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House Session - September 25, 2018

The House met for Morning Hour, with members permitted to speak on any topic.

Speakers:
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  • 12:00:01 PM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 12:00:05 PM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 12:00:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:00:21 PM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 25,2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 25,2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE JEFF DENHAM TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 12:00:30 PM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 12:00:34 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:01:04 PM

      MR. ABRAHAM

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF LIEUTENANT…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL ROBERT MILLER, TO MY LEFT HERE, A VETERAN OF THE MARINE CORPS FROM BUGE LOOSEA, LOUISIANA -- LUGALOOSA, LOUISIANA, WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT. HE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND. HE FOUGHT BETWEEN 1945-1973, WORLD WAR II, THE KOREAN WAR, THE VIETNAM WAR. HE RECEIVED THREE PURPLE HEARTS DURING HIS TIME WITH THE MARINES, AND SOME OF HIS WAR EXPERIENCES ARE QUITE IMPRESSIVE. WHILE IN KOREA, AMERICAN FORCES SUFFERED ENORMOUS CASUALTIES DUE TO BITTER COLD AND FROSTBITE. YET, COLONEL MILLER'S PLATOON DID NOT SUFFER A SINGLE CASUALTY. HE WAS ASKED LATER HOW HE PROTECTED HIS MEN, AND HE SHARED WITH HIM A TRICK HE LEARNED FROM A GENTLEMAN, A HOMELESS MAN FROM HIS HOME OF BUGALOOSA. HE WOULD LINE HIS CLOTHES AND SHOES WITH NEWSPAPERS TO BLOCK THE COLD. THEY ASKED FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SEND AS MANY NEWSPAPERS AS THEY COULD GET. AND THE RESULTS HELPED EARN HIM A BATTLEFIELD COMMISSION. MAYBE FITTINGLY, COLONEL MILLER EVENTUALLY EARNED A DEGREE IN JOURNALISM FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND. COLONEL MILLER ALSO CAUGHT THE EYE OF MARILYN MONROE WHILE IN KOREA. HIS RIFLE PLATOON PROVIDED SECURITY TO HER WHILE SHE VISITED THE D.M.Z. SHE ARRANGED A FRONT ROW SEAT FOR HIM AT HER SHOW. SHE EVEN GAVE HIM HER PHONE NUMBER AND TOLD HIM TO CALL HER WHEN HE GOT HOME FROM THE WAR. HE DID. AND THE TWO WENT ON TO BECOME GREAT FRIENDS. FOLLOWING HIS MILITARY SERVICE, COLONEL MILLER STARTED WHAT NOW IS KNOWN AS VENTURE SCOUT CREW 313, WHICH SPECIALIZES ON LEARNING SURVIVAL SKILLS AND WINNING NATIONAL WHITE WATER CANOE RACES. THAT LEGACY INCLUDES 18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN OPEN CRUISERS, 27 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ADVANCED ALUMINUMS, AND 26 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE NOVIST DIVISION. HIS SCOUTS ALSO SERVE AS STRETCHER BARRIERS DURING MEDICAL EMERGENCIES DURING L.S.U. FOOTBALL GAMES. THERE ARE REASONS THAT SOME OF US JOKE THAT OUR TIGERS ARE MORE LIKE THE CARDIAC CATS. HE WORKED WITH YOUTH -- HIS WORKS WITH YOUTH GUARDED HIM NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS. COLONEL MILLER HAS STAYED ACTIVE THROUGHOUT HIS LONG LIFE AS A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL LION'S CLUB AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CHRISTMAS IN CASSIDY PARK IN B UGALOOSA. HE IS SOMEONE THAT PUTS COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY FIRST. WE COULD ALWAYS USE A FEW MORE COLONEL MILLERS IN WHATEVER COMMUNITY WE CALL HOME AND I THANK HIM FOR EVERYTHING AND ALL HE'S DONE FOR BUGALOOSA AND FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:04:25 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      BACK.

  • 12:04:37 PM

    Recess

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

    • 02:00:05 PM

      Reconvened

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

      • 02:00:06 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 02:00:08 PM

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

        • 02:00:14 PM

          CHAPLAIN CONROY

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

          LET US PRAY. LOVING GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. BLESS THE MEMBERS WHO ARE LABORING THROUGH THESE CHALLENGING DAYS WITH WISDOM, MAGNANIMITY, AND THE SHARED DESIRE TO SERVE OUR NATION AT A PIVOTAL TIME FOR US ALL. MAY THEIR EFFORTS BRING RESULTS THAT RISE ABOVE ANY SENSE OF VICTORY FOR ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER, BUT RATHER MUTUAL BENEFIT. IN THE END, MAY WE CONTINUE TO TRUST THAT YOU WOULD NOT ABANDON THOSE WHO PUT THEIR TRUST IN YOU. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER, HON -- FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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        • 02:01:00 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVE. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THIS GENTLEWOMAN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. NORTON.

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      • 02:01:01 PM

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

      • 02:01:03 PM

        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

        The Chair designated Ms. Norton to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

        • 02:01:16 PM

          MS. NORTON

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

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

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      • 02:01:24 PM

        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

        The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

        • 02:01:29 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        • 02:01:51 PM

          MR. POE

          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO REMOVE THE VEIL OF SECRECY FROM THE HALLLOWED…

          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO REMOVE THE VEIL OF SECRECY FROM THE HALLLOWED HALLS OF THE SUPREME COURT. AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS IN PERSON BUT ONLY 50 MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN GET INTO THE SMALL COURTROOM. TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS DISCREET VIDEOING BUT FOR SOME REASON THERE ARE THOSE WHO WANT TO KEEP THESE PROCEEDINGS HIDDEN FROM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WE HAVE THE BEST JUDICIAL SYSTEM EVER CREATED, WE SHOULD NOT HIDE IT. CAMERAS SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN THE MOST PONCH COURT IN THE WORLD. I KNOW CAMERAS CAN BE PLACED IN A COURTROOM WITHOUT DISRUPTION OR DISTRACTION BECAUSE I DID IT. FOR 22 YEARS I SERVED AS A FELONY COURT JUDGE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. I HEARD OVER 25,000 CRIMINAL CASES AND NEARLY 1,000 JURY TRIALS. MANY OF THOSE WERE FILMED BY THE TELEVISION MEDIA. JUSTICE WOULD BE BETTER SERVED IF THE BLACK ROBE OF SECRECY WAS REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT AND THE PROCEED WRGS FILMED BECAUSE JUSTICE IS THE ONE THING WE SHOULD ALWAYS FIND IN AMERICA. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 02:02:58 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 02:03:04 PM

          MS. NORTON

          REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND…

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

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        • 02:03:09 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 02:03:14 PM

          MS. NORTON

          MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH THE SENATE HAS REFUSED THE CUSTOMARY F.B.I.…

          MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH THE SENATE HAS REFUSED THE CUSTOMARY F.B.I. INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JUDGE KAVANAUGH BY DR. FORD AND OTHERS, THERE'S EVIDENCE THAT SHOULD BE WEIGHED. DR. FORD IS NOT ONLY WILLING TO OFFER SWORN TESTIMONY AT THE HEARING, SHE HAS REQUESTED AN F.B.I. INVESTIGATION WITH THE REQUIRED F.B.I. QUESTIONING UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY. JUDGE KAVANAUGH IS AN EXPERT ON ALL OUR LEGAL PROCESSES. WHY HASN'T HE ASKED FOR THE STANDARD F.B.I. INVESTIGATION? MOREOVER, APPARENTLY UNDERSTANDING THE SERIOUSNESS OF HER ALLEGATIONS, DR. FORD HAS ALSO TAKEN THE UNUSUAL STEP OF BEING POLYGRAPHED, A LIE DETECTOR TEST IS NOT REQUIRED. ALTHOUGH LAW ENFORCEMENT SOMETIMES REQUESTS IT. IT WOULD BE A FAIR QUESTION FOR SENATORS TO ASK JUDGE KAVANAUGH WHY HE DID NOT REQUEST AN F.B.I. INVESTIGATION AND WHETHER HE WOULD TAKE A POLYGRAPH TEST TOO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 02:04:31 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FRUN DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA…

          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FRUN DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 02:04:37 PM

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

        • 02:04:40 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 02:04:45 PM

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE WALTER "STICKY" BURGE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE WALTER "STICKY" BURGE WHO WILL BE 100 YEARS OLD ON OCTOBER 21. THAT'S A GREAT DAY, IT'S ALSO MY BIRTHDAY, EVEN THOUGH JUST A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT WALTER BURGE WAS BORN IN ASHEVILLE BUT GREW UP IN GREENSBORO AND SPENT MUCH OF HIS LIFE IN THE GRONES BRO POLICE DEPARTMENT. HIS SERVICE TO OUR NATION BEGAN JUST NINE DAYS AFTER THE BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR. DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR HE HELPED GATHER INTELLIGENCE ON ENEMY OPERATIONS IN EUROPE BUT HIS SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY DIDN'T END THERE. WALTER RETURNED HOME AND JOINED THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE HE SERVED FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS. HE OFFICIALLY RETIRED IN 1981 BUT RAN FOR SHERIFF JUST A FEW YEARS LATER HE WENT ON TO SERVE TWO TERMS A THESE SHERIFF OF GUILFORD COUNTY. SINCE RETIRING FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT , HE HAS REMAINED DEEPLY INVOLVED IN OUR COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE OF GUILFORD COUNTY ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF WALTER "STICKY" BURGE AND HIS LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 02:06:00 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE LAYS BEFORE THE -- THE CHAIR LAYS…

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

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        • 02:06:11 PM

          THE CLERK

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

          THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SEC RETEAR OF THE SENATE ON SEPTEMBER 25, 20 18, AT 11:49 A.M., THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 2259, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAASE. -- KAREN L. HAAS.

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        • 02:06:16 PM

          The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on September 25, 2018 at 11:49 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 2259.

          • 02:06:40 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

          • 02:06:43 PM

            THE CLERK

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

            THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO SECTION 1652-B OF THE JOHN S. MCCAIN NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019, PUBLIC LAW 115-232, I'M PLEASED TO APPOINT THE FOLLOWING MEMBER TO SERVE AS A COMMISSIONER TO THE CYBER SECURITY SOLARIUM COMMISSION, THE HONORABLE JAMES LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND AND FROM PRIVATE LIFE THE HONORABLE PATRICK MURPHY OF BRISTOL, PENNSYLVANIA. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. SIGNED SINCERELY, NANCY PELOSI, DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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      • 02:07:02 PM

        Cyberspace Solarium Commission

        Pursuant to Section 1652(b) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Public Law 115-232), the Democratic Leader appointed The Honorable James Langevin of Rhode Island, Chairman and the Honorable Patrick Murphy of Bristol, Pennsylvania.

        • 02:07:03 PM

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

          • 02:07:19 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

          • 02:07:27 PM

            THE CLERK

            H.R. 698, AN ACT TO REQUIRE A LAND CONVEYANCE INVOLVING THE ELK HORN RANCH…

            H.R. 698, AN ACT TO REQUIRE A LAND CONVEYANCE INVOLVING THE ELK HORN RANCH AND THE WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST IN THE STATE OF COLORADO AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. [INAUDIBLE] --

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          • 02:08:10 PM

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            PRIVATE CYBER SECURITY ACT AS AMENDED.

        • 02:08:29 PM

          Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6735 — "To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a vulnerability disclosure policy for Department of Homeland Security internet websites, and for other purposes."

          • 02:08:36 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

          • 02:08:38 PM

            THE CLERK

            H.R. 6735, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO…

            H.R. 6735, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ESTABLISH A VULNERABILITY DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INTERNET WEBSITES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 02:08:38 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

        • 02:08:41 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6735.

          • 02:08:50 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 02:09:01 PM

            MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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          • 02:09:12 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 02:09:14 PM

            MR. MCCAUL

            I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

          • 02:09:17 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:09:19 PM

            MR. MCCALL

            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE CYBER SECURITY COOPERATION ACT,…

            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE CYBER SECURITY COOPERATION ACT, STRENGTHENING OUR CYBER SECURITY MUST BE A TOP NATIONAL PRIORITY. INTERNATIONAL HACKERS AND NATION STATES ARE WAGING A WAR AGAINST US IN CYBERSPACE. THESE THREATS ARE AIMED AT OUR ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND NATIONAL SECURITY INSTITUTIONS. BETWEEN 2011 AND 2013, IRANIAN HACKERS ATTACKED DOZENS OF AMERICAN BANKS AND EVEN TRIED TO SHUT DUN A DAM IN NEW YORK. -- SHUT DOWN A DAM IN NEW YORK. IN 2014, CHINESE HACKERS STOLE OVER $22.-- OVER 22.5 MILLION SECURITY CLEARANCES, INCLUDING MY OWN, FROM THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT. AND IN 2016, RUSSIA MEDDLED IN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. AND BECAUSE WE USE COMPUTER NETWORKS IN OUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIVES, ALMOST EVERYONE IS A TARGET. WITH EACH PASSING DAY, CYBER THREATS CONTINUE TO GROW. BUT THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT FATES THESE THREATS ALONE. WE NEED HELP FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. TODAY'S LEGISLATION WILL DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A VULNERABILITY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM THAT WILL ALLOW THREAT RESEARCHERS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO IDENTIFY AND REPORT CYBER SECURITY FLAWS FOUND ON THE DEPARTMENT'S INFORMATION SYSTEMS. CURRENTLY, THERE'S NO LEGAL AVENUE THAT ALLOWS THEM TO DO SO. THIS LEGISLATION SOLVES THAT PROBLEM. I'D LIKE TO THANK LEADER MCCARTHY FOR HIS YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION AND CYBER SECURITY AND FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL IN PARTICULAR. HE TRULY UNDERSTANDS THE NATURE OF THIS THREAT AND WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE A STRONG CYBER PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS. I BELIEVE THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL HELP D.H.S. BETTER PROTECT ITS VITAL NETWORKS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:11:20 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 02:11:24 PM

            MR. RICHMOND

            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6735, THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE CYBER SECURITY…

            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6735, THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE CYBER SECURITY COOPERATION ACT. AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          • 02:11:34 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:11:37 PM

            MR. RICHMOND

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PROTECTING OUR FEDERAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS IS AN…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PROTECTING OUR FEDERAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS IS AN ENOR US TO -- ENORMOUS TASK. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE I HEAR MORE OFTEN THAN I'D LIKE ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF RECRUITING AN MAINTAINING THE FEDERAL CYBER WORK FORCE. THAT'S TRUE EVEN AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. AS D.H.S. WORK TO ADDRESS ONGOING WORK FORCE CHALLENGES, WE HAVE TO THINK CREATIVELY AND LEIF RAJ UNTAP RED SOURCES OF TALENT. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THERE ARE WHITE HAT HACKERS WHO WANT TO PLY THEIR CONSIDERABLE CYBER SKILLS TO REPORT VULNERABILITIES FOUND ON GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES. BUT TODAY THESE ETHICAL HACKERS CANNOT RESEARCH AND REPORT BUGS ON D.H.S.'S SYSTEMS WITHOUT BEING IN VIOLATION OF THE COMPUTER FRAUD AND ABUSE ACT. IN 2016, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PILOTED THE HACK THE PENTAGON, WHICH GAVE WHITE HAT HACKERS 24 DAYS TO FIND UNIQUE VULNERABILITIES IN CERTAIN D.O.D. INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND REPORT THEM FOR A REWARD. THE PROGRAM WAS SO SUCCESSFUL D.O.D. ESTABLISHED A PERMANENT VULNERABILITY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM TO ALLOW ETHICAL HACKERS TO SEARCH FOR AND REPORT BUGS ON D.O.D. INFORMATION SYSTEMS WITHOUT VIOLATING THE LAW. THE PROGRAM HAS ENJOYED SIMILAR SUCCESS TO HACK THE PENTAGON. MEMBERS OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN URGING D.H.S. TO ESTABLISH A VULNERABILITY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM FOR SEVERAL YEARS AS A HEARING WITH SECRETARY NELSON IN APRIL , MY COLLEAGUES ON THEN CYBER SECURITY -- MY COLLEAGUE ON THE CYBER SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. LANGEVIN, ASKED THE SECRETARY WHERE THE DEPARTMENT HAD IN PLACE A MECHANISM FOR VULNERABILITIES TO BE REPORTED. SECRETARY NELSON TESTIFIED THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD NO CLEAR PROCESS IN PLACE TO ACCEPT INFORMATION ABOUT BUGS IN D.H.S. INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND AGREED TO WORK WITH THE COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH ONE. FIVE MONTHS HAVE PASSED AND THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT ANY CLOSER TO ESTABLISHING A VULNERABILITY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM OF ITS OWN. VULNERABILITY DISCLE SURE PROGRAMS ARE EMERGING -- ARE AN EMERGING INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICE AND ARE RECOMMENDED BY THE UPDATED N.I.S.D. CYBER SECURITY FRAMEWORK. WHITE HAT HACKERS ARE AN ENORMOUS POOL OF TALENT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS LARGELY FAILED TO LEVERAGE. D.H.S. CAN NO LONGER -- LONGER AFFORD TO LEAVE THAT KIND OF TALENT ON THE TABLE. H.R. 6735 WOULD PUSH D.H.S. IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BY REQUIRING IT TO PUT IN PLACE POLICIES TO ENSURE THAT CIVIC-MINDED HACKERS CAN RESEARCH AND REPORT BUGS FOUND ON CERTAIN INFORMATION SYSTEMS WITHOUT BREAKING THE LAW. BEFORE I CLOSE, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT THAT SENATE BILL 1281, THE HACK AGE ACT IS NOT BEING CONSIDERED. IT WAS APPROVED BY VOICE VOTE IN THE COMMITTEE AND IS CONSISTENT WITH THE OBJECTIVES OF H.R. 6735. WHICH I SUPPORT. IT IS UNCLEAR WHY S. 1281 IS NOT BEING CONSIDERED TODAY. I URGE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO BRING S. 1281 TO THE FLOOR LATE THEY ARE FALL. WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6735 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:15:12 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:15:16 PM

            MR. MCCALL

            I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO OTHER DISTRICT OF…

            I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO OTHER DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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          • 02:15:21 PM

            MR. MCCAUL

            I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M…

            I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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          • 02:15:30 PM

            MR. RICHMOND

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

          • 02:15:34 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:15:36 PM

            MR. RICHMOND

            IN THE CURRENT SECURITY ENVIRONMENT, VULNERABILITY POLICIES HAVE EMERGED…

            IN THE CURRENT SECURITY ENVIRONMENT, VULNERABILITY POLICIES HAVE EMERGED AS A CRITICAL COMPONENT WITHOUT ANY ORGANIZATION. D.H.S. IS THE LEAD FEDERAL DEPARTMENT CHARGED WITH SECURING GOVERNMENT-CIVILIAN NETWORKS. D.H.S. SHOULD BE LEAD BIG EXAMPLE NOT PLAYING CATCH-UP. TODAY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE G.S.A. HAVE VULNERABILITY DISCLOSURE PROGRAMS IN OPERATION. IT IS TIME FOR D.H.S. TO JOIN THEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6735 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:16:09 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          • 02:16:15 PM

            MR. MCCAUL

            I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. IT'S A TIME WHEN…

            I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. IT'S A TIME WHEN THERE IS A LOT OF PARTISANSHIP GOING ON, I THINK IT'S HEALTHY TO SEE A TRULY BIPARTISAN BILL ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE REGARDING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I THINK AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA POINTED OUT, THIS IS MODELED AFTER A PROGRAM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYED AND A I'M PROUD OF THE RECORD MY COMMITTEE HAS HAD ON PASSING, I THINK CLOSE TO 110 BILLS NOW, ALMOST ALL OF THEM BIPARTISAN. I WOULD URGE MY SENATE COLLEAGUES TO AT LEAST TAKE UP SOME OF THEM AND DO THE SAME. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:17:02 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6735, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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          • 02:17:23 PM

            At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. McCaul objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.

            • 02:17:26 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE…

              I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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            • 02:17:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL…

              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 02:17:34 PM

            Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6740 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish Border Tunnel Task Forces, and for other purposes."

            • 02:17:47 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

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

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6740, THE BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCE ACT, AS AMENDED.

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            • 02:17:57 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. CLOUP UNION CALENDAR NUMBER…

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. CLOUP UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 750, H.R. 6740, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 02:18:03 PM

            Considered under suspension of the rules.

          • 02:18:08 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6740.

            • 02:18:10 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 02:18:20 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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            • 02:18:29 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 02:18:31 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

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

            • 02:18:34 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:18:36 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCE ACT.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCE ACT. MR. SPEAKER, SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS THREATS TO OUR WHOMLAND ARE COMING ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. DRUG SMUGGLERS ARE BRINGING DANGEROUS NARCOTICS, AND FUELING AMERICA'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC. HUMAN TRAFFICKERS AND TRANSNATIONAL GANGS LIKE MS-13 ARE INFECTING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND ENDANGERING OUR KIDS. EVEN POTENTIAL OR KNOWN SUSPECTED TERRORISTS ARE TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY INTO AMERICA BY EXPLOITING OUR WEAK BORDER. ALL THESE GROUPS ARE SERIOUS NURELT CONCERN. THEY ARE ALSO CREATIVE. ONE OF THE WAYS THEY AVOID DETECTION IS DIGGING CROSS BORDER TUNLTS TUNNELS. IN AUGUST A TUNNEL THE LENGTH OF TWO FOOTBALL FIELDS WAS DISCOVERED BELOW A CLOSED FAST FOOD RESTAURANT IN ARIZONA. THIS PATHWAY WAS USED TO SMUGGLE COCAINE, HEROIN, FENCAL, AND METHAMPHETAMINES. 2016 -- FENTANYL AND METHAMPHETAMINES. IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS A TUNNEL WAS DISCOVERED UNDER THE RIO GRANDE IN EL PASO BACK IN 2010, ALSO FOR SMUGGLING DRUGS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PROBLEM IS NOT NEW. AUTHORITIES HAVE DISCOVERED NEARLY 200 CROSS BORDER TUNNELS SINCE 1990. WE MUST DO MORE TO SHUT THESE TUNNELS DOWN. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ESTABLISH BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCES TO IT ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF D.H.S., TO DETECT THESE TUNNELS, AND IDENTIFY CRIMINAL NETWORKS. THESE TEAMS WILL BE MADE UP OF I.C.E., C.B.P., AND OTHER DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL. THEY WILL BE ASSISTED BY STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. THESE TEAMS WILL DEPLOY TO LOCATIONS ALONG THE BORDER WHERE THE GREATEST RISK TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY EXISTS. IN WORKING TOGETHER, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO BERT SECURE OUR BORDER AND PROTECT AMERICANS FROM A GROWING LIST OF THREATS. THIS BILL WILL MINIMIZE A UNIQUE BUT SERIOUS THREAT TO OUR HOMELAND. I WANT TO THANK MY VERY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN SESSIONS, FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:21:04 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

            • 02:21:08 PM

              MR. RICH MOND

              RECOGNIZED. MR. RICH MOND: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6740,…

              RECOGNIZED. MR. RICH MOND: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6740, THE BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCE ACT, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            • 02:21:18 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:21:20 PM

              MR. RICHMOND

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 6740, FORMALLY AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 6740, FORMALLY AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCE. THE FIRST ILLICIT CROSS BORDER TUNNEL UNDER THE UNITED STATES -MEXICO BORDER WAS DISCOVERED IN 1990. SINCE THEN LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS UNCOVERED MORE THAN 200 TUNNELS, PRIMARILY IN ARIZONA AND CALIFORNIA. CROSS BORDER TUNNELS ARE EXPLOITED BY SMUGGLERS TO MOVE ALL TYPES OF CONTRABAND, CURNCY, AND PEOPLE INTO THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT DETECTION. UNEARTHED TUNNELS RANGE FROM CRUDELY FORMED SHALLOW TUNNELS TO ELABORATELY CONSTRUCTED PASSAGES THAT INCLUDE LIGHTING AND EMERGING ON THE U.S. SIDE IN FACILITIES LARGE ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE DELIVERIES BY TRACTOR TRAILERS. INCREDIBLY SOME TUNNELS ARE INTERCONNECTED WITH MUNICIPAL STORM WATT EARN SEWER SYSTEMS ON BOTH -- WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER. IN ONE CASE A 2016 LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATION UNCOVERED A TUNNEL HALF MILE INLAND WITH A TON OF COCAINE AND SEVEN TONS OF MARIJUANA IN IT. JUST LAST MONTH A TRAFFIC STOP ARREST ABOUT 200 YARDS FROM THE BORDER OF AN INDIVIDUAL WITH MORE THAN 300 POUNDS OF ILLEGAL DRUGS RESULTED IN THE EXECUTION OF A SEARCH WARRANT ON HIS PROPERTY AND THE DISCOVERY OF A TUNNEL THAT WENT FROM A LONG ABANDONED KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN THAT WAS ON HIS PROPERTY DIRECTLY TO A HOUSE IN MEXICO. IN THAT 600-FOOT LONG TUNNEL, 23ER8 AGENTS DISCOVERED $1 MILLION WORTH OF HARD DRUGS INSIDE. THESE DISCOVERIES DID NOT JUST HAPPEN. THEY WERE THE RESULT OF COLLABORATIVE BINATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS UNDER THE BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCE ITS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY MAINTAINS. H.R. 6740 SEEKS TO AUTHORIZE THE TASK FORCES TO ENSURE THIS VALUABLE WORK CONTINUES. WITH THAT, I ASK MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING D.H.S.'S EFFORTS TO HEAD OFF SMUGGLING THROUGH ILLICIT CROSS BORDER TUNNELS AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF H.R. 6740. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:23:32 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 02:23:36 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULINGS COMMITTEE, AND THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, MR. PETE SESSIONS.

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            • 02:23:48 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:23:50 PM

              MR. SESSIONS

              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE AND THANK THE YOUNG…

              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE AND THANK THE YOUNG CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS, WHO HAS HAD THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN HIM AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE LOOK AT, APPROACH, AND CORRECT THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE AT OUR BORDER. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE NOT ONLY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE RULE OF LAW. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY DAY WE IN TEXAS AND AROUND THE UNITED STATES DEAL WITH CRIME, DRUGS, GANGS THAT ARE STREAMING INTO THE UNITED STATES FROM OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. BOTH CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND I RECOGNIZE THAT THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE AHEAD OF US HERE IN WASHINGTON IS NOT ONLY TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION BUT IT'S ACTUALLY TO DEFEND PEOPLE WHO LIVE BACK HOME WHEREVER THEY MIGHT BE IN THE UNITED STATES. AND NO PART OF THE UNITED STATES IS SAFE IF OUR SOUTHERN BORDER IS NOT EFFECTIVELY TAKEN CARE OF. THAT IS WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY WITH A BILL THAT ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE EVEN FURTHER. THAT ISSUE IS, WE MUST SECURE OUR BORDERS TO HALT THE FLOW OF DRUGS THAT COME INTO OUR COUNTRY. BUT WE RECOGNIZE THAT ONE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEACE PARTS THAT HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT TODAY AND THAT IS KNOWN BY LAW ENFORCEMENT IS THAT OF THE USE OF TUNNELS. WHICH EVADE NOT ONLY THE SIGHT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT BUT TAKES PLACE UNDER THE SECRECY OF THOSE WHO WOULD INTEND TO BRING ILLEGAL DRUGS, NARCOTICS, PEOPLE, AND OTHER UNSPECIFIED BUT DANGEROUS ITEMS INTO THIS COUNTRY. THESE TUNNELS ARE DIFFICULT TO DETECT WITHOUT SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT. OR INTELLIGENCE THAT ADVISES LAW ENFORCEMENT NOT ONLY WHERE THEY ARE BUT HOW THEY MIGHT DISCOVER THEM. SAID ANOTHER WAY, CARTELS AND CRIMINALS ARE ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE GOOD GUYS, OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. JUST LAST MONTH UNITED STATES HOMELAND SECURITY AGENTS DISCOVERED A 600-FOOT LONG DRUG TUNNEL RUNNING BETWEEN A PRIVATE HOME IN MEXICO AND AN ABANDONED FOOD RESTAURANT IN ARIZONA. NEAR THE TUNNEL THEY DISCOVERED AS HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT HERE TODAY AND IT'S WORTH REPEATING, 261 POUNDS OF METHAMPHETAMINES, 14 POUNDS OF COCAINE, 45 POUNDS OF HEROIN, AND ALMOST SEVEN POUNDS OF FENTANYL. THAT IS ENOUGH TO HAVE SUPPLIED OVER THREE MILLION PEOPLE WITH DOSAGE UNITS THAT COULD CAUSE THEM NOT ONLY HARM BUT ALSO TAKE THEIR LIFMENTE WORK WITH CHAIRMAN MICHAEL MCCAUL, OUR YOUNG CHAIRMAN FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS, I AM PLEASED TO INFORM YOU EARLIER THIS MONTH WE INTRODUCED H.R. 6740, THE BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCE ACT. THIS BILL WILL ENHANCE NOT ONLY LAW ENFORCEMENT, FEDERAL AND STATE AND LOCAL O LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALSO TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH THE ABILITY THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE CROSS BORDER RELATED THREATS ARE TAKEN CARE OF PROPERLY. FIRST OF ALL, BY LOOKING AT THE ISSUE AND UNDERSTANDING HOW THESE CARTELS AND DRUG GANGS MAKE THESE TUNNELS, HOW, WHERE, AND WHEN THEY MAKE THEM. SECONDLY, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE LOOKING OUT AND WORKING TOGETHER. SPECIFICALLY, THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ESTABLISH A BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCE WHICH WOULD BE COMPRISED MUCH PERSONNEL FROM THE U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION KNOWN AS C.B.P., U.S. BORDER PATROL, U.S. IMMIGRATIONS AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT KNOWN AS I.C.E., AND HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATORS. THESE GROUPS WOULD WORK TOGETHER ONBOARDER ISSUES WHERE ENHANCED INFORMATION SHOULD BE SHARED AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO OUR BORDER SECURITY MISSIONS. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THESE LAW ENFORCEMENT GROUPS WILL HELP FACILITATE NOT ONLY TEAMWORK AMONG FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL, AND TRIBAL OFFICIALS, BUT THEY WILL ALSO HELP EXECUTE COORDINATED ACTIVITIES TO CRACK DOWN ON GANGS WHO CONTINUE TO SEEK WAYS TO DO THEIR ILLEGAL TRADE AND BUSINESS ALONG OUR BORDER THAT PLACES AMERICANS AT RISK. IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE TO ONCE AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND HIS HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, THEIR MEMBERS, ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, AND THEIR STAFF FOR RECOGNIZING THAT THIS IS A TRUE THREAT AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. OUR CITIZENS AND PERHAPS OUR MOST VULNERABLE, OUR CHILDREN. THEIR WORK IN PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY IS PARAMOUNT. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6740, THE BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCE ACT, A BILL THAT WILL ENCOURAGE, HELP, AND STRENGTHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THIS ACTIVITY. IT WILL PROTECT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND PROTECT AMERICAN FAMILIES FROM DRUG CARTELS AND DRUG TRAFFICKING. I WANT TO THANK THE YOUNG CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HARD WORK AND ALSO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA WHO RECOGNIZE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT WE MUST PROTECT OUR HOMELAND A. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:29:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 02:29:37 PM

              MR. RICHMOND

              I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE. I DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS.

            • 02:29:40 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 02:29:43 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA HAS…

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

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            • 02:29:50 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:29:52 PM

              MR. RICHMOND

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. D.H.S.'S BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCES HAVE BEEN…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. D.H.S.'S BORDER TUNNEL TASK FORCES HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE AT IDENTIFYING AND CLOSING TUNNELS THROUGH WHICH SMUGGLERS ILLICITLY MOVE DRUGS, LAUNDER MONEY, AND OTHER CONTRABAND INTO THE UNITED STATES. AS SUCH I SUPPORT THESE TASK FORCE, BUT WOULD NOTE THERE ARE TWO 20-FOOT HIGH FENCES OR WALLS AS THE PRESIDENT LIKES TO CALL THEM, NEAR THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER IN ST. LUIS, ARIZONA. THE TOWN WHERE A TUNNEL WAS DISCOVERED UNDER THE ABANDONED RESTAURANT LAST MONTH. LOGIC TELLS YOU WHEN SMUGGLERS CANNOT EASILY MOVE GOODS OR PEOPLE OVER OR THROUGH PHYSICAL BARRIERS, THEY WILL TUNNEL UNDERNEATH. IMPORTANTLY, THE MEASURE UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY INCLUDES LANGUAGE OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE DEVELOPMENT. LA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BORDER AND MARITIME SUBCOMMITTEE, TO REQUIRE D.H.S. TO DETERMINE WHETHER BORDER BARRIERS IMPACT THE PROLIFERATION OF CROSS BORDER TUNNELS. . WITH D.H.S. HAVING GIVEN $9 MILLION TO CROSS BORDER THREAT THEY NEED TO KNOW WHETHER ITS WALL AGENDA IS ENCOURAGE MANAGER TUNNELS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:31:14 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            • 02:31:19 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVERY DAY WE'RE SEEING DRUGS COMING IN FROM MEXICO…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVERY DAY WE'RE SEEING DRUGS COMING IN FROM MEXICO AND KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, DANGEROUS OPIOIDS, WE SEE FROM CHINA, FENTANYL IS COMING IN FROM CHINA INTO MEXICO WHERE THEY MIX IT WITH METHAMPHETAMINES AND HEROIN. REALLY TOXIC, POISONOUS STUFF. FENTANYLS ARE SO TOXIC THAT OUR CANINES DIE WHEN THEY SNIFF IT. AND YET THAT'S BEING PUT INTO DRUGS COMING ACROSS THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER INTO THE UNITED STATES TO POLLUTE AND INFECT OUR CHILDREN AND OUR VETERANS. AND IT'S TIME FOR THIS TO STOP. I HOPE THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO TAKE UP AFTER PERHAPS NOVEMBER OUR BORDER SECURITY BILL WHICH I THINK WOULD GO A LONG WAY TO GETTING THIS JOB DONE BUT IN THE MEANTIME THIS BILL WILL GO A LONG WAYS TO STOPPING VERY ORGANIZED, SOPHISTICATED ROUTE OF DRUGS, BAD PEOPLE, AND BAD THING INTO THE UNITED STATES AND THAT IS SHUTTING DOWN THESE TUNNELS. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:32:35 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6740 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 02:32:49 PM

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

            • 02:32:51 PM

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

              • 02:33:09 PM

                MR. MCCAUL

                I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6620, THE…

                I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6620, THE PROTECTING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AGAINST DRONES AND EMERGING THREATS ACT.

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            • 02:33:13 PM

              Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6620 — "To require the Department of Homeland Security to prepare a threat assessment relating to unmanned aircraft systems, and for other purposes."

              • 02:33:18 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 02:33:21 PM

                THE CLERK

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 748, H.R. 66 20, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF…

                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 748, H.R. 66 20, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PREPARE A THREAT ASSESSMENT RELATING TO UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 02:33:32 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 02:33:35 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6620.

            • 02:33:46 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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            • 02:33:54 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 02:33:56 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

            • 02:33:59 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:34:02 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE CHAIRMAN ON HOMELAND SECURITY.

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            • 02:34:14 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 02:34:16 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP PROTECT THE AMERICAN…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THREATENING DRONES. DRONES ARE BEING USE AID CROSS AMERICA MORE AND MORE EVERY YEAR. NEWS OUTLETS USE DRONES TO CAPTURE FOOTAGE FOR BREAKING STORIES. PHOTOGRAPHERS USE THEM TO TAKE PHOTOS AN VIDEOS AT WEDDINGS AND SPORTING EVENTS AND ROCK CONCERTS. THEY ALSO ARE USED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HELP DOCUMENT CRIME SCENES AND ASSIST WITH SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS. THOSE ARE ALL GOOD THINGS. HOWEVER, DRONES ARE -- DRONES OR OTHER UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS CAN ALSO POSE A THREAT IF THEY ARE CONTROLLED BY TERRORISTS OR CRIMINALS. FOR EXAMPLE, ISIS USED THEM TO CARRY OUT ATTACKS AND CONDUCT RECON SUNS OVERSEAS. HERE AT HOME, CRIMINALS ARE USING DRONES TO SMUGGLE DRUGS ACROSS OUR BORDERS AND SURVEIL LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE F.B.I. EVEN DISRUPTED A PLOT TO ATTACK THE PENTAGON WITH A DRONE LOADED WITH GRENADES. TELETHE THREATS WE FACE FROM DRONES ARE CONSTANTLY EVOLVING AS THE TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MORE ACCESSIBLE ACROSS THE GLOBE. WE NEED TO DO MORE TO CONFRONT THESE DANGERS. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS AT D.H.S. TO DEVELOP A DRONE THREAT ASSESSMENT WITH INFORMATION GATHERED FROM FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS. IT ALSO DIRECTS THE UNDERSECRETARY TO ESTABLISH A SECURE COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE FOR RECEIVING AND ANALYZING SUCH THREAT INFORMATION. FURTHER, THE BILL SETS UP A VOLUNTARY MECK ANYMORE FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OWNERS AND OPERATORS TO REPORT INFORMATION ON SIMILAR EMERGING THREATS. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN RICHMOND, CONGRESSMAN RATCLIFFE FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. I ANY THIS BILL WILL I LOU US TO STRENGTHENING OUR INTELLIGENCE GATHERING AND STAY ONE STEP AHEAD OF OUR ENEMIES. I'M PLEASED THAT THE SENATE AND HOUSE WERE ALSO ABLE TO INCLUDE THE PREVENTING EMERGING THREATS ACT, LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED WITH CONGRESSMAN CHABOT AND THE F.A.A. BILL THAT WILL BE ON THE FLOOR TOMORROW. THIS WILL COUNTER DRONES, GIVE D.H.S. THE AUTHORITY TO COUNTER DRONES IN OUR AIR SPACE IF THEY ARE DETERMINED TO BE A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. OUR BILL PROVIDES D.H.S. AND K.O.J. WITH THE ABILITY TO ACT QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY WHEN A DRONE POSES A SECURITY RISK TO LARGE SCALE EVENTS AND NATIONAL SECURITY EVENTS IN GOVERNMENT FACILITIES. SECRETARY NEILSON DESCRIBES OUR -- DESCRIBED OUR LEGISLATION AS A CRITICAL STEP IN ENABLING THE DEPARTMENT TO ADDRESS THIS THREAT. LET'S PROVIDE D.H.S. WITH THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO CONFRONT THESE THREATS BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THESE BIPARTISAN BILLS AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:37:15 PM

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

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

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            • 02:37:20 PM

              MR. RICHMOND

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6620, THE PROTECTING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6620, THE PROTECTING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AGAINST DRONINGS AND EMERGING THREATS ACT AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            • 02:37:30 PM

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            • 02:37:32 PM

              MR. RICHMOND

              H.R. 6620 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO TAKE ACTION…

              H.R. 6620 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO TAKE ACTION TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND ADDRESS THE EMERGING THREAT POSED BY UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS OR DRONES TO OUR NATION'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THESE TECHNOLOGIES ARE NOT NEW BUT THEIR APPLICATIONS HAVE EVOLVED RAPIDLY IN RECENT YEARS. SOME OF THESE USES ARE IMPORTANT TO KEEPING THE PUBLIC SAFE, GROWING OUR ECONOMY, AND PROVIDING NEW WAYS TO EXPLORE THE WORLD, INCLUDING GIVING FIRST RESPONDERS BETTER INFORMATION IN AN EMERGENCY, FOR EXAMPLE. BUT, WE ALSO KNOW THAT DRONES CAN BE USED FOR ESPIONAGE OR EVEN WEAPONIZED TO CARRY OUT A TERRORIST ATTACK. MY DISTRICT IN LOUISIANA HAS ONE OF THE NATION'S HIGHEST CONCENTRATIONS OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING PIPELINES, REFINERY, PORTS, AIRPORTS, STADIUMS AND A WIDE RANGE OF OTHER KEY ASSETS AND RESOURCES. WHEN I SPEAK WITH CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OWNERS AND OPERATORS, THEY RECOGNIZE THE BENEFITS OF DRONE TECHNOLOGY. MANY OF THEM EVEN PUT THEM TO GOOD USE IN THEIR OWN BUSINESSES. AT THE SAME TIME, THEY ARE TROUBLED BY THE RISK POSED BY UNKNOWN, UNAUTHORIZED DRONES OPERATING OVER THEIR FACILITIES. OVER THE PAST YEAR, I HAVE ASKED OWNERS AND OPERATORS WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN DO TO HELP THEM ADDRESS THIS THREAT. WHAT I HEARD IS THAT AT A MINIMUM THEY NEED A WAY TO REPORT POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DRONE ACTIVITY TO D.H.S. WHEN THEY DETECT IT. IN A HEARING THIS SPRING BEFORE THE CYBER -- CYBER SECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE WHERE I SERVE AS RANKING MEMBER, STAKE HOLDERS TESTIFIED ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE ON THE RECORD. THEY TOLD US WHEN THAT -- THAT WHEN A FACILITY DETECTS A DRONE IN THEIR AIR SPACE THEY'RE NOT SURE WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT OR WHO TO TELL. H.R. 660 WOULD ADDRESS THIS GAP IN A FEW WAYS. FIRST, IT WOULD REQUIRE D.H.S. TO ESTABLISH A CHANNEL FOR REPORTING INFORMATION ON DRONES. AS WELL AS OTHER EMERGING THREATS. SECURELY THROUGH A COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO DIRECT D.H.S.'S UNDERSECRETARY FOR INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS TO DEVELOP AND DISSEMINATE A THREAT ASSESSMENT ON UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS AND OTHER EMERGING THREATS ASSOCIATED WITH DRONE TECHNOLOGY. THE ASSESSMENT WOULD BE INFORMED BY FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS AND PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH OTHER D.H.S. COMPONENTS LIKE THE NATIONAL PROGRAMS AND PROTECTION DIRECTORATE THAT HAVE RELEVANT EXPERTISE. FINALLY, H.R. 6620 WOULD REQUIRE D.H.S. TO HE PORT ITS FINDINGS TO CONGRESS WITHIN ONE YEAR. TOGETHER, THESE PROVISIONS CALL ON D.H.S. TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO OUR NATION'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THE THREAT OF DRONE AND -- THE THREAT OF DRONE-ENABLED ATTACKS, WHILE ALSO ECITING AN ENDURING MECHANISM FOR D.H.S. TO CONTINUE GATHERING INFORMATION ON EMERGING THREATS FROM THE OWNERS AND OPERATORS WHO STAND ON THE FRONTLINE OF DEFENSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:41:03 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. MCCAUL

              I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M…

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

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            • 02:41:15 PM

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            • 02:41:17 PM

              MR. RICHMOND

              I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M ALSO PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 02:41:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

            • 02:41:24 PM

              MR. RICHMOND

              H.R. 6620 WOULD DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DO MORE TO…

              H.R. 6620 WOULD DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DO MORE TO UNDERSTAND, ASSESS, AND RESPOND TO THE THREAT POSED BY DRONES. WHILE ALSO CREATING AN AVENUE FOR TWO-WAY INFORMATION SHARING ABOUT EMERGING THREATS. MY BILL CREATES A NEW CHANNEL FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OWNERS AND OPERATORS TO REPORT POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DRONE ACTIVITY IN THEIR AIR SPACE AND OTHER NEW THREATS AS THEY EVOLVE. CREATING A WAY FOR OWNERS AND OPERATORS TO RELAY THIS INFORMATION ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS WOULD GIVE D.H.S. ACCESS TO BETTER DATA AND A MORE COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF THE THREAT ENVIRONMENT. BEFORE I YIELD BACK, I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR RELATED PROVISION IN THE F.A.A. PACKAGE THAT'S EXPECTED TO BE CONSIDERED TOMORROW. IT WOULD ALLOW D.H.S. TO RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIES TO COUNTER THREATS OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS BEING EXPLOITED TO CARRY OUT TERRORISM OR DANGEROUS ACTIVITY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6620 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:42:27 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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              MR. MCCAUL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON SEPTEMBER 11, A UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT WAS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON SEPTEMBER 11, A UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT WAS HEADED TOWARD THE CAPITOL. THANK GOD THOSE HEROS THAT DAY BROUGHT DOWN THAT AIRLINER IN SHANKSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA. AND THIS GREAT BUILDING THAT WE ARE STANDING IN TODAY WAS NOT DESTROYED WITH AN IMAGE I DON'T THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD ACCEPT. HOWEVER THOSE TERRORISTS ARE EXPLOITING THOSE DRONES, WE HAVE SEEN THEM IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, WITH EXPLOSIVES AND CHEMICAL WEAPONS. WE'VE ALSO DISRUPTED PLOTS FOR THE USE OF DRONES AGAINST BOTH THE PENTAGON AND THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL. A DRONE UNLIKE AN AIRPLANE CAN HIT THIS UNITED STATES CAPITOL VERY QUICKLY. WE NEED TO GIVE THE DEPARTMENT THE TOOLS AND THE AUTHORITIES NECESSARY TO PROTECT OUR AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS AND WITH THAT, I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:43:31 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6620. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 02:43:48 PM

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

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

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                MR. MCCAUL

                I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6742, THE SECURE…

                I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6742, THE SECURE BORDER COMMUNICATIONS ACT.

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            • 02:44:05 PM

              Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6742 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure that appropriate officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are equipped with secure radios or other two-way communication devices, supported by system interoperability, and for other purposes."

              • 02:44:07 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITE OF THE BILL.

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                THE CLERK

                UNION CALENDAR 741, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO…

                UNION CALENDAR 741, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE OFFICERS OF THE AGENCY OF U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION ARE EQUIPPED WITH SECURE RADIOS OR OTHER TWO-WAY COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 02:44:16 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6742.

              • 02:44:32 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE SWRELT FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. RICHMOND, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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              • 02:44:42 PM

                MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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              • 02:44:52 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                MR. MCCAUL

                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. MCCAUL

                I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT AN EXCHANGE OF LETTER BETWEEN…

                I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT AN EXCHANGE OF LETTER BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS AND THE CHAIRMAN ON HOMELAND SECURITY ON THIS BILL.

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              • 02:45:08 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                MR. MCCAUL

                I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SECURE BORDER COMMUNICATIONS ACT. EVERY DAY…

                I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SECURE BORDER COMMUNICATIONS ACT. EVERY DAY OUR C.B.P. AGENTS AND OFFICERS SERVE ON THE FRONTLINES IN THE FIGHT TO SECURE OUR HOMELAND. THEY FACE THREATS FROM ARMED DRUG CARTELS, DANGEROUS GANGS LIKE MS-13, HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, AND POTENTIAL TERRORISTS. THESE BRAVE INDIVIDUALS TAKE PRIDE IN SERVING WITH VIGILANCE, INTEGRITY, AND PROFESSIONALISM IN ORDER TO KEEP US SAFE. TO BE SUCCESSFUL, HOWEVER, THEY MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOBS WELL. TOO OFTEN THE COMMUNICATION DEVICES AND RADIOS USED BY C.B.P. OFFICERS AND OTHER AGENTS ARE OUTDATED AND UNRELIABLE. FOR INSTANCE, BORDER PATROL AGENTS PATROLING ON THE GROUND MAY NOT HAVE A DIRECT RADIO CONTACT WITH C.B.P. AIR ASSETS OR OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WORKING THIS AREA. THIS HINDERS INTERAGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AND JEOPARDIZES THEIR MISSION AND SAFETY. . AT A SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING EARLIER THIS YEAR A BORDER PATROL AGENT STATED SHE HAD BEEN ISSUED A RADIO THAT OFTEN FAILED. AT TIMES SHE WOULD NEED TO COMMUNICATE WITH A FELLOW AGENT, BUT WAS FORCED TO USE HER PERSONAL CELL PHONE. WE CANNOT ALLOW THOSE KINDS OF TECHNICAL FAILURES TO ENDANGER THE LIVES OF OUR AGENTS AND WEAKEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE MUST DO BETTER. FORTUNATELY WE CAN BEGIN TO FIX THIS PROBLEM TODAY. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE THAT C.B.P. AGENTS AND OFFICERS ARE EQUIPPED WITH INTEROPERABLE AND SECURE RADIOS OR TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION DEVICES. IN ADDITION, THIS BILL HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF RELIABLE AND CRYPTIC COMMUNICATION THAT IS WILL PREVENT POWERFUL CARTELS FROM INTERCEPTING SENSITIVE INFORMATION SUCH AS OUR C.B.P. AGENTS AND OFFICERS' LOCATIONS. PASSING THIS BILL IS A SIMPLE STEP THAT WE CAN TAKE TO HELP OUR C.B.P. AGENTS DO THEIR JOBS AND PROTECT OUR HOMELAND. I'D LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MAST FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. CONGRESSMAN MAST IS NO STRANGER TO SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. SERVING OVERSEAS IN THE -- IN OUR WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. AND HE HAS THE SCARS TO PROVE IT. WE THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE. IT'S A GREAT HONOR TO HAVE HIM SPONSOR A BILL FROM OUR COMMITTEE W THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT A STATEMENT FROM MR. MAST BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD.

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              • 02:47:48 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                MR. MCCAUL

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:47:55 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:47:59 PM

                MR. RICHMOND

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6742, THE SECURE BORDER…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6742, THE SECURE BORDER COMMUNICATIONS ACT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              • 02:48:09 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:48:10 PM

                MR. RICHMOND

                MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF…

                MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAVE RELIABLE AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IN THE FIELD. UNFORTUNATELY, IN RECENT YEARS U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION HAS BEEN UNABLE TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN BASELINE COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITIES. WITH DEVICES EXHIBITING A RANGE OF ISSUES FROM SYSTEM INCOMPATIBILITY TO OUTRIGHT INOPERABILITY. FOR REMOTE AREAS OF THE BORDER, PARTICULARLY ALONG THE U.S.-CANADIAN BORDER, SUCH ISSUES GIVE RISE TO TROUBLING OPERATIONAL AND OFFENSER SAFETY CHALLENGES N RESPONSE, H.R. 6742 DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ENSURE THAT C.B.P. AGENTS AND OFFICERS ARE EQUIPPED WITH SECURE RADIO TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE INTEROPERABLE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER USED ALONG THE BORDER. ADDITIONALLY, IT AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY TO EVALUATE NEW AND EMERGING COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES TO DETERMINE THEIR SUITABILITY FOR USE ALONG THE BORDER. ON A RELATED NOTE, A RECENT POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT CAME THIS SUMMER WHEN C.B.P. AWARDED 26 MILLION IN CONTRACTS TO UPGRADE THE MISSION CRITICAL EQUIPMENT. WHILE C.B.P. IS SLOWLY UPGRADING THEIR COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS AND EQUIPMENT, H.R. 6742 UNDERSCORES CONGRESS' INTEREST IN SEEING MEANINGFUL PROGRESS. AS SUCH, I SUPPORT H.R. 6742 AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:49:46 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                MR. MCCAUL

                I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA HAS NO OTHER…

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

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              • 02:49:56 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:49:59 PM

                MR. RICHMOND

                I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO

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                RICHMOND

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 02:50:52 PM

                MR. MCCAUL

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS ENSURES THAT NOT ONLY OUR COMMUNICATION…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS ENSURES THAT NOT ONLY OUR COMMUNICATION DEVICES IS OPERABLE, BUT THAT THEY ARE INTEROPERABLE BETWEEN AGENTS DOWN ON THE BORDER RISKING THEIR LIVES DAY IN AND DAY OUT. I CAN'T THANK THEM ENOUGH. I HAVE BEEN DOWN TO THE BORDER SO MANY TIMES. AND I SEE THE HARSH CONDITIONS THAT THEY OPERATE UNDER. I JUST WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE FROM THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND OUR COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR WORK THAT THEY DO TIRELESSLY. I THINK HONESTLY WE DON'T THANK THEM ENOUGH FOR WHAT THEY DO. THE ENCRYPTION ISSUE IS VITALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE DRUG CARTELS ARE GETTING SO SOPHISTICATED THAT THEY CAN PICK UP COMMUNICATIONS OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND THIS BILL WILL GO A LONG WAY TO HELP PROTECT THOSE COMMUNICATIONS. AND MAKE SURE THEY CAN DO THEIR JOB IN A MORE SAFE AND EFFICIENT MANNER AND PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:51:55 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6742. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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            • 02:52:10 PM

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

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

                • 02:53:17 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  RECOGNITION?

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 02:53:34 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  H.R. 2634, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE MENTAL HEALTH RESIDENTIAL…

                  H.R. 2634, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE MENTAL HEALTH RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION TREATMENT FACILITY EXPANSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER IN TENNESSEE AS THE SERGEANT JOHN TOMBS RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION TREATMENT FACILITY.

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                • 02:53:52 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 02:53:54 PM

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

                • 02:54:15 PM

                  Considered by unanimous consent. H.R. 2634 — "To designate the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility Expansion of the Department of Veterans Affairs Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as the "Sergeant John Toombs Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility"."

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                  On passage Passed without objection.

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

                    • 02:54:21 PM

                      Mr. Arrington moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 3479 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes."

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                        MR. ARRINGTON

                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND S. 3479.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                      • 02:54:41 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        SENATE 3479, AN TOGETHER TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO EXTEND…

                        SENATE 3479, AN TOGETHER TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO EXTEND CERTAIN EXPIRING POSITIONS OF LAW BY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 02:54:45 PM

                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 3479.

                      • 02:54:52 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. ARRINGTON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                      • 02:55:01 PM

                        MR. ARRINGTON

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

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

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                      • 02:55:11 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                        MR. ARRINGTON

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

                      • 02:55:17 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:55:18 PM

                        MR. ARRINGTON

                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF S. 3479, THE DEPARTMENT…

                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF S. 3479, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS EXPIRING AUTHORITIES ACT OF 2018. THIS LEGISLATION REPRESENTS A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL AGREEMENT THAT WOULD EXTEND A NUMBER OF EXPIRING AUTHORITIES IMPACTING THE LIVES OF OUR VETERANS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS, THEIR DEPENDENTS EN, AND THEIR SURVIVORS. SWIFT PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION TODAY WOULD ENSURE MANY OF THE BENEFITS, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES THEY RELY ON WOULD CONTINUE. THE AUTHORITIES THAT WOULD BE EXTENDED IN THIS BILL INCLUDE AUTHORITIES TO PROVIDE NURSING HOME CARE, COUNSELING FOR WOMEN VETERANS, ASSISTANCE FOR HOMELESS VETERANS, TRANSPORTATION, CHILDCARE, ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAMS, AND HOUSING AND HOME LOAN SERVICES JUST TO NAME A FEW. TO BE CLEAR, THESE ARE NOT NEW AUTHORITIES. THE COST ASSOCIATED WITH THEM HAVE BEEN ASSUMED IN THE HOUSE-PASSED APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019, AND THE 2020 ADVANCE APPROPRIATIONS. IN ADDITION TO THE EXTENSION OF CURRENT PROGRAMS, THE BILL WILL ALSO MAKE PERMANENT SEVERAL PROVISION, INCLUDING PROVISIONS RELATED TO V.A.'S HOME LOAN PROGRAM T MAKES PERMANENT THE AUTHORITY FOR DISABLED SERVICE MEMBERS TO BEGIN USING V.A. VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY. IT MAKES PERMANENT ELIGIBILITY FOR SPECIALLY ADAPTIVE HOUSING GRANTS FOR CERTAIN POST-9/11 VETERANS WHO HAVE SUSTAINED SEVERE DISABILITIES WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY. IT MAKES PERMANENT V.A.'S AUTHORITY TO RECOVER THE COST OF CARE FOR NONSERVICE CONNECTED CARE. FINALLY, IT MAKES PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR CAREGIVERS, HOMELESS VETERANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE PERMANENT AUTHORIZATION OF THESE PROGRAMS GIVES CERTAINTY TO V.A. WHEN ADMINISTERING THEM AND CERTAINTY, MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO THE BENEFICIARIES WHO RELY ON THEM. THE BILL WOULD ALSO REQUIRE THAT A SCHOOL OFFER IN-STATE TUITION RATES TO VETERANS USING VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE G.I. BILL. THIS CHANGE WOULD ALIGN IN-STATE TUITION RULES FOR VETERANS USING THE BENEFIT WITH THOSE ALREADY IN LAW FOR THOSE STUDENTS USING THE POST-9/11 BILL. THE BILL LUSS BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE LANGUAGE THAT CLARIFIES CONFLICT OF INTEREST RULES FOR V.A. EMPLOYEES AND FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS. FINALLY, THE BILL WOULD ALSO MAKE A NUMBER OF TECHNICAL AND CLARIFYING CHANGES TO STRENGTHEN IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT CONGRESS HAS PREVIOUSLY PASSED, INCLUDING THE V.A. MISSION ACT, THE WEST LOS ANGELES LEASING ACT, AND THE COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT S. 3479, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:57:57 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MILLION TAKANO: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. --

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                      • 02:58:07 PM

                        MR. TAKANO

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

                      • 02:58:11 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 02:58:13 PM

                        MR. TAKANO

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 3479, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS EXPIRING…

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 3479, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS EXPIRING AUTHORITIES ACTS OF 2018. S. 3479 MAKES SURE THAT SOME OF THE VITAL PROGRAMS WE HAVE IN PLACE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS CONTINUE PAST THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR AND CONTINUE TO HELP OUR VETERANS. INCLUDED IN THIS BILL ARE PROVISIONS RELATED TO HEALTH CARE, BENEFITS, HOMELESS VETERANS, AND OTHER RELATED ISSUES. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT EXTENDING PROGRAMS RELATED TO SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CAREGIVERS, CHILDCARE FOR CERTAIN VETERANS RECEIVING HEALTH CARE, AND A PILOT PROGRAM ON COUNSELING IN RETREAT SETTINGS FOR WOMEN VETERANS NEWLY SEPARATED FROM SERVICE. IT IT ALSO HAS PROVISIONS TO EXTEND THE AUTHORITY RELATED TO REHABILITATION AND VOCATIONAL BENEFITS TO MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WITH SEVERE INJURIES OR ILLNESSES. HOMELESS VETERANS REINTEGRATE PROGRAM, HOMELESS WOMEN VETERANS, AND HOMELESS VETERANS WITH CHILDREN AND PROVIDING HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND COUNSELING TO HOMELESS AND AT-RISK VETERANS. ALSO INCLUDED ARE SEVERAL EXTENSIONS OF AUTHORITY FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP OUR DISABLED VETERANS, AS WELL AS THE AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE TO REVIEW THE RESEARCH ON LINKS BETWEEN DISEASES AND DIOXEN EXPOSURE, A CRITICAL STEP IN CREATE AGNEW AGENT OR RANGE PRESUMPTIONS. THESE PROVISIONS ARE CRUCIAL IN HELPING OUR AGENT R AGING VIETNAM-ERA POPULATION. IT CONTAINS A SEVERAL TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE MISSION ACT THAT WE PASSED EARLIER THIS YEAR. THESE CORRECTION ALSO HELP V.A. IMPLEMENT THE LAW CORRECTLY AND ALL SIDES AGREE THEY MUST BECOME LAW QUICKLY. IN SHORT, THIS BILL, THIS IS A BILL THAT BOTH THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY SUPPORT AND WE ALL AGREE THAT IT MUST BE SIGNED INTO -- SIGNED INTO LAW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I URGE ALL MY FELLOW MEMBERS TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND HIS STAFF FOR WORKING WITH THE MINORITY ON THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                      • 03:00:31 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:00:34 PM

                        MR. ARRINGTON

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP, SUPPORT, AND LEADERSHIP. I THINK…

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP, SUPPORT, AND LEADERSHIP. I THINK IT'S NOTABLE TO REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE'VE PASSED OUT OF THIS CHAMBER 0 BIPARTISAN BILLS THAT -- 80 BIPARTISAN BILLS THAT SUPPORT OUR VETERANS, OUR HEROES AND 27 HAVE BECOME LAW OF THE LAND, DELIVERING ON OUR PROMISES TO THOSE WHO SWORE AN OATH AND MADE THE SACRIFICE, SERVED AND PROTECTED US AND OUR FREEDOM. GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT S. 3479 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:01:14 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 03:01:20 PM

                        MR. TAKANO

                        I LIKEWISE THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP. FOR THE WORK…

                        I LIKEWISE THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP. FOR THE WORK WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION ON THE VETERANS AFFAIR COMMITTEES AND I'M PROUD OF THE BIPARTISAN WORK WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF OUR VETERANS. AND I SAY GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PASSING S. 3479 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:01:50 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        TIME.

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                        MR. ARRINGTON

                        AGAIN, WE ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT S. 3479 AND I YIELD BACK THE…

                        AGAIN, WE ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT S. 3479 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:02:00 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE REQUEST IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE REQUEST IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 3479, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 03:02:23 PM

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

                      • 03:02:25 PM

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

                        • 03:03:27 PM

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                          I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6378 AS AMENDED.

                        • 03:03:33 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

                        • 03:03:36 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          H.R. 6378, OAND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

                        • 03:03:48 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS AND THE…

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS AND THE GENTLEMAN WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                        • 03:03:59 PM

                          MRS. BROOKS

                          I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

                          I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE BILL INCLUDING AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND INCLUDING LETTERS FROM MANY ORGANIZATIONS WHO SUPPORT THE BILL. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                        • 03:04:19 PM

                          MRS. BROOKS

                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                        • 03:04:22 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 03:04:24 PM

                          MRS. BROOKS

                          I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE PANDEMIC AND ALL HAZARDS ACT, PAHPA. I'M…

                          I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE PANDEMIC AND ALL HAZARDS ACT, PAHPA. I'M PROUD TO HAVE WORK THOND BILL WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, FRANK MALONE, AND OTHERS. THIS BIPARTISAN PUBLIC HEALTH AND NATIONAL SECURITY EFFORT WILL ENSURE OUR NATION IS BETTER PREPARED TO RESPOND TO NATURAL DISASTERS LIKE HURRICANES, EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES LIKE ZIKA OR IBO LARKS AND CHEMICAL, BIOROG CALL, RADIOLOGICAL ATTACKS FROM TERRORIST GROUPS OR NATION STATES. 17 YEARS AGO, CONGRESS WAS THE TARGET OF A BIOLOGICAL ATTACK WHEN LETTERS LACED WITH ANTHRAX ARRIVED IN MEMBER'S OFFICES JUST DAYS, OR SOON AFTER THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS. IN THE AFTERMATH OF 9/11, A BLUE RIBBON STUDY PANEL ON BIODEFENSE WAS FORMED. IT WAS LED BY BIPARTISAN LEADERS, FORMER SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN, FORMER GOVERNOR TOM RIDGE AND MANY OTHERS. IN ACT OF 2015, AFTER EXTENSIVE DISCUSSIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY, WHERE THEY LEARNED FROM EXPERTS, THEY CREATED A NATIONAL BLUEPRINT FOR BIODEFENSE WHICH PROVIDED WITH US A ROADMAP AND DRAFTING -- IN DRAFTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I WAS THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA DURING THOSE 2001 ANTHRAX ATTACKS AND MY OWN OFFICE DEALT WITH AN ANTHRAX HOAX WHICH WE RECEIVED A LETTER WITH WHITE POWDER INSIDE. OF COURSE AT THE TIME WE DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS A HOAX AND IT WAS INCREDIBLY STRESSFUL FOR THAT STAFF MEMBER WHO HAD OPENED THE MAIL. WE HAD TO WORRY -- WHO HAD TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR VERY OWN HEALTH. BUT THAT EXPERIENCE ILLUSTRATED TO ME THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPAREDNESS AND SPARKED MY INTEREST IN BIODEFENSE. IN THE YEARS SINCE THEN WE KNOW THE THREAT OF A CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL OR NUCLEAR INCIDENT CONTINUES TO GROW. EVERY DAY OUR ADVERSARIES ARE LOOKING FOR MORE EFFECTIVE, FASTER WAYS TO PRODUCE A THREAT. IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF IF WE FACE THE THREAT, IT'S A QUESTION OF WHEN. BUT THANKS TO PAHPA AND 21ST CENTURY CURE, WE ARE MORE PREPARED THAN EVER FOR BIOLOGICAL THREATS AND ETAS. IN JULY OF THIS LAST YEAR, THE F.D.A. APPROVED THE FIRST DRUG TO TREAT SMALLPOX. IT'S CALLED T-POX. BUT T-POX ISN'T THE ONLY RECENT APPROVAL AT THE F.D.A. IN JULY, THE F.D.A. ALSO APPROVED AN AUTOINJECTOR WHICH PROVIDES A ONE-TIME DOSE OF AN ANTI-TO BLOCK EFFECTS OF A NERVE AGENT. THESE WILL HELP PROTECT AMERICANS FROM BIOLOGICAL ATTACKS. BUT PAHPA IS MUCH MORE THAN A BIODEFENSE BILL. IT ENSURES A COORDINATED HEALTH CARE RESPONSE WHETHER TO HURRICANES OR OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS. FLORENCE JUST HIT THE EAST COAST AND RESIDENTS OF BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA ARE STILL RECOVERING AND DEALING WITH ONGOING FLOODING. DURING THE 2017 HURRICANE SEASON, WHETHER IT WAS HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA, JOSE AND MARIA KILLED FAR TOO MANY AMERICANS AND SHOWED US WE NEED TO DO BETTER TO PRIORITIZE THE NEEDS OF EVERY PERSON IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY DOES JUST THAT. IT PRIORITIZE OURS NATION'S MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS OUR CHILDRENING OUR SENIOR CITIZENS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOCUSED ON THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF CHILDREN AND CREATES NEW ADVISORY COMMITTEES TO ENSURE THE NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES ARE CONSIDERED. THE BILL PROVIDES LIABILITY PROTECTIONS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WHO VOLUNTEER AFTER MEDICAL DISASTERS. IN ADDITION TO THESE TYPES OF GOOD SAMARITAN PROVISION THE BILL ALSO ENSURES MORE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, NURSES, DOCTORS, AND OTHERS, CAN BE HIRED AND TRAINED WHEN FACING A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS BY STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL DISASTER MEDICAL SYSTEM WHICH PROVIDES GRANTS TO REGIONAL HEALTH CARE NETWORKS. IT ALSO ENSURES WE HAVE ROBUST SUPPLIES OF VACCINES, BASIC EQUIPMENT LIKE GLOVES, HAZMAT SUITS, MASKS, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR AND MORE IN OUR STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILES LOCATED ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY SO OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED. PAHPA ENSURE OURS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE CAPABILITIES WILL INCLUDE A ROBUST PIPELINE OF MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES BY RE-AUTHORIZING AND INCREASING FUNDING FOR THE BIOSHIELD SPECIAL RESERVE FUND AND BARDA, THE BIOMEDICAL ADVANCED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. BARDA'S WORK OVER THE LAST DECADES RESULTED IN F.D.A. APPROVALS FOR MORE THAN 42 COUNTERMEASURES. THE DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTERMEASURES IS A LENGTHY AND RISKY ENDEAVORS, WHICH IS WHY SIGNALING THAT BARDA REMAINS A STRONG AND COMMITTED PARTNER IN THESE EFFORTS IS SO IMPORTANT. LAST WEEK WE SAW ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF SUCCESS OF RESEARCH FUNDED BY BARDA WHEN F.D.A. APPROVED A PRODUCT CALLED RESELL, THE FIRST SPRAY ON SKIN PRODUCT EVER APPROVED FOR USE IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS NEW TREATMENT WILL HELP TREAT BURN VICTIMS SO THEY CAN HEAL FASTER AND WITH LESS RISK OF INFECTION FOR SKIN GRAFTS BY USING A PIECE OF A PATIENCE'S SKIN, A DOCTOR CAN TURN THAT INTO CELLS TO BE SPRADE OVER THE PATIENT'S BURNS SO THEY CAN GROW NEW SKIN. THESE TYPES OF INVESTMENT INTO INNOVATIVE TREATMENTS AND RESEARCH IS CRITICAL BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THREAT THAT WAS BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS. IT'S BEEN 100 YEARS SINCE THE 1918 PANDEMIC INFLUENZA KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE INCLUDING 675,000 AMERICANS. SOME EXPERTS PREDICT THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY DUE FOR A POTENTIAL OF ANOTHER GLOBAL PANDEMIC INFLUENZA. TO ADDRESS THAT THREAT, THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY AUTHORIZES $250 MILLION FOR THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE TO ADDRESS THREATS LIKE PAN FLU. SPECIFICALLY THE BILL DIRECTS THE ASPER TO WORK TO INCREASE MANUFACTURING CAPACITY AND STOCKPILE COUNTERMEASURES. WHILE THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERED TODAY AUTHORIZES FUNDING FOR RESEARCH INTO KNOWN THREATS LIKE PAN FLU IT ALSO MAINTAINS FLEXIBILITY THAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES ENTERPRISE TO DEAL WITH UNKNOWN THREATS FOR WHICH WE MAY HAVE NO DEFENSE TODAY. EVEN TODAY THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO CAN'TS -- CONTINUES TO DEAL WITH AN ONGOING EBOLA OUTBREAK. IN ORDER TO ENSURE WE'RE BETTER PREPARED WHEN WE FACE OUTBREAKS LIKE EBOLA OR ZIKA, THE BILL TODAY DOES THREE IMPORTANT THINGS. IT IMPROVES THE EXISTING EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND SO SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DOESN'T HAVE TO WAIT ON APPROVAL FROM CONGRESS TO FUND RESPONSE MEASURES NEEDED TO CONTAIN AN OUTBREAK AND SAVE LIVES. THIS WILL CREATE A BRIDGE SO IMMEDIATE FUNDING IS AVAILABLE SO WE CAN SUPPLEMENT WITH AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS BILL LATER. SECONDLY, THE BILL REQUIRES G.A.O. TO CONDUCT REVIEW OF THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND TO HELP APPROPRIATORS DECIDE WHAT FUNDING LEVEL AND RESOURCES ARE NEEDED. AND THE THING THING THE BILL DOES IS ADDRESS THREATS LIKE EBOLA AND ZIKA TO AUTHORIZE $250 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROGRAM SO BARDA CAN INVEST IN NEW RESEARCH. THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING IS THE PROCESS OF MONTHS OF COMMITTEE WORK IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE STAFF MEMBERS AND ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS, EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED AND ALL THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED WHETHER IT'S IN SUBCOMMITTEE OR COMMITTEE HEARINGS ON THIS BILL. EXAMINING OUR RESPONSE TO THREATS, I THINK EVERYONE -- I THANK EVERYONE INVOLVED FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT. TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE PROCEDURES, THE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT IN PLACE TO PROTECT OUR FELLOW CITIZENS. FROM PUBLIC HEALTH AND NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS. I CAN BE THE EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW CRITICALLY IMPORTANT IT IS TO RE-AUTHORIZE PAHPA, WE HAVE DUTY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE AND SECURE. THIS BILL IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF ACCOMPLISHING THAT GOAL. I URGE ALL MEMBERS SPO -- TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:04:36 PM

                        Mrs. Brooks (IN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6378 — "To reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes."

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                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6378.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          • 03:13:06 PM

                            MR. ENGEL

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

                          • 03:13:09 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:13:17 PM

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                            RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:13:33 PM

                            MR. PALLONE

                            THIS IS A VITALLY IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH BILL THAT ENSURES WE CAN PREPARE…

                            THIS IS A VITALLY IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH BILL THAT ENSURES WE CAN PREPARE FOR AND RESPOND TO HEALTH SECURITY EVENTS LIKE BIOTERRORISM, EMERGING INFESHES, DISEASES AND NATURAL DISASTERS. IT WILL SUPPORT THE GO NEW TREATMENTS AND THE STOCKPILES OF MEDICATIONS AND SUPPLIES THAT WILL BE DEPLOYED TO COMMUNS NATIONWIDE IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. AS WE ALL KNOW, EFFECTIVELY PREPARED FOR AND RESPONDING TO THESE EVENTS REQUIRES EXTENSIVE COORDINATION BETWEEN FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS AS WELL AS PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS BILL RE-AUTHORIZES OREST TAB LEARNS CRITICAL PROGRAMS THAT WILL HELP US BETTER PREPARE AND RESPOND TO ANY MAJOR HEALTH EMERGENCY. LET ME DISCUSS SOME OF THE SPECIFICS OF HOW THIS BILL WILL HELP US DO THAT. IT RETHOSHESES A LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM THAT WOULD HELP STRENGTHEN AND GROW OUR PUBLIC HEALTH WORK FORCE. THIS IS CRIT KAY CLI IMPORTANT AS WE'RE STILL TRYING TO DIG OUT OF A PUBLIC HEALTH FUNDING HOLE THAT BEGAN IN THE GREAT RECESSION. THIS BILL ALSO MAKES A TECHNICAL UPDATE TO THE HOSPITAL PREPAREDNESS TO REFLECT THE USE OF THE TERM COALITION INSTEAD OF PARTNERSHIP. THIS LANGUAGE CHANGE IS NOT INTENDED TO MAKE CHANGES RELATED TO THE CURRENT COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT STRUCTURE OR STATURE NOR DOES IT INTEND TO ALTER THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STATES, TERRITORIES AND DIRECTLY FUNDED CITIES WHO ARE AS AWARDEES OF FUNDING UNDER THE HOSPITAL PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM. THEREFORE IT CONTINUES TO REQUIRE THAT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION PROVIDE FUNDING THROUGH COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS TO STATES, TERRITORIES AND CITIES TO SUPPORT HEALTH CARE COALITIONS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE HOSPITAL PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM. THE BILL ALSO AMENDS THE EMERGENCY PREPARED NCHINGS PROGRAM TO REQUIRE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO PARTNER WITH NURSING HOMES AND HOSPITALS TO PROMOTE AND IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE AND REQUIRES PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO WORK WITH QUEUE TILLITY COMPANIES AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERS TO HELP ENSURE ELECTRICITY AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WILL REMAIN FUNCTIONING OR RETURN TO FUNCTIONING AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AFTER AN EMERGENCY. BOTH OF THESE ARE AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT TRAGEDIES LIKE OCCURRED AT A FLORIDA NURSING HOME AFTER HURRICANE IRMA. THIS PROVIDES FUNDS FOR THE RAPID RESPONSE FUND TO PROVIDE RAPID RESPONSE TO EMERGENCIES IN THE FUTURE. IT ALSO MAINTAINS THE ADMINISTRATION'S FLEXIBILITY TO DETERMINE THE DECEMBER PLACEMENT FOR THE STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE OR S.N.S. I HAVE CONCERNS WITH MOVING THE S.N.S. FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION TO THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE. TO DATE I HAVE YET TO HEAR A STRONG ARGUMENT IN SUPPORT OF THIS MOVE. . I BELIEVE THAT C.D.C. HAS THE MOST SENSE TO MANAGING THE STOCKPILE. THEY HAVE A SUCCESS OF SUCCESSFUL STEWARDSHIP OF THE S.N.S. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORTED THIS BILL. WHEREVER THE NATIONAL STRATEGIC STOCKPILE IS PLACE, WE MUST MAKE SURE THEIR LOCATION IS NOT WEAKENED BY THE PLACEMENT. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT CONGRESS RECEIVING INFORMATION IT NEEDS TO RESPOND TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS. THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE A FORMAL STRATEGY ON THEIR FAMILY REUNIFICATION EFFORTS AS WELL AS KEEP THE COMMITTEE INFORMED ON THE STATUS OF THE CHILDREN STILL AWAITING REUNIFICATION. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S CRUEL ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY RESULTED IN A MAN-MADE CRISIS THAT'S IMPACTED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN. WHILE WE CAN'T UNDO THE DAMAGE DONE BY THIS POLICY, THESE PROVISIONS ENSURE THAT CONGRESS HAS THE INFORMATION IT NEEDS TO HELP REUNITE EACH CHILD WITH THEIR FAMILY AND MAKE SURE THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. FURTHERMORE, WHILE THESE PROVISIONS ARE IMPORTANT, IT SHOULD NOT TAKE THE PLACE OF AN ACTUAL OVERSIGHT HEARING ON THIS CRUEL POLICY, AND THIS IS SOMETHING COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS HAVE REPEATEDLY REQUESTED AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, OVERALL, I WANT TO SAY THIS IS A GOOD BILL. OUR NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE CAPABILITIES WILL BE BETTER PREPARED TO RESPOND TO PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS THANKS TO THE PASSAGE OF THE PANDEMIC AND ALL-HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS ACT. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6378 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 03:18:14 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:18:16 PM

                            MRS. BROOKS

                            THANK YOU, MYRICK. I YIELD FIVE -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE…

                            THANK YOU, MYRICK. I YIELD FIVE -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN, MR. WALDEN.

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                          • 03:18:22 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:18:24 PM

                            MR. WALDEN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY OBVIOUSLY IN SUPPORT OF THE PANDEMIC…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY OBVIOUSLY IN SUPPORT OF THE PANDEMIC AND ALL-HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, OUR RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE COMMITTEE, FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS EFFORT BUT ESPECIALLY I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE BROOKS FROM INDIANA HER FOR HER TIRELESS EFFORT AND THE PARTNERSHIP WITH REPRESENTATIVE ANNA ESHOO OF CALIFORNIA. SHE AND MRS. BROOKS REALLY DID THE HEAVY LIFT HERE FOR THE COMMITTEE ON THIS EFFORT. THEY WERE ABLE TO SHEPHERD THIS CRITICAL RE-AUTHORIZATION TO THE FLOOR TODAY WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT, BOTH IN THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THEN IN THE FULL COMMITTEE. SO FOR THOSE OUT THERE WHO ARE WATCHING OUR PROCEEDINGS NEED TO KNOW ACTUALLY WE DO WORK TOGETHER AND WE DO GET SOME REALLY IMPORTANT PUBLIC POLICY DONE. THESE PROGRAMS, COMMONLY KNOWN AS PAHPA, ENABLE CRITICAL PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES, AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO ENSURE OUR NATION IS RESPONSIBLY PREPARED FOR AND ABLE TO RESPOND TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES. SO IT'S TIME WE GET IT RIGHT. IT'S CRITICAL WE GET IT RIGHT AND WE ARE. IT'S NOT REALLY A MATTER OF IF BUT WHEN THE NEXT PANDEMIC STRIKES. AND THE PROJECTIONS SIMPLY ARE HORRIFYING. YOU KNOW, A FULL-BLOWN PANDEMIC FLU OUTBREAK COULD LITERALLY KILL MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WITHIN MONTHS. WITHIN MONTHS. WE MUST HAVE THE TOOLS BACKED BY STABLE AND PREDICTABLE FUNDING TO RESPOND TO THESE THREATS AND ESPECIALLY TO THE THREAT OF PANDEMIC FLU. WITH THIS VOTE, THE HOUSE WILL TAKE AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD KEEPING OUR FAMILIES SAFE IN THE WORST-CASE SCENARIOS OF DANGEROUS DISEASE OUTBREAK OR IN THE CASE OF CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL ATTACK. WE'RE MOVING THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION ON TIME AND IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. AND LIKE MY COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANA, I REMEMBER WHEN ANTHRAX WAS SENT TO OUR OFFICES AND THE POSTAL FACILITY AND LOSS OF LIFE AND ILLNESS AND CONCERN AND WE ALL WONDERED WHAT'S NEXT. AND THAT WAS PART OF WHAT PROMPTED THIS -- US TO GET TO THIS POINT AND TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION NOT ONLY NOW BUT BACK THEN. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES AND THE STAFF WHO REALLY DO THE INCREDIBLE WORK TO HELP US GET IT RIGHT. THIS IS LEGISLATION THAT WILL NOW HEAD OVER TO THE SENATE WHERE I HOPE THEY WILL GIVE IT THE SAME CONSIDERATION THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO DO TODAY AND GET THIS DOWN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DESK WHERE HE'LL SIGN IT INTO LAW. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I WANT TO AGAIN THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:21:04 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            YIELD BACK.

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                            MR. PALLONE

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

                          • 03:21:17 PM

                            MR. PALLONE

                            I STILL RESERVE.

                          • 03:21:19 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:21:21 PM

                            MRS. BROOKS

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

                            YES, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR FOR THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, DR. BURGESS.

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                          • 03:21:31 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:21:33 PM

                            MR. BURGESS

                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ONE CENTURY AGO, OUR…

                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ONE CENTURY AGO, OUR COUNTRY WAS IN THE MIDST OF THE WORST PANDEMIC IN HISTORY. IT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF ALMOST 700,000 AMERICANS AND KILLED MORE THAN 50 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE. MR. SPEAKER, WE LISTENED TO TESTIMONY. WE DISCUSSED ASPECTS OF THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY, AND IT IS -- IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE REMEMBER THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1918 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC AS WE CONSIDER THIS LEGISLATION TODAY. THE CREATION OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE UNDER THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION IN 2006 HAS HELPED US TO MAKE MONUMENTAL STRIDES IN PREPAREDNESS, COORDINATION AND RESPONSE. CLOSE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND OUR STATE AND LOCAL AND TERRITORIAL PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERS HAS BEEN VITAL IN MAKING THIS PROGRESS. MUCH LIKE POLITICS, MUCH OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS LOCAL AND EXECUTED ON THE GROUND BY OUR HOSPITALS, OUR HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, AND OUR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WHO ARE OUR FRONTLINES IN ADDRESSING INFECTIOUS DISEASE, DISEASES, DISASTERS AND THREATS. WE MUST EVALUATE THE DOMESTIC BIOLOGIC SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS SUCH AS BIOWATCH. THIS BILL WILL HELP BRING THOSE PROGRAMS UP TO DATE SO THEY'RE OPERATING WITH THE MOST EFFICIENT CAPABILITIES AND TECHNOLOGIES. WE MUST LOOK FOR INNOVATIVE WAYS TO CONTINUE TO ADVANCE OUR MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES AND ENSURE THAT AMERICANS CAN ACCESS THE MEDICATIONS THAT WILL PROVIDE CRITICAL PROTECTION IN THE FUTURE AS WE CONSIDER THE PROBLEM OF ANTI-MICROBIAL RESISTANCE IN THIS COUNTRY, WE MUST LOOK AT NEW METHODS TO CURBING THIS GROWING PROBLEM. THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL -- AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL IS BEING HEARD ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE FISCAL YEAR, AT WHICH TIME THE CURRENT EXPIRATION EXPIRES, THE HOUSE ONCE AGAIN HAS DONE ITS WORK IN THIS REGARD. WE DO URGE OUR COUNTERPARTS IN THE SENATE TO DO THEIR JORK -- WORK AS WELL. THIS BILL INCLUDES THE MISSION ZERO ACT. THE MISSION ZERO ACT SEEKS TO CONNECT AMERICAN PATIENTS WITH BATTLE-TESTED TRAUMA CARE THROUGH THE CRAFT OF MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS. THE BILL PROVIDES GRANTS TO ALLOW MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS AND TEAMS TO OFFER CARE IN OUR NATION'S LEADING TRAUMA CENTERS AND SYSTEMS. THE NEED FOR TOP-NOTCH TRAUMA CARE EXTENDS ACROSS OUR NATION FAR AWAY FROM THE BATTLEFIELD. I FIRST INTRODUCED THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WITH MY FELLOW TEXAN, REPRESENTATIVE GENE GREEN, FOLLOWING A POLICE SHOOTING IN DALLAS OVER TWO YEARS AGO. OVER TWO YEARS AGO, FIVE POLICE OFFICERS WERE KILLED, AND NINE WERE INJURED IN A SHOOTING IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS. IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE ATTACK, AREA HOSPITALS SPRUNG INTO ACTION AND ACTIVATED THEIR DISASTER PLANS. THE STAFF AT PARKLAND HOSPITAL, BAYLOR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS PROVIDED EXCELLENT EMERGENCY CARE TO VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK. FRONTLINE FACILITIES AND RESPONDERS IN DALLAS EXPERIENCED THIS FIRSTHAND IN 2014 WHEN A PATIENT PRESENTED WITH EBOLA TO A DALLAS-FORTH WORTH EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT -- DALLAS-FORT WORTH EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT WE NEED TO BE PREPARED AND RESPOND TO EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES WORLDWIDE. THIS PANDEMIC AND ALL-HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS ACT IS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING THE LIVES OF AMERICANS AND PROVIDING THE NECESSARY TOOLS AND INFRASTRUCTURE WHEN DISASTERS STRIKES. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SUSAN BROOKS AND ANNA ESHOO FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:25:26 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

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

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                          • 03:25:32 PM

                            MR. PALLONE

                            I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

                          • 03:25:34 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:25:38 PM

                            MRS. BROOKS

                            I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, WHO ALSO…

                            I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, WHO ALSO SERVES ON THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                          • 03:25:44 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:25:45 PM

                            MR. BILIRAKIS

                            THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER,…

                            THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN BROOKS THAT'S DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB. WE BOTH SERVED ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND WE CHAIRED THE SUBCOMMITTEE PRIOR TO ENERGY AND COMMERCE. SHE'S DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6378, THE PANDEMIC AND ALL-HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS ACT. FROM STORM-RELATED INJURIES AND ILLNESSES TO DELIVERY AND LOGISTICS ISSUES, LAST YEAR'S HISTORICALLY COSTLY HURRICANE TESTIMONY TESTED THE HEALTH DELIVERY SYSTEM AND I'M PLEASED TO SEE CHILDREN, SENIORS, AND OTHER AT-RISK PATIENT COMMUNITIES BEING ADDRESSED IN THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION. THIS BILL ALSO ENCOURAGES INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AND COALITIONS LIKE THE NICHOLAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TO CONTINUE TO DEVELOP NOVEL APPROACHES TO HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AND ULTIMATELY SAVE LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:27:00 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES?

                          • 03:27:07 PM

                            MR. PALLONE

                            I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                            MRS. BROOKS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

                          • 03:27:13 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:27:15 PM

                            MR. PALLONE

                            YES, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO, AGAIN, THANK…

                            YES, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO, AGAIN, THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR MOVING AND WORKING ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6378. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:27:29 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 03:27:32 PM

                            MRS. BROOKS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO PARTICULARLY THANK DR. BURGESS AND THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO PARTICULARLY THANK DR. BURGESS AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, GENE GREEN, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN WORKING WITH SO MANY OF US WHO HAVE BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR AT THIS TIME. IT'S REALLY SO VERY CRITICAL ALL RELEVANT FEDERAL AGENCIES, PARTICULARLY WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF C.D.C. AND THE ASPR, WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR LOCAL AND STATE PARTNERS WHO ARE TRULY ON THE GROUND, AND I CERTAINLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, NOT ONLY TO ENSURE THAT PUBLIC HEALTH IS OF PAIR MONTH IMPORTANCE IN THIS COUNTRY BUT -- PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE IN THIS COUNTRY BUT ALSO IMPORTANT PIECE OF NATIONAL SECURITY LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 03:28:20 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6378, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED.

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                        • 03:28:41 PM

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

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

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

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 03:29:13 PM

                                MR. OLSON

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

                                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1320, AS AMENDED.

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                              • 03:29:20 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                              • 03:29:23 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                H.R. 1320, A BILL TO AMEND THE OMNIBUS BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT OF 1990…

                                H.R. 1320, A BILL TO AMEND THE OMNIBUS BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT OF 1990 RELATED TO NUCLEAR REGULATE COMMISSION USER FEES AND ANNUAL CHARGES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 03:29:28 PM

                              Mr. Olson moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1320 — "To amend the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 related to Nuclear Regulatory Commission user fees and annual charges, and for other purposes."

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLSON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                            • 03:29:39 PM

                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1320.

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                                MR. OLSON

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

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

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                              • 03:29:57 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                              • 03:29:59 PM

                                MR. OLSON

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

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 03:30:12 PM

                                MR. OLSON

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 1320, NUCLEAR ACT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. IT…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 1320, NUCLEAR ACT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. IT WAS SPONSORED BY MY ENERGY AND COMMERCE FRIENDS, ED KINZINGER OF ILLINOIS AND MIKE DOYLE OF PENNSYLVANIA. THE BILL WENT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER IN THE COMMITTEE WITH ONLY ONE SINGLE AMENDMENT. IT WENT THROUGH THE FULL COMMITTEE BY A VOICE VOTE. THE NUKE ACT MAKES TARGETED REFORMS TO THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION. IT REFORMS THE FEE STRUCTURE WHICH AT PRESENT THREATENS TO INCREASE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF OUR NATION'S NUCLEAR FLEETS. NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS AND THOSE WORKING ON CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGIES. THIS BILL -- THIS WILL BE CRITICAL IN THE COMING YEARS AS A LARGE NUMBER OF REACTORS ARE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE. THE BILL ALSO STREAMLINES SOME OF THE LICENSING STEPS AND OTHER RULES AT THE N.R.C. IT MEANS CONGRESS WILL GET EVERSIGHT SO WE CAN FIND EVEN MORE STEPS TO KEEP THE N.R.C. ON TRACK. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE OLD RULES ON NUCLEAR POWER DATING BACK AS FAR AS THE 1960'S STILL MAKE SENSE TODAY. OVERALL, H.R. 1320 WILL HELP THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY WITH MORE CLEAR AND STRAIGHTFORWARD RULES AND IN DOING SO, AVERAGE AMERICANS AND COMPANIES LARGE AND SMALL WILL BENEFIT. NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY CAN BE PART OF THE FUTURE FOR INDUSTRY, MEDICINE AND CLEAN ENERGY. NUCLEAR POWER IS UNIQUE. IT IS THE ONLY POWER WE HAVE THAT HAS NO HYDROCARBON EMISSIONS, ZERO. WE ALSO MAKE SURE THAT GLOBAL LEADERSHIP ON NUCLEAR POWER STAYS RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. THAT'S IMPORTANT NOT JUST FOR JOBS BUT FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT NUCLEAR POWER IN AMERICA IS FLYING INTO A HEADWIND BUT THERE'S ALSO IN QUESTION THAT INDUSTRY PROVIDES IMPORTANT AND SOMETIMES UNDERAPPRECIATED BENEFITS TO AMERICA, CONGRESS, TO AMERICA. CONGRESS CAN HELP LIGHT THEN BURDEN WHILE STILL MAKING NUCLEAR POWER THIS -- NUCLEAR POWER THE SAFEST IN THE INDUSTRY. H.R. 1320 IS A KEY PIECE OF THIS EFFORT TO ENSURE WE HAVE A PROBUST NUCLEAR INDUSTRY GOING FORWARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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                              • 03:33:30 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              • 03:33:36 PM

                                MR. PALLONE

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

                                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1320, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY KEYSTONE ACT THAT MAKES COMMONSENSE REVISIONS TO N.R.C.'S LICENSING PROCESS TO EASE FINANCIAL PRESSURE ON THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING SAFETY OR THE ENVIRONMENT. IT MAKES CHANGES TO THE BUDGET AND FEE STRUCTURE, MOST SIGNIFICANTLY BY LIMITING THE FEES CHARGED TO INKNOW RATE -- INNOVATE AND ADVANCE NUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECTS. AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE BILL REQUIRES THEM TO REPORT BACK TO CONGRESS TO ADDRESS INSTANCES OF EMPLOYEES FACE REGULAR PRIZAL FOR RAISING SAFETY CONCERNS THAT DIFFER FROM THE COMMISSION'S POSITION ON A PARTICULAR LICENSING ACTION. A RECENT INTERNAL N.R.C. REPORT IDENTIFIED SEVERAL TROUBLING CASES OF N.R.C. EMPLOYEES WHO RAISED SAFETY ISSUES BEING PASS PASSED OVER FOR PROMOTIONS OR BEING EXCLUDED FROM WORK ACTIVITY BY MANAGEMENT. THIS CAN'T STAND AND I'M PLEASED THIS BILL WILL TAKE STEPS TOWARD ADDRESS UNACCEPTABLE SITUATION. IT ALSO REQUIRES A REPORT TO CORNING ON BEST PRACTICES WHEN A POWER PLANT HAS SHUT DOWN IS GOING THROUGH THE DECOMMISSIONING PROCESS. THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW JERSEY WHERE THE OYSTER STATE REACTOR CEASED OPERATION LAST WEEK. I'M GRATEFUL TO THE SPONSORS OF THIS BILL TO MAKE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THEIR ORIGINAL DRAFT BILL THAT SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED THE LEGISLATION AND I COMMEND MR. DOYLE AND MR. KINZINGER FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 03:35:21 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. OLSON

                                I NOW RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL EDUCATION AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE,…

                                I NOW RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL EDUCATION AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. MOR BEGAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                MR. MORGAN

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS ACT AND I WANT TO THANK MR. OLSON FROM TEXAS WHO IS ONE OF THE REAL LEADERS ON ENERGY ISSUES WRIT LARGE.

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                              • 03:35:53 PM

                                MR. WALDEN

                                MY BIANY MEASURE ATOMIC ENERGY HAS BROUGHT TREMENDOUS BY BY ANY MEASURE,…

                                MY BIANY MEASURE ATOMIC ENERGY HAS BROUGHT TREMENDOUS BY BY ANY MEASURE, ATOMIC ENERGY HAS BROUGHT TREMENDOUS BENEFITS TO THE NATION. IT'S PROVIDED SECURITY FROM THE TECHNOLOGY AND FUELS FOR OUR NUCLEAR NAVY TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY FOR CIVILIAN NUCLEAR POWER THE WORLD OVER. HOWEVER A CONFLUENCE OF FACTORS -- ABAUN DIDN'T THATCH RAL GAS, POWER MARKET DESIGNS, ECONOMIC AND REGULATORY BURDENS HAVE INHIBITED THE NATION'S NUCLEAR INDUSTRY OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS. SO THE CHALLENGE CONFRONTING CONGRESS IS HOW TO PRESERVE AND ENHANCE THE BENEFICIAL USE OF ATOMIC ENERGY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. TO CONTINUE TO HARVEST THE ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR DOMESTIC NUCLEAR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE WE MUST TAKE STEPS TO UPDATE THE RELEVANT POLICIES. SO THESE POMCIES MUST BE FORWARD-LOOKING TO ENABLE -- THESE POLICIES MUST BE FORWARD-LOOKING TO ENABLE THE DEPLOYMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES. A BIPARTISAN BILL BY MR. KINZINGER AND MR..NETUP DATES THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION'S FEE STRUCTURE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY 20 YEARS, MADAM SPEAKER. IT REFLECTS THOUGHTFUL WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO ACHIEVE REALLY GOOD PUBLIC POLICY. H.R. 1320 ESTABLISHES REASONABLE AND ME DICTABLE TIME FRAMES FOR REGULATORY DECISIONS SO THAT COMPANIES LIKE OREGON-BASED NEW SCALE POWER CAN DEVELOP BUSINESS PLANS TO COMMERCIALIZE NEW NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGIES WHILE PROTECTING FUTURE CONSUMERS FROM HIGH REGULATORY COSTS. SO I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR GREAT WORK ON YET ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1320 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 03:37:42 PM

                                MR. OLSON

                                I RESERVE.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                MR. PALLONE

                                I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE ON THE COMMITTEE, THE…

                                I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE ON THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. DOYLE.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. DOYLE

                                I THANK MR. PALLONE. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE…

                                I THANK MR. PALLONE. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE NUCLEAR UTILIZATION OF KEYNOTE ENERGY ACT OR NUKE ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, ADAM KINZINGER, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND WORKING WITH ME TO ADVANCE IT. I WANT TO THANK CHRIS BOWMAN AND DELARE RAH FROM MY STAFF AS WELL AS MR. KINZINGER'S STAFF AND THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR DILIGENT WORK TO GET THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. THIS LEGISLATION IS VERY TIMELY AS THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IS FACING PRESSURE FROM A VARIETY OF FACTORS. NUCLEAR ENERGY PROVIDES NEARLY 40% OF PENNSYLVANIA'S ELECTRICITY AND IT EMPLOYEES THOUSANDS OF SKILLED WORKERS IN PENNSYLVANIA. HOWEVER, INCREASING N.R.C. FEES AND UNCERTAINTY IN THE NUCLEAR EXPORT PROCESS THREATEN THIS CARBON-FREE SOURCE OF BASE LOAD POWER. ADDRESSING SOME OF THESE ISSUES IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT JOBS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS TO MEET OUR NATION'S CLIMATE GOALS. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL TAKE IMPORTANT STEPS TO MODERNIZE THE N.R.C.'S FEE STRUCTURE, SET ACHIEVEABLE AND FOR EXAMPLEABLE TIMELINES FOR APPLICATION REVIEWS, AND LOOK TO FUTURE REFORMS THAT WILL ENSURE THE N.R.C. CAN CONTINUE TO EFFECTIVELY PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. THE BILL ADDRESSES A SERIOUS REALITY FACING THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY AS NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS RETIRE, THE REMAINING FLEET WILL BE FACED WITH INCREASING FEES FROM THE N.R.C. WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR EXISTING NUCLEAR PLANTS WHILE ENSURING THAT THE N.R.C. IS ABLE TO FULFILL ITS MISSION AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION ACCOMPLISHES THOSE GOALS. SO ONCE AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MR. KINZINGER FOR HIS WORK AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 03:39:47 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. OLSON

                                MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW PROUDLY RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, MR.…

                                MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW PROUDLY RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, MR. KINZINGER, FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY NEED.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. KINZINGER

                                THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRORT SUPPORT --…

                                THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRORT SUPPORT -- STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, H.R. 13 20, THE KNEE CLUE -- THE NUCLEAR YULETLYIZATION OF KEYSTONE ENERGY ACT, WHICH I PROUDLY INTRODUCED WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MIKE DOYLE AND I WANT TO SHARE MY COMPLIMENTS TO YOUR STAFF AND MY STAFF WORKING TOGETHER VERY WELL ON HAMMERING OUT A LOT OF TECHNICAL ISSUES AN GETTING THIS DONE. IT SHOWS THAT HARD WORK MATTERS. THE UNITED STATES IS HOME TO NINE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS. MY DISTRICT HAS FOUR OF THOSE. WHICH PROVIDE RELIABLE, CAR BEEN-FREE ELECTRICITY TO THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN HOMES AND BUSINESSES. UNFORTUNATELY, NUCLEAR POWER IS AT A CRITICAL IMPASSE AND MANY OF THESE PLANTS ARE FACE EARLY RETIREMENT WHICH IS MEANS A LOSS OF CLEAN ENERGY, GOOD JOBS AND OUR GLOBAL LEADERSHIP ON VITAL ISSUES LIKE SAFETY AND NONPROLIFERATION. THIS LEGISLATION MAKES COMMONSENSE REFORMS TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY, PREDICTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE N.R.C. BECAUSE NUCLEAR PLANTS PAY TO BE REGULATED BY THE N.R.C., THESE REFORMS, INCRUDING A REPREDICT -- PREDICTABLE FEE STRUCTURE, CAPS ON FEES AND KEEPING OVERHEAD COSTS IN LINE WITH SIMILAR AGENCIES WE WILL NOT ONLY INCREASE STABILITY AT OPERATING PLANTS BUT PAVE THE WAY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. I ALSO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT WE SOMETIMES FIND OUT WE NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING WHEN IT'S TOO LATE AND WE PLAY CATCH-UP. THIS IS A PROACTIVE WAY TO MAKE SURE WE MAINTAIN A STRONG FLEET OF WHICH AMERICA IS THE LEADER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GIN ME AND CONGRESSMAN DOYLE IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND ENSURING A SAFE AND STRONG FUTURE FOR AMERICAN NUCLEAR ENERGY.

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                              • 03:41:56 PM

                                MR. OLSON

                                I RESERVE.

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                                MR. PALLONE

                                I DON'T HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. PLL OLSON:…

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. PLL OLSON: MADAM SPEAKER, SEEING NO ONE WISHING TO SPEAK, I LOOK TO CLOSE.

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                                LOOK TO CLOSE.

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                                MR. PALLONE

                                MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE…

                                MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                MR. OLSON

                                MADAM SPEAKER, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE SAID THIS…

                                MADAM SPEAKER, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE SAID THIS PERFECTLY. SUPPORT THIS BILL, IT'S A GOOD, BIPARTISAN BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 03:42:39 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1320 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 03:43:08 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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                                  I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6511 AS…

                                  I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6511 AS AMENDED.

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                              • 03:43:38 PM

                                Mr. Barton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6511 — "To authorize the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to lease underutilized Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities, and for other purposes."

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 753, H.R. 6511, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF…

                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 753, H.R. 6511, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY TO CARRY OUT A PROGRAM TO LEASE UNDERUTILIZED STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE FACILITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              • 03:43:50 PM

                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                DEBATE

                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6511.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BARTON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                • 03:44:07 PM

                                  MR. BARTON

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

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

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                                • 03:44:17 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                  MR. BARTON

                                  MADAM 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. BARTON

                                  I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IN 1975, PRESIDENT FORD…

                                  I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IN 1975, PRESIDENT FORD SIGNED A BILL TO BAN THE SALE OF CRUDE OIL OVERSEAS. THREE YEARS AGO, WE REPEALED THAT BAN, OR TWO YEARS AGO. AND LAST MONTH WE WERE EXPORTING SOME DAYS THREE MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY. WE HAVE GONE FROM A NATION THAT WAS IMPORTING UP TO 80% OF OUR OIL, A NATION THAT TODAY IF WE ABSOLUTELY HAD TO COULD BE TOTALLY ENERGY INDEPENDENT. BECAUSE OF THE ARAB OIL EMBARGO IN THE EARLY 1970'S, A LITTLE BEFORE PRESIDENT FORD SIGNED THE BILL THAT SAID YOU COULDN'T EXPORT CRUDE OIL, WE ESTABLISHED A STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. THE IDEA WAS THAT WE WANTED TO STORE OIL IN UNDERGROUND CAVERNS, CRUDE OIL, SO THAT IF THERE WERE ANOTHER SUPPLY DISRUPTION, WE WOULD HAVE THE CRUDE OIL EVEN IF THE OPEC CARTEL CUT OFF OIL SHIPMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES. . WE HAVE AUTHORIZED UP TO A BILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL IN THIS RESERVE, AND THERE ARE CURRENTLY A LITTLE UNDER 700 MILLION BARRELS. MADAM SPEAKER, WE DON'T NEED 700 MILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL. TODAY, BECAUSE, AS I JUST POINTED OUT, WHEN WE ALLOWED CRUDE OIL TO BE EXPORTED, WE UNLEASHED A DRILLING BOOM IN THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS DRIVEN OUR OIL PRODUCTION ON A DAILY BASIS FROM AROUND SIX MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY TO THIS PAST MONTH 11 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY. SO HENCE THE IDEA EMBODIED IN H.R. 6511 CO-SPONSORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CHICAGO, BOBBY RUSH. IT'S PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD. WE HAVE QUITE A BIT OF, SESS CAPACITY RIGHT NOW IN THE -- BIT OF EXCESS CAPACITY RIGHT NOW IN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. IF THAT OIL IS ACTUALLY SOLD, WE'LL HAVE ALMOST HALF OF THE S.P.R. WITHOUT ANY CRUDE OIL IN IT. SO WHY NOT SET UP A PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PUT THAT VACANT SPACE UP FOR BID? OIL PRODUCERS ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES ARE SCRAMBLING FOR WAYS TO STORE ALL THE OIL THAT WE'RE PRODUCING SO WHILE IT'S WAITING TO BE REFINED OR SHIPPED OVERSEAS. THIS IS NOT A MONDAYTORY PROGRAM. WE ARE NOT -- THIS IS NOT A MANDATORY PROGRAM. WE ARE SAYING IF THE PRIVATE SECTOR WANTS TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE MANAGERS AND IT'S A GOOD DEAL FOR BOTH SIDES THEY CAN. WE CURRENTLY -- THIS NUMBER MAY NOT BE EXACTLY RIGHT, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT WE SPEND ABOUT $200 MILLION A YEAR, I BELIEVE, TO STORE THE OIL THAT IS STORED IN THE RESERVE THAT'S OWNED BY TAXPAYERS. IF YOU HAVE VACANT SPACE AND YOU ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO USE THAT VACANT SPACE AND YOU CHARGE WHATEVER THE MARKET RATE IS FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO PUT OIL IN THE RESERVE FOR A SHORT TERM, THOSE FUNDS WILL OFFSET THE COST OF STORING THE GOVERNMENT-OWNED OIL. THEY WILL ALSO OFFSET THE COST OF MAINTAINING THE RESERVE, AND THEY'LL OFFSET THE COST OF IMPROVING THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. AND, AGAIN, THIS IS NOT A MANDATORY PROGRAM. SO WE BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL, H.R. 6511, IS A WIN-WIN. IT HELPS THE TAXPAYERS BECAUSE IT MIGHT GENERATE SOME REVENUE THAT CAN BE USED TO OFFSET THE COST OF MAINTAINING THE RESERVE AS IT EXISTS. IT MIGHT SAVE THE PRIVATE SECTOR SOME MONEY IF THEY DECIDE TO UTILIZE IT AND IT MIGHT -- AND I WOULD SAY PROBABLY WILL MAKE OUR ENERGY SECTOR MORE EFFICIENT BECAUSE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, SHOULD THEY CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM, DOESN'T HAVE TO GO OUT AND BUILD ABOVE-GROUND STORAGE AND MAINTAIN THE ABOVE-GROUND STORAGE. THEY CAN USE EXISTING CAPACITY THAT'S ALREADY BEEN HOLLOWED OUT ON THE GULF COAST OF THE UNITED STATES THAT'S VERY CONVENIENTLY LOW INDICATED ADJACENT TO OUR REFINERIES AND/OR TO EXPORT TERMINALS THAT WILL OVERALL LOWER COSTS OF THE WHOLE SYSTEM AND END UP BEING A WIN FOR THE CONSUMER, BOTH IN THE UNITED STATES AND OVERSEAS. SO I WOULD HOPE THAT WHEN THE TIME COMES LATER TODAY WE'LL PASS THIS UNANIMOUSLY. I WANT TO THANK AGAIN MY ORIGINAL DEMOCRAT SPONSOR, CONGRESSMAN RUSH OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. I WANT TO THANK THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, FRED UPTON OF MICHIGAN, THE FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, GREG WALDEN OF OREGON, THE FULL COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER WHO'S ON THE FLOOR, MR. PALLONE OF NEW JERSEY. WE'VE ALL WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO PASS THIS, AND WE THINK THAT'S WHY WE PUT IT ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR. AS YOU KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER, A SUSPENSION BILL HAS TO GET A 2/3 VOTE, AND I'M HOPING THIS BILL GETS 100% VOTE. IT'S A GOOD BILL. IT'S A WIN-WIN. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:51:05 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                  MR. PALLONE

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

                                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6511, THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE REFORM ACT. THIS BILL WOULD SET UP A PILOT PROGRAM TO FACILITATE THE LEASING OF UNUSED STORAGE SPACE IN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, OR S.P.R., WHILE ATTEMPTING TO ENSURE THE GOVERNMENT AND TAXPAYERS BENEFIT FROM THESE LEASES. THIS IS A WORTHY CAUSE, AND I COMMEND REPRESENTATIVES BARTON AND RUSH FOR THEIR EFFORTS. IN RECENT YEARS, CONGRESS HAS TURNED TO THE S.P.R. REPEATEDLY AS AN OFFSET FOR DEFICITS, TRANSPORTATION FUNDING, OTHER ITEMS. IT HAS BEEN USED FAR MORE IN RECENT YEARS FOR THOSE PURPOSES THAN FOR ENERGY SECURITY AND THESE S.P.R. SALES, WHICH WILL OCCUR OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS, WILL FREE UP A GREAT DEAL OF PHYSICAL SPACE IN THE RESERVE. THIS BILL PUTS THAT EMPTY SPACE TO GOOD USE. THE BILL IS PART OF OUR COMMITTEE'S ONGOING EFFORTS TO MODERNIZE THE S.P.R. GOING FORWARD, WE NEED TO RETHINK ITS WHOLE STRUCTURE, INCLUDING EXPLORING THE AUTHORIZATION OF REGIONAL REFINED PRODUCT RESERVES. TODAY THERE ARE TWO REGIONAL SUPPLY RESERVES, BOTH SERVING IN NORTHERN STATES. THE NORTHEAST HOME HEATING OIL AND THE NORTHEAST GASOLINE SUPPLY RESERVE. THE NORTHEAST HOME HEATING OIL RESERVE WAS CREATED BY OUR COMMITTEE IN THE ENERGY ACT OF 2000. AND THE NORTHEAST GASOLINE SUPPLY WAS CREATED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ENERGY SECRETARY MONIZ IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE SANDY. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS PROPOSED ELIMINATING THE NORTHEAST GASOLINE SUPPLY RESERVE AND I THINK THAT'S A MISTAKE. I REMAIN COMMITTED TO HAVING THIS IN STATUTE AND I'M CONVINCED REGIONAL RESERVES IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF ANY S.P.R. MODERNIZATION EFFORT. MADAM SPEAKER, I BELIEVE OTHER REGIONS SHOULD BENEFIT OR COULD BENEFIT GREATLY FROM HAVING A REFINED PRODUCT RESERVE. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE FOR THE SOUTHEAST, WHICH IS EXTREMELY SUPPLY-CONSTRAINED. THE SOUTHEAST REGIONAL RESERVE COULD PROVIDE RELIEF AND FLEX IBILITY IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER OR THE GULF STATES CAN REFINED PRODUCTS. NOW, EXPANDING THE NUMBER OF REGIONAL RESERVES IS SOMETHING WE MUST DO IN THE FUTURE, BUT I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION IS A GOOD STEP FORWARD ON THE ROAD TO S.P.R. MODERNIZATION, SO I DO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:53:38 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  OF MY TIME.

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                                  MR. BARTON

                                  MR. SPEAKER -- MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS.

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                                  MR. PALLONE

                                  MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD…

                                  MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:53:55 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                  MR. BARTON

                                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS FOR 34 YEARS.…

                                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS FOR 34 YEARS. I'M ABOUT TO RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS SESSION. I'VE BEEN ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WITH MANY TUMULTUOUS BATTLES. I'VE WATCHED THE FIGHT OVER THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, DRILLING IN ANWR UP IN ALASKA. MY GOOD FRIEND, SENATOR MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS, WHEN HE WAS IN THE HOUSE, WOULD COME TO THE FLOOR WITH HIS CHART. AN OIL WELL DRILLING INTO THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. IT'S REFRESHING, MADAM SPEAKER, TO BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY IN THE SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP WHERE WE'RE ALL FOR SOMETHING WHICH I THINK REALLY IS GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, GOOD FOR THE TAXPAYER, AND GOOD FOR THE CONSUMER. THIS IS ON SUSPENSION SO OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE TO HAVE A HUGE VOTE. I HOPE WE GET IT. IT LOOKS LIKE WE WILL SINCE WE DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS. SO I WOULD URGE A YES VOTE, MADAM SPEAKER. LET'S DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR AMERICA. LET'S VOTE FOR THIS BILL. PLEASE VOTE YES ON H.R. 6511 WHEN THE VOTE'S CALLED. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6511, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                              • 03:55:34 PM

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

                                • 03:55:36 PM

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

                                  • 03:55:57 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                  • 03:56:00 PM

                                    MR. MCKINLEY

                                    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2389,…

                                    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2389, AS AMENDED.

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                                • 03:56:05 PM

                                  Mr. McKinley moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2389 — "To reauthorize the West Valley demonstration project, and for other purposes."

                                  • 03:56:07 PM

                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                    • 03:56:08 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                • 03:56:08 PM

                                  DEBATE

                                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2389.

                                  • 03:56:10 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    H.R. 2389, A BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT,…

                                    H.R. 2389, A BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  • 03:56:16 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                  • 03:56:27 PM

                                    MR. MCKINLEY

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

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

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                                  • 03:56:38 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                  • 03:56:42 PM

                                    MR. MCKINLEY

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

                                  • 03:56:45 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 03:56:47 PM

                                    MR. MCKINLEY

                                    THANK YOU. H.R. 2389 IS A BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE WEST VALLEY…

                                    THANK YOU. H.R. 2389 IS A BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN MAY OF 2017 BY OUR NEW YORK COLLEAGUE, TOM REED. THE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION MOVED THROUGH THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE BY REGULAR ORDER, INCLUDING LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS AND MARKUPS AS PART OF OUR BROAD NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT AGENDA. IT WAS REPORTED TO THE FULL COMMITTEE WITH A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT BY A VOICE VOTE. LET ME THANK RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT, MR. TONKO, FOR WORKING CLOSELY WITH US ON THIS LEGISLATION. H.R. 2389, AS AMENDED, AUTHORIZES REAPPROPRIATIONS TO SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION AT ITS WEST VALLEY CLEANUP SITE IN NEW YORK THROUGH 2025. IT ALSO DIRECTS THE STUDY TO HELP CONGRESS DETERMINE THE FINAL DISPOSITION OF THE RADIOACTIVE WASTE THE D.O.E. IS CLEANING UP AT THE SITE. H.R. 2389 ALSO CONTINUES TO WORK TO ADDRESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S OBLIGATION FOR TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL OF THE LEGACY WASTE PRODUCED DURING THE COLD WAR AND THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S EARLY EFFORTS TO DEVELOP A CIVILIAN NUCLEAR ENERGY INDUSTRY. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS SUCCESSFULLY REMEDIATED 92 SITES OF THIS WASTE, BUT THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY CHALLENGING PROJECT REMAIN IN PLACE AT 17 LOCATIONS. ONE OF WHICH IS THE WEST VALLEY SITE. IN 1980, CONGRESS PASSED THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT AS DIRECTED -- TO DIRECT D.O.E. TO ADDRESS LEGACY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND AUTHORIZE THE APPROPRIATION, HOWEVER, ONLY THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 1981. THE PROJECT HAS NOT BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED SINCE THAT TIME DESPITE CONGRESS FUNDING D.O.E.'S WORK AT THE SITE FOR THE PAST 37 YEARS. H.R. 23 CORRECTS THIS SITUATION AND PROVIDES A PATH TO ANSWERING IMPORTANT QUESTIONS CONCERNING WASTE DISPOSITION, ENSURES SPENDING AT THE SITE IS SUBJECT TO AN ACTIVE AUTHORITY. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 03:59:14 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  • 03:59:18 PM

                                    MR. PALLONE

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

                                    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2389, WHICH RE-AUTHORIZES THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. THE WESTERN NEW YORK SERVICE CENTRAL IN WEST VALLEY NEW YORK HAS UNIQUE HISTORY. IT IS OWNED BY NEW YORK STATE. FROM 1966 TO 1972, IT WAS OPERATED BY A PRIVATE BUSINESS TO REPROCESS SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, PERMANENTLY PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THOSE REPROCESSING ACTIVITIES ENDED DECADES AGO BUT HIGH LEVEL TRANSURANIC WASTE IS AT THE SITE. THE ULTIMATE DISPOSAL OF THE WASTE REMAINS A POINT OF CONTENTION. THERE HAVE BEEN ONGOING DISPUTES AND LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS SPANNING FROM THE 1980'S TO TODAY WITH D.O.E. AND NEW YORK STATE CONTINUING TO DISAGREE OVER WHO SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR WASTE DISPOSAL. THIS DISAGREEMENT HAS MAJOR CONSEQUENCES FOR HOW THE WASTE CAN BE DISPOSED OF AND WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COVERING THE DISPOSAL COST. H.R. 2389 WOULD REQUIRE A REPORT BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, OR G.A.O., TO HELP CLARIFY THE ORIGINS OF AND DISPOSAL PATHWAYS FOR THE WASTE, INCLUDING COST ESTIMATES. THE BILL ALSO RE-AUTHORIZES THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT AT $75 ANNUALLY FOR -- $75 MILLION ANNUALLY. AND THIS WAS APPROPRIATED IN 2018. IT WILL HELP ENSURE THE CLEANUP IS ON SCHEDULE. WHILE THIS BILL DOES NOT SETTLE THE DECADES' OLD DISPUTE BETWEEN NEW YORK AND D.O.E., IT TAKES POSITIVE STEPS TOWARDS THE SITE'S REMEDIATION AND ATTEMPTS TO MOVE THE BALL FORWARD TO DISPOSE WASTE PROBABLY. SO I WANT TO THANK MR. TONKO FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL AND COMMEND BOTH YOU -- HE AND THE BILL'S SPONSOR. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IN IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MADAM SPEAKER. .

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                                  • 04:01:26 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 04:01:29 PM

                                    MR. MCKINLEY

                                    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED.

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                                  • 04:01:35 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 04:01:39 PM

                                    MR. REED

                                    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE PENDING LEGISLATION BEFORE OUR BODY…

                                    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE PENDING LEGISLATION BEFORE OUR BODY AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND ARCTIC YOU LATION OF THE LEGISLATION AND THE NEED FOR THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, PAUL TONKO, WORKING WITH US IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO GET THIS LEGISLATION TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE WEST VALLEY NUCLEAR SITE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT INTO LAW. THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE CLARITY. ADDITIONAL STEPS THAT WE CAN TAKE TO GIVE CLARITY TO OUR AREA OF NEW YORK THAT ARE IMPACTED BY THIS NUCLEAR WASTE SITE. THE FOLKS THAT ARE WORKING THERE -- I HAVE BEEN TO THE SITE MULTIPLE TIMES AND I HAVE MET WITH THE MANAGERS OF THIS SITE. I MET WITH THE EMPLOYEES OF THIS SITE AND THEY WORK TIRELESSLY TO CLEAN UP THIS NUCLEAR WASTE. AND I APPLAUD THEIR EFFORTS. I CAN ATTEST TO FIRSTHAND SEEING THE FRUITS OF THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE OVER THE YEARS THAT THEY TENDED TO WEST VALLEY AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WASTE. AS WE GO FORWARD, MANY YEARS ARE STILL AHEAD OF US. IN REGARDS TO THE EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP THAT NUCLEAR WASTE LEGACY THAT IS LOCATED IN OUR DISTRICT IN WEST VALLEY, NEW YORK. AND THIS LEGISLATION WILL GIVE US CLARITY AS TO A FUTURE PATH THAT WILL BE FOLLOWED IN ORDER FOR US TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESSFUL WORK THERE. I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL DO GREAT WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR ENVIRONMENT IS PROTECTED AND THE LEGACY PROTECTIONS ARE ATTENDED TO A COMMUNITY THAT IS DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE. TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND THE FOLKS THAT WORK THERE, WE SAY THANK YOU. I THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND THE STAFF. AND THE TOWN SUPERVISOR AND THAT HAS BEEN SPENDING ATTENDING TO THIS ISSUE AND THEIR SUPPORT IN STANDING WITH US AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON THIS LEGISLATION. TO THE WEST VALLEY DEPUTY MANAGER, SCOTT ANDERSON, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND TOGETHER WE WILL CLEAN UP THIS SITE ONCE AND FOR ALL. I YIELD BACK AND I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION.

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                                  • 04:04:16 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

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

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                                  • 04:04:21 PM

                                    MR. PALLONE

                                    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I WOULD JUST ASK…

                                    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I WOULD JUST ASK SUPPORT FROM MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 04:04:31 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                  • 04:04:35 PM

                                    MR. MCKINLEY

                                    I YIELD BACK.

                                  • 04:04:37 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2389 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM JEA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 04:04:47 PM

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

                                  • 04:05:03 PM

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

                                    • 04:05:08 PM

                                      MR. CARTER

                                      I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 25554.

                                    • 04:05:16 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      SENATE 2554, HEALTH INSURANCE ISSUERS DO NOT PROHIBIT PHARMACY PROVIDERS…

                                      SENATE 2554, HEALTH INSURANCE ISSUERS DO NOT PROHIBIT PHARMACY PROVIDERS FROM PROVIDING CERTAIN INFORMATION TO ENROLLEES.

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                                    • 04:05:27 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, AND THE…

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                  • 04:05:33 PM

                                    Mr. Carter (GA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 2554 — "To ensure that health insurance issuers and group health plans do not prohibit pharmacy providers from providing certain information to enrollees."

                                    • 04:05:38 PM

                                      MR. CARTER

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

                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                    • 04:05:52 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      CONSUME.

                                    • 04:05:54 PM

                                      MR. CARTER

                                      AS THE ONLY PHARMACIST IN CONGRESS, THIS ISSUE OF AN INDUSTRY FORCING THE…

                                      AS THE ONLY PHARMACIST IN CONGRESS, THIS ISSUE OF AN INDUSTRY FORCING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT THE COUNTER HITS CLOSE TO HOME FOR ME. PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS KNOWN AS P.B.M.'S PUT FORTH RESTRICTIONS. P.B.M.'S HAVE EXISTED FOR DECADES BUT HAVE GROWN THROUGH MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS TO BE THE MIDDLE MAN FOR MUCH DRUG COVERAGE. THE HOPE WAS THAT P.B.M.'S WOULD REDUCE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS AND NEGOTIATE DRUG PRICES. YET HERE WE ARE TODAY VOTING ON TWO BILLS TO STOP THEM FROM INTENTIONALLY DEFRAUDING PATIENTS. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE REACHED THE POINT THAT WE NEED TO PROHIBIT THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR. I APPRECIATE WE ARE HERE TO SIGN THESE TWO SENATE BILLS BANNING GAG CLAUSES INTO LAW. HOWEVER, I THINK THESE BILLS COULD GO FARTHER. MY BILL, THE PRESCRIPTION TRANSPARENCY ACT WHICH WAS INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS YEAR DEEMED ANY CONTRACT CONTAINING GAG CLAUSES NULL AND VOID. IT APPLIED TO EVERY SINGLE INSURED PATIENT AND NOT ONLY INSURES THAT PATIENTS WERE NOTIFIED OF THE LOWEST PRICE BUT ANY LESS EXPENSIVE GENERIC EQUIVALENTS THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE. MY OTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION NOT ONLY BANS GAG CLAUSES FROM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, PART D AND ALSO INFORMS BENEFICIARIES ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES PAYING OUT OF POCKET. MY BILL RECEIVED LETTERS OF SUPPORT FROM THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHAIN DRUGSTORES AND RITE-AID, ALL HOPING TO LOWER THE PRICE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. STATES AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE TAKEN ACTION WITH OVER 20 STATES HAVING BANNED GAG CLAUSES. WHILE WE HAVE WORKED THROUGH THESE BILLS, WE HAVE SEEN THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD. WE HAVE EVEN HEARD FROM COLLEAGUES LIKE CONGRESSWOMAN DINGELL WHO WAS TOLD THAT HER PRESCRIPTION WOULD BE $1,000 300 AND THEN TALKED TO HER PHARMACIST AND GOT AN EQUIVALENT FOR $40. I WANT TO REPEAT THAT. WE EVEN HEARD IN A COMMITTEE HEARING FROM COLLEAGUES LIKE CONGRESSWOMAN DINGELL, WHO WAS INITIALLY TOLD THAT HER PRESCRIPTION WOULD BE $1,000 300 BUT THEN TALKED TO HER PHARMACIST AND GOT AN EQUIVALENT FOR $4,000. THE ZREP AND SI IN COSTS SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL. LET'S GET THIS LEGISLATION PASSED SO WE CAN TAKE ON THE OTHER ISSUES. WHILE I'M PLEASED WE ARE TAKING THESE IMPORTANT STEPS, I THINK THERE IS STILL FAR MORE WORK AHEAD. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING THESE BILLS ON THE LEGISLATIVE CALL EPDAR FOR TODAY. I HOPE YOU TAKE THE NATIONAL SUPPORT FOR BANNING GAG CLAUSES IN CONSIDERATION IN THE FUTURE AND ALLOW PATIENTS TO REGAIN PATIENTS TO HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR DECISIONS. I RESERVE.

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                                  • 04:05:57 PM

                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                  • 04:05:59 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2554.

                                    • 04:09:18 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 04:09:22 PM

                                      MR. PALLONE

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

                                      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE PATIENT RIGHT TO KNOW DRUG PRICES ACT AND THE NEXT BILL WE WILL BE CONSIDERING, KNOW THE LOWEST PRICE ACT. THESE TWO BILLS ARE THE PRODUCT OF BIPARTISAN EFFORTS IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO BAN SO-CALLED GAG CLAUSES THAT BAN PHARMACISTS ABOUT CHEAPER PRESCRIPTION DRUG OPTIONS. I SEE THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MR. DOGGETT IS HERE. AND THE SENATE BILLS BEING CONSIDERED TODAY ARE COMPANION LEGISLATION TO A HOUSE BILL THAT CONGRESSMAN DOGGETT INTRODUCED WITH 32 COLLEAGUES THIS YEAR. GAG CLAUSES ARE CONTRACTUAL PROVISIONS THAT CAN LIMIT PHARMACISTS OF INFORMING CONSUMERS THAT THEY COULD PAY FOR ABOUT DRUGS AT A LOWER PRICE. THEY INCREASE CONSUMER TRANSPARENCY AND HELP CONSUMERS TO GET IT THROUGH THE PRIVATE MARKET. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN DOGGETT AND MR. WELCH FROM OUR COMMITTEE FOR THEIR LONG TIME LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I SEE ALSO, MR. SARBANES IS HERE, WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS LEGISLATION IN A MAJOR WAY AND GLAD TO SEE WE ARE VOTING ON THESE POLICIES TODAY. THIS INCLUDES AN IMPORTANT PROVISION THAT ENSURES BIOLOGIC BY SIMILAR DRUG MANUFACTURERS ARE REQUIRED TO INFORM THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION THAT MAY DELAY LOWER COST DRUGS INTO THE MARKET. THIS NOTIFICATION WILL ALLOW F.T.C. TO CHANGE ANY AGREEMENTS IN COURT AND THE LANGUAGE INCLUDED IN THIS BILL IS BASED ON LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN SARBANES AND JOHNSON AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I MUST SAY, WHILE I BELIEVE BOTH BILLS ARE COMMONSENSE MEASURES WE SHOULD SUPPORT, I BELIEVE THIS CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE CONGRESS' ONLY EFFORT TO REDUCE DRUG PRICES AND WHEN I'M HOME AND WE HAVE BEEN HOME A LOT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, ONE OF THE NUMBER ONE ISSUES IS THE HIGH COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THAT AND WE SHOULD BE NEGOTIATING THE PRICES OF DRUGS UNDER MEDICARE. BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHER MEASURES INCLUDING MORE GENERICS THAT COULD ACCOMPLISH THE GOAL OF TRYING TO REDUCE DRUG PRICES. THESE BILLS DO NOT ADDRESS THE BIGGEST DRIVERS OF HIGH COST, NAMELY THE HIGH LIST PRICES SET BY DRUG PRICES. WE MUST ADDRESS THIS. I CONTINUE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND SOLUTIONS THAT CAN LOWER DRUG PRICES IN A MEANINGFUL WAY AND I WOULDRY SERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 04:12:16 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 04:12:20 PM

                                      MR. CARTER

                                      AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE AS MUCH TIME AS HE SHALL CONSUME,…

                                      AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE AS MUCH TIME AS HE SHALL CONSUME, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN.

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                                    • 04:12:32 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 04:12:35 PM

                                      MR. WALDEN

                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE TWO BILLS THAT WILL BRING MUCH NEEDED…

                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE TWO BILLS THAT WILL BRING MUCH NEEDED TRANSPARENCY INTO THE DRUG SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS AND THEY WILL HELP PATIENTS AFFORD THE MEDICINES THAT THEY REALLY NEED. PATIENT RIGHT TO KNOW DRUG PRICES ACT SPONSORED BY SENATOR COLLINS AND THE LOWER PRICE ACT SPONSORED BY DEBBIE STABENOW WILL BAN GAG CLAUSES FROM MEDICARE AND PRIVATE INSURANCE. THESE CLAUSES RESTRICT THE PHARMACIST ABILITY TO INFORM A PATIENT THAT THEIR DRUG WOULD BE CHEAPER IF THEY PAID OUT OF POCKET THAN IF THEY PAID THROUGH THEIR INSURANCE. WHILE THERE IS A REGULATION BANNING THIS PRACTICE IN MEDICARE PART D, THIS LEGISLATION WILL END THE PRACTICE ACROSS MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLANS, MEDICARE PART D AND GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE PLANS. THESE TWO BILLS MIRROR LEGISLATION AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE BUDDY CARTER WHO IS CARRYING THIS LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TODAY. HE IS A VERY VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE. AND BY THE WAY, HE IS THE ONLY PHARMACIST IN THE CONGRESS. SO HE UNDERSTANDS THIS FROM A VERY PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE FROM BEHIND THE COUNTER. HE WAS JOINED IN THIS EFFORT BY REPRESENTATIVES WELCH AND RODGERS AND ESHOO, GENE GREEN AND OUR CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, DR. MICHAEL BURGESS. AND I THINK ALL OF US ON THE COMMITTEE ARE VERY SFORTTIVE OF THIS EFFORT. WE MOVED THIS BILL AS YOU KNOW AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR COMMITTEE EARLIER THIS MONTH AND IT DID PASS UNANIMOUSLY. I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE GAG CLAUSE ISSUE FROM A PHARMACIST IN GRANTS PASS. NAMED MICHELLE. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THESE ISSUES ABOUT HOW DO WE GET DRUG PRICES DOWN FOR CONSUMERS AND TOLD ME AS A PHARMACIST, SHE WAS PREVENTED, PRECLUDED UNDER INSURANCE CONTRACTS FROM TELLING A PATIENT THAT THEIR CASH PRICE WOULD BE CHEAPER THAN GOING THROUGH THEIR INSURANCE. CAN YOU IMAGINE SUCH A THING IN AMERICA? MICHELLE SAID SHE RECEIVED A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER TO HELP A CHILD WITH A TERMINAL ILLNESS ACCESS HIS MEDICATION. SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE, PERIOD. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I'M GLAD THAT WE ARE TAKING CONCRETE ACTION TODAY TO ADDRESS THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND AS WE HAVE HEARD ALREADY, THESE BILLS ARE COMING OVER FROM THE SENATE. WE HAD THEM IN THE HOUSE. MARKED THEM UP IN COMMITTEE, DID OUR WORK. AT THE END OF THE DAY, I DECIDE THE IMPORTANT THING NOT IS WHO HAD WHICH BILL, WHO COULD BRING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR THE QUICKEST. ABOUT PUTTING CONSUMERS FIRST AND I ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATIVE EFFORT. AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                                    • 04:15:38 PM

                                      MR. CARTER

                                      AND I RESERVE.

                                    • 04:15:41 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 04:15:43 PM

                                      MR. PALLONE

                                      I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

                                    • 04:15:49 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                    • 04:15:51 PM

                                      MR. DOGGETT

                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS JUST NO WONDER DRUG THAT WILL…

                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS JUST NO WONDER DRUG THAT WILL CURE PRESCRIPTION PRICE GOUGING, AND WITH MANY PRICES FOR DRUGS RISING AT 10 TIMES THE RATE OF INFLATION AND WITH AN UNAFFORDABLE DRUG BEING 100% INEFFECTIVE FOR THE MANY THAT CANNOT AFFORD IT, MANY AMERICANS ARE REALLY DESPERATE. IN THIS CONGRESS, WE HAVE ANOTHER LOST YEAR OF FAILING TO ADDRESS PRESCRIPTION PRICE GOUGING. NOW ON ELECTION EVE WE TAKE THIS MINUSCULE STEP FORWARD. A FEW OF THE MANY CONSUMERS WHO HAVE BEEN SCRIPTING TO GET THEIR MEDICATIONS COULD FIND OUT IF BY PAYING CASH THEY CAN GET A PARTICULAR PRESCRIPTION AT A LOWER PRICE AND NO LONGER WILL GAG PROVISIONS DENY PHARMACISTS THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL ABOUT THIS ISSUE. AFTER LEARNING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, I CONSULTED WITH EXPERTS, WITH PATIENT ADVOCATES, WITH PHARMACISTS ABOUT THESE CLAUSES AND ASKED THE C.M.S., THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES, TO PREVENT THIS ADMINISTRATIVELY WHICH THEY COULD HAVE DONE BUT THEY FAILED TO DO SO. FINALLY, MONTHS AGO, THIS YEAR, I FILED TWO BILLS AS COMPANION LEGISLATION TO THE MEASURES WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY BY SENATORS COLLINS AND STAP GNAW AND WAS JOINED BY -- STABENOW AND WAS JOINED BY 32 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE IN SUPPORTING AND SPONSORING THOSE MEASURES. THIS PATIENT RIGHT TO KNOW DRUGS PRICES ACT, THE HOUSE VERSION OF IT, WAS ENDORSED BACK IN JUNE BY THE NATIONAL COMMUNITY PHARMACIST ASSOCIATION, BY THE -- THEREAFTER BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHAIN DRUGSTORES AND BY THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION. MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THEIR LETTERS OF SUPPORT INTO THE RECORD.

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                                    • 04:17:50 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                    • 04:17:52 PM

                                      MR. DOGGETT

                                      I'M PLEASED THAT FINALLY OUR HOUSE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE AGREED TO…

                                      I'M PLEASED THAT FINALLY OUR HOUSE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE AGREED TO APPROVE THIS PROPOSAL TODAY. WITH FAMILIES NATIONWIDE CONCERNED ABOUT SOARING DRUG PRICES, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD END A RESTRICTIVE ANTI-COMPETITIVE, ANTI-CONSUMER PROVISION FOR THOSE WHO RELY ON OBAMACARE IN THE MARKETPLACE AND FOR GROUP EMPLOYER ERISA PLANS. I MUST NOTE, HOWEVER, OF THE MANY BILLS I EITHER INTRODUCED OR SUPPORTED FROM OTHER COLLEAGUES, DEALING WITH EXCESSIVE MEDICATION COSTS, THIS IS THE MOST NARROW OF THE PROPOSALS OUT OF ALL OF THEM. INSTEAD OF REALLY SAVING LIVES, SOME MAY VIEW THIS AS SIMPLY A LIFE PRESERVER FOR THOSE THAT HAVE IGNORED PRESCRIPTION PRICE GOUGING FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS. APPROVING THIS MODEST, NARROW BILL IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR TACKLING THE PERVASIVE PROBLEM OF PRESCRIPTION PRICE GOUGING. PHARMACISTS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES WHO ARE APPARENTLY GAGGED. RIGHT HERE IN THIS CONGRESS, SOME SEEM TO BE UNABLE TO FIND THEIR VOICE AND VOTE FOR REAL REFORM THAT WOULD LOWER DRUG PRICES WHEN WE ARE OUTNUMBERED ABOUT TWO PHARMACEUTICAL LOBBYISTS FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO PASS MEASURES THAT WOULD LOWER PRICES HAVE BEEN BLOCKED. REPUBLICANS EVEN BLOCKED MY AMENDMENT TO THE OPIOID LEGISLATION TO AUTHORIZE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO NEGOTIATE THE PRICE OF NALOXONE, THE LIFE-SAVING OPIOID OVERDOSE REVERSAL DRUG, WHOSE PRICES SORED BY 700%. AND -- SOARED BY 700%. AND BIG PHARMA, WITH THE HELP FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER, SOUGHT TO HITCH A RIDE ON THIS VERY SAME OPIOID LEGISLATION TO GET AN UNRELATED $4 BILLION GIFT. IT IS ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU GAG AND HOPEFULLY WE GOT THAT STOPPED. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL TODAY IS ONE MODEST STEP THAT WE CAN TAKE BUT SO MUCH MORE IS NEEDED. THAT THIS BILL EVEN COUNTS AS PROGRESS DEMONSTRATES HOW FAR WE HAVE TO GO. AND WHILE THIS BILL BRINGS SOME TRANSPARENCY TO THE PHARMACY COUNTER, THE TRANSPARENCY WHICH IS MOST NEEDED IS COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION, LIKE THE TRANSPARENCY DRUG PRICING ACT THAT I INTRODUCED, TO SHED SOME LIGHT ON WHERE THE PRICES GET SET AND THAT'S BY THE MANUFACTURE WHO HIDES THE WHOLE PROCESS THROUGH DISCOUNTS, REBATES, AND FEES. NOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SOLVED THE PROBLEM WITH HIS ROSE GARDEN PRESS CONFERENCE EARLY IN THE SUMMER. HE ANNOUNCED THAT PRICES ARE GOING DOWN, BUT I'VE YET TO FIND ANYBODY WHO'S BENEFITED FROM THAT ANNOUNCEMENT. IN FACT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JUST ANALYZED DRUG PRICES SINCE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT AND THEY COULDN'T FIND ANY COMPANY THAT HAD MADE ANY SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION ON PRICES. AND WHEN QUESTIONING THE EXECUTIVES AT 24 LARGE DRUG COMPANIES, THE A.P. DIDN'T FIND A SINGLE ONE COMMITTED TO CUTTING PRICES. RATHER, THE ATTITUDE -- DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS OR A MINUTE?

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                                    • 04:21:05 PM

                                      MR. PALLONE

                                      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

                                    • 04:21:07 PM

                                      MR. DOGGETT

                                      RATHER, THE ATTITUDE WAS BEST CAPTURED BY ONE PHARMACEUTICAL EXECUTIVE…

                                      RATHER, THE ATTITUDE WAS BEST CAPTURED BY ONE PHARMACEUTICAL EXECUTIVE WHO, WITHIN THE LAST MONTH, SAID HE, QUOTE, HAD A MORAL REQUIREMENT TO SELL THE PRODUCT FOR THE HIGHEST PRICE. TODAY'S TWO MINOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILLS ARE BEING PASSED IN THIS PROCESS THAT IS CALLED SUSPENSION. LET'S NOT CREATE ANY FURTHER SUSPENSE FOR FAMILIES THAT ARE IN NEED ON THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS. LET'S APPROVE REAL COMPREHENSIVE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICING REFORM IN A NEW CONGRESS THAT IS NOT INDEFICIENT TO THE NEEDS OF THE -- INDIFFERENT TO THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE CONSUMERS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 04:21:51 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVE?

                                    • 04:21:56 PM

                                      MR. PALLONE

                                      WELL, I DO HAVE ANOTHER SPEAKER. DO YOU HAVE SPEAKERS?

                                    • 04:22:01 PM

                                      MR. CARTER

                                      I RESERVE. I DO NOT.

                                    • 04:22:03 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 04:22:05 PM

                                      MR. PALLONE

                                      I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES.

                                    • 04:22:11 PM

                                      MR. SARBANES

                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE PATIENT…

                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE PATIENT RIGHT TO KNOW DRUG PRICES ACT, AN IMPORTANT BILL THAT WILL ENSURE CONSUMERS CAN GET THE LOWEST PRICE FOR THEIR DRUGS. THIS BILL IS ALSO ALIGNED WITH THE BIPARTISAN BILL THAT I INTRODUCED THAT WILL SHINE A LIGHT ON PAY FOR DELAY DEALS. PAY FOR DELAY DEALS ARE GREAT DEALS FOR THE DRUG COMPANIES BUT THEY ARE BAD DEALS FOR CONSUMERS. PAY FOR DELAY REFERS TO A PRACTICE WHERE BRAND NAME DRUG OR BIOLOGIC MANUFACTURERS MAKE AGREEMENTS WITH COMPETING MANUFACTURERS TO KEEP THEIR LOWEST COST -- THEIR LOWER COST DRUGS OFF THE MARKET IN EXCHANGE FOR A SETTLEMENT. BRAND NAME DRUGS OFTEN HAVE EXORBITANT COST COMPARED TO THEIR GENERIC COUNTERPARTS ALTHOUGH THEY MAKE UP APPROXIMATELY -- LISTEN TO THIS STATISTIC. ALTHOUGH THEY MAKE UP APPROXIMATELY 10% OF ALL DRUGS DISPENSED IN AMERICA, BRAND NAME DRUGS MAKE UP 72% OF U.S. DRUG SPENDING. A 2013 REPORT ESTIMATES THAT THESE PAY FOR DELAY AGREEMENTS COST CONSUMERS $3.5 BILLION EACH YEAR. F.T.C. CURRENTLY HAS THE AUTHORITY -- AND THIS IS GOOD -- TO REVIEW AGREEMENTS LIKE THESE BETWEEN CONVENTIONAL DRUG MANUFACTURERS, BUT THIS AUTHORITY DOES NOT EXTEND TO THE MANUFACTURERS OF BIOLOGIC AND BIOSIMILAR DRUGS WHICH ARE NEW, CUTTING EDGE DRUGS THAT ARE OFTEN EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. THIS MEANS THAT RIGHT NOW WE HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING HOW MANY OF THESE BACK ROOM DEALS OCCUR BETWEEN MANUFACTURERS OF BIOLOGIC AND BIOSIMILAR DRUGS. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED THE BIOSIMILARS COMPETITION ACT, A BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH WOULD COMBAT THESE AGREEMENTS TO KEEP DRUG PRICES HIGH AND HAVE THE EFFECT OF HARMING PATIENTS. THESE PROVISIONS WOULD REQUIRE MANUFACTURERS OF BIOLOGICS AND BIOSIMILAR DRUGS TO SUPPORT PAY FOR DELAY AGREEMENTS AND FILE THEM WITH THE F.T.C. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR REVIEW OF ANTITRUST AND ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOR. GRANTING THE F.T.C. THE AUTHORITY TO MONITOR THESE DEALS AND PUNISH BAD ACTORS WILL DETER MANY OF THESE BACK ROOM DEALS FROM BEING MADE IN THE FIRST PLACE AND WILL HELP CRACK DOWN ON UNFAIR DEALS THAT GIVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WHILE FORCING AMERICAN CONSUMERS TO PAY MORE FOR LIFE-SAVING DRUGS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THESE NEW REQUIREMENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD FOR CONSUMERS. THEY WILL INCREASE TRANSPARENCY IN DRUG PRICING AND ADD MORE COMPETITION TO THE DRUG MARKET, BOTH OF WHICH WILL HELP LOWER DRUG COSTS AT THE PHARMACY. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                    • 04:25:05 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES?

                                    • 04:25:12 PM

                                      MR. PALLONE

                                      I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS IF YOU WANT TO CLOSE.

                                    • 04:25:15 PM

                                      MR. CARTER

                                      I WILL.

                                    • 04:25:16 PM

                                      MR. PALLONE

                                      YOU'RE PREPARED? MADAM SPEAKER, LET ME SAY THESE ARE COMMONSENSE…

                                      YOU'RE PREPARED? MADAM SPEAKER, LET ME SAY THESE ARE COMMONSENSE INITIATIVES THAT HELP ADDRESS THE DRUG PRICING ISSUE, AS I SAID BEFORE. WE STILL NEED TO DO A LOT MORE AND WE HAVEN'T THIS CONGRESS, BUT I DO AGREE THAT THESE BILLS WILL BE HELPFUL IN THAT REGARD AND SO I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION.

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                                    • 04:25:35 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS --…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS -- GEORGIA IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

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                                    • 04:25:40 PM

                                      MR. CARTER

                                      MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS ON THE DOCKET TODAY…

                                      MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS ON THE DOCKET TODAY AND FOR HAVING THIS HEARING AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND I WANT TO ASSURE THEM THAT THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF WHAT WE INTEND TO DO AND WHAT I INTEND TO DO TO HELP TO LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES HERE IN AMERICA. I WANT TO THANK, ALSO, MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR ALL OF THEIR HELP AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD.

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                                  • 04:26:00 PM

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

                                    • 04:26:09 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2554.…

                                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2554. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                    • 04:26:28 PM

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

                                      • 04:26:41 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                      • 04:26:44 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 2553.

                                      • 04:26:50 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                      • 04:26:53 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        SENATE 2553, AN AMEND -- AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY…

                                        SENATE 2553, AN AMEND -- AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO PROHIBIT HEALTH PLANS AND PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS FROM RESTRICTING PHARMACIES FROM INFORMING INDIVIDUALS REGARDING THE PRICES FOR CERTAIN DRUGS AND BIOLOGICALS.

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                                    • 04:27:00 PM

                                      Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 2553 — "To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prohibit health plans and pharmacy benefit managers from restricting pharmacies from informing individuals regarding the prices for certain drugs and biologicals."

                                      • 04:27:09 PM

                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                        • 04:27:11 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 04:27:11 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2553.

                                      • 04:27:18 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                      • 04:27:26 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                      • 04:27:28 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 2553,…

                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 2553, THE KNOW THE LOWEST PRICE ACT OF 2018. THIS BILL WOULD PROHIBIT HEALTH PLANS AND PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS UNDER MEDICARE OR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE FROM RESTRICTING PHARMACIES FROM INFORMING INDIVIDUALS ABOUT PRICES FOR CERTAIN DRUGS AND BIOLODGICS AND PHARMACY COUNTER, -- BIOLOGICS AT THE PHARMACY COUNTER, A CLAUSE KNOWN AS THE GAG CLAUSE. IN IS A POLICY THAT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAS PURSUED IN H.R. 6733, THE KNOW THE COST ACT OF 2018. WE HELD A LEGISLATIVE HEARING AND A MARKUP IN THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE BEFORE ULTIMATELY PASSING THE BILL OUT OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. I ONCE AGAIN WANT TO COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE BUDDY CARTER FOR CHAMPIONING THIS POLICY. HIS BILL WOULD HAVE BANNED GAG CLAUSES IN GROUP AND COMMERCIAL HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AS WELL AS FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PLAN SPONSORS FOR MEDICARE PART D OR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS. AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 6733, I BELIEVE THESE BILLS BANNING GAG CLAUSES ARE ESSENTIAL IN BOTH LOWERING DRUG COSTS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FREEING PHARMACISTS TO DO WHAT MANY CONSIDER TO BE THE RIGHT THING. I'M SURPRISED CONGRESS HAS NOT ACTED SOONER TO BAN HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS FROM THESE GAG CLAUSES. I AM GLAD TO SEE THESE BILLS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. THIS WILL ALLOW PHARMACISTS TO LOOK OUT FOR THEIR PATIENT'S POCKETBOOKS AND HELP THEM GET THEIR MEDICATIONS AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE. THIS BIPARTISAN POLICY HAS BEEN A SHARED PRIORITY FOR MAN MEMBERS ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE -- FOR MANY MEMBERS ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. OUR SENATE COUNTERPARTS HAD AN INTEREST IN THIS SOUND AND REASONABLE POLICY AND RECENTLY ADVANCED IT OUT OF THEIR CHAMBER. THE ISSUE OF GAG CLAUSES WAS FURTHER BROUGHT UP TO THE FOREFRONT BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S DRUG PRICING BLUEPRINT, WHICH WAS RELEASED THIS MAY. THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED ELIMINATING GAG CLAUSES AS A SOLUTION IN HIS PLAN TO ADDRESS RISING DRUG PRICES. I, TOO, BELIEVE THAT ALLOWING PHARMACISTS TO DISCLOSE THE COST SAVING POTENTIAL OF PAYING OUT-OF-POCKET TO PATIENTS AT THE POINT OF SALE SAN IMPORTANT PIECE OF DRUG PRICING PUZZLE. WHILE GAG CLAUSES ARE ALREADY PROHIBITED IN MEDICARE THROUGH REGULATION, IT MAKES SENSE WE PROTECT OUR SENIORS BY PUTTING THIS LANGUAGE IN STATUTE AND SENDING S. 2553 TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THIS LEGISLATION SHOULD SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO ACCOMPLISH A GOAL AND SWIFTLY PASS AND SEND TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. THERE HAVE BEEN NEWS STORIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM "THE NEW YORK TIMES" TO INVESTIGATIONS IN MY MARKET CBS 11 IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA ABOUT HOW CONSUMERS CAN SAVE MONEY AT THE PHARMACY COUNTER BY GETTING AROUND GAG CLAUSES AND DIRECTLY ASKING THEIR PHARMACIST, IS THIS CHEAPER FOR ME TO PAY CASH AND NOT USE MY INSURANCE? KELLY SELBY, A COMMUNITY PHARMACIST AND PHARMACY OWNER IN NORTH TEXAS HAS TOLD ME ABOUT THE PROBLEMS GAG CLAUSES CAUSE AT HIS OWN PHARMACY. HE SAYS A GAG CLAUSE HAS A CHILLING EFFECT, AND AS A PHARMACY OWNER AND PHARMACIST AND THAT THE PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS WILL CALL YOU AFTER YOU BREAK A GAG CLAUSE AND THREATEN YOU WITH CANCELING THEIR CONTRACT. . MR. SHELBY TOLD ME THAT OVERNIGHT HE COULD LOSE 40% OF HIS BUSINESS TAKEN AWAY BY THE POWER OF PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS. IT SHOULDN'T THEY CHOOSE FROM HIDING COST INFORMATION FROM THEIR PATIENTS AND LOSING THEIR CONTACTS. ELIMINATING GAG CLAUSES IS A PART OF DRIVING PRESCRIPTION COSTS AND AN ISSUE THAT HITS HOME WITH EVERY ONE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AND MAY NOT SOLVE THE ENTIRE DILEMMA, BUT IS AN ESSENTIAL PIECE. WHEN THIS BILL BECOMES LAW, IT WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PARETS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I SUPPORT S. 2553 AND I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND LET'S SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE. I RESERVE.

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                                      • 04:32:08 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

                                      • 04:32:10 PM

                                        MR. PALLONE

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

                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I ALREADY SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND THE PREVIOUS ONE. SO AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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                                      • 04:32:29 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:32:30 PM

                                        MR. DOGGETT

                                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I CONTINUE TO HEAR FROM NEIGHBORS IN MY PART OF…

                                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I CONTINUE TO HEAR FROM NEIGHBORS IN MY PART OF TEXAS AND BEYOND WHO ARE UNABLE TO AFFORD THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, LIFESAVING DRUGS. THEY ARE EITHER CUTTING PILLS IN HALF OR CUTTING INTO NECESSITIES OR WHAT LITTLE SAVINGS THEY MAY HAVE. AFTER SEEKING ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION TO ADDRESS THIS GAG ORDER PROBLEM WITH NO SUCCESS, I INTRODUCED WITH SENATOR STABENOW AND COLLINS HERE IN THE HOUSE WITH 32 COLLEAGUES A HOUSE BILL TO DO WHAT THEIR MEASURES DO TODAY. DESPITE REPEATED REQUEST, THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WHICH ENJOYS JURISDICTION OVER THIS MATTER WITH A MEDICARE BILL DECLINED TO CONSIDER THEM. THIS PARTICULAR BILL THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING NOW WILL ALLOW THOSE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES, SENIORS, INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES, TO TURN TO A PROFESSIONAL PHARMACIST TO LEARN IF THERE IS INFORMATION AVAILABLE THAT ON A PARTICULAR DRUG, THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET A LESS EXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE BY PAYING CASH. WHILE PLEASED THAT THIS MODEST KNOW THE LOWEST PRICE ACT WILL BECOME LAW. WE HAVE HAD TOO MUCH AIMING LOW, SHOOTING LOW IN THIS CONGRESS THAT HAS REALLY BEEN INDIFFERENT TO THE PLIGHT OF SENIORS. WHAT A LOW BAR HAS BEEN SET. PATIENTS WANT REAL CHANGE ON THIS MATTER. YES -- YET, WE DO AT LEAST -- WE DO THE LEAST POSSIBLE, REALLY, TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. WE TAKE BABY STEPS WHEN BOLD STEPS ARE REQUIRED. INDEED, THE BAR FROM MARK TWAIN, SENIORS CAN RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN LIGHTNING AND A LIGHTNING BUG. WHILE THIS MAY ENABLE SOME TO LEARN THE LOWEST AVAILABLE PRICE, WHAT WE NEED TO FIND OUT ABOUT IS THE HIGHEST PRICE THAT IS BEING EXTORTED IN TOO MANY CASES. THE SKY SEEMS TON THE LIMIT. WHATEVER CAN BE OBTAINED FROM SOMEONE WHO IS SICK OR DYING, SEEMS TO BE THE PRICE POINT. WE MAY BE ABLE TO CURE SOME CANCER AND DISEASES. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE A PRICE THAT WILL CONTINUE INNOVATION BUT NOT COME AT THE LEVELS THAT ARE CHARGED TOO MANY PEOPLE TODAY ONLY BECAUSE THIS CONGRESS IS UNWILLING TO CURVE THE GOVERNMENT MONOPOLY THAT IT IS GRANTED. YES, PHARMACEUTICAL PRICING IS A TANGLED KNOT. AND EVERY STEP FORWARD IS A GOOD STEP FORWARD. I FORMED A HOUSE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TASK FORCE THREE YEARS AGO TO BEGIN TO LOOK AT ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGISLATIVE STEPS AND HOW WE ENCOURAGE INNOVATION WITHOUT BEING EXPLOITED BY MONOPOLY PRICES. I THINK THERE IS MUCH MORE WE CAN DO, MUCH MORE LIKE BOB, WHO SUFFERS FROM CRIPPLING ARTHRITIS AND SEEING THE PRESCRIPTION THAT HE RELIES ON SKYROCKET FROM ABOUT $200 A YEAR TO $22,000 IN CO-PAYMENTS ANNUALLY. HE FINALLY HAD TO SWITCH TO A LESS EXPENSIVE DRUG AND LIVES WITH THE FEAR, THAT IT WILL NOT ADEQUATELY COVER HIS PAIN EVEN THOUGH IT HAS BECOME TOO PAINFUL TO AFFORD IT. PATIENTS LIKE BOB NEED MUCH MORE THAN MODEST BILLS. WE NEED A CONGRESS THAT DOES NOT CAVE IN TO THE LIG LOBBYIST, THE WHAT IS HAPPENING IS A REMINDER OF THE CHOICE THAT HAS BEEN MADE BETWEEN A SPECIAL INTEREST AND THE NEEDS OF SENIORS. WITH THE ACTIVE ASSISTANCE WITH THE MAJORITY LEADER, BIG PHRMA TRIED TO EXPLOIT OPIOID LEGISLATION AND WHAT HAD BEEN A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT HELPED PLUG THE SO-CALLED DOUGHNUT HOLE AND LEAD THEM OUT OF MEDICARE. IT WOULD HAVE SAVED THEM $4 BILLION BUT THE COST WOULD HAVE BEEN SHIFTED EITHER TO OUR SENIORS WITH DISABILITIES DIRECTLY OR THROUGH THE PREMIUMS THEY PAY. UNABLE TO DEFEND THIS, A FLOOD OF MISLIEDING ADVERTISEMENTS HAVE BEEN HERE TO TRY TO GET THAT $4 BILLION. I HOPE WE HAVE IT STOPPED. SPEAK OF HOPE, AND A NEW CONGRESS, WE CAN SEE SOME ACTION OF WHAT MIGHT MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND THAT IS THE ABILITY OF MEDICARE TO NEGOTIATE FOR OUR SENIORS TO GET LOWER PRICES IN MUCH THE SAME WAY THAT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION DOES FOR OUR VETERANS. I HAVE INTRODUCED ALONG WITH 90 SPONSORS, THE MEDICARE NEGOTIATION AND COMPETITIVE LICENSING ACT TO HARNESS THE PURCHASING POWER OF THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY. AND IF NEGOTIATIONS FAIL, THE SECRETARY WOULD USE GOOD OLD AMERICAN COMPETITION TO LOWER THEM, BRINGING IN GENERICS, COMPETITION AND BIDDING TO SOLVE WHAT IS A SERIOUS AMERICAN PROBLEM. PATIENTS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO FIGHT THEIR INSURER OR DRUG COMPANY WHEN THEY NEED TO BE FIGHTING THEIR DISEASE. PATIENTS NEED THIS CONGRESS TO RECLAIM ITS VOICE TO NOT BE GAGGED ANY LONGER. IT CAN NO LONGER LET BIG PHRMA TO DEFINE THE DEBATE. WE NEED TO END ITS EXPLOITATION OF PATIENTS IN ORDER TO GET WIND FALL PROFITS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 04:38:23 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                      • 04:38:26 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        AT THIS TIME, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR SUCH…

                                        AT THIS TIME, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                      • 04:38:32 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                      • 04:38:34 PM

                                        MR. CARTER

                                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO MARK THIS AS AN IMPORTANT…

                                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO MARK THIS AS AN IMPORTANT DATE FOR THIS CONGRESS TAKING REAL STEPS TO LOWER THE COST OF DRUGS FOR AMERICANS. I'M PROUD TO HAVE BEEN THE LEAD SPONSOR FOR H.R. 6793, A BILL THAT INCLUDES THE CORE ELEMENTS OF THIS BILL AND EXPANDS THE PATIENTS' PROTECTIONS. CURRENTLY, PHARMACISTS ARE PREVENTED FROM TELLING THEIR PATIENTS OF LOWER COST OUT OF POCKET OPTION. THESE GAG CLAUSE PROVISIONS ARE INCLUDED IN PROVIDER MANUALS AND CONTRACTS WHICH REQUIRE BROAD CONFIDENT ATLANTA AGREEMENTS FOR PHARMACISTS. OFTEN, THESE CONTRACTS OFFERED BY THE MANAGERS ARE TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT SITUATION WHERE THE PHARMACIST DOESN'T HAVE ANY OTHER OPTIONS. IF THEY OPT NOT TO TAKE THE CONTRACT, THEY ARE LEFT OUT OF THE PATIENT MARKET. GAG CLAUSES CAN COME IN MANY FORMS, SUCH AS CONFIDENT ATLANTA AGREEMENTS, NONDISPEARGEMENT CLAUSES AND PROHIBITIONS ON CONTACTING SPONSORS, THE MEDIA AND LEGITIMATED FIRST. AS A RESULT, PHARMACIST CANNOT HAVE A TRANSPARENT RELATIONSHIP THAT COULD HELP GUIDE THEIR BEST TREATMENT OPTIONS. SENATOR STABENOW'S BILL BANS THESE CLAUSES. ALTHOUGH THIS BILL DOES NOT CONTAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR BENEFICIARY NOTIFICATION THAT MY BILL INCLUDED, IT IS STILL AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD. BANNING GAG CLAUSES HAS RECEIVED NATIONAL SUPPORT FROM STATE LEGISLATURES, BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS, H.H.S. AND THE PRESIDENT. AS THE ONLY PHARMACIST CURMENTLY SERVING IN CONGRESS I KNOW ABOUT THE CONSTRAINTS PLACED ON PHARMACISTS WHERE THE PHARMACIST HAS NO OTHER OPTION IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE PROVIDING CARE FOR THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITY. I THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR HELP IN BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD AND I THANK CHAIRMAN BURGESS AND A SHOUTOUT TO OUR STAFF WHO HAVE DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB. I THANK YOU. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL.

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                                      • 04:40:56 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I RESERVE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                        MR. PALLONE

                                        I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. IF I COULD CLOSE, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME…

                                        I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. IF I COULD CLOSE, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I JUST WANTED TO SAY, I SUPPORT THESE TWO BILLS, THIS ONE AND THE PREVIOUS ONE. THEY ARE GOOD BIPARTISAN MEASURES. BUT I WANT TO REPEAT WHAT MR. DOGGETT SAID, THIS CONGRESS AND THE NEXT HAVE TO DEAL WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES. WE NEED TO NEGOTIATE PRICES UNDER MEDICARE AND TRYING TO DO MORE WITH GENERIC DRUGS. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 04:41:35 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE…

                                        I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALL APS OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:41:43 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2553.…

                                        THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2553. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 04:42:00 PM

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

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

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                                          MR. MCKINLEY

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

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2278 AS AMENDED.

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                                        • 04:42:43 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                          H.R. 2278, A BILL TO STEPPED THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE URANIUM TAYLOR…

                                          H.R. 2278, A BILL TO STEPPED THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE URANIUM TAYLOR RADIATION CONTROL ACT RELATING TO THE DISPOSAL SITE IN MESA COUNTY, COLORADO.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                          MR. MCKINLEY

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

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

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                                      • 04:43:14 PM

                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                          Mr. McKinley moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2278 — "To extend the authorization of the Uranium Mill Tailing Radiation Control Act of 1978 relating to the disposal site in Mesa County, Colorado."

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                                          DEBATE

                                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2278.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                            MR. MCKINLEY

                                            I ALSO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                          • 04:43:36 PM

                                            MR. MCKINLEY

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                            MR. PALLONE

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

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2278, THE RESPONSIBLE DISPOSAL RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. H.R. 2278 IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE SAFE DISPOSAL OF URANIUM MILL TAILINGS, A SANDY BYPRODUCT OF THE URANIUM MILLING PROCESS. IN GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO, IT WAS OFFERED FOR FILL MATERIAL BEFORE THE HEALTH RISKS OF THE RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL WERE FULLY UNDERSTOOD. THE TAILINGS WERE USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF LOCAL HOMES, ROADS, SIDEWALKS, PARKS, SCHOOLS. THE URANIUM MILL TAILINGS RADIATION CONTROL ACT PROVIDED FOR THE CLEAN YULL OF THESE TAILINGS IN 19 -- CLEANUP OF THESE TAILINGS IN 1978, THE LAST OF THE CELLS AVAILABLE TO ACCEPT THIS MATERIAL, THE CHENEY CELL IN GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO, IS SET TO CLOSE IN SEPTEMBER, 2023. THIS BILL EXTENDS THE SALES CLOSURE DATE TO SEPTEMBER, 2030, OR UNTIL THE SALE IS FILL, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TO KEEP THE SITE OPERATIONAL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 04:46:51 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                            MR. MCKINLEY

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD WHATEVER TIME MY COLLEAGUE, THE SPONSOR…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD WHATEVER TIME MY COLLEAGUE, THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, SCOTT TIPTON FROM COLORADO, NEEDS.

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                                            MR. TIPTON

                                            THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA FOR THE…

                                            THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA FOR THE TIME. THIS BILL IS THE LEGACY TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THE CELL RECEIVES RADIOACTIVE WASTE MATERIALS THAT WERE PRODUCED DECADES AGO IN THE DURING THE URANIUM MILLING PROCESS. THE WASTE MATERIALS CONTINUE TO BE UNCOVERED DURING ROAD CONSTRUCTION, HOME FOUNDATION EXCAVATION AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES IN SEVERAL TOWNS IN WESTERN COLORADO. ONCE THE WASTE MATERIALS ARE DISCOVERED, THEY MUST BE PROPERLY DISPOSED OF AT THE CHENEY CELL. CURRENTLY, THE REMAINING CAPACITY IN THE CELL IS APPROXIMATELY 240,000 CUBIC YARDS AND THEREFORE EXTENDED AUTHORIZATION IS REQUIRED THAT WOULD EXTEND THE OPERATION UNTIL 2030. THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT SUPPORTS EXTENDING THE RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR THE CHENEY CELL AND WILL REMAIN A STRONG PARTNER IN D.O.E.'S LEGACY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO, MS. DEGETTE, FOR HER SUPPORT ON THIS LEGISLATION. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JOHN SHIMKUS AND RANKING MEMBER PAUL TONKO. AS WELL AS FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN GREG WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHENEY DISPOSAL CELL AND WORKING TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I'D URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:48:47 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                            MR. PALLONE

                                            I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I URGE MY…

                                            I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, MR. SPEAKER, TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:48:58 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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                                            MR. MCKINLEY

                                            MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, AGAIN, THIS IS THE LAST REMAINING DISPOSAL SITE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, AGAIN, THIS IS THE LAST REMAINING DISPOSAL SITE THAT WE NEED TO KEEP OPEN AND I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT AND I APPLAUD THE WORK OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, FOR HIS EFFORTS TO SEE THIS AND MS. DEGETTE AND THE BIPARTISAN NATURE OF THE COOPERATION BETWEEN TWO OF THEM TO GET THIS DONE AND I CALL UPON MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION.

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                                          • 04:49:30 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE -- PARDON ME --

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                                            MR. MCKINLEY

                                            AND I YIELD.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2278 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED.

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                                        • 04:49:55 PM

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

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

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

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                                                Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6348 — "To adjust the real estate appraisal thresholds under the section 504 program to bring them into line with the thresholds used by the Federal banking regulators, and for other purposes."

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6348, THE SMALL…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6348, THE SMALL BUSINESS ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND EFFICIENCY ACT.

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                                                • 04:50:35 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6348.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 732, H.R. 6348, A BILL TO ADJUST THE REAL ESTATE…

                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 732, H.R. 6348, A BILL TO ADJUST THE REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL THRESHOLDS UNDER THE SECTION 504 PROGRAM TO BRING THEM INTO LINE WITH THE THRESHOLDS USED BY THE FEDERAL BANKING REGULATORS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                • 04:50:54 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE…

                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. VELAZQUEZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                • 04:51:08 PM

                                                  MR. CHABOT

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

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

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                                                • 04:51:18 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                • 04:51:20 PM

                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                  THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE HOUSE SMALL…

                                                  THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS KA' STRIVES TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT -- COMMITTEE STRIVES TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE SMALL BUSINESS CAN STRIVE AND CREATE JOBS. THEY ARE OFTEN HAMPERED BY FEDERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS. THIS IS THE SAME WHEN IT COMES TO THE APPRAISAL THRESHOLD FOR COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE. FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS, INCLUDING THE FEDERAL RESERVE, THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INCORPORATION AND THE COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY INCREASED THE THRESHOLD FROM $250,000 TO $5,000 -- EXCUSE ME -- $500,000. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S THRESHOLD FOR THE REAL ESTATE HEAVY 504 C.D.C. LOAN PROGRAM IS SET IN STATUTE AT $250,000. THE CONFLICTING NUMBERS PRODUCE CONFUSION FOR AND BURDENS ON SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT STRIVE TO ASSIST THEM. H.R. 6348, THE SMALL BUSINESS ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND EFFICIENCY ACT, AS KNOWN AS THE SMALL BUSINESS ACE ACT, MODERNIZES AND BENCHMARKING THE S.B.A.'S 504 C.D.C. THRESHOLD VALUE WITH THE VALUE SET BY THE FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS. THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION WILL PREVENT FUTURE THRESHOLD CHANGES FROM HAMPERING SMALL BUSINESSES THAT UTILIZE THE S.B.A.'S MANY LENDING PRODUCTS. I WANT TO THANK MR. CURTIS OF UTAH FOR LEADING THE EFFORTS OF THIS BILL AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER VELAZQUEZ AND MR. EVANS. HIS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, I YOU URGE YES ON H.R. 6348 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 04:53:07 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                • 04:53:20 PM

                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                  I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6348, THE SMALL BUSINESS ACE ACT. THIS…

                                                  I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6348, THE SMALL BUSINESS ACE ACT. THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION UPDATES S.B.A.'S OUTDATED REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL THRESHOLD FOR THE 504 LOAN PROGRAM. IT IS VITAL FOR OUR COUNTRY'S SMALL BUSINESSES THAT WE KEEP CURRENT LAWS IN SYNC WITH WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE COMMERCIAL MARKET. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THIS COMMONSENSE FIX ENSURES AS MANY SMALL BUSINESS BORROWERS AS POSSIBLE TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS AND CREATE JOBS. FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS CONTINUED WILLINGNESS TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE. HE AND HIS STAFF HAVE SET A BIPARTISAN TONE THAT I THINK ALL OF US ON THIS COMMITTEE CAN BE PROUD OF. AS A RESULT, WE ARE CARRYING OUT OUR RESPONSIBILITIES IN A TIMELY MANNER WITH INPUT FROM BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 04:54:25 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

                                                • 04:54:28 PM

                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER INDICATIONS…

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER INDICATIONS THAT WE WORK VERY MUCH IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER AND OUR COMMITTEE AND I WOULD LIKE NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CURTIS, AND THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                  MR. CURTIS

                                                  THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR…

                                                  THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR SUPPORTING THE SMALL BUSINESS ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND EFFICIENCY ACT, OR SMALL BUSINESS ACE ACT. I'M ALSO GRAVELY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS -- GRATEFUL TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS, FOR HIS CO-SPONSOR AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE FOR ADVANCING THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE SMALL BUSINESS ACE ACT IS CRITICAL TO REDUCING BURDENSOME RED TAPE AND REGULATIONS THAT FALL SO DISPROPORTIONATELY ON SMALL BUSINESS. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF OUR ECONOMY ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND CERTAINLY IN MY HOME STATE OF UTAH WHERE THEY MAKE UP OVER 99% OF ALL UTAH BUSINESSES AND CONTRIBUTE 2/3 OF OUR JOB GROWTH. WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE STRENGTH OF OUR ECONOMY DEPENDS ON THESE SMALL BUSINESSES. ALTHOUGH THE ECONOMY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE, SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS OFTEN FACE CHALLENGES ACCESSING CAPITAL. TO ASSIST CREDIT WORTHY INNOVATORS, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION OFFERS NUMEROUS LENDING PROGRAMS, INCLUDING THE 504 LENDING PROGRAM. WITHOUT USING A SINGLE TAXPAYER DOLLAR, THE PROGRAM HAS HELPED MANY WELL-KNOWN BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND UTAH. IN THE PAST 20 YEAR THE 504 PROGRAM HAS SUPPORTED OVER 4,500 ENTREPRENEURS AND NEARLY 64,000 JOBS IN UTAH ALONE. HOWEVER, DESPITE THE PROGRAM'S POSITIVE STATUS, FEDERAL RED TAPE AND CONFLICTING REGULATIONS HAVE HAMPERED ITS DEVELOPMENT, WEIGHING IT DOWN WITH ROADBLOCKS AND UNCERTAINTY. AS A RESULT, MANY SMALL BUSINESSES STILL HAVE ACCESS -- DIFFICULTY ACCESSING CAPITAL. THE SMALL BUSINESS ACE ACT WILL HELP FIX THIS BY ELIMINATING FEDERAL REGULATIONS BURDENING THE PROGRAM AND HARMONIZING CONFLICTING REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL THRESHOLDS THAT HAVE PREVENTED ELIGIBLE SMALL BUSINESSES FROM ACCESSING CAPITAL. I'M PLEASED MY BILL HAS BROAD SUPPORT FROM IMPORTANT STAKEHOLDERS LIKE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES, MOUNTAIN WEST SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE, AND UTAH CERTIFIED DEVELOPMENT COMPANY WHO KNOW BETTER THAN ANYONE JUST HOW ESSENTIAL THE 504 SMALL BUSINESS LENDING PROGRAM IS AND HOW CRITICAL IT IS THAT WE IMPROVE IT. BY REDUCING BURDENS ON SMALL BUSINESSES, WE HELP ENSURE NOT ONLY THEIR INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS BUT THE SUCCESS OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. I'M PROUD TO PUT FORTH THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND URGE MY YOU COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. -- AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 04:57:17 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                                                • 04:57:19 PM

                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS, WHO'S THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH, TAX, AND ACCESS TO CAPITAL.

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                                                • 04:57:29 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                • 04:57:30 PM

                                                  MR. EVANS

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

                                                • 04:58:38 PM

                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                  THANK YOU. WE'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS,…

                                                  THANK YOU. WE'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS, AND WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS SO I THINK WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE SO IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE.

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                                                • 04:58:50 PM

                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                • 04:58:54 PM

                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                  WITH THIS LEGISLATION, WE ARE ONLY RESPONDING TO THE REALITY OF THE…

                                                  WITH THIS LEGISLATION, WE ARE ONLY RESPONDING TO THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION IN THE COMMERCIAL LENDING MARKET. IN IS A COMMONSENSE FIX WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT WILL ENSURE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE NOT UNFAIRLY BURDENED WITH APPRAISAL REQUIREMENTS. DOING SO ALLOWS SMALL FIRMS TO ALLOCATE THEIR WORKING CAPITAL AS WISELY AND EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 04:59:19 PM

                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

                                                • 04:59:23 PM

                                                  MR. CHABOT

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

                                                  THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TO CONCLUDE, THE S.B.A.'S 504 C.D.C. LOAN PROGRAM IS VITAL TO MANY CREDIT WORTHY SMALL BUSINESSES THAT CANNOT OBTAIN CREDIT ELSEWHERE. TO REDUCE CONFUSION FROM CONFLICTING FEDERAL RULES, H.R. 6348 WILL UPDATE AND BRING THE S.B.A.'S COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE THRESHOLD TO THE SAME LEVEL AS OTHER FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO FREE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS FROM CONFLICTING FEDERAL REGULATIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN REFORM INSTITUTED IN H.R. 6348, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6348. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                    Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6347 — "To adjust the real estate appraisal thresholds under the 7(a) program to bring them into line with the thresholds used by the Federal banking regulators, and for other purposes."

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                                                      MR. CHABOT

                                                      I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6347, THE 7-A REAL ESTATE…

                                                      I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6347, THE 7-A REAL ESTATE HARMONIZATION ACT.

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                                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6347.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                      CLINTON

                                                      TITLE OF THE BILL. CLINTON: UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 731, H.R. 6347. A BILL…

                                                      TITLE OF THE BILL. CLINTON: UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 731, H.R. 6347. A BILL TO ADJUST THE REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL THRESHOLDS UNDER THE 7-A PROGRAM, TO BRING THEM INTO LINE WITH THE THRESHOLDS USED BY THE FEDERAL BANKING REGULATORS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW…

                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES -- 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                      MR. CHABOT

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

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CUFMENTE SIMILAR TO THE S.B.A.'S 5 -- AS I MAY CONSUME. SIMILAR TO THE S.B.A.'S LOAN PROGRAM, THE 7-A LOAN PROGRAM ASSISTS SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE A BUSINESS PLAN IN PLACE FOR SUCCESS, BUT DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO OBTAIN CREDIT ELSEWHERE. THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, THE S.B.A. PROVIDES A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE TO HELP THE SMALL BUSINESS GROW AND CREATE JOBS. IMPORTANTLY, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RUNNING ON ZERO COSTS TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER FOR YEARS. WHILE THE ECONOMY HAS BEEN IMPROVING, CONFLICTING FEDERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS PRESENT UNCERTAINTY AND CONFUSION OFTENTIMES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND THOSE WITHIN THE 7-A LOAN PROGRAM. WHAT AN S.B.A. 7-A LOAN IS USED IN A COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION, A FORMAL STATE LICENSED OR CERTIFIED APPRAISAL IS STATUTORILY REQUIRED ON ALL TRANSACTIONS ABOVE $250,000. HOWEVER, THE VALUE SET BY FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS HAS RECENTLY BEEN INCREASED FROM $250,000 TO $500,000. TO CLARIFY -- EXCUSE ME, TO PROVIDE CLARITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, H.R. 6347 MODERNIZES AND MIRRORS THE S.B.A.'S COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL THRESHOLD WITH THE VALUE SET BY FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS. SIMILAR TO H.R. 6348, H.R. 6347 DOES NOT PROVIDE AN EXACT DOLLAR THRESHOLD, RATHER IT TIES THE S.B.A.'S 7-A THRESHOLD TO THE VALUES SET BY FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS. THIS BENCHMARK PROVIDES -- OR EXCUSE ME. THIS BENCHMARK PROVISION WILL PREVENT CONFLICT AS THE THRESHOLD VALUE IS UPDATED IN THE FUTURE. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. EVANS AND MR. CUR TUS FOR -- CURTIS FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM THAT IS IMPACTING SMALL BUSINESSES. THE BILL HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 6347 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6347, THE 7-A REAL ESTATE HARMONIZATION ACT, WHICH UPDATES S.B.A. OUTDATED REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL THRESHOLDS FOR THE 7-A LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM. THE 7-A LOAN PROGRAM, THE S.B.A.'S FLAGSHIP LENDING PRODUCT, IS A VITAL SOURCE OF CAPITAL FOR THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES UNABLE TO SECURE FINANCING THROUGH TRADITIONAL LENDING. TODAY'S BILL BRINGS THE 7-A PROGRAM'S REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL THRESHOLD IN LINE WITH OTHER FEDERAL BANKING REGULATORS. NAMELY THE FED, AND FDIC. IN DOING SO, IT ELIMINATES THE BURDEN LENDERS CURRENTLY FACE IN HAVING TO MEET TWO DIFFERENT STANDARDS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      MR. CHABOT

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS SO WE WOULD RESERVE OUR TIME.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                      I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD, MR. SPEAKER, FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                      I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD, MR. SPEAKER, FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS, WHO IS THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. EVANS

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE, THANK AGAIN TO THE CHAIRPERSON AND THE…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE, THANK AGAIN TO THE CHAIRPERSON AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE SUPPORT OF THIS PARTICULAR BILL. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THIS IS IMPORTANT ABOUT MODERNIZATION AND MOVING TOWARD THE FUTURE. IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, WE HAVE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES THERE. AND IT'S MOST IMPORTANT THAT WE RAISE THE COMPETITIVENESS TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. AS THE RANKING MEMBER HAS STATED VERY CLEARLY, THIS AGAIN JUST MAKES IT MORE COMPETITIVE. I THINK IT'S MOST IMPORTANT IN THIS ENVIRONMENT THAT WE'RE SENSITIVE TO SMALL BUSINESSES BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR FUTURE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND IN THE CITY LIKE THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, WHICH HAS 26 ERS POVERTY, AS THE -- 26% POVERTY, AS ONE OF THE LARGEST MAJOR CITIES IN THIS COUNTRY, THAT WE NEED TO ADD THIS TO THE TOOL BOX. THE IMPORTANCE OF GROWING BUSINESSES, PARTICULARLY SMALL BUSINESSES, IS TRIEGESLY IMPORTANT TO US ALL. -- IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO US ALL. SO I STAND HERE TODAY AND ASK THAT WE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT IN THE TOOL BOX OF SMALL BUSINESSES. AGAIN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS PAST SPRING, FEDERAL BANKING REGULATORS…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS PAST SPRING, FEDERAL BANKING REGULATORS UPDATED THEIR THRESHOLD LEVEL FOR WHEN A STATE LICENSE OR CERTIFIED APPRAISAL IS REQUIRED. RAISING IT TO $500,000. IN ORDER TO REMAIN CONSISTENT WITH THE REST OF THE MARKET, S.B.A.'S LEVELS SHOULD MATCH THE MARKET. THIS BILL DOES THAT BY HARM NIESING THE REAL ESTATE -- HARMONIZING THE REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL THRESHOLD WITH THE REST OF THE MARKETPLACE. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                      MR. CHABOT

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

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE. I'D FIRST LIKE TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. SMALL BUSINESSES DO NOT EMPLOY AN ARMY OF TAX AND ACCOUNTING SPECIALISTS. ALL TOO OFTEN THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MUST SACRIFICE TIME AND ENERGY AWAY FROM GROWING HIS OR HER BUSINESS TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS. WHILE WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS ON REDUCING REGULATIONS, AT TIMES FEDERAL RULES CONFLICT. AS WE HAVE HEARD TODAY, H.R. 6347 AIMS TO REDUCE THE CONFUSION THAT EXISTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THAT UTILIZE THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S 7-A LOAN PROGRAM WHEN IT COMES TO THE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL THRESHOLD. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN UPDATES PROPOSED IN THIS MEASURE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6347. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                        Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6316 — "To clarify the primary functions and duties of the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes."

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                                                          MR. CHABOT

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6316, THE SMALL…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6316, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCACY IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2018.

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                                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                        DEBATE

                                                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6316.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 729. H.R. 6316. A BILL TO CLARIFY THE PRIMARY…

                                                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 729. H.R. 6316. A BILL TO CLARIFY THE PRIMARY FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE…

                                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. VELAZQUEZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                          MR. CHABOT

                                                          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 ELECTIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS -- LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                          MR. CHABOT

                                                          THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6316, THE SMALL BUSINESS…

                                                          THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6316, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCACY IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2018, WHICH CLARIFIES THE ROLE OF THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY OF THE UNITED STATES SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY IS CHARGED WITH REPRESENTING SMALL BUSINESSES BEFORE FEDERAL AGENCIES, WHOSE POLICIES AND ACTIVITIES MAY AFFECT SMALL BUSINESSES. IT ALSO EXAMINES THE ROLE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS SMALL BUSINESSES CAN MAKE IN IMPROVING COMPETITION. THIS OFFICE PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN ENSURING THAT SMALL BUSINESSES ARE HEARD WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAKES POLICY DECISIONS THAT WILL IMPACT THEM. CURRENTLY THE LAW IS SILENT REGARDING THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY'S ABILITY TO STUDY THE ROLE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIES, WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT AVENUE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AS THEY SEEK OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND OVERSEAS. THIS BILL WOULD CLARIFY THAT THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY SHOULD INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIES AS PART OF ITS RESEARCH FUNCTIONS. THE LAW IS ALSO SILENT REGARDING THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY'S AUTHORITY TO REPRESENT SMALL BUSINESSES BEFORE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. AND INTERNATIONAL ENTITIES. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO HAVE THEIR VIEWS AND INTERESTS ON REGULATORY AND TRADE INITIATIVES REPRESENTED IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE. THIS BILL CLARIFIES THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY'S ABILITY TO REPRESENT SMALL BUSINESS VIEWS AND INTERESTS BEFORE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ENTITIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONTRIBUTING TO REGULATORY AND TRADE INITIATIVES. I WANT TO THANK MR. COMER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, AND MS. ADAMS FOR WORKING ON THIS ISSUE AND PRODUCING A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO CLARIFY THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY'S ROLE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS STRAIGHTFORWARD LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6316, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCACY IMPROVEMENTS ACT. THERE ARE NEARLY 30 MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE UNITED STATES, REPRESENTING MORE THAN 99% OF ALL BUSINESSES. THESE SMALL FIRMS EMPLOY NEARLY 50% OF ALL PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES IN THE U.S. THE S.B.A. OFFICE OF ADVOCACY REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR THESE BUSINESSES. BECAUSE IT IS THEIR VOICE THAT THE OFFICE EMBODIES IN ALL MATTERS OF GOVERNMENT. CLARIFYING THE AUTHORITY OF ADVOCACY TO EXAMINE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DATA AND REPRESENT SMALL BUSINESS INTERESTS IN INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSIONS, PARTICULARLY IN TRADE NEGOTIATIONS, RAISES THE ABILITY OF SMALL AMERICAN FIRMS TO PARTICIPATE IN A GLOBAL MARKET. THAT IS WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          MR. CHABOT

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD NOW YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD NOW YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. COMER. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED. COMB COMB THANK YOU, MR.…

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED. COMB COMB THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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                                                          MR. COMER

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL,…

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCACY IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2018. I'M PROUD TO BE THE SPONSOR OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY IN THE UNITED STATES PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN ENSURING FEDERAL AGENCIES TAKE INTO ACCOUNT HOW THEIR POLICIES IMPACT SMALL BUSINESSES. WHILE THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY HAS DONE EXCELLENT WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S SMALL BUSINESSES, THE CURRENT LAW IS SILENT ON WHETHER IT CAN RESEARCH AND ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF SMALL BUSINESS ON INTERNATIONAL MATTERS. THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT WE CAN EASILY FIX. GIVEN THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY'S KNOWLEDGE AND RESEARCH ON HOW REGULATIONS IMPACT SMALL BUSINESSES, IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE OFFICE TO ADVOCATE AND RESEARCH SMALL BUSINESS INTERESTS ON INTERNATIONAL MATTERS. THIS BILL ADVANCES THE OFFICE'S MISSION TO ADVOCATE FOR AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES AND CLARIFIES ITS AUTHORITY ON INTERNATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS ISSUES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                          MR. CHABOT

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT WE NEED TO…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT WE NEED TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NO MATTER THEIR LOCATION OR INDUSTRY WHEN THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO BREAK INTO INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE. TODAY'S BILL LEVERAGES THE UNIQUE POSITION AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE S.B.A.'S OFFICE OF ADVOCACY TO AMPLIFY THE VOICE OF SMALL FIRMS IN INTERNATIONAL SETTINGS. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN COMER AND CONGRESSWOMAN ADAMS IN TAKING THE IMPORTANT STEP TO BREAK DOWN INTERNATIONAL BARRIERS FOR SMALL ENTREPRENEURS ENTERING INTO THE WORLD OF TRADE. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                          MR. CHABOT

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

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK AGAIN MR. COMER AND MS. ADAMS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THIS MEASURE -- ON THIS MEASURE. AND THE ADVOCATE OF -- AND THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY IS CRITICAL -- IS A CRITICAL AGENCY THAT'S CHARGED WITH REPRESENTING SMALL BUSINESS. THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY HAS DONE OUTSTANDING WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S SMALL BUSINESSES, BUT, AS WE HAVE DISCUSSED, CURRENT LAW IS SILENT ON WHETHER IT CAN RESEARCH AND ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF SMALL BUSINESS ON INTERNATIONAL MATTERS. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION OFFERS A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO ALLOW THE OFFICE OF ADVOCACY TO EXPAND THEIR ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL MATTERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6316. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      • 05:15:27 PM

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

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

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                                                            MR. CHABOT

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6330, THE SMALL…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6330, THE SMALL BUSINESS RUNWAY EXTENSION ACT OF 2018.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 730,…

                                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 730, H.R. 6330, A BILL TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT TO MODIFY THE METHOD FOR PRESCRIBING SIZE STANDARDS FOR BUSINESS CONCERNS.

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                                                          Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6330 — "To amend the Small Business Act to modify the method for prescribing size standards for business concerns."

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                                                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6330.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MS. CHABOT, AND THE…

                                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MS. CHABOT, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. VELAZQUEZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                              MR. CHABOT

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

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

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                                                            • 05:16:29 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                              MR. CHABOT

                                                              THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. KNIGHT AND MS. CLARKE FOR THIS LEADING…

                                                              THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. KNIGHT AND MS. CLARKE FOR THIS LEADING BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WHICH TAKES A CRITICAL STEP TOWARDS ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES SMALL CONTRACTORS FACE WHEN ENTERING THE MIDDLE MARKET. THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE S.B.A. SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS IS TO ENCOURAGE THE GROWTH AND VIBRANCY OF THE FEDERAL SUPPLIER BASE, BOOST COMPETITION, PROTECT AGAINST SUPPLIER CONSOLIDATION, AND SPUR INNOVATION. THESE NOBLE GOALS ARE THWARTED WHEN SMALL BUSINESSES FIND THEMSELVES COMPETING IN THE OPEN MARKET PREMATURELY BEFORE THEY HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED. GIVEN THE INCREASING SIZE OF FEDERAL CONTRACTORS MADE TODAY, ONE OR TWO BIG AWARDS WON BY A SMALL CONTRACTOR COULD EASILY FORCE THEM OUT OF THE CATEGORY OF SMALL BUSINESS. SINCE MANY DO NOT HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OR COMPETITIVENESS TO GO HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH FIRMS MANY TIMES THEIR SIZE, THEY OFTEN FAIL OR BECOME CONSUMED INTO A LARGER COMPETITOR'S SUPPLY CHAIN. THESE RESULTS CONTRACONVENIENT THE MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS, FURTHER WIDENING THE DIVIDE BETWEEN LARGE AND SMALL CONTRACTORS. COMPETITIVENESS TAKES TIME, HARD WORK, AND SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES TO BUILD. HOWEVER DIFFICULT AS IT IS TO BUILD COMPETITIVENESS, IT'S JUST AS EASILY LOST. H.R. 6330 PROVIDES A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM, ALLOWING A SMALL BUSINESS EXTRA TIME TO POTENTIALLY RETAIN THEIR SMALL-SIZED STATUS WHILE THEY CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THEIR COMPETITIVE EDGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6330, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            • 05:18:15 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                              MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6330, THE SMALL BUSINESS RUNWAY EXTENSION ACT OF 2018. OVER THE YEARS, CONGRESS HAS CREATED NUMEROUS FEDERAL PROGRAMS, SET ASIDE TAX PREFERENCES AND S.B.A. LOAN PROGRAMS TO HELP THE SMALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED. HOWEVER, THE ADVANTAGES CONFIRMED BY THIS PROGRAM HAS LED TO A HEATED DEBATE AS TO WHO IS TRULY A SMALL BUSINESS AND WHAT AN ACCEPTABLE SMALL BUSINESS SIZE STANDARD IS. THE ANSWER IS AN IMPORTANT ONE AS IT CAN BE UNDERINCLUSIVE AND THEREBY PUSHING A FIRM OUTSIDE THE STANDARD OR IT CAN BE OVERINCLUSIVE, ALLOWING LARM FIRMS TO COMPETE IN THESE PROGRAMS -- ALLOWING LARGE FIRMS TO COMPETE IN THESE PROGRAMS. THE RESULT IS THE SAME. THIS BILL ADDRESSES THE PRESSURE PLACED ON THOSE BUSINESSES NOT ABLE TO COMPETE AGAINST LARGE ENITIES FROM BEING PREMATURELY PLACED OUTSIDE OF THEIR SIZE STANDARD BY PROVIDING A MORE INCLUSIVE REVIEW OF FIVE YEARS OF THEIR GROSS RECEIPTS. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            • 05:19:42 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. CHABOT

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

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO NOW YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. KNIGHT, AND THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE.

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                                                            • 05:19:57 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. KNIGHT

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT ON…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT ON THIS AND MANY OTHER ISSUES THAT WE SEE IN OUR SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6330, THE SMALL BUSINESS RUNWAY EXTENSION ACT OF 2018. THIS BILL IS SIMPLE. IT'S COMMON SENSE. IT'S A MEASURE DESIGNED TO PROMOTE THE SUSTAINABILITY, GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL FEDERAL CONTRACTORS INTO THE OPEN MARKETPLACE. UNDER EXISTING LAW, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CALCULATES THE SIZE OF A COMPANY BY TAKING THE AVERAGE OF THE PAST THREE YEARS OF GROSS RECEIPTS. A COMPANY'S AVERAGE MUST BE WITHIN ESTABLISHED INDUSTRY PARAMETERS SET BY THE S.B.A. IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED A SMALL BUSINESS AND BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ACCESS TO S.B.A. SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS, RESOURCES, AND ASSISTANCE. MY BILL IS VERY SIMPLE. IT EXTENDS THAT TIME PERIOD OUT TO FIVE YEARS. THIS ADDITIONAL TIME ALLOWS ALL SMALL BUSINESSES AN OPPORTUNITY TO MATURE BEFORE GRADUATING OUT OF THE S.B.A. SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS. OVER THE COURSE OF THIS CONGRESS, WE'VE CONDUCTED HEARINGS, HELD ROUNDTABLES, AND HEARD STORIES OF THE OVERWHELMING MID MARKET CHALLENGES, FORCING MANY SUCCESSFUL SMALL CONTRACTORS TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS OR STALL THEIR GROWTH. PROSPECTS FOR A NEWLY GRADUATED FIRM SUCCESSFULLY INTEGRATING INTO THE OPEN MARKETPLACE ARE RAPIDLY DECLINING DUE TO THE WIDENING GAP BETWEEN SMALL AND LARGE CONTRACTORS. SMALL FIRMS ARE OPTING OUT EITHER VOLUNTARILY OR IN MANY CASES INVOLUNTARILY FROM JOINING THE FEDERAL MARKETPLACE BECAUSE OF THIS RIFT. THIS OUTCOME DEPLETES OUR INDUSTRIAL BASE, REDUCES COMPETITION, AND INHIBITS ECONOMIC GROWTH. MR. SPEAKER, DO WE REALLY WANT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES TO LOOK AT THEIR ABILITY TO EXPAND AND THEIR ABILITY TO BE A LARGER AND MORE PROSPEROUS BUSINESS AND SAY, I CAN'T DO THIS BECAUSE I'M GOING TO MOVE OUT OF THE S.B.A., SO WHAT I SHOULD DO IS MAYBE CLOSE MY DOORS OR JUST RESTRICT OUR GROWTH? THAT'S NOT WHAT AMERICA'S ABOUT. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE WANT OUT OF OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. WE WANT THEM TO EXPAND, WANT THEM TO BRING NEW AND INNOVATIVE THINGS TO THE MARKETPLACE AND WE WANT THEM TO EXPAND AND HAVE JOBS FOR OUR KIDS AND FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. SO I THINK THAT THIS IS A REASONABLE LOOK AT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO AND I URGE SUPPORT OF H.R. 6330, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                            • 05:22:25 PM

                                                              MR. CHABOT

                                                              WE'LL RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                            • 05:22:33 PM

                                                              MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS…

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

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                                                              MR. CHABOT

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

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE. THIS LEGISLATION GIVES SMALL BUSINESSES MORE TIME TO ADJUST TO NOT BEING A SMALL BUSINESS ANYMORE. WE WANT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES TO THRIVE AND GROW AND BREAK THROUGH TO THE MID TIER AND BIG BUSINESS STRATA AND OFTENTIMES THAT'S DIFFICULT. H.R. 6330 GIVES THESE FIRMS JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME TO ADAPT TO THEIR NEW BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT SO THEY CAN COMPETE MORE EFFICIENTLY AND CONTINUE TO GROW AND CREATE MORE JOBS FOR MORE AMERICANS. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK MR. KNIGHT FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            • 05:23:18 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6330. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          • 05:23:30 PM

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

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

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                                                                MR. CHABOT

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6367,…

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6367, THE INCENTIVIZING FAIRNESS IN SUBCONTRACTING ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                                              Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6367 — "To amend the Small Business Act to specify what credit is given for certain subcontractors and to provide a dispute process for non-payment to subcontractors, and for other purposes."

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                              • 05:23:57 PM

                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER HAD 733, H.R. 6367, A BILL TO AMEND THE SMALL…

                                                                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER HAD 733, H.R. 6367, A BILL TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT TO SPECIFY WHAT CREDIT IS GIVEN FOR CERTAIN SUBCONTRACTORS AND TO PROVIDE A DISPUTE PROCESS FOR NONPAYMENT TO SUBCONTRACTORS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE…

                                                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. VELAZQUEZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                                MR. CHABOT

                                                                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 TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                              DEBATE

                                                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6367.

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                                                                MR. CHABOT

                                                                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE WE BEGIN DISCUSSION OF THIS LEGISLATION,…

                                                                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE WE BEGIN DISCUSSION OF THIS LEGISLATION, I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. LAWSON AND MR. KELLY FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN ADDRESSING AN ISSUE THAT IS A CAUSE OF GREAT CONCERN FOR SMALL CONTRACTORS -- SUBCONTRACTORS, NAMELY, PRIME CONTRACTOR COMPLIANCE WITH THEIR SUBCONTRACTING PLANS. LARGE PRIME CONTRACTORS HAVE A STATUTORY OBLIGATION TO DEVELOP AND SUBMIT A SUBCONTRACTING PLAN AS PART OF THEIR BID AND PROPOSAL PACKAGE. IN THIS PLAN, PRIME CONTRACTORS ARE REQUIRED TO OUTLINE THEIR INTENTION TO AWARD A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF SUBCONTRACTING DOLLARS TO SMALL BUSINESSES. UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE TO ENSURE THAT PRIME CONTRACTORS ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THESE PLANS. RECENTLY, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE ISSUED A REPORT THAT FOUND POST-AWARD COMPLIANT ACTIVITIES, SPECIFICALLY, THE OVERSIGHT OF SUBCONTRACTING PLANS, IS NOT A HIGH PRIORITY FOR CONTRACTING OFFICERS. THIS FINDING IS NOT LIMITED TO THE MILITARY AND COULD BE GENERALIZED TO APPLY ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AS THE NUMBER OF PRIME CONTRACTS SUITABLE FOR SMALL BUSINESS CONTINUES TO DECLINE, SUBCONTRACTING BECOMES INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT FOR SMALL CONTRACTORS TRYING TO GAIN A FOOT HOLD IN THE FEDERAL MARKET. H.R. 6367, AS AMENDED, PROPOSES TO STRENGTHEN SUBCONTRACTING MEASURES BY REQUIRING LARGE PRIMES TO MAINTAIN RECORDS PROVING THEY ARE SUBCONTRACTING TO SMALL BUSINESSES AS REQUIRED BY THEIR SUBCONTRACTING PLANS. FURTHERMORE, THIS BILL ESTABLISHES AN ALTERNATIVE AVENUE OF REDRESS FOR SUBCONTRACTORS, ALLOWING THEM TO ENGAGE THE APPROPRIATE FEDERAL AGENCY'S SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATE OFFICE IF THEY BELIEVE PAYMENT IS BEING WITHHELD UNFAIRLY BY A LARGE PRIME CONTRACTOR. BECAUSE OF THESE IMPORTANT MEASURES UNDERTAKEN TO PROTECT SMALL CONTRACTORS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6367, AS AMENDED, AND I ONCE AGAIN THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS.…

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. VELAZQUEZ, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6367, THE INCENTIVIZING FAIRNESS IN SUBCONTRACTING ACT OF 2018. IN FISCAL YEAR 2017, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASED GOODS AND SERVICES WORTH OVER $508 BILLION THROUGH OVER 22 MILLION CONTRACT ACTIONS. YET, NOT ALL THIS MONEY STAYED WITH THE ORIGINAL PRIME CONTRACTOR AND INSTEAD TRICKLES DOWN TO SUBCONTRACTORS. SUBCONTRACTS ARE GROWING IN IMPORTANCE AS AN AVENUE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT. SO IT IS IMPORTANT THAT BARRIERS TO ENTRY ARE REDUCED. BY IMPROVING THE TOOLS THAT EXIST FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO BECOME SUBCONTRACTORS, TODAY'S MEASURES WILL DRAW IN MORE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE NOT REGULAR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS. THIS IS A CRITICAL STEP TO EXPANDING THE INDUSTRIAL BASE AND INCLUDING MORE SMALL FIRMS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT ENSURES MORE SMALL CONTRACTORS HAVE JUST RECOURSE THROUGH THE OFFICE OF SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS UTILIZATION IF PAYMENT IS NOT RECEIVED WITHIN 90 DAYS OF COMPLETION. TIMELY PAYMENT PROTECTS SMALL CONTRACTORS WHO DO NOT HAVE THE OVERHEAD MARGINS TO CONTINUE OPERATING WITHOUT BEING PAID. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                              • 05:28:36 PM

                                                                MR. CHABOT

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, WE DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS ON THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION, SO…

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, WE DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS ON THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION, SO WE'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                              • 05:28:45 PM

                                                                MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE…

                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY AND SPONSOR OF THE BILL FROM FLORIDA, MR. LAWSON.

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                                                              • 05:28:54 PM

                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                MR. LAWSON

                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RISE TO SUPPORT MY BILL H.R. 6367, THE…

                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RISE TO SUPPORT MY BILL H.R. 6367, THE FAIRNESS IN SUBCONTRACTING ACT OF 2018. THIS BILL WILL CLARIFY THAT CREDIT IS GIVEN TO CERTAIN SUBCONTRACTORS AND TO PROVIDE A DISPUTE PROCESS FOR NONPAYMENT TO SUBCONTRACTORS. SIMPLY PUT, THIS BILL WILL HELP CONTRACTOR RECEIVE THE CREDIT THEY NEED TO SATISFY FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS. SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE PUT IN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EFFORT TO RECEIVE FEDERAL CONTRACTING JOBS. THEY ARE TONS OF REQUIREMENTS -- THERE ARE TONS OF REQUIREMENTS, PAPERWORK, COSTS THAT GOES TO COMPLYING -- FOR REWARDING THESE OPPORTUNITIES. UNFORTUNATELY, EVEN AFTER THE FEDERAL CONTRACT IS AWARDED, SMALL BUSINESSES STILL STRUGGLES. WHETHER IT'S DELAY IN PAYMENT DUE TO THE LACK OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE DISPUTE PROCESS OR NOT BEING ABLE TO COUNTER LOWER TIER SUBCONTRACTS TOWARDS THEIR GOALS, MANY FACE OBSTACLES DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THEIR CONTRACTS, CREATING A NEED FOR SAFE HARBOR AND GUARANTEE THAT THEY CAN MOVE FORWARD IN THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MANNER. . THIS DOES JUST THAT. THIS IS A BILL THAT PROVIDES CLARITY AND RESOURCES NEEDED TO HELP CONTRACTORS WORK AT FULL CAPACITY. THIS BILL IS ENDORSED BY THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, AN ASSOCIATION WHOSE 4,000 MEMBERS ARE 85% OF THE SMALL BUSINESSES. NECA IS THE FORCE OF ABOUT $16 BILLION IN THE INDUSTRY, THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR BRINGING ELECTRICAL POWER, LIGHTING AND COMMUNICATIONS TO COMMUNITY AS I CROSS THE UNITED STATES. I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH -- ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH RANKING MEMBER VELAZQUEZ, THE CHAIRMAN, AND CONGRESSMAN KELLY FROM MISSISSIPPI. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN GUARANTEEING THAT OUR CONTRACTORS ARE TREATED FAIRLY WHEN CARRYING OUT THEIR CONTRACT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                              • 05:31:29 PM

                                                                MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. LAWSON, AND HIS…

                                                                THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. LAWSON, AND HIS CO-SPONSOR, MR. KELLY, FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. H.R. 6367 PROTECTS OUR SMALL CONTRACTORS BY UPDATING THE SUBCONTRACTING GOAL REGIME THROUGH INCREASED FLEXIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. ESTABLISHING INCENTIVES TO COUNT LOW-TIER SUBCONTRACTING AWARDS AND A DISPUTE PROCESS FOR SUBCONTRACTORS TO UTILIZE IN THE EVENT OF NONPAYMENT, IT ENSURES A HEALTHY MARKETPLACE. TODAY'S LEGISLATION SPREADS THE ECONOMIC POWER OF THE FEDERAL PROCUREMENT TO MORE COMPANIES AND THE COMMUNITY THERS -- AND THE COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                              • 05:32:26 PM

                                                                MR. CHABOT

                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I --

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                MR. CHABOT

                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY USE. IT'S IN THE…

                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY USE. IT'S IN THE SUBCONTRACTING ARENA THAT IS OFTEN THE BEST AND ONLY WAY FOR A SMALL CONTRACTOR TO ENGAGE WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BUT THE LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND FEDERAL OVERSIGHT HARMS SMALL SUBCONTRACTORS THAT RELY ON THESE OPPORTUNITIES TO SURVIVE. THIS IS A LOSE-LOSE SITUATION FOR BOTH AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES SEEKING TO DO WORK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT ITSELF. WE WANT OUR CITIZENS TO GET THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK AND MORE COMPETITION -- AND THE MORE COMPETITION THERE IS, THE BETTER IT IS FOR ALL OF US. THE GREATER OVERSIGHT REFORMS IN THIS LEGISLATION TAKE A BIG STEP IN ENSURING SMALL FIRMS ARE PROTECTED. I ONCE AGAIN WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. LAWSON, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS MEASURE. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6367 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                  Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 6368 — "To encourage R&D small business set-asides, to encourage SBIR and STTR participants to serve as mentors under the Small Business Administration's mentor-protege program, to promote the use of interagency contracts, and for other purposes."

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6368, THE…

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6368, THE ENCOURAGING SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION ACT.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 744. H.R. 6368. A BILL TO ENCOURAGE R&D SMALL…

                                                                    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 744. H.R. 6368. A BILL TO ENCOURAGE R&D SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDES TO ENCOURAGE SBIR AND STTR PARTICIPANTS TO SERVICE AS MENTORS UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S MENTOR PROTEGE PROGRAM, TO PROMOTE THE USE OF INTERAGENCY CONTRACTS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                DEBATE

                                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6368.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE…

                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. VELAZQUEZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

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

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

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                                                                • 05:34:42 PM

                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED BY MR.…

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED BY MR. ESPAILLAT OF NEW YORK AND CO-SPONSORED BY A REPUBLICAN. IT IS BIPARTISAN. I THANK BOTH OF THEM FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE SMALL BUT IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH OR SBIR, AND SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OR STTR PROGRAMS. A HEALTHY AND VIBRANT FEDERAL MARKETPLACE IS IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION. COMPETITION BREEDS INNOVATION, WHICH IS CRITICAL IN OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE TO SAVE LIVES ON THE BATTLEFIELD OR HEALTH CARE ADVANCEMENTS TO IMPROVE AND PROLONG LIVES. THE SBIR AND STTR PROGRAMS ARE OFTEN ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES SMALL INNOVATORS AND MANUFACTURERS VENTURE INTO THE FEDERAL CONTRACTING ARENA. THE PROCESS CAN BE DAUNTING FOR SMALL FIRMS COMPLETELY NEW TO CONTRACTING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. H.R. 6368 PROVIDES AN AVENUE FOR MORE EXPERIENCED SBIR AND STTR COMPANIES TO MENTOR NEWER COMPANIES, TO HELP THEM ADJUST TO HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES BUSINESS. BY DOING SO, IT AIMS TO STRENGTHEN THE INDUSTRIAL BASE BY BRINGING NEW FIRMS INTO THE CONTRACTING PROCESS. THE BILL ALSO REWARDS MENTORS WITH A PAST PERFORMANCE RATING BOOST SO THEY CAN BE MORE ADVANTAGED WHEN APPLYING FOR FULL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SET-ASIDE OR SOUL SOURCE CONTRACTS GOING FORWARD OUTSIDE OF THE PROGRAM. ADDITIONALLY, THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES CLARITY IN THE USE OF GOVERNMENT-SIDE INTERAGENCY ACQUISITIONS PERMITTED THROUGH THE FISCAL YEAR 2009 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT OR NDAA, BY UPDATING ANDUJAR MONDAYIZING THE TERM -- AND HARMONIZING THE TERMINOLOGY USED IN ACQUISITIONS. FINALLY, THE BILL EXPRESSLY ALLOWS THE G.S.O. TO ASSIST AGENCIES WITH CONTRACT AWARDS AND VEHICLE CREATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES RECEIVING SOLE SOURCE OR SET-ASIDE CONTRACTS AND S -- IN THE SBIR AND STTR PROGRAMS. HISTORICALLY THERE HAVE BEEN LENGTHY DELAYS IN THE PROGRAMS AT VARIOUS STAGES, INCLUDING AWARD NOTIFICATION, PAYMENT AND ADVANCEMENT. THE BILL AIMS TO REDUCE THESE DELAYS BY ALLOWING THE G.S.A. TO ASSIST PARTICIPATING AGENCIES IN THE SBIR AND STTR CONTRACT CREATION AND MANAGEMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A…

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSAGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY:

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

                                                                  MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS AGREED TO S.CON.RES. 48, DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 1551, IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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                                                                  The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 48.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6368, THE ENCOURAGING SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATORS ACT OF 2018. FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS, OUR NATION HAS EXPERIENCED INCREASED INNOVATION AND JOB CREATION THROUGH THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM OR SBIR, AND THE SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS PROGRAM, OR STTR. RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY SBIR AND STTR AWARDEES HAVE HELPED ADDRESS OUR COUNTRY'S MOST TECHNOLOGICAL AND RESEARCH-BASED CHALLENGES WHILE GENERATING TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. BY INCENTIVIZING MORE EXPERIENCED SBIR AND STTR COMPANIES TO MENTOR NEWER COMPANIES AND REWARDING MENTORS THROUGH A PERFORMANCE RATING INCREASE, THIS LEGISLATION POSITIVELY PROMOTES INTEGRATING THIS PROGRAM'S PARTICIPANTS INTO THE LARGER FEDERAL MARKETPLACE. THAT IS WHY I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, WE'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                    MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                DEBATE

                                                                The House resumed with debate on H.R. 6368.

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                                                                  MR. ESPAILLAT

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RANKING MEMBER VELAZQUEZ. BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT…

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RANKING MEMBER VELAZQUEZ. BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, CHABOT, AND RANKING MEMBER VELAZQUEZ, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE. AND THE CO-LEAD IN THIS BILL, CONGRESSMAN NORMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6368, THE ENCOURAGING SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATORS ACT. MR. SPEAKER, ACCESS TO CAPITAL REMAINS LIMITED FOR UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES. I HEAR THIS CONCERN FROM MANY IN NEW YORK CITY WHOSE VENTURES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ARE FULL OF PROMISE AND POTENTIAL FOR SUCCESS. HOWEVER, A 2013 REPORT COMMISSIONED BY THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FOUND THAT WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES DO NOT HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO CAPITAL FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR AS COMPARED TO THEIR MALE PEERS. THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S OWN OFFICE OF ADVOCACY HAS SAID THAT THERE ARE FEWER MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES REPRESENTING HIGH-PATENTED INDUSTRIES THAN IN ALL INDUSTRIES TOGETHER. THROUGH THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH AND THE SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROGRAMS, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WORKS WITH PARTNERS IN 11 FEDERAL AGENCIES, RANGING FROM AGRICULTURE TO NASA, TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES. AND ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE MINORITY AND DISADVANTAGED OWNED. THESE PROGRAMS ARE COMMITTED TO FOSTERING AND ENCOURAGING PARTICIPATION IN INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. BY SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED INDIVIDUALS. AND EXPANDING PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIALIZATION OF INNOVATIONS RESULTING FROM FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. BUT THIS IS LIMITED ONLY TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. THERE IS NO CONSIDERATION GIVEN FOR TESTING AND EVALUATION. WHAT GOOD IS A PRODUCT OR A METHOD WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT WORKS EFFECTIVELY, EFFICIENTLY, OR CAN BE USED IN VARIABLE WAYS? H.R. 6368 ADDRESSES THIS PROBLEM BY INCLUDING TESTING AND EVALUATION AMONG THE ACTIVITIES THAT SBIR AND STTR PARTICIPANTS CAN APPLY FOR. THIS IS HOW WE CAN ENCOURAGE MORE UNDER-REPRESENTED ENTREPRENEURS AND THEIR EXPERTISE INTO A PROCESS WHERE THEY CAN DEVELOP NEW PRODUCTS, IDEAS AND GAIN RESPECTED EXTERNAL VALIDATERS. H.R. 6368 ALSO INCENTIVIZES MENTORSHIP WITH PREVIOUS SBIR AND STTR COMPANIES THAT HAVE FOUND SUCCESS IN THE PROGRAMS, TO SHARE THAT KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. TODAY'S BILL IS ENDORSED BY THE NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION, AN ASSOCIATION WHOSE MAJORITY ARE SMALL BUSINESSES. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, WE'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK…

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR INTRODUCING TODAY'S BILL, TO SPUR INCREASED CONTRACTING ACTIVITIES IN THE SBIR-STTR PROGRAMS. WITH THAT, I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY USE TO CLOSE.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D FIRST OF ALL LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE…

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D FIRST OF ALL LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS, AND MR. ESPAILLAT, AS WELL, AS MR. NORMAN FOR WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER -- WORKING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. WITHOUT OBJECTION, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD OUR JURISDICTIONAL LETTER EXCHANGES WITH BOTH THE COMMITTEES ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY, AND OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, TO EXPEDITE FLOOR CONSIDERATION OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SBIR AND STTR PLAY PICK OF TOLL ROLES IN THE…

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SBIR AND STTR PLAY PICK OF TOLL ROLES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECH NOLING -- PLAY PIVOTAL ROLES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES. THEY ARE HIGHLY POPULAR AND HAVE HELPED THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE NEW TECHNOLOGIES, COMMERCIALIZE THEIR IDEAS, AND GENERATE NEW JOBS. THE REFORMS CONTAINED IN H.R. 6368 WILL BRING MORE FIRMS INTO THE PROGRAMS AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO WIN CONTRACTS. THIS IS A WIN-WIN FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS COMPETITION BREEDS INNOVATION AND INNOVATION LEADS TO SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN AND COMMONSENSE REFORMS OF HRMENT R. -- H.R. 6368 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6368. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, --

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I…

                                                                  I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6369, THE EXPANDING…

                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6369, THE EXPANDING CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES ACT OF 2018, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 734. H.R. 6369. A BILL TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS…

                                                                  UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 734. H.R. 6369. A BILL TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT TO ELIMINATE THE -- INCLUSION OF OPTION YEARS AND THE AWARD PRICE FOR SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                  TEMPORE

                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE…

                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. VELAZQUEZ, EACH CONTROL -- EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                                  At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Chabot objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

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

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

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                                                                  Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6369 — "To amend the Small Business Act to eliminate the inclusion of option years in the award price for sole source contracts, and for other purposes."

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                                                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. THE SMALL…

                                                                    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT CURRENTLY ALLOWS FEDERAL AGENCIES TO AWARD SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS TO WOMEN-OWNED, SERVICE DISABLED OWNED, SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED SMALL BUSINESSES. HOWEVER, THESE AWARDS CAN ONLY BE MADE IN THE NARROWEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES, RIGHTLY PROTECTING THE ABILITY OF SMALL BUSINESSES TO COMPETE AGAINST EACH OTHER. EVEN THOUGH FEDERAL CONTRACTING OFFICERS HAVE THIS PROCUREMENT TOOL IN THEIR TOOLBOX, THE REALITY IS THAT SMALL BUSINESS SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTING IS RARE AND MAY BE UNDERUTILIZED. THIS MAY BE CONTRIBUTED TO THE FACT THAT THE MAXIMUM DOLLAR THRESHOLD FOR FEDERAL SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS DESIGNATED IN STATUTE HAS FALLEN FAR BEHIND THE TYPICAL SIZE OF CONTRACT AWARDS MADE TODAY. AS CONTRACTS INCREASE IN SIZE AND SCOPE, THE USEFULNESS OF SMALL BUSINESS SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS DIMINISHES TO THE DETRIMENT OF SMALL CONTRACTORS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE SUCH AWARDS. H.R. 6369, AS AMENDED, ADJUSTS THE DOLLAR THRESHOLD TO ACTUALLY REFLECT THE SIZE OF CONTRACTS THAT ARE COMMONLY USED ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT TODAY. THIS MODEST CHANGE WILL PROVIDE AGENCIES WITH AN ACCESSABLE PATHWAY TO A-- ACK ASSESSIBLE PATHWAY TO -- ACCESSIBLE PATHWAY TO ACHIEVING THE GOALS. THIS BILL INCITY TOOTS A NEW OVERSIGHT PRO-- THIS BILL INSTITUTES A NEW OVERSIGHT PROCESS TO REQUIRE POSITIVE CONFIRMATION BY THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION THAT THIS SMALL BUSINESS IS IN FACT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE AWARD BEFORE IT IS ISSUED BY THE FEDERAL AGENCIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6369, AS AMENDED, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                DEBATE

                                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6369.

                                                                • 05:47:35 PM

                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6369, THE EXPANDING CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES…

                                                                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6369, THE EXPANDING CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES ACT OF 2018. THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT SETS FORTH A GOVERNMENTWIDE 23% GOAL OF FEDERAL CONTRACTS THAT SHOULD BE AWARDED TO SMALL BUSINESSES. EACH FEDERAL AGENCY IS CHARGED WITH SETTING ITS OWN SMALL BUSINESS GOAL WHICH ARE TO REFLECT THE MAXIMUM OPPORTUNITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES WITHIN THAT AGENCY. BY PROMOTING THE USE OF SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS TO SMALL BUSINESSES, THIS BILL ADDS TO THE GOVERNMENT'S POOL OF SUPPLIERS. THIS RESULTS IN HIGHER QUALITY GOODS AND INCREASED JOB CREATION FOR THE ECONOMY AS THIS REQUIRES THE SMALL BUSINESSES TO DO THE MAJORITY OF THE WORK AND NOT SUBCONTRACT OUT. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, THE LEADER ON THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION, DR. MARSHALL FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MR. MARSHALL

                                                                  THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CHABOT. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT…

                                                                  THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CHABOT. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6369, THE EXPANDING CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL BUSINESS ACT OF 2018. NOT ONLY WILL THIS BILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN-OWNED, SERVICE DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED, HUZZONE AND SOCIALLY ECONOMIC DISADVANTAGED SMALL BUSINESSES, THIS LEGISLATION -- HUBZONE AND SOCIALLY ECONOMIC DISADVANTAGED SMALL BUSINESSES, THIS LEGISLATION HELPS THEM GET THEIR SMALL BUSINESS GOALS. CONTRACTING CAN HELP SMALL BUSINESSES BUT OUR CURRENT STATUTE IS OUTDATED. FEDERAL PROCUREMENT PRACTICES ARE RAPIDLY CHANGING AND THE SOLE SOURCE AUTHORITY PROVIDED BY THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT HAS NOT KEPT UP WITH THE CHANGES OF TODAY'S PROCUREMENT LANDSCAPE. BY ADJUSTING THE STATUTORY SOLE SOURCE DOLLAR THRESHOLD, H.R. 6369 INCENTIVIZES CONTRACTING OFFICERS' USE OF SOLE SOURCE SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTING IN ORDER TO MEET THEIR GOALS. WHILE IT'S CRITICAL AGENCIES MAXIMIZE OPPORTUNITIES TO SMALL BUSINESSES, IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANTLY -- IMPORTANT THAT THEY HAVE PROCEDURES IN PLACE TO ELIGIBLE AND QUALIFIED FIRMS. THIS BILL WILL APPLY A NEW OVERSIGHT PROCEDURE THAT ALLOWS AGENCIES TO COORDINATE WITH THE S.B.A. PRIOR TO AWARDING A SOLE SOURCE CONTRACT, ENSURING THAT FIRMS RECEIVING AWARDS ARE IN FACT QUALIFIED AND ELIGIBLE. I'M PROUD OF H.R. 6369 AND ITS MISSION TO PROMOTE SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH, STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT AND INCENTIVIZE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO WORK WITH SMALL BUSINESSES. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE CHAIRMAN -- IF I MAY INQUIRE IF…

                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE CHAIRMAN -- IF I MAY INQUIRE IF THE CHAIRMAN HAS ANY OTHER SPEAKERS.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  WE HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED

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                                                                  MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS FOR SPONSORING THIS BILL. H.R.…

                                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS FOR SPONSORING THIS BILL. H.R. 6369 PROMOTES THE USE OF SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS TO SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS THROUGH THE S.B.A. CONTRACTING PROGRAMS BY RAISING THE DOLLAR THRESHOLD OF THESE CONTRACT TYPES TO ACCOUNT FOR INFLATION. THIS BILL WILL VALUABLE STRIDES TO A MORE EQUITABLE PLAYING FIELD FOR SMALL CONTRACTORS. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                • 05:51:29 PM

                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

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

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  MR. CHABOT

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL PROVIDES GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN…

                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL PROVIDES GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN OWNED, SERVICE DISABLED VETERAN OWNED, HUBZONE AND SOCIALLY ECONOMIC DISADVANTAGED SMALL BUSINESSES. IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO A-- ACHIEVE THEIR SMALL BUSINESS GOALS, GIVES FEDERAL AGENCIES GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO WORK WITH SMALLER FIRMS. THEREFORE, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN AND COMMONSENSE REFORMS IN H.R. 6369, AS AMENDED, AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6369, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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                                                                • 05:52:20 PM

                                                                  MR. CHABOT

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                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                  At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Chabot objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM…

                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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                                                                  Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6382 — "To amend the Small Business Act to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to report certain information to the Congress and to the President, and for other purposes."

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL…

                                                                    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6382, THE CLARITY…

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6382, THE CLARITY ON SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION ON CATEGORY MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2018.

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                                                                  • 05:52:51 PM

                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                  DEBATE

                                                                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6382.

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                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                    H.R. 6382, A BILL TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT TO REQUIRE THE…

                                                                    H.R. 6382, A BILL TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT TO REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TO REPORT CERTAIN INFORMATION TO THE CONGRESS AND TO THE PRESIDENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE…

                                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. VELAZQUEZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

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

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

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                                                                  • 05:53:21 PM

                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

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

                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'D LIKE TO THANK MS. ADAMS FOR LEADING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. CATEGORY MANAGEMENT IS A PROCUREMENT INITIATIVE THAT IS CURRENTLY BEING RULED OUT ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT CAN BE A POSITIVE TOOL, ALLOWING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND ITS PURCHASING HABITS AND IDENTIFY COST SAVINGS AND, WHERE APPROPRIATE, HOWEVER SETTING MANDATORY TARGETS TO MANAGE AGENCY SPENDING MAY RESULT IN UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. SPECIFICALLY, THERE IS CONCERN THAT THIS INITIATIVE MAY HAVE THE EFFECT OF REDUCING COMPETITION TO ONLY A FEW SELECT VENDORS. AS WE CONTINUE TO SEE INCREASED USE OF THESE BEST IN CLASS VEHICLES BY FEDERAL AGENCIES, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT IT IS NOT THE JOB OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS. WE MUST BE VIGILANT AND ENSURE MAXIMUM OPPORTUNITIES ARE GIVEN TO SMALL BUSINESSES, EVEN AS WE CONTINUE TO PURSUE COST SAVINGS ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. H.R. 6382, AS AMENDED, TAKES THAT CRITICAL FIRST STEP BY TRACKING THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF CATEGORY MANAGEMENT ON SMALL BUSINESSES. THE BILL REQUIRES THE S.B.A. TO REPORT EXACTLY HOW MUCH OF THESE DOLLARS ARE SPENT THROUGH BEST IN CLASS VEHICLES ARE AWARDED TO SMALL BUSINESSES. OBTAINING THE STAT AND IDENTIFYING TRENDS AFFECTING SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT AS CATEGORY MANAGEMENT CONTINUES TO BE USED IN YEARS TO COME. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE PIECE OF OVERSIGHT LEGISLATION, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MS. VELAZQUEZ

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

                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6382, THE CLARITY ON SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION IN CATEGORY MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2018. OUR COMMITTEE HAS LONG ACKNOWLEDGED SMALL BUSINESS'S CRITICAL ROLE IN THE $500 BILLION A YEAR FEDERAL MARKETPLACE. WHEN SMALL FIRMS ARE AWARDED FEDERAL CONTRACTS, THE RESULT IS A WIN-WIN. WHAT CATEGORY MANAGEMENT IS BUILT AS THE STRATEGY TO GET AGENCIES THE LOWEST PRICE. WE HAVE HEARD THE CONTRARY IN OUR COMMITTEE IN THAT MORE CONTRACTS ARE BEING CONSOLIDATED OUT OF THE REACH OF SMALL BUSINESSES. BY REQUIRING THAT CONTRACTING ACTIVITY UNDER THIS NEW REGIME BE REPORTED IN THE ANNUAL GOAL REPORT FROM AGENCIES TO CONGRESS, TODAY'S BILL PROTECTS THE INDUSTRIAL BASE BY CREATING A MECHANISM FOR SUCH NEEDED ACCOUNTABILITY. I AM PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 6382 AND COMMEND CONGRESSWOMAN ADAMS FOR HER WORK TO PROVIDE ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE CATEGORY MANAGEMENT REGIME. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS SO WE'LL RESERVE OUR TIME.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA,…

                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. ADAMS, WHO IS THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATION, OVERSIGHT AND REGULATION.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MS. ADAMS

                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 6382, THE…

                                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 6382, THE CLARITY ON SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION IN CATEGORY MANAGEMENT ACT. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE HEART OF AMERICAN ENTERPRISE, AND WE MUST ENSURE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR ALL OF THEM TO COMPETE FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTS. MY LEGISLATION IS THE FIRST STEP TO ADDRESSING THE MANY CONCERNS OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY REGARDING THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORTS TO EXPAND THE USE OF CATEGORY MANAGEMENT. ALTHOUGH CATEGORY MANAGEMENT HAS BEEN BILLED AS THE PROCUREMENT STRATEGY THAT GET FEDERAL AGENCIES THE LOWEST PRICE, THE ACTUAL NUMBERS TELL A VERY DIFFERENT STORY. IN FACT, THE DATA SHOWS US THAT SMALL BUSINESS VENDORS ON THE MULTIPLE AWARD SCHEDULE CONTINUALLY PROVIDED AGENCIES WITH LOWER PRICES THAN THOSE OFFERED BY CATEGORY MANAGEMENT CONTRACT HOLDERS. HOWEVER, DUE TO THE CHANGES UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION, MANY FEDERAL AGENCIES AND CONTRACTING OFFICERS CAN NO LONGER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF INCREASED COMPETITION AND LOWER PRICES BECAUSE SOME CATEGORY MANAGEMENT VEHICLES ARE THE ONLY OPTION AVAILABLE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE CURRENT TREND OF THIS ADMINISTRATION IS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF AGENCIES HEADING IN THIS MISGUIDED DIRECTION. THIS WILL RESULT IN WASTEFUL SPENDING OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS BECAUSE A REDUCTION OF COMPETING VENDORS MEANS FEDERAL AGENCIES WILL PAY MORE THAN NECESSARY FOR GOODS AND SERVICES. FURTHERMORE, THE HARMFUL EFFECT OF THE USE OF THE CATEGORY MANAGEMENT BUSINESS MODEL COULD MEAN FURTHER EXCLUSION OF MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS, AND OTHER ALREADY DISADVANTAGED SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE FEDERAL MARKETPLACE. MY BILL REQUIRES THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TO INCLUDE IN THEIR ANNUAL REPORT INFORMATION ON BEST IN CLASS CONTRACTORS, WHICH ARE THE COMPANIES THAT LARGELY BENEFIT FROM CATEGORY MANAGEMENT. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO PROVIDE LAWMAKERS WITH INFORMATION ON WHETHER CATEGORY MANAGEMENT IS REDUCING THE ROLE THE SMALL FIRMS, WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS, MINORITY-OWNED COMPANIES, AND VETERAN-OWNED ENTERPRISES IN FEDERAL CONTRACTING. I'M ALSO PROUD TO SAY THAT MY BILL IS ENDORSED BY THE NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION, AN ASSOCIATION WHOSE 1,600 CORPORATE MEMBERS AND OVER 85,000 INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS ARE 70% SMALL BUSINESS, NDIA WORKS TO HELP SMALL COMPANIES GROW AND REMAIN A STRONG PART OF THE DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE. THE ABILITY FOR CONGRESS TO SEE THIS DATA ALLOWS US TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SUCH CONTRACTING VEHICLES FOR SMALL FIRMS AND TO MAKE NEEDED CHANGES WHERE APPROPRIATE. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I THANK VERY MUCH OUR CHAIRMAN AND OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                  • 05:59:58 PM

                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. WE WOULD LIKE THE GENTLELADY TO CLOSE.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLELADY IS CLOSED.

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                                                                    MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT…

                                                                    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO PROVIDED MUCH NEEDED OVERSIGHT OF SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION AND STREAMLINE ACQUISITION. AND I URGE ALL THE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                  • 06:00:34 PM

                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS.

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME TO CLOSE.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS. ADAMS FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND CONGRATULATE HER…

                                                                    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS. ADAMS FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND CONGRATULATE HER FOR THE PASSAGE. THIS LEGISLATION RAISES THE PROFILE AND REQUIRES THAT THE S.B.A. KEEP TRACK OF HOW MUCH FEDERAL SPENDING IS MADE TO BEST IN CLASS VEHICLES. I APPLAUD THE ADMINISTRATION TO LOOK AT HOW TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE UTILIZED. WE MUST BE WATCHFUL TO SAFEGUARD SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE FEDERAL MARKETPLACE. ENACTING THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE CORRECT DATA IS COLLECTED AND REPORTED AND HELP MAINTAIN THAT BALANCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6382 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, BILL IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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

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

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                                                                      MR. CHABOT

                                                                      I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 791, SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION…

                                                                      I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 791, SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION PROTECTION ACT OF 2017.

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                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                      SENATE 791, AN ACT TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT TO EXPAND INTELLECTUAL…

                                                                      SENATE 791, AN ACT TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT TO EXPAND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                    Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 791 — "To amend the Small Business Act to expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses, and for other purposes."

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW…

                                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                                                  • 06:02:17 PM

                                                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                      MR. CHABOT

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

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

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                                                                  DEBATE

                                                                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 791.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                  • 06:02:31 PM

                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 791,…

                                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 791, SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION PROTECTION ACT OF 2017. AS SMALL ENTREPRENEURS CONTINUE TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESSES, THEY MUST HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO PROTECT THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. HOWEVER, THE PROCESS FOR OBTAINING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES CAN BE DAUNTING EVEN FOR THE MOST EXPERIENCED BUSINESS OWNERS. THEY NEED TO HAVE THE TOOLS TO PROTECT THEIR IDEAS AND PRODUCTS AS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SASTES. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS OFTEN DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO PROTECT THEIR IDEAS AND PRODUCTS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE COMPETING IN THE IMMARKETPLACE. THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO RETAIN ATTORNEYS TO GUIDE THEM THROUGH THE DIFFICULT PROCESS OF OBTAINING PROTECTIONS WHICH LEAVES THEM VULNERABLE TO THE INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO PRODUCTS AND IDEAS BEING STOLEN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND INTERNATIONALLY. THIS LEGISLATION ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE BY DEVELOPING A PARTNERSHIP TWEP THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE GIVING ENTREPRENEURS THE FULL BREAD OF KNOWLEDGE. THE BILL UTILIZES EXISTING RESOURCES AT BOTH AGENCIES TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND EXPAND THEIR OUTREACH EFFORTS TO HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO ADDRESS INTELLECTUAL ISSUES. THE ROLE THAT THEY PLAY, IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO BETTER PROTECT THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                  • 06:04:26 PM

                                                                    MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                  • 06:04:33 PM

                                                                    MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION PROTECTION ACT OF 2017.…

                                                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION PROTECTION ACT OF 2017. INNOVATION IS AN INDISPENSIBLE ELEMENT ENSURING AMERICA'S COMPETITIVE EDGE. IN FACT, IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT STUDIES SHOW THAT THE INDUSTRY SUPPORTS 30% OF ALL JOBS AND CONTRIBUTES OVER $6 TRILLION TO U.S. G.T.P. WHILE THEY UNDERSTAND, JUST AS MANY DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START OR HOW TO PROTECT THEIR IDEAS OVERSEAS. AND JUST 15% OF SMALL BUSINESSES THAT CONDUCT OVERSEAS' BUSINESS UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO FILE FOR I.T. PROTECTION ABROAD. THIS BILL ADDRESSES THE PROGRAM BY CREATING A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO AGENCIES BEST SUITED TO TAKE ON THIS MISSION, THE S.B.A. AND USBTO. AND THEY ARE UTILIZING THE IMMENSE NETWORK, SMALL FIRMS WILL HAVE ALL THE RESOURCES TO BETTER PROTECT THEIR INTERESTS, BOTH DEMECKICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. I THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING THE PROGRAM AND WORKING TO ADVANCE THE INTERESTS OF OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE YES AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD OUR JURISDICTIONAL LETTER…

                                                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD OUR JURISDICTIONAL LETTER EXCHANGED WITH THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY TO EXPEDITE FLOOR CONSIDERATION ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                  • 06:06:28 PM

                                                                    MR. CHABOT

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: DO YOU WISH TO YIELD OR RESERVE?

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    WE WILL RESERVE.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                    MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                                    THIS RECOGNIZES THE SPECIAL PLACE SMALL FIRMS PLAY IN AMERICA'S ECONOMY…

                                                                    THIS RECOGNIZES THE SPECIAL PLACE SMALL FIRMS PLAY IN AMERICA'S ECONOMY AND PROVIDES THEM A SIMPLE TOOL TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR IDEAS. TODAY'S BILL LEVERAGES THE ROLE OF THE USBT OMP AND S.B.A. TO PROTECT INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURS AT HOME AND ABROAD. DOING SO IS PARAMOUNT TO BEING THE GLOBAL LEADER. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR. CHABOT, AND THE STAFF OF THE MINORITY AND MAJORITY SIDE. IT HAS BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE WORKING ON THESE NINE BILLS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                    MR. CHABOT

                                                                    DON'T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF THERE. IT HASN'T HAPPENED YET AND WE HAVE HAD…

                                                                    DON'T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF THERE. IT HASN'T HAPPENED YET AND WE HAVE HAD A WONDERFUL WORKING RELATIONSHIP OVER THE YEARS. I HAVE BEEN THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER AND THE GENTLELADY HAS BEEN THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER. WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IT THE WAY IT IS NOW. WE'LL SEE IN SIX WEEKS. I HAVE GIVEN THE CLOSING STATEMENTS. SO WE'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                    WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL. IN THE OPINION OF…

                                                                    WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                                • 06:09:13 PM

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

                                                                  • 06:09:15 PM

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

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                      MR. CHABOT

                                                                      I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE SUCCESS ACT, AS AMENDED.

                                                                  • 06:10:24 PM

                                                                    Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6758 — "To direct the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in consultation with the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, to study and provide recommendations to promote the participation of women and minorities in entrepreneurship activities and the patent system, to extend by 8 years the Patent and Trademark Office's authority to set the amounts for the fees it charges, and for other purposess."

                                                                    • 06:10:29 PM

                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                    • 06:10:32 PM

                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                      H.R. 6758, A BILL TOTALING DIRECT THE UNDERSECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR…

                                                                      H.R. 6758, A BILL TOTALING DIRECT THE UNDERSECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE ADMINISTRATOR TO STUDY AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACTIVITIES TO EXTEND BY EIGHT YEARS THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICES' AUTHORITY TO SET THE AMOUNT IT SETS FOR FEES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                  • 06:10:35 PM

                                                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                    DEBATE

                                                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6758.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                                      MR. CHABOT

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

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

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                                                                    • 06:11:27 PM

                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                    • 06:11:30 PM

                                                                      MR. CHABOT

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

                                                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF OF H.R. 6758, THE SUCCESS ACT. BACK IN 2011, I WAS ONE OF FIVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO CO-SPONSORED THE AMERICA INVENTS ACT THAT THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW. A PROVISION WAS INCLUDED TO PROVIDE THE DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE TO COVER THE COSTS OF PATENT APPLICATIONS. TODAY AS A SENIOR OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, I RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO EXTEND THAT AUTHORITY ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS. THE P.T.O. PLAYS A ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT AGENCY OPERATES ON FEES IT COLLECTS FRRL APPLICANTS TO ENSURE THAT THE P.T.O. HAS THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO EXAMINE APPLICATIONS TO STUDY THE ISSUE OF FROM WOMEN AND TO PERFORM THE COUNTLESS OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT IT UNDERTAKES TO MAINTAIN THE COMPETITIVENESS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO RE-AUTHORIZE TO ADJUST ITS FEES. ADDITIONALLY, WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT EVERY AMERICA A CAN WITH A GREAT NEW IDEA HAS ACCESS TO THE TOOLS NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS FOR AMERICA TO REALIZE ITS FULL POTENTIAL AND SECURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE. THE SUCCESS ACT HELPS US ACHIEVE THAT GOAL BY REQUIRING THAT THEY PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS HOW TO INCREASE THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN, MINORITIES AND VETERANS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACTIVITIES AND THE PATENT SYSTEM. WHILE AMERICAN INGENUITYITY IS UNPARALLELED, RECENT REPORTS INDICATE WE HAVE NOT TAPPED INTO ALL THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO. WOMEN EARN ALMOST HALF OF ALL UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES AND 39% OF ALL NEW PHD'S IN THOSE FIELDS, 10% AND 20% OF INNOVATORS LISTED ON PATENTS ARE WOMEN. A 2017 STUDY SHOWED THAT RACIAL MINORITIES FARE EVEN WORSE. I THANK REPRESENTATIVES COMSTOCK FOR THE LEGISLATION THAT IS INCLUDED IN H.R. 6758. I THANK MY FELLOW MEMBERS ON THE JUDICIARY AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEES FOR BEING ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                      MR. JOHNSON

                                                                      I'M PROUD TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR OF THE SUCCESS ACT. THIS…

                                                                      I'M PROUD TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR OF THE SUCCESS ACT. THIS BILL TAKES THE IMPORTANT STEP OF EXTENDING FOR EIGHT MORE YEARS THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE'S AUTHORITY TO SET ITS OWN FEES. IT'S A TIMELY BILL. AND -- IT'S A TIMELY TIME THAT WE ARE PASSING THIS BILL BECAUSE THE FEE-SETTING AUTHORITY FOR THE U.S. P.T.O. EXPIRED ON SEPTEMBER 16 OF 2018. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW THE U.S. P.T.O. TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO SET THE AMOUNT IT CHARGES FOR EACH OF THE SERVICES IT PROVIDES TO PATENT AND TRADEMARK APPLICANTS. THE ABILITY TO SET ITS FEES WILL HELP THE U.S. P.T.O. WITH ITS LONG-TERM PLANNING. THE FEES ARE SET TO RECOVER AGGREGATE ESTIMATE COSTS OF THE OPERATIONS. THIS BILL WOULD RENEW THE U.S. P.T.O.'S FEE-SETTING AUTHORITY CONSISTENT WITH THE FRAMEWORK OF THE AMERICA INVENTS ACT, WHICH WAS ENACTED IN 2011. SECTION 29 OF THE AMERICA INVEPTS ACT CALLED FOR THE DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE TO ESTABLISH METHODS FOR STUDYING THE DIVERSITY OF PATENT APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE MINORITIES, WOMEN OR VETERANS. THIS BILL DIRECTS THE DIRECTOR IN THE CONSULTATION WITH THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE SMALL BILLS ADMINISTRATION TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE NUMBER OF PATENTS ANNUALLY APPLIED FOR AND OBJECT TAPED BY U.S. WOMEN, MINORITIES AND VETERANS. THE STUDY WOULD PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND IN THE PATENT SYSTEM. THIS DATA IS NECESSARY SO CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC CAN FULLY UNDERSTAND THE DEMOGRAPHIC NATURE OF THE PATENT APPLICANT POOL. THE STUDY WILL BE CRITICAL IN DEVELOPING POLICIES TO HELP UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS TO ENGAGE IN ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES THAT ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR AMERICAN ECONOMY. WOMEN, RACIAL MINORITIES AND LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERREPRESENTED IN THE INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM. FOR EXAMPLE, THE INSTITUTE OF WOMEN'S POLICY RESEARCH REPORTED IN 2016, LESS THAN 20% OF U.S. PATENTS LISTED ONE OR MORE WOMEN AS INVENTORS AND UNDER 8% LISTED A WOMAN AS THE PRIMARY INVENTOR. . . THIS IS BENEFICIAL NOT JUST FOR INVENTORS BUT FOR THE BUSINESS SECTOR AS WELL. FOR THESE REASONS I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                      MR. CHABOT

                                                                      WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS SPEAKERS, HE'S WELCOME…

                                                                      WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS SPEAKERS, HE'S WELCOME TO DO SO.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                    • 06:17:37 PM

                                                                      MR. JOHNSON

                                                                      I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, CONGRESSWOMAN ALMA ADAMS…

                                                                      I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, CONGRESSWOMAN ALMA ADAMS FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                    • 06:17:48 PM

                                                                      MRS. ADAMS

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

                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I DO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6758, THE SUCCESS ACT. AS THE WORLD'S LEADER FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, THE UNITED STATES HAS HISTORICALLY BEEN A BREEDING GROUND FOR THE BEST IDEAS AND CREATIVE APPROACHES THAT IMPROVE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE AND SOLVE SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST COMPLEX PROBLEMS. HOWEVER, CURRENTLY WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR AND LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES HOLD SIGNIFICANTLY FEWER PATENTS THAN OTHER DEMOGRAPHICS. A RECENT STUDY SHOWED THAT CHILDREN BORN TO PARENTS IN THE TOP 1% OF INCOME ARE 10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BECOME AN INNOVATOR AND HOLD A PATENT THAN THOSE BORN INTO LOW-INCOME FAMILIESLE INNOVATION SHOULD NOT BE A SKILLSET ONLY AVAILABLE TO THE SUPER RICH THOSE WITH THE MOST RESOURCES. THE SUCCESS ACT IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHIGE THE -- BETTER UNDERSTAND WHIGE THE PATENT GAPS EXIST. IT WILL TAKE MORE EFFORT TO CREATE A MORE EQUITABLE SYSTEM. WITH DATA COLLECTED VIA THE SUCCESS ACT, TIMELY RESEARCH AND STUDIES ACROSS THE NATION ADDRESSING UNDERREPRESENTATION, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN BETTER PROMOTE POLICIES TO INCREASE OPPORTUNITY FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS TO SUCCESSFULLY QUALITY -- QUALIFY. I STRONGLY BELIEVE IT'S OUR DUTY TO ENSURE THAT ALL PEOPLE HAVE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR PATENTS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE INNOVATION ECONOMY. THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN INNOVATION IS DIVERSE AN THE SUCCESS ACT WILL HELP US BEGIN TO CLOSE THE GAP IN PATENTING AND ENSURE THAT ALL INNOVATORS, CREATORS AND PATENT SEEK VERSE A SEAT AT THE TABLE. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                      MR. JOHNSON

                                                                      THANK YOU. I AM AGAIN ASKING THAT MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS VERY…

                                                                      THANK YOU. I AM AGAIN ASKING THAT MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS VERY COMMONSENSE BILL AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                      MR. CHABOT

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

                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE, I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER ON A NUMBER OF BILLS IN THE PAST. I REALLY DO APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN EFFORT IN THIS AREA. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6…

                                                                      THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6 58 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OTHEY HAVE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WEATHER, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITE SAIL MEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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

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

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

                                                                        • 06:20:31 PM

                                                                          Mr. Chabot moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5075 — "To encourage, enhance, and integrate Ashanti Alert plans throughout the United States, and for other purposes."

                                                                          • 06:20:41 PM

                                                                            MR. CHABOT

                                                                            I MOVE TO PASS H.R. 5075, THE ASHANTI ALERT ACT.

                                                                        • 06:20:42 PM

                                                                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                          DEBATE

                                                                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5075.

                                                                          • 06:20:49 PM

                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                          • 06:20:54 PM

                                                                            THE CLERK

                                                                            A BILL TO ENHANCE AND INTEGRATE ALERT PLANS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. SHAH WITH THE AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS,…

                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. SHAH WITH THE AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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                                                                            MR. CHABOT

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

                                                                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON H.R. 5075 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WE'LL VOTE TODAY ON H.R. 5075, THE ASHANTI ALERT ACT OF 2018. THIS BILL ESTABLISHES A NATIONAL ALERT NETWORK FOR MISSING ADULTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. IT WILL ALLOW LAW ENFORCE OPTOMETRIST COORDINATE THE USE OF COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS TO ALERT THE PUBLIC THAT AN ADULT IS MISSING. IN ORDER TO ISSUE AN ALERT THE MISSING ALERT -- MISSING ADULT MUST SUFFER FROM A PROVEN PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY OR LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST CERTIFY THE PERSON'S PHYSICAL SAFETY MAY BE IN DANGER OR THEIR DISAPPEARANCE WAS NOT VOLUNTARY. THIS ASHANTI NATIONAL ALERT NETWORK WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO THE EXISTING BLUE ALERT SYSTEM. THE BLUE ALERT SYSTEM ISSUES ALERTS TO NOTIFY THE PUBLIC OF NEARBY SUSPECTS OR THREATS TO THEIR COMMUNITIES' LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO ALLOW THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO DESIGNATE A NATIONAL COORDINATOR TO WORK WITH STATES TO ESTABLISH ALERT SYSTEMS FOR MISSING ADULTS AND TO DEVELOP VOLUNTARY GUIDELINE STATES MAY USE IN CREATING THEIR NETWORKS. I WANT TO THANK SCOTT TAYLOR FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND WE APPRECIATE MR. TAYLOR BEING HERE TODAY AND HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS EFFORT.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                            LET ME SAY TO THE MANAGER OF THIS BILL I'M DELIGHTED TO STAND WITH YOU ON…

                                                                            LET ME SAY TO THE MANAGER OF THIS BILL I'M DELIGHTED TO STAND WITH YOU ON A VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE. HAVING BEEN IN THIS BODY FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, I'M REMINDED OF THE AMBER ALERT, I WAS HERE WHEN IT WAS INITIATED AND PASSED BY MY FRIEND, MARTIN FROST, WHO WAS FORMERLY IN THIS BODY. THEN I BELIEVE A LOT OF WORK WAS DONE ON THE SILVER ALERT BY OUR COLLEAGUE MAXINE WATERS. AND WE ALL WORKED TOGETHER. REMEMBER AMENDMENTS IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON THESE VERY ISSUES. SO I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5075, THE ASHANTI ALERT ACT OF 2018. IT'S A COMMONSENSE INITIATIVE TO REALIZE THAT WHOEVER IS MISSING, WE NEED TO HELP FIND THOSE INDIVIDUALS. SO THIS BILL SEEKS TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO HELP LOCATE MISSING ADULTS BY PROVIDING ASSISTANCE FOR REGIONAL AND LOCAL SEARCH EFFORTS. FOR OUR COLLEAGUES OBVIOUSLY THE AMBER ALERT DEALT WITH CHILDREN AND THE SILVER ALERT DEALT WITH SENIOR CITIZENS, ISLE IN THE AGE RANGE OF 60 AND 65. THE BILL WOULD INITIATE, FACILITATE AND PROMOTE ASHANTI ALERT PLANS IN COORDINATION WITH STATES, UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND OTHER CONCERNED ENTITIES WITH EXPERTISE IN PROVIDING SERVICES TO ADULTS. THESE ARE LAUDABLE GOALS AND AS A CONGRESS ONES WHICH WE HAVE A DUTY TO FACILITATE. AS OF DECEMBER 31, 017, THE NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION CENTER DATABASE INCLUDED RECORDS OF 55,968 MISSING ADULTS. IN MY OWN HOMETOWN IN THE LAST THREE WEEKS, TWO ADULTS WENT MISSING WHO WERE BROTHER AND SISTER. FIRST THE BROTHER WENT MISSING, ABSOLUTELY NO SIGN OF THAT INDIVIDUAL, THE SISTER WENT TO LOOK FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL AND OF COURSE THEY WERE MISSING. TRAGICALLY, OF COURSE, WE FOUND ULTIMATELY THAT A RELATIVE HAD DISPOSED AND KILLED BOTH OF THEM. BUT IF WE HAD AN ALERT SYSTEM MAYBE WE WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND THEM SOONER. IN FACT, MANY ADULTS GO MISSING EACH YEAR WHO ARE NOT FOUND UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. SUCH WAS THE CASE OF A YOUNG WOMAN AFTER WHOM THIS BILL IS NAMED, A SMBING HANTI BILLINGS, SHE WAS ABDUCTED FROM HER WORKPLACE IN VIRGINIA, TAKEN ACROSS STATE LINES AND FOUND DEAD IN NORTH CAROLINA. SHE WAS TOO OLD FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN AMBER ALERT ON HER BEHALF AND TOO YOUNG FOR SILVER ALERT. THIS FILLS IN THE GAP FOR PEOPLE LIKE HER, MISSING ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 64 AND DOES SO IN COORDINATION WITH THE BLUE ALERT NETWORK AND AS WELL -- WHICH CONGRESS ESTABLISHED, THE BLUE ALERT ESTABLISHED A NATIONWIDE SYSTEM OF BLUE ALERTS TO WARN ABOUT THREATS TO POLICE OFFICERS AND HELP TRACK DOWN SUSPECTS WHO CARRY THEM OUT. WHILE DRAWING ON THE BLUE ALERT NETWORK, THE ASHANTI ALERTS ACT INCLUDES MINIMUM STANDARDS AND RESOURCES THAT HELP IN THIS CASE. HAD THESE RESOURCES BEEN AVAILABLE WHEN ASHANTI WAS ABDUCTED SHE MAY STILL BE HERE WITH US TODAY. FOR THESE REASONS I SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                            MR. CHABOT

                                                                            I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME HEAS MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                                            I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME HEAS MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                            MR. TAYLOR

                                                                            THANK YOU, PRK. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 5075, THE ASHANTI…

                                                                            THANK YOU, PRK. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 5075, THE ASHANTI ALERT ACT, NAMED IF FOR ASHANTI BILLIE, TRAGICALLY TAKEN FROM THE WORLD TOO SOON LAST SEPTEMBER AT THE HANDS OF A VIOLENT CRIMINAL. SO NOW WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN THIS ACTION WITH THIS BILL, A BIPARTISAN ONE, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. UNITED STATES DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE AN ALERT SYSTEM FOR MISSING ADULTS. IF A CHILD OR SENIOR CITIZEN GOES MISSING, LAW ENFORCEMENT IS AUTHORIZE T.D. BRD CAST ALERTS ON MAJOR CHANNELS AND PARTICIPATING CITIZENS SHARE ALERTS ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM, BRINGING MUCH-NEEDED ATTENTION AND RESOURCES TO BEAR. STILL NO SUCH ALERT EXISTS FOR MISSING ADULTS AGES 18 TO 65. HISTORY SHOWS THAT PROGRAMS LIKE THE AMBER ALERT ARE SUCCESSFUL AND HELP SAVE LIVES. IN 2016 ALONE, THERE WERE 179 AMBER ALERTS ISSUED IN THE UNITED STATES. OVER 85 OF THOSE CASES RESULTED IN RECOVERY AND 43 OF THEM WERE THE DIRECT RESULT OF AN AMBER ALERT. THESE PROGRAMS ARE PROVEN TO WORK AND WITH THE ASHANTI ALERT WE CAN CLOSE THE GAP, BETTER PROTECT OUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, AND SAVE LIVES WITH A LEGACY GIVEN TO US BY ASHANTI BILLE'S SACRIFICE. LIKE OTHER ALERTS, THIS ALLOWS LAW ENFORCEMENT TO USE TOOLS AT THEIR DISPOSAL TO ISSUE ALERTS ABOUT MISSING ADULTS ON TV, RADIO AND SOCIAL MEDIA. IT ALSO SETS A MINIMUM STANDARD FOR ISSUING ALERTS. ONE THE PERSON SUFFERS A PROVEN MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITY. TWO, IF POLICE BELIEVE THEIR -- THEY'RE IN DANGER OR THREE IF THEY BELIEVE THE DISAPPEARANCE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN INVOLUNTARY. MY COMMONWEALTH, VIRGINIA, HAS ALREADY TAKEN STEPS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. LAST APRIL THE GOVERNOR SIGNED A BILL INTO LAW IN HONOR OF ASHANTI THAT ESTABLISHES A STATEWIDE ALERT SYSTEM FOR MISSING ADULTS. BUT IN ORDER TO SAVE LIVES THE SEARCH FOR MISSING ADULTS CANNOT END AT THE STATE LINE. INDEED, ACCORDING TO THE F.B.I.'S NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION CENTER, THERE'S STILL OVER 55,000 MISSING ADULTS IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS A NATIONAL CHALLENGE AND IT MOST DEFINITELY DEMANDS A NATIONAL RESPONSE. MR. SPEAKER, ASHANTI BILLIE WAS A BEAUTIFUL, YOUNG, BLACK WOMAN WITH A BEAMING SMILE. SHE WAS A HARD WORKER, SHE'D WAKE UP BEFORE SUNRISE AND HEAD TO THE NAVAL BASE TO START HER JOB. AT NIGHT SHE ATTENDED CULINARY CLASSES AT THE VIRGINIA BEACH ART INSTITUTE. SHE HAD HOPES AND DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS, SHE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT LIFE AND BROUGHT THAT POSITIVE ENERGY TO EVERYONE WHO MET HER. MR. SPEAKER, ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, EARLY IN THE MORNING, I MET WITH LOCAL CONSTITUENTS KIMBERLY WIMBUSH, MICHAEL MOHAMMED, AND THE BILLIE FAMILY AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NAACP. BEING MILITARY VETERAN, THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND -- THE BILLIE FAMILY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND HOW THIS COULD HAPPEN. THEIR YOUNG DAUGHTER WAS MISSERING ABDUCTED FROM A NAIL BASE. I KNEW RIGHT THEN THAT FATEFUL MORNING , IN MY GUT AND IN MY HEART THAT THIS FAMILY WOULD SOON RECEIVE TRADGE EXNEWS. I KNEW THIS FAMILY AND THESE FRIENDS NEEDED MY HELP AND MY HEART AND MY TEAM'S HEART WAS WITH THEM. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE NO WORDS, NO WISHES, NO WHISPERS THAT CAN BRING BACK OR EASE THE BILLIE FAMILY BURDEN BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, NO AMOUNT OF DARKNESS CAN EVER KEEP OUT A BRIGHT LIGHT. I MAY HAVE MET WITH A SHAKEN FAMILY THAT DAY BUT ON THIS DAY THEY SIT BEFORE US IN THIS CHAMBER STRONG AND DETERMINED AND READY TO SOLIDIFY ASHANTI'S LEGACY AND TODAY'S VOTE WILL GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS EOUR GREAT NATION A NEW TOOL TO BRING RESOURCES TO BEAR TO LOCATE MISSING ADULTS WHO MAY BE IN DANGER AND WILL NO DOUBT SAVE LIVES. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            DO YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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                                                                            MR. CHABOT

                                                                            WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE GENTLELADY…

                                                                            WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE GENTLELADY WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN A COLLOQUY.

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                                                                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                            I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN TO YIELD IN A MOMENT. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.…

                                                                            I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN TO YIELD IN A MOMENT. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHABOT. I'M CONCERNED THAT H.R. 5075 DOES NOT EXPLICITLY INCLUDE NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES IN THE NETWORK THAT THE BILL WOULD ESTABLISH. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS NETWORK WOULD BE ESTABLISHED BY THE SAME OFFICE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THAT IMPLEMENTS ITS PLUS ALERT SYSTEM WHICH INCLUDES OUTREACH TO TRIBAL PARTNERS. I WOULD LIKE TO CONFIRM THAT IT IS THE INTENT OF CONGRESS THAT THIS SAME OUTREACH TO TRIBES BE CONDUCTED WITH THE MISSING ADULTS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK.

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                                                                            MR. CHABOT

                                                                            THIS OUTREACH TO TRIBES SHALL BE CONDUCTED WITH THE BLUE ALERT PROGRAM.

                                                                          • 06:31:54 PM

                                                                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                            I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. LET ME THANK THE PROPONENT OF THIS LEGISLATION, MR.…

                                                                            I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. LET ME THANK THE PROPONENT OF THIS LEGISLATION, MR. TAYLOR, FOR VERY THOUGHTFUL INITIATIVE, ONE THAT IS NEEDED. IT IS TRAGIC WHEN WE LOSE OUR CONSTITUENTS BUT WHEN THE FAMILIES LOSE THEIR LOVED ONES. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. H.R. 5075 WILL FACILITATE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK CONCERNING MISSING ADULTS AND WILL HAVE AN IMPACT FAR BEYOND WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO ACCOMPLISH IT. AND THIS BILL IS INTENDED -- MR. CHABOT'S IN THE CLARIFICATION, THIS BILL IS EXTENDED TO TRIBAL ENTITIES AND AMERICAN NATIVE AMERICANS. THIS PAST MAY, WE COMMEMORATED TO BRING AWARENESS HOW THIS PROBLEM AFFECTS NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES. I'M HOPEFUL THIS BILL CAN ADDRESS THIS VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM AND THEOVER ALL BILL THAT ADDRESSES THE NEED FOR FAMILIES TO FIND THEIR LOVED ONES AFTER THE AGES OF CHILDREN AND BEFORE THE AMINGS OF SENIOR SIT ACCEPTS. WE CAN DO MORE TO HELP MISSING LOCAL ADULTS. THERE ARE FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT THAT ARE SUFFERING FROM A LOSS OF A BROTHER OR SISTER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                                          • 06:33:24 PM

                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELD.

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                                                                            MR. CHABOT

                                                                            I WILL BE BRIEF. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I CAN CLOSE. ON BEHALF OF…

                                                                            I WILL BE BRIEF. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I CAN CLOSE. ON BEHALF OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF ASHANTI AND I THANK MR. TAYLOR FOR HIS LEGISLATION. I HOPE OTHER PEOPLE WOULD BENEFIT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                          • 06:33:54 PM

                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER, H.R. 6368, H.R. 6369 AND H.R. 6369. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC HE VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. AND THE REMAINING VOTES WILL BE FIVE-MINUTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON PASSING H.R. 6368.

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                                                                        • 06:34:02 PM

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

                                                                          • 06:34:04 PM

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

                                                                          • 06:34:40 PM

                                                                            UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

                                                                            • 06:34:48 PM

                                                                              Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 6368 — "To encourage R&D small business set-asides, to encourage SBIR and STTR participants to serve as mentors under the Small Business Administration's mentor-protege program, to promote the use of interagency contracts, and for other purposes."

                                                                              • 06:34:53 PM

                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 744, H.R. 6468 A BILL TO ENCOURAGE RAD SETASIDES…

                                                                                UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 744, H.R. 6468 A BILL TO ENCOURAGE RAD SETASIDES PARTICIPANTS TO SERVE AS METROPOLITANORS UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM TO PROMOTE THE USE OF SBRR AGENCY CONTRACTS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                              • 06:35:16 PM

                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR --

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                                                                                I REQUEST THE YAPES.

                                                                              • 06:35:32 PM

                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE.

                                                                            • 06:35:34 PM

                                                                              On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 400 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                                                              • 06:35:36 PM

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                                                                                I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS, A RECORDED VOTE.

                                                                              • 06:35:39 PM

                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YAPES WILL…

                                                                                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YAPES WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YAPED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. SNOW [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 389, THE NAYS ARE 6. ZERO RECORDED AS PRESENT.…

                                                                                ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 389, THE NAYS ARE 6. ZERO RECORDED AS PRESENT. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON PASSING H.R. 6369 AS AMENDED, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                                          • 07:00:35 PM

                                                                            House Vote 400 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                                                                            Encouraging Small Business Innovators

                                                                            Passed (389 - 6)
                                                                            Yea

                                                                            Vote Details: Yea - 389
                                                                            Republican - 214
                                                                            Democratic - 175

                                                                            Vote Details: Nay - 6
                                                                            Republican - 6

                                                                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 33
                                                                            Republican - 15
                                                                            Democratic - 18

                                                                            • 07:00:36 PM

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

                                                                              • 07:00:47 PM

                                                                                Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 6369 — "To amend the Small Business Act to eliminate the inclusion of option years in the award price for sole source contracts, and for other purposes."

                                                                                • 07:01:03 PM

                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                  H.R. 6369 A BILL TOLL AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ANTH TO ELIMINATE THE…

                                                                                  H.R. 6369 A BILL TOLL AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ANTH TO ELIMINATE THE INCLUSION IN THE AWARD PRICE OF SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                • 07:01:19 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THOSE IN…

                                                                                  WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE PIP OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 --

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                                                                                • 07:01:31 PM

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                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                                                              • 07:01:33 PM

                                                                                On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 401 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                                                                • 07:01:40 PM

                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE YAPES ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YAPES. YEAS AND NAYS…

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

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                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                  THE YEAS ARE 392, THE NAYS ARE 5, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES…

                                                                                  THE YEAS ARE 392, THE NAYS ARE 5, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE QUESTION IS ON SUSPEND BEING THE RULES. WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                                            • 07:12:45 PM

                                                                              House Vote 401 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                                                                              Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2018

                                                                              Passed (392 - 5)
                                                                              Yea

                                                                              Vote Details: Yea - 392
                                                                              Republican - 216
                                                                              Democratic - 176

                                                                              Vote Details: Nay - 5
                                                                              Republican - 5

                                                                              Vote Details: Not Voting - 31
                                                                              Republican - 14
                                                                              Democratic - 17

                                                                              • 07:12:46 PM

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

                                                                                • 07:13:03 PM

                                                                                  Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 6735 — "To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a vulnerability disclosure policy for Department of Homeland Security internet websites, and for other purposes."

                                                                                  • 07:13:18 PM

                                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                                    H.R. 6735, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO…

                                                                                    H.R. 6735, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ESTABLISH A VULNERABILITY DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INTERNET WEB SITES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ISM THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, TWIRD BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                              • 07:13:42 PM

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

                                                                                • 07:13:44 PM

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

                                                                                  • 07:14:00 PM

                                                                                    Mr. Collins (GA) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1077.

                                                                                    • 07:14:04 PM

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                                                                                      I SEND TO THE DETCHING A PRIVILEGED REPORT FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

                                                                                    • 07:14:10 PM

                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      A REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1077, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                                                                                      A REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1077, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE BILL H.R. 6167 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, PROVIDING FOR CRRGS, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1071 RECOGNIZING THAT ALLOWING ILLEGAL AVALUES THE FRANCHISE AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES.

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                                                                                    • 07:14:49 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PLEASE TAKE YOUR…

                                                                                      REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE FLOOR WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER PLEASE. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER, PLEASE. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                    • 07:16:36 PM

                                                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKERS' TABLE H.R. 1511 WITH…

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKERS' TABLE H.R. 1511 WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO TOND AGREE WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                    • 07:16:47 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND SENATE…

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND SENATE AMENDMENT.

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                                                                                    • 07:16:50 PM

                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                      H.R. 1551 AN ACT TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1996 TO MODIFY THE…

                                                                                      H.R. 1551 AN ACT TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1996 TO MODIFY THE CODE FROM ADVANCED NUCLEAR POWER FA ILL ILL -- FACILITY.

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                                                                                    • 07:17:01 PM

                                                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

                                                                                    • 07:17:07 PM

                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE READING IS SUSPENDED. IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE…

                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE READING IS SUSPENDED. IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO CONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                                                  • 07:17:10 PM

                                                                                    Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's Table and agree to the Senate amendment.

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                                                                                      THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                      THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE…

                                                                                      THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                • 07:17:32 PM

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

                                                                                  • 07:17:33 PM

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

                                                                                    • 07:18:02 PM

                                                                                      Considered by unanimous consent. S. Con. Res. 48 — "Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make corrections in the enrollment of H.R. 1551."

                                                                                      • 07:18:02 PM

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

                                                                                        • 07:18:03 PM

                                                                                          MR. COLLINS

                                                                                          I ASK DEMAMS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE S.CON.RES. 1450 AND…

                                                                                          I ASK DEMAMS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE S.CON.RES. 1450 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                        • 07:18:20 PM

                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

                                                                                        • 07:18:24 PM

                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                          SENATE CON SURNT -- CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 48.

                                                                                        • 07:18:32 PM

                                                                                          MR. COLLINS

                                                                                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

                                                                                    • 07:18:34 PM

                                                                                      On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                                                                                      • 07:18:36 PM

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

                                                                                        • 07:18:38 PM

                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                          IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

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

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                                                                                      • 07:18:53 PM

                                                                                        Considered by unanimous consent. S. 2559 — "To amend title 17, United States Code, to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, and for other purposes."

                                                                                        • 07:18:53 PM

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

                                                                                          • 07:19:01 PM

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

                                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF S. 2559 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                                                          • 07:19:12 PM

                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                          • 07:19:15 PM

                                                                                            THE CLERK

                                                                                            SENATE 2559 AND ACT TO AMEND TITLE 17 TO AMEND THE MARRAKESH TREATY AND…

                                                                                            SENATE 2559 AND ACT TO AMEND TITLE 17 TO AMEND THE MARRAKESH TREATY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                      • 07:19:19 PM

                                                                                        On passage Passed without objection.

                                                                                        • 07:19:20 PM

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

                                                                                        • 07:19:21 PM

                                                                                          ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP

                                                                                          Mr. Stivers asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be the first sponsor of H.R. 2327, a bill originally introduced by Representative DeSantis, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.

                                                                                          • 07:19:23 PM

                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                            IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE 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 OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HEREAFTER BE CONSIDERED THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 2327, A BILL ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE RON DESANTIS OF FLORIDA, FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADD COG SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 12.

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                                                                                          • 07:20:03 PM

                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK…

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

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                                                                                          • 07:20:46 PM

                                                                                            Mrs. Roby moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6847 — "To amend title 18, United States Code, to expand and strengthen Federal sex offenses, to reauthorize certain programs established by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, and for other purposes."

                                                                                            • 07:20:53 PM

                                                                                              MRS. ROBY

                                                                                              I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6847, THE PREVENTING CHILD…

                                                                                              I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6847, THE PREVENTING CHILD EXPLOITATION OF 2018 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                            • 07:21:01 PM

                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              THE CLERK WILL PORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                                                                            • 07:21:04 PM

                                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                                              H.R. 6847 A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO EXPAND AND…

                                                                                              H.R. 6847 A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN FEDERAL SEX OFFENSES, RE-AUTHORIZE CERTAIN PROGRAMS ESTABLISHED BY THE ADAM WALSH CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFETY ACT OF 2006 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6847.

                                                                                            • 07:21:18 PM

                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. ROEBY, AND THE…

                                                                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. ROEBY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                                                                            • 07:21:29 PM

                                                                                              MRS. ROBY

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

                                                                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 6847 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                            • 07:21:42 PM

                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                            • 07:21:46 PM

                                                                                              MRS. ROBY

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

                                                                                            • 07:21:49 PM

                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                                                            • 07:21:51 PM

                                                                                              MS. ROEBY

                                                                                              I'M PLEASED WE'RE VOTING TODAY ON THE PREVENTING CHILD EXPLOITATION ACT…

                                                                                              I'M PLEASED WE'RE VOTING TODAY ON THE PREVENTING CHILD EXPLOITATION ACT WHICH ROLLS TOGETHER FOUR BILLS THE HOUSE CONSIDERED AND PASSED LAST YEAR, BUT THE SENATE FAILED TO PASS UP AND PASS THESE BILLS. EACH OF THEM WILL MAKE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO FEDERAL RU LAU TO PROTECT CHILDREN. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. RATCLIFFE, MR. JOHNSON, AND MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR THEIR EXCELLENT WORK IN CRAFTING AN INTRODUCING THESE BILLS WITH ME AND THEIR CRITICAL EFFORTS TO MOVE THEM THROUGH THE HOUSE EARLIER THIS CONGRESS. THE FIRST PART OF H.R. 6847 IS THE BILL I INTRODUCED, THE ROEBY BILL THAT CLOSES A SIGNIFICANT LOOPHOLE IN PURSUING OFFEND OFFENDERS WHO ENGAGE IN SEX TOURISM AND PREY ON CHILDREN ABROAD. SPECIFICALLY THE BILL ENSURES THAT THE DEFINITION OF ILL LIST SEXUAL CONDUCT INCLUDES ALL POTENTIAL SITUATIONS WHERE AN ADULT DEFENDANT MAY ABUSE A CHILD UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. NO LONGER WILL THEY BE ABLE TO GO AND PREY ON FOREIGN CHILDREN WITHOUT FACING A PENALTY OF SIGNIFICANT PUNISHMENT AT HOME. THEY WILL ALSO NOT BE ABLE TOEST TAPE -- ESCAPE ENHANCED SNANTSES FOR DOING. SO THE BILL ALSO FIXES LOOPHOLES FOR THOSE WHO DEGRADE, HUMILIATE CHILDREN UNDER 12 TO AVOID SENTENCING ENHANCEMENTS FOR SENTENCING. CONGRESS ALWAYS INTENDED CHILDREN TO HAVE THE GREATEST PROTECTION AND WE MUST ENSURE OUR LAW REFLECTS THAT INTENT. THE NEXT PART, THE RATCLIFFE BILL, CLOSES YET ANOTHER LOOPHOLE REGARDING OFFENDERS WHO COMMIT VIOLENT CRIMES WHILE THEY'RE IN NONCOMPLIANT STATUS AS SEX OFFENDERSLE CURRENTLY THIS ENHANCEMENT APRIES ONLY TO THOSE WHO COMMIT CRIMES OF VIOLENCE UNDER FEDERAL TRAVEL, D.C., OR MILITARY LAW AND THE LAW OF ANY TERRITORY OR POSSESSION OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL ADDS STATE CRIMES AS PREDICATE QUICKS, ENSURING THAT ALL SEX OFFENDERS WHO HAVE BEEN QUICKED OF CRIMES OF VIOLENCE FACE TIGHTENED PUNISHMENT WHERE THEY FILL TO REGISTER. CURRENTLY, CERTAIN RECIDIVIST PROVISIONS HAVE NOT COVERED WHEN SOMEONE HAS A PRIOR SEX CONVICTION UNDER FEDERAL AND STATE LAW AS OPPOSED TO MILITARY LAW. FOR INSTANCE, UNDER CURRENT LAW AN OFFENDER WITH CERTAIN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CONVICTIONS WOULD NOT QUALIFY FOR SENTENCING ENHANCEMENT THAT SOMEONE CONVICTED UNDER A FEDERAL STATUTE WOULD EVEN IF THEIR CONDUCT WAS THE SAME. THIS BILL FIXES THIS AND MAKES SURE THAT THOSE RECIDIVIST ENHANCE. S ARE APPLIED CONSISTENTLY. THE THIRD PART OF H.R. 6847, THE JOHNSON BILL, FIXES A JUDICIALLY CREATED LOOPHOLE IN THE FEDERAL PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY STATUTES. IN THE UNITED STATES -- IN UNITED STATES VS. PALOMINO CORONADO, THE FOURTH CIRCUIT REVERSED A CONVICTION FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY FOR INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE, ALLOWING A DEFENDANT TO WALK FRE FREE FROM PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY DESPITE PHOTOGRAPHS. IN DOING SO THE COURT SUGGESTED A DEFENDANT MUST INITIATE SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH AN INTENT TO MAKE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. THIS DECISION HAS EXTREMELY UNDESIRABLE CONSEQUENCES IN THE PRODUCTION OF CHILD -- IN THE PROSECUTION OF PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. IT CREATED A NEW DEFENSE WHERE A DEFENDANT CAN DENY A PREFORMED, SPECIFIC INTENT TO MAKE PORNOGRAPHY OF A MINOR. THAT'S AN OUTRAGEOUS RESULT. THE CREATION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY MUST BE ADEQUATELY DETERRED AND THIS FIX ENSURES IT WILL BE. FINALLY, H.R. 6847 INCLUDES THE A-- THE ADAM WALSH RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT INTRODUCED BY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SENSENBRENNER, THE AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL WALSH ACT. IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE SEX OFFENDER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THE UNITED STATES MARSHAL SERVICE WHICH IS TASKED WITH IDENTIFYING AND APPREHENDING UNREGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS. IT ALSO ADDS NEW PROVISIONS TA AIM TO IMPROVE THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND NOTIFICATION ACT AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR STATES TO COMPLY. THUS FAR, 17 STATES, 108 TRIBES AND 40 TERRITORIES ARE IN SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. THE INTENT OF THIS BILL IS TO ENSURE MANY MORE JURISDICTIONS COME INTO COMPLIANCE. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, D.O.J. HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE STATE TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL BY PROMULGATING FLEXIBLE GUIDELINES AND -- VIA THE CONTINUED HARD WORK OF THE OFFICE OF SEX OFFENDER SENTENCING MONITOR, REGISTER, AND TRACKING OR THE SMART. THIS ADDRESSES CONCERNS MANY HAVE ADDRESSED ABOUT JUVENILE OFFENDERS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT ONLY JUVENILES WHO HAVE COMMITTED THE MOST SERIOUS SEX OFFENSES ARE SUBJECT TO REGISTRATION UNDER THE LAW. NEVERTHELESS THIS BILL LESSENS THE AMOUNT OF TIME A JUVENILE WHO COMMITS CERTAIN OFFENSES AND KEEPS A CLEAN RECORD MUST BE ON THE REGISTRY. IT KEEPS THESE YOUTH -- IF THESE YOUTHS KEEP A CLEAN RECORD FOR 15 YEARS THEY MAY PETITION TO LEAVE THE REGISTRY. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL CODIFIES 2016 D.O.J. GUIDELINES WHICH PERMIT THE SMART OFFICE TO DEEM A STATE IN SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE EVEN IF IT MAINTAINS A DISCRETIONARY JUVENILE REGISTRY. FURTHER, THE BILL ALLEVIATES THE IMPLEMENTATION BY PERMITTING ALTERNATIVE MEANS FOR IN-PERSON CHECK-INS FOR REG SFRANTS AND LESSENING THE NUMBER OF REQUIRED CHECK-INS. S THAT REASONABLE AMENDMENT THAT WILL HELP STATES WITH SIGNIFICANT RURAL POPULATIONS ACHIEVE COMPLIANCE. I WANT TO THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES, I'M GLAD TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THE COMPREHENSIVE CHILD PROTECTION BILL WHICH AS I HAVE ALREADY NOTED WILL STRENGTHEN FEDERAL LAW TO PROTECT CHILDREN. I ALSO WANT TO AGAIN THANK MR. RATCLIFFE, MR. JOHNSON, AND MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR THEIR WORK. THERE CAN BE NO KEENER REVELATION OF A SOCIETY'S MORALS THAN THE WAY IN WHICH IT TREATS ITS CHILDREN. I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE THAT TO HEART AND SUPPORT THIS WELL-CRAFTED LEGISLATION. I URGE EVERY PERSON IN THIS ROOM TO CONSIDER THIS BILL NOT JUST AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS BUT AS A PARENT, A GRANDPARENT, AN AUNT, AN UNCLE OR A FRIEND. PLEASE JOIN ME TODAY IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              THE JERUSALEM RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                              I ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                              I'M PLEASED TO BE ON THE FLOOR WITH A FELLOW COLLEAGUE IN THE JUDICIARY…

                                                                                              I'M PLEASED TO BE ON THE FLOOR WITH A FELLOW COLLEAGUE IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND WE HAVE A SIMILAR PASSION FOR CHILDREN OVER THE YEARS. AND I AM PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK OF -- THAT THE WALSH FAMILY HAS TRAGICALLY HAD TO DO IN HONOR OF THEIR SON ADAM WALSH AND THEIR RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WHICH HAS BEEN A MAJOR IMPACT OF -- HAD A MAJOR IMPACT ON CHILD VIOLENT CRIMES. SO IN THIS SET OF BILLS IS I INTEND TO SPEAK ON AS IT RELATES TO PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. BUT ALSO, OUR BILLS, H.R. 1761, H.R. 184 AND H.R. 1862, WHICH WE KNOW WOULD SPAPPED THE SENTENCES. THE ACT ESTABLISHED A SEX OFF ENDER NOTIFICATION ACT AS THE NATIONAL SYSTEM FOR THE REGISTRATION OF SEX OFF ENDERS. EVERYONE KNOWS THE TRAGIC STORY OF ADAM WALSH AND THE WALSH FAMILY HAS COMMITTED THEMSELVES FOR YEARS. THE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT IS INCLUDED IN H.R. 6847. AND IT LAST RE-AUTHORIZED THE ACT IN 2012 TO IMPROVE THE REQUIREMENTS. STATES HAVE FAILED TO SUBSTANTIALLY AND SUBJECT TO A GRANT UNDER THE ASSISTANT GRANT. THE RE-AUTHORIZATION PROVISIONS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THIS OVERALL OMNIBUS BALL WOULD DETERMINE WHETHER JUVENILE SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION WOULD BE ACCESSIBLE. I STEP FORWARD AS IT RELATES TO COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ADDRESSING QUESTIONS. AND IT WOULD REDUCE THE TIME THAT CERTAIN BUT NOT ALL JUVENILE OFFENDERS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER. I WELCOME THESE CHANGES AS STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE WORK THIS A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS WHICH I SUPPORTED AS H.R. 1188 LAST YEAR. NOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS WE HAVE 6847 THAT INCORPORATES A NUMBER OF OWE PROBLEMS WITH PROBLEMATIC PROVISIONS THAT WOULD REQUIRE MANDATORY LIFE IMPRISONMENT. NO ONE IS CONDONING OR SUPPORTING ANY OF THESE HEINOUS ACTS OR INDIVIDUALS. UNDER SECTION 3559 OF TITLE CODE , AND COMMITTED AGAINST A CHILD AND WHO IS GUILTY AGAINST A CHILD MUST BE ACCEPTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT. THIS WOULD AMEND 3559 TO ADD MORE PREDICATE OFFENSES OF A LIFE SENTENCE NAMELY SEX CONDUCT WITH A MIPOR. MISSING THE FACT OF NOT ALLOWING JUDGES TO BE INVOLVED IN THE SEPTEMBERING OF THESE PARTICULAR OFFENSES. THE BILL WOULD REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT A FEDERAL PRESENTED MEANT OFFENSE WOULD BE HE RELATED TO PROSECUTION. THIS WOULD ALLOW ANY SEXUAL TO SERVE AS A BASIS TO A MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE. THEY WOULD BE SUBJECT TO INCREASED PENALTIES AND LIFE IMPRIPMENT IS APPROPRIATE. TAKING AWAY THE DISCRETION OF THE JUDGE IN THE REVIEW OF THINKS MATTERS. YET CONGRESS SHOULD NOT MANDATE AS THE ONLY SENTENCING OPTION. ANOTHER PROVISION IS SPARNEDED PROVISION OF MANDATORY SEPTEMBERING. THIS LEADS MANY TO BE CONCERNED AND TO BE AGAINST AND IN ADDITION TO THE FEDERAL CRIMES OF VIOLENCE ALREADY INCLUDED IN THE STATUTE FOR FAILING TO RELATION STEER AS A SEX OFEDER. THIS WOULD ADD STATE CRIMES THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE IMPOSITION OF A FIVE-YEAR SENTENCE TO ANY SENTENCE IMPOSED. AGAIN TAKING AWAY THE DISCRETION OF THE COURT. AND THE BILL WOULD ADD PRIOR CONVICTIONS AND MOST OF WHICH CARRY PENALTIES. LASTLY, H.R. BILL WOULD AMEND SECTION 2251 TO CREATE TWO NEW OFFENSES THAT WOULD CAUSE THE DEPICTION OF A MIPOR ENGAGED IN SEXUAL CONDUCT OR CAUSEING THE TRANSMISSION. ENGAGED IN THIS WILL CONDUCT. IN EFFECT, THESE PROVISIONS WOULD ADD A NEW CLASS OF AND YET THIS BILL FAILS TO PROVIDE ANY ROMEO AND JULIET PROVISION. EVEN WHEN THE CONDUCT IS FOR EXAMPLE, IF A 19-YEAR-OLD AND 17-YEAR-OLD ARE ENGAGED IN A SEXUAL ACCOUNT, THE 19-YEAR-OLD WILL BE SUBJECT TO MANDATORY MINIMUMS. THAT IS WHY I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN ROMEO AND JULIET WOULD HAVE AMENDED WHICH JUVENILE QUALIFIES AS OFFENSES. AS HARSH AS WE NEED TO BE, I'M CONCERNED THAT WE LOOK TO THE REFORM OF A JUVENILE SYSTEM AP NOT CRIMINALIZE ACTS BETWEEN JUVENILES. AN AJUDICATION FOR A QUALIFYING OFFENSE IF THE JUDGE FINDS THAT THE REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC SAFETY. WE ALL HAVE THE SAME COMMON GOAL AND THAT IS TO GO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO ARE ACTORS AND WE WANT TO ALLOW THE JUDGE TO DISCERN WHAT HARSH PENALTIES THEY SHOULD GET. AND FRANKLY MY ROMEO AND JULIET AMENDMENT WOULD RESPOND TO TWO KID WHAT THEY DO. UNFORTUNATELY THOSE PROVISIONS WERE NOT INCLUDED. FOR FAR TOO LONG, THE CRIMINAL SWUSS TIES SYSTEM HAS RELIED ON MASS INCARCERATION THAT IS DRIVEN BY MAPPED DA TOWER MINIMUMS. THEY ARE NOT TO IMPOSE. THE JUDGE AT SENTENCING HAS ALL THE INFORMATION HE OR SHE NEEDS TO IMPOSE A SENT COMMENSURATE WITH THE SENTENCE. I NOTE THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE OF A GOOD BILL AND THE IMPOSITION OF MANDATORY MINIMUMS AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              THE JO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                              MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER AND FORMER MEMBER…

                                                                                              MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER AND FORMER MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, OUR FRIEND, MR. SCOTT.

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                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                              MR. SCOTT

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                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              LEGISLATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE…

                                                                                              LEGISLATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES.

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                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              YOU PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                                                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                              THOSE WHO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST CHIRP AS I STARTED OUT, I HAVE BEEN…

                                                                                              THOSE WHO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST CHIRP AS I STARTED OUT, I HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN THE TRAGEDY OF ADAM WALSH FROM ALMOST THE VERY BEGINNING. AND CERTAINLY SUPPORT THAT WILL LEGISLATION. BUT WE REALIZE THAT WE MUST BE VERY VIGILANT AS IT RELATES TO OUR CHILDREN. THERE IS NO QUARREL WITH THAT. THERE IS A QUESTION OF MANDATORY MINIMUMS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING OUR COURTS THAT DISCRETION. SO THOSE WHO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN DESERVED TO BE PUNISHED AND REPEAT OFFENDERS DESERVE TO FACE REPEAT SENTENCE. AND THE RESULTS OF MASS INCARCERATION. I OP POSSESS MANDATORY MINIMUM SEPTEMBERING AND THIS LEGISLATION, JUDGES ARE BEST SUITED TO DETERMINE JUST AND APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENTS IN THESE MATTERS AND MORE APPROPRIATE TO SEPARATE OUT. EVEN CONSERVATIVE GROUPS EXPANDING THE THIS IS UNCOSTLY AND UNJUST. INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED WOULD RECEIVE LENGTHY SENTENCES. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN, WITHOUT MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES, INDIVIDUALS WOULD STILL RECEIVE APPROPRIATE LENGTHY SEPTEMBER TENSES. HOW CAN WE UNDER ESTIMATE THE COURTS OF OUR OTHERS AND KNOW THE AND NOT CREATE A ONE SIZE FITS ALL FOR THE INFORMATION GOING REASONS I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THESE BILLS DIVIDE AND MOVE ON GOOD BILLS AND WORK TOGETHER FOR THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO PUNISH AND PUNISH STRONGLY, BUT NOT BUILD ON THE MOUNT OF MASS INCARCERATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                              MRS. ROBY

                                                                                              I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY TIME TO CLOSE. WE NEED TO MAKE CLEAR THIS…

                                                                                              I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY TIME TO CLOSE. WE NEED TO MAKE CLEAR THIS BILL DOES NOT EXPAND LAW TO GO AFTER TEENAGERS FOR SEXTING. UNDER PRESENT LAW, SUCH CHANGES MAY BE POSSIBLE. HOWEVER WE KNOW WITH NO INSTANCE WHERE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS PURSUED SUCH CASES. WHEN THESE BILLS WERE INITIALLY PASSED, THE PRESS SAID THEY WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR D.O.J. TO GO AFTER TEENAGERS. APPARENTLY THESE JOURNALISTS DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY SORT OF FACT CHECKING WHICH IS CONSISTING OF OPENING A CRIMINAL CODE BOOK AND THEY CONTINUALLY FIGHT TO STATE CASES AS EXAMPLES OF FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ACTING AGGRESSIVELY, WHICH IS SIMILARLY EXTREMELY MISLEADING. IF OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WOULD LIKE TO DRAW OUR ATTENTION TO ANY CASES WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROSECUTED TEENAGING SEXTING. WE PROVIDED A DEFENSE DESPITE NO EVIDENCE THAT ONE IS NECESSARY THAT WE WERE NOT TAKING UP ON OUR OFFER. NONE OF THESE BILLS CREATE NEWMAN DA TOWER MINIMUM SENTENCES. THEY MODIFY THE EXISTING STATUTORY FRAMEWORK TO ENSURE THAT IT IS TO CLOSE CERTAIN LOOPHOLES. SOME OF THE CONDUCT IS EXPANDED. BUT THAT IS DONE COMMENSURATE WITH THE CRIME. THESE THESE ENHANCEMENTS FOR THESE PREDATORY CRIMES ESPECIALLY WHERE THE DEFENDANT HAS SEXUALLY ABUSED THE CHILD IN 18 U.S.C.. SOCIETY NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF THE DAY AND PROTECTS THE PUBLIC ESPECIALLY OUR CHILDREN. SEX CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN -- THEIR NUMBER IS GROWING. . . ADDITIONALLY THE CRIMES ARE GET MANAGER DEPRAVE AND THE VICTIMS ARE GETTING YOUNGER. THE GRAVITY AND GROWING PREVALENCE OF THESE CRIMES MERIT AN APPROPRIATE SOCIETAL RESPONSE TO HAVE A PROPER DETERRENT EFFECT. THE ENHANCEMENT PROVIDES THIS DETERRENT EFFECT. IN ADDITION, THESE CHILD SEX CRIMES ARE VASTLY UNDERREPORTED. IN THESE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION CRIMES, THE VICTIMS ARE OFTEN VERY YOUNG AND VERY IMPRESSIONABLE. THEY ARE OFTEN SCARRED FOR LIFE AS A RESULT OF HORRIFIC ABUSE. THE PUNISHMENT MUST FIT THE CRIME, ESPECIALLY WHERE IT INVOLVES OUR CHILDREN. AGAIN, MY APPEAL TO MY COLLEAGUES IS TO CONSIDER THIS BILL NOT JUST AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS BUT AGAIN AS A PARENT, A GRANDPARENT, AN AUNT, UNCLE, AND FRIEND. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6847. AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                Mr. Rutherford moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Con. Res. 72 — "Expressing the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications, and that State courts should improve adjudications of custody where family violence is alleged."

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                                                                                                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 72 AS…

                                                                                                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 72 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                  CONCURRENT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT CHILD SAFETY…

                                                                                                  CONCURRENT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT CHILD SAFETY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY OF CUSTODY AND VISITATION ADJUDICATION AND THAT STATE COURTS SHOULD IMPROVE ADJUDICATIONS OF CUSTODY WHERE FAMILY VIOLENCE IS ALLEGED.

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                                                                                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                DEBATE

                                                                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Con. Res. 72.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, AND THE…

                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                  MR. RUTHERFORD

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

                                                                                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 72, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                  MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                  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. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                  I'M PLEASED WE ARE VOTING TODAY ON THIS RESOLUTION WHICH EXPRESSES THE…

                                                                                                  I'M PLEASED WE ARE VOTING TODAY ON THIS RESOLUTION WHICH EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT CHILD SAFETY SHOULD BE THE TOP PRIORITY OF CUSTODY AND VISITATION ADJEWS CASES AND THE STATE COURTS SHOULD IMPROVE ADJUDICATIONS OF CUSTODY WHERE FAMILY VIOLENCE IS ALLEGED. CUSTODY ADJUDICATIONS ARE ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT CASES FRAUGHT WITH EMOTION AND COMPLEX RELATIONSHIPS. STATES MUST ENSURE THE JUDGES PRESIDING OVER THESE CASES ARE TRAINED TO UNDERSTAND THE DYNAMICS AND APPLY APPROPRIATE EVIDENTIARY STANDARDS TO THE PARTY'S EVIDENCE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, STATES SHOULD ENSURE THAT IN THESE DISPUTES, CHILDREN'S SAFETY COMES FIRST. WE'VE SEEN TRAGEDIES HAPPEN THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES WHERE COURTS FAILED THE CHILDREN INVOLVED IN CUSTODY DISPUTES. OVER THE PAST DECADE. THE CENTER FOR JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE HAS DOCUMENTED 653 CHILD HOMICIDES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES BY A PARENT INVOLVED IN A CONFLICT RELATED TO DIVORCE, SEPARATION, CUSTODY, VISITATION OR CHILD SUPPORT. LAST YEAR, ANNAEST VEZZ'S 5-YEAR-OLD SON KIKI WAS MURDERED BY HER EX-HUSBAND. DESPITE HER EFFORTS TO OBTAIN SOLE CUS DIOF HIM DUE HER HER EX-HUSBAND'S HISTORY OF ABUSE, HER PLEA WAS REJECTED. HER ESTRANGED HUSBAND PICKED UP THE CHILD AS PART OF THEIR CUSTODY ARRANGEMENT AND TOOK HIM TO DISNEYLAND. THAT'S THE LAST TIME MS. ESTEVEZ SAW HER SON. HIS BODY WAS FOUND TWO MONTHS LATER AND HER ESTRANGED HUSBAND EVENTUALLY CONFESSED TO MURDER. A TRAGEDY THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED. TODAY WE TAKE A STEP IN EXPRESSING TO STATES THAT THEY MUST PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THESE CASES. WE HOPE STATES WILL HEED THIS RESOLUTION AND RESOLVE TO EVALUATE THE FAMILY COURT SYSTEMS AND IMPLEMENT MEASURES TO PUT CHILD SAFETY FIRST. THANK YOU TO MR. SESSIONS OF TEXAS FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION BEFORE US. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE JERUSALEM FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                  I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION…

                                                                                                  I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND WANT TO INDICATE THAT FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT CHILD SAFETY SHOULD BE THE TOP PRIORITY OF ANY CUSTODY AND PARENTING COURT ADJUDICATIONS AND THAT COURTS SHOULD RESOLVE SAFETY RISKS AND CLAIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FIRST BEFORE TAKING ANY OTHER INTEREST INTO CONSIDERATION. THE RESOLUTION ALSO UNDERSCORES CONGRESS' STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE USE OF SCIENTIFIC-BASED EVIDENCE IN FAMILY COURT, INCLUDE REGULAR LICENSE ON EXPERT PROFESSIONALS WITH EXPERTISE IN RELEVANT TYPES OF ABUSE, TRAUMA, AND BEHAVIORS OF VICTIMS AND PERPETRATORS BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ESTABLISHING SPECIFIC STANDARDS FOR THE PREPARATION OF PROFESSIONAL REPORTS. THIS RESOLUTION ALSO ENCOURAGES STATES TO CONSIDER MODELS THROUGH WHICH SUCH PROFESSIONAL EXPERTS CAN BE APPOINTED AND PAID DIRECTLY BY THE COURTS AS NEEDED. AND EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT WE HOLD HEARINGS, EXAMINING FAMILY COURT PRACTICES WITH REGARDS TO THE FAIR ADJUDICATION OF CHILDREN'S SAFETY AND CIVIL RIGHTS. I THINK MANY OF US AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO DEAL IN FAMILY ISSUES, AS THE FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CHILDREN'S CAUCUS AND BEING A STUDENT OF THE FAMILY PROTECTIVE SERVICE --ER IS VICES -- SERVICES, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, I'VE SEEN MORE THAN ONE CASE WHERE A CHILD IS RETURNED TO A FAMILY AND GETS CAUGHT UP IN THE UNFORTUNATE PRACTICES OF THAT FAMILY SITUATION, THAT HOME SITUATION AND YES, THEY WIND UP LOSING THEIR LIFE. CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS 1 AND 2 AND 3 YEARS OLD. HELPLESS WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO HELP THEMSELVES. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 72 ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS HAS FOUND THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS FAILED IN ITS LEGAL OBLIGATION TO PROTECT WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. IT CERTAINLY SEEMS APPROPRIATE AS WE DEBATE THIS THAT I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN ME IN PUTTING THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WITH OVER 160 CO-SPONSORS THAT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS THE QUESTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SO MANY OF OUR COLLABORATING GROUPS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY BOTH CONSERVATIVE AND OTHERWISE ARE ARGUING AND ADVOCATING FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT BEFORE ITS EXTINCTION -- BEFORE ITS EXPIRATION ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2018. IT WOULD BE A COMPLEMENT TO THIS SENSE OF CONGRESS. IN RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT THE PROBLEM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS AMONG THE MOST SERIOUS SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY, THE RESOLUTION MAKES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT FINDINGS IN THIS REGARD. CHILD ABUSE IN AND OF ITSELF IS A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE AND IT COSTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ANNUALLY AND UNFORTUNATELY TO THE LOSS OF CHILDREN'S LIVES BUT THE COST OF CHILD ABUSE CANNOT BE MEASURED IN SIMPLE MONETARY TERMS BECAUSE AS A STUDY BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL TELLS US, CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCE ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES ARE AT GREATER RISK TO DEVELOP CERTAIN CHRONIC DISEASES LIKE HEART DISEASE AND CANCER, THE CONSEQUENCES FOR CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCE ABUSE AND NEGLECT ARE LONG LAST, LONG REACHING AND CANNOT BE MEASURED EASILY. AS THIS RESOLUTION FINDS CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AS HORRIFIC AS IT IS, IT'S A MATTER THAT GOES ROUTINELY UNDERDOCUMENTED, BUT TIME AFTER TIME ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD A I BUSE AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ARE OFTEN DISCOUNTED WHEN IT COMES TO ADJUDICATION. TRAGICALLY ABUSIVE PARENTS ARE OFTEN GRANT CUSTODY OR UNPROTECTED PARENTING TIME WHICH PLACES CHILDREN AT CONSTANT RISK AND THE RISK OF ABUSE TO THE CHILD INCREASES WHEN A PERPETRATOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SEPARATES FROM A DOMESTIC PARTNER. MOST -- THE DUMONT FINDS THE MURDER OF 568 CHILDREN IN A YEAR BY A PARENT INVOLVED IN DIVORCE, CUSTLY -- CUSTODY, VISITATION SITUATIONS. IN MANY COURTS THE COURT -- IN MANY CASES THE COURTS GRANTED ACCESS TO THE CHILD BY THE ABUSIVE PARENT. AND IT RECOGNIZES THE NEED FOR COURTS TO APPOINT WELL-QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS TO APPLY SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND EVIDENCE-BASED PRINCIPALS IN THE -- PRINCIPLES IN LITIGATION. BECAUSE SUCH IS NOT PROVIDED, PARENTS OFTEN INCUR OVERWHELMING DEBT AND MAY EVEN NEED TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY RELIEF AS A RESULT. IN THE UNITED STATES, THIS SHOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE. FOR THESE REASONS I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 72 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                  I GRANT SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN, PETE SESSIONS, THE…

                                                                                                  I GRANT SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN, PETE SESSIONS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                  MR. SESSIONS

                                                                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN WHO SPENT HIS CAREER NOT ONLY…

                                                                                                  I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN WHO SPENT HIS CAREER NOT ONLY AS A SHERIFF, DULY ELECTED CONSTITUTIONAL MEMBER IN FLORIDA, BUT ALSO TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS WHO HAS SERVED AS AN TERN SERVING THE PEOPLE OF HOUSTON, TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TONIGHT TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE RESPECTFULLY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, H.CON.RES. 72 WHICH URGES STATES TO LOOK AT AND IMPROVE FAMILY COURT PROCEED OFFINGS CHILD CUSTODY CASES, AND ENSURING THAT CHILD SAFETY IS A TOP PRIORITY AND MAKES CLEAR THAT CONGRESS WILL USE ITS OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY TO ENGAGE IN THIS ISSUE ALSO. WE DO NOT COME AT THIS ISSUE LIGHTLY, MR. SPEAKER. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL EMPOWERMENT AND APPEALS PROJECT HAS PROVIDED A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMATION NOT ONLY TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BUT BY VISITING THE MEMBERS MAKING SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR WORK WITH THE CENTER FOR JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE AND PROTECTIVE PARENTS ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA HAVE MADE SURE THAT THEY'VE -- THAT THEY SAW THESE ISSUES CLEARLY AND TALKED TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT OUR IDEAS, NOT ONLY AS WE FUND FEDERAL PROGRAMS BUT AS WE UNDERSTAND IN OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH STATES THAT WE PRIORITIZE AND HELP THEM LOOK AT WHAT IS A SEEMINGLY NATIONAL CRISIS THIS NATIONAL CRISIS IS ABOUT HOW OUR CHILDREN ARE DEALT WITH IN THE COURT SYSTEM AND LOOKED AT AND SPECIFICALLY THIS IS A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION WHICH URGES STATES TO DEVELOP FAMILY COURT PROCEDURES TO RESOLVE CLAIMS OF ABUSE IN FAMILY VIOLENCE BEFORE MAKING ANY OTHER DETERMINATION IN THE CASE, ALLOWING COURTS TO FOCUS ON THESE ALLEGATIONS AFFECTING CHILD SAFETY INDEPENDENTLY. WHAT DID I JUST SAY? WHAT I JUST SAID IS, MANY TIMES IN COURT PROCEEDINGS, WHERE THERE IS A FAMILY VIOLENCE CIRCUMSTANCE WHERE THERE IS A STRESS IN THE FAMILY, THERE ARE EXAMPLES THAT EITHER SIDE MIGHT TALK ABOUT WHAT'S IN THE BREAST INTEREST -- IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD AND COURTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER LOCAL COURT, STATE COURT, WE'RE ASKING THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS NATIONAL CRISIS DEALS WITH CHILDREN THAT ARE BEING PLACED IN A CIRCUMSTANCE THAT MIGHT NOT BE IN THEIR BEST INTEREST AND CALLS ON STATES TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF DISCREDITED OR UNSCIENTIFIC THEORIES IN THEIR FAMILY'S COURT -- FAMILIES' COURTS. MANY TIME $PROVISIONS IN A COURT TO TAKE ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER. FINALLY, IT HIGHLIGHTS THE PROBLEMS THAT SOME LITIGANTS, THESE ARE PEOPLE BACK IN THEIR OWN HOME STATES, FACED REGARDING MANDATORY FEES AND CONGRESS IS ASKING THE STATES TO LOOK AT THESE. MANY TIMES AS THE DISTINGUISHED JERUSALEM FROM HOUSTON TALKED ABOUT THERE ARE FEE STRUCTURES WHICH KEEP FAMILIES FROM FULLY PARTICIPATING TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN BECAUSE OF THE COST. . TRAGICALLY MILLIONS OF CHILDREN ARE IMPACTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THEY CALL IT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR CHILD ABUSE. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE RESULTING HARM IS LASTING TO OUR CHILDREN. PHYSICAL, SEXUAL OR EMOTIONAL ABUSE. THIS TRAUMA STAYS WITH OUR CHILDREN FOR SOME PERIOD OF TIME AND MANY TIMES IT LASTS FOR A LIFETIME. IT ALSO IMPOSES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON SOCIETY WHERE THESE CHILDREN NEED TO BE HANDLED, DEALT WITH, AND WORKED THROUGH A SYSTEM FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED IN THEIR CHILDHOOD , WOULD CREATE SOME DIFFICULTIES LATER IN THEIR LIFE. SO, SIMPLY PUT, WE BELIEVE THAT FAMILY COURTS NEED BETTER EXPERTISE, BETTER EXPERTISE NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF LEGAL COUNSEL THAT IS INVOLVED, BUT PERHAPS OUTSIDE PROFESSIONALS WHO WOULD ADDRESS THESE ISSUES. IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, WE HAVE HAD TO REEVALUATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES NOT JUST OF DIVORCE BUT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WHERE A CHILD IS INVOLVED. TRYING TO FOCUS MORE DIRECTLY ON THE NEEDS OF THE CHILD AND THEN HAVING THAT FAMILY, TWO SIDES FOR SURE, WHO WOULD COME TOGETHER TO SEE WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THAT CHILD. FAMILY COURTS NEED TO ADDRESS ABUSE AND, ONCE AGAIN, MANY TIMES IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR THEM TO HAVE TO ADDRESS THESE THROUGH THE FRAILTIES OF A SYSTEM, FRAILTIES OF PEOPLE WHO GIVE TESTIMONY AND PERHAPS THEORIES THAT ARE NOT ALWAYS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD THAT MIGHT BE PROPOSED IN COURT. SO, ONE STORY IN PARTICULAR, A YOUNG GIRL NAMED CARA RAY WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HER LIFE AT THE AGE OF 2 IN 2016 WHILE HER FAMILY WAS GOING THROUGH THE COURT SYSTEM. AND THE FOCUS BECAME THE BATTLE, NOT THE CHILD. AND THE CHILD FELL IN BETWEEN THE PROCESSES AND UNFORTUNATELY THE TRAGEDY OCCURRED BECAUSE OF THIS HUGE DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FAMILY TO WHERE A FATHER BRUTALLY MURDERED HER BEFORE SETTING THE HOUSE ON FIRE AND KILLING HIMSELF. THE TRAGEDY INVOLVED, RATHER THAN HIGHLIGHTING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THESE TWO, OF THE SAFETY OF THE CHILD. AND THE SAFETY OF THE CHILD AND OF THE MOTHER IS VITALLY IMPORTANT. AT LEAST 653 CHILD MURDERS BY A PARENT INVOLVED IN A DIVORCE SEPARATION, CUSTODY OR VISITATION, CHILD SUPPORT HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED IN THE UNITED STATES OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS. THAT IS A TRAGEDY. THAT IS A NIGHTMARE THAT IS HAPPENING DIRECTLY BEFORE US. AND THIS IS WHY WE BELIEVE THAT LISTENING TO OUTSIDE GROUPS SUCH AS THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL EMPOWERMENT AND APPEALS PROJECT AND THE JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE COALITION HAVE COME TO CONGRESS TO SAY, WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING BACK IN YOUR STATES. BACK IN YOUR COMMUNITIES. BACK WHERE YOU ARE FROM, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AND SEE IF YOU CAN SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON SHOWING HOW IMPORTANT CHILDREN AND WOMEN ARE , NOT JUST IN OUR SOCIETY, BUT IN THE COURT SYSTEM. SO WHAT I WOULD SAY IS, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, THE GENTLEMAN WHO STARTED THIS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, CONGRESSMAN PAT MEEHAN, FOR HIS DEDICATION TO THIS ISSUE, AS WELL AS MY DEAR FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSWOMAN MALONEY, FOR HER LEADERSHIP AS SHE HAS JOINED ME ON SO MANY ISSUES WHERE WE DEAL WITH WOMEN'S HEALTH AND WOMEN'S SAFETY. CHILDREN'S HEALTH, CHILDREN'S SAFETY. INCLUDING DISABLED CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WHO CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES. MR. SPEAKER, WHETHER YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA, TEXAS, PENNSYLVANIA, OR WHEREVER YOU MIGHT BE IN THIS COUNTRY, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE FOCUS ON CHILDREN'S SAFETY IN COURT MATTERS IS ESSENTIAL TO THE NATION'S HEALTH AND SUPPORT FOR THE FUTURE. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, FOR ALLOWING THIS TO COME FORTH AT THIS TIME. AND I WOULD THANK YOU AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD BACK MY TIME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR HIS TIME THAT HE WOULD, I'M SURE, CHOOSE TO RESERVE.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                  WE RESERVE. WE'RE READY TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                                                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                  TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, ARE YOU PREPARED TO CLOSE, OR ARE THERE ANY…

                                                                                                  TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, ARE YOU PREPARED TO CLOSE, OR ARE THERE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS?

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                                                                                                  YES, WE ARE.

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                                                                                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                                                                  THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME CERTAINLY THANK MR. SESSIONS, MY COLLEAGUE…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME CERTAINLY THANK MR. SESSIONS, MY COLLEAGUE OUT OF TEXAS, FOR HIS VERY POSH WORDS AND MOVING COMMENTARY -- IMPORTANT WORDSES AND MOVING COMMENTARY. AN THANK YOU, CONGRESS -- WORDS AND MOVING COMMENTARY. AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN RUTHERFORD, FOR YOUR COMMITMENT, AND THE OTHER CO-SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION. IT REALLY HAS MORE IMPACT. LET ME CONCLUDE MY REMARKS BY ACKNOWLEDGING A TRAGEDY IN MY DISTRICT. AS A HRDWORKING MOTHER WAS -- A HARDWORKING MOTHER WAS SEPARATING FROM HER SPOUSE, IT HAD NOT YET GOTTEN TO THE COURT, BUT IT'S EVIDENCE WHAT HAVE CAN HAPPEN. THE REMARKS OF THE DAD WAS, BRING HIM OVER FOR KNOW SEE THEM ONE MORE TIME AND, EVEN THOUGH THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MOM AND DAD WAS HOSTILE, MOM WANTED TO BE COOPERATIVE AND BROUGHT THEM OVER AND LEFT THEM FOR A MOMENT, AS SHE WENT TO HER SMALL BUSINESS. AND THE NEXT CALL SHE GOT WAS THE POLICE AND NEIGHBORING SCREAMING BECAUSE, AT HIS CALL TO HER, THE PARENTS CALLED, THE FATHER CALLED, AND SAID, NOW COME OVER AND SEE YOUR TWO DEAD CHILDREN, BECAUSE I'VE KILLED THEM. SO THIS IS CONSTANT THROUGHOUT THE NATION AND WE NEED INTERVENTION AND WE NEED RECOGNITION OF THE TRAGEDIES THAT CAN HAPPEN. SO AS I PREVIOUSLY STATED, I STRONGLY SUPPORT PASSAGE OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 72. IT IS A SOBER ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF HOW FAMILY COURTS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE FAILING TO PROTECT THE VERY CHILDREN THEY'RE SWORN TO PROTECT IN CASES INVOLVING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AND OBVIOUSLY THESE CASES HAVE HISTORIES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. BUT ALSO AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY, WE HAVE FAR MORE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO DEAL WITH THESE PROBLEMS. THEY CAN ECONOMYMENT H.RES. 72 -- COMPLIMENT H.RES. 72 AND I WOULD LIKE TO AGAIN REINFORCE THE BILL THAT WAS INTRODUCED LAST YEAR, LAST JULY, EXCUSE ME THIS JULY. THAT I INTRODUCED, OVER 150 CO-SPONSORS, I BELIEVE. I INTRODUCED A ROBUST BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION SEEKS TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FROM A HOLISTIC PERSPECTIVE, BY ATTACKING PROBLEM -- BY ATTACKING THE PROBLEM FROM MANY DIFFERENT ANGLES. RECOGNIZING ALL THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS THAT ARE NOW BEFORE US. WE NEED TO RE-AUTHORIZE VAWA. AND WE NEED TO DO IT WITH THIS. IF WE HOPE TO MAKE ANY DENT IN THIS VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM, AND TO PROTECT WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND MEN WHO ARE ABUSED AND VICTIMIZED DAY IN AND DAY OUT, THIS IS HOW WE NEED TO DO IT. PASS BILLS LIKE THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ALSO VAWA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND JOIN ME IN THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT AS WELL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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

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

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                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I FIRST WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HER…

                                                                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I FIRST WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HER COMMENTS AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS RESOLUTION. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD TODAY. AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE TO VOTE IN THE AFFIRMATIVE FOR HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 72. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WE YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 72, 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 CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO, AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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

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

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                                                                                                    Mr. Rutherford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6580 — "To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for expedited naturalization processes for the alien spouses of first responders who die as a result of their employment, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? -- SEEK…

                                                                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? -- SEEK RECOGNITION? HUGGETHUGGET I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES --

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                                                                                                      MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                      I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6580, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                    DEBATE

                                                                                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6580.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                      THE CLERK

                                                                                                      H.R. 6580, A BILL TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT TO PROVIDE…

                                                                                                      H.R. 6580, A BILL TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT TO PROVIDE FOR EXPEDITED NATURALIZATION PROCESSES FOR THE ALIEN SPOUSES OF FIRST RESPONDERS WHO DIE AS A RESULT OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, AND THE…

                                                                                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                      MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                      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 WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 6580, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                      MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'D FIRST LIKE TO CALL ON THE GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA,…

                                                                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'D FIRST LIKE TO CALL ON THE GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MY HOME STATE, AND GIVE HIM AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE OUR DISTINGUISHED REPRESENTATIVE FROM…

                                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE OUR DISTINGUISHED REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MY GOOD FRIEND, THANKS FOR YIELDING SO MUCH TIME. -- SOME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6580, THE KERRY -- KERRIE OROZCO FIRST RESPONDERS FAMILY SUPPORT ACT. THIS IS A FIRST RESPONDERS BILL THAT WILL GIVE OUR HEROES THE PEACE OF MIND EVERY DAY WHEN THEY LEAVE THEIR HOME FOR WORK TO KEEP US SAFE. THIS LEGISLATION IS SIMPLE, COMMONSENSE AND COMPASSIONATE. UNDER CURRENT LAW, THE SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS OF FIRST RESPONDERS WHO HAVE PENDING IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS FACE DELAYS IN THE NATURALIZATION SPROSE.

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                                                                                                      MR. BACON

                                                                                                      THIS CAN WEIGH HEAVILY ON OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, CAUSING UNDUE BURDEN UPON…

                                                                                                      THIS CAN WEIGH HEAVILY ON OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, CAUSING UNDUE BURDEN UPON THEM AS THEY PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. SHOULD THEY BE KILLED, WOULD THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE NOT UASI CITIZENS LOSE THEIR ABILITY TO STAY IN THE -- WHO ARE NOT U.S. CITIZENS -- ARE NOT U.S. CITIZENS LOSE THEIR ABILITY TO STAY IN THE COUNTRY? WE OWE IT TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS TO ENSURE THEIR FAMILY IS TAKEN CARE OF, THUD THIS -- HE SHOULD THEY PAY THE ULTIMATE -- SHOULD THEY PAY THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE OF KEEPING US SAFE. THIS WILL GIVE THEM THE PEACE OF MIND. THIS LEGISLATION WILL EXTEND THE SAME PRIVILEGES TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS THAT ARE CURRENTLY AFFORDED TO OUR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS. THIS BILL HONORS OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, IT VALUES FAMILY, THIS BILL IS FOR HECTOR OROZCO AND ALL OF THE WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS OF OUR FALLEN FIRST RESPONDERS AND THIS BILL TELLS OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, OUR FIREFIGHTERS THAT WE HAVE YOUR BACK. I URGE THE ADOTCHINGS H.R. 6580 -- ADOPTION THE H.R. 6580 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                                      MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                      WHICH RESERVE -- WE RESERVE.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                      MS. JAYAPAL

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

                                                                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6580RK THE KERRIE OWE ROSE COULD HE -- 6580, THE KERRIE OROZCO FIRST RESPONDERS ACT. THIS IS A TRIBUTE TO MS. OROZCO, A POLICE OFFICER IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA. ON MAY 20, 2015, AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE OMAHA POLICE DEPARTMENT, KERRIE WAS FATALLY SHOT IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE SERVING A FELONY ARREST WARRANT. SHE WAS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND, HECTOR OROZCO, AND HER TWO STEP-CHILDREN, NATALIE AND SANTIAGO. H.R. 6580 GIVES TRIBUTE TO THE SACRIFICE MADE BY KERRIE AND HER FAMILY, BY RECOGNIZING THE SACRIFICES MADE BY ALL FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, AS WELL AS THEIR SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS. THE BILL HONORS THEIR SACRIFICE BY SPEEDING UP THE CITIZENSHIP PROCESS FOR THE SURVIVING IMMIGRANT SPOUSES, CHILDREN AND PARENTS OF SLAIN FIRST RESPONDERS. SPECIFICALLY, THE BILL WOULD WAIVE CERTAIN PHYSICAL RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR SURVIVING IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE ALREADY ON THE ROAD TO BECOMING CITIZENS. CURRENT LAW REQUIRES SUCH INDIVIDUALS TO RESIDE IN THE UNITED STATES AS LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENTS FOR FIVE YEARS BEFORE BECOMING ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR NATURALIZATION. THIS BILL WOULD WAIVE THAT FIVE-YEAR REQUIREMENT AND THUS ALLOW SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS TO NATURALIZE MORE QUICKLY. IT IS MODELED ON THE MILITARY PERSONNEL CITIZENSHIP PROCESSING ACT, WHICH BECAME LAW IN 2008 AFTER RECEIVING UNANIMOUS SUPPORT IN BOTH HOUSE OF CONGRESS. THAT BILL PROVIDES SIMILAR BENEFITS TO THE SURVIVING IMMIGRANT FAMILY MEMBERS OF U.S. ARMED SERVICES MEMBERS WHO WERE KILLED IN ACTION. . THIS BILL RECOGNIZES THAT DOMESTIC FIRST RESPONDERS ALSO SERVE THIS COUNTRY AT GREAT SACRIFICE BOTH FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. THIS BILL IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO RECOGNIZE THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. I CONGRATULATE REPRESENTATIVE BACON FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND ENSURING ITS VOTE ON THE FLOOR. I ALSO WANT TO THANK JUDICIARY CHAIRMAN GOOD LAT AND RANKING MEMBER JERRY NADLER FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                      MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                      HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO…

                                                                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                                      MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 658, 0 THE KERRIE OROZCO FIRST RESPONDERS FAMILY…

                                                                                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 658, 0 THE KERRIE OROZCO FIRST RESPONDERS FAMILY SUPPORT ACT. THIS LEGISLATION IS SPORT BUT WILL HAVE AN IMMENSE IMPACT ON CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS OF CERTAIN FIRST RESPONDERS WHO DIE AS A RESULT OF INJURY AND ILLNESS OCCURRING IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION ACT CURRENTLY REQUIRES THAT IN ORDER TO NATURALIZE AND BECOME A UNITED STATES CITIZEN, A LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT MUST RESIDE CONTINUOUSLY IN THE UNITED STATES FOR FIVE YEARS PRIOR TO NATURALIZATION. FOR SPOUSES THAT RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT IS THREE YEARS. H.R. 6580 WAIVES THAT RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT ALTOGETHER FOR THE SURVIVING SPOUSE, CHILD, OR PARENT OF A FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL FIRST RESPONDER WHO DIES AS A RESULT OF INJURY OR ILLNESS INCUR DURING THE LINE OF DUTY ACTIVITIES AS A FIRST RESPONDERS. THERE'S PRECEDENT IN IMMIGRATION LAW FOR SUCH A WAIVER. THE LANGUAGE IS PATTERNED ON THE CURRENT LAW WHICHWAYS THE SAME RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SURVIVING SPOUSE, CHILD OR PARENT OF A MILITARY SERVICE MEMBER KILLED WHILE IN ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE IN THE ARMED FORCES. FIRST RESPONSERS ROUTINELY PLACE THEIR LIVES IN PERIL TO HELP THOSE OF US IN NEED. WHEN THEY ARE KILLED OR INJURED CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES WE KNOW THEIR -- WE OWE THEIR FAMILIES A DEEP DEBT OF GRATITUDE. H.R. 6580 IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY IN RETURN FOR THE SACRIFICE FIRST RESPONDERS MAKE EVERY DAY. THE LEGISLATION WAS NAMED AFTER KERRIE OROZCO, AN OMAHA, NEBRASKA, POLICE OFFICER KILLED WHILE SERVING AN ARREST WARRANT. AT THE TIME OF HER DEATH HER HUSBAND WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A U.S. CITIZEN. H.R. 6508 WILL SPEED UP THE PROCESS AND MAKE SURE OTHER SURVIVING IMMEDIATE RELATIVES IN THE SAME SITUATION ARE A AFFORDED THE SAME OPPORTUNITY. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6580 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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

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                                                                                                          MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                          I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1872 -- THE RECIPROCAL ACCESS TO…

                                                                                                          I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1872 -- THE RECIPROCAL ACCESS TO TIBBETT ACT OF 2018 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                        Mr. Rutherford moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1872 — "To promote access for United States officials, journalists, and other citizens to Tibetan areas of the People's Republic of China, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                                          H.R. -- H.R. 1872 A BILL PO TO THE PROMOTE ACCESS FOR UNITED STATES…

                                                                                                          H.R. -- H.R. 1872 A BILL PO TO THE PROMOTE ACCESS FOR UNITED STATES OFFICIALS, JOURNALISTS AND OTHERS TO TIBETAN AREAS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                      DEBATE

                                                                                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1872.

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD AND THE…

                                                                                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL WILL EACH CONTROL 0 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                        MR. RUTHERFORD

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

                                                                                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO RHETT RE-THEIR RACK -- THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 1872 UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                                        MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1872 THE RESIPRY CALL ACCESS TO TIBET -- RECIPROCAL…

                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1872 THE RESIPRY CALL ACCESS TO TIBET -- RECIPROCAL ACCESS TO TIBET ACT PROVIDES ACCESS TO TIBETAN AREAS CRIMINALED BY CHINA. IN 1915, THE CHI THESE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY WENT INTO TIBET IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH CONTROL OTHER THE REGION. IN THE YEARS SINCE THEN AS NOTED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS IMPOSED SEVERE RESTRICTIONS ON TIBETANS' ABILITY TO EXERCISE THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS UP SUCH RESTRICTIONS OCCUR WITH REGARD TO RELIGIOUS PRACTICE, FREEDOM OF TRAVEL, FREEDOM TO PRACTICE CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE REFERENCES AND OTHER ASPECTS OF EVERYDAY LIFE. IN ADDITION, THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ROUTINELY ENGAGES IN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES SUCH AS EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, TORTURE AND ARBITRARY ARRESTS. IN FACT, THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT'S ACTIONS ARE SO SEVERE THAT IN RECENT YEARS OVER 150 TIBETANS HAVE SELF-IMLATED IN A LAST DITCH EFFORT TO GET THE REST OF THE WORLD TO FOCUS ON THIS PROBLEM. IN ORDER TO PREVENT DOCUMENTATION OF THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTRICTIONS AND OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA HAS SEVERELY LIMITED ACCESS BY FOREIGN NATIONALS TO THESE TIBETAN REGIONS. SUCH LIMITATIONS PREVENT ACCESS TO U.S. OFFICIALS SEEKING DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR ACCESS, JOURNALISTS, HUMAN RIGHTS WORKERS, AND EVEN TOURISTS. WHEN RARE ACCESS IS GRANTED, ACTIVITIES ARE CLOSELY MONITORED BY THE P.R.C. AND INFORMATION DISSEMINATION IS RESTRICTED. MATTEO MIKASHI, PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR TIBET, STATED CHINESE LEADERSHIP IS SEEKING TO ENFORCE COMPLETE ISOLATION OF TIBET OFTEN DESCRIBED AS BEING WORSE THAN IN NORTH KOREA. WHERE AT LEAST SOME FOREIGN MEDIA ARE BASED. INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL OBSERVATION -- OBSERVERS ARE SHUT OUT OF TIBET OR ALLOWED TO VISIT ONLY UNDER STRICTLY CONTROLLED CIRCUMSTANCES WHILE NUMEROUS DELEGATIONS AND PARTY OFFICIALS FACE NO OBSTACLES TRAVELING TO WESTERN DEMOCRACIES TO SPREAD THEIR PROPAGANDA. IN FACT, TRAVEL BY CHINESE NATIONALS INCLUDING THOSE WITH DIRECT AND SUBSTANTIAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE FORMULATION OF POLICIES THAT RESTRICT ACCESS TO TIBET IS ROUTINELY ALLOWED BY GOVERNMENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES. DURING FISCAL YEAR 2017, FOR INSTANCE, NEARLY 1.5 MILLION TOURIST VISAS WERE ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES TO CHINESE NATIONALS AND THOSE VISAS ARE VALID FOR 10 YEARS DURING WHICH THE THIGH -- THE CHINESE NATIONALS CAN VISIT THE UNITED STATES MULTIPLE TIMES. DURING THAT SAME PERIOD THE UNITED STATES ISSUED NEARLY 4,500 DIPLOMATIC VISAS TO CHINESE OFFICIALS. H.R. 1872 PROHIBITS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS SUBSTANTIALLY INVOLVED IN THE FORMULATION, EXECUTION OF POLICIES RELATED TO ACCESS TO FOREIGNERS FROM BEING GRANTED A U.S. VISA IF THE SECRETARY DETERMINES THAT, ONE, THE REQUIREMENT FOR SPECIFIC OFFICIAL PERMISSION FOR FOREIGNERS TO ENTER THE TIBETAN AUTONOMOUS REGIONS REMAINS IN EFFECT OR TWO, SUCH REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY REGULATION THAT AS A -- THAT HAS A SIMILAR EFFECT AND REQUIRES FOREIGN TRAVELERS TO GAIN A LEVEL OF PERMISSION TO ENTER THE TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION THAT'S NOT REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL TO OTHER PROVINCES IN CHINA, AND THREE, RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL BY OFFICIALS, JOURNALISTS, AND CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO AREAS DESIGNATED AS TIBETAN AUTONOMOUS IN THE PROVINCES. ARE GREATER THAN ANY RESTRICTIONS TO SUCH PROVINCES NOT DESIGNATED. ANY VISA HELD BY SUCH INDIVIDUALS WILL BE REVOKED UNDER THIS BY THE BILL THEN REQUIRES THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO REPORT ANNUALLY TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEES AS WELL AS THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AN THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE NUMBER OF ACTIONS TAKEN REGARDING VISAS PURSUANT TO THIS RESOLUTION -- TO THIS LEGISLATION. ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT, IN RECENT YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN VERY SMALL INROADS MADE WITH REGARD TO ACCESS TO THE TIBETAN AREAS. AND WHILE SOME HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT MAYBE THIS BILL COULD MAKE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ROLL BACK SOME OF THOSE INROADS, MOVING THIS BILL IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. IT IS TIME THAT CONGRESS TAKE A STAND WITH REGARD TO ACCESS BY FOREIGN NATIONALS TO THE TIBETAN REGIONS. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MCGOVERN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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

                                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RECIPROCAL ACCESS TO TIBET BILL INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE, JIM MCGOVERN WHO HAS BEEN WORKING ON THIS ISSUE FOR SUCH A LONG TIME AS OUR RANKING MEMBER ON THE RULE COMMITTEES AND THE CO-CHAIR OF THE LANTOS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION.

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                                                                                                        MS. JAYAPAL

                                                                                                        I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THIS SUBJECT AND…

                                                                                                        I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THIS SUBJECT AND ON THIS BILL. THIS BILL IS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS AND CAREFUL U.S. DIPLOMACY AT ITS CORE. FOR TOO LONG, CHINA RESTRICTED ACCESS TO TIBET, PREVENTING JOURNALISTS FROM OBSERVING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN TIBET AND PREVENTING TIBET TAB AMERICANS FROM VISITING THEIR HOME COUNTRY. THIS BILL SEEKS TO RESET THAT TABLE. H.R. 1872 IS PREMISED ON THE IDEA THATS PREPROSSITY FORMS THE BASIS OF DIPLOMATIC LAW AND THE PRACTICE OF MUTUAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN COUNTRIES. THIS BILL SIMPLY REQUIRES THAT IF CHINESE OFFICIALS, JOURNALISTS AND OTHER CITIZENS ARE ABLE TO TRAVEL FREELY IN THE UNITED STATES, THEN IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT THEIR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS ARE ALSO ABLE TO DO THE SAME. IF AMERICANS ARE NOT GRANTED THE SAME ACCESS TO TIBET THAT THE CHINESE ENJOY IN THE UNITED STATES, THEN THERE SHOULD BE CONSEQUENCES. THIS IS MORE THAN REASONABLE AND LONG OVERDUE. TIBET IS SO DIFFICULT TO VISIT THAT A "WASHINGTON POST" JOURNALIST SAID IN 2016 THAT TIBET, QUOTE, IS HARDER TO VISIT AS A JOURNALIST THAN NORTH KOREA, END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, I HAD THE GREAT HONOR LAST YEAR OF TRAVELING WITH OUR MINORITY LEADER, NANCY PELOSI, AND CONGRESSMAN MCGOVERN TO VISIT WITH THE DALAI LLAMA. IT WAS A DEEPLY MOVING MEETING WITH HIM AND THE GOVERNMENT IN EXILE AND THE 10,000 PLUS PEOPLE WHO CAME TO A PUBLIC CELEBRATION EVENT WHILE WE WERE THERE. THE WORLD KNOWS HIS HOLY SNS A MAN OF PEACE AND TREMENDOUS INTEGRITY. HE'S LAID OUT A PHI-YEAR ROAD MAP WITH FOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH CHINA AND IS WILLING TO WORK WITH CHINA TO FIND A WAY FORWARD. FI ANY PEACE PLAN TO GET A FOOTING, WE HAVE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH OUR GLOBAL PARTNERS TO PUSH THIS ISSUE AT THIS TIME BECAUSE IF HIS HOLINESS SHOULD DIE AND HE WILL EVENTUALLY DO SO A PERIOD OF GREATER INSTABILITY IS LIKELY TO ENSUE, MAKING HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES AND THE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS STILL MORE INTRACTABLE. THE TIMING OF U.S. ACTIONS HERE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                        MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                                                                        I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                        WHEN THE DALAI LLAMA WAS AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL IN 2007 AND…

                                                                                                        WHEN THE DALAI LLAMA WAS AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL IN 2007 AND THIS WAS THROUGH LEGISLATION THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF AUTHORING WITH TOM LANTOS, OUR ESTEEMED LATE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND THE ONLY HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TO HAVE SERVED IN THIS BODY, WHEN WE PASSED THAT IN THE HOUSE AND WE HAD THE CELEBRATION OF THE DALAI LLAMA DOWN THE HALL, THE PLIGHT OF THE PEOPLE OF TIBET WAS AT THE FOREFRONT OF U.S. POLICY TOWARD CHINA. BUT IN THE YEARS AS CHINA HAS GROWN IN STRENGTH AND POWER, TIBET HAS BEEN PURCHASED TO THE EDGES. IT IS AN AFTERTHOUGHT. I WAS WORRIED THAT CHINA'S BULLY TACTICS ON DISPLAY HAD EXTENDED SO FAR THAT OUR UNITED STATES CONGRESS NO LONGER HAD THE WILL, NO LONGER HAD THE DESIRE TO SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF TIBET. BUT WITH THIS BILL, AUTHORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND AND MY COLLEAGUE JIM MCGOVERN, WE ARE REFIERCE R VERSUSING THAT TREND. WE ARE SENDING A TRUE SIGNAL THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS INDEED NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF TIBET, THAT CONGRESS WILL NOT SEPTEMBER BEIJING'S BULLYING AND INTIMIDATION AND WE WILL STAND UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THE PEOPLE OF TIBET. FROM DEMOLISHING, BEIJING'S POLICY'S ARE NOT ONLY IMMORAL AND INJUST, BUT ARE THREATENING THE STABILITY FOR U.S. INTERESTS. SO WE MUST PUT PRESSURE ON CHINA TO STOP ITS REPRESSURE. THIS CONTINUES TO BE AN IMPORTANT FACTOR. AND I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO GIVE MR. MCGOVERN'S FULL SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                        MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        YIELDING. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                                                                                        MS. JAYAPAL

                                                                                                        I RESERVE MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE ABSENCE CALLED FOR IN…

                                                                                                        I RESERVE MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE ABSENCE CALLED FOR IN THIS BILL ARE MEASURED AND CALIBRATED, MEASURED IN THEY FOLLOW THE LINE OF TAKING CAREFUL STEPS BUT CALIBRATED TO ACHIEVE A REAL OPENING TO WIDELY USED U.S. POWER TO OPEN UP AN OPPORTUNITY. THERE ARE MANY AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES WHOSE FAMILY MEMBERS RESIDE AND THEY ARE WATCHING THIS CHAMBER FOR SIGNS THAT THE UNITED STATES IS WILLING TO ALLOW THEM TO VISIT THEIR FAMILIES AND HOPING FOR A WITH THE EXPERIENCE. THIS IS A TIME FOR BOLD U.S. LEADERSHIP. AND I DO BELIEVE THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL OFFERS. OUR TIMELY CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL TAKES AN IMPORTANT STEP IN LEVELING THIS. AND MAKES SIMPLE CHANGES. TO MAKE CLEAR THAT CHINA CANNOT BAR OUR PEOPLE FROM TIBET AP EXPECT OPEN EXPECT. ALLOWING FOR THE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT. SUCH AN IMPORTANT PRECEDENT FOR GOING TO FORWARD. AND MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST SAY, WE ARE WAITING FOR ANOTHER SPEAKER TO COME AND THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIT APPLY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN COLLABORATION WE HAVE HAD AND I'M GRATEFUL TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA FOR HER WORK ON THIS AND I'M GRATEFUL TO CHAIRMAN DEMRATE AND TO RANKING MEMBER NADLER. AND WITH THAT, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO OUR LEADER, NANCY PELOSI WHO HAS BEEN A TIRELESS CHAMPION AND HAS LED TO MEET WITH HIS HOLYNESS AND A CHAMPION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. I YIELD TO THE LEADER.

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                                                                                                        MS. PELOSI

                                                                                                        I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM DAY ONE WHO HAS BEEN A CHAMPION. I WAS…

                                                                                                        I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM DAY ONE WHO HAS BEEN A CHAMPION. I WAS PROUD TO TRAVEL WITH HER TO TRAVEL WITH HER WHERE THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN ON THE FOREFRONT OF MANY YEARS AND CURPLY. I THANK MR. HOLDEN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND BEING PART OF THIS LEGISLATION AND CHRIS SMITH AND FRANK WOLF BEFORE HIM. ON OUR TRIP, WE CALLED ON A PREVIOUS TRIP WE CALLED MR. MCGOVERN, THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF OUR TRIP AND EVERYWHERE WHERE HE WENT, HE BROUGHT UP THIS ISSUE OF RECIPROCITY. IT ALSO IS A PRACTICAL MATTER AND WANT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION. AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IN THE FORM OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT. AND WANTS MORE PEOPLE TO GO TO SCHOOL AS A PRACTICAL MATTER. IT WOULD BE IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE A DIPLOMATIC. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF A STRONG BIPARTISAN BILL. AND IT ADVANCES DIGNITY FOR THE THE PEOPLE. AND I ACKNOWLEDGE THE HEP OF REPRESENTATIVE MCCOMBORN WHO IS CO-CHAIR OF THE TOM LANTOOST. HE HAS BEEN WORKING ON THIS. AND HONORS THE LEGACY OF TOM LANTOOGS AND THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN NOT OM BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL. HE HOLDS CHINESE FILIBUSTERS TO END TIBET -- TO CUT TIBET OFF FROM AMERICA AND THE WORLD. IT PROMOTES DIPLOMATS AND JOURMISTS ACKNOWLEDGE FOSTER STRONG BONDS AND SEND A CLEAR SIGNAL THAT IT IS UNACCEPTABLE. FOR SIX DECADES, THE PEOPLE OF TIBET HAVE FACED FROM AN AUTHORITARIAN CHINA. THEY HAVE SPOKEN OUT. AP THEY HAVE BEEN SPURRED TO ACTION FOR JUSTICE AND DIGNITY. WE MUST CONTINUE DO SPEAK OUT TO HERP, WORSHIP. AND I MIGHT ADD, SADLY, THAT WE WOULD HOPE THERE WOULD BE RESPECT FOR THE DIGNITY AND THE FACE OF THE WEEK ARS IN CHINA AS WELL. I LED A CONGRESSIONAL DELL DEPATION IN A LONG TIME TO ENTER TIBET WITH CONGRESSMAN TIBET. AND WE WITNESSED THE STRENGTH OF THE PEOPLE AND THE BEAUTY OF THEIR CULTURE. HAS YEAR, I LED ANOTHER DELEGATION WHERE WE WERE PLEAS P BLESSED TO BE RECEIVED. AND WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE ASPIRATIONS FIRSTHAND NOW LIVING IN INDEPENDENT YEAH, ESPECIALLY IN THE EYES OF THE SCHOOL CHILDREN. THESE CHIRP ARE THERE SEPARATED BY THEIR PARENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PRACTICE THEIR FAITH, SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE AND ENJOY THEIR CULTURE BECAUSE THAT US SUPPRESSED. THOSE ASPIRATIONS ARE IN IN PERIL. ANDER EVERY DAY, THEY THEY ARE IN THE COMMINE AND PEOPLE OF HOMING CONGRESS AND THROUGHOUT CHINA ARE THREATENED TO CHINA AND PURSUE A FUTURE. . . THIS BILL TAKES A STRONG STEP TOWARD THAT MISSION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN A STRONG BIPARTISAN YES ON THIS VOTE. AGAIN I WANT TO COMMEND OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO HAVE FOR A VERY LONG TIME BEEN SUCH LEADER IN THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD INCLUDING IN CHINA AND FOR WHOM THIS PARTICULAR BILL HAS EMERGED AS A ONE MANIFESTATION OF WHERE WE CAN MAKE A REASONABLE, MEASURED DIFFERENCE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP. SO I THANK MR. HULTGREN AND MR. MCGOVERN FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS FORTH, I THANK THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND MY COLLEAGUE WHO WAS SO IMPORTANT ON OUR TRIP. IT'S REALLY A JOY TO SEE YOU ON THE FLOOR LEADING THIS DEBATE. THANK YOU FOR BRING YURG ELOQUENCE, YOUR COMPASSION, YOUR CONCERN, YOUR LEADERSHIP TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. WITH THAT I URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                                                                                                        MS. JAYAPAL

                                                                                                        I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I WOULD JUST SAY…

                                                                                                        I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I WOULD JUST SAY WE'RE INCREDIBLY PROUD TO BE HOPEFULLY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION TONIGHT WITH SUCH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND REMINDING THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES STANDS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, WE STAND FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF TIBETANS AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                        MR. RUTHER FRDFORD

                                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MINORITY LEADER FOR HER COMMENTS ON…

                                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MINORITY LEADER FOR HER COMMENTS ON THIS ISSUE AND STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS NOT ONLY IN TIBET BUT ALL OVER THE GLOBE AND I REALLY THIS IS A GREAT MOMENT I THINK FOR THIS BODY SO THANK YOU BOTH. I WILL REPEAT AGAIN THAT I -- IT IS TIME THAT CONGRESS TAKE A STAND WITH REGARD TO ACCESS BY FOREIGN NATIONALS TO THE TIBETAN REGIONS. AGAIN I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MCFWORN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1872 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1872 AS…

                                                                                                        THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1872 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. ED IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE AMENDED. -- THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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

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                                                                                                            I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6013 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                          Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6013 — "To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to establish January 31 of each year as the Federal closing date for duck hunting season and to establish special duck hunting days for youths, veterans, and active military personnel, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6013.

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                                                                                                            THE CLERK

                                                                                                            H.R. 6013, A BILL TO AMEND THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT TO ESTABLISH…

                                                                                                            H.R. 6013, A BILL TO AMEND THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT TO ESTABLISH JANUARY 31 OF EACH YEAR AS THE FEDERAL CLOSING DATE OF DUCK HUNTING SEASON AND TO ESTABLISH SPECIAL DUCK HUNTING DAYS FOR YOUTH, VETERAN, AND ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE SCHARE RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                                                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO ETH RHETT -- TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                            THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES TWO GOALS. FIRST IT PROVIDES CERTAINTY TO STATES BY…

                                                                                                            THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES TWO GOALS. FIRST IT PROVIDES CERTAINTY TO STATES BY SETTING A SPECIFIC FRAMEWORK CLOSING DATE FOR DUCK HUNTING AND SECOND, IT PROVIDES STATES THE OPTION TO ESTABLISH SPECIAL DUCK HUNTING DAYS FOR YOUTH, VETERANS, AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES. IN ADDITION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR I WANT TO THANK DUCKS UNLIMITED, VISTA OUTDOORS, CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S FOUNDATION AND OTHERS FOR THEIR WORK ON AND IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                            MR. HUFFMAN

                                                                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED THIS BILL AMENDS THE…

                                                                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED THIS BILL AMENDS THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT TO ESTABLISH SPECIAL DUCK HUNTING DAYS FOR YOUTH AND VETERANS. I GENERALLY SUPPORT EXPANDING HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH AND VETERANS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO DO IT IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T DETRACTEN FROM MANAGEMENT DECISIONS BASED ON SOUND SCIENCE. THIS YEAR MARKED THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY KT A LAW WHICH CODIFIED OUR NATION'S COMMITMENT TO HONOR INTERNATIONAL TREATIES THAT PROTECT MIGRATORY BIRD POPULATIONS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT PRIOR TOITS PASSAGE BIRDS LIKE THE SNOWY EGREAT AND THE WOOD DUCK WERE PLUMMETING TOWARD EXTINCTION DUE TO HUNTING AND TRADE IN BIRD FEATHERS. THANKS TO THE LAW THESE BIRDS AND MANY OTHERS HAVE RECOVERED FROM THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION WHILE MAINTAINING MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR HUNTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN WATER FOUL HUNTING -- WATERFOWL HUNTING. THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR RETAINS THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHEN HUNTING OF WATERFOWL CAN HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES. ESTABLISHING THE FRAMEWORK FOR MIGRATORY BIRD MANAGEMENT IS A FEDERAL DECISION THAT SHOULD BE DONE IN COOPERATION WITH COUNCILS. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BISHOP FOR WORKING WITH STAFF TO MAKE SOME MODEST CHANGES TO THE BILL TO ADDRESS SOME OF OUR CONCERNS. WE HOPE TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO MAKE FURTHER REFINEMENTS AND ENSURE THAT THIS BILL DOESN'T MOVE US FORWARD IN A WAY THAT DEPARTS FROM SOUND, SCIENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                            I'M PREPARES -- PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN IS.

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                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                            MR. HUFF MINNESOTA

                                                                                                            I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                            I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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                                                                                                            MR. HUFFMAN

                                                                                                            I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE.

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                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                            THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6013 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. POSE PEZ -- THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                I MOVE TO SPRULLS AND PASS H.R. 6299 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                A BILL TO MODIFY THE PROCESS OF SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR FOR EXAMINING…

                                                                                                                A BILL TO MODIFY THE PROCESS OF SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR FOR EXAMINING CERTAIN MINING CLAIMS ON FEDERAL LANDS IN STORY COUNTY NEVADA TO ENSURE CERTAIN PINION JUNIPER RELATED PROJECTS, TO MODIFY THE BOUNDARIES OF CERTAIN WILDERNESS AREAS IN THE STATE OF NOVEMBER, TO PULL FULLY IMPLEMENT THE WHITE PINE DEVELOPMENT ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                              Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6299 — "To modify the process of the Secretary of the Interior for examining certain mining claims on Federal lands in Storey County, Nevada, to facilitate certain pinyon-juniper-related projects in Lincoln County, Nevada, to modify the boundaries of certain wilderness areas in the State of Nevada, to fully implement the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

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

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                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                H.R. 6299 INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN AMDAY OF NEVADA PROVIDES COMMONSENSE…

                                                                                                                H.R. 6299 INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN AMDAY OF NEVADA PROVIDES COMMONSENSE IMPROVEMENTS AND TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO EXISTING LAWS THAT WILL SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENSURE BETTER LAND MANAGEMENT IN SEVERAL NEVADA COUNTIES INCLUDING STORY, CLARK, LINCOLN AND WHITE PINE. THE PROVISIONS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL REPRESENT STRONG COLLABORATION WITH STATE AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE ENTIRE NEVADA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TOINSERT IN THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN CHAIRMAN ROB BISHOP OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN GOWITY OF THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT REFORM. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOWDY FOR HIS COOPERATION GETTING THIS BILL SCHEDULED FOR CONSIDERATION AND SIMPLY CONCLUDE BY SAYING THIS IS A GOOD BILL, IT'S GOING TO ENHANCE SOUND LAND MANAGEMENT AND PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC BENEFIT TO THE PEOPLE OF THESE NEVADA COMMUNITIES AND I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN A.M.DAY FOR HIS FINE WORK. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN IS.

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                                                                                                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                              DEBATE

                                                                                                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6299.

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                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                MR. HUFF MINNESOTA

                                                                                                                I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE, THIS IS A GD PILL, WE'RE PLEASED IT FACILITATES…

                                                                                                                I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE, THIS IS A GD PILL, WE'RE PLEASED IT FACILITATES THE IMPLEMENT EAGS OF MULTIPLE SPECIES HABITAT PLAN FOR THE LOWER VIRGIN RIVER, AUTHORIZES FUNDS FOR FUEL REDUCTION AND RESTORATION PROJECTS, MAKES TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE BOUNDARY OF SEVERAL WILDERNESS AREAS AND VALIDATES A PATENT WITH A PREVIOUS LAND EXCHANGE. A PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE BILL WAS CO-SPONSORED BY THIS EENTIRE NEVADA TELL GATION. WE RECOGNIZE ITS PASSAGE IS IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE OF NEVADA SO I WANT TO THANK THE SPONSOR FOR WORKING WITH B.L.M. TO ADDRESS MANY OF THEIR CONCERNS THROUGHOUT THE BILL'S HISTORY. RESOLVING THOSE CONCERNS AND WORKING WITH B.L.M. TURNED THIS BILL INTO A PROPOSAL. WE TISSUE A PROPOSAL WE CAN SUPPORT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCCLINTOCK SPI --

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                                                                                                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                I URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SPROWLS AND PASS H.R. 6299 AS AMENDED.…

                                                                                                                THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SPROWLS AND PASS H.R. 6299 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                  I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6687 AS AMENDEDLED.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                                  A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE ENTIREOR TO MANAGE THE POINT RAYS…

                                                                                                                  A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE ENTIREOR TO MANAGE THE POINT RAYS NATIONAL SEASHORE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA CONSISTENT WITH CONGRESS' LONG-STANDING INTENT TO MAINTAIN WORKING DAIRIES AN RANCHES ON AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY AS PART OF THE SEASHORES UNIQUE HISTORY, CULTURE, SCENIC AND NATURAL VALUES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                                Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6687 — "To direct the Secretary of the Interior to manage the Point Reyes National Seashore in the State of California consistent with Congress' longstanding intent to maintain working dairies and ranches on agricultural property as part of the seashore's unique historic, cultural, scenic and natural values, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLENING TO BE…

                                                                                                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLENING TO BE AND THE SWRELT FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

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                                                                                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6687.

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                                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

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

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                                                                                                • 08:57:13 PM

                                                                                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                  I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS BILL ON BEHALF OF ITS AUTHOR, MR. HUFFMAN AND…

                                                                                                                  I'M PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS BILL ON BEHALF OF ITS AUTHOR, MR. HUFFMAN AND ITS CO-SPONSOR, CHAIRMAN BISHOP. CHAIRMAN BISHOP IS ALSO -- HAS ALSO ASKED I COMMEND THINKMY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS WORK AND COLLABORATION ON THIS MEASURE. REPRESENTATIVE HUFFMAN WORKED TO FORGE CONSENSUS WITH DIVERSE LOCAL STAKE HOLDERS ON A COMPLICATED ISSUES. WHEN WE FOUND LOCAL SOLUTIONS THAT LOCAL PEOPLE AGREE IS THE ANSWER, AS HAS BEEN DONE HERE, WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING WE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO ADVANCE THE SOLUTION FORWARD. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                  MR. HUFF MINNESOTA

                                                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. S THAT BILL THAT'S STRONGLY BIPARTISAN AND…

                                                                                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. S THAT BILL THAT'S STRONGLY BIPARTISAN AND REAFFIRMS CONGRESSIONAL INTENT TO CONTINUE TO AUTHORIZE SUSTAINABLE WORKING DAIRIES AND RANCHES WITHIN A PORTION OF THE POINT RAYS NATIONAL SEASHORE. THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH THE SEASHORE'S HISTORICAL CULTURE AND SCENIC NATURAL VALUES. IT WAS ALSO AGREED THAT "DAREDEVIL"RIES AND FARMERS WILL BE OFFERED LONG-TERM PERMITS SO THEY CAN MAKE LONG-TERM DECISIONS TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS. FOR OVER 150 YEARS, AGRICULTURE HAS BEEN A VITAL PART OF THE FABRIC OF WEST MARIN IN MY DISTRICT. THIS INCLUDES HISTORIC RANCHES AND DAIRIES WHEN THE POINT RAYS NATIONAL SEASHORE AND ALSO SOME NORTHERN PORTION OF THE GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA. THESE RANCHES AND DAIRIES CONTRIBUTE TO THE UNIQUE HISTORY, CHARACTER, AND CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THESE MAGNIFICENT NATIONAL PARK UNITS. STATUTORY HISTORY OF POINT RAYS ERE-FLECTS CONGRESS' INTENT TO CONTINUE RANCHING IN THE PASTORAL AREAS OF THE SEASHORE TO ENSURE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS COULD EXPERIENCE WORKING LANDSCAPES. WE ARE REAFFIRMING THAT INTENT WITH THIS BILL. I THINK THE AGRICULTURE HERITAGE OF WEST MARIN IS WORTH PROTECTING. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AGREEING. ACROSS PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATIONS AND SINCE THE CREATION OF THE SEASHORE AND THE GGNRA, THE PARK SERVICE HAS CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED CONTINUATION OF THE RANCHING HERITAGE IN THESE AREAS. TODAY CONGRESS IS REAFFIRMING LONG-STANDING POLICY AND DECADES OF DILIGENT EFFORT BY THE PARK SERVICE. WE'RE ALSO MAKING GOODEN A COMMITMENT INTERIOR SECRETARY SALAZAR MADE IN NOVEMBER OF 2012 TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM ASSURANCES FOR THESE RANCHES AND DAIRIES. HE SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED THE PARK SERVICE TO PROCEED WITH EXTEND 20G-YEAR PERMITS CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE LAWS AND PLANNING PROCESSES. TOWARD THAT SAME END, THIS BILL DIRECTS THE ISSUANCE OF 20-YEAR LEASES AN PERMITS AFTER COMPLETION BY THE PARK SERVICE OF A ROBUST GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE PROCESS INCLUDING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW UNDER THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT WHICH MUST INCLUDE COMPLIANCE WITH THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND ANY OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS. THROUGH THIS PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS THE PARK SERVICE WILL RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENT, EVALUATE POSSIBLE MEASURES THAT COULD IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT 58 SUSTAINABILITY AND ENSURE THE GOOD STEWARDSHIP OF THE SEASHORES RESOURCES. THE GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN PROCESS AND HOW THE PARK SERVICES TO SET TERMS AND CONDITIONS IN THE LEASES AND PERMITS AND DEVELOP ACTIONS AND POLICIES INVOLVING LAPPED AND LAND MANAGEMENT. ANY VISITOR KNOWS ONE OF THIS IS THE THE TULEY ELK. THIS HAS EXISTING ELK. IT PROVIDES TO MANAGE FOR SEPARATION BETWEEN ELK AND LIVESTOCK AND HAVE PRESENTED LIVESTOCK SUCH AS TAKING INTERFERING OR DAMAGING INFRASTRUCTURE. HARDLY IT WAS ENVISIONED. WHILE PROVIDING THIS DEPIDEANCE, THE BILL HAS TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO DETERMINE THE ELK AP ADDING A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE NEW RELOCATION WITH INTERESTED NATIVE TRIPS. THIS RANGES FROM THE MARIN COUNTY OF BOARD. AND THE CRITICS HAVE RAISED. NOTHING IN THIS BILL AND IT SPECIFICALLY DOES NOT AMEND THE PURPOSE SECTION WHICH MEAPS THE DARE REESE WILL REPRAIN WITH THE STEWARDSHIP OF THE LAND. 1-THIRD. TWICE OF THAT AMOUNT IS DESIGNATED AS WILLED DEERNESS. AP THERE IS AND I WANT TO ADDRESS AND EMFA SIZE NOTHING IN THIS PILL HE LIMB NATES ELK. WHO HAS SUGGESTED ELIMINATEING ELK. THERE IS NO REASON THEY CANNOT CO-EXIST. THIS BILL LEAVES BROAD ZREPPINGS TO MAKE THE MOST SENSE TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. THIS BILL MAY OPEN THE 2012 DECISION TO NOT RENEW THE AND DESIGNATE AND MANAGE. LET ME BE CLEAR, THERE IS NOTHING IN THE INTENT OF THIS BILL THAT COULD BE TO DO THAT. IT FOCUSES ON MAKE UPPING THE 2012 DECISION, THE PART PROVIDING LONG-TERM IS ACTUALLY CARRIED OUT. I WAS MINDFUL IN DRAFTING THE BILL IN THE SPECIFIC DIRECTION OF NOVEMBER 29, 20012. TO TO THAT IS KIN WITH THE LAWS AND RECOGNITION OF THE LAW OF TO 20-YEAR TERMS. THE SECRETARY DIRECTED THAT THE VALUES OF MULTI GENERAL RALRATIONAL RANCHING SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. THEY ARE VIBRANT AND BOTH KNOW AND IN THE FUTURE AND ARE A GREAT RESOURCE. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. WE HAVE BEEN CAREFUL NOT TO MICRO MANAGE. AS WE MADE CLEAR IN THE COMMITTEE REPORT, THE SERVICE RETASTE THE ABILITY TO THE SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTERING OF ITS LEASES. THE PARK SERVICE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE AND NOT REQUIRED TO BRING BACK PROPERTY IF IT HAS BEEN RETIRED AND DOES PRESIDENT HAVE TO ALLOW WHERE FROM IS NO WILLING LESSEY. NOTHING IN THIS BILL EXISTING THORTE HOW TO MANAGE THE PROT. AND AND ALLOWING SHORTER LEASER TERMS IF THEY DON'T WANT A PERMIT. ALL OF THIS IS COMMON SENSE. INCLUSION, H.R. 687 IS A BILL TO ENSURE THAT THEY CONTINUE AS PART OF OUR FABRIC OF OUR NATIONAL SEE SHOW FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. IT DOES IT. IT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE KEPT AND WITH THE CURRENT NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PLANNING PROCESS. THIS HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT IN CONGRESS. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND CHAIRMAN ROB BISHOP AND WHO HAVE WORKED TO PERFECT THIS LEMMINGS AND MOVE IT FORWARD. AND I THANK JENNY AND CHRISTINE FROM MY LEGISLATION TEAM TO MAKE THIS BILL POB. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF MY ALCOHOL EEG IS FINISHED. I ASK FOR ADOPTION OF…

                                                                                                                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF MY ALCOHOL EEG IS FINISHED. I ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                  WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

                                                                                                                  WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE PIP OF THE CHAIR, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AP WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                      Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5420 — "To authorize the acquisition of land for addition to the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in the State of New York, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES H.R. 2450.

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                                                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                                                        NUMBER 758, H.R. 5450, LAPPED TO THE HOME OF IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. AND…

                                                                                                                        NUMBER 758, H.R. 5450, LAPPED TO THE HOME OF IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. IFMENT THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, EACH WILL CONTROL MINUTES. LYNN LYNN I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE. MR. EXPIRE, H.R. 5420 BY CONGRESSMAN FAST O'WOULD BE ADDED TO THE SIGHT IN HYDE PARK, NEW YORK, WHICH WAS DEATHED AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. THE LAPPED IS OWNED BY THE TRUST AND WOULD LYING TO DEED IT. THE EDITION WOULD PROVIDE FOR VISITORS AND BETTER DIRECTOR THAT LINKS THE SIGHT WITH THE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE TO THE NORTH. THE TRANSFER WOULD BE DONATION OR CHANGE. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRESSMAN FASO FOR THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE.

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                                                                                                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                                      DEBATE

                                                                                                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5420.

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                                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                        JSH.

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                                                                                                                        MR. FASO

                                                                                                                        I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN'S DESCRIPTION ON THIS VERY GOOD BILL. THEY DRAW…

                                                                                                                        I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN'S DESCRIPTION ON THIS VERY GOOD BILL. THEY DRAW 200,000 HAVE ITORS AND OM FITTING WE SHOULD WORK TO IMPROVE THE CEASE BUILT TO THE PUBLIC. AND IT'S A PRIORITY FOR HIS OFFENSE AND I COMMEND HIM FOR INCLUDING THE SENATOR AND I CONGRATULATE. I DO WANT TO MENTION THE MONEY TO CARRY OUT WILL COME FROM THE LAPPED AND WATER CONSESKS FUND THAT EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS WEEK RGS AFTER MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF SUPPORT. THIS IS ON THE BRINK OF EXPIRING. THIS HAS SUPPORTED 232 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. IT WAS VOTED AP THEY ARE BRINGING THIS UP FOR A VOTE. AND THIS PROTECTS OR PUBLIC LANDS AND BY MR. FASO. I URGE ACTION AND THAT IS BRINGING FOR THE THE BILL TO ADDRESS. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                        YOOBT.

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                                                                                                                        YOOBT.

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                                                                                                                        At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. McClintock objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.

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                                                                                                                          MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                                                          I WOULD OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUND THAT THE VOTE IS NOT PRESENT.

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                                                                                                                        Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6599 — "To modify the application of temporary limited appointment regulations to the National Park Service, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 0, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE…

                                                                                                                          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 0, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                                                                                                                          I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AP PASS H.R. 6599 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                                          THE CLERK

                                                                                                                          A BILL TOLL MODIFY THE APPLICATION OF LIMITED APOINTMENT MODIFICATIONS AND…

                                                                                                                          A BILL TOLL MODIFY THE APPLICATION OF LIMITED APOINTMENT MODIFICATIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                                        DEBATE

                                                                                                                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6599.

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                                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLIB TON AND MR. HUFFMAN WILL EACH…

                                                                                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLIB TON AND MR. HUFFMAN WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                          I ASK THAT THEY HAVE. MR. SPEAKER, THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT…

                                                                                                                          I ASK THAT THEY HAVE. MR. SPEAKER, THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT QUESTIONED HOW THINK REHAIRED SEASONAL EMPLOYEES. THEY DID NOT AGREE BUT NONETHELESS COMPLIED. THERE WAS CON FILINGS AND THREAT YEPPED THE ABILITY OF PARKS TO OPEN AND OPERATE THIS PATCHT SUMMER. MANY SEASONAL EMPLOYEES WERE LEFT WITHOUT A JOB. H.R. 6 99 ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE AND ALLOWS THEM TO HIRE SEASONAL EMPLOYEES. AND CONGRESSMAN STEVE KNIGHT HAS BROUGHT US THIS ISSUE. AMERICANS ARE GO TO GO BENEFIT FROM THIS WORK. I WOULD LIKE TO INCERTIFICATE IN THIS WORK FROM ROCK BISHOP.

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                                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                          CATCH CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                          IT IS CORRECT, THIS DECISION CREATED CONFUSION. THEY ARE HIGHLY SEASONLY…

                                                                                                                          IT IS CORRECT, THIS DECISION CREATED CONFUSION. THEY ARE HIGHLY SEASONLY DIFFERENT. AND A LIFESTYLE THAT IS SUPPORTED BY THE WITHOUT HAFFERING TO COMPETE AND IT BECOMES DIFFICULT I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND I THANK THE REPRESENTATIVES FOR COMING WITH THIS SOLUTION. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                          I ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                                                                                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID PORN THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                                          Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 5585 — "To extend the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission."

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                                                                                                                            THE CLERK

                                                                                                                            A BILL TO STEPPED THE AUTHORIZATIONATION.

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                                                                                                                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                                          DEBATE

                                                                                                                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5585.

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                                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                            CHASM THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                            MR. MCKINLEY

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                                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                            CLASM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                            I KNEELED SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, MY COL OWING FROM MACE, BILL…

                                                                                                                            I KNEELED SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, MY COL OWING FROM MACE, BILL KEATING. .

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                                                                                                                            MR. KEATING

                                                                                                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE CAPE COD NATIONAL…

                                                                                                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE ADVISORY COMMISSION FOR ANOTHER DECADE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. ONE OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY'S FIRST ACTS WAS TO SIGN INTO LAW THE BILL THAT CREATED THE CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE. A BILL WHICH HE HIMSELF HAD PREVIOUSLY AUTHORED WHEN HE WAS A SENATOR FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THIS BEAUTIFUL EX PABSS OF SAND DUNES -- EXPANSE OF SAND DUNES, MAR BELANDS, LAKES, -- MARSHLANDS, LAKES, RIVERS, STREAMS STRETCHES FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTH AND INCLUDES SIX TOWNS THAT FORM THE OUTER CAPE AND SPANS OVER 43,000 ACRES. TODAY MORE THAN FOUR MILLION VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD COME TO MY DISTRICT EVERY YEAR TO EXPERIENCE THE NATURAL BEAUTY AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE SEASHORE OFFERS. IN THIS WAY THE SEASHORE IS CRUCIAL FOR THE MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT DEPEND ON THE CAPE'S TOURISM INDUSTRY FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS. YET EVEN WHILE HOSTING THE MILLIONS OF VISITORS EACH SUMMER, THE SEASHORE CONTINUES TO PROTECT DOZENS OF THREATENED, ENDANGERED SPECIES, INVESTS IN IMPORTANT LOCAL SCIENCE AND EDUCATION, EXPANDS CULTURAL ARTS , AND HOSTS NUMEROUS ENVIRONMENTAL ENDEAVORS. ONE OF THESE PROJECTS, THE HERRING RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT, WILL BE THE LARGEST SALT MARSH RESTORATION PROJECT IN NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT FOR MANY COMMUNITIES ON THE CAPE, THE PARKLANDS MAKE UP MORE THAN 75% OF THEIR LAND AREA. THAT'S WHY THIS REGIONAL BOARD, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM, IS SO IMPORTANT. IT LINKS FEDERAL PARTNERS IN THE PARK SERVICE WITH THEIR STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT PARK MATTERS, TO PROBLEM SOLVE ON NUMEROUS ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES, AND PROMOTE OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. THINK ABOUT IT. SIX SMALL COMMUNITIES AND A LARGE FEDERAL AGENCY DRAWING SEVERAL MILLIONS OF PEOPLE INTO THEIR TOWNS EACH YEAR. AND SOLUTIONS RATHER THAN CONFLICT. TIME AND TIME AGAIN THIS COMMISSION HAS PROVEN ITSELF TO BE AN IMPORTANT FORM DOCTOR FORUM FOR THE COMMUNITIES THAT MAKE UP THE -- FORUM FOR THE COMMUNITIES THAT MAKE UP THE OUTER CAPE TO HAVE PRODUCTIVE DISCUSSIONS WITH THEIR LEADERSHIP ABOUT ISSUES THAT EFFECT NOT ONLY THE SEASHORE, BUT THE BROADER OUTER CAPE REGION AS WELL. FOR 60 YEARS THE RELATIONSHIP THAT THE COMMISSION HAS PROVIDED BETWEEN THE NATIONAL SEASHORE AND ITS HOST COMMUNITIES REPRESENTS THE BEST OF WHAT A PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL ENTITIES AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS CAN AND SHOULD BE. THE TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS THAT THE CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE ADVISORY COMMISSION HAS SHOWN SINCE ITS INCEPTION CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THE NEED FOR IT TO CONTINUE ITS EXEMPLARY WORK FOR THE CHALLENGES OF THE NEXT DECADE. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, THE RANKING MEMBER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY TWO COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THEIR HELP IN MOVING THIS BILL FORWARD. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, ALL MY COLLEAGUES, TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN, MR.…

                                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN, MR. HUFFMAN, DO YOU YIELD AS WELL?

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                                                                                                                            MR. HUFFMAN

                                                                                                                            I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                            I'D ASK FOR ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                                            THE QUESTION IS, THE HOUSE -- WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5585. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 46 WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO AND CONCUR ON 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. 56. AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONDUCT A…

                                                                                                                              H.R. 56. AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONDUCT A SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY OF FORT ONTARIO IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, SENATE AMENDMENT, STRIKE OUT ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE --

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

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                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                              I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE THE AMENDMENT CONSIDERED AS READ.

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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 CALIFORNIA? 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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 418 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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

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                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                                                                              HOUSE RESOLUTION 418. RESOLUTION URGING THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO…

                                                                                                                              HOUSE RESOLUTION 418. RESOLUTION URGING THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO RECOGNIZE THE CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF RIB MOUNTAIN BY ADDING IT TO THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.

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                                                                                                                            Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 418 — "Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the cultural significance of Rib Mountain by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places."

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                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                              IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOLUTION?

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                                                                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

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                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO THE TEXT AT THE DESK.

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                                                                                                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. McClintock, to request that the Secretary of the Interior recognize the burial site of Paul Bunyan by adding Rib Mountain to the National Register of Historic Places.

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                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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

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                                                                                                                            THE CLERK

                                                                                                                            AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                            I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

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                                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                                          On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL…

                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 460 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 RESOLUTION.

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                                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                                HOUSE RESOLUTION 460. RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR…

                                                                                                                                HOUSE RESOLUTION 460. RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO RECOGNIZE THE RICH HISTORY OF THE LOGGING INDUSTRY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LUMBERJACK SPORTS BY ADDING THE LUMBERJACK BOWL TO THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.

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                                                                                                                              Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 460 — "Requesting the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the rich history of the logging industry and the importance of lumberjack sports by adding the Lumberjack Bowl to the National Register of Historic Places."

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                                                                                                                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

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                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                IS THERE OBJECTION TO -- THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TEXT.

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                                                                                                                              An amendment, offered by Mr. McClintock, Amendment to request that the Secretary of the Interior add the Lumberjack Bowl to the National Register of Historc Places.

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                                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                                AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 2, LINE 1, STRIKE…

                                                                                                                                AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 2, LINE 1, STRIKE THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES --

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

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                                                                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                              MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                                                                                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                                                                                              I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUSPEND WITH THE REATING -- READING.

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                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                                                                                                            On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

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

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                                                                                                                                Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5509 — "To direct the National Science Foundation to provide grants for research about STEM education approaches and the STEM-related workforce, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                                                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                                                  DEBATE

                                                                                                                                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5509.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                                                    MR. SMITH

                                                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5509, THE…

                                                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5509, THE INNOVATIONS IN MENTORING, TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                                                    THE CLERK

                                                                                                                                    H.R. 5509, A BILL TO DIRECT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE…

                                                                                                                                    H.R. 5509, A BILL TO DIRECT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE GRANTS FOR RESEARCH ABOUT STEM EDUCATION APPROACHES AND STEM-RELATED WORK FORCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                                                    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 GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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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 INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5509, THE BILL NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                                    MR. SMITH

                                                                                                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                    MR. SMITH

                                                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 5509, THE INNOVATIONS IN MENTORING, TRAINING AND…

                                                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 5509, THE INNOVATIONS IN MENTORING, TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS ACT WAS INTRODUCED BY KEVIN MCCARTHY, CO-SPONSORED BY A NUMBER OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND APLOOVED -- APPROVED BY THE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE. H.R. 5509 CONTINUES THE BIPARTISAN PROGRESS THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE HAS MADE TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS TO CREATE NEW PATHWAYS TO STEM CAREERS. WE CAN'T OVERSTATE THE VALUE OF A STRONG STEM WORK FORCE IN AMERICA. STEM WORKERS DRIVE INNOVATION, MANUFACTURING, SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY AND PRODUCTIVITY ACROSS THE ECONOMY. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD'S MOST RECENT SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING INDICATORS REPORT, THE NUMBER OF U.S. JOBS THAT REQUIRE STEM SKILLS HAS GROWN BY 1/3 OVER THE PAST DECADE. STEM WORK FORCE DEMAND IS FORECAST TO INCREASE STEADILY FOR YEARS TO COME. UNFORTUNATELY, WE KNOW THAT NEARLY 40% OF STUDENTS WHO EMBARK ON A STEM MAJOR DO NOT COMPLETE IT. AND ONLY HALF OF STEM GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED IN STEM JOBS. WE ALSO KNOW THAT APPRENTICESHIP IN MENTORING INITIATIVES CAN IMPROVE THE RATE OF STEM DEGREE COMPLETION AT BOTH FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITIES AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES. AMERICA'S COMPETITIVENESS IN STEM FIELDS REQUIRES A DIVERSE AND FLEXIBLE WORK FORCE COMPRISED OF WORKERS WITH EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDS RANGING FROM CERTIFICATE LEVEL TECHNICAL OCCUPATIONS TO PH.D.'S. TO THIS END, H.R. 5509 DIRECTS THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO FUND INITIATIVES THAT SUPPORT INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AND LOCAL INDUSTRIES. THE N.S.F. WILL OFFER AT LEAST $5 MILLION PER YEAR OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS IN GRANTS TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO DEVELOP NEW STEM COURSES AND DEGREES. THESE PROGRAMS WILL COMBINE FORMAL EDUCATION WITH ON-THE-JOB WORK EXPERIENCES SUCH AS APPRENTICESHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS BY PARTNERING WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS. ADDITIONALLY, THE PENDING LEGISLATION DIRECTS N.S.F. TO OFFER AT LEAST ANOTHER $2.5 MILLION PER YEAR FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS TO FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITIES TO PARTNER WITH LOCAL INDUSTRY AND -- INDUSTRIES AND OFFER APPRENTICESHIPS AND OTHER APPLIED EXPERIENCES FOR STEM UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO AWARD $2.5 MILLION PER YEAR OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS FOR RESEARCH GRANTS TO MEASURE STUDENT OUTCOMES AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMPUTER-BASED AND ONLINE COURSES FOR TECHNICAL SKILLS TRAINING. LEADER MCCARTHY'S LEGISLATION FURTHER DIRECTS THE N.S.F. TO RESEARCH THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SKILLED TECHNICAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. LASTLY, H.R. 5509 REQUIRES THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO CONDUCT RESEARCH ON LABOR MARKET ANALYSIS INNOVATIONS, AND AMERICA'S SKILLED TECHNICAL WORK FORCE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS WORK FORCE'S TRENDS AND NEEDS. THE INNOVATIVE INITIATIVES IN THIS LEGISLATION WILL LEVERAGE THE HARD WORK AND INGENUITY OF WOMEN AND MEN OF ALL AGES, EDUCATION LEVELS AND BACKGROUNDS TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR A STEM-CAPABLE WORK FORCE. MUCH LIKE THE ACTION OF THE TRUMP -- THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY TAKEN TO EXPAND APPRENTICESHIPS TO HELP MEET TODAY'S RAPIDLY CHANGING ECONOMY, THE INNOVATIONS IN MENTORING, TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS ACT TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO INVEST IN NEW STEM EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. SUCH INVESTMENTS WILL ENSURE THE UNITED STATES REMAINS COMPETITIVE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY BOTH TODAY AND TOMORROW. THE MAJORITY LEADER'S BILL WILL ENHANCE AMERICA'S STEM COMPETITIVENESS AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR FUTURE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. SO THERE ARE MANY GOOD REASONS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                                                                                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                    RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                    MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY. BUILDING A WORK FORCE…

                                                                                                                                    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY. BUILDING A WORK FORCE FINDS TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH WHICH COULD MEET OUR PRESSING CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE TODAY. MANY COMPANIES ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH RECRUITING WORKERS. THIS GAP. AND IT IS CONTINUING TO WIDEN. WITH COMPANIES ACROSS ALL ECONOMIC SETHORS, ON DATA AND BUSINESS MODELS, THE NEED FOR STEM WORKERS HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER. EMPLOYERS ARE CONCERNED THAT THEIR INENACT TO HIRE WILL FLOAT SAN SPAPPED IMLY. MAKE NO MISTAKE. AMERICA'S PROSPERITY IS ON THE LINE. HIGH SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAVE BEEN SLOW TO RESPOND. STRUGGLING TO ADAPT THEIR CURRICULUM. THERE IS A FLEED TO ENCOURAGE PARTNERSHIP TO BETTER PREPARE THE SKILLED TECHNICAL WORKERS. APRESENCE TINSHIPS HAVE GARNERED IT IN RECENT YEARS. THEY OFFER HANDS-ON TRAINING AND THE POTENTIAL TO EARN CREDIT TOWARDS A CREDIT OR BEHALF LORE AGREES. THEY ARE ON THE PATH WITH LITTLE OR NO JEAG DEBT. BY INVESTING JEAG, THEY CAN HAVE SKILLS TO TAYLOR THE SPECIFIC NEEDS. DESPITE THE BENEFITS FOR EMPLOY EYS AND EMPLOYERS. PRESIDENT OBAMA FIRST CALLED FOR APRESENCE TSSHIPS. IN 2016, CONGRESS AAPPROPRIATED FUNDING. AND H.R. 5509 BUILDS ON THESE EFFORTS AND BY PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE PROGRAMS FOR PARTNERSHIPS IN THIS LEGISLATION ALSO SPORTS TO SKILL THE WORK FORCE. WE MUST PREPARE A WORK FORCE IF WE ARE TO REACH OUR FULL ECONOMIC POTENTIAL AND REMAPE THE LEADERS. H.R. 5509 IS A IF STEP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEMMINGS AND I REIS EVERY.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                                                                                                    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA MS. LESKO.

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                                                                                                                                    MS. LESKO

                                                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, FIRST, I WANT TO APPLAUD THE AMERICAN MEMBERS WHO ARE JOINING…

                                                                                                                                    MR. SPEAKER, FIRST, I WANT TO APPLAUD THE AMERICAN MEMBERS WHO ARE JOINING US TONIGHT AP THEIR CRFRLT E.O. AP HER STAFF. I THANK THEM FOR ATTENDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5509, THE INNOVATIONS AND METROPOLITANORING AND TRAINING. PRESENTLY, THE ECONOMY FACES SHORT EABLING WORKERS BY 11 MILLION. THIS WORK FORCE SHORTAGE WILL ONLY COP TO GROW UNLESS WE FOCUS ON THE NEXT GENERATION. IN ARIZONA, WE ARE SEEING RAPID DEPROTH. OUR AEROSPACE INDUSTRY LIKE THE A.S.U. INSTITUTE AND AREA SUPPOSORS. IN ORDER TORE SUPPORT THIS, WE MUST TAKE ACTION, THIS LEGISLATION IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO STEM TRECKS AND RELATED WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT. THE BILL EXPAND THE STEM FIELDS TO EXPERIMENTS WITH APRESENCE TINSSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND PLACES THE FOCUS ON TWO-YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMS IN ORDER TO MEET THE SHORTAGE. I WANT TO THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    YIELD BOOK BACK.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                                                                                                                    I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                                                    I'M GO TO GO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MRS. COMSTOCK WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE…

                                                                                                                                    I'M GO TO GO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MRS. COMSTOCK WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZE.

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                                                                                                                                    MRS. COMSTOCK

                                                                                                                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5509. THIS BILL TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS IN…

                                                                                                                                    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5509. THIS BILL TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS IN ADDRESSING THE NEED FOR STEM WORK FORCE. TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES HAVE HAVE 20% OF ALL JOBS REQUIRING SOME LEVEL OF STEM TRAINING. THESE JOSS ARE EXPECTED TO GROW, FASTER THAN ANY OTHER CATEGORY. THEY ARE HIRKE. UNFORM, WE KNOW WE HAVE BEEN FAILING TO KEP STUDENTS IN THE STEM PAPER LINE. SOME STUDENTS DO NOT GRADUATE. THOSE WHO GRADUATE, ONLY HALF GO ON TO A DEGREE. AND IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE U.S.. I CO-CHAIRED A HARING AND FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY MENTORING AND ON THE JOB TRAINING ARE AND I'M HAPPY TO SAY THE LESSONS LEARNED ARE REFLECTED THIS BILL AP THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS FROM HANDS-ON WORK SPREBS. H.R. 5509 DIRECTED THE FOUNDATION TO AWARD GRANTS TO FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION THES. AND APPLIED LEARNING EXPERIENCES BY PARTERING NEEDING TO FILL STEM JOBS. THIS BILL CALLS FOR THEM TO AWARD GRANTS TO DETERMINE BEST PROGRAMS OF DANCE LEARNING AND STEM EDUCATION AND LASTLY IT DIRECTS THE FOUNDATION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SKILLED FROM ACROSS THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE FEASIBILITY OF SURVYING THE WORK FORCE AND RESEARCH CEMENT LABOR MARBLINGT. THESE PROGRAMS AND IMPORTANT RESEARCH WILL SUPPORT AND BUILD THE PIPE LINE IN THE STEM WORK FORCE IN ORDER TO PETE THE CHALLENGES OF THE 21 ST. SEPTEMBER TRY. I THANK LEADER MCCONLEY. AND THANK FOR OTHERS WHO BROUGHT THIS ON A BOIP BAY IS. I I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM I WILL KNOW.

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                                                                                                                                    IS THE CHAIRMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                                                                                                                                    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                                                                                                    I WILL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIM.

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                                                                                                                                    MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                    I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR AND THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUPPINGSVAPPED PROGRAM.…

                                                                                                                                    I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR AND THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUPPINGSVAPPED PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM WORKS TO PROMOTE AND ENSURES UT BE PRIORITIZED. AS MY COL OCEAN ARE AWARE, I HAVE TWO DEGREES IN ENGINEERING AND I'M AN ARDEPT SUPPORTER AND THIS IS A HYPE FOR IN THE CAREER. ONE IS CALLED FOR THE NATIONAL SECURITY AT MARINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE. IT HAS RECEIVED FUNDING FROM N.S.F. IN CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION. AND IT PROVIDES CURRICULUM AND FOR CYBER SECURITYY. THERE IS A IMMEDIATE TORE THIS. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INITIAL INITIATIVE THRRKS OVER 3,1 OPEN JOBS INCOLLIDING 13,000 IN THE OPEN SECTOR. AND THE NEED WIM NEED TO MEET MORE PROGRAMS LIKE THE ONE AT MARIN VALUE YES. AND THIS TYPE OF EDUCATION BENEFITS STUDENTS, OUR ECONOMY AND NATIONAL SECURITY IS WORTHY OF THE CHAMBER SUPPORT. I THANK CHAMBER SMITH AND FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. AND I THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH ON THIS BILL WE ARE DOING HERE TONIGHT AND I'M HOPEFUL THERE WILL BE MORE TO DO BEFORE THE END OF THIS CONGRESS. I HOPE YOU SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD.

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                                                                                                                                    JUST BRIEFLY. I THANK MR.LA OPINIONS KI FOR WORK WIG US ON SO MANY BILLS…

                                                                                                                                    JUST BRIEFLY. I THANK MR.LA OPINIONS KI FOR WORK WIG US ON SO MANY BILLS SM HE HAS BEEN AS ACTIVE AS ANY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND SUGGESTED MOST OF THE BILLS WE HAVE PASSED ARE IN FACT BIPARTISAN BILLS AND HE HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT PLAYER IN THE PASSAGE OF THOSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. NO OTHER REQUESTS OF TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

                                                                                                                                    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES. THOPESSM THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE BILL IS RAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VALVE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                                                      Mrs. Comstock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6229 — "To authorize the programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                                                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6299 THE NATIONAL…

                                                                                                                                        I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6299 THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018 AS EALEDED.

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                                                                                                                                        THE CLERK

                                                                                                                                        H.R. 6229, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                                                      DEBATE

                                                                                                                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6229.

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                                                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                        PURSUANT THE WOMAN FROM VIRGINIA AND WILL EACH CONTROL MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

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                                                                                                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                        CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                                                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                                                                                                                        THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MY PILL, H.R. 6229,…

                                                                                                                                        THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MY PILL, H.R. 6229, THE THE RETHORSATION ACT OF 018. THIS IS TO PROMOTE U.S. BY ADVANCING MEASUREMENTS, STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY THAT ENHANCE SECURITY AND IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE. SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 190 , AT THE LEADING EDGE AT THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. SUCH TECHNOLOGY RAGES FROM LAW ENFOR THEMENT. ALSO TO ATOCK LICK CLOCKS. THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES THIS INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, INSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES AND FOR TWO YEARS RMENT. AP THIS CAPABILITY TO KIBT TO OTHER AREAS. TO THIS END, THIS LEGISLATION INCREASES ENINVESTMENTS IN FOUR AREAS. QUAPT UMH SCIENCE AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATION AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS AND COMPOSITE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT. THESE ININVESTMENTS WILL HAVE TECH NOLINGICALLY ADVANCEMENT. AS WE HAVE HEAD IN OUR AS WE HAVE HEARD IN OUR COMMITTEE, THIS IS IMMENSE. BY ADVANCING OUR ABILITY TO STORE AND PROCESS LARGE AND COMPLEX DATA SETS THROUGH A.I. AND MACHINE LEARNING, COMPUTERS ARE ABLE TO REFINE AND ENHANCE FUTURE PREDICTIONS. THIS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IS ALREADY CREATING TREMENDOUS DEVELOPMENTS IN MANY FIELDS, INCLUDING MEDICINE, MANUFACTURING AND FINANCE. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO DIRECTS NIST TO CAPITALIZE ON ITS DEEP AND VARIED EXPERTISE AND ADVANCED COMPOSITES. NIST IS DIRECTED TO CONDUCT RESEARCH THAT WILL PROVIDE THE EVIDENCE AND DATA NEEDED TO SET INDUSTRY STANDARDS AND DESIGN GUIDELINES TO ENCOURAGE THE SAFE ADOPTION AND APPLICATION OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS IN U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. NIST PLAYS A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROTECTING THE NATION FROM CYBERTHREATS THROUGH ITS ONGOING CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH. NIST IS EXAMINING THE APPLICATIONS OF BLOCK CHAIN TECHNOLOGY AND CREATING VOLUNTARY FRAMEWORKS AND STANDARDS TO HELP REDUCE CYBER RISKS TO FEDERAL AGENCIES, MULTIPLE INDUSTRIES AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. ITS CYBERSECURITY TECHNICAL STANDARDS AND FRAMEWORKS ARE WIDELY REGARDED AS AMONG THE BEST AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE IN THE WORLD. I WANT TO THANK RANKING -- RANKING MEMBER LIPINSKI FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WITH ME. AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS MENTIONED, HE HAS BEEN AN ESSENTIAL PARTNER WITH US IN GETTING SO MANY OF OUR BIPARTISAN BILLS PUT FORWARD. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH AND RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON FOR ASSISTING IN USHERING THIS BILL THROUGH THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. AS INDUSTRIES NATIONAL LABORATORY, NIST IS DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREAS OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE, FROM COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND CYBERSECURITY TO ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND DISASTER RESILIENCE. THIS BILL SUPPORTS NIST'S CRITICAL WORK OF HELPING U.S. INDUSTRIES AND IMPROVING AMERICANS' QUALITY OF LIFE BY DEVELOPING NEW MEASUREMENT TOOLS AND BRINGING STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO ENSURE U.S. COMPETITIVENESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. I STRONGLY 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 ILLINOIS. LIPLIP I YIELD…

                                                                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. LIPLIP I YIELD MYSELF SUCH --

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                                                                                                                                        MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                                                        MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6229, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF…

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6229, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018. AND I THANK CHAIRWOMAN COMSTOCK FOR SPONSORING THIS BILL. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR NIST'S IMPORTANT WORK, CARRYING OUT SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL RESEARCH AND ASSISTING SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED U.S. MANUFACTURERS. THE AGENCY'S WORK HELPS ADVANCE STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT IN CRITICAL AREAS OF INNOVATION ACROSS ALL SECTORS OF OUR ECONOMY. NIST'S CORE MISSION IS TO PROMOTE U.S. INNOVATION, INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS. THROUGH ITS LABORATORIES AND USER FACILITIES, NIST CARRIES OUT WORLD CLASS MEASUREMENT SCIENCE AND FACILITATES THE DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDS FOR EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. STANDARDS ENSURE USERS THAT PROMISING TECHNOLOGIES HAVE BEEN RIG ROY ROUSELY TESTED FOR -- RIGOROUSRY TESTED FOR SAFETY, -- RIGOROUSLY TESTED FOR SAFETY AND RELIABILITY. IT OFFERS ITS EXPERTISE TO OTHER AGENCIES AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THIS BILL PROVIDES FUNDING TO SUPPORT NIST'S WORK IN CRITICAL AREAS OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE, INCLUDING ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS, CYBERSECURITY AND PRIVACY, THE INTERNET OF THINGS, QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE, AND INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE. THE WIRELESS DEMANDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY REQUIRE THE ADVANCES IN MEASUREMENT SCIENCE THAT NIST IS CARRYING OUT. THE DEVASTATING HURRICANES AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS THAT HAVE PLAGUED OUR COMMUNITIES UNDERSCORE THE IMPORTANCE OF NIST'S WORK IN DISASTER RESILIENCY AND NEW INFRASTRUCTURE MATERIALS. IN ADDITION, THIS BILL PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT FUNDING FOR NIST'S QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH PROGRAMS. QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY HAS PROMISING APPLICATIONS IN HEALTH CARE, NAVIGATION, ENCRYPTION AND MANY OTHER AREAS. WE'RE ONLY BEGINNING TO EXPLORE THE SIGNIFICANT ADVANCES THAT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OR A.I. MAY BRING TO THE WORLD. AT THE SAME TIME THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT POLICY IMPLICATIONS FOR A.I. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON ISSUES DEALING WITH ETHICS, WORK FORCE IMPACTS, AND A HUMAN A.I. -- HUMAN-A.I. INTERFACE AS THESE TECHNOLOGIES MOVE FORWARD. FINALLY, WITH FIVE NOBEL PRIZE WINNING SCIENTISTS IN ITS RANKS, NIST CONTINUES TO TRACK SOME OF THE NATION'S LEADING SCIENTISTS. EVEN SO, RECRUITING AND RETAINING TOP TALENT IS A CHALLENGE. AND THIS BILL PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY TO HELP NIST BRING ON AND TRAIN THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST MEASUREMENT SCIENTISTS IN ORDER TO REMAIN AT THE LEADING EDGE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. I'M ALSO HAPPY TO SEE THE BILL INCREASES SUPPORT FOR THE LABS PROGRAM AND FUNDING FOR MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM. IN THE FUTURE, I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT INCREASES FOR NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS TO NIST'S AGENCYING LAB INFRASTRUCTURE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6229 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

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

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE, MR. SMITH.

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                                                                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                        MR. SMITH

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE…

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE -- RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY SUBCOMMITTEE, FOR YIELDING ME TIME TO SPEAK ON HER LEGISLATION. THE BILL, H.R. 6229, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2008, IS AN IMPORTANT BILL THAT HAS BEEN WORKED ON BOTH BY CHAIRWOMAN COMSTOCK AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, DANLEY PINSKY. I APPRECIATE THEIR -- DAN LIPINSKI. AND I APPRECIATE THEIR TAKING INITIATIVE ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS AUTHORIZES NIST RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS FOR TWO YEARS. THE NIST RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT ENSURES THAT THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONDUCTED BY NIST KEEPS THE UNITED STATES ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF GLOBAL TECHNOLOGICAL CAPABILITIES. NIST IS ONE OF THE NATION'S OLDEST PHYSICAL SCIENCE LABORATORIES. THE TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS AND MEASUREMENTS PROVIDED BY NIST SUPPORT U.S. COMPETITIVENESS IN KEY INDUSTRIES, INCLUDING MANUFACTURING, NANOMATERIALS, COMPUTING, COMMUNICATIONS AND CYBERSECURITY. THESE HAVE REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS. THROUGH BASIC RESEARCH, NIST SETS STANDARDS AND FACILITATES THE IMPLEMENTATION AND USE OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT IMPACT THE LIVES OF OUR CONSTITUENTS EVERY DAY. EXAMPLES INCLUDE PROVIDING THE PRECISE OFFICIAL TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES THAT WE SEE ON OUR COMPUTERS AND SMARTPHONES TO THE THRESHOLDS FOR THE SMOKE DETECTORS THAT PROTECT OUR FAMILIES AND HOMES. FOR INSTANCE, NIST RESEARCH AND STANDARDS HAVE IMPROVED THE SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUSES WORN BY MORE THAN A MILLION AMERICAN FIREFIGHTERS. NIST ALSO PROVIDES MODELING TECHNIQUES THAT ALLOW SCIENTISTS TO DEVELOP AND TEST CANCER THERAPIES USING ACTIVE VIRUSES THAT CANNOT BE STUDIED USING STANDARD PRACTICES. AND NIST'S SMART GRID WORK IS IMPROVING THE RELIABILITY AND CAPABILITY OF OUR ELECTRIC GRID. THESE ARE JUST A HANDFUL OF EXAMPLES THAT ILLUSTRATE WHY NIST'S SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL RESEARCH AND SERVICES ARE CRITICAL TO AMERICAN INNOVATION AND INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS. CHAIRWOMAN COMSTOCK'S BILL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES NIST RESEARCH TO FACILITATE COMMERCIAL USE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. SPECIFICALLY, THIS LEGISLATION INCREASES THE CORE NIST LABORATORY'S ACCOUNT OF $125 MILLION TO TRANSFORM MORE BASIC AND EARLY-STAGE RESEARCH INTO USABLE INNOVATIONS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES. IT ACCELERATES BASIC QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE RESEARCH AND STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT AND PROVIDES FUNDS TO ADDRESS FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH GAPS, ENABLING THE U.S. TO TAKE THE LEAD IN DEVELOPING QUANTUM STANDARDS AND MEASUREMENTS. CHAIRWOMAN COMSTOCK'S BILL ALLOWS NIST TO EXPAND ITS FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH TO ADDRESS KEY QUESTIONS RELATING TO PRIVACY, SECURITY AND VULNERABILITIES OF SOFTWARE TOOLS AND COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS. IT EXPANDS THE RESEARCH, INFRASTRUCTURE AND SCIENTIFIC STAFF NEEDED TO DEVELOP THE INSTITUTE'S CAPABILITIES IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DATA SCIENCE, INCLUDING RIGOROUS SCIENTIFIC TESTING TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRUSTWORTHY A.I. SYSTEMS. IT FURTHER DIRECTS NIST TO EXPAND ITS COMPOSITES RESEARCH AND STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT TO FACILITATE THE ADOPTION OF COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY IN AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE. FINALLY, THE LEGISLATION ENCOURAGES NIST TO CONTINUE TO EXAMINE THE INTERNET OF THINGS AND ADDRESS MEASUREMENT AND SECURITY CHALLENGES CREATED BY THE CONVERGENCE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES WITH THE PHYSICAL WORLD. BY SUPPORTING THIS BILL, CONGRESS ENSURES CONTINUED U.S. INNOVATION LEADERSHIP IN QUANTUM SCIENCE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, BIG DATA SCIENCE, CYBERSECURITY, THE INTERNET OF THINGS, AND RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE. WE CAN THANK CHAIRWOMAN COMSTOCK FOR HER WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6229 AND THE CRITICAL WORK DONE BY NIST AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                        MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                        I'M THE FINAL SPEAKER ON OUR SIDE. DOES THE GENTLELADY HAVE ANY MORE…

                                                                                                                                        I'M THE FINAL SPEAKER ON OUR SIDE. DOES THE GENTLELADY HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS? ARE YOU PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                                                                                                                        YES --

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                                                                                                                                        MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                        I WILL RESERVE.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MRS.…

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MRS. LESKO.

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                                                                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. LESSLESS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN…

                                                                                                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. LESSLESS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG -- LESS LESS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. LESKO

                                                                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6229. AS A…

                                                                                                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6229. AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF POSITIONING THE UNITED STATES AS A STRONG LEADER IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. THIS BILL SUPPORTS BASIC QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE RESEARCH AND STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT AND PROVIDES FUNDS TO ADDRESS FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH GAPS, CREATE A STRONGER WORK FORCE PIPELINE, AND ALLOW THE UNITED STATES TO TAKE THE LEAD IN DEVELOPING GLOBAL QUANTUM STANDARDS AND MEASURES. -- MEASUREMENTS. THIS BILL ALSO SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENTS IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, AS CYBERSECURITY THREATS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE INCREASE, IT IS IMPORTANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE THE GUIDELINES IN PLACE TO DEFEND AGAINST POTENTIAL CYBERATTACKS AND PROTECT OUR SENSITIVE INFORMATION AGAINST FOREIGN ADVERSARIES. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE INSTITUTE TO EXPAND ITS FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH TO ADDRESS KEY QUESTIONS RELATING TO MEASUREMENT OF PRIVACY, SECURITY AND VULNERABILITY OF SOFTWARE TOOLS IN AND COMMUNICATION NETWORKS -- IN COMMUNICATION NETWORKS. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE COMSTOCK FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION TO PUSH THE UNITED STATES FORWARD, AND FOR CHAIRMAN SMITH'S LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCING THE SCIENTIFIC POSITION OF THE UNITED STATES. I YIELD BACK.

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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 VIRGINIA.

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                        MR. LIPINSKI

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

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                                                                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                        MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, NIST EXPERTISE ACROSS MANY FIELDS IS CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY.…

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, NIST EXPERTISE ACROSS MANY FIELDS IS CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY. OUR RESEARCH ENTERPRISE AND OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR. THIS BILL PUTS NIST IN A STRONG POSITION TO CARRY OUT ITS WORK THROUGH THE END OF FISCAL TWINTE. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY HIGHLIGHT THE -- TWINTE. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY HIGHLIGHT THE STRONG -- 2019. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY HIGHLIGHT THE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE MANUFACTURING PROGRAMS WHICH RECEIVE A ROBUST AUTHORIZATION UNDER INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES ACCOUNT. AND I WANT TO THANK MY MAJORITY COLLEAGUES ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH ME TO MATCH THE AGENCY REQUESTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. I HAVE A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MANUFACTURING U.S.A. DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND THE ZION INOWE -- INNOVATION INSTITUTE LOCATED IN CHICAGO JUST OUTSIDE MY DISTRICT. THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WITH UNIVERSITIES, MANUFACTURES, -- MANUFACTURERS, NONPROFITS AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES, THEY WORK TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED MANUFACTURING TOOLS THE INDUSTRY NEEDS. PILOT THEM THROUGH ON THE FACTORY FLOOR, AND TRAIN THE MOTHERING WORK FORCE -- MANUFACTURING WORK FORCE. THE DIGITAL MANUFACTURING HUB IS JUST ONE OF MANY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. EACH WITH ITS OWN TECHNOLOGY FOCUS. AND TOGETHER THEY'RE WORKING TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE A COMPETITIVE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN THE U.S. INTO THE FUTURE. THE PARTNERSHIP PLAYED A KEY ROLE INEY ITING THE JOBS. BEYOND MANUFACTURING. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS BILL, THE QUAPT UMH SCIENCE. IT IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO GET TALENT BECAUSE THEY CANNOT COMPETE. THIS BILL HAS A LIMITED TO ENSURE THAT IT WILL LEAD THE NATION AND THE WORLD IN CYBERSECURITY AND QUANTUM SCIENCE. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE COMSTOCK AP I URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT IT. AND I LEAD BACK.

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                                                                                                                                        THE ALYIELDS.

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU GOOD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS…

                                                                                                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU GOOD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND RANKING MEMBER LIPINSKI AND I ASK THAT A LETTER EX SCOMMANGED ABOUT THIS BILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. WIFMENT.

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                                                                                                                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                                                                                                                        I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALL APS…

                                                                                                                                        I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALL APS OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                                                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AP PASS THE BILL AS AMMEDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE PIP OF THE CHAIR, TWIRD THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PATTED. AP WOKE, THE BILL IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SECRETARY RECOGNITION

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

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

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                                                                                                                                          Mr. Norman moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 6398 — "To authorize the Department of Energy to conduct collaborative research with the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to improve healthcare services for veterans in the United States, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                                                            I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AS…

                                                                                                                                            I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                                                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                                                          DEBATE

                                                                                                                                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6398.

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                                                                                                                                            CLERK THE A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO COLLABORATE…

                                                                                                                                            CLERK THE A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO COLLABORATE ENERGY IN ORDER TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR VET RAPS AR THAN THE UNITED STATES.

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                                                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN AND MR.LY PIP SKY WILL EACH…

                                                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. NORMAN AND MR.LY PIP SKY WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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                                                                                                                                            MR. NORMAN

                                                                                                                                            I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE…

                                                                                                                                            I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 6398 A BILL NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                                                                                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                                            MR. NORMAN

                                                                                                                                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY PILL,…

                                                                                                                                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY PILL, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY VETERANS. THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES TORE CONDUCT RESEVERE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF VET RAP AFARES IN ORDER TO SOLVE COMPLEX IN ORDER TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE AP ADVANCE COMPUTING. THE V.A. HOSTS ONE OF THE MOST DATA SETS. THROUGH ITS COLLECTION PRINCIPAL, THE MILL YOP PROGRAM, THE V.-A HAS COLLECTED INFORMATION NRM DATA VOLUNTEERED BY 600,000 VET RAPS. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE BETTER HEALTH CARE, THEY NEED INFRASTRUCTURE AND EXPERTISE. AS THE WORLD LEADER, D.O.E. IS WELL SUITED TO MEET THIS WILL NEED AND D.O.E. POSES A FEED OF COST CUTTING RESEARCH EXATHES AND HOFERTSE TOP 10 COMPUTE I.R.S. AT OAK RIDGE WHICH IS THE WORLD FASTEST COMPUTER. AP HAS COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES WHICH CAN BE USED TO SOLVED BIG DATA CHALLENGES. THE INTERAGENCY PARTNERSHIP AUTHORIZED COMBINES THE CLINICAL AND THE EXPERTISE WITH THE BIG DATA SCIENCE IN ORDER TO SOLVE KIT CALL HEALTH CHALLENGES WHILE AND TOOLS FOR THE AMERICAN RESEARCHERS. THIS PARTNERSHIP COMPUTATIONAL ANNUAL ITICS OR M.V.P., THE CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM WILL USE D.O.E. SUPERCOMPUTERS AND LOOK FOR PATTERNS THAT WILL IMPROVE MEDICAL TREATMENT. ULTIMATELY, THE GOAL OF THIS LEMMINGS IS FOR THE NATIONAL LABORATORIES TO PROVIDE THE DFLT O.E. WITH INFORMATION IT CAN USE TO IMPROVE SERVICE HE. THE BILL REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT TO HAVE STORE DATA. THIS WILL MAKE THAT THEY ARE MAINTAINED. IN ADDITION THIS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHES A PILOT PROGRAM TO CREATE A CROSS CUTTING INFORMATION IN IN INDICATEA ANALYTIC. THIS WILL HELP FIND THEM THE COMPUTEING EDGE AND WILL PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT. COMPUTING TOOLS. THESE TOOLS WILL POTH HELP IMPROVE THE PARTNERSHIP AP WILL ADVANCE KEY D. OMPLE E. GOALS AND SECURITY, TECHNOLOGY. OUR VET RAPS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS AND OUR SCIENTISTS SHOULD REMAIN LEERED. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PROMISES TO DELIVER ON BOTH FRONTS. I WOULD LYING TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH AND THE OTHER 15 COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR SUBMITING MY PILL. AND I RESERVE.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TOMORROW AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                                                            MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                            I RISE IN THIS BILL. I THANK MR. NORMAN FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. THIS…

                                                                                                                                            I RISE IN THIS BILL. I THANK MR. NORMAN FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO CONDUCT RESEARCH WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF VET RAP AFFAIRS TO HAVE CHALLENGES SOCIETY THE WITH VET RAPS ISSUES. H.R. 398 DIRECTS D.O.E. TO ADVANCE RESEARCH FOR A BROAD RANGE EVER BLAKES. THESE TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE THE DISTRIBUTION OF OUR NATION'S RESOURCES. I WOULD LIKE TO THAPING THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY FOR WORKING WITH THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE TO IMPROVE THIS LEMMINGS. WE HAVE ENSURED THAT THIS BILL WILL BE A POSITIVE STEP TO ATTACK THE PROS IN PROVIDING THE VET AP THE CARE THEY DESERVE. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THIS PILL AND I RESERVE THE BALL OF OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                            I YIELD FOUR MINUTE TO THE YASM, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY SKI, MR. WEBER

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                                                                                                                                            MR. WEBER

                                                                                                                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ERP. THE NATIONAL RESEARCH…

                                                                                                                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ERP. THE NATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAM HOUSED WITHIN THE PROGRAM IS CALLED A MILLION FOR TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES AND THIS IS INITIATIVE UTILIZES THE UNIQUE CAPABILITIES , ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND BY PROVIDING RESEARCHERS ACCESS TO D.O. EFRLT'S AND EXPERTISE WHILE THEY RECEIVE TO A MASSIVE OF DATA. THROUGH THE PROGRAM, V.A. PATIENTS VOL UP TIERED THAT IS TRANSFERRED INTO THE ENCLAVE AT OAK NATIONAL LAB. THIS IS THE DEEPEST LEVELS WHICH ALLOWS FOR HIGH QUALITY RESEARCH. WITH A RICH RESEARCH, IT PROVIDES APPEAR CAPABILITIES TO SOLVE CHALLENGES WHICH ARE FACING OUR HAVE IT RANS. THIS IS THIS COULD TRANSFORM EARLY RESOMPE. D.O. ELFT'S MISSION IS FULL OF CHALLENGES LIKE PHYSICIANIC, COMBUSTION, NUKE COLLAR WEAPONS. D.O.E. IS WORKING IN BIOSCIENCES AND MATERIALS DESIGN. EXPERIENCE, WORKING WITH THE APPLICATIONS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE COME PEW TAPINGSESAL METHOD. WITH THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERCOME PUTERS. AND D.O.E. WILL BE ABLE TO TRACK ENBIGGER CHALLENGES. INCREASEES POWER WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF TOOLS FOR ANY BIG DATA SET. ULTIMATELY, THE GOAL OF THE IS FOR THE NATIONAL LABORATORIES TO PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR OUR VETERANS. THIS ACCESS TO THE RM COMPLEXITY WILL ADVANCE THE NEXT GENERATION OF DATA SCIENCE TOOLS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CLIRE THAT D.O.E. IS THE RIGHT PARTNER. I WANT YOU TO SUPPORT MY BILL. AND I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU.

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                                                                                                                                            I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                                                            I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE…

                                                                                                                                            I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE COMPANY, MR. LAMAR SMITH.

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                                                                                                                                            MR. SMITH

                                                                                                                                            LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS…

                                                                                                                                            LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY VET RAPS HEALTH INITIATE IFFS ACT. AND THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WAS APPROVED YOU NAN NOUSELY BY THE SCIENCE KM. CONVERSATION COMMITTEE. IT AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO CUPPINGT ENERGY TORE ADDRESS COMPLEX CHALLENGES BY USING ADVANCE COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS. D.O.E. COL OPERATE WITH THE INITIATIVE. THEY HAVE HELP PREPARE DATA AND IN SECURING TRANSFERS IF IT IS STORED AND ANNUALIZED. THIS PARTNERSHIP IS IN EXCHANGE OF DATA AND PROVIDES VALUABLE SERVICES TO OUR VETERANS. IT IS THE BIGGEST DATA. IT FUNDS PROGRAMS IN APPLIED MATH AND COMPUTER AND SCIENCE. UNDER THIS PROGRAM, V.A. RESEARCHERS GAINED ACCESS TO THE HIGH PERFORMANCE AND SIGNIFICANCE REFORCES AND EXPERTISE AND DATA ANALYSIS. THIS COULD HELP THE D.A. MAKE DISCOVERSRIES ABOUT THE WARPING SIPES OF DISEASES AND CRITICAL NEEDS. BY GIVING D.O.E. ACCESS TO A LARMINGVATEA BASE, IT WILL IMPROVE THEIR ABILITY TO GENERATE MODELS. THESE ARE CAPABILITIES THAT ARE CRITICAL TO MAINTAINING U.S. SCIENCE. H.R. 6 98 AUTHORIZES A PILOT PROGRAM TO ADVANCE PROGRAM WITH DATA A NIL LITICS. IT SPORTS THE EFFORTS TO SUPPORT TO BIG DATA CHALLENGES. CONGRESSMAN NORM OOL STEEL IN THE ACT PROMOTES HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AP FACILITIES D.O.E. COLLABORATIONS AND MAXIMIZES AND GIVES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO BENEFIT IN THE ENERGY BEP FIT. WE CAN THANK RALPH NORMAN FOR COLLABORATION TO SUPPORT OUR VETERANS AND AMERICAN INNOVATION. . AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                                                            MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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                                                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                            MR. LIPINSKI

                                                                                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M SURE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AGREE THAT…

                                                                                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M SURE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AGREE THAT SUPPORTING TECHNOLOGIES AND IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OUR VETERANS SHOULD BE A HIGH PRIORITY. UNFORTUNATELY MANY FACE AN UPHILL BATTLE TO EVERCOME THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL TOLL OF WAR ONCE THEY RETURN HOME. THOSE WHO SACRIFICE SO MUCH FOR OUR COUNTRY DESERVE OUR BEST EFFORTS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE -- THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. THERE ARE ALMOST 20 MILLION VETERANS IN OUR NATION TODAY. AND JUST UNDER HALF ARE ENROLLED IN A DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE HEALTH RECORDS GENERATED FROM DECADES OF CARE PROVIDE A TROVE OF INFORMATION THAT MAY LEAD TO MORE ACCURATE DIAGNOSE AND TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CONDITION -- DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CONDITIONS. MACHINE LEARNING CAN HELP ANALYZE THIS MASSIVE AMOUNT OF DATA TO MAKE IT MORE USEFUL FOR DELIVERING BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES, NOT ONLY FOR VETERANS, BUT ALSO THE GENERAL POPULATION. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MADE STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS OVER THE YEARS TO ADVANCE DATA ANALYTICS AND DATA SCIENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. WE'VE ALSO INVESTED IN SUPERCOMPUTING FACILITIES AT OUR NATIONAL LABS. INCLUDING THE LEADERSHIP COMPUTING FACILITY IN MY DISTRICT. THE PROGRAMS CREATED BY THIS BILL WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE RESOURCES TO IMPROVE HEALTH, DELIVER A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE AND LOWER TREATMENT COSTS WHILE ADVANCING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN DATA ANALYTICS. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH, REPRESENTATIVE DUNN, REPRESENTATIVE HIGGINS, REPRESENTATIVE LUCAS, REPRESENTATIVE WEBER, REPRESENTATIVE KNIGHT, REPRESENTATIVE ROBACK -- ROHRABACHER BACKER, -- ROHRABACHER, REPRESENTATIVE HULL GREN, REPRESENTATIVE BABIN -- HULTGREN, REPRESENTATIVE BEEN A, REPRESENTATIVE ABRAHAM, -- BABIN, REPRESENTATIVE ABRAM, REPRESENTATIVE BILIRAKIS, REPRESENTATIVE GALLAGHER, REPRESENTATIVE BILL JOHNSON AND REPRESENTATIVE WALTER JONES FOR THEIR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP IN PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR OUR VETERANS AND ENABLING CRITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH.

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                                                                                                                                            MR. NORMAN

                                                                                                                                            I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE STAKEHOLDERS AND RESEARCHERS WHO HAVE PROVIDED…

                                                                                                                                            I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE STAKEHOLDERS AND RESEARCHERS WHO HAVE PROVIDED VALUABLE FEEDBACK AS WE DEVELOP THIS LEGISLATION. H.R. 6398 SUPPORTS A PROGRAM THAT WILL ENCOURAGE INNOVATION IN BASIC SCIENCE AND BIG DATA RESEARCH AT D.O.E. AND ENSURE THAT WE AS A NATION ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR OUR VETERANS. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT A LETTER OF EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY, AND THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS ABOUT THIS BILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD.

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                                                                                                                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                                            MR. NORMAN

                                                                                                                                            I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE…

                                                                                                                                            I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                                                                                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 6398, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS,…

                                                                                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1017.

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                                                                                                                                            Ms. Ros-Lehtinen filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 1017.

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                                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                                                                                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                                                                                              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1017. RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY…

                                                                                                                                              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1017. RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY REQUESTING THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO TRANSMIT TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COPIES OF ALL DOCUMENTS, RECORDS, COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSCRIPTS, SUMMARIES, NOTES, MEMORANDUMS AND READ-AHEADS IN THEIR POSSESSION REFERRING TO OR RELATING TO CERTAIN COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN.

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                                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                                                              REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                                                            Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 1595 — "To amend the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 to impose additional sanctions with respect to Hizballah, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

                                                                                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL 1595 AS AMENDED.

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                                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                                                                                                              THE CLERK

                                                                                                                                              SENATE 1595, AN ACT TO AMEND HEZBOLLAH INTERNATIONAL FINANCING PREVENTION…

                                                                                                                                              SENATE 1595, AN ACT TO AMEND HEZBOLLAH INTERNATIONAL FINANCING PREVENTION ACT OF 2015, TO IMPOSE ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO HEZBOLLAH, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                                                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                                                            DEBATE

                                                                                                                                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1595.

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                                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, AND…

                                                                                                                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS DONE -- CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS…

                                                                                                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS DONE -- CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS MEASURE.

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                                                                                                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                              I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INTRODUCE INTO THE RECORD LETTERS…

                                                                                                                                              I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INTRODUCE INTO THE RECORD LETTERS EXCHANGED WITH OTHER COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION ON THIS BILL.

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                                                                                                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                                                                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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                                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                              THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE WILL CONSIDER HOUSE -SENATE…

                                                                                                                                              THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE WILL CONSIDER HOUSE -SENATE GREEMED ON -- AGREEMENT ON ADDITIONAL MEASURES TARGETING HEZBOLLAH. HEZBOLLAH IS IRAN'S LEADING TERRORIST PROXY, WITH TOUGH NEW SANCTIONS THAT WE WILL IMPOSE WITH THIS BILL. LAST CONGRESS THE HEZBOLLAH INTERNATIONAL FINANCING PREVENTION ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW AND THIS LEGISLATION THREATENED TO CUT OFF ANY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION THAT KNOWINGLY FACILITATES SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS FOR HEZBOLLAH FROM THE U.S. FINANCIAL SYSTEM. AND THAT WAS A MAJOR STEP IN THE FINANCIAL FIGHT AGAINST HEZBOLLAH. IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE LAW'S ENACTMENT, HEZBOLLAH'S LEADER GAVE A PUBLIC SPEECH BLASTING U.S. SANCTIONS AS, QUOTE, UNJUST AND FALSE ACCUSATIONS, END QUOTE. HEZBOLLAH ALSO ASSERTED THAT IT, QUOTE, DOES NOT HAVE ANY FUNDS IN ANY BANK IN THE WORLD OR IN THE LEBANESE BANKS AND THE CENTRAL BANK AND THE DIRECTORS OF BANKS MUST NOT PANIC, END QUOTE. WELL, IF A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION MUST PUBLICLY STATE THAT THEY ARE NOT PANICKING, THEN THEY ARE DEFINITELY PANICKING. AND HEZBOLLAH WAS PANICKING, MR. SPEAKER. FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THIS LANDMARK LEGISLATION, HEZBOLLAH REPORTEDLY HAD TO CUT SALARIES, DEFER PAYMENTS TO SUPPLIERS, SLASH MONEY STIPENDS TO ALLIED PARTIES, AND FACED INCREASED FINANCIAL PRESSURE -- FACING INCREASED FINANCIAL PRESSURE, HEZBOLLAH HAS ALSO LASHED OUT, MOST RECENTLY BY BOMBING A LEBANESE BANK IN AN EFFORT TO INTIMIDATE THE BOARD MEMBERS INTO NONCOMPLIANCE. BUT HEZBOLLAH'S COWARDLY STANCE AND ITS SCARE TACTICS HAVE NOT WORKED. LEBANESE BANKS HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE LETTER OF THE NEW U.S. LAW TO PROACTIVELY OFFLOAD HEZBOLLAH-LINKED BANK ACCOUNTS, FORCING HEZBOLLAH TO LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES. YET, AS THE TIME HAS PROGRESSED, HEZBOLLAH HAS FOUND TEMPORARY, ALBEIT, CUMBERSOME WORK-AROUNDS. IT IS TIME TO SEND HEZBOLLAH INTO A PANIC AGAIN. AND THIS NEW LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING TONIGHT WILL DO JUST THAT. FIRST, THE LEGISLATION MANDATES THE APPLICATION OF SANCTIONS AGAINST AGENCIES OF FOREIGN STATES THAT PROVIDE WEAPONS TO HEZBOLLAH. NAMELY, IRAN. IRAN IS THE PRINCIPAL EXTERNAL FINANCIAL BACKER OF HEZBOLLAH. A FACT THAT THE LEADER OF HEZBOLLAH HAS OPENLY ADMITTED TO FOR YEARS. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT IRANIAN FUNDING TO HEZBOLLAH EXCEEDS $700 MILLION PER YEAR. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO A RAPID EXPANSION IN BOTH THE QUANTITY AND THE QUALITY OF WEAPONS PROVIDED TO HEZBOLLAH BY IRAN. IN MAY, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT IMPOSED SANCTIONS ON THE GOVERNOR OF IRAN'S CENTRAL BANK, AND ANOTHER SENIOR BANK OFFICIAL , ACCUSING THEM OF FUNNELING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HEZBOLLAH. BUT MORE CAN BE DONE AND MORE MUST BE DONE. THIS NEW LEGISLATION TAKES AIM AT HEZBOLLAH'S ENABLERS. BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF LEBANON. IT MANDATES SANCTIONS AGAINST ANY PERSON OR ENTITY THAT ENGAGES IN A TRANSACTION WITH ANYONE AIDING HEZBOLLAH'S FUNDRAISING OR RECRUITMENT. THIS INCLUDES THE HEZBOLLAH'S FOREIGN RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, ITS TELEVISION STATION, AND ITS COMPANIES THAT MAINTAIN HEZBOLLAH'S SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES THE ADMINISTRATION TO ISSUE A REPORT LAYING OUT THE ASSETS OF SENIOR HEZBOLLAH MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES. THIS SHOULD CLEARLY BE APPLICABLE TO HEZBOLLAH'S SENIOR ALLIES IN THE LEBANESE GOVERNMENT. HEZBOLLAH IS CONSTANTLY EXPANDING AND EXPLOITING ITS EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL NETWORKS. FROM NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING, IN ORDER TO ESCAPE SANCTIONS AND ATTACK WESTERN INTERESTS. SO TO ADDRESS THIS NEW THREAT, THIS LEGISLATION ALSO IMPOSES TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS SANCTIONS ON HEZBOLLAH'S CRIMINAL NETWORKS AND IT REQUIRES THE ADMINISTRATION TO REPORT TO US IN CONGRESS ON HEZBOLLAH'S ACTIVITIES, WHICH CAN SERVE AS A BASIS FOR APPLYING PENALTIES TO HEZBOLLAH. INSOME SUM, MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION -- IN SUM, MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION IS AN EX -- IS AN IMPORTANT EXPANSION OF OUR EFFORTS TO TAKE AIM AT HEZBOLLAH, TO TAKE AIM AT ITS ENABLERS AND TO TAKE AIM AT ITS STATE SPONSOR, IRAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT, TO ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO HAVE THE TOOLS TO RESPOND TO THE THREATS CAUSED BY HEZBOLLAH. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                              MR. ENGEL

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

                                                                                                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                                                                                                              MR. ENGEL

                                                                                                                                              LET ME FIRST THANK OUR CHAIRMAN ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ED…

                                                                                                                                              LET ME FIRST THANK OUR CHAIRMAN ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ED ROYCE, WHO HAS DONE GREAT WORK TO GET THIS BILL TO THE FINISH LINE. I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO WAS SO INSTRUMENTAL IN CRAFTING THIS BILL, AND THEN GETTING IT PASSED. LIKE SO MANY OTHER THINGS SHE'S DONE FOR SO MANY YEARS, ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, IT'S JUST BEEN AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HER. WE'RE GOING TO MISS HER. BUT SHE'S DONE SOME GREAT WORK IN PEOPLE'S LIVE -- AND PEOPLE'S LIVES WILL BE SAVED BECAUSE OF THE WORK THAT ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN HAS DONE. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU. I'M ALSO GRATEFUL TO THE MEMBERS OF THE OTHER BODY WHO HAVE HELPED PUSH THIS MEASURE FORWARD. THIS BILL IS THE PRODUCT OF A GOOD BIPARTISAN EFFORT AIMED AT A CLEAR GOAL, TO ISOLATE HEZBOLLAH, ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ROCKETS POINTED AT ISRAEL AND FIGHTERS RETURNING HOME BATTLE-HARDENED FROM YEARS FIGHTING ALONGSIDE THE ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA, HEZBOLLAH HAS BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED AND MORE LETHAL. HEZBOLLAH, WITH SUPPORT FROM IRAN, HAS SERVED AS A LIFE LINE TO ASSAD, ALLOWING HIS REGIME TO BUTCHER THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. WITHOUT HEZBOLLAH'S SUPPORT, ASSAD WOULD HAVE BEEN SWEPT OUT OF POWER YEARS AGO. WHEN HE WAS LOSING, HEZBOLLAH CAME IN, IRAN UNLEASHED HEZBOLLAH, AND THEY TURNED THE TIDE IN THE WAR. BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER, UNFORTUNATELY, AND HEZBOLLAH HAS ALSO GAINED FROM THIS RELATIONSHIP. THE WAR IN SYRIA BOUND HEZBOLLAH AND RUSSIA TOGETHER. THE RESULT, DEEPER COORDINATION AND TRAINING BETWEEN THE TWO. RUSSIA TALKS A GOOD GAME ABOUT FIGHTING TERRORISM, BUT ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH HEZBOLLAH HAS SHOWN THAT MOSCOW IS EAGER TO COLLABORATE WITH A GROUP THAT HAS AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HANDS. NOW IS THE TIME TO CHOKE HEZBOLLAH OFF FROM ITS PATRONS. THIS BILL WOULD GIVE THE ADMINISTRATION EVERY TOOL IT NEEDS TO CONFRONT THIS DANGEROUS GROUP. WITH -- WITH THIS MEASURE, WE BUILD ON A 2015 LAW, BY IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON ANYONE WHO KNOWINGLY SUPPORTS HEZBOLLAH'S FUNDRAISING AND RECRUITMENT EFFORTS. AS TERRORIST GROUPS, INCLUDING HEZBOLLAH, RELY MORE AND MORE ONION LINE CROWD SOURCING AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO SPREAD THEIR MESSAGE, WE NEED TO BE ONE STEP AHEAD. THIS LEGISLATION, BIPARTISAN, ALSO IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON ANY PART OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT THAT SUPPLIES MATERIAL SUPPORT OR ARMS TO HEZBOLLAH. THAT COULD INCLUDE RUSSIA AND IRAN FOR THE TRAINING AND ASSISTANCE THEY PROVIDE TO HEZBOLLAH IN SYRIA. THIS MEASURE WOULD ALSO RAMP UP OVERSIGHT ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S STRATEGIES WHEN IT COMES TO DIPLOMATIC ENGAGEMENT TO SHUT OFF HEZBOLLAH'S NETWORKS AND SAFE HAVENS. THIS LEGISLATION IS MEANT TO SIGNAL TO ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS HEZBOLLAH YOUR TIME IS UP. LET ME ADD A FINAL NOTE ABOUT HEZBOLLAH. AS IT CONCERNS LEBANON. I HAVE BEEN A FRIEND OF LEBANON FOR MANY YEARS. BACK IN 2003 I WROTE THE SYRIA ACCOUNTABILITY AND LEBANESE SOVEREIGNTY RESTORATION ACT WITH MY FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN. WE PRESSED SYRIA TO GET OUT OF LEBANON. AND ALLOW LEBANON TO SECURE ITS OWN INDEPENDENCE. FREE FROM SYRIA'S OUTSIDE INFLUENCE HEZBOLLAH HAS ENDURED AS A FAGGET OF LIFE. THE LEBANESE PEOPLE DESERVE PEOPLE. AS STOP HOLDING THE PEOPLE HOSTAGE TO ITS AGEPPEDA. I RESERVE THE BALL APS OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I THANK MY CHAIRMAN, THE…

                                                                                                                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I THANK MY CHAIRMAN, THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE AS WELL ON HIS STAFF, HE WILL BE EMBARRASSED THAT I SAY THAT AND OUR RANKING MEMBER, ELLIOTT ENGEL, THANK YOU, MR. ENGEL, FOR THOSE WONDERFUL WORDS AND I'M GOING TO MISS WORKING WITH YOU GREATLY AND WE HAVE WORKED WITH YOU ON SO MANY IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND MYRA AND EDMUND ON YOUR STAFF, WHAT A DELIGHT THEY HAVE BEEN, THANK YOU FOR THEIR COLLABORATION IN DEVELOPING THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION AND I'M GOING TO MISS WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU. AND I THANK SENATOR CRAPO AND COLLIN AND THEIR STAFF AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO ACHIEVING A STRONG, SOUND BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. AND I WANT TO THANK MY HOMETOWN SENATOR RUBIO AS WELL AS SENATOR SHAHEEN WHO HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD. FOR 30 YEARS, HEZBOLLAH HAS REMAINED IRAN'S PROXY. IRAN HAS BEEN THE PRIMARY SOURCE. WHAT A TERRIBLE RELATIONSHIP THESE TWO HAVE HAD. THIS BILL BUILDS ON OUR PAST EFFORTS AND SANCTIONS REGIMES INCLUDING IRAN AND THEY ARE PROVIDING WEAPONS. AND THERE IS FUND RAISING INCLUDING ITS RECRUIT FOR SMALL ZONE NAGES AND RECOGNIZE IS THAT HEZBOLLAHES MORE THAN A TERRORIST GROUP. IT IS A GLOBAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION, AN ENTERPRISE THAT PROFITS FROM MONEY LAUNDERING. WE MUST EMPLOY FINANCIAL TOOLS, REGULATORY TOOLS TO DETER, TO DISRUPT AND TO GET RID OF THE HEZBOLLAH NETWORK AND WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO CONFRONT THIS THREAT. WITH THAT, IF THE GENTLEMAN IS CLOSING -- HAS CLOSED -- I WILL CONTINUE TO ARE SERVE UNTIL THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, IF HE WANTS TO TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME, WE HAVE PLENTY OF TIME.

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                                                                                                                                              MR. ENGEL

                                                                                                                                              I WOULDN'T OBJECT TO IT. MR. SPEAKER, HEZBOLLAH IS A THREAT TO PEACE AND…

                                                                                                                                              I WOULDN'T OBJECT TO IT. MR. SPEAKER, HEZBOLLAH IS A THREAT TO PEACE AND STABILITY ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST. THIS GROUP IS EMERGING FROM THE CIVIL WAR. THEIR TACTICS HAVE GROWN MORE SOPHISTICATED AND WE HAVE TO GIVE EVERY TOOL THEY CAN TO CRACK DOWN. THIS BILL IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CAN PRODUCE WHEN WE WORK ACROSS THE AISLE. AND HOW PROUD I AM ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMANSHIP FOR WHAT WE THINK IS THE MOST BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT AMERICA SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE AND IT'S IMPORTANT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT FOREIGN POLITICS THAT POLITICS SFOPS AT THE WATERS' EDGE. ITS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CAN PRODUCE WHEN WE WORK ACROSS THE AISLE AND GET IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. I THANK MY CONGRAT LAYINGS TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA. ROS-LEHTINEN RAPET THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I ECHO MR. ENGEL'S REMARKS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN ROYCE OUR FOREIGN COMMITTEE IS THE MOST BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE.

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                                                                                                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                              WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

                                                                                                                                              WILL THE HOUSE PASS THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM SEEK RECOGNITION.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                                I MOVE THE HOUSE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES.

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                                                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                                                H.R. 5 A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO DISCLOSURE PROS TO…

                                                                                                                                                H.R. 5 A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO DISCLOSURE PROS TO IMPROVE THE CYBER TO IDENTIFY AND REPORT VULNERABILITIES OF INTERNET INFORMATION FACING FOR DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND INFORMATION OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                                                                                                              Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5433 — "To require the Secretary of State to design and establish a Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) to improve Department of State cybersecurity and a bug bounty program to identify and report vulnerabilities of internet-facing information technology of the Department of State, and for other purposes."

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                                                                                                                                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL RECOGNIZE THE THE…

                                                                                                                                                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL RECOGNIZE THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                                                                                                              DEBATE

                                                                                                                                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5433.

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                                                                                                                                                MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                                I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EX STRAIN…

                                                                                                                                                I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EX STRAIN YOUSE MATERIAL. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. A MASSIVE BREACH OF STATE DEPARTMENT'S UNCLASSIFIED COMPUTER NETWORK IN 2014 EXPOSED GRAVE WEAKNESS AND IN THE YEARS SINCE THEN, PROBLEMS HAVE CONTINUED TO MOUNT. THE RESPONSE PROGRAM RECEIVED A D RATING, THE LOWEST ON ITS REPORT CARD IN 2017. AND JUST THIS MONTH, THE DEPARTMENT REVEALED THAT IT SUFFERED A BREACH OF ITS UNCLASSIFIED EMAIL SYSTEM WHICH EXPOSED THE INFORMATION OF SOME OF ITS EMPLOYEES. MUCH MUST BE DONE TO THE DEPARTMENT'S CHALLENGES. THE ACT AUTHORED BY BY MY COLLEAGUE TED LIEU WILL HELP ADDRESS SECURITY GAPS. THIS BILL WILL OFFER A LAYERED APPROACH TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY CONSISTENT WITH THE 2017 REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT ON FEDERAL I.T. MODERNIZATION. FIRST, THE BILL ESTABLISHES AVILLE NERKTDISS CLOSURE PROCESS TO GIVE CLEAR GUIDELINES FOR FOR REPORTING. THIS IS CONSIDERED A BEST PRACTICE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND SHOULD BE DONE IN ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. SECOND, THIS BILL WOULD ESTABLISH A BOUNT PILOT PROGRAM TO REWARD HACKERS FOR DISCOVERING VULLNERNINGT. NUMEROUS COMPANIES HAVE USED PROGRAMS LIKE THIS TO IMPROVE THEIR CYBER DEFENSES AT MINIMAL COSTS. THE DEPARTMENT SAID IT HAS THE PROGRAM, DEMONSTRATED THE PROGRAM TO HELP ADDRESS CYBERSECURITY CHALLENGES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DISTINCTION AND IN ITS FIRST PILOT. HACKERS IDENTIFIED 130 VULNERABILITIES AND SO MUCH THAT IT ANNOUNCED PLANS TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO ALMOST OF ITS 700 WEB SITES. THE DISCLOSURE PROCESS ARE DESIGNED TO COMPLEMENT PERSIST AT THE PRESENT TIME NETWORK SCANS CURRENTLY DONE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. AS THE NATIONAL SECURITY DEPARTMENT, THE STATE DEPARTMENT MUST DO MORE TO SECURE ITS NETWORKS THE THE HACKER STATE DEPARTMENT ACT IS A SMALL BUT IMPORTANT STEP TO BRING SOLUTIONS COMMONLY USED IN THE SECTOR TO BEAR IN SUPPORT OF ITS GOALS. AND WITH THAT, I RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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                                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE.

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                                                                                                                                                MR. ENGEL

                                                                                                                                                LET ME THANK REPRESENTATIVE LIE UNCHING FOR HIS HARD WORK ON BILL. IT IS…

                                                                                                                                                LET ME THANK REPRESENTATIVE LIE UNCHING FOR HIS HARD WORK ON BILL. IT IS IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER THAT WE MODERNIZE OUR AGENCIES TO DEAL WITH THE 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES. AND THEY ARE BENT ON STEALING OUR SECRETS AND UNDERMINEIC OUR SCOORT. THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S EMAIL WAS PE BREACHED. . AND THEY GOT STATE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL, WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY WILL GET THEIR HAND. MR. LIEU IT REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF STATE IN STID OF WAITING FOR THE NEXT ATTACK TO HAPPEN AND ACTIVELY SEEK OUT. THE BILL LAUNCHES A NEW INITIATIVE, BUG BOUNT PROGRAM AND AND REWARDING CITIZENS TO RECOVER AND REPORT SECURITY RISKS. IT WILL ALLOW SECURITY RESEARCHERS TO FIND THE CRACKS IN THE SYSTEM SO THE DEPARTMENT CAN PATCH THEM. THIS EFFORT IS MODELED AFTER A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM. SINCE THEN, 1,00 AND FOUND 40 VULNERABILITIES. THEY SHOULD LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER AND PUT THIS TO WORK AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT APPLES WHERE. I COMMEND MR. L INCH ENCHUMPLE AND I RESERVE.

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                                                                                                                                                I WILL RESEVERING.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                                                                                                                MR. ENGEL

                                                                                                                                                IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OF CALIFORNIA, MR. TED…

                                                                                                                                                IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OF CALIFORNIA, MR. TED LIEU.

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                                                                                                                                                MR. LIEU

                                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HIGH LEGISLATION THAT I CO-AUTHORED WITH…

                                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HIGH LEGISLATION THAT I CO-AUTHORED WITH TED YOHO. THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS MOUNTED IN 201, THE DEPARTMENT WAS INFILTRATED AND HAD A TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN. JUST LAST WEEK, THEY SUFFERED ANOTHER BREACH THAT EXPOSED THE INFORMATION OF A NUMBER OF ITS EMPLOYEES. WE MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT THE SECURITY. IF THERE IS ANY OR SUBJECTS ARE REVEALED THAT JEOPARDIZES. I RECOGNIZE THERE ARE TOOLS TO OUR DISPOSAL. ONE SUCH TOOL, WE FIND WEAKNESSES. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BRING IT AND PROVEN SUCCESSFUL. MY LEGISLATION WILL DO TWO THINGS. ESTABLISH WHAT IS CALLED A VULNERABILITY DISSCLOSHE SURE PROS. AND IT CAN REPORT ON ON SAFE MATTER AND THE DEPARTMENT WILL FIX THE PROBLEM. WE CANNOT THAT IT IS UNKNOWN TO THE DEPARTMENT AND THIS SHOULD BE AND EASY FIX. AND PAY THE HACKERS. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BACK IN 2016. OVER A 20-DAY PERIOD. . . AGENCIES SHOULD ESTABLISH VULNERABILITY DISCLOSURE POLICIES. AGENCIES SHOULD ALSO IDENTIFY PROGRAMS THAT ARE TO BE PLACED UNDER COUNTY PROGRAMS SUCH AS THOSE RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR G.S.A. TODAY WITH H.R. 5433, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS TAKING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS TO HEART AND HELPING TO IMPROVE CYBERSECURITY AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT. I'D LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE YOHO FOR PARTNERING WITH ME ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL AND THEIR STAFFS FOR MOVING THIS BILL THROUGH COMMITTEE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                                I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, SIR.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                                                                                                                MR. ENGEL

                                                                                                                                                I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE . IN CLOSING, I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I…

                                                                                                                                                I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE . IN CLOSING, I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK MR. LIEU AND CHAIRMAN ROYCE. IT SEEMS TO ME, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE'VE BEEN CAUGHT FLAT-FOOTED BEFORE A RANGE OF NEW THREATS, INCLUDING CYBERATTACKS. OUR AGENCIES HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH TO ROOT OUT VULNERABILITIES AND FRANKLY CONGRESS HASN'T DONE ENOUGH EITHER TO MAKE SURE OUR AGENCIES ACROSS GOVERNMENT HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO TACKLE THESE CHALLENGES. I HOPE GOING FORWARD WE'LL BE ABLE TO TAKE A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT CYBERTHREATS AND MAKE SURE THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND ALL OUR DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES ARE UP TO THE TASKS. FOR NOW THIS BILL IS A GOOD STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT REPLICATES AN APPROACH THAT HAS WORKED WELL OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                                MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, TED LIEU, A…

                                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, TED LIEU, A HARDWORKING MEMBER OF OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. TED YOHO, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC. FOR CRAFTING THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. BY UNLEASHING THE EXPERTISE OF PATRIOTIC HACKERS, THIS BILL WILL HELP THE STATE DEPARTMENT IDENTIFY AND PATCH VULNERABILITIES ON ITS COMPUTER SYSTEMS. THE HACK YOUR STATE DEPARTMENT ACT TAKES AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO IMPROVING NETWORK SECURITY AT A DEPARTMENT THAT IS IN SUCH DESPERATE NEED OF NEW SOLUTIONS AND IMPROVED CAPABILITIES. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                                                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5433, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                                                                                                                The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

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                                                                                                                                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, WENDY GRANT WAS A SOUTH FLORIDA PHILANTHROPIST WHO DEDICATED…

                                                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, WENDY GRANT WAS A SOUTH FLORIDA PHILANTHROPIST WHO DEDICATED HER ALL TOO BRIEF LIFE TO SERVING OTHERS. HERS WAS A LEGACY OF SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND WAS ALSO A WELL-RESPECTED AIDE TO BOTH SENATOR CONNIE MACK WHEN HE SERVED HERE IN D.C., AND OUR GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, JEB BUSH. HERE'S A PICTURE OF LOVELY WENDY GRANT. AND IT SAYS, A LIFE LIVED FOR THE GREATER GOOD. THAT WAS WENDY GRANT. WENDY WAS ALSO A ZEALOUS ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN, THROUGH HER WORK WITH THE SAINT JUDE -- ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, AND SHE RAISED FUNDS FOR ITS NOBLE MISSION YEAR AFTER YEAR. ANYONE WHO KNEW WENDY LOVED WENDY. SHE WAS FAMOUS FOR HER BIRTHDAY EMAILS, RECOGNIZING EACH OF HER FRIENDS' BIRTHDAYS, AND UPDATING US ALL ON EVERYONE'S LIVES. WE WERE ABOUT TO BESTOW UPON WENDY THE TITLE OF HONORARY CUBAN AMERICAN BECAUSE SHE LOVED OUR HISTORY AND OUR TRADITIONS. WE WILL PRESENT THIS CERTIFICATE WHEN WE HONOR HER LIFE NEXT WEEK AT HER CHURCH FOR HER SERVICES. WENDY GRANT WAS A SOUTH FLORIDA PERSON TO THE THE HILL. SHE WAS WARM, SHE WAS CARING -- HILT. SHE WAS WARM, SHE WAS CARING, SHE WAS LOYAL. WE WILL ALL MISS WENDY GRANT DEARLY. GOD SPEED, MY FRIEND. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF ROBERT COONTS III. HE…

                                                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF ROBERT COONTS III. HE RESPONDED TO A SUSPICIOUS CHARACTER CALL IN A RURAL AREA OF THE COUNTY. WHEN HE ARRIVED, THE SUSPECT OPENED FIRE AND DEPUTY KUNTZ WAS SHOT IN THE NECK. THE SUSPECT COULD HAVE FLED OR KILLED TWO WITNESSES STANDING CLOSE BY. BUT IN ONE FINAL HEROIC ACT, BEFORE COLLAPSING, DEPUTY KUNTZ RETURNED FIRE, KILLING THE SUSPECT ON SPOT. HE HAD STOLEN TWO VEHICLES AND THE WEAPON HE WAS CARRYING. BY KILLING THE SUSPECT, THE DEPUTY ENDED A VIOLENT CRIME SPREE AND GAVE UP HIS LIFE TO SAVE OTHERS. DESCRIBINGED A A JOKESTER AND WITH A CONTAGIOUS -- DESCRIBED AS A JOKESTER AND WITH A CONTAGIOUS LAUGH, HE LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE AND THEIR YOUNG DAUGHTER. ON HIS FUNERAL ON FRIDAY, HIS DAUGHTER SAID, MY DAD WAS A HERO, HE PROTECTED EVERYONE. TODAY WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR DEPUTY KUNTZ'S FAMILY, A WELL AS THE SHERIFF AND THE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY OFFICERS. AT THIS TIME, I ASK OUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO HONOR DEPUTY ROBERT KUNTZ. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE EXEMPLARY EFFORTS OF BOB AND…

                                                                                                                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE EXEMPLARY EFFORTS OF BOB AND THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 862 HONOR GUARD IN THE REMEMBRANCE OF COMMANDER DOYLE LYNN OF HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                                                                                                                  MR. ROTHFUS

                                                                                                                                                  COMMANDER LYNN SERVED OUR COUNTRY AS A U.S. NAVY PILOT. ON MAY 27, 1965,…

                                                                                                                                                  COMMANDER LYNN SERVED OUR COUNTRY AS A U.S. NAVY PILOT. ON MAY 27, 1965, WHILE FLYING A COMBAT MISSION IN VIETNAM, COMMANDER LYNN'S PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN BY THE ENEMY. FOLLOWING THIS TRAGEDY, COMMANDER LYNN WAS DEEMED MISSING IN ACTION. 53 YEARS LATER, BOB AND FELLOW VIETNAM VETERANS REQUESTED THAT HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP IN BEAVER COUNTY INSTALL A STREET SIGN TO COMMEMORATE THEIR MISSING COMRADE. TODAY THIS HONOR WAS RIGHTFULLY BESTOWED. THE COMMANDER DOYLE LYNN STREET SIGN IS PROUDLY MOUNTED ON WEST WADE STREET. THE CARE AND DEDICATION SHOWN BY BOB AND THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 862 FOR THEIR MISSING BROTHER IN ARMS SPEAKS VOLUMES TO THEIR CHARACTER AND THE LOYALTY THAT OUR VETERANS HAVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VETS FOR YOURSELFLESS SACRIFICE DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY. AND MAY GOD BLESS COMMANDER DOYLE LYNN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                  THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                                                                                                                                                  THE CLERK

                                                                                                                                                  LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY, AND…

                                                                                                                                                  LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY, AND MR. ROKITA OF INDIANA FOR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND FRIDAY.

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                                                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                                                                                                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                                                                  Mr. Rothfus moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                                                                                                                                    MR. ROTHFUS

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

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                                                                                                                                                On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                                                                                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                  ADJOURN.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                THE CLERK

                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 25,2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 25,2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE JEFF DENHAM TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                                                                                                                MR. ABRAHAM

                                                                                                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF LIEUTENANT…

                                                                                                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL ROBERT MILLER, TO MY LEFT HERE, A VETERAN OF THE MARINE CORPS FROM BUGE LOOSEA, LOUISIANA -- LUGALOOSA, LOUISIANA, WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT. HE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND. HE FOUGHT BETWEEN 1945-1973, WORLD WAR II, THE KOREAN WAR, THE VIETNAM WAR. HE RECEIVED THREE PURPLE HEARTS DURING HIS TIME WITH THE MARINES, AND SOME OF HIS WAR EXPERIENCES ARE QUITE IMPRESSIVE. WHILE IN KOREA, AMERICAN FORCES SUFFERED ENORMOUS CASUALTIES DUE TO BITTER COLD AND FROSTBITE. YET, COLONEL MILLER'S PLATOON DID NOT SUFFER A SINGLE CASUALTY. HE WAS ASKED LATER HOW HE PROTECTED HIS MEN, AND HE SHARED WITH HIM A TRICK HE LEARNED FROM A GENTLEMAN, A HOMELESS MAN FROM HIS HOME OF BUGALOOSA. HE WOULD LINE HIS CLOTHES AND SHOES WITH NEWSPAPERS TO BLOCK THE COLD. THEY ASKED FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SEND AS MANY NEWSPAPERS AS THEY COULD GET. AND THE RESULTS HELPED EARN HIM A BATTLEFIELD COMMISSION. MAYBE FITTINGLY, COLONEL MILLER EVENTUALLY EARNED A DEGREE IN JOURNALISM FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND. COLONEL MILLER ALSO CAUGHT THE EYE OF MARILYN MONROE WHILE IN KOREA. HIS RIFLE PLATOON PROVIDED SECURITY TO HER WHILE SHE VISITED THE D.M.Z. SHE ARRANGED A FRONT ROW SEAT FOR HIM AT HER SHOW. SHE EVEN GAVE HIM HER PHONE NUMBER AND TOLD HIM TO CALL HER WHEN HE GOT HOME FROM THE WAR. HE DID. AND THE TWO WENT ON TO BECOME GREAT FRIENDS. FOLLOWING HIS MILITARY SERVICE, COLONEL MILLER STARTED WHAT NOW IS KNOWN AS VENTURE SCOUT CREW 313, WHICH SPECIALIZES ON LEARNING SURVIVAL SKILLS AND WINNING NATIONAL WHITE WATER CANOE RACES. THAT LEGACY INCLUDES 18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN OPEN CRUISERS, 27 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ADVANCED ALUMINUMS, AND 26 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE NOVIST DIVISION. HIS SCOUTS ALSO SERVE AS STRETCHER BARRIERS DURING MEDICAL EMERGENCIES DURING L.S.U. FOOTBALL GAMES. THERE ARE REASONS THAT SOME OF US JOKE THAT OUR TIGERS ARE MORE LIKE THE CARDIAC CATS. HE WORKED WITH YOUTH -- HIS WORKS WITH YOUTH GUARDED HIM NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS. COLONEL MILLER HAS STAYED ACTIVE THROUGHOUT HIS LONG LIFE AS A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL LION'S CLUB AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CHRISTMAS IN CASSIDY PARK IN B UGALOOSA. HE IS SOMEONE THAT PUTS COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY FIRST. WE COULD ALWAYS USE A FEW MORE COLONEL MILLERS IN WHATEVER COMMUNITY WE CALL HOME AND I THANK HIM FOR EVERYTHING AND ALL HE'S DONE FOR BUGALOOSA AND FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                BACK.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                CHAPLAIN CONROY

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

                                                                                                                                                LET US PRAY. LOVING GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. BLESS THE MEMBERS WHO ARE LABORING THROUGH THESE CHALLENGING DAYS WITH WISDOM, MAGNANIMITY, AND THE SHARED DESIRE TO SERVE OUR NATION AT A PIVOTAL TIME FOR US ALL. MAY THEIR EFFORTS BRING RESULTS THAT RISE ABOVE ANY SENSE OF VICTORY FOR ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER, BUT RATHER MUTUAL BENEFIT. IN THE END, MAY WE CONTINUE TO TRUST THAT YOU WOULD NOT ABANDON THOSE WHO PUT THEIR TRUST IN YOU. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER, HON -- FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                                                                THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVE. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THIS GENTLEWOMAN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. NORTON.

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                                                                                                                                                MS. NORTON

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                                                                THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                                                                                MR. POE

                                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO REMOVE THE VEIL OF SECRECY FROM THE HALLLOWED…

                                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO REMOVE THE VEIL OF SECRECY FROM THE HALLLOWED HALLS OF THE SUPREME COURT. AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS IN PERSON BUT ONLY 50 MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN GET INTO THE SMALL COURTROOM. TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS DISCREET VIDEOING BUT FOR SOME REASON THERE ARE THOSE WHO WANT TO KEEP THESE PROCEEDINGS HIDDEN FROM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WE HAVE THE BEST JUDICIAL SYSTEM EVER CREATED, WE SHOULD NOT HIDE IT. CAMERAS SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN THE MOST PONCH COURT IN THE WORLD. I KNOW CAMERAS CAN BE PLACED IN A COURTROOM WITHOUT DISRUPTION OR DISTRACTION BECAUSE I DID IT. FOR 22 YEARS I SERVED AS A FELONY COURT JUDGE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. I HEARD OVER 25,000 CRIMINAL CASES AND NEARLY 1,000 JURY TRIALS. MANY OF THOSE WERE FILMED BY THE TELEVISION MEDIA. JUSTICE WOULD BE BETTER SERVED IF THE BLACK ROBE OF SECRECY WAS REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT AND THE PROCEED WRGS FILMED BECAUSE JUSTICE IS THE ONE THING WE SHOULD ALWAYS FIND IN AMERICA. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                                                                                                                MS. NORTON

                                                                                                                                                REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND…

                                                                                                                                                REQUEST 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 GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                                                                                MS. NORTON

                                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH THE SENATE HAS REFUSED THE CUSTOMARY F.B.I.…

                                                                                                                                                MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH THE SENATE HAS REFUSED THE CUSTOMARY F.B.I. INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JUDGE KAVANAUGH BY DR. FORD AND OTHERS, THERE'S EVIDENCE THAT SHOULD BE WEIGHED. DR. FORD IS NOT ONLY WILLING TO OFFER SWORN TESTIMONY AT THE HEARING, SHE HAS REQUESTED AN F.B.I. INVESTIGATION WITH THE REQUIRED F.B.I. QUESTIONING UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY. JUDGE KAVANAUGH IS AN EXPERT ON ALL OUR LEGAL PROCESSES. WHY HASN'T HE ASKED FOR THE STANDARD F.B.I. INVESTIGATION? MOREOVER, APPARENTLY UNDERSTANDING THE SERIOUSNESS OF HER ALLEGATIONS, DR. FORD HAS ALSO TAKEN THE UNUSUAL STEP OF BEING POLYGRAPHED, A LIE DETECTOR TEST IS NOT REQUIRED. ALTHOUGH LAW ENFORCEMENT SOMETIMES REQUESTS IT. IT WOULD BE A FAIR QUESTION FOR SENATORS TO ASK JUDGE KAVANAUGH WHY HE DID NOT REQUEST AN F.B.I. INVESTIGATION AND WHETHER HE WOULD TAKE A POLYGRAPH TEST TOO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FRUN DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA…

                                                                                                                                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FRUN DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                                                                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE WALTER "STICKY" BURGE…

                                                                                                                                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE WALTER "STICKY" BURGE WHO WILL BE 100 YEARS OLD ON OCTOBER 21. THAT'S A GREAT DAY, IT'S ALSO MY BIRTHDAY, EVEN THOUGH JUST A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT WALTER BURGE WAS BORN IN ASHEVILLE BUT GREW UP IN GREENSBORO AND SPENT MUCH OF HIS LIFE IN THE GRONES BRO POLICE DEPARTMENT. HIS SERVICE TO OUR NATION BEGAN JUST NINE DAYS AFTER THE BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR. DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR HE HELPED GATHER INTELLIGENCE ON ENEMY OPERATIONS IN EUROPE BUT HIS SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY DIDN'T END THERE. WALTER RETURNED HOME AND JOINED THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE HE SERVED FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS. HE OFFICIALLY RETIRED IN 1981 BUT RAN FOR SHERIFF JUST A FEW YEARS LATER HE WENT ON TO SERVE TWO TERMS A THESE SHERIFF OF GUILFORD COUNTY. SINCE RETIRING FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT , HE HAS REMAINED DEEPLY INVOLVED IN OUR COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE OF GUILFORD COUNTY ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF WALTER "STICKY" BURGE AND HIS LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                                                                                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                                                                                                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE LAYS BEFORE THE -- THE CHAIR LAYS…

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

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                                                                                                                                                THE CLERK

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

                                                                                                                                                THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SEC RETEAR OF THE SENATE ON SEPTEMBER 25, 20 18, AT 11:49 A.M., THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 2259, SIGNED, SINCERE