE DURING THE RELICENSE WINDOW. MY PROVISION WILL REQUIRE FERC TO INCLUDE ALL PROTECTION, MITIGATION AND ENHANCEMENT MEASURES DURING THE RELICENSING PROCESS. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND THE STAFF FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD FOR ONE MINUTE TO THE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD FOR ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BUCSHON.

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                                                                                      MR. BUCSHON

                                                                                      MADAM SPEAKER, UNNECESSARY RED TAPE IS PREVENTING US FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE…

                                                                                      MADAM SPEAKER, UNNECESSARY RED TAPE IS PREVENTING US FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CLEAN, RENEWABLE HYDROPOWER GENERATION. THE CURRENT REGULATORY PROCESS SIMPLY TAKES TOO LONG, TAKING UP TO A DECADE FOR THE PROJECT TO BE APPROVED. WE CAN CHANGE THIS BY SUPPORTING AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2018, WHICH INCLUDES THE PROMOTING HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AT EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS ACT, WHICH I AUTHORED. THIS LEGISLATION INSTRUCTS THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, FERC, TO CREATE AN EXPEDITED PERMITTING PROCESS THAT WILL RESULT IN A FINAL DECISION ON AN APPLICATION IN TWO YEARS OR LESS. THE LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES FERC, THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR TO DEVELOP A LIST OF EXISTING NONPOWERED DAMS THAT HAVE THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT. STREAMLINING THE PERMITTING PROCESS WILL INCENTIVIZE INVESTMENTS IN CLEAN, HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT, AND HELP MODERNIZE OUR EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TODAY IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                                                                      I HE -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AGAIN, I WANT TO…

                                                                                      I HE -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AGAIN, I WANT TO PARTICULARLY CONGRATULATE THE CHAIRMAN ON HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT OF RESUSCITATING REGULAR WRDA RE-AUTHORIZATIONS. AND THIS OF COURSE WILL BE THE LAST TIME WHICH HE WILL BE THE -- ON THE FLOOR ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF, RYAN, MIKE, FROM REPRESENTATIVE NAPOLITANO'S OFFICE, JOE, AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO LEG COUNCIL WHOSE STAFF TELLS ME WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS ON THIS. THEN OF COURSE I BELIEVE THE CHAIRMAN WILL THANK HIS STAFF. BUT I WOULD ALSO EXTEND THANKS TO THEM. BUT NOT NAME THEM INDIVIDUALLY, IF HE'S GOING TO DO THAT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS…

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

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK MY PARTNER IN THIS,…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK MY PARTNER IN THIS, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO, FOR HIS EFFORTS ON THE BILL. BUT ALSO RANKING MEMBER NAPOLITANO AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR GRAVES FOR THEIR GREAT WORK ON THIS BILL. I WANT TO THANK THE ENTIRE STAFF, REPUBLICAN STAFF, ON THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, AND I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE NAMES OF THOSE COMMITTEE MEMBERS INTO THE RECORD.

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                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC STAFF FOR…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC STAFF FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP IN CRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION AND NOW PASSING IT ON THE FLOOR AND HOPEFULLY ULTIMATELY WE GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND HE SIGNS IT INTO LAW. SO THANKS TO ALL THE FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE STAFF, FOR THAT WILLINGNESS AND HARD WORK THAT THAT -- WORK, AND I KNOW THE EFFORT YOU PUT INTO IT. I WANT TO POINT OUT CHRIS AND JEFF, STAFF DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY STAFF DIRECTOR, FOR THEIR GREAT WORK AND LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE. BUT ALSO THE WATER RESOURCES STAFF, IAN, JOHN, ELIZABETH, VICTOR AND PETER FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND LONG HOURS THAT I KNOW IT TOOK TO PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, PASSING WRDA IS PERSONALLY VERY GRATIFYING TO ME. WHEN I BECAME CHAIRMAN, WE HAD NOT PASSED A WRDA BILL IN SEVEN YEARS. PRIOR TO THAT, FOR OVER 20 YEARS, WRDA BILLS WERE PASSED EVERY CONGRESS. IT WAS REGULAR ORDER. TODAY WE WILL PASS THE THIRD WRDA BILL IN THREE CONGRESSES. AND I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR WORKING WITH US AND HELPING US TO GET IT TO THE FLOOR. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, AS I THINK WE MAYBE SAID EARLIER, WHEN WE AS IF OUT OF THE HOUSE -- PASSED IT OUT OF THE HOUSE IT WAS OVERWHELM -- OVERWHELMING. I CAN'T THANK MY COLLEAGUES ENOUGH FOR WORKING WITH ME AND HELPING TO BRING BACK REGULAR ORDER TO WRDA. WITH, THAT I ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND LET'S MOVE ON TO THE NEXT BILL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE…

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 3021, 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. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6227,…

                                                                                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 740. H.R. 6227, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR A COORDINATED…

                                                                                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 740. H.R. 6227, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR A COORDINATED FEDERAL PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE QUANTUM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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

                                                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JOHNSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

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

                                                                                      MADAM 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 H.R. 6227, THE BILL NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

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

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      MADAM SPEAKER, THIS BIPARTISAN NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT IS…

                                                                                      MADAM SPEAKER, THIS BIPARTISAN NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT IS CO-SPONSORED BY HOUSE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, AS WELL AS 24 OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS. THE BILL HAS EARNED WIDESPREAD SUPPORT AND WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE ON JUNE 27. BEFORE I EXPLAIN WHAT THE BILL DOES, I'D LIKE TO EXPLAIN WHY IT MATTERS SO MUCH. IN OUR LIFETIMES, WE HAVE SEEN REMARKABLE ADVANCES IN THE SIZE AND SPEED OF OUR COMPUTERS. MOST OF US CARRY PHONES IN OUR POCKETS THAT ARE SEVERAL THOUSAND TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN ALL THE COMBINED COMPUTING POWER AVAILABLE TO NASA DURING THE OWE POLL OMISSIONS. YET -- APOLLO MISSIONS. YET AS IMPRESSIVE AS THESE ADVANCES HAVE BEEN, QUANTUM COMPUTING HAS THE POWER TO EFFECT A MORE -- EFFECT US MORE. COMPUTERS TODAY RELY ON TINY ON-OFF SWITCHES ON A CHIP. SUPERCOMPUTERS ARE POSSIBLE THAT CAN PERFORM A SERIES OF ON-OFF OPERATIONS AT ASTONISHING SPEEDS. BUT CLASSICAL COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY IS NEARING ITS LIMITS. EACH SWITCH CAN ONLY OPERATE IN ONE OF TWO POSITIONS. OFF OR ON. ZERO OR ONE. QUANTUM COMPUTING IS DIFFERENT. RATHER THAN ON-OFF SWITCHES, QUANTUM COMPUTERS RELY ON SUBATOMIC PARTICLES THAT CAN BE BOTH ON AND OFF AT THE SAME TIME. THIS ENABLES QUANTUM COMPUTERS TO PERFORM COMPLEX CALCULATIONS AT SPEEDS THAT ARE POTENTIALLY MILLIONS OF TIMES FASTER THAN TODAY'S MOST ADVANCED SUPERCOMPUTERS. COUNTRIES THAT HARNESS THE POWER OF QUANTUM COMPUTING WILL BE ABLE TO REVOLUTIONIZE CYBERSECURITY, HEALTH CARE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCIAL SERVICES AND TRANSPORTATION, JUST TO NAME A FEW OF THE INDUSTRIES. THE FLIP SIDE OF THIS IS THAT QUANTUM COMPUTING WILL MAKE TRADITIONAL I.T. SECURITY PROGRAMS OBSOLETE. THE NATION THAT DEVELOPS QUANTUM COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY FIRST MAY BE ABLE TO DECODE IN A MATTER OF SECONDS OTHER COUNTRIES' SENSITIVE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION, PRY PRYTARY TECHNOLOGIES AND PERSONAL INFORMATION. OTHER COUNTRIES ARE INVESTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW RESEARCH FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR QUANTUM COMPUTING. CHINA HAS PUBLICLY STATED A NATIONAL GOAL OF SURPASSING THE U.S. DURING THE NEXT DECADE. THAT'S WHY IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE ACT NOW TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL QUANTUM STRATEGY AND PRESERVE AMERICA'S DOMINANCE IN THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD. THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT ACHIEVES THIS BY CREATING A 10-YEAR FEDERAL PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE QUANTUM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THE BILL LEVERAGES THE EXPERTISE AND RESOURCES OF U.S. INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA AND GOVERNMENT TO MOVE QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. THE LEGISLATION ENABLES A NATIONAL QUANTUM COORDINATION OFFICE WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY. THIS OFFICE WILL OVERSEE INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND STRATEGIC PLANNING, SERVE AS A CENTRAL POINT OF CONTACT FOR STAKEHOLDERS, CONDUCT RESEARCH AND PROMOTE COMMERCIALIZATION OF FEDERAL RESEARCH BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE BILL ALSO SUPPORTS BASIC RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. $225 MILLION A YEAR, THESE AGENCIES' BASELINE FUNDING WILL NOW BE DIRECTED TO NEW QUANTUM RESEARCH CENTERS AND LABORATORY RESEARCH. THEIR ACTIVITIES WILL ADDRESS FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH GAPS, CREATE A STRONGER WORK FORCE, AND DEVELOP REVOLUTIONARY KNOWLEDGE AND TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATIONS TO GIVE U.S. COMPANIES AND WORKERS AN ENDURING COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE. THE BILL ENSURES THAT U.S. HIGH-TECH COMPANIES, WHICH ARE INVESTING HEAVILY IN QUANTUM RESEARCH, AND A SURGE OF QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY STARTUPS, WILL CONTRIBUTE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES TO A NATIONAL EFFORT. H.R. 6227 WAS DEVELOPED WITH INPUT FROM INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, NATIONAL BE A -- NATIONAL LABORATORIES, FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THE ADMINISTRATION. IT WAS AN OPEN AND BIPARTISAN PROCESS. THE INPUT OF THOSE STAKEHOLDERS HAS YIELDED A STRONG CONSENSUS BILL. ADDITIONALLY, SENATOR THUNE AND SENATOR NELSON, THE CHAIRMAN AND RUNNING BACKING -- RANKING MEMBER OF THE SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE, HAVE INTRODUCED A COMPANION BILL IN THE SENATE, WITH BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL SUPPORT AND THE BACKING OF THE ADMINISTRATION, I BELIEVE THIS BILL COULD BECOME LAW BY THE END OF THE YEAR. LET'S TAKE ACTION TO SPUR AMERICA'S QUANTUM DEVELOPMENT. I 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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

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

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                                                                                      MISS JOHNSON

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL KWAN TUM INITIATIVE ACT. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR INTRODUCING THIS GOOD LEGISLATION, OF WHICH I AM A PROUD ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR. I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE DELIBERATIVE BIPARTISAN PROCESS BY WHICH THIS BILL WAS DEVELOPED OVER THE PAST YEAR. H.R. 6227 IS A PRODUCT OF ENGAGING WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS IN THE INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE HELD A HEARING ON QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY LAST OCTOBER. AT THAT HEARING WE HEARD FROM AGENCY, UNIVERSITY, AND INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT THE RECENT BREAKTHROUGHS IN QUANTUM COMMUNICATION, AND QUANTUM COMPUTING. WE ALSO HEARD ABOUT THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN QUANTUM RESEARCH AND THE NEED FOR A STRATEGIC AND COORDINATED APPROACH GOING FORWARD. IN ADDITION TO THE HEARING, COMMITTEE STAFF HELD NUMEROUS BIPARTISAN MEETINGS AND ROUND TABLES TO INFORM THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS DEAL. KWAN TUM INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY -- QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY WE SOLVE PROBLEMS. MANY BELIEVE THAT THE TECHNOLOGY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO ACCELERATE PROGRESS ON SOME OF THE MOST PRESSING CHALLENGES, INCLUDING HOW TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE AND UNDERSTAND COMPLEX DISEASES LIKE CANCER. WHILE IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT HOW FAR RANGING THE SOCIETAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR KWAN TUM COMPUTING WILL BE, RE-- KWAN TUM COMPUTING WILL BE -- QUANTUM COMPUTING WILL BE, IT IS TRULY AN EXCITING TIME FOR THIS FIELD ANTI-WIDE RANGE OF INNOVATORS WHO WERE PLANNING IT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE NEW BREAKTHROUGH CAPABILITIES. THE RACE IS ON O TO BUILD THE WORLD'S FIRST KWAN TUM COMPUTER -- QUANTUM COMPUTER CAPE AND OF PROFITING -- SOLVE BE PROBLEMS. NOT UNLIKE THE SPACE RACE IN THE 1960'S, THE STAKES IN TODAY'S QUANTUM RACE ARE HIGH. GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND QUANTUM COMPUTING BRINGS WITH IT A MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE EDGE AS WELL AS COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN WHAT MANY EXPECT TO BE THE MASSIVE INDUSTRY IN DECADES TO COME. AT THIS TIME CHINA, EUROPE, AND RUSSIA ARE INVESTING HEAVILY IN QUANTUM RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAINTAIN OUR GLOBAL STANDING AS THE LEADER IN THIS AREA. WE MUST INVEST MORE IN RESEARCH. WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE EDUCATING AND TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TOP QUANTUM SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. AND WE SHOULD DO MORE TO ENCOURAGE PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN ACADEMIA, INDUSTRY, AND GOVERNMENT. THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT WILL SET US ON THE RIGHT PATH. H.R. 62 27 DIRECTS THE PRESIDENT TO -- 6227 DIRECTS THE PRESIDENT TO ESTABLISH A 10-YEAR QUANTUM INITIATIVE PROGRAM WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PLAYING A LEAD ROLE. THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL COORDINATION OFFICE AN OUTSIDE ADVISOR COMMITTEE, AND INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP, THE PROGRAM WILL TAKE ON AN INTEGRATED GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO ACCELERATING PROGRESS IN QUANTUM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE DELIBERATIVE BIPARTISAN PROCESS BY WHICH WE DEVELOPED THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      LE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE…

                                                                                      FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, FOR THOSE NICE COMMENTS. SHE WAS RIGHT. THIS WAS A VERY BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND BIPARTISAN BILL. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

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

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SMITH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT. H.R. 6227 COORDINATES A FEDERAL PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE QUANTUM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY IS A FIELD POSITION TO FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE WAY WE MOVE AND PROCESS DATA. THEORETICALLY QUANTUM COMPUTING COULD ALLOW FOR THE SOLUTIONS TO EXPONENTIALLY LARGE PROBLEMS, THINGS THAT CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED BY EVEN THE FASTEST SUPERCOMPUTERS TODAY. IT COULD ALLOW US, MR. SPEAKER, TO VISUALIZE THE STRUCTURES OF COMPLEX CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS TO MODEL HIGHLY DETAILED FLOWS OF POTENTIAL MASS EVACUATIONS WITH PRECISE ACCURACY, WITH HURRICANES ABOUNDING TODAY, THAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR US. AND TO QUANTIFY SUBATOMIC INTERACTIONS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF NUCLEAR RESEARCH. QUANTUM COMPUTING MAY ALSO HAVE PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS FOR CYBER TECHNOLOGY -- CYBER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS ALLUDED TO THIS, SHOULD CHINA AND RUSSIA BEAT US TO ACHIEVING QUANTUM ENCRYPTION, OUR CURRENT SECURITY ENCRYPTION MEASURES WOULD BE RENDERED OBSOLETE. YOU HEARD CHAIRMAN SMITH IN HIS REMARKS SAY WE COULD POSSIBLY DECODE THEIR ENCRYPTIONS IN A MATTER OF SECONDS IF NOT MINUTES. IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE U.S. MAINTAIN ITS LEADERSHIP IN THIS FIELD. IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS KIND OF REVOLUTIONARY IMPROVEMENT IN TECHNOLOGY, WE NEED FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE IN THE ADVANCED COMPUTING AND MATERIAL SCIENCE REQUIRED TO CONSTRUCT THOSE QUANTUM SYSTEMS. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE D.O.E., OFFICE OF SCIENCE, IS THE LEADING FEDERAL SPONSOR OF BASIC RESEARCH IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND FUNDS -- IT ALSO FUNDS ROBUST QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH. AT LAWRENCE BERKLEY NATIONAL LAB, THE NATIONAL ENERGY RESEARCH SCIENTIFIC AND COMPUTING CENTER ALLOWS SCIENTISTS TO RUN SIMULATIONS OF QUANTUM ARCHITECTURES. AT ARGONE'S NATIONAL LAB CERTAINTY FOR NANOSKILL MATERIALS, RESEARCHERS STUDY ATOMIC SCALE MATERIALS IN ORDER TO ENGINEER THE CHARACTERISTICS OF QUANTUM INFORMATION SYSTEMS. AND AFFIRMING THE NATIONAL ACCELERATED LABORATORY, SCIENTISTS ARE APPLYING THEIR EXPERIENCE IN HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS TO THE STUDY OF QUANTUM MATERIALS EARLIER THIS YEAR, I WAS PRIVILEGED TO INVITE SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME ON A VISIT TO ARGONE LABS AND WE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING WITH THOSE VERY SCIENTISTS CONDUCTING THIS GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH. REALLY IS BREATHTAKING. IT REALLY IS GROUND SHATTERING IF YOU ASK ME AND WHAT IT WILL DO FOR SCIENCE. SUPPORT FOR BASIC RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND COMPUTATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, AND THE NATIONAL LABS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY NEEDED FOR FUTURE COMMERCIAL QUANTUM SYSTEMS. FOR THESE REINCE I -- REASONS I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 6227.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS…

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MISS JOHNSON

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                                                      MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                      I THANK MS. JOHNSON FOR YIELDING. AND THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS…

                                                                                      I THANK MS. JOHNSON FOR YIELDING. AND THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WILL MAKE A SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO THE FIELD OF QUANTUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. WHICH IS CRITICAL FOR OUR GLOBAL SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL LEADERSHIP. WHILE THE BENEFITS OF QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY MAY STILL BE A WAYS OFF, THERE IS FIERCE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN THIS FIELD. MOST NOTABLY FROM CHINA. AND WE CAN'T AFFORD TO WASTE ANY TIME. STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS LIKE THIS THAT WE BECAME THE WORLD'S ECONOMIC, SCIENTIFIC, AND TECHNOLOGY LEADER. WE CAN ONLY MAINTAIN THAT POSITION THROUGH CONTINUING SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN CUTTING EDGE BASIC RESEARCH. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT OTHER COUNTRIES RUN CREASING THEIR INVESTMENTS IN QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY, IN SOME CASES GUIDED BY LONG-TERM STRATEGIES. AND THIS BILL WILL MAKE SURE THAT WE DEVELOP COHERENT STRATEGY OF OUR OWN. THIS BILL'S A BRIGHT SPOT IN WHAT IS OTHERWISE A LONG DOWNWARD TREND IN FEDERAL R&D FUNDING AS PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P. MUCH AS TODAY'S UNBALANCED BUDGET LEADS TO FUTURE DEBT PROBLEMS, TODAY'S UNDERINVESTMENT IN R&D LEADS TO FUTURE INNOVATION DEFICITS. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH PARTIES FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR. WE WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT THIS IS JUST A FIRST STEP. WE NEED TO DOUBLE DOWN ON OUR EFFORTS AND TO REPRIORITIZE FEDERAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT AND COMMEND AN ORGANIZATION THAT'S A LEADER IN THE FIELD OF QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, AND THAT MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS BILL. THE CHICAGO QUANTUM EXCHANGE IS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, ARGON NATIONAL LEB, AND THE ACCELERATOR LAB. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WEBER FOR BRINGING THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY OUT TO ARGON EARLIER THIS YEAR. HE SPOKE ABOUT SOME OF THE GREAT WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING THERE. THE CHICAGO QUANTUM EXCHANGE WAS CREATED TO DEVELOP AND GROW INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION FOR THE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW QUANTUM ENABLED TECHNOLOGIES. AND HELP EDUCATE A NEW GENERATION OF QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE EXCHANGE. CHICAGO QUANTUM EXCHANGES SERVES AS BOTH AN EXCELLENT MODEL FOR THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY CENTERS FOR QUANTUM RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ENVISIONED IN THIS BILL AND FOR WHAT THE FUTURE OF OUR R&D AND QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE WILL LOOK LIKE. FINALLY, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND FOR WORKING WITH US TO MAKE THIS A GOOD BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS…

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

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, WHO…

                                                                                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, WHO HAS BEEN A LONG TIME AND ACTIVE MEFMENT SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND ALSO FORMER VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                      MR. ROHRABACHER

                                                                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT. THIS…

                                                                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6227, THE NATIONAL QUANTUM INITIATIVE ACT. THIS ACT WILL MOVE US TOWARDS A NEW MI LEN YALM OF -- MILLENNIUM OF COMPUTING. COMPUTERS USED TO BE BIG, REALLY LARGE. AND THE WAYS TO MAKE THEM MORE POWERFUL WAS THOUGHT TO BE MAKING THEM BIGGER AND BIGGER. ENORMOUS MAIN FRAMES FILLED ENTIRE OFFICE FLOORS. WELL, AFTER SOME VERY SIGNIFICANT DISCOVERIES AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TECHNOLOGICAL ARENA, WE ADVANCED THIS TECHNOLOGIES, MAKING COMPUTERS SMALLER, LIGHTER, MORE CAPABLE SO WE COULD SEND, FOR EXAMPLE, ASTRONAUTS TO THE MOON. THAT LED TO MORE AND MORE IMPROVEMENTS AND NOW COMPUTERS ARE IN CARS, ARE IN OUR COFFEE MACHINES, AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT WE DO. THEY HAVE GOTTEN SO SMALL THAT MOST OF US CAN CARRY THEM AROUND AND PERHAPS RIGHT NOW ARE CARRYING THEM AROUND IN OUR POCKET. AT THIS POINT, NOW, WE STAND ON THE CUSP OF ANOTHER GIANT LEAP FORWARD FOR MANKIND. THE QUANTUM LEAP. BY HARNESSING THE NATURAL PROPERTIES OF ATOMIC AND SUBATOMIC PARTICLES, WE CAN DEVELOP THE CAPABILITIES IN THE NEXT DECADE THAT ARE FAR MORE CAPABLE THAN THE SYSTEMS THAT TODAY WE MARVEL ABOUT. THIS ACT WILL COORDINATE OUR FEDERAL ACTIVITY, REDUCE WASTE, AND REDUNDANCY, AND ENSURE OUR EFFORTS ARE STRATEGIC. THIS WILL KEEP US IN ADVANCE AND WAY IN ADVANCE OF OUR ADVERSARIES AROUND THE GLOBE AND ENSURE OUR SECURITY AND OUR PROSPERITY. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS ACT AND SUPPORTING A BETTER FUTURE FOR AMERICA AND THE WORLD.

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

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

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                                                                                      MS. JOHNSON

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR FURTHER TIME. I CONTINUE TO…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO REQUESTS FOR FURTHER TIME. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, WHO IS…

                                                                                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, WHO IS ONE OF THE FEW MEMBERS OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE TO ACTUALLY BE A MEMBER OF THREE SUBCOMMITTEES. HE'S A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY SUBCOMMITTEE, AND THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE. WE APPRECIATE HIS ACTIVE SERVICE ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                      MR. HULTGREN

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ESPECIALLY THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SMITH. I…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ESPECIALLY THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SMITH. I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND SUCCESS AND ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON FOR YOUR BIPARTISAN WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION, AS WELL AS YOUR WORK ON H.R. 589 THAT WE'LL BE GETTING OVER THE FINISH LINE LATER IN THIS SERIES. QUANTUM COMPUTING REPRESENTS A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE WAY WE'RE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS AND COMB THROUGH DATA WHEN DOING COMPLEX COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEMS. LIKE MANY THINGS WE DO AT THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE, THIS ENDEAVOR REQUIRES TIME, EFFORT, AND COMMITMENT. QUANTUM COMPUTING WAS FIRST THEORIZED IN THE 1980'S WITH RESEARCHERS SUCH AS RICHARD FINEMAN, THE PHYSICIST IN MY DISTRICT NOW KNOW VERY WELL, WITH EVERY PARTICLE PHYSICS DRAWING HE DIAGRAMMED TO EXCHANGE THE INTERACTION OF SUBATOMIC ARTICLES. HIS LATER WORK HAS BEEN THE LASTING IMPACT HE'S HAD ON THE FIELD. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THEM WITH THE COMPUTER CENTER ON MY CAMPUS AND IT'S ALSO A PARTNER WITH THE CHICAGO EXCHANGE IN ARGON AND OTHER PARTNERS TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE SYSTEMS OUTSIDE OF JUST COMPUTING. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE ADVANCEMENTS THIS RESEARCH WILL PROVIDE, MORE IMPORTANTLY THE PEOPLE WE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP. WE'RE JUST GET TOGETHER POINT WHERE WE CAN ACTUALLY USE THE REAMS OF DATA WE FIRST GOT OUT OF OUR GENOME PROJECT AND ABILITY TO USE THIS AND OTHER DATA WILL HELP US FIND MORE TARGETED CURES AND BERT TREATMENTS. SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THIS LEGISLATION, I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION CONTAINS A NUMBER OF SECTIONS FROM LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF OUR NATIONAL LABS TO GET IDEAS OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. . IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO BETTER WORK WITH UNIVERSITIES WHEN THERE ARE CAPABILITIES THAT ONLY EXIST IN OUR LABS. THESE LABS HAVE BEEN A PASSION OF MINE WITH THE ABILITY TO SEE TWO OF THEM UP CLOSE IN ILLINOIS AND I HAVE SEEN INNOVATION ENGINE THEY CAN BE, NOT JUST FOR OUR NATION BUT LOCAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMIES. IT'S VITAL WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR LABORATORIES WHICH HOST OVER 32,000 RESEARCHERS FROM ACROSS THE NATION, TOUCHING NEARLY, IF NOT EVERY UNIVERSITY IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS LEGISLATION GIVES THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE CLEAR DIRECTION ON THEIR MISSION AND I'M PLEASED WE COULD WORK WITH THE SENATE TO GET THIS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AFTER THIS VOTE SERIES. AGAIN, THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN. I URGE PASSAGE OF THESE PONL BILLS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- I URGE PASSAGE OF THESE BILLS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      MS. JOHNSON

                                                                                      I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I'D LIKE TO URGE SUPPORT OF THE…

                                                                                      I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I'D LIKE TO URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6227, 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 TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      SENATE AMENDMENT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE…

                                                                                      SENATE AMENDMENT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JOHNSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      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 REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO -- 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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                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

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

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                                                                                    • 02:18:56 PM

                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT, IS THE PRODUCT OF MORE THAN FOUR YEARS' WORK BY THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE TO ADVANCE BASIC RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND SET CLEAR SCIENCE PRIORITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE WHO SPONSORED THIS LEGISLATION WITH ME, PARTICULARLY RANKING MEMBER EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, VICE CHAIRMAN FRANK LUCAS, ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RANDY WEBBER, VICE CHAIRMAN STEVE KNIGHT AND ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS DANA ROHRABACHER, MO BROOKS, RANDY HULTGREN, ZOE LOFGREN, MR. LIPINSKI. AS WELL AS BARBARA COMSTOCK, CLAY HIGGINS, ELIZABETH ESTY, AND ED PERLMUTTER. SIX STAND-LONE BILLS FROM LAST CONGRESS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION. THE D.O.E. RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT PRIORITIZES CRITICAL BASIC RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AT THE D.O.E. NATIONAL LABS. IT PROVIDES THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE AUTHORIZATION FOR OFFICE OF SCIENCE PROGRAMS, WHICH CONDUCT AND SUPPORT OVER $6 BILLION IN RESEARCH EACH YEAR. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES D.O.E. TO COORDINATE RESEARCH ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT. IT PROVIDES PRIVATE INDUSTRY WITH INCREASED ACCESS TO THE UNIQUE USER FACILITIES AND CAPABILITIES OF THE NATIONAL LABS THAT WILL HELP TO DEVELOP ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. TITLE 1 OF H.R. 589 IMPROVES THE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROCESS BETWEEN D.O.E. AND PRIVATE INDUSTRY. THE INNOVATIVE EARLY STAGE RESEARCH PERFORMED AT THE NATIONAL LABS CAN HAVE GREAT VALUE TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHILE THE LABS CONSISTENTLY DEVELOP IDEAS AND TECHNOLOGY THAT HAVE COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL, FEDERAL RED TAPE AND BUREAUCRACY DISCOURAGE THE COOPERATION NEEDED FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO TAKE TECHNOLOGIES TO MARKET. TITLE 1 ENABLES NATIONAL LAB DIRECTORS TO BETTER PARTNER WITH INDUSTRY AND ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN REMAIN A WORLD LEADER IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, REPRESENTATIVE RANDY HULTGREN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, REPRESENTATIVE ED PERLMUTTER, FOR SPONSORING SIMILAR LEGISLATION IN THE LAST CONGRESS TO ADVANCE THESE IMPORTANT REFORMS AT OUR NATIONAL LABS. TITLE 2 OF THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES D.O.E. TO BETTER MANAGE AND COORDINATE RESEARCH EFFORTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. THIS TITLE ALSO REQUIRES D.O.E. TO PROVIDE A REGULAR ANALYSIS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. THIS WILL IDENTIFY KEY AREAS FOR COLLABORATION ACROSS SCIENCE AND APPLIED RESEARCH PROGRAMS AND ALLOW THE SECRETARY TO IDENTIFY PROGRAMS THAT COST TOO MUCH AND COULD BE BETTER UNDERTAKEN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. TITLE 3 ESTABLISHES PRIORITIES AND PROVIDES STATUTORY DIRECTION FOR THE BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS WITHIN THE D.O.E.'S OFFICE OF SCIENCE. THIS INCLUDES RESEARCH IN BASIC ENERGY SCIENCES, BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, HIGH COMPUTER, NUCLEAR PHYSICS, INFUSION SCIENCE. THESE BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS ARE CENTRAL TO THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT. INVESTMENT IN THIS RESEARCH CAN LEAD TO NEW SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES THAT WILL MAINTAIN U.S. LEADERSHIP IN TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION. THIS TITLE ALSO AUTHORIZES BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS IN SOLAR FUELS, ELECTRICITY STORAGE, COMPUTING AND LOW DOSE RADIATION. THE HOUSE HAS PREVIOUSLY PASSED BY ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KNIGHT AND SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER HULTGREN TO AUTHORIZE THESE FOUR KEY BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS. H.R. 589 REPRESENTS A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL AGREEMENT TO MODERNIZE AND INCREASE THE PRODUCTIVITY OF THE D.O.E. NATIONAL LAB SYSTEM, STREAMLINE D.O.E. RESEARCH PROGRAMS, AND PRIORITIZE THE BASIC SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT WILL MAINTAIN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN SCIENCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MS. JOHNSON

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT, WHICH I AM PLEASED TO BE A CO-SPONSOR. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS THE RESULT OF CONSTRUCTIVE NEGOTIATIONS WITH OUR MAJORITY AND WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO NOTE THAT MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL WILL ACTUALLY -- WAS ACTUALLY FIRST PROPOSED IN THE AMERICA COMPETES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. AND THAT WAS SPONSORED BY EVERY DEMOCRATIC MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE LAST CONGRESS. THIS BILL INCLUDES WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE AUTHORIZATION OF THE D.O.E. OFFICE OF SCIENCE WHICH IS THE LARGEST SUPPORTER OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH IN THE COUNTRY. THIS IS A $6.6 MILLION OFFICE THAT MANAGES 10 OF OUR NATIONAL LABORATORIES, OFTEN CALLED THE CROWN JEWEL OF OUR NATIONAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE. YET, THUS FAR, UNLIKE -- NASA, NEARLY EVERY OTHER MAJOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AGENCY STEWARDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE HAS NOT RECEIVED A STATUTORY GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT THAT ITS CAPABILITIES AND MISSION WARRANT. SO PASSING THIS PORTION OF THE BILL INTO LAW ALONE WOULD BE A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROVISIONS THAT PREVIOUSLY PASSED THE HOUSE AS A PART OF A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT I AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE CO-SPONSORED. IN ADDITION, IT WILL PROVIDE THE FIRST AUTHORIZATION OF THE PROMISING INNOVATION HUB MODEL FOR ENERGY RESEARCH, AND IT WOULD ENABLE GREATER PRIVATE SECTOR MANAGEMENT OF ARPA-E. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH AND HIS STAFF FOR WORKING CLOSELY WITH US AND OUR SENATE COUNTERPARTS TO FIND COMMON GROUND IN EACH OF THESE AREAS. AND I BELIEVE THEY WILL BE CRITICAL TO ENSURING OUR NATION'S COMPETITIVENESS AND OUR CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

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

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

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

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SMITH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT. H.R. 589 PROVIDES POLICY DIRECTION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ON BASIC SCIENCE RESEARCH AND COORDINATION AND IMPLEMENTS IMPORTANT REFORMS TO D.O.E. NATIONAL LANGUAGE ARE ATORY MANAGEMENT THAT WILL MODERNIZE THE RESEARCH PIPELINE. THIS LEGISLATION GIVES CONGRESS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENACT ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY THAT PRIORITIZES CRITICAL PROGRAMS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. FROM ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING TO NUCLEAR PHYSICS TO FUSION ENERGY SCIENCE, FOCUSING ON BASIC RESEARCH AT OUR NATIONAL LABS PROVIDES THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION. SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS, MR. SPEAKER, IN BASIC SCIENCE, RESEARCH BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA, AS HAS BEEN ALLUDED TO, THREATENS AMERICA'S GLOBAL STANDING AS THE LEADER IN SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE. TO MAINTAIN OUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE AS A WORLD LEADER IN SCIENCE, WE MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE RESEARCH AND RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL LEAD TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH AND RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON AND MANY OF MY SCIENCE COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE TO GUIDE RESEARCH THAT WILL HELP AMERICA COMPETE AROUND THE WORLD AND BE THE LEADER AROUND THE WORLD. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 589. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MS. JOHNSON

                                                                                      I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I'LL RESERVE.

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                                                                                      RESERVE.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR.…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, WHO IS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                      MR. MARSHALL

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT, SPONSORED BY MY FRIEND AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE SMITH. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL ADVANCES BASIC RESEARCH AND SETS EXPLICIT SCIENCE PRIORITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WHICH IS CRITICAL FOR OUR FUTURE INNOVATION. H.R. 589 ALSO AUTHORIZES THE CORE PROGRAM IN MY BILL, THE LOW DOSE RADIATION RESEARCH ACT, WHICH UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE HOUSE EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE PROVISION DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO CARRY OUT A RESEARCH PROGRAM ON LOW DOSE RADIATION WHICH WILL INCREASE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF LOW DOSE RADIATION. WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH HIGH DOSES OF RADIATION. BUT WE DON'T KNOW THE EFFECTS OF LOW DOSES OF RADIATION. AS A PRODUCT OF INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES, MEDICAL PROCEDURES AND NATIONALLY OCCURRING SYSTEMS, HUMANS ARE EXPOSED TO LOW DOSE OF RADIATION EVERY DAY AND IT'S IMPERATIVE WE KNOW THIS RISK. THERE IS BROAD CONSENSUS AMONG THE RADIOBIOLOGY COMMUNITY THAT WE NEED TO ADVANCE THE USE OF YADEIATION TECHNOLOGIES. WE HAVE INVALUABLE DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS TODAY, LIKE C.T. SCANS, WHICH EMIT LOW DOSES OF RADIATION. AS A PHYSICIAN IN MY HOME STATE OF KANSAS, I CERTAINLY HAVE FIRSTHAND UNDERSTANDING OF THE CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF VERIFIED RESEARCH AND ENSURING THE BEST MEDICAL OUTCOMES FOR OUR PATIENTS. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER IF SHE HAS ANY SPEAKERS.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MS. JOHNSON

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE TO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I SUPPORT…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE TO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I SUPPORT PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. KNIGHT, WHO IS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                      COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                      MR. KNIGHT

                                                                                      THIS BILL MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH…

                                                                                      THIS BILL MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH TO ENSURE THE UNITED STATES PROTECTS ITS EDGE IN NOVEL, EFFICIENT, AND COMMERCIALLY VIABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION. H.R. 589 MAKES NEEDED REFORMS TO THE NATIONAL LABORATORY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO STREAMLINE THE TRANSFER OF COMMERCIALLY READY TECHNOLOGIES TO AMERICAN BUSINESSES. THIS WILL ALLOW THE BENEFITS OF PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN CRITICAL RESEARCH TO BE PASSED ON TO AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS WITH GREATER SPEED AND REINFORCE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. IN ADDITION, THIS BILL DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO ESTABLISH ENERGY INNOVATION HUBS. TO PULL TOGETHER AND CREATE EFFICIENCIES IN KEY SCIENTIFIC AREAS ACROSS BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH PROGRAMS. THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES AUTHORIZATION OF SOLAR FUELS INITIATIVE, INCORPORATING THE TEXT OF MY BILL LAST CONGRESS, THE SOLAR FUELS INNOVATION ACT. THIS PROVISION BUILDS ON RESEARCH THAT IS NOW BEING UNDERTAKEN UP AND DOWN THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA FROM BERKLEY TO CAL TECH TO PRODUCE FUELS FROM SUNLIGHT. THE SOLAR FUEL PROCESS, ALSO KNOWN AS ARTIFICIAL PHOTO SYNTHESIS, CONVERTS SUNLIGHT INTO ENERGY TO CREATE A RANGE OF STOREABLE CHEMICAL FUELS OVERCOMING THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES TO MAXIMIZING THE BENEFITS OF RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES. BASIC RESEARCH AND ARTIFICIAL PHOTO SYNTHESIS AND RELATED EFFORTS TO LEAD TO A SOLAR FUEL SYSTEM THAT CONSOLIDATES SOLAR POWER AND ENERGY STORAGE IN A COHESIVE PROCESS. THIS WOULD TRANSFORM THE ECONOMY IN CALIFORNIA AND THE REST OF THE NATION. THE SOLAR FUELS INITIATIVE WOULD SOFT CRITICAL CHALLENGE POSED BY WASTED RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENLARGE INCENTIVES TO INVEST IN NEW SOLAR BUSINESSES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH AND MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE HELPED ME ADVANCE THIS BILL FOR THEIR FORESIGHT IN IDENTIFYING RESEARCH INITIATIVES THAT PROMISE NEW APPROACHES TO ENERGY TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL BE GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY AND OUR ENVIRONMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS COMMENTS AND ALSO FOR HIS…

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS COMMENTS AND ALSO FOR HIS INITIATIVES ON THE SUBJECT OF ENERGY IN SO MANY WAYS. SEVERAL OF THE BILLS WE'RE CONSIDERING ARE A RESULT OF THAT INITIATIVE. I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE MY -- BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE…

                                                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 589. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 97, THE…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 97, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL UP…

                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL UP THE BILL WITHOUT AMENDMENT?

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

                                                                                      YES.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      SENATE 97, AN ACT TO ENABLE CIVILIAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED…

                                                                                      SENATE 97, AN ACT TO ENABLE CIVILIAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES BY PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS TO EXPAND THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, AND MATERIAL SCIENCES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

                                                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JOHNSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER.

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

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

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON S. 97, THE BILL NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

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

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

                                                                                      I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IN SUPPORT OF S. 97, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY…

                                                                                      I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IN SUPPORT OF S. 97, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT. I WANT TO THANK SENATOR CRAPO, SENATOR MURKOWSKI, SENATOR BOOKER, AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON AND CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND FOR THEIR YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN ADVOCATING FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ALONGSIDE MY SENATE COUNTERPARTS TO PRIORITIZE FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH THAT WILL SUPPORT NUCLEAR INNOVATION AND KEEP AMERICA SAFE, INDEPENDENT, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE WHO HAVE WORKED ALONGSIDE ME WITH ADVANCING THIS LEGISLATION. THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT, WHICH I INTRODUCED IN THE 114TH AND 115TH CONGRESS, PROVIDES UPDATED STATUTORY DIRECTION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S NUCLEAR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES TO TO ENSURE THAT FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH IS PRIORITIZED AND PRECIOUS RESOURCES ARE NOT WASTED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL LAYS OUT A CLEAR SET OF PARAMETERS AND A DEFINITE TIMELINE FOR D.O.E. TO COMPLETE AN ADVANCED RESEARCH REACTOR FACILITY, WHICH IS A CRUCIAL PART OF ENSURING INNOVATIVE MATERIALS AND NUCLEAR FUELS, R&D, CAN TAKE PLACE RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES INSTEAD OF OVERSEAS. WHILE MODELING AND SIMULATION CAN ACCELERATE R&D, NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH MUST BE VALIDATED THROUGH DIRECT EXPERIMENTATION IN THE LAB. THIS TYPE OF RESEARCH REQUIRES ACCESS TO A SOURCE OF FAST NEUTRONS AND TODAY THESE ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR CIVILIAN RESEARCH IN RUSSIA. THE VERSATILE NEUTRON SOURCE AUTHORSED -- AUTHORIZED IN THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE THE UNITED STATES WITH THIS VITAL CAPABILITY. S. 97 ALSO DIRECTS D.O.E. TO PARTNER WITH INDUSTRY TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE REACTOR PROTOTYPES AT D.O.E. NATIONAL LABS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATIONAL LABS PROVIDE A VERY UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT THAT SAFELY ALLOWS FOR CREATIVE TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR ADVANCED NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT A BURDENSOME REGULATORY PROCESS THAT CAN SLOW PROGRESS TO A CRAWL. IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN OUR NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES, THE UNITED STATES MUST CONTINUE DEVELOPING CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY RIGHT HERE AT HOME. WITHOUT THE DIRECTION PROVIDED IN THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL CONTINUE TO RELY ON FOREIGN RESEARCH. WE WILL FALL FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND. WE WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AND BE LEFT IMPORTING NEXT GENERATION REACTOR DESIGNS FROM OVERSEAS. THIS IS UNACCEPT AFPBLET S. 97 WILL MAINTAIN AMERICANS -- UNACCEPTABLE. S. 97 WILL MAINTAIN AMERICANS' ABILITY TO RESEARCH, AS MORE NATIONS LOOK TO GROW THEIR ECONOMIES. THE LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL IS THE PRODUCT OF MANY SIGHENS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS WITH RELEVANT STAKE HOLDERS IN NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. MR. SPEAKER, LAST CONGRESS THIS LANGUAGE PASSED THE HOUSE THREE TIMES AS A STAND ALONE BILL, WITH THE HOUSE AMENDMENTS TO S. 2012, AND THE NDAA EACH WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THIS LANGUAGE ALSO HAS A HISTORY OF STRONG SUPPORT IN THE SENATE. IT PASSED AS AN AMENDMENT IN THE SENATE DURING THE 114TH CONGRESS AND AGAIN AS A STAND ALONE BILL THIS CONGRESS. S. 97 IS VITAL TO ENSURE THIS IMPORTANT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IS CARRIED OUT. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROVIDED BY NEXT GENERATION NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING S. 97, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                                                                      MS. JOHNSON

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT SENATE BILL 97. THE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT SENATE BILL 97. THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT. IT IS THE SENATE COMPANION TO H.R. 431, WHICH I'M VERY PLEASED TO BE A CO-SPONSOR. TODAY NUCLEAR POWER PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN PROVIDING OUR COUNTRY WITH CLEAN, RELIABLE ENERGY. I HAPPEN TO BE ONE OF THOSE THAT LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE WE HAVE NUCLEAR ENERGY. LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES IS PREVENTING AND MITIGATING THE POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. I BELIEVE THAT THIS CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCE CAN AND SHOULD PLAY A KEY ROLE IN OUR EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF OUR ELECTRICITY SECTOR. BUT THERE CURRENTLY ARE POLICY CHALLENGES THAT PREVENT NUCLEAR ENERGY FROM PLAYING A LARGER ROLE IN ENABLING A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE. THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITY ACT TAKES SEVERAL POSITIVE STEPS TO ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES. IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL WILL HELP ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE SAFER, LESS EXPENSIVE, MORE EFFICIENT, AND PRODUCE LESS WASTE THAN THE CURRENT GENERATION. -H -- GENERATION OF NUCLEAR REACTORS. I HOPE IT WILL ALSO HELP ENSURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THE U.S. NUCLEAR ENERGY INDUSTRY. I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE PROCESS WE FOLLOWED TO PUT THIS BILL TOGETHER. MAJORITY, MINORITY STAFF IN BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE WORKED CLOSELY TOGETHER FROM ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS, THROUGH CRAFTING AND INCORPORATING SUGGESTED CHANGES TO THE BILL LANGUAGE. THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE WHEN WE LEAVE THE POLITICS AT THE DOOR AND LOOK FOR COMMON GROUND TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES FACING OUR NATION'S RESEARCH ENTERPRISE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GREAT GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GREAT GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN SMITH.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, VIRGINIA TECH.

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                                                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR.…

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, S. 97, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT, DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO ENABLE THE AMERICAN NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY TO CONDUCT CIVILIAN NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL ADVANCE OUR LEADERSHIP IN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. WHILE WE'RE CONSIDERING THE SENATE VERSION OF THIS BILL TODAY, I'D LIKE TO CREDIT THE AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION, ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RANDY WEBER, AND HIS PRIMARY CO-SPONSORS, SCIENCE COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, FOR THEIR YEARS OF LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THE ORIGINATING SCIENCE COMMITTEE LEGISLATION WAS DEVELOPED OVER FOUR YEARS OF COLLABORATION, INCLUDING HEARINGS, COORDINATION WITH D.O.E., AND THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION, AND COUNTLESS MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS. EVERY EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO ENSURE THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO MORE EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF NUCLEAR POWER. ADVANCED NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE RELIABLE, SAFE, AND EMISSION-FREE ELECTRICITY AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE MODERN AND DEVELOPING WORLD. THE LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES THE RESEARCH FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY TO HELP DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ADVANCED NUCLEAR REACTORS HERE AT HOME, MAINTAINING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP, AND THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY SECTOR. THIS TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE ALLOWS US TOET BER INFLUENCE GLOBAL NONPROLIFERATION STANDARDS AND SPREENTS CIVILIAN NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY FROM BEING MISS USED FOR WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT OVERSEAS. S. 97 DIRECTION D.O.E. TO DEVELOP PLANS FOR LONG-TERM RESEARCH AND AUTHORIZES CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE D.O.E. NATIONAL LABS. THIS INCLUDES LEVERAGING D.O.E. STATE-OF-THE-ART SUPERCOMPUTERS TO ACCELERATE THE THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED REACTORS. THE BILL ALSO AUTHORIZES CONSTRUCTION OF A RESEARCH REACTOR AT A D.O.E. SITE THIS. RESEARCH REACTOR WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE FAST NEUTRONS NECESSARY TO DEVELOP ADVANCED NUCLEAR REACTORS. BY INVESTING IN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE, D.O.E. CAN MAXIMIZE THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL RESEARCH DOLLARS AND FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WIDE VARIETY OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. FINALLY, S. 97 CREATES A RELIABLE MECHANISM FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO PARTNER WITH D.O.E. LABS TO BUILD D.O.E. CERTIFIED PROTOTYPE REACTORS AT D.O.E. SITES. WHILE THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE HAS HEARD FROM DOZENS OF COMPANIES WITH INNOVATIVE REACTOR DESIGNS, THE ABILITY TO MOVE NEW NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY TO THE MARKET HAS BEEN STALLED BY GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND LICENSING RED TAPE. S. 97 PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY FOR THESE NUCLEAR ENTREPRENEURS. THE SAFE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AT D.O.E. SITES WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO D.O.E. RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE AND FAST TRACK THE COMMERCIAL REGULATORY PROCESS BY INVOLVING NUCLEAR REACTORS AT THE EARLEST STAGES OF PROTOTYPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. NUCLEAR POWER HAS BEEN A PROVEN SOURCE OF SAFE AND EMISSION-FREE ELECH TRITS FOR OVER A HALF CENTURY. BY ENACTING THIS LEGISLATION AND INVESTING IN THE CAPABILITIES NEEDED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO DEVELOP ADVANCED REACTORS, WE CAN BUILD ON THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND NUCLEAR POWER AND REDUCE EMISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WEBER AND RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL, AS WELL AS OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES, INCLUDING SENATOR MIKE CRAPO, SENATOR JIM RISCH, SENATOR MURKOWSKI, SENATOR COREY BOOKER FOR LEADING THE EFFORT TO PASS THIS BILL THROUGH THE SENATE. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AND CLEAR THIS LEGISLATION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ENACTMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MS. JOHNSON

                                                                                      I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AT THIS TIME. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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

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

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

                                                                                      MAY I ASK IF THE GENTLELADY IS PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                                                                                      MS. JOHNSON

                                                                                      I THINK I DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE PASSAGE AND…

                                                                                      I THINK I DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YEEMEDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YEEMEDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. WEBER

                                                                                      S. 97 IS VITAL TO ENSURE NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. BY HARNESSING…

                                                                                      S. 97 IS VITAL TO ENSURE NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. BY HARNESSING THE EXPERTISE AND CAPABILITIES OF OUR NATION'S NATIONAL LABS, AMERICAN INDUSTRY CAN TAKE THE LEAD IN DEVELOPING GROUNDBREAKING ADVANCED NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE AND ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE WHO HAVE WORKED HARD TO GET THIS LEGISLATION PASSED. SENATORS CRAPO, WHITEHOUSE, MURKOWSKI, BOOKER, AND, OF COURSE, RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON AND CHAIRMAN SMITH, AS WELL AS OTHER OF OUR COLLEAGUES. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE DOZENS OF RESEARCHERS AND STAKEHOLDERS WHO HAVE PROVIDED CRITICAL FEEDBACK OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AS WE HAVE BEEN DEVELOPING THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THE THIS COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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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 SENATE BILL 97. 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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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1054, I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO…

                                                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1054, I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 5895.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 5895, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT…

                                                                                      H.R. 5895, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1059, THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED AS…

                                                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1059, THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO -- FROM IDAHO -- NEW JERSEY.

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR H.R. 5895.…

                                                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR H.R. 5895. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES THE ENERGY AND WATER, LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS ACT -- BILLS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. IT IS A PRODUCT OF MONTHS OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT IS A RESPONSIBLE COMPROMISE THAT ADDRESSES SHARED PRIORITIES. FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT ALL AMERICANS INCLUDING NATIONAL SECURITY, ENERGY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND WATER RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURE, CARE FOR VETERANS, AND OPERATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. CRITICALLY, THIS CONFERENCE REPORT REPRESENTS THE FULL -- THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS FULLY FUNDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE FISCAL YEAR 2017 THAT CONGRESS WILL HAVE PASSED ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A DECADE SINCE FISCAL YEAR 2007 THAT CONGRESS WILL BE SENDING MORE THAN ONE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30. WE'VE DONE OUR BEST TO REPAIR A BROKEN APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. THIS IS WELCOMED AND LONG OVERDUE, RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER, FULFILLS OUR PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DELIVER RESULTS. PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO OUR TROOPS AND FAMILIES WHO RELY ON MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUSTAIN THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE AND ACCOMPLISH THEIR MISSIONS. AND FOR OUR VETERANS WHO DESERVE FULL ACCESS TO THEIR BENEFITS AND HEALTH CARE. IT'S MY SINCERE HOPE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE THIS PROGRESS WITH CONSIDERATION OF ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE REPORTS. THE ENERGY AND WATER PORTION OF THE REPORT PROVIDES $44.6 BILLION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NUCLEAR PROGRAM. INVESTMENTS IN NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS HELPS OUR NATION MAINTAIN ITS STRONGEST POSSIBLE NUCLEAR DETERRENCE POSTURE, SUPPORTS OUR NAVY NUCLEAR POWERED FLEET, KEEPS NUCLEAR MATERIALS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. AND THE BILL ALSO TARGETS AN ARRAY OF ENERGY PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT OUR GOAL OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND DIRECTS MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS TO WATER RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS PART OF THE REPORT TOTALS $98 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDING. THIS INCLUDES THE LARGEST DOLLAR AMOUNT EVER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. $86.5 BILLION, A SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT THAT WILL IMPROVE ACCESS TO AND QUALITY CARE FOR VETERANS. IMPORTANTLY, THIS ALSO INCLUDES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE V.A. MISSION ACT. IT WILL SUPPORT ONGOING CARE FOR OUR VETERANS THROUGH COMMUNITY CARE CENTERS, CAREGIVERS, AND OTHER MEDICAL SERVICES. THIS FUNDING IS PROVIDED WITHIN THE EXISTING DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CAPS. ALSO, THE BILL PROVIDES STRONG INVESTMENTS FOR OUR DEFENSE INFRASTRUCTURE AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. THIS WILL SUPPORT THE REBUILDING OF OUR ARMED FORCES, HELP COUNTER THREATS AND AGGRESSION ABROAD AND SUPPORTS OUR TROOP AND MILITARY FAMILIES. THE THIRD PORTION OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THIS LEGISLATION CONTINUES THE OPERATIONS OF CONGRESS AND ITS SUPPORT AGENCIES, ENSURING THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE BEST ABLE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITHIN THE TOTAL OF $4.8 BILLION PROVIDED FOR BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE, FUNDING IS PRIORITIZED FOR SECURITY, SAFETY WITHIN THE CAPITOL COMPLEX, INCLUDING INCREASES FOR THE CAPITOL POLICE FORCE. THIS LEGISLATION HELPS THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH IMPROVE ITS FUNCTIONS. OF NOTE, FOR THE FIRST TIME WE'VE INCLUDED DEDICATED FUNDING FOR PAID INTERNSHIPS WHICH WILL ALLOW MORE YOUNG AMERICANS AND STUDENTS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS TO SERVE CONGRESS. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY DEEP GRATITUDE TO THE CHAIRS AND RANKING MEMBERS OF THE THREE SUBCOMMITTEES THAT SPEARHEADED THIS LEGISLATION. ENERGY AND WATER CHAIRMAN SIMPSON OF IDAHO, HIS RANKING MEMBER, MARCY KAPTUR OF OHIO. MILITARY AND CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS JUDGE CARTER OF JUDGE AND HIS RANKING MEMBER, DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ OF FLORIDA. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH CHAIRMAN FORTENBERRY OF NEBRASKA, AND HIS RANKING MEMBER, TIM RYAN OF OHIO. ALONG WITH ALL OUR CONFEREES, I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK MY RANKING MEMBER, NITA LOWEY, FOR HER SERVICE, SUPPORT, AND FRIENDSHIP THROUGHOUT MANY YEARS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. LASTLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR COMMITTEE'S HARDWORKING PROFESSIONALS AND ASSOCIATE STAFF. OVER THE PAST MONTH, THEY'VE BEEN WORKING WITHOUT A BREAK TO COMPLETE NEGOTIATIONS AND GET THIS CONFERENCE REPORT AND OTHER REPORTS TO THE CHAIR. THEY ARE A REMARKABLE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN AND I SALUTE THEM. SUPPORT OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT TODAY INDICATES THAT CONGRESS' WILLING AND ABLE TO GET ITS WORK DONE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON TIME, UNDER REGULAR ORDER, WITHIN OUR SET BUDGET LIMITS. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS CONFERENCE REPORT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS THREE-BILL MINIBUS WHICH…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS THREE-BILL MINIBUS WHICH DELIVERS IMPORTANT VICTORIES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE FISCAL YEAR 2019 ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT, MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BILL IS A BIPARTISAN REJECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXTREME BUDGET CUTS. IT RESTORES $8.1 BILLION IN FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT CREATE JOBS AND STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY. INSTEAD OF CUTTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, AS HOUSE REPUBLICANS PROPOSED, WE HAVE INCREASED ITS FUNDING. THAT MEANS MORE RESOURCES TO DEVELOP CLEAN ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY AND ACCELERATE JOB CREATION IN THIS GROWING SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY. AND THIS BILL GIVES AN EMPHATIC THUMBS DOWN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL ARPA-E PROGRAM, WHICH PROMOTES AND FUNDS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. TURNING TO THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION-VETERANS AFFAIRS DIVISION, I'M PLEASED THAT THE BILL PROVIDES THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF $2 BILLION FOR V.A. INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS. AND AS MORE VETERANS SUFFER FROM OUR COUNTRY'S DEVASTATING OPIOID EPIDEMIC, WE ARE DOING RIGHT BY OUR VETERANS BY PROVIDING $400 MILLION FOR OPIOID TREATMENT, PREVENTION, AND SAFETY INITIATIVES. WE OWE A TREMENDOUS DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO HAVE SACRIFICED FOR US IN OUR ARMED FORCES AND WE MUST ENSURE THEY RECEIVE THE BENEFITS AND ASSISTANCE THEY DESERVE. UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN IT COMES TO THE V.A. MISSION ACT, THE WHITE HOUSE AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO LIVE UP TO THAT SACRED TRUST. DESPITE THE INCLUSION OF NONBINDING REPORT LANGUAGE FOR LEGISLATION BEFORE US, UTTERLY FAILS TO ADDRESS THE TRANSITION OF THE V.A. CHOICE PROGRAM FROM MANDATORY TO DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. IT IS DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE -- WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WITH A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL COMPROMISE. INSTEAD, CONGRESS HAS LEFT BEHIND A SHORTFALL THAT WILL LEAD TO CUTS TO VITAL DOMESTIC PROGRAMS, INCLUDING FOR OUR VETERANS. IT'S NOW IMPERATIVE FOR NEXT YEAR THAT WE FIND A RESPONSIBLE, LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO PROTECT DOMESTIC PRIORITIES AND VETERANS' HEALTH CARE. FINALLY, I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT CELEBRATE ONE OF THE SUCCESSES IN THIS BILL THAT IS CLOSER TO HOME. I'M DELIGHTED THAT WE HAVE SECURED $8.8 MILLION IN A NEW DEDICATED FUNDING STREAM FOR MEMBERS' OFFICES TO PAY INTERNS. CONGRESSIONAL INTERNS SHOULD BE REFLECTIVE OF THE COUNTRY WE SERVE. THIS NEW FUNDING WILL HELP A MORE DIVERSE RANGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS AND BEGIN A CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE. . I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK OF MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, CARTER AND FORTENBERRY. AS WELL AS OUR SENATE COUNTERPARTS IN CRAFTING THIS COMPROMISE. AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIPS OF RANKING MEMBER CAPTURE, -- KAPTUR AND DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. AND OF COURSE I THANK THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO WORK SO VERY HARD NIGHT AND DAY TO HELP US DELIVER THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MINIBUS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                                                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE, MICHAEL SIMPSON, MIKE SIMPSON OF IDAHO.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. SIMPSON

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

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

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                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                      MR. SIMPSON

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WILL SUBMIT MY REMARKS FOR THE RECORD. I JUST WANT TO SAY…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WILL SUBMIT MY REMARKS FOR THE RECORD. I JUST WANT TO SAY HOW THANKFUL I AM TO BE CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND FOR ALL THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AND RANKING MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROTUNDA, FOR THE WORK THEY'VE DONE TO COMPLETE THIS BILL. BUT MOSTLY, I JUST WANT TO THANK THE STAFF THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS ALREADY THANKED. FOR THE HARD WORK THEY DID. MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT WHEN WE'RE HOME IN AUGUST, THEY'RE HERE WORKING HARD EVERY DAY, SOMETIMES ALL NIGHT LONG, TRYING TO COME UP WITH A COMPROMISE THAT MAINTAINS OUR HOUSE PRIORITIES, AND I THINK THEY'VE DONE A GOOD JOB IN THIS. IT MEETS THE NDAA REQUIREMENTS THAT WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. IT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW AND OTHER THINGS. SO THEY'VE DONE A GREAT JOB OF PROTECTING HOUSE PRIORITIES. WE DIDN'T GET EVERYTHING WE WANTED IN THIS BILL. THE SENATE DIDN'T GET EVERYTHING THEY WANTED IN THE BILL EITHER. THAT'S KIND OF THE NATURE OF A COMPROMISE. BUT THIS IS A GOOD BILL. AND IT SHOULD PASS. AND IT'S OUR FIRST STEP IN RESTORING REGULAR ORDER. AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY THAT'S BEEN INVOLVED IN CREATING THIS. SO I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, 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 JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      I RESERVE.

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

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

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                                                                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, THE…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND WATER COMMITTEE -- SUBCOMMITTEE, THE DISTINGUISHED MARCY KAPTUR.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM RANKING MEMBER, AND MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MADAM RANKING MEMBER, AND MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS THREE-CON CORN -- THREE-CORNERED MINIBUS BEFORE US. IT IS REALLY THE OPENING PITCH OF 12 BILLS OF WHICH WE ARE A PART. AND IT PARTIALLY FUNDS OUR NATION'S ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, AND OF COURSE PROGRAMS TO SERVE OUR NATION'S VETERANS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES IN SERVICE TO LIBERTY AT HOME AND ABROAD EVERY DAY. PLEASE LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY AND OUR VERY ABLE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, MIKE SIMPSON, AS WELL AS OUR COMMITTEE STAFF, FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS TO BRING THIS FIRST SET OF APPROPRIATION BILLS OVER THE FINISH LINE. IT IS FAIR TO SAY REPUBLICAN LEADERS TOOK THE LONG WAY TO A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT, WE NOW FIND OURSELVES PASSING THREE APPROPRIATION BILLS BEFORE THE OCTOBER 1 DEADLINE OF THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW FISCAL YEAR. SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NOT BE A MOMENTOUS OCCASION HAS THUS TURNED INTO ONE. WHILE I DON'T THINK THAT OUR SUBCOMMITTEE DESERVES A PAT ON THE BACK FOR SIMPLY DOING OUR JOB, LET ME NOTE THAT THIS IS AN ACHIEVEMENT WE HAVE NOT SEEN IN MANY, MANY YEARS WITH OUR BILL. ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT. THIS HOUSE MUST MOVE TOWARD REGULAR ORDER AGAIN. AND THIS SETS THE PACE. OUR SPECIFIC TITLE CONTRIBUTES TO ASSURING THE CRITICAL AVAILABILITY OF ENERGY AND WATER FOR OUR NATION'S DOMESTIC STABILITY, AS WELL AS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. NOT JUST FOR TODAY, BUT FOR THE TOMORROWS TO COME. AMERICA HAS MADE ENORMOUS STRIDES IN INCREASING OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, TO CLOSE TO 90% IN THE SHORT TERM. NO BILL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THIS ONE IN REACHING 100% INDEPENDENCE AS A STRATEGIC GOAL FOR OUR NATION. BUT IT IS NOT YET TIME TO DECLARE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, FUTURE ENERGY SECURITY IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL WE MUST CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR. THE NEARLY $7 BILLION ALSO IN FUNDING IN THIS BILL FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL ENSURE CONTINUED FORWARD PROGRESS ACROSS ALL PROJECT AREAS. THE CORPS CAN CONTRIBUTE MIGHTILY TO INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT FOR MODERNIZATION AND JOB CREATION ACROSS OUR NATION, AND THE CORPS' ROLE IN ESSENTIAL FLOOD CONTROL IS CRITICAL, AS WE WATCH THE APPROACH OF HURRICANE FLORENCE AND WE THINK ABOUT NAVIGATION, OUR RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CORPS, AS WELL AS ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE CHAIRMAN'S CONTINUING PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS THE ASIAN CARP THREAT TO OUR FRESHWATER GREAT LAKES ECOSYSTEM, AS WELL AS FOR FUNDING TO KEEP OUR GREAT LAKES' PORTS OPEN TO SHIPPERS. OUR NATION HAS A WONDERFUL NAVIGATION SYSTEM THAT DRIVES ECONOMIC INVESTMENT AND UNDERGIRDS OUR -- OUR ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING BASE. THIS BILL MAKES MANY OTHER IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS FOR OUR NATION, INCLUDING REVERSING THE MISGUIDED CUTS TO THE OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE HOUSE BILL. THE COMPROMISE YIELDED AN ADDITIONAL $57 MILLION TO SUSTAIN THE MOMENTUM TO RAPIDLY FALLING PRICES FOR WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY THAT'S CRITICAL TO ACHIEVING AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY PLATFORM. THIS FUNDING ALSO ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE INVESTING IN THE OFFICE OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY AND BIOENERGY. THESE PROGRAMS ARE AN INVESTMENT IN CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND THEY DRIVE OUR GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IN INNOVATION AND SET US ON THE PATH FOR CONTINUING JOB CREATION. THIS BILL STRONGLY FUNDS PROGRAMS THAT WERE ELIMINATED IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, INCLUDING WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE TO CONSERVE ENERGY, AND THE PATH-BREAKING OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ADVANCED RESEARCH CALLED AB ARPA-E WHICH UNLOCKS SCIENCE TO BUILD OUR FUTURE AND THE PROGRESS THAT GOES WITH IT. ADDITIONALLY, HARMFUL CONTROVERSIAL POLICY RIDERS THAT HAVE NO PLACE IN THIS BILL WERE REMOVED. ONE DEALT WITH THE WATERS OF THE U.S. AND ONE WOULD INTERFERE WITH AN ONGOING JUDICIAL PROCESS AND BOTH WOULD HAVE SERIOUSLY HINDERED PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. WITH REGARD TO FUNDING THE V.A., I'M CONCERNED WE'VE NOT SET OURSELVES ON A COURSE FOR ANOTHER SELF-INFLICTED CRISIS WHEN FUNDING FOR THE V.A. MISSION ACT RUNS OUT. OUR VETERANS DESERVE THE BEST TREATMENT IN THE WORLD. NOT TO HAVE THEIR CARE USED AS A POLITICAL WEAPON FOR PARTISAN GAIN. AGAIN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS FROM THE COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN SIMPSON, AND FRELLING HUGHES BE, RANKING MEMBER LOW -- FRELINGHUYSEN, RANKING MEMBER LOWEY, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND TO THE SENATE FOR PROVIDING SUCH A GOOD EXAMPLE OF BIPARTISANSHIP WHICH I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS PACKAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                                                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE, JEFF FORTENBERRY FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                      MR. FORTENBERRY

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR ALL OF HIS DEDICATED HARD WORK ON THIS BILL, BUT THE LEADERSHIP THROUGH THE MANY YEARS OF SERVICE, WE'RE REALLY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR MENTORSHIP AND ALL OF YOUR EXHAUSTED -- EXHAUSTIVE EFFORTS TO MAKE AMERICA TRULY A MUCH BETTER PLACE. IN THAT REGARD, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I WAS ON MY WAY OVER HERE, I WAS REFLECTING ON SOMETHING. THE DOME OF THE CAPITOL THAT CONNECTS OUR TWO BODIES HERE, IT WAS CONSTRUCTED, CONTINUED TO BE CONSTRUCTED DURING THE CIVIL WAR. ABRAHAM LITTLE BIT CONDOLEEZZA RICE WAS ENCOURAGED TO STOP -- LINCOLN WAS ENCOURAGED TO STOP IT, GIVEN ALL OF THE OTHER DEMANDS OF THE CRIFE CEASE ALL AROUND HIM. HE RE-- OF THE CRY SEES ALL AROUND HIM. -- CRISES ALL AROUND HIM. HE REFUSED. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS THE SMALLEST OF THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS HERE, I BELIEVE IT DOES CAPTURE THE RICHNESS OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AND CAPTURE THE HEART AND THE NARRATIVE OF OUR NATION. IN THAT REGARD WE'VE WORKED VERY CLOSELY, OF COURSE, WITH FORMER CHAIRMAN KEVIN YODER ARKS WELL AS CHAIRMAN -- YODER, AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN TIM RYAN, AS WELL AS THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO DEVELOP A VERY GOOD BILL HERE. THE FINAL PRODUCT, I BELIEVE, IS SOLID AND REASONABLE. THE LEG BRANCH DIVISION PROVIDES ABOUT $4.8 BILLION IN FUNDING AND THAT'S A 2.8% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. BUT THE PRIORITIES, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, WERE PLACED ON SECURITY, TRANSPARENCY AND MAINTAINING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. THE BILL PROVIDES ABOUT $1.2 BILLION FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHICH IS A $2 -- 2.7% INCREASE. HOWEVER, IT NEEDS TO BE NOTED THAT THIS IS STILL BELOW FUNDING LEVELS FOR THE YEAR -- FROM THE YEAR 2010. AS A CHAIRMAN -- AS THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED THIS INCLUDES $8.8 MILLION FOR A NEW ACCOUNT FOR COMPENSATION OF INTERN, WHICH IS A WIDELY AGREED UPON NEW INITIATIVE, ALLOWING EACH MEMBER TO SPEND UP TO $20,000 A YEAR. IN THE AREAS OF SECURITY, ABOUT $30 MILLION IS GOING TO OUR CAPITOL POLICE TO ENCHANCE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THIS CAMPUS, AS WELL AS TO PROTECT MEMBERS WHEN THEY'RE OFFSITE. ABOUT $733 MILLION IS GOING TO THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL, TO ENSURE SAFETY AND SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR HISTORIC BUILDINGS, AND TO ADDRESS A GROWING DEFERRED MAINTENANCE LIST THAT WE HAVE. A PARTICULARLY NEW INITIATIVE IS TO -- WE ARE DIRECTING THE ARC TECT TO DESIGN PLANS FOR -- ARCHITECT TO DESIGN PLANS FOR A MORE WELCOMING ARRIVAL AREA AROUND THE CAPITOL'S SOUTH METRO STATION. REGARDING THE ISSUE OF TRANSPARENCY, THERE'S ABOUT $589 MILLION FOR THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, WHICH WILL ENABLE THEM TO HIRE 130 NEW PERSONS TO ASSIST WITH G.A.O.'S CRITICAL OVERSIGHT WORK THAT PROVIDES US IN CONGRESS WITH ACCURATE, NONPARTISAN REPORTING OF HOW TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE BEING APPROPRIATELY USED. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE WILL ALSO RECEIVE A SLIGHT INCREASE TO BE BETTER RESPONSIVE TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. REGARDING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND NEW INITIATIVES, WE HAVE INCLUDED LANGUAGE SUPPORTING THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS' VISITOR EXPERIENCE PROJECT, WHICH HAS THE POTENTIAL TO TRANSFORM HOUSE OUR LIBRARY, THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA, WELCOMES THE MILLIONS OF VISITORS THAT IT RECEIVES EACH YEAR OF. AND WE EXPECT -- EACH YEAR. AND WE EXPECT THIS WILL BE A MODEL PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN THE YEARS -- YEARS TO COME. FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE EXPANSION OF THE POPULAR HOUSE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROGRAM THAT WILL NOW OFFER 110 TWO-YEAR FELLOWSHIPS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND WISH TO PURSUE PUBLIC SERVICE HERE AMONG US. MR. SPEAKER, A LOT GOES ON IN OUR CAPITOL, FROM THE DEDICATED POLICE OFFICERS THAT STAND GUARD AROUND THE CLOCK, TO THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL THAT WORK TO PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN THIS IMPORTANT PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THE I.T. PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED OUR NETWORKS FROM 4 1/2 BILLION ATTEMPTS AT CYBERATTACKS LAST YEAR ALONE. AND TO THE COMMITTED STAFF THAT'S A PART OF THIS LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. WE OWE THEM ALL. WE ALSO, AGAIN, ARE THANKFUL TO CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN FOR HIS DEDICATED LEADERSHIP AND I WOULD PERSONALLY LIKE TO WISH HIM OFF THE -- ALL THE BEST IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

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

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                                                                                      MRS. LOWEY

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

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE,

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                                                                                      MR. RYAN

                                                                                      THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I ALSO WANT TO -- WANT TO…

                                                                                      THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I ALSO WANT TO -- WANT TO EXTEND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES. AND HIS CONSTANT DEDICATION TO THIS CONGRESS. I ALSO SIT ON THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WITH CONGRESSMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR YEARS OF TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR MILITARY ARE SAFE AND PROTECTED AND HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY NEED. SO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SERVICE. I RISE IN SUPPORT, MR. SPEAKER, OF THIS CONFERENCE AGREEMENT. ONCE AGAIN WE SEE THAT THE CONGRESS CAN PASS DECENT LEGISLATION WHEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, HOUSE AND SENATE, ALL WORK TOGETHER TO REACH A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT INSTEAD OF ONE PARTY TRYING TO MAKE ALL OF THE DECISIONS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. AND THIS BILL AND THESE BILLS REFLECT THAT. THE BILL WE'RE SENDING TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK TAKES CARE OF OUR VETERANS. IT FUNDS OUR CIVILIAN AND MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY NEEDS. AND IT PAYS FOR THE OPERATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH INSTITUTIONS ESSENTIAL TO OUR DEMOCRACY. ALMOST EVERY AGENCY IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH DIVISION OF THIS BILL RECEIVES ITS FULL BUDGET REQUEST. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILL IS THE FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE , WHICH WORKS TO ROOT OUT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE GOVERNMENT-WIDE, AND WITH SO MANY SAFEGUARDS HAVING FAILED AGAINST MISMANAGEMENT AND CORRUPTION IN OUR GOVERNMENT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE G.A.O. IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. AND BY PROVIDING THE RESOURCES FOR THE G.A.O. TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP TOWARD RESTORING ITS PRE-SEQUESTRATION CAPACITY, WE'RE HELPING TO SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY AND PREVENT SOME OF THE WORST ABUSES OF THE ADMINISTRATION. ANOTHER KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THIS MEASURE IS THE RESTORATION OF THE DEDICATED FUNDING FOR PAID INTERNSHIPS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, FOR HELPING MAKE THAT POSSIBLE. ONCE MORE, YOU KNOW, IT'S BEEN 25 YEARS SINCE WE'VE HAD A PAID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. AND ONCE MORE, WHEN A YOUNG PERSON FROM A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY COMES TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND DESIRES TO ENTER PUBLIC SERVICE, THEY CAN WORRY A LITTLE BIT LESS ABOUT THE COSTS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR RENT AND GROCERY BILLS, AND COMPETE WITH OTHER APPLICANTS BASED ON MERIT INSTEAD OF ECONOMIC BACKGROUND, WHICH IS JUST A MATTER OF BASIC FAIRNESS. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER ISSUES. ONE MORE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I'D LIKE TO MENTION IN THIS BILL THAT WE'VE ENSURED WE'RE DOING ALL WE CAN TO ADDRESS THE EPIDEMIC OF HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION THAT HAS EXISTED SINCE TIME, BUT RIGHTLY SHOWED UP IN THE HEADLINES THE LAST YEAR OR TWO. AND THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE HAS GIVEN OVER 1.3 MILLION MORE THAN LAST -- $1.3 MILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR SO THEY CAN HAVE THE RESOURCES TO HANDLE THE INCREASED WORK LOAD WE HAVE GIVEN THEM BY EXPANDING THEIR JURISDICTION. IN THE NEAR FUTURE, WE EXPECT OUR MISSION TO EXPAND FURTHER AND THESE FUNDS WILL HELP THEM PREPARE FOR THAT. AGAIN, I EXTEND MY SINCERE THANKS ESPECIALLY TO, AGAIN, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN, WHO IS LEAVING, LEADER LOWEY, CHAIRMAN FORTENBERRY, AND SO MANY OTHERS, SENATOR DANES AND MURPHY, AND ALSO A THANK YOU TO THE STAFFS ON BOTH SIDES AND -- ADAM, TIM AND WREN, FOR MAKING THIS BILL POSSIBLE AND AS CONGRESSMAN SIMPSON SAID, THE LONG HOURS THAT THEY PUT IN OVER THE AUGUST RECESS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. .

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER.

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                                                                                      MR. CARTER

                                                                                      I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY FOR THEIR…

                                                                                      I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY FOR THEIR PATIENCE AND NEGOTIATING TO BRING US TO THIS POINT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ FOR HER ROCK SOLID SUPPORT AND KEEN ANALYTIC EYE AND I ALSO THINK WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT MR. CHARLIE DENT WHO RETIRED EARLY FROM THIS COMMITTEE, WHO WAS CHAIRMAN AND HAD A STRONG HAND IN THE PRODUCT THAT CAME OUT HERE TODAY. I'M PLEASED TO DESCRIBE FOR MY COLLEAGUES THE GOOD NEWS IN THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND V.A. DIVISION OF THE MINI BUS. WE ARE ABLE TO PRVIDE LONG OVERDUE SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WITH A TOTAL OF $10.3 BILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION. WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF $241 MILLION OR 2.% ABOVE F.Y. 2018 LEVELS. WITH THAT FUNDING WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE $465.3 MILLION FOR THE GUARD AND RESERVE COMPONENT PRODUCTS IN 20 STATES AND TERRITORIES. $352 MILLION FOR TWO MEDICAL FACILITIES. $267.5 MILLION FOR FIVE D.O.D. SCHOOLS. AND JUST OVER $8 BILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE U.S. OUR MEMBERS WILL APPRECIATE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE $693.2 MILLION FOR UNFUNDED REQUIREMENTS FOR -- REQUESTED BY THE SERVICES WHICH INCLUDE $100 MILLION FOR UPGRADES, FORCE PROTECTION AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDE -- INCLUDES $924 PPT 4 MILLION IN OCO FUNDING AND AN INCREASE OF $171 MILLION OVER F.Y. 2018. OUR BILL FULFILLS CONGRESS' COMMITMENT TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS WITH A TOTAL DISCRETIONARY FUNDING OF $86.5 BILLION. THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS. A $5 BILLION OR 6.2% INCREASE OVER 2018. THESE FUNDS PROVIDE IMPORTANT MEDICAL SERVICES TO VETERANS, INCLUDING SUPPORTING THE NEW AND EXPANDING PROGRAMS RESULTING FROM RECENTLY PASSED MISSIONS ACT AS WELL AS DISABILITY COMPENSATION, POST-9/11 EDUCATION BENEFITS AND A HOST OF INSURANCE AND LENDING PROGRAMS. OF NOTE WE WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE $1.1 BILLION FOR THE NEW ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD CONTRACT, SAME RECORD AS D.O.D.'S WHICH WILL ALLOW THE EXCHANGE OF VETERANS HEALTH RECORDS WITH D.O.D. AND COMMUNITY PROVIDERS. CONSISTENT P WITH THE BUDGET CAPS --

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                                                                                      MR. CARTER

                                                                                      IT INCLUDES $2 BILLION IN NONRECURRING MAINTENANCE, IMPROVEMENT…

                                                                                      IT INCLUDES $2 BILLION IN NONRECURRING MAINTENANCE, IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES, MAJOR CONSTRUCTION AND MINOR CONSTRUCTION. I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON THE PACKAGE. HELP US DO THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY WHO WAS GIVEN US SO MUCH. I'D BE REMISS IN NOT THANKING ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE COMMITTEE WORK TO GET THIS BILL TO GO FORWARD. I'M VERY GRATEFUL WE HAVE A CONFERENCE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE…

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

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                                                                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. CUELLAR.

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                                                                                      MR. CUELLAR

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MRS. LOWEY,…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MRS. LOWEY, FOR YIELDING AND THE WONDERFUL WORK SHE'S DONE AS OUR LEADER IN APPROPRIATIONS AND I CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK ALSO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE BIPARTISAN THAT BOTH INDIVIDUALS, MRS. LOWEY AND MR. FRELINGHUYSEN HAVE DONE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION AND BRING THESE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. I I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT SOME OF MY MEMBERS HAVE INCLUDED. FIRST OF ALL, MILCON, ON THE MILCON V.A., WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A $5 BILLION INCREASE AND MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER, AND MS. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, ALSO, THE WORK THEY'VE DONE TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THERE'S $86.5 BILLION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS WHICH INCLUDES FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH, MODERNIZING THE V.A. HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM, ADDRESSING THE CLAIMS BACKLOG THAT EVERY MEMBER KNOW HOUSE DIFFICULT IT'S BEEN. SO THOSE EXTRA $5 BILLION IS GOING TO DO A LOT TO HELP VETERAN. THERE'S ALSO $10.3 BILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT WILL SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND OUR FREEDOM AT HOME AND I KNOW IN MY PART OF SAN ANTONIO, SAN ANTONIO MILITARY U.S.A., THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TYPE OF ASSISTANCE ALSO. CERTAINLY TELE HEALTH. THERE'S $30 MILLION ABOVE WHAT WE JUST PROVIDED EARLIER THIS YEAR AND THIS WILL FURTHER EXPAND THE TELEHEALTH CAPACITY TO THE RURAL HEALTH. THERE'S ALSO $206 MILLION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION OUTREACH FOR VETERANS. AGAIN WHETHER IT'S THIS OR THE ENERGY AND WATER, AND I SEE THE TWO LEADERS OVER HERE, THE CHAIRMAN AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE APPROPRIATIONS, THESE ARE MONEY THAT'S GOING TO BE HELPFUL FOR THE SAN ANTONIO AREA FOR FLOOD MITIGATION, OR ETCH FOR THE CORPUS CHRISTI TO IMPROVE THE CHANNEL PROJECT THAT WILL MAKE SURE THAT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO HANDLE CAPACITY TO EXPORT PETROLEUM PRODUCT WHICH IS IS A $13 MILLION INCREASE WE GOT. AGAIN I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WORKING TOGETHER, BIPARTISAN, AND MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THIS…

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THIS GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      I RESERVE BUT I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                                                                      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS.…

                                                                                      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. MURPHY.

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                                                                                      MS. MURPHY

                                                                                      THANK YOU. SINCE COMING TO CONGRESS I'VE MADE IT A PRIORITY TO MAKE SURE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU. SINCE COMING TO CONGRESS I'VE MADE IT A PRIORITY TO MAKE SURE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN QUNE FORM ARE PREPARED FOR SUCCESS ONCE THEIR MILITARY SERVICE END. THE MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED SERVICES SACRIFICE FOR THIS NATION AND WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO HELP THEM THRIVE WHEN THEY LEAVE THAT SERVICE. THAT'S WHY I'M PLEASED THIS BILL INCLUDES INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT. THIS PLACES VETERANS IN TWO-YEAR PAID FELLOWSHIPS IN HOUSE OFFICES, PROVIDING THEM WITH POTENTIALLY LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES. IT ALSO ENABLES MEMBERS TO BETTER SERVE THEIR PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      I RESERVE, I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK, I BELIEVE THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS…

                                                                                      I RESERVE, I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK, I BELIEVE THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS ANOTHER SPEAKER.

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                                                                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                                                                      YES, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                                                                                      YES, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                                                      MR. GREEN

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND RANKING MEMBER AND CHAIR…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND RANKING MEMBER AND CHAIR OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5895, THE ENERGY AND WATER LEG BRANCH MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS ACT. IN A NEAR BIPARTISANSHIP LEGISLATION LIKE THIS IS SORELY NEEDED. A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, TEXAS WAS DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE HARVEY RESM COVERING FROM THAT DOESN'T VP HAPP IN A YEAR. THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL IS STILL IN NEED OF DREDGING TO RETURN TO THE AUTHORIZED DEPTH WE WERE AT BEFORE THE STORM HIT. THAT'S WHY BILLS LIKE THIS ONE ARE SO IMPORTANT. IN THIS BILL, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL RECEIVE $175 MILLION ABOVE THE 2018 ENACTED LEVEL. THE ARMY CORPS WORKS HAND IN HAND WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE OUR PORT OF HOUSTON ANDUJARRIES COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL IN OUR DISTRICT TO REPAIR DAMAGE FROM PREVIOUS STORMS AND MITIGATE FUTURE RISKS. IT'S EEN-- ESSENTIAL WE FUND THE CORPS AT ADEQUATE LEVELS AND ENSURE WE'RE CONSTRUCTING PROJECTS THAT LIMIT FUTURE DAMAGE, NOT JUST REPAIR THE DAMAGE ALREADY THERE. I'M PLEASED TO SEE FUNDING LEVELS HAVE INCREASED THIS YEAR'S BILL BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE AND AFFECTS DISTRICTS FAR AND WIDE. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO SEE THAT THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND WILL RECEIVE $1.55 BILLION, $149 MILLION OVER THE 2018 ALLOCATION AND $584 MILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST. PORTS ARE THE ECONOMIC DRIVERS OF OUR COUNTRY. AT THE PORT OF HOUSTON WE ARE DRAFTING RESOLUTIONS TO HELP AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY. THERE'S STILL THINGS THAT NEED TO BE CORRECTED WITH THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND. AROUND $1. MILLION IN HARBOR TAXES EVERY YEAR. WHEN CONGRESS ENACTED THIS IT INTENDED TO USE THE REVENUE TO ENSURE THAT NO PORT WOULD BE IN NEED OF DREDGING. IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT IN FUTURE YEARS CONGRESS RECTIFY THIS ISSUE AND ENSURES THAT ALL MONEY COLLECTED FROM USAGE OF OUR PORTS -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE REMAINDER OF MY RARBLINGS IN THE RECORD.

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                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

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                                                                                      MR. GREEN

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS IN ADDITION.

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                                                                                      ADDITION.

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

                                                                                      I'D LIKE TO THANK MRS. LOWEY FOR OUR CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP FOR OVER…

                                                                                      I'D LIKE TO THANK MRS. LOWEY FOR OUR CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP FOR OVER 20 YEARS. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER WHO PUT THIS PACKAGE TOGETHER HERE, THE REMARKABLE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE UP OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, OUR PERSONAL STAFF THAT ARE DEDICATED TO MOST OF THEIR AUGUST AND PART OF JULY AND CERTAINLY THIS PART OF SEPTEMBER FOR DOING THE WORK OF THE PEOPLE. I'M ENORMOUSLY GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. AND I'M PLEASED TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND SALUTE MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. LOWEY, AS WELL. AND ALL MEMBERS AND STAFF FOR THEIR WORK.

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

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

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                                                                                      MRS. LOWEY

                                                                                      IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. IT'S…

                                                                                      IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. IT'S BEEN FAR TOO LONG SINCE MULTIPLE SPENDING BILLS WERE ENACTED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE FISCAL YEAR. IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP THAT WE ARE SET TO CLEAR THREE TODAY. AND I HOPE WE SEND AT LEAST ONE MORE PACKAGE TO THE PRESIDENT BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH. ADDITIONALLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS, PARTICULARLY ADAM BERG, JAMIE SHIMICK, MATT WASHINGTON AND THE MAJORITY STAFF INCLUDING CLERKS JENNY PANONE, SUE QANTAS, AND ANGIE GIANCARLO-CLARK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1059, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 10 OF RULE 20, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20 THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ADOPTION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDERED. 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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                                                                                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 377, THE NAYS ARE 20. THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS…

                                                                                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 377, THE NAYS ARE 20. THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS ADOPT. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. POE POE -- THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO CLEAR THE WELL. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO CLEAR THE WELL, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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

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                                                                                      MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 46 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION? THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 46, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK…

                                                                                      SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 46, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 5896.

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                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION?…

                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK -- APOLOGIZE -- VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      APOLOGY ACCEPTED, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE…

                                                                                      APOLOGY ACCEPTED, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL S. 2946, THE ANTI-TERRORISM CLARIFICATION ACT AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      SENATE 2946, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO CLARIFY THE…

                                                                                      SENATE 2946, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO CLARIFY THE MEANING OF THE TERMS "ACT OF WAR" AND "BLOCKED ASSETS" AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 1109 WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS THERETO AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 1109, AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 203 OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT, SENATE…

                                                                                      H.R. 1109, AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 203 OF THE FEDERAL POWER ACT, SENATE AMENDMENT. STRIKE OUT AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT SECTION 1, CLARIFICATION OF FACILITY --

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                                                      MR. WALBERG

                                                                                      I'D ASK TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO…

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 606 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 606, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                      H.R. 606, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1025 NEVIN AVENUE IN RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, AS THE HAROLD D. MCGRAW SENIOR POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT…

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4913 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 4913, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                      H.R. 4913, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 816 EAST SALISBURY PARKWAY IN SALISBURY, MARYLAND, AS THE SERGEANT MAJOR WARDELL B. TURNER POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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

                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5737 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 5737, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                      H.R. 5737, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 108 WEST D STREET IN ALPHA, ILLINOIS, AS THE CAPTAIN JOSHUA E. STEELE POST OFFICE.

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

                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION FOR H.R. 5868 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 5868, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                      H.R. 5868, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 530 CLAREMONT AVENUE IN ASHLAND, OHIO, AS THE BILL HARRIS POST OFFICE.

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

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5935 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 5935, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                      H.R. 5935, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1355 NORTH MERIDIAN ROAD IN HARRISTOWN, ILLINOIS, AS THE LOGAN S. PALMER POST OFFICE.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION FOR H.R. 6020 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 6020, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                      H.R. 6020, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 325 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE IN HOWL, MICHIGAN, AS THE SERGEANT DONALD BURGESS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      HOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE…

                                                                                      HOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 6116, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES YOU…

                                                                                      H.R. 6116, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES YOU POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 362 NORTH ROSS STREET IN BEVERTON, MICHIGAN, AS THE COLONEL ALFRED ASH POST OFFICE.

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

                                                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERED OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5349 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 5349, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                      H.R. 5349, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 1320 AUTUMN AVENUE IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, AS THE JUDGE RUSSELL B. SUGARMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      THE AMENDMENT, STRIKE ALL FER AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE -- -- AFTER THE…

                                                                                      THE AMENDMENT, STRIKE ALL FER AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE -- -- AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE --

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK DISPENSED WITH THE READING.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO…

                                                                                      THE BILL IS ENGROSSED, READ A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5784 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 5784, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

                                                                                      H.R. 5784, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 2650 NORTH DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DRIVE IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, AS THE VEL REFERRAL PHILIPS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      STRIKE ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT A NEW TEXT --

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSED WITH THE READING.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS ENGROSSED A THIRD TIME, PASSED, AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      H.R. 5784. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED ON EACH…

                                                                                      H.R. 5784. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED ON EACH PIECE OF LEGISLATION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. RUSSELL

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 1:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                      MS. TENNEY

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

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

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                      MS. TENNEY

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS SEPTEMBER MARKS KENETTE PALMER'S -- KENNETH…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS SEPTEMBER MARKS KENETTE PALMER'S -- KENNETH PALMER'S ANNIVERSARY AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. SURVIVOR OF QUADRUPLE BYPASS SURGERY, KEN HAS INSPIRED US THROUGH HIS DEEP PASSION ON SERVICE. HE WAS LEADERSHIP AS THE MOWHAWK FIRE CHIEF, PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FIRE CHIEFS COUNTY, CHAPLAIN FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. CHIEF FIRE CHAPLAIN FOR NEW YORK STATE. AT 80, KEN IS READY FOR THE FIRE ALARM TO SOUND BUT HIS JOURNEY HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN EASY. ON FEBRUARY 25, 2000, KEN UNDERWENT SUCCESSFUL QUADRUPLE BYPASS SURGERY. DESPITE THE HARDSHIPS HE ENDURED DURING THIS STRESSFUL TIME HE OFTEN CREDITS HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE, SHARON, AND SO MANY FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS PRAYING FOR HIM FROM NEW YORK TO CALIFORNIA DURING HIS ENDURING STRUGGLE. NOW AS A RED CAP AMBASSADOR FOR THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, KEN PROVIDES COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT TO OTHERS SUFFERING FROM HEART DISEASE AND HEART-RELATED ILLNESSES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY DISTINCT HONOR TO RECOGNIZE A DEAR FRIEND, KENNETH PALMER, SUCH A STRONG FORCE FOR GOOD WHO HAS RISKED SO MUCH TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES HERE TODAY TO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY AND EXTENDING OUR GRATITUDE TO KENNETH PALMER FOR HIS INCREDIBLE 60 YEARS OF SERVICE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      MR. LANGEVIN

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

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

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                                                                                      MR. LANGEVIN

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNVEILED THE LATEST IN A…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNVEILED THE LATEST IN A STRING OF CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS AGAINST AMERICA'S CYBERADVERSARIES. THE DETAILED DOCUMENTS LAYS OUT A DAMNING CONDITIONS AGAINST A NORTH KOREAN HACKER AND THE REGIME THAT SUPPORTS HIM. FROM THE SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT HACK TO ATTEMPTS TO UNDERMINE THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM, THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME IS A DESTABILIZING REGIME IN CYBERSPACE. I COMMEND THE MEMBERS OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY WHO ARE WORKING THIS CASE. MR. SPEAKER, CYBERSPACE IS OFTEN THOUGHT OF A DOMAIN THAT BAD ACTORS CAN ACT WITH IMPUNITY. THIS INDICTMENT SHOWS THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE. AMERICA IS GETTING MORE AND MORE SOPHISTICATED AS BEING ABLE TO TRACK DOWN AND UNVEIL AND UNMASK THESE CYBER BAD ACTORS. TO THOSE THAT WOULD TARGET OUR NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS, I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU -- WE WILL FIND YOU. MALIGN ACTIVITY IN CYBERSPACE THAT TARGETS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OR CAUSES IMMENSE PROPERTY DAMAGE IS NOT THE BEHAVIOR OF RESPONSIBLE NATIONS AND WE WILL NOT TOLERATE IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. POE

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

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                                                                                      MR. POE

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE ONE-MINUTE STORY OF KELLY DOOR. KELLY'S…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE ONE-MINUTE STORY OF KELLY DOOR. KELLY'S BIOLOGICAL FATHER BEGAN TRAFFICKING HER FOR SEX IN THE FIRST YEAR OF HER LIFE. THE EVILDOER CONTINUED TO DO SO FOR 14 YEARS. KELLY SPENT HER SHE SPENT IN A LIVING HELL. HER KINDERGARTEN WASN'T STORY TIME, INSTEAD THEY CONSISTED OF HIDING IN THE BATHROOM BECAUSE OF REPEATED TRAUMA CAUSED UNCONTROLLABLE PLEADING. THE EVIL DOER THREATENED TO KILL KELLY'S MOTHER. SHE TESTIFIED AGAINST HER FATHER IN A COURTROOM. SHE NOT ONLY SURVIVED THE ORDEAL. KELLY WORKS TO STRENGTHEN TRAFFICKING LAWS GIVING INSPIRATION ASAL VOICE. NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT KELLY WENT THROUGH. CONGRESS MUST JOIN KELLY IN THE FIGHTING OF SELLING OUR CHILDREN IN THE MARKETPLACE OF SEX TRAFFICKING. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MS. GABBARD

                                                                                      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                      MS. GABBARD

                                                                                      TWO DAYS AGO, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VICE PRESIDENT PENCE DELIVERED SOLEMN…

                                                                                      TWO DAYS AGO, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VICE PRESIDENT PENCE DELIVERED SOLEMN SPEECHES ABOUT THE ATTACKS ON 9/11 TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY CARE ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF AL QAEDA ATTACKS BUT NOW STANDING UP TO PROTECT THE 28,000 TO 40,000 FORCES IN SYRIA, THREATENING RUSSIA, SYRIA AND IRAN WITH MILITARY FORCE IF THEY DARE ATTACK THESE TERRORISTS. IT IS A BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE VICTIMS OF 9/11 AND THEIR FAMILIES, FIRST RESPONDERS AND TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN UNIFORM WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED AND WOUNDED IN ACTION AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO'S COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO ACT AS THE BIG BROTHER OF AL QAEDA MUST BE CONDEMNED BY EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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                                                                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REHABILITATION HOSPITAL ON 35…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REHABILITATION HOSPITAL ON 35 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION CARE. HEALTH SOUTH IS A REHABILITATION HOSPITAL IN PENNSYLVANIA THAT OFFERS COMPREHENSIVE INPATIENT AND OUT JASHTE REHABILITATION SERVICES DESIGNED TO RETURN PATIENTS TO LEAD ACTIVE AND INDEPENDENT LIVES. I KNOW THE FIRSTHAND THESE SKILLED PROFESSIONALS PERFORM. I WORKED FOR 30 YEARS AS A THERAPIST, RELOCATION SERVICES DIRECTOR AND LICENSED NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR. NO GREATER JOY THAN TO SEE YOUR PATIENTS MAKE PROGRESS AFTER A DEBILITATING EVENT SUCH AS A STROKE, BRAIN INJURY OR MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT. HEALTH SOUTH IS LED BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SUSAN HARTMAN WHO JOINED IT IN 1994 AND NAMED C.E.O. IN 2005. I CONGRATULATE THE ENTIRE STAFF AT HEALTH SOUTH IN 35 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING PATIENTS WITH COMFORT, PROFESSIONALISM AND RESPECT THROUGHOUT THE RELATION EXPERIENCE AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR HIGH LEVEL OF CARE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      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 MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                                                      MR. PAULSEN

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ACT IN RE-AUTHORIZING AND EXTEND THE…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ACT IN RE-AUTHORIZING AND EXTEND THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. ENACTED BACK IN 1994, THE ACT HAS PROVIDED INVALUABLE SUPPORT AND RESOURCES TO WOMEN IMPACTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. IT HAS FUNDED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN GRANTS. THEY PROVIDE COUNSELING AND THERAPY. THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT IS CRITICAL TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO GET VICTIMS THE TREATMENT THEY DESERVE. I HAVE AUTHORED PASS RESOLUTIONS. IT HAS BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT BUT EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CALL FOR ITS EXTENSION BECAUSE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE COUNTING ON IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                      OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND MY…

                                                                                      OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND MY COMMITTEE, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE WHICH I SERVE AS THE RANKING MEMBER HAVE WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH GROUPS ALL OVER THE NATION TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE VOTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT AND WE HAVE DONE SO IN A BIPARTISAN AND NONPARTISAN MANNER. THE BILL AS WRITTEN WAS INTRODUCED ON JULY, JUST A MONTH AGO, AND VICTIMS ARE WAITING FOR THE RE-AUTHORIZATION THAT WILL IMPROVE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. IN FACT, LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE WAITING. VICTIMS ARE WAITING. THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT. AND I WOULD TELL MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP NEEDS TO PUT THAT BILL ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND PUT IT ON THE FLOOR NOW. AGAIN, THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN BILL. IT HAS BEEN CRAFTED AND SUPPORTED BY FAITH ORGANIZATIONS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS AND WOMEN AND VICTIMS AND SUPPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO OUR JOB AND SHOULD DO OUR JOB. WHEN WE COME BACK FROM OUR RECESS THAT WE WORK IN OUR DISTRICTS, LET US PUT ON THE FLOOR THE VIOLENCE GENTION WOMEN ACT AND VOTE FOR IT NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 274 WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY MS. ROS-LEHTINEN. THIS LEGISLATION CONDEMNS THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN'S STATE SPONSORED PERSECUTION OF MINORITIES AND INTERNATIONAL COVENANTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS. MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL NONMUSLIM MINORITY IN THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO RELENTLESS PERSECUTION. AND NOT RECOGNIZED UNDER THE IRANIAN CONSTITUTION. THE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO IDENTIFY THEM AND JUSTIFIES PERSECUTION. IRAN HAS CRIMINALIZED RELIGIOUS PRACTICES OF WORSHIP. IT DENIED THE PEOPLE GOVERNMENT PENSION BENEFITS, HIGHER EDUCATION, BUSINESS LISTES AND EVEN THE RIGHT OF SELF-DEFENSE. I CALL ON THE HOUSE TO PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 274 TO SHOW THAT THIS CHAMBER AND OUR NATION SUPPORTS THE PEOPLE AND STANDS WITH THEM IN THE FACE OF IRAN'S TYRANNY AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      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 NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MR. PAYNE

                                                                                      WE ARE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER. IT IS…

                                                                                      WE ARE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER. IT IS CRITICAL FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT LEADERS LIKE US RAISE AWARENESS TO END THE RACIAL DISPARITY. AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET PROSTATE CANCER OR DIAGNOSED WITH MORE ADVANCED STAGES AND TWICE AS LIKELY TO DIE AS OUR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. FIGHTING CANCER REQUIRES SUSTAINED EFFORTS AT ALL LEVELS TO RAISE AWARENESS TO ENSURE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO SCREENING AND TREATMENT. IT IS CRITICAL THAT CONGRESS CONTINUES PUTTING RESOURCES TOWARDS ENDING RACIAL DISPARITY AND PROSTATE CANCER AND HEALTH CARE MORE GERMLY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      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 THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                      MS. FOXX

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

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                                                                                      MS. FOXX

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE PUBLIC OFTEN HAS THE IMPRESSION THAT WE IN CONGRESS ARE…

                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE PUBLIC OFTEN HAS THE IMPRESSION THAT WE IN CONGRESS ARE NOT CARING PEOPLE WHO WORK TOGETHER ON ISSUES. BUT I WANT TO SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, YOU COULD NOT FIND A GROUP OF PEOPLE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR FELLOW MEMBERS THAN WE HAVE HERE. WE KNOW THIS HURRICANE IS HITTING NORTH CAROLINA. IT'S LIKELY TO HIT SOUTH CAROLINA AND POSSIBLY GEORGIA. AND I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO HAVE COME UP TO ME TO ASK WHAT IMPACT THIS WAS GOING TO HAVE ON ME, ON MY DISTRICT, ON THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT AND ON NORTH CAROLINA IN GENERAL. IT IS VERY HEARTWARMING TO HAVE THOSE CONCERNS EXPRESSED. PEOPLE HAVE SAID WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU. I KNOW THAT'S THE CASE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. BUT I WANT PARTICULARLY TO SAY ALL MY COLLEAGUES, I THANK THEM ALL PERSONALLY, BUT TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SPOKEN TO ME BUT TO OTHER MEMBERS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONCERNS AND PRAYERS. I CERTAINLY WILL PASS THOSE ALONG TO MY CONSTITUENTS. BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE KNOW WE CARE A GREAT DEAL ABOUT EACH OTHER AND WE EXPRESS THAT TO EACH OTHER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                      UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                                                                                      UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. SINEMA IS RECOGNIZED AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I RISE ON BEHALF…

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I RISE ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY'S VETERANS WHO MAKE SACRIFICES. WHEN THEY RETURN HOME FROM SERVICE WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THEY RECEIVE CARE AND SUPPORT OF A GRATEFUL NATION. FOR FAR TOO MANY NATION, THAT RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT FULFILLED. THE GOVERNMENT'S FAILURE HAS TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES. SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH. AMERICANS TAKE TIME TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE. WE'LL LOSE AN ESTIMATED 20 VETERANS TO SUICIDE EACH DAY AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. EVERY YEAR, SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS, WE HAVE BROUGHT TOGETHER REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO VETERAN SUICIDE AND SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THIS EPIDEMIC MUST END. HONORING OUR COMMITMENT TO VETERANS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. WE KNOW THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE REAL LASTING CHANGE FOR OUR NATION'S BRAVEST MEN AND WOMEN IS TO BRING BOTH PARTIES TOGETHER TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. TODAY, MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE JOINED ME TO BRING AWARENESS TO VETERAN SUICIDE AND WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS. I KNOW WE CAN MAKE BIPARTISAN PROGRESS BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE IT BEFORE. WE HAVE SHOWN IT'S POSSIBLE FOR BOTH PARTIES TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE VETERANS' MENTAL HEALTH CARE. AFTER HEARING THE TRAGIC STORY OF A VETERAN WHO LOST HIS LIFE TO SUICIDE, MY TEAM WORKED ACROSS THE AISLE TO PASS A BILL THAT IMPROVED LIFE SAVING VETERANS. IT TOOK THREE YEARS OF HARD WORK, BUT OUR BILL IS NOW LAW AND HELPS VETERANS TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE. IT IS IMPORTANT PROGRESS BUT SO MUCH MORE WORK TO DO. WE MUST SERVE OUR BRAVEST MEN AND WOMEN. WE CHALLENGE THE V.A. AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FELLOW LAWMAKERS TO JOIN US IN CONFRONTING VETERAN SUICIDE. WE MUST DO MORE TO HONOR OUR COMMITMENT. WE STAND WITH MILITARY FAMILIES WHO LOST A LOVED ONE TO THE TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE AND WE SAY TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY'S SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL EACH VETERAN RECEIVES THE CARE HE OR SHE NEEDS. I'M GRATEFUL TO BE JOINED IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE BRIAN FITZPATRICK AND I YIELD TO HIM AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                      MR. FITZPATRICK

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SPEAK OF A SOLEMN TOPIC ONE OF UTMOST…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SPEAK OF A SOLEMN TOPIC ONE OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE FOR SURE. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA AND WHAT SHE IS DOING FOR VETERANS AND HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION'S VETERANS ARE OUR FINEST CITIZENS TO WHOM WE OWE THE MOST. THEIR SACRIFICE IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM ALLOWS US TO STAND HERE IN THIS CHAMBER, TESTAMENT TO OUR VALUES AND SYMBOL OF HOPE. WE SEE VETERANS STRUGGLE UPON THEIR RETURN HOME, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, SERVE AS CONSTANT REMINDERS AS THE PRICE THEY PAID TO PROTECT OUR WAY OF LIFE. WE HAVE SEEN A RISING PERCENTAGE OF THESE HEROES RESORTING TO TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES. THIS IS BEYOND UNACCEPTABLE AND STATISTICS PRINT A GRIM STATISTIC. BETWEEN 2005 AND 2015, MR. SPEAKER, SUICIDE RATES FOR ALL VETERANS INCREASED BY 25%, 25% BETWEEN 2005 AND 2015. ADDITIONALLY, VETERANS ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY 15% OF SUICIDES IN U.S. ADULTS. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE MUST DO BETTER. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN SOLIDARITY AGAINST VETERANS' SUICIDE AND THANKFUL FOR THE THIRD VETERANS' CRISIS LINE CALL CENTER TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE, SUPPORT AND CRITICAL RESOURCES TO THOSE IN NEED. WHILE STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO PREVENT VETERANS' SUICIDE, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BECAUSE ONE HERO'S DEATH IS ONE TOO MANY. SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH BUT THIS ISSUE WILL CONTINUE TO TRANSCEND ANY TIME FRAME. FOR THOSE WHO SACRIFICED FOR US, WE OWE THEM AND WILL ERADICATE THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND I YIELD BACK. . .

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR MANY VETERANS, THE RETURN TO CIVILIAN LIFE CAN…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR MANY VETERANS, THE RETURN TO CIVILIAN LIFE CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING. ENSURING MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES IS ESSENTIAL. WE RECENTLY HEARD FROM ANDREW WHO LIVES IN CHANDLER, ARIZONA. HE JOINED THE MARINE CORPS AT 17 YEARS OLD WHEN HE SAID HE WAS FULL OF MOTIVATION AND EXCITEMENT TO SERVE. I WANTED TO DO MY PART TO SERVE AMERICA, ANDREW SAID. AS AN ANTI-TANK ASSAULTMAN, ANDREW FOUGHT BESIDE INCREDIBLE MARINES IN IRAQ, AND WHEN HE FINALLY RETURNED HOME, HE SAID HE RETURNED WITH MEMORIES OF DEATH. ANDREW LEANED ON LOVED ONES AND HIS FAITH TO PULL HIM OUT OF THE DARKNESS. EVER SINCE HE CONTINUED HIS HEALING JOURNEY BY SERVING HIS FELLOW VETERANS AND HE PRESSES FORWARD WITH THE VALUES INSTILLED IN HIM IN THE MARINE CORPS, HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT. THE RESPONSIBILITY TO CARE FOR OUR VETERANS BELONGS TO ALL OF US. THAT'S WHY WE'RE WORKING WITH THOSE WHO INTERACT WITH VETERANS EACH AND EVERY DAY. LETTER CARRIERS, LIBRARIANS, GROCERY STORE CLERKS, ACADEMIC ADVISORS. WE'RE GIVING COMMUNITY MEMBERS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUPPORT VETERANS EVERY DAY RIGHT WHERE THEY LIVE AND WORK. WE'RE ALSO WORKING TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEER SUPPORTS AVAILABLE TO VETERANS. THERE ARE VETERANS LIKE ANDREW WHO USE THEIR EXPERIENCES, STRUGGLES, AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO HELP FELLOW VETERANS SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE THE TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE A COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND OF MINE JOINING US IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER THIS EVENING AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MY FRIEND, ANNIE KUSTER.

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                                                                                      MS. KUSTER

                                                                                      I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON…

                                                                                      I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON THIS ISSUE. EVERY SINGLE DAY WE ASK THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR NATION IN UNIFORM TO MAKE INCREDIBLE SACRIFICES ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION AND THEY NEVER FAIL TO DELIVER FOR US. THESE BRAVE AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES KNOW THE TRUE MEANING OF SERVICE, BUT THAT SERVICE OFTEN COMES AT A PRICE. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, OUR VETERANS CANNOT BE CAST ASIDE ONCE THEY HAVE RETURNED HOME. THE PREVALENCE OF SUICIDE AMONG SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS IS A STAIN ON OUR COLLECTIVE CONSCIENCE. SERVICE MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY HAVE HAD HARROWING EXPERIENCE IN THEIR SERVICE TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY AND PROTECT OUR WAY OF LIFE. BUT IT HAS ONLY BEEN RECENTLY THAT THE SCOPE OF THE TRAUMA OF WARES THAT BEEN TRULY UNDERSTOOD -- WARS HAVE BEEN TRULY UNDERSTOOD. SINCE THE TIME OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN HAVE MADE THE SOLEMN VOW TO CARE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE, A VOW THAT HAS MADE CARING FOR VETERANS ONE OF THE FEW BIPARTISAN ISSUES IN THIS ERA OF DIVISIVENESS IN WASHINGTON. TODAY, WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR SOLEMN PROMISE TO VETERANS EXTENDS TO EFFECTIVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE. NO VETERAN SHOULD EVER HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS TYPE OF CARE, WHICH CAN BE JUST AS CRUCIAL FOR RECOVERY AS PHYSICAL HEALTH SERVICES. MY FATHER, MALCOLM MCLAIN, FLEW FIGHTER PLANES DURING WORLD WAR II. HE WAS SHOT DOWN DURING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND SPENT SIX MONTHS IN A GERMAN P.O.W. CAMP. WHEN I WAS A CHILD HE RARELY SPOKE ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES DURING THE WAR. BUT NOW IN MIND SIGHT I BELIEVE THAT HE WAS EXPERIENCING WHAT WE NOW KNOW TO BE PTSD. WE UNDERSTAND SO MUCH MORE TODAY ABOUT THE BRAIN AND THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA THAT SO MANY OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS ENDURE AND IT'S CRITICAL THAT V.A. AND OUR SOCIETY USE THAT KNOWLEDGE TO IMPROVE CARE FOR VETERANS WHEN THEY RETURN HOME. WE MUST ENSURE THAT UNSEEN WOUNDS OF WAR RECEIVE THE ATTENTION THEY DESERVE. MANY OF US TODAY VOTED TO FUND VETERANS' MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS, AND WHILE IT IS COMMENDABLE THAT CONGRESS' TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ENSURE THAT NO VETERAN IS LEFT BEHIND. AS A MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I FIGHT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FIGHT FOR US. DURING SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH, WE SHOULD ALL PLEDGE TO WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT NO VETERAN EVER HAS TROUBLE ACCESSING THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAT HE OR SHE NEEDS AND DESERVES. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, KYRSTEN SINEMA, FOR HER COMMITMENT TO THIS ISSUE. SHE WAS VERY EFFECTIVE IN THE TESTIMONY THAT SHE BROUGHT TO THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, AND I APPRECIATE HER PERSEVERANCE. THANK YOU AND I YOU YIELD BACK. -- THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                    • 04:36:17 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

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                                                                                      MR. MAST

                                                                                      THANK YOU. I GUESS I FOUND IN MY TIME THAT SUICIDE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF…

                                                                                      THANK YOU. I GUESS I FOUND IN MY TIME THAT SUICIDE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF PURPOSE AND WORTH AND VALUE. I COME TO THIS LINE OF THOUGHT BECAUSE I'VE HAD COUNTLESS VETERANS CALL ME, REACH OUT TO MY OFFICE, FIND ME ON FACEBOOK, FIND ME ON SOME OTHER FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA, HAD A MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY CALL MY OFFICE OR REACH OUT, A MOTHER OR A SPOUSE, AND TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEIR VETERAN WANTS TO TAKE THEIR LIFE. AND IN SEEING THAT PLAY OUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN, I REALIZE EACH AND EVERY TIME THAT SOMEBODY IS OUT THERE SEARCHING FOR THEIR VALUE IN THEIR LIFE. THEY'RE SEARCHING FOR, WHERE IS NAIR VALUE, WHERE IS THEIR WORTH TO THE REST OF THE WORLD -- WHERE IS THEIR VALUE, WHERE IS THEIR WORTH TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, AND FOR ME I THINK THIS CAN BE PREVENTED. I THINK VETERANS FACE IN CHALLENGE IN A UNIQUE WAY AND IN AN ELEVATED WAY. NOT BECAUSE THE CHALLENGE OF WAR OR RECOVERING FROM INJURY IS SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE OVERCOME. I THINK MOST OF US END UP FINDING IN OUR LIVES THAT WHEN WE'VE OVERCOME SOMETHING INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT, THOSE ARE THE MOST MEMORABLE AND PURPOSEFUL MOMENTS OF OUR LIFE. BUT BECAUSE NO PERSON, VETERAN INCLUDED, SHOULD HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT THEIR GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD OR TO THEIR NATION OR TO THEIR FAMILY OR THEIR COMMUNITY IS SOMETHING THAT'S BEHIND THEM AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT FOR A VETERAN TO OVERCOME BECAUSE THEIR WORTH AND THEIR VALUE AND THEIR WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY WAS TIED DIRECTLY TO SERVING ALL OF THOSE THINGS AT THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE LEVEL. SERVING THEIR BROTHERS AND THEIR SISTERS TO THEIR LEFT AND RIGHT, KNOWING ON ANY GIVEN DAY THEY MIGHT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE A LIFE, TO SAVE THE LIFE OF ONE OF THEIR CLOSEST FRIENDS THAT THEY COULD EVER HAVE IN LIFE, A FRIEND THAT WOULD BE WILLING TO DO ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING FOR THEM TO INCLUDE SACRIFICING THEIR OWN LIFE FOR THAT FRIEND OF THEM. IT'S HARD TO REPLICATE, MAYBE IMPOSSIBLE TO REPLICATE THAT PURPOSE AND THAT WORTH AND THAT VALUE. AND I BELIEVE THAT IT'S IN THAT THAT WE FIND SUCH A CHALLENGE TO OVERCOME SUICIDE WITH OUR VETERANS BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING THAT THEY'VE ALREADY GIVEN THIS COUNTRY AND THE DRIVE AND THE DETERMINATION AND THE WILL AND THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE INSIDE OF OUR VETERANS TO WANT TO GO OUT THERE AND FIND THE NEXT GREATEST THING IN LIFE, THE NEXT GREATEST WAY TO SERVE. THAT'S THE CHALLENGE THAT WE DARE VERY DIFFICULTLY FINDING OURSELVES TRYING TO OVERCOME. IN HAVING SO MANY VETERANS REACHING OUT TO ME, I'VE LEARNED THIS ABOUT VETERAN SUICIDE. EACH OF THEM WHO WERE PREVENTED FROM TAKING THEIR LIFE HAVE SAID THAT THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO IF SOMEBODY ELSE DIDN'T REACH OUT TO THEM BECAUSE I COULD HAVE NOT KNOWN. ANYBODY ELSE THAT THEY COULDN'T HAVE TOLD, THAT THEY DIDN'T TELL, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE KNOWN. IT'S IN THAT THAT I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE AS VETERANS MAKE A COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER, ABOUT BEING THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER, ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE AN OATH THAT WE NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE. WE USED TO SAY WE ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION FIRST, AND THAT MISSION DOESN'T END WHEN WE TAKE OFF THAT UNIFORM. THAT MISSION, THAT COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER HAS TO CONTINUE. AS VETERANS, WE MAKE IT A POINT TO PUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE CARE ABOUT IN WORD, IN VERSE, THINGS THAT WE MEMORIZE. WHETHER IT'S THE SOLDIERIES CREED OR THE RANGER -- SOLDIER'S CREED OR THE RANGER'S CREED OR SOME OTHER ETHOS THAT WE RECOGNIZE AS PART OF OUR SERVICE, WE PUT IT IN WORDS AND WE SPEAK ABOUT IT AND WE SAY IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND THAT'S WHERE I BELIEVE THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE AS VETERANS MAKE KNOWN IN WORD OUR COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER, THAT WE'RE NEVER GOING TO LET ONE OF OUR BROTHERS OR SISTERS BE LEFT BEHIND, THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER NEVER ENDS, THAT WE'RE NEVER GOING TO ALLOW ONE OF THEM TO BRING HARM TO THEMSELVES, THAT OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER NEVER ENDS, THAT WILLINGNESS OF WHAT WE WOULD GO OUT THERE AND DO FOR ONE ANOTHER ON THE BATTLEFIELD HAS NO TIME LIMIT ON IT, HAS NO FUSE. IT WILL NEVER BE A WICK THAT BURNS DOWN. THAT HAS TO BE OUR COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER. TO DEMONSTRATE THAT KIND OF LOVE AND CARING FOR EACH OTHER AS VETERANS, IT'S THE ONLY SOLUTION THAT I'VE BEEN ABLE TO FIND IN MY LIFE TOWARDS HELPING WITH THIS ONE VETERAN, ONE PERSON AT A TIME, ONE COMMITMENT AT A TIME, A COMMITMENT THAT NEVER ENDS AND A COMMITMENT THAT HAS NO LIMITS TO IT. I BELIEVE ALL OF OUR VETERANS WANT THAT AND ARE CAPABLE OF THAT. AND I'M PROUD OF EVERY ONE OF THEM FOR THAT COMMITMENT THAT I KNOW THEY HAVE INSIDE OF THEM. I THANK YOU, MS. SINEMA, FOR HOLDING THIS SPECIAL ORDER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                    • 04:42:41 PM

                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      THANK YOU, --

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                                                      MS. SINEMA

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MAST. WHILE HE SPOKE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MAST. WHILE HE SPOKE VERY ELOQUENTLY ABOUT HIS FELLOW VETERANS AND COMMITMENT TO SERVICE AND LEAVING NO MAN BEHIND, HE'S VERY HUMBLE. DIDN'T SHARE ALL OF HIS OWN EXPERIENCES. CONGRESSMAN MAST SERVED AS STAFF SERGEANT IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND HAS EARNED A BRONZE STAR, PURPLE HEART, MANY OTHER AWARDS FOR HIS BRAVERY DURING BATTLE. AND WHEN CONGRESSMAN MAST JOINED CONGRESS, I'LL NEVER FORGET THE FIRST TIME WE HAD A FEW MOMENTS TO SPEND TOGETHER. I ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS OWN EXPERIENCES IN THE MILITARY AND SINCE THEN AND THE CHANGE THAT HAPPENED IN HIS LIFE AFTER HE WAS INJURED IN BATTLE DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY. I'LL NEVER FORGET CONGRESSMAN MAST'S RESPONSE WHICH IS ONE OF SUCH STRENGTH AND CHARACTER, AND I BELIEVE PROVIDES SUCH INSPIRATION TO OTHER MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR COUNTRY, BOTH THOSE IN UNIFORM AND THOSE WHO RETURNED TO CIVILIAN LIFE AS VETERANS. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE AND FOR HIS INCREDIBLE DEDICATION TO HELPING HIS FELLOW MEN AND WOMEN WHO'VE RETURNED HOME FROM BATTLE AS WELL. SO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESSMAN. EARLIER IN OUR SPECIAL ORDER, I MENTIONED THE STORY OF A YOUNG VETERAN IN MY DISTRICT. HIS NAME WAS SERGEANT DANIEL SOMMERS. SERGEANT SOMMERS WAS AN ARMY VETERAN OF TWO TOURS IN IRAQ. HE SERVED ON TASK FORCE LIGHTNING, AN INTELLIGENCE UNIT. HE RAN OVER 400 COMBAT MISSIONS AS A MACHINE GUNNER IN THE TURRET OF A HUMVEE, AND PART OF HIS ROLE REQUIRED HIM TO INTERROGATE DOZENS OF TERROR SUSPECTS. HIS WORK WAS DEEMED CLASSIFIED. LIKE MANY VETERANS, DANIEL WAS HAUNTED BY THE WAR WHEN HE RETURNED HOME. HE SUFFERED FROM FLASHBACKS, NIGHTMARES, DEPRESSION, AND ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS OF POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS, MADE WORSE BY A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. DANIEL NEEDED HELP. HE AND HIS FAMILY ASKED FOR HIM. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE V.A. ENROLLED SERGEANT SOMMERS IN GROUP THERAPY SESSIONS WHICH HE COULD NOT ATTEND FOR FEAR OF DISCLOSING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. DESPITE REQUESTS FOR INDIVIDUALIZED COUNSELING OR SOME OTHER REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION TO ALLOW SERGEANT SOMMERS TO RECEIVE APPROPRIATE CARE FOR HIS PTSD, THE V.A. DELAYED PROVIDING SERGEANT SOMMERS WITH THE APPROPRIATE SUPPORT AND CARE. AND LIKE MANY, SERGEANT SOMMERS' SEES LAKES GOT WORSE WHEN HE TRANSITIONED TO -- TRANSITIONED TO CIVILIAN LIFE. SERGEANT SOMMERS STRUGGLED WITH THE V.A. BUREAUCRACY. HIS DISABILITY APPEAL HAD BEEN PENDING FOR OVER TWO YEARS IN THE SYSTEM WITHOUT RESOLUTION. SERGEANT SOMMERS DID NOT GET THE HELP HE NEEDED IN TIME. ON JUNE 10, 2013, SERGEANT SOMMERS WROTE A LETTER TO HIS FAMILY. I SHARE A PART OF HIS LETTER EVERY YEAR. HERE ON THE FLOOR IN MEMBERY OF DANIEL'S PAIN. IN THIS LETTER, DANIEL SAID, I AM NOT GETTING BETTER. I'M NOT GOING TO GET BETTER. AND I WILL MOST CERTAINLY DETERIORATE AS TIME GOES ON. HE GOES ON TO SAY, I AM LEFT WITH BASICALLY NOTHING. TOO TRAPPED IN A WAR TO BE AT PEACE, TOO DAMAGED TO BE AT WAR, ABANDONNED BY THOSE WHO WOULD TAKE THE EASY ROUTE AND LIABILITY TO THOSE WHO STICK IT OUT AND THUS DESERVE BETTER. SO YOU SEE, NOT ONLY AM I BETTER OFF DEAD, BUT THE WORLD IS BETTER OFF WITHOUT ME IN IT. THIS IS WHAT BROUGHT ME TO MY ACTUAL FINAL MISSION. NO ONE WHO RETURNS HOME FROM SERVING OUR COUNTRY SHOULD EVER FEEL LIKE HE OR SHE HAS NOWHERE TO TURN. WHICH IS WHY I'M COMMITTED TO CONTINUING TO WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO ENSURE THAT NO VETERAN EVER FEELS TRAPPED LIKE SERGEANT SOMMERS DID AND ALL OF OUR VETERANS HAVE APPROPRIATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE. SO SERGEANT SOMMERS' FAMILY, HIS STORY IS ALL TOO FAMILY. HIS PARENTS WERE DEVASTATED BY THE LOSS OF THEIR SON, BUT THEY BRAVELY SHARED HIS STORY AND CREATED A MISSION OF THEIR OWN. THEIR MISSION IS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR SON'S MEMORY BROUGHT TO LIGHT AMERICA'S DEADLIEST WAR, THE 20 VETERANS THAT WE LOSE EVERY DAY TO SUICIDE. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN WASHINGTON HAVE MET WITH HOWARD AND JEAN AND WORKING WITH CONGRESS AND THE V.A. TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH THE V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH HOWARD AND HE JEAN TO DEVELOP AND SIGN INTO LAW THE SERGEANT DANIEL SOMMERS. THIS IS A LAW THAT VETERANS LIKE DANIEL WHO HAD CLASSIFIED OR CEASETIVE EXPERIENCES CAN ACCESS APPROPRIATE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT THE V.A. OUR LAW DIRECTS THE SECRETARY TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THAT ANY VETERAN WHO PARTICIPATED IN CLASSIFIED MISSIONS OR SERVED IN A SENSITIVE SETTING MAY FULLY ACCOMMODATE HIS OR HER OBLIGATION TO NOT PROPERLY DISPOSE OF CLASS TIED INFORMATION. IT WILL HELP THE ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ON STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES ABOUT HOW TO ENGAGE VETERANS WITH RESPECT TO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. AND FINALLY, OUR LAW DIRECTS THE SECRETARY TO ALLOW VETERANS WITH CLASSIFIED EXPERIENCES TO SELF-IDENTIFY SO THEY CAN RECEIVE CARE IN AN INAPPROPRIATE SETTING. THAT VICTORY IS ONE THING. WE HAVE MUCH MORE WORK TO DO. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING TO TALK ABOUT THE SCURGE OF VETERAN SUICIDE. THIS IS OUR SIXTH YEAR OF HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON A BIPARTISAN WAY TOGETHER. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE YEAR WHEN WE DO NOT NEED THIS SPECIAL ORDER BECAUSE WE HAVE ENDED THE CRISIS OF VETERAN SUICIDE IN OUR COUNTRY. UNTIL SUCH TIME, I PLEDGE TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO NOT JUST TELL THE STORIES OF VETERANS WHO ARE STRUGGLING OR VETERANS WHO MADE OR WE LOST BUT THE VICTORY OF OVERCOMING THIS CRISIS AND ENDING THIS SCURGE. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN FRENCH HILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS WHO IS GOING TO CLOSE OUT OUR SPECIAL ORDER AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN HILL, FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING.

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                                                                                      MR. HILL

                                                                                      I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ARIZONA. SHE AND I HAVE A PLEASURE OF SERVING…

                                                                                      I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ARIZONA. SHE AND I HAVE A PLEASURE OF SERVING ON THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TOGETHER AND COOPERATING ON MANY LEGISLATIVE MEASURES AND REGULATORY MEASURES THAT BENEFIT OUR ECONOMY. AND SO I THANK HER FOR THAT WORK. AND I GREATLY APPRECIATE HER STEPPING UP AND REACHING OUT ACROSS THE AISLE ON THE SUBJECT OF SUICIDE, PARTICULARLY DURING SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH AND LETTING US ALL OF US TO SHARE OUR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS NATIONAL TRAGEDY. SUICIDE IS THE 10TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE IS AN AVERAGE OF 123 SUICIDES A DAY. AND WHAT COULD BE MORE TRAGIC THAN THAT? AND YET, I DON'T SEE NEARLY THE PEOPLE ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT THAT THERE SHOULD BE, BECAUSE THIS AFFECTS ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS SO TRAGICALLY. ONE IN FIVE SUFFERING WITH SOME FORM OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN OUR COUNTRY, A PROBLEM THAT HAS DISRUPTED SO MANY FAMILIES, CAUSE TOO MUCH VIOLENCE AND PAIN AND CAUSE FAR TOO MANY LIVES. I TOLD REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA AND I TALK ABOUT THIS EVERY TIME THIS SUBJECT COMES UP. WHEN I WAS A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, I CAN'T REMEMBER A FRIEND THAT WAS A VICTIM OF SUICIDE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, MY KIDS ARE -- JUST TURNED 19 AND JUST TURNED 21, AND WITHIN FOUR, FIVE YEARS OF THEIR AGES, I CAN THINK OF SIX FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST A CHILD, MR. SPEAKER, TO SUICIDE, DIFFERENT REASONS, SAME TRAGEDY. AND SO OUR FAMILIES ARE HURTING FROM THE SCURGE OF SUICIDE. IN CONGRESS, THIS IS AN AREA WHERE WE WORK TOGETHER. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WHERE WE ATTACKED THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO MENTAL ILLNESS TREATMENT IN DECADES, WHERE WE SAY WE WANT PEOPLE WHO NEED MENTAL ILLNESS AND WHO NEED TREATMENT, TO GET IT. AND WE WORKED TOGETHER MOST RECENTLY ON THE CLAY HUNT SUICIDE PREVENTION ACT FOR AMERICAN VETERANS AND NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE IMPROVEMENT ACT. SMALL STEPS, BUT CONCRETE STEPS THAT CALL ATTENTION TO A SUICIDE PARTICULARLY IN OUR VETERANS' COMMUNITY. THE V.A. IS HELPING IN THIS. THIS CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS THE RISK FACTORS AND WARNING SIGNS FOR SUICIDE. PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT V.A. MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES AND HELPS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS START THE CONVERSATION AROUND VETERAN MENTAL HEALTH IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. OUR V.A. EMPLOYEES MUST HAVE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO OFFER GUIDANCE TO VETERANS WHILE PROVIDING THE SUICIDE PREVENTION SERVICES. THIS IS A TOGETHER THING. THIS IS AN ALL OF US IN THIS TOGETHER DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A CHAIR IN MY FRONT OFFICE IN MY DISTRICT OFFICE IN LITTLE ROCK, THAT WAS HAND PAINTED TO RAISE MONEY TO SUICIDE PREVENTION AND ON IT, IT SAYS WE ARE THE 22. THIS IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION STARTED BY VETERANS HELPING VETERANS. IT'S AN US THING. IT'S A WE THING. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. WE ARE THE 22, THOSE NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE AS THE ESTIMATE OF VETERANS WHO ARE TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES. SO I WANT TO ECHO THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE THIS AFTER NOONG, A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AND DISTINGUISHED VETERAN AND BRAVE HEROIC VETERAN, WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT, WE DON'T LEAVE PEOPLE BEHIND. WE DON'T LEAVE A SOLDIER, SAILOR, MARINE ON THE BATTLEFIELD. WE BRING THEM HOME. JUST LAST WEEK, WE HONORED JOHN MCCAIN ON THIS HOUSE AND SAM JOHNSON LEAVING THE HOUSE THIS YEAR, REPRESENTATIVE SCHWEIKERT WAS THERE, HE WAS IN THE HANOI HILTON WITH JOHN MCCAIN. WE DON'T LEAVE A MAN OR WOMAN BEHIND ON THE BATTLEFIELD, BUT WHEN THEY COME HOME, WE SHOULD NOT LEAVE THEM BEHIND. AND I COMMEND THE SPEAKER'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE MISSION'S NOT OVER. ALL OF US HAVE THAT PARTNERSHIP AND SENSE OF DUTY TO CARRY THAT MISSION FORWARD ON THE HOME FRONT WHEN WE ARE OUT OF HARM'S WAY AND OUT OF THEATER. AND TO ME, IT'S THAT BUDDY SYSTEM THAT WE ALL LEARN WHETHER IT'S IN BOOT CAMP OR SWIM TEAM, TO TEAM UP, TO CHECK IN ON EACH OTHER. YOU DON'T LEAVE PEOPLE LEAN. AND THAT IS THE SECRET, I THINK TO PREVENTING SUICIDE. I LOST A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, A PARTNER IN A LAW FIRM IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, HE NEVER ONCE TALKED TO HIS WIFE, CHILDREN, LAW PARTNERS THAT ANYTHING WAS WRONG. AND THEY GOT THE CALL THAT HE HAD BEEN FOUND. CHECK IN. HOW ARE YOU DOING? SO WE ARE THE 22. WE ARE ON THE BUDDY SYSTEM. WE DON'T LEAVE OUR WARRIORS BEHIND. THE MISSION CONTINUES HERE. ALL THOSE THINGS ARE TRUE. AND SO I CARRY IN MY WALT, MR. SPEAKER, THE VETERANS' HOTLINE AS A REMINDER TO ME THAT WE WANT OUR VETERANS TO REACH OUT IF THERE IS A MOMENT OF CRISIS. AND IF SOMEBODY IS WATCHING THIS OR HEARING THE WORDS OF BRAVEN BRIAN MAST OR LEADERSHIP FROM REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA AND HAVING THAT MOMENT NOW I URGE YOU TO CALL 1-800-273-1855. AND WE ARE FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE THAT VETERANS' HOTLINE THAT IS ANSWERED AND PART OF THAT THIN THREAD OF CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN ALL OF US THAT KEEPS US RIGHT ON THE MOMENT. I SEE MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA IS HERE. AND IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE BOTH MY FRIENDS FROM ARIZONA TALK ABOUT THEIR SENIOR SENATOR LAST WEEK, JOHN MCCAIN AND WHAT HE HAS MEANT TO OUR COUNTRY. AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND, NOW ON THE HOUSE AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA.

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                                                                                      MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                                                                      THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA. THANK YOU FOR…

                                                                                      THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS EVERY YEAR. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS WHERE YOU ARE WALKING TOWARDS THE MICROPHONE BECAUSE WE GOT OUT OF VOTES IN WAYS AND MEANS AND YOU ARE DISCUSSING IN YOUR HEAD WHETHER YOU TELL A PERSONAL STORY. I HAVE TWO I WANT TO SHARE AND MY REASON FOR DOING THIS IS IF SOMEONE IS WATCHING, WE HAVE SOMEONE IN OUR LIFE AND YOU ARE HAVING THE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS, PLEASE, PLEASE REACH OUT, GET THE HELP AND UNDERSTAND THE DEVASTATION THAT HAPPENS AND THE PAIN THAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE TAKES THEIR LIFE. MY TWO STORIES. WHEN I GOT FIRST ELECTED IN THE PHOENIX-SCOTTSDALE AREA, ONE OF THE FIRST CONSTITUENT MEETINGS I HAD WAS WITH A MOM AND HER SON HAD BEEN PART OF THE PHOENIX V.A. AND SHE ALWAYS FELT THAT THE PRESCRIPTIONS HE WAS GIVEN PUT HIM INTO AN EMOTIONAL SPIRAL AND KEPT TRYING TO GET HIM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND THEY FELT ALL HE WAS RECEIVING WAS MORE PRESCRIPTIONS AND A FUTURE DATE FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AND HE TOOK HIS LIFE. AND THAT MOTHER -- THE PAIN, THE TEARS, THE CRUSHING BLOW, THE LOSS OF HER SON'S LIFE MEANT TO THAT FAMILY. NOW I BELIEVE NOW A FEW YEARS LATER THE PHOENIX V.A. IS BETTER. THEY HAVE LEARNED A LOT AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO BE ALMOST A QUICK REACTION FORCE IN HELPING AN INDIVIDUAL BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THESE THINGS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. NOW FOR THE PERSONAL ONE THAT I HAVE NEVER TOLD IN PUBLIC. I WAS BORN TO UNWED MOTHER'S HOME IN L.A., I WAS ADOPTED. MY MOTHER AND THE GENTLEMAN WHO ADOPTED ME, TURNS OUT HE HAD M.S. AND HE WAS A VETERAN AND HE WAS RECEIVING HIS MEDICAL TREATMENTS FROM THE V.A. AND THIS IS A LONG, LONG TIME AGO, BUT THIS IS ABOUT THE PAIN THAT COMES WHEN A VETERAN TAKES THEIR LIFE. . AND THE PHARMACEUTICALS THAT WERE GIVEN, THE FAILURE TO PROPERLY DIAGNOSIS HIS DISEASE, HE PUT HIMSELF IN A CAR IN A GARAGE AND TURNED ON THE MOTOR AND TOOK HIS LIFE AND THAT WAS MY DAD. SOMETIME LATER MY MOTHER MARRIED MR. SCHWEIKERT AND I WAS BLESSED TO GROW UP IN A HOUSEHOLD THAT BROUGHT ME TO ARIZONA. BUT MANY YEARS LATER WHEN I WAS A YOUNG ADULT, MY MOM SAT ME DOWN AND TOLD ME THE STORY. AND YOU COULD TELL IT WAS STILL THAT BURNING HOLE IN HER HEART OF FINDING HER HUSBAND, MY DAD, DEAD IN THAT CAR, TAKING HIS OWN LIFE, BELIEVING IT WAS THE FAILURE OF THE VERY SERVICES HE WAS RECEIVING FROM THE V.A. NOW, IT'S DECADES LATER AND I BELIEVE WE'VE LEARNED A LOT. THIS BODY HAS TRIED AS HARD AS IT CAN TO GET THEIR HEADS AROUND, ARE WE DOING -- ARE WE ALLOWING TOO MANY PHARMACEUTICALS TO BE PRESCRIBED? ARE WE NOT PROVIDING EMOTIONAL SERVICES? DO WE NEED TO PUT RESOURCES IN TO HAVE THAT COMMUNAL GET-TOGETHER, THE REACTION FORCE? I BELIEVE IT'S GETTING BETTER. BUT UNDERSTAND THE PAIN THAT MOM SHARED WITH ME WHEN I WAS FIRST ELECTED ABOUT THE LOSS OF HER SON, AND EVEN THESE MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS LATER, IT'S STILL PART OF OUR FAMILY'S LEGACY OF THAT PAIN. IF THIS BODY CAN DO ANYTHING, IF WE CAN FIND WAYS TO MAKE THAT PAIN COME TO AN END, WE WILL DONE SOMETHING VERY HONORABLE AND VERY POWERFUL. AND, MR. SPEAKER, MR. FRENCH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME THIS TIME. MR. FRENCH, I YIELD BACK TO YOU.

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                                                                                      MR. FRENCH

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR PARTICIPATING AND I THANK HIS…

                                                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR PARTICIPATING AND I THANK HIS COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE SINEMA, FOR HER HEART-FELT TRIBUTE THAT SHE'S CARRIED ON SINCE SHE'S BEEN IN THE HOUSE TO BRING ATTENTION TO SUICIDE PREVENTION, AND I ALSO COMMEND THE HOUSE FOR THE EFFORTS THAT WE'VE TAKEN ON MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION, PARTICULARLY FOR OUR VETERANS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS GENIUSES AND A DEAR FRIEND, MR. RON ROBINSON, WHO RECENTLY --

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                                                                                    • 05:03:18 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. UNDERSTAND THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. UNDERSTAND THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                                                                      MR. HILL

                                                                                      I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY -- I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE…

                                                                                      I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY -- I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATION GENIUSES, AND HE'S A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE, MR. RON ROBINSON, WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75. BORN AND RAISED IN MY HOMETOWN OF LITTLE ROCK, RON HAD A NATURAL TALENT FOR MEDIA AND JOURNALISM AT A VERY YOUNG AGE. AS A TEENAGER, HE WAS A SPORTS WRITER FOR THE "ARKANSAS GAZETTE" AND WAS PAID $1 AN HOUR. AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS WITH A DEGREE IN JOURNALISM, RON JOINED THE AIR FORCE, SERVING AS A PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER. HE QUICKLY ROSE TO THE RANK OF CAPTAIN AND EARNED HIS BRONZE STAR FOR HIS SERVICE IN VIETNAM AND AIR FORCE COMMENDATION MEDAL IN 1969 FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE APOLLO 11 MISSION TO THE MOON. A YEAR LATER, HE JOINED CRANFORD, JOHNSON, ROBINSON, WOODS, CJRW, AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS. HE WOULD EVENTUALLY BECOME CHAIRMAN AND C.E.O. UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1996. RON RECEIVED MANY AWARDS FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO ARKANSAS AND THE JOURNALISM INDUSTRY. HE WAS HONORED IN 2005 AS A DISTINGUISHED ALUMNIST OF THE JAY WILLIAM FULLBRIGHT AND ELECTED INTO THE HONOR SOCIETY IN 2016. RON WAS A ROLE MODEL AND FRIEND FOR MANY ACROSS THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, AND I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS FOR HIS FRIENDS, HIS FAMILY, AND HIS MANY, MANY MENTEES OF HIS YEARS OF SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, I COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY AND I WANT TO HONOR THE LIFE OF A LONGTIME WORK COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, DAVID W. MULLINS JR., WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 72. DAVID HAD A REMARKABLE CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE, INCLUDING WORKING AT BOTH THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY AND AS A MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM IN DOMESTIC FINANCE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY UNDER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH. DAVID'S JOURNEY BEGAN IN FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WHERE HIS FATHER WAS PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. DAVID ATTENDED FAYETTEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE GRADUATING FROM YALE UNIVERSITY WITH A DEGREE IN ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES. HE THEN PURSUED GRADUATE WORK AT M.I.T. AND THERE COMPLETED HIS PH.D. IN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE. DAVID'S PUBLIC SERVICE BEGAN SHORTLY AFTER THE STOCK MARKET CRASH IN 1987 AND HIS EXPERTISE PROVED VITAL FOR THE REJUVENATION OF THE ECONOMY, THE RESOLUTION OF THE SAVINGS AND LOAN CRISIS UNDER THE REAGAN AND BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS. HE WAS A THOUGHTFUL LEADER, A FRIEND TO MANY, AND I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS TO HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AND HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' STATEWIDE LEADERS, MR. DON ZIMMERMAN, WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75. DON WORKED AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE ARKANSAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE FOR OVER FOUR DECADES AND WAS THERE AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH. A GRADUATE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS WITH A DEPEG IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, -- DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, DON JOINED THE MUNICIPAL LEAGUE IN 1966 AS A FIELD REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE WORKING HIS WAY TO THE DIRECTOR POSITION IN 1974. HE BECAME THE FIRST MUNICIPAL LEAGUE EMPLOYEE TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES FOR 50 YEARS OF SERVICE. DON ALSO SERVED TWO TERMS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES. HE WAS A FRIEND OF MANY ACROSS OUR STATE OF ARKANSAS, AND I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS TO HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF ARKANSAS' FINEST, OLAN WAGES, WHO RECENTLY DIED AT THE AGE OF 95. A VETERAN OF THE ARMY WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II, OLAN WAS AT THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. HIS STORY IS ONE THAT MAKES ALL ARKANSANS PROUD. FOR HIS SERVICE, HE WAS AWARDED TWO PURPLE HEARTS WITH OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, FOUR BRONZE STARS, A GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, A WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL, A NORMANDY JUBILEE OF LIBERTY MEDAL, AND A FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR MEDAL, AMONG OTHERS. MR. WAGES IS SURVIVED BY HIS THREE LOVING DAUGHTERS, BRENDA, MARSHA, AND KAY. HIS EXAMPLE IS ONE ALL AMERICANS AND ARKANSANS CAN ADMIRE, AND I EXTEND MY RESPECT AND AFFECTION AND PRAYERS TO HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF KEVONTE CARTER, A JUNIOR AT SMITH COLLEGE IN MY HOMETOWN OF LITTLE ROCK. I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAS NAMED HIM INAUGURAL COMPETITIVENESS SCHOLAR. COMPETITIVENESS SCHOLARS ARE STUDENTS WHO HAVE EXHIBITED EXCEPTIONAL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, ENGAGEMENT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND IN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT. KEVONTE, WHO IS MAJORING IN BIOLOGY AND MINORING IN MATHEMATICS, WAS PERSONALLY NOMINATED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY. HE SERVED AS AMBASSADOR FOR THE UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND, OF WHICH HE IS THE ONLY MEMBER IN THE STATE OF ARKANSAS. I HONOR HIS COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AND COMMEND HIM BEING NAMED TO THIS DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, IT GIVES ME A LOT OF PLEASURE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A DEAR FRIEND AND A CIVIL RIGHTS ICON FROM ARKANSAS, MS. ANNIE ABRAMS, AND WISH HER A VERY, VERY HAPPY 87TH BIRTHDAY. MS. ABRAMS HAS SERVED HER STATE AND COUNTRY TIRELESSLY THROUGHOUT HER CAREER. HER INVOLVEMENT IN THE DESEGREGATION OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL TO HER ROLE IN THE ARKANSAS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, INCLUDING BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN P.T.A. PRESIDENT AT CENTRAL HIGH. BORN IN ARKADELPHIA, SHE LOVED TO LITTLE ROCK AT THE AGE OF 13 TO PURSUE A BETTER EDUCATION. AND SHE GRADUATED FROM DUMBAR HIGH SCHOOL AND LATER GOT A DEGREE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION. SHE CONTINUES TO BE INVOLVED IN MANY LOCAL COMMUNITIES SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH INTEGRATION 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMISSION, A COMMISSIONER FOR THE FAIR HOUSING COMMISSION, AND A TREASURER OF THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRATIC BLACK CAUCUS. AS A LOCAL EDUCATOR AND CIVIC COMMUNITY LEADER, MS. ABRAMS HAS ENRICHED THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS ARKANSANS AND AMERICANS. SHE IS THE BUSIEST WOMAN I KNOW, PARTICULARLY FOR SOMEONE ON THE CUSP OF AN 87TH BIRTHDAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO BE TOGETHER AND I THANK HER FOR HER LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, 61 YEARS AGO TODAY, ALL EYES WERE ON SOUTH PARK STREET THAT FRONTS THE BEAUTIFUL FACADE OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. JUST DAYS BEFORE THE ARKANSAS GOVERNOR HAD CALLED OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD TO PREVENT NINE BLACK STUDENTS FROM ENTERING THAT SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 4. CENTRAL HIGH AND ITS BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOOD HAD BECOME GROUND ZERO IN THE MARCH TO END THE FIVE-DECADE LEGACY OF PLESSY VS. FERGUSON. SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. NOW JUST OVER THREE YEARS AFTER BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION, IT WAS TIME FOR ACTION. IN A FEW DAYS, ON THE 25TH OF THIS MONTH, WE WILL CELEBRATE THE SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATION OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL WHEN THE LITTLE ROCK NINE ENTERED THE SCHOOL ESCORTED BY THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION. IT'S FITTING TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LITTLE ROCK NINE, THEIR DEFENDERS, AND THE SUCCESSFUL END TO SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. AND I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THIS IMPORTANT MILESTONE TODAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND REMEMBER PASSING THE BILL ONE YEAR AGO THAT I AUTHORED THAT EXPANDS THE PARK BOUNDARY FOR THE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AT LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. THIS HISTORIC AND IMPORTANT TOUCHSTONE FOR ALL THOSE MODERN DAY HISTORY TRAVELERS RETRACING THE STEPS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE VISITORS CENTER WAS OPENED IN 2007 ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CENTRAL HIGH'S INTEGRATION. MY BILL EXTENDED THE PARK BOUNDARIES TO TAKE INTO THE HOUSES THAT FORMED THE SCHOOL FRONT ALONG SOUTH PARK STREET SO THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO PICTURE THAT STREET JUST AS IT WAS AND REFLECT ON THOSE 21 DAYS OF TRAUMA BACK IN 1957. BRINGING THE PROPERTIES INTO THE BOUNDARY, THE SITE PROVIDES THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WITH MORE TOOLS AND FLEXIBILITY FOR PARTNERING WITH THE HOMEOWNERS TO PRESERVE HISTORICALLY THEIR FRONT FACADE AND THE YARDS OF THOSE HOMES. TOGETHER WITH THE SCHOOL, THE SEVEN HOMES ACROSS THE STREET FROM CENTRAL WILL NOW STAND AS A LIVING MONUMENT TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN ARKANSAS AND THE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO THANK SUPERINTENDENT AT THAT SITE, ROBIN WHITE, FOR HER LEADERSHIP, HER PERSISTENT WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO ENHANCE IT AS AN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE AND A KEY STOP ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL. THE LITTLE ROCK NINE'S BRAVE ACTIONS, INTEGRATING LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH, WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED FOR THEIR UNPARALLELED ROLE IN ENDING SO-CALLED SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. I'M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE THE 61ST ANNIVERSARY OF THESE BRAVE ACTIONS BY THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF WOMEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY AND TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE MILLIONS OF WOMEN ACROSS THE GLOBE WHO LACK ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND ARE DENIED ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE ENGINES OF OUR ECONOMY IN ARKANSAS AND ACROSS OUR ENTIRE NATION. THEY CREATE AND SUPPORT JOBS WITHIN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND EMPLOY APPROXIMATELY HALF OF ALL PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES. ACCORDING TO THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, 30 MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE U.S. MAKE OVER 99% OF OUR NATION'S BUSINESSES, AND OF THOSE, 11.4 MILLION ARE WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES, EMPLOYING NEARLY NINE MILLION PEOPLE. . THEY ARE CENTERS OF INNOVATION, DISCOVERY AND OPPORTUNITY. EMPOWERING AND EQUIPPING AMERICANS FOR SUCCESS. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RISE, BUT IN AMERICA, WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS FACE BUREAU -- BARRIERS TO CERTAIN BUSINESS RESOURCES THAT MANY FEMALES WITH SIMILAR ASPIRATIONS DON'T. WE'VE GOT TO WORK HARD FOR OUR HARDWORKING AMERICANS AND OUR HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES. AND IN ARKANSAS, THE ARKANSAS WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER IS DOING JUST THAT. IT PROVIDES TRAINING, COUNSELING AND ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR WOMEN WHO WANT THEIR BUSINESS TO GROW AND BECOME COMPETITIVE. THE OBSTACLES TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND OPPORTUNITY ALSO EXIST OUTSIDE THE U.S.. THERE ARE ENTITIES SUPPORTING SOLUTIONS THAT PROMOTE PROSPERITY AND PROVIDE A MEANS FOR WOMEN TO FLOURISH AROUND THE WORLD. I HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT WITH A VERY HARDWORKING, ENTERPRISING, CARING YOUNG WOMAN FROM MY HOMETOWN OF LITTLE ROCK, RECENT -- LITTLE ROCK RECENTLY. WHOSE EFFORTS TO ERADICATE HOPELESSNESS AND GIVE HOPE TO THOSE IN POVERTY BY LIFTING THEM UP, IN AIDING THEIR PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AND PROMOTING THE FRUITS OF THE DIGNITY OF WORK. ANNA TAYLOR IS THE FOUNDER OF THE CLOTHING COMPANY JUDITH AND JAMES. AND ONE OF THE NONPROFIT JAMES 127 FOUNDATION. SHE STARTED HER REMARKABLE JOURNEY DURING HER FAMILY'S MISSION WORK IN AFRICA. INSPIRED BY THE DESIRE AND DRIVE OF THE KENYAN WOMEN SHE ENCOUNTERED, ANNA SET OUT TO WORK WITH THEM TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES AND THEMSELVES. TODAY HER FOUNDATION PROVIDES PRACTICAL, HANDS-ON SUING TRAINING FOR KENYAN WID -- SEWING TRAINING FOR KENYAN WIDOWS, OFFERING HOPE TO WOMEN WHOSE COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN RAVAGED BY POVERTY AND DISEASE. WHEN YOU EMPOWER WOMEN, YOU EMPOWER THEIR COMMUNITIES. FOR TOO LONG TOO MANY GIRLS AND WOMEN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD CONTINUED TO BE DENIED AN EFFECTIVE EDUCATION. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TO ADDRESS THIS INJUSTICE AND ENSURE THAT ALL WOMEN ARE PROVIDED FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN THE POLITICAL, SOCIAL, CULTURAL, ECONOMIC AND CIVIC FIELDS. SO I'D LIKE TO APPLAUD THE HOUSE ON ITS RECENT PASSAGE OF H.R. 5480, THE WOMEN'S ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ACT, AND COMMEND MY FELLOW ARKANSAN, SENATOR JOHN BOZEMAN, FOR INTRODUCING ITS COMPANION IN THE SENATE. AS THE PROUD FATHER OF A DAUGHTER STUDYING HARD, I HOPE SHE'S STUDYING HARD, IN COLLEGE, I BELIEVE THAT IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE ALL SUPPORT ALL OF OUR ASPIRING YOUNG WOMEN. I URGE THE SENATE TO ACT QUICKLY ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE TIME THIS EVENING AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, 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. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

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

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                                                                                      MR. GOHMERT

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WILL CONTINUE…

                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WILL CONTINUE GOING OUT FOR THE FOLKS THAT ARE IN HARM'S WAY, THE HURRICANE COMING ASHORE. REALLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THOSE THAT ARE SERVING, BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL LOCAL OFFICIALS TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. I'M VERY GRATEFUL THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HASN'T WAITED. THEY MOBILIZED, THEY'VE GOT FEDERAL FOLKS THERE ON THE GROUND READY TO GO. AND ALSO GLAD IT GOT DOWNGRADED TO SOME EXTENT. BUT IT'S STILL GOING TO BE A ROUGH GO FOR FOLKS AND FOR THEIR HOMES AND THEIR GOODS. SO WE'LL CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THEM. AND GRATEFUL FOR THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS OUT THERE READY TO SERVE. WE JUST REMEMBERED 9/11 THIS WEEK. THOSE OF US WHO WERE OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY. WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED. WE'LL NEVER FORGET WHERE WE WERE . AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THE NEXT DAY, 9/12. IN MY HOMETOWN, TYLER, JUST LIKE IN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TOWNS AND CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, PEOPLE CAME TOGETHER AND WE PRAYED TOGETHER, WE SANG HYMNS TOGETHER, WE HELD HANDS AND SANG TOGETHER. IT WAS A POWERFUL DAY. AND I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER THERE WERE PEOPLE FROM ALL DIFFERENT RACES, AGES, BOTH GENDERS. PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE. BUT WE GATHERED THERE IN SOLIDARITY AND WHAT I NOTICED THAT DAY WAS THERE WERE NO HYPHENATED AMERICANS. WE WERE JUST AMERICANS. AND THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY SAID AND THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY WAS. IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE DAY THAT AN ACT OF SHEER HATRED, EVIL, WANTING TO DESTROY FREEDOM AND THE FREEST COUNTRY, WITH THE BEST FOUNDING DOCUMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW FREEDOM, THEY WANTED IT ALL DESTROYED. BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF LOVE THAT NEXT DAY. AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT 17 YEARS LATER WE DON'T SEE THAT KIND OF HARMONY. IT USED TO BE THAT IN THIS BODY WE WOULD DISAGREE. BUT AS THE HOUSE RULE REQUIRES, WE WOULDN'T CALL INTO QUESTION ANY OTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL'S MOTIVATION, INTENTIONS. SAY, OH, WELL, WE ALL WANT WHAT'S BEST FOR THE COUNTRY. WE ALL WANT TO KEEP OUR OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION. BUT IT APPEARS THAT SOME DON'T WANT TO FOLLOW THOSE RULES ANYMORE. IN FACT, SOME OF THE VERY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN IN THIS ROOM, IN THE SENATE, HEAR IN -- HERE IN WASHINGTON, IN FRONT OF PRESS AROUND THE COUNTRY, PEOPLE THAT HAVE DEMANDED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GET INVOLVED AND STOP BULLYING AT ALL LEVELS, INCLUDING THREATENING, HARASSING LITTLE CHILDREN IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FELT LIKE IT HAD TO INTERVENE AND PREVENT BULLIES, EVEN AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE. AND YET SOME OF THOSE SAME PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR FEDERAL INTERVENTION TO STOP BULLYING HAVE BECOME THE BIGGEST BULLIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT'S UNBELIEVABLE. HOW PEOPLE WOULD BE ENCOURAGED BY ELECTED OFFICIALS TO BULLY, HARASS PEOPLE WITH WHOM THEY DISAGREE. IF YOU CAN FIND THEM IN PUBLIC ANYWHERE, INTIMIDATE, SCREAM AT THEM, RUN THEM OUT, DON'T LET THEM EAT. DON'T LET THEM DO ANYTHING. DON'T LET THEM SHOP. BULLY THEM UNTIL YOU DRIVE THEM OUT AND YOU INTIMIDATE THEM SO MUCH THAT THEY'RE AFRAID TO EXPRESS THEIR POLITICAL OPINION OR TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION OR AS A REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE. IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE. AND IT HAS CLEARLY INSIGHTED PEOPLE TO GO OUT AND COMMIT BULLYING AND SOMETIMES PHYSICAL ASSAULTS. BUT IF YOU ALSO WILL LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE GONE ON, EVEN PEOPLE THAT ARE COMPLETELY DISLOYAL TO THE PRESIDENT FOR WHOM THEY WORK, EVEN SOME OF THEM WILL GO TO THE EXTENT OF COMMITTING CRIMES. BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE THE PRESIDENT. EVEN TO THE EXTENT OF, AS A FORMER JUDGE, WHAT I WOULD CALL COMMITTING A FRAUD UPON THE FISA COURT. NOW, THAT'S THE WAY IT APPEARED TO ME. BUT BECAUSE THE FISA JUDGES WHO GRANTED FOUR DIFFERENT WARRANTS TO SURVEIL PEOPLE IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND ADMINISTRATION, ONE OF WHOM, ROD ROSENSTEIN, I'VE ASKED HIM ABOUT IT, HE -- DID HE EVEN READ THE APPLICATION, THE AFFIDAVITS, AND HE NEVER WOULD ANSWER THE QUESTION. WHICH, AS WE KNOW FROM WATERGATE DAYS, THAT'S NONDENIAL DENIAL. CLEARLY WHEN THEY WOULD NOT ADMIT THAT THEY HAD READ OR ROSENSTEIN HAD READ THE APPLICATION. HE SAID, I DIDN'T KNOW HOW THINGS WORKED. WELL, I KNOW HOW THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO WORK. YOU COME BEFORE A JUDGE AND YOU SIGN A DOCUMENT IN AN EFFORT TO GET THAT JUDGE TO ENCROACH ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, YOU BETTER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. AND ROSENSTEIN DEFRAUDED THE COURT. BUT THE REASON THEY POSSIBLY DID NOT DEFRAUD THE COURT IS IF THE COURT WAS ENGAGED IN FRAUD ITSELF. AND THE ONLY REASON I WOULD RAISE THAT IS BECAUSE THE FISA JUDGES THAT WERE GRANTING WARRANTS BASED ON FALSE INFORMATION, INCOMPLETE INFORMATION, MISLEADING INFORMATION IS POSSIBLY BECAUSE THEY WERE OK WITH HELPING TO USE THE COLOR OF LAW TO VIOLATE AMERICAN CITIZENS' RIGHTS. MAYBE THERE'S A 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION THERE AGAINST JUDGES AND THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED. WHO KNOWS. BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF JUDGES THAT ARE NOT UPSET THAT LAWYERS CAME IN FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, MANIPULATED THEM INTO SIGNING A WARRANT FOUR TIMES WHEN IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SIGNED ONCE. AND THEN WE FIND OUT, YOU KNOW THIS GUY THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE IDENTIFIED MIKE FLYNN, THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RUSSIANS. IT TURNS OUT HE HAD GOTTEN CONTRACTS FROM THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, I THINK ONE WAS OVER $600,000, ANOTHER OVER $400,000. AND IT WAS FLAGGED BY VERY DEDICATED, DEVOTED EMPLOYEE OF THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT WHOSE JOB IT WAS TO ANALYZE CONTRACTS TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE LEGITIMATE AND PEOPLE WERE DOING WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO. HIS NAME WAS AND IS ADAM LOVINGER. AND HE SAW THOSE CONTRACTS AND THOUGHT, THIS IS VERY STRANGE. YOU KNOW, TWO CONTRACTS WORTH OVER $1 MILLION TO ONE PERSON AND THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE ANYTHING THAT HE'S GETTING. WELL, HE WAS BEING PAID BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SET UP SOMEBODY IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, AS SOMEONE WHO HAD BEEN DEALING WITH RUSSIANS, WHO HAD BEEN PAYING RUSSIANS TO COME SPEAK AT HIS CONFERENCES OR SEMINARS, WHO HAD AN ONGOING RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIANS, THAT HE WOULD LATER SAY THAT, GEE, THIS GUY FROM THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS GETTING TOO COZY WITH THE RUSSIANS, SO I QUIT. YOU MEAN THE GUYS THAT YOU'D HAD THIS ONGOING RELATIONSHIP AND PAID THEM TO COME TO YOUR -- AND SPEAK AT YOUR CONFERENCES, YOU WERE CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, OR WORKED WITH TRUMP IN THE CAMPAIGN, ACTUALLY SPEAKING TO THE PEOPLE YOU'VE BEEN HIRING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS? I MEAN, IT'S JUST FRAUDULENT WHAT THEY WERE DOING. INCREDIBLE. AND I HAD HOPED WHEN CRIST FERRE W -- CHRISTOPHER WRAY TOOK OVER AT THE F.B.I., WELL, I DON'T KNOW HIM, BUT MAYBE HE WOULD HELP CLEAN UP THE DISASTER THAT WAS CREATED BY THE WEAPONIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND PARTICULARLY THE F.B.I., BY COMEY, MCCABE, PAIGE, SO MANY OF THOSE, SO MANY THEY WERE WORKING AT D.O.J. OR F.B.I., BUT WE GOT A SOLID PIECE OF EVIDENCE THAT HE'S NOT THE ANSWER, HE'S PART OF THE PROBLEM. AND THAT CAME AS WAS REPORTED IN THIS STORY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018. . HEADLINE FROM NEWS MAX SAYS, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS HAS NO EVIDENCE CLINTON SERVER HACKED DESPITE THE TRUMP TWEET. WELL, CHRISTOPHER WRAY HAD TO APPROVE THAT, AND EITHER HE IS COMPLETELY OBJECTIVELY INCOMPETENT OR HE INTENDED TO SLAP THE PRESIDENT WITH A FRAUD BY OMISSION AND ALSO TO SLAP, FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING, OUR INTEL COMMUNITY. WASN'T THE F.B.I. THAT FOUND THAT HILLARY CLINTON'S SERVER HAD BEEN HACKED AND THAT OVER 30,000 OF HER EMAILS, ALL BUT FOUR, AND THE FOUR REALLY DIDN'T AMOUNT TO ANYTHING, THEY ALL WENT TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY'S INTELLIGENCE APPARATUS. THEY HAD HACKED IT, PUT INSTRUCTIONS ON THERE. SO THEN WE KNOW THAT, BECAUSE THE INTEL COMMUNITY HAS MADE -- THAT THEY KNEW 100% CERTAINTY THAT THAT HAD HAPPENED. THEY FOUND IT. THEY FOUND THE ANOMALY. THEY FOUND THE EMBEDDED INSTRUCTION THAT WAS PLACED WHEN HER SERVER WAS HACKED. AND I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN ALLEGATIONS THAT PERHAPS HILLARY CLINTON'S CLASSIFIED INFORMATION THAT WENT THROUGH THE UNCLASSIFIED PRIVATE SERVER, MAY HAVE GOTTEN SOME OF OUR UNDERCOVER PEOPLE KILLED IN CHINA, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S WHAT GOT THEM KILLED OR NOT. BUT IT CERTAINLY WOULDN'T HAVE HELPED. NONETHELESS, THE INTEL COMMUNITY INSPECTOR GENERAL -- BACK THEN WAS CHUCK MCCULLER -- AND INVESTIGATOR FRANK RUTGERS WERE THE ONES THAT FOUND THAT. AND I HAVEN'T TALKED TO MR. COATS, BUT THIS WAS A SLAP AT THE INTEL COMMUNITY BASICALLY SAYING, HEY, WE AT THE F.B.I. DIDN'T FIND ANY EVIDENCE HER PRIVATE SERVER WAS HACKED SO ANYBODY THAT SAYS THEY DID IS JUST TOTALLY WRONG BECAUSE IF THE F.B.I. DOESN'T FIND IT, NOBODY IN THE INTEL COMMUNITY OF THE UNITED STATES IS COMPETENT ENOUGH TO FIND SUCH A HACKING. WELL, CHRIS WRAY AND WHOEVER FED HIM THIS STATEMENT TO PUT OUT PUBLICLY WERE WRONG. OUR INTEL COMMUNITY WAS GOOD ENOUGH. THEY DID FIND THAT HER PRIVATE SERVER WAS HACKED, AND THE EMAILS DID NOT GO TO RUSSIA OR ANY REPRESENTATIVES OR AGENCY AFFILIATED WITH RUSSIA. RICHARD POLLACK WROTE THAT HE HAD CONFIRMED THAT IT WENT TO CHINA. I DIDN'T SAY THAT WHEN I QUESTIONED MR. STRZOK BUT THAT'S BEEN REPORTED. BUT IF MR. WRAY IS GOING TO CONTINUE IN HIS EFFORTS TO SLAP FRAUDULENTLY, REALLY, SLAP AT THE PRESIDENT AND OUR INTEL COMMUNITY, HE REALLY OUGHT TO JUST VOLUNTARILY STEP DOWN. THE F.B.I. HAS HAD SO MANY THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF HONEST, ETHICAL, UPRIGHT F.B.I. AGENTS -- BECAUSE I'VE KNOWN MANY -- AND THEY NEED SOMEBODY THAT WILL HELP THE F.B.I. GET ITS REPUTATION BACK. AND WHEN THE CURRENT F.B.I. DIRECTOR ENGAGES IN THIS KIND OF FRAUD BY OMISSION, THEN HE'S NOT THE ANSWER. HE'S TRYING TO SALVAGE A GREAT REPUTATION THAT'S BEEN DESTEROID DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION -- DESTROYED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, AND HE'S NOT GOING TO GET IT BACK BY REPRESENTATIONS BY OMISSIONS. SO HOPEFULLY HE'LL DO THE RIGHT THING AND LET US GET SOMEBODY TO REPLACE HIM SOON THAT WILL CLEAN THINGS UP. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, THAT IS A LITTLE SCARY. NOW, I ALSO HAD NOTED AN ARTICLE I NEVER NOTICED BEFORE AND A FRIEND POINTED IT OUT. I NEVER HEARD OF THIS. I HAD TO GO BACK AND LOOK. NEW YORK PUBLICATION BY CHRIS SMITH, OCTOBER 20, 2003. THE BYLINE UNDER IT SAYS MR. COMEY GOES TO WASHINGTON. BYLINE SAYS JUST AS HIS TERRORISM AND CORPORATE CORRUPTION CASES HERE ARE HEATING UP -- APPARENTLY IN NEW YORK -- UNITED STATES ATTORNEY JAMES COMEY IS HEADING SOUTH TO BECOME JOHN ASHCROFT'S DEPUTY. WHAT A NICE NONPARTISAN PROSECUTOR GOING TO DO IN A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LIKE THAT? WELL, DOESN'T SOUND LIKE THEY WERE BIG FANS OF JOHN ASHCROFT, WHO'S REALLY A FINE, DEDICATED, UPSTANDING INDIVIDUAL. BUT HE MUST HAVE BEEN FEELING A LITTLE BIT GIDDY. GOING TO BE THE DEPUTY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND SO HE SAID FAR MORE THAN WAS GOOD FOR HIS REPUTATION. IT SAYS IN THE FOURTH PARAGRAPH, COMEY HAS BEEN SAVAGED BY WILLIAM SAPPHIRE AND LAUDED BY CHUCK SCHUMER BUT WHAT KIND OF REPUBLICAN IS HE ANYWAY? THIS SETS COMEY HOWLING AGAIN. AND THEN THE QUOTE FROM COMEY. HE SAYS, QUOTE, I MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. IN COLLEGE I WAS LEFT OF CENTER, AND THROUGH A GRADUAL PROCESS I FOUND MYSELF MORE COMFORTABLE WITH A LOT OF THE IDEAS AND APPROACHES THE REPUBLICANS WERE USING, UNQUOTE. THE ARTICLE SAYS, HE VOTED FOR CARTER IN 1980, BUT IN 1984, QUOTE, COMEY SAID, QUOTE, I VOTED FOR REAGAN -- THIS IS COMEY'S WORDS -- I MOVED FROM COMMUNIST TO WHATEVER I AM NOW. I'M NOT EVEN SURE, COMEY SAYS, HOW TO CHARACTERIZE MYSELF POLITICALLY. MAYBE AT SOME POINT I'LL HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT, UNQUOTE. BUT IT SAYS IN THE ARTICLE, ON THE SURFACE IT'S AN ODD PAIRING. COMEY, WHO CITES LIBERAL THEOLOGIAN, RHINE HOLD -- REINHOLD AS A FORMATIVE INFLUENCE, WHICH IS A LITTLE DISTURBING, AND CAN SING ALONG WITH GOOD CHARLOTTE POP PUNK HITS. AND ASHCROFT -- INTERESTING. I DID NOT KNOW THAT COMEY HAD ADMITTED TO BEING A COMMY BUT COMEY THE COMI IS NO LONGER IN CHARGE OF THE F.B.I. AND IT STILL BOGGLES THE MIND THAT ROD ROSENSTEIN WOULD DO A MEMORANDUM TELLING THE PRESIDENT, YOU NEED TO FIRE COMEY. HE HASN'T BEEN INTELLECTUALLY HONEST. YOU NEED TO FIRE HIM. CAUSES ARE ALL HERE. SO THE PRESIDENT RELIES ON ROSENSTEIN AND FIRES COMEY AND THEN, WHAT, THE NEXT DAY ROSENSTEIN TURNS AROUND, OH, THERE'S CAUSE TO APPOINT A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT FOR SUPPOSEDLY OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE FOR FIRING COMEY. BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT FOLLOWED ROSENSTEIN'S RECOMMENDATION. THE MERE FACT THAT ROSENSTEIN WOULD APPOINT A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT FOR DOING WHAT ROSENSTEIN SAID SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH TO GET HIM FIRED BACK THEN. WHAT KIND OF MANIPULATIVE LITTLE DEMON WOULD SAY, FIRE COMEY, AND THEN THE ADVICE IS FOLLOWED AND THEN HE APPOINTS A PROSECUTOR TO TRY TO DISRUPT HIM AND REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE? I MEAN, LIKE SOME KIND OF GAME. OH, I KNOW. I'LL SET UP THE PRESIDENT. I'LL TELL HIM TO FIRE COMEY AND THEN WE CAN USE THAT TO INVESTIGATE HIM FOR THE REST OF HIS TIME AS PRESIDENT. WELL, HOPEFULLY -- AND I'VE BEEN HOPING FOR A LONG TIME THAT ROSENSTEIN'S DAYS ARE NUMBERED. OF COURSE, HE WAS U.S. ATTORNEY THAT INVESTIGATED, WAS IN CHARGE OF THE INVESTIGATION, INVESTIGATING RUSSIA AND THEIR ILLEGAL EFFORTS TO OBTAIN AMERICAN URANIUM AND HE WOULD ALSO BE THE SAME PERSON ALONG WITH F.B.I. DIRECTOR MUELLER AND A GUY NAMES WEISSMAN THAT'S CURRENTLY WORKING FOR MUELLER WHO MADE SURE THAT THEIR UNDERCOVER GUY THAT WAS GATHERING INFORMATION TO SHOW HOW ILLEGALLY RUSSIA WAS ACTING, MAKE SURE HE SIGNS A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT. THEY THREATENED, WE'RE TOLD, THAT HE DOESN'T SIGN IT THEY WOULD -- HE SIGNS IT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT ILLEGALLY -- HOW ILLEGALLY RUSSIA WAS ACTING BECAUSE IF THEY HAD, THEN THE COMMITTEE THAT HAD TO APPROVE FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, CFIUS, THEY COULD NOT HAVE VOTED TO ALLOW RUSSIA TO GET HOLD OF 20 OR SO PERCENT OF AMERICAN URANIUM AND IF THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO GET HOLD OF THAT MUCH URANIUM, THEN, OF COURSE, THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN 145 MILLION OR SO THAT WENT INTO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. BUT I SEE MY GOOD FRIEND, CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN. SHOULD I YIELD TIME OR -- YOU OK? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. AND THEN WE GET THIS REPORT THAT'S OUT. THIS REPORTED FROM FOX NEWS. JOHN KERRY SLAMMED FOR SHAMEFUL DIPLOMACY AFTER ADMITTED TO MEETINGS WITH IRAN. I THINK THERE'S A WORD FOR IT, BUT WHEN SOMEONE GOES AND TRIES TO UNDERMINE THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT'S ADMINISTRATION FROM PROTECTING THE COUNTRY -- AMERICA -- FROM THE BIGGEST SUPPORTER OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD CALL THAT BUT IT SEEMS LIKE IF YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT IN PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO PROTECT AMERICA FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS THAT WOULD BE FUNDED BY THE BIGGEST SUPPORTER OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, IRAN, AND YOU HAVE SOMEBODY ELSE FROM AMERICA GO OVER AND TRY TO SAVE THE DEAL THAT WAS GOING TO HELP IRAN BE MORE OF A THREAT TO AMERICA, GEE. THAT SEEMS LIKE PEOPLE USED TO GET PROSECUTED ABOUT THINGS LIKE THAT. SEEM LIKE THERE WAS SOMEBODY NAMED ROSENSTEIN OR ROSENBURG BACK THERE THAT WAS NOT HELP TO THE UNITED STATES. I THINK BACK THEN THEY WERE HANGING TRAITORS. IN ANY EVENT, INTERESTING, ALSO YESTERDAY, COMMITTEE CHAIR RICHARD BURR FROM NORTH CAROLINA WHO HAS BENT OVER BACKWARDS, DONE EVERYTHING HE CAN TO GET THE JUSTICE AND INTELLIGENCE TO PRODUCE ANY KIND OF EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER SHOWING TRUMP OR HIS ADMINISTRATION CLUEDED WITH THE RUSSIANS AND IT COMES -- COLLUDED WITH THE RUSSIANS AND IT COMES OUT YESTERDAY, THE PANELIST, QUOTE, FOUND NO HARD EVIDENCE OF CONCLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND RUSSIA. SO IT'S JUST AMAZING. IT SOUNDS LIKE WE STILL NEED TO DO HOUSECLEANING AT THE F.B.I. AT THE VERY TOP, AND THIS OUT TODAY FROM "THE NEW YORK POST" THAT STOK IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE -- STRZOK IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE F.B.I. AND D.O.J. AND IT HAS THIS TWEET FROM THE PRESIDENT. MORE TEXT MESSAGES BETWEEN FORMER F.B.I. EMPLOYEE PETER STRZOK AND LISA PAIGE ARE A DISASTER AND EMBARRASSMENT TO THE F.B.I. AND D.O.J. THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED BUT WE ARE LEARNING MORE AND MORE BY THE HOUR. OTHERS WERE LEAKING LIKE MAD IN ORDER TO GET THE PRESIDENT. IN A LENGTHY EXCHANGE, THE TWO EX-LOVERS TALK ABOUT A LEAK OPERATION FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. QUOTE, OH, REMIND ME TO TELL YOU TOMORROW ABOUT THE "TIMES" DOING A STORY ABOUT THE M.C. HACKS. PAIGE WROTE TO STRZOK WHO REPLIED, QUOTE, AND MORE THAN THEY ALREADY DID? QUESTION MARK. I TOLD YOU QUINN TOLD ME THEY PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS ON SOME STORY, UNQUOTE. QUINN WOULD BE REFERRING TO RICHARD QUINN, CHIEF OF THE MEDIA AND INVESTIGATIVE PUBLICITY SECTION IN THE F.B.I.'S OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. STRZOK THEN TEXTED PAIGE. QUOTE, THINK OUR SISTERS HAVE BEGUN LEAKING LIKE MAD SCORNED AND WORRIED AND POLITICAL, THEY'RE KICKING INTO OVERDRIVE, UNQUOTE. IT'S UNCLEAR, THE STORY SAYS, WHOM HE WAS REFERRING TO AS SISTERS BUT RETIRED F.B.I. AGENT JOHN YONARELI TOLD FOX IT COULD BE ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY. EARLIER THIS WEEK, A REPORT FROM MARK MEADOWS, MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, SAID THE NEW STRZOK-PAIGE TEXT FROM APRIL, 2017 SHOWED THEM DISCUSSING A MEDIA LEAK STRATEGY. . SO THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. APPARENTLY WE DON'T HAVE SOMEBODY AT THE TOP OF THE F.B.I. THAT WILL GET THIS CLEANED UP. THERE ARE PLENTY OF F.B.I. AGENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT COULD GET THINGS CLEANED UP. WE KNOW AT LEAST ONE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT'S GOOD AT COVERUPS. BUT MOST OF THE RANK AND FILE F.B.I. AGENTS ARE CLASSY, HONORABLE, DECENT, UPRIGHT INVESTIGATORS WHO HONOR THEIR OATH EVERY DAY AND WHO I KEEP HEARING FROM DIFFERENT TIMES, DIFFERENT PLACES ARE REALLY UPSET WITH THE DAMAGE THAT THE PEOPLE LIKE COMEY, STRZOK, PAIGE , THE DAMAGE THEY'VE DONE TO THEIR REPUTATION FOR WHAT USED TO BE A STERLING F.B.I.. SO IT'S TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE. ROSENSTEIN'S GOT TO GO. CHRIS WRAY NEEDS TO BE REPLACED BY SOMEBODY THAT'S NOT GOING TO TRY TO KEEP SLAPPING PRESIDENT WHEN HE'S WRONG ABOUT THE F.B.I. -- SLAPPING THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE'S WRONG ABOUT THE F.B.I. HOPEFULLY WE'LL SEE THAT COME IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, WE'LL SEE. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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

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

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                                                                                      CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6157, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR…

                                                                                      CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 6157, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, IT 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. -- 30, 2019, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

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

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                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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